Vol 4 No 20.pmd



Vol 4 No 20.pmd
P 8.00
JULY 2 - 3, 2010
‘Magtrabaho tayo S
bilang 1 pamilya’
(Talumpati ni Gov. Lilila “Baby” Pineda sa kaniyang inagurasyon noong Hunyo 30, 2010 sa Bren Z. Guiao
Convention Center)
A ATING mga congresista,
Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin,
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,
Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, at Ana
York Bondoc, sa ating bise
gobernador Joseller Yeng Guiao,
sa mga board members, mga
mayor ng bawat bayan, bise
mayor at mga konsehal, sa
kanilang mga pamilya at sa ating
mga minamahal na kalalawigan
isang magandang hapon ng
bagong simula sa ating sa ating
108 workers take
care of 100 pigs
least 108 job order (JOs)
employees were hired by
former mayor Francis
“Blueboy” Nepomuceno
for a project in 2010 in-
volving the propagation
and disbursement of 100
piglets, which Mayor
Edgardo “Ed” Pamintuan
said “many of them are
ghost employees.”
“100 piglets are being
ALL SMILES. Rep. Arroyo and Gov. Pineda during their inauguration in
To rise yet again
(Inaugural speech of Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan on July 1, 2010 at the Angeles
City Hall)
sa ngalan ng aking mga
mahal sa buhay, nais kong
magpasalamat sa inyong
lahat – sa inyong muling
pagpapahayag ng pagsuporta sa akin, upang
muling pamunuan at pangasiwaan ang ating mahal
na siyudad ng Angeles.
Ang aking tagumpay ay
inyong tagumpay!
There are so many individuals and groups whom
I wish to thank.
But in order that I will
not commit the injustice of
missing some names, let
me just thank you all.
Maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat.
The overwhelming victory you have given me is
most humbling. The margin of victory, according to
local political pundits, has
BAPTISM OF FIRE. Pamintuan at his first-ever face-off with the local
media as Angeles City mayor. Beside him is Vice Mayor Vicky VegaCabigting. PHOTO BY JOEY PAVIA
murders still
‰ But probers find another fatal bullet
BIG, HAPPY FAMILY. Morales takes oath before Judge Balderama. With the mayor
are members of his family, including wife Niña Manipon and Dau Barangay Captain
‘More classrooms in
Mabalacat’ –Boking
MABALACAT, Pampanga –
“More classrooms and better
health service for the people.”
Thus said Mayor Marino
“Boking” Morales in his inaugural speech on Thursday at the
jampacked covered court of Xevera-Mabalacat North here.
Morales disclosed that he
will construct a new three-storey building at the Mabalacat
Community College (MCC) in
Barangay Dolores, the first-ever
public college in the province run
by a local government unit
“I want to prove to you that
you were not wrong in making
me win again,” said Morales. He
won via landslide in the recent
elections against three oppo-
nents, including his won daughter Marjorie Morales-Sambo.
“Politics is over and we need
to do our respective job,” added
The 59-year-old mayor disclosed that he will work hand in
hand with Gov. Lilia “Baby” Pineda to improve the health care
service in the first class municipality.
Morales vowed to provide
“necessary hospital equipments” at the Mabalacat District
Hospital (MDH) which is now
under construction.
Morales acknowledged his
supporters for giving him “a convincing win.” He also thanked his
family, including his wife Nina
Manipon who stood beside him
as Judge Magdalena Balderama
administered his oath-taking.
Edwil Carillo, president of
the Association of Barangay
Secretaries of Mabalacat
(ABSM), said he and 26 members urged Morales to continue
the development and progress
in the first class municipality.
“Many good developments,
especially infrastructure
projects, in the town. Several
new businesses as well,” said
Carillo, secretary of San Francisco Barangay Captain Marcelino “Boy” Cruz.
But some residents who attended the inauguration urged
Morales to clamp down on
crimes affecting the growth and
progress here. They were referring to the series of unsolved
robberies and murders cases
in Barangays Dau, Sta Ines
and San Francisco.
ANGELES CITY – Still without
any suspect exactly a month
today since the murder of a
brother of Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas (BSP) governor and two
others here, the police task force
tasked to solve the case has
backtracked its probe to the day
of the crime to find yet another
M-16 bullet that killed one of the
Senior Supt. Wendy Rosario, head of Task Force Tetangco-Yap, told Punto that despite
testimonies from 25 persons
queried by the police, probers
have yet to identify suspects in
the killing of Rena Tetangco,
brother of BSP governor Amando Tetangco, businessman Florencio Yap and Yap’s aide Dennis Guinto. Their bullet riddled
bodies were found inside Yap’s
Ford Expedition van abandoned
on a vacant lot in Barangay Pampanga here last June 2.
In a text message, Rosario
said he ordered his men to back
track their investigation to the
day of murder by asking personnel from Ford car company to
scrutinize the Expedition van in
the hope that this would yield
more physical evidence.
Ecija officials take
oath before Corona
“We hired experts from Ford
who removed the carpets and
seat covers. This enabled
Scene of the Crime Operations
(SOCO) probers to recover another slug of M16 embedded in
the seat where victim Guinto was
seated,” he said. When found,
the body of Guinto was crouched
on the floor of the vehicle’s back
“My theory is that that bullet
was the one that killed Guinto,”
Rosario said.
Rosario lamented that despite a reward of P400,000 offered by the police to anyone
who had information that could
identify the suspects in the killing, “there has been no significant development” in the case.
“Twenty five individuals were
invited (by the police) and they
voluntarily gave their statements. But their statements
have not pointed to any suspect,”
he said.
Among those who had given
statements were former Bacolor Mayor Romeo Dungca and
former provincial board member
Dinan Labung., The victims were
on their way to play poker with
them at Kinbg’s Poker and
Sports Club here, but they were
killed on their way.
neighboring provinces, the oath
taking rites of Nueva Ecija’s top
officials lacked funfare and party.
This as re-elected Gov. Aurelio Umali, along with his wife,
reelected Rep. Czarina Umali of
the 3rd district, Vice Gov. Gay
Padiernos and Board Member
Anthony Umali took their oath
before Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona at the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday.
Umali said he chose Corona
to administer his oath to manifest “respect to the judiciary”
which is one of the three branches of the government. But back
in Nueva Ecija, Umali said he
would also take oath before an
executive official and a legislator.
“This is not an inaugural because this is not my first,” Umali
He added that he was sworn
into office by some officials of
the three branches during his first
“In 2007, I also took my oath
before then-Chief Justice Reynato Puno,” he said.
Most of the local officials
who won in the nation’s first automated elections took their
oath before municipal and regional trial court judges, it was
Padiernos said they are planning a mass oath-taking with
other provincial officials.
Metro Clark area cited as
ICT Center of Excellence
CLARK FREEPORT – Stakeholders of the Metro Clark area
are expecting more Business
Process Outsourcing (BPO) and
Information and Communications Technology-related investments to be poured into the periphery of the Clark Freeport after it was cited with the ICT Center of Excellence award.
The Business Process Association of the Philippines
(BPAP), Commission on Information and Communications
Technology (CICT), and the Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI) conferred the award to
Clark Development Corporation
(CDC) President Benigno N.
Ricafort during the 2010 Recognition Night of the Top Ten Next
Wave Cities held June 22 at the
Cebu Sports Club Ballroom.
Ricafort said the awards night
is the culmination of a year-long
process of screening and research spearheaded by BPAP,
the country’s leading association
of ICT contemporaries led by its
president, Oscar Sanez, CICT the cyber services group of the
CIAC board asks Ombudsman
to probe scrap scandal at DMIA
board of directors of the Clark
International Airport Corp. (CIAC)
approved yesterday a resolution
urging the Office of the Ombudsman to probe the demolition of
17 buildings within the Clark aviation complex.
CIAC chairman Nestor Mangio also said in an interview here
that the resolution also asked for
a probe on the allegedly missing P20 million raised from the
buildings’ scraps purportedly
meant for donations to Aeta tribal folk.
The board also issued a resolution asking CIAC president
and chief executive officer Victor Jose Luciano to go on leave
during the investigation to be
conducted by the Ombudsman.
“He told me, however, that he
had already filed his resignation
addressed to Pres. Aquino,”
said Mangio, while noting that
Luciano’s resignation could not
affect the pending Ombudsman
Mangio said that the Ombudsman could file a case before the Sandiganbayan should
its fact-finding team confirm alleged anomalies in the demolition controversy.
Earlier, the CIAC board’s fact
finding committee came out
with a recommendation to “at the
very least a reprimand” Luciano
over the controversies on the
demolished buildings.
Mangio cited contractors as
estimating that the scraps from
the demolished buildings were
worth some P33.5 million, amid
a claim from an “intermediary”
of the Aetas that only P13 million went to the tribal folk.
Luciano, who authorized the
demolition of 17 unused buildings here, claimed the fact-finding committee “did not follow due
process” before it came out with
its final report submitted to the
CIAC board.
Earlier, scrap dealer Josie
Gomez, who acted as intermediary between Aetas led by chieftain Oscar Dizon and buyers of
scrap, said she raised P9.5 million from the sale of scraps from
only 11 buildings.
She claimed to have used
P4.5 million of this amount for a
day care center construction and
jetmatic pumps in Aeta villages
in Bamban Tarlac, while the rest
she gave in cash to Aetas on
installment basis since the demolitions started last year.
Gomez said that even earlier, she sold scraps worth P3.5
million from two other buildings
for the benefit of a group of Aetas
under Oscar Rivera, head of the
Bamban Aeta Tribal Association
(BATA). Rivera, however, insisted he got only P15,000 and 100
sacks of rice from her.
