Seeing the Philippines as a whole nation

Opinion and Analysis By JoeAm Sometimes our vision is obscured by walls or fences. If we simply step to the other side, we can see an entirely different, often bigger, picture. We in the Philippines see the walls of the nation, its limitations formed by poverty, corruption, incompetence, lousy transportation, and political hostilities. Social media … Continue reading

Federalism in Practice

Opinion and Analysis By JoeAm In the last article, I proposed that dynasties are a way of life in the Philippines, so use them well rather than try to defeat them with an anti-dynasty law. An impossible task. Some readers took this to mean that I was saying dynasties are better than true democracy, a … Continue reading

Can dynasties build a better Philippines?

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm I enjoyed the discussion in the prior blog. Contributor LCX was back to promoting the tandem of VP Robredo and Mayor Duterte-Carpio as a way to ace Marcos, Jr. out of the presidency. Senator Pangilinan would have to slide to a Cabinet position or other assignment. LCX does not buy … Continue reading

Land of Illusion

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar “Could it be a picture in your mind, never sure exactly what I find” – these words from the Lyrics of the hit “Illusion” by Imagination, the song played a lot when I moved out of the Philippines almost forty years ago now, do these describe the Philippines best? This FB … Continue reading

The Philippines is a president’s worst nightmare

Analysis and opinion By JoeAm “It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage … Continue reading