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  1. Question On the issue about the ZTE Broadband Scandal 
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    what do people of Biliran has in mind about the issue on the ZTE Broadband Scandal?
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    The saying is true: They can fool some of the people all the time and all the people some of the time, but they cannot fool all the people all the time. What they evilly conceive in secret will always be revealed to all one day.

    Unless good men would stop being satisfied in not doing anything today to save this country, they would wake up one day to see that this country has transformed into a police state where its citizens would just disappear without trace from the face of the earth, where fear would pervade everywhere.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksc View Post
    what do people of Biliran has in mind about the issue on the ZTE Broadband Scandal?

    Very scandalous... It's a shame my goodness...
     

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    lozada asking for protection? wife asking for writ of amparo. A very nice explanation Razon.

    wala nay ayo ang Arroyo Administration. hehe =)
    "the heart has its reasons which reasons cannot understand"....
     

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    how could we imagine the overpricing of government projects...oh my God!!! theres a lot of money wasted...million dollars went to corrupt government officials!!!!...according to lozada it was a normal cyle in the government transactions...what if that project had pushed through??? the government have to loan for this project... si juan delacruz na sad ang papas anon...
    i hope lozada's testimony is an eye opener and the beginning of the battle agaisnt corruptions... sana hindi masayang ang ipinaglalaban ni lozada
     

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    how could we imagine the overpricing of government projects...oh my God!!! theres a lot of money wasted...million dollars went to corrupt government officials!!!!...according to lozada it was a normal cyle in the government transactions...what if that project had pushed through??? the government have to loan for this project... si juan delacruz na sad ang papas anon...
    i hope lozada's testimony is an eye opener and the beginning of the battle agaisnt corruptions... sana hindi masayang ang ipinaglalaban ni lozada
    sana di siya mabili gobyerno .. at sana tuloy tuloy na ito baka sa kalagitnaan wala na baka mahukospukos....
     

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    MANILA, February 7, 2008— The Catholic Church's social action arm vowed support for Rodolfo Lozada, a key witness in a Senate probe into alleged kickbacks in a telecoms deal with a Chinese firm in which the husband of President Arroyo has been named.

    Manila auxiliary bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action, said Lozada has asked for help, which he felt only the Church could provide.

    "We will do everything we can to help him," he said in an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas.

    Asked why Lozada chose to take refuge with the Church, he said Lozada told him that he's more comfortable to be with people serving the Church.

    "He said that as a Catholic, he opted to be with the Church who would listen and care for him," the prelate stressed.

    Pabillo was the only bishop who accompanied Lozada from La Salle Greenhills in Mandaluyong to the Senate building in Pasay City along with nuns and members of the La Salle brothers.

    The prelate said the Senate witness is involved in a situation where seeking the truth about alleged irregularities in the government is put to test.

    It is only proper, he said, that the Church must come to help him.

    "It's also our duty to guide and give protection to people who need help," Pabillo added.

    Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee investigating the NBN deal scandal, said the hearings will resume 10 a.m. tomorrow. (CBCPNews)

    Church group lauds Lozada revelations


    MANILA, February 7, 2008—A Church-based group lauded Rodolfo Lozada for coming into the open "despite serious death threats against him."

    Solidarity Philippines said they appreciate Lozada's courage in bravely revealing what he knows about the alleged anomalies in the aborted national broadband network project.

    Lozada has pinned down former Comelec chair Benjamin Abalos as one of the key figures on the worth $329-million deal between the Philippine government and China's ZTE Corp.

    "His testimony further confirms that Abalos earned a big sum of his retirement package from the multi-million anomalous ZTE deal," they said in a statement.

    The group also accused the Arroyo administration of trying to keep Lozada to silence and prevent him from telling the public what he knows about the ZTE mess.

    "While those in power have not gone to confess their sins against the Filipino people, we laud the courage of Lozada to confess what he knows despite the serious death threats against him," the statement read.

    "Solidarity Philippines joins the Filipino people in praying that Lozada will not compromise the whole truth. We also pray for strength and safety of his family in these challenging times," they added. (CBCPNews)



    'Tell the truth' Lozada urged


    MANILA, February 7, 2008—The head of Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines urged Rodolfo Lozada to tell "everything" he knows about the national broadband network mess.

    Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo released the statement following Lozada's revelation early Thursday about the scrapped $329-million deal between the government and China's ZTE Corp.

    "He (Lozada) must tell the truth and nothing but the truth," he said.

    Lagdameo said Lozada's testimony could help the public that has long been clamoring for the truth about many issues hounding the Arroyo administration.

    The CBCP head, however, cautioned him about the danger he might take because of his exposé.

    Lagdameo said surely Lozada will run over influential people but the truth must prevail.

    "If we are looking for the truth, he must tell all that he knows about the deal," he said.

    In a press conference at La Salle Greenhills in Mandaluyong, Lozada divulged that trouble started when former elections chief Benjamin Abalos Sr. insisted his claim of $130 million "commission".

