China’s Viral Belt and Road Initiative

Analysis and Opinion By Dean de la Paz Hegemony takes many forms.From conquests, and colonization, the menu now includes terraforming watery shoals, foreign debt-compromised infrastructure with sovereign guarantees that hock patrimonial assets, the invasion of online gambling armies and battle-ready battalions of foreign construction and factory workers. The most farfetched form of domination is inflicting … Continue reading

Magdalo, Marcos and Metro Manila

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar Social media reports of a Magdalo poll putting BongbongMarcos in the lead as the next President are making the rounds and have shocked many. Jozy Acosta-Nisperos brings the Luzon belt (Region 3+4 and NCR) into play which makes sense – and BTW does not doubt the veracity of the poll which Magdalo … Continue reading

Crafting a Grown-Up’s Policy with China

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America This article is completely hypothetical, in the interest of promoting further discussion. China forces other nations into a parent-child relationship in which China is the parent and the child is dealt with severely if he gets out of order. The Philippines under President Duterte is very much the child, … Continue reading

Yellows, Teddyboy Locsin, and a guy named Fer

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America This is an article about intellectual discipline. I’d like to talk about a reader’s comment on Facebook that a lot of people think I handled badly. That will lead to a discussion of some length, because, well, y’all need the full context. A Guy Named Fer Last week, I … Continue reading

China is peeling the Philippines like a ripe banana

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The announcement of the presence of 200 Chinese boats on Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef shocked the Philippines. The armada was like China jabbing President Duterte in the eye with a stick. All of his warmth toward China was laid bare as fraudulent, a one-way ticket. All in favor of … Continue reading