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Posted 6 years ago by

Promising agreement?

If one were to believe President Noynoy Aquino, an era of peace and prosperity is dawning in Muslim Mindanao, with the Bangsa Moro finally enjoying full autonomy under the sovereignty of the Philippine government (GPH) and within the territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines. “This agreement creates a new political entity,” Mr. Aquino 

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Maita Gomez (1947-2012): Beauty transfigured

“The new woman, the new Filipina, is first and foremost a militant…She is a woman who has discovered the exalting realm of responsibility, a woman fully engaged in the making of history…” – Ma. Lorena Barros, “Liberated Women II” I only met Maita Gomez, one of two fabled beauty queens turned revolutionaries (the other one 

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The big lie: special relations

treetwise | BusinessWorld It seems ironical that the much-heralded meeting between Philippine President Aquino and US President Obama would take place just a few days before the Philippines marks Independence Day. Here is the president of a poor and backward but supposedly independent country seeking and getting the requisite political pat-on-the-back from the president of 

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Peacemongering

If peace could be won through press releases and other public announcements, the Bangsamoro should be exercising their right to self-determination and enjoying genuine autonomy by now. The Government of the Philippines-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) 26th formal exploratory peace talks ended last March 21 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Joint Statement did not say 

Posted 7 years ago by

Unjustly accused and detained

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld In the fabled Land of Yellow where the President lays claim to the democratic mantle by being progeny to parents who fought a dictator, there lies hidden in the crowded, dank and dark crevices of the realm some 350 plus political prisoners. (Read story…)

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The Aquino-LP agenda

It is no secret that President Noynoy Aquino and the Liberal Party are the prime movers in the campaign to oust Chief Justice Corona from the Suprem Court either through his “voluntary” resignation ala former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez or the more difficult route of a Senate impeachment trial. Now that the LP-directed prosecution has rested 

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Battle for justice

Forces in the Philippine political landscape are gearing up for a major legal and political battle. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband’s attempts to leave the country and escape the proverbial long arm of the law, ironically by utilizing a favorable Supreme Court order, were foiled by Justice Secretary de Lima and Comelec Commissioner 

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Looming confrontations

There is a world of difference between the “occupation” of Wall Street and many other cities not only in the US but all over the world by unarmed protestors, and the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya by the US and NATO armed forces. But there is also a definite and clear, though not obvious 

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Killing the peace process

Streetwise | BusinessWorld The cold-blooded murder of 59-year-old Italian missionary priest, Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, who was a champion of indigenous people’s rights, an anti-mining campaigner and a human rights defender, jolts us all to the reality that President Benigno Aquino III’s promise of change is nothing but empty rhetoric aimed at deluding the people 

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