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Disarray

When the sideshow to the criminal trial becomes more eventful than the trial itself, you know that the proceedings are in deep trouble. What disarray has engulfed the Maguindanao massacre trial, in which an unprecedented 194 individuals led by members of the powerful Ampatuan clan are in the dock for the murder of 58 people, 34 of them media workers, in November 2009.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Amazing

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Bong Revilla billed his privilege speech in the Senate in defense of himself as “amazing.” It was amazing only in its temerity.

Posted: June 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Transfer of key witness risks case vs Ampatuans

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) decries the order to detain potential witness Bong Andal with the Ampatuans at Camp Bagong Diwa. The NUJP is seriously concerned over the impending transfer of Bong Andal, the confessed backhoe operator and applicant for state witness, to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, to be detained there with the primary accused in the Nov. 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre.

Posted: August 27th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Unsettling

The news that relatives of 14 victims of the gruesome Maguindanao massacre are ready to settle with the family of the principal accused is sobering. It alerts us to the financial and even security risks that many of the victims’ families face from day to day. And it reminds us, yet again, that the wheels of justice in the Philippines do grind exceedingly slow.

Posted: June 26th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Out of the shadows

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That’s the title of the book “Out of the Shadows: Violent Conflict and the Real Economy of Mindanao,” edited by Francisco Lara and Steven Schoofs and published by International Alert early this year. It’s an insightful and important book and should come to the attention of the government agencies involved in the peace process. Indeed, it should come to the attention of every Filipino who wants to make some sense of the often alien and forbidding world of Mindanao.

Posted: May 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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