John Kerry

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in white, walks away with officials following the ASEAN summit plenary meeting at National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz It was a very strange week! Was it a full moon… or was it sign of the times? Indeed, a nation’s leader going ballistic is not the usual norm even with the likes of… well, I don’t want to distract you from the issues so let’s move on. The recent brouhaha on the eve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s departure for his Read More …

Anti-Yanukovich protesters wave a Ukranian flag atop a Ukranian Army Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) outside the parliament building in Kiev

By Erick San Juan The brewing tension in Central Asia, particularly in Ukraine has put Washington in the limelight again with NATO not far behind in this another ‘neo-Nazi’ operation as what Mike Billington of the Executive Intelligence Review share the statement of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with statements made by the U.S. Secretary of State about the situation in Read More …

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‘This is not Rocky IV’: Kerry tells Russia to be ‘very careful’ as Putin puts country on war footing By Kashmira Gander The Independent (UK) US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday that Russia must be “very careful” in the decisions it makes on Ukraine, and that the country’s President should remember “this is not Rocky IV”. “I think Russia needs to be Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA  Malaya (Once concluded, Noynoy is duty-bound to let his bosses know the terms and conditions of the agreement and what we are getting in return for it.) The case of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia has been hogging the headlines for the past week. Cudia, No. 2 in the 2014 PMA graduating class, has been dismissed from the Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA Malaya (If the US could spend billions of dollars in countries like Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan to deter the advance of Islamic extremists and the Al-Qaeda in those countries, why not in the Philippines to keep an aggressive China at bay? The rental money should be used solely for the modernization of our armed forces that would eventually give us Read More …

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Source: Business Standard Faced with a US warning against unilateral actions in its maritime disputes, China has described the situation in the South China Sea as “stable” and said it was capable of working with ASEAN to safeguard regional peace. The overall situation in the South China Sea is stable and China is capable and confident of working with members of the Association of Southeast Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA Malaya (The treatment by US lawmen of a female Indian consular officer in New York was most inappropriate and utterly outrageous.) A lot has already been said about the incident involving Mayor Junjun Binay of Makati demanding that he be allowed to pass through a gate of a posh village in his family’s domain. Some of the comments I’ve read were Read More …

US State Secretary John Kerry gestures during a joint news conference with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario following their bilateral meeting yesterday. AP

By Pia Lee-Brago The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Washington does not recognize China’s air defense identification zone over the East China Sea, visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday. “The United States does not recognize that zone and does not accept it,” Kerry said during a news conference yesterday with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. “The zone should not be implemented Read More …

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Source: The Daily Tribune WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State John Kerry is to make his first visit to the Philippines since taking office to see first-hand the damage left by last month’s typhoon, and will also tour Vietnam where he fought during the war. Kerry’s next trip from Dec. 11 to 18 will start on Wednesday, his 70th birthday, when he flies to Israel Read More …

New US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, flanked by US Secretary of State John Kerry, delivers remarks at his swearing-in ceremony hosted by the Secretary at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C., on November 21, 2013. US State Department

By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya I HAD a dream that went like this: US Secretary of State John Kerry: Philip, I want you to assume your post in Manila ASAP. Ambassador Philip Goldberg: I would love to, Sir, but as you know my appointment paper is still with the Senate. Kerry: I know. With the permission of the President, I have already spoken with my Read More …