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‘Little boy’ preps for war DIE HARD III Herman Tiu Laurel 12/30/2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

‘Little boy’ preps for war

DIE HARD III
Herman Tiu Laurel
12/30/2011
The raggedy “little girl” doll was all-too-willing a tool in the subversion of our country’s slow but fledgling popular democratic governance. For her almost canine devotion to her masters, she was rewarded with her share of the plunder by the US and the local oligarchy for nine years. But, as that raggedy doll became worn out and torn on all sides, she was amply thrown away, replaced with a “little boy puppet.” This dummy, with a wooden smile carved into a wooden face (perplexing everyone besides himself), has a wide eyed gape like the cowboy marionette of the 1950s puppet show, Howdy Doody, coupled with the jerky motions and hobbling gait of Jim Henson’s Muppets.

The past year, this little boy’s puppeteers made him over as a “hanging judge” to end 2010 with a bang. For the New Year, they are dressing him up as the “little drummer boy” and “little tin soldier” rolled into one, hobbling off to a new adventure of patriot games — even when the future of our people, our children, and grandchildren is not something to be toyed with.

Two of my recent columns raised the alert for the heightened geopolitical tensions being drummed up in the Eurasian front, centered on Syria and Iran, and in the Asia-Pacific front, on the South China Sea issue. “A creeping World War III” and “Useful idiot’s autocratic mission” are a wake-up call to the real and present danger of having a literally insane leadership in Malacañang — installed in the 2010 “Hocus-PCOS” elections, where technical shenanigans had been established and where the key to uncovering the electoral manipulation lies in the second software sneaked in. Yes, my friends, they do go to that extent to control our elections, with US software company, Dominion Voting Systems, at the core of that discredited AES of Smartmatic.

War does not just happen. It is painstakingly planned on a long-term basis. And it is seldom done so for reasons other than money. Since wars are utterly expensive in resources and lives, these are never initiated without a clear payback in mind. We see that in every conflict initiated throughout the millennia. In the latest one in Libya, the lion’s share of that country’s oil revenues now go to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) countries, leaving mere drops for the Libyans themselves.

The assaults on Syria are aimed at Iran’s oil, which, in turn, leads to the ultimate goal — aborting China’s rise as a world power. The personal assaults on Vladimir Putin by the plethora of “opposition” groups funded by Western NGOs (like George Soros’ Open Society, the National Endowment for Democracy, and Freedom House) is meant to weaken Russian politics for the ultimate assault on its sovereignty and the weakening of the Russia-China alliance.

Meanwhile, in Asia, the Australia, New Zealand, United States Security (ANZUS) partners are aiming for the China Sea issue as the casus belli against China — this, despite perfectly sound arrangements having been forged by that emerging superpower with Asean to resolve their shared maritime territorial and resource issues through peaceful dialog and joint exploitation.

Thus, with an irrational element needing to be introduced, the likely “hero” would be a little boy blue with all his insecurities covered up by his love of guns, the company of his kabarkada cronies, all while exhibiting an incompetence that has caused the most dismal Asean growth rate the past year and presiding over troubles at home that are wreaking havoc on the nation’s institutions.

Here, the perfect chance to escape all these woes is by playing soldier and patriot, egged on by a Big Brother, who promises this little “useful idiot” a steady supply of disposed guns, warships, and planes for his war games. No surprise there really — for this little dummy now struts before his generals, declaring a shift of focus, from internal security to the defense of the realm. And as the little boy now has his toys to brandish, all it takes is to provoke an overreaction from the “enemy.”

That situation was very eruditely described in the Asia Sentinel, a prestigious Web magazine that features well-known Asian writers. In a Dec. 20 article there (“US Playing a Dangerous Asia-Pacific Game?”), Gavin Greenwood says: “On Dec. 14, Philippine President Benigno Aquino formally commissioned his country’s latest and most capable warship, a 46-year-old former US Coast Guard cutter. Renamed the Gregorio del Pilar after a young revolutionary general killed fighting American troops in 1899, the navy’s new flagship… along with many other small warships, form what military strategists like to call ‘the tip of the spear’… The significance of this ageing vessel’s deployment, however, is not its manifest inability to defend itself — let alone the Philippines — from almost any other warship afloat in the region but that such an attack could invoke the country’s 60-year-old mutual defense treaty with the US… The role of the Gregorio del Pilar may be seen as simply to remain at sea long enough to get in the way of a potential enemy — invariably seen as China — and introduce a layer of uncertainty over the consequences of any direct action against the Philippines or its state assets…

“By providing the Philippines with even the most limited means to confront an opponent at sea, backed by Clinton’s explicit signaling her government’s resolve to stand by its treaty obligation, Washington may have handed over the potential detonator for an armed confrontation with China to the crew of an elderly ship that had once borne the name of the first US Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton’s caution that ‘when the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation’…”

Such a sword — in the hands of a little tin soldier boy imbued with a growing sense of insecurity over his domestic failures and the conflicts he has spawned, who is moreover nervous and fretful of the consequences of his rapidly disintegrating governance — can certainly come in handy, with Big Brother eagerly awaiting the consequences.

