March 20, 2008

 

COURTS SHOULD PROBE ZTE-NBN PROJECT - - - GOLEZ

Bacolod City — Presidential Deputy Spokesman and National Disaster Coordinating Deputy Administrator Anthony Golez said the senate investigation in the ZTE-NBN alleged anomaly should be heard in court and handled by competent legal experts.

“We must now change channel to different station which is the courts,” he said in a press conference at the VIP lounge of the Bacolod-Silay airport after his arrival here to attend a DOTC forum. He said the court is the right channel if the people want to know the truth surrounding the issue.

Amidst threats of social and political instability resulting from allegations of pay-offs on ZTE-NBN project, he called on the Filipinos to focus on more pressing concerns like the rising cost of food and oil. “It is high time that everyone must act now and focus with our work. We need to help our country from the effects of global economic slowdown.”

He lamented the fact that many politicians remain pre-occupied in domestic politics and politicking “when everybody else around the world is focused on more important things.” Golez, whose parents hail from Pontevedra and Isabela, Negros Occ., urged the people to help the government in its campaign against graft and corruption. The efficiency of a country’s anti-corruption system will not do much good without the support of its people, he explained.

He further called for the healing of the nation so that it is spiritually and emotionally ready to face new challenges. (PIA-ZN)

 

 PGMA APPROVES THE LARGE-SCALE PROCESSING IN
RP OF HALAL-CERTIFIED FOODS BY A BIG SAUDI FIRM

President Gloria Maca-pagal-Arroyo welcomed today a proposal of a large Saudi Arabia food processing company to expand its operations in the Philippines to produce Halal-certified foods, particularly chicken.

Sheik Adnan Zainy, chairman of the board of directors of the Abbar & Zainy Group of Companies based in Saudi Arabia, made the offer when he called on the President in Malacañang this morning. He said his company would bring in a group of experts in Halal food preparations who would certify whether an operation is Halal-qualified.

The Abbar & Zainy Group of Companies based in Saudi Arabia made an offer to bring in a group of experts in Halal food preparations who would certify whether an operation is Halal-qualified.

He said once his company’s food-processing plant is Halal-certified, they will service a large portion of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East Halal chicken. Trade Secretary Peter Favila, who joined the President in the closed door meeting, said the President was “happy” with the development because this pledge meant that “our labor is bearing results.”

Favila said the President’s trips abroad, particularly to Europe and the Middle East wherein she projected the Philippines as an alternative investment site, had great impact on international businessmen. “The President is happy with the developments because this is a product of the visits she did, specifically when we went to Jeddah,” Favila said. Aside from food processing, Abbar & Zainy is also one of Saudi Arabia’s largest importers of tropical fruits such as bananas and pineapples which it sources from the Philippines. 

It is also a well-known cold storage facility provider with four offices scattered all over the Middle East. (PIA-ZN)

 

PHILIPPINE MEETS US GOV’T FIRM’S ANTI-CORRUPTION CRITERIA

The Philippines’ selection by the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) as eligible for an MCC compact is a recognition of the country’s gains in its anti-corruption efforts.  The MCC Board  took note of the  Philippines’ consistent performance in effectively  implementing programs which helped curb corruption through improved tax and customs administration and which strengthened  its Ombudsman’s office.

In a briefing conducted by Ombudsman Gutierrez before MCC officials on the corruption situation in the country in the past two years,  she highlighted  the Office of the Ombudsman’s conviction rate at the Sandiganbayan of rising from  19% in 2006 to 56% in 2007. It has penalized almost 1,200 public officials for administrative and disciplinary offenses from 2004 to 2006. 

Other accomplishments in the government’s anti-corruption efforts cited were :

 1. The Civil Service Commission (CSC) penalizing officials who were administratively charged in 264 cases from 2004 to 2007.
2. The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) recovering a total of $ 854 Marcos Swiss deposits, over $ 1.48 of which has been remitted to the Philippine government.
3. The Sandiganbayan issuing forfeiture orders involving $ 13.4 million in 2007.4. The Anti-Money Laundering Council freezing $ 13.46 million and forfeited $ 439.024 from corruption-related activities.5. The Commission on Audit (CoA) disallowing transactions amounting to $ 91.27 million, suspending payments totalling $ 539.02 million, and charging public officials for fraudulent transactions involving $ 2.88 million.
6. The CSC also  tightened rules on asset disclosure for more effective asset investigation and forfeiture while the Judiciary introduced reforms to ensure that corruption will not attend its procedures, among them the stricter application of Rule 65 on interlocutory orders.

