Diokno Says Past Presidents Did Not Have ‘DAPs’


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“Ang tunay na sukatan ng isang tao ay hindi kung ano ang kanyang paninidigan sa mga sandali ng kasaganahan at kaginhawaan, kundi sa oras ng mga hamon at kahirapan.” -Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968), American Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist

 



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DOJ Drops Charges vs Two Massacre Suspects


DOJ Drops Charges vs Two Massacre Suspects

Mga aktibistang nagpapahayag laban sa makapangyarihang Ampatuan sa labas ng Department of Justice sa Maynila, Pilipinas sa Linggo, Abril 18, 2010. Ang mga Kagawaran ng Hustisya ay nagpapawang-sala sa pagpatay ng dalawang magkapatid na Ampatuan, dating gobernador Zaldy at Akhmad, na inakusahan ng pagpatay ng 57 kalaban sa pulitika at mamamahayag.

By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press Writer

MANILA, Philippines– The Philippines’ Department of Justice has dropped murder charges against two members of a warlord clan accused in the massacre of 57 political rivals and journalists, sparking protests Sunday and bringing relatives of the victims to tears.

The Nov. 23 slaughter, which was condemned by the international community, was unprecedented even in a country known for election violence and political killings that have claimed hundreds of lives in the past decade.

Among the dead were more than 30 journalists and their staff — the deadliest known attack on media workers in the world. The killings elevated the Philippines to the top of a list of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists.

At least 198 suspects have been charged in court with multiple murder, including members of the powerful Ampatuan clan that has ruled over southern Maguindanao province for years. Several more suspects remain at large.

The Ampatuans have been close political allies of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for years, helping her win elections in 2004.

Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said he has ordered prosecutors to remove the names of Zaldy Ampatuan, a former governor of a Muslim autonomous region, and his brother-in-law Akhmad from the charge sheets for lack of strong evidence linking them to the planning and staging of the carnage in Maguindanao’s Ampatuan township.

“There is no evidence to prove conspiracy and there is evidence to support their alibi,” Agra told The Associated Press.

Zaldy Ampatuan provided cell phone bills and airline tickets showing he was not at a Nov. 22 meeting where the killings were allegedly planned, or at the crime scene the next day, Agra said. Akhmad presented witnesses and pictures showing he was at a medical mission when the killings occurred, he said.

However, Agra rejected petitions from the principal suspect, former Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., and his father, Andal Ampatuan Sr., to be cleared of the murder charges. Witnesses have testified seeing Andal Ampatuan Jr. leading gunmen in killing the unarmed victims as they pleaded for their lives.

Prosecutors have filed murder charges against the Ampatuans in a Quezon City court. The justice secretary must ask the court to approve his decision to drop charges against Zaldy and Akhmad.

Several relatives of the victims wept after learning of Agra’s decision, according to Harry Roque, a lawyer for the victims, adding that they plan to appeal the ruling.

“They wept not only for this injustice but also out of fear for their safety,” Roque said. “They cannot sleep now that the Ampatuans are being cleared.”

Several student activists protested outside the Department of Justice, carrying placards that called Arroyo and the department “coddlers of murderers.”

A media watchdog, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, blamed Arroyo and Agra “for this massacre of … justice, the rule of law, our basic rights and democracy.”

The indictment says the clan leaders conspired to ambush and kill members of the rival Mangudadatu family and their supporters, who were gunned down on a hilltop in Maguindanao. The attack apparently was aimed at preventing a Mangudadatu politician from challenging the Ampatuans’ control of the province in a gubernatorial election in next month.

The Ampatuans have denied the charges, and most of their armed followers have fled a massive crackdown in the province, about 560 miles (900 kilometers) south of Manila. Thousands of militiamen loyal to the clan are still in hiding, triggering sporadic clashes with government troops.

Last month, another court dismissed separate rebellion charges against the Ampatuan patriarch, four of his sons and several followers for lack of evidence. They had been accused of plotting an uprising after the government launched a crackdown on the clan when it was linked to the killings.


Facts:

**Resigned Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera received death threats during her incumbency.

**Alberto Agra served as the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo laywer during impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives in 2006.

**The Ampatuans are close political allies of PGMA.

We Filipinos are not as ‘tanga’ as they think we are! The innocence of these two suspects must be tried and decided by the courts of law and not by an office under the President. As I strongly condemned the Maguindanao Massacre, I likewise strongly condemned the Department of Justice for this move.

“There is no evidence to prove conspiracy and there is evidence to support their alibi,” Agra told The Associated Press but “Witnesses have testified seeing Andal Ampatuan Jr. leading gunmen in killing the unarmed victims as they pleaded for their lives.” Where are the testimonies of these witnesses? Are they gone with Devanadera?

DAMNED YOU FOR THIS, DOJ!!!

Read also:
DOJ wants 2 Ampatuans freed; media, families hold protests



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Global Warming


Global Warming

It can not be denied that the world in which we live has undergone drastic changes, and the most significant of them is the so-called global warming. Some attributed it to the end of the Mayan long count calendar which will take effect Dececemder 21, 2012, winter solstice of that year. It is said that a global catastrophe will happen on that day. Planet-x (is it the Nibiru of ancient Babylonians?) will collide with our planet. Polar reversion will take place causing floods and earthquake of great magnitude, and many more, (Incidentally, the winter solstice for this year is today, December 21.)

Some see it in a biblical point of view saying it is the sign of the wrath as stated in Revelation 6:1-17.

Whatever it is, one thing is sure. The cause of the changes in our climate is largely caused by excessive greenhouse-gas emissions from highly industrialized countries thus triggering global warming. That is why delegations from 193 nations gathered in Copenhagen last December 7-16 aiming to reach a new global agreement on climate change.



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Ang Kapaligiran


(Nov15/2013)

Is Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) the result of climate change?
Naderev “Yeb” Sano, representative for the Philippines (from Tacloban) at the UN Climate Change Talks has told delegates that Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) is the result of global warming – but meteorologists say that it is not possible to pinpoint specific events and blame them on climate change.

THEN WHAT? Is it The Military’s Mystery Machine, the HAARP Weather Modification?

HAARP is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. Various individuals have speculated hidden motives and capabilities to the project, and have blamed it for triggering catastrophes such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, thunderstorms, earthquakes in Iran, Pakistan, Haiti and the Philippines, major power outages, the downing of TWA Flight 800, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

If it is not HAARP, “Yeb” Sano is right. it is climate change due to global warming.

Above is a Filipino poem written about our environment and how we treated it.

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STOP KILLING JOURNALISTS !!!


STOP KILLING JOURNALISTS !!!

Together with the rest of the world, I strongly condemned the politically motivated November 23 abduction and killing of over 50 people, at least 25 of them journalists, in Maguindanao. It is a new low even for the Philippines. Not only its brutality, but the sheer senselessness of it as well qualify it for collective outrage and condemnation and the strongest call for the immediate apprehension, trial and punishment of those responsible.


The following journalists are the victims of savage killers:
1. Ian Sublang – Media/Gensan Newsprint
2. Lea Dalmacio – Media/Gensan Newsprint
3. Gina Dela Cruz – Media/Gensan Newsprint
4. Marites Cabunes – Media/Gensan Newsprint
5. Bart Maravilla – Media/Bombo Radyo
6. Jhoy Duhay – Media/Peoples Tonite
7. Henry Araneta – Media/DZRH Correspondent
8. Andy Teodoro – Media/Mindanao Inquirer
9. Neneng Montano – Media/Gensan Newsprint
10. Alejandro Bong Reblado – Media/UNTV
11. Victor Nuñez – Media/UNTV
12. Mac-mac Amola – Media/Gensan Newsprint
13. Jimmy Cabello – Media/Midland Review
14. Councilor Razul Daud – Media/SK Newspaper
15. Joel Parcon – Media/Prontera News
16. Val Cachuela – Media/Prontera News
17. John Caniban – Media/
18. Art Baloya – Media/Punto Periodico
19. Noel Decena – Media/Punto Periodico
20. Rany Razon – Media/Punto Periodico
21. Bienvenido Jun Legarta – Media/Punto Periodico
22. Jovy Legarta – Media/Punto Periodico
23. Rey Merisco – Media/Punto Periodico
24. Boyet Dela Cerna – Media/Escalera News
25. Art Mascardo – Media/GSC
May They All Rest In Peace…

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I have posted in this blog my Filipino poem about what journalists are. Read it here


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