Ordinary Filipinos offer a wealth of ideas on how to solve Manila’s traffic disaster

I posted ‪some ideas to solve the traffic gridlock on Facebook and I am heartened by the outpouring of more ideas sent through by commenters. The following is the initial list I posted:

‪1. Limit or ban privately-owned buses.‬ They should be government-operated.
‪2. Get rid of the jeepneys.‬
‪3. Open the gated communities for access to motorists.‬
‪4. Limit selling of new cars.‬
‪5. Limit use of old cars.
‪6. Expand the rail system.‬
‪7. Use river ferries for transport.‬
8. Curb population growth.

Numbers 1 through 3 will have an immediate effect on traffic flow. The sheer volume and inefficiency of public transport systems based on boundary-driven buses and jeepneys and the choking effects big residential zones closed for private use have long been known to be the biggest causes of traffic gridlock.

Many commenters agreed with these suggestions and contributed their own.

Here’s one particularly detailed one…

Build more bridges along Pasig River, para hindi lang Edsa ang daan, e.g. Hulo, Circuit Makati, West Rembo, Nagpayong, Pinagbuhatan, Bambang.

Expand 10meters width on Edsa near Buendia, sakupin ang North Forbes park area. Jan lagi ang traffic kasi galing sa 4 lane, magiging 3 to 2 lane.

Lagyan ng Oras ng Bus servives, per station, napakaraming Bus na kalahati lang laman..

This one is a good synthesis of several ideas:

9. Clean up, and encourage the use of the numerous, alternate roadways.

As for #2 on the list. An analyst group, about a decade ago, concluded (at that time) if the jeepneys alone, were removed? You’d eliminate nearly 50% of the vehicles on the NCR roadways.

It seems too that there are gains to be found in applying a more scientific approach to routing traffic and public utility vehicles as this commenter suggests…

Hire/Consult mathematicians who specialize in graph theory to solve transportation problem.

Ultimately, the solution lies in improving public transport facilities and discouraging the use of private vehicles. This involves a big culture change and, specially, instilling of discipline and an ethic of community in every Filipino.

The conversation must go on…

Randy David proves Yellowtards wrong: “Democracy” was never the solution to Philippine poverty!

In a public lecture he delivered in Fukuoka, Japan this week, David attempts to “explain the apparent public acceptance by the Filipino people of what many observers abroad regard as the most brutal presidency the Philippines has ever known”.

In trying to explain why the Philippines has once again turned to authoritarianism, it may be useful to begin by saying that, perhaps, we have never been democratic.

The modern institutions of Western liberal democracy – free elections, a free press, an independent judiciary, a bill of rights, etc. — came a little too soon to the Philippines. Our civil and political rights came ahead of economic rights.

This observation is consistent with the development models of East Asia’s biggest success stories which include South Korea and Singapore, then Malaysia and Thailand, and now Vietnam and possibly other emerging Indochinese states. These states achieved much of their economic prosperity under authoritarian regimes.

Nonetheless, the fact remains that, in the Philippines, people are still free to voice their dissent, whether online or in real life. Last we saw, critics of President Rodrigo Duterte critics have yet to prove that the alleged extrajudicial killings have his blessing, and that he is using the killings to silence his critics.

Discrimination cannot be legislated off human nature

Anti-“discrimination” laws, taken too far, go against human nature and will only result in unintended consequences — like driving underground all the “discriminatory” behaviour these were designed to eradicate. The fact is, there are natural human predispositions at work around why “discrimination” exists.

(1) People are tribal.

This is the reason sport events are fun and emotional experiences — because we like rooting for teams we feel an affinity with, chanting and waving in sync with a mob, and being in solidarity with our “tribe”. Indeed the hysteria around, say, basketball matches between Ateneo and La Salle are brilliant displays of primal tribalism.

(2) Humans are visual creatures.

Again, tribes are often identified by their colours. Ateneo = blue, La Salle = green, to extend further the earlier example. It is also an established fact that people with pleasing appearances elicit more positive responses from people they are communicating with. Humans are also hardwired to be cautious with or recoil from unfamiliar sights.

(3) Discrimination is an ingrained psychological rule of thumb.

Humans have to manage limited resources in terms of time and brain space. Discrimination predisposes us to gravitate to the familiar and distance ourselves from the strange to save time and energy that is at risk of being invested in the wrong people. It’s an instinct we share with our cousin species across the animal kingdom.

No amount of legislation will change these deeply-invested characteristics of the human mind and psyche. To do so results in the legislative agendas of today all crafted with substandard and sloppy thinking.

Gretchen Diez sets back the LGBTQ cause by OVER-playing the victim card

Recent revelations highlight the fact that Chayra Ganal, the janitress in the middle of the circus kicked up by Gretchen Diez (who “identifies” as a woman) after she was refused entry into a female restroom, is a contractual employee, pregnant, and a woman. Ganal is, in all ironies, the very embodiment of the archetypical “victim” the snowflakes who now rail against her have painted their people as.

Now Diez has been made into the shrill wailing postergirl of the LGBTQ “cause”. Even her political opinions are now reportedly given weight by no less than the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality.

How about that, right?

Diez, it seems, is the latest manufactured victim that had been WEAPONISED by snowflakedom. Indeed, Ganal continues to be the subject of a vicious cyberbullying campaign being led by “thought leaders” of the feminist movement and the mighty Gay Lobby. No less than a member of Congress, Geraldine Roman is leading the charge, taking full advantage of the lofty soapbox accorded to her as a House Representative to launch her tirades against the hapless contractual employee of the vast Farmers Plaza Mall owned by the Araneta feudal clan.

