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LGU Philippines / Barangay Election in Bohol Update
« on: October 24, 2010, 11:54:37 PM »
By Angeline Valencia

Peace and order seem to have started melting down as the barangay election heats up, prompting the provincial command of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to add three more barangays to the watchlist of areas of concern.

Police Insp. Ramoncelio Sawan of the Operations Division of the Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO) confirmed that as of Saturday, the election watch list of areas of concern (EWACs) already included 23 barangays in 11 towns.

Bohol provincial police director Sr. Supt. Constantino Barot Jr. considered the shooting incident in barangay Rizal in the municipality of Bilar as the first poll-related violence within the barangay election period.

Based on the observed stiff rivalry of candidates and election or political history of the areas, the BPPO identified the areas of concern as barangays Cuaming in Inabanga town; Batasan Island in Tubigon; Kabasakan, San Roque, San Antonio, San Vicente Sur, and Sta. Cruz in Sagbayan; Malinao East in Lila; Canmanico, Cansibao, and Poblacion Occidental in Valencia; Cabul-an, Montana, Lubang, and Panghagban in Buenavista; Popo and Canmangao in Pres. Carlos P. Garcia; Nasingin, Pandanon, and Taytay in Getafe.

Sawan said that the BPPO added in the watch list barangays Villa Garcia in Sierra-Bullones, Pogpong in Clarin, and Rizal in Bilar.

Last Thursday night, Juanito Cainghog , a candidate for barangay chairman in Rizal, and a group of supporters were having a conversation when reportedly fired upon by unidentified suspect, leading nearby residents to panic. Unfortunately no one was hit.

The responding police team recovered five empty shells of 5.56 mm ammunition at the crime scene.

Barot considered it as an election-related incident.

Last Wednesday night, police manning a checkpoint in Barangay Kaluasan recovered a hand grenade inside a plastic bag thrown by two motorcycle-riding men near the checkpoint, apparently to avoid being inspected.

A police team tried to pursue them for possible apprehension, but failed.

At 2:29 a.m. of October 21, the Trinidad Police Station received a text message from Roman Fernandez, a candidate for barangay captain in Hinlayagan, reporting that his residence was blasted by unknown suspects.

Trinidad municipal police chief, Police Insp. Judel Torregoza, immediately proceeded to the residence of Fernandez and found the steel gate of the garage partly damaged as believed to have been caused by an impact from an improvised homemade explosive.

The responding team recovered fragments of black plastic container and torn pieces of paper that resembled a wrapper of firecrackers.(PNA)

For the second time, two students from a private high school in Tacloban City will be representing the Philippines to the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Water Rocket Competition to be held this November at Melbourne, Australia.

Julius Dacuycoy and Edward Louie Chua of Asia Development Foundational College (ADFC) bested 23 other schools to proceed to the international event and compete with 20 other countries in Asia and the Pacific in the APRSAF Water Rocket Competition.

ADFC was also the Philippine representative to the last APRSAF Water Rocket Competition held in Bangkok, Thailand in February this year.

Besides representing the country to the APRSAF Water Rocket Competition, the ADFC students also took home a certificate and a gift pack from Kraft Asia.

The National Water Rocket Competition was held at the Marikina Riverbanks Center in cooperation with the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology, the DOST-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, and the Department of Education during the 2010 World Space Week (WSW) celebration.

This year’s competition challenged students to land their rockets inside a specific target. Students were to launch their rocket from a 60-meter distance and should land it within a three-meter radius from the target.

Rockets that land beyond the radius are not given scores. Schools are allowed two launches to try to land their rockets within the range of the target.

ADFC was the only school to land their rocket within the range, successfully setting their rocket down 2.65 meters from the target.

Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Director Dr. Ester B. Ogena said the department annually conducts the water rocket launching competition as part of the World Space Week celebration to provide a venue for students, teacher and educators to learn more about space science.

“Competitions are great venues for our students to put their best foot forward and exercise their excellence and skill. Through this contest, we are able to identify students who have the knack for science who in turn could be provided the adept training to develop their full potential and eventually, provide the science and technology backbone of the Philippines,” she said.

DOST-SEI, as designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is the focal point for the space education program and related activities in the Philippines.

Ogena said space science plays a major role in preparing the people during major calamities and avert disasters in large scale.