    He said then National Economic Development Authority Romulo Neri hired him as consultant to study a proposal for the NBN project between the groups led by businessman Jose de Venecia III and Abalos.

    He also claimed that he was "abducted" by several men upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday.

    Lozada said he was later released after he was forced to sign several affidavits while under the custody of personnel from the Police Security and Protection Office.

    But Malacañang officials vehemently denied that abduction took place to stop him from testifying before the Senate investigation on the project.

    Environment Secretary Lito Atienza admitted it was him who asked police chief Avelino Razon to provide security following a request from Lozada himself.

    Razon said he received two requests for Lozada's security—one from his sister and another from Lozada himself.

    He added Lozada gave the handwritten request for police protection upon his arrival.

    Lozada surfaced at the La Salle Greenhills campus and held a press conference at 2 a.m., where he bared his knowledge about the project.

    He was taken to Senate building in Pasay City after his press conference. Manila Archbishop Broderick Pabillo and several nuns and priests accompanied him. (RL)



    Protected by nuns armed only with prayers

    By Nikko Dizon, Dona Pazzibugan, Beverly T. Natividad
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 05:59:00 02/08/2008

    MANILA, Philippines -- In a move reminiscent of the Church role during the harsh years of martial law, nuns and priests Thursday came to the aid of one of their beleaguered flock.

    Armed only with their rosaries and prayers, Roman Catholic nuns formed a virtually impregnable human wall around Rodolfo Noel "Jun" Lozada Jr. at La Salle Green Hills before dawn Thursday to shield him from harm.

    And they stayed close by his side throughout the day to ensure his safety before he appears at the Senate on Friday to tell what he knows about the scandal-ridden and now scrapped national broadband network deal with China's ZTE Corp.

    Their action was a throwback to the dark days of Ferdinand Marcos' dictatorship when members of the clergy, led by the late Jaime Cardinal Sin, defied Marcos to shield dissidents from arrest.

    Except that Lozada is no dissident. More than that, the telecommunications expert has said he does not want to even be dragged into politics.

    The president of the influential Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, Angel Lagdameo, hailed Lozada's "heroic" decision to come out and urged him to "tell the truth and nothing but the truth."

    "You must tell all that you know about the deal," said Lagdameo, speaking in his concurrent capacity as Jaro archbishop.

    Many truths suppressed

    "We are here to give support to Mr. Jun Lozada for his effort to tell the truth," Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said at the press conference held at the National Shrine of the Divine Child inside the La Salle Green Hills compound. "Please understand that the Church isn't here for partisan reasons."

    Lozada was surrounded by 10 nuns as he went down a staircase at the chapel to talk to the media.

    The nuns, led by Sr. Estrella Castalone, co-executive director of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), were from the Daughters of Charity, Religious of the Good Shepherd and Salesian Sisters.

    Pabillo said in Filipino that the Philippines was in chaos because many truths were being suppressed. He said the Church simply wanted the truth to be revealed.

    "We are here to give him support, sanctuary and protection so that there will be those who will listen to those who want to tell the truth ... This is the risk we take being the Church ... so that our society will become better," Pabillo said.

    Nuns in full force

    At the Senate, nuns took turns staying with Lozada at all times Thursday, on the eve of his testimony at the chamber.

    "We're here to keep him secure. We are here to keep him company, keep him calm and give him a sense of security," said Sr. Mary John Mananzan, national chair of the AMRSP.

    Mananzan said Lozada had turned to the religious groups for support because he did not want to be associated with political personalities.

    She said nuns would come out in full force to the Senate hearing Friday.

    "We will fill the (Senate session) hall. "We'll try to protect him and give him support," she said.

    Tight security

    Lozada stayed inside Sen. Alan Cayetano's inner office after he was brought to the Senate at around 4 a.m.

    With him were three brothers and two sisters. Also around were some members of the civil society group Black and White Movement and the leftist group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan).

    While the key witness is in its custody, the Senate so tightened security that even an intelligence operative of the National Bureau of Investigation was prevented from reaching Cayetano's office.

    "He will feel much more secure if the sisters are here. There will be sisters here all the time," said Mananzan.

    Very heroic

    "It is a very heroic thing for him to speak that way," Archbishop Lagdameo told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview.

    Lagdameo said that at the moment he could not say whether Lozada's statements linking First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo and former Commission on Elections Chair Benjamin Abalos to the ZTE deal were true.

    Truth hurts

    "We are all looking for the truth and the truth always hurts. We don't know who will get hurt by the truth," he said.

    Pabillo said that it was primarily his "conscience" that led Lozada to seek the Church's help to come out with the truth.

    "He gave way to his conscience," said Pabillo.

    Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said the CBCP had always called for transparency and accountability in government, and it maintained that stance in the case of Lozada's impending revelations to the Senate on the controversial ZTE deal.
     

