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Gregan Cardeño: Suicide or Murder?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Press conference on March 10, 2010 of the fact-finding report by Karapatan and Kawagib on the mysterious death of Gregan Cardeño, a Filipino interpreter who died while working for the US military in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, Philippines.


URL: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5332747

A Year After Ondoy, the Poor in Vulnerable Communities Still Struggling to Survive Published on September 26, 2010

When the hype about relief and relocation efforts for victims of Ondoy, especially the poor in vulnerable communities, had died down, the urban poor were left to rebuild their houses and their lives, without any outside assistance. A year after, they are in a worse state than before Ondoy hit the country. 


MANILA – From scraps of lumber taken from the nearby creek in Tatalon, Quezon City, Ofelia Lubat, 45, rebuilt their house after typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana) destroyed and washed it away last year.
Lubat just gave birth to her eighth child a week before Sept. 26, 2009 when Ondoy submerged Luzon leaving 5,353 families homeless with 200 or more people dead. “I thought we were going to die. There were only three of us in the house when floodwaters reached the second floor,” Lubat said.

630 Kangkungan, Tatalon, where more than 50 families reside, is situated near a Manila Electric Company tower. (Photo by Anne Marxze D. Umil / bulatlat.com)

Lubat is one of the thousand families who were left homeless when typhoon Ondoy wrought havoc last year. Her house was built from light materials and scrap wood and were thus, easily washed away by the strong flow of floodwaters during Ondoy.

Lubat and some 50 families are still living in the danger zone in barangay 630 Kangkungan, Tatalon. It is situated where the Manila Electric Company tower is built..... MORE


URL: http://www.bulatlat.com/main/2010/09/26/a-year-after-ondoy-the-poor-in-vulnerable-communities-still-struggling-to-survive/

SC orders Comelec to reveal auto polls source code Benjamin B. Pulta 09/27/2010

SC orders Comelec to reveal auto polls source code

Benjamin B. Pulta 09/27/2010

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to make the source code software for the automated election system (AES) it used in the last elections available for independent review.

In a seven-page decision by Associate Justice Roberto Abad, the court en banc found meritorious the petition for mandamus filed by the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) seeking to compel the Comelec to disclose the source code of the AES.

CenPEG claims the source code remained important and relevant despite the fact that the election had already been held in light of several admissions of errors and claims of fraud.

Concurring with the ruling were Chief Justice Renato Corona, Associate Justices Antonio Carpio, Conchita Carpio-Morales, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Jose Portugal Perez, Martin Villarama Jr. and Jose Portugal Perez..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100927hed3.html

No diversion of $434-M US grant, says Palace 09/27/2010

No diversion of $434-M US grant, says Palace 09/27/2010
Amid criticisms that a huge anti-poverty aid to be provided by the US government will not help uplift the lives of the poor, the Palace said yesterday the $434-million Millennium Challenge Corp (MCC) grant will be used for its purpose and will not be diverted into other projects.

“That will be used solely for the projects intended under the grant. Where the funds were committed, these will be spent in line with our commitment to Filipinos on transparency and account-ability in govern-ment,” deputy presidential spokesman Abigal Valte said.

President Aquino received the grant during a signing ceremony in New York City recently. He vowed to implement anti-corruption programs.

Last year, the Philippines under President Arroyo failed to secure the large-scale grant from the MCC due to the long-standing allegations of corruption under the previous administration..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100927hed2.html

House to comment on SC’s order on Merci impeachment today By Gerry Baldo 09/27/2010

House to comment on SC’s order on Merci impeachment today By Gerry Baldo 09/27/2010

The House leadership is going to tell the Supreme Court (SC) that it is interfering with the affairs of the legislature by issuing a status quo ante order in the impeachment case of Ombudsman Merce-ditas Gutierrez.
According to Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, the House will file a comment before the SC by telling the high tribunal that “it is infringing on our constitutional mandate to try impeachment cases.”

