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Napoles as state witness?

In this November 2013 photo, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima exchanges a few words with alleged "pork barrel" scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles during the Senate panel hearing. Senate PRIB

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Please say it ain’t so, Secretary De Lima. If the Aquino administration is really serious in going after the corrupt in Philippine society and in eliminating graft and corruption in the country, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has to assure the Filipino people that the government would prosecute all those who were involved in the greatest public heist Read More …

De Lima: Napoles tagged Enrile, Jinggoy and Bong

Businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles (center) at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the "pork barrel" scam in November 2013. PRIB Senate

By Camille Diola The Philippine Star    Tearful Napoles was surrounded by Jesus’ and Virgin Mary’s images during meeting MANILA, Philippines — The written testimony submitted by alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles has “a lot of details” and signifies her intention to spill more beans and become a state witness, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday. In a press conference, De Read More …

Obama Says US-Japan Security Treaty Covers Disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

The disputed islands Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea REUTERS/Kyodo

By Reuters TOKYO (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Japan that tiny islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with China are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan’s defense. Obama gave the assurance in remarks published by the Yomiuri newspaper on Wednesday, hours before he was due to arrive in Read More …

China waging a quiet three-front war against US: expert

A Chinese vessel patrols near the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea. (Photo/Xinhua)

Staff Reporter Want China Times China is waging three-front political warfare against the United States as part of a “Three Warfares” strategy to drive the US out of the Asia-Pacific region, according to US defense analyst Bill Gertz in an article for the Washington Times on Mar. 26. Citing a defense contractor report published for Pentagon thinktank the Office of Net Assessment, Gertz said Beijing’s Read More …

Crimean annexation cripples Russia’s re-Sovietization ambitions

Russian marines parade in Crimea (File Photo)

By Ali Delen The Johns Hopkins Newsletter  The close of the twentieth century saw the rise of what Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called “neo-Soviet imperialism” in his op-ed last week. With the reanimation of the still-warm corpse of the Soviet Union as its ultimate goal, this ideology has been at the center of the Kremlin’sgeopoliticalagenda, and is the driving force behind nearly every action Read More …

US Pinoys call on Aquino to ask Obama for TPS approval and drone technology

New York City Hall press conference for TPS for the Philippines. (File Photo: by Elton Lugay)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TED LAGUATAN (650) 504-7350 US Pinoys call on Aquino to ask Obama for TPS approval and drone technology In anticipation of President Barrack Obama’s visit to the Philippines, the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) group called on President Benigno S. Aquino III to persuade Obama to: Approve the Philippine request to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Philippine nationals and to Read More …

Where Did You Come From?: Eskwela Natin Filipino School

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By Ben Duggan Canberra, Australia When I was younger I knew that my Mum’s parents were a little different. I called them Oma and Opa and understood they were from another place. As I grew up I learned a little more about this ‘Holland’ that they came from and began to understand what all the wooden shoes were about, why there were ceramic windmills on their wall Read More …

Should Pacquiao run for president?

Manny Pacquiao and Bill Clinton

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Not too long ago, former President Bill Clinton appeared on the American late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and told Jimmy Kimmel in front of millions of viewers that he thought Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao would make a good public servant. Clinton said that Pacquiao should consider running for president… soon. “He’s already in the Philippine parliament (House of Representatives) and Read More …