The majority senators are frozen in silence

By JoeAm Majority senators are stuck between a rock and a hard place. That accounts for their silence during all the Independence Day chatter about China’s harassment of Filipino fishermen. In fact, they have been silent on a lot of important issues. Although they look to President Duterte for certain favors in the future, they … Continue reading

Defense Secretary Lorenzana has failed the Philippines

By Joe America Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has a difficult job, without question. He performed it well until this week when he decided to lay the blame for mismanagement of the West Philippine Sea on President Aquino (Who ‘mismanaged’ West PHL Sea? Lorenzana points to previous admin; GMA News). The fundamental rule that Secretary Lorenzana … Continue reading

Finding hope in the Philippines

By JoeAm Where is hope found, for those who have lost it, in the Philippines? Well, the poor and disadvantaged have never really had much, have they? The failure of past leaders to address this is the reason President Duterte is in office today. However, I would guess that few of moral or even economic … Continue reading

What in the world is a foreigner to do?

By JoeAm As a foreigner living in the Philippines, I find myself straining to find a place to fit in. On one hand, I love the Philippines, Filipinos, the dynamic culture, the food, the sea and land adventures, and even driving in the chaos. On the other hand, the nation has become a bit of … Continue reading

The Philippines is an abusive society

By JoeAm The Philippines is an abusive society, today. The abusers are the government, its paid staff and trolls, and its followers who choose threat over debate and vilification over compassion. But the abuse was evident well before President Duterte took office. He just made it official. President Aquino and his staff (Abaya, Roxas, Abas, … Continue reading