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Stop atrocities, PH slams Malaysia ‘butchers’

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Evidence of Malaysian atrocities in Kuala Lumpur’s “search and annihilate” military operations against fleeing followers of the Sultan of Sulu continues to mount in the wake of Philippine naval interceptions of refugees from Sabah.

Posted: March 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

When your country is a paradise to be robbed

This has reference to the escalation of hostilities in Sabah between the Sultanate of Sulu and the Malaysian government.

Posted: March 14th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Fallout

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You’d imagine it was happening in Syria or Afghanistan or some war-torn part of the world. That comes from the stories being told by Filipinos who have been horribly maltreated or whose kin have been shot to death by Malaysian security forces in Sabah. In fact that place has now become as war-torn, with all its cruelties, as those other parts of the world.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Filipino

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Before the bloodbath happened last Friday, Jamalul Kiram was lambasting government for its indifference, if not hostility, to his cause. Indeed for perfidiously siding with Malaysia over them, fellow Filipinos.

Posted: March 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sabah and the limits of history

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Among the many commentaries and perspective-setting pieces I’ve read on Lahad Datu and the crisis in northern Borneo, I found five particularly useful. Some conflict with others on crucial points; each has a different emphasis—but all agree that history is alive, kicking dust in Sabah.

Posted: March 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mishandled

The loss of life in Lahad Datu last Friday was tragic, in the original Greek sense: It was inevitable. The standoff between a few hundred followers of the Sultan of Sulu camped out in a farming village in Sabah and the Malaysian security forces surrounding them had spiraled into a crisis, and a firefight was only a matter of time.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Tragic farce, farcical tragedy

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The news was spotty at first. Toward noon of Friday, a report flashed on TV that said a firefight had erupted between the Malaysian security forces and the Kiram group in Sabah with minor casualties. Shortly later a correction was made that there was no firefight at all, the Malaysians had only fired warning shots. Still later, yet another correction was made that a firefight had indeed taken place with undetermined casualties. By nightfall, it was definite. The Malaysian security forces had stormed the Kiram group’s lair, killing 12 while suffering two casualties.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A badly written tragicomedy

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The die is cast. As of this writing, the situationers we at the Inquirer have been receiving from the ground since Saturday indicate nothing less than very bloody developments.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Abolish the pork barrel; negotiate on Sabah

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The newest scandal in the Senate, the funneling of P195 million in pork barrel funds by three incumbent senators (Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla) and a former party-list congressman (Buhay Rep. Rene Velarde) to a dubious nongovernment organization is one more proof that the pork barrel system should be abolished. The pork barrel, alias Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), is not only a waste of taxpayers’ money, it is a big root of corruption. It is no secret that a big portion of PDAF funds go to kickbacks. It is not only the legislators and contractors who are corrupted but also lowly employees who handle the documents.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

US, China sowing trouble in Asia?

Is the Philippine government not falling into a Byzantine international snare? Is the government not thinking that the United States and China are intentionally fomenting disputes in the Asian region? These queries are being raised because the results are obvious.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Standing up to Xi Jinping’s bluster

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Barely three weeks after being elected chief of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping began a visit to south China on Dec. 7, proclaiming to the world that his regime was taking steps to build up the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as the cutting edge of “the great revival of a strong Chinese nation” backed by “a powerful military.”

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lone Asean voice taking on China

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Placing consensus above all, it is fair to say that Asean leaders are generally not known for their displays of emotion or passion.

Posted: December 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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