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The press in war and peace

THE renewed violence in Mindanao only draws into sharp focus the critical role played by media in helping foster an atmosphere of stability and tranquility in times of duress and stress. Without compromising the sanctity of truth and the constitutionally enshrined press freedom, the media, as watchdog, can ideally serve as a bridge between fact and fiction, even as it often becomes the scapegoat during... 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Awards

A Filipino doctor is among three individuals and two organizations who will be conferred the 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Awards on August 31, 2013, the Birth Anniversary of former Philippine President Ramon F. Magsaysay, in whose honor the award was named, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Incoming search terms:magsaysay award 2013 (322)ramon magsaysay award 2013 (227)magsaysay award winner 2013... 

Gasol eager to reclaim post left by Howard

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – With Dwight Howard gone and Kobe Bryant injured, Pau Gasol is eager to reassert himself as a leader of the Los Angeles Lakers. Gasol told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he wants, knees allowing, to be the dominant player of old who helped Bryant and Co. win back-to-back NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.  Read More »

Sabah issue out of talks

By GENALYN D. KABILING Manila, Philippines – The armed conflict in Sabah is unlikely to be tackled in the next round of peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) this week. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda described the tension in Sabah as a “foreign policy issue” that is now being handled by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Incoming... 

Dialogue pushed

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio ­- Before the armed conflict in Sabah worsens, President Benigno S. Aquino III is pushing for a peaceful and reasonable dialogue with concerned parties to resolve the conflicting claims over the territory. The President denounced anew the group behind the deadly siege in Sabah and instead called for a “rules-based approach“ to end the dispute, a similar tactic employed by... 

Palace hails new pope’s election

By GENALYN KABILING Manila, Philippines – Malacañang has extended its congratulations to the new pontiff, Pope Francis, and expressed hope that he will be the voice for peace, justice, and charity across the world. President Spokesman Edwin Lacierda welcomed the “joyful news“ about the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the first Latin American pope, saying the administration looks... 

RP won’t drop Malaysia – Palace

by GENALYN D. KABILING Manila, Philippines – The Philippine government has no intention of dropping Malaysia as facilitator of the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) despite the armed conflict in Sabah, according to a Palace official.  Read More »

Sabah liberation

Manila, Philippines – Many seaons ago, I set a meeting with Jamalul Kiram III, then Senate candidate. Present were his niece and gracious wife. In our discussion on the liberation of Sabah, I queried him why he did not include said issue as a “Battle cry” for his candidacy or why the GMA Administration failed espouse such platform in the national campaign? The curt reply was, “The... 

Aquino cites soldiers’ unceasing heroism

By MADEL S. NAMIT Manila, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III hailed the heroism of each and every member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during its 77th anniversary in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City yesterday.  Read More »

Support peace pact, Nur urged

Philippines – Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Nur Misuari was urged yesterday to support the freshly signed Bangsamoro framework agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  Read More »