Archive for October, 2017

In the name of drugs again

President Duterte is simplifying the root cause of five-month war in Marawi by attributing it to drugs. There’s a problem in this version because it does not address the age-old and complex issue of the tension in Mindanao which security experts say is mutating into a more dangerous terrorist movement. In his speech at the […]

October 28, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Military, Mindanao, Terrorism  3 Comments

Harry Roque as Duterte spokesman?

President Duterte last Sunday at the Masskara Festival in Bacolod City endorsed Kabayan Partylist Representative Harry Roque for senator in the 2019 senatorial elections. At the start of his speech, he introduced Roque to the Negrenses by asking him to stand up: “ ‘Ti nga kandidato ko ni pagka-Senador, kadtong ngari ko ga…subong ga kampanya […]

October 24, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Media  One Comment

Here goes the CIA plot again

President Duterte’s paranoia about the CIA wanting him out is on overdrive again fueled by reports that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV was in the United States where he met with an U.S. Republican senator that his foreign secretary, Alan Peter Cayetano had tried to meet but was not able to. At the 7th anniversary of […]

October 23, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  3 Comments

Don’t forget the unresolved 604 kilos of shabu

With so many issues cropping up every day, a controversy is usually good only for a week. Unresolved, it is set aside to make way for another controversy. Nobody gets punished, the culprit gets away with the crime. The problem stays and goes on. The Gordon-led Blue Ribbon Committee, in its report more than a […]

October 23, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Illegal Drugs  One Comment

Founded on false hopes, sustained by more falsehood

Fake news. We have that in abundance direct from the President himself. Now we have Fake Charge. Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio minced no words in his 39-page dissenting opinion to the majority decision (9-6) upholding the warrant of arrest on Sen. Leila de Lima issued by the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court early this […]

October 16, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Illegal Drugs, Justice  3 Comments

Former Solgen proposes an Institute for the Integrity of Information

I came out of the hearing by the Committee on Public Information and Mass Media on Fake News chaired by Sen. Grace Poe Wednesday stunned by the arrogance of persons hired by the government to handle social media. The hearing could have been moderate3d much better but the best thing from that proceedings was the […]

October 7, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Media  8 Comments

Not for lack of Duterte’s desire that Trillanes is alive

Cielito “Honeylet” Salvador Avanceña has weighed in on the more serious issues of her partner’s presidency. And we are stunned by her logic. In her talk with the members of the Philippine National Police Monday, Avanceña commented on the allegations that Duterte is a killer, a reputation that the President has cultivated by his boasts […]

October 4, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  7 Comments

Duterte’s threats betray panic

Behind President Duterte’s curse-laden talks is a man in panic. And the one subject that drives him up the wall is his alleged huge bank deposits that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV first exposed last week of April 2016, weeks before the election that he won. The latest development is the receipt by the Office of […]

October 1, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  No Comments

Probe finds PH Navy at fault in death of two Vietnamese fishermen

By Arianne Christian Tapao and Ellen T. Tordesillas VERA Files The Philippine Navy is at fault in the death of two fishermen during a sea chase in the waters of Pangasinan on Sept. 22, a source privy to the investigation of the incident said. Investigators, the source said, cited a 1999 ruling of the International […]

October 1, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Military  No Comments