Archive for February, 2011

JDV’s connection to Gaddafi

In the light of the United Nations Security Council’s strong action Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Al-Gaddafi, former House Speaker Jose de Venecia’s letter to the beleaguered strongman seems an exercise in futility and just a boast of his international connections. The 15-nation UN Security U.N. Security Council Saturday unanimously imposed travel bans and froze the […]

February 27, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Labor, Malaya  333 Comments

Ang konsyerto ng mga palaka

Habang nagkakantahan at nasasayawan sina Pangulong Aquino sa EDSAnoong Biyernes sa kanilang pagdiwang ng 25 taong anibersayo ng People Power, ako ay nakikinig sa kunsiyerto ng mga palaka. Tuloy-tuloy hanggang lampas ng hatinggabi ang kunsiyerto ng mga palaka. Minsan may nagso-solo,pagkatapos pumapasok na parang background music. Ang galing. Talo si Ogie Alcasid at ang kanyang […]

February 27, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Benigno Aquino III, Cory Aquino  69 Comments

‘EDSA is not just four days in February’: Remembering the role of the ‘Mosquito press’

I’m reprinting here the recollection of Lourdes “Chuchay” Fernandez, Malaya’s editor-in-chief at the time of the 1986 People Power, which she did for VERA Files and Yahoo. Chuchay is now editor-in-chief of Business Mirror. The 1986 People Power is most memorable for us in Malaya, whose owners, Jose Burgos Sr and his son, Joe Burgos, […]

February 24, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Cory Aquino, Malaya  130 Comments

Thoughts on 25 years after 1986 People Power

We are commemorating the 1986 People Power revolution, many refer to as EDSA 1. If we refer to EDSA I and EDSA 2 as a gathering of people on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, that long stretch of road from Pasay City to Caloocan City, I would agree that’s accurate. Then we should also call […]

February 23, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Cory Aquino  206 Comments

Ombudsman still running after NBN-ZTE star witness

Whistleblower Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada could be the perfect example of how, in this country, people like him who dare spill the beans on wrongdoing get punished, not rewarded. It is a practice that he said must change under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. Three years after he faced the Senate as star witness […]

February 21, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: NBN/ZTE, Vera Files  66 Comments

Spratlys in exchange for free freedom of drug mules?

I’m trying hard to understand why reason seem to have left the Aquino government in the case of the Filipinos who are in China’s death row for drug trafficking. Aquino sent Vice President Jejomar Binay to Beijing last week to appeal to the leadership to spare the lives of Ramon Credo, 42, Sally Villanueva, 32, […]

February 20, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Illegal Drugs  64 Comments

Romulo in UN would be a disaster

The removal of Alberto Romulo as foreign secretary (to be replaced by former Ambassador to the U.S. Albert del Rosario), the first cabinet change in the nine-month old Aquino administration, is supposed to signal long-delayed reforms in the Department of Foreign Affairs. It is dampened, however, by reports that Romulo would be named the country’s […]

February 17, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  93 Comments

Statement of Sen. Panfilo Lacson on ‘pabaon’

Following statement was sent by Sen. Panfilo Lacson. I have verified it to be his statement. No welcome, no send off When I took over the helm of the Philippine National Police in November 1999,I was told that there was P40M per year in “commander’s reserve” at the exclusive disposal of the C,PNP. I was […]

February 16, 2011   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Military, Philippine National Police  168 Comments

Alberto Romulo out, Albert del Rosario in at the DFA

Foreign Affairs Secretary Romulo has cleared his office at the Department of Foreign Affairs, a source said. A Malacanang source said former Ambassador to the United States Albert del Rosario will take over in the DFA next week. Unconfirmed reports that President Aquino will give Romulo a golden parachute: permanent representative to the United Nations, […]

February 16, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  46 Comments

Arroyo should be nervous as search for truth continues

There’s a saying in Tagalog “umiikot ang puwit” which means jittery; feeling uneasy and nervous. The decision of the Supreme Court allowing the House of Representatives to proceed with the impeachment proceeding against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez should make not only Gutierrez nervous but her patrons, the former occupants of Malacañang. The Supreme Court justices are […]

February 16, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Justice, Malaya, Military  86 Comments