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The public’s pulse FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 01/24/2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The public’s pulse

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
01/24/2012
The defense panel wants Senator-Judge Franklin Drilon to inhibit, and Drilon has already said he won’t do so, because there is no basis for such an inhibition call. A big reason for Drilon not to inhibit himself is that it would be one less vote for conviction of the Chief Justice.

But whatever reason Drilon, as impeachment judge, gives, does not matter, since even calls for inhibition is the decision of the judge, not of the defense, or even of the presiding judge.

xxxx....This is no longer 2000, when a highly partisan impeachment court made the trial of then sitting President Joseph Estrada collapse and was applauded by the elite in the country when it was clearly the destruction of the rule of law and the reign of the rule of force..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120124com2.html

'Clear signal' to Iran: UK warns of more firepower in Hormuz

'Clear signal' to Iran: UK warns of more firepower in Hormuz

Britain could send reinforcements to defend the sensitive Strait of Hormuz against a possible blockade by Iran.

­On Sunday, the Royal Navy dispatched HMS Argyll to a flotilla of mostly American warships in the Gulf region. These have been gathering ever since the tension between Iran and the West started to bubble last year..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/uk-iran-reniforcement-strait-561/

Marine gets three months in jail for massacring two dozen civilians

Marine gets three months in jail for massacring two dozen civilians

More than six years after Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich led a squad of Marines into two Haditha, Iraq homes and massacred two dozen civilians, the American serviceman in charge has reached a plea deal.

For nine counts of manslaughter, Wuterich will get three months of confinement.

Wuterich is the last of eight men tied to the November 2005 killing that left 24 Iraqis dead, including women, children and the elderly.... MORE
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URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/wuterich-haditha-civilians-iraq-513/

Sanctions dodge: India to pay gold for Iran oil, China may follow (w/ Video)



Sanctions dodge: India to pay gold for Iran oil, China may follow


India has reportedly agreed to pay Tehran in gold for the oil it buys, in a move aimed at protecting Delhi from US-sanctions targeting countries who trade with Iran. China, another buyer of Iranian oil, may follow Delhi’s lead.

The report, by the Israeli-based news website DEBKAfile, states that Iran and India are negotiating backup alternatives with China and Russia, should the US and EU find a way to block the gold payment mechanism..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/iran-india-gold-oil-543/

Signs of life: Alien ‘scorpions’ found on Venus? (PHOTOS)

Signs of life: Alien ‘scorpions’ found on Venus? (PHOTOS)


Are we still alone in the universe? Well, if a Russian scientist is right, a Soviet probe already solved one of humanity’s greatest riddles by discovering alien life on a neighboring planet - three decades ago.

­While generations of stargazers dreamed of little green men on Mars, a recently published article in the Russian Solar System Research (Astronomicheskii Vestnik) magazine says a Soviet probe may have actually captured images of alien life on Earth’s scorching sister Venus back in 1982..... MORE

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URL: http://rt.com/news/alien-life-on-venus-485/

Self-destruct VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 01/24/2012

Self-destruct

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
01/24/2012
This term is usually applied to weapons that are prepared in a way that it self-detonates in a given time and opted place — this is the usual understanding and implication of the phrase “self-destruct.” Prepare the power keg as desired and designed. Leave it alone, and it automatically brings about its own self-explosion or detonation, its own wreckage and demolition. The phenomenon of self-ruin finds their relevance about individuals who “self-destruct” primarily on account of their own twisted thinking and pursuant errant actuations. Theirs are foolish desires and designs, convoluted options and irrational decisions. Their unreasonable behavior and weird decisions undo their own personal worth and dignity, their private and public stature. Again, leave them alone and they “self-destruct” — by themselves.

Greed! This is one of the eventual causes of someone geared for self-destruction. In plain language, the said capital vice is understood as an inherent craving for something constitutional rapacity of something. Said craving or rapacity is usually directed toward having anything coveted, everything desired. It has some kind of a driving premise: “All or nothing!”.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120124com7.html

Still regarding Corona NO HOLDS BARRED Armida Siguion-Reyna 01/24/2012

Still regarding Corona

NO HOLDS BARRED
Armida Siguion-Reyna
01/24/2012
As it enters its second week, the impeachment trial of the Supreme Court Chief Justice remains top on most everybody’s commentary, in coffee shops and beauty parlors and classrooms and funeral wakes.

