Archive for July, 2012

Thumbs up, thumbs down for Aquino’s TV Patrol tirades

Thumbs up to President Aquino in setting aside tact and taking to task Noli de Castro’s dubious role as journalist. Thumbs down for once again whining about media not reporting his idea of good news, as if media is an extension of Malacanang. This is a portion of Aquino’s speech that directly hit De Castro […]

July 29, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Media  36 Comments

Wrong target of Aquino’s anger over GMA’s bail

President Aquino is justified in his anger over Arroyo being out on bail. But his anger is directed to the wrong person. A day after Arroyo was released from detention, Aquino spoke about his displeasure with Pasay City Regional trial Court Judge Jesus Mupas. He said Mupas was asking the “impossible” for requiring a corroborative […]

July 27, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Gloria Arroyo and family, Justice, Malaya  340 Comments

Zumba: Exercise made fun and sexy

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files Video by Mario Ignacio and Mario Espinosa YOU will know it’s Zumba time at Fitness First Southmall every morning of Monday and Tuesday because women are in their stylish gym attires as if they are going to a party. And, it’s not just any party. Usually it is a themed […]

July 25, 2012  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Health, Sports, Vera Files  254 Comments

Arroyo out on bail in electoral sabotage case

From ABS-CBN: She does not have the last laugh. There’s still the PCSO plunder case. [/caption]Gloria Arroyo leaves VMMC Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has left the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) Wednesday, eight months after being placed under hospital arrest for electoral sabotage. Not surprising at all. Click here on the column I wrote […]

July 25, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Gloria Arroyo and family, Justice  25 Comments

The killing of Nixon Kua and Pnoy’s fantasy picture of the country’s peace and order situation

We mourn the passing of a colleague and friend, Nixon Kua, former head of the Philippine Tourism Authority, who passed away late Monday evening, two days after he was shot by what police said was a robbery incident in the posh Ayala Greenfields in Calamba, Laguna. The incident happened in front of the house of […]

July 24, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police  7 Comments

Columnist Nixon Kua in critical condition after robbery incident

Update: Just got this text from NFA Administrator Lito Banayo (July 23, 2012, 11:39 pm.) Our friend Nixon has gone back to the Divine Creator. Let’s pray for Nixon Kua, former head of the Philippine Tourism Authority, is now in a criticaI condition at the Calamba Medical center after he was shot at close range […]

July 22, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Peace and Order  14 Comments

VERA Files and this site have been hacked.

I’m asking for your patience if you are experiencing problems with this blog. Together with the VERA Files site, we have been hacked. It’s a subtle kind of hacking but it’s making it a little difficult for us. It’s a bit irritating. We are fixing this problem. Please bear with us. Ellen

July 21, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: General  303 Comments

Students used as human stand for electric fan

Julie Alipala of the Philippine Daily Inquirer posted last Sunday in her Facebook page a photo that was appalling and disturbing. The picture was the inauguration of a three-storey, 27-classroom building of the Zamboanga City High School. The guest of honor was Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro. The host was Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat. […]

July 19, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Education, Human Rights, Malaya  37 Comments

Making Arroyo accountable for stealing presidency

At last, Gloria Arroyo is charged with plunder. Last Monday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales filed before the Sandiganbayan plunder charges against Gloria Arroyo who is now detained at the V. Luna Medical Center and nine others for allegedly pocketing P365, 997,915 from confidential and intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office in several transfers from […]

July 17, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Gloria Arroyo and family, Justice, Malaya  44 Comments

SC rescues Boracay from further destruction

Another good news: Government demolishes illegally constructed resort rumored to be co-owned by Manny Pacquiao. Boracay Foundation Inc, , a corporation composed of at least 60 owners and representative of resorts, hotels, and similar institutions as well as community organizations and environmental advocates in Boracay island, hailed the decision of the Supreme Court ordering indefinite […]

July 15, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Tourism, Travel  31 Comments