Archive for January, 2015

The nation mourns

It took him four days to say something about the worst tragedy in the history of the country’s police force and when the bodies of the fallen police officers arrived at Villamor Air Base yesterday, President Aquino was at Mitsubishi plant Sta Rosa, Laguna inspecting and enjoying the classic cars on display. What kind of […]

January 29, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Philippine National Police  54 Comments

Confronted with brutal realities, what do Filipinos do?

Forty-four members of the Special Action Force, the elite group of the Philippine National Police, were killed by the rebel Muslim group the Aquino government has signed a peace agreement with. Yet, social media denizens are in an impassioned discussion over Philippine Miss Universe pageant candidate MJ Lastimosa’s “cake gown.” Last Monday, Direk Joey Reyes […]

January 28, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Mindanao, Philippine National Police  28 Comments

Dinky’s family camping: Senseless and hypocritical

President Aquino has not yet spoken on reports, confirmed by Social Services Secretary Dinky Soliman, about the government banishing 490 homeless persons to a Batangas resort during the five-day visit of Pope Francis. But his deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said, “Wala naman hong ganoon. Parang insulto din sa bisita kapag sinabi mong ‘pag tinago […]

January 25, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights, Malaya  13 Comments

State Dept official: U.S. takes no position on South China Sea conflict

China’s activities in the South China Sea, not surprisingly, figured prominently in the fifth Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue held Tuesday and Wednesday in Manila. The joint statement on the meeting, co-chaired by Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Evan P. Garcia and Undersecretary of National Defense Pio Lorenzo F. Batino for the Philippines and by Assistant […]

January 23, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  4 Comments

Hacking negates convenience credit card offers

I don’t do online purchases for fear that information about my credit card would be mis-used. That’s why I was surprised and outraged when I got a notice by email the other night that I was being charged two purchases, $39.99 each totalling $79.98 almost $80.00 or P3,600.00. The items downloaded were both Disney story […]

January 21, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Finance, Malaya  9 Comments

Heed Pope Francis’ appeal to end culture of waste

Arrival photos. This visit of Pope Francis is heartwarming as it is awesome. To those who will brave the heat (hopefully it doesn’t rain), the long walk, the long wait, hunger and thirst, bless your courage and your determination. I hope and pray that our love for Pope Francis will include taking care of our […]

January 15, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Religion  12 Comments

Fired nurse in Singapore should read Elbert Hubbard

The firing of Filipino nurse Ello Ed Mundsel Bello by the Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore for his Facebook rant against Singaporeans once again demonstrates the danger of people being in social media without fully knowing its capabilities and limitations. Last week, Bello, under the FB name Edz Ello, ranted on his wall: “Now […]

January 14, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Labor, Malaya, Media  10 Comments

The making of the missalette for Pope Francis’ mass at Rizal Park

Pope Francis will be saying his masses (he will have three during his Philippine five-day visit) in English but in Rizal Park, he will start his homily with “Sumasampalataya ako.” The missalette that will be used in the Rizal Park mass will be eight pages and will contain, for the first time, the Eucharistic Prayer. […]

January 11, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Religion  6 Comments

Je suis Charlie

There is no justification for the ruthless assault on Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris killing at least 12 persons, including journalists. The killing once again underscores the danger of those whose beliefs do not respect diversity and freedom of expression. As the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines said, “We acknowledge that there […]

January 9, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Media  6 Comments

More than Three Kings

Jan. 6 is the end of a long Christmas celebration in the Philippines. Christmas trees and decorations are or have already been dismantled and put back in boxes for storage to be put out again come November after All Saints Day. January 6 is Three Kings Day, when the Christian world pays tribute to the […]

January 6, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Religion  7 Comments