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Is P-Noy hedging his future on Poe?

Is Grace Poe P-Noy's "secret candidate"?

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the 2016 campaign season officially starting on February 9, the “rumble” among the five major presidential candidates and their VP sidekicks has begun. And for the next 90 days of intense campaigning – and plotting – the race is pretty tight particularly among the top three contenders: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Read More …

The Philippines Are Finding Themselves Between a Chinese Rock and an American Hard Place

Chinese power projection into the Pacific is dominated by a series of islands and strongpoints held by potentially hostile forces. New Chinese claims in the South China Sea are indicated by a red dotted line.

By Ryan Faith Defense & Security  Last week, protestors in the Philippines got riled up about a recent ruling of the Philippine Supreme Court allowing the US military to use bases in the country, meaning that the US military will be back in the Philippines after a 23-year hiatus. The ruling, which validates the constitutionally of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement the US and Philippines Read More …

Time to stop cycle of migration

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The government is bracing for a conceivably crippling crisis involving the possible layoff of some 1.5 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) currently employed as temporary workers in the Middle East because of the precipitous slide in world oil prices in the recent weeks. These temporary workers account for about 75% of the more than 2 million OFWs in Read More …

DUTERTE THE NATIONALIST

Duterte: Gangster or Gang-buster?

By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (One can see he is not in awe of anybody, especially foreigners.) “I do not serve any president, excuse me!” – Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. Not the way she has been behaving lately… Is it payback time for Sereno due to her “utang na loob” to President Noynoy Aquino for having appointed her chief justice over the heads of Read More …

Philippine politics and the monkeys

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By Atty. Eleuterio Ong Vaño Cebu City, Philippines There seems to be a kind of a significant and symbolic coincidence occurring in our country this year 2016. It is a National and Local Elections Year and at the same time the Year of the Fire Monkey. What’s the connection? Politics, which originally comes from the Greek word “polis,” meaning citizen, has somehow evolved and is Read More …

The Spotlight on crimes against children

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Reflections Father Shay Cullen, Mssc PREDA Foundation  There is time when the truth has to be revealed, when the secrecy of crimes can no longer be contained, denied and when the guilty must be held to account. History shows that secrecy and cover up keeps that day of reckoning at bay but one day the truth will come out. That is the story of Spotlight, Read More …

Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal signed in Auckland

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SOURCE: BBC News The Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest multinational trade deals ever, has been signed by ministers from its 12 member nations in New Zealand. The ceremony in Auckland brings the huge trade pact, which has been five years in the making, another step towards to becoming a reality. But the TPP continues to face opposition. The 12 nations account for some Read More …

US Defense Secretary Announces Navy Can Blow Up Anything It Wants, Any Time It Wants

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon fires an SM-2 missile during a live-fire exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang

By Ryan Faith Defense & Security  US Defense Secretary Ash Carter is continuing his campaign to redirect the entirety of the US military-industrial complex before Obama leaves office. According to people familiar with a Wednesday speech by Carter to sailors in San Diego, the secretary used the occasion to announce that the US tested the Navy’s SM-6 as an anti-ship missile just last month. That Read More …

The politics of balut

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz “Balut” is a popular delicacy in many Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines. In particular, the Philippines is arguably one country where her people not only love balut, they live it! Call it balut mentality or balut syndrome, eating balut is healthy for the body and mind… and, as many Filipino men would attest, it’s Read More …

Is Poe Aquino’s ‘Manchurian candidate’?

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Since the start of the year, Sen. Grace Poe has been getting unexpected support in the disqualification cases against her that are now pending before the Supreme Court. In the first week of January, the independent presidential candidate got a totally unexpected support from the government’s top lawyer, Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who caught everybody by surprise when Read More …

Zika Virus Scare, Another Depopulation Agenda

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By Erick San Juan Several articles on the internet openly discussed the role of the globalists for another staged depopulation agenda using the Zika virus scare. Just like HIV-AIDS, Zika was reportedly found in Africa in the late 40’s. One article written by Bernie Suarez even gave us a closer look on depopulation to serve as a reminder for the world to realize that the Read More …

