Perry Diaz
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by Perry Diaz
perry@filipinojournal.com

Corruption at BOC

Corruption at BOC

Perry Diaz

Well, what else is new? Ever since I can remember, the Bureau of Customs is a place where corruption is the rule rather than the exception. It’s a culture that was introduced by the

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Digong’s juggling act

Digong’s juggling act

Perry Diaz

After a year in the presidency, Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte has been embroiled in countless of wars against everybody he didn’t like or those who disagreed with his policies or those who were fighting his

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The politics behind the ‘Ilocos Six’

The politics behind the ‘Ilocos Six’

Perry Diaz

In Philippine politics, it’s hard to determine who the real enemies are. Their enemies today could be their allies tomorrow or vice versa. Which reminds me of Benjamin Disraeli’s popular mantra: “We have no

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The folly of federalism redux

The folly of federalism redux

Perry Diaz

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

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

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

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

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

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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