Archive for February, 2015

Hilarious FB translations

Aside from the lively exchanges in Facebook (never mind the moronic posts- you have the choice to ignore them or better to unfriend the source), there’s a feature in this social media that is oftentimes hilarious, it makes FB surfing fun. It’s the translation. Like this translation of a post by business entrepreneur Jaime Gachitorena […]

February 27, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Media  One Comment

Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in 2016 elections

Don’t expect the truth about the Jan. 25 Mamasapano tragedy to come from President Aquino. He had one whole month to tell the Filipino people about his role in the debacle that claimed the lives of 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation […]

February 25, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Elections 2016, Philippine National Police  15 Comments


The tragedy in Mamasapano, Maguindanao claimed the lives of 44 of the country’s elite policemen, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and some civilians. One of those who died was an eight-year old girl named Sarah. I learned about Sarah from Hussein Macarambon’s heart-rending post in Facebook: “ At a forum organized by […]

February 19, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Peace Process, Philippine National Police  11 Comments

Senators asked the wrong question

It was President Aquino who informed Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces Chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang and the rest of the presidential party in Zamboanga on the Mamasapano debacle on Jan. 25, a source close to Malacañang said. That’s why in the hearings in the Senate and the House of Representatives […]

February 15, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Peace Process, Philippine National Police  48 Comments

Values that tie PH and Iran

US-centric Filipinos may not be aware that the Philippines and Iran share a lot of common experiences-from rising from devastating natural calamities to political upheavals. Foremost is the harnessing of people power against an extravagant and tyrannical regimes. Many Filipinos like to think that we “invented” People Power with the ouster of President Ferdinand Marcos […]

February 12, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  10 Comments

SAF44 stirred public interest on BBL

There was something amusing in the narration of Mamasapano Mayor Tahirodin Benzar A. Ampatuan that reflects a trait common to many Filipinos. Mayor Ampatuan (yes, the Ampatuans of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre are still very much a force to reckon with in Maguindanao) said that at about 1:30 in the afternoon of Jan. 25, members […]

February 11, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Mindanao, Peace Process, Philippine National Police  22 Comments

Justice Carpio explains Itu Aba issue in the PH suit vs China

Last year, Itu Aba (also known as Taiping or Ligaw), the biggest feature in the Spratly group of islands being disputed by the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan, figured in a controversy involving the appointment of the Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza to the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Lourdes Sereno opposed the appointment […]

February 9, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  2 Comments

Nagdurugo ang puso ni Aquino sa pagbitaw kay Purisima

Noong Biyernes ng gabi, lumabas si Pangulong Aquino (mga isang linggo din siyang hindi nakikita at naririnig mula nang pumunta siya sa lamay ng 44 na miyembro ng Special Action Force sa Camp Bagong Diwa) at nagsalita sa telebisyon tungkol sa trahedya sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao noong Enero 25. Pangalawang pagsalita niya ito tungkol sa trahedya […]

February 7, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Benigno Aquino III, Philippine National Police  32 Comments

Let him finish his term

I hold President Aquino accountable for the death of 44 Special Action Force commandos but I don’t want him forced to shorten his term which is due to end on June 30 next year. I’m not joining calls for him to resign. I’m against a coup de’etat. I want him to finish his mandate which […]

February 6, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  34 Comments

Celebrities show conscience and heart for the 44 SAF heroes

Wearing black arm bands emblazoned with “44”, of the international hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas and one of the judges of The Voice PH, led the performance of one the group’s hits, “Where is the Love?” in last Sunday’s episode of the singing competition. The lyrics were sharply apt: “Overseas, yeah, we try to […]

February 3, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Entertainment, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  7 Comments