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Doing a Marcos EDITORIAL 06/08/2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Doing a Marcos

EDITORIAL
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06/08/2011
With the Senate having approved the postponement of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) bill, and with even Noynoy kicking out the incumbents when their terms end and replace them with his appointees to serve out their unelected terms up till May 2013 -- with their option to run for the same posts, what is likely to happen?

Chances are high that those opposing the postponement of the ARMM elections are going to challenge its constitutionality before the Supreme Court which can either mean a continued postponement through a temporary restraining order (TRO) until a ruling is made, or the holding of the scheduled polls..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110608com1.html

Getting what he wants — partially FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 06/08/2011

Getting what he wants — partially

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
06/08/2011
Looks like Mar Roxas didn’t get what he wanted in its entirety, although he did get it in part.

Noynoy announced yesterday that he had offered Mar the position of Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) secretary and that he had accepted the job.

From reports, Mar and Noynoy met for some three hours Monday, apparently in convincing Mar to take on the job as the replacement of Ping de Jesus.

Noynoy stated during his press conference that Mar will not only be the DoTC chief, a position which Noynoy said was a big and tough job to handle, being such a big department, but would also be the chairman of the economic cluster committee, apart from Roxas advising him on economic matters and taking on more tasks that Noynoy will be assigning him, from time to time..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110608com2.html

Nato, anticipating Kadhafi demise, eyes Libya’s future focus 06/08/2011

Nato, anticipating Kadhafi demise, eyes Libya’s future

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06/08/2011
BRUSSELS — Confident that the Libyan regime’s days are numbered, Nato will ask defense ministers on Wednesday to step up contributions to deliver a knock-out punch and plan for a post-Moamer Kadhafi world.

With Nato fighting in two continents, the ministers meeting for two days of talks in Brussels will discuss the nearly three-month-old air war in Libya as well as the nearly 10-year-old ground battle in Afghanistan.

Although Kadhafi still controls much of western Libya including his Tripoli stronghold, Nato says it is only a matter of time before he goes and it has increased the pressure with daily strikes on Tripoli to hasten that day.

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen plans to ask allies that have taken a backseat to contribute more in order to finish the job after the mission was extended by another 90 days through late September..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110608com3.html

Maid’s new lawyer master at courtroom payouts FEATURE 06/08/2011

Maid’s new lawyer master at courtroom payouts

FEATURE

06/08/2011
NEW YORK — The new lawyer for the maid accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape is a master at winning big payouts in civil suits — but his arrival isn’t entirely bad news for the fallen IMF chief.

Kenneth Thompson announced his role in dramatic fashion Monday outside the New York courthouse where Strauss-Kahn had just pleaded not guilty to the alleged sex attack against the 32-year-old west African immigrant cleaning his hotel room on May 14.

“What we are doing it’s to protect her rights, speak for her and to work with the district attorney office,” he said under the courthouse steps where more than 100 journalists jostled to cover the case.

In emotional language, Thompson described his client — who has yet to be seen or heard from in public — as a simple, hard-working woman who had been “traumatized” but was “standing up for her dignity.”.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110608com5.html

Unli service to stay C.R.O.S.S.R.O.A.D.S Jonathan De la Cruz 06/08/2011

Unli service to stay

C.R.O.S.S.R.O.A.D.S
Jonathan De la Cruz
06/08/2011
“Unli” is the highly successful unlimited text and voice service offered by Sun Cellular, a subsidiary of the Gokongwei owned telecoms company Digitel Philippines, which the two dominant telecoms providers, PLDT/Smart and Globe Telecoms, tried to duplicate, apparently to no avail. Their past practices and, yes, current pricing structure just could not match the nimbleness and creativity which the Unli operation unleashed in the market.

The Gokongweis found a jewel in the Unli service and had they decided to fight it out, Sun Cellular would have given the giants the fight of their lives and the consumers quite a relief. But not to worry. If plans do not miscarry, this bucket price service loved by a growing number of users will not only be a regular stand alone offering but will, in fact, be enhanced once regulators approve the multi-billion “share-swap” agreement between PLDT/Smart and Digitel Philippines..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110608com4.html

Legal suits await ARMM deferment law at tribunal By Charlie V. Manalo 06/08/2011

Legal suits await ARMM deferment law at tribunal

By Charlie V. Manalo 06/08/2011

While the House of Representatives last night was poised to ratify the bill postponing the Aug. 8, 2011 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) elections, the Aquino administration might have to postpone its victory as well as opening the Champagne bottles for its celebration.

This was after a senior member of the House revealed that the controversial law will be met by a deluge of legal questions before the Supreme Court (SC) once it is signed by President Aquino into law.

