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Manufactured crisis

Posted by akosistella on May 24, 2010


By Manuel Buencamino

I was buying a lotto ticket in Cavite last Friday when I overheard a couple talking about the outcome of the election. The man behind me was telling his companion, “Mabuti nanalo si Noynoy ngayon makukulong na rin si Gloria (It’s good Noynoy won, Gloria will finally be sent to prison).”

I smiled and then asked the man if he had heard that Aquino was considering taking his oath of office before a barrio captain instead of the Chief Justice of the Philippines. He told me he had not. But he added, “Maganda kung gawin niya yun. Isang parangal ’yan sa maliliit na tulad namin (It would be a good idea if he does that. It’s an honor for the little people like us.)”

I must admit that I never saw it that way. I was so caught up in the debate over Aquino’s oath-taking that I forgot all about the meaning of his election. But I was in good company; the dean of the UP College of Law was also distracted by the manufactured crisis. He weighed in on the symbolism of the oath-taking: “He does so because of the symbolisms of that ritual. The oath—prescribed by the Constitution—is administered by the head of an autonomous, coequal department of government charged with the preservation of the words found in the Constitution of the Republic.”

via Manuel Buencamino.


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Aquino may be sworn in by barangay captain

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


TARLAC CITY, Philippines — A controversy is in the offing, with presidential front-runner Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III considering being sworn in as President by a barangay captain in his home province, and not by Chief Justice Reynato Puno’s successor.

“[The Constitution] says that before assuming office, the President will subscribe under oath. It does not say [before whom]. I am waiting for my lawyers’ opinion, but [my oath of office] will probably be before the barangay captain of Tarlac,” the Liberal Party standard-bearer said Friday at a press conference.

By tradition, a new President takes his/her oath before the Chief Justice.

via INQUIRER.net.


Aquino’s plan to ‘snub’ Corona to embarrass RP — poll lawyer

Should leading presidential bet Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III be finally proclaimed winner, a poll lawyer advised the Liberal Party standard bearer to drop a plan not to take oath before the newly appointed Supreme Court chief justice.

A dzBB report quoted former administration poll lawyer Romulo Macalintal as saying that Aquino’s plan not to take oath before incoming Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona would be an embarrassment for the country.

Corona was appointed as the next SC chief justice by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday.

Via GMA News.TV


JPE kay Noynoy: ‘Di ka pa presidente para mag-utos’

MANILA – Pinangaralan ni Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile si leading presidential candidate Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III na hindi pa siya ganap na presidente para mag-utos sa kasalukuyang administrasyong Arroyo.

Ang pahayag ay ginawa ni Enrile kaugnay sa pagkakapili ni Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo kay Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Renato Corona bilang kapalit ng magreretirong si Chief Justice Reynato Puno sa Mayo 17.

Sinabi ni Enrile na wala pang kapangyarihan si Aquino na utusan si Gng Arroyo na bawiin ang paghirang nito kay Corona dahil sa katapusan pa ng Hunyo matatapos ang termino ng kasalukuyang lider.

Via GMANews.TV

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Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


Phil. Star: Derailed

Can votes ever be counted with a semblance of order in certain areas of Mindanao? Days after the Commission on Elections announced the likely winner in the presidential race, and with winners in many local contests already proclaimed, the nation is still waiting for the results from the usual trouble spots in Mindanao. Violence, documented on video, has erupted, and accusations of vote buying and cheating are flying in the Lanao provinces and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: Shameful

THE NEWLY PROCLAIMED REPRESENTATIVE OF the second district of Pampanga, President Macapagal-Arroyo, has an urgent message for the nation: “Don’t get too excited over the election results; with me, it’s still politics as usual.” A mere two days after the country’s first, and generally successful, nationwide automated elections, and only five days before Chief Justice Reynato Puno retires from the Supreme Court, she created a new position: that of Chief-Justice-in-waiting. The timing, and the choice of her former aide, Justice Renato Corona, tell us the appointment was yet one more political act of the most politically partisan president since 1986.

Via Inquirer

Vulture eyeing a midnight feast

THE scramble for the last peso that could be extorted in the last two minutes of the Arroyo administration is on. There no more big-ticket contracts to award. There are no buyers for the remaining government crown jewels set for privatization. But there’s still the old reliable “audit” of corporate taxpayers and the resulting “areglo.” Peanuts compared to the foiled NBN-ZTE deal, perhaps, but a few millions here and there pretty soon add up to a substantial sum, to crib from the late Everett Dirksen, the curmudgeon at the US Senate.

