Archive for March, 2008

What if you win the lotto jackpot?

Update: The lotto jackpot has been won by someone from Luzon. Not me nor any of those interviewed here. But it was worth dreaming, even for a brief moment. As I was writing this piece, the P228 million jackpot prize for 6/49 SuperLotto, the biggest in Philippine lotto history, was still up for grabs. I […]

March 31, 2008   Posted in: Malaya  69 Comments

Palace sets new bar to attending probes

Invokes SC on lack of Congress rules by Jocelyn Montemayor Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita yesterday said Cabinet members would invoke the Supreme Court ruling requiring the publication of rules of procedures before appearing in any of the congressional inquiries particularly in the Senate. Ermita, in a press briefing at the Aplaya Resort in Calatagan in […]

March 30, 2008   Posted in: NBN/ZTE, Politics  241 Comments

Panagutan ng nambastos ng eleksyon

Sa isang demokrasya, mahalaga ang eleksyon bilang paraan para mamili ang taumbayan ng mga opisyal na gusto nilang mamuno sa kanila. Sa paraan ng eleksyon, naisapagkatuparan ang sinasabi ni Abraham Lincoln, presidente ng Estados Unidos na ang demokrasya ay gobierno ng mga tao, na pinapalakad ng mga tao, para sa mga tao.

March 30, 2008   Posted in: Politics  60 Comments

Vera Files on line

I’d like to invite you to visit and link with Vera Files puts out in-depth articles on current issues. Vera is Latin for “true”. Our motto is “Truth is our business.” I’m proud to be part of this newly-formed media group. Other members of Vera Files are Booma Cruz, Yvonne Chua, Chit Estella, Luz […]

March 29, 2008   Posted in: General  34 Comments

Sharp increase in rice prices spark anxieties across Asia

From GMA News Online: by Associated Press Philippine activists warn about possible riots. Aid agencies across Asia worry how they will feed the hungry. Governments dig deeper every day to fund subsidies. A sharp rise in the price of rice is hitting consumer pocketbooks and raising fears of public turmoil in the many parts of […]

March 28, 2008   Posted in: Politics  73 Comments

No executive privilege to hide crime

This part of Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s dissenting opinion is the whole point of the issue whether Romulo Neri’s invocation of executive privilege upholds or hampers the search for truth and rule of law: “Executive privilege must be exercised by the President in pursuance of official powers and functions. Executive privilege cannot be invoked to […]

March 28, 2008   Posted in: NBN/ZTE, Politics  97 Comments

Sira na ang Korte Suprema

Tuwing may isyu ang sagot ni Gloria Arroyo at ng kanyang mga alagad ay “dalhin sa husgado.” “Bring it to court” ang kanyang mantra.

March 26, 2008   Posted in: NBN/ZTE, Web Links  156 Comments

UNCLOS’ regime of islands

In the beginning, the bills delineating the country’s archipelagic baselines, filed in the House of Representatives by Cebu Rep. Antonio Cuenco and in the Senate by detained Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV were the same. Both bills included the Scarborough Shoal in the vicinity of Zambales as part of the baseline and the Kalayaan Island Group […]

March 26, 2008   Posted in: Malaya, South China Sea  50 Comments

As her mother prepares for chemo, Kris suffers miscarriage

by Gerardine Fe Trillana and Regina Bengco Television personality Kris Aquino suffered a miscarriage Tuesday, a day after she broke the news that her mother former President Corazon Aquino is suffering from colon cancer. Kris was on her eighth week of pregnancy.

March 25, 2008   Posted in: Health, Politics  34 Comments

It’s 9 vs 6: SC favors Neri’s plea vs ZTE probe

The true color of the Supreme Court now by Evangeline de Vera Voting 9-6, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled that acting Higher Education chair Romulo Neri correctly invoked executive privilege in refusing to answer three questions asked by the Senate in connection with its inquiry into the allegedly corrupt $329 million national broadband network project […]

March 25, 2008   Posted in: NBN/ZTE  140 Comments