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Noynoy: How about no Chief Justice at oath-taking?

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


SEN. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, whose election as president is all but assured, yesterday said he might not take his oath before incoming Chief Justice Renato Corona whose appointment he seeks to be withdrawn by President Arroyo.

“We are studying the matter,” said Aquino who is still holed up in the Cojuangco family’s 6,400-hectare Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac.

Presidential spokesman Ricardo Saludo said the appointment would ensure stability and continuity in the High Court and the Judiciary especially in this “crucial… time of elections and transition.”

via Business Insight Malaya.


Noynoy enjoying last days of ‘ordinary’ life

HACIENDA LUISITA, TARLAC – Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III is enjoying the last days of his “ordinary” life here before assuming the most important office of the land – the presidency.

The 50-year-old bachelor, in shorts and t-shirt, drove some of his aides to the Microtel Inn Wednesday midnight where reporters were billeted.

The pair of short pants is what Aquino uses for sleeping, according to one of his closest aides. “Mukhang hindi pa nagsi-sink in sa kanya ang pagiging presidente niya,” the aide said.

Via Malaya


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Sen. MAR Roxas speaks on breaking cartels and lowering prices on cement, medicines (Bandila, Hot Seat)

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


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(via ABS-CBN News)

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate MAR Roxas also explains in this interview that EVAT/taxes in themselves are not bad. Taxes fund the operations of the government, and build the needed infrastructure such as roads, ports, and bridges all over the country. It’s when these taxes are stolen by corrupt government officials and are used for their personal purposes that makes VAT/EVAT evil. These taxes also enable local officials like mayors to give benefits to their constituents like free birthday cakes to their senior citizens, etc. Just to be fair, Roxas did not author the E-VAT Law.

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Hacienda Luisita’s past haunts Noynoy’s future (A special report by GMANews.TV)

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


First of a series

Senator Noynoy Cojuangco Aquino has said he only owns 1% of Hacienda Luisita. Why is he being dragged into the hacienda’s issues?

This is one of the most common questions asked in the 2010 elections.

To find the answer, GMANews.TV traveled to Tarlac and spoke to Luisita’s farm workers and union leaders. A separate interview and review of court documents was then conducted with the lawyers representing the workers’ union in court. GMANews.TV also examined the Cojuangcos’ court defense and past media and legislative records on the Luisita issue.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 1

Cory’s land reform legacy to test Noynoy’s political will
Second of a series

“Hindi ka nag-iisa (You are not alone),” sing the ghosts of Luisita to Senator Noynoy Aquino. They won’t even leave his music video alone.

A little-known fact about the Hacienda Luisita controversy is the haunting resemblance of Senator Aquino’s “Hindi Ka Nag-Iisa” music video to a real-life, torch-lit march of Luisita’s workers amid the sugarcane fields at night days before the November 16, 2004 massacre.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 2

How a workers’ strike became the Luisita Massacre
Third of a series

“It is an illegal strike, no strike vote was called,” then-Tarlac Congressman Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said in a speech at the House of Representatives to defend the dispersal of strikers at his family’s plantation, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on November 17, 2004.

The day before, the dispersal at Hacienda Luisita left at least seven people dead and 121 injured, 32 from gunshot wounds. In his speech, Aquino condemned the violence but defended the dispersal, saying the police and soldiers were “subjected to sniper fire coming from an adjacent barangay.”

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 3

After Luisita massacre, more killings linked to protest
Fourth of a series

The massacre did not put an end to the workers’ protest. Nor did it put an end to the violence.

After the wake for the victims, the picket lines were reestablished at various points around the hacienda. Soon after, however, eight people who supported the farmers’ cause or had evidence supporting their case were murdered one by one.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 4

Win or lose, Noynoy has to face Luisita deadlock
Last of a five-part series

“To Tita Cory, from your number one fan, Gloria.”

This dedication accompanied a yellow and white cake sent by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to former President Cory Aquino for the latter’s 71st birthday on January 25, 2004, an article on the front page of the Philippine Star reported the next day. The three-tiered cake, the report said, had a photograph of Aquino and Arroyo perched on top, with the image of Ninoy Aquino in the background.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 5

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From the opinion-makers

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


ANALYSIS By Amando Doronila

In rejecting the extra-constitutional method of People Power to change political leadership, Rosales served notice that he was not aching to emulate the high-profile political activism of his predecessor, Jaime Cardinal Sin, and emphasized his contrast with Sin in asserting the Catholic Church’s influential role in Philippine politics.