Via Malaya

Daily Tribune: Hostile territory

Sen. Noynoy Aquino, who is leading in the unofficial presidential tally, should rethink his exclusive stance on the presidency as if he, the comebacking civil socialites, and the Liberal Party (LP) would be all that is needed to run the country.

Via Daily Tribune

Manila Times: Two cheers for digital democracy

It appears that JC [delos Reyes], Senator Jamby Madrigal and Nick Perlas have evidence that something rotten has happened in the the way the counting was carried out by the Precinct Optical Count Scan (PCOS) machines’ software or memory cards and whatever or whoever. So they are asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to probe into the irregularities.

Via Manila Times

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Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


Estrada’s amazing performance

But the fact that Estrada, invariably dismissed by analysts early in the election campaign as the either a “spoiler” or “a kingmaker”, one who can help ensure the victory of one candidate in a close contest by his endorsement, running second, overtaking the high-financed campaign of Manuel Villar, showed his strong hold on the masses who comprise the bulk of the 50 million voters despite his being convicted of plunder . (Estrada was convicted of plunder in 2006 after more than six years in detention but was pardoned by Gloria Arroyo a month after.)

Click Ellen Tordesillas

Belmonte will be speaker
AS I SEE IT By Neal Cruz

STOP THINKING OF GLORIA MACAPAGAL-Arroyo as speaker of the House of Representatives. The next speaker will be Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, who has been elected congressman. He is the choice of President-to-be Noynoy Aquino.

Contrary to popular opinion, it is not the congressmen who choose their speaker. The president does. Congressmen only ratify what he orders.

Click Neal Cruz

President of all Filipinos
VECTOR By Sonny Coloma

Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III’s comprehensive victory in last Monday’s elections underlines a most salient reality: he is expected by his countrymen to govern and lead as President of all Filipinos.

Click Sonny Coloma

Calls mount for Corona to decline appointment
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

As expected outgoing President Arroyo announced her choice of new Chief Justice even if incumbent Reynato Puno is yet to retire on May 17. She is kicking up a firestorm for not letting the next President on June 30 do it. A day after assuring Filipinos of smooth transition to a new admin, Arroyo is back to divisive spiteful politics. A day after being proclaimed winner — in an unprecedented congressional run while in Malacañang — she revived suspicions of her ploy. That is, to gain immunity from suit for plunder and abuse via prolonged stay in power and a Supreme Court wholly appointed by her.

Click Jarius Bondoc

Churlish parting shot
ANALYSIS By Amando Doronila

DEPARTING PRESIDENT MACAPAGAL-ARROYO fired a churlish parting shot Wednesday when Malacañang announced that she had “chosen” Associate Justice Renato Corona to be the next chief justice of the Supreme Court upon the retirement of Chief Justice Reynato Puno on May 17.

Click Amando Doronila

FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Just what makes Noynoy think that it is his right, and not Gloria’s, to appoint the next CJ? Who is the sole interpreter and arbiter of the law? The president of the republic or the SC? Who the heck does Noynoy think he is? Hello, he has not even been proclaimed president-elect and he thinks he is higher than the law itself!

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

‘Administration’ and ‘government’ are not the same
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

I am sometimes made to feel that TV reporters should stick to simply delivering breaking news. Far too often, whenever these self-styled broadcast journalists try to engage in news analysis, they not only reveal their ignorance, they also mislead their viewers.

Click Dan Mariano

Understanding the power-rate increase

The recent increase in electricity rates saw our bills increase by as much as 80 percent, with some households and small businesses paying the cost equivalent of a small secondhand generator. Despite information campaigns and a policy of transparency in electricity pricing, the sudden increases have led to wild speculations on its rationale—going from the plausible to the absurd.

Click Dean dela Paz

Election results 2010
AMBIENT VOICES By Ma. Isabel Ongpin

It took me the longest time to vote on Election Day, but I was not alone. The neighborhood trooped to the public school designated as the polling place and amid a welter of papers, posters, banners—all representing a candidate or other, through a crowd of people from all walks of life, assaulted by heat and chaos trying to organize itself into some order. I finally got the picture, which was to line up along a corridor near our polling booth to get a designated number. The line had to make a u-turn and it was slow going but I met a neighbor and we carried on a catch-up conversation. In the time of about an hour and a half, all those with numbers were put into a holding room, which was a classroom with school desks. There we sat moving from row to row as numbers were called into the next room where the PCOS machine was and where we looked up our names, signed and received the long, unfamiliar ballot.

