Archive for July, 2014

Mauled cabbie won’t file case vs TV host

By ELLEN TORDESILLAS, VERA Files The taxi driver mauled by a TV5 host has decided not to press charges after the latter apologized. TJ Ballega Villanueva, son of cabbie Edward Villanueva, 49, of World Taxi, said his father and Irish-Filipino Daniel Marsh, one of the hosts of TV5’s documentary-style reality show “Juan Direction,” met on […]

July 30, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: General  One Comment

BJMP displaces sick detainees to make room for Gigi and Janet

While everybody was trying to recover from the emotional performance of President Aquino in his 5th State-of-the-Nation address Monday night, pork barrel queen Janet Napoles was brought to Camp Bagong Diwa jail of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Bicutan,Taguig. Reports said Napoles arrived at Bicutan from Fort Sto. Domingo, a police camp […]

July 29, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  10 Comments

Aquino accepts SC decision on DAP, submits supplemental budget

By Ellen T.Tordesillas, VERA Files President Aquino asked Congress approval of a supplemental budget Malacanang is submitting in what many see as compliance to the Supreme Court ruling of the Disbursement Acceleration Program as unconstitutional, a departure from his earlier combative stance. Related story: People’s SONA: Boss ‘fires’ PNoy In his 5th State of the […]

July 29, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  No Comments

Aquino pays tribute to Abad’s creative genius

The speech of President Aquino during 75th anniversary of the Department of Budget and Management on April 25, 2011 has become relevant amid the controversy generated by the Disbursement Accelerated Program or DAP, the brainchild of Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad that got unqualified support from President Aquino. This is what Aquino said:

July 27, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  4 Comments

Mark Aug. 2 – 10 for Cine Malaya film festival

The much-awaited Cine Malaya festival, a showcase of intelligent and sensible movies by Filipino filmmakers, will be on Aug 2-10 in CCP Theaters and Ayala Cinemas in Metro Manila. There are 11 films participating. I have marked on my schedule “Hari ng Tondo” by Carlos Siguion-Reyna. Script by Bibeth Orteza. A grandfather played by Robert […]

July 25, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Entertainment  No Comments

Dani Girl musical, nice respite from DAP

President Aquino has used every opportunity to justify to the public the billions of pesos that he diverted to finance the Disbursement Accelerated Program or DAP, several projects under it were declared by Supreme Court unconstitutional. The latest was last Wednesday in Batangas during the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Apolinario Mabini, […]

July 24, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment  No Comments

TV host mauls taxi driver; no money for P78 fare

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files A TV show host, who said he had no money to pay the P78.50 fare, mauled a taxi driver Wednesday morning in front of a Mandaluyong condominium. Cabbie Edward Villanueva, 49, of World Taxi, said Daniel Marsh, one of the hosts of “Juan Direction,” a weekly documentary-style reality show, […]

July 24, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights  2 Comments

Health workers: Philippine health care is very sick

The wealth of a nation is its people. It goes without saying that a healthy population is a prerequisite for a country to progress.Healthy citizens live longer and are more productive.

July 23, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health, Malaya, Uncategorized  10 Comments

Stem cell research and many more in DBM list belie urgent reason for DAP

When a combative President Aquino addressed the nation Monday last week defending his Disbursement Accelerated Program or DAP which had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, he made it appear that the projects funded by DAP were cases that bordered between life and death. To underscore the purported urgent nature of the DAP projects, […]

July 21, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance  11 Comments

Aquino’s DAP: lethal mix of ignorance and arrogance

President Aquino’s belligerent stand against the Supreme Court’s decision declaring his pet initiative, the Disbursement Acceleration Program, unconstitutional was not at all surprising considering his defense of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Jr. last Friday. Reading and listening to his speech was not only appalling. It was disturbing. It showed the lethal combination of ignorance and […]

July 15, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  60 Comments