Monica Lewinski and women of the Philippines

By Joe America What in the world does the woman who featured in a US presidential sex scandal have to do with the Philippines? It’s complicated, so let’s first try to gather up some ideas. Let’s take four different perspectives on the gender character of the Philippines and then put them together to form an … Continue reading

Thinking Conundrums

By Edgar Lores In a previous post, [1] I opined that there were 3 major defects in Filipino thinking: Erroneous reasoning Categorization Scoping By erroneous reasoning, I meant logic and thinking method. By categorization, I meant classifying a problem under the proper domain. By scoping, I meant defining the perimeters of the problem after one … Continue reading

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

Oh, Danny Boy

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva The other day, my pro-Duterte friend and I had occasion to be together. Let’s call him Danny. Our wives were with us. It was a social affair, lotsa food, lotsa goodwill going around, delicious like pink salmon sushi in soy sauce with a dash of wasabi. A happy occasion from all … 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