What does Justice Leonen mean when he says we ought not demonize?

By Joe America I retweeted a tweet and was immediately blocked by Associate Justice Leonen. Well, these things don’t happen for one tweet, so my guess is that the good Justice had been reading my host of earlier tweets critical of the Supreme Court for not certifying the election of Leni Robredo as the nation’s … Continue reading

A proper interpretation of the UPV cheer

Posted by Joe America To understand the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) cheer that is being criticized by Duterte supporters and propaganda network (DDS), you have to have a brain and a basic understanding of satire as a literary device. Satire, noun, the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize … Continue reading

An accidental achievement: Independence

By JoeAm The Duterte government in 2016 set out to establish strong relations with China. It may have been ideologically pure of intent, the aim to get more infrastructure built quickly and closer ties to the huge economy right over there to the west. Or it may have been pragmatic, repaying an election debt or … Continue reading

Democracy in the Philippines will be run by power families forever

By JoeAm I ran a little poll on Twitter to get a sense of how those who inhabit the place and follow me, generally well-read people, see the Philippines developing in the future. There were four choices as shown in the results profile to the right. The fourth choice, translated, read “A Chinese Province”. The … Continue reading

Can Filipinos use a “People’s Initiative” to take government back from the corrupt?

By JoeAm The Problem The Philippines is a corrupt land. It is corrupt in matters of finance and in matters of deed. It is corrupt of values. Legislators plaster their annual budget with lavish funds they can use to gain kickbacks. Local governments hold local construction projects hostage to commissions. Corrupt officials are not fired … Continue reading