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Comelec exec to teachers: Guard PCOS like spouses

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Philippines—Guard the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines as if they are your spouses.

Dr. Josefina Tamondong, Cordillera director of the Department of Education, gave this advice to the region’s public school teachers who will serve as members of the board of election inspectors (BEI) in Monday’s elections.

“It’s just like a marriage contract. Once signed, you have to guard your spouse,” she said.

via INQUIRER.net,.


DoJ, immigration to tackle HDO plea vs Smartmatic execs

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said he would meet with officials of the Bureau of Immigration to discuss a petition seeking issuance of a hold departure order against officials of Smartmatic-Total Information Management (Smartmatic-TIM).

Agra said the petition was filed before the Department of Justice by the group piNOY MARka Ko.

“We respectfully submit this Petition for you to issue a hold-departure order against the officials of Smartmatic in order to guarantee that they fulfill their promise to successfully carry out a nationwide automated election on May 10, 2010,” the group said.

Via Inquirer.net

AND: International delegation arrive to observe May 10 polls


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Editorials and analysis

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


Malaya editorial: An untested system?

YESTERDAY’S Supreme Court directive to the Commission on Elections to disclose the results of the independent review of the programming of the automated election system could shred whatever remaining credibility the election body has. Whether the credibility of the Monday’s elections would also be shattered – as that of the Comelec potentially would – is logically the next question.

Via Malaya

Phil. Star: About-face

After several weeks of being pilloried in public for exonerating two members of the Ampatuan clan for the Maguindanao massacre, Justice Secretary Alberto Agra reversed his own resolution this week. Explaining the reversal, Agra cited the surfacing of another witness, who corroborated the story of a clan conspiracy that led to the killing of 57 people on Nov. 23 last year.

Via Phil. Star

Inquirer: 30 percent not enough

THE INITIAL REPORTS FROM THE PARTIAL resumption of the field testing of the voting machines, this time with the new compact flash memory cards, seem positive. For instance, one precinct in Parañaque City on Thursday yielded “perfect” results, while another one managed to do so after a computer technician restarted the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine. But these results are an outright plus only in contrast to the spectacular failure of all voting machines tested last Monday. That the tests are resuming mere days before the elections remains a matter of great public concern.

Via Inquirer

Daily Tribune: Works of evil

A string of disturbing events has occurred the last few days that points to what every Filipino earlier believed in the back of his mind will not happen on Monday, the national elections.

Yesterday, Gloria convened the Cabinet to take up the no elections scenario supposedly as a consequence of glitches in the memory cards of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines

Via Daily Tribune

Political dynamite
Analysis By Amando Doronila

THE MOST UNSETTLING DEVELOPMENT THAT occurred barely a week before the election was the crude announcement of President Macapagal-Arroyo’s election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, seeking postponement of the May election for 15 days as a step to avert a failure of elections.

Via Inquirer.net

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Justice Secretary Agra cheated in law school – professor

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


Who is lying and who is telling the truth?

The former professor of acting Justice Secretary Alberto C. Agra has finally spoken to refute his student’s claim that he was exonerated of cheating in a law subject exam, which he took 22 years ago at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School.

Atty. Avelino Sebastian Jr. said that if Agra was indeed exonerated by the school’s investigating committee that inquired into the reported cheating, how then could the acting justice secretary explain why was Agra the only one who flunked the Wills and Succession subject in 1988, out of seven students who reportedly cheated?

Last week, in his reply to the queries of the Philippine Center Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) about his alleged cheating, Agra had admitted that he flunked the subject taught by Sebastian, thus barring him from graduating on time.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

MORE election news:

Former DILG chief endorses Gibo

MANILA, Philippines – Rafael Alunan III, president of the First Philippine Infrastructure Development Corporation and a former Interior and Local Government secretary, has publicly endorsed former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro’s bid for the country’s top post.

In his Facebook page, Alunan said he endorsed Teodoro for president because he “articulates a vision, a sense of mission and a sensible action agenda.”

