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Who can beat Binay in 2016?

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas With the damning allegations hurled against Vice President Jejomar Binay in the past few weeks, one would think, as one columnist said, the former human rights lawyer and Makati mayor “can kiss his presidential bid goodbye.” I wish it were that simple because the country badly needs a president who is beyond reproach, but recent history tells us Read More …

China’s own ancient maps disprove Beijing sea claim

Philippines' Supreme Court associate justice Carpio gestures to an ancient map on display while Philippines' Foreign Secretary Del Rosario, Justice Secretary De Lima and Defense Secretary Gazmin look on at a Catholic university in Manila

GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star  “Ancient historical facts.” That’s Beijing’s basis to claim islets, rocks, reefs, shoals, sandbars, and waters of the South China (West Philippine) Sea. If asked what those ancient historical facts are, Beijing snorts, “Maps, of course. Yet it can’t present any such map. So Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio dug up 52 relevant ancient maps the world Read More …

David vs. Goliath in the South China Sea: The Philippines vs. China

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Manila seems to have placed almost all of its strategic eggs in the (uncertain) legal basket. Richard Javad Heydarian The National Interest  In a dramatic display of strategic naiveté, the Philippines decided (early-October) to suspend the repair and upgrade of its age-old airstrip on the Spratly island of Thitu (Pagasa to the Filipinos), among the biggest and most prized land features in the South China Read More …

The Clock is Running Out

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By Erick San Juan Cal Thomas of Townhall.com made a scary essay of what’s going in and out of the USA. He said that some Americans refuse to watch the news on tv nor read the newspapers these days especially that the headlines are depressing and no one seems to be in charge. The stock market is erratic, rises and falls, the Ebola virus is Read More …

Ex Jesuit Governor, “a man for others” who helps undocumented immigrants

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No Limitation By Ted Laguatan  “While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s moving ahead. I’m not waiting.” — Governor Jerry Brown Since becoming California’s governor for the third time, Brown has signed into law six Bills which provide significant benefits to undocumented immigrants. In October 2011, the California Dream Act affording financial aid for undocumented immigrant students brought to the U.S. before the age of sixteen Read More …

The Similarities Between Germany and China

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Geopolitical Weekly By George Friedman  Stratfor I returned last weekend from a monthlong trip to both East Asia and Europe. I discovered three things: First, the Europeans were obsessed with Germany and concerned about Russia. Second, the Asians were obsessed with China and concerned about Japan. Third, visiting seven countries from the Pacific to the Atlantic in 29 days brings you to a unique state Read More …

Pemberton thought we were women, says ‘Barbie’

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By Ira Pedrasa ABS-CBNnews.com   Miriam: Crime was cold-blooded, extremely cruel MANILA – One of the prime witnesses in the death of Jennifer Laude said Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton believed they were real women, fueling fears that what happened was a hate crime against a transgender. During the hearing at the Senate on the impact of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Association of Read More …

When is sovereignty sovereign?

Artificial island under construction by China on Mabini (Johnson South) Reef in the Kalayaan islands.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The recent brouhaha over the killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, a Filipino transgender, allegedly by an American marine in a motel in Olangapo has once again brought to the fore the issue of “sovereignty.” Indeed, it’s so convenient to use “sovereignty” for whatever nebulous issues people are complaining about. It did not then come as a surprise that when the news Read More …