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Suddenly, it’s an open race

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas With the continuous rapid slide of Vice President Jejomar Binay in satisfaction and trust ratings and in presidential surveys, it can now be ascertained that it will be another open race in 2016, just as it had been in all four presidential elections under the 1987 Constitution . All those presidential elections failed to produce a majority president, Read More …

Binay ready to fight Grace Poe in 2016

Sen. Grace Poe faces the media during her first appearance in the weekly Kapihan sa Senado in 2013. Senate PRIB/Cesar Tomambo

By Louis Bacani Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay will still pursue his presidential bid even if he has to face a potential running mate, Sen. Grace Poe. In an interview over radio dzRH on Monday, Binay said he will run against the neophyte senator if the Liberal Party fields her as its standard-bearer in the presidential election. “I will definitely push Read More …

Plunder, graft raps filed vs. VP Binay over ‘overpriced’ Makati Science HS bldg

Bondal files new plunder, graft raps vs. VP Binay. Lawyer and former barangay captain Renato Bondal shows a copy of graft and plunder complaints he filed against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and several others with the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on Tuesday, December 16, over the alleged overpriced Makati Science High School building. GMA News

By AMANDA FERNANDE GMA News (Updated 12:47 p.m.) A former political opponent of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday has filed graft and plunder charges against him and 30 others in connection with the alleged overpricing of the construction of the P1.33-billion Makati Science High School. In an 11-page complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, lawyer Renato Bondal said the construction of the Read More …

Secret Torture Chambers Exposed

This handout photo that was released by the Commission on Human Rights on January 28, shows a roulette wheel that was allegedly used to pick a list of torture techniques used on prisoners in a house converted into a prison in Biñan, Laguna. Ten police officers have been suspended for running a secret prison where jailors wearing wigs and masks beat and abuse inmates. AFP/CHR

By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation Who would ever imagine that a secret torture squad attached to the Philippine National Police would use a crudely made “wheel of fortune” to select the torture technique they would use on their victims? Torture is outlawed by international convention and the Philippine Penal Code yet in 2009 a special law Republic Act 9745 was passed to totally ban.  Read More …

Vietnam delivered when the Philippines needed it most

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By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya It means a lot to the Philippines that Vietnam submitted a Position Paper to the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations that is handling the complaint filed by the Philippines against China on the conflict in the South China Sea. Probably so as not to further antagonize China, with whom the Philippines has rekindled relations marked by the meeting of President Read More …

Chinese, Vietnamese frigates face off in disputed Spratlys

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 Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel By Bear Lee Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) A Chinese military vessel and a Vietnamese frigate recently had a close encounter near one of the islets in the disputed Spratlys in the South China Sea, according to a report by a Chinese media website. The www.nhjd.net, which is devoted to reporting about the South China Sea issue, said that the Vietnamese Read More …

Scarborough Shoal: Phl facts vs Beijing fiction

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GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star  Today is China’s deadline to answer the Philippine case against its invasion of Scarborough Shoal. Beijing’s communist despots likely will snub the U.N. International Tribunal on Law of the Sea. Days ago they blathered alibis why. One is that they hold “historic right” over Scarborough – a claim they do not substantiate to the world or to their Read More …

The devil lies in the details of Sino-Russian relations

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By Yoichi Funabashi Japan Times Russian President Vladimir Putin is a popular man in China. In September, “The Biography of Putin: A Man Born for Russia” entered the top 10 in Beijing News’ best-seller list for nonfiction. According to a Pew public opinion survey, support for Russia within China has risen sharply in the past year, from 47 percent to 66 percent. Putin’s annexation of Read More …