Vol. 27 Issue 44 24-31 Mar 2010
PNP, DOTC launch Oplan Semana Santa
Sunday, March 28th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, March 23  -- Law enforcement authorities are on high alert and have fielded additional personnel to maintain tranquility and promote solemnity during the observance of the Semana Santa (Holy Week) across the region.

Joint elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and various units of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) have launched "Oplan Semana Santa" designed to maintain order in various churches, major roads, airports, ports and other critical infrastructures, where people might gather to observe the Holy Week from March 29 to April 4 this year.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Legazpi City (25 March) -- As more party list groups are being exposed as fronts of Gloria Macapgal-Arroyo and her allies, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Bikol (BAYAN-Bikol) is mulling filing a disqualification case against Ako Bicol for being unfit to represent marginalized Bikolanos.

According to BAYAN-Bikol, Ako Bicol is composed of contractors and close Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo associate and businessman Elizalde Co is their chairman; Co is the biggest contractor in the region.

Bikol News

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, March 23  -- The Bicol International Airport project in Barangay Alobo here recently received an additional P23 million to complete its right-of-way acquisition which has so far attained close to a 75 percent mark of accomplishment.

The amount is on top of the P82 million earlier released by Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to compensate the land owners whose property the new airport will occupy.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

SORSOGON CITY, March 23 --For more than three years now, shellfish enthusiasts who have avoided different kinds of shellfish particularly green mussel (locally known as tahong) harvested from Sorsogon Bay, now have a reason to party following release of laboratory results that the bay is finally free from the deadly red tide toxin.

Latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) say shellfish collected at Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon City, Sorsogon province, is now free from the toxic red tide organism.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

DAET, CAMARINES NORTE (26 March) - BARELY TWO MONTHS before the May polls, a dragging electoral protest since 2007 has ended at the Provincial Capitol here, with incumbent Gov. Jesus "Atoy" Typoco Jr. finally giving-up his office shortly after 5:00 P.M. on Thursday (March 25), after a "Letter of Recognition" served by DILG Bicol Director Blandino Maceda had recognized Edgardo "Egay" Tallado, as the new chief executive of the province.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, March 24  -- Residents and the business sector here are anticipating frequent power brownouts following the recent termination of the Albay Electric Cooperative (ALECO) operation and management (O&M) contract of the National Power Corporation (NPC).

The ALECO Board passed a resolution recently terminating the operation and management contract of the NPC after it claimed that it would be more advantageous for the electric cooperative to be managed by the members of the Board of Directors (BOD).

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, March 26- As the campaign period for local candidates started Friday, the Bicol regional police office based here has placed all its field units the island province of Catanduanes under heightened alert against possible retaliatory attacks by communist guerrillas for recent setbacks suffered from intensified military operations in the area.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

MASBATE CITY, March 26  -- Determined to put an end to the culture of violence and fear during election period in this island province of Bikol, authorities here have shifted to high gear their campaign against loose firearms and political armed groups.

With the start of the local political campaign today, the drive on the gun ban by members of Task Force Masbate (TFM) have accelerated with the arrest of 48 violators and the seizure of 45 high and low powered firearms since January 10, this year.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

In pursuit of its ideals to provide their Nursing students with a productive and competitive training ground for health care, the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) had recently tied up with South East Asia 's leading television network ABS-CBN, for their student's affiliation.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, March 23  - The Department of Social Welfare and Development-United Nations Development Programme (DSWD-UNDP) joint recovery project continues in Bikol region to help victims of various calamities.

Bikolanos devastated by the series of destructive typhoons which hit the Bikol Region since 2006 are starting to recover from their ordeal, with a lot of help from the DSWD-UNDP Bicol Recovery Project.


Editorial Logo
Sunday, March 28th, 2010

As the official campaign period for the local candidates began last March 26, we can safely assume that the final stretch towards the May 2010 Elections is well underway. Quite visibly, the campaign efforts of political parties and candidates had intensified: motorcades here and there, tarpaulins, and posters of candidates strewn ubiquitously, campaign sorties held almost simultaneously, and house-to-house visits by the candidates themselves.

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

In Rudy F. Alano's collection of poetry, silence is a pause. Kauntukan.

In that space of silence, so many things take place. The extraordinary is disclosed; the ordinary evinces.

