Region 11

In the dark

Source: 
Carlos Isagani T. Zarate, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Date of publication: 
10 November, 2008

MANILA, Philippines – Immoderate greed and corruption, no doubt, will become hallmarks of the present administration when it exits, hopefully, in 2010: from the agriculture funds used by Joc-Joc Bolante to “fertilize” the results of the 2004 elections, to the overpriced projects like the cancelled NBN-ZTE deal and, recently, with the “polished” script as to the real source of the stash money caught in the hands of one of the “euro generals.”

Greed and corruption, surely, are sins not of the original making of the Arroyo administration.

Military operations in ComVal is linked to mining – environmental alliance

Source: 
Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Press Release
Date of publication: 
10 November, 2008

A broad alliance of environmental groups, human rights organizations, religious groups, research organizations, academe, civil society groups, and people’s organizations called Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao lambasted the ongoing military operations in the hinterlands of Compostela Valley, particularly in the municipality of New Bataan.

SC sets deliberations on Diwalwal case

Source: 
INQUIRER.net - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20080407-128958/SC-sets-deliberations-on-Diwalwal-case
Date of publication: 
7 April, 2008

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has set for deliberation Tuesday a motion that urges the high court to take a second look at its 2006 decision, which gave the Executive Department the authority to rescind subsisting mining contracts in the Diwalwal Gold Rush Area.

The deliberation in Baguio City follows reports that the decision paved the way for the Palace to negotiate a deal with Chinese firm ZTE Corporation, to mine gold in the 8,100-hectare mining site.

Due to the urgency of the issue, the high court has included in its en banc (full court) session the urgent manifestation and