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Vol 4 No 78.pmd
P 8.00
VOLUME 4
NUMBER 78
FRI - SAT
NOVEMBER 19 - 20, 2010
Fetus
nakuha
sa ilog ng
Bulacan
NI DINO BALABO
P-Noy asked to free
political detainees
BY DING CERVANTES
HAGONOY, Bulacan—
Makunsensiya sana
kayo!
Ito ang naging pahayag ng mga residente
ng bayang ito matapos
masagip ang may apat
na buwang fetus sa ilog
kamakalawa ng hapon.
Nanawagan naman
ang simbahan sa mga
magulang na nagpaplanong ilaglag ang kanilang sanggol na buhayin ito at hayaang
maipanganak at ipaampon sa halip na patayin
at magkasala sa Diyos.
“Dapat makunsensiya ang mga taong
may kagagawan ng pagtatapon ng mga fetus,”
ani Restituto Santos,
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A
NGELES CITY – Leaders of
militant groups from Central
Luzon trooped the other
day to Malacañang to appeal to
Pres. Aquino to release all 25
“political detainees” from the
region as his mother, the late
former Pres. Corazon Aquino, did
when she assumed power in 1986.
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SPECIAL REPORT
The politics of pigs…
and chickens too
Aurora
journalist's
house
bombed
CAMP RAVINA, Aurora –
Unidentified men tossed a
bomb inside the residential compound of a veteran broadcaster in Barangay Buhangin, Baler here
Wednesday night, causing a wide explosion that
damaged the front door of
the house, police said yesterday.
No one was reported
hurt in the explosion which
occurred at around 7 pm
Wednesday at the house
of Bernie Rada, correspondent of Pampangabased Central Luzon TV
36 (CLTV 36) and anchorman of local radio station
“Radyo Natin” and a former
president of the Aurora
Press Club (APC).
Rada said he was
clueless on the identity of
the suspects and their
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BY PUNTO I-TEAM
The sum of money in P500 bills amounting to P193,000 and an index
card used as label. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
PORAC, Pampanga – Aling Gelang managed to do
this time what she had not done for a long time:
break into a wide smile, notwithstanding the strong
smell of pig wastes and the swarms of flies that had
long been part of her day-to-day existence.
“May pag-asa nang maibsan ang matagal na
naming kalbaryo mula sa mga babuyan at manukan dito. Natalo na ang kanilang protector,” she
said, her eyes beaming with hope for better days
and fresher, cleaner air ahead.
She was referring to now ex-Barangay Chairman
Merlito Bengco of Sta. Cruz, whose “Team MB” selfproclaimed as meaning “Maunlad na Barangay” was
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BETWEEN BALINTAWAK, SUBIC
P193K found inside MPTC bares plans to
Blueboy’s aide table remove 2 toll booths
‰ EdPam to use ‘treasure’ to buy filter for dialysis
BY JOEY AGUILAR
ANGELES CITY – City hall workers
here accidentally found some P193,000
cash in a brown envelope when they
opened the drawer of a table allegedly
being used by former city administrator Mark Allen Sison.
In a text message, Mayor Edgardo
Pamintuan however said that “Blueboy’s lackey will deny it’s theirs.”
Witnesses who refused to be
named told Punto that they accidentally found the brown envelope containing P193,000 cash inside the table
when they were about to transfer it to
the city information office.
PAGE 2 PLEASE
CLARK FREEPORT – The
Metro Pacific Tollways
Corp. (MPTC) has bared
plans here to remove toll
areas between the Balintawak point of the North
Luzon
Expressway
(NLEX) and Subic Freeport
at the Subic-Clark-Tarlac
Expressway (SCTEX) as
part of its plans amid its
pending takeover of
the latter.
MPTC president and
chief executive officer Ramon Fernandez bared this
in his speech during the
general meeting of the
Pampanga Chamber of
Commerce and Industry
(PamCham) here last
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Ecija PNP probes ‘Bravo for Justice’
BY ARMAND GALANG
Si Brian Borling ng Cagayan De Oro City ng Team Tribe ang nanguna sa Triathlon na ginanap sa
White Rock Beach Resort, Subic, Zambales. Kuha ni Johnny R. Rebalando
200 atleta sumabak sa triathlon sa Subic
NI JOHNNY R. REBLANDO
SUBIC, Zambales – Mahigit sa 200
mga atleta mula sa ibat-ibang lugar
ang sumali sa isang Triathlon competition na nagsimula sa White
Rock Beach Resort dito kamakailan.
Binigyang hudyat ni Zambales
Provincial Administartor Jun Omar
Ebdane ang panimula ng kumpetisyon. Nauna rito ang may dalawang kilometrong paglangoy, sinundan ito ng may 91 kilometrong
pagbisikleta mula sa White Rock
Beach Resort hanggang sa Cabanggan, Zambales pabalik ng Subic at
pagkatapos ay tatakbo ng 20 kilometro bago tuluyang magtapos sa
finish line.
May ilan naman sa mga siklista
ang nasiraan subalit sa kabila nito
ay nagawa paring makahabol.
May ilan din sa mga atleta ang
napagod dahil sa sobrang init at nagpahinga muna bago nagpatuloy sa
kumpetisyon.
Todo arangkada paakyat at pababa ng bundok sa pagtakbo sa
may 20 kilometrong layo habang
naka-antabay naman ang Emergency Response Unit ng Philippine
National Red Cross para magbigay ng First Aid sa mga atleta.
Sa nasabing kumpetisyon, nanguna si Brian Borling, 23-anyos ng
Cagayan De Oro City ng Team
Tribe at sa loob ng isang taon pagsali sa kumpitisyon, ito ang kanyang kauna-unahang pagkapanalo.
Pumangalawa naman si Ferdinand Catabian ll ng Team Herbalife at pumangatlo naman si LC Langit ng Polo Tri Team.
Porac team wins anew
in Tarzan cage tourney
BY JOEY PAVIA
PUNTO! CENTRAL LUZON • NOVEMBER 19 - 20, 2010 • FRIDAY - SATURDAY
ANGELES CITY – A
team in nearby Porac
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continues to dominate
the ongoing 6thCongressman Carmelo “Tarzan”
Lazatin invitational bas-
LET THE GAMES BEGIN. Pogi Lazatin tosses
the ball during the ceremonial jump ball at the
opening of the 6th Rep. Lazatin cup recently.
ketball open at the L and
S Subdivision in Barangay Sto. Domingo, here.
Bannered by Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players Mark
Yee and Ronnie Matias,
Poracay Resort Club defeated JR Party OutletDiamond during the tournament’s opening last
November 6. Then the
team named after the
popular resort in Porac
won over Roel’s Meat
Products, General 9 and
5, and DG Cubacub.
The other team in the
six-team basketball tourney is Magalang Selection.
Cup Commissioner
Pancho Garcia disclosed
that the participating
teams will compete in a
double-round-robin elimination round. The top two
squads will slug it out in
a best-of-three series
championship.
Garcia said Lazatin
had allotted P100,000 as
cash prize. The champion will get P60,000,
while the runner-up will
receive P30,000. The
third placer will be given
P10,000.
No less than Carmelo
“Pogi” Lazatin, son of the
congressman, led the
opening of the tournament. His father started
to sponsor the yearly
tournament in 2004 when
he was city mayor.
Lazatin, for his part,
said the “very essence of
the tournament is to promote sportsmanship.”
P193K found inside Blueboy’s aide table
FROM PAGE 1
“We’re cleaning the
table when we found the
envelope taped under its
drawer,” one of the witnesses said in the dialect.
