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Unknown man behind PH immortal yuletide music ‘Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit’ is 98

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PIANOMAN The music never stops for Pepe Cenizal. LEO M. SABANGAN II

When “Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit (Christimas Is Here)”—that exuberant tune so expressive of the spirit of Christmas that is as familiar to Filipinos as the national anthem—begins to be heard over the radio in September, you know that the long Christmas season for which the Philippines is known has begun.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

State of the Maguindanao massacre trial exposes weaknesses in judicial system

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Catholic priests bless markers where 58 people were killed at the massacre site in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, in southern island of Mindanao on November 21, 2014, ahead of the fifth anniversary of the worst political massacre of the country.  Five years after 58 people were killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre, anger among victims' relatives is building, with no one yet convicted and the alleged masterminds still enjoying power. AFP PHOTO/Mark Navales

Five years after the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, the trial of the suspected killers has made private prosecutor Gilbert Andres realize the systematic weaknesses of the Philippine judicial system.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Follow killer backhoe to keep case moving

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Maguindanao massacre, Ampatuan Trial, Election Violence, Impunity, Media Killings, Philippine History, Rowena Paraan, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, NUJP, Andal Ampatuan Sr., “Province of Maguindanao”

Its rust-red boom neatly folded, the yellow backhoe that crunched the vehicles and bodies of 58 people, most of them media workers, in what is now called the Maguindanao massacre stands idle in the evidence yard of a police compound here.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

‘Mercado visiting kin in US, not fleeing PH’

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ERNESTO MERCADO AT SENATE/ AUGUST 26, 2014
Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado during the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing on the alleged overpriced parking building of the Makati City Hall.
INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

Former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado is not fleeing or abandoning the Senate inquiry into the allegedly corrupt activities in Makati involving Vice President Jejomar Binay, according to two senators.

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Peacekeepers having a ball on Caballo Island

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Caballo Island. AP FILE PHOTO

You need not feel sorry for the members of the Philippine peacekeeping contingent now quarantined on Caballo Island after their stint in Ebola-stricken Liberia. In fact, they will have a beach party this weekend.

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

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