Teodoro, he added, “avoids personality politics; stays focused on the issues; avoids negative campaigning to give the voters the opportunity to understand his platform and how he intends to govern and serve.”

Via ABS-CBN News

FVR says ‘no’ to new Edsa Revolt

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Fidel V. Ramos does not support Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s call for another “People Power” if he loses the presidential elections.

The former president, who said he could not speak for the Church but only for retired military officers like himself, urged Aquino on Monday to consider using legal means first before launching another military-backed civilian similar to the one undertaken in February 1986.

“It’s not a good thing to hear, especially coming from someone like him,” Ramos said, referring to Aquino’s threat. “The chief of the local clergy has also spoken against it, too.”

Via ABS-CBN News

CBCP summons Bangit

MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Delfin Bangit has been summoned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), amid persistent reports of a military takeover in case of chaos brought by massive failure of elections.

Bangit will appear before the CBCP permanent council in its regular meeting on Tuesday. Church sources said the agenda is the forthcoming May 10 elections and the peace and order situation.

This will be the second time that Bangit will meet with the princes of the Church in light of fears that the military will take advantage of the pandemonium that could result from failed elections.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Teodoro gains support of Duranos, and other newsbits

Posted by akosistella on April 28, 2010


CEBU CITY, Philippines–Administration standard bearer Gilbert Teodoro gained the support of an influential political clan in Danao City, strengthening his foothold over the entire province.

Teodoro, on his visit to Danao City late Tuesday night, was greeted warmly by residents and the ruling Durano clan, led by 5th district Representative Ramonito Durano VI.

The Duranos declared support for Teodoro and declared Danao City “Gibo City.”

via INQUIRER.ne.

Gordon: Aquino paid for polls; Teodoro: I was never asked

MANILA, Philippines—After taking survey firms to court, Bagumbayan presidential candidate Richard Gordon, who has been faring poorly in opinion polls, is now venting his ire on front-runner Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Following the release of a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing Aquino keeping his huge lead over his rivals, Gordon accused the Liberal Party standard-bearer of paying off polling groups to maintain the top spot.

“Of course he’s ahead. Of course, [because] he paid. That’s a no-brainer that only Noynoy can give,” Gordon said Monday night when asked about Aquino’s statement about survey groups.

Via Inquirer.net

Hontiveros criticizes radical leftists in NP camp

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel on Wednesday took to task members of the radical Left who have joined the camp of Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manny Villar.

A proud member of what she called the “democratic Left”, Hontiveros Baraquel said she does not understand how known leftists such as Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela partylist Rep. Liza Maza could join the NP Senate ticket.

“They [Maza and Ocampo] have too easily swallowed the transactional politics that marks the Villar camp,” she told ANC’s “Headstart.”

via ABS-CBN News

Sanchez wife can’t run on behalf of late husband — Comelec

After death of former Batangas governor Armando Sanchez, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday that the candidate’s wife, Sto. Tomas Mayor Edna Sanchez, will probably not be allowed to replace him.

In an interview with reporters, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said a person can only become a substitute for the Nacionalista Party (NP) bet if he or she is comes from the same party and is not running for any other position in the May polls.

“Whoever is fit to substitute for them can run on behalf of him (but)… you cannot change positions anymore, this will leave a vacancy. The substitute should (also) come from the same party or coalition,” Jimenez said.

via GMANews.TV

I was cleared of cheating – Agra

MANILA, Philippines – Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra denied Tuesday a report of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) that he admitted to cheating in an examination when he was studying at the Ateneo de Manila Law School.

In his reply to the report, Agra admitted he flunked that Wills and Succession class under lawyer Avelino Sebastian in 1988, which delayed his graduation by one year, but he never cheated in any exam.

