Kitchen sinks, anyone?

  • Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    Associated Press
    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims. …

  • Aquino takes responsibility for bungled mission in Philippines, but no …

    Aquino takes responsibility for bungled mission in Philippines, but no …

    Aquino takes responsibility for bungled mission in Philippines, but no …

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday took responsibility for a bungled security operation in January that left 44 police commandos dead, but offered no public apology for the clash that has become his biggest political crisis in years. Since the secret mission, Aquino's approval and trust ratings have plunged to their lowest level in five years, and a peace process with the country's largest Muslim rebel group has stalled. "To every Filipino who has felt failure or has been hurt …

  • China wants to control South China Sea: Philippines

    China wants to control South China Sea: Philippines

    AFP News
    China wants to control South China Sea: Philippines

    The Philippines accused China on Thursday of seeking to take control of nearly the entire South China Sea with an expansionist agenda dominated by "massive reclamation" works. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said China's efforts were aimed at undermining a United Nations tribunal that is due to rule early next year on a Philippine challenge to its claims to the disputed waters. "China is accelerating its expansionist agenda and changing the status quo to actualise its nine-dash …

  • Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of a former Los Angeles policeman has been charged with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape arrest for allegedly killing a man during an off-duty fight. …

  • Japan core inflation back to zero on-year in February: govt

    Japan core inflation back to zero on-year in February: govt

    AFP News
    Japan core inflation back to zero on-year in February: govt

    Japanese inflation went back to zero for the first time in nearly two years in February as it slowed for a seventh straight month, according to official data Friday …

Personal attacks, though present from the start of the national campaign, have intensified the last few days, both in the senatorial and local campaigns. At the senatorial level, we have witnessed the disparagement of candidate Nancy Binay as having the sole credentials as “vice-presidential daughter” and nothing else. Senator Loren Legarda was accused by a certain Biraogo, a “media publicist,” of stashing hidden wealth in New York’s fashionable Park Avenue in the form of a million-dollar apartment. Juan “Jackie” Ponce Enrile, Jr. has his alleged murderous misdeeds of Marcos dictatorial years, including the death of then-popular movie star Alfie Anido, brought back into the limelight. Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, Jr. likewise experienced a public flashback of his alleged 1986 key role in the abduction and gruesome murder of Atty. Rolando Olalia and his driver, Leonor Alay-ay when the case against former Col. Kapunan had a hearing.

Earlier in March, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri had their face-off regarding the alleged “battered wife” of the former. Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero also had his media share in the tiff between his girlfriend, actress Heart Evangelista, and her parents.

The attacks, at the senatorial campaign level, evidently had something to do with the fierce and closely-fought electoral contests: one, for the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth place, and, two, for the coveted number one position in the victory list.

According to the latest Pulse Asia survey, done last April 20-22, 2013, seven candidates have clear chances of maintaining or barging into the last three places in the 12-person senatorial slots open for election. These are Pimentel, Angara, Zubiri, Honasan, Enrile, Hontiveros, and Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. The first nine slots appear to have firmed up, according to the survey.

An earlier Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, conducted last April 13-15, 2013, also indicated a firming up of the first nine slots. However, it listed six to eight candidates within hitting distance of the 10th to 12th seats still open. These are Poe, Trillanes, Enrile, Honasan, Zubiri, R. Magsaysay, Madrigal and Hontiveros.

The case of Senator Loren Legarda is a different one. Since she has maintained her number one position in both surveys, she certainly is a big target for those aspiring for the seat. The reason, of course, is that it is a historical launching pad for presidential candidacy. Since the 2016 presidential election is already being fought for in the current campaign—with Vice-President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay a declared candidate—the first three Senate slots are an inviting target for those who have the 2016 ambition also.

Entering the homestretch, every card in these candidates’ war chest is being pulled out in dealt. Personal attacks—considering the personalistic nature of traditional politics—are par for the course. If there is a kitchen sink somewhere, it will certainly be thrown in, for good measure.

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  • Southwest transport terminal construction start still in limbo

    The construction of the country’s first intermodal transport facility is in limbo as both the government and the winning private concessionaire are waiting on each other before finally pushing through with the contract signing. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the ongoing titling of the project site for the R2.5-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) Southwest Terminal should not delay the concession agreement signing, which has been indefinitely postponed since February …

  • Jesuit school confers honors on Deles, Ferrer, Iqbal

    Despite heavy opposition from the alumni and even parents of students, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan conferred on Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles a degree on Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa Wednesday. The Jesuit-run university also recognized the other major players in the ongoing peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as it awarded GPH peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and …

  • Mobile market tapped for saleable items worth P21B

    With more than P21 billion worth of saleable items in Philippine households, online classifieds website OLX Philippines is aiming to tap this market by targeting mobile phone users who could be potential sellers and buyers of second hand items. OLX Philippines hopes to provide better support to mobile users with the OLX app since 50 percent of the website’s traffic is generated by mobile users. “We will soon become a mobile first company,” said OLX Philippines co-founder RJ David in a press …

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