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A Land Called Sayang

By N Mark Castro
I said this before and I say it again, especially in light of yet another meaningless celebration of EDSA I, and Esquire Philippines’ take on the Martial Law.
My problem with this is simple:
1. We kicked out the Marcoses because of the dictatorship and all the corrupt and abusive practices incurred over the years.
2. They’re supposed to be the worst family ever that has raided the country’s coffers and deprived the nation of its growth.

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The Irony of Philippine Politics: Marcos Family vs Binay Family

By N Mark Castro


The Aquino Political Dynasty

By N Mark Castro

Friedrich Nietzsche

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Indeed, it was the deranged Friedrich Nietzsche who gave such a foreboding warning to would-be heroes, but one in which everyone else fails …

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Why GLOBE is like your typical Philippine Politician

By N Mark Castro

Sympathizing with my friend, his GLOBE subscription has yet to manifest its promise … it’s so eerily similar to what traditional politicians say during this upcoming Philippine elections yet fail to deliver.


Nars: The Contribution of Philippine Nurses in the Philippine Economy

By N Mark Castro

Spreading like wildfire in Philippine news today is the insensitive remark of senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar on Philippine nurses.

Rough Translation:

Actually, (Filipino) nurses don’t need to finish BSN (Bachelor of Science, Nursing). Because our nurse (s) just want to become Room Nurse. Or in America and in other countries they’re like only, just caregivers. They don’t need to be that good.

Unfortunately, Cynthia Villar is one of the leading senatorial candidates and — if Philippine political polling systems are to be believed — is almost secured of a slot in the Senate.

For someone who claims to fight for the plight of the poor and downtrodden, Cynthia Villar surely has their best interests at heart; after all, nobody can screw you better than your own kind.


Lest we forget, Cynthia Villar is the wife of Senator and former losing presidential candidate Manny Villar who, together, made their money in providing affordable real estate to the lower middle class. If you will recall, Senator Manny Villar was also accused of steering an infrastructure project to ensure that it encompasses his properties so as to add value to it. Based on the transcript of the show where Cynthia Villar appeared, one can surmise which side of the spectrum the Villars represent … clearly, it doesn’t have anything to do with the poor or the downtrodden. Read the rest of this entry

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