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Learning to dance "Pinoy Ako" dance

>> Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I'll be learning this dance. Looks like a lot of fun!


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Michael Jackson, Beyonce, best dancers of all times - video

>> Sunday, September 27, 2009

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When failure can turn into success

>> Friday, September 25, 2009

I learned something from this video, I hope you will too.

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Mar: Filipinos are hungry for change

>> Monday, September 21, 2009


It's now official, Noynoy and Mar are standard bearers for the Liberal Party Election 2010. The Noy-Mar tandem is the choice by the people for the people.
"This fight is not just about Noynoy and me. It’s bigger than the two of us. It’s bigger than the Liberal Party. It’s bigger than anyone of us. It is about our collective thirst for change. It is about finally overcoming those who want to continue the tayo-tayo system, the horse-trading, the greed, the self-interest, the transactional politics that has been the biggest roadblock to progress and prosperity for all," said Roxas who three weeks ago dropped his plan to run for president to give way to Aquino. Continue reading...

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Warning to Gibo Teodoro: "No Garci repeat"

>> Saturday, September 19, 2009

Marine Col. Ariel Querubin said Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., who has been chosen as the administration’s standard bearer for the May 2010 elections, should ensure the military will not be involved in cheating operations.

"Everybody has the right to run for any post in the government... But he (Teodoro) should not use his office to devise another cheating scandal. A repeat of `Hello Garci’ will not sit well with the rank and file of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. That will not be allowed anymore," he said.

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Noynoy Aquino and sisters


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Whitney Houston’s voice then and now

>> Friday, September 18, 2009

Whitney Houston can hit the highest notes with ease but this was before, but - as reported in the celebrity world - she lived a life involving drugs and other forms of abuse that were harmful to her perfect voice. Whitney is now ready to come back to the music world but it seems like her voice is not ready yet. Here are two videos of Whitney singing I’m Every Woman, listen and compare:

Then...


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Jennifer Aniston sings at Ellen Show - watch video

Jennifer is a long-time favorite. She’s funny, cute, adorable, and confident. But can she sing? She tried in this video at Ellen Show. Watch this and judge for yourself:

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Oprah not taking the credit for Charice's success


We all know how Charice started her successful U.S. career and there is no denying that Oprah played a very important role in that success. But when Oprah was asked about how she'd helped the most talented girl in the world, Oprah humbly replied:

“I would have to say that my staff is responsible for that because I said to them, ‘Look, I’m not in the record business.’ And they said, ‘This girl has something.’ From the beginning, I brought Charice into a room and sat her down with some people whom I thought could help her. They were asking me, did I want to manage her? I don’t. I don’t want to make any money from her. I just want her to be as successful as she can.”

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Charice eyes career in Hollywood - why not

>> Thursday, September 17, 2009

MANILA – After starring in 20th Century Fox's live-action animation film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," conquering Hollywood is most likely next for international singing sensation Charice.

In the “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” Charice plays herself, the biggest rival of the Chipmunks in a singing competition. Like other Hollywood stars, Charice auditioned just to get the role.

"Kumanta ako ng mga Beyonce songs at ginaya ko ang boses ng chipmunks. Tuwang tuwa sila. After a week noong umuwi ako ng Pilipinas, tinawagan nila ako at nakuha ko ang role. Gusto nila ang role ko daw po ay bilang Charice,” she said in an exclusive interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com.

The film is yet to be screened in the United States, but the management of Warner Bros. is already discussing the possibility of her appearing in more movies in the future.

"Tinanong ako ng Warner kung ready na daw akong pumasok sa movie. After ng the 'Alvin and the Chipmunks,' doon ako na-convince na pwede na," Charice, a contract artist of Warner Bros. Records, said.

There are a lot of movie offers already, the YouTube sensation admitted. What she wants though is to appear first in a horror film.

"Hopefully, ay mabigyan nila ako [ng horror film project]. Sabi ko sa kanila ang gusto ko ay iyong parang 'Orphan' movie ang dating. Gusto ko ako ang pumapatay, ayoko nang ako ang pinapatay," she said.

Charice also wants to make a special appearance in a popular American television series, “CSI.”

She said: "Pwede din nila akong i-guesting sa ‘CSI.’ Like iyong mawawala ako at hahanapin nila ako.”

