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Obama acclaims Fil-Ams; chance to see Jose Rizal the movie and enjoy LAPIFF*

“THEY have been the artists who challenge us, the educators who keep us informed and the laborers of our growing economy.” Says a part of President Barack Obama’s special message to Filipino Americans as they celebrate their ancestry’s history month nationally. The president of the United States of America also mentioned the greatness of Filipino soldiers during World War II […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions
Cause of Bilibid riot*

Cause of Bilibid riot*

EARLIER reports disclosed that the riot inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) was sparked by an inmate who berated his fellow high-profile prisoners for having a shabu session inside the premises. But one of the victims, Jaybee Sebastian, through his lawyer Eduardo Amba, revealed a different version of the incident. Sebastian said he was seated on […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Geographical Advantages of the “Heartland” Occupants*

Geographical Advantages of the “Heartland” Occupants*

“HEARTLAND” refers to the heartland of Eurasia. The major occupants consist of China, Russia, and Iran; but also include Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Most of them belong to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) that also includes India. Turkey is a dialogue partner while Iran is an observer in the SCO, but both may possibly join […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Salamat, Senator Miriam*

Salamat, Senator Miriam*

NAIS nating magpasalamat kay Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago sa panahong ginugol niya sa paglilingkod sa pamahalaan, at sa natatanging husay at talino na kanyang ibinahagi sa mamamayang Pilipino. Binawian siya ng buhay noong Setyembre 29 sa edad na 71. Si Santiago ang aking pangulo at ibinoto sa nagdaang halalan. Malaking kawalan siya sa Senado at buong bansa. Kung nagwaging pangulo, malamang […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Wikileaks on Duterte*

Wikileaks on Duterte*

IS it true that President Duterte allegedly owned up to allowing the slaughter of suspected criminals in Davao during his term as mayor of the city as Wikileaks claimed? Wikileaks has published thousands of documents and papers concerning controversial subjects from all over the world. Although governments avoid confirming the leaked documents, they seldom deny its authenticity. It published a […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Donaire is the smartest Filipino champion*

I HAVE been moonlighting lately as a sportswriter. Of course, no one can become a sportswriter overnight. This form of journalism is quite challenging. I mean, just imagine how many type of sports are out there, each sports with its own jargon, with its own superstars and each superstar with their own past and current stories that everyone wants to […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Opinions
Problemado si Matobato*

Problemado si Matobato*

NADAGDAGAN pa ang problema ni Edgar Matobato, ang nagpakilalang dating hitman ng kinatatakutang Davao Death Squad (DDS), na nagparatang na si President Duterte ang bumuo umano sa kanilang grupo at nag-uutos kung sino ang kanilang papatayin. Tinortyur daw si Matobato at gustong paslangin ng mga kapwa miyembro ng DDS dahil plano niyang iwan ang grupo. Dahil sa mga pagbabanta ay […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
The Beauty of Contrast*

The Beauty of Contrast*

YES, there are images like those of a sunset or trees in fall; portraits of nature in an awesome display of blazing colors that will truly move you into tears with their ineffable beauty. But there are also nondescript images of leaves, flowers, trees or scenery that do not hit you hard. Why? For a photographer, what needs to be […]

by Vics Magsaysay, Ph.D.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Geopolitics and Philippine Security (Last Part)*

Geopolitics and Philippine Security (Last Part)*

“Who rules East Europe controls the Heartland; who rules the Heartland controls the World Island; who rules the World Island controls the World”– Sir Halford Mackinder PART VI: RP Win-Win Strategy in Sea Dispute with China The upcoming RP-China talks on the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea put the Philippines at the vital cross-road to war or peace. […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Salamat po*

Salamat po*

UNA sa lahat ay salamat sa Diyos at sa lahat ng mga naniniwala at sumusuporta sa akin. Nitong nagdaang Martes, ika 20 ng Septiyembre, ay malualhati po akong na ordinahan bilang isang Misyoneryong Diakono ng Iglesia Catolica Filipina Independiente o Philippine Indepenent Catholic Church sa Katedral ng Kristong Hari sa Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte. Malaki po ang utang ko kay […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Classical People Power 1 is already the Filipinos’ great legacy*

Classical People Power 1 is already the Filipinos’ great legacy*

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte’s apparent anti-US stance is a tactical move to ensure the success of the government’s on-going peace talks with Muslim secessionists and communist rebels. Despite Duterte’s harsh words for American President Barack Obama and his friendly overtures with Beijing and Moscow, Manila is still a friend to Washington. Duterte, by playing the super powers, is showing the […]

by John Ambayec Gilbuena, Ll.B.· · 0 comments · Opinions
ASG hostage release: Ransom or pressure?*

ASG hostage release: Ransom or pressure?*

AFTER almost a year of captivity, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) released Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, who was lucky enough to keep his head, unlike some of his fellow foreign hostages. Sekkingstad, who was abducted in Samal in September of last year, was freed last Saturday through the help of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). He immediately flew to Manila […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Buryong, bilanggo at bilibid*

LABAS-PASOK ako sa Manila City Jail noong araw. Ooops…hindi po bilang bilanggo, kundi bilang reporter ng People’s Tonight. Halos 30 taon na rin ang po nakakaraan. Kalakasan pa nang loob ko noon. Palibhasa, binata pa at wala pang pamilya. Marami po akong naisulat na istorya ng mga bilanggo roon. Napasok ko rin po ang Quezon City Jail, Pasay City Jail […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions
Makabuluhang testigo o isang panggulo?*

