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Ping’s ‘asylum’ an option By Michaela P. del Callar 02/09/2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Senate custody of Lacson possible

Ping’s ‘asylum’ an option

By Michaela P. del Callar

Lawyers for the senator on the run, Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, in a TV interview yesterday, brought up the idea of the senator seeking political asylum in a foreign country to avoid being extradited to the Philippines to face double murder charges.
Lawyer Alex Poblador, in the same interview said one of Lacson’s options is to seek political asylum, should the Arroyo government continue with its pressure on Lacson, for him to surrender to authorities, saying that “political persecution would be a ground for applying for political asylum.”.... MORE

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Erap meets with Mindanao leaders, skips PDI debate 02/09/2010

Erap meets with Mindanao leaders, skips PDI debate


Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada yesterday skipped the presidential debate sponsored by the Philippine Daily Inquirer at the University of the Philippines as the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard-bearer yesterday met his political leaders from Mindanao, which took up virtually the entire morning and early afternoon.
“Various delegations from all over the country have sought an audience with President Joseph Estrada today (Feb. 8) at the PMP headquarters, including delegations from as far as Lanao del Sur and other parts of Mindanao, which President Estrada had to prioritize, for which reason former President Estrada was not able to attend the forum,” Estrada’s spokesman Margaux Salcedo, in a statement, said.

She added Estrada is more than willing to answer queries raised by the audience after being informed by an Inquirer reporter that there were certain questions that were specifically directed to him. 

“We are expecting these questions via e-mail today and would be more than happy to answer them.... MORE

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Debates aren’t important EDITORIAL 02/09/2010

Debates aren’t important

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Public debates being held among presidential candidates in this country are useless and even more so if a debate is being sponsored by a newspaper that moreover has, as its panelists, its columnists. The same goes for television networks and their biases.

The reasons are varied, but valid. 

For one, there are 10 presidential candidates that are being asked to participate in the debates, which number is fairly unwieldy, especially since it is more or less known that too many of these candidates have little or no chance at all of bagging the presidency.... MORE

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Questions Villar must answer FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 02/09/2010

Questions Villar must answer

Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Manny Villar makes much of his being poor, and of his no longer being a businessman from the time he joined the House of Representatives as a congressman, then Speaker, then senator, then Senate President, and after being ousted — as quoted by his now vice presidential candidate, Sen. Loren Legarda — due to his lack of leadership in the Senate.

In the sense that Villar may not have been personally present as a chief operating officer or chief executive officer of his and his wife’s various business concerns, he can state that he was no longer a businessman, although any which way it is cut, this is at best, a quarter truth.... MORE

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