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Satur: House should immediately probe oil firms' overpricing, profiteering

bayan muna representative satur ocampo 204x300 Satur: House should immediately probe oil firms' overpricing, profiteeringMilitant legislators in the House of Representatives are pushing for a full-blown investigation into “the oil companies

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It's the economy, stupid!

philippine president gloria macapagal arroyo1 214x300 It's the economy, stupid!Executive Secretary is finding it hard to understand why the Filipino people do not like Gloria Arroyo despite her working so hard, traveling all over the country doling out crumbs from the billions of pesos that she rakes in from the citizenry.

Following the release of the SWS survey for the period June 27 to 30 where dissatisfaction over how Arroyo runs the country was reflected in an all-time low rating of -38 , Ermita said, “Of course people have to wonder why after the many things that she is doing for the well-being of our citizens that that should still be the perception.”

Ermita is wrong. People do not wonder because they know and they feel it. It’s the economy, stupid.

(The phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid” was used widely during Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against George H.W. Bush, father of the current U.S. President. Coined by campaign strategist James Carville, the phrase harped on bad shape of the U.S. economy at that time which they blamed on Bush’s mismanagement. )

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Confessions of the President's Youngest Appointee

Written By Michael “Mike” Francis Acebedo Lopez
Commissioner- at-Large, National Youth Commission

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"Arroyo statement on tuition vindicates student protests"

cegp logo "Arroyo statement on tuition vindicates student protests"CEGP demands public apology from Arroyo, ‘moratorium on violent dispersals, harassment’

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) today said that Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’ s latest statement calling for a freeze in tuition hikes vindicates students’ protests.

The CEGP said in light of Arroyo’s recent statement, students who have endured violent dispersals, harassment and violations of students’ rights to assemble and freely express themselves on tuition and other education-related issues deserve no less than a public apology from schools administrators, authorities and the President herself. Read the full story

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The Cancer of Corruption

(Speech delivered by Philippine Senator Ping Lacson before a public forum sponsored by the Concerned Citizens Movement delivered May 28, 2008 at the Manila Polo Club, Makati City)
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senator ping lacson1 The Cancer of CorruptionLet me begin with a short story.

A big acacia tree crashed on a segment of the fence surrounding Malacanang palace. Hence, it needed immediate repairs. Wanting to show “hands-on” leadership, the lady tenant came down to oversee the bidding among competing contractors.

Contractor Nr 1 is from Amsterdam – “Madam, I can fix it for P900,000.”

Contractor Nr 2 is Chinese – “Ma’am, I can do it for P700,000.”

Contractor Nr 3 is no ordinary Filipino. He works in the Comelec. “I will repair the damaged fence for P2.7M.”

P2.7M! The lady tenant exclaimed. Why? she asked.

The Filipino Comelec official replies, P1M for you, P1M for me and I will hire the Chinese to do the job.

The following morning, people saw the Chinaman doing the repairs.

I can end my speech right here and you can understand why we are the most corrupt in Asia.

But let me pay for my dinner.
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Privilege Speech
Rep. Teddy Casi

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CALL FOR PAPERS: The 10th Philippine Linguistics Congress 2008

10-12 December 2008, Balay Kalinaw Conference Hall
University of the Philippines – Diliman

The UP Department of Linguistics will hold the 10th Philippine Linguistics Congress on December 10-12, 2008 at the Balay Kalinaw Conference Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The conference aims to focus on the most current advances in the study of Philippine languages, and in the application of linguistic theory to anthropology, sociology, psychology, language planning, translation and language education in the Philippines. Read the full story

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Invitation: Woman As (Mythical) Hero (June 15 to July 1, 2008)

woman as mythical hero Invitation: Woman As (Mythical) Hero (June 15 to July 1, 2008)

Acclaimed women artists from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and the U.S. will come together to interact with the local arts and academic communities of Manila, Dumaguete City, Bacolod City, and Bago City from June 15 to July 1, 2008 as a part of Woman As (Mythical) Hero (WMH), the pilot project of TRADE ROUTES in Southeast Asia.

Participating artists include:
Arahmaiani, performance and installation artist (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Brenda V. Fajardo, painter (Manila, Philippines)
Kai Syng Tan, media installation artist (Singapore)
Angel Velasco Shaw, video maker (Manila, Philippines, and New York, USA)

Through public forums, artist talks, art exhibitions, workshops, performances, and video screenings, these women will share their stories, cultures, and social concerns with local artists from the different regions in the Philippines. Such interactions aim to break through social barriers, like ignorance, discrimination, and lack of education, hence allowing for more dynamic relations between Southeast Asian, Asian American, and non-Asian artists.

WMH will open in Manila at the Philippine Educational Theater (PETA) Center on June 15 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.. The project team will then go on to do talks, workshops, forums, exhibits, video screenings, and performances in Dumaguete City, mainly at Silliman University, from June 19 to June 23. Afterwards, they will hold the same series of events in Bacolod City, primarily in Orange Gallery, from June 28 to June 29. To culminate the project, WMH will hold an all-day Arts Festival in Bago City on July 1, which will feature film screenings by WMH artists and exhibits and performances by local Visayan artists.

