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    Mga salamisim*

    July 13th, 2018

    SINABI ng Bangko Sentral kamakailan na mas marami pa rin daw na Pilipino na walang savings account sa bangko. Papaano naman mag iimpok ang tao…eh, walang i-iimpok sa hirap ng buhay? Dapat kumilos ang pamahalaan, katulong ang taong bayan at mga organisadong sektor para mabago ang ganitong siste, kung saan ang mayayaman lamang ang yumayaman at ang mahihirap ay lalong nababaon sa hirap.

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    Hindi ko alam kung napapansin ninyo kung papaano tayo ginugulangan ng mga bangko? Alam ba ninyo na kapag nagdedeposito tayo ng pera sa bangko ay nagpapautang tayo sa kanila ng puhunan? Opo, ito ang dahilan kaya may interes ang ating deposito, pero napansin ba ninyo kung gaano kaliit ang interes na kinikita ng pera natin?

    Ngayon kapag tayo ang umutang sa bangko, napansin din ba ninyo kung gaano kalaki ang interes na ipinapatong nila sa utang nation? Yan ang tinatawag na gulang. Harap-harapan tayong ginugulangan, kaya kung ako sa inyo limitahan lang ang pagdedeposito at mas gamitin o ipuhunan ang perang hawak sa mga kooperatiba.

    Ang mga executive ng mga bangko, sabi ng isang kilala ko, ay mga dorobo na naka-Amerikana.

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    Nambobola na naman si Rodrigo Duterte kamakailan sa pagsasabing ibig niyang putulin ang haba ng kanyang termino bilang pangulo at gawin itong co-terminus sa paguumpisa nang pagsusulat sa bagong saligang batas. Sinabi pa niya na dapat daw maghalal tayo ng bagong presidente para may bagong pinuno sa pagpasok ng bagong saligang batas.

    Alam naman niyang hindi puwede yun dahil kung sakaling magresign o mawala siya sa poder ay automatic na uupo si Vice President Leni Robredo. Hindi rin puwedeng bawasan o iklian ang termino ng pangulo dahil nasa Saligang Batas ito.

    Malinaw na bola lamang ang pinagsasabi niya, kaya ewan ko kung bakit marami pa rin siyang napaniniwala sa mga joke niya.

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    Ang panukalang pederalismo ay lalo lamang magpapalakas sa mga warlord at political dynasties sa ating bansa. Lalo lamang nitong hahatiin ang bayan sa panahon na naghahagilap pa tayo ng ating kaakuhan o national identity.

    Sana ay suriin ninyo munang mabuti ang panukalang ito at ang konteksto’t lagay ng ating kaakuhan bago magpahayag ng suporta sa paurong na panukalang ito.

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    Sa palagay ng Usaping Bayan walang masama na kilalanin ang civil union ng mga gays dahil may karapatan naman silang lumigaya at maging legally secure sa pagmamahalang nadarama. Gayun man ay hindi nila dapat ipilit na sila’y kasalin sa mga simbahan, lalo na’t doon sa mga hindi tanggap ang pagkakasal sa dalawang tao na may parehong kasarian. Ito ay bilang respeto sa doktrina ng kanilang mga mananampalataya.

    Para pa rin sa maraming simbahan sa ngayon, ang kasal ay eksklusibo lamang sa babae’t lalaki.

    Gayun man ay naniniwala ang Usaping Bayan na puwede at dapat basbasan ang relasyon ng mga gay. Kung nagagawa nga na basbasan ang bahay, patay o ang mga hayop; hindi ba mas marapat lamang na, “short of marriage,” ay basbasan din ang ganitong uri ng relasyo’t pagmamahalan.

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    Sayang*

    July 11th, 2018

    MAGANDA ang sinimulan sa school year na ito ng Lungsod Quezon na pagbabawal sa pagtitinda ng junk food sa kantina ng mga pribado at pampublikong paaralan, mula elementarya hanggang high school, dangan kasi nagiging problema na natin ang obesity o walang kontrol na paglobo ng katawan ng mga kabataan na nauuwi sa maraming uri ng sakit sa kanilang pagtanda.

    Ayon sa Ordinansa Blg. 2579-2017, ang mga sumusunod ay hindi na maaring ilako sa mga kantina – mga pagkain na hindi likas, mga synthetic o artificial, mga sitsirya tulad ng instant noodles, chips, chicharon, hotdog, sausage, burger patties, chicken nuggets, tocino, tapa, corned beef, bacon, longganisa, nilagang itlog ng quail, jelly, slushes, ice cream, ice drop, ice candy, cakes, donut, bicho-bicho, matamis na biscuit, bread pan at iba pang katulad na tinapay, tsokolate, chewing gum, candy, marshmallow, lollipop, yema, french fries, shing-a-ling, fishball, kikiam, tokneneng, squidball, calamaris, chicken skin, banana cue, camote cue, maruya, pilipit, karioka, at turon.

    Bawal din ang mga pagkain na walang sustansya pero mataas sa calories tulad ng mga power drinks; mga pagkain na matamis, maalat, mataba, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, vitamin water, sport water, cultured milk, sports drink, flavored mineral water, electrolyte drinks, sweetened milk, yogurt, inuming tsokolate, sweetened iced tea, lemonada at iba pang kahalintulad na inumin, powered juice drinks, palamig tulad ng shake at fruit punches, mga inumin na may caffeine at mga processed vegetable drinks.

    Bagamat hindi sangayon ang Usaping Bayan sa kabuuan ng listahan na ito, ay malinaw na maganda ang layunin ng umakda ng Ordinansa. Tama na ipagbawal yung mga matatamis na pagkain at inumin o yung sugary food and drinks dahil ang asukal, na nagpapatamis sa mga pagkain at inumin, ang ugat ng maraming sakit tulad ng hypertension o pagtaas ng presyun ng dugo, sakit sa puso, diabetes at cancer.

    Pero parang salat sa pagreresearch ang umakda sa Ordinansa dahil ang mga pagkain na inilista bilang karapat-dapat sa mga kantina, karamihan ay carbohydrates na kapag kinain ay nagiging asukal din sa loob ng katawan.

    Pansinin ang mga sumusunod na rekomendasyon: kanin, mais, oatmeal, pandesal na gawa sa trigo o wheat, biscuit na walang paloob, mga iba’t ibang uri ng tinapay na walang palaman at hindi matamis, pancake na walang syrup, unflavored popcorn, cheese waffle, kamote, patatas, suman, puto, bibingka, kutsinta, sapin sapin, biko, palitaw, nilupak, maja, ginataang bilo-bilo, ginataang malagkit, saba con yelo, sotanghon, spaghetti, lasagna, baked macaroni, carbonara, pancit canton, miki, lomi, arroz caldo, lugaw, goto, macaroni, sopas, misua na may meatball, pritong lumpiang toge at lumpiang ubod, gisadong gulay, mga shellfish, alamang, karne na walang taba, manor na walang balat, nilagang itlog, gulay na berde at dilaw, prutas, tubig at mga tunay na katas ng prutas.

    Sana ay inaral mabuti ito. May palagay ang Usaping Bayan na sinundan ng gumawa ng ordinansa ang lumang food pyramid na matagal ng napatunayan na mali. Sayang….

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    Manila City government asked to enforce ban on mercury contaminated beauty products

    July 9th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    Manila City Hall. Photo © https://en.wikipedia.org

    AN environmentalist group on Sunday asked Manila City government to take action against retailers of mercury-laced skin whitening products due to the imminent danger or injury they pose to consumers.

    The EcoWaste Coalition made the plea after its members were able to two brands of imported skin lightening creams from China that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had banned in 2010 and 2015 respectively.

    “We call upon the local government, health and police authorities of the City of Manila to go after unscrupulous retailers of banned cosmetics contaminated with mercury, a chemical that is highly hazardous to health and the environment,” said EcoWaste Chemical Safety Campaigner Thony Dizon.

    The FDA had earlier requested local government units and law enforcement agencies “to ensure that these products are not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction.”

    Image © aliexpress.com

    In test buys Saturday, EcoWaste activists found out how easy to buy Jiaoli Miraculous Cream and S’Zitang 10 Days Eliminating Freckle Day & Night Set from stalls selling beauty products and herbal food supplements at a shopping mall in Recto Avenue, Quiapo, Manila.

    With the help of a handheld X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometer, the group detected 2,077 parts per million (ppm) in the day cream of the Jiaoli product and 311 ppm in its night cream. For the S’Zitang product, the day cream had 2,879 ppm of mercury and the night cream had 1,566 ppm.

    Mercury is not allowed as an ingredient in cosmetic product formulations under the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive, which has also set 1 ppm as the maximum trace amount limit for mercury in cosmetics.

    According to FDA Advisory 2010-002 banning Jiaoli, “cosmetic products containing such impurities/contaminants that are way beyond the allowable limit clearly pose imminent danger or injury to the consuming public.”

    Image © ecrater.com

    First banned in 2015 through FDA Advisory 2015-025, the FDA reiterated the ban on S’Zitang with the issuance of FDA Advisory 2018-183 last May 29.

    According to the FDA, “adverse health effects brought about by highly toxic mercury in cosmetic products include kidney damage, skin rashes, skin discoloration and scarring. Chronic use reduces the skin’s normal resistance against bacterial and fungal infections.”

    “Other effects include anxiety, depression or psychosis and peripheral neuropathy,” the FDA said.

