Filipina human rights activist refused entry in India

Aileen Bacalso

Aileen Bacalso

What’s wrong with working for a world where no one becomes a desaparecido?

Apparently some people in India have a problem with that because Mary Aileen Diez Bacalso, secretary general of Asian Federation Against involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), was refused admission into India last Sunday and was sent back on the same Thai Airways plane which brought her to Mumbai.

Bacalso said when she asked why she was barred from entering India, an immigration official replied, “You should know.”

Bacalso is widely recognized for her work against forced disappearances. Last year she was awarded by the Argentinian government the Emilio Mignone International Human Rights Prize “in recognition of her work against enforced disappearance in Asia and the world. “
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August 22, 2014 1:49 am   Posted in: Human Rights, Malaya  3 Comments

5 possible reasons why PNoy floated Chacha and term extension

President Benigno Aquino III. From Interaksyon.Faced with overwhelming opposition to a Charter Change to allow President Aquino to extend his term beyond 2016, Malacañang has backtracked and assured the public that he is not supporting changes in the Constitution in the last two years of his presidency.

Press Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr and Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte can resort to all kinds of spins but it is on record (TV5’s interview Aug. 13 interview) that Aquino said he was open to charter change to clip the powers of the Supreme Court and to another term.
But why did Aquino float it in the first place?

We can think of five possible reasons:
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August 17, 2014 10:40 pm   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Cha-Cha  26 Comments

Listen to your mother

The outpouring of grief that catapulted Noynoy Aquino to the presidency.

The outpouring of grief that catapulted Noynoy Aquino to the presidency.

Had former President Cory Aquino not died on Aug. 1, 2009, her son, Benigno Aquino III would not be in Malacañang today.

At the time of Cory’s death, nine months before the May 2010 presidential elections, Noynoy Aquino, who had an unremarkable record as legislator (9 years as representative of the 2nd district of Tarlac and three years as senator), was not in anybody’s mind for the highest position in the land.

He was catapulted to the presidency by the people’s sympathy for his mother.

He owes his presidency to his mother.
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August 14, 2014 7:26 pm  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Cha-Cha  11 Comments

Aquino satisfaction rating plunge: The calm before the storm

Aquino relief operations yolandaTake note that the Social Weather Stations survey showing a 16- point plunge in net satisfaction for the Aquino administration was conducted on June 27 – 30, 2014.

From 45 percent last March, satisfaction for general performance of the Aquino administration dropped to 29 percent in the June survey.

This was before the July 1 Supreme Court unanimous decision declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP unconstitutional.

This was before Aquino went ballistic against the Supreme Court insisting on his own interpretation of the Constitution deliberately ignoring that under our system of government the final arbiter when it comes to legal issues is the Supreme Court.
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August 13, 2014 8:57 am  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance, surveys  10 Comments

11 facts that render allegations of bribery vs Harry Roque ridiculous

Harry Roque with relatives of the victims. Photo by Lito Ocampo,  CMFR.

Harry Roque with relatives of the victims. Photo by Lito Ocampo, CMFR.

The murderous Ampatuans must be enjoying the spectacle of the prosecutors in the Maguindanao massacre destroying each other.

Atty. Nena Santos, representing 25 of the of the 58 who were killed in a massacre in a secluded hill in Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009, has alleged that government and fellow private prosecutor Harry Roque, of having been bribed by the Ampatuans to lose the case.

Santos represents Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, husband of victim Genalyn Mangudadatu and political rival of the Ampatuan family.

It will be recalled that Genalyn, accompanied by family members, political associates and members of media were abducted while on their way to file the candidacy of Mangudadatu for governor against Andal Ampatuan Jr, son of the then incumbent, Andal Ampatuan Sr. They were brought to a secluded hill and killed by Andal Jr and his henchmen. Of the 58 killed, 34 were media workers, earning for the Philippines the reputation of one of the most dangerous places for journalists.
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August 11, 2014 12:17 am  Tags: ,   Posted in: Justice, Maguindanao massacre, Media  7 Comments