Click Maribel Ongpin

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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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Views from columnists

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


Learning from Lee Kuan Yew
AD LIB By Greg Macabenta

The management team that the new chief executive would assemble, along with his vice-president, will either lighten his load or add to the burden. This would depend on his choices and his ability to deal with them individually and as a team. Even the best advisers can become a burden when ego and self-interest prevail over duty.

The heaviest burden of all would be the culture of patronage, personal loyalties, utang na loob, short-cuts, nepotism, special treatment and misguided priorities and values — ingredients of a culture of corruption.

Click Greg Macabenta

Return of optimism
LEFT FIELD By A. R. Samson

Optimists are not always welcome to a televised discussion. They are too often dismissed as out of touch or too naive. The belief that things will turn out well in spite of the naysayers which media like to feature often seems almost irresponsible. And when things do turn out well and the sky not only failed to fall but features a blue sky and a yellow sun shining, optimists are not allowed to say — I told you so.

It is said that if pessimists like our so-called IT experts (our modern-day Cassandras) see Christ walking on water, they are likely to say that maybe he can’t swim. Optimism is certain to be making the rounds in the next few months, mostly having lunch with businessmen. She will be gaining more supporters and encountering fewer wet blankets. Optimism has always been the businessman’s mistress, someone he hides and keeps out of sight but loves with a passion. Inside the businessman’s body beats the heart of an optimist.

Click A.R. Samson

Beginning and end
THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

NINE MONTHS AGO, RAIN FELL ON THIS earth but the people refused to budge. They had tumbled out of their houses to join the procession, and even as the wind swirled and the water poured, they refused to break ranks and seek shelter. That was the procession to bring the remains of Corazon Aquino to her final resting place.

Observers would place the size of the crowd at equal, if not indeed more than, the one that brought her husband, Ninoy, to his own final resting place 26 years earlier. All the more remarkable for man (or woman) and nature conspiring to not make it so. The woman had declared that day a holiday ostensibly to honor the dead but more than likely to dishonor it by luring the people, the students especially, to the Mall of Asia rather than the pall of ages. And nature had sent a storm to daunt the dauntless, the skies adding more tears to the copious ones shed by a grieving nation.

Click Conrado de Quiros

The temptation of expediency

We have a new president. We now shift our focus on Congress. Who will lead the Senate and the House of Representatives? Will the new Congress reclaim its status as a co-equal and independent branch of government, or will it continue to be the servile assistant of the Executive?

The House is weak because its members defer to the president’s dedazo, the act of pointing a finger to indicate one’s preference. Jose de Venecia Jr. became Speaker when Gloria Arroyo pointed her forefinger at him. He lost his job when she pointed her middle finger at him. It need not be that way.

Click Manuel Buencamino

A gracious political act
ANALYSIS By Amando Doronila

IN JUST 15 HOURS, OR LESS THAN A DAY after the close of voting in the country’s first computerized election on Monday, Sen. Manuel Villar, who was running third in the tally of presidential poll results, conceded defeat to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Villar’s concession stamped a historical landmark as the swiftest ever in the annals of bitter Philippine presidential elections, in which losers seldom conceded defeat in polls often marred by violence and rampant cheating. The concession came in the wake of a deluge of results announced by the Commission on Elections at 11:11 Monday night, showing Aquino leading his nearest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, by more than 3.3. million votes, based on 57 percent of the election results electronically counted by the Comelec. At that moment Aquino tallied 8,958,396 votes, against Estrada’s 5,678,821, and Villar’s 3,058, 942.

Click Amando Doronila

Usurping Congress’ canvassing mandate
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho Olivares

What the Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners are doing is all wrong, in the sense that they as a body, are not empowered by the Constitution to announce the results of the elections on the presidential and vice presidential level, since this rightly belongs to Congress, that is tasked to canvass the results of the top two political posts, automated or manual, taken from the provincial certificates of canvass.

