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Gloria orders rushing of AFP deals sans bids By Mario J. Mallari 03/15/2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Gloria orders rushing of AFP deals sans bids


By Mario J. Mallari
03/15/2010

Lucrative military and defense contracts will be done through government-to-government nego-tiations to do away with biddings to expedite the implementation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program before President Arroyo steps down in June, Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales said yesterday.

He added Congress’ granting of the multi-year obligation authority (MYOA) to the Department of National Defense will jumpstart the long-dreamed-of modernization of the AFP and that Arroyo tasked him “to work for the AFP modernization in earnest.” 

“We will begin it now. We will work to immediately upgrade our armed capability,” Gonzales said.... MORE


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Erap says rights abuses show lack of political will By Gerry Baldo and Aytch S. de la Cruz 03/15/2010

Erap says rights abuses show lack of political will


By Gerry Baldo and Aytch S. de la Cruz
03/15/2010

Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino standard bearer former President Joseph Estrada scored yesterday President Arroyo’s lack of political will in addressing the numerous human rights cases that happened under her watch.

Estrada, reacting to the US State Department report on extrajudicial killings in the country, said that the report was embarrassing for the government since it reflected the lack of commitment of the incumbent administration on upholding human rights. 

“This report proved that we are correct in identifying peace and order as the top issue that the next administration must address,” Estrada said.

The US State Department report cited the Ampatuan massacre as among the human rights abuses that happened under the Arroyo administration. Human rights groups have also documented over 800 extrajudicial killings since 2001 when Arroyo took over the presidency from Estrada..... MORE


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Bishops at it again EDITORIAL 03/15/2010

Bishops at it again



EDITORIAL
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03/15/2010

Bishops are at it again, seeking to poke their noses in the political arena where the people, churchgoers and the others, have not trusted their judgment since the Edsa II power grab.

Church leaders figured prominently in that shameful event in 2001 when a democratically elected President Joseph Estrada, was unconstitutionally removed and Gloria, the most reviled president ever, was installed.

And to think that these same bishops and cardinals claimed that Gloria was God-anointed!... MORE


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‘Laying the predicate?’ FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 03/15/2010

‘Laying the predicate?’



FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
03/15/2010

As election day nears, more and more politicians, as well as ordinary citizens, have been expressing fears of a failure of elections, massive or otherwise, as well as fears of automated cheating, given that the officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have been so cavalier in dismissing the many real problems facing automated polls, including the absence of anti-fraud safeguards.

Different scenarios are possible, given the state of calamitous affairs of the Comelec and its partner, Smartmatic-TIM, as well as the usual civil society’s plot for its anointed to take the presidency — democratically elected or not.

And there is of course, the fears already expressed by the general citizenry on the holdover plans of Gloria Arroyo and her military and police generals, as a failure of the automated polls looms.... MORE


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