    It also warned that “the transfer of mercury to fetuses of pregnant women may manifest as neurodevelopmental deficits later in life.”

    The EcoWaste Coalition said that skin lightening creams and soaps with mercury content above 1 ppm are subject to phase-out by 2020 under the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which the Philippines signed in 2013.

     

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    Confraternitas Justitiae, A Primer*

    July 6th, 2018

    THE founding of Confraternitas Justitiae was a response to the clamor of Adamson Law School students for a fraternal organization that would address the legal, cultural, political and social issues within the Adamson Law school campus in particular and Philippine society in general.

    On July 5, 1993 at the front lawn of the historic National Press Club of the Philippines building in Intramuros, Manila this humble writer as founder, with CJ’s first founding brothers – Rolando Calara, Mario Cleto Claris, Lyndon John De Leon, Santiago Escape Jr., Jose Gutierrez Jr. and Romencio Lagrimas; agreed to form a new fraternal society that will address the need for an organization that will address the legal, cultural, political and social issues within and without the campus.

    During that meeting, it was also unanimously decided to adopt the Filipino version of Humanism (Tunay na Pagpapakatao) and Nationalism as the society’s guiding principles.

    Humanism or TPP because Confraternitas Justitiae believes that it is the responsibility of all good citizens to maintain a democratic and free society. Besides no one lives and dies for thy self alone (Walang sino man ang nabubuhay at namamatay ng para sa sarili lamang).

    It was also affirmed during that meeting that a just and democratic society could be established and better protected if the people have a correct appreciation of the relationship among and between living and non-living matter. As members of CJ, it is required of us to be part of this quest for a better appreciation of human relationships. This is CJ’s indispensable quest for truth and justice.

    Nationalism because Confraternitas Justitiae believes that foreign domination of our national resources is simply anti-Filipino.

    Being a humanist and nationalist are for us the concrete proofs of our service to God and country.

    Initially and for quite sometime thereafter, the society was called The Knights of the Fraternal Order of Justice thus its Knights moniker became the customary name of the association, even after its official name was officially changed to Confraternitas Justitiae.

    Confraternitas Justitiae is not a religious organization although it was inspired by the parable of the Good Samaritan found in the Gospel of Luke. It is not a charitable institution although it is not averse in doing charitable work.

    Confraternitas Justitiae is a partisan for issues concerning the welfare of the majority of law students in particular and the poor, deprived and oppressed people in society in general and the environment as a whole using Humanism and Nationalism as basis of its partisanship.

    Confraternitas Justitiae is open in working with other organizations espousing similar views.

    Confraternitas Justitiae is not a reformatory body. It accepts only good people in its ranks to make them better.

    Confraternitas Justitiae is not a tutoring organization although it is more than willing to help everyone, most especially its brothers and sisters in their academic needs.

    Confraternitas Justitiae is not a social club although its open fellowships are most often times legendary and memorable. Since the establishment of Confraternitas Justitiae it produced legal enthusiasts with caliber and dedication to the profession guided by the principles they learned from it.

    Confraternitas Justitiae is what it is today (and you are reading this pamphlet) because of the willingness of all brothers, sisters and friends who have gone this way before us to sacrifice their time and resources for our honorable organization’s cause and well being.

    Confraternitas Justitiae is everything you have not envisioned. It is a legend and a different experience in its own right.

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    The Fourth of July

    July 4th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores

    NBC’s “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” in 2017. (Craig Blankenhorn/NBC)

    THE Fourth of July is a very important holiday in the United States, probably more important than Christmas and definitely much more observed than Holy Week, as it is when its independence from the British crown came into being.

    The 4th of July  became a federal holiday in 1941 although it has been celebrated since the 18th century.

    According to the History Channel, on July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies – Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia – adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

    From that day on in 1776 to the present day, July 4 has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. The celebration is usually marked with festivities ranging from fireworks display, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues like what is done during Thanksgiving which is another important holiday here in the US.

    It is interesting to note that the struggle to become independent was not on the mind of all colonists when the rebellion against Great Britain initially broke out in 1775. In fact those who desire to become independent were labeled radicals by their fellows.

    It was only on the following year or in 1776 that the idea of becoming independent gained ground among the colonists, thanks to writers like Thomas Paine who beautifully expressed revolutionary sentiment in his now famous pamphlet “Common Sense.”

    On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence.

    Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee — including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York — to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.

    On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained but later voted affirmatively).

    On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

    But that is not to be, for it was on July 4th, that the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson, though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd. From then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.

    This issue is why John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest.
    Curiously, Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826—the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

    Another curious bit of information related to our topic is that there was a time from 1946 until the early 60’s when the Philippines celebrate its independence day also on the Fourth of July. This is so because our American colonizers granted our independence on July 4, 1946 pursuant to the provisions of the Tydings McDuffe law.

    Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal changed the date of our country’s independence from July 4 to June 12 in 1962 as a consuelo de bobo to the nationalist segment of the population for he eagerly overturned the nationalist policies of his predecessor Pres. Carlos P. Garcia.

    Since Macapagal took office, the Philippine economy, which was second only to Japan until prior to the Macapagal administration, went downhill to the point that the Philippines came to be known as the sick man of Asia.

     

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    Ang Kapatiran*

    July 4th, 2018

    BUKAS ay ang ika-25 taon na pagkatatag ng Confraternitas Justitiae, dating Knights of the Fraternal Order of Justice, isang progresibong Kapatiran ng mga mag-aaral ng batas sa Adamson University.

    Naalala ko pa kung sino-sino ang mga dumalo sa pulong ng gabing iyon sa harap ng National Press Club.

    Nagharap-harap kami nina Kapatid na Rolando Calara, Mario Cleto Claris, Lyndon John De Leon, Santiago Escape Jr., Jose “King Gutierrez, Romencio Lagrimas, at kasama ang ilang bote ng SMB at pulutan ay pormal na itinindig namin ang Kapatiran noong gabi na iyon, ika-5 ng Hulyo, 1993.

    Bago ko nakumbinsi ang magiting na anim na bigyan buhay ang proyekto para sa isang Kapatiran, ay nagkaroon muna ako ng mga paunang pulong, hindi lamang sa kanila kundi sa iba pang mag-aaral na katulad ko noon ay nasa ikalawang taon ng kurso sa batas. Sa mga pulong na ito sa harap ng hapag kainan ay nilinaw ko ang layunin at prinsipyo na bibitbitin ng Kapatiran.

    Masaya at masuwerte ako dahil sa dami ng aking kinausap ay tinugon nang magiting na anim ang aking panawagan at simula noon ay humabi na ng kasaysayan ang Kapatiran.

    Naalala ko pa na ang kauna-unahan nating proyekto ay ang pagkakaroon ng mga basurahan sa Deans Office, classrooms at sa library. Naalala ko pa rin kung paano ako kinausap ni Kapatid na Teresa Ablang-Lachaona sa corridor nang ikalawang palapag ng College of Law, at kung paano siya nagpresinta na maging kauna-unahang babaeng Kapatid.

    Makabuluhan din sa akin na ang unang initiation rites ng ating Kapatiran ay ginawa sa isang overnight session sa banal ng bundok ng Makiling. Ayon sa matatanda, ang Makiling, kasama ang Banahaw-San Cristobal at Arayat ay ang tatlong banal na tanod bundok ng Luzon.

    Hindi ko rin nalilimutan kung paano tayo hinaras nang ilan sa mga kasabayan nating mag-aaral na “barbaro” sa kanilang hungkag na pagtatangka na pigilan ang paglago ng ating Kapatiran. Hindi ko nalimutan ang pagkakataon na kinailangan kong magnindigan, matapos may lumaslas ng gulong ng aking sasakyan, upang tigilan nila tayo sa kanilang panghaharas.

    Sa awa naman ng Diyos ay nagliwanag ang kanilang isip at napagtanto siguro na mali ang kanilang ginagawa.

    Nagpa-raffle draw din ang Kapatiran noong pasko ng taon na iyon, nag-sponsor din ang Kapatiran ng mga symposia kung saan ang nakuha nating tagapagsalita ay ang pamosong sosyolgo na si Randy David, Human Rights Lawyer Ulan Sarmiento at may isang sikat na madre sangkot sa kilusang Pro-Life na nakalimutan ko ang pangalan.

    Isa ang Kapatiran, kasama ang Student Council ng mga undergraduate, sa mga tumutol noon sa pagtataas ng tuition sa unibersidad, at isa tayo sa nagprotesta sa hindi magandang trato noon sa miyembro ng LGBT community. Kung hindi ako nagkakamali ay ito yung sa panahon ng batch nila Kapatid na Meldream Dizon.

    Di ko na rin mabilang kung ilang beses nagkaroon ng outing, harapan sa inuman at kainan, at bar operations sa may La Salle ang mga Kapatid.

    Naalala ko rin kung papaano pumayag na maging adviser ng Kapatiran sina Atty. Aleli Manimtim, dating konsehal ng Quezon City na si Moises Samson, si Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Reynaldo Alhambra, dating Manila City Administrator at RTC Judge Juan Nabong, at si dating Court of Appeals Justice Maximiano “Hukom Bitay” Asuncion, (SLN). Si Atty. Samson, para sa kaalaman ng lahat, ang nagbigay ng bulletin board sa ating Kapatiran.

    Naging honorary member ng Kapatiran ang nasirang abogado at Political Law professor na si Agustin Organista (SLN), si dating Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr., si dating DILG Secretary Atty. Joey Lina, at naging kaibigan natin ang nasirang Criminal Law Professor na si Atty. Rodolfo Mapile (SLN), at si Atty. Juan Victor Llamas.

