‘I Will Be Here’ — Sen. de Lima 

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva Duterte times started precisely at the time Sen. Leila de Lima was incarcerated in Camp Crame detention quarters for charges that wouldn’t stick. Her cases have been delayed; judges are unwilling to handle her cases, and witnesses are like Metro Manila traffic, dense and unmoving. We didn’t protest her arrest. We … Continue reading

Filipinos are the Indians of the Wild, Wild East

By Joe Am The American Indians lost the great ethnic war of the Wild West. They were out-gunned and poisoned with diseases and betrayed, when they tried to talk. But they had their victories, ask Custer about that. Settlers plodding across the nation in covered wagons circled their wagons for defense against attacking Indian bands. … Continue reading

Edgar Lores, a very good man passes to higher ground

Rest in Peace, Edgar Edgar Lores was my friend. He made this blog work, he made it logical, he made it honest, he made it sincere. He gave us line upon line of rich insight. For years. He made weak blogs strong and strong blogs meaningful. His own authored articles reflect the passion with which … Continue reading

Slip sliding away: the Duterte Administration as a naked banana

By JoeAm “You know the nearer your destination The more you’re slip slidin’ away…” Slip slidin’ away. Paul Simon wrote this classic. It’s about giving up, about seeing your passions erode when faced with the hard realities of life. He gives three examples within the lyrics. The song might be a right proper anthem to … Continue reading

Of Chinese, racism, and smiling

By JoeAm I was sitting in the restaurant. Four Chinese women in their early thirties, I would guess, came in and asked the Filipina waitress for guidance on the menu. These were not the loud, overbearing Chinese who sat next to us at the Waterfront Casino buffet the last time we were in Cebu. “Those … Continue reading