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Looted: The Philippines After the Bases / Edition 1

Looted: The Philippines After the Bases / Edition 1

by Donald Kirk


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ISBN-13: 9780312227692
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Series: International Herald Tribune Series
Edition description: 1998
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

DONALD KIRK has been a correspondent in Asia since 1965, in places ranging from Vietnam to China, Japan and Korea, to Indonesia and the Philippines. He has written books on Vietnam and Korea and continues to serve as a freelance journalist. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Preface Worlds Apart Rivers of Mud Scandal of Angeles Looting to Booming Free Port or Hacienda? 'Priestly Defender' Rebels Divided Ten Years On Their Own Worst Enemy New Frontiers Select Bibliography Index

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OldDrummer55 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Kirk's overall description of life in the PI is good and I agree with most of his points. But I'm puzzled why he portrayed convicted US Air Force Major (select) Chen Almacen as a victim of an Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) witch hunt. A convenient scapegoat? Racism? I think not. Almacen's illegal activities, which at minimum were tacitly approved by his supervisor, were well known to many at Clark Air Base. During the closing months of the US presence at Clark AB honest, hardworking security police personnel approached the OSI and complained of Almacen's blatant, dishonest activities. The subsequent two year investigation and his conviction by a military court-martial clearly substantiated Almacen's illegal actions. In my opinion, he was carefully setting himself up for a post retirement job as a DOD civilian employee managing the base Filipino DOD Guard Force. Unfortunately for Almacen, Mt. Pinatubo derailed his plans. The OSI investigation was very thorough and impartial, and went to great lengths to cut through the smoke and mirrors Mr. Kirk accurately depicts within the Philippine culture. To portray the investigation in any other light is pure, unadulterated caribou dung.