Amending the National Defense Act

Analysis and Opinion By Karl M. Garcia     The Vice President Elect and Concurrent Education Secretary wants to bring back ROTC and make it mandatory for Senior High School students. President Marcos reiterated this in his SONA. Now we have House Bill No 11 or the National Defense Act Bill refiled by four congressmen. The bill has a provision for Mandatory Military service with its registration … Continue reading

Don’t move on, but accept the current reality

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm I will be taking a month off from the blog other than occasional spot checks. We will take a local trip and I’ll set politics aside. Well, the timing is good. President Marcos can have a freebie from my observations as he gets settled in. As a foreigner, it is … Continue reading

Are you relevant?

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm The amazing rush to action by volunteers supporting Vice President Robredo in her campaign for the Philippine presidency tapped an untapped human need in the Philippines, and around the world: the need to feel relevant. Important. Worth something. Going somewhere. I’d venture to guess that most of us are often … Continue reading

Unity, who you?

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm We need to get a handle on the Marcos campaign’s call for “unity” to figure out if it warrants support should it become an operating framework for the Marcos Administration. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. It seems to me there are two types of unity, one that is political, … Continue reading

The Philippine Church of Moral Courage

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm I’m going to charter a new church in the Philippines. The ones now are doing a lousy job. They are more gangs than places where people enter broken and leave empowered to do good. One is a horrible abuser of young girls, another is a set of robots whose free … Continue reading