(Tune in to Sulo ng Pilipino/Radyo OpinYon, Monday to Friday, 5 to 6 p.m. on 1098AM; Talk News TV with HTL, Saturday, 8:15 to 9 p.m., with replay at 11 p.m., on GNN, Destiny Cable Channel 8; visit http://newkatipunero.blogspot.com for our articles plus TV and radio archives) .... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111230com4.html

Iran vs the West: Who’ll be the first to blink?



Iran vs the West: Who’ll be the first to blink?

As tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran’s threats to block a crucial oil supply route increase, there is much speculation whether the situation will evolve into a full-scale military conflict. But could it be just a game of chicken?

The US has positioned two warships in the area where the Iranian navy has been carrying out military drills..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/iran-west-hormuz-conflict-967/

LulzXmas goes on: ‘Robin Hood hackers’ rob military retailer

LulzXmas goes on: ‘Robin Hood hackers’ rob military retailer


Hacktivists from Anonymous have allegedly gained access to thousands of passwords and credit card numbers from Specialforces.com, an online military and law enforcement equipment retailer.

­Fourteen thousand passwords and 8,000 credit card numbers were stolen several months ago and posted online right after Christmas, a statement purportedly by Anonymous on pastebin.com explained..... MORE

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URL: http://rt.com/news/military-retailer-anonymous-specialforcescom-931/

Payback for paid revolution? Egyptian police raid US NGOs (w/ Video)



Payback for paid revolution? Egyptian police raid US NGOs

Police in Cairo have today raided 17 civil society organizations as the country’s military rulers seek to find out exactly who has been funding the Egyptian revolution.

­As several of the pro-democracy and human rights groups were at the forefront of the revolution that swept through the country last January, Egyptian authorities have become increasingly interested in the foreign funding many of these groups receive..... MORE

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URL: http://rt.com/

Bloggers unite to crush SOPA

Bloggers unite to crush SOPA


The war over copyright infringement on the Internet might seem like an easy one for some members of Congress, but for supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act, Capitol Hill is about to battle it out with some big opponents: bloggers.

From micromessages warning of the dangers of the act on Twitter in under 140 characters to affectations manifested in lengthy diatribes ripe with legalese, the blogosphere is brimming with concern over what the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, will do to the Internet. While lawmakers insist that the legislation is necessary to curtail copyright infringement, some users of the Web are writing on their sites that the Internet as we know it will be brought down by the act, weblogs and all..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/sopa-web-blog-internet-847/

P-Noy’s ‘shock and awe’ operations C.R.O.S.S.R.O.A.D.S Jonathan De la Cruz 12/30/2011

P-Noy’s ‘shock and awe’ operations

C.R.O.S.S.R.O.A.D.S
Jonathan De la Cruz
12/30/2011
Those who continue to be perplexed by P-Noy’s seemingly unorthodox governance ways and practices need not fret and worry a minute longer than necessary. They should banish the thought that he is clueless about a lot of things or, worse, way off his rocker.

He knows what he is doing and will do everything possible, legal or otherwise, to achieve his goals. He is really a man of his word and will act accordingly. As Kris Aquino said, her brother P-Noy, the President, “is not like you and me.” And not just because he is the highest elected official of the land. But, perhaps more importantly, because he has the courage of his convictions.
.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111230com5.html

CJ seeks preliminary hearing from Senate By Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo and Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 12/30/2011

PROSECUTORS BALK AT CORONA’S ‘TECHNICALITIES’

CJ seeks preliminary hearing from Senate

By Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo and Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 12/30/2011
Prosecutors may just be two steps behind Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona and his legal team when it comes down to constitutional, legal and courtroom niceties, as they appeared surprised by the latest move of the CJ’s legal team in submitting to the Senate a motion for the senator-judges to conduct a preliminary hearing on the charges filed against him.

Corona, in the seven-page motion submitted yesterday afternoon, has asked the impeachment court to hear first what he had earlier claimed to be infirmities and defects of the Articles of.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111230hed1.html

DFA pleads to over 4,000 Pinoys: Leave Syria now By Michaela P. del Callar 12/30/2011

DFA pleads to over 4,000 Pinoys: Leave Syria now

By Michaela P. del Callar 12/30/2011

Amid the dismal turnout of Filipinos joining government-organized evacuation from strife-torn Syria, the Department of Foreign Affairs again appealed to the more than 4,000 Filipinos still in the country to leave “while there is still time.”

