NEDA: an island of earnest work in a storm of nasty politics

By Joe America It is easy to get caught up in the bickering negativity and competitiveness that is the current political scene in the Philippines. And it is for sure easy to find a lot of turmoil and incompetence in the various government agencies (LTO, Customs, NFA rice, Boracay, passports, PNP as killers rather than … Continue reading

The Colorless Atty. Mac

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva He is the election lawyer of Senators Tito Sotto, Manny Pacquiao, Ralph Recto, and Vilma Santos. He lawyered for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Ampatuans, the Cayetanos. He’s been an election lawyer since 1980, after passing the Bar with an average of 83.1 in 1979. He has done nothing else, except … Continue reading

Do Filipinos hate being Filipino?

By Joe America It struck me as I was meandering through the thought forest about human rights that Filipinos hate Filipinos. They also hate themselves because they are, after all, Filipino. Now this is dangerous territory because I am white and some might view this as a racist commentary (even though Filipino is not a … Continue reading

JoeAm’s short and sweet State of the State Statement

By Joe America I am for the Philippine Constitution and its affinity for democracy, human rights, civility, laws, ethics, responsibility, and integrity. That’s the point of view from which this State of the State Statement is made. If you have a different value-foundation, you are likely to disagree with my assessment, and are free to … Continue reading

Hello, Yellow, Hello, Leah Navarro

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva I don’t see much of my color nowadays. People power must have folded its EDSA One tent for shame of being called dilawan—choicest cuss word in the realm of the uncouth—but I’m sure anti-Marcos pro-Aquino Filipinos yearn for the time when it was politically correct to sport yellow. But not this … Continue reading