Monthly Archives: June 2010

Noynoy Aquino's inauguration: The Yang that completes Erap's Yin

I’ve always called politicians “bozos”. And for the record I personally consider Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III a bozo’s bozo. Add me to a box of “witchhunters” then, given this categorical declaration coming from me. Noynoy is in a class of … Continue reading

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The Failed States Index and the Philippines: A Simple Yardstick for Progress

Although the news was predictably overlooked by the local media – bad news not being something that fits well into the euphoria of pre-inaugural navel-gazing – Foreign Policy magazine and The Fund for Peace recently published their sixth annual Failed … Continue reading

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Filipinos should learn to question authority intelligently

Intelligent people can be the worst teachers. They tend to be impatient with their students. This is because they assume that the students will understand what they are trying to say on their first attempt at explaining something. Because it … Continue reading

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The Colour Yellow: increasingly obscured as light emerges

I gotta hand it to out-going president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Despite the immense amount of energy expended by the Philippine Media over the last ten years to turn her from hero of the Edsa II “revolution” into the reviled cunning … Continue reading

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The Rules of Life: A Cold Shower of Reality on the Picnic of Youth

In 1995, an American educator named Charles J. Sykes wrote a scathing criticism of the US education system entitled Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why America’s Children Feel Good About Themselves but Can’t Read, Write, or Add. In the book, Sykes … Continue reading

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Can sport unite Filipinos?

Why are Filipinos not even good at sport? It seems like our athletes had been waved a red flag one day and then simply gave up on trying to achieve world-class status on all types of sport — I know, … Continue reading

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The Law of Conservation of Foreign Travel – applied to Noynoy Aquino

The Editor, true to form, sheds rose-coloured light on the token frugality President-Elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III applies to the conduct of his inauguration at the end of June. This “virtue” is made stark by using the “evil” extravagance … Continue reading

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What it means to fulfill a promise to "eradicate corruption"

The good news about corruption is that it makes for good campaign fodder for politicians who happen to be running at a time of widespread public frustration over its endemic prevalence. The bad news is that come the time for … Continue reading

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Noynoy's first 100 days: Highway to hell or stairway to heaven?

Being realistic is a good trait. One of the upsides of being realistic is that you do not get disappointed with the result or at least have a Plan B prepared in case things do not go according to Plan … Continue reading

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Unsolicited draft of Noynoy's inaugural speech

I heard from a little bird that someone notable will be writing the speech to be delivered by President-Elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in his inauguration as 15th President of the Republic. From what I know about this noted person, … Continue reading

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