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario expressed concern over the safety of the Filipinos due to escalating violence in the country as he assured them that the government will shoulder all repatriation expenses to Manila..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111230hed4.html

AFP claims 23 provinces liberated from NPA influence By Mario J. Mallari 12/30/2011

AFP claims 23 provinces liberated from NPA influence

By Mario J. Mallari 12/30/2011
Twenty-three provinces nationwide were liberated from the influence of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) during the first year of implementation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) anti-insurgency internal peace and security plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan.”

At a press briefing, AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said that development is next to the 23 provinces freed by the government from the influence of the NPA in 2011.

The provinces freed were Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Biliran, Cebu, Bohol, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, South Cotabato, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Cavite, Marinduque, Romblon, Guimaras, Siquijor and Northern and Southern Leyte..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111230nat5.html

NBI arrests Italian priest Tentorio’s killer By Pat C. Santos 12/30/2011

NBI arrests Italian priest Tentorio’s killer

By Pat C. Santos 12/30/2011

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested the killer of Italian missionary Faustino Tentorio in North Cotabato in an incident that happened in October 2011.

This was revealed by Department of Justice Leila de Lima yesterday after she said that the principal suspect, identified as Jimmy Ato, was arrested in his house at Sitio Mahiwakwak, Koloman Valley, Arakan, North Cotabato at around 3 a.m. by operatives of the NBI Region XII.

Ato was the subject of a massive manhunt and was ordered arrested on the strength of warrant issued by Cotabato Regional Trail Court Branch 13 on charges of destruction, arson with homicide under criminal case 2245, explained De Lima..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111230nat1.html

Caloocan receives ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping,’ entitled to get financial assistance from DILG 12/30/2011

Caloocan receives ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping,’ entitled to get financial assistance from DILG

12/30/2011
Caloocan Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri has expressed his appreciation to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) which chose the city as one of the four localities in the National Capital Region (NCR) to receive the “Seal of Good Housekeeping.”

This means the local government will be entitled to receive financial aid from the DILG via the Local Government Support Fund. The money will be used in projects concerning Millennium Development Goals and the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, according to the mayor..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111230met3.html

Makati ready for New Year’s Eve countdown; Binay appeals for donation to ‘Sendong’ victims 12/30/2011

Makati ready for New Year’s Eve countdown; Binay appeals for donation to ‘Sendong’ victims

12/30/2011
All roads lead to Makati tomorrow (Dec. 31) for the New Year’s Eve Countdown at the corner of Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay is encouraging residents and even those from neighboring Metro Manila areas to forego the use of pyrotechnics and fireworks and instead join the “Magical, Musical Makati 2012” countdown.

“It’s a safer way to welcome the New Year and we have the chance to extend help to the victims of tropical storm ‘Sendong,’” Binay said..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111230met2.html

A thing of the past FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 12/29/2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A thing of the past

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
12/29/2011
Coups are a thing of the past. So are people power revolts.

But if Noynoy’s yellow army thinks it has the Filipino people on its side in its threat to do an “Occupy SC” a la Occupy Wall Sreet in the United States, in Noynoy’s move to ensure the ouster of the CJ and get his way with the high court, he and his yellow army should have another think coming to them.

But say they can stage yet another revolt to oust the CJ in the event he is acquitted by the Senate, just what is the alternative? Appointing Justice Antonio Carpio or even Justice Lourdes Sereno, or a still unknown outsider as the next chief justice?.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111229com2.html

What sucks I.N.S.I.D.E . C.O.N.G.R.E.S.S Charlie Manalo 12/29/2011

What sucks

I.N.S.I.D.E . C.O.N.G.R.E.S.S
Charlie Manalo
12/29/2011
While Globe Telecom prides itself with having provided student council President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino the very first Philippine-issued iPhone 4S, I join the rest of the Globe subscribers in their misery over the poor service the network extends us.

Mid-October, I got a call from Globe informing me of its promo regarding its landline and three mbps DSL bundle which comes cheaper and much faster than my previous network service provider, PLDT which provides me with only a one mbps Internet connection. Aside from being cheaper and faster, the lady on the other end of the line told me everything, including the installation the line, the modem would come free of charge and that there would be no advance payment for the subscription..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111229com5.html

‘US violating human rights at home and abroad’ – Russian report

‘US violating human rights at home and abroad’ – Russian report


In a report released by the Foreign Ministry detailing human rights abuses around the world, the United States comes up short, cited for violations on both the domestic and foreign fronts.

