Archive for April, 2012

No such thing as strange bedfellows in politics

Who was it who said,” In politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interests?” That is evident in the alliances that are being formed in preparation for the 2013 and 2016 elections. The early bird is the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada, which includes […]

April 29, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2013 elections, Malaya  19 Comments

Mag-endorso na lang si Erap

Mabuti naman kung hindi na nga itutuloy ni dating Pangulong Estrada ang kanyang balak na tumakbo sa pagka-mayor ng Manila. Mas makakatulong si Estrada sa bayan kung gamitin niya ang kanyang popularity para mag-endorso at tumulong sa mga batang pulitiko na sa akala niya may kakayahan at may puso na magserbisyo sa bayan. Sinabi sa […]

April 28, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2013 elections, Abante  19 Comments

5 years of search, 5 years of hope

On April 28, 2007, past noon, Jonas Burgos was at Ever Gotesco Mall in Quezon City waiting for friends. Before his friends came three military agents, one was a woman, approached him and forcibly brought him out to a waiting vehicle. Jonas was never seen after that. Jonas’ mother, Edita, wife of press freedom fighter […]

April 26, 2012  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Malaya  24 Comments

Crab talk

It was crab talk at the two-day 16th National Press Forum of the Philippine Press Institute at the Traders Hotel. President Aquino, who was the keynote speaker, was the one who started it when he began his talk with a childhood anecdote about Filipino crabs: “Ayon po sa kuwento, narinig ko po sa aking ama, […]

April 24, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Media  37 Comments

Malacañang websites under attack by suspected Chinese networks

Statement from the Office of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda: On the denial-of-service attack on PCDSPO-maintained websites At around four o’clock in the afternoon of April 23, 2012, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) noticed a significant spike in traffic with malicious URL requests from forged user-agents being channeled to the Official Gazette […]

April 23, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Foreign Affairs, Media  29 Comments

Aquino urged to appoint PWD as Comelec commissioner

Note:I did this story for VERA Files Elections Commissioner Rene Sarmiento is urging President Aquino to make history by appointing state solicitor Jessica S. Magbanua, a person with disability, to the Commission on Elections, replacing Augusto C. Lagman who was bypassed by the Commission on Appointments. “Attorney Magbanua is a lawyer, a woman, a PWD,” […]

April 23, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Comelec, PWD  7 Comments

Lagman’s head for Enrile’s vote in Corona impeachment

Poor Gus Lagman. He didn’t know what hit him. Never did he imagine that we would be a collateral damage in President Aquino’s rabid pursuit to make Gloria Arroyo accountable for her crimes against the Filipino people. As a commissioner in the Commission on Election, never did it cross Lagman’s mind that he would be […]

April 22, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Comelec, Corona Impeachment  15 Comments

Mag rally kaya ang Pilipinong mangingisda sa Scarborough shoal

Sabi ni retired Commodore Rex Robles, sa usapan daw ng mga opisyal ng Philippine Navy, may nagpanukala na total mahilig tayo mag rally, bakit hindi magrally ang mga mangingisda sa Scarborough o Panatag shoal kun saan nag-gigirian ngayon ang Pilipinas at China. “Kung may isang daan na fishing boats ang magrally doon sa bukana ng […]

April 21, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  24 Comments

Who will PNoy send to Beijing?

There are two positive things that resulted in the ongoing standoff in the Scarborough Shoal. One is the decision of President Aquino recall the appointment of family friend Domingo Lee as ambassador to China and two, the raising of the conflicting territorial claims to the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea has been […]

April 19, 2012  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  20 Comments

The high cost of a Corona conviction

Malacañang says the decision not to re-appoint Gus Lagman as Comelec commissioner has nothing to do with the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona presided by Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile. They should tell that to the Marines. Following is the open letter of Lagman: To my friends, Without a new appointment, I cease to […]

April 19, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Corona Impeachment  301 Comments