wo words “not guilty” from
the six-person jury at the Sanford, Florida courthouse where George
stood accused of killing seventeen year old black teenager Trayvon
Martin has sent shockwaves of disbelief across America. For minority
communities like Filipino-Americans, that verdict is painfully difficult to
accept. For although the United States has come a long way in race
relations—even electing its first black president—there is still an
undercurrent of racism that pervades suburban communities where minority
teenage boys are instinctively “profiled” as troublemakers and juvenile
The sad fact for many
Filipino immigrants is the revelation that although their sons and daughters
were brought up as Americans, they are not truly seen as such by a large
swath of “white” Americans. Case in point is the Trayvon Martin killing: a
young black teenager wearing a hoodie and walking though a quiet Florida
community—which he had every right to walk through— is profiled and results
in his being shot to death by a neighborhood watch vigilante.
What is most disquieting to
Filipino-Americans is that many of them purposely left the Philippines with
its myriad problems of injustice and inequality so they could raise their
children in a just and enlightened country like the United States—only to
realize they face different though equally horrific forms of injustice and
demonstrations by outraged citizens will hopefully result in a “more perfect
union” which the country has sought since its founding. All minority
children have to be allowed to grow, prosper and reach their full potential
if the United States is to remain the greatest country on earth.
The arrogance of China is becoming readily apparent with each passing day. With their newly acquired economic and military power the Chinese appear unrestrained in their assertiveness towards their neighbors. China, instead of positioning itself as a 21st century superpower appears to be turning back the clock resembling more and more the 12th century empire of Genghis Khan and the Mongol hordes who conquered most of Eurasia...just because they could.
The passage of time has a way of distilling reality and bringing out truths that are sometimes hidden or lost by present circumstances. Case in point is the overwhelming level of admiration many Filipinos have for former President Corazon Aquino. When she passed away in 2009, the entire nation seemed beside itself in grief. Her casket was mobbed by thousands of mourners as it slowly made its way through the streets of Metro Manila to its final resting place at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque.
The Failure of Philippine Education Is Now Staring Us in the Face
Will the Philippines Ever Become a Developed Country? The short answer to that is no—at least not in our lifetime. While the country has of late improved it credit ratings as evidenced by upgrades from Moody's, Fitch, and Standard & Poor's all that perceived progress is illusory. In the Fifties and Sixties, when the Philippines was undeniably the country at the top of the heap in Southeast Asia, people said it would always be the most industrialized country in the region.
So, Should Jejomar Binay Be the Next President of the Philippines?
Though his popularity rating has taken some hits lately, Vice President Jejomar Binay is still far and away the strongest contender for the Philippine presidency in 2016. But is he the right choice for the country? His legions of supporters will give you an enthusiastic "yes;" his detractors however, will tell you "no!" So who's right? To answer our question, lets look instead at Binay's deeds rather than the words of his supporters or detractors.
China’s Military Base on Mabini Reef Violates the Philippine Constitution
While searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 11, 2014, a Philippine Air Force plane flying over the Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea sighted Chinese reclamation activity in the Mabini Reef of the Kalayaan Island Group within the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines. His aerial photographs were transmitted to the Philippine government for analysis.
Napoles PDAF/NGO Scandal: What is Ten or Fifteen Billion Pesos Really Worth?
For those who have been following the Janet Lim-Napoles PDAF/NGO* scandal these past months, it is easy to get caught up in all the rhetoric—the words and phrases repeated day after day. Words like "ten billion" or "fifteen billion" have turned into something akin to "gray" background noise. Words devoid of any real meaning or significance. So let us try to put back some meaning into those trite and often-repeated phrases in order to better understand some of the far-reaching ramifications of Napoles' actions.
How could they not have known that the Napoles NGOs were fake?
With Senator Bong Revilla already in police custody in Camp Crame and Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile set to join him any day now, people need to start asking tough questions going forward. The privilege speeches of the senators along with the histrionics that accompanied them are thankfully now over so we can all address this issue more objectively.