China’s empty promises

China’s empty promises

Only a few days after Chinese leader Xi Jinping promised to “find a solution” that would allow Filipino fishermen to go to its traditional fishing grounds in the South China Sea, China’s law enforcement vessels drove local fishermen away from Ayungin Shoal. There was...
Marcos’s independent foreign policy

Marcos’s independent foreign policy

In an interview with an international economic newspaper during his trip to Davos, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said his government wanted to step up its security cooperation with its long-time military ally, the United States. Marcos told the international economic newspaper...
Farm mismanagement: Onion crisis

Farm mismanagement: Onion crisis

  “It’s time for Ferdinand Marcos Jr to give up his position as agriculture secretary. He is a big failure. Costs of agricultural products had not only risen but there were also supply shortages.”   Onions are now flooding wet markets and supermarkets...
Unsheathing the katana

Unsheathing the katana

Last month, Japan unveiled an ambitious, $320-billion, five-year defense plan to upgrade its defense capabilities and, at the same time, acquire strike capability to hit targets deep into what it considered the biggest threat in the region. A hundred years ago,...
DISCONTENT

DISCONTENT

Armored vehicles rolled out of a police camp one weekend when a throng of Roman Catholic devotees jostled to get close to a miraculous wooden icon of Jesus carrying a cross at a public park in Manila.The January 9 Feast of the Black Nazarene every year always draws a...
Thief in the night

Thief in the night

It was like a thief in the night. Sudden and without warning.Army Lt. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro, appointed as the Armed Forces chief of staff only five months ago, was removed from his position unceremoniously and without any explanation last week.In August, when...