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Transparency is a simple demand EDITORIAL 06/03/2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Transparency is a simple demand

EDITORIAL
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06/03/2012
Noynoy can’t seem to keep up with the high level of accountability that he had set particularly in the campaign to oust former Chief Justice Renato Corona so much so that he now has to make up several alibis for not accepting the challenge for the signing of an unconditional waiver on all his financial records and for his Cabinet to make the same gesture.

The call would have to fall first squarely on Noynoy’s shoulders since his obsession to remove his perceived political enemies was founded on the platform of reforms and good governance.

Thus, the gesture of Corona in signing an unconditional waiver during his impeachment trial that went with it a challenge for other government officials to do so should have been welcomed with open arms by Noynoy if his reform agenda is genuine..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120603com1.html

Guilty as sin FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 06/03/2012 Looks like Noynoy and his aides have a lot of money — both in pesos and dollars — hidden in their bank accounts for them to keep on rejecting calls for them to come up with waivers releasing their right to confidential financial records. They can come up with all sorts of reasons in rejecting their submission of waivers in the name and spirit of honesty and transparency, but the bottom line really is that the people suspect they have a lot to hide from the public, for them to refuse to bare open their bank accounts. After all, releasing a waiver may well show that they, too — especially Noynoy — failed to list down their true and accurate statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALn).

Guilty as sin

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
06/03/2012
Looks like Noynoy and his aides have a lot of money — both in pesos and dollars — hidden in their bank accounts for them to keep on rejecting calls for them to come up with waivers releasing their right to confidential financial records.

They can come up with all sorts of reasons in rejecting their submission of waivers in the name and spirit of honesty and transparency, but the bottom line really is that the people suspect they have a lot to hide from the public, for them to refuse to bare open their bank accounts.

After all, releasing a waiver may well show that they, too — especially Noynoy — failed to list down their true and accurate statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALn)..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.rt.com/news/us-asia-strategy-panetta-822/

‘This is not about China’: US to move majority of warships to Asia-Pacific

 ‘This is not about China’: US to move majority of warships to Asia-Pacific

The US is set to reposition its Navy fleet with the majority of its warships to be assigned to the Asia-Pacific by 2020. But this military strategy has nothing to do with US-Chinese rivalry in the region, the defense secretary assures.

­The US would reposition its Navy so that 60 per cent of its warships would be assigned to the Asia-Pacificregion by 2020, compared to about 50 per cent now, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told senior civilian and military leaders from about 30 Asia-Pacific nations at an annual security forum in Singapore.

"Some view the increased emphasis by the United States on the Asia-Pacific region as some kind of challenge to China. I reject that view entirely," he said. "Our effort to renew and intensify our involvement in Asia is fully compatible… with the development and growth of China.... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://www.rt.com/news/us-asia-strategy-panetta-822/

Feds vs. Zombies: CDC officially denies 'Zombie Apocalypse'

Feds vs. Zombies: CDC officially denies 'Zombie Apocalypse'


The US Center for Disease Control has been forced to address the American public in the wake of internet rumors of a possible ‘zombie apocalypse”.

It’s hard to say which is more ‘out there’: that people believe there might be a virus that reanimates dead people, or that a federal agency actually weighed in on the issue in earnest.

The CDC has previously run a few tongue-in-cheek campaigns about zombies, using the popular theme to get the public prepared for “anything”. As the agency’s director says, “if you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse, you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack"..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/cdc-denies-zombie-apocalypse-855/

Bunch of hypocrites NO NONSENSE Jacinto ‘Jing’ Paras 06/03/2012

Bunch of hypocrites

NO NONSENSE
Jacinto ‘Jing’ Paras
06/03/2012
This is what Sen. Miriam Santiago called her colleagues and the congressmen-prosecutors.
She further said masyadong nagmamalinis kayo trying to convict the Chief Justice (CJ), at bakit kayo malinis din ba?

True enough, a texter in my daily radio program asked, will this senator sleep well after he voted guilty knowing that he has also not declared his dollars in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALn)? Remember his wife being caught by the US government for dollar smuggling by not declaring a substantial sum of dollars when she stepped into the US? I’m pretty sure those dollars were not declared in the senator’s SALn and yet he was amused when he delivered his vote. Miriam was right after all. They are actors..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120603com5.html

Abortion — Who does it? VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 06/03/2012

Abortion — Who does it?

VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
06/03/2012
In this time and age, abortion is commonly understood as the intentional or deliberate ejection or eviction of a live, immature or non-viable fetus from the mother’s womb.

Suction, dilation, curettage and use of abortive pills — these are the more ordinary means of performing abortion in these days and in the different parts of the world, irrespective of whether it is done officially or openly, clandestinely or surreptitiously. It is strange that just as much money, time and effort are spent in saving lives from diseases and sickness, so too in nothing less than killing of the healthy and hearty unborn babies — through abortion.

The top-of-the line question that seeks an answer is the following: Who are held responsible for the murder of an unborn fetus in different parts of the globe, viz., who are the concrete individuals who are considered accountable for the killing of an unborn child in this country as well?.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120603com7.html

Waving waivers, the aftermath TABLETS OF STONE Larry Faraon, OP 06/03/2012

Waving waivers, the aftermath

TABLETS OF STONE
Larry Faraon, OP
06/03/2012
\"Democracy at work”, was how the Palace described the guilty verdict of Chief Justice (CJ)Renato Corona. What… democracy, it’s politics no more no less. Impeachment is a process posing as a judicial process or using its mechanics but never demanding from the judges to render a final verdict based purely on evidential merit. The explanations on the guilty verdict by the senator-judges verged on mostly political and moral considerations, where the signing of the waiver by the CJ was praised to high heavens, where explicitly CJ was exculpated from ill-gotten wealth, where one or two senators even chorused apologies to the accused for rendering a guilty verdict and that “CJ was a good man.”

