Vol. 27 Issue 25 09-17 Nov 2009

Frontpage News

Attack was in retaliation of a previous army offensive
Monday, November 16th, 2009

NAGA CITY (10 November) - IN A RADIO BROADCAST aired region-wide from Legazpi City, the New People's Army "Celso Minguez Command" in Sorsogon province claimed responsibility for the ambush of PNP personnel of the 509TH Police Provincial Mobile Group that resulted to the death of four policemen and the wounding of three others in Sitio Pinaradan, barangay Calumagan, Bulan, Sorsogon about 11:00 AM on Monday (Nov. 9).

Bikol News

Monday, November 16th, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY (Nov 12) - Mt. Mayon on Thursday laid low after billowing into air three times on Wednesday, which enveloped nine villages in the second and third districts of Albay.

But local disaster officials are readying mitigating measures in case a full-blown eruptions takes place.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in Albay said that the volcano disgorged ash clouds three times on Tuesday, it had its first ash explosion at 1:58 a.m. Wednesday and then followed by two more minor ash puffing at 7:02 a.m. and 12:20 p.m.

Monday, November 16th, 2009

NAGA CITY (Nov. 10)  - Five policemen from this city were recently conferred the "Gantimpala Agad Award" by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for honesty, expeditious and responsive resolutions of two different robbery with arson cases in this city.

Awarded were: SPO1 Edgardo Sto. Domingo; SPO1 Norberto R. Genova Jr.; SPO1 Christopher Z. Pastoral; PO3 Rodel B. Llamado and PO3 Ariel V. Bongalbal, all of Police Community Precinct No. 2 of the Naga City Police Office (NCPO).

Monday, November 16th, 2009

NAGA CITY (Nov. 12) -- Aiding the visually-challenged persons to enjoy the wonders of computers and information technology (IT), the Rotary Club of Naga-Camarines Sur and the Rotary International District 3820 donated an audio room where they can relax or conduct research works.

The facility, an air-conditioned room which is also equipped with recording apparatus, is housed at the city government run-Resource Center for the Blind. It is located at the ground floor of Raul S. Roco Library.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

IRIGA CITY --  This City of Superstar will have, as its guest another superstar as the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) is set to confer to Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities in recognition of her exemplary contributions to Philippine cinema and government service during a fitting ceremony on Nov. 20 at the university gymnasium here.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

LIGAO CITY (Nov. 11) - Elements of the Philippine Army (PA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) collared on Tuesday a ranking member of the communist movement in a remote village in this city, an Army official told the Philippines News Agency, Wednesday.

Army and PNP operatives arrested Miguel Pedrateja alias Mike, a native of this city, in his safehouse in barangay Nabunton, a remote village 10 kilometers from this city.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 12- Fifteen diplomats and disaster officers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam are set to visit the province of Albay on November 20 to 22.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda said the purpose of their visit is to look into the Albay Provincial Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) and other institutions as well as evacuation centers in the province.

"They intend to learn from our experiences and best practices of the province in managing disaster," Salceda said.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

11 November 2009, Pasay City - The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Literary Arts Division will launch Ani 35, The Pinoy as Asian issue, on November 26, 2009, 6:00 p.m., at the CCP Ramp with some of the featured authors reading from their works. Several works by Bikolano writers are included in the said publication.


Thursday, November 19th, 2009

MANILA - The big oil players have put their conflict with Malacañang over Executive Order No. 839 to a higher plane through legal maneuver and economic sabotage. The legal move came in the form of a Pilipinas Shell petition before a Makati trial court asking for a temporary restraining order on the controversial directive. Meanwhile, the economic sabotage came in the form of deliberate restriction on supply that resulted in some pump stations temporarily closing down or reducing service hours.

Church News

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

BACACAY, Albay, Nov. 10, 2009- At least 400 priests from the Archdiocese of Caceres and the Dioceses Legazpi, Sorsogon, Daet, Masbate, Libmanan and Virac have gathered at the Bethlehem Retreat Center, this town for their regional clergy retreat which began yesterday and will end on Friday.

