Rodrigo Duterte

U.S. President Donald Trump interacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago resort.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Donald Trump met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his luxurious resort Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida last April 6, he was hoping that Xi would accept his invitation to stay at the posh resort. Well, Xi politely declined and instead stayed at a nearby hotel. But other than that, their summit was deemed a “success.” Trump got something Read More …

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raises a middle finger thrust out in an obscene gesture as he speaks before local government officials in Davao

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The rejection of $280 million in grants from the European Union last week and the visits of President Duterte to China and Russia in a two-week span validated what has become obvious since the former Davao City mayor became president in July last year – that the country is taking a 180-degree turn in its foreign policy. Duterte, Read More …

China Philippines

By Ellen T. Tordesillas ABS-CBN News In his speech at the 33rd National Convention of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary in Lining, Davao city last Friday, the President singled out Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio and former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (whom he mistakenly referred to as Ramon del Rosario), who have publicly expressed their misgvings for the decision of Duterte to set Read More …

One-Belt-One-Road-Xi-Jinping

By Erick San Juan Tightening the Belt on a Bumpy Road? Who do we believe? The recently concluded Belt and Road Forum as initiated by and held in Beijing, China promised a lot to boost economies of countries included in the modern silk road. But many economic and political analysts believe that in the long run it is China that will benefit the most in Read More …

Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, land in Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, Philippines, to begin bilateral training with their counterparts in the Philippine Marine Corps as part of Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual U.S.-Philippine military bilateral exercise that combines amphibious capabilities and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Rob Kunzig/Released)

By Erick San Juan In October of last year President Duterte told the Americans that there will no longer be any joint military exercises with them. The cancellation of several joint military exercises with the US, namely the US-Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (Phiblex) and Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Exercise (Carat) and stopping the US from using Philippine ports for freedom of navigation operations and Read More …

President Rodrigo Duterte and the International Criminal Court.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On November 17, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte, before heading to Lima, Peru, told the media he just might order the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). He got the idea following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s withdrawal of Russia’s membership from ICC, who the day before had signed an order to formally withdraw Russia’s signature from the founding statute of Read More …

Duterte’s balancing act between the U.S. and China (Credit: South China Morning Post).

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to President Rodrigo Duterte on the occasion of his inauguration as president of the Philippines, Duterte heaped praise on Xi, describing him “a great president.” “I was honored, receiving a congratulatory message from a great president, uh prime minister,” Duterte said. The Chinese foreign ministry released a statement that it is a Read More …

Pag-asa Island in the Kalayaan Group of Islands.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Since Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency of the Philippines, he had demonstrated a clear bias for China and – by his own words – hatred of the United States. It did not then come as a surprise that he did not pursue the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s (PCA) ruling that China has no “historical rights” based on the “nine-dash line” map. Read More …

EDSA 2 People Power Revolution.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the past two decades, impeachment – or the threat of it — has become the most common method of removing constitutional officers from office. It is a two-step “political” process that begins in the House of Representatives and ends in the Senate. Removal from office occurs when the House impeaches a public official by one-third vote of the House and Read More …

Duterte-and-Benham-Rise

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Just when President Rodrigo Duterte became comfortable sleeping in the security of his mosquito net, knowing that those dengue-dengue killer mosquitoes wouldn’t raid his house, a new menace rears it’s ugly head in the Benham Rise, just like the fabled Loch Ness monster. Yes, its appearance in the Benham Rise has Duterte’s men scramble for ways to deal with this “threat” Read More …