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Whenever the West looked for terrorists, they would point to rogue countries (Iraq is a usual suspect) as well as developing countries like the Philippines as favorite haunts of these bad guys. Why the special reference to us? Because of the Muslim population in Mindanao, our porous borders, the absence of Navy patrols, and lax [...]

Posted on January 2, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

Whenever the West looked for terrorists, they would point to rogue countries (Iraq is a usual suspect) as well as developing countries like the Philippines as favorite haunts of these bad guys. Why the special reference to us? Because of the Muslim population in Mindanao, our porous borders, the absence of Navy patrols, and lax [...]

Posted on January 2, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

The government quelled a mini-rebellion and resolved a hostage crisis. What’s next from Misuari’s faction of the MNLF? From the sky, Air Force helicopters and ground-attack aircraft took turns pounding the gunmen’s heavily fortified positions with rockets and conventional bombs. On the ground, infantrymen inched their way behind armored vehicles, fighting Nur Misuari’s men who [...]

Posted on December 12, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

Nur Misuari thought he was a cut above the rest Nur Misuari isn’t exactly being forthright when he solely blames the Arroyo administration for his ouster as chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). Barely three years after he signed a peace deal with the Ramos government, he was already faced with a serious [...]

Posted on December 5, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

Have the police and other law enforcement agencies become so inefficient that they can no longer control crime and make citizens feel safe in their homes and in the streets? That seems to be a tacit admission behind the President’s plan to arm civilians for anti-crime work. This week’s “Crossfire” pits two debaters—Brian Samuel P. [...]

Posted on December 5, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Features

Most building owners have a tight budget for security, so they usually don’t give it importance At approximately 5 p.m. on November 6, actress Nida Blanca (Dorothy Jones Strunk in real life) stepped out of the 6th floor elevator of the Atlanta Center in Greenhills, San Juan, where she had attended a meeting. She was [...]

Posted on November 28, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

If it distances itself from the US, the Philippines can play an important role in post-Taliban Afghanistan Now, the real hard work begins. After helping the opposition Northern Alliance drive away the Taliban from Kabul last week, the United States-led international coalition’s counter-terrorism war has shifted to the more difficult and complex phase—preventing the country [...]

Posted on November 28, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

In the United States, building owners are turning to design to inhibit crime in parking areas. In Detroit, Michigan, a theory called Crime Prevention through Environmental Design is gaining a following. The theory’s proponents considered all the things criminals use and turned these against them. Criminals like darkness, things to hide behind, and lots of [...]

Posted on November 28, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

Some fear that President Arroyo might have chained our destiny to this revived friendship In September 1991, twelve members of the Philippine Senate tried to sever the country’s umbilical cord to Mother America by voting to scrap the 1947 Military Bases Agreement (MBA). This prompted the United States to leave Clark Field and Subic Naval [...]

Posted on November 28, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

The name continues to seduce the media and politicians. But is there real fury behind the sound? “YOU fight for what is right. YOU condemn what is wrong.” Carried by faceless, nameless junior military officers, the slogan easily caught fire in camps and newsrooms during the heady years of the Aquino government. It was January [...]

Posted on November 21, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

If there’s a cohesive military organization you can count on for a coup, it’s the Guardians. To this day, spooks spice up their reports on alleged coup plots with old files on mutinous Guardians. They are the usual suspects, having figured in all the coup attempts launched after Edsa 1 . The military fraternity consists [...]

Posted on November 21, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security
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