Archive for June, 2012

More funds needed in fight vs human traffickers

Okay, the Philippines has evaded going back on the Watch List of the United States Department of State’s monitoring of Trafficking of Persons. Considering that the government has intensified export of Filipino workers overseas because it cannot provide jobs for them, continuing to avoid going back in the Watch List is a consolation, however small […]

June 29, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Justice, Labor, Malaya  86 Comments

Official rumor mongering

Why are high government officials so eager to release unverified information that later turn out to be false? Spreading false information is not funny at all. Worse, it is coming from official sources. Last Sunday, Benito Ramos, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, released to media the information that a […]

June 26, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya, Media  19 Comments

Lessons from Scarborough shoal standoff

Adverse weather situation provided a face-saving exit for both the Philippines and China in the more than two-month standoff over Scarborough shoal, also referred to as Panatag shoal or Bajo de Masinloc by Filipinos and Huangyan island by the Chinese. President Aquino said there would be no need to send back Philippine ships to Scarborough […]

June 24, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  299 Comments

Okay ba para senador si Jun Lozada?

Sa survey ng Pulse Asia ng mga tsansa ng mga gustong tumakbo para senador sa 2013, nakasama ang pangalan ni Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada,Jr., ang star witness sa $329 NBN/ZTE deal. Pang 32-40 ang kanyang ranking. Sa mga 1,200 na tinanong, 56 percent ay kilala si Lozada. At 5.8 per cent sa mga tinanong ay boboto […]

June 24, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: 2013 elections, Abante  14 Comments

Mas mataas pa kaysa National Artist ang parangal kay Dolphy

Kasama sa pagdasal para kay Dolphy ay ang panawagan ng marami niyang kaibigan at tagahanga na ibigay sa kanya ang National Artist Award o Orden ng Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining, ang pinakamataas na pagkilala ng kontribusyon ng isang Pilipino sa larangan ng Sining na binibigay ng pamahalaan. Wala namang tutol diyan dahil sang-ayon naman […]

June 23, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Arts and Culture  10 Comments

The Philippines as global competitor

June 21, 2012   Posted in: Military  91 Comments

Gibo will decline nomination for CJ

While almost every lawyer in town and a nurse want to be included in the list of candidates for the position of Supreme Court Justice, vacated by the recently convicted Renato Corona, it’s good to see two people declining. Former Energy Secretary Raphael “Popo” Lotilla wrote a letter the other day thanking friends who submitted […]

June 19, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Supreme Court  34 Comments

Rizal as member of media

Tomorrow, we celebrate Jose Rizal’s 151st birth anniversary. If Rizal were alive today, it is not farfetched that he would be in media. I would imagine him writing stinging commentaries on the corrupt politicians and self-righteous civil society leaders the way he took on the hypocritical friars and cocky and incompetent Spanish colonial officers in […]

June 18, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: History, Malaya, Media  30 Comments

The downside of having a young SC chief

As of yesterday, reports said the Judicial and Bar Council, which screens nominees for positions in the Judiciary, for appointment by the President, has received 14 nominations for the position vacated by the recently convicted former Chief Justice Renato Corona. The latest addition to the growing list are anti-graft crusader Frank Chavez and former Makati […]

June 14, 2012   Posted in: Malaya, Supreme Court  80 Comments

JBC partly to blame for problems in judiciary

This is a three-part series by VERA Files which we hope you will find useful as we monitor the selection of the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. JBC partly to blame for problems in judiciary (First of three parts) The Judicial and Bar Council is now the focus of national attention as it […]

June 14, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Supreme Court  11 Comments