Judges condemn labeling of colleague by ex-gov’t official 

PHILIPPINE judges on Monday collectively condemned the labeling of one of their own as a communist by a former government task force official, citing the potential dangers posed by such arbitrary tagging.    “The Philippine Judges Association (PJA) deplores in no uncertain term the undeserved vilification, red-tagging and life-endangerment of a member of the judiciary,” the […]

Manila court junks petition to declare communists as terrorists

FILIPINO communist rebels painted their face to hide their identities during the celebration of the 42nd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on Dec. 26, 2010. — REUTERS A MANILA trial court has rejected the government’s plea to declare communist organizations in the Philippines as terrorist groups. In a 135-page resolution dated […]

Congressmen oppose religious group’s indictment

SEVERAL lawmakers on Tuesday filed a resolution asking the Commission on Human Rights to condemn the state’s terrorist-financing charges against members of a religious group.  House Resolution 393 called on the agency to issue a condemnation against the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) indictment of nuns and other staff of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines.  […]

Editorial: Biking in Anas

Who would have thought, a biking Sunday could be the last turn in the lives of Far Eastern University football player Keith Absalon and his cousin Nolven Absalon in Barangay Anas, Masbate City when they rose into an anti-personnel land mine (APM). Nolven’s 16-year-old son was injured as well in the blast. Keith at once […]

Wenceslao: Lessons learned

THERE are two things I like regarding recent developments on the issue of community pantries. One is National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon issuing a gag order to Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade and Communications Secretary Lorraine Badoy of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). The other is seeing military personnel bringing […]