Another supposed beneficiary was Aeta Catalino Saplala
who requested Malacanang for
the use of two of the unused
He said, however, that he
was surprised when told by one
Roger from the CIAC that the
two buildings he requested for
HAPPY HOST. CIAC President and CEO Luciano (right) enjoys a conversation with
members of a Hong Kong travel agency group (seated) which recently toured Clark and
Subic Freeports during a farewell dinner at the Holiday Inn-Clark. With him are CIAC
marketing manager Sammy Daswani and Noemi Garcia, Clark Development Corp. tourism
and promotions office manager. PHOTO BY JOEY PAVIA
was already demolished and
had a buyer of scraps. He said
he got only P50,000 from the
The CIAC committee report
also noted that Luciano failed to
give “complete accounting of all
the proceeds of the sale of the
17 buildings demolished.” It
also noted that the demolished
buildings still had “commercial
Alvarado, his wife Marivic and members of their family at the governor’s inauguration
at the Bulacan Capitol. PHOTO BY DINO BALABO
Alvarado vows to crush
corruption at Bulacan capitol
governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado vowed to crush corruption in
the provincial government and
stop all destructive mining after he took oath yesterday at
the capitol gymnasium here.
He also vowed to rehabilitate the Marilao-MeycauayanObando River which has been
included in the list of 30 dirti-
est places in the world in 2007,
and urged all local officials in the
province to practice austerity
measures by stopping all politically inclined projects.
Alvarado also assured that no
provincial government employee
will be remove yet but since he
has been the vice governor of the
province for three years, he noted that he knows who really
work for the benefit of the Bulakenyos.
“I will crush corruption in the
provincial government in my
first 100-days in office,” Alvarado said in Filipino during his
inaugural speech.
His pronouncement was
cheered by thousands of Bulakenyos who witnessed his
oath office as the 31st governor of Bulacan since General
Gregorio Del Pilar was appointed civil and military governor of
value” and were “economically
Despite this, however, the
CIAC board admitted that the
“matrix” of the CIAC on the powers of Luciano to donate is silent on limitations on donations.
Luciano insisted he did not
violate the circular of the DBM
on donations which, he noted,
covers only government agen-
cies with funds from the general
appropriations. He, however,
admitted that COA rulings might
have been violated.
He also said that the Mangio committee’s estimate of the
value of the scrap materials was
largely “guesswork” and that he
did not have any idea of their
worth when he approved the
MABALACAT, Pampanga – The
Japanese embassy has debunked reports that skeletons
of Filipinos dug up from local
graves are being passed off as
remains of Japanese soldiers
who died in the Philippines during World War II.
In a letter to Punto, Motohiko Kato, minister and deputy
chief of mission of the Japanese
embassy, also said that the Japanese government is not paying for the remains of the Japanese soldiers, contrary to reports that a Tokyo based syndicate has been paying P1,000
per set of skeletons from Filipino graves.
“For the collected remains
of Japanese soldiers in the Philippines, we respect the legal
procedure in the Philippines,”
Kato said, noting that officials
from the National Museum have
been actively participating in
locating and identifying remains
of Japanese soldiers.
Kato was reacting to an allegation of Japanese businessman Koji Nakamura who informed Mabalacat, Pampanga
tourism officer Guy Hilbero that
a group he identified as Ken Tai
has allegedly been purchasing
skeletons, including those belonging to deceased Filipinos,
for P‘1,000 per set.
Hilbero is known for promoting Philippine-Japan friendship
and was one of the founders of
the Kamikaze shrine in his town
where the Kamikaze suicide
squad of the Japanese imperial
forces was founded during the
last war.
Nakamura expressed doubt
on the authenticity of some
7,000 skeletons already reportedly forwarded by the group to
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
But Kato said that “in our
understanding, Kuentai, whose
activities are under the guidance
of the Japanese government,
has never bought the collected
“The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan has
requested Kuentai, a non profit organization to assist the government of Japan for the retrieval of bones in the Philippines in
the Japanese fiscal year 2009
and 2010, from April 2009 to
March 2010,” Kato said.
Kato stressed that “the Japanese government has undertaken the verification of bones
in the most careful manner in
close cooperation with the Philippine government.”
“Please note that the procedures have been developed as
a result of various collected remains from collectors or informants (are) duly notarized.
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Skeletons belong
to Filipinos, not
Japanese soldiers
Editorial Opinion
Green, indeed, is SM
BLUE IS the color of SM. From its iconic logo to its
magnificent edifices.
Green, however, is the core value of SM.
Environmentalism as much preached as practiced in
all the SM malls.
Beyond sheer corporate social responsibility, the
care for the environment is a culture long inhered in
It was SM that introduce the regular recycling fair
at its malls, where still usable scraps, from paper and
cardboard to plastics, overused tires and discarded
batteries, and some other junk, are taken in exchange
for some cash from dealers.
SM it was too that pioneered the no-plastic-bagday at its supermarkets and department store, and
came out with the usable shopping bag, so artfully
designed by foremost artist Baldemor. Yeah, good
enough for even the most discriminating fashionista
to tote.
The annual Earth Hour – when for an hour all lights
are turned off to save energy, to lessen the fossil-fuel
impact on Mother Earth – is ever one defining
moment at SM.
Now, in the wake of the success of the Green Film
Festival simultaneously held in 32 malls last Feburary
10, SM is expanding its green campaign among
students, aiming to reach out to at least one million
students by December 2010.
The SM Supermalls 2010 Green Film Festival runs
the academic circuit with eye-opening documentary
films that picture the true state of the environment. Free
of charge, but of course.
To run every third Monday and Tuesday of the
month, from June till December, the festival aims to
promote sustainability among the youth and the
community and is a part of the “SM Cares” program
for the environment.
In Pampanga, SM City Pampanga and SM City
Clark in cooperation with the Department of
Education’s Adopt-a-School Program have partnered
in this endeavor for the youth’s awareness on
pressing environmental issues.
SM reported that on the first screening month at
SM City Pampanga, some 900 students from
Dominican High School, ICT High School, City
College, Basic Thoughts, Northville Integrated High
School, San Lorenzo Ruiz Center of Studies and
Schools and St. Scholastica’s Academy watched the
environmental films that included State of the Planet,
Planet Earth, and The 11th Hour.
Another 400 students from J.F. Kuzma and
Angeles City National High School viewed the films
at SM City Clark.
A green youth for a greener world, SM’s initiatives
are a hedge for the future of Mother Earth.
LLL Trimedia Coordinators
General Manager Atty. Gener C. Endona
Editor Joey R. Aguilar
Editorial Consultant Caesar “Bong” Lacson
Marketing Manager Joanna Niña V. Cordero
Administrative Staff Ma. Teresa U. Villanueva
Layout Dondie B. Ventura
Circulation Gilbert Mendoza
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Inaugural bytes
Zona Libre
Bong Z. Lacson
”WE OBSERVE today not a victory of party, but a celebration of
freedom—symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning—signifying
renewal, as well as change…
…For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all
forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the
same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still
at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come
not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God…
… Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and
foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of
Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by
a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling
to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to
which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are
committed today at home and around the world.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we
shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support
any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the
success of liberty…
Soaring eloquence. Stirring rhetorics. Lofty
ideals. John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address has
long served as a benchmark, nay, the very
template of presidential inaugural speeches.
Thus, the unabashed paraphrase of it by Bill
Clinton:Today we celebrate the mystery of
American renewal…
…Today, a generation raised in the shadows
of the Cold War assumes new responsibilities in
a world warmed by the sunshine of freedom but
threatened still by ancient hatreds and new
…Today, we do more than celebrate America;
we rededicate ourselves to the very idea of
An idea born in revolution and renewed through
two centuries of challenge. An idea tempered by
the knowledge that, but for fate, we—the fortunate
and the unfortunate—might have been each other.
An idea ennobled by the faith that our nation can
summon from its myriad diversity the deepest
measure of unity. An idea infused with the
conviction that America’s long heroic journey must
go forever upward…
Thus, Barack Obama’s rise to the challenge
of greatness: …At these moments, America has
carried on not simply because of the skill or vision
of those in high office, but because we the people
have remained faithful to the ideals of our
forebears, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this
generation of Americans.…
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well
understood. Our nation is at war, against a farreaching network of violence and hatred. Our
economy is badly weakened, a consequence of
greed and irresponsibility on the part of some,
but also our collective failure to make hard choices
and prepare the nation for a new age…
…Today I say to you that the challenges we
face are real. They are serious and they are many.
They will not be met easily or in a short span of
time. But know this, America, they will be met…
…On this day, we gather because we have
chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over
conflict and discord…
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to
the petty grievances and false promises, the
recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far
too long have strangled our politics…
As eloquent were Philippine presidential
inaugural addresses.
Thus, Manuel Luis Quezon’s at the time of
the Philippine Commonwealth era: The event
which is now taking place in our midst transcends
in importance the mere induction into office of
your Chief Executive. We are bringing into being
a new nation. We are seeing the fruition of our
age-old striving for liberty. We are witnessing the
final stage in the fulfillment of the noblest
undertaking ever attempted by any nation in its
dealing with a subject people. And how well this
task has been performed is attested to by the
blessing which from fourteen million people goes
to America in this solemn hour…
As we enter the threshold of independent
nationhood, let us pause for a moment to pay
tribute to the memory of Rizal and Bonifacio and
all the heroes of our sacred cause in grateful
acknowledgment of their patriotic devotion and
supreme sacrifice. Fellow countrymen: The
government which we are inaugurating today is
only a means to an end. It is an instrumentality
placed in our hands to prepare ourselves fully for
the responsibilities of complete independence. It
is essential that this last step be taken with full
consciousness of its significance and the great
opportunities that it affords to us.
