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Benedictine nun being vilified by AFP for opposing large-scale mining

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Benedictine nun being vilified by AFP for opposing large-scale mining

“This atrocity against those who consistently protect the environment and help alleviate the plight of the poor only shows how the AFP and its chief, Pres. Aquino tolerates, encourages, and considers as policy the Martial Law-like trampling of our rights…” – Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Southern Mindanao
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
Bulatlat.com

The environmental group Panalipdan Mindanao (Defenders and Advocates of Environment, Creation, and Patrimony) has come to the defense of its secretary general Benedictine nun Sr. Stella Matutina. The group said Sr. Matutina is the target of a vilification campaign by the 28th Infantry Battalion (28th IB). According to reports, the 28th IB has been spreading malicious stories that Matutina is not a real nun and that she is actually a member of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Sr. Matutina was first alluded to as an NPA member during a barangay assembly called by the 28th IB in Lantawan, Lupon, Davao Oriental in March 2. The 28th IB was in the process of putting together a barangay defense system in the area, and a certain 1st Lt. Hermie Montelibano reportedly said that the slain environmentalist priest Fr. Fausto Tentorio was killed because he was an NPA. The also said that that there is also a nun named “Stella” who is an NPA pretending to be a nun.

The following April 15, San Isidro, Davao Oriental residents were warned by a certain 1st Lt. Francisco Lingat against joining an Earth Day forum on mining organized by Benedictines for Peace at the Diocese of Mati..... MORE

SourceBulatlat.com

URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/05/09/benedictine-nun-being-vilified-by-afp-for-opposing-large-scale-mining/

Too much opposition FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 05/09/2012

Too much opposition

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
05/09/2012
Justice chief Leila de Lima who thought it was a breeze to testify for the prosecution as though she has personal knowledge of what went on during the en banc hearing on the issuance of the Supreme Court’s restraining order on her self-styled hold order list, suddenly opposed the defense’s request to the Senate court to summon her as a hostile witness, saying that she had already testified for the prosecution and that she was cross-examined expansively by the defense, adding that there was no longer anything to testify on.

The prosecution did the same, objecting to the subpoena request for De Lima to testify as a hostile witness, moving to quash the subpoena and giving the same excuse to justify its opposition to De Lima being called to the stand again.

One wonders why the prosecution really opposes the move of the defense to call De Lima to the stand..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120509com2.html

Reddit co-founder slams Facebook over CISPA support

Reddit co-founder slams Facebook over CISPA support


Facebook is expected to make billions when the social networking site goes public, but one of the most influential men on the Web says he won’t be buying stock. The founder of Reddit has denounced Facebook over their support of CISPA.

In an interview with CNN this week, Reddit.com co-founder Alex Ohanian explains that he won’t be investing in the largest technology IPO in the history of the Internet. Although Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg expects to make billions off of the site’s initial public offering, Ohanian says that he won’t be emptying out his own pockets to pad those of the young Silicon Valley star. The reason, says Ohanian, is he believes that Facebook’s stance on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act — CISPA — is very unsettling..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/reddit-facebook-cispa-support-795/

Home of Disney World became the porn capital of the US

Home of Disney World became the porn capital of the US


It suddenly makes sense why Donald Duck was drawn without pants on for all these years.

It turns out that Orlando, Florida — the Sunshine State city that sits just down the road from such worldwide-recognized family establishments as SeaWorld, Epot and, of course, Disney World — is also the smuttiest. That’s according to Men’s Health, at least, whose writers recently took it upon themselves to examine a series of x-rated factors to ask that age-old question:what town in America is most into porn?

A team of investigators at Men’s Health tried to uncover an answer by considering criteria such as the number of adult-oriented DVDs sold, rented and streamed on the Web all across the country, as well as the number of smut shops, online porn searches and households that pay for subscriptions to the softcore network Cinemax. When all was said and done, Orlando, FL was left at the top of the list of towns most overcome by porn-loving Americans..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/orlando-florida-porn-city-805/

Russia’s might up close: Victory parade arms galore (VIDEO, PHOTOS)


Russia’s might up close: Victory parade arms galore (VIDEO, PHOTOS)


RT takes a closer look at the Victory Day military parade in Moscow. It involved some 14 thousand troops as well as the best hardware the Russian defense ministry has to offer.

