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"There is no reflection on 'why did that happen' and 'what can be done to keep it from happening again'; there is only 'no harm, so there’s nothing wrong'. There is no sign of having learned any lesson; there is only hubris enforced by a lack of personal accountability."
“Eh buhay ka pa naman, diba?” (But you did not die, right?) – reportedly said by President BS Aquino to the recently deceased Tacloban business man Kenneth Uy. “Hindi naman siguro fatal iyan” (It’s not fatal anyway) – Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) head Emilio Abaya’s words, when asked about the worsening traffic problem ...Read the Rest
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"When you are a law-abiding motorist that has to share the road with jeepneys, it is likely that you’d also be faced with the same stark lack of the outrage that would normally be exhibited had the stiff on the pavement been that of any other sort of person."
Breaking story about a jeepney driver and his encounter with his worst nightmare -- a pissed off pedestrian he almost hit who happened to be armed.
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"The non-European world succumbed to European domination under the weight their own accumulated delusion that theirs was the superior world view."
Which do we prefer, the way of life offered by the First World or the ones offered by rising powers like China? This choice is what will define the future.
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"What’s actually happening is that anti-American protesters are simply taking advantage of the xenophobia inherent in a lot of Pinoys in order to kick the Americans out of the Philippines. At the end of the day, it’s less about giving the murdered Ms. Laude the justice she deserves, but more about making Pinoys feel superior to the American forces based in our shores."
Will Joseph Scott Pemberton get a fair trial in the Philippines? That remains debatable considering Filipinos' track record of implemebtig true justice.
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"Are there people seeking justice for the Fallen 44? E di wow! What about the thousands of homeless people in the wake of Yolanda who are still struggling to survive? Boom Panes!"
No much will change for the Filipino unless a different approach to implementing reform in the Philippines is given air time in the national debate.
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"Hostile dipshittery apparently runs in the Lina family; Alberto’s brother, former Senator Joey Lina, was the author of the appalling 'Lina Law,' which virtually legalized squatting and obliges property owner to compensate illegal settlers for removing them from their land."
Anyone who spends any time in either the politics or the media business in this country (there are times when those are pretty close to the same thing) learns, if they have any sense of self-preser...
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"Interestingly, wanting to 'defend one’s way of life' is the reasoning for American military intervention abroad, such as in Iraq; but instead, it creates more reasons for the creation of such threats to their 'way of life' (like ISIS)."
The U.S. militia movement and some pro-gun elements seem more sinister to me than at first thought.
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"...the International Monetary Fund, while generally giving the Philippines an upbeat assessment, has expressed concerns over the growth of shadow banking in the real estate industry, and high levels of foreign-denominated debt by some larger corporations."
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"Typical Pinoys often fall easily for the candidate playing nice. You have to remember that being nice often isn’t enough. Can 'nice' enable one to go toe to toe with the more corrupt elements of society and liberate the poor? Can 'nice' defend the country from ruthless foreign invaders?"
What is the ideal candidate to support in the coming elections? The criteria are straightforward.
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"No wonder BOC chief Bert Lina feels he can get away with profiling OFWs as smugglers and direct his minions to randomly pillage tiny shipments of household consumables. As far as the Aquino Administration is concerned, OFWs are an imposition..."
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"The death of Pamana is a sign that Filipino’s sense of nationalism is also dying and you’re proud to be a Filipino? Why don’t we do a ten minute re-assessment of ourselves and ask ourselves, what have we done for our nation. Is being a champion in Clash of Clans already an achievement for you?"
The death of Philippine eagle Pamana is a national tragedy all Filipinos need to be more aware about.
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"Their proposition was that prosperity should follow freedom. Aren’t they so wrong? It is now apparent that freedom should follow prosperity. Even Lee Kuan Yew said so."
The Philippines is a country where people fancy themselves a free lot. But is it really a freedom of the truly democratic sort, or just mere illusion?
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Get Real Philippines is a website that catalogues aspects of the character of Philippine society and culture that affect its ability to achieve what it aspires to be.