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The Arroyobamaquino conspiracy theorist

Posted by akosistella on June 16, 2010


Dispatches from the Enchanted Kingdom

Safely ensconced in his adopted country, thousands of miles away from the reach of any libel suits, self-exiled communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison boldly accused a sister of President-elect Benigno S.C. Aquino III of conspiring with Gloria Arroyo and the CIA to cheat in the 2010 elections. I decided to interview the man hiding in the Netherlands.

“Let me read to you what you said in your interview with Pinoy Weekly.”


“There are indications that the automated electoral system of Smartmatic, which is controlled by the US and its agents, was pre-programmed to make Aquino and Binay win. It’s obvious that a large number of votes were stolen from Manny Villar and Loren Legarda. Their precipitous decline was overkill and unbelievable. There are reports that high officials of the CIA, the Aquino family and the Arroyo regime decided on the pre-programming six weeks before the election. The meeting between Pinky Aquino-Abelleda and Mrs. Arroyo paved the way for the arrangement.”

Click Manuel Buencamino.


For the love of Noynoy Aquino
Method To Madness

MANILA, Philippines—It is Independence Day in the land of the yellow morning, where the moon is a greasy pearl, freedom is a Twitter hashtag and the brave bawl in their cradles unless the cradles were pawned for the rose-red heart of a bottle of cheap gin. Philippine Airlines offers a “Proud and Free” Promo for the patriotic Filipino—$135 for Hong Kong, $690 for Honolulu, $790 Las Vegas not including government taxes and ticketing service fees. In New York’s 20,000-strong Filipino community celebration, Christian Bautista sings “Beautiful Girl” and “Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile,” Carlo Orosa soars with the “Impossible Dream,” Sarah Geronimo is “well-applauded” for “You Changed My Life,” and fortunately remembers to sing “Magkaisa.”

Out on the Quirino Grandstand, on a stage with “a select group of 180 people,” the woman rumored to have a heart harder than the rampaging lead hooves of Leon Guerrero’s horse demonstrates that in the end, all you need is love. If only you could show her love, bring her flowers, buy her a two-piece Jollibee chicken meal in the fast-food court of the nearest SM shopping mall, play her your Jason Mraz ringing tone while holding her hand as you wait in line for tickets to John Lloyd Cruz’s “A Very Special Love.” But this is a woman whose natural milieu is the table beneath a Le Cirque chandelier, and so if love will not appear prostrated before her dragging Gilbert Teodoro, love can be bought, at the price of a P10-million praise parade bought with taxpayers’ money to “showcase the outstanding achievements of the 10-Point Agenda of the Arroyo administration.”

Click Patricia Evangelista.

ANYONE who pays their taxes religiously can very well comment on whatever President Noynoy plans to do for his administration, especially if it involves appointing Cabinet Secretaries.


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Noynoy, Mar target universal health care for all Pinoys

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and his running mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II promised to expand the coverage of health insurance to all Filipinos by 2013 if they win in the May 10 elections.

Roxas said this would be among the “priority projects” of an Aquino-Roxas administration to give ordinary citizens easy access to quality healthcare, along with better education, economic growth and job creation.

“We have a program called universal healthcare, which means that all of our countrymen will have better and easier access, and work as well for increased benefits of state health insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corp.,” he said.

via Philippine Star.


Sumilao farmers back Noynoy’s candidacy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—While some farmers from Hacienda Luisita are criticizing Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for his family’s non-distribution of the plantation’s land, another group of farmers pushing for agrarian reform is backing up his presidential candidacy.

Farmers from Sumilao, Bukidnon were present at Aquino’s campaign rally in Cagayan de Oro Tuesday, where some of them even lit torches for the Liberal Party standard bearer.

The Sumilao farmers gained nationwide attention in late 2007 when they marched all the way from Bukidnon in Mindanao to Manila to push for their claim to their land. (See: Sumilao farmers return to a tearful reunion in hometown)

via GMANews.TV.

