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President B. S. Aquino 3rd is all but psychologically defeated. He can not hold on to the presidency much longer, but he does not want to go to jail for the 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force commandos who perished at the January 25 Mamasapano, Maguindanao massacre, and other unpunished…

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Still reeling from the deafening calls for his resignation following the January 25 Mamasapano, Maguindanao massacre, which took the lives of 44 elite policemen, after he denied them reinforcement, President B. S. Aquino 3rd took a swipe at his critics (“detractors,” said one newspaper) in his speech to the Philippine Military Academy…

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We did not need the 120-page Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry report to tell us that President B. S. Aquino 3rd “violated the PNP chain of command” in the Jan. 25 Operation Exodus, where 44 PNP-Special Action Force commandos were massacred by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the…

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The search for an official scapegoat for the January 25 massacre of 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force commandos by Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao formally  ended in Malacañang on Monday, when President B. S. Aquino 3rd publicly blamed everything on former SAF Director Getulio Napeñas,  the “ground commander”of Oplan…

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THE need to wage peace, not war, in the South has not waned, but the conditions under which peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and other rebel groups must be pursued have drastically changed. The Jan. 25 Mamasapano, Maguindanao massacre, in which 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force commandos…

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A highly informed source at the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force has denounced as a pure “cock and bull story” the alleged three hour-plus “bull session” between President B. S. Aquino 3rd and the SAF commandos before last Wednesday’s assumption of command by Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio Lazo as the…

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President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s fight for political survival appears to have taken a turn for the worse after the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) survivors of the January 25 massacre in Mamasapano, Maguindanao reportedly asked him “behind closed doors” to resign. Until then, the call on Aquino to “step down” has come from the National Transformation Council and various other groups who want him to account for his numerous constitutional violations and for his role in the Mamasapano massacre.
Highly informed sources said the SAF resignation…

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Since August of last year, I have been asked to guide the regular proceedings of the various assemblies of the National Transformation Council. The NTC, as everyone knows by now, is asking that President B. S. Aquino 3rd and his regime now step down and allow a caretaker council to take over, because of his obvious accountability for the Mamasapano massacre and so many other…

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At the National Transformation Council assembly in Lipa last Thursday, representatives of organized labor, farmers, fisherfolk, and urban poor called on President B. S. Aquino 3rd and his administration to step down. Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa reiterated his well-known position, and Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla of Davao reconfirmed the moral validity of the mounting call.
The same day, at a press conference hosted by Solidarity for Sovereignty (S4S) at Club…

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In trying to shield President B. S. Aquino 3rd from any accountability for the death of the 44 Special Action Force police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima virtually immolated himself, took the grand prize for lying, and all but dethroned Beelzebub as “the father of all lies.” He claimed total accountability for the fiasco, and tried to whitewash it of any presidential culpability or involvement. But the attempted whitewash failed to wash. Aquino remains stuck where he is.
According to Purisima, “the responsibility…

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