Archive for June, 2017

Duterte tells how the government misread Maute threat

In his re-appearance speech five days after he was not seen in public, President Duterte gave an explanation for the military’s “mis-appreciation” of intelligence report that has been blamed for the difficulty being encountered by government forces in the ongoing war against the Islamist militants in Marawi city. It will be recalled that Solicitor General […]

June 19, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Military, Mindanao, Terrorism  33 Comments

Video of Pres. Duterte June 15 departure for Davao

June 17, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Health  6 Comments

DOT ‘Sights’ ad far from reality

I’m glad that the Department of Tourism scrapped its latest ‘Sights’ advertisement but not only for the reason that the officials mentioned. Aside from it being closely similar to the South African campaign, which the same ad agency- McCann World group- is said to have also produced, the ad is so removed from reality. It […]

June 17, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Tourism  No Comments

Malacañang releases photo to prove Pres. Duterte is not sick and is working

Malacanang press statement: PRRD at the Villamor Air Base and Bahay ng Pagbabago President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Philippine Air Forces officials during his visit at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on June 15, 2017. Moreover, to quell rumors that the President is sick, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go shared […]

June 16, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Health  2 Comments

Prayers for Marawi as we celebrate 119th Independence Day

The announcement of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año that by today, as we celebrate our country’s 119th anniversary of independence, the Philippine flag will be flying in Marawi City, tells us of the challenges in keeping our country safe while maintaining a vibrant democracy. That a part of our country is not in […]

June 12, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Military, Mindanao  10 Comments

Bringing stupidity to another level

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre probably thought the public would buy his tale linking opposition lawmakers to the Maute terror group which is one of the reasons for the current turmoil in Marawi City. It only affirmed his stupidity. As social media commenter Joel Vivas tweeted, “Kakaibang level.”

June 8, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Justice, Media, Terrorism  8 Comments

Pained voices from Mindanao

There’s so much pain and suffering in their voices and they all have a common message: End the airstrikes in Marawi , lift Martial Law in Mindanao and resume peace talks. In a gathering of persons and groups from Mindanao last Thursday, stories about panic, fear, hunger and fatigue since the declaration of martial Law […]

June 5, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Human Rights, Peace and Order  No Comments

Praning ang marami sa ISIS at Martial Law

(Unang lumabas ang column na ito sa Abante) Ang pangamba ng karamihan habang pinapanood ang balita sa nangyayari sa Resorts World na malapit sa NAIA 3 noong lampas ng hatinggabi ng Biyernes (Hunyo2) ay baka gamitin itong dahilan ni Pangulong Duterte sa pagdeklara ng Martial Law sa buong bansa. Ang mga unang balita kasi ay […]

June 3, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Peace and Order  7 Comments

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Trump calls Resorts World incident a ‘terrorist attack’, was it?

Unites States President Donald Trump called the incident at Resorts World Manila early morning Friday a “terrorist attack.” STATEMENT Trump, at a White House press briefing 3:32 a.m., June 2 in Manila, before announcing his country’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, said: “I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila. […]

June 3, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police, Vera Files  No Comments