Citizen’s Board for Truth, Transparency, Accountability, and Honor

    By Joe America A recent study confirmed that Filipinos are ignorant about political issues, yet confident in their knowledge (PHL among countries ‘most ignorant of key issues’, but also among most confident — survey). This rather astounding configuration seems to mean that Filipinos are susceptible to the lure of a dictator and unshakeable … Continue reading

A Meditative Interview with God for Ash Wednesday

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva He wasn’t surprised to see me. He’s all-knowing after all. But I was. Didn’t know he lived a simple life. His place reminded me of the animal shed where the Son was born, in Bethlehem. But his face. His face shone like the sun, the moon and the stars. That I … Continue reading

Power, stagnation, and democracy

By Joe America Eureka!! I have discovered the behavior codes of Philippine society!! Three codes that show why there is so much anger and argument these days. I originally called the behavior codes “ethics” but they are much more complex than rules. They involve power, emotions, creativity, and reasoning. This is all original thinking as … Continue reading

Race to the bottom: the United States vs the Philippines

  By Joe America People point again and again to the parallels between the presidents of the United States and Philippines. Overbearing autocrats, womanizers, rude language, abrupt knee jerk decisions, unable to bear criticism or media reports they don’t like. Lashing out at critics. “Destabilization plot!” Lies, insults, and inconsistencies. Concocting enemies out of thin … Continue reading

Gender roles, ethics, and you

By Joe America I have become so Filipinized that I watched the black dressed women at the Golden Globe Awards with some amazement. I felt that we . . . that is, the Philippine people . . . are just soooo, sooo far away from that kind of high-powered, organized righteousness that defends women against … Continue reading