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Ang letra at ispirito ng batas ay hindi laging magkasundo*

Ang letra at ispirito ng batas ay hindi laging magkasundo*

  MAY mga ilang abogado, lalo na yung kaalyado ng dating dilawang administrasyong Aquino, ang nagsasabi na hindi dapat balewalain ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang desisyon ng The Hague Tribunal kaugnay nang ating pagmamay-ari sa pinagaagawang teritoryo sa West Philippine Sea o South China Sea. Sabi nila ay dapat igiit ni Pangulong Duterte sa Tsina ang karapatan natin sa mga […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
The Eurasian Century Is NOW Unstoppable

The Eurasian Century Is NOW Unstoppable

By William Engdahl* The transfer of the geopolitical center of gravity to Eurasia is something the West will have to get used to. I recently returned from a fascinating two week speaking tour in China. The occasion was the international premier of my newest book, One Belt, One Road–China and the New Eurasian Century. In the course of my visit I […]

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Judgment call*

Judgment call*

THE relief of nine Manila Police District (MPD) officers involved in the violent dispersal of protesters in front of the US embassy last week was expected. The clash that resulted in injuries to scores of policemen and demonstrators was not only the fault of one camp. In my opinion, both sides committed errors in judgment. On the side of the anti-US […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
RP’s Pivot to China*

RP’s Pivot to China*

PRESIDENT Rrodrigo Duterte’s China trip may be the first shot fired to save the world from nuclear destruction. At least it has diffused the tense situation in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea and shoved under the rug one legal justification (PCA Hague ruling) or pretext that the US can use to wage war against China. This is reminiscent of […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Tama ba na humiwalay sa Amerika?*

Tama ba na humiwalay sa Amerika?*

ANG pahayag ni President Duterte nang humarap sa Filipino community sa China na pinuputol na niya ang ugnayan natin sa bansang Amerika at higit na aasa sa mga Intsik sa hinaharap ay nakabibigla. Sa kanyang mga huling talumpati ay kinuwestyon ng Pangulo kung ano ang nagawa ng Amerika para sa Pilipinas? Panahon na raw para magpaalam sa mga Amerikano dahil sila […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Panahon na para ipakita ang lakas ng ating pagkakaisa…*

Panahon na para ipakita ang lakas ng ating pagkakaisa…*

MARAMI ang nangangamba na magdudulot ng masamang epekto sa ating bayan ang mga pahayag laban sa mga Amerikano ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Beijing. Bakit daw kailangang putulin ang ating pakikipag-ugnayan sa U.S.? Nakalulungkot na ang nakikita ng mga kababayan nating ito ay ang maaring masamang epekto ng pagputol sa kasalukuyan nating ugnayan sa U.S. pero hindi nila nakikita ang […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Harinawa, Pareng Jojo Mejia …*

  ANG usapan nilang mag-asawa, kapag may isang nagkasakit nang malubha, hindi na pahahabain pa ang paghihirap niya. May tawag kami diyan dito: “DNR” o “do not rescuscitate” o “allow for natural death.” Joke lang po. Ang totoo po, hindi po angkop ang waiver na iyan sa ikukuwento ko sa inyo. Halos naman siguro ng mga mag-asawa dumating sa ganitong […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions
Nahihibang na nga ba sa kapangyarihan ang mga pulis?*

Nahihibang na nga ba sa kapangyarihan ang mga pulis?*

EWAN ko kung napanood ninyo ang ginawang pananagasa ng isang tila nauulol na pulis sa mga nag rarally sa harap ng U.S. Embassy kamakailan pero sa loob ng limang dekada ko sa mundo ay ngayon lang ako nakakita ng ganun. Malinaw na malinaw pa sa sikat ng Haring Araw ang pananaig ng kultura ng kawalang pananagutan o “Culture of Impunity” […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Ban firecrackers*

Ban firecrackers*

THE fire that struck a row of fireworks stores on MacArthur Highway in Barangay Biniang 1st, Bocaue, Bulacan last week is a wake-up call for the government to issue a total ban on firecrackers.  Two persons were reported killed, 24 injured, 10 vehicles burned and almost 40 establishments and houses destroyed. Authorities placed the damage at P20 million.  Most of the […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
“BATNA”: Better Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement

“BATNA”: Better Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement

IN negotiation, both parties have their respective “BATNA”, or what negotiators call “better alternative to a negotiated agreement”. This is the bottom line of each side. It is the “red line”; the crossing of which will prompt either party to walk out of the negotiation. In the forthcoming negotiations with China, it is very important for the Philippine negotiators to […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Bilang na araw ng pang-aabuso sa magsasaka*

Bilang na araw ng pang-aabuso sa magsasaka*

SA pagsisimula ng imbestigasyon ng Senate Committee on Agriculture sa nagtaasang presyo ng bigas at mais sa mga lalawigan ay ipinatawag ang mga negosyante, middlemen at pati na mga magsasaka. Maging ang mga opisyal ng gobyerno, kabilang na ang namumuno sa Department of Agriculture at National Food Authority (NFA), ay ipinatawag ni Senator Francis Pangilinan, chairman ng Committee on Agriculture, […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Nigerian troops after clash with protesters Photo © REUTERS/ Tiksa Negeri

The Evolving Hybrid War on Ethiopia is All About China*

By Andrew Korybko/Sputnik News THE regime change riots and torching of foreign companies which preceded Ethiopia’s imposition of a six-month-long state of emergency have more to do with waging a Hybrid War against China’s Maritime Silk Road and its Horn of Africa component than they do with airing out local socio-political grievances. Crisis Background and the Origins of Hybrid War Africa’s […]

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in one of his rallies Photo©  AP/BULLIT MARQUEZ