    Naalala ko rin si Allan Cañares, na isa nang prosecutor sa Office of the Ombudsman, bilang kauna-unahang abogado ng Kapatiran. Kasamang naalala ko si Kapatid na Lalaine Luza kung paano na siya ang unang naging Grand Knight (GK) na babae at si Kapatid na Benjamin Asakil, na siyang sumunod sa akin na puno ng Kapatiran, bilang kauna-unahang GK na Muslim, patunay na wala sa kasarian o pananampalataya ang basehan ng pamumuno sa ating bigkisan.

    Marami pa akong naaalala kaso kapos na tayo sa ispasyo. Sayang wala ako sa ating reunion at selebrasyon para sa araw ng ating ika 25 anibersaryo. Napagkuwentuhan sana natin ang mga ito.

    Sa aking mga Kapatid, MALIGAYANG ANIBERSARYO AT MULI NATING ITINDIG ANG KAPATIRAN, HINDI LAMANG SA PAMANTASANG ADAMSON, KUNDI LAGI SA ATING MGA PUSO.

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    Brace for Heavier Traffic in Metro Manila due on going road construction and repair

    June 30th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    (File photo) Workers doing reblocking along the  South bound lane of Cubao Tunnel. Photo by Michael Varcas.

    THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority warned the public Friday to expect heavy traffic in the second half of the year as simultaneous road construction and repair works begin in different locations in Metro Manila.

    Among these projects are North Luzon Expressway Drainage Enhancement Project along A. Bonifacio Road beginning July 1; construction of an elevated guideway for the Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7) along North Avenue beginning July 2; emergency leak repair on a large mainline along EDSA-Shaw Boulevard area starting July 7 and replacement of Buendia Bridge also beginning next month.

    We acknowledge that these projects will cause heavy traffic all-year-round but we cannot compromise the safety of the motorists. If there is an urgent need to do these road projects simultaneously, then we will give the necessary clearances,” MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia told newsmen during a press press at the agency’s headquarters in Makati City.

    MMDA Acting GM Jose Arturo Garcia. Image © Rappler

    Garcia also said that in anticipation of the massive inconvenience that these projects would bring, the Metro Manila Council (MMC) has approved a resolution, regulating the operation of provincial buses along Edsa.

    Starting July 15, all provincial buses will be strictly prohibited from operating along EDSA from Pasay City until Cubao, Quezon City, both northbound and southbound, from 5 am until 10 am and from 4 pm until 9 pm, from Monday to Friday.

    All provincial buses from the north can traverse EDSA only until Cubao while provincial buses from the south can traverse only until Pasay during morning and afternoon till late evening rush hour during weekends,” said Garcia.

    Affected provincial bus terminals are exempted from the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number coding scheme. They are also allowed to use the MMDA-operated Southwest Interim Provincial Terminal (SWIPT) located in Pasay City.

    We expect to reduce by 2,000 provincial buses traveling along EDSA once the regulation is implemented,” said Garcia.

    Violators of the ban will be meted with PhP2, 000 fine.

    (File Photo) An ordinary day on EDSA © balita.com

    List of road construction and repair works.

    1. NLEX Drainage enhancement project along A. Bonifacio Road beginning July 1.

    The NLEX Drainage Enhancement Project will be undertaken at a portion of Balintawak Cloverleaf along A. Bonifacio Avenue Road from 11 pm to 4 am for 70 to 80 days. To give way for this project, the ramp of Balintawak Cloverleaf EDSA-South bound will be closed to vehicular traffic.

    Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:

    Route 1: Vehicles coming from NLEX should take Smart Connect Interchange to Mindanao Avenue to destination. Exit to EDSA Monumento-bound and make a U-Turn to EDSA Southbound.

    Route 2: Vehicles coming from Monumento to A. Bonifacio Avenue should turn right to Biglang Awa Street, left at Jasmine Street, straight to 11th Avenue, turn right at A. Bonifacio Avenue to destination.

    2. Construction of an elevated guideway for the MRT 7 along North Avenue beginning July 2.

    Private contractor EEI Corporation will expand their working area on North Avenue in Quezon City for the construction of an elevated guideway for the MRT-7 starting July 2.

    The elevated guideway will be put up on North Avenue, from Mindanao to Veterans Hospital Gate area in the jurisdiction of Bagong Pag-asa and Project 6.

    Construction will be done in two phases: from Veterans to Vertis North Gate and from Vertis North Gate of Mindanao Avenue.

    3. Emergency leak repair on large main line along EDSA-Shaw Boulevard area starting July 7.

    Water concessionaire Manila Water will conduct an emergency leak repair on its large mainline on EDSA-Shaw Boulevard southbound area.

    Pre-construction works will begin July 7 while construction proper will be undertaken on a 24/7 schedule starting July 14 until the next 30 days.

    Vehicles turning right from EDSA to Shaw Boulevard will be diverted to Starmall premises to allow southbound buses and private vehicles to use the service road exclusively.

    4. Replacement of Buendia Bridge also in July.

    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is also set to build a stronger new Buendia Bridge along Buendia Avenue. The current Buendia Bridge has been found with cracks and needs immediate replacement due to poor condition.

    The MMDA has yet to give clearance for the construction of the new bridge that will be done in two phases.

     

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    Mapanira*

    June 29th, 2018

    TAYONG mga Pilipino ay likas na may takot sa Diyos, magalang sa kapwa, lalo na sa kababaihan dahil natural sa atin ang pagiging maka-nanay; masayahin, mapagtimpi’t matatag sa harap ng mga suliranin.

    Gayun man ay malinaw na dahan-dahang nagkakaroon ng kontradiksyon sa ating katauhan, katwira’t damdamin dahil ginigiba ang mga magagandang katangian ng ating lahi. Opo, ginigiba ng iilan na mga mapanira nang mabuting asal at kultura, sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mga ikinikilos na napanonood natin sa telebisyon at napakikinggan sa radyo.

    Pero higit pa sa atin na may edad na, mas naaapektuhan ng kontradiksyon na ito ang mga saling lahi sa ngayon. Dangan kasi ay hindi na magkatugma ang itinuturong mabuting asal sa loob ng tahana’t paaralan, at ang mga nakikita at naririnig sa labas ng campus at tahanan, lalo na kung ang napanonood nila sa telebisyon ay si Rodrigo Duterte.

    Kamakailan ay ipinakita ni Duterte ang kanyang lubusang kawalang galang sa simbahang Romano Katoliko at katekismo nito sa pagsasabing “istupido ang Diyos” na kinikilala ng mga manampalataya nito. Ginawa niyang halimbawa ang tala ng pagkakalikha sa atin at sa sanglibutan na nakasulat sa Aklat ng Genesis bilang basehan ng kanyang sinabi. Bakit daw kailangang lagyan ng Diyos ng tukso ang hardin kung saan naandun si Adan at Eba. Hindi raw ba katangahan ng Diyos iyon?

    Ewan ko kung saan sinuso ni Duterte ang kanyang kamalayan tungkol sa Diyos, sa Simbahan at Aklat ng Genesis, pero malinaw na nalason siya ng kanyang mga sinuso, lason na ibig din niyang susuhin ng mga kabataan ngayon.

    Malinaw na hindi inaral ni Duterte ang katuruan at pagbabago na hatid ng Ikalawang Vaticano (Vatican II) kaya paurong ang kanyang paniniwala kaugnay sa Diyos, Simbahan at lalo na sa Aklat ng Genesis.

    Hindi niya maaring ikatwiran na hindi niya alam na nilalason niya ang kaisipan ng mga batang walang muang. Bilang abogado alam niya ang legal maxim na “Ignorantia Legis non Excusat” na ang ibig sabihin sa ordinaryong salita ay: “Hindi katwiran o palusot ang pagiging ignorante o walang alam sa batas (sa pagkakataong ito ay kawalan ng alam tungkol sa Diyos at katuruan ng Simbahan).”

    Nakalulungkot na mayroon tayong Pangulo na walang galang, hindi lamang sa ating pinaniniwalaang Diyos kundi sa ating mga mamamayan, kababaihan at mga institusyon. Totoong maraming pagkukulang ang Simbahan, pero totoo rin na marami itong ginagawa upang mapunuan ito, isa na nga dito ay ang Vatican II.

    Para sa isang dambuhala at pandaigdigan na institusyon na nagsimula pa sa panahon ni Kristo Hesus, hindi madali ang mga pagbabago.

    Dahil sa Vatican II na ginanap noong unang bahagi ng Dekada 60, ay kumikilos at naaabot ngayon ng kamay ang Simbahan sa mga taong mahihirap, pinagkakaitan at inaapi sa lipunan kaya ang pari ay nakikita na natin na nakikisalamuha sa mga taong hindi nililingon ng mga nasa kapangyarihan. Ang mga paring ito rin ang ngayon ay pinagpapapatay sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang administrasyon.

    Ang Vatican II rin ang dahilan kaya pinupuna ng Simbahan at iba pang mga Kristyano ang mga walang habas na pagpatay at pagyurak sa karapatan ng tao ng administrasyong Duterte.