When "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" holds its premiere showing, meantime, Charice said she will attend the big event along with its American cast.

As of the moment though, Charice is focusing on her music career. She flew back to the US recently to complete her first international album.[ABS-CBN]

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New Guiness World of Records tallest man is 8'1"

The new tallest man as presented by Guinness World of Records in London measures 2 meters 46.5 centimeters (8’1”) taking over the title from China’s Bao Xishun who stands 2.36 meters (7’ 8.95”). The new tallest man’s name is Sultan Kosen, 26, and is from Turkey. He also has the largest hands measuring 10.8” and largest feet measuring 14.4”.
More details and photos can be found here.

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Murder of Annie Le an issue of workplace violence, DNA matched and lab tech arrested

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Yale Student Death: Annie Le Killed by Traumatic Asphyxiation, Says Coroner

>> Wednesday, September 16, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn.(CBS/AP) Authorities have finally released the autopsy report on slain Yale graduate student Annie Le, who went missing on Sept. 8, 2009. The state medical examiner says that the promising medical researcher died of traumatic asphyxiation by neck compression.

Traumatic asphyxiation is characterized as a severe compression of the thorax, or the chest, and is sometimes called "crush asphyxiation". The method of choking requires intense pressure on the victim, comparable to the way a python kills its prey.

A short statement about the autopsy was released Wednesday by Dr. Wayne Carver's office. The report comes three days after 24-year-old Annie Le was found hidden inside the basement wall of a Yale medical school research building.

Police have called Yale lab technician Raymond Clark III a "person of interest" in the case and have collected DNA and other physical evidence. No charges have been filed.

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What went through Taylor Swift's mind when Kenya stole her moment

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In My Life - Batangas premiere night

>> Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's super full house at Batangas SM Mega Mall for the premiere of In MY Life, starring Vilma Santos, John Lloyd and Luis Manzano, and directed by Olive Lamasan. Tomorrow, September 16, is the official start of the screenings and huge crowds are expected. The movie exceeded the expectations of the people. Watch video:

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Obama: Kanye's a "Jackass"

Kanye West had issues with George W. Bush, but it's Barack Obama who's put the rapper on the presidential s--t list.

And it's not for interrupting that health-care speech.

"Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a 'jackass' for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT'S presidential," tweeted Nightline coanchor Terry Moran after watching a CNBC sitdown with the commander in chief last night.

The tweet sparked controversy, since it broke with the accepted journalistic tradition of not quoting from White House interviews before the cameras start rolling. An hour later, the post was removed and ABC News quickly offered a mea culpa.

"In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview.

"This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again." [e-online]



Listen to the leaked audio of Obama's Kanye diss after the jump:

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Kids takes the marshmallow test - see who will win and lose

Oh, The Temptation from Steve V on Vimeo.

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Layoffs and restructuring being blamed for the wave of suicides at France Telecom

ABC's Christophe Schpoliansky reports from Paris:

A wave of employee suicides or attempted suicides continues to affect France Telecom SA. Yesterday, a 53-year-old woman tried to kill herself in a Metz office of the telecommunications giant by swallowing pills. She had just been told that her mission was over and that she would be subject again to geographic mobility. The woman survived and is now out of danger. The day before, a 32-year-old woman threw herself out of a fourth-floor window of her office building in Paris. She had been involved in discussions on restructuring. Unions blame this wave partly on layoffs and restructuring at France Telecom.

In all, 23 employees over 18 months have committed suicide. 100,000 people work for the French telecom company.

According to the INSERM (the national institute of health and medical research), the French suicide rate was 17.1 per 100,000 people in the entire French population in 2006, the latest available year of data.

The French state owns 26.7% of France Telecom and 70% of its agents are state employees.

Today, the President of the company is scheduled to meet with the French labour minister to discuss the situation.

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Students Punished After Brutal School Bus Beating Caught On Tape

 

A southwestern Illinois school superintendent says two students suspected of attacking a 17-year-old schoolmate on a school bus have been suspended.
Suspended, perhaps for at least 10 days, and that's all. That's it?

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Possible suspect identified in Annie Le murder

Annie Le is a third year medical student at Yale University who was murdered with her body found stuffed into a wall last Sunday. It was a horrible crime that shooked the campus of Yale. A possible suspect has been identified as Raymond Clark, a lab technician that was believed to have worked with Annie in the lab.

