What has to happen to end Philippine self-destruction

By JoeAm It does not take a genius to understand how dysfunctional the Philippines can be. One only need look around to see the mediocrity, selfishness, and nonsense that infest the legislative halls, or the brutality, lies, lack of civil bearing, corruption, and incompetence that define the national government agencies, provincial and mayoral offices, and … Continue reading

Ano Nga Pala ang Nangyari sa Mga Adik?

ni Wilfredo G. Villanueva Ginoong Pangulo, Naniwala sila sa inyo. Ang mga magulang at ibang loved ones ng mga drug addicts, bumilib po sa inyo nung sinabi ninyong maglulunsad kayo ng drug war kung maging pangulo kayo. Buong akala po kasi nila nalinis ninyo ang Davao. Ito ang panimulamo po. Kaya po kayo nanalo, h’wag … Continue reading

Idolatry: The Roots of the Duterte Phenomenon

By Edgar Lores “Idolatry is really not good for anyone. Not even the idols.” — John Bach Introduction We have speculated a great deal about the possible causes of the Philippine cultural malaise. We know that a social disease complex, like an individual one, has many causes. A human disease can be physical or mental. … Continue reading

Is anti-Filipino racism rising?

By JoeAm I’ve recently noticed a peculiar consistency of some commentary in my social media discussion threads that I find troubling. The rise of President Duterte is being attributed to a historical weakness among Filipinos to care for themselves. Old racial quotes from Americans describing Filipinos as lazy and unable to govern themselves are among … Continue reading

Social ethics: how to end Filipino self punishment

By JoeAm This is the third article in a series about what we think about how we think. I remember a course in high school, a subset of physics, that was entitled “statics”. It was required for anyone planning to become an engineer. The discipline was to measure forces on various structures, bridges, for instance. … Continue reading