December 23, 2006 in general
By ART B. BELISARIO
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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 →
Ni BRENDA S. DACPANO
Makán, mangán, kaán….. Adu ti makan ita a panawen ti Krismas agingga iti baro a tawen.
Ugali tayon a Pinoy ti agsagana ti adu a makan nangruna ita a panawen ti panaguummong dagiti pamilya. Ngem no dadduma adu unay met, ket no kua adu ti matedda. Adda ditoy dagiti resipi nga insaganak para kadagiti tedtedda a makan a mabalin nga aramiden tapno agbalin a baro manen ti tedtedda. Read the rest of this entry →
Natukkol a paragpag
Ti natukkol a paragpag ket saan a kadawyan a makatudok iti bara. No aguyek ti tao nga addaan dara a rumuar wenno marigatan nga aganges mabalin a nadangran ti bara na. Ipakita a dagus iti mangngagas. Read the rest of this entry →
Despite GMA, JDV withdrawal of Con Ass
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 14) — Veteran anti-martial law activist and human rights lawyer Pablito Sanidad urges th Filipino people to be extra vigilant for any move to change the constitution despite the withdrawal of the Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Speaker Jose De Venecia from the Constituent Assembly (ConAss) as a mode of introducing constitutional changes.
Sanidad reiterates that vigilance is needed as House Resolution No. 197 – which calls for a Senate-less ConAss – was archived which they (GMA allies in the House) can revive anytime. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 15) — Indigenous peoples (IP) in the Cordillera are wary that pro-IP provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution might be removed should the charter change pushes through.
In an interview, Johnny Sawadan, deputy secretary-general of the Cordillera Elder’s Alliance (CEA) said “Aside from the provisions specifically for IP’s, positive provisions in the Bill of Rights and other provisions on national patrimony and economic policies are up for alteration and that which would be detrimental not only to IPs”. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (December 16) — Despite the outward glamor and fairly high salaries of working in call centers — things that are valued by many college-level youth nowadays — some painful trade-offs remain obvious, most of all to the call-center employees themselves.
Here are some of the more direct concerns and problems that have arisen from the phenomenal growth of call centers. Read the rest of this entry →
Hold GMA administration accountable for muzzling of the press, grave HR abuses
BAGUIO CITY ( Dec. 10) — The College Editors Guild of the Philippines Baguio-Benguet Chapter condemned the spate of killings that include more than 45 journalists; the libel raps filed by the First Gentleman against 42 reporters, editors and publishers and the railroading of Charter Change on their 6th Provincial Congress held at Itogon, Benguet on December 9 and 10.
“We’re living under a de facto Martial Law,” said Anjo Rey Cerdeña, newly-elected Chairperson of CEGP-BB. According to the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance, there have been more than 790 cases of human rights violations since Arroyo took power in 2001. “Youth, students and members of the campus press are not spared by the violence perpetrated by the warmongers in the government and its military sidekicks.” Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 14) — A youth leader was shot dead inside of his house at San Jose, Rizal, Cagayan.
Ambut Asocena, 20 years old, a Sanguniang Kabataang Barangay chairman who is also a member of Anakbayan and KAGUIMUNGAN, suffered 3 gunshot wounds (2 from a M16 and 1 from M14 rifle) on his chest and died instantly.
According to Isabelo Adviento, witnesses saw 6 men in ski mask who wore combat boots shot Asocena. # via NORDIS
BAGUIO CITY (Dec.13) — Housing loan interest rates are lowered by the Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees for the prospective member borrowers.
Officer-in-charge Jocelyn Necesito, Pag-IBIG Baguio branch, said that loan packages, surcharge rates and the repayment periods have been adjusted to the benefit of its members, effective last November 23. Read the rest of this entry →
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (Dec. 12) — A court employee became the most recent victim of unabated killings in Abra province, touted as Northern Luzon’s “Killing Fields”, according to a police report.
