Vol 3 No 154.pmd



Vol 3 No 154.pmd
P 8.00
DECEMBER 4, 2009
GMA’s candidacy widens
gap in Pampanga clergy
NGELES CITY- The congressional
candidacy of Pres. Arroyo has
apparently widened the crack in the
Kapampangan clergy as one of the priests
who officiated the Mass before she filed
her candidacy last Tuesday accused a
bishop of wrongly using the pulpit for
“political statements” against the
Fr. Jun Mercado, parish
priest of Barangay Lourdes Sur
in this city, said some parishioners expressed to him their disappointment over alleged statements issued by Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David during
Masses at the Holy Rosary
church downtown against the
candidacy of the President.
“Let us be fair to the people
and to the teachings of the liturgy,” said Mercado who, after the
HUBAD na pagkondena sa Maguinadanao massacre ang isinagawa sa Bulacan State
University ng mga miyembro APO fraternity. PHOTO BY ROMMEL RAMOS
Hubo’t hubad na protesta
sa Maguindanao Massacre
MALOLOS CITY—Naked protest!
Ito ang buod ng isinagawang oblation run ng mga
kasapi ng Alpha Phi Omega
(APO) fraternity sa Bulacan
State University (BulSU) sa
lungsod na ito noong
Miyerkoles bilang pagkondena
sa Maguindanao Massacre at
panawagan para sa mapayapang halalan sa lalawigan sa
susunod na taon.
Kabilang sa 20 kalalakihang
tumakbo ng hubot-hubad sa
loob ng 20 minuto ay mga kasapi ng APO mula sa BulSU, Far
Eastern University (FEU) at
Polytechnic University of the
Philippines (PUP) na matatag-
puan sa Maynila.
Ang oblation run na sinaksihan ng libo-libong mga
estudyante ng BulSU ay
taunang isinasagawa ng Epsilon Kappa BulSU Chapter ng
APO sa loob ng naturang pamantasan bilang bahagi ng
pagkakatatag ng BulSU na
ngayon ay 105 taon na.
Panlilio sees same fate as
Mendoza after joining LP
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Gov. Eddie Panlilio sees parallelism between events in his and
Bulacan Gov. Joselito Mendoza’s three-year gubernatorial
careers and he believes that the
parallelism could go on further
also with his fate looming similar to Mendoza’s electoral case.
Last Tuesday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec)
came out with a decision saying Roberto Pagdanganan won
in the 2007 gubernatorial elections against Mendoza.
This, even as Edgardo Cervando of the Comelec’s election
controversies and electoral disputes (ECAD) division told Punto the electoral case filed by
former provincial board member
Lilia Pineda against Panlilio is
expected to be resolved soon by
the poll body’s second division.
Panlilio noted that he and
Mendoza have been governor for
three years and were faced with
electoral protests filed by losing
candidates known to be close
to the Arroyo administration.
“Mendoza also recently
moved to the Liberal Party which
Zest Air launches Incheon, Korea flights
AFTER A successful Clark-Hongkong
flight, Zest Air now launches its KaliboIncheon, Korea flight on December 4,
2009. Manila-Kalibo flights are also available to connect to the Kalibo-Incheon
Zest Air will be utilizing its brand new
l68/l62 seater Airbus 320 (A320). Among
the privileges of this new route are: affordable introductory fares, baggage allowance of 20 kilos per person and free
inflight meals and refreshments.
According to Ambassador Alfredo M.
Yao, Zest Air’s president and chief executive officer. “the opening of the Incheon,
Korea route, just like the Hongkong
route, is part of the airline’s expansion
program to SouheastAsian regions. After these new routes, Zest Air is expected to boost its market dominance by
planning to fly to Shanghai, Japan and
Flight schedules are as follows:
Kalibo-Incheon- December 4 to December l9, 2009- expected time of de-
parture, l am; expected time of arrival,
6:30 am, Mondays and Fridays.
Incheon-Kalibo- December 4 to December l9, 2009, expected time of departure, 8:25 am; expected time of arrival, ll:55 am.
Kalibo-Incheon-December 20, 2009
onwards- ETD, l am; ETA:6:30 am, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Incheon-Kalibo-December 20 onwards-ETD, 8:25 am; ETA, ll:55 am,
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday.
Incheon is officially known as the Incheon Metropolitan City. It is South Korea’s third largest metropolis after Seoul
and Busan. It is the largest seaport on
the west coast (its location on an estuary made it a good harbor) and home to
the country’s largest airport, Incheon International Airport. It is also South Korea’s most important transport hub.
In the 2lst century, Incheon has become a global business hub centered
around the high-tech and futuristic New
Songdo City which is home to South
Korea’s tallest building—the Northeast
Asia Trade Tower.
Incheon is now home to over 2.5 million people and under the control of one
of the two free economic zone authorities in Korea, with an aim to attract foreign investments and turn itself into a financial and corporate hub along with the
Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zone Authority.
Incheon is regarded as part of the
greater Seoul metropolitan area due to
the fact that it is bordering the capital
and that the Seoul Metropolitan Subway and the Incheon Subway systems
are linked. Incheon is, however, a major
city in its own right and is a separate
jurisdiction from Seoul.
Korea is home to many UNESCO
World Heritage Sites because of its many
fortresses, temples and palaces surrounding this peninsula. Key tourist attractions are Gangwa Island, Yeongjong
Island, Jayu (Freedom) Park, Wolmido
and Bupyeong Station. Incheon has also
Jamaican nabbed on drugs
national allegedly involved in drug
trafficking was arrested by joint
operatives of the Zambales Criminal Investigation and Detection
Team (ZCIDT) and Olongapo
City PNP in a buy-bust operation in his rented hotel in Barangay West Bajac—Bajac, this
city, dawn Wednesday.
Chief Inspector Rogelio
Peñones, Jr., ZCIDT provincial
officer, identified suspect as
Patrick Delos Sanros, 26, of No.
