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Trump treads in uncharted waters

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz For President-elect Donald J. Trump, there is nothing wrong in calling Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to introduce himself or establish personal contacts, after all Trump would soon be the next leader of the Free World. A few words exchanged between the two leaders would probably have been within the bounds of diplomatic civility. But Trump, whose unorthodox ways and style Read More …

Why punish poor for govt’s inefficiency?

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas   I just came from a brief trip to the Philippines with my wife to be with her mother on the latter’s 89th birthday, and like most who have recently been to the homeland, the horrendous traffic marred an otherwise eventful visit. A trip from a western point in Manila and Quezon City to the Makati Financial District would Read More …

Fake News

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By Erick San Juan We thought that the advancement in science and technology can weaponize vaccines and also manipulate weather to use it as weapon against target areas only, but there is another one that we never imagine that such evil geniuses will manipulate and use as weapon – the so called ‘fake news’ via the internet and mainstream media. In his article “Is the Read More …

The disturbing bond between Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Reuters via Pool)

By Steven Hale  The Washington Post The front page of Thursday morning’s New York Times offers a graphic glimpse of a brutal extrajudicial “war on drugs” that apparently has a fan in President-elect Donald Trump. A body lying in the street, doused by pouring rain. The headline, a quote from a Filipino at one of many graphic murder scenes depicted in the report, too scared Read More …

What really angers Leni Robredo?

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By Arianne Merez ABS-CBN News Known for her calm and collected demeanor, it seems that nothing can make Vice President Leni Robredo lose her poise. But, on Thursday, the usually zen-like Vice President admitted that there is one major thing that brings out her negative emotions. In a general assembly with her staff last Monday, Robredo said she revealed what makes her mad. “[I told Read More …

‘You cannot make a hero out of a villain’

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz For twenty-one years that he was in power, the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos had it his way regardless of what people said. He ruled with an iron hand and exercised his authority like the Greek gods did. He was Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades all rolled into one. As Zeus, Marcos was omnipotent. His word was the law of the land. Read More …

Bastusang Pambansa

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas   They call themselves “Honorable” and want to be addressed your honor at the end of every statement. And yet for seven agonizing hours, the congressmen at the hearing of the Committee on Justice showed the nation why bloggers have called their place of work the “Bastusang Pambansa” because that’s what they did last Thursday – to embarrass the Read More …

TPP: Calculated Risk

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By Erick San Juan If we have our own ‘change is coming’ ala Duterte style, with President elect Donald Trump of the world’s superpower, changes are coming too and one of these changes is the withdrawal of the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Program or TPP. US President Barack Obama is the one who pushed for the TPP together with his pivot to Asia back Read More …

Digong’s credibility

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By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong met bilaterally with President Xi Jinping of China during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Lima, Peru. I wonder if Xi asked Digong if he had changed his mind about the presence of US troops and military bases in the Philippines. There are reports that the Chinese leader found “unsettling” the apparent Read More …

A police protector of drug lords has a protector in Malacañang?

Chief Inspector Leo Laraga, who led the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) that barged into the Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail where Mayor Espinosa was killed. Beside him is Supt. Marvin Marcos, chief of CIDG Region 8. (Eagle News Service)

By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya IF Police Supt. Marvic Marcos has long been identified as a protector of drug lords, why is somebody high up in Malacañang protecting him? What does this make of President Duterte’s bloody campaign to eliminate illegal drugs which has claimed the lives of some 3,000 and still counting? Marcos has been under protective custody at the PNP in Camp Crame in Read More …

De Lima: Bong Go ordered reinstatement of CIDG-8 chief

Sen. Leila De Lima said Presidential Management Staff Christopher Bong Go is the “higher official” who called Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to reinstate the chief of the Crime Investigation and Detection Group Region 8. Go has denied the allegation. File photo

Source: The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED 4:58 p.m.)– Sen. Leila De Lima on Thursday pointed at Presidential Management Staff head Christopher “Bong” Go as the “higher official” who called Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to reinstate the chief of the Crime Investigation and Detection Group Region 8. Citing her “own sources” De Lima said Go, also the top aide Read More …

Filipinos Are Outraged at Attempts to Rehabilitate a Late Dictator as a National Hero

Filipino activists during a rally against the secrecy-shrouded burial of late Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery on November 18, 2016. (Richard James Mendoza—Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images)

By Joseph Hincks TIME Rallies have been staged across the country by those outraged at attempts to lionize a man who killed, tortured and stole billions Susan Quimpo was preparing for a protest outside the Philippines’ Supreme Court when she heard that a helicopter was already carrying the body of the man responsible for killing one of her brothers, and disappearing another, to a hero’s Read More …

Congress Approves Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino World War II Veterans

