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Ridiculously fudged EDITORIAL 05/27/2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ridiculously fudged

EDITORIAL
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05/27/2012
Who is Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz trying to kid in insisting on a government figure showing less than 10 percent of the country’s labor force are unemployed?

The government, in repeating the figures from its self-serving surveys make Noynoy and everybody in his Cabinet look as if they live in a glass tower and never touching base with Filipinos.

The government uses a ridiculous formula in determining unemployment which does not consider those not looking for a job as unemployed even if they have grown tired of looking for a job because there is nothing to look for.

Also the formula in the labor force survey of the National Statistics Office (NSO) considers those working far less than eight hours and those who do jobs within their own family and do not get paid at all as being employed. A sub-category called underemployment is reserved for them but still they are reported as having jobs..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120527com1.html

Probable reversal FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 05/27/2012

Probable reversal

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
05/27/2012
It was a good thing Chief Justice Renato Corona returned to the witness stand and even provided the Senate court with an unconditional waiver of all his bank accounts, baring all when senator-judges posed several queries to him.

There can also be hardly any doubt that Corona did not just walk out of the trial, as it had become evident later that he was indeed very ill, with doctors having placed him under observation for a possible heart attack.

Any official who provides the right forum his bank waiver, which could then be made public, can only mean that which he had testified to, such as his savings in dollars having started in the ’60s when the dollar peso exchange rate was just P2 to a dollar, strengthens his testimony, since such can be checked out to be either accurate or inaccurate..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120527com2.html

Vatileaks: Pope’s butler arrested for stealing confidential correspondence

Vatileaks: Pope’s butler arrested for stealing confidential correspondence


The identity of the man who leaked dozens of confidential documents that have embarrassed the Vatican in recent months appears to have been uncovered, after Pope Benedict’s butler was arrested. But the Vatileaks scandal will not end here.

A string of leaked letters exposing the Vatican from the inside has dominated the headlines in Italy this year.

Now, Paolo Gabriele, a married layman who has personally served the 85 year-old pontiff since 2006, has been detained and placed in one of the Vatican’s own jail cells, after being caught red-handed with “secret documents.”.... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://www.rt.com/news/vatileaks-benedict-pope-whistleblower-305/

FBI secretly creates Internet police

FBI secretly creates Internet police


The FBI was rather public with its recent demands for backdoor access to websites and Internet services across the board, but as the agency awaits those secret surveillance powers, they're working on their own end to have those e-spy capabilities.

Not much has been revealed about one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s newest projects, the Domestic Communications Assistance Center, and the FBI will probably try to keep it that way. Despite attempting to keep the DCAC largely under wraps, an investigation spearheaded by Cnet’s Declan McCullagh is quickly collecting details about the agency’s latest endeavor.

Governmental agencies have been searching seemingly without end for ways to pry into the personal communications of computer users in America.... MORE
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URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/fbi-communications-dcac-surveillance-250/

Manoling faces electioneering raps FEATURE 05/27/2012

Manoling faces electioneering raps

FEATURE

05/27/2012
Manoling Morato’s remarkable streak of good luck dating back to 1986 when he was given his first real taste of power by the late President Cory Aquino, who appointed him chairman of the country’s censorship agency Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), has finally come to an inglorious end.

The irony of it all is that the axe had to fall on Morato’s lily-white neck at this time, during the tenure of Cory’s son (President Noynoy Aquino) whom he had rabidly campaigned against in the 2010 presidential elections.

Morato only has himself to blame for betting on the wrong horse. He unfortunately and unwisely put all his chips on the Arroyo administration’s standard bearer Gilberto Teodoro who garnered a measly 11.33 percent of the 38-million total voting turn out for fourth place, as against Mr. Aquino’s 42 percent (15.2 million votes).

