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Fears of a narco state

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Panfilo Lacson and Terry Gould. Photo taken from  Gould's book

The recent Christmas Day police raid on a drug storage facility in a ranch in Lipa, Batangas –rented from paroled convicted killer Antonio Leviste – yielded P420 ($10 million) worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and the discovery of a new player in the Philippine drug scene.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

The questions about Czar Lacson’s assets

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Secretary Panfilo Lacson, the presidential assistant for recovery and rehabilitation, is one of the speakers at the ongoing 2nd Annual Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative Forum. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

In response to my article “The calamitous appointment of Czar Lacson”, some readers commented “Lacson may be a killer but at least he’s honest.”

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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The calamitous appointment of Czar Lacson

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Secretary Panfilo Lacson, the presidential assistant for recovery and rehabilitation, is one of the speakers at the ongoing 2nd Annual Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative Forum. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

I was once told that at an Aquino family reunion just before the 2004 presidential elections, the sister who actively campaigned for the incumbent, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA), chided the brother who supported Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson for backing “a killer.” The brother reportedly snapped back, “Doesn’t matter if he’s a killer, at least he’s not [...]

Posted: December 10th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Anderson Cooper’s accuracy was not the issue

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Anderson Cooper. AP

While the responses to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s live reports from Tacloban have been overwhelmingly positive, a few netizens have taken to criticizing him for engaging in “parachute journalism”, defined as the practice of thrusting a foreign journalist into a war zone to report on a breaking news story, reports which generally display “ignorance of contextual issues.”

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Muted outrage at US immigration

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A Facebook page for Carina Yonzon Grande

The humiliating experience suffered by 63-year old cancer survivor Carina Yonzon Grande, when she arrived at the Seattle International Airport on October 1, 2013 to attend her daughter’s US wedding, was covered by the Philippine media.

Posted: November 8th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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The Second Coming of Filipinos to America

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PHOTO/Thelencreative

Filipino communities throughout the US are celebrating the month of October as Filipino American History Month by commemorating the 426th anniversary of the landing of Filipino crewmen (“Luzon Indios”) on board the Nuestra Senora de Buen Esperanza in Morro Bay, California on October 18, 1587.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Filipinos discovered California

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On September 25, 2009, the state of California officially declared October as “Filipino American History Month” to honor the first Filipinos to set foot in California 426 years ago this week.

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Why did God allow pork barrel to thrive in PH?

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I will never forget the inspiring story a priest friend once narrated to me about a devout believer in God who died in a flood because she refused all efforts to rescue her.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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The ‘porking’ empire strikes back

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Former senator Francisco Tatad

The folks who brought us the hellish nightmare of martial law 41 years ago are back in the news.

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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China is behaving like Janet Lim-Napoles

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In two world stage events occurring simultaneously last week, China presented two starkly different faces: a big power statesman in one, and a petty barnyard bully in the other.

Posted: September 11th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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