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Power crisis, a dj vu EDITORIAL 04/15/2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Power crisis, a dj vu

EDITORIAL
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04/15/2012
What is keeping the administration of Noynoy from revisiting the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira), a law that had failed to live up to its promise of providing cheap electricity, is totally baffling.

But clues were brought to light on his administrations true motives during the Mindanao Power Summit where he resorted to blackmail to get his, and his cronies way with the power contracts.

Noynoy said that electricity users in Mindanao will have to live with high power bills since the region cannot rely anymore on cheap hydroelectric power plants as their main source of electricity, citing climate change and the speed of economic progress on the island that cannot be sustained by hydroelectric sources..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120415com1.html

Libya freezes rewards for ex-rebels over mass fraud

Libya freezes rewards for ex-rebels over mass fraud


Libya's National Transitional Council has suspended a multi-million-dollar payout program to former anti-Gaddafi rebels after admitting it was steeped in fraud. Officials cited duplicate payouts, and claims from impostors and even the dead.

­Since last year's overthrow of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, the National Transition Council, Libya's temporary replacement government, has promised to reward ordinary citizens who joined the rebellion.

The program began three months ago, with former rebels being given a one-time payment of up to $3,200 – a sizable sum for Libya. NTC has already paid out $1.4 billion..... MORE

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URL: http://rt.com/news/libya-ntc-payouts-veterans-065/

Obama’s dirty dozen: Secret Service men behaving badly in Colombia

Obama’s dirty dozen: Secret Service men behaving badly in Colombia


Eleven Secret Service agents have been relieved from their duties in light of claims they spent time set aside for planning President Obama’s visit drinking and visiting prostitutes.

­They were on location in Cartagena, Colombia, preparing for Obama's arrival and participation in the Summit of the Americas. But instead, they engaged in activities that caused a scandal that could possibly overshadow the summit itself.

US Secret Service Assistant Director Paul Morrissey noted that allegations of misconduct were made against 11 Secret Service members, including both special agents and Uniformed Division officers. However, he did not specify exactly what kind of misconduct it was..... MORE
SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/secret-service-prostitute-scandal-075/

Assange show premiere: Time to watch 'The World Tomorrow' (PHOTOS)



Assange show premiere: Time to watch 'The World Tomorrow' (PHOTOS)

You've been waiting and we've been teasing. Julian Assange. The World Tomorrow. Arguably the most anticipated news show of 2012 premieres next week on RT.

­Dateline  – Tuesday, April 17. Timeline – 15:30 Moscow time, 11:30 GMT, 07:30 am in New York and 21:30 in Sydney. The world will be watching "The World Tomorrow".

In the spirit of WikiLeaks we'll be publishing exclusive trailers, sneakpeaks, previews and behind-the-scenes content to bring you Assange's show in-full on "The World Tomorrow" official video-page..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/assange-world-tomorrow-premier-date-time-934/

Impeachment case VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 04/15/2012

Impeachment case

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
04/15/2012
\"Court,” “judges,” “prosecution,” “defense,” “witnesses,” “trial” — these are some of the standard terminologies used in the hearing of an Impeachment Case.

“Procedural Rule,” “Rule on Evidence” and the like — these are the usual trimmings that accompany the process in order to determine whether someone is eventually impeached, removed from office or otherwise.

Needless to say, considering the relative rarity, the big significance and impact of the process, the trial of an impeachment case is indeed interesting and even amusing at times.

The Legislative Department that makes the laws, the Executive Department that implements the laws made, and the Judicial Department that decides on the violations of existing laws — these are the three branches of government that are ordinarily involved in an impeachment case..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120415com7.html

Beware of Koreans bearing gifts NO NONSENSE Jacinto ‘Jing’ Paras 04/15/2012

Beware of Koreans bearing gifts

NO NONSENSE
Jacinto ‘Jing’ Paras
04/15/2012
A couple of weeks ago, a Korean, One Goh, shattered the dream of Kathleen Ping, her husband and her children to attain a brighter future for them in the United States. Kathleen, a Filipina immigrant to the US, together with six Americans was shot by One Goh on his quest for revenge against some of his victims because they laughed at the way he pronounced the English words.

We were indeed very saddened by this news that one of our citizens became a victim of a crime in another country. We cannot avoid becoming sentimental that a brother or sister Filipino who leaves the country to find greener pasture as there is none here, died instead in another country she believed to be a land of promise.

