Archive for April, 2013

The terror of the unheard voice

Yesterday, April 28, marked the 6th year that farmer-activist Jonas Burgos disappeared. The Burgos family observed the day with renewed hope after new information surfaced early this month which strengthen the accusation that the military was behind the abduction of Jonas. The information, which apparently came from the files of the military, included a picture […]

April 28, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Human Rights, Malaya, Military  268 Comments

Confronted with unpleasant reality, Aquino goes into denial mode

Updated:Malacanang says PNoy not disparaging NSCB President Aquino is discrediting the report of his own government agency- National Statistical Coordination Board which says the much-vaunted impressive economic growth has not trickled down to the teeming poor in the country. The NSDB official release said: “Poverty incidence among population was estimated at 27.9 percent during the […]

April 27, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Economy, Malaya  298 Comments

Getting to know Trillanes at Bulong-Pulungan

Bulong-Pulungan sa Sofitel yesterday was a getting-to-know Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with journalists asking questions not often asked of the young senator who shot into the limelight in July 2003 when he and some 300 junior officers and soldiers made a stand against Gloria Arroyo in Oakwood Hotel in Makati. Manila Bulletin’s Deedee Siytangco asked […]

April 23, 2013   Posted in: 2013 elections, Malaya  7 Comments

In his desire for personal comfort,Brillantes insults foreign service

Nakakahiya. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes told reporters last week that he will ask President Aquino to name him ambassador to a country in Eastern Europe once he leaves the election body. “I will wait to see the President so that I can ask him … My plan was to ask him, ‘Could you give me […]

April 21, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  360 Comments

China gives a glimpse of armed power

China’s Defense White Paper released last Tuesday is an interesting read in the light of the current tension in the Korean Peninsula and the Philippine’s territorial dispute with the new world economic and military power. The White Paper titled, “The Diversified Employment of China’s Armed Forces” was released as US State Secretary John Kerry completes […]

April 18, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  107 Comments

The Pichay lesson in political ads

Some are concerned that with the lifting by the Supreme Court of the airtime limits on political advertisements, we would be bombarded with all those propaganda in the next 30 days. Less-moneyed candidates are worried that they would be drowned by those with money to burn. Independent senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño said the SC’s ruling […]

April 17, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Malaya  17 Comments

Trawling Tubbataha’s treasures

By Rex Robles,VERA Files It was 1974 and I was taking up an advanced course in Mechanical Engineering at the US Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. For our final exam in Oceanography, our professor simply called the twelve of us to his office one by one and asked us a few questions. I noticed […]

April 15, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Environment, Vera Files  336 Comments

What to do when your cellphone gets wet

Once again, I’ve been given a lesson by the best teacher on earth – experience. And I’m sharing the lesson with others with the hope that you would be wiser and would know what to do in case what happened to me happened to you. Last week, while checking in at Iloilo airport for the […]

April 14, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  274 Comments

Spot the big difference

President Aquino is being consistent when he said that the government will not be filing a diplomatic protest against China for the intrusion of a fishing vessel that got stuck in Tubbataha Reef in Sulu Sea, 150 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. After all, he didn’t also protest to the United States […]

April 11, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Environment, Foreign Affairs  430 Comments

AMRSP’s critical reflection on Aquino presidency

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines has been in the forefront in all the political upheavals the country has experienced since the time of the Marcos dictatorship. Many of its members braved the tanks sent by Marcos to Edsa during the 1986 People Power. They were very much visible in the 2001 […]

April 3, 2013   Posted in: Malaya, Religion  293 Comments