Tourism and peace and order

Congratulations to the people who made the staging of the 65th Miss Universe in the Philippines a rousing success. The publicity that the Philippines got from the pageant and the goodwill generated from the 86 beauties were a bonanza to Philippine tourism. Last Monday’s pageant financier former Ilocos Sur Chavit Singson said the $14 million […]

February 1, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police, Tourism  2 Comments

When protectors become tormentors

Update: SC issues writ of amparo in favor of kin of slain drug suspects There’s a part in the narration by the surviving victims of Oplan Tokhang in Payatas in Quezon City last August 21 that sends chills down one’s spine. In the petition for Writ of Amparo filed by Centerlaw before the Supreme […]

January 29, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Illegal Drugs, Philippine National Police  12 Comments

Duterte’s puzzling lack of outrage over police role in South Korean killing

On the first day of his presidency, during the turnover of command ceremonies at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, President Duterte boasted that he knows the scalawags in the police service. He issued a strong warning: “I know kung sino ang mga general who are tainted with corruption. You […]

January 27, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Philippine National Police  4 Comments

Ombudsman gives substance to public officials’ accountability

When the Mamasapano tragedy, which claimed the lives of 67 people including 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, happened and the active role of suspended PNP chief Allan Purisima was exposed, a source told us that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales was angry. Who would not be? The tragedy happened Jan. […]

July 2, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Justice, Philippine National Police  7 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

PBA star Arwind Santos condoles with family of SAF fan

Police Inspector Joey Sacristan Gamutan, 33, of the elite Special Action Force, was a fan of the San Miguel Beermen. He won a bet in the championship game for 2015 Philippine Cup title between the San Miguel Beermen and Alaska Aces last Jan. 21. He was so happy he told his wife, Merilyn, that he […]

February 2, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  12 Comments

The nation mourns

It took him four days to say something about the worst tragedy in the history of the country’s police force and when the bodies of the fallen police officers arrived at Villamor Air Base yesterday, President Aquino was at Mitsubishi plant Sta Rosa, Laguna inspecting and enjoying the classic cars on display. What kind of […]

January 29, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Philippine National Police  54 Comments

Confronted with brutal realities, what do Filipinos do?

Forty-four members of the Special Action Force, the elite group of the Philippine National Police, were killed by the rebel Muslim group the Aquino government has signed a peace agreement with. Yet, social media denizens are in an impassioned discussion over Philippine Miss Universe pageant candidate MJ Lastimosa’s “cake gown.” Last Monday, Direk Joey Reyes […]

January 28, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Mindanao, Philippine National Police  28 Comments

Trabaho ng pulis ang manghuli ng mga kriminal

Bakit ba ang sa isip ni Pangulong Aquino ay utang na loob ng taumbayan kapag ginawa ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaan ang kanilang trabaho? Di ba kaya sila sinuswelduhan para magsilbi sa taumbayan? At kapag pumalpak sila, dapat lang na batikusin sila ng taumbayan na siyang sumusweldo sa kanila. Nagkaroon ng pangalawang SONA si Aquino […]

September 14, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante  7 Comments

The impropriety of police escorts for AiAi

Clarifying that her security escorts are not from the Presidential Security Group, comedian AiAi de las Alas revealed they are from the Philippine National Police. Seeing nothing improper about the practice, she bragged, “Ako ang nagpapasweldo doon. Hindi ako nagnanakaw sa bayan. Part iyon ng proteksiyon sa sarili ko. (I’m the one paying them. I […]

September 24, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya  9 Comments