Online petition demands justice for Maguindanao massacre victims

Here’s an excerpt from my CNET Asia blog post.

The online petition An Open Letter to Mdm Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines is now being circulated by Filipino Netizens on social networks and the Philippine blogosphere. This calls on the President to take firm steps to ensure that the guilty parties in the Maguindanao massacre will be punished and that private armies all over the country will be disbanded.

Yesterday, the primary suspect, who belongs to the powerful clan in Maguindanao that has strong political ties with the President, surrendered and was brought to Manila, where he is now detained at the National Bureau of Investigation.

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Mikey Arroyo TV Patrol video clip: ‘Do you want your president to eat in a McDonald’s or some turo-turo?’

Last night, Filipinos on microblogging sites like Twitter and Plurk and social networking sites such as Facebook were spreading the word about Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo’s remarks on TV Patrol World.

The solon was defending his mother, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, against widespread criticism over the expensive dinners at posh New York restaurants.

Unfortunately, sometimes when you open your mouth, you make things worse.

Now, we the Filipino people are being asked if we forgot that the President is not just an ordinary person and needs to keep her dignity. “Do you want your president to eat in a McDonald’s or some turo-turo?” Mikey Arroyo asked in last night’s TV Patrol World newscast.

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Arroyo State of the Nation Address live blog and live video stream

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

As Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo prepares to deliver her ninth and final State of the Nation Address this afternoon, thousands of rallyists have converged in the Commonwealth Avenue area near Congress while Filipinos across the country and all over the world monitor events in cyberspace.

The opposition is calling on Arroyo to unequivocally state that she will step down next year at the end of her term, amid fears of Charter Change that would prolong her in power.

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Is President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Twitter?

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

I don’t think it’s been confirmed yet as the real deal, but last night Filipino Twitter users were passing around the URL of what is supposedly the Twitter account of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

What do you think? At any rate, if it doesn’t turn out to be her real account — whether she’s actually the one updating it or an assistant — someone should tell her staff about this. I asked one of my journalist friends to confirm, but no word yet.