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Manila – Two government soldiers were wounded in a clash with communist rebels during a sweep of an eastern Philippine village, an Army spokesman said Friday. The soldiers were on combat operations in Sariaya town in Quezon province, 120 kilometres south of Manila, when they encountered a group of guerrillas.

Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres said the soldiers were scouring the village of Mamala to make sure that rebels had not re-established a base there after a clash last month.

“Two soldiers were wounded in action and were evacuated safely to a military hospital,”
he said. “They are now stable.” Communist rebels have been fighting the Philippine government since the late 1960s, making the movement one of the longest-running leftist insurgencies in Asia.

Yep, they sure have, and have made both the Phillipine Government and the army look like absolute buffoons for just as long.

MEANWHILE in Cotabato City, Philippines – At least five people were killed in a gunfight among relatives over a long-standing land dispute a regional police spokesman said Friday. Superintendent Danilo Bacas said several members of the Muslim clan were also wounded in the fighting that erupted late Thursday in a village in Datu Blah Sinsuat town in Shariff Kabunsuan province, 930 kilometres south of Manila.

“They are actually relatives by blood and by affinity, but they refused to settle their land problem amicably,” Bacas said.

Special police forces have been dispatched to keep the peace as about 20 families living on adjacent land were forced to evacuate to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

Bacas said the family members were all well-armed because they are members or supporters of Muslim rebel groups.

“Good” job there Superintendent Danilo Bacas! You readily admit they are armed and dangerous, in addition to “being members or supporters of Muslim rebel groups” and you sit around with your thumb up your ass. Asshat.

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High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, watch out. Recently ousted American Idol contestant Ramiele Malubay is after your job.

“I really want to act for Disney Channel,” she declared when she stopped by the office yesterday to visit with the TV Fanatic, shamelessly admitting, “I haven’t watched Disney in a couple of weeks. I used to watch it every single day.”

A big fan of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Ramiele, 20, is hoping the kid-friendly network will pick her up “for anything. I would love to do it.” Disney wouldn’t have to worry about outrageous wardrobe costs for the 4’11″ singer. “I’ll buy a guy’s shirt, cut of the neck and wear it off the shoulder and I’m good. You can turn anything into a dress when you’re short.” A Zac Efron toss-off never looked so good!

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Two Filipinos, Edwin S. Antolin, 52, and Crisanto R. Ramos, 29, arrived in Hong Kong a board a Cathay Pacific flight from Dubai.

These two mental midgets decided to take two of the airlines life jackets as “souvenirs.”

Both Filipinos denied knowing each other and were seated on different rows when they arrived here at around 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday for a connecting flight to Manila.

Antolin put the jacket in his blue traveling bag, while Ramos hid his in a red shopping bag. They did not foresee that they would be arrested and charged in court for taking “souvenirs.”

What these two nitwits didn’t plan on was going through an X-ray machine before they taking their connecting flight home. The “suspicious objects” were detected in their bags and they were promptly hauled before Tsuen Wan Principal Magistrate Andrew Ma who imposed the fines of HK$2,000 (P10,700) each.

For that oversight in criminal planning. and perpetrating Stupid Filipino Trick #5,983,028, these two are awarded Cranial Cavity’s Asshat of the Day Award.

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Filipino-American Idol Ramielle Malubay finally got the ax on American idol quashing her dream of becoming the first Asian Idol.

Making the top ten is no easy task and frankly I’d like to know who coached her in song selection. Once she made the top 24 her performances hardly matched up with everything that went before. A consistent criticism was song selection and Malubay, or her coach, didn’t take the hint.

Moreover, she seemed not to be mentally prepared for all that is the American Idol. Although 20 years old she has the shy demeanor of a young teenager. Once on the big stage her performances suffered as a result.

Her future in all probability isn’t a return to the sushi bar she worked at, she does have some talent, but it won’t be as some mega-star in the United States either. She’ll get some stateside support as did her Fil-Am predecessor Jasmine Trias but her future resides in the Philippines.

Jasmine Trias has done local television commercials and billboard ads for McDonald’s, Smart Telecommunications, Hapee Toothpaste, and Bench Clothing. Although her CD was certified platinum in the Philippines it only sold approximately 15,000 copies in the states.