The report says that the United States, on the pretext of fighting terrorism, is actually crushing the liberties and freedoms of the very individuals the security measures were intended to protect – the American people.

"The situation in the United States…is far from the ideals proclaimed in Washington," the report says. “The incumbent administration continues to apply most of the methods of controlling society and interfering in the private lives of the American people that were adopted by the special services under George Bush on the pretext of combating terror.”.... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/politics/russia-us-human-rights-nato-libya-829/

Israeli Operation Cast Lead-2 looming?



Israeli Operation Cast Lead-2 looming?



Israeli Defense Forces have confirmed they are preparing a possible large-scale attack on Gaza. The development has parallels with the Israeli Operation Cast Lead, which claimed about 1,400 Palestinian lives back in 2008, named a massacre by Gazans.

"We are preparing and in fact are ready for another campaign, which will be varied and different, to renew our deterrence, if we are called on to restore full quiet to the communities [in the south]," one of the IDF’s military commanders Brigade General Tal Hermoni was quoted by Haaretz newspaper as saying..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/israel-palestine-operation-military-889/

Chavez discusses America's hottest export: cancer

Chavez discusses America's hottest export: cancer


America has troops on the ready outside North Korea, has spy drones stationed to enter Iran and has God knows how many other secrets up its sleeves. What else could the US be up to? If you ask Hugo Chavez, it’s cancer.

The creation and spreading of cancer over Latin American leaders.

That’s what Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday this week while addressing troops at a military base, a speech that was televised across the country. Speaking only a day after Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was diagnosed with the disease, Chavez suggested — and he stressed, he only suggested — that the toll of neighboring leaders diagnose with cancer seems almost too odd to be true..... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/chavez-cancer-care-troops-867/

How much can a panda bear? BBC in Twitstorm

How much can a panda bear? BBC in Twitstorm

They say there is a thin line between love and hate. It turns out that this rule is true for the fluffiest and most adorable animals there are. Who would have thought a wave of online hate campaign could be directed at a panda?

­The same panda whose arrival was so over-publicized in the British media for almost a year.

From the beginning of the UK-China negotiations on a panda loan for the Edinburgh Zoo to its actual arrival, on a plane piloted by kilt-wearing pilots. All in the honor of the two pandas – Sweetie (or Tian Tian) and her male friend Sunshine (Yang Guang)..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/panda-bbc-twitter-scandal-913/

Thank God for good people VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 12/29/2011

Thank God for good people

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
12/29/2011
The supranatural yet historical birth of Christ, brings to fore certain signal truths, some of which are the following: He found it proper and acceptable to become a human. He also deemed it right and necessary to teach human beings the good to be done as well as the evil to be avoided. He ultimately considered it appropriate that He suffered, died and arose from death for the redemption of humanity as a whole — irrespective of their race, color and creed. All these wonderful and gratifying realities are in favor of all men, women and children the world over — the Filipinos in particular, majority of whom believe in Christ as someone no less than their divine Teacher and holy Redeemer..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111229com6.html

Senate crosses the Rubicon EDITORIAL 12/28/2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Senate crosses the Rubicon

EDITORIAL
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12/28/2011
If ever pressure bears on the Senate jurors in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, it would be on considerations that they would be key to averting a constitutional crisis as a result of Noynoy’s expressed disinclination on following decisions of the Supreme Court (SC) that do not suit him.

With the high court now is a petition from Vicente Millora, a former head of the lawyers group Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), seeking to prevent the Senate court from hearing the complaint. While the Senate is expected to follow the tribunal’s ruling on this, Noynoy, however, would not likely respect a ruling that would stop his self-imposed crusade to oust Corona whom he considers to be a tentacle of his nemesis former President Arroyo..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111228com1.html

North Korea bids farewell to Kim Jong-il (Video, Photos)




North Korea bids farewell to Kim Jong-il (Video, Photos)

North Korea held the first day of funeral ceremonies for its late leader Kim Jong-il, who died on December 17, leaving a great deal of uncertainty over the future of the communist state.

A grieving crowd gathered outside the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in central Pyongyang, where “the Dear Leader’s” body has been lying in state in an open glass coffin.

It is believed that a heart attack could have caused his death. However, North Korean officials claim that Kim Jong-il died of “fatigue and over-work” while on a train journey..... MORE

 

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/kim-jong-il-funeral-787/

CIA’s daily menu: 5 mln foreign tweets!

CIA’s daily menu: 5 mln foreign tweets!

 It has been a while since the US Central Intelligence Agency admitted it keeps an eye on everything that appears on Facebook and Twitter. A new report now says the CIA “vengeful librarians” have to follow up to 5,000,000 foreign tweets a day.

