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Duterte: Strongman with a soft spot

Duterte: Strongman with a soft spot

Perry Diaz

Some would say that presumptive President-Elect Rodrigo “Rody” or “Digong” Duterte is a leftist, which he admits. Some say he is a communist, which he denies. Others say he is pro-China. And a few

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Duterte: A phenomenal phenomenon

Duterte: A phenomenal phenomenon

Perry Diaz

Underfinanced and overly maligned for his brand of leadership, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte jumped into the presidential derby two months after the official campaign period had started. And with no national political machinery,

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Can Digong pull off an upset?

Can Digong pull off an upset?

Perry Diaz

Not only can a presidential candidate with a shoestring budget win but when he also promises to stamp out corruption, he would be the butt of jokes. He’d be called a nuisance candidate or

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EDCA: A new strategic partnership

EDCA: A new strategic partnership

Perry Diaz

Twenty-four years after the Philippine Senate rejected the extension of the American bases, the Philippine Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). EDCA is an “executive agreement” between the

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An evening to remember

An evening to remember

Perry Diaz

Last December 20, 2015, marked the day the world renown and award-winning University of the Philippines Concert Chorus (UPCC) – or simply, “Korus” – was in Sacramento, California on the first leg of its

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Quo vadis, Grace?

Quo vadis, Grace?

Perry Diaz

Last November 17, 2015, Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares had a reason to be jubilant! By a 5-4 vote of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), the disqualification complaint against her was thrown out. With the vote

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Putin’s dilemma

Putin’s dilemma

Perry Diaz

Russian strongman Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s warmongering acts of sending his warplanes dangerously close to Baltic States’ territorial airspace had forced these Baltic NATO member-states to scramble their fighter jets to intercept the intruding Russian

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Can the Philippines defend her sovereignty?

Can the Philippines defend her sovereignty?

Perry Diaz

Ever since twelve nationalistic – and left-leaning — members of the Philippine Senate voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991, our national pride had immeasurably gone up the scale never seen before since

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Double whammy hits China

Double whammy hits China

Perry Diaz

Little did China realize that her attempt to take over the South China Sea (SCS) would be met with resistance from the United States as well as the Permanent Court of Arbitration. And with

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The 2022 presidential derby is on

The 2022 presidential derby is on

Perry Diaz

No, it’s not a misprint. What we’re talking about here is the presidential race in 2022. But while the winner of the 2016 presidential election is still anybody’s guess, whoever will be elected vice

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