An index card was
also found inside the envelope with specifications
that read: “NES-SAN
BLDRS. Const. of Drainage System along Don
Juico Ave. and Don Meliton Ave. (Funded by
BCDA). Total contract
amount P9,770,373.25 X
ratification
3%
=
293,111.19 Less: Advance 2/26/08 – 100,000
Balance=P193,111.19.”
(see photo)
As of press time, Sison cannot be reached for
comments.
A source who refused
to be named fearing repris-
al said the money may
have been forgotten due “to
the huge amount that they
are holding and have
‘earned so much’ in the
last three years.”
Deputy Information Officer Deo Sambilay said
City Administrator Dennis
“Noy” Pamintuan has given the money to the treasurer’s office on Thursday.
Asked what will he do
to the money, the mayor
said he is planning to use
it in buying dialyser or the
filter being used during dialysis sessions.
“These filters are too
expensive and the
P193,000 that we found
could help a lot,” he said.
The mayor earlier announced that the city government will build a dialysis center for indigents
here.
CABANATUAN CITY – The Nueva Ecija police provincial office (NEPPO) is now investigating a group called
“Bravo for Justice”, an organization where alleged killers of Licab town Vice Mayor Luisito Caraang belong,
a ranking police officer disclosed on Wednesday.
“We can not say right now that the group is an organized crime gang,” said Senior Supt. Roberto Aliggayu, Nueva Ecija police director.
He said that the name of the organization first
cropped up when a neophyte, identified as Sonny Pascua of Victoria, Tarlac, told Task Force Caraang that he
was being recruited to be one of its members. To acquire full-pledged membership, Pascua reportedly told
probers that he was tasked to monitor the movement of
VM Caraang and report it to the group before dawn on
Oct. 9.
Caraang was killed at about 5:10 a.m. that day.
“But he was compartmentalized,” Aliggayu said.
“This means that Pascua was blind on the real motive behind his mission. All he had to do is to find out if
Vice Mayor Caraang was on his daily jogging and report it to Peralta.”
Peralta is Francisco Peralta who is reportedly called
Supremo in BFJ. He is the brother of Ricardo Peralta,
the alleged leader of Red Vigilante Group (RVG) blamed
to over 40 cases of killing suspected illegal drug peddlers in Nueva Ecija, particularly Gapan City a few years
back.
Their patriarch, Arcadio Perlata, used to lead the
communist movement in northern Luzon, Aliggayu added.
He said that based on their investigation, among
the members of BFJ were remnants of Alakdan II and
Kamagong groups, two of the reported organized gangs
allegedly involved in gun for hire and robbery holdup
activities.
“But we do not know who the other members of Bravo For Justice are so we cannot say it’s a criminal gang.
What we know is that some remnants of Alakdan and
Kamagong are also members of this group [BFJ],” Aliggayu said in the vernacular.
He was referring to Peralta, Arturo Bernardino, Virgilio Domingo alias Beo Samiento, Jerremy Itan and
Nestor Soriano Jr., who were charged, along with Lican
town Councilor Alexander Ventura for the killing of Caraang.
BFJ members, he said, have identical tattoos on
their left arms.
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
THIRD JUDICIAL REGION
BRANCH 57, ANGELES CITY
PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF THE
CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF
ELFREN K. DATU a.k.a. EFREN C. DATU,
ELFREN K. DATU a.k.a EFREN C. DATU,
Petitioner,
-versus-
SP. PROC. NO. 8510
LOCAL CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF
MABALACAT, PAMPANGA, THE CIVIL REGISTRAR
GENERAL, NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE and
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, represented by the
OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR GENERAL,
Respondents.
x——————————————————————————x
ORDER
A verified amended petition has been filed by the petitioners praying
that after due notice, publication and hearing judgment be rendered as
follows, to wit:
1. Ordering the Local City Civil Registrar of Mabalacat, Pampanga
and the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office to record
and make the necessary correction in the birth certificate of the
petitioner as follows, to wit:
a) Name of Child: Elfren K Datu must be changed and
corrected to “EFREN C. DATU”;
b) Date of Birth: February 5, 1950 must be changed/corrected
to “JANUARY 25, 1950”
c) Name of Mother (Last Name): Kabigting must be changed/
corrected to “CABIGTING”.
Finding the petition to be sufficient in due form and substance, the
Court hereby sets the hearing thereof on December 2, 2010 at 2:00
o’clock in the afternoon to be held at the Session Hall of this Court, 2/F
Hall of Justice, Pulung Maragul, Angeles City after this Order shall have
been published in a newspaper of general circulation in Angeles City and
Pampanga at the expense of the petitioners for three (3) consecutive
weeks.
All persons interested in the said petition may appear before this
Court on or before the scheduled date and show cause, if they have any,
why the prayer thereof should not be granted.
Let copies of this Order and of the petition be served upon the Civil
Registrar of Mabalacat, Pampanga, the Civil Registrar General, National
Statistics Office, Quezon City, the Office of the Solicitor General and
Office of the City Prosecutor, Angeles City, the other named respondents,
the petitoner and his counsel.
SO ORDERED.
Angeles City, October 18, 2010.
OMAR T. VIOLA
Judge
PUNTO! Central Luzon: November 12, 19 & 26, 2010
MAKALIPAS ANG 42 ORAS
Ika-2 bodega ng paputok sa Bulacan sumabog
NI DINO BALABO
LUNGSOD NG MALOLOS – Isa
pang bodega ng paputok ang
sumabog sa Bulacan kahapon
ng umaga, makalipas ang 42oras matapos sumabog ang katulad na bodega sa bayan ng
Angat noong Lunes.
Walang nasugatan sa nasabing pagsabog at ayon sa Bureau of Fire Protection ay umabot lamang sa P5,000 ang halaga ang nasirang ari-arian.
Ayon kay Liz Mungcal, hepe
ng provincial disaster management office (PDMO), ang nasabing bodega ay pag-aari ni Narciso Roque, isang lisensyadong
pyrotechnics manufacturer na
gumagawa ng mga kwitis.
Kaugnay nito, sinabi ni Fire
Supt. Absolon Zipagan, ang provincial fire marshall ng Bulacan,
na kasalukuyan pa nilang tinu-
Pineda: 500 welders
to be trained at Hanjin
BY JOEY PAVIA
Pineda
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –
Gov. Lilia “Baby” Pineda has
announced that at least 500
welders from Pampanga will undergo training at the Hanjin shipyard in Subic, Zambales as part
of the provincial government’s
aggressive job generation program.
This was according to First
District Board Member Tars Halili, chairman of the provincial
board’s committee on labor, during an interview.
During a recent visit of the
governor at the shipyard, Halili
said Pineda and Hanjin officials
agreed to train Kapampangan
welders.
Pineda will provide the housing units of the welders in Subic.
Halili said Pineda will also
give P150 per day allowance to
the trainees.
“The governor puts into the
consideration those who have
their respective family. They
might not concentrate if they
have hungry stomachs waiting
at home,” said Halili.
Pineda will also provide the
daily food for the welders as the
training may last for three
months, it was learned.
Mabalacat Mayor Marino
“Boking” Morales and Second
District Rep. Gloria MacapagalArroyo accompanied Pineda
during the visit at the shipyard
owned by the Hanjin Group Korean Conglomerate.
Pineda asked Halili and the
provincial employment office to
coordinate for the gathering of the
qualified welders for the immediate start of the training program.
The politics of pigs…
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ridiculed to “Mabuluk a
Baryu” (Malodorous Barrio) and “Malugud Babi”
(Pig-loving) during the recent village election campaign.