­In November, the CIA acknowledged a full monitoring of social networks. Almost two-thirds of intelligence reports made by the CIA for Washington now come from analysts monitoring millions of individual messages sent worldwide, says the Associated Press..... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/twitter-facebook-cia-watches-743/

Congressmen's incomes triple while America gets poorer

Congressmen's incomes triple while America gets poorer

 
If you feel like Congress fat cats can’t relate to their fellow Americans anymore, the truth behind the matter might just be that they can’t.

While Americans have seen a recession ravage savings accounts, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have only gotten richer.

Between the US Senate and House of Representatives, the median net worth for a member of Congress is around $913,000, reports The New York Times.... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/wealth-congress-lawmakers-poor-759/

Desperate vet pawns his Purple Heart

Desperate vet pawns his Purple Heart


Beneath discarded DVD players and antiquated bass guitars sits in a peculiar item at in a Holland, Michigan pawn shop. An Afghanistan War veteran walked into the A-Z Outlet last month, handed the proprietor his Purple Heart and left with cash.

Bryan VandenBosch, owner of the East Michigan consignment shop, says the man had the same story that every other client comes in with. “He was short on funds,” he tells the Holland Sentinel.

The soldier, who has not been identified, came into VandenBosch’s shop just shy of Thanksgiving this year in need of some holiday cash..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/purple-heart-veteran-sentinel-465/

Ilang ‘Bakit’ sa Mundo

Ilang ‘Bakit’ sa Mundo


Ni Sonny Mallari
Bulatlat.com
I
Bakit ba nagpapakodak pa ang tao
samantalang hindi na niya ito makikita
kapag nawala na siya sa mundo?
Para sa alaala ng daigdig na dati niyang isinusuka
sa kalupitan at kawalang katarungan.
“Requiéscant in pace”.
II
Bakit patuloy lang si Mang Juan
sa pagbabanat ng buto sa kanyang katawang de relo
kapalit ng ilang piso para bukas ay muli siyang busabos?
.... MORE

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URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/11/25/ilang-%E2%80%98bakit%E2%80%99-sa-mundo/

Group asks DSWD: Why focus on CCT amid disasters? By Mario F. Fetalino Jr. 12/28/2011

Group asks DSWD: Why focus on CCT amid disasters?

By Mario F. Fetalino Jr. 12/28/2011

A watchdog on public finances heavily criticized the social welfare department’s budget giving a lion’s share to the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program in its budget despite the forecast of more killer typhoons to enter the country next year.

Marivic Raquiza, co-convenor of Social Watch Philippines which organized the Alternative Budget Initiative (ABI), said a scrutiny of Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) appro-priations for 2012 showed 80 percent of the agency’s P49.359 billion 2012 budget has been allotted for the CCT program, while all other programs including those to assist victims of cala-mities have to split the remaining 20 percent or P9.914 billion.

In particular, the budget for disaster victims of P48.043 million is less than one-tenth of one percent of the total DSWD budget, Raquiza said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111228hed3.html

Prosecutors seek CJ’s leave of absence By Benjamin B. Pulta and Gerry Baldo 12/28/2011

SC TO TACKLE ANTI-IMPEACH SUITS

Prosecutors seek CJ’s leave of absence

By Benjamin B. Pulta and Gerry Baldo 12/28/2011

Prosecutors are now calling on Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona to take a leave of absence following the decision of the high court to tackle the validity of the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives.

Already, in Corona’s reply to the House, the issue of the process of verification of 188 congressmen who signed the impeachment complaint in less than two hours was questioned as verifications follow certain rules.

Four petitions challenging the validity of the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives against the Chief Justice have been calendared in the agenda for the court’s first en banc session next year, Court Administrator Midas Marquez said yesterday ..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111228hed1.html

P.5M bounty out for Palparan arrest By Benjamin B. Pulta 12/28/2011

P.5M bounty out for Palparan arrest

By Benjamin B. Pulta 12/28/2011

The government has put up a bounty of half a million pesos for the capture of fugitive former Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan and one of his men who remain at large in connection with the pending criminal charges against them for the abduction of two student-activists.

In text messages sent to newsmen, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the P500,000 reward has been approved by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Palparan and retired M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, who are co-accused in the abduction charges, have thus far eluded arrest..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111228hed6.html

DILG orders BFP to conduct probe on firecracker firms 12/28/2011

DILG orders BFP to conduct probe on firecracker firms

12/28/2011
With barely a week before the New Year’s eve revelry, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo on Monday directed the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to immediately conduct fire safety inspection on all establishments in the country dealing with the manufacture, distribution and sale of firecrackers and other pyrotechnics.

