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In defense of the state

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Two occurrences that took place during my high school days come to mind as one follows recent developments on the national security front.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Tiamzon couple’s luxurious life

The vacuum of leadership in the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army
(CPP-NPA) will be very evident in the coming days, following the capture of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon last March 22.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Dark record

A week before a joint police-military operation captured Benito Tiamzon, chair of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, together with his wife Wilma and five others in Carcar, Cebu, unknown gunmen killed Romeo Capalla, an anti-Marcos rebel turned fair trade campaigner, in Oton, Iloilo.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

NPA protracted struggle is ‘utter madness,’ ‘criminal act’

I felt dismayed seeing the picture of Jorge Madlos in the Inquirer (Across the Nation, 12/31/13), more so after I read the accompanying article on the celebration by the underground Communist Party of the Philippines of its 45th anniversary. Madlos claimed many “victories” of his revolutionary struggle in Mindanao: zero or minimal criminal cases in the area under his control, like rape and theft, gambling and even the use of illegal drugs.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The pork barrel and the Left

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There are various shades of red in the political spectrum, but for the sake of argument I will adopt the convention in use in many newsrooms and identify the Philippine Left as those associated with the National Democratic Front (NDF). These political forces include some of the most successful party-list groups in our history, such as Bayan Muna.

Posted: October 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

NPA using landmine attacks hurting civilian population

Six soldiers and three Cafgu (Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit) volunteers were killed in Tulunan, North Cotabato, on Oct. 21, 2013, in an ambush and landmine explosion.

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

Ramon Magsaysay

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Perhaps it is a measure of how easily we forget, how readily we get totally absorbed by current events, that with the exception of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, not much was written about the man after whom the award was named. By remembering the past, we would be able to get a better handle on some of the problems that we now face.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cafgus, CVOs needed in countryside

I used to live in Cotabato. I left the place last year to work in Manila, but all my relatives are still there.

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘One with every other’ regardless of beliefs, etc.

I write this in reaction to the letter titled “Casiño a leftist but not a genuine nationalist” (Inquirer, 5/25/13).

Posted: June 17th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Sitting ducks?

It’s something every military family dreads, and for the Lorin family of Zamboanga City, the devastating news came last weekend: 2nd Lt. Alfredo Lorin VI, “Limboy” to kith and kin and the sixth of eight children, was dead. Along with six other young Marines, he was killed in a clash with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Patikul, Sulu, on May 25.

Posted: May 28th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Heartless communist rebels further impoverishing poor people

This is in reaction to the news item titled “Rebs seize rice meant for voters” (Across the Nation, 5/7/13).

Posted: May 28th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

If NPA rebels had hearts…

In the past election season, the New People’s Army collected P26 million through extortion—a much lower amount than it expected (“NPA raised only P26M in poll campaign fees,” Page A10, 5/23/13). The military said the money came from candidates, groups and individuals in Metro Manila, Isabela, Masbate, Negros, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.

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

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