Sen. Mazie Hirono (center), who sponsored the Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 in the Senate, pose with leaders and members of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP), shortly after Congress approved the bill granting recognition to Filipino World War II veterans. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Hirono’s office).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2016 Contact: Jon Melegrito jdmelegrito@gmail.com Tel. 202-361-0296 Arrangements for President Obama’s signature for historic legislation to be announced Washington, D.C. Today, the U.S. Congress finally granted national recognition to the 260,000 Filipino and American soldiers who served under the United States Army Forces of the Far East (USAFFE). They have waited for more than 72 years. The House of Representatives Read More …

In Hitler’s footsteps: From Auschwitz to America

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Little did Donald J. Trump realize that by preaching the gospel of hate, it would bring him to the pinnacle of power in America. Or, could it be that he was aware that hate was what dictators use to achieve power and exercise total control over their people? Take Adolf Hitler for one, who arguably was the most despicable of these Read More …

Never Learned from History

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By Erick San Juan It seems that after over six months, the election fever is still on and the country’s socio-political gap is getting wider as crucial issues emerged. The latest of which is the ‘surprise burial’ of the former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last November 18 at 12 high noon. It will be remembered that Marcos’ burial is Read More …

‘Like a thief in the night’: VP Leni, lawmakers, nation shocked and upset over ‘surprise’ Marcos burial

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By CNN Philippines Staff Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice President Leni Robredo and lawmakers expressed shock and anger at the “surprise” burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday. The covert manner in which the strongman was buried is in keeping with the status of the Marcos family as thieves who stole from the nation, they said. “Like Read More …

Ramos speaks up on Marcos burial: ‘I felt very bad’

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By Ina Andolong CNN Philippines Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — He was the Armed Forces vice chief of staff who turned his back on his commander in chief — then President Ferdinand Marcos. Former President Fidel Ramos’ decision to bolt from the Marcos administration was a turning point in the 1986 People Power revolution. For the first time since Marcos’ sudden burial at the Libingan Read More …

Massacre: 58 dead, 7 years, 0 justice

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Seven years since 58 people, including 32 journalists, were slaughtered in what has been infamously called “Ampatuan Massacre” or “Maguindanao Massacre,” not one of the 197 accused have been found guilty. Four of the accused have since died, including the suspected mastermind, then Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. Of the 193 remaining accused, including 28 bearing the name Read More …

Lamentation

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano  There are not many things that we share in common, but they are enough. We belong to one race and to one motherland, the Filipino people living in the Philippines, the only land in this earth reserved for Filipinos. Our race and our motherland bind us. For most Filipinos, we also are Filipino citizens. Some Filipinos have migrated to other Read More …

The brave non-violence of the Subaanen people

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Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen (His columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.) Some thousands of indigenous people all over the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, especially the Subaanen people, on the Zamboanga Peninsula have struggle for years to stop mining corporations from moving in to explore and mine the mountains and hills. They are victims Read More …

Donald Trump’s son held secret talks on working with Russia to end Syria conflict

Donald Trump Jr at a meeting last month with Randa Kassis (Facebook)

The 38-year-old’s presence at the meeting has raised questions about what role Mr Trump’s family will play in his administration Andrew Buncombe Minneapolis The Independent Online Donald Trump’s eldest son held talks in Paris about collaborating with Russia to end the Syrian conflict – the latest indication of both the President-elect’s likelihood to work with Moscow, and of the way he may include family members Read More …

Are Duterte and Trump the new normal?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz The election of Rodrigo R. Duterte and Donald J. Trump — six months apart – as president of the Philippines and United States, respectively, shook the world in a manner that differed from previous presidential elections in both countries. While Duterte was favored to win in large part due to his promise to kill drug pushers and users, Trump was doomed Read More …

Is Marxism Dead?

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By Erick San Juan Pray that the Obama/ Clinton/global elitist cabal hasn’t found the Marxist way to compromise the promise of Tuesday night, because it’s still a long way between now and January 20, 2017 Inauguration. (Source: Marxists still looking for the way to compromise Tuesday’s election by Judi McLeod) Will there be a coup even before the president-elect takes its oath of office as Read More …

George Takei: They interned my family. Don’t let them do it to Muslims

Children in the Manzanar internment camp in California. (AP/National Park Service)

The United States apologized for locking up Japanese Americans. Have we learned nothing? By George Takei  The Washon George Takei is an actor, activist and social media maven. There is dangerous talk these days by those who have the ear of some at the highest levels of government. Earlier this week, Carl Higbie, an outspoken Trump surrogate and co-chair of Great America PAC, gave an Read More …

Is Digong fickle or simply impulsive?

