The Philippines is a nation with no purpose

By Joe America We are overwhelmed with disturbing news, social media angers, dirty politics that we can’t control, irrational thinking from everywhere, and information that is so frustrating we can only think in short, angry key strokes. We are going nowhere. Spinning our wheels. We have eloquent documents that people never read, like, for instance, … Continue reading

Mr. Chill

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva He prepared well for the Bar Exams in 1999, and when an acquaintance who called by mobile phone read his name from a list faxed by the Supreme Court to the Department of Justice, he knew from the pit of his stomach that he would be number one because he had … Continue reading

In defense of Mocha Uson

By Joe America A reader recently expressed concern that I resisted his call to eradicate Mocha Uson and other propagandists who undermine Philippine democracy. I explained that, as an alien, I don’t do active resistance, and this is not a partisan blog. Any presumption of yellowness is in the mind of the beholder. It crossed … Continue reading

NEDA: an island of earnest work in a storm of nasty politics

By Joe America It is easy to get caught up in the bickering negativity and competitiveness that is the current political scene in the Philippines. And it is for sure easy to find a lot of turmoil and incompetence in the various government agencies (LTO, Customs, NFA rice, Boracay, passports, PNP as killers rather than … Continue reading

The Colorless Atty. Mac

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva He is the election lawyer of Senators Tito Sotto, Manny Pacquiao, Ralph Recto, and Vilma Santos. He lawyered for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Ampatuans, the Cayetanos. He’s been an election lawyer since 1980, after passing the Bar with an average of 83.1 in 1979. He has done nothing else, except … Continue reading