02 Nov Juan Round Table: November 2, 2015



  1. Laglag Bala  Scam

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the public should not worry about “tanim bala” or bullet-planting scam happening inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals and other local airports, as government exhausts all means to stop the alleged scheme.
Abaya said his office has heightened measures to stop the alleged scam, which has angered the public and caught the attention of foreign media outlets, such as Time and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
“We are definitely conducting an investigation and will not tolerate this tanim balaoperation. We have terminated and have filed charges against OTS (Office of the Transportation Security) and MIAA (Manila International Airport Authority) personnel before, and will not hesitate to do it at all,” Abaya told Rappler in a mobile phone reply.
The DOTC chief said his agency is studying the structure of the aviation security, setting up additional closed circuit televisions (CCTV), changing handling procedures, and heightening the investigation on the alleged scam.– with reports from Editha Z. Caduaya/Rappler.com
Sisa: Pakainin ng bala yan
Moe: Puro na lang investigation. When will the real action/ next steps begin?
Jap: Pathetic. Yeah Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, let’s wait for something worse like nobody from other countries coming in because hey, “It is not fatal”.


  1.   “November 2 should be a holiday” – Cardinal Quevedo 

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says the appropriate day for remembering the dead is on November 2, not on November 1 or All Saints’ Day.

The government’s decision not to declare November 2, or All Souls’ Day a holiday, sends “a wrong message” to Catholics, according to a ranking official of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo said the appropriate day for remembering the dead is on November 2, not on November 1 or All Saints’ Day. The Cardinal told priests to emphasize this to their parishioners, as he said most Catholics now prefer visiting their deceased loved ones on November 1.

“What is happening is that, (we) many Filipinos and dioceses have emphasized All Saints’ Day as the time of blessing the dead and blessing the grave. I think that’s a wrong one,” Quevedo said over Radio Veritas. With this, Quevedo lamented the government’s recognition of November 1 as the sole non-working holiday in this Catholic celebration, as Malacañang earlier saidNovember 2, Monday, is a regular working day.

“I would think that the time to travel to the province would be November 1 and the actual honoring is November 2 and the time to return would be November 3,” added Quevedo.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) earlier appealed for a meaningful and celebration of the Catholic tradition. Another church official, Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, called on Filipinos not to turn grave sites into picnic spots.

“We go to cemeteries to remember them and their good deeds, not for picnic, not for reunion,” Santos said. – Rappler.com

Sisa: Multuhin ka ni Ninoy at Cory

Moe: Oh come on! OA na masyado si father. It’s just a date.

Jap: Separation of church and state, anyone?


  1.  Heaven or Hospital

Five-year-old Julianna Snow has never been healthy enough to attend Sunday school at the City Bible Church in Portland, Oregon, where her family belongs, so most of what she knows about heaven, she knows from her parents.

They tell her that heaven is where she’ll be able to run and play and eat, none of which she can do now. Heaven is where she’ll meet her great-grandmother, who shared Julianna’s love of shiny, sparkly, mismatched clothes.

God will be in heaven, too, they tell her, and he will love her even more than they do.

But Michelle Moon and Steve Snow explain that they won’t be in heaven when Julianna arrives there, and neither will her big brother, Alex. She’ll go to heaven before them because she has a severe case of an incurable neurodegenerative illness called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

Her coughing and breathing muscles are so weak that the next time she catches even a cold, the infection could settle in her lungs, where it could cause a deadly pneumonia. Her doctors believe that if they can save her under those circumstances — and that’s a big if — she will likely end up sedated on a respirator with very little quality of life.

There’s no debate about the medical facts of Julianna’s condition. But there is debate about something her parents have chosen to do: They asked their daughter, at the age of 4, if she would want to go to the hospital the next time she becomes dangerously ill, or would she want to stay home, where she would die.

Julianna has said she doesn’t want to go to the hospital. She want s to go to “heaven.”

Before having these discussions with her daughter, Michelle looked online for guidance about end-of-life talks with a 4-year-old. Finding nearly nothing, she started a blog of her own in hopes of helping other families in the same situation. Later, she contributed to The Mighty, a website where people write about grappling with disabilities and devastating diseases. – CNN

Sisa: Bakit ba hindi sa mga sindikato sa NAIA tumama ang mga ganitong sakit. Bwiset!

Moe: Just let go and let the Big Guy take control.

Jap: Ignorance truly is bliss for some people.

  1. Russia grounds airline’s A321 fleet after Egyptian crash – Interfax

CAIRO/MOSCOW – Russia has grounded Airbus A321 jets flown by the Kogalymavia airline, Interfax news agency reportedon Sunday, after one of its fleet crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.

The A321, operated by the Russian airline under the brand name Metrojet, was carrying holidaymakers from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg when it went down soon after daybreak on Saturday.

Interfax said the Russian transport regulator Rostransnadzor had told Kogalymavia to stop flying A321 aircraft until the causes of the crash were known. However, RIA news agency cited a Kogalymavia representative as saying that the airline had not received the order from Rostransnadzor.

