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CJ betsa delisting nears 03/23/2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CJ betsa delisting nears


Senior Supreme Court (SC) Justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio Morales, two magistrates who had accepted the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC)’s nominations for the top judicial post on condition that the appointing power will not be President Arroyo but the next president, are in danger of being delisted as nominees for the position of chief justice, following the mandatory retirement of Chief Justice Reynato Puno on May 17, 2010.

This was bared yesterday by Justice Secretary Alberto Agra, who is a member of the JBC by virtue of his position as Department of Justice Secretary.

During a press conference yesterday, Agra said he plans to suggest to the other JBC members to get a clarification from Justices Carpio and Carpio-Morales, if they still stand by their position of accepting the nomination only if it is not Arroyo who will be appointing the next CJ..... MORE

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Erap reminds Noynoy on Cory pardons By Jason Faustino 03/23/2010

Erap reminds Noynoy on Cory pardons

By Jason Faustino

Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard bearer former President Joseph Estrada reminded Liberal Party presidential bet Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III that his mother, the late former President Corazon Aquino, freed Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison and other rebel leaders in reference to a statement of Aquino that he was not in favor of the pardon President Arroyo gave Estrada after he was convicted of plunder.

In a short rebuttal to the alleged  remark of Aquino, Estrada said former President Aquino also issued pardons to Sison, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari and New People’s Army (NPA) leader Bernabe Buscayno or Kumander Dante during her term.

Estrada then criticized the prevailing problem with communist rebels in the country. MORE

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Junking the post-poll scenarios EDITORIAL 03/23/2010

Junking the post-poll scenarios

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Even if a new Senate president is elected before June 30, 2010, purportedly to stave off a junta by having a legitimate constitutional successor to vacancies created in the offices of the President and Vice President, due to a failure of elections, there really is nothing that a new Senate president, as the acting president, can do to stop the junta from being established. This was already proved in 1972, when then President Ferdinand Marcos staged a Palace-military coup and reinstalled himself as President under a martial law regime.

The military, as well as the police force, can be called to action by Gloria, as their still Commander in Chief to prevent or suppress lawless violence, and this can come about should the automated polls fail. But to establish a junta is another thing altogether, mainly because even if elections fail, the fact remains that Gloria will still be the Malacañang occupant until June 30, 2010, Noli de Castro will still be the Vice President until June 30, 2010, Juan Ponce Enrile will still be Senate President and Prospero Nograles will still be the Speaker until June 30, 2010.

Stated differently, there will be no leadership vacuum as far as constitutional succession goes, simply because all these constitutional successors will be in place — at least until June 30, 2010..... MORE

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Un-Islamic FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 03/23/2010


Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Just as there is no solid Catholic vote, so too, is there no solid Muslim vote.

But like the Catholic bishops who meddle in political affairs, so too do the Muslim religious leaders, or Immans, meddle in politics, with these leaders issuing a "fatwa" on former President Joseph Estrada, Sen. Mar Roxas and former Sen. Franklin Drilon.

Yet that fatwa issued is clearly partisan, in the sense that these Muslim religious leaders issued such on account of (a) Erap’s 2000 all-out war against the Muslim secessionists, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and (b) Roxas and Drilon’s opposition to the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MoA-AD) which, if it had not been struck down by the high court, would have carved up the Republic and handed over to the MILF a sizable chunk of the Philippines, including lands populated by Christian settlers, apart from giving in to the Moro rebels their move to establish an independent Islamic state, within the Philippine state.

What these Muslim religious leaders are mouthing, in issuing the fatwa, is what the MILF is demanding, which make these Islamic leaders highly partisan toward the MILF, and not necessarily toward the entire Muslim community in the country..... MORE

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Heard on the grapevine: Uruguay is wine world’s rising star FEATURE 03/23/2010

Heard on the grapevine: Uruguay is wine world's rising star



MONTEVIDEO — Argentina has its Malbec. Chile has its Carmenere. Now Uruguay, not to be out-muscled by its more famous wine-producing neighbors, is taking the world of viticulture by storm, with its distinctive Tannat wines.

