The Filipino peacekeepers soon to arrive home should be given respect and importance, instead of being ostracized just because they could be possible carriers of the Ebola virus. The soldiers are returning from Liberia, one of the countries hard-hit by the virus, after serving there for some months as peacekeepers, facing danger and risk to life, and were nearly held hostage by Islamist rebels in the region.
By Neal H. Cruz
Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal reacted to last Monday’s column (2/27/14) on the case of Mayor Miguel Rivilla of Paniqui, Tarlac, who is apparently being railroaded out of his seat. “Maganda ang column mo on the Rivilla case,” Macalintal wrote in praise of it, adding:
Ninoy Aquino had been warned. The most dramatic warning about the threats to his life came from the dictatorship’s resident drama queen, the Imeldific first lady herself. Imelda Marcos was still in peak form, indulging her self-perception as the Marcos regime’s most effective diplomat. But she failed. Against the advice of almost everyone he consulted, the opposition senator still decided to return home from three years’ exile in the United States. Upon arrival 31 years ago today, however, he met the fate he had repeatedly been warned against; he was killed in the airport that now bears his name.
On this day 72 years ago, the news dreaded by everyone crackled over short-wave radio: Bataan had fallen.
By Rina Jimenez-David
I don’t know what it is exactly that Sultan Jamalul Kiram III hopes to accomplish by telling his followers to “stay put” in Lahad Datu in Sabah to “reclaim their ancestral homeland.”