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A bizarre primetime show EDITORIAL 01/10/2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A bizarre primetime show

EDITORIAL
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01/10/2012
It cannot be helped for one to feel a sense of helplessness instead of security when Noynoy and his security officials appeared before national television the other day to warn of a possible terror attack on the Black Nazarene procession that millions of Filipino devotees join yearly.

Noynoy said the threat level was unique which may mean that it was the first of its kind under his administration that has a sad record in handling critical situations.

Picture Noynoy and his officials lined up behind him and get a sense of the urgency of the situation in the television address..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120110com1.html

Losing his credibility FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 01/10/2012

Losing his credibility

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
01/10/2012
Noynoy appears to be losing his credibility — at least as far as issuing warnings against a so-called “credible” terror threats go — as his warning issued Sunday, complete with his security officers and Cabinet officials as props, went unheeded by the Black Nazarene devotees.

Noynoy announced at an emergency press conference on Sunday he had received information that a “local” terrorist group may try to disrupt Monday’s mammoth annual ritual.

He also asked those planning to attend the procession not to bring cellphones, as these gadgets have been known to trigger explosives..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120110com2.html

Assad to nation: ‘The victory is near’ (w/ Video)




Assad to nation: ‘The victory is near’

President Assad accuses "foreign conspirators" of efforts to destabilize the situation in Syria. Addressing the nation, he claimed that the international community’s aim to cause “psychological collapse” has failed and the victory is near.

­“The existence of an external conspiracy is obvious to everyone,” Assad said, addressing the nation at Damascus University

He accused the international community of trying to use Arab countries as cover for interference in Syria..... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/assad-speech-nation-victory-447/

‘US builds hospitals in Georgia, readies for war with Iran’

‘US builds hospitals in Georgia, readies for war with Iran’


The United States is sponsoring the construction of facilities in Georgia on the threshold of a military conflict in Iran, a member of Georgian opposition movement Public Assembly, Elizbar Javelidze has stated.

According to the academician, that explains why President Mikhail Saakashvili is roaming the republic opening new hospitals in its regions..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/politics/us-georgia-iran-war-441/

AMD talks with US crumble; Russia beefs up early-warning radar

AMD talks with US crumble; Russia beefs up early-warning radar

 The Russian Defense Ministry announces plans for extensive new early-warning radar system as talks with US and NATO over the controversial European missile defense system hit the wall.

The announcement by the comes on the heels of President Dmitry Medvedev’s pledge to fortify national defense.

In addition to a newly inaugurated radar system located in Kaliningrad, several more radar stations will be placed on combat duty in 2012, Alexei Zolotukhin, an official with the Russian  Defense Ministry press service for Aerospace Defense Troops, told reporters on Sunday..... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/politics/amd-russia-us-nato-radar-451/

Shady side of Earth: Western trace in space probe’s failure?

Shady side of Earth: Western trace in space probe’s failure?

Doomed Martian probe Phobos-Grunt, which was due to fulfill a Russian mission on one of the Red Planet’s moons, might have been a target of external influence. The probe failed while flying over the western hemisphere, outside of Russia’s control.

In an interview to the Russian newspaper Izvestia, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, said that intended influence on the probe cannot be completely excluded..... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/phobos-grunt-probe-failure-versions-445/

Incarnation of integrity VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 01/10/2012

Incarnation of integrity

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
01/10/2012
Someone who vows to get rid of graft and corrupt practices especially in the government sector; who claims that there is no room during his governance for liars and cheats especially in public offices all over the land; who is obsessed with putting in jail those who undermine truth and the justice it brings about — there justly and proudly stands someone who is nothing less than the blessed incarnation of integrity itself. Not only downright criminality but also utter falsity is taboo. The matuwid na daan — monumental symbol of righteousness and honesty — has simply no space for such human inequities.

So great a figure of ethical probity and sublime example of moral rectitude may not but correct what is wrong, resolve what is questionable, uphold what is right and true..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120110com6.html

Shun homophobia

Shun homophobia

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Bulatlat.com
The news of a 19-year old teenager scalded with boiling water by his own father after the latter found out that he is gay proves just how Philippine society remains intolerant, nay, ignorant of the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT).

Even as the father has been charged with physical injury, his son has been forever scarred, literally and figuratively, by the experience of not being accepted for who he is.

The right to be gay, or lesbian or bisexual or transgender is like the right to breathe, to live. The right to sexuality is a human right.