In fact, highly noticeable, beginning from Corona himself was when he kept on addressing the people of the Philippines in his defense statement and so are the senator-judges in their judgments. It sounded like a political campaign or moral recovery speech program!

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada was the only senator-judge who put on record as part of his statement his sincere compliments to the dexterous efforts of the presiding officer, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile in bringing the process to its proper and constitutional conclusion. Indeed, there are other senators who should have rendered the same compliment..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120603com6.html

Church, party-list solons join call for Noy waiver 06/03/2012

AQUINO SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE IN TRANSPARENCY — CBCP

Church, party-list solons join call for Noy waiver

06/03/2012
The call for transparency on President Aquino just got louder yesterday after the Church hierarchy joined the demand for Aquino and his Cabinet officials to sign waivers on the secrecy of their bank accounts.

For the government to be credible in its campaign for transparency, it should be led by by no less than Aquino, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) social action arm said.

Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action – Justice and Peace (Nassa), said leading by example is one effective way to promote integrity in the government..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120603hea1.html

China warns US vs ‘making waves’ in disputed sea 06/03/2012

China warns US vs ‘making waves’ in disputed sea

06/03/2012
BEIJING — China’s official news agency yesterday warned it was no time to “make waves” in the disputed South China Sea after the United States said it would shift the bulk of its naval fleet to the Pacific Ocean by 2020.

“It is advisable for some to refrain from muddying the waters and fishing therein,” said Xinhua, referring to the sea, which is part of the Pacific and the subject of overlapping territorial claims.

China claims the sea in full, and it is also claimed in whole or part by the Philippines, Taiwan, Brunei, Vietnam and Malaysia..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120603hea3.html

First storm ‘Ambo’ hits RP; hundreds stranded; 1 hurt in landslide; 30 fishermen rescued by PCG 06/03/2012

First storm ‘Ambo’ hits RP; hundreds stranded; 1 hurt in landslide; 30 fishermen rescued by PCG

06/03/2012
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it is ready to respond to bad weather conditions and uphold public safety as the first storm for 2012 hit the country the other day, sending 30 fishermen off their course, and causing landslides while stranding hundreds of travellers in various parts of the archipelago.

PCG commandant Admiral Edmund Tan, speaking after inspecting a PCG quick response unit team in Manila yesterday, said the PCG is prepared to deal with the situation and answer to the needs of the people.

“We’re on heigthened alert and ready to respond to those who needs the help of PCG,” Tan said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120603hea4.html

RP SMEs to compete in The Netherlands 06/03/2012

RP SMEs to compete in The Netherlands

06/03/2012
A footwear retailer promoting social entrepreneurship by making fashionable shoes from scrap cloths and rubber won the top prize in the 5th PBSP Business in Development (BiD) Challenge Philippines, with the opportunity to compete in The Netherlands.

Habi Footwear, a start-up business managed by 22-year-old Albert Go, made it a goal to do something extraordinary for the country — one shoe at a time. By engaging their partner community, Go and his colleagues were able to provide a source of income for the financially challenged families of their partner site by using their hand-woven materials in making shoes.

Fighting poverty through a profitable and sustainable way is BiD’s strategy to encourage more entrepreneurs to look at social responsibility as an integral part of business success..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120603nat2.html

House OKs bills on sea pollution prevention, nutrition research By Charlie V. Manalo 06/03/2012

House OKs bills on sea pollution prevention, nutrition research

By Charlie V. Manalo 06/03/2012
The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to prevent or minimize marine pollution and another measure creating the Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement Program (BIDANI).

House Bill 6023, authored by Reps. Maria Evita Arago (Laguna), Irvin Alcala (Quezon), Ben Evardone (Eastern Samar) and Juan Edgardo Angara (Aurora), seeks to prevent or minimize marine pollution covering oily substances, harmful and toxic substances, garbage, sewage and other pollutants coming from ships and floating structures.

Arago said the bill aims to harmonize institutional arrangements concerning marine pollution and strengthen and complement the enforcement of existing related laws on marine pollution, including the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120603nat5.html

Solon asks PDEA: Abolish ‘exit clearance’ for OFWs By Charlie V. Manalo 06/03/2012

Solon asks PDEA: Abolish ‘exit clearance’ for OFWs

By Charlie V. Manalo 06/03/2012

Buhay Rep. Irwin Tieng wants the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to abolish the issuance of exit clearance to overseas Filipino workers amid numerous complaints about delays from OFWs and their families.

“It has been reported to me that most of our OFWs experienced the ordeal in obtaining exit clearance whenever they take their vacation in the country. The long wait at the counters consumes hours if not days to secure the said document. They are left with no choice but to endure the slow process. Moreover, they are required to pay certain fees,” Tieng said.

“In this regard, I would like to urge the governing board of the POEA to create ways to have this process easier for our OFWs, to either improve it or abolish it all together without compromising their security and safety abroad,” he added..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120603met1.html

DepEd says it’s all systems go for opening of classes tomorrow 06/03/2012

DepEd says it’s all systems go for opening of classes tomorrow

06/03/2012
The government is all set for the opening of classes on Monday, June 4.
The Department of Education (Deped) had set up the “Oplan Balik Eskwela” information center in its main office in Pasig City to assist parents and students on their queries and concerns.

Eight other government agencies form part of the Oplan Balik Eskwela Inter-Agency Task Force were activated last May 28 to ensure a smooth opening of classes.

Agencies that are included in the task force are the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC), Department of Health (DoH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Philippine National Police (PNP), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120603met2.html

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