Manila Buletin
Jack C. Gadaingan

NAVAL, Biliran — Gov. Rogelio “Roger” J. Espina has asked provincemates to give unequivocal support to President Arroyo, saying she remains to be the best leader who has brought the country towards development and progress.

He sounded this call amid calls by some quarters for the President to step down, in the wake of the Senate inquiry into the $ 329 million ZTE national broadband network (NBN) controversy.

Espina said the issue is being used by detractors of the administration to besmirch the credibility of the presidency.

“Changing the presidency by mob rule is not good for the country, and it has lost appeal to the people as well the international community. Those interested to become president should wait until election time,” he said.

Espina said “it is only through the leadership of President Arroyo that our economy has reached a new level of stability.”

He said real progress, as evidenced by the current momentum of poverty alleviation is now felt in many parts of the country, especially in the countryside.

Espina backed this claim with the result of the Social Weather Station’s (SWS) recent survey that indicated incidence of hunger in the country has markedly declined to 16.2 percent from the record-high 21.15 percent

In the Visayas, involuntary hunger incidence dropped from 21.7 percent to 14.3 percent during the last quarter of 2007, he said.

The governor here said that in Biliran, they have many things to be thankful to President Arroyo.

For instance, Biliran province has been included in the Roll-On Roll-Off (RORO) sub-system of the “Eastern Nautical Highway” through the development of RORO ports in the towns of Kawayan, Maripipi, and Naval.

Espina said full realization of this project will not only link Biliran Island to the other provinces across the country, but most importantly, place this province in the road-map of progress.

This will establish the onset of growing trade and tourism that, in turn, will improve the quality of life of the local people.

Also a doctor of medicine, Espina also hailed Arroyo’s concern for the poor that is being realized through the People’s Government Mobile Action (PGMA) Caravan, which is delivering basic socio-economic services to the people.

The PGMA rflects the programs and projects of the government to the poor provinces of the country.

He said although Biliran is no longer in the top ten list of poorest provinces, the PGMA Caravan is scheduled to visit here on Feb. 25 to address problems affecting the day-to-day living of the Biliranons.

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  1. Manila Bulletin has been around for a long time.
    Before and during the Marcos era days, I was a voracious reader of that paper, the hard copy one. I had to go to a public/school libraries everyday and spent student allowances on weekends to read the paper.

    Nowadays with online newspaper available, I rarely go to the mb.com.ph even it’s free.

    Why? Try to compare it with yourself with inquirer.net, abs-cbnnews.com, PCIJ.org and other online news.

    Share your observations here.

    Honestly, I am not paid nor bribe to promote non-Manila Bulletin articles. I must admit I am not good in English
    writing too. Maybe just opinionated but money does not come into play. Basta maka-express lang sa gibati
    ug gihunahuna…

    How about you, Jack? Do you have extra income(50k per article?) for writing/glorifying someone, something?
    Be honest, please. Our country needs honest and moral writers for the benefit of all people.
    But in retrospect I am just dreaming, waiting for miracles, waiting for people to rise up to demand
    THE TRUTH NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH…and may be just fair and balance reporting in
    the Philippines.

    So below is an article to air the other side. Let the people decide, Jack.

