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Friday - Saturday, May 14 - 15, 2010

Vol. 14 No. 652 Friday - Saturday May 14-15, 2010

LIBRE

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s r a e 14 Y sa na rbisyo Se liko! Pub

Congressman, mayor, at vice mayor…

ANG MGA NANGUNGUNA SA PASAY, PARAÑAQUE IPRINOKLAMA NA! Spain cited for P30M aid to RP’s abaca industry

Mga nangunguna sa bilangan sa Pasay City

I Basahin sa pahina 6

Let’s reboot the ‘Philippine computer’ I Basahin sa pahina 6

Incumbent Vice Mayor Tony Calixto “Mayoral bet”

Incumbent Coun. Marlon Pesebre “Vice Mayoral bet”

Incumbent Coun. Emi Calixto “Congressional bet”

BAGAMA’T nagkaroon ng konting tensiyon sa lungsod ng Pasay sa katatapos na halalan sa pagitan ng ilang supporters sa kampo ni incumbent Vice-Mayor Antonino Calixto, dahil sa mabagal na paglabas ng resulta ng mga Board of Canvassers ng Comelec, naging matagumpay naman ang ginanap na katatapos na May 10, 2010 national at local elections. Sundan sa pahina 2

ITIN AAS NG TATL ONG COMMISSION ON ELECTION OFFICERS-BO ARD OF CANV ASSERS ang mga kamay ng mga nanalong opisyal sa Parañaque ITINAAS TLONG OFFICERS-BOARD CANVASSERS City sa katatapos na halalan sina (pang-anim mula sa kanan) Parañaque City Mayor Florencio “Jun” Bernabe, (ikalima-kanan) Vice-Mayor Gus Tambunting, (una-kanan)1st Dist. Congressman Edwin Olivarez, (pangalawa-kaliwa) 2nd Dist. Roilo Golez, (pangatlo-kaliwa) 2nd dist. Councilor Benjo Bernabe at (pang-apat-kanan) 1st dist. Coun. Erick Olivarez, nasa larawan rin si dating Parañaque City Mayor Dr. Pablo Olivarez (pangatlo-kanan). (Mga kuha nina Denz Tonel at Rommel Mesina)

Mayor Bernabe Maraming pa rin! salamat I Basahin sa pahina 12

mga kaibigan - Ding Santos

Pahina 2

I Basahin sa pahina 10

Cong. Edwin Olivarez, sa Unang Distrito

SI PBN publisher Leo Villan, habang bumuboto sa Pasay West National High School Pagcor president/COO at Francisco Study Center director/ founder Rafael “Butch” Francisco, kasama ang kanyang asawa’t anak matapos bumoto sa Cuneta Elementary School, Park Avenue St., Pasay City noong E-day . (Kuha ni Denz Tonel)

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Congressman, mayor, at vice mayor…

ANG MGA NANGUNGUNA SA PASAY, PARAÑAQUE IPRINOKLAMA NA! (Mula sa pahina 1) Habang isinusulat ang ulat na ito ay wala pa rin pormal na opisyal sa Pasay City ang iprinoproklama sa kabila ng kalamangan sa bilang sa Partial Unofficial Tally as of 2010-0511 19:55:43 - 85.88% of ERs sina lone district Congw. bet si incumbent Councilor Emi Calixto, 58,779 ng Liberal Party, kay incum-

bent Congressman Lito Roxas, 47,439 NP, dating konsehal Allan Panaligan, 29,180, PMP. Sa mayoral naman ay dikit ang laban nina Pasay City incumbent Vice-mayor Antonino “Tony” Calixto, 52,722, LP, mula kina ex-solon Connie Dy, 50,170, PMP, incumbent Pasay mayor Wenceslao Trinidad, 40,777, NP, at ret. police officer Ricardo “Ding” Santos, 11,223,

Bigkis Pinoy Party, habang sa vice-mayoral naman ay malaki ang kalamangan ni incumbent Coun. Marlon Pesebre, 51,602 PMP, sa kanyang mga kalaban na sina incumbent Councilor Onie Bayona, 29,433 Independent, incumbent Councilor Arceo Moti, 24,398, Liberal Party at chief of staff Greg Alcera, 28,364, NP, Babes Calixto, 15,324. Samantala, sa

Parañaque City naman ay iprinoklaman na ng Comelec dahil laki na ng kalamanga sa kanilang mga kalaban at walang nabagong opisyal maliban sa congressional race sa 1 st district na napanalunan ni Edwin Olivarez (landslide), napagtagumpayan pa rin ni Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, bilang ikatlong termino nito, laban kina

dating 1 st dist. Eduardo Zialcita at dating alkalde ng lungsod na si Joey Marquez. Hindi rin nagtagumpay ang kalaban ni incumbent 2nd dist.Congressman Roilo Golez na si Pedro Montaño, matapos nitong lampasuhin laki ng kalamangan ng bilang na boto ng una. Nanalo rin bilang 2nd district Councilor si Florencio “Benjo” Bernabe III.

Sa panayam ng Brigada kay Mayor Bernabe, nagpapasalamat ito ng marami sa kayang mga constituent sa hindi pagsasawa ng pagsusuporta at pagtitiwala sa kanyang pamunuan. At ang tangi niyang tinitiyak ay ang ipagpatuloy ang kanyang mga nasimulan tungo sa patuloy na pag-unlad ng lungsod.

CAMANAVA walang nagbago

SI Pagcor president/COO at Francisco Study Center director/ founder Rafael “Butch” Francisco, kasama ang kanyang asawa’t anak matapos bumoto sa Cuneta Elementary School, Park Avenue St., Pasay City noong E-day May 10, 2010, ganun din si Ricardo “Ding” Santos. Habang sa Pasay West National High School naman bumoto si PBN publisher Leo Villan. Nasa larawan rin ang iba pang Pasayeños voters, na naghahanap ng kanikanilang pangalan kung presinto sila boboto. (Mga kuha nina Denz Tonel at Rommel Mesina) May 14 READ: Matthew 4:18-22 {Jesus} said to them. “Follow Me, and I will Make you fishers of Men.”-Matthew 4:19

Making the cut

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 Kings 19-21 John 4:1-30 Every year, high-school seniors apply to their favorite universities and then watch the mailbox for the letter announcing their acceptance. It was different for teens in New Testament times. Jewish boys would often attend rabbinical schools until age 13. Then only the best and brightest would be chosen to “follow” the local rabbi. This small, select group of disciples would go where he went and eat what he ate-modeling their lives after the rabbi. Those who didn’t make the cut would pick up a trade like the carpentry, sheep-herding, or fishing. Guys like Simon, Andrew, James, and John hadn’t made the cut. So instead of following the local rabbi, they were down by the docks, knee deep in the family business. It’s interesting that Jesus sought out the men the local rabbi had rejected. Instead of targeting the best and brightest, Jesus offered His invitation, “Follow Me,” to ordinary run-of the-mill fishermen. What an honor! They would become followers of the ultimate Rabbi. Jesus extends the same honor to you and me-not because we are the best or brightest, but because He needs ordinary people like us to model His life and to lovingly rescue people on His behalf. So, follow Him and let Him make something of your life!-Joe Stowell As followers of Jesus Who love Him from the heart, We may be ordinary, But we’ve been set aprt.-Sper Even the ordinary and the outcast can make the cut to follow Jesus.

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WALANG nangyaring pagbabago ang camanava area kung saan nagwagi pa rin ang mga dating nakapuwesto. Sa Navotas, pinalitan ni John Rey Tiangco ang kanyang kapatid na si Tobby sa pagka-mayor ng lungsod. Naupo naman bilang kauna-unahan congressman ng lungsod si Tobby Tiangco matapos maging siyudad ang Navotas. Tulad ng magkapatid na Tiangco na walang kalaban, wala rin nakalaban sa pagka-mayor si Malabon Mayor Canuto Oreta kung saan nanalo si Jaye Lacson sa pagkakongresista ng lungsod. Sa Valenzuela City,

mananatili sa puwesto si Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian habang kongresista pa rin sa unang distrito ang kapatid na si Rex matapos manalo sa kanikanilang kalaban. Si Cong. Magi Gunigundo pa rin ang nagwagi sa ikalawang distrito ng Valenzuela City . Habang isinusulat ang balitang ito, malaki na ang lamang ni Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri laban kay dating congressman Baby Asistio, habang nakakasiguro na rin sina cong. Oscar Malapitan at congresswoman Mitch Cajayon n g 1 st a t 2 nd d i s t . , n g lungsod.

Maraming salamat mga kaibigan - Ding Santos SA kabila ng patuloy na pakikipaglaban, alangalang sa kanyang mga kababayan, natatangi lamang ang tatak na pangalan RICARDO “DING” SANTOS sa Pasay City na gumawa na ng kasaysayan sa lungsod na hindi nagsasawa kailanman sa kahit anong laban. Hindi man nasungkit ni Santos ang puwesto sa mayoral race, nagpapasalamat pa rin ito sa kanyang mga kababayan at tunay na kaibigan na sumuporta at hindi siya iniwan sa laban nitong nakaraang May 10, eleksiyon. Ayon kay Santos, tanggap niya ang naging resulta sa laban dahil alam niyang lumaban siya ng malinis at tapat at naging tiwala ito sa Automated Counting machine. Hindi rin niya ang mga Pasayeños kung iyon ang

kanilang kagustuhan kaya dapat lamang na wala silang pagsisihan. At ipinagdarasal na lamang ni Santos, ang pagunlad ng ekonomiya ng at maibsan ang kahirapan hindi lamang sa Pasay kundi sa buong bansa. Una, pinasalamatan ni Santos ang kanyang pamilya na nariyan palagi sa kanyang tabi at lahat ng

sumuporta sa kanila. Ganun rin si Puchet Santos-Hortaleza, aniya wala itong pinanghinayangan at nalungkot sa nagiging resulta ng kanilang laban, dahil nakasama nito ang kanyang ama. “Muli maraming-maraming salamat sa inyong lahat”! ani pa ng mag-amang Santos.


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Rating ng Parañaque umabante

Panglungsod na Kapasyahan Blg.10-041 ng P’que inindorso sa Kongreso MATAPOS ang mga deliberasyon, pinagtibay ng Sangguniang Lungsod ng Parañaque ang Panglunsod na Kapasyahan (City Resolution) Bilang. 10-041 (384), serye 2010 na paborableng umeendorso sa pagpapalit ng pangalan ng Moonwalk High School (Dr. Arcadio Santos National High SchoolMoonwalk Annex) tungong Moonwalk National High School. Ang naturang kapasyanan ay ipinanukala ni Konsehal Edwin Benzon. Ang ilan sa mga naging basehan ng panukala para sa mga nabanggit na pagbabago ay matatagpuan sa R.A. 9155, na mas kilala sa tawag na “Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001” at Kautusan Bilang 71 ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon (DepEd), Serye 2003 kung saan ang pagiging independiyente ng mga sangay (annex) ng mga

paaralan ay hinihikayat. Matapos aprubahan ni Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr., ito ay isinumite sa Kongreso at ipinasailalim sa House Bill No. 0656. Alinsunod sa batas, ang panukalang pagbabago ay kailangang iendorso ng pamahalaang lungsod bago pag-usapan sa kongreso. Upang mapagtibay, kinakailangan din itong idaan sa mga deliberasyon sa 2 kapulungan ng kongreso. “Ang desentralisasyon ay nagdudulot ng awtonomiya sa mga sangay ng paaralan upang malayang bumuo ng mga programang aangkop sa pangangailangan ng paaralan, mga namamahala, mga guro at mga magaaral nito.”, pahayag ni Mayor Bernabe. Ang Moonwalk National High School (Dr. Arcadio Santos National High School-Moonwalk Annex) ay isa sa apat na makabagong paaralang ipinatayo ni Mayor Jun Bernabe sa mga baran-

gay na dating walang paaralan. Sa mga nagdaang administrasyon, lalo na noong termino ni Joey Marquez na kung saan malubha ang kakulangan ng eskwelahan, ang mga mag-aaral mula sa Moonwalk at iba pang estudyante ng Dist. II ay dumadayo pa sa kabilang dulo (Dist. I) ng lungsod o kung hindi man ay sa Kalayaan Nat’l. High School sa Lung-

sod ng Pasay makapagaral lamang. Maliban sa Moonwalk High School, ang iba pang mga gusaling naipatayo ni Mayor Jun Bernabe ay ang Sun Valley Elementary School at ang Dr. Arcadio Santos Na’tl. High SchoolSun Valley Annex. Tulad ng una, ang mga ipinagawang gusaling pampaaralan sa Brgy. Sun Valley ay malalaki at moderno din (apat na palapag).

”MAAYOS na ang Parañaque!” Ito ang maririnig mula sa nga negosyante at mga residente na lahat ay tuwang-tuwa dahil naibalik na ng administrasyon ni Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. ang magandang estado ng siyudad at napasigla nito ang komersiyo at industriya. Matatandaang noong mga nakaraang taon, partikular sa panahong 19952004, sa panunungkulan ng aktor-komedyante Joey Marquez ay kinutya, pinagtawanan at tinagurian ang Parañaque bilang isang marumi, madilim, mabaho at pinabayaang siyudad (neglected city) na may matamlay na ekonomiya (sluggish economy). Noong mga panahong ito kinukutya at pinagtatawanan ng Parañaque hindi lamang sa Kalakhang Maynila kungdi sa buong bansa, pati na sa ibayong-dagat. Tanong: “Paano mo malalaman kung nasa Parañaque ka na?”. Sagot: “Kapag naamoy mo na ang basura o kaya ay nakita mo ang mga hindi nakukolektang basura sa kalsada o ang tatlong palapag na taas ng bundok ng basura (3-storey high mountain of trash) sa isang “open dumpsite.” Sa ilalim ng panunungkulan ni Mayor Jun Bernabe ay unti-unting nakabangon ang lungsod na ngayon ay isa na sa mga pinakamalinis, pinakamapayapa at pinakaprogresibong lungsod sa bansang Pilipinas. Bilang tugon sa hamon ng mabilis na urbanisasyon, patuloy na nagpapatayo ang kanyang administrasyon ng mga paaralan, health centers, day care centers at iba pang esensyal na pasilidad sa mga komunidad sa lungsod na wala nito. Sa pakikipag-ugnay sa Maynilad Water Services at mga kalapit na pamahalaang lungsod, dumadaloy na ngayon ang malinis na tubig sa mga komunidad sa lungsod na dating hindi inaabot nito tulad ng malawak na BF Homes Subdivision na mahigit sa 25 limang taon walang serbi-

P’Q UE BOD YB UILDING CONTEST GIN AN AP P’QUE BODYB YBUILDING GINAN ANAP AP.. Masayang bumati si Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (kaliwa) sa pagsisimula ng “CVL Bodybuilding Contest” na ginanap kamakailan sa Sampaloc Gym sa Brgy. BF Homes, lungsod na ito. Ang isports ay isang prayoridad na adyenda sa administrasyon ni Mayor Jun Bernabe. Nakatutulong ito sa pagpapapaunlad ng mga programa sa kalusugan, kapakanan ng mga kabataan, prebensyon ng paggamit ng droga at iba pa.

