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Melo defends Mikey A’s party-list entry 03/25/2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Says people should decide Arroyo’s fate through the ballot

Melo defends Mikey A’s party-list entry


03/25/2010

Commission on Elections Chairman Jose Melo yesterday came to the defense of presidential son Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo’s entry into the next Congress through the party-list system, along with other known Arroyo allies running as party-list nominees, saying the decision is best left to the Filipino electorate, rather than the Comelec.
“Let the people decide. Filipinos are smart. Let the people be the judge. They cannot go wrong when the people are the ones who judge (the party-list candidates).”

Melo issued this statement after severalcamps questioned the nomination of Mikey Arroyo in the party list group Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP), along with other personalities running under the party list system, which is generally known as getting a congressional seat through the back door.

Melo stressed that even if the nominee is qualified by the Comelec, it is not a guarantee that he will gain a seat in Congress because the party lister would have to be elected and secure the required two percent of the total votes cast.... MORE


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Warm reception in Palawan elates Erap 03/25/2010

Warm reception in Palawan elates Erap


03/25/2010

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY —Former President Joseph Estrada yesterday said he was elated over the warm welcome accorded to him by the people of Palawan despite the reported endorsement of Mayor Edward Hagedorn of Bangon Pilipinas presidential bet Eduardo “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva.

“Well, it’s really heart-warming. The crowd greeted us warmly,” the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard-bearer stressed.

People lined the streets, some waving PMP posters, from the airport to the Mendoza Plaza where a short rally was held, he added. Estrada, however, said the friendship between him and Mayor Hagedorn goes beyond the realm of politics in a place where he won a landslide in 1998.... MORE


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Plotting a power grab EDITORIAL 03/25/2010

Plotting a power grab



EDITORIAL
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03/25/2010

Just as predicted, Liberal Party presidential bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and his yellows are planning a naked power grab, believing the trigger to be, either the failure of elections and poll fraud, or Gloria Arroyo’s appointment of the next Chief Justice on or before May 17, the date of the retirement of Supreme Court CJ Reynato Puno.

Aquino has made it clear that he will be calling for another Edsa “people power” should there be a poll failure, and also made it clear that he is prepared to take to the streets to protest the high court ruling vesting Gloria with the power to appoint the next CJ.

Aquino also said that he stands firm on his position in not recognizing the Gloria-appointed CJ, as he insists the high court’s ruling is wrong, and that he will have the next CJ impeached.

Evidently, he and his yellows, mostly made up of the elite civil society and believers of unconstitutional coups, are gearing for a naked power grab, as they figure that with his survey numbers dropping drastically, Noynoy will lose the elections... MORE


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The makings of a constitutional violator FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 03/25/2010

The makings of a constitutional violator



FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
03/25/2010

Noynoy Aquino is truly a different kettle of fish.

He is running for the top political seat in the land, under the 1987 Constitution, but already he and his yellow group are more than ready to violate the Charter, which incidentally, was tailor-fit for his mother, the late Cory Aquino, which Charter she herself had grossly violated and threw out of the democratic window in 2001.

Noynoy apparently believes that he is above the Constitution, and even the law, via the Supreme Court (SC) decisions and that it is his interpretation of the provisions of the Charter that is correct, and not that of the high court.... MORE


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‘Monster parents’ plague Japan’s schools FEATURE 03/25/2010

‘Monster parents’ plague Japan’s schools



FEATURE

03/25/2010

TOKYO — Breakfast for parents at day-care centers, laundry and nail-clipping done at school, a pick-up service by teachers — these are some of the requests from Japan’s so-called “monster parents.”

The increasingly outrageous demands have driven teachers’ stress levels to record heights and led the Tokyo city government to publish a handbook on tips to cope with them.

More than 60,000 teachers and other workers at Tokyo’s public schools will get a copy by the end of March in a 10-million-yen ($110,000) project.... MORE


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The difference SILVER LINING Dean Ernest Maceda 03/25/2010

The difference



SILVER LINING
Dean Ernest Maceda
03/25/2010

A congressman has announced the start of a signature campaign among House members to impeach the nine Supreme Court (SC) justices of the De Castro majority. Without intending to, the fellow has supplied yet another reason justices of the SC are treated “special” in the context of the midnight appointments ban: unlike the justices and judges of the other appellate collegial courts and the lower courts — only SC justices are liable for impeachment. This is another one of the constitutional safeguards for judicial independence, together with the establishment of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

Different minds. In deconstructing De Castro vs JBC, commentators latch on to different “pet” ratios to agree with or to treat as cassus belli. In the days and weeks to come, an avalanche of commentary, predominantly critical, will surely sustain the public debate on the merits of the decision. Healthy? Yes. When the best legal minds differ, the resultant fireworks that ignite serve only to refine articulated positions that benefits us all in the end. Dangerous? Of course. Given the pressure cooker atmosphere of the presidential campaign, every controversial decision is fodder for opportunism — from the administration (holdover and takeover scenarios), opposition (again Senator Noynoy and his brinkmanship declarations) and, as Gen. Danny Lim has reminded us, the military.... MORE


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Casiño to get DILG if Villar wins? BLURBAL THRUSTS Louie Logarta 03/25/2010

Casiño to get DILG if Villar wins?



BLURBAL THRUSTS
Louie Logarta
03/25/2010

In a little over two decades, the cellular telephone, thanks to ever-changing technological trends, has been transformed from a luxury appliance that only the rich could afford (I distinctly recall in 1987 the late Channel 9 reporter Philip Tan selling one such newfangled Hitachi to Rep. Tong Payumo of Bataan for an astounding P50,000) into an urban necessity people can hardly do without nowadays going for as cheap as P2,000 for a brand-new unit..... MORE


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Oplan ‘August Moon’ VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 03/25/2010

Oplan ‘August Moon’



VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
03/25/2010

For some time now, the so-called Oplan August Moon has been mentioned here and there — in whispers at first, but in the open these days. In substance, the surreptitious desire supported by a pursuant clandestine design appears to have something to do with someone decided in holding on to supreme power together with the latter’s subservient followers, grasping at all possible ways and eyeing 11 available means to continue the already long joyride of ruling and to remain at the lofty top of an over-expensive reign, with the good of ordinary folks as their proclaimed cause and the welfare people as their comfortable excuse. And why not?

Why not if there is addiction to power?... MORE


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Is ABS-CBN anti-Loren? C.R.O.S.S.R.O.A.D.S Jonathan De la Cruz 03/25/2010

Is ABS-CBN anti-Loren?



C.R.O.S.S.R.O.A.D.S
Jonathan De la Cruz
03/25/2010

Last Sunday, I received a lot of text messages immediately after the ABS-CBN sponsored Harapan debates featuring the various vice presidential candidates. Most were elated that finally a program featuring these candidates, one of whom will just be a heartbeat away from the presidency after the May 10 elections, was undertaken. In any event, it was indeed a good opportunity for the public to take a look at the candidates and get introduced to the new polling item used — the pulse meter reader — which got instant reaction from a chosen live audience in the media group’s various stations nationwide. And there’s the rub, if we go by the messages. Most of those who texted lamented the seeming bias not only of the host, Ted Failon, and the network itself. They noted that it seemed the media giant was biased against its own earlier stars, such as Sen. Loren Legarda. I asked why and the tell tale signs flowed.

Tell tale signs of bias. First, the text messagers noted that the cameras almost always caught Legarda in some uncharacteristic, seemingly problematic position
.... MORE


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