The Duterte Admin is failing miserably at one stated goal: unity

By Joe America The Duterte Administration is failing miserably at one stated goal: unity. One does not achieve unity through political jailings, undermining human rights, rampant killing of defenseless Filipinos, or climbing into bed with enemies of the State. Nor does one achieve it by demanding obedience of thought and deed and stripping legislators of … Continue reading

By the people, for the people

By Josephivo Being stuck in the present we should remember the future too, the Philippines in 10, 20 years’ time. This piece is intended just as a warming up exercise. The subject is too vast and interlinked with almost every aspect of life. These few paragraphs cannot cover it all. Just some thoughts by thinking … Continue reading

We will lose all of the West Philippine Sea

By Andrew Lim President Duterte does not understand leverage Don’t blink, the entire West Philippine Sea and its resources will soon be gone. China’s nine-dash line map will be applied, and the fruit of Duterte’s pivot will be economic concessions that may appear substantial on surface but are actually a miniscule percentage of the value … Continue reading

A critique of the critiques of the SONA

I have this personal quirk. When there is a major speech on television, I watch the speech and as soon as it is over, I turn off the TV. I don’t want the pundits cluttering my take-away. What I do instead is think about what was said, how it was said, and what it means. … Continue reading

Regarding China: “Okay, so now what?

Review We’ve had two excellent discussions touching on China recently. One was fueled by Lance Corporal X putting matters in a context of global warming which will see the Spratley Rocks (the arbitration panel said none of the ‘islands’ are life-sustaining; therefore, they are just rocks) submerged beneath the rising oceans. We are faced with a reshaping … Continue reading