The retreat is centered on the theme "Revisiting the Priesthood in the Light of St. John Mary Vianney's Life and Example."

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

MANILA, Nov. 7, 2009-- With six months to go before the presidential elections, the Roman Catholic Church maintained it will not engage in partisan politics.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles gave this statement to erase any perception that the church will be open in showing its support to any candidate.

"I don't think we will endorse any person but we will endorse what he stands for. We need their platforms of government," he said.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

COTABATO CITY, November 12, 2009-Fr. Michael Sinnott, the Columban missionary who was abducted October 11 in Pagadian City, was released around 4:30 this morning in Sangali, Zamboanga City.

The Irish missionary was turned over by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to agents of the Philippine government.


Editorial Logo
Monday, November 16th, 2009

We welcome and laud the Supreme Court's recent appointment of Judge Ramon Cruz, a Bikolano, to the Court of Appeals. His appointment affords us the opportunity to have a glimpse of a life which may serve as an inspiration to fellow lawyers and fellow Bikolanos.

Touring Germany
Monday, November 16th, 2009

November 9, 2009. Paris is singing for freedom. Thousands have gathered on the Palace de la Concorde to celebrate Germany and Europe. In Los Angeles a wall is being torn down. In Warsaw people are dancing on a wall and another wall is bricked up on the Spanish Stairs in Rome. In London a wall of ice bricks is gradually fading, melting till disappear. November 9 is a day the world celebrates with Germany.

It is the day the Berlin Wall fell.

Monday, November 16th, 2009

I am in the middle of my research, which is the revisiting of Frank Lynch's universe. His field site was in Canaman, a small town where he witnessed inequality that was part of the society. The sociologists of that period talked about structured inequality. It was, however, an inequality that has a sweet component to it: a seeming acceptance of the world in that unequal world.

For Bikol and the World
Monday, November 16th, 2009

On Friday last, I fetched my daughter from school at Poveda. If you happen to do this routine, you normally scout almost every student on sight, whether walking or running towards the exit gate, just sitting idly by, reading or chatting with friends, laughing or crying, or otherwise simply playing tag or hide and seek on the grounds until you finally see your child.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

MUMBAI, India (UCAN) -- As people recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the news was full of euphoric memories as well as critical analysis. Berlin's Archbishop Cardinal Georg Maximilian Sterzinsky pointed out that there are still fundamental differences across that former East-West border.

Sato Ini
Sunday, November 8th, 2009

I delivered the invocation to AGMA (Annual General Membership Assembly) of CASURECO II last October 31, 2009 held at the Civic Center, Naga City. And this is my story.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Senator Chiz Escudero created quite a stir when he bolted from the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) at a time when he was almost certain to bag the party's nomination. But there are rumors that one of the reasons behind his decision was the alleged unwillingness of the "Boss" Eduardo 'Danding' Cojuangco to throw his full support, financially, to Escudero's campaign.

Mayon Limited
Sunday, November 8th, 2009

SA PAGRULUWASAN KAN KADAKOL na mga endorsement kan 'pambansang kamao' na si Manny Pacquiao, kadakol akong nagkakadarangog na reaksiyon kun tano subuot si Pacquiao an piniling endorser kan mga kapitalistang an natura kan produkto enot nang sulnupanon. Kadakol sa mga nagkokorokonyohan na mga paradalan sa telebisyon an napapangirit asin labi-labi an pagtuyaw sa mga komersyal kan boksingero.

Opposite Poles
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I learned about a new mechanism that ensures substantial and sustained involvement of civil society in addressing human rights issues in our country. In a Training Conference on Human Rights of Women in Southeast Asia sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency, a representative from the United Nations Human Rights Council introduced this mechanism called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

MANILA - He has been hinting it ever since he made himself visible again by embarking on provincial sorties. Thus, when former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada announced, at the end of a 30-minute speech, that he would run for president again, nobody was surprised. Every one was expecting it even if the majority opinion is that his running for reelection violates the 1987 Constitution.