P’Q UE UPS 5 R OAD ISIN AA YOS P’QUE RO ISINAA AAY OS.. Ininspeksyon ni Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (pangalawa mula sa kaliwa), kasama sina Chief of staff Roland Bernabe, Area 6 Homeowners’ Association President Atilano Adlawan (pangalawa mula sa kanan) at Brgy. San Isidro Kagawad Renato Dela Cruz (kaliwa) ang bagong konkretong kalsada sa 5th St. United Parañaque Subdivision 5 sa Brgy. San Isidro, lungsod na ito. Ang pagsasaayos ng mga kalsada ay isang prayoridad na programa ni Mayor Jun Bernabe.

syo ng tubig. Sa larangan ng pabahay, nakipagtulungan ang pamahalaang lungsod sa Gawad Kalinga, mga NGO at kumpanya at nakapagbuo ng 30 komunidad ng Gawad Kalinga – pangalawang pinakamataas na bilang sa National Capital Region. Patuloy na bumababa ang insidente ng sunog at krimen sa lungsod dahil sa dedikasyon sa tungkulin ng Bureau of Fire Protection (pamatay-sunog) at Philippine National Police (pulisya), katangiang pinatitingkad ng mga donasyon ng pamahalaang lungsod tulad ng fire trucks, patrol cars, motorsiklo, radyong pangkomunikasyon, armas at amunisyon pati na kagamitang pangmatyag kabilang ang “closed-circuit television (CCTV)”. Noong 2008, ang Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Parañaque ay tumanggap ng “Award for Healthy City with Good Dynamics” at “Award for Creative Development in Healthy Cities” mula sa Alliance for Healthy Cities and the World Health Organization. Noong 2009, ito ay pinarangalan ng Galing Pook Award dahil sa natatangi nitong “AdultFriendly Reproductive Health Services”. Sa kasalukuyang taon, idineklrara itong Urban Health Champion ng World Health Organization at ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan (DOH). Sa pagpapatupad ng mga “business-friendly policies” kabilang ang City Ordinance No. 014 serye 2007, na nagdedeklara sa bahagigng Parañaque ng “bay reclamation area” bilang “Special Investment District” at naghahandog ng “tax holidays” at iba pang insentibo, maraming imbestor ang naakit at lalo pang sumigla ang ekonomiya ng lungsod. Lubos na nakilala ang lungsod noong 2007 nang mahirang ito sa ika-anim na puwesto sa kategoryang “Top Metro Cities” sa isinagawang PCCRP-AIM (Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking ProjectAsian Institute of Management). Ayon sa mga negosyante at analista ng ekonomiya kahanga-hangang nakipagsabayan ang Parañaque na isang baguhang siyudad sa mga matatagal nang mga lungsod. Dahil sa nakitang magandang karakteristiko ng ekonomiya, binigyan ito ng unang ranggo sa listahan ng “emerging cities” at magiliw na tinaguriang “Most Promising City”. Nagisimula na ang malawakang pagpapaunlad sa “Special Investment District” ng lungsod na magkakaroon ng mga “hotels, international schools, theme parks, offices, shopping malls, golfing greens, ‘entertainment city’ seaside homes” at iba pang “world-class facilities”. May dala din itong pangakong mahigit sa 250,000 trabaho.

PA GSASAA YOS NG PAGSASAA GSASAAY MGA ESTERO SA P’Q UE TUL UY -TUTULUY UY-TULOY. Sa utos ni Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. ay patuloy na nililinis at nilalagyan ng rip rap ang mga estero sa lungsod upang maiwasan ang pagbaha sa panahon ng tag-ulan. Makikita sa larawan sina Mayor Jun Bernabe (pangatlo mula sa kanan), Project director/chief of staff Roland Bernabe (pangalawa mula sa kaliwa), Brgy. San Isidro Chairman Eusebio Japlos (pangatlo mula sa kaliwa) iba pang opisyal sa barangay at mga residente sa ginawang pag-inspeksyon sa isa sa mga naturang proyekto sa Area V, UPS 5, Brgy. San Isidro. lungsod na ito.

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50/50 kada ulo

A sobrang hirap ng buhay sa panahong ito, hindi natin masisi ang ating mga kababayan na samantalahin ang katatapos lamang na nasyunal at lokal eleksiyon. Bakit kanyo, dito sa Pasay kapansinpansin ang mga residente rito sa pananamantala sa mga politikong tumatakbo, halos lahat na ‘ata ng mga politiko ay naikot na ng mga ito, subalit sigurista naman ang mga kandidato. Tulad na lamang ng isang ginang na itago na lamang natin siya sa pangalang Aling Fe, palibhasa kadalasan hinihingan muna ng mga voter’s ID o di kaya’y kahit anong identification card para lang makumpirma na isa kang botante o

tubong Pasay. Palibhasa mga karaniwan residente sa lungsod at wala man lamang mga valid ID’s ay tinanggap na lamang ang offer ng isang Juana, na bibigyan nito ng ID ang isang tao kapalit sa halagang P50 ang masakit nito ang ginagamit na ID ay ang LPGMA. Sino ba naman ng tatanggi kung P50 lamang ang iyong babayaran, kung makakalikom ka naman ng higit sa P2,000.00 sa isang politiko lamang. Ganun katindi rito sa Pasay, kaya nga hindi na rin masisi ang mga politikong korap dahil mismong ang kanilang constituent na rin ang nagtuturo sa mga ito para mangurakot. Samantala, naging maayos naman ang ginanap na automated election sa lungsod at maraming

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botante sa Pasay na walang kahirap-hirap ang kanilang pagboto sa madali lamang maliban na lamang sa Rivera Village Elementary School, na hindi nagsimula ng 7:00 am ang pagboto dahil sa pagka-antala ng pagdating ng mga balota at nagloko ang ilang PCOS machine na kung saan nagjajam . Isa lamang itong palatandaan na nakahanda ang mga botante sa lungsod dahil hindi nahirapan ang mga ito na hanapin ang kanilang pangalan at alam agad nila kung anong precinct sila boboto, di tulad sa ibang lugar na nagkagulo at nawawla ang mga pangalan. Ngunit tila ang problema lamang sa Pasay ay ang Comelec, dahil alas 4:00 na ng umaga May 11, 2010 ay sobrang bagal ang canvassing na kung saan ilang supporters rito ang nagrereklamo samantalang sa ibang lungsod tulad ng Caloocan, Makati, Maynila, Las Piñas at Pateros ala 1:00 am pa lamang ay maliwanag na kung sino ang panalo. Sa lokal, congrats sa mga incumbent at tila sila pa rin ang nasa puwesto.

Tough predictions for Palawan

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ALAWAN’S politics has become a zero sum game where influence, mind conditioning and many relative forms of cheating make up the real rules. Proponents of automated elections say it will end many of these practices, and perhaps so. But it doesn’t guarantee that the players will not try and put one over the other, and not succeed. As of presstime, I am in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan and incidentally, I am a voter here. For a short period, I’ve made some assessment of the local turn of politics here, and here’s what Wiredhead got to say, my official post-election prediction and keys to victory as of May 10 at 10:00 pm. IMAGE AND NAME RECALL Throughout the campaign, Mitra has tried to cement a big advantage in popularity to offset JCA’s seemingly limitless resources and political machinery. Alvarez is hobbled with the bad guy image, having been a former logger in a body politic with very high environmental consciousness. His brash way of public speaking and his overall lack of mass appeal are such a drag his handlers had tried to limit his visibility to the mainstream media. Mitra, for his part, is often perceived to behave like a spoiled brat and conjures an image of immaturity that does not sit well with the more discerning sectors of the populace. The Alvarez campaign had tried to break down Mitra’s image advantage by questioning his performance as a public official, with the controversies around his use of the Malampaya pork barrel as one of their key issues. But whatever damaged is achieved by Alvarez’ PR blitz is negated by Alvarez’ own image issues, which the latter’s campaigners seem not to have solved. AD VANT AGE: MITRA ADV ANTA - TRACK RECORD/ CAP CAPABILITY ABILITY Alvarez actually talks

more sense than Mitra when the topic is about governance and how to improve people’s lives. Mitra finds himself on the defensive in a lot of key issues about his track record as a three term congressman– how much or little he has done for his district during his three terms, how he has utilized his billions in pork barrel from Malampaya. He avoids these topics like a plague, opting to build his campaign message trying to discredit Alvarez by harping on the negative issues against his opponent. AD VANT A GE: ADV ANTA AL VAREZ - CAMALV PAIGN MA CHINER Y MACHINER CHINERY Pundits generally agree that organization is a means to an end, and is a tried and tested strategy. Alvarez had invested a lot, perhaps too much, on this while Mitra had curiously opted to a laissez faire campaigning with a seemingly skeletal organization. Alvarez is the busier guy on the campaign trail, utilizing his advantage in mobility to touch base with more people and winning the support of key political leaders. But the sustainability of Alvarez’ political support base is shaky at best and may be assailed by a last minute push by Mitra if he decides on an 11th hour blitz with enough money in tow. AGE: AL VAAD VANT ANTA ALV ADV REZ-THE COMELEC X- FACTOR Mitra’s disqualification on the basis of residency has been a major burden in his campaign and promises to be a back breaker. An en banc ruling on the eve of the polls upholding Mitra’s disqualification could erode his comfortable advantage in the surveys coming into the finish line. However, a reversal of the Comelec decision before the actual polls could be catastrophic to Alvarez, with his chance of victory bursting like a bubble. A Mitra victory negated by a Comelec disqualification will shift the battle on to the Supreme Court, with Mitra on the advantage of convincing the chamber to respect “vox populi”. OFFICIAL PREDICTION: AL VAREZ BY A SLIGHT ALV MARGIN

NO TES ON RELA TED NOTES RELATED B ATTLES The other significant fight is the one between Governor Joel T. Reyes and lawyer Dennis Socrates for the congressional seat of the 2nd district (South). But like Mitra, Reyes was also disqualified by the 2nd Division also on the grounds of residency. A final ruling of the en banc may come before May 10, or so the rumors say. Sources say Reyes is burning rubber in the campaign trail, and is reportedly well financed. And so is his wife Clara “Fems” Reyes who is a heavy favorite to beat Board Member Leoncio Ola, Alvarez’ running mate, for the vice governorship. The young Socrates, who entered the arena as a hesitant candidate, is capitalizing on his father’s traditional bailiwicks and has received a critical boost with the all out support of both Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn, his former nemesis, and the Alvarez brothers. But unlike his father, the young Socrates lacks the bravado and public appeal of the old man and seeming unable to overcome his shyness in a crowd setting, a major handicap that could hand him the bad news. OFFICIAL PREDICTION: REYES BY A SLIGHT MARGIN In Puerto Princesa, the fight is down to Hagedorn versus outgoing vice governor David Ponce de Leon. If we go by the published SWS surveys commissioned by Hagedorn, Ponce de Leon appears to have a chinaman’s chance to win. But nevertheless, Ponce de Leon has in fact also little to put up with in terms of public appeal and political organization to eke out an upset win over Hagedorn. OFFICIAL PREDICTION: HAGEDORN BY LANDSLIDE In the 1st district (north), a reprise is in the offing between incumbent Congressman Tony Alvarez, younger brother of JCA, and the former Congressman Brown Sandoval whom he had defeated two elections ago. Alvarez, who has proven to be a more savvy politician than his elder brother, has nurtured a respectable mass base throughout his last two terms while Sandoval, ageing and largely an absentee from the place since his last defeat is hard pressed to make a dent once again. OFFICIAL PREDICTION: ANTONIO AL VAREZ BY A LANDALV SLIDE

Sana’y malinis ang 2010 polls

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ILYUN-MILYONG Pilipino ang umaasa na matapos ang Mayo 10, 2010 nationwide poll automation ay malinis at huwag mababahiran ng dungis. Pero marami pa rin ang nangangamba na baka pumalpak ang kauna-unahang 2010 poll automation sa ating bansa at mapunta na naman umano’y sa manu-manu na bilangan at ang kawawa dito ay ang mga guro. Bago mag halalan pumapalpak ang ilang precint count optical scanner (PCOS) sa pamamagitan ng mock eleksyon sa iba’t ibang siyudad o munsipalidad. Marami ang nagsasabi na hindi tama ang binabasang kandidato ng PCOS at mayroon naman nagsasabi na tama. Ang mabuti ay laging ipinangangalandakan ng Comelec na wala nang problema ang 2010 halalan at poll automation na talaga. Kung saka-sakali pumalpak ang halalan sa ibang lugar dapat ang sisisihin dito ay ang Comelec. Marami ang nagsasabi na hindi sila bilib sa first poll automation ng ating bansa at mayroon agam-agam na magkakadayaan. Ang tanong gaano ba talaga ka preparasyon ang Comelec sa halalan na ito at mayroon ba aberya o wala. Ilan sa mga kanidato ang dumulog sa Korte Suprema na ipagpaliban muna ang Mayo 7, 2010 halalan dahil hindi pa nakahanda ang Comelec. Kaya nga lang ito’y labag sa batas at tuloy na tuloy na ang 2010 polls. Marami din ang nagsasabi na itong PCOS ay ginamit umano’y sa dayaan sa ibang bansa. Pero ang masasabi ko lang sana’y malinis na malinis ang kahihinatnan ng ating kauna-unahang

pinapatay sa Maguindanao tuwing mayroon eleksyon. Humihingi sila ng mabilis na hustisya upang makamtan ang tunay na katarungan. Tama dito si Justice Secretary Alberto Agra na baliktarin ang kanyang naunang desisyon at isama sa akusado si Governor Zaldy Ampatuan ng Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao at Mamaspano Mayor Akmad Ampatuan na di umano’y sangkot sa di makakalimutang “Maguindanao Massacre” Itong krimen ang hindi mabubura sa kasaysayan ng ating mundo kung paano na involved ang ilang Ampatuan sa nasabing massacre na kabilang ang 37 mamamahayag sa iba’t ibang probensiya. Marami ang nagtatanong kung bakit nagawa ito ng mga Ampatuan at wala silang mga puso. Sana naman mabulok sa kulungan kung sinoman Ampatuan ang di umano’y kasangkot sa krimen dahil ilang buhay ang kinitil na mas masahol pa sa baboy na kinatay. Sana’y maisip ng mga Amputan kung ano ang kanilang ginawa at gaano sila ka powerful sa bansang ito. Pero laging ipinagmamalaki ng mga Ampatuan na hindi sila sangkot sa karumal-dumal na krimen. Marami ang nagasabi na ang mga Ampatuan na ito ang umano’y nag plano kung paano paslangin ang mga biktima. Sabagay hindi pa naman napapatunayan ng korte na sila ang sangkot sa krimen at antabayanan na lang natin kung ano ang magiging resulta. Kung mabagal ang hustisya sa adminstrasyon ni Pangulong Macapagal-Arroyo ang kaso ng mga Ampatuan sana naman ang magiging kasunod na Pangulo ng ating bansa matapos ang Mayo 10, 2010 poll automated polls ay tutukan ang “NOV. 23, 2009 MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE” Maging ang ibang bansa ay inaantay kung ano ang magiging kahihinatnan ng nasabing kaso kung maaabsuwelto ba ang mga Ampatuan o mapaparushan. Ako’y bilang isang mamamahayag at kolumnista kung ako ang masusunod ay huwag ng patawarin kailanman ang mga Ampatuan na ito. For comments, suggestions or inquires, e-mail atongbombquilicol@yahoo.com.

