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The end is near EDITORIAL 05/24/2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The end is near

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05/24/2012
It looks like no quarter will be given to Chief Justice Renato Corona by the Senate Court, which really has been very lenient when it came to the testimony of the high court justice.

Senate President and Presiding Officer of the Senate impeachment court Juan Ponce-Enrile, after a caucus and a brief hearing to find out what the next move of the defense and the prosecution was, ruled, without any motion for reconsideration allowed, that by tomorrow, trial resumes, and if the Chief Justice cannot make it to the courtroom, oral arguments will then be held, giving each panel an hour to argue their points, after which, said the chief presiding officer, either the Senate gives it vote on the same day, or wait another day to cast their verdict in open voting.

But it also appears that the testimony of the Chief Justice will be included and not stricken out, as threatened, if no cross-examination is done..... MORE

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Addressing the public FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 05/24/2012

Addressing the public

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
05/24/2012
Clearly, the Chief Justice, in testifying before the Senate court was not just addressing the court, but the Filipino people, who were a captive audience on that day, as he bared his family’s side on the Basa-Guidote feud, which probably went over big — as a telenovela goes.

Still, Chief Justice Renato Corona must have felt that his family’s side must be aired, since this Basa feud was made public in interviews given by one Ana Basa with too many charges made against the Coronas.

That side of the Basa family was there during the testimony of the Chief Justice and while the family members complained that Corona’s attack was a low blow, as Jose Basa lll was already dead and could not defend himself, the truth is that the Basa family members, notably Ana, started these attacks on the Coronas while giving the media interviews, knowing then that the Coronas would not reply officially to these charges aired by Ana Basa.

In the end, with the Basas crying, they claimed that they would not answer those accusations made by the Chief Justice, as they would not go down to his level, even when they clearly did by bringing out the Basa dirty linen..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120524com2.html

Russia test fires AMD-piercing strategic missile

Russia test fires AMD-piercing strategic missile


The Russian military have successfully launched a top secret advanced intercontinental ballistic missile. It is designed to counter the American antimissile shield currently being deployed in several regions.

­The new weapon is an advanced version of the Topol-M and Yars missiles, already deployed by the Russian Strategic Missile Forces. The experiment was boosted off from the Plesetsk launch site in north-western Russia’s Arkhangelsk region on Wednesday. It delivered its test block to the Kura target range in Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East.

The main purpose of the launch was to confirm feasibility of the design approaches incorporated into the missile, spokesman for the Forces Colonel Vadim Koval told journalists..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://www.rt.com/news/new-strategic-missile-test-970/

Rise to the top(less): Mexican politician stakes campaign on naked billboards

Rise to the top(less): Mexican politician stakes campaign on naked billboards


When 34-year-old Mexican congressional candidate Natalia Juarez saw her progressive campaign floundering in the conservative city of Guadalajara, she decided not to pander to her voters. Instead she is challenging them - with nudity.

­A Professor of Philosophy at the local university, Juarez is a political novice with a radical agenda. Among her proposal is the legalization of drugs – in the midst of a war between police and the powerful drug cartels that has killed tens of thousands.

“We need to tell people, 'Hey, wake up because if you don't, sharks are going to eat you up.' Wake up, you citizen and politician,” Juarez told CNN..... MORE

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URL: http://www.rt.com/news/topless-candidate-mexico-023/

Access Hollywood: Pentagon, CIA leaked Bin Laden raid info to filmmakers

Access Hollywood: Pentagon, CIA leaked Bin Laden raid info to filmmakers

aid that killed Osama bin Laden may have been leaked to Hollywood. The CIA and Pentagon are accused of dangerously tight involvement with the writers of a movie, denounced as pre-election Obama propaganda.

­The Judicial Watch group has released almost 300 pages of Pentagon and CIA documents indicating that the Obama administration and the Department of Defense worked in tight collaboration with Oscar-winning filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal (the director and screenwriter of "The Hurt Locker").

The veteran moviemaking team is shooting a movie based on the covert operation that tracked down and assassinated Osama bin Laden, dubbed the Zero Dark Thirty..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/osama-raid-classified-data-leak-cia-pentagon-044/

Marriage VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 05/24/2012

Marriage

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
05/24/2012
A very precious and significant reality is under siege. A truly delicate and relevant institution is being subjected not only to question but also to contradiction. The law of nature itself is undergoing change — if not downright ridicule — through but the preference of law of man. The truth nevertheless remains that in all these “modern” desires and designs, the ultimate losers are always men, women and children especially.

Meantime, the reality remains as such, the institution stays the same, and futile remain any and all attempts for man to change the postulates of nature that were already there long before he appeared, and that will remain as such long after he is long gone.

As of now, both in the first world country and in this Third World Nation, there are individuals and groups thereof who want marriage to suit their personal preference and consequent option. How? By ardently inventing such curiosities as the following — all not only undermining but in effect making a mockery of marriage: Same Sex “Marriage.” Group “Marriage.” Renewable “Marriage.” Such novelties are both interesting and entertaining — not to mention their respective futility in attempting to change or deny reality as defined by natural law..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120524com6.html

IBP chief urges House accusers, Drilon to consider CJ challenge By Benjamin B. Pulta and Charlie V. Manalo 05/24/2012

IBP chief urges House accusers, Drilon to consider CJ challenge

By Benjamin B. Pulta and Charlie V. Manalo 05/24/2012

A leader of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has called on lawmakers as well as Sen. Franklin Drilon to heed Chief Justice Renato Corona’s call to sign waivers allowing disclosure of their bank accounts in the spirit of full transparency and public accountability.

