[In the news] Cancel large-scale mining, Aquino urged –

Cancel large-scale mining, Aquino urged By RIO ROSE RIBAYA December 30, 2011, mb.com.ph   MANILA, Philippines — A progressive group Friday dared President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to cancel large-scale mining and logging nationwide in a bid to ensure that deadly floods like the one caused by tropical storm “Sendong,” which killed more than a…

[From the web] Excess of freedom, impunity; Deficit of ethics, self-criticism « Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Excess of freedom, impunity; Deficit of ethics, self-criticism « Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. by Malou Mangahas December 12th, 2011, http://www.pcij.org   THE PHILIPPINE media community, one of the freest and most rambunctious in all of Asia, is an incredible, hopefully not incorrigible, story of dissonant currents and practices. For instance, while press freedom has…

[In the news] COA 2010 audit: P193-M for calamity victims unused, kept in bank – GMAnetwork.com

COA 2010 audit: P193-M for calamity victims unused, kept in bank December 30, 2011, GMAnetwork.com   Donations for calamity victims amounting to over P193-M accumulated in a deposit account in an Authorized Government Depository Bank (AGDB), according to the Commission on Audit (COA) annual audit report on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The…

[Isyung HR] The mokong year that was 2011

by Mokong The Mokong Perspective Let’s stop for a while, look back and listen mokongly to the stories of 2011 and we’ll see na maraming kamokongan took place that made our light moments satisfactorily, exemplary, extra ordinary and funny. I picked some of them based on my mokong  judgement. Here they are in no particular…

[In the news] Military dares communist rebels to extend ceasefire to entire 2012 | Sun.Star

Military dares communist rebels to extend ceasefire to entire 2012 | Sun.Star. By Ivy C. Tejano Thursday, December 29, 2011   THE Army’s 10th Infantry Division dared Thursday the National Democratic Front/Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (NDF/CPP/NPA) to declare ceasefire for the entire 2012. Brigade General Ricardo Rainer Cruz III, assistant division commander…

[In the news] Child protection groups formed in ‘Sendong’ evacuation centers – www.gmanetwork.com

Child protection groups formed in ‘Sendong’ evacuation centers December 30, 2011, GMAnetwork.com   Social welfare officials in the areas hit by tropical storm “Sendong” (international name: Washi) in Region 10 have organized a Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) to help children who were abandoned or injured in the incident. The Department of Social Welfare and…

[In the news] What Went Before: The NBN-ZTE deal – INQUIRER.net

What Went Before: The NBN-ZTE deal Philippine Daily Inquirer December 30th, 2011   On April 21, 2007, the government signed the $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with China’s ZTE Corp. The project, which called for the installation of a telecommunications network linking government offices throughout the country, was signed in China by then Communications…

[In the news] ‘Stop Xstrata-SMI at all cost’ – communist rebels – InterAksyon.com

‘Stop Xstrata-SMI at all cost’ – communist rebels December 29, 2011 InterAksyon.com   MANILA, Philippines – Communist rebels in southern Mindanao hinted of impending attacks on a controversial mining company in the hinterland borders of Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani and Davao del Sur, saying Xstrata-Sagittarius Mines Inc. should be stopped from continuing to operate…

[In the news] Arroyo charged before Sandiganbayan for NBN deal – InterAksyon.com

Arroyo charged before Sandiganbayan for NBN deal by Lorenz Niel Santos and Chichi Conde, InterAksyon.com | News5   MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft charges against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo over the allegedly anomalous $329-million national broadband network contract with China‘s ZTE Corp. before the Sandiganbayan. Malacanang welcomed the filing…