61 Graham St., Barangay East
He was a member of the K-9
dog association created by
former city councilor Brian Gordon.
Peñones said at about 5:30
a.m., the suspect was arrested
at Room 25 of Ideal Hotel in
Barangay West Bajac-Bajac
selling sachet of marijuana fruiting tops to police assets worth
The suspect told investigators “ iniwan lamang ito ng isang
kaibigan sa akin at dadaanan ito
ng kanyang buyer,” but he was
the one caught selling marijuana during the drug operation.
Sanros is now in custody of
ZCIDT, facing charges for violation of RA 9165 before the City
Poresecutors Office here.
won the bid to host the Asian Games in
On February 27, 2007, Incheon declared itself an “English City” and inaugurated the “Incheon Free English Zone”
program. The goal of the program is to
make Incheon as much an English
speaking city as Hong Kong and Singapore are. The ultimate purpose is to
establish Incheon as a commercial and
business hub of Northeast Asia. The official slogan of the program is “Smile with
Presently, Zest Air flies to 19 destinations to and from Manila. These include
Boracay via Kalibo, Bacolod, Busuanga,
Calbayog, Catarman, Clark, Cebu,
Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Manila, Marinduque, Naga, Puerto Princesa, San Jose
Mindoro, Tablas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran
and Virac.
Bookings or flight information may be
coursed through the Reservation Hotline
of Zest Air at 855-3333 or visit
www.zestair.com.ph for more updates.
Ecijanos taste
politics and showbiz
CUYAPO, Nueva Ecija –
Novo Ecijanos received the
early treat of having a
showbiz personality in the
political race.
Three days after Senior
Board Member Rommel
Padilla, himself an actor
who is running for vice
governor, filed his certificate of candidacy along
with gubernatorial tandem,
Vice Gov. Edward Thomas
Joson, his younger brother
Robin Padilla staged a
star-studded birthday here
Monday night.
Their equally popular
sibling, “BB Gandanghari”,
also went up on stage and
declared support for the
Joson-Padilla tandem. The
Hilera Band, a music group
composed of the board
member’s siblings, also
performed numbers.
But both Joson and
Padilla were smart to
declare before the thousands of people gathered
at the town’s auditorium
their readiness in effective
governance beyond looks
and entertainment.
“Ang pinakamaganda
pong natanggap kong
regalo ay ang malaman ko
na magkakaroon na ng
bagong pag-asa ang mga
Novo Ecijano,” the actor
said referring to his brother
and Joson.
Joson and Padilla re
running under Bagong
Lakas ng Nueva Ecija or
Balane, a party created by
the late Gov. Eduardo
Joson which brought him
back to the Capitol in the
first election after then
President Corazon Aquino
unseated local executives.
They are facing incumbent Gov. Aurelio Umali
and businessman Gay
Padiernos, a Lakas-KampiCMD member who ran and
lost in Nueva Ecija’s fourth
congressional district in
However, Umali’s LakasKampi-CMD had its new
Nueva Ecija theme sung by
celebrity singer Ronnie
Liang. Liang himself
presented the song to Novo
Ecija a couple of months
But Joson said that
beyond personalities and
looks, candidates should
be judged based on their
ability to govern and
sincerity to serve.
CDC concludes ‘successful’
Mimosa CBA negotiations
Development Corporation -Special Project for Resort Operation
(CDC-SPRO) announced the
“successful” conclusion of the
negotiations with the union
members of the Mimosa SPRO
on the group’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
CDC President Benigno N.
Ricafort said yesterday’s conclusion of the CBA negotiations “was
a result of months of hard work”
as he cited the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement signed by
CDC-SPRO officials and the Association of Clark Mimosa Employees on Dec. 1, 2009.
“All issues have been resolved,” Ricafort said.
He added: “The CDC-SPRO
has been generous, giving paramount importance to the welfare
of employees at the CDC-SPRO
when it decided to continue operating the tourism estate in
1999 despite of the uncertainties
in the business conditions at
that time.
In the MOA, both the CDCSPRO and union officials agreed
on 18 non-economic benefits
and four economic benefits
which include, occupational,
health and safety/miscellaneous
benefits; grievance machinery;
separation/gratuity pay; and salary increase, among others.
“Among the other important
provisions in the MOA,” Ricafort
said, “is the endorsement of the
SPRO employees to the new
Ricafort quoted the MOA saying “All employees shall be endorsed by the CDC-SPRO resort
to the new investor, subject to the
latter’s management prerogative.”
To assure smooth and peaceful operations of the 215-hectare
Mimosa Leisure Estate and pending its transfer to a new operator,
Ricafort said the MOA also included a “No strike/lockout clause.”
ARE YOU in for an awesome
Christmas treat?
Make way for the brightest
and the grandest Christmas
events this year at SM City Pampanga. Christmas will truly be
in the air as the longest mall
brings you the Grand Christmas
Light Up on December 5 ,6:00
pm at the SM Pampanga mall
grounds, witness the grandest
and longest line of lights filling the
air with Christmas spirit. Watch
as chandelier-like lanterns light
up the entire façade of the longest mall in Pampanga!
For an awesome Christmas
cheer, be part of the unveiling of
the Giant Christmas Tree and
listen to it as it sings joyous
melodies of the season, a first in
the region, a first in the hearts of
the Kapampangans, come and
witness this event on December
6, 6:00 pm at The Newest Wing.
For more of the most enchanting Christmas melodies,
come and watch the much-awaited Caroling Cheers where
Christmas Carols will fill the air
as the best Chorale group all
over the region converge to bring
you songs of the holidays. See
them perform live on December
7 to 10, 14 to 17 and 21 to 24.
For an awesome Christmas
treat, bring the entire family on
December 19 and witness the
Spectacular Christmas Parade where your favorite Holiday
ornaments, gifts and Toys come
to life in a magical parade. Kids
will surely be delighted to see
everything come alive and their
fairytales to come true! Time to
check who’s naughty and who’s
nice as Santa Claus will come
to town! SM brings you “Meet
Santa Claus”!
