Filipinos and Unity

By Irineo B. R. Salazar Joe recently mentioned that Marcos Jr. used unity well as a slogan. Even as someone who is “Pink” I accept that, knowing that unity has been a persistent theme of Filipino nationalism ever since the IDEA of a Filipino nation first arose. Think of the Philippines then, with no common “native” tongue, local elites barely … Continue reading

Laws and Outlaws

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm Outlaws are what cowboys called criminals in the American Wild West. Generally they were the band of robbers, rustlers, and killers on the run. In the Philippines, we call them LGU heads, legislators, and presidents. That’s a joke, eh? Well, maybe. A lot of people in the Philippines don’t respect … Continue reading

How to build a nation when Earth is the enemy

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm The Philippines is notoriously reactive. I’m sometimes skeptical about whether the future tense is even taught in school. Nor is history, evidently, looking at the list of Presidential candidates. Filipinos live in the “now” I guess. I think that’s not the best idea. Earth has about had it with over-populating, … Continue reading

Avoiding Living Hell

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The sheer horror of the landslide in Pilar, Leyte – triggered by the storm Agaton – was captured on social media recently. It isn’t just due to global warming, which has caused not just stronger storms but like this time storms that come earlier. It is also due to … Continue reading

What will you do if Marcos wins?

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The Philippines is not just its President. It is lands and seas and people, businesses and rebels. It’s a huge ship in the Pacific largely going nowhere. What can Marcos do that Duterte has not? Kill innocents? Jail people for spite? Punish television stations that are disloyal? Coddle corruption? … Continue reading