Archive for June, 2013

Gazmin makes the Philippines look pathetic

Never have I felt so kawawa reading the statements of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin justifying his plan to allow American and Japanese military access to military facilities in the Philippines to deter China’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea . Newspaper reports quoted Gazmin as saying: “We cannot stand alone. We need allies. If […]

June 30, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Military, South China Sea  92 Comments

What happened to the truckloads of money from Ampatuans’ houses in 2009?

The aborted P50 million each settlement with the relatives of 14 (of the 58) victims of the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre with a certain Jun Chan raised the question,“”Where was that huge sum of money supposed to come from?” There is no chance to ask Chan the identity of his principal because Mylah Reyes-Roque, in […]

June 27, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Maguindanao massacre, Malaya  133 Comments

USS Guardian probe report evades key issues, raises more question

By Rex Robles, VERA Files Last week, the US Navy released the result of its investigation on the Jan. 17, 2013 grounding of USS Guardian in Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, pinning the blame on “lack of leadership” but praising the “heroic efforts of the crew to save their ship.” One reason why the […]

June 27, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Environment, Vera Files  174 Comments

Mindboggling, troubling offers for Maguindanao massacre victims

There are a number of disturbing things in the aborted settlement between the Ampatuans and the relatives of the 14 victims of the Nov 23, 2009 massacre that was considered the deadliest day for journalists (32 of the 58 victims were members of media. It was aborted because the negotiator, identified in the article of […]

June 25, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Maguindanao massacre, Malaya  471 Comments

Sleep expert’s testimony in Jackson case should alarm call center workers

The testimony of a sleep expert in the Michael Jackson case about the importance of sleeping at night and the danger of altering that pattern should alarm call center workers and employers and the Department of Labor and Employment. The hearing on Jackson’s death last week revealed that two months before he died, he was […]

June 25, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health, Malaya  495 Comments

Ampatuan victims open to negotiated settlement due to delay in trial

By Mylah Reyes-Roque, VERA Files Tired of the slow pace of justice, relatives of 14 of the 58 fatalities in November 2009 Ampatuan massacre had signed an agreement with an “emissary” of the accused to negotiate the settlement of the murder case for P50 million. But no settlement has been reached to date: The “emissary,” […]

June 24, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Maguindanao massacre, Media  339 Comments

Tripleng dagok sa mga kawawang OFW ang Sex for Flight

Dapat itapon sa impyerno, sa lumiliyab na apoy, ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan na sangkot sa racket na sex for flight sa Kuwait, Jordan at sa iba pang bansa sa Middle East kung saan maraming mga babaeng OFW ay nag-iistambay sa iba’t ibang dahilan. Ibinulgar ni Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello noong Martes na sa halip […]

June 23, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Foreign Affairs, Labor  187 Comments

No longer secure with Blackberry

Sometime ago, I attended a training conducted by a German police officer on media security. He advised using Blackberry cellphone because messages are secured and cannot be intercepted. I don’t harbor any illusion about security officials bothering listening to my phone calls or snooping on my messages. But I don’t like the idea of government […]

June 21, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Media  7 Comments

Kris Aquino and the Sultan of Johor

It was insensitive of Kris Aquino to feature the Sultan of Johor at the time when the wounds of the February-March Sabah bloodfight have not healed and the root of the problem has not been addressed. Tuesday’s feature of Kris TV was the Sultan of Johor, Ibrahim Ismail, a close friend of the Aquinos. Kris […]

June 18, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  635 Comments

More reason to be careful about FB posting

Last Friday, Facebook confirmed that it has released data related to national security requested by law enforcement agencies. A statement by Ted Ullyot, Facebook General Counsel revealed that “For the six months ending December 31, 2012, the total number of user-data requests Facebook received from any and all government entities in the U.S. (including local, […]

June 17, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media  74 Comments