Ben Totanes the man who put up PNoy’s campaign site in Facebook wrote about how the Presidential Communications Operations Office ripped him off.
Boo Chanco, business columnist for the Philippines Star, picks up the story. Sonny Coloma, PCOO chief, replies to Boo Chanco’s column. And Ben Totanes comments on Coloma’s reply.
Coloma’s letter and Totanes’ reply are posted below. You be the judge. (more…)
The first few cables in the new Wikileaks docu-dump are now posted.
However, the cables related to the Philippines are not yet available online. Hopefully, they get posted soon.
The treasure trove from Manila, if indeed it is, will consist of 2,046 cables. Some 65 are classified as secret, 749 confidential, 982 unclassified, and so forth.
Coming soon to a search engine near you.
A Boost for Self Governance:
by Agnes Prieto
The idea of the barangay as the primary unit of democratic governance was given a tremendous boost this morning at Barangay Bel-Air when during an assembly of members , an act of legislation was filed directly from the floor and voted on.
Calling for transparency and public accountability, Aurora Pijuan, a resident and convenor of Gising Barangay Movement Bel Air, invoked Sec 397b of RA. 7160, the Local Government Code which states that the Assembly possesses the right to directly propose, enact or amend any ordinance .
The resolution specifically focused on the use of the Internet in assuring transparency and timely recording of transactions, particularly its financial operations and budget management. All income generated and expenditures shall be uploaded to the Internet within 24 hours of receipt or disbursement to keep all members of the Assembly informed and up to date on the financial conditions of the barangay.
The move was a direct expression of (more…)
“Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.”—Lenny Bruce
POPE Benedict XVI made headlines when he said it’s okay to use condoms as a means to prevent HIV. Although a no-brainer to non-Catholics and Catholics who retain their common sense, Benedict’s statement matters to those who observe unquestioning obedience to anything the Pope says on matters of morals. (more…)
Here’s an article I totally agree with. The Wow Philippines slogan is indeed irredeemably stupid.
Wow! is exactly like Dick Gordon: He wows you at first but he wears off really fast.
And may I add, millions of yayas worldwide will be asked by their amos “what does the phrase Pilipinas kay ganda mean?” When they hear the answer, they will be hooked.
Anyway, on with the article…
by Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III
Wow, man. Or wow, pare. The interjection is pronounced in a slow, lazy way, with emphasis on the vowels. Only stone heads could express the phrase vividly, naturally. But for someone from the 1960s or 1970s to utter such words in the closing first decade of the 21st century is to live in the past, to expose one’s retardation. (more…)
Claire dela Fuente, president of the Integrated Metro Bus Operators Association, denied there was a bus strike last Monday.
She said it was only a miscommunication between operators and drivers and if anybody were to blame it was the drivers.
But wait…let’s put Dela Fuentes’ spin in the proper context. (more…)
Unlike the Daily Inquirer’s editorial, Split Decision, I’m glad 14-54 congressmen went to Texas for the Pacquiao-Margarito fight.
I’m happy that they are absent from sessions, that they are unable to participate in debates, hearings, and whatever other business is conducted in that building by a dumpsite.
The congressmen who go to the Pacquiao fights are not the kind you want getting involved in the country’s business anyway. Better that they stay out of town. Hopefully more frequently and for longer periods.
Travel allowances on top of their salary and official pork is small change compared to the damage those people can do if they are allowed to go about their business.
I belong to the school that believes the only time one can sleep soundly is when thieves are on vacation.
Paul Krassner is a brilliant satirist and critic from another age. He’s at least in his late 60s but his wit and humor are as fresh as when he first came to the public’s attention decades ago.
Here’s Krassner on the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military. (Complete Huffington Post blog post HERE)
In my capacity as a stand-up satirist, I used to conduct an imaginary dialogue with Powell.
“General Powell, you’re the first African-American to be head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and you come from the tradition of a military family. So you know that blacks were once segregated in the Army because the other soldiers might feel uncomfortable if blacks slept in the same barracks. And now that’s what they say about gays, that other soldiers might feel uncomfortable about gays sleeping in the same barracks.”
“Well, you have to understand, we never told anybody we were black.”