“What I actually admitted to was that I had been charged, albeit maliciously, with cheating by my professor attorney Avelino Sebastian. The disciplinary committee created to investigate the charge exonerated me together with my other classmates,” he explained.

via ABS-CBN News

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Acting DOJ chief cheated in law school

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


IT’S not every day that you see subordinates publicly criticizing their boss, which is what acting Justice Secretary Alberto C.Agra is experiencing as government prosecutors assail his recent decision to absolve two members of the Ampatuan clan over the grisly killings last November in Maguindanao.

By all indications, Agra is not least aggravated by the criticisms. Yesterday, at the flag ceremony of the Justice department personnel, he declared: “I stand by that decision and the process I went through to arrive at it… I bow neither to political dictates nor to public opinion.”

He admits to being a crybaby but says he won’t quit his post. “’Di po ako magbibitiw sa aking posisyon, Wala akong balak atrasan ang mga hamon sa aking opisina….matibay si Al Agra kahit iyakin.”

Via Malaya


Agra to issue new Ampatuan ruling

MANILA, Philippines – Embattled Justice Secretary Alberto Agra will review his own ruling clearing two members of the Ampatuan clan in the Maguindanao massacre and come up with a decision within the week.

Agra has drawn flak for absolving detained Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and his cousin, acting Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan Sr., also Mamasapano town mayor, of involvement in the slaughter of 57 people – including journalists and lawyers – on Nov. 23 last year in Maguindanao.

The multiple murder case against Ampatuan patriarch Andal Sr. and his son Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Jr. remains, based on Agra’s resolution.

via Phil. Star

AND: Bishop pushes for truth commission to review Agra ruling


Agra won’t form panel to review decision — report

Justice Secretary Alberto Agra has decided not to form a review panel that would re-consider his decision to clear two Ampatuan clan members from murder charges stemming from the brutal November 23 massacre in Maguindanao.

In his report, GMA News’ Chino Gaston said Agra he will just release a decision on the motion for reconsideration filed by relatives of the 57 massacre victims.

Agra said he will not give further statements to the media regarding the case until he releases the department’s

via GMANews.TV.

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From the columnists

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


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Erap vs. Villar: ‘Lintik lang ang walang ganti’
Big Deal by Dan Mariano

Estrada added that Villar violated the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act 6713) when he lobbied on behalf of his private business interests with the SEC and PSE. Villar was Senate president at the time.

To all this, Villar has responded with the oft-repeated claim that he did nothing illegal.

Using an argument reminiscent of Estrada’s own attempt to justify his ties to jueteng syndicates, Villar now insists that his representation—i.e. lobbying—for his companies with the PSE and SEC did not cost the government anything. He even helped raise millions of pesos for the National Treasury in the form of taxes, he added.

Click Dan Mariano

Agra shocker: Diversionary tactic?
By Ellen Tordesillas

WHILE everybody is busy moving heaven and earth to prevent Justice Alberto Agra from clearing Zaldy Ampatuan, former governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao, and his uncle Akmad of complicity in the Nov 23, 2009 massacre in Maguindanao, the government panel negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Muslim rebel group are moving towards signing an agreement that officials say would lead to peace in Mindanao but others are concerned that it could spark another round of war.

via Ellen Tordesillas

THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

OUR editorial last Friday pointed out what was monstrously wrong with it. Andal Ampatuan could not have mounted his, well, moro-moro—my profoundest apologies to Moros—last week, which was to don yellow and swear undying loyalty to Noynoy Aquino with the same fanatical fervor with which he swears death to his enemies, without the collusion of his jailers.

via Conrado de Quiros

Single issue voting a disservice to nation

One of the unfortunate developments in this election season is the rise of single issue groups. The issues at stake in our election are too complex to justify selecting a candidate on the basis of his or her stand on a single issue. Yet that is precisely what some groups are doing, to the utter disservice to our nation.

