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"For ten (10) years, this administration with a woman president at the helm did nothing on health and women's rights issues, but "kill" programs that will help attain the country's international commitments."
In a press conference that followed a forum titled, "Strengthening Partnerships: Fostering People's Collaboration in Achieving the ICPD Programme of Action," held at Club Filipino, attended by leaders of various non-government and civil society organizations and government agencies, former Health Secretary Alberto "Quasi" Romualdez lamented the lack of programs that will help attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action.
According to Dr. Romualdez, the governments' neglect in meeting international commitments, such as the MDGs and ICPD, is very serious. He noted that if we had money to spend for health and family planning programs ten years ago, if we had implemented programs on these areas, then we should not be relying on foreign funding now."
"If only this administration has implemented programs on health, specifically family planning, then the unnecessary death of at least 30 to 40 thousand women who died due to childbirth and pregnancy related complications could have been prevented," laments Romualdez. "Maternal death over the past 10 years is six thousand times the number of deaths in Maguindanao massacre," he added.
Romualdez further emphasized the importance of the coming elections. He said, "it is very important to elect candidates in both national and local positions who are committed to resurrect these international commitments.'
"We should not allow candidates to issue motherhood statements, but we should engage them to have a written specific program of action, on how he or she will meet these international commitments once elected, so they will not be able to get away with it," Romualdez concluded.
By Bingo P. Dejaresco III
The nation seethed with rage over the brutal massacre of 57 civilians in Maguindanao by an alleged warlord family named the Ampatuans.
Yet when the Palace announced the declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao last Saturday - presumably to short-circuit the warlord - not everybody was cheering.
The problem goes back to the "trust issue" that most Filipinos have over their president - who has decided to run as Congressman of her Pampanga district.
Though acknowledging GMA's being hostage by circumstances, many believe she will hold on to power - as a defensive move to protect her from legal perdition - once the shield of power is denied her as she vacates the throne of the presidency.
She certainly would not relish the path suffered by her predecessor Erap who was arrested and convicted for plunder and a virtual prisoner in his own Tanay rest house.
So, the analysts conjure of images of four Options GMA opened for herself.
One, is the electoral route which (unfortunately) did not jettison off the ground because the likes of popular vote-getters like VP Noli de Castro and Batangas governor Vilma Santos just refused to be stained by the "kiss of death" from Malacañang.
Their presidential bet Gibo Teodoro, while immensely qualified, is just too burdened by the baggage of the GMA presidency to fly off the ground - an Edu Manzano as vice president, notwithstanding. The clandestine talks between a "silent alliance" with NP stalwart Manny Villar remain within the realm of speculation - but that is not entirely impossible.
Second, GMA has filed her COC in Pampanga - and this is allegedly the groundwork, the foundation for a launch at the speakership - or the Prime Minister post at some point under a Cha-Cha scenario.
Third, create artificial state of violence in many parts of the country (like the one in Maguindanao) and issue a red flag warning for a grim No Election (NOEL) situation.
Fourth, is allow Smartmatics, the election computer company, to go haywire during the first automated elections in May 2010 and for Comelec to then thus declare a Failure of Election.
Those who oppose the ML (Martial Law) in Maguindanao are deathly afraid of scenario C, where the Ampatuan Case will be a first round of violence to escalate later into a major orgy of violence nationwide (precipitated by bad intentions).
GMA did a massive image refurbishing after the Ampatuan Massacre by merely allowing chief of staff Eduardo Ermita to announce the declaration of Martial Law and not herself as Commander-in Chief. That would somehow keep nasty rumors about her personal involvement in the creation of this new-found Proclamation 1959 and avoid putting political color to her various activities.
Then she hugged, assured the media families of the 27 media victims, rather than endorse the political enemy of the family - the victims of Mangudadatu - because pretty soon, this family will also be asked to disband - otherwise it will appear like the Palace is withdrawing support from one Warlord only to give authority to another.
Should Martial Law have been declared at all?
Brilliant lawyer-senator Miriam Santiago said there exists no rebellion and the agents of the Palace are just doing "creative constitutional construction." Therefore ML is not justified.
"No rebellion exists" says lawyer Harry Roque while former Concon delegate and Comelec chairman Christian Monsod indicated that the phrase "imminent rebellion" was excised off the 1987 Constitution - precisely to disallow its definition to be so liberally interpreted.
The explanation of the other side is very interesting.
The Generals and their Soldiers are one in fear that without the Martial Law mantel, it would have been difficult to recover the 3,000 arms and ammunition of the deadly Ampatuan family with over 2,000 armed men surrounding their area. They needed the iron-hand to collect guns, arrest people and file charges.
