WHISTLEBLOWER Benhur Luy is the man of the hour.
Not a few were impressed—if not shocked—by the apparent casualness of Luy’s testimony as he described details of how Napoles managed to get her dirty little hands on the millions of pesos in government funds.
Luy’s lurid tales of forgery and collusion with lawmakers comes as a direct affront to the millions of Filipinos mired in poverty. A slap in the face of the jobless, the underpaid workers and, most of all, to the taxpayer who religiously pay their duties only to have the likes of Napoles steal it away.
While most of us are busy with the daily struggle of making ends meet, Napoles and her cohorts in Congress splurge on public funds and lead lives of unimaginable wealth and luxury. And to think that Napoles is just one of many involved in this decades-old scam, is enough to make you sick–sick of all the rotten, dirty scumbags who run our government.
Calls have been made to scrap the pork barrel system. Well and good. Even if there is nothing wrong with the system in the first place. But, considering the perks of being in power and how politicians spend, cheat (even kill) in this country to win an election, it is very hard to imagine a Congress without its pork. Napoles’ cohorts in government may be cringing in fear of impending implication—but the horror of being without the PDAF to a crooked lawmaker is a hundredfold greater.
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Everything was roses until Luy had a falling out with his employer Napoles, who also happens to be his relative. Like whistleblowers before him, Luy is now state witness, a mob insider-turned-squealer. Like all whistleblowers before him, his courage to spill the beans on the pork barrel scandal is admirable. But killing the pork will be easier said than done. Its fate, after all, rests in the hands of people who are in the same club as those accused of abusing it. #OpinYon #Editorial #Philippines
- Plunder cases vs Napoles, lawmakers for P10-B pork barrel scam to push through (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- ” Unraveling the Pork Barrel Queen “ (carnecerannarose.wordpress.com)
- Rappler Newscast | September 18, 2013 (rappler.com)
- It’s no-pork diet for ‘pork’ scam suspect Napoles (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Kapunan: Napoles is scapegoat of corrupt lawmakers (rappler.com)
- INFOGRAPHIC: Pork barrel trail – how gov’t funds end with Napoles (rappler.com)
- The principal whistleblower in the P10 billion pork barrel scam Benhur Luy on Thursday testified that his former boss, Janet Lim Napoles, shared 50-50 with… By Macon Ramos-Araneta | September 13, 2013 (manilastandardtoday.com)
- Santiago: Napoles has ‘pork warriors’ (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Pork Barrel (cedricmondero.wordpress.com)
- “Pork barrel”! (michaelabaluyut04.wordpress.com)
DIPLOMATS are—usually—strict about time. When they don’t arrive in time for their appointments, they come early.
This is literally the case of Yohanes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo, Indonesia’s Ambassador to the Philippines. Born on the 27th of December in 1962, about a week earlier than his mother’s due date, you could say that it is in his providence to become an ambassador.
Known as Kris to fellow diplomats, friends and associates—his arrival to the family came as a big relief (hence the name Legowo—meaning “big relief” in Javanese). His mother fainted and fell while in church two days before he was born and the accident required stitches on her neck and triggered the contractions.
The youngest in a brood of 10, Legowo became the hands-down favorite in the family.
“I could not deny that everybody was always trying to spoil me.… But doesn’t make me a spoiled child,” Legowo said in a magazine interview last year. But while he has had his share of being pinched in the ear for being naughty, he admitted that he did not really enjoy the overprotectiveness of his parents, brothers and sisters. “But in the end, I put it in a very positive perspective. They did it because they love me,” he said.
His father, Soeryo, was a teacher who imparted to them the value of education. So despite the bouts of teenage rebellion and other misbehaviors—Legowo grew up a decent young man.
“All the values of life I learned it from the family. My father taught us how to pursue dream,” Kris said. “But he always emphasized also that the way we pursue our dream is also important…being Christian, process is very important.” #OpinYon#Indonesia #Foreign
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- Land for rice plan (fijitimes.com)
- Knowledge Indonesia Excursions (travelingtwoindonesia.wordpress.com)
- Indonesia, South Korea Celebrate 40 Years (thejakartaglobe.com)
- A language that built a nation (thehindu.com)
- Peace talks to go on as Indonesia, US air support (manilastandardtoday.com)
- First in Asia: Philippine bananas to be sold in US (globalnation.inquirer.net)
- Indonesia from two perspectives (matadornetwork.com)
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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- URGENT: False Flag Involving Israel to Implicate Syria in the Works Says RT (ufohunterorguk.com)
- Pat Buchanan: Chemical Attack ‘Reeks Of False Flag Operation’ (storyleak.com)
- WEB EXCLUSIVE: Israel’s Use of False Flags in Global Terrorism (americanfreepress.net)
- Syria is a False Flag. Alex Seitz-Wald is a third-rate hack! (bperet.wordpress.com)
- Pat Buchanan: Chemical Attack ‘Reeks Of False Flag Operation’ (cglanz.wordpress.com)
- Intelligence insider speaks on the record about false flags & government lies (homelandsecurityus.com)
- Pat Buchanan: Syria Chemical Weapons Attack ‘Reeks of False Flag Operation’ (mediaite.com)
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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- Poor Pinoy, Rich PNoy (opinyon2010.wordpress.com)
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- Gov. Robert Bentley gives diplomatic response when asked about poll calling Alabamians ugly (al.com)
- India slips to 60th rank on global competitiveness: WEF report (niticentral.com)
- Canada ranks 14th In Global Competitiveness for the second consecutive year (sys-con.com)
- Report: The best economies in the world (usatoday.com)
- Canadian banks win top marks from World Economic Forum (business.financialpost.com)
- Thai Education Editorial Gets It All Wrong (khonkaen.ws)
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.
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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- Aquino photo with young Napoles means nothing – Palace (rappler.com)
- Aquino met with Napoles in Malacañang (rappler.com)
- Damage control, twisted logic (bulatlat.com)
- ‘Civil disobedience’ next anti-pork move (manilastandardtoday.com)
- Aquino warned to heed call to scrap ‘pork’ or face ‘point of no return’ (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Photo of PNoy with Napoles’ daughter authentic – Palace (manilastandardtoday.com)
- Anti-pork concert targets youth (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Philippines president warns rebels against violence (upi.com)
- Palace: Napoles key to ‘pork’ case; DOJ to study state witness status for her (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Napoles transferred to Makati City jail (rappler.com)
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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- Obama asks Congress to delay Syria vote (bigpondnews.com)
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- Obama Faces Strong Anti-War Mood in Congress (voanews.com)
- Could President Obama Be Indicted for War Crimes Over Syria Attack? (foxnewsinsider.com)
- The People Say No to War with Syria, Says Sheldon Richman (reason.com)
- Kuwait ruler presses Obama on Guantanamo detainees (star-telegram.com)
- The Long, Withdrawing Roar (freebeacon.com)
- Obama: Not sure I’ll order Syria strike without Congress (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- Putin Puts International Law Before War (canadafreepress.com)
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.
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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- Edsa Shrine priest calls for vigilance (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Hundreds join novena at EDSA prayer vigil (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Anti-pork campaign spreads to Iloilo (manilastandardtoday.com)
- Prayer vigil at ESDA Shrine to protest PDAF (rappler.com)
- ‘EDSA Tayo’ rally declared a ‘success’ (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Prayer vigil at Edsa Shrine to protest PDAF (rappler.com)
- “EDSA Tayo”, not church-organized (concernedph.wordpress.com)
- ‘EDSA TAYO’ QC dilly-dallies giving it permit (manilastandardtoday.com)