The Middle Class Megaphone

We read often about the promise a more robust economic middle class brings to the Philippines. As the economy expands and more professional and managerial jobs come on-stream, we are seeing the emergence of a different style of worker, more traditional in the western sense, relying upon skills and productivity to command a decent salary. … Continue reading

A Corporate Model of Governance

This blog is strictly an intellectual exercise. I would not want anyone to think JoeAm is preaching revolution, thus inviting reactionaries to ship him back to the States for violating the terms of his visa. Let’s just think about things, eh? We watch senators engaging one another as if each member had it in for … Continue reading

Empathy in the Philippines

Empathy (noun) the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another. Empathy exists in the Philippines. When a grandmother decides to turn state’s evidence because she does not want a stigma of shame attached to her grandkids, you know she has a heart for those grandkids. Empathy does not … Continue reading

“Calling Harry Roque . . . Is Harry Roque in the Building?”

I didn’t quite know where I was going with this article until Society follower brianitus offered up the following profound quote: “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral … Continue reading

The Life of Reyes

Ruby Tuason’s decision to tell all has turned the pork scandal on its ear. Three people, in particular, are in a fine state of apoplexy at the moment: Gigi Reyes, former assistant to Senator Enrile, the old man himself, and Janet Napoles, who was on the road to freedom until Ruby popped back into the … Continue reading