The Ombudsman vowed to vigorously pursue anti-corruption reforms in the country as she thanked the US government for the MCC Board of Directors decision during its  March board meeting. The decision made the Philippines eligible for an MCC compact which will provide the country an opportunity to propose a five-year anti-poverty and anti-corruption program for funding by MCC.(PIA-ZN)

   

 PGMA TO FINANCE SECRETARY: PREPARE GRANT PROPOSAL FOR
MILLENIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered Finance Secretary Margarito Teves to lead a team that will prepare the country’s grant proposal to the United States’ Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) which had just announced the Philippines’ eligibility for large-scale grant funds.

The Chief Executive also ordered Teves to include in the MCC funding proposal “support for the current initiatives to improve governance and tax administration, and for the pursuit of greater transparency and accountability in the use of revenues.”

“I would also like to see the proposal provide support on improving health and education,” the President said in a statement yesterday afternoon, stressing that “through periodic and more detailed reporting of the uses of our revenues, we hope to trigger a virtuous cycle of higher tax compliance and more revenues to finance infrastructure and social services.”

The President earlier thanked the MCC for its decision of including the Philippines in the MCC’s list of funding-eligible countries, saying the MCC decision “represents a vote of confidence in the Philippines…”

This, as the decision of the MCC Board of Directors was “based on a rigorous assessment of independent indicators that measure the country’s performance in good governance, investments in its people, and adoption of policies that encourage economic freedom.”

In thanking the MCC, the President enthused that the funding agency’s decision “reflects the government’s progress in the areas of ruling justly, spending on health and education, and promotion of sound fiscal and business-friendly policies.”

The Chief Executive also expressed to the MCC “our commitment to continued governance and economic reforms to reduce poverty and improve the lives of our people.”

“I am now instructing (Finance Secretary Margarito) Gary Teves to lead a team to work closely with the Office of the President, other relevant government agencies, citizens, non-government organizations (NGOs), and private sector representatives for the preparation and submission to the MCC of a grant proposal for a five-year program to reduce poverty through sustainable growth,” the President said.

Before naming Teves to head the MCC grant-proposal team, the President thanked the Finance Secretary and his team for their successful efforts in engaging with the MCC.

“The DOF (Department of Finance) has achieved a lot of success in its work to combat corruption and improve revenue collection through various programs such as the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE), Run After The Smugglers (RATS), and Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS).”

The President also recognized the contribution of the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) “in this recent achievement with the MCC.”

“Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez has shown a solid track record in going after corrupt officials while (DBM) Secretary Nonoy Andaya has made the government’s procurement reform program a world-class model,” the President said.

She enthused in her statement that “the MCC Board noted in particular the Philippines’ effective implementation of the current smaller-scale Threshold Program that focuses on helping curb corruption through improved tax and customs administration and strengthening of the Ombudsman’s Office.”

The MCC based in Washington, DC had earlier issued its own press release dated March 11 (Tuesday) announcing the MCC Board’s selection of the Philippines as “Compact Eligible.”

“The Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors announced today at the conclusion of its March Board Meeting that the Philippines has been selected as eligible to apply for an MCC compact,” said the MCC as it explained that “countries selected as eligible for a large-scale grant, or compact, have the opportunity to submit a proposal for (a) five-year program to reduce poverty through sustainable economic growth.”

“Congratulations to the Government of the Philippines for its demonstrated commitment to tackling difficult challenges and improving the lives of its people,” said MCC CEO Ambassador John Danilovich.

Upon learning of the MCC decision as contained in the MCC press release, President Arroyo had exclaimed, thus:

“This is a great day for the Philippines and the action by the MCC offers a remarkable validation of the efforts of our government and nation to invest in our people, fight corruption and encourage economic freedom.

“These are the hallmarks of my Administration, and I am absolutely thrilled to be so recognized for consideration by this prestigious and serious-minded corporation of the US government.”  (PIA-ZN)

  

PRESIDENT UNDERSCORES IMPORTANCE
OF EDUCATION IN FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo underscored today the important role quality education plays in liberating the next generation from poverty and promoting a life of hope, optimism and prosperity. Thus, the President said in her message before some 1,000 students and youth who took “a unity walk” to Malacanang this afternoon to “express their weariness of politics of division and despair.”

