Wading through the Philippine information swampland

By JoeAm Have you ever hiked through a Philippine jungle swampland? It’s dangerous, plants that slice like razor blades or snag like fish hooks, nasty little bees that attack in swarms, always going for the eyes, large brown snakes dangling from the branches, crab holes just waiting to snap a leg, cobras slithering among the … Continue reading

The different ways people look at Facebook

JoeAm Without question, Facebook has reshaped the way Filipinos act and think and the entire character of the nation. It was the platform that the Duterte armies militarized to get their idol elected and protected. It allowed the dissemination of lies, manipulations, and deceits as mainstream content. It also allowed the building of communities, for … Continue reading

People don’t trust the yellows because of Kris, Sharon, and Korina

By JoeAm The Liberal Party (LP) forms the core of what many people term the ‘yellows’, or advocates of democracy, the Constitution, civility, and human rights. The class has been broadened by the trolls to include anyone who criticizes the Duterte Administration. One reason the yellows have trouble at the polls and in surveys is … Continue reading

In a world of liars, let the honest people shine!

By Joe Am How do you measure the value of integrity, of dignity, of rising above our mundane little lot in life to give yourself to humanity? The Ramon Magsaysay Awards are granted to people of Asia who do just that. Bharat Vatwani from India was one of six people so honored this year. “Vatwani … Continue reading

“That’s the Story of My Life”, an Interview with Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva “Cannot justice be bought?” I asked, referring to his hearings at regional trial courts to determine cause for arrest. “I’m not ready to say that. Hindi naman ako naive enough to assume that the judicial system is working perfectly, but there is always hope,” Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV (SAFT) said—inscrutable, … Continue reading