Did Harry Roque just cancel the Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and US?

By Joe America Did Harry Roque misspeak at today’s press conference when he said the Philippines would not help defend US forces if the US and China entered into armed conflict in the West Philippine Sea? Or did he misspeak when he said the Philippines abides by all its agreements with the US, including the … Continue reading

The Philippine Mayor

By Joe America President Duterte likes to call himself ‘just a mayor’. He does this to portray himself as a humble man, and to explain his decisions as the kinds of straightforward, no-nonsense, successful choices he has been making for decades. Unfortunately a nation is not a city. It’s laws are not just executional policies. … Continue reading

Nationalism, treason, complacency, and us

By Joe America Nationalism fascinates me because I live in a nether world between the land of my birth and the land of my choice for raising a family and dying. Some Filipinos tell me to go back to America, some are quiet with their resentments that I intrude, some are kind with their thanks … Continue reading

Japan and the Philippines

By Joe America Many believe that the US, by going inward and isolationist under President Trump, has ceded Southeast Asia to China. Rule of the seas, free trade agreements, financial control . . . all going to China. I’m not so sure. I believe the US has ceded her role to Japan, not China. The … Continue reading

Dick Malay: The Rebel Finds Love, Part 2

By Wilfredo G. Villanueva Second of Two Parts After living for ten years in China (1971-1981), Dick, battle-scarred for tilling soil, his family and comrades limped towards the Netherlands, China not being the land of promise for them anymore. Utrecht was to be the second global front of the Left’s struggle against the Marcos dictatorship. … Continue reading