Under the Commonwealth, our life may not be
one of ease and comfort, but rather of hardship
and sacrifice. We shall face the problems which
lie in our path, sparing neither time nor effort in
solving them. We shall build a government that
will be just, honest, efficient, and strong so that
the foundations of the coming Republic may be
firm and enduring — a government, indeed, that
must satisfy not only the passing needs of the
hour but also the exacting demands of the future.
We do not have to tear down the existing
institutions in order to give way to a statelier
structure. There will be no violent changes from
the established order of things, except such as
may be absolutely necessary to carry into effect
the innovations contemplated by the
…In the enormous task of fully preparing
ourselves for independence we shall be beset with
serious difficulties, but we will resolutely march
forward. I appeal to your patriotism and summon
your nobility of heart so that we may, united in the
common endeavor, once more dedicate ourselves
to the realization of our national destiny. I face
the future with hope and fortitude, certain that God
never abandons a people who ever follows His
unerring and guiding Hand. May He give me light,
strength, and courage evermore that I may not
falter in the hour of service to my people!
Thus the Great Ferdinand Edralin Marcos’
Mandate of Greatness in his first inaugural:
…This nation can be great again. This I have
said over and over. This is my article of faith, and
Divine Providence has willed that you and I can
now translate this faith into deeds.
I have repeatedly told you: each generation
writes its own history. Our forbears have written
theirs. With fortitude and excellence we must
write ours.
We must renew the vision of greatness for
our country.
This is a vision of our people rising above the
routine to face formidable challenge and
overcome them. It means the rigorous pursuit of
…It is our people bravely determining our own
future. For to make the future is the supreme act
of freedom.
This is a vision that all of you share for our
country’s future. It is a vision, which can, and
should, engage the energies of the nation. This
vision must touch the deeper layers of national
vitality and energy.
We must awaken the hero inherent in every
We must harness the wills and the hearts of
all our people. We must find the secret chords,
which turn ordinary men into heroes, mediocre
fighters into champions.
Not one hero alone do I ask from you – but
many; nay all, I ask all of you to be heroes of our
Offering all our efforts to our Creator, we must
derive ourselves to be great again…
Lofty ideals. Stirring rhetorics. Soaring
eloquence. And then, just last Wednesday…
Walang lamangan, walang padrino, at walang
pagnanakaw. Walang wang-wang, walang counterflow, walang tong.
Thus was President Benigno Simeon Aquino
III, doing his best impersonation of President
Joseph Ejercito Estrada’s “Walang kama-kamaganak. Walang kumpa-kumpare.”
Was it the erudite Inquirer columnist Conrado
de Quiroz who said something like “from the
sublime to the paralytic”?
Henrylito D. Tacio
OKAY, God initiated the first marriage and sanctified it! The Holy
Bible stated that so: “For this reason, a man will leave his father
and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one
flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
In these days of crass materialism, some people marry for
prestige or wealth. But, generally, a lot of people tie the nuptial
knot because of love. “The need to love and be loved is the simplest
of all human wants,” says Charles Galloway. “Man needs love like
he needs the sun and the rain. He perishes without it. His basic
longing is to be the object of love and to be able to give love. No
other need is quite so significant to his nature.”
Love is blind, William Shakespeare said so. “But marriage
restores its sight,” Samuel Lichtenberg added. To Beverly Nichols,
marriage “is a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry
and the remaining chapters in prose.”
Is this the reason why Filipinos are marrying less and less?
The website of the National Statistics Officer reported that in 2003,
some 593,553 got married. Three years, the registered marriages
went down to 492,666.
Whatever happened? “Marriage is an alliance
entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the
window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with
the window open,” George Bernard Shaw said.
Rita Rudner agreed: “I love being married. It’s so
great to find that one special person you want to
annoy for the rest of your life.”
During courtship, the lovers are at their best.
But once they get married, it’s another story. It
means trouble. “Marriage is the alliance of two
people, one of whom never remembers birthdays
and the other never forgets them,” Ogden Nash
Experience is the best teacher, so they say.
“I never knew what real happiness was until I got
married,” Max Kauffman revealed. “And by then it
was too late.” He probably didn’t heed the words
of Hollywood actress Zsa Zsa Gabor: “A man in
love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s
A man won’t have so much fun anymore. “Do
you know what it means to come home at night
to a woman who’ll give you a little love, a little
affection, a little tenderness?” Henny Youngman
asked. “It means you’re in the wrong house, that’s
what it means.”
Women have different views about men.
Humorist Helen Rowland thinks: “Before marriage,
a man declares that he would lay down his life to
serve you; after marriage, he won’t even lay down
his newspaper to talk to you.”
Katharine Hepburn thundered: “If you want to
sacrifice the admiration of many men for the
criticism of one, go ahead, get married!” To which
Barbra Streisand wondered, “Why does a woman
work ten years to change a man’s habits and then
complain that he’s not the man she married?”
(Trivia: The two Hollywood actresses tied winning
the Best Actress Oscar in 1968 when Hepburn
was handpicked for her tour de force performance
in The Lion In Winter and Streisand for her film
debut in Funny Girl.)
Ideas of husbands and wives differ when it
comes to their spouse. “Women hope men will
change after marriage but they don’t; men hope
women won’t change but they do.” That was what
Bettina Arndt wrote in 1986’s Private Lives.
Fortunately, there are marriages made in
heaven. “Success in marriage does not come
merely through finding the right mate, but through
being the right mate.” So said Barnett R. Brickner.
“I have learned that only two things are
necessary to keep one’s wife happy,” American
president Lyndon B. Johnson disclosed. “First,
let her think she’s having her own way. And
second, let her have it.”
Marriage counselor James C. Dobson offers
this advice: “Don’t marry the person you think you
can live with; marry only the individual you think
you can’t live without.” In 19966’s The Second
Neurotic’s Notebook, Mignon McLaughlin wrote:
“A successful marriage requires falling in love
many times, always with the same person.”
More advices. “What counts in making a happy
marriage is not so much how compatible you are,
but how you deal with incompatibility,” George
Levinger pointed out. Jerry McCant believes “you
can never be happily married to another until you
get a divorce from yourself. Successful marriage
demands a certain death to self.”
Remember the movie War of the Roses?
Marriage should not be that way. Listen to the
advice of Ogden Nash: “To keep your marriage
brimming, with love in the loving cup: Whenever
you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut
“Chains do not hold a marriage together,”
French actress Simone Signoret bared. “It is
threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew
people together through the years.” Doug Larson
is even more direct: “More marriages might survive
if the partners realized that sometimes the better
comes after the worse.”
In United States and other industrialized
countries, divorce is defined as the past tense of
marriage. “In every marriage more than a week
old, there are grounds for divorce,” Robert
Anderson wrote in Solitaire and Double Solitaire.
“The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds
for marriage.”
Finding happiness in marriage? Go ahead! “All
marriages are happy,” Raymond Hull declared.
“It’s the living together afterward that causes all
the trouble.” Nathaniel Hawthorne has this idea:
“What a happy and holy fashion it is that those
who love one another should rest on the same
Despite all the differences, the troubles, and
the pain of marriage, people still get married.
George MacDonald one simple reason: “One of
the good things that come of a true marriage is
that there is one face on which changes come
without your seeing them; or rather there is one
face which you can still see the same, through
all the shadows which years have gathered upon
Ni Felix M. Garcia
Utang ng City Hall
ang pamana kay
Edpam ni Blueboy?
KUNG ‘millions of pesos’ ang iniwang utang
Ng ‘outgoing mayor’ kay Ed Pamintuan,
Nangangahulugan na ang pinalitan
Ay naging bulagsak sa pera ng bayan
O kumbaga sa isang ama ng tahanan
Ay baka may bisyong di dapat tularan
Kung kaya nabaon sa pagkaka-utang
Ang dati ay sagana sa kabuhayan?
Di ko sinasabing di naging mabuti
Ang pamalakad ng butihing Alkalde,
Pero di malayong mali ang diskarte
Ng ex-mayor kaya ganyan ang nangyari.
‘Allocated’ na ang lahat ng bayarin
Ng city hall para sa isang ‘fiscal year,’
Kasama r’yan pati na ang ‘electric bill’
At iba pa nitong legal na gastusin;
Gaya ng para sa serbisyo publiko,
Partikular na ang sahod ng empleado;
Kaya’t papaanong nagkautang ito
Ng ‘millions’ gayong may ‘budget’ para rito?
At di lamang yata utang sa kuryente
Itong hinayaan din nilang lumaki,
Kundi maging sa tapunan nila pati
Ng basura’y tila mas lalong malaki!
At kung saan bunsod ng di pagbabayad
Ni Blueboy, sa naging atraso ng siyudad,
Umabot sa puntong isinara’t sukat
Ang Kalangitan Landfill sa Capas, Tarlac
Para mapilitan ang ‘city government’
Upang bayaran ang sitenta milyones
Na pagkaka-utang ng siyudad Angeles
Sa tapunan nga ng bagay na ‘unwanted’.
At tumataginting na daang milyones
Ang posibleng maging utang ng Angeles
Kung di pumasok sa eksena si Ka Ed
At si Blueboy itong nakapag-’reelect’
Pagkat di malayong lalong mababaon
Sa utang ang siyudad sa kamay ni Blueboy
Kung siya’y nabigyan pa ng pagkakataon
Na maupong muli bilang isang Mayor.
Dahil imbes proyektong pagkakitaan
Ng siyudad ang bigyan ng prayoridad n’yan
Ay baka pamuling magpapatayo yan
Ng kung anong hindi pakikinabangan;
Na kagaya nitong aniya’y Sports Complex
Na inaakala niyang magpapanhik
Ng kuwarta sa kabang-bayan ng Angeles,
Gayong inutang lang din nila ang ‘budget’
For comments, write me at [email protected]
Na ang halaga ay halos isang bilyon
Para ipatayo ang kagaya nitong
Proyektong baka ni isang daang milyon
Ay di kikitain n’yan sa sampung taon;
Kaya suma-total, baka ni interes
Ng halagang yan ay hindi maibalik,
Sa kabang-bayan ng ‘City of the Angels’
Sakali’t matuloy man ang Sports Complex.
Di po ba malaking kahihiyan itong
Pati serbisyo ng kuryente’y maputol,
Pero haya’t pinangutang ang city hall
Ng halos bilyones para sa proyektong
Magarbo at wala namang katiyakan
Na mababawi ang halagang naturan;
Gayong may utang na marapat bayaran
Sa AEC at sa ‘landfill’ na naturan?
To rise yet again
been the biggest so far in
the recent history of mayoral contests in Angeles
City. I interpret this victory
as an expression not only
of confidence on me, but
on your desire for change
and better governance for
our beloved city.
My only wish is that
you continue to support
and guide me and my
team, to be able to confront the enormous challenges that we now face;
to be able to prevail over
these challenges and
bring our city back to its
feet, and to finally breach
the threshold to become
one of the country’s premier cities. My friends, I
cannot do this alone, without your help.
I recall that when I first
aspired, and succeeded, to
be the mayor of the city in
1991, I was fully aware of
the great difficulties that I
had to face. Out city then
was in a state of severe
devastation, a desolate
and ruined city buried in
ash and lahar from the
wrath of Mount Pinatubo,
one of the most violent volcanic eruptions in the world
in recent history. The memories of that devastation are
still fresh among all of us,
and I need not recall the
horror and the anxiety that
we all had to go through
during those times.
The important thing,
and this we should always
relive and relish, was that
we prevailed. Our battle
cry then was Agyu Tamu!
And we did just that. We
have risen from the ashes,
like the Phoenix bird. And
we proceeded to outperform all the previous
records of our city, when
Pinatubo has not yet
erupted and when the
American air force base
was still at Clark.
AGAIN as mayor of Angeles City last May 10 – an
aspiration you have overwhelmingly supported – I
knew that I shall again be
facing difficult challenges.
I knew that the city was in
dire straits, and it was precisely because of these
challenges that I answered
to our people’s clamor for
change and better governance. Thus, I can now
assure you that electrical
power will not be cut off in
city hall again.
Noong ako po ay kumandidato, sa tingin ko po
ay alam ko na ang mga
problema ng ating siyudad
– at noon pa man ay pinaghandaan ko na ang
mga hakbanging dapat
kong gawin.
But my friends, when I
won and when I cut short
the euphoria of my comrades in the campaign and
ordered them to buckle
down to work; when we
started to look at the facts,
figures and documents
that my transition team
dug up — because the
former administration
formed rather late its counterpart transition team to
ensure smooth turn-over —
that was when the reality
about the true state of our
city began to sink in. And
we were shocked.
My friends, a lesser
politician would dwell on
the shock value of the findings that we unearthed.
Certainly, these findings would make good
sound bites and headlines, but I choose to be
magnanimous at this
point. However, magnanimity ends where justice
should begin to prevail.
at this point, my friends,
is how we start all over
Ang higit na mahalaga
po ay kung papaano natin
harapin at iigpawan ang
mga hamong ito. Ang dapat pagtuunan ng pansin
ay kung papaano natin
ibalik ang sigla ng ating
mahal na syudad – sa
ekonomya nito, sa larangan ng pagbibigay serbisyo, sa pangangalaga sa
kapaligiran at kulutra, at sa
marami pang iba.
During the campaign,
Team “Agyu Tamu” presented to you a covenant
— a Contract with Angelenos — an 8-point program that outlines the priorities of my administration from the short-term,
medium-term to the end of
my term. I believe that it
was because of the program, more than the personal charisma of my
team, that you elected us
to office. I am assuring
you that we shall implement and stay the course
of the program that we
committed to.
The Contract with Angelenos cover the following program areas: education, good governance,
environment, the economy and poverty alleviation,
social services delivery,
transparency in policy and
physical improvement of
public markets, peace and
order and capability-building and upgrading of our
To be able to do all this,
there are certain realities
– and they say, reality
bites – that we have to
immediately tackle during
the first 100 days of our
administration. We need to
swallow bitter pills, to
purge out the toxins from
our system.
FIRST in the order, city
hall needs to tighten its
belt. Tightening our belts
is a “term of endearment,”
the softest metaphor that
I could use to illustrate the
condition of our city coffers. The city treasury is
practically empty.
We have inherited a
debt amounting to P812
million representing a loan
from the Philippine Veterans’ Bank.
Of this, P600 million
was supposedly for the
construction of a sports
complex, a project whose
propriety we have questioned. And to think that
this does not include the
P47 million for unpaid garbage fees and the P18
million that we owe to Angeles Electric Corp.
In this regard, we need
to improve on our revenue
generation and collection
and curb graft and corruption related to the collection of taxes and levies,
without passing the burden to our people in the
form of increased and new
I have ordered for the
identification of revenue
streams by reviewing and
strictly implementing the
provisions of our city tax
We shall immediately
do a systems audit to determine the efficiency of
our revenue generation
measures. Also, we need
to improve and automate
our financial and revenue
generation systems,
which we can only do so if
our budgetary capabilities
allow it. My position on
this matter, however, is
firm – automate or bust.
Nakakalungkot pong
malaman na talung-talo
pa tayo ng San Fernando,
Pampanga – na kabagobago lang pong maging
siyudad – sa paglikom ng
SECOND, we need to
reorganize, to trim off the
fat and the blubber of the
city bureaucracy that
caused it to plod heavily
in delivering the much
needed services to our
people. Would you believe, the city maintains
about 3,000 job order employees, some of whom
are paid up to P900 a day.
At an average pay of
P6,000 a month, these
JOs alone cost the city
government a whooping
P21 million a month in
payroll, over and above the
salaries of regular, contractual and casual employees of city hall.
I want a lean, mean and
highly professional administration. Most of these
JOs would have to go,
many of them are “ghost
employees” anyway. And
those who are found to
have perpetrated and benefited from this crude way
of fleecing the city coffers
would also have to go.
THIRD, we need to rationalize our priorities and
streamline the programs of
the city government. My
transition team, even without the cooperation of the
non-existent transition
team of the outgoing administration, has discovered startling redundancies in the programs implemented by the previous
administration. There are
many programs that we
have to do away with.
Allow me to cite an
example, just for you to
realize the importance of
these three points, and I
promise not to comment
on it. I just would like to
state the facts.
The previous administration implemented a program called “Women in
Agriculture.” The program
had a budget of P10 million a year. Under the program, training and seminars were supposedly undertaken. Also, 100 piglets
were dispersed to 100
women beneficiaries. To
administer the program,
the following job order
employees were hired: 20
administrative assistants,
25 farm technicians, 25
assistant farm technicians, 23 farm workers,
and 15 utility drivers – for
a total of 108 people.
Now, if we compute the
cost per piglet vis-à-vis the
total budget of P10 million,
that would mean that each
of the 100 piglets dispersed cost P100,000.
Gaya ng nasabi ko,
ayaw kong magkomen-
Angeles City First Lady Miniang Pamintuan (R) with celebrities Gino Padilla
and Maui Taylor at the Mayor’s office. Both artists performed during the
Tigtigan, Terakan at the City Hall compound after the inauguration of
Mayor Pamintuan. PHOTO BY JOEY PAVIA
taryo kaugnay sa nasabing proyekto.
Sasabihin ko na lang
sa inyo ang reaksyon ng
kaibigan ko at dating konsehal Alex Cauguiran nang
nakita namin ang detalye
ng programang “Women in
“Diyos ko po…!” sigaw
ni Alex.
Other items that I noticed in the 2010 city budget are allocations of P5
million for the Office of the
Mayor and P2 million each
for the City Administrator
and the city information
officer for the purchase of
vehicles. Ironically, the
former administration donated and gave away 27
almost brand new vehicles
to a few barangay captains
and even an NGO group,
right after the May 10 elections. I do not like to believe that this was a deliberate attempt to disable
the incoming administration. We are now resorting to legal remedies to
retrieve these assets.
Now the FOURTH
thing that we must do immediately is to implement
and deliver basic services
to our people, notwithstanding the mess we
have to fix up.
The first thing that we
shall immediately do starting today, July 1, is to clear
the mountain of garbage
that has been irresponsibly dumped at the Pampang compound of the
Department of Public Services (DPS), which is very
near the city public market and a hospital, and
may cause the spread of
diseases. We all know
that the previous administration owes about P63
million in garbage disposal fees, which constrained
the sanitary landfill and
hauling operators to stop
their services. As a result,
garbage is strewn all over.
In this regard, we have
negotiated with the landfill
operators, and they
agreed to resume services starting today, as we
work on solutions to the
huge debts incurred by the
city. I have also personally appealed to the good
sense of responsible and
civic-minded citizens and
business establishments
that own dump trucks to
allow us the use of their
facilities for at least a
month at very minimal cost
to the city, just to rid our
city of the garbage and the
stink. I am happy to report
that many responded to
our plea.
For a more permanent
solution to the problem,
and as a matter of policy,
my administration shall
foster collective responsibility among our communities, households and
business establishments
on waste disposal. Our
battle cry shall be: “Basurang nakakalat, responsibilidad nating lahat.” We
shall enlist the participation of the communities,
individual households and
business establishments
on the issue of waste disposal.
