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US shows naval force amid Asia arms buildup

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A few weeks ahead of the visit of President Barack Obama to four of the United States’ Asian allies, including the Philippines, on April 28-29, to sign an enhanced defense agreement that would give the United States wider access to Philippine military bases, the US Seventh Fleet sailed into Manila Bay on March 17 in a show of force to impress upon its allies its commitment to defend them against China’s aggressive encroachments on disputed territories in the East China Sea and South China Sea.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The case for extending AFP chief Gen. Bautista

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In April 1994, President Fidel V. Ramos appointed Gen. Arturo T. Enrile as AFP chief of staff.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Armed Forces and Cadet Cudia

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Last month the Armed Forces of the Philippines commissioned 222 brand-new second lieutenants, all graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Of the 222, 19 were female. A week ago, the academy took in 346 new cadets, including one Thai citizen. Of the total number which represents the largest class ever admitted to the PMA, 93 are women.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

In defense of the state

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Two occurrences that took place during my high school days come to mind as one follows recent developments on the national security front.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pure madness

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The new arrangement is called “Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation,” and Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino assures it is “80-percent done.” As though that news would elate us.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Of FA-50s and Gripens

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First, an announcement on the first Ilocano cardinal in the 2,000-year history of the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

China warned: Don’t push PH to the wall

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The strong diplomatic protest against China’s water-cannon attack on Filipino fishers on Jan. 27 in Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea was followed by an announcement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines that the disputed islet, which Manila claims as Bajo de Masinloc, would now be under the jurisdiction of the Western Command.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mitch Albom, author

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Not many Filipinos may know Mitch Albom. I first bumped into him at a Barnes & Noble (B & N) bookstore in Naperville, Illinois. It was sometime in April 2010, and we were on our annual apostolic mission to the United States to visit three granddaughters, Christine, 16, Nicole, 11, and Gisele, 7.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Forgotten heroes of 1986 Edsa revolt

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Tomorrow (Tuesday) marks the 28th anniversary of the 1986 People Power revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship and brought back democratic norms of governance to the country. Some say it simply restored the dominance of the oligarchy. There may be some truth to this observation.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sex case not representative of whole AFP

A high-ranking officer has been suspended for sexually harassing his former secretary when she was 18 years old (“Military general relieved, charged with sexual harassment,” Inquirer.net, 2/20/14). He took advantage of his position and forced the girl to have sex with him so she could keep her job. The experience traumatized the girl.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Manny Sundalo’ shows the way

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The story of “Manny Sundalo” is such a breath of fresh air amid the “hindi mo ba alam kung sino ako” variety, that it deserves telling and retelling—in the hope that it will inspire our leaders to remember that they are servants first and foremost.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Honor in the PMA

Three not unconnected moments from the annual homecoming rites of the Philippine Military Academy last Saturday: Former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson called on his fellow PMA alumni to live by the academy’s honor code, Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II joined the parade of alumni as an “honorary member” of the Class of 1984—and members of the Class of 1976 denied reports that controversial businessman Cedric Lee had ever been adopted as an honorary classmate.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

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