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Spring of hope runs out EDITORIAL 11/13/2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Spring of hope runs out

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The recent string of indicting studies on the country describing it as a mine field for business for having either the most hated or the worst airport in the world; a justice system that is unstable as the minds of the judges who run it and the unpredictable policies of government, all add up to conclude that Noynoy is failing miserably in the front of attracting foreign investments.

Noynoy’s biggest fault is resting on his presidential campaign laurels, stoked mostly by public sympathy owing to the death of his mother, the late Cory Aquino, which an economist recently described thus as his inability to convert what is supposed to be an overwhelming vote, which remains disputable, as fuel to get the economy moving..... MORE

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Boomerang FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 11/13/2011


Ninez Cacho-Olivares
Noynoy and his Justice chief certainly must be seen by the world as a laughing stock and an embarrassment to the Filipino people, what with their insistence in claiming that Gloria Arroyo has been using the travel for medical purposes as a stepping stone to become a political asylee in any of the countries she has listed down to which the country has no extradition treaty.

Both Leila de Lima and of course Noynoy — by virtue of what his dums-dums of spokesmen parrot — even went to the extent of spreading the rumor of Gloria having sought political asylum with the papers from the Dominican Republic handed personally to her by the DR’s Ambassador to India — to the point of saying that this text message based on Yellow rumor will have to be verified by the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs, thus internationalizing Noynoy’s vindictive and persecutorial issue against Gloria, and coming off as thoroughly stupid and embarrasing to a nation..... MORE

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w/ VIDEO: 'Gaddafi couldn't kill more people than NATO did' – Syrian deputy FM

'Gaddafi couldn't kill more people than NATO did' – Syrian deputy FM

Even if Gaddafi had lived for another 100 years, he could not have killed even a fraction of the number obliterated by NATO during its intervention in Libya, claims Syria’s deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal al-Mikdad, in an exclusive interview with RT.

­The top Syrian diplomat recalled that NATO’s aggression against Libya was carried out under the guise of restoring human rights and protecting civilians.

­‘They send money to kill Syrians’

Syria’s deputy FM has demanded that the countries financially and militarily supporting armed religious extremists on his country’s soil assume responsibility for financing terrorism.

Faisal al-Mikdad acknowledges that terrorist groups within Syria are being financed in an unofficial way by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan, and he has appealed to the people of these countries not to support such activities..... MORE


URL: http://rt.com/news/syria-religious-extremists-finance-007/

Behest sale N.O . N.O.N.S.E.N.S.E Jacinto ‘Jing’ Paras 11/13/2011

Behest sale

N.O . N.O.N.S.E.N.S.E
Jacinto ‘Jing’ Paras
If Sen. Serge Osmeña will look into the possibility that Ashmore may have violated some laws of the country and such violation was aided by certain government officials, he should inquire into the sale of the 40 percent share of Aramco in Petron to Ashmore.

It appears that Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) waived its right of first refusal in favor of Ashmore after which the sale of Aramco shares in Petron was hurriedly consumated despite the suspicion that Ashmore was not a qualified buyer in view of certain conditions set under the Aramco-Petron Sale Agreement. However, it is bruited about that certain PNOC officials allegedly manipulated the sale thereby ignoring and brushing aside the conditions that were supposed to be followed.

If the conditions in the original Aramco Petron Sale Agreement were only followed strictly, Ashmore may not have qualified as the third party buyer of the Aramco shares. .... MORE

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Social justice VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 11/13/2011

Social justice

Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
“Congress shall give highest priority to the enactment of measures that protect and enhance the right of all the people to human dignity, reduce social, economic and political inequalities and remove cultural inequities by equitably diffusing wealth and political power for the common good. To this end, the State shall regulate the acquisition, ownership, use and disposition of property and its increment.” (Philippine Constitution, Article XIII, Section 1)
It is worth noting that the above inherently significant and highly relevant constitutional provision is directly under the overall title of “Social Justice and Human Rights.”

Among other things, there is the marked indication that the above cited stipulation in the Philippine Constitution is not only mandatory but also urgent. It would be good to take note of the following facts. First, that the Philippine Constitution has been inspired by no less than the maternal origin of the incumbent President. Second, that the same Constitution became the Fundamental Law of the Land since 1986. Third, the said constitutional provision is now some two decades and a half years old — and the Filipinos in general have yet to live and savor the advent of social justice in the country as a whole..... MORE

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Big difference TABLETS OF STONE Larry Faraon, OP 11/13/2011

Big difference

Larry Faraon, OP
Twitters are plucking the compassionate and humanitarian strings of the Filipino heart beyond the legal and political on this issue of the medical alleviation to the condition of Rep. Gloria Arroyo overseas. More often the argument is historical citing profusely the “humanitarian” accommodations afforded by the late President Ferdinand Marcos to Sen. Benigno Aquino and that of President Gloria Arroyo to President Joseph Estrada. Such precedents, however, are non-sequiturs, not even valid arguments even considering the “humanitarian” rationale or justification for allowing the former president to travel overseas to seek medical treatment from experts.

