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EDITORIAL: JPE BACK RIGHT ON TIME


AUGUST 20 -The Supreme Court (SC)’s 8-4 ruling Tuesday that allowed former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to file bail was long overdue, both because of his condition and the continuing injustice from the slow-moving plunder cases from the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. Legal experts and some of Enrile’s colleagues in the Senate see the SC ruling as setting a precedent in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam cases which are believed to have been scripted from the Palace to provide Noynoy with trophies in his “tuwid na daan” (straight path) showcase.  Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who is also a lawyer, said many of those accused in the PDAF cases are expected to benefit from the Enrile ruling. The ruling was the result of a unique defense of Enrile that the prosecution failed to present compelling evidence to establish guilt of the accused, thus providing basis for the granting of bail. The argument was aside from his lawyers raising his “considerably aged and physically weakened” condition and act of “voluntary surrender” to seek his temporary liberty. Escudero said the SC ruling is “a seminal and precedent-setting decision” that he said would have implications on the issue of right to bail on the filing of supposedly non-bailable offenses. The use of plunder cases to keep political opponents in jail has become a major issue under Noynoy. The continued detention of former President Gloria Arroyo due to an endless string of plunder cases, the sole intention of which is to keep her as another trophy for Noynoy, has not escaped the notice of human rights defenders abroad. The cases filed against Arroyo represent the best proof of the kind of selective justice that Noynoy uses against his perceived opponents. The law on heinous crimes that include plunder among the non-bailable offenses thus is being exploited for partisan objectives such as disabling the political opposition by keeping their leaders under detention.With the slow grind of the justice system in the country, an administration can effectively put away its most potent political opponents during a six-year tenure with the use of plunder cases, which are non-bailable even if these are trumped up. The Enrile defense may prove pivotal for victims of political persecution in the guise of anti-corruption efforts such as what had transpired in the pork barrel scam cases. READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy’s Yellow make-believe world


AUGUST 23 --In relation to the claim of Noynoy that the country is among the fastest growing in the world which is out of whack with reality, figures from the World Economic Forum (WEF), often referred to by Noynoy’s practitioners of economic legerdemain, showed the country remains an Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) laggard. The figures showed that the growth rate of the country until 2013 receives a boost only every election year. In reference to the WEF figures, former Budget Secretary Ben Diokno said that for the Philippines to maintain spectacular growth figures “maybe we should have an election every year.”  Diokno said that in the final State of the Nation Address (Sona) of Noynoy, he took pride in an average growth rate of 6.8 percent during his term which was not even accurate. Much of the lift from Noynoy’s quoted growth figures was the result of the 7.6 growth rate in 2010 which should be attributed to the previous administration of President Arroyo due to a policy lag of about six months. Even with Noynoy’s claimed strong growth, the Philippines has remained among the poorest in the Asian region. READ MORE...

ALSO The FOI: That 'tuwid na daan' is all farce


AUGUST 30 -The only proof needed to debunk the sincerity of the supposed “tuwid na daan” principle of Noynoy is his aversion toward the Freedom of Information (FoI) law which by the looks of it will not see light under the current dispensation. With the House suffering from an absenteeism epidemic and with just over a month to go before the filing of candidacies for the elections next year, the FoI bill is as good as dead. Even urgent administration measures such as the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the budget law for next year are in peril due to the constant lack of quorum at the House. A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that business executives are desperate for a FoI law which they consider necessary to extract a deeply ingrained culture of corruption in government.
Despite the government spin on the supposed decline in the perception of corruption in public offices, the poll showed a new high of 51 percent among the businessman-respondents who “disagree” that the current “laws to fight corruption in the country are adequate.”  The consensus among the respondents was that “corruption will be reduced by the passage of a strong law on the right of the people to information from the government.” Even the fiercely pro-Noynoy Makati Business Club (MBC) said in a study the FoI bill, which languished under Noynoy despite his campaign promise to pursue its passage, is direly needed to institutionalize reforms, enhance the country’s competitiveness and empower the people. The MBC said in a report last month that the Philippines is among the few countries in the world without an FoI law and the only one among the original eight founding members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) without a national legislation on FoI. On Sept. 20, 2011, the Philippines, along with Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States became the eight founding members of the OGP which is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from government to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness technologies to strengthen governance. MBC said the eight OGP founders as well as 57 other participating countries, endorsed the Open Government Declaration and subsequently announced their country action plans in furtherance of the OGP’s goals.
The first FoI bill filed in the Philippine Congress, authored by the late Rep. Raul Roco was filed way back on Oct. 24, 1987, just several months after the ratification of the Constitution.
Until about the 13th Congress, or from 2004 to 2007, however, the measure was conveniently called the Access to Information Act which focused on ensuring the people’s right of access and manner thereof to information. READ MORE...

