The Philippines is a president’s worst nightmare

Analysis and opinion By JoeAm “It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage … Continue reading

Three Filipino Futures

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar With three recent shares on FB and Twitter, Joe made clear that the Philippines is at a crossroads, with three different futures to choose from. Let’s have a look at them, why these visions of the future exist and what they could hold in store.   The Magic Kingdom Joe: … Continue reading

Leni Robredo is a Leftist

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm The Left is a segment of the political spectrum that tilts toward workers and the disadvantaged, either by poverty or social stigma (religion, ethnicity, landless, disability, and so forth). The Right tilts toward special interests, deregulation, corporations, military might, prominent people, and accumulation of wealth and power. The tensions between … Continue reading

The end of the world and us

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm I’m fascinated by our circumstances, our context, our situation. It’s different than in the past, in case you haven’t noticed. Global warming is giving us floods, firestorms, and rising seas. Fake news and fascists abound, people actually living in their conspiracy theories, totally detached from truth. Disease rampaging across the … Continue reading

PAREX, the monster of Manila

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm PAREX is the Pasig River Expressway, a Build Build Build project granted to San Miguel Corporation (SMC) under a Toll Operations Agreement with the Duterte Government. Critics abound, mostly environmentalists, some disliking privileged car drivers, and some objecting to the rushed administrative process. I took up a pro-SMC position on … Continue reading