Bengco who was the
object of denunciation for
alleged “connivance” with
piggery owners in polluting
the barangay lost to
former kagawad Bong Sicat.
Even as she expressed optimism, Aling
Gelang said the residents
should not “let up” in the
campaign to rid the barangays of the piggery farms.
“Ang pagtatapos ng
bulok na pulitika dito sa
baryo ay hindi nangangahulugan na tapos na rin
ang bulok ng baboy na
umaalingasaw dito. Dapat
na pag-ibayuhin pa ang
kampanya,” she said.
Aside from the affected residents, actively joining and even leading the
campaign against polluting
piggery and poultry farms
are the Pinoy Gumising
Ka Movement, the Krusada Kontra Amoy, the
Green Youth Brigade and
the Save Sapang Balen
Movement headed by Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio
David of the Archdiocese
of San Fernando.
Like the growing majority of barangay residents,
Mang Kandong joined Aling Gelang in the belief that
the only solution to the
problem of foul odor and
flies is the relocation of all
piggery and poultry farms
to areas far from residential and commercial places.
“Doon sa hindi sila
makakaperwisyo,” they
said.
As it was in Barangay
Sta. Cruz, so it was in
Barangay Manibaug-Paralaya. The incumbent
barangay chairman – Ben
Pena, losing to Adrian
Carreon on the piggerypoultry pollution platform.
Resulting to renewed
hope among the residents,
especially the nuns and
special children of the Holy
Trinity School in nearby
Barangay Sinura who have
been afflicted with skin and
respiratory diseases they
attributed to the pollution
caused by piggery farms.
And leading political
observers to conclude that
it was what they deemed
as “politics of pigs” that
caused the electoral loss
of both Bengco and Pena.
This was however debunked in Barangay Cutcut, Angeles City with
Cecille C. Nepomuceno,
wife of three-termer Barangay Chair Robin, decisively winning over former City
Councilor Ruben Maniago.
Robin Nepomuceno is
listed at the Environment
Management Bureau as
owner of Paradise Farm
with “an actual population
of 24,000 hens housed in
four poultry buildings.”
An EMB report showed
that a notice of violation
(NOV) dated September
17, 2010 was issued
against Paradise Farm for
“violation of the ECC con-
AUF earns
Canadian
certification
THE CANADIAN Council of
Engineering Technicians and
Technologists (CCTT) has certified the engineering, biosciences and IT programs of
Angeles University Foundation
according to the International
Qualifications Database
(IQDB).
As of November 17, 2010,
AUF was the only university in
Pampanga to obtain the “Technologist” certification for its programs in Civil Engineering,
Computer Engineering, and
Electronics and Communication Engineering programs,
and “Technician (+)” certification
for
its
BS
Information Technology and
BS Biology programs.
“This further cements our
claim of being the premier university in Central Luzon, and
one of the best universities in
dition.”
So what’s keeping the
EMB and the city government from imposing the
law here?
Another farm linked to
the Nepomucenos – it is
said to be sitting in the
clan’s land – is Kennon
Farm listed as owned by
one Charlie Chan and holding an “actual population
of 7,600 hogs in 23 pig
buildings.”
It was also issued an
NOV “for exceeding the
effluent standard which is
a violation under the Clean
Water Act.”
Again, what’s keeping
the EMB and the city government from imposing
the law here?
Both farms have been
pinpointed as the causes
of the foul odor and flies
that reaches to the very
center of Angeles City, to
Barangay Telabastagan in
the City of San Fernando
and Barangay Calibutbut
in Bacolor.
No less than Bishop
David has complained of
the Philippines,” States
AUF President Atty. Joseph
Emmanuel Angeles.
CCTT is a national body in
Canada that represents provincial associations who grant
and maintain the certification
of individual technicians and
technologists, while IQDB is a
database of applied science
and engineering technology
educational programs from institutions around the world,
used to assess the qualifications of foreign trained technology professionals.
This professional certification facilitates the international mobility of AUF graduates
and provides them a distinct
and valuable advantage in today’s competitive workplace
since Canadian employers prefer to hire certified technicians
and technologists.
the stench that permeated even holy ground.
“At the Holy Rosary
Parish Church, I was celebrating a nuptial Mass for
Europeans one afternoon
when the suffocating smell
of pig wastes enveloped
the church. I was embarrassed to explain to the
foreign guests where the
stink came from and how
it could happen, knowing
how environmental protection figures in their
homes,” the prelate said.
The ownership of the
Nepomucenos of the polluting farms and their apparent inaction to alleviate
the sufferings of the people of Barangay Cutcut
from them were major issues even before, moreso
during, the barangay election campaign.
Still, the Nepomuceno
wife won to take over her
husband’s post.
A few days after the
proclamation of the new
barangay leaders, residents of Barangay Cutcut
and the contiguous baran-
gays – from the Nepomuceno-owned Sunset villages to Carmenville, from
Timog Park to Villa Teresa, students and faculty of
Holy Family Academy,
Angeles City Trade
School, Holy Angel University, Noblesse International School, and the Nepomuceno-owned Westfields International School
woke up and lived through
the intense stink of piggeries and poultries and
greater swarms of even
bigger flies – bangaw in
the dialect – that have
stayed to this day.
“Political vengeance,”
cried a Maniago partisan.
“No, just the normal
way of things in the kingdom of the Nepomuceno,”
said a long-time resident
named Mang Kiko.
The politics of pigs,
there. Requiring a strong
political will, human not
porcine, for its obliteration.
Will Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan
measure up to the challenge?
PUNTO! CENTRAL LUZON • NOVEMBER 19 - 20, 2010 • FRIDAY - SATURDAY
HAND CLASP. US embassy Consul General Michael Schimmel pays a courtesy call to
Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan during a visit in the city.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ARNEL DE JESUS
tukoy ang dahilan ng pagsabog
sa NTR Fireworks na matatagpuan sa barangay Sto. Nino,
Baliuag, Bulacan.
“We are still conducting investigation,” aniya patungkol sa
ikalawang bodega ng paputiok
na sumabog sa lalawigan
makalipas ang 42 oras matapos
sumabog ang isang pang katulad na bodega sa bayan ng Angat bandang alas -6:20 ng gabi
noong Lunes.
Nang tanungin kung bakit
dumadalas ang pagsabog ng
mga bodega ng paputok sa lalawigan, sinabi ni Zipagan na ito
ay nasa pagkukulang at kapabayaan ng mga gumagawa ng
paputok.
“Nasa part nila ang pagkukulang dahil lahat ng kumukuha ng
fire safety (certificate) ay may
pa-seminar ang mga station natin,” ani Zipagan.
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Editorial Opinion
Boxed-in
“MOVE OUT of the box.”
So was quoted businessman Rene Romero,
president of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce
and Industry, Inc. (Pamcham) and chairman of the
Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon
(ADCL) as having advised Governor Lilia “Nanay
Baby” Pineda.
To Romero – per the media report – the governor
need let go of micro-managing the affairs at the
Capitol and “adopt a macro style of management.”
To Romero – per media report, again – the
governor is doing even the smallest things herself.
Under the same breath though, Romero was
reported to have been “quick to say that there is
nothing wrong with Pineda’s management style.”
There’s some major, major self-contradictions in
Romero there.
If there’s nothing wrong with the governor’s style of
managing things at the Capitol, why the need to
change it?
If there’s one who should heed Romero’s moveout-of-the-box advice, it is none other than Romero
himself.
Move out of the box. We return the advice to him.
Out of the box of MacArthur Highway and his fixity –
or is it fixation? – to kill all trees along that road, which
earned a new meaning for his organizations:
Pamcham – Plants Are Murderous. Cut those
Hazardous Along MacArthur, and ADCL – Advocacy
for the Degradation of Central Luzon.
