Archive for May, 2013

Homecoming ballet stars in Ballet Manila’s gala

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files There’s no sweeter applause than the ones coming from the hometown audience. For the audience, there are no stars who shine brighter than those from home. On Saturday, dance enthusiasts will have a rare treat of Filipino dance artists who are shining in the world stage perform together. Ballet Manila’s […]

May 31, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture  195 Comments

Reynaldo Momay, Vice Vulgar

“It took our family 32 months of waiting before the court has officially recognized my father as the 58th victim of the gruesome killing and 42 months before the arraignment of suspects took place,” wrote Ma Reynafe Momay Castillo in her Facebook page. It’s a bit strange to feel thankful to get confirmation that your […]

May 30, 2013  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Entertainment, Maguindanao massacre  290 Comments

Failure of intelligence

We condole with the family of the seven Marines who were killed in Patikul, Sulu last Saturday and those of the eight policemen who were killed by a landmine allegedly planted by the New People’s Army in Allacapan, Cagayan Monday. The police officers killed were Police Officers 2 Dexter Cubilla, Angelbert Mateo, Elmark Rodney Pinated, […]

May 28, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Military  306 Comments

Justice Carpio: appeal to world opinion vs Chinese defiance of the rule of law

Here we go again. This time it’s over Ayungin Reef (Ren’ai Reef to the Chinese.) The Philippine Navy reported sightings of Chinese ships in the vicinity of Ayungin shoal as early as first week of May, the last stretch of the May 13 elections, and before the May 9 incident in Balintang Channel where the […]

May 26, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  85 Comments

Mother Lily, Trillanes at Magdalo

Nakakatuwa si Mother Lily Monteverde sa kanyang “thank you lunch” noong Biyernes para kay Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV at sa Magdalo partylist at ang kanilang dalawang nominees na magiging miyembro na ng Kongreso: dating Marine Capt. Gary Alejano at Air Force Lieutenant Francisco Ashley Acedillo. Si Trillanes kasi ang isa sa ilang kandidato para senador […]

May 26, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2013 elections, Magdalo  124 Comments

JDV’s global rainbow coalition

Just because he no longer bangs the gavel in the House of Representatives, it doesn’t mean that former House Speaker Jose de Venecia has stopped doing what he does best: gathering people of different political colors and persuasions for a common cause. He is still into forming rainbow coalitions. This time, on the global stage. […]

May 25, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  314 Comments

Ramos urges neutral probe of Taiwan incident, reminds Pinoys of Contemplacion case

By Ellen Tordesillas,VERA Files MAKASSAR, Indonesia—Former President Fidel V. Ramos has recommended the creation of a neutral investigation on the May 9 encounter between a Philippine patrol ship and Taiwanese fishing vessel in the disputed maritime boundary that resulted in the death of a Taiwanese fisherman and sparked violent protests in Taiwan against the Philippines. […]

May 23, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  232 Comments

FVR leads call for reduction of budget for lethal weapons

By Ellen Tordesillas,VERA Files MAKASSAR, Indonesia—Former President Fidel V. Ramos Monday called on rich countries to reduce their budget for deadly weapons and realign resources for public safety, including navigation in the disputed waters in the South China Sea. “Clearly, an Asia-Pacific peace must also be built on an understanding among the most affluent, and […]

May 22, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  70 Comments

Aquino’s LP increases hold on House of Representatives

By YvonneT.Chua,VERA Files President Benigno Aquino III has further strengthened his lock on the House of Representatives with 108 members of the Liberal Party likely to make it to the 16th Congress, official and unofficial counts of Monday’s midterm elections show. The figure is a big leap from the 92 Liberals who make up two-fifths […]

May 17, 2013   Posted in: 2013 elections, Vera Files  3 Comments

Filipino workers paying the price for Malacanang’s bungling

It took a week for President Aquino to realize that the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by a member of the Philippine Coast Guard team in the disputed waters of South China Sea could lead to serious repercussions for the country Last Wednesday, President Aquino sent as his personal representative Amadeo R. Perez, chairman of […]

May 16, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  13 Comments