Now they have the Big Fish (vice mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr.), the governor in the Government Hospital - with the tightest of security and 19 other family relatives suspects for questioning.
According to the DOJ: the provincial and municipal governments were no longer functioning and the courts were becoming Phantom overnight - never to be as visibly seen by the general public.
All these proved the declared Martial Law was extreme useful, according to government apologists.
In the next 48 hours or so, Congress in joint session with the Opposition senate (18-5) ratio will vote for the approval/disapproval of the ML proclamation, as sure as the crow being black, the Proclamation 1959 will be supported because the gallant senators will be outvoted in the extreme since both houses will vote as "one".
This is the first time Martial Law has been declared in a limited way after the strongman rule of Ferdinand Marcos.
We had seen the excesses of Martial Law - shattered economy, no global credit, crony capitalism, human rights violations, plus real and institutionalized violence. We still stand four-square against any repeat of the same.
Perhaps the extra ordinary situation in Maguindanao justified, in the minds of government, extra ordinary means like Martial Law. It is also one of the powers of the president under the law but subject to congressional confirmation.
We have always fought against the idea of fighting fire with fire.
There is always the danger, that men being what they are, they will violate human rights in the hallowed name of giving justice to the hapless victims. And we affirm that we do not right a wrong by committing another wrong.
So with the cache of arms already collected and 19 of the Ampatuan family members in custody for questioning, we feel the backbone of the "rebellion" has been de facto quelled.
We say, lift Martial Law immediately and let Democracy take over.
If the Military cannot crush the Ampatuans using the methods of democracy in two weeks, it cannot deserve to be its qualified defender.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Philippine Cargo Service Logistics: True to its promise of flexible solutions, 2GO acquired 2 freighter vessels, which will be named 2GO1 and 2GO2. Each vessel having a homogeneous capacity ranging from 500-600 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) is expected to forge partnerships with customers and to help support the country's growing trade and industry.
"We are confident that the acquisition of 2GO1 and 2GO2, will raise the bar of efficiency in the company's supply chain business and doing so enables 2GO to contribute in the improvement of the country's economy as well." said Susan V. Valdez, 2GO's chief executive officer.
"The launching of these freighters in November is 2GO's response to the market's clamor for more cargo capacity and lower freight rates which may consequently result to lower product prices in the market." Valdez further added.
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said in a media briefing on Friday at Malacanang, President Arroyo authorized Secretary Puno and was given full powers to carry out his own recommendation to implement suspension on local and police officials in Maguindanao and ARMM government while Maguindanao together with Sultan Kudarat and Cotobato City are under the state of emergency following the gruesome Maguindanao massacre last Monday.
Remonde added it is up to Puno to carry out his own recommendations for possible suspension of all local government officials of Maguindanao, ARMM regional government including police and military officials in the area.
He added the national government or the DILG will then appoint officer-in-charge to replace the suspended local government and police officials.
"If it is necessary to put military commanders as OIC's then we will put military commanders, Remonde pointed out.
This move by the government through the DILG is part of the state of emergency that was declared by President Arroyo last Tuesday and this will be temporary until the President lifted the state of emergency, he added.
The Palace official said that it is up to Puno announce who will be the local officials in Maguindanao that will be suspended or relieved.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Two ranking military officials have been relieved from their posts in Maguindanao to give way to "impartial and transparent investigations" on the gruesome murders Monday of at least 57 people in the province, the Philippine military said.
In a press briefing, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner, Jr. said that 6th Infantry Division Commander Major General Alfredo Cayton and 601st Infantry Brigade Commander Colonel Medardo Geslani were relieved of duty effective Friday.
The order was made following complaints of alleged "inefficiency and inaction" in *handling the Maguindanao carnage*, Brawner said, even as he added the two were not suspects in the mass murders.
"Definitely, they are not suspects," he told reporters.
Brawner said the investigation on Cayton and Geslani, to be conducted by the Inspector General at the AFP general headquarters in Manila, would soon begin.
At least 57 people, including relatives and supporters of Buluan Vice-Mayor and Maguindanao gubernatorial aspirant Esmael Mangudadatu, and members of the media, were waylaid and killed in a gruesome massacre that sent shock waves across the world.
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In a statement, NDFP National Executive Committee member Luis Jalandoni called on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to give justice to the 46 victims, including women and journalists, of political violence in the province.
"The NDFP holds Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her regime accountable for this massacre that deserves the outrage of the Filipino people. This massacre is the latest atrocious act, further aggravating the regime's accountability for extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, frustrated killings, torture, and the uprooting of millions of people since 2001," Jalandoni said.