Rosales does not fancy himself as a clone of Sin, and has taken the path of stabilizing legal institutions, such as regular elections, as the preferred mode of political leadership transitions.

Click Amando Doronila

THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

THE PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT MOUNTING People Power in the event of cheating are “crazy and irresponsible,” says Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales. Things are different between then and now. The situation in 1986 was extraordinary. “We can’t do (Edsa) again. We have laws now.” The problem with us is that “we are always in a hurry.” That is why we have not matured as a nation.

Things are different then and now? Let’s see.

Click Conrado de Quiros

Cardinal Rosales is no Cardinal Sin
AS I SEE IT By Neal Cruz

IF YOU SEE MASSIVE CHEATING IN NEXT Monday’s elections, what would you do? Would you sit back, fold your hands and do nothing as a prince of the Church has suggested? No, it is your duty to protest, to show that you will not take the cheating sitting down. It is your duty to see to it that truth and justice be done. It is your duty to join another people power if one is called.

Click Neal Cruz


For the die-hards

I was talking about elections with Pierre.

“A run-off election works best for countries with a multiparty system. It solves the problem of a minority president,” he said.

“How so?” I asked.

“Candidates run in a general election and then the top two vote-getters go mano a mano in a run-off election,” he explained.

Via Manuel Buencamino

Too late to salvage poll automation?
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Sources inside Comelec did it again. They said in Gotcha Wednesday that the 2 p.m. re-bidding that day for 80,000 ultraviolet lamps would be won pre-ordained by one of nine firms that have been cornering Comelec contracts for years. True enough, the poll body awarded the deal to Philand Industries, which bagged multimillion-peso paper supplies in 2008-2009. Delivery was supposed to start the next day; meaning, the imported units that usually take three weeks to arrive were already in RP, waiting for a go-signal. Senatorial candidate, IT expert Joey de Venecia, has been warning that the U/V lamps are unnecessary and pose a risky human intervention in the automated election process.

Click Jarius Bondoc

Will poll count reflect people’s choice?
CORE By Benjamin E. Diokno

Sadly, all elections since 1992, including the 1998 presidential elections, were marred with irregularities, large and small, so that the results did not reflect truthfully the voters’ choice. In 1998, however, Joseph Estrada’s margin of victory was so overwhelming that cheating was rendered infeasible.

Via Benjamin Dioko

Political dynasties rule Metro Manila cities

Let us not go far in any analysis of what’s wrong with our kind of democracy. Right here in Metro Manila, political dynasties rule. Only the City of Manila, Quezon City, Pasay City, Parañaque and Muntinglupa have interesting and competitive contests for this year’s election. Maybe we can include Taguig in the list only because two political families, the Tingas and the Cayetanos still have to fight it out for clear dominance.

Click Boo Chanco.

Hacienda Luisita: Advocacy vs. benefit
MAP INSIGHTS By Manuel A. Alcuaz Jr.

Hacienda Luisita was once part of the holdings of Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas sociedad anonima, better known as Tabacalera, which was founded on Nov. 26, 1881. Contrary to what was expected, Spanish-owned Hacienda Luisita prospered when the Americans took full control of the Philippine government. Tabacalera as a whole experienced prosperous times because of the US demand for sugar and tobacco. At one point during prewar times, Hacienda Luisita supplied almost 20% of all sugar in the United States.

Click Manuel A. Alcuaz Jr.

For your consideration
AT LARGE By Rina Jimenez-David

MUNTINLUPA REP. AND LIBERAL PARTY senatorial candidate Ruffy Biazon joins other analysts in positing that even if Sen. Noynoy Aquino succeeds in winning the presidency on May 10, and even if Sen. Mar Roxas wins as vice president, the Aquino administration may still be hamstrung by a glaring reality: not enjoying majority support in either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Click Rina Jimenez David

Lim and Querubin: My Senate choices

The two have been in detention since February 2006 when they were charged with attempting to withdraw support from Gloria Arroyo after the “Hello Garci” tapes exposed the use of the military in the tampering of election results in her favor in the 2004 elections.

Via Ellen Tordesillas

Yellows up to something again
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

All too suddenly, Noynoy Aquino’s supporter and lawyer from the FIRM, Gloria Arroyo’s former Ombudsman, Simeon Marcelo, is questioning the appointment of Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff before the high court, saying that he took the reins of the AFP on the day the midnight appointments ban took effect.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivarez


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Farmers ask SC to lift TRO, let gov’t distribute Luisita land

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


Farmers groups on Friday formally asked the Supreme Court to lift the almost four-year-old temporary restraining order it issued that prevented the government from distributing the 6,000-hectare Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, owned by the family of presidential aspirant Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

In a letter of appeal to Chief Justice Reynato Puno, the United Luisita Workers’ Union (ULWU), the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), and the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid ng Gitang Luzon (AMGL) asked the high court to lift the TRO it issued in June 2006 upon the petition of the Cojuangco family.

