Archive for May, 2015

Palitan na lang kaya ng dilaw ang kulay ng watawat ng Pilipinas

Siguro naman seryoso si Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. sa kanyang pag-sponsor ng mga batas na ipangalan sa mga magulang ni Pangulong Aquino ang dalawang kalsada doon sa Panay. Ang dalawang batas ay ideya ng mga kongresista na sina Arcadio H. Garriceta, Ronald M. Cosalan, Jerry P. Treñas, Arthur R. Defensor Jr., Neil C. Tiupas, […]

May 31, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Abante  11 Comments

Why the Philippines did not build lighthouses in Spratlys

Long before China built lighthouses in reefs they are occupying in the disputed Spratlys, the Philippine government under President Fidel Ramos had planned to build lighthouses in Reed Bank and two other reefs but inter-government wrangling over money stalled the project until it was overtaken by events. Last Tuesday, China announced its plan to construct […]

May 28, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya, Maritime Affairs  9 Comments

The Red Cross 72-hour lifeline kit

Government agencies and private companies are reactivating their emergency drills with the release by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of its latest findings about the West Valley Fault. Phivolcs Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. warned that based on the movement pattern (every 400 or so years) of the West Valley Fault, the next tremor […]

May 25, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Disasters, Malaya  4 Comments

Yolanda lessons useful for earthquake preparation

The pain of a tragedy is assuaged by the lessons learned from it. That is the case with the disaster that was how the Aquino government handled the damage wrought by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in November 2013. It was a reference point in several presentations in last Wednesday’s “Earthquake Resilience Conference” organized […]

May 22, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Disasters  9 Comments

LP won’t need Grace if Binay withdraws

We trust Sen. Grace Poe would be astute in dealing with the reported courtship by the Liberal Party for the 2016 elections with no less than President Aquino and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas leading the wooing. Although the talks were about the 2016 elections, Grace said there was no discussion on whether the Liberal Party […]

May 20, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  16 Comments

ASEAN and Suu Kyi’s deafening silence on Rohingya plight

Adrift in the Andaman Sea are hundreds of thousands of people in the verge of death due to hunger, thirst and victims of human cruelty. They are the Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group mainly living in Myanmar. It is estimated that they number some 800,000 and comprise 80 to 90 percent of the state of […]

May 17, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Human Rights  5 Comments

May natira pa ba?

Or are the people, once again, left holding an empty bag? That is the question of many people reading reports of massive withdrawals from Vice President Jejomar Binay’s alleged 242 bank accounts under his name as well as under the name of his wife former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay and son Junjun, Makati mayor. A […]

May 15, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Graft and corruption  8 Comments

Citizenship issue to be raised vs Grace Poe if she runs for president

Some of those who have ambitions to become president in 2016 are reportedly thinking of ways how to stop Grace Poe, whose political trajectory is consistently ascending since she was elected senator two years ago. This has become urgent with President Aquino’s recent meeting with her on the possibility of running for higher office in […]

May 13, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Malaya  8 Comments

An abundance of Filipino talent in Asia’s Got Talent

I hope and pray that since the Philippines is blessed with so many artistic talent, we will also have enough votes to make one of them be declared the winner of this year’s “Asia’s Got Talent”, which will have its grand finals on Thursday. To be held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, it will […]

May 11, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Malaya  8 Comments

Dingdong Dantes talks sense

I think I’m going to like Dingdong Dantes. The actor was mentioned by Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, a Liberal party member, as one of those they are eyeing for the senatorial lineup in next year’s national elections. Dantes, in an article in, said he was honored by his inclusion in the LP list but, […]

May 8, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  One Comment