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No chance for changes EDITORIAL 07/10/2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

No chance for changes

EDITORIAL
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07/10/2011
The plot seems to unravel on the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) controversy after Noynoy revealed his preference not to sell both the PCSO and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) which are both the state-owned gambling operators.

The new officials of PCSO made a show about cleaning up the agency exposing donations from the previous government which in reality have been a longtime practice and these are known to most of the whistle-blowers primarily new PCSO Chairman Margie Juico who was part of the PCSO board when the supposed anomalies occurred.

Amid the revelations of anomalies within the lotto provider, the natural response would be to sell it to the more efficient private hands, along with another cash cow of the powers that be, state casino operator Pagcor..... MORE

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Same dogs, different collars FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 07/10/2011

Same dogs, different collars

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
07/10/2011
Catholic bishops should return the sports utility vehicles (SUVs) to Malacañang and be done with them — and be completely done too, with the Aquino government, which is fast earning the tag of Indian Giver, because no matter that these SUVs were donated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) under the then Arroyo government, that which were given, admit it or not, were donations from the Philippine government, and not just the Arroyo government.

With the bishops returning these SUVs — probably old and dilapidated by this time — they can now take that firm position that the local institutional Catholic Church will have nothing to do with this government of Noynoy Aquino..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110710com2.html

Egypt’s mass demonstrations target new rulers focus 07/10/2011

Egypt’s mass demonstrations target new rulers

focus

07/10/2011
CAIRO — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Egypt on Friday to defend the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, directing their anger at the new military rulers over the slow pace of reform.

In the capital, flag-waving protesters packed Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the protests that ousted Mubarak in February, in a festive atmosphere marked by speeches and songs.

Hundreds of pro-democracy activists were set to spend the night in the square, as security forces maintained a discreet presence on side streets.

At the noon Muslim prayer, Sheikh Mazhar Shahin urged protesters to “keep working to achieve the honorable goals of the revolution which are ‘change, freedom and social justice.’”.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110710com3.html

Malawi’s ‘witches’ challenge century-old sorcery law FEATURE 07/10/2011

Malawi’s ‘witches’ challenge century-old sorcery law

FEATURE

07/10/2011
LILONGWE — When Kanthukako Supaunyolo’s grandson woke up in the night with a nosebleed, his parents were enraged by what they saw as a bad omen and a certain product of sorcery.

They accused the 82-year-old grandmother of casting a spell on him, and filed a criminal complaint of witchcraft, landing her in jail under a century-old law now under fire by both non-believers and self-proclaimed witches.

“How could I bewitch my own grandchild. For what?” said the soft-spoken woman.

She and two elderly friends were convicted and sentenced to 33-dollar fines each, a steep sum for women who — like 62 percent of Malawians — live on less than two dollars a day. When they could not pay, they were jailed..... MORE

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‘Daan ng mga nagmamatuwid’ TABLETS OF STONE Larry Faraon, OP 07/10/2011

‘Daan ng mga nagmamatuwid’

TABLETS OF STONE
Larry Faraon, OP
07/10/2011
Sen. Panfilo Lacson made a comment at the Senate hearing on the PCSO fund mess, reacting to the Butuan bishop’s “requesting” an SUV as a birthday gift, saying that gifts are supposed to be given and not solicited! That’s ridiculous. Who says that gifts can’t be requested or solicited?

Doting parents in affectionate tones would always ask their children what do the latter want for their birthdays to which the kids would immediately draw out their long list and lay it on their dad’s lap. Mr. Lacson was not born yesterday; he knows for a fact and experience that gifts that please a person are those that fulfill the desires of his heart. And often, they are solicited.

Also, gift-giving and bribe-giving situate themselves into the core of one’s cultural orientation..... MORE

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CBCP, tillers reject referendum By Charlie V. Manalo and Pat C. Santos 07/10/2011

COJUANGCO-AQUINO CLAN MOVING TO ‘SOW DISUNITY’

CBCP, tillers reject referendum

By Charlie V. Manalo and Pat C. Santos 07/10/2011

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) have closed ranks with militant farmers in rejecting the recent Supreme Court (SC) order for the Department of Agrarian Reform to hold a referendum among Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) farm workers for them to choose between land distribution and staying with the corporate structure on land ownership through the stock distribution option (SDO) of the vast estate the basis of which, called the stock distribution plan (SDP), the Tribunal upheld as illegal.

