GMA, Abalos and Mendoza in 100 million US dollar NBN ZTE commission, 50% received upon signing of contract (in 2007)

GMA, Abalos and Mendoza in 100 million US dollar NBN ZTE commission, 50% received upon signing of contract (in 2007)

Breaking News: Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, former Mandaluyong mayor and Comelec Chair Benjamin Abalos and former DOTC secretary Leandro Mendoza (who died in 2013) were the AGENTS (or brokers) in the 2007 NBN ZTE deal worth 329.5 million US dollars for the upgrading of Philippine government communications. Since the deal was exposed the project was put on hold but 50% of the 100 million US dollar commission was already released to the identified AGENTS upon signing of the contract in 2007

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, now on hospital arrest.

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, now on hospital arrest.

. The 50 million US dollar (partial) commission is approximately 2.2 billion Philippine pesos. The other half of the 100 million US dollar commission is reportedly deposited to the name of the same AGENTS in an overseas escrow account pending completion of the now indefinitely postponed project. #NBN-ZTEdeal #corruption #GMA #PLUNDER

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Germanwings plane crash, 150 DEAD: Deliberate act by the co-pilot? Autopilot reprogrammed to descend to 100 feet The co-pilot “activated the descent,” officials say. And the autopilot on the Germanwings Flight 9525 was reprogrammed in the cockpit to lower the plane’s altitude from 38,000 feet to 100 feet.

Germanwings plane crash, 150 dead

German airliner crashes in France. Co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing the plane.

German airliner crashes in France. Co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing the plane.

: Deliberate act by the co-pilot?

Autopilot reprogrammed to descend to 100 feet

The co-pilot “activated the descent,” officials say. And the autopilot on the Germanwings Flight 9525 was reprogrammed in the cockpit to lower the plane’s altitude from 38,000 feet to 100 feet.

By Jethro Mullen, CNN

March 27, 2015

(CNN)Families are grieving. Flight crews are in disbelief. Entire countries are in mourning.

That much is clear. But much else about Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed Tuesday in the southern French Alps, is not.

In a disturbing development Thursday, a French prosecutor said that audio from the mangled voice recorder of Germanwings Flight 9525 reveals the captain was locked out of the cockpit while co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to make a deliberate attempt to destroy the plane.

That revelation brings investigators closer to pinpointing who was responsible for the crash, but major questions remain. Chief among them: Why would the plane’s co-pilot crash the plane, and how did it happen?

Here’s the key information that’s available so far, and the big questions that remain.

The flight

Flight 9525 — operated by Germanwings, a low-cost division of Lufthansa — took off at 10:01 a.m. Tuesday from Barcelona, Spain, bound for Dusseldorf, Germany. The plane had 144 passengers and six crew members.

According to French aviation accident investigators, the plane began descending from its cruising altitude of 38,000 feet at 10:31 a.m. It lost contact with French radar at an altitude of 6,175 feet at 10:40 a.m., the investigators said.

The plane’s descent, French and German investigators say, started when Lubitz was at the controls.

New data about the flight released Thursday appeared to support authorities’ claim that someone set the plane on a crash course.

Transponder data shows that the autopilot was reprogrammed by someone inside the cockpit to change the plane’s altitude from 38,000 feet to 100 feet, according to Flightradar24, a website that tracks aviation data.

The aircraft crashed in a remote area near Digne-les-Bains in the Alpes de Haute-Provence region. All aboard are presumed dead.

The big questions: If Lubitz brought the plane down, as it appears, why? And if the co-pilot’s goal was to crash the plane, why wouldn’t he send it into a more rapid descent?

The final moments

Air traffic controllers sent out a distress call after radio contact was lost, but the plane’s crew didn’t respond or issue a distress call of their own, the French Civil Aviation Authority said.

Audio from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder includes normal exchanges between the captain and co-pilot at the beginning of the flight, according Brice Robin, the Marseille prosecutor.

