Category Archives: Philippines

A View from the Philippines

(This interview was conducted online with Jose Abeto Zaide, a former Philippine diplomat who during a career of more than forty years served as ambassador to Austria, Germany and France. Since retirement, he cheers from the bleachers writing a column in the Manila Bulletin.) George Thomas Clark – I checked my files and note that […]

Also posted in Diplomacy, Donald Trump, Jose Abeto Zaide

Alive in the Cemetery

There aren’t any squatters among a million deceased residents in vast Manila North Cemetery. If my family doesn’t pay the lease every five years, someone living among the headstones and colorful tombs will earn three bucks to dig me up for cremation. That’s reasonable work. Six thousand poor people need a little food and shelter […]

Also posted in Drugs, Homeless, Manila, Poverty, Rodrigo Duterte

Manila Bulletin Posts “Easy Riders, Best of Friends”

The Manila Bulletin Posted “Easy Riders, Best of Friends” – On my website it is titled “Donald Duterte” and a bit more candid. Thanks to veteran diplomat Jose Abeto Zaide for sharing his space. Click here to read

Also posted in Donald Trump, Jose Abeto Zaide, Nuclear Weapons

Donald Duterte

Bearing a big smile Donald Trump for a hefty man strides rapidly into Malacañang Palace and extends a hand to his host, President Rodrigo Duterte, who says, “No, bro, like this,” and holds out his right fist, evidently a more macho version of the Nazi salute, which after all was open-handed, and nods for Trump […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Drugs, Kim Jong-Un, Korea, Nuclear Weapons, Rodrigo Duterte

Trump Unglued

sad our great statues celebrating slavery and bloody civil war are being ripped apart by liberals bad as charlotesville nazis who defend our values which early twentieth century required us to dip bullets in pigs blood to kill muslim terrorists who didn’t understand they were our prisoners in their philippines

Also posted in Barcelona, Civil War - American, Donald Trump, Spain, Terrorism

Undercover Trump

Make me a mature Mexican rock star, I tell my makeup lady, hang some long cool black hair on my head and pin a big mustache on my face. I need to blend with families and friends of those being naturalized as U.S. citizens this morning in Fresno. There’s already a big crowd in the […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Fresno, Immigration, India, ISIS, Mexico

The Loaded Lip

Listen to me. I’m determined to kill a hundred thousand drug dealers and users and to fatten fish in Manila Bay where I’ll dump all destroyers of our children. I won’t actually be doing the killing and the lifting and dumping, of course. I’m president of the Philippines and before that was the feared and […]

Also posted in Drugs, Murder, Rodrigo Duterte

Ferdinand Marcos Writes to President Duterte

Dear President Rodrigo Duterte, I would like to at once thank you in writing, as I soon shall in person, for allowing my publicly-displayed and cosmetically-altered corpse to be removed from refrigerated and glass-encased exile and moved to its rightful place of honor, the Heroes’ Cemetery of our great Philippine nation, over which I benevolently […]

Also posted in Ferdinand Marcos, Rodrigo Duterte, Vietnam

Delano Grape Strike

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Agriculture, Cesar Chavez, Delano, Larry Itliong, Poverty, Strikes, Unions, United Farm Workers

Pacquiao’s Super Surgery

Frankly, I’ve been besieged by Manny Pacquiao’s managers, trainers, and relatives who for personal and financial reasons want me to not only repair his injured shoulder but make it manifestly better. I told them Dr. Elpedio Marcos does not deal with intermediaries; have Manny call me. Last night, he did. “What’s the best you can […]

Also posted in Boxing, DNA, Floyd Mayweather, Genetics, Gennady Golovkin, George Foreman, Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao

Almost Missed Manny and Money

I realize most sports fans and other seekers of excitement planned to watch the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight at cool places like the MGM Grand Arena or packed sports bars or at least at big private parties enlivened by booze. My intention was far more mundane: I’d view the eternally-hyped showdown with my Philippine wife […]

Also posted in Al Bernstein, Bakersfield, Boxing, Bright House, Floyd Mayweather, George Thomas Clark, Jim Lampley, Jimmy Lennon, Joe Frazier, Kern River, Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao, Michael Buffer, Muhammad Ali, Roy Jones

Carmel Winter

Daily, it seems, I either see or read about tragedy and pain. One of my neighbors has Alzheimer’s and is beating his wife. Another suffers from cancer leaving her dependent on a daughter more interested in her money than health. Always there are wars aplenty and domestic murders in the streets. Rapes, fires, and traumatic […]

Also posted in Boston, Caribbean, Del Mar, Economics, Housing, Ingmar Bergman, Movies, Russia, San Diego, Weather

Don’t Diss Pacquiao’s Hoops

For two decades Manny Pacquiao has excelled in a sport requiring mental and physical toughness, and when not punishing opponents in the ring he loves to relax playing basketball. He’s played the game all his life and does so fairly well. If no one’s near his five-six, short-armed frame, he can hit an unorthodox, two-handed […]

Also posted in Basketball, Boxing, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao

Sleeping with Marcos

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos, Sex

Pacquiao Plans Another War

Several years ago Freddie Roach, in a radio interview I heard, said he hoped his star pupil Manny Pacquiao was only going to fight one or two more times because he wanted to make sure Manny never got hurt. Roach, a brain-damaged former fighter, has evidently revised the career blueprint to one or two fights […]

Also posted in Boxing, Manny Pacquiao

Ferdinand Marcos Endures

I’m not surprised the communists are still after me. They know I’m their most resolute enemy. I won’t let them carry out subversive activities. I won’t permit them to dominate my country. That’s why they didn’t want me to remain President of the Philippines longer than two four-year terms limited by the constitution. The communists […]

Also posted in Communism, Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan

Floyd Mayweather in Hot Tub

“Ladies, it’s a whole lot better being in this fancy hot tub in my Las Vegas mansion than in a sweaty arena, isn’t it?” “Yeees,” gushed all but one. “You should be there,” said a lovely young woman. “You need to prepare to fight the winner, who’s going to be Manny Pacquiao.” “Who’re you?” “I’m […]

Also posted in Bob Arum, Boxing, Floyd Mayweather, Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao v. Bradley – The Rematch

Manny Pacquiao near his peak is better head to head than Timothy Bradley, and he proved so their first fight, out power-punching Bradley about two to one, but lost one of those odiferous decisions that frequently plague boxing. Since that encounter, however, Pacquiao has been flattened by Juan Manuel Marquez, a man Bradley subsequently decisioned. […]

Also posted in Boxing, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao

Looting in Leyte

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Food, Short Pieces - GTC, Starvation

Typhoon in the Philippines

Wish I’d stayed in the mountains but years ago moved to the coast and became a fisherman and usually did pretty well and survived countless typhoons, annual curses in the Philippines, by grabbing my family and rushing into mountains which weren’t always hospitable flooding down toward us but we’d always dodged. This time, before we […]

Also posted in Earthquakes, Short Pieces - GTC, Typhoons

Ferdinand and Imelda

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos, Short Pieces - GTC

The Fifth Marquez-Pacquiao War

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, George Thomas Clark, Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao, Uppercuts

I Am MacArthur

This story is from the collection “The Bold Investor” <

Also posted in Alexander the Great, Asia, Australia, China, Dean Acheson, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Japan, John Barrymore, Korea, Korean War, Napoleon, Nuclear Weapons, Pearl Harbor, Short Stories - GTC, The Bold Investor, West Point, World War I, World War II