Uruguay, the fourth most important wine-producing country in South America, grows a variety of grapes, but none more celebrated than Tannat, which is fueling this tiny country’s rise to prominence in the wine world.

Over the years Tannat has come to be seen as the quintessential Uruguayan grape and wine, representing about 40 percent of the country’s entire wine production.

Now bold and full-bodied Tannat wines are putting upstart Uruguay on the map, and winning prizes against competition fronted by more established regional rivals..... MORE

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The greater sin NO HOLDS BARRED Armida Siguion-Reyna 03/23/2010

The greater sin

Armida Siguion-Reyna

On Facebook, just yesterday morning: A young boy, at most three years old, humps his mother frontally, and when she turns on her side, humps her again from behind, then stops but only long enough to follow an older female voice’s off-scene instruction for him to take out his penis and try inserting it. This, while adult laughter is heard in the background.

The video has mercifully been stricken off the popular social networking site and YouTube "due to terms of use violation," a phrase I can’t really say I understand.

But what I had seen stunned me, to say the least. The boy had either been allowed to watch his parents have sex or was taught by the adults around him to simulate sex, and then captured on video. Gross doesn’t define it well enough..... MORE

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When bipartisanship means surrender AN OUTSIDERS VIEW Ken Fuller 03/23/2010

When bipartisanship means surrender

Ken Fuller

Paul Krugman had an interesting opinion piece in the New York Times last month ("The Bankruptcy Boys," Feb. 22) in which he argued that conservative Republicanism, while virulently opposed to "big government," lacks the courage to grasp the opportunity before it. This, says Krugman, is due to the fact that the big-spending government programs — Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — have, understandably, significant public support.

The neocon strategy since the late 1970s has been one of "starving the beast" — pushing popular tax-cuts which create or contribute to a fiscal deficit and then arguing that spending-cuts were required to cure it. Now that "Bush-era tax cuts (and Bush-era unfunded wars)" have created a deficit that will outlive the current recession, the neocons have their opportunity. Indeed, that opportunity was handed to them by President Obama with his call for a bipartisan deficit commission..... MORE

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South Sudan independents rattle ex-rebels in poll campaign focus 03/23/2010

South Sudan independents rattle ex-rebels in poll campaign



BENTIU — Shouting and dancing, thousands of supporters of south Sudan’s rebel turned ruling party waited two days in the blazing sun to see their presidential candidate Salva Kiir.

"We want him to stay as president of the south," said former guerrilla fighter Peter Kwong, at the election rally for the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Bentiu, the capital of Unity state.

"He was a strong army leader who was never afraid of the fight against the north," said Kwong, referring to the 22-year long civil war that ended five years ago.

But the flag-waving supporters in the crowded stadium left deeply disappointed...

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Hell hath no fury SILVER LINING Dean Ernest Maceda 03/23/2010 Resign.

Hell hath no fury

Dean Ernest Maceda

GMA snubbed the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) graduation rites in Silang, Cavite on Wednesday. She sent DILG Secretary Ronnie Puno as her stand-in. One hundred ninety eight cadets graduated this year.

GMA was reportedly upset by PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa’s statement that he would not support any move of AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Delfin Bangit to extend her term.

But why would she resent such a statement by General Verzosa if she has no plans to extend her term as she has insisted many times? Still, reports of "Oplan August Moon" to extend her term due to a failure of elections are "in the air."

The PNPA is headed by Tingting Cojuangco, wife of Peping Cojuangco, Noynoy’s uncle, as president. With this snub, there is added reason for Tingting to now resign.

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Erap in Bulacan.

The Erap-Binay Caravan then visited Bustos, San Rafael, San Miguel, Calumpit, ending in a grand rally at Northville, Meycauayan with 8,000 hysterical supporters applauding Erap who also sang his song "Kahit" in a duet with Marissa Sanchez.

At the motorcade in Calumpit, the route took Erap to parts of Apalit, Pampanga
.... MORE

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