A proper interpretation of the UPV cheer

Posted by Joe America To understand the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) cheer that is being criticized by Duterte supporters and propaganda network (DDS), you have to have a brain and a basic understanding of satire as a literary device. Satire, noun, the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize … Continue reading

The battle of the bees

Post by Joe America Hello Sir. Your site is like a market, lots of vendors with different view points. The contributors/authors from different backgrounds are superb. Please reconsider your decision on “The Society of Honor”.  There are thousands of us visiting this site. Sincerely yours, IK ***** Thanks for the request, IK. Let me answer here … Continue reading

Democracy in the Philippines will be run by power families forever

By JoeAm I ran a little poll on Twitter to get a sense of how those who inhabit the place and follow me, generally well-read people, see the Philippines developing in the future. There were four choices as shown in the results profile to the right. The fourth choice, translated, read “A Chinese Province”. The … Continue reading

Can Filipinos use a “People’s Initiative” to take government back from the corrupt?

By JoeAm The Problem The Philippines is a corrupt land. It is corrupt in matters of finance and in matters of deed. It is corrupt of values. Legislators plaster their annual budget with lavish funds they can use to gain kickbacks. Local governments hold local construction projects hostage to commissions. Corrupt officials are not fired … Continue reading

US senators speak. Philippine senators and DDS have apoplexy.

By JoeAm A few US senators have been critical of the Philippines for keeping Senator De Lima in jail. They proposed legislation banning from the US those responsible for her jailing. The law may never see the light of day but the reaction in the Philippines offers a striking lesson. It does not take much … Continue reading