Letting go of the Philippines

Opinion By Joe America When you are young, you tend to wonder about the future. When you are old, you tend to look back at the past. Along the way, you slot into life as it is presented, the ‘now’ being what it is. Most of our angers and anxieties arise because our present circumstance … Continue reading

How the government failed the people in its handling of the coronavirus

Opinion By Joe America The Duterte government is introducing a Phase 2 of the anti-virus effort. I called Phase 1 a disaster which caused my DDS pen pal Secretary Locsin to read me the riot act. The US is the disaster, the Philippines not, he said. Well, his measure is rather narrow. He advocated for … Continue reading

Philippine government is intellectually corrupt. It’s a short step to stealing

Opinion By Joe America We can easily identify a few examples of the intellectual corruption that forms the foundation of Philippine governmental processes today. The government declares it is a model country in responding to the coronavirus, does little to prepare, then blames the people for being undisciplined as the disease spreads. Pro-democracy, pro-civility citizens … Continue reading

Was the ABS-CBN hijacking a tipping point for decency?

Opinion By Joe America I call the ABS-CBN licensing case a hijacking because the company, from all indications . . .  including regulatory reports . . . is a decent company that managed to anger the President by not running some of his campaign ads. So as Chief Justice Sereno was hijacked before, and Senator … Continue reading

The Presidential speech Filipinos need

Opinion By Joe America We are going about this all the wrong way. We are dealing with issues. We need to deal with some fundamentals. THEN deal with issues. We’ll handle them better. Rather than analyze our condition, I will let some fictional President do the talking. He can get the ideas across better. * … Continue reading