Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Edsa Bus Bombing, an Affront to Filipino Families

Living in a quiet, peaceful and secured place is what most Filipino families are aspiring for. But, how can these aspirations come into reality when the Filipinos, instead of enjoying their lives with their families, are robbed of this simple pleasure and are faced with the grim reality of life such as what recently happened along EDSA Buendia on January 25, 2011.
            The bombing incident perpetrated against a bus and that killed five innocent civilians and wounded several others is a clear affront to our society and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Such attacks are clearly carried out by elements who have no regard for human life and are only out to wreak havoc to our country. We, therefore, call on all concerned agencies to do everything in their power to find, expose and bring the perpetrators who committed this crime to court. Moreover, we call on all Filipino families to unite and fight against this inhumane attacks that kill innocent people.
            More than issuing a statement of support for the families of those who were killed and wounded in the blast, 1 Ang Pamilya views that the capture of the perpetrators will better serve as a remedy for the grieving families as this will prove that justice in the country is not elusive. It is therefore expedient for the government never to give comfort to terrorism or any terrorism act from any anti-government groups, whether they carry it out against civilians or military forces and establishments, as these clearly threatens our society and all Filipino families.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

House minority not a noisy bunch, Lagman tells Aquino

January 7, 2011, 6:56pm
President Aquino answers questions during a press briefing after the Vin D’Honneur at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on Friday,  January 7, 2011. (Photo by RICHARD VIÑAS)
President Aquino answers questions during a press briefing after the Vin D’Honneur at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on Friday, January 7, 2011. (Photo by RICHARD VIÑAS)
MANILA, Philippines – Congressmen from both the opposition and administration blocs resented the way President Benigno S. Aquino III treated them during the traditional vin d’honneur at Malacañang Friday.
House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman chided Aquino for taking the occasion in “making a crude partisan tirade” against the political opposition when the chief executive decried them as “a noisy minority trying to revive the bad practices of the past.”
Guests at the annual New Year event at the Palace complained that Aquino failed to play the role of a “good host” when he left rushing to another appointment. “Pati nga iyong mga ambassador nagulat sa nangyari. As usual, he was in a hurry to leave,” said a Liberal Party solon who requested anonymity.
He added: “It’s a good thing my wife prepared lunch for me. Noynoy did not prepare any.”
Lagman complained that Aquino aired his “derisive remark” against the minority as he led the toast welcoming the New Year in the presence of members of the diplomatic corps, Cabinet, Judiciary, Congress, bureaucracy and civil society.
“Secretary Ricky Carandang of the Presidential Communications Group admitted to me that he was among those who prepared the draft of the President’s brief message which specifically included the contemptuous statement against the minority,” said the opposition leader.
He added: “As Minority Leader, I enjoined the members of the minority in the House of Representatives to attend the Vin d’ Honneur as an expression of cooperation with the Aquino administration in the advent of the New Year.”
He took exception to Aquino’s tirade, saying that the “minority is articulate, not noisy.”
“It is responsible and deliberate, and does not bask in the past,” Lagman said.
”It is the President who repeatedly harps on the perceived sins of the past in a vain effort to project himself as a ‘different and model’ leader.”
According to Lagman the President is trying “to pick a fight this early in 2011.”
He stressed that the minority will not run away from a good fight, adding that if Aquino truly wants it, “he will get it.” (With a report from Rio Rose Ribaya)

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