The task of the Comelec en banc, constituted as a national election canvasser, is to strictly announce and proclaim the senatorial winners.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

A little paranoia led to vigilance at polls

The news so far has been encouraging. We took our sacred duty in a democratic society seriously. A little paranoia, a nagging fear that you-know-who could try something fishy to stay there beyond June 30 led to an EDSA 1 like experience at voting centers nationwide. The act of voting was not easy. But people knew they had a lot riding on this election and were willing to make the sacrifice.

It was very encouraging to see people of all ages taking responsibility for their lives by enthusiastically voting. I suspect media warnings of dire consequences made people want to send an extra strong message that they will not stand for any more funny tricks from power hungry politicians. This time around, no one can accuse the Pinoy of being complacent …of taking the electoral process for granted.

Click Boo Chanco.

Automated victory

WE won!

We all did, even those who lost. We were able to pull off an automated election with minimum bother. Sure those pesky and temperamental PCOS machines never lived up to expectation but we Pinoys did something unimaginable. We patiently learned how to use the machines and never wavered even when, in some cases, we were tested to the limit.

Via Ducky Paredes

Revisit Pary-list
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

The weekend before E-Day, talk in online social networks, coffee shops, parish courtyards and elsewhere no longer swirled around the presidential candidates. Just about everyone assumed that the presidency was already in Noynoy Aquino’s bag.

Instead, discussion among many citizens centered on the so-called party-list system, particularly Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo’s gambit to remain in Congress as number-one nominee of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP).

Click Dan Mariano

Stormiest selection ever of Chief Justice
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

It was the stormiest selection ever of a Chief Justice. Bitter words exchanged. The Supreme Court’s image waned as the last bastion against absolute power. Bared was the vulnerability of the Judiciary — even of the fighting Senate — to influence by the Executive.

Dark clouds began to gather in December, long before CJ Reynato Puno’s retirement on May 17 would create a vacancy. The Judicial and Bar Council that vets judgeships was told that early to nominate replacements to Gloria Arroyo. At once authors of the 1987 Constitution and leading lawyers opposed admin Rep. Matias Defensor’s “premature” suggestion. Supposedly it would make Puno a lame duck in his last five months of jurisprudential leadership. Moreover, they said, the departing President had no authority to name a CJ on May 17. The date falls within the constitutional ban on midnight appointments, 60 days before a presidential election till the June 30 end of the President’s term. Draw up a shortlist if you must, they advised the JBC, but give it to the next President who’d still have time to meet the Constitution’s 90-day rule to fill up vacancies in the Supreme Court. Everything depended on Puno, as head of both the Court and JBC.

Via Phil. Star

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‘Don’t be surprised if frontrunner loses’

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The race for the presidency is still wide open, Malacañang said yesterday.

Speaking to reporters, Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan said Filipinos must not be surprised if the winner is not among the frontrunners in the surveys.

“Elections give us a lot of surprises,” he said.

Peyuan said figures from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed some 50 million registered voters nationwide, out of a population of about 92 to 94 million.

via Philippine Star.

ALSO READ: Palace steps in amid PCOS chaos


Military chief assures bishops about peaceful elections

MANILA, Philippines—Armed Forces chief of staff General Delfin Bangit said he saw no reason for a repeat of a People Power Revolution as he assured Catholic church officials that the military would do its best to ensure that the May 10 elections are peaceful and credible.

Bangit met with the permanent council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in Manila on Tuesday, and he said he briefed them about the Armed Forces’ preparations for the forthcoming elections.

The permanent council acts for and on behalf of the CBCP when the plenary assembly is not in session.

Via Inquirer.net


Palace: Arroyo in no hurry to name new chief justice

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is not in a hurry to name the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

This, a day after the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said it will submit on Wednesday to the President its 4 nominees for the highest post in the judiciary.

According to Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan, the President is not in a hurry as she is not under time pressure to make an appointment.


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JBC nominates Corona for SC Chief Justice post

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Senior Associate Justice Renato Corona and three other contenders for chief justice are in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC)’s shortlist to be sent to President Arroyo tomorrow.

The eight-member collegial body led by retiring Chief Justice Reynato Puno decided to submit the shortlist with the names of four candidates – Corona, Supreme Court Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Arturo Brion, and Sandiganbayan acting Presiding Justice Edilberto Sandoval – following an SC decision last month allowing the President to appoint Puno’s successor.