“As we explore the Philippines and beyond, space science plays a major role in making us understand the things we see and the things we do not see,” she said.

Ogena pledged that DOST-SEI would be at the forefront of making the people appreciate the value of space education in the country.

“It is our firm commitment to put forward the importance of space science in our daily lives. We are optimistic that soon, the Philippines shall be at par with other countries in space science,” she said.

The 31-member APRSAF was established in 1993 in response to the declaration adopted by the Asia-Pacific International Space Year Conference (APIC) in 1992 to enhance the development of each country's space program and to exchange views toward future cooperation in space activities in the Asia-Pacific region.  - source: PNA

Philippine Provinces / Earthquake in Butuan City, Agusan
« on: October 24, 2010, 11:43:04 PM »
Residents of this regional frontier and capital city and the province of Agusan del Norte were rattled and shaken from their sleep by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake shortly before dawn Sunday, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported.

However, the OCD in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region) said no casualty or damage was reported as of press time.

OCD Regional Director Blanche T. Gobenciong immediately mobilized field personnel to monitor field reports from various disaster councils in Butuan City and Agusan del Norte.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the tremor occurred at 2:38 a.m., with epicenter traced at 15 kilometers northeast of Jabonga town, Agusan del Norte.

The quake, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 125.66 kilometers and was also felt in other parts of the Caraga Region.

Meanwhile, Phivolcs also reported that a 3.9 magnitude quake also hit Butuan City at 5:20 a.m. on Saturday .

The early morning tremor was traced at seven kilometers north of this city with 125.50 kilometers depth.

Many Caraga Region residents also went into panic when a 5.0-magnitude quake hit Surigao del Sur province at 2:23 a.m., also on Saturday.

Its epicenter was traced at 85 kilometers south-southeast of Hinatuan town, Surigao del Sur province.

The quake, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 141.9 kilometers and was also felt in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte. There were no reports of injuries or damage. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Award for Info of Bus Bomber Offered
« on: October 24, 2010, 10:41:25 PM »
The provincial government of North Cotabato offers P100,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of suspects behind Thursday’s bus bombing in Matalam town that killed 10 persons and injured 30 others.

North Cotabato Governor Emmylou J. Talino-Mendoza said the reward was announced Friday even as police and military operations went underway in Central Mindanao in hot pursuit of the bombers.

Mendoza met with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Raul M. Bacalzo in Kidapawan City on Friday to discuss developments of the ongoing investigation into the bomb attack that has been widely condemned by the civil society and the national leadership.

A Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) was organized composed of investigators, forensic examiners and ordnance experts from North Cotabato Provincial Police Office, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the Army’s 61st Explosive Ordnance Division.

During the meeting, Bacalzo reiterated to local officials and concerned government agencies to observe the security measures to prevent similar incidents, particularly against the practice of allowing passengers to board without inspection, and the thorough inspection of all passengers and cargo in bus terminals.

Witnesses claimed at least three suspects disembarked the bus moments before the bomb went off while the bus was traveling across Barangay Dalapitan, Matalam town on Thursday morning.

“Our justice system assures certainty of punishment to those behind this attack on innocent civilians. The long arm of the law will pursue them wherever and whoever they are” Bacalzo said.

Bacalzo was in Kidapawan City on Friday on a field sortie in Central and Southern Mindanao to assess the readiness of PNP units to assume election duties as deputies of the Comelec.

About 42,000 barangays (villages) across the country elect their village officials and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders on Monday.

The Chief PNP has directed all PNP units to step-up checkpoint operations to prevent the movement of armed individuals and other election law violators who might cause violence on Monday’s local polls.

As part of the PNP’s election security operations, the “HOPE 2010-Bravo Election Monitoring and Media Center was activated in Camp Crame on Friday to facilitate release of timely and accurate information on election activities and security situation nationwide.

PNP Spokesperson, Sr. Supt. Agrimero A. Cruz Jr. said the Media Center would provide tri-media representatives with up-to-date information and current data on police operations and election security issues. -PNA

Philippine Provinces / Iloilo Kagawad Shot Dead
« on: October 24, 2010, 10:23:11 PM »
A barangay kagawad (village councilor) was shot dead by a still unidentified suspect in Barangay Datagan, Calinog, Iloilo.

