A lesson from COVID: how to move a nation forward

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America There are many lessons to be learned from COVID. Mine is peculiar, I admit, a realization that the nation, to get out of the grip of a virus, needs to focus almost all energies and budgets on the effort. When we get substantially out, say in early 2022, it … Continue reading

Twenty Years Ago

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar Twenty Years Ago 20 years ago, Filipinos massed along EDSA again, nearly 15 years after they had gathered on that avenue to oust a dictator. This time it was to oust a populist who later became Mayor of Manila. Erap or Joseph Estrada was Mayor of San … Continue reading

Four Fatal Shots

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar FOUR FATAL SHOTS rang out in Paniqui, Tarlac days ago. PNP Master Sergeant Nuezca killed mother and son Gregorio. According to some in the Philippine government, it was just an isolated incident. But it clearly wasn’t in a country where killings are on the rise – of drug … Continue reading

The Pandemic Year

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The pandemic year is coming to an end, and „the beginning of the end“ of the pandemic may be there as Prof. Dr. Ugur Sahin said recently. Prof. Dr. Sahin and his wife Dr. Özlem Türeci are the co-founders of BioNTech, the German firm that produced the … Continue reading

Are Magnitsky sanctions coming to the Philippines?

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Answering the question is not as simple as: “There are gross human rights abuses in the Philippines. Put President Duterte on the list.” Let’s review Magnitsky sanctions and consider whether or not it is likely that Filipino human rights abusers will be added to the global list of sanctioned … Continue reading