AND: Angara to bets: Avoid meeting with foreign officials

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Malaya insights

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


Villar responds
By LITO Banayo

SENATOR Manny Villar has been making the rounds of broadcast media to respond to various issues hounding his campaign, and dish out remarks against his main protagonist, who has been featured by Time Magazine on its cover.

Villar is particularly mad at the Villarroyo tag. He and his spokespersons have been denying this tag to death. He and they keep saying that it was he and his party-mates who “initiated” the investigation of all the graft scandals, from jueteng to Hello Garci, to the fertilizer scandal, and the ZTE-NBN anomalies. Vamos a ver.


The U.S. is worried

THE United States under Barrack Obama is very interested in what will happen on May 10, 2010 in the Philippines. Part of this concern is the reason why Senator Noynoy is on the cover of Time Magazine. While Senator Aquino was the main story, the article itself also had an interview and quotes from Senator Villar.

Via Ducky Paredes

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Noynoy: Some Yanks talking to us

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Does Uncle Sam know something that Juan De La Cruz doesn’t? Or is the former just doing his job?

The United States has opened communication lines with the camp of Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the Liberal Party standard-bearer said.

A number of foreign journalists, including someone from Time magazine, had also visited him, Aquino said.

Aquino, the only son of the late President Corazon Aquino and assassinated opposition leader Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., is the leading presidential candidate based on surveys conducted by Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia Inc.

via INQUIRER.net.

Nothing new with meetings with US officials — Villar

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Nacionalista Party standard bearer Senator Manuel Villar said on Sunday he also had regular “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” meetings with former US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney but did not consider them as the United States sizing him up for potential US backing in the presidential elections.

“We spoke regularly… basta kumakain lang kami ng (we just meet for) breakfast, lunch, and dinner,” Villar said in a press conference, eliciting laughter from reporters.

Villar considered the meetings with the United States’ top representative to the country as a “normal invitation,” adding that he met with Kenny quite often before she ended her tenure as US ambassador earlier this year.

Click Inquirer.net

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Fundamentals of church-state relations

Posted by akosistella on March 8, 2010

By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J.

When people see bishops or priests venturing into public or political life, the instinctive question that is often asked is: Is this a violation of the separation of church and state? The question is understandable because of the frequent use of the phrase “separation of church and state,” and people often equate church with bishops or priests. But the negative command of the Constitution is addressed not to bishops or priests but to the state and those who exercise state authority. As to bishops and priests, the pertinent part of the constitutional command is the guarantee of the free exercise of religion.

So insistent, in fact, is the Constitution on this freedom of religion that it goes on to add: “The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.” The beneficiaries of this freedom include bishops and priests and clerics and ministers of religion of every kind. More than that, they are also protected by the freedom of speech and assembly of the Constitution.

Click Fr. Joaquin Bernas.

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Pinoys are world class…abroad

Posted by akosistella on March 8, 2010

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

Those who are about my age probably remember the late Jose Mari Velez. JoeMari was the anchor of ABC Channel 5’s nightly newscast before martial law. He was a rare anchor in the sense that he was not just a news reader with a pretty face. He had brains to match a great authoritative voice and good looks. He was a lawyer, a UP Law graduate, and he represented the first district of Rizal in the 1971 Constitutional Convention. He was a great guy to be with.

Karyn Velez is his granddaughter. According to Rosan, Karyn’s father, Jofer, is a genius and got his academic credentials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His 19-year old daughter was born in the States while he was taking his masters in MIT.

Jofer tried and failed to have his daughter represent our country instead of the US. He became simply frustrated with the local system. In his words, “these are professional operators. You only know once you’re in the system, and you experience the many frustrations over time.”

Click Boo Chanco.



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RP pleads for garment sector in US

Posted by akosistella on March 8, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Representatives from the Philippine government are now in Washington DC to plead with the US Congress to fast track the Save Act which is expected to help the local garments industry.

In an interview before heading to the United States, Trade Undersecretary Elmer C. Hernandez said that they are asking the Congress to pass the bill on time because the country will lose competitiveness if the bill is delayed further.

