Opinion

Trump and Caligula.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz If there is one Roman emperor that that makes me laugh, it was Caligula. His real name was Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus. He succeeded Tiberius in AD 37. He ruled for only four years and was assassinated in AD 41 at the young age of 28. He got his moniker “Caligula” (meaning “little soldier’s boot,” the diminutive form of “caliga”), which Read More …

Chinese survey ship at Benham Rise.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, Mgdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano exposed a “secret deal” worked out between President Rodrigo Duterte and the Chinese that would allow the Institute of Oceanology of Chinese Academy of Sciences to conduct a marine scientific research in the Benhan Rise (also known as Philippine Rise). According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), this 13-million-hectare area off the Read More …

Anti-Charter Change protest rally.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since the Constitution was drawn in 1987 in the aftermath of the EDSA People Power Revolution, several attempts have been made to revise or change the Constitution. The most common reason for a charter change was the extension of the president’s term, which was originally set for a single six-year term. For some reason those elected were bitten by a Read More …

Defend-Press-Freedom

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The closure of the highly regarded Rappler news website establishes a clear pattern of harassment and repression under President Duterte’s increasingly repressive regime. Although the closure order was made by the Securities and Exchange Commission through the revocation of the website’s certificates of incorporation and registration, it was obvious that the SEC acted under pressure from the administration. Read More …

Journalist-killed

Reflections Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation Journalists, writers, reporters, commentators will just have to curb their passion for speaking and exposing the truth if they want to continue to live. Too many end up a corpse in a cold dark morgue, silence their only companion. That is just the way it is in the Philippines and elsewhere. More than a 146 journalists, have been assassinated Read More …

Gold-bullions.4

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On August 29, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte said that members of the Marcos family were “willing to open” and “return” to the government the questionable wealth, including a “few gold bars.” “The Marcoses, I will not name the spokesman, sabi nila (they said), ‘we’ll open everything and hopefully return yung mga nakita na talaga (those that had been discovered),” he added. Read More …

Duterte-New-Year-2018

PerryScope By Perry Diaz If I were President Rodrigo Duterte, this would be my New Year’s Resolution for 2018: My fellow countrymen: First of all, I’d like to congratulate myself for surviving a tumultuous 2017. I feel that I have been blessed for being able to keep our country safe from the drug menace. Not that I have eradicated this social disease, but because there Read More …

Sereno-impeachment

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the third time in Philippine history, a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has been besieged with impeachment complaints. The first one, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. faced impeachment complaints two times. In June 2003, former president Joseph Estrada filed the first complaint, but the House of Representatives dismissed it on October 22, 2003. The following day, a group Read More …

Huk Founder and Leader Luis Taruc (center, holding newspaper) with his rebels.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since the Philippines gained her independence, the young country has been at war with various rebel groups. First, the Hukbalahap or Huks for short. The Hukbalahap, which stands for Hukbong Bayan Laban sa mga Hapon (The Nation’s Army Against the Japanese Soldiers), was a communist guerilla movement formed by the peasant farmers of Central Luzon. It was originally formed to Read More …

Drug-pusher-killed-and-wife

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30, 2016, he vowed to rid the country of illegal drugs, crime, and corruption in three to six months. Six months went by and the drug problem was still around. He then extended the deadline by another six months. A year and a half later, the drug problem still exists. What happened? During Read More …