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False Flag Wars, Now Syria

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by: Mentong Tiu Laurel 

THE website 9/11Review.com provides us a historical summary of U.S. “False Flag” operations. As Wiki defines: “False flag operations are covert operations which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own.” #OpinYon #Syria

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Editorial: The Ugly Truth

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SURVEYS are a common tool to get a feel of the public pulse.

If conducted scientifically, the data collected by surveys could provide a fairly accurate assessment of the public sentiment toward a certain issue, person or object.

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But surveys are not an exact science and could be easily manipulated to suit the need of the one who commissioned the polls or twist the public perception.

Here in the Philippines, the season is again ripe for surveys.

With our government rocked by yet another scandal courtesy of one Janet Lim-Napoles, polls could serve as a fresh coat of paint over the ugly picture painted by the present scenario.

Two weeks ago, a survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce of US firms operating in the region painted a rosy picture of the business climate here in the Philippines. Then on Friday, the country scored “pogi points” anew in the latest Global Competitiveness Report filed by the World Economic Forum (WEF). ‪#‎OpinYon‬ ‪#‎Editorial‬

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Demeaning the Presidency

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by: Atty. Salvador S. Panelo

THERE is universal condemnation and outrage against President Benigno Aquino III, for the latter’s personally accepting the surrender of Janet Lim-Napoles in the seat of political power that is Malacañang, and worse, for escorting, the fugitive from justice to the Philippine National Police Headquarters in Camp Crame.

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As if the gigantic and monstrous presidential faux pas was not enough, the highest official of the land, sworn to uphold and enforcing the law, had to inspect the room to check if it was airconditioned enough and sufficiently comfortable for the woman charged with seriously illegally detaining another and believed, if not reputed, to be responsible for – and the mastermind of that 10B pork barrel fund scam that has shocked the entire nation, triggering a social media blast protest by netizens that led to the so-called 1 Million March protest for the abolition of the pork barrel. #OpinYon #Pnoy #Opinion

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Obama’s War

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by: Erick San Juan

THE surprise U-turn of US President Barack Obama in attacking Syria over the weekend should be taken with a grain of salt, why is this so? As I have said before (in my writings and in my daily radio program) that a world war (or a regional conflict) is inevitable because of one, economic and two, to unite the citizenry of both the US and China against a perceived outside enemy to avoid domestic violence. And such war/conflict can be delayed but unfortunately will push through as planned by the ‘chosen few.’

As what was reported from various online sources that President Obama had made a second decision: to seek the approval of Congress before launching any strikes. The president said he had listened to members of Congress who had expressed a desire for their voices to be heard, and that he agreed. Although we have to be wary because “Obama insisted the delay did not have any tactical consequences. His most senior military advisor had told him an attack would be “effective tomorrow, or next week, or one month from now.” (The Guardian online 9/1/13) Meaning the attack will happen in the near future. #OpinYon #Syria#opinion

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Going Viral: The Net, Marches, Rallies and Vigils

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by: Linggoy Alcuaz

THE August 26 Million People March at the Luneta and the Sept 11 EDSA Tayo Prayer Vigil at the EDSA Shrine forced me to learn and taught me how to use Facebook. Just three weeks ago, I was only reading and sending messages on Email and researching by googling/searching on the web. As of now, I’m not yet on Twitter.

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I was forced to learn to use the Internet regularly when OpinYon founder Ray Junia recruited me to write a column for his weekly opinion paper way back in mid – 2010. Previously, I still used a typewriter and personal delivery when I wrote for the Standard, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Manila Times and Butch Pichay’s first and only decent tabloid.

As the National Telecommunications Commission Commissioner, I authorized the first Cellular Phone Services in the Philippines – PLDT, Extelcom and maybe Piltel. However, it took me ten years to learn to text. If not for the Impeachment of President Estrada and a typhoon that stranded me in Iriga City, Camarines Sur in October 2000, I might never have learned to text.

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Poor Pinoy, Rich PNoy

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By Antonio J. Rosales

NO Filipino should be poor. 

With the government preparing a national budget of PhP2.268 trillion for 2014, every single Filipino (given a total population of 95.8 million) should expect to get PhP226,680 in services.

With the government awash in cash, no Filipino should go hungry or suffer the indignity of being unemployed, uneducated and homeless. But to the common Juan living in the cardboard cities of Manila, nothing could be farther from the truth.

Global Competitiveness

This two trillion budget, raised mostly from taxes, may be the reason foreign rating groups rate the country positively—as being attractive to foreign investments.

Just last week, a report by the World Economic Forum showed the country jumping six spots up the global competitive rankings, placing 59th among 148th countries this year.

The Philippines jumped six spots in the global competitiveness ranking, placing 59th among 148 countries this year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said Wednesday.

The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 said the country’s ranking improved from 65th place among 144 economies last year and according to the Makati Business Club, the Philippines has actually climbed 28 places since 2010.

The WEF report showed the Philippines coming sixth out of 10 nations in the Asean following the addition of Laos (89th place) and Myanmar (139th).  Surprisingly, the country also outranked India which slid to the 60th spot this year. (Singapore, ranked second in the world, is tops in the region while Indonesia became the biggest gainer, rising 12 notches to 38th).

U.S. Optimism

Two weeks ago, the results of a survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (AmCham Philippines) and the US Chamber of Commerce also showed the Philippines in a positive light.

In a poll of 475 senior executives from US companies operating across the region, satisfaction in the Philippines increased in 14 of 16 business factors, led by a 50 percent increase in satisfaction with the stability of government and political system. A majority of US firms also showed satisfaction with the availability of trained personnel—the highest in the Asean region.

As with the WEF report, the AmCham Philippines survey also showed Singapore as the best country in the region to do business with given the its low levels of corruption, sufficient infrastructure and predictable laws and regulations.

Singapore’s strengths are the Philippines weaknesses, though.

Despite loud claims by Philippine officials of containing  corruption, US business leaders still see widespread corruption, lack of infrastructure and the tax system as the main deterrents to foreign investment.

Unemployment

Even as surveys showed robust economic growth on the one hand, this failed to offset unemployment figures as joblessness rose to 7.5% in April from last year’s 6.9 percent, this according to a Labor Force survey by the National Statistics Office (NSO).

While the economy grew by 6.8 percent in 2012, this was offset by the huge dip in Philippine employment.  Offering an explanation, the National Economic and Development Authority said the unemployment rate increased due to a lower level of employment amid a slightly higher labor force level.  Majority of the unemployed were high school graduates (31.7 percent), college graduates (21.3 percent) and college undergraduates (14.6 percent).

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