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Truce or dare?

Truce or dare?

THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) should have rejoiced when President Duterte gave them a golden opportunity by declaring a unilateral ceasefire during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 25.   In spite of the ceasefire, tension arose between the government and the communist rebels anew when, two days later, the Armed Forces of the Philippines […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Impunity in our midst*

Impunity in our midst*

SENATOR Leila De Lima recently cries foul over the rising number of extra judicial killings committed against the poor in the name of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against illegal drugs. She is not just right but correct in lamenting these acts of impunity. Nevertheless, I would say that acts of impunity, like the poor, will always be with us. The […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
Problema sa trapiko puwedeng lutasin*

Problema sa trapiko puwedeng lutasin*

IMINUNGKAHI ng ilang concerned na kongresista ang pagsasabatas ng “Traffic Crisis Act” na magbibigay sa nakaupong pangulo ng “emergency powers”. Hindi naman dapat mabahala ang mga mamamayan dahil ito ay kaugnay lang ng halos walang katapusang problema ng trapiko sa ating mga lansangan, at pati na sa himpapawid, at magtatagal lamang sa loob ng dalawang taon. Sa palagay ng mga […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Wala talagang magagawang mabuti sa atin ang init ng ulo*

Wala talagang magagawang mabuti sa atin ang init ng ulo*

BUKOD sa maari tayong magkasakit dahil sa init ng ulo ay wala talagang nagagawang mabuti sa atin ang kalalagayang ito. Isipin na lang na kung hindi naging padalos-dalos at nagpadala sa simbuyo ng damdamin o init ng ulo si Vhon Martin Tanto, sana ay wala siyang problema ngayon at hindi siya nakakulong. Hindi rin sana patay ang kanyang sinasabing biktima […]

Minsan hindi ko maintindihan ang ating Supreme Court*

Minsan hindi ko maintindihan ang ating Supreme Court*

EWAN ko kung bakit nagpalabas ng Temporary Restraining Order ang Supreme Court kaugnay sa ipinatutupad na mga curfew ordinance ng Lungsod Quezon, Maynila at Navotas para sa mga “menor de edad.” Puwede naman kasing suriin ng mga mahistrado ang konstitusyunalidad ng mga ordinansa na hindi nagpapalabas ng TRO bilang tuguon sa petitsyon ng isang grupo na nagpapakilalang Samahan ng mga […]

Collateral damage*

Collateral damage*

THE Sixth Commandment, “Thou shall not kill”, is the message of the Archdiocese of Manila for President Rodrigo Duterte through a Mass, and their response to his “State of the Nation Address” last Monday. It also signaled the launching of its “Thou shall not kill” campaign which brings together the families of victims of extrajudicial killings since Duterte came to […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
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The Real Secret of the South China Sea*

By Pepe Escobar The South China Sea is and will continue to be the ultimate geopolitical flashpoint of the young 21st century – way ahead of the Middle East or Russia’s western borderlands. No less than the future of Asia – as well as the East-West balance of power – is at stake To understand the Big Picture, we need […]

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Anvil, hammer, horses and summers*

HORSES! God made them so beautiful! Tall, with well-toned muscles, straight legs, adorned forelocks and trimmed shiny hair — those horses walked like they knew they were pretty. I will never forget the horses at the Manila Polo Club (MPC). Before I saw them, I was not unfamiliar with horses. I had been around with some of them, particularly with […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Opinions
Paano matitiyak na hindi maku-corrupt ang SAF?*

Paano matitiyak na hindi maku-corrupt ang SAF?*

PINALITAN na ng puwesa ng PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) ang mga jail guard na nagbabantay sa New Bilibid Prison (NBP) sa Muntinlupa City. Hindi na kasi katiwa-tiwala ang naturang mga jail guards dahil kahit nakabantay sila sa puwesto ay patuloy rin na nakalulusot at nakapapasok sa Bilibid ang iba’t ibang klase ng kontrabando, mula sa mga naglalakihang kasangkapan tulad ng […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
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End impunity, stand up for Human Rights. Uphold Due Process — SONA Statement of Citizens’ Council for Human Rights *

By Walden Bello IN A little less than a month since his inauguration, President Rodrigo Duterte has delivered on his campaign promise to go after suspected drug pushers and users with little or no regard for human rights and due process. Units of the Philippine National Police, under the command of his close associate General Ronald (“Bato”) de la Rosa, […]

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Duterte is classic*

Duterte is classic*

OUR 16th president, Rodrigo Duterte, has again had an unmatched feat of garnering a 91 percent trust rating during the first 25 days of his presidency which has never been before accomplished by any of our past presidents. Former President Noynoy Aquino used to hold that record of having a high trust rating when, in a similar period during his […]

Mahina kasi ang ebidensya kaya nainsulto sila*

Mahina kasi ang ebidensya kaya nainsulto sila*

GALIT na galit si Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales sa kinalabasan ng kasong plunder ni dating pangulo at ngayon ay Kongresista Gloria Macapagal Arroyo matapos itong ibasura ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman o Supreme Court nitong nagdaang Martes. Dangan kasi ay insulto-mayor sa mga taga-Ombudsman ang pangyayari. Isipin na lamang na matapos silang magharap nang isang katutak na ebidensya at testimonya ay nagsampa […]

