dying with honor

The Daily Roundup: 10 February 2011

“Trillanes bares talk with Reyes camp on corruption” by Lynda Jumilla and Jorge Carino

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday confirmed having received a letter from former Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes regarding corruption issues in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

An unidentified emissary close to Reyes handed the letter to Trillanes last January 18.

Reyes’ letter was short, asking Trillanes to identify the supposedly powerful person allegedly fronting for former Armed Forces comptroller Carlos Garcia, who has been accused with plundering military coffers.

Read more at ABS-CBN News

“‘Be strong, be strong’ Reyes said as he lay dying” by Cynthia Balana, Tarra Quismundo

The last remark of the dying Angelo Reyes to his youngest son Judd was not “Sorry” but “Be strong, be strong, kontakin mo mga kapatid mo (contact your brothers).”

Judd Reyes, along with his brother Carlo and their father’s aide Cesar Abon and driver Rolando Dagang, accompanied the retired general to Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City on that fateful Tuesday morning.

In an interview with the Inquirer on Tuesday night, Judd said that as always, his father was “quiet” from the house to the cemetery and spoke with them in a normal voice. He said no one in the family had any inkling that their father would commit suicide.

Read more at Philippine Daily Inquirer

“Garcia, Ligot pressed to tell it all” by JP Lopez

PRESIDENT pro tempore Jinggoy Estrada yesterday proposed an executive session for the next hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee, in the hope that Maj. Gen. (ret.) Carlos Garcia and his immediate predecessor, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jacinto Ligot, would divulge what they know about conversion and diversion of the military’s budget.

“Kasi sinabi nga ni General Garcia that he might incriminate himself. Even General Ligot. We’ll give them a chance to say everything in an executive (session). Tutal naman, under our rules, pag merong sinabi ang resource person sa executive (session), hindi namin pwedeng i-divulge (to public),” Estrada said.

But Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said it might raise suspicions.

Read more at Malaya

“Dying with honor” by Solicta Collas-Monsod

Seppuku. Hara-kiri. The Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment committed by the professional warrior (samurai) following the code of bushido — under which honor is dearer than life. That was the first thing that came to mind when I heard the news that General Angelo Reyes had killed himself.

And while he used a gun rather than the ritual knife or sword, the place that he chose (his mother’s gravesite), the calmness and unflinchingness with which he did it (reportedly after doing some reading and certainly some meditation), the preparation that went into it, were strongly evocative of seppuku, even to the presence (albeit at a distance, and without their knowing of his intentions) of close associates (his sons).

Because honor is dearer than life, anything which has brought disgrace must, following the warrior’s code of honor or bushido, be atoned by committing seppuku. Other possible reasons for the ritual suicide are listed as well: “to show contempt for an enemy, to protest against injustice, as a means to get their lord to reconsider an unwise or unworthy action and as a means to save others.” Angel Reyes could have used any or all of those reasons as basis for his action.

Read more at Business World

“Taiwan freezes PHL hiring” by R. Mercene, M. Gonzalez, E. Torres, with Fil Elefante of Philippines Graphic

A DE FACTO freeze in the hiring of Filipino labor for jobs in Taiwan, tighter monitoring for those already working there, and a possible halt to other investments in the pipeline. These are among the measures that followed the recall of Taiwan’s special representative to the Philippines, as the fallout from the deportation to mainland China of 14 Taiwanese—suspects in a fraud syndicate—continued.

Donald Dee, Taiwan’s special representative to Manila, also had strong words as he briefed Philippine journalists on Wednesday, saying at one point Manila must apologize to Taipei for unilaterally bundling off 14 Taiwanese in a special flight to Beijing last week. The 14 were part of a global ring estimated to have ripped off victims in the mainland to the tune of $20 million

The 14, along with 10 others from mainland China, were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation and officers from the Chinese Ministry of Public Security on December 27, 2010, and deported to Beijing on February 2, over Taipei’s vigorous objections.

Read more at Business Mirror

“Noy still for RH bill – Palace” by Delon Porcalla

President Aquino has always been for responsible parenthood, Malacañang reiterated yesterday.

We have always been very consistent that his stand was for responsible parenthood,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

“His stand was always for responsible parenthood, meaning that the choice is left to the parents after they have all the available information given to them.

Read more at The Philippine Star

“BSP sees GIR hitting record $70 billion and BOP surplus of $8 billion” by Lawrence Agcaoili

he Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) sees the country’s gross international reserves (GIR) hitting a new record level of $70 billion and the balance of payments (BOP) posting a surplus of $8 billion this year as foreign capital continues to flood emerging market economies including the Philippines.

BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said on the sidelines of the Year-End Philippine Economic Briefing entitled “Daylight in the Philippines: Accelerating Progress” that monetary authorities expect a stronger external payments position with the GIR hitting a new record led of between $68 billion and $70 billion and the balance of payments (BOP) surplus ranging from $6 billion to $8 billion this year.

“The projected BOP surplus for this year is about $6 billion to $8 billion this year and the GIR would be $68 billion to $70 billion by the end of this year. The details are still being worked out and we will give this to you as soon as they become available,” Tetangco told reporters.

Read more at The Philippine Star

“MAP calls for better anti-corruption measures” by Abigail L. Ho

The Management Association of the Philippines is calling on Congress to come up with improved anti-corruption measures, to ensure that corruption in the government is eliminated or at least kept to a bare minimum.

In a statement, MAP president Felino Palafox Jr. said the death of former Armed Forces chief of staff Angelo Reyes should not stop investigations into military corruption

“Congress has to complete its investigation, craft new or improved anti-corruption measures, and recommend appropriate legal action against erring government officials. This is one way to ensure that General Reyes’ death will not be in vain,” he said.

Read more at Philippine Daily Inquirer

“DTI seeks to side-step ‘anti-business’ LGUs” by Irma Isip

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is working for the establishment of domestic economic zones to side-step the hurdles posed by “anti-business” local government units.

Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo said these zones will enjoy protection from the whimsies of local officials.

He said the DTI is also pushing for the passage of a Magna Carta on Investments to protect investors from changes in regulations, policies and taxation by LGUs.

Read more at Malaya

“Aquino open to ‘win-win’ interim deal on Malampaya royalties” by Mia M. Gonzalez

President Aquino is open to a “win-win” interim agreement between the national government and the Palawan provincial government on the sharing of Malampaya royalties pending a Supreme Court ruling on the latter, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

The President said in an interview with reporters in Puerto Princesa, where he shot a video to promote the Puerto Princesa Underground River, that he discussed the matter with Palawan Gov. Abraham Mitra, who initiated the topic.

“Gov. Abraham Mitra and I discussed this but not with Mayor [Edward] Hagedorn. But the bottom line is we will try to have a win-win solution here. As you know, this case is still pending before the Supreme Court,” he said, when asked for his position on Palawan’s share in the Malampaya royalties.

Read more at ABS-CBN News

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