Blowback for American sins in the Philippines*

By STEPHEN KINZER/Boston Globe SOMETIMES AMERICANS THINK we have won a war, only to realize years or decades later that our victory was incomplete. Now we are facing an eruption of anger over a war we waged more than a century ago. Rarely has blowback from an overseas intervention come back to haunt us so long after the shooting stopped. This […]

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Protect our farmers*

Protect our farmers*

THE people in Metro Manila may not be aware of the crisis surrounding our rice and corn farmers who are already in tears for being exploited by abusive and greedy traders. These businessmen have connived to lower the prices of palay and corn to a level where farmers will be at the losing end and suffer massive losses. Corn prices earlier […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
EDCA and VFA: Are they good for RP?*

EDCA and VFA: Are they good for RP?*

WHEN maverick Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was alive, she fought for the scrapping of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) as well as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). Santiago said the theory that the EDCA finds its validity on the VFA is flawed, as both agreements fall under the category of treaties prohibited by the Constitution, Article 18, Section 25, […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Larry Itliong is a big part of Filipino-American History Month*

THE Filipino American community here (only as far as my news coverage can touch) continue to be upbeat and energetic on their almost daily events to celebrate the national ancestry month. But of course, the crowning glory of this month-long celebration is the Larry Itliong Day. The City of Carson was the first in the United States to dedicate a […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions
President Rodrigo Duterte’s 16 million votes shielded him from faux pas backlash during his first 100 days in office*

President Rodrigo Duterte’s 16 million votes shielded him from faux pas backlash during his first 100 days in office*

PRESIDENT Duterte’s 16 million votes and his popularity especially among the millenials acted as a formidable mantle that shielded him from his outlandish behavior ranging from his colorful often toxic language, insensitive statement about the holocaust and Jews, his verbal assaults against Pope Francis, United States President Barack Obama, United Nations Chief Ban Ki Moon, the U.N. and the European […]

by John Ambayec Gilbuena, Ll.B.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Tagumpay sa unang 100 araw

Tagumpay sa unang 100 araw

MASASABING matagumpay ang unang 100 araw sa puwesto ni President Duterte kung ibabatay sa resulta ng pinakahuling survey ng Social Weather Stations (SWS).   Nakakuha ang Pangulo ng net satisfaction rating na plus 64 na porsyento, na maituturing na “very good” sa SWS ratings.   Nahigitan nito ang nakuha ni dating President Noynoy Aquino na plus 60 sa survey noong […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
CESAR DEVERA: Isang Masayang Traditional Fine Artist Convert*

CESAR DEVERA: Isang Masayang Traditional Fine Artist Convert*

“Para ang isang pinta o obra ay maging unique, kailangan itong ‘humihinga,’ may buhay, at akala mo ‘gumagalaw,’ ika nga,” salaysay ni Cesar Devera, isang batikang pintor sa Southern California at very active sa mga art competition sa komunidad Pero hindi naging madali ang kanyang transisyon sa muling pagpipinta. Tulad nang mga ibang nag-migrate sa Amerika, hindi naging maluwalhati ang […]

Kawawa ka naman brad….*

Kawawa ka naman brad….*

NAKALULUNGKOT na may mga kababayan tayo na hanggang ngayon ay takot na takot lumabas mula sa lilim ng palda ng mga Amerikano, na mas pipiliin nila ang hindi parehas na pakikipag-ugnay ng mga ito sa atin kaysa magkaroon tayo ng malayang ugnayang panlabas. Ayon sa kanila ay malaki ang naitutulong daw sa atin ng mga Kano kaya hindi tayo dapat […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Ibang klase si Liza Maza*

Ibang klase si Liza Maza*

  HINDI makapaniwala ang halos 100 kontrakwal na empleyado ng National Anti-Poverty Commission na ganun-ganun na lamang silang aapihin at sisibakin sa trabaho ng kanilang bagitong hepe na Liza Maza dahil nakilala ito bilang tagapagtanggol ng mga inaapi. Ang masakit pa raw nito, ayon kay Joseph Aquino, pangulo ng mga sinibak na kawani ng NAPC; ay hindi sila hinarap ni […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Obama acclaims Fil-Ams; chance to see Jose Rizal the movie and enjoy LAPIFF*

“THEY have been the artists who challenge us, the educators who keep us informed and the laborers of our growing economy.” Says a part of President Barack Obama’s special message to Filipino Americans as they celebrate their ancestry’s history month nationally. The president of the United States of America also mentioned the greatness of Filipino soldiers during World War II […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions
Cause of Bilibid riot*

Cause of Bilibid riot*

EARLIER reports disclosed that the riot inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) was sparked by an inmate who berated his fellow high-profile prisoners for having a shabu session inside the premises. But one of the victims, Jaybee Sebastian, through his lawyer Eduardo Amba, revealed a different version of the incident. Sebastian said he was seated on […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Geographical Advantages of the “Heartland” Occupants*

Geographical Advantages of the “Heartland” Occupants*

“HEARTLAND” refers to the heartland of Eurasia. The major occupants consist of China, Russia, and Iran; but also include Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Most of them belong to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) that also includes India. Turkey is a dialogue partner while Iran is an observer in the SCO, but both may possibly join […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Salamat, Senator Miriam*

Salamat, Senator Miriam*

NAIS nating magpasalamat kay Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago sa panahong ginugol niya sa paglilingkod sa pamahalaan, at sa natatanging husay at talino na kanyang ibinahagi sa mamamayang Pilipino. Binawian siya ng buhay noong Setyembre 29 sa edad na 71. Si Santiago ang aking pangulo at ibinoto sa nagdaang halalan. Malaking kawalan siya sa Senado at buong bansa. Kung nagwaging pangulo, malamang […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions