[INFOGRAPHIC] PCOS machine errors: Why we should be worried

Will all our votes really count in the upcoming 2013 midterm elections? The errors of the precint count optical scan (PCOS) machine during the July 2012 demo tell us not to be too optimistic. 

Halloween greetings from NATO

This is how the defenders of this system of greed want to greet their foes this Halloween:

Indeed, it’s easy to tell who’s the terrorist.


Gaddafi’s Body On Display In Meat Store Freezer

[VIDEO]: Bloodied Gaddafi pleads for mercy

[Global Research]: NATO, Al Qaeda Militia Killed Gaddafi

Eyes wide shut at Open Government Partnership

First published on Blogwatch.ph

At the official launch of Open Government Partnership (OGP) early this week, some critical issues were not brought out in the open.

On Tuesday, President Benigno Aquino III joined 45 other world leaders in New York for the launch of OGP, touted as a multilateral initiative that supposedly aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies.

The OGP in its declaration committed to 1) increase the availability of information about government activities 2) support civic participitation 3) increase access to new technologies for openness and accountability.

“We commit to espouse these principles in our international engagement, and work to foster a global culture of open government that empowers and delivers for citizens, and advances the ideals of open and participatory 21st century government,” the OGP said in its declaration endorsed by eight countries as of Sept. 20, 2011. Continue reading

Nationwide protest on Aug. 31 vs oil overpricing

Photo courtesy of Kilusang Mayo Uno

As if to add fuel to the upcoming nationally coordinated people’s protest, Shell recently announced that it will increase prices of unleaded gasoline and kerosene effective Aug. 30 12:01 am.

  • Interaksyon.com and Pinoy Weekly have reports on the areas and regions where mass actions will be held.
  • Researcher and activist Arnold Padilla has a comprehensive entry on oil overpricing.

Is the Philippines hobbled by foreign aid?

Nearly three decades since streams of foreign aid were poured to the country, the Philippines still confronts a glaring contradiction in its pursuit of development goals. On one hand, official development assistance (ODA) flows to the country under the banner of development have reached billions of dollars. On the other side, majority of the Filipinos remain stuck on the same state of underdevelopment.

What went wrong with the foreign aid fairytale?

Read more

  • Aidwatch Philippines details the processes and actual impacts of aid in the country
  • BetterAid compiles the latest news regarding the engagement of civil society groups in the run-up to the Busan Fourth High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s SONA 2011

[Read my reaction to President Aquino’s SONA here]

[Delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on July 25, 2011]

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Bise Presidente Jejomar Binay; mga dating Pangulong Fidel Valdez Ramos at Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Chief Justice Renato Corona at ang ating mga kagalang-galang na mahistrado ng Korte Suprema; mga kagalang-galang na kasapi ng diplomatic corps; mga miyembro ng Kamara de Representante at ng Senado; mga Local Government officials; mga miyembro ng ating Gabinete; mga unipormadong kasapi ng militar at kapulisan; mga kapwa ko nagseserbisyo sa taumbayan;

At sa mga minamahal kong kababayan, ang aking butihing mga boss:

Humarap po ako sa inyo noong aking inagurasyon at sinabing: Walang wang-wang sa ating administrasyon. At ngayon, patuloy nating itinitigil ito. Naging hudyat at sagisag po ito ng pagbabago, hindi lamang sa kalsada, kundi pati na rin sa kaisipan sa lipunan.

Sa matagal na panahon, naging simbolo ng pang-aabuso ang wang-wang. Dati, kung makapag-counterflow ang mga opisyal ng pamahalaan, para bang oras lang nila ang mahalaga. Imbes na maglingkod-bayan, para bang sila ang naging hari ng bayan. Kung makaasta ang kanilang mga padrino’t alipores, akala mo’y kung sinong maharlika kung humawi ng kalsada; walang pakialam sa mga napipilitang tumabi at napag-iiwanan. Ang mga dapat naglilingkod ang siya pang nang-aapi. Ang panlalamang matapos mangakong maglingkod—iyan po ang utak wang-wang. Continue reading