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Carving up the Republic FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 04/26/2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Carving up the Republic

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
04/26/2012
A Muslim substate is a Muslim substate is a Muslim substate, despite Noynoy trying to disguise it as an autonomous region and under national control.

No matter how much Noynoy and his peace officials try to disguise their unconstitutional carving up the Philippines to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the fact is that they are on their way to creating an independent substate for the armed Muslim group.

Reports yesterday said that the Aquino government signed a document containing the decision points on principles with the MILF, a “preliminary listing of common points” between the two parties expected to spur the eventual signing of a final peace agreement..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120426com2.html

Cordillera Day 2012 focuses on mining and militarization

Cordillera Day 2012 focuses on mining and militarization


By ALDWIN QUITASOL
Northern Dispatch
BAGUIO CITY — With the theme “Fight for Our Land, Life and Rights!” the Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Peoples’ rights advocates in six provinces of the region staged the 28th Cordillera Day (CD) through celebrations in their respective areas that also served as mass actions calling for the pullout of military troops from communities and an end to large-scale plunder of Cordillera lands.

The celebrations also observed the earth day on April 22.

In a press conference for the launch of separate region-wide celebrations, Geraldine Cacho of the Tongtongan Ti Umili – Cordillera Peoples Alliance (TTU-CPA) also announced the program of the Cordillera Day 2012 commemoration in the City of Baguio.

The Baguio Cordillera Day is aimed at gathering multi-sectoral groups into participating in the 2012 environmental summit. Here, she said they have organized discussions and workshops on different developmental issues currently faced by the city. This includes: garbage and pollution, water crisis, expansion of big businesses destroying the city’s environment, urban poor and human rights issues..... MORE

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URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/04/25/cordillera-day-2012-focuses-on-mining-and-militarization/

Russian invisible laser bomb detector makes molecular scan at 50 meters (VIDEO, PHOTOS)


Russian invisible laser bomb detector makes molecular scan at 50 meters (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Not even the tiniest of particles will be able to escape the new super-sensitive explosive detecting device created by Russian scientists. Its laser sensor can pick up on a single molecule in a million from up to 50 meters away.

­The device was developed over a period of five years by the Siberian branch of the country’s Academy of Sciences. It will undergo full testing this summer and is expected to be put to use by Russian intelligence later this year.

The main challenge for scientists was to create a laser that would only interact with specific particles present in the air, thus allowing it to wheedle out traces of explosives. In addition, the device is not affected by changes in heat and humidity in the surrounding atmosphere.... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/russia-laser-bomb-detector-947/

Egypt approves presidential runners, voters perplexed (w/ Video)



Egypt's election commission has announced 13 candidates are eligible to run in the forthcoming presidential election. The list includes ultraconservative Islamists, as well as ex-president Hosni Mubarak`s former ministers.

The fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood has nominated its strong Islamist candidate. The Islamic clerics from the Jurisprudence Commission for Rights and Reform have agreed on the candidacy of ultraconservative Mohammed Morsi. The man would battle for votes in May with a more moderate Islamist Abdel-Moneim Abol-Fotoh, a former Muslim Brotherhood member.

The presence of two strong Islamist candidates can end up splitting the Muslim voters. This gives a chance to secular candidates, like the former Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who warns against a dominant Islamist influence..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/egypt-presidential-elections-candidates-009/

CISPA battlefield: Facts & Figures

CISPA battlefield: Facts & Figures


America holds its breath in anticipation of Friday's House vote on the Cyber Intelligence Security Protection Act (CISPA). But what are its chances of being passed into law, and what will it mean for Internet users?

­In spite of protest from the Obama administration that CISPA encroaches on the civil liberties of Americans, the House of Representatives is marching ahead with the legislation. It met on Thursday to discuss the controversial act ahead of Friday’s decision.

In addition, the House Rules Committee dismissed a list of changes to the legislation suggested by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). The amendments would have potentially limited private companies from sharing cyberthreat data with US government bodies..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/cispa-internet-facts-figures-006/

PlayStation mentality VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 04/26/2012

PlayStation mentality

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
04/26/2012
This is the over-all picture of a PlayStation: There is a challenge made. Its acceptance is registered. The fighting begins. The excitement builds up. It is bad if the challenger is losing. But this can ask for help — in-line with spirit of the question “Want to call a friend?” Such are the main features of a PlayStation. It is a toy. It is a game. It is a pastime. It heightens the curiosity and alertness of children. It provides entertainment and pastime to young people. It is an exercise of their alertness and agility. It provides self-satisfaction when the challenge is won. On condition that it remains but a play and nothing more. It provides relaxation to adults by way of an innocent pastime.

