All Abuzz about the FA-50, Defense and China

A lot of controversy continues to hound the recent acquisition of weapons for the Philippine military, such as the FA-50 Golden Eagle trainer-light fighters for the Philippine Air Force, Hamilton-Class cutters, Tarlac-class landing platform dock and others for national defense. Of course, some call this a positive legacy of then-president BS Aquino III. If Marcos […]

South China Sea ruling justifies military action vs China: Does the Philippines have the means? #CHexit

Was the “favourable” ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the South China Sea dispute a “victory” for Filipinos? Apologist of the administration of former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III would like Filipinos to believe so. Of course, the objective there is to chalk this up as another “achievement” of the former […]

Philippines ‘wins’ favourable ruling over South China Sea but Filipinos ask “What’s Next?” #CHexit

Filipinos, it seems, have a rather loose definition of “winning”. As I write this, there is jubilation in the Philippines over the “favourable” ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague on the matter of the disputed territories of the South China Sea. However, there is little indication that China will be […]

The trouble with #Filipinos is that they lack the will to WIN the Mindanao and South China Sea battles

The trouble with Filipinos is that they think that everyone they deal with is guided by “Christian values”. It is no surprise then that the Philippines fails in its efforts to get a solid footing in its management of two external threats currently menacing the homeland — China’s progressive military takeover of the South China […]

We Need to Wake Up for 2016

I’m not gonna mince words anymore. It’s time for me to be brutally frank. The immaturity of Filipinos as it is is probably one of the biggest factors that keep it in the dark about what’s really going on in the world around us. Remember my article about the immaturity of Filipinos? Well, I think […]

Filipinos: Lost in a Web of Delusion

In my first meeting with my counselor, I was asked to write about how I really felt about myself. She told me to be honest with what I wrote and that I should put in even the small details that have some significance to me. I had some problems with recounting everything that happened but […]

Sorry, Joe. No more boom-boom in Manila and Olongapo City

If I were a businessman of any sort in the Philippines, I’d be fuming. In most NORMAL countries, the arrival of shiploads of young, cashed-up, and physically vigorous American military personnel would be greeted with joy and eyes flashing with $$ signs. Not in the Philippines though. The other day, the United States aircraft carrier […]

Why Hong Kong’s #UmbrellaRevolution is unlikely to move Beijing

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has taken its all-too-familiar stand on the issue of unrest in Hong Kong remaining consistent with its standard approach to managing and negotiating issues of sovereignity over its territories. “I’d like to reiterate that Hong Kong is a special administrative region (SAR) of China, and Hong Kong affairs fall […]