This developed as the Supreme Court (SC) said yesterday that the President could not appoint a new chief justice until a vacancy is created, which is on May 17.

Via Phil. Star

ALSO READ: SC contradicts Palace on Chief Justice

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IMF wants next government to hike VAT

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) wants the value-added tax raised to 15 percent and the income tax rate slashed to 21 percent under the next administration, according to Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran.

Beltran said he learned of the IMF position during the institution’s recent meetings in Washington, which he attended.

Raising VAT from the current 12 percent to 15 percent and cutting the income tax from 30 percent to 21 percent were mainly recommendations of University of the Philippines economists. Finance Secretary Margarito Teves has endorsed the recommendations.

Via Phil. Star

Foreign observers start arriving

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign observers have started arriving for the May 10 elections, with a group from the United States ready to leave within the week for Mindanao, a perennial election hotspot.

Japan is sending 23 people to observe the elections in Metro Manila while an undisclosed number of British observers are also set to arrive before May 10.

“No, they won’t intervene. They will just observe how we will be conducting the polls this time,” a source told The STAR.

Via Phil. Star


PCGG chief: Imelda placed Marcos wealth at $1 trillion

MANILA, Philippines — It’s the kind of fantastic wealth that could run the Philippines for almost 40 years or pay off its foreign debt 18 times.

While dodging criticism for “exploring” a settlement with the family of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Commissioner Ricardo Abcede claimed on Monday that the dictator’s widow Imelda confessed to keeping $1 trillion in an account in New York.

Abcede said this twice in interviews over ABS-CBN’s dzMM radio and ANC on Monday, as he defended his decision to pursue a settlement with the Marcoses to recover some P140 billion in ill-gotten wealth, instead of giving due course to more than 500 court cases against the Marcoses and cronies.

Via Inquirer.net

Bro. Mike says he won’t endorse any presidential bet

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – El Shaddai leader Mariano “Bro. Mike” Velarde on Monday said he will not endorse a presidential candidate in this year’s elections.

In a press conference at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) where he offered his group’s services to ensure credible polls, Velarde said he will not influence voters, but will instead respect their right to make their own choices.

Velarde responded to a question on whether if he will stand by a previous statement not to endorse a candidate. He was also asked if he would continue not to make public his personal choice prior to an election.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Editorials and opinions from today’s papers

Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010


Analysis: A landslide in the making
By Amando Doronila

BARELY 10 DAYS BEFORE THE MAY 10 ELECtion, most signs point to a smashing victory for Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in the presidential race.

Surveys by reputable polling organizations indicate that a landslide is building up behind Aquino as his campaign has gained momentum over the past three weeks. The issue that currently engages informed political observers in Manila is not that Aquino’s main rival, Sen. Manuel Villar, is battling huge odds to overhaul Aquino’s lead in the surveys with only a week to go before the election, but the size of a possible Aquino landslide. Time is not on Villar’s side in his almost desperate effort to erase Aquino’s lead.

Click Amando Doronila

Power of a trusted brand
Vector — By Sonny Coloma

If you feel beleaguered and besieged in the heat of battle, would you call in your octogenarian mother to pitch for you? Presidential aspirants Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Richard Gordon assailed fellow candidate Manuel Villar earlier this week after the latter’s mother called a press conference at her home. Even Senator Villar’s sisters got into the act. They said that they should not be questioned on why even their mother got involved in a turbulent political campaign. After all, isn’t Noynoy Aquino continually invoking his parents’ legacy?

The Villars, especially the presidential candidate himself, are missing the point. It’s not about parents and children. It’s about the power of a dominant political brand.

Click Sonny Coloma

A question of fairness
Calling A Spade… — By Solita Collas-Monsod

I have been accused by Mrs. Gloria V. Benedicto, the sister of presidential candidate Manuel Villar, of being “unfair” to her brother. As far as I am concerned, this is a very serious charge, because one of the tenets that govern my behavior and my pursuits is fairness and justice — dinned into my head by my parents, in the same way that my husband and I have dinned it into our children’s heads. Unfortunately, however, Mrs. Benedicto’s was a blanket accusation, and she gave no details, so I have no recourse but to examine, as it were, my conscience, insofar as my treatment of her brother is concerned.