    ——————————————————————–

    Editorial
    Forked tongue

    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 19:38:00 02/16/2008

    WHEN PRESIDENT MACAPAGAL-ARROYO went before the Manila Overseas Press Club (MOPC) and Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap) last Friday, she said early on in her speech: “We take the ZTE issue very seriously.” This is what the media seized on as the quotable quote for the day. But the clincher came near the end of the same speech: “And there are too many,” she thundered, “who cloak themselves in easy rhetoric and lazy charges who would put personal ambition ahead of national progress.” In other words, the President views the ZTE issue as merely another political fire that has to be put out in the usual manner. If you can’t disprove it, confuse it.
    Going back to the relevant initial portion of her speech, the President said: “I moved quickly to cancel the project as soon as I could after proper consultation with the government of China, which after all is our largest export market.” What was this, except an attempt to take credit for bowing out of a problem of her own making? For as the Financial Times put it, “the kickbacks scandal … began after the government awarded a contract to ZTE without a public bidding process. Mrs. Macapagal cancelled the deal amid the uproar.”
    Trapped by an uproar to which her reactions prevent her from vindicating herself. For example, she cannot disprove allegations she personally intervened to reverse her own stated policy on the funding for that deal, because she has invoked executive privilege with regard to relevant Neda documents. The President obviously felt the deal was so important she had to leave the bedside of her seriously ill husband (then at death’s door) simply to witness the contract-signing in China.
    And the President continued, “We want to fight corruption.” But her Cabinet insists there was no corruption. So what is there to fight? Her own transportation and communications secretary, Leandro Mendoza, said on Feb. 10 that neither Benjamin Abalos nor the President’s husband had any role in the ZTE-NBN deal. Perhaps the President’s idea of a fight is shadow boxing?
    She then proceeded: “The Ombudsman, who is constitutionally independent, has announced that she will carry out a review of this issue and the related allegations.”
    How independent? This is the Ombudsman who, until recently had an office more concerned with the “Grand Finals of the Anti-Corruption Songwriting Competition” on May 12. Then just as the President began to try to salvage the situation, the Ombudsman suddenly rose from her previous lethargy on the issues of high-level corruption. Defensively. “My relations with the First Gentleman [are] close but far—close because he was a former classmate, far because the Office of the Ombudsman is independent and is only answerable to the public,” Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez said. But perhaps she is telepathically linked to the President, her classmate’s wife.
    The Ombudsman then issued a flood of subpoenas coincidentally timed with the Senate’s resumption of hearings on Monday. The kind of coincidence that had masked men installing video cameras outside La Salle Greenhills, with ample time to snoop on those attending today’s Mass. For monitoring traffic, the police said; for a transparent investigation, the Ombudsman says.
    And then, the President said, “I have given clearance to the secretary of justice to investigate those implicated who are not within the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman.” The same secretary of (in)justice who has already said the whole thing was “drama.” So what sort of investigation will he launch when he has already passed judgment on the case?
    She then said something all-too-familiar to the public by now: “I cannot comment more on this until the reviews are complete.” The same line she gave, in 2005, when asked about impeachment charges: her lawyers, basically, will take it from here. Invoking the right against self-incrimination?
    In conclusion, the President went on to emphasize the elaborate choreography of the shadow boxing: “I trust that the Ombudsman will investigate this issue thoroughly and I trust that she will ensure a transparent process in doing so. And I instruct the secretary of justice to be likewise thorough and transparent in his investigation.”
    We have a word in the vernacular for such things. Switik.

  2. kapoy basa ana nga balita, way klaro kay bayaran ang writer. mr. jack kadaingan mahiya ka naman. sabagay pareho lang kayo ng mga amo mo, mga walang hiya. kapal muks mga bandido.

  3. Poor not benefiting from economic growth
    (But Roger E said, per Jack’s report, everything under GMA.is
    well ..or swell? RE is a doctor, politician and  now

    econimist? Impressive – jack of all trades, master of none!)
     
    Economists urge gov’t to focus on farm sector

    By Michelle Remo
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 00:19:00 02/21/2008

    The benefits of an improving economy have yet to trickle down to the poor,
    as many Filipinos remain unemployed, economists said during a socioeconomic
    forum Wednesday at the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Makati City.
     

    The reported drop in the unemployment rate, which President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s
    administration claims as proof of a robustly growing economy, is
    artificial
    , as this is partly influenced by people leaving the labor
    force, the economists said. (Anong say mo, Jack? Fake kanang ilang gi-ingon
    nga "economy is stable with GMA".

    Hogwash!)
     

    They noted that there was an increasing number of Filipinos not interested to
    work because of a lack of high-quality jobs or because of their dependence on
    money remitted by family members working abroad
    .(Hey, Jack, why
    don’t you glorify these OFW heroes and please write an honest article
    about where the government monies, including loans, go?)

    The National Statistics Office (NSO) earlier reported that the unemployment rate
    improved to 6.3 percent in October 2007 from 7.3 percent a year earlier.
     

    Economist Cielito Habito said the country had a dwindling labor force, noting
    that the latest unemployment rate translated to 2.2 million jobless Filipinos
    based on the NSO’s new definition of labor force.

    Habito, who was the economic planning secretary during the Fidel Ramos
    presidency, said people not looking for jobs, and those not immediately
    available for work at the time of the NSO survey, were excluded from the
    official count of the labor force.

    Using the old definition of labor force, which he deemed as more appropriate,
    Habito said there were 3.5 million unemployed Filipinos as of October.

    “There are people who do not work simply because the jobs available here are of
    low quality. Some just wait for opportunities to work abroad,” he said.
     

    He noted that while the industry and services sectors generated more than
    500,000 jobs in October, the agriculture sector, where most poor Filipinos are,
    lost 25,000 jobs.
     

    To allow the benefits of high economic growth to trickle down to the masses,
    Habito said, job creation should be centered on the agriculture sector.(like
    Biliran)

     
    (People, your tax money including the loans are being Hi, Jack-ed!. Don’t
    move, don’t make peaceful rallies or you are acting like a mob rule! Huwag
    kayong mag-CADAINGAN dyan)

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