Archive for August, 2017

Who the Filipinos trust most

Filipinos’ trust in the government dramatically increased in the past two years as church and media, two institutions often lambasted by President Duterte, continued to be regarded highly by the public. These were part of the findings of the survey conducted by the EON Group from March to April 2017 on the levels and drivers […]

August 30, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Media  2 Comments

The Charlie Tan- Paolo Duterte connection

Once again, we are seeing proof of the saying that truth will find its way out, however one tries to block it. We are referring to the Paolo Duterte- Charlie Tan drug connection. Paolo is the son of President Duterte and is the vice mayor of Davao City. Charlie Tan, according to news reports, is […]

August 29, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Peace and Order  One Comment

Nami-miss ko ang yumaong Sen. Miriam Santiago

Tanong ni Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II sa hearing ng Senado noong Huwebes tungkol sa pagpatay sa 17-taong gulang na si Kian Delos Santos sa Caloocan noong Agosto 17:“Anong difference ng mga batang pinatay ng adik sa pinatay na bata ng mga pulis?” Kung yung hindi malalim ang pag-intindi ng batas ang nagtanong niyan, mapagpasensyahan […]

August 26, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  2 Comments

Text messages bring P6.4 billion shabu scandal closer to Paolo Duterte

Paolo Duterte’s name cropped up once again in Tuesday’s Senate hearing on the 604 kilos of shabu worth P6.4 billion that slipped through the watch of the Bureau of Customs last May. Paolo Duterte,vice mayor of Davao City is the son of President Duterte. His name appeared in a text message between customs broker Mark […]

August 23, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  6 Comments

Outrage at Kian’s wake: Lawmakers, rights activists denounce Duterte’s war on drugs

Please click here for VERA Files’ photo essay By Arianne Christian Tapao and Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files Photos by Arianne Christian Tapao Usually on opposing sides, supporters and critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs have joined the chorus of condemnation over the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos and called […]

August 23, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Peace and Order, PNP. illegal drugs  No Comments

Justice Carpio sounds alarm on latest Chinese seizure of PH territory

While the public was engrossed with the scandal of how 605 kilos of shabu from China worth P6.5 billion slipped through the Bureau of Custom and being entertained with the Bautista vs Bautista family feud with a cameo role by President Duterte, a chunk of Philippine territory was being taken over by China. China occupied […]

August 20, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment

‘Tama na po! May test pa ako bukas!’

Kolumn ko ito sa Abante. Anong klaseng tao itong mga pulis na walang habag na pinagbabaril ang 17-taong gulang na si Kian de los Santos habang nagmamakaawa, “Tama na po! May test pa ako bukas!” Ito ba talaga ang sinasabing kailangan maka-quota and mga pulis kaya kahit sino na lang bibitbitin nila at pagpapatayin at […]

August 19, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Peace and Order  5 Comments

The tragedy of a numbed citizenry

I seriously doubt if this bill by Angat Tayo Party List Rep. Neil Abayon will prosper into law and if it could be implemented. But it’s good enough because it is a recognition of government officials’ incompetence and ignorance of the situation on the ground. House Bill 6195 authored by Abayon requires elected and appointed […]

August 19, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Transport  3 Comments

No ASEAN role in Scarborough conflict between PH and China

The agreed framework for a Code on South China Sea was the most important achievement of the recently-concluded meeting of the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which segued to more meetings with its dialogue partners and the Asean Regional Forum. After the much-awaited meeting between ASEAN foreign ministers and China Sunday, […]

August 17, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

A COC that would legitimize China’s artificial islands in the Spratlys

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday that he and the 10 foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have approved the framework for the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. This is just a framework, not the long-desired COC. Nevertheless, it is a major step towards an agreement that hopefully […]

August 7, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment