The tipping of the Philippines to China

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The Philippines is tipping to China. I can feel it in my bones, or see it in the tea leaves, or divine it from the conjunction of the planets. The discovery of about 200 ships at Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef was a marker in the water, a statement by … Continue reading

China is peeling the Philippines like a ripe banana

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The announcement of the presence of 200 Chinese boats on Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef shocked the Philippines. The armada was like China jabbing President Duterte in the eye with a stick. All of his warmth toward China was laid bare as fraudulent, a one-way ticket. All in favor of … Continue reading

Half a Millenium after Magellan

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The late Yoyoy Villame sang “on March 16, 1521, the Philippines was discovered by Magellan” and the late Edgar Lores can be seen practically singing along in an old comment. That a wise man like Edgar likes a comedian’s song is not surprising to me, as Filipino … Continue reading

A lesson from COVID: how to move a nation forward

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America There are many lessons to be learned from COVID. Mine is peculiar, I admit, a realization that the nation, to get out of the grip of a virus, needs to focus almost all energies and budgets on the effort. When we get substantially out, say in early 2022, it … Continue reading

The Pandemic Year

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The pandemic year is coming to an end, and „the beginning of the end“ of the pandemic may be there as Prof. Dr. Ugur Sahin said recently. Prof. Dr. Sahin and his wife Dr. Özlem Türeci are the co-founders of BioNTech, the German firm that produced the … Continue reading