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It was 27 years ago when rogue members of the military ruthlessly and calculatingly snatched, tortured and killed Rolando “Ka Lando” Olalia and Ka Leonor Alay-ay to make a political statement.
By Neal H. Cruz
See what lenient gun control laws do to countries like the United States? More and more often, a wacko pulls out a gun and starts shooting innocent civilians, including young schoolchildren. The latest weirdo to do this was Paul Anthony Ciancia who pulled out an assault rifle at Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport and started shooting. One Transport Security Administration agent was killed and three others wounded before police shot and arrested the gunman.
By Joseph Jadway D. Marasigan
Last week saw my wife, Perlie, having to go through a difficult ordeal at the hands of the men who seized and robbed her in a parking lot fronting Palma Hall at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where she teaches political science.
By Jewel Jade V. Fernando
I sat in the middle of the road, watching the motorcycle being engulfed by darkness. The sleepless nights I’ve spent and the meals I’ve missed were rewinding in my mind. I could feel droplets of rain on my body and blood flowing from my wounds.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines is dismayed by but not surprised at the Court of Appeals decision affirming its March ruling to set aside the recommendations of a second panel of prosecutors to indict former Palawan governor Joel Reyes for the murder of our colleague Gerry Ortega.
The heartbreaking fate of Kristelle “Kae” Davantes intrudes, as it should, in the current national preoccupation over the pork barrel scandal. In the midst of protesting the large-scale theft of taxpayers’ money, it is only right that we pause to express our outrage over the murder of this young advertising executive.
The learned Miriam D. Santiago, the senator from lloilo, was reported in the Aug. 31 issue of the Inquirer, to have opined that the controversial Janet Lim-Napoles, who is now detained for the crime of illegal detention, may be discharged as a state witness in the cases that may be filed in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam that she supposedly masterminded.
This pertains to a news story titled: “P25-M hit job out for DOJ, NBI chiefs, lawyer Baligod” (Front Page, 8/18/13).
I am very much heartened by the Inquirer’s courageous exposé of the P10-billion pork barrel scam. I myself started last Aug. 1 a change.org campaign—a petition to Congress for it to abolish its pork barrel! I realize that this petition may be a foolhardy tilting against the windmill, but Congress, I believe, cannot ignore the public outcry, loud and clear, without losing all credibility with the taxpaying citizenry. My own petition at change.org has already garnered over 400 signatories from ordinary citizens.
The punishment meted out by the Department of Justice to seven Bureau of Corrections officials on account of former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste’s “caper” is utterly unjust, unwarranted and discriminatory. Leviste’s act was not an escape but, as admitted by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima herself, merely an “escapade or skylarking”—an ordinary occurrence among [...]
With unusual speed, the Philippine National Police has concluded that the deaths of the Ozamiz Gang leader and his henchman last week were probably the result of a “rubout.” PNP Director General Alan Purisima said administrative charges have been filed against 14 policemen implicated in the extrajudicial killings, including a superintendent.
The Philippine National Police is currently laboring under a bad image, no thanks to a number of its officers and men who have managed to make the word “cop” seem synonymous to crime.