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Unicameral Parliament

I found this on a newspaper and i think it is worth to be posted here so that visitors would be informed of the cost and the setbacks the bicameral system has done to the country. The bi-cameral system of government has its own good intentions but current political climate and the overall thinking of the Senators have made the bi-cameral system in a mess. A number of "in aid of legislation" investigations have sprouted since GMA sat down for office. And all of this investigations have no ending..except dead endings..Investigations are in general against the president, and most of it are not new or should i say RECYCLED ISSUES.. issues that where long gone buried and cannot be proven. Another investigation the senate started was with the failed mutiny of a group of elite soldiers of the AFP. The senate investigations are over and recommendations where made, BUT the senate as the LAW MAKER's seem not to understand the recommendations given by both military and civilian po…

The weekend that was....

U.S. SENATE ASKS RP TO BRING ATTACKERS OF JOURNALISTS TO JUSTICE

WASHINGTON,
MAY 5, 2006 (STAR) The US Senate urged the Philippine government yesterday to swiftly bring to justice attackers of journalists in the country. The call came after a Senate inquiry into reported murders of journalists in the Philippines since 2000. "Ensuring that legal officials thoroughly investigate and prosecute attacks on journalists is critical as the world recognizes Press Freedom day today," said Republican Senator Richard Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which held the inquiry. In reaction to the US Senate call, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said the Philippine government is working hard to stop the killings of journalists.
Oh come on..Are they going to meddle with our state affairs again? and again? I found out on a forum that they (US GOVERNMENT) killed and hide the evidence of killing journalist in Iraq (click HERE).

Full Article

WHITE HOUSE SPY: …

And its FINAL!!

SC: '1017' CONSTITUTIONAL

MANILA,
MAY 4, 2006 (STAR) By Jose Rodel Clapano - In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the constitutionality of Proclamation 1017, in which President Arroyo declared a weeklong state of national emergency in February to quell a reported coup. Voting 11-3, the tribunal declared that the proclamation was "constitutional insofar as it constitutes a call by the President for the (military) to prevent or suppress lawless violence." In the same vein, it also upheld as constitutional General Order No. 5 — PP 1017’s implementing order — that directed security forces to take "necessary and appropriate actions and measures to suppress and prevent acts of lawless violence." However, the court declared "unconstitutional and illegal" the way PP 1017 was implemented by security forces, saying the military and police "committed acts which violate the citizens’ rights under the Constitution."…

Press Freedom in the Philippines

Recent news info about the ranking given by a new york based Freedom House:

UNABATED MEDIA ATTACKS VS GOVT PROOF RP PRESS FREEST IN ASIA

MANILA,
MAY 3, 2006 (STAR) By Delon Porcalla - Contrary to observations made by an international watchdog group, the Philippines’ press remains the freest in Asia, borne out by exposés of alleged corruption and ineptness of the government, President Arroyo’s allies in Congress said yesterday. "The fact that Arroyo critics and the press can liberally criticize the Arroyo government proves that press freedom is very much alive in the country," defended Eastern Samar Rep. Marcelino Libanan. Libanan, vice chairman of the House committee on justice, along with Rep. Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur, rectified the observation of the New York-based Freedom House that the country has a "declining press freedom." "Freedom House’s unfair assessment does not reflect the real situation in the country where press freedom remai…

May 1 -> LABOR DAY...

Its May 1, its Labor Day...Laborers celebrate!!!...spend time with your family..or just simply spend some quality rest at home....

please, no rallies...

here are a couple of news, courtesy of INQ7.net

30 militant, labor groups converge in Plaza Miranda - MORE than 30 militant and labor groups converged at Plaza Miranda on Monday, calling on the government to prioritize the rights of workers.

Estrada supporters barred from entering Mendiola - SUPPORTERS of former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada failed to get to Mendiola in Manila as anti-riot police barred their entry because they did not have a rally permit, according to GMA Network’s “Flash Report.”

and more news at INQ7.net

NEW RP 'MIDDLE SECTOR': WHY THE YOUNG ARE INVESTING IN RP NOW

MANILA, APRIL 28, 2006 (STAR) BULL MARKET, BULL SHEET By Wilson Lee
Flores -

Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit;
sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.
–Chinese proverb

Invest in the Philippines now. That’s what I’m doing in a small
way and that’s what I’m urging all local and foreign investors to
do. No, I didn’t vote for Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the last
presidential election and I still couldn’t in conscience support
her brand of politics, but I will invest in the Philippines under
her administration and I will put my bets on her stubbornly
exhausting all means to decisively revive our moribund economy.
I believe GMA has no scruples, but she has guts, grit and brains.

I believe most of our politicians are selfish, corrupt and inept,
but my faith remains in the vast reservoir of human and natural
resources of the Philippines, which can still offset their
destructive impact on the economy. Almost 75 percent of the
population is reported to be und…