DUTERTE ON OFFICIAL TRIPS

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By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (If elected, he will limit the number of official trips abroad and the size of his retinue to five.) Presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte vowed that if he is elected president, he will keep official visits and trips abroad to a minimum to avoid huge expenses. “In the case of necessary and official trips meant to enhance international Read More …

The Road to Justice and Equality

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Reflections By Father Shay Cullen SSC PREDA Foundation  Last week Archbishop Cardinal Tagle raised eyebrows in Cebu during the International Eucharistic Congress when he spoke directly about the greed and corruption of Philippine politicians who are so much a part of the throwaway society of greed, corruption, materialism and waste. “Politicians, will you throw away people’s taxes for your parties and shopping, or guard them Read More …

Obama’s initiative impacts Phl elections

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Frankly Speaking By Frank Wenceslao In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said one of his top priorities in his last year in office is to reform the federal criminal justice system (CJS in short). Evidently, dispensation of justice in the federal government has slowed down and has become unsatisfactory that impacts the state and local governments’ judiciary to falter the American people Read More …

Powers Jockey for Pacific Island Chain Influence

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By Christopher P. Cavas Defense News  Pacific Island Chains Measure Regional Influence    WASHINGTON — The extensive chains of Pacific islands ringing China have been described as a wall, a barrier to be breached by an attacker or strengthened by a defender. They are seen as springboards, potential bases for operations to attack or invade others in the region. In a territorial sense, they are Read More …

Russia’s Putin Accused Lenin of Ruining the Soviet Union

The Soviet Order of Lenin seen on top of a building, in Volgograd, Russia, July 15, 2015. The former Soviet leader was accuses of ruining the USSR by Russian President Putin. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

By Damien Sharkov  Newsweek Russian President Vladimir Putin has slammed former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin for ruining the Soviet Union and for metaphorically laying “an atomic bomb” underneath Russia, the country’s independent news agency Interfax reports. Speaking at a meeting of the Presidential Council for Science and Education in Moscow on the anniversary of Lenin’s death on Thursday, Putin was asked about his opinion of Read More …

Is Pax Americana coming to an end?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz For more than a quarter of a century, the United States enjoyed the distinction of being the sole superpower in a unipolar world order after the Soviet Union imploded in a day.  This was when then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned on December 25, 1991 and dissolved the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). What followed was a period that came Read More …

Mamasapano: Let the truth prevail

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  ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Finally, President Aquino did over the weekend what he should have done a year ago. After ignoring – and even doubting – the sacrifice of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force in the death of international terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir, alias Marwan, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25, 2015, the President finally Read More …

Cold War to Hot War

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By Erick San Juan So what exactly was the Cold War all about? In diplomatic terms there are three types of war. Hot War : this is actual warfare. When all talks have failed and the armies are fighting. Warm War : this is where talks are still going on and there would always be a chance of a peaceful outcome but armies, navies etc. Read More …

BRITISH MEDDLING

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama shake hands after speaking to reporters following their bilateral meeting alongside the APEC summit in Manila, Philippines, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (Ahmad and his government are not winning friends here by not minding their own business.) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently called on all countries with overlapping claims in the South China Sea “to refrain from further construction on those islands or reefs, and to refrain from militarization”. ALL? He should have checked his facts first before making such an Read More …

Is Russia Imploding In Front Of Our Eyes… Again?

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Submitted by Secular Investor  Source: thecommentator.com Certain countries are starting to feel the pain of the low oil prices. In a previous column, we already warned you about the potential problems in Saudi Arabia that might spill over to the USA. Saudi Arabia was quickly moving towards a government deficit of almost 22% of the GDP, resulting in a shortage of $150B on the total Read More …

China’s Military Base in Djibouti Is Another Step in Its Push Abroad

Members of the Chinese regime's People's Liberation Army Navy stand guard on a Navy Battleship of Wenzhou at Qingdao Port, in Qingdao, Shandong Province, on April 22, 2009. The Chinese regime may soon build its first overseas military base. (Guang Niu/Getty Images)

