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China’s quest for world dominion
With the recent participation of the Philippines in China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) Initiative last November 2018, one doesn’t fail to wonder: Will it be good for the Philippines or will it fallRead More »
Colonialism from within
When Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the island of Homonhon in Samar on the feast day of Saint Lazarus of Bethany in 1521, he named the group of islands Las Islas de San Lazaro inRead More »
A prayer for Pax Mundi
Every year, people around the world, regardless of their religious beliefs or affiliation, celebrate Christmas. For one day of the year, December 25, people reach out to each other and to friends they haven’tRead More »
Who will succeed Duterte?
As soon as rumors that President Rodrigo Duterte was seriously ill, political groups began consolidating their forces and allies to position themselves to succeed him. It started on April 14, 2018, when Duterte toldRead More »
What happened to the ‘sweetheart deal’ with China?
Two years ago, President Rodrigo Duterte – freshly installed as president – went on his maiden trip to China, expecting a grand welcome. And yes, indeed, the Chinese gave him a red carpet welcomeRead More »
The saga of the Balangiga bells
One of the most – if not the most – atrocious massacreS committed against Filipinos occurred in Eastern Samar during the Philippine-American War. The order was to “kill and burn” the Filipinos insurgents andRead More »
How high would Sara go?
On August 13, 2018, the most anticipated political event happened. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, struck on her own by forging a nine-party super-coalition of three national parties andRead More »
Is Duterte remiss in protecting the country’s sovereignty?
When a Chinese military aircraft landed at the Davao International Airport on June 8, 2018 to refuel — with no apparent permission to land — it should have triggered a diplomatic protest. However, accordingRead More »
Summit with a flair of Kimchi Diplomacy
As the Trump-Kim summit looms, there is still a lot of things that could derail the long-awaited meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. Originally scheduled to beRead More »
Is Duterte an autocrat?
If there is one thing that President Rodrigo Duterte resents is to call him an “autocrat.” Not only is he autocratic, he is a “threat to democracy.” That’s according to a U.S. intelligence report,Read More »