She said the government has placed education on its top priority list and this could be gleaned from the P1.227 trillion 2008 national budget that she signed into law last Tuesday. “Education, in particular, is taking a front seat in our budget this year,” the President said as she informed the students and youth that this year’s budget invests in the three E’s—Economy, Education and Environment — “the essential building blocks of our nation.” The President said the “social payback” of an improved economy started last year when budget allocation for infrastructure and social services in-creased due to improved revenue collections as a result of the tough economic and fiscal reforms implemented by her administration.

“And, education is included in this social payback…because no other issue is more important to Filipinos now than education. The opportunity to avail of quality education affords you, the youth, who belong to the next generation, to live a prosperous life,” the President said in Filipino. And, since “education is a core value of the Philip-pine society and family life” that every parent is willing to make sacrifices to be able to send their children to school and get a college diploma, the President said the government has allotted some P200 billion for education this year.

“This is the biggest part of the budget that was allotted to education,” the President said to the cheers of the students and youth who benefited from the many programs and projects on education, that include high school scholar-ships, skills/vocational training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), among many more. The President said the more than P200-billion budget for education allows the government to invest in the following areas:

—Day Care Centers would slowly be converted to pre–schools;
—Some 30.5 million poor pupils in pre-school will receive rice under the Food-for-School Program;
—P6 billion is allotted for 11,000 new classrooms;
— Some 35.5 million new textbooks would be procured;
—The hiring of some 10,000 new teachers;
—P1 billion is allotted for teacher training in Math, Science and English;
—A provision for salary increase for teachers that would be realized in the middle of the coming
      school year;
—More than 60,000 students nationwide would be awarded GASTPE (Government Assistance to
    Students and Teachers in Private Education) scho-larships under the Education Service
    Contracting program;
—Increase in the value of high school voucher from P5,000 to P10,000;
—The Commission on Information and Communi-cations Technology (CICT) would procure some 1,000
    computer laboratories for public schools;
—P3 billion, including some P350 million for Business Process Outsourcing training and P1 billion
     worth of scholarships for the poor, is allocated for vocational training;
—P700 million, including P300 million for science, is allotted for college scholarships; and,
—More than P1 billion for post-graduate studies (masteral and doctoral degrees).

“We have accomplished much but there is much more to be done. We plan on working hard the next two years until the day my term ends in 2010 to fulfill our Philippine Reform Agenda. We must and we will press forward with more reforms. We will fight for the Economy, Education, and the Environment,” the President said.(PIA-ZN)

  

ANTI-CORRUPTION PROGRAMS ARE IN PLACE, SAYS USEC GOLEZ

 

Silay City, Negros Occidental — Recently-appointed Deputy Presidential Spokesperson and Deputy Administrator of the National Disaster Coordinating Council Dr. Anthony Golez said in a press conference here that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is doing her job in instituting anti-corruption measures to ensure reforms in the country.

President Arroyo created the Procurement Transparency Group as one of the anti-corruption measures composed of the Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group.

Representatives from the civil society groups and church representatives are also part of the Procurement Transparency Group who will be there from the start to the end of the procurement process to guarantee transparency.

Another measure to counter corruption is the increased budget of the Ombudsman to double which tripled the number of its prosecutors and investigators. With the increase in the number, prosecution rate went up from 6 percent to 60 percent. The Sandigan Bayan prosecution rate also went up to 87 percent.

“No matter how good the anti-corruption system is, like what the United Nations’ challenge against corruption: The Philippines has one of the strongest anti-corruption systems, but the system will not work if people chose to be corrupt,” Golez said.

Golez added that no amount of policing can be successful if all 90 million Filipinos would fall into the trap of corruption, but if only one stand up against corruption, then there is hope. Meanwhile, Golez cited the macroeconomic fundamental laid out for the country by President Arroyo to have helped ease out the impact brought by the unprecedented rise in oil and food prices in the world market.

“If not for the strong currency, the strong economy then the poor will suffer and take the brunt of the increase in prices,” Golez added.(PIA-ZN)

 
 

Kay mikaun ug ulo sa iro
Namatay sa rabies

Namatay usab ang tawo nga maoy naglata ug mikaun sa ulo iro nga nakapaak sa maestra nga namatay tungod sa rabies sa hinapos nga bahin sa buwan sa Pebrero 2006 didto sa lungsod sa Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte. Kini ang gibutyag ni Konsehal Vivencio Carpio, Jr. human mitigbabaw sulod sa lungsod sa Katipunan ang tumang kabalaka nga basin ug matakdan sa rabies gikan sa namatay nga biktima.

