Is President Duterte turning away from China?

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Three remarkable events have occurred during recent weeks. First, President Duterte spoke up during an ASEAN teleconference in favor of UNCLOS and against sea-claim tensions, a clear stance opposing China’s expansion. Second, it was reported in the news that Chinese on-line gambling businesses (Pogos) are leaving the Philippines. These … Continue reading

There’s no such thing as “crony capitalism”; it’s “crony corruption”

Opinion By Joe America The term “crony capitalism” pastes an unfortunate, calming label, on a very bad economic situation. A crony is a powerful person who has an advantage by being known to other cronies. They collect as a gang and pass favors and advantages to one another, thereby locking out competent people not having … Continue reading

The Philippines kills itself by being dishonest

Opinion By Joe America What is honesty, really? Honesty is more than truth-telling. It is a kind of glue, a personal ethical commitment, that says we can solve problems better if we deal straight. Interpersonal problems, governmental problems, business problems. They all become corrosive and divisive if they are not approached honestly. Honesty removes the … Continue reading

The people who wanted the terror bill did not protect it during the legislative process

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America I think the Anti-Terror Bill is an example of a good intent gone bad under the oversight of a committee. The committee of which I speak is the Legislature. The strongest proponents of the Bill are the generals . . .  the AFP . . . who wanted to … Continue reading

Understanding how the Philippines sees the US and China. They’re different.

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America It is common to broadly paint Philippine alliances with China and the United States as competitive or similar. They are not, and my goal here is to explain the difference. You can add your views in the discussion section of the blog. The Philippines has three strong associations with … Continue reading