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Wimpy Noy wants UK to join fray EDITORIAL 06/05/2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wimpy Noy wants UK to join fray

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06/05/2012
Noynoy appears bent on irritating China some more by announcing that he is meeting with US President Barack Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron next week and that the Philippines’ territorial dispute with China over the Scarborough Shoal would be raised during his bilateral meetings with the two leaders.

Chinese leaders at a Singapore regional security summit held last weekend had indicated China’s concern over the so-called pivot of the United States forces in Asia-Pacific and the sudden emboldened administration of Noynoy to pursue a claim which has long been a subject of detente between the Philippines and China.

The standoff with China over the Scarborough Shoal dispute is already easing and negotiations are ongoing, and it is the worst time for Noynoy to say that he wants a new party to get involved in the territorial dispute the country has with the mainland..... MORE

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Covering up the hidden wealth FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 06/05/2012

Covering up the hidden wealth

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
06/05/2012
Noynoy and Malacaang, along with his senator-judges and congressional allies, may think the call for baring their financial records through unconditional waivers of the confidentiality of their bank accounts, will go away soon, but they should have another think coming, because the calls for transparency are getting louder.

The call for transparency on Noynoy got louder a few days ago after the Church hierarchy joined the demand for him and his Cabinet officials to sign waivers on the secrecy of their bank accounts.

Noynoy and his boys may think they can get away with it by merely claiming that he and the ousted Chief Justice, Renato Corona, are not on the same level and that Noynoy need not even come up with the same act of Corona since he is not under any obligation to do so apart from the lame excuse of his having signed a waiver in his statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALn) for the Ombudsman to look into his financial records..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120605com2.html

China expects respect after US naval shift

China expects respect after US naval shift


China has expressed mild concerns with the American plans to shift most of its warships to the Pacific region by 2020. Beijing called on to Washington to respect the interests of all sides in the Asia-Pacific, including that of China.

­Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin said that the Asia-Pacific is the region where Chinese and the US interests overlap the most, so China expects Washington to play “a constructive role in the region.”

"We also hope that the United States will respect the interests and concerns of all sides in the Asia-Pacific, including China,” Chinese diplomat said..... MORE
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URL: http://www.rt.com/news/us-naval-shift-china-933/

Assange guests grilled: Is FBI collecting ‘evidence’ for indictment?

Assange guests grilled: Is FBI collecting ‘evidence’ for indictment?


Will Julian Assange’s show make the Guinness Book of Records? Quite likely, especially if you think of all the people interrogated over their ties with the whistleblower before or after they talked to the WikiLeaks founder.

­“The FBI is apparently collecting evidence to indict Julian Assange before a grand jury. Sweden must not be the final destination of the designed extradition,” sources close to the WikiLeaks and Julian Assange told RT.

The Cypherpunks episode of The Julian Assange Show has not even premiered on RT, but a pot of trouble is already boiling and Jeremy Zimmerman, a co-founder of cyber freedoms group La Quadrature du Net, has got a taste of it..... MORE
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URL: http://www.rt.com/news/assange-fbi-julian-us-991/

Syrian rebels abandon ceasefire, call on UN for no-fly zone

Syrian rebels abandon ceasefire, call on UN for no-fly zone


A Syrian rebel spokesman says they are no longer committed to Annan’s ceasefire. He has called for a UN-backed “peace enforcement mission” or a no-fly zone to replace the monitoring mission, demands the UN chief has rejected.

On Friday, the rebel military council had given Syrian President Bashar al-Assad an ultimatum to end violence in the country or face armed reprisals.

"We have decided to end our commitment to this [plan] and starting from that date [Friday] we began defending our people," rebel spokesman Major Sami al-Kurdi told Reuters news agency..... MORE
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URL: http://www.rt.com/news/syria-rebels-annan-ceasefire-958/

A forgotten history AN OUTSIDERS VIEW Ken Fuller 06/05/2012

A forgotten history

AN OUTSIDERS VIEW
Ken Fuller
06/05/2012
When Renato Corona appeared before the impeachment court on May 22, he testified that he and his wife had been converting their peso earnings to dollars since the late 1960s, when the exchange rate had been two to one. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile pressed him on this date. Not the early sixties? No, late sixties. After 1965? Affirmative.

At that point, it seemed to this outsider that Chief Justice (CJ) Corona’s goose was cooked, because Enrile obviously knew that a two-to-one exchange rate had not been available in the late sixties. In the event, Enrile made no mention of this when he explained his conviction vote on May 29, but a day earlier Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas had zeroed in on the claim during his contribution to the prosecution’s closing argument, saying that Corona would only have been able to avail of that exchange rate until 1959.

