Aquino pride vs. Duterte pride

By Joe America I caught a little bit of former President Noynoy Aquino’s briefing on Mamasapano on television the other day. It was good to see him again. I am biased. I like the man. He is smart in a well-read, informed, and reflective way. He is kind no matter what hostile people say about … Continue reading

Japan and the Philippines

By Joe America Many believe that the US, by going inward and isolationist under President Trump, has ceded Southeast Asia to China. Rule of the seas, free trade agreements, financial control . . . all going to China. I’m not so sure. I believe the US has ceded her role to Japan, not China. The … Continue reading

Who is right, Duterte supporters or ‘Yellows’?

By Joe America Arguments in Philippine social media are intense and personal. It’s a battleground where no quarter is given and insult, illogic, slander, and lies have gone mainstream. This is such an uncivilized way to represent the Philippines, isn’t it? It’s like hi-tech uncivil war. I mean, we are sentient beings with a conscience, … Continue reading

Dick Malay: The Rebel Finds Love, Part 2

By Wilfredo G. Villanueva Second of Two Parts After living for ten years in China (1971-1981), Dick, battle-scarred for tilling soil, his family and comrades limped towards the Netherlands, China not being the land of promise for them anymore. Utrecht was to be the second global front of the Left’s struggle against the Marcos dictatorship. … Continue reading

A government of convenience

By Joe America The open discussion during my holiday was wide-ranging and deep. I’d like to take an observation made there by Irineo B. R. Salazar and put it into play. I had made a comment about the Duterte Administration’s strategy in dealing with Japan and China and he remarked that there is no strategy. … Continue reading