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Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


Inquirer: Whitewash

FROM THE VERY START, it was clear that what would be blind was not the administration of justice but the justice secretary, and that he would be blind to the ethical dilemmas his background would present in an election year. Having been President Macapagal-Arroyo’s and her ruling coalition’s election lawyer, Alberto Agra brings to the position of justice secretary a particular kind of expertise more useful in a partisan sense, and with that expertise comes the dilemma of his past services and their impact on his present decisions.


Daily Tribune: Birds of same feather

Joey Salceda, Albay governor who defected to the Liberal Party (LP) a few days ago, won’t be able to live down his “no palabra de honor” reputation.

He may not know it, but he has lost more than what he believes he gained by joining the LP and pledging his loyalty and support to Noynoy Aquino.

Not even when he claims he turned his back on Gloria Arroyo and Lakas for “love of country” will repair the damage done to his reputation.

via Daily Tribune

Phil. Star: Getting away with everything

The news from New York over the weekend was that a 39.5-carat Brazilian diamond ring once owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos was set to be auctioned by Christie’s. The ring was first bought in 1860 by Archduke Maximilian before he was named emperor of Mexico. Imelda could afford to buy such expensive jewelry in 1983, and managed to sell it in the mid-1990s when the government was supposed to be running after ill-gotten wealth.

via Phil. Star


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Melo: Comelec on target for successful May 10 polls

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—It’s all systems go for the May 10 elections, according to the Commission on Elections.

“We are 100 percent on target,” declared Comelec Chairman Jose Melo in an interview with reporters barely three weeks before the first nationwide automated elections May 10.

He said on Tuesday that the Comelec was within its schedule for the deliveries of ballots, the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) voting machines, ballot boxes, and other materials within this week.

Click Inquirer.net


Power supply for Mindanao during polls enough—energy chief

MANILA, Philippines—Mindanao can expect adequate power supply during the national elections in May, as the private sector and Department of Energy jointly have laid out concrete measures to avert possible power outages, Acting Energy Jose C. Ibazeta said on Tuesday.

Ibazeta said in a statement that these short-term measures, which included commitments from power generation companies and other concerned stakeholders on the island, were among those discussed during a meeting held on Monday.

The energy chief reported that Crystal Sugar Co. Inc. agreed to commission its biomass co-generation plant to supply as much as seven megawatts in additional capacity either to First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. Fibeco or directly to the Mindanao grid, once operational issues have been resolved.

via INQUIRER.net.

AND: Influential pastor warns of failure of elections

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Winners, losers in HARAPAN senatorial debate

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – As expected, there were winners and losers among the 12 senatorial candidates who participated in ABS-CBN’s HARAPAN: Mga Isyu ng Bayan debate Sunday night at La Consolacion College, Manila.

At least three candidates – Nacionalista Party’s Adel Tamano and Liberal Party bets Neric Acosta and Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel – topped the debates after getting consistently high votes in text and online polls as well as the wireless audience response system (WARS), which gauged audience reaction to the candidates.

On the other hand, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino bet Francisco “Kit” Tatad rated poorly in the WARS and online polls while placing only eighth in number of text votes in the debate. (Read: Results of HARAPAN senatorial debate voting)

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


A contrast of styles mark Acosta-Maza exchange

MANILA, Philippines—Both candidates were asked tough, hard-hitting questions on poverty and agriculture but only one was the clear victor in the debate.

Gabriela party-list representative Liza Maza lost the first and second round of debates against Bukidnon 1st district representative Neric Acosta in ABS-CBN’s HARAPAN: Mga Isyu ng Bayan, according to real-time feedback from select audience members using the Wireless Audience Response System (WARS).

Maza began the discussion by emphasizing the need for the local agriculture industry to be developed. “Ang susi ay ang usapin ng lupa. Dapat maresolbahan ito,” said Maza. She added that land must be given to farmers in order to develop local industries.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

AND: Satur loses 1st round vs Palparan in HARAPAN debate

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Self-rated poverty at record low

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


… but hunger incidence still near all-time peak

THE NUMBER OF FILIPINO FAMILIES who feel poor has fallen to a level last seen 23 years ago but hunger remains near the record high, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said, tracing the dichotomy to significant belt-tightening.

“The reason why self-rated poverty is relatively low and at the same time hunger is relatively high is because living standards have dropped so low that many families do not rate themselves as poor even if they suffered from hunger recently,” the SWS said in a report on its March 19-22 poll, the results of which were made exclusive to BusinessWorld.

The survey found 43% or an estimated 8.1 million families rating themselves as mahirap, matching the record low set in March 1987. At the same time, 21.2% or some four million households said they experienced having nothing to eat in the last three months, down from December 2009’s record of 24%.

The hunger figure, said SWS, “is still far above the 1998-2010 average of 13.4%.”

via BusinessWorld Online.

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LP Senate bets bare secret of their unity

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—How come no one is defecting from the Liberal Party? Despite limited funding, the LP remains intact.

Their secret: LP standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III knows how to take care of his teammates.

It’s Aquino’s little acts of thoughtfulness that they find most affecting, according to the LP senatorial candidates—Representatives Ruffy Biazon, Teofisto Guingona III and Rissa Hontiveros, and guest candidate, detained Army Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, represented by his wife, Aloy.

Even if all of his time is consumed by the campaign, Aquino makes time to give them pep talks, engage in light banter and even share chichiria (junk food) with them during breaks in the sorties, the LP senatorial candidates told Inquirer editors and reporters on Thursday.

via INQUIRER.net.


Disgruntled Class 1977 PMAyers meet with Noynoy

MANILA, Philippines – Some key members of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1977 have secretly met with Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno Aquino III, prompting some military officers to warn against efforts to divide the Armed Forces, according to sources.

Sources said Army Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer was among those who met with Aquino several weeks ago, apparently to gripe and try to secure concessions.

Ferrer, who was given a citation by President Arroyo as martial law administrator in three provinces in Mindanao following the Nov. 23 Maguindanao massacre, has complained that he was not chosen Armed Forces chief last month.

Click Phil. Star

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