In an interview with Deputy Speaker, Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, yesterday, he said that ratifying the measure, getting just 13 votes from the Senate and being approved by the people in a plebiscite, would still be unconstitutional..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110608hed5.html

HRW scores Noynoy for ‘weak’ action on police, AFP impunity in killings By Michaela P. del Callar 06/08/2011

HRW scores Noynoy for ‘weak’ action on police, AFP impunity in killings

By Michaela P. del Callar 06/08/2011

The culture of impunity in cases of extra-judicial killings has never gone away, even with a new leadership in government.

A prominent human rights watchdog scored President Aquino as it said it has yet to see “stronger action” from Aquino in providing justice for human rights victims and addressing impunity by the police and military amid bold campaign promises in ending extra-judicial killings, disappearances and harassment of left-wing activists.

Almost a year into his presidency, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it has not seen Aquino’s government taking sufficient steps to hold perpetrators of killings and other abuses accountable..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110608hed2.html

Aquino’s ‘patience’ wins Senate support in postponing ARMM polls By Aytch S. de la Cruz 06/08/2011

Aquino’s ‘patience’ wins Senate support in postponing ARMM polls

By Aytch S. de la Cruz 06/08/2011
Malacañang yesterday claimed that its surprising success in getting the Senate’s support on the postponement of the scheduled elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was purely borne out of President Aquino’s “patience” in convincing the 13 senators who voted favorably in passing the legislation.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Aquino merely explained patiently to all the lawmakers in both the House of Representatives and the Senate the reasons behind his desire to defer the conduct of elections in the ARMM and synchronize it with the 2013 national elections.

“Obviously, we were not able to convince some of the senators but we were able to convince a majority of the senators and they saw the (reasons) why we should postpone the ARMM elections. We emphasized that we want to prevent aberration of command votes, save on costs, and introduce reform measures in the ARMM... We want to have true meaningful elections in the ARMM,” Lacierda said in a chance interview..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110608nat4.html

Rizaleños celebrate 110th ‘Araw ng Lalawigan ng Rizal’ N E W S B R I E F S 06/08/2011

Rizaleños celebrate 110th ‘Araw ng Lalawigan ng Rizal’

N E W S B R I E F S

06/08/2011
Coinciding with the celebration of the 110th Araw ng Lalawigan ng Rizal, the Anak ng Lahing Bayani (ALAB) ng Rizal is set to be launched on Saturday, also honoring four hall of fame awardees, three of them were already dead.

National artists Maestro Lucio San Pedro and Botong Francisco, together with actor-rapper-singer Francis Magalona will be honored and be given posthumous awards and world-renowned tenor Arthur Espiritu..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110608nat6.html

SC stops Boracay reclamation project By Benjamin B. Pulta 06/08/2011

SC stops Boracay reclamation project

By Benjamin B. Pulta 06/08/2011
An order by the Supreme Court (SC) has temporarily halted the reclamation project covering the 40-hectare coastline of tourist-infested Boracay Island in Aklan.

Court administrator Midas Marquez said the high court issued a temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) as sought by a petition filed by the Boracay Foundation Inc.

“Respondents are therefore ordered to cease and desist from proceeding with the implementation of the project,” he explained, referring to province of Aklan represented by Gov. Carlito Marquez, the Philippine Reclamation Authority, and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110608nat1.html

Appeals court freezes assets of Ampatuan clan By Benjamin B. Pulta 06/08/2011

Appeals court freezes assets of Ampatuan clan

By Benjamin B. Pulta 06/08/2011

More than a year and a half after the gruesome Maguindanao massacre, the government finally secured yesterday a freeze order on the assets of the Ampatuan political clan whose members are facing multiple indictments for the murder of 58 individuals.

The Court of Appeals (CA) issued the 20-day freeze order covering government agencies, banking institutions suspected of having been used by the Ampatuans to hide more than P1 billion.

In a 23-page decision by Associate Justice Celia Librea-Leagogo, the CA’s Special Second Division granted the petition filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for the issuance of a freeze order against 28 members of the Ampatuan clan led by its patriarch Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr., former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Putu Ampatuan and several others.

Concurring with the ruling were Associate Justices Bienvenido Reyes and Elihu Ybañez..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20110608met1.html

Noynoy confirms embattled Torres to return as LTO chief this month By Aytch S. de la Cruz 06/08/2011

Noynoy confirms embattled Torres to return as LTO chief this month

By Aytch S. de la Cruz 06/08/2011
President Aquino yesterday refused to uphold the recommended sanctions of the Department of Justice (DoJ) on the case of embattled Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chairman Virginia Torres for her to be put under preventive suspension and be charged administratively.

No less than Aquino confirmed the announcement earlier made by one of his spokesmen that Torres was set to return to her office and resume her duties as LTO chief by the third week of this month.

Aquino told a press briefing that Torres has already taken an extended leave of absence as part of her penalty following her reported illegal takeover on the facilities of Stradcom, the information and communications technology services provider to LTO..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20110608met2.html

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