Seeing the yellow agenda as a reform movement

By JoeAm Thanks to reader Francis for the insights that provoked this blog. The Philippines needs its own reformation. A reformation is not a revolt or a destabilization. It is a change. An enlightenment acted upon. Martin Luther inadvertently provoked an entire restructuring of European society when he proclaimed that the Pope was not infallible, … Continue reading

The rise of sense and civility in the Philippines

By JoeAm We have talked a lot about institutions in the Philippines, and the erosion of independence among the branches of government. We have examined the weakness of journalism as an institution and the Catholic Church as a moral force and justice as an ideal. But it strikes me that a new institution has arisen, … Continue reading

People don’t trust the yellows because of Kris, Sharon, and Korina

By JoeAm The Liberal Party (LP) forms the core of what many people term the ‘yellows’, or advocates of democracy, the Constitution, civility, and human rights. The class has been broadened by the trolls to include anyone who criticizes the Duterte Administration. One reason the yellows have trouble at the polls and in surveys is … Continue reading

Angels, satanic heroes, players, punishers, and dark angels

By JoeAm My dear Filipino friends, y’all are in a predicament. You and your country-mates repeatedly elect leaders who are not really doing the best possible job for the nation. We’ve examined the cultural conditions that cause this and observed three main characteristics that lead Filipinos repeatedly to make poor choices. They may not apply … Continue reading

The Barangay: solution or problem

By JoeAm We’ve had numerous discussions here at the blog about the barangay system and whether it works to good advantage or not. The general consensus is that it is ‘troubled’, to be kind, but that there are some aspects that are valuable. Although I don’t want to get tedious about all the rules, because … Continue reading