Sa automated eleksyon Comelec bawas kita S A wakas kung hindi man naputol ang kitaan, tiyak na malaki ang ipagbabago ng mga tauhan kupal diyan sa COMELEC. Dahil “automated” na ang sistema ng ating eleksyon, malamang na dumirekta na ang mga politiko sa mamamayan botante. Nuong mga nakaraan botohan, karamihan sa mga politiko kahit na hindi masyadong nangampanya sa tao, nakapagtatakang nananalo pagdating sa resulta ng bilangan. Ang diskarte ng mga politiko nuon, COMELEC lang ang kinakausap. Pagkaraan marahil ng usapan “magkano” e, este maginoo pala, totoo naman nananalo ang mga tiwaling politiko. Meron tayong kilalang isang Meyor sa Metro Manila na palaging ganito ang gawain tuwing eleksyon. Hindi ito natalo minsan man. Ewan kung anong “Agimat” meron ang kupal kaya hindi matanggihan ng COMELEC. Kapag naka-3 beses na termino na, upang hindi maputol ang ligaya, ang asawa naman ang pinatatakbo. Ganuon din diskarte ang ginagawa. Naging meyor din si babae. Ang ipinagtataka ng mga katunggali ay kung bakit nadidiktahan ng nasabing meyor ang COMELEC sa kanilang lugar. Kapag daw sinabi nitong si ganitong kandidato ang gusto niyang maging Bise

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poll automation . Sabagay maraming foreign oberservers ang dumating na sa ating bansa para magmanman kung may kakayahan na ba ang ating bansa na magkaroon ng 2010 poll automation. Huwag naman sana mangamba ang iilan at magiging mapayapa naman ang halalan at lalong malinis ang magiging resulta. Pero marami akong nakausap na mga botante na hindi nila alam kung ano ang gagawin sa pag boto ng poll automation at baka lumampas ang kanilang ibobotong mga kanidato at masasayang ang kanilang boto. Sana naman turuan ng mga guro ang mga botante lalona’t yung mga may edad kung paano bumuto ng tama at mag shade sa hugis itlog na bilog. Nagtatanong din ang isang botante na si Mang Omie kung puwede siyang bumuto dahil pasmado ang kanyang dalawang kamay at nanginginig kapag nagsusulat. Yan ang hindi ko alam kung puwede ang titser ang bumuto para sa kanya dahil pasmado ang kanyang dalawang kamay. Ang payo ko lang kay Mang Omie huwag na siyang bumuto baka pag shade niya ay lampas lampasan sa hugis itlog na bilog at tiyak sayang lang ang kanyang boto. Magmasid na lang ang sambayanan Pilipino ang magiging resulta ng halalan kung tama ba o hindi. Marami pa rin ang nagsasabi na maraming lugar sa ating bansa ang magiging magulo at hindi matatapos ang eleksyon. Mukhang toto yan dahil sa ngayon nga lang kaliwa’t kanan ang patayan para makaupo lamang ang isang kandidato sa kapangyarihan. *** MABAGAL ANG HUSTISYA SA MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE Mukhang mabagal ang hustisya sa tinaguirang karumal-dumal na “Maguindanao massacre” kung saan 57 ang napatay kabilang ang 37 journalists noong November 23, 2009 sa Maguindanao. Dapat sampahan na ng multiple murder na kaso ang mga Ampatuan na umano’y utak sa pagpatay na kahindik hindik na krimen sa Maguindanao. Ayon sa mga kamag-anak ng biktima USAD PAGONG ang kaso at mukhang malakas ang mga Ampatuan kay Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Dagdag pa nila mga walanghiya talaga ang mga Amputan at marami na sila di umano’y

Alkalde, “on the bag” ang kanyang sinabi. Hindi lamang iyon. Ang higit daw na kagulat-gulat, ay naididikta rin sa COMELEC kung sino ang gusto nitong maging No.1 pababa sa hanay ng mga konsehal. Ito rin ang namimili kung sinong Congressman ang gusto. Sa nasabing siyudad na ating tinutukoy, walang nananalong kandidato kapag hindi kapanalig. Ang mga konsehals lang ang umiikot o nagpapalitan. Hindi rito nananalo ang mga kalaban. Sa binagong sistemang “automated”, malamang na hindi na puwede ang Agimat ng kupal na alkalde. Siguradong ang kagustuhan ng taong bomoto ang masusunod. Sa halip na mag-lagay sa COMELEC ang kandidato, direkta na nilang ipinamu-

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mudmod sa mga botante. Sa sistemang ito, malaki ang nawala sa mga tiwali at walang konsensya COMELEC Opisyals. Pero hindi parin lubusan zero kita ang makapangyarihan COMELEC. Kapuna-puna ang biglang paglobo ng iba’t ibang klaseng Party List. Mga pangalan kung anoano na lamang. Halos ay iisa ang kanilang kinakatawan. Pumuputok ang balitang, 1 milyong daw ang pinakamababang padulas upang madaling mairehistro ang bawat nagnanais na mapasamang Party List. Posible kung may katotohanan ang balitang ito. Sa dami ng napatalang Party List ngayon ay parang sampu sampera na lamang. Hindi kaya dito na lamang bumawi ang COMELEC? Ang sangka-terba at saksakan ng habang listahan ng lintik na Party List, ay nagpapatunay na sangkatutak ang nagnanais na mangungurakot sa “kaban yaman” ng bayan. Pag-isipan sana ng mga mambabatas ang hinggil dito. Baka naman paglulustay lang ng pera ng bayan ang pagdaragdag ng mga mambabatas (kuno)? Kung tutuusin ay sapat na ang dami ng Congressman o Representative buhat sa iba’t ibang rehiyon para sa lahat ng klaseng batas.

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tin doon sa kabilang dyaryo na may petsang Disyembre 21, 2009, na may titulong “Favorito, Recta & Reyes: 3 Stooges?” Si Manila Asst. City Prosecutor Hon. GERARDO L. MERCADO ang humahawak ng naturang kaso. Speaking of fiscals, naalala ko nga pala na isa (o dalawa ba?) sa mga 57 o higit pa na mga biktimang pinatay sa Maguindanao Massacre noong Nobyembre 23, 2009 sa Ampatuan ay dati ring piskal o prosecutor, si ATTY. CYNTHIA OQUENDO, 36, na dating miyembro din ng National Prosecutorial Service (NPS) ng Department of Justice. Pati nga ama ni dating Piskal Oquendo, si G. Catalino Oquendo ay kasama din sa mga minasaker, pati ng companera ni Cynthia, si ATTY. CONCEPCION “CONNIE” BRIZUELA, 56, (na isa rin atang dating piskal, if memory serves us right). Sila ang mga ipinaglalaban naming taga-PRESS ngayon na mabigy-

Favorite harrassment weapon vs media

Libel Case vs Investigative Files (Part 1) AGO tayo tumalakay ng ating paksa sa araw na ito malugod na binabati ng INVESTIGATIVE FILES ang mga opisyales ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), sa pangunguna ni Kalihim VICTOR DOMINGO, na isa sa pinakarespetadong Cabinet Secretary ni Pangulong GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO, gayundin ang nagiisang Senior Undersecretary MANUEL M. BONOAN, Undersecretary BASHIR RASUMAN, Asst. Sec. EMIL SADAIN at ang mga Actionmen Directors ng Project Management Office, tulad nila Project Dir. PATRICK B. GATAN, Project Dir. PHILIP F.MENEZ, Project Manager RAMON A. ARRIOLA III, Dir. MANNY CUNTAPAY at Philippine-Japan Highway Loan (PJHL), Project Director MAXIMO “Imo” CARVAJAL, at mababait na District Engineer na sina Rizal DE MERCY SANTOS at si DE BOBBY NICOLAS ng FMMED at Ade Sonny De Guzman. Binabati din po natin ang kareretiro pa lang na DE ng Romblon, at tumatakbong vice governor na si DE ROLINDO “DODOY” PEREZ, na marahil ay pinakamagaling na naging District Engineer ng Romblon, base sa accomplishments at kanyang track record. *** Kinasuhan ng LIBEL ang inyong lingkod noong Abril 5, 2010 ni G. BURT FAVORITO ng DPWH dahil sa kolum na-

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an ng katarungan sa mala-demonyong pagpatay sa kanila, piskal man o ordinaryong mga mamamayan. Sa paniniwala ng inyong lingkod, pagsisiwalat ng bulok na sistema, pagpapatino ng serbisyo publiko, at pagsisilbi sa departamento at mga empleyado ang lagi nating pakay at sa aki’y gumagabay tuwing tayo saan mang dyaryo ay tumatalakay ng kalokohan sa gobyerno at kahit sa pribadong sektor. Kung kayo po dear readers ay nakasusubaybay sa aking mga sinusulat at nasulat na dito sa ating kolum, Investigative Files, batid ninyo ang track record at batting average ng inyong lingkod ukol dito. Pero siyempre, me mga elemento na bumubulong-bulong sa atin, sa tono ng pananalita ng ating paboritong artistang Hollywood na si Burt Reynolds, na nagsabi sa isa niyang pelikula, quote, “If you can’t lick them, join them!” unquote. I refuse to join them! Bakit ako sasama sa mga maloloko, yaong mga caraju? PRESS ako, at proud sa Badge of Honor na ating dala araw-araw na tayo’y nagtatrabaho. Sabi kasi ng isang paham, “The PRESS has the duty to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable!” Hindi naman literal nating ginagawa ito, pero kapag nakakita ako— kaming lahat sa PRESS ng katiwalian, at alam naming the TRUTH is on our side, at agrabyado ang common tao,

Mga ogag na pulis ni P/Supt. Edwin Quilatis ng San Jose del Monte

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APAKARAMI nating nata tanggap na reklamo mula sa mga kababayan nating motorista sa Sapang Palay kung saan ay madalas magkaroon ng operation huli ang pamunuan ng San Jose Del Monte PNP lalung-lalo na sa may Area E PCP 6 kung saan nagsasagawa ng operation sita itong mga tauhan ni P/Supt. Edwin Quilatis sa mga motorista at kanilang sinisita ang mga may dalang motor at hinuhuli lalo na yung mga walang papeles. Sa isang banda maganda ang ganitong isinasagawang operation sita ng ating mga kapulisan ng San Jose Del Monte subalit napakarami nating natatanggap na reklamo na nagiging front lamang ito ng kotong ng ilang tauhan ni Col. Quilatis kung saan ay mismong ilan sa ating tauhan ang nakakita na nanghihingi umano ng lagay itong ilang tauhan ni Col. Quilatis at ito’y pinamumunuan ng isang P/Sr. Insp. Dukot este Duques pala na kung saan ay kanilang sinisita ang mga motorista. Napakaganda ng ganitong gawain subalit ang masama dito Col. Quilatis Sir ay nagiging front ng pangongotong itong operation sita nang ating kapulisan, sana naman po ay mag hunosdili tayo at pagsabihan natin ang ating mga tauhan na huwag naman gawing pitsa ang kanilang hinuhuling mga motor na walang lisensiya at papeles, kung talagang may mga violation ay dapat tikitan ito subalit nakikita natin at ayon sa natatanggap nating reklamo ay kapag mayroon kang P300 pataas na panlagay ay maaari ka nang pakawalan dapat malaman ito ni PNP Chief P/ Director General Jesus Verzosa gayundin ang ating Pro-

vincial Director Police Sr/Supt. Fernando Villanueva upang kastiguhin ang mga ganitong uri ng pulis sa pamumuno ni Col. Edwin Quilatis. Kaugnay pa rin sa reklamo ng mga motorista hinggil sa pangongotong ng ilang tiwaling pulis ng San Jose Del Monte ay nagkaroon ng isang matinding senaryo kung saan ang inyong lingkod ay barangay chairman sa Brgy. Bagong Buhay III, Sapang Palay, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan kung saan ay pina-deploy natin ang ating mga barangay tanod upang bantayan at sitahin ang mga pulitiko na mamimigay ng bigas at pera ngayong panahon ng eleksyon subalit hindi natin inaasahan na mismong sa aking barangay na nasasakupan ay basta na lamang pumasok ang mga ogag na tauhan ni P/Supt. Edwin Quilatis at sinita ang dalawa nating barangay tanod na nagroroving kung saan ay sakay sila ng dalawang motorsiklo ay kaagad naman silang sinita at tinikitan sapagkat nagda-drive ang daw ito ng walang lisensiya. Sa ganang akin tama ang ginawa ng mga pulis na sila ay tinikitan subalit halatang halata na ito ay pamemersonal ni Col. Quilatis at pamumulitika, san ka naman nakakita na ang mga barangay tanod ay nasa aking jurisdiction subalit dun mismo mga alas 10:30 ng gabi ay tinikitan pa sila ng driving without license, tama po iyan, subalit ang masakit dito Col. Quilatis at PNP Chief Director General Jesus Verzosa ang bagong motor ng inyong lingkod na kabibili pa lamang ng cash sa halip na beripikahin kung ito ba ay may papeles ay basta na lamang itinakas ng ogag na tauhan ni Col. Quilatis at dinala sa police station ng San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan at tamang-tama naman na parating ako ng mga oras na iyon nang magsumbong

di tayo nag-aatubili na gawin ang sacred mission na ito,ukol sa pagsisiwalat ng katotohanan. Kasalanan ko ba na kampihan ang mahihirap o walang kalaban-laban na mga empleyado ng gobyerno? Malinaw na nagalit sa inyong lingkod si G.Dir. Favorito, na Director III at hepe ng DPWH AMMS, o ang Administrative and Manpower Management Service, Central Office, DPWH. Nagalit siya dahil nagsiwalat tayo ng hinaing ng DPWH rank-and-file ukol sa mga benepisyo na legal na para sa kanila, subalit anila ipinagkakait ito sa ipagkaloob sa kanila. Walang malisya sa aking sinulat. Malice is one of the four requirements in libel. Alam ko yan, dahil ayon ito sa the best trial lawyer during his time, DEAN ANTONIO CORONEL, na nagsulat pa nga ng libro sa libel, which is the gravest legal constraint in the practice of our journalism profession. Kaya nga marami sa aming newsmen ang gustong i-decriminalize ang libel. Para kay Dean Coronel, “libel is any visual or printed defamation of an individual.” May 4 requirements ito: 1. Pangmadla o malisyosong pagbibintang ng krimen sa isang tao, o ng isang kapintasan, tunay man o kinatha, “or an imputation of an “act, omission, condition, {etc.} tending to cause the dishonor, discredit or contempt of a natural or juridical person....” 2. Malice, “either in law or in fact,” o libel per se o libel per quod. 3. Publication. & 4. Identifiability & certainty of the victim. What is the test of libelous meanings—or libel per se? Hindi ang analisis ng pangungusap ayon sa mga salitang ginamit, kundi ang pagkakaintindi o “import” ng kabuuan ng lenggwahe para sa ordinaryong mambabasa. Hindi ko naman sinabi na si director ay “mangkukulam,” o “nuts,” o “bastardo” o “ketongin” o “me AIDS” o “me apat na asawa”— na para kay Dean Coronel ay “libelous words per se.” Mas lalo itong hindi “libel per quod”—which refers to “words that are defamatory only when special circumstances are shown,” ayon kay Dean Coronel. Sabi ko nga, pinakamahalaga sa lahat, walang malisya sa kolum ko, dahil ito ay: fair report; fair comment—at pawang katotohanan ang mga sinabi ko at may justification. Ito ang tatlong depensa sa libel, ayon kay Dean Coronel.