Ang namatay nga tawo nga mikaun sa ulo sa iro nga nakapa-ak sa namatay nga magtutudlo walay kalambigitan sa rabies kay wala kini magpakita ug mga sintomas nga kini usa ka rabid nga tawo.

 Matud pa ni Konsehal Carpio gideklarar hinoon sa ilang municipal health officer nga si Dr. Stephen Samonte nga ang pagkamatay sa tawo nga mikaun sa ulo sa iro nga nakapa-ak sa namatay nga magtutudlo walay kalambigitan sa rabies kay wala kini magpakita ug mga sintomas nga kini usa ka rabid nga tawo. Kahinumduman niadtong Pebrero 28, 2008 usa ka

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PRESS FREEDOM:


9 Words Women Use

Some government officials want to abolish PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government) after it suffered several set back in going after ill gotten wealth. The PCGG should proceed with its mandate. But it should be renamed to Prosecutors of Commission on Gloria’s Graft (PCGG lang guihapon)

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Duha ka higala nag-abot.
Higala 1: Diin man ka guikan ganiha ra kong pangita nimo?\
Higala 2: Didto ko Sangguniang Panglunsod kay si Mayor Uy mihatag sa iyang SOCA.
Higala 1: Unya wala ra sila baho-i, hugawi sa SOCA ni Mayor.
Higala 2: Wala man. Wala may baho.

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No amount of cover-up made by GMA’s lapdogs could convince the public that she is telling the truth.

Not even the principle of executive privilege. If we go by history. Executive Privilege is crafted to protect privacy but not to conceal crime.
 

The PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government) should proceed with its mandate but it should be renamed to Prosecutors of Commission on Gloria’s Graft (PCGG lang guihapon!)

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When GMA tells Neri to facilitate the approval of ZTE deal, that amounts to a crime because she knows that the contract was flawed from the start.

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Better late than never. Last week, we observed women’s week and a friend Dante who is now based in the U.S. email me about 9 words women use. I’m reproducing it and you’ll be the judge.

9 Words Women Use

(1) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.
(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.
(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!;
(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to 3 for the meaning of nothing.)
(6) That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
(7) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says ‘Thanks a lot’ - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say ‘you’re welcome’ ... that will bring on a ‘whatever’).
(8) Whatever: Is a women’s way of saying SCREW YOU!
(9) Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to 3. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 22)

 

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A vegetarian for eight years now, actress/model/ environmentalist Chin-Chin Gutierrez is dressed as a sexy mermaid standing up for sea life.

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 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
You can be a mighty man!

You have a destiny to fulfill towards God. To be His mighty man. If you listen and obey what God wants you to do. God is going to use you to change our nation.

The bible declares that you are pre-destined to be like Jesus. He is living inside of you. If nothing is impossible with God, so nothing is impossible with you also. This is the divine assignment for you to be a mighty man of God. In the bible, we will recognize as the first mighty man is Gideon. We will read in Judges 6:12, says, “the angel of the Lord appeared to Him and said, mighty hero, the Lord is with you”. V-14, “then the Lord turned to Him and said, “go with the strength you have and rescued Israel from the medianites, I am sending you. V-15, “but Lord, Gideon, replied, How can I rescued Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Minaseah, and I am the least in my entire family” v-16, “the Lord said to him, I will be with you, and you will destroy me medianites as if you were fighting against one man.

The word of God is power, if anyone reads and understand and obey, God will bless you. God is a faithful God, he desires much of you. If you follow Him, you don’t have to ask and look for blessings. He will provide you blessings the best for you. When you love God and obey God. The spirit of God dwells inside of us. If you are doing some thing immoral it makes God dishonor you. Examine your heart before God.

There are three things that causes failure to mighty man;

The First is immorality. Its not you do publicly that is important but what you are doing when nobody can see you. If you can control your mind, you can dictate your action. Resist your desire both in physical and mental. If the devil beat us, God will be far from us and our prayers will not be a answered.

The second that hinders us to be mighty man, is how we handle our money that God placed in our pocket. Avoid spending it on unnecessary things, be contented on what you have already.

The third that brings us to failure, is pride. It means that we are thinking that we don’t need God in our life. The moment we begin to think that we are somebody, this will start your failure. Remember, without Jesus we are absolutely nothing, don’t ever think that we can do something without Jesus.

