Violence

In the central Chinese city of Taiyuan last Wednesday, seven nearly simultaneous explosions killed one person and injured eight others, according to official reports.

Around Asia By Gordon G. Chang World Affairs Journal “At the time of going to press, there was no indication that Wednesday’s serial blasts involved terrorism,” the Global Times, the Communist Party–run newspaper, wrote on the day after the incident. The suggestion of terrorism, however, was unmistakable, even then. Police had found fragments of circuit boards at the sites of the detonations, an indication that Read More …

A Filipino man enters the first vote of his precinct at a school used as a voting center during mid-term elections at a school in Manila, Philippines on Monday, May 13, 2013. The country is electing local officials from senators to congressmen and down to municipal mayors during Monday's mid-term elections. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

By HRVOJE HRANJSKI  Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — From Imelda Marcos to Manny Pacquiao, familiar names of political clans and celebrities dominated the ballots in the Philippines’ congressional and local elections Monday, making them a contest of popularity first and reform second. Despite scattered killings and fears of fraud, the polls were expected to be relatively peaceful after authorities took steps to prevent chaos Read More …

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AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo The Philippine Star  Americans only react with utmost concern whenever an American youth goes amuck and goes on a rampage-killing spree. There’s the usual debate between the NRA (National Rifle Association) and those clamoring for stricter gun control. They debated the issue when the Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Fort Hood and Oak Creek mass murders Read More …

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Telltale Signs By Rodel E. Rodis If the Mayan Doomsday calendar prediction is right, then this will be my final column. It’s been a pleasure writing for you. Of course, if it turns out to be a 1600 year old hoax, then Merry Christmas to all. I wish I could write about something cheerful and positive, but mightily as I tried, the nightmarish image of Read More …

AS A MATTER OF FACT By Sara Soliven De Guzman The Philippine Star There is too much anger in this world. Many people pray but they don’t seem to pray hard enough to internalize peace in their minds and spirits. How can one continue to pray and kneel in penance for his sins, go to church and pray the rosary everyday and then after a Read More …

By Fr. Shay Cullen His columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line. Violence is the dominant theme of the daily news around the world. Libya, Syria, Somalia where hundreds are dying and thousands are starving to death because of violence driven by ideological extremism. In the Philippines a mini civil war is underway, mass killing Read More …

Source: abs-cbnNEWS.com MANILA, Philippines – Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said there is basis to file a misconduct case against Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who was caught on television repeatedly punching a trial court sheriff during a demolition of informal settlers’ shanties. He said Duterte was at fault when she physically attacked the sheriff. “The [Department of Interior and Local Government’s] report on Duterte Read More …

Razor’s Edge By Jose Mari Mercader The cause celebre incident starring Davao City’s woman version of the “Punisher” – a sobriquet for meanness appended by Time Magazine on former Mayor Rodrigo “Rudy” Duterte (for “tolerating extrajucial killings of criminals”), father of the punching lady Mayor Sara Duterte (Calamity Jane in my book), is giving the Philippines a black-eye around the world. Our very own boxing Read More …

By Michael Punongbayan The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – The Sheriffs Confederation of the Philippines (SCOPHIL) filed direct assault and grave misconduct charges against Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte with the Office of the Ombudsman late yesterday afternoon. The complaint was filed after Duterte, assisted by bodyguards, beat up a court sheriff who was serving a demolition order on informal settlers in Davao City last Read More …

By Cecille Suerte Felipe The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s liability for punching a court sheriff during a demolition row in the city last July 1 will be known today, the deadline given by Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to lawyers investigating the case. “Secretary Robredo ordered DILG lawyers Christopher Tiu and Romeo Benitez to submit to him Read More …