Police said Rolando Lupines, 55, Datagan village councilor barangay kagawad, was walking on the way home with his minor son when unidentified man appeared from a dark portion of Datagan barangay road and shot him with the use of a 12-gauge shotgun Thursday evening.

The victim succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim is seeking re-election as barangay kagawad in the coming barangay-SK elections on Monday, Oct. 25 when the fateful incident happened.

The police could not presently determine if local politics has something to do with the crime. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Passenger Boat Cheats Tragedy Off Mindoro
« on: October 24, 2010, 10:21:35 PM »
Passengers of an inter-island vessel were spared from near sea disaster after the vessel violently tilted and ran aground in the shallow waters off Roxas, Mindoro.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) based in Caticlan, Malay, Aklan said the Super Shuttle Ferry 2, a roll on, roll off (RoRo) vessel, was carrying 197 passengers aboard, including the crew, when the incident happened.

The vessel was cruising the Mindoro shore when whipped by sudden big waves that caused the ship to tilt sideways.

The ship’s violent movement scared and caused panic among passengers aboard.

The alert ship captain steered the vessel to safety but when he sensed danger of getting capsized, he decided to have the ship ran aground toward the vicinity of Roxas shoreline to avoid the would-be tragedy.

RoRo vessel left Caticlan port in Malay, Aklan early Friday morning on its way to Mindoro. Apart from passengers, the RoRo vessel was also carrying 22 rolling cargoes and two passenger buses aboard.

The Coast Guard said turbulent seas prevailed elsewhere in the area brought about by forecast entry of a new typhoon. - PNA

Philippine Provinces / Helping Fight Corruption in the Bureaucracy
« on: October 24, 2010, 10:17:38 PM »
Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Virginia Santiago lectured Iloilo National High School teachers about helping fight corruption in the bureaucracy.

She talked on anti-graft laws during a seminar at the school and cited ill-effects of engaging in corrupt practices.

Corruption negatively affects the bureaucracy's efficiency and slows down delivery of government services, she noted.

Over 100 teachers from the school attended the seminar.

Santiago particularly cited the importance of paying taxes and the consequences of incurring debt.

She hopes other schools will also hold seminars on addressing corruption so such institutions can help government eradicate this scourge. - PNA

An incumbent barangay (village) chairman and his companions shot a man who was campaigning for a rival bets in Barangay Bayogo, Madrid, Surigao del Sur Friday morning.

Caraga Police Regional Information Office here identified the suspect as Bayogo chairman Melecio Sumaoy Mejorada.

Mejorada's companions, who also allegedly shot the victim using .45 cal and 9 mm pistols, remained unidentified.

Police said victim Eduardo Roluna, 45, married, and a resident of P-5, Barangay Bayogo was campaigning at the residence of Rogelio Talisic when the suspect and his companions took tuns in shooting him.

Police claimed the victim sustained critical gunshot wounds in the face and body. He was taken to Madrid District Hospital for treatment.

Investigators recovered from the crime scene two empty shells of cal.45; one empty shell of 9mm cal. pistol and two slugs.

Mejorada was arrested by responding policemen. He is now detained at the locked-up jail of the Madrid police station.

Caraga Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Reynaldo S. Rafal ordered thorough investigation of the incident. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Barangay Kagawad in Agusan del Norte Shot Dead
« on: October 24, 2010, 10:13:22 PM »
A reelectionist barangay kagawad (councilman) who had been active in trying to solve many problems in his area like acquisition of firearms and ammunition by many civilians and small-scale miners was shot dead by unidentified armed men and women at around 9:40 p.m. Thursday evening in Barangay San Isidro, Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

A report from the Caraga Police Regional Information Office identified the victim as Barangay Kagawad Rommel Magdayo Moldez, 31, married and resident of Barangay San Isidro, Santiago town.

Moldez was seeking reelection as barangay kagawad of Barangay San Isidro, where Mount Sarog, a known gold rush area, is located.

Initial investigation showed that prior to the incident, unidentified armed men and women arrived and forcibly entered the house of Moldez, who was out at the time.

When Moldez arrived a few minutes later together with a certain Romnick Tupos, they were immediately ordered to drop on the ground, after which the barangay official was shot twice in the back.

The suspects left the place after the incident, saying they were also looking for another barangay kagawad named Angelito Garong.

Moldez was immediately taken to the Cabadbaran Emergency District Hospital, some 10 kilometers away from Barangay San Isidro, but he was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physicians.

