Category Archives: Media


I learned something from the 2003 release of “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia.” It was published by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster. That meant everything was centralized … Continue reading

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Taur Matan Ruak and the Cycles of History

This is Major General Taur Matan Ruak, Chief of the Defence Force of Asia’s youngest nation, Timor Leste. He hugged me enthusiastically on the sidelines of the Jakarta International Defense Dialogue. I was thrilled to see him again. Like most … Continue reading

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The Parody of People Power

Five years ago on the 20th anniversary of People Power, I had just returned to the Philippines and was in a grim mood. On that day, an armored personnel carrier was parked outside ABS-CBN. This was the piece I wrote … Continue reading

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“How Good People Turn Evil” – Corruption in the Philippines

Last week’s expose by Lt. Col. George Rabusa ripped open a Pandora’s box of corruption that implicated three former military chiefs-of-staff. He is expected to reveal more including implicating former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The reason Rabuza can expose … Continue reading

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The Power of Cheche’s Dream

Every now and then, it’s good to reflect on the people who had a profound impact on your life. Last July, Town & Country’s Editor-in-Chief Yvette Fernandez asked me to write a piece about Cheche Lazaro, who recently closed down … Continue reading

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