In a directive to BFP officer-in-charge F/Supt. Samuel Perez, Robredo instructed the acting fire chief to deploy all regional and field units to inspect establishments and stores that are peddling, distributing and manufacturing firecrackers in their respective areas of jurisdiction..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111228nat5.html

Police clear ex-cage star’s son in murder case By Charlie V. Manalo 12/28/2011

Police clear ex-cage star’s son in murder case

By Charlie V. Manalo 12/28/2011
Zambales police have cleared most of the suspects in a murder case involving a surfing instructor and the son of basketball legend Ramon Fernandez, prompting the family of the victim to appeal to government authorities for assistance in solving the case.

Glecy Talabis said her youngest son, Dante “Deejay” Talabis Jr., 31, was beaten up to death by still unidentified persons on a beach in Sitio Limliman, San Felipe last Dec. 23.

The victim’s mother said local police have picked up for questioning four persons who were with the victim during a bonfire campout that turned bloody when her son was mauled..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111228nat1.html

Miriam calls for institutionalization of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse program 12/28/2011

Miriam calls for institutionalization of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse program

12/28/2011
A bill that calls for the institutionalization of a national alcohol tobacco and drug abuse program in all high schools and colleges in the country has been filed in the Senate.

In a statement, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, author of Senate Bill 3085, said the bill would provide the necessary actions to be taken after a student is found to be using drugs, cigarettes or alcohol.

The bill intends to ensure that all schools would have the competence to “save the child” through interventions provided by professionals, Santiago added..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111228met3.html

Jilted lover vents anger on woman’s daughter, 11 By Arlie O. Calalo 12/28/2011

Jilted lover vents anger on woman’s daughter, 11

By Arlie O. Calalo 12/28/2011

Caloocan City policemen arrested yesterday a man who allegedly vented his ire on an 11-year-old girl by raping and killing her after her mother he was courting jilted him.

Placed behind bars was the jilted lover identified as Gerry Villano, 25, factory worker and resident of Barangay 178, Camarin, Caloocan City, police chief Senior Supt. Jude Wilson Santos said.

The relatives of Louise Ann Maceda, a Grade 6 student and resident of the area where the suspect also lived, cried as they condemned the dastardly act Villano did to the innocent victim..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111228met1.html

Let the circus begin EDITORIAL 12/27/2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Let the circus begin

EDITORIAL
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12/27/2011
The impeachment trial of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona at the Senate court is being anticipated by Filipinos similar to the great expectations they have for the next telenovela series.

The similar proceedings conducted on former President Joseph Estrada, that became an almost daily fare, provides a good guidepost on the trial process.

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, however, said that while there would be a lot of similarity between the impeachment process of Estrada and Corona, the Senate has learned a lot, and many of the jurors in the Senate court against Estrada will be seated in the Corona trial, and would be wiser this time around, particularly in making sure that the process is seen to its logical conclusion..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111227com1.html

'2012: What’s in Store...’

'2012: What’s in Store...’


The Private Global Power Elite embedded in major governments is dead set on imposing World Government on us sooner rather than later. Let’s look at 12 mega-processes – veritable “Triggers” – that we infer they are using to achieve their goals.

­All roads lead to World Government.  This should come as no surprise.  London’s Financial Times openly articulated this view in an article by their chief foreign affairs commentator, Gideon Rachman, published on 8 December 2009, whose title said it all: “And Now for a World Government.” These goals are echoed by the Trilateral Commission, CFR and Bilderberg insiders – even by the Vatican..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/world-government-conspiracy-therory-657/

Angry geeks fire back at SOPA supporters

Angry geeks fire back at SOPA supporters 

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 Hell hath no fury like a computer nerd scorned. Activists against a legislation that will severely censor the Web are waging a war with supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act and their strength is quickly swelling in numbers.

Both Congress and the Internet have been abuzz lately with the Stop Only Piracy Act, or SOPA, a bill which will allow the US government to erect a firewall across the Web and largely limit what websites are accessible to American people. While the debates on Capitol Hill might be bit boring and are largely sponsored by the millions of lobbying dollars sent in by SOPA supporters, the Internet is offering a no-holds-barred battleground to make sure that the bill doesn’t make it to legislation..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/sopa-internet-online-web-547/

Pharmageddon: America’s bitter pill (w/ Video)



The United States has a passion for pills, being the world's biggest users of psychotropic drugs, consuming 60 per cent of them. And pharmaceutical firms are keen to keep cashing in on the multibillion-dollar market, even if it costs people's health.

America is regarded as a country with a prodigious appetite for consumption. Today, a widespread fondness for pharmaceuticals has turned the US into a nation of pill-poppers.

