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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. Read the rest of this page »

Science textbooks in DepEd grounds destroyed by termites

Pasig, Philippines –

An unlikely scene caught media attention at the parking lot of the Department of Education (DepEd) compound in Pasig City last Monday. Hundreds of “Science and Health” and chemistry textbooks destoyed by termites were scattered on the ground. This despite the request of DepEd for funds for additional textbooks to reach their goal of 1:1 student-textbook ratio in public elementary and high schools. Read the rest of this page »

Games of the Generals and GMA

Manila, Philippines –

An article in Malaya today centered on the renewed call of Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim for the ouster of President Arroyo. Gen. Lim together with Oakwood mutiny leader Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, both currently detained in Camp Crame, led The Manila Peninsula siege last year in an attempt to persuade other military officers to withdraw support from the President.

Their views are shared by a number of civil society groups and church leaders. Read the rest of this page »

Thai protests unlikely to inspire Filipinos into action

BANGKOK, Thailand –

Month-long protests in Thailand have caused a damaging effect on its economy that is dependent on tourism as a primary source of revenue. The latest development has it that anti-government group People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) had already stormed and took over two of Thailand’s airports. This despite the change of leadership just months ago when Samak Sundaravej was removed from office for allegedly protecting ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Apparently, he was replaced by Thaksin’s brother-in-law, Premier Somchai Wongsawat, thus the same predicament befell him. Read the rest of this page »

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. Read the rest of this page »

Wiretapping complaints against Cheche Lazaro and other ABS-CBN executives

Manila, Philippines –

Just this morning, several broadsheets (Philstar, BusinessWorld, The Daily Tribune) featured the news about the wiretapping complaints filed by GSIS vice president Ella Valencerina against veteran broadcast journalist Cecilia “Cheche” Lazaro. Other respondents to the complaints are ABS-CBN president and chief operating officer Ma. Rosario Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Division head Maria Angelita Ressa, ANC chief operating officer Glenda Gloria, and ANC Director for Current Affairs and Channel Operations David Celdran. Read the rest of this page »

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. Read the rest of this page »