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Protest against US ‘subservience’ to hound Aquino this June

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Protest against US ‘subservience’ to hound Aquino this June

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) decried the visit of a United States military chief and said Malacañang was lying through its teeth that it had nothing to do with increasing US military interference in the country.

Late last weekend, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Manila for a meeting this week with General Jessie Dellosa, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). No details of the meeting were released by the US Embassy and Filipino officials.

Bayan deputy-secretary general Eleanor de Guzman said the talks are expected to center on the so-called US pivot to the Asia Pacific under the latest US military strategy. The meeting is also expected to tackle the ongoing tension between the Philippines and China over the Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

(Bulatlat file photo / bulatlat.com)
“It’s obvious that officials intentionally delayed the public disclosure of Gen. Dempsey’s visit to avoid the usual controversy and preempt protests from groups strongly opposing increased US military presence and intervention in the country,” de Guzman said.

She said the patriotic ranks of the Filipino people would continue to resist plans by the US military to station more elite troops in secret bases around the country, to conduct more training exercises under Balikatan, and to send more US warships in Philippine ports as part of the Obama administration’s rebalancing of forces toward Asia Pacific.

Bayan repeated its warning to the Aquino administration that its efforts to allow more US troops and ships in the country are creating serious threats to peace and stability in the region which will undermine the national interest and safety of the Filipino people. It cited the un-announced arrival in Subic Bay of a nuclear-powered US submarine last month that prompted China to deploy 5 warships close to Philippine maritime domain..... MORE


URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/06/05/protest-against-us-subservience-to-hound-aquino-this-june/

One standard for all FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 06/06/2012

One standard for all

Ninez Cacho-Olivares
A standard for one should be the standard for all, and no buts about it.

Yet even as a new chief justice for the Supreme Court is being mulled over by the Judicial and Bar Council, there appears to be opposition from some government officials to the JBC’s suggestion that the candidates/applicants to the post should submit their waivers to the confidentiality of their bank accounts. But they say that they should not be made to do so, because the case of the convicted CJ is a different one, since he had questionable assets not included in the statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALn).

If such was the standard, then the only time the SALns of SC justices — CJ or not, or for that matter, the President of the Republic — would be only if and when they face impeachment — and in the cases of elected and appointed government officials, without waivers, they can never be made to account for anything, at least in the realm of graft and corruption as well as ill-gotten wealth.

The nation then would merely rely on what they claim they have as assets.

Surely, that can’t be right, if this government and its officials claim to be taking the straight path and adhere strictly to the principles of honesty, transparency, accountability and truth..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120606com2.html

Are you on the ‘SS Euro’? Abandon Ship!

Are you on the ‘SS Euro’? Abandon Ship!

The Euro is creaking and making funny noises. Lloyds of London – who have a pretty good ear to perceive impending disasters – says the insurance market is preparing for the Euro's collapse and is trying to reduce its exposure as much as possible.

Robert Ward chief executive of the multi-billion dollar and almost five hundred year old institution said Lloyd's may have to write-down on its £58.9 billion investment portfolio if the euro collapses. In the interview for The Sunday Telegraph he explained the market has put in place a contingency plan to switch euro underwriting to multi-currency claims settlements

It seems Lloyds believes ‘grexit’ is looking more and more likely day by day. Insurers are a good reference point on this, since risk management lies at the very heart of insurance and reinsurance.  London as well as Germany are two of the key global long-term risk management markets, counting on extensive expertise and experience in such potentially catastrophic financial upheavals..... MORE


URL: http://www.rt.com/news/euro-greece-union-euro-062/

30,000 secret surveillance orders demanded annually to spy on Americans (w/ Video)

30,000 secret surveillance orders demanded annually to spy on Americans

Even without CISPA on the books, the federal government can still use antiquated legislation to leer into the personal communications of Americans. One judge, in fact, says that thousands are approved each year.

It’s been more than a quarter of a century since the US Congress authorized the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, but the incredibly outdated legislation is still used each and every day to let federal agents find out personal and private information by combing through emails, texts and any other form of online correspondence. Kade Crockford is a privacy rights coordinator with the American Civil Liberties Union and is fighting to make sure that ECPA is laid to rest.

Crockford says she was only three years old in 1986 and tells RT, “If you were my age at the time, cell phones didn’t really exist.” What was a reality, however, was ECPA. Unlike cell phones and the troves of technological updates that mobile devices have seen over the last few decades, though, ECPA remains more or less identical to its original incarnation..... MORE


URL: http://www.rt.com/news/anonymous-leaks-fight-club-057/

'Leak it all!' Anonymous calls for Fight Club-style 'Project Mayhem-2012'

'Leak it all!' Anonymous calls for Fight Club-style 'Project Mayhem-2012'

Anonymous are set to activate the dormant cells of a global 'Fight Club’ to battle corruption by calling on supporters to leak a massive cache of state and corporate secrets for the world to see.

­“Imagine you purchase a USB drive. Imagine you take it to your work place. Imagine you collect evidence of illegality and corruption. Imagine together we expose all lies. Imagine we leak it all.”

