The boring, joyless, yet scientific approach to lawmaking should apply to all legislation, most especially those hot-button bills that stir up so much emotion among lawmakers and private citizens alike. If you ever get to watch a congressional hearing on an issue as explosive as death penalty and end up dying of boredom from all of the technical data being discussed, well… at least you know our lawmakers are doing their jobs right.
The tingi mentality allows us to think small and build small. Anything that crosses the imagination is a wild tale, and a project that goes beyond a billion is mind boggling for others. Immediately, we attach our tingi mindset, “Sinong yumaman? Ilan sa korapsyon?” Is this the reason we continually fail to rise?
The "worse than a war zone" description of the Philippines made by Ressa through CBS News is nothing but fictional. A work of fiction that has the intention of putting down the Philippines and undermining the will of the majority of Filipinos and the duly-elected government of President Duterte.
We have to break the dugyot mentality if we are to break the cycle of poverty. But first we must agree with the proposition that one has to care more in order to understand more.
"It is clear that the unique circumstances of our time have opened up a new road to hegemony for ambitious countries. It is a road paved with money, not guns. Economic leverage, not military might."
The political noise was up several decibels in the past two weeks as the President floated the idea of appointing the opposition's most ardent critic to the head the Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs. As The titular head of the opposition, Vice-President Leni Robredo has been at the forefront calling for an end to the killings of drug suspects.
Despite the presence of several versions of the federalism proposal, the 18th Congress will not move in the direction of federalism. Shifting to federal is not easy but we need to imbibe the mindset that allows reforms to be pursued.
About 72 percent of adults reported reading the Bible; 53 percent picture books; 52 percent short stories, 48 percent romance novels, and 48 percent newspapers and reference materials. Moreover, books are prohibitive to many.
Water rationing has been announced again in Metro Manila. The root of the problems being faced by Metro Manila's residents today can be traced back to the 1976 Metro Manila Development Plan being junked for no valid reason other than that it was the brainchild of Marcos' technocrats.