Archive for March, 2015

DFA is misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

Disclosure: I am one of the trustees and writers of VERA Files, a group of veteran journalist who put out articles that take a deeper look at current issues. Last Monday, VERA Files released a story, “PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China.” The article said, “ The quid pro […]

March 31, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  31 Comments

PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

By Tessa Jamandre,VERA Files The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The quid pro quo was contained in a note verbale the Department of Foreign Affairs handed to a representative of the Malaysian Embassy last week, a week […]

March 30, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: South China Sea, Vera Files  11 Comments

We understand

He couldn’t even mention the incident that he was asking the public for understanding. In his speech at the commencement exercise of the Philippine National Police Academy’s Lakandula Class of 2015, the day after the nation marked the second month of the Mamasapano tragedy, President Aquino said, “Ikinalulungkot kong may mga pamilyang nawalan ng asawa, […]

March 27, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Philippine National Police  24 Comments

What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

OMG. I almost fell off my chair upon reading the text exchanges between President Aquino and his sister, Kris Aquino posted by journalist Cecil Morella in Facebook. Yesterday afternoon, Kris Aquino posted in her Instagram account (withlovekrisaquino) her text exchanges with the President last Friday just to disprove rumors that PNoy collapsed. Kris Aquino’s post: […]

March 24, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Malaya  18 Comments

Why Trillanes didn’t sign the Senate committee report on the Mamasapano tragedy

Following is the transcript of the interview of Senator Antonio Trillanes by Pinky Webb at Mornings at ANC last Friday. PINKY WEBB: Senator Antonio Trillanes refuses to sign the Senate Committee Report on the Mamasapano. He joins us here in the studio to tell us why. And we will also talk to him about his […]

March 21, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Philippine National Police  68 Comments

Mar forgot to tell PNoy about BOI request

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas forgot to tell President Aquino of the request Police Director Benjamin Magalong to interview him before the Board of Inquiry on the Mamasapaano tragedy released their report last March 13, ABS-CBN reported. Magalong said he met with Aquino in Malacañang on Tuesday together with Roxas and Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge Leonardo […]

March 19, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Philippine National Police  32 Comments

Poe to Aquino: Be a leader, tell the truth

Reading President Aquino’s speech before the 2015 graduates of the Philippine Military Academy last Sunday, I got the impression that he is isolated from the real world outside Malacañang. For how does one who has to suffer daily the monstrous Metro Manila traffic and the inefficiency of the MRT accept his painting of the country […]

March 18, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Bangsamoro, Senate, surveys  22 Comments

BOI requested for interview with Aquino

It is not true that the Board of Inquiry did not try to get the side of President Aquino on the Jan. 25 Mamasapano tragedy that claimed 67 lives including 44 of the country’s elite police commandos, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and five civilians, including an eight-year old girl. Last March […]

March 15, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Philippine National Police  29 Comments

China’s latest expansion to deny PH access to Ayungin shoal

By Tessa Jamandre, Vera Files China has created new artificial islets in two more reefs in the disputed South China Sea, which the Philippine military fears is meant to choke off its access to Ayungin shoal, where a crumbling Philippine Navy ship is beached. In an interview, former Air Force officer Rep. Francisco Acedillo, now […]

March 15, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  5 Comments

Ano ang nangyari kay Mar Roxas?

Sinabi ng Board of Inquiry ng Philippine National Police na siyang nag-imbestiga sa trahedya sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao noong Enero 25 na nilabag ni Pangulong Aquino ang chain of command. Dahil doon nagkandaloko-loko ang operasyon. Umabot sa 67 na buhay ang nalagas kasama na doon ang 44 na miyembro ng SAF, 18 na miyembro ng Moro […]

March 14, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Abante, Philippine National Police  8 Comments