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Duterte: A phenomenal phenomenon

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Underfinanced and overly maligned for his brand of leadership, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte jumped into the presidential derby two months after the official campaign period had started. And with no national political machinery, and who hardly traveled outside his city for two decades as mayor, Duterte was hesitant to enter the race. But it must have been destiny that pushed Read More …

Leni Robredo: “May the best woman win”

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Up until a few weeks ago, vice presidential candidate Congresswoman Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo was behind in the polls. Way ahead of her then were Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who were at a statistical dead heat. But the latest polls surprised a lot of the power brokers who have shrugged her off as a “spoiler.” Not Read More …

A change not to be relished

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  ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas It should be a time of hope for millions of Filipinos as they prepare to go to the polls on Monday, May 9, to elect the new set of leaders who will govern the country in the next six years. The last six years had not turned out as we had hoped when we elected the son Read More …

Let us heed the call to vote

Filipinos cast their vote for the national elections at the Philippine consulate in Dubai on April 9, 2016. (Image Credit: Zarina Fernandez/Gulf News)

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Last Thursday, I performed my duty as a dual Filipino citizen by voting as an overseas voter in the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles. I had planned to wait for my absentee ballot in the mail, but I decided to see first hand how the new automated election system worked. It was so easy and so efficient Read More …

SHE LIED AGAIN!

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By Rey O. Arcilla MALAYA  (Grace Poe Llamanzares said her husband has already renounced his US citizenship… before a barangay captain?!) “Duterte Wins!” will be the title of my column on May 10, the day after the elections. Yes, that is my fearless forecast which I first made in my piece of February15. However, I will qualify that by saying, as I have been saying, Read More …

A Primer for Philippine Politics

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Reflections Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation It is election time and some say nothing ever changes in the Philippines. The candidates change but the social inequality remains. Candidates for the presidency this time range from two representing the rich elite, the daughter of a deceased movie star and a foul-mouthed mayor vowing to kill all suspected criminals and a senator who is fronting for the Read More …

The Tragedy of Jejomar Binay

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His name is a betrayal, Jesus and Joseph and Mary blistering the tongue. Watch your back, check your pockets – and mourn the man who could have been. By Patricia Evangelista and Nicole Curato Rappler Our series of presidential profiles, The Imagined President, began with The Idealized candidate, introducing the candidates as imagined by themselves and their supporters. (READ: Cinderella Man) The second installment, The Read More …

There is no stopping the word war

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By Erick San Juan In the two-day meeting of the G7 (US, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan) recently in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the group issued a joint statement saying: “We are concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas, and emphasise the fundamental importance of peaceful management and settlement of disputes. We express our strong opposition to any Read More …

Who is Neil Llamanzares?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, Teodoro Daniel Misael V. Llamanzares has come to the limelight of Philippine politics. For “Neil” – that’s his moniker — who had held a top secret job in the United States, he’d be expected to avoid publicity, let alone people spying into his background. That would certainly make him uneasy because his former employer, Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC), happens Read More …

China’s Plan B: Binay-Bongbong

Vice President Jejomar Binay and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jinhua.

By Rodel Rodis It’s a high stakes poker game with China placing all its chips on the table, gambling that it can seize unoccupied islets and shoals in the West Philippine Sea – transforming them into man-made artificial islands by pumping sand onto live coral reefs and paving them with concrete, then equipping them with aircraft runways, port facilities and surface-to-air missiles while in the Read More …

Manila looks to US, Japan to keep China at bay

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By MINORU SATAKE Nikkei Asian Review MANILA — As China flexes its muscles in the South China Sea, building artificial islands and deploying missiles and other military hardware to assert its territorial claims, the Philippines is stepping up military cooperation with the U.S. and Japan. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, visiting Manila on Thursday, said American and Philippine forces have begun joint patrols in the Read More …

US to rotate more aircraft, troops through Philippines

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Philippines defense minister Voltaire Gazmin announce on Thursday, April 14, 2016, that new rotational forces will operate out of the Philippines. Tara Copp/Stars and Stripes

By Tara Copp Stars and Stripes MANILA, Philippines — The U.S. is deploying nine aircraft and hundreds of U.S. troops and special operators to at least seven bases in the Philippines as part of a new, regular presence there, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Thursday. The first dispatch of forces, totaling about 275 people, will be pulled from the roughly 5,000 U.S. troops now Read More …

South China Sea: Is Beijing making a new ‘strategic strait’?

