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Senate crosses the Rubicon EDITORIAL 12/28/2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Senate crosses the Rubicon

EDITORIAL
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12/28/2011
If ever pressure bears on the Senate jurors in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, it would be on considerations that they would be key to averting a constitutional crisis as a result of Noynoy’s expressed disinclination on following decisions of the Supreme Court (SC) that do not suit him.

With the high court now is a petition from Vicente Millora, a former head of the lawyers group Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), seeking to prevent the Senate court from hearing the complaint. While the Senate is expected to follow the tribunal’s ruling on this, Noynoy, however, would not likely respect a ruling that would stop his self-imposed crusade to oust Corona whom he considers to be a tentacle of his nemesis former President Arroyo..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111228com1.html

North Korea bids farewell to Kim Jong-il (Video, Photos)




North Korea bids farewell to Kim Jong-il (Video, Photos)

North Korea held the first day of funeral ceremonies for its late leader Kim Jong-il, who died on December 17, leaving a great deal of uncertainty over the future of the communist state.

A grieving crowd gathered outside the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in central Pyongyang, where “the Dear Leader’s” body has been lying in state in an open glass coffin.

It is believed that a heart attack could have caused his death. However, North Korean officials claim that Kim Jong-il died of “fatigue and over-work” while on a train journey..... MORE

 

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/kim-jong-il-funeral-787/

CIA’s daily menu: 5 mln foreign tweets!

CIA’s daily menu: 5 mln foreign tweets!

 It has been a while since the US Central Intelligence Agency admitted it keeps an eye on everything that appears on Facebook and Twitter. A new report now says the CIA “vengeful librarians” have to follow up to 5,000,000 foreign tweets a day.

­In November, the CIA acknowledged a full monitoring of social networks. Almost two-thirds of intelligence reports made by the CIA for Washington now come from analysts monitoring millions of individual messages sent worldwide, says the Associated Press..... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/twitter-facebook-cia-watches-743/

Congressmen's incomes triple while America gets poorer

Congressmen's incomes triple while America gets poorer

 
If you feel like Congress fat cats can’t relate to their fellow Americans anymore, the truth behind the matter might just be that they can’t.

While Americans have seen a recession ravage savings accounts, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have only gotten richer.

Between the US Senate and House of Representatives, the median net worth for a member of Congress is around $913,000, reports The New York Times.... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/wealth-congress-lawmakers-poor-759/

Desperate vet pawns his Purple Heart

Desperate vet pawns his Purple Heart


Beneath discarded DVD players and antiquated bass guitars sits in a peculiar item at in a Holland, Michigan pawn shop. An Afghanistan War veteran walked into the A-Z Outlet last month, handed the proprietor his Purple Heart and left with cash.

Bryan VandenBosch, owner of the East Michigan consignment shop, says the man had the same story that every other client comes in with. “He was short on funds,” he tells the Holland Sentinel.

The soldier, who has not been identified, came into VandenBosch’s shop just shy of Thanksgiving this year in need of some holiday cash..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/purple-heart-veteran-sentinel-465/

Ilang ‘Bakit’ sa Mundo

Ilang ‘Bakit’ sa Mundo


Ni Sonny Mallari
Bulatlat.com
I
Bakit ba nagpapakodak pa ang tao
samantalang hindi na niya ito makikita
kapag nawala na siya sa mundo?
Para sa alaala ng daigdig na dati niyang isinusuka
sa kalupitan at kawalang katarungan.
“Requiéscant in pace”.
II
Bakit patuloy lang si Mang Juan
sa pagbabanat ng buto sa kanyang katawang de relo
kapalit ng ilang piso para bukas ay muli siyang busabos?
.... MORE

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URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/11/25/ilang-%E2%80%98bakit%E2%80%99-sa-mundo/

Group asks DSWD: Why focus on CCT amid disasters? By Mario F. Fetalino Jr. 12/28/2011

Group asks DSWD: Why focus on CCT amid disasters?

By Mario F. Fetalino Jr. 12/28/2011

A watchdog on public finances heavily criticized the social welfare department’s budget giving a lion’s share to the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program in its budget despite the forecast of more killer typhoons to enter the country next year.