If your recall the “Pala
mo, Buhay ko” project that
we undertook during the
eruption of Mt. Pinatubo,
we shall summon the spirit
that drove us then, and
harness it again to collectively resolve our problems,
including that of garbage
We shall institute discipline on waste disposal,
and reward those who adhere to such discipline.
Traffic management is
also one area which we
must focus on immediately.
The chaos in the
streets must be reined. I
have already enlisted the
help of experts who shall
give their services for free
to the city, to be able to
rationalize and improve our
traffic systems.
my covenant with the Angelenos, I shall also focus
on the following:
1. To work on establishing Angeles City as the
“Education Capital for Central Luzon.” We already
have a good number of
education institutions in
our city.
We shall aim for the
establishment of the Angeles City College, which
shall offer specialized
courses and degrees that
shall respond to the professional needs of the
emerging mega-logistics
hub within the Clark-Subic Corridor.
2. Active engagement
with the youth as partners
to good governance and
development. We shall set
up a Youth Bureau under
the Office of the Mayor,
which shall work to develop and harness the energies of the youth to production and creative endeavors.
3. Upgrading of the facilities and expansion of
the capabilities of the Ospital Ning Angeles. In my
recent trips to the United
States, I have touched
base with Filipino-American groups and personalities who are just too willing to help with regards to
health services, and provision of health and hospital facilities, at no cost to
the city government.
Prominent among
them is a cabalen, Mr.
George Samson, president and CEO of the World
Medical Relief based in
Michigan. Mr. Samson has
brought into the country
about $180 million worth of
medicines and health
equipment since 1993.
Mr. Samson, who is a
friend, recently visited Angeles and toured ONA.
Immediately, he adopted
the expansion and modernization of ONA as a
personal project, which
has won the support of his
organization. Before the
end of this year, I shall go
to the United States to
personally receive the first
batch of hospital equipment that Mr. Samson has
arranged for us.
4. We shall aggressively cultivate and develop a business-friendly environment for the city, particularly among tourism
oriented investments and
establishments. Tourism
appears to be the industry for Angeles City that we
must build on. But we
need to improve on the
image of our city as a tourist destination. In relation
to this, we shall radically
transform the otherwise
honky-tonk district of
Fields Avenue into a more
wholesome tourism area.
We are also in the
midst of consultations with
model and successful local governments with end
in view of putting together
the “best practices” of
these LGUs in the areas
of social services delivery,
efficiency in tax collection
‘Magtrabaho tayo bilang 1 pamilya’
Una gusto kong ipaabot ang pagbati sa lahat ng mga bagong halal
nating mga opisyal ng lalawigan, distrito at bayan
ng Pampanga.
Gusto ko ring ipaabot
sa lahat ng aking mga
kalalawigan ang taos pusong pasasalamat sa tiwala na ipinagkaloob ninyo na pamunuhan ang
ating lalawigan sa susunod na tatlong taon.
Bagamat wala akong
degree sa kolehiyo na
maipagmamalaki sa lahat subalit ako’y isinilang
sa isang simpleng pamilya dito sa lalawigan ng
Pampanga at naglingkod
sa mahabang panahon
bilang mayor at board
member nakita ko ang
tunay na kalagayan ng
ating mga kalalawigan.
Sa panahon na nawala ako sa mundo ng politika sa nakalipas na tatlong taon ipinagpatuloy
ko ang pagsisilbi sa
ating mga kababayan lalo
na sa mga maysakit at
dahil doon, nakita ko ang
tunay nilang kalagayan
kayat naipangako ko sa
aking sarili na pag nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon
at ngayon nga ay naibigay na, isa sa mga paguukulan ko ng pansin ang
larangan ng kalusugan sa
ating lalawigan.
Sa aking paniwala
ang isang kaunlaran ay
nagsisimula sa isang
malusog na mamamayan. Pipilitin nating matugunan ang pangangailangan ng ating mga kalalawigang maysakit kayat
asahan po ang pagtutok
ko sa mga pampublikong
pagamutan natin.
Maliban sa kalusugan
gusto ko ring pagtuunan
ng pansin ang edukasyon lalo na ang mga kabataan na gustong
makapag-aral subalit walang kakayahan na tustusan ang pangangailangan.
Bibigyan natin ng
pansin ang ating mga
pampublikong paaralan
kayat asahan po ninyo
na personal akong bibisita sa mga susunod na
araw sa ating mga
paaralan upang makita
ang tunay nilang kalagayan, hindi lamang sa mga
silid aralan nila kundi pati
ang kanilang silid aklatan
at mga palikuran na
malaki ang epekto sa
kanilang pag-aaral at
Limang araw po bago
ang ating panunumpa ay
pagkakataon kasama si
Bise Gobernador Yeng
Guiao upang makipagusap sa mga negosyante
ng Pampanga, at doon po
ay hiningi namin ang kanilang suporta sa aking
administrasyon upang
mapalago ang ekonomiya
ng ating lalawigan.
Ang makapagbigay ng
karagdagang hanapbuhay upang unti-unting
maibsan ang kahirapan,
kayat ngayon ay hinihingi ko ang kooperasyon
ng ating mga namumuno
simula sa ating mga
barangay captain na sana
ay magkaroon tayo ng
impormasyon ng bawat
nasasakupan ninyo at
malaman natin kung sa
paanong paraan natin
sila matutulungan at
Hihikayatin natin ang
mga negosyante sa ating
lalawigan, subalit ang pamumuhunan ay lalago lamang kung meron tayong
tahimik at payapang lalawigan kayat sa tulong
ng ating PNP o kapulisan
ay bibigyan natin ng
pansin ang peace and order dito sa ating lalawigan.
Sa nakalipas na mga
taon ay nakita po natin
ang pag-unlad ng ating
mga tulay at kalsada na
nagbigay ng malaking
daan ng pag-unlad sa
ating lalawigan kaya’t
gusto po nating ipaabot
ang pasasalamat sa ating
dating Pangulong Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo at sa
ating mga kongresista at
mga alkalde.
Umaasa po ako na
higit na uunlad ngayon
ang ating lalawigan sa
tulong niya at ng iba nating mga kongresista at
mga negosyante. Alam
ko rin pong tayo’y tutulungan ng ating bagong
Pangulo Benigno Simeon
“Noynoy” Aquino III
pagkat kaisa po nya tayo
sa adhikain nyang paangatin ang bayan. Tiyak
ko pong ipagpapatuloy ni
Pangulong Noynoy ang
pagsuporta sa ating lalawigan kayat hinihingi ko
rin po na sana’y suportahan natin ang kanyang pamumuno bilang presidente ng ating bansa.
Ang Pampanga po ay
70% na agrikultural na la-
lawigan kaya’t sa atin
pong magsasaka sisikapin po nating matugunan
at matulungan sila sa abot
ng ating makakaya upang
mapaunlad ang pagsasaka.
Napakarami pa po ng
mga plano ko para sa
pag-unlad ng ating lalawigan subalit hindi ko po ito
kakayaning mag-isa,
kaya’t hinihingi ko po ang
suporta ng bawat isa sa
Sa mga empleyado
ng ating kapitolyo,
sana’y tulungan nyo ako
na makapagbigay ng magandang serbisyo sa
ating mga mamamayan,
magtrabaho po tayo bilang isang pamilya na
may kooperasyon at
malasakit sa bawat isa.
Sa ating mga kasamahan sa pamamahayag
lalo na sa ating local media batid kong malaki ang
maiaambag ninyo sa
tagumpay ng ating administrasyon sana’y tulungan nyo akong maipabatid sa lahat ang tamang
impormasyon sa ating
mga kalalawigan at
maipakilala sa buong
bansa at sa buong mundo ang kagandahan ng
Sa mga namumuno
ng bawat sector ng
pananampalataya sana
po’y patuloy nyo akong
gabayan at bigyan ng
espiritual na lakas upang
laging pagkaisahin ang
ating mga nasasakupan.
Sa ating mga barangay
officials, bagamat nalalapit na ang susunod ninyong halalan, sana’y wag
muna nating pagtuunan
ng pansin ang pamumulitika, tulungan muna ninyo ako sa pagsisimula ng
ating administrasyon,
kailangan ko kayo upang
maging daan na mailapit
ko ang serbisyo ng kapitolyo sa bawat barangay,
bigyan po natin ng taos
pusong serbisyo ang
ating mga kabarangay.
Sa ating dating
Gobernador Eddie Panlilio, sana po ay maibahagi pa rin ninyo ang suporta sa aking administrasyon at maraming salamat
po sa serbisyong ibinigay
ninyo sa ating kalalawigan.
Ang susunod na tatlong taon ay isang malaking hamon tungo sa pagunlad ng Pampanga, hamon po hindi lamang para
sa akin at sa mga halal
nating opisyal kundi hamon sa lahat ng Kapampangan na magtulungan
at gampanan ang
tungkulin ng bawat isa.
Malaki po ang tiwala
ko sa bawat isa sa inyo
and revenue generation,
among many other areas.
Their inputs have given
us a fair idea on how to
implement our programs,
based on the prevailing and
unique environment and
conditions of Angeles City.
Nais ko rin pong siguraduhin
mamamayan, lalo na sa
mga ordinaryong Angelenos, na ang inyong mayor
ay maaari ninyong
makausap, makikita at
makakadaupang-palad 24/
7, wika nga.
Hindi-hindi po tayo
magtatago sa inyo. Ang
buong city hall, at maging
ang aking tahanan, ay bukas sa inyo. (Huwag lang
po ninyo ako hanapin
doon sa mga magagarang
bahay daw na sinabi nila
noong kampanya na pagaari ko daw po.