Time to share with him your
heart’s desires, meet him on
December 18,19,24 & 25 at The
Newest Wing and get a chance
to have your photos taken , plus!
get exclusive prints from Photos
Du Monde. What is a celebration without a magical kaleidoscope of colors? The much awaited Pyrotechnics light up the December skies! Get a chance to
witness the Spectacular Fireworks Display on December 5,
13, 20 , 25, 30 and January 1!
An awesome Christmas
celebration at SM City Pampanga
ni Gov
Mamac ay miyembro lang ng
Liberal Party.”
Ito ang naging sagot ni
Pampanga Gov. Eddie Panlilio nang tanungin siya ng Punto kung sino ang opisyal na
kandidato ng LP sa lungsod ng
Angeles sa isang press conference na ginanap dito kamakailan.
Hindi niya sinagot ng diretso ang tanong ngunit sinabi
niya na hindi siya ang magdedesisyon sa kaso ng barangay captain ng Balibago dahil
ang Angeles umano ay isang
chartered city at hindi na sakop ng probinsya.
umanong i-endorso ni Panlilio
si Mamac dahil sa lumabas na
artikulo sa Punto at sa Philippine Star kamakailan. Ayon sa
artikulo, si Mamac umano ay
isang “girlie bar operator” at
ang kinuha niyang vice mayor
ay isang dating pari na si Cris
“Ang mga mataas na opisyales ng LP ang magdedesisyon sa kasong yan at hindi
ako,” ani Panlilio na hindi naman nagpatutsada kay
Dagdag pa niya na idinadaan sa proseso ng mga
mataas na opisyales ng LP
ang pagtanggap ng mga
miyembro at kung ang mga ito
ay i-eendorso para sa kanilang
posisyong hahabulin sa 2010
Sa isang panayam naman
sa telepono kay Mamac, sinabi niya na simula pa noong
Setyembre 2 ay acting city
chairman na siya ng LP.
At noong Nobyembre 28 ay
pinirmahan ni LP Secretary
General Emilio Aguinaldo
Abaya ang kanyang appointment bilang opisyal na city
chairman at opisyal na kandidato sa pagka-mayor sa Angeles sa darating na eleksyon.
Nakapirma din aniya si
Sen. Mar Roxas sa naturang
“Bago pa maging provincial
coordinator si Panlilio ay naging acting city chairman na
ako ng LP,” ani Mamac.
Sa darating na eleksyon ay
maglalaban sina Mamac, Subic Clark Alliance for Development Council Chairman Ed
“EdPam” Pamintuan at Mayor
Francis Nepomuceno para sa
Ang mga lumahok sa oblation run ay tumakbo ng walang
saplot mula sa tanggapan ng fraternity sa gitna ng tilian ang mga
mag-aaral, pagkatapos ay tumigil sila sa BulSU Heroes Park
kung saan ay inawit ang kanilang himno at nagbalik na muli
sa kanilang tanggapan.
Ayon kay Adonis Paghunasan, grand chancellor ng Epsilon Kappa ng APO sa BulSU,
nais ipabatid sa gobyerno ang
kanilang panawagan para sa
madaliang pagresolba sa Maguindanao Massacre kung saan ay
57 katao ang pinaslang kabilang
ang 30 mamamahayag noong
Nobyembre 23.
Bukod dito, hiniling din ng
mga mag-aaral na mabigyang
katarungan ang walang habas
na pagpatay sa iba pang mga
mamamahayag sa bansa.
Hinggil naman sa papalapit
na halalan, nanawagan din sila
para sa patas, tapat at payapang
Binigyang diin ni Paghunasan na hindi na dapat maulit
ang kontrobersiya tulad ng Hello Garci scandal noong 2004
Kaugnay nito, sinabi pa ni
Paghunasan na kaugnay ng
ika-30 anibersaryo ng APO
magsasagawa ng katulad na
oblation run sa ibat-ibang pamantasan sa bansa ang kanilang mga kasapi sa ika-16
ng Disyembre upang iparating
ang kanilang mensahe ng
pagkundena sa Maguindano
Massacre at patas na halalan.
Ang oblation run ay sinimulan sa University of the Philippines, at ginaya ng mga magaaral ng BulSU simula noong
Hubo’t hubad...
Jousting with
the windmill
O p i n i o n
Misreading Panlilio
“TO DREAM the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause
And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.”
WHERE UNIVERSITY of the Philippines
professor Randy David faltered, they
sprang: To challenge the President of the
Republic herself for that little spot called
2nd district of Pampanga.
For their sheer guts in facing up to the
most formidable politician in the land,
Feliciano Serrano and Adonis Simpao have
earned their niches in Kapampangan, if not
Philippine, history.
Don Quijote de la Mancha lives on.
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Bong Z. Lacson
“DAPAT BIYASA kang mamasang balat candy. (You should know
how to read candy wrappers).”
The allegory – perhaps localized from the idiom of reading
between the lines – is a favorite of Senior Board Member Cris Garbo
when trying to divine the probable motives behind any
pronouncement and every act of Gov. Eddie T. Panlilio. Yes, Garbo
finds any candy wrapper more efficacious than tea leaves on that
So let me do a Garbo and read the candy wrapper on the
governor’s latest pronouncements as they appeared in the papers.
“I will remain a priest because my ordination was divinely
instituted, but then I will be deprived of my priestly powers, including
the power to administer sacraments.”
Thus said Panlilio after disclosing that he has officially asked
Archbishop Paciano Aniceto to grant him dispensation from the
priesthood, invoking there the Melchizedek clause of once-a-priest,
It would look now that aside from his priestly
powers, Panlilio has been deprived his direct line
to God. Yeah, the same God who, Panlilio said,
called him to run for president but he spurned by
giving in to Noynoy. If this God called Panlilio to
run again for governor, Panlilio did not say. Enough
proof that God is already out of coverage area or
unavailable where Panlilio is concerned. This
explains why Panlilio had to take a reverend pastor
– Marco Lazatin – for vice governor. If only to reestablish communication links with God.