“Yes we will reply today (Sept. 27) to reiterate that initiating impeachment is the exclusive power of the House of Representatives,” Belmonte said yesterday.

The Supreme Court has issued a status quo ante order stopping the House committee on justice from hearing the impeachment cases filed against Gutierrez..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100927hed4.html

Bitter infighting among Aquino backers — solon By Gerry Baldo and Angie M. Rosales 09/27/2010


Bitter infighting among Aquino backers — solon

By Gerry Baldo and Angie M. Rosales 09/27/2010

Infighting among the major groups that backed the presidential campaign of President Aquino in the national elections last May has been raging hot and its offshoot included the ouster moves against Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno, a member of the House of Representatives said yesterday.

Ang Kasangga party-list Rep. Teodorico Haresco said the continuing attempt by the camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II to take control of key posts in government is getting out of hand at the expense of some Cabinet members appointed by Aquino. Haresco said he has been hearing about the alleged bickering and factionalism in the circle of President Aquino’s men.

“There’s obviously a silent but vicious turf war going on within the President’s Cabinet,” Haresco said adding that the alleged attempt to oust Puno was part of a demolition job on Aquino’s appointees..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100927hed1.html

Tesda: ‘Bogus’ vocational schools will be closed 09/27/2010

Tesda: ‘Bogus’ vocational schools will be closed 09/27/2010
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is urging technical-vocational (tech-voc) schools and institutions in the country to either “shape up” or face the possibility of being closed down.
Tesda director general Joel Villanueva issued the warning yesterday as he revealed the agency’s plan to run after “bogus” and “below standard” tech-voc schools and institutions to ensure that the trainings given to students will always be at par with global benchmark.

“It makes sense that we are the ‘DepEd or Ched’ of tech-voc schools and institutions. We should exercise our power to shut down bogus schools, and even tech-voc schools teaching below standard programs,” Villanueva said.

“We will closely coordinate with the local government units (LGUs) as well as the association of tech-voc institutions (TVIs) to run after these schools. I have already met with many TVIs and they said they will support us in this program,” he added..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20100927nat4.html

DBM ‘fooling’ government scholars, says lawmaker By Gerry Baldo 09/27/2010

DBM ‘fooling’ government scholars, says lawmaker  

By Gerry Baldo

A party-list lawmaker yesterday lambasted Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for fooling the country’s scholars when he claimed that the proposed budget for state universities and colleges (SUCs) for 2011 has increased.

Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino accused Abad for allegedly fooling the country’s scholars for claiming that the budget for state universities and colleges has been increased by P2.4 billion in the next fiscal year.

On the contrary, Palatino said the combined budget for 112 state universities and colleges was cut by 1.7 percent from P23.8 billion this year to only P23.4 billion next year.

“Abad’s statement that there is actually an increase in the budget for SUCs is a desperate spin that collapses on its flimsy foundation. He even contradicts his own principal, President Aquino, who earlier said that the SUCs budget for 2011 is ‘1.7 percent lower than the P23.8 billion budget for 2010,’” Palatino said..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20100927nat5.html

Blast rocks final day of Bar exams; scores hurt 09/27/2010

Blast rocks final day of Bar exams; scores hurt 09/27/2010
An improvised bomb yesterday exploded near the De La Salle University (DLSU) campus in Manila where thousands of law graduates are taking the Bar examinations.

Initial reports from the Manila Police District (MPD) said that at least 10 persons, including students and bystanders, were hurt in the incident.

Police said a loud explosion was heard and people started scampering in to different directions around 5 p.m..
Scores of people were seen lying on the ground with injuries. The victims were taken to nearby Ospital ng Maynila, the police said.

Among the victims were identified as Joanna Katrina Ledda, Arvin Francis Rosales, Philip Edwin Teelo, Gennilyn Ong, Cyril Ferrer, Kathleen Samba, Azenith Gonzalvo, Jamell Ann Marie and Renald Sudla..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100927hed6.html

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