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President Arroyo and disaster preparedness

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who partied with Prospero Pichay on Wednesday night amid devastation caused by typhoon Ondoy, proudly spoke about disaster preparedness in her last state of the nation address: International authorities have taken notice that we are safer from environmental degradation and man-made disasters. As a country in the path of typhoons and […]

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Full text: Rep. Uy’s privilege speech exposing the butcher Jovito Palparan

A low-profile Member of Congress broke his silence last week and launched a stinging tirade and expose against controversial former general-turned-Bantay Rep. Jovito Palparan. Palparan is widely known as “the butcher” for “inspiring” the extrajudicial murder of activists when he was still an officer of the Philippine Army. If you remember, despite this bloody human […]

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Lakas-Kampi: Gloria now, Gibo next

Besieged by internal problems and its principal hated by the public, the ruling Lakas-Kampi party has chosen Gilbert Teodoro, President Arroyo’s defense secretary, to be its standard-bearer in the 2010 elections. In today’s vote, 45 Lakas-Kampi officials flushed Bayani Fernando’s presidential ambitions down the nearest pink urinal. The MMDA chair — infamously known for his […]

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What is Gilbert Teodoro up to in Washington DC?

President Arroyo’s defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro is on a largely quiet mission in the United States, with the 2010 presidential contender scheduled to speak on “the US-Philippine alliance” in a forum organized by conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation. The Philippine embassy has given clues on what he seeks to accomplish while in the US:

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First Filipino-made NatGeo docu ‘Asia’s Titanic’, a reminder of RP maritime safety issues

The National Geographic Channel held a special screening for media (including bloggers) of “Asia’s Titanic”, the first Filipino-made NatGeo-produced documentary, which tackled the infamous MV Dona Paz tragedy of 1987 — the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster. There is no Leonardo di Caprio or Kate Winslet to give star power to “Asia’s Titanic”. But the […]

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Artists lambast GMA selection of National Artists for 2009

Artists and writers are revolted by President Arroyo’s proclamation of seven new national artists for this year. The Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) did not mince words and blamed Arroyo’s “moribund, decadent politics” for spoiling the National Artist selection this year. The group singled out Cecile Guidote Alvarez who is presidential adviser for culture […]

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A reminder for Obama before meeting Arroyo

As Gloria Macapagal Arroyo approaches Washington DC for a meeting with Barack Obama, we Filipinos should remind the US president of the words he spoke on his inaugural last January 20: “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of […]

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SONA 2009: Thanks, but no thanks, Mrs. Arroyo

That was it, Mrs. Arroyo’s last state of the nation address. Except perhaps for the brainless hordes who clapped for her no less than 126 times even for the oddest moments and whenever she looked begging for it, most of us were unimpressed by the speech. It was incoherent and lacked focus. If it was […]

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Time for absentee voting for journalists

This is long overdue. Journalists and other members of the media who cover the elections, especially Election Day, should be able to vote through absentee voting. Normally, reporters start their work on the eve of the elections and have no time to join their families in going to their polling precinct to cast votes. The […]

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Forum: SONA ng Katotohanan

As the nation prepares for what ought to be Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s last and final State of the Nation Address, the new group Pagbabago! People’s Movement for Change invites everyone to “SONA ng Katotohanan: A Public Forum” on July 24, 2009, 2:00-5:00 pm at the BSLR-East, UP Manila College of Medicine, Pedro Gil, Manila.

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