Lucrecia Cardenas Peralta, 56, a court interpreter at the Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Pidigan town, Abra was reportedly shot at a close range in the head with an M16 assault rifle by unidentified gunmen at around 5:00 A.M. on Monday iat barangay Tangadan, San Quintin town, where she lives. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 14) — The city’s elective and administrative officials appeared divided over the management of the Asin hydroelectric plants after Hedcor reportedly decided to turn over the facilities on December 26 despite claims by the local council that it could manage the facilities.
“We do not have the capacity at present to manage the hydro-electric plants,” a Baguio City councilor said in an interview. Read the rest of this entry →
VIGAN CITY (Dec. 13) — Youth leaders vowed to defend human rights amid undeclared martial law and state terror under the Arroyo government, conveners said during the launching of its Youth Alliance for the Advancement of Human Rights (Tanggulan).
During the “Coffee Talk with Tanggulan”, Marcillus Chi, convener of Tanggulan said it is timely to launch the human rights network to further expose the Arroyo regime’s worst human rights record after the ousting of Marcos dictatorship in 1986. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 15) — As Migrante-Metro Baguio commemorates December 18 as International Migrants Day, the group calls for the ouster of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) saying that GMA “has no moral ground to lead” the country.
Migrante Chair Flora Belinan reiterated that Filipinos are among the most oppressed migrant workers in the world and the GMA administration failed to protect overseas Filipino workers (OFW). She added that the present administration is even encouraging more Filipinos to work abroad through its labor export policy. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 1) — Workers of Philex Mining Corporation are now facing problems with the management’s “two-shift” policy which started on November 1.
According to an underground miner (name withheld), Philex workers disagree with the new shifts because it is clear under Article VII Section 2 in their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which states that “the normal hours of work shall be eight hours per day” with the option to work overtime. He added that workers are exposed to health hazards and unsafe working conditions if they work for a longer period. Read the rest of this entry →
By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW
SAGADA, Mt. Province (Dec. 11) — A twenty-five (25) kilowatt micro hydro project recently electrified 35 households among the Mabaca tribe of Bayawong, Balbalan, Kalinga on November 30.
While homes powered by commercial electricity contend with high prices of electricity the agriculture-dependent villagers of the joint project of the Montañosa Research and Development Center (MRDC) and the Mabaca tribe of Bayawong, only contribute a minimal monthly dues which they can afford. Read the rest of this entry →
By PINK-JEAN FANGON MELEGRITO
Blurred shots from digital video camera. Themes coming from the outskirts, railroads, bay walks. People are stories themselves. Alternatively, sometimes just like a TV commercial. Parcel by parcel, bit by bit, you get to know them.
That is how Emmanuel Dela Cruz and Raymond Lee put premium life on screen. The two have been sparring partners for quite some time now since they have established UFO Pictures together with three other screenwriters and producers from both worlds of television and commercial films. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 16) — Matagumpay na naidaos ng Kabataang Makabayan-Demokratiko a Tignay ti Agtutubo ti Kordilyera (KM-DATAKO) ng Metro Baguio ang dalawang linggong pagdiriwang nito ng ika-42 taong anibersaryo ng pagkakatatag. Ang KM-DATAKO ang rebolusyonaryong kilusang lihim ng mga kabataan at estudyante sa Kordilyera at alyadong organisasyon ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
Allegedly jueteng fronts operated by Baguio local execs
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 14) — Jueteng operations in the city allegedly hiding under the cloak of legalized bingo met a big stumbling block on Thursday noon when Cordillera policemen simultaneously raided “gambling dens” including a barangay hall.
At least 49 alleged jueteng “kobradores and revisadores” were hauled to Camp Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet to face violations of anti-gambling laws as Cordillera police intelligence and investigation division chief Sr. Supt. Ulysses Abellera insisted that the “bingo sa barangay” operation in the city and adjacent towns here is actually jueteng. “We have confirmed reports that it is jueteng and not bingo,” Abellera told reporters after the raid. Read the rest of this entry →