Archive for May, 2014

Special elections registration for PWDs and Senior Citizens in Manila

On Sunday, June 1, the Commission on Elections will be holding a satellite registration for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens of Manila to be held at the Central Section of Rizal Park, the registration will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is not only for voters registration. For those who have […]

May 29, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  2 Comments

Tension rising as China sinks Vietnamese boat

While we continue to be engrossed with Napolist (she has submitted an expanded list naming 120 lawmakers as alleged beneficiaries of her largesse including her contributions to their election campaign), things are heating up in the South China Sea between China and Vietnam that could destabilize Southeast Asia. News reports yesterday said a Chinese boat […]

May 27, 2014   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  5 Comments

Opposition to EDCA goes to SC today

Click here for the full text of the EDCA petition Another petition filed by BAYAN and sectoral congressmen against EDCA: Final Bayan PETITION EDCA SC Today, various individuals and groups, appalled by the mockery of the Constitution and complete disregard of the historic Senate vote ending the U.S. bases era on Sept. 16, 1991 by […]

May 25, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  29 Comments

‘Separate speculation from fact’- Luchi Cruz-Valdez

That was a strong statement that Luchi Cruz-Valdes, head of TV5’s news and public affairs department, unleashed against those who dragged her name in the Janet Napoles pork barrel scandal especially the Philippine Daily Inquirer who published the unverified information. Luchi’s name was mentioned in Inquirer’s May 18 issue as one of the mediamen in […]

May 21, 2014  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya, Media  13 Comments


Among working journalists, we have a term “didal.” That is used when a PR (press relations officer) pockets the money intended for a reporter. So the PR’s principal- a government official, a businessman or anybody who is the subject of a news report – thinks that he has paid off the reporter, who doesn’t know […]

May 18, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya, Media  13 Comments

Differences in how PH and Vietnam deal with China’s aggressiveness

The current tension in the South China Sea triggered by China’s territorial assertiveness underscores the military weakness of the Philippines and the lack of direction of its foreign policy as against Vietnam’s focused moves backed up by a credible defense capacity. There are three incidents or conflicts going on in South China Sea that have […]

May 16, 2014  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  21 Comments

Vetting the Napoles list

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she is still “vetting” the names of people in the list given to her by pork barrel queen Janet Napoles. “You just have to trust me that I’m not gonna do that na isa-sanitize ko yung list. Pangako ko po yan sa taumbayan na hindi ko yan gagawin na […]

May 14, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya  28 Comments

Why Gloria Arroyo is not worried

A friend shared this tidbit about his meeting with Elena Bautista-Horn, a Gloria Arroyo loyalist, in a mall last year. He asked how they, referring to the Arroyo camp, were doing. When Bautista-Horn replied, she looked unworried. “We survived three years. Three more years to go,” she said. That was last year. Now, there are […]

May 11, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Gloria Arroyo and family  23 Comments

Bolkiah’s draconian decree violates ASEAN Declaration

Two years ago in Phnom Penh, Cambodia , Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and nine other Southeast Asian leaders signed the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration which provides that,“No person shall be subject to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Last week, the Sultan of the oil-rich Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, announced the start […]

May 8, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Malaya  3 Comments

EDCA: a mockery of the Constitution

In the Facebook wall of Dennis Carcia, musician, advertising executive, painter and Abante columnist, there’s a picture of Obama signaling something with two fingers. Dennis captioned it: “EDCA:I can summarize the agreement in two words- NO RENTAL. “ The post elicited a comment from Noy Dy-Liacco: “I can do it in one: FREE! The banter […]

May 6, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  26 Comments