Archive for January, 2017

Road Safety fellowship for journalists

The 2015 World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Road Safety estimates 10,379 fatalities in the country a year, half of them motorcycle riders, followed by pedestrians. That’s more than 10,000 families deprived of a father, a mother, a brother, a sister or a member of the family, many of them were breadwinners caused by […]

January 30, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health, Media, Road Safety  No Comments

When protectors become tormentors

Update: SC issues writ of amparo in favor of kin of slain drug suspects http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/597757/news/nation/sc-issues-writ-of-amparo-in-favor-of-kin-of-slain-drug-suspects There’s a part in the narration by the surviving victims of Oplan Tokhang in Payatas in Quezon City last August 21 that sends chills down one’s spine. In the petition for Writ of Amparo filed by Centerlaw before the Supreme […]

January 29, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Illegal Drugs, Philippine National Police  12 Comments

Duterte’s puzzling lack of outrage over police role in South Korean killing

On the first day of his presidency, during the turnover of command ceremonies at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, President Duterte boasted that he knows the scalawags in the police service. He issued a strong warning: “I know kung sino ang mga general who are tainted with corruption. You […]

January 27, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Philippine National Police  4 Comments

The difference between Trillanes and Zubiri

The confrontation between Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Miguel Zubiri at the Senate floor last week refreshed the public’s mind of relevant issues which have been relegated to the sidelines by more horrifying reports like the murder of Korean businessman Ick-joo Jee by police officers inside Camp Crame just a few meters away from the […]

January 25, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Election 2007, Graft and corruption  11 Comments

There’s method in Duterte’s martial law ‘madness’

“Just be quiet all of you.” Spoken like a despot ordering his minions what to do. President Duterte barked that order during the 20th founding anniversary of the Premiere Medical Center in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija Wednesday. He was reacting to negative reactions to his earlier statement about declaring martial law unilaterally without following the […]

January 20, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance  4 Comments

LP SOCE case being eyed for oust-Leni operation?

Amid the many items in media not favorable to Vice President Leni Robredo- LeniLeaks, banned from cabinet meetings, dis-invited by Malacanang in New Year vin d’honneur, drop in satisfaction ratings – another one came up the other day. We were told that the Supreme Court is expected very soon to release its decision on the […]

January 13, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections, Elections 2016, Supreme Court  6 Comments

The awesome Meryl Streep

She captured our hearts with her stirring performances in “Sophie’s Choice” and “Deer Hunter.” She helped us forget our problems with enjoyable performers in “Mamma Mia” and “The Devil Wears Prada.” She was a joy to watch in last year’s movie, “Florence Foster Jenkins.” But her acceptance speech for being honored with the Cecil B. […]

January 10, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Media  15 Comments

Yasay totally unaware of passport applicants’ woes until last Thursday

It was only Thursday last week that Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. knew the agony that Filipinos who are applying for a new or renewing their passport had to go through. In a post in my Facebook last Friday, Yasay said: “I am hearing for the first time that there are incessant breakdown or interruptions […]

January 8, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  4 Comments

Gov’t on ASEAN hosting bid: ‘We rule, our rule’

By Charmaine Deogracias and Ellen Tordesillas VERA FIles The Department of Budget and Management denied violating procurement rules when it bidded out the P2.8 billion contract for the hosting of the 2017 ASEAN conferences in the country, saying it has full discretion in determining the rules for such processes. The DMB-Procurement Service came under fire […]

January 6, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Diokno: Ignore alleged irregularity in 2017 ASEAN hosting bidding

Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said he ordered his office to award the P2.8 billion contract for the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conferences in the Philippines to the lone bidder, despite complaints about alleged irregularities in the bidding. In a press briefing in Malacanang Tuesday, Diokno insisted that the government complied with […]

January 4, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  13 Comments