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The Weak and Pathetic Jose Angel Honrado

By N Mark Castro

12170679_1002452669796583_1419062016_nOne day, not long from now, I hope that this post would reach you. I hope that when it does, you would hate me from the bottom of your feet, for criticizing you the way that I would, in a place that I chose, because of your insistence to allow a crime before your nose and for being an instrument in covering such stench.

Remember this piece, remember this day, remember this woman.

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Slaughterhouse 44

By N Mark Castro

“All this happened, more or less.” – Slaughterhouse Five

Filipino elite cops remains arrive in Manila

This was the result of incompetence: pure and simple.

Because on January 25, 2015, suspended Philippine National Chief (PNP) Alan Purisima — who could not logically explain how he acquired his massive wealth before Congress — decided to initiate a plan to capture Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan.

Despite his suspension yet enjoying the confidence of President Benigno Aquino III, he hatched the plan and by-passed his direct superior, Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG) and his replacement, Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.

So under his delusions of success, suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima ordered SAF Director Getulio Napeñas three platoons of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) police squad to enter the guerrilla enclave of Tukanalipao, Mindanao, Philippines, with the goal of detaining two high-ranking terrorists, Zulkifli Abdhir and Basit Usman. Read the rest of this entry

Case Study: The Incoherent Message of President Aquino on the National Artist Award Issue

By N Mark Castro

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The problem with President Benigno S. Aquino III — among others — is that he has produced a succession of conflicting messages into his presidency that has opened himself endlessly vulnerable to criticisms.

It doesn’t help that his own (mis)communications department had been fodder for critics due to its own incompetence in managing issues and delivering news.

Comes now the highly controversial exclusion of much-loved entertainment icon Nora Aunor for the highly-coveted National Artist award. Read the rest of this entry

Blackstone’s Ratio: The Repeal of RA 10175

By N Mark Castro

Jurist William Blackstone once posited 1760s that:

Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.

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“In light of the foregoing criticisms, complaints, and fears wrought by the signing of RA 10175, and after careful and legal deliberations, I, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino of the Republic of the Philippines, with the powers vested upon me, do hereby legally and categorically revoke RA 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Law.

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