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Mitch Albom, author

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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.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Another New Year, another AFP chief

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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.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Out of the doldrums

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.

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

The continuing search for truth and justice

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As we enter into Holy Week, a time for reflection, my thoughts are with the Navy personnel who, two weeks ago, were placed under arrest by virtue of a court order issued by a Manila Regional Trial Court.

Posted: March 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The search for truth

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On Sept. 27, 1995, Ensign Philip A. Pestaño, a 1993 graduate of the Philippine Military Academy was discovered dead aboard the BRP Bacolod City inside his stateroom. He had a single bullet gunshot wound to the right temple.

Posted: March 11th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A river once ran through it

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Finally, After 16 years, Navy Ensign Philip Pestaño will get justice. Sixteen years is a long time for the government to verify something that we in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi already knew right after news of Pestano’s murder broke out. The Senate and the United Nations found out the truth about the murder only after finishing their own investigations, but their findings amounted to nothing under the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and it had to take a new ombudsman, Conchita Carpio-Morales, an appointee of President Aquino, to right something heartrending and unjust.

Posted: February 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cold-blooded murder

Sixteen years and four months. That’s how long it has taken the death of Philippine Navy Ensign Philip Pestaño to be recognized for what it has been all this time, except to the suspiciously blinkered eyes of his superiors and peers in the Navy: a case not of suicide, as the official and much-peddled version went, but of cold-blooded murder.

Posted: January 13th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ramrod warrior

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Can a ramrod-straight ombudsman make a difference? Look at the unresolved 16-year-old murder of Navy Ensign Philip Pestaño. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Thursday filed murder charges against 10 Navy officers. Six are still in active service.

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

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