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P21B fails to stop hunger EDITORIAL Click to enlarge 10/30/2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

P21B fails to stop hunger

EDITORIAL
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10/30/2011
This year, the government’s budgeted P21.4 billion for the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program on which Noynoy is underpinning his effort to eradicate poverty in the country, has proved that the doleouts haven’t created a dent at all.

So much hype has been attached to the program to have Congress’ approval for it and lately it seems that even the World Bank president, Robert Zoellick, was hijacked in his visit to the country to act as a prop for the program. But notice, from photos, at the clothes the children were wearing — all clean and new, as if Dinky and her staff made sure Zoellick won’t see them in their usual rags, perhaps to make that Pushkin impression that indeed, the poor are now well-clothed and well-fed.

The doubled effort for the CCT, or known since the previous administration as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), was imperative since the program is being collaterally doubled to more than P40 billion in the 2012 budget and the congressional approval for it is still the subject of deliberations..... MORE

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Blame game a turn off FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 10/30/2011

Blame game a turn off

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
10/30/2011
Noynoy and his aides — especially the former Arroyo Palace aides now with him, seem to think that they can blame all their frigging mistakes on the previous administration, but they should realize that the Filipinos — save for those Yellows and their propagandists in the media who claim to be journalists and columnists — are sick and tired of the Noynoy blame game, well over a year and four months into his presidency.

Noynoy continues to coddle the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), even funding a claimed foundation of the Moro rebels that will ostensibly train Moro leaders. The “gift” of P5 million is peanuts, and it is almost certain that it was not just P5 million that the government has been giving the Moro rebels. It is just the amount that is now public knowledge.

Recall that at the secret meeting, funding for the Moro rebels was certainly discussed, since Noynoy was accompanied by his Budget secretary, as well as his Defense chief, not to mention his Finance secretary. Obviously, there would be more “gifts” for the Moro rebels forthcoming — which will naturally be kept secret..... MORE

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Done deal BLURBAL THRUSTS Louie Logarta 10/30/2011

Done deal

BLURBAL THRUSTS
Louie Logarta
10/30/2011
After some eight long months of acrimonious wrangling brought about by oppositors, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) approved with flying colors the P75-billion coupling of two of the country’s biggest telecommunications outfits — Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Digital Telecommunications Philippines (Digitel) which owns the popular Sun Cellular brand.

In giving the go-signal to PLDT’s acquisition of the Gokongwei-controlled Digitel firm, the NTC wrote finis, albeit temporarily, to the frenzied efforts of rival Globe Telecoms, the Philippines’ second-ranked telecommunications company which has a grip on an estimated 30 percent of the market, to derail the merger citing monopoly concerns that are not beneficial to the interests of some 30 million cellphone users. PLDT at present also owns Smart Telecommunications which is the acknowledged leader in the cellular telephone segment of the industry..... MORE

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NATO to stay in Libya for good?

NATO to stay in Libya for good?

The death of Colonel Gaddafi made many assume that NATO was going to finish its operation in Libya. Sources from the alliance said that it could happen during the next couple of days indeed. However, it is too early to say that the Libyan operation is over. Ali Tarhouni, an official spokesman for the National Transitional Council asked the NATO administration to prolong its mission in Libya for at least one month.

Why does the Council need NATO to stay? It seems that the city of Sirte has been taken. News agencies report that practically all buildings in the city have been destroyed. Rebels continue to find and destroy Gaddafi followers and they do not need NATO's help.

Saifa Gaddafi said that he would continue the struggle and revenge for the death of his father. It is too early to draw the line in this story. It is not ruled out that the Libyans will rebel again once they have come to realize the advantages of "Arab democracy.".... MORE

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URL: http://english.pravda.ru/world/africa/27-10-2011/119453-nato_libya-0/

Enough is enough! VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 10/30/2011

Enough is enough!

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
10/30/2011
An expression of disgust. A statement of exasperation. A message of warning. All these are combined messages and implications of the notice served that “enough is enough!”

What makes this declaration more loaded and significant is that it was made by no less than the chief of Supreme Court (SC), that is openly and clearly said in public, and that it received a big and long applause from his audience.

His perceived sin is having been appointed Chief Justice by the past administration. He was then subsequently ostracized from high level official events. His other attributed sin is having denied the constitutionality of the so-called “Truth Commission.” He was then a marked man as far as the present administration is concerned..... MORE

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Giving aid and comfort to the enemy N.O . N.O.N.S.E.N.S.E Jacinto ‘Jing’ Paras 10/30/2011

Giving aid and comfort to the enemy

N.O . N.O.N.S.E.N.S.E
Jacinto ‘Jing’ Paras
10/30/2011
The Constitution of the Philippines provides in Section 7 thereof, that it is the obligation of the State to give paramount consideration to national sovereignty, territorial integrity, national interest, and the right of self-determination. Hence the leader of the nation or the State for that matter is expected to protect and defend any attempt by its citizen/s or foreigners to trample with this sacred conditions embodied in our very Constitution. That is why we see in our statute books that the State is concerned with crimes committed in breach of this constitutional mandate and provides for severe penalties thereof.

