IMHO – VFA and the Dumping of Toxic Wastes in the Philippines

For today’s daily prompt, we are asked to post a link of a news and try to create an op-ed about it. So after reading a news published by The Philippine Star , here’s my long opinion about VFA and the current controversy. There has been a series of discussion and debates regarding the VFA. The RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement is a bilateral agreement affected last 1998 upon ratification of the Philippine senate. However, it was not ratified by the US government as it considered this only as an executive agreement, which became one of the reasons for the continuing Read More …

Whose Innocence?

Early this month, a trailer of Innocence of Muslims, an anti-Islam film, was posted in YouTube which sparked protests from different parts of the globe – from Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The 14-minute video was a mockery of Islam’s prophet Mohammed who was shown to be “a homosexual son of undetermined patrimony, who rises to advocate child slavery and extramarital sex, for himself, in the name of religion” according to Wall Street Journal. As a result, many Muslims around the world were enraged with the insult given to their messiah. The film triggered riots, protests and even violence in Read More …

67th year of Nagasaki Atomic Bombing

I realize the tragic significance of the atomic bomb… It is an awful responsibility which has come to us… We thank God that it has come to us, instead of to our enemies; and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes. —President Harry S Truman, August 9, 1945 On August 9, 1945 at 11:02 AM, American B-29 Superfortress Bockscar dropped Fat Man, an atomic bomb containing a core of 6.4 kilograms of plutonium, in an industrial valley in Nagasaki, Japan. This was in relation to United States Potsdam Declaration – threatening Japan Read More …