Tag Archives: philippines

Challenge is to solve poverty, not just to hide it

Few days ago, as debates raged on the question of the urban poor and how we should solve the issue, I wrote a Note on Facebook. Here it is, improved and extended a little bit. When I was growing up, my family moved from one apartment to another because the parents could only earn so […]

Take 13 on the 2013 Elections: A Quick Post-Mortem

Even as the Comelec embarks on a slow canvassing of results of the senatorial and partylist contests and winning local candidates are being proclaimed one after another, many are trying to make sense of the outcome of the May 13, 2013 midterm elections. Here are my initial post-mortem notes on the polls, 13 in all […]

#juanvote Netizens’ Election Day Memo 2013

May 13 is Election Day. Whether you’re voting or not, you have many ways to participate in the process and make it move towards democracy that’s real and substantive. As netizens, we could use our social media capital to do great things and to be good citizens. (more…)

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[#iPHLgood] The elephant in the room: #betterinternet essential to do more social good

Today, as we tackle social media for social good, I wish to share and call out the elephant in the room… Thanks to Filipino netizens, the Philippines has become, since late 2010, the world’s social media capital. Social media, digital, the web, new media – whatever we call what we do online (and which we […]

Self-fulfilling prophecy: Culture of impunity goes unchallenged under Aquino

Referring to extrajudicial killings and the killing of journalists in the Philippines in his July, 2010 State of the Nation Address, President Benigno Aquino III declared that his administration would “hold murderers accountable.” Despite that pledge, six journalists have been killed since then, or a total of ten since the Ampatuan Massacre of November 23, 2009 claimed the […]