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As the Philippine world turns EDITORIAL 04/11/2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

As the Philippine world turns

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04/11/2012
Election fever has set in, and politicians, being politicians, are now focused on their chances of winning a 2013 elective seat.

Being politicians, they also have to weigh their political alliances, most of whom have already allied themselves with the ruling party — the Liberal Party (LP) in 2010.

Considerations would be Palace and LP party resources, network and their chances of winning — whether one is an incumbent seeking reelection or a returning senator/congressman/governor/mayor, all of whom want to be in the LP ticket.

At this time however, the LP, being the ruling party and attached to Malacañang, will have to encounter some problems, having had the same politicians sworn in as LP members in 2010, when the electoral tide went with Noynoy Aquino..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120411com1.html

Time to whip them in line FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 04/11/2012

Time to whip them in line

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
04/11/2012
Debates on whether surveys should be done at certain times and released publicly, especially in the surveys’ questionnaires which ask respondents whether one is guilty or not, as well as election surveys — especially when the survey numbers are manipulated to make it appear that Candidate A is leading while Candidate B is given a much lower number to get the public to believe that Candidate B has no chance of winning — can only be settled by the Supreme Court (SC).

While it is true that this issue of final election survey findings being released just before election day has been brought before the high court on the issue of press freedom, with the SC upholding the right of the survey outfit to publicly release its findings of a political race, the issue can again be challenged constitutionally before the SC which may just overturn its earlier ruling — given certain situations..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120411com2.html

US trained Iranian ‘terrorist’ group – report

US trained Iranian ‘terrorist’ group – report

The United States' Joint Special Operations Command (JSOT) conducted training for the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group listed by the US as a terrorist organization, journalist Seymour Hersh claims.

­The Department of Energy’s Nevada National Security Site, 65 miles from Las Vegas, was the site of extensive military and intelligence training for the MEK, in addition to elite Iraqi combat units, Hersh writes in The New Yorker. The training is believed to have been covertly sanctioned by the Bush administration, and was stopped shortly before President Obama took office.  .... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/us-terrorist-mek-intelligence-747/

Singing Occupella: 99% vocalize their demands in San Francisco



Singing Occupella: 99% vocalize their demands in San Francisco


Occupy activists have taken on a new peaceful method of promoting their cause: music. The Occupella group has organized numerous public events throughout the Bay Area, with guitars and voices as their main weapons of persuasion.

­The Occupy Movement has been going for over half a year by now, but activists are proving that they still have new ideas to fight for their cause. One of these novel approaches is playing songs to the public.

The point is to keep this message in the air in a friendly and inclusive way so that people can say, 'Oh that Occupy thing that happened a few months ago, I guess it’s not over. I guess it wasn't just a flash in the pan,’” says Occupella founder Bonnie Lockhart. “It's participatory and that's one thing that we made really clear. We said, ‘this isn't going to be about performing, it's going to be about getting people to sing.’.... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/occupella-ows-singing-frisco-744/

8.6 quake off Indonesia, Indian Ocean tsunami warning issued (PHOTOS, VIDEO)



8.6 quake off Indonesia, Indian Ocean tsunami warning issued (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Indonesia's Geophysical Agency has registered a 6.5 aftershock following an earlier 8.6 magnitude quake in Aceh region off the coast of northern Sumatra. A tsunami warning has been issued across the Indian Ocean, the US Geological Survey reports.

Indonesia's Geophysical Agency says a fresh aftershock of 8.2 magnitude has hit off the Sumatra province of Aceh. A new fresh tsunami warning has been issued.

Indonesia quake: LIVE UPDATES.... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/sumatra-indonesia-earthquake-tsunami-765/

Comelec sued over plan to purchase defective PCOS By Benjamin B. Pulta 04/11/2012

BRILLANTES’ DARE TO CRITICS PICKED UP, 3 SUITS FILED AT SC

Comelec sued over plan to purchase defective PCOS

By Benjamin B. Pulta 04/11/2012
Three petitions have been filed before the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday, rising to the challenge of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes for disgruntled parties to sue the collegial body over its plan to proceed with the purchase of more than 80,000 election machines earlier found to be defective.

Leading the petitioners are former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila Broderick Pabillo and Solita “Winnie” Monsod of the Movement for Good Governance.

