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Philippine Government / Re: On Charter Change
« on: Today at 01:23:26 PM »

Alvia said Namfrel is against the House version, which is contrary to the draft charter submitted by the Concom.

“The removal (of term limits) worsens the situation since an anti-dynasty provision counters the absence of term limits,” he said.

With the term limits and ban on political dynasties removed, Alvia said, the country’s political system will be open to abuse and exploitation. – With Helen Flores, Mayen Jaymalin, Edu Punay, Cecille Suerte Felipe

Philippine Government / Re: On Charter Change
« on: Today at 01:23:02 PM »

Poll watchdog

Fearing that few elite and political families would lord it over the country, the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) yesterday rejected proposals to remove the term limits of elected officials.

Namfrel secretary-general Eric Alvia said junking term limits is tantamount to the removal of safeguards against monopoly of power.

“We can expect elected public officials and their families lording over for extended periods of time. This may be detrimental for the constituents and development,” Alvia explained.

“This is also worrisome, especially in a federal structure, since it could further spawn political and economic elites,” Alvia added.

Philippine Government / Re: On Charter Change
« on: Today at 01:21:59 PM »

“If the Senate refuses to participate in Arroyo’s (Cha-cha), it might be up to the Supreme Court (SC) to decide whether the House can propose changes to the Constitution on its own,” he said.

“If the (SC) allows this, then it will put the country back in disarray with political dynasties lording over us,” Hilbay said.

Human rights lawyer and opposition senatorial candidate Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno also urged the administration to focus on the country’s more pressing problems instead of pushing for Cha-cha and the extension of martial law.

“Why are members of Congress talking about martial law extension? Why are they talking about federalism or Cha-cha when these are not the real issues in the country,” Diokno said.

Philippine Government / Re: On Charter Change
« on: Today at 01:21:23 PM »

Former interior secretary Mar Roxas yesterday called on lawmakers to prioritize measures that would address sky-high prices of basic commodities instead of lifting term limits to benefit themselves.

“The Senate is right in dismissing the chances of Cha-cha in its chamber,” Roxas said. “How will lifting term limits benefit the family? Instead of the creation of jobs, lawmakers are thinking about their own interests.”

Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay yesterday urged Filipinos to unite and oppose Cha-cha, saying this is a “clear danger” to the country’s democracy.

Hilbay added that there is a possibility of Arroyo’s return to power under the draft charter.

Philippine Government / Re: On Charter Change
« on: Today at 01:20:27 PM »

A March 2018 survey of the Social Weather Stations found that only 37 percent of Filipinos support the shift from a unitary presidential government to a federal system, while only one in four or 25 percent of them is aware of what federalism is.

Robredo also sees the May 2019 polls as an opportunity to elect officials who can do something unpopular for the benefit of the people.

“We should vote for the rightful candidates who are not basing their decisions on who is the sitting President but on worthiness of the proposed measure,” the Vice President said.

Philippine Government / Re: On Charter Change
« on: Today at 01:19:53 PM »

“We have drafted the proposed charter as a group so we need to discuss and come up with a decision as a committee,” Puno told The STAR.

Opposition figures

Vice President Leni Robredo has urged Filipinos to support candidates in the 2019 midterm elections who are not after their own political survival.

Robredo said politicians should not equate their support for President Duterte with their vote for federalism.

“Here in our country, the politicians think that if they don’t support the President’s advocacy they will lose. They also don’t like to earn the ire of the President and don’t want to get a zero budget. This kind of politicians are the ones who would like to cling to power,” she said.

“Sadly, many of the politicians think of their own survival,” she said.

Philippine Government / Re: On Charter Change
« on: Today at 01:18:39 PM »

“It is for this reason that they have failed to deliver the bill on anti-political dynasty as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution. They do not have the political will needed to make the Philippines a better country for the (succeeding) generations,” Alih said.

 Alih added that the future of the country, as far as Charter change (Cha-cha) is concerned, now lies in the hands of the Filipino people.

“The Filipino people cannot rely on (the House members). We leave it to the Filipino people to take the next step, God willing. I am confident that the Filipino people will reject the House version,” he said.

Former chief justice and Concom chairman Reynato Puno said they have to convene a meeting to come up with a statement on the recent development in the House.

Philippine Government / Re: On Charter Change
« on: Today at 01:18:00 PM »

“I find it a little off tangent for the reason that their version, among other things, does not contain (provisions) against political dynasties and term limits,” Pimentel said in an interview.

“The Concom, as a group, is willing to go around the nation to explain the thrust of our recommendation,” he added.