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    Naawa ang Usaping Bayan sa mga mapagkalingang mga magulang at guro na tiyak na nahihirapang ipaliwanag ang kontradiksyon ng kanilang itinuturong mabuting asal at gawi sa mga nakikita sa labas ng tahana’t paaralan ng kanilang mga anak at mag-aaral, lalo yung kontradiksyon na hatid ng mga inaasal ni Duterte. Kaya patuloy na nanalangin ang Usaping Bayan na harinawa ay mabuksan ang puso at maliwangan ang isip ni Duterte.

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    Maynila*

    June 27th, 2018

    NITONG nagdaang araw ng Linggo ay ginunita ang ika-447 taon na pagkatatag ng Maynila.

    Ayon sa tala ng mga historyador na Kastila, ang Lungsod ng Maynila ang ikalawa sa pinakamantandang ciudad sa Plipinas, kasunod ang Cebu sa gitnang Visayas. Ang Maynila ay itinatag noong Hunyo 24, 1571 ng conquistador na si Miguel Lopez de Legazpi matapos nitong gapiin ang Kaharian ng Bayan ng Maynila na pinamumunuan ni Rajah Suleiman.

    Ang Bayan ng Maynila na dinatnan nang mga Kastila ay isang mayamang kaharian na pinaninirahan nang mga Tagalog mula pa noong ika-12 siglo. Ang kahariang ito ay bahagi ng Sultanado ng Brunei at may ugnayang komersyal sa Ming Dynasty ng Tsina at mga kalapit na kaharian sa Timog Silangang Asya.

    May mga ebidensya rin na nagsasabing bago naging bahagi ng Sultanado ng Brunei ang Maynila, na kilala rin sa pangalan na Selurong, ito at ang Sulu ay bahagi ng emperyong Madjapahit.

    Karamihan sa mga Tagalog na nanirahan sa Maynila noong dumating ang mga Kastila ay mga Sunni Muslim at pinamumunuan ni Rajah Suleiman na may palasyong kawayan na nakatayo kung saan naroroon ngayon ang Fort Santiago.

    Ang Maynila ay nasa bunganga ng Look ng Maynila o Manila Bay at nahati ito sa hilaga at timog na bahagi ng ilog Pasig. Ang Tondo ang sentro noon ng kapangyarihang politikal sa Maynila dahil sa mga panahong iyon, bago dumating ang mga mananakop na kanluranin, ay Tondo ang naging tirahan ng mga naging hari ng “Bayan ng Maynila.”

    Dapat ding maging malinaw sa lahat na ang mga naghari sa Maynila ay hindi hari-harian o chieftain lamang kundi talagang hari na kinilala ng Emperador ng Tsina.

    Ang Maynila ang ginawang kapitolyo ng mga Kastila sa panahon ng kanilang pananakop. Ganun din ang ginawa ng mga Amerikano at Hapones sa panahon ng kanilang pananatili sa lupa nating mga Kayumanggi.

    Ang tradisyon na pagkilala sa Bayan ng Maynila bilang kapitolyo ng bansa ay ipinagpatuloy na rin nating mga Pilipino sa kasalukuyan.

    Hitik sa kasaysayan ang Maynila, lalo na’t dito nagsimula ang pambansang himagsikan noong 1896 sa pamumuno nang isang tunay na Anak ng Maynila na si Andres Bonifacio. Naging saksi rin ang Maynila sa kataksilan ng mga Amerikano laban sa atin noong panahon ng kanilang kunwari’y “pakikidigma” sa España, na naging pamoso sa katawagan na “Mock Battle of Manila Bay.”

    Ang Maynila ang naging ikalawa sa pinakawasak na lungsod noong panahon ng Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig kasunod ang Lungsod ng Warsaw sa Poland. Winasak ng mga Amerikano ang Maynila kahit deklarado na ito ng mga Hapones na “Open City.”

    Sa Maynila rin pumutok ang “Unang Sigwa ng Paghihimagsik” o “First Quarter Storm” ng mga mag-aaral laban sa diktadura ni Ferdinand Marcos noong unang bahagi ng Dekada 70 at naging saksi rin ang maraming lansangan, kabilang na ang makasaysayang Daang Mendiola, noong Dekada 80 sa mga malawakang pagkilos ng mga mapagpalaya at progresibong puwersa, na naguwi sa pagpapatalsik sa Diktadurang-US Marcos noong 1986.

    Marami pang kaganapan sa Maynila subalit kakapusin ang pahina ng ating pahayagan para maibahagi ito. Hayaan na lamang ninyo na batiin ko ang aking mga kapwa Anak ng Maynila nang isang Maligayang Anibersaryo.

    Mabuhay tayong mga Anak ng Maynila.

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    PH national lawyers group nominates Associate Justice Antonio Carpio to replace Maria Lourdes Sereno

    June 26th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores

    Carpio, the most senior magistrate in the Supreme Court (SC), said he would decline a nomination for the chief justice post for several reasons. Photo © Edd Gumban

    DESPITE clearly stating that he will decline any nomination for the post of Chief Justice of the Philippine, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines still said it is nominating Associate Chief Justice Antonio Carpio to the position.

    In a statement Tuesday, IBP President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo said the groups Board of Governors has resolved to nominate and/or endorse the automatic nomination of Carpio to the position of Supreme Court Chief Justice.

    “We are faced with the reality that the Supreme Court itself has set into motion the appointment of Chief Justice vice Ma. Lourdes P. A. Sereno. We thus support the return to, and the recognition of the wisdom, of the long-standing tradition of seniority in the appointment to the highest office of the judiciary, the Supreme Court Chief Justice.”

    Carpio is the most senior of all the incumbent justices in the Supreme Court and is most qualified to lead and manage the Supreme Court and the entire Philippine judiciary, the IBP said.

    However, Carpio is unequivocal in saying that he would decline a nomination because, among others, he would not want to benefit from the controversial ouster of his predecessor Maria Lourdes Sereno.

    Carpio is among the minority who opposed the Supreme Court’s decision to oust Sereno via the admission of Solicitor General Jose Calida’s quo warranto petition.

    “On a personal level, because I voted against it, I don’t want to benefit from it so I will decline any nomination… I have to be consistent with my position that the quo warranto was not the proper way to remove a sitting member of the court,” Carpio said in a recent interview aired in a television station.

    Carpio is set to retire next year.

     

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    “To be a ‘magna cum laude’ is an OBE for me”

    June 23rd, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    The Gonzales family –From left to right: Emmanuel, Frances, Charina and George. Photo © Czarina Gonzales facebook.

    “THE last five months have been such an out of body experience that I did not think about the achievement,” thus replied Marie Frances Gorostiza Gonzales when asked how she felt graduating from college “magna cum laude.”

    “I just thank God I’d made it,” she added.

    Frances, the elder in a brood of two born to former Colegio San Agustin-Makati faculty members Emmanuel and Charina Gonzales, graduated last May from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota with a degree of Studio Art and Asian Studies double major concentration in Computer Arts and Japanese Studies.

    “My dream goal is to open my own animation studio that emphasizes the Asian culture and aesthetics. This is why I chose a major that fuses visual arts with Asian studies,” Frances, who is in a simple pink top and blue denim pants, explained when interviewed by Beyond Deadlines.

    She also said that as she grew in a western environment, she became “determined to learn and appreciate eastern thought and philosophies.”

    “As an Asian immigrant in America, I’d felt the growing need to strengthen and highlight my Asian heritage in my endeavors,” Frances stressed.

    The Gonzales’ migrated to the United States in 2003 and settled in Houston where they raised their two kids. They were among the nearly 50 Colegio San Agustin-Makati teachers who found greener pastures in the US in the early 2000s.

    Meanwhile, George, Frances brother, said their mother, who is a high school teacher at the Alief Independent School District in Southwest Houston, cried when she learned of Frances honor while their dad, “in a very not so expressive way,” expressed happiness.

    Ms. Gonzales said she really did not expect that Frances will graduate with the highest honor but she knew that she is working hard in school.

     

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    QC enhances Barangay Day Care program

    June 23rd, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    QC Mayor Herbert Bautista. Photo © http://newsinfo.inquirer.net

    IN a bid to prepare preschoolers for school, Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista recently signed an ordinance enhancing the city’s Barangay Day Care Center program, it was learned yesterday.

    Bautista said City Ordinance 2683-2018 or the “Barangay Day Care Center Enhancement Program of Quezon City” ensures that children aged four and below will be ready to enter the formal learning system that begins at kindergarten.

    Introduced by Councilors Alexis R. Herrera, Raquel S. Malañgen, Franz S. Pumaren, and Godofredo T. Liban II, the ordinance mandates the Quezon City government to promote and maintain equality of access to education as well as to basic educational materials given to the barangay day care students as the child’s learning capacity, personal, and social interaction will grow and develop when he/she reaches the age of five.

    While parents have the primary responsibility to provide for their children’s physical, emotional, psychological, mental and social needs, barangay day care service aims to supplement the inability of some parents to provide their children with the proper care and home environment,” Malañgen said.

    She also said the city government will provide the pupils with school and physical education uniforms, workbooks and textbooks, school bags and school supplies, school shoes, rain coats and boots, and re-writable pads. Hygiene kits, educational toy box, manuals, and other miscellaneous needs will also be given to the children.

    It will also assure that the Day care centers will be equipped with audio-visual and instructional materials that will help ensure better learning for the young enrollees, Malañgen added.

    According to Bautista, a technical working group (TWG) led by the City Administrator will also be established through the ordinance. The Liga ng mga Barangay will implement the ordinance together with the Social Services Development Department (SSDD) as the secretariat and supervising agency.