 It is an American thing, essentially propagated by the so-called Right to Lifers. But the Pinoy copycats are not far behind. Perhaps, it is something to be expected in this age when religious bigots are on the rise. The Taliban phenomenon is not just a Muslim problem but a Christian malady as well. Fundamentalist Christians are as unreasonably intolerant of contradictory views as their Fundamentalist Muslim counterparts, a condition anathema in a democratic society. 

Click Boo Chanco.

Comelec misinterprets parallel manual count
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

For two weeks the Comelec has been resisting proposals for a parallel manual count (PMC) of ballots. The poll body is doing so out of ignorance — even bad faith and deceit.

Three-dozen info-tech professional associations had thought up the PMC for believable election results. Only one of every two surveyed voters trusts the automated election system and believes the Comelec ready for it. So the IT men studied time-and-motion the manual checking of votes only for President, Vice President and Mayor. The process took only three, four or five hours, depending if clusters consisted of three, four or five precincts (600, 800, 1,000 voters). Such delay before transmitting tallies to canvassers on Election Day would be worth it, given a bridging of the credibility gap. With three teacher-officials manning each of the 76,340 clusters and 1,440 canvass centers, it would cost about P300 million in overtime pay. Again, a far cry from the P700 million that the Comelec was prepared to waste on useless but overpriced ballot secrecy folders. Business and lawyers’ groups liked the idea, and began lobbying with Comelec to adopt it.

via Jarius Bondoc

Election time legalities
Sounding BoardBy Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J.

FORGET about the President’s power to appoint a chief justice or even about gerrymandering in Camarines Sur and elsewhere; but do not lose heart. Just remember what one writer said about the Supreme Court: “Because the key phrases of the Constitution have such grand ambiguities, the Court has wide discretion in passing on matters with a constitutional dimension, and because such matters are likely to concern and affect the larger issues of life, the Court, in passing on them, exercises great political power . . . . The special burden of the Court, then, is to exercise great political powers while still acting like a court, or if we prefer, to exercise judicial powers over a wide domain while remaining, realistic, and alert as to the political significance of what it is doing.”

via Fr. Bernas

Avoiding a majority at all costs
THE LONG VIEW By Manuel L. Quezon III

WITH two weeks to go before Election day, there are four competitions simultaneously taking place when it comes to the presidency and vice presidency. The first is, of course, for frontrunner Benigno Aquino III, to maintain and improve his status. The second is for second place, between Manuel Villar Jr. and Joseph Estrada. The third is among everyone else, so that they can make a respectable showing and perhaps open up the possibility of a Senate bid in 2013 and another run for the presidency in 2016.

via Manolo Quezon

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Agra may reconsider after witness emerges — Palace

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


The emergence of a new witness linking two Ampatuan clan members to the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last November 23 may prompt acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to reconsider his order clearing them of the murder charges, Malacañang said on Sunday.

Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said Agra had kept an open mind on the matter, to the point of setting up a committee to review his ruling.

“That may be new evidence. People should expect Secretary Agra to consider [the evidence] during the review,” Olivar said on government-run dzRB radio.

via GMANews.TV.


Agra resignation calls mount

MANILA, Philippines – Two administration senatorial candidates have joined calls for the resignation of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra, saying his clearing of two members of the Ampatuan clan in last year’s Maguindanao massacre has cast doubts on his credibility as justice chief.

Former justice secretary Silvestre Bello III and broadcaster Rey Langit, Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial candidates, said Agra gained “public distrust” because of his move clearing Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan in the massacre of 57 people, including 32 journalists and two lawyers.
“This is just my personal thought, but I hope Secretary Agra will consider it because of the public outcry against his decision clearing the Ampatuans,” Bello said.

via Phil. Star

AND: Bacolod media hold torch march to press for Agra resignation

SO why is Malacañang speaking on behalf of Secretary Agra? Thought it didn’t have anything to do w/ Agra’s decision dismissing the charges against Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan? Hmmm…

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Int’l group may hale Arroyo to UN over Ampatuan case

Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010


An international media watchdog group threatened to hale President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo before a United Nations human rights body if her administration continues to do nothing to stop the impunity that has marred the process of the murder case stemming from the Nov. 23 Maguindanao massacre.

Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders)/RSF made the call in the wake of Justice Secretary Alberto Agras decision to clear two Ampatuan clan members of murder charges relating to the gruesome massacre.

“We hope that the purpose of the political will displayed after the massacre on this crucial matter for the international credibility of the Philippines was not just the immediate impact. We therefore urge you to reinforce the resources available to the judicial system and to guarantee its independence so that the trial will be exemplary and so that the massacre’s instigators as well as its perpetrators can be punished,” the group said in an open letter to Mrs. Arroyo signed by RSF secretary general Jean-François Julliard.

via GMANews.TV.


Detainees now need DILG approval before holding press briefings

Detained persons will now need the personal approval of the Philippines’ Interior Secretary before being allowed to hold a press conference.

Previous jail policies only required approval from BJMP officials and consent from detainees and their lawyers, Chief Superintendent Serafin Barreto, chief of the BJMP-National Capital Region, said.

Rules covering these media briefings have been tightened after massacre murder suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr. was able to hold a press conference earlier this week.

via GMANews.TV

AND: Agra decision to form review panel known next week

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Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010


Manila Times: Misaligned priorities

THE National Statistics Office (NSO) reported a very disturbing piece of information this week.

According to the government’s main statistics agency, one in three poor Filipinos owns a cellular phone even as the majority of them have no access to sanitary toilets or electricity.

Among household appliances, only the TV outranked the mobile phone in ubiquity, with 43 percent of poor families owning the tube.

With six out of every 10 families having at least one member owning a cell phone, this makes the gadget the second most popular household convenience.

What makes this piece of information jarring is that at least one out of every three poor families has no electricity.

via Manila Times

Daily Tribune: Private citizen Villar?

Reacting to reports that Nacionalista Party (NP) standard bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar, when he was Senate president, met with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) in relation to getting his 180 day lock-up shares being freed and sold on a secondary level within the same period his companies’ IPO (Initial Public Offering) hit the stock market, which was then on a boom cycle, a Villar company official admitted that indeed Villar did meet with these officials, but claimed he met with them, not as Senate president, but as a private individual.

This is the hoariest explanation given yet from Villar’s camp, after Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) presidential candidate former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile exposed the Villar scam that not only probably impoverished the overseas Filipino workers who had bought the shares, in anticipation of making money (OFWs were targeted by Villar and his companies as share buyers with a roadshow yet), but also a lot of other stock market players who may have lost a lot of money, not even aware of the fact that, as they were buying up the shares, Villar was dumping his shares, and making billions out of it.

Via Daily Tribune

Phil. Star: Reduced to tears

Alberto Agra, in the brief period during which he will serve as justice secretary in an acting capacity, has managed to gain the kind of notoriety that is hard to ever live down. He will always be remembered as the justice chief who dismissed criminal charges that are already in court.His move might have escaped public attention in this busy election period if the case did not involve one of the most heinous crimes in the country’s history, and the most atrocious case of election violence.

Relatives and friends of the 57 people massacred in Maguindanao on Nov. 23 last year have wondered whether justice is possible under the watch of President Arroyo, a staunch ally of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., patriarch of the clan that now stands accused of conspiracy in perpetrating the mass murder. Agra’s resolution dismissing the multiple murder charges against Ampatuan’s son Zaldy and another member of the clan – charges that are already in court – can only reinforce the fears of the victims’ heirs

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: In good hands?

Deputy presidential spokesperson Gary Olivar said it was “certainly reasonable to ask about (Carpon’s) credentials.” But he told critics not to look down on Carpon saying, “It is not correct to question someone just because he or she has a poor station in life.” He said that was, in fact, one of the reasons she was picked for the job. The President deemed it appropriate to have somebody like Carpon on the board “to make sure that poor government employees were represented by one of their own.”

