The Philippines: fighting a virus with police

By Joe America The Philippines is a tribal “power and privilege” society pretending to be democratic. Or maybe more accurately, it is a democratic republic, by rule book . . . the Constitution . . . but the tribes just don’t get the concept. When a crisis comes to town and the Mayor is tribal, … Continue reading

Free speech is still free in the Philippines, but take care . . .

By Joe America The Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has summoned 12 people to explain their posts on social media, sending a bit of a Constitutional shudder through the free nation. Atty Chel Diokno will be representing one of the people summoned. He says these are ordinary citizens and the action is a clear … Continue reading

How will we know when our coronavirus curve has peaked?

By Joe America I’ve read some of the projections done on the coronavirus lifespan but they are complex and all over the place because there are so many unknowns, so many variables. I’ve been tracking the Department of Health’s daily reports and compiling a record of some key numbers. It seems to me, these can … Continue reading

What lesson should Filipinos take from the coronavirus crisis? Stop being 3rd World.

By Joe America The difference between South Korea and the Philippines is First World versus Third World. How well or poorly prepared the respective nations were to handle the coronavirus threat is found in differences in capability and attitude. Capability The Philippines has dilapidated hospitals, haphazard technology, and managers who run things according to the … Continue reading

Who is running the Philippines?

By Joe America The President’s latest speech, on tape and edited, did a complete turnabout from a speech a few days before. The first turned the LGUs (Cities) loose, gave them the reins, instructed them to do what they had to do to shut down the virus and keep their cities functioning. The second chastised … Continue reading