Rodrigo Duterte

PerryScope By Perry Diaz One of the most quoted maxims in politics is: “There are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.” But regardless of whether you’re dealing with a friend or an enemy, the one that could earn dividends is the mantra: “Don’t burn your bridges because you’ll never know when you would need them.” American presidents since the beginning of the Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas   I don’t know what’s with this administration, but President Duterte and the men around him seem to believe that to create a better world, those that they deem “criminals and misfits” or not “part of humanity” should be eliminated and sent to hell, if not fed to the sharks on Manila Bay. When warned by the Amnesty International Read More …

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By Erick San Juan War rhetoric between the U.S. and China is finally starting to cool down. The title of an article by James Holbrooks (TheAntiMedia.org) posted at True Activist (Feb. 7) but is it really cooling down? Holbrooks based the said situation when Secretary of Defense James Mattis suggested the hotly disputed issue of the South China Sea should be handled diplomatically rather than Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas  After five failed attempts under five presidents at ending the communist insurgency in the Philippines, peace seemed to be within grasp under the Duterte administration. In fact, less than two weeks ago, government peace panel chairman Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III was so confident of a final peace agreement with the National Democratic Front when he announced in Read More …

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana takes part in an interview at the defence offices in Manila on Feb. 7, 2017. (AFP Photo)

SOURCE: DAILY SABAH WITH WIRES Filippino President Rodrigo Duterte has given the green light to the U.S. military to build barracks and fuel depots in designated local camps where American forces are allowed to temporarily station under a 2014 defense pact, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday. The move is considered surprising as Duterte threatened last month to abrogate the agreement if the U.S. stores Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte made a big splash in the international scene by declaring that he was pursuing an “independent” foreign policy. Then he declared his “separation” from the U.S.; threatened to terminate military treaties with the U.S. and proposed defense alliance with China and Russia. The world leaders did not bat an eye. But when his campaign against drug lords 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 …

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By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya I BELIEVE it is a bit premature, if not unfair, for some segments of our society to urge President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong to “stay away” from US President Donald Trump whom they claim is more “alarming” than his predecessor because of his “in-your-face kind of imperialism”. In his inaugural address, Trump said: “From this moment on, it’s going Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano  After a year of controversial issues, from the 2016 campaign to the first six months of the Duterte presidency, it seemed inevitable for me to get drawn into the fray, albeit as dispassionately as I could. The partisans on both sides plus the trolls they employ and manage cannot help themselves but weigh in with their colored agenda. I am Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official visit to the Philippines on January 12-13, 2017, came at a crucial moment in Philippine Rodrigo Duterte’s quest for a place on the table of world politics. Last November, Duterte declared his “separation” from the U.S. in front of his Chinese hosts in Beijing. Then a week later, on his way to Lima, Peru to Read More …