P-Noy Aquino

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 …

Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad during change of command ceremony.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Last August 10, 2015, the new Philippine Navy Commander took his oath before President Benigno Aquino III. Aquino’s marching orders clearly outlined what he expected the new commander, Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad, to accomplish during his tenure. Taccad’s marching orders were to balance the navy’s resources and capabilities to secure the country’s territorial waters while the government is trying to rearm Read More …

Battle Royale: Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay, and Grace Poe

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Finally, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay has an opposition in the race to Malacanang. With President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III’s “anointment” of Interior and Local Government Manuel “Mar” Roxas as the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate in next year’s elections, Roxas will give Binay a run for his money. Although polls show that Roxas is far behind Binay and Sen. Grace Poe Read More …

Battle Royale: Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay, and Grace Poe

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Back in the 1950s when the Philippines’ political structure was patterned after the United States’ “two-party system,” to be in politics one had to be a member of one of the two dominant parties: the Nacionalista Party and the Liberal Party. And when one became unhappy or disgruntled with his party, he’d bolt his party and move to the other party. 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 …

Binay-noose

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Twenty-nine years after he rode the coattails of then President Cory Aquino in the People Power Revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship, Jejomar “Jojo” Binay came close to achieving his boyhood dream of becoming president of the Philippines. Indeed, his election to the vice presidency in 2010 brought him a heartbeat away from the presidency. And now, he’s just one election 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 …

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 …

Jocelyn "Joc-joc" Bolante

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Long after Jocelyn “Joc-joc” Bolante left the Department of Agriculture (DA), the department is still waist-deep in corruption. And four and a half years after Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III was elected president on the crest of a campaign promise to end corruption, DA continues to be one of the most – if not the most – corrupt government agencies. Indeed, corruption Read More …