We must have the right mind set. We will read in John 1:2, says, “Dear friend, I am praying that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is”. This is a teaching in our attitude that even if I am in a different situation, am not afraid because I know am strong by the help of Jesus Christ, without the presence of God, I will not be successful.

Success is not a journey but our destiny. During our journey, it will help us build our life, because of the experience in the past. This will make us what God wants us to be. Think of the word of God always, this will be our guide to the road to prosperity.

Bible bites!

Managing my attitude. Priorities and Health. How do we steward those possessions? Today’s attitude matters today? 1. Your attitude at the beginning of tasks affects its outcome. 2 your attitude towards others often determines their attitude toward you. 3. Your attitude can give you winners perspective. 4. Your attitude not your achievement provides your happiness. 5. Your attitude is contagious. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 22)

 

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“SUSTAINABLE CHARITY”
By Ike Señeres iseneres@yahoo.com 

Everyone agrees that there is a need to reduce the incidence of poverty (poverty reduction) and to lessen the sufferings of the poor (poverty alleviation). There are many charitable organizations that are implementing programs for poverty reduction or poverty alleviation or both, but there is always that problem of raising funds for the sustenance of these programs. In order to address this problem, the Inter-Charity Network (ICN) is looking into ways and means of raising funds for its partner organizations, to help them sustain their charitable works.

Everyone agrees that there is a need to reduce the incidence of poverty (poverty reduction) and to lessen the sufferings of the poor (poverty alleviation).

Traditionally, charitable organizations would often rely on donations in order to keep going, but donor fatigue would always get in the way, thus causing charitable works to run dry and to die out. Could there be an alternative to donations? The answer is yes, and that is to give supporters value in exchange for their money. That way, supporters are able to contribute to the raising of funds, without draining their own resources. Taking off from the successful idea of selling Girl Scout cookies for charity, ICN is now coming out with a line of basic commodities that will be sold by its partner organizations through their own members. The products will give value to the customers in exchange for their money, but at the same time, they will be helping their favorite charities in raising funds. This is in line with the 2 in 1 strategy that ICN is adopting in its fund raising programs.

Also following the 2 in 1 strategy, ICN will be collecting recyclables through the members of its partner organizations, in exchange for product coupons. The participating customers will get value in exchange for their recyclables, but at the same time, they will not only be able to help their favorite charities in raising funds, they will also be helping in reducing the volume of solid wastes. Also in line with the 2 in 1 strategy, ICN will be conducting market surveys through the members of its partner organizations, in exchange for product discounts. The participating customers will get value in exchange for their survey responses, while helping their favorite charities in fund raising.

Charity is as old as poverty. The problem of poverty may be the same from the beginning of time, but the passage of time has given us new ways of dealing with the old problems. (ESSAYS IN DEVELOPMENT SERIES- 18 March 2008)

 

 

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CORRUPTION IN BOXING

It’s Juan Manuel Marquez-Manny Pacquiao boxing title fight. Many Filipino and Mexican eyes and those of the rest of the world were glued on their TV tubes watching the two boxing gladiators proving who between them is the best and worthy to be called the “real champ”.

Manny Pacquiao is believed by millions to have an edge against Marquez. I see it, too! But you see, boxing as one of the oldest sports, has been marred by corruption. It would be possible that Marquez wins today, for Manny to make a final rematch later. And there’s a lot of money in lodging a second and final rematch, too!  Agree? Just letting all of you guys remember the clue from Coach Fredie Roach saying his “fear” of his Manny being “over-trained”.

Well, boxing’s image suffers from a long-running reputation for corruption. Criminal elements were attracted to the sport as boxing grew into a big-money business during the 20th century. In the past, boxers were often more vulnerable than other athletes to criminal influence because of the individualistic nature of the sport combined with the fact that many fighters grew up in poverty and will do almost anything to escape from that life. The scandals and ”fixes” have occurred at all levels of the sport, and for every documented instance there are many more suspected but often unproved. Examples of scandal-plagued fighters and organizations include Italian heavyweight Primo Carnera, whose sensational rise during the 1930s proceeded from fixed fights in which his opponents had been paid to lose (“take a dive”); the International Boxing Club, a major East Coast fight promoter that sometimes colluded with racketeers in the 1940s and 1950s; and boxing czar Paul John (“Frankie”) Carbo, a powerful boxing manager with ties to organized crime in the 1940s and 1950s, who was convicted of extortion in 1961.