Relatives of the victim told police probers the killing could have been motivated by his direct involvement in the maintenance of peace and order situation in the mining area in Mount Sarug.

They claimed Moldez had received death threats prior to the incident.

Earlier, concerned civilians in the area aired complaints before authorities on the alleged buying spree of illegally acquired firearms and ammunitions by small scale miners and even ordinary civilians.

The Santiago Municipal Police Office is conducting further investigation to determine if the shooting incident was election-related since the victim was seeking reelection as barangay kagawad in the Oct. 25 Barangay election. - source: PNA

Published by the Bohol Chronicle

A supposedly mega project of former governor, now 2nd District Congressman
Erico Aumentado is mired in controversy following allegations of blatant procedural lapses and even serious constitutional issues.

A public consultation called last Thursday practically unearthed a veritable
trove of revelations straight from those supposed beneficiaries of the project
and officials who had a hand in the dubious manner in which the project was laid

The output of the consultation will be presented during a meeting on
Wednesday with visiting Korean officials.

The consultation was conducted by a joint committee on Agriculture,
Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Good Government, Justice and
Human Rights headed by Board Members Abeleon Damalerio and Vencenzo Arcamo
respectively together with Cezar Lopez., vice chair of the Finance, Budget and
Appropriations committee Dubbed as the "Bioethanol Research Center Project", a joint venture between

Biolsystems Co. Ltd. or "Biol" of the Republic of Korea and the Province of
Bohol, is focused on seaweed aquaculture, ethanol production and post-harvest.

Mounting public clamor from affected seaweed growers for the new provincial
leaders to conduct a probe on the marine aquaculture project which was kept
under wraps during the previous administration triggered the ongoing review by
the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP).

According to the assailed MOU, the Province of Bohol will set aside for the
exclusive operation of the Korean company 3 has. as test area for aquaculture,
500 has. for seedling plantation, 25,000 up to 100,000 has. for the aquaculture
site proper. Another 60 has. will be guaranteed by the province for an ethanol
production factory and residential area for workers.

The project will not only be in the waters of Bohol but also a possible tie-up with neighboring provinces that would cover one million hectares.

The term contract is for a period of 50 years with a planned extension of 25

The MOU further stated that security around the aquaculture and factory areas
will be provided by the PNP and the AFP.

Seaweed farmers feared the day when they would turn into mere laborers of these
giant foreign corporations instead of producers of seaweeds.

Seaweed farmers get P25T gross from seaweeds in a 2,500 sq. meter area five
times a year. Sales from abalone at P470/kilo, "tihi-tihi", sea cucumber at
P2,000/kilo and rare shells adds up to a tidy sum for the seaweed farmers.

Representatives from the Seaweed Investors Association of the Philippines (SIAP)
condemned the brazenness of these foreign corporations for threatening the
livelihood of the Filipino fisherfolks.

They voiced their suspicion that this MOU is now peddled in roadshows abroad to
entice investors for the project.

The marine aquaculture project, according to Atty. Titus Vistal of the
Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) was never formally discussed
in the Provincial Development Council (PDC) but was taken up only as an
exploratory project.

Questions were also raised on the need for the Sangguniang Panglalawigan (SP) to
have been consulted on such an ambitious project even if the joint venture
project was in the nature of an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

During the meeting, seaweed growers associations, non-government organizations
(NGO's), People's organizations (PO's) engaged in marine protection were one in
denouncing not only the past administration but the Korean government for
deliberately ignoring a basic requirement for such a big project - public
consultation with the stakeholders.

Letters sent to the Korean government by the seaweed growers were ignored.

Even the municipality of Talibon which granted, upon the request of Aumentado,
50 has. in the islands of Sag and Bansan islands never informed the seaweed
growers about the areas reserved for the bioethanol project.

But stakeholders later found out that instead of Biol Co., the signatory of the
MOU, a firm by the name of Algahol, set up operations in Talibon.

Another firm, Metallic Ore Harvester Corporation identified as a Taiwanese
company is also into seaweeds farming in a 1200 has area also in Nocnocan isled
in Talibon.

Heavily armed security guards has been driving out local fishermen from their
farm area.

