Use funds to generate jobs, not for foreign trips, GMA told

June 27, 2009

A member of the minority bloc in the House of Representatives yesterday scored President Arroyo for reportedly spending billions of pesos on her foreign trips, describing the Chief Executive’s jet-setting spree as a manifestation of the administration’s insensitivity to the sufferings of millions of Filipinos which have further been aggravated by the global financial meltdown.

Citizens Battle Against Corruption Rep. Josel Villanueva said Mrs. Arroyo should have used the funds on pump-priming programs to generate jobs to help poor Filipinos.

“Many people are starving to death. I believe it is immoral for the leaders of the country to use huge funds just for their travel abroad,” he stressed.

But Malacañang maintained that the President’s working visits abroad, particularly to Japan and Brazil, have reaped huge benefits for the country that include more trade, investments, development assistance, tourism promotion, new job opportunities and improvement of the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as part of its overall strategy to shore up the economy.

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UN tags RP world’s top 5 sources in the world of Shabu

June 27, 2009

The United Nation’s Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) issued a stinging slap on the face of the country’s anti-drug czar President Arroyo after it named the Philippines a major transshipment point for methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and ranked it among the top five sources in the world of the illegal drug.

The UN body said the drug problem in the Philippines remains significant despite continued efforts of local authorities to disrupt major drug trafficking organizations and dismantle clandestine drug laboratories and warehouses in recent years.

Mrs. Arroyo last January assumed the role of the government’s anti-drug czar after the so-called “Alabang Boys” controversy in which apprehended drug pushers from rich Manila families supposedly bribed officials of the court and the Department of Justice.

In its 2009 World Drug Report released on June 24, the Philippines ranked fifth on the UNODC’s list of major shabu seizures from 1998 to 2007, next to China, United States, Thailand and Taiwan.

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Piolo Pascual, nag-react sa relasyong John Lloyd Cruz – Ruffa Gutierrez

June 27, 2009

“Basta ba masaya sila,” sagot ni Piolo Pascual nang matanong kung boto ba siya sa relasyong John Lloyd Cruz at Ruffa Gutierrez.

Ang nakakatuwa, dati ring na-link si Piolo kay Ruffa. Nagpahayag kasi dati ang aktor na may crush siya sa aktres/TV host at matagal-tagal din silang tinuksu-tukso ng mga reporter at staff ng ABS-CBN.

“Hindi naman naging kami. Na-link lang po,” paglilinaw agad ni Piolo.

Hindi siya nagseselos?

“Malalaki na sila,” natatawang sagot ng aktor.

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Katrina Halili, Maricar Reyes naging Pantasya ng Bayan

June 27, 2009

MAGMULA nang sumabog ang sex video scandal nina Katrina Halili at Maricar Reyes kay Hayden Kho, karamihan ng kalalakihang nakakausap namin ay nag-iilusyon din ‘matikman’ ang dalawa particular si Maricar.

Biglang naging pantasya ng kalalakihan ang dalawa.  Kaya ‘di kami na-bigla nang magbalik-showbiz sina Kat at Maricar, dumami ang mga tagahanga at tagasuporta nila.

Last Sunday sa ASAP ay rumampa na si Maricar na ikinagulat ng mga reporter dahil akala ay titi-gil na ito sa pag-aartista.

Samantalang nga-yong Linggo naman ay lalabas na si Katrina sa SOP tanda ng pagsabak nito ulit sa showbiz.

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The King of Pop Michael Jackson Dies at the age of 50

June 25, 2009

LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop” who once moonwalked above the music world, died Thursday as he prepared for a comeback bid to vanquish nightmare years of sexual scandal and financial calamity. He was 50.

Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center after being stricken at his rented home in Holmby Hills. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at his home for nearly three-quarters of an hour, then rushed him to the hospital, where doctors continued to work on him.

“It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until results of the autopsy are known,” his brother Jermaine said. Police said they were investigating, standard procedure in high-profile cases.

Jackson’s death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music’s premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.

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Gloria’s Cha-cha Express: A bullet train to recession – UNO

June 24, 2009

President Arroyo and her allies’ push to convene Congress into a constituent assembly (con-ass) immediately after she delivers her State of the Nation Address (Sona) next month, a plan ordered reportedly by Mrs. Arroyo herself, is equivalent to shoving the economy into recession, Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar Binay yesterday said.

“The World Bank’s analysis that the Philippines will enter an outright recession this year should be reason enough for the Arroyo admi-nistration to put the brakes on Charter change (Cha-cha),” he said.

Binay said reliable reports published in The Tribune the other day that Mrs. Arroyo herself gave instructions to the House of Representatives to push con-ass immediately after she delivers her Sona to take advantage of the presence of the senators will trigger unrest and impact on the economy.

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House operations suspended after worker’s death with virus A(H1N1)

June 24, 2009

Work at the House of Representatives was suspended yesterday until Monday next week following the death of one of its employees, whose heart ailment was aggravated by an infection from the dreaded A(H1N1) virus.

Immediately after Speaker Prospero Nograles issued an instruction to suspend work to allow sanitation men to disinfect the House offices and other facilities, House employees numbering to more than 3,000 scrambled to their feet and rushed toward home and their sudden departure made the entire Batasan complex look like a deserted refugee camp.

Informed of the confusion that gripped the legislative chamber, some lawmakers quickly slammed the Department of Health (DoH) for withholding information on the background of the first Filipino A(H1N!) casualty who turned out to be a House employee.

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