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Worse than Marcos EDITORIAL 11/05/2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Worse than Marcos

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Some Gloria haters may think it is only the Arroyos’ right to travel that is being violated by this vindictive Noynoy administration, done through its Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and her usurped power to issue a watch list order on anyone whom Noynoy fancies to put on the WLO that can only be lifted through an “allow departure order” (ADO) to also be issued at the whim of the vindictive Noynoy.

They would be so wrong, because if this is to be tolerated by the Filipino people and the issue glossed over by the Supreme Court, anybody — critic or political foe of the vindictive Noynoy who obviously wants them to beg him for their right to travel and all other constitutional rights — can be subjected to the very same unconstitutional WLO, which, together with its ADO, is clearly a hold departure order (HDO) in disguise. And it is only the courts that can issue an HDO, not the Department of Justice (DoJ)..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111105com1.html

Rejecting responsibility for their actions FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 11/05/2011

Rejecting responsibility for their actions

Ninez Cacho-Olivares
Noynoy and his peace adviser are misusing taxpayers’ money to fund armed enemies of the state, claimed to be all done in the name of peace, apart from making certain that criminality will continue to be on the rise.

Why provide P31 million to the armed rebel group called the Alex Boncayao Brigade (ABB), a urban communist hit squad that is, as a group, no longer in existence, and worse, it has been admitted by Peace Adviser Teresita Deles herself that this is the same armed group that makes up the private armies of politicians?

And yet, armed with that fact, Deles even says that the peace agreement Noynoy has entered into with these mercenaries does not call for the surrender of these ABB members’ firearms. Instead, they are to have their firearms licensed. Translated, Noynoy and Deles, apart from giving tax money in the tens of millions to this armed group that forms part of a politician’s private army, are giving these mercenaries the license to kill, for their mercenary and political purposes. Yet Deles claims that financing them will bring about peace when the opposite is true in that Deles has ensured “legitimacy” for these mercenaries who are also working for politicians as their private army and killings will still be around..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111105com2.html

Khamenei: U.S. main terrorists

Khamenei: U.S. main terrorists

 Imam Khamenei: "The U.S. is the main terrorist in the world"

The Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Seyed Ali Khamenei, made mention of the many plots hatched in U.S. history against the Iranian nation. He reiterated Wednesday that the regime in the White House is the principal terrorist in the world.

Imam Khamenei, during an address directed to young students, on the eve of Student Day, has emphasized that Tehran has evidence in the hundreds, unquestionable, revealing Washington's role in supporting anti-Iranian terrorist groups against the Persian nation and the region, reports Press TV.

The guide of the Islamic Revolution has been considered the worry of the enemy for the diffusion of the Iranian "religious democracy," the solid model before the the rest of the world, the main reason why the White House tried to impute the government inTehran in an alleged "plot" to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States..... MORE


URL: http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/terror/03-11-2011/119523-Khamenei_us_main_terrorists-0/

‘Lowering age discernment won’t solve juvenile delinquency’ – children’s rights groups

‘Lowering age discernment won’t solve juvenile delinquency’ – children’s rights groups

“Children in conflict with the law should not be perceived as criminals because they are victims, victims who should be helped to correct his/her mistakes.” — Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concern
MANILA – In late 2008, Arnold (not his real name), then 17, was on his way home from a birthday party when a police mobile stopped in front of him. The policemen stepped out of the vehicle and arrested him. A woman inside the police mobile accused him of robbery. He was detained at Quezon City Police Station 6 together with other adult prisoners.

“I was detained for five days. Inside the jail, I was beaten up by other prisoners,” Arnold, now 20 years old, told Bulatlat.com in an interview. Although nothing was recovered from him by the police, he was still imprisoned. He was considered as one of the thousands of children in conflict with the law (CICL).

Arnold’s experience inside the jail is the main reason why children’s rights advocates are up in arms against the call to amend Republic Act 9344 or the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006”. Children’s rights advocates said that lowering the age discernment and suspension of the law will not solve the problem.

“It is absurd to judge the law as a failure when in fact it has not been implemented as it should be,” said Melissa San Miguel, spokeswoman of Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concern. “We are dismayed that one of the more progressive laws concerning the welfare of children is now being considered for amendments or even suspension,” San Miguel added.

