MARIT STINUS-CABUGON

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SIX and a half years after having been first tagged as a participant in the April 28, 2007 abduction and disappearance of Jonas Burgos, Army Maj. Harry Baliaga was last week acquitted by a Quezon City regional trial court. He has consistently professed his innocence. The case of the prosecution…

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EIGHT days ago, members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army–Alex Bongcayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) clashed with suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay Bagong Silang in the town of Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental. A spokesperson of the RPA-ABB told local media that the NPA attempted to raid the RPA-ABB…

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IT’S been 20 years since my first stint as an opinion columnist. I was very combative in those days and after three years I got fired because the owners of the local paper for which I wrote, were convinced that I was working for their political opponent. I was the…

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FOUR months and P4 billion later and the battle for Marawi City is not yet over. Thousands have fled, and hundreds killed and wounded. As President Rodrigo Duterte said it: “All of us lost in Marawi.” “Every Moro that died, or every soldier that died, breaks our heart. They’re all…

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I WAS one of those who sighed with relief when the congressional Commission on Appointments rejected the appointments of Gina Lopez, Judy Taguiwalo and Rafael Mariano. Ms Lopez is no communist but she was praising the New People’s Army and suggesting collaboration. What Ms Lopez’s reason was for heaping undeserved…

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THE July 21 ambush in Guihulngan City that saw the New People’s Army kill six policemen signaled an escalation of violence in this city. Two days after, 28-year-old Glenn Absin, who had once been charged with rebellion, was shot dead in front of his four-year-old son. The following day, Alberto…

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WHEN nations were negotiating what would eventually become the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos of 1982), the People’s Republic of China championed the interests of the developing countries. China insisted that the exclusivity of the 200-nautical mile economic zones granted to coastal nations should not…

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WITH the Philippine National Police embroiled in yet another controversy, I’d like to start by remembering one truly decent police officer: The late lawyer Andres Sarmiento. Once adjudged an Outstanding Policeman of Cebu City by the Kiwanis Club of Cebu, Sarmiento retired as internal affairs chief of the Police Regional…

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