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A 9-year curse plus one EDITORIAL 06/12/2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A 9-year curse plus one

EDITORIAL
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06/12/2011
Is he or isn’t he incompetent? That, really, is a giveaway question.
Noisy prelates appear to be the weak spot of the Noynoy administration, be it on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill issue, the issue of divorce, an earlier debate on the illegal numbers game jueteng and lately, calls for his resignation due to overall incompetence.

Noynoy has been president for a year now and the time is ripe for a reckoning. Hiding behind the mantle of being new in the job and the so-called inheritance of excesses from the past administration have been overused and their effect on public tolerance has been exhausted..... MORE

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Whom the gods... FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 06/12/2011

Whom the gods...

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
06/12/2011
Looks like Noynoy and his Palace aides are really running scared these days, especially after a bishop called for Noynoy’s resignation on account of his being “unworthy” of the presidency, and being thoroughly incompetent, along with the Butuan bishop’s statement that there are “serious” moves by a group bent on unseating Noynoy.

The reaction of the Palace showed that paranoia was creeping in, with the presidential spokesman seeing a “pattern of demonization” of Noynoy that leads to destabilization of his regime.

Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesman, appears to forget that which he says is officially what is regarded as the statements of his principal, Noynoy and quite frankly, his spokesman portrayed Noynoy as very unpresidential and so very “uncool,”, given the insults hurled at Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, even demanding that the bishop leave the Church and join the opposition led by Gloria Arroyo..... MORE

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Divorce and question marks — 3 VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 06/12/2011

Divorce and question marks — 3

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
06/12/2011
Question 8: Would it be too idealistic and therefore unrealistic to have marriage vows for “better or for worse,” for “richer or for poorer,” in “sickness and in health,” until “death” do the spouses part?

To say “yes!” to this question is contrary to the salient fact of millions of successful marriages that were entered into with these indivisible and indissoluble vows across the centuries — compared to the number of “broken marriages.”

To say “yes!” to this question is to ultimately get married for convenience, viz., marrying only for the “better,” for “richer,” in “health.” Otherwise, marriage becomes inconvenient and the couple concerned should get rid of it..... MORE

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Philippines’ historic walled city to rise again

Philippines’ historic walled city to rise again

FEATURE

06/12/2011
MANILA — After enduring wars, earthquakes, fires and poverty-driven neglect, the walled city of Intramuros that makes up the Philippine capital’s historic center may rise again as a tourist attraction.

Government planners see the Unesco World Heritage listed but famously dilapidated site becoming one of Manila’s biggest drawcards, similar to Singapore’s Clarke Quay but with the added color of centuries of history.

“We’re going to make this the ‘in’ place to be,” said Intramuros Administration chief Jose Capistrano.

“It will be a living Intramuros with tabernas and tapas,” he said, referring to Spanish-style restaurants and their signature finger snacks.

Eventually, the administration hopes to have fireworks displays and light shows projected on the structure’s six-meter (20-foot) high walls at night, Capistrano told reporters..... MORE

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Education mindsets at school opening TABLETS OF STONE Larry Faraon, OP 06/12/2011

Education mindsets at school opening

TABLETS OF STONE
Larry Faraon, OP
06/12/2011
Thanks to the mainstream media, Monday’s school opening littered with the usual chronic negating mindsets such as the perennial lack of classrooms, lack of teachers, lack of books and instructional materials, the usual scapegoat for the low quality basic learning our public education system provides our students, in particular to the ever marginalized in our society. These mindsets continue to thrive as if unending.

