Free speech is still free in the Philippines, but take care . . .

By Joe America The Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has summoned 12 people to explain their posts on social media, sending a bit of a Constitutional shudder through the free nation. Atty Chel Diokno will be representing one of the people summoned. He says these are ordinary citizens and the action is a clear … Continue reading

Weaponizing humor

By Joe America Laughter is great medicine, if hard to find when people in the vicinity are being grim. It’s also like the point of a spear if aimed correctly, or a shield if needed to parry a blow. President Duterte is a master of humor as a weapon. He uses off color and womanizing … Continue reading

When government bullshits you

By Joe America I have an advanced college degree in communications from one of the best communications schools on the planet at the University of Southern California. You know Walter Annenberg? Dude funded a lovely school, lovely. I recite these credentials so you know I’m an expert at this stuff. I’ve examined everything from newscasts … Continue reading

The Professional Heckler is an institution, Panelo a passing fancy

By Joe America The Duterte Administration is getting very sensitive about criticism. Vice President Robredo criticized the drug war and the President threw a hissy fit, tauntingly offering her the job of drug czar. You can see the burning anger in his eyes when he talks about it, a woman, after all. The trolls, of … Continue reading

What does Justice Leonen mean when he says we ought not demonize?

By Joe America I retweeted a tweet and was immediately blocked by Associate Justice Leonen. Well, these things don’t happen for one tweet, so my guess is that the good Justice had been reading my host of earlier tweets critical of the Supreme Court for not certifying the election of Leni Robredo as the nation’s … Continue reading