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Erap confident of victory in May By Gerry Baldo 04/28/2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Erap confident of victory in May



By Gerry Baldo
04/28/2010

MAUBAN, Quezon — Despite the downtrend in the survey ratings, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard bearer former President Joseph Estrada said that he is confident of victory in the May 10 polls.

“They’ll have the surprise of their lives,” Estrada told reporters here in an interview.

Estrada, together with PMP senatorial candidates Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and former Sanlakas Rep. JV Bautista, was mobbed by the crowd right after deplaning from a helicopter that flew them here from Manila. The float used by Estrada broke soon after the motorcade started due to the weight of those who tried to board the vehicle.
Estrada reiterated that the survey ratings are not accurate as they do not reflect the real choices of the people particularly the poor which comprise around 80 percent of the voters.

He said that the PMP is not going to do anything extraordinary in the last two weeks of the campaign because they are confident of the support of the people.

“You can see the reaction of the people, everywhere I go,” he said amid the glaring sound of his campaign jingle and the shouts of well wishers gathering around his float.... MORE 

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Noynoy psycho test II out By Mario J. Mallari 04/28/2010

LP, Ateneo belie report but Jesuit denial may also be fake

Noynoy psycho test II out


By Mario J. Mallari
04/28/2010

A volunteer for Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar yesterday bared a supposed “original” psychiatric evaluation of Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III that found him suffering from “deep depression and melancholia.”

At a press conference in Quezon City, Guido Delgado, who openly admitted he is a volunteer for Villar, released to the media a seven-page alleged “Psychiatric Evaluation” of Aquino signed by Fr. Jaime Bulatao, S.J., a psychiatrist in Ateneo University, along with a compact disc, containing the manner by which the alleged original documents were obtained.

Aquino’s media content manager, Leah Navarro, in her facebook site, came up with a denial allegedly coming from Bulatao, saying that “It has come to my attention that an unverified ‘psychiatric evaluation’ allegedly signed by me in 1979 about the mental condition of Sen. Benigno C. Aquino lll is currently circulating in the news. I categorically deny having written and signed the report,” and was signed above the word “professor” Psychology department, even as the signature in the denial letter differed greatly from the signature in the evaluation report as well as the Bulatao signature in a certifcate taken from The Philippine Guidance and Personnel Association’s certification of attendance, where the Jesuit signed as president.... MORE  

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100428hed1.html


Rivals: Manual count Noynoy’s trending tool 04/28/2010

Rivals: Manual count Noynoy’s trending tool


04/28/2010

The manual parallel count proposed by business and civic groups which are known supporters of the Liberal Party (LP) is being pushed mainly to benefit the LP presidential bet Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, LP’s rival political groups charged yesterday.

Nacionalista Party senatorial candidate Gilbert Remulla said the Makati Business Club’s (MBC) proposal is susceptible to cheating much like what happened in the 2004 elections, which was said to have been rigged in favor of President Arroyo.
Remulla added the people who engineered the defeat of opposition bet Fernando Poe Jr. then and those who railroaded the proclamation of President Arroyo in 2004 are now in the fold of the LP.
Incidentally, it was also the LP headed by Aquino himself who was pushing for the proposal..... MORE



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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100428hed4.html

DENR raises concern over state of RP food supply 04/28/2010

DENR raises concern over state of RP food supply


04/28/2010

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has expressed alarm over the country’s food security, saying that providing staple food on the table is fast becoming a hard task for Filipinos, not because of the supply, but more due to the ever-growing demand.

Environment Secretary Horacio Ramos said the government is scrambling to find solutions to the impending problem of ample food production to feed the growing population.

Ramos said with the world’s human population expanding ever so rapidly, food security is becoming a priority concern for governments all over the world.

The Philippine archipelago is inhabited by approximately 100 million people and is projected to hit 120 million in 10 years time. Scientists say that this is beyond the carrying capacity of our land mass and will put extreme stress on the country’s fragile environment.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20100428nat6.html


Ex-Batangas Gov. Sanchez dies 04/28/2010

Ex-Batangas Gov. Sanchez dies


04/28/2010
Former Batangas Gov. Armando Sanchez has died in hospital a day after collapsing due to heat stroke while campaigning in Lipa City, Batangas, his political camp said yesterday afternoon.

His legal counsel and spokesman, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio said Sanchez succumbed to cardio pulmonary arrest around 7:20 p.m., according to his attending physician.
On Monday afternoon Sanchez was rushed to a private hospital when he collapsed while campaigning at a basketball court in Lipa City.
Later on that day Topacio told newsmen that a doctor at the Mary Mediatrix Center in Lipa City said the heavy-built former governor was in stable condition.... MORE  


Then and now EDITORIAL 04/28/2010

Then and now



EDITORIAL
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04/28/2010

Another psychiatric report on Sen. Noynoy Aquino, Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer, has surfaced, but this time around, the report was not leaked out to one particular media entity, but to all, through a press conference held yesterday.
This time around too, the report appears more credible in that the report was supposedly signed by a noted psychologist, or psychiatrist, Fr. Jaime Bulatao of Ateneo de Manila University — complete with a physical examination and a psychiatric evaluation that differed vastly in form — in comparison with the “fake psychiatric report” quickly aired by ABS-CBN with instant denials yet — which made it seeem more credible too, as medical records go.

Noted was that the report was typewritten from a typewriter, whereas the first psycho report on Noynoy, in essay form, was obviously done through a computer.

It should be noted that in the late ’70s, computers were not in vogue in this country. Typewriters were still being used. The report was signed by the Jesuit psychiatrist in 1979, again making this report credible in its face.... MORE  

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  URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20100428com1.html


Neat trick, that FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 04/28/2010

Neat trick, that



FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
04/28/2010
Not surprisingly, the Liberal Party (LP) camp quickly dismissed the psychiatric report on its bet, Noynoy Aquino, harking back to the first psycho report that was clearly a fake one, and also saying that all this is black propaganda.

But with the surfacing of this new psychiatric report, noted to have been signed by a genuine psychiatrist and psychologist, Fr. Jaime Bulatao, SJ., of the Ateneo, something does smell fishy from the camp of Aquino, in coordination with its biggest media supporter, ABS-CBN.
Controversy followed the airing of the clearly fake psycho evaluation of Noynoy, in that it was clearly a fake report, yet ABS-CBN quickly aired it, then claimed the fake report came from two sources from the Nacionalista Party (NP) camp.

To this day, the network has refused to identify the sources of this fake report, even when the NP leaders gave their clearance to have ABS-CBN identify the NP sources.

But think about it: Why would the NP sources give out a clearly fake psycho report on Noynoy for airing when they must have known that this would easily be debunked?... MORE  

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20100428com2.html



Former Nazi camps keep memories alive, 65 years on FEATURE 04/28/2010

Former Nazi camps keep memories alive, 65 years on



FEATURE

04/28/2010

ORANIENBURG — Peter Josep Snep still talks at schools about the horrors he experienced at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, but 65 years after its liberation he is one of a dwindling number of survivors.

“The schoolteachers tell me that normally the kids won’t keep still for five minutes,” the frail 89-year-old Dutchman says. “When I tell them my story, they don’t make a peep for an hour.”

Although not an extermination camp devoted to murder on an industrial scale, all of which were outside Germany in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, concentration camps such as Sachsenhausen were still places of unspeakable horror.

Just north of Berlin, it covered an area the size of 800 football pitches, imprisoning 200,000 persons, real or imagined opponents of Nazism from within Germany and all over Europe, between 1936 and 1945..... MORE  

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20100428com3.html


Manual vs automated HE SAYS Aldrin Cardon 04/28/2010

Manual vs automated



HE SAYS
Aldrin Cardon
04/28/2010
There’s no contest, really. An automated election, and an honest one at that, would beat manual counting, which is always susceptible to fraud, anytime.