Perhaps Gretchen Diez should man up and face the truth about what she had done. She used her connections while behind the dishonest disguise of victimhood to persecute the humble employee Chayra Ganal. That’s certainly not something to be proud of.

Ninoy Aquino died. SO WHAT?

Yeah, so what?

Look around you. The Philippines is exactly the way it was back before Ninoy died. The changes are all superficial and, for several decades, were packaged inside a nice Yellow box that, generations of Filipinos were told, represents a “revolution”.

Even if there was, such a “revolution”, again, so what?

There was one in Russia back in 1917 that went on to create this monstrosity called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Filipinos are sort of lucky in that context. It took half a century for Russians and their hapless “comrades” over much of Eurasia that got roped into the Soviet empire to realise it was all a lie. It took only thirty years for the same thing to happen in the Philippines.

What the Russians did right, however, was correct the historical account. It renamed Leningrad back to St Petersburg, for example and took down all those horrible monuments of their failed “revolution” except, perhaps for some to remind them of the horror of it all. It’s time Filipinos did the same — so that they could move on to better things, and better thinking.

Cory Aquino exploited Filipino emotionalism to become president then set up the Philippines for disaster

“Vice president” Leni Robredo disagrees with President Rodrigo Duterte’s opinion of ex-Pres. Cory Aquino — that the latter only became popular after former Senator Ninoy Aquino died. But of course Robredo would disagree. She herself only became popular after her own husband died. She’s also delusional like Cory. She has delusions of grandeur.

A lot of people agree in hindsight that Cory should never have been installed as President because, one, she stayed in Boston for years and did not have the residency in the Philippines required to qualify. Two, she didn’t have a platform nor policy to bring the country from Third World to First.

Those who pushed Cory to run were simply emotional and did not think about the consequences of putting up someone inexperienced to run a country. The result was a disaster that lasted for more than 30 years. Her Presidency set the country back and continues to trail our ASEAN neighbors to this day.

Filipinos once believed premarital sex is a sin just as they once believed Ninoy is a hero

Just because Filipinos believed for 30 years that Ninoy Aquino is a hero does not mean that can all change. In fact, it already has. Many Filipinos no longer believe Aquino is a “hero”.

Indeed, Roman Catholicism teaches that people who engage in premarital sex will go to hell. That’s been part of Catholic dogma for 2000 years. And yet, all that changed. Today, being a virgin before marriage is more the exception than the rule.

Who’s to say then that the notion that Ninoy Aquino is some sort of “hero” can be forgotten as well? Some folks believe that is not possible.

Bizarre indeed.

Proclaiming this obsolete belief in all-caps will not make Ninoy a hero. He was just like any other local mayor or councillor gunned down in Philippines. Only Big Corporate media allied with the Aquinos made people believe he was one.

Ninoy Aquino is not a hero because he didn’t make ORDINARY Filipinos’ lives BETTER

It’s time Filipinos revisit the very notion that Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr is a national “hero”? What exactly did he do that was so heroic? Did he invent a longer-lasting lightbulb? Did he cure cancer? Did he lead an army to victory?

What exactly did Ninoy do?

This, after all, is an age of Marvel superheroes. Filipinos join the rest of the world in being the biggest fans of the products of the wildly-profitable Marvel Universe franchise. One wonders then how the average Spidey fan reconciles the exceptional skills needed to fit the hero criteria applied to showbiz characters and the criteria applied to a country’s “national heroes”.

The actions of heroes, after all, make a difference to the lives of ordinary people. One would be hard-pressed to cite an example of how Aquino’s “heroism” resulted in such an outcome. Are ordinary Filipinos better off after his supposed “martyrdom” at the international airport that now bears his name?

It’s time Filipinos start thinking outside of the square. They should decide whether they should remain fixated on a definition of “hero” concocted by a clan driven more by their oligarchic interests than that of the broader public or ditch that in favour of what REALLY defines a true hero.

“Activists” attending protest rallies in this year’s #SONA2019 should LISTEN

Protest rallies are meant to encourage their participants to make noise rather than listen. This is unfortunate because most real learning happens when listening and not when one is talking.

It is therefore ironic that the very mobs who issue shrill cries that “press freedom” is “dead” are the very ones who would engage in an activity the aim of which is to drown out the most important voice in any country — that of its head of government.

Activists parrot slogans uncritically and hardly ever pause to deeply understand what they are actually saying.

In essence, “activists” come to their rallies with pre-set mindset and no capacity to apply critical thinking. This is evident in the slogans they have locked into in their protest paraphernalia. They come to chant slogans and generally act in the manner scripted for them by their “thought leaders”.

As such, it is interesting that these “activists” now criticise Filipinos who voted for current President Rodrigo Duterte as being “stupid” in their choice.

Chel Diokno is trying to save face, but it is too late

Perhaps this is really how “human rights” lawyers work. They make victims of people who never saw themselves as victims to begin with. These parasitical members of the legal profession make people believe they are “victims” all for the purpose of turning them into “clients” who fit their nebulous “human rights” narrative.

Chel Diokno fits the bill perfectly. He presumed to represent the “victimhood” of the Filipino fishermen whose boat was allegedly rammed by a Chinese vessel in Reed Bank in mid June. The trouble is he made an equally nebulous case that was crushed under the intense grilling of the Philippines’ Supreme Court justices. Asked in a variety of words by these justices, What is it exactly you are asking of the Court? all Diokno’s legal team could respond with was a shrug and a scratch in the head.

Too late to save face: Chel Diokno

Even more laughable, the fishermen themselves eventually disavowed themselves of Diokno’s quaint legal stunt.

All Diokno has left is a face to save. But it seems he is too late to save even that.