Archive for February, 2014

Preparing for the great summer exposure

We are reprinting this article,first published last year,as we prepare to have the most fun this summer. By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files Video by Mario Ignacio IV The heat tells us summer is almost here. Time to prepare our bodies for the summer exposure. Three physical fitness personal trainers – Angie M. Miranda and Jensen […]

February 28, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Health  5 Comments

Press freedom rocks despite presidential whining

I did this article for Rogue Magazine (June 2013 issue). I’m re-printing it here as additional material in the discussion of the recently Supreme Court upheld provision on online libel in the 2012 Cybercrime Prevention Act and President Aquino’s defense of it. President Aquino thinks media owe him. In all his speaking engagements before media […]

February 28, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media  4 Comments

Why the 28 day-delay in reacting to water cannon incident in Bajo de Masinloc

Why did it take Armed Forces Chief of Staff Emmanuel Bautista almost a month to tell the President and the Department of Foreign Affairs about the Chinese Coast Guards using water cannons against Filipino fishermen in Bajo de Masinloc? The incident was reported when Bautista told Monday the foreign correspondents in the Philippines about the […]

February 25, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Military  30 Comments

Lost letters in Palace hint deeper leadership problem

Now we know there is a problem with Malacanang’s communication system. Whether Malacanang knows that is a completely different matter. Two letters that later on became of national, even international, importance did not reach President Aquino. The first one was a letter from the late Jamalul Kiram III sent in 2010 in the first few […]

February 21, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Benigno Aquino III, Governance, Malaya  28 Comments

SC decision on Cybercrime law:OK, but…

We did not fully get what we asked Supreme Court regarding the Republic Act 10175 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 which was to declare the whole of it as unconstitutional primarily because of its libel provisions. But we can live with the Supreme Court decision released yesterday. We still have to […]

February 18, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Cyberspace, Human Rights, Media  14 Comments

Guiuan rises with a lot of help from mining firm

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files Photos by Mario Ignacio IV Yolanda survivors Lito G. Abucejo, 47, a carpenter and his wife, Rebecca, 44, marked the 100th day after the super typhoon slammed into Manicani Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, in a newly-built house. The Abucejos have folded their United Nations-donated tent, which was their shelter […]

February 18, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Disasters  4 Comments

No talk of Sabah in Aquino-Najib meet Feb. 27

By Tessa Jamandre, VERA Files President Aquino and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak are set to meet in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 27, when Aquino visits Malaysia in his first foreign trip for 2014, a highly reliable foreign affairs source said. Missing from the agenda, however, will be the setting up of a consulate in […]

February 17, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  One Comment

Best incentive for whistleblowers

I’m fascinated by the bill filed by Iloilo 5th District Rep. Niel Tupas to include among incentives to potential whistleblowers, plastic surgery for the face and body. TV shows should interview Vicky Belo how she plans to transform those who are currently under WPP. Benhur Luy of the PDAF/Janet Napoles scam, for example. Who does […]

February 17, 2014  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya  14 Comments

Senators’ applause for Tuason proves stealing pays

Sorry, but I don’t share the euphoria of Sen. TG Guingona, chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee, over the testimony of Ruby Tuason in the Senate yesterday. After the hearing Guingona enthused: “A three-point shot na buzzer beater na, winning shot pa.” Haaaah? Sure, Tuason detailed her role as “commissioner” in the anomalous operation of […]

February 13, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  61 Comments

Survey questions the DFA did not ask

Does Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario have a problem with the case filed with the United Nations Arbitral Court against China’s nine-dash line map that prompted him to commission Social Weather Stations to do a survey which focused on the case and the problem with China in the West Philippine Sea? SWS conducted a nationwide […]

February 12, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  18 Comments