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President B. S. Aquino 3rd has cleared himself of any culpability in the Jan. 25 slaughter by Bangsamoro rebels of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) police commandos tasked to bring in Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias “Marwan,” and his Filipino associate Abdul Basit Usman from their sanctuary in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, a fifth class municipality where Moro Islamic Liberation Front operates three command bases, and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters at least one…

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There seems to be some kind of conspiracy in the Senate and in the conscript media to save President B. S. Aquino 3rd from any criminal liability for the death of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) who were massacred by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters while trying to bring in Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias “Marwan” and his Filipino associate Basit Usman in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25…

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Until now docile and forgiving Filipinos have tended to look the other way as President B. S. Aquino 3rd routinely abused the Constitution. His crimes have piled up, but none of them had affected the nation as much as his ignoble and wretched response to the January 24 Maguindanao massacre of 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
He failed to show enough sympathy and respect for the martyred policemen…

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It was the least President B. S. Aquino 3rd could do, even if it seemed too little too late – to declare a day of national mourning for all the members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) who perished in the Maguindanao massacre in the hands of the Muslim Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) last weekend. It came one day after the National Transformation Council…

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Fifty-two members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (according to the latest report) are dead. They were massacred, many of them mutilated, in an armed encounter in barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a breakaway faction of the MILF.
This happened while the Aquino government was trying to…

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To President B. S. Aquino 3rd ‘s rather rude attempt to embarrass Pope Francis during his call at Malacanang last week, the Holy Father made no visible effort to respond. He simply refused to recognize the assault. But in the course of his four-day apostolic and state visit, he found…

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In four days of festivity of love, faith and hope, Filipinos saw what they had expected and wanted to see in Pope Francis–and more. A humble pope, a simple pope, a pope of mercy and compassion, a truly wonderful human being. They saw, heard, and touched him with their eyes…

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Pope Francis’s impact on the Filipinos defied all our highest expectations. On the other hand, President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s performance as host of the state-portion of the Pope’s four-day apostolic and state visit exceeded our worst fears. The 78-year-old pilgrim Pope renewed our spirits and took our hearts away…

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Pope Francis meets with President B. S. Aquino 3rd in Malacanang today on the first working day of his state and apostolic visit to the Philippines. What will they talk about? No one has an inside track.
The “talking points” have not been leaked, and everyone is trying to speculate. I will not add to it, but I do have a short wish list.
As everyone knows, the Pope is here to express his solidarity with the poor and the victims of recent great calamities. I wish that, in addition to the topic of mercy and compassion,..

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