A GOOD, GENTLE MAN
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by Wilfredo G. Villanueva
4M ago
by Wilfredo G. Villanueva General Ely in brown shirt stands behind the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the left. Father Robert Reyes, the “running priest,” celebrates Holy Mass at Plaza Roma in the center of Intramuros, facing Comelec headquarters. Responding to observations that we are few, Gen. Ely is unperturbed. “It’s not the numbers; it’s the conviction and persistence in the right,” he said, “The people will come.” I see him all the time in our events with Father Robert Reyes and other members of Clergy for the Moral Choice, when we pray and celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ..read more
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Bard Knows the Philippines
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by JoeAm
6M ago
Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The picture is by Bing (“create a scene in the Philippines of combat between dynastic forces and rebellious voters with the President to the side watching”), and the language is by Bard, who recites my prompt and writes: ________________ I can’t draw a poster, but I can describe it to you. The poster would have three circles, one for the President, one for the Dynasties, and one for the Voters. The President would be in the top center, the Dynasties would be on the left side, and the Voters would be on the bottom center. There would be three arrows. One ar ..read more
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What the heck is the opposition trying to accomplish?
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by JoeAm
1y ago
Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm If I were to dissect the goals of the opposition to the Marcos Government based on Twitter messaging, it would be: Make sure Marcos fails Stop Marcos from revising history Stop Marcos from partying Get Marcos to pay his Tax and PCGG debts Complain about Marcos not doing enough What the hell kind of agenda is that? Would it be offensive if I proposed an alternative agenda? Get organized and find a leader who is not Leni Robredo Get funded Free Atty Leila de Lima; frame a human rights platform Give visibility to corruption (hidden budgets, agencies, LGUs, pharm ..read more
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Can dynasties build a better Philippines?
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by JoeAm
2y ago
Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm I enjoyed the discussion in the prior blog. Contributor LCX was back to promoting the tandem of VP Robredo and Mayor Duterte-Carpio as a way to ace Marcos, Jr. out of the presidency. Senator Pangilinan would have to slide to a Cabinet position or other assignment. LCX does not buy the premise that Sara is Rody. There is evidence to support his view that she is her own master. She does not bow to her father or anyone else. There is also evidence to support being wary of her. Well, speculation is fact to many these days, and I won’t take up anyone’s cudgel on it ..read more
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Land of Illusion
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by JoeAm
2y ago
Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar “Could it be a picture in your mind, never sure exactly what I find” – these words from the Lyrics of the hit “Illusion” by Imagination, the song played a lot when I moved out of the Philippines almost forty years ago now, do these describe the Philippines best? This FB post makes me think so: Just my observations of the differences between Yolanda & Odette  – less TV and social media coverage (because there are no local ABS CBN stations) – less or no international aid pouring in – much le ..read more
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The Philippines is a president’s worst nightmare
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by JoeAm
2y ago
Analysis and opinion By JoeAm “It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage in politics.” Lee Kuan Yew CEO’s of successful businesses don’t run things by task forces. They hire competent executives. Those executives hire competent staff. Individual accountability is key. President Duterte used task forces because he had no idea how government wa ..read more
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Sara all, how BBM will fall 2022
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by JoeAm
2y ago
Analysis and Opinion By Lance Corporal X Its all about Inday Sara in 2022. If you want BBM to fall, then it has to be Sara all. If you’re pro-VP Leni, and you want BBM to fall, then you have to be Sara all. Let’s call a spade a spade, the Philippines has no political parties. Politicians are opportunists, they go where it pays. This party or that, makes no difference. Thus no one is beholden to any party. As a result Filipino voters too are not beholden to any candidate, President or VP. Many voters sell their votes, via voting blocks, or carbon copy of their vote to the barangay captain, or ..read more
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NTF-ELCAC and Us
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by JoeAm
2y ago
Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm President Duterte personally heads this unintelligible acronym that is a task force charged with ending the long-lived communist insurgency in the Philippines. It is a mess of an effort, not unlike other task force driven programs that blur accountability, understanding, and achievement with too many voices and disorganized output. It has a huge budget and spent it on a handful of activities with little known accomplishment. The task force is notorious for it’s ruthless red-tagging initiatives under the previous operations head, General Antonio Parlade. The tagg ..read more
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Three Filipino Futures
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by JoeAm
2y ago
Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar With three recent shares on FB and Twitter, Joe made clear that the Philippines is at a crossroads, with three different futures to choose from. Let’s have a look at them, why these visions of the future exist and what they could hold in store.   The Magic Kingdom Joe: “I’m struggling to grasp the Marcos phenomenon. People are uninformed, delusional, needy, rebellious or crooked..” – Marcos Sr. said “this nation can be great again” back in 1965. A lot of the Marcosian “appeal” is based on delusions of grandeur in a country that ..read more
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Leni Robredo is a Leftist
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by JoeAm
2y ago
Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm The Left is a segment of the political spectrum that tilts toward workers and the disadvantaged, either by poverty or social stigma (religion, ethnicity, landless, disability, and so forth). The Right tilts toward special interests, deregulation, corporations, military might, prominent people, and accumulation of wealth and power. The tensions between the two is what drives a lot of political argument and fighting around the world. The Left in the Philippines is a peculiar group, prominent but largely powerless for always choosing to remain outside the system un ..read more
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