Leandres Artiaga, Fisheries Technician of the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO), who was privy to the entry of Algahol in Talibon, told the Chronicle that he was pressured by a certain Ho Jea Lee, a Korean investor to sign the incorporation papers as an investor and a member of the board of directors for 50 shares valued at P1,861.

He further said that June Blanco, a former executive assistant of the Governor
also signed as an incorporator of Algahol.

Artiaga added that he submitted to the Provincial Legal Office an affidavit
withdrawing as member of the board of Algahol.

Meanwhile, June Blanco confirmed to the Chronicle that she signed as an
incorporator and secretary of Algahol to complete a corporation requirement.
Atty. Cathy Jamila of the Provincial Legal Office raised a constitutional issue
on a corporation exploiting our natural resources.

Initial findings showed that Algahol is a foreign corporation engaged in the
exploitation of our fisheries and aquatic resources which are reserved
exclusively for Filipinos.

A review of the registration papers of Algahol is now underway.

Atty. Handel Lagunay, former Provincial Legal Officer told the Chronicle that
Algohol is a foreign corporation incorporated domestically in the Philippines.

He also said that Algohol is not into actual seaweed farming but engaged in
research and development of marine aquaculture, procurement and marketing of
seaweed produce of the local seaweed farmers.

The 13 has. reported to be found planted with seaweeds was a pilot area to test
if certain varieties would thrive in the area, explained Lagunay.

The MOU between Biolsystems Co., Ltd. of the Republic of Korea and the Province
of Bohol were signed by 28 of the 30 Mayors of the coastal municipalities in
Bohol last July 16, 2009.

Inputs gathered from the public consultation will be collated and presented to
the Korean party on Wednesday, at the Bohol Tropics Hotel.

By the Bohol Chronicle

The Boholana national president of the Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation (SKNF) is facing a graft complaint with the Ombudsman for alleged misuse of federation funds amounting to over P90 million.

Meanwhile, Jane Cesoria Cajes, who is also an ex-officio commissioner of the National Youth commission (NYC) vehemently denied the accusations as she welcomed the complaint which she will face before the Ombudsman. She branded the filing of the complaint as a smear campaign lodged against her.

The seemingly dormant issue on alleged fund misuse of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation (SKF) was the basis of the nine-point graft complaint filed last Wednesday by Manuel Ferdinand R. De Erio, a former close aide of Cajes and Leo P. Udtohan, also a volunteer of the SKF President. Both are also Lifestyle writers of city-based newspapers.

Feeling used and betrayed by Cajes, the two complainants, De Erio and Udtohan, ventilated their outcry for justice against the alleged misuse of government funds when they personally visited for a live radio interview at Bohol's top-rated "Inyong Alagad" program of DYRD the day after they filed their complaint in Manila.

"Our name and reputation were on the line. We were unwittingly used by Jane Cajes to cover-up the anomalies. Finally, after realizing the state we were in, we decided to pursue the truth thru the Ombudsman", a visibly relieved De Erio said.

The two so-called "whistleblowers" gave the Ombudsman an "inside account" of alleged financial wrongdoings of SKNF President Jane Cajes.

The letter complaint alleged that Cajes entered into "multi-million peso procurement of goods and services without bidding" for the supplies of bags, t-shirts, tarpaulins, accommodations, catering and event management contracts for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 SK National Congress in Cebu City, Subic, Bohol and Boracay.
The letter complaint bared that under Cajes, the SK collected an estimated total registration fees in the amount of P73 million from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 SK National Congress.

On top of these collections, the SK allegedly received P20M financial assistance from former President Arroyo for the 2008 and 2009 SK National Congress, P250T assistance each from PAGCOR and PCSO together with a sponsorship fee of P150T from "The Bar" in the 2009 SK Congress.

These collections totaled P93.65M not including collections from SK annual dues, the complaint alleged.

According to the letter complaint, Cajes failed to render financial statements covering the cited SK National Congresses.

The complainants also revealed that P150,000 worth of tarpaulins were allegedly wasted during the launching of the Sama-sama Para sa Kalikasan project of the SK held in Bohol "when the face of the former President printed on the tarpaulin was inverted". These posters were not allowed to be displayed causing Cajes to purchase another batch of tarpaulins with the corrected layout.

De Erio and Udtohan also bemoaned the alleged "over spending" on the printing of tarpaulins estimated at nearly P1M from 2008 to the present.