“If I opt to get married later, I could not even
get married in church, although it can be done in
civil courts.” Why the civil courts only? The altar
at the His Life City Church can be just fine, so
long as a most distinguished member of their
congregation is the not-so-blushing bride.
Yes, and while at it, why not bring back those
tarpaulins with images of the Capitol couple ingovernance put up at the Arnedo Park by the thenstriking Balas Boys. They looked like wedding
invitations, Garbo noted then.
On the business at hand, Panlilio said: “In
2007, it was a three-cornered fight. But actually,
at that time, the Pineda camp was focused on
the Lapid camp until I came in. But this time, it
will be me and Mrs. Pineda looking at the Capitol
as I have decided to seek reelection and continue
our programs of good governance, ethical
leadership and responsible citizenship.”
Yes, Gov, as it was in 2007, the Pineda camp
was focused on the Lapid camp again this time
around – Senator Lito Lapid proclaiming in October
his intent to seize the governorship anew until he
opted (or was he co-opted?) to seek re-election.
Okay, so what does the candy wrapper say
about the Panlilio mantra of “good governance,
ethical leadership and responsible citizenship”?
Paying the His Life City Church P675,000 for
a leadership and worship services seminar its
youth arm conducted for the Capitol is good
governance and ethical. The separation of Church
and State be damned!
Attesting to the P13 million-plus net worth of
the putative provincial administrator sans a single
centavo for payment from the Capitol for all of
2008. This, vis-a-vis an income tax payment of
P12,000 with a refund of over P3,000 is good
governance and ethical.
Defying court orders to reinstate the provincial
hospital head who was dismissed allegedly on
the whim of the Office of the Governor is good
governance and ethical.
Dismissing from the service proven performers
like social welfare and development chief Luchie
Gutierrez and the Balas Boys, hailed as the real
heroes behind the tremendous increase in the
quarry collections, is good governance and ethical
The list of instances of Panlilio’s brand of good
governance and ethical leadership dating from his
admonition to then acting Gov. Yeng Guiao that
his was “only a caretaker government” and
demanding a stoppage to all scheduled bidding,
to his request for “blanket authority” in all Capitol
deals that is good governance and ethical
“Hindi kami papayag na ibigay na lamang ng
ganoon sa isang babaeng kandidata ang
nasimulan namin ng walang kalaban-laban (We
will not surrender without a fight what we have
started to a woman candidate).”
Wow, for all his deference to his putative
provincial administrator, the dispensation-seeking
suspended priest is a certified male chauvinist.
Women of Pampanga, unite!
Hostage Terry Anderson
freed in Lebanon
ON THIS DAY in 1991, Islamic
militants in Lebanon release kidnapped American journalist Terry Anderson after 2,454 days in
As chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated
Press, Anderson covered the
long-running civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990). On March 16,
1985, he was kidnapped on a
west Beirut street while leaving
a tennis court. His captors took
him to the southern suburbs of
the city, where he was held prisoner in an underground dungeon for the next six-and-a-half
Anderson was one of 92 foreigners (including 17 Americans) abducted during Leba-
non's bitter civil war. The kidnappings were linked to Hezbollah,
or the Party of God, a militant
Shiite Muslim organization
formed in 1982 in reaction to
Israel’s military presence in
Lebanon. They seized several
Americans, including Anderson,
soon after Kuwaiti courts jailed
17 Shiites found guilty of bombing the American and French
embassies there in 1983.
Hezbollah in Lebanon received
financial and spiritual support
from Iran, where prominent
leaders praised the bombers
and kidnappers for performing
their duty to Islam.
U.S. relations with Iran--and
with Syria, the other major foreign influence in Lebanon--
showed signs of improving by
1990, when the civil war drew
to a close, aided by Syria's intervention on behalf of the Lebanese army. Eager to win favor
from the U.S. in order to promote its own economic goals,
Iran used its influence in Lebanon to engineer the release of
nearly all the hostages over the
course of 1991.
Anderson returned to the
U.S. and was reunited with his
family, including his daughter
Suleme, born three months after his capture. In 1999, he sued
the Iranian government for $100
million, accusing it of sponsoring his kidnappers; he received
a multi-million dollar settlement.
Source: www.history.com
2010 Wannabees
and Chimpanzees
Atty. Bong Roque
THE RECENT study made by Dr. Michael Tomasello and contained
in his book “Why We Cooperate,” is interesting as it reveals a lot
about those who filed their CoCs.
Dr. Tomasello, a developmental psychologist and co-director of
the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig,
Germany, designed and conducted an experiment, with the end in
view of finding out what is it in human beings that move them to
help others.
Dr. Tomasello divided his subjects into two: young children, on
one hand, and chimpanzees, on the other.
Experimenting on the first group, he dropped a clothespin in
front of a two-year-old child. He was surprised that, without any
prompting, the child picked up the object. When an 18-month old
infant saw an unrelated adult who wanted to go out of a door but
could not because his hands were full, the child immediately helped
to open the door.
He next conducted the same experiment on apes. What did Dr.
Tomasello find out? Apes could also help, but choose not to.
Dr. Tomasello then concluded that being helpful in humans is
not a learned behavior. The helping behavior, he argues, is innate
because it appears so early, even before many parents could start
teaching their children the rules of polite behavior. Simply put, man
is born with a natural inclination to help, and the willingness to help
others is not something imposed by parents or culture.
But here is the catch. As children grow older,
they become more selective in their helpfulness.
Starting around age 3, they will share more
generously with a child who was previously nice
to them. When they later become a part of a group,
their almost reflexive desire to help — without
expectation of reward — becomes shaped by the
group. That’s when they learn either selflessness
or selfishness.
