Duterte’s divided nation: Philippine institutions push back

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By Joe America I’ve written two prior articles that provide background to this discussion. One said that the fate of the Philippines is in the hands of its institutions (link). The other identified three major issues that are so fundamentally problematic that it is hard to get past them to give the Duterte Administration credit … Continue reading

Mocha Uson is not the problem

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By Joe America We have sorted the Philippine population into three groups to help make sense of things: The entitled, or class of impunity, that takes care of its own, is fundamentally amoral (lying is a tool, murder a campaign), and is not committed to the principles of democracy and human rights. Most legislators are … Continue reading

Filipino apathy in the face of slaughter

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By Joe America Some of my least popular blogs often provoke the most enlightening debates. This happened recently in response to some rock throwing, I, foreigner, did at Philippine leaders. I suspect it was an unpopular blog because people don’t care to have foreigners throwing rocks at domestic notables. But that is beside the point … Continue reading

Dear Son . . . Get Angry

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By Maria Cynthia Zamora   November 13, 2016, Sunday Dear Son, I saw your comments in the social media recently and noticed that you visit these particular accounts more often than before. There is an undertone of anger in your messages. I wonʼt ask you why. I assume I know why. But, next time you hit … Continue reading

Are you a social media bigot?

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By Joe America Often, we are the problem, not someone else. Have you ever been driving the car down the expressway taking your mother-in-law to the doctor’s office when some twit in a big black SUV zooms past and cuts you off? What do you say? (1) Nothing? (2) Mutter quietly, “What an idiot!”? (3) … Continue reading