With over $14 billion in annual sales, antipsychotics remain the top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the US..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/us-prescription-drugs-abuse-715/

‘Confessional war the only way to divide Syrians’ (w/ Video)



.‘Confessional war the only way to divide Syrians’

Claims that armed extremists are fighting in Syria are backed by some foreign journalists working on the ground. Independent journalist Thierry Meyssan tells RT how efforts by some forces to turn the conflict into a full-scale civil war are failing.

­“It began with some armed groups entering the country, making troubles, trying to create Islamic emirates on the border with Jordan. These people recruit others to form bigger fighting groups and now they are entering in co-ordination with political opposition. And you know, in this country, there is a long history of opposition between the Baas Party and the Muslim Brotherhood. So, now there is an alliance between the Muslim Brothers and these armed groups coming from abroad,” he explained. “These groups can go everywhere, because now they have some support inside the population.”... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/war-syria-religion-people-727/

Americanisms and anachronisms AN OUTSIDERS VIEW Ken Fuller 12/27/2011

Americanisms and anachronisms

AN OUTSIDERS VIEW
Ken Fuller
12/27/2011
As it’s still the festive season, let’s return to the man credited with having created the 19th century English Christmas — but this week’s Dickens is a fictional one.

In Dan Simmons’s 2009 novel Drood, Charles Dickens, having just survived a real-life rail tragedy, meets the weird, skeletal character of the title, who turns out to be a half-Egyptian master of the occult ruling a vast empire of London’s dispossessed in Undertown, the maze of sewers, caves and crypts lying beneath the British capital.

The narrator of this tale is Wilkie Collins, real-life author and Dickens’s friend and sometime collaborator (he co-authored several of the Christmas stories with Dickens and is claimed by many to have invented the detective mystery with his novel The Moonstone). Shortly after Dickens tells Collins of his meeting with Drood, the mystery-writer’s life is changed forever as Drood and his followers, having first attempted to enlist Dickens, press Collins into writing a history of their occult practices, introducing a scarab into his skull to control him..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111227com5.html

CJ wants case dismissed, says Noy wants a rubber stamp SC By Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales 12/27/2011

NOYNOY ASKS LEGAL ADVISERS TO GIVE HIM SHORTLIST FOR CORONA’S REPLACEMENT

CJ wants case dismissed, says Noy wants a rubber stamp SC

By Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales 12/27/2011

Impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona’s case before the Senate impeachment trial has not even begun, but already President Aquino wants a shortlist for the replacement of the CJ, as though Corona has already been convicted by the Senate court.

But complying with the writ of summons issued by the Senate to respond to the charges against him, Justice Corona yesterday sought the outright dismissal of the impeachment complaint filed against him.

In his 79-page reply formally received by the Senate at 3:25 p.m., the last day of the 10-day period given him by the Senate convening as an impeachment court, Corona, through his counsels, sought the dismissal of the verified impeachment complaint “for failing to meet the requirements of the Constitution, or that the Impeachment Court enter a judgment of acquittal for all the Articles of Impeachment.”.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111227hed1.html

Prosecutors want Justice Velasco summoned By Gerry Baldo 12/27/2011

Prosecutors want Justice Velasco summoned

By Gerry Baldo 12/27/2011

The next target of impeachment by the House of Representatives appears to be senior Associate Justice Presbiterio Velasco, as the House prosecutors want him summoned to testify against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, also a prosecutor, said Justice Velasco and Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal will be included in the list of witnesses who will be summoned to testify in the Senate impeachment trial.

“I will ask the Senate to subpoena Justice Velasco to shed light on the irregularities detailed in Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s dissent regarding the promulgation of a resolution Velasco issued on Nov. 28 explaining the Court decision on the TRO (temporary restraining order) allowing President Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad,” said Colmenares in a statement..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111227hed3.html

Reward mulled for Palparan’s arrest; ‘Butcher’ sends feelers By Benjamin B. Pulta 12/27/2011

Reward mulled for Palparan’s arrest; ‘Butcher’ sends feelers

By Benjamin B. Pulta 12/27/2011

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima yesterday said she would meet with officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) today to discuss the possibility of putting up a reward for the capture of retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan who is wanted for the abduction of two student-activists in 2006.

“The man-hunt is ongoing because sur-render has not materialized yet. There are sur-render feelers but there was no indication of the exact date as to when he is going to surrender other than that we cannot give you the details,” she added.

De Lima said whoever is providing shelter for Palparan will face liability under the law..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111227hed5.html

Army tags CPP-NPA as ‘bandit’ group 12/27/2011

Army tags CPP-NPA as ‘bandit’ group

12/27/2011
The military yesterday branded the threat posed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army against private mining firms as “banditry,” forcing the business sector to give-in to their extortion activities, and a clear indication of the CPP-NPA’s insincerity to the peace talks with the government.