Move out of the box, Romero. Think of service
roads along the North Luzon Expressway. Think
upgrading the FVR Megadike roads systems. Most
of all, T-H-I-N-K.
PUNTO! CENTRAL LUZON • NOVEMBER 19 - 20, 2010 • FRIDAY - SATURDAY
Blackmail
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MORE GREY than black.
That looks more like it on the bloviated issue of
blackmail arising from the alleged withdrawal of
support of the sangguniang panlalawigan to the
cityhood aspirations of Mayor Marino “Boking”
Morales for his beloved Mabalacat.
No, there was no withdrawal, Senior Board Member
Cris Garbo, said. There was only a “temporary hold”
pending clarifications on “some important issues” like
the backlog of the municipality in the remittance of
real property taxes to the Capitol.
Vice Gov. Yeng Guiao was more direct: “Name
names…We cannot control everyone in the board.
But is there are one, two or three whose intentions
are not good, this should not reflect on others who
have good intentions. ”
Actually, Sir, this is all much ado about nothing. “SS”
in journalism parlance.
EDGAR V. MOVIDO
Founder
LLL Trimedia Coordinators
Publisher
General Manager Atty. Gener C. Endona
Editor Joey R. Aguilar
Editorial Consultant Caesar “Bong” Lacson
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Wow!
acaesar.blogspot.com
Zona Libre
Bong Z. Lacson
WEALTH OF wonders. Invoking the Mayon Volcano, Pinatubo,
Hundred Islands and the rice terraces. The tarsier and tamaraw
too. To cite but a few.
Warm over Winter. Images of splendid Boracay and secluded
Caramoan. Of hundreds of beaches, to speak but of two.
Walk our Walls. Of historic Intramuros.
Watch our Whales. In Donsol, Sorsogon where the butanding
(whale shark) roams.
All translating to “WOW Philippines.” A catch-phrase that really
captured the imagination of the world and brought in hordes of
tourists to the country.
Then followed, in quick succession: Amazing Thailand. Incredible
India. Malaysia, Truly Asia. Our Singapore.
Great presentations all on global television. Impacting their
singular message of enticement to the international audience:
Come, indulge the senses, find fulfillment.
And now – gone full circle: Pilipinas, Kay Ganda.
Uninspired, and dispiriting. Insipid, or to take
the fire straight from Senator Miriam DefensorSantiago’s mouth: “Just ignorant, and ignorance
is boring.”
Then some more flak: “Let’s think of something
else. Let’s start some neurons in our brains
working. Their (tourism officials’) neurons are not
working. They’re not on full eight cylinders ... only
two cylinders.”
Rejoinding, thus: “We have to find our niche
because we have many competitors in Southeast
Asia. We cannot just have ‘a beautiful country’
because everyone says that.”
Still, to the Department of Tourism – most
naturally – Pilipinas, Kay Ganda is most inspiring.
“It raises awareness. It inculcates pride in our
identity.” So was one Evelyn Macayayong quoted
by the Agence France-Presse. Displaying before
the whole world the drought of brain at the DOT.
Madame, branding here targets the
international market, therefore language is a
premium.
As Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said: “…let’s
come up with a more understandable slogan
throughout the world. I have nothing against our
Filipino language if the target market is the local
market.”
Don’t dare DOT, Sir Migs, its brain(less)trust
may just whip up “Philippines, So Beautiful.” Yuck!
Senator Loren Legarda for her part sees politics
in this change in brand of the country’s tourism
campaign: “We fix what doesn’t need fixing. We
always think that what the past administration
did was wrong,”
Yeah, so what was wrong with “WOW
Philippines”? Just because it was conceived and
birthed during the Macapagal-Arroyo
administration made it all bad?
Truly unhappiest at the brand change, as
Inquirer reported, is the progenitor of “WOW
Philippines,” former tourism secretary, former
Senator Richard Gordon who deemed Pilipinas,
Kay Ganda hard to sell to foreign tourists. Even
as it was a good way of luring balikbayans to
rediscover the homeland.
“You have to sell the language first, but it takes
time and the budget is limited.” So was Gordon
quoted as saying. “We have little money and we
don’t let our branding grow…I am not saying that
‘WOW Philippines’ is the best because I made it
... but simply because it gained attraction in spite
of limited resources.”
While conceding that packaging something
with a long name like the Philippines was a
challenge, Gordon said “WOW” provided a
nickname for the country that helped to
communicate the message quickly.
Yes, in whatever language, “Wow!” says it all.
Too bad the cretins at DOT could only
understand “Owww?”
The ghost I met
Angeles downtown
RETIRED priest Fr. Ed Santos
listened intently as I told him
over brunch of Vigan longaniza
and fried rice about my encounter with a soul from Purgatory in
downtown Angeles City. I saw
her (the soul, whom I did not then
suspect to be so) fall backward,
straight like a log, on the concrete sidewalk, but she seemed
unhurt although in need of someone to lift her up. I had expected the others in the walking
downtown crowd to rush to help
but, strangely, it was as if no one
else could see her. All else just
continued to briskly walk past.
I helped her up, guided her to a
wall and suggested that she rested there first. I went on to the
nearby bookstore, but then realized I should have assisted the
woman board her jeepney to her
home. When I rushed back to
where I had left her, she was
gone. It took some time to realize she was a ghost in broad
daylight, in downtown rush.
That experience shared,
we continue with our series on
souls in Purgatory, specifically
excerpts from the Unpublished
Manuscript on Purgatory which
Catholic church authorities regard as a credible historical document. The publication, as we
noted previously, transcribes the
conversation between two nuns,
Sister M. de L.C, who was then
living in a convent in France, and
the soul of another nun, Sister
M. G. from 1873 to 1890. The
latter nun was still in Purgatory
and seeking the help of Sister
M. de L.C. for her deliverance.
Sister M. de L. C. (Q): Do
religious and those of the same
family communicate together?
Sister M. G. (A): In Purgatory, as in Heaven, religious and
those of the same family are not
always together. Souls do not all
merit the same punishment or
the same reward. Still in Purgatory we do recognize others and
if God permits it we may communicate with one another.
Q: Are you able to receive a
prayer or a thought of friends
who are dead, and let them know
of the remembrance we have of
them?
A: Thoughts of earth can be
made known here, but there is
not much in all that, because I
have already told you that the
souls in Purgatory know those
persons who interest themselves in their behalf on earth.
God sometimes allows those on
earth to receive a prayer, a warning or some information. All that
I told you about St. Michael was
from himself and all that I said
about your Father was from
God.
Q: Does everyone in Purgatory know the faults of the others as they will be known at the
last judgment?
A: In general we do not know
about the faults of one another,
Halo-halo
By Ding Cervantes
except in some rare cases when
God has particular designs with
regard to certain souls, but it is
to few that He acts in this way.
Q: Can the souls ever be
mistaken? Would God allow
this?
