National security

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Palawan Congressman Abraham Mitra thought he was asking a rhetorical question. He wasn’t.

Mitra said cutting the budget of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Isafp), as the Senate had threatened, would “endanger public safety and national security.” The Senate made the threat because of Armed Forces refusal to reveal who ordered the wiretapping of former Comelec (Commission on Elections) Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano’s conversations with Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Continue reading

Birds of a feather

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At the height of Thai claims, led by no less than Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, that the Philippines was cheating in the Southeast Asian Games, a Thai official declared that the friendship between the Philippines and Thailand remains and that Thaksin and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are themselves fast friends.

They should be, considering how much in common they have. Continue reading

Guns and the media

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More violence rather than less could be the result of the continuing killing of journalists. Previously rejected by various media groups, police suggestions that media people arm themselves now resonate favorably among those who believe they could be next.

The shooter in one of the most high-profile cases in the Philippines since 1986 has been convicted and sentenced. But the killing of journalists has not abated. The latest occurred on the heels of the conviction of former policeman Guillermo Wapile, whom a Cebu Regional Trial Court found guilty of shooting to death journalist Edgar Damalerio. Continue reading

Their worst enemy

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The US soldiers accused of raping last November 1 a yet unnamed Filipina in the former US naval base now known as Subic Free Port could very well be innocent.

It could also be, as has been suggested mostly by men, that the woman who says she was gang-raped that night could be faulted for at least a “lapse in judgment”. Continue reading