How China is peeling the Philippines like a very blind cabbage

By JoeAm I am impressed with China’s strategic approach to gaining global power. I don’t like it. But I am impressed. China uses small steps unrestrained by laws or matters of fair play, kindness, or respect. She does not need an army. She has agents on the ground. Filipinos, in the Philippines. When push-back occurs, … Continue reading

A Decision Matrix for the 2019 Senatorial Election

By Edgar Lores The midterm elections are upon us. Soon we will have the power to change our shared destiny. Soon we will have to make up our minds who to vote for. And soon we will decide who will govern us — hopefully in power wielded well and wise — at several levels: municipal, … Continue reading

Character in journalists

By JoeAm Facebook follower Al Hadj Bin Aday asked me when Philippine journalists would start to write like I do, which I presumed to mean directly with a touch of literary flair to align words in a way that hits meaning on the head with a #10 ball-peen hammer. I reflected on the writers that influenced my … Continue reading

“This land is your land, this land is my lan . . . oh oh . . .”

By JoeAm One of the greatest failings of all Philippine administrations from Aguinaldo to Duterte is the poor management of the nation’s glorious natural resources. The lands are among the richest on the planet for ores and fertility. The surrounding waters are seas of plenty. But the care-taking is just horrible. The poorly considered assignment … Continue reading

The holy curse of bankers

By Chemrock Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, demanded a pound of flesh from his debtor who could not repay a loan. With that, Shakespeare condemned a moniker on the Jewish community for posterity. Few are those who bother to contextualize what they read or hear. In ancient days when Jews were dispersed all over Europe, they … Continue reading