Arroyo’s desire to play golf, use gadgets 'understandable'

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 10:12 p.m.

IT IS natural for prisoners to miss some of their routine activities while in detention, a Malacañang official said, referring to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s yearning to play golf and use laptop and cellphone.

“We understand it since anybody in detention will have a restriction of liberties,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview with state-run dzRB.

8 cops ordered arrested for bloody Parañaque shootout

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 10:11 p.m.

THE Court of Appeals (CA) ordered the arrest of eight Parañaque police officers involved in the death of a civilian and his daughter during a shootout with the notorious Waray-Waray Ozamis robbery gang in December 2008.

The CA’s Eight Division likewise directed the Paranaque Regional Trial Court (RTC) to reinstate the complaint for two counts of murder against Police Chief Inspectors Lawrence Cajipe and Joel Mendoza, Police Inspector Gerardo Balacutan, Police Officer 3 Jolito Mamanao Jr., Police Officer 3 Fernando Rey Gapuz, Police Officer 2 Eduardo Blanco, Police Officer 2 Edwin Santos and Police Officer 1 Josil Rey Lucena.

Government maintains deployment ban to Syria

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 10:10 p.m.

FILIPINOS are still being advised not to go to Syria because of escalating violence between pro and anti-government forces there, Malacañang said Sunday.

“The government’s thrust in Syria is to get our people out. Please let us not add to the problem of evacuating people there because the situation there remains dangerous,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview.

Proposed $50 contribution for distressed OFWs questioned

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 10:10 p.m.

MIGRANTE International scored a lawmaker’s proposal to require overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to pay $50 or around P2,100 as contribution to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Emergency Repatriation Fund before leaving the country.

Manila Representative Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David authored House Bill 6195 seeking to amend Republic Act (RA) 8042, or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995.

Teachers press passage of voluntary election service bill

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 10:09 p.m.

THE Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) is pressing lawmakers to pass House Bill 4096, which pushes for making election service voluntary for public school teachers and other citizens.

ACT Secretary General France Castro said there is a need to pass the bill to remove the burden of serving as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) to public school teachers only.

Proposed amendments in milk code alarms British group

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 10:08 p.m.

UNITED Kingdom-based Baby Milk Action expressed alarm over the recent moves supposedly backed by baby milk companies to amend the Milk Code of the Philippines.

In an open letter, the international non-profit advocacy group for infant food said people not only in the Philippines but also around the world are not in favor of recent moves in the House of Representatives to amend Executive Order (EO) 51.

Government 'may use' NLEx for Clark-Manila railway

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:49 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT – PLDT chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan recently said the government may align the proposed Clark-Manila dedicated railway system to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx).

“Of course the government can use the NLEx,” Pangilinan said, adding that the state still owns the freeway.

Sagip Ilog phase B on track for rainy season

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:48 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Oscar Rodriguez disclosed on Saturday that works on the P700-million Sagip Ilog Phase B project is on track for the rainy season, estimating it at 62-percent complete.

Rodriguez met with officials of the City Government, Sagip Ilog consultants, the Department of Public Works and Highways and affected stakeholders last Friday at Heroes Hall, to discuss the progress of the project which runs from Barangay Pandaras to the boundary of San Simon town’s water channels.

‘Unity is key to good quarry collection’

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:48 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (Penro) officer Art Punsalan said unity, coupled with an effective quarry collection system, is the key to the high revenue collection of the province from its quarry operations.

Punsalan made this statement during another benchmarking activity here participated by provincial employees and department heads from Davao del Norte.

Villages get incentives for anti-dengue campaigns

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:47 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Three villages in this city named as “Star Barangays” recently received incentives by Health Secretary Enrique Ona and Mayor Oscar Rodriguez for their successful anti-dengue campaigns.

Barangays Maimpis, San Jose and Sindalan received P5,000 and P10,000 respectively, plus plaques of recognition, for achieving “almost zero and the least number of dengue cases” last year until the second semester of 2012.

Alternative learning graduates get diploma

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:46 p.m.

CANDABA – More than 1,000 individuals in several towns in the province received diplomas under the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

Vice Governor Joseller Guaio and Board Member Ricardo Yabut served as guest speakers in a graduation ceremony held over the weekend at the Ms. Earth Park in Barangay Mandasig, this town.

Electric coop conducts medical, dental mission

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:46 p.m.

APALIT – The Pampanga Electric Cooperative 3 (Pelco-3) recently conducted a medical and dental mission in Barangay Sampaloc, this town.

The activity was made possible through the help of San Miguel Foundation Inc. and with assistance from the Rural District Health Offices.

Festival to put Porac town in tourism map

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:45 p.m.

PORAC — The committee chairperson of this year’s 1st Balas Festival said the event is expected to put Porac town into the tourism map of Central Luzon.

The event, according to Councilor Ludy Muli, is set to become a yearly activity that will not just market the rich sand deposits here as a tourism attraction but also project the town as an eco-tourism destination.

BCDA prexy faces perjury complaint

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:38 p.m.

BASES Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) president Arnel Casanova is facing a perjury case over statements made against Camp John Hay developer, CJH Development Corporation (CJHDevCo).

Casanova was charged with perjury Thursday afternoon at the Manila Prosecutor's office, for allegedly falsely stating under oath in a complaint filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) that CJHDevCo concealed from BCDA properties transferred to government agency in 2010 representing payments of CJHDEVCO's rental obligations. The identified properties were allegedly the subject of a prior sale.

Residents want stop to Magsaysay bingo

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:38 p.m.