Egyptian and Russian investigators will begin examining within hours the contents of two “black box” recorders recovered from the airliner, which crashed into a mountainous area of central Sinai shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude. – GMA NEWS

Sisa: Bakit hindi nakasakay si Binay dito!

Moe: Airplane crashes becoming a norm… Tsk tsk tsk.

Jap: Another sad day for mankind.

  1. 4thImpact on X Factor UK

After making it to the Final 13 of the prestigious talent search last week, 4th Impact was among the first to perform in the live show on Saturday evening (early Sunday, Manila time). They received praise from the judges and thundering applause from the audience for their rendition of Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s “Problem,” matching powerful vocals with diva dance moves.

“That was fantastic. You know what’s great about you girls? You are great singers, and you’ve got attitude and you are passionate. I’ve had to hand this to you tonight. You’ve done an outstanding job,” judge and Overs mentor Simon Cowell said.

Judge and Group category mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini added, “I couldn’t be more proud. Please stop thanking us because we are thankful to have you.”

4th Impact is now competing against the competition’s Final 13, including fellow Groups category constestants Alien Uncovered and Reggie and Bollie, as well as performers from the Girls category, Boys category, and Overs category.

One of the Final 13 finalists will be going home on Monday, November 2.  Bianca Rose Dabu/BM, GMA News

Sisa: PINAYS got talent!

Moe: What an impact!

Jap: Pinoy Pride!


  1. Ronda Rousey shares main key to handling superstardom

In a span of a two-year UFC career, Ronda Rousey has managed to jump from mere prizefighter to global icon.

Her overnight success as one of the most dominant fighters in the Octagon eventually opened more doors for her, from appearing in men’s magazine covers to making films with Hollywood A-Listers. More interestingly, she has not shown any signs of slowing down.

Being a fighter her entire life, Rousey is no stranger to the grind and hustle needed to achieve a generous amount of success. But as far as handling her newfound worldwide status, “Rowdy” says there is only one secret.

“It’s priorities,” Rousey said in her recent appearance on UFC on FOX. “It’s knowing what to prioritize when. And everything else depends on me being the champion, staying the champion. That always comes first. And if there’s acting stuff or modeling stuff or any kind of sponsorship obligations I have, the fighting still has to come first.”

“That’s the hard part. I think that’s where people people lose it. When you’re the champ, you start to get all kinds of invitations like ‘Come to this concert!’ and ‘come hang out with me!’ And everyone has to understand that when I’m in camp, I can’t do anything and that’s it. And there’s so many awesome opportunities and things to do and distractions that come at you, and you just have to be able to prioritize.”

Rousey will be defending her UFC bantamweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 193 on November 15th in Australia. It will be her third title fight in nine months. This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.


Sisa: Strong is the new sexy. Smart is the new sexy. Go Ronda!

Moe: Prioritize — this week’s mantra!

Jap: #LifeGoals


  1. India’s choked capital starts ‘pollution toll’ for trucks – Should the Philippines do the same?

Last month, India’s Supreme Court approved a trial plan to charge light commercial vehicles an extra 700 rupees and large trucks 1,300 rupees to enter Delhi NEW DELHI, India – Delhi on Sunday, November 1, introduced a toll for all trucks and commercial vehicles in an attempt to improve air quality in the world’s most polluted capital ahead of Diwali celebrations.

Trucks are banned from entering the Indian capital during the day, but every night after 8pm more than 50,000 pour in, according to the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The independent centre says lorries account for nearly a third of the pollution in Delhi, adding to a toxic mix of industrial fumes and dust from construction sites to produce hazardous levels of smog. Last month, India’s Supreme Court approved a four-month trial plan to charge light commercial vehicles an extra 700 rupees ($11) and large trucks 1,300 rupees to enter Delhi.  “The legal principle on which this charge has been levied is the principle of ‘polluter pays’,” Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve, whose petition prompted the October 12 order, told AFP.  Successive Delhi governments have faced flak for failing to curb pollution in the Indian capital, whose air quality is worse than even Beijing’s.  A World Health Organization study of 1,600 cities released last year showed Delhi had the world’s highest annual average concentration of small airborne particles known as PM 2.5. (READ: India rejects WHO data showing Delhi air as world’s dirtiest)

These fine particles of less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter are linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease as they settle into the lungs and can pass into the bloodstream.  Many trucks transit through Delhi only to avoid paying tolls outside the city, and authorities hope the new toll will encourage drivers to use alternative routes.  – Rappler.com


Sisa: Mawawalan ng kita ang Manila. P100 per truck, per pasok, per day ang bayad ng mga brokerage sa pier!

Moe: If done in Pinas, hopefully traffic situation will ease up as well (aside from pollution).

Jap: Simple traffic management takes months or even years to take effect. This would take decades.

  1. Manila, San Juan pols vow to ‘retire’ Estradas in 2016

MANILA – Former President Joseph Estrada is confident of “landslide” victories both in San Juan and Manila in the 2016 elections.

But his opponents are just as optimistic that they could end his family’s 46-year rule in San Juan and more recently, in Manila where Estrada is seeking another term as mayor.

