Saturday, July 22, 2017

No Limitation By: TED LAGUATAN Immigration laws are relatively new. These man-made laws were instituted long after countries and national boundaries were in existence. When there were no immigration laws, people moved freely from one area to another. Famine, wars, natural disasters, plagues, poverty, personal problems, economic reasons and political oppression are the usual reasons for migration. Today, even with these immigration laws, people still move and leave th...

Telltale Signs By: RODEL RODIS The affectionate Filipino term for a deportable alien in the U.S. is “TNT”, short for “Tago ng Tago” or always hiding. It also stands for “Takot na Takot” or very afraid. These two translations of the acronyms accurately describe their ever fearful state ever since President Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents began rounding up TNTs from countries all over the world in the last two weeks. The February 13 New York Ti...

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Donald John Trump, the newly inaugurated President of the United States, must be wondering right now: “What the heck happened?” Barely a day in office, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in front of the White House. They chanted, “Hey Hey, Ho Ho! Donald Trump has got to go!” An estimated 3.2 million Americans marched across America. And many more millions protested in countries around the world. The spontaneity was amazingly contagious;...

Street Talk By GREG B. MACABENTA The U.S. will be undergoing some interesting times with the assumption to the presidency by Donald J. Trump. A legend in his own mind, Trump could well have written the dictionary definition of his surname: “Trump – To outrank or defeat someone or something, often in a highly public way… In the card game bridge, the trump card is the most powerful card in a particular round and defeats all the others — sort of like when your needs or ...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte won the presidency hands down by 39% plurality and 16.6 million votes. His closest rival, Mar Roxas, got 23.4%, which is only 9.9 million votes. Not only did Duterte win the presidency, he also took control of the House of Representatives when a vast majority of congressmen from other parties – there were only three from Digong’s party – abandoned their parties and joined Digong’s party, the Partido Demokratiko...

Street Talk By: GREG B. MACABENTA The Miss Universe pageant which reels off in the Philippines this January and will culminate in the final selection of winners in Metro Manila on January 30 is much more than just a contest among the world’s most beautiful women. It is a tug-of-war between two starkly contrasting images of our beloved country. On one hand, there is the brewing picture of a “narco state” given to slaughtering anyone associated with drugs, whether drug...

By: Perry Diaz Since the early 15th century, before Spain took possession of an archipelago in what is now the Philippines, China had claimed the entire island of Luzon as her territory.  However, China’s presence in Luzon was limited to what is now the province of Pangasinan.  But now -- 592 years later -- recent events are raising the specter of Chinese colonization of the Philippines for the second time in history. In my article, “Who discovered the Philippines?” (Ap...

By: Greg B. Macabenta There’s this folk tale about a fowl named Chicken Little who spreads the news that the world is coming to an end. His paranoia is triggered by an acorn falling on his head. Panicking, he concludes that the sky is falling and quickly runs all over town to sound the alarm. Needless to say, a lot of folks – mostly dimwitted - take the news seriously. It looks like, a blogger who sports the byline Thinking Pinoy, is the social media version of Chicken Li...

By Elpidio R. Estioko Many teenagers and almost all students these days are engaged in computer games. They love playing these games with their friends even up to the wee hours in the morning. I remember my wife calling the attention of one of my kids to stop playing and go to sleep because it’s already late in the evening, but he needed another  3 to 4 times reminders to be able to stop playing. In fact, in my classroom, my students are in it and I have to keep reminding ...

By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO We’ve been in the US for 18 years and yearly, my family and I welcome the New Year as Pinoys in America. Even as we attend dinner with friends and relatives, we make it a point that our family stay together during New Year’s Eve. For 2017, that’s exactly what we did following some traditions and superstitions to make the celebration more fun, enjoyable, and memorable making sure the new year will bring plenty of joys and blessings as we pen our hope o...