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Groups condemn attack on student, blame budget cut

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Groups condemn attack on student, blame budget cut
 
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Bulatlat.com
MANILA –Schools are supposed to be a safe place for students. But recently a graduating student of political science at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City was attacked right inside the University Student Council (USC) office.

Lordei Camille Anjuli Hina is now in critical condition after she was attacked by an alleged robber and three other accomplices on Wednesday, Feb 1.

UP’s official student publication, the Philippine Collegian, surmised that Hina may have been hit with an ice pick just above the left temple, fracturing her skull.

One of the three suspects was arrested by the UP police on the same day. Carlo Pecayo, 35, is now detained at the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 9. The QCPD is also conducting a manhunt for Pecayo’s two other unidentified accomplices. Hina’s bag and two laptops were recovered by the police.

The Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (Stand-UP) and the progressive youth organization Anakbayan condemned the attempted robbery of the USC and the attack on Hina. Lordei Hina is a member of Stand-UP and former secretary-general of Center for Nationalist Studies (CNS)..... MORE

SourceBulatlat.com

URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/02/06/groups-condemn-attack-on-student-blame-budget-cut/

Syrian opposition agrees to Russian mediation

Syrian opposition agrees to Russian mediation


The opposition Syrian National Council does not object to Russia coordinating the talks with the Syrian government.

"The Syrian opposition needs all the help there is. Considering the good relations between the Russian and Syrian nations, Russia has a good chance of playing this part," George Sabra, a senior member of the council, told Interfax news agency on Tuesday.

His remarks come in the wake of talks between the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov..... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/syria-opposition-assad-talks-709/

Lake Vostok mystery: Alien life, global warming and Hitler's archive

Lake Vostok mystery: Alien life, global warming and Hitler's archive


Scientists, environmentalists and even World War II historians have reacted with a mixture of excitement and concern to news that Russian geologists have drilled through to a huge subterranean lake in Antarctica, some 20 million years old.

It has taken more than 30 years to work through 3,700 meters of thick ice – drilling in temperatures as low as minus 80 centigrade.

But it will have been worth it, if even half the claims being made about the lake are true..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/vostok-lake-drill-process-703/

Red-faced ensign: Brits play ‘chase the French’ into US Gulf mission

Red-faced ensign: Brits play ‘chase the French’ into US Gulf mission

America initially did not invite the British Navy to take part in the flotilla that is flexing its muscles in the Persian Gulf, but later granted the chance – only after Paris got Washington to let it send a vessel to Iranian shores.
­The British Government “was basically forced to plead with Washington for the Navy to be allowed to tag along,” an unnamed diplomatic source revealed to British Telegraph.

Primarily, Washington planned to get the job done with its own navy without appealing to the allies, who unanimously announced considerable defense budget cuts once the global crisis looked into their windows. Obviously, America considered its allies are unable to provide anything of practical military value to operation “Scare Tehran Stiff”.... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/british-navy-persian-gulf-671/

The Dickens bicentenary AN OUTSIDERS VIEW Ken Fuller 02/07/2012

The Dickens bicentenary

AN OUTSIDERS VIEW
Ken Fuller
02/07/2012
Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, the foremost English novelist of the Victorian era. The acclaim greeting Dickens was — and still is — international in scope. Walk into any large bookstore in the Philippines, and Dickens will be there.

The author of Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, The Pickwick Papers and The Old Curiosity Shop is chiefly remembered for two achievements, the first of which was the creation of a range of unforgettable characters, some of which were taken from life.

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” This was the memorable dictum of Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield, a character modeled on Dickens’s own father who, like Micawber, served a stretch in a debtors’ prison. Then there is the odious Uriah Heep, also from Copperfield, the hilarious Cockney nurse Sarah Gamp from Martin Chuzzlewit, Sam Weller (whose father was also modeled on the Dickens parent) from Pickwick, Fagin and the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist, the much-loved Mr. Pickwick himself and many, many more..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120207com5.html

Psychological incapacity — 3 VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 02/07/2012

Psychological incapacity — 3

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
02/07/2012
Strictly speaking, psychological incapacity does not enter into the sphere of full ethical accountability, into the realm of total moral responsibility — although neither does it altogether free someone thus incapacitated from all ethical liability or moral burden. Reason: The mind and will functions of those afflicted with such a personal malady have no complete control of all his or her actions or actuations, but neither are their effect insane. When the human psyche is incapacitated, it is reasonable to assume that the person concerned does not completely like or dislike what he or she does.

The above observation has particular relevance to marriage especially in conjunction with essential spousal and/or standard conjugal agenda. For one reason or another, a disabled psyche causes a deficit in the right understand of and compliance with what is demanded and expected of him or her as a spouse, as a conjugal partner. The conclusion from all these observations can be thus summed up: Woe to someone psychologically incapacitated in the event that the same gets married! Woe to his or her spousal or conjugal mate! Woe to the marriage itself!.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120207com6.html

Scores killed as 6.8 quake rocks Visayas By Mario J. Mallari 02/07/2012

Scores killed as 6.8 quake rocks Visayas

By Mario J. Mallari 02/07/2012
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck in the Visayas region yesterday, killing at least 43 persons and causing widespread panic in cities where buildings shook violently.

