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Flag-raising in Spratlys macabre exercise in futility

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The nation marked on Thursday the 116th anniversary of Philippine independence with the raising of the flag in all nine Philippine outposts in the Spratly Islands.

Posted: June 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

China didn’t know where the Spratlys were

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In 1933, the French flexed their colonial muscles and annexed nine of the Spratly Islands. When the news spread, the fledgling and troubled Chinese republic faced a basic problem: It didn’t know where the Spratlys were.

Posted: April 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Hardship post

It must be one of the loneliest, and certainly one of the strangest, military outposts in the world: The BRP Sierra Madre is a decrepit, World War II-era ship purposely beached in Ayungin Shoal in 1999 to serve as improvised detachment for a small Philippine contingent.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Pro-Filipino

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin was asking for it. He said last week: “Our problem is we keep on complaining about the Enhanced Defense Cooperation with the US. Why don’t we complain when the Chinese use water cannons on us? Why? Nasaan ang pagka-Pilipino natin? (Where is our Filipino spirit)? We demonstrate against those who are helping us but we don’t demonstrate against those who are bullying us?”

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Overkill

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While a gaggle of bystanders watches, a team of cops clad in fatigues, bulletproof vests, helmets and gas masks and toting assault rifles storms the place. They start grabbing people and wrestling those who resist to the ground. One cop is pinning someone on his back with his knee while pulling out handcuffs. The other cops who have ringed the place are eyeing the perimeter watchfully, alert for any signs of trouble. Several cops on motorcycles hover in the wings.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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