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Cars and Automotive / Nissan Leaf Electric Car in Japan
« on: October 22, 2010, 09:44:44 PM »
Agence France-Presse

Nissan said Friday it had started producing its Leaf electric car in Japan as it prepares to put it on sale at home and in the United States in December.

Nissan, which is part-owned by Renault of France, has billed the Leaf – short for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car – as the world's first mass-produced electric vehicle (EV).

"This is a significant milestone, not only for Nissan and the Renault-Nissan alliance, but also for the entire automotive industry," said Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn at a ceremony in Japan.

"Consumers are clear. They want sustainable and affordable mobility... and the alliance is leading the way with cars that deliver exactly that, with the reliability, excitement and performance that consumers demand."

He pledged the Leaf "will radically transform what consumers expect from automobile manufacturers worldwide."

Nissan has gambled that its EVs will take off globally and overcome consumer concerns such as "range-anxiety," or the fear that their cars will run out of juice between electric charging points.

To promote its EVs and set up charging stations, Nissan says it has signed 80 partnerships worldwide with governments, municipalities and companies.

The five-seater hatchback, with a top speed above 140 kilometres (90 miles) per hour, has a range of 160 kilometres and can be recharged in eight hours, or rapid-charged to 80 percent of capacity in 30 minutes.

Its lithium-ion batteries are manufactured in a joint-venture between Nissan and Japanese electronics giant NEC Corporation.

Having kicked off Leaf production at its plant in Yokosuka southwest of Tokyo, Nissan plans to also start rolling out the EVs from a US plant in Tennessee in late 2012 and a factory in Sunderland, England, from early 2013.

The Leaf is due to go on sale in December in Japan and the United States, and from early 2011 in several European markets.

Asia | Middle East / Former Monk Faces 17 Years in Prison
« on: October 22, 2010, 09:42:53 PM »
Agence France-Presse

A Cambodian court has sentenced a former Buddhist monk to 17 years in jail for secretly filming two teenage girls as they bathed naked at a temple, a prosecutor said Friday.

Net Khai, 37, was arrested and stripped of his religious status in June for allegedly taping more than 600 women pouring sacred water over themselves and then sharing the footage via mobile phones.

Since then several women have come forward to press charges, including two who were under the age of 18 at the time of filming.

A Phnom Penh court on Thursday handed the ex-monk the jail term for producing and distributing pornography of two underage girls, prosecutor Plang Sophal told AFP.

The court also ordered Net Khai to pay 50 million riel ($11,800) in compensation to each of the two victims.

"The sentence will serve as a key message to educate both ordinary and religious people in our society to stay away from such activities," the prosecutor said.

Philippine Daily News / Death of an Ateneo Pupil
« on: October 22, 2010, 09:38:45 PM »
By Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The driver of the van that hit and ran over 10-year-old Ateneo Grade School student Julian Carlo Miguel “Amiel” Alcantara last year pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, serious physical injuries and damage to property.

Assisted by her lawyer, Ma. Theresa Torres was arraigned before Judge Angelene Mary Quimpo-Sale of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 106.

Torres was driving on the school campus in February last year when she hit Alcantara, a Grade 4 student. The boy was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital. His nanny, who had pushed the boy’s older brother and sister out of the van’s path, sustained serious leg injuries.

“She is innocent of the charges because we maintain it was an accident. And we are prepared to prove it was purely an accident,” Torres’ lawyer, Rolando Villones, told reporters.

At yesterday’s hearing which was closed to media, the judge ordered both parties to undergo mediation as mandated by the law covering lesser offenses.

Reckless imprudence resulting in homicide carries a minimum penalty of four to six years’ imprisonment. Circumstances such as the accused’s failure to bring the victim to a hospital can aggravate the prescribed penalty. Villones said the mediation, which the judge set on Nov. 10, would focus only on the civil aspect of the case.

By Nikko Dizon
Philippine Daily Inquirer

“Ang Panday” creator and “massacre films” director Carlo J. Caparas has been slapped with a multimillion-peso tax evasion case stemming from a P1.3-billion contract between the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and his production outfit.

Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said Caparas was facing 64 counts of criminal charges for violating the Tax Code when he failed to remit taxes from 2006 to 2009.

Henares said the PCSO had paid Caparas P850.95 million for the production of various programs during the period.