Baka po kayo ma-trespassing dahil wala po
akong ibang bahay kundi
yaong nasa Villa Angelina
at yaong tinitirhan ng aking mga anak sa Quezon
many challenges, there
are also enormous opportunities before us. If we
stay together, if we set
aside our animosities, if
we cut off the shackles
that bound us to excessive
politicking, if we focus well
enough, if we harden our
resolve to again bring
back our beloved city to its
feet, if we are able to transcend our difficulties – as
we have done in the past
crises – there is no rea-
son for us not to benefit
from these opportunities.
I have to salute our
cabalen, former President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
for laying down the foundations from where we could
anchor the long-term development of Angeles City.
Her vision of a mega-logistics hub within the ClarkSubic Corridor is now coming to fruition, and I am very
happy and honored to have
been part of its development stages as chair of the
Subic-Clark Development
Alliance Council and as development champion of the
Urban Luzon Beltway super region.
The development of the
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, which has
been an object of a fierce
advocacy by me and many
prominent Angelenos, is
now being realized. A few
days ago, we inaugurated
the new passenger tubes
of the DMIA terminal. Many
giant local and international companies are now
rushing to propose to develop the DMIA to be, finally, the premier international gateway of the country.
The NLEx, the SCTEx,
the Northrail are all traversing and going towards Angeles City, making the
movement of people and
logistics to and from and
other development and
growth areas in Central
Luzon and Mega Manila a
lot faster and easier. We
foresee a boom in the immediate future, if only we
sustain and nurture these
at sa bawat Kapampangan, ang tagumpay po ng
ating administrasyon ay
nasa kamay ng bawat isa
sa atin.
Muli po isang magandang bagong simula sa
ating lahat.
Mabuhay po ang
bagong Pangulong Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III,
mabuhay po ang Pampanga at mabuhay tayong lahat.
All out support for 2nd District Rep. Arroyo are members of her family
(L-R): Rep. Dato Arroyo, Luli and former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.
Vice Gov. Yeng Guiao at the press conference shortly after the mass
inauguration at the the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center. With him are
Gov. Pineda (center) and Senior Board Member Edna David.
development infrastructure
and facilities.
Kailangan po maging
handa tayo, mga kasama,
hindi sa muling pagsabog
ng bulkan at paglisan n
gating mamamayan, kundi sa pagsabog ng mga
oportunidad, sa pag-usbong at pagyabong ng
kaunlaran at kasaganaan.
Bagama’t sa ngayon
ay kailangan muna nating
magsakripisyo, kailangan
muna natin ng walang
humpay na pagpupursigi,
nagsisimula nang maginat ang silahis ng kaunlaran at pag-asa, at sa ilang sandali ay mamumukadkad na.
Samahan po ninyo
ako. Kailangan ko po
kayo. Kailangan kayo ng
Angeles City.
Muli po, sa kaibuturan
ng aking puso, maraming
salamat po sa inyong muling pagtitiwala sa akin. Sa
aking mga nakatunggali,
iniaalay ko ang aking kamay ng pakikipagkasundo
at pakikipagtulungan.
Sana po ay magtulungan
tayong lahat.
Ano man po ngayon
ang ating mga problema,
basta’t sama-sama tayo
ay kaya nating lutasin at
lagpasan ang mga ito.
Kayang-kaya nating
ibangon muli, at dalhin sa
kaunlaran ang Angeles
City. Abe-abe, saup-saup!
Mabuhay ang mamamayan ng Angeles City! Sabay-sabay nating isigaw
— Agyu tamu! Agyu tamu!
Agyu tamu! Maraming
salamat po!
Gordon: Palaganapin 108 workers take care of 100 pigs
ang blood donation
LUNGSOD NG OLONGAPO – Bilang paggunita sa
taunang “Blood Donor’s Month” ay hinikayat ni Mayor James ‘’Bong” Gordon, Jr. ang mga Olongapeños
na suportahan at makilahok sa Philippine National
Red Cross (PNRC) sa layunin nitong palaganapin ang
“blood donation” sa lungsod.
“This year’s ‘Blood Donor’s Month’ will again be
celebrated on a national scale to create wider awareness of the need for safe blood transfusion and the
importance of blood donation,” pahayag ni Mayor
Gordon kaugnay sa selebrasyon ng “Blood Donor’s
Month” sa buwan ng Hunyo na may temang “Young
Donor’s, New Blood for the World”.
Kaugnay sa nito, isang motorcade ang nakatakdang ganapin sa ika-14 ng Hulyo, 7:30 ng umaga sa Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)-Olongapo City Chapter office, Old Hospital Road, East
Tapinac. Ang motorcade ay pangungunahan ng PNRC
Olongapo staff, volunteers and support groups buhat
sa Olongapo City at Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Samantala, highlight rin ng selebrasyon ay ang
“mass blood donation” sa ika-16 ng Hulyo sa Olongapo City Convention Center (OCCC). Ang mga sumusunod ay ang mga maaaring maging blood donors: 1.) Age: 18 to 59 years old; 2.) Weight: 50 kilos
or 110 pounds; 3.) Blood pressure: 110/70-130/90, at
4.) Must have a minimum of six hours sleep.
Sa pag-aaral ng mga health experts, ang blood
donation ay nagbibigay ng maraming health benefits
kabilang na rito ang pag-aalis ng mga sobrang “iron”
na maaaring maging sanhi ng “free radical formation”
sa katawan.
In the verified Amended Petition for Correction of Entries in the Birth
Certificate of Marvin Clark Bayker Atienza filed by the Spouses Mario
C. Atienza and Ma. Consuelo D. Bayker – Atienza through their
representative Sofia Bayker – Jimenez, they pray that after publication
and hearing, judgment be rendered directing the Local Civil Registrar of
Mabalacat, Pampanga and the National Statistics Office to correct the
Birth Certificate of their minor son Marvin Clark Bayker Atienza, so that
the entry under Date and Place of Marriage of Parents would read as
not married.
The Amended Petition, being sufficient in form and substance, is
hereby given due course. The Court sets the hearing of said
Amended Petition on July 29, 2010 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at
Session Hall of this Court, Hall of Justice, Pulung Maragul, Angeles
City, after this Order shall have been published in a newspaper of
general circulation in the Province of Pampanga and Angeles City,
once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the
Notice is hereby given that anyone who objects to the Petition
should file on or before the date of hearing his/her opposition thereto
with a statement of his/her ground therefore.
Serve copies hereof, together with copies of the Amended
Petition and its annexes, upon Office of the Solicitor General at 134
Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City; Civil Registrar
General, National Statistics Office at Edsa cor. Quezon Avenue City;
Office of the City Prosecutor of Angeles City; and Office of the Local
Civil Registrar of Mabalacat, Pampanga.
Furnish Atty. Ronaldo P. Duro and the petitioners with copies of
this Order.
Angeles City, Philippines, June 4, 2010
Presiding Judge
Punto! Central Luzon: June 25, July 2 and 9, 2010
Notice is hereby given that LETICIA OMYAN-FELDT, heir of WILLIAM
NELSON FELDT who died intestate on November 13, 2009 in Angeles
City, executed an Extrajudicial Settlement invoking the provision of Section
1, Rule 74 of the Rules of Court and hereby adjudicate unto herself his
entire estate more particularly described as monies and deposits in the
Security Bank, Balibago Branch and Bank of Commerce, Balibago Branch.
Punto! Central Luzon: June 25, July 2 & 9, 2010
directly taken cared of by
50 farm technicians.
How special are these
pigs as there are more
human beings used in the
project than the animals?”
said Pamintuan in an interview on Thursday.
“Heads will roll,” he
said when asked by reporters in a press conference
on Thursday about his
plan on alleged illegal
transactions and anomalies in the previous administration headed by Nepomuceno.
Pamintuan disclosed
that Nepomuceno had allegedly maintained about
3,000 ghost employees, including those at the
Women in Agriculture Program (WAP) which had a
budget of P10 million derived from the funds of the
Gender and Development
office (GAD).
In the WAP project,
25 farm technicians, 25,
assistant farm technicians, 20 administrative
assistants, 23 farms
workers and 15 utility
workers and drivers were
employed for one year
beginning in January 1,
2010, according to the
program of work approved
by Nepomuceno and prepared by his ally, former
Councilor Agapito “Pitong”
Del Rosario.
At least P7.5 million
would be used to pay the
JOs employed for the
WAP project. Some
P1.55 million would be
used to buy 100 piglets,
supplies and materials
and the training and seminar for the JOs and the
intended beneficiaries.
In the same document,
P1 million or 10 percent of
the total budget would be
used as contingency
Metro Clark area cited as ICT Center...
DTI, represented by Commissioner Monchito Ibrahim and Secretary Ray
Anthony Roxas-Chua respectively.
With the award, the
Metro Clark area has been
categorized as a prime investment destination for ICT
and BPO investments. All
the essential components
for sustainable BPO and
ICT operations are present
in this zone/vicinity.
“We owe this Center of
Excellence Award to the
unwavering support of our
Metro Clark stakeholders
and to the men and women who have worked hard
to promote and develop
Clark towards attaining its
vision of becoming the preferred investment destination for IT and IT-enabled
industries in the ASEAN
region” Ricafort said.
This is the second time
that the Clark Freeport and
its peripheral communities
were cited by the three
award-giving agencies. In
December 2008, the Clark
Freeport, along with Angeles City, the Municipality of
Mabalacat and its barangay,
Dau, were cited as one of
the country’s top 10 hosts
for Information Technology
(IT) and BPO industries.
The following year, Cyber City Teleservices, Inc.
Senior Executive Vice
President George D. Sorio, Sr. formed the Metro
Clark ICT Council
(MCICTC) and soon after
chaired the newly-established National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) which is
composed of some 33 ICT
Councils nationwide.
