SEVERAL NEEDED IN THE SENATE. The Makabayan Bloc of Congressmen serving in the House of Representatives (HR), have shown to the whole nation that, they are, indeed, after the people’s interests that they deserve to continue to sit in office in the Lower House and what’s more in the Upper House, specifically in the Senate where they could bat and push for the nation’s interests- national interests, to be exact.
Among national issues, the Makabayan (nationalist) bloc tackled included graft and corruption, early on taking a stand against the Janet Lim Napoles-type corruption and other possible corruption activities which have taken place for decades on end; plus introducing a bill on genuine land reform, grave human rights violations such as torture, missing and disappearance cases, taking a militant position against charter change which is now being revived with no less than speaker Feliciano Belmonte in the lead.
CRAMMING COULD ENSURE. Reaching out to Marcos’ martial law victims after the approval by Congress and signed into law by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, has indeed been a difficult task and at the moment doubly difficult, because volunteers have to act speedily with the limited period of two years within which to find out who the victims are and how they could be documented. Sworn to affidavits are to be produced, while without any proof of having been victimized one has to also look for credible witnesses. But indeed, how this is to be done would be a thankless job, with even various speculations being bandied about.
The operation of the First Farmers Holding Corporation (FFHC), sugar mill in Talisay City’s outskirts, has been paralyzed after an early morning picket-rally was carried out anew by the dismissed manual workers’ union and also due to more than a year of waiting for the resolution of their labor case filed.
Revolutionaries in the Southwest Negros front under the Armando Sumayang Jrs. Front and Command paid profuse tribute to peasant leader, Greg Ratin whom they paid accolade to in a statement whom they said tirelessly and courageously push for the interests of the exploited and oppressed masses in the island and the country.
Spokesperson, Andrea Guerrero, in her tribute said, Ratin came from a peasant family and inspite of his lack of resources was able to finish a college education through hard work.
QUESTION OF BASIC REFORMS, CHANGES. Now that the so-called EDSA Revolt is now more being observed and it is just around the corner, February 26, every year to be exact, questions have once again, been raised about the intended changes of basic reforms which could have been implemented many, many years ago after it took effect, but have not been.
The militants of the national democratic system for one believed that genuine agrarian reform as was the objective of the old national democratic revolution led by the Katipunan, was to be carried out then. Aside from genuine and deep-seated change in land ownership from the feudal set-up imposed by the Spanish colonizers’ encomienda, later hacienda system which was the basis for the historical ascendancy of the landlords, the US colonizers perpetuated the system to gain the political loyalty of the feudal class.
An advocate for the environment and concerned citizen in Hinobaan town in Negros Occidental is urging Mayor Ernesto Estrao to curb "rampant" illegal fishing, destructive small mining operations and the prohibition of quarrying "that prevents developers and homeowners from sourcing sand and gravel from the town’s ample supply."
In a February 10, 2014 letter-complaint to Mayor Estrao, copy furnished NDB, Rudy Mahilum, former town official and Estrao supporter in the 2013 polls, said the proliferation of purse seiners equipped with pathfinders and fine, mesh nets prohibited by law remain unchecked.
Mahilum said Estrao’s government, the local police and the anti-illegal fishing Bantay-Dagat, "allow the operations of these fishing boats," and also "small mining operations" ... which destroy the environment.
INDICATIONS OF GLOBAL WARMING OCCURRENCE. The country, our nation is exhibiting all concrete indications of global warming with the unnatural weather and climatic occurrences we are experiencing. The US, too, of all temperature areas, on the one hand, has also exhibited these.
To review, what by the way is global warming? It is defined as the phenomenon of heating up of the earth due to the increase of carbon dioxide, a poisonous chemical in the atmosphere way, way up the air. This causes the evaporation of huge volumes of water from the earth’s ocean. With water vapor’s concentration in the air, the planet, our earth will become warmer. In terms of analysis when the carbon dioxide becomes heavier or triple in the air, the warming effect also increases because the sun’s heat shining into the earth won’t easily dissipate. The warming effect is also tripled or it increases in intensity as scientists have bared.
The results of the House of Representatives (HR) hearing to be conducted by the Committee on Public Safety and Order will be known today, with the hearing focused on the earlier relief as director of Chief Supt. Noel Constantino and of anomalies and irregularities in the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) which the former, months back, had publicly divulged.
The hearing is to conduct the probe on the relief of Constantino and the anomalies he had divulged soon after he took over the PNPA and he was relieved after his expose’ and reinstatement by PNP Chief Director-General Alan Purisima with the approval of President Benigno Aquino III.
Aside from monetary compensation based on the gravity of human rights violations committed by agents of the State, upon Human Rights Violations Victims (HRVVs) under Republic Act No. 10368, or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, the thousands of those who were victimized by various types of human rights violations during the period the Marcos regime imposed authoritarian rule and ruled by force using an iron hand, they will also be entitled to non-monetary Reparations under Section 5 of the law.
OR IS IT? The surprising, bombshell-like turn-around of Jinggoy Estrada’s secretary, Ruby Tuason, who practically fled to the US when her involvement in the scam was bared by whistleblowers led by Benhur Luy and company, with an airtight basis or evidence against those involved in the pork barrel or priority Development Assistant commonly known as the pork barrel scam.
With her turn-around after she practically fled to the US and one could conclude she testifies against her former boss, Estrada, one could conclude that the senators’ goose would be cooked.