The peculiar circumstance of being Chinoy

By JoeAm Filipinos of Chinese ancestry are everywhere in the Philippines, making up an estimated 20% of the population. Each has a story to tell, of how he or she became Filipino. And each has a saga that is entering a new phase as China aggressively occupies Philippine seas and appears to be making inroads … Continue reading

Are Americans being set up as another enemy for the Philippines?

By JoeAm Tyrants need enemies, for if they did not have them, they could not insist upon using unrestrained power. They would have to follow the law. Enemies are the excuse for suppression and brutality. The Duterte government operates outside the law to fight its various enemies, drug addicts, yellows, critics, NPA, Muslim terrorists, human … Continue reading

War clouds over dark skies

By Chemrock In a globally interconnected world, protectionism does nobody any good. When protectionism rears its ugly head in the countries amongst the top 10 biggest economies in the world, global economic downturn is a certainty. Make no mistake about it. We are all living under war clouds over dark skies. A trade war is … Continue reading

Has the US forsaken the Philippines?

By JoeAm The question was asked of me on Facebook: WHY has the US forsaken the Philippines? Forsaken means “abandoned or deserted”. My answer was that I didn’t think ‘forsaken’ was the right word, but the question is worth looking into. To do this, I’ll challenge you to try to see events through American eyes, even … Continue reading

Is anti-Filipino racism rising?

By JoeAm I’ve recently noticed a peculiar consistency of some commentary in my social media discussion threads that I find troubling. The rise of President Duterte is being attributed to a historical weakness among Filipinos to care for themselves. Old racial quotes from Americans describing Filipinos as lazy and unable to govern themselves are among … Continue reading