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...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO It’s over! The people have spoken! It’s time to set-aside differences and heal our wounds. It might be hard for everybody especially to President-Elect Donald Trump, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but we need to do it. America deserves the best! That’s how the democratic process works which is the bedrock of the US as the leading world leader. Congratulations to President Trump. I think he deserves it. Despite all the...

By RODEL RODIS It was ironic that the Filipino American community leader with the biggest heart of all should die of heart failure at age 86 at the Seton Medical Center in Daly City on October 21. Or perhaps because it was so big, it eventually had to fail. The heart of Alice Bulos was the subject of tributes by federal and state officials who knew her and by the community she loved and empowered at the memorial service for her on October 29-30 at the Duggan’s Chapel n Dal...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO It’s just unfortunate that Philippine President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, the president I admired for pursuing his campaign promise to solve the country’s drug problem in one year (originally it was six months, but he requested for another six months after seeing the magnitude of the problem may not be able to be fixed in six months), made the comment that “The Filipinos in America are not Filipinos anymore, they’re Americans. Their att...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO While offices and other organizations are already preparing for their end of the year Christmas parties, there’s a non-profit organization based in Southern California busy preparing instead, for its end of the year giving back to the community projects. Giving back to the community is what The Global Urdanetanians (TGU) are known for. The non-profit, 501c3 organization, is based in Southern California but its reach is global with me...

By PHILIP S. CHUA, MD, FACS, FPCS President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s war on illegal drugs, criminality (including, I hope, the thieves and plunderers who walk in the Halls of Congress), and poverty, are all nation-saving measures that are, per se, making wonderful history. If properly and justly accomplished, Duterte’s War will be his glorified and lasting legacy which will even improve his unprecedented 91 percent public approval rating today among the generations of Filipin...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO At the rate it’s going in all areas in the political arena, I think the turnout of voters during the November 8, 2016 presidential elections will be huge! It may be bigger than the 64% turnout of those eligible to vote during the 2008 presidential election. This morning, I saw in television the heavy turnout of early voters in Georgia. The line was long and most probably, as estimated by the TV anchor, there were about 1,000 voters w...

Telltale Signs  By RODEL RODIS President Duterte’s mouth set a new world record for traveling the longest distance in the shortest time. In a span of just six days, it traveled from doubting God in Heaven to condemning Obama to Hell and they were not even the most offensive remarks he uttered in that week. Speaking before journalists in Malacanang Palace on September 27, 2016, Duterte justified the restoration of the death penalty as necessary to “make up for divine ...