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The folly of federalism redux

The folly of federalism redux

Perry Diaz July 13, 2017 0

President Rodrigo Duterte’s top legislative agenda is the federalism of the Philippines. Actually, federalism was not the idea of Duterte, two of our national heroes, Emilio Aguinaldo and Apolinario Mabini, were the first to

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‘Martial law kuno’

‘Martial law kuno’

Perry Diaz June 29, 2017 0

Long before President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao, he was already toying with the idea of declaring martial law, not just in Mindanao but the entire country. Why? What caused him

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Trump’s ‘gunboat diplomacy’

Trump’s ‘gunboat diplomacy’

Perry Diaz June 14, 2017 0

In my column, “China’s gunboat diplomacy” (July 19, 2012), I wrote: “ ‘China frigate leaves shoal: [Malacañang] Palace happy,’ said a huge electronic billboard, which I saw on the way to the Ninoy Aquino

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Trump’s ‘House of Cards’

Trump’s ‘House of Cards’

Perry Diaz May 23, 2017 0

On the day of Donald J. Trump’s presidential inauguration, a trailer of Season 5 of the “House of Cards” Netflix series was shown. The trailer – which movie critics dubbed “creepy” – accompanied an

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The ICC case against Duterte

The ICC case against Duterte

Perry Diaz May 11, 2017 0

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 Court of Justice (ICC). He got the idea following

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Trump’s North Korea dilemma

Trump’s North Korea dilemma

Perry Diaz April 25, 2017 0

In the wake of the Tomahawk cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase and after dropping a 2,100-pound “Mother of all Bombs” – MOAB – in Afghanistan, North Korea had threatened to test another

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Appeasing the Chinese Dragon

Appeasing the Chinese Dragon

Perry Diaz April 11, 2017 0

According to Chinese mythology, dragons are legendary creatures that symbolize power and strength. Today, the Chinese Dragon is China’s national symbol just like the eagle is to the U.S. and the bear to Russia.

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Donald’s trump card

Donald’s trump card

Perry Diaz March 21, 2017 0

Upon his election to the U.S. presidency, one of the few world leaders that Donald J. Trump talked to was Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. At that time, their conversation was hailed as an improvement

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Duterte’s first political prisoner

Duterte’s first political prisoner

Perry Diaz March 8, 2017 0

When then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ran for the Senate in 2016, little did she know that she was on a road taken by a growing number of politicians, one that leads to

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Uncle Sam or Xi Dada: A question of trust

Uncle Sam or Xi Dada: A question of trust

Perry Diaz February 21, 2017 0

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

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