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Battle Royale: Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay, and Grace Poe

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Back in the 1950s when the Philippines’ political structure was patterned after the United States’ “two-party system,” to be in politics one had to be a member of one of the two dominant parties: the Nacionalista Party and the Liberal Party. And when one became unhappy or disgruntled with his party, he’d bolt his party and move to the other party. Read More …

5 years of empty promises and dashed hopes

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas True to tradition, President Aquino gloated about his small accomplishments, ignored his unfulfilled promises, and placed the blame on the previous administration for some of his failures in his two-hour State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) last Monday. Among his few successes is the sustained economic growth during his five years in Malacanang. Even the opposition can’t deny the fact that Read More …

‘Contractualization, Poverty Intensified Under Aquino Reign’

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By Mars Dela Cruz The Vancouver Times As President Benigno Aquino III prepares to deliver his last State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to boast of his achievements in his five years in office, youth and sectoral leaders condemned his failure to address problems concerning education, employment and standard of living, among others. Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon said contractual workers now comprise majority of Read More …

Minions and BS Aquino’s Cabinet and Minions

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As the Bamboos Sway by Rudy D. Liporada  The movie Minions deodorizes minions. Directed at kids, with the movie and forthcoming Netflix and DVD editions, very soon, the negative connotation of the word minion will be transformed to mean cute, lovable, and adorable. Like Michael Jackson’s “bad” that now means good, the word minion could soon lose its negative gravity sense. For those who have Read More …

China’s nine-dashed line has ‘no basis under international law’

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Source: DW.com Manila is hoping for the Permanent Court of Arbitration to declare invalid most of Beijing’s South China Sea claims. DW speaks to Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio about the case and its likely implications.  China’s territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea came under international scrutiny earlier this month when the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague began hearing a suit Read More …

SVENGALI

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By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (Svengali means a person who exercises a controlling or mesmeric influence on another, especially for a sinister purpose.) Senator Chiz Escudero reportedly said the report on the hearings of the Senate sub-committee chaired by Senator Grace Poe on the Mamasapano Massacre has been submitted to the plenary. If so, I suppose what would happen now is the Senate will have Read More …

China: Deng’s Self Fulfilling Prophecy

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By Erick San Juan “If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world, and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social-imperialism, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.” – Deng Xiaoping speech Read More …

“On Behalf of Rizal”

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Behind the Sculptures and Beyond the Pictures By Willy E. Arcilla In keeping with Rizal’s principles as a reformist rather than a revolutionary, I wish to appeal for sobriety and enjoin stakeholders to be more deliberate and objective rather than rash and impulsive; to be more rational than emotional in evaluating the pros and cons; the costs and benefits surrounding this issue. First and foremost, Read More …