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Understanding how the Philippines sees the US and China. They’re different.

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America It is common to broadly paint Philippine alliances with China and the United States as competitive or similar. They are not, and my goal here is to explain the difference. You can add your views in the discussion section of the blog. The Philippines has three strong associations with … Continue reading

The Constitutionalists in the Duterte government

Opinion By Joe America Let me set the problem up before moving to discussion. It seems to me there are three different kinds of government officials within the Duterte Government, extended to cover the legislative branches which are of questionable independence. As I put it in a tweet: Those who keep their soul and do … Continue reading

Recognizing the decent people fighting the virus

Opinion By Joe America Most of us who defend the Constitution, human rights, decency, fairness, and compassion, are critics of the Duterte Government. It is a daily thing as the Government does deeds we question: Failed drug war with thousands dead Unstable environment for investors Pursuing friendship with China as she claims Philippine economic rights … Continue reading

On Treasury, Fed, financial stimulus, interest rates & MMT

The following article pertains to American financial systems and issues. These matters are fundamental to any national economy, and particularly instructional for Filipinos who expect sophistication from their government financial managers. J.A. Analysis and Opinion By Chemrock The Treasury Dept and Federal Reserve Bank are responsible for smoothing economic cycles by managing economic fluctuations. Treasury … Continue reading

The myth that 16 million DDS are in charge of the Philippine agenda

OPINION By Joe America We often look at leaders like Presidents Trump and Duterte and say they are ‘populists”, as if they are in power for and by the people. But that is a myth. Popularity does not drive either president. Vested interests do. The appeal to popular themes is merely a device, a marketing … Continue reading