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With Palparan free, no justice for victims

No passing of time or surging adversity can make the families of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño and human rights defenders forget that fateful morning of June 26, 2006, when the two university students were forcibly taken by military men and herded like helpless sheep to the darkest depths where evil men perform unimaginable barbaric cruelties.

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Again, what’s happening to our country, general?

The May 4 issue of the Inquirer carried a scathing editorial (“Big-shot fugitives”) which touched on the “celebrated” walkout of Cezar Mancao from his detention cell inside the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters last May 2.

Posted: May 31st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Humbled, exalted

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There were a couple of unrelated news items in the newspapers last weekend that, taken together, make an interesting proposition about life.

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino tested on dynasties, abuses, farming issues

PRESIDENT AQUINO belittled Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño’s survey ratings while defending the human rights record of his administration in a Radio New Zealand interview. Migrante Sectoral Party (MSP)-New Zealand calls on the President to face the issues and do more to hold human rights violators accountable. It’s sad to hear that the President has [...]

Posted: November 27th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Where’s the ‘Butcher’?

Jovito Palparan may be in hiding, but the cases connecting him to a series of abductions and disappearances when he was an Army officer are progressing. The retired major general famously dubbed the “Butcher” by activists has made himself scarce, doubtless with the aid of powerful friends, since late last year when a judge ordered him arrested for the 2006 abduction and disappearance of University of the Philippines students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.

Posted: September 14th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Foot in mouth

With a spokesperson like Edwin Lacierda, does President Aquino need enemies to cast his administration in a bad light?

Posted: July 24th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Blood-soaked, brazen

A report in the Inquirer last April 15 said: “Nationwide manhunt on for Ecleo.” People with no more than a passing interest in the daily news might be forgiven if they assumed that Ruben Ecleo Jr., the Dinagat Island representative found guilty last week of the murder of his wife 10 years ago, had gone into hiding only recently, perhaps before or right after his conviction, hence the manhunt ordered by the Philippine National Police.

Posted: April 17th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The fugitive kings

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Impunity is an odd word. There used to be a heaviness to it, an almost incomprehensibility. It was a word used by lawyers and diplomats and judges, it was not part of school reports or interviews with the media. It was too big to be effective in sound bites, too foreign for speeches and tomato-tossing rallies. Impunity, like genocide, was a word that had power. To say it is to claim a state of such savagery that to use it is in itself a call to arms.

Posted: April 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

It’s clear: Aquino administration still abetting impunity

Now it’s clear why extrajudicial killings are still committed with impunity in this benighted land of ours.

Posted: April 4th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Star fugitives

The bad language was a dead giveaway, betraying vacuousness, disinterest and fecklessness all in one blow.  Asked why the administration had given the former governor of Palawan, Joel Reyes, and other suspects in the January 2011 murder of environmentalist and radio broadcaster Gerry Ortega until the weekend to surrender, in the face of an immediately [...]

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Essence of justice

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Ex-Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes says he won’t surrender. That’s what he told a radio station in Puerto Princesa through a recorded message from his hideout. He is not hiding “to run away from justice but to avoid the persecution, ridicule and accusations that are being thrown at me without basis.” He says he will answer the accusations against him “at the right time.”

Posted: April 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What Jollibee saw

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On Dec. 20, 2011, five years after University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño were abducted from Hagonoy, Bulacan, the Bulacan courts released a warrant for the arrest of retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. and three other officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. They were charged with two counts of abduction and serious illegal detention. It is the first time in recent history that officers of the AFP are being hunted down for human rights violations.

Posted: March 25th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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