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The writing on the INC wall FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 03/01/2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The writing on the INC wall

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
03/01/2012
Naturally it will be denied that the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) prayer rally was not political at all, and yet only a fool will not see just how political it was and clearly in support of the upholding of the rule of law and consequently, in full support of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

For one, Noynoy was not invited by the INC, even as the INC said that everybody was welcome to join its prayer rally, or Bible Exposition, and even when Noynoy tried to make it appear that he had been invited to join the rally but excused his non-appearance by claiming that he didn’t want to give the INC rally political color.

The fact is that Noynoy did not get a personal invitation from the INC head..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120301com2.html

Utah asks for repeal of NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions


Utah asks for repeal of NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions

Utah is now the latest state to draft legislation specifically condemning the provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act that allow the president to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge.

The Utah House is currently considering legislation that would publically put down Congress for drafting the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, or the NDAA. The United States House and Senate passed the NDAA late last year before sending it to the White House for President Barack Obama to approve on December 31, 2011. Although the legislation legitimizes the use of funds for the US military to spend throughout 2012, it also includes some controversial provisions that grant the Executive Branch the power to indefinitely detain Americans considered terrorists in the eyes of the government..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/utah-ndaa-legislation-act-435/

Iran sanctions disrupting global oil supplies – US DOE

Iran sanctions disrupting global oil supplies – US DOE


Western-imposed sanctions are disrupting Iran's oil exports - and further pressure could affect global oil markets, says a report by the Energy Information Administration, an analytical agency of the US Department of Energy.

­The West seems to be drowning itself with harsh economic measures levied against Iran in an attempt to punish it for a nuclear weapons program whose existence remains apocryphal. According to a bimonthly EIA report published Wednesday, sanctions are already undermining oil exports from the Islamic Republic, and further measures could tighten global oil markets that have already been hit by a rash of outages in other countries. The EIA, an independent arm of the Department of Energy, received input on the report from the departments of Treasury and State and the Director of National Intelligence..... MORE

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URL: http://rt.com/news/sanctions-iran-global-oil-567/

Privacy betrayed: Twitter sells multi-billion tweet archive

Privacy betrayed: Twitter sells multi-billion tweet archive


Twitter has sold billions of archived tweets believed to have vanished forever. A privacy row has erupted as hundreds of companies queue up to purchase users’ personal information from the new database.

­Every time you use social networks you become mere product – it’s an idea we will all have to get used to.  So, should we give up worldly goods and hide in a Tibetan monastery till the end of our days, or start putting up a fight to protect our privacy? In the latest in a long series of scandals over social networks that profit from our private data, the UK-based DataSift firm has announced that is has bought every tweet posted since January 2010. The business intelligence and data-mining platform will be the first company to offer the archive for sale..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/twitter-sells-tweet-archive-529/

Google defies law to implement new privacy policy

 Google defies law to implement new privacy policy

Google has launched a controversial new privacy policy, despite evidence that it violates EU data protection laws. The US internet giant has turned a blind eye to the charge, pushing ahead with its March 1 start date.

Google’s new rules regulate how it uses the huge volumes of personal data it collects through its search engine, email and other services.

The search giant is creating more comprehensive user profiles that it maintains will enhance customer experience.It will do this by gathering data on individuals from a range of different applications and filing it under a single profile. In reality, the new policy will allow Google to access to a veritable font of personal information.

It is likely that the profiles will be used to sell advertising which is closely tailored to users’ tastes, boosting an already lucrative annual income of $38 billion..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/google-eu-privacy-row-493/

Wikileak blows cover on world of corporate spooks FOCUS 03/01/2012

Wikileak blows cover on world of corporate spooks

FOCUS

03/01/2012
WASHINGTON — Wikileaks’ decision to publish five million Stratfor e-mails swings a vast column of light on private intelligence firms, a murky and profitable corner of global business. But the view is less than flattering.

In any financial center, war zone or mineral-rich backwater, private intelligence staff are easy to stumble across.

Conspicuously inconspicuous, they can be found mingling at barbecues or muckraking at parties, trying to glean scraps information that could help or harm their clients in business and government..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120301com3.html

Psychological records VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 03/01/2012

Psychological records

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
03/01/2012
Not really in the distant past on the occasion of the last national elections, the matter of certain “psychological records” was already then brought up to the attention of the general public. For those concerned with the emergence of objective truth, the issue became distinctly important for their pursuant decision making. On the other hand, for individuals preoccupied simply with partisan political interests, the same subject matter was merely meant as bad publicity if not a downright silly issue. Thus it was that while some people wanted the content of the said “psychological records” to be openly presented and accordingly made known, there are however those who preferred to simply ignore it as a cheap political ploy. And the matter rested there and then. So it seemed until here and now.

Thus it is that quite recently, the same question on the matter of “psychological records” was again expressly mentioned and brought to fore. And as before, there were contrasting reactions to it. Some are of the conviction that it is about time for all those concerned to eventually know what the same records really say — good or bad. The reason for this is simply to put the matter to rest once and for all. But as before, there are those who lose their composure by simply hearing its mere mention, who become not only angry but also panicky upon merely knowing the call for the opening thereof. Whatever the truth is about the records, there seems to be something distinctly ominous about them..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120301com7.html

Activist, economist Boy Morales dies 03/01/2012

Activist, economist Boy Morales dies

03/01/2012
Prominent activist and politician Horacio “Boy” Morales Jr. passed away yesterday after more than two months of being in coma due to a heart stroke, his second, that he suffered while playing golf in Baguio City last December.