According to the complainants, concerned SK members were disturbed by several billboard sized tarpaulins placed in the streets of Olongapo and Subic during the SK National Congress with solo pictures of Jane Cajes together with pictures of performing bands Six Cycle Mind, Imago, CallaLilly among others, prompting comments on the SKP Facebook - "Sana dina maulit yung nasa Subic na parang concert ni Hon. Jane ang congress".

De Erio and Udtohan also denounced Cajes for her failure to present the financial statements on the P10M fund from former president GMA for an environmental project "Sama-sama para sa Kalikasan: Proyekto ng Sangguniang Kabataan".

They said that Cajes could not account for P8M of the P10M since only 20 SK Federated Presidents received P100T each for a total of P2M only.

Also, an additional P10M from GMA for the same project was allegedly received by the Federation thru Cajes for the purchase of seedlings. No trace of the purchase could be found.

Even Cajes personal lifestyle was not spared by the complaint. Quoting the Philippine Transparency Reporting Project - "extravagant lifestyles are one of the most obvious indicators of corruption", De Erio and Udtohan lambasted the lavish display of wealth by the SK National President thru the "deliberate spending of cash for the purchase of high-end SLR cameras, expensive dogs, designer bags, branded clothes, cosmetics, accessories and jewelries".

Even as the complainants admitted that beauty enhancement procedures at the Belo Medical Group such as Nose reshaping, chin and cheek implants and facials were purely personal vanities, they were still considered very expensive.

De Erio and Udtohan questioned the "repeated failure to account and liquidate her expenditures of SK funds for placing her under a cloud of doubt"


The SK national president, with grace under fire, respected and welcomed the move of her two former allies as their constitutional right to seek redress for their grievances against her from the courts.

"I will answer all the accusations at the proper legal venue. I hope no personal issues will be discussed. My family and loved ones are all behind me". The SK national president is the daughter of former Rep. Roberto Cajes whose wife run for a congressional seat during the last elections.

Cajes refuted the charges hurled against her by De Erio and Udtohan especially on the non-disclosure of financial statements.

Showing voluminous documents on national top rated "24 Oras" television news, Cajes refuted the allegations of De Erio and Udtohan that no financial statements were prepared and available to SK members.

When interviewed also over dyRD's "Inyong Alagad," Cajes expressed surprise where the P93M figure came from.

"The 2008 and 2009 financial statements has been signed by the treasurer, accountant and myself while the 2010 report are ready to be signed" assured Cajes.

"If they want to see all the documents, "pwede sila mo-adto sa atong office sa Manila ug pwede namo dad-on sa Bohol", she added.

The complaint covered violations of provisions of RA 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act and RA 6713 - Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

According to the complainants, the first formal complaint on transparency issues regarding alleged financial irregularities against Ms. Cajes was filed by the Junior Graft Watch Unit of Cebu on April 23, 2010 at the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas, Cebu.

The complaint remains unresolved.

De Erio and Udtohan further assured the public that no politicians are behind their filing of the case against Cajes.

In a press statement sent to the Chronicle late yesterday afternoon, Cajes said: "In the past days, various fabricated, orchestrated and libelous accusations have been hurled against me not only as SK National Federation President but also against my personal private life not necessarily related to my office. Text messages, which threatened my life and that of the immediate members of my family, were likewise received from texters whose cell numbers I have securely saved. In due time, I will unmask the real person who is the financier and behind all these unfounded, directed and malicious accusations, who is deliberately using persons with questionable records.

These accusers with questionable records claim they have filed a letter-complaint against me before the Ombudsman but I have yet to receive an official copy of the alleged complaint. While these accusers, under the law, have the right to file even an unfounded complaint, I have also the same equal right to file the necessary criminal cases against them should their accusations, this early, are already untrue and malicious.

Until then, I hope I will be fairly and objectively judged by the public for as the legal maxim says: "A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty." (CMV)

Philippine Provinces / Barangay and SK Election in Cordillera Region
« on: October 24, 2010, 09:23:41 PM »
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday said that the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will push through on Monday, despite the on-going rehabilitation works in areas devastated by super typhoon "Juan".

Comelec regional director Julius Torres said that the suspended elections will only be observed in four towns in Abra, which up to now are isolated due to the enormous landslides which block all their access roads.

