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What is sacred for President Duterte?

Independence Day doesn’t seem to be, it isn’t the first time he didn’t come. The Supreme Court might or might not be, as he has flip-flopped on statements whether he would respect their judgement on Martial Law. The (formerly) pro-Western orientation of the Philippines I doubt.

Are the dead sacred for him? If their name […]

Honeylet and Leni

represent the two major parts of Philippine society – not Mocha and Leni, who are both daughters of judges. One with a tragic twist early in her biography, the other later. Honeylet was a nurse in the United States for four years (link), and women’s names with suffixes as -let or -lyn will almost never […]

Smugness and Contempt

show in the faces of today’s Filipino leaders (link), in the actions of the police (link) and rich people on the street (link). This is the kind of Philippines I never liked, the one that often showed its face during Martial Law. Those with that attitude considered themselves STRONG back in the days, and all-knowing; […]

Even Housing Projects

in Germany have trees in them. This struck me looking at the projects occupied by Kadamay. They remind me of refugee camps over here in Germany. Except that refugee camps in Germany are usually container-based and not intended to be permanent settlements. And not intended for locals, while Filipinos are nasty to their own people. […]

Intact Neighborhoods

are the foundation of successful cities, regions, countries. How are barangays in the Philippines doing? The President says that 40% of barangay captains are involved in drugs (link). Wait, weren’t the barangays also the ones who compiled the drug lists? Used to compel people to surrender and possibly even used to determine who to kill?

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Dust thou art

and to dust thou shalt return. No need for people to hasten death (link). And those who feel like “killing and killing”, judicially or extrajudicially, do not see that it is not a solution to the problems of society that cause terrible crimes.

But Filipinos usually love quick “solutions”. There are the kind that rage […]

Nasaan ang kaluluwa ng Pilipinas

ang tanong ko sa panahon na ito. Simpleng alitan sa trapik patayan na (link). Ano ba iyan, basta na lang magalit ka sa tao sa trapik dahil sa munting alitan, papatayin mo na?

Sa ibang pangyayari, tinatanong naman ni Sec. Aguirre sa taongbayan kung “sino ang isusunod” (link) kay De Lima. Kung ang mga supporter […]

Pagmamata at Inggit

sa tingin ko ang madalas na dahilan para sa maraming problema ng Pilipinas. Wala namang lipunang pantay-pantay, kahit sa Scandinavia may mababa at mataas na tao kahit hindi agad ito nakikita. Pero mukhang sa Pilipinas tatapakan ka talaga kapag mas mababa ang tingin sa iyo, at pahahamakin ka ng mga naiingit kung mayabang ang tingin […]

Feeling at Home

has been a human need since we looked for caves to live in, I think. We all want to live as safely and securely as possible, be in an environment we are familiar with, with the people we can trust. Throughout history, people have conquered and migrated for reasons of their own (link). Built new […]

The Filipino dignity

that Obama is insulting according to Duterte (link) is simply the latter’s sense of entitlement. Not the dignity of those killed and wrapped in cardboard on the street, not the dignity of Mayor Espinosa who was killed in jail (link) under strange circumstances after a long story of what looks like harassment and intimidation. Not […]

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