Vol. 27 Issue 26 18-23 Nov 2009

Frontpage News

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 19 --The Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) directed the temporary suspension of the P700-million Libmanan-Cabusao Dam Project (LCDP) in Camarines Sur pending results of a project review.

RDC Chairman and Albay Gov. Joey Salceda directed the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Bikol to temporarily put the project on hold following the creation of an RDC project review team composed of technical people from the RDC, Environment Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the NIA.

Bikol News

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

NAGA CITY-A two-year-old toddler in this city lost a leg when he was ran over by a Philippine National Railways (PNR) train Friday (November 20) morning.

According to a report of the Barangay Tabuco substation of the Naga City Police Office, victim James Silvino was hit by the train bound to Sipocot, Camarines Sur at about 9:30 AM after he had wandered off a portion of the railway in Barangay Triangulo while playing.

Barangay residents rushed the toddler to the Bicol Medical Center where he is now undergoing surgical operation, the police said.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 17 -- Mayon volcano continues to exhibit intense crater glow and is emitting fluctuating sulfur dioxide gas signs, that magma is developing and moving up to the volcano's vent.

This prompted the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to request and install additional seismic equipment to closely monitor the restive behavior of the volcano.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

CASIGURAN, Sorsogon, Nov. 18 - A wounded young dolphin that ran aground at the shoreline of Sorsogon Bay here on Wednesday was rescued by fishermen and released back to the sea after receiving treatment from a local veterinarian.

Fishermen Pedro Gualvez, Leolito Lagata and Isidro Olario were about to go fishing early morning today when they spotted the dolphin weakened by a wound sustained near its abdomen as it struggled the waves that dumped it into the shoreline.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

PILI, CamSur (November 18) - Provincial employees are set to receive an unexpected windfall as Governor LRay Villafuerte announced that all employees of the provincial government will be given an additional P10,000 cash gift payable before Christmas.

Governor Villafuerte personally delivered the good news at the Capitol main building lobby early this month during the opening ceremonies of the maiden staging of the Gov. LRay Sportsfest 2009.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

True to its mission of turning its graduates into real educators, the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) has reasons to celebrate and pass on its good wishes to the ten (10) Education graduates after successfully passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) this October and making it to the list of new educators.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 17 -- Close to 70,000 poor families in Albay would benefit to the full implementation of "Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program" (4Ps), the Arroyo administration's flagship poverty reduction program.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) to be represented by Governor Joey Salceda are set to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the full implementation of the 4Ps set on Nov. 24 at Malacañang.


Saturday, November 21st, 2009

MANILA - Twenty-three years after the Philippine government ratified the Convention Against Torture (CAT), a domestic law penalizing acts of torture in the country was finally passed last week when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Law.

The United Nations' Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) mandates state party to the convention to "take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction."

Church News

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

MANILA, Nov. 20, 2009- The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is set to release guidelines for Catholic voters on how to choose their candidates in the 2010 elections.

Initiated by the CBCP's Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL), the guidelines will stress the church's position on family and life issues.

Fr. Melvin Castro, ECFL executive secretary, said the "catechism for Catholic electorate" will also deal specifically on the controversial Reproductive Health bill in Congress.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

MANILA, November 17, 2009-After over a month in captivity in the boondocks of Southern Philippines, Irish Missionary Fr. Michael Sinnott said he will definitely go back to Pagadian City.

Speaking at the CBCPNews - CMN sponsored public affairs program "The Forum" this morning, the missionary said he has considered Pagadian City his home.

Though he admitted everything would depend on the decision of his immediate superior Fr. Patrick O'Donoghue and Pagadian bishop Emmanuel T. Cabajar, CSsR, Sinnott is optimistic of this return within the next few days.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

MANILA, Nov. 19, 2009- A day after the government suspended the environmental clearance it gave to a Norwegian mining firm, protesters on a hunger strike since Tuesday refused to withdraw their agitation till the proposed mining project in Mindoro is junked.

Meanwhile, some officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) yesterday claimed the demonstrators were leaving the area for their hometowns.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 15, 2009--Benedict XVI is urging bishops to educate Christian consciences so that people can appreciate human life as a gift of God and not just a commercial product.

The Pope stated this Saturday in an audience with the bishops of Southern Brazil who were visiting Rome for their five-yearly visit.

"Your people harbor in their hearts great religious sentiments and noble traditions, rooted in Christianity, which are expressed in heartfelt and genuine religious and civil manifestations," he acknowledged.


Editorial Logo
Saturday, November 21st, 2009

We express support to the Regional Development Council which is headed by Albay Governor Joey Salceda for ordering the temporary suspension.of the Libmanan-Cabusao Dam Project, the controversial multi-million "promise". of Mrs.Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her son, Congressman Dato Arroyo to Libmanan farmers when Cong. Arroyo was just about to run for office.

For Bikol and the World
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

On television a few days ago, Sen. Nene Pimentel expressed his non-support of Noynoy Aquino.

"He needs more seasoning," Sen. Pimentel said.

Admittedly, while Noynoy has surged passed all the other presidentiables in surveys after surveys, Sen. Pimentel is correct to a point.

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

People are lining up for doomsday. The queue is happening in cinema houses where the film by Robert Emmerich called 2012 is being shown.

Mayon Limited
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

KAN NAKAULAY TAKA PO, MAYOR Raul Matamorosa, makusog an pagsabi mong bilang alkalde kan banwaan, prayoridad mo an kamugtakan kan mga taga-Lupi. Alagad, an sinabi mong ini garo natunaw kan sinabi mo man sako na mayong plano an lokal na gobyerno kan Lupi na kontrahon an proyekto kan mag-inang Gloria asin Dato na dam diyan sa Malaguico, Sipocot, na maglulublob sa banwaan na saimong pinamamayohan.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

MANILA - The more your hear and see the less you know. This seems to best describe what politicians articulate during press conferences and say in public, the current leading candidates for president included. They seem merely content with vague slogans: for Sen. Noynoy Aquino - "pagbabago" (change), Sen. Manny Villar - "sipag at tiyaga" (industriousness and persistence), Defense Sec.

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.

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.

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).

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