Police investigating the murder of Yale grad student Annie Le searched the apartment of a "person of interest" Tuesday evening. No arrests were made, but police identified the occupant of the apartment as Raymond Clark who they say is a lab technician at the Yale laboratory where Le's body was found Sunday, stuffed into a wall. The development came as the medical examiner did an abrupt about face and withheld Le's autopsy, which would have revealed the woman's cause of death. The medical examiner's office said it was being withheld at the request of the New Haven State's Attorney. The state's attorney did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com to explain his decision. Read full article....

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Patrick Swayze dies at 57 - RIP

>> Monday, September 14, 2009


[By CHRISTY LEMIRE, AP Entertainment Writer Christy Lemire, Ap Entertainment Writer]

LOS ANGELES – Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into viewers' hearts with "Dirty Dancing" and then broke them with "Ghost," died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given.

Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer.
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Lovers In Paris starring KC Concepcion, Piolo Pascual, Zanjoe Marido - watch trailer

>> Saturday, September 12, 2009

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BB Gandanghari talks about her sex change?

>> Friday, September 11, 2009

People are noticing the changing looks of BB Gandanghari. Has he had a sex change?

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What you need to know about men like Chavit Singson

>> Thursday, September 10, 2009

Men like Chavit belong to the old world of bosses and strongmen. Their strength is built on guns, wealth, and loyal men under their payroll. Men like them enrich themselves through all sorts of illegal activities like smuggling and gambling. They have legitimate enterprises but these too enjoy short cuts with the law and provide cover for the other. They move in elite circles, rub elbows with the rich and famous. They are allies of powerful people from whom they enjoy protection, and with whom they are partners in crime. ...
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TFC or The Filipino Channel

Can't imagine life without the TFC, especially with my husby.

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It's confirmed, Ellen DeGeneres will replace Paula Abdul

Emmy Award-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has joined American Idol as the new fourth judge sitting alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi. As the new judge, Ellen will offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition. We can expect a more exciting American Idol with the addition of Ellen.

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Pokwang a hit in Wowowee

Many people were worried about what might happen to Wowowee when Willie was told to go on leave of absence. Who can match Willie's charisma and power in making people happy the way he did. We all know Willie is Wowowee and Wowowee is Willie. But to my surprise, I'm now more looking forward to watching Wowowee because of Pokwang. Yes, Pokwang was able to pull it off and up. She really makes me laugh until my sides would feel like it's going to split. If Pokwang will remain to be humble and funny as she already is, she will go a long way in her career.

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Yes, Noy Aquino's will run for the president in 2010

>> Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Noynoy Aquino has declared his presidential bid for year 2010:

"Bayang Pilipinas, tatakbo po ako sa pagkapangulo sa darating na halalan. Itutuloy natin ang laban (Philippines, I will run for president in the coming elections. We will continue the fight)," Aquino declared in Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City
Everybody have speculated this to happen and for who will be his running mate is another declaration to be made hopefully soon.

Aquino, meanwhile, said he is waiting for Senator Mar Roxas to decide on his request to become his running mate in 2010.

"Our party president (Roxas) has led us in difficult times. I've offered the slot to him. I'm awaiting his decision," Aquino said when asked who will be his running mate.

Roxas, the Liberal Party's (LP) supposed standard bearer, decided to withdraw amid clamors for Aquino's run for the presidency.

The LP president, who was present during Aquino's declaration, declined to comment on his possible vice-presidential bid.

However, in a previous interview over radio dzMM, Roxas said that Aquino had asked him to be his running mate.

"Sabi ko sa kanya, kung kalmado ka na... Nakapag-retreat ka na at gusto mo pa rin [akong tumakbong vice-president], mag-usap tayo ulit (I told him that if you have cleared your mind. After your retreat and you still want me to run for vice-president, we will talk again)," Roxas said during the radio interview.

He was relating to a conversation during one of the meetings he had with Aquino before he declared his withdrawal from the 2010 presidential race.

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Interesting opinion about the Chavit Singson-Che Tiongson case

I found this very interesting editorial from Manila Times and I just have to share it with you because I share the same opinion with the writer's.

The Singson-Tiongson scandal, some people are saying, is one more proof that this country has gone to the dogs.

