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‘All-out war, all-out justice’–what’s that?

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In the wake of the killing of 19 Special Forces soldiers in Al-Barka, Basilan, the Aquino administration has gone out of its way to explain its process in formulating policy on the Mindanao war. Forced by the Basilan clash to clarify his administration’s vague policy of neither war nor peace, President Aquino on Oct. 24 [...]

Posted: October 31st, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

No mercy for Gadhafi, but who pulled the trigger?

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Grisly photos of the killing of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi graphically captured the final moments of the fall of one of the most tyrannical and longest-serving dictatorships of the late 20th century. “He died like a dog” was the defining epitaph of his demise. Gadhafi ruled his country for 42 years with an iron fist, [...]

Posted: October 24th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Roberto Ongpin faces many issues at hearing

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Roberto Ongpin, a trade minister of the Marcos dictatorship, is in the hot seat of a multipronged investigation of a P660-million loan his company obtained from state-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) in 2009. Ongpin is accused by two senators—Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sergio Osmeña III—of alleged insider trading in the purchase [...]

Posted: October 17th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aquino’s poll ratings no cause for rejoicing

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

On the eve of President Benigno Aquino III’s departure for an official visit to the United States Sunday, Pulse Asia released the results of its August 20 to September 2 survey showing his performance ratings neither went up nor down. The results brought cold comfort for the President, whose net public satisfaction ratings also plunged [...]

Posted: September 19th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Cables show how US intervened in the Philippines

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Former US Ambassador to Manila Kristie Kenney is at the center of the furor over the release by WikiLeaks of secret diplomatic cables dispatched by the US Embassy to Washington from 2006 to 2010 during the most tumultuous years of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s administration. The embassy files were pilfered by WikiLeaks, a group of Internet [...]

Posted: September 12th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Is it boom or bust in sugar land?

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Bacolod City, Philippines—Favored by good weather, sugarcane fields in this sugar bowl province are ready for the milling of a bumper harvest ending the 2010-2011 crop year (September to August). It would be a mistake to say that with this crop, Negros Occidental, which accounts for 57 percent of sugar produced in this country, is [...]

Posted: August 29th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Sovereignty issues with China, MILF a test for President Aquino

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China has launched its first aircraft carrier, signaling its growing naval power that’s likely to increase tensions between Beijing and smaller Asian maritime states, including the Philippines, over territorial claims on islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). The 67,000-ton, 302-meter warship sailed from its home port, Dalian, in northeastern China on Wednesday [...]

Posted: August 15th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Tokyo meet produced only atmospherics

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President Benigno Aquino III’s penchant for secrecy came to the fore when he sneaked out of the country to meet secretly with the head of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at a small hotel in Tokyo and give the stalled peace talks “a shot in the arm.” The talks have been locked in [...]

Posted: August 8th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Sona a double-bladed weapon

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The reformist Aquino administration submits its claims of accomplishments in its first year in office on Monday to the sovereign people amid a falling popularity and growing skepticism over its competence and capacity to deliver results matching high public expectations at the time of his inauguration. When President Aquino delivers his second State of the [...]

Posted: July 25th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

‘Do nothing’ tag applies to President Aquino

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Early in his administration, President Benigno Aquino III is beginning to hear rumblings of unrest in the military. On Friday, Vice Adm. Alexander Pama ordered Marine Col. Generoso Mariano confined to quarters and investigated after he called for the ouster of Mr. Aquino. In a video clip dated July 3, The Associated Press reported that [...]

Posted: July 18th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Assault on sheriff is abuse of power by Dutertes

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The public outrage over the attack by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on a sheriff serving a court’s demolition order has blown up into a national issue involving abuse of power of elected local officials claiming autonomy from the central government. What started as an attack on an officer of the court performing a judicial [...]

Posted: July 11th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Economic outlook for Aquino Year 2: Not good enough

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President Benigno Aquino III claimed the “greatest achievement” of his administration upon completing the first year of his presidency on Thursday was the “transformation of people’s attitude from apathy to that of caring and active citizens.” There was little in his speech at the Philippine Sports Arena in Pasig City, in celebrating the start of [...]

Posted: July 4th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

China creates waves in naval show of force

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SINGAPORE—On any given day, up to a thousand ships sail into Singapore’s harbor, arguably the busiest in Southeast Asia. But on June 19, China’s maritime patrol ship, the Haixun-31, docked in Singapore after sailing through the disputed Paracel and Spratlys archipelagos in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), sending waves of anxieties throughout the [...]

Posted: June 27th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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