“We appeal to our justices' sense of truth, justice, and accountability and their preferential bias for the landless, the exploited, and the oppressed,” the farmers said in their letter. “

via GMANews.TV.

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Noynoy, Mar keep survey lead

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and his running mate Sen. Manuel Roxas II have maintained their leads in various surveys three weeks before the elections.

The Manila Broadcasting Co.-dzRH survey on April 16 with 6,900 respondents showed Aquino leading the race with 38.6 percent, followed by Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. with 22.8 percent. Former President Joseph Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino got 21.2 percent; former Defense secretary Gilberto Teodoro of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, 11.3 percent; Eddie Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas, 2.7 percent; Sen. Richard Gordon of Bagumbayan, 1.6 percent.

Vetellano Acosta, who had been disqualified, got 0.3 percent, while environmentalist Nicanor Perlas and Sen. Jamby Madrigal each got 0.2 percent. Olongapo City Councilor JC de los Reyes scored 0.1 percent.

via Phil. Star


Man who took a bullet for Noynoy in 1987 feels “spooked’ by him

THE man who took a bullet for Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno Aquino III at the height of the 1987 failed coup attempt is reportedly in hiding amid fears that his former boss is hunting him down, supposedly in an apparent attempt to “silence” him.

Joseph Galleta, a member of the so-called “Yellow Army,” has secured himself and his family after he was informed that Aquino is looking for him to prevent him from revealing that after saving the LP bet’s life in August 28, 1987, he was neglected and was dropped like a hot potato.

Members of the Yellow Army were former security men of Hacienda Luisita that were brought to Malacañang and operated under the command of the Presidential Escort Unit.

via BusinessMirror.


AFP intel official confirms Noynoy meeting with general

A military intelligence official has confirmed the reported meeting between Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer and presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

“It’s confirmed that they [Aquino and Ferrer] met. The meeting occurred about four days ago,” said the security official who requested anonymity. He said the meeting, which was also attended by several officers, took place in Davao four days ago.

The officers were allegedly disgruntled over their recent assignments within the military organization, the official said.

via GMANews.TV

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Gordon goes ballistic during interview, slams rivals

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Apparently fed up with forecasts that he would lose the presidential race, Sen. Richard Gordon went ballistic during a live interview Monday by taking potshots at rivals who are ahead of him in the surveys.

“Even if you put together the accomplishments of [Senators Manuel] Villar and [Benigno] Noynoy [Aquino III], they are nothing compared to what Gordon has done,” the Bagumbayan standard-bearer declared on “Headstart with Karen Davila” aired over ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).

“Has Noynoy addressed the issues in Hacienda Luisita? So why is he running? Because Mommy died. Because Daddy died. So what? Are we voting on the basis of bloodline? Pedigree? Excuse me,” he fumed in Filipino and English.

via INQUIRER.net.


RP’s biggest group of cooperatives endorses Gordon

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s biggest group of cooperatives has thrown its support behind the presidential bid of Bagumbayan bet Sen. Richard Gordon.

In a statement, the 10-million strong Cooperative Union of the Philippines, through its secretary-general Felix Borja, said it has also entered into a covenant with Gordon “to complement each other’s efforts to bring about a better quality of life to the masses of people with limited means.”

Borja and Gordon signed the covenant last Sunday during the 19th General Assembly of the Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Pinamungahan, Cebu attended by more than 3,000 cooperative members and leaders.

Via Phil. Star

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Polls ain’t over yet for tailenders–analysts

Posted by akosistella on April 12, 2010


BAGUIO CITY—FILIPINO VOTERS’ UNFAMILIARITY WITH automated elections may benefit the survey low-performers and tailenders in the presidential race, political scientists said on Friday.

The odds are high that voters favoring the survey front-runners Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel Villar Jr. could end up with spoiled ballots on May 10, thus giving a boost to the unseeded candidates, said Ma. Lourdes Tiquia, founder and general manager of the political consultancy group Publicus Asia Inc.

Even administration candidate Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, a constant fourth in the surveys, has a fighting chance because of anticipated voters’ errors, Tiquia said.

via INQUIRER.net.


