Why ROTC is absolutely the wrong idea about what the Philippines needs

By JoeAm President Duterte has proposed making ROTC mandatory for grades 11 and 12 in the Philippines. A number of notables like Senators Ejercito and Gatchalian have signed onto the idea, citing it as a good way to instill patriotism and discipline among the youth of the Philippines. Excuse me! You mean the rote instruction … Continue reading

Paano Natin Pauunlarin ang Buhay ng mga Magsasaka?

Second of two parts. (Link to Part 1) by Wilfredo G. Villanueva Will: So, paubos ang farmers? Samantalang kailangan natin ang farmers for food security? Erin: We have to break that mindset. Why are farmers in other countries well off? Pa’no natin papaunlarin ang buhay ng magsasaka? Walang mapag-utangan. Walang support service. Walang pambili ng … Continue reading

“Importanteng Maisama sa Conversation”—Erin Tañada

(First of two parts) by Wilfredo G. Villanueva An activist who talks like he’s in the halls of academe. An oppositionist who still calls President Duterte “pangulo” without a hint of disdain or sarcasm. Took the bar exams doggedly three times to pass, simply because he wants to be a lawyer. He. Wants. To. Be. … Continue reading

The MOU for Philippine participation in the Belt and Road Initiative

By JoeAm Below is the Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and China regarding joint participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), formerly known as One Belt One Road (OBOR). Here are the highlights: This is China’s initiative to keep growing, postured to share the wealth with participating nations. Participants will be guided by … Continue reading

Why I like Teddy Locsin as Secretary of Foreign Affairs

By JoeAm Bear with me on this. Teddy Locsin is just as much a challenge to my sensibilities as he is to yours. But let’s think this through. The first thing we need to do is set aside our partisanship and think of one thing only, the well-being of the Philippines. That does not mean … Continue reading