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Is Napoles’ conviction fair to the people?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Reclusion perpetua, or 20 years and one day to 40 years in prison, was the sentence meted to Janet Lim Napoles for the crime of “Serious Illegal Detention” against whistleblower Benhur Luy, not for the more serious charges of graft and plunder she’s facing before the graft court Sandiganbayan. Since Napoles is already sentenced to reclusion perpetua — Latin for “permanent Read More …

PH, US must rethink sea row strategy

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas THE United States escalated in the past week its rhetoric over the rapid reclamation being undertaken by China on Mischief Reef (Panganiban Reef) and a few other reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, with US President Barack Obama capping the new word offensive by expressing concern over the Chinese’ bullying tactics. “Where we get concerned with Read More …

LET’S ASK THE US

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By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (Has the US now shed its neutral stance on the SCS/WPS dispute?) The Defense Department spokesman said China’s massive reclamation activities in the disputed Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea that are within our Exclusive Economic Zone are of “grave concern and a great threat to our national security”. “If not immediately stopped and dismantled, they will cause a Read More …

DFA: US eyes sending air, naval support to PH amid China dispute

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By Dharel Placido ABS-CBNnews.com  MANILA (1st UPDATE) – Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario on Wednesday revealed that the United States is looking at sending advanced air and naval support to the Philippines amid the country’s simmering dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea. Speaking to ANC, del Rosario quoted US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as saying the US is looking at deploying to Read More …

Warning Signs, Prelude to World War

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By Erick San Juan Having air and sea military exercises with other allied countries is not new especially if it’s a regular event based on agreements. But given the growing tensions among nations with common interest in certain territories, make the military exercise as a way of provocation or a threat to other neighboring territories. Our own annual joint military exercises with the United States Read More …

‘CA justices got P25 M each for Junjun TRO’

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By Christina Mendez The Philippine Star   MANILA, Philippines – A prominent lawyer facilitated the payment of P50 million to two Court of Appeals (CA) justices for their ruling against the suspension of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. by the Office of the Ombudsman, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV claimed yesterday. Trillanes accused F. Arthur “Pancho” Villaraza, formerly of the law office known as Read More …

Tragic Pages of History

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By Erick San Juan This month is my birth month and my baby sitter, Yaya Beata’s, a comfort woman during the Japanese war time regime. The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s article dated 2/20/15 caught my curiosity. It said that more than 2,000 people sued the Asahi newspaper and demanded that it place international advertisements apologizing for its coverage of wartime sex slavery saying that it has Read More …

Lighting that candle again

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GLIMPSES  By Jose Ma. Montelibano When I decided, at the beginning of the new year, that I would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, I knew it would be very difficult. It was not as though lighting a candle in the darkness was a new decision – it was just a renewal of the path I had struggled to walk for several years. Read More …