The tipping of the Philippines to China

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The Philippines is tipping to China. I can feel it in my bones, or see it in the tea leaves, or divine it from the conjunction of the planets. The discovery of about 200 ships at Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef was a marker in the water, a statement by … Continue reading

China is peeling the Philippines like a ripe banana

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The announcement of the presence of 200 Chinese boats on Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef shocked the Philippines. The armada was like China jabbing President Duterte in the eye with a stick. All of his warmth toward China was laid bare as fraudulent, a one-way ticket. All in favor of … Continue reading

Was the ABS-CBN hijacking a tipping point for decency?

Opinion By Joe America I call the ABS-CBN licensing case a hijacking because the company, from all indications . . .  including regulatory reports . . . is a decent company that managed to anger the President by not running some of his campaign ads. So as Chief Justice Sereno was hijacked before, and Senator … Continue reading

The courage of President Aquino

Opinion By Joe America President Aquino was a stubborn man in some respects. He knew what was right even if the rest of the Philippines disagreed with him. So he did right. He chose not to bankrupt Social Security, gave the okay to kill a terrorist bomber at Mamasapano, relied on people he trusted even if … Continue reading

Is President Duterte turning away from China?

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Three remarkable events have occurred during recent weeks. First, President Duterte spoke up during an ASEAN teleconference in favor of UNCLOS and against sea-claim tensions, a clear stance opposing China’s expansion. Second, it was reported in the news that Chinese on-line gambling businesses (Pogos) are leaving the Philippines. These … Continue reading