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BPO revenues seen to overtake remittances

Business process outsourcing (BPO) is growing continually at double-digit rates, giving the industry the confidence that its goal of hitting $25 billion in yearly revenue and 1.3 million in direct jobs by 2016 "is very much achievable." According to the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), the industry was also on pace to overtaking remittances from overseas Filipino workers. In 2014, OFWs sent back a total of $24.3 billion, growing at a five-year low of 5.9 percent. "The industry continues to be strong and vibrant as we have seen 15 percent to 18 percent (compounded annual growth rate in the past 10 years)," IBPAP chair Dan Reyes s...

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Out-of-school-youths still a major problem in Maguindanao

Though the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sees education as a fundamental human right, it's a right that Norhanudin Ramon of Kabuntalan, Maguindanao has not been able to exercise for several years.

Cecil the lion case charts new territory for US wildlife law

WASHINGTON - A 115-year-old U.S. law aimed at preventing unlawful animal trafficking may be difficult to enforce in the case of an American hunter who killed a celebrated Zimbabwean lion.

3 vehicles collide along Roces Avenue in QC, become fiery wrecks

Three vehicles collided along Roces Avenue in Quezon City early Wednesday morning and became bright fireballs, GMA News' dzBB reported.

Russia resubmits claim for energy-rich Arctic shelf

Russia said on Tuesday it has resubmitted a claim to the United Nations for some 1.2 million square km of the Arctic shelf, a drive to secure more of the mineral-rich region where other countries have rival territorial interests.

German justice minister sacks top prosecutor over treason row

Germany's government sacked the top public prosecutor on Tuesday after he accused the justice ministry of interfering in a widely criticized treason investigation against a news website.

Comelec, Smartmatic to begin negotiations on P1.72B contract

The Commission on Elections said on Tuesday that though Smartmatic-TIM had been awarded the P1.72 billion contract for the provision of 23,000 Optical Mark Reader (OMR) machines, contract negotiations could run for about two weeks.

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill eight, kidnap 100 in Cameroon

YAOUNDE  - At least eight people were killed and about 100 others were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in an overnight raid on a village near Cameroon's northern border, a local government and a military source said.

DFA asks ASEAN to make the South China Sea code a priority

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario on Tuesday called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to make the passage of a legally-binding code of conduct in the South China Sea a “priority” given China’s non-stop construction and expansion in several disputed features in the contested waters.

Prototype of new EDSA MRT coaches to arrive August 10-14 –DOTC

The prototype of the new train cars for the EDSA MRT is expected "to arrive at the Port of Manila within the week of August 10-14," to the Department of Transportation and Communication has said.

 VP Binay calls Roxas' resignation ‘drama’

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday described Interior Secretary Mar Roxas' resignation from his post as "drama," likening it to last year's resignation by Budget Sec. Florencio Abad that President Benigno Aquino III rejected, GMA News program “24 Oras” reported.

Asean finally makes united stand on China bold reclamations

KUALA LUMPUR---Southeast Asian nations want China to stop land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, a regional official said on Tuesday, but China insisted it had a right to continue the activity.   Le Luong Minh, secretary general of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said Asean foreign ministers expressed concerns in a meeting on Tuesday over massive Chinese island-building activities that had escalated tensions in the area.   The flash point issue has taken center stage at the Asean 48th Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting here.   China, which is attending a series of sideline meetings, has insisted it will not talk about the...

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Mother of slain Calif. girl doesn’t blame Fil-Am suspect’s mom

Slain victim Madyson Middleton and suspect Adrian Jerry Gonzalez. SAN FRANCISCO -- Laura Jordan, mother of slain 8-year-old Madyson Middleton, isn't angry at the mother of the 15-year-old suspect, Adrian Jerry Gonzalez. Jordan doesn't blameher at all. Madyson went missing on July 26 and was found dead in a recycling bin at the Santa Cruz, California apartment complex where she and her mother lived. Gonzalez, who was accused of kidnapping, raping and killing her was arrested and will be tried as an adult. Only hours after Gonzalez made his first court appearance in the rape and slaying of Madyson, Jordan told the San Francisco Chronicle that she heard crying near the memo...

