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"There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory."

--Josh Billings

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte linked anew Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to the illegal drug trade not because an evidence has been found to support the president's first accusation.

"Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety."


By Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY -- Even before the alleged Davao Death Squad (DDS) terrorized criminals in Davao City, the territory of President Rodrigo Duterte, a police "task force" in Iloilo City was already making headlines in the late 80's and early 90's for links to the now infamous tagline "extra-judicial killing" or EJK.

"Destiny is a good thing to accept when it's going your way. When it isn't, don't call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck."

-- Joseph Heller

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY -- Year of the Fire Rooster proved to be disastrous for three lady lawyers in the Philippines, as they were waylaid one after the other in a series of bad lucks that unraveled before the "Ides of March."

"If you call your opponent a politician, it's grounds for libel."

 --Mark Russell

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY -- As a community journalist, I am personally saddened by the decision of Pasay City, Philippines Regional Trial Court Branch (RTC) 188 Presiding Judge Rowena Nieves A. Tan to convict former Iloilo Press and Radio Club president Manuel "Boy" Mejorada for libel.