The slain police commandos and the “Moro problem”

Ninoy on plane

By Raissa Robles - When I watched the coffins of the slain police commandos at the airport today, I felt very, very sad and pained that the Mindanao wars which started nearly half a century ago continues to this day. I also realized by looking at the feeds on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter that those living outside Mindanao had little grasp of the violent history that has engulfed the island of Mindanao. The shocking sight of 44 dead bodies in neat rows today was probably one of the rare times that people in Manila have witnessed the deadly consequences of the Mindanao wars.

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Prominent NGO appeals for fair probe on police commando killings; urges no revenge

An NGO which played a key role in the Philippine signing of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court 15 years ago has issued a statement calling for an impartial probe on the police commando killings but urging the public not to over-react.

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Questions on the police commandos’ death in Mindanao from a student of military history

Ever since I can remember, my hubby Alan has always been reading books on military history and battles in various countries if he's not playing a war strategy game on his PC. And our library is stuffed to the ceiling with such books. Part of our dates were spent playing Panzer Leader and the Arab-Israeli war board games. This was how I learned a little about tactics during battles. At times, I even won :), but that was rare. Perhaps because of this, I know that what he says about military operations makes a lot of sense. I am therefore sharing the many questions he has been asking aloud ever since news broke over the death of the police commandos in Mindanao.

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What would Pope Francis say about avenging the policemen’s death in Mindanao?

Just my opinion - by Raissa Robles - It seems like a dream now - that rapturous moment of being one with the universe and loving the world, all because Pope Francis was in the Philippines. But a week after his departure, men and women who were probably in the same crowd that embraced the Pope's words and promised to be good Catholics are now at the forefront crying out for blood and saying "crush" the Muslim rebels, and death to those who killed the police commandos.

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“Wipe them all out” clamor should await an independent probe on Maguindanao bloodbath

Just my opinion By Raïssa Robles At least 50 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Forces and eight Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters, were killed in a clash that nobody wants to detail. The clash took place way before dawn on Monday January 26 (although some say Saturday) and went on for hours - some news reports say for 11 hours. Did President Benigno Aquino know of the commando operation that went horribly wrong and resulted in dozens of needless deaths? The commandos were US-trained, had night vision goggles and heavy weapons.

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Senator Nancy Binay blasts her colleagues and calls them “deaf ears”

Senator Nancy Binay has just issued this statement calling her colleagues in the Senate "deaf ears" after her brother, Makati Mayor Erwin "Junjun" Binay was ordered arrested and detained by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee for refusing to appear before the Senate. Mayor Binay had refused to attend Senate hearings if he was not told beforehand the questions he was going to be asked.

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Part 1 – That Pope Francis bump

Analysis By Raïssa Robles The last time there was such a love fest over one man was two decades ago when Pope John Paul II visited Manila. Pope John Paul and Pope Francis both defy the Hollywood notion of beauty and popularity. For instance, Pope Francis is old. Very old. He is nearly bald, vastly overweight. He speaks English with […]

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