That explanation would have been believable if the President were more consistent. If she truly believes disadvantaged sectors are best represented by someone from their own ranks, why has she not dissuaded her son, Rep. Mikey Arroyo, from seeking to represent security guards and tricycle drivers in the House of Representatives? And if “poor government employees” need their own representative in the institutions that were established to promote their welfare, why stop with Pag-Ibig? What about the Government Service Insurance System? Or even PhilHealth?

via Inquirer.net

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Op-ed pieces from the Manila Times and Inquirer

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


Election-failure talk, what’s the point?

Vigilance is one thing, but all this talk of “failure of elections” has got even supporters of the current survey leader increasingly worried.

Are the handlers of Sen. Benigno Aquino 3rd, or even Noynoy himself, not confident that they would be able to generate the level of voter support that would ensure victory on May 10?

In seeming contradiction to his status as consistent survey frontrunner, Noynoy does give the impression of insecurity, which could prove infectious and disastrous—to the Liberal Party (LP)—come election day.

Click Dan Mariano

Inquirer Editorial: The other kiss of death

THE PRIME SUSPECT BEHIND THE HORRIFIC massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, can endorse any presidential candidate he likes, or even as many candidates as there are days in a week, but can he call a news conference right in prison to announce his endorsement? That is the crucial question that must be asked about Tuesday’s political gimmick by Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr.

A gimmick it certainly was, but it was also yet another proof that justice for the rich and the well-connected is different from justice for the rest of us.

via INQUIRER.net.

‘Agra must reverse decision’
AT LARGE By Rina Jimenez-David

ACTING JUSTICE SECRETARY ALBERTO AGRA must reverse his decision freeing two members of the Ampatuan clan implicated in the Maguindanao massacre, Yasmin Busran Lao, a Liberal Party senatorial candidate said in a statement.

She certainly knows what she speaks of, being Muslim like the Ampatuans and having lived for much of her life with the consequences of war, violence and feudal social and political structures in Mindanao.

Click Rina Jimenez David

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Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


Deputy jail warden sacked over Andal press con

MANILA, Philippines – Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno ordered the relief of a jail official for allowing accused mass murderer Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. to hold a press conference in the Bicutan jail to endorse a political candidate.

Puno ordered the relief of Senior Inspector Lloyd Gonzaga as deputy warden of the Quezon City Jail annex located in Bicutan, Taguig.

Gonzaga reportedly allowed Ampatuan to hold a press conference inside the jail facilities last Tuesday.

via Philippine Star.

Families of Maguindanao massacre victims seek Agra’s disbarment

MANILA, Philippines – The families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre last November yesterday sought the disbarment of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra for dismissing the murder charges against two prominent members of the Ampatuan clan.

Family members of 12 of the massacre victims, represented by lawyer Harry Roque, filed a complaint with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) seeking the removal of Agra from the roll of attorneys.

Agra on Saturday ordered the dropping of murder charges against suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan Sr.

via Phil. Star

Jamby threatens to go on hunger strike

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal threatened to go on a hunger strike unless the Commission on Elections (Comelec) adopts a parallel manual count in this year’s polls.

Madrigal made the threat after insisting on seeing Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento immediately despite being told to wait.

She told the Comelec staff that she did not have the time to wait for Sarmiento to finish his press conference because she had a flight to catch.

Via ABS-CBN News

Endorsements seen to boost Binay’s rating

MANILA, Philippines – Endorsements by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and gay-lesbian party Ang Ladlad could further boost the ratings of vice-presidential candidate Jejomar Binay in the homestretch of the vice-presidential race.

In the March 21 to 28 Pulse Asia survey of 3,000 respondents, the Makati City mayor received a 19% rating, just 4 points behind vice-presidential candidate Sen. Loren Legarda who got 23%.

Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda, Pulse Asia research fellow, said Binay, running mate of former President Joseph Estrada, is closing on No. 2 candidate Legarda.

via ABS-CBN News

CA bars taipan Lucio Tan’s daughter from running

THE COURT OF APPEALS HAS BARRED A daughter of taipan Lucio Tan from running for Congress in the first district of Quezon City on the ground that she is not a registered voter.