Noynoy still leads in survey commissioned by Villar ally

(Updated 7:21 p.m.) Presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (Liberal Party) remains on top in a recent survey commissioned by an ally of rival Sen. Manny Villar Jr. (Nacionalista Party).

According to the results of the survey conducted from March 28 to 30 and purportedly commissioned by House Minority Floor Leader Ronaldo Zamora, Villar scored 29 percentage points, or eight points behind Aquino’s 37.

The NP claimed the survey was from Social Weather Station (SWS), although the poll firm has yet to confirm it. Calls made by GMANews.TV to its office were not answered.

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AND: Joma Sison favors Villar over Noynoy: report

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Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


Poll exec wants Smartmatic to pay for UV lamps

An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said that poll machine supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM), not the poll body, should pay for the ultraviolet (UV) lamps that will be used to verify ballots on election day.

Comelec Law Department head Ferdinand Rafanan hinted that Smartmatic-TIM should pay for the cost of the UV lamps because it was the supplier firm’s fault that the poll body had to disable the UV scanner on the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and to find a substitute UV device to be used in ballot verification


Bishop opposes party-list group Ang Ladlad

MANILA, Philippines—Despite the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Ang Ladlad’s right to run in the May elections, an official of the Catholic Church believes the party-list group for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders should not be allowed to enter Congress, and said he would discourage people from voting for it.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, chairman of the committe on public affairs of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the Catholic Church disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling and said accrediting Ang Ladlad as a party-list group would encourage an “abnormality.”

via INQUIRER.net.

Gordon: past controversies will ‘hound’ Noynoy, Villar

“Pag nanalo si Villar, sigurado ako, i-bu-bully siya ng lahat sapagkat siya ay tatanungin, ‘Ano ang ginawa mo sa C-5?’” (If Villar wins, I’m sure, everyone will bully him because he’ll be asked, ‘What did you with the C-5?’) He will be hounded by all kinds of investigations [about] his past,” said [Sen. Richard] Gordon.

“In the same way, Noynoy Aquino will be hounded on why [his family] cannot declare land reform in their [lands] in Tarlac. He will be hounded why he cannot give justice to the farmers in that massacre in Tarlac,” he added.


Binay twits outgoing gov’t execs on toll fees, fire sale of gov’t properties

MANILA, Philippines– United Opposition (UNO) vice presidential bet Jejomar C. Binay said Friday that Filipinos should analyze the real reason behind the government’s insistence to collect 12 percent EVAT on tolls paid by private motorists on April 30, as well as the fire sale of government properties, as it may be a ploy to fund pabaon schemes for outgoing officials.

“Why, all of a sudden do they want to push this issue? Is the government as bankrupt as it appears or is this merely an attempt to give outgoing officials a chance to line their pockets with taxpayers’ money before they come down from their posts?” Binay asked in a statement emailed to media organizations.


Covenant for peaceful elections inked in Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and top police officials led Friday’s signing of a covenant for peaceful and honest elections witnessed by hundreds of government employees and individuals from various parts of the Visayas.

Before the signing of the covenant, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa led hundreds of policemen from various parts of the Visayas in a three-kilometer march from the Fuente Osmeña rotunda to the Archbishop’s Residence, where the signing ceremony was held.


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Campaign season reveals the worse in us

Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010


By Boo Chanco

I am actually disappointed that the Noynoy campaign and Noynoy himself have been hammering Manny Villar on Villar’s poverty claim. It was probably alright to point out that Villar may have taken some liberties in his commercials about how poor he was. It was probably an exaggeration to claim that he swam in a sea of garbage. Blame his advertising agency for abusing creative license and producing a commercial that would not pass standard screening for truthfulness.

As is turning out, Villar was middle class like many of us who studied at UP in the years when there weren’t as many cars in the parking lots. Villar is just someone like me who didn’t exactly grow up dirt poor. But he was not the child of hacienderos either. From what I gather, Villar’s family had a decent wooden house on the fringe of a squatter colony in Tondo, pretty much like ours near squatter areas in the Paco/Pandacan district.

In so many words, Manny and I had middle class roots and there’s nothing wrong with that. Being middle class still makes Manny V more likely to empathize with the poor than one from the haciendero ruling class. Poor or middle class, Noynoy and his boys have made their point and should move on to other issues.

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If elected, Noynoy’s wishes will be followed, says Luisita spokesman

Posted by akosistella on April 6, 2010


If Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III becomes president, Hacienda Luisita management will comply with whatever decision he makes regarding the Cojuangcos’ controversial sugar estate, a spokesman of Hacienda Luisita, Inc (HLI) told GMA News in an interview.