The BIR chief made the announcement at a press conference at the Justice department where the agency filed the case against the controversial film and TV director. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was present at the media briefing.

From his earnings from the PCSO, Caparas must pay the government P540.21 million inclusive of surcharges and penalties, Henares said.

The total income tax that Caparas has to pay amounts to P344.59 million with value-added tax worth P195.61 million, she said.

Caparas’ wife, Donna Villa, was spared from the suit as she was not named in the contract between the director and the PCSO, Henares said.

She said that national artists were not exempt from paying taxes. “Nobody in the Philippines is exempt completely from taxes,” she stressed.

In July 2009, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo named Caparas a National Artist under a new category, visual arts and film.

Health and Food / Dagko ug Totoy Increases Risk of Diabetes?
« on: October 22, 2010, 08:54:59 AM »
By Rafael Castillo, MD
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Reviewing articles for the November issue of H&L (Health & Lifestyle) magazine, I came across this short summary of a 2008 Canadian study suggesting that women, who recalled having larger breasts at the age of 20, had higher chances of developing diabetes by the age of 35.

After all the fixation on bra-cup size and insecurity of those with undersized décolletages, being voluptuous with larger breasts may have its downside, I thought as I tried to get more details of the study. This finding may suggest that breast size could be a new marker for women most likely to develop diabetes; hence, screening young women for breast size could help identify those at future risk.

It is fairly well established that men and women with more abdominal or so-called visceral fats, as indicated by a bigger waistline (more than 36 inches for men and more than 33 inches in women) have a higher risk for diabetes. Although breast tissue is also fat tissue, does increase in its volume also predispose a woman to diabetes? This can make a lot of well-endowed women rush to their cosmetic surgeons and request for a breast reduction surgery. But analyzing the data, women with fuller chests need not panic yet. The findings do not seem to be so convincing at this point.

LGU Philippines / Bongbong Marcos for President in 2016?
« on: October 22, 2010, 07:16:17 AM »
Bongbong Marcos for President in 2016? Possible or not?

LGU Philippines / Bong Revilla Jr for President in 2016?
« on: October 22, 2010, 07:15:18 AM »
Bong Revilla Jr for President in 2016? Possible or not?

Dan Lim vs Rene Relampagos in 2013 for 1st District Congressman?

Science and Research / Happiness Guide for Senior Citizens
« on: October 22, 2010, 06:41:56 AM »
By Tessa Salazar
Philippine Daily Inquirer

We love our elderly, don’t we? Whenever possible, our society unburdens them of the stresses of daily living, we surround them with friends and family, and we nourish their spirituality.

Good news is, there are at least five more specific, doable steps to make our senior citizens lead fulfilling, healthy lives.

1.) Go toward the light. Seniors need more exposure to sunlight, especially to the early morning rays of the sun. Hence, this should be a daily habit among the elderly.

Dr. Neil Nedley, author of “Proof Positive,” writes: “Vigor declines as years advance, leaving less vitality with which to resist unhealthful influences; hence, the greater necessity for the aged to have plenty of sunlight and fresh, pure air.”

Natural light is also essential for melatonin production. Melatonin, which appears to slow the aging process, is a natural hormone produced in the body and found in certain foods. We can boost our body’s melatonin not through costly supplements but primarily through more exposure to the early sunlight, and less exposure to artificial light.

2.) Be like Cinderella. Hit the sack before midnight. Sleep is worth more for your body if you start it before midnight.

In fact, studies have shown that two hours of sleep before 12 is worth more than four hours of it after 12. But remember, when it comes to sleep, don’t go toward the light. Slumber in complete darkness. Why? Melatonin, again, comes into play. The funny thing about melatonin and your body is that the former is produced most when you get sunlight in the morning and you’re not exposed to any light at all when you’re sleeping.

So, from the standpoint of melatonin production, go to bed early to take advantage of the dark before midnight, then wake up early to take advantage of the morning sun.

3.) The garbage stays out. The need to be mindful of what we eat and drink cannot be overstressed enough. But did you know that there are such things as happy foods—foods which literally enable us to feel that lightness of being? Foods rich in tryptophan that trigger the pineal gland to secrete the “feel good” chemical serotonin include tofu (747 mg/100 grams); roasted pumpkin seeds (578 mg/100 g); gluten flour (510 mg/100 g); sesame seeds (358 mg/100 g); almonds (322 mg/100 g); black walnuts (290 mg/100 g); and blackeyed cowpeas (267 mg/100 g). In contrast, 100 g of whole milk contains just 46 mg of tryptophan.

