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Failure to launch EDITORIAL 10/11/2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Failure to launch

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10/11/2011
Where is the economic progress pledged by Noynoy and those Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects he said would be the cornerstone of his economic agenda?

It has been 14 months since he promised that major infrastructure development funded by an equal share between government and the private sector would spur economic growth, but except for one or two projects which are even inherited from the previous administration and are being passed off as part of the PPP effort of Noynoy, not one stone of the supposed flagship projects has been set up.

The lack of a clear plan for the PPP hype is becoming very evident with the long lag in starting the bids for these projects. Consequently with the delay in the PPP projects, coupled with the show of incompetence by withholding fund releases, the economy is on course to grind to a halt.

Last April, the budget posted a P26.258 billion surplus which was a level unseen in the past 20 years..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111011com1.html

Feeding the public crap FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 10/11/2011

Feeding the public crap

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
10/11/2011
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima claims that 2007 poll fraud witnesses have not been cleared from other charges against them, despite her placing them under the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP).

Just who is she trying to kid?

None of these confirmed electoral cheats of 2004 and 2007 and perhaps even 2010, would have come up with such affidavits if they have not entered into some kind of a deal with De Lima.

The fact that they do face charges, with even some of them having warrants of arrest issued against them already marks them for conviction in court as they have admitted that they cheated for the administration candidates..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111011com2.html

US porn industry goes underground comfortably

US porn industry goes underground comfortably


 
The widely advertised doomsday, which everyone is now expecting in 2012, frightens everyone, including those who stand too far from the traditional Christian lifestyle. A US porn studio said that it was going to relocate its production under the ground. The studio is making the move not to leave the survivors without adult films.

Quentin Boyer of Pink Visual said in an interview with CBC Local that the production of the studio would be relocated to a bunker. The porn bunker of the studio is not going to be something like a conventional bomb shelter or a tiny underground room for a bunch of people..... MORE

SourcePravda.ru

URL: http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/22-09-2011/119127-porn_industry-0/

Love means you don’t apologize NO HOLDS BARRED Armida Siguion-Reyna 10/11/2011

Love means you don’t apologize

NO HOLDS BARRED
Armida Siguion-Reyna
10/11/2011
United States Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. found himself apologizing to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, saying, “I am sending you a response expressing regret for my comments. I should not have used the 40 percent statistic without the ability to back it up. I regret any harm that I may have caused.”

Last Sept. 22, 2011 Thomas had told a judicial conference on human trafficking he estimated “maybe up to 40 percent of foreign men who come here come for sexual tourism and that is unacceptable.”
That quickly hit the fan.

Variations in media had him announcing “that corrupt officials were involved in a very visible sex trade, and challenged the legal profession to eliminate the ‘scourge’ also participated in by Americans..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111011com4.html

Death and slavery in the UK AN OUTSIDERS VIEW Ken Fuller 10/11/2011

Death and slavery in the UK

AN OUTSIDERS VIEW
Ken Fuller
10/11/2011
Two weeks ago, this column discussed the rise of poverty in the USA due to the current economic crisis. Today, we’ll take a look at some developments in the UK which arise — some directly and one indirectly — from that same crisis. As in the USA, it has been decided that those whose system created the crisis should go free and that completely innocent working people should pay the price.

Apart from the hundreds of thousands to be thrown out of employment in the public sector as state and local authority expenditure is cut, workplace deaths and injuries will also increase. This is because the government of David William Donald Cameron, prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, and his coalition partner, Nicholas William Peter Clegg, deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats (at least until the voters punish him at the next election for not only supping with the devil but forcing the latter’s toxic brew on the country) has decided that health and safety is, after all, not really very important.

Thus, last October it was announced that the funding of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) would be reduced by 35 percent. As a result, the HSE has announced over 200 job-cuts and a reduction of 11,000 unannounced workplace inspections this year. Its hotline, which enables employees to anonymously report workplace violations, will be discontinued..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111011com5.html

And dance he will INSIDE CONGRESS charlie manalo 10/11/2011

And dance he will

INSIDE CONGRESS
charlie manalo
10/11/2011
Despite pronouncements he is against any move to have the 24-year old Charter drafted, ratified and enacted during the time of his late mother, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, with his refusal to suppress the efforts of his allies to have the 1987 Constitution amended, is sending signs he will definitely dance the Cha-cha.

Sen. Joker Arroyo was every inch right when he said the Cha-cha proposals would not prosper if Noynoy would not support it. And from all indications, Congress is all systems go to have the Charter amended.

Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano echoes Joker’s concerns saying Noynoy’s inaction on his allies constant groundwork in pushing Cha-cha in Congress reveals the government’s true pro-Cha-cha intent..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111011com6.html

Climate change. Charter change. Character change VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 10/11/2011

Climate change. Charter change. Character change

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
10/11/2011
From the time climate became an actuality and since man entered into the world of realities, since then, one has been affecting the other for better or for worse. Lately, it has become a rather common belief that man has in fact changed the climate to his own loss. Unless proven otherwise, it now appears that climate is striking back at man with loss of life and resources.

Question: Is Climate Change good or bad? Answer: Bad.

