GK’s Tony Meloto meltdown

Katrina S.S.

I was never sold on Gawad Kalinga. I’ve always equated it with a specific kind of religiosity that to me reeked of conservatism. I also always thought that it became a convenient way to do Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for many-a-Pinoy company: go build houses, get a tax shield!

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fifty shades of grace

nothing sexist, of course, even if grace poe is undoubtedly the sexiest politician around here these days (loren, miriam, pia, cynthia, and nancy must be so inggit).   she is so politically desirable either as running mate of mar, jojo, bongbong or erap, OR, kung anti-binay social media bandwagon ang masusunod, as presidential candidate herself, and naturally matindi masugid masipag ang panliligaw ang panunuyo ang panunukso sa senadora over the last thirteen months since she first said no.

Posted in 2016, grace poe

Palace’s working BBL draft intact after 1st voting day in House

The working draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which critics referred to as the Malacañang version, was kept intact after the first day of the three-day voting by the 75-member ad hoc committee in the House of Representatives.

Of the dozens of amendments put forward on Monday’s hearing, only two amendments were adopted: One, put forward by 1-BAP partylist Representative Silvestre Bello, which had to do with women’s representation in the decision-making bodies of the Bangsamoro government, and by Iligan Representative Vicente Belmonte, which changed the word “area” into “cities and provinces,” to refer to the specific areas that can be the subject of the opt-in provision.

The vote of President Benigno Aquino III’s allies at the House of Representatives ruled at every step of the way as the ad hoc panel began voting per provision.

The panel was able to finish voting on 13 pages. The working draft has 109 pages and 242 sections.

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Burma’s boatpeople ‘faced choice of annihilation or risking their lives at sea’
Emma Graham-Harrison

Thousands of members of the Rohingya, a Burmese minority group, are now adrift in the Andaman Sea, with aid groups fearing ‘boatloads of corpses’.  They were carried or staggered ashore, some paralysed by malnutrition, others little more than walking skeletons, burnt and dazed from weeks at sea on boats the UN has called “floating coffins”.

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Posted in migration, poverty

inquirer’s himala moment

… after “killing” Mary Jane Veloso in its headline and story of April 29, and its less than perfect “apology” of the 30th, the Inquirer followed up the fiasco with “A miracle happened” on the front page of its April 30 issue. In the same issue, another story quoted the Indonesian Attorney General as declaring that Mary Jane Veloso’s reprieve was “due to P-Noy plea.” Not satisfied with that, the fourth line of the same headline opined that “credit grabbing (was) in full swing,” in another swipe at those groups and individuals most media organizations habitually refer to as “militants.”

Posted in media, NGOs, OFWs

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Seymour M. Hersh

It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations? He was hiding in the open. So America said.

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Posted in america, terrorism

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