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By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya HE was not supposed to win. But he did! Donald Trump will be the United States President come January 20 – as I have predicted since July up till last week when Hillary Clinton was still leading in the polls. How did I know? Secret! Trump’s victory is one for the books. It was the first time he ever ran Read More …

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT DUTERTE WILL NOT DECLARE MARTIAL LAW

Activists hold a candle light vigil for victims of the extra judicial killings in the drug war of the government in front of a church in Manila on September 16, 2016. The Philippines faced calls September 16 to investigate its firebrand president after a self-confessed hitman alleged Rodrigo Duterte ordered a thousand opponents and suspected criminals murdered when he was a city mayor. / AFP / TED ALJIBE        (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

By Rodel Rodis I am absolutely confident that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will not declare martial law. This confidence is based on the bountiful evidence that the Filipino people seem entirely too willing to voluntarily surrender their fundamental constitutional rights so there would be no need to formally declare martial law. This conclusion is drawn from the public reaction to a speech Pres. Duterte delivered at Read More …

Trump’s Pivot to Asia

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The president-elect will need to renounce his campaign rhetoric to preserve stability in Asia.   By Michael Auslin The Wall Street Journal Within 48 hours of being elected president of the United States, Donald Trump was in touch with America’s two main allies in Asia. A phone call from South Korean President Park Geun-hye and an agreement to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Read More …

A clash of personalities

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers a speech to members of the Philippine Army during a visit at the army headquarters in Taguig city, metro Manila

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano There are personalities, and there are personalities, most we do not know, and some we think we know all too well. Yes, the known personalities, they often clash, and clash all the more they will in the foreseeable future. And we who listen and watch from the sidelines, with a pre-conditioned tendency to choose sides quickly and becoming partisan, we Read More …

Trump Business Partner Is Philippines’ New Trade Envoy to U.S.

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By RICHARD C. PADDOCK New York Times BANGKOK — The timing of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines couldn’t be better. Before Donald J. Trump’s election victory, the Philippine leader had already named Mr. Trump’s business partner in Manila as a special envoy to the United States. Mr. Duterte, whose colorful and unpredictable comments have drawn comparisons to Mr. Trump, late last month named the Read More …

Did China trick Digong?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was sworn in last June 30, 2016, the first person he introduced to the audience was former President Fidel V. Ramos, whom he credited for helping him launch his presidential candidacy. It did not then come as a surprise when Digong appointed Ramos as his special envoy to China. Immediately, Ramos went to Hong Kong to Read More …

Gov’t must probe brazen killing

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa was so brazen, and the excuse given by the police officers for the slaying so ridiculous, there is absolutely no reason for government authorities not to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation of the incident. Why was Espinosa suddenly so brave and reckless to shoot at lawmen when just a few Read More …

Duterte a Foreign Service graduate?

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By Ellen T. Tordesillas ABS-CBN News Did you know that President Rodrigo Duterte is a Foreign Service graduate? That’s what he said in his press conference with the foreign correspondents in China last Oct. 19. He boasted: “Now that I am the President, by the grace of God, I read a lot; I’m a lawyer and I studied geopolitics and all, and also I am Read More …

Why Duterte attracts selfie seekers

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By Leandro DD Coronel Manila Bulletin President Duterte’s drumbeaters tell us he’s a rock star, especially abroad. No doubt Mr. Duterte has attracted attention in many parts of the world. To imitate his way of speaking: “Why?” Because he has made a spectacle of himself. “Why?” Because he likes to curse. “Why?” Because of the thousands of summary killings. He comes on television virtually every Read More …

Absurd pro-colonial dispensation

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano I am haunted by the words of someone whom I looked up to for his prodigious intellect and vast unique experience, Professor Manoling Yap, and whom I deeply admired for his deep love of the motherland and her sons and daughters, the Filipino race. I miss him terribly today. Manoling often repeated this: “We Filipinos are all victims of an Read More …

US sends message to adversaries with nuclear sub visit, drills

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Source: Marianas Variety (CNN) — The U.S. military is sending a double-barreled message this week to potential adversaries in the Pacific. A Navy submarine carrying nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles is visiting Guam for the first time since the late 1980s and U.S. and Japanese troops will practice amphibious landings on Pacific islands. The submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) is making what the Navy formally calls a Read More …

US Military to Stay in Pacific Despite Public Opposition in Manila

U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and their Philippine counterpart salute at the closing ceremony of the 33rd joint US-Philippines amphibious landing exercises dubbed PHIBLEX, Philippines, Oct. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

By Matthew Cox Military.com  The U.S. military’s top official told troops Wednesday that the recent anti-American comments by the Philippine president will have no effect on the United States’ growing presence in the Pacific region. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke to a room full of troops that included U.S. Army, Marine and Air Force personnel at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. One Marine staff sergeant asked Read More …

Nato puts 300,000 ground troops on ‘high alert’ as tensions with Russia mount

Tensions between Russia and Nato have escalated in recent months (Getty)

 “We have seen a more assertive Russia implementing a substantial military build-up over many years,” Nato secretary-general says By Gabriel Samuels Independent Up to 300,000 Nato troops have been put on alert amid rising tensions between Russia and the Baltic states. Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of Nato, said the alliance hoped to speed up the response time of thousands of its troops to allow it Read More …

Duterte’s flip-flop diplomacy

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte announced his “separation” from the United States during his state visit to China, it shook the world. Not that it would have changed the balance of power in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, but it was because of the abrupt – “strange,” I might say – way of which it was announced. But what is surreally baffling is Read More …

Is The Honeymoon Period Over?

