Commentary

Globe Telecom’s nightmare before Christmas

A Globe Telecom official ringed me up yesterday, after I sent out a text blast of Christmas greetings to my friends. The official said that Globe has brought back Unlitxt20 because they heard about the TXTPower complaint. I thanked him of course — but added that not all’s well. Unlitxt20 may have been returned, but […]

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A hopeful Christmas to all!

My fondest Christmas wishes to everyone, especially to my closest friends. I hope the holidays give us more strength to pursue the good fight. Christmas ain’t about getting gifts or presents. It is about giving. Giving presents to others, serving others, loving them and putting them first before ourselves give us the highest high during […]

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Philippine school sues Microsoft for copyright violations

A public relations fiasco/nightmare/storm has hit Microsoft and its Philippine office. The worldwide computer operating software monopoly has been sued by a Philippine school for violating copyright! The Southeastern Colleges claims that Microsoft reprinted and distributed CD copies of a copyrighted manual on the use of Microsoft Office, and the company did so without the […]

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Journalists speak out — must reads

Malaya chief of reporters and columnist Ellen Tordesillas blogged her remarks before the Senate committees that tackled yesterday the media arrests at the Peninsula Makati. Here’s a patikim: I deplore the fascistic treatment by the police of members of media who stayed on to cover the unfolding crisis at the Manila Peninsula up to the […]

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Lessons from PISTON’s successful jeepney strike

The transport strike is a success, despite the Arroyo government’s claims that it did not affect anything. The MMDA suspended color-coding and provided free rides to stranded commuters. In Davao, three out of every four jeepneys did not ply their routes. Jeepney drivers in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities also joined the strike. Also […]

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Remembering Eden and Beng on Human Rights Day

Four years ago, on April 21, human rights worker Eden Marcellana, peasant leader Eddie Gumanoy and several others were abducted at gunpoint by soldiers in Oriental Mindoro. The following day, the lifeless bodies of Marcellana and Gumanoy were discovered by a wayside, bearing clear signs of torture. Today, Human Rights Day, let’s remember human rights […]

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‘Dialogue’ shouldn’t lead to ‘guidelines’ that will limit media coverage

I was some parts of ANC’s coverage of the “dialogue” between government officials and top honchos of media outlets pertaining to the arrest and detention of journalists in the Peninsula Manila standoff. I personally don’t agree to such a “dialogue” where the government obviously just wants to “rationalize” and “explain away” the illegal and unconstitutional […]

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Read the Inquirer editorial today

Reading today’s Inquirer editorial was like having a personal spokesperson writing many of my sentiments about Thursday’s protest action led by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV in Makati City. But the editorial writer omitted, wittingly or unwittingly, other factors. More on this later this week, as I try to organize my thoughts.

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Remembering ‘Puti’ on World Aids Day

Today, I fondly remember my friend Puti, hope that everything’s fine and that HIV is not the sole and chief factor to daily life’s choices. Puti is the first and, as of now, only friend of mine who has HIV. Puti is alive and well, coping with his own condition with a help from friends, […]

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Journalist-blogger Ellen Tordesillas among those arrested at the Pen

Malaya’s chief of reporters, columnist and blogger Ellen Tordesillas and Malaya reporter Ashzel Hachero were among those arrested by authorities early tonight after the surrender of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and General Danilo Lim. This page requires a higher version browser For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV Media groups are incensed […]

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What happened in Makati today – Part 2

From Ayala Museum, I thought about getting online and sending some reports to the Malaya desk and. of course, to blog about what I saw. No luck getting Airborne Access anywhere in Greenbelt 3. I went to Landmark and then to Gloria Jeans, but again, no luck getting a decent AA signal. By 4:30-4:45 pm, […]

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Mandatory SIM card listing, a mission impossible

I joined Nina and Noel in their DZMM program just about two hours ago, and we discussed the proposed mandatory registration of SIM cards now being pushed by Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon. Congressman Biazon was there, and so was NTC Deputy Commissioner Sarmiento, who joined forces to defend the proposal. The Muntinlupa solon wrote about […]

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Gosh, what a travel advisory

This came in after our deadline at Malaya: The Australian government has revised its travel advisory to Australians intending to visit the country. A part of it reads: We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines because of the high threat of terrorist attack. We continue to receive credible reports […]

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A good son writes President Arroyo

Noel Capulong pens a open letter to President Arroyo. In his letter, Noel thanks the president for personally awarding him the Presidential Leadership Medal four years ago in UP Los BaƱos. But Noel has other things in mind aside from thanking the president: Madam, I do not believe that the justice system in our country […]

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