Opinion & Analysis

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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Counterinsurgency has priority over peace talks

By Satur C. Ocampo Eight months have passed since the auspicious resumption by the Aquino government of peace talks with the National Democratic Front that Gloria Arroyo had suspended in 2005. But now the talks are stalled again, despite last February’s reaffirmation by the two sides of 12 previously signed accords and agreement to accelerate 

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How to eliminate gov’t corruption in PH

From a briefing by Atty. Rogie Wong, a practicing lawyer in Manila: Atty. Rogie Wong, a lawyer in Ontario who also practices law in the Philippines, recently gave a talk before some members of the Philippine Press Club – Ontario. Being first a Filpino lawyer before he and family migrated to Canada, and a keen 

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Landless in our own land

Philippine President Noynoy Aquino recently signed two major land lease agreements with China and Japan. China would lease from the Philippines 1.2 million hectares of land for agricultural production, and Japanese corporations, one million hectares for bio-fuel production. (Read story…)

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Remembrance Day

November is the month of remembrance. During this month, we honour the sacrifice of those who served during times of peace and times of war. We pay tribute and give thanks to those who have served and who continue to serve, whether they are on the ground, or at home raising families on their own. 

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Cowards and SOBs

THE “American official” President Benigno Aquino III quoted in his speech at the University of Fordham in New York as complaining that “the problem with the Philippines is that it has 40 million cowards and one SOB (son of a bitch) ” was most probably the outspoken US Senator J. William Fulbright, who chaired the 

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Wrong post-martial law decisions still hound us

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Last Wednesday in New York, President Aquino made two statements, both related to the martial law dictatorship that Ferdinand Marcos imposed on our nation 39 years ago that very day and ended with his ouster in February 1986. (Read story…)

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A Filipino Diplomat’s EDSA ‘86: Breakaway in L.A.

Personal Account: Pedro O. Chan, Ambassador 17 February 2011, Ankara, Turkey Those were heady and giddy days in February 1986-days of uncertainty, uneasiness and finally, of glory. What the world recently witnessed real-time on live telecasts from Egypt must have been what we Filipinos had appeared to the whole world as it gaped with awe 

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Bill C-4: An attack on refugees

On September 19, 2011, I stood in the House of Commons and participated in the debate concerning Bill C-4, a bill which the government has called “The Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act”. But what is this bill really about? In my opinion, it is not at all about stopping human smugglers, 

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Cha-Cha, one more time

AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND True to the saying that change is the only thing constant in this world, the Philippine Congress is back to its perpetual obsession for amending the Constitution. This time as a bicameral assembly, both houses of Congress have agreed on a formula that will propose revisions in the Constitution without the so-called 

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