Unity or diversity? Oh, my!

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm My response to would-be autocrats calling for unity is a sneering, dismissive shake of the head. They really mean enforced loyalty to THEM, not a collaboration that respects diversity. The Constitution does not demand that kind of unity, you know. Indeed, it promotes diversity. It has a whole section on … Continue reading

Reply 1986

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar ” . . if you can hear me, reply. 1988, time of my youth . .” is part of what Deok-Sun, the female main character of K-Drama Reply 1988, says at the end of that series, a nostalgic look at a neighborhood of Seoul back in 1988, when people still … Continue reading

Federalism in Practice

Opinion and Analysis By JoeAm In the last article, I proposed that dynasties are a way of life in the Philippines, so use them well rather than try to defeat them with an anti-dynasty law. An impossible task. Some readers took this to mean that I was saying dynasties are better than true democracy, a … Continue reading

Can dynasties build a better Philippines?

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm I enjoyed the discussion in the prior blog. Contributor LCX was back to promoting the tandem of VP Robredo and Mayor Duterte-Carpio as a way to ace Marcos, Jr. out of the presidency. Senator Pangilinan would have to slide to a Cabinet position or other assignment. LCX does not buy … Continue reading

NTF-ELCAC and Us

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm President Duterte personally heads this unintelligible acronym that is a task force charged with ending the long-lived communist insurgency in the Philippines. It is a mess of an effort, not unlike other task force driven programs that blur accountability, understanding, and achievement with too many voices and disorganized output. It … Continue reading