Author Archives: Julius Willis

About Julius Willis

A former Philippines newspaper publisher and businessman, Julius resettled in California, USA, where he simultaneously worked as an instructional and technical writer and engineering department manager and taught college for 26 years. Now retired, he serves as a member of the Alameda County Housing & Community Development Advisory Committee. He also served as a member of the City of Hayward's General Plan Task Force and the city's Planning, Personnel, Citizens Advisory, and Community Services commissions.

The 2016 Republican Convention opening day: a sea of white faces and a dozen poorly mendacious speakers


Day one of the 4-day 2016 Republican National Convention closed out in Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, July 18 with a wholly white audience consisting of Republican Party delegates and campaign workers listening to a long list of third-rate speakers led by discredited former … Continue reading

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Cronyism and the ‘padrino’ system: what they do to the Philippine’s political and business culture, and how to get rid of them


Cronyism and the ubiquitous padrino (patronage) system describe an economy in which certain business people and government officials maintain a close relationship, resulting in favoritism in the allocation of government contracts, permits, grants, benefits, etc. In its more despicable form, … Continue reading

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Why Filipinos would rather live in sin than seek to legally dissolve a nonworking marriage, or why the Philippines desperately needs a divorce law


Rep. Lagman’s HB 116 promises relief from “long-dead marriages” to multitudes of “hapless women” The Philippines is the only country in the world – outside of the Vatican, which has only about 30 women citizen/residents – that does not allow … Continue reading

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What makes Metropolitan Manila traffic so congested, and what can be done to fix it


You’re in Makati. It is 1:00 PM. You have a 3:00 PM appointment in Parañaque – a mere twenty kilometers from where you are. You get in your car and drive to your appointment. Because the traffic is so bad, … Continue reading

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Why Donald Trump cannot be the leader of a diverse society: he is racist, violent, misogynous, xenophobic, egotistic, and a megalomaniac


When he started out his campaign for the presidency early this year, Trump referred to undocumented immigrants from Mexico as “rapists” and “criminals” and promised – if elected president – to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. … Continue reading

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As he lost his bid to be president, Jojo Binay will likely lose a lot of unexplained wealth – and serve jail time to boot


His son Junjun and wife Elenita – both similarly accused of plunder, graft, and corruption – may end up with a similar fate Immediately following his election as vice president on May 10, 2010, Jejomar “Jojo” Binay – who was … Continue reading

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Self-styled executioner, blabber-mouth Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte might – after all – be good for the Filipino people


In a previous post (Why Filipinos must not. . . , Feb. 16, 2016), I suggested that Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte was “an egomaniac who believes himself to be above the law” and whose “delusions of personal greatness will … Continue reading

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America, Beware! Donald Trump is a dangerous person who fits the profile of a mobster more than anything else


He talks like a thirteen-year-old schoolyard bully: “Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren’t told to go to my events. Be careful, Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!” His “speeches” are empty of substance and … Continue reading

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A threat to the people: Manny the boxer who condemns homosexuals as “worse than animals” and non-Evangelical Protestants as “hell-bound” now wants to be a Senator of the Republic


Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, currently an elected member of the Philippine House of Representatives, is running to be a Senator of the Republic. Is he qualified? Is he mentally and emotionally fit for such high public office? Pacquiao is qualified … Continue reading

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Why Filipinos must not elect Duterte or Binay – two men who may bring ruin to a country struggling to emerge from a culture of political lawlessness, graft, and corruption


The past six years saw the Philippines recuperating from decades of failed leadership, mismanagement, and plundering. Public officials high and low have been charged with graft, corruption, and plunder – and dozens upon dozens of them have been removed and … Continue reading

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