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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 »

US motive in bases revival not the Spratlys

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Both China and the United States recently conducted war games in the Spratlys, showing off how loud they could roar. But the exercises were insignificant psywar tactics that have now been forgotten. Because America has no territorial stake in the Spratlys, the Philippines had to be part of the US naval exercise. After all, we are the landowner. And yet, if we consider size, not ownership, where there are two giants and we are ants, we are mere fence sitters. In truth, the United States is using the Philippines as a pawn for a larger geopolitical plan under President Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” policy.

Posted: July 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Is the Pentagon preparing for war with China?

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It’s important for Filipinos to be aware of the probability of war between the United States and China because the Spratlys may be the flashpoint in such a development.

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Expansionist ‘bully’ China not unstoppable

We would like our Asian neighbors to have friendly relations with our country. But in recent years, some have become a threat to us—like the Chinese who have been insisting that our islands in the Spratlys are theirs. It is obvious that no amount of diplomacy can convince them to change their mind on the islands.

Posted: June 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

US, China sowing trouble in Asia?

Is the Philippine government not falling into a Byzantine international snare? Is the government not thinking that the United States and China are intentionally fomenting disputes in the Asian region? These queries are being raised because the results are obvious.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Fight Less and Work More

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If there is a moment in these last almost 500 years for the country and our people to finally take off, it is now. It is now actually a situation where the dream is so near, but we must not let it slip away.   It used to be that we had to fight the [...]

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The year that was

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It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sovereignty first

There are many situations where the mind of a businessman can solve problems and break deadlocks where the mind of a politician cannot. Often, the businessman—thinking only in terms of pesos and centavos—can formulate innovative solutions that are beyond the imagination of the politician who is hobbled by having to balance a million and one considerations for a multitude of stakeholders. Indeed, a pragmatic businessman can move things forward in ways a pragmatic politician cannot.

Posted: May 21st, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Could China’s sanctions choke us?

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One hundred fifty container loads of Philippine bananas are being left to rot in the Chinese ports of Dalian, Shanghai and Xingang, according to reports that came over the weekend. Our own government officials have been quick to play down any link between the holding of the banana shipments and the ongoing tension at the Panatag Shoal. But even if there wasn’t such a link before, who would believe there wouldn’t be one now?

Posted: May 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Makapili’-approach

From Lapu-Lapu to Jose Rizal, Philippine history is replete with people who fought against overwhelming odds and won. Of course, we were still colonized by the Spaniards and Americans, occupied by the Japanese and subjugated by a home-grown dictator. But the point is the Filipino spirit is indomitable and, despite the awesome might of our oppressors, we still prevailed in the end.

Posted: May 15th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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