By Volker Stanzel
The world debate may be preoccupied with “hot” crises in the Middle East, the Islamic State and Eastern Ukraine and fighting Ebola. Yet, tensions in East Asia have not subsided. Even though the region has seen quite a remarkable level of peace ever since China’s war against Vietnam in 1978-79, there is a new uncertainty.
When the dreaded Ebola outbreak, which has now claimed nearly 5,000 lives in parts of Africa, spread to Liberia, the Philippine government decided in August to pull out Filipino troops stationed with a United Nations mission in that country. The 108 soldiers, plus 24 policemen and one jail officer, were serving as peacekeepers under the UN program, which seeks to help Liberia rehabilitate its civil and defense institutions after many years of war.
By Rina Jimenez-David
It was not a very pleasant way to die. Indeed, the state in which the remains of Jeffrey Laude, aka Jennifer, were found in the bathroom of a motel room in Olongapo spoke of a degree of anger and violence, even hatred, on the part of whoever was responsible for her murder.
By Juan L. Mercado
The Court of Appeals Thursday stood pat on its earlier decision affirming Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ order: Fire 10 Navy officers linked to the 1995 murder of then 24-year-old Ensign Philip Pestaño.
By Ramon Farolan
Not many Filipinos may know Mitch Albom. I first bumped into him at a Barnes & Noble (B & N) bookstore in Naperville, Illinois. It was sometime in April 2010, and we were on our annual apostolic mission to the United States to visit three granddaughters, Christine, 16, Nicole, 11, and Gisele, 7.