Here is one of the high officials of the land, a close ally of the President. He is the Deputy National Security Adviser. Undersecretary Luis “Chavit” Singson, a former provincial governor, has admitted beating up his former common-law wife of 17 years, the mother of five of his children.

Her pictures as a beauty and as one with a swollen face, red, black and blue where she received the blows, have been splashed around the world.

He admits having beaten her boyfriend as well. He had found them together in a posh townhouse in Quezon City. He boasts of having in fact saved their lives because the men he had assigned to shadow Rachel Tiongson and Richard Catral thought their mission was to kill them. He stopped his men from killing his former live-in partner and her present lover. He wants to be seen as the victim of a perfidious partner. He told the Inquirer “I am innocent, I am the victim here and I can prove it in court.”

In a Quezon City court, Ms. Tiongson has charged Undersecretary Singson with violating Republic Act 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Law. He has the opportunity to prove his claim of innocence and victimhood there.

But in all likelihood, given what he has admitted to media, all he can prove is that he acted with the frenzy of a brokenhearted and jealous man whose violence against his beloved and her lover was a “crime of passion.” We are, however, not in a country (like France) that excuses perpetrators of crimes against their wives and sweethearts under the rubric of romantic love. Instead we have Republic Act 9262, the newly enacted Magna Carta of Women and other laws in our criminal code that hold perpetrators liable for attacking and injuring anyone—except in self defense.

Besides, both Ms. Tiongson and Undersecretary Singson have told the media that they have been separated for some time. Therefore, in her reckoning, he no longer has any right over her affections and can have new lovers if she wants.

Malacañang’s response the worse scandal

The greater and worse scandal, however, is the response of Malacañang to this ugly drama. At first, the Palace asked Mr. Singson “to behave.” About that he offered the comment that he was in fact well-behaved and had not killed anyone despite what Ms. Tiongson and Mr. Catral had done to him.

Then, on Monday, Malacañang, through the voice of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo, sounded a bit more stern. The President, Ms. Fajardo said, was disturbed by the “domestic problem” of Mr. Singson and the charges laid against him who is “regarded as part of her [the President’s] circle, though not part of her official family.” Ms. Fajardo also explained that the President could not suspend Undersecretary Singson because the accusation against him had nothing to do with his job.

So, Malacañang urged him, through Ms. Fajardo, to take a leave of absence—out of delicadeza (a sense of propriety). She also said National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, being Undersecretary Singson’s immediate boss, had been instructed to “make the appropriate recommendations” to the President.

Sec. Gonzales should just fire his Usec

Instead of making “the appropriate recommendations” Secretary Gonzales should just summarily fire Mr. Singson for conduct unbecoming of a high official and for not giving a damn about the rule of law. And he should find out if Mr. Singson has secured the necessary permits to keep a pet tiger at home.

Mr. Singson has virtually dared Malacañang to remove him (according to the Inquirer). By firing Undersecretary Singson, Secretary Gonzales would be helping prove that this country has not yet completely gone to the dogs.

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What Lea Salonga thinks of Charice

Does what Lea Salonga say matters? Of course it does and should be taken at heart and not for granted. Why? because Lea is an icon and the best among the best when it comes to music. Aspirants should seek her advice and learn. In a recent interview, she was asked about her opinion of Charice. Here is her comment:

As to the rising international phenom Charice Pempengco, she said, “Charice is fantastic, wonderful, nice, nice, singer. I worked with her and she is very talented."

When asked what piece of advice she would give Pempengco, Salonga said she should remain humble. "Even if a lot of people will tell her, you are the best, you are the best, and even if true, she should stay humble and not let these compliments sink into her head. And she should not forget, where she comes from."

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Psychologist: Chavit's ex-lover may have 'battered wife syndrome'

>> Monday, September 7, 2009

A lot of abused women can relate to this story. Obviously, Che was abused who perhaps never had the chance to move on because she may have the "battered wife syndrome". Dr. Montes gave a crystal clear of what Che might have gone through.

