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Evacuated at last

Gaza Strip –

More than 600 have already died while around 3,000 have been wounded by the raging aerial and ground attacks in war-torn Gaza. But after two failed attempts, the International Committee of the Red Cross have now evacuated 250 foreigners that included 17 Filipinos. Still, a number of Filipinos are left in the Hamas-controlled area as Israeli authorities didn’t allow their Palestinian husbands to leave Gaza. Read the rest of this page »

Bolante out, Alabang boys in

Manila, Philippines –

The Bolante/fertilizer scam investigation have taken a backseat as the “Alabang boys” (or Alabang adults as others would politically put it) drug issue has grabbed the limelight. It is the most celebrated news at the moment as it involves three men from affluent families namely Richard Brodett, Richard Tecson, and Jorge Joseph who were allegedly caught in a buy-bust operation by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Read the rest of this page »

And I’m Back!

I adore the Yuletide season. Weather is cool, people are jolly and generous, and of course we all (well, almost everyone) get to relax and enjoy the holiday break. Regrettably, I take time to recover from long breaks so I’m still in tone down-mode both in programming and in blogging. Hehe…
My three-week vacation was significant and well-spent. I had time to relax and bond with my families and friends and got involved as well in meaningful activities. Read the rest of this page »

Enough! Stop Gloria’s Chacha now!

Manila, Philippines –

Please find time to join the rally tomorrow to express our objection to charter change under the current administration. Got below details of the event from tonyocruz.com.

Dear Friends and Concerned Citizens,

Greetings of peace in these turbulent and uncertain times!

Recent moves in the House of Representatives by no less than Speaker Prospero Nograles and other administration allies to railroad their discredited bid to change the Philippine Charter (Chacha) by convening Congress into a Constituent Assembly (Con‐Ass) has raised the alarm among many concerned sectors of our society.

Like in previous failed attempts at Chacha, a vast majority and still growing number of our people, are convinced that their real purpose is to extend the stay of Mrs. Arroyo in power well beyond 2010.

We thus call on you to be one with our people in declaring, “Enough! Stop Gloria’s Chacha now!”

Join us in an inter‐faith, multisectoral prayer and protest rally on Friday, 12 December 2008, 4:00 pm.

Let us congregate at the Ninoy Aquino Monument, Ayala corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.

We also enjoin our kababayan in other cities and provinces to express their rejection of Chacha in various forms of protest nationwide.

Let us take a united stand once more so that truth, justice and the will of the people may prevail!

MOST REV. DEOGRACIAS S. INIGUEZ, JR., D.D.
Diocese of Caloocan

BISHOP ELIEZER M. PASCUA
General Secretary, UCCP

BR. ARMIN LUISTRO, FSC
Lasallian Justice & Peace Commission

MO. MARY JOHN MANANZAN, OSB

FR. JOE DIZON
Solidarity Philippines

 

Manny Pacquiao plans to finish college

Manila, Philippines –

Fast hands, quick wits, that’s Manny. Admitting that his glory in boxing will not last forever, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao acknowledged the value of education and plans to finish college. It’s a welcome news to Education Secretary Jesli Lapus as it will strengthen DepEd’s Alternative Learning System. The program which aims to encourage out of school children and adults to go back to school will gain more attention having Manny as a spokesman.

Kudos Manny! May you continue inspiring the Filipino nation both inside and outside the ring.

Pacman beats Golden Boy

Las Vegas, Nevada —

Manny ‘Pacman” Pacquiao made Filipinos proud once more by defeating Oscar ‘Golden Boy’ De la Hoya in their fight yesterday dubbed the Dream Match. The MGM Grand Arena was filled with 15, 000 eager boxing fans including celebrities and sports icons such as Thomas Hearns, Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Bernard Hopkins, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Walhberg and Russell Crowe to see the non-title but much-awaited fight of the year. Read the rest of this page »

Nograles may soon be replaced as House Speaker

Manila, Philippines –

Latest news have it that some solons may be on the move to oust Speaker Prospero Nograles from the House leadership. The idea was supposedly floated by some administration congressman who are unsatisfied with his pace at pushing for charter change through a constituent assembly.

It was further put forth since Nograles recently admitted that he is also open to constitutional convention or any mode for that matter so long as reforms on economic provisions may be instituted hastily. Read the rest of this page »

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