At a press briefing, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said that the communists have lost ideology and now act as mere bandits in fighting the government.

“Their declaration and pronouncement show they are insincere of talking peace with the government…for all intents and purposes, they would use force and intimidation to command obedience and extort money even from the poor,” Burgos said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111227nat4.html

Tent cities loom for flood victims 12/27/2011

Tent cities loom for flood victims

12/27/2011
CAGAYAN DE ORO — Tens of thousands of flash flood survivors in the Philippines face life in tent cities for months while safe areas to resettle them are sought, top relief officials said yesterday.

More than 60,000 people displaced by tropical storm “Sendong” are sheltering in government buildings in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, most of them in schools that reopen after the holidays, civil defence chief Benito Ramos sahttp://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111227nat3.htmlid.

“We can’t construct permanent shelters for them immediately. It will take some time. They have to move into tents when schools reopen on Jan. 3,” Ramos told AFP..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111227nat3.html

Malacaang says no harm done with Noys Angry Bird toy gifts By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 12/27/2011

Malacaang says no harm done with Noys Angry Bird toy gifts

By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 12/27/2011
Malacanang justified yesterday of President Aquinos direct insult and open demonstration of contempt toward the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) when he distributed Angry Bird toys to children who attended the Pasko ng Batang Pinoy Grand Christmas celebration at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, a day after the bishops made a public appeal for people not to give angry toys as Christmas gifts.

According to deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte, the Presidents action was unintentional although the CBCPs appeal had been reported widely by the media.

Since assuming the presidency, Aquino has been at odds with the CBCP that it is even being blamed as the one that engineered the investigation by the Senate of bishops receiving expensive sports utility vehicles from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) which turned out to be exaggerated..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111227nat1.html

Church group holds alternative anti-mining Christmas protest at the DENR

Monday, December 26, 2011

Church group holds alternative anti-mining Christmas protest at the DENR 



Members and allies of the Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR) and the Stewards of Creation held a different kind of early-morning, anti-mining program in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) offices in Quezon City.

Instead of the usual placards, they carried the traditional, star-shaped christmas lanterns on which they painted slogans calling for the scrapping of the Mining Act of 1995 and an end to ecological and environmental destruction caused by irresponsible mining. They also sang versions of popular Christmas songs with lyrics that denounced the current economic and political set-up of the country and the corruption prevalent in society..... MORE

SourceBulatlat.com

URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/12/16/church-group-holds-alternative-anti-mining-christmas-protest-at-the-denr/

Russia helps Syria keep the West away

Russia helps Syria keep the West away

 On December 19, Syria allowed Arab League observers to enter its territory. The observers will try to see that the Syrian government has been trying to end bloody clashes in the country peacefully. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi stated that the observers could fly to Syria in the next 72 hours.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem stated that the country signed the protocol following the recommendations from the Russian partners. If Syria had declined the plan of the Arab League, the organization would have introduced sanctions against the country..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/conflicts/21-12-2011/120040-russia_syria-0/

Ron Paul wins despite mainstream smear

Ron Paul wins despite mainstream smear


Herman Cain got secret service protection. Michele Bachmann has a big, fancy bus. Congressman Ron Paul isn’t like other Republicans, however. At least not like those who have chased the GOP’s bid for the 2012 election.

The road to the White House is a bumpy one but Rep. Ron Paul is okay with that. So are his supporters in Iowa, apparently, who have come to appreciate the could-be-president’s lack of fleer while dismissing the mainstream media’s smear campaign against the congressman..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/ron-paul-mainstream-congressman-549/

20 years on: Is the post-Soviet world a safer place? (w/ Video)



20 years on: Is the post-Soviet world a safer place?


Two decades ago to the day, the world's largest country ceased to exist. The fall of the Soviet Union meant the end of the Cold War. But has the world become more secure without a powerful counterweight on the geopolitical stage?

Today, people still struggle to explain the fall of a global Goliath, with some putting it down to the role of just a handful of key people..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/ussr-collapse-world-secure-645/

Hacked and discredited: Anonymous takes down Stratfor

Hacked and discredited: Anonymous takes down Stratfor


The servers of global intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting have been hacked into, allegedly by the Anonymous group. Some Anonymous members claim responsibility, while the group’s press release denies it.

More than 200 GB of Strafor’s internal data were allegedly lifted from its servers before its network was shut down. Strafor’s web server was offline for some 40 minutes, during which the company sent notifications of the security breach to its clients..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/anonymous-stratfor-hacked-discredited-641/

Environmentalists protest against Aboitiz Coal Power Plant in Davao