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Holding their ground

World-class.” No, we’re not talking about that controversial building in Makati, but something more edifying: our soldiers serving as United Nations peacekeepers in Syria, whom the Israeli goverment—whose military force is among the most elite in the world—described as “world-class” for the actions they took after being surrounded and fired at by Syrian separatists in the Golan Heights.

Posted: September 4th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Pro-US, pro-China or just being Filipino?

Last March 22, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin twitted activists, saying: “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? We demonstrate against those who are helping us, but we don’t demonstrate against those who are bullying us.”

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Weep for the motherland

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American soldiers are coming to town, in the thousands, in battleships and warplanes. They will camp, not in the forests or jungles of the Sierra Madre or Mindanao, but in the metropolises of Manila and Cebu. Their aircraft carriers will be moored in the blue seas of Palawan, the “last frontier” of our hapless land.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | 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 »

There’s a way to win wars without fighting

On Sept. 28, 2013, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin declared that the military’s mission in Zamboanga City had been accomplished. The mission was to rescue and ensure the safety of the 194 hostages (“Mission accomplished,” 9/28/13). The military mission took almost 20 days to accomplish, left hundreds dead and injured, and devastated the city, driving more than 100,000 Zamboangueños from their homes into various evacuation centers, many of them with their houses burned.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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