Thursday’s Bits and Bites

President Arroyo revoked yesterday EO 464 issued in September 2005. Executive Order 464 barred government officials from testifying to investigations without the President’s permission. Last week the influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) asked the President to abolish the controversial order. I’m grateful but I still doubt there is a free flow of truths after this.

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There are 4.7 million poor Filipino Families in 2006 according to the 2006 Official Poverty Statistics report released Wednesday by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). The government figures say that our economy perform better but many don’t feel the ‘better performance. I think this concern – uplifting the economic conditions down to the grassroots level – need more attention.

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President Arroyo is welcome in Cebu. She is set to visit Cebu City on March 28. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña invited President Arroyo to come to Cebu City when she met with some city mayors in Malacañang last Monday.

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The Senate “Star” Jun Lozada is also set to visit Cebu. Arman Perez of Bayan Muna confirmed this during the forum at Seminario Mayor de San Carlos last Saturday. What for? Cebu City Vice Mayor Micheal Rama asked. Vice Mayor Rama said the Cebuanos do not need him coming here to know the truth. Mayor Tomas Osmeña said, Lozada may visit Cebu. I don’t know if Lozada is welcome here. Will he come for a vacation or promotion?

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If President Arroyo is serious in her effort to eliminate graft and corruption, she should start by prosecuting the people involved in the controversial National Broadband Network (NBN)- ZTE scandal. She should also commend star witness Rodolfo Lozada Jr., by making him a hero for his self-sacrifice in exposing the scandalous transaction, Sun Star columnist Bobby Nalzaro wrote last Monday. Will Arroyo do that? A remote possibility.

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Mindanao bloc wants that former House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr. has to be replaced as president of the ruling party Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD). Former President Fidel Ramos has offered JDV to become Chairman Emeritus of the party. Ramos is Chairman Emeritus which means there will be two Chairman Emeritus if JDV accept the offer. JDV reportedly agrees to be removed as Lakas president. There are many conditions though.

 

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Robberies in Cebu – a graduating Nursing student was killed by her robber last night. Cebu’s police must intensify their efforts to minimize if not solve street crimes.

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Is Cebu really the smuggling capital? Who says that? Remember the hot cars. Whether to destroy the hot cars or not, that still subject to discussions.

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More and more pirated software installers are displayed in Cebu City’s Colon area. More and more people are supporting piracy. Let us not just look at the bigger picture of corruption.

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Have a great Thursday!

 

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Jerry G. Gervacio|Mandaue City|Contact: Send Mail
Blog I author (Bisaya): Ambot Lang!
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