Click Solita Collas Monsod

Phil. Star Editorial: Waiting for a court ruling

Almost every day, Armed Forces chief Delfin Bangit tries to reassure the public that the military, working together with the Philippine National Police, is committed to HOPE, or honest, orderly and peaceful elections. Bangit has yet to shake off perceptions that he is the favorite soldier of the commander-in-chief, who might attempt a make-or-break maneuver to hold on to power beyond noon of June 30.

Via Phil. Star

Will JBC nominate de Castro, Corona?
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Worse off is Justice Renato Corona, said to be President Arroyo’s top choice for CJ. He has been criticized for letting Arroyo appoint his wife again and again to head a Malacañang-supervised government firm. Also, for accepting gifts from the President. His “unethical acts” allegedly undermined the judiciary’s independence from the executive. Pages 201-202 of Marites Vitug’s bestselling Shadow of Doubt narrates:

“Among Justices, when he is relaxed, Corona can be quite open. He once told some of his colleagues that President Arroyo took care of his hospital bill when he underwent an operation to ease his bad back. He was already on the Court then.

Via Phil. Star

The witching hour by LITO BANAYO

TEN days from now, voters will troop to their clustered precincts to elect the men and women who for better or for worse will run the affairs of state for the next six or three years.The vote is most crucial. It will determine whether we can make this democracy work. It will determine whether we will have more of the same and worse. Or whether the public has decided to cast their lot with those they can trust to bring about meaningful change.


Heated exchange
Fence Sitter — By A. R. Samson

To be newsworthy, a verbal exchange needs to involve at least two well-known personalities, currently in the news. A tiff between angry motorists hardly rates a mention in the news, unless one of them is shot dead. Feuds between movie celebrities are too routine and sometimes (make that often) faked to promote a movie or new TV program.

Click A.R. Samson

The poor and the hungry
At Large By Rina Jimenez-David

WHEN I WATCH NEWSCASTS AIRED ON US TV networks, I am often astounded when a family, described as “miserably poor,” is interviewed in their home with an upholstered sofa, a TV set and even a carpet. I can’t help but wonder how the same TV reporters would describe Filipino families in urban poor communities, who reside in dark and crowded shanties with only a bench for furniture, or in poor rural areas where tin-shack homes boast of a dirt floor and where members congregate around a low papag, which serves as dining table, study desk and bed.

Click Rina Jimenez-David

Daily Tribune Editorial: Yellow politics of coercion

Presidential aspirant Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino seems single-minded about being the next president of the land and he will not accept anything otherwise.

The problem with such an attitude, if Noynoy really believes what he is saying, is that it brings Filipinos potentially on the road to a more chaotic administration than the nine years of Gloria.

Click Daily Tribune

No count but more trouble from yellows
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Truth is, the call came a bit too late for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to approve the idea of a parallel manual count.

Still, it must also be stated that the Comelec has hardly come clean with the people via the Congress, and has in fact, reneged on its pledges to the congressional oversight committee to prepare for manual polls and count, in the event of a failure of automated polls.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Posted in 2010 elections, Comelec, Dick Gordon, Gilbert Teodoro, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Manny Villar, MAR Roxas, Noynoy Aquino, Opinion, Philippine politics | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Ex-Ombudsman tells Corona: Withdraw from CJ race

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


MANILA, Philippines –  Former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo on Monday challenged Supreme Court Associate Justice Renato Corona to withdraw his name from the list of nominees for the position of Chief Justice.

In a letter to the Judicial Bar and Council, Marcelo said Corona should withdraw his nomination for the position of Chief Justice to prove he was sincere in saying that he does not need the position since he already has a faithful and dedicated wife, and a happy family.

“Well, if he was really not staging a scripted ‘zarzuela’ during his JBC interview last Monday, and if he is truly authentic to himself…the only honorable thing for him to do now, if he really means the words he has spoken, is to withdraw from the list of nominees to the position, or if he is nominated, to reject it unconditionally, to spare the country from further division and for the Supreme Court to be able to maintain its credibility,” Marcelo said.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


We’ll defend appointments anywhere—Palace

MANILA, Philippines—Malacanang over the weekend said that it could very well defend the “midnight appointments” of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a Senate inquiry or any other forum.

Gary Olivar, deputy presidential spokesperson, said Senator Francis Pangilinan was “welcome” to open an inquiry into the appointments once Congress resumes sessions after the May 10 elections.

