Vol. 27 Issue 32 29 Dec 2009-04 Jan 2010

Frontpage News

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

NAGA CITY, Jan. 1, 2010-With the automation of May elections promising a political exercise reflective of the people's will, a high-ranking prelate said the upcoming mid-year polls may yet signal new hope for the country and Filipinos in particular.

Caceres Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi, in a New Year Message, said the automated elections give fresh hope to the electorate that it will truly reflect the people's will.

Bikol News

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has lowered the alert level on Mayon Volcano from four (4) to three (3) after the government agency had studied the sudden drop of volcanic activities.

Alert Level 3 means there is less probability of a hazardous explosive eruption, but that the state of unrest of the volcano has not ceased.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 30, 2009-The provincial government spends at least P1.2 million daily for the upkeep of over 10,000 families who lived in evacuation centers for the past 17 days, since Mayon Volcano began belching ash and lava more than two weeks ago.

This, according to Albay Governor Jose Sarte Salceda, as he acknowledged the donations received by the Provincial Disaster Management Office from various local and international donors.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

MANILA, Dec. 31- The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) received a US$ 100,000 (about P47 million) from the United States Government in immediate disaster relief assistance to families displaced by Mayon volcano in Albay province, who are now in evacuation centers.

PNRC officials led by Chairman Sen. Richard J. Gordon and secretary general Gwendolyn Pang confirmed this to early Thursday. They thanked the US government for the help.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 28- The provincial government of Albay has issued a strict policy banning all types of firecrackers inside the evacuation centers specially during the New Year celebration.

Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) personnel conducted a routine inspection in all evacuation centers on Monday to enforce the policy issued by Albay Governor Joey Salceda.

Aside from banning the selling of all types of fire crackers, the BFP has warned the evacuees not to cook inside the classrooms.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur A member of the Philippine Army identified as Pfc Romeo Z Daza was shot to death by communist rebels at Brgy Veneracion, Pamplona, Camarines Sur last 29 December.

Pfc Daza was assigned at Cuco Detachment under Charlie CAFGU Company, 22IB, 9ID, PA based at Brgy Cuco, Pasacao, Camarines Sur. He suffered three gunshot wounds in the chest and two in the head that immediately resulted to his death. His remains were later brought to Bicol Medical Center.


Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Ang sabi ng nakakatanda, mahalaga ang tradisyon. Ito ang tagapagpadaloy ng sinaunang napapatagumpayan, kundi man may halaga, pa rin hanggang sa kasalukuyan. Sa nakaraang kagyat na panahon, dinulubyo ang bansa ng baha't bagyo, sumasabog na bulkan, lumulubog na mga ferry, masaker ng warlord ni Gloria Arroyo, deklarasyon ng batas militar, at iba pang natural at gawang-taong sakuna.

Church News

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

VATICAN, Jan. 1, 2010-- Benedict XVI is urging those involved in violence of any kind to stop and reflect and thus embark on a path of peace.

The Pope made this exhortation today before praying the first midday Angelus of the year with those gathered in St. Peter's Square. The Holy Father acknowledged that for those involved in violent groups, a change of life might seem impossible. But, he assured, God can make it happen.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (UCAN) -- Filipino national hero Jose Rizal died 113 years ago but the controversy over his alleged heresies still rages.

This year, blogs and newspaper editorials continued the debate on the issue.

In one discussion forum, one post said that, if true, it is "sad ... that the cradle of Catholicism in Asia is honoring as national hero, a Catholic heretic."

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

VATICAN CITY, December 28, 2009--Dominican Father Edward Schillebeeckx, a theologian whose work had a huge impact on the Dutch church, died at the age of 95 Dec. 23 in Nijmegen, Netherlands, where he lived since 1957.

The Dominican taught in the department of dogmatic and historical theology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, now known as Radboud University Nijmegen, from 1957 until his retirement in 1983. He served as theological adviser to the Dutch bishops during the Second Vatican Council and was seen as the main inspiration behind the Dutch catechism for adults.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

MANILA, Jan. 2, 2010-The Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has lined up various activities in celebration of National Bible Week slated from January 25 to 31.

