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China’s military base on Mabini Reef violates PH Constitution

Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines, at the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

While searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 11, 2014, a Philippine Air Force plane flying over the Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea sighted Chinese reclamation activity in the Mabini Reef within the 200 mille Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines.

Posted: July 8th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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The Dogged Determination of Franco Consolacion

Franco Consolacion  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

It is the customary practice at funeral wakes to recall and honor only the good deeds of the dearly departed and to ignore or forget the bad. But that custom often prevents a full appreciation of the life of an individual and it would not have done justice for my friend, Franco Consolacion.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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The self-perpetuating elite of the Philippines


In the American magazine Foreign Affairs http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/24006/benigno-s-aquino-jr/whats-wrong-with-the-philippines published in July of 1968, a young Filipino senator introduced his country to the American people as “a land in which a few are spectacularly rich while the masses remain abjectly poor . . . a land consecrated to democracy but run by an entrenched plutocracy… a people whose ambitions run high, but whose fulfillment is low and mainly restricted to the self-perpetuating elite…a land of privilege and rank – a republic dedicated to equality but mired in an archaic system of caste.”

Posted: June 4th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Nationalism means opposing China’s imperialism


China responded to Pres. Obama’s recent Asian tour by deploying an armada of 80 military and civilian ships, along with support aircraft, to install a billion dollar oil rig right smack dab on Vietnam’s continental shelf well within its 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Posted: May 14th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

We treasure our Sierra Madre


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 »