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Aquino starts hitting Erap By Angie M. Rosales 03/16/2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Aquino starts hitting Erap

By Angie M. Rosales

With former President Joseph Estrada’s rising numbers in the presidential race, and with his, falling rapidly, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino yesterday zeroed in on Estrada on the subject of his plunder conviction and subsequent pardon granted by President Arroyo, saying he is against any grant of pardon to convicted criminals.

The Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer yesterday said he was against Arroyo’s grant of executive cle-mency to Estra-da from his plunder case.

“I do not agree with that (Arroyo’s pardon of Estrada.) I do not agree either with the pardon granted to those convicted of killing my father (former Sen. Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr.) and other pardons issued by the present administration (to other convicts), I do not agree with that,” he said during an interview in a morning television program.

His father, however, was also convicted of murder during the martial law years under then President Ferdinand Marcos. He was still a murder convict when he was slain.... MORE

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Katribu Sends Report to UN Rights Body on Morong 43 by Sloan Ramos

Katribu Sends Report to UN Rights Body on Morong 43 

Published on March 15, 2010

 BAGUIO CITY – The Katribu Partylist sent a report to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on the continued detention of the 43 community health workers, known as the “Morong 43,” who were arrested by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, February 6.

In a press conference Wednesday, the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) announced that it has endorsed the said report. Abigail Anongos, CPA secretary general, noted that the case of the Morong 43 is a concern given that two of the detained are indigenous women, one coming from the Cordillera region, referring to Angela Manugan Doloricon, a Kankanaey from the northern town of Sagada, Mountain Province..... MORE

Keeping electorate in the dark EDITORIAL 03/16/2010

Keeping electorate in the dark

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That something really fishy is going on between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners and Smartmatic is hardly in doubt.

There is no question that, from the start, the poll commission has been bending over backwards to accommodate Smartmatic, despite the many corner-cuttings Comelec and its partner have done, which was already pretty fishy. 

This time around, however, a report has come out to state that too many changes in the partnership have occurred, without either the Comelec or Smartmatic making this public, thus deliberately keeping the public in the dark.... MORE

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Pseudo opposition bets FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 03/16/2010

Pseudo opposition bets

Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Presidential and vice presidential candidates love to project themselves as opposition or “independent” candidates, even when clearly, they were hardly that, from 1998 to 2005, with some even allied with the administration up till 2009.

It should be asked: They are in opposition to whom, Gloria Arroyo and her administration?
But the facts show that they — Noynoy Aquino, Manny Villar, Mar Roxas, Loren Legarda and Ralph Recto, among others, were hardly in opposition to Gloria Arroyo. 

In 2000, Villar, Aquino, Legarda and even Senators Francis Pangilinan and Franklin Drilon were certainly not in opposition to Gloria, since they not only moved unconstitutionally, to have then sitting President Joseph Estrada tried in the Senate but also stage-managed a coup d’etat against him when it was clear that they wouldn’t be able to get the numbers to convict Estrada.... MORE

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