Category Archives: On Distant Shore

‘Bahala na kayo sa buhay n’yo’?

More than three months after super typhoon Yolanda wrought havoc on Leyte, Samar and other provinces in Central Visayas, the devastated cities look just slightly better than when they were a few days after the calamity struck. The affected people, hundreds of thousands of them, remain homeless, without source of income, without adequate food and… Read More »

Curb corruption and farmers will produce

After boasting that the country will be self-sufficient in rice by 2013 and a rice exporter by 2014, it appears the Aquino administration is admitting failure and is giving up on these lofty goals. Malacanang announced last week that it was shifting its focus from attaining rice self-sufficiency to the farming of alternative, high-value crops… Read More »

‘Sorry bridges the gap’

When Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was caught in a storm of protests on June 27, 2005 following the Hello Garci scandal, wherein she was taped talking to Commission on Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano about election results in Mindanao, she addressed the people to say “I… am… sorry” in a melodramatic tone. Nobody probably believed she was… Read More »

Gov’t must help ease poor’s burden

Already saddled by a sharp increase in the prices of basic goods and services, Filipinos will now have to face additional financial burdens mandated by the government starting January 1 this year. Most working Filipinos will find their paychecks reduced by a few hundred pesos starting this month because the Social Security System (SSS) and… Read More »

‘Hell on earth’ for human trafficking victims

Human trafficking is another major problem that has plagued the country for decades. Despite increased resources given to the task force against human trafficking, the Philippines remains, according to the US State Department 2013 report, a major source country for sex-trafficking and forced labor, adding that “child sex tourism remained a serious problem” in the… Read More »

Promises, promises

When President Aquino promptly rejected an offer by Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla to resign over a failed promise to restore power in the areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda before Christmas, he simply proved he didn’t give a hoot about making and breaking promises. After all, the President has made and broken a lot… Read More »

Resiliency and hope

It should not surprise us anymore that despite the difficulties and corruption scandals of the past year, the Filipinos would remain as optimistic as ever of the coming year. Year after year, hope springs eternal for Filipinos as shown by surveys in the last few years. The surveys last year by both Pulse Asia and… Read More »

A distant Christmas

For Filipinos who have been outside of the Philippines for years, Christmas is both a time for rejoicing and a time for remembering. Even as the Filipino in America begins to feel the holiday mood immediately after Thanksgiving when people start shopping for gifts and Christmas decors, he feels at the same time a longing… Read More »

Who is being negative: Aquino or media?

Like a spoiled child who didn’t get what he wanted, President Aquino ranted again against the media, accusing newsmen of “too much negativism,” particularly in their coverage of super typhoon Yolanda and the fighting in Zamboanga City. “So often, when we read the newspaper, listen to the radio or watch TV, we still get a… Read More »

SC ruling a win for democracy

The 14-0-1 voting by the Supreme Court declaring as unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the use of Malampaya Fund for purposes other than energy-related projects gives us a hopeful sign that democracy is alive and well in the Philippines. The unanimous vote showed that the Judiciary is not subservient to the Executive… Read More »