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    NOB transfer harms govt anti-graft drive

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 11/09/2017

    » Pol Lt Col Pongporn Pramsaneh has been widely recognised as an honest and straightforward officer in the Department of Special Investigation – a rare breed in the police force. It explains why he was ordered shifted from the DSI's head of the Tax Litigation Office to lead the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) on Feb 25 by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to do an unenviable mission. His task was to clean up the mess concerning the misappropriation of government funds for the renovation of temples and for schools on temple grounds.


    Showdown? It's just window-dressing

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 18/02/2014

    » The stage was supposedly set for a major showdown on Tuesday. What was not clear was whether it would be a make-or-break confrontation, or just another show of force by the two opposing forces, the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) and the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).


    Time to return the Phaya Tani cannon

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 14/06/2013

    » The destruction of the recently installed replica of the Phaya Tani cannon by Pattani militants was not totally surprising. It was derided as a "fake" by many locals and viewed as a symbol of shame and subjugation.

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    Weekly highlights

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 15/06/2012

    » Confrontation between the Constitution Court and the parliament was narrowly averted when the parliament backed down from challenging the court’s authority. New troubles are brewing for Pheu Thai Party leader Yongyuth Wichaidit and de facto leader Thaksin Shinawatra. And two innocent people shot dead and two others wounded as student gang violence rears its ugly head again.


    No police apology for monk's violent arrest

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 28/05/2018

    » Nobody doubts why the Crime Suppression Division police had to make the arrest of Phra Buddha Isara, the abbot of Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom, before dawn of May 24 at his living quarters on the temple grounds.


    Was the temple mission a success?

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 14/03/2017

    » Mission accomplished? Or mission unaccomplished?


    Temple raid is once again a shambles

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 27/02/2017

    » A friend of mine who was once a senior official in the Religious Affairs Department told me at a reunion of Chulalongkorn University political science old boys on Saturday that he sent a letter to the prime minister with suggestions on how to deal with Phra Dhammajayo, the former abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya. He said he disagreed with the widely-publicised way the government has gone about its latest search of the temple to find the elusive monk, adding it will not work.


    Officials may be wishing monk has fled

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Is Phra Dhammajayo, the elusive former abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, still within the vast reaches of 2,300-rai compound of the temple, playing hide and seek with the authorities trying to bring him to the court to face charges ranging from embezzlement and money laundering to receiving stolen property and forest encroachment?


    Temple drama a tale of ineptness

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 19/12/2016

    » Four warrants to search Wat Phra Dhammakaya during the period Dec 13 to 16 have expired. Both the police and officials of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) simply waited and let the warrants expire, knowing they can get new ones from the court whenever they want.


    Phra Dhammajayo: Float like a butterfly

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 28/11/2016

    » All of a sudden, in my subconscious, I overheard that famous catch-phrase from "Black Superman", the cheeky song written by Johnny Wakelin: "I'm Ali, catch me if you can". It appeared to blow in from the direction of Wat Dhammakaya, aka the "Flying Saucer" temple in Pathum Thani province.

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