Understanding how the Philippines sees the US and China. They’re different.

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America It is common to broadly paint Philippine alliances with China and the United States as competitive or similar. They are not, and my goal here is to explain the difference. You can add your views in the discussion section of the blog. The Philippines has three strong associations with … Continue reading

Recognizing the decent people fighting the virus

Opinion By Joe America Most of us who defend the Constitution, human rights, decency, fairness, and compassion, are critics of the Duterte Government. It is a daily thing as the Government does deeds we question: Failed drug war with thousands dead Unstable environment for investors Pursuing friendship with China as she claims Philippine economic rights … Continue reading

The myth that 16 million DDS are in charge of the Philippine agenda

OPINION By Joe America We often look at leaders like Presidents Trump and Duterte and say they are ‘populists”, as if they are in power for and by the people. But that is a myth. Popularity does not drive either president. Vested interests do. The appeal to popular themes is merely a device, a marketing … Continue reading

Conspiracy theory 201: How to make sense of the Philippine love for China

OPINION By Joe America When something makes no sense then we are forced to make up our own minds about what is going on based on what we see, pending hearing something sensible from someone we trust. We learned the other day that a Chinese warship aimed its targeting radar on a Philippine Navy ship … Continue reading

Who is running the Philippines?

By Joe America The President’s latest speech, on tape and edited, did a complete turnabout from a speech a few days before. The first turned the LGUs (Cities) loose, gave them the reins, instructed them to do what they had to do to shut down the virus and keep their cities functioning. The second chastised … Continue reading