(Photo courtesy of Salinlahi / Bulatlat.com)
The Philippine Action for Youth Offenders (Payo) cited a 1997 study conducted by the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) in 1997 showing that the age of discernment of in-school Filipino children is 15 years old.

Payo’s study conducted in 2002, meanwhile, revealed that the age of discernment of out-of-school Filipino children is 18 years old. In their position paper, Payo said that said studies were the basis for setting of the age of criminal responsibility in RA 9344 to 15 years old.
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URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/11/04/lowering-age-discernment-wont-solve-juvenile-delinquency-childrens-rights-groups/

Slideshow: In Upper Suyan Village, children suffer the worst from poverty, militarization

Slideshow: In Upper Suyan Village, children suffer the worst from poverty, militarization

DLUMAY, Sarangani — Back in 2007, a survey revealed that the literacy rate among the six sub-villages of Upper Suyan was a mere three percent. Children had a hard time going to school because the nearest formal school, which is located in the village proper of Upper Suyan, is about two to three hours away by foot. The Blaan people endured the situation for a long time until the Center for Lumad Advocacy and Services (Clans) and the Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (Sibol) came along and empowered them through a literacy program and a micro-hydro powerplant..... MORE


URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/08/25/slideshow-in-upper-suyan-village-children-suffer-the-worst-from-poverty-militarization/

Tublay’s disintegrating culture

Tublay’s disintegrating culture

Norther Dispatch
Posted by Bulatlat.com

The Ibaloi, Kankana-ey and the Kalanguya indigenous people inhabit the municipality of Tublay town of Benguet. The town is known for its wonderful tourist destinations, to name a few, the Bengaongao cave, Winaca Village, and the Tuel hot spring.

Interestingly, its people perform the age-old cañao which is part of its rich culture and tradition. The cañao is a community feast, following some rituals performed by the community. Each indigenous group have their own term for cacao: the Kankana-ey call it sida, the Ibaloi peshet, and the Kalanguya kecheng..... MORE

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URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/11/04/tublays-disintegrating-culture/

The Roots and outcome of Philippine Migration

The Roots and outcome of Philippine Migration

 By Erika Caleja
It is surely a rare occasion where I get to know a person who can let me have a deeper understanding about forced migration here in our country. That’s why it’s so nice to meet Mr. Ramil Batas, the case officer of a progressive organization Migrante International. Mr. Batas gave us (interns here in Bulatlat) a brief and very informative discussion about the history of forced migration (that started way beyond Spanish Era), and the current situation of our very own Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Bulatlat,com provided us with this migrant sit and gave us the opportunity to learn while doing our on-the-job training. By the way, the talk was very helpful to us, so that when we write stories (like some issues regarding migration and other related topics) we have an idea or a little bit background on the topics that we are writing about.

So, what can I say about our OFWs? Before, I couldn’t care less about it, all I know is that they go abroad because there’s work waiting for them with a higher wage. But, I’m also aware that they do that because they can’t get work here in our own country that can be able to sustain and provide for their family’s needs. Little did I know (during our discussions) that migration is rooted in our history and that even some of our ancestors during the Spanish period have become labourers in cargo vessels in galleon trading. We can also say, some Illustrados or “learned” Filipinos that came from rich families back then who travelled to Europe to study are also what we call migrants, just like Jose Rizal.

Who can we blame for the widespread forced migration? I thought there should be one, well I guess it’s our government, if only they would promote and improve the Industrial and agricultural sectors here in the country, then a lot of Filipinos would have a job and won’t need to go abroad–leaving their families, and their children without a mother or a father to guide them as they grow up. I remember when we tackled about migration in the time of Marcos; the government started this “Labor Export Policy” where it simply treats migrant workers as a commodity rather than a “human being.” When the government learned that they could get a lot of money to flow into the country (which is by the way through remittances) just by sending pinoys abroad, now the program has become permanent. I’ve learned that LEP has a big contribution to the Philippine economy: it provides a systematic migrant “trading” and offer Filipinos with work, when unemployment hits the country during the time of Marcos and carry on up to now..... MORE


URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/06/09/the-roots-and-outcome-of-philippine-migration/

Noy comes up with more excuses not to get FoI passed by Congress By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 11/05/2011

Noy comes up with more excuses not to get FoI passed by Congress

By Virgilio J. Bugaoisan 11/05/2011

President Aquino continues to come up with a litany of excuses on why his administration has yet to make good on his campaign commitment to pass a Freedom of Information (FoI) bill.

