Opinion

604 kilos of shabu valued at P6.4 billion, seized during a raid in Valenzuela City.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Well, what else is new? Ever since I can remember, the Bureau of Customs is a place where corruption is the rule rather than the exception. It’s a culture that was introduced by the Spanish colonial rulers. The Americans improved it. And the Filipinos made it a part of their daily lives after the Americans left. Indeed, after 400 years under Read More …

Duterte-and-the-Marcoses

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In a major setback for Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, she failed to secure immediate relief from the Supreme Court (SC) against the House of Representatives’ (HOR) inquiry into the Ilocos Norte’s alleged misuse of P66.45 million in tobacco excise tax funds. While the SC did not specifically reject Imee’s petition, it was re-raffled since the justice in charge of the Read More …

Imee Marcos vs. Rudy Fariñas.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In Philippine politics, it’s hard to determine who the real enemies are. Their enemies today could be their allies tomorrow or vice versa. Which reminds me of Benjamin Disraeli’s popular mantra: “We have no permanent friends. We have no permanent enemies. We just have permanent interests.” But the Ilocano psyche goes beyond that mantra. To Ilocanos, blood is thicker than water, Read More …

Marcos-Never-Again

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas What ever happened to “Never again to martial law”? A phrase opt-repeated in many rallies long after the Filipino people ousted the dictatorship of the late Ferdinand Marcos in what is now known as “People Power,” it seems “never again” has lost its luster in the face of the emergence of another strongman that doesn’t hesitate to say Read More …

Malampaya

By Erick San Juan First year in power of the Duterte administration and one year after The Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in favor of the Philippines’ claim in the disputed area in the South China Sea, where are we now? Whether we like it or not, the bottomline here is still economics. We are nearing the ten-year life of productivity of the Malampaya Read More …

GRACES

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano  “When we do not care, when we who have something or are somebody, do not care, neither will government.” I was first alerted to the existence of a DSWD Center for the Aged in QC a month ago through a Facebook post by Dra. Lorraine Badoy who now serves as Assistant Secretary in the DSWD. This Center for the Aged is Read More …

PREDA-home-for-children

Reflections Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation It was the Preda hotline for reporting sexual abuse that saved the four children from sexual and physical abuse. The message came in from an anonymous reporter saying that Geraldine, 13 years old, was being sexually abused by her grandfather. The Preda Foundation social worker contacted her counterpart in the local government and she, trained by Preda, knew exactly Read More …

PREDA-Search-for-happiness

Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation Sarah-Ann, 14 years old, walked with two police officers and two Preda Foundation social workers through the town in Pampanga to the traffic stand where the mini-buses line up to get passengers. She is a determined, courageous young girl and she is out to get justice for the rape that she endured several times from her abuser Rodolfo Read More …

Duterte visits Marawi

By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (‘I told my friend that my considered view is that there is nothing to worry about North Korea or the US launching a nuclear strike against each other any time soon.’) My God… I hate corruption! – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong. Now, if only the heads of the other branches of government, the legislative and the judiciary, could Read More …

(Credit: Gel Lagasca)

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano I have written a few articles about my views of the dying city and the gates of hell called Metro Manila. I have as my backdrop not only the stories from my parents who, as probinsyanos, studied in Manila before WWII but my own personal experience as a first-time visitor in 1960 and later a college student in 1965 who Read More …