And that includes Aquino’s cousin, Central Azucarera de Tarlac chief operations officer Fernando Cojuangco, who was recently quoted in the New York Times as opposing the distribution of Luisita’s land to farmers.

“Magagarantiyahan natin kung palarin si Senator Noynoy, irerespeto at susundin hindi lang ng pamilya kundi dapat ng buong bayan,” Atty. Antonio Ligon said when asked about the Cojuangco quote. “[Kahit] sinuman ang nahalal na pangulo, siya yung chief executive, tagapag-patupad ng batas.”

Click GMANews.TV .

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Villar to Aquino: I’ll take you to Tondo, take me to Luisita

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—To prove that he was once poor, Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar is willing to bring Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to Tondo on condition that the latter would also give him a tour of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, where seven protesting farmers were killed in 2004.

Villar posed this challenge to his rival amid questions raised on his political advertisements, portraying him and his family to be victims of poverty.

“Pabayaan mo, iimbitahin ko ngayon gabi si Noynoy. Anytime, sasamahan ko siya sa bahay namin sa Moriones. Ituturo ko sa kanya yung kung saan ako lumaki. Ikukuwento ko sa kanya kung saan ako naglalaro, ang playground namin; kung saan iyong puwesto namin sa palengke, kung saan kami nagtitinda, kung saan ako nag-aral. Ituturo ko sa kanya lahat yan para malaman niya ang buhay mahirap (Don’t you worry, I will invite Noynoy tonight. Anytime I will go with him in our house in Moriones. I will show him where I grew up. I will show him where I played, where my playground was, our stall in the market and where I studied. I will show all these to him so he would know how it is to be poor),” he said in a radio interview Tuesday night.



‘Explain presence of administration allies in LP’

Unlike Aquino, Villar said he has no relatives working for the Arroyo government.

“Ako walang kamag-anak na kasama ng Pangulo. Si Noynoy yata anim o lima? Eh bakit ako ang dapat magpaliwanag, eh sila ang nag-imbento ng Villaroyo, sila rin ay kailangan magpaliwanag (I don’t have relatives who are with the President. I think Noynoy have five or six? Then, why should I explain when they are the ones who invented ‘Villaroyo.’ They should also explain,’ he said in a radio interview Tuesday night.

Villar also noted that Arroyo’s former Cabinet members are, in fact, now allied with Aquino and helping his campaign.

Click Inquirer.net

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Battle over land

Posted by akosistella on March 26, 2010

By Sonny Coloma

By some uncanny coincidence, the main points of attack of the camps of two leading presidential candidates are converging on land issues. The NP-Villar camp, including its allies from the militant left, has launched successive blasts against LP standard-bearer, Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on the Hacienda Luisita issue. In turn, accusations of land-grabbing, illegal land conversion, and use of power and influence in enhancing Senator Villar’s real property business have been leveled against the NP candidate.

The militant left is a leading participant in the NP-Villar camp’s attack. Recall that they opted to boycott the 1986 snap elections and were not part of Cory Aquino’s rainbow coalition that was swept by People Power into the country’s leadership. Even after President Aquino set free Jose Ma. Sison and other CPP-NPA leaders, the militant left remained critical of her administration.

Click BusinessWorld Online.

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Betrayed by the New York Times

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

By John Nery

My apologies, in advance. The column title above is a shameless attempt at a rhetorical stunt: to show a form of the so-called media filter at work.

Headlines, you see, are an information-compression device. A headline packs an entire story, or more, into a few words. But who was it who said that to summarize was to betray? Sometimes a headline, or a column or a report, or even an entire series, can betray the truth itself, by giving a distorted picture of the subject of the coverage or commentary. A reader who has time to read only today’s column title may likely end up with a distorted picture of the column’s thesis or of the column itself.

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Ex-DAR chiefs help in solving Luisita case

Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

BAGUIO CITY—A P2-billion debt and complicated talks among the extended family of the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino are delaying settlement of a workers’ dispute over Hacienda Luisita, which the clan owns, a Liberal Party (LP) official said Sunday.

Former secretaries of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are attempting to help the LP presidential candidate, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, find a solution to the problem of one of the nation’s largest sugar plantations, said Florencio Abad Jr., the party’s campaign manager.

An agrarian reform secretary himself in President Corazon Aquino’s administration, Abad said experts had tried to settle the issue, but talks with members of the Cojuangco clan had turned out to be complicated.

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