ALSO by Ninez Cacho-Olivares: Grand plan to cheat in 2016


AUGUST 31 -Even prior to the crisis that hit the Iglesia ni Cristo, it was fairly evident that the INC bloc vote of some 3 million wouldn’t go to the administration standard bearer, Mar Roxas, who was endorsed, along with Noynoy, by the INC in 2010. Signs were all over for observers to note that the relationship between the INC and the administration had been deteriorating for some time. It is not surprising then that when the crisis hit the INC with a claimed abduction of some Iglesia ministers and their expulsion, Justice chief Leila de Lima had this investigated by her National Bureau of Investigation which, after its probe, said there was no abduction, yet de Lima insisted on pursuing the case of “serious illegal detention” against the INC leadership, despite denials and personal appearances from those who had been reported missing and abducted. Not surprising either was the yellow media doing their usual trial and conviction by publicity on the perceived political foes of Noynoy and his administration. And make no mistake about it. The Palace considers the INC as its political foes and threat to their grand scheme to cheat massively at the polls.De Lima went a step further. She placed the claimed “abducted” minister under the witness protection plan and insisted on having a hearing on the charges leveled by this expelled INC minister against the Iglesia council members. All this persecution of the Iglesia leaders from Noynoy and Mar Roxas has to do with the 2016 presidential polls and the game plan is to divide the INC and render useless its solid vote come every election day. This game plan of Noynoy and Mar was more or less confirmed by the lawyer of the expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr., Trixie Angeles, who was quoted as saying that those behind Samson’s abduction were “running scared,” and that politicians who are banking on the Iglesia vote don’t realize that the INC bloc vote no longer exists, given the given the crisis within the sect. As she put it: “They (politicians) don’t realize that the church is divided now. The much vaunted bloc vote may not materialize anymore,” Angeles said. “If this (situation) continues, we may be looking at the end of the (political) influence the INC. Its leaders have cooked their own goose. Ironic that their greed has led to this,” she said. That, in sum, is the real intent of Noynoy and Mar, along with their politicians: To create the perception that the INC is now divided, with its members no longer obeying the directives from their governing council and chief minister Eduardo Manalo. READ MORE...

ALSO by Aldrin Cardona: Guilty!


AUGUST 31 -The Philippine eagle, named Pamana (inheritance), while rehabilitating at the Philippine Eagle Foundation Centre in Davao City on southern island of Mindanao Photo: AFP/Getty
Whoever shot and killed Pamana, the recently released Philippine Eagle into the wild by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) is likely to spend 12 years in jail and would be made to pay P1 million in fines.
Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act provides for that. We are not lacking in rules and laws to protect the Philippine Eagle, formerly known as the monkey-eating eagle whose former name was derived from stories about the lovely, powerful bird diving to prey on young monkeys. Our elders feared them for the likelihood of the birds snatching babies and children Other than the passed on stories, no instances of the Philippine eagle preying on human babies have been documented. This long held belief could be among the reasons the Philippine Eagle has become an endangered species. Our elders feared them for their power and aerial grace. They were never hunted for food. Chicken, of which is abundant on land and easier to hunt and domesticate, tastes better.Pamana may not have been shot for food.Birds of prey are trophies for game hunters. Whoever shot Pamana may have realized his stupid mistake when he found his dead target fitted with a locator chip and left the bird where it fell.He probably knew the gravity of his mistake that he escaped the scene of his crime hours before the PEF had realized Pamana was dead when the locator signaled no movement by the bird for a significant time to declare Pamana has gone into “mortality mode.” She was easily located but was found in a state of decomposition. Government and other agencies are now in the hunt of the bird killer. A bounty has also been raised to help track Pamana’s killer. Some social media users have also pledged serious amounts to encourage witnesses to pinpoint Pamana’s killer. High hopes have been raised he will be made to pay for his crime.READ MORE...


