No Justice, No Progress

Second Installment of a Two-Part Article on Dean Chel Diokno (link to Part 1) by Wilfredo G. Villanueva Elsa Tolentino: How can you restore the trust of the people in the justice system in our country? Chel: It’s easy to do that as long as there is a political determination to improve the justice system. Ang … Continue reading

Chel Diokno: He Can’t Take It Anymore

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva I haven’t come across the name Chel Diokno. I loved his father, made me stand tall as a Filipino; I know Maris, she speaks on occasion, but Chel? Aside from some information I picked up from an entry in Wikipedia, I knew nothing about Chel Diokno going into the interview. He … Continue reading


By JoeAm With a huge contribution by Edgar Lores Sometimes the complex can be simplified, rather like seeing a machine as nothing more than a lot of metal pieces bolted together. Just take them apart to see how it works. Societies are very complex machines and we’ve been working for years here taking the Philippines … Continue reading

Idealism versus pragmatics

By JoeAm I’ve long held the view that there is some idealized form of a more perfect Philippines. A lot of the articles and much of the discussion here has oriented around understanding “the way it is”, and then proposing the actions that are needed to get to a richer, healthier, more secure, and more … Continue reading

Angels, satanic heroes, players, punishers, and dark angels

By JoeAm My dear Filipino friends, y’all are in a predicament. You and your country-mates repeatedly elect leaders who are not really doing the best possible job for the nation. We’ve examined the cultural conditions that cause this and observed three main characteristics that lead Filipinos repeatedly to make poor choices. They may not apply … Continue reading