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  • February 27, 2015Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    Text and photos by OFELIA EMPIAN LA TRINIDAD, Benguet—She whirls around the room with her apron on. She wipes the table clean,then stacks the yellow plastic plates, and forks and spoons in the basket. Her teacher beams and praises her student: “Very good!” Celina Sakiwat smiles, sits and waits for her sister to fetch her […]

  • February 26, 2015Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

    Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

      By JOHNNA VILLAVIRAY GIOLAGON TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano – The old woman sat gravely in a corner of an unfinished classroom in Mamasapano town as an officer from the regional government explained that her group will be receiving complimentary health insurance. Her head was covered with a maroon hijab, the bright color belying the sorrow in..

  • February 23, 2015PNP to Aquino: Provide answers and accountability

    PNP to Aquino: Provide answers and accountability

    By LUZ RIMBAN THE Philippine National Police’s Board of Inquiry is considering the possibility President Benigno Aquino III may have been on top of, or fully aware of, the Jan. 25 Mamasapano operation in Maguindanao that resulted in the death of 44 troopers of the PNP’s Special Action Force. The BOI, now almost done with its […]

  • February 17, 2015The roots of the Mindanao strife retraced

    The roots of the Mindanao strife retraced

    By LUZ RIMBAN (Conclusion) ADVOCATES for Mindanao like Fr. Eliseo Mercado, OMI, and Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, constantly refer to history as the point where Filipinos need to go to understand the strife in Mindanao. “Ang unang dahilan siguro kung bakit may gulo dito sapagkat yung feeling ng ating mga kapatid na Muslim ay mayroon hindi […]

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    Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in 2016 elections

    Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in 2016 elections

    February 25, 2015

      BY ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS DON’T expect the truth about the Jan. 25 Mamasapano tragedy to come from President Aquino. He had one whole month to tell the Filipino people about his role in the debacle that..

     
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