Marivic Raquiza, co-convenor of Social Watch Philippines which organized the Alternative Budget Initiative (ABI), said a scrutiny of Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) appro-priations for 2012 showed 80 percent of the agency’s P49.359 billion 2012 budget has been allotted for the CCT program, while all other programs including those to assist victims of cala-mities have to split the remaining 20 percent or P9.914 billion.

In particular, the budget for disaster victims of P48.043 million is less than one-tenth of one percent of the total DSWD budget, Raquiza said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111228hed3.html

Prosecutors seek CJ’s leave of absence By Benjamin B. Pulta and Gerry Baldo 12/28/2011

SC TO TACKLE ANTI-IMPEACH SUITS

Prosecutors seek CJ’s leave of absence

By Benjamin B. Pulta and Gerry Baldo 12/28/2011

Prosecutors are now calling on Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona to take a leave of absence following the decision of the high court to tackle the validity of the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives.

Already, in Corona’s reply to the House, the issue of the process of verification of 188 congressmen who signed the impeachment complaint in less than two hours was questioned as verifications follow certain rules.

Four petitions challenging the validity of the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives against the Chief Justice have been calendared in the agenda for the court’s first en banc session next year, Court Administrator Midas Marquez said yesterday ..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111228hed1.html

P.5M bounty out for Palparan arrest By Benjamin B. Pulta 12/28/2011

P.5M bounty out for Palparan arrest

By Benjamin B. Pulta 12/28/2011

The government has put up a bounty of half a million pesos for the capture of fugitive former Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan and one of his men who remain at large in connection with the pending criminal charges against them for the abduction of two student-activists.

In text messages sent to newsmen, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the P500,000 reward has been approved by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Palparan and retired M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, who are co-accused in the abduction charges, have thus far eluded arrest..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20111228hed6.html

DILG orders BFP to conduct probe on firecracker firms 12/28/2011

DILG orders BFP to conduct probe on firecracker firms

12/28/2011
With barely a week before the New Year’s eve revelry, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo on Monday directed the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to immediately conduct fire safety inspection on all establishments in the country dealing with the manufacture, distribution and sale of firecrackers and other pyrotechnics.

In a directive to BFP officer-in-charge F/Supt. Samuel Perez, Robredo instructed the acting fire chief to deploy all regional and field units to inspect establishments and stores that are peddling, distributing and manufacturing firecrackers in their respective areas of jurisdiction..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111228nat5.html

Police clear ex-cage star’s son in murder case By Charlie V. Manalo 12/28/2011

Police clear ex-cage star’s son in murder case

By Charlie V. Manalo 12/28/2011
Zambales police have cleared most of the suspects in a murder case involving a surfing instructor and the son of basketball legend Ramon Fernandez, prompting the family of the victim to appeal to government authorities for assistance in solving the case.

Glecy Talabis said her youngest son, Dante “Deejay” Talabis Jr., 31, was beaten up to death by still unidentified persons on a beach in Sitio Limliman, San Felipe last Dec. 23.

The victim’s mother said local police have picked up for questioning four persons who were with the victim during a bonfire campout that turned bloody when her son was mauled..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20111228nat1.html

Miriam calls for institutionalization of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse program 12/28/2011

Miriam calls for institutionalization of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse program

12/28/2011
A bill that calls for the institutionalization of a national alcohol tobacco and drug abuse program in all high schools and colleges in the country has been filed in the Senate.

In a statement, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, author of Senate Bill 3085, said the bill would provide the necessary actions to be taken after a student is found to be using drugs, cigarettes or alcohol.

The bill intends to ensure that all schools would have the competence to “save the child” through interventions provided by professionals, Santiago added..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111228met3.html

Jilted lover vents anger on woman’s daughter, 11 By Arlie O. Calalo 12/28/2011

Jilted lover vents anger on woman’s daughter, 11

By Arlie O. Calalo 12/28/2011

Caloocan City policemen arrested yesterday a man who allegedly vented his ire on an 11-year-old girl by raping and killing her after her mother he was courting jilted him.

Placed behind bars was the jilted lover identified as Gerry Villano, 25, factory worker and resident of Barangay 178, Camarin, Caloocan City, police chief Senior Supt. Jude Wilson Santos said.

The relatives of Louise Ann Maceda, a Grade 6 student and resident of the area where the suspect also lived, cried as they condemned the dastardly act Villano did to the innocent victim..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20111228met1.html

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