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Failed judicial coup FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 02/08/2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Failed judicial coup

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
02/08/2012
That Noynoy and even some of his senator-allies are meddling in the internal affairs of the judiciary — the Supreme Court specifically — has again been validated by yesterday’s report saying that two senators, who now sit as judges in the impeachment court, tried to broker an “arrangement” of a power-sharing deal between two SC justices: Renato Corona, chief justice, and Antonio Carpio, associate justice, who has a very moist eye set on the high court’s top position.

As this power-sharing deal was junked by Corona, his rejection of it paved the way for his impeachment, which everyone knows and which Noynoy and his aides can hardly deny, was engineered by Noynoy, as he himself had boasted that he was the brains behind it.

It was a judicial coup that was attempted but failed — and all to install Carpio as the CJ..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120208com2.html

Anonymous hacks Oakland officials in retaliation for OWS crackdowns

Anonymous hacks Oakland officials in retaliation for OWS crackdowns


Concerned with the continuous acts of police brutality perpetrated by law enforcement in Oakland, California, the online group Anonymous has published the personal details of some of the city’s leading officials.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Police Chief Howard Johnson and several members of the City Council are targeted in the loose-knit collective’s latest release, which is being touted as retaliation for the ongoing unjust actions by way of the Oakland Police Department and the mayor herself directed at Occupy Oakland. Since its inception, the Occupy Wall Street offshoot in the city of Oakland has undergone intense police scrutiny and spawned several city-wide demonstrations, repeatedly marred by violence made possible by an overzealous police response that often involves the deployment of weaponry to disrupt peaceful protests..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/anonymous-oakland-officials-police-719/

California court rules: Gay marriage ban unconstitutional

California court rules: Gay marriage ban unconstitutional

A Federal Appeals Court in California ruled this morning that the state’s controversial ban on same-sex marriages, Proposition 8, is unconstitutional.

During the November 2008 elections, voters in California narrowly decided that same-sex couples did not have the right to wed in the Golden State. Now more than three years later, a federal appeals court says that the ban violates rights guaranteed to Americans..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/california-appeals-prop8-unconstitutional-743/

‘Banned’ nerve gases to be used on UK streets?

‘Banned’ nerve gases to be used on UK streets?


There is speculation that the UK is planning to sanction the use of chemical nerve agents against UK citizens on British streets. These could include substances whose use in warfare is banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993.

­The speculation comes as leading neuroscientists have asked the government to clarify its approach to the use of chemical weapons – specifically “incapacitating chemical agents” – for law enforcement purposes. The Independent newspaper reports that the experts had been commissioned by the Royal Society to investigate new developments in neuroscience that could be of interest to the military..... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/chill-uk-sanction-harsh-741/

Ukraine freezes to death

Ukraine freezes to death

Decades-record colds that are freezing out Europe have brought far more serious consequences to Ukraine, where the harshest winter in recent history has claimed lives of 122 people, who died of hypothermia in the last fortnight alone.

­The strong Arctic cyclone hit many countries on the European continent, reaching as far as Italy.

But Ukraine has become the hardest-hit country, with temperatures falling as low as -36 Celsius. Overall casualties here exceeded Ukraine’s only in the rest of Europe combined..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/ukraine-freeze-death-homeless-763/

Palparan still no-show, yet issuing statement through ‘lawyer’

Palparan still no-show, yet issuing statement through ‘lawyer’

Fugitive retired Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. continues to evade public hearing on one of his crimes, even as he seeks sympathy by speaking via his topnotch lawyer.

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Bulatlat.com

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan — For the third time, retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. did not attend the hearing at the Bulacan regional trial court.

Palparan is charged with kidnapping and serious illegal detention in relation to the disappearance of two students of the University of the Philippines Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. The students, along with farmer Manuel Merino, were abducted in Hagonoy, Bulacan, on June 26, 2006.

After today’s hearing, Palparan’s lawyer, Jesus I. Santos, distributed to the media copies of Palparan’s statement. Santos’ representation of Palparan is under question by the prosecutors and the DOJ because when he turned up to lawyer for the fugitive Palparan, his authorization was signed not by Palparan himself but only by his wife. Santos also represented former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.

Palparan and another accused, M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, remain at large while two other accused, Col. Felipe Anotado and Staff Sgt. Edgardo Osorio, have been put under military custody.

“I am not a fugitive. The warrant that was issued for my arrest is illegal since it is a by-product of an improper preliminary investigation. This is a gross violation of the due process clause of the Constitution,” read Palparan’s statement which did not bear his signature.

The parents of the disappeared, Erlinda Cadapan, Concepcion Empeño and Oscar Empeño, all got furious after reading Palparan’s statement.