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By Erick San Juan The first 100 days of the Duterte administration has shown several good and bad aspects in its governance. Those who voted for DU30 gradually find mistakes and a lot of blunders especially in his style of using cuss words. Campaign supporters suddenly turned sour and now become critics to the administration’s shortcomings. Is the honeymoon period over? What went wrong? Is Read More …

China still blocking access to Scarborough Shoal, says think tank

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By Dharel Placido ABS-CBN News MANILA – Despite reports that Filipino fishermen can now freely fish at the Scarborough Shoal in the disputed South China Sea, a think thank said satellite imagery shows that China is still blocking access to the resource-rich lagoon. An October 29 satellite imagery by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies shows Read More …

Agriculture is one bright spot

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas One bright spot in the Duterte administration is its giving attention to the resurgence of the agricultural sector as an important component of economic development. President Duterte, in his first State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA), said his administration would give priority to the optimization of agriculture production. To prove his sincerity and determination to boost agricultural production in the country, Read More …

Carpio eyes win-win solution in South China Sea, face-saving scenario for China

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Source: GMA NEWS The Philippines should find a “win-win” solution and a “face-saving” scenario for China in the issue of the overlapping claims in the South China Sea, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has said. Carpio made the remarks in the wake of President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s bilateral talks in Beijing and Filipino fishermen being able to fish at the Panatag Read More …

Cayetano, Tugade made ‘unpublicized’ trip to China: Goldberg

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) is shown the way by Chinese President Xi Jinping before a signing ceremony held in Beijing, China, October 20, 2016. Reuters/Ng Han Guan/Pool

Source: ABS-CBN News Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade made an unpublicized trip to China last June even before President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent state visit to Beijing, outgoing US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg said Tuesday. Speaking to ANC’s Headstart, Goldberg said he was not surprised that the Philippines secured an estimated $24 billion in investment and loan pledges after Duterte’s Read More …

ALICE BULOS AND FIL-AM POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT

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By Rodel Rodis It was perhaps ironic that the Filipino American community leader with the biggest heart of all should die of heart failure at age 86 at the Seton Medical Center in Daly City on October 21. Or perhaps because it was so big, it eventually had to fail. The all-empowering heart of Alice Bulos was the subject of loving tributes by federal and Read More …

US Preps To Fight On Two Fronts In Asia

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) (R) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in the Philippine Sea on June 18, 2016. Courtesy Jake Greenberg/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) (R) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in the Philippine Sea on June 18, 2016. Courtesy Jake Greenberg/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

By Ryan Pickrell The Daily Caller The latest U.S. freedom of navigation operation challenged China’s “excessive claims” to the South China Sea and prepared the U.S. to fight on two fronts in Asia. The missile destroyer USS Decatur conducted a freedom of navigation operation near the disputed Paracel Islands, territories claimed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, last Friday. The U.S. Navy has conducted four freedom Read More …

Digong was the ‘Manchurian Candidate’ all along!

Duterte, Xi, and Putin.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In Philippine elections, presidential candidates are labeled according to their perceived political persuasion or ideological beliefs. However, political persuasion doesn’t really matter in Philippine politics because Filipino politicians change their political affiliations to suit their personal objectives. There are the “Amboys” (American Boys). There are the “balimbings” (political turncoats and opportunists). And there are the “Manchurian Candidates” (secretly aligned with China). Read More …

From one master to another?

Which master? (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas   From one colonial master to another. From the frying pan into the fire. This in essence is what breaking up ties with longtime ally United States and making friends with China, as announced by President Duterte, means. Getting out of dependence from one colonial master and getting into dependence with another does not make an independent foreign policy. Read More …

Duterte wrong on China non-invasion – Carpio

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GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star President Rodrigo Duterte misstated in Beijing that China never has invaded any part of Philippine territory. This was pointed out last week by Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio Carpio. For, China did grab Scarborough Shoal in 2012. Expert in international law, Carpio called on the government immediately to correct Duterte’s history lapse, lest it be taken against the Read More …

Rodrigo Duterte: I didn’t mean the Philippines would cut ties with the US

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands as they attend a welcoming ceremony in Beijing. Photo: Getty

By Lindsay Murdoch The Sydney Morning Herald Bangkok: Rodrigo Duterte has become a diplomatic embarrassment for the Philippines. Arriving back in his hometown of Davao after a red-carpet state visit to China the president said he did not mean he would cut ties with the United States when he told an audience in Beijing that he was separating from the US. “When you say severance Read More …