Since the assailant is a Korean, it cannot be avoided that many of us also get pissed with the Koreans who reside here. Sometimes, because of this sentiment, some people may contemplate on avenging Kathleen’s death on any Korean, if they find any instance that a Korean misbehaves here. This feeling of hatred is borne out of sympathy perhaps not only to Kathleen but to her husband who may no longer be able to join her and the kids..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120415com5.html

RP, US hold war games amid China tensions 04/15/2012

RP, US hold war games amid China tensions

04/15/2012
Thousands of American soldiers will begin nearly two weeks of war games in the Philippines tomorrow as Manila and Washington look to strengthen their military alliance amid concerns over China’s rising power.

The Balikatan exercises are an annual event but this year are expected to attract a greater focus with some of the drills set to be held close to sensitive South China Sea waters claimed by China.

The Philippines insists the exercises, involving 4,500 US personnel and 2,300 Filipino troops, should not be seen by Beijing as a provocation..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120415hea4.html

‘Surrender’; Malacañang demands Corona quit By Benjamin B. Pulta 04/15/2012

EMISSARY SOUGHT CJ’S RESIGNATION OR EARLY RETIREMENT

‘Surrender’; Malacañang demands Corona quit

By Benjamin B. Pulta 04/15/2012
The Palace had approached Chief Justice Renato Corona to seek his surrender through resignation or early retirement during the lull in the impeachment trial, the chief magistrate himself revealed yesterday.

Corona denounced what he felt were veiled threats from Malacañang promising hardships for the judicial department if the embattled chief magistrate does not back down from defending himself in the impeachment trial.

Malacañang demanded Corona’s surrender in the impeachment proceedings at the Senate court supposedly “to save the entire judiciary from the danger that it might undergo and to spare other justices, judges, court officials and employees from uncertainties,” Corona quoted an unnamed Palace official as telling him during a recent forum in Batangas City..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120415hea1.html

House body to probe eviction of IPs from their ancestral lands By Charlie V. Manalo 04/15/2012

House body to probe eviction of IPs from their ancestral lands

By Charlie V. Manalo 04/15/2012

The House Committee on National Cultural Communities will probe possible violations of the rights of thousands of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) forcibly evicted from their ancestral domains, which have been declared military reservations.

“The committee has been informed of the forcible eviction of thousands of IPs from Nueva Ecija, Capiz, Panay and Iloilo allegedly due to the declaration of their ancestral domains as military reservations,” said Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat, chairman of the House panel.

Baguilat also filed House Resolution 2216 urging the House committee on national defense and security and the committee on human rights to conduct a parallel probe on the matter..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120415nat2.html

Noy should listen to Mindanao, not force high rates — solon By Charlie V. Manalo 04/15/2012

Noy should listen to Mindanao, not force high rates — solon

By Charlie V. Manalo 04/15/2012

Shifting to renewable energy sources is already part of the Aquino government’s long-term plan to address the energy problem in the country, particularly in Mindanao, deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte declared on Saturday.

In a radio interview over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Valte said that while the government looks at adopting renewable sources of power, it may come at a premium and may impact on consumers’ electricity bills.

Some of the government critics have been calling on the government to carry out short-term and immediate solutions to the Mindanao power crisis by resorting to renewable energy..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120415nat1.html

SC dismisses Nieto suit Benjamin B. Pulta 04/15/2012

SC dismisses Nieto suit

Benjamin B. Pulta 04/15/2012


The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed for being moot a petition filed by the family of former Ambassador Manuel Nieto Jr. in connection with a corporate dispute over the control of the Philcomsat Holdings Corp. (PHC).

In its resolution the high court through Associate Justice Jose Perez ruled that the petition filed by Nieto be”dismissed for being moot and academic,” citing among others a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Nieto Group and the Africa Group in the company.

Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Arturo Brion, Ma. Lourdes Sereno and Bienvenido Reyes concurred..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120415met1.html

QC motorists urge removal of M’nao-Quirino rotunda By Arlie O. Calalo 04/15/2012

QC motorists urge removal of M’nao-Quirino rotunda

By Arlie O. Calalo 04/15/2012

The Quezon City government will formally ask the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to consider taking out the rotunda that it has installed at the intersection of Quirino Highway and Mindanao Avenue following mounting complaints from motorists traversing the area.

Mayor Herbert Bautista said he has directed secretary to the mayor and Novaliches District Center officer-in-charge Tadeo Palma and the city’s department of public order and safety chief Elmo San Diego to coordinate with the concerned MMDA officials about the matter..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120415met5.html

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