SOME 30 residents of Lower Magsaysay in Baguio City are seeking for the immediate demolition of a bingo fundraising and trade fair, which they claim to have been operating in the area for months.

"Organizers said the trade fair is only good for 90 days but why is it still operating? Schools already started, and we want the immediate dismantling of the bingo game. It is a nuisance in the barangay," residents of barangay Lower Magsaysay and nearby Teodora Alonzo demanded.

Mayor denies Burnham Park trade fair extension

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:37 p.m.

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan recently expressed his opposition for another 30-day extension of a Burnham Park trade fair.

The livelihood fair, organized by the City Social Welfare and Development Office, along Juan Luna Drive started right after the Panagbenga Festival.

Development council prepares autonomy survey

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:37 p.m.

THE Regional Development Council (RDC) is gearing up to pass the proposed autonomy bill and gain regional plebiscite.

The council proposed for the implementation of a pulse survey on House Bill (HB) 5595 to determine the current level of awareness and extent of understanding of the Cordillerans on the contents of HB 5595 and on the substance of regional autonomy and development.

Kalinga police burn P5-M worth of drugs

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:36 p.m.

TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Regional Police Director Benjamin Magalong's anti-drug campaign scored when elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Kalinga Provincial Police Office destroyed P5 million worth of marijuana on June 13.

Police Superintendent Reynaldo Pasiwen of Tabuk Police Station led his troops to conduct marijuana eradication on a plantation in Mt. Banga-banga, Agbannawag, Tabuk City with a land area of more or less 5,000 square meters.

Councilmen encourage village outreach programs

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:35 p.m.

THE old maxim "health is wealth" has never rang true nor been clearly more understood than today in this age of physical fitness regimes, cornucopia of health spas and keen awareness for physical well being.

Understandably not everyone is able to reach this level of wellness considering various limitations such as but not limited to poverty and scarcity of resources, financial.

Proposed BSU mall still under negotiations

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:35 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD -- No final plans have been made yet on the commercial complex along Kilometer 5 of the Benguet State University, said school president Ben Ladilad.

"We are still studying the details," he said.

Agri office allots P278M for Apayao agri projects

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:34 p.m.

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has allotted P278 million this year to bankroll several irrigation and agricultural projects in Apayao that will further solidify its distinction as a surplus rice producer and a potential exporter of fancy, aromatic rice in the next years.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the investments also aim to transform Apayao into a major producer of corn, coffee, vegetables, fruits and other high value crops.

Bangued braces for typhoon season

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 09:34 p.m.

BANGUED, Abra -- The local government started its annual regular cleaning and clearing operations as part of its disaster preparedness program this rainy season.

Mayor Ryan Luna launched last week the massive cleaning of canals and clearing of major waterways especially the creeks located within the seven zones in the town proper.

Drivers, operators oppose cut of flag down rate

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 08:04 p.m.

TAXI drivers and operators in Cagayan de Oro opposed moves to reduce the flag down rate of taxi units to P30 from the current P40.

Allan Gamba, chairperson of the Cagayan de Oro Taxi Drivers Organization, said the P30 flag down rate is only possible should prices of gasoline go down to P35 and below per liter.

‘Sendong’ survivors get donations from Pinoys in Alaska

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 08:04 p.m.

THE Board of the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak Alaska donated $1,500 to the Tropical Storm Sendong survivors during a meeting of the Rotary West Cagayan de Oro club meeting last month.

The group’s chairperson Ben Achas personally handed over the donation to the Rotary club.

Environment department celebrates silver anniversary

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 08:03 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Northern Mindanao celebrated its 25th anniversary last June 10.

The anniversary was marked with the opening of a sports fest and family day last June 8.

Report: Missing journalist in Abu Sayyaf's hands

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 04:53 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Updated 4:23 p.m.) -- Police authorities are verifying reports that Jordanian television reporter Baker Abdulla Atyani and his two Filipino crewmen are in the custody of an Abu Sayyaf spiritual leader in Sulu province.

The Integrated Police Operation Western Mindanao received an unconfirmed report saying Atyani and his crew are held captive by Yasser Igasa, leader of the Abu Sayyaf group in Sulu province, according to a radio report.

Proposal to give ERC more power checked

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 01:36 a.m.

IDC-RDC vice chairperson Efren Carreon said that the ERC has an annual budget of more than P800 million, yet there is little information on the number of its personnel or its expenses.

At present, ERC’s annual budget comes from the General Appropriations Act approved by Congress. It remits to the National Government all its income generated from its operations, like filing and clearance fees, among others.

Cebu City Jail inmate tries to escape by jumping from the prison’s rooftop

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 01:34 a.m.

Instead, Ceniza plummeted face down and ended up with several fractures.

“This served as a warning to other prisoners, who might imitate a similar act,” said Jail Warden Supt. Johnson Calub.

Cebu City Jail inmate tries to escape by jumping from the prison’s rooftop

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 01:33 a.m.

JOEY Ceniza tried to break out of the Cebu City Jail last Friday night by leaping from the four-story building down to the street outside.

The 21-year-old drug suspect thought the branches of the trees that stand by the perimeter wall would break his fall. He even placed a towel over his backside for a soft landing.

DOH 7 supports sin tax bill with signature drive

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 01:32 a.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 will launch a signature campaign to support the sin tax bill that will raise the taxes on tobacco and alcohol products.

Dr. Asuncion Anden, DOH 7 director, said the agency will send the signatures to the Senate when its session resumes next month.

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