Makabuluhang testigo o isang panggulo?*

HINDI biro-biro ang mga akusasyon ng isang aminadong miyembro ng “Davao Death Squad (DDS)” laban kay President Duterte sa isinagawang pagdinig sa Senado kaugnay ng “extrajudicial killings.” Ayon kay Edgar Matobato, sa simula ay bahagi umano siya ng grupo ng mga bayarang mamamatay-tao na Lambada Boys na kinalaunan ay nakilala bilang DDS. Dati raw siyang kasapi ng Civilian Armed Forces […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Geopolitics and Philippine Security (Part 5)*

Geopolitics and Philippine Security (Part 5)*

“Who rules East Europe controls the Heartland; who rules the Heartland controls the World Island; who rules the World Island controls the World”– Sir Halford Mackinder PART V: War Clouds in the Horizon Superpower looking in from the outside. China’s economy has already surpassed that of the U.S. GDP measured in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). With the development […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Magsuri muna bago humusga*

Magsuri muna bago humusga*

MABIGAT ang mga paratang ng testigo na iniharap ni Senadora Leila De Lima sa kanyang ginagawang imbestigasyon ng mga diumano ay Extra Judicial Killings sa ating bansa. Hindi biro na paratangan ng pagpatay si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte at kanyang anak na si Paolo na vice mayor ng Davao City. Dahil dito ay hindi dapat basta-basta nating balewalain ang mga […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Mababaw na pagtingin sa kalalagayan*

Mababaw na pagtingin sa kalalagayan*

MALINAW sa reaksyon ng ilang matataas na opisyal ng pamahalaan at mga komentarista sa radyo sa mga pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte kaugnay sa ating relasyon sa Amerika, na wala silang nalalaman, kundi man sadya nilang hindi pinapansin, ang pagiging neo-kolonyal na bansa ng ating bayan. Masyadong sopistikado ang ugnayang neo-kolonyalismo na hindi na nakikita ng mga biktimang bayan […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Veloso execution deferred anew

Veloso execution deferred anew

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to talk about Filipinos incarcerated in their jails, including convicted drug mule Mary Jane Veloso. Duterte told Widodo that the Philippines respects the laws of Indonesia on illegal fishing and drugs. Nevertheless, he would appeal for clemency for Filipinos detained in Indonesian jails. The Philippine president was referring to the […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Ang tunay na lalaki*

NANG magkatabi sina Senador Manny Pacquiao at WBO Champion Jessie Vargas, nasambit ko sa sarili: Ang laki pala nang diperensiya ng tatlong pulgada. Sabagay, malaki rin naman ang boxer na si Antonio Margarito pero hindi rin umubra. Hindi nga pinapansin ng mga oddsmaker sa Las Vegas ‘yung laki at edad ni Vargas, kaya si Pacquiao pa rin ang liyamado sa […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Opinions
Ang ‘makulay’ na pananalita ni Duterte*

Ang ‘makulay’ na pananalita ni Duterte*

PANAHON pa ng kampanya ay alam na ng lahat na madalas magmura si President Duterte at pangkaraniwan na ito sa kanyang pananalita. Ikinatuwa nga ng lahat nang mabawasan ang mga pagmumurang ito mula nang maupo siyang pangulo ng bansa. Unti-unti siyang nakitaan ng pagkilos at pananalita na angkop para sa isang pangulo. Pero paminsan-minsan kapag nagkaroon ng dahilan para siya […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Geopolitics and Philippine Security (Part 4)*

Geopolitics and Philippine Security (Part 4)*

“Who rules East Europe controls the Heartland; who rules the Heartland controls the World Island; who rules the World Island controls the World”– Sir Halford Mackinder PART IV: China Creates a New Eurasian Heartland The New Silk Road Initiative. This New Silk Road will involve the establishment of crisscrossing economic corridors in the landmass of Eurasia; from the Asian shores […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Ibang klase si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte*

Ibang klase si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte*

NGAYON lang tayo nagka-presidente na tahasang nagsabi na tatahak tayo ng malayang landas pagdating sa pakikipagugnay sa ibang bansa, lalo na sa Estados Unidos. Hindi tulad ng mga nagdaang pangulo, lalo na si Benigno Simeon Aquino III, na kitang kitang may ibang interes na kinokonsidera sa mga hakbangin nito katulad na lamang ng walang pakundangang pagsasampa nito ng demanda laban […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Si Bievenido ”Boi” Sibug at ang Pastel ng Buhay*

Si Bievenido ”Boi” Sibug at ang Pastel ng Buhay*

ANG pastel ay hindi lang isang magandang medium sa pagpinta. May mga katangian itong napakagandang ihambing sa ating buhay. Mabuti na lang at nandito ang isang malapit na kaibigan, si Bienvenido “Boi” Sibug, dahil maipapaliwanag niya ito sa aktwal na paggamit niya ng medium na ginagamit na nuon pang panahon ng Renaissance. Kahanga-hanga talaga ang galing niya sa paggamit ng […]

Rockstar si Duterte?

Rockstar si Duterte?

TAMA ang sinabi ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na hindi siya dapat sitahin ni U.S. President Barack Obama sa kanyang pamamalakad sa ating bayan lalo na yung may kaugnayan sa kanyang pakikidigma laban sa bawal na gamot pero hindi naman tama na murahin niya ito sa harap ng daigdig. Kung tutuusin ay nakatutuwa na kahit pahapyaw ay naungkat ni Pangulong Duterte […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
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The fleeting nature of tolerance*

IN one of our almost daily trips to the beaches, I saw a fully clothed woman bathing on the water. It wasn’t a “burkini,” a swimsuit for women that conforms to Islamic traditions of modest dress. The woman was wearing three separate garments that covered her head, body and legs — exposing only her face and feet. For a moment, […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions