• 6 AUGUST - *1907 - Gen. Macario Sakay, one of the Filipino military leaders who had continued fighting the imperialist United States invaders eight years into the Ph...
    5 years ago

......................................................................................

The Daily Tribune

(Without Fear or Favor)

Specials:

Bulatlat.com

World Wildlife Fund for Nature-Philippines

The Philippines Matrix Project

Accurate gauge of the public pulse? EDITORIAL 06/23/2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Accurate gauge of the public pulse?

EDITORIAL
Click to enlarge
06/23/2011
The unreliability in measuring the public pulse by these “independent” surveys can be shown through a comparison of the survey results from two different firms, conducted more or less during the same time frame (May 21 to June 4, for Pulse Asia and June 3 to 6 for Social Weather Stations), with both having a respondent base of 1,200 and the same error margins.

SWS had a 64 percent satisfaction rating for Noynoy, down five percentage points from his March ratings of 69 percent, with 18 percent dissatisfied in June.

Pulse Asia had a trust rating for Noynoy at 71 percent and a distrust rating of eight percent, with 22 percent undecided.

About the same results were found in both Pulse trust and approval ratings..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110623com1.html

Yes it does pay, Virginia FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 06/23/2011

Yes it does pay, Virginia

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
06/23/2011
Yes, Virginia. It really pays to be Noynoy’s kabarilan. Scout’s honor.
Just think, Virginia, your namesake, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Virginia Torres, a known target range shooting buddy of your Yellow president, with all the confidence in the world, tells reporters that it would be an insult to Noynoy and his government if she resigns from her post.

Who would have that kind of chutzpah to come out with such an audacious statement, if not from someone who knows that she would never be dismissed by her kabarilan, Noynoy, because she knows she is one of his coddled and protected officials and from the same province yet!

After all, Virginia, you can figure it out for yourself. Noynoy had his Commission on Audit (CoA), now headed by his appointees, come out with a report that your tocayo in the LTO did the right thing in withholding a P1 billion payment to Stradcom Corp. for services already rendered to the LTO, being its IT service provider..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110623com2.html

British private college plan fuels higher education debate FEATURE 06/23/2011

British private college plan fuels higher education debate

FEATURE

06/23/2011
LONDON — Plans in Britain to open a private college modelled on US institutions and fronted by high-profile academics to rival public universities have fuelled a debate about the future of higher education.

Prominent philosophy professor A. C. Grayling sent shockwaves through the academic establishment this month when he unveiled plans to launch the New College of the Humanities in London, which will open next year.

Its founders say the college will offer a broad syllabus and intensive teaching that top British universities, even the best known such as Oxford and Cambridge, are struggling to provide.

The new college has enlisted a host of leading academics and will charge £18,000 ($29,000, 20,400 euros) a year, double the amount permitted in the state sector..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110623com6.html

Libya war redrawing US political allegiances focus 06/23/2011

Libya war redrawing US political allegiances

focus

06/23/2011
WASHINGTON — The complexity of the Libya conflict is drawing some strange alliances in Washington’s corridors of power, blurring traditional party lines and dividing both Democrats and Republicans.

While President Barack Obama has drawn support from some hawkish Republicans, including from his erstwhile-rival for the White House Sen. John McCain, some of his Democratic allies on the left are now up in arms.

From within his own camp, Obama on Monday was accused of being “an extremist” who is failing to comply with the law by not winning congressional approval for the involvement of US forces in Libyan conflict..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110623com3.html

Marginalizing the marginalized INSIDE CONGRESS Charlie Manalo 06/23/2011

Marginalizing the marginalized

INSIDE CONGRESS
Charlie Manalo
06/23/2011
Before Congress went on recess early this month, the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms was in the thick of a deliberation on various proposals to amend the law governing party-lists.

Various proposed amendments have been discussed including defining once and for all what constitutes a marginalized sector, the income bracket for a marginalized representative or even the social status of the individual representing the party-list group. But it would be no surprise that the members of the House would be expected to be very cautious on the last issue as most of the current and past representatives of the party-list groups are members of the millionaires club, including the losing senatorial candidate who petitioned for the disqualification of some party-list nominees in the last elections on the grounds they were millionaires like her..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110623com5.html

Noy absolves Torres, lambasts Stradcom By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 06/23/2011

Noy absolves Torres, lambasts Stradcom

By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 06/23/2011

President Aquino seems to have taken to heart the statement of his shooting buddy, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Virginia Torres, that she would be insulting him and his government, should she even consider resigning her post, as he defended her to the hilt.

Yesterday, Aquino absolved Torres of any wrongdoing and even praised his kabarilan profusely for the “reforms” he said she has instituted at the LTO, and slammed the IT provider of LTO as he alleged that corruption exists in Stradcom Corp. and its ways.

