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Sen. Leland Yee and the politics of pay to play

Yee leaving federal court house after being booked CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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


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?


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?


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


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 »

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Fred Cordova and the parallel universe community

Fred Corodova's book

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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Fears of a narco state

Panfilo Lacson and Terry Gould. Photo taken from  Gould's book

The recent Christmas Day police raid on a drug storage facility in a ranch in Lipa, Batangas –rented from paroled convicted killer Antonio Leviste – yielded P420 ($10 million) worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and the discovery of a new player in the Philippine drug scene.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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The calamitous appointment of Czar Lacson

Secretary Panfilo Lacson, the presidential assistant for recovery and rehabilitation, is one of the speakers at the ongoing 2nd Annual Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative Forum. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

I was once told that at an Aquino family reunion just before the 2004 presidential elections, the sister who actively campaigned for the incumbent, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA), chided the brother who supported Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson for backing “a killer.” The brother reportedly snapped back, “Doesn’t matter if he’s a killer, at least he’s not [...]

Posted: December 10th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Anderson Cooper’s accuracy was not the issue

Anderson Cooper. AP

While the responses to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s live reports from Tacloban have been overwhelmingly positive, a few netizens have taken to criticizing him for engaging in “parachute journalism”, defined as the practice of thrusting a foreign journalist into a war zone to report on a breaking news story, reports which generally display “ignorance of contextual issues.”

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Muted outrage at US immigration

A Facebook page for Carina Yonzon Grande

The humiliating experience suffered by 63-year old cancer survivor Carina Yonzon Grande, when she arrived at the Seattle International Airport on October 1, 2013 to attend her daughter’s US wedding, was covered by the Philippine media.

Posted: November 8th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »



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