“Back to the USA!”

Analysis and Opinion By Joseph Quilious America Two factors have coincided to promote a change here at the blog. One is that the Philippines is entering its formal election cycle. The other is that I’ll be a criminal in the Philippines soon if I continue to write as Joe America here. Well, the first of … Continue reading

Unity or diversity? Oh, my!

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm My response to would-be autocrats calling for unity is a sneering, dismissive shake of the head. They really mean enforced loyalty to THEM, not a collaboration that respects diversity. The Constitution does not demand that kind of unity, you know. Indeed, it promotes diversity. It has a whole section on … Continue reading

Reply 1986

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar ” . . if you can hear me, reply. 1988, time of my youth . .” is part of what Deok-Sun, the female main character of K-Drama Reply 1988, says at the end of that series, a nostalgic look at a neighborhood of Seoul back in 1988, when people still … Continue reading

Seeing the Philippines as a whole nation

Opinion and Analysis By JoeAm Sometimes our vision is obscured by walls or fences. If we simply step to the other side, we can see an entirely different, often bigger, picture. We in the Philippines see the walls of the nation, its limitations formed by poverty, corruption, incompetence, lousy transportation, and political hostilities. Social media … Continue reading

Federalism in Practice

Opinion and Analysis By JoeAm In the last article, I proposed that dynasties are a way of life in the Philippines, so use them well rather than try to defeat them with an anti-dynasty law. An impossible task. Some readers took this to mean that I was saying dynasties are better than true democracy, a … Continue reading