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Archive for March, 2006

Blogger captures police raid on computer shops – INQ7.net

Posted by Editor on 18th March 2006

Blogger captures police raid on computer shops – INQ7.net
Blogger captures police raid on computer shops

First posted 11:24pm (Mla time) Mar 17, 2006
By Erwin Lemuel Oliva
INQ7.net

Editor’s note: Re-posts to correct name of blogger.

FILIPINO blogger Joseph Angelo Racoma stumbled upon an ongoing police raid on computer shops allegedly selling pirated software late Friday, a recent post at Pinoytechblog.com indicated.

Police Senior Superintendent Noel De Los Reyes of the PNP-CIDG Anti Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division confirmed the raid of the Silvergate Computer Shop and 5th Avenue Telecom, both located in SM City North EDSA Cyberzone late Friday.

He told INQ7.net that the raid led to the confiscation of a little over half a million pesos worth of software and hardware.

The seized software included those distributed through CDs or were pre-installed on desktop computers, De Los Reyes added.

The police found illegal software from Microsoft, Autocad, Autodesk, Adobe Macromedia, as well as Playstation and Xbox gaming software, he added.

He said that a team from the Optical Media Board has also joined them in the raid.

“We are now asking the mall owners to police their ranks, or else we come in,” the police official added, noting that the raiding team had cooperation from the SM North EDSA management prior to the raid.

Posting an entry titled, “Raid on 5th Ave?” Racoma said that the 5th Ave. Electronics computer store in SM City North EDSA Cyberzone had its sliding metal door half-closed.

Representatives from the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) with “Anti-Piracy Team” vests were also seen on the premises, walking about, inspecting the shop for evidence, Racoma wrote in Pinoytechblog.

Racoma also took a photo of the raid using his phone camera.

“I’m not really aware whether 5th Ave sells pirated wares (like some other computer stores in Cyberzone), but I suppose this is the reason for the closure. Nobody onsite would answer my queries, though (I suppose we Pinoy.tech.bloggers should have press cards). A quick call to BSA rendered me still empty-handed, as they don’t have direct information on raiding activities by the local authorities (their reports are coursed through their main office in Singapore),” he added.

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Canada’s Tech Cominco to mine televisions and stereos – INQ7.net

Posted by Editor on 18th March 2006

Canada’s Tech Cominco to mine televisions and stereos – INQ7.net
Canada’s Tech Cominco to mine televisions and stereos

First posted 02:35pm (Mla time) Mar 18, 2006
Agence France-Presse

OTTAWA–Tech Cominco Limited, one of the world’s largest zinc mining companies, is planning to recycle junk electronics hoping to turn old televisions and stereos into gold, an official told Agence France-Presse on Friday.The company won approval from environmental authorities in Canada to try large-scale recycling of 3,000 tonnes of discarded electronics at its Trail smelter in the country’s westernmost province of British Columbia.

If it works, the smelter will eventually take in up to 20,000 tonnes of electronics waste per year, said Tech Cominco spokesman Mark Edwards.

“Some of our metals end up in products that might be thrown out eventually,” he said.

“As a society, we tend to turn out these products faster and faster, so there is an accumulation of televisions and computers and electronic devices in landfills. This effort just completes the circle.”

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Arroyo is killing peace talks–Sison – INQ7.net

Posted by Editor on 18th March 2006

Arroyo is killing peace talks–Sison – INQ7.net
Arroyo is killing peace talks–Sison

First posted 11:30am (Mla time) Mar 18, 2006
By Delfin Mallari Jr.
Inquirer

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COMMUNIST Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison has accused President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of killing the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front.

“Together with her Cabinet Oversight Committee-Internal Security, she has undertaken actions to kill the peace negotiations between the NDFP and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP),” Sison said in an e-mailed statement.

Sison, now living as a political refugee in Utrecht, the Netherlands, said the only way the peace negotiations can be resurrected is for the broad united front and the mass movement to oust Ms Arroyo and install a new government willing to pursue the negotiations.

Last week, Arroyo vowed to “go for the jugular” and crush the communist insurgency once and for all. She dismissed the communist insurgency as irrelevant.

“Gloria M. Arroyo has the illusion that she can retain political power by drumming up anti-communist hysteria and using brute

force against the broad masses of the people and the broad united front of patriotic, progressive and other anti-Arroyo forces,” Sison said.

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Ex-DSWD chief arrested – INQ7.net

Posted by Editor on 18th March 2006

Ex-DSWD chief arrested – INQ7.net
Ex-DSWD chief arrested
Anti-Arroyo group pounced for ‘illegal assembly’

First posted 00:46am (Mla time) Mar 18, 2006
By Tina G. Santos
Inquirer

THEY were only at Roxas Boulevard for a walk, so they claimed.

But police wondered why they were all wearing black T-shirts and immediately pounced on them.

Members of the Western Police District arrested early evening yesterday former Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman for alleged illegal assembly.

Soliman was arrested together with Vicente Romano, lead convenor of the Black-and-White Movement (BWM), a group seeking President Macapagal-Arroyo’s resignation.

Both were brought to the WPD headquarters along UN Avenue for questioning.

Former President Corazon C. Aquino, accompanied by her son Rep. Benigno Aquino III, immediately went to the police headquarters to find out what happened and expressed concern over the arrest. Another visitor was former Education Secretary Florencio Abad, who with Soliman leads the Hyatt 10, a group of Cabinet members and officials who resigned last year.

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