Perry Diaz
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by Perry Diaz
perry@filipinojournal.com

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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Appeasing the Chinese Dragon

Appeasing the Chinese Dragon

Perry Diaz

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

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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