Friday, June 29, 2007
PDI Editorial 2007.06.29...
"Three-term congressman and Team Unity senatorial candidate Juan
Miguel Zubiri says he does not cheat in elections. That doesn’t mean,
however, that he will not benefit from election fraud. Consider the
vote in the southern province of Maguindanao.
On May 16, Mindanews reported that, “as expected,” Team Unity had
swept the Maguindanao elections. With about 73 percent of the precincts
canvassed at the provincial capitol, Gov. Luis Singson of the northern
province of Ilocos Sur was said to lead the administration slate’s 12-0
charge. Since then, Team Unity spokesmen have pointed to that sweeping
victory, since completed, as a vindication of their machinery-based,
When the Commission on Elections (Comelec), in a most unusual step,
convened a special provincial board of canvassers to re-canvass the
municipal certificates of canvass (COCs) of Maguindanao’s 22 towns this
week (using the second copy, because all the first copies were
allegedly stolen while under the custody of provincial election
supervisor Lintang Bedol), Singson fell from grace. Zubiri, who is
fighting for the last Senate seat against Genuine Opposition candidate
Aquilino Pimentel III, emerged as the top vote-getter.
Coincidence? You decide.
Opposition lawyers charge that the Maguindanao municipal COCs were
manufactured, and thus should be invalidated; is it only happenstance
that the one administration candidate who will benefit from a big
victory in Maguindanao gets that victory, with exactly the right
margin, during the re-canvass?"
Posted at 10:55 am by LeroyBrown
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Guimaras governor, Greenpeace piqued by ‘inaction’
40,000 folk now affected
governor of Guimaras province and the international environmental group
Greenpeace on Monday vented their frustration over what they perceived
to be a lack of commitment and immediacy from the national government
and Petron Corporation to what is now acknowledged to be the worst oil
spill in Philippine history.
Petron spokeswoman Virginia Ruivivar said the firm “has engaged a
foreign contractor who will arrive later this week to survey the vessel
and tell us what our options are."
"As of now I can't say when the contractor will arrive but it will
be within the week," Ruivivar said, adding she could not confirm from
what country the contractor was hired although local media on Monday
said Petron had hired a Singaporean firm.
In a statement released from Guimaras, Greenpeace said Governor
Joaquin Nava, at a joint press conference with the environmental group
at Taklong marine reserve, disclosed that the residents of his province
affected by the oil slick had risen to 40,000 and “expressed
frustration for the absence of commitment from the national government
and Petron” to cleaning up the devastation.
Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaign director Von Hernandez also
criticized a Petron program that pays residents of affected communities
to help in the cleanup, accusing the oil firm of “just making them
janitors for the oil spill.”
"We reiterate our demand for Petron to immediately raise the ship
out of the seabed or pump out remaining oil from its tanks. Unless this
is quickly dealt with, there looms the prospect of a bigger
catastrophe," Hernandez said, noting that 1.9 million liters still
remained in the tanks of the Solar I, which sank August 11.
But Ruivivar said it is too early to say whether the tanker will be
lifted from the seabed or whether the remaining oil will be siphoned
Ruivivar said the salvage team contracted by Petron will survey the
tanker using sonar equipment to assess the extent of the damage.
"From what we do know only one of the tanker's 10 compartments has
been leaking oil. That leak has now stopped and the tail of the slick
is now some 10 kilometers (six miles) from where the tanker went down,"
Greenpeace also urged the government to conduct a wider impact
assessment not just in Guimaras but also the neighboring provinces of
Iloilo and Negros Occidental.
Aside from the cleanup, Greenpeace said the government “must also
hold Petron accountable for the long-term rehabilitation of the
affected marine sanctuaries, mangrove areas, reefs and coastal
"The impacts of this oil spill on the environment will linger for
years, even decades. The government must learn from this disaster and
put in place policies that protect the marine environment and millions
of Filipinos who rely on them for food and livelihood," said
Crewmembers of the Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza, which is on a
Philippine visit and sailed for Guimaras to join the cleanup efforts,
and marine experts from the University of the Philippines-Visayas (UPV)
set up booms at the most critical areas of the Taklong reserve.
The booms, made of bamboo, rice straw and sacks, were made by UPV as
prototypes for communities that can use the indigenous and
biodegradable materials to stem the spread of the oil slick, Greenpeace
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Posted at 11:01 am by LeroyBrown
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)...
AFP admits: We seized Estrada supporters
Ermita at first denied ‘Gestapo-like’ arrest
from, of course, de Quiros:
... I applaud the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
in this respect for demanding so, saying the government must be held
accountable for these deaths, whether or not policemen and soldiers
were responsible for them. The government has the duty to protect the
rights of the citizens, chief of those rights being the citizens’ right
to continue breathing...
This is a case where John Donne’s words, “Ask
not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee,” can be taken
literally. The day we keep silent in the face of this evil is the day
we dig a hole for democracy. The day we turn away from the spectacle of
this evil is the day we roll out the welcome mat for tyranny. The day
we agree to people being murdered wantonly in the belief that “they are
not us and it will never happen to us” is the day we make certain that
it will happen to us. All it takes for the Nazis to annihilate the
world was to agree that they annihilate the Jews. Or as we chanted like
a mantra during Marcos’ time, all it takes for evil to triumph is for
good men to do nothing.
The madness has gone on long enough. When are we going to get angry at it?..
Posted at 12:42 pm by LeroyBrown
Friday, May 19, 2006
Posted at 12:54 pm by LeroyBrown
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Ivan vHS... January 5, 2006 to May 2, 2006...
my cousin who,
at 21 and clueless, will be married by July because she does not want
the kid in her womb to be born illegitimate... rank stupidity...
Posted at 09:48 am by LeroyBrown
Monday, April 10, 2006
Posted at 03:37 pm by LeroyBrown
Monday, March 27, 2006
Posted at 01:51 pm by LeroyBrown
Friday, March 24, 2006
ikaw: i met someone and kami na... hehe... things happened (or are happening) really fast but i'm really happy...
nung kausap ko yung kaibigan mo, kami na nung time na yun eh... i got a
really good one (single, no kids, mature, very very stable) this
time... tapos cute pa... i just hope i won't get my heart broken
again... i might go to vegas with him next weekend... buti na lang
talaga wala na ako diyan...
ikaw: i so love
him which is why i was able to forgive you na...but i still dont want
to be friends with you... so please dont respond to this anymore..
ako: hehehe di ko naman kelangan ng forgiveness mo ah hehehe...
Posted at 03:19 pm by LeroyBrown
let me see... 4th car accident for the year... tsk...
what gets my goat, though, with yesterday's mishap is that I should not
have even been where I was hit... but I was there and the sad
thing is that it was all for nothing... too hell with sacrifices and
trying to make schedules work when these are just waived off with
careless "pasok nalang kami, sabi niya"... makes one feel chopped liver trivial... @$#@!%$#!#!@@!!
Posted at 09:50 am by LeroyBrown
Thursday, March 23, 2006
when will they ever learn?..
"... What kills the best and brightest in this country are not moments of bravado, it is moments of silence. Hard as it is to find the wit to graduate with honors, even harder to find the will to live honorably." - de Quiros
Posted at 09:49 am by LeroyBrown
"Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
- Dylan Thomas