The MCICTC is composed of key stakeholders
from various industries:
BPO firms, software, telecom, real estate, business
chambers, the academe,
and government sectors
like the CDC, DTI, and
National Economic and
Development Authority.
In its ICT sector alone,
Ricafort said the Clark
Freeport boasts of 11,172
employees with 43 investor firms. He also noted
that the Clark Freeport as
a whole has over 400 lo-
cators employing close to
60,000 workers in various
industries. The ICT sector accounts for an equivalent of US$113Million in
value of BPO exported
services originating from
Metro Clark in 2009.
Aside from the Metro
Clark area, Metro Cebu
was likewise cited with the
Center of Excellence
award. Ricafort said Metro
Clark and Metro Cebu are
now considered at par with
Metro Manila as the leading ICT investment centers
in the country.
For 2010, the Top 10
Next Wave Cities are
Davao, Sta. Rosa, Bacolod,
Iloilo, Metro Cavite, Lipa,
Cagayan de Oro, Malolos,
Baguio and Dumaguete.
Alvarado vows to crush corruption...
the province in 1898.
Bulakenyo’s cheer
came in the light of allegations of misuse of provincial funds by previous
administrations and allegations that high officials
in the provincial government have been benefiting
from their positions.
The new governor also
vowed to stop all destructive mining in the province
saying that he will move
heaven and earth.
He said that he will
asked national government agencies to temporarily withdraw permits given to all mining operators
in the province until such
time they have reviewed it.
“Environment protection is a key ingredient not
only in agriculture and food
production, but by our society as well and we need
to correct the mistakes
that had been done before,”
he said in vernacular.
Alvarado also vowed to
lead the rehabilitation of
the Marilao-MeycauayanObando River which has
been included in the “dirty
30” or list of 30 dirtiest
places in the world in
He said that the inclusion of the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando Rivers in
the “Dirty 30” is a symbol
of misgovernnance, misadministration and lack of
concern to the environment and communities
surrounding it.
With regards to local
governance finance, he
urged all local government
units in the province from
the city and municipal level to barangay levels to
practice austerity measures.
“Tigilan muna natin ang
mga proyektong pasikat
upang sa mga proyektong
higit na makikinabang ang
Bulakenyo magamit ang
pondo. We must invest
more on our people,’ he
With regards to the
feared dismissal of capitol
employees, he said that no
one will be dismissed yet.
However, he said that
he knows who really
worked for the benefit of the
Bulakenyos, compared to
those who worked to benefit someone politically.
A former mayor of
Hagonoy town for 12
years, Alvarado served as
congressman of the first
district of Bulacan from
In 2007, he was elected Vice Governor, and defeated former Bulacan
Governor Josie dela Cruz
by more than 40,000
votes in the historic 2010
automated elections.
Yesterday, Alvarado
took oath of office along
with some local officials of
the province.
However, it was notice-
able that some local mayors in the province were
conspicuously absent yesterday as they joined the
oath taking ceremony last
Friday led by former Governor Joselito Mendoza
who has been elected as
congressman of the third
district of Bulacan.
It was also observed
that Mendoza’s partymates in the Sangguniang
Panlalawigan did not participate in yesterday’s
mass oath taking.
There are also towns in
the province which completely ignored the mass
oath taking as only one of
their elected councilors
took part in the event.
This is particularly true
for the towns of Bocaue
and Marilao.
After the mass oath
taking, Alvarado walked to
the provincial capitol building then to the governor’s
office with his supporters
in tow.
Skeletons belong to Filipinos...
quested as necessary
from local residents living
in the area for a long
time,” he said.
Kato said that after
such procedures, “authorized representatives from
the national museum
which is under the Office
of the President of the
Philippines, and members or representatives of
the Japanese government
missions review and ex-
amine the remains.”
“Thereafter the national museum representative
issues a certification recognizing the collected remains as Japanese soldiers’ remains. Finally we
send the said remains
back to Japan with the
certification,” he added.
He stressed that “the
Japanese government has
never bought the collected remains from anyone.”
“It should be recognized by the Filipino pub-
lic that the Japanese government received the cooperation of the National
Museum in searching for
the remains of Japanese
soldiers in the country,” he
At this time of the
year, the Japanese people are preparing for their
annual ancestral ceremony called Bon held either
in July or August which,
along with the New Year’s
celebration, is considered
to be one of the two most
important observances in
Japan. During Bon ceremony, family members
return to their parental
homes to honor all spirits
of the dead who are believed to return to their
homes at that time.
Japanese people are
known to remember and
venerate their ancestors
through purification rituals
that take place from the
seventh to the hundredth
year anniversary of their
death. –Ding Cervantes
Korina Sanchez, Noli De Castro
out na sa ABS-CBN
OUT NA MUNA si Korina Sanchez at Noli De Castro sa ABS–CBN. Mukhang doble-malas ang inabot ni Korina dahil nga natalo
ang mister niyang si Mar Roxas sa vice presidency at ngayon nga, nawalan pa siya ng trabaho. Hindi rin daw kukunin si Noli
Boy ngayong political lame duck na siya.
Humarap sa entertainment press ang head ng News and Current Affairs ng ABS-CBN na si Maria Ressa kasama ang
kanyang mga news anchors sa TV Patrol at Bandila sa isang presscon na ginanap last Monday.
Ang nasabing presscon ay para sa malaking pagbabago sa naturang dalawang news programs ng network kasabay ng
pagpapalit ng dating administrasyon.
Aside from Ressa, naroroon sina Julius Babao, Karen Davila, Alex Santos, Henry Omaga-Diaz, Bernadette Sembrano,
supervising producer Cheryl Favila and Director, Multi-Platform Strategy, Program Development and Customer Satisfaction na
si Anna Rodriguez.
Hindi nakarating si Ted Failon dahil may family emergency raw ito at si Ces Drillon na kasalukuyang may istoryang kino-cover.
Sa nasabing presscon ay napakaraming katanungan ang nasagot at mga isyung nabigyan ng linaw. Isa na rito ay ang
tanong ng bayan na kung babalik pa ba si Korina Sanchez ngayong tapos na ang eleksyon.
“A good rule of thumb for us is exactly what happens in government when you run for office. You campaign, and you either
don’t get the office or you resign in the process. There’s a one-year rule. I think it’s a good rule for us to take on because in the
campaign, while Korina herself did not run for office, she also campaigned. It will be hard to think that she will be able to say
reports on Vice President Binay. So a one-year break and we’ll assess again,” paliwanag ni Ms. Ressa.
Natanong din kung totoo ba ang tsismis na babalik na rin si Kabayang Noli de Castro at say ng lady executive, “Let me put
by Cesar Pambid
it this way. I’m very, very happy with the anchors that we have. They work very hard to give you the news.
So at this point in time, I don’t see our news anchors changing.”
Isa sa mahalagang nabigyan ng linaw ng News and Current Affairs team ay ang akusasyong Aquino
ang ABS-CBN at biased daw sa pagre-report during the campaign.
are not an Aquino station, at least, the news,” paglilinaw ni Ms. Ressa. “People have said we’re
biased, and I always answer back, ‘Bias is in the eyes of the beholder.’ An independent monitoring group,
the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, analyzed all of the news programs of GMA-7 and ABSGUAGUA, PAMPANGA
CBN during elections and they came out with a study that showed that ABS-CBN had no bias in their
“I don’t think the way we report the news will change in the administration. We are in many instances,
harder than any of our competition, because, we, even internally, we really try to push aside vested
OF LIVE BIRTH OF LEONY MACASPACinterests. Our goal is to serve the Filipino people the best way possible and that means telling them the
way it is even if it’s hurtful to us.”
Napag-usapan din ang reklamo ni Willie Revillame na biased ang news department pati na rin ang
komento minsan ni Kris na ang mga taga-news ay evil people dahil na rin sa ipinakita nila ang footages ni
– versus –
SP. PROC. NO. 10-2316
Baby James na nagsasalita ng “Villar”.
“Willie Revillame was campaigning for a candidate, perhaps they weren’t happy with the way we were
reporting on it. Our goal is not to make them happy, our goal is to tell the truth. So on that day, we ran
Willie saying that we are biased, that same report, we also ran Kris saying that we’re evil people,”
GENERAL (National Statistics Office),
pahayag pa ng lady executive na bahagyang natawa sa huling sinabi.
Tungkol naman sa isyung may malaking utang na loob daw ang may-ari ng ABS-CBN (Lopez’) sa mga
ani Ms. Ressa, “Look at our reports, look at our reporters. We’re not the ones, we have no utang
Ako as a reporter, as a journalist, I have no utang na loob to anyone except the people I write
On May 17, 2010, petitioner, through counsel, Atty. Edgardo M.
reports for.”
Vitug, filed the instant petition praying that after due notice, publication
Nagsimula na ang malaking pagbabago sa TV Patrol sa tulong ng makabagong augmented reality at
and hearing, an Order be issued directing the Local Civil Registrar of
touch screen technologies na unang ginamit sa matagumpay na Halalan 2010 election coverage noong
Lubao, Pampanga to make the necessary correction/cancellation on
the record of birth of petitioner relative to the entry of her sex or gender
Mayo 10.
and the same be changed from Male to Female.
Sa Bandila naman, malaking pagbabago rin ang ihahatid ng late night newscast kasama ang anchors
WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be sufficient in form and
na sina Henry Omaga Diaz at Ces Orena Drilon. Mas malalim na pagbusisi ang hatid ng programa sa mga
substance, the Court hereby:
paksa tulad ng consumerism na iuulat ni Alvin Elchico at malalim na talakayan tungkol sa pulitika na
(a) sets the case for hearing on August 24, 2010 at 1:30 o’clock
ihahatid ni Lynda Jumilla.