A: Yes, not about existing
things but about the future. Yet
there is no imperfection on their
part in all this. Does not God
Himself sometimes seem to
change the order of His plans?5
For example, it may happen that
God wishes to chastise a kingdom, a province, or person. That
is the intention He seems to
manifest. But by prayers or other means taken by that country,
province or person to disarm
God's anger, He may grant full
forgiveness or a partial remission
of His designs according to His
infinite wisdom. Often He also
allows events to be foretold, or
He gives knowledge of them to
PAGE 8 PLEASE
Republic of the Philippines
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD
EXCERPTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE 19TH REGULAR SESSION OF THE 4TH SANGGUNIANG
PANLUNGSOD OF THE CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA HELD AT CITY SESSION HALL,
CONSUNJI ST., STO. ROSARIO, CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA ON THE 10TH DAY OF
NOVEMBER 2010
PRESENT:
Hon. EDWIN D. SANTIAGO .................................... Presiding Officer
Hon. RENATO G. AGUSTIN ..................................... Member
Hon. JAIME T. LAZATIN ........................................... Member
Hon. NOEL T. TULABUT .......................................... Member
Hon. AYZEL MARI-GRACE N. MACALINO ......... Member
Hon. RUPERTO D. DUMLAO .................................. Member
Hon. RALPH DANIEL M. HENSON ........................ Member
Hon. JOSELITO R. OCAMPO ................................... Member
Hon. REDENTOR S. HALILI ................................... Member
Hon. ROSEMARY G. CALIMLIM ............................. Member
Hon. MELCHOR S. CALUAG ................................... (LBC Pres)
Hon. CZARMAIGNE P. LAUS ................................... (SK Fed. President)
ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS:
Hon. ALEX F. PATIO ................................................... Member
ABSENT: NONE
ORDINANCE NO. 2010-004
(Sponsor: Hon. Ruperto D. Dumlao)
AN ORDINANCE REQUIRINGALL MOTORCYCLE RIDERS TO WEAR PROTECTIVE MOTORCYCLE
HELMETS WHILE DRIVING WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION OF THE CITY OF SAN
FERNANDO, PAMPANGA AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR
WHEREAS, R.A. 10054 otherwise known as the Act mandating all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective
helmets while driving and providing penalties therefore was approved on March 23, 2010 ;
WHEREAS, this law aims to lessen senseless deaths and the perpetuation of crimes that are usually associated
with riding in tandem criminals that victimize hapless citizens even during broad daylights;
WHEREAS, the local government unit of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga has likewise recorded a
remarkable death rate due to motorcycle accidents from 2009 to 2010 (City Health Office report: 22 deaths that are
motorcycle related in 2009 and 21 deaths from January to October 2010, some are not even reported to the local
police force);
WHEREAS, the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga through the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee
on Peace and Order and Safety and Committee on Transportation and Communication deemed fit to enact an enabling
law that would effectively and efficiently enforce R.A. 10054;
NOW THEREFORE, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga in session assembled
adopts as it hereby adopts the following Ordinance:
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EXPLANATORY NOTE
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ARTICLE I
Title
Section 1. Title – This Ordinance shall be known as the “Motorcycle Helmet Ordinance of the City of San Fernando,
Pampanga”.
Section 2. Coverage – This ordinance shall be strictly implemented in the city’s territorial jurisdiction on a 24-hour
basis on regular days and non-working days or holidays.
Section 4. Declaration of Policy – It is hereby declared the policy of the City Government of San Fernando,
Pampanga to strongly support the State in securing and safeguarding its citizenry, particularly the operators or drivers
of motorcycles and their passengers, from the ruinous and extremely injurious effects of fatal or life threatening
accidents and crashes. Towards this end, the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga with the assistance of the
local Philippine National Police (PNP) shall pursue a more proactive and preventive approach to secure the safety of
motorists, their passengers and pedestrians at all times through the mandatory enforcement of the use of standard
protective motorcycle helmet.
ARTICLE II
Regulated/Prohibited Acts
Section1. Mandatory Use of Motorcycle Helmets – All motorcycles riders, including drivers and back riders shall
at all times wear protective motorcycle helmets while driving, whether long or short drives, in any type of road and
highway of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Section 2. Lights Head-on while traveling – All motorcycles riders are required to light head-on while on board
their motorcycles, whether long or short drives, in any type of road and highway of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Section 3. Speed limit – All motorcycles riders are required to observe the minimum of 15kph and a maximum of
25kph when driving within the poblacion area of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Section 4. Two-rider policy – Only two (2) riders are allowed to simultaneously ride in a motorcycle of whatever
type/made within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
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Section 5. Age Requirement of riders – Only persons ten (10) years and above accompanied by a person of legal age
shall be allowed to ride in motorcycle of whatever type within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of San Fernando,
Pampanga.
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Section 6. Exemption – Drivers of tricycles shall be exempted from complying with the mandatory wearing of
motorcycle helmets as provided in this Ordinance.
ARTICLE III
Implementing Office
Section 1. Implementing Office – The Traffic Management Unit (TMU) of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga in
coordination with the local Philippine National Police are hereby mandated to oversee the strict and effective
implementation of this Ordinance.
ARTICLE IV
Information Campaign
Section 1. Citywide Public Information Campaign. – In coordination with the City Mayor’s Office and the City 35
barangays, the Office of the Community Affairs and private agencies and organizations, shall undertake a citywide
information, education and communication (IEC) campaign for a period of one (1) month for the attainment of the
objectives of this Ordinance.
ARTICLE V
Penalties
Section 1. Penalties – Any person whether natural or juridical who violates this Ordinance shall be meted the following
fines and penalties:
1.1
Any person caught not wearing a protective motorcycle helmet as required of this Ordinance shall be
punished with (a) a fine of three hundred pesos (Php300.00) for the first offense; (b) a fine of five
hundred pesos (Php500.00) for the second offense; © a fine of one thousand pesos (Php1,000.00)
for the third offense; and (d) one thousand five hundred pesos (Php1,500.00) plus confiscation of
the driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding violation thereof; and
1.2
Any motorcycle driver who drives in excess of the prescribed speed limit as required of this Ordinance
shall be punished with (a) a fine of three hundred pesos (Php300.00) for the first offense; (b) a fine
of five hundred pesos (Php500.00) for the second offense; © a fine of one thousand pesos
(Php1,000.00) for the third offense; and (d) one thousand five hundred pesos (Php1,500.00) plus
confiscation of the driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses, in addition to the
abovementioned fines and penalties.
ARTICLE VI
Miscellaneous Provisions
Section1. Separability Clause – If any provisions or part of this Ordinance is held invalid or unconstitutional, the
remainder or the provisions not otherwise affected shall remain valid and subsisting.
Section2. Repealing Clause – All local laws, executive orders, rules and regulations or parts thereof inconsistent
with this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
Section 3. 11. Effectivity Clause – This Act shall take effect thirty (30) days after its required publication for three
consecutive issues in any newspaper of general circulation in the province of Pampanga, the City’s 35 barangays and
other conspicuous places in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
ADOPTED this 10th day of November 2010.
x————————————————————————————————————————————x
AVELINA M. LACANILAO-LAGMAN
Secretary to the Sanggunian
ATTESTED TO BE DULY ADOPTED:
Hon. EDWIN D. SANTIAGO
City Vice-Mayor & Presiding Officer
APPROVED:
Hon. OSCAR S. RODRIGUEZ
City Mayor
November 15, 2010
Date
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I hereby certify to the correctness of the foregoing Ordinance adopted by the 4th Sangguniang Panlungsod of the
City of San Fernando, Pampanga during its 19th Regular Session held on November 10, 2010.
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P-Noy asked to free political detainees
FROM PAGE 1
Two of the detainees,
namely, Leopoldo Caloza
and Emeterio Antalan
whom they identified as
“duly designated” staff
members and consultants
of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines
(NDFP), are now seriously ailing.
Leaders from the Families and Friends of Central Luzon Police Detainees (FFCLPD), United Luisita Workers Union
(ULWU), Karapatan-Gitnang Luson, Alyansang
Magbubukid ng Gitnang
Luson (AMGL), and the
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) also prepared a petition to the
President, citing three other demands.
