Archive for August, 2015

INC’s overrated election clout

The Iglesia ni Cristo is making a mockery of Philippine laws and personalities who are aspiring for the presidency are either kowtowing to the church leadership or treading lightly on the controversy. Vice President Jejomar Binay has become the INC’s prime protector accusing Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s investigation of reported kidnapping and detention of […]

August 30, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections, Religion  24 Comments

Harry Roque aims for a congressional seat through partylist

I’m so glad that lawyer Harry Roque has decided to go via the party list in his entry into politics. He is no longer joining Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance ticket. In his meeting with members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Bacolod yesterday, Roque announced that he will be the […]

August 27, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Malaya  14 Comments

Lina: slammed and reversed

They are well- deserved beatings that Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina is getting this week. After being slammed by the OFW community (that means the estimated 2.3 million overseas Filipino workers plus their relatives at the average of six per OFW) for his order to impose tighter inspection of balikbayan boxes, a regional trial court Monday […]

August 26, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Graft and corruption  34 Comments

Ombudsman calls Binay’s P200 M suit ‘a sham’

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales didn’t mince words in asking the Makati Regional Trial Court to dismiss the suit filed by Vice President Jejomar Binay against her and 12 other persons including senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “Considering that the Complaint appears to be patently bereft of the […]

August 22, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance, Graft and corruption  6 Comments

DENR, the Church and the nickel ore stockpile in Manicani

Has the government relinquished its duty of regulating the mining industry to the Catholic Church? That’s the question I asked Environment Secretary Ramon Paje when he said that Hinatuan Mining Corporation (HMC) has to get the approval of the church to their request to remove the 1.1 million metric tons nickel ore stockpile in Manicani […]

August 20, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Environment, Malaya  3 Comments

Has traffic jammed Mar Roxas’ brain?

No wonder there was no urgency for the Aquino government to find solution to the horrendous traffic that Metro Manilans have to survive daily: they continue to think it’s an affirmation of their “good work.” Aquino always brags that under his term, the Philippines experienced economic boom. And proof of that economic boom, he said, […]

August 19, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Governance  29 Comments

Standing ovation for Rossini’s La Cenerentola in Manila

By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files Rossini’s La Cenerentola made its Philippine debut Saturday night (August 15, 2015) at the Meralco Theater with a cheering crowd who loved opera’s retelling of Cinderella with another twist: no overbearing stepmother, no missing golden slippers. Instead we are treated to a tale of the bracelet which ultimately sealed […]

August 17, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture  2 Comments

DMCI knows how to get its way

By Ellen T. Tordesillas Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao’s worst fear has come true: it didn’t take long after the July 17 accident in Semirara Coal mine that killed nine workers that the suspension was lifted. News reports Wednesday said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has lifted its suspension order against Semirara Mining and […]

August 15, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Mining  One Comment

Kinaray-a writing contest

Kinaray-a is the language spoken mostly in West Visayas. It is spoken in Antique, where I come from. Writer Alex de los Santos , author of the book, “The Rise of Kinaray-a”, said Kinaray-a is also spoken in some parts of Aklan and Capiz, most of Iloilo and even in Negros Occidental where the biggest […]

August 13, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Antique, Malaya  2 Comments

Rossini’s La Cenerentola stirs anticipation

By Elizabeth Lolarga, VERA Files Photos by Anna Leah Sarabia THE cast and music directors of La Cenerentola promise not to change a thing that Gioachino Rossini had written in his opera. Well, maybe skip parts or let the voice of the storyteller take over but to change to make it easier for the human […]

August 12, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture  No Comments