By Gil C. Cabacungan
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 [...]
By Joker P. Arroyo
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.”
By Fe Zamora
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.
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.
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.
By Dona Z. Pazzibugan
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.
By Germelina Lacorte
Former political detainees and martial law survivors in Mindanao expressed dismay over the composition of the nine-member claims board created by President Aquino.
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.
By Germelina Lacorte
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.
By Ramon Tulfo
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.
By Tarra Quismundo
“Dark” humor or black propaganda? For this official often on the receiving end of cruel or offensive jokes, there are no hard feelings.
By Julie M. Aurelio
Consider them the stats of “street justice” in Quezon City.
By Fernando del Mundo
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.