One of the crimes committed against National Security is Treason that is defined under Article 114 of the Revised Penal Code. It states that, “Any Filipino citizen who levies war against the Philippines or adheres to her enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the Philippines and elsewhere, commits the crime of treason and is penalized by reclusion perpetua and shall pay a fine not to exceed P100,000..... MORE

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Fugitive couple still in RP — DoJ By Benjamin B. Pulta 10/30/2011

NBI, PNP START MANHUNT FOR LIGOTS

Fugitive couple still in RP — DoJ

By Benjamin B. Pulta 10/30/2011

The government citing records from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) indicated yesterday that the fugitive couple, former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot and his wife Erlinda who astounded the whole nation with their horde of wealth amassed likely from diversion of military funds, are still in the country and that authorities are already tracking both after the Court of Tax Appeals ordered their arrest over a tax evasion case the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed against them.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the indicted pair are still in the country and in text messages to newsmen she added that “as per (the) BI database, the spouses Jacinto and Erlinda Ligot are in the country.”
“The NBI has been tasked to locate them and effect their arrest.” she said.

The Ligots are now said to be “missing” as the warrants could not be served to the couple..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111030hed1.html

Come clean on P5-M donation, Noynoy told By Charlie V. Manalo 10/30/2011

Come clean on P5-M donation, Noynoy told

By Charlie V. Manalo 10/30/2011

The Palace needed to come clean on the P5 million in supposed donation to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) President Aquino has said belatedly was financing for the MILF’s Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) that supposedly conducts leadership and management training of the rebels group, House Minority Leader Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said yesterday.

Despite Aquino’s claim on the donation, he, nevertheless, admitted being clueless the other day about the foundation and its officials.

In a statement, Lagman said there is a compelling reason for Malacañang to clarify once and for all the “gray areas” in the P5-million donation Aquino made to the MILF “lest he be accused of treason.”

“There is need for Malacañang to clarify and explain the gray and nebulous areas shrouding the P5 million financial assistance to the MILF which the President approved and ordered remitted to the MILF,” Lagman said..... MORE


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Migrante urges gov’t to seek clarification from Saudi on ‘salary protection policy’ 10/30/2011

Migrante urges gov’t to seek clarification from Saudi on ‘salary protection policy’

10/30/2011
Amid the announcement of Saudi Arabia labor ministry that it is going to implement a ceiling on remittances by expatriate workers including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) “to protect its economy,” a Filipino migrants rights group yesterday urged the Philippine government to seek clarification on the host government about “salary protection” policy.

Citing local reports, Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said Saudi labor ministry disclosed last week its plan to implement what it called ‘salary protection’ program under which expatriate workers could only sent a prescribe amount of their salaries to be sent home.

A high-ranking Saudi Labor official was quoted by local newspapers saying, “About nine to 10 workers in the country are foreigners. This has led to millions of riyals being transferred back to their home countries, harming the local economy.”.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111030nat2.html

Bishop, nature watchdog appeal to public not to litter on cemeteries 10/30/2011

Bishop, nature watchdog appeal to public not to litter on cemeteries

10/30/2011
A Catholic bishop and an environmental watchdog have jointly appealed to the public not to trash the cemeteries as millions are expected to remember their dearly departed loved ones on Nov. 1 and 2.

In a combined appeal, Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iiguez and the EcoWaste Coalition called for a simple and waste-free commemoration of Undas in the light of the countrys unrelenting problem with garbage.

I exhort everyone to keep our cemeteries safe and clean, said Bishop Iiguez who also heads the Public Affairs Committee of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Please dont leave any trash behind. With public cooperation, we can turn the tide on trash and make Undas a pleasant occasion for all, especially for Mother Nature, he said..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111030nat3.html

ALU bans use of toxic wire gauzes in schools 10/30/2011

ALU bans use of toxic wire gauzes in schools

10/30/2011
Despite the assurance of the Department of Education (DepEd) that there are enough “safeguards” in schools to prevent asbestos, the Associated Labor Unions’ (ALU) Ban Asbestos Philippines has maintained that the use of all wire gauzes that contain cancerous asbestos be banned from all classrooms and laboratories.

“We called for recall and ban of asbestos containing wire gauze. I hope they (DepEd) can do beyond ensuring us (that) they exercise safety. The best DepEd can do now is take wire gauzes away from laboratories, chemistry and biology class nationwide,” Alan Tanjusay, ALU Policy Advocacy and Campaign Officer, said..... MORE

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‘Bong’ Revilla’s half-brother stabbed, shot dead in P’ñaque 10/30/2011

‘Bong’ Revilla’s half-brother stabbed, shot dead in P’ñaque

10/30/2011
A half-brother of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. was shot and stabbed dead inside his home in Parañaque City shortly before midnight Friday.

Parañaque police chief Senior Supt. Billy Beltran said actor Ram Bautista Revilla, 22, was stabbed and shot dead inside his house on President Avenue, Phase 6-A, BF Homes around 11:35 p.m. Friday.

Revilla’s girlfriend Janelle Manahan, who was with the actor during the incident, was also critically wounded by two halloween mask-wearing suspects..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111030met1.html

Makati suspends number coding from October 31 to November 2 10/30/2011

Makati suspends number coding from October 31 to November 2

10/30/2011
The city government of Makati has lifted its number coding scheme on Oct. 31, Monday, until Nov. 2, Wednesday, to give way to the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

According to Hermenegildo San Miguel, chief of the Makati Public Safety Department, the city government will implement the three-day suspension of its Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program for the convenience of residents and visitors who will be visiting their departed loved ones in the cemeteries located in the city...... MORE

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