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We are a Guantanamo

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Not in recent memory has our government been subjected to intensely sustained political and diplomatic pressure on US bases except during the incumbencies of the first and second Aquino administrations.

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

US military presence violates PH sovereignty

Even long after the Military Bases Agreement was abolished back in 1991, US troops are still present in the Philippines, undermining its sovereignty.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Hillary’s heckler’

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The planned visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to the Philippines, which was cancelled at the last minute, made me reminisce about another state visit, made nearly two years ago, by then US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. That state visit changed the course of my life and earned me the moniker “Hillary’s heckler.”

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Hole in the head

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It’s one of the sublime ironies of this magic-realist country that the only time we did not have a US military presence here was during Fidel Ramos’ rule. Which was from 1992 to 1998, the period shortly after the Magnificent 12 booted out the US bases in 1991 and Erap’s Senate approved the Visiting Forces […]

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

VFA pact in itself is already a form of aggression

The USS Guardian, a minesweeper swept off balance by big waves, ripped a huge portion of our treasured Tubbataha Reef. The US Navy claimed that the accident was due to its “wrong map navigational data.” (Maybe it’s made in China.)

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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