The Balangiga Bells: Philippine Liberty Bells

By JoeAm I’ve started liking those bells, those Balangiga Bells, for what they represent. For a long time, they were an embarrassment for me, attaching my heritage to a symbol of American brutality and the racism that was prevalent at the time. I wished they would just go away and for sure wished President Duterte … Continue reading

China’s goals

By JoeAm My sources of information are spread around the globe, a giant spider web, each node a listening post. One source is a particularly intelligent student of the Philippine condition and he warns me that the Philippines is in bed with the wrong dragon. Given that he spells realise with an ‘s’ I think … Continue reading

Why ROTC is absolutely the wrong idea about what the Philippines needs

By JoeAm President Duterte has proposed making ROTC mandatory for grades 11 and 12 in the Philippines. A number of notables like Senators Ejercito and Gatchalian have signed onto the idea, citing it as a good way to instill patriotism and discipline among the youth of the Philippines. Excuse me! You mean the rote instruction … Continue reading

The MOU for Philippine participation in the Belt and Road Initiative

By JoeAm Below is the Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and China regarding joint participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), formerly known as One Belt One Road (OBOR). Here are the highlights: This is China’s initiative to keep growing, postured to share the wealth with participating nations. Participants will be guided by … Continue reading

Why I like Teddy Locsin as Secretary of Foreign Affairs

By JoeAm Bear with me on this. Teddy Locsin is just as much a challenge to my sensibilities as he is to yours. But let’s think this through. The first thing we need to do is set aside our partisanship and think of one thing only, the well-being of the Philippines. That does not mean … Continue reading