The Chinese are Laughing


The Chinese military general and philosopher Sun Tzu once said, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Indeed war brings out casualties from both sides of the divide and one may argue that in warfare, there is no real victor. But if one was to overcome his adversaries without firing […]

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Demoralization


The great Filipino hero Jose Rizal once said, “the youth is the hope of the future.” He acknowledges the youth of today will become the doctors, teachers, soldiers, public servants and other professionals of tomorrow. While this is entirely true, let us remember that they will not only be the bright professionals in the workforce […]

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Self-Destruction


It is no secret that the strength of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) is no strength at all. An infamous joke is that the PAF is all air and no force; a laughing matter for our regional neighbours but a source of humiliation for the country. It is known to all that the PAF is […]

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Ten Years On


Today, the world marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The deliberate strikes on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia were carried out clandestinely by Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network. The barbaric acts of terror claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent civilians; they include parents, […]

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Diplomatic Bullying


It seems that the Philippines is finding itself on the wrong end of a diplomatic bullying. The island-nation of Taiwan, which calls itself the ‘Republic of China’, is apparently incensed at the Philippine government. This came as a result of the latter’s decision to deport 14 Taiwanese nationals, suspected of fraud, to the People’s Republic […]

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To Serve and Protect Themselves


Every year, a fresh batch of about 300 young men and women graduate from Asia’s premier military school — the Philippine Military Academy. The new officers take an oath at the end of their four year course, which is basically summed up by the motto of the Armed Forces of the Philippines — “to serve […]

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Shamed or Silenced?


It all started with an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) comptroller being stopped at a US airport for failing to declare US$100,000 cash inside his luggage — who would have thought the saga would see a prominent ex-general commit suicide. The nation is rocked with the news of retired AFP chief Angelo Reyes’ death […]

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