The suits are asking the high court to nullify a P1 billion government contract for Comelec’s purchase of some 82,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines from Smartmatic-TIM, which had been used during the 2010 elections that were found to have been marked with fraud..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120411hea1.html

UNA vs LP duel for 2013 elections seen imminent By Angie M. Rosales 04/11/2012

UNA vs LP duel for 2013 elections seen imminent

By Angie M. Rosales 04/11/2012
Next year’s midterm elections are seen as a possible venue for the country to return to a two-party system following the forming of a coalition led by Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada.

“That’s positive news which should lead to a two-party system,” Sen. Gregorio Honasan said, referring to the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which the ruling Liberal Party (LP) continues to claim to be not a threat to the administration.

“Philippine politics has a history of temporary political alliances with one objective: to elect people into public office. After that, to each his own,” he said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120411hea2.html

Minadanao power summit set Friday By Rocky G. Nazareno and Charlie V. Manalo 04/11/2012

Mindanao power summit set Friday

By Rocky G. Nazareno and Charlie V. Manalo 04/11/2012
In a bid to find “concrete solutions” to the burgeoning power crisis in Mindanao, Malacañang has set a Mindanao Power Summit for stakeholders on Friday in Davao to be presided by President Aquino, who will act as moderator.

As this developed, the militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) has dared Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to lead his colleagues in investigating an anomalous power-supply deal entered by the Department of Energy (DoE) in behalf of private power barge contractors instead of advising the Filipino people to bite the bullet in connection with the seemingly unstoppable hikes in the prices of power and petroleum products.

In his regular press briefing in Malacañang, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Power Summit is meant “to form a consensus… among the people talking and the people of Mindanao (who are) raising their concerns. There are proposed solutions. It’s up to the peoples of Mindanao to agree on what the solution there will be.”.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120411nat1.html

US, Japan, Sokor ready to shoot down Nokor rocket — Honasan By Angie M. Rosales 04/11/2012

US, Japan, Sokor ready to shoot down Nokor rocket — Honasan

By Angie M. Rosales 04/11/2012

There’s no need for the Philippines to invoke its mutual defense treaty with the United States government to help shoot down any errant missile that would be launched by North Korea, Sen. Gregorio Honasan said yesterday.

The senator allayed fears over the impending missile launch by NoKor saying the matter has has evolved into a global problem.

“We might not have the capability to deal with such a threat on our own but we can rely on regional alliances in Asean, as well as the US, Japan and South Korea (with their tracking devices) for information about the actual trajectory and where the debris would fall,” he said in an interview with reporters..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120411nat4.html

UNA averse to accepting some of Gloria’s allies By Gerry Baldo 04/11/2012

UNA averse to accepting some of Gloria’s allies

By Gerry Baldo 04/11/2012
The alliance between the camps of former President Joseph Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay of the PDP-Laban to form the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is cold to the reported entry of some allies of former President and now detained Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

According to San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, former President Estrada and some members of UNA do not approve of the entry of Mrs. Arroyo’s allies to the coalition.

“Sana walang maisamang mga dating bata ni GMA kasi part sila ng gobyernong nang-abuso noon sa mga tao,” Ejercito said yesterday..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120411met1.html

Paranaque bans raising, breeding, domesticating of bird species near NAIA By Pat C. Santos 04/11/2012

Paranaque bans raising, breeding, domesticating of bird species near NAIA

By Pat C. Santos 04/11/2012

As an aid to air safety, the Sanggguniang Panlungsod of the City of Paraaque enacted City Ordinance No. 12-02, Series of 2012.

Authored by Councilor Eric Baes, the legislation amended Municipal Ordinance No. 93-08, Series of 1993 that stipulates the prohibition on the raising of bird species in the immediate vicinity of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

This stemmed from the request of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado to Paraaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr. to widen the area/radius stated in the old ordinance in the interest of aviation safety and in compliance with standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120411met5.html

House approves bill making foreign travel for Filipinos easier By Charlie V. Manalo 04/11/2012

House approves bill making foreign travel for Filipinos easier

By Charlie V. Manalo 04/11/2012
The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill simplifying the passport documentation requirements and processes of the Office Consular Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

House Bill 5854, to be known as Revised Philippine Passport Act of 2012, which seeks to amend Republic Act 8239, was defended during the plenary debate by the House committee on foreign affairs chairman, Albay Rep. Al Francis Bichara.

The measure provides an option for applicants to acquire a Philippine passport with five- or 10-year validity..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120411met3.html

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