Posted by akosistella on April 16, 2010
Editorial: Behind the raid
THE TREACHEROUS ATTACKS IN ISABELA CITY IN Basilan last Tuesday are an outrage. Even if, as Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza believes, these were carried out by “amateurs” and Abu Sayyaf recruits “new to the job,” the bandit group’s marked lack of professional panache still proved dangerous and lethal. Eleven people died: three Marines, one policeman, seven civilians. (Three Abu Sayyaf members fell too.) The damage to Basilan’s economy is quantifiable: stores have been closed, and the cathedral, one of the two bombing targets, has been heavily hit. According to the Roman Catholic bishop, the diocese’s main church was “70 percent damaged.” The blow sustained by the country’s image abroad, however, is beyond calculation and all too real
Why Mike Defensor is running
By Rina Jimenez-David
MIKE DEFENSOR HAS SERVED ONE TERM AS A councilor of Quezon City and two terms as a congressman during which he joined the group of young legislators that came to be known as the “Spice Boys,” spearheading the effort to impeach former President Erap Estrada.
After President Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the presidency, Defensor along with the other Spice Boys were appointed to different Cabinet positions. He first held the post of chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), but left to take over as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
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New Senate president should be elected now
As I See It
By Neal Cruz
I THINK POLITICIANS FROM RIVAL PARTIES now accept that Noynoy Aquino of the Liberal Party will be the next president. That can be gleaned from the way stalwarts of the administration’s Lakas-Kampi party are jumping to the LP. Politicians are like rats—in more ways than one. They know when a party is sinking, and so they jump before the sinking party sucks them under.
There will be more defections from Lakas-Kampi to the LP as the election campaign winds up. Politicians always want to be with the winner. That’s how many of them survive through the years.
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