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Another day, another spin EDITORIAL 07/17/2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Another day, another spin

EDITORIAL
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07/17/2011
Why does it feel that an unseen hand is moving on the series of confessions on election cheating operations under Gloria? While there is that sense of relief that the truth about the elections, after being swept under the rug for most of the nine years of Gloria, will finally be brought to light, an uneasy feeling about somebody manipulating the series of events also exists.

It all started with the “Pajero bishops” media fest in which the public attention was sucked into the allegations that some leaders of the Catholic Church have dipped their hands into anomalous practices under Gloria’s administration.

What was billed as a crusading effort among new officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), from which the donations to the bishops for the purchase of supposed luxury vans were taken, later proved more of a public relations stunt to divert public attention away from allegations of irregularities against the current PCSO officials and the sliding public acceptance of Noynoy..... MORE

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Robredo the wimp FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 07/17/2011

Robredo the wimp

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
07/17/2011
As the heat was on another one belonging to Noynoy’s KKK circle, ice is being thrown to get the heat out of Kaibigang Kaalyado Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, she who makes punching bags out of sheriffs who do not toe her line.

And who is throwing the ice on the claimed daang matuwid, obviously upon orders of Noynoy to get the heat off Inday Sara, if not the Yellows’ multi-awarded mayor of Naga City, now Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo.

So much for all that yellow hype of Robredo being the best mayor ever and the right man for the DILG job, along with that obviously fake straight path they claim to be treading.

Inday Sara cannot be reprimanded for physically assaulting a sheriff during a demolition in the city last July 1, Robredo was quoted as saying Friday, stressing that the DILG cannot possibly impose any sanction on the mayor as there has not been any private complaint coming from Sheriff Abe Andres, the victim of Mayor Sara who even apologized to her, as she may punch him some more..... MORE

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India’s unsolved bombings focus 07/17/2011

India’s unsolved bombings

focus

07/17/2011
NNEW DELHI — A series of bombings. No claim of responsibility. No prime suspects.

Wednesday’s explosions in India’s financial capital Mumbai ticked a wearily familiar list of boxes in a country which is no stranger to bombings that go unclaimed and lack any transparent motive.

Briefing reporters on Thursday about the investigation, Home Minister P. Chidambaram cast the net of suspicion about as wide as it would go.

“All groups hostile to India are on the radar. We are not ruling out anything, we are not ruling in anything. We are looking at everyone,” he said..... MORE

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The height of insensitivity TABLETS OF STONE Larry Faraon, OP 07/17/2011

The height of insensitivity

TABLETS OF STONE
Larry Faraon, OP
07/17/2011
Some were teary-eyed at the Senate committee hearing or even those watching intently on live television, when the seven bishops testified. Most of them were in their senior years, old but not out, with receding hairlines but not their clear minds, blackened and wrinkled skin brought about by travels and travails to the far flung miserable areas of their dioceses in their staunch efforts to bring God and humanity’s compassion to the poor. And for a measly second hand or non-Pajero vehicles they have naively requested from a doting government agency, they are now suffering indignities and insult from all over, endangering the collapse of what personal and collective honor they have built themselves and their positions for the past many years.

The seven bishops, in particular the feisty Bishop Orlando Quevedo, who normally preaches fire and brimstone from the pulpit evinced a more demure and pensive countenance at the Senate hearing as they mouthed their defenses alternately. This is not because they were being humbled by a guilt not their own but because their whimpering hearts and minds simply are trying to endure the pain of a malicious and connived effort by this government to demean their persons and ranks..... MORE

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‘Greatest achievement’ VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 07/17/2011

‘Greatest achievement’

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
07/17/2011
During his one year of progressively lower and lower approval ratings, the Malacañang occupant said: “Before, there was resignation and apathy” among the Filipinos. Furthermore, according to the same declaimer, there was “numbness” and “blasé” among the people about “scandals” in the country. Consequently, the said speaker claimed that these days the “Hope for a better life replaces apathy.” In addition it was said with a straight face that people’s “lives are changing for the better.” Finally, the same orator remarked that such a change in the national psyche of the people was his “greatest achievement.”

Wow! Where on earth did that thinking and allegation come from? What brought about such a Cloud 9 perception and conclusion?! Who is the bogus genius or windy genie who thought of putting such words in the mouth of the highest ranking public official in the country? And for heaven’s sake, what made the speech reader own such an off-the-ground speech?!.... MORE

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Incorrect FEATURE 07/17/2011 Dear Editor,

Incorrect

FEATURE

07/17/2011
Dear Editor,
It was incorrect for the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to make a public apology for the errors of the seven bishops. Even so, that apology was for a misguided receipt of cash donations from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and not for the unpardonable error of abetting Gloria Arroyo’s hold on purloined power..... MORE

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German grannies take up new calling as ‘Mary Poppins’ FEATURE 07/17/2011

German grannies take up new calling as ‘Mary Poppins’

FEATURE

07/17/2011
HAMBURG — In Germany the idea of a teenager spending a few months abroad looking after someone else’s children while she studies or travels has given rise to a new concept — the granny “au pair.”

