What to do next in Duterte Land

No matter how hard we try, we’ll always have regrets.

Mine was the fact that I didn’t do enough to prevent Duterte from getting elected. Through a combination of analysis paralysis, procrastination, and doubt on my own judgment, I ended up deciding whom to vote for president at the eve of the 2016 election. At that time, it was too late to influence anyone and I’ve been playing catch up ever since.

Since 2016, I’ve pondered on what could’ve happened if more Christians then, including me, had the foresight to anticipate the corrosive effects of a Duterte presidency and to actively preempt it.

How many lives could’ve been saved? How many relationships could’ve been preserved? How stronger would our democratic institutions and economy be now? What better alternative could’ve been realized compared to the daily doses of callousness, mediocrity, and idiocy of the current kakistocracy? Continue reading “What to do next in Duterte Land”


‘Priests’ In The War On Drugs (Part 1 of 2)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 is one of the most penetrating passages in Scriptures. Compact yet complex, it instructs how Christians are to love their neighbors in the way that God desires them to love.

One important detail in the parable is the character of the priest and his seemingly strange behavior of having seen the wounded man in the story:

A priest happened to be going down the same road and, when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. –  Luke 10:31
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Supporting the presidency


Do you know that there are countless ways to cook a potato? There are many recipes which speak to how versatile this humble ingredient is. For instance, a website listed fifty (50) ways to enjoy a potato: Hasselback sweet potatoes, cheesy mashed potatoes, potato and chocolate cupcakes, patatas bravas, french fries, potato and courgette frittata, and so much more.

But despite all these approaches, the objective remains the same: to eat a potato and be nourished. The same observation also holds true to our other endeavors. As an example, though the objective to succeed in one’s career is universal, there are many ways to do this. There are countless paths to take.

This is also the same with supporting the presidency.

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Voting For The Next President


On the eve of the 2016 presidential elections, I chose to vote for Mar Roxas. It took me a lot of time (Geez!) but I finally made the decision. Several months back, I wanted to vote for Mr. D. But the decision-making process I went through demanded a different answer; it demanded a Christian response.

There were a lot of things that helped me. But let me share three things that really shaped my choice.

Hopefully, you can use these tools again come 2022. Continue reading “Voting For The Next President”

A Christmas Lesson


Let me share to you what happened last Christmas day.

I was celebrating the Eucharist at this parish in downtown Davao (widely known for pioneering A/C masses in the city). Unfortunately, I had trouble being attentive for two reasons: One, I was drowsy. Two, the priest didn’t prepare his homily.

My old self might have started to seethe at this show of incompetence. But what I did next surprised even me: I closed my eyes, prayed that the Lord grant the priest more wisdom in the latter’s next sermons (then I promptly took a nap).

Taking a nap during masses isn’t something I’d advise someone to do. But having a prayerful disposition, given the scenario, is something I want to exercise even more. That’s also the attitude that I hope you’ll maintain.

You see, it took me some time to develop the habit of prayer especially when a situation doesn’t go my way. Being inconvenienced by someone  or something was reason enough to silently fume at my predicament and to stress out. Clearly, it wasn’t a healthy response.

But, during that Christmas day, the response was automatic. After I realized that the priest’s homily wasn’t going anywhere, I accepted that fact and prayed for him.

So, PRE, the lesson here is two-fold. First, the mass is way greater than the homily of a priest. Celebrate it still even if there are kinks along the way. Second, nurture the habit of praying. Make it the go-to move of your daily life and use it often.

Merry Christmas.