Archive for August, 2012

Mar Roxas is new DILG chief President Aquino on Friday appointed Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas as the new chief of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Roxas, 55, an economist and president of the Liberal Party (LP), will take over the position vacated by the late DILG chief Jesse Robredo who died in a plane crash last […]

August 31, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Local government, Peace and Order  406 Comments

Canadian Embassy welcomes proposals for funding small-grants projects

The Embassy of Canada announced that its small-grants facility is now accepting proposals for funding small development projects in the country. The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) will provide direct funding assistance to community groups, non-government organizations, people’s organizations and in exceptional cases, international NGOs, and government institutions for small projects addressing governance, democracy, […]

August 30, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Governance  One Comment

Battle for DILG secretary post intensifies

The battle over the position of Secretary of Interior and Local government, left vacant by the death of Secretary Jesse Robredo in a plane crash last week, intensifies between the Balay (Liberal Party-Mar Roxas) and Samar (Vice President Jejomar Binay and Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa) factions. We saw posted in Facebook last week a news […]

August 26, 2012  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Elections 2016, Malaya  80 Comments

Ang hamon kay Sereno: panatiliing independent ang Supreme Court

Sa edad na 52, kung manatiling malusog ang bagong hirang na Chief Justice na si Ma. Lourdes Sereno, siya manatili sa makapangyarihan na posisyun nay an hanggang 2030. Labing-walong taon siya sa posisyun na yan. Siyempre marami ang nag-aalala sa hindi magandang epekto ng sobrang tagal sa kapangyarihan ng isang opisyal. Na kahit anong galing […]

August 25, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Supreme Court  27 Comments

Philippine envoy to China suffers stroke

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Brady suffered a stroke in Beijing this week. “Amb. Brady suffered a stroke and is hospitalized where her condition is being monitored closely,” Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario confirmed Brady’s condition in a text message to VERA Files. Update DFA statement Aug. 25, 2012: Foreign […]

August 24, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  10 Comments

Sereno is new chief justice

Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda: In the midst of this period of deep mourning for the loss of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, the President is cognizant of his constitutional duty to appoint the next Chief Justice of the Philippines. He has therefore decided to appoint Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal-Sereno […]

August 24, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Supreme Court  101 Comments

Rebuilding damaged ties with China

Chito Sta. Romana, considered a China expert having lived in China for more than 30 years and worked as Beijing Bureau chief of ABC News, said Philippines-China relations are now at their lowest ebb since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1975. Sta. Romana, together with Brig. Gen. (ret.) Jose Almonte, former National Security Adviser, […]

August 24, 2012  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Malaya, South China Sea  255 Comments

Carabuena apologizes for assaulting Fabros

By Joseph Holandes Ubalde, Far from his hot-tempered demeanor when he slapped and threw expletives at a traffic enforcer two weeks ago, a calm and apologetic Robert Carabuena went to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to say sorry and ask the public for a “second chance.” News5’s Jun Loyola reported that Carabuena arrived […]

August 23, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Peace and Order  12 Comments


By Marilyn Mana-ay Robles,VERA Files What biting wit! Such is Walang Sugat, a sarswela written by the father of Tagalog sarswela, Severino Reyes, popularly known as Lola Basyang. Walang Sugat was written in 1898 and first staged in 1902. The play was considered subversive during the early years of American colonization. The story line is […]

August 21, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Vera Files  5 Comments

Robredo: matino, mahusay, mapagkatiwalaan

Ang halaga ng buhay ay hindi nasusukat sa haba kungdi kung paano mo ginamit ang bawat minuto o oras na biyaya ng Panginoon. Masasabi natin na walang nasayang na oras sa sobra 54 taong ibinigay ng Panginoon sa nasawing secretary ng Department of Interior and Local Government na si Jesse Robredo. We join all those […]

August 21, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Governance, Local government  42 Comments