But after the captain leaves to go to the bathroom, something changes. The recording picks up audio of the captain, who’s somehow locked out of the cockpit, trying to get back in, Robin said.

Carsten Spohr, the CEO of Germanwings parent company Lufthansa, said it’s not clear whether the captain entered a code to try to get back into the cockpit when he returned, or whether Lubitz “put the lever on lock,” which would have prevented the code from working.

Lubitz doesn’t say anything in the audio recording during the flight’s descent. But the recording picks up his steady breathing, Robin said, with no sign that he had a heart attack or other medical issue.

In the final minutes of the flight, it also picks up the sounds of passengers screaming.

The big question: What happened inside the cockpit during those crucial last minutes?

The crash site

The plane went down in a rugged, sparsely populated part of the Alps. A local tourist official told French newspaper Liberation that the crash occurred on a particularly steep area of mountainside.

Helicopter crews found the airliner in pieces, none bigger than a small car, and human remains strewn for several hundred meters, authorities said.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described it as “a picture of horror.”

Access to the crash site is reported to be difficult, with no roads leading to it. Authorities began to airlift some victims’ remains from the site Wednesday, a process complicated by freezing weather.

The big question: How long will it take for search teams to recover all the human remains and key parts of the aircraft wreckage?

The people on board

The captain of Flight 9525 had flown for Germanwings for more than 10 years and had more than 6,000 flight hours on the aircraft model, according to the airline.

Lubitz, the co-pilot, has been with Germanwings since September 2013 and had completed 630 hours of flight time, the airline’s media office said. Lubitz had trained at the Lufthansa flight training center in Bremen, Germany.

Germanwings hasn’t released details about the four other crew members.

Details have begun to emerge about some of the passengers on the plane, but officials have cautioned that there is still a degree of uncertainty at this point over who exactly was aboard.

Spain’s King Felipe VI has said “high numbers of Spaniards, Germans and Turks” were on the aircraft. The Germans included 16 students and two teachers from Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium, a school in the town of Haltern. Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Colombia, the Netherlands and the United States have also been confirmed to have been on the plane by their national governments.

The big questions: Who was on board, and what are their stories?

The plane

The aircraft was a twin-engine Airbus A320, a model that is generally considered to be among the most reliable aircraft, aviation analyst David Soucie said.

According to information from the Aviation Safety Network accident database, there have been 55 incidents involving the A320, not including Tuesday’s crash.

In one of the most recent, in December, an Airbus A320 operated by AirAsia Indonesia crashed into the Java Sea en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. All 162 people on board Flight QZ8501 were killed.

The plane also made headlines in 2009 when Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger performed the “miracle on the Hudson” emergency landing on a river when his Airbus A320 collided with a flock of geese and lost thrust 2,700 feet over Manhattan.

The A320 that went down in the Alps was delivered to Lufthansa in 1991, Airbus said. It had clocked roughly 58,300 flight hours over the course of about 47,600 flights, according to the manufacturer. Germanwings said it was last checked Monday in Dusseldorf.

The big question: It seems unlikely at this point, but did a problem with the plane lead to its descent and eventual crash?

The investigation

Hundreds of French firefighters and police officers are involved in the recovery effort in the Alps. Searchers have so far retrieved the cockpit voice recorder, one of the plane’s two “black boxes,” said French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. Its exterior was damaged, but investigators were able to recover the audio file.

Officials said the outside frame of the second “black box” — the flight data recorder — has been found, though not the recorder itself. The flight data recorder stores a vast array of parameters about the aircraft.

The two devices are expected to be crucial in unraveling what led to the crash, though conclusive answers may not come quickly. Investigators typically spend months analyzing the recorders’ information.

Police searched Lubitz’s apartment on Thursday, seeking clues about his possible motive.

The big questions: When will the flight data recorder be found? What will the devices’ full contents reveal about events aboard the plane? And will investigators turn up anything to explain why the co-pilot may have decided to crash it?

CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin, Pierre Meilhan, Catherine E. Shoichet and Holly Yan contributed to this report.

P-Noy at Kris text messages: Ganito pala ang pagtingin nila sa masang Pilipino. Mababa at mapanglait.

P-Noy at Kris text messages: Ganito pala ang pagtingin nila sa masang Pilipino. Mababa at mapanglait. Nakakasakit ng dibdib. Parang nakakasikip hininga. Kaya pala ang Presidente ay laging PRO BIG BUSINESS (ANTI-POOR pa) at hindi kumakampi sa mga mahihirap sa larangan ng water and electricity rates, LRT/MRT issues, usapang buwis at pagtaas ng presyo ng langis at pagkain. Kawawa naman ang Pilipinas. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Metro-Manila/266417546722226
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President Aquino and sister Kris text messages to each other. Ganyan pala ang usapan ng mga HACINDERO, mapanlait sa mga mahihirap.

President Aquino and sister Kris text messages to each other. Ganyan pala ang usapan ng mga HACINDERO, mapanlait sa mga mahihirap.

BREAKING NEWS: GRABE, THIS PHOTO HAS NOW REACHED 450,000 PEOPLE. IS 700,000 PEOPLE REACHED POSSIBLE? HOW ABOUT 1 MILLION? ‪#‎SMILE‬ ‪#‎GOOGLENEWS‬ ‪#‎GOOGLE‬ ‪#‎YAHOO‬ ‪#‎YAHOONEWS‬ ‪#‎NEWS‬ ‪#‎BALITA‬ ‪#‎PILIPINAS‬ ‪#‎PINAS‬ ‪#‎PUSO‬

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Kim Ilagan is darling of Facebook group pages https://www.facebook.com/KimIlaganPage ‪

Commercial model Kim Ilagan is the darling of Philippine Facebook group pages as she is prominently featured in a number of FB groups with millions of members each (FB Most Wanted, Campus ng mga Chix, Tropang SPC and Ganda at Gwapong Lahi Nationwide). Please take note that most of these pages are in the Closed or Secret settings thus making it difficult for non-members to see her pictures or view the page. Closed pages need admin approval while secret pages can not be searched and would need a member to enlist his or her Facebook friends into the group. To add to the confusion, copy-cat pages have sprung up thus misleading unwary people to believe that they have already stumbled into the page they are looking for at the same time wondering why the (FAKE) pages only have very

Kim Ilagan, the darling of Philippine Facebook group pages

Kim Ilagan, the darling of Philippine Facebook group pages

few members.
This is an example of most of the posts that attract people to join her fan page ******* Feeling snow white – Follow the person that graces a number of the top Facebook group pages (see her prominently featured in the group banners) in the Philippines.https://www.facebook.com/KimIlaganPage ‪#‎Philippines‬ ‪#‎Filipino‬ ‪#‎Filipina‬ ‪#‎news‬ ‪#‎love‬ ‪#‎PUSO‬ ‪#‎beautiful‬ ‪#‎wow‬ KIM ILAGAN is among our page admins.

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Noynoy Out Now! March 20 rally (Mendiola) #NasaanAngPangulo

Noynoy Out Now! March 20 rally (Mendiola)

Mar 21, 2015
photos by Demie Dangla and Max B. Santiago
Noynoy Out Now!(NOW!), a broad coalition of various people’s organizations, sectoral groups and personalities converged at Mendiola bridge on March 20 to call for the removal of President Aquino from office.

According to poll firm Pulse Asia, 58% of Filipinos are now open to the idea of President Aquino’s resignation.

NOW! seeks to replace the current Aquino administration with a transition body called ‘People’s Council for Unity, Reform and Peace,’ which will implement political and economic reforms once President Aquino is ousted.

The drive to establish a People’s Council is a lesson learned from previous mass protests and actions that successfully ended the regimes of Marcos and Estrada.