    The Liga ng mga Barangay will submit documents and data of the day care centers to the TWG that will determine the additional materials and equipment needed, he said, adding that “all purchases for this ordinance will be in accordance with Republic Act No. 9184, otherwise known as the ‘Government Procurement Reform Act.’”

     

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    Rizal*

    June 22nd, 2018

    LAST Tuesday, the Filipino nation commemorated the 157th birthday of arguably one of the most controversial figure in Philippine history, Dr. Jose Rizal.

    Rizal was born in 1861 in the mystical town of Calamba in the scenic province of Laguna to Francisco Mercado, a Filipino-Chinese merchant; and Teodora Alonzo, who is originally from Bulacan, a province north of Metro Manila. He had nine sisters and one brother.

    Rizal was well educated and traveled man. His social-critique novels, Noli me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, are well regarded by his contemporaries and even Filipinos of today. But the novels are not taken well by the Spanish friars and this disfavor eventually brought him to exile in Dapitan, and ultimately execution at Bagumbayan by the Manila Bay, now Rizal Park.

    Although his heroism has never been in doubt, there are many who question the legitimacy of his being designated as the country’s national hero like the nationalist historians Teodoro Agoncillo and Renato Constantino.

    It was during the American period that Rizal was officially made a national hero.

    According to another historian, Esteban de Ocampo, it was during one of the meetings of the Philippine Commission between 1902 to 1909 when its members were prodded by American Civil Governor William Howard Taft to decide on a national hero. He noted that except for three mestizos – Trinidad Pardo De Tavera, Benito Legarda and Jose Ruiz de Luzuriaga – all members of the commission were Americans.

    Considering that only three mestizos, who are not known for their sympathy to the “Indio,” represent us in the commission, it is not wrong to say that we, Filipinos, are underrepresented in that body.

    Aside from Rizal, the choices of heroes that day for the commission include the father of the Philippine revolution Andres Bonifacio, master strategist Gen. Antonio Luna, the treacherous Emilio Aguinaldo, lawyer Apolinario Mabini, journalist M.H. Del Pilar and orator Graciano Lopez Jaena.

    Rizal won the vote as he was clearly favored by Taft and all American members of the commission. He was much liked by our American colonizers because aside from his immense popularity brought about by his novels, dramatic exile and execution, Rizal was a safe bet.

    He never was a militant organizer like Bonifacio or Del Pilar and having been executed by the Spaniards before the American conquest, he never fought the Americans or had anything bad against them unlike Luna and to a certain extent Aguinaldo, and there is no contest in popularity between Rizal and the always unkempt Jaena.

    Rizal was an advocate of system reformation as evidenced by his desire to make Filipinos co-equal with the Spaniards via a representation in the Spanish Cortes or parliament. He was also an educator and this is why his statues and busts adorn the yard or lobby of almost every significant educational institution in the Philippines.

    Rizal is a pacifist and just like Simon in El Filibusterismo, he repudiated the Katipunan revolutionaries and condemned the revolution for being “dishonorable” in an apparent attempt to save himself from Spanish prosecution. His excuse was that the Filipinos are not ready for a revolution.

    Nevertheless, despite allegations of being a sell out, to the conditioned mind of the Filipino elite, Rizal was the national hero.

    Conservative historians and Rizal apologists like Gregorio Zaide noted that he was so popular that even prior to his martyrdom, Bonifacio and the Katipunan openly venerated him and even tried to recruit him several times while in exile in Dapitan and in Manila, right after he boarded the ship that supposedly would take him to Cuba to serve the Spanish king.

    Unfortunately for Rizal, he never made the journey since he was arrested and later executed.

    Furthermore, Rizal’s other apologists claim he has the qualities that every Filipino and Malay aspires to be. Rizal was a novelist, poet, ophthalmologist, journalist, sculptor, linguist among many others.

    Nevertheless, the point of progressive historians like Renato Constantitno Sr. is that there is no question that Rizal is an accomplished lot, but it is also an undeniable fact that he repudiated his people at the time of their greatest need.

    Yes, Rizal is a hero but he should be placed in his proper place and not in the pedestal where he is “venerated without understanding.”

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    Maestro ng kamatayan?*

    June 20th, 2018

    SA GITNA ng walang pakundangang pagpatay sa mga pari sa loob ng anim na buwan na nagdaa’y patuloy pa rin ang panunuligsa ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa simbahang Romano Katoliko na lalong nagpapatibay sa hinala na ang mga pagpatay sa mga kleriko ay hindi gawa-gawa lamang ng mga ordinaryong kriminal.

    Tila isang maestro ng orkestra si Duterte na kumukumpas sa gitna ng mga alingaw-ngaw ng bala na tumapos sa buhay nila Padre Richmond Nilo, Marcelito Paez, at Mark Ventura dahil imbes na magpakita ng pakikiramay ay patuloy pa ito sa kanyang kadalasan ay walang basehang panunuligsa sa simbahan. May nakapagsabi tuloy na ang layunin ni Duterte sa kanyang mga pagbatikos sa gitna ng mga pagpatay sa mga pari o panghaharas na ginagawa laban sa kanila ay isang paraan upang mapatahimik ang institusyong simbahan dahil nagiging kritikal na ito sa kanyang administrasyon.

    Pilit na ikinakawing ng mga awtoridad sa mga ordinaryong kriminal ang kamatayan ng mga pari ng sa gayon ay hindi natin makita na “maliban sa paglilingkod sa mga dukha, pinagkakaitan ng karapatan at inaapi sa lipunan na mamamayan,” ay wala silang nagawang mabigat na kasalanan para patayin. Ang tanging kasalanan nila’y paglingkuran lamang sa mga taong pinagdadamutan nang pansin ng mga pinuno ng pamahalaan at mga matataas sa lipunan.

    Sila Padre Nilo, Paez at Ventura at marami pang mga pari, at karamihan sa mga taong simbahan mula sa hanay ng mga Romano, Aglipay, Episcopal at Orthodox ay mga tunay na lingkod ng Diyos at bayan.

    Nakatitiyak ang Usaping Bayan na kung ano man ang kakulangan ng mga pari o nagawang kasalanan ay malayo at hindi sila kahalintulad ng mga tunay na halang ang bituka na ganun-ganun na lamang pumatay sa mga walang laban, manamantala sa mga maliliit, at magnakaw sa kaban ng bayan.

    Sila Padre Nilo, Paez at Ventura ay hindi mga pul-politiko, ganid na negosyante, o di kaya’y mapangyurak na panginoong maylupa para kitlan ng buhay. Sila ay alagad ng simbahan na iniwan ni Hesus sa atin para pagyamanin o itangi.

    Nakalulungkot na sa kabila ng pagiging pinakamalaking Kristiyanong bansa sa Asya ay patuloy na nawawalang halaga ang buhay at dangal dito sa atin. Iilan lamang kasi ang tunay na nagsabuhay ng pananampalatayang ang layunin ay palayain ang tao mula sa kasalanan nang kawalang katarungan sa mga ugnayan ng tao at pagmamahal sa kapwa’t kalikasan.

    Harinawa ay tigilan na ni Duterte ang pagbalewala sa buhay at dangal ng tao. Maghari nawa ang kalooban ng Diyos dito sa lupa para ng sa langit.

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    EDSA dotted with potholes after heavy downpour

    June 15th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    MMDA Acting GM Jose Arturo Garcia. Image © Rappler

    “WATCH out for potholes on EDSA!”

    Thus the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warned the public as it asked the Department of Public Works and Highways to immediately repair the car wrecking potholes that dot EDSA following the recent heavy downpour.

    MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia said coordination has been made with DPWH Undersecretary Robert Bernardo to immediately patch up the potholes and damaged sections of Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare as it hamper traffic flow, not only on EDSA, but along other major roads.

    “Continuous downpour these past few days have eroded portions of the major road, creating potholes in various sizes,” said Garcia during an inspection of EDSA on Thursday.

    He noted that large potholes were spotted on Guadalupe and Shaw Boulevard (southbound), Ayala, Arnaiz, and Cubao (north and southbound). Two of them are located on the yellow lane, dedicated for passenger buses.

    “We have received reports of motorcycle accidents because of these potholes. We advise motorists to take precautionary measures while motorcycle riders should stay on motorcycle lane,” said Garcia.

    For the safety of the motorists, barriers were installed to somehow cover these “dangerous” potholes except in areas with narrow lanes.

    According to Garcia, these potholes force vehicles to slow down, further aggravating traffic along Edsa these rainy days.

    “A single vehicle that stops for five to ten seconds will cause three to five kilometers of traffic,” said Garcia.

    He said Bernardo committed to hasten the repair and asphalting of damaged sections once weather condition gets better.

    “Under the leadership of MMDA Chairman (Danilo) Lim, coordination with other government agencies is not a problem. The DPWH vowed to act on it immediately,” said Garcia.

    Garcia also directed traffic sector heads to conduct surveillance and report other damaged areas in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. He urged motorists to report potholes in their locations to include them in the list they will submit to the DPWH.

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    Malaya nga ba tayo?*

    June 15th, 2018

    ANG pagpapahayag ng kalayaa’y tanda ng pagbawi sa sariling kaakuhan (national identity) mula sa isang mapanakop na kapangyarihan. Gayun man hindi lahat ng pagpapahayag ng kalayaan ay nauuwi sa tunay na paglaya.

