Archive for April, 2014

Obama shatters delusions of many Filipinos

U.S. President Barack Obama’s candid answers to the two questions from Filipinos reporters whether the United States will come to the defense of the Philippines in case of an armed conflict with China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea disappointed a lot of Filipinos who expected him to say that the American soldiers […]

April 29, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  28 Comments

Two letters

There are two letters seeking to two powerful persons who will be making their historic meeting today. One is from the longest-held political prisoner in the country Juanito Itaas, suspect in the killing of Col. James Rowe, to visiting U.S. President Barack Obama. The other one is from Edith Burgos, mother of Jonas Burgos, who […]

April 28, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Malaya  6 Comments

Nakakaduda na ang kilos ng pamahalaan sa kaso ni Napoles

Hindi naman siguro tanga si Justice Secretary Leila de Lima para hindi niya maisip kung bakit pilit na gusto makipagkita sa kanya si Janet Napoles at gusto kumanta. Maraming pagkakataon si Napoles na magsabi ng buong katotohanan tungkol sa panloloko at pagnakaw ng bilyun-bilyon na pera sa taumbayan ngunit hindi niya ginawa. Nang dumalo siya […]

April 26, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Abante, Graft and corruption, Justice  16 Comments

Fight vs online libel goes to the UNCHR

Last Tuesday, while in Baguio City for their summer session, the Supreme Court denied all the Motions for Reconsideration on Online Libel which it upheld in its Feb. 18, 2014 decision. It will be recalled that in its Feb. 18 decision, the High Court struck down as illegal the authority given to the Department of […]

April 24, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Justice, Media  3 Comments

The other side of Palawan

Mention Palawan and what comes to mind are Underground River and El Nido in the northern side of this richly-blessed province from its capital, Puerto Princesa. Three weeks ago, we went to the southern side- in Rio Tuba, where Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation is. This is my second time to visit RTNMC and it […]

April 24, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Travel  No Comments

The return of Gigi Reyes

This is going to be fascinating. Atty. Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile who is included among those accused of plunder in connection with the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund, came back last Saturday. Reyes left last August when her name came up as one of those who were dealing […]

April 20, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  12 Comments

Standing by up in the air

As our flight from Iloilo (Philippine Airlines 934) was starting its descent to the Ninoy Aquino International Airprt, the pilot announced that we were number 12 in the queue for landing and that our arrival would be delayed by 30 minutes. Reason: traffic congestion. This kind of delay due to traffic congestion at NAIA has […]

April 17, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Tourism, Travel  16 Comments

Wishing they were April Fools Day jokes

We wish these three reports were April Fools Day jokes: One, Spinbusters saying goodbye. In its April 1 entry titled “Silly blog concedes writes 30”, the media watchdog wrote, “There’s no going around it, beating around the bush, and running in circles. With bitterness, sadness, and deep regret, we have decided to shut down The […]

April 4, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Media, Philippine National Police  20 Comments

Holy Week in prison for Enrile, Estrada, Revilla?

Now that the Ombudsman has approved the resolution to file plunder charges against those involved in the malversation of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, it looks like Senators Juan Ponce-Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla would be observing their Holy Week in jail. It is reported that Revilla and his family are in Holy Land […]

April 1, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya  26 Comments