“As expected, powerful forces are now on each other’s throat in what could easily be a warm-up fight for the presidential contest two and a half years from now. But if you think the war is between Malacañang and the opposition, you fail to see deeper into what is happening behind doors in the current pork barrel scandal. The war is now between forces inside Malacañang.” – Miguel Raymundo
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- Aunt Tingting vs ‘Digi-President’ (opinyon2010.wordpress.com)
- Incompetent, Dishonest? (opinyon2010.wordpress.com)
- COMMENT: At Random: Patronage Politics (1) (mindanews.com)
- Killing the Cartel (opinyon2010.wordpress.com)
- Pork barrel issue far from dead (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- The President as spin doctor (rappler.com)
- Pork barrel issue: Palace not clear on dialogue’s objective (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Napoles transfer to regular jail up to court (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Editorial : MVP for President (opinyon2010.wordpress.com)
- Refocusing on Local Governance (opinyon2010.wordpress.com)
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- Tingting bares poll fraud (manilastandardtoday.com)
- Palace reacts (manilastandardtoday.com)
- ‘Pork’ causes big drop in PNoy’s rating (manilastandardtoday.com)
- Malacañang should hale itself to court – Joker Arroyo (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Is Malacañang covering its tracks? (opinion.inquirer.net)
- Rappler Newscast | October 15, 2013 (rappler.com)
- Aquino to visit South Korea in October (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Amid corruption worry, Aquino to reform govt fund (bigstory.ap.org)
- LP disowns mayor, mum on Drilon-Napoles link (rappler.com)
- Sins of Cory (opinyon2010.wordpress.com)
[by Miguel Raymundo]
THE guessing game is on. Will PNoy finish his term?
The answer to that question is not a dare to impeach him, but also how deep the Filipinos are hurt by an incompetent and dishonest President.
“Impeach me!” President Benigno S. Aquino III dares the people.
Believing in “doctored” surveys, Aquino is confident—and deludes himself that the people love him and his family so much that they can empty with impunity this poor country’s coffers and that still more Filipinos will keep them on the pedestal.
He is likely to lose this dare as the middle class has taken to the streets and is now leading the march to stamp out corruption in government and bring behind bars those who have stolen people’s money. #OpinYon #PNoy #Incompetent #Dishonest#Philippines
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- Sins of Cory (opinyon2010.wordpress.com)
- Aquino dare smacks of political arrogance – militants (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- PH ups penalties for animal cruelty amid ‘crush video’ fury (rappler.com)
- HK newsmen heckle PNoy; axed at APEC (manilastandardtoday.com)
- Aquino warned to heed call to scrap ‘pork’ or face ‘point of no return’ (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Aquino, other gov’t execs in plunder raps (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Rappler Newscast | October 2, 2013 (rappler.com)
- Filipino troops retake 70% of rebel-held villages (bigstory.ap.org)
- PNoy rules out second term even if Charter allows it (manilastandardtoday.com)
- PNoy dares critics: Impeach me (rappler.com)
by: Erick San Juan
WHEN former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the East-West center in Hawaii in October 2010, she emphasized three key elements of the US engagement in Asia. The US’s relationship with its allies, their relations with partners across the Asia pacific region and US participation in the region’s multilateral institutions such as the ASEAN, APEC and EAS. (Source: China vs US: Military Conflict in the South China Sea, The World Outline)
Since then, there has been much talk of the mighty Uncle Sam’s return to Asia-Pacific region and even referred to himself (President Barack Obama) as ‘America’s first Pacific President’ without even consulting first his history books of America’s past leaders who deserves the title better.
With so much rhetoric and doublespeak of the real intentions of this pivot to the region, the truth of the matter is, they never left.
“They have maintained a forward military, political and economic presence in Asia as well as Europe since the Second World War. In short, they have pursued a political and economic open door policy underpinned by the ability to project force outside their own western hemisphere.” (Ibid) And in this case, the classic example of what I am trying to emphasize here is the US military presence in the Philippines. #OpinYon #opinion
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- US and China tussle for trade dominance at APEC (channelnewsasia.com)
- APEC should lead a more open world economy, play a bigger role: President Xi said (rightways.wordpress.com)
- Disputes Cloud Asia-Pacific Summit Focus On Trade (theepochtimes.com)
- China, Russia to join forces in Asia Pacific (thebricspost.com)
- Southeast Asia in global spotlight with APEC, ASEAN & East Asia summits (indrus.in)
- Disputes cloud Asia-Pacific summit focus on trade (sfgate.com)
- John Kerry: U.S. commitment to Asia strong despite Obama’s absence (upi.com)
- Russia’s economics minister: Global economy shifts focus to Asia-Pacific region (rbth.asia)
- Russia sees a peaceful, stable and developed Asia-Pacific region (indrus.in)
- Rise in Investment to Continue in Asia Pacific (virtual-strategy.com)
By Al Labita
NOT A FEW are alarmed over the danger signs of a creeping political upheaval threatening to cut short President Aquino’s six-year-term in office.
For one, the “anti-pork “protest movement—the so-called “Million People March”—has snowballed, setting the stage for what could be a prelude to another “people power.”
From Aparri to Jolo, more and more are joining the crusade, the biggest challenge so far to the 53-year-old bachelor president, now in his third year as president of a country known for ousting a leader linked to corruption.
For those in the business sector, they are wary that the current political brouhaha over the pork scam may deteriorate to an Edsa-type revolt.