Arroyo has come under fire over the appointment of her manicurist, Anita Carpon, to the board of trustees of Pag-Ibig Fund, and Palace gardener Armando Macapagal as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.

via Inquirer.net

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Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


Inquirer: Political court

INTERVIEWED BY THE JUDICIAL AND BAR COUNCIL for the position of chief justice, Supreme Court Justice Arturo Brion spoke the uncomfortable truth. The next chief justice, he said, will suffer from the public perception of the high court as politically partisan. The task ahead, therefore, is daunting: to prevent political color from creeping into the Court’s decisions.

As if to reinforce Brion’s point, the Supreme Court soon after that interview issued its final ruling on the issue of whether President Macapagal-Arroyo can appoint the next chief justice, even during the period of the constitutionally mandated ban on appointments. If there is any decision of the present Supreme Court that stamps it, for all to see, as an Arroyo Court, it is De Castro v. JBC. For the Court to reiterate its position then, by the same 9-person majority, and with a pugnacious “Final Word” attached to the second decision, is to willingly wrap around itself the mantle of Arroyo’s partisan defenders.

via INQUIRER.net.

Malaya: Clutching at green shoots

LULLED by the mantra of resiliency, economic managers are clutching at the green shoots of global recovery to justify their failure to meet current economic challenges with timely and appropriate responses.

Exports, for example, surged in January and February. Economic officials are short of gushing about how this pickup would drive growth this year.

via Malaya

Phil. Star: Earth Day

The 40th anniversary of Earth Day is marked today in a year that is also celebrated to promote biodiversity. Global awareness of the need to protect the environment has grown exponentially since 20 million people in the United States marked the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. That environmental teach-in was staged in protest over US government inaction on the destruction caused by an oil spill along the coast of southern California. For 10 days in January 1969, a busted platform of Union Oil had spewed up to 10,000 barrels of crude oil into the ocean, fouling up coastal communities, killing marine life and about 10,000 birds.

via Phil. Star

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Setting the stage for a yellow coup

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


By Ninez Cacho Olivares

THE Supreme Court (SC) has ruled with finality. Gloria Arroyo can appoint the next Chief Justice (CJ), and the Judicial and Bar Council will have to submit a list to her, as ordered by the high court, within this time up till May 17, 2010.

So what do Noynoy and his yellows do now? Refuse to recognize the decision of the majority of the high court justices and refuse too, to recognize the Gloria-appointed CJ? Stage a street protest to oust the new CJ? Fire the CJ and all the other justices who will recognize the next CJ? Have the CJ impeached because, as claimed by Noynoy and his yellows, the high court erred in granting Gloria the power to appoint the next CJ?

Noynoy and the yellows are now looking like fools, since none of these threats they issued earlier can be applied.

They look foolish because, in the first place, the frigging yellows and their bet haven’t even won the presidential race for Noynoy to even threaten not to recognize the Gloria-appointed CJ. Neither does he have the power to fire any of them, nor for that matter, threaten impeachment.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares.

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Nothing can stop Arroyo from appointing next Chief Justice

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


Nothing can stop President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from appointing the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, after the Supreme Court junked with finality an appeal to reverse an earlier ruling allowing her to do so.

Last March 17, the High Court ruled that the President is allowed to appoint Punos replacement, asserting that the judiciary is not covered by the midnight appointments ban.

Puno will retire from his post on May 17 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

“With exactly the same voting (9-3-1), the motions for reconsideration are denied with finality,” said SC spokesman and court administrator Midas Marquez, his statement aired over the radio.

Majority of the magistrates “are still of the view that the Vallarta case should be overturned and the entire judiciary should be exempted from the election ban on appointments,” Marquez added.

via GMANews.TV.

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JBC slams high court for midnight appointment ruling

Posted by akosistella on April 17, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Asserting its independence, the Judicial and Bar Council has assailed the Supreme Court's March 17 decision allowing President Macapagal-Arroyo to appoint the next chief justice during the constitutional ban on the so-called midnight appointments.

The collegial body headed by Chief Justice Reynato Puno told the Supreme Court it should have dismissed the petitions that would have the outgoing Ms Arroyo appoint Puno’s successor after the May 10 elections.

<p?The JBC said the petitions were “patently premature” because the JBC has not yet decided whether it would submit to Ms Arroyo a list of nominees for chief justice since Puno would retire on May 17.

via INQUIRER.net.

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