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    As you can see the Arroyo government is rotten. From the very time she promised she'll not run for re-election 'till this very moment wala ng ginawang maayos ang Arroyo government. Lots of scandals that the government needs to explains has been ignored by the Arroyo government.

    Am calling to those people who in one way or another trying to defend the Arroyo government to explain these scandals, the ZTE broadband scandal in particular. Ngayon nyo sabihin sa akin na may improvement ang gobyernong ito.

    Havent you noticed? Lahat ng may kinalaman sa mga anomalya ng Arroyo government ay either nawawala, nag aabroad, or nananahimik na lang. Where is Joc-joc Bolante now? Why Sec. Neri is not talking/telling the truth? In the very first place sya ang nag siwalat na sinusuholan sya ni Abalos and Gloria didnt lift a finger about it. Di kaya fininger ni Gloria? O di kaya nag-finger si Gloria? Sa tingin nyo, bakit nag issue ng gag order ang Arroyo government sa mga government heads? Hindi ba para ma-invoke nila ang kanilang rights to self-incrimination para di sila makapagsalita sa mga senate hearings?

    This government is only rich in rhetorics pero walang laman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m1911a2 View Post

    Havent you noticed? Lahat ng may kinalaman sa mga anomalya ng Arroyo government ay either nawawala, nag aabroad, or nananahimik na lang. Where is Joc-joc Bolante now? Why Sec. Neri is not talking/telling the truth? In the very first place sya ang nag siwalat na sinusuholan sya ni Abalos and Gloria didnt lift a finger about it. Di kaya fininger ni Gloria? O di kaya nag-finger si Gloria? Sa tingin nyo, bakit nag issue ng gag order ang Arroyo government sa mga government heads? Hindi ba para ma-invoke nila ang kanilang rights to self-incrimination para di sila makapagsalita sa mga senate hearings?
    Ha ha ha! Ano ba iyang fingeran diyan, m1911a2! Nakaka hot naman. At si Lintang Bidol, hindi pa nagcondense after nagevaporate!

    We can not yet be sure that Lozada is not a "pakawala" of gma cordon people whose ultimate mission is to clear gma.
     

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    On the Latest Political Brawl in the Congress

    The message is loud and clear: for an ordinary street vendor or for a family whose house has just been demolished, the hullabaloo of the ruling class means nothing to them but thick-skinned indifference to their plight. The recent clash among the ruling elite sharply exposes their penchant for power politics all in the service of grabbing and amassing more wealth. They are into political brawls and wrestle with each other to determine who will bring home the loot they pilfered from the coffers of the nation’s treasury. They cheat during elections, they bribe people and manipulate the legal institutions, and juggle the public funds all in the service of their selfish and vested interest. Obsessed with power and wealth, they would not allow the emergence of new challengers among their ranks, posing dangers to their agenda.
    The latest $329-million NBN deal with the Chinese ZTE, where the bribing of government officials has been exposed to the public, is just one of the latest scandalous corruption implicating GMA and her family. The whistle-blower is a son of another powerful man -- Speaker of the House of Representatives Jose de Venecia (JDV). The members of their respective families later engaged in word-war, hitting each other hard by raising issues very much irrelevant to the scandal exposé. It is not impossible that the exposé has hurt and harmed Malacanang, and it is not impossible that Malacanang has had a hand in whatever maneuverings were made in Congress ousting JDV.
    Trying hard to cover-up the now overly exposed rottenness of the ruling class, Malacanang hosted a golf game supposedly to show off her support to JDV -- a kind of game only the rich could understand. In such a gathering, the suffering and hunger of Mang Pandoy, Aling Maria, or Nanay Maxima, the common-tao who creates the wealth of the nation, would be very far from their minds, because they could only care about themselves. They would never ever discuss about hunger and poverty, about genuine agrarian reform nor about quality education for school children. Logically the game of rich would not be a venue where the issues that matter most for the poor will be discussed. They might, in that gathering, praise and congratulate in chorus the latest CBCP statement.
    Then later, we learned that Mrs Arroyo skipped the golf game with JDV. She attended the Sunday mass instead. Whether God listened to her prayers or not, we leave that question for the bishops’ pontification.
    During the latest deliberations in the House of Representatives, JDV was ousted as Speaker, to the triumph of a very powerful block. However, do the majority of the Filipino people share the feeling of triumph? The fight between GMA and JDV is a fight among the ruling elite, and the people, who continue to wallow in the mire of indecision (whether to reject totally the prevailing elite politics or not), remain as spectators to their in-fighting.
    Or perhaps the people just could not take their boorishness anymore. The ones selling goodies along EDSA and smashed by MMDA officials, the farmers who were robbed of their lands, the women who were forced to migrate to another land to save their families from economic woes, the children who were dying of hunger, and the urban poor never benefited from the debates and latest actions in Congress . The revealing challenge is at hand: not only to endure the current system and accept it as still the kind of system that would work for the people, but to struggle in making meaningful changes to an already rotten and unpopular set-up of governance.
     

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