The three other de-
mands include the immediate passage of “adequate legislative measures
to decriminalize political
offenses”, the investigation
of “all human rights cases, and prosecution and
punishment of perpetrators, and indemnification of
victims of human rights violations”, and “due enforcement of the law
against torture as well as
the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and other international humanitarian
laws.”
The petition, signed by
hundreds of folk from Central Luzon, sought the “immediate release and unconditional dropping of all
the charges against all the
25 political detainees in
the same way that former
President Cory Aquino did
in the exercise of her political will upon her assumption to office in
1986.”
“But urgent consideration must be accorded to
Leopoldo Caloza, Emeterio Antalan, Efren Delalamon and Edgardo Friginal
due to their status as
NDFP consultants and
staff on peace process,
and also in view of Caloza’s and Antalan’s worsening health condition,”
the petition stressed.
The petition said the 25
detainees are “now languishing in various jails in
and outside Region III on
the strength of trumped-up
criminal charges leveled
against them by their military captors.”
Julita Caloza, spokesperson of FFCLPD, relatives have testified their the
detainees “are honorable
people and not criminals.”
“It is extremely unjust
for the government to slap
them with criminal charges for their political offenses. They played significant
roles in ousting the Marcos dictatorship and the
Estrada regime, and
fought for the people’s interest in the past Arroyo
administration,” she said.
The petitioners said “at
the very least, they are
entitled to be treated as
political offenders and not
as criminals, to be presumed innocent unless
proven guilty, to be granted provisional liberty while
their cases are being
heard, to be given adequate medical attention or
released on humanitarian
considerations for health
and analogous reasons.”
MPTC bares plans to remove 2 toll booths
FROM PAGE 1
Tuesday, after the Bases
Conversion Development
Authority (BCDA) awarded
his firm the concession for
the operation of the 94-kilometer SCTEX.
He said that MPTC
poised to sign soon a toll
operating agreement with
the BCDA and the Tollways Regulatory Board.
In an interview with
Punto, however, he could
not say whether toll rates
at the SCTEX would in-
crease pending the removal of the toll booths from
Balintawak to Subic.
“It’s really the concern
still of the BCDA at this
point,” he said.
Fernandez said that by
Holy Week next year, only
the toll plazas in Balintawak
and Subic Freeport will remain. He noted that at
present, motorists traversing the entire routes have
to pass through three others in the area of Angeles
City and Mabalacat in Pampanga and in Subic.
“Since we will operate
the entire stretch of the
NLEX and SCTEX, we can
do away with the toll payments between the two
end points, so there would
be no need for motorists
traveling between the two
points to make a stop in
between,” he said.
Fernandez also bared
plans to create more service facilities along the
SCTEX.
“The problem with
SCTEX is that if you need
to go to the toilet, you have
to wait because there is
no toilet in the entire
stretch,” he said, noting
that such facilities are adequate at the NLEX.
He also said that electronic facilities at the SCTEX could not yet be installed because of the significant cost it would require.
“At present, an average
of only 25,000 motorists
daily use the SCTEX, as
against 165,000 motorists
daily at the NLEX,. “ he
noted. –Ding Cervantes
Fetus nakuha sa ilog ng Bulacan
PUNTO! CENTRAL LUZON • NOVEMBER 19 - 20, 2010 • FRIDAY - SATURDAY
FROM PAGE 1
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62, residente ng barangay
San Nicolas ng bayang ito
na isa sa mga nagdala sa
natagpuang fetus na nakalutang sa ilog kamakailan.
Ayon kay Restituto,
hindi hayop ang fetus na
kanilang nakuhang nakalutang sa ilog, sa halip
ay tao rin, ngunit kulang
sa edad.
Ayon kay Elpie Santos, isang mangingisda at
residente rin ng barangay
San Nicolas, nagulat siya
ng makita niyang nakalutang sa ilog ang isang may
apat na buwang fetus bandang alas 3 ng hapon
noong Miyerkoles.
“Akala ko patay na
pusa, nung una kasi ay
nakasama sa mga basura, pero nung makita kong
fetus, nagulat ako,’ ani
Elpie at sinabing hindi siya
makapaniwala na may ina
na magtatapon ng kanyang anak sa ilog.
Ayon pa sa mga residente ng nasabing barangay, ang fetus na nakuha
kanina ay ikalawa ng fetus na nakuha sa kanilang
barangay sa loob ng tatlong linggo.
Dahil dito, may hinala
sila na posibleng may
abortionist na hindi kalayuan sa kanilang lugar, o
may estudyanteng nagbuntis na nais itago ang
pagbubuntis sa pamamagitan ng paglalaglag
sa sanggol na nasa sinap-
upunan pa.
Inayunan din ito ni
Abelardo Crisostomo, isa
pang residente ng bayang
ito na nagsabing kung
estudyante ang ina ng fetus, ito ay nagpapatunay
na walang takot ito sa Diyos.
Para naman kay Fr.
Nel Santos, ang assistant
parish priest ng National
Shrine of St. Anne sa bayang ito, sinadya man o hindi ang pagkalaglag ng
sanggol, hindi ito dapat itinapon sa ilog, sa halip ay
dapat binigyan ng marangal na libing.
“Hindi hayop yung
sanggol na itinapon sa
ilog, tao yan at para sa
Diyos, ang tao ang pinakamahalagang nilalang
Niya,” ani ng pari.
Ipinayo rin niya na sinumang ina o magulang
na nagpaplanong ilaglag
ang sanggol na nasa kanilang sinapupunan na
buhayin iyon hanggang
maisilang at ipaampon sa
mga taong naghahangad
magka-anak o kaya sa
mga organisasyon o ahensiya ng gobyerno na kumakalinga sa mga sanggol na walang magulang.
“Ang buhay natin ay
mula sa Diyos, ito ay mahalaga at ipinagkatiwala
Niya sa atin, dapat din
natin itong pahalagahan,”
ani pa ng pari na nagbendisyon sa fetus bago inilibing sa Sta. Ana Cemetery
sa likod ng National Shrine
of St. Anne sa bayang ito.
Aurora journalist's house bombed
FROM PAGE 1
possible motive.
Senior Supt. Rosvi Manulid, provincial police director, said that prior to the
explosion, a man was seen
walking back and forth the
front of his house. Minutes
later, a loud explosion was
heard and the unidentified
man walked casually towards a motorcycle parked
nearby and sped away.
The explosion was reportedly caused by a pillbox, Rada said.
Rada was in Manila at
the time of the incident.
Rada’s wife, Rosalindav Pujeda-Rada said
when the bomb exploded,
she was inside in a room
with daughter Beninay.
Their son Jem-jem and
Bren-bren were at the sala
when the explosion was
heard. –Marilyn Galang
Halo-halo
FROM PAGE 4
some soul so that they may warn others and appease
His vengeance. His mercy is so great that He only punishes in the very last extremity.
Q: Do you know what happens on earth?
A: I only know what happens in so far as God wills
it. My knowledge is very limited. I have known a little
about the community, but that is all. I know nothing
about what goes on in the souls of other people, except in your case. That is because God allows this for
your perfection. What I have sometimes told you about
certain persons and what I will tell you, I only know
from God at the moment. For example, I do not know
what is God's will in regard to your Father's parents.
Perhaps later on I may know. I will pray to God for them
and recommend them to St. Michael.
(to be continued)
The petition lamented
that “even these minimum
safeguards have not been
afforded by the government
which made the detainees
victims of its prevailing
practice of criminalizing
political offenses to portray them as criminals.”
