Vol. 27 Issue 27 24-30 Nov 2009

Frontpage News

Monday, November 30th, 2009

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, PILI, CAMARINES SUR (27 November) - WITH OVER 1,000 NEWLY RECRUITED members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU's) attached with various army brigades and battalions all over Bikol Region, the 9th Infantry Division command base in this camp ordered the CAFGUs not to get involved with any local politicians in the coming 2010 elections.

Bikol News

Monday, November 30th, 2009

NAGA CITY-In politics, there is neither permanent friend nor permanent foe, and so it seems in Camarines Sur, Bicol's largest and most populous province.

Erstwhile feuding father and son Camarines Sur Representative Luis R. Villafuerte and Governor Luis Raymund "Lray" Villafuerte now both belong to the Nacionalista Party and are expressing support for its standard bearer Manny Villar, and for each other.

Monday, November 30th, 2009

RAWIS, LEGAZPI CITY (26 November) - TRAWLERS WITH ACTIVE FISHING GEARS and reportedly armed are plying the fishing grounds of the West Coast of Albay province, specifically the coastal localities of Libon, Ligao, Oas, and Pio Duran, all in this province.

Monday, November 30th, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY (26 November) - AMID MANY DEFECTIONS from the ruling party LAKAS - KAMPI - CMD, and despite his earlier endorsement of Senator Francis Escudero for president, Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda made a public statement regarding his continued stay with the administration party.


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
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

The power of the media brought to our living rooms heart-rending images of the savagery that had been let loose by brutal men in a village of Maguindanao on hapless civilians including women and journalists.

We are shocked and appalled that such an act could be carried out in broad daylight with indescribable brazenness and effrontery, that it seemed the perpetrators were confident that they could not be made accountable for it.

Sato Ini
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Gusto kong magtubod na sa ngunyan, gabos na kamo nakakaaram kan mamundong nangyari sa satong kapwa-Pilipino sa Maguindanao. Sosog sa huring bilang, 64 katawo an nakuang gadan. Tinaradtad nin bala sa lalawgon. Dai na magkabiristo. 37 an mga journalists. 21 an mga kababaihan. Linupigan bago ginaradan. Saro bados. Asin 3 an mga kaakian.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Last Monday I was in this school, which now bears the name "Universidad" but one that will always be for me the Colegio de Santa Isabel.

I was not expecting much that night; I was there to provide moral support to Beth, my sister-in-law and my niece, Teris, who were both playing the violin as part of the symphony orchestra of music majors, faculty and alumni.

Touring Germany
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

It appears to me that ever since couples had kids they at the same time had the trouble of putting them to bed in the evenings. I believe all cultures have their "strategies" to finally get their offspring to sleep. Many would read bedtime stories or fairytales to them, before or after that they say a prayer with them, and then hope they fall sleepy and end up dozing away.

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.

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.

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.

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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