BSP website hacked by Anonymous Philippines

Late this afternoon I still got the chance to visit the website of Banko Sentral Ng Pilipinas and it was still working. I was able to get the latest Foreign Exchange Rates to update my blog’s FOREX section. But come evening, the website has been defaced by hackers who identified themselves as Anonymous Philippines.

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ABS-CBN, Big Winner in CMMA 2012

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. emerged as the big winner in the recently concluded Catholic Mass Media Awards 2012 held in the jam packed Star Theatre in CCP Complex, Pasay City last night.

Celebrities and news personalities from the 3 major stations in the country converged in CCP complex to attend the ceremonies which honors TV and Radio programs, Music and Films that exemplifies good Catholic values.

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Enrile and Trillanes traded barbs over Scarborough Shoal issue

Two senators who were former allies are now “enemies” from different sides. In his privilege speech yesterday, Sen. Antronio Trillanes IV, bolted out from Senate majority to say his distrust and lost of confidence in the leadership of Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile.

Trillanes accused Enrile of being an Arroyo ally for allegedly railroading the bill that will divide Camarines Sur into 2 provinces, to which the Senate President denied. Enrile on his part accused Trillanes of lobbying for the interest of China over the dispute in Panatag Shoal.

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Senate probe on Puno,started and ended today

After resigning from his post as DILG Undersecretary, Rico Puno is not yet free from the eye and scrutiny of the public.

Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws headed by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago today started it’s inquiry regarding allegations on jueteng, PNP firearms acquition and Luneta hostage incident, against former DILG Undersecreatry Rico Puno. Present among the Senators, aside from Santiago were Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Aquilino Koko Pimental III (who both came in a little late).

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Miriam hits Malacañang on Puno probe

At the start of the Senate Committee hearing on Puno probe today, committee chairwoman Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago throws fire on Malacañang for allegedly banning certain cabinet officials to attend the hearing.

On her opening statement, she read what according to her was an “excuse letter” signed by Executive Secretary Pacquito “Jojo” Ochoa, detailing questions on jurisdiction and purpose of the hearing. She even called drafter of the letter as “duling” for mis-interpreting Senate procedures.

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Ronald Gadayan …Gem of Honesty

This is the 4th poem from Mr. Villalobos. It’s about the airport janitor, Ronald Gadayan who surrendered large amount of money he found in airport. This proved that honesty and integrity cannot be compromised by large sum of money, even though that their family is in need of it.

Ronald Gadayan
…Gem of Honesty
By Apolinario B. Villalobos

For someone in need of money,
To earn by dint of hard work
Should be the chosen way,
But those who find it not easy
To be diligent in all they do,
Find it hard to firmly say “no”.

In the world we have today,
Seldom can there be found
Those with heart that still beat
With love, good morals and ethics,
But not a certain Ronald Gadayan -
Many times proven – an honest man !

Labored to earn since age seventeen,
All that Ronald wanted, then
Was help his mother honestly earn,
For he saw her sacrifice for all their sake,
From morn till night – a sight
That until now, he can’t forget.

Waking up, to God, he fervently prays
To give him strength and he, be safe
Also his wife, his kids, the three of them
Be well, healthy and from danger spared,
Simple prayer from Ronald’s heart -
With all sincerity, and humbly said.

I am a Filipino, proud …yet suffers, too

This is the 3rd installment to the 4 poems of Mr. Apolinario Villalobos. A very heartfelt piece which tackles our being Filipino. It’s really indeed a pride to be part of this race, but more should still be done for us to develop and prosper.

I am a Filipino, proud
…yet suffers, too
By Apolinario B Villalobos

“Let us not lose hope…”
This I have to say first
For if I won’t, but instead
Put that line at the end
I will be stirring your anger
That I will just regret later.

When foreign people
Set foot on our sacred shore
Our ancestors welcomed them -
Not just with smile
But warm embrace
Showed them kindness
Showed them love -
The way of Filipinos
As the whole world knows.

The Chinese brought pots and silk
Gave names to our islands and islets,
The Japanese brought their skill
And goods of steel,
Spain sent forth Christianity
Tainted with gracious civility,
The Americans brought more-
More than what we could muster
And all of these-
Supposed to enrich our culture
But instead, defiled our identity
Stained much of it with sheer gravity!

I hear Filipinos speak English with a twang
But should not be, when they speak our language –
Filipino, the rich language of every Juan.

I see Filipinos enjoy foreign food, every bit of it
But should not be, when they push aside
Our own sinigang and pinakbet.

I hear Filipinos sing foreign songs so soulfully
It’s just nice, but not when they despise
Our own that should be sung with dignity.

Deep inside, I suffer as I see and hear them
I know that just like me, others out there
Are gritting their teeth but can’t do anything;
Proud as a Filipino, yes I am
But so many things are left undone –
Things that our heroes in the past have begun
They who put color
To the vivid pages of our history;
Things that should have been done
By our heroes of today
But who died just when a new light
Started to shine on our democracy.

Leaders, policy makers, lawmakers…
Are they…really?
They who warble promises
And steal the people’s money?
Paid with lofty sum from the coffer
Where money for those who suffer
Should have come
Should have been done
But only the few – these warblers
Enjoyed no end, they who are supposed
To be brimming with wisdom!

After the father, comes the wife
Then the daughter, and the son
Not contented, the cousins and in-laws
All in the family, to power they strut
With a taunt in their face that says:
“What are we in power for,
And you with money has none
Eat your heart out, here we come!”

Rain that used to bless the earth
Filipinos now desist
Especially those who live
Along the river banks of the cities
For with it comes the flood
A curse that only the Bible says
Shall wipe out sinners
From the face of the earth;
But why…the floods?
Simple: the money for saving projects
The conscienceless -
Unscrupulously pocketed!

Innocent lengths of asphalted roads
That for long defied the trash of nature
Helplessly wrecked by greedy contractors
So that low-grade fresh overlay can be spread
Later giving up to rain’s patters
And treading of cars, trucks, and all…

Even the precious school books are not spared
By purported educators blinded with greed
Seeing to it that new ones, yearly will be printed
Exam questions, at the end of every chapter
Are cleverly printed!
So then, closing school years would also see
These books so dear, become useless -
Thrown to the garbage, not to be used
By aspiring younger brood of the family.

I am pained by the sight
Of plates at restaurants
and food stations of the malls -
Half –finished food left with pride
By those who seem to say
“I am rich, I can squander money”
And who never thought
That out there in the dumps
Some brethren try to salvage morsels -
Precious food that could be stuffed
Into their guts so they can live
Better than nothing, or they’re dead.

I said in the beginning of this:
Let us not lose hope…
But wish for the best
If we strive together
And do what is right
Then new life for us
Will be in sight!

DILG USec Rico Puno resigns

After being linked to the alleged bidding anomaly of PNP firearms, which was alleged as the reason for him and other policemen to try to enter the condo unit of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, Undersecreatary of Interior and Local Government Rico Puno resigned today.

In his statement regarding his resignation, he detailed the chronology of events that transpired on the days of Aug 18 and 19, 2012. He said those were the exact events that took place as he follow the orders of the President.

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