Hernandez said that they have been in consultation with local garments exporters who said that they will only expand their investments here if the bill is passed in the US. Likewise, Hernandez feared that some current investors will leave to more attractive investment destinations.

Click Philippine Star.

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US details Asia-Pacific trade push; RP not in preferred deal

Posted by akosistella on March 3, 2010

THE UNITED STATES has tagged the Asia-Pacific as central to its trade policy agenda this year but a pending agreement it has pointed to as a means of strengthening ties with the region does not include the Philippines.

The 2010 Trade Policy Agenda — released yesterday by the Office of the US Trade Representative — also saw Washington hinting at a continued standoff in the Doha round of talks for a global trade deal as long as developing countries maintain their demands for flexibilities.

The report reiterates the rhetoric in the previous year’s agenda that US export sales must be boosted to create new jobs for Americans. This year, however, the focus for market access efforts has been turned towards the Asia- Pacific.

“As a region, the Asia-Pacific will weigh much more prominently in American trade and world economic activity in the future, and it will take multiple initiatives to maximize the opportunities for the region,” the document states.

“If the United States is to benefit from more exports, job expansion, and accelerated innovation through trade, the Asia-Pacific must take a central place in our trade agenda.”

To this end, the US said it would be pursuing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

“The Administration believes that the TPP is the strongest vehicle for achieving economic integration across the Asia-Pacific region and advancing US economic interests with the fastest-growing economies in the world,” the document states.

The Philippines, which counts the US as its top export market, is not among those which will participate in the TPP negotiations. The US document also made no mention of plans to forge a bilateral trade pact with the country.

Sought for comment, a Trade official reiterated the Philippines’ wariness towards the regional pact.

“The Philippines has always been open to future trading arrangements with major trading partners like the US,” Trade Senior Undersecretary Thomas G. Aquino said in a text message yesterday.

“[But] the TPP covers a wider geographic scope extending beyond the US economy…,” he said.

In the meantime, the Philippines enjoys duty-free entry into the American market for certain exports under the US General System of Preferences. It is also lobbying the US Congress to eliminate tariffs on garments sewn here that use American yarns and textiles.

The US document also listed tie-ups, albeit vaguely, with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as the other tacks to be pursued to exploit trade opportunities in the region. The Philippines is a member of both groups.

The document went on to bare the US position towards long-stalled talks among World Trade Organization (WTO) members for a free trade deal. A conclusion to the negotiations will not be in sight unless “advanced developing countries” allow more access into their markets, it said.

“In terms of what is currently on the table in the Doha negotiations, the value of what the United States would give in market opening, along with a reduction of US agriculture support, is well-known and easily calculable,” it stated.

“In contrast, the value of new opportunities for our businesses, workers, farmers, and ranchers remains vague because of the broad flexibilities available to key emerging markets, like China, India, and Brazil that are fast-growing economies and important markets of the future.”

This dims the already shaky prospects for talks’ conclusions by 2010, another Trade official said.

“A lot of technical work is ongoing and of course other technical work cannot proceed until certain political decisions are made,” Jose Antonio S. Buencamino, the Trade department’s lead official for WTO matters, said in a separate text message.

The US document further listed other trade policy priorities: capacity building for trade partners to engage in trade talks, monitoring of environmental and energy commitments in existing trade pacts, and improving the transparency of policy making and support to small American enterprises.

The United States accounted for 17.69% or $6.799 billion of total Philippine export sales to the world last year, government data show. (BusinessWorld, Mar. 3, 2010)

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New US envoy calls for clean RP polls

Posted by akosistella on February 5, 2010

WASHINGTON—The nominee to be the US ambassador to the Philippines seems to have done his homework. Harry Thomas called on Tuesday for free and peaceful elections and hoped for progress on corruption and human rights concerns.

Thomas impressed his Senate confirmation hearing by speaking briefly in the Filipino tongue and pledged to nurture the “long-standing friendship” between the United States and the Philippines.

Click INQUIRER.net.

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