Teddy Casiño, convener of NOW! believes that “the clamor for change starting with the President’s resignation is surely growing. The surveys reflect this as do the growing number of people expressing disgust at the government and joining protest actions. Many are also doubtful if the 2016 elections will lead to real changes in the political and economic system. Thus NOW!’s call for regime change is gaining ground,” said Casiño.

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Noynoy Out Now! March 20 rally (Mendiola) #NasaanAngPangulo #NoynoyResign #P-NoyOutNow #SAF44 #Mamasapano

Noynoy Out Now! March 20 rally (Mendiola) #NasaanAngPangulo #NoynoyResign #P-NoyOutNow #SAF44 #Mamasapano

Noynoy Out Now! March 20 rally (Mendiola) #NasaanAngPangulo

Noynoy Out Now! March 20 rally (Mendiola)

Noynoy Out Now! March 20 rally (Mendiola)

Noynoy Out Now! March 20 rally (Mendiola)

Noynoy Out Now! March 20 rally (Mendiola)


Mar 21, 2015
photos by Demie Dangla and Max B. Santiago

Noynoy Out Now!(NOW!), a broad coalition of various people’s organizations, sectoral groups and personalities converged at Mendiola bridge on March 20 to call for the removal of President Aquino from office.

According to poll firm Pulse Asia, 58% of Filipinos are now open to the idea of President Aquino’s resignation.

NOW! seeks to replace the current Aquino administration with a transition body called ‘People’s Council for Unity, Reform and Peace,’ which will implement political and economic reforms once President Aquino is ousted.

The drive to establish a People’s Council is a lesson learned from previous mass protests and actions that successfully ended the regimes of Marcos and Estrada.

Teddy Casiño, convener of NOW! believes that “the clamor for change starting with the President’s resignation is surely growing. The surveys reflect this as do the growing number of people expressing disgust at the government and joining protest actions. Many are also doubtful if the 2016 elections will lead to real changes in the political and economic system. Thus NOW!’s call for regime change is gaining ground,” said Casiño.

President Aquino’s APPROVAL and TRUST ratings in MASSIVE drop. Mamasapano Incident as major cause. OUSTER or RESIGNATION calls abound.

President Aquino and SUSPENDED PNP Chief Purisima are both BLAMED for the Mamasapano Incident where 44 Philippine National Police Special Action Force troopers died.

President Aquino and SUSPENDED PNP Chief Purisima are both BLAMED for the Mamasapano Incident where 44 Philippine National Police Special Action Force troopers died.