By Joshua Philipp Epoch Times  This news analysis was originally dispatched as part of Epoch Times China email newsletters. Subscribe to the newsletters by filling your email in the “China D-brief” box under this article. It was a long time coming, but the Chinese regime recently confirmed what military analysts have been predicting for years. China signed a deal with Djibouti, in the Horn of Read More …

‘Doomsday Clock’ reflects grave threat to world

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Published January 26, 2016 Associated Press Fox News PALO ALTO, Calif. — Rising tension between Russia and the U.S., North Korea’s recent nuclear test and a lack of aggressive steps to address climate change are putting the world under grave threat, scientists behind a “Doomsday Clock” that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm said Tuesday. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the Read More …

‘DNA test’ on Bongbong shows he’s related to Poe

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By Hannah Torregoza   Manila Bulletin  A DNA test purportedly conducted on Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. indicated he is related to presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe. A copy of the test result was sent to Senate reporters on the eve of the resumption of the Supreme Court oral arguments on two cases that challenge the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disqualify Poe Read More …

EDCA: A new strategic partnership

US-Philippines bilateral meeting in Washington DC on January 12, 2016, the day the Philippine Supreme Court ruled the EDCA constitutional.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Twenty-four years after the Philippine Senate rejected the extension of the American bases, the Philippine Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). EDCA is an “executive agreement” between the U.S. and the Philippines that would allow the American military to once again set foot on Philippine soil. It didn’t take long for the Philippines to act; Read More …

SUCKERS

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By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA (We have a lot to learn from our neighbors on how to promote and protect our national interests.) Last week, I said the Supreme Court was in a position to decide our fate in the next ten years. It has done just that! Ten of the Court’s members, led by the patently pro-American chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee Read More …

Wake up Chinoys

Chinoy Lucio Tan (center) and two other Chinoy taipans.

By Erick San Juan Talking about the simmering tension in the disputed area in the South China Sea, Doug Bandow, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and a former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan wrote – “The possibility of miscalculation and misjudgement makes it even more important that all participants step back from confrontation. China cares deeply about sovereignty; Beijing’s adversaries believe the Read More …

Compassion not Aquino’s strength

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas  President Aquino was just being consistent when he vetoed House Bill No. 5842 that would provide a P2,000 across-the-board increase in the monthly pension of Social Security System (SSS) pensioners. After all, it was not the first time this scion of hacenderos has rejected relief for the millions of poor families in the country. In 2013, Aquino, who Read More …

What Philippine Officials Found in Child Detention Centers

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Reflections  Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation “Houses of Horror” is how one visitor described the centers where children are held illegally behind bars or in cages. Senior Philippine officials responsible for the protection of Filipino children at risk made spot inspections of four child detention centers around Metro Manila this week on the orders of Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman following reports in the foreign Read More …

China, its bubble burst, may face stagnation

A woman reacts as she checks stock prices at a brokerage house in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province on Jan. 11. Stock market and currency turmoil has battered Chinese leaders' reputation as shrewd economic managers. ASSOCIATED PRESS

By ROBERT SAMUELSON Syndicated columnist Orange County Register WASHINGTON – The China bubble has burst. No longer are the country’s economic managers viewed as magicians who can orchestrate rapid growth whatever the obstacles. No one ever believed that China’s economy would grow 10 percent annually forever, but the retreat from double-digit growth has been faster than expected and underlies the country’s stock market turmoil and Read More …

Geopolitics and the comfort women

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Seventy years after the end of World War II, the shameful act of sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army has finally come to a “negotiated” end between Japan and South Korea in what many believe was driven by the geopolitical realities in the volatile East Asia. The Japan-South Korea détente began when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke before a Read More …

COMFORT WOMEN

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By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA (Why has there been no reaction from the government on the Japan-South Korea agreement on comfort women?) The Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman expressed condolences to the family of OFW Joselito Zapanta who was recently executed by the Saudi Arabian government for murder and robbery. I find it strange that Foreign Secretary Albert “Super Amboy aka Giant Smiley” del Rosario Read More …

Ignoring the ‘bosses’

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas From Day One, President Aquino has always referred to the people as his “bosses.” During his inaugural address, he told the people: “Kayo ang boss ko.” And yet, how many times has he ignored the people in his decision-making? Just recently, despite the growing clamor for the ouster of Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya amid the almost daily Read More …

