Archive for April, 2009

Making a statement

Check out Lito Banayo’s column in Malaya: ‘Baligtad na ang mundo’ Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada, a star witness in the $329 mil-lion NBN/ZTE deal, could have easily posted P6,000 bail in the perjury case filed by Gloria Arroyo’s former chief of staff, Mike Defensor to avoid arrest. But he did not, as a sign of protest. […]

April 30, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, NBN/ZTE  145 Comments

Ang bagong direksyon ng Magdalo

Sa aking pag-uusap sa marami sa mga batang opisyal ng military na nakasama sa grupong Magdalo, nakikita ko and sinsero nilang pagmamahal sa bayan. Napansin ko rin na malawak silang mag-isip at matatalino sila. Maari sigurong sabihin natin na nagkulang sila sa aspeto ng operasyon sa kanilang ginawang panindigan laban sa administrasyong Arroyo, ngunit handa […]

April 30, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Magdalo  46 Comments

Tale of the absurd

When the story first came out last week about a group of Magdalo soldiers arrested while on a shooting training in Clark, I had a hunch paranoia got the better of government authorities again and that the activity might have something to do with job in war-torn foreign countries. I had done some stories on […]

April 28, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Magdalo, Military  58 Comments

Swine flu, swine scam

Iwasan daw muna ang magbeso-beso, sabi ni Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap dahil sa swine flu na umaatake ngayon sa Mexico. Sa mga report kahapon sobra isang libo na ang natamaan ng swine flu sa Mexico at 81 na ang patay. Dahil sa bago itong virus na galing daw sa mga baboy, wala pang gamot para […]

April 28, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Health  62 Comments

Wanted: Witnesses

Court martial hearings of the 28 officers charged with mutiny for a non-event in February 2006 are opportunities for Manila-based family members of those detained in Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal to meet. One of those who always goes to Daza Park in Camp Aguinaldo every time there’s a hearing is Renzo Guinolbay, five-year old […]

April 27, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Feb '06, Military  36 Comments

Palparan’s ‘legacy’ lives on in Mindanao

by Germelina Lacorte VERA Files Retired Army general Jovito Palparan will be reinventing himself as a party-list representative in Congress, but his legacy of anti-communist crackdowns lives on in places like Compostela Valley, Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato provinces in Mindanao where peasant and human rights leaders are being killed as the government intensifies counterinsurgency […]

April 27, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Vera Files  27 Comments

Somalian piracy: How to keep Filipino seafarers safe

A first person account: By Nico Cartalla VERA Files We departed the island of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean on April 6 for a 21-day trip that would bring us back to the Mediterranean port of Palma de Mallorca in Spain to get the M/Y Teleost ready for summer. The 160-foot private superyacht sails to […]

April 26, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  46 Comments

Mga api ba talaga ang pinuprotektahan ng partylist?

Sa isyu ng mga taong malapit sa mga Arroyo na nakasama sa bagong sectoral representatives katulod ni Maria Lourdes Arroyo at retired Gen. Jovito Palparan, sabi ni Press Undersecretary Anthony Golez na kahit ano pang ngak-gnak ng mga kritiko, yun ay batas at wala na silang magagawa. Oo nga naman, ano naman ang magagawa ng […]

April 26, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Governance  67 Comments

One day of summer fun for children of detained officers

It’s summer time and most of children of officers who are facing charges of mutiny in connection with the February 2006 non-event are visiting their fathers in Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal. Last Wednesday, former President Estrada allowed them to be at his JE camp/resort just across Camp Capinpin. The children had fun swimming. Share […]

April 25, 2009   Posted in: General  27 Comments

Prosecution wants to change rules in the middle of the game

Update of the mutiny case against 28 officers in connection with the February 2006 alleged withdrawal of support from Gloria Arroyo following revelations of the military’s role in the tampering of election results as heard in the “Hello Garci” tapes: The prosecution asked that the charge sheet, which focused on the Feb. 23, 2006 activities, […]

April 25, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Feb '06, Military  18 Comments