Significantly, this study comes out at the
heels of the fevered 2010 Election preparations
in our country. If you watch 2010 wannabees
on TV, the standard, almost hackneyed, sound
bite you’ll hear is this: “Tumatakbo po ako dahil
gusto kong makatulong sa ating mga
Although I am tempted to advise them to “tell
that to the Marines,” a big part of me is still
keeping its hopes high that the candidates’
avowed reason for seeking an elective post is
really borne out of their innately genuine desire to
help their constituents.
If they have a hidden agenda somewhere –
whether to reclaim their old elective post, to amass
more wealth, or whatever — then may God have
mercy on their souls.
That is assuming, of course, that chimpanzees
have souls.
Historical landmark
gagawing restoran
ANG SUWERTE naman nitong
napagbigyan ng kontrata para
gawing RESTORAN ang ADMIRAL GUEST HOUSE na matagal ng ginamit ng mga sundalong Amerikano, panahon pa ng
mga itinuturing na HISTORICAL
LANDMARK ng Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
Kung hindi ako nagkakamali, taong 2004 ng unang pagplanohan din itong gawing Café
Bar and Restaurant at ang ipapangalanan sana dito ay PIGARRO CAFÉ, at nagpasa pa
ng Resolution ang Olongapo
City Council para lamang matuloy ito, subalit marami ang tumutol dito, kung kaya hindi naisagawa ang plano. At ito na naman at ayos na daw ang lahat,
at wala ng makakapigil sa plano. Talaga lang ha???
Batay sa impormasyon ng
CASTIGADOR mga dating
SBMA ang nag-aproba para
mapasakamay ito ng isang nagngangalang “JAYLO” na malapit sa kusina na hindi umano
mapapahindian ni SBMA Aministrator ARMAND ARREZA.
Ganun nga ba? Aba matindi,
lahat ng hinihiling ibinibigay.
HOUSE noong panahon ng nandito pa sa Subic Bay ang mga
Amerikano ay ginagamit itong
lugar para diyan magpulong ang
mga matataas na opisya ng
NAVY hanngang sa tuluyan itong
iniwan ng sila ay mag-pullout
noong 1991 ng sumabog ang Mt.
Pinatubo. At ginamit na rin yang
lugar sa pagpupulong ng SBMA
at alam niyo yan at sa isang
iglap gagawin RESTORAN.
Sa lugar na yan diyan din
matatagpuan ang TAPAN PARK
at na siyang malimit na gawing
pasyalan ng ating mga kababayan.
Tanong ng taumbayan, ano
kayang hangin ang pumasok sa
mga kukute ng mga nagaprobang mga SBMA Board of
Hindi ba ang ADMIRAL
HOUSE ay inihahalintulad ito sa
tahanan ng Pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas, at nag-iisa na
lamang itong HISTORICAL
LANDMARK na natitira sa
SBMA anong klaseng mayroon
tayong pag-iisip, ha! Ha!
Tiyak kapag naging na
RESTORAN na yan, mawawala
na sa ayos at mababahura ang
Ni Felix M. Garcia
massacre,’ gawa ng
kampon ni Lucifer
SA KASAYSAYAN ng pamamamahayag
Na “election related” na matatawag,
Ito na tiyak ang pinaka-marahas
Na insidente ng pagpatay at sukat
Sa limampu’t pito katao, kung saan
Kabilang diyan ang dalawampu’t limang
Mga periodista na ang intensyon lang
Ay makapagbigay ng ulat sa bayan.
At ang tanging pakay lang ay delegasyon
Ng media para sa tatakbong governor,
Sa pagsama nila sa pinaka-“convoy”
Ni Mangudadatu nang mga oras na ‘yon;
Na maghahain lang sana sa Comelec
Ng C.O.C., pero hinarang ng suspek;
Katulong ang kanyang umano ay “private”
Na armadong tao – lahat ay sinalvage!
At pati ang iba, na hinihinalang
Posibleng kasunod lang nila sa daan
Ay nadamay sa brutal na pamamaslang
Ng anila’y grupo ni Mayor Ampatuan;
Sa asawa at sa buong delegasyon
Ng karibal nito sa pagka-governor;
Bilang kapalit ng ngayo’y gobernador
Na amang si Andal Ampatuan Senior.
Pero nang dahil sa marahas na hakbang
Na ginawa nito ay posible pa bang
Matupad ang hangad nitong mapalitan
Ang kanyang ama sa posisyong iiwan?
At nang dahil lamang sa pagiging sakim
Sa kapangyarihan ay makayang gawin
Ng angkan nila ang nakaririmarim
Na krimeng ang kapwa ay pagpapatayin?
Johnny Reblando
lugar, sa una siguro at kapag
tumagal na aywan ko lang.
Isa pa, naka-amba na rin ang
gagawing rally ng mga negosyante sa labas ng SBMA kapag
ipinagpatuloy sa susunod na
taon ang gagawing AYALA
MALL, Phase 1 and Phase 2,
na siyang magpapabagsak sa
negosyo sa labas ng Olongapo.
Abangan ang lahat ng iyan
at hindi ito makakaligtas sa
gagawing pagbubunyag ng CASTIGADOR kung sino-sino na
naman ang mga nasa lokod nito.
Hindi tutol ang CASTIGADOR sa gagawing pagpapaunlad lalo na kung ito ay may kinalaman sa kalakalan, pero
sana naman tingnan muna natin ang magiging epekto nito sa
taumbayan bago natin ito gawin.
Abangan ang lahat na iyan.
At kapwa muslim pa mandin ang asawa
Ni Mangudadatu, na hinalay muna
Kasama ang ibang mga babae pa,
Bago walang awang pinatay din nila?
Kaya marapat lang na kundenahin din
Pati na ng kapwa nila mga muslim,
Pagkat ang ganitong klase ng gawain,
Sa ‘Sharia Law’ ay dapat pagbibitayin!
