Category: Perceptions & Perspectives

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Rolito Go, Went Out, Gone Back

The Kidnapping Angle In July 1991, Mr Rolito Go, blinded by very bad mood, entered a one-way street in upscale Greenhills and found himself blocked by another car driven by a young engineering graduate. In a fit of rage, Mr Go, fresh from a fight with his girlfriend, vented his negative emotions toward the driver...

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The Dragon’s Lair

This is a Year of the Dragon, long-held as a very auspicious and compelling period for many. According to the Chinese astrological calendar, the black water dragon is a much more liberal counterpart of its more vicious reptilian cousins, bringing on a year of growth and progress awash with optimism and at the same time,...

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Sifting through the Quiapo terror plot

There was no fun in the Philippines after listening to President Noynoy Aquino deliver an announcement last Sunday on an alleged terror plot against one event in one city. The President’s short speech plus the statements of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin shows uncertainty, afterthoughts and cover-up scenarios. There were no details to the plot. Trusted...

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Is Sendong a ‘Perfect Storm’?

Is Sendong a ‘Perfect Storm’?

It was not even a typhoon yet but tropical storm ‘Sendong’ (International codename: Washi) wrought havoc to Visayas and Mindanao in epic proportions. Sendong/Washi crept into the night from Bislig to Iligan, cutting off power and flooding the streets. Hundreds never woke up, hundreds woke up to a deadly deluge. Thousands woke up to a...

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I’ll be home for Christmas: Jailbreaks and an Escape in December

There must be something about the Christmas spirit that is inspiring inmates to break out of jail. Recent reports revealed that various groups and individuals have tunneled, threatened and bribed their way out of their respective prisons. On Sunday (December 11), Agence France Presse reported that twelve alleged Al-Qaeda militants along with two other inmates...

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Guard! Picture Picture!

Guard! Picture Picture!

I heard of the group called Bawal Mag-Shoot Dito (BMSD) demonstrating their objection over the policy of Rizal Park administration on photo-taking. I quickly applied for membership because I was “victimized” by security guards invoking ridiculous anti-tourism and anti-marketing policies before. The video of the group has gone viral and was even picked up by...

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“Bawal mag shoot dito!” (You can’t shoot here!)

“Bawal mag shoot dito!” (You can’t shoot here!)

Have you ever seen security guards chasing down Filipinos with nice cameras, just because they are not foreign tourists? Vague policies will give rise to something much worse than a misinterpretation of policy: discrimination.

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Ramgen Revilla Murder: Questions and Implications

Ramgen Revilla Murder: Questions and Implications

Recent events and pronouncements in the murder case of Ramgen Revilla thicken the plot and dilute the credibility of the persons involved in this tragic episode in the Revilla-Bautista clan saga. Ramgen “Ram” Revilla (Bautista) fought his killers last 28 October inside his bedroom at his Paranaque home. He suffered several stab and incise wounds,...

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Peace Talks and Bloodshed

Peace Talks and Bloodshed

How Can Peace Commence After a Tragic End? The murder of several young Army officers and soldiers in Sitio Bakisung, Barangay Cagmun, Al-barka, Basilan on 18 October 2011 should merit a review of the current peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Unlike the spokesman of the Army, I can express my personal views...