Archive for April, 2008

The Daily Tribune



Everything about the Gloria government is a publicity gimmick, from the P5 billion subsidy to some 300,000 poorest of the poor families,

to its latest claim that with the prices of rice skyrocketing, it is “good economics” to produce rice locally, to going all the way to the World Bank to get it to influence rice-exporting countries to lift their shipment curbs that have threatened the food security of importing countries.


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By Jovito R. Salonga

Only two weeks ago, a major newspaper published a front-page feature on a philandering 84-year old retiree-a former public school teacher-who had a quarrel with her live-in partner, a 30-old, able bodied young woman who was consumed by jealousy.
It was a midnight quarrel on a memorable Sunday in Caloocan City. What were they quarreling about? (more…)

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Roxas blames lobby group for derailing House approval

By Efren L. Danao, Senior Reporter

Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd on Monday said “lobbyists” had raised the issue of price control as a last-ditch effort to derail enactment of the Cheaper Medicines Act in the House of Representatives.

“Everything was already ironed out, but some are still against it. They still would not want to approve it. They are still looking for something to complain about. This might be the last card of the lobby,” Roxas pointed out, as he appealed to the House to ratify a bicameral report on the proposal as a gift to Filipinos on Labor Day on May 1. (more…)

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Bail for Misuari but not necessarily for Trillanes’

By Leila Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:04:00 04/29/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Just because Moro leader Nur Misuari was granted bail did not mean Senator Antonio Trillanes IV should also be given temporary liberty, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said.

Responding to a Senate resolution calling for the granting of bail to Trillanes, Gonzalez on Monday said the rebel former naval officer continued to be a flight risk, as shown by his most recent escapade-the November 29, 2007, Peninsula Manila siege. (more…)

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The practice of hiring workers on a labor-only contractual basis has deprived workers of their right to job security, benefits, right to organization and grievance. This practice, known as contractualization, has reached alarming levels in our country, where jobs are scarce and the army of s (more…)

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Federalism divides constitutional powers between national and local units of government. Such a system could provide political buffers to prevent a popular majority controlling the central government from exercising abusive powers over minority groups .The federalist form of government serves to defuse tensions by allowing local and regional centers of power to raise and spend money as they see fit without dictates from the central government. (more…)

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MANILA: Every day, vendors of pirated movie and music discs sell their goods under rows of trees along a street in downtown Manila, just a few meters away from a police station and the Department of Justice office.

The discs are displayed on wooden tables that can easily be dismantled in case of rain or raids by anti-piracy agents, which vendors often find out about in advance. (more…)

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