Hello, Hell. Thy name is Philippines.

By Joe America We passed two historical milestones this past weekend: (1) another year afer the 1986 People Power rebellion with related pushback against a budding Duterte dictatorship, and (2) the first anniversary of the jailing of Senator De Lima. These celebrations, if one can celebrate achievement and cruelty as passages, good and bad, were … Continue reading

The limits of tolerance

By Joe America Tolerance is our ability to put up with people and events that are outside our normal course of being. It is a different from ‘acceptance’ in that the people and events are not necessarily welcomed into our lives. We might tolerate bad language in a movie, but would not accept it from … Continue reading

Thinking Conundrums

By Edgar Lores In a previous post, [1] I opined that there were 3 major defects in Filipino thinking: Erroneous reasoning Categorization Scoping By erroneous reasoning, I meant logic and thinking method. By categorization, I meant classifying a problem under the proper domain. By scoping, I meant defining the perimeters of the problem after one … Continue reading

Did Harry Roque just cancel the Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and US?

By Joe America Did Harry Roque misspeak at today’s press conference when he said the Philippines would not help defend US forces if the US and China entered into armed conflict in the West Philippine Sea? Or did he misspeak when he said the Philippines abides by all its agreements with the US, including the … Continue reading

Citizen’s Board for Truth, Transparency, Accountability, and Honor

    By Joe America A recent study confirmed that Filipinos are ignorant about political issues, yet confident in their knowledge (PHL among countries ‘most ignorant of key issues’, but also among most confident — survey). This rather astounding configuration seems to mean that Filipinos are susceptible to the lure of a dictator and unshakeable … Continue reading