Archive for November, 2014

Aquino ignores Bonifacio

Photos courtesy of Renato Reyes, Jr. Yesterday was the 151st birth anniversary of one of Filipinos’ great heroes, Andres Bonifacio (November 30, 1863 – May 10, 1897). Today, we are a sovereign nation, independent and free, largely because of Bonifacio. Bonifacio is considered the “the Father of the Philippine Revolution”. He founded the Katipunan, short […]

November 30, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: History, Malaya  22 Comments

Corruption in DOH results in a sickly nation

Health Secretary Enrique Ona’s one month leave of absence ends today. The health community is awaiting with bated breath the decision of President Aquino on Ona, who is embroiled in the controversy over the P800 million purchase of a pneumonia vaccine. The result of the investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation on the issues […]

November 28, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Health, Malaya  16 Comments

HK journalists ban betrays Malacañang’s aversion to press freedom

Ager Ontog, director-general of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), who showed his lack of intelligence when he ordered the ban of Hongkong journalists who asked questions that displeased President Aquino during the 2013 summit of Asia Pacific Economic Conference in Bali, Indonesia, said he did not regret his order that Malacañang cancelled after it […]

November 25, 2014   Posted in: Malaya, Media  12 Comments

Prayers amid dismay for justice for victims of Ampatuan massacre

Five years ago, a crime so heinous was perpetrated by persons in authority, in a remote village in Maguindanao in Southwestern Mindanao. Fifty-eight persons lay dead after Andal Ampatuan, Jr., mayor of Datu Unsay town and his men were through with their shooting spree. He then asked for a backhoe in the office of his […]

November 23, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Human Rights, Justice, Maguindanao massacre, Malaya, Media  5 Comments

The reign of the idiots

I’m staggered by the justifications of Health Acting Secretary Janet Garin and Armed Forces Chief Gregorio Pio Catapang,Jr.of their visit to the quarantined peacekeepers in Caballo Island in Cavite which Malacañang approves. Garin and Catapang have drawn flak for what many see as violation of the idea of quarantine. The peacekeepers from Ebola-stricken Liberia are […]

November 20, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Health, Malaya  24 Comments

Manicani: A tough little island

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files Manicani today hardly bears signs of the havoc wrought by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) a year ago. Color is back on this 11.7-square-kilometer island of 3,000 people in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, which was a harrowing picture of destruction only 12 months ago after Yolanda ferociously battered it for […]

November 19, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Disasters, General  2 Comments

Binay 2016 scenario: The worst is yet to come

After Vice President Jejomar Binay backed out of the scheduled debate, which he himself suggested, with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, many asked if he is also reconsidering his announced presidential bid in 2016. Binay immediately shut down the idea re-assuring his allies that there is no backing out of his ambition to be the next […]

November 16, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Elections 2016, Graft and corruption  23 Comments

10 min Aquino-Xi talk paves way for major policy shift towards China

It took only ten minutes under the chilly air at the lakeside garden in the suburb of Beijing to thaw the two-year frosty relationship between the Philippines and China. President Aquino and Chinese President Xi Jinping pulled aside during the tree-planting ceremony last Nov. 11 at at the Summer Garden of the International Conference Center […]

November 13, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  6 Comments

Will Binay also withdraw from 2016 presidential race?

No one is really surprised that Vice President Jejomar Binay backed out of the Nov. 27 debate with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV which he himself suggested to the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas. When the debate was starting to take a life of its own after he mentioned it to KBP President Herman Basbaño […]

November 11, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Graft and corruption  55 Comments

APEC summit: an opportunity for renewal of PH-China ties

President Aquino today is in a lakeside resort in Yanqihu, 50 kilometers from Beijing, for the 22nd summit of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC. This is the first time that Aquino and Chinese President Xi Jinping will have a chance for greetings more than just “hello” and “goodbye”. Aquino has announced there is no […]

November 9, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Foreign Affairs, Malaya  No Comments