Seeing the yellow agenda as a reform movement

By JoeAm Thanks to reader Francis for the insights that provoked this blog. The Philippines needs its own reformation. A reformation is not a revolt or a destabilization. It is a change. An enlightenment acted upon. Martin Luther inadvertently provoked an entire restructuring of European society when he proclaimed that the Pope was not infallible, … Continue reading

Filipino culture is not damaged, it is just fluid

By JoeAm Most contributors here at the Society of Honor seek understanding more than anything. The cultural character of the Philippines, and Filipinos, is the center of much discussion here. I’d like to summarize a few highlights of my own understanding, and probe a new thought in some detail. Before doing that, I have to … Continue reading


by Wilfredo G. Villanueva (This article was written before Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 25 by a team led by Makati police chief Senior Superintendent Rogelio Simon for the charge of rebellion, based on an arrest warrant issued by Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Executive Judge Elmo Alameda.) This … Continue reading

“That’s the Story of My Life”, an Interview with Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva “Cannot justice be bought?” I asked, referring to his hearings at regional trial courts to determine cause for arrest. “I’m not ready to say that. Hindi naman ako naive enough to assume that the judicial system is working perfectly, but there is always hope,” Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV (SAFT) said—inscrutable, … Continue reading

Did President Duterte inadvertently give people the idea of “President Trillanes”?

By JoeAm By any measure, Senator Trillanes’ amnesty case has further eroded President Duterte’s reputation of total, complete authority. The beating the President and his men have been taking is worse than that by the Arroyo coup of the House leadership which sat the President aside in the waiting room for an hour, like a … Continue reading