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An electoral disaster waiting to happen EDITORIAL 01/05/2010

Monday, January 4, 2010


An electoral disaster waiting to happen


EDITORIAL

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01/05/2010

Norberto Gonzales, acting Defense chief, who has been just a little over a month in his post, appears hell-bent in ensuring electoral fraud through the active participation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

He wants an expanded military participation in the 2010 polls, which will do away with the memorandum of agreement (MoA) inked between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Defense Department-AFP in time for the 2007 senatorial polls, which, apart from a few instances of fraud, especially in Maguindanao, were fairly clean.....MORE


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Meaningless vow FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 01/05/2010


Meaningless vow


FRONTLINE

Ninez Cacho-Olivares
01/05/2010

Six months before her usurped term in Malacañang ends, Gloria Arroyo has vowed to dismantle private armies before the 2010 polls.

Frankly, given her dismal track record in delivering on her vows and pledges, this pledge to dismantle private armies before the elections is meaningless.

Malacañang says this is to come about due to the so-called independent commission she has formed, saying that the commission is to have broad powers to investigate, to tap all government agencies with the end view of being able to finish its work, prosecuting, if necessary, and submitting its recommendations for executive action before the scheduled polls..... MORE


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Nigeria on defensive over ‘terror breeding ground’ FEATURES 01/05/2010


Nigeria on defensive over ‘terror breeding ground’


FEATURES


01/05/2010
LAGOS — Nigeria, a country long synonymous with graft and coups, now has to defend itself over claims that it is a breeding ground for Islamist fundamentalists after last week’s bid to blow up a US airliner.

While Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab remains in a Detroit prison cell accused of trying to kill the passengers and crew of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, officials in his homeland insist the episode does not point to a wider malaise.
But terrorism experts say the Christmas Day plot, foiled when the chemical explosives stitched in Abdulmutallab’s underpants failed to explode.... MORE


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More prosperous friends MR. EXPOSE Amb. Ernesto Maceda 01/05/2010


More prosperous friends


MR. EXPOSE

Amb. Ernesto Maceda
01/05/2010
Our column last Dec. 30 listed 20 persons who prospered under the GMA administration. We received an avalanche of suggestions to add to the list among them:
21. PLDT and Meralco chairman Manny Pangilinan
22. Vice President and HUDCC Chairman Noli de Castro
23. MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando
24. Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap
25. Agriculture Undersecretary Joc-joc Bolante
26. Former NHA administrator and now Secretary Edgar Pamintuan
27. Former Senator and Neda Director-General Ralph Recto, who was Senate ways and means committee chairman
28. Sen. Lito Lapid who prospered as governor of Pampanga
29. Former Gov. Arman Sanchez, an alleged gambling lord
30. Education Secretary and former House ways and means committee chairman Jesli Lapus
31. DBM Secretary Nonoy Andaya who was chairman of the House appropriations committee
32. Former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos
33. Rep. Martin Romualdez
34. NHA Administrator Rico Laxa
35. DoTC Secretary Larry Mendoza
36. The FIRM
37. Ruben Reyes, a partner of Abalos
38. Salvador Zamora, mining magnate
39. Ambassador Donald Dee
40. DBP president Rey David.... MORE


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