In the last analysis, man may not but preserve and even enhance the integrity of the climate that envelops him. In the same way, he may not but protect and in effect care for the environment. It is not mere poetry when it is said that a degraded climate has a way of striking back at man, that a polluted environment seeks to get even with humanity. This is why Climate Change is bad..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111011com7.html

Palace denies collusion with US on Cha-cha By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 10/11/2011

Palace denies collusion with US on Cha-cha

By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 10/11/2011

There’s no collusion between President Aquino and the US government for the administration to covertly pursue Charter change (Cha-cha).

This was claimed by presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a press briefing yesterday as he pointed out that the alleged informant of Bayan Partylist Rep. Teodoro Casiño who reportedly told him about Malacañang’s underhanded effort to push for Cha-cha to amend economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution could be “day dreaming.”

Lacierda’s statement came following reports that Casiño allegedly claimed that while Aquino has declared that he is against Cha-cha, he has been discreetly supporting his peers in Congress to push constitutional reforms, in collusion with the US government.

Lacierda said that whoever fed Casiño with the information is a “polluted source” as he maintained that Aquino is firm in his position that he is against any move to tinker with the Constitution..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111011hed3.html

Jinggoy calls for probe on Keppel shipyard workers’ death By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 10/11/2011

Jinggoy calls for probe on Keppel shipyard workers’ death

By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 10/11/2011
Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada yesterday moved to have the upper chamber step into the Keppel Subic Shipyard accident that killed six of its workers and se-riously injured several others, following reports the company has not lifted a finger since the incident took place last Friday.

Estrada stressed during his privilege speech that the action he seeks is not “intended to be another journey into the world of finger pointing. But there is a serious need to ferret out the truth if justice is ever to be done for the workers who lost their lives while they were trying to earn a decent living.”

Immediately after the tragic incident took place, Estrada lost no time in urging the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to conduct a tho-rough investigation to determine if there was any lapse in the overall safety measures in the said workplace..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111011hed4.html

‘Ka Roger’ death won’t affect peace process By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 10/11/2011

‘Ka Roger’ death won’t affect peace process

By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 10/11/2011
Malacanang showed very little sympathy over reports that New People’s Army spokesman Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal is dead and said that his demise will not have any effect on ongoing peace talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines- National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF) panel.

In a press briefing yesterday, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda was curt in his remarks when asked for a statement about the death of Rosal.

“Well, what do you want me to say? We console with the family of Ka Roger Rosal. Other than that, that’s our only statement,” Lacierda said but clarified that Rosal’s death would not stop government forces from conducting military operations against the NPAs..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111011nat3.html

Pinoy driver home after being granted royal clemency By Michaela P. del Callar 10/11/2011

Pinoy driver home after being granted royal clemency

By Michaela P. del Callar 10/11/2011

A Filipino truck driver in Saudi Arabia who was sentenced to death for mocking Prophet Mohammad will finally return home after being granted royal clemency, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

The Filipino referred to as “Pablo” by the DFA was arrested on March 24, 2007 and was charged with blasphemy on allegations that he besmirched and mocked the name of the revered Islam prophet. The Filipino’s real identity was withheld upon the request of his family.

Under Islamic Law, disrespecting the name of Prophet Mohammad is a grievous offense and considered taboo in Saudi and the Muslim community. It is considered the most serious of crimes under Islamic law and the Muslim holy book of Koran that is punishable by death..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111011nat1.html

Bill seeking to prohibit bullying in schools approved on first reading By Gerry Baldo

Bill seeking to prohibit bullying in schools approved on first reading

By Gerry Baldo 10/11/2011

The House on basic education and culture panel yesterday approved on first reading a bill that would prohibit bullying in private and public schools.

Under the Anti-Bullying Act of 2011, any severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another student would constitute bullying.

The bill, authored by Reps. Juan Edgardo Angara of Aurora , Mary Mitzi Cajayon of Caloocan, Christopher Co, Rodel Batocabe and Alfredo Garbin Jr. of of Ako Bicol Party-list, also defines bullying as an unwanted physical contact between the bully and the victim such as punching, pushing, shoving, kicking, slapping, tickling, headlocks, school pranks, teasing, fighting and use of available objects as weapons qualifies as a bullying act, as well as any slanderous statement or accusation that causes the victim undue emotional distress like directing foul language or profanity at the target, name-calling, tormenting and commenting negatively on someone’s looks, clothes, body and cyber bullying or any bullying done through the use of technology or any electronic means qualify as a bullying act..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111011met4.html

Development work on Muslim burial site in Rodriguez almost complete By Arlie O. Calalo 10/11/2011

Development work on Muslim burial site in Rodriguez almost complete

By Arlie O. Calalo 10/11/2011
The development work of the three-hectare Muslim burial ground is now almost completed, according to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.

The area is located in Sitio Maislap, Rodriguez (formerly Montalban) town in Rizal province.

The governments of Quezon City and Rizal town coordinated to provide the Muslim people a burial site for their departed loved ones.

Bautista said the Quezon City government has turned over to Rodriguez Mayor Cecilio Hernandez a check amounting to P2 million, representing the full transfer of the P5-million grant donated by the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2006 to the Muslim community of Quezon City for the development of the burial ground in the province of Rizal..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111011met3.html

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