Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro has no business telling Sen. Richard Gordon to stop talking to the Abu Sayyaf.
In the first place, Gordon is not his subordinate.
Secondly, the senator has a personal stake in saving the lives of the two remaining hostages since he?s chair of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
The remaining hostages, Italian Eugenio Vagni and Swiss Andreas Notter, are members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with which the PNRC is affiliated.
Thirdly, the government has bungled the negotiations with the Abu Sayyaf kidnappers for the release of the hostages.
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Vigilantes in Davao City are singling out suspected criminals who are poor.
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Leila de Lima calls this kind of discrimination ?selective vigilantism.?
Big-time drug lords and drug pushers and users are not included in the vigilantes? hit list, according to De Lima.
Apparently, the CHR?s top honcho has not read stories about the assassinations in the city.
Suspected drug traffickers from Taiwan were killed several years ago and their cadavers are now at the laboratory of a medical school in the city.
The rich criminals in the city have probably moved to other places like Metro Manila, where they can ply their trade unmolested.
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I was in Davao City over the weekend on a business trip and took time to talk to some residents about the assassinations.
A fruit vendor at the Magsaysay Park, once a no-man?s land, summed up the general sentiment of city residents:
?Bay-i na lang mi dinhi uy kay wa may samok. Ang mga buang man lang ang ginapatay (Leave us alone here because it?s peaceful. Only the bad people are being killed).?
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The new Metro Manila police chief, Chief Supt. Boysie Rosales, is uncompromising when it comes to lawbreakers.
Years ago as the police chief of Dagupan City, his men arrested the bodyguards of then Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani for carrying unlicensed firearms.
The senator demanded their release but Rosales didn?t give in to her request.
As chief of the Manila Police District (MPD), his last assignment, Rosales was unforgiving of subordinates who abused citizens.
Let?s see if he remains as uncompromising and strict as director of the National Capital Region Police Office.
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Several friends of newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Lucas Bersamin, who are also my friends, have called me up to vouch for his integrity.
?Mon, he?s incorruptible,? said one.
?He?s independent,? said another.
It?s now the word of a Court of Appeals employee, who told me about Bersamin?s allegedly questionable integrity, against those of his friends.
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A Luzon congressman fornicated with a sexy actress inside the lounge of a domestic airline recently while the woman?s American boyfriend was out looking for her.
The congressman paid for the sex, according to my spies.
Poor American! He didn?t know that while he was busy talking with friends at the airline?s terminal building, the congressman invited the actress to the airline?s lounge.
The lounge was empty at the time and the congressman?s bodyguards stood guard at the door to keep away other guests.
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What?s the difference between an American john and a Filipino john doing it with a Pinay prostitute?
So long as the American GIs ? in Bicol for the war games with Filipino troops ? pay for the ?fix? and don?t rape our women, what?s wrong with that?
Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, who exposed the sex trade in Bicol with US soldiers for customers, should read the item above since the guy is his fellow legislator.