Best Christmas gift
LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET (Dec. 20) — Nine punks who were released today and their lawyers pointed out that lapses on police work caused innocent civilians unfathomable sufferings and police brutality in jail, as they appealed for an improved justice system to save the innocents from incarceration.
The nine were among 11 arrested on February this year by the Benguet Philippine National Police (PNP) for allegedly raiding a military detachment in Mankayan, Benguet, a mining town. Two of them, being minors, were earlier released. Read the rest of this entry →
12th journalist killed in 2006
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 21) — A male broadcaster was mercilessly stabbed several times by a still unknown attacker while he was on his way home on Wednesday night in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
Andres “Andy” Acosta, 46 of the DZJC Action Radyo, an affiliate network of the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) died at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital, also in Batac at around 10:30. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 21) — Cordillera police has beefed up its forces in Abra province, in a very tensed situation now, intending to douse fears of further violence.
Cordillera police spokesman Sr. Supt. Joseph Adnol said 50 more policemen from Cordillera and a platoon more of Special Action Force were dispatched “to secure the province”. Read the rest of this entry →
TUGUEGARAO CITY (Dec. 19) — A youth leader was killed while a 64-year old farmer survived an attack in two separate incidents in Cagayan province, a local chapter of the militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) reported yesterday.
In a statement e-mailed to the press, the council of leaders of Kagimungan condemned the latest spate of killings in Cagayan. The statement is particularly referring to the killing of Anakbayan member Nelson Asucena on December 15 and the attempted murder of Roque Frence on December 17. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 23) – A human rights watchdog in the Cordillera claimed that the Task Force Usig of the Philippine National Police conducted an investigation on the killing of peasant leader Jose Doton at the PNP headquarter in San Nicolas, Pangasinan on December 22.
The investigation on the Doton case is to be conducted upon the order of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is allegedly being pressured by the Japanese government and various non-government to solve the killing before the release of billions of pesos for an irrigation project related with the San Roque Dam Project, shared Imelda Tabiando, deputy secretary-general of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA). Read the rest of this entry →
TUGUEGARAO CITY (Dec. 10) — A university president’s son, a janitor and two others believed to be hired goons reportedly mulled two student leaders of the Cagayan State University (CSU) after the duo hung two protest streamers at a waiting shed opposite the university’s main gate on December 7.
Richard Perez, son of Dr. Roger Perez, CSU president was seen by witnesses to have allegedly signaled the assault on Alexander de la Paz II and Jess Marie Acoba, both student leaders of CSU, who admitted having hung streamers calling for the older Perez’es ouster. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 15) — The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and the Organisasyon dagiti Nakurapay nga Umili ti Syudad (Ornus), an urban poor group here agreed that anti-poverty programs of the government failed to improve the lives of Filipino families.
NAPC Secretary Domingo Panganiban in a press conference admitted that poverty alleviation programs of the government in the past were “hit and miss” solutions because of the lack of enough information and understanding of the particularity of cases of poverty in the different municipalities of the country. He explained that poverty incidence in the urban area is different from the rural area. Read the rest of this entry →
SAN JUAN, Ilocos Sur (Dec. 19) — Trying to make it to the Guinness Book Of World Records for its locally produced buri mat and presenting on December 27 the prospective World’s Longest Buri Mat, local folk here are getting excited and ecstatic as the D-day draws near.
Getting ready for their first ever “Buri Festival” on December 27 – 30, 2006, town Mayor Benjamin Sarmiento said his town mates have started to weave a 4-kilometer sleeping mat that will be laid down along the streets during the opening of the festival on the December 27. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 18) — Bong, not his real name, is now both mother and father to his three-year old son, after his wife, a dentist, left for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on June 2, 2005. His wife keeps on texting him that her employer changed the contract she signed in the airport, did not give her salaries as agreed upon, and gave her a job as an assistant to a hospital dentist.
Bong and Jun, are among protesting families and friends of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from the Cordillera who celebrated the UN-declared Migrants’ Day on December 18 with a lot of worries for their kin. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 18) — Itinerant vendors considered illegal in Baguio City may find a place to sell their wares during designated time this yuletide season as acting Vice-mayor Leandro Yangot, in his capacity as acting mayor last week signed Administrative Order 203 allowing an experimental night market in the city.
Yangot in his order dated December 15 said that while the city government is bent on completely ridding public easements of illegal vendors, the spirit of Christmas exhorts compassion and tolerance to allow the use of specific areas to accommodate itinerant vendors for their selling activities as in previous years. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 19) — Alleged jueteng operations hiding under the cloak of legalized bingo games is stiffly facing Cordillera policemen’s drive to stamp out the illegal numbers game.