Onboard Ship Pilipinas – 101 million together under skipper PDU30

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By Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos Manila Bulletin (Last of Two Parts) “Opportunities, goodwill, reputations, wealth and other assets once lost can be recovered – but time misused or wasted is gone forever••••••” — Ancient Wisdom. THE MESSAGES HEREIN PRESENTED (WITH LAST WEEK’S PART I) AIM TO REMIND FILIPINOS, INCLUDING HONEYMOONERS BEARING THE UNBORN, THAT WE ARE ALL ONBOARD OUR ONE AND ONLY FLAG-CARRIER Read More …

Rodrigo Duterte has turned the tables in the Asia-Pacific. Now China is winning

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By Peter Hartcher The Sydney Morning Herald How much does it cost to buy an entire country? If the country is the Philippines, it seems that the answer is $US24 billion ($31.4 billion). That’s how much China paid last week in promises of investment and soft loans. In return, the Philippines president announced his country’s “separation” from the US. It’s the latest shock from the Read More …

‘Lawin’ and Duterte

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano  I was well on my way to write about the President Duterte’s China trip and its most logical implications when Supertyphoon “Lawin” began to make landfall in Cagayan. Lawin with its powerful winds and rains worries me so much that even the sudden shift against the United States and towards China was not enough to make me focus on the Read More …

Threats

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By Erick San Juan “Why is US President Barack Obama threatening Russia with World War 3 right before the election?” A very profound question and actually the title of the article by Michael Snyder published at redflagnews.com which he began with “It sure seems like an odd time to be provoking a war with Russia. As I write this, we stand just a little bit Read More …

Beware the Ides of October

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz The generals of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must be texting each other, saying: “Did you hear what Digong was saying these days? LOL.” Another general would probably respond, “He’s a weakling like Obama. Hahaha… LOLOL.” Another one would probably say, “Well, they both can go to hell so we can take their countries… LMAO.” And President Xi Jinping would probably Read More …

Demonic forces engulfing PH — Duterte should resign

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Global Nation By Ted Laguatan Esq.  The world’s good and decent people should force President Rodrigo Duterte to resign. It’s also for his own good. I don’t hate Duterte. But I hate his terrible sins. For his own sake, I hope that he amends his evil ways and saves his soul as his days are numbered. No one is beyond redemption if he turns to Read More …

Dissing God, Cussing Obama, and Praising Hitler – Just a Week’s work

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Global Nation By Rodel Rodis The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication.  President Duterte’s mouth set a world record for traveling the longest distance in the shortest time. In a span of just six days, it traveled from doubting there is a God in Heaven to condemning Obama to Hell and they were not Read More …

Community-driven rehab

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano  The subject of illegal drugs is a most sensitive one because it has many facets, many tentacles. It is about mental health, family, behavior, friends, neighborhood, poverty, crime, business, and corruption. Most of all, in terms of controversy, it is about killings, whether justified or not, and whether it is the police, vigilantes, or drug syndicates doing it. I wanted Read More …

Philippine leader says will raise arbitration case with China, won’t bargain

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Source: Reuters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he would raise a controversial arbitral ruling on the South China Sea with China’s leaders, and vowed not to surrender any sovereignty or deviate from the July award by the tribunal in The Hague. Duterte said his trip to China this week represented a turning point in bilateral ties, but he acknowledged there was some public Read More …

FVR, Carpio weigh in on Du30 policy

Former President Fidel V. Ramos (left) and Senior Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

By John Paolo Bencito and Sara Susanne D. Fabunan Manila Standard BOTH former President Fidel Ramos and Senior Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio scored the Duterte administration’s anti-American foreign and military policy and urged President Rodrigo Duterte to stand for real independence and defend the country’s territorial integrity. But Duterte himself questioned whether the United States or the country’s traditional allies would actually go Read More …

Duterte’s enforcer: Philippine police chief says has no regrets about drug killings

Philippine national police chief Ronald Dela Rosa (center) and other police officials wearing Igorot tribe headdresses salute on Sept. 2 during a visit to Camp Dangwa in Benguet province. | REUTERS

Source: Japan Times Reuters LA UNION, PHILIPPINES – When Philippines police chief Ronald Dela Rosa gave a rousing speech to his men at a regional headquarters in Luzon, they rewarded him with a gift: a replica of the sword used by actor Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart. The barrel-chested police chief grinned and gave the weapon, which is almost as long as he is Read More …

The values of a true democracy

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Reflections Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation Democratic societies are increasingly feeling the challenge of a rising wave of civil discontent with many traditional politicians. They are turning to populist upstart politicians who promise an anti-establishment agenda to bring about a disciplined crime free or immigration free new society. These opportunistic politicians around the world are using the genuine anger of those left behind economically and Read More …

A nation in pain

The "La-Pieta" like photo which symbolized the extra judicial killings in the Philippines (Photo by Raffy Lerma/Philippine Daily Inquirer)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted last September 24-26 showed Duterte receiving a public satisfaction rating of 76%, “dissatisfied” rating of 11%, and “undecided” rating of 13%. According to SWS, Duterte’s +54 “net satisfaction” rating is better than most of his post-EDSA revolution predecessors, except for Fidel V. Ramos who scored +66 in 1992. During that same period last September, Read More …

Playing both sides won’t do it

President Duterte and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua.

