Are Magnitsky sanctions coming to the Philippines?

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Answering the question is not as simple as: “There are gross human rights abuses in the Philippines. Put President Duterte on the list.” Let’s review Magnitsky sanctions and consider whether or not it is likely that Filipino human rights abusers will be added to the global list of sanctioned … Continue reading

Leni’s Bayanihan

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar A recent Rappler article by Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon is titled “Leni is not our savior”. So many things are so very wrong about it: The Saint Stereotype. The picture to the article caricatures VP Leni as a kind of saintly figure. That picture is now used by DDS trolls to ridicule her. I remember vividly … Continue reading

Getting the Philippines to What it Can Be

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar and Karl Garcia Karl said our country has had many mistakes, if every mistake is considered wisdom, we are now a wise nation, but we are none the wiser. He also mentions that the Hindus, Buddhists and the Arabs influenced Southeast Asia before the Europeans. If Spain … Continue reading

Filipino Identity Revisited

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar June 8, 2008: Germany vs. Poland soccer game, 2:0. I watched how the two Polish-German strikers/forwards Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski seemed hesitant for long in the game against their old country. Finally, young Podolski scored a goal against Poland, which had once refused him on their … Continue reading

Why the Philippines should add nuclear power to its energy portfolio

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America I’ve been pondering the nuclear energy issue for a few weeks, brought to the topic by President Duterte’s recent comment about finishing the Bataan nuclear power plant. I think that won’t work. The location and quality issues shout “bad idea”. But nuclear is a good idea, in my view. … Continue reading