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2 Ilocanos and their stories make it to this year’s FringeNYC

NEW YORK CITY -- It's the height of summer, and it's Fringe season again. This year, a couple of Ilocano artists, Jeremy Rafal and Joyce Lao, made it into the lineup and will be taking center stage to share their stories and journeys. It's the 19th year of the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), touted as the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with programming from 200 of the world's best emerging theater groups and dance companies. The festivals highlight the unique point of view of emerging and established artists from the Philippines and all over the world in theater, literature, music, dance, visual art, film, cabaret, performance art, circus and ...

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Pretty starlet’s rudeness turns off coworkers

  Looks can be deceiving. At first glance, Pretty Starlet seems refined and elegant. In reality, PS can be uncouth.   PS had just arrived at the studio, when she suddenly slumped down in a chair, while absent-mindedly placing her long legs on a table.   Everyone in the room was stunned, turned off by the embarrassing sight.   Mall rat   Who knew Rich Star also had a sordid past?   After all, RS doesn't look like the typical hunky gigolo. When he was younger, RS used to hang out in a decrepit mall where he trolled for gay clients.   Asked about the early days, RS once made the mistake of admitting that he was "d...

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‘Noy repeatedly lauded SAF 44’

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has repeatedly hailed the gallantry of the 44 policemen killed in the bungled Mamasapano operation, contrary to the cl

Man who did not abandon Tacloban passes away

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – A young businessman who showed the world his love for Tacloban amid all the chaos after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda i

Super typhoon Soudelor to spare Phl – Pagasa

MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Soudelor was forecast to intensify into a super typhoon within the next 24 hours but is likely to spare the country from its wr

PhilHealth stops paying 2 hospitals over alleged pneumonia fraud

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Health Insurance Corp.

Palace to Binay: What are your solutions?

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang scored Vice President Jejomar Binay for failing to provide solutions to the problems of the country that he listed in his co

‘Public bidding for PCOS repair no longer an option’

MANILA, Philippines - After two failed biddings, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday ruled out the possibility of reviving the public bidding for

‘Gov’t achieved much in poverty reduction’

MANILA, Philippines - Contrary to the bleak picture Vice President Jejomar Binay wanted to paint, the Philippines actually has bright prospects for the futur

No quorum for House plenary debates on BBL

MANILA, Philippines - The scheduled resumption of plenary debates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the House of Representatives was stalled yest

Foreign, domestic firms barred from donating for political activities

MANILA, Philippines - Foreign and domestic corporations are prohibited from giving donations to any political party or candidate for political activities, ac

Prosecution concludes presentation of evidence in Napoles bail hearings

After more than a year of hearings, the prosecution panel has formally concluded its presentation of evidence and witnesses against Janet Lim-Napoles as to the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind’s petition to post bail for her plunder case.

Jinggoy Estrada's transfer to San Juan hospital reset to Wednesday

Senator Jinggoy Estrada's transfer to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan Tuesday night for a complete medical check-up was postponed "per doctor's advice," according to a source within the Estrada camp.

PhilHealth stops paying 2 hospitals over suspicious claims

Some two hospitals -- one in northern Luzon and another in Mindanao -- were suspected of being involved in fraudulent health insurance claims on pneumonia cases, GMA 7 news program "24 Oras" reported on Tuesday.

ASEAN nations back halt to land reclamation in South China Sea

Southeast Asian countries on Tuesday backed a US call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea, also known as the West Philippine Sea, underlining unease in the region over Beijing's continued expansion on disputed islands.

Pro-Hadi fighters recapture Yemen's largest base from Houthis

Fighters loyal to Yemen's exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, bolstered by Gulf Arab support, seized the country's largest military base from Houthi forces on Monday after heavy combat in which dozens were killed or captured, a pro-Hadi commander said.

Gilas stint a dream come true for veteran Intal, rookie Rosser

  For veteran forward JC Intal and rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, being part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool is no less than a dream come true. Intal, who is on his eight season in the PBA, thought having the opportunity to represent the country had passed him by. He never thought the chance of a lifetime will come at this stage of his career. "At first, I couldn't believe it," Intal said. "I'm going into my ninth year in the PBA next season then I got a call from Gilas and it gave me goosebumps and I couldn't explain the feeling. I'm just so happy and honored and privileged to be part of this." The 31-year-old Intal is coming off one of his better seasons in the PBA as pa...

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Taulava excited to play alongside Abueva in Gilas pool

Competing in the international stage is nothing new to Asi Taulava, who has been part of several Philippine teams throughout his career. Getting called up for another stint with the national team, the 42-year-old Taulava doesn't need to make a lot of adjustments as far as the international game goes. What Taulava needs to get used to, though, is playing alongside Alaska forward Calvin Abueva---something that the ageless big man is looking forward to. READ: Photos: Gilas holds first official training after pool announcement "My goodness. Thank God I'm finally playing with Calvin," Taulava told reporters. "That guy has a motor. He doesn't stand still. I don't have to look over my sho...