Presiding Judge
Punto! Central Luzon: June 25, July 2 and 9, 2010
Notice is hereby given that BASTI, whose picture appears herein, was
abandoned by his mother sometime on October 2007 and that Teresita
Dela Rosa, 60 years old, married and a resident of Essel Park Subdivision,
Telabastagan, City of San Fernando wishes to adopt said abandoned
Punto! Central Luzon: July 2, 2010
Sa relasyon kay John Lloyd Cruz…
“Kung saan masaya si Shaina, masaya na rin ako!”
NAGSALITA NA si Vina Morales tungkol sa love affair ng kapatid niyang si Shaina Magdayao at John
Lloyd Cruz.
Ito yung pag-amin ni John Lloyd sa relasyon nila ni Shaina sa The Buzz, pero ’di niya napanood kaya
ayaw mag-comment. “I just heard it from other people at nirerespeto ko ang sinabi niya. Thankful ako
dahil bilang kapatid, gusto ko lang happy si Shaina.”
Kanino mas masaya si Shaina kina John Lloyd at John Prats?
“Hindi ako makakasagot niyan, si Shaina ang makakasagot n’yan, basta kung saan siya masaya.
Siya na lang ang kausapin nyo.”
At yung tungkol Ruffa, wala raw rason para maapektuhan ang friendship nila ni Ruffa Gutierrez na
kumare niya at welcome itong pumunta sa Ystilo pati si John Lloyd.
And speaking of Ystilo,
Ang co-owners na sina Vina Morales at bayaw na si Frederico Moreno ang nag-welcome kay Geoff
Eigenmann as the newest and male endorser ng Ystilo Salon na after 10 years of operation, may more
than 30 branches na. Balak nilang palaguin pa ang salon business nila and who knows, after ilang
years, madagdagan ang endorsers nilang sina Pilita Corrales, Shaina Magdayao at Geoff. Dream ni Vina
na magkaroon sila ng international branches.
Sabi ni Vina, company decision ang pagkuha kay Geoff as their male endorser at ’di isyu kung Kapuso
ito at si Vina ay Kapamilya. “Naniniwala kami kay Geoff and its easy to dress him up at nakita n’yo
naman sa AVP,” pagmamalaki ni Vina.
MMFF official entries inihayag na
INIHAYAG NA sa Club Filipino ng MMFF Selection Committee ang walong pelikula na official entry sa
darating na Metro Manila Film Festival sa December.
Ang mga pelikulang nakapasok sa walong official entry ng MMFF ay ang mga sumusunod: 1) Ang
Agimat Ni Enteng na unang pagsasamahan nina Vic Sotto at Bong Revilla at ipoprodyus ng GMA Films,
M-Zet, APT, OctoArts at Imus Productions.
2) Ang Tanging Ina Mo Rin (Last Na ‘To!) na pagbibidahan ni Ai-Ai delas Alas under Star Cinema, 3)
Dalaw ng Cine Media, 4) Father Jejemon ng RVQ Productions na pagbibidahan ni Dolphy. 5) Rosario ng
Cine Mabuhay, 6) RPG na isang animation film ng Star Cinema, 7) Shake, Rattle & Roll ng Regal Films na
isang all-star-cast movie at Super Inday and The Magic Bibe na pagbibidahan ni Marian Rivera.
Sa dami ng producers ng Ang Agimat ni Enteng, tiyak na hindi basta-bastang pelikula ang gagawin
nila. Exciting din ang pagsasama na ito nina Vic at Bong sa isang pelikula.
Sigurado kaming si Wenn Deramas na gumawa ng Tanging Ina series ang magdidirek ng Tanging Ina
(Last Na ‘To!) at tiyak na ibubuhos din niya lahat ng powers para maging bonggacious ito.
Hindi rin dapat isnabin ang Shake, Rattle & Roll ni Mother Lily at ang Super Inday ni Marian. I’m sure,
di rin sila magpapatalbog!
Exciting ang line-up this year, kaya tiyak panalo ang moviegoers, huh!
May napili ring pang 9th slot ang Selection Committee ng MMFF at ito ay ang pelikulang Ana Salamangka
ng Regality Entertainment. Mapapasama lang bilang official entry ng 2010 MMFF ang naturang pelikula
kung magkaroon ng aberya sa walo nilang napili.
Ang criteria for the selection of the 8th official entries are story, creativity, wrting excellence, innovation
and thematic value na ang equivalent ay 40%. Dapat ay meron ding commercial viability na 50% ang
equivalent at dapat may Filipino cultural and/or historial value na 10% ang equivalent with an overall total
of 100%
Ayon sa chairman ng MMFF Selection Committee, matindi nilang pinagdebatehan ang 12 pelikulang
nag-submit ng kanilang script bago nila napili ang Top 8.
in the afternoon;
(b) orders petitioner (1) to serve within seventy – two (72) hours
from receipt hereof copies of the petition and its annexes to the Office
of the Solicitor General of the Philippines at 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi
Village, Makati City, Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, City of San
Fernando, Pampanga; and the Local Civil Registrar of Lubao,
Pampanga; and (2) to show proof of said service to this Court;
(c) orders all persons interested in this petition: (1) to appear on
said date and time before this Court – Regional Trial Court, Branch 49,
Guagua, pampanga; (2) to show case, if any, why the petition should
not be granted;
(d) orders the Solicitor General to enter his appearance in this
case for the State seventy-two (72) hours from receipt of this Order;
(e) orders the Officer-In-Charge of this Court to furnish copies of
this Order to the petitioner, her counsel, the Solicitor General, the Local
Registrar of Lubao, Pampanga, the Provincial Prosecutor of
Pampanga, the Civil Registrar General of the Philippines and the
National Statistics Office who are given fifteen (15) days from notice of
the petition or from the last date of publication of such notice, within
which to file their comment/opposition thereto, if any.
Further, let the petitioner at her expense, publish this order before
the date of hearing for three (3) consecutive weeks in newspaper of
general circulation in the Province of Pampanga in accordance with
P.D. 1072. Likewise, the petitioner is directed to pay the amount of
Five Hundred (Php500.00) Pesos to the Office of the Provincial
Prosecutor, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, as appearance fee of
the Public Prosecutor and through whose office the Solicitor General
shall be represented in the proceedings, and to show proof to the
Court of such payment made on or before the scheduled hearing.
Guagua, Pampanga. May 25, 2010
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – President-congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-
This seems to be the
new title for former Pres.
Arroyo by dint of informal
consensus here during the
swearing in ceremonies for
provincial victors in the last
May 10 polls.
“I had wondered how to
address her, but when I
heard her being introduced
earlier as president-congresswoman, I thought it
most appropriate,” said
newly installed Gov. Lilia
Pineda in her inaugural
speech after Supreme
Court Associate Justice
Antonio Eduardo Nachura
administered their oaths at
the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here last
Reelected Rep. Aurelio
Gonzalez of this province’s
third district was the first
to introduce Mrs. Arroyo
as president-congresswoman. From thereon, the
former president, who
turned over her post to
Pres. Benigno Aquino III in
ceremonies at the Quirino
Grandstand earlier in the
morning, had been addressed president-congressman for the duration
of the oath-taking rites.
Mrs. Arroyo is the first
president in Philippine history to become a member
of the House of Representatives after her term.
Thus, the issue on how to
address her became a conundrum for many, some
of whom suggested that
she be addressed as
“president” as a matter of
courtesy to her, while others batted for her to be simply addressed as congresswoman in formal ceremonies.
Yesterday’s consensus, although informal,
should resolve the issue,
said reelected Candaba
Mayor Jerry Pelayo.
Arriving at the convention center at 12 noon,
Mrs. Arroyo, who was
wearing a butterfly-sleeved
pina gown, took her oath
at about 2 p.m. with her
husband Miguel Arroyo
and their children Mikey,
Dato and Luli and brother
Arturo behind her. She
said in an interview that
her gown was not new.
The program started
with a Mass officiated by
San Fernando Archbishop
Paciano Aniceto and 14
other Kapampangan
priests. In his homily, Aniceto urged political leaders to shelve aside partisanship and personal
agenda and unite for the
progress of the country.
Mrs. Arroyo still had to
have her lunch, together
with some 2,000 others in
the convention center, at
the time she was sworn
into office. Packed lunches consisting of fried
chicken, pancit, and rice
were served after her oath.
Luli, Mrs. Arroyo’s
youngest child, said she
was relieved that her
mother is no longer president when asked by Punto how she felt.
Despite her apparent
double stature, Mrs. Arroyo played second fiddle
to Gov. Pineda who, for the
finale of the finale of the
entire program, was the
last to be sworn into office.
Master of ceremonies
Rosve Henson announced
Pineda’s oath taking as the
“main event” which, unlike
the swearing in of Mrs. Arroyo, was also ushered in
by a band music that
played the score “Can’t
Take My Eyes Out of You.”
Mrs. Arroyo smiled almost throughout the
swearing in ceremonies
that also installed the newly elected congressmen
from three other Pampanga districts, board members of municipal and city
councils, town and city
mayors and, provincial
board members.
In her speech, Pineda
vowed to focus on health
and education, even as he
thanked her predecessor
former Gov. Eddie Panlilio
for the latter’s accomplishments in Pampanga.
Pineda also expressed
hopes that Pres. Aquino
will continue to help Pampanga, while she appealed
to her constituents in the
province to support the
Aquino administration.
Arroyo with her loyal ally Mayor Pamintuan at
the mass oath-taking. PHOTO BY JOEY PAVIA