Boxing’s image suffers from a long-running reputation for corruption. Criminal elements were attracted to the sport as boxing grew into a big-money business during the 20th century.

While corruption continues in boxing today, the fighter is almost always the innocent party. The governing bodies, which control the all-important rankings, are now the most likely sources of scandal. Robert Lee, the former president of the IBF, was banned from boxing for life and sent to prison in 2001 for accepting bribes from promoters. Many promoters sign multi-fight contracts with top fighters, functioning as managers without actually looking after the boxers’ best interests.

Despite some improvement in the sport’s image, boxing is still plagued by the presence of a rogue element. One of the most powerful figures in all of boxing since the 1970s is promoter Don King, a notorious figure who helped shape the careers of heavyweight champions Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson. King’s checkered legal past includes a manslaughter conviction, an acquittal for tax evasion and fraud, and numerous other criminal investigations. King’s boxing business dealings, while presumably legal, are equally problematic. He often controls all the principal figures in a major fight, in effect administering the title himself. His influence with governing bodies is legendary. Boxing’s aura of corruption is reinforced by the fact that most of the sport’s big-money title fights now take place in Nevada, where Marquez and Pacquiao hold their “first” rematch today. In Nevada, giant casinos can host big boxing event and simultaneously take in millions of dollars in bets on the outcome.

Anyway, don’t be nervous of my guess my friends! I must tell you, gambling now appears to have less direct influence on the sport called boxing than it did before! He…he…he… Kulbaan man dayon ka! Let’s all rally behind Pacquioa even if we lay our bets for Marquez! Ha…ha…ha… (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.35)

  

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Press Freedom
My Best Foot
By: Engr. Ric Tenorio

Ping and Jamby Show

The inter-faith Rally at Makati City could have been a great success until politicians started to grab the scene. Many participants walk out for losing faith.  “Where there are politicians, disaster is not far behind.”

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Nograles is new Lakas President. That makes JDV a mere fence-sitter, for being so outspoken he was outsmarted.  JDV should have lighted a candle than went on cursing the darkness.

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The Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) reports RP the most corrupt country in Asia. That’s no big news.  We have been as such for many years.  So what’s the big fuss?  It’s “Basag na plaka” Pare koy.

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The Regional Palario is set on March 24 in this City.  That’s why the PEO is a disturbed beehive, moving frenzy to meet the deadline. Well somebody tell Madam Belen that the city stands to benefit from this event.  Pledges of support are welcome but if none, it’s o.k., it’s a repeat story as the hospital where city residents get the lion share of the services.

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Siocon Vice Mayor Soriano is building a state of the art Municipal Hospital even if the province has a community Hospital out there. My due repect and appreciation to Mr. And Mrs. Ceasar Soriano for making Siocon the “Paradise” of the south.  Yet the Soriano’s where not aundacious as the Uys who pretended to have a helping heart for the sick and the needy (during elections only) constituents. Ewwwwwww….

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I was told that one avid supporters of Belen will, if possible, refrain from patronizing the ZN Medical Hospital. What!!! Please don’t fan the fire.  The hospital is for everybody.  Yes for all regardless of political color, gender and community standing.  Atbp.

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PGM Arroyo’s hold as president until 2010 is apparently indisputable.  The “Tama Na, Sobra Na, Alis na” war cry is losing steam. Thanks to power-hungry politicians, who made a fiasco of the People Power.  Now some of them are backtracking, searching for safer grounds.

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Imelda acquitted of 32 counts for dollar salting. Maybe the  court found out that the former F.L. of Marcos was salting fish instead of dollars.  Joke! Joke!  Joke!

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The Senate inquiry over the ZTE Broadband deal is becoming a pain in the ass.  Some call it a melodrama where Ping Lacson and Jamby Madrigal are getting the center-stage of the media mileage. If the TV has John and Marsha, the Senate has its brand of Ping and Jamby show too.  The latest melodrama to his town.  Naks!!!

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When Cory and Jun Lozada visited the Campus of U.S.T. trying to peddle for another round of people power in search for the truth, no less than the Rector, Fr. Roland de la Rosa rebuke their call saying that the EDSA I and EDSA II tore down institutions but did not build a new order. What a smack in their faces.  Everybody is complaining about the problem, yet no one is offering a solution.  Are Lozada and Cory solving the problem? Or part of the problem themselves.  Just asking.  Hehehehe. . . (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 22)

 

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