­Celebrating Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square is a long standing tradition. The first such event was held in 1945 on June 24, more than a month after the defeat of Nazi Germany. Troops who had just returned from the front took part in the mass celebration..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/victory-parade-photos-moscow-822/

Gabriela supports alleged rape victim of Pantabangan Vice-Mayor

Gabriela supports alleged rape victim of Pantabangan Vice-Mayor


“We must continue to rage against rape especially if the accused is a public official who use and abuse their power to inflict violence.” – Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Luz Ilagan
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
Bulatlat.com
The two representatives of Gabriela Women’s Party Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus accompanied a minor who alleged that she was raped by Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija vice mayor Romeo R. Borja as she filed a case at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The 18-year old “Jasmin” accused the official of repeatedly raping her since June 2011. She said Borja threatened to kill her and her family if she refused to give in to him. Jasmin is now eight months pregnant with Borja’s child.

In her complaint affidavit, Jasmin said she first met Borja in April 2010 at a local beauty pageant where she was a contestant and eventual winner. She said Borja wanted her to have a relationship with him, but she rejected his advances because she knew that he was married.

In June 2011, she said she went to a friend’s house where she took an alcoholic beverage, and soon after lost consciousness. When she woke up, Jasmin said, she found herself being raped by the government official.

Jasmin alleged that the official raped her several more times on different occasions and she was powerless against stopping Borja because as she said, the official blackmailed her. Borja allegedly threatened to expose what happened by posting naked pictures of her on Facebook and other social networking sites.... MORE
SourceBulatlat.com

URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/05/08/gabriela-supports-alleged-rape-victim-of-pantabangan-vice-mayor/

China ready for ‘escalation’ in shoal standoff with RP By Mario J. Mallari 05/09/2012

China ready for ‘escalation’ in shoal standoff with RP

By Mario J. Mallari 05/09/2012
China is ready for “any escalation” of a tense maritime standoff with the Philippines over the disputed Scarborough shoal, Chinese vice foreign minister Fu Ying said yesterday.

The month-long flare-up is one of the most high-profile incidents for years between the two countries over their competing territorial claims to parts of the South China Sea, which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.

“The Chinese side has... made all preparations to respond to any escalation of the situation by the Philippine side,” Fu told a Philippine diplomat based on a statement posted on China’s foreign ministry website yesterday..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120509hea3.html

VP Binay wants police held accountable for ‘humiliating’ ex-Sen. Jovy Salonga 05/09/2012

VP Binay wants police held accountable for ‘humiliating’ ex-Sen. Jovy Salonga

05/09/2012
The police should be made accountable for the “humiliation” that former Senate President Jovito Salonga suffered in their hands Monday, according to Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Binay, in a state-ment, added that he was “deeply bothered” by the attempt to serve the warrant of arrest against the former senate president.

“I am saddened by the issuance of the warrant of arrest on former Senator Jovito Salonga and deeply bothered by the attempt of the police to serve the warrant,” the Vice President said.

Binay said Salonga’s stature as an elder statesman and a champion of human rights and good government should have been considered by the police authorities before making the move that “needlessly humiliated” him..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120509hea5.html

CJ agrees to testify at trial By Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales 05/09/2012

SEEKS SUMMONS FOR OMBUDSMAN, ACCUSERS TO TESTIFY ON $10M, $2-M HOAX

CJ agrees to testify at trial

By Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales 05/09/2012

A dramatic turn of trial events occurred yesterday after the defense announced that Chief Justice Renato Corona will appear before the Senate Impeachment Court, testify on his behalf, disclose all and rebut all the charges leveled against him, on condition that those who have accused him of having a $10 million bank account as well as yet another $2 million bank account are to be subponaed by the Impeachment Court,

The presiding judge, Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile quickly ruled that all those named by the defense counsel, Jose Judd Roy, as hostile witnesses of the defense will be slapped with subpoenae, making it clear too that inter-parliamentary courtesy will not apply in the case of a congressman-accuser..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120509hea1.html

Davao broadcaster is 124th slain newsman By Gina Peralta-Elorde 05/09/2012

Davao broadcaster is 124th slain newsman

By Gina Peralta-Elorde 05/09/2012


A radio broadcaster was shot dead by a still-unidentified gunman in Mati City, Davao Oriental yesterday afternoon, local police have reported.

