Day: August 24, 2012

Steven Hildreth, a missile-defense expert with the Congressional Research Service, an advisory arm of US Congress, was quoted as saying that the U.S. is “laying the foundations” for a region-wide missile defense system that would combine U.S. ballistic missile defenses with those of regional powers, particularly Japan, South Korea and Australia.

By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA – “James Balao is already dead.” This was the message received by Winston, James’s brother, on August 19, at around 8:20 a.m. from mobile number +639993031078. James has been missing since September 17, 2008 when alleged state security forces forcibly took him along a busy street in La Trinidad,…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO MANILA — Lawamaker and lawyer Neri Javier Colmenares of Bayan Muna party is calling for the deferral of the Department of National Defense (DND) modernization budget. He said the DND’s budget should be deferred because of the agency’s and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin’s failure to satisfactorily explain the possible…

Asmayra Usman and her parents were sleeping inside their tent in the Mahad Nurul Ittihad Evacuation Center in Salbo, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao when members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) encamped in Bagan village, Guindulungan allegedly fired their guns in the direction of the evacuation center.

“If the Massacre has made anything clear, it is the difficulty of obtaining justice through a judicial system hostage to technicalities and susceptible to the crafty manipulation of lawyers” – Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

Sidebar: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo backed the Ampatuans

By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA – Grace Morales, wife of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, two of the 58 victims of the Ampatuan massacre, is disgusted with the temporary freedom of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now representative of Pampanga’s second district. Although Morales deemed that Arroyo had no direct participation in the…