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We treasure our Sierra Madre

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In the1948 John Houston movie, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” three destitute Americans working as gold prospectors mining the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico are confronted by bandits posing as mounted police (“Federales”).  When they are asked to produce their badges, the chief bandit’s response is classic:   “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”   [...]

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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Sen. Leland Yee and the politics of pay to play

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California State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested at his San Francisco home by the FBI on March 26, 2014 on seven federal felony charges related to public corruption and gun trafficking charges, specifically with attempting to facilitate the purchase of automatic firearms and shoulder-launched missiles from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to smuggle into the US.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Gazmin’s Twit

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on March 23 that “Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Saturday twitted activists for their silence on the country’s territorial dispute with China, while they loudly protest the Philippines’ new defense cooperation agreement with the United States.”

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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What did Estrada and Arroyo promise China?

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China escalated its already heightened maritime conflict with the Philippines on March 9 by blocking two Philippine vessels from delivering fresh supplies and troops to its marine outpost in the sunken ship Sierra Madre beside the Ayungin Shoal.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Was Pepsi Paloma murdered?

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Pepsi Paloma, a Filipino American who was born Delia Duenas Smith, starred in her first movie, Brown Emmanuelle, when she was only 14. While promoting the movie several months later, she was gang raped by three well-known Philippine TV personalities. Three years later, after starring in 9 movies when she was still only 17, she committed suicide. Or did she?

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Americas,Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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The rape of Pepsi Paloma

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We were eating lunch at a Daly City home and watching “Eat Bulaga!”, the popular noontime variety show on GMA TV, when someone commented that he read on Facebook that two of the show’s hosts, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon, were involved in the gang rape of a young Filipino American actress named Pepsi Paloma in 1982.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

A conversation with Chinese friends about Aquino and China

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Photo taken at a bar at Peking University in October 1998. (L-R) Chito Sta. Romana (ABC Beijing Bureau Chief); me, Eric Baculinao (NBC News Beijing Bureau Chief; and Jimmy Flor-Cruz (Time/CNN Beijing Bureau Chief). PHOTO/RODEL RODIS

I had lunch last week with two long time Chinese friends I first met when we visited China together in 1998. While in Beijing then, I introduced them to my old friends from my First Quarter Storm (FQS) days in Manila who had been living and working in Beijing since 1971 and who were all coincidentally managing the China bureaus of their media agencies– Chito Sta. Romana (ABC News), Eric Baculinao (NBC News), and Jimmy Flor-Cruz (Time/CNN).

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

The Arc of Justice and the Dacer decision

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How long before the people responsible for the Dacer-Corbito murders are brought to justice? The hopeful answer may be found in a speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol on March 25, 1965 when he said:

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Fred Cordova: Bridging the Fil-Ams’ two worlds

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When I first proposed the name Fred Cordova as the keynote speaker for the First Global Filipino Networking Convention, held in San Francisco in 2002, there was a quizzical look on the faces of the planning committee members. “Who’s he?” they asked.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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Fred Cordova and the parallel universe community

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The First Global Filipino Networking Convention, held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on August 31- Sept.1, 2002, drew 4,000 delegates and featured as keynote speakers Senate President Franklin Drilon, US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, Loida Nicolas-Lewis and Alex Esclamado of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) and Fred Cordova.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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