    Noong isang araw ay ginunita ng pamahalaan ang ika-120 na taong Deklarasyon ng Kalayaan ng diktador na si Emilio Aguinaldo. Subalit ang araw ng kalayaan na kinikilala natin ngayon ang tunay ba na araw ng paglaya o ito ay araw ng kataksilan sa bayan?

    Mula ika-4 ng Hulyo ay ginawang Hunyo 12, ni dating Pangulong Diosdado Macapagal ang pag-gunita sa araw ng ating kalayaan para makuha ng kanyang administrasyon ang suporta noon ng mga makabayang puwersa. Kakatwang ginawa niya ito matapos niyang buksan ang ating ekonomiya sa mga dayuhan at gibain ang mga makabayang patakaran ng kanyang pinalitang pangulo na si Carlos P. Garcia.

    Bago naging Araw ng Kalayaan ang Hunyo 12, ay kinikilala na ito bilang Pambansang Araw ng Watawat sapagkat sa petsang ito diumano nuong 1898 unang iwinagayway ang kasalukuyang bandila sa tahanan ni Aguinaldo sa Kawit, Cavite.

    Pero ayon sa tala ng kasaysayan, unang iwinagayway ang ating ating kinikilalang bandila nuong ika-28 ng Mayo, 1898 sa kasagsagan ng labanan ng mga rebolusyunaryong Pilipino at kawal Kastila sa barrio Alapan, Imus, Cavite. Ito’y 15 araw bago mag Hunyo 12.

    Gayun ma’y mali pa rin na kilalalin ang Hunyo 12 ni Aguinaldo bilang Araw ng Kalayaan sapagkat nuong Agosto, 1896 pa, sa pangunguna ni Supremong Andres Bonifacio at ng mga kasapi ng Kagalanggalangan Kataastaasang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK-AnB), naipahayag na nila ang kalayaan ng bayan.

    Ayon sa mga tala’t saksi, mula Agosto 23 hanggang 26, 1896 ay idineklara ni Bonifacio at mga kasama niya sa KKK ang kalayaan at ang pagsisimula nang himagsikan laban sa mga Kastila. Pinunit nila ang kanilang mga cedula at nagdaos nang mga makabayang pagpapahayag sa mga barrio ng Pugad Lawin, Kangkong, Bahay Toro at Pasong Tamo (na ngayo’y mga barangay ng Lungsod Quezon).

    Hindi gaya ng malinaw na deklarasyon ng kalayaan ni Bonifacio, ang pahayag ni Aguinaldo sa Kawit ay oxymoronic o kinakikitaan ng mga elementong magkasalungat. Nagdedeklara ito ng “kalayaan” pero kasabay ng pahayag na ito ay idinedeklara rin niya na ang Pilipinas ay isang protectorate ng United States.

    Bilang US protectorate lumalabas na ibig ni Aguinaldo na ang Pilipinas ay maging isang teritoryo ng Amerika na may autonomiya tulad ng Puerto Rico o Guam at hindi isang malayang bansa. Hindi pinansin ng pamahalaang Amerikano ang pagsisipsip ni Aguinaldo at tayo ay kanilang pataksil na dinigma. Ang digmaang Pilipino-Amerikano ay tumagal mula 1899 hanggang 1902 at tinatayang 600,000 hanggang isang milyong Pilipino ang nasawi sa loob ng panahong ito.

    Sa loob ng 48 na taon ay isang teritoryo ng US ang Pilipinas. Nuong ika-4 ng Hulyo 1946 ay binigyan tayo ng kalayaan ng mga Amerikano matapos nilang matiyak na mananatili tayong neo-kolonyal, isang kalalagayan na tunay na ugat ng ating kahirapan ngayon.

    Ngayon, ang Hunyo 12 ba ay araw ng kalayaan o kataksilan?

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    Ombudsman investigators recommend the filing of charges vs. Jejomar Binay and 32 others for the allegedly anomalous sale of BSP property in Makati City

    June 14th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

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    OMBUDSMAN investigators have recommended the filing of criminal and administrative charges against Boy Scouts of the Philippines President Jejomar Binay and 32 other people in connection with the allegedly anomalous sale of a BSP property in Makati City.

    Specifically, the Ombudsman’s Field Investigation Office recommended the filing of the twin charges for violation of Section 3(e) and (g) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) against Binay, BSP Senior Vice President Wendel Avisado, BSP executives Del De Guzman, J. Miguel De Jesus, Enrique Lagdameo, Pedro Destura, Dale Corvera, Maximo Edralin, Jr., Remedios Petilla, Roberto Pagdanganan, Harmes Sembrano, Mildred Garay, Manuel Jose Dalipe, Leo Lasacar, Danilo Asiaten, Lutgardo Barbo, Jose Mari Pelaez, Ireneo Aquino, Jose Eduardo Delgado, Henry Dy, Jose Ma. Gastardo, Pepito Carpio, Nemesio Miranda, Jr., Jaime Semana, Wilfredo Chato, Alan Zulueta, Jorge Banal, Efren Edgard Dieta, Rodolfo Tamani, Von Carlo Yacob, J. Rizal Pangilinan, Salud Bagalso, and Amado Espino, Jr.

    Charges for violation of Section 3(e) of RA 3019 were also recommended against Alphaland Makati Place, Inc. (AMPI) President Mario Oreta, former Bureau of Internal Revenue Officers: Teodoro Galicia, Authorized Revenue Official; Mark Anthony Panganiban, Revenue Officer; and Romeo Tomas, Group Supervisor.

    An administrative complaint for Gross Neglect of Duty was also recommended to be filed against Binay, Avisado, De Guzman, Pagdanganan, Lasacar, Palaez, Delgado, Dy and Carpio.

    The criminal and administrative charges will undergo preliminary investigation and administrative adjudication, respectively.

    The FIO made its recommendation after it completed its fact-finding investigation into the sale of a BSP property along Malugay Street.

    The Ombudsman investigators disclosed that on June 2, 2011, the BSP National Executive Board authorized the sale of the 10,000-square meter property to AMPI for a total contract price of PhP600,000,000.00.

    The investigators said the sale was grossly undervalued considering that under the Omnibus Loan and Security Agreement between BSP and AMPI, the Malugay property was mortgaged for PhP1,750,000,000.00 which is indicative of the property’s true value.

    Moreover, on 25 November 2015, AMPI commissioned Intech Property Appraisal, Inc. (Intech) to appraise the Malugay property and its improvements.

    According to Intech, the land was valued at PhP1,700,000,000.00 (10,000 sqm x PhP170,000.00/ sqm) and its improvements valued at PhP8,426,541,915.00 or a total appraisal value of PhP10,126,542,000.00.

    Meantime, the BIR officials were faulted for certifying that the sale was exempt from payment of capital gains tax which resulted in a loss of PhP63,000,000.00 in tax collection for the government.

    According to the FIO, the grant of tax exemption from capital gains tax without obtaining a request for BIR ruling for the exemption was made with manifest partiality and evident bad faith causing undue injury to the government.

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    Impeachment at Quo Warranto, isang paliwanag (Wakas)*

    June 13th, 2018

    NGAYON na natalakay na natin kung ano ang Impeachment, Quo Warranto, kung sino si Maria Lourdes PA Sereno; at napagusapan na rin natin mga pangyayari o bagay-bagay bago ang kontrobersyal na pagkakatanggal sa dating punong mahistrado, ay susubukan nating lagumin ang mga pangyayari.

    Bagamat may legal na opinyon ang Usaping Bayan kaugnay ng mga pangyayari ay hindi na natin tatalakayin ito ng malalim dahil marami nang gumawa noon. Lilinawin lamang natin ang mga bagay-bagay at bahala na kayong mga mambabasang magsabi kung ano talaga ang dapat na nangyari.

    Malinaw na

    Malinaw na ngayon sa atin na ang Impeachment ay isang prosesong politikal at paraan upang matanggal sa poder ang Pangulo ng Republika, ang Ikalawang Pangulo, ang mga mahistrado ng Korte Suprema, mga komisyoner ng Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Commission on Audit (CoA), at ang Ombudsman. Samantala, malinaw na rin na ang Quo Warranto ay isang administratibong paraan upang maalis sa poder ang isang pinaniniwalaang naupo sa posisyon na may kulang o walang kwalipikasyon.

    Malinaw na rin na maraming nasagasaan si dating Pangulong Benigno Simeon Aquino III ng kanyang iupo si Sereno bilang Chief Justice ng Korte Suprema, at karamihan sa mga ito ay ang siya ring nagdesisyon kamakailan na alisin siya sa puwesto matapos ang anim na taon.

    Malinaw na tinanggal si Sereno hindi dahil sa nakagawa siya ng krimen laban sa bayan o kabang bayan tulad ng tinatawag na culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust. Siya ay tinanggal dahil lang sa isang tinatawag na kapalpakang administratibo, dahilan para isipin natin na hindi ito talaga ang dahilan ng pagkakasipa sa kanya.

    Pansinin na hindi tahasang sinabi ng pamunuan ng University of the Philippines, kung saan nagturo ng mahigit sa sampung taon ang dating Chief Justice bago ito nanungkulan sa Korte Suprema, na hindi nagfile si Sereno ng Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN). Bagkus ang pagkakasabi nito ay hindi lamang makita ang kanyang mga papeles.

