Category: Opinion

Post

The Price of Armed Conflict: Trauma in Women and Children

In an interview with Jessica Zafra, Amy Tan, author of the modern classic The Joy Luck Club and other bestsellers, said “without trauma, you’ll never be a writer.” Now let’s see if I can write. Last July 11, New People’s Army (NPA) rebels raided the Civilian Volunteer Outpost (CVO) in Alagatan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental...

Post

Questions on the Alleged Bomb Attack in NAIA Terminal 3

Yesterday, 01 September 2014, agents from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) allegedly found explosives in a Toyota Revo parked in Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). They have also arrested four suspects in relation to the incident. The incident raises concerns and questions on how airport security and law enforcement authorities cooperate. Here are some questions...

Post

On Binays and Dasmariñas Guards: Village Security Implications

This is about the current trending topic that kept media networks and netizens abuzz – the incident involving the Binay siblings and security guards of Dasmariñas Village. This is merely my perspective as a certified protection professional, technical security design and risk management consultant. And my stand as a former aide de camp, convoy security...

Post

Bombs for Hire: Analysis and Security Tips

The tragic bomb explosion in Cotabato City came ten days after the deadly explosion in Cagayan de Oro City. Both bombs exploded in crowded and commercial areas, killing bystanders and civilians. My first reaction after being informed of the explosion in Cotabato, just ten minutes after, was that this was a plot to terrorize Mindanao...

Post

Boston Marathon Bombing: Quick Analysis

Threat of terror act is constant because there are unwavering and motivated desires to terrorize societies and governments from several known and unknown individuals and groups worldwide.  At any given time and place there is someone designing a better weapon, planning, and rehearsing an attack.  The terrorist and any threat groups have the luxury of...

Post

The weakest link in the Megamall heist

MANY things don’t fit in the statements of the police on the Jan. 26 Megamall robbery. As of this writing, the Mandaluyong police have claimed to have “identified” two of the six suspects in the robbery. But in reality, they don’t have the two suspects’ names and addresses yet. What they have are cartographic sketches that...

Post

Gun ban should go with crime prevention

THE election period in the Philippines began Sunday and signalled the start of a nationwide total gun ban expected to minimize election-related offenses, particularly gun-related violence among political groups and clans. For many, the gun ban brings some relief, especially since the country enters this period with heightened fear of gun-related violence. The accidental death of...

Post

CPP: Three Letters that Matter to the Security Practitioner

If accountants have the letters CPA following their names, security personnel the world over aspire to affix three letters to their names as well – three big letters that convey a level of expertise that commands a high level of respect in the security profession: CPP. Established by ASIS International in 1977, the Certified Protection...

Post

Hotel Negligence: What is Basic and Adequate Security?

  All hotels in the Philippines are “negligent” in providing “basic and adequate security” to their guests based on the Philippine Supreme Court’s affirmation of a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling against Shangri-La Makati Hotel on the death of a hotel guest in November 1999. In a decision penned by Justice Lucas P. Bersamin, the...