Archive for April, 2011

Is Gloria Arroyo’s SanFo trip connected with resignation of Merci?

At about the time I learned that Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez resigned (noon of April 29, 2011), a friend texted that Gloria Arroyo and members opf her family arrived in San Francisco,U.S.A. “They didn’t have any luggage ,“ the informant said adding that “Many Pinoys saw them at the airport, including Pinoy waiter at Mcdo who […]

April 30, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Justice, Politics  53 Comments

Hotdog: The Reunion

From Yahoo OMG: On May 16, the grand ballroom of the Dusit Thani Manila hotel will be filled with the delightful hits of the Hotdog band when the trailblazing Pinoy pop- rock group in the 1970s stages a one- night reunion concert. Dennis Garcia, one of the founders of the band and who plays bass, […]

April 28, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment  9 Comments

The return of Michael Ray Aquino

U.S. CA Apr 25 decision: Michael Ray Aquino petition denied Related article: http://verafiles.org/front/us-court-junks-michael-ray-aquino%E2%80%99s-bid-to-stop-extradition/ The U.S. Court of Appeals denied Monday former Police Officer Michael Ray Aquino’s third appeal against the extradition requested by the Philippine government under Gloria Aquino in connection with the November 2000 murder of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel […]

April 26, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Justice  338 Comments

Frankl’s ‘Man’s search for meaning’

This Holy Week, I’m reading an old classic bestseller, Viktor E. Frankl’s “Man’s search for meaning .” Thanks to Juggernaut for introducing me to Frankl’s masterpiece. Frankl was Europe’s leading psychiatrist. “Man’s search for meaning” is about finding humanity in the most inhuman environment which was the Nazi concentration camp. Philosophy professor and writer, Gerald […]

April 21, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Human Rights  12 Comments

China accuses PH of ‘invasion’

By Tessa Jamandre VERA Files China has accused the Philippines of “invading” the South China Sea which it claims as wholly its own, the first time it has ever done so. “Since 1970’s, the Republic of the Philippines started to invade and occupy some islands and reefs of China’s Nansha Islands and made relevant territorial […]

April 19, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  25 Comments

We will sorely miss Joe Pavia

Our condolence to the family of Joe Pavia, a fellow advocate of press freedom. Jose has been sick for quite some time but he was always with us, even in rallies, calling for justice for journalists who were killed in the Nov 2009 Ampatuan massacre. Joe, as everybody calls him, passed away early morning of […]

April 19, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media  4 Comments

Michael Ray Aquino in third try to void extradition

Michael Ray Aquino’s April 11 petition: MRA_petition_for_hearing April 11 Former Police officer Michael Ray Aquino cited the Court of Appeal’s judgment of lack of credibility of his former colleague Cezar Mancao II in his last-ditch appeal to stop his extradition. In his motion for re-hearing filed last April 11, Aquino, who is currently detained at […]

April 18, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Justice, Malaya  130 Comments

Cagayan de Oro City farmers regret planting jathropa

By Liezl P. Bugtay and Venus P. Betita AFRIM and VERA Files A promise of prosperity turned into a bitter cautionary tale for a community that had pinned its hopes on an alternative energy project in Cagayan de Oro. Rather than benefiting from a much-vaunted government project, the farmers whose lands were planted to jathropa […]

April 18, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Environment, Human Rights, Vera Files  One Comment

Hindi baril ang solusyon sa lumalaganap na krimen

Sa halip na magbigay siya ng panahon sa pagtuturo sa mga prosecutor o piskal kung paano maging asintado sa pagbabaril, dapat siguro ang asikasuhin ni Pangulo Aquino ay ang solusyon sa nakakabahalang sitwasyun ng peace and order sa bansa. Sa kanyang talumpati sa National Convention ng Prosecutors League of the Philippines sa General Santos City, […]

April 16, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Justice, Noynoy Aquino, Peace and Order  45 Comments

Please, not Domingo Lee to China

Early this week, President Aquino signed the appointment of 17 career ambassadors to different foreign posts. Foreign service veterans said they haven’t seen this big a bunch of appointments of career officers in the history of Philippine service. Needless to say, the career officers are very, very happy. “This would not have been possible under […]

April 15, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  22 Comments