When dreams are lost

By Joe America It is unusual to speak to both Filipinos and Americans and have the same message. Are you feeling dismayed or angry much of the time? Do you think leaders are betraying your nation? Betraying what you know to be good, and right? Does government seem better at generating division and anger than … Continue reading

Is Filipino citizenship worthless?

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By Joe America We generally think of the Constitution as a technical legal document that tells us how government works. But it is so much more than that. The Constitution is written by you, the people, and it is for you, the people. It says this in the opening words: We, the sovereign Filipino people … Continue reading

Du30 an anachronism: era of dictators gone

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By Roly E. Eclevia     President Rodrigo Duterte is an anachronism. He would be dictator when the era of dictators has long been gone. The social, political, and economic climate may no longer be conducive to the rise of one-man rule. Maybe people nowadays are more aware of their rights and ready to fight … Continue reading

Duterte’s divided nation: Philippine institutions push back

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By Joe America I’ve written two prior articles that provide background to this discussion. One said that the fate of the Philippines is in the hands of its institutions (link). The other identified three major issues that are so fundamentally problematic that it is hard to get past them to give the Duterte Administration credit … Continue reading

Du30 may be right after all . . .

[Photo credit: My Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander]

By Paul Lazo After reading an article about US President Donald Trump, I suddenly had a sense that there is “light” at the end of the tunnel. Not that I have ever failed to see a “light;” but at least the light seems brighter now. I will attempt to summarize my views of the article … Continue reading