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AGAMA’T naisakatuparan ang Automated counting machine ng Commission on Election (Comelec) di man masabing tagumpay sa dahilang maraming PCOS machine ang pumalpak. Nakakalungkot isipin na sa bawat dumarating ang halalan mapa-local man o national ay hindi maaring walang karahasan nagaganap o krimen na kailangan bang magbuwi ng buhay? Aminin man sa hindi ng pamunuan ng Philippine National Police na may kakulangan sila sa pagpapatupad ng peace sa ginaganap na halalan ay sila pa mismo ang nakaka-engkuwentro. Gaya na lamang sa naganap na barilan sa Bacoor Cavite sa pagitan ng mga miyembro ng Bacoor Municipal police at mga tauhan ng dating Cavite Congressman Plaridel Abaya, na agad na ikinasawi nina Ret. Col. Arnulfo Obillos at isang miyembro ng sundalong Marino na nakilala lamang sa pangalang Espiritu. Na, ayon kay Cavite Provincial dir. Sr. Supt. Primitivo Tabujara Jr., sinita ang mga nasawi dahil sa armado umano ang mga ito ng matataas na kalibre ng baril hanggang sa makipagpalitan na ng putok ang mga biktima sa miyembro ng Bacoor police. Cavite pa rin, sa lugar ng Amadeo, nagkaroon ng indiscriminate firing habang nagsasagawa ng canvassing.Hindi naman kaya puro pananakot na lamang ang magaganap sa lalawigan ito? Ganun din sa lalawigan ng Palawan, isang Alibasa Mucsan na supporter ng isang kumakandidato sa pagka-mayor ang binaril hanggang sa mapatay sa Village, Salogon Palawan habang ia namana ng sugatan na si Roger Moga. Ang ang pinaka-malungkot ay ang isang mister na walang awing pinatay sa harap ng kanyang

misis sa lalawigan ng Batangay, dahil lamang sa prinsipyong hindi kayang bilhin ang boto nito. Si Ronnie “Bobot” Madera, ay pinagbabaril sa harap ng bahay nito at asawang si Aling Irish ng isang lalaking nakabonnet nang tanggihan nito ang alok na P3,000.00 kapalit ng boto sa isang kumakandidatong alkalde sa Batangas. Habang sugatan naman ang kapatid ni Bobot na si Raegan. Isang maliwanag na ang krimeng ito ay related sa May 10, 2010 polls ay pilit naman iniiwas ng Batangas PNP na walang kinalaman sa eleksiyon ang karumal-dumal sa kabila ng maliwanag na sinabi ng suspek sa biktima at asawa “Na, kailangan gapangan at suportahan ang alkalde na kandidato” subalit itatanong pa lamang kung sino mayor na kandidato ay bala ng baril ang isinagot sa pobreng si Madera. Ano pa ba ang kailangan pruweba ng kapulisan? Porke ba isang ordinaryong mamamayan lamang itong mga biktima na ito ay hindi na bibigyan ng katarungan o imbestagahan para managot ang mga salarin? *** Pasalamatan natin ang mga guro Dapat rin nating pasalamatan ang mga guro na sa kabila ng kanilang pagod at pagtanggap ng galit ng mga botanteng mainipin ay nagiging mahinahon pa rin sila at ginampanan pa rin ang dagdag na trabahong iniatang sa kanila. Sa halagang P4,300.00 ay katumbas ito ng kanilang pagod, galit at sisi mula sa mga botante. *** Mga presidentiables, naging pantay sa pagboto Bilib tayo sa ginawi ng ating mga presidentiables at naging pantay ang mga ito sa pagboto at maagang bumuto ang iba sa kanila. Bakit kasi naging pandaang milyong ang nawawala sa gobyerno dahil sa baluktot na trabaho ng smuggler na ito. Ang kanyang kuya ay nagpatayo ng bahay sa executive village sa BF at inimbita yung mga dinadaanan ng kanyang shipment. Palaging ipinamamalaki na kayangkaya niyang bayaran ang mga examiner dahil timbrado daw ang kanyang trabaho. Naniniwala tayo doon pero kawawa ang ating bansa, yung mga taga customs naman huwag kayong pumayag na maliit lang ang ibigay sa inyo dahil ipagyayabang na bayad na kayo. Pwede naman siyang magbigay pero ipinagsisigawan pa. Nakakaawa yung mga taga customs bukol sila kaya sana yung bagong pangulo ito ang unang ayusin ang smuggling para maiayos ang ekonomiya ng ating bansa.

(Itutuloy) ang aking mga tauhan at hinabol ko at sinigawan ko ang pulis na nagtakas ng aking motor subalit hindi ko na ito naabutan kung kaya’t napilitan tayong sumunod sa police station upang ipakita ang mga original na mga resibo kung saan ay binili ito ng cash. Talagang mga ogag ang mga tauhan mo Supt. Edwin Quilatis Sir, saan ka naman nakakita gabing-gabi maniniket, okay na yun tanggap natin iyon, subalit ang motor ng inyong lingkod ng brand new ay dapat ang ginawa nila ay ang SOP na tinatawag, binerepika muna at tiningnan ang mga papeles at hindi iyong itinakas ng mga tauhan mong ogag, lumalabas na interesado ang mga tauhan mo sa motor kong bago, ano ang intensyon ninyo na bakit ibeberipika ay doon pa sa police station na dapat doon mismo sa lugar kung saan nasita ang aking mga barangay tanod ay doon na agad binerepika kung may papeles nga o wala. O nakita nyo na Gen. Jesus Verzosa Sir, talagang mga ungas at ubod ng bobo itong mga tauhan ni P/ Supt. Edwin Quilatis. Na nagpapatunay lamang na ang ating mga kapulisan, hindi naman natin nilalahat ang ilan lamang sa mga ogag na pulis ni Supt. Quilatis ang ating binabatikos dahil hindi natin malaman kung ang mga ito ay nagpapagamit sa pulitika, dahil alam naman natin na ang inyong lingkod ay hindi kapartido ng kasalukuyang nakaupo na si Mayor Angelito Sarmiento kung kaya’t marahil itong mga kapulisan natin sa San Jose Del Monte hindi ko naman nilalahat ay sunud-sunuran. Siguraduhin nyo lamang po Col. Quilatis Sir na ang mga tauhan ninyo ay nagpapatupad ng batas at maganda yan ituloy tuloy ninyo ang pagsita, subalit magingat kayo baka makuhanan kayo ng video footage at mga litrato na ang inyong tauhan ay tumatanggap ng lagay mula sa mga motoristang inyong sinisita. Inuulit ko hindi lahat ng pulis sa San Jose Del Monte ay mga ogag, iyong iilan lamang sa mga pulis diyan na sumama doon sa pagpasok sa aking barangay na wala man lang pasintabi na nadaanan na nila ang barangay patrol vehicle kasama ang mga tanod ko na nakadeploy dapat bilang SOP sila ay nakipag-coordinate sa barangay captain at sa mga barangay officials noong May 8, 2010 ng 10:30 ng gabi iyon ang mga ogag dahil hindi nila alam ang tinatawag na Standard Operating Procedure.

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ISING na bayan! Kung sino man ang manalo ngayon ay suportahan na lang natin, dahil ito’y bayan natin sana huwag na tayong manggulo basta ang mahalaga ay maipakita natin sa buong mundo na we are peace loving country. Tandaan natin ito lahat ng kapangyarihan sa mundong ito may katapusan kaya sana huwag tayong magyabang kapag nasa posisyon na. Alalahanin ninyo taong bayan ang nagluklok sa inyo sa pwesto Presidente ka man, sikat ka man, mediaman ka man ay kailangan pa rin tayong magpakukumbaba at alisin po natin ang inggit, hinanakit at paghihiganti sa ating mga puso dahil yan ang dahilan ng pagkakasakit. Huwag lang pera at interes ang nasa isip. Hindi pa nakakaupo ang bagong president ay may nagsasabing kanila na ang customs, BIR, PAGCOR, DPWH at malalaking kontrata, grabe pati smuggler sila pa rin daw ang maghahari sa Adwana dahil lahat daw ng mga kandidato ay binigyan nila ng suporta. Grabe na ito at sana ang sususnod na pangulo ang number one ay supilin ang mga smuggler na nagpapahirap sa kaban ng bayan at alam kong matatapos din ang kaligayahan ng mga yan. May smuggler na nagkukunwari, matulungin daw yun pala lagi sa sabungan nagpapatalo ng 1.5 million, nambabae sa first class at 20 thousand ang kanyang binabayad at pinagyayabang pa pati anak andyan na rin kasama niya. Humihingi lang isang daang ang pulubi ay kanyang sinabihan ang kanyang ama na huwag bigyan. Ang anak niya ay naninigarilyo at umiinom at paiba-iba ng sasakyan, may Porsche pa siya na bago. Arawaraw ibang luxury cars ang gamit niya at initial na niya ang pangalan, middle name at apelyido. Mayabang ito kapag nagbibigay sa mga taga customs kapag may trabaho at ang pinaparating nito ay puro general merchandize. Alam ninyo kung magkano ang binabayaran niyang tax, 19 thousand lang grabe na ito. Sabi pa nga ng isang CIIS agent

Ito pa palaging nasa casino ang mag-asawa kaya hindi na sila nakakabayad sa customs. Kapag maiinit yung kapatid niya ay ipapasa niya sa isa at sabi niya wala na kaming trabaho. Sila po ay si T as in traidor. *** Maganda talaga ang pamumuno ni Comm. Nonoy Libanan dahil biruin niyo ay nagbukas na naman ng satellite office sa Quezon City upang makapag lakad ng maayos ang mga foreigner na may problema sa kanilang dokumento. Diyan mo makikita na da best si Comm. Libanan at ayaw niya ng kaaway at kahit ano ang ibato sa kanya ay tatanggapin niya kasi ang sa kanya kailangan ang kaibigan at hindi kaaway kaya okey lang kung sino ang bumabato sa kanya dahil naintindihan niya sila kaya naman siya ay trabaho ng trabaho. Magaling si Libanan pag dating sa serbisyo publiko at namulat siya na palaging nakayapak ang paa sa lupa kaya naman siya’y nagtatrabaho lang para sa bayan. Siya yung taong hindi marunong maghiganti kaya mahal niya ang Immigration dahil ayon sa kanya kailangan talaga ng buwis sa gobyerno at ayaw niya mapulaan ang Immigration hanggang andiyan siya. Kaya mahal na mahal niya ang Immigration at nagkaisa sila upang ibangon ang institution dahil ang laki ng pinagbago ng Immigration, wala ng fixer at biruin niyo palaging pinapupurian ng mga consul, ambassadors, at mga banyaga na pumupunta dito. Da best ang ginagawa niya at sabi niya kailangan ang mga tao ay daanin sa fair treatment kapag nagkasala ay talagang paparusahan at kapag gumawa ng kabutihan ay papapurihan. Ganyan si Libanan mapagpatawad at ito’y marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan kaya siya naman ay hindi marunong mamulitika bagkus trabaho lang palagi ang inaatupag sa immigration. San ka pa nakakita ng opisyal na napakaraming talent, gift of

tay, kasi kung pumipila ang mga ordinaryong mamamayan sa pagboto ay ganito rin ang kanilang ginawa. At siyempre pinangunahan ito ng ating presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, na alas 6:00 am pa lamang ay pumunta na ito sa kanyang precinct sa San Nicolas 1 Lubao, Pampanga para bumuto matapos magsimba sa San Agustin Church malapit lamang sa eskuwelahan kung saan siya ay bumuto. Mga Presidentiables: Sen. Manuel Villar sa STI Talon II, banding alas 11:00 am; dating presidente Erap Estrada, San Juan, 11:30 am; Bro. Eddie Villanueva, Bonlo Bocaue Bulacan Elem. School, 8:00 am; Sen. Nonoy Aquino, Tarlac, 2:00 pm; Gibo Teodoro, Mayantoc, Tarlac, 8:55 am; Perlas, Pasig, 7:30 am; at Sen. Jamby Madrigal, St. Paul College Quezon City, 2:00pm. God. Sa pa gitara na lang ay maraming humahanga at umiidolo sa kanya kaya huwag na tayong mag-aksaya ng panahon. Let’s help our government para ganahan silang magtrabaho kaya sana po makamit pa lalo ang kanilang collection performance. Dapat sa bansang ito ay palaging nagkakaisa ang bawat isa sa atin. Andyan din ang lahat ng opisyales at buong rank-and-file para magtulongtulong at hindi pinababayaan ang si Libanan. Mabuhay ang buong Immigration at mabuhay tayong lahat. God bless us all! *** Nais ko pa lang batiin ang NAIA Custom house sa pangunguna ng butihing District collector Atty. Carlos “Ding”So. Talagang walang kupas ang kanilang Collection Performance dahil palaging above the target ito. At siyempre andyan palagi ang mga magagaling na tao ni Coll. So kagaya ni Coll. Manny Mamadra, at Coll. Ed Macabeo na talagang hindi nagpapabaya sa kanilang trabaho. Andyan din si Coll. Edward Baltazar na talagang palagi andyan na nakakatulong sa collection ng NAIA. Kaya naman mabuhay kayo sa NAIA and keep up the good work mga bossing! *** Pagdating sa koleksyon ay walang kupas din ang Port of Manila sa pangunguna ni District Coll. Atty. Rogel Gatchalian, batang collector ito pero hindi matatawaran ang kanyang ginagawa dahil palaging lagpas sa target ang kanilang collection performance. Ganundin si Coll. Ramon Manahan na palaging above the target ang iniatang na koleksyon sa kanya. Walang kupas talaga ito dahil hindi lang siya magaling bagkus matulungin pa ito sa lahat kagaya ni Coll. Gatchalian. Yan ang mga tunay na serbisyon publiko at hindi iniisip ang sarili nila kundi ang bayan muna bago ang sarili! Mabuhay kayong lahat! *** Pagdating naman sa serbisyo isa pa sa magaling ay itong si CIIS Director Felomino “Ka Jun” Vicencio. Ang taong ito ay hindi rin iniisip ang sariling kapakanan at laging iniisip palagi ang kapakanan ng iba. Siya ay marami ng natulungan hindi lang sa Adwana kundi pati sa kanilang lugar kaya naman mahal siya ng marami at hinahangaan siya. Tahimik siya pero puno ng pagpapakumbaba sa mga tao hindi lang sa kanyang mga bossing pati na rin sa iba. Talagang serbisyo publiko ang ginagawa. Kaya naman ipagpatuloy ang iyong ginagawang kabutihan sir! Isa ka sa itinuturing na haligi ng Custom CIIS. Mabuhay po kayo! *** Si chikita ay may bagong CRV na nakapark sa labas ng Adwana sa tapat ng isang warehouse at kasama si Eba? May nagtanong sa kanya at sabi diba ikaw si Eba at sagot niya OO naman at si chikita ay nag OO naman. Ano ang ginagawa niyo sa labas may malakas ba na kita dito? He! He! He! Kapal talaga!

