China holds Panatag, but no one owns it
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 19, 2018 - 12:00am
Laymen seeing aerial shots of Scarborough (Panatag) shoal off Zambales, with its lagoon walled in by what look like reefs with a hint of vegetation, are often surprised to know that the disputed 150-square-kilometer...
Fingerprints help trace fake FilAms
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 17, 2018 - 12:00am
In an unprecedented move potentially affecting thousands of immigrants, including (hope not) a few Filipino Americans, the Trump administration is reviewing now-digitized fingerprints of aliens to weed out those...
Fixing MRT: Japan vs Sobrepeña plan
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 14, 2018 - 12:00am
Much has been written about the “Sobrepeña-MRTC option” for rehabilitating the ailing MetroRail Transit Line-3 on EDSA.
Roilo Golez’s untimely death a great loss
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 12, 2018 - 12:00am
I was shocked to hear of the death yesterday of Roy Golez, former national security adviser, TOYM awardee, UP MBA valedictorian, and top congressman from Parañaque. Nakababahala ang kanyang biglang pagpa...
What Bourdain said of Duterte’s regime
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 10, 2018 - 12:00am
Celebrity chef, traveler and story-teller Anthony Bourdain – host of CNN’s award-winning series “Parts Unknown” – died Friday at age 61 in his hotel room in Paris, apparently a sui...
Change is upon us: Moral bar lowered
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Relax, folks.
That kiss was gross. Beso-beso na lang!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 5, 2018 - 12:00am
This is unofficial, but the reputation of President Rodrigo Duterte as a great lover may have suffered after that kissing scene last Sunday at the Grand Hilton Convention Center in Seoul. He was in South Korea for...
US assurances too little, too late?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - June 3, 2018 - 12:00am
Uncle Sam’s efforts to woo back the Philippines even while President Rodrigo Duterte is infatuated with Beijing look like a case of too little too late – but a way may still be found for the White House...
Political will useless sans moral compass
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 31, 2018 - 12:00am
When watching President Rodrigo Duterte ramble through his trademark speeches, I often catch myself saying “Sayang si Duterte!”(Such wasted power!)
Palace laments US reluctance to help
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 29, 2018 - 12:00am
The Philippines has all but given up on its treaty ally the United States’ helping defend its maritime boundaries against Chinese encroachment and military buildup within its Exclusive Economic Zone.
How many islands does Phl still have?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 27, 2018 - 12:00am
The smart answer to the question “How many islands comprise the Philippines?” used to be: “Depends on whether it’s low or high tide.” Not anymore – now the cautious reply is: “Before...
Duterte's China policy has public support?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Plain folk reeling from such problems as rising prices, unemployment and corruption may feel detached from foreign affairs, but President Rodrigo Duterte’s worrisome handling of relations with China may just...
Full report needed on China intrusion
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 22, 2018 - 12:00am
It is high time President Rodrigo Duterte explained to the nation his reticence in confronting China on its military encroachment in the West Philippine Sea, instead of merely repeating his cop-out remark that he...
Is Duterte a traitor or plain pragmatist?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Is President Rodrigo Duterte a traitor, a tuta (lapdog) of China, or simply a pragmatist trying to get the most of a delicate situation?
Filipino maids given better Kuwait deal
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am
The Department of Foreign Affairs deserves credit for winning crucial concessions for Filipino “household service workers” in Kuwait with the signing Friday of an agreement with that Gulf state for monitoring...
Just lost a battle? Keep faith, fight on!
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 13, 2018 - 12:00am
To those who feel dejected with the Supreme Court’s shaky decision (8-6, arguably could be 3-6) removing Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, we pass on some thoughts culled from an Ignatian Reflection about being...
Playing solo, Duterte sure to lose to China
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 10, 2018 - 12:00am
THE ALARMING transformation of the West Philippine Sea into a security flashpoint with military outposts bristling with missiles should jolt President Rodrigo Duterte into abandoning the naïve notion that he...
Can Duterte say no to the Red Dragon?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 6, 2018 - 12:00am
WHEN will President Rodrigo Duterte wake up to the security threats posed by the escalating military presence of China in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone? When and where will he draw the line –...
DFA amateur hour over for Cayetano?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 3, 2018 - 12:00am
CAREER officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs have decided to save the premier department from the amateurs led by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano whose management, they said, has been marked by gross...
Will Duterte keep his word to Labor?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - May 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Will President Rodrigo Duterte announce today firm official action making good his outstanding commitments to Labor?
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