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Trump and Caligula.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz If there is one Roman emperor that that makes me laugh, it was Caligula. His real name was Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus. He succeeded Tiberius in AD 37. He ruled for only four years and was assassinated in AD 41 at the young age of 28. He got his moniker “Caligula” (meaning “little soldier’s boot,” the diminutive form of “caliga”), which Read More …

Chinese survey ship at Benham Rise.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, Mgdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano exposed a “secret deal” worked out between President Rodrigo Duterte and the Chinese that would allow the Institute of Oceanology of Chinese Academy of Sciences to conduct a marine scientific research in the Benhan Rise (also known as Philippine Rise). According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), this 13-million-hectare area off the Read More …

Anti-Charter Change protest rally.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since the Constitution was drawn in 1987 in the aftermath of the EDSA People Power Revolution, several attempts have been made to revise or change the Constitution. The most common reason for a charter change was the extension of the president’s term, which was originally set for a single six-year term. For some reason those elected were bitten by a Read More …

Gold-bullions.4

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On August 29, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte said that members of the Marcos family were “willing to open” and “return” to the government the questionable wealth, including a “few gold bars.” “The Marcoses, I will not name the spokesman, sabi nila (they said), ‘we’ll open everything and hopefully return yung mga nakita na talaga (those that had been discovered),” he added. Read More …

Duterte-New-Year-2018

PerryScope By Perry Diaz If I were President Rodrigo Duterte, this would be my New Year’s Resolution for 2018: My fellow countrymen: First of all, I’d like to congratulate myself for surviving a tumultuous 2017. I feel that I have been blessed for being able to keep our country safe from the drug menace. Not that I have eradicated this social disease, but because there Read More …

Sereno-impeachment

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the third time in Philippine history, a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has been besieged with impeachment complaints. The first one, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. faced impeachment complaints two times. In June 2003, former president Joseph Estrada filed the first complaint, but the House of Representatives dismissed it on October 22, 2003. The following day, a group Read More …

Huk Founder and Leader Luis Taruc (center, holding newspaper) with his rebels.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since the Philippines gained her independence, the young country has been at war with various rebel groups. First, the Hukbalahap or Huks for short. The Hukbalahap, which stands for Hukbong Bayan Laban sa mga Hapon (The Nation’s Army Against the Japanese Soldiers), was a communist guerilla movement formed by the peasant farmers of Central Luzon. It was originally formed to Read More …

Drug-pusher-killed-and-wife

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30, 2016, he vowed to rid the country of illegal drugs, crime, and corruption in three to six months. Six months went by and the drug problem was still around. He then extended the deadline by another six months. A year and a half later, the drug problem still exists. What happened? During Read More …

Duterte-and-Sison-NDF

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In a country where groups and organizations are identified by colors, two groups – the “reds” and the “yellows” – have taken center stage in the political arena. On the side of the reds are the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA), and National Democratic Front (NDF). On the yellow side are the Liberal Party (LP) and Read More …

A welcome ceremony for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz At the urging of his Filipino-Canadian constituents, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dared to bring up “human rights” when he met with Philippine president Rodrigo “The Punisher” Duterte at the end of the 31st Summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Western nations in Manila. Had Trudeau taken the cue from former U.S. president Barack Obama, he would have skipped Read More …