The majority senators are frozen in silence

By JoeAm Majority senators are stuck between a rock and a hard place. That accounts for their silence during all the Independence Day chatter about China’s harassment of Filipino fishermen. In fact, they have been silent on a lot of important issues. Although they look to President Duterte for certain favors in the future, they … Continue reading

Defense Secretary Lorenzana has failed the Philippines

By Joe America Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has a difficult job, without question. He performed it well until this week when he decided to lay the blame for mismanagement of the West Philippine Sea on President Aquino (Who ‘mismanaged’ West PHL Sea? Lorenzana points to previous admin; GMA News). The fundamental rule that Secretary Lorenzana … Continue reading

Finding hope in the Philippines

By JoeAm Where is hope found, for those who have lost it, in the Philippines? Well, the poor and disadvantaged have never really had much, have they? The failure of past leaders to address this is the reason President Duterte is in office today. However, I would guess that few of moral or even economic … Continue reading

Duterte: The Classification Puzzle

By Edgar Lores The other day I was listening to Emmylou Harris on YouTube. The song was “Boulder to Birmingham,” Ms. Harris’ tribute to Gram Parsons who was her friend, mentor, and a duet partner. As you may know, long-married old couples often die within months of each other after one partner goes ahead. For … Continue reading

What in the world is a foreigner to do?

By JoeAm As a foreigner living in the Philippines, I find myself straining to find a place to fit in. On one hand, I love the Philippines, Filipinos, the dynamic culture, the food, the sea and land adventures, and even driving in the chaos. On the other hand, the nation has become a bit of … Continue reading