It also decried “the military’s penchant for fabricating new criminal charges whenever the previous
criminal cases were dismissed by the courts.”
“To say the least, these
maneuverings constitute a
serious affront to the basic tenets of justice and fair
play,”
the
petition
stressed.
The petition cited the
case of political detainees
Leopoldo Caloza and Emeterio Antalan “who have
suffered worsening health
condition while in detention.”
Karapatan-Gitnang Luson chair Sr. Cecile Ruiz
said that Caloza has been
suffering from “obstructive
europathy for several years
now, while Antalan continues to suffer the pain of
kidney trouble and fluctuating blood pressure.”
“They deserve to be
released on humanitarian
grounds,” Ruiz added.
Roman Polintan, BAYAN-Gitnang Luson chair,
said that Caloza, Antalan,
along with Efren Delalamon and Eduardo Friginal
are “duly designated consultants and staff of the
NDFP on peace process.”
“As such, they are covered by the protection
against arrest and detention under the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) signed between the
Philippine government and
the NDFP. This all the
more justifies their immediate release from detention,” he noted.
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
THIRD JUDICIAL REGION
BRANCH 60
ANGELES CITY
IN RE: IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION FOR
CORRECTION OF ENTRIES IN THE MARRIAGE
CONTRACT OF JANET WONG-MEDINA,
Petitioner
-VersusSPEC. PROC. NO. 8511
LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF ANGELES CITY,
PAMPANGA,
Respondents.
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ORDER
This is a verified Petition for the Correction of Entries in the Marriage
Contract of Janet Wong-Medina which alleges, among others, that petitioner
is of legal age, a Chinese Citizen, married and presently residing at
Block 9, Lot 12, Sorrento Avenue, Camella Homes Sorrento Phase 1,
Panapaan, Bacoor, Cavite.
Respondent Local Civil Registrar of Angeles City, Pampanga, is the
custodian of official records of births, marriage, status and other
circumstances of persons.
Petitioner was born on January 15, 1963 to her parents Alfonso C.
Wong and Corazon A. Wong, who are both Chinese citizen.
Petitioner was married on January 20, 1990 at Holy Rosary Parish
Church, Angeles City.
In petitioner’s marriage contract, there was an error commited in the
items nationality of petitioner, nationality of petitioner’s father and mother
and the middle initial of petitioner’s father. Instead of Filipino, the nationality
of petitioner and petitioner’s father and mother should have been entered
as “Chinese”. Moreover, the middle initial of petitioner’s father in his
name was erroneously typed as “A” instead of “C” which stands for his
name “Chew”.
To prove that there was merely an error committed in the entry as
to the petitioner’s nationality, a Certification from the National Statistics
Office was issued certifying that petitioner whose nationality was recorded
as Filipino in the Marriage Certificate and Janet A. Wong whose nationality
appeared to be Chinese in the attached documents refer to one and the
same person.
There is also Certification from Bureau of Immigration containing the
ACR and ICR of petitioner to prove that her nationality is Chinese.
Petitioner’s father Birth Certificate and her parent’s Marriage Contract
also further prove that she is a Chinese citizen and that her parents
Alfonso C. Wong and Corazon L. Ayson are also Chinese Nationals.
Likewise, petitioner’s father’s birth certificate also proves that her
father’s middle initial is “C” which stands for Chew and not “A” as
erroneously typed in petitioner’s marriage contract.
In order to avoid confusion from the aforesaid errors and/or
discrepancies in petitioner’s nationality, her parent’s nationality and the
middle initial which stands for petitioner’s father’s middle name, there is
a need to formally correct the entries from Filipino to Chinese citizen, and
petitioner’s father’s name from Alfonso A. Wong to Alfonso C. Wong as it
erroneously appear in petitioner’s marriage contract.
WHEREFORE, finding the verified Petition to be sufficient in from
and substance, the same is set for hearing on December 6, 2010 at 8:30
o’clock in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court, 1st Floor, Hall of
Justice Building, Regional Trial Court, Branch 60, Pulung Maragul, Angeles
City, at which date and time, any person may appear and show cause,
if any, why the said petition shall not be granted. Let copy of this Order
be 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 petitioner.
Let copy of this Order together wioth copy of the Petition and its
annexes be served upon the Office of the Solicitor General at 134
Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City; the Civil Registrar Genereal,
National Statictics Office at Edsa cor. Quezon Avenue, Quezon City; the
Office of the City Prosecutor of Angeles City; the Office of the Local Civil
Registrar of Angeles City; and the respondents in this case.
Furnish Atty. Ronaldo T. Baustista and the petitioner with copy of
this Order.
SO OREDERED
Angeles City, Philippines, October 13, 2010
OFELIA TUAZON PINTO
Presiding Judge
PUNTO! CENTRAL LUZON: November 12, 19 and 26, 2010
Dating manager ni Ronnie Liang
nagtangkang magpakamatay
NOON PA namin narinig ang tsismis na nagtangkang magpakamatay sa US ang
dating manager ni Ronnie Liang na si George Roca. Like we all know, sumama
nang todo ang loob ni George sa alagang Kapampangan dahil sa binalewala
siya nito at kumawala sa kanya. Noong una, okey lang kay Ronnie na
mawala si Ronnie pero nang nasa US na raw ito, inabot ng matinding
depresyon kaya nagtangkang magpakamatay.
Kinalimutan na lang naming ang tsismis thinking na walang
katotohanan ito. Kumbaga,we dismissed it as a stupid gossip.
Until we chance upon Ronnie Liang sa Star Awards |For TV
nitong nakaraang Linggo. We asked Ronnie about the thing and
he assured us na walang katotohanan yung bintang na
nagpakamatay nga si George. “Okey siya, ang alam ko,
masaya’ng buhay niya doon, marami siyang shows,” sabi
pa nito.
“Basta wala pong isyung ganyan, kami ni George
we maintain our communication, magkaibigan po
kami,” pahabol pa nito.
We also asked Ronnie kung totoong binitiwan
by Cesar Pambid
na siya ng bagong manager na si Arnol |Vegafria. Si
Arnold ang pumalit kay George and in fact, naipasok
na niyang Regal Baby si Ronnie sa Regal Films.
Ayon kasi sa mga tsika, sobrang kulit daw ni Ronnie kay Arnold dahil sa lagi itong
naghahanap ng project. Sa inis daw ni Arnold, pinakawalan na lang niya si Ronnie.
“Not true, ang totoo, wala na ako sa poder niya, pareho na rin naming gusto. Pero
hindi totoo na makulit ako. Siguro, totoo na tinatanong ko siya, but that was only to
clear things. Kung yun ang ikinainis niya sa akin, wala po akong magagawa.”
So, totoong wala na sila? Sino ang bago niyang manager?
“Wala pong bago. Kami pa rin ni Geroge. We’re talking about things. Siya pa rin
ang manager ko ngayon.”
So there!
The
Gossipmiller
Marian Rivera
HALOS MAIYAK si Heart Evangelista sa isang TV interview habang humihingi ng
sorry sa kanyang manager na si Annabelle Rama. Sinabi niyang ayaw niya ng
controversy, at gusto niyang magkasundo silang lahat, kaya lang talagang hindi
maiiwasan ang ganoong controversy lalo na nga at nagdesisyon ang kanyang
mga magulang na huwag nang pumirmang muli pagkatapos ng kanilang kontrata
sa kanyang manager sa July 2011.
We agree sa mga opinyong lumabas hinggil sa pag-iyak at paghingi ng tawad
ni Heart Evangelista kay Annabelle Rama. Totoo namang labis na sinaktan ng
pamilya ni Heart si Bisaya kaya natural lang na lumuha man ito ng dugo di
muna niya ito kayang patawarin.
