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Filipinos ask: Who’s telling the truth?

By OMER OSCAR B. ALMENARIO THE Senate blue ribbon committee resumes its investigation into the controversial pork barrel scam that is now shaking both houses of Congress in the Philippines. Playing both as protagonist and antagonist roles, whistleblower Benhur Luy will be grilled again to shed more light on the P10-billion scandal that put the Philippines in the world map for the nth time. Like a film in the making, this multibillion-peso production could be appropriately titled “Probe of the Century” with an all-star cast. Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who played the role as producer-director of the movie, had been castaway and detained for pocketing the players’ honoraria. Read more>>

Death penalty divides Philippine lawmakers

By OMER OSCAR B. ALMENARIO WHILE some lawmakers view death penalty as the ultimate weapon to avert a dramatic rise of criminality in the country’s urban centers, particularly in Metro Manila, others consider it a waste of time. But for those lawmakers who “do not have the balls” to stand firm on what they’re talking about as they embrace the slogan “pro-life” like the powerful Catholic Church, reviving capital punishment through lethal injection is absurd and illogical. What’s the logic behind it?  Read more>>

‘Phl president liable for impeachment’

SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday said Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will become liable for impeachment, on the constitutional ground of bribery, if the Supreme Court rules that the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) is unconstitutional. Militant groups have asked the high court to declare DAP unconstitutional. The court already declared unconstitutional the controversial “pork barrel” funds. In a statement, Santiago also said the senator-judges will be obliged to restitute and return to the government the sum of P50 million each; and the sum of P100 million each from Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Franklin Drilon and Chiz Escudero. The “bribery issue” hugged the headlines late last year after Sen. Jinggoy Estrada in a privilege speech disclosed that senator-judges were bribed just to convict former chief justice Renato Corona during the impeachment trial. Read more>>

Despite calamities Philippines moves forward

After typhoon YolandaDESPITE the onslaught of monster typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) that killed thousands of people and ravaged properties worth billions of pesos, Philippines will continue marching towards progress. Being at the forefront in carrying out innovations, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) moves to boost the country’s economic development by enhancing strategies against weather disturbances as relief operations continue in typhoon-ravaged areas. Read More>>

Tacloban City 3 weeks after Typhoon Yolanda

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Guiuan, Eastern Samar 3 weeks after Tyhoon Yolanda

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Phl officials face sanctions on relief goods

Relierf GoodsVILLAGE officials in the Philippines could face sanctions for repacking relief goods instead of distributing them directly to calamity-stricken families, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Thursday. Tacloban City Administrator John Tecson Lim issued the warning in view of recurring complaints that some of the relief goods dispensed by the DSWD have not landed in the hands of intended beneficiaries. Lim said the village officials were caught repacking the relief goods coming from international donors. Read more>>

Hernani, Eastern Samar 3 weeks after Tyhoon Yolanda

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Shelter for homeless families in Philippines

IMG_4893TEMPORARY shelters will be put up for some 2,800 families left homeless after the onslaught of typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) in Central Philippines on November 8.

Secretary Rogelio Singson of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday said 142 bunkhouse units in 29 different sites in Eastern Visayas are being constructed on a fast-track mode.

Singson assured that 119 bunkhouse units could be finished before December 22 and the rest on or before New Year. Read more>>

STEALING LIVES:

Like a Dose of Daily Bread

A New Book By JESSE C. LANUEVO

INTRODUCTION

 

CONSIDER THIS WHEN ONE STEALS A SHOE, SOME PIECE OF CLOTHING, OR ANYTHING OF VALUE, HE BECOMES A COMMON THIEF; BUT IF HE STEALS ONE’S RIGHT TO LIFE, HE STEAL BOTH HIS RIGHT AND LIFE ITSELF. HERE HE COMMITS A DOUBLE-KILL. WHEN HE CALLS, THIS IS HOW HE COMES, NOT BY THE RINGER AT ONE’S DOOR: INSTEAD, HE KNOCKS HIM OUT OF HIS WORLD. THUS, STEALING LIVES BECOMES HIS PLAYING TURF.

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