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Donald’s trump card

Donald’s trump card

Perry Diaz

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

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

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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Digong’s ‘neutral’ foreign policy

Digong’s ‘neutral’ foreign policy

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

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Is a new ‘alliance’ in the offing?

Is a new ‘alliance’ in the offing?

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

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Coup rumors cause jitters in Manila

Coup rumors cause jitters in Manila

Perry Diaz

For the past two months Manila was abound with rumors of plots to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Among the first to hit the rumor mill was an allegation made by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B.

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Quo vadis, Leni?

Quo vadis, Leni?

Perry Diaz

When Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo entered politics 2013, little did she know that within four years she’d be propelled to the second highest position in the country – the vice presidency. Some people call

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‘You cannot make a hero out of a villain’

‘You cannot make a hero out of a villain’

Perry Diaz

For twenty-one years that he was in power, the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos had it his way regardless of what people said. He ruled with an iron hand and exercised his authority like

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Are Duterte and Trump the new normal?

Are Duterte and Trump the new normal?

Perry Diaz

The election of Rodrigo R. Duterte and Donald J. Trump — six months apart – as president of the Philippines and United States, respectively, shook the world in a manner that differed from previous

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Duterte’s flip-flop diplomacy

Duterte’s flip-flop diplomacy

Perry Diaz

When President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte announced his “separation” from the United States during his state visit to China, it shook the world. Not that it would have changed the balance of power in the

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