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Quo-vadis-Grace

PerryScope By Perry Diaz It was supposed to be a political “marriage” made in Heaven. But the tandem of Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero – for president and vice-president, respectively — seems like its heading for the rocks. It all began when rumors started going around in the “tsismis” or rumor-mongering crowd — or should we say the Chizmosos and Chizmosas? — after Chiz Read More …

Three is a crowd: Marcos, Trillanes, and Cayetano

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With nine months to the presidential election on May 9, 2016, there are only two declared candidates for President and one “maybe.” And with the filing of candidacies on October 16, 2015 fast approaching, the two presidential candidates – Jejomar “Jojo” Binay and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II – have yet to pick their vice presidential running mates. Not because they’re in Read More …

China-vs-US

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In less than two years, China had reclaimed 2,000 acres in seven tiny reefs in the Spratly archipelago and soon she would start constructing buildings and fortifications. One of these reclaimed reefs is Fiery Cross Reef where satellite images show what appear to be a runway and a harbor. Once completed and put to use, it would be China’s first overseas Read More …

Bismarck

PerryScope By Perry Diaz One of the most – if not the most — celebrated unsinkable battleships in the history of warfare was the behemoth Bismarck of World War II fame. It finally sank on May 27, 1941 during a battle in the North Atlantic. But despite the massive shelling — more than 2,800 shells fired at her, with over 400 hits! – the British Read More …

Grace-Poe.7

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Some people call someone who is in the right place at the right time, lucky. Some say it’s destiny. Grace Poe, who was elected to the Senate in 2013 with the most votes in a crowded pack, must either be lucky or destined to be a senator. A survey taken by Social Weather Stations (SWS) last March showed Sen. Poe in Read More …

Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay

PerryScope By Perry Diaz First introduced into Philippine jurisprudence in 1959, the “doctrine of condonation” has become the elected officials’ “escape hatch” from potential administrative liability committed during a previous term. In other words, it’s a “not guilty” verdict sans judicial process, absolving the elected official from past administrative misconduct for as long as he gets re-elected to another term. The only exception to this Read More …

Janet-Lim-Napoles-with-jail-guards

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Reclusion perpetua, or 20 years and one day to 40 years in prison, was the sentence meted to Janet Lim Napoles for the crime of “Serious Illegal Detention” against whistleblower Benhur Luy, not for the more serious charges of graft and plunder she’s facing before the graft court Sandiganbayan. Since Napoles is already sentenced to reclusion perpetua — Latin for “permanent Read More …

Lord-of-Makati.2

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Up until a few months ago, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Cabauatan Binay Sr. was on top of the world. He was untouchable and invincible. He probably thought that he was second only to the Holy Family. Perhaps he was ordained to holiness – or greatness — at birth when his parents named him “Jejomar,” a contraption of the names Jesus, Joseph, Read More …

Balimbing

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the aftermath of the “People Power” that deposed President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, the word “balimbing” became popular. The “balimbing,” or star fruit, became the mark of a turncoat. The star fruit’s cross-section is shaped like a five-sided star; thus, a person who changes political loyalty is called “balimbing.” Overnight, after Marcos relinquished the presidency, thousands of his supporters abandoned Read More …

Binay and Trillanes

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Little did Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay realize that Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV would accept his challenge to debate. And when Trillanes accepted it, Binay must have panicked and backed out of the debate. It’s important to note that Binay challenged Trillanes to a debate to bring his case to the people and answer questions about his alleged corruption activities Read More …