I remember in 2004, when our most recent polls, not yet into Garci then as the manual counting was still dragging on, with the people swearing each time Kiko Pangilinan “noted” protests coming from Fernando Poe’s lawyers, and the Philippine Electoral Tribunal acting like Gloria Arroyo’s agents, which later turned out true when the Garci recordings surfaced, and more claims of cheating confirmed by military generals themselves, that I took notice of India, which held its general elections at almost the same time as ours. 

Only that the Hindus and the country, which is the world’s largest democracy and a republic, knew the results of the choice for the Lok Sabha, or “House of the People,” in a little over 24 hours, while ours dragged on as Palace operators looked for ways to justify an Arroyo victory, which was completed via Virgilo Garcillano, and in many ways through the Ampatuan arteries, not counting the alleyways provided by many more local leaders who benefited from an Arroyo presidency, but most of whom are now jumping fences, either joining Noynoy Aquino or Manny Villar, that make their claims to the true oppositionist’s tag a total farce.... MORE  

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20100428com4.html



Man vs automation SHE SAYS Dinah S. Ventura 04/28/2010

Man vs automation



SHE SAYS
Dinah S. Ventura
04/28/2010
Elections are almost upon us. You can tell from the frenzied campaigning going on at almost every level — national to barangay.

The streets are littered with the usual flyers and posters falling from their tenuous perch on posts and trees. Electrical wires look even uglier with the added burden of the same smiling faces of well-fed political hopefuls. When you look up, you might wonder when April went by as the May-time feel is evoked too early by banners strung like fiesta banderitas. And if you’re unlucky, your quiet Sunday morning might be jolted by blaring horns and campaign ditties pretending to be hit music.
Election season is never enjoyable except for those who are part of it. Ordinary folks going about their daily business have learned not to get caught up in the furor and frenzy. They know that something akin to an imaginary world is created in these campaign periods. The candidates strive to convince voters by exaggerating reality and using every means possible to gain advantage over their competitors. They create scenarios and vistas based on even the smallest, simplest fact and build it up as something great and inspirational..... MORE  

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20100428com5.html


Child abuse in the Catholic Church: Why Ireland kept quiet focus 04/28/2010

Child abuse in the Catholic Church: Why Ireland kept quiet



focus

04/28/2010

DUBLIN — The extent of the unimaginable sexual and physical abuse suffered by thousands of children in Catholic-run institutions in Ireland is becoming clear, but why did it remain secret for so long?

Academics and victims say that the Church itself as well as police, teachers and even victims’ families all helped maintain the veil of secrecy.

This was because of the huge authority wielded by the Church in Ireland which meant that some parents actually blamed children for bringing abuse on themselves.

Until the early 1990s, “it was simply impossible to challenge the Church,” said Kevin Lalor, head of the School of Social Sciences and Law at the Dublin Institute of Technology.... MORE  

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20100428com6.html


Let God give them visas, prays Uganda’s passport pastor focus 04/28/2010

Let God give them visas, prays Uganda’s passport pastor



focus

04/28/2010

KAMPALA — A Ugandan Pentecostal pastor who blesses his congregants’ passports to help them get visas for the industrialized world first became fascinated by rich nations thanks to McDonald’s and Burger King.

“The thing is that whenever somebody goes abroad, things change. You go abroad when you are tiny-teeny, and you begin eating fast food and you gain weight,” Joshua Magezi told AFP on a bench outside his church in a dingy Kampala suburb.

At Magezi’s church, a box-like structure of wooden planks and iron sheets, the faithful are encouraged to bring their passports each Sunday so the pastor, through prayer, can expedite their visa applications.

“‘Go in power in the name of Jesus. Find favor with the counselor. Let all your paperwork work out in Jesus’ name.’ That is the usual prayer,” he said..... MORE  

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20100428com7.html


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