Those ominous words scrolled across the crimson backdrop of a glowing Anonymous logo in a video released Tuesday by the hacktivist collective..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.rt.com/news/anonymous-leaks-fight-club-057/

P3.4M to dine with Noy; P11,000 just to see him By Fernan J. Angeles 06/06/2012


P3.4M to dine with Noy; P11,000 just to see him

By Fernan J. Angeles 06/06/2012

President Aquino is raising literally big bucks not for the country but for a new group in the United States which is being formed by his business allies for a benefit dinner of the so-called US-Philippines Society the plate for which goes as high as $75,000 or P3.4 million each, and a $250 ticket just to enter the venue and see Aquino.

In an apparent effort to impress Aquino, Philippine Embassy officials in Washington DC are reportedly soliciting for the expensive dinner to launch the US-Philippine Society where Aquino is guest of honor.

The admission cost, which is equivalent to roughly P11,000, will enable Filipinos to be in the company of Aquino, businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, a major campaign contributor of Aquino, and the rest of his business delegation..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120606hea1.html

Beijing increases presence; DFA says maritime tensions ease By Mario J. Mallari 06/06/2012

Beijing increases presence; DFA says maritime tensions ease

By Mario J. Mallari 06/06/2012

China continued to beef up its vessels, now numbering at least eight Chinese government-controlled ships, in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea despite calling for “restraint actions” from Philippine government to de-escalate the two-month standoff in the disputed territory.

A security official, who requested anonymity, said that as of latest monitoring, there are five Chinese maritime surveillance ships (CMS) and at least three fishery law enforcement command (FLEC) vessels in Panatag Shoal, where a standoff has been ongoing between Philippine and Chinese ships since April 9.

The source said that China’s CMS 75, 76, 77, 83 and 84 were still spotted in the disputed territory. The number increased by one from the previous monitoring last Thursday..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120606hea2.html

Corona verdict quizzed before SC; Senate unfazed By Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales 06/06/2012

Corona verdict quizzed before SC; Senate unfazed

By Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales 06/06/2012

Two lawyers are asking the Supreme Court (SC) to hold oral arguments on the suits questioning the recently concluded impeachment proceedings before the Senate.

In a six-page urgent motion, lawyers Homobono “Bono” Adaza, Alan Paguia and radio commentator Herman Tiu Laurel said “it is still within the powers of the Supreme Court under the Constitution” to make a final determination whether the trial was conducted properly without violating the due process clause of the Constitution.

“There will be no closure to the impeachment issue against Chief Justice Renato Corona until and unless the Supreme Court makes definitive findings on whether the Senate and the House of Representatives committed grave abuse of discretion in filing and accepting the so-called verified complaint,” the petitioners said.

They added that a final action of the high court in these cases is of great and fundamental importance “to serve as guide of the two remaining institutions of government.”.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120606hea4.html

2 Sino traders kidnapped in Zambo Sibugay By Mario J. Mallari and Gina Peralta-Elorde 06/06/2012

2 Sino traders kidnapped in Zambo Sibugay

By Mario J. Mallari and Gina Peralta-Elorde 06/06/2012

Two Chinese businessmen were kidnapped by the group of rogue Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) commander Waning Abdusalam in Zamboanga Sibugay province Monday night.

Army 1st Infantry Division (ID) spokesman Capt. Albert Caber said James Lou and Jampong Linyuan Kai, both Chinese nationals, were snatched by more or less six armed men from their residence in Barangay FL Pena in Kabasalan town at around 8 p.m.

Police Senior Supt. Ruben Cariaga, Zambo Sibugay provincial director, disclosed that Lin and Lou had been living in the town for more than a year now..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120606nat1.html

Santiago scores newsman over question of psychological test By Angie M. Rosales 06/06/2012

Santiago scores newsman over question of psychological test

By Angie M. Rosales 06/06/2012

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago blew her top at a television reporter who sought her reaction to calls for her to take a “psychological test” before assuming the International Criminal Court (ICC) post.

The call, as quoted by ABS-CBN reporter Nico Baua, was made by lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre, who was part of the private counsels of the prosecution panel in the impeachment trial of ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Aguirre, it will be recalled, was cited in contempt by the impeachment court for covering his ears while Santiago was berating the prosecution’s decision to withdraw some of the eight Articles of Impeachment sometime last March. He was commenting on the “online petition” against the election of the senator to the ICC given her known uncontrollable outburst of emotions that some groups claimed could tarnish the image and reputation not only of the country but of the international body as well..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20120606nat2.html

DepEd’s home study shouldn’t be imposed on regular students — solon 06/06/2012

DepEd’s home study shouldn’t be imposed on regular students — solon

Zambales Rep. Ma. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay yesterday said the Department of Education’s (DepEd’s) home study program should not be imposed on regular students unless they choose to avail themselves of it but instead be an option presented to enrollees for this school year.

“While the Home Study Program is an effective way to minimize congestions in the classrooms, it is not practical for students who will not have their parents or guardians to supervise them while studying and completing their modules. “Not all students can learn on their own and the one day that the schools allot to clarify and guide Home Study students may not be enough to accommodate all of their questions,” Magsaysay said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120606met4.html

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