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

Absurdistan: the Philippines under Duterte

By Joe America My thanks to contributor and blogging colleague Irineo B. R. Salazar (Filipino-German Learning Center) for the perfect characterization of the Philippines in 2017. Absurdistan It is absurd when killing is adopted as a state-enterprise, in the guise of fighting drugs . . . without the compassion that recognizes drugs are a symptom of the … Continue reading

China’s stealth invasion of the Philippines

By Joe America This article is a hypothesis, unproven. It is not fake news. It is real thinking. Hard data on the subject are impossible to get. I mean, do you think Beijing would invite JoeAm into the power halls to brief him on the most secret of China’s plans? No, no. Beijing would not. So … Continue reading

AFP: Running dogs of the Chinese master?

By Joe America President Duterte is a man of action, a risk taker, a gambler, a man who sets aside civility, laws, and tradition to uproot convention. He encourages . . . nay, demands . . . that we take up the Eastern mindset and set aside the Western. In the Eastern mindset, laws are … Continue reading