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National honor is not automatic. People have to want it, and work for it.

By Joe Am The Philippines has been wracked by internal bickering since Aguinaldo had Bonaficio tried for treason. We see this ruthless style of political in-fighting in local elections. It is not unusual to have hundreds of casualties across the nation. We see it today when President Duterte’s spokesperson Sal Panelo lays blame for China’s … Continue reading

Why incompetence is the norm in the Philippines

  By JoeAm The Philippines does not lack money as much as it lacks skill in how to deploy the wealth that is generated. Incompetence is the norm at both public agencies and private businesses. Why is that? Not wanting to waste your time, for efficiency is important, I’ll get right to the point: Skill … Continue reading

Why Filipinos fight Filipinos instead of building a great nation

By JoeAm Have you noticed? Filipinos are always making other Filipinos the enemy. This struck me as I was reading DFA Secretary Locsin ripping on prior administrations for the mess in the West Philippine Sea . . . as if China had nothing to do with the mess. A few days later, House Budget Committee … Continue reading

Almost no one will read this article because it is long and contains the word ‘paucity’

By JoeAm In the old days, when we received letters and picked up the ringing phone which had a wire attached, and read the newspaper or caught the news on the TV, we lived with simple understandings. One of them was that this is real. The letter is truly from Cousin Sylvia, the phone call … Continue reading

A time of rest

  By JoeAm When I was in the US, I grew roses. Roses there are different than the resilient Philippine variety, which are scrawny as if wracked by poverty, yet still beautiful when a cluster of them erupt in bloom. American roses are bushier, lusher, bigger of bloom, and more strongly aromatic. Roses love two … Continue reading