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas  In the first few days of his presidency, President Duterte gained favorable response from the business community after his announcements that he would give emphasis to infrastructure development and making transactions easy for businessmen. With just a few hundreds killed in Duterte’s drug war, they were willing to look the other way. But as the death toll from Read More …

DU30s’ first 100 days – Team Philippines losing

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By Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos Manila Bulletin (First of two parts) Last Friday (07 October 2016) marked President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s first 100 days in the highest public office in our beloved Philippines. With a resounding victory over four other worthy presidential opponents (who were all probably better funded than him), Du30 won the people’s mandate to govern by an unprecedented margin of Read More …

Justice Carpio: Only US can protect PHL’s EEZ from Chinese poachers

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.

SOURCE: GMA NEWS ONLINE CALLS FOR JOINT PATROLS TO CONTINUE The Philippines should keep its joint patrol with the United States to protect its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), particularly from Chinese poachers, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Tuesday. “There is only one power on Earth that can stop the Chinese from poaching in our EEZ. That is the US,” said Carpio amid Read More …

Elder’s Advice

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By Erick San Juan ‘Colorful person’ and a person with ‘colorful language’ that is President Rody Duterte according to US President Barack Obama and Jose Almonte (former national security adviser). The former attribute may refer to a politician who can be seen dealing across the political spectrum, from left to right. While the latter, a description given to Pres. Duterte or shall I say a Read More …

700,000 of them

A policeman talking to residents, who admitted to being drug users, at a police camp, after more than 700 people gave themselves up to policemen and local government officials in Quezon city, the Philippines, last Friday.PHOTO: REUTERS

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano  Typical of Filipinos, those who have enough time and energy after a hard day’s work, to engage in conversations or discussions about issues of the day. Typical of Filipinos to succumb to partisanship, lose sight of the essential, and end up arguing. It takes strong friendships to stop the breakup of what used to be good relationships, even blood ties, Read More …

Philippine President Duterte labelled ‘serial killer’ and ‘psychopath’ as drug crackdown death toll exceeds 3600

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By Marnie O’Neill news.com.au@marnieoneill7 PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo “The Punisher” Duterte has been labelled a “psychopath” and a “serial killer” by critics as the death toll in his murderous drugs crackdown hurtles towards 4000. Actress Agot Isidro has sparked a national debate on the state of Mr Duterte’s mental health after urging the 71-year-old to seek psychiatric treatment in a Facebook post that has been shared Read More …

Convict Sebastian bares De Lima ‘love triangle’

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By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco with Jester P. Manalastas Journal Online HIGH-PROFILE inmate Jaybee Sebastian yesterday alleged that a former security aide of Sen. Leila de Lima who confirmed her supposed sex videos with her former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan was also romantically involved with the former secretary of justice. During the continuation of the House Committee on Justice investigation into the Bilibid drug trade, Sebastian said Read More …

The Philippines at a dangerous crossroads

Trading Obama for Xi and Putin?

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo Duterte’s ascension to the Philippine presidency happened at a time when the country was anxiously waiting for the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s (PCA) ruling on China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea (SCS). And when the ruling was finally released on July 12 invalidating China’s “nine-dash line” claim and that China had no historical rights to the rocks, Read More …

Playing both sides won’t do it

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, China's Xi Jinping, and Russia's Vladimir Putin

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas In the first few days of his presidency, President Duterte gained favorable response from the business community after his announcements that he would give emphasis to infrastructure development and making transactions easy for businessmen. With just a few hundreds killed in Duterte’s drug war, they were willing to look the other way. But as the death toll from Read More …

Who’s Fault: The Salesmen or The Product?

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By Erick San Juan Another war is going on, aside from the war on drugs, it’s coming from the very vocal supporters and non-supporters of President Rody Duterte. Strong words coming from both sides are everywhere – on the internet via the social media especially at the Facebook and Twitter, the texters who are very active giving their views even on radio and on television. Read More …

Corrupting the DFA

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay  
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By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya I am a supporter of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong and his policy on the illicit drug trade which actually breeds criminality and corruption. (Come to think of it, he could well be hitting three birds with one stone through his drug campaign.) In fact, I started supporting him through this space from December last year, before he even Read More …

Why accept the killings?

