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AFP confirms Parad killed in Sulu clash By Mario Mallari 02/22/2010

Monday, February 22, 2010


Two top Sayyaf leaders slain in skirmish

AFP confirms Parad killed in Sulu clash


By Mario Mallari
02/22/2010

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday confirmed to have neutralized two top Abu Sayyaf leaders who were among the six militants killed following an hour-long skirmish on the outskirts of Sulu yesterday morning.
Military officials claimed Abu Sayyaf senior leader Albader Parad and Abu Jumdail were among those killed during a raid conducted by combined elements of the 2nd and 3rd Marine Brigades, with support from Navy gunboats and Air Force assault aircraft, in Maimbong town. 

Regional anti-terror task force chief Brig. Gen. Rustico Guerrero was the first to claim Albader Parad, an Abu Sayyaf leader who led the abduction of three Red Cross workers last year, was among those killed. 

Other military sources also announced Abu Jumdail, also known as Dr. Abu and a brother of Umbra Jumdail, one of the core leaders of the group, was also among those killed.... MORE


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Erap trims frontrunners’ lead — The Center poll By Charlie V. Manalo 02/22/2010


Erap trims frontrunners’ lead — The Center poll


By Charlie V. Manalo

02/22/2010

A survey conducted by The Center showed former President Joseph Estrada inching closer to the two frontrunners in the May 10 presidential elections, who the result showed, are slugging it out neck-and-neck.

At the weekly Balitaan sa Tinapayan, Ed Malay, executive director of The Center presented the survey results held from Feb. 1 to 8 showing Nacionalista Party (NP) standard bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. and Liberal Party (LP) top bet Sen. Benigno Aquino III both garnering 27 percent approval from 1,800 respondents.

Estrada got 17 percent cutting down the lead of the frontrunners by only 10 percentage points from 13 points previously... MORE


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Mr. New President, meet the IMF EDITORIAL 02/22/2010


Mr. New President, meet the IMF


EDITORIAL
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02/22/2010

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is doing its job in advance by reminding the next president to toe the line in subscribing to its periodic assessments and at the same time places emphasis on so-called revenue enhancement that does not preclude an increase in taxes.

In terms of fiscal policies, the next administration would likely be tied down to the bidding of the IMF, despite the country having practically paid off all its obligations with the multilateral agency incurred during the critical period of the 1980s when the country was experiencing a political upheaval.

In its latest report on the country, the IMF said that it will be sending a fiscal assistance team to “prepare a strategy to raise the tax effort for the new government taking office in July 2010” which was committed by the Arroyo administration to another IMF team that recently visited the country.... MORE


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Loss of credibility FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 02/22/2010


Loss of credibility


FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
02/22/2010

Admit it or not, presidential surveys and their results are no longer taken seriously, mainly because of the so-called reputable survey outfits’ loss of credibility, owing to various factors, such as their not being transparent with the public on their demographics data as well as their old-style method of face to face interview, not to mention the way questions are asked by field workers who may be partisan, or worse, have been bribed to alter raw data, thus manipulating survey results.

That this was a practice then and probably now, can be gleaned from an old ratings fight between two giant networks, with both exposing the bribing ways of the networks to have their ratings rise against the other.

One network, GMA, stuck to the old TV survey firm, while ABS-CBN is now using a different research outfit for its rating score. And what do you know? GMA is still tops in the Nielsen Ratings, while ABS-CBN, with its new survey outfit, was reportedly number one, too!
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