The myth that 16 million DDS are in charge of the Philippine agenda

OPINION By Joe America We often look at leaders like Presidents Trump and Duterte and say they are ‘populists”, as if they are in power for and by the people. But that is a myth. Popularity does not drive either president. Vested interests do. The appeal to popular themes is merely a device, a marketing … Continue reading

How will we know when our coronavirus curve has peaked?

By Joe America I’ve read some of the projections done on the coronavirus lifespan but they are complex and all over the place because there are so many unknowns, so many variables. I’ve been tracking the Department of Health’s daily reports and compiling a record of some key numbers. It seems to me, these can … Continue reading

Who is running the Philippines?

By Joe America The President’s latest speech, on tape and edited, did a complete turnabout from a speech a few days before. The first turned the LGUs (Cities) loose, gave them the reins, instructed them to do what they had to do to shut down the virus and keep their cities functioning. The second chastised … Continue reading

A bold program to bring the Philippines into the modern world

By Joe America Every national election represents an opportunity to be bold. It would be wonderful to see boldness in the spirit of the Constitution, rather than the undermining of it. I hope in 2022, candidates will take on some or all of the following steps aimed at bringing the Philippines into the modern world … Continue reading

Why the Philippines makes bad decisions

By Joe America Social media have been filled with complaints from citizens about lack of transparency from the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the coronavirus. The complaints have returned defensive remarks from DOH officials about the hard work being done. This exchange is instructional because it reminds us that we are in Asia, but trying … Continue reading