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano The most talked about topic in the Philippines is, of course, Rodrigo R. Duterte. I suppose that is normal because he is the new President of the Republic. While both politics and governance in the Philippines may be painted at times as democratic and institutional, they are truly very personalized through those who wield the power. Duterte, therefore, cannot be Read More …

War-on-drugs a Challenge to Catholic Faith

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Reflections By Father Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation The Catholic Church and that means not only the leadership but the People of God who believe in Jesus of Nazareth and his teaching on the sacredness of life, mercy, compassion and understanding are challenged in this day by the War-on-Drugs. God’s people in the Church needs to take a stand with, and reach out to those in Read More …

Philippine President Duterte Flips Off President Obama — Again

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers a speech to the members of the Philippine Army during a visit at the army headquarters in Taguig city, metro Manila, Philippines October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

He says Obama can “go to hell” for refusing to sell arms to the Philippines. Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday told U.S. President Barack Obama to “go to hell” and said the United States had refused to sell some weapons to his country but he did not care because Russia and China were willing suppliers. In his latest salvo, Duterte said he had lost Read More …

Duterte cites Hitler: I’d be happy to slaughter 3 million

Nazi mass execution during World War II.

By Aaron Lozada ABS-CBN News MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he’d be happy to slaughter 3 million drug addicts, and even compared his act to that of Adolf Hitler. “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. There are 3 million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte said in a press conference following his arrival from an official visit to Vietnam. Duterte Read More …

China sets eyes on Benham Rise

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz As soon as the United Nations had awarded Benham Rise to the Philippines than China sets her eyes on this undersea landmass in the Philippine Sea. According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), this 13-million-hectare area off the coast of Aurora province is potentially rich in mineral, natural gas deposits, and manganese nodules that are vital in the Read More …

Foreign Policy fiasco

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in white, walks away with officials following the ASEAN summit plenary meeting at National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz It was a very strange week! Was it a full moon… or was it sign of the times? Indeed, a nation’s leader going ballistic is not the usual norm even with the likes of… well, I don’t want to distract you from the issues so let’s move on. The recent brouhaha on the eve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s departure for his Read More …

The Philippines’ three historical mistakes

“I prefer a government run like hell by Filipinos to a government run like heaven by Americans.” -- Manuel L. Quezon

PerryScope By Perry Diaz If not for three major mistakes, the Philippines would be strong today – politically, economically, and militarily. We could have taken the place of South Korea as the 11th biggest economic power or even Japan as the third biggest economic power. While Japan and the Philippines were devastated in World War II and South Korea ruined during the Korean War, Japan Read More …

‘Strategic Diamond’ takes shape in the Pacific

"Strategic Diamond"

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) between the U.S. and India, U.S. President Barack Obama achieved a key part of his “Pivot to Asia” strategy. Indeed, it is a major accomplishment considering that the U.S. had been negotiating such an agreement for the past 12 years. And the beauty of it is while it strengthens the Read More …

The Muntinglupa Connection

The accuser and the accused.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In what could arguably be the “mother of all scandals,” President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte dropped a bombshell in front of Sen. Leila de Lima’s face. Calling it a “drugs matrix” — known as the “Muntinglupa Connection” — Duterte released a document showing links between De Lima and several others allegedly involved in illegal drug activities at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Read More …

Scarborough Shoal: New game, same old rule

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and former President Fidel V. Ramos

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo Duterte sent his special envoy former President Fidel V. Ramos to China to “break the ice” in the country’s freezing relationship with China. Well, Ramos didn’t promise anything but he said he was going on a “fishing expedition” and to play golf. But if there was any semblance of success, Ramos made some “progress,” telling reporters: “It’s not really Read More …

Is war in the South China Sea inevitable?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz The conventional wisdom in geopolitical circles is that a war between the United States and China is not going to happen — not now, not tomorrow – simply because their economies are intricately intertwined with one another like the fabled Gordian Knot. Destroying each other would be like committing a suicide pact. And why would they do that? Are they out Read More …

“Bato bato sa langit…”

(CREDIT: KIWI BULACLAC/PPD)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Five weeks after former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was sworn in as President of the Philippines, his promise to rid the country of criminality and illegal drugs is paying off. To date, more than 400 people – drug lords, drug pushers, drug addicts, house thieves, and other kinds of criminals — have been killed and more than 4,000 captured. Read More …

International court of public opinion

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Now that the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has ruled strongly in favor of the Philippines’ maritime disputes against China in the South China Sea (SCS), people are wondering, “What’s going to happen next?” Unless China accepts the arbitral tribunal’s ruling – in parts or in its entirety – nothing is going to happen in terms of enforcement. While the Philippines Read More …

Duterte-Xi standoff: Who will blink first?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz  Right after the Philippine Congress proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte president of the Philippines, Chinese President Xi Jinping didn’t waste any time writing a congratulatory message to him. Elated by Xi’s gesture, Duterte said, “I was honored, receiving a congratulatory message from a great president.” Several days later, Duterte — who was seemingly buoyed by Xi’s expression of goodwill — remarked that he Read More …

