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What lesson should Filipinos take from the coronavirus crisis? Stop being 3rd World.

By Joe America The difference between South Korea and the Philippines is First World versus Third World. How well or poorly prepared the respective nations were to handle the coronavirus threat is found in differences in capability and attitude. Capability The Philippines has dilapidated hospitals, haphazard technology, and managers who run things according to the … Continue reading

Who is running the Philippines?

By Joe America The President’s latest speech, on tape and edited, did a complete turnabout from a speech a few days before. The first turned the LGUs (Cities) loose, gave them the reins, instructed them to do what they had to do to shut down the virus and keep their cities functioning. The second chastised … Continue reading

A bold program to bring the Philippines into the modern world

By Joe America Every national election represents an opportunity to be bold. It would be wonderful to see boldness in the spirit of the Constitution, rather than the undermining of it. I hope in 2022, candidates will take on some or all of the following steps aimed at bringing the Philippines into the modern world … Continue reading

Why the Philippines makes bad decisions

By Joe America Social media have been filled with complaints from citizens about lack of transparency from the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the coronavirus. The complaints have returned defensive remarks from DOH officials about the hard work being done. This exchange is instructional because it reminds us that we are in Asia, but trying … Continue reading

Weaponizing humor

By Joe America Laughter is great medicine, if hard to find when people in the vicinity are being grim. It’s also like the point of a spear if aimed correctly, or a shield if needed to parry a blow. President Duterte is a master of humor as a weapon. He uses off color and womanizing … Continue reading