EO 179 provides for the inventory, privatization and transfer coco levy assets in favor of government. EO 180, meanwhile, mandates the transfer of the funds to government for an “Integrated Coconut Industry Roadmap Program.”
In issuing the TRO, the tribunal acted on a petition filed by the Confederation of Coconut Farmers Organization of the Philippines, which argued that the executive orders were “rushed” and would expose the fund to plunder.
Charlie Avila, head of the farmers’ group, said in May that Aquino’s orders violate a Supreme Court decision prescribing the funds “only for the benefit of all coconut farmers and for the development of the coconut industry.”
kudos to the farmers groups. and charlie avila has a blog pala. maybe i’ll send him my coco levy posts, get some answers to questions i’ve long been asking.
The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. In fact, European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and the answer is not pleasant: it is about power and democracy much more than money and economics.
It may seem odd, decades after the civil-rights movement, to note that for a sitting President to say that the Confederacy fought for the institution of slavery—and that doing so was a moral wrong—is a radical statement. Yet it is, and shortly after making it the President fell silent. It appeared that perhaps he had lost his way, but then, in a remarkable moment, he began to sing “Amazing Grace,” a hymn that is at once a lament, a prayer, and a hope—written by John Newton, a onetime slave trader who became an abolitionist. Immediately after the speech, people began debating whether the song had been part of the prepared text or whether the President sang it out of an impromptu spiritual imperative. In either case, he was likely hoping to see in the national culture precisely the transformation that Newton had experienced in himself, one that facilitated his first truthful accounting of the evil of slavery.
– JELANI COBB
Sex and the Missionary Position: The Grammar of Philippine Colonial Sexualities as a Locus of Translation
Marlon James Sales
Monash University, Australia
The written history of Hispanic Philippines is a story wrought in translation. Colonial accounts about this Southeast Asian archipelago attempted to make sense of its people and their cultures by translating them for a European readership in a period that spanned more than three centuries. While there were indeed a number of colonial administrators, travellers and other lay chroniclers who mentioned the country in their writings, it is in the texts penned by missionary priests that we find the earliest and most extensive intent to systematize the understanding of Filipinos on the basis of their languages and customs. From the very beginning of Spain’s colonial expansion in Asia in the 1500s until the last year of the Empire in 1898 when the Philippines was finally ceded to the United States, members of various religious orders wrote histories that recounted how their brothers in the cloth preached the Christian doctrine to different ethnolinguistic groups in the country and the rest of the Asian continent. They similarly wrote grammars and dictionaries, the primary purpose of which was to help ministers in the administration of the sacraments and rituals of the Roman Church in the islands’ many vernaculars.
With his resignation from the Cabinet last Monday, it appears to be the beginning of the end for Vice-President Jejomar Binay’s presidential ambition. Amid corruption allegations and ongoing investigations, his poll numbers are down. Based on the latest Pulse Asia Survey, he is now at second place in the 2016 presidential race with 22%.Read on…
i couldn’t quite believe that the victims’ families were already talking forgiveness. i can understand eschewing hate, but what about the hurt and the anger? so soon after the massacre, i would still be too hurt and angry to forgive. i’d need time to process the loss of a loved one in a house of god during bible study. i’d need to know more about this killer — is it genetic, he has ku klux klan roots? is he psychotic, completely out of touch with reality? or is it racism, he simply hates american blacks the way hitler hated jews? where did he learn this hate? from a family member? a friend? a teacher? the web? all of the above? i would want to know where he was coming from when he planned and carried out the killings. to start a race war, he confessed. as if a race war has not been going on in america like forever. i guess he wanted to liven things up, he was bored? i would need convincing that he did not know what he was doing before i can even begin to think forgiveness.