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Why Villar and Cayetano's Nacionalista Party can't expel the mad megalomaniac Trillanes

(Posted Monday June 26, 2017 15:54:39)
Nacionalista Party

Senator Antonio Trillanes' recent interview with the British Broadcasting Network's much- respected HARDtalk program, in which he not only spewed outright lies against President Duterte but demonstrated his stupidity, should be the tipping point for the Nacionalista Party (NP) to expel this megalomaniac.

They wish the President death when our soldiers are fighting a terrorist rebellion

(Posted Tuesday June 20, 2017 17:21:05)
Celdran, Paredes and Garchitorena

We know when someone is genuinely concerned about our well-being and health. If there is a selfish motive in asking about the health of someone, it is usually because we depend on him and we are anxious of what will happen to us if he dies.

The Supreme Court cannot stop an extension of Martial Law in Mindanao beyond 60 days

(Posted Wednesday June 07, 2017 12:47:16)
Marawi check point

"Martial law only addresses the military aspect of terrorist threats in Mindanao," says security expert Dr. Rommel Banlaoi. "Terrorism in the Philippines has many underlying conditions that a military action alone cannot address."

Dr. Banlaoi is chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research. He is also director of the Center for Intelligence and National Security Studies.

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryacudu says there are 1,200 IS "killing machines" in the Philippines

(Posted Monday June 05, 2017 11:20:20)
Indonesian ISIS
(Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu delivers his speech at the 16th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, Asia Security Summit Sunday, June 4, 2017, Singapore)

While local authorities were engaged in guesswork on the strength of the Islamic State (IS)-linked groups mainly those engaged in the Marawi City siege, putting them at 100 to 500, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu gave a credible estimate of 1,200 IS militants including foreigners of whom 40 are from Indonesia.

Islamic State could unify disparate Moro terrorists in Mindanao

(Posted Saturday June 03, 2017 10:53:20)
ISIS in Mindanao

One major reason why the Iraq and Syria-based "holy war" (jihad) movement called the "Islamic State" has become a real and present danger to the Philippines is that it has, or may already have, united the formerly small Moro terrorist groups that had been operating separately in Basilan, Sulu, and central Mindanao.

Gina Lopez' recollection on her brief stint in the government and her future plans

(Posted Tuesday May 30, 2017 10:17:12)
Gina Lopez

It's been two weeks since my rejection and already it seems like a lifetime away. Another world. Life is like that. It moves in phases ...

This morning after meditation, I was feeling refreshed with an upbeat sense of well-being. I sat with a friend and she and I remarked how good I feel - and how it was like night and day compared with my energy when I was at DENR! I was sleep-deprived and overworked.

The Yellows' false narrative that Duterte is the new Marcos

(Posted Monday May 29, 2017 10:37:59)
Duterte new Marcos

President Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao is certainly a very risky political move, that the Yellows are probably celebrating it.

It would bolster the false narrative they have been weaving that Duterte is the new Marcos, and that as he purportedly has demonstrated in his war against illegal drugs, he has little regard for human rights. The liberal Western media will pounce on Duterte and portray him as a strongman on the way to installing an authoritarian regime.

Terrorists executed civilians; Domestic problem could turn into a larger regional security threat

(Posted Sunday May 28, 2017 10:56:49)
Terrorists executed civilians in Marawi
(Smoke rises following airstrikes by Philippine Air Force to retake control of Marawi city, May 27, 2017)

Bodies of what appeared to be executed civilians were found in a ravine outside a besieged Philippine city Sunday as a six-day occupation by Islamist rebels resisting a military onslaught took a more sinister turn.

Yellow critics of Mindanao ML should refer to the Mamasapano operations of Aquino III

(Posted Saturday May 27, 2017 12:49:20)
Mindanao Martial Law

Some yellow critics of President Rodrigo Duterte raised the possibility that the Marawi City siege was the result of a failure of intelligence implying that the mayhem was the fault of state forces and the Duterte administration.

The presence of LP Senator Bam Aquino in Marawi City a few days before the Maute siege

(Posted Thursday May 25, 2017 14:49:20)
Bam Aquino

Occam's Razor, the philosophical principle which states that the simplest explanation is probably the most correct, is very likely in play here. That, and the axiom of "Cui bono," which postulates that whoever stands to benefit the most from a crime is at the head of the line in the search for its perpetrators.

I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people - President Duterte

(Posted Wednesday May 24, 2017 13:00:23)
Duterte and Putin
(Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with President Duterte during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 23, 2017)

President Rodrigo Duterte believes his declaration of martial law across the Philippines is possible under certain conditions. He said during his press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 5 pm, upon arrival from Russia:

"If I think that ISIS has already taken foothold, also in Luzon, and terrorism is not far behind, I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people."

It's becoming increasingly clear that Ivanka Trump's husband is part of President Trump's Russia problem

(Posted Saturday May 20, 2017 22:54:31)
Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump
(Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump)

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband: the young, pragmatic, hardheaded businessman out to modernize the US government and moderate the worst tendencies of his father-in-law — Donald Trump.

But what if, instead, Jared is not a panacea for the chaotic White House, but one of its biggest problems?

Duterte administration must probe Rappler's foreign ownership violating the Constitution

(Posted Friday May 19, 2017 10:54:17)

The Duterte government must investigate, and prosecute, the news website Rappler for violating the Constitution by having foreign capital, which accounts for about half of its P250 million capitalization.

While mining and energy magnate Benjamin Bitanga is the principal Filipino owner of Rappler, the firm got a reported $2 million in investments in 2015 from US firms Omdiyar Network (funded by the founder of the world's biggest online retailer eBay) and tech investment firm North Base Media.

Malacañang told the European Union to stop sending aid

(Posted Thursday May 18, 2017 11:47:58)
Franz Jessen, EU ambassador to the Philippines
(Franz Jessen, EU ambassador to the Philippines)

Malacañang has told the European Union (EU) that the Philippines will now stop receiving financial assistance from the regional bloc. Franz Jessen, EU ambassador to the Philippines, said he was informed this week of Manila's decision to stop receiving aid from the Europe.