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JPE back right on time

MANILA, AUGUST 31, 2015 (TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Editorial Thursday, 20 August 2015 - The Supreme Court (SC)’s 8-4 ruling Tuesday that allowed former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to file bail was long overdue, both because of his condition and the continuing injustice from the slow-moving plunder cases from the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Legal experts and some of Enrile’s colleagues in the Senate see the SC ruling as setting a precedent in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam cases which are believed to have been scripted from the Palace to provide Noynoy with trophies in his “tuwid na daan” (straight path) showcase.

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who is also a lawyer, said many of those accused in the PDAF cases are expected to benefit from the Enrile ruling.

The ruling was the result of a unique defense of Enrile that the prosecution failed to present compelling evidence to establish guilt of the accused, thus providing basis for the granting of bail.

The argument was aside from his lawyers raising his “considerably aged and physically weakened” condition and act of “voluntary surrender” to seek his temporary liberty.

Escudero said the SC ruling is “a seminal and precedent-setting decision” that he said would have implications on the issue of right to bail on the filing of supposedly non-bailable offenses.

The use of plunder cases to keep political opponents in jail has become a major issue under Noynoy.

The continued detention of former President Gloria Arroyo due to an endless string of plunder cases, the sole intention of which is to keep her as another trophy for Noynoy, has not escaped the notice of human rights defenders abroad.

The cases filed against Arroyo represent the best proof of the kind of selective justice that Noynoy uses against his perceived opponents.

The law on heinous crimes that include plunder among the non-bailable offenses thus is being exploited for partisan objectives such as disabling the political opposition by keeping their leaders under detention.

With the slow grind of the justice system in the country, an administration can effectively put away its most potent political opponents during a six-year tenure with the use of plunder cases, which are non-bailable even if these are trumped up.

The Enrile defense may prove pivotal for victims of political persecution in the guise of anti-corruption efforts such as what had transpired in the pork barrel scam cases.

READ MORE...

Aside from Enrile, Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada are facing plunder and graft charges for involvement in the pork barrel fund scam along with a number of former congressmen, but for graft and malversation, which are bailable offenses.

The SC decision can now be referenced by those in the pork scam cases in arguing for the return of their privilege to be granted temporary liberty on clear cases of the law being exploited as a result of partisan politics.

The detention of the three senators for more than a year now has robbed the Senate of equal representation since the opposition, as its members would admit, has been effectively emasculated.

The return of Enrile in the Senate, some senators say, would be as soon as this Monday, would be interesting since it would be two crucial administration measures, the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the 2016 General Appropriations Act, that would be tabled in the presence of Enrile.

The Palace has been having a hard time pushing for its priorities in the Senate particularly an unretouched BBL which it said is a requirement under the peace agreement it had signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Enrile with his legislative energy and level savvy being pent up for more than a year, would have one word or two to say about the MILF and the Palace demands on the BBL.


EDITORIAL

Noy’s Yellow make-believe world Written by Tribune Editorial Sunday, 23 August 2015 00:00

AUGUST 23 --In relation to the claim of Noynoy that the country is among the fastest growing in the world which is out of whack with reality, figures from the World Economic Forum (WEF), often referred to by Noynoy’s practitioners of economic legerdemain, showed the country remains an Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) laggard.

The figures showed that the growth rate of the country until 2013 receives a boost only every election year.

In reference to the WEF figures, former Budget Secretary Ben Diokno said that for the Philippines to maintain spectacular growth figures “maybe we should have an election every year.”

Diokno said that in the final State of the Nation Address (Sona) of Noynoy, he took pride in an average growth rate of 6.8 percent during his term which was not even accurate.

Much of the lift from Noynoy’s quoted growth figures was the result of the 7.6 growth rate in 2010 which should be attributed to the previous administration of President Arroyo due to a policy lag of about six months.