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Private armies named to ‘predators of the press’ list MEDIA watchdog Reporters Without Borders named Monday the world’s 40 worst “predators of the press” including politicians, religious leaders and militias to mark World Press Freedom Day. “They are powerful, danger- in the worst cases, murder ous, violent and above the law,” journalists.” Seventeen presidents and the Paris-based watchdog RSF said. “These predators of press several heads of government freedom have the power to cen- are on the list, including Chisor, imprison, kidnap, torture and, na’s Hu Jintao, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Cuba’s Raul Castro and Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. New entrants on the annually updated list of “predators” include Taliban chief Mullah Omar. The Taliban leader, “whose influence extends to Pakistan as well as Afghanistan, has joined the list because the holy war he is waging is also directed at the press,” RSF said. Mullah Omar’s “thugs threaten local reporters who do not relay his propaganda”, while around 40 Taliban at-

dog said, “anyone questioning (his) policies... is exposed to deadly reprisals,” citing the murders of reporter Anna Politkovskaya and human rights activist Natalia Estemirova. “Often referred to as ‘Putin’s guard dog,’ Ramzan Kadyrov shares the Russian prime minister’s taste for crude language and strong action,” RSF said. Yemen’s President Ali Abdulah Saleh was branded a “predator” after Sanaa set up a special court for press offences, in what RSF said was a bid “to limit coverage of dirty wars being waged in the north and south of the country.” The entry on Saleh noted: “Eight independent newspapers are currently subject to a printing ban

The Arroyo administration consistently asserts that voting for its candidates will mean an improvement in the economy. But will this election really put an end to poverty?

Let’s reboot the ‘Philippine computer’ IT’S TIME TO UPGRADE THE FILIPINO COMputer (the nation) with newer software (senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices and executives) and better firewalls or antivirus (ombudsmen). If we care so much about having an efficient computer at home, then we must also demand a better government—it’s free, we don’t have to pay to cast our votes. Earlier, I urged Filipino voters to consider the Philippines their own home when voting. This time, they should imagine the Philippines as a computer product manufactured in 1946 (after declaration of independence from the United States)—a computer competing against other brands such as Korea, China, Japan, the United States, Vietnam, Germany, India, Indonesia, etc. We all want an updated and technologically advanced computer; it makes our lives easier and more productive, and we get the respect for having and being the best. If we don’t, we face the risk of being ridiculed for having an outdated model with limited capacity and, therefore, less competitive. Would you use a Filipino computer instead of an American or Japanese computer? There is absolutely no reason for the Philippine computer to be less competitive: (1) Our computer is strategically located in an economically dynamic region; (2) We have abundant natural resources; (3) We have many universities, some even older than Harvard; (4) We have around 90 million industrious and talented computer chips (our population); (5) We had a head start in Spanish, English, Chinese and other languages; (6) We have access to Western technologies and

innovative thinking. Our heroism and endurance since July 4, 1946 should have made our country “the” success story in the Asia-Pacific region today—the best computer in Asia. Instead, we have built a “nation of servants,” graduating from “some med schools in the Philippines” whose capital “smelled of cockroaches, with rats all over and … no sewage system” that the next president of the Philippines can only fix during a Pacquiao fight when everybody is united at home watching (thoughts conjured thanks to Chip Tsao, “Desperate Housewives,” Danes and Carolla). Our nation has regressed. Our national computer has programmed societal worms and viruses that have evolved and multiplied, thus setting millions of our semiconductors (our people) into a frozen, dependent, helpless and uncertain mode. No, my fellow Filipinos, it does not have to be like this. We, the millions of marginalized and underutilized microchips of this country, do not have to be exported abroad to find fame and fortune; neither do we have to be soldered into foreign computers in order to function productively. It’s time we scanned our nation for malwares and viruses. Let’s quarantine the dangerous bugs and remove them from our malfunctioning and corrupt system. We must reboot our country on May 10, 2010 and program a state-of-the-art modern Philippines.

Vital road link in Maguindanao nears completion CONSIDERED as one of the new vital road network as it connects Maguindanao with Sultan Kudarat Province, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the near completion of the Package 1 of the Junction AwangNorth Upi Road Project. DPWH Secretary Victor Domingo said that because of the good weather condition on the project site the regional office were able to accomplish 94 percent of the project. “ Since we have completed majority of the concreting works, this road project had reduced travel time from 2 hours to 45 minutes which in turn will reduce the transport cost of agricultural products from the high land farmers in Maguindanao” Domingo said. DPWH Region XII Director Sinaolan Macarambon said that this project also help the governments peace and order program as the new access road would

improve the delivery of basic government services such as health and education to far flung barangays in the area. This P 412.4 road project includes the concreting of 6.8 gravel road and re-blocking of 23.2 kilometers of existing concrete pavement, rehabilitation of road shoulders, construction of drainage and slope protection works and improvement of three existing bridges. Macarambon also added that because the road also serves as an access road going to the mountainous and forest area of Maguindanao and also the road project also provides easy access for environmental groups and organization to monitor the bio-diversity and wildlife protection in the area.

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tacks directly targeted journalists and news media in 2009, it said. “The threats to journalists reinforce the Taliban’s sway over the population and create news black holes in the south and east of Afghanistan and in western Pakistan,” RSF said. Chechnya’s pro-Kremlin President Ramzan Kadyrov was also added to the list. Under Kadyrov, the watch-

for ‘separatism’.” Private militias in the Philippines were also added following the massacre of around 50 people, including 30 journalists, by “the local governor’s thugs” in Maguindanao province on in November last year. “In Latin America, violence still comes from the same infernal quartet: drug traffickers, the Cuban dic-

tatorship, (Colombian guerrilla group) FARC and paramilitary groups,” it said. Italian organised crime, the Basque separatist group ETA and Somalia’s Islamist militias were also listed. Figures whose names have been removed from the “predator” list include Nigeria’s State Security Service, which RSF said has “has been reined in.”

DPWH completes 141 school building projects in Cagayan Valley region IN preparation for the next school year, the Department for Public Works and Highways in Cagayan Valley Region reported the completion of 141 school building projects. DPWH Secretary Victor Domingo said that these 141 school building projects costing a total of P68.7 Million was funded by the Department of Education and was implemented by the DPWH district engineering offices in the region. As the government infrastructure arm, we are also prioritizing the immediate completion of the government’s school building program to improve the quality of education in the country, Domingo said. DPWH Region II Director Eugenio Pipo Jr. said that he had assigned a school building project team leader to focus on the implementation of the project to strictly monitor the implementation of the project. “ Out of these 141 school building projects, the Isabela 3rd District Engineering Office has completed 30 school building projects, followed by Cagayan 1st with 19 and Isabela 2nd with 15 projects” Pipo said. Meanwhile, a total of 13 other infra projects such as multi-purpose hall and covered court buildings under the Various Infrastructure Legislative Program (VILP) are also completed in the region.

Spain cited for P30M aid to RP’s abaca industry CATANDUANES Rep. Joseph Santiago has credited the Spanish government for its P30-million grant to build up the Philippines’ abaca industry, which he said remains an enormous potential driver of economic growth in the countryside. “With adequate support, there is no question the abaca sector can help spur rural employment, raise family incomes and ease poverty in a big way,” said Santiago, now running for governor of Catanduanes. Santiago said the Spanish Agency of International Development Cooperation’s assistance has initially enabled Catanduanes’ abaca-producing municipalities to acquire stripping machines. “The mechanized stripping of abaca allows us to increase daily fiber output 10 to 20 times compared to what we produce from manual peeling,” Santiago said. To fully develop the abaca industry, Santiago stressed the need to exploit all possible commercial uses of the

plant’s fiber, and enlarge its domestic as well as export markets. Some 136,000 hectares nationwide are planted to abaca. Over 82,000 farmers directly subsist on abaca production. Annually, they produce some 70,000 metric tons of fiber, of which about 25 percent is shipped abroad, according to the Fiber Industry Development Authority. Catanduanes is the country’s largest producer of abaca, accounting for 20 percent of national output. Abaca provides livelihood to some 23,500 farmers in the province, where around 23,600 hectares are devoted to growing the plant. After Catanduanes, the other top producers are Southern Leyte, Leyte, Davao Oriental, Northern Samar, Davao del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Samar, Sulu, and Sorsogon. Abaca is a species of banana native to the Phil-

ippines and cultivated in 26 provinces in Bicol, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao. The abaca plant grows 20 feet tall and is harvested mainly for its large leaves and stems that produce natural fiber. Used to make twines, ropes and carpets, abaca fiber also has multiple applications as raw material for various functional and decorative products. The fiber is used in clothing material and handicraft like bags and baskets. The pulp is processed into tea bags, coffee filter, vacuum cleaner bags, currency notes and other specialty paper. Abaca-based furniture and fixtures — from settees to lounge chairs, from dividers to coffee tables, and from sofas to loveseats — are also widely recognized for their elegance in Europe and North America. Studies have likewise identified abaca enzymes for use in high-value cosmetic and dietary products.


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SA Eugene Domingo sa iilang artistang babae na pinalad na makasama na sa trabaho ang tatlong guwapong hunks sa Philippine showbiz na sina Piolo Pascual, Wendell Ramos, at Dingdong Dantes. Si Piolo ang producer niya sa Kimmy Dora, at si Dingdong naman ang leading man niya sa nabanggit na comedy hit. Si Wendell ang leading man niya sa SRO Cinemaserye Presents Hot Mama ng GMA-7. Kaya naisipan natin na itanong kay Eugene kung ano ang pagkakaiba (or pagkakapareho) ng tatlong aktor bilang kasama sa trabaho at, base sa pagkakakilala niya, bilang tao. HER ANSWER. “Si Dingdong kasi, sila ni Wendell, pareho silang nakasama ko na sa soap, e. Pareho silang kuwela, pareho silang kalog, pareho silang relaxed sa akin. So, iyon naman ang unang-unang dapat na mangyari sa mga artista pag nagtatrabaho, dapat relaxed, may rapport. “Sina Wendell at Dingdong, pareho lang. Although kung sa pisikal, Wendell is more sexy, parang ganun. Dingdong is parang boy next door, parang ganun.” So, mas boyfriend material si Dingdong at si Wendell ay pang-onenight stand lang? “Hahaha! Two nights naman! Hahaha! O three! Hahaha!” So, pangkama lang si Wendell? “Hindi naman pangkama lang kasi ano siya, e, very responsible naman siya as a person. In fact, noong nagkasama kami sa Hot Mama, unang araw pa lang ng taping, ipinakita agad niya sa akin ang picture ng anak niya! Kasi nakakatuwa na makita sa lalake na proud sa anak niya at alam mong family man na yung may ganung ibang buhay bukod sa showbiz. So, alam mong buung-buo ang pagkatao. “‘Tsaka na-discover ko, mahilig pala siyang magluto sa bahay, kasi, di ba... Ibig kong sabihin yung ‘itsura ni Wendell, di ba, marunong palang magluto? E, parang yun na nga, parang ‘fight’ agad, parang brusko.” RESPECT. Labis-labis naman ang respeto ni Eugene kay Piolo. “Para ko siyang kapatid. Na yung tiwala niya na ipag-produce ako ng pelikula, ibang klase yun! Kaya parang yung respeto ko sa kanya, hindi mababahiran ng kahit na anong kalaswaan. Kaya hindi, hindi ako nagpapantasya sa kanya.” Parang hindi yata kapani-paniwala na hindi niya pagnanasaan si Piolo... “Hindi, hindi talaga, para ko siyang kapatid. Simula pa noong gawin namin yung Paano Kita Iibigin? Naramdaman ko na, well... Hindi ko in-entertain, pero alam kong meron siyang nararamdaman para sa akin pero...” pagbibiro ni Eugene. Kahit kay Dingdong, mataas ang pagtingin ni Eugene. “Yung respeto ko kasi sa kanya, mataas, e. Kasi nakikita ko yung potensiyal niya para makaganap pa ng ibang mas challenging roles, aside from being in a love team, ganyan, or heartthrob or commercial model. “Parang nakikitaan ko pa siya ng mas challenging na roles and eventually puwede pa siyang maging direktor ulit. Sa tingin ko talagang open siya sa iba’t ibang klaseng challenges bilang artista. “Hindi lang siya yung... hindi niya dinadama na guwapo siya.” Isa si Eugene sa mga bida ng Here Comes The Bride ng Star Cinema, in association with OctoArts and Quantum Films, na pinagbibidahan rin nina Angelica Panganiban, Tuesday Vargas, Tom Rodriguez, Jaime Fabregas at John “Sweet” Lapus. Ito’y sa direksyon ni Chris Martinez at ipalalabas na sa May 12. *** Kapuso pa rin ba si Mo?