Newspapers now explicitly solicit applications from older women rather than students with ads such as: “Family living in Australia with two children aged 4 and 2 seeks German replacement granny for three to six months.”

“Older women (aged between 50 and 70) are often better than young ones because they have more life experience,” says Michaela Hansen, 50, who has set up an agency in the northern German city of Hamburg to help put families in touch with would-be hired “grannies.”

And the German “Mary Poppins” have as good a reputation abroad as the fictional eccentric nanny with magical powers from the children’s books..... MORE

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Weigh Zaldy’s offer to reveal all in poll fraud, plunder — solon By Angie M. Rosales 07/17/2011

Weigh Zaldy’s offer to reveal all in poll fraud, plunder — solon

By Angie M. Rosales 07/17/2011
Malacañang should exercise caution in imposing a blanket rejection on the offer to turn state witness of former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday said

“While I empathize with the feelings of the (Maguindanao massacre) victims, I think (Justice) Secretary Leila de Lima is right in saying that he cannot be considered as state witness in the case but it doesn’t mean that he cannot stand as witness in plunder, election fraud and everything else. Let’s not shoot down the messenger. Let’s not disbelieve the messenger. Let’s look at the message. What can he offer? And then let’s verify his information,” he said.

Malacañang last Thursday denied any talks for a possible deal with the former ARMM governor in turning himself into a state witness, even dismissing speculations that they are considering his offer to turn against his own family members who are the principal accused in the case..... MORE

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Facebook rebel Mariano stripped of post, detained By Gina Peralta-Elorde 07/17/2011

MALACAÑANG CLAIMS BEING CLUELESS ON VIDEO

Facebook rebel Mariano stripped of post, detained

By Gina Peralta-Elorde 07/17/2011
For calling for the ouster of President Aquino in a video circulating in a social networking site, a colonel in the Philippine Navy has been stripped of his post, put under investigation and placed under restriction, the military said yesterday.

Col. Generoso Mariano was removed as deputy commander of the Naval Reserve Command on Friday and investigated for possible sedition and unbecoming conduct over a video in which he called for Aquino’s overthrow, Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Omar Tonsay said.

“The tape showed him speaking out against the government,” Tonsay said, adding the footage appeared to show Mariano laying out scenarios when a President’s removal could be justified.

Tonsay said the tape, copies of which began circulating on social networking sites on the Internet on Saturday, had been viewed by some military units. One copy was anonymously delivered at the gate of navy headquarters..... MORE

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Lawmaker pushes establishment of centers nationwide for autistic, special children By Charlie V. Manalo 07/17/2011

Lawmaker pushes establishment of centers nationwide for autistic, special children

By Charlie V. Manalo 07/17/2011

A center for autistic and special children will soon be established in every province of the country.

Pangasinan Rep. Gina de Venecia said House Bill 4447 mandates the creation of centers which will give, among other things, free special therapy sessions or interventions to children with autism and hearing and speech impairment.

“Poor families who cannot afford the time and specialized treatment for their children with autism and/or hearing and speech impairment can avail themselves of free special therapy sessions or interventions,” De Venecia, author of the bill, said.

De Venecia added these centers shall also provide free evaluation, physical and occupational therapy and socialization activities..... MORE

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OWWA members can borrow from P2-B fund for livelihood 07/17/2011

OWWA members can borrow from P2-B fund for livelihood

07/17/2011
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) announced that the P2-billion reintegration loan program administered by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is available to both active and former members of OWWA who want to start or expand their small and medium business projects.

OWWA administrator Carmelita Dimzon is encouraging OFWs to attend daily briefings about the loan program at OWWA and its regional offices.

“By running their own enterprises, OFWs and their families would be able to control their own financial destinies,” Dimzon said. “Projects could be about supplying LPG gas to neighborhood, building lodging rooms for rent, transporting passengers, expanding a gym, or opening a dental clinic or an internet café.”.... MORE

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Tropical storm ‘Ineng’ may land in RP, says Pagasa 07/17/2011

Tropical storm ‘Ineng’ may land in RP, says Pagasa

07/17/2011
State forecasters said that tropical depression “Hanna” has exited on the Philippine territory yesterday morning as it continues to move northeast.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Hanna was 1,265 km east-northeast of Virac town in Catanduanes province as of 10 a.m..... MORE

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QCPD names gangs of robbers involved in BPI branch heist By Gina Peralta-Elorde 07/17/2011

QCPD names gangs of robbers involved in BPI branch heist

By Gina Peralta-Elorde 07/17/2011
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has identified the more than 15 armed men who robbed a bank in Quezon City as remnants of dreaded robbery gangs.

According to Chief Insp. Rodelio Marcelo, chief of the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU), 10 of the armed men were remnants of the notorious Alvin Flores, Ampang Colangco and Kuratong Baleleng syndicates.

Marcelo said the suspects robbed the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City in less than four minutes with each of the members acted with precision and had individual task.

“Lahat sila ay alam ang gagawin at may kanya-kanya silang role and in four minutes naisagawa nila ang robbery,” Marcelo said..... MORE

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