San Beda Graduate School of Law dean and Concom member Fr. Ranhilio Aquino was dismayed because their draft was “unceremoniously set aside.”

For Concom member professor Eddie Alih, the House version was expected, as the lawmakers will not come up with a version that will go against their personal interests.

Philippine Government / On Charter Change
« on: Today at 01:16:24 PM »

Consultative committee members slam House federal charter

Robertzon Ramirez
The Philippine Star
December 13, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Members of President Duterte’s consultative committee (Concom), tasked to review the 1987 Constitution were dissatisfied with the version of the federal charter of the House of Representatives.

Former senator and Concom member Aquilino Pimentel Jr. vowed to denounce the House’s version in every engagement where he will be invited to speak.

Pimentel suspected that a hidden agenda “may be attributed” to Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 


8. Buy Recycled

If you are recycling to minimize your carbon footprint, it makes sense to use the same principles when purchasing new items.

When you buy items made from recycled materials you are using your dollars to vote for greener business practices, letting companies know that products made in an eco-friendly manner matter to you. In addition, items that are made from recycled goods are likely to be recyclable again once you are finished using them.

9. Rinse and Repeat

It’s recommended that you always rinse out any items and containers prior to placing them into your recycling bin. Not only will this avoid contaminating the whole bunch with food and other residue, but this will also prevent your recycle bin from smelling and keep any pests or rodents from poking around.

Take the time to understand how to integrate recycling into your lifestyle and use these recycling tips to get a solid handle on the practice, ensuring that being green becomes a lifelong habit.


7. Recycle Food

Recycling food is more commonly referred to as composting, but it is still a form of the process, nonetheless. Organic matter is the greatest source of methane emissions and, unfortunately, landfills are bursting with it.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, an average of nearly 20 pounds of food is wasted each month per person, helping to make organic waste the second largest component found in landfills.

Composting at home can be done in a do-it-yourself bin, or one purchased for indoor or outdoor use. If you have a large amount of food waste, though, check with your city to see whether you have the option of curbside pick-up specifically for organic waste. Commercial compost facilities usually accept plant-based goods, dairy items, and meat. If you are composting in or near your home, you might want to stick with plant-based items in order to reduce the smell and avoid attracting animals to your yard.

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6. Recycle Water

Before you let your used water swirl down the drain, find ways to recycle it in and around your home. You can go as simple as pouring the water from cooking pasta directly into a flower bed, or you can make changes to your plumbing to allow you to utilize greywater.

Greywater is the water throughout your home that has been used for a single purpose such as bathing, cleaning dishes or washing clothing. This water can be recycled to support your lawn and garden, keeping your landscape fresh and green in a less wasteful manner.


5. Recycle Old Appliances & Tech Products

With the massive amounts of technology in the world today, the landfills are brimming with defunct computer systems, cellular phones, televisions, printers, and more. Instead of ditching your obsolete tech toys into the trash can, call your local electronics store to see whether they provide a recycling option.

Many electronics stores will actually take back certain items and provide a credit, or can put you in touch with companies to assist you. The manufacturer of many products also accepts unwanted items that can be refurbished or used for parts.

For many old appliances, it may be dangerous to simply discard in the trash. This is especially important for fridges and freezers that were manufactured before 1995, as they may have a type of insulation (CFC-11) that can be destructive to the environment. To help you dispose of these appliances in a safe manner, the EPA has created the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. Please visit this page on their site [...for tips].


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4. Have a Bin in Every Room

Ask the majority of recycling families where their bins are and you will likely receive a resounding collective of “in the kitchen”. Unfortunately, many of the other rooms become neglected, allowing perfectly recyclable materials to end up in trash cans.

Place a bin in the bathroom to collect cardboard toilet paper rolls, empty product containers, pill bottles, and packaging. In the office or craft room, you can collect printer paper, bottles, old files, pamphlets, and flyers. The bedroom provides, among other items, product containers, to-do lists, and magazines.

Do not forget the garage where you not only have items such as jars, bottles, and project waste, but items that come with you out of the car once you have parked such as glass bottles and cans.


3. Know What Can Be Recycled Curbside

It is easy to overlook items that can be recycled or to get confused as to which goes where. You should check with your service provider for specifics on your particular program, but here are basic guidelines.

>>Paper and Cardboard
Paper of all sorts is acceptable, including books, flyers, magazines, junk mail, and colored paper. Avoid waxy papers. Cardboard can be recycled as long as it is not saturated with food and grease, as is common with pizza boxes. Remove liners before recycling cereal or other food boxes.