Farmers groups said the Cojuangco-Aquino clan had given them a preview of the divide and rule tactic to be employed to turn around in their favor the Supreme Court order for a referendum.

The militant peasant groups Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) and the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) accused President Aquino and his relatives, the Cojuangcos of Tarlac, for “sowing disunity among farm workers of Hacienda Luisita” saying the divide and rule tactics being employed today are “a portent of things to come” once the Supreme Court-ordered referendum pushes through..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110710hed1.html

Palace cool on bid to make Uriarte witness in PCSO scam By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 07/10/2011

Palace cool on bid to make Uriarte witness in PCSO scam

By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 07/10/2011

The Aquino administration has rejected a proposal to turn former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Rosario Uriarte into a state witness against her erstwhile boss former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo over supposed anomalies in the use of PCSO funds during Arroyo’s watch.

Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said on radio it might not be possible at this time for the government, through the Department of Justice, to turn Uriarte into a state witness because apart from the fact that the circumstances behind the alleged anomalies at the PCSO are still being unraveled, she might not also qualify to become one under the guideline set by the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act (Republic Act 6981).

“It’s premature. It’s too early too tell, ” Valte said in response to the proposal of Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada that Uriarte be turned into a state witness.

Under the Implementing Rules and Regulations RA 6981, any person who has participated in the commission of a crime and desires to be a Witness for the state, can only qualify whenever the following circumstances are present: the offense in which his testimony will be used is a grave felony as defined under the Revised Penal Code or its equivalent under special laws;.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110710hed2.html

Rescue team recovers two bodies in Aroroy cave in By Gina Peralta-Elorde 07/10/2011

Rescue team recovers two bodies in Aroroy cave in

By Gina Peralta-Elorde 07/10/2011

Two miners, both minors were recovered dead in a tunnel of mining firm in Aroroy town, Masbate province last Wednesday night.

Search and rescue teams were able to find the bodies of Nober Deonan and Antonio Reviro both residents of Uson, Masbate.

Arroyo chief of police Inspector Christian Jesus Huelva believed that the victims died of suffocation while inside the tunnel located in Barangay Panique.

“Kelan lang me ganito ring insidente kung saan kinapos din sa hangin kaya namatay sa loob ng tunnel,” Huelva said, adding that in the same tunnel on July 3, one Rosaldo Cortes, 25, also died due to suffocation..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110710nat3.html

Forecasters eye two cyclones entering W. Luzon, E. Mindanao By Jason Faustino 07/10/2011

Forecasters eye two cyclones entering W. Luzon, E. Mindanao

By Jason Faustino 07/10/2011

State forecasters said that they spotted two potential cyclones forming near western Luzon and eastern Mindanao.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that it can spark flash floods and landslides.

Pagasa said the new low-pressure area (LPA) off Mindanao was estimated at 420 km east of Mindanao as of 8 a.m.

“[The new LPA] might bring widespread rains over eastern Mindanao that may cause flashfloods and landslides,” it said in its 11 a.m. advisory..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110710nat1.html

Soliman reiterates 4Ps not a dole-out project 07/10/2011

Soliman reiterates 4Ps not a dole-out project

07/10/2011
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman last Friday vehemently denied that the “Conditional Cash Transfer” (CCT) program under the government’s “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps) is stimulating the dole-out mentality among marginalized Filipinos.

Soliman, talking at the pre-Sona (State-of-the-Nation Address) Forum aired over the National Broadcasting Network (NBN)-Channel 4 last Friday, said that the CCT was not a dole-out as each beneficiary has corresponding obligations such as attending to pre-natal seminars, complete attendance of their children in school and seeking for job opportunities or having small livelihood business..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20110710met5.html

Solon seeking to implement 60-km speed limit in all accident-prone roads By Charlie V. Manalo 07/10/2011

Solon seeking to implement 60-km speed limit in all accident-prone roads

By Charlie V. Manalo 07/10/2011
A lawmaker is seeking the implementation of the 60-kilometer speed limit not only along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, but also in major roads or highways in Metro Manila with high statistics of road accidents to attain the “zero-accident rate” objective.

Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo, author of House Bill 4775, said a significant if not dramatic reduction on road accidents has been observed in Commonwealth Avenue when the 60-kilometer speed limit was imposed along the highway.

“This bill aims to preserve this gain or else everything goes to naught,” Castelo said.

Castelo added such an objective or goal should be accompanied by the budgetary resources reasonably necessary to effect the much needed upgrading in capacity and capability of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20110710met2.html

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