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Heneral Luna and the French


After Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists began their massacre of Parisians on Friday the 13th of November, the spectators at a soccer match in Paris between France and Germany spontaneously and defiantly burst into singing the French National Anthem, the La Marseillaise, even though the stadium had just been bombed. Continue reading

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FOES UNIFY TO DISQUALIFY POE


Sen. Grace Poe has single-handedly united the backers of 2016 presidential candidates Mar Roxas and Jojo Binay as well as the behind-the-scenes supporters of ex-presidents Ferdinand Marcos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. They are all moving heaven and earth to have her disqualified as a 2016 presidential candidate on the grounds that she is a foundling and was once a U.S. citizen.  Continue reading

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QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT $1.8 M RENTAL OF SHIP TO EVACUATE OFWs FROM LIBYA


MALTA –Serious questions are being raised about the Philippine government’s decision a year ago this week to rent an old, slow bedbug-infested passenger ship for $1.8 million to ferry 766 Filipino workers on a 221 mile voyage from Libya to Malta on August 15, 2014. Continue reading

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More Far Left than the PH Far Left


Just as global Filipinos alarmed by China’s massive reclamations in the West Philippine Sea were preparing to hold their third annual Global Day of Protest against China’s imperialism on July 24, a “preemptive counter demonstration” was held on July 19 in front of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC by Filipino American militants protesting US imperialism in the Philippines. Continue reading

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The DFA’s position on the boycott of China-made goods


The banner headline of one Filipino American newspaper was “No to China boycott, says homeland”. This and other similar headlines were drawn from the news article which appeared in the Manila Bulletin on June 19, 2015 (“DFA says no to China boycott of China-made goods” by Roy Mabasa) which covered the response of Charles Jose, the spokesman of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), to a press query about whether the DFA was supporting the boycott of China goods initiated by the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG). Continue reading

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PACMAN’S GAMBLE


The world now knows that while training for his May 2 “Fight of the Century” with undefeated world welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao suffered a shoulder injury. According to his trainer, Freddie Roach, this mishap occurred on April 4 in a sparring session when he threw a right hook and his arm “got entangled with those of his sparring partner”. Continue reading

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Cowardly Senators


One threat involves the seizure of territory from our homeland while the other involves the carving of a homeland out of our territory.
These two divergent threats converged on the same day, March 19, when 20 Philippine senators in Manila issued a Mamasapano report which undermined Pres. Aquino’s proposed peace agreement with a Filipino Muslim group seeking to create a Bangsamoro homeland within the Philippines Continue reading

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After Mamasapano, Can Filipinos Still Rally to the Flag?


China’s leaders in Beijing must be gleefully grinning from ear to ear, toasting their champagne glasses and cheering “Gan Bei!” Why not? It has been three weeks since a Chinese ship deliberately rammed three boats carrying 29 Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) and there have been no protest demonstrations denouncing China’s unprovoked attack. Continue reading

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The First Fil Am President of the Philippines


Can a Filipino American who was born and raised in San Francisco, who served four years in the U.S. military, and who first traveled to the Philippines on a U.S. passport, ever be elected president of the Philippines? Continue reading

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Binay’s Aguinaldo


Money received from benefactors during Christmas in the Philippines is called “aguinaldo”, a term and practice imported from Mexico during the Spanish colonial period. where it refered to the annual Christmas bonus given to employees. In the Philippines, it is generically used to describe monetary gifts given by all benefactors, including godparents and employers. Continue reading

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