Current Events and Issues Affecting the Philippines


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

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!

Diocese of Caloocan

General Secretary, UCCP

Lasallian Justice & Peace Commission


Solidarity Philippines



Voter registration for 2010 elections is currently ongoing

Manila, Philippines –

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has resumed the continuing registration of voters for the 2010 elections. Registration is open for all areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Schedule of registration is from December 2, 2008 to December 15, 2009 at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) of the district/city/municipality where the applicant resides from Monday to Friday, during regular office hours at 8:00 o’clock AM to 5:00 o’clock PM. (more…)

Fourth impeachment complaint against GMA voted down again

Manila, Philippines –

As expected, President Arroyo’s allies in the Lower House junked the impeachment complaint filed by Joey de Venecia by a majotiry vote of 42-8 among the members of the justice committee.

Though sufficiency in substance may have been established through the recital of facts, pro-administration congressmen who voted against the impeachment complaint still argued that offenses included in the complaint are mere rehash. This decision will now be endorsed by the committee to the plenary for possible adoption or predicted rejection. (more…)

Jose de Venecia Jr. and the NBN-ZTE deal

Manila, Philippines –

Former House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. is set to launch his autobiography in Washington, D.C. this week. The book entitled “Global Filipino: The Authorized Biography of Joe de Venecia Jr., the Visionary Five-Time Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines” is said to contain first-hand accounts of JdV on the “secret meeting” held in Shenzhen, China among President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr., and ZTE officials in 2006. (more…)

Philippine contingent to APEC Peru 2008

MANILA, Philippines –

Leaders of 21 member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation will meet on November 22 to 23 in Lima, Peru to re-align APEC’s commitment to economic development, among other issues, in the Asia Pacific region. These countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States of America, and VietNam. (more…)

Barack Obama and the Filipino Youth

Manila, Philippines –

The president of the Philippines may have been ignored but not the Filipino youth. Two Filipino students have been invited to attend the induction of Barack Obama as 44th U.S. President at the White House on January 20, 2009.

College freshmen Anne Marie Liwanag and Paul Michael Thomas Cruz are expected to be part of the historic ceremony which shall forever be remembered by America and the rest of the world. (more…)

Philippine Congress – Of posers and jokers

House of Representatives, Philippines –

In a move to clear the names (or probably to cover up the mess) of congressmen involved in the fertilizer scam controversy, the House of Representatives will conduct today their own inquiry on the scandal that allegedly diverted the fertilizer funds to the campaign funds of President Arroyo and spread to her allies in the Lower House and other local officials during the 2004 elections. (more…)