SC upholds EDCA

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By Edu Punay The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the legality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States in a decision that is seen to pave the way for greater US military presence in the country. Voting 10-4 in their first full court session for the year yesterday, the justices dismissed the consolidated petitions against Read More …

The Philippine struggle for power 2016

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Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation  The New Year has begun and the road ahead will be filled with the challenges of Elections in several countries; in Ireland, the United States and the Philippines among many. And what are elections in a democratic system of governance but the selection and election of the leaders who are appointed by the citizens to take command of Read More …

The single underlying cause of PHL’s biggest problems

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Frankly Speaking By Frank Wenceslao  The response to my letter asking contributions of a U.S. foundation for Pamusa’s Corruption Eradication Program jolted me to realize my mistake of emphasizing the world is now on the threshold of eradicating corruption and its debilitating effects, or at least effectively addressing this single underlying cause of the PHL’s biggest problems, without explaining how we can better address criminal Read More …

How will they solve a problem like Mar?

President Benigno S. Aquino III formally endorses Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 Presidential elections during the “A Gathering of Friends” at the Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall of the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City on Friday (July 31, 2015). (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas If the May 2016 presidential elections were a referendum on the administration of President Aquino as the latter wanted it to be, Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas may be facing another disappointing defeat. From all indications, the President’s endorsement of his candidacy has only added to the burden of his own lack of acceptance by the voters. Read More …

When is a lie a lie?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, the Philippine presidential campaign has degenerated into name-calling with each candidate accusing the others of skullduggery, thievery, thuggery, and, worst… lying.   But strangely, nobody seems to mind if the candidate were a trickster, a thief or a thug. Perhaps it’s so common that it has become the norm rather than the exception to be one. But to accuse a candidate Read More …

An evening to remember

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Last December 20, 2015, marked the day the world renown and award-winning University of the Philippines Concert Chorus (UPCC) – or simply, “Korus” – was in Sacramento, California on the first leg of its U.S. Winter Tour. As usual, Korus presented a repertoire of music that made the audience call for an encore. And for those who have seen them perform Read More …

It’s never too late to change

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In 1914, more than a century ago, the German Army was advancing into French territory along a 27-mile stretch of land known as the “Western Front.” The French and the British armies were fiercely defending French territory in trenches along a 200-foot narrow strip called “No Man’s Land” that separates them from the Germans who were dug in on the other Read More …

When White Christmas becomes a dream

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas  “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow” THE legendary singer Bing Crosby popularized this song by Irving Berlin in the early 40s, not realizing that in less than 100 years, the “White Christmas” that he was singing Read More …

The Astounding Child from Nazareth

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By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation For millions of Filipinos, Christmas is a celebration of the family. They come together from around the world, they delight in the togetherness and sharing of respect. They honor the aged, they bless the children, they feed the hungry. They fill the churches with light, song and festival and bring the children to be baptized and they have joyful Read More …

DIGONG

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By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (The ABC class of our society, quite surprisingly, prefers Digong by a whopping 62 percent!) The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey gave presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte a very impressive and formidable lead over his opponents, to wit: Nationwide: Duterte, 38; Binay, 21; Poe, 21; Roxas, 14; Santiago, 4. Metro Manila: Duterte, 48; Binay 18; Poe, 22; Roxas, 7; Santiago, Read More …

Quo vadis, Grace?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Last November 17, 2015, Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares had a reason to be jubilant! By a 5-4 vote of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), the disqualification complaint against her was thrown out. With the vote of five senators, Grace beat three Supreme Court justices in a “contest” that should have delved into the legality of Grace’s citizenship and residency. Instead the five Read More …

An alternative choice in 2016, if…

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas As we are writing this, the Commission on Elections, sitting en banc, had just deferred its decision on the disqualification case against presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe. The six poll commissioners, including Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, were expected to deliberate again and make a decision the next day, Tuesday. We really can’t understand why the commissioners had to Read More …

