Thursday, December 13, 2012

Truth About Pills and Abortifacients

Stand up for life; No to RH Bill
Yesterday, the House of Representative passed on second reading the controversial RH Bill on a vote of 113-104.

One of the most contentious provisions of the bill is government subsidy on contraceptives, many of most are considered as abortifacients.

Below is an interesting Q & A regarding birth control pills, their abortifacient effects and long-term effects on a woman's body:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Batangas Solon Expresses Support for CJ Corona

Rep. Mandanas of Batangas
Disrespect and defiance to Supreme Court order strengthened Cebu school not to follow TRO.”

Chief Justice Renato Corona particularly cited the now infamous Facebook bikini case involving a Cebu school’s decision to ignore a TRO issued by a Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge allowing five (5) female students and parents from taking part in their high school graduation after their so-called “bikini photos” were uploaded in social networking site Facebook.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tiongson Should Be Cited for Contempt

Tiongson lied when she said she doesn't know Tupas
PS Bank Katipunan branch manager Annabelle Tiongson lied to the impeachment court when she declared under oath that she doesn't know lead prosecutor Niel Tupas, Jr.

Tiongson, like Tupas, hails from Iloilo. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada even emphasized that Tiongson's uncle who served as vice-governor, was a known political ally of the Tupases. When pressed by Estrada if Tiongson has met Tupas prior to her taking the witness stand, she answered in the negative. Estrada, unconvinced, simply gave an irritated grin.


Childsh Aguirre earned the ire of Sen. Defensor-Santiago
by Wilfred Avila

A quarter past two in the afternoon, the Senator-Judges filed into the Senate Hall to begin the 26th day of the longest impeachment trial ever. Well, to be precise, the only impeachment trial ever in Philippine historywith Senator-Judge Pia Cayetano leading the prayers for a wisdom filled afternoon. Twenty Senator-Judges were present for this hearing.

As the trial began, Minority Floor Leader Sen. Alan Cayetano stood first and said that he undertook some research related to immunity of Supreme Court Justices. He wanted the Senate, as a body, to further discuss the Supreme Court's resolution barring employees from testifying in the impeachment hearings and releasing of documents required in the deliberations. He further said that he prepared a legal study based on cases he researched. He ended by stating that this could be taken up in a caucus.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dear ABS-CBN Advertiser

In disservice to the Filipino
Dear ABS-CBN News Programs Advertiser:

I am a sensible and patriotic Filipino, and, as such, I am making the informed decision not to support companies that advertise on any news and public affairs programs of ABS-CBN network, which include ANC. I feel that you have the right to know why you may be losing my business.

The hosts, news anchors and reporters on ABS-CBN public affairs and news programs are notoriously partisan and biased. At times, it can even be considered offensive and prejudicial. While ABS-CBN network slogan may be “In service to the Filipino,” their reporting is anything but. The truth is that ABS-CBN news and public affairs programs are helping to further the political and economical divide amongst the Filipinos by shamelessly editorializing news in favor of one political group.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Chief Justice Corona Fights Back

SC Chief Justice Corona dares Noynoy Aquino
CJ Renato C. Corona
17 February 2012

I am calling on our President not to meddle, pre-empt and influence the Senate Impeachment Court. There is a process to these impeachment proceedings, and that is written in our Constitution and the Rules of the Senate.

Wasn't it you who chose this step and brought it to the Senate? Let us not allow this hearing to go far from the Impeachment Court and use media to judge me. Let us allow the case to move forward based on the Rule of Law and its rightful process. As you once said, "it is best if we all watch and keep silent first."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Vote on SC TRO Draws the Line

PS Bank's petition for TRO on FCDU was granted by SC
Last February 9, 2012, the Supreme Court en banc decide to grant PS Bank's petition for temporary restraining order (TRO) on the public disclosure of Chief Justice Corona's dollar accounts with the bank.

The issuance of TRO triggered a debate among senator-judges on whether the Supreme Court can exercise its innate power to do judicial review on matters being discussed by the impeachment court.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Onslaught of Democratic Institutions

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
The fools at the Palace shifted full gear its attack on our democratic institutions. After prostituting and undermining the independence of the House of Representative and besmirching the Supreme Court, the path of destruction of democratic institutions now points to the Senate.

And the specific target of the onslaught - Senate President himself, Juan Ponce Enrile.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bank on this - Osmena Makes No Sense

Senator Osmena
Day 14 of the Corona impeachment hearing included the testimony of PS Bank president Pascual Garcia III on the subpoenaed alleged deposit accounts of the chief justice.

The bank president was asked by the impeachment court to present documents pertaining to 10 deposit accounts. However, Garcia came with information on five of the accounts. Apparently, the other five are foreign currency deposit accounts.

Garcia explained that there are two laws that separately govern peso and foreign currency deposit accounts, with the latter being more stringent when it comes to confidentiality.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Changing Winds; Changing Views

The Times They Are A-Changin'
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

DAY 11 - IMPEACHMENT TRIAL - February 2, 2012

by Wilfred Avila

Day 11 of Corona impeachment
What a day this has been.

I'll put the end of this post right here at the beginning. It was dud for the Prosecution! Having established that, let's move on!

The trial began at 2:04 pm. It began with the sun shining so brightly outside the Senate building and the air was totally humid. The Prosecution must have felt the heat enveloping them.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

PALEA Takes Case to USTR

PALEA picket line
Philippine Airlines Employees' Association (PALEA) scored the Aquino government at a hearing of the United States Trade Representative Office in Washington DC. At the said hearing, PALEA officers faced-off with Labor Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz.

PALEA charged that the Aquino government "has abused its power to assume jurisdiction of strikes thereby curtailing workers’ rights to freely organize and bargain collectively."

Below is PALEA's press statement:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

TanDem's Statement on Corona Impeachment

Tanggulang Demokrasya
There's been a growing number of organizations voicing out their opposition against the railroaded impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. Among these organizations is Tanggulang Demokrasya or TanDem.

TanDem is a network of different people's organizations and Netizens. It has been on the forefront of unearthing the cheating and manipulations done in the country's first automated election system.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

UGAT - Taking Roots; Breaking Grounds

UGAT was formed by various online groups
Below is the official statement of UGAT (Unified Groups for the Advancement fof Truth) on the Corona impeachment.

UGAT is composed of Netizens from various Facebook groups and online communities and forums.

Many of UGAT's members are veterans of the cyber rally that was launched late last year on the occasion of Noynoy Aquino's online interview. On that day they "occupied" various Facebook pages including Aquino's official page. Last Friday, many of the went out of their comfort zone to personally express their support for Chief Justice Corona.
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