And why should Aquino go to the wake of Jennifer Laude? Who he/she?

Jennifer Laude's mother at her wake. From Bulatlat.

Jennifer Laude’s mother at her wake. From Bulatlat.

Totoo naman. Bakit nga naman inaasahan natin pumunta si Pangulong Aquino sa lamay ni Jennifer Laude?
Sino ba si Jennifer Laude? Hindi naman siya kamag-anak ng mga Aquino. Hindi naman siya haciendera katulad ng mga Cojuangco-Aquino. Hindi naman siya sundalo. Hindi naman siya miyembro ng Liberal Party. Hindi naman siya nanay o asawa ng miyembro ng Liberal Party.

Asked last Wednesday by Raul Dancel of The Singapore Straits Times during a forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association if he was going to the wake of Laude, the transgender who was murdered by a member of the United States Marines Corps last Oct. 11, Aquino said he doesn’t go to wakes of people he doesn’t know.

His complete answer: “You know, in general, I don’t attend wakes of people I don’t know. I find it—and I’m speaking for myself—I’m uncomfortable in trying to condole with people who don’t know me and… Parang how can I say that I really sympathize with their loss and have some relevant discussion with them on trying to assuage, ‘di ba, their loss at that point in time? If I know the person somehow or the person is close to me… For instance, I went to the wake of the mother of Governor (Alfonso) Umali recently. The mother of Governor Umali had entertained me in her house in the years previous and Governor Umali is very close friend. In Leyte, I went to the unanticipated demise of the wife of Congressman Boying Cari, and I had a chance to talk also to his children—the eldest is 23 and the youngest is Grade Six. As a general rule, I attend wakes wherein there are some connections, so that ‘yung I don’t want to be a burden but rather I want to help them at their time of grief.”

No one can accuse Aquino of not being transparent. He does not bother masking his arrogance.
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October 23, 2014 10:38 pm  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  10 Comments

Leachon: 21- day exit screening for Filipinos in West Africa before coming home

Dr. Tony Leachon

Dr. Tony Leachon

The Philippine College of Physicians, headed by Dr. Anthony Leachon, is recommending that the Philippine government require returning Filipinos from West Africa, where there is a widespread outbreak of the killer disease Ebola, to undergo exit screening there before being allowed to come home.

That is on top of the quarantine required upon their arrival in the Philippines.

The exit screening, Leachon explained, should be quarantine for 21 days, blood tests and questionnaire before traveling back to Manila.

Upon arriving in the Philippines, Leachon said they should also be quarantined for at least seven days to a maximum of 21 days.

Leachon said the longer quarantine is important based on the new findings of the World Health Organization that the incubation period of Ebola is 42 days and not 21 days.
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October 21, 2014 7:36 pm  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya  2 Comments

Aquino’s deafening silence on the killing of Jennifer Laude

Thanks to Bulatlat for photo.

Thanks to Bulatlat for photo.

The silence of President Aquino on the murder of a Filipino transgender by a member of the United States Marine Corps more than a week ago in Olongapo City is deafening.

Jennifer Laude, 26, a citizen of this country was killed brutally (severely beaten, strangled, drowned , her head shoved in the toilet bowl) almost midnight of Oct. 11 by Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, who is here as part of the PH-US military exercises.

More than a week has passed and not a word of concern from the President of the Philippines.
No representative from Malacañang nor from the Department of Foreign Affairs has visited the grieving family of Laude.
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October 19, 2014 11:11 pm  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Foreign Affairs  13 Comments

Once again,Trillanes answers UNA’s allegations on ‘luxury’ cars

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV

This is the second time I’ll be running the answer of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to allegations that he owned eight luxury vehicles not listed in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth when he was a Philippine Navy officer.

JV Bautista, interim secretary general of the United Nationalist Alliance headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay,lambasted Trillanes Wednesday: “He styles himself as a moral crusader, but all these years he has evaded the issue of how he was able to afford eight luxury vehicles with his salary in the military and why he did not declare them in his SALN. This is a clear violation of the law.”

This black propaganda about Trillanes owning luxury vehicles first came out immediately after the July 2003 mutiny by a group of young officers that included Trillanes against the government of Gloria Arroyo. They made their stand at the then Oakwood Hotel (now Ascott) at the Makati Commercial Center.
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October 16, 2014 11:31 pm  Tags: ,   Posted in: Uncategorized  14 Comments

NAIA1 no longer world’s worst, now ranked 4th-worst

NAIA1. From Flickr

NAIA1. From Flickr

By Ellen T.Tordesillas, VERA Files

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Teminal 1 (NAIA1) is no longer the worst airport in the world, according to an online website dedicated to reviewing airports all over the world.

