JAIME J. YAMBAO

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Last of 2 parts A PAPER in Asian Studies by Danilo Lazo and Juanita Mercader gives a comprehensive, in-depth, and well-documented account of the AFP Self-Reliant Defense Posture Program (SRDP) and its accomplishments. The SRDP divided its objectives into three time ranges. The short-term plan was to produce at the…

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First of 2 parts IT is well-known that the Philippines has one of the weakest defense forces and budgets and spends the least on defense in Southeast Asia. Not a few Filipinos who fancy their country as a peace-loving one actually take pride in this fact. But recent events concerning…

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IN his by now established self-congratulatory style, US President Trump praised his recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as an act of courage his predecessors had been too cowardly to do. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, of course, was no less lavish in his adulation, naming a subway…

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US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy statement on Afghanistan was criticized by many as short on details. But as Trump himself said, that was just the intention, indeed part of the policy itself. From now on, the US will not be signaling to its enemies abroad what it really intends…

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FAILING to get a speaker from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the organizers of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction-Asean Regional Conference invited me recently as a former ambassador to that country to share my perspective on education there, providing me an opportunity to make certain points about education…

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A FEW days ago, I was asked by Ambassador Larry Baja, our chairman and president, respectively, of the Philippine Ambassadors Foundation Inc. and the Department of Foreign Affairs Retirees Foundation Inc. to address an affair hosted by the DFA’s Human Resources Management Office honoring the 2017 retirees. Pondering what I…

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US President Trump has expressed increasing impatience with the diplomacy of patience that the United States has followed since the Obama presidency with regard to North Korea’s nuclear and missile build-up. If China is not able to induce North Korea to give up making an intercontinental ballistic missile tipped with…

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IN the Philippines, June 12 is known as Philippine Independence Day. It is also known, especially abroad, as the National Day of the Philippines. Countries like the Philippines that have experienced colonial rule or have suffered under an oppressive ruler or regime mark their National Days on the anniversary of…

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Last of 2 parts THERE are things that to my mind are indispensable prerequisites to the national campaign against dangerous drugs. Foremost among these is the clean-up of the police force. Widespread corruption, including particularly involvement in the peddling of dangerous drugs (taken from the cabinet of confiscated drugs) is…

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LONG before President Duterte even announced his candidacy, I called attention in this column to the terrible menace of dangerous drugs abuse engulfing the country. Coming home after a six-year assignment abroad, I was shocked to find my neighborhood in Manila and my mother’s remote village in Nueva Ecija both…

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