Character in journalists

By JoeAm Facebook follower Al Hadj Bin Aday asked me when Philippine journalists would start to write like I do, which I presumed to mean directly with a touch of literary flair to align words in a way that hits meaning on the head with a #10 ball-peen hammer. I reflected on the writers that influenced my … Continue reading

Huawei: friend or foe of the Philippines?

By JoeAm Due credit to regular contributor NHerrera for raising this issue and providing graphic exhibits and some references used herein. To set the scene for this discussion, we have to recognize that hard battle lines are shaping up globally with democracies facing off against autocratic states China and Russia. Several of those democracies have … Continue reading

A certain lack of character in the Philippine legislature

By JoeAm I started thinking about how to characterize a legislature that would have 9 year-old children taken from their parents and placed in confinement with other so-called “kids in disregard for the law” until they are as old as 25, and then expect them to emerge into the greater world as constructive members of … Continue reading

On the matter of criminal responsibility for 9 year old kids

By JoeAm House Speaker Arroyo and Senate President Sotto evidently intend to sponsor legislation to allow children as young as 9 years of age to be criminally responsible in the Philippines. The current age for criminal responsibility is 15 years of age. What are we to think of this? The arguments for it are those … Continue reading

The Philippines needs a moral revolution

By JoeAm I must leave it to Philippine citizens to talk about and undertake specific political acts like whom to elect. The current government is not inclined to look favorably on foreigners intruding into their electoral affairs, especially if they have contrary ideas. I also avoid discussions of overthrow or revolution and cringe every time … Continue reading