So now he has hell to pay..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120527com4.html

Noynoy’s marionette NO NONSENSE Jacinto ‘Jing’ Paras 05/27/2012

Noynoy’s marionette

NO NONSENSE
Jacinto ‘Jing’ Paras
05/27/2012
Last week, this writer talked about certain officials albeit, officials of constitutional offices who are supposed to be independent but have allowed themselves to be used as puppets by the powers that be. I mentioned in particular former Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales who is now the Ombudsman. She was the choice of BS Aquino as Ombudsman right before her undertaking the oath of office of Mr. BS as the new President of the Republic. Despite her gaining the age of 71 which is beyond the retirement of any government official under the civil service, she still accepted the office and according to CJ Corona, it is precisely to serve a secret purpose already planned by Mr. BS Aquino for her as can now be clearly shown at the Senate hearing where she maligned him by making false and fabricated statements which are lies indeed. The fact about Carpio-Morales was also mentioned by my good friend Herman Tiu Laurel in his Tribune article where he said, “BS Aquino’s immoral deal with Merceditas Gutierrez of accepting her resignation and absolving her of wrongdoings was resorted to in exchange for the appointment of Carpio-Morales as new Ombudsman despite the fact that there were more qualified, capable, younger and incontrovertibly independent legal luminaries of proven integrity than the latter.”.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120527com5.html

Asking for it VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 05/27/2012

Asking for it

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
05/27/2012
She could have become the pride of the country by making the sacrifice of no longer aspiring for the presidency. She formally and loudly said so before, in order to unite the people. But she later broke her own word. She spared nothing and no one to win the 2004 national elections. No trick was not thought of, no threat was spared for her to become president. She wanted to be the president, come what may, no matter what the cost.

Her election machinery was put into action; she appropriated and spent public funds unlimited to oil it. She made well chosen political kingpins work for her victory, she rendered the country broke. She divided the people. She used even gambling payolas to fund her lavish and feverish campaign..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120527com6.html

‘Manual system better than pre-determined automated polls’ By Fernan J. Angeles 05/27/2012

‘Manual system better than pre-determined automated polls’

By Fernan J. Angeles 05/27/2012

An alliance of socialist organizations that used to work with presidential political adviser Ronald Llamas would opt for a manual election system for next year’s mid-term polls rather than get “pre-determined results in a defective automated election,” citing the final forensic findings on the program of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

Fourteen cause-oriented groups, most of which claiming to have been part of the left-leaning coalition that supported the 2010 presidential bid of then Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, are also asking both Congress and the Supreme Court to seriously look into the conclusive findings contained in the final report submitted by a joint forensic team that discovered the vulnerability of the PCOS machines to election fraud.

Part of the forensic report, a copy of which was duly received by the Office of the Senate President, states that the “extracted hash code did not match the published hash code.”.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120527hea2.html

Gov’t not ready for K+12 program — ATC party-list By Erwin D.G Nunez and Eloisa Mae Corpuz 05/27/2012

Gov’t not ready for K+12 program — ATC party-list

By Erwin D.G Nunez and Eloisa Mae Corpuz 05/27/2012

The lack of basic necessities like classrooms, books, chairs and teachers makes the government of President Aquino unprepared for the implementation of President Aquino’s flagship K+12 program this school year.

According to the Alliance of Concerned Teacher (ACT) Party-list, the Department of Education (DepEd) is not even ready in terms of technicalities and modules for the program.

“K+12 is the wrong solution to the problem. The program will just worsen the country’s ailing educational system,” said France Castro, secretary general of ACT..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120527hea5.html

Resign now, Corona camp dares Ombudsman By Charlie V. Manalo 05/27/2012

Resign now, Corona camp dares Ombudsman

By Charlie V. Manalo 05/27/2012
Lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona dared Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to resign after having been exposed as “a certified and pathological liar,” which was the same words she used in describing Corona during her testimony as a hostile witness of the defense panel.

At the weekly Kapihan sa Annabel’s, lawyer Rico Paolo Quicho, one of the spokesmen for Corona, minced no word for the Ombudsman who she said should immediately resign from her post.