With all due respect, Rep. Fariñas was three years out. It is surprising that so few Filipino lawmakers (let alone the former Chief Justice and those who advised him) seem to be aware of the date when the value of the peso was almost halved. What makes it memorable — or should do — are the circumstances in which the devaluation occurred. Does nobody read Lichauco or Constantino anymore?.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120605com4.html

US vows continued ‘increased rotational presence’ By Mario J. Mallari 06/05/2012

US vows continued ‘increased rotational presence’

By Mario J. Mallari 06/05/2012

The United States’ top military official discussed boosting the poorly equipped Armed Forces at a meeting yesterday with President Aquino, a Palace official said.

Aquino and US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, met in Malacañang amid a tense maritime territorial dispute between the Philippines and China.

“They talked about defense and security cooperation and the American (general) talked about providing us assistance on our minimum credible defense position,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120605hea4.html

Aquino ‘worst performer’ of CARP, say bishop, farmers By: Fernan J. Angeles 06/05/2012

Aquino ‘worst performer’ of CARP, say bishop, farmers


By: Fernan J. Angeles
06/05/2012

A Catholic bishop has rated the Aquino govenrment as the worst performer among post-Edsa administrations in terms of agrarian reform.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has been consistently underperforming in implementing agrarian reform, particularly land acquisition and distribution (LAD).

“The current DAR administration has recorded the lowest Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) accomplishment when compared to all DAR-CARP administrations,” said Pabillo in an open letter to President Aquino.

The letter was also signed by Fr. Marlon Lacal, executive secretary of the Association of the Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP)..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120605nat1.html

JBC requires aspirants to present bank waiver 06/05/2012

JBC requires aspirants to present bank waiver

06/05/2012
Hopefuls vying for the recently vacated position of Chief Justice will have to comply with a new requirement by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for them to present a waiver of their peso and dollar denominated bank savings.

Senate justice committee chairman Francis “Chiz” Escudero who is a member of the collegial body that submits recommendations to the President yesterday told reporters that those aspiring the top judicial post needed to execute such a waiver.

Escudero added that the JBC will now require applicants/nominees to submit their statement of assets and liabilities and net worth (SALn) “from the moment (they) joined the government,” if they are public servants..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120605hea6.html

3 dead, 7 missing as ‘Ambo’ exits RP By Mario J. Mallari 06/05/2012

3 dead, 7 missing as ‘Ambo’ exits RP

By Mario J. Mallari 06/05/2012

Three children were killed and six fishermen were missing after tropical storm “Mawar” brought heavy rains and rough waters to parts of the Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.

Two siblings were carried off by an overflowing river in the western island of Palawan while a seven-year-old boy drowned in a river east of Manila, the office’s deputy director, Florentino Sison said.

Reports from the NDRRMC identified the fatalities as two-year-old Princess Abrera and her four-year-old brother Shawn, both of Sitio Kiwit, Barangay Sagrada in Busuanga town, Palawan. They were reportedly carried away by overflowing river in the area..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120605nat2.html

Classroom shortage forces officials to cut school day from 5 to 1 day a week 06/05/2012

Classroom shortage forces officials to cut school day from 5 to 1 day a week

06/05/2012
The shortage of classrooms in public schools has forced school officials to cut school day from five to one day a week, militant lawmakers said yesterday.

According to Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino and ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio at least 20 percent of the high school students in five Quezon City high schools have to go through the predicament as school officials implement decongestion measures.

Palatino said students are given modules and exercises through Internet from Monday to Friday before finally going to school on Saturdays. The program is dubbed Alternative Delivery Mode..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120605met2.html

K+12 violates children’s right to quality education — solon By Charlie V. Manalo 06/05/2012

K+12 violates children’s right to quality education — solon

By Charlie V. Manalo 06/05/2012

A militant solon yesterday accused the government of sowing false hopes with its continued persistence in implementing the K+12 program, claiming the implementation of the program will worsen problems in public school facilities with the continuing shortage of 132,483 teachers, 97,685 classrooms and 153,709 water and sanitation facilities.

“The Department of Education’s (DepEd) claim that the universal kinder program will prepare the children socially, physically, mentally and emotionally is clearly debunked by this situation which glaringly exposes our government’s disregard for quality education. The situation from last year has not improved and yet the government continues to banner the K+12 program,” said Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus of yesterday’s opening of public school classes and start of K+12 program..... MORE

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