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Are you relevant?

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm The amazing rush to action by volunteers supporting Vice President Robredo in her campaign for the Philippine presidency tapped an untapped human need in the Philippines, and around the world: the need to feel relevant. Important. Worth something. Going somewhere. I’d venture to guess that most of us are often … Continue reading

Unity, who you?

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm We need to get a handle on the Marcos campaign’s call for “unity” to figure out if it warrants support should it become an operating framework for the Marcos Administration. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. It seems to me there are two types of unity, one that is political, … Continue reading

Filipinos and Unity

By Irineo B. R. Salazar Joe recently mentioned that Marcos Jr. used unity well as a slogan. Even as someone who is “Pink” I accept that, knowing that unity has been a persistent theme of Filipino nationalism ever since the IDEA of a Filipino nation first arose. Think of the Philippines then, with no common “native” tongue, local elites barely … Continue reading

Laws and Outlaws

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm Outlaws are what cowboys called criminals in the American Wild West. Generally they were the band of robbers, rustlers, and killers on the run. In the Philippines, we call them LGU heads, legislators, and presidents. That’s a joke, eh? Well, maybe. A lot of people in the Philippines don’t respect … Continue reading

How to build a nation when Earth is the enemy

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm The Philippines is notoriously reactive. I’m sometimes skeptical about whether the future tense is even taught in school. Nor is history, evidently, looking at the list of Presidential candidates. Filipinos live in the “now” I guess. I think that’s not the best idea. Earth has about had it with over-populating, … Continue reading