Comelec is also considering to suspend the election in one barangay in Tadian, Mountain Province, which is also totally isolated due to so many landslides. That area was hit by typhoon "Pepeng" last year, that caused high number of casualties and loss of properties.

Meanwhile, Torres said that the last day of campaign for the candidates regionwide remain peaceful and orderly as there were yet no reported violence in the localities.

He said that the Comelec and the deputized law enforcers and board of election inspectors are now ready for Monday's balloting. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Peace and Order in Abra Province
« on: October 24, 2010, 09:20:39 PM »
Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) regional director Chief Superintendent Villamor Bumanglag led Saturday the send-off ceremony for 114 highly-trained policemen deployed to augment government forces tasked with maintaining peace and order in Abra province as election day draws near.

Authorities decided on the policemen's deployment as elections for barangay and youth leaders will push through on Oct. 25 in the Cordillera Administrative Region despite devastation this area sustained from super typhoon "Juan."

Bumanglag said members of PROCOR's mobile and special action units comprise the augmentation force.

Abra has been among the country's areas of concern during elections due to rivalry of politicians in the province.

The least number of casualties and election-related violence was on May 11 this year when the military and police saturated all towns with security forces to avert bloodshed due to the polls.

Bumanglag said the augmentation force will stay in the area as long as threats to peace and order exist.

Philippine Provinces / Political Violence in Cagayan Province
« on: October 24, 2010, 09:19:31 PM »
By Bill Ventura

A vehicle was peppered with bullet by several heavily armed men on Friday evening in Barangay Atabiao in Tuao, Cagayan town, Cagayan Province.

Sr. Supt. Mao Aplasca, Cagayan police director, identified the fatality as Sofronio Mamba, car driver. Wounded were: Lenny Fausto, sister-in-law of Cagayan Vice Gov. Leonides Fausto and wife of losing 2010 Tuao mayoral bet Larry Fausto, and aide Michael Pagaduan.

Mamba was taken to a funeral parlor for autopsy while Fausto and Pagaduan were recuperating at the Saint Paul Hospital here in Tuguegarao City.

Police deployed four teams with Army soldiers to secure Tuao town due to the ambush.

Initial reports said Fausto and her companions were on their way home after distributing relief goods in Agunetan, Tuao when the armed men ambushed them.

Police initiated hot pursuit operations until midnight Friday but arrested no one.

Vice Governor Fausto pointed to ex-Rep. Manuel Mamba, his estranged cousin, as behind the ambush but the latter denied the accusation. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Suspected Drug Pusher in Vigan City Ilocos
« on: October 24, 2010, 09:10:42 PM »
A suspected drug pusher was killed in broad daylight by unidentified suspects riding in tandem on a motorcycle along the road in Barangay 3, Vigan City last Thursday.

A belated report of Superintendent Elpidio Nartatez, chief of police of Vigan City, identified the victim as Antonio Bilgera, alias "Pukol," 34, of Rizal Street in Barangay 3. Vigan City.

Investigation disclosed that the incident happened at about 11:30 a.m. while the victim and a few of his neighbors were sitting on a bench in front of a sari-sari store.

The motorcycle-riding suspects pulled over and one of them approached Bilgera and shot him several times in different parts of his head and body with the use of Caliber .45 pistol.

The suspects fled immediately towards the south direction, while the victim was rushed to the nearest hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Responding lawmen recovered five empty shells and three slugs for Caliber .45 pistol from the crime scene.

Nartatez said that a hot pursuit operation was immediately launched against the suspects.

He theorized that the incident may have something to do with illegal drug trade as the victim had previous records relating to drug pushing. (PNA)

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Manny Pacquiao is Singing While Preparing Fight vs Margarito

Boxing and Boxers / HBO 247 Features a Glimpse of Manny Pacquiao's Life
« on: October 24, 2010, 08:24:06 PM »
24/7 Pacquiao Margarito: Best of Pacquiao - Basketball Court (HBO)
HBO 247 Features a Glimpse of Manny Pacquiao's Life

Question and Answer / Name the greatest person who influenced you
« on: October 24, 2010, 03:22:44 AM »
Name the greatest person who influenced you

Question and Answer / How do you express your anger to your enemy?
« on: October 24, 2010, 03:22:14 AM »
How do you express your anger to your enemy? To your best friends? To a parent?

What is the funniest story your mother tells about you?

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