Why the Philippines makes bad decisions

By Joe America Social media have been filled with complaints from citizens about lack of transparency from the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the coronavirus. The complaints have returned defensive remarks from DOH officials about the hard work being done. This exchange is instructional because it reminds us that we are in Asia, but trying … Continue reading

Standing alone after VFA; what it takes

By Joe America President Duterte has cancelled the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, to the surprise of the US and many other people. How can a nation facing off against China toss aside the most powerful military backstop in the world? Well, it’s easy if you aren’t really facing off against China. … Continue reading

The coronavirus; facts and future.

By Joe America Let me drop off two resource links. One provides the results of a study of 138 coronavirus victims from Wuhan. It is perhaps the best picture of the knowns and unknowns of the virus we have. Clinical Characteristics of 138 Hospitalized Patients With 2019 Novel Coronavirus–Infected Pneumonia in Wuhan, China The second … Continue reading

Why ‘panic’ is good policy to fight the coronavirus

By Joe America The coronavirus is a nasty little bug. I think all the calls for “calm” circulating in social media are wrong. ‘Panic’ is a better policy. But I’ll twist the definition a little: Panic, noun, a highly emotionalized energy state in which the mind calculates all the ways one can get a nasty … Continue reading

Jose Rizal meets the Governor General; we learn Ibarra is a Yellow

By Joe America Jose Rizal covered many of the topics we discus today because the Philippines hasn’t changed much in 125 years. I am reading Noli Me Tangere as translated by Leon Ma. Guerrero who, according to Manuel L. Quezon III, does the best job of highlighting the satirical qualities of Rizal’s writing while other … Continue reading