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The South China Sea doesn’t appear at first glance to be a geographical bottleneck. China can, however, effectively create a strait by locating sufficient military assets on two sets of land it controls. By Everett Rosenfeld  CNBC A major test for the future of Asia is on the horizon, and it’s centered on the South China Sea. Within the next three months, a tribunal at Read More …

How China’s fishermen are fighting a covert war in the South China Sea

China’s per-capita fish consumption was estimated by the Food and Agriculture Organization at almost 80 pounds in 2010, nearly double the global average, and is growing by about 8 percent a year. (Photo Credit: Reuter)

Adam Dean/For The Washington Post By Simon Denyer TANMEN, China — In the disputed waters of the South China Sea, fishermen are the wild card. China is using its vast fishing fleet as the advance guard to press its expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea, experts say. That is not only putting Beijing on a collision course with its Asian neighbors, but also Read More …

Filipino’s Fate? SOLD!

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Philippine Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin

By Erick San Juan “At a time of change in this dynamic region, and democratic transitions in the Philippines and the United States, we will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder. We will continue to stand up for our safety and freedoms, for those of our friends and allies, and for the values, principles, and rules-based order that has benefited so many for so long,” Read More …

Can Digong beat Grace?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Just a few weeks ago, the man to beat for the presidency was Jejomar “Jojo” Binay. As a sitting vice president, Binay had the advantage of incumbency. He used his position as second-in-command to President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III and as the administration’s “Housing Czar.” It was no wonder then that his popularity ratings were consistently high in all the years Read More …

Why leave citizenship issue hanging?

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The recent ruling by the Supreme Court upholding its earlier decision reversing the Commission on Elections’ disqualification of Sen. Grace Poe has removed all obstacles for her to run in the May 9 elections. But apparently, it has not removed the possibility that Poe may be disqualified later on by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) if she’s elected. Read More …

CRITICAL MASS

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By Rey. Arcilla Malaya  (I believe the critical mass that is needed to make Digong president has been attained.) It’s all over but the voting and the counting. Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be the next President of the Republic of the Philippines. And the cheating? Possible. After all, nearly 40 percent of the voters believe it is. Nonetheless, one only has to view video Read More …

Our Filipino Comfort Women, the Fight for True Justice Goes On

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By Erick San Juan I was visited by my former aging nannie (yaya) named Beata last week and she showed me several news clippings-releases about comfort women. She narrated a friends sad experience during the war. She said that she was 13 when her friend was detained, along with her grandmother, by Japanese soldiers in a municipal hall-turned-garrison in Dasol, Pangasinan. For 10 days, she Read More …

A Home for the Refugees

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Reflections By Father Shay Cullen, MSSC PREDA Foundation BERLIN, GERMANY. I met Alamid here in Germany and he told me he was a refugee from Syria. Their house was partly destroyed by the barrel bombs of Assad, the tyrannical Syrian dictator who is being supported by Russian forces and warplanes. Alamid is one of the hundreds of non-combatant families bombed out and who lost all Read More …

Dissenting justices say Poe qualifications still unsettled

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By MARK MERUENAS GMA News Despite the finality of a Supreme Court ruling allowing her to run in next month’s elections, Sen. Grace Poe’s qualifications to vie for the presidency still remain unsettled, according to dissenting Supreme Court justices. On Saturday, the Supreme Court officially released the copy of the decision resolving the Poe cases as well as various opinions on the dismissal of several Read More …

Why the Philippines Is Critical to the US Rebalance to Asia

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Manila has become an even more central part of U.S. security strategy over the past few years.   By Prashanth Parameswaran The Diplomat Later this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will travel to the Philippines as part of a broader Asia trip. His upcoming visit highlights how the Southeast Asian state – long belittled as one of Asia’s weakest militaries and Washington’s laggard alliance Read More …

Pinoy fisherman to Chinese: Where’s your deed of ownership?