MANILA - The story of National Security Adviser Luis "Chavit" Singson and his common-law-wife Rachel "Che" Tiongson could be a classic case of abuse, according to a Filipino psychologist.
Dr. Jovita Mantaro Montes, health services director of women's advocacy group GABRIELA, said Tiongson may be suffering from a psychological condition called "battered wife syndrome" that results from prolonged mental and emotional abuse.
Tiongson recently made headlines when she accused Singson of lashing her with a whip and beating her up after he caught her with another man.
She said that she and Singson have been separated since November last year, a claim that Singson later denied.
Singson alleged in a previous interview that he caught Tiongson having sex with her boyfriend, Richard Catral, inside her apartment but denied that he hurt them as a result.

Good start, rocky ending
Tiongson said in an interview with ABS-CBN's Ces Drilon that the lashing incident followed years of emotional and mental abuse she suffered under Singson.
As his common-law-wife, she said she was kept under a tight leash and was reportedly under surveillance even after their alleged separation.
"Hindi na naging normal ang life ko. Takot na takot ako, nagtatago ako. After pa noong, noong nangyari (lashing), parang ako pa iyong nagtatago. How many days talaga ako bago lumabas (with the charges), kasi pinag-isipan ko talaga," she said.
Tiongson said she met Singson, who was then a congressman, when she was a freshman in college.
Tiongson, who described herself as a simple provincial lass then, said she fell in love with the politician.
"At that time, pinakita niya sa akin ang pagiging gentleman niya, generous at thoughtful. Iyong nagpapadala ng bulaklak, mga ganoon. Niligawan naman niya talaga ako. Humarap pa siya sa family ko sa [General Santos City]," she said.

Dependency
After the pair shacked up together and had their first baby, Singson reportedly asked Tiongson to stop school so she could focus on their family.
He also assured Tiongson that he would marry her someday. The pair have been together for almost 17 years and have 5 children together.
Tiongson said the romance started fizzling out when Singson became preoccupied with other, much younger women.
She said Singson would also treat her badly, as when he would use her for sex, or when he would ask for receipts whenever she would spend money he gave her.
"Nasanay na ako sa ganoon, basta pag inaabutan niya ako (ng pera), masaya na ako. Nasanay ako na dependent ako. Lumiliit na rin iyong tingin ko sa sarili ko kasi ang pakiramdam ko, parang hindi na ako asawa," she said.
"Very influential siya eh, sino lang ako? Iniisip ko kung gusto kong umalis na, anong gagawin ko? Wala akong bahay, wala akong ipon, wala akong (property) na sabihin ko na akin," she added.

Telltale signs
Dr. Montes said that Tiongson's case may be a classic case of "battered wife syndrome." She said that women with this condition tend to think of their partners as "saviors" who will help them rise from poverty.
In fact, one of the main reasons that women stay with their abusive partners is because of economic dependency.
This is more common among women who have never held a job or who never graduated from college.
"A big part of battered wife syndrome is the capacity of the partner to provide for the family, pay for children's education, and give a comfortable life to the family. This is why it's not that easy to leave, even if they are not married," Montes said in Filipino.
Women who partner up with prominent figures also fear that they will hurt them or their children. In some cases, the abused partner loses self-esteem and fears the uncertainty of starting a life without the financial assistance of their partner.
"Sometimes they prefer the certainty of being beaten," she said.
Montes said it is natural for women to take up boyfriends even after they escape from an abusive relationship.
This is because women feel vulnerable and tend to look for admiration from other men in order to regain their self-esteem.

Domestic violence cases on the rise
Montes added that violence can also become a cycle in the relationship. When the abusive partner repeatedly shows remorse for his or her actions, the woman may think that it is alright to be physically abused because their partner seems sorry for what he had done.
The woman also hopes in vain that their abusive partner will change.
According to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) studies, there were 1,944 reported cases of domestic violence in 2008. This is higher than the 1,701 reported cases in 2007.
Philippine National Police Women's Desk data, meanwhile, lists 4,981 domestic violence cases in 2008 compared to 3,963 cases in 2007.
The agency's data revealed that 22% of these cases occured in the National Capital Region, followed by Davao.
Montes said the cases will stop growing if women learn how to overcome their fear and leave their abusive partners.
She said these battered wives or partners must realize that they have a right to live a life of their own, if they want it.
Tiongson recently filed a complaint before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court against Singson for allegedly violating the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Law. Penalties under the law include imprisonment and fines of up to P300,000. Report by Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN News.

