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Seeing beyond the hypocrisy

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas There is an unwritten code among PR practitioners that when you are in the losing end of a controversy, you explain your side once and try to keep your mouth shut. Like being caught in a quicksand, the more you move or, in this case, the more you talk, the deeper you’ll sink in the hole. Either the Read More …

PNoy turns emotional, says Filipino worth fighting for

PNoy delivers his 5th SONA. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his fifth State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives on Monday, July 28. Joe Galvez

By ANDREO CALONZO GMA News  (Updated 7:08 p.m.) Faced with mounting criticism and eroding approval ratings, President Benigno Aquino III on Monday turned emotional in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA). Towards the last part of his SONA, Aquino’s voice broke and he appeared close to tears while recalling the memory of his parents, slain Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and the Read More …

SONA EXAGGERATES GAINS TO DIVERT FROM REAL ECONOMIC WOES

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MEDIA RELEASE / 29 July 2014 IBON Foundation ∙ 114 Timog Avenue, Quezon City Philippines 1103 Phone: (632) 927-6986/927-7060 to 61 ∙ Fax: 929-2496 ∙ media@ibon.org ∙ http://www.ibon.org Reference: Mr Sonny Africa (IBON executive director) SONA EXAGGERATES GAINS TO DIVERT FROM REAL ECONOMIC WOES, DECLINING CREDIBILITY The president’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) appears to have been designed to arrest the administration’s declining credibility Read More …

Ratings

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano Many public officials will say publicly that they are not serving for the ratings, results of regular surveys measuring people’s sentiments about trust and performance. They will say that they will do what is right more than what is popular. Yes, most of them will say that. Privately, though, ratings come across with much more importance than publicly admitted. And Read More …

Treachery and Blackmail

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By Erick San Juan Former DILG Sec. Rafael Alunan III shared in his Facebook account a game changer article of Ms. Yun Sun, a fellow with East Asia Program at Stimson Center entitled, ‘China’s New Calculation in SCS.’ She claimed that China’s unilateral actions in asserting it’s claims in South China Sea have driven regional tensions to a new high. Sun said that China’s well Read More …

China Sends Uninvited Spy Ship to RIMPAC

Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy electronic surveillance ship Beijixing (pennant number 851). A ship of this class is currently off the coast of Oahu, monitoring RIMPAC 2014.

By Sam LaGrone USNI News China slipped an uninvited guest into the world’s largest naval exercise. The U.S. invited four ships from China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise — a move that was hailed as a sign of improved military-to-military relations between the two countries. But China also sent an electronic surveillance ship designed to monitor signals Read More …

Fingerpointing: Which is Which

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By Erick San Juan While watching tv last week, CNN reported that another Malaysian Airlines plane crashed. I was puzzled and kept on thinking as to what bad luck struck the Malaysian Airlines that it’s planes would end up in tragedy. Both MH370, the jet that disappeared at the Indian Ocean vicinity and the MH17 are Boeing 777. But talking through experience, as a frequent Read More …

Massive blow for Putin as Hague gives landmark judgment against Moscow

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By Kounteya Sinha, TNN  Times of India LONDON: In a massive blow to Russian president Vladimir Putin, share holders of the defunct oil giant Yukos have won a decade-long court battle against Moscow with a Hague tribunal ruling that the Russian state had sought to bankrupt the company, appropriate its assets and prevent its owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky from entering politics. The international arbitration panel ordered Read More …