However, there is gap of difference in all three cases.

Clearly, the late dictator Marcos’ move allowing Sen. Benigno Aquino’s coronary bypass in the United States in 1980 was a political strategy convenient for lapdogs whose hides are pestered by the “tic” that was the opposition Ninoy. It was actually an exile whereby Marcos’ hegemonic estimates would be forever for the outspoken senator. Fate, however, overlapped and Ninoy stubbornly headed for home leading to his assassination..... MORE

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Noynoy blows hot air at Apec forum 11/13/2011

Noynoy blows hot air at Apec forum

President Aquino bereft of any solid achievement at the homefront turned to blowing his own non-existent horn yesterday before a group of corporate chief executive officers at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum business summit as he bragged about the country not needing to import rice anymore and a discovery of a major natural gas deposit which will be bigger than the Malampaya field.

The Malampaya gas field is already a major source of natural gas that feeds at least three high-capacity power plants.

Aquino is in Honolulu, Hawaii for a three-day working visit to attend the 2011 Apec Leaders’ Meeting from Nov. 11 to 13..... MORE

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Gov’t renews pledge to countries affected by deployment ban 11/13/2011

Gov’t renews pledge to countries affected by deployment ban

The Philippine government will continue to work with countries affected by the deployment ban imposed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for the benefit of overseas Filipino workers, Malacañang yesterday said.

“We will continue to consult the stakeholders and coordinate with our friends, the countries that will be the subject of the list (ban),” deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan yesterday.

“It’s not a judgment on the country; it’s not a judgment on the friendship but we would like to work with them, to continue to work with them on how to deal with the situation because.... MORE

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Palawan’s underground river one of world’s new wonders of nature 11/13/2011

Palawan’s underground river one of world’s new wonders of nature

The Philippines’ Puerto Princesa Underground River, the Amazon rainforest, Vietnam’s Halong Bay and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls were named among the world’s new seven wonders of nature, according to organizers of a global poll.

The other three crowned the world’s natural wonders are South Korea’s Jeju Island,
Indonesia’s Komodo and South Africa’s Table Mountain, said the Zurich-based New7Wonders Foundation, citing provisional results.

Final results will be announced early 2012, said the Swiss foundation, warning there may yet be changes between the provisional winners and the final list..... MORE

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Bulacan execs concerned over Ipo, Bustos dams 11/13/2011

Bulacan execs concerned over Ipo, Bustos dams

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan — Two big dams in Bulacan have serious problems that need immediate action from the national government to prevent future flooding in many parts of the province, Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado said yesterday.

In the weekly radio program “The Governor’s Hour” aired over dwSS with co-host Rommel Ramos, Alvarado said that he, together with Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando and members of the Sangguniang Panglalawigan are calling on the national government to act fast on the problems besetting Ipo dam and the 13-year-old Bustos rubber dam.

The governor said that they were shocked after learning that Maynilad, a concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, is directly using Ipo dam as its main reservoir for 14 years now..... MORE

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Pacquiao, Marquez make weight for battle 11/13/2011

Pacquiao, Marquez make weight for battle

LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao tipped the scales at 143 pounds, his lightest fighting weight in 2 1/2 years, while Juan Manuel Marquez matched his heaviest ever at 142 in Friday’s weigh-in for their third fight.

Filipino icon Pacquiao, 53-3 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, risks his 14-fight win streak and the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Saturday against Mexico’s Marquez, who is 53-5 with one drawn and 39 knockouts.

Marquez, a lightweight champion moving up in size, also weighed 142 pounds in his only prior welterweight fight, a 2009 loss by decision in 2009 to unbeaten US star Floyd Mayweather.

“He’s a big target,” Pacquiao said. “It’s not easy to put on more weight and maintain your speed. You get slower. My speed is going to be a problem for him.”.... MORE

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Three golds put RP drive on right gear 11/13/2011


Three golds put RP drive on right gear

PALEMBANG, Indonesia — Women power charged the Philippine drive that generated three gold medals on Saturday while other Filipino athletes salvaged as many silvers and four bronze medals in the 26th Southeast Asian Games being held here, Jakarta and West Java.

Marestella Torres, pushing herself to the limit to extend a career which obtained the first feather in 2005, cleared 6.71m in the third of six attempts in long jump at the Jakabaring Sports City for the gold medal and erased a Games’ standard she herself posted in the 2009 edition of the SEAG in Laos.

Over in Jakarta, Rani Ann Ortega Francesca Camille Alarilla and Ma. Carla Janice Lagman obliterated the frustrations of the taekwondo world championships in Russia edging a newly crowned world titlist team from Vietnam by a mere half point in a much-talked about head-to-head in women’s poomsae..... MORE

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