High stakes in the South China Sea

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), in a unanimous decision, delivered a “triple whammy” to China. In a press release, it said that the Arbitral Tribunal ruled that “there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea falling with the ‘nine-dash line’.” Secondly, the Tribunal reaffirmed that the rocks and Read More …

Bato: A hard rock to crack

Dela Rosa forms his "Police Avengers" to fight the drug lords. ( Photo credits: pinoynewsalert.blogspot.com)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz It must have been fate that brought President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa together 30 years ago in the aftermath of the EDSA People Power Revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship. Duterte was appointed acting vice-mayor of Davao City by then President Cory Aquino. Dela Rosa, then a fresh graduate of the Philippine Military Read More …

Duterte’s Unorthodoxy: The New Orthodoxy

Duterte and Dela Rosa (CREDIT: KIWI BULACLAC/PPD)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With no major political organization behind him and no big donors to fund his campaign, President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte was propelled to power by people from all walks of life. He beat four other candidates, three of whom – Jejomar Binay, Mar Roxas, and Grace Poe — were funded by executives of some of the country’s top companies, including San Miguel Read More …

Is America prepared for war?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz With all the trouble spots around the world where the U.S. is involved one way or another, it makes one wonder: Where will the war take place? Okay, let’s try this: Take your pick? (1) Baltic States (U.S. and NATO vs. Russia), (2) Middle East (U.S. vs. ISIS), (3) Senkaku Islands (U.S. and Japan vs. China), (4) Korean Peninsula (U.S. and Read More …

A technical coup d’état

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz  Just as Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo was enjoying her razor-thin victory over Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the vice presidential race, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is under pressure from some quarters to disqualify Leni from taking over the vice presidency because her party — the Liberal Party — failed to submit its Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) Read More …

Digong’s bounty killers

Ronald dela Rosa (left) as a young lieutenant and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (right).

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the 1880s, the United States’ western and southwestern territories had become known as the “Wild, Wild West,” where gunslingers ruled and bounty killers abounded. One of the most popular movies that memorialized the bloody history of the “West” was the 1957 movie, “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” It was so popular that several remakes were made years later, including two Read More …

Quo vadis, Bongbong?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Had Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. won the vice presidential contest, it could have been one of the greatest – if not the greatest – political comebacks in the annals of politics. And the 30 years that passed since his father, the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, was ousted and the entire Marcos family booted out of the country, it would Read More …

Duterte’s honeymoon with China begins

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua presents President-elect Rodrigo Duterte copy of the book on Chinese President Xi Jinping.  (Office of the City Mayor Davao City via AP)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Like all relationships and marriages, both parties will try to work, or live, harmoniously and reconcile their differences, if any. This is called the “honeymoon” period and it could last for a long time or it can be abbreviated depending on how they relate to each other. It may sound simplistic, but they hope that by the time the honeymoon is Read More …

Duterte’s brand of politics

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz A week after his landslide presidential victory, Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s cabinet is shaping up: a mixture of business leaders, leftists, communists, political allies, and personal friends. On the surface it looks like a broad-spectrum government reaching out to all sectors of the country. That’s good… at least on paper. But at a closer scrutiny, it reveals a master chess player who Read More …

Duterte: Strongman with a soft spot

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Some would say that presumptive President-Elect Rodrigo “Rody” or “Digong” Duterte is a leftist, which he admits. Some say he is a communist, which he denies. Others say he is pro-China. And a few say he could be the new “Amboy” – that is, “America’s Boy.” Honestly, nobody knows that much about his brand of politics. Who the hell is Digong Read More …

Tensions heat up in the South China Sea

Strategic Triangle: Scarborough Shoal, Spratlys, and Paracel islands.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The biggest — and hottest — topic in geopolitical circles today is World War III, or to be more precise… where will World War III start? But if you ask Pope Francis, he’d probably say what he said several months ago: World War III has already begun, at least in a “piecemeal fashion.” “Piecemeal fashion” is a reference to several crises Read More …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Can Digong pull off an upset?

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte

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 …

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 …

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 …

Can Bongbong survive the ABC?

Bongbong, Miriam, and Imelda (behind).

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 …

Battle for 2022 presidency has begun!

Bongbong Marcos and Chiz Escudero

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 …

Is it Grace or ABG?

Binay, Duterte, Poe, Roxas, and Santiago

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 …

Is P-Noy hedging his future on Poe?

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

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

The 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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Why was Bonifacio murdered?

Katipunan "Supremo" Andres Bonifacio

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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?

Fiery Cross Reef reclamation

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 …

Lawlessness in Davao City

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Once known as the “Murder Capital” of the Philippines, Davao City once again topped the headlines when Mayor Sara Duterte – surrounded by armed police bodyguards — beat a sheriff while hundreds of horrified people watched. Duterte was caught on video camera punching sheriff Abe Andres – an officer of the court – several times while he was serving a court Read More …