Looted: The Philippines After the Bases / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Palgrave Macmillan US
In Looted , veteran correspondent Donald Kirk cuts through the mystique of democracy that has shrouded the Philippines since the American withdrawal from its military bases there in 1991 and 1992, and he reveals the corruption that exists beneath the surface. Making use of his extensive first-hand knowledge of the region, Kirk recounts the drama of one of history's greatest volcanic eruptions as just the beginning of a period of looting and exploitation. He provides details and revelations of the Philippine role in the stripdown of Clark Air Base and the subversion of Subic Bay to serve the purposes of one ambitious politician, and he offers a disturbing analysis of the efforts to resolve Muslim and communist revolt. At the same time, he looks ahead to the promise - and danger - on new frontiers to the south and west. A provocative look at an often unexamined country, Looted is a stirring account that allows the reader to feel like a eyewitness to the events which it analyzes.
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 ContentsPreface 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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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.