The worst election-related violence in Philippine history and the worst recorded attack on journalists in the world occurred five years ago today in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. No one has been found guilty of the barbaric crime, to the sorrow of the victims’ families and the outrage of media organizations everywhere.
The joint announcement in Beijing by US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping marked the first time ever that the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases have agreed on a specific timetable for cutting down on those emissions.
If the justices of the Supreme Court are minded to say that President Benigno Aquino shouldn’t have bypassed the Senate in signing the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, they should come right out and say so.
The national budget for 2015 is up for deliberations and voting, and public school teachers are up in arms. As they should be. Despite the proposed P2.6-trillion tag, and even with the Department of Education getting the biggest slice (about P365 billion or 16 percent) of the pie, their dismal salaries are nailed at levels that studiously ignore inflation and other economic realities.
Horror stories keep piling up about the Manila shelter for street kids that’s been described as run like a “concentration camp.” That’s a loaded, incendiary phrase that should not be bandied about lightly, conjuring as it does the particular horror of the Holocaust in World War II. But perhaps welfare observers who’ve been to the […]