Aquino ratings dip to impact in 2016 polls
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
MANILA, Philippines–A 36-percent drop in President Aquino’s approval and trust ratings to their lowest levels in the aftermath of the botched counterterrorism operation that cost the lives of 64 Filipinos could have implications for the presidential election next year, analysts said on Tuesday.
“An Aquino endorsement may be a kiss of death,” Earl Parreño of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms said after an opinion poll found that Aquino suffered the biggest declines in his ratings since he came to power in 2010.
Asked whether the President’s political capital and endorsement power in 2016 had dwindled because of the Mamasapano incident, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said it would be the people who would “express their will through the ballot.”
Coloma said the President declared as early as Feb. 6 that he was responsible for the 44 SAF members who were killed in the operation targeting terrorists.
“The President has repeatedly said that all successes and failures of his administration will land on his doorstep. He believes that in time the truth will set us all free. We are determined to work even harder to continually earn our people’s trust and confidence,” Coloma said at a press briefing.
Aquino is not eligible for reelection under the Constitution but prospects for the presidential candidate of his Liberal Party in the general elections in May 2016 are likely to be damaged if his popularity is undermined.
Aquino saw his approval rating drop 21 percentage points from 59 percent in November last year to 38 percent this month, results of a Pulse Asia survey showed. His trust rating declined 20 percentage points from 56 percent to 36 percent.
Ronald Holmes, president of Pulse Asia this was the largest decline in both approval and trust ratings in five years.
He added that this was the first time Aquino has failed to gain a majority rating, below the 50 percent level.
Aquino’s highest trust rating was 80 percent in October 2010.
The latest nationwide survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents aged at least 18 years old. It had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.
It’s Mamasapano
Holmes said the President’s ratings were affected by the Jan. 25 clashes in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
The survey was conducted from March 1 to 7, five weeks after the clashes where 44 police commandos, 17 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and three civilians were killed.
The commandos killed the Malaysian-born terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias “Marwan,” but his Filipino deputy, Basit Usman and Amin Baco, alias “Jihad,” a member of the Southeast Asian terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah, managed to escape.
A police inquiry found Aquino responsible for the bungled mission against Marwan that sparked the clashes and put at risk efforts to forge peace with the MILF, the country’s largest Muslim rebel group.
The President’s spokesperson has rejected the police findings saying Aquino was not part of a civilian agency chain of command and he had no responsibility for the botched mission.
Aquino, the Commander in Chief, has defended himself against public outrage over his refusal to take responsibility for the Mamasapano debacle.
Instead, the President put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Director General Getulio Napeñas, the sacked commander of the Special Action Force (SAF), whom he accused of feeding him false information.
Squandered
Parreño said that Aquino “has squandered too much political capital on the Mamasapano incident.”
Pulse Asia said 39 percent of respondents expressed indecision and 23 percent disapproved of Aquino’s performance. Thirty-seven percent said they were undecided on whether to trust him while 27 percent said they distrusted him.
Results of the survey also showed Aquino’s approval ratings eroded in Mindanao (down to 45 percent from 67 percent), the Visayas (41 percent from 68 percent), Metro Manila (26 percent from 49 percent) and the rest of Luzon (36 percent from 54 percent).
Likewise, his approval ratings declined sharply among Classes ABC (down to 35 percent from 59 percent), D (35 percent from 59 percent) and E (47 percent from 57 percent).
His trust ratings dropped in Mindanao (45 percent from 62 percent), the Visayas (40 percent from 62 percent), Metro Manila (24 percent from 49 percent) and the rest of Luzon (34 percent from 52 percent).
Trust in the President also dipped among Classes ABC (34 percent from 57 percent), D (34 percent from 57 percent) and E (42 percent from 52 percent).
Earning back trust
Malacañang said the President had taken personal responsibility for the botched Mamasapano operations and assured the public it would continue to explain to the people the incident so Aquino could earn back their trust and confidence.
He said the President understood the sadness of the family members of the SAF commons and continued to listen to the people’s sentiments.
Asked what President Aquino could do to earn back the people’s trust, Coloma reiterated that the Palace would continue to let people understand what the government was doing, including its reform programs.
He said Aquino would continue to perform his duties until his term ends in 2016.
“The President and the administration are praying that people will understand what is happening,” he said.
Asked whether Aquino would apologize, Coloma said what the government was doing was to continue explaining to the people.
Loosen grip on allies
The steep fall in Aquino’s ratings due to the backlash from the Mamasapano fiasco will loosen his grip on his allies and put in peril his priority bills in Congress, according to Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares.
Colmenares said the President’s record-low ratings would spur his key political allies to abandon him.
“It will be all downhill from here. With his responsibility and accountability for the pork barrel, DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program), Edca (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement) and the Mamasapano incident, it would be best for President Aquino to resign and face the consequences of his actions,” said Colmenares.
Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said the President’s poor performance in the latest Pulse Asia survey showed that he was on a “death spiral.”
“I think it has come to a point where people will tend to disbelieve everything he says,” Romualdez, independent minority bloc leader, said in a press conference.
Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza said the President was virtually in a “free fall” after the Mamasapano fiasco.
Romualdez urged the President to “come clean” on the Mamasapano incident to bring closure to the grieving widows and kin of SAF commandos.–Reports from Rafael L. Antonio, Inquirer Research; Christine O. Avendaño and Gil Cabacungan; and wires
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