Archive for August, 2010

Bakit wala man lang mensahe sa Canada?

Pangwalong araw na ngayon mula nang mangyari ang trahedya ng panghu-hostage sa Rizal Park kung saan namatay ang walo sa 25 turista na galing Hongkong ngunit wala pang mensahe ng pakikiramay or paghingi ng paumanhin sa pamahalaan ng Canada. Hindi ba alam ng Malacanang o ng Department of Foreign Affairs na tatlo sa walong namatay […]

August 31, 2010  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  32 Comments

China’s flag raising

While China was protesting the draping of the Philippine flag on the coffin Senior Police Inspector Rolando Mendoza, who hostaged a bus-full of tourists from Hongkong last Monday at the Rizal Park which resulted in the death of eight of the visitors, it was also doing its own flag- raising operation. Foreign news agencies reported […]

August 30, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  61 Comments

Natuto ba tayo?

Dumadaan sa matinding pagsubok ngayon ang pamahalaang Aquino dahil sa trahedya na nangyari noong Lunes sa Rizal Park kung saan walong turistang galing Hongkong ang namatay sa palpak na operasyun ng pamahalaan sa panghu-hostage ng isang napatalsik na pulis. Hindi lang ang mga pulis ang lumabas na palpak. Pumalpak rin ang Malacañang at Department of […]

August 29, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  61 Comments

Hindi pa rin lusot si Mayor Lim

Akala siguro ni Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, mababawasan ang sisi sa kanya sa paghingi daw ng tawad sa kanya ni Chief Supt. Rodolfo Magtibay na siyang nagsabi na si Lim ang nag-order na arestuhin si SPO2 Gregorio Mendoza, kapatid ng hostage-taker na si dating Senior Police Inspector Rolando Mendoza. Sinabi ito ni Magtibay sa imbestigasyon […]

August 28, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  83 Comments

Chinese Vice Premier cancels Manila visit

By Tessa Jamandre VERA Files Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang has cancelled his official visit to Manila, supposedly set for the first week of September. But the Department of Foreign Affairs clarified the cancellation had nothing to do with the hostage-taking incident that is straining diplomatic relations between the two countries. Li was supposed to […]

August 27, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  91 Comments

Unending confusion

Our efforts to get clarification on why Hongkong Chief Executive Donald Tsang was not able to talk with President Aquino during last Monday’s hostage-taking crisis has led us to more confusion. In his press conference Monday evening, after eight of the 22 Hongkong nationals on a sightseeing visit to the Philippines ended up dead when […]

August 27, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Foreign Affairs, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  132 Comments

Postscript: How the media covered the Grandstand carnage

by Tessa Jamandre VERA Files Despite the criticisms hurled at the media for the way they covered last Monday’s hostage crisis, most of them observed journalist manuals and safety guidelines on dangerous assignments, and only a few seemed unaware of such guidelines. But one thing was clear. They all took their cues mainly from the […]

August 27, 2010  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  38 Comments

Hong Kong leader Tsang’s phone calls stopped with President Aquino’s aides

Update: Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma issued the following statement on Inquirer’s story on his statement re President Aquino’s failure to take HK’s Donald Tsang’s call last Monday. See story in the comments: The headline of this story is not correct. When I was interviewed over ABS-CBN this morning, I did not state nor imply any […]

August 26, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  87 Comments

Jackie Chan, a voice of reason and friendship in times of sorrow and recrimination

by TJ Dimacali GMANews TV Action movie superstar Jackie Chan provided a voice of reason and extended a hand of friendship to Filipinos over the recent hostage crisis via his verified Twitter account, @EyeOfJackieChan. Jackie Chan explained that he had just arrived in Hong Kong from South Korea and was shocked to learn of the […]

August 25, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  31 Comments

Making up to Hongkong (subtitle:Donald Tsang who?)

President Aquino yesterday called up Donald Tsang, chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, to personally express his condolences to the families of eight Hongkong residents who died last Monday in Manila after they were held hostage by a dismissed policeman while on a sightseeing tour. Malacañang […]

August 25, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Malaya, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  141 Comments