But let us see, panahon naman ng Kapaskuhan, who knows, maglulubag
din ang loob ni Annabelle.
Hindi kaya Jun Lalin?
Heto nga ang sinasabi ng isang kolunmnista:
Natural lang naman ang reaksiyon ni Annabelle, dahil sa totoo lang,
wala na halos career iyang si Heart nang pulutin niya. Binuhay niya ang
career niyon, nagbigay ng malalaking break, at ngayon ngang medyo
nakaangat nang muli, bigla na lang sasabihing ayaw na nila at ang
simpleng dahilan ay nanghihinayang na sila sa komisyon na nakukuha
niyon mula sa kinikita ni Heart. Ngayon, naiisip na nilang ang perang
iyon ay dapat pinakikinabangan na ng kanilang pamilya kaysa
ibinabayad sa manager. Pero noong hindi kumikita si Heart, at wala
siyang career, hindi nila naisip iyon.
Anyway, nangyari na nga ang lahat ng iyan. Ano pa nga ba
ang mangyayari mag-iiyak man siya. Siguro hindi nila expected
na ganoon ang
magiging reaksiyon
ni Annabelle, eh
ano ba naman
ang maaasahan mo?
Palagay namin nagawa
na nila ang desisyong iyon,
at siguro kung iaalok nila ulit
kay Annabelle ang trabahong
mag-manage kay Heart, magiisip din muna si Bisaya kung
tatanggapin pa niya iyon, dahil
baka kung mas lalo pa niyang
mapasikat iyon, mas lalo lang
siyang susuwagin pagdating ng
araw. Kaya palagay namin malabo
na ngang magkaayos ang mga iyan,
mabuti na nga lang at medyo tahimik.
gelista
Heart Evan
Marian Rivera to Kris Aquino…
WALA KANG UTANG NA LOOB!
Eto na, lumalabas na ang mga tsismis ng kasamaan ng ugali ni Kris Aquino. Todong sumama raw ang loob ni
Marian Rivera sa kapatid ni PNoy dahil sa pang-ookray nito sa kanya. Kumbaga, pinaratangan pa raw ni Marian si
Kris na walang utang na loob.
Nagbanta raw kasi si Kris ito na hindi pipirma ng movie contract sa GMA Films kung makikipag-co-produce ang
film arm ng GMA sa Regal Films para sa Super Inday ni Marianita?
Kalaban kasi ni Kris ang naturang movie na entry ng Regal sa forthcoming Metro Manila Film Festival. May MMFF
movie rin kasi si Kristeta.
Ayun, hindi natuloy ang co-production ng Regal at GMA Films.
Kung totoo ito, nalulungkot kami kay Marian at sa manager niyang si Popoy Caritativo. Kaibigan ni Kris si Popoy
kaya maiintindihan namin kung talagang sumama ang loob ng manager ni Marianita.
Nakikisimpatiya rin kami kay Marian dahil alam naming todo suporta ito noong panahon ng kampanya para sa
kapatid ni Kris na si Noynoy Aquino. Ang alam namin, hindi nagpabayad si Marian sa suporta niya kay Noynoy noong
eleksiyon.
Ganito ba talaga si Kris? Kahit na nakatulong sa kanya ay kaya niyang balewalain?
PUNTO! CENTRAL LUZON • NOVEMBER 19 - 20, 2010 • FRIDAY - SATURDAY
Lumuha man ng dugo si Heart Evangelista,
di na ito patatawarin ni Annabelle Rama
9
60th. Mabalacat Mayor Boking Morales blows his birthday cake assisted
by his son, Miguel. PHOTO BY RIC GONZALES
TO 120 KPH. ALONG NLEX
MPTC to back moves
to increase speed limit
BY DING CERVANTES
PUNTO! CENTRAL LUZON • NOVEMBER 19 - 20, 2010 • FRIDAY - SATURDAY
CLARK FREEPORT –
Metro Pacific Tollways
Corp. (MPTC) president
and chief executive officer
Ramon Fernandez said his
firm which is the concessionaire of the North Luzon
Expressway (NLEX) will
support any move to increase the maximum
speed from 100 kilometers
per hour (kph) to 120 kph.
During an open forum
after his speech before the
Pampanga Chamber of
Commerce and Industry
(PamCham) here, Fernandez urged the private sector to initiate the move for
speed limit hike along
NLEX.
“The law limits speed
to 100 kph. but we will
back any move to increase
this to 120,” he said after
PamCham president
Rene Romero said that
driving has become “boring” along the NLEX because of the current speed
limit, especially those who
are driving cars capable of
10
high speed.
This, even as he
stressed that for as long
that the limit of 100 kph.
remains, the Manila North
Tollways Corp. (MNTC)
which operates the NLEX
will continue to clamp
down on speed violators.
He also bared negotiations for the purchase of
600 cc. motorcycles to be
used to run after speedsters at the NLEX.
MPTC is also set to
take over the operations of
the Subic-Clark-Tarlac
Expressway (SCTEX)
which it plans to link to
NLEX by Holy Week next
year by removing three toll
gates across the tollways
between the toll areas in
Balintawak, Quezon City
and Subic Freeport.
At the same time,
Fernandez said that more
reflectorized signages and
other such measures
would be put in place
along unlighted sections of
the NLEX towards San
Fernando and Mabalacat,
Pampanga.
PamCham chairman
Levi Laus had appealed for
more adequate lighting
along the NLEX ‘s northern part in Pampanga.
He cited studies purportedly showing lack of
highway lights do not lead
to accidents.
“Studies show no correlation (between lack of
highway lights and accidents), as most of accidents arise from blown
tires, driver error and defective brakes,” he noted.
Fernandez also told
PamCham members that
no more “service facilities”
would be allowed along the
NLEX, after one member
said that such facilities
that include fast food restaurants deprive food business outside the expressway.
But he said that once
MPTC takes over SCTEX,
service facilities would
have to be established at
some points along the
route, as he noted the total lack of toilet in the entire 94-kilometer stretch.
CDC issues memo
on new wage order
CLARK FREEPORT – The
Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has recently
informed all locators inside
the Clark Freeport of the
effectivity of Wage Order
R.B. III-15 that provides an
additional amount to the
Cost of Living Allowance
(COLA) of employees.
CDC President Benigno N. Ricafort, in a memorandum to all Clark locators, said: “Wage Order
R.B. III-5, which was approved last Oct. 18, 2010
by the Regional Tripartite
Wage Board which provides among others under
Sec. 1 hereof that ‘upon
effectivity of this Wage
Order, the P10 COLA under Wage Order No. RB III14 shall be integrated into
the basic pay.’”
Ricafort added that “A
new COLA of P14 per day
shall be granted to all min-
Ricafort
imum wage earners in the
region.”
“The said wage order
was published in a newspaper of general circulation
as required by Sec. 24
hereof on Nov. 7, 2010 and
it shall take effect on Nov.
22, 2010,” he added.
Ricafort also advised all
Clark employers to coordinate with the CDC Customer Service DepartmentIndustrial Relations Unit for
other inquiries on the new
wage order, particularly
that of the daily minimum
wage rates of and COLA
of non-agricultural, hospitals, and retail/service sectors.
In September 2007,
the government increased
COLA rate by P9 to employees’ basic minimum
wage of P287 by virtue of
RWB Order No. 13; five
pesos was added to the
basic wage of P287 thru
RWB Order No. 14, which
also increased employees’ COLA rate by P10.
Currently, the basic
minimum daily wage is
P302.