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To Chavit Singson, there is no excuse for violence

MANILA - Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Leila de Lima on Saturday assailed deputy National Security Adviser Luis Singson for his "arrogance" and urged his common-law wife Rachel 'Che' Tiongson to file a human rights complaint.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, de Lima lamented Singson's statement in media interviews, including with dzMM and ABS-CBN News, that Tiongson and her boyfriend should be thankful he did not kill them for their affair.

"As a government official, he [Singson] is covered by the Code of Conduct of public officials. Kaya tamang pinagsabihan siya ng Palasyo, especially since he holds a public position. He is a powerful man and hindi dapat ganyan, fino-flaunt yung power. To me, there's arrogance there," de Lima said, when asked to comment on the incident involving Singson and his wife.

Tiongson and her boyfriend suffered physical beatings allegedly at the hands of Singson or his bodyguards after he found them together in an apartment last August 22.

Tiongson was allegedly beaten and lashed with a whip that Singson uses to discipline his pet tiger. Her boyfriend was also allegedly beaten up, forcibly undressed, and tortured.

Under Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Ethics for Government Officials and Employees, public servants are supposed to respect human rights and to act with "justness."

A provision in RA 6713 states: "(c) Justness and sincerity - Public officials and employees shall remain true to the people at all times. They must act with justness and sincerity and shall not discriminate against anyone, especially the poor and the underprivileged. They shall at all times respect the rights of others, and shall refrain from doing acts contrary to law, good morals, good customs, public policy, public order, public safety and public interest...."

Administrative sanctions

De Lima said the fact that Singson is a high-ranking official of the National Security Council "makes it more imperative na kailangan malaman talaga kung ano ang kanyang pananagutan diyan."

"To me, all the more that it should be deplorable because he's a powerful man, and hindi puwede yung ganun-ganun lang. And then you know, totoo ba yun? Na when he was interviewed, he even said, 'Buti nga hindi ko pinatay.' The mentality is there is alarming," she said.

De Lima said Singson could face administrative sanctions for violation of the Code of Ethics.

"We can recommend or not for possible prosecution and other sanctions like administrative," she added.

De Lima also encouraged Tiongson to file a human rights complaint before the CHR for violation of the Law Against Violence Against Women and Children.

Even if Tiongson has filed a separate complaint before the Quezon City trial court against Singson, de Lima said the filing another one before the CHR is still allowed.

Violence against Women

"Nasa mandate din namin yan, to look into cases of violations of women's rights, particularly violations under the Law Against Violence Against Women and Children. And lalu na, it's particularly more compelling now that we have a Magna Carta of Women," she said.

Under the Magna Carta of Women, de Lima said the "CHR has been designated as the gender and development Ombudsman, with jurisdiction to investigate or look into human rights violation of women, especially issues of discrimination."

Based on media interviews given by Tiongson, de Lima said it would appear that her rights as a wife were violated.

"She's a battered wife. And violence really against women should not be tolerated by a civilized society," she said.

In case Tiongson files a case, de Lima said this would fall under "human rights violations of a woman, and the larger picture of violence against women.

"You know, wife battering, battering of wives, battering of common-law wives. When you say wives, either legal or common-law. Battering of women, it has to stop. Kasi, I think laganap pa rin yan sa Pilipinas. Marami lang hindi nagsusumbong for the sake of the family, for the sake of the children. But that is totally deplorable, that is inexcusable," de Lima said.

Torture vs boyfriend

De Lima said the CHR may also look into the reports of torture committed against Tiongson's alleged boyfriend, Richard Catral.

"Isa pa yon. Lalu na kung totoo yun na tinorture. Again, torture or infliction of physical harm is not justified and is a basis for a complaint. It's an actionable wrong," she said.

De Lima said Singson would be entitled to due process.

On Friday, the Office of the President on Friday advised Singson to "behave accordingly as an upright citizen and submit himself to due process of the law."

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said he was not aware if President Arroyo's deputy national security adviser used government resources to spy on Tiongson.

Singson is considered one of the most influential politicians in the country. His testimony in the impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada in 2000 led to the fall of the Estrada administration and the rise to power of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in January 2001.

Singson virtually admitted on Wednesday over dzMM that he beat up his wife last month after discovering she had an affair, and added she should be thankful he didn't kill her.

