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Duterte: Threat or treat?

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas AFTER rising in rebellion nearly 30 years ago to oust a president who ruled with an iron fist, it would seem that many Filipinos are now willing to embrace a man who is known to go beyond the law to cleanse his city of criminals. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, once called by the Time Magazine as “The Read More …

Camel fleas

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By Rey O. Arcilla  Malaya TO quote an old witch, “May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the crotches” of those members of the special committee of the lower House of Congress who voted in favor of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Hopefully, the curse will make them sorry for succumbing to whatever incentives (House sources say it was 1 + 50 each, without Read More …

VP Binay’s ties that bank accounts bind, according to AMLC

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By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO Graphic by ANALYN PEREZ GMA News Amid investigations over alleged corruption, the Court of Appeal last week froze 242 bank accounts and insurance policies under the names of Vice President Jejomar Binay, some members of his family, and close associates suspected of being his dummies. The 33-page decision from the appellate court’s First Division gave weight to the findings of the Read More …

Sandiganbayan upholds ruling, will try VP Binay’s wife for graft

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By ELIZABETH MARCELO GMA News  The Third Division of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Friday upheld its earlier ruling finding probable cause to try Dr. Elenita Binay, the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, on charges of malversation and graft in connection with the alleged anomalous purchase of hospital beds worth P36 million in 2001 when she was the mayor of Makati City. In a Read More …

The US and China just raised the stakes in the South China Sea

The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is seen moored at at a naval port in Busan March 14, 2015. (REUTERS/Jung Yeon-Je/Pool)

By GREG TORODE Reuters  When the U.S. navy sent a littoral combat ship on its first patrol of the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea during the past week, it was watching the skies as well. The USS Fort Worth, one of the most modern ships in the U.S. navy, dispatched a reconnaissance drone and a Seahawk helicopter to patrol the airspace, according Read More …

Bullying who?

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly working in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters

By Erick San Juan In recent events in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) where the US has shown its military power both air and sea created another tensed situation, which could lead not only to a regional conflict but a global war. Situations like this could be avoided, as what Henry Kissinger, America’s prominent former secretary of state, had said, that the U.S. Read More …

Birds of the same feather flock together

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FROM A DISTANCE By Carmen N. Pedrosa The Philippine Star  Although this column predicted that sooner or later the political contest would be between the few and the many, the marginalized sectors vs. the oligarchy and political dynasties, we were surprised at how quickly and neatly it shaped up even before deadline for filing candidacies for the 2016 elections. Danding, Peping and Tingting and other Read More …

Is the country ready for Grace?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Some people call someone who is in the right place at the right time, lucky. Some say it’s destiny. Grace Poe, who was elected to the Senate in 2013 with the most votes in a crowded pack, must either be lucky or destined to be a senator. A survey taken by Social Weather Stations (SWS) last March showed Sen. Poe in Read More …