politics

Pantaleon-Alvarez

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Power corrupts. And absolute power corrupts absolutely. This tenet has never been more evident than in the recent actions by the House of Representatives led by its Speaker, Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, who threatened to abolish the Court of Appeals because it ordered the House to release six officials of the Ilocos Norte provincial government, who were cited for Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz President-elect Donald J. Trump won the U.S. presidency by virtue of the electoral vote. This is what the U.S. Constitution prescribes upon whom the presidency is given to. However, he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by 2.9 million votes. More than half of the American voters believe that Trump’s come-from-behind victory happened because the Russians hacked the electoral votes Read More …

duterte-and-trump-bff

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The election of Rodrigo R. Duterte and Donald J. Trump — six months apart – as president of the Philippines and United States, respectively, shook the world in a manner that differed from previous presidential elections in both countries. While Duterte was favored to win in large part due to his promise to kill drug pushers and users, Trump was doomed Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz “Balut” is a popular delicacy in many Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines. In particular, the Philippines is arguably one country where her people not only love balut, they live it! Call it balut mentality or balut syndrome, eating balut is healthy for the body and mind… and, as many Filipino men would attest, it’s Read More …

Political-polls-and-surveys

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In today’s age of information, news travels fast in various forms of media. From the traditional newspapers and TV news channels to the phenomenal social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others. Social media has taken command of the Internet-based information-sharing industry. It allows “netizens” to practice their independent brand of journalism. Indeed, social media has revolutionized societal and cultural norms. Read More …

Leland-Yee

Telltale Signs By Rodel Rodis No community was more shell shocked by the news last week that State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested by the FBI on seven federal felony charges related to public corruption and gun trafficking charges than the Bay Area Filipino community. It was not just because one of the charges involved the mind-boggling allegation that Yee was facilitating the purchase of Read More …

Rolando-Lavarro

Source: GMA News  JERSEY CITY — The city’s large Filipino-American community is coming to grips with the City Council’s rejection Wednesday of the appointment of Judge Carlo Abad as the city’s first Filipino-American and Asian-American chief judge. And some are blaming the City Council’s first Filipino-American member, Rolando Lavarro Jr., for denying the Fil-Am community with another historic victory when he cast a “no” vote Read More …

Idioglossia

AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo The Philippine Star  Assuming that you saw the ‘sword and sandal’ movie epic Gladiator that starred Russell Crowe — did you ever wonder what language singer Lisa Gerrard used in the theme song “We Are Free” of the movie? It’s hard deciphering if the language of “We Are Free” was Yiddish, as it used the word Read More …

Philippine-Media

AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo The Philippine Star  The 9th Media Nation Conference that was recently held in Tagaytay boldly discussed the growing problem of media corruption. It’s very encouraging that media practitioners have finally junked their practice of Omerta — the Mafia code of silence — when it comes to corrupt media practitioners. Even Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarity Read More …

Japan's incoming prime minister Shinzo Abe speaks tot he media in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: Bloomberg

Source: South China Morning Post Japan’s incoming prime minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his country’s claim to islands at the centre of a dispute with China, where state media called on him to repair bilateral relations frayed by the disagreement. A day after his Liberal Democratic Party reclaimed power in a landslide, Abe called China “an essential partner for economic growth.” At the same time, he Read More …