President Arroyo Visits New Zealand (coverage)

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is all smiles as she exchanges pleasantries with Governor General Anand Satyanand before their meeting Monday (May 28) at the Drawing Room of the Government House in Wellington, New Zealand. The President is in New Zealand for a three-day visit. (Rodolfo Manabat/OPS-NIB Photo) 
PGMA with NZ Governor General Anand Satyanand at the Government House

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark hold a joint press conference at the Parliament House following their meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Wellington, New Zealand Monday (May 28). The President is in New Zealand for a three-day visit. (Rodolfo Manabat/OPS-NIB Photo)
PGMA with NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark at the Beehive for a Press Conference


A TVNZ News Clip of the Visit

NZ Herald: Philippines president faces protests in Wellington (Photos)

New Zealand will help the Philippines boost its poor human rights record, following a wave of extra-judicial killings and questionable political detentions in that country.

NZ Herald: NZ to help on Philippines human rights

New Zealand will help the Philippines improve its poor human rights record, following a wave of extra-judicial killings and questionable political detentions in that country.

TVNZ One News: Protest greets Philippines president

A visit by the President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been marked by protest at parliament over alleged human right abuses in her country.

The Philippine Star: Killings haunt GMA in New Zealand (By Marvin Sy)

WELLINGTON (via PLDT) – Protesters greeted President Arroyo and human rights was one of the main issues she discussed with New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark during their meetings here Monday.

GMANews.tv: N. Zealand MPs slam Arroyo: RP ‘a disaster area for rights’

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was chastised Monday by opposition parliamentarians in New Zealand who called the Philippines “a disaster area for human rights.”

Inquirer.net: Arroyo accepts NZ bid to help end RP slays (By Michael Lim Ubac)

WELLINGTON — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Monday welcomed New Zealand’s offer to help her administration end a wave of extrajudicial killings as a lone Filipino activist in a steel cage outside Parliament called her the “worst dictator” in Philippine history.

SunStar Manila: Arroyo: RP gov’t protects civil rights

HOUNDED by protests even abroad, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday defended her government’s human rights record before officials of New Zealand.

AHN: Manila Wants Increased Trade With New Zealand (By Komfie Manalo – AHN Correspondent)

Wellington, New Zealand (AHN) – Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday said she is looking forward to heightened trade activities between the Philippines and New Zealand. She cited the big growth potential of the two countries’ two-way commerce.

NZ Immigration Articles from the NZ Listener

Who’s moving in next door?
by Bruce Ansley
The New Zealand Listener (September 2-8 2006 Vol 205 No 3460)

New Zealand needs immigrants, but applicants find the selection processes and criteria anything but straightforward.
Here’s a story of modern New Zealand immigration.

So who do we keep out?
by Bruce Ansley
The New Zealand Listener (September 2-8 2006 Vol 205 No 3460)

When Opposition leader Don Brash talks of banning immigrants who do not share what he believes to be New Zealand’s “bedrock values”, who does he want to keep out of the country?

Advice at a Price
by Amanda Spratt
The New Zealand Listener (September 2-8 2006 Vol 205 No 3460)

Twenty-nine-year-old European professional fluent in English desperately seeks country to work in, pay taxes to and grow old with. Likes rugby, chats about politics and runs in the park.

Bic Runga – Winning Arrow

Bic Runga Official Website
lyrics of this song

Bic Runga – Listening for the Weather

Bic Runga Official Website
lyrics of this song

NZ Herald: Migration Fall a Double-Edged Sword

New Zealand Herald: Migration fall a double-edged sword By Owen Hembry 

Falling net migration could take the pressure off housing only to turn the heat up on wages, says the National Bank. Statistics New Zealand said seasonally adjusted net permanent and long-term migration totalled 140 people in April. The latest migration rate was down from 630 in March, continuing a weaker trend of 520 and 410 people in February and January respectively.

More Details on BPI’s Reduced Interest Rate

Source: Wikipedia

I have mentioned last April 8 that the Bank of the Philippine Islands has reduced its interest rate for its Classic credit card.

Details are now on BPI’s website:

Reduced Finance Charge Mechanics
Reduced Finance Charge FAQs

Other credit card companies in the Philippines should not only follow suit but lower it further!

Way to go BPI!

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Honorable Senator Trillanes? Que Horror!

One of the surprises of the recent May 2007 Philippines Legislative and Local Elections is the strong ranking of Antonio Trillanes IV in media and NAMFREL quick counts.

I absolutely do not want him to be a senator!  He was the leader of the July 27, 2003 mutiny or attempted coup while I was overseas.

Coup leaders whatever their motives are should not hold government positions but rather be punished with the full extent of the law.