Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Long considered a body of water with no strategic or economic value, the South China Sea had been for millennia a “road” that nations used to trade their goods with other nations. Nobody laid claim to owning it. Except for small bands of pirates, no navies threatened the peaceful coexistence among the littoral communities and their giant neighbor, the Middle Kingdom Read More …

Binay, Duterte, Poe, Roxas, and Santiago

PerryScope By Perry Diaz By the looks of it, the May 9, 2016 presidential election could turn out to be a hellishly contentious battle royale. With five major presidential candidates, the outcome of the elections is predictably unpredictable. Indeed, recent presidential preference surveys showed see-sawing and criss-crossing ratings among four of the five major candidates, to wit: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, Davao Read More …

Is Grace Poe P-Noy's "secret candidate"?

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the 2016 campaign season officially starting on February 9, the “rumble” among the five major presidential candidates and their VP sidekicks has begun. And for the next 90 days of intense campaigning – and plotting – the race is pretty tight particularly among the top three contenders: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Read More …

Imelda Marcos signs the "Tripoli Agreement" on behalf of the Philippine government in 1975 in Tripoli, Libya.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the past 40 years several attempts have been made to create an autonomous government for the Filipino Muslims in Mindanao. In 1975, representatives of the Philippine government and the rebel Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) met in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to discuss MNLF’s demand for autonomy. Consequently, the “Tripoli Agreement,” which called for the establishment of an autonomous region in Read More …

Aquino-Resign-Movement

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the aftermath of the Mamasapano Massacre, a groundswell is rising for the resignation of President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III. This is reminiscent of the time leading to the uprising in 2001 when a citizens’ movement snowballed into another people power revolution, which came to fruition when the generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines withdrew their support for then Read More …

Noynoy-ampaw

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Two of the most intelligent presidents the country ever had turned out to be the most corrupt. So much for intelligent people running the government. How about those with a lame mind “ampaw” (rice crispies) as President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III called them last March 13 when he advised voters to elect someone with substance. “In essence, who really has substance Read More …

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COMMONSENSE By Marichu A. Villanueva   What do our country’s three former Presidents — Fidel V. Ramos (FVR), Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) – have in common? All three of them are receiving a measly P8,000 a month in government pension. Their counterparts, former presidents of the United States like father and son George H. W. Bush and George W. ”Dubya” Bush, and Read More …

Gloria-I-am-sorry

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas When Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was caught in a storm of protests on June 27, 2005 following the Hello Garci scandal, wherein she was taped talking to Commission on Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano about election results in Mindanao, she addressed the people to say “I… am… sorry” in a melodramatic tone. Nobody probably believed she was indeed sorry for Read More …

Imelda-visits-Gloria

Source: ABS-CBNnews.com  MANILA – Former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos described as “inhumane” the incarceration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who is under hospital arrest for alleged plunder of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds. Marcos arrived late Wednesday afternoon at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) to visit Arroyo, a colleague at the House of Representatives. “I am happy Read More …

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FROM A DISTANCE By Carmen N. Pedrosa The Philippine Star  There are two cases for justice crying to be resolved. One is the former president’s imprisonment for more than three years without due process of law. She is simply imprisoned because President Aquino wants her imprisoned. Period. The two are related. President Aquino has been able to get away with his acts and incompetency by Read More …