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Baldwin won’t keep retired Alapag from attempting Gilas return

  Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin isn't discounting the possibility of former national team captain Jimmy Alapag wearing the country's colors again. In fact, Baldwin seemed as if he's already preparing himself for that moment when Alapag, who is also serving as a practice player for Gilas apart from being an assistant coach, will ask for a slot in the final roster. READ: Jimmy Alapag 'ready' to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas if needed "You don't have to do much to get him to make a big sacrifice for the Gilas uniform and for this country. He'll do that at the drop of a hat," Baldwin said of Alapag, who announced his retirement from basketball seven months ago. "B...

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Asia stocks mixed as China surges on new shorting rules

HONG KONG--Asian stocks were mixed in afternoon trading Tuesday, as China announced new rules restricting short selling after a recent market rout and Australia held interest rates at rock-bottom levels. Shanghai jumped 3.69 percent or 133.63 points to 3,756.54, while Hong Kong ended flat, down 0.02 percent, or 5.3 points, to 24,406.12. Tokyo eased 0.14 percent, or 27.75 points, to close at 20,520.36, while Seoul gained 0.97 percent, or 19.50 points, to close at 2,027.99. In Australia, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index advanced 0.33 percent, or 18.6 points, to close at 5,697.9. Shanghai enjoyed a late spurt after China's two stock exchanges announced new rules that effec...

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American huntress draws flak for posting photos with dead animals

  AN American huntress has drawn the ire of netizens after posting pictures of herself with her trophy hunts, including a dead giraffe, on social media. On July 22, Sabrina Corgatelli posted a photo of her plane ticket with the caption: "Just waiting to start my long journey to South Africa." The Telegraph reported that Corgatelli's hunting site was a private conservancy 20 kilometers from South Africa's Kruger National Park. Four days after, Corgatelli posted photos of her first kill, an African antelope with a striped body and spiral horns called a kudu. "Yesterday was day 1 an amazing day!!! Got my beautiful beautiful Kudu!! It was my #1 want on my list and I g...

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Vietnam accuses US of flooding stores with cheap chicken

  The Vietnamese government has required relevant ministries and organizations to clarify whether US producers are selling cheap frozen chicken legs on the Vietnamese market. Minister-Chairman of the Office of Government Nguyen Van Nen said more thorough examinations were needed as part of integration commitments with the world economy. He added that a conclusion could not be simply based on initial information. The challenge was raised by livestock associations in Dong Nai Province and the Southeast Region. They have asked the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to open an investig...

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Mariel Rodriguez could be carrying triplets

  Actress and TV-host Mariel Rodriguez could be pregnant with not just twins as previously reported, but triplets.   Quoting his wife on Instagram, Robin Padilla said a certain Dra. Manalo of the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Paraaque City told them there is a possible third child inside Rodriguez's womb.   "Pwede daw maging triplets! Triplets or twins daw! But 'yung isa sa kanila may heartbeat na! Possibility pa lang 'yung triplets eh hindi pa sure kasi possible na nagfo-fold yung isa kaya nagiging three pero gulat na gulat si doktora and for the first time nakita ko na kinilig siya sabi niya 'the heartbeat made my day,'" the caption read. &nb...

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Comedy Cebu presents Jon Rosol and various global Filipino acts!

Comedy Cebu, the only Filipino and international point-of-view stand-up comedy group in Cebu, will be bringing some of the funniest international Pinoy stand-up comedians from around the world thisAugust 6-7, 2015to Cebu City! The observational comedy group has been providing Cebu world-class comedy entertainment with its experienced performers in the art of stand-up comedy since January this year, with performers using humor based on life experiences, social trends, human observation- a fresh and equally enjoyable alternative to the insult/drag/gay comedy scene which is hugely popular in other Filipino comedy clubs and shows. In the upcoming events this August, Comedy Cebu will no...

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Researchers find biomarkers for early stage pancreatic cancer

  WASHINGTON, United States -- A combination of three proteins appears to be a good indicator of early stage pancreatic cancer when found in high levels in urine, British researchers said in a study published Monday.   The findings, published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, hold promise for developing an inexpensive, non-invasive test to detect the disease before it can spread, they said.   There is no existing early diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer, which has the lowest five-year survival rate of all cancers, about three percent in Britain.   "It took a while to secure proof of principle funding in 2008 to look at biomarkers in ...

