Pens vs pork: People’s Initiative puts dead end to Aquino’s ‘Daang Matuwid

Tens of thousands returned to Luneta Park today to kick off the Luzon leg of the petition for a People’s Initiative bill to abolish the pork barrel system, a year after the mammoth “Million People March” demonstration against widespread corruption in government. Today’s gathering brings to the fore two main positives for the country’s history: […]

Derailment and Congestion: New Indicators of Progress (Part 1 of 2 )

By Bernadine Racoma as originally posted at Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles. Just like the brow-raising 2013 statement on traffic congestion being a sign of a booming economy, the presidential communications/spinmeisters group is once more playing a heavy spin on congested ports. Yes, they’re saying it’s also a sign of an improving economy. We don’t […]

Defending DILG’s Php 14 Billion DAP

by Dean de la Paz, as originally posted on Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles In the ever-worsening controversy involving the misuse of our hard-earned taxes and its wholesale and unauthorized re-channeling into fodder and feed for political patronage, it is now evident that the feeding and fattening goes well beyond the pork-barrel fed legislature and […]

Deceptive PPP claims in SONA

by Arnold Padilla, as originally posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles. Infrastructure development through public-private partnership (PPP) was among the highlights of President Aquino’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). Thanks to good governance, we no longer need to offer perks for investors to build our infrastructure needs, said the President. Thanks to good […]

State of Our Nation

by Jego Ragragio as originally posted at Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles This is the story of everything else that happened before, during, and after the State of the Nation Address, or SONA for brevity. It begins with a major network running an online poll. This poll did not ask what the people expected or […]

SONA 2014: A shaken regime

by Arnold Padilla as originally posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles   All the previous issues that faced the Aquino presidency are like relentless jabs pounding its body, and the pork barrel and DAP are like powerful blows straight to the head of the regime.  Since his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) in […]

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Denying the obvious — Hello Kitty is not a cat?

By now, almost every news-reading online denizen should already be familiar with the viral “Hello Kitty is not a cat” article from the LA Times. The world was shocked. Twitter and Facebook were burning with discussions and lamentations. It was as if the Pope was revealed to be Muslim. The reactions were even stronger than […]

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Pens vs pork: People’s Initiative puts dead end to Aquino’s ‘Daang Matuwid

Tens of thousands returned to Luneta Park today to kick off the Luzon leg of the petition for a People’s Initiative bill to abolish the pork barrel system, a year after the mammoth “Million People March” demonstration against widespread corruption in government. Today’s gathering brings to the fore two main positives for the country’s history: […]

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Derailment and Congestion: New Indicators of Progress (Part 2 of 2 )

By Bernadine Racoma, as originally posted at Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles Continued from Part 1 Bad Congestion Bad traffic in the country’s main cities is a given so we won’t be emphasizing it any further. We’d just highlight the Palace PR Team’s spin on congested ports, as recycled from the bad-traffic-equals-booming-economy Aquino said last […]

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Derailment and Congestion: New Indicators of Progress (Part 1 of 2 )

By Bernadine Racoma as originally posted at Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles. Just like the brow-raising 2013 statement on traffic congestion being a sign of a booming economy, the presidential communications/spinmeisters group is once more playing a heavy spin on congested ports. Yes, they’re saying it’s also a sign of an improving economy. We don’t […]

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Metro-wide noise barrage protests set tomorrow, August 15 vs BS tyranny, DAP

Youth and student groups, government employees, teachers, health workers, church workers and anti-pork groups will hold a metro-wide noise barrage protest against Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and charter change tomorrow, August 15. Government employees from the Supreme Court, Department of Agriculture, Lung Center, National Housing University and Sandiganbayan will hold lunchtime noise barrage protests […]

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Who is this diplomat ? Bad behavior at closing time

(Via Inquirer) We are big believers of The Waiter Rule – that you can see a person’s true character by the way they treat people in the service industry – so were horrified to hear about an ugly incident in a bar lounge at a five-star hotel in Makati. At around 3 a.m., a server […]

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For a change…in strategy? Aquino, allies treading the same path but with a new style

by Bernadine Racoma, as originally published on Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles. This piece would seem too late for the SONA discussion but the delay is intentional. We wanted to wait for a few days to see the different reactions to the rather unexpected tone in President Aquino’s SONA. It seems the wait’s worth it, […]

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Deceptive PPP claims in SONA

by Arnold Padilla, as originally posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles. Infrastructure development through public-private partnership (PPP) was among the highlights of President Aquino’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). Thanks to good governance, we no longer need to offer perks for investors to build our infrastructure needs, said the President. Thanks to good […]

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State of Our Nation

by Jego Ragragio as originally posted at Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles This is the story of everything else that happened before, during, and after the State of the Nation Address, or SONA for brevity. It begins with a major network running an online poll. This poll did not ask what the people expected or […]

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SONA 2014: A shaken regime

by Arnold Padilla as originally posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles   All the previous issues that faced the Aquino presidency are like relentless jabs pounding its body, and the pork barrel and DAP are like powerful blows straight to the head of the regime.  Since his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) in […]

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Free eBook download in support of World Breastfeeding Week

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: FREE DOWNLOAD starts August 1, Pacific time. That’s around 4 PM Manila time. Inspirational author and breastfeeding advocate Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag makes her newly-released eBook BREASTFEEDING: A Journey Worth Taking available for free download on Amazon Kindle from August 1–3, 2014. The author features stories of triumph over breastfeeding challenges by moms from […]

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SONA speech: DAP, lies and croc tears #SONA2014

By Vencer Crisostomo, as originally posted on Blog Watch, Philippine Online Chronicles President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino III turned to lies, drama and crocodile tears and “paawa effect” in his State of the Nation Address 2014 to defend his unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). It showed the sorry State of Noynoy Aquino: a corrupt presidency, […]

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