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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 …

Abu Sayyaf militants show ISIS flag.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Like most rebellions, the Marawi rebellion couldn’t have happened without the financial support of someone who has the wherewithal to sustain a long siege. More than six weeks after the attack, the militants are still entrenched in Marawi City. No amount of ground assault by the Philippine Marines or bombing by Philippine Air Force warplanes could dislodge the militants consisting of 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 …

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 …