At di lang pag-“expel” ng ating Pangulo
Sa “ruling party” ang dapat gawin nito,
Kundi madaliin ng kanyang gobyerno
Ang pagsisiyasat sa insidenteng ito.
Na pinaka-malagim sa kasaysayan,
Ng pulitika sa ating Inang Bayan;
Na naganap mandin sa kapanahunan
Ng mga kilalang ka-alyado ni Mam.
Na sinasabing nagpanalo sa kanya
Ng malaki sa nasasakupan nila,
(Kung saan ang ibang ‘presidential’ pa
Ay na-zero o walang botong nakuha?)
Nang sa gayon ay di natin pagdudahan
Itong anila ay pagiging mabagal
Ng imbestigasyon sa suspek sa kasong yan,
Na ngayo’y hawak na ating N.B.I.
Kung saan si Andal Ampatuan Junior
Ang itinuturong suspek sa madugong
Pamamaslang ayon sa mga testigong
Nasa kustodia na ng D.O.J. ngayon.
(May karugtong)
Mass attended by the
President in Lubao before
she filed her candidacy,
went on stage before a rally at the church patio to
appeal to Kapampangans
in the second district to
“support” the President.
This, even as David issued yet another statement saying “I have come
to the conclusion that
PGMA (Pres. Arroyo) is a
big lawbreaker.”
“She breaks the spirit of
the law but she has enough
paid lawyers to justify her
conduct as in keeping with
the letter of the law. This is
precisely what ails our
country,” he said.
David also said the
President “is now giving a
very bad example to ordinary citizens on how to
treat the law. Hanapan mo
ng butas ang batas para
makalusot (Seek a loophole in the law to get by
“This behavior is sinful.
We are all capable of it,
humans as we are, but
Jesus has given us an example on how to rise
above it,” he added.
Even before Mrs. Ar-
royo announced her political plans, David already
issued a statement asking
her not to run “in the name
of decency and for the
sake of propriety.”
Mercado said that
while he respected the
views of David, whom he
acknowledged as his superior “in the same vicariate”,
it would be wrong for the
bishop to make political
statements during Mass.
Noting his experience
for 12 years up to 2002 as
director for the Commission on the Liturgy of the
Archdiocese of San
Fernando, Mercado noted
that the Mass is “a liturgy
of unity and love, and not
one of protest and dissension.”
Mercado noted that in
Lubao last Tuesday, he
endorsed support for the
President after the concelebrated Mass. He also
said that the homily of Fr.
Roland Moraleja comparing the President’s decision to run for a lower post
with Jesus Christ’s assuming human form was
devoid of political undertones.
“Even Fr. Moraleja’s
statement that Kapampan-
gans would lift up the President when other people try
to bring her down was in
the context of the gospel,”
he said.
Mercado asked, “If
some Filipinos can express opposition to the
President, don’t we have
the right to also express
support for the President?”
Asked whether he had
tried to resolve his differences with David over the
issue, Mercado said he
had tried, but that David
had been absent in vicariate meetings of the local
parish to attend to commitments elsewhere.
Replying to Mercado,
David said “I don’t make
political statements in
church. I am a pastor, not
a politician. I only preach
on God’s word and relate
it to current spiritual and
moral issues.”
He also noted that the
comment of Fr. Moraleja
on the similarity of the
moves of the President
and Jesus Christ during
the Mass in Lubao “was
heard on national television and must be rectified
David also urged Mercado to air his grievances
to higher Church authorities rather than the media.
The rift among 120 active Kapampangan priests
in this province first
showed up in 2007 when
Gov. Eddie Panlilio, former
parish priest of Betis in
Guagua town, decided to
run for governor. Some
priests, including those
identified with his rival
former provincial board
member Lilia Pineda, objected to his entry into
politics, while others supported him.
Mercado has been perceived as the leader of at
least 12 of the priests who,
at the height of various
scandals around the Arroyo administration, decided to go to Malacañang to
show support for her leadership and pray for her.
“Since then, we were
labeled Malacañang
boys,” Mercado recalled.
The same priests also concelebrated the Mass in
Lubao last Tuesday.
David is then younger
brother of University of the
Philippines professor Randy David who earlier said
he would oppose Ms. Arroyo in the 2nd district but
backed out.
Panlilio sees same fate as Mendoza...
I also joined only recently,” he said.
He also recalled that
both of them were the
main whistleblowers in the
P500,000 payola scandal
that rocked Malacanang a
few months after he assumed post in 2007.
Both of their electoral
cases were brought before
the Comelec’s second division headed by Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer.
Panlilio said it is possible that recent developments affecting him and
Mendoza could be “vendetta” for their joining the
LP and their past acts
that conflicted with the in-
terests of the administration.
In a three-page resolution, the division directed
Mendoza to “immediately
vacate the Office of the
Provincial Governor of Bulacan; cease and desist
from discharging the functions thereof; and peacefully turn over the said office to protestant Pagdanganan.”
It said the recount of
the votes showed Pagdanganan obtaining a “winning
margin” of 4,321 votes.
Ernesto Francisco said
he did not expect a “fair
ruling” from the Comelec
on the case.
“Based on the actua-
tions of Commissioner
(Nicodemo) Ferrer from
the start, I believe that will
not get a fair ruling. I was
going along with the process because we had no
choice but I personally
believe in its integrity,”
Francisco told Punto in a
text message.
Franciso said “it seems
to me that the objective of
the whole thing is to unseat Gov. Panlilio.”
The case was filed by
Pineda who ran under the
administration Kabalikat
ng Mamamayang Pilipino
(Kampi) party but lost to
Panlilio, who ran as independent candidate, by
1,147 votes.
Pineda and Panlilio are
again opposing each other in next year’s gubernatorial race. Pineda is running under the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, while Panlilio is
now with the Liberal Party.
“We expect the three
members of the 2nd division to come out with a
consensus and then decide who among them will
be the ponente. We expect the resolution on the
case to be promulgated
any time after this,” Cervando said.
