IF OSAMA bin Laden was a terrorist to the US and other democracies, to millions of Muslims throughout the world he was a martyr.
Many Filipino Muslims believe Bin Laden was a hero rather than a heel.
Some of them tried to march to the US embassy on Friday to express their sentiments, but were stopped because they didn?t have a permit to hold a rally.
The government should watch out. You never know if there could be potential terrorists in their midst.
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Nash Pangadapun, secretary general of Maradeka, supposedly an umbrella group of Muslim civil society organizations, academic groups and political parties, says many Filipino Muslims are sympathizers of Bin Laden.
Bin Laden?s stand against the US government has many sympathizers in Muslim Mindanao, according to Pangadapun.
These ?sympathizers? rejoiced when the World Trade Center in New York City was attacked and toppled down by two jetliners that were made into bombs by Arab terrorists.
They most probably rejoiced when the Davao City airport and seaport were bombed that resulted in the deaths of many, and similar incidents involving the bombing of a Super Ferry that killed more than 100 passengers and the bombing of an LRT train that killed and wounded many.
Something?s wrong when one makes a hero of someone who kills without mercy.
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President Noy was piqued by my comment in this column that he was a ?do-nothing Chief Executive? who starts work at 10 a.m. and knocks off early.
The President also vehemently denied an accusation made by fellow-columnist Ernesto Maceda of Philippine Star that he was ?not working hard enough to solve the country?s problems.?
P-Noy said that when this column and Maceda?s appeared on Thursday, he had a full schedule:
Three speaking engagements, attending the wakes of fellow Liberal Party members?Calbayog Mayor Reynaldo Uy and Cebu Vice Gov. Gregorio Sanchez, a staff meeting, a courtesy call by Singapore Technologies Telemedia and ABS-CBN Skycable.
Except for presiding over a staff meeting in Malacanang, all the others were social events.
Of course, socials?like attending cocktails and entertaining visitors?are part of a President?s schedule of activities.
But they don?t form part of the nitty-gritty of governance, like holding Cabinet meetings on the economy and security.
And definitely, driving a Porsche sports car around town for ?japorms? or showing off is not one of the President?s jobs. To me, it is, in fact, ?unpresidential.?
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An American who was hiding in Boracay was apprehended by Bureau of Immigration agents recently.
William Preston Strong is wanted for allegedly defrauding many people in the US and in Brazil of $50 million.