Opinion

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By Erick San Juan Who could fail to see the parallels between the situation in the Philippines with that of Syria, where the US military, initially prevented from carrying out any sort of military action, eventually got the green light. Thanks to the arrival of a little-known, ultra-violent terrorist group called ‘Islamic State’ [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL]. Now the United States believe it has acquired some Read More …

Trumpcare

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas After failing for many years to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, Republicans in both the House and the Senate are touting their control of Congress and are now ramming down a cruel legislation to finish a job they started just as soon as Obamacare became a law. Speaker Paul Ryan and some Republicans Read More …

Mabini-and-Aguinaldo

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo Duterte’s top legislative agenda is the federalism of the Philippines. Actually, federalism was not the idea of Duterte, two of our national heroes, Emilio Aguinaldo and Apolinario Mabini, were the first to suggest dividing the Philippine Islands into three federal states: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. More than a half century later, former president of the University of the Philippines Read More …

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Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation If you are able to visit the child detention centers in Metro Manila and other places in the Philippines, you will see the gaunt young faces of bored, frightened, malnourished 10- to 16-year old boys and girls looking out sadly depressed through steel bars. They are prisoners. It is the local government’s only response and they ignore the Read More …

Cyber-troll

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano  I read this recent study on trolling entitled “Short Communication Constructing the Cyber-Troll” and it was most interesting, sometimes fascinating, often alarming. During the last presidential campaign, I had written at least one article about trolls. There was a lot of trolls at work then, but I attributed it to the heat of a political exercise where partisanship is not Read More …

Maute militants rampage through the streets of Marawi waving ISIS black flags.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On May 23, 2017 while President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was enroute to Moscow for a five-day visit, the rebel group Maute struck. At about 2:00 PM, the Battle of Marawi began. At least 500 members of Maute attacked a Philippine Army brigade stationed at Camp Ranao in Marawi City. They were seen rampaging through the streets waving ISIS black flags. While Read More …

Philippine Marines patrol Marawi City.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Long before President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao, he was already toying with the idea of declaring martial law, not just in Mindanao but the entire country. Why? What caused him to consider martial law when his supporters in the House of Representatives have provided him with an ironclad defense from any attempt to impeach him? Or are Read More …

South Vietnamese general shoots suspected Viet Cong official in the head. (Ed Adams/AP).

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Once enemies, the U.S. and Vietnam have become friends over the course of four decades. While it did not happen overnight, what transpired was a slow process of rapprochement between the two countries. It took two generations of Vietnamese and Americans to set aside the bitterness they both have on each other. Why not? More than 58,000 American and 282,000 South Read More …

Three U.S. supercarrier battle groups sail in formation.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In my column, “China’s gunboat diplomacy” (July 19, 2012), I wrote: “ ‘China frigate leaves shoal: [Malacañang] Palace happy,’ said a huge electronic billboard, which I saw on the way to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to catch a plane home last July 16, 2012. The news of a grounded guided missile Chinese frigate near Half Moon Shoal (Hasa-Hasa Shoal) in Read More …

Chinese oil rigs in the South China Sea.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Last May 15, President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the “One Belt, One Road” summit in Beijing. Duterte told Xi, “We intend to drill oil there, if it’s yours, well, that’s your view, but my view is I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the earth, because it is ours.” Read More …