Could the Duterte appeasement policy on the WPS be correct?

By JoeAm A recent article here by Chemrock explored how the Philippines ‘lost’ the West Philippine Sea (WPS) to China. There were two prominent historical moments that led to the loss: (1) The Philippines kicking out US bases in 1991, and (2) President Arroyo’s appeasement program. Other mistakes were made under President Aquino that aggravated … Continue reading

“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