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In marking the 29th anniversary of EDSA-I today, we could inquire, what happened to the Filipino nation which “people power” rescued from the Marcos “dictatorship” and returned to “democracy”? Under mounting pressure to step down because of his failed command which led to the massacre of 44 Special Action Force police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25, President B. S. Aquino 3rd…

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Despite the silly official claim that President B.S. Aquino 3rd is“unaffected and unmoved” by the mounting calls for his “stepping down,” his own inner official and family circle apparently believes his exit cannot be indefinitely postponed. They seem to believe the only way to save Aquino could be to stage a “Palace coup,” to allow himto hold on, at least as a figurehead, through a “revolutionary government.”
Highly reliable sources say this is one of the…

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President B. S. Aquino 3rd had a long meeting with top generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines last Sunday, but they came out “frustrated” with what they heard and did not hear about the government’s failure to respond to the distressed calls for reinforcement of the 44 Special Action Force police commandos who were slaughtered by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on Jan 25…

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The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has issued a statement mildly critical of the ongoing Congress inquiry into the massacre of 44 Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bansamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Mamasapano, Maguindanaoon Jan. 25. The statement tries to be even-handed…

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The call on President B. S. Aquino 3rd to step down as a result of the Jan. 25 Mamasapano, Maguindanao massacre has now become irreversible. It has taken hold of our people’s consciousness, and is now sweeping across the nation. In Cebu last Friday, Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, archbishop emeritus of Cebu, flanked by Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, Batangas, Archbishop…

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I do not know how much cruelty we could take, but it looks like the Congress hearings on the Mamasapano massacre are determined to stretch it. In death, the 44 victims and their families have borne more than enough cruelty. This time, most of those in the hearings seem bent to make sure the public share every bit of it. It is cruel and unusual punishment.
The public is being grabbed by the neck, as it were, and compelled to watch the televised hearings where every stupid question…

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Not even his 55th birth anniversary last Sunday gave President B. S. Aquino 3rd a reprieve from the public outrage over the Jan. 25 massacre of 44 Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
As a critic, I prayed for him more intensely than I normally used to. I prayed that he may finally be touched by the light of truth and justice, the grace of wisdom and humility, and…

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In his televised speech to the nation last Friday, President B. S. Aquino 3rd tried to mime “personal responsibility” for the police operation that resulted in the massacre of 44 commandos of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanaoon January 25—his late mother Cory Aquino’s 82nd birthday—but quickly exempted himself from its logical and necessary consequences.
With a visible pallor of grief, Aquino accepted the resignation of his intimate shooting…

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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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