Thoughts of a lawyer’s wife on the latest Ampatuan massacre controversy

By Mylah Reyes Roque

Mylah and Harry Roque

Mylah and Harry Roque

Today, I write about the man I am married to but who I barely talk about or refer to in the social media – not that I actively engage in it in the first place. My friends know of course that my husband is the lawyer and law professor Harry Roque, who is also a private prosecutor in the Ampatuan trial. I don’t mention this in Facebook but I don’t hide it either. He is “public”; I on the other hand am happy to keep and remain with my small circle of friends. He maintains a blog, is active on Twitter and has two Facebook accounts, one active and one “unable to accept any more friends.” My Facebook, on the other hand, has just slightly over 500 friends and I use twitter only to check on #mmda and #walangpasok.

So for the first time I break my quiet as regards Harry.

Harry, or a person identified with a cell phone number corresponding to his, is being accused of accepting P10 million and a car from the Ampatuans to sell out his clients in the Ampatuan trial. The accusation comes from an alleged informant of another private prosecutor. The information is based on handwritten entries in somebody’s notebook. This prosecutor refuses to fully identify the informant but she made a public announcement anyway. The alleged informant also accuses some of Harry’s clients of accepting payment from the Ampatuans. These stories about payoffs to the victims are an old hat. Yesterday, the demolition job was on the fiscals and justice undersecretary. Today Harry is the one accused of being on the take. One can keep trying to throw mud but it won’t always stick.
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August 8, 2014 7:17 pm  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order  7 Comments

Aquino sisters wanted Abad out; Hyatt 10 came to his rescue

The Aquino sisters attend the birthday party of  Vice President  Jojo Binay.

The Aquino sisters attend the birthday party of Vice President Jojo Binay.

From our always reliable source : A few days after the Supreme Court declared parts of the Disbursement Accelerated Program or DAP unconstitutional last July 1, the three presidential sisters- Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada, and Kris Aquino (Viel Dee didn’t join them) talked with the President to let go of Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad.

As we all know by now, DAP– the issue that has shaken the otherwise Teflon presidency of Benigno Aquino III–was the brainchild of Abad.

The Supreme Court’s vote was unanimous (13-0) stunning Malacañang who had thought it would be 7-6 in their favor.
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August 7, 2014 10:26 pm  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Malaya, Uncategorized  8 Comments

Empower public with information on Ebola

Ebola virus poster

Warning: There’s a hoax screenshot of my article in Yahoo on Ebola virus which says “Ebola virus has killed 23 people in Manila”.

This is not true. It’s a hoax.

There is no report of death due to Ebola virus in the Philippines.

This is the legitimate link to my Yahoo article: It’s based on the interview with Dr. Tony Leachon, president of the Philippine College of Physicians and information director of the University of the Philippines, Manila; on what we should do against the deadly Ebola virus that is wreaking havoc in West Africa.
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August 5, 2014 11:13 pm  Tags:   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

WARNING: Hoaxter alters VERA Files story on Ebola

The headline of a VERA Files story on the Ebola virus published Aug. 4 in Yahoo Ph! has been tampered with by a hoaxter and is being circulated online.

The fake headline reads “Ebola virus has killed 23 people in Manila” and was added to the original headline of writer Ellen Tordesillas’ story “Good hygiene—the weapon vs Ebola virus.”

VERA Files condemns the gross misinformation being circulated on such a serious subject and urges readers to help it correct the misinformation.

Former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan brought the hoax headline to Tordesillas’ attention, attaching a screenshot of the story bearing the spurious headline.

Yahoo Ph! is looking into the matter.

August 5, 2014 10:37 pm  Tags:   Posted in: Vera Files  No Comments

Filipinos are worth making good movies for

CCP lobby alive with film enthusiasts.

CCP lobby alive with film enthusiasts.

It was one time when I didn’t feel bad when I was told that there were no more tickets available for the film I wanted to watch.

I was so happy seeing the Cultural Center of the Philippines filled with people who love films. It showed that Filipinos yearn for good films. The scene disproved the condescending arguments of producers of silly films that they were just giving the Filipino audience what they want.

Cinemalaya showed that we have an abundant supply of cinema talents.
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August 4, 2014 2:14 am  Tags: ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment, Malaya  2 Comments