MANILA, Philippines — You gather poor intelligence, act on your own, deploy your trainees to a treacherous terrain infamous for eating troops alive, make a bad call, and in the end get fatal results. The mob cries for blood. They choose to blame policy and context, rather than confront the real issues that led to [...]
As long as the regulations say it, the soldiers will follow. Marcos the former commander in chief knew that. When he ordered them to fight, they did. When he ordered them to spend government money without care for auditing rules, they did. When he ordered them to kill in the name of democracy, they did.
In my less serene moments on Good Friday, I was tempted to make a fuss about this—because I didn’t see the point of being hauled to court over an uploaded letter that practically every major news media organization had—but I gave the Special Prosecutor the benefit of the doubt.
Siquijor’s bad rep precedes her, but it is the bad rep that has kept the province’s adolescent allure.
The Manila Times’ lesson is what presidents, leaders, and managers must all learn from: You can’t kill an independent newsroom. It will always find its way in other forms and other times.
Your predecessor trifled with this organization for far too long. She parceled out promotions like dog food to the most loyal.
Everything that the soldier was taught at PMA was being torn apart at the Senate: honesty, respect for seniors, putting public interest above all interests.
Would these current whistleblower revelations nail down another general? I have my doubts. True, the exposes of George Rabusa and Sonny Lim are helping the AFP high command go through a much-needed public cleansing.
Ex-Army Lt. Col. George Rabusa has come out with damning accusations against his former military commanders and now threatens to link Arroyo to illegal use of military funds.
I find the “Balay” and “Samar” factions in the Aquino government peculiar only because of their strange-sounding names and the fact that they’re engaged in open, crude warfare that lacks the sophistication of the old.
The bishops are at it again, railing against old sins. They’re quick to shoot down people linked to jueteng and condoms, but are gun-shy when confronted with sins committed by their brethren. That’s the sad reality that even my very Catholic mother concedes to.
Philhealth’s capitation fund: yet another source of abuse?
Bogus claims haunt Philhealth
Compassionate care eludes post-abortion patients
Desperate women seek desperate measures
‘Hello, Garci’ officer returns to intel community
Leaked copy of PNoy’s ‘SONA’
Our Beijing envoy
Quiet protest at the DOTC
Your war, our fatal assumptions
Celebrating the power of the human spirit
Of book writing and Chocolate Kiss-ing
I could have done a Vargas