Ang tatlong lalaki sa buhay ni Uge Nitong nakaraang Linggo, May 9, ay naging 16 years old na ang isa sa mga anak nina Pia Arroyo-Magalona at ng yumaong si Francis Magalona na si Elmo Moses Magalona. Isinelebrate ito sa Party Pilipinas ng GMA-7. Regular performer na si Elmo sa Party Pilipinas at dito niya ipinapakita ang kanyang husay sa pagawit na namana niya sa kanyang ama na si Master Rapper Francis M. Sey

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Showbiz Central’s Mo T wister is still a Kapuso—at least for no w. now Sa isang pagniniig — pagniniig daw o! — kay Mo kailan lang, inamin niya na di pa sigurado ang status niya bilang GMA-7 talent hanggang next week. “Right now, on Sunday, I’m still with Showbiz Central. I might not be happy with the direction maybe things are going for me here but that’s something that they [management] brought up. Sila naman ang nagsabi sa akin and hindi naman ako nagtatanong. I just do my job,” Mo said. Mo was pertaining to top management’s supposed candid assessment of his career and future with the Kapuso network in a recent meeting. WORKING WITH CRISTY. Mo’s option to transfer is highly possible considering the fact that there’s an offer for him to join a rival showbiz talk show. Incidentally, the show that is reportedly being offered to Mo is being co-hosted by his known industry nemesis: veteran gossip columnist Cristy Fermin. The feud between the two started in 2006 after Mo allegedly called Cristy an “idiot” in his radio program. Cristy reportedly retaliated by confronting and “badmouthing” Mo while inside his dressing room during a TV guesting. Mo welcomes the opportunity to work with Cristy despite questions on whether the two can coexist in one show. “What I try to do is distance myself from the personal galit sa professional galit. Kasi dito sa showbiz talk shows, talagang

Mo-Twister magagalit ang mga tao sa iyo kung halimbawa there’s an issue involving two people then nag-side ka dun sa isa, then magagalit naman ‘yong isa sa ‘yo kahit hindi ka kasali. You’re always going to get enemies. ***

nga ni Elmo na noong una ay nahihiya pa siya dahil hindi siya sanay na mag-perform sa harap ng maraming tao. Pero nakasanayan na rin daw niya dahil marami ang natutuwa sa kanyang pag-perform sa stage. “Up to now naman po, nahihiya pa rin ako. But I also try my best. And the people I work with now are very good. Ayoko rin naman po na h i n d i magand a ang perfor-

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mance ko. My mom always tells me to be at my best and I should be proud of the talent that God has given me,” ngiti pa ni Elmo. Inamin ni Elmo na namimiss pa rin niya ang kanyang ama, lalo na’t magsisixteen na siya. Kung kailan papasok na siya sa pagiging binata ay doon pa namahinga ang kaniyang ama. “I always miss him every day. Si Dad kasi, he’s also like a kid. Gustunggusto niyang makipaglaro sa aming lahat. Kapag wala siyang work, we would always play in front of the computer. He’s a big kid at heart. Tawag nga sa kanya ni Mommy ay Peter Pan because he refuses to grow up, at gusto ni Dad na para siyang bata parati para makasama niya kami. “But I know that he’s happy where he is right now. Alam namin na he’s just there for us and I hope that he’s happy that I am also performing like him.” Sa pasukan ay college freshman na si Elmo. Pero hindi pa raw siya decided kung anong kurso ang kukunin niya. *** NAGBANTA ang sikat na TV host na si Willie Revillame na magre-resign siya bilang host ng Wowowee kapag hindi pinatalsik sa ABS-CBN ang segment host ng The Buzz at entertainment columnist na si Jobert Sucaldito. Sa live episode ng Wowowee noong tanghali ng May 4, ay hinamon ng galit na galit na si Willie ang ABS-CBN management na tanggalin sa Kapamilya

network si Jobert dahil diumano sa pang-iinsulto ng huli sa mga contestant ng kanyang noontime show. Tinira ni Willie si Sucaldito dahil sa pagkukuwestiyon ng huli kung bakit pinapayagan ng Wowowee na maging contestants ang high school students na ang general average ay 75 hanggang 79. Ang basa rito ni Willie ay sinasabi ni Sucaldito na mahina ang ulo ng mga pinagkukuhang contestants. Ginawa ni Sucaldito ang naturang pahayag noong nakaraang linggo sa Showbiz Mismo, isang radio program ng dzMM na pag-aari rin ng Kapamilya network, kung saan siya ay co-host. “Nananawagan ako sa management ng ABS-CBN, huwag n’yo namang payagan na tinitira ang show. Ang laki ng kita ng

Wowowee para sa ABS. Mamili na kayo. Kapag hindi ninyo ‘yan tinanggal, ako ang magre-resign dito sa Wowowee! Tandaan ninyo ‘yan!” banta ng nagpupuyos sa galit na si Willie. Dagdag niya, “Wala na kayong ginawa kung hindi tirahin ako dito. Ilang taon na akong tumatahimik. Tinitira ako sa diyaryo ng Jobert na ‘yan. Tahimik lang ako. Pero tandaan ninyo ito, kapag hindi ninyo ‘yan tinanggal, ako ang magre-resign dito! Para po sa mga tao ito. Para sa mga taong espesyal, para sa mga 75 percent ang grades. Ipaglalaban ko ang mga estudyanteng ‘yan. “Sobra na! Huwag mong idadamay ang programang ito! Ang programang ito, ang may-ari ay Pilipino. Hindi ito [sa] magra-radyo. Mamaya ‘yan kapag tinira mo pa ako, hindi na ako papasok dito sa ABSCBN. Tandaan ninyo ‘yan! ABS-CBN management, gawan ninyo ng paraan ‘yan. Alag a a n ninyo ang mga talent ninyo dahil kami ang nagbubuhos dito ng pagod at lahat. Huwag naman na dito sa sarili naming tahanan ay tinitira kami dito.” Sa kabilang banda, sa text message na ipinadala ni Sucaldito kay ABS-CBN entertainment reporter Marie Lozano, na ipinost ni Marie sa kanyang Twitter account, ito ang reaksyon ni Sucaldito: “Kaloka sya. Pikon sobra.” Sa official statement naman na ipinalabas ng ABSCBN, sinabi ng network na nakikipag-usap na sila sa magkabilang kampo tungkol sa isyu. “Kinausap kaagad ng pamunuan ng ABS-CBN si Willie at Jobert tungkol sa isyu sa pagitan nila. Naniniwala ang ABS-CBN na maaayos ito sa magandang pag-uusap at di nararapat magsagutan pa sa ere,” saad ng ABS-CBN management. *** GAGAWA SI MARIAN NG REMAKE NG MGA IND AY FILMS NI INDA MARIA. Last Friday, May 7, habang nagmimiting de avance ang mga political parties, isang thanksgiving and victory party naman ang inihandog ng Regal Entertainment at GMA Films para sa pagiging box office hit ng latest summer offering ng dalawang outfit, ang You To Me Are Everything na pinagbibidahan nina Dingdong Dantes at Marian Rivera. Bago dumating sina Dingdong at Marian sa ballroom ng Imperial Palace Suites sa Quezon City, nakapanayam namin si Ms. Roselle Monteverde-Teo,

isa sa executive producers ng pelikula, at anak ng Regal matriarch na si Mother Lily Monteverde. A MATCH FOR HOLLYWOOD FILMS. Magkano na ang kinita ng You To Me Are Everything mula nang magbukas ito nationwide noong Wednesday, May 5? “Nung Wednesday, we had 16 million gross. As of today, we have about 26 million. And not only that, the response from the people who have watched the movie, maganda talaga ang feedback.” Nagdagdag pa raw sila ng ten theaters nung second day? “Yes,” sabi ni Ms. Roselle. “Right now, we have over 100 theaters

nationwide. So, magandang balita ito for us, and of course, for the Filipino movie industry. “Kasi, as you can see right now, puro Hollywood big movies ang mga lumalabas ngayon, di ba? So, we’re happy that we were still able to make it despite the fact na may mga big Hollywood movies. “Plus the election. Ang mga tao, busy sa mga election activities.” Nag-e-expect ba sila ng bigger gross ngayong weekend? “Well, we’re keeping our fingers crossed because we always wish for the best talaga!” masayang pahayag ng sinasabing tagapagmana sa trono ni Mother Lily. SEQUEL. Masas-

abing hindi lamang sa telebisyon kundi pati sa pelikula ay napatunayan na ng tambalang Dingdong-Marian na patok sila sa masa dahil sa paghit ng pelikula nilang idinirek ni Mark Reyes. “Talaga namang unbeatable,” sabi ni Ms. Roselle. “For me, right now, na-prove nila na ang loveteam nila ay talagang may chemistry on the big screen. Kahit naman in real life, they’re so much in love with each other! Hindi na maikakaila yun.” Ayon sa co-producer ng Regal na si Ms. Annette Gozon-Abrogar ng GMA Films, hindi raw imposible na magkaroon ng sequel ang You To Me Are Everything. Unang pelikula ito ng Regal Entertainment ngayong 2010, at masayang-masaya raw ang dear mom niyang si Mother Lily sa lakas ng movie sa takilya.

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MMA tournament ginanap sa P’que. Para sa kasiyahan ng mga tagasunod ng “mixed martial arts” ay nagsagawa ang Buhawi Martial Arts, sa pakikipatulungan ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Parañaque sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. ng isang torneo sa pinakabagong pandaigdigang isports. Tinawag na “1 st Florencio Bernabe, Jr. Amateur Mixed Martial Arts” at ginanap sa malawak na Santana Grove, pitong koponan ang nakibahagi sa mga laban (bouts) sa limang dibisyon - pinweight, flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight and welterweight. Makikita sa larawan ang dalawang kalahok na nagpamalas ang kanilang “ground-fighting skills” sa isang laban.

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and suspicions about the capability of the votecounting machines and their back-up servers to really produce fast and unbiased, credible counting of ballots. There are three main factors for this. One is on the ability of those machines to really count unbiasedly. The most recent testing in some cities, however, produced really false results.

RP share prices ease PHILIPPINE share prices continued to decline last week in the absence of marketmoving news. The Philippine Stock Exchange index lost 9.02 points or 0.28 percent to close at 3,167.83, breaching the psychological support 3,200. “The market is showing continued weakness due to the same old issues – Greece’s debt problem, as well as concerns about the elections. The surge in (election) violence is spooking investors,” Astro Del Castillo of First Grade Holdings said in an interview. “Somehow the selling has tapered off, but we’ll see if there is going to be a run-off tomorrow. Market may be flat or may go lower,” he said. The all-share index lost 3.4 points or 0.17 percent to close at 1,977.52. Trading was brisk with 1.29 billions stocks worth P7.65 billion changing hands and special block sales worth P5 billion in Metrobank and P52.4

million in Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., accounting for 66.15 percent of Thursday’s turnover. Foreign investors bought P4.73 billion more than they sold, according to the Philippine Stock Exchange. Five of the six subindices went down, while financial stocks went up by 12.82 points or 1.93 percent to 675.8. Holding firms went down by 23.03 points or 1.15 percent to close at 1,985.88. Service stocks lost 9.64 points or 0.65 percent to 1462.99, while property stocks shed 4.57 points or 0.39 percent to 1,169.46. Mining and oil stocks finished 22.09 points or 0.26 percent lower at 8,567.27, while industrial firms shed 4.54 points or 0.093 percent to close at 4,883.68. Top gainer Interport Resources Corp.’s B stocks advanced by 25 centavos to 85 centavos, while top loser JTH Davies Holdings Inc. shed 14 centavos to close at P1.42. Most traded stock First Gen Corp. shed 20 centavos to P9.70.

The Philippines never experienced a nationwide use of automated elections. So there are questions not only about the machines, but also about the election officials who will administer the machines during and after the election day. Two is on the credibility of the institution that will administer the entire exercise, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). And three is the credibility of the current political administration which appointed the Commissioners at the Comelec, and have political control over the armed forces that will protect the sanctity of the electoral process, the police/PNP and the army. For the elections to be considered as truthful and peaceful, all the three factors and institutions above should be credible. All of them. If one or two or all of them has/have lit-

tle credibility, then public perception of the credibility of the results will be low or negative. It is ironic therefore, that we have election automation and are being asked to remain patient at the same time. Automation is supposed to address impatience, but we now have to be patient with various questions hanging in the air. The past two days, I passed by the barangay auditorium in Makati where I will vote this coming Monday. The counting machines are already inside, guarded 24 hours by one or two policemen and about two soldiers. Outside the auditorium are several civilians, they do not seem to be buddies as they are not talking to each other. I presume that they are supporters and watchers of certain candidates. Their job is most likely to guard the guards. And this already indicates the suspicion of the

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Asia-Pacific region, the government agency that receives and processes applications for passports said the cost of ePassport in Malaysia is 300 ringgit (around $92), in New Zealand NZ$150 ($101), in Japan ¥11,000 ($120), and in Australia A$172 ($153). In other parts of the world, ePassport costs €60 ($77) in France, $97 in the United States, and £72 ($107) in the United Kingdom, it added. The new Philippine ePassport “has special features that make it secure, highly credible and compliant with international standards. It is also significantly benefiting the overseas contract workers and other traveling Filipinos,” the DFA-OCA said. The new Philippine ePassport features an embedded integrated circuit chip that allows

public of the credibility and independence of the armed forces to protect the sanctity of the ballot and the ballot counting machines. If public perception of the independence of the state’s armed forces is low, then the leadership of these two institutions should exert extra effort to show their real independence. This election, therefore, should be the best opportunity for the Comelec and the armed forces of the state to regain their credibility, to assert their independence from the political administration in power or from any other influential groups and political parties, to win public respect. Meanwhile, the voting citizens should not put too much hope from their politicians as sort of their “savior”. The best saviors from social and economic problems are ourselves, our self-reliant

and independent selves, our circle of friends and colleagues, and our voluntary organizations. We should learn not to be dependent on government and politicians’ dole out and special subsidies and favors, and we should learn to protect our individual freedom from heavy intervention, regulation and taxation by the same politicians that many voters hope will deliver them from misery. So this coming Monday’s elections, let us support candidates who make the least promises of welfare and subsidies, who will not raise new taxes and fees, who will respect our individual liberty as self-reliant and proud parents or guardians who can raise industrious, responsible and lawabiding children and citizens.