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US Navy intercepts ballistic missile in test off Hawaii

  HONOLULU, Hawaii, United States --- The U.S. military said Monday it successfully tested an interceptor that can shoot down ballistic missiles as well as airplanes.   The destroyer USS John Paul Jones tested the technology during a series of flight tests off the Hawaiian island of Kauai over the past week, the Missile Defense Agency said in a statement.   The tests used a modified version of the SM-6 missile the Navy already uses, said Heather Uberuaga, a spokeswoman for military contractor Raytheon Missile Systems.   The existing version can shoot down airplanes, helicopters and cruise missiles. The newer model tested off Hawaii may also de...

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More Far Left than the Philippine Far Left

Just as global Filipinos alarmed by China’s massive reclamations in the West Philippine Sea were preparing to hold their third annual Global Day of Protest against China’s imperialism on July 24, a “preemptive counter demonstration” was held on July 19 in front of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC by Filipino American militants protesting US imperialism in the Philippines ...

The Iglesia ni Cristo Religion Will Eventually Self-Destruct

It will only be a matter of time before the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), founded by Felix Manalo over a hundred years ago eventually destroys itself. Like All organized religions, it stands on shaky ground depending solely on the faith of its followers to keep it going. And once that faith begins to waiver, it is the beginning of the end for that religion ...

Why Isn’t the Makati business Community Rallying Behind Jejomar Binay?

Doesn’t anyone find it a bit strange that the former mayor of Makati does not seem to have the backing of that city’s business community? Makati after all is the country’s premiere business district. Most major Philippine corporations are headquartered there. And for someone who has won election after election, whose wife also served as mayor, and whose son is the current mayor, the city’s business community seems totally disengaged from Vice President Jejomar Binay’s bid for the presidency as well as the myriad accusations of corruption currently being hurled against him ...

What the Heck is the Problem with Filipino Voters?

Mar Roxas, who gave up his presidential aspirations in 2010 to make way for then presidential aspirant Benigno Aquino Jr., says he might be willing to give way again for frontrunner Grace Poe. The question Pinoy voters should be asking is if Roxas is so willing to give way to others, maybe he’s not that interested in running for president. At this time more than ever, the country needs a decisive, strong-willed leader who will stand up to the Chinese and all others wishing to leave Filipinos at a disadvantage ...

Local Officials, You Are Only Temporary Stewards of the Lands You Govern

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas got it exactly right when he told Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, “you don’t own Makati City.” Roxas was referring to the mayor’s initial refusal to accept the suspension order from the Office of the Ombudsman in connection the ongoing corruption investigation against the mayor. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima chimed in as well, pointing out that “No public official can treat any local government unit as his own kingdom and government office as a royal entitlement.” ...

Will Same-Sex Marriage Ever Happen in the Philippines?

The United States Supreme Court has finally put its stamp of approval on same-sex unions. This following similar actions by governments in many other first-world democracies around the globe. The high court agreed with the argument that marriage is a very important institution in society. And to deny it to a certain group simply because of their sexual orientation is overtly discriminatory. And when you think about it, the court’s ruling makes perfect sense—whether or not one is gay or straight. In properly functioning democracies (like the U.S.) everyone is equal under the law ...

Who Should be the Next President of the Philippines?

Make no mistake, the next elections will be one of the most important—if not the most important—elections the country will ever have. Never since the Philippines gained self-determination in 1946 has it faced such an existential threat from a hostile foreign country as it now faces from China ...

Pope’s Encyclical May Finally Get Filipinos to Change their Evil Environmental Ways

Pope Francis is about to issue an encyclical on climate change. The 200-page papal letter to Catholic bishops worldwide warns of "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem" by the end of this century unless drastic changes are made to avert it. This encyclical could not have come any sooner for the Philippines ...

Congress Wants Gloria Arroyo on House Arrest, Seriously?

When President Benigno Aquino III, wasn’t looking (he was in Japan), the House of Representatives quickly passed a resolution urging the Sandiganbayan court to allow house arrest for detained Pampanga Representative and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Since October of 2012, Arroyo, has been detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, on plunder charges for the misuse of nearly $9 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds ...

Grace Poe for Philippine President? Not So Fast!