    Sa ngayon ay matatag na naninindigan pa rin si Sereno na nag-file siya ng kanyang SALN sa lahat ng panahon, at hindi lamang makita ang mga ito ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan kung saan na file ang mga papeles, dahil na rin sa kalumaan ng siste sa filing. Hindi ba’t totoo naman na may pagkakataon na nawawala ang mga papeles sa mga ahensya ng pamahalaan at hindi lamang kay Sereno nangyayari ang mga ito?

    Dahil dito ay kinonsidera ng Judicial and Bar Council, na noo’y pinamumunuan ni Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, na kumpleto ang kanyang kwalipikasyon para maging pinuno ng Korte Suprema. Malinaw na kung kulang man ang SALN sa papeles na inihain ni Sereno bago siya inendorso para sa pagka-Chief Justice ay legal na pinalagpas ito ng JBC, at kung tutuusin ang may sala rito ay ang nasabing konseho.

    Bilang panghuli, naniniwala ang Usaping Bayan na ang dapat nangyari sa Quo Warranto ni Solicitor General Jose Calida ay ibinasura ito o dili kaya ay itinuring lamang na ebidensya sa isang fact finding investigation ng Korte Suprema. Hindi rin dapat nakisangkot sa pagdinig ng Quo Warranto ang mga hiniling na mag inhibit sa proseso alang alang man lamang sa delicadeza.

    Ngayon, kung ano man ang findings ng fact finding probe na ito, ay dapat inendorso ng Korte Suprema sa House of Representatives para gamiting ebidensya sa Impeachment trial sa Senado.

    Sa huli, naniniwala pa rin ang Usaping Bayan na ang Senado ang dapat humusga kay Sereno.

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    http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/06/06/impeachment-at-quo-warranto-isang-paliwanag-ikatlong-bahagi/

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    NAPOLCOM approves creation of Peace Process and Development Center

    June 11th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

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    IN A bid to enhance the role of the Philippine National Police in the peace efforts of the government, the National Police Commission has approved the creation of the PNP-Peace Process and Development Center.

    NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said the new office has effectively restructure, strenthened and renamed the old Peace Process and Development Office (PPDO). He added that the PNP-PPDC was created by virture of NAPOLCOM Resolution No. 2018-243 dated May 23, 2018.

    Casurao said the new office will synchronize efforts towards the timely realization and implementation of the following components of the Peace Development Agenda:

    (1) Continuity of the Government of the Philippines-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) Peace Process through the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement;

    (2) Closure of the GPH-Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Peace Process;

    (3) Continuity of the GPH-Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CCP/NPA/NDF) Peace Process towards a Final Peace Agreement;

    (4) Closure of the Peace Agreements with the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) and the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa ng Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMP-RPA-ABB);

    (5) Development in conflict-affected areas; and

    (6) Promotion of the culture of peace and conflict sensitivity in peace building and development.

    NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao. Image © NAPOLCOM PID

    According to Casurao, the PNP-PPDC is mandated to act as the office primarily responsible for the monitoring of the development and implementation of peace agreements and pertinent laws; collaborate with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Chairpersons of Government Peace Negotiating Panels (GPNPs) and Armed Forces of the Philippines Peace Development Center (AFPPDC) on the implementation of the peace process program.

    It is also tasked to consolidate and integrate inputs and recommendations from other PNP Offices/Units, which may be required in furtherance of the peace process program; coordinate, integrate and disseminate with the other PNP Offices/Units the implementation of the peace process agenda; supervise PNP personnel assigned/detailed to Joint Security Committees/Teams created in compliance with the Peace Agreement; prepare position papers for the PNP on issues and discourses on the peace process program; and, develop plans and programs for the PNP on post-conflict peace keeping.

    The PNP-PPDC shall be composed of four (4) Sections: the Administrative Section, Plans and Special Studies Section, GPH-Communist Peace Process Section, and GPH-Bangsamoro Peace Process Section.

    The restructured PNP-PPDC shall now be headed by a Police Chief Superintendent who shall serve in a full-time capacity.

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    NAPOLCOM promotes 745 PNP personnel who risked their lives “above and beyond the call of duty” during the Marawi siege

    June 9th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

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    THE National Police Commission has confirmed the special promotion of 745 police personnel who have shown acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry in action during the siege of Marawi City by the terrorists Maute and Abu Sayyaf Groups.

    According to NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao, the Commission in an en banc session approved Resolution No. 2018-206 confirming the special promotion to the next higher rank of the 745 Philippine National Police personnel as per recommendation of then PNP Director General Ronald M. Dela Rosa.

    Casurao said the promoted PNP personnel “risked their lives above and beyond the call of duty” during the five month siege of Marawi City by terrorists organizations led by Abu Sayyaf’s Isnilon Hapilon and brothers Abdullah and Omar Maute of the Maute Group.

    The terrorists planned to establish a “Caliphate” in Marawi City to gain recognition and support from foreign terrorists.

    The NAPOLCOM gave a breakdown of the number of promotee as follows: Police Regional Office (PRO) ARMM – 163; PRO 10 – 91; PRO 11 – 9; PRO 6 and PRO COR – 2 each; PROs 2, 7, 9, 12, 13 and NCRPO – 1 each; Special Action Force (SAF) – 437; Maritime Group (MG) – 16; Communications and Electronics Service (CES) – 6; Health Service (HS) and Crime Laboratory Group (CLG) – 4 each; and, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Police Security Protection Group (PSPG), Logistics Support Service (LSS), Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), and PHAU Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) – 1 each.

    NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao. Image © NAPOLCOM PID

    The NAPOLCOM, in a statement, specifically mentioned Superintendent Rolando Anduyan, the Deputy Regional Director for Operations of PRO-ARMM and the designated Commander of the PNP Joint Task Group, for his painstaking effort to manage the personnel and resources of the police in support of the Joint Task Force MARAWI.

    “Through a “no nonsense” and sympathetic type of management and leadership, the police contingents were able to gain grounds in every target given and in the offensive and clearing of building operations. Their heroic acts resulted in the neutralization of 920 members of the local terrorist groups, including their leaders Hapilon and the Maute Brothers, the rescue of 1,777 hostages, and recovery of 479 units of assorted high-powered firearms, several rounds of ammunition, and ordnance and improvised explosive device (IED),” the NAPOLCOM said.

    The courage displayed by these valiant police officers earned themselves not only the admiration of the members of the PNP but also of the people they had sworn to serve,” Casurao added.

    Under Section 38 (b) of RA 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of RA 8551, any uniformed member of the PNP who has exhibited acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty shall be promoted to the next higher rank, provided, that such acts shall be validated by the Commission based on established criteria.

    Meanwhile, the NAPOLCOM has disclosed that President Rodrigo Duterte approved on January 14, 2018 the promotion of Supt. Rolando Anduyan to the next higher rank of Police Chief Superintendent (one-star rank) following the recommendation made by the NAPOLCOM on December 13, 2017 under Resolution No. 2017-636.

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    National group of Philippine lawyers seeks to reverse the Supreme Court’s ousting of Chief Justice

    June 8th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

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    THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines said it will file today (Friday) a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court seeking the reversal of its decision to remove via Quo Warranto petition Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno as its Chief Justice.

    In a statement, the IBP, through its Board of Governors, said “with due respect to the High Court, we maintain that its ruling in Republic vs. Sereno was narrowly drawn. It shows the use of the law to pursue a desired result, that is, the ouster of the Chief Justice.

    “This erodes, if not demolishes, the Rule of Law by which all members of the Bar have sworn as a condition to admission,” the IBP added.

    “No considerations of politics or animosity justifies the refusal to recognize the constitutionally designed mechanism of impeachment and the doctrine of judicial restraint which are clearly proper,” the IBP insists.

    Moreover, the national group of Philippine lawyers warned that “the Rule of Law cannot survive in a legal system where the law changes like sand dunes at the whim of desert winds.”

    “As universally recognized, the law is a set of open, general and relatively stable laws. The stability of the system of laws is what draws the line between a rule of law or a rule of men.”

    (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/05/11/the-supreme-court-of-the-philippines-ousted-chief-justice-maria-lourdes-sereno-from-the-high-tribunal/)

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    Impeachment at Quo Warranto, isang paliwanag (Ikaapat bahagi)*

    June 8th, 2018

    Matapos natin maipakilala si Sereno ay ipaaalam ng Usaping Bayan ang isang pangyayari na dapat malaman ng lahat.

    Hindi nag inhibit sa deliberasyon ng Quo Warranto petition

    Bago nagkaroon ng deliberasyon at desisyon sa isyu ng Quo Warranto ay hiningi ni Sereno ang pagiinhibit o hindi pagsali sa usapin nina Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Samuel Martires, Francis Jardeleza at Noel Tijam dahil sa umano ay bias ng mga ito laban sa kanya.

    Lumabas umano ang bias nila ng sila ay tumestigo laban sa kanya sa panahon ng impeachment hearing ng House Committee on Justice.

    Pansinin na ang pangalan ni De Castro at Jardeleza ay kasama sa listahan ng mga inerekomenda ni Peralta kay Aquino para kanyang pagpilian kung sino ang iuupo noon (2012) na Supreme Court bilang Chief Justice. Si Peralta ang chairman ng JBC noong taon na iyon.

    Ang kinalaman ni Peralta tungkol sa JBC ang isa sa mga dahilan kaya hiningi ni Sereno ang kanyang inhibition.

    Bukod dito, ayon sa tala ng Mataas na Hukuman, ay naniniwala rin ang dating Chief Justice na bias si Peralta laban sa kanya dahil may paniwala ito na siya ang may kagagawan kaya naalis ang pangalan ng kanyang asawa, na si Court of Appeals Associate Justice Fernanda Lampas Peralta, sa listahan ng mga kandidato para maging Presiding Justice ng Appellate Court.