And it may come as a surprise, but some active ingredients that have been marketed as “feel good” can actually accelerate the process of aging if taken more than moderately. Caffeine, the active ingredients in soft drinks and coffee, cuts melatonin production in half for six hours, while alcohol and tobacco reduces it by up to 41 percent. Certain drugs and supplements known to reduce melatonin production include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, beta and calcium channel blockers, antianxiety drugs and sleep aids, and antidepressants.

4.) Fruits and veggies stay in. John Robbins, author of “The Food Revolution” and “Healthy at 100,” shares some dietary tips in order to avoid the risks of getting Alzheimer’s and a host of other diseases:

Go on a plant-based diet with lots of fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits, seeds and nuts. This is a diet that provides plenty of antioxidants and fiber and produces clean arteries, enabling a rich blood supply to the brain.

Keep your homocysteine levels low by making sure you consume plenty of Vitamin B12 (spinach, barley, soybean, or B12 fortified cereals), folic acid and vitamin B6 (sweet bell pepper, artichoke hearts, sunflower and sesame seeds, and bananas). Keep your meat intake to a minimum.

Consume plenty of DHA, the long chain omega-3 fatty acid. Plants high in Omega 3 (linolenic acid) are flaxseed/linseed oil, English walnut, canola oil, black walnuts, wheat germ oil and soybean oil. Other good sources of Omega 3 are almonds, California avocado, turnips, safflower oil, sweet potatoes, bananas, cucumber slices with peel, and whole wheat bread.

5.) Don’t just sit and stare. Move it! “Many sedentary middle-aged or elderly people shy away from initiating an exercise program because of fear of experiencing a heart attack. However, if they start slowly and do not exercise to the point of exhaustion, chances are they will not need medical consultation before initiating such a program,” Nedley said.

Those who need to be evaluated before beginning endurance training are those with known cardiovascular disease, men over 40 or women over 50 with multiple CVD risk factors who contemplate a program of vigorous activity.

And remember, it’s never too late to start. Robbins said: “Even if you have eaten poorly and not exercised for most of your life, shifting now in a healthy direction greatly improves your prospects for the remainder of your life.”

Sunday Post: Bien Unido Mayor Niño Rey Boniel last week ordered an immediate investigation into the strafing incident involving his political rival, but could not restrain his cynicism on its authenticity.           

 â€œImmediately after I was informed of the incident, I directed the Bien Unido PNP to undertake a no-nonsense investigation because I want to know the truth and more importantly to prevent a repeat of this incident,” Boniel said in a statement emailed to media outlets.           

Last Feb. 17, Councilor Rogelio Villarias reported that unidentified armed men strafed his residence. No one was reported injured as the bullets struck only the gate.           

Boniel said he found it surprising that even before the police could begin its investigation, Villarias already had a suspect in mind which is the mayor.           

As basis for his allegations, Boniel said Villarias pointed to a case supposed to be filed against him by a political opponent.           

Boniel also noted that the strafing incident already came out in a local paper identified with Villarias’ patron before the start of the investigation.           

The mayor said he did not know that Villarias is “a frustrated script-writer.”           

 â€œThe script is interesting but it is stupid. Why will I order the strafing of his residence when I know that I will be the logical suspect? If there is anybody who wants him safe, it is me not only because I want to maintain peace and order in my town but because I want him to be there when the last ballot is counted,” he stressed.           

Boniel said there is no need for me to resort to cheap publicity stunts to advance his candidacy.           

 â€œI welcome the candidacy of Councilor Villarias because it releases me from the guilt feelings of helping him win in the last election. Now that he has shown his true colors, the people of Bien Unido want him out,” the mayor added.           

With Villarias’ candidacy, Boniel said he has given the people the chance to rectify the mistake they did in 2007 by rejecting his candidacy on May 10.           

The mayor also revealed a “positive side” to the issue.           

 â€œBecause he surfaced, land owners whom he victimized in Panglao have now come out to denounce him and ready to take legal action to make him account for his criminal acts if he fails to pay what is due them,” he added.           

