Opinion

PerryScope By Perry Diaz One of the most quoted maxims in politics is: “There are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.” But regardless of whether you’re dealing with a friend or an enemy, the one that could earn dividends is the mantra: “Don’t burn your bridges because you’ll never know when you would need them.” American presidents since the beginning of the Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas   I don’t know what’s with this administration, but President Duterte and the men around him seem to believe that to create a better world, those that they deem “criminals and misfits” or not “part of humanity” should be eliminated and sent to hell, if not fed to the sharks on Manila Bay. When warned by the Amnesty International Read More …

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By Erick San Juan War rhetoric between the U.S. and China is finally starting to cool down. The title of an article by James Holbrooks (TheAntiMedia.org) posted at True Activist (Feb. 7) but is it really cooling down? Holbrooks based the said situation when Secretary of Defense James Mattis suggested the hotly disputed issue of the South China Sea should be handled diplomatically rather than Read More …

Stop-Sexual-Abuse

Reflections By Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation The shocking and almost unbelievable disclosures in recent years throughout the developed world and most recently in Australia at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse leave people shocked and staggering at the revelations. The enquiry is looking into the response or the lack of it by churches of all denominations, sports clubs, institutions of education Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas  After five failed attempts under five presidents at ending the communist insurgency in the Philippines, peace seemed to be within grasp under the Duterte administration. In fact, less than two weeks ago, government peace panel chairman Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III was so confident of a final peace agreement with the National Democratic Front when he announced in Read More …

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By Erick San Juan Is war between the US and China imminent as what Steve Bannon, who is President Donald Trump’s chief political strategist said last March? According to Steve Bannon the United States will go to war with China in “five to 10 years” over the South China Sea dispute. The said comments resurfaced at a time when Washington and Beijing’s relations have soured Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte made a big splash in the international scene by declaring that he was pursuing an “independent” foreign policy. Then he declared his “separation” from the U.S.; threatened to terminate military treaties with the U.S. and proposed defense alliance with China and Russia. The world leaders did not bat an eye. But when his campaign against drug lords Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas   Described by the great President Abraham Lincoln as “a nation conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” the United States of America is now being transformed by one man into a nation guided by bigotry and injustice. In just one week, the image crafted by the country’s fathers and strengthened by Read More …

President Rodrigo Duterte and his generals.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte won the presidency hands down by 39% plurality and 16.6 million votes. His closest rival, Mar Roxas, got 23.4%, which is only 9.9 million votes. Not only did Duterte win the presidency, he also took control of the House of Representatives when a vast majority of congressmen from other parties – there were only three from Digong’s Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas   Filipinos in America are in a unique situation where in a span of six months, they are faced with having to contend with two of the most controversial and contentious national leaders to emerge in recent history, both in the homeland and in their adopted land. Having had to face uncertainty in their homeland with the vague domestic Read More …