The powerful quake hit in a narrow strait between the heavily populated island provinces of Negros and Cebu, leaving fissures on roads, damaging bridges and shutting down the power supply, local government and military officials said.

At least 29 were killed by landslides while many others were crushed by collapsing buildings in the mountainous town of Guihulngan in Negros Oriental, Col. Francisco Patrimonio said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120207hed3.html

Bank subpoenas OK’d, admissibility in question By Angie M. Rosales 02/07/2012

PROSECUTION STANDING ON SHAKY GROUNDS ON CJ BANK RECORDS

Bank subpoenas OK’d, admissibility in question

By Angie M. Rosales 02/07/2012

The prosecution panel may have obtained subpoenas for the bank records of the impeached head magistrate, but it appears to be on shaky ground in pursuing the conviction in the of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona even as the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, granted the prosecution’s request for the banks to submit the bank documents, including his alleged foreign currency account.

The court’s appreciation of the said documents, alongside the testimonies of banks executives who have likewise been called by the Senate to testify, will come in as evidence only after the senator-judges have ruled its admissibility, presiding officer Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, said.

The Senate chief’s clarification came in the light of concerns raised by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on the public disclosure of the said documents, some of which had been attached to the prosecution’s petition to summon Corona’s bank records filed last Friday..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120207hed1.html

AFP sticks to claims of killing 3 Sayyaf leaders By Mario J. Mallari 02/07/2012

AFP sticks to claims of killing 3 Sayyaf leaders

By Mario J. Mallari 02/07/2012

Despite doubts on the claimed death of three top Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders in Sulu due to non-recovery of the bodies, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday stuck to its claims stressing that gathering of “physical” evidence to back up its information is now ongoing.

Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) chief Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes said that as far as the military is concerned, ASG leader Abu Jumdail alias Dr. Abu, and JI leaders Malaysian Zulkipli bin Abdul Hir alias Marwan, and Singaporean Muhamda Ali alias Muawiya, were killed during Thursday’s air strike in Parang town.

“We are only trying to look for the physical evidence but all information on the ground even civilians around the area already confirmed that the three big leaders of the terrorists were among those killed,” Coballes said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120207nat1.html

No jobs for foreigners in China — DFA By Michaela P. del Callar 02/07/2012

No jobs for foreigners in China — DFA

By Michaela P. del Callar 02/07/2012

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday warned Filipino jobseekers against illegal recruiters promising employment in mainland China, saying there is no demand for household service workers, teachers and musicians in the country.

In a report to the Home Office in Manila, the Philippine embassy in Beijing and consulates general in Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen said semi-skilled jobs in China “remain restricted and closed to foreigners.”

Recently, the Philippine diplomatic posts said they have noticed an increasing number of cases of illegal recruitment of Filipinos in China..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120207nat3.html

SC rejects Quiambao group appeal in Stradcom row By Benjamin B. Pulta 02/07/2012

SC rejects Quiambao group appeal in Stradcom row

By Benjamin B. Pulta 02/07/2012

A ruling by the Supreme Court (SC) has denied with finality the petition filed by businessman Cezar Quiambao seeking the dismissal of the interpleader case filed by the government over the ownership of the firm providing the billion-peso infotech services for the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Quiambao is one of the parties seeking to be recognized as the controlling owner of government contractor Stradcom Corp.

In a four-page resolution dated Jan. 24, the Court held that Quiambao’s motion for reconsideration of its Aug. 23, 2011 decision lacks merit and fails to raise new arguments that would warrant the setting aside of the said ruling..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120207met1.html

Campus safety act needed to prevent violent attacks on students — Angara By Charlie V. Manalo 02/07/2012

Campus safety act needed to prevent violent attacks on students — Angara

By Charlie V. Manalo 02/07/2012

Security in all campuses needs to be boosted to better protect students from violence, said Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara who denounced the attack on a University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) student inside the very office of the University Student Council (USC) housed in Vinzon’s Hall.

The young lawmaker, Chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, was referring to the stabbing of Lordei Camille Anjuli Hina, a fourth year Political Science major and student leader who was reportedly attacked by a robber with three other accomplices.

Hina is now in critical condition at the surgical intensive care unit (ICU) at Capitol Medical Center..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120207met3.html

JV calls for national summit on calamity preparedness 02/07/2012

JV calls for national summit on calamity preparedness

02/07/2012
Following the series of disasters that has shaken the country since Dec. last year, San Juan City Rep. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito proposed that the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) should conduct a national summit for calamity preparedness in order to train our folk of the necessary safety precautions every time a disaster hits the country.

This was the lawmaker’s reaction in response to the 6.9 earthquake that rocked the Negros-Cebu region yesterday along with the threat of a tsunami.

“Disasters have battered us for a decade now, and yet we still lack a firm program that clearly informs and guides our people of safety precautions and for emergency preparedness..... MORE
SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120207met6.html

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