“Not a fugitive? Why doesn’t he come out, then?” Mrs. Cadapan asked.

(Top) Mrs. Erlinda Cadapan and (below) Mrs. Concepcion Empeño and Mr. Oscar Empeño continue searching for their missing daughters. (Photos by Ronalyn V. Olea/ bulatlat.com)
“What preliminary investigation? He denied this right to those he ordered arrested whom he suspected of being members of the NPA [New People's Army]?” said Mr. Empeno..... MORE

SourceBulatlat.com

URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/02/06/palparan-still-no-show-yet-issues-statement-through-%E2%80%98lawyer%E2%80%99/

Get Palparan first before NPA bags him – Palace By Fernan J. Angeles 02/08/2012

Get Palparan first before NPA bags him – Palace

By Fernan J. Angeles 02/08/2012

Malacañang finds the offer of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to help capture fugitive former Gen. Jovito Palparan as unwelcome and un-necessary as it would only complicate the ongoing manhunt operation.

At the regular press briefing yesterday, deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said CPP’s order to its armed group, the New People’s Army (NPA), to locate and capture Palparan would only complicate matters, adding the manhunt is purely a law enforcement matter.

“Well, it will certainly complicate matters because the manhunt so to speak is ought to be purely a law enforcement matter. It should be the law enforcement components of the state that should be — that has the authority to undertake the manhunt and as such should be left to it,” Valte said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120208met1.html

Tentative Aquino going to quake zone after all By Fernan J. Angeles 02/08/2012

Tentative Aquino going to quake zone after all

By Fernan J. Angeles 02/08/2012

President Aquino did a late change of heart yesterday, saying he is spending his birthday today in Dumaguete City, one of the areas most affected by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the Visayas last Monday, after the Palace initially said that Aquino, as much as he was deeply concerned over the rising casualty count on the strong temblor was not scheduled to visit the disaster-struck areas until later.

The government is being criticized for its slow response to the tragedy with rescuers reportedly digging through rubble with their bare hands in a frantic search for survivors, a day after a powerful earthquake killed dozens of people.

“At the moment, President Aquino wanted to make sure first that the concerned agencies do what is required and expected of them. The disaster area is also still being assessed,” presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said early yesterday..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120208hed3.html

Neri set for arraignment today over tax evasion raps 02/08/2012

Neri set for arraignment today over tax evasion raps

02/08/2012
The Court of Tax Appeals will arraign today former Social Security System (SSS) president Romulo Neri for tax evasion charges that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) had filed against him in November last year.

Neri was implicated in the controversial ZTE broadband scam in which a witness before a Senate hearing on the deal attributed to him the phrase “moderate the greed” when he was still chairman of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), which was supposedly meant to reduce the amount of kickbacks included in the $329-million contract for the setting up of an information technology network for the government..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120208hed5.html

Own gov’t advises Aussies to avoid parts of Mindanao By Michaela P. del Callar 02/08/2012

Own gov’t advises Aussies to avoid parts of Mindanao

By Michaela P. del Callar 02/08/2012

The Australian government yesterday advised its nationals staying in western and central Mindanao to leave at once due to what it called a high threat of terrorism and kidnapping in these areas.

Australians were discouraged from travelling to Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Cotabato City, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Saranggani, Misamis Occidental, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Sulu Archipelago and surrounding waters “due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping, violent crime and violent clashes between armed groups.”.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120208hed6.html

54 female OFWs arrive from Lebanon 02/08/2012

54 female OFWs arrive from Lebanon

02/08/2012
Some 54 female overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Lebanon arrived yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said.

The OFWs were flown home via Gulf Airlines flight number GF 154 and arrived at 10 a.m.

Their flight and arrival were reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz by OWWA administrator Carmelita Dimzon..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120208nat2.html

Suspect who stabbed to death widow, hurt her three children in Caloocan falls By Arlie O. Calalo 02/08/2012

Suspect who stabbed to death widow, hurt her three children in Caloocan falls

By Arlie O. Calalo 02/08/2012
The lone suspect who killed last Monday a widow and stabbed her three children in Caloocan City was arrested before he could escape, Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri announced yesterday.

In a hastily called press conference, the mayor presented to media Ivan Lou Climaco, 28, of Baesa, Barangay 161, who was arrested for stabbing to death Ana Aguilio, 46, and wounding her three children.

At the same time, Echiverri, who earlier had put up a reward of P100,000 for anyone who can provide information on the whereabouts of the suspect, handed the cash to one Alvin, 28, a relative of the victim and turned out to be Climaco’s former classmate..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120208met2.html

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