Double whammy: corona virus and loss of moral bearings

OPINION By Joe America We can read a lot of speculation about how the coronavirus will reshape our social interactions. More distancing. More cleanliness. Fewer hugs. More people working at home. Without question, today we are living a strange existence, keeping away from people and polishing everything with soap and water, or disinfectant. My guess … Continue reading

The Philippines: fighting a virus with police

By Joe America The Philippines is a tribal “power and privilege” society pretending to be democratic. Or maybe more accurately, it is a democratic republic, by rule book . . . the Constitution . . . but the tribes just don’t get the concept. When a crisis comes to town and the Mayor is tribal, … Continue reading

Why the Philippines makes bad decisions

By Joe America Social media have been filled with complaints from citizens about lack of transparency from the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the coronavirus. The complaints have returned defensive remarks from DOH officials about the hard work being done. This exchange is instructional because it reminds us that we are in Asia, but trying … Continue reading

The Philippine nation is dying

By Joe America What is a nation? It’s the people, industries and culture. It’s the history. The traditions. It’s the laws and the language. It’s the land, the borders. Where can we find the best description of that nation? In its Constitution. In the structure, the rules, the values, and the inspirations contained in that … Continue reading

Jose Rizal meets the Governor General; we learn Ibarra is a Yellow

By Joe America Jose Rizal covered many of the topics we discus today because the Philippines hasn’t changed much in 125 years. I am reading Noli Me Tangere as translated by Leon Ma. Guerrero who, according to Manuel L. Quezon III, does the best job of highlighting the satirical qualities of Rizal’s writing while other … Continue reading