Most recyclable plastics have the numbers on them, often on the bottom, and one through seven are usually accepted. Many disposable utensils cannot be included, unfortunately, due to the low quality blend of plastics used. If you can easily crumple the plastic, such as with a baggie, do not include it in your recycling bin. Plastic bags are not accepted curbside, but your local grocery store may collect them.

In general, all aluminum cans are accepted for recycling. Rinse out liquids, especially sodas and juices, in order to avoid an onslaught of bugs to the area. If you are tight on space, you can crush the cans.

Most glass containers can be recycled. Rinse them prior to placing them in the bin and avoid breaking them. If glass shatters, it can’t be recycled since the mixing of different colors can contaminate individual batches.


1. Baby Steps

Once you make the decision to recycle, do not feel as though you have to jump in 100 percent. While passion is a wonderful thing, placing too much pressure on yourself to go green can result in stress and frustration during the learning process. Give yourself permission to start small. Learn about one aspect of the process and implement it, making it a habit for you and other family members before moving onto the next step. By taking baby steps, you are more likely to integrate recycling into your lifestyle permanently.

2. Reduce and Reuse

While it may not seem like part of recycling, reducing the amount of materials you use and reusing items instead of tossing them can assist in your recycling endeavors. Limit the amount of objects needing to be thrown in your bins and you will avoid being inundated by recyclable goods, helping you stay on top of the situation.


9 Recycling Tips That Everyone Should Know
December 13, 2018, 12:25:07 PM

Erin Doman
December 11, 2015

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Statistics show estimates that nearly 100,000 pounds of waste will be created from your very being over your lifetime, creating a substantial impact on environmental issues such as landfills, energy conservation, contamination and the diminishing of resources. Recycling is a practice that can be implemented in your day-to-day life that can help you maintain a green home and reduce your negative effect on the earth. Here are nine recycling tips to help you out.

Philippine Government / Re: When pigs fly from Davao City
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:58:11 PM »

Jollibee is on the list, much to the delight of Ronald McDonald. What did the famous bee do to land on that list? Some opine it’s probably the yellow band on his mascot suit. Beware of the color yellow — it can be funny. Century Tuna and Dole Pineapple should remove the color from their liveries, too.

Finally on the list are “millennial students studying at Jesuit-run schools.” That’s huge, to say the least. There are seven top universities in the country run by the Society of Jesus. That about sums up to almost a hundred thousand millennial students. I suggest they transfer to other schools that are not Jesuit-run. Otherwise, in one wide sweep of the Duterte fun wand, they are part of the joke.

Let us go boil our heads.

Philippine Government / Re: When pigs fly from Davao City
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:57:44 PM »

I am happy to see the name of a friend on the list, Bishop Leo Drona of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He was Bishop of San Pablo until 2013 and is now enjoying the fruits of retirement at 77 years old. I didn’t know the pious and soft-spoken Bishop Drona is leading the life of a subversive cabal plotter. There is another bishop on the list by the name of Arturo Santos. But the says there never ever was any bishop by that name anywhere in the world. Well, let fairy tale decree there be one Arturo Santos.

Of course the list includes names of current personalities the Duterte family perceives as flavor of the month. Top of mind is Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, already accused of pocketing church funds for his family’s benefit. His brother, the indispensable Randy David of Inquirer, says the truth is actually the reverse: the bishop often turns to family for support in his church projects. But this is a comedy of errors. Errors are without reference and basis. It is a dry humor the Dutertes love to spin. Davao City folks love such amusements. The rest of the country must act like the fun fair that Davao City is. Didn’t one Palace spin doctor after another say all these are mere jokes?

Philippine Government / Re: When pigs fly from Davao City
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:57:06 PM »

Try to figure out how the jailed, guarded and gagged Sen. Leila de Lima is able to participate in such a seditious movement. Or former senator Kit Tatad, no longer in the Senate for a long time and has devoted his life to the work of public opinion. Although identified in the past with Ferdinand Marcos, the Kit Tatad of today is one of the most articulate critics of the government identified with the Marcoses. Carmen Navarro Pedrosa, known otherwise as the writer of the explosive “The Untold Story of Imelda Marcos,” is today a fan of the Marcos-linked Duterte administration. Nonetheless, she is on the list. That precisely is the point in a comedy of errors where even goats have bangs and pigs can fly.

That’s not the punch line yet. Bishop Julio X. Labayen of the Order of Discalced Carmelites is on the list, never mind if he retired in 2003 from the See of Infanta. And, as a by the way, he died in 2016 at the age of 89. Labayen was a perennial critics lister during the Marcos era. Well, this is the age of copy and paste. Incredible is how he has been resurrected from the dead, which many would probably welcome, as Labayen was shepherd of the downtrodden.

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