Perry Diaz
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by Perry Diaz
perry@filipinojournal.com

Karmic whammy hits Gloria

Karmic whammy hits Gloria

Perry Diaz

With the abrupt resignation of Ombudsman Merceditas “Merci” Gutierrez, the door is now wide open for President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III to fulfill his election promise of bringing ex-president and now-congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

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The kleptocrats never left

The kleptocrats never left

Perry Diaz

The recently released 2010 Global Integrity Report rated the Philippines “very weak” (57) in terms of governance and corruption. The overall rating was also “very weak,” a downgrade from the 2008 overall rating of

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‘Drug Mule’ Politics

‘Drug Mule’ Politics

Perry Diaz

By injecting a dose of politics, a seemingly routine execution by lethal injection of three drug traffickers – or “drug mules” – in China has become an international cause célèbre. President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino

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‘Drug Mule’ Diplomacy

‘Drug Mule’ Diplomacy

Perry Diaz

Little did President Benigno Aquino III realize that in his desire to save the lives of three Filipino drug traffickers from execution in China, he had unwittingly stirred a hornet’s nest that could spark

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Merci in jeopardy

Merci in jeopardy

Perry Diaz

For the second time in two years, Ombudsman Merceditas “Merci” Gutierrez will soon be facing impeachment charges against her in the House of Representatives. But this time around, with her protector — former President

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Hoodlums in uniform

Hoodlums in uniform

Perry Diaz

Once the pride of the nation for their heroic defense of freedom and the Motherland, a small band of military officers — sworn to protect the people and the State – are now in

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Finally, a glimmer of hope

Finally, a glimmer of hope

Perry Diaz

Finally, after a roller-coasting decade of uncertainty, instability, and volatility, there is a glimmer of hope that 2011 would usher in an era of certainty, stability, and vibrancy. President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III said

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Brouhaha over P-Noy’s Porsche

Brouhaha over P-Noy’s Porsche

Perry Diaz

“Aquino gets himself a new toy–a Porsche,” headlines a newspaper. Instantly, the news report spread like a virus in the social networking media like Facebook and Twitter. And once again, denizens of cyberspace had

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‘Somalia of Asia’

‘Somalia of Asia’

Perry Diaz

Whoever would have thought that the Philippines would be the next Somalia? Indeed, a few years ago, that question would have been ignored and ridiculed. But today, there are disturbing signs that seem to

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