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.
By Ramon Farolan
Let me commend the Philippine Navy’s Civil Military Operations Group headed by Col. Edgar Arevalo for remembering the families of their men stationed on Ayungin Shoal aboard a World War II relic, the BRP Sierra Madre. For our soldiers who serve the nation in the loneliest outpost of the Armed Forces, nothing does more for morale than knowing that their families are cared for and looked after especially during the holiday season when family reunions are an important part of any Christmas celebration. More than medals or commendations, these gestures of concern and affection contribute significantly to building up loyalty and a greater sense of belonging in the military organization.
At the rites marking the 115th anniversary of the Philippine Navy, President Aquino announced a P75-billion upgrade for the service. It is a necessary investment, but hardly sufficient. In terms both absolute (number of ships in service) and relative (in proportion to the size of the archipelago), the Navy is the weakest in the region. But at least the country’s naval force seems to have finally sailed out of the doldrums of fiscal and strategic neglect.