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Source: Associated Press CATO, Pangasinan, Philippines – As Asian countries jostle for territory in the South China Sea, one Filipino fisherman is taking a stand. He has faced down Chinese coast guard rifles, and even engaged in a stone-throwing duel with the Chinese last month that shattered two windows on his outrigger. “They’ll say, ‘Out, out of Scarborough’,” Renato Etac says, referring to Panatag or Read More …

Who is bankrolling Grace’s campaign?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares declared her candidacy for president of the Philippines, she confessed that she didn’t have the organization or the resources to run a presidential campaign. With no political party to provide the resources, manpower, and a nationwide political network — and without tons of moolah, which she admittedly lacks – Grace’s campaign vehicle would be like a Mercedes Read More …

Pimentel: Presidential race will be between Duterte and Poe

By Patricia Lourdes Viray The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Tuesday said he thinks that the presidential race will be between Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe. Pimentel, president of Duterte’s PDP-Laban, said in an interview with ANC’s Headstart that latest surveys show that the race will be between the Davao City mayor and the senator. Read More …

Shameful indifference

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Why is it that every time farmers take to the streets to air their legitimate grievances, they are met with violence in the hands of the government that professes to exist to serve them? Why is that when the poor protests, they are met with bullets and batons, instead of compassion and understanding? We ask these in the Read More …

DELUSIONAL

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By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya IS he in denial, on drugs or simply delusional? (My Mac Mini dictionary defines “delusional” thus: characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.) Soon-to-be ex-President Noynoy Aquino says the next president must “fulfill his promises”. Jeeezzz!!! Need one enumerate the promises he failed to Read More …

GMO Food Engineering

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By Erick San Juan And so we thought that we are being used as an experimental ground for weather engineering (or manipulation) but there is still more – genetically engineered foods a.k.a. genetically modified organisms use to produce GMO foods and the pesticides used in farming. “By now, nearly all informed people recognize that Monsanto is widely regarded as the most evil corporation on our Read More …

Will China occupy Scarborough Shoal?

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BREAKTHROUGH By Elfren S. Cruz The Philippine Star  The New York Times recently had an article with the following report: “ At the Pentagon two weeks ago, the day before a meeting of Mr. Obama’s national security team to discuss Chinese expansion in the Pacific, General Joseph F. Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was talking with Adm. Harry B. Harris, the Read More …

South China Sea WW3: US, PH, AU Massive War Games Begin; China To Retaliate?

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By Precious Silva Morninbg News USA   The United States and the Philippines are making a move to beef up military cooperation in light of South China Sea tensions and China does not like it. As the US-Philippine war games begin, Australia joining in, China is warning outsiders not to interfere with the territorial disputes in the region. Will WW3 ensue? Ongoing South China Sea Read More …

How Beijing’s island-building feeds into Washington’s pivot

Source: Hong Kong Economic Journal Fishery has added more strain to Beijing’s long-running spat with neighbors in the South China Sea. The string of recent incidents in the disputed waters is no coincidence but evidence of some underlying changes in geopolitics. Some Southeast Asian nations that were once on good terms with Beijing have, one after another, abandoned courtesy. The Indonesian military last month intercepted Read More …

Can Digong pull off an upset?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Not only can a presidential candidate with a shoestring budget win but when he also promises to stamp out corruption, he would be the butt of jokes. He’d be called a nuisance candidate or a quixotic wannabe, someone who dreams big and accomplishes nothing. And in today’s big-bucks presidential campaigns, it’s like racing the “Indianapolis 500” with a go-kart against the Read More …

Digong by a landslide

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By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya The mainstream media have been largely ignoring the campaign sorties of President-to-be Rodrigo Roa Duterte (unless he is cheated). ​Consequently, people have been resorting to social media (Facebook, YouTube, etc.) to see how he does whenever he goes to places in and outside Metro Manila. The last one I saw was a video clip of his recent sortie to Gingoog Read More …

Disempowering political dynasties

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Three news articles that appeared in the past week highlighted the sorry state of our political system – the prevalence of political dynasties all over the country. One news item reported that 542 candidates in the local elections are assured of victory because they are running unopposed. Most, if not all, of these unchallenged candidates are members of Read More …

