NEDA: an island of earnest work in a storm of nasty politics

By Joe America It is easy to get caught up in the bickering negativity and competitiveness that is the current political scene in the Philippines. And it is for sure easy to find a lot of turmoil and incompetence in the various government agencies (LTO, Customs, NFA rice, Boracay, passports, PNP as killers rather than … Continue reading

JoeAm’s short and sweet State of the State Statement

By Joe America I am for the Philippine Constitution and its affinity for democracy, human rights, civility, laws, ethics, responsibility, and integrity. That’s the point of view from which this State of the State Statement is made. If you have a different value-foundation, you are likely to disagree with my assessment, and are free to … Continue reading

Putting some order to Boracay

By Joe America Boracay has become a political potato, hot to the touch. I’ve not aligned with any view because I think it is not as simple as people are making it. I’d like to organize my own thinking. Out loud. Here. You can then offer additional insights and information in the discussion that follows. … Continue reading

Update: The US and the Philippines

By Joe America What is American policy toward the Philippines these days? How will the relationship go in the future? Let me offer some perspectives. I’ll do this in the form of a somewhat disjointed commentary that we can piece together later. Leftists oppose the “US-Duterte” regime. This produces the absurdity of leftists protesting Duterte … Continue reading

Digitized, shopped, chopped, and hacked

By Joe America Technology has changed the world, and will do so even more in the future. Our simple lives are gone. Our old values are history. Now we must deal with global cyber forces like Wikileaks, Facebook, Amazon, and Google, and State cyber hackers from Russia, China, and the United States, and private hackers … Continue reading