But a special danger comes about when a particular adult slowly but surely gets or absorbs the “PlayStation Mentality.” In this case, the usual sequential factors are the following: First, the individual concerned feels challenged — though this is not necessarily true. Second, the same accepts the challenge as a matter of course — even though evidently unequal to the dare made. Third, the same infallibly asks for help from somebody else — the moment he feels losing the challenge..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120426com5.html

RP: Stop inaccurate reports China: Don’t ‘internationalize’ By Michaela P. del Callar 04/26/2012

GOV’T ISSUES NOTE VERBALE TO CHINESE ENVOY

RP: Stop inaccurate reports China: Don’t ‘internationalize’

By Michaela P. del Callar 04/26/2012

The Philippines and China traded fresh accusations yesterday over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea with the government complaining to China yesterday that its embassy in Manila have been relaying inaccurate information about the negotiations to resolve the dangerous naval standoff at the Scarborough shoal while the Chinese government warned against efforts to “internationalize” the issue.

At the same time, the Department of Foreign Affairs also reported that the number of Chinese and Philippine vessels facing off at the shoal has increased with the rival countries having two government ships each there now along with an increasing number of Chinese and Filipino fishermen.

China warned the Philippines not to “internationalize” the dispute as US and Philippine forces staged war games in the area.

“Internationalizing this issue will only complicate and magnify the situation,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters in response to a question about the current situation in the dispute..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120426hea1.html

Parliament to replace ARMM — Leonen By Rocky G. Nazareno 04/26/2012

Parliament to replace ARMM — Leonen

By Rocky G. Nazareno 04/26/2012

The “autonomous political entity” that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) could be parliamentary in nature, if only to allow the Bangsamoro people more autonomy in governing their own affairs.

This was bared yesterday by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) panel which held a press briefing in Malacañang through Skype yesterday, a day after it signed an agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that contained the “preliminary listing of common points” as a major step toward signing a final peace agreement.”

Among the common points in the 10-point agreement was that the new Autonomous Political Entity (APE) that will replace ARMM would “take the form of a ministerial system.”.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120426nat1.html

No other way but to comply with SC on HLI, Noynoy told By Charlie V. Manalo 04/26/2012

No other way but to comply with SC on HLI, Noynoy told

By Charlie V. Manalo 04/26/2012

The Supreme Court (SC) ruling with finality on the distribution to qualified farmer-beneficiaries of the Hacienda Luisita lands as well as on the social justice valuation for computing the just compensation to the landowners, compel the Cojuangco-Aquino clan of the President to immediately comply with the ruling, one of the three remaining authors of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) said yesterday.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman (Independent-Albay) is one of the three remaining original authors of House Bill No. 400 who are still members of the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress. HB 400 became RA No. 6657, the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) which was approved on 10 June 1988 during the 8th Congress. The two others are Rep. Orlando Fua and Rep. Thelma Almario..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120426hea6.html

HK to return rare RP turtles 04/26/2012

HK to return rare RP turtles

04/26/2012
Thirty-six live turtles seized from a smuggler, including 20 of one of the world’s rarest species, are to be returned from Hong Kong to the Philippines, officials yesterday said.

It will mark the first time a protected Philippine species seized from the illegal wildlife trade abroad shall be returned, Luz Corpuz, deputy wildlife chief of the environment department told Agence France Presse.

Hong Kong will hand the 20 pond turtles and 16 South Asian box turtles to Philippine enforcement officers on Friday, Corpuz and a spokesman for Hong Kong’s agriculture, fisheries and conservation department both said.

“They are Philippine species, and returning them back to their natural habitat is a big accomplishment for our conservation efforts,” Corpuz said of the Philippine pond turtles, which are found only in the island of Palawan..... MORE
SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120426nat5.html

Unidentified men strafe house of UP professor and columnist 04/26/2012

Unidentified men strafe house of UP professor and columnist

04/26/2012
Heavily armed men strafed the house of columnist and University of the Philippines Prof. Randy David in Quezon City late Tuesday night.

While no one was hurt during the incident, both David and his granddaughter Julia were inside the house.
David’s house is located along Gomburza Street in UP Diliman campus.

Reports said unidentified men on board a white Toyota FX with plate number UDM 191 opened fire at the house at around 8.30 p.m..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120426met2.html

House panel to scrutinize Ched’s OK of tuition hikes By Gerry Baldo and Rocky Nazareno 04/26/2012

House panel to scrutinize Ched’s OK of tuition hikes

By Gerry Baldo and Rocky Nazareno 04/26/2012
The Commission on Higher Education (Ched) is now under scrutiny by the House committee on higher and technical education for granting the petitions for higher tuition of 222 private colleges and universities.

Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, the chairman of the House panel for higher education, said Congress could exercise its oversight function to determine if the average 10-percent tuition increases are reasonable.

“Oversight power is what we exercise, we do not have the power under the law to reverse their decision, but we can check if the law is being complied with,” Angara said following complaints that the hikes would cause higher drop-out rates among college students..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120426met1.html

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