The power vacuums that President Duterte and China fill with self-interest

By Joe America If you are decently skilled at critical thinking, you recognize the absurdities that emanate from the Philippine and Chinese governments. The contradictions abound. President Duterte is against corruption, but FOR the Marcos and Arroyo families. He is against drug addicts but has arrested no major drug supplier and has not tried to … Continue reading

Filipino nationalists vs foreign critics

  By Joe America President Duterte is an avid nationalist when it comes to foreigners who intrude into Filipino affairs by instructing him on human rights. He gets angry. He swears at them and, if it were entirely up to him, he would toss them from the land, even if they are helpful to him … Continue reading

Looking at the SONA through its different audiences

By Joe America President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) meant different things to different audiences. Let’s reflect on them. These are my guesses, and you can add your own interpretations in the discussion that follows the article. The Congressional majority and even some minority members who do not want to be seen as … Continue reading

The golden years

By Chemrock Did you know that world ranking in terms of GDP, the Philippines was in 44th position in 2010 and it has moved up to 36th by 2016? That was an incredible achievement under the previous administration. If that doesn’t impress you, by 2016, the Philippine GDP has nudged ahead of Singapore which is … Continue reading

Upside down

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva “Mommy, thank you,” Pedro said. Paz acknowledged the gratitude, glancing at Pedro while sipping from a ladle. He was wearing a tie on an immaculate white shirt, his sleeves rolled up to eat the breakfast that Paz had prepared. Picture of an executive. It was a big breakfast the del Rosario … Continue reading