Roxas may win unopposed and must set politics aside

President Benigno S. Aquino III formally endorses Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 Presidential elections during the “A Gathering of Friends” at the Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall of the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City on Friday (July 31, 2015). (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Frankly Speaking By Frank Wenceslao With Grace Poe almost certainly disqualified, in fact, she should not have been allowed to run for the Senate; Rodrigo Duterte’s COC is invalid; and Vice President Jojo Binay irreparably damaged by allegations of inexplicable assets beyond the realm of the statistical probability of he and his family’s combined lifetime income except from the proceeds of corruption he’s accused of, Read More …

Terrorism in Disguise

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By Erick San Juan Since 9/11 (September 11, 2001) the global war on terror (GWOT) has dragged all nations to a new kind of war. A special coalition was formed through the initiative of the former US President George Bush, Jr. The coalition of the willing to get rid of the terror network of Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terror group. From the so-called Read More …

Flying close to Beijing’s new South China Sea islands

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Source: BBC News Last year the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes travelled across the South China Sea in a fishing boat and became the first journalist to observe close-up how China is constructing new islands on coral reefs. A few days ago he returned to the area in a small aircraft – provoking a furious and threatening response from the Chinese Navy. The scattered atolls, reefs and Read More …

Christmas in the Middle East

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By Sumayyah Meehan MMNS Middle East Correspondent The Muslim Observer The halls are decked and the trees are adorned, chock full of tinsel, baubles and more. The gifts are all nestled under the tree as eager hands wait for Christmas day to appear. The scene plays out all over the World even in the Middle East, which is comprised of primarily Islamic nations. It’s a Read More …

US warns of possible South China Sea arms race

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SOURCE: New Strait Times Online TOKYO: The US Pacific Fleet Commander has warned of a possible arms race in the disputed South China Sea which could engulf the region, as nations become increasingly tempted to use military force to settle territorial spats instead of international law. Commander Admiral Scott Swift urged nations, like China, to seek arbitration to settle maritime disputes. “My concern is that Read More …

US Faces Nuclear War Threat Over South China Sea – Chinese Professor

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By Polina Tikhonova  Value Walk China is willing to start a nuclear war with the United States over the South China Sea, according to a Chinese professor. Beijing’s rhetoric after an incident with a U.S. warship sailed to the South China Sea suggests that Chinese decision-makers could resort to more “concrete and forceful measures” to counter the U.S. Navy, according to Zhang Baohui, Professor of Read More …

Why was Bonifacio murdered?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz On July 7, 1892, Andres Bonifacio, together with Deodato Arellano, Valentin Diaz, Teodoro Plata, Ladislao Diwa, and Jose Dizon, upon learning of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s deportation, convened secretly and agreed to form a secret society. The founders called the secret society the Kataastaasang Kagalang-Kagalang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipunan for short. It was also referred to Read More …

Status quo vs. radical change

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Unlike other presidential candidates, with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, you either like him or you don’t. There is not much gray area. It’s black or white, day or night. He is either the strong leader in the mold of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew who will reform the country the tough way, or the dangerous dictator who could Read More …

War by Design

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By Erick San Juan What really happened in November 24 over the Syrian-Turkish border? What version credible enough to believe – Moscow or Ankara? What occurred then does not fit the usual line … and the rest is history… The shooting down of the Russian bomber by Turkey could just be the beginning of another mistake by humanity – a prelude to world war. Is Read More …

Poe and Duterte remain wild cards

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas For the past few months, Sen. Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte have played the role of wild cards in the 2016 presidential race. Poe hesitated for a long time before finally declaring her candidacy. Duterte made people believe he was running for president when he barnstormed the country purportedly to push federalism and telling what Read More …

Climate Change Myth

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By Erick San Juan Nearly 150 world leaders gathered in Paris, France for COP21 – Conference of the Parties on its 21st year since it started in April 1995 in Berlin, Germany. World leaders and thousands of delegates including Philippine president BS Aquino III will talk about climate change, carbon emissions and greenhouse effects for almost two weeks, reports said. There is nothing worthy to Read More …

South China Sea Battle Looms: Poseidon Spy Plane Vs Chinese Bomber

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By Athena Yenko Morning News USA  The United States and China are inching towards a battle over the South China Sea. Whether it is going to be a full-blown war or simply a skirmish over display of military intimidation, it would only be a matter of months before the two nations engage in confrontation. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Pentagon has agreed with Read More …

DISSENSION IN THE RANKS?

