Thinking positive: Philippine development priorities

By JoeAm An intelligent government need not be destined to failure, which seems to me to be the current path. Government’s priority today is to take care of the empowered elite rather than everyday Filipinos. That is failure. Clearly, when Jollibee, the Pope, and whole student bodies are cited as enemies of the State, we … Continue reading

Corruption is a bottoms-up incentive plan

By JoeAm It struck me that the line between legal incentive payments and illegal corruption is rather narrow, ill-defined, and even hazy. Not too many people get real incentive payments in the Philippines, that is exceptional salary add-ons for exceptionally productive work. The incentives that exist, a 13th month for everybody, don’t incent anything but … Continue reading

Nationalists are not good for the nation

By JoeAm Kindly allow me to jump from idea to idea in search of understanding. Words have many definitions, so it is important to know which one is in play. ‘Nationalist’ in its popular usage today has come to mean a right wing racist fascist extremist, as in white power over any and all other … Continue reading

Paano Natin Pauunlarin ang Buhay ng mga Magsasaka?

Second of two parts. (Link to Part 1) by Wilfredo G. Villanueva Will: So, paubos ang farmers? Samantalang kailangan natin ang farmers for food security? Erin: We have to break that mindset. Why are farmers in other countries well off? Pa’no natin papaunlarin ang buhay ng magsasaka? Walang mapag-utangan. Walang support service. Walang pambili ng … Continue reading

“Importanteng Maisama sa Conversation”—Erin Tañada

(First of two parts) by Wilfredo G. Villanueva An activist who talks like he’s in the halls of academe. An oppositionist who still calls President Duterte “pangulo” without a hint of disdain or sarcasm. Took the bar exams doggedly three times to pass, simply because he wants to be a lawyer. He. Wants. To. Be. … Continue reading