Issues vs Grace Poe’s American husband

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Hail to the Chair By Victor Avecilla The Standard Neil Llamanzares, the husband of Senator Grace Poe, is an American citizen. Unlike Poe who allegedly renounced her American citizenship back in 2012, Mr. Llamanzares seems determined to retain his status as an alien. That may be his prerogative, but it is fraught with many legal consequences. What will happen if Poe survives the on-going legal Read More …

Noose tightens on Wong as key man in $81-M heist

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By Angie M. Rosales The Daily Tribune Despite his repeated denials on the allegations of his being the ringleader in the laundering of $81 million stolen from the Bank of Bangladesh, the trail being followed by Senate probers led to businessman Kam Sin Wong, also known as Kim Wong. Senate probers, following his testimony on the matter Tuesday before the blue ribbon committee, noted the Read More …

A War of Lies: Prelude to WW3

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By Erick San Juan How many people are aware that a world war has begun? At present, it is a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction, but this can change instantaneously with the first mistaken order, the first missile. (John Pilger) A war that didn’t start in the South China Sea or any area in the Asia-Pacific region or in the Middle East not Read More …

U.S., Philippines announce five military bases for EDCA

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By Gerg Cahiles CNN Philippines Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The United States and the Philippines announced on Friday (March 18) the five Philippine military bases that will be utilized by American troops under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). The U.S. and the Philippines signed the EDCA in April 2014, as political tensions between the Philippines and China escalated due to disputes in the Read More …

Deterring China: US Army to Stockpile Equipment in Cambodia and Vietnam

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The U.S. Army plans to set up equipment depots in a number of Asian countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam.   By Franz-Stefan Gady The Diplomat The U.S. Army plans to set up equipment depots–so-called equipment activity sets–in a number of Asian countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam, the top officer of the U.S. Army’s Materiel Command said at a conference, Defense News reports. General Dennis Via, Read More …

Politicization of the Supreme Court

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Just when the issue of Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares’ “qualifications” to run for president had been put to rest and allowing her to run for president, the dissenting opinion of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio revealed that Llamanzares did not get a majority vote because the Supreme Court (SC) ruling on her citizenship was 7-5-3. Yes, seven is not a majority; it Read More …

In praise of the Supreme Court

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas   When President Aquino appointed Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shortly after successfully impeaching Chief Justice Renato Corona in August 2012, I must admit I had some reservations about her competence and independence. Of course, she had impeccable credentials, having graduated as valedictorian of her class at the University of the Philippines College of Read More …

Digong wins – again!

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By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya THERE are surveys and there are surveys. Invariably, they all are conducted by polling between two to three thousand voters in various regions of the country. On presidential bets, almost all of the surveys had President-to-be Rodrigo Roa Duterte (unless he is cheated) with a very substantial lead over all the other candidates among the ABC voters. What does that Read More …

U.S. Set to Deploy Troops to Philippines in Rebalancing Act

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The deal comes as the Southeast Asian country is locked in a territorial dispute with China   By Trefor Moss The Wall Street Journal MANILA—U. S. forces will soon have access to five Philippine military bases, some strategically positioned in the disputed South China Sea, as the allies forge ahead with plans to station American troops in the Southeast Asian country for the first time Read More …

Do We Have a Choice?

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By Erick San Juan The Philippines and United States have agreed on the five military bases in the country where the Americans can build facilities under the Enhanced Defense Agreement Cooperation. The five “EDCA Agreed Locations” identified during the sixth Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Washington DC this week are: Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, Pampanga Fort Magsaysay Read More …

China’s Scarborough Gambit

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Source: Wall Street Journal Beijing prepares for another South China Sea land grab. The U.S. and its Asian allies are facing another test in the South China Sea. John Richardson, the U.S. chief of naval operations, has told Reuters that the behavior of Chinese survey ships suggests Beijing intends to start building an artificial island atop Scarborough Shoal, a rocky outcrop that it seized by Read More …

China’s Coast Guard Rams Fishing Boat to Free It From Indonesian Authorities

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By Joe Cochrane New York Times JAKARTA, Indonesia — China’s Coast Guard rammed one of the country’s fishing boats to pry it free from the Indonesian authorities who had seized it over the weekend, angering the Indonesian government and heightening yet another diplomatic dispute over the South China Sea. The boat was stopped for fishing illegally in Indonesia’s waters and was being towed to port Read More …

