Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA


SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Feb 9 Thursday First Fiesta Day
5.00-5.45 am Philippine Flag jump
5:50-6:00am PAF High Speed Opener and SF260 Fly By
5.45-7.00 am Hot Air Balloon flight
5.45-7.30 am RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
7.30-8.30 am ACFC Ultralight / Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
8.30-9.00 am Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9.00-9.30 am AFP/PNP/Brunei/Malaysia Sky Diving Exhibition
9.30-9:45 am Radio-controlled model aircraft demonstration
9:45-10:00am USAF F16 Flight Demo
10.00-11.30 am AOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
11.30-12.00 nn KAP / KTP Kite Flying Exhibition
12.00-12.30 pm Airlink / WCC / Omni /Aviators/ Alpha flyby
12.30-1.00 pm Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demo
1.00-1.30 pm Skydiving and Tandem jumping Exhibition
1.30-2.00 pm Ultralight Flour bombing demonstration
2.00-3.00 pm AOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
3.00-3.30 pm FEATI/PHILSCA Rocketry Demonstration
4:00-4:30 pm Philippine Air Force Silent Drill and SPOW Bomb Sniffing Dog Exhibition
3.30-4.00 pm ACFC Ultralight/Microlight aircraft formation flights
4.30-5.00 pm Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
5.00-5.30 pm RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australia Paragliding exhibition
5.30-6.00 pm Hot Air Balloon Fly-In

Feb 10 Friday Second Fiesta Day
5.00-5.45 am Philippine Flag jump
5.45-7.00 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7.00-7.30 am RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
7.30-8.00 am ACFC Ultralight/Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
8:30-9.00 am Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9.00-9.30 am Sky diving exhibition
9.30-10.00 am Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
10.00-11.00 am AOPA- P Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
11.00-11.30 am KAP / KTP Kite flying exhibition
11.30-12.00 nn WCC / Aviatours / Omni / Aviators/ Alpha/Leading Edge / flyby
12.00-1.00pm German aerobatic glider flight
1.00-1:30 pm Skydiving exhibition
1.30-2:00 pm Jet Turbine Radio-controlled modeller demos
2.00-3.00 am AOPA- P Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
3.00-3.30 pm Car Drifting Display
3.30-4.00pm FEATI/Philsca Rocketry demonstration
4.00-4.30 pm ACFC Ultralight/Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights
4.30-5.00pm Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
5.00-5.30 pm RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5.30-6.00 pm Hot Air Balloon Fly-In

Feb 11 Saturday Third Fiesta Day
5.00-5.45 am Philippine Flag jump
5.45-7.00 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7.00-7.30 am RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
7.30-8.00 am ACFC Ultralight/Microlight aircraft formation flights and flour bombing
8.00-8.30 am Tandem Skydiving exhibition
8.30-9.00 am Turbine RC flying display
9.00-9.45 am Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9.45-10.30 am Helicopter flight display
10.30-11.00 am Philippine Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration
11.00-12.00 am PT13 Stearman / AOPA-P Flyby
12.00-12.30 pm WCC / Aviatour / Omni / PPA / CIA / Orient / flyby
12.30-1.00 pm Radio-Controlled model aircraft demonstration
1.00-1.30 pm Winch-launched German aerobatic glider flight
1.30-2.00 pm KAP / KTP Kite Flying Demonstration
2.00-2.45 pm AOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
2.45-3.15 pm Skydiving Exhibition
3.15-3.45 pm CIAC Fire-fighting demonstration
3.45-4.30 pm Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
4.00-4.30 pm ACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights
4.30-5.00 pm FEATI/Philsca Rocketry Demonstration
5.00-5.30 pm RP/Malaysian/Spain/ Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5.30-6.00 pm Hot Air Balloon Night Glow

Feb 12 Sunday Fourth Fiesta Day
5.20-5.30 am Philippine Flag jump
5.30-7.00 am Hot Air Balloon Flight
7.00-7.30 am RP / Malaysian / Spain/ Australia Paragliding Exhibition
7.30-8.00 am ACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights and flour bombing
8.00-8.30 am Tandem Skydiving Exhibition
8.30-9.15 am Meynard Halili / Aerobatic Show
9.15-10.00 am Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Demo
10.00-11.00 am Wings Over Asia / AOPA – P Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
11.00-12.00 nn CIAC Fire-Fighting Demonstration
12.00-12.30 nn Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
12.30-1.00 pm Car Drifting demonstration
1.00-1.30 pm PT13/ WCC / Aviatour / Omni / Leading Edge/ Airlink flyby
1.30-2.30 pm KAP / KTP Flying Exhibition
3:00-3:30pm AFP / Civilian Skydiving Exhibition
3.30-4.00 pm ACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights
4.00-4.15 pm PT13 Stearman fly by
4.15-5.00 pm Meynard Halili aerobatic Show
5.00-5.30 pm RP / Malaysian / Spain/Australian Paragliding Exhibition
5:30- 7:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Night Glow And Fireworks

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Impeachment in the Philippines

Elpidio Quirino was accused in 1949 of using government funds to renovate Malacanang Palace in Manila, using government funds to purchase furniture for the Presidential Palace, and linking him to alleged diamond smuggling. A Congressional committee rejected his compliant for lack of factual and legal basis.

Diosdado Macapagal in 1964 was accused of illegally importing rice to build public support in an election, illegally dismissing officials, using the military to intimidate the political opposition, and ordering the deportation of an American businessman who was in the custody of Congress in violation of the separation of governmental powers. A Congressional committee dissed all the charges.

