The tipping of the Philippines to China

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The Philippines is tipping to China. I can feel it in my bones, or see it in the tea leaves, or divine it from the conjunction of the planets. The discovery of about 200 ships at Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef was a marker in the water, a statement by … Continue reading

China is peeling the Philippines like a ripe banana

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The announcement of the presence of 200 Chinese boats on Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef shocked the Philippines. The armada was like China jabbing President Duterte in the eye with a stick. All of his warmth toward China was laid bare as fraudulent, a one-way ticket. All in favor of … Continue reading

Half a Millenium after Magellan

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The late Yoyoy Villame sang “on March 16, 1521, the Philippines was discovered by Magellan” and the late Edgar Lores can be seen practically singing along in an old comment. That a wise man like Edgar likes a comedian’s song is not surprising to me, as Filipino … Continue reading

RIP Father Bernas, S.J. – 1932-2021

  By Irineo B. R. Salazar One of the major architects of the Philippine 1987 Constitution died just today, while his main work is being put in doubt by major segments of Philippine society. A new drug law that wants to make those caught at a drug-dealing scene guilty until proven innocent is an example, … Continue reading

‘I am stronger, much stronger than I thought’ – Sen. De Lima

Interview By Wilfredo G. Villanueva (Sen. Leila de Lima, jailed for what legal luminaries and plain folks believe are trumped up charges, continues to shine. She herself is surprised by her strength. Four years in detention! The Holy Rosary, the Bible, books, adopted cats, focus on her job, these things keep her in good spirits. … Continue reading