Says reader Florencio Pacis: “Corona did not have the strength of character, let alone delicadeza, to refuse Gloria knowing that it was a ‘midnight appointment’ and therefore illegal. Intelligent and smart as he is perceived to be, it did not occur to him that Gloria had a malicious agenda and/or evil design in appointing him CJ. Come on now, he knew what he was going into when he accepted. Now that a legal process to rectify his illegal appointment, he cries foul and there are people who actually think it is unconstitutional? He should just resign instead of fighting. That is, of course, if there is any bit of propriety left in him.”.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120124com4.html

Sereno’s P25-M arbitration fees not included in SALn EXCLUSIVE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares Editor in-Chief 01/24/2012

Sereno’s P25-M arbitration fees not included in SALn

EXCLUSIVE

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares Editor in-Chief 01/24/2012

Supreme Court Junior Associate Justice Lourdes Sereno, the first appointee to the High Court of President Aquino, submitted, together with Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio a summary of their Statement of Assets and Liabilities, where Sereno claimed a networth of some P14 million.

Yet documents tend to prove that Sereno mistated her networth and perhaps even failed to declare a huge amount of fees in dollars amounting to some $ 580,000.00 or P25 million collected by her as one of the Philippine government’s lawyer in arbitrating the cases concerning the Philippine International Airport Terminals Co. (Piatco) in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Singapore and the ICC in Washington in the case of Fraport AG, on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal lll (NAIA-3) controversy.

Sereno has also allegedly issued a false statement on her application to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for the High Court’s post, claiming she was a lecturer at the Hague Academy of International Law..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120124hed1.html

HR watchdog says Noynoy reneged on vow vs impunity 01/24/2012

HR watchdog says Noynoy reneged on vow vs impunity

01/24/2012
In a separate report, HRW said the Philippine government should disable abusive paramilitary forces and take concrete steps to hold those responsible for killings and other rights violations to account.

The group, in its 2012 World Report, called the arrest of former Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, the highest-ranking militart officer to be charged for human rights abuses, an “unprecedented development.”

Palparan, who remains at large, is implicated in the abduction, torture, and killing of dozens of leftist activists in the Philippines..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120124hed2.html

Lawmaker junks Palace yarn on agrarian reform program By Charlie V. Manalo 01/24/2012

Lawmaker junks Palace yarn on agrarian reform program

By Charlie V. Manalo 01/24/2012

Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano yesterday lashed out at Malacaangs unabashed claim that the recent developments in the Hacienda Luisita case indicate progress in land reform.

Since the presidency of Aquinos mother, the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, the government had been using Hacienda Luisita to grandstand the so-called achievements in land reform, Mariano said in a statement.

To regard as progress the delaying tactics by the Cojuangco-Aquino family to block distribution of Hacienda Luisita is an affront to Luisita farmer-beneficiaries and all farmers fighting against landlessness and land grabbing. Aquino did nothing but protect his familys immoral control over the disputed sugar estate, Mariano said..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120124nat1.html

70 Pinoys may escape death in China By Michaela P. del Callar 01/24/2012

70 Pinoys may escape death in China

By Michaela P. del Callar 01/24/2012

About 70 jailed Filipinos facing death penalty on charges of drug trafficking in China may get a reprieve if they show good behavior while in detention, it was learned yesterday.

These Filipinos, a Department of Foreign Affairs report said, were sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, meaning their sentences will be commuted to a lesser penalty if they exhibit good conduct during their stay in prison.

Also in China, another 45 Filipinos, on the other hand, were meted life imprisonment, 80 with fixed-term sentences, while 12 more have cases pending in court..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120124nat5.html

Lim marks ‘Year of the Water Dragon’ rites with gift-giving activities to poor 01/24/2012

Lim marks ‘Year of the Water Dragon’ rites with gift-giving activities to poor

01/24/2012
Mayor Alfredo Lim yesterday marked the celebration of the “Year of the Water Dragon” with a series of gift-giving activities for the city’s poor residents, leading of the traditional Chinese New Year Grand Parade along the streets of Chinatown in Binondo, Manila.

At the same time, Lim called for the public not to believe predictions that the world will end this year.

“Do not and we should not believe this absurd and baseless prophecy. No one can predict the end of the world and 2012 will not be the end of the world but the beginning of endless and countless blessings for all of us,” Lim said.“Let us hope and pray that the 2012 water dragon will confer upon us the Chinese five blessings of harmony, virtue, riches, fulfillment and longevity, not disasters or calamities.”.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120124met4.html

Valenzuela, Narvacan ink pact for mutual benefits By Arlie O. Calalo 01/24/2012

Valenzuela, Narvacan ink pact for mutual benefits

By Arlie O. Calalo 01/24/2012

The city of Valenzuela and the municipality of Narvacan Ilocos Sur have forged a sisterhood agreement which will expedite mutual attainment of socio-cultural, technological and economical development, local officials said over the weekend.

According to the city government’s public information office, Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian and Narvacan Mayor Zuriel Zaragosa signed the memorandum of agreement (MoA) during the celebration of Bagnet Festival last month.

The core objective of establishing the pact was to promote favorable partnership and cooperation between the two local government units and their constituents, the two mayors said..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120124met5.html

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