I feel strongly for that teenager because I have many friends who are gays and lesbians. They are not the queer individuals as they are being portrayed in the media. In fact, they are among the best, most talented and most wonderful persons I have met..... MORE

SourceBulatlat.com

URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/01/10/shun-homophobia/

Noy hit for overreaction, paranoia on terror yarn By Mario J. Mallari and Fernan J. Angeles 01/10/2012

RAIDS YIELD NOTHING; EXECS ADMIT NO CLEAR THREAT

Noy hit for overreaction, paranoia on terror yarn

By Mario J. Mallari and Fernan J. Angeles 01/10/2012

The Aquino administration appeared to be chasing after ghosts and was branded paranoid while the defense chief admitted overreaction on a supposed threat from terrorist groups supposedly out to create trouble during the Black Nazarene feast that police estimated drew 3 million religious devotees yesterday as security forces came out empty handed in raids conducted on several terrorist lairs in Metro Manila and Rizal province.

President Aquino the other day went on national television to issue a warning of increased terrorist threat that may involve an attack on the annual religious tradition, citing unclear intelligence reports of heightened activities of terrorist groups which he failed to identify..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120110hed1.html

Erap on Anwar acquittal: Now we are both vindicated 01/10/2012

Erap on Anwar acquittal: Now we are both vindicated

01/10/2012
Former President Joseph Estrada was elated at the news that the sodomy case against his friend former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has been dismissed. “No other decision would have been acceptable in any real democracy. In any real democracy, the truth should set you free,” Estrada said.

The former president said that like himself, Anwar had been a victim of vicious politics. “The times are changing,” Estrada said. “I am very happy for Anwar. Now he can fully work toward the kind of democracy he dreams of for Malaysia.”.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120110hed6.html

Senate asked to cite House prosecutors for contempt By Angie M. Rosales 01/10/2012

Senate asked to cite House prosecutors for contempt

By Angie M. Rosales 01/10/2012

A petition to cite the House prosecution team in contempt of the impeachment court for publicly disclosing their supposed evidence in one of the charges against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was sought before the Senate yesterday.

Coinciding with the urgent motion lodged by a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), lawyer Fernando Perito, was also an “objection” coming from Corona himself made before the Senate impeachment court over the actuations of the prosecution panel in preempting the presentation of his supposed questionable acquisition of a condominium unit in a posh area in Taguig City, it was gathered..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120110nat2.html

SC disbars dismissed Pampanga judge By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/10/2012

SC disbars dismissed Pampanga judge

By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/10/2012

A former Pampanga judge earlier dismissed for issuing a patently defective order has been disbarred by the Supreme Court.

Judge Daniel Liangco had earlier been fired after he issued a court order in favor of a municipal mayor which enjoined the demolition of a house owned by a private individual in 1996.

The SC ruling had found Liangco guilty of gross misconduct in violation of Canon 1, Sections 4 and 5 of the New Code of Judicial Conduct for the Philippine Judiciary and of inexcusable ignorance of the law in violation of Canons 1 and 10, Rule 10.03 of the Code of Professional Responsibility..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120110nat1.html

Erice fails to take over Caloocan leadership By Arlie O. Calalo 01/10/2012

Erice fails to take over Caloocan leadership

By Arlie O. Calalo 01/10/2012

An attempt from the camp of Caloocan Vice Mayor Edgar “Egay” Erice to take over the leadership in the city failed after a trial court judge yesterday issued a three-day temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the execution of the preventive suspension order against Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri and three other city officials.

Echiverri, who is also a lawyer, in a statement released to media advised the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to first secure a new order from the Office of the Ombudsman since the old order of preventive suspension dated July 17, 2011 has already been overtaken by events..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120110met1.html

18 Manila schools suspend classes due to Black Nazarene rites 01/10/2012

18 Manila schools suspend classes due to Black Nazarene rites

01/10/2012
After President Aquino on Sunday warned of a possible terrorist threat to the traditional procession of the Black Nazarene, 18 schools in Manila City suspended its classes yesterday.

Schools suspended its classes were Adamson University, Araullo High School, Apolinario Mabini Elementary School, City Colleges of Manila, Colegio de San Juan De Letran, Far Eastern University Manila, Geronimo Santiago Elementary School, Manila High School, Manila Science High School, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Ramon Avancena High School, San Beda College Mendiola, Unibersidad de Manila, University of the East Manila, University of the Philippines Manila, University of Sto. Tomas and UP Manila..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120110met3.html

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