Even with Noynoy’s claimed strong growth, the Philippines has remained among the poorest in the Asian region.

READ MORE...

The country’s gross domestic product per capita of $2,790 under Noynoy is only roughly five percent that of Singapore’s $54,776 per capita.

Also based on the WEF data, out of 144 countries, Singapore ranked ninth in terms of Human Development Index while the Philippines ranked 117th. From 2012 to 2013, Singapore gained three ranks compared to the Philippines advancing only one notch.

The Philippines also has the highest unemployment rate among the Asean 5 economies, or the Asean founders Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. In addition, the data showed youth unemployment is the second most serious in the Philippines.

Among Asean 5 economies, the Philippines has attracted the least foreign direct investments (FDIs). From January to April, 2015, net FDI inflow was $1.234 billion, 48.3 percent lower than the $2.386 billion recorded in the same period in 2014.

Diokno added during the last five years, agriculture had an anemic growth while construction had an erratic growth.

These sectors should be the focus of government intervention in the next 10 years, he said.

Diokno said agriculture is necessary for strong, sustained and inclusive growth because about one-third of the labor force is employed in the agriculture sector and it is cheaper to create jobs in agriculture than in banking, business process outsourcing, energy and other industries.

Modernizing agriculture could translate into cheaper food prices which may benefit the 100 million Filipinos, especially the poor, ease the demand for higher wages, and make inputs to food manufacturing cheaper.

The pattern of growth in the agriculture sector under Noynoy is not sustainable.
“The President should appoint a competent, decisive and honest Agriculture secretary who should be an agriculture expert rather than a politician. Most high profile corruption took place in the sector,” Diokno said.

A missed opportunity under the six lackluster years of Noynoy was the serious implementation of the agrarian reform program obviously due to vested interest since his family owns a major violator of the land reform program which is Hacienda Luisita.

“The lack of clear direction in the program has caused a lot of uncertainties,” according to Diokno.

He said the focus on large, urban-oriented government projects (which remain unfinished) should have been balanced by small rural-based labor intensive projects that would create a lot of jobs in the countryside where more than half of the poor population live.

The government should have also invested heavily in public infrastructure that enhances agricultural activities such as irrigation, farm-to-market roads, water systems and post-harvest facilities.

The WEF data showed the Philippines has the worst infrastructure among the Asean 5 economies.

“Filipinos also deserve a break from their government. They deserve a better mass transit system, less traffic, better airports and sea ports,” Diokno said.

Despite public construction being important, the government continues to underspend. The total underspending for 2011 to 2014 was a mind-boggling P529 billion. “The secretary of Finance sees the underpsending as virtue, I see it as epic incompetence,” Diokno said.

Diokno said the opportunity cost lost from the half-a-trillion peso underspending were the decent jobs that should have been created and the million individuals who should have been extricated from the poverty trap had the government spent according to what Congress had authorized the Executive department to spend.

Like his catchphrase “tuwid na daan,” Noynoy’s supposed inclusive growth is a huge spin.


That tuwid na daan is all farce Written by Tribune Editorial Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

The only proof needed to debunk the sincerity of the supposed “tuwid na daan” principle of Noynoy is his aversion toward the Freedom of Information (FoI) law which by the looks of it will not see light under the current dispensation.

With the House suffering from an absenteeism epidemic and with just over a month to go before the filing of candidacies for the elections next year, the FoI bill is as good as dead.

Even urgent administration measures such as the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the budget law for next year are in peril due to the constant lack of quorum at the House.

A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that business executives are desperate for a FoI law which they consider necessary to extract a deeply ingrained culture of corruption in government.

Despite the government spin on the supposed decline in the perception of corruption in public offices, the poll showed a new high of 51 percent among the businessman-respondents who “disagree” that the current “laws to fight corruption in the country are adequate.”

The consensus among the respondents was that “corruption will be reduced by the passage of a strong law on the right of the people to information from the government.”

Even the fiercely pro-Noynoy Makati Business Club (MBC) said in a study the FoI bill, which languished under Noynoy despite his campaign promise to pursue its passage, is direly needed to institutionalize reforms, enhance the country’s competitiveness and empower the people.

