Vol. 26 Issue 52 17-23 May 2009
NAGA CITY -- A bill filed by Camarines Sur Second District Congressman Luis R. Villafuerte creating five congressional districts for the province is still facing opposition, now in its last leg of deliberation in the Senate.

Reportedly, the Senate will be voting for the passage of the bill in a plenary session set before the end of the month, a mayor from Cam. Sur's first district revealed.

In the latest deliberation of the bill at the Senate Committee on Local Government, chaired by Senator Benigno "Nonoy" Aquino III, the Congressman's son, Camarines Sur Governor Luis Raymund Villafuerte had opposed the passage of the bill, citing a resolution passed by the Camarines Sur Sangguniang Panlalawigan and other resolutions allegedly by the Cam. Sur League of Municipalities and Barangay officials.


NABUA, CAMARINES SUR - A LOCAL RESIDENT here, who were among three suspects in the slaying of a young nurse in Monterey Village, Naga City in August 20, 2008, was shot to death by a gunman inside her residence at Zone 6, Barangay Lourdes Young in this town, the local police reported to the police provincial office on last May 16.

The victim identified as Ruby Rosa Biares Alimagno was shot five times by a gunman using a Cal. 45 pistol, who was reportedly with two other suspects.


PILI, CAMSUR-The Provincial Government of Camarines Sur in collaboration with the regional office  of  the  Department  of  Health  conducted  an  orientation  seminar on  Influenza A (H1N1) Tuesday, May  19   at  Regent Hotel  to  inform  and  educate  participants  on the  salient  points  of  this  virus  which  originated in Mexico  and  now inexorably spreading to different parts of the world.

The activity was spearheaded a composite team from the DOH regional office and personnel of Camarines Sur's Provincial Health Office.

The activity  was  fully  supported  by  Governor  LRay  Villafuerte  who considers the health  of  his  constituents  among the  priorities  of  his intensified social services programs.


SEOUL, May 19 (PNA/Yonhap) -- Leaders of the world's 80 largest cities that produce a majority of the earth's harmful greenhouse gases opened an international forum in Seoul Tuesday, calling on governments to swiftly chart strategies to fight global warming.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who gave the keynote speech during the opening ceremony of the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit in Seoul, warned of fatal consequences unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by up to 80 percent by 2050.


TIGAON CAMARINES SUR (May 19) - The discovery of the lifeless and mutilated body of a girl on a corn field at Zone 5, Brgy. Talojongon, Tigaon has shocked the whole of Partido area in this province.

The child's body was recovered last Friday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. by a worker who was applying fertilizer on the plantation on the said day. Initial investigation states that the child was 1 year and 4 months young and was last seen by her relatives on the afternoon of May 12.


MANILA, May 21, 2009-If the clergy and laity will be ordered to abandon their work in Gawad Kalinga (GK) communities nationwide, the poor families who benefit from the renowned housing program are sure to suffer.

I think he can.

The constitutional provision in issue reads: "The President shall not be eligible for any reelection." (See Art. VII, sec. 4.)

Many have argued that the intent of the framers of our constitution, drawing from the long years of the Marcos dictatorship, is that there must only be one term for a person who gets elected president. However, intent does not matter if a provision bears no ambiguity or it is plainly clear.


Apart from adding to the burden of those who seek job abroad, the Labor Export Policy bill now pending in Congress could mean that the government will no longer generate local jobs because it would be easier to deploy them to foreign countries.

MANILA - The Philippines is one of the biggest sources of migrant labor, with about 10 percent of its population spread in countries around the world. Their billions and billions of dollars in remittances every year have helped prop up the economy and serve as a lifeline to their families back home.


PILI, Camarines Sur, May 18 -- A suspected New People's Army (NPA) leader was slain in a clash with government troopers in a remote village in Lagonoy town in Camarines Sur on Sunday, a Philippine Army officer said Monday.

Killed was only identified as Ka Elmer, an NPA leader in charge of the movements revolutionary taxation group operating in the fourth district of Camarines Sur.


Vanessa and Gadian provide two more reasons why the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) should be abrogated and the Balikatan joint US-Philippine military exercises stopped.


WORKING PEOPLE usually look forward to a day off in which they would be away from the regular working schedule and be able to find time to rest and to have a respite from the more difficult and demanding tasks of daily life.

I heard a story about a conversation of a priest and an old lady parishioner at a bus terminal.  The priest was working in a remote parish and after a month of hectic schedule, he decided to have a day off.  While waiting for the bus to leave for the city, a parishioner who frequented daily masses saw him at the bus terminal and asked him politely where he was going.  The priest simply said that he was going for a day off.  The lady parishioner said: "Father, why do you want a day off?  The devil does not have a day off."  The priest retorted: "That is precisely the reason why I want a day off.  I don't want to become a devil."


When I was a child I felt that it takes nothing to grow older to gain true freedom. I thought it was only a matter of age when I would be in the state of making decisions of my own. One day, when already adult, I would no longer obey to what is not mine. I would break free, would be independent in my thinking, in my judging, in my values and norms, in my decisions and in my doing. One day I would be free!

The merits of Brigada Eskwela, the just  concluded annual program of activities implemented by the Department of Education and is spearheaded by parent-volunteers, need to be extolled if only to draw more people in supporting it.

DepEd Memorandum 79 of 2003 established the program-initially-as the National Schools Maintenance Week. In a more recent memorandum, namely, Memo #168 series of 2009,  it describes "Brigada Eskwela [as] a schools maintenance program nationwide that engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort, and resources in ensuring that all public schools are ready in time for school opening."


NAGA CITY - - THE POLICE PROVINCIAL OFFICE (PPO) here has directed municipal police stations to activate an "operation plan" in towns were recent armed robberies have occurred and to step-up drive against organized criminal elements, responsible for the armed robberies in the last two months.

Cam. Sur Police community relations officer, Chief Insp. Eymard Gomez bared that police chiefs particularly in the Rinconada district (of the province should activate the "operation plan" after recent armed robberies were reported in the locality.


AFTER ALL THESE YEARS of being a Catholic, I was moved again to reflect on my allegiance to this faith after seeing the live-action version of Dan Brown's another controversial novel, Angels and Demons. No, it did not make me question or doubt my religion. But it led me to evaluate how this Church-and I, as its member-makes way in this contemporary world.


VATICAN, May 19, 2009-- The first social encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, which will probably be called "Veritas in caritate" (Truth in Charity), appears as if it will see the light of day on June 29, the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, a source from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace informed CNA.


PILI, Camarines Sur - Twenty talented and glamorous young Bikolana lasses will contend for this year's Miss Kaogma and other crowns and hefty prizes after the initial eliminations conducted last Saturday, May 16 at the Bamboo Grille of  Eco Village at the Provincial Capitol Complex.

The Search for Miss Kaogma Pageant fully supported by Governor LRay Villafuerte is a major highlight of the Kaogma Festival celebrated annually to mark the Foundation Anniversary of the province.


The big mall has arrived. The streets have been rerouted. A long strip divides the Panganiban Street and the word “coding” is introduced. People recalled the opening day: it was as if a blast has create a vacuum somewhere and people have been sucked into the chaos and crowd. The other department stores, they say, looked like abandoned lovers.

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