“Perhaps we could now retire the Estradas because both the people of San Juan and Manila have grown tired of them already,” Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing told ABS-CBN News, quoting his fellow Rep. Ronaldo Zamora of San Juan.

Bagatsing is eyeing the mayoral post against Estrada and former Mayor Alfredo Lim.

Zamora is seeking reelection against Estrada’s niece, Jana Ejercito. His son, Vice Mayor Francis Zamora, is running for mayor against incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez, the mother of Estrada’s son, Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito.

Estrada said Bagatsing and Zamora were “dreaming” if they thought they could beat him.

“Magsama-sama na sila (Let them join forces),” he said. “They’re free to dream (anyway).”


Sisa: “Tama na yaaan!” (pabebe tone)

Moe: Yeah, enough of the trapos.

Jap: About damn time.

  1. Kidnapped Korean found dead

ZAMBOANGA CITY—An elderly South Korean man who was kidnapped by Moro bandits in January was found dead near Sulu State College in Jolo, Sulu province, on Saturday night, police and military officials said on Sunday.

Cmdr. Vincent Roy Trinidad, chief of staff of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, identified the South Korean as Hong Nwi-seong, who was kidnapped by the Waning Abdusalam Group (WAG) in Roseller T. Lim (RT Lim) town, Zamboanga Sibugay province, on Jan. 24.

The WAG later turned over Hong, 73, to the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf bandit group in Sulu province. Trinidad said Hong’s body, which was in the initial stage of decomposition, was found at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Citing a police report, Trinidad said the body bore no gunshot or knife wounds, and that the time of death had been estimated to be three to five days ago.


Sisa: Tapos ang issue damit ni Tito Sotto sa Halloween?

Moe: Wala ng ginawa kundi pumatay, wala na bang bago?

Jap: It’s Scarier in The Philippines!

  1. Muslim gov not laughing at 2 ‘Arab’ hosts of show

WHEN “Eat Bulaga’’ hosts Joey de Leon and Sen. Tito Sotto appeared in Arab garb on the noontime show’s Halloween segment on Saturday, a Filipino Muslim official demanded that they apologize for portraying Muslims as troublemakers.

Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said the ARMM government “takes offense at and is appalled by the stunt pulled on national TV by noontime show ‘Eat Bulaga’ on Saturday, Oct. 31—where hosts Joey de Leon and Sen. Tito Sotto came out dressed as Muslims for their Halloween special.”

Sisa: Potah! Damit lang yan! Ayusin nyo ang Abu Sayaff at MILF! Note: Tito Sotto wore the same outfit last year. There was no drama back then. Sakay sakay sa fame pag may time.

Moe: Again, priorities guys!

Jap: One of these people is a senator. A SENATOR.


  1. Folk yet modern, Tam P. Austria is a true heir to ‘Botong’ Francisco

TWENTY-FIFTEEN has turned out to be a thoughtful season of artistic retrospectives, and on the year when the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) paid tribute to Jaime de Guzman and the Metropolitan Museum is hosting a retrospective of National Artist Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, Tam P. Austria is coming out of the woodwork to hold a solo exhibit of old and new works at the Makati Shangri-La.

Along with the opening of the exhibit on Nov. 8 is the launch of long overdue book on the man and his art written by the highly respected art critic-historian Alice Guillermo. Title of the book is “Zeal for Art”; it contains an essay by Austria, “The Inspirer.”

The exhibit cum book launch is easily the most anticipated art event in the last quarter of 2015.

Maan: I think we should pay attention to Filipino artists. We are a melting pot of talents. Talentado ang Pinoy!

Moe: Agree! 2015 is such a bright year for the arts. We’re becoming more sophisticated!

Jap: Culture will find it’s way back.

  1. How free is the Philippines?

The Philippines is not entirely free given an election marred by fraud and violence, a corrupt government, and a culture of impunity, among others, according to independent watchdog Freedom House.

In its Freedom in the World 2015 report, the Freedom House rated the Philippines, along with 54 other countries, “partly free.”

The Philippines had a freedom score of 3, based on two numerical ratings (from 1 to 7) for political rights and civil liberties, with 1 representing the most free and 7 the least free. The two ratings were based on scores assigned to 25 more detailed indicators.

According to the organization, which was founded in 1941 and has since been championing the advancement of freedom and democracy globally, 89 of the 195 countries assessed from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 were rated “free.” These include the US, Canada, Australia, Spain, United Kingdom, India, and South Africa, among others.

The Philippines is at par with Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, and Pakistan in the “partly free” category.

Fifty-one others, meanwhile, were rated “not free,” 10 of which were branded “the worst of the worst”: Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The Freedom House said it found an overall drop in freedom in 2014 for the 9th consecutive year, citing “more aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks.”

“We recognize that freedom is possible only in democratic political environments where governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed,” the group said.


Maan: tapos Duterte for president? Yan tayo eh.

Moe: Freedom is relative.

Jap: Depends on who you’re talking to. Usually, the higher the position, the more expensive it is.


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