Inflation holds at fastest

INFLATION in the country held at the fastest pace since January as oil and food prices rose, adding pressure on the central bank to increase borrowing costs. Consumer prices increased 4.4 percent in April from a year earlier, matching the gain in March, the National Statistics Office said in Manila today. That was less than the median forecast for a 4.5 percent increase in a Bloomberg News survey of 13 economists. The central bank will “continue to be watchful of developments in global inflation, growth dynamics and their impact on do-

mestic inflation expectations,” Governor Amando Tetangco said today. Policy makers “will make any adjustments as necessary to ensure that the within-target inflation path is protected.” Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said in April it will consider raising interest rates in the coming months after it increased inflation forecasts for this year and next. The Philippines imports almost all its oil and the price of the commodity has risen more than 50 percent in the past 12 months. “Commodity prices this year have been going up and are pushing inflation

ePassport fees abroad up to $60

THE cost of the new electronic passports (ePassport) has been raised $10 to $60 for Filipinos applying for the new travel document abroad, it was learned. The Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of Consular Affairs said that this is the first increase in passport fees since 15 years ago in 1995. “Passport fee was kept at the same level when the country shifted from the manuallyscripted passport to the machine-readable passports in July 2007,” the DFA-OCA said in a news release reacting to opposition to the fee increase. “At $60, [the Philippine ePassport] is still one of the least expensive ePassports [in the world],” it added. Citing a survey of ePassport fees in the

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Automation and patience

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HE purpose of using computers and machines is mainly to speed up things. Speed up data inputting, speed up counting and computing, speed up release of results, and consequently, speed up official declaration of winners, in the case of elections. Automation therefore, is to address impatience by many people. In the case of manual counting of votes as previously done in Philippine elections, candidates and voters alike were complaining that things were slow, and that the longer the time to officially declare winners, the bigger the suspicion of cheating and vote-rigging. So by using computers and machines, it is hoped that instead of waiting for one week to get the official winners, people will wait only a few hours or more than one day. Currently, there are confusions, dispute

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faster verification of the identity of the passport holder. In addition to the information found on the data page, it includes the biometric information of the holder, as well as a unique identification number. These and a host of other security features ensure that the ePassport is virtually tamper-proof, and compliant with the high security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). “The ePassport is designed to facilitate arrival formalities and immigration checks at international airports, and thus less hassle for our kababayans when they enter other countries. It is also making possible faster airline travel arrangements. Most importantly, the security features of the ePassport prevent identify theft and tampering of the passport

holder’s personal data,” the DFA-OCA said. There are also more pages available in the new ePassport at 44 pages, providing savings to Filipino travelers. For those applying for or renewing their passports, application forms are available for free at the websites of the Embassy or Consulate General in their area. Instructions are also available at the websites to facilitate the application process. The DFA-OCA has embarked on a full implementation of the ePassports at its new offices at the Aseana Business Park in Paranaque, and in the regional consular offices around the country. The DFA is also in the process of implementing the ePassport project in Philippine embassies and consulates general.

higher,” Luz Lorenzo, an economist at ATR-Kim Eng Securities Inc. in Manila, said before the inflation report was released. “The central bank has been very clear on its monetary policy and their next likely action will be a rate hike next month.” Policy makers announced the reduction of a lending program for banks even as they kept interest rates at a recordlow 4 percent on April 22. Benchmark four-year bond yields last month climbed 16 basis points on speculation the central

bank may be nearing an interest-rate increase, according to prices from Tradition Financial Services. A basis point is 0.01 of a percentage point. The Philippines elected a new president last May 10 and will be proclaimed on a later date, who may face pressure to increase wages and transport fares, adding to inflation risks. President Gloria Arroyo has asked regional wage boards to accelerate decisions to increase minimum salaries.

BIR wants to collect back taxes from tollway operators THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is moving to collect back value-added taxes (VAT) from tollway operators. “We will be issuing notification letters to all tollway operators that they have back taxes worth about P3 billion from 2006 to 2009,” BIR Commissioner Joel L. Tan-Torres said in a press conference recently. The move, he said, aims to compel the tollway operators to fasttrack the collection of VAT from the toll fees paid by drivers of private vehicles. The BIR, Mr. Tan-Torres said, will be issuing the notices by May 15. He noted that a technical working group composed of representatives from the BIR as well as the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and tollway

operators had yet to come up with how the VAT on toll fees would be collected. BIR Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) 30-2010 issued in March imposed the 12% VAT on toll fees effective April 1. Implementation, however, did not push through as the Finance and Transportation departments agreed to give the TRB up the end of April to come up with the scheme’s mechanics. The tax was supposed to be implemented in 2005 when the BIR issued RMC 52 that year. The TRB, however, ordered the deferment of the rate hikes pending the determination of whether toll operators could charge the tax.

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Wedding

CONG. EDWIN OLIVAREZ, SA UNANG DISTRITO MASAYANG nakisaksi si dating ParaĂąaque City Mayor Dr. Pablo Olivarez, sa tagumpay na nakamit ng kanyang dalawang anak na sina 1st Dist. Congressman Edwin Olivarez at Coun. Eric Olivarez, matapos iproklama ng Commission on Election officers, na ginan-

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ap sa San Antonio gym. Nasa larawan sina Councilors Alma Moreno Salic, Val Sotto, Ryan Yllana at kani-kanilang pamilya at kaibigan, ganun din ang mga supporters. (Mga kuha nina Denz Tonel at Rommel Mesina)


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ARIES (March. 21- April 19)- Your Zodiac symbol is the Ram, and you bump heads with anyone who wants you to follow orders. This week you’ll find yourself engaged in a struggle with a very domineering person. TAURUS (April 20- May. 20) - You often take people at face value, thanks to your pragmatic personality. This week you’ll spot the hidden agendas of the people you deal with when Mercury retrograde in Taurus trines perceptive Pluto this week. GEMINI (May. 21- June 21) - You’re glib and good with words, thanks to Mercury, your ruler. This week you’ll be tongue-tied and find it difficult to express yourself due to Mercury’s retrograde motion. CANCER (June 22-July 22) - You will need to find your happy place this week, Cancer. You are ruled by the capricious Moon, and on this week you could feel isolated from your associates and find it hard to relate to others when the Moon is quincunx Venus.

VIRGO (Aug. 23- Sept. 23) - Your mind is always busy, Virgo. This week your urge to increase your knowledge will be overwhelming. Mercury, your ruler and now retrograde, trines profound Pluto this week and you’ll be ready to fill in the gaps in your education.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24- Nov. 22) -Your consciousness will change this week, Scorpio. You’ll reflect on the best way to live your life when Mercury retrograde trines Pluto, your ruler, this week. You’ll realize you’re on a journey in life and the destination doesn’t matter, at least not right now. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23- Dec. 21) - Get ready for unexpected events to occur, Sagittarius! You love to concoct idealistic plans for your life, but this week you’ll discover that your plans can be upended without any notice. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22- Jan. 19) - You’ll find it difficult to harness your personal power early this week, Capricorn. This week the Moon in ponderous Capricorn is quincunx Mars and you’ll discover that you’re driving with your foot on the brake. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20- Feb.18) - You’re a very idealistic soul, Aquarius. You usually see the good in others. This week you might become more practical as you interact with the world around you. PISCES (Feb. 19- March. 20) Check with an expert before you make a decision in an important matter in your life this week, Pisces. This week you’ll confront an issue that is beyond your insight and intuition.

Dyok...Dyok...Dyok!!! Isang araw nahuli ng anak ang magulang habang nagsesex. anak: ma, bakit po tumatalbog kayo sa ibabaw ni daddy? Ina: wala anak, pinaliliit ko lang ang tiyan ni daddy anak: wa epek yan.. kasi hinihipan ulit ni yaya. *** Teacher: ok class our lesson 4 today is about planet earth is the 3rd planed from the sun. now what is next to mercury? Pedro: murag rose pharmacy mn tingali mam! d ko lang sure. *** 1day me isang probinsyanong nag check in sa isang 5star hotel.. PROBINSYANO:wag nyu aq pinagloloko porket ba probinsyano aq kala nyu maiisahan nyu q bkit ganito ang kwarto q walang bintana walang banyo walang kama? TAGAHATID SA KWARTO:kalma lng po kayo sir nasa elevator palng po kayo.. *** Mommy1: Ano ang pinapainum mo sa baby mo? Mommy2: “promil” para sa matatag na pangarap...eh ikaw? Mommy1: “emperador” para sa totoong tagumpay! *** Pedro bumps a foreigner: Pedro: Ay sori Foreigner: Sori 2 Pedro: Sori3 Foreigner: Wat r u sori 4? Pedro: (kala mo bobo ako ha!) sori 5 Foreigner: I think u r SICK! Pedro: hahaha! Sick daw, SIX gani! *** 2 probnxano sumakay sa elavator, Berto: magkano ibabayd natin? Ricardo:tanga! bobo! gago! ignorante! bogok! stupido! Bakit ka magbayad eh wla png kunduk2r. *** a naked girl rode a taxi,d girl askd d drver,”bkit k nktitig?ngyon k lng b nkkita ng bbaeng nkhubad? DRIVER: d mis! iniisip ko kung san nkatago pmsahe mo?!?;-) ***

PAHALANG 1 Utusan 7 Tira 11 Gamit sa halalan 12 Bagot 13 Uri ng asido 14 Pagsasatono 15 Bitbit 16 Ikula 17 Piraso 19 Tawag sa kapatid na babae 20 Nota sa musika 22 Puerto sa Guam 24 Simbolo ng argon 25 Dusta 27 Materyals ng sastre 29 Gamit ng guardiya 31 “A” ng UAE 34 Puno ng punongkahoy 35 Pampatulog sa sanggol 36 Kutob 37 Imano 38 AKA ni Niño Mulach 39 Dambuhala sa dagat

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PABABA 1 Jose ___Santos 2 Wasto 3 Kasambahay 4 Awit 5 Air Transportation Office 6 Simbolo ng sodium 7 Angkan 8 Sabi nila 9 Soltero 10 Ibakod 14 Pataba 16 Itaob 18 Batong hiyas 20 Abano 21 Ilagay sa balikat 23 Bayan sa Pampanga 26 Igilid 28 Bayan sa Bataan 30 Gamit sa pagtulog 32 Nandiyan 33 Ms Loyzaga 35 ____Tokat 37 ImeldA Papin

Babae, huhugutin nga ba kitang muli sa aking tadyang?

LEO (July 22- Aug. 22) - Leo, you’re usually caught up in the moment, but on this week you’ll be feeling nostalgic. You’ll pour over childhood photo albums as you recapture the memories of your early youth.

LIBRA (Sept. 24-Oct. 23) - Libra, this week you’ll deal with issues in your residence when the Moon in your home sector is quincunx Venus, your ruler. Make sure you have a list of repair services handy.

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Sa mga nais humingi ng payo sa ‘Love Problem’ maaari lamang mag-text sa 09182019737 o mag-e-mail sa hanya_rey@yahoo.com GA’NO ka nga ba kahalaga sa aking buhay? Ikaw nga ba ang pag aalayan ko ng aking kamatayan o ang dahilan ng aking muling paghinga sa bawat sandaling ilalagi ko dito sa mundo na ang tanging yakap sa gabing malamig ay ang sakit ng iyong paglayo? Tuluyan ko na nga bang lagutin ang taling nagbibigkis sa iyo mula sa akin at hayaan ang aking kaluluwang matangay sa laot ng pag-iisa at pagdaramdam? Lumayo ka sa akin dahil hindi ko kayang ibigay ang gusto mong pagmamahal mula sa akin. Minsan, ang mga salita

mo’y rumirindi sa aking tainga, ang mga iyak mo’y sumusugat sa aking damdamin, ang sakit ng iyong mga paratang ay ikinatitigil ng aking dugo sa pagdaloy... minsa’y masyado kang nagiging maingay, minsa’y bigla kang magiging malambing pagkatapos ng mahabang pagsusungit... minsan nama’y hindi na kita kayang patigilin sa pagsasalita kaya minsan sinasabi ko sa’yo ano ba ang gusto mo at ayaw mo tumigil ng kakadakdak at pagbubunganga na ikinaririndi ng tainga ko at sana kahit sandali ay bigyan mo naman ng katahimikan ang aking kapaligiran.

Tuwing tinatanong ko sa iyo kung ano ang nais mo’y wala ka namang maibigay na sagot sa akin? At pagtalikod ko magugulat na lang ako na nagrereklamo ka na hindi ako marunong tumingin at makiramdam sa nararamdaman ng ibang tao, pero ano magagawa ko eh ganito na talaga ako at wala ng mababago sa akin kaya nga sinasabi ko sa’yo lumayo ka sa akin at hindi ko kayang ibigay ang mga gusto mo. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin ko sa’yo napakahirap mong intindihin. Ang maliit na bagay ay pilit mong pinapalaki ng wala namang katuturan hindi ka na bata para hindi ka makaintindi ng mga problemang ganyan, hindi tama ang maliit na pagtatalo’y lumalawig sa napakahabang argumento na wawakasan natin sa iyong paglayo, pagbagsak ng pinto, at hindi pagpapakita ng isang linggo. Hindi ko naging gawain ang pagsasabi ng salitang mahal kita, kaya’t

ito’y laging laman ng iyong mga hinanakit. kailan ko nga ba maaaring sabihin na sawa na ako sa iyong mga pagdududa? sa iyong walang hanggang pagseselos? sa iyong pusong nilalamon ng pag-aalinlangan at agam-agam? kailan? Bakit ba sa tuwing tayo’y nagtatalo, pinaparamdam mo sa akin na ikaw lamang ang may karapatang magalit at sumigaw dahil sa ating dalawa, ako ang salat sa pang-unawa? Ngunit hindi kita kayang kalimutan o hayaang tuluyang lumayo sa akin, dahil wala ng tutulad sa malumanay mong mga ngiti, sa mahiyain mong mga tingin, sa mabining haplos ng malambot mong kamay, sa mainit mong yakap, sa napakatamis mong ngiti, sa iyong pagmamahal na hindi kayang arukin ninuman. Huhugutin nga ba kitang muli sa aking tadyang... O itatanim sa aking puso magpakailanman?

Jail chief punished for Philippine warlord’s prison briefing A JAIL warden has been suspended after allowing a Muslim warlord standing trial for the Philippines’ worst political massacre hold a bizarre jailhouse news conference, officials said Thursday. The interior department said the warden had

been relieved of his duties amid an investigation after the defendant, Andal Ampatuan Jnr, spoke to the media outside his jail cell on Tuesday. Spokesmen for the department said the warden, Senior Inspector Lloyd Gonzaga, may have violat-

ed procedures for allowing the press conference, which generated outrage from the relatives of the massacre victims. The warden will be suspended until the results of the investigation are known, the spokesmen said. Ampatuan Jnr is charged with murder over the massacre of 57 people in the southern province of Maguindanao in November that prosecutors say was aimed at preventing a rival from running against him in the May 10 elections.

At the news conference, Ampatuan Jnr insisted on his innocence and then endorsed opposition candidate Benigno Aquino in the presidential race. Critics, including families of the victims, charged that the news conference was in fact orchestrated to embarrass Aquino — an archfoe of incumbent President Gloria Arroyo. Surveys show Aquino is likely to win the May 10 polls.