Patuloy ang pagbaha ng dugo dahil maraming hindi kumikibo

Patuloy ang pagbaha ng dugo dahil maraming hindi kumikibo

WALA pa ring tigil ang patayan dahil sa patuloy na kampanya ng administrasyong Duterte laban sa ipinagbabawal na gamot at mga tulak nito. Totoong maari na ngang masabi na bumabaha ng dugo ngayon sa mga lansangan at liblib na pook. Dangan kasi ay lumalabas sa mga ulat na sampung (10) tao ang pinapatay araw-araw sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng Metro […]

Important factors on West Philippine Sea*

Important factors on West Philippine Sea*

SEVERAL important factors on the West Philippine Sea and the United Nations tribunal’s ruling in our favor concerning the territorial dispute need to be discussed and explained for the benefit of Filipinos. First, let’s begin with the difference between the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, as elaborated by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio during a television […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
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“A government of laws, not of men”*

ITO po ay buod ng isang pampulitikang pilosopiya na nagmula pa sa sinaunang sibilisasyon ng mga Griyego. Naging pamilyar sa atin ang pangungusap dahil ginamit ito ni dating US President John Adams sa isang argumento niya laban sa monarkiya ng Inglatera. (Si John Adams ang humalili kay George Washington bilang pangulo ng US). Pero bago natin pag-usapan ‘yan, simulan muna […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions
Walang katapusang pang-aapi ng China*

Walang katapusang pang-aapi ng China*

PILIPINAS ang kinatigan ng United Nations tribunal sa Hague sa isyu ng agawan ng teritoryo sa West Philippine Sea, at nagpahayag ito na walang ligal na batayan ang pag-angkin ng China sa karagatang pasok sa exclusive economic zone (EEZ) ng ating bansa.   Sa kabila nito ay binalewala ng China ang desisyon at patuloy pa rin sila sa pang-aapi at […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Saan tayo tatakbo kung tuluyang hindi na pinapansin ang karapatang mabuhay?*

Saan tayo tatakbo kung tuluyang hindi na pinapansin ang karapatang mabuhay?*

MARAMI na ang napapatay na pinaghihinalaang tulak ng droga sa lilim ng pinaigting na kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa mga sindikato ng bawal na gamot. Wala tayong tutol sa kilos ng pamahalaan laban sa lahat ng uri kriminalidad. Gayon man ay hindi ko maialis sa aking sarili na magalala na maaring maging bahagi na ng ating kultura ang walang habas […]

Huwag tayong masyadong mayabang…*

Huwag tayong masyadong mayabang…*

NANALO nga tayo sa United Nations International Arbitral Court sa The Hague nitong nagdaang Martes pero hindi natin dapat ipangalandakan ito dahil maaring maging isang hungkag na tagumpay ang kaganapang ito kung palpak ang mga susunod nating hakbang. Ang pabor na desisyon ng pandaigdigang hukuman kaugnay ng ating mga hinaing na may kinalaman sa pinagtatalunang 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone sa […]

War on drugs: Should MILF be trusted?*

War on drugs: Should MILF be trusted?*

THE rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has allegedly expressed its desire to collaborate with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte in the fight against illegal drugs.   Late last year, the MILF central committee had already issued a directive to its leaders to help limit the rapid spread of shabu in Mindanao’s Moro communities.   However, government security […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Beyond Deadlines Query #1

Beyond Deadlines Query #1

Our victory in the international Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague is akin to us slapping our neighbor in front of other people. Being an oriental where “the face” is important, what do you think will happen now? How do you think China will respond? PLEASE SHARE US YOUR THOUGHTS

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Pulot Boy days at MPC*

THE neighborhood dogs were on frenzied barking as we gathered in the street at dawn. We were all boys, aged between 10 to 14 years old. At 4 a.m., it would still be pitch dark in the neighborhood even during the summer. The lampposts were too far apart and the untrimmed trees that grow beside them throw their shadows on […]

by Abner Galino· · 1 comment · Opinions
Giyera sa droga gumagrabe*

Giyera sa droga gumagrabe*

LUBHANG gumagrabe ang giyera ng kapulisan laban sa ipinagbabawal na droga. Bukod sa sunud-sunod na may nahuhuling adik ay mahigit 100 na ang napapatay na tulak ng droga, na kung hindi lumaban umano sa pulis ay nang-agaw daw ng baril ng umaarestong opisyal. Bunga nito ay daan-daang adik at tulak ng shabu ang sumuko sa kapulisan, makaiwas lang na mapabilang […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Nasaan ang Dangerous Drugs Board?*

Nasaan ang Dangerous Drugs Board?*

MARAMI na ang napapatay (sinasalvage) na drug personalities ang Philippine National Police subalit katakatakang tahimik at tila walang papel ang Dangerous Drugs Board, ang ahensya ng pamahalaan na dapat ay nangunguna sa mga kilusang ganito. Dangan kasi ayon sa Republic Act 6425 o yung Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972 at iba pang mga susog dito, ang DDB dapat ang nangunguna […]

Kagila-gilalas*

Kagila-gilalas*

KAGILA-GILALAS at napakabilis ang mga pagbabago na nagaganap ngayon sa panahon ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na kung ikukumpara ang nagdaang administrasyon ni Benigno Simeon Aquino III ay lumalabas na parang tuod ito sa halos kawalan ng nangyayari. Isang halimbawa ng pagbabago  ay ang napipintong pagsasabatas, sa pamamagitan ng isang executive order, ng Freedom of Information na natulog sa […]

Major changes await Bilibid

Major changes await Bilibid

MAJOR changes are set to resolve the seemingly unending corruption that continues to shroud the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II plans to replace all Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) guards manning the NBP with members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF). The NBP is one of seven operating units […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 1 comment · Opinions