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The Philippines: ‘Dancing with Duterte’

By JoeAm There is a dance going on. It is fairly obvious what is happening in the Philippines, even if the nation’s journalists are lost in awe over the plaza decorations rather than the dancing. And the nation’s people are lost in slumber over there under the mango tree, believing that a macho poser will … Continue reading

The majority senators are frozen in silence

By JoeAm Majority senators are stuck between a rock and a hard place. That accounts for their silence during all the Independence Day chatter about China’s harassment of Filipino fishermen. In fact, they have been silent on a lot of important issues. Although they look to President Duterte for certain favors in the future, they … Continue reading

Can Duterte break the Iron Law of Megaprojects?

By Chemrock Everybody loves mega projects. Engineers and technologists love it for pushing the envelope on designs, developers and contractors love the sound of the cash registers, dictators and politicians love it for the rapture and captured opportunities, the people love the pride in iconic structures. We have long entered the era of greed where … Continue reading

Defense Secretary Lorenzana has failed the Philippines

By Joe America Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has a difficult job, without question. He performed it well until this week when he decided to lay the blame for mismanagement of the West Philippine Sea on President Aquino (Who ‘mismanaged’ West PHL Sea? Lorenzana points to previous admin; GMA News). The fundamental rule that Secretary Lorenzana … Continue reading

Nang Sumulat si Rody Duterte Kay Rody Duterte

ni Wilfredo G. Villanueva Ang liham na ito ay isang kathang isip lamang ng inyong abang lingkod: Mahal kong Rody, Pasensya na, hindi ako magaling mag-Pilipino, pero pipilitin kong gamitin ang ating sariling wika para sa kapakanan ng nakakaraming rehiyon. Pero kung minsan, mag-e-English na lang ako kung mahirap madakip ang tamang salita na nasa … Continue reading