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Marcos Jr. trying to launder family name for presidential bid, say lawmakers

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Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Militant lawmakers are warning against an attempt by the heirs of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to clean the family name and boost the political stock of his senator-son who is plotting a return to Malacañang.   Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello and Bayan  Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate cited a misleading report in a  [...]

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Joker Arroyo writes open letter to President Aquino

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Sen. Joker Arroyo (Inquirer.net file photo), Gen. Lina Castillo Sarmiento (Inquirer file photo), President Benigno Aquino III (Inquirer file photo)

This is an open letter to the President with an appeal for him to ask his senior staff to reexamine the basis for the appointment of police Gen. Lina Castillo Sarmiento as chair of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board. It is unfortunate that her credentials do not meet the minimum standards, albeit exacting, set under Republic Act No. 10368, otherwise known as the “Human Rights Victims’ Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.”

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Edsa hero says PMA clique controls military

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MAJOR VICTORY People cheer as one of the attack helicopters, led by then Col. Antonio Sotelo, lands in Camp Crame. The helicopter squadron defected to the rebel soldiers’ side on the second day of the revolt. 
PHOTO FROM THE BOOK “PEOPLE POWER: THE PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION: AN EYEWITNESS HISTORY”

Twenty-eight years after he led the defection of the Air Force’s 15th Strike Wing in a move that favored anti-Marcos forces during the historic Edsa People Power Revolution, retired Lt. Gen. Antonio Sotelo lamented that nothing much had changed in the military.

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

28 key Edsa personalities

RAM boys Gringo Honasan, Eduardo Kapunan, Rey Rivera and Tito Legaspi PHOTO FROM “Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Four-Day Revolution in the Philippines”

The Edsa People Power Revolt on Feb. 22 to 25, 1986, had a cast of thousands, many of them political and military figures who remain familiar names in recent headlines. From being Marcos allies, many have shifted loyalties to become rebel forces who, thanks to their burnished image during Edsa, were later elected local officials, senators and even President.

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

PCGG to pursue plan to exhibit Imelda’s seized jewelry

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Imelda Marcos INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has not given up on its plan to put on public display the controversial jewelry collection of former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Appointment of police general to rights claims board questioned

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Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan  PHOTO FROM CONGRESS.GOV.PH

Former political detainees and martial law survivors in Mindanao expressed dismay over the composition of the nine-member claims board created by President Aquino.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | 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 »

Martial law survivors fear names removed from compensation list

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A PAGE FROM MARTIAL LAW HISTORY. The dictatorship was practically on its last legs when the usual suspects in the Marcos opposition led yet another protest march on Oct. 7, 1984. In a little over a year, People Power on Edsa would stun the world. From right: Etta Rosales, Lily de las Alas-Padilla, Cory Aquino, Wigberto Tañada, Lorenzo Tañada, Ramon Pedrosa, Ambrosio Padilla and—can you please name these two unidentified braves at the extreme left. They marched from Santo Domingo Church on Quezon Blvd Extension in Quezon City to Welcome Rotonda, on the boundary with Manila, where a reception party of riot cops dispersed them. INQUIRER PHOTO

Over 645 former political detainees and martial law survivors in the Davao region await the next tranche of their indemnification amid fears that some of their names may have already been deleted from the list of original survivors.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Rice scandal probers should call ex-NFA chief

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Whether or not David Bangayan is the country’s alleged rice smuggling kingpin David Tan is no longer an issue; the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has clearly stated that Bangayan and Tan are one and the same person.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

Black prop or dark humor? Binay takes it all in stride

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Cartoon, January 19, 2014

“Dark” humor or black propaganda? For this official often on the receiving end of cruel or offensive jokes, there are no hard feelings.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

QC streets dumping ground for 57 ‘salvage victims’ in ’13

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Consider them the stats of “street justice” in Quezon City.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | 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 »

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