Even the proposed implementation of the K-12 basic education system, comprising kindergarten, six years of elementary, four years of junior high school and two years of senior high will never make one single step ahead since the proposal would further bury the mindset into the consciousness of the poverty-enlaced Filipino as additional crosses to carry. With all the K-12 program’s noble objectives of maximizing our basic education to be more foundational, integrative, competitive, responsive and practical, still the K-12 would be perceived as simply a reinforcement of the mindsets of our people and the system itself.... MORE

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Palace warned vs invoking MDT 06/12/2011

READ TREATY FINE PRINTS FIRST — CHIZ

Palace warned vs invoking MDT

06/12/2011
Malacañang was cautioned yesterday against invoking the US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) in a heated territorial dispute with the Beijing government without carefully studying its provisions in light of a statement by a Palace aide who said Washington will help the country should the row over the Spratly Islands worsen.

The Philippines has been engaged in a word war with Chinese officials for the past months over several confrontations with Filipinos in the potentially oil-rich group of islands which is also being claimed in part by Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan..... MORE

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Stop coddling KKKs, Estrada advises Noy By Angie M. Rosales 06/12/2011

Stop coddling KKKs, Estrada advises Noy

By Angie M. Rosales 06/12/2011

Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada advised President Aquino to act decisively and avoid giving his allies caught dipping their fingers into irregularities a kid gloves treatment to get through a hail of criticisms over the “KKK” or his favored Kaibigan (crony), Kaklase (classmates) and Kabarilan (target range shooting buddies).

“If there are erring officials in his administration, they should be placed under investigation. Afford them due process and if they’re found to be liable or found to be the culprits, they should be made to suffer the consequences,” the senator said..... MORE

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Ninth ray to RP flag’s sun proposed 06/12/2011

Ninth ray to RP flag’s sun proposed

06/12/2011
In observance of the 113th anniversary of the proclamation of the Philippine independence, a lawmaker is pushing the passage of his legislative proposal which is aimed at modifying the Philippine Flag to give recognition to the Muslim Filipinos who contributed to national freedom.

According to Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., it is high time that Muslim Filipinos be given credit for their role in fighting Spanish invaders and this recognition can only be properly proven by giving them due representation inin the Philippine Flag..... MORE

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Cops identify gunman who killed Cagayan LP leader By Ted Boehnert 06/12/2011

Cops identify gunman who killed Cagayan LP leader

By Ted Boehnert 06/12/2011

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan — The murder of a Liberal Party leader in Peñablanca town last month was already considered solve when his assailant was positively identified by witnesses, police report said.

According to Chief Supt. Francisco Villaroman, Cagayan Valley police director, the witnesses identified the gunman as Jimmy Sagun who shot dead Lyndon Obispo. Obispo ran under the LP ticket for mayor in Peñablanca town last year but lost.

“The witnesses had positively identified Sagun as the gunman in Obispo’s killing when shown ‘a gallery of rouges’ by cops,”Villaroman said..... MORE

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Computer glitch delays passport release — DFA 06/12/2011

Computer glitch delays passport release — DFA

06/12/2011
A glitch in a computer program has caused delays in releasing passports at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

“The delay is caused by an unexpected malfunction of the mainframe program which has prevented the printing of passport booklets,” the DFA said in a statement.

Affected by the delay in release of passports are those who applied in Manila starting May 6 and whose passports are due for release on June 10.

The DFA said foreign equipment provider, Oberthur Technologies, has put all available resources and is “working around the clock to fix the problem.”.... MORE

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DoT bullish to promote 2011 to 2016 as Pinoy Homecoming Years M E T R O F I L E 06/12/2011

DoT bullish to promote 2011 to 2016 as Pinoy Homecoming Years

M E T R O F I L E

06/12/2011
The Department of Tourism (DoT) is bullish to promote and support the implementation of the recently inked Proclamation No. 181 by President Aquino that declares the years 2011 to 2016 as the Homecoming Years for overseas Filipinos. DoT shared its plans under the Pinoy Homecoming Program as a result of this proclamation, in which Globe Telecom is a major sponsor. Duty Free Philippines has also demonstrated its support to DoT as it reinforced its Balikbayan Program to offer more benefits and privileges to balikabayans..... MORE
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