    Pinabulaanan ni Peralta ang bintang ni Sereno at sinabi pa na suportado niya ang reporma na ginagawa nito sa Korte Suprema. Ipinaliwanag din niya na kahit siya ang JBC chair noong 2012 ay “hindi niya nalaman” ang isyu tungkol sa SALN ni Sereno.

    At katulad ng lahat na Associate Justices na hinilingan ni Sereno na huwag makisangkot sa deliberasyon, hindi rin nag inhibit si Peralta.

    Parang kalamansi sa sugat na kinatigan ni Tijam, ang ponente ng desisyon, ang kanilang pasya na huwag mag inhibit sa deliberasyon ng Quo Warranto petition ni Calida laban kay Sereno.

    Judge, Jury at Executioner

    Dahil hindi nagpasintabi ang mga kasamahan na hinilingan ni Sereno na mag-inhibit, lumabas tuloy na sila na may mga sama ng loob sa Punong Mahistrado, ang umakto na adjudicator (judge), taga-hatol (jury) at tagapagpatupad (berdugo o executioner) ng pasya kaugnay sa Quo Warranto petition ni Calida.

    Hindi alam ng Usaping Bayan kung makatarungan ang ganitong siste kung saan iisang lupon ang mag-aadjudicate, huhusga at magpapatupad ng sentensya. Bukod pa rito sila ay magkakasama sa trabaho at tiyak na may kanya-kanya na silang mga personal na maganda o pangit na saloobin o impression sa bawat isa.

    Ika sa nga Ingles this is not a disinterested body that will decide on a certain issue. May dahilan kung bakit hanggat maari ay hindi iniimbestigahan ng bawat isa ang isa’t isa sa isang tinatawag na collegial body.

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    Labor group files a “notice of strike’ before Malacañang

    June 6th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    (File Photo) BMP in a mass action demanding an end to contractualization and anti-worker policies of the Duterte administration.

    THE Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilpino-National Capital Region and Rizal on Wednesday filed a “notice of strike” before Malacañang in a last ditch effort to compel the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to do something about erosion of the purchasing capability of the poor due go the rising cost of living brought about by his continued adherence to the neoliberal policies he inherited from the previous Aquino administration.

    The BMP-NCRR noted that despite the overwhelming calls for economic relief from various legislators and cause oriented groups, Duterte has remained indifferent and continued to defend his policies to the extent of calling those seeking relief “crybabies.”

    “Our backs are pushed against the wall. We have no choice other than to resort to collective action in order to force this insensitive and rabid pro-capitalist administration to heed the people’s clamor,” said Ronald Sabareza, chairperson of the BMP-NCRR affiliated Metro East Labor Federation (MELF).

    According to the BMP-NCRR, it is only proper for them to file their symbolic notice of strike before Malacañang and not the labor department because Duterte is the standing “chief executive officer” of backward-capitalist Philippine society.

    Sabareza added that “his (Duterte) office represents and embodies the interests of the local oligarchs and multinational corporations.”

    Earlier, the BMP demanded the repeal of the Tax Reformation for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, the immediate institution of “price control” on all basic commodities, the implementation of the PhP750 national minimum wage, and the abolition of all forms of contractual employment. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/05/31/socialist-labor-group-bmp-calls-on-malacanang-to-do-something-about-the-spiraling-cost-of-living/)

    “Since our demands fell on deaf ears of Malacañang, as in collective bargaining negotiations, we have declared a refusal to bargain and a deadlock. We also resort to the customary 30-day cooling-off period to break the impasse by preparing to strike. This work stoppage would not limit itself to industrial action by unionists. We welcome every Filipino, from all regions of the country, to protest and unleash their creative indignation against spiraling inflation,” Sabareza said.

    Meanwhile, Manny Toribio of the urban poor group Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod (KPML), said that they shall support and merge forces with organized labor in protest. He added that as urban poor, they have been on the “losing end of the new tax measures since informal workers have not benefited from personal income tax exemptions and was badly hit by the excise taxes on petroleum products and sugar sweetened beverages.”

    On the other hand, Gie Relova, BMP-NCRR chairperson, said, “Our patience have been wearing thin as we are set in the middle of the millstones and inflation and taxation. We have no other recourse than to deny them our labor power – the force that moves the grinding wheels of commerce and industry – in order to compel them to face us in the negotiating tables and decisively address uncontrolled inflation.”

    He concluded that the work stoppage may be held before or during the third State of the Nation Address of Duterte.

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    Impeachment at Quo Warranto, isang paliwanag (Ikatlong bahagi)*

    June 6th, 2018

    MATAPOS nating ipaliwanag kung ano ang Impeachment at Quo Warranto ay susubukan naman natin na linawin kung ano ang nangyari at bakit sinampahan ng impeachment si dating Chief Justice Maria PA Lourdes Sereno at kung bakit tinanggap ng Korte Suprema ang Quo Warranto na inihain ni Solicitor General Jose Calida.

    Sino si Sereno?

    Una sa lahat ay kilalanin muna natin si Sereno.

    Bago pa siya naging miyembro ng Mataas na Hukuman ay nagturo siya sa UP College of Law at naging consultant ng United Nations, World Bank, US Agency for International Development at ng pamahalaan sa ilang malalaking kaso tulad ng PIATCO, na kinasangkutan din noon ni House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

    Tagumpay ang pamahalaan sa kaso nito laban sa PIATCO.

    Kaaway ni Duterte

    Si Sereno ay isa sa mga kritiko ng madugong kampanya ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte laban sa bawal na gamot. Dahil dito ay idineklara siyang “kaaway” ng Pangulo. Hindi naglaon, isang abogado na kilala sa pagiging makaDuterte, ang nagsampa ng kasong impeachment laban kay Sereno sa House na pugad ngayon ng mga makaDuterteng mambabatas.

    Kasunod ng kasong impeachment ay nagsampa ng Quo Warranto petition si Calida, abogado ng pamahalaan at kilalang kabig ni Duterte, na humihiling sa Korte Suprema na tanggalin sa posisyon si Sereno dahil sa hindi niya pagpafile umano ng Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) noong siya ay propesora sa UP.

    Maraming ayaw

    Si Sereno ay naging Associate Justice ng Korte Suprema noong 2010.

    Noong 2012, ay itinalaga si Sereno ni dating Pangulong Benigno Simeon Aquino III bilang Chief Justice ng Korte Suprema kapalit ni dating Chief Justice Renato Corona matapos siyang iendorso ng Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) kahit dalawang taon pa lamang siyang nanunungkulan bilang Associate Justice.

    Bunga nito ay maraming mas senior na mahistrado ang hindi sumangayon sa desisyon ni Aquino, dahil bukod sa pinakabata at walang karanasan kumpara sa ibang pangalan na nasa listahan ng mga inendorso ng JBC, si Sereno ay itinuturing na isang outsider ng kanyang mga kasamahan sa Korte Suprema.

    Ilan sa mga mahistrado na hindi sumangayon sa appointment ni Sereno noong 2012 ay siyang nagpasya ngayon na tanggapin ang Quo Warranto petition ni Calida at tanggalin sa puwesto si Sereno. Kabilang sa kanila ay sina Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, Teresita De Castro at Francis Jardeleza. Ang tatlong ito ay kasama nina Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin, Samuel Martires at Noel Tijam na bumuo ng mayorya na bumoto para tanggapin ang Quo Warranto petition at tanggalin sa puwesto si Sereno.

    Tanging sina Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Presbitero Velasco Jr., Marvic Leonen, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Mariano Del Castillo, at Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa ang tumutol na alisin si Sereno sa pamamgitan ng Quo Warranto petition ni Calida.

    (Basahin Pa: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/06/01/impeachment-at-quo-warranto-isang-paliwanag-ikalawang-bahagi/)

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    PDEA inaugurates new Laboratory Service building

    June 5th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    IN A bid to further its capability in relation to its mandate to suppress the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has inaugurated Friday its new Laboratory Service building at its national headquarters in Quezon City.

    PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said the three-storey building features upgraded security system in its evidence room, which includes high definition closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, and fire suppressing equipment to prevent damage to evidence in case of fire.

    This is part of our continuing capability enhancement program for safekeeping of drug evidence. As the lead agency in the country’s anti-drug campaign, the integrity of PDEA in safekeeping of all pieces of drug evidence is of paramount importance,” Aquino said, adding that air conditioning units, exhaust fans and dehumidifier were also installed for the physical preservation of evidence.

    The construction of the new building was made possible through the financial assistance of Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Congressman Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Representative, 4th District, Quezon City who was the guest of honor and speaker during the inauguration.

    Aquino said that to further improve the Laboratory Service’s profiling capabilities, the Agency will soon acquire a multi-million analytical equipment of forensic laboratories and additional analytical instruments.

    Also in the pipeline is the development of an online drug inventory system to all PDEA national and regional offices nationwide as part of the automation of the inventory system of evidence through tagging and bar coding that will help facilitate accurate documentation and accounting of evidence,” Aquino said.

    PDEA Laboratory Service prides itself as “The Premier Drug Forensic Center” because it is the only forensic laboratory in the country that conducts impurity profiling of methamphetamine hydrochloride, popularly known as shabu which has the capability of determining the linkage that exists between drug samples,” the PDEA chief proudly said.

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