The tipping of the Philippines to China

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The Philippines is tipping to China. I can feel it in my bones, or see it in the tea leaves, or divine it from the conjunction of the planets. The discovery of about 200 ships at Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef was a marker in the water, a statement by … Continue reading

China is peeling the Philippines like a ripe banana

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The announcement of the presence of 200 Chinese boats on Whitson (Julian Felipe) Reef shocked the Philippines. The armada was like China jabbing President Duterte in the eye with a stick. All of his warmth toward China was laid bare as fraudulent, a one-way ticket. All in favor of … Continue reading

Are Magnitsky sanctions coming to the Philippines?

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Answering the question is not as simple as: “There are gross human rights abuses in the Philippines. Put President Duterte on the list.” Let’s review Magnitsky sanctions and consider whether or not it is likely that Filipino human rights abusers will be added to the global list of sanctioned … Continue reading

The American Presidential Election and the Philippines

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The American presidential election may significantly affect both Philippine and US policies versus China. We often hear the criticism that President Obama failed to bring the US into Asia to counter China. We have not yet heard from Democratic candidate Biden on the subject of China. Trade, nada. Open … Continue reading

Was the ABS-CBN hijacking a tipping point for decency?

Opinion By Joe America I call the ABS-CBN licensing case a hijacking because the company, from all indications . . .  including regulatory reports . . . is a decent company that managed to anger the President by not running some of his campaign ads. So as Chief Justice Sereno was hijacked before, and Senator … Continue reading