The MOU for Philippine participation in the Belt and Road Initiative

By JoeAm Below is the Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and China regarding joint participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), formerly known as One Belt One Road (OBOR). Here are the highlights: This is China’s initiative to keep growing, postured to share the wealth with participating nations. Participants will be guided by … Continue reading

Why I like Teddy Locsin as Secretary of Foreign Affairs

By JoeAm Bear with me on this. Teddy Locsin is just as much a challenge to my sensibilities as he is to yours. But let’s think this through. The first thing we need to do is set aside our partisanship and think of one thing only, the well-being of the Philippines. That does not mean … Continue reading

The President of the Philippines hates Manila

By JoeAm The President of the Philippines hates Manila. That is my opinion. It is not a fact. It is a deduction. You can decide if it is within a range of acceptable probability. You can decide if it is meaningful or not. The President detests all that Manila stands for. He hates the place. … Continue reading

A whiff of racism rising in the Philippines

By JoeAm Racism is one of those double edged swords. If you write about it to gain insight, you can be accused of racism for writing about it. It’s like walking on egg shells on top of thin ice. But write about it we must because we are not ostriches and there are increasing signs … Continue reading

Filipinos will exchange their digital souls for a taste of heaven on earth

By Andrew Lim The following is a scenario-building exercise based on recent developments in the Philippine telecommunications industry, with geopolitics, national security and the West Philippine Sea conflict as backdrop. It may be fictional, but the institutions, personalities and their capabilities are based on real life. – For this exercise, we will make use of … Continue reading