“What does China have on President Duterte?”

By JoeAm That question comes up repeatedly in my social media pages. Many Filipinos can’t comprehend a foreign policy that has the Philippines giving up it’s brilliantly fought and hard won arbitration hearing against China because “Filipinos would be slaughtered in a war”. They know, and figure the President himself knows, that such an argument … Continue reading

The New Visayas, Playground of the Pacific

By Joe America Sometimes I dream. It gets tiresome dealing with all the bad thinking, bad values, and absurdity of the Philippines. I mean, when you have Supreme Court justices so self-involved that they disregard the Constitution, the situation is pretty hopeless. Then you have the power families tapping the streams of wealth that taxpayers … Continue reading

Giving up the WPS is not a good look for the Philippines

By Joe America ”What can we do about it?” we hear as top government officials cede the West Philippine Sea to China. “They are so big and strong and we are small and poor. We can’t send Filipinos to war. They’d be slaughtered!” This ‘woe is me’ argument totally misses the point and substitutes emotionalism … Continue reading

Update: The US and the Philippines

By Joe America What is American policy toward the Philippines these days? How will the relationship go in the future? Let me offer some perspectives. I’ll do this in the form of a somewhat disjointed commentary that we can piece together later. Leftists oppose the “US-Duterte” regime. This produces the absurdity of leftists protesting Duterte … Continue reading

Did Harry Roque just cancel the Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and US?

By Joe America Did Harry Roque misspeak at today’s press conference when he said the Philippines would not help defend US forces if the US and China entered into armed conflict in the West Philippine Sea? Or did he misspeak when he said the Philippines abides by all its agreements with the US, including the … Continue reading