Though the economy is doing well, history shows that it usually turns ugly whenever the going gets rough in the political scene. #OpinYon #business
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- Where do we go from here? (opinion.inquirer.net)
- Bishop Iñiguez: More rallies, media exposés to end pork barrel system (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- The Anti-Pork Barrel Movement’s Protest in Makati City (ireport.cnn.com)
- Fox Guarding the Chicken Coop (ericpgranada.wordpress.com)
- Thousands gather in Manila to protest pork barrel funds (channelnewsasia.com)
- Signs of a maturing democracy (rappler.com)
- WORM’S EYEVIEW: How about a quiet revolution? (mindanews.com)
- What’s next for the ‘porkbusters’? (opinion.inquirer.net)
- Aquino slammed before father’s monument (rappler.com)
by: Ike Señeres
THE bottom line of the pork barrel issue is local governance. In theory, the purpose of the pork barrel is to fund local development needs that could not be “seen” by Congress as it approves the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for each fiscal year. Pursuing that theory, the Congress apparently came up with the legal fiction that whatever could not be “seen” by them as a whole assembly could be seen by the district Congressmen from their own local vantage point.
According to newspaper reports, the Lower House of the Congress has already decided to “scrap” the old pork barrel system, apparently replacing it with a new system that would focus more on line item budgeting, although it seems that the Congressmen could still “recommend” their own local projects subject to the approval of the appropriate House Committee and the corresponding implementing line agencies, i.e. the National Government Agencies (NGAs). #OpinYon #business
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- Abolition of congressional pork a sham (opinion.inquirer.net)
- Palace shows Joker Arroyo’s letter requesting P47M (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Burial assistance among Leyte solons items on their pork barrel (leytesamardaily.net)
- Professor Emeriti Briones and Monsod “grill the pork” in UP PDAF Forum (socialwatchphilippines.wordpress.com)
- Who is guiltier, JLN the fixer or the senator who hired the fixer? (leytesamardaily.net)
- An open letter to President Noy: Abolish pork, seriously. (rappler.com)
- Aquino, Abad, solons: Are you listening? (opinion.inquirer.net)
- The future of the barrels of pork (opinion.inquirer.net)
- Ayala anti-pork march to focus on alternatives, concrete actions (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- ‘Scrap pork barrel, buy pork chicharon,’ vendors say (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
How ChemRes Runs its Business the Ethical Way
By Miriam Tan-Fabian
WATER is life and life comes from water. And while 70% of the planet is made of water, only a small percentage of it is drinkable. At the same time, since pollutants tend to easily contaminate our bodies of water and since water easily disperses, water pollution should be everyone’s concern, especially companies. Such facts seem obvious, but unfortunately, these truths are often lost in the minds of many businessmen when it comes to the environment.
Regrettably, many company owners and top managers share a static mindset that is convinced that reaping profits is inherently irreconcilable with the protection and preservation of the planet and that caring for the environment means additional costs, thus eroding competitiveness, but Engr. Jose L. de Jesus does not agree. #OpinYon #business
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- China bars water-polluting projects in five cities (vancouverdesi.com)
- China Faces Big Water Crisis (theepochtimes.com)
- Dangerous and Dirty Water in China: Examples From the First Half of 2013 (theepochtimes.com)
- Study: Cilantro helps purify polluted water (insidecostarica.com)
- Fukushima Operator Dumps 1,000 Tons Of Polluted Water In Sea (alternet.org)
- water pollution (travellingfox.wordpress.com)
- Detecting polluted water remotely – Egypt (barakabits.com)
- U.S. EPA Awards Hawaii $1.1M To Control Polluted Water Runoff (wateronline.com)
- Fukushima: 1000 Tons Of Polluted Water Dumped Into Pacific Ocean (infiniteunknown.net)
- SecureWaters Introduces AquaSentinel (hispanicbusiness.com)
by: Mentong Laurel
LAST September 11, the MWSS denied appeals of the privatized water utilities companies Manila Water and Maynilad for water rate hikes and ordered lowering of water rates for the next five year. As a result, water rates are expected to lower by more than one peso per cubic meter starting October. This is still a far cry from the real lowering of rates that must be attained by the public to match the average water tariff in the region, but it is a good start.
Congratulations to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for taking a stand to be pro-People. Special thanks to MWSS acting chief regulator Emmanuel Caparas and his team for standing up for Public Welfare and the Public Good, against the corrupt 1997 concession agreement signed under the corporatist-enforcer Fidel V. Ramos and the compromised MWSS board members then.
The iniquitous pass-on to water consumers of corporate income tax is now ended because of Caparas’ “heroic stand” against pressures from the corporate powers and its controlled media and economist-advocates to keep the income tax pass-on privilege for their corporations. #OpinYon #MWSS #Maynilad
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- People Win vs. Corporatist Greed (opinyon2010.wordpress.com)
- Water firms ordered to lower rates (manilastandardtoday.com)
- Manila Water seeks ICC arbitration over water rates (business.inquirer.net)
- NBI probes padded list of MWSS retirees (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Solons to probe ‘irregularities’ in setting water rates (bulatlat.com)
- Philippine Water Regulator Orders Companies to Cut Tariffs – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Consumer groups see arbitration between MWSS (business.inquirer.net)
- Manila Water sues govt over rate cut (rappler.com)
- MWSS denies hike plea, orders lower water rates for next 5 years (newsinfo.inquirer.net)