Sovereignty

The 12 senators -- called "The Magnificent 12" -- who voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since twelve nationalistic – and left-leaning — members of the Philippine Senate voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991, our national pride had immeasurably gone up the scale never seen before since the new national flag was raised and independence was declared from Spain on the balcony of Gen. Emilio Aquinaldo’s mansion in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898. Read More …

Artificial island under construction by China on Mabini (Johnson South) Reef in the Kalayaan islands.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The recent brouhaha over the killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, a Filipino transgender, allegedly by an American marine in a motel in Olangapo has once again brought to the fore the issue of “sovereignty.” Indeed, it’s so convenient to use “sovereignty” for whatever nebulous issues people are complaining about. It did not then come as a surprise that when the news Read More …

The 12 senators who voted to reject retention of U.S. bases in 1991.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz  One of the most misunderstood words in Philippine vocabulary today is “sovereignty.” Just mention “sovereignty” to some Filipinos and it would set them off into attacking their favorite whipping boy, the United States. Indeed, many Filipinos – who call themselves “nationalists” – are zealously protective of Philippine sovereignty that when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the victims of Typhoon Read More …

Philippine-flag

GLIMPSES By Jose ma. Montelibano When I read that a Chinese vessel rammed a Filipino fishing boat off the shores of Bolinao, Pangasinan, I felt so enraged. Then, I wondered why the incident was not near the Scarborough Shoal, and decided to wait for more information. It did surface a few days later that a HK cargo ship was a primary suspect, partly because it Read More …