Ninoy remembered

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Assassinated by the Marcos regime 20 years ago, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. had seemed, in the first 40 years of his life, a most unlikely hero. Known before the martial law period as a glib, fast-talking senator likely to be president at 40, nothing had suggested that he would be other than just one more addition to the parade of traditional politicians that had lorded it over the country since independence.
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Damaged and damaging?

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By a vote of 8-4-2 (eight in favor, four against, and two abstentions; one of the justices, Renato Corona, was on leave), the Supreme Court re-affirmed the other day, October 7, its April 1, 2003 resolution re-opening for trial the 11

While they were sleeping

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The Australian media may be outraged, but they do not seem surprised. Anyone can sense that between the lines of their editorials and other expressions of opinion over the escape of the Jemaah Islamiyah

Candidate Arroyo (2)

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After she announced in December 2002 that she would not run in 2004, understanding President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s policies as well as subsequent moves became increasingly difficult, because while she did emphasize that supposed decision, within weeks of 2003 she was speaking and acting like a candidate.

In early February, or four months ago, and only two months after she had announced her non-candidacy, for example, she suddenly took bag and baggage for Kuwait supposedly to reassure Overseas Filipino Workers there of their safety should the US attack Iraq–but right at the point when the final version of the Absentee Voting Bill was about to pass Congress. Continue reading

Public relations triumph

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The Arroyo state visit to the United States is a public relations triumph for both guest and host, as both had most likely hoped and anticipated. The public relations bonanza it is reaping for Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and George W. Bush indeed suggests that as state visits go, this one was not so much meant to firm up relations between their two countries but to serve each other’s domestic agendas.
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Part of the problem

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In accusing a Filipino general of colluding with the Abu Sayyaf bandit group, Gracia Burnham has joined at least two other former hostages who have made the same claim.

Former Abu Sayyaf hostage Raul Recio agreed with Burnham that there was indeed Abu Sayyaf-military collusion, as claimed by Burnham in her newly released book on her captivity by the Abu Sayyaf, In the Presence of My Enemies.
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Lawless violence

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President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of lawless violence in Davao City and surroundings last April 2. Apparently, however, it’s not only Davao or just other parts of Mindanao that’s in that state. There’s also Mindoro, where early this week two human rights activists among five who had been abducted were murdered.
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