Archive for March, 2009

World moves closer to truth about Cambodia’s ‘killing fields’

by Luz Rimban VERA Files PHNOM PENH—In a village 15 kilometers south of this city, tourists from all over the world arrive every day to pay their respects to the victims of Asia’s own holocaust, burning incense sticks, offering flowers, or simply gazing at the skulls piled 10 levels high inside a Buddhist stupa standing […]

March 31, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Human Rights  10 Comments

Mali ang minura ni Tsao

Huwag magkamaling pumunta dito sa Pilipinas itong si Chip Tsao at babalatan siyang buhay. Itong si Chip Tsao na taga Hongkong ay sumulat sa isang Hongkong magazine at galit na galit siya sa mga Pilipino dahil kini-claim ng Pilipinas ang ilang isla sa South China Sea. Sa pag-iisip kasi ng China, sila ang may-ari ng […]

March 31, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance, Web Links  114 Comments

Remembering Burma’s 21-year struggle for freedom

By Tess Bacalla VERA Files RANGOON, Myanmar—Let it not be said that the month of March went by without the outside world taking a moment to remember Burma’s drawn-out struggle for freedom. March marks the commemoration of resistance movements in Burma or, as its ruling junta wants it called, Myanmar. It was on March 13, […]

March 30, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  11 Comments

Mikey, truly the son of Gloria and Mike

Related article in Inquirer: Directed by Mikey Mikey Arroyo, son of Gloria and Mike Arroyo, who represents the second district of Pampanga in the House of Representatives, must really take all Filipinos to be stupid. He thinks we could not see through the deception in the still- to- be filed resolution of Camarines Sur Representative […]

March 30, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Cha-Cha, Malaya  63 Comments

Gloria’s options (two parts)

by Lito Banayo Malaya, Part I She has been president of the country for eight years, two months and four days. No one other than Ferdinand Marcos has presided over the nation’s continuing misery longer than Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, daughter of the man Marcos defeated in the elections of 1965. In her first three years, […]

March 29, 2009   Posted in: Cha-Cha, Governance  32 Comments

Mga sundalo at pulis, biktima ng Legacy

Hindi lang pala mga retired na guro at mga vendors ang naloko ni Celso de los Angeles at ng kanyang Legacy Group of companies. Ang educational plan ng 15,000 na anak ng sundalo at pulis pala ay napurnada na rin. At ang malungkot pa nito, marami sa mga sundalo ay walang kamalay-malay na wala na […]

March 29, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Web Links  25 Comments

‘A nation of servants’

Do we deserve this? The war at home by Chip Tsao HK Magazine The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no […]

March 29, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: General  179 Comments

‘Ombudsman takes 80 million Filipinos for fools’

by Atty. Ernesto B. Francisco, Jr. This latest move of the Office of the Ombudsman to spare First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo and other individuals prominently mentioned in the World Bank reports from preliminary investigation and from the risk – no matter how remote – of being charged before the Sandiganbayan, coupled with the […]

March 28, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance  33 Comments

Unspeedy trial

Click on each of the pictures to view them enlarged. At the court martial hearing of the 28 officers accused of mutiny for a February 2006 non-event last Feb. 26, it was agreed that the next hearing would be on March 10, 2009. A day before March 10, the lawyers of the accused were notified […]

March 27, 2009  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Feb '06, Media, Military  77 Comments

Convicted, dismissed and happy

When I talked to Capt. Candy Rivas this afternoon, she was laughing and we talked of finally having our long-planned dinner, now that she expects to be released from her three year detention. She didn’t sound like someone who had just been convicted. Candy was convicted this morning of “Conduct unbecoming of an officer and […]

March 26, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Magdalo, Military  11 Comments