Archive for April, 2017

One Belt One Road:  Reviving PH-China Silk Road ties

GUANGZHOU,China –To underscore the ties that deeply bind the people of this bustling city and the Filipinos, Deputy Director General Luo Jun of Guangdong Province Foreign Affairs Office cites that the Manila-Guangzhou flight takes only one hour and 45 minutes, same as Manila-Davao, while Guangzhou to Beijing takes three hours. The nearness of Manila to […]

April 26, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  No Comments

Recalling JMSU

The Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking, JMSU for short, is back in the news. It was mentioned by former president Gloria Arroyo and her executive secretary, Eduardo Ermita, to stress that cooperation with China in South China Sea is possible during the launch of the book, “The Ocean Space or the Maritime Area of the Philippines,” […]

April 26, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  One Comment

Duterte, purveyor of fake information

Information empowers. But in the age of fake news which has found a fertile base in social media especially Facebook, lies being passed on as information have become a powerful tool for mass idiotization. This occurred to us watching President Duterte regal the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia, with falsehoods which the audience lapped it […]

April 19, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  32 Comments

U.S. can invoke MDT for PH support in war with North Korea

Hopefully, the jostling between U.S President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un will not go beyond strategic positioning of aircraft carriers and troops. Because in the hopefully- unlikely event of a war between the United States and North Korea, the Philippines will be greatly affected. Number one, there are more than 60,000 Filipinos […]

April 17, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

Duterte can’t sell PH land in Spratlys to China

Now, President Duterte wants to go into real estate business in the Spratlys. Before he embarked on a state visit to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, he told reporters that he might sell what the Philippines claim in Spratlys to China. Assuring China that his orders to install markers and flag to the 10 features […]

April 12, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  7 Comments

Occupy Spratlys

Was Duterte’s Occupy Spratlys order a reaction to the decline of the people’s trust in him as shown in the latest survey of Pulse Asia that he had to show that he is no lackey of China and he can stand up to the neighboring economic giant? The day after Pulse Asia released results of […]

April 11, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Preparation is best way to cope with earthquakes

The earthquake that shook Batangas and the other provinces in Central Luzon Tuesday once again reminded the public of the possible movement of the West Valley Fault. When a 6.7 intensity earthquake jolted Surigao del Norte last February, Director Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology once again asked those living along […]

April 8, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Disasters  No Comments

The curse of the mistresses

When news reports about the feud between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. was brought into open and was traced to the quarrel of the Davao lawmakers’ mistresses, my initial reaction to suggest that they be given a copy of Jullie Yap’s book, “Etiquette for Mistresses.” But I […]

April 5, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  4 Comments

What the Chinese ship did in Benham Rise

Benham Rise, a 13-million-hectare undersea region off the provinces of Isabela and Aurora which the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) approved in 2009 as part of the Philippine’s extended continental shelf (350 nautical miles from the shores), came into the consciousness of many Filipinos recently with Defense Secretary Delfin […]

April 3, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Environment  9 Comments

Lascañas says Duterte paid him using Davao City’s ‘ghost” employees

Lascañas on ghost employees from VERA Files on Vimeo. By Ellen T. Tordesillas VERA Files In the business of death, self-confessed hitman Arturo Lascañas had reaped a ghastly reward: He became a “ghost” employee of the Davao City Hall, whose paycheck got a boost from the salaries of other “ghost” employees. Lascañas, who retired in […]

April 3, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Governance, Graft and corruption, Philippine National Police  8 Comments