IBP president and lawyer Roan Libarios, however, yesterday said Corona should have issued his waiver to make his peso and dollar accounts in various banks without any condition “for the sake of solid credibility.”

“But we also share and join in his challenge to the good legislators to execute similar waivers,” he stressed.

Corona dared the 188 House complainants and Drilon, his staunch critic, to open to the public their bank accounts during his lengthy opening statement made before the Senate impeachment court last Tuesday where he addressed the alleged inaccuracies in his statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALn)..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120524hea3.html

CJ statement admitted into impeach records By Angie M. Rosales, Benjamin B. Pulta and Fernan J. Angeles 05/24/2012

CORONA REMAINS IN ICU DUE TO HEART CONDITION

CJ statement admitted into impeach records

By Angie M. Rosales, Benjamin B. Pulta and Fernan J. Angeles 05/24/2012

The Senate impeachment court, despite an earlier threat from its presiding officer Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to strike out the testimony of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona if he failed to return to the witness stand, appeared to have relented yesterday and admitted the full narrative of Corona into the court’s records as his testimony on allegations hurled at him, including those not covered by the Articles of Impeachment such as the alleged $10 million to $12 million bank deposits in purported 82 accounts.

A coronary condition scuttled Corona’s scheduled appearance before the impeachment court yesterday where he was originally set to continue his turn on the witness stand.

Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez said Corona was taken to The Medical City (TMC) in Pasig City last Tuesday the other night and was brought to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) yesterday..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120524hea1.html

DENR probes cutting of trees in Palawan 05/24/2012

DENR probes cutting of trees in Palawan

05/24/2012
Alarmed by the reported massive cutting of trees perpetrated by an environment group which earlier occupied and converted into a resort a sacred place for indigenous people (IP) in Palawan, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) immediately ordered an investigation into the illegal activities.

DENR Secretary Ramon Paje said over the weekend that he has directed the DENR Region IV Office to look into the cutting by the ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Kalikasan of 25 grown trees which served as banks protection of the river downstream of Sabsaban Falls and part of the IPs’ place of worship in Barangay Aribungos in Brooke’s Point town.

Paje tasked DENR Regional Executive Director Concordio Zuniga to investigate the complaint after he was informed that the department’s community officer who is concurrently the OIC-provincial officer is among those charged for complicity in the intrusion and cutting of trees..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120524nat3.html

Warrants out for arrest of Globe Asiatique execs 05/24/2012

Warrants out for arrest of Globe Asiatique execs

05/24/2012
Warrants of arrest have been issued against Globe Asiatique (GA) owner Delfin Lee and his co-accused after a judge found probable cause for the syndicated estafa case filed against them, Vice President Jejomar Binay said yesterday.

Binay, the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, said Judge Amifaith Fider-Reyes of the Regional Trial Court Branch 42 in San Fernando, Pampanga, issued the warrants of arrest Tuesday with no recommendation for bail.

“Globe Asiatique defrauded the ordinary workers who are contributors of Pag-IBIG Fund. The company defrauded hardworking citizens of Pampanga by selling property they have purchased legitimately to other buyers, a practice known as double selling. The issuance of the warrants of arrest against Delfin Lee and his co-accused just shows that the law is on the side of the ordinary workers duped by Globe Asiatique,” he said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120524nat1.html

BI employees hit Mison for favoritism in hiring of new immigration officers 05/24/2012

BI employees hit Mison for favoritism in hiring of new immigration officers

05/24/2012
Disgruntled employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have asked the Department of Justice (DoJ) to reject the recommendations to be made by the bureau officials on the hiring of new immigration officers to be assigned to the different ports and subports nationwide.

Citing a grave case of favoritism, employees said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima should review and rescind the list provided by the BI’s promotion and hiring board headed by Associate Commissioner Siegfred Mison.

They added that Mison, who is a lawyer and a former military officer, should exercise “delicadeza and fair play” when he allowed one of its trusted staff to take the qualifying examinations intended for the position of immigration officer I (IO-I)..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120524met3.html

Rampant smuggling killing local industries, says solon By Charlie V. Manalo 05/24/2012

Rampant smuggling killing local industries, says solon

By Charlie V. Manalo 05/24/2012

With the country’s unemployment rising by a full 10 percent for the first quarter of the year, members of the House minority bloc yesterday blamed the rampant smuggling which they claim is killing local industries.

At their weekly press briefing, House Minority Leader Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez said that among the many evils which have resurrected under this administration, it is smuggling which he believes contributed mainly to the rise in the unemployment index.

“Last year saw the disappearance of 2,000 plus container vans from Customs in broad daylight. The other week, local hog growers threatened to declare a pork holiday because they’re losing up to P15 billion a year to smuggling. And most recently coconut oil refiners have complained about being victimized by smugglers of imported soya and palm cooking oil,” Suarez said..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120524met1.html

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