Bruised face and arms

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN's Ces Oreña Drilon, Tiongson showed pictures of her badly-bruised face and arms allegedly caused by the beatings she suffered at the hands of Singson last August 22 after he found her with her boyfriend in her apartment.

She said Singson beat her up and even lashed her using the whip he uses to discipline his pet tiger.

Singson and his bodyguards also allegedly undressed Tiongson's boyfriend, took pictures of his penis, beat him up, and tortured him.

Tiongson also revealed that Singson's treatment of her even before the beating made her look down on herself. "I really felt I wasn't a wife anymore. Like I was just a servant. If he gave me money, he would ask for receipts so he would know where the money went. I used to be the wife and then he was just discarding me," she said.

A Quezon City trial court has granted Tiongson's request for a protection order against Singson, which means he should not go near his wife.

Remonde said Malacañang's actions on Singson will "depend on the outcome of the case."

Attempted homicide?

On Friday, in an interview over Umagang Kay Ganda (UKG), Singson said he never admitted that he beat up his wife, although he said she did get hurt.

Singson reiterated his earlier statement that Tiongson, with whom he has five children, should be thankful she's alive.

Singson said he has already received a subpoena after Tiongson sued him for violating Republic Act 9262 or the Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004. The two are scheduled to appear before a local court on September 8.

Still, he said he is already severing his ties with Tiongson. "Again, good luck. Wala na akong pakialam sa iyo," he said.

Family law expert Katrina Legarda, meanwhile, said Tiongson has a strong case against Singson if she will use Republic Act 9262 or the Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004. She said Tiongson has to choose whether to file a complaint of physical injury, attempted homicide or attempted murder. If found guilty, Singson could face up to 20 years in jail for attempted homicide or attempted murder. [ABS-CBN]

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Chiz Escudero rejects tandem with Villar

>> Friday, September 4, 2009

Next to Noynoy, I like Chiz Escudero. If he becomes the president, you can expect our country to be in good hands. There were charges against Villar as raised by Jamby Madrigal but he never faced the senate hearings. Was it because he has many hidden agendas? What he did instead - using his billions - was launched an aggressive media campaign to deny the charges, claiming that the allegations are meant to undermine his bid for the presidency, according to Chiz. Can we ever forget that he was once a Marcos' ally and crony and it's easy to think that he has the Marcos’ style and training.
If I may borrow a reader's comment, we are taking another risk for our country if Villar becomes the next president.
MANILA - Senator Francis 'Chiz' Escudero on Friday rejected a team-up with Nacionalista Party (NP) presidential aspirant Senator Manny Villar even if an alleged Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that a Villar-Escudero tandem has the best chance of winning next year's elections.

“Impossible. It will never happen. I stand for good governance,” Escudero said in a statement.

“Given what I have seen and read about the allegations raised in the C-5 controversy, it seems to be just the tip of the iceberg. I cannot in good conscience run with or under him,” he added.

Escudero, who will turn 40 in October, is expected to seek the support of his party, the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), whose titular head is San Miguel Corp. (SMC) chair and chief executive officer Eduardo 'Danding' Cojuangco Jr..

Escudero said "Villar has refused to attend the hearings by the Senate on allegations raised by Sen. Jamby Madrigal in October last year that his real estate empire benefited from the diversion of the C-5 road extension project."

Instead, Escudero said "the billionaire senator has launched an aggressive media campaign to deny the charges, claiming that the allegations are meant to undermine his bid for the presidency."

“If the charges are false, then there is still time for Sen. Villar to present his side before his peers in the Senate,” Escudero said. [ABS-CBN]

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Noodle World in Alhambra, CA

>> Wednesday, September 2, 2009

One of our favorite Thai places with our usual fave, Crispy Catfish, Pad Thai and Thai/Coffee ice tea.

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The fire in Los Angeles - pictures

>> Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I took these pictures as we were driving around downtown Los Angeles. The fire was about half hour drive from our place but it looked so near with its gigantic smoke.


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Inside Jaycee Lee Dugard's backyard home for 18 years - see pictures

Jaycee was only 11 years old when she was kidnapped and was forced to live with her monster kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, and everyone would like a peep of their backyard home with her two daughters to see how they lived their lives for 18 years.

