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Palace hints at junta gov’t with failed polls By Aytch S. de la Cruz 03/20/2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

‘Chaotic situation to compel military to take over’ 

Palace hints at junta gov’t with failed polls

By Aytch S. de la Cruz

Malacañang yesterday strongly hinted at a military takeover with the establishment of a junta government should there be a massive failure of automated elections scheduled in May 2010.

Deputy spokesman Charito Planas indicated the possibility of the creation of a military junta arising from a massive failure of elections which could take place if the Commission on Elections (Comelec) falls short on its preparations for the May polls owing to various elements deemed contributory to such fears.

Planas said by virtue of the 1987 Constitution, a chaotic situation may force the military to take over the government in the event of a failure of the nation to elect a new set of leaders in May...... MORE

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‘JEEP Ni Erap’ vows to deliver .5M votes 03/20/2010

‘JEEP Ni Erap’ vows to deliver .5M votes

The campaign of former President Joseph Estrada got a big boost as more than 150 leaders of “JEEP Ni Erap,” a grassroots-based citizen’s movement for “justice, economy, environment and peace,” gathered yesterday in Greenhills, San Juan City to reiterate their commitment to the standard-bearer of the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

According to JEEP chairman Horacio Morales, at least 150 leaders of their group and 500,000 of their members have expressed their support to Estrada’s presidential bid.

“JEEP Ni Erap” was greatly responsible for Estrada’s victory in 1998.

Morales said Estrada could get 30 percent of the vote if the 6-percent increase in the surveys continues..... MORE

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The real score EDITORIAL 03/20/2010

The real score

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If those who protest against the Supreme Court ruling saying that the incumbent can appoint the new Chief Justice -- arising from the expected vacancy due to the retirement of CJ Reynato Puno -- think they can, through their antics, get the SC to reverse the ruling, they may just have to have another think coming. Their ploy just won’t work.

It must be asked, however, why these groups — mostly identified as supporters of Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Sen. Noynoy Aquino — protest too much, even to the point of saying that the high court amended the Constitution through this ruling, when they, in 2001, praised the tribunal to high heavens when the high court clearly amended the Constitution by issuing a ruling claiming that ousted President Joseph Estrada was deemed to have “constructively resigned,” based on an unauthenticated diary of his final hours, in newsclipping form yet and written by a third person..... MORE

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‘The destroyers’ FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 03/20/2010

The destroyers’

Ninez Cacho-Olivares

A group, calling itself a Supreme Court watchdog, protesting the ruling of the high court allowing Gloria Arroyo to appoint the replacement of Chief Justice, called on the presidential candidates to sign a covenant that in essence seeks their non-recognition of the Gloria-appointed CJ.
This is obviously a group, made up of the frigging yellow civil socialites, supporting Liberal Party bet Noynoy Aquino.

Out of all the presidential candidates, it is only Noynoy who not only has come out openly against a CJ appointed by Gloria, but has also vowed not to recognize any CJ appointed by her, even threatening to fire a new CJ appointed by Gloria while warning the rest of the justices not to recognize the new CJ, or else they too, would be fired.

While all the other presidential bets took the view that it should not be Gloria who should appoint the next CJ, none of them threatened or vowed not to recognize a Gloria appointed CJ, as Noynoy did..... MORE

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Risque sex film arouses interest in Bollywood focus 03/20/2010

Risque sex film arouses interest in Bollywood


MUMBAI — A new film that includes sex, nudity and voyeurism has caused a stir in Bollywood as the industry tries hard to shed its traditionally conservative image.

“Love Sex Aur Dhokha” (Love, Sex And Betrayal), released on Friday, explores the idea of sex in a small town in northern India, using security cameras and other devices to track the characters of three interlinked stories.

The drama and its cast of newcomers have attracted attention as a result — not least because of stills published in the Mumbai press that show one of the female characters topless and in a passionate clinch on top of a man.
But the so-called “secretly filmed” sex scene from which they were taken did not impress the censors, who cut it to just 15 seconds..... MORE

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