Senator Nancy Binay blasts her colleagues and calls them “deaf ears”

Senator Nancy Binay has just issued this statement calling her colleagues in the Senate "deaf ears" after her brother, Makati Mayor Erwin "Junjun" Binay was ordered arrested and detained by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee for refusing to appear before the Senate. Mayor Binay had refused to attend Senate hearings if he was not told beforehand the questions he was going to be asked.

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Part 1 – That Pope Francis bump

Analysis By Raïssa Robles The last time there was such a love fest over one man was two decades ago when Pope John Paul II visited Manila. Pope John Paul and Pope Francis both defy the Hollywood notion of beauty and popularity. For instance, Pope Francis is old. Very old. He is nearly bald, vastly overweight. He speaks English with […]

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Dear Bishops, please ban all elected officials from standing as wedding and baptismal sponsors of non-relatives

Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - On its own, the Catholic Church can greatly help reduce corruption and political dynasties by banning all elected officials from standing as "ninong" or "ninang" in weddings and baptisms of those not related to them up to the second degree. The ban can be lifted the moment the politician leaves office.

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A Blessed Christmas to you all!

Just writing a short note to greet all of you in Cyber Plaza Miranda, including the lurkers, the bystanders and the passersby a Blessed Christmas to you and your families. This has been a very hectic year. I could not have done what I did without all you guys. Thank you.

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Breaking News – Vietnam joins Philippines in arbitration court over the South China Sea

Vietnam has suddenly joined the Philippines in arbitration court to contest China's claim over nearly all of South China Sea. The Philippines has been long wooing Vietnam to do just this. Perhaps China's aggressive action this year made Hanoi finally make up its mind to join the international suit against its former colonial master China.

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The proposed FOI: It’s worse than I thought

Here is the analysis I shared at today's forum on the proposed Freedom of Information law organized by the Asia Society. I compared and contrasted the version of the House of Representatives with that of the Senate. It is not my aim to cast aspersions on the bills. My aim is to help improve it. It is not yet too late. I have uploaded at the end of this piece the Senate and House versions of the FOI so you can compare them yourself. UPDATE: Dec. 2, 2014 6:00 AM. Congressman Barry Gutierrez has joined Cyber Plaza Miranda to defend the House version of the FOI bill. He is one of the main sponsors. His comment is at No. 5. You can ask him questions directly and tell him your reactions to the bill. First, the good news – both the House and Senate versions will require all government websites to display content in the country's major languages and not just in English.

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