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Noy’s rule of force EDITORIAL 11/17/2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Noy’s rule of force

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Sen. Joker Arroyo is wrong. It is no longer tendencies of a totalitarian administration of Noynoy Aquino, but a fact, as evidenced by his and his Justice secretary’s total defiance of the Supreme Court (SC)’s immediately executory order restraining the Aquino administration from enforcing its watch list order (WLO) against the Arroyo couple.

And as threatened by Malacañang prior to the ruling of the grant to the Arroyos’ temporary restraining order (TRO) by the high court, the former President and her husband were barred from leaving the country Tuesday night by the Bureau of Immigration officials under orders from Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Leila de Lima, no doubt also acting under Noynoy’s orders, as she had admitted having held a meeting with him prior to her media briefing held in Malacañang..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111117com1.html

A global embarrassment FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 11/17/2011

A global embarrassment

Ninez Cacho-Olivares
Noynoy has turned himself into an international and local embarrassment by defying a legal and constitutional order lifting his administration’s ban on former President Gloria Arroyo and her spouse, Mike Arroyo, from the highest court in the land through its grant of a temporary restraining order against the executive branch of government.

International judicial bodies must be aghast at the manner with which the executive department of a government willfully ignores a high court order amid its insistence that the executive’s administration circular is superior to the country’s high court’s legal orders and that the executive department will keep on disregarding the judicial order until the high court rules on its motion for reconsideration and hear oral arguments as well as decide the case on its merits.

It is pure and open defiance of the executive on the high court’s order..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111117com2.html

First Cordillera community radio station launched in Sagada

 First Cordillera community radio station launched in Sagada

We felt the people’s desire and interest for a radio station they truly own long before this launch. Radyo Sagada is no longer a dream but a reality.”
SAGADA, Mountain Province — Radio Sagada 104.7 FM was successfully launched last Friday as the first-ever community radio station in the Cordilleras.

After five months of test broadcasts, the people of Sagada converged at the town center to end almost a decade of hard work and anticipation.

Friends and supporters from Baguio, Manila and even abroad made the long trip to this famous tourist town to celebrate with the community and participate in the event.

“With this launching, Sagada proved once more its leadership in pushing for the people’s communication rights,” Kathleen Okubo, Radyo Sagada director said.

Okubo, Baguio-based Northern Dispatch Weekly editor in chief, recalled that Sagada published the first newsweeklies in the Cordilleras with a letterpress printing machine that also gave birth to the country’s oldest existing community newspaper, the Baguio Midland Courier.

Radyo Sagada station manager Mary Carling for her part urged Sagadans and all Cordillerans to claim the community radio station as theirs.

(Photo by Ray Villa / Bulatlat.com)
“We will welcome anyone who wish to broadcast programs on Radyo Sagada, because it is owned, managed and operated by the people,” she said.

Non-commercial and pro-people
Aside from having weaker signals, community radio stations differ with other types of radio stations in more ways than one.

Their primary mandate is to give voice to citizens usually ignored by commercial or government-owned radio stations that number around 600 all over the Philippines.

Community radio stations often give people and sectoral organizations, peasants, women, indigenous peoples, workers, youth, environmentalists and other marginalized sectors free airtime.

Community radio broadcasters also generally lack formal training and education on broadcasting but there are many non-government organizations that give them free training and assistance.

While community radio stations may air commercial advertisements, proceeds are exclusively used for operations. Advertisers are also not allowed to influence editorial policies if they run counter to the pro-people advocacies of the station.

For instance, these stations almost never air pesticide and fertilizer advertisements if their peasant listeners advocate organic farming..... MORE


URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/11/17/first-cordillera-community-radio-station-launched-in-sagada/

Journalists urge Aquino government to act now to end impunity

Journalists urge Aquino government to act now to end impunity

'Will we be holding the same forum discussing the same topic next year?”

The atmosphere was both cordial and charged as government officials and journalists set aside pleasantries and engaged in an honest dialogue on how to end the reign of impunity in the country and what the government is doing about it.

The occasion was a roundtable discussion on Impunity organized by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) and the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists last November 15, 2011 from 9:30 to 12 noon at the Annabel’s Restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. The discussion was part of a month-long campaign building up to the International Day to End Impunity on November 23, which would be marked by a march by journalists and human rights advocates.

