Is Marcos greed undermining President Duterte?

By Joe America First, let me thank those who read and comment here, for you provide the insights that I use to try to simplify complex issues. Second, let me ask readers to set aside the issues you may have trouble moving past because they are so troubling. We need to do this to understand the … Continue reading

Senator Angara shows why the Philippines is a failing state

By Joe America What makes a successful state? Success is achieved when laws, institutions, and leaders inspire citizens to work together for the common good. Citizens choose to sacrifice to build something special because it makes their lives better and helps them feel proud. Dictators have a hard time generating success because leaders too often … Continue reading

Navigating the minefield of President Duterte’s pivot to China

By Yvonne The episode in the popular TV show ‘Madam Secretary’ aired on CBS network on March 12, 2017, depicted a fictional Philippine president whose pivot to China alarmed U.S. leaders to the point that the ‘Secretary of State’ made a visit to the ‘President’ to dissuade him with an offer of more military aid … Continue reading

Defend Benham Rise!

By Joe America Most Filipinos do not know of Benham Rise. It is time to end this little shard of ignorance. The well-being of every Filipino born and yet to be born depends on it. Benham Rise is one of those grand historical moments, a flash point like the Alamo or the fictional “Bridge on the River … Continue reading

The inimitable Jeepneys of the Philippines

By Chemrock The mainstay of public transport in the Philippines is the iconic jeepney. With their loud colors, individualistic facade decorations, and unique vehicular bodywork, they make good advertisements in tourist brochures. Apart from beauty queens and sandy beaches, the jeepneys embody the 7,107 islands. It’s more fun in the Jeepneys There was the thrill … Continue reading