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POVERTY

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano  I thought we got a boost hosting the ASEAN Summit that world leaders graced with their presence as well. Then, the 3rd quarter economic performance at 6.9% spoke for itself. Politics notwithstanding, these were two developments that showed the world how resilient Filipinos can be. With Christmas around the corner, I know there is enough reason to feel very positive. Read More …

Mass Murderer Convicted at the ICC

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Reflections By Fr. Shay Cullen  PREDA Foundation It was a spark of light from the darkness of human rights violations, horrific war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and ethnic cleansing that caused the suffering, torture, starvation and mass murder of thousands. That spark of light was the conviction and sentence to life imprisonment of Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb commander known as the “butcher Read More …

Carpio asks: Were there Chinese drug lords killed by the PNP?

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

By Kristine Joy Patag The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio asked Solicitor General Jose Calida on the number of Chinese or Filipino-Chinese drug lords killed by the PNP since the start of the drug war. The Supreme Court on Tuesday resumed its hearing via oral arguments on the consolidated petitions challenging the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Read More …

Trudeau incurs the wrath of the Punisher

A welcome ceremony for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz At the urging of his Filipino-Canadian constituents, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dared to bring up “human rights” when he met with Philippine president Rodrigo “The Punisher” Duterte at the end of the 31st Summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Western nations in Manila. Had Trudeau taken the cue from former U.S. president Barack Obama, he would have skipped Read More …

Trump makes a fool of himself again

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Donald Trump would have achieved a five-star rating during his five-Asian tour. But while one can say that he would easily have breezed through Japan and South Korea, who were more than happy to accommodate him, the China visit looked like a vassal kowtowing to the Chinese emperor. While some people might suggest that Trump’s “America First” is going to Read More …

Digong unleashes his attack dog

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Harry Roque made his mark fighting for people’s human rights. His resume is quite impressive. He is a member of the 17th Congress representing the party-list group Kabayan or Kabalikat ng Mamamayan, which represents marginalized sectors of the Filipino community, the disabled, senior citizens, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), fishermen, farmers, and the poor. He is a lawyer and a human rights Read More …

Is a demolition job against Trillanes in the works?

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz For someone who led a mutiny against the government, imprisoned for more than six years, ran for senator while lingering in prison, and won a Senate seat without leaving the confines of his detention cell, Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV is facing the biggest challenge in his life. This time he’s locked in battle against President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, the most Read More …

Clearing the path to tyranny

Duterte-and-Generals

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas It seems the Duterte administration is hell-bent, in the words of the Liberal Party, on demonizing the opposition in the country. The other week, the President himself alleged that the “Yellows” – his name for the Liberal Party leaders – and other opposition groups are conniving with the “Reds” – the term used for members of the Communist Read More …