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Sandigan junks Marcos family claim to Paoay property

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The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the claim of the family of the late President Ferdinand Marcos to a 57.68-hectare lakeside resort in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, because the area specified in an impugned contract was an actually an “inalienable public domain,” it being a national park.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Senator Marcos says no reason for ‘Tanda,’ ‘Kuya’ and ‘Pogi’ to resign

Senator Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos Jr. Photo by RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday said he did not see any reason why the three indicted senators in the pork barrel scam should resign, noting his colleagues have yet to be found guilty by the Sandiganbayan.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Timeline: Feb. 22, 1986, Day One

SLEEP-IN  Reporters covering the Edsa event catch up on their sleep inside Enrile’s office at Camp Aguinaldo. PHOTO FROM THE BOOK “CHRONOLOGY OF A REVOLUTION”

Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile and key aides finalize Enrile’s speech in which he will proclaim himself head of a ruling junta after rebel troops led by the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) assault on Malacañang. Assault is planned for Feb. 23 at 2 a.m.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

What Went Before: Marcos Swiss deposits

Andres Bautista, head of the Philippine Commission on Good Government, which is tasked to recover the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, speaks in a news conference in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. The Philippine government has recovered the remaining $29 million of the multimillion-dollar Swiss bank deposits stashed away by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.  AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

The Singapore’s Court of Appeal, in its ruling released in January, recognized the right of Philippine National Bank (PNB) to hold in trust the $29 million seized from the estate of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. This ends a long saga over the Marcos Swiss deposits, held in the Singapore branch of German bank WestLB.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

A tale of two human rights claimants

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COMPENSATION Rey Lauron (left photo), a military agent during the Marcos dictatorship who is now a police officer, receives a P50,000 check handed out by American lead counsel Robert Swift as compensation for being a human rights victim. Other beneficiaries (right photo) in the Davao region await their turn at  the Almendras gym in Davao City. PHOTOS BY GERMELINA LACORTE/INQUIRER MINDANAO

Rey Lauron emerged brimming with delight from a room at the Almendras gym here last week, showing the P50,000 check to his waiting relatives and friends.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Swift laments undelivered mail

Cartoon, February 08, 2014

He went postal over the country’s postal system and no one can really blame him. “Your mailing system sucks,” American lawyer Robert Swift groused when told that some 30 percent of martial law claimants in southern Mindanao did not get the mailed notice that would have informed them about their P50,000 check, compensation for the atrocities they had suffered during the martial law years.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

UK tycoon pays PH rights victims $10M

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Screenshot of "Footbridge over the Water-Lily Pond" from Claude Monet's website. 
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A British billionaire paid $43 million for a Monet masterpiece that once belonged to former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos then paid another $10 million to thousands of Filipino rights victims to keep it and himself from being dragged into court, US and British media reported on Thursday.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Marcos diaries: ‘Hysteria in Manila… I must declare martial law soon’

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‘PORTRAIT OF PUTRIDITY, DECAY’

Portrait of the exiled Ferdinand Marcos as he faced his death in Hawaii by lupus in 1989. As a martial law victim puts it: "its architect is a portrait of putridity and decay." Pointillist drawing by Lynett A Villariba

We have one of the worst floods in years. Almost all of Western Luzon is underwater. While Typhoon “Gloring” is leaving… there is a new typhoon… So we expect the rains to continue.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Marcos diaries: ‘Delusions of a dictator’

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‘PORTRAIT OF PUTRIDITY, DECAY’

Portrait of the exiled Ferdinand Marcos as he faced his death in Hawaii by lupus in 1989. As a martial law victim puts it: "its architect is a portrait of putridity and decay." Pointillist drawing by Lynett A Villariba

I was about to call it a day in the Manila bureau of the New York-based United Press International (UPI) on the night of Sept. 22, 1972, when I heard on radio that Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile had been ambushed.

Posted: September 21st, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Dwindling in number, Marcos loyalists launch heritage trails in Ilocos Norte

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THE MARCOS family ancestral house in Sarrat town is among the heritage sites in Ilocos Norte. EV ESPIRITU

The number of the staunchest followers of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, whose birthday is celebrated every Sept. 11 in Ilocos Norte province, has been dwindling through the years.

Posted: September 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Marcos clan wins big in mid-term polls

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The family of dead dictator Ferdinand Marcos enjoyed easy wins in the mid-term elections, official data showed Tuesday, with his unrepentant 83-year-old wife leading the clan’s political charge.

Posted: May 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Marcoses, Enriles no longer at war – Jack Enrile

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Sen Gringo Honasan, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile met for lunch in Laoag City on Sunday. UNA took its campaign to the area in the hopes of courting the province's 400,000 voters.

Despite the notion that enmity runs deep between the Enriles and the Marcoses, Cagayan Representative Jack Enrile on Sunday said that the two clans are no longer at war.

Posted: April 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PCGG: 146 Marcos paintings missing

Former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. AFP FILE PHOTO

More than 140 paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and other masters which were bought with stolen funds by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos remain missing, the government said Tuesday.

Posted: November 27th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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