Fragile China

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By Erick San Juan The following excerpts are from the interview of Asia Times top writer George Koo with Professor Susan L. Shirk, the author of 2007’s acclaimed “China, Fragile Superpower.” Prof. Shirk is an influential expert on Chinese politics who served as deputy assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration. George Koo: How does the domestic insecurity of the Chinese Communist Party leadership Read More …

Why China wants the SCS badly

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Long considered a body of water with no strategic or economic value, the South China Sea had been for millennia a “road” that nations used to trade their goods with other nations. Nobody laid claim to owning it. Except for small bands of pirates, no navies threatened the peaceful coexistence among the littoral communities and their giant neighbor, the Middle Kingdom Read More …

Brouhaha over Grace Poe’s SSN

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Just as Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares had secured the Supreme Court’s 9-6 ruling allowing her to run for president of the Philippines, she is facing another obstacle.   This time it has nothing to do with her qualifications to run for president but something more personal: Why does she have two U.S. Social Security numbers, one of which belonged to a long dead Read More …

Why Duterte and Marcos are contenders

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas It is a source of wonder why 30 years after Filipinos staged a peaceful revolt to oust a dictator, many of them now seem eager or willing to embrace a presidential candidate who threatens to impose a strongman rule and a vice presidential aspirant who is the namesake son of the supposedly hated leader they deposed in what Read More …

NOYNOY ABOVE THE LAW?

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By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (Aren’t government officials, of which Noynoy is one, prohibited from campaigning for election candidates?) With less than four months in office, President Noynoy Aquino remains delusional. He says he is optimistic the unconstitutional Bangsamoro Basic Law will be approved in two years. He forgets that President-to-be Rodrigo Roa Duterte (unless he is cheated) has already said he will work for Read More …

PHL should deal with external threats: Carpio

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Source: The Visayan Daily Star Whether a sovereignty issue is confronting the country or not, Justice Antonio Carpio said in a forum in Silliman University in Dumaguete City recently that it is imperative to deal with external threats like that of China. Carpio said, “we don’t have the naval force, the air force, a submarine fleet, anti-missile batteries to shove away Chinese vessels out of Read More …

Why is China so Stubborn

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By Erick San Juan Why is China so stubborn and recently stated in a report that they will ignore the UN tribunal/UNCLOS’ decision on the territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Even the persistent call of the claimants (and the rest of the ASEAN members) in the disputed territories with the prodding of the United States for China to stop its reclamation ops in Read More …

Stennis Carrier Strike Group Exits South China Sea Days after Arriving

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By Hope Hodge Seck Military.com Days after its much-heralded arrival in the region, the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group has passed out of the South China Sea, officials announced on Monday. The strike group, which includes the USS Stennis, Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyers USS Chung-Hoon, USS Stockdale, and USS William P. Lawrence, and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay, arrived in the South Read More …

Japan to supply Philippines with military equipment

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Source: Japan Times AP MANILA – Japan will sign an accord with the Philippines to allow Tokyo to supply military equipment to Manila, the first such Japanese defense pact in a region where both have expressed alarm over China’s island-building and other aggressive acts in disputed waters. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Saturday that the agreement he will sign on Monday with the Japanese ambassador Read More …

On Being Fully Human

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Reflections Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation The deplorable remarks of Philippine congressman and famous world boxing title holder Congressman Manny Pacquiao wherein he described gay people as “worse than animals” are vile comments that are to be condemned, rejected and repudiated in the strongest terms possible. He has since apologized. We as humans have to recognize and respect the dignity of every human person and Read More …

Can Bongbong survive the ABC?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz With Election Day just two months away, campaigning is heating up particularly in the vice presidential contest. Indeed, never in the history of Philippine politics had there been more campaign propaganda used and resources spent to elect the vice president of the country, which makes one wonder: why the sudden interest in a job that does nothing but run errands for Read More …

Questions for bets on sea row

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas I agree completely with Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that the five presidential candidates should make known their stand in the ongoing dispute between the Philippines and China over several islands and reefs in the South China Sea. Carpio said at a public lecture last week that the candidates must lay down their plan for the territorial Read More …

