Why the Philippines makes bad decisions

By Joe America Social media have been filled with complaints from citizens about lack of transparency from the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the coronavirus. The complaints have returned defensive remarks from DOH officials about the hard work being done. This exchange is instructional because it reminds us that we are in Asia, but trying … Continue reading

Why the Philippines is virus free, for now

  By Joe America It certainly appears that Philippines has managed to escape the initial spread of the coronavirus. Why is that? Everyone is still learning about the disease. Let’s look at a few factors that may tell us why the Philippines has not been hit by the spreading disease. The spread of the disease … Continue reading

The Philippine nation is dying

By Joe America What is a nation? It’s the people, industries and culture. It’s the history. The traditions. It’s the laws and the language. It’s the land, the borders. Where can we find the best description of that nation? In its Constitution. In the structure, the rules, the values, and the inspirations contained in that … Continue reading

Standing alone after VFA; what it takes

By Joe America President Duterte has cancelled the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, to the surprise of the US and many other people. How can a nation facing off against China toss aside the most powerful military backstop in the world? Well, it’s easy if you aren’t really facing off against China. … Continue reading

The coronavirus; facts and future.

By Joe America Let me drop off two resource links. One provides the results of a study of 138 coronavirus victims from Wuhan. It is perhaps the best picture of the knowns and unknowns of the virus we have. Clinical Characteristics of 138 Hospitalized Patients With 2019 Novel Coronavirus–Infected Pneumonia in Wuhan, China The second … Continue reading