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Did Harry Roque just cancel the Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and US?

By Joe America Did Harry Roque misspeak at today’s press conference when he said the Philippines would not help defend US forces if the US and China entered into armed conflict in the West Philippine Sea? Or did he misspeak when he said the Philippines abides by all its agreements with the US, including the … Continue reading

Citizen’s Board for Truth, Transparency, Accountability, and Honor

    By Joe America A recent study confirmed that Filipinos are ignorant about political issues, yet confident in their knowledge (PHL among countries ‘most ignorant of key issues’, but also among most confident — survey). This rather astounding configuration seems to mean that Filipinos are susceptible to the lure of a dictator and unshakeable … Continue reading

“How do we get out of this mess?”

By Joe America “Joe, as a keen observer of Philippine politics in particular and society in general, in your considered judgment, how do we get out of this mess???” That’s a tweet I received from ‘Martin’ a few days ago. Let me do my best to answer it, as it is perhaps a common question … Continue reading

A Meditative Interview with God for Ash Wednesday

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva He wasn’t surprised to see me. He’s all-knowing after all. But I was. Didn’t know he lived a simple life. His place reminded me of the animal shed where the Son was born, in Bethlehem. But his face. His face shone like the sun, the moon and the stars. That I … Continue reading

The Philippine Mayor

By Joe America President Duterte likes to call himself ‘just a mayor’. He does this to portray himself as a humble man, and to explain his decisions as the kinds of straightforward, no-nonsense, successful choices he has been making for decades. Unfortunately a nation is not a city. It’s laws are not just executional policies. … Continue reading