The MBC said in a report last month that the Philippines is among the few countries in the world without an FoI law and the only one among the original eight founding members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) without a national legislation on FoI.

On Sept. 20, 2011, the Philippines, along with Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States became the eight founding members of the OGP which is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from government to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness technologies to strengthen governance.

MBC said the eight OGP founders as well as 57 other participating countries, endorsed the Open Government Declaration and subsequently announced their country action plans in furtherance of the OGP’s goals.

The first FoI bill filed in the Philippine Congress, authored by the late Rep. Raul Roco was filed way back on Oct. 24, 1987, just several months after the ratification of the Constitution.

Until about the 13th Congress, or from 2004 to 2007, however, the measure was conveniently called the Access to Information Act which focused on ensuring the people’s right of access and manner thereof to information.

READ MORE...

Under the 15th Congress which falls under Noynoy’s term, the House committee on public information only managed to report out a consolidated version where it remained pending on second reading.

The MBC said the closest chance the country had of having an FoI law was in the 14th Congress, from 2007 to 2010, when the measure was almost passed which was not for a question of quorum that prevented the House to ratify the bicameral report during the last session day of Congress on June 4, 2010.

The report stated that while the country’s gain in transparency deserves much praise, and it must be noted that these milestones were achieved even without an FoI law, “the greater challenge is ensuring that these reforms will be maintained even with changes in administrations.”

It added that enacting an FoI law “sends a strong message that the Philippines is committed to good governance for the long-term.”

The report said at its very core, institutionalizing good governance and empowering the people are at the heart of the efforts in passing an FoI law.

The MBC said that while there have been significant gains on account of the administration’s good governance reforms, corruption remains a deterrent to even more aggressive investments, and, as a corollary, to the creation of more jobs for the people.

To get it from a rabidly pro-Aquino group, the assessment of Noynoy missing a huge opportunity making 'tuwid na daan' a farce can’t be more stinging.


Grand plan to cheat in 2016
Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Monday, 31 August 2015 00:00



Even prior to the crisis that hit the Iglesia ni Cristo, it was fairly evident that the INC bloc vote of some 3 million wouldn’t go to the administration standard bearer, Mar Roxas, who was endorsed, along with Noynoy, by the INC in 2010.

Signs were all over for observers to note that the relationship between the INC and the administration had been deteriorating for some time.

It is not surprising then that when the crisis hit the INC with a claimed abduction of some Iglesia ministers and their expulsion, Justice chief Leila de Lima had this investigated by her National Bureau of Investigation which, after its probe, said there was no abduction, yet de Lima insisted on pursuing the case of “serious illegal detention” against the INC leadership, despite denials and personal appearances from those who had been reported missing and abducted.

Not surprising either was the yellow media doing their usual trial and conviction by publicity on the perceived political foes of Noynoy and his administration. And make no mistake about it. The Palace considers the INC as its political foes and threat to their grand scheme to cheat massively at the polls.

De Lima went a step further. She placed the claimed “abducted” minister under the witness protection plan and insisted on having a hearing on the charges leveled by this expelled INC minister against the Iglesia council members.

All this persecution of the Iglesia leaders from Noynoy and Mar Roxas has to do with the 2016 presidential polls and the game plan is to divide the INC and render useless its solid vote come every election day.

This game plan of Noynoy and Mar was more or less confirmed by the lawyer of the expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr., Trixie Angeles, who was quoted as saying that those behind Samson’s abduction were “running scared,” and that politicians who are banking on the Iglesia vote don’t realize that the INC bloc vote no longer exists, given the given the crisis within the sect.

As she put it: “They (politicians) don’t realize that the church is divided now. The much vaunted bloc vote may not materialize anymore,” Angeles said.

“If this (situation) continues, we may be looking at the end of the (political) influence the INC. Its leaders have cooked their own goose. Ironic that their greed has led to this,” she said.

That, in sum, is the real intent of Noynoy and Mar, along with their politicians: To create the perception that the INC is now divided, with its members no longer obeying the directives from their governing council and chief minister Eduardo Manalo.

READ MORE...

