Yellow “elitism” is a myth created by trolls

By JoeAm Former President Aquino, and Yellows in general . . . who today include any critic of the Duterte Administration, most of them being advocates of the Constitution, democracy, human rights, and civility . . . are often labeled as “elitist”. This is meant to suggest that they are arrogant and out of touch … Continue reading

Philippine national character: obedient or responsible?

JoeAm My son is old enough now to do some healthy introspection, so we have been having a dialogue about how one becomes a healthy, happy, ‘successful’ human being. We’ve started by defining three planks of healthy development: Character Competence Knowledge Our exercise this morning erupted in a riot of laughter. He and I share … Continue reading

Tagging the influencers

By JoeAm The prior article raised a good discussion about propaganda and specific people who are obviously out to influence the thinking of others. For example, we have the Manila Times‘ columnist Rigoberto Tiglao who is an avid Duterte publicist. Wilson Flores and Mocha Uson have both written for PhilStar. The former appears to be … Continue reading

Samira Gutoc—Rock Star

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva You have to see her to believe. It’s the energy, the quick laughter, the one-liners, folksy. Philippines, we have a rock star, and her name is Samira Gutoc, Sam for short. She’s exactly what the country needs, new blood instead of the same dynastic politics. She’s not a typical Muslim, she … Continue reading

A Decision Matrix for the 2019 Senatorial Election

By Edgar Lores The midterm elections are upon us. Soon we will have the power to change our shared destiny. Soon we will have to make up our minds who to vote for. And soon we will decide who will govern us — hopefully in power wielded well and wise — at several levels: municipal, … Continue reading