In yet another raid three days after they again swooped down on two “gambling dens” including a barangay hall last week netting 49 alleged jueteng “kubradores (bet collectors) and revisadores (bet reviewers)”, another 18 were hauled to Camp Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet on Monday afternoon to face violations of anti-gambling laws as Cordillera police intelligence and investigation division chief Sr. Supt. Ulysses Abellera insists that the “bingo sa barangay” operation in the city and adjacent towns in Benguet is actually jueteng. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 20) — Administrative Order 202-2006 dated December 15 created the Ad Hoc Management Committee for the Asin Hydro-electric Plants.
Initially stalled after Acting Mayor Reinaldo Bautista left without acting on the council Resolution 258 the other week, the order was finally signed when Acting Vice-mayor Leandro Yangot assumed the mayoralty seat last week. Read the rest of this entry →
Another Christian season of joy has arrived; another year is about to bow out of the front pages into recent history.
As the whole of Christendom celebrates the birth of Jesus two thousand years ago, other religions celebrate similar festivals that fall on roughly the same range of dates. The Islamic Eid ul-Adha falls on Dec. 30-31 this year. The modern Hindu also observe Pancha Ganapati, a festival to their five-faced Elephant God. Read the rest of this entry →
By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW
(Can-aw Michelle Allad-iw, my grade four daughter, is guest for the advocate. Her piece was re-printed from Damag, the official Tagalog publication of the Elementary Department of Easter College.—Ed)
Papalamig na ang simoy ng hangin. Palatandaang paparating na ang Pasko. Unti-unti na ding nararamdaman ang init ng diwa ng Pasko.
Pero ano ang kahulugan o diwa ng Pasko? Read the rest of this entry →
By MARY ANN MANJA BAYANG
If Jesus Christ were alive today, what would he be doing this Christmas? Will he be attending a wedding at Cannah? Feeding the hungry and quenching the thirst of the thirsty? Healing the sick on Sabbath day? Throwing a feast for the prodigal son?
Will he be in Iraq cradling a lifeless body of an infant, or be in Disneyland enjoying a vacation? Will he be in Africa giving water to a thin hungry child suffering from AIDS, or be frolicking in the beaches of the Caribbean? Will he be in Afghanistan healing the wounds of war, or be in the land of milk and honey drowning in wealth and wine? Read the rest of this entry →
By KATHLEEN T. OKUBO
It was International Human Rights Day when I had to bid the greatest man in my life goodbye and on the following Saturday we – his sons, grandchildren and great grandson, friends and relatives – buried him in his garden with my mother and my younger brother.
I was also a son to him like the rest of my brothers for a long sometime … whenever he had to call us as a brood for dinner, to help load or unload the wagon, or to go to school, he always shouted out: “Boys! …” And I was part of that until I was at the age of crushes and dates, when he and my brothers, like me, would all turn nervous and fidgety while waiting for my date. After that first visit, my rowdy family of males teased and joked me about it so much that I had to run to my Mom for refuge and instead we also end up laughing at their antics. Read the rest of this entry →
By ARTEMIO A. DUMLAO
On Dec. 19, the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines – perhaps the largest journalist group in the country with over 30 provincial chapters nationwide – launched its 20 Steps to Safety campaign back-to-back with the Media Guide on HIV/AIDS Reporting at the Newsdesk Café in Quezon City, in Subic, and also in Iloilo City. Read the rest of this entry →
By REV. LUNA L. DINGAYAN
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased.” — Luke 2:14
War on Terror
According to the Lukan Gospel, Jesus was born when Augustus was the emperor of the Roman Empire and Quirinius was the governor of Syria (Lk.2:1-2). In other words, Jesus was born when Palestine was under Roman colonization and domination. Emperor Augustus introduced a foreign policy that looks like an ancient version of a “war on terror” popularly known as Pax Romana (Roman Peace), wherein the Roman Empire tried to maintain “peace and order” and to quell every form of rebellion throughout its territory by the use of military force, state terrorism, and political killings. Read the rest of this entry →
By TITO SANQUI SR.
Today is Christmas eve! People are now busy preparing for tomorrow- Christmas day. But in the rush of this season let us not forget its meaning – giving; but not only gifts and material things but more importantly quality time with our loved ones. One special way to spend quality time with them is of course, through biking. Read the rest of this entry →