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By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA (Leni Robredo disagrees with Noynoy and Roxas that traffic is a sign of progress.) President Noynoy “Amboy” Aquino said no special treatment has been accorded to US Marine Joseph Pemberton, convicted killer of Filipino Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude. To use his words, I am “confused” and I don’t see “logic” in what he said. Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde who sentenced US Marine Read More …

Good News for Philippine Karate-do

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By George Hizon The Philippine-AAK team won 6 golds, 7 silvers and 7 bronze medals in the 6th Asia Pacific Gojukai Karatedo Championship held at Jakarta, Indonesia last November 28-30, 2015. The tournament was participated in by 19 countries which included powerhouse teams from Japan, Iran, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Chinese-Taipeh, Singapore and Hong Kong. The gold medalist were: 1. Sonny Montalvo Mens -55 kgs Kumite Read More …

Grace’s hollow political win

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz As expected, Sen. Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares was spared a debilitating loss in the Senate Electoral Tribunal’s (SET) ruling on the disqualification case against her. On a 5-4 vote, the political body granted Sen. Poe a graceful respite from her troubled past that has been hounding her since she took a quick sprint from the safe haven of obscurity to the Read More …

Impunity feeds on slow justice

Police cover bodies with banana leaves along a hillside grave, in Ampatuan municipality, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines, Tuesday Nov. 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Last Sunday, I attended a concert presented by the Los Anegels-based National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-USA chapter to commemorate the sixth year of the Maguindanao massacre and to raise funds for the education of the orphans of the 32 media men who were among 58 people killed in that brutal tragedy in 2009. Exactly six years Read More …

Paris Attack Matrix

French soldiers patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of the "Vigipirate" security plan

By Erick San Juan Still trending in the world wide web via the social networking sites are the Paris attacks and then the attack in Mali. Although some pundits believe that the two recent attacks are not related, just the same the world is now being terrorized and the latest attacks are sowing fear globally. Especially when reports of possible more terrorists attacks in different Read More …

BEYOND TRUDEAU’S LOOKS

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By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA (I submit it is time we took a more decisive action for Canada to comply with her international obligation.) Boy Sisi hanggang sa huli! (Blame Boy to the end!) President Noynoy Aquino began his watch by blaming his immediate predecessor Ms. Gloria Arroyo for all the ills, perceived or otherwise, that confronted him when he took over as chief executive. Read More …

Duterte: If you want an American president, vote for Grace Poe

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte urge public to consider other candidates he consider Filipino aside from Sen. Grace Poe. (File photo)

By Rosette Adel The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo on Monday afternoon told the public and the voters that if they want to have a Filipino president, they should go to the remaining candidates aside from presidential bet Sen. Grace Poe. “Sasabihin ko sa mga kababayan ko, if you want to have an American president, vote for Grace. If you want Read More …

EDCA, What Can We Expect?

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By Erick San Juan Once again the Supreme Court’s decision on the petition against the Philippines’ Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the US was deferred November 16. It was reset to December 16 or thereafter. It was reported at manilatimes.net (November 8) that “the Supreme Court (SC) is poised to declare the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United Read More …

Can the Philippines defend her sovereignty?

The 12 senators -- called "The Magnificent 12" -- who voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since twelve nationalistic – and left-leaning — members of the Philippine Senate voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991, our national pride had immeasurably gone up the scale never seen before since the new national flag was raised and independence was declared from Spain on the balcony of Gen. Emilio Aquinaldo’s mansion in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898. Read More …

Gov’t inaction in Tacloban: Why?