The latest victim of media killings in the country was identified as Nestor Sapidan Libaton, an anchorman of DxHM/Spirit FM based in the city.

Initial investigation disclosed that the victim was on his motorcycle on Pinagsablayan Highway in Barangay Don Enrique, Mati City when he was shot..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120509nat1.html

Senators call for new ARMM voters’ list 05/09/2012

Senators call for new ARMM voters’ list

05/09/2012
Senators Franklin Drilon and Aquilino Pimentel III plus 16 of their collegues on Monday filed a joint resolution nullifying the present book of voters of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in a bid to ensure clean and honest elections not only in the region but also throughout the country.

Joint Resolution 17, according to Drilon, the principal author of Republic Act 10153 which synchronizes the ARMM election with the national elections, also tasked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to immediately conduct a new general registration of voters in all the municipalities and cities in the region.

Drilon also said the registration of voters in the Visayas and non-ARMM areas of Mindanao shall be suspended until Aug. 31 to enable the Comelec to deploy sufficient personnel and necessary equipment for the immediate conduct of voters’ registration in the ARMM..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120509nat5.html

State witnesses vs car theft ring leaders warned By Gina Peralta-Elorde and Pat C. Santos 05/09/2012

State witnesses vs car theft ring leaders warned

By Gina Peralta-Elorde and Pat C. Santos 05/09/2012

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo yesterday called on other state witnesses against suspected car theft syndicate leaders Raymund and Roger Dominguez to be extra careful and vigilant following the killing of Alfred Mendiola and two others last week.

Robredo said those state witnesses against the notorious car theft leaders must be cautious.

Mendiola was previously arrested for his involvement with the group but later turned himself as state witness against the Dominguez brothers for abduction and killing of Venson Evangelista in January last year..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120509met3.html

Solons assail mishandling of Tulfo-showbiz couple melee By Angie M. Rosales 05/09/2012

Solons assail mishandling of Tulfo-showbiz couple melee

By Angie M. Rosales 05/09/2012

Senators have joined the highly-publicized scuffle at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 involving columnist Ramon Tulfo and celebrity-couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto.

Senators Panfilo Lacson and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. have come out to chastise what they observed as poor measures and apparent mishandling of airport security personnel of the now infamous incident captured in an amateur handset video and circulating in the Internet.

Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, on the other hand, has offered to mediate between the warring parties for a settlement of the incident, noting that both the camps of Tulfo and Santiagos have now resorted to legal actions..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120509met1.html

Noy’s Cabinet a Millionaire’s club By Fernan J. Angeles 05/16/2012 Except for two Cabinet members, President Aquino’s Cabinet structure is basically a millionaires’ club. And while the Malacañang chief executive has grown richer by P10 million bringing his net worth to P 65.13 million, his wealth is dwarfed by the declared wealth of his top diplomat Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario who now ranks as the wealthiest among the Aquino administration’s Cabinet officials. A closer look at the Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALn) filed by Cabinet members likewise pegs Education Secretary Armin in Luistro as the poorest.

Noy’s Cabinet a Millionaire’s club

By Fernan J. Angeles 05/16/2012

Except for two Cabinet members, President Aquino’s Cabinet structure is basically a millionaires’ club.

And while the Malacañang chief executive has grown richer by P10 million bringing his net worth to P 65.13 million, his wealth is dwarfed by the declared wealth of his top diplomat Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario who now ranks as the wealthiest among the Aquino administration’s Cabinet officials.

A closer look at the Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALn) filed by Cabinet members likewise pegs Education Secretary Armin in Luistro as the poorest..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120516hea6.html

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