Poe’s US SSN stolen from dead person

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By Ninez Cacho-Olivares The Daily Tribune GRACE HAS 2 SSNs; DECEPTION PATTERN BARED Sen. Grace Poe has been found to have committed a US federal felony as documents show that the lady senator who is running for the presidency in May 2016 has committed identity theft in the United States, which she had obtained and used, evidently illegally, a US Social Security SS number (SSN) Read More …

Poe, allies deny, slam SSN story

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By Gerry Baldo and Angie M. Rosales The Daily Tribune Sen. Grace Poe, speaking through her spokesman, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, yesterday not only denied the Tribune’s banner report on the the existence of Poe’s two US Social Security Numbers, one of which is an SSN number that belongs to a deceased person, but also called the Tribune report as “baseless” and “absurd.” The report Read More …

The Success and Failure of the EDSA Revolution

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Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation  It’s the 30th anniversary of the non-violent people’s power “revolution” that toppled the cruel and bloody Marcos dictatorship in 1986. Ironically, the son and namesake of Ferdinand E. Marcos called Bongbong, who is a senator, is making a strong bid with powerful financial backing for the vice president this election year 2016. For some, it is terrifying to Read More …

Was martial law ever justified?

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano  History is being revisited because it is election time and Bongbong Marcos is running. Revisiting history is good, but revising it is criminal. A graduating student asked to interview me on a particular question: Did martial law have a good or bad impact on our country? I was shocked that the question was even asked. In my mind, how can Read More …

DIGONG CAN AND WILL DO IT

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By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (In the sunset of my years, what I truly long for is to see change, change for the better in this country.) Several people have asked me why I am so supportive of President-to-be (unless he is cheated) Rodrigo Roa Duterte. But first, for the record, I have never met the man. I know a couple of good people who Read More …

The War Battleground

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By Erick San Juan Woody Island, also known as Yongxing Island (in Chinese) and Phu Lam Island (in Vietnamese), is the largest of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. It is part of the Amphitrite Island Group in the eastern Paracels. Woody Island has been under the control of the People’s Republic of China since 1956. It lies about 250 miles southeast of Read More …

Battle for 2022 presidency has begun!

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Francis “Chiz” Escudero are not related by blood or political affiliation, but their provenance – Bongbong’s biological roots and Chiz’s political roots — comes from the same person: Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. Bongbong is the biological son of the late dictator and the Escudero political clan was deeply associated with the Marcoses during the martial law Read More …

Tensions rise in South China Sea

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DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Less than two weeks ago, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned of a new Cold War between East and West as it accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of being “hostile and closed” towards Russia. While a Cold War between Russia, on one side, and the United States and NATO member countries, on the other, still has to Read More …

China Is Not The Problem, It’s Xi

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By Erick San Juan In 2012, an anchor woman on China’s state-run TV network has accidentally declared that the Philippines is a part of China. “We all know that the Philippines is China’s inherent territory and the Philippines belongs to Chinese sovereignty, this is an indisputable fact,” she said in the broadcast, which has since disappeared from the CCTV Web site, but is available elsewhere Read More …

U.S. mulls pledge on disputed Philippines outpost

A dilapidated Philippine Navy ship LT 57 (Sierra Madre) with Philippine troops deployed on board is anchored off Second Thomas Shoal, locally known as Ayungin Shoal, Sunday, March 30, 2014 off South China Sea. On Saturday, China Coast Guard attempted to block the Philippine government vessel AM700 carrying fresh troops and supplies, but the latter successfully managed to docked beside the ship to replace troops who were deployed for five months. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (Associated Press)

By Bill Gertz Washington Times The U.S. military should consider offering new security guarantees to the Philippines similar to those promised to Japan in response to any military attacks by China in maritime disputes in Asia, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said this week. The idea behind the new guarantee would be to dissuade China from attacking a Philippines military outpost in Read More …

War over West PHL Sea, far-fetched — Justice Carpio

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By ELIZABETH MARCELO GMA News War over West PHL Sea, far-fetched — Justice Carpio Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said a war between the Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea is far-fetched, but he warned that with the latter’s massive reclamation in the disputed territory the Philippines stand to lose its sovereignty over a maritime area larger than the country Read More …