Praising his shooting crony while laying all blame on Stradcom, Aquino said Torres should be credited for the anti-corruption reforms that are now taking place at the LTO, thereby ignoring the recommendations of the Department of Justice (DoJ) that pushed the LTO chief’s dismissal from the service.

Also scrapped by Aquino were the memorandums from outgoing DoTC chief Jose “Ping” de Jesus who had spelled out the benefits the government derives from Stradcom through computerization as against a manual system, along with the memorandum asking Aquino to discipline Torres for gross insubordination and gross neglect..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110623hed1.html

RP starts Spratlys airstrip rehab; gov’t won’t abandon claim — Noy By Mario J. Mallari, Michaela P. del Callar and Aytch S. de la Cruz 06/23/2011

RP starts Spratlys airstrip rehab; gov’t won’t abandon claim — Noy

By Mario J. Mallari, Michaela P. del Callar and Aytch S. de la Cruz 06/23/2011
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will start bringing construction materials to Pagasa on the Kalayaan island group (KIG), also known as the Spratlys, in the disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) for the rehabilitation of the airstrip there, a ranking military official yesterday said.

AFP-Western Command (Westcom) chief Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban said the military will be sending construction materials to Pagasa anytime soon to start the repair and rehabilitation of the 36-year-old airstrip on the island.

“We will be bringing materials there anytime now,” said Sabban, whose command has jurisdiction over the KIG.

According to the military official, heavy equipment of the Air Force stationed on the island are awaiting arrival of the construction materials to start the repair..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110623hed2.html

14 dead in widespread RP floods 06/23/2011

14 dead in widespread RP floods

06/23/2011
Widespread flooding due to unusually heavy rains in many parts of the country has killed 14 people in recent days, the government said yesterday.

A total of 10 people drowned in villages lining the Pulangui, one of 11 rivers on the major southern island of Mindanao that overflowed their banks, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

In two other incidents in Mindanao, a girl drowned in Cotabato City and a man was killed by the overflowing Lanang River, the government agency said in its latest report.

Two other deaths were reported on the main island of Luzon..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110623hed6.html

Solgen opposes lifting of freeze order on Ampatuan assets By Benjamin B. Pulta 06/23/2011

Solgen opposes lifting of freeze order on Ampatuan assets

By Benjamin B. Pulta 06/23/2011
State lawyers have formally asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to turn down motions seeking to lift the freeze order on the assets and banks accounts of the members of the Ampatuan family who have been indicted in connection with the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

In its comment, Solicitor General Jose Anselmo Cadiz — in behalf of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) — said the motions to lift the freeze order have no legal basis.

Motions to lift the freeze were filed by Maguindanao and Cotabato City First District Rep. Bai Sandra Sinsuat Ampatuan Sema, Bai Monadja Ampatuan Abdullah, Soraida Biruar Ampatuan, the Maguindanao Electric Cooperative (Magelco), and a certain Dr. Tahir Sulaik..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110623nat2.html

Troops capture two Abu Sayyaf terrorists, rescue three civilians By Mario J. Mallari 06/23/2011

Troops capture two Abu Sayyaf terrorists, rescue three civilians

By Mario J. Mallari 06/23/2011
Two Abu Sayyaf terrorists were captured while several high-powered firearms were seized by elite forces of the Army during an operation in Basilan province early dawn yesterday.

Quoting reports from the field, Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz said that elements of the Special Operations Task Force, led by Col. Alexander Macario, swooped down on an Abu Sayyaf hideout on the outskirts of Barangay Upper Cabengbeng in Sumisip.

Captured were Stanyul Ahlalul and Nurudin Mandiki. Three other civilian-villagers, who were forcibly taken by the Abu Sayyaf men as porters, were also safely rescued..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110623nat1.html

PNP-CIDG gives public tips on how to avoid falling prey to social network hackers 06/23/2011

PNP-CIDG gives public tips on how to avoid falling prey to social network hackers

06/23/2011
The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) yesterday reminded the public to take extra precautions against potential lawless elements in social networking sites on the Internet due to reports of increasing crime related to it.

These include Facebook, Twitter, Multiply, Friendster, Tumbler, My Space, Friend Finder and Yahoo Messenger.

PNP-CIDG head Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao Jr. said in 2010, there were 72 cases related to social networking criminality, including identity theft, hacking, scamming, harassment and estafa..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20110623met2.html

‘JV’ reminds De Lima: My father has no ‘killer instinct’ By Gerry Baldo 06/23/2011

‘JV’ reminds De Lima: My father has no ‘killer instinct’

By Gerry Baldo 06/23/2011

San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito yesterday chided Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for insinuating former President Joseph Estrada might be summoned to the revived investigation into the 2000 murders of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito.

Ejercito, son of the former President, said his father has no “killer instinct” and told De Lima to spare his family from the controversy surrounding the twin killings.

“That is so unlikely, so out of character of President Estrada to be involved in such a crime,” Ejercito said yesterday..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20110623met1.html

There was an error in this gadget

Blog Archive