RadarOnline.com has exclusive photos inside convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido's backyard prison camp where he raped and held captive Jaycee Lee Dugar for nearly two decades, fathering two children by his sex slave before his arrest last week. Click here to see pictures.

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BREAKING NEWS! Mar Roxas withdraws from 2010 race



MANILA - Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II formally announced his withdrawal from the 2010 presidential race on Tuesday and his support for his partymate, Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

"I am announcing my support for the candicacy of Noynoy Aquino for President in 2010," Roxas said at a press conference at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan.

"Noy has made it clear to me that he wants to carry the torch of leadership. The passing of our beloved former President Aquino has reawakened a passion among us. I acknowledge this as fuel to bring us to the realization of our dream: Good will triumph over evil," he said in his speech.

"Ito na ang pinakamabigat na desisyon sa buhay ko. Maniwala man kayo o hindi, ginagawa ko ito para sa bayan, para sa inyo. I do this for unity in support of change. And if that means that somebody must make the sacrifice, it must be me. Ako na," Roxas said, alluding to his political ads.


Among those present were LP chairman emeritus and former Senate President Jovito Salonga, former education secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad, and Aquino.

Country above self

He said his decision to withdraw his 2010 bid was placing the interests of the country above his own.

"Country above self. Bayan bago sarili," he said at the beginning of his speech.

Roxas said that he and Aquino share the same "outrage over the mess we are all in, the same way we share the solution--clean, honest, selfless public service."

"Noynoy and I want to make a difference, but we also know that we need to unite to achieve what we want," he said.

"Over the weekend, Noynoy and I had many long conversations... Masinsinang usapan. We agreed: Let us forget about ourselves for a moment. This is not about us, this is about our people and our country. This is about our common dream. The dream of our parents. But let us not remain a country of dreamers. Tama na ang pangarap. Gawin na natin, ngayon," Roxas said.

Before ending his speech, Roxas gave a message to Aquino.

"To you Noy, I say: I began the campaign to sow the seeds para sa pagbabago at reporma. You must now be the one to grow them in the arena of leadership," Roxas said.

"Hindi kami maghihiwalay ni Noy. I will stand with him," he said.

Nonoy's plans

He also had a message for his supporters, saying he won't be abandoning them.

"At sa aking mga kababayan, sa mga nagtiwala sa akin: Mahal na mahal ko po kayo. Mahal na mahal ko po ang ating bayan. Hindi rin tayo maghihiwalay. Itutuloy natin ang pagbabago sa ating bansa. Itutuloy natin ang laban para sa reporma," he said.

He, however, did not say if he will be Aquino's running mate, or if he would run for re-election in the Senate. Noynoy is expected to make announcement about his decision for 2010 on Wednesday.

Prior to the press conference, LP officials declined to confirm the announcement, but LP leader and former representative Nereus Acosta told ABS-CBN's Pia Hontiveros prior to the 6:30 pm press conference that the LP is heeding the clamor of the people.

Acosta said Roxas will be explaining the rationale for the changes in the LP's political plans. He said national interest, rather than personal interest, became the basis for Roxas' decision.

Since Roxas announced his decision to run as LP's presidential candidate, he has spent heavily on political ads.

Liberal Party roots

Both the Roxas and Aquino families have deep roots in the Liberal Party.

Roxas' grandfather, former President Manuel Roxas, founded the Liberal Party in the 1960's. The elder Manuel was the first president of the Philippine Republic.

Roxas' father, former Senator Gerardo M. Roxas, was the president of the party from 1969 to 1982. "My father led it during the most difficult times of Martial Law. Sa harap ng peligro, sa kabila ng napakaraming tukso, hindi siya sumuko. (In difficulties and temptations, he did not give up.)"

"He inspired me-to stay the course, to fight the good fight, to pass the test of true character. To believe," Roxas shared about his father.

Aquino's parents were also involved in the Liberal Party. His father, former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. was the party's most vocal member against the Marcos rule. His mother, former President Cory Aquino, ran as a guest candidate of the party in the 1986 snap election.

In the weeks leading to Roxas' announcement on Tuesday, Filipinos mourned the August 1 death of Cory Aquino, a democracy icon, and commemmorated Ninoy Aquino's death last August 21.

Read full transcript of Senator Mar Roxas.

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THROUGH IT ALL - lyrics and chords

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