The Netherlands-based communist leader also criticized Arroyo for "favoring" the Ampatuan clan in Maguindanao, who was linked in the killings that sent shock waves across the country.
"The ruling Ampatuan warlord clan in Maguindanao has long enjoyed the favor and protection of Arroyo and the police, military and paramilitary forces," Jalandoni said, adding that it was "highly irregular and scandalous" that during the incident, the Ampatuans were in Malacañang for a meeting.
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During the culmination of the 11th leg of the Torch Run Relay, Ingking said that the transformation torch would be the beacon that carries the light signifying the transformation program the Philippine National Police (PNP) has to undergo to make itself an organization that would compete globally.
The Transformation Torch, which traveled all over Bohol according to reports came into Bohol last October 12 and was passed to every station to bring the beacon of transformation across the country, police sources explained.
From a sagging perception and a performance that scraped rock bottom, top leaders of the police organization has to push for the reforms that would unseat abusive, arrogant and unfit cops and ease them out of public service.
With police inefficiency reports hurting most of the men in uniform, the local officers welcome the move knowing that only with the reforms can the police reclaim its rightful seat as the people’s servants and protectors.
Briefing over three hundred men and women of the Bohol police manning town stations, Ingking, who claims the charges are only examples of the threats every police officer has to face and overcome to realize the real transformation also cited highlights and gains of the integrated police transformation which started in 2005.
During the briefing which took him an hour and a few minutes, Ingking shared to the police the vision of a police force in 2030: one that would be globally competitive, capable, effective and credible.
We hope that the torch inspire, motivate and encourage our men and women in the force never to lose hope, press ona nd run the race towards genuine police transformation, Ingking added.
The Integrated Transformation Program has done things, he said and cited that recent surveys results showed that the police has slowly gained immensely from a baseline performance.
Now, the PNP is the 6th best performing government agency, Ingking prided, adding that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has even commended the police force during their anniversary in January this year.
We are slowly regaining the claim and we are making sure that by 2030, every police officer in the service would be sitting side-by-side with their foreign counterparts, a police officer who asks not to be identified shared his vision. (PIA)
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One of the areas affected was Sitio Olandes, Bgy. Industrial Valley Complex in Marikina City which is located near the banks of the Marikina River. Sitio Olandes is home to about 3000 families and the Olandes Batibot Early Learning Center (OBELC), a network organization of the Children's Rehabilitation Center.
As floodwaters rose up to their roofs in a matter of 3 hours, women and children were crying for help on their roofs, waiting desperately to be rescued. OBELC was submerged in flood waters causing damage to the center, including books, school supplies and other things used for their daily operations.
Our network organizations, from other urban poor communities of Quezon City and City of Manila, are also affected. In Sitio Talanay, Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, the houses were washed away by the raging waters. The day care center, an extension of the Busilak Learning Center (BLC) program in Sitio Veterans, Quezon City, experienced severe damage similar to the OBELC.
The same effects of "Ondoy" were also experienced in Bgy. Tatalon, an urban poor community in Quezon City perennially flooded during storms. The houses were also washed away by the fierce flood currents. The residents, who still have their houses also stayed on the 2nd or 3rd floor or on the roofs to avoid the rising flood waters.
In Vitas, Tondo,in the City of Manila, one of the areas organized by the Samahan ng Maralitang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa (SAMAKANA) or the Association of United Urban Poor Women, the residents, especially women and children were also severely affected by "Ondoy's" wrath.
Tropical storm "Ondoy" left serious damage on properties and even deaths in some parts of Luzon. The areas that were hit the hardest are the cities of Marikina, Quezon, Manila, Pasig and some areas of Rizal like San Mateo, Cainta, Taytay and Antipolo.
With these numbers of families affected by the storm and the floods, Children's Rehabilitation Center (CRC) is trying to extend its help by providing immediate assistance like relief goods and financial support. This is necessary as efforts of the local and National government are inadequate and slow, especially with the large number of victims needing immediate assistance.
Through the help of our fellow child rights advocates and other child focused organizations, a rescue operation in Sitio Olandes, Bgy.Industrial Valley Complex, Marikina City was conducted last September 27. CRC is currently part of a Task Force overseeing immediate relief for the families of OBELC. About 4 families are temporarily housed in the office where they were immediately evacuated.
The victims call for:
Immediate assistance for basic needs like food, drinking water, clothes and shelter.
Donations of books, school supplies and equipment to the OBELC and BLC for their operations.
Relief goods and materials may be dropped off in our office, #90 J. Bugallon, Barangay Bagumbuhay, Project 4, Quezon City. You can contact us at (+632) 913-9244 or 439-1053 and look for Malou or Sarah.
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