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June 5, 2008

An interview with President GMA by the International Herald Tribune.  (Got the link from Manila Bay Watch).

To summarize, this was what she was saying:

The government is doing everything to curb corruption.  The country is making a headway as evidenced by the high growth rate.  The Ombudsman is doing a far better job now.  As to why her family is often accused of corruption, she doesn’t know.  How the economy would fare in the face of a slowing down of the US economy: (confidential?)  the economy is strong so it would easily weather the downturn.  The Philippines is experiencing a very high growth rate, higher than our neighbors, due mainly to infrastructure spending.  On political killings, her government is doing a great job reducing them despite a long tradition of political violence.  Her very low popularity rating does not reflect the sentiments of the average Filipino.  The people working to disrupt our progress are out of touch.  That includes Cory Aquino.

She’s out of touch.


Do you know that humans themselves could cause earthquakes?  In fact, there are fears that human activities could have triggered some of the deadliest ones recently.



The deadly earthquake in Sichuan, China could have been triggered by a nuclear explosion.

Boxun News, a Chinese-language Web site based outside China, reported that an unnamed expert has claimed that there was a nuclear explosion near the epicenter of the Sichuan earthquake, based on witness reports and the discovery of concrete rubble believed to have come from an underground military installation. The news of this nuclear explosion has raised questions about the cause of the earthquake.

Mr. He, a local resident, stated that when the earthquake occurred on May 12, people saw something erupt from the top of a mountain next to the valley, “It looked like toothpaste being squeezed out,” said He. “No, it wasn’t [magma]. It was these concrete pieces. The eruption lasted about three minutes.”


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