A bold program to bring the Philippines into the modern world

By Joe America Every national election represents an opportunity to be bold. It would be wonderful to see boldness in the spirit of the Constitution, rather than the undermining of it. I hope in 2022, candidates will take on some or all of the following steps aimed at bringing the Philippines into the modern world … 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

An accidental achievement: Independence

By JoeAm The Duterte government in 2016 set out to establish strong relations with China. It may have been ideologically pure of intent, the aim to get more infrastructure built quickly and closer ties to the huge economy right over there to the west. Or it may have been pragmatic, repaying an election debt or … Continue reading

US senators speak. Philippine senators and DDS have apoplexy.

By JoeAm A few US senators have been critical of the Philippines for keeping Senator De Lima in jail. They proposed legislation banning from the US those responsible for her jailing. The law may never see the light of day but the reaction in the Philippines offers a striking lesson. It does not take much … Continue reading

Rubba dub dub, three men in a tub: Albayalde, Lorenzana, and Locsin

By JoeAm There are any number of secretaries I could pick for this little lesson, I suppose. But I chose three whose characters and acts help frame the discussion. There are three forces that define the men and women of government high offices: (1) the people and institutions that shaped them as younger people, (2) … Continue reading