ECBA executive secretary Fr. Oscar Alunday, in a letter sent to different dioceses and partners in the Biblical-Pastoral Ministry, said the Bible Week celebration "calls for unity in making the prayer of Jesus come true, that 'they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us...' (Jn 17:21)"

National News

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) and long-time partner, PhilHealth, recently signed a memorandum of agreement whereby PVB will be providing PhilHealth Region 3 employees ATM and payroll services including PVB's unique "5-in-1" card that works as a company ID, ATM, timekeeping card, debit card, and discount card . The MOA was signed by PVB President and CEO Ricardo Balbido Jr. (2nd from left) and PhilHealth President Dr.


Gun Ban Cartoon
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The implementation of the "election gun ban" as defined by the Commission on Election in its Resolution 8714 is to take effect on January 10 of this year and is to last until June 9. Intended as a measure to curb and prevent election-related violence, the "election gun ban" has been touted to be "total."

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

"...if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (Rom 8, 25)

A Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi on the Forthcoming Philippine Elections 2010


As we celebrate the motherhood of Mary, we reflect on her faith and how she cooperated with God's plan. As the Mother of God, she is our hope and refuge. Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, is the hope of every Bikolano and every devotee.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

MANILA - The Arroyo administration is, hopefully, about to end its term by the middle of next year. Lasting for nine years and a half, it is the longest-running presidency since the Marcos dictatorship. In fact, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is second only to Ferdinand E. Marcos who, for 20 years, held the reins of power the longest in the country's history.

For Bikol and the World
Monday, January 4th, 2010

Every New Year finds us listing our resolutions for a brand new start. This usually covers our personal and family lives as well as our work. But an important aspect which we often take for granted is the community in which we live in, that, is, society at large from our own barangays and localities to the nation and the world.

Here, tradition bids us to consider the "Urbi et Orbi" message of no less than our Holy Father.

Monday, January 4th, 2010

As the year was coming to an end, a Blue Moon was declared. The name conjures mysticism but it really is just a term given to the phenomenon when two full moons appear in one month. But names are names and the unusual always leads people to magic or business. Soon, over free national television, people were making the most of interpreting what this colored moon means.

Touring Germany
Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Germany's president Horst Köhler spoke to the nation this Christmas. One might wonder and ask: Does Germany have a President? Does it not have a Chancellor? And in fact that is correct. True political power in Germany is concentrated in the position of the Chancellor, who happens to be Angela Merkel.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

We from Bicol Movement for Disaster Response (BMDR) are saddened by the fact that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her economic spokesperson Gary Olivar are callous to the plight of Mayon residents who have been evacuated due to the volcano's imminent eruption.

With President Arroyo going to Hong Kong to have a vacation while many Albayanos are facing the loss of their lives and property she only showed her true nature and that she does not care for Albayanos or for Filipinos. She only thinks of what can extend her hold to power.

Mayon Limited
Sunday, December 20th, 2009

HERE IS THE LETTER I sent last December 14 to Emman Llagas, president for Bicol of the Kilusan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas. This is in connection with the ongoing radio airing of political advertisements employing children as voice talents. A copy of the letter was also sent to each media outfits in Naga.

Opposite Poles
Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Philippine politics is riddled with fraud, deceit, corruption, bribery, and manipulation. Politicians have been used to capitalizing on the weakness and powerlessness of the poor, and profiting from the silence and poverty of Filipinos. The son and daughter of a dictator mustered the callousness to run for senator and governor. An ousted president has filed his candidacy in a desperate attempt to go back to Malacanang.

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

MANILA - The Ampatuan massacre last November 23 shocked the nation and the world. It was shocking not only because of its ferocity, claiming the lives of 57 innocent people including passersby, and barbarity, which included the rape of women, desecration of bodies and beheading of some victims, but also because of the brazenness in the commission of such abhorrent atrocities.

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