He has even gone a step further as he compared “absolute freedom (to know)” to “absolute imprisonment” and also saying that such an FoI law would serve to inflict harm on the general public.

In an interview over YouTube’s Worldwide Series aired yesterday, Aquino claimed his administration is still consulting various stakeholders before coming out with Malacañang’s version of an FoI bill which would be submitted to Congress for legislative action..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111105hed3.html

Binay wants NSC convened to tackle MILF situation By Michaela P. del Callar 11/05/2011

Binay wants NSC convened to tackle MILF situation

By Michaela P. del Callar 11/05/2011
Vice President Jejomar Binay has proposed the convening of the National Security Council (NSC) to address recent developments involving the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Binay, in a radio interview, said the NSC might be needed to address the issues of peace and order in Mindanao, along with other local security issues.

“This national security problem, particularly what’s happening in Mindanao, it’s best to convene our National Security Council,” he stressed.

The NSC is composed of the President, the Vice President, the Executive Secretary, the secretaries of Foreign Affairs, National Defense, Justice, Labor and Employment, and Local Government; the National Security Adviser, and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as well as past presidents. .... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111105hed4.html

Solon urges Congress: Speed up passage of bill vs cyber crime 11/05/2011

Solon urges Congress: Speed up passage of bill vs cyber crime

Sen. Edgardo Angara once again called on Congress to fast-track the passage of the bill which aims to protect individuals and institutions from cybercrime attacks as he expressed alarm over a series of cyber attacks on foreign government agencies and companies.

According to recent reports, Japan’s parliament has come under cyber attack again, apparently from the same emails linked to a China-based server that have already hit several lawmakers’ computers.

Reports further revealed that malicious emails were found on computers used in the upper chamber of the Japanese parliament. Politicians’ computers and a Lower House server had contracted a “Trojan horse” virus containing a program that allowed a China-based server to steal passwords and other information..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111105nat5.html

RP Embassy in Saudi quizzes OFW ‘blood trade’ report By Michaela P. del Callar 11/05/2011

RP Embassy in Saudi quizzes OFW ‘blood trade’ report

By Michaela P. del Callar 11/05/2011

The Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia questioned the veracity of reports that many undocumented Filipinos had been selling blood in Saudi Arabia to survive, saying only legal workers are allowed to do so as residence permits must be presented before the procedure is permitted.

However, the embassy was quick to point out that it is willing to provide assistance to distressed workers.

“Based on the embassy’s own experience and knowledge, only those with valid residence permits (or iqamas) could donate blood to several designated blood banks, usually to Saudi government hospitals,” the embassy said in a statement..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111105nat4.html

Prosecutors want charges filed against LPG group By Benjamin B. Pulta 11/05/2011

Prosecutors want charges filed against LPG group

By Benjamin B. Pulta 11/05/2011

Filing of criminal charges has been recommended by prosecutors against a party-list representative and officers of his group.

In a 10-page resolution released yesterday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) found probable cause to charge Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers Association Inc. (LPGMAI) party-list Rep. Arnel Ty and other officers of his group for cartelization charges.

They face charges for violating Republic Act 8479 (Oil Deregulation Law) and Revised Penal Code.

Recommended to be charged were Rene Rossel, Danilo Chua, Alison Sy, Ronnie Sevillana, Mar Dave Tang, Bonifacio Eleria, Virginia Dave Cid and Antonio del Rosario..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111105met6.html

‘Ram’ Revilla’s sis: I have nothing to do with my brother’s murder By Gina Peralta-Elorde 11/05/2011

‘Ram’ Revilla’s sis: I have nothing to do with my brother’s murder

By Gina Peralta-Elorde 11/05/2011
The sister of the late aspiring actor Ramgen “Ram” Revilla, Ramona, yesterday maintained she had nothing to do with the murder of his brother.

In a television interview, Ramona admitted she was inside the house in Parañaque City on the night of Oct. 28 when masked men barged into her brother’s room and shot his girlfriend Janelle Manahan.

According to Ramona, Ram had a scuffle with the masked men but managed to go back to his room and tried to lock the door.

She claimed Ram also protected her from the attackers..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111105met1.html

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