Apart from Ferrer, the
other members of the 2nd
division are Commissioners Lucenito Tagle and
Elias Yusoph.
–Ding Cervantes
Tigtigan, Terakan fest a vital part...
Having grown up all my
life in the city, I had never
missed joining the festivities, and in those years,
even as a boy, I felt a
sense of community, camaraderie, oneness and
unflagging spirit to go onward, no matter how difficult.
“Tigtigan Terakan” and
later, the “Sisig Festival”
which was initiated during
the time of then Mayor and
now Congressman of the
first district, Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin had been eagerly anticipated events,
especially among the
young, who took elaborate
measures to make their
participation memorable
and compelling.
Whole day-and-night
revelry that lasted up the
wee hours of the morning
–dancing, singing, eating
in one’s best fineries—joining the mass of humanity
that poured onto main city
streets, moving and merry-making as if following
the beat and cadence of
the baton of a single conductor. It had always been
a spell-binding, overwhelming scene.
It is, therefore, quite a
letdown for many Angeleños that there had
been clear signs that the
two festivals, which had
become Department of
To u r i s m - c a l e n d a r e d
events, had been trivialized, robbing them of their
original allure and grandness as the centerpiece of
our fiesta celebrations.
“Sisig Festival” has
been completely dropped
from the fiesta events.
While “Tigtigan Terakan”
had assumed a new term,
as if it were but a footnote
of a package of programs
that failed to generate thrill
and exhilaration that had
suffused Angelenos in the
past years.
Consciousness of our
roots and pride in the history and culture must be
grandly expressed and
celebrated in the context
of our present-day reality,
even as we grapple with
emerging challenges. In
this sense, the “Tigtigan”
and the “Sisig” Festivals
have become a part of our
identity as a people, a reminder of our triumphs.
Our fiestas are not only
about lifestyle, political
and social preferences, or
how we do business. It’s
deeper than that. The festivities embody a people’s
attitude, culture, thoughts
and values. Angeleños are
fundamentally connected,
traditionally fun-loving,
warm and caring. We
show this is our celebra-
Pakiusap sa press at publiko…
“Wag nang lagyan ng kulay ang pagsasama
namin ni Anne” –LUIS MANZANO
(Kay Angel Locsin pa rin kaya siya?)
tions that demonstrate
that everyone, every citizen, whatever his status is
an integral part of the true
Angeleño way.
Angeles had been one
of the earliest cities to introduce street celebrations, bringing in throngs
of visitors and curiosity
seekers, many of them
foreigners. Now that the
city is a key part of the socalled global landscape of
the region, we should all
the more institutionalize
the “Tigtigan” and “Sisig”
festivities, similar to the
Ati-Atihan in Kalibo, Aklan
which as been compared
to New Orleans’ “MardiGras” and Brazil’s “Carnival in Rio.”
Allowing such famous
Angeles fiesta events to
die for utter lack of interest or misplaced priorities
is like losing a part of our
souls as true Angeleños.
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NAKIKIUSAP SI Luis Manzano na ‘wag nang lagyan ng ibang kulay ‘yung pag-e-escort niya kay Anne Curtis nitong nakaraang Star
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na. But like Luis said, mabuting magkaibigan lang sila ni Anne at walang anumang ibig sabihin ‘yun.
Depensa pa niya, alam ni Angel na kasama niya ang young actress.
“Sa akin pa nga ipinadala ni Angel ang pasalubong kay Anne kasi alam niyang magkikita kami,” sabi pa ni Luis.
Kaya raw sila ang magkasama ay dahil magkausap sila earlier and they both found out na pareho silang pupuntang mag-isa sa affair.
“So, sabi ko, mas maganda kung magkasama na lang kaming pupunta,” pagpapatuloy pa ni Luis.
Sabi naman ng isang nakausap namin, bumabalik daw si Luis Manzano kay Angel Locsin at mukhang malapit na itong magtagumpay? Meaning, malapit na silang magkaayos muli?
Hindi pa namin nakakausap si Angel kaya hindi namin alam kung totoo o hindi ang latest development na ito.
Ayon naman kay Angel, inaayos ni Luis ang sitwasyon nila pero kuntento na raw muna siya na nag-uusap na silang dalawa.
Ang kaso, nakita si Luis last Sunday sa Star Awards for TV na si Anne Curtis ang ka-date. Niyaya raw niya si Angel na dumalo but
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“Huwag na nating bigyan ng kulay, bata pa lang kami, magkaibigan na kami ni Anne,” pagwawakas pa ni Luis
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This is a verified petition filed by the petitioner, by counsel, praying
that after due notice, publication and hearing, an Order be issued directing
the City Civil Registrar of San Fernando, Pampanga, and the
Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office, Quezon City, to
correct the erroneous entries in the Certificate of Live Birth of Minor
Nicca Marie David Lalu, under Local Civil Registry No. 98-6411 by
deleting the entry on the date and place of marriage of parents.
Finding the aforesaid petition to be sufficient in form and substance,
the Court hereby sets the hearing thereof on February 1, 2010 at 8:30
in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court, 2 nd Floor, RTC
Building, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, when and where all
persons who may have interest in the said petition may appear and to
show cause, if any, why the same should not be granted.
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Solicitor General, at 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City;
2). The City Civil Registrar of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga;
and 3). The Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office, Quezon
City, and to show proof of said service to this Court.
Let the petitioner at her expense, publish this Order for three (3)
consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province
of Pampanga. Likewise, petitioner is directed to show proof to the Court
of payment of the sum of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) to the
Department of Justice, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, as
appearance fee.
Furnish copies hereof the petitioner; her counsel; the Office of the
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City of San Fernando, (P), October 12, 2009
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TOTOO KAYANG isnaban pa rin nang isnaban sa set ng Darna sina Katrina Halili at Marian Rivera? Mula raw
nang magkairingan sila noon sa Marimar, plastikan lang sila’t ‘di na talaga bumalik ‘yung dating samahan nilang
dalawa. That time, sinasabing insecure si Kat kay Marian dahil nasapawan nga siya sa kasikatan nito. Number
one young star noon si Katrina kaya natural lang na makaramdam ito ng insecurity noong mga panahong ‘yun.