She is photogenic, carries herself well, and Filipinos all seem to love her. The question to ask though is whether the well-liked lady senator is ready to be the next president? Filipinos it seems have a penchant for electing young “celebrities” with zero experience into positions of power, then simply hope for the best with “bahala na ang Dios.” Look at all the entertainers-turned-politicians who are now mayors, governors, senators and congressmen. None of them has truly stood out to the amazement and wonder of cynics like us. Most manage to simply muddle through…at best. Why, because they are simply not cut-out for the job ...

Filipinos Need to Stand Tall In the Face of Chinese Aggression

President Aquino made the right move by going to Japan to bolster Philippine-Japanese cooperation. While he might be “preaching to the choir” as far as the Japanese are concerned, he nonetheless needs to communicate the graveness of the situation the Philippines currently faces. More than any other country in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is the one most threatened by China’s “salami slicing” tactic of encroachment: taking over one small island after another in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) ...

Rodrigo Duterte Must Never Become President of the Philippines

After consistently maintaining that he had no intentions to seek higher office, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte hinted that he might actually make a run for the presidency. Mayor Duterte appears to be giving the "finger" to his detractorsThere was no mention of those lofty intentions that most candidates for president "parrot" when they make that fateful announcement. Nothing about God, or country or making life better for future generations. Instead Duterte said he “might” run for president simply because we was annoyed by the criticisms being leveled against him by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales ...

How Filipinos Can Stop China Now

The future of Filipinos will be nothing like their past. Each and every Filipino must realize this. The proverbial lackadaisical “Juan Tamad” lying under a guava tree in an idyllic Amorsolo painting-like setting will no longer exist. Instead a new reality like that of ancient Sparta or modern-day Israel will pervade. China is growing stronger every day and they are quickly turning into an aggressive, tyrannical power. Like Sparta and Israel, the Philippines will be in a constant state of siege for the foreseeable future. If the Philippines is to survive as an independent country, it has to do something…now ...

Pacman's Gamble

The world now knows that while training for his May 2 “Fight of the Century” with undefeated world welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao suffered a shoulder injury. According to his trainer, Freddie Roach, this mishap occurred on April 4 in a sparring session when he threw a right hook and his arm “got entangled with those of his sparring partner” ...

Chinese Military Bases Under Construction on Philippine Reefs Must be Destroyed Now!

This is the reality: China’s military leaders are rushing the construction of military bases in six different reef areas inside the Philippines’ exclusive 200 mile economic zone. The Philippines is doing nothing to immediately stop it. In a year’s time, these bases will practically be completed. Once they are completed fighter planes, bombers, helicopters, missiles and heavily armed warships will be stationed there. It will then be practically impossible to remove them ...

Is Vice President Jejomar Binay the Manchurian Candidate?

It was made into two classic films, the first with Frank Sinatra in 1962 and the second with Denzel Washington in 2004. “The Manchurian Candidate”, the 1959 best-selling novel by Richard Condon, told the tale of a group of American soldiers captured during the Korean War who were taken to Manchuria, China where they were brainwashed by Chinese officials. After they were released by their captors, the soldiers were hailed as heroes in the US. One of them, Raymond Shaw, became the Manchurian candidate, the sleeper assassin at the beck and call of the Chinese Communists ...

Pacmania Sweeps the World

Walk down any big city in the Philippines and you feel the excitement gripping everyone; men and women, boxing aficionados or not. Sunday’s match (Manila-time) between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will have the country, glued to screens, large and small in major metropolitan areas as well as far-flung rural barrios. In fact, it is not just the Philippines, but the entire world that will be watching this long-awaited duel between two of today’s biggest boxing giants. In Mexico home to boxing greats like Érik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Márquez, and Oscar De La Hoya to name a few, the fight will be aired live for free on Mexico City television ...

Mary Jane Veloso’s Execution Will Only Highlight the Dysfunction of Filipino Society

On the 28th of April, the Indonesian government will execute Filipina Mary Jane Veloso by firing squad. For this luckless young woman, it will be the culmination of a life that from the beginning, had been dealt a losing hand. First and foremost, she was born a Filipino. In a country where according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study, 18 million live on 50 pesos or less a day, her chances of being born into poverty were a lot greater than if she was born in Europe or North America—or even in other countries in Southeast Asia ...