The Philippines has earned the infamy of having the International Day to End Impunity coincide with the worst case of journalist killing in the country and the world, the Ampatuan massacre. The Ampatuan massacre, the CMFR said, is an emblematic case, meaning it reflects how impunity reigns in the country..... MORE


URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/11/17/journalists-urge-aquino-government-to-act-now-to-end-impunity/

Brutal arrests at OWS protest (VIDEO)

Brutal arrests at OWS protest (VIDEO)

The peaceful Occupy Wall Street protest has turned violent yet again. Over 50 people have been arrested in NYC and an RT producer attacked by police. Rallies throughout the United States are marking two months since the beginning of the movement.

RT producer Lucy Kafanov, who is on site in New York, is reporting arrests amid clashes between police and protesters.

“Mass arrests & violence on Broad and Beaver. Officer hit my arm with club. Another photog got shoved. Police beat protesters,” says Kafanov’s tweet. It seems not only the protesters that get beaten but members of the press too..... MORE


URL: http://rt.com/news/ows-protest-violence-police-585/

Will the ICC Act? Indictment against NATO

 Will the ICC Act? Indictment against NATO


Is the International Criminal Court at The Hague a real court which respects and uphold international law, or is it an insult to the precept that international law is applied fairly and is Mr. Moreno Ocampo in fact working against his profession, destroying the notion that the world community's so-called international forum is impartial? Let us see.

In addition to the case we presented in this column on November 5, 2011*, here is a seven-point indictment against NATO, which shall be delivered tomorrow at the ICC. We will charter its progress, we will charter the correspondence and we will examine very carefully the way in which it is received and acted upon..... MORE


URL: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/16-11-2011/119646-indictment_second-0/

Health VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 11/17/2011


Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
“The State shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential goods, health and other social services available to all the people at affordable cost. There shall be priority for the needs of the underprivileged sick, elderly, disabled, women and children. The State shall endeavor to provide free medical care to paupers.” (Philippine Constitution, Article XIII, Section 11)

The mind is perplexed. The feeling is strange. Questions are understandable and in order. Is the above remarkable and impressive pronouncement really a provision of the Philippine Constitution written for and supposedly observed in this country? Is the same moving and defining statement actually a stipulation of the fundamental law of the Philippines? Or is it simply a misprint and wherefore merely a misplaced citation lifted from another constitution of another nation in another continent?.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111117com7.html

Activists ‘ambush’ Clinton convoy 11/17/2011

Activists ‘ambush’ Clinton convoy

Protesters clashed with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail near Malacañang yesterday, forcing her convoy to detour.

Local security men and at least one American jumped out with automatic rifles drawn after about 50 left-wing youth activists kicked their vehicles and hurled red paint at the cars, but no shots were fired, a witness said.

US Embassy spokesman Bettina Malone and Manila police both declined to comment on the confrontation, which the Agence France Presse photographer said occurred after Clinton called on President Aquino in Malacañang.

The photographer said the incident occurred as police motorcycle outriders led out the Clinton convoy out of the Palace..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111117hed4.html

Arroyo cleared in Iloilo airport sale case Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:27 AM Jose Carlos L. Maningat

Arroyo cleared in Iloilo airport sale case

Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been cleared of plunder charges for the sale of land near the old Iloilo airport during her administration, reports the Philippine Star.

In a resolution forwarded to the Office of the Ombudsman, the Department of Justice (DOJ) recommended the dismissal of the plunder case filed by Danilo Lihay-lihay against Arroyo over the sale of the P1-billion property to Megaworld Corp. in 2007.

“The investigating panel chaired by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong said the complaint lacked probable cause to warrant the indictment of Arroyo for plunder,” the report said.

The report disclosed that the DOJ had come up with the resolution as early as last week, but refused to make it public as it will still be reviewed by the ombudsman..... MORE


URL: http://thepoc.net/breaking-news/politics/14135-doj-clears-arroyo-in-plunder-case.html

Contempt raps, jail time face DoJ chief By Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales 11/17/2011


Contempt raps, jail time face DoJ chief

By Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales 11/17/2011

Who yields to whom? The power of the pen, or the power of the sword?

