The Joker

“Seldom,” says his biography, “do we have a Filipino leader who has so much ardor and commitment both as a human rights lawyer and freedom fighter.”

They called him a dragon. They said he was fearless. They said he was “a man beholden to no one except his country.” He is said to have handled more human rights cases than any other lawyer in the years between the declaration of martial law and the revolution in Edsa. He opposed the ratification of the Marcos-dictated 1973 Constitution. He condemned the power of military tribunals to try civilians. He stood for journalists, activists and statesmen, defending Ninoy Aquino and Jovito Salonga, Eugenio Lopez Jr. and Jose Ma. Sison. He was incarcerated in stockades, gassed at rallies, injured, hospitalized and threatened with death. In 2001 he became the hero of a new generation, when he thundered that we cannot have a nation run by a thief.
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Sep 18, 2010 under People | no comment

The hostaged president

At midnight on Aug. 23, 2010, three hours after a 12-hour hostage crisis ended with the brutal deaths of eight foreign nationals, President Benigno Aquino III finally appeared before national television.

He condoled with the families of the dead, and the people of Hong Kong. Although he admitted the police needed to improve their skills, he justified the long drawn-out crisis by saying the hostage-taker did not seem to be belligerent. He said that the Quirino Grandstand was a difficult place for even the police to cover.
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Sep 11, 2010 under General, Opinions | no comment