This is why de Lima, on orders of Noynoy and Mar, helped greatly by the yellow media, paints the INC as guilty of having abducted its ministers while generating that perception that the INC is no longer politically solid.

Members of the INC are known to follow directives from the sect’s leadership under the threat of expulsion, enabling the group to deliver votes to politicians endorsed by its leaders.

It is no secret that under this Aquino administration, selective justice reigns supreme. Allies and cronies of Noynoy, despite hard evidence of corruption against them, are never investigated and charged in court. Only the perceived foes that pose a political threat to their dream of political longevity are quickly charged and jailed.

In the case of the Iglesia, as long as the politicians and the entire nation no longer see the Iglesia as a powerful political vote, the administration’s game plan of cheating its way to victory through the fraudulent PCOS (precinct count optical scan), his victory would be found credible.

After all, with the INC vote no longer perceived to be in existence, there would be no bandwagon effect for candidates who have not been endorsed by the INC. Three million solid votes are sizable in any presidential polls, considering the fact that the INC has always been a swing vote in every election.

Erap Estrada, in 2010, lost the presidential election to Noynoy but would have won it, had the Iglesia not endorsed Noynoy.

The Palace will naturally deny that it is planning to cheat its way to victory in 2016, but all the signs are there for all to see, the way the administration is doing all it can to portray the INC as a divided church, and with the ministers losing control over its flock.

All signs point to a grand game plan of the administration to ensure the electoral victory of its standard bearer through massive fraudulent polls. The PCOS machines, the Commission on Elections and the yellow surveys have already been tapped for this.

It happened in 2010 and in 2013. It is certain to happen again in 2016, especially when the stakes are too high for the administration to lose the polls after 2016.


Guilty! Written by Aldrin Cardona Monday, 31 August 2015 00:00



Whoever shot and killed Pamana, the recently released Philippine Eagle into the wild by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) is likely to spend 12 years in jail and would be made to pay P1 million in fines.

Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act provides for that.

We are not lacking in rules and laws to protect the Philippine Eagle, formerly known as the monkey-eating eagle whose former name was derived from stories about the lovely, powerful bird diving to prey on young monkeys.

Our elders feared them for the likelihood of the birds snatching babies and children. Other than the passed on stories, no instances of the Philippine eagle preying on human babies have been documented.

This long held belief could be among the reasons the Philippine Eagle has become an endangered species. Our elders feared them for their power and aerial grace. They were never hunted for food. Chicken, of which is abundant on land and easier to hunt and domesticate, tastes better.

Pamana may not have been shot for food.

Birds of prey are trophies for game hunters. Whoever shot Pamana may have realized his stupid mistake when he found his dead target fitted with a locator chip and left the bird where it fell.

He probably knew the gravity of his mistake that he escaped the scene of his crime hours before the PEF had realized Pamana was dead when the locator signaled no movement by the bird for a significant time to declare Pamana has gone into “mortality mode.”

She was easily located but was found in a state of decomposition. Government and other agencies are now in the hunt of the bird killer.

A bounty has also been raised to help track Pamana’s killer.

Some social media users have also pledged serious amounts to encourage witnesses to pinpoint Pamana’s killer. High hopes have been raised he will be made to pay for his crime.

READ MORE...

Estimates say there could be less than a thousand of the Philippine Eagle surviving in the wild. But they are threatened by the continuing deforestation brought about by so-called progress.

These birds are fast losing their home to new villages and urban development. They need tall trees and forests to survive. We are stealing their habitat to build ours.

The PEF reported that 90 percent of the birds they released in the wild have been shot. Two years ago, Minalwang was also shot dead.

Ten years ago, another Philippine Eagle named Kabayan, the first captive-bird released in Asia, died by electrocution when he accidentally perched on an electric post in Mt. Apo Natural Park. The PEF had trained captive birds on other man-made dangers after that before releasing them into the wild.

But the biggest threat these birds are facing is our ignorance on their role on the bio-diversity and their importance as a national symbol and heritage.

While the birds are protected, only a few agencies are active in the promotion of their significance to our lives.

All of us are guilty in the killing of Pamana.

And we will pay the price soon.


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