Court Administrator Justice Midas Marquez said the Supreme Court has called on the Department of Justice (DoJ) represented by its secretary to explain why it failed to act on its temporary restraining order (TRO) that allowed former President, Rep. Gloria Arroyo, to leave the country, since the TRO was deemed to be “immediately executory, with the result of the DoJ willfully disobeying the order of the high court.

The SC spokesman said the high court may also issue a “Show Cause and Comply” order to the DoJ, as he noted the TRO is immediately executory..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111117hed1.html

Leaders recommend Asean chairmanship of Myanmar in 2014 By Michaela P. del Callar 11/17/2011

Leaders recommend Asean chairmanship of Myanmar in 2014

By Michaela P. del Callar 11/17/2011

BALI — Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) ministers yesterday recommended to the bloc’s leaders to approve Myanmar’s chairmanship of the Asean in 2014.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the positive developments that have been taking place in the country over the past few months earned unanimous support from the ministers.

“There is consensus on Myanmar’s chairmanship in the Asean in 2014,” Natalegawa said. “The sense is overwhelming recognition and welcoming of the changes, the positive developments in Myanmar.”.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111117nat3.html

Basilan debacle body members named 11/17/2011

Basilan debacle body members named

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday finally announced the composition of the court of inquiry (CoI) which is tasked to dig deeper into the Oct. 18 debacle in Basilan and determine probable culpability of officers in the military blunder that led to the killing of 19 members of the Army’s elite Special Forces.

AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said that Navy Commodore Crispin Mercado, incumbent deputy inspector general of the AFP, was designated as president and presiding officer of the CoI.

The CoI has four members, namely, Lt. Col. Ismael Mandanas, of the office of the deputy chief of staff for operations (J3); Commander Floro Canaleja Jr., of the Office of Provost Marshal General; Captain Hercules Lim, from the General Headquarters and Headquarters Support Command, and Maj. Vener Malabanan as law member..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111117nat4.html

PNP adopts measures to stop crimes perpetrated by motorcycle-riding men By Gina Peralta-Elorde 11/17/2011

PNP adopts measures to stop crimes perpetrated by motorcycle-riding men

By Gina Peralta-Elorde 11/17/2011
Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo yesterday said the Philippine National Police (PNP) has already adopted some measures to stop the proliferation of crimes committed by motorcycle-riding criminals.

Earlier, Robredo, who is also chairman of the National Police Commission, had issued an order to the PNP to conduct operations amid reports of the increasing number of victims falling prey to riding in tandem crooks, especially in Metro Manila.

In his directive, Robredo asked PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome to submit an assessment report on the matter, including measures that the PNP intends to implement with specific operational requirements and logistical support..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111117met2.html

PUP professor accused of sexual harassment 11/17/2011

PUP professor accused of sexual harassment

A college professor of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) is facing charges of sexual harassment before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office after one of her female students lodged a complaint at the Manila Police District Station 8 Women’s and Children’s Concern Division (WCCD) in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The complainant was identified as Jizelle 18, third year college student and a resident of 100-R Howard St., Cubao, Quezon City, and the suspect as Joseph Aranas, 40, a professor of General Statistics and a resident of Makati City.

Based on the victim’s complaint, the sexual harassment took place around 6 p.m. last November 12 on the 6th floor of the PUP main on Anona Street, Sta. Mesa, Manila..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111117met5.html

Pinoys struggling in SEAG campaign 11/17/2011


Pinoys struggling in SEAG campaign

PALEMBANG, Sumatra — The Philippine delegation was in tenterhooks late afternoon of Wednesday hoping to strike in various playing fields and boost Nestor Cordova’s rowing gold medal in the 26th Southeast Asian Games in three provinces of Indonesia.

Cordova, a petty officer of the Navy, ruled the M1X event with plenty to spare justifying the national team coach’s three-month-old decision to field him in instead of Benjie Tolentino, the three-time SEAG winner.

With 15 gold medals to go with 26 silver and 32 bronze on the fifth day of competitions in 44 sports, however, the Filipinos remained at sixth overall behind Indonesia (84-63-68), which is far from reach of anyone, Vietnam (52-53-59), which dislodged Thailand (51-40-59) from second on better silver harvest, Singapore (25-28-43) and Malaysia (25-23-42) that is breathing on the former’s neck in the race for fourth..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/sports/20111117spo1.html

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