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas   On the second anniversary of the deadly devastation wrought by the super typhoon “Yolanda” on Leyte and nearby provinces last Sunday, President Aquino would rather attend the wedding of the daughter of tycoon Andrew Tan than be with the survivors in Tacloban to reassure them of the government’s support. The President’s nonchalant attitude is symptomatic of the government’s Read More …

Heneral Luna and the French

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Telltale Signs By Rodel E. Rodis After Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists began their massacre of Parisians on Friday the 13th of November, the spectators at a soccer match in Paris between France and Germany spontaneously and defiantly burst into singing the French National Anthem, the La Marseillaise, even though the stadium had just been bombed. The following day, the Members of the French Parliament stood Read More …

DURA LEX, SED LEX

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By Ado Paglinawan The law may be harsh but the law is the law. When one files his candidacy to run for an elective position, the burden of proof about his birth status, age and residence is on his shoulder. To prove her citizenship status, Grace Poe submitted not one but two birth certificates to the Senate Electoral Tribunal, both of which have so far Read More …

Grace thanks Bongbong, but says DNA won’t match

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By Bebot Sison Jr The Philippine Star SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines – Presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe yesterday thanked Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for his willingness to undergo a DNA test to help her find her biological relatives, but expressed belief their DNAs would not match. “I am thanking Sen. Bongbong, but I think he just wants to help me,” Poe told reporters in Read More …

Chinese presence softens Philippines’ view of U.S. Navy

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By Ralph Jennings Reporting from Olongpo, Philippines Los Angeles Times A Chinese vessel works on building up a reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, where Beijing is claiming territory. (Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs) Ralph Jennings A quarter of a century ago, it was the United States that the Philippines was fed up with. Angry at rowdy American troops and nursing Read More …

Has Obama let ISIS into America?

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Source: Horn News At least one ISIS terrorist posing as a Syrian refugee appears to have been behind the devastating attacks that left 129 people dead in Paris on Friday. And President Obama said he’s going to continue to allow thousands of Syrian migrants to enter America, even though security experts are warning they have not been properly vetted for ties to ISIS and other Read More …

France’s Charles De Gaulle Aircraft Carrier: The Good, the Bad and the Nuclear

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By Dave Majumdar The National Interest The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle (R91) is the centerpiece of the French navy. The 42,500-ton ship is set to play a key role in Paris’ war on the Daesh terrorist network in Syria and Iraq following Friday’s deadly attack on the French capital. Though the ship is proving to be a capable warship with its relatively powerful Read More …

It’s time for Grace to call it quits

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz It was supposed to be a political “marriage” made in Heaven. But the tandem of Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero – for president and vice-president, respectively — seems like its heading for the rocks. It all began when rumors started going around in the “tsismis” or rumor-mongering crowd — or should we say the Chizmosos and Chizmosas? — after Chiz Read More …

Double whammy hits China

The venue of the arbitration hearing is the Peace Palace in The Hague. (Photo credit: PCA)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Little did China realize that her attempt to take over the South China Sea (SCS) would be met with resistance from the United States as well as the Permanent Court of Arbitration. And with the speed it took to accomplish the one-two punch against the rising superpower in Asia-Pacific in a matter of two days, it left China with few options, Read More …

Carpio: China wants all the resources in South China Sea

Supreme Court Senior Associate said there are speculations that after securing South China Sea, China will move beyond the first island chain in the Western Pacific.

By Anjo Alimario CNN Philippines Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, in an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines on Thursday (November 25), said the maritime dispute in the South China Sea is a clash over resources. For China, it’s about asserting itself as a regional power by controlling the area. “Definitely China wants all the resources in the Read More …

Most corrupt airport in the world?

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas   Travelers consider airports the window to a country or destination. With all the bad reports coming out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) recently, travelers must still be imagining a bad picture of the Philippines despite recent improvements implemented in the country’s premier airport. In the past week alone, three incidents involving travelers who were jailed after Read More …

Word War: Laying the Predicate

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By Erick San Juan Maintaining peace and stability in the world’s busiest sea lane, the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea, is once again put to a test on how the G2 (China and US) could manage to keep the region peaceful. After the US destroyer USS Lassen (sail-past) entered what China claims as a 12-mile or 21-kilometer territorial limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Read More …

Don’t look now, but China is about to collapse (again)

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By Ben Kritz The Manila Times ACCORDING to a report by Zero Hedge over the weekend, the Chinese economy is again on the point of collapse, thanks in large part to its steel industry’s drowning in debt and oversupply. The argument, which on its face is backed by evidence and admittedly compelling, goes something like this: Between 2007 and the present, China’s debt has ballooned Read More …

A Legal Analysis of the Philippine-China Arbitration Ruling

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The ruling offers a glimpse into what to expect in the decision on the merits. By James Kraska The Diplomat Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions – especially about the future.” Last week’s ruling in the Philippine-China arbitral tribunal, however, sheds light on the likely outcome of the China-Philippine arbitration case and illuminates an end game to the crisis. In short, the tribunal’s Read More …

TPP: Good or Bad Deal?