In a ruling dated April 20, a special division of the appellate court’s Eighth Division ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to remove Vivienne Tan’s name from the voters’ list in Precinct 0853-A of Barangay Sto. Domingo, Quezon City.

Via Inquirer.net

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Palace to Agra: Review decision

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo ordered yesterday Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to review his decision clearing Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and acting Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan of murder charges in the killing of 57 people in Maguindanao last year.

In a statement, Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said Agra was told to confer with prosecutors to ascertain if any important evidence was not considered, presented, or available when he issued the controversial resolution.

“Then the secretary of Justice should publicly justify the final decision,” read the statement.

via Philippine Star.


Agra’s boss to blame for clearing of Zaldy Ampatuan, says bishop

MANILA, Philippines—Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra may be taking all the heat now, but he is just a cog in the wheel.

At the center of the controversy hounding Agra is his boss and her close ties to the suspects in the chilling massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last November, according to retired Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz.

Agra has been the object of intense criticism for his decision to clear Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan of murder charges in connection with the massacre because of a purported lack of evidence. The main suspect in the killing is another Ampatuan scion, Andal Ampatuan Jr.


AND: Kin of massacre victims want Agra sacked as Justice chief

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Effing, Agra-vating ruling

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


By Dan Mariano

As this was being written Monday morning, dozens of employees of the Department of Justice DOJ were reported to have staged a walkout.

They were protesting the decision of their own boss, DOJ Secretary Alberto Agra, to drop murder charges against two suspects in the November 23 massacre of 57 people in Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

According to Agra, he found no evidence that Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan were at the scene of the crime. Zaldy was governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Akmad mayor of Mamapasano municipality at the time of the grisly massacre of media workers, lawyers and members of a rival political clan.

The walkout was the latest tremor to rock the DOJ since Agra took over from Agnes Devanadera who stepped down to run for public office in February. The department employees certainly have cause to feel resentful.

Agra’s resolution exonerating the two ranking members of the powerful Ampatuan clan was announced to the media late Friday. However, there are indications that the ruling was released earlier in an apparent bid to expedite the release of Zaldy and Akmad prior to their transfer to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

Click Dan Mariano.

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Baby James and the Villar campaign

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010



THE latest Pulse Asia presidential survey shows Manny Villar trailing Noynoy Aquino by 12 statistical points. With an estimated 50 million voters, one statistical point translates to roughly 500,000 votes. Consequently, considering that the survey has a plus or minus margin of error of two percent, Villar would need 5,000,000 to 7,000,000 votes just to catch up with the leader. With just 19 days to go before the elections, that will require quite a sprint.

More significantly, Villar’s survey ratings for the past three cycles have been on a steady decline. From a high of 35 percent, it dropped to 27 percent, and finally to 25 percent. Those 10 to 14 percentage points can be interpreted as a minimum of 5,000,000 people becoming disillusioned with Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga.

Villar and his wife Cynthia have been quoted many times as saying that these survey results do not bother them at all. Is that grace under pressure, or simply false bravado?



IT’S so obscene, I can’t find the right words to express my outrage over the gall of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to clear Zaldy Ampatuan, suspended governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao, and his uncle Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan Sr. of complicity in the most heinous crime this country has experienced and shocked even the a violence-weary world.

It’s also obscene hearing Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar describe as “an obscenity” the public’s accusations about Malacañang’s role in absolving the two Ampatuans of responsibility in the Nov 23 Maguindanao massacre that claimed the lives of at least 57 people, 32 of them journalists.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility is right. “The real and current obscenity in this country is the fact that the alleged president for whom Olivar speaks has become central to the major issues that beset this country, most particularly that of whether there will be a change in its putrid leadership rather than more of the same despite the 2010 elections.

Click Ellen Tordesillas

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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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