The origins of these silences are discrete and diverse.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

MANILA - Two recent news reports do not bode well for party-list elections. In February, Pulse Asia reported that its January 2010 survey revealed that only three out of 10 Filipinos are aware of the party-list system. Pulse Asia added that it is only in the National Capital Region where party-list awareness is high at 51 percent of voters.

Mayon Limited
Sunday, March 28th, 2010

SA REHIYON NA INI nin mga rito asin simbahan, an Semana Santa sarong panahon nin pagtuninong. Orog na sa mga banwaan na daing gayo nariribaraw kan maribok na parakpaták nin mga traysikel asin ruab nin nag-iirinotan na mga sasakyan, an semanang ini panahon nin pagtenir sa mga harong-harong, signos nin nakatùdan na pag-ontok na may kaibahan pamibi asin paghorop-hórop.

Opposite Poles
Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Women victims of violence who seek justice normally go through series of questioning from the police. The investigation process forces them to recall and report their ordeal, painfully, from start to finish, making sure all details are documented. In most cases, it involves medical examinations that require women to undress or allow their bodies to be checked.

Touring Germany
Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Last Thursday I attended the second Taizé evening service in St. Anna Parish in Bamberg. Fr. Johannes Trai chose Edith Stein as the saint for the service and the meditation on her delivered by Andrea Borneis struck me as something long known, yet long taken for granted:

Edith Stein was indeed a seeker. What she sought in her life was truth. But what, so we ask, what is truth?

Sato Ini
Sunday, March 21st, 2010

1. Uphold democracy. Ensure checks and balances. Vote for candidates from different political parties. Do not swallow ubos kung ubos.  It is a threat to democracy. It is a symptom of oligarchy because power actually resides only in the Chief Executive.

2. Empower the Naga City People's Council as a watchdog of government. Give it autonomy. It must be financially independent from the city government so it can decide and operate on its own. It must be free from the grip and influence of politicians.

3. Guarantee transparency. Allow citizens to discuss public issues in the public forum without fear of censure, ridicule, and harassment by paid media. The website is not a proof of transparency.  In a poor locality such as ours, how many, in practical terms, have access to the internet? There is transparency when the governed knows how they can participate in governance.

Church News

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

MANILA, March 27, 2010-Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales has encouraged all Filipino Catholics to support the Alay Kapwa collection this Sunday, as the Church ushers in the Holy Week with the celebration of Palm Sunday.

In a statement, Rosales said contributions collected on Alay Kapwa Sunday are used to support the various programs of the Church. For the archdiocese, the collection proceeds go to the disaster-preparedness fund drive of Caritas Manila.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

MANILA, March 23, 2010-After backing out from the presidential race, Charismatic leader Bro. Mike Velarde is eyeing a congressional seat through the party list.

El Shaddai Charismatic group spokesman Mel Robles confirmed that Velarde and his son Rene are among the nominees of Buhay party-list.

"Yes, Bro. Mike is among the nominees," Robles said.

But the older Velarde, he said, only intends to be the party's 5th nominee. In other words, the influential religious leader is just a reserve in case their first, second, or third nominees were disqualified.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

MANILA, March 22, 2010-The Roman Catholic Church rejects crucifixion, flagellation and similar practices of some Catholics during Holy Week.

Real expression of Christian faith during Lent, the bishops said, is through repentance and self-renewal.

"People should avoid self-flagellation. There are many other ways of repenting [for] our sins," said Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez of Marbel over Catholic Church-run Radyo Veritas.

Infanta Bishop Rolando Tirona believes that flagellation and crucifixion are expressions of superstitious beliefs.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

MANILA, March 24, 2010- The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting is calling for a review of party-list groups accredited by the poll body, especially those with questionable nominees.

PPCRV chairperson Henrietta de Villa said that some organizations have been accredited by the Commission on Elections despite questions on their qualifications as legitimate party-list groups.

"This calls for a review because there are so many nominees that are not marginalized," said de Villa.


OFW Protest Against Gloria Arroyo
OFWs and domestic helpers are still going through the same nightmare that Flor Contemplacion suffered
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
OFWs and domestic helpers are still going through the same nightmare that Flor Contemplacion suffered. Many rot in jail. Several have been sentenced to death. Thousands suffer abuse from their employers and neglected by their government.
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