SUSAN AND GRACE

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By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA This paper’s headline put it quite succinctly: “Obama, Asean Talk South China Sea, But Not China”. In other words, the much-hyped summit between Asean and US leaders in Sunnylands, California, didn’t accomplish anything that would stop China from doing what she has been and is doing in the disputed Paracels and Spratlys. Aside from the usual motherhood statement of “mutual Read More …

Grace Poe’s son and his new shoes

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FROM A DISTANCE By Carmen N. Pedrosa The Philippine Star  A netizen posted a picture of Grace Poe’s son, Brian, wearing his new shoes in Facebook. “The problem with Grace and Brian, is that since they cannot come up with a more credible explanation as to where Brian got the money to purchase such an expensive shoes, they are coming up with lies which even Read More …

Tonga & the Third Island Chain

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IndraStra Global  By Rear Admiral Dr. S. Kulshrestha (Retd.) INDIAN NAVY “The ongoing disputes in the East China Sea and the South China Sea mean that Japan’s top foreign policy priority must be to expand the country’s strategic horizons. Japan is a mature maritime democracy and choice of close partners should reflect that fact. I envisage a strategy whereby Australia, India, Japan, and the US Read More …

Is it Grace or ABG?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz By the looks of it, the May 9, 2016 presidential election could turn out to be a hellishly contentious battle royale. With five major presidential candidates, the outcome of the elections is predictably unpredictable. Indeed, recent presidential preference surveys showed see-sawing and criss-crossing ratings among four of the five major candidates, to wit: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, Davao Read More …

Surveys should alarm Aquino

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The latest surveys of Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Station confirmed what many have predicted all along – the May 9 presidential elections will be the closest race in the history of the Philippines. The surveys also seem to ensure that the next president will become another minority president, just as all the elected presidents in the Read More …

PRESIDENT DUTERTE

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By REY O. ARCILLA  (He exudes sincerity and conviction whenever he speaks.) President-to-be Rodrigo Roa Duterte (yes, that is my fearless forecast, unless he is cheated) turned Lincolnesque during his opening campaign salvo last week when he said: “This government may be of the people and by the people, but definitely this government is not for the people.” He slammed President Noynoy Aquino’s farcical Daang Read More …

Did Marcos father this foundling?

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By FRANCISCO S. TATAD The Manila Times Having served as presidential press secretary, spokesman, and information minister from 1969 to 1980 (during the Marcos years), I have been asked by friends, who seem to believe that I keep some of the nation’s unspeakable secrets, what value I give to the latest published speculations that Sen. Grace Poe Natividad Sonora Poe Llamanzares is–or at least could Read More …

It isn’t Grace who’s running, but a ghost of FPJ as ‘Panday’

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By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO The Manila Times The backers of Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares – mainly former President Estrada, with his old shadowy Chinese-Filipino businessmen barkada, especially plastics king William Gatchalian – would of course, have rejoiced over her strong showing in the recent presidential voter-preference polls. I’d bet Estrada uncorked last night the vintage Petrus wines he hid somewhere and has a hell of a Read More …

The Real Agenda

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By Erick San Juan Is Obama engaging in soft touch (a.k.a. soft power) operation by launching the first ever meeting of US plus ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, U.S.A.? (The same place where Obama held his famous “shirt-sleeves summit” with Chinese President Xi Jinping three years ago.) And this time minus China, but China will be one of Read More …

Cyber-crime destroys children’s lives

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Reflections Fr. Shay Cullen SSC PREDA Foundation It is the most disturbing crime that you will ever read about when young children, only six years old and above, are taken to a room in a rich suburb or a squatters shack in a slum and made to perform sex acts before a camera linked to the Internet. This is massive criminal business growing by the Read More …

World War 3 Could Start This Month: 350,000 Soldiers In Saudi Arabia Stand Ready To Invade Syria

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By Michael Snyder The Economic Collapse 350,000 soldiers, 20,000 tanks, 2,450 warplanes and 460 military helicopters are massing in northern Saudi Arabia for a military exercise that is being called “Northern Thunder”. According to the official announcement, forces are being contributed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Sudan, Kuwait, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia and several other nations. This exercise Read More …

Is P-Noy hedging his future on Poe?

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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

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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

Sen. Grace Poe holds press conference after SET ruling.

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?

Who's bluffing? (Credit: The Economist)

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 …