Opinion

U.S. President Donald Trump interacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago resort.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Donald Trump met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his luxurious resort Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida last April 6, he was hoping that Xi would accept his invitation to stay at the posh resort. Well, Xi politely declined and instead stayed at a nearby hotel. But other than that, their summit was deemed a “success.” Trump got something Read More …

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raises a middle finger thrust out in an obscene gesture as he speaks before local government officials in Davao

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The rejection of $280 million in grants from the European Union last week and the visits of President Duterte to China and Russia in a two-week span validated what has become obvious since the former Davao City mayor became president in July last year – that the country is taking a 180-degree turn in its foreign policy. Duterte, Read More …

China Philippines

By Ellen T. Tordesillas ABS-CBN News In his speech at the 33rd National Convention of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary in Lining, Davao city last Friday, the President singled out Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio and former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (whom he mistakenly referred to as Ramon del Rosario), who have publicly expressed their misgvings for the decision of Duterte to set Read More …

One-Belt-One-Road-Xi-Jinping

By Erick San Juan Tightening the Belt on a Bumpy Road? Who do we believe? The recently concluded Belt and Road Forum as initiated by and held in Beijing, China promised a lot to boost economies of countries included in the modern silk road. But many economic and political analysts believe that in the long run it is China that will benefit the most in Read More …

Trump-and-Kushner-Flynn

By Jonathan Chait New York Magazine It may not have made “sense” for Donald Trump to fire James Comey, let alone for him to proceed to confess — in a public interview with Lester Holt, and then a putatively private meeting with Russian diplomats — that he did so in order to stop the Russia investigation. But the flurry of new reports over the last Read More …

Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, land in Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, Philippines, to begin bilateral training with their counterparts in the Philippine Marine Corps as part of Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual U.S.-Philippine military bilateral exercise that combines amphibious capabilities and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Rob Kunzig/Released)

By Erick San Juan In October of last year President Duterte told the Americans that there will no longer be any joint military exercises with them. The cancellation of several joint military exercises with the US, namely the US-Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (Phiblex) and Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Exercise (Carat) and stopping the US from using Philippine ports for freedom of navigation operations and Read More …

Bahay-Pag-asa.3

Reflecrtions By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation If ever you were in Metro Manila and went to visit a Bahay Pag-asa, that is a “House of Hope” where children as young as seven to 15 are incarcerated behind bars and mixed with youth up to 17 years of age, you will see that the majority of 12 year-old children look like eight years old. This Read More …

House-of-Cards.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On the day of Donald J. Trump’s presidential inauguration, a trailer of Season 5 of the “House of Cards” Netflix series was shown. The trailer – which movie critics dubbed “creepy” – accompanied an upside down American flag, along with the tweet: “We make terror.” This line is a recall of last season’s final episode, when Underwood said, “We don’t submit Read More …

U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When Donald J. Trump was campaigning for the presidency, he projected a “tough guy” image by lambasting everyone that stood on his way or anyone who disagreed with him. His forays into foreign policy were gutsy and digressed from previous administrations’ diplomatic restraint in handling sensitive geopolitical issues. He shocked America’s NATO allies after he suggested that he might not honor Read More …

President Rodrigo Duterte and the International Criminal Court.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On November 17, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte, before heading to Lima, Peru, told the media he just might order the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). He got the idea following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s withdrawal of Russia’s membership from ICC, who the day before had signed an order to formally withdraw Russia’s signature from the founding statute of Read More …