NAIA is now No. four in the 2014 list of Worst Airports of “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports,” outranked by Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Pakistan (1st); Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia (2nd); and Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal (3rd).

The Guide to Sleeping in Airports explained the improvement in ranking of NAIA1:
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October 16, 2014 10:13 pm  Tags:   Posted in: Tourism, Travel, Vera Files  2 Comments

U.S. custody of Pemberton denigrates PH sovereignty

Facebook account  of Joseph Scott Pemberton.

Facebook account of Joseph Scott Pemberton.

The suspected killer of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton of the US Marine Corps 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, is in the custody of the United States.

A statement by the U.S. Embassy in Manila said Pemberton “ is being held onboard USS Peleliu while a joint Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Philippine National Police investigation is conducted. The United States will continue to fully cooperate with Philippine law enforcement authorities in every aspect of the investigation.”

USS Peleliu, which is in Subic Bay for PHIBLEX 15, a joint amphibious landing exercise, was due to leave Tuesday but its departure was put on hold because of this crime involving one of the American soldiers.
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October 14, 2014 10:16 pm  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  42 Comments

Let’s not forget Purisima

While we are riveted to the splendor of Hacienda Binay’s Kew Gardens and air-conditioned piggery, let us not forget Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima and his questionable acts as a public official.

PNP Chief Alan Purisima and President Aquino

PNP Chief Alan Purisima and President Aquino

The public should be more vigilant of the Purisima case because no less than President Aquino is protecting him, vouching for the Police chief’s integrity despite blatant violation of ethical standards set for government officials.

Talking with reporters in Indonesia, Aquino said, “Natuwa ako noong sinama niya lahat sa bahay niya sa Nueva Ecija. Iyon, gawain ng tao na hindi nagtatago.”

What kind of logic is that? Allowing media to see his vacation villa in a 4.5 hectare property in Nueva Ecija does not answer the questions of how he acquired it at a cheap price and how he was able to build a nice four-bedroom vacation house complete with swimming pool, gazebo and a nipa hut out of his salary as a police officer.

It is PR.
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October 12, 2014 9:11 pm  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Graft and corruption, Philippine National Police  11 Comments

Binay can kiss his 2016 presidential bid goodbye

Aerial view of the 350 hectare Batangas Estate. Photo provided by to ABS-CBN  former Makati VM Ernesto Mercado.

Aerial view of the 350 hectare Batangas Estate.

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s 350-hectare luxury estate is so stunning, stupefying and appalling he can kiss his 2016 presidential plans goodbye.

The images shown of Binay’s sprawling property in Batangas during the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee assault many aspects of the ordinary citizens’ senses: sense of values, sense of propriety, sense of proportion.

To give the public an idea of how big 350 hectares is, former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado said the Binay farm is equivalent to “six Luneta Parks, 10 Araneta Centers or even half the 700 hectare San Juan city.
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October 9, 2014 10:27 pm  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections, Malaya  58 Comments

Is anyone surprised that NAIA1 is worst airport in the world?

Long lines NAIA1. Thanks to Flickr for photo.

Long lines NAIA1. Thanks to Flickr for photo.

Is anyone surprised that Ninoy Aquino International Airport is once again the topnotcher in the list of worst airports in the world?

The Sept. 30, 2014 post in the website Life Cheat Sheet said “Airports are often an essential and unavoidable part of traveling. Sometimes, you luck out and find yourself in an airport that has minimal wait times and is full of shops, restaurants, and polite staff. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.”
It listed 10 worst airports known for “having rude staff, long lines, poor facilities, and a chaotic environment. “

Life Cheat Sheet website cited NAIA1’s feature that beat competitors hands down: “This Manila-based airport struggles with the 32 million passengers who use its facility each year. That shouldn’t come as a shock, though, considering it only has the capacity for 6 million passengers, according to CNBC.
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October 7, 2014 10:30 pm  Tags:   Posted in: Travel  11 Comments

When stupidity resulted in something good

Alyzza Agustin's post. Thanks to Topgear.
The incident involving car model Alyzza Agustin and Police Chief Superintendent Alexander Ignacio is one example of something good coming out of a stupid act.

God works in mysterious ways indeed.

Last Sept. 28, Agustin, who apparently enjoys social media but does not comprehend it’s power and perils proudly posted in her Facebook and Instagram accounts that she was able to get away violating the number coding traffic scheme in Metro Manila by using a calling card Ignacio gave her.

She bragged: “Nahuli na naman ako dahil coding but because of you Boss Alex wala ng huli-huli. Thank you so much sa napaka-useful mong card with matching dedication pa.”
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October 6, 2014 12:22 am  Tags: ,   Posted in: Cyberspace, Philippine National Police  5 Comments