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...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO As the year ends, we are left with many things to do in punctuating our life’s activities for 2016 and preparing for the coming year 2017. I would say, let’s end the year with a positive note and look forward to 2017 as a year of hope! For positive events and developments in our life, let’s cherish them and let them shine to light our activities for the coming year. For our negative experiences, let’s not forget them but remember the...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Simbang Gabi (Night Mass) signals the cleansing process for Christians as they prepare themselves towards celebrating Christmas Eve. The nine-day series of masses give parishioners the time to know themselves, reflect on what they have done to their families and others, and what they will be doing as a true believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a tradition worldwide! It is the time for people to rejoice, have fun, bond ...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ For President-elect Donald J. Trump, there is nothing wrong in calling Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to introduce himself or establish personal contacts, after all Trump would soon be the next leader of the Free World. A few words exchanged between the two leaders would probably have been within the bounds of diplomatic civility. But Trump, whose unorthodox ways and style have at times been viewed as uncivil and undiplomatic, had reporte...

By Elpidio Estioko If we base our decision from readings and pronouncements made by President-elect Donald Trump before and after Election Day, there’s a likelihood that the U.S. Department of Education might be shrunk or… abolished! We, however still don’t know the thoughts of the incoming president about the matter because he has a lot of surprises in the vetting process for his cabinet people. In his first public announcement on what he will do for his first 100 days...

By Perry Diaz Little did Donald J. Trump realize that by preaching the gospel of hate, it would bring him to the pinnacle of power in America.  Or, could it be that he was aware that hate was what dictators use to achieve power and exercise total control over their people?  Take Adolf Hitler for one, who arguably was the most despicable of these tyrants who didn’t see any value on the human lives that he put to death.  In a short time, he systematically exterminated more t...

Telltale Signs By: RODEL RODIS President Rodrigo Duterte will not declare martial law because he doesn’t need to. The Filipino people seem perfectly willing to voluntarily surrender their fundamental constitutional rights without Duterte having to take it away from them. At least this is the conclusion I drew from the public reaction to a speech delivered by President Duterte at the regional convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) at the Manila Hote...

PerryScope PERRY DIAZ The election of Rodrigo R. Duterte and Donald J. Trump -- six months apart – as president of the Philippines and United States, respectively, shook the world in a manner that differed from previous presidential elections in both countries. While Duterte was favored to win in large part due to his promise to kill drug pushers and users, Trump was doomed to lose simply because of his controversial stand against a lot of issues and causes that many pe...

As I See It ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Last Friday, November 11, we celebrated Veterans Day. It was a momentous day for the nation as November 11 was declared a holiday for all of us to celebrate and reminisce the heroic exploits of our countrymen who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country. We also remembered those who were wounded and those who were lucky enough to survive and are still fighting for their lives in war zones. Then we honored all those who served and...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ When President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was sworn in last June 30, 2016, the first person he introduced to the audience was former President Fidel V. Ramos, whom he credited for helping him launch his presidential candidacy. It did not then come as a surprise when Digong appointed Ramos as his special envoy to China. Immediately, Ramos went to Hong Kong to make contact with a former high-ranking Chinese official and a few other Chinese person...