Martial Law

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 …

President Rodrigo Duterte and his generals.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte won the presidency hands down by 39% plurality and 16.6 million votes. His closest rival, Mar Roxas, got 23.4%, which is only 9.9 million votes. Not only did Duterte win the presidency, he also took control of the House of Representatives when a vast majority of congressmen from other parties – there were only three from Digong’s Read More …

Bongbong, Miriam, and Imelda (behind).

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With Election Day just two months away, campaigning is heating up particularly in the vice presidential contest. Indeed, never in the history of Philippine politics had there been more campaign propaganda used and resources spent to elect the vice president of the country, which makes one wonder: why the sudden interest in a job that does nothing but run errands for Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. was elected to the Senate in 2010, a lot of people have been wondering if he’d pursue a higher office when his term ends in 2016. Being the only male offspring of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, a dictator who ruled the Philippines for two decades, Bongbong is presumed to have an Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz After half-century of political life, erstwhile Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile stepped down from the pinnacle of power in June 2013, a role that he had performed with calculated planning and precise execution. His adroit balancing act during the impeachment trial of then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was the epitome of his political career. Enrile began his public life as Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz On September 21, 1972, then President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared a craftily designed – nay, conjured — martial law; thus began an authoritarian regime that lasted 14 years until it ended in an attempted coup d’etat that morphed into a successful “people power” revolution. Another coup d’etat that was promoted as a “people power” revolution ousted then President Joseph “Erap” Estrada Read More …

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“The reason why we are protesting today is because all succeeding regimes after Marcos failed to stamp out bureaucrat plunder and government abuse. The pork barrel scam reminds us how little has changed from the time of the dictator. Clearly, the system is the problem.” – Dr. Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Bayan By RONALYN V. OLEA and JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Braving a gloomy Read More …

August 21: Left in 1971, right before the grenade attack; right in 1983, right after a soldier shot Ninoy point -blank in the head.

By RIGOBERTO TIGLAO The Manila Times August 21 is the most significant date in our post-war history, when two historic, connected events happened, the consequences of which make up our messy present. First: The Plaza Miranda bombing on August 21, 1971. Four grenades were hurled at the stage of the Liberal Party’ grand miting de avance, killing nine and wounding 95 others. Many of the Read More …

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By CESAR D. CANDARI, MD’61, FCAP EMERITUS Henderson, Nevada August 21, 1983 was a date in our Philippine history that must not be forgotten. Who else but a well-known individual ordered the assassination of Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. , albeit to the present time not prosecuted? Ninoy died for our country. Murder charges against 25 military personnel and one civilian was initiated but the Read More …

The death of Ninoy Aquino. 8/21/1983. Photo courtesy of Franco Rodrigo Sevilla.

By George M. Hizon The late great writer Nick Joaquin once said “character is destiny”. If character is destiny, might it also be possible to say that Ninoy Aquino’s fate was his heroic death? Benigno Servillano “Ninoy” Aquino was born on November 27, 1932 to a prominent family in Concepcion, Tarlac. His father was the former Speaker Benigno Aquino Sr. and his mother, Dona Aurora Read More …