February 25, 2007 in general
February 25, 2007 in general
By TITO SANQUI
At last I made it! This was my first thought as I rolled in to the finish line of the biking competition I joined last Saturday in Rosales, Pangasinan. The Rosalenian Mountain Bike Extreme Challenge was the first biking competition I ever had the guts and nerves to join. It was sponsored by the graduates of the Rosales National High School Batch ’88 in cooperation with the Department of Tourism in Pangasinan and is now on its second year.
BIKERS. Baguio-Benguet bikers in Rosales, Pangasinan biking competition.
The Baguio-Benguet delegation left Baguio City at 5:00 in the morning and arrived at Rosales around eight. Our bodies immediately reacted to the change in temperature which is incidentally one of the many lessons I learned in joining this competition always expect the changes in temperature in the competition venues and take the necessary measures to be able to adjust to the weather of the place. Easier said than done! Though I expected the place to be warm, it was difficult to adjust for the first few minutes, especially for the bikers of Baguio and Benguet who were used to the cold climate of the highlands. Read the rest of this entry →
Ni BRENDA S. DACPANO
Nalaka ti kamatis ita. Magatang iti 10 pisos kada kilo wenno kada atado. No maranaan pay dagiti aglaklako no sumipnget ilako da iti “presyo ti agawid” wenno ‘tay “paibus” a kuna da a lima pisos kada kilo. Idiay Pangasinan, 3 pisos ti maysa kilo.
Adu ti mabalin a pamay-an iti kamatis tapno maipreseba daytoy. Maysa ditoy ti sinam-it (tomato jam) a palaman iti pandesal wenno tinapay wenno kas dessert. Mabalin met nga ilako daytoy no adu ti aramiden yo. Masapul laeng a maisterilisa dagiti usaren a garapon tapno maipreserba iti nabaybayag. Read the rest of this entry →
Panagplano iti sumaruno a panagbisita
Mamin-ano ti panagbisita (frequency)
Ti masikog ket masapul a mabisita uray maminsan iti uneg ti maysa a bulan iti umuna a 7 a bulan ken maminsan iti uneg ti maysa a lawas manipud iti maika-8 a bulan aginggana agpasngay. Dagiti inna a delikado ti salun-at da ket mabisita koma a masansan dagiti community health workers. Read the rest of this entry →
Victims’ kin long for justice
BAGUIO CITY (Feb. 17) — Believing that justice is not elusive, survivors of the victims of extra-judicial killings in the Cordillera, Ilocos, Cagayan and Central Luzon regions presented cases involving their kin to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions who is on an official visit in the country upon invitation of the Philippine government.
UN Special Rapporteur Prof. Philip Alston heard the testimonies of the families, survivors and witnesses of at least 14 cases of extra-judicial killings from four regions north of Manila. The hearing is part of Alston’s February 10 to 21 visit to the Philippines to hear cases in various parts of the country. Read the rest of this entry →
SAN NICOLAS, Pangasinan (Feb. 14) — Almost nine months after Jose Doton was gunned down, his heirs remain hopeful at bringing the assassins to justice.
Ray Doton, Jose’s only son told Nordis the family will not give up until the culprits are brought behind bars. Read the rest of this entry →
BANGUED, Abra (Feb. 16) — “Thou shall not kill”, the fifth commandment of the Almighty God, seems to be the most appropriate political campaign slogan in this province where many elected officials were allegedly slain as a means of silencing strong political contenders.
There seems to be contests in election posters as these (posters) have already began dirtying walls in many parts of the country. But particularly in this capital town, bond size posters cover most of the street walls. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Feb. 17) —Committed to clean and honest elections, different groups and concerned individuals launched the Baguio-Benguet People’s Watch (BBP Watch) for the 2007 polls today at the Cathedral of the Resurrection Mission Center, here.
BBP Watch called on to take up the challenge of monitoring the 2007 election and watch out for attempts to defraud or cheat the people of their freedom to chose their leaders. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Feb. 13) — Farmers need built-in mechanisms for pricing, a researcher from the Cordillera peasant alliance said in reaction to the agriculture secretary’s bid to provide Benguet farmers additional outlets for Manila consumers.
Fernando Bagyan, researcher of the Alyansa ti Pesante iti Taeng Kordilyera (Apit Tako or alliance of peasants in the Cordillera homeland) said farmers of not only temperate vegetables but also of almost all agricultural produce face problems of unfair trade due to the absence of government post-harvest assistance mechanisms. Read the rest of this entry →
TUBLAY, Benguet (Feb. 16) — A mining company here has long ceased operations, but the community still blames it for the poor agriculture in the area, a scion of the Ibaloi Cosalan clan told delegates of the Organic Agriculture Congress.