“Ombudsman Morales, waived before the impeachment court alleged copies of the AMLC (Anti-Money Laundering Council) report, alleging the Chief Justice maintains at least $10 million to $12 million in 82 bank accounts,” Quicho said. “But the Chief Justice declared he only has four dollar accounts with a total deposit of $2.4 million, signing a waiver for anyone who does not believe him to open up his dollar account. And that proves his sincerity and honesty on the matter,” he said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120527hea3.html

DepEd welcomes 20M studes with Oplan Balik Eskwela By Jason Faustino 05/27/2012

DepEd welcomes 20M studes with Oplan Balik Eskwela

By Jason Faustino 05/27/2012

Close to 20 million students have enrolled in public elementary and high schools nationwide, the Department of Education (DepEd) said over the weekend.

Data from the DepEd reveal that some 14 million students have enrolled in public elementary schools, while 5.76 million students will be entering high school.

While a total of 48, 802 classrooms are still needed nationwide, the agency said there was an excess of 290,865 chairs..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120527nat2.html

RP’s biggest power plant to rise in Quezon Province 05/27/2012

RP’s biggest power plant to rise in Quezon Province

05/27/2012
Plans are afoot for the construction of the country’s largest power plant in Atimonan, Quezon, a fast-growing first-class municipality nestled in Lamon Bay that connects the northern part of Quezon to the Pacific Ocean, some 173 kilometers south of Manila.

Town Mayor Jose Mendoza said the new power plant with a 1,500-megawatt capacity when in place, would be the largest power plant ever in the Philippines. The province has other power plants in the towns of Pagbilao, Mauban and Polillo in the first district, and San Narciso in the third district or Bondoc Peninsula, Mendoza said.

He added that the power plant will be constructed next year on an 80-hectare land in Barangay Ibaba and will be fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG). It would supply electricity to industrial, commercial and residential consumers..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120527nat5.html

May 28 is National Flag Day 05/27/2012

May is National Flag Day

05/27/2012
The country celebrates National Flag Day on May 28 in honor of the first time the national symbol was raised in 1898 in the Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite, which was the first victory of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. It signified the sovereignty of the people of the Philippines.

Filipinos still show respect for the Philippine flag and ceremoniously hoist it. It is used in every public establishment most especially in schools, offices and embassies to remind Filipinos of their patriotism and their freedom.

A “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines” or Republic Act 8491 was even passed into law to keep the integrity of and reverence toward the Philippine flag. A proper way of folding, unfolding, raising and letting down the flag has been set to show respect for it..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120527nat4.html

DENR probes misuse of Dagupan City’s P15-million waste-management fund 05/27/2012

DENR probes misuse of Dagupan City’s P15-million waste-management fund

05/27/2012
An investigation by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) has shown that solid waste continues to be dumped in vacant lots in Barangay Boquig, Dagupan City, despite the almost P15 million allocated to the city’s waste management division (WMD) to address this problem.

Records show that from July 2010 to December 2011, Mayor Benjamin Lim authorized expenses amounting to P14,906,626.33 to provide eco-friendly and bio-safe dumpsites, including the cost of various dump trucks, loaders and excavators. Notwithstanding this outlay, the DENR found that refuse was merely extracted from the city’s current dumpsite and unloaded into vacant lots. These acts of extraction, transportation and dumping of solid waste were found to be violations of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Waste Management Act of 2000..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120527nat1.html

House approves on final reading cybercrime bill By Charlie V. Manalo 05/27/2012

House approves on final reading cybercrime bill

By Charlie V. Manalo 05/27/2012

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill that defines and punishes cybercrime to prevent and suppress its proliferation.

House Bill 5808, authored by Reps. Susan Yap (Tarlac), Eric Owen Singson (Ilocos Sur), Marcelino Teodoro (Marikina City) and Juan Edgardo Angara (Aurora), complies with the declared policy of the State which recognizes the increasingly vital role of information and communications technology as an enabler of key industries such as banking, broadcasting, business process outsourcing, electronic commerce and telecommunications, and as a driving force for the nation’s overall social and economic development.

The passage of HB 5808, otherwise known as the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012,” will enable the State to adopt sufficient powers to effectively prevent and combat all forms of misuse, abuse and illegal access by facilitating their detection, investigation, arrest and prosecution at both the domestic and international levels, and by providing arrangements for fast and reliable international cooperation..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120527met1.html

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