Ferdinand Marcos was accused by 56 lawmakers on 1985 of graft, economic plunder, unexplained wealth, granting monopolies too cronies, and other crimes. the following day the National Assembly committee dismisses the complaints after roughly five hour of discussions for continuing unsupported conclusions.

Corazon Aquino was accused by law makers in 1988 of graft and violating the Constitution. the charge were rejected the following month due to lack of evidence.

Joseph Estrada was accused of bribery, graft and corruption, betrayal of public trust, and culpable violation of the Constitution during the impeachment of 2000, to determine the accusations, the House of Representatives choose 11 members to act as prosecutors with the Senate as the impeachment court and the senators as judges

On November 13, 2000 Representative Manny Villar, then the speaker of the House of Representatives, sent the article of impeachment to the Senate of the Philippines for trial.

The impeachment trial started on December 7, 2000 and was aborted on January 16, 2001 after the House prosecutors walkedout from the impeachment proceedings, to protest against the perceived dictatorial tendency of the eleven senator-judges, who supported Joseph Estrada, this walkout led to EDSA Revolution of 2001 and the downfall of president Estrada.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was accused in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 impeachment complaints for different imputations, specially attempting lying, cheating and stealing during 2004 presidential election against opposition candidate Fernando Poe, Jr.. However all impeachment cases were failed due to absence of one third vote from the members of the Congress.

Ombudsman Aniano Desierto was criticized by some for not aggressively investigating and prosecuting cases of corruption. The impeachment failed

COMELEC commissioner Luzviminda Tangcanco was accused of graft and corruption, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution. She allegedly showed bias for the multi-billion-peso voters registration and information system (VRIS) project, deciding to undertake it despite the lack of funds.

Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. was accused of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of the public trust and other high crimes

COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos was accused of ZTE national broadband network (NBN) deal and Hello Garci controversy, he resign eventually

Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez was impeached on March 22, 2011 on charges of the office's underperformance and failure to act on several cases during then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's administration. The first impeachment complaint against Gutierrez was filed in 2009, but was dismissed later in that year in a House dominated by Arroyo's Lakas Kampi CMD party.

Impeached officials Official


Joseph Estrada, President November 13, 2000 Trial aborted
Merceditas Gutierrez, Ombudsman March 22, 2011 Resigned prior to trial
Renato Corona, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Friday, January 13, 2012

Manny Pacquiao opposes mining and illegal logging

Mining is good business. But it's terrible public policy. Congressman Manny Pacquiao's stance on this issue shows he's a public servant.

Once Congress resumes session, the eight-time boxing champion will deliver a privileged speech which will implore colleagues in the lower House to oppose mining and illegal logging operations in the country. The first-term congressman recently purchased 10-hectare and 2-hectare lots near his district to be distributed for free to victims of natural disasters such as typhoon "Sendong".

Congressman Manny Pacquiao reminded them of the destruction to the environment brought on by mining activities, according to a statement by his congressional office.

Mining operations have existed in the country for decades. It's a profitable venture given the rising global demand for minerals. For example, several dozen materials that go into a computer once came from a mining operation. For years, manufacturers in the United States have been facing rising steel prices due to shortages from Asian suppliers, and most pre-order whatever supply is available.

Mining is bad public policy because, over the long-term, income per capita and productivity are not increased. A vast majority of minerals are exported to other countries as raw materials for their industries. Over the long-term, the Philippine economy is almost always never improved.

Investors ship profits (investable capital) overseas to seek returns elsewhere. Thus, mining operations largely develop the economies of other countries, and not that of the host country.

Natural calamities, which kill hundreds, routinely occur due to soil depletion and/or instability. Public resources such as underground water and natural streams are permanently harmed. Additionally, damage to the ecosystem harms farmers who depend on agriculture for their livelihood.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Download Ramgen Revilla-Janelle Manahan sex video

The person/persons responsible for disseminating the video in the cyberspace can be held liable for violating Section 4 of Republic Act 9995, or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009. The bill gained momentum at the height of the controversy regarding the sex videos of Hayden Kho with different women (Katrina Halili, Maricar Reyes, among others).

Section 4.d prohibits anyone from showing or exhibiting “the photo or video coverage or recordings of (sexual acts) or any similar activity through VCD/DVD, Internet, cellular phones, and other similar means or device.”

These prohibitions apply even if there is consent from the persons in the video. Curiously, the bill does not prohibit individuals from taking videos of themselves while having sex as long as it remains private (see Section 3.d and 4.a and b).

Technically, the mere uploading of this one-minute sex clip in websites is punishable by law. Street vendors who will sell this video can also be held liable. Violating RA 9995 carries a maximum penalty of 7-year imprisonment and a fine of P500, 000.

Any media outlet that airs this clip or publishes screen shots from the video can have their license to operate or franchise revoked. The law sounds strict, but it is almost impossible to implement thoroughly. Using the Ram Revilla-Janelle Manahan sex video, here are some questions I have in mind:

1. Where did this video come from (i.e. Ram’s laptop)? Who copied it from that source?
2. Who uploaded it to the Internet?
3. Who are those who reposted/re-uploaded the video in other websites?

Pinpointing the persons behind the aforementioned acts is a near-impossible task for our authorities. First, the Revilla clan seems not to be cooperative – even though they should feel violated because a murdered kin is involved in the video. Second, how are they going to find out the person who did the initial uploading of the video online? Third, how can they track the online users (all of them!) who reposted the video in other websites?

If a concrete case can emerge from the proliferation of the Ram Revilla-Janelle Manahan sex video, then it can be the first real test of the strength and worthiness of the Philippine Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act.
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