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NATO Summit in Wales

PerryScope By Perry Diaz After annexing Crimea using masked men in military uniforms with no insignia, Putin found himself in a tight spot when the U.S. and her western European allies imposed sanctions against Russia. Denying what was obviously an invasion into Ukrainian territory, Putin pretended to play the role of a “peacekeeper” between the pro-western Ukrainian government and the pro-Russian separatists in southeast Ukraine. Read More …

Will there be another one in 2016?

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In his attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to eradicate corruption and poverty, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III may have violated the Constitution. In his zeal to continue his “reforms” beyond the six-year term he was elected, he wants to amend the Constitution to allow the president to run for re-election. In his desire to leave a lasting legacy, he may Read More …

Abad’s memo, with Aquino’s approval. P2 billion for his home province Tarlac

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO The Manila Times President Benigno Aquino 3rd acted like the dictator Marcos in handling his P149 billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) money, allocating billions of pesos in taxpayers’ money to whatever use he decided solely on his own, according to documents as well as sources from the Budget department. Just as Marcos flooded his Ilocos Norte province with infrastructure funds in Read More …

Paoay Church (File Photo)

By Jose Ma Montelibano Reality check: Politics in the Philippines, from the 16th century to the present, has been dominated by Catholics. Therefore, asking for Catholics to enter politics and other social fields like business and other professions, for the purpose of cleansing these from corruption and abuse, is like asking for more of the same. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle did ask for the faithful Read More …

Ako-ay-Filipino.2

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano It is always good to begin at the beginning. This sounds simple enough, but not for a vast majority of Filipinos. To test about how intimate Filipinos are about their knowledge of the beginning, I asked a group of young men a simple question, “What makes you Filipino?” There followed an interesting exchange of views and sentiments. Then, one of Read More …

Binay-Roxas

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano The presidential elections are two years away, yet it is beginning to seem like we already are in an early campaign mode. It must be that the great powers given to the Office of the President and the Executive Branch can actually make the head spin, or the mouth salivate – even from onlookers. I remember how it was in Read More …

Armed Russian troops wait in convoy

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In a bold and daring move, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the Russian Parliament to authorize sending troops to Ukraine and Parliament approved it unanimously. Within the hour, Russian military forces crossed the border into Crimea. Obviously, the Russian forces were ready to roll into Crimea and were just awaiting orders from Putin. The Russian invasion of Crimea is reminiscent of Read More …

(File Photo)

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano I had always believed that people power meant less about the people in power than the power of the people. 28 years ago is a long time, but not long enough to get confused about the essence of EDSA I to me. I have not forgotten how we stood before the gates of Channel 7 while Marcos troops were manning Read More …

Janet Lim Napoles and Ruby Chan Tuason in happier days.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ruby Chan Tuason opened a can of worms when she testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) implicating Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile in Janet Lim Napoles’ pork barrel scam. Indeed, never in the history of the Philippine Congress had someone testify before the legislative body accusing incumbent lawmakers for accepting kickbacks. Prior to Tuason’s testimony, BRC Read More …