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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, command-vote strategy.

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?"

shameless, eh?

Posted at 10:55 am by LeroyBrown
 

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
screw Petron...

Guimaras governor, Greenpeace piqued by ‘inaction’

40,000 folk now affected

By Nonoy Espina
INQ7.net, Agence France-Presse
Last updated 05:06pm (Mla time) 08/21/2006

THE 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 off.

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," she said.

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 ecosystems.”

"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
Hernandez.

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 said.



Copyright 2006 INQ7.net, Agence France-Presse. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Posted at 11:01 am by LeroyBrown
 

Thursday, May 25, 2006
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)...

www.inq7.net headline:

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
me...


Posted at 12:54 pm by LeroyBrown
 

Tuesday, May 02, 2006
inevitable...

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
artsy fartsy...







 

Posted at 03:37 pm by LeroyBrown
 

Monday, March 27, 2006
gilleted...


Posted at 01:51 pm by LeroyBrown
 

Friday, March 24, 2006
wow, man, bomolabs...

ikaw: i met someone and kami na... hehe... things happened (or are happening) really fast but i'm really happy...
ikaw: actually 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.. thanks... goodbye...
ako: hehehe di ko naman kelangan ng forgiveness mo ah hehehe...


Posted at 03:19 pm by LeroyBrown
 

lucked out...

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
 

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