In partnership with Kababaihan sa Sining at Bagong Sibul na Kamalayan (KASIBULAN) and BAGLAN, Woman As (Mythical) Hero is supported by Arts Network Asia, the Asian Cultural Council, the Asian/Pacific/ American Studies Program and Institute at New York University, Ford Foundation Jakarta, the National Arts Council of Singapore, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Balay Ni Tan Juan Araneta, Galleria Duemila, Foundation University, The Living Room, the Negros Museum, Negros Occidental State University, the Orange Gallery, and Silliman University.

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Workers declare May 28 as National Day of mourning and protests; Anakpawis to give Ka Bel a hero

anakpawis logo Workers declare May 28 as National Day of mourning and protests; Anakpawis to give Ka Bel a heroPublic invited to join funeral march and protests Workers declare May 28 as National Day of mourning and protests; Anakpawis to give Ka Bel a hero’s burial.

“People from all walks of life mourn the death of our beloved Ka Bel and many extol his exemplary life and works as a genuine leader of the masses. He devoted more than six decades of his life for the cause of workers, peasants and the poor. It is natural to treat him as a hero and a martyr deserving of highest honors and salute. Ka Bel is worthy of a hero’s burial, we will give him that tribute,’ said Anakpawis Secretary General Cherry Clemente in a press conference as Kilusang Mayo Uno and Anakpawis declares May 28 as National Day of Mourning and Protest.

“Aside from the grand funeral march on May 28, chapters of Anakpawisas well as Ka Bel’s supporters in the local and international people’smovement will hold local tributes and protest actions demanding theouster of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ” said Anakpawis Partylist Spokesperson Joel Maglunsod

Hero’s burial
 Workers declare May 28 as National Day of mourning and protests; Anakpawis to give Ka Bel a hero“We are inviting the public to visit Ka Bel and join the funeral march and protests on May 28. His colorful and victorious life will serve as an inspiration for all poor people and toiling masses working to achieve changes in the social system. We will continue to protest against the oppressive and corrupt government that Ka Bel fought for his entire life. The most valuable tribute that we can give Ka Bel is to continue the national fight to oust the US-Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime.” Clemente said.

Ka Bel’s remains were flown to Legaspi City via PAL early this morning. From the city airport, about 1000 members of Anakpawis and Kilusang Mayo Uno Bicol welcomed him. A mass was held at the Redemptorist Church followed by a motorcade to the Big Dome Gymnasium Central Bacacay, Albay where the late labor leader and Congressman will lie in state until tomorrow, May 25.

Clemente said that prior to Ka Bel’s demise, his original schedule included a trip to Bicol to attend the regional conference of labor groups there and a short vacation with his daughter Ofelia and her family in his hometown in Bacacay. “His colleagues at Anakpawis and the Beltran family ensured that Ka Bel’s last wish is granted.”

By Monday, Ka Bel and his family will return to Manila for two more days and nights of wake and tributes at the IFI Cathedral before he lies to rest at the Angel of Meadows Memorial and Nature Park in Angat, Bulacan on Wednesday, May 28.

Those who cannot join the protest and marches on Wednesday are encouraged to make symbolic actions in their own little ways. They can wear or hang red and black ribbons as a sign of sympathy and tribute to Ka Bel’s heroic life,” Clemente said.

People’s representative in Congress
crispin beltran Workers declare May 28 as National Day of mourning and protests; Anakpawis to give Ka Bel a hero“Sectors and ordinary people who are resting their hopes on Ka Bel and his struggle for reforms within the legislative system will not be totally orphaned. Ka Rafael Mariano will immediately take his seat as Anakpawis Representative in the Lower House and will continue what Ka Bel has started in the 14th Congress. Like Ka Bel, Ka Paeng will continue to fight within and outside the legislative system.”

Anakpawis Partylist is waiting for the resolution to be issued by the COMELEC En Banc meeting appointing Mariano as the next Anakpawis representative. “We are also hastening Ka Paeng’s oath taking so hecan represent Anakpawis in the final deliberations and plenary voting on the extension of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program which we are opposing, along with other farmer groups advocating for genuine landreform. ###

Cherry Clemente, Secretary General, (63) 921-7283859
Mau Hermitanio, Public Info Officer, (63) 926-4469017

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The True Filipino Heart

philippines flag The True Filipino Heart


I used to think that corruption and criminality in the Philippines were caused by poverty. But recent events tell me this isn’t true. It is one thing to see people turn into drug addicts, prostitutes, thieves and murderers because of hunger and poverty, but what excuse do these rich, educated people have that could possibly explain their bizarre behavior? And to think I was always so relieved when petty snatchers got caught and locked away in jail because I never fully realized that the big time thieves were out there, making the laws and running our country. Can it get any worse than this?

Every night, I come home and am compelled to turn on my tv to watch the latest turn of events. I am mesmerized by these characters. They are not men. They are caricatures of men – too unreal to be believable and too bad to be real. To see these “honorable” crooks lambast each other, call each one names, look each other in the eye and accuse the other of committing the very same crimes that they themselves are guilty of, is so comical and apalling that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. It is entertainment at its worst!

I have never seen so many criminals roaming around unfettered and looking smug until now. These criminals wear suits and barongs, strut around with the confidence of the rich and famous, inspire fear and awe from the very citizens who voted them to power, bear titles like “Honorable”, “Senator”, “Justice”, “General” and worse, “President”. Ironically, these lawless individuals practice law, make our laws, enforce the law. And we wonder why our policemen act the way they do! These are their leaders, and the leaders of this nation

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