Archive for February, 2013

Aquino fell into saboteurs’ trap

Malacañang believes that the occupation of the seaside village of Lahad Datu in Sabah by Rajah Mudah Agbinuddin Kiram, brother of the Sultan of Sulu, and his followers is really meant to sabotage the peace talks that his administration is conducting with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Reports said Malacañang suspects the national security adviser […]

February 28, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  334 Comments

‘Don’t play into Malaysia’s hand’

“It is a sad commnetary on the Philippines if our own nationals should run to the UN because their government cannot protect their rights. This is not the spectacle our country wants to portray to the international community. “It is now urgent to cease to be “confused” and move and act decisively. Time to end […]

February 27, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  22 Comments

Who is Aquino’s adviser on Sabah issue?

In his Facebook wall, Cotabato-based Fr. Eliseo Mercado of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance in Notre Dame University yesterday said, “After the President’s press statement on the Sabah issue, I am continued to be deluged with question,’Who is the adviser of the President on the Sabah issue?’ “Sagot ko: Ambot… baka ang Malaysian PM. […]

February 26, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  35 Comments

Grace Poe wants electorate to learn from 2004 cheating in Cebu

It’s good that Grace Poe, daughter of the late Fernando Poe, Jr and Susan Roces, brought up the issue of cheating during the 2004 elections in Cebu in the meeting of Team PNoy in that province last Wednesday. The people should be reminded of that again and again because no one has been punished for […]

February 22, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Election 2013, Hello Garci scandal, Malaya  292 Comments

‘ Bizarre’ standoff in Sabah

One report described the current standoff in Sabah as “bizarre”. Bizarre indeed. The Philippines claims ownership of Sabah based on the title of the Sultan of Sulu on the territory. The heirs of Sultan of Sulu who obtained the land are taking possession of a portion of the area. The Philippine government said it has […]

February 19, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  186 Comments

China returns Philippine notice on U.N. suit

China today announced that it returned the Philippine notification of its suit filed at a United Nations arbitral handed to the Chinese ambassador in Manila last Jan 22, a Xinhua report said. The report carried by China.org.cn said “The Chinese government has rejected a Philippine move to take their dispute regarding sovereignty issues in the […]

February 19, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  6 Comments

Six ways to keep fit during election campaign

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files Photos and video by Mario Ignacio and Mario Espinosa More important than winning the election, candidates should make sure they are able to survive the grueling 90-day campaign. The same reminder applies to the staff of political parties and members of media who are covering the campaign. An election campaign […]

February 17, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Election 2013, Health, Vera Files  14 Comments

Concerns about mammoth complex in Boracay

It’s only February and we are now feeling the beginning of summer. It’s now time to look for budget offers from airlines and out-of-town hotels. Boracay is a logical destination for us because our place in Antique is just three hours away by bus to the popular island. A recent Facebook post by the peripatetic […]

February 14, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Tourism, Travel  376 Comments

‘The Pope with a lower- case p’

Pope Benedict XVI may not have gained admirers for his conservatism but his decision to resign from the Papacy, a position for life, shows humility, even nobility. His resignation letter mentioned of him having repeatedly examined his conscience before making the decision. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the […]

February 13, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Religion  429 Comments

Made for TV campaign rallies

Election campaign is non-stop, all-season in the Philippines. But officially, for the May election, it starts tomorrow, Feb. 12. For the opening salvo, the administration’s Team PNoy will have its proclamation rally at the Plaza Miranda while the United Nationalist Alliance will have theirs in Cebu. Although campaign rallies have lessened their importance as a […]

February 10, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: 2013 elections, Malaya  19 Comments