Balik-kontrabida na naman si Katrina Halili kay Marian Rivera sa bagong season ng Darna. Siya si Serpina,
anak nina Kobra at Babaeng Impakta at half-sister ni Valentina. Gumanap bilang Black Darna si Katrina sa
Darna ni Angel Locsin noon at naka-two-piece costume rin siya tulad ni Darna.
Ngayon bilang si Serpina, at least balot daw ang katawan niya sa kanyang body-hugging na snake costume.
Inamin din niya na mas close siya kay Angel kaysa kay Marian kung saan nagkaroon pa sila ng gap noong
Marimar days nila.
Hanggang ngayon daw ay nagte-textan pa sila ni Angel samantalang hindi raw sila nag-uusap ni Marian.
Hangga’t maaari ay ayaw na rin niyang pag-usapan pa si Hayden Kho pero aminado siyang natutuwa siya na
ni-revoke na ng PRC ang medical license ni Hayden for life.
Hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa siya tumatanggap ng bagong suitors at aminado siyang na-trauma siya sa
mga lalaki dahil sa video scandal nila ni Hayden.
“Hindi na hinahanap ng katawan ko ang lalaki,” pahayag ni Kat.
Gina Alajar gutom sa publisidad?
NAGUGULUHAN NA ang publiko kay Gina Alajar. Napaka-conflicting na ng mga sinasabi niya dahil nga sarili na
niya’ng sinasalungat niya.
Sa true lang, halata na talagang nagpapakontrobersyal lang sina Gina pati na’ng anak niya kaya nagdidiwara
sila tungkol kay Krista Ranillo. Hindi ba, nakauuta nang pakinggan si Geoff na kalalaki niyang tao, panay din
ang dakdak gayung hindi naman talaga siya kasali sa isyu. Kung bakit ‘di na lang ipinaubaya sa ina ‘yung
pagkaklaro kung meron mang dapat klaruhin.
Anyway, nagsalitg nga si Gina na wala daw siyang dapat ipa-public apology sa kampo nio Krista. ‘Yung
sinabi raw niya sa kanyang Facebook ay ‘yun ang nararamdama niya kaya wala siyang dapat na ikatakot
Sabi pa ni Gina, hindi naman daw siya pinakakain ng sinoman
kaya wala siyang dapat na kilalanin kanino mang tao. At sinabi
Anne Curtis
niya ‘yan on national tv na may conviction pa.
Ang nakapagtataka lang, kung bakit putak pa siya nang
putak sa The Buzz na kesyo idedemanda raw niya dahil nga
pinakialaman ang kanyang Facebook.
Susme, hindi yata alam ni Ms. Alajar ang kanyang pinagsasabi.
Imagine, ‘yung hindi niya kayang gawin ay gusto niyang ipagawa sa ibang tao.
Anyway, heto ang mga pronouncements ni Gina
Alajar na halatang promo ng kanyang tv project.
Ano ba itong si Gina Alajar, gutom sa publisidad?
“This will be a solo battle, ang kasama ko lang
palagi riyan ay pamilya ko.”
Ito naman ang paniniguro ng Sana Ngayong Pasko co-star ni Susan na si Gina Alajar tungkol sa
kinasasangkutan gusot sa pamilya nina Mat at
Krista Ranillo.
Ayon kay Gina, ikinagulat niya ang statement ng anak na si Geoff na ang pamilya
nila ang matagal nang naghihintay ng apology, pero walang dumating.
“Nagulat din ako, eh, kung bakit lumabas sa bibig niya ‘yun.
“I would feel bad kung hindi magpa-public apology ang The Buzz. I will feel sad,
kasi, it just goes to show hindi sila puwedeng pagkatiwalaan. I’m sorry, I’m
“This is not about Boy Abunda,
this is not about Kris Aquino, this
is not about Ruffa Gutierrez. Alam
ko kung sino ang nagsulat ng article, alam ko kung sino ang researcher, kilala ko. I hold them
“Meron talagang mga tao
na hindi umaamin ng
kasalanan. Meron talagang
mga taong hindi umaamin ng
pagkakamali nila, maybe
isa rin ako roon, I do not
know. Pero ganu’n talaga
Ang gulo ni Gina, hindi
po ba?
GMA’s candidacy widens gap...
Tigtigan, Terakan
fest a vital part of
the Angeles soul
THE EMPIRICAL truth to the
saying worst times bring out the
best in man has something to
do with the present-day reality
of Angeleños.
In the aftermath of the cataclysmic Mt. Pinatubo eruption in
1991 Angeles City was virtually
turned into a rubble of destruction. Widespread desolation had
forced human enterprise into a
standstill. Community life reduced to a day-to-day struggle
for survival.
Horrible adversity had spared
no one, and the Angeles City
leadership, saddled with the
enormous burden of keeping
alive whatever was left of the peoLopez
ple’s flickering hope had to move
fast, in resourceful ways.
First and foremost, to effectively mobilize the collective strength
of the community, the leadership must revive the broken spirit of
the people, rallying them into action by invoking the old bayanihan
spirit—the traditional resiliency of the Filipino.
Massive and herculean rebuilding work was paralleled by a creative drive to stimulate the people’s enthusiasm, reminding Angeleños that they belonged to a proud race.
Thus was born such shibboleths as “Agyu Tamu” popularized
by the administration of then Angeles City Mayor Edgardo “Ed”
But what had so far captured the imagination of the people and
gained spirited response was the staging of the annual street festivity called “Tigtigan Terakan” which were conceived and designed
to lift the spirit of Angeleños as they recovered from the excruciating pain of the Mt. Pinatubo devastations.

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