Monthly Archives: July 2010

Arroyo urges P-noy to give Truth Commission teeth

July 30, 2010

MANILA –Veteran senator Joker Arroyo on Wednesday advised President Benigno Aquino III to give the Truth Commission “teeth” to make sure it will succeed in investigating the anomalies that tainted the past administration of former President and now congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Arroyo, who served as Executive Secretary of President Aquino’s mother, former Corazon Aquino, said the… Continue reading

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Malaria epidemic declared in Camarines Norte – DOH

July 30, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol declared a malaria epidemic in Camarines Norte after health officials confirmed that 182 villagers in the town of Jose Panganiban were sick of the mosquito-borne disease. The DOH said it has placed the entire province under an epidemic state so that health authorities may undertake massive control and preventive health measures to curb the rising… Continue reading

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DA working to contain army worm infestation in Negros Oriental

July 30, 2010

DUMAGUETE CITY — Army worm infestations of several hectares of rice and corn, including sugarcane in Negros Oriental has reached an alarming proportion, said Alejandro Rafal, agricultural program coordinating officer of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
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Garbage dumps block waterways, may worsen floods

July 30, 2010

MAKATI CITY – Piles of garbage indiscriminately dumped into the waterways in Metro Manila by residents could aggravate the floodings if left unabated. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said that even the MMDA’s floodwater pumping stations all over Metro Manila have been overwhelmed by accumulated garbage. “These pumping stations are critical in preventing floods. If we don’t Continue reading

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Mayor reminds constituents to observe SIKAT standards

July 30, 2010

MANILA – Caloocan Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri on Thursday reminded parents of elementary and high school students to observe what was learned during the “Simulan ang Karunungan sa Tahanan” (SIKAT) project, which was launched last year. SIKAT refers to the project wherein parents are encouraged to help their children with assignments and other school works. Echiverri underscored the… Continue reading

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Processing of building permits in Manila shortened to 3 days — Lim

July 30, 2010

MANILA – Mayor Alfredo S. Lim announced on Thursday that the processing period for the issuance of building permits in Manila has been reduced to a mere three days. According to city administrator Jay Marzan, Mayor Lim has directed city building official Engineer Melvin Balagot and city planning chief Rodolfo Catu and other concerned units to also shorten the period within which applicants may be able to get their compliance certificates…
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Alcano, Orcollo, Pagulayan bid in Guinness World Series in Jakarta

July 30, 2010
MANILA – Former 9-ball and 8-ball world champion Ronato Alcano, newlycrowned World Pool Masters ruler Dennis Orcollo, two-time national open champion Lee Vann Corteza and another ex-World 9-ball ruler Alex Pagulayan, head the crack Filipino contingent seeing action in the 2010 Guinness World Series of Pool-10 Ball Challenge Grand Finale beginning Thursday and ending on August 1 at the Mall Taman Anggrek in Jakarta, Indonesia. Alcano, Orcullo, Corteza and Pagulayan will be joined by fellow Billiard… Continue reading

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Debts and Deficits: Way over Obama’s Head?

by Don Azarias

July 30, 2010

Even though I’m a Republican, I’m like most of those responsible Americans whose love for the coun try is of paramount importance that it transcends my party affiliation. That’s why when Democrat Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, I set aside my Republican Party ideology and wished the newly-elected president the best of luck and prayed for his success as leader of the free world.
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Reflections – “Nothing is as far away as one minute ago”

by Arnold De Villa

July 30, 2010

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Jim Bishop grew up to be a writer and a journalist who had some books (e.g. The Day Lincoln Was Shot, The day Christ Died) transformed into television films. He authored the quote above through which I start my thoughts. A minute ago is gone. This infinite segment of a time horizon impressed on the faded imprints of our memory could have been a fragment of a cherished event or a… Continue reading

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Stop Jueteng: Mission Impossible?

by Perry S. Diaz

July 30, 2010

If we have to believe — and I do — president Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III’s mantra, “Kung
walang corruption, walang mahirap” (No corruption, no poverty), then the government should get out of the gambling business including “legalized” jueteng in the guise of Small Town Lotto (STL). History has proven that where there is gambling, there is corruption. And among the “games of chance,” jueteng is arguably the most corrupt gaming system in the Philippines.
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