Morales was the former Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary under former President Joseph Estrada and was a notable figure in the underground left during the martial law rule of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

He was born in Moncada, Tarlac on Sept. 11, 1943. He entered government service in 1965, joining the economic staff of President Ferdinand Marcos as a senior economist and eventually became the executive vice-president of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP)..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120301hed5.html

Impeachment court cites lawyer for contempt over Santiago slur By Gerry Baldo and Charlie V. Manalo 03/01/2012

Impeachment court cites lawyer for contempt over Santiago slur

By Gerry Baldo and Charlie V. Manalo 03/01/2012

A member of the prosecution panel was cited for contempt by the Impeachment Court yesterday for protesting what he felt was Senator-Judge Miriam Defensor Santiago’s use of foul language while lecturing the prosecution panel over their decision to rest its case against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre II, a private prosecutor, told the court that he could not stand the words of Santiago. He covered his ears when Santiago was ranting about the sudden decision of the prosecutors to stop presenting witnesses and evidence and to drop five of the eight articles of impeachment.

“I did it purposely. Her voice was shrill and hurt my ears,” Aguirre told the court..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120301hed4.html

18-year-old girl gets life over illegal drug trade By Gina Peralta-Elorde 03/01/2012

18-year-old girl gets life over illegal drug trade

By Gina Peralta-Elorde 03/01/2012


An 18-year-old girl was sentenced to life imprisonment for violating the anti-drug law she knowingly committed when she was still a minor two years ago.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez Jr. said that “Nene,” not her real name, was considered as a “Child In Conflict with Law” (CICL) since she was a minor when the crime was committed.

He added that Nene was released on recognizance to her mother pursuant to Section 35 of Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, while her case was being heard in court..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120301nat4.html

Police find improvised bomb at Kalibo airport 03/01/2012

Police find improvised bomb at Kalibo airport

03/01/2012
Authorities have found and disarmed a small bomb at a provincial airport that serves the resort island of Boracay, one of the country’s main tourist hotspots, police said yesterday.

Security staff found the improvised explosive device among cargo being processed at Kalibo International Airport on Tuesday night, national police spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz said.

Police experts brought the device, inside a plastic envelope about the size of a magazine, out of the airport and had it safely detonated, according to Cruz..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120301nat5.html

INC assembly at Rizal Park leaves 13 tons of garbage 03/01/2012

INC assembly at Rizal Park leaves 13 tons of garbage

03/01/2012
The Grand Evangelical Mission rally of the Iglesia ni Cristo ((INC) which was held at the Rizal Park in Manila and areas adjacent to it has generated 13 tons of garbage.

This was learned from street sweepers in the area who said Department of Public Services (DPS) chief Retired Col. Carlos Baltazar has also deployed at least 100 sweepers working in two shifts to immediately clear the area of all kinds of trash.

The sweepers, who refused to be identified, said on a daily basis, the DPS collects about a ton of garbage from the areas but after the INC bible exposition, the amount of garbage collected reached 13 tons..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120301met3.html

Ateneo de Manila University students top 2011 Bar exams By Benjamin B. Pulta 03/01/2012

Ateneo de Manila University students top 2011 Bar exams

By Benjamin B. Pulta 03/01/2012
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday announced the results of last year’s bar examinations with 1,913 or 31.95 percent out of the 5,987 examinees who completed taking the 2011 Bar Examinations passing the first predominant multiple choice question (MCQ)-type tests in the Bar’s 110-year history.

Raoul Angelo Angelo of Ateneo de Manila University topped the 2011 Bar Exams with a rating of 85.5363 percent.

Not a single examinee from the University of the Philippines made it to the Top 10 this time..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120301met1.html

Woman who shot dead husband inside mall unfit to stand trial — NCMH By Arlie O. Calalo 03/01/2012

Woman who shot dead husband inside mall unfit to stand trial — NCMH

By Arlie O. Calalo 03/01/2012
The National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) has declared as unfit to stand the rigors of a court trial the woman who shot dead her estranged husband at a Quezon City mall last September.

According to Edizon Galindez, NCMH forensic psychiatry section chief, accused Sheila Macapugay is suffering from major depressive disorder based on the series of medical and psychological tests conducted on her.

Galindez submitted his five-page medical report to Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 219..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120301met2.html

Defense to present case March 12—JPE By Charlie V. Manalo and Gerry Baldo 03/01/2012

Defense to present case March 12—JPE

By Charlie V. Manalo and Gerry Baldo 03/01/2012
Silence in the court, a term used by judges and justices, holds a different meaning when it comes to the recent developments in the trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona as the Senate impeachment court trial will literally go silent for at least two weeks, ending on March 12, 2012, when the CJ’s defense team, as ordered by presiding officer, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, will be presenting its case to disprove the charges leveled against Corona in the House prosecution’s articles of impeachment.

The Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, yesterday ordered the resumption of the impeachment trial against the Chief Justice, after giving the prosecution two days, as asked by the prosecution for its pleadings and offers of evidence while giving the defense team five days to reply and counter and object to the prosecution’s charges.

In between, the Senate court will be taking up in caucus, among other things, the defense’s motion to quash the testimonies of the Philippine Savings Bank’s officers on the bank accounts of the Chief Justice, both dollar and peso accounts, on grounds that the evidence presented by the prosecution on the bank accounts of Corona have been illegally obtained..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120301hed1.html

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