Marlene Cosalan, daughter of the late Enrique Cosalan and one of the heirs to the vast ENCA farms in Tublay, a primary agricultural town, blames environmental damage of the Tublay estate to the mining operations of the Sto. Niño Mines in the 70’s and 80’s. Read the rest of this entry →
BAGUIO CITY (Feb. 14) — The BGH flyover will not be finished this 2007 due to lack of funds.
Earlier Engineer Arnold Agcamaran of the M.G. Lualhati Construction Corporation, a general contractor for the BGH flyover construction said an additional P280 million is needed for the completion of the BGH flyover. Engineer Gil Nuque of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), however said P116 million is needed for the completion of Phases I to IV of the flyover. Read the rest of this entry →
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (Feb. 13) — A mayor, councilor and three others were arrested after authorities seized illegal drugs and paraphernalia from them last Saturday, February 10 in Bangued , Abra.
Langiden Mayor Felix Angeles Castillo, 67; his son Danglas Concilor Nonito Wilbur Castillo, 33; Evelyn Pudok Castillo, 37; Cristina Bobido Molina, 20; Diony Macario Trinidad, 32 and Rodel Trinidad, 29 were arrested after Task Force Abra police raided the mayor’s house and allegedly seized shabu and drug paraphernalia from them. Read the rest of this entry →
Sometimes it is more entertaining to dream. A possible dream: Once upon the-near-future there yet may be a movie ad that goes – A Filipino Movie title: MELO COMMISSION (PG) (Isang palabas ng OPS Films, Inc., Rehimeng Arroyo Productions)
And, then a movie review would read:
“The script is based on a true-to-life story of some 832 victims of summary killings and 193 forced disappearances in a small country somewhere in the Far East whose killers were not all brought to justice because the-powers-that-be shamelessly tried to bury all evidence and witnesses both figuratively and literally, in the paper work, in the bureaucracy and erase the command of responsibility…” Dream on. Read the rest of this entry →
Solemn hall. Quite environment. Serious faces.
They came from various provinces of the Cordillera, Ilocos, Cagayan and Central Luzon regions. They have a mission in life today Saturday: to testify on extra-judicial and summary killings of their relatives. This day is not ordinary. Neither are the people they were going to meet. They were to testify to a meeting with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur on extra-Judicial Killings Prof. Philip Alston. Read the rest of this entry →
By MARY ANN “MANJA” BAYANG
Atty. Manja Bayang is giving her space for the contribution of Eva Luna. — Ed
My brother who is a doctor says that a fever is the body’s mechanism for fighting and eliminating harmful and dangerous viruses that have invaded our body. Pondering on this, I realized that perhaps the term Election Fever is apt – there are so many harmful and dangerous politicians in office and the Election is the only legitimate means we can get rid of them (although, of course, it is debatable whether or not those who eventually win aren’t also harmful and dangerous!) Read the rest of this entry →
By KATHLEEN T. OKUBO
We give way this week to reprint the NUJP statement on the refusal to provide media an official copy of the Melo Commission tasked by the President to investigate the cases of political killings in the country. — KTO
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) strongly condemns President Arroyo’s decision to withhold the Melo report from the media.
The decision highlights once more this administration’s policy of governance by exigency and spin. Read the rest of this entry →
By REV. LUNA L. DINGAYAN
“Moses said to God, ‘I am nobody. How can I go to the king and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ God answered, ‘I will be with you, and when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will worship me on this mountain. That will be the proof that I have sent you.” — Exodus 3:11-12
We continue to feature various aspects of leadership recorded in the Bible as our point of reflection, even as we prepare ourselves for the forthcoming May 14 national and local elections. Let us look at this time at the leadership of the King of Ancient Egypt, on one hand, and Moses, on the other, whom God called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt into a Promised Land. Read the rest of this entry →
Day in and day out, the working Filipina, here or outside the country, is beset with the violence of economic crisis and domestic violence. Not only for Valentine but the whole year round, we should shower women with concern and compassion that hardworking women so deserve.
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, members of the women’s party gave workers, streets weepers, vendors and other working women along Carriedo in Manila flowers and heart-shaped pins with the Mahalin Mo Ako (Love Me) logo. Read the rest of this entry →