HINDI na nakayanan ng mga babaeng ito ang antok dala ng pagod at inip sa kahihintay ng kanilang trabaho bilang watcher ng iba’t-ibang politiko. Hoy akala nyo nasa bahay kayo. (Denz Tonel)

SPOILED B ALL OT’S-PIN AKIT A ni teacher ALICIA BALL ALLO T’S-PINAKIT AKITA LASAR (Chairman) ang spoiled ballot’s buhat sa Barangay 50. (Tondo). Ito ang nagging sanhi ng kaunting problema , sayang na boto buhat sa Jose Rizal Elementary School sa Tayuman, Dagupan. (Denz Tonel)

PAGP AP ASALAMA T-B AKAS ng kaligayahan ni Konsehal GPAP APASALAMA ASALAMAT -BAKAS Bobby “Moises” Lim ng unang distrito ng Tondo. Sa muling pagtitiwala sa ika dalawang termino bilang Konsehal. MABUHAY KAYO KONSEHAL. (Denz Tonel).

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PORMAL nang iprinoklama ng Commission on Election Officers ang mga nanalong opisyal sa lungsod ng ParaĂąaque, sa pangunguna ni Mayor Jun Bernabe, Vice-mayor Gus Tambunting, 1st dist. Congressman Edwin Olivarez, 2nd dist. Congressman Roilo Golez at

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mga konsehal isa na rito si 2nd dist. Councilor Benjo Bernabe, kamakailan sa San Antonio gym, ng lungsod, na dinaluhan ng mga supporters at kani-kanilang pamilya para sumaksi sa naturang tagumpay. (Mga kuha nina Denz Tonel, Rommel Mesina at Rommel Mirasol)


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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES City of P ar añaque Par arañaque PAN AWAGAN ANA SA MGA N AGB AB AYAD NG B UWIS NA GBAB ABA BUWIS PARA SA MGA MAMAMA YAN NG MAMAMAY LUNGSOD NG P ARAÑA QUE PARAÑA ARAÑAQ IPINABABATID KO SA LAHAT NG MGA TAGA-LUNGSOD NG PARAÑAQUE KAUGNAY SA INYONG MGA ARI-ARIANG DI NATITINAG (REAL PROPERTIES) AT DOON SA MGA BUSINESS TAXPAYERS DITO SA ATING LUNGSOD. KUNG KAYO MAN PO AY MAYROON PANG MGA PAGKAKAUTANG SA BUWIS (REAL PROPERTY TAX), MANGYARI PO LAMANG NA MAKIPAGUGNAYAN KAYO SA LALONG MADALING PANAHON SA TANGGAPAN NG INGAT-YAMAN. SAPAGKAT SA MGA BUWIS NA INYONG IBINABAYAD AY NAKIKITA SA KAANYUAN NG MGA PROYEKTO NITO, PAGPAPAUNLAD AT PANGUNAHING SERBISYO PARA SA BAYAN. PAALALA SA MGA REAL ESTATE AT BUSINESS TAXPAYERS NG PARAÑAQUE IWASAN ANG PAGKAKAANTALA PARA SA QUARTERLY DEADLINES

HON ORENCIO M. BERN ABE, JR. HON.. FL FLORENCIO BERNABE, City Mayor JESUSA E. CUNET A CUNETA OIC - Treasurer REAL TY TAXES REALTY 1 QTR.-MARCH 30, 2010 2ND QTR.-JUNE 30, 2010 RD 3 QTR.-SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 4TH QTR.-DECEMBER 31, 2010 ST

WITH 10% DISCOUNT JANUARY 20, 2010 APRIL 20, 2010 JULY 20, 2010 OCTOBER 20, 2010

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Wedding customs, Pinoy style!

TRADITIONAL marriage customs in the Philippines and Filipino wedding practices pertain to the characteristics of marriage and wedding traditions established and adhered to by Filipino men and women in the Philippines after a period of courtship and engagement. These traditions extend to other countries around the world where Filipino communities exist. Kasalan is the Filipino word for “wedding”[1], while its root word – kasal – means “marriage”.The present-day character of marriages and weddings in the Philippines were primarily influenced by the permutation of native, Christian, Catholic, Protestant, Spanish, and American models. HISTORY. A typical ancient traditional Filipino wedding, during pre-colonial times, is held for three days and was officiated by a babaylan, a tribal priest or priestess.The house of the babaylan was the ceremonial center for the nuptial. On the first day, the couple was brought to the priest’s home, where the babaylan blesses them, while their hands are joined over a container of uncooked rice. On the third day, the priest would prick their chests to draw a small amount of blood, which will be placed on a container to be mixed with water. After announcing their love for each other for three times, they were fed by the priest with cooked rice coming from a single container. Afterwards, they were to drink the water that was mixed with their blood. The priest proclaimed that they are officially wed after their necks and hands were bound by a cord or ,sometimes, once their long hairs had been entwined together. In lieu of the babaylan, the datu or a wise elder may also officiate a pre-colonial Filipino wedding. After the pre-colonial wedding ceremony, while at the just-married couple’s residence, a series of giving-ofgifts ritual was also done to

counter the negative responses of the bride if asked to enter her new home, if she refuses to go up the stairs of the dwelling, if she denies to participate in the marriage banquet, or even to go into her new bedroom, a room she would be sharing with her spouse.

Spanish colonialism brought changes to these marriage rituals because of the teachings and conversion efforts of Spanish missionaries, which occurred as early as the 18th century. As a result, the majority of currentday Filipino weddings became predominantly Christian or Catholic in character, which is also because of the mostly Catholic population, although indigenous traditions still exist today in other regions of the Philippines. Parts of Filipino wedding ceremonies have become faith-centered and God-centered, which also highlights the concept that the joining of two individuals is a “life long commitment” of loving and caring. In general, the marriage itself does not only signify the union of two persons, but also the fusion of two families, and the unification two clans. REQUIREMENTS. The following are the legal requirements that must be met in order to marry in the Philippines. To be specific, the exact wordings as stated in Philippine marriage law are presented as follows: Legal capacity of the contracting parties who must be a male and a female, 18 years old and above

Tips for the June Bride Why go contemporary when you can go vintage with your wedding dress? Every bride wants to look her best and unique on her very special wedding day. There is probably no better way to become unique than going out from the norms. Why go contemporary when you can go vintage? Classics have always been so beautiful because it harkens you back to an earlier era – an era which is far from the other brides like you are in right now. You will perhaps be the most unique bride in town! However, going vintage with your wedding dress still poses some pitfalls and you should watch out for these when you are shopping for one! Here they are: 1. Avoid wedding dresses with stains or those that need repairs. Since they are vintage, there must be some stains, holes and runs on them. So be very careful and check carefully the wedding dress that you are eyeing to wear on your wedding day. 2. Don’t trust the oldest dresses. Fabrics do run so again, check the vintage wedding dress really carefully. 3. Set your budget before shopping. Vintage are still in so don’t expect that their price are out. Set your budget first unless you want to really get disappointed. 4. Regular size isn’t the size in vintage wedding dresses. As humans grow bigger and taller, fabrics and clothing materials shrink and go smaller and shorter. So, make sure to get the size that is higher in figure and number.

without any impediment to get married; Consent freely given in the presence of the solemnizing officer; Authority of the solemnizing officer (only incumbent member of the judiciary; priest, rabbi, imam, or minister of any church or religious sect duly authorized by his church or religious sect and registered with the civil registrar general;

ship captain or airplane chief, military commander of a unit to which a chaplain is assigned, in the absence of the latter, during a military operation only in marriages at the point of death; and consul-general, consul or vice-consul only between Filipino citizens abroad are authorized by law to solemnize marriage). Marriage law in the Philippines also requires couples to attend a semin a r o n family planning before the wedding day in order to become responsib l e famil y

life and parenthood. The seminar is normally conducted at a city hall or a municipal council. Some officiating ministers or churches require the couple to present a certificate of no marriage record (CENOMAR), on top of or together with the marriage license and the authority of the solemnizing officer. The CENOMAR can be secured from the National Statistics Office or its designated offices and branches. MARRIAGE PROPOSAL. The traditional marriage proposal in the Philippines takes the form of the pamanhikan or pamamanhikan or the “parental marriage proposal”, a formal way of asking the parents of the Filipino woman for her hand. In this custom, the would-be groom and his father and mother go to the would-bride’s home. Gifts of food or other items are brought by the proposing family. Once the proposal has been accepted, other matters discussed during this meeting include the wedding plan, the date of the wedding, the budget for the wedding, and the list of guests. The expenses for the wedding are generally shouldered by the family of the groom. WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT. After the pamamanhikan, the couple performs the pa-alam or “wedding announcement visitations”. In this custom, the couple goes to the homes of relatives to inform the latter of their status as a couple and the schedule of their nuptial. It is also during this visits when the couple personally delivers their wedding invitations. The typical Filipino wedding invitation contains the date and venue for the wedding ceremony and for the wedding reception, as well as the names and

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roles of the principal sponsors of the bride. Weddings in the Philippines are commonly held during the month of June. CEREMONIAL PROTOCOL. Wedding attire: Barong Tagalog; A Filipino groom wearing a collarless version of the Barong Tagalog. Bride’s garment; The Filipino bride’s attire is typically made of a custom-made white wedding gown. This is from the American influence of dressing the woman on her wedding day. Groom’s apparel; The Filipino groom’s clothing is the Barong Tagalog, a formal and traditional transparent, embroidered and button-up shirt made from jusi (also spelled as husi) fabric made from pineapple fibers. This formal Filipino male’s apparel is worn untucked with a white Tshirt beneath, and over a black pair of pants. Generally, the wedding ceremony proper in the Philippines includes the celebration of a one-hour long mass. The Filipino groom arrives one hour earlier than the Filipina bride for the purpose of receiving wedding guests at the church. The bride will arrive later onboard a wedding car, then gets off the vehicle to meet her waiting groom. The groom could be waiting with his parents. Afterwards, the groom and the bride performs the bridal procession or the wedd i n g march. Duri n g the

nuptial, the bride holds an heirloom rosary along with her traditional bridal bouquet. Ceremonial sponsors, witnesses, and participants. The principal wedding sponsors – also known as special sponsors, primary sponsors, counselors, or witnesses of the marriage ceremony – chosen by the wouldbe spouses normally includes a multiple set of pairs of godparents (typically a total of 12 individual godparents composed of 6 godmothers or ninang, and 6 godfathers or ninong). Chosen secondary sponsors are made up of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and 3 more pairs of wedding attendants. The wedding attendants are responsible for the special parts of lighting the wedding candles, placing the veil and the cords on

the couple being wed.Other official ceremonial participants are children, usually males, with the role of being the coin bearer and the ring bearer. Ceremonial paraphernalia in Filipino weddings include the wedding rings, the wedding arrhae, the wedding candles, the wedding veils, and the wedding cord. The ring bearer acts as the holder and keeper of the rings until the exchanging of rings is performed, while the coin bearer acts as the holder and keeper of the arrhae until it is offered and given by the groom to his bride. Among the secondary sponsors or wedding attendants, three pairs –

each pair consists of a male and female secondary sponsors – are chosen to function as lighters of the wedding candles, handlers of the wedding veils, and placers of the wedding cord. Wedding rings and the ar-

rhae. After the exchange of wedding rings by the couple, the groom gives the wedding arrhae to his bride. The arrhae is a symbol of his “monetary gift” to the bride because it is composed of 13 pieces of gold, or silver, coins, a “pledge” that the groom is devoted to the welfare and well-being of his wife and future offspring. Both rings and arrhae are blessed first by the priest during the wedding. Wedding candles. The lighters of the wedding candles, known as the candle sponsors, lights the pair of candles on each side of the couple. For Christians, this embodies the

presence of God in the marital union. From any of these lighted pair of candles, the bride and the groom will then light a solitary candle, known as the “unity candle” which signifies the joining of their two families. For Christians, this lighting of a single candle symbolizes the invocation of Jesus Christ into their life as a married couple. The use of the unity candle is rooted from Protestantism. Wedding veils. After the ritual of lighting candles, a pair of secondary sponsors known as the veil sponsors will drape and pin a long and white-colored tulle veil over the shoulder of the groom, while another veil is draped on the head of the bride. These two veils signify the clothing of two individuals who have become one due to the ceremony of marriage. Another form of veiling ritual is the placing of a single white veil over the shoulder of the groom and on the bride’s head. Wedding cord. After the veiling ritual, the pair of secondary sponsors, known as the cord sponsors, will then drape a cord over the shoulders of the groom and the bride. This decorative cord is called the yugal and is customarily shaped or looped to form the figure of the number

8, a shape that signifies “everlasting fidelity”. Specifically, each loop of the cord is placed around the invidual neck-and-shoulder area of the bride and the groom. Apart from being made of silk, variations of the make of the wedding cord also include being a string of flowers and as links of coins. All of these signifies infinite marital bond. Wedding reception. During the reception, it is typical to use a pair of white male and female doves (placed in a bell-shaped white cage or receptacle hanging from the ceiling, which can be opened by pulling ribbons or cords). These doves symbolize marital harmony and peace. After their release from their cage, the person who catches them may take them home to rear as pets. Tossing the bouquet is not the common practice for the bride. Instead, the bride proffers it to the Virgin Mary, to a patron saint, or placed over the grave of a deceased family member or relative. Filipino Muslim wedding. A wedding dance performed by a Yakan couple from Mindanao. Filipino Muslims in the Mindanao region of the Philippines commonly practice pre-arranged marriages and betrothal. These marital discussions involve the agreement on the dowry. The Tausog people’s wedding include the pangalay, a celebration or announcement performed by means of the playing of percussion instruments like as the gabbang, the kulintang, and the agong. Included in the wedding ceremony that is officiated by an Imam are readings taken from the Quran and the placement of the groom’s fingerprint on the forehead of the bride. *** WEDDING SUPERSTITIONS. FILIPINOS HAVE ALSO DEVELOPED SUPERSTITIONS THAT ARE RELATED TO MARRIAGE AND WEDDINGS. Pre-colonial Filipino superstitions include the groom or the bride should avoid traveling before the nuptial to prevent accidents from happening, the bride must not wear pearls as these are similar to tears, performing a procession composed of men holding bolo knives and musicians playing agongs to drive away evil spirits. This march was also carried out after the wedding ceremony until the newlywed couple reaches their abode. The purpose of this procession is similar to the current practice of breaking plates during the wedding reception, in order to shoo away bad luck. During Spanish colonization, the Spaniards introduced new superstitions, such as the avoidance of activities that may cause broken marriages or sadness and regret. These include not wearing wedding gowns in advance, not wearing garments that are colored black, and not offering sharp objects as gifts. Other Filipino beliefs include that typhoons occurring on wedding days may bring bad fortune; that – after the wedding ceremony – the bride should walk ahead of her husband or step on his foot to prevent being dominated by the male spouse; that an extinguished candle during the ceremony served as an omen that the groom or the bride will die soon (depending on which candle was smothered by the wind, the one at the groom’s side or the bride’s side); and that an accidentally dropped wedding ring, wedding veil, or wedding arrhae will cause marital misery. Superstitious beliefs that provide good fortune include showering the married couple with uncooked rice because this wishes them a prosperous life together; the


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