There Will Never be Lasting Peace with the Bangasamoro Basic Law

It is incomprehensible to many that despite all the negatives piling up against it, the Aquino administration is still pushing for Congress to ratify the Bangasamoro Basic Law (BBL). First and foremost, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front with whom the Philippine government entered into an agreement with, massacred 44 Special Action Force (SAF) policemen who were serving an arrest warrant on an international terrorist. Because the SAF officers were in what the rebels perceive as “their” territory provided the Moros with the excuse they needed to savagely slaughter the group. This incident, known as the Mamasapano Massacre occurred shortly after the Moros and the Aquino administration signed the BBL ...

Is Manny Pacquiao Giving Floyd Mayweather an Unfair Advantage?

Doctor Expedito Castillo, a retired internist with training in sports medicine thinks so. Castillo who lives in New York points out that Los Angeles—where Manny Pacquiao now trains for his May 2nd fight, and Las Vegas—where Floyd Mayweather trains and where the boxing match will take place, have enormous differences in terms of elevation. Los Angeles is just 233 feet above sea-level, while Las Vegas is a whopping 2,000 feet above sea-level ...

Just When You Thought Filipino Cops Were the Worst, Here Come US Cops

What in the world has happened to cops in the United States? It seems that today only psychotic, unstable, individuals are joining the police U.S. police force this days. People from all across the globe were more than willing to give American cops the benefit of the doubt, at first. But in instance after instance, from Ferguson, MS and the killing of Michael Brown, a young black man who witnesses say was unarmed and posed no threat at all to police; to today’s cold-blooded murder of Walter F. Scott, 50 by South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager, 33. Mr. Scott had been stopped by Officer Slager for—of all things—a busted taillight. But as Scott turned and fled, he was fired at 8 times by the officer and died on the spot ...

NPA Celebrates 46 Years of Destroying the Philippines

Founded by Bernabe Buscayno, or “Kumander Dante” as he was more commonly known, the New People’s Army founded on March 29, 1969 celebrates it 46th year of existence. From less than 40 founding members and a handful of rifles, the NPA grew to over 26,000 in the 1980s. Today however the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) places NPA membership at less than 5,000 nationwide. That number is expected to dwindle even further as progress and education creep in to the far-flung towns and barrios that were once breeding grounds for recruits ...

Lee Kuan Yew and Ferdinand Marcos, What a Difference!

An Australian living in the Philippines published a book titled: “The Unlucky Country. The Republic of the Philippines in the 21st Century.” The author Duncan McKenzie came up with the title as the counterpoint to “The Lucky Country” a book written in the mid-sixties that refers to Australia. In his book McKenzie explains that the Philippines is unlucky because, for starters, it is an archipelago and therefore naturally fragmented. In addition, it is a land plagued by “frequent disasters, both man-made and natural” ...

Will the Philippines Ever Speed Up Its Glacially-Slow Justice System?

We’ve all heard the saying “justice delayed is justice denied.” That maxim has been around since time immemorial. In fact the Pirkei Avot (Hebrew for “Ethics of the Fathers”) which dates back to the 1st century B.C. mentions an old rabbi saying that goes: “the sword comes into the world, because of justice delayed and justice denied." In 1215 A.D. a clause from the Magna Carta similarly declares that “to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice." ...

Amal Alamuddin Clooney Wants to Defend Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo...Why?

Okay so she's George Clooney's wife, she's got great looks, a law degree and ambitious enough to make a name for herself apart from that of her superstar husband. Fair enough. So Amal Alamuddin Clooney decides to take on high profile cases of injustice around the world. Even better. But filing a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo? What's up with that? Better do your homework Mrs. Clooney. It won't take long for you to realize that Arroyo is getting exactly what she deserves ...

Manny Pacquiao Should Not Be Given a Tax Exemption

Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III has proposed a bill to grant Manny Pacquiao a special tax exemption for the income he will earn from his May 2nd boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pimentel justifies his bill as a "fitting tribute" to the Filipino eight-division world champion adding that "Manny is now part of our history and of world sports history. Let’s give him this tax incentive in recognition to his invaluable efforts to promote boxing and the country around the world"...

With Negotiators Like These on Our Team, Who Needs an Opposing Side?

What on earth happened to these two women—supposedly handpicked by the president himself to argue on behalf of the Philippine government in peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front—who now seem to be mouthpieces for the Moros? Have Secretary Teresita Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the negotiating panel become mesmerized by the tough "macho" image the rebels project? Or have they been around these terrorists far too long that they're experiencing a "Stockholm-syndrome" like phenomenon? ...