PETITION FOR PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTIONS TO RESOLVE THE BULLET PLANTING (‘TANIM BALA’) MALPRACTICE AT MANILA’S AIRPORTS

PDI photo: Going through any one of Manila’s three airports can now be scary because of a syndicate whose members are planting bullets in luggages of victims who are then detained and charged by the police with a criminal offense.  An increasing number of travelers – Filipinos and foreigners — now fear to use Manila’s…

COMMENTARY: KIDNAP FOR RANSOM OF FOREIGNERS IN MINDANAO AND HOW TO BETTER RESOLVE THEM

Kidnappings for ransom in Mindanao, especially of foreign tourists, remains a big problem. The latest kidnappings on September 21 of two Canadians and one Norwegian and one Filipina at the Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort on Samal Island off Davao has dealt a major blow to Philippine tourism. Kidnappers — whether they are the notorious…

Peace and Armed Struggle in Mindanao

The government has taken a giant step towards achieving peace in Mindanao by signing a peace agreement on March 27 with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest rebel group in the region. Clearly irked at being left out of the peace process, leaders of other secessionist groups, particularly Jose Ma. Sison of the…