Expect to see Malubay making the rounds of Filipino game & entertainment shows shortly after her American Idol top ten tour is finished.

Then quietly disappear.

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Forgettable, says Idol’s Cowell on Ramiele Malubay’s latest performance.

I haven’t taken the time to look but feel reasonably certain a tour of the Filipino blogs would show a near cult-like following for American Idol’s “littlest star.”

In short, no pun intended, Ramiele has a beautiful voice, cute personality, but is far from becoming a star in the U.S. I suspect she has garnered a lot of support from the Filipino community in the states, not to mention an “official” fan site, and is the sole reason she’s made it into the final nine.

In the end Ramiele will more than likely make the Final 10 Tour of American Idol and disappear from the American music scene. Her hope for stardom leads down the same path taken by Jasmin Trias and Camile Velasco, in the Philippines.

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According to Pinoy Spy Reporter Playboy is to launch a Philippine edition of the iconic mens magazine.

What’s the catch, and joke of the day you ask?

Call the Philippine’s version Playboy Lite, it will contain no nudity says Playboy Philippines editor Beting Laygo Dolor. “No, Playboy Philippines will not be more daring than FHM,” he says. “We will be adjusted to the local culture and sensibilities.”


What marketing “genius” thought this up?

Both FHM Philippines and Maxim Philippines offer nudity that can be seen in the checkout aisle at the local Handyman Hardware & WalterMart outlets among other places.

And it has to be said “local culture and sensibilities” include the Sex Bomb Dancers that shake their hardly covered asses daily on the Eat Bulaga! game show.

Philippines Playboy Lite… BUWAHAHAHAHA!

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Whether true or not the public’s vision of a sinking ship usually includes scenes of rats jumping overboard in an effort to save themselves.

In the case of Philippine President Arroyo and her sinking ship of State it appears as though she has pre-empted the “rats.” All day yesterday the country was awash in rumors some of Arroyo’s Cabinet members would be resigning in protest over allegations of election rigging.

Last night in an address over state run radio she called for the resignations of her entire cabinet and remained steadfast in her determination to stay in office. “First of all, I am not resigning my office,” Arroyo said. “At the same time, I will restructure and strengthen the Cabinet. I am asking the entire Cabinet to tender their resignations.”

She said her new Cabinet would have a free hand in governance while she focuses on fundamental changes to the constitution and the political system. How a mass resignation and re-naming of new cabinet members would alleviate the current political pressure is certainly debatable. It all smacks of a desparation move on her part. It’s also doubtful it would improve her current standing with the public. A poll released Wednesday showed only two of every 10 Filipinos still trust Arroyo and nearly half believe she should no longer be president.

Until last nights radio address most members of Arroyo’s cabinet have repeatedly expressed support for the president. No longer. Friday morning, in a hastly called press conference, several Philippine cabinet officials led by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said they have asked President Gloria Arroyo to step down and allow Vice President Noli De Castro to take over the country’s leadership. Also present were Trade and Industry Secretary Juan Santos, Budget and Management Secretary Emilia Boncodin, Education Secretary Florencio Abad, Social Welfare Development Secretary Corazon Soliman and Agrarian Reform Secretary Rene Villa.

The heads of the government’s main revenue collection agencies, Guillermo Parayno of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Alberto Lina of the Bureau of Customs, also quit. Shortly after, Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla announced he has resigned.

Within the last hour (13:30 PST) former president Cory Aquino, a long time ally of Arroyo, has also called for Arroyo’s resignation and to shift power to the Vice President. In short she said it would be in the best interests of the country if Arroyo stepped aside and avoided either an impeachment trail or another reoccurence of the all too familiar “people’s power” revolt in the streets of Manila.

As yet the major newspapers, other than reporting the news, have remained clear of the controversy. I suspect within a few days and with pressure building one of them will break ranks and call for Arroyo’s resignation also.

As an aside, I say Woo-Who! This is like getting a pay raise, the peso has lost value in the last two weeks and now sits at P56.45 to one US dollar. When it hits 65 to the dollar I’ve got a nice little stash to cash in.

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