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By Erick San Juan After nearly six years of negotiations, trade ministers recently announced they had reached agreement on the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This does not mean the TPP is a done deal. The next hurdle for this perceive rigged corporate power grab is to convince the participating governments, including Congress, to ratify it. Both chambers of Congress must ratify the TPP by Read More …

Grace Poe’s DNA test results return no match

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Source: GMA News Senator Grace Poe’s DNA didn’t match any of those taken from her probable biological relatives, the presidential candidate said in a radio interview on Wednesday. Aside from finding her biological kin, Poe was looking for her blood relatives as a means to prove her Filipino lineage after petitioners questioned her being a natural-born Filipino before the Senate Electoral Tribunal and the Commission Read More …

Bongbong’s gambit

Bongbong: In his father's footsteps.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Everyone knows that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. That is also true in politics; however, some — if not most – of the times, a straight line is fraught with danger that prevents someone from reaching the destination. And to some people, taking a circuitous – and longer distance – might avoid a lot of distractions, Read More …

What’s causing Obama’s sleepless nights?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the conclusion of a much-ballyhooed summit meeting between the leaders of the two largest economic superpowers in the 21st century, one would expect that peace would reign in the vast Asia-Pacific region. But this is farthest from the truth because the summit didn’t really accomplish anything but allow U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to pretend Read More …

The 2022 presidential derby is on

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz No, it’s not a misprint. What we’re talking about here is the presidential race in 2022. But while the winner of the 2016 presidential election is still anybody’s guess, whoever will be elected vice president in 2016 would be the next president in 2022. And here is the reason why? In my article, “Who doesn’t want to be vice president?” (August Read More …

China 9-dash-line claim threatens rule of law, Carpio says in US lecture

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InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Will the world community allow a single state to rewrite the Law of the Sea, so this single state can exercise indisputable sovereignty to almost an entire sea, subject the high seas to its sovereign jurisdiction, and seize large areas of other coastal states’ EEZs (exclusive economic zone), which are their legal maritime entitlements under Read More …

Grace’s questionable birth stirs controversy

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Abandoned by her biological mother at birth, Grace Poe was adopted by movie stars Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces. And soon after, speculations began to circulate and baby Grace took center stage in the nasty gossip circuit. Rumor has it that her father was the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, and her mother was the former actress Rosemarie Sonora – Read More …

Is Grace Poe really a foundling?

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By YEN MAKABENTA The Manila Times If ever I get the chance to meet Sen.Grace Poe in person, I will ask her the following question: “Madam senator, I hope you will not be offended, but I have to ask you this question because it is bugging a lot of people: Are you really a foundling? Can you prove that you are one?” The question has Read More …

Papa Francisco and Xi Dada in America

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Barack Obama must be elated that in a matter of days, he had played host to two of the world’s most powerful leaders. Arriving within days of each other, Pope Francis, the spiritual leader and symbolic head of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, and President Xi Jinping, the supreme leader of China’s 1.3 billion people, crisscrossed the U.S. in Read More …

Is EDCA dead in the water?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz With all the hoopla following the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States on April 28, 2014 in Manila, one would expect American military forces to be deployed to at least eight strategic locations to protect the Philippines from external forces intruding into her territory. But 16 months have passed and not a Read More …

Justice Carpio: Grace Poe is not natural-born, but naturalized Filipino citizen

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By MARK MERUEÑAS GMA News (Updated 2:47 p.m.) Senator Grace Poe can be considered a Filipino under international customary law but only as a naturalized citizen and not as natural-born citizen, according to Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. Carpio said this during Monday’s oral arguments on a petition filed with the Senate Electoral Tribunal by defeated 2013 senatorial candidate Rizalito David against Poe, a Read More …