Boniel said that now that his alleged victims have found Villarias, the mayor said “he will be very busy long after the election is over.”           

The mayor admitted that he is saddened that the town of Bien Unido was put in a bad light.           

 â€œBefore this incident, the only controversy involving the town was the actuations of the wife of a gubernatorial candidate in distributing cell phones without the proper courtesy of consulting the barangay captains if it was alright with them and informing the mayor out of respect for the office that he represents,” he said.           

Boniel said he has an “unsolicited advice” to Villarias who wants to become mayor.           

 â€œPlease observe the elementary courtesy of allowing our law enforcement agents to conduct an impartial and thorough investigation and refrain from making statements that preempt the results. The only people who do not wait for the official results are those who want to suppress the truth,” he concluded.

Philippine Business News / Activist in Bohol Province Shot Dead
« on: March 02, 2010, 12:39:53 PM »
Sunday Post: A party-list group has expressed concerned that an activist who was shot last Feb. 22 in Loay town was politically motivated.           

Anakpawis-Bohol manifested its concern in a statement condoling with the family of Albert Comiling who was shot dead Monday in Tangcasan, Loay.           

The statement, signed by Anakpawis Bohol secretary general Jun Estorosas, urged authorities to conduct an impartial investigation to solve Comiling’s killing.           

Estorosas acknowledged that the victim’s family and comrades are looking at more than one angle in the murder.           

At the time of his death, Comiling was facing a case for attempted murder in the shooting of a man over marital complications.           

Anakpawis said Comiling’s family indicated his willingness to surrender after a warrant was issued for his arrest but was in the process of preparing for his bail bond.           

Estorosas said Comiling, a member of the PDP-Laban, was actively involved in various political issues             

The victim was an organizer of a fishermen’s group for an NGO and in fact once handled a radio program for it.           

He was also one of the convenors of the Kahugpungan sa Nagpakabanang Alburanon and Amping Kinaiyahan which opposed the landfill project in neighboring Alburquerque town in alliance with Anakpawis.           

Comiling was also active in the protest movement against the Cha-Cha and the oil exploration off Bohol island.           

Anakpawis-Bohol said it is saddened and concerned with the murder of Comiling over apprehensions that this is a start of another wave of political killings in Bohol .           

The statement noted that Comiling’s death came as the military continues with its campaign to link activists and militants to the underground movement.           

Three days after Comiling’s death, Anakpawis said a council member of Bayan-Bohol received a threat in a text message sent from Comiling’s mobile phone.           

 â€œYou will be the next one if you do not reform,” the message in Cebuano said.   
Tourism, coop dev’t high on top of Jala’s agenda
With his campaign sorties enjoying overwhelming reception, Dr. Elpedio Jala, retired division superintendent, appeared more bullish in his legislative agenda to give premium to the development of education, tourism and  cooperatives in the grassroot level.

It was no surprise then that  the approachable candidate for vice governor was buoyant as he went over  the hustings to promote his bid that he was the right man for the position he was seeking for.

To appraise himself of the tourism sector, he is contemplating to sit down with key players  so that he will be guided accordingly in his desire to give impetus to Bohol top economic driver.

It is not lost to Jala’s observation that indeed tourism is the next best thing in Bohol and cashing in its sustainability  is a must for an aspiring public servant like him.

Another Jala pet concern is cooperative development.

He said as a long time participant of cooperative activities (he is a  member of the board of the  Cooperative Rural Bank of Bohol) he knew how the grassroot movement helped in alleviating the lot of  the people in the rural areas.

Education was another concern saying that he was at his element when this kind of aspect was laid on the table for discussion.

As an educator for 44 years that culminated to his assumption as division superintendent, Jala said his dream was to have a college graduate for every Bohol family.

  For a person whose life was devoted mostly to develop the educational system, the dream of having a professional in every  home may not be tall a order.   

Philippine Business News / Disqualified Bohol Mayor Files Libel Suit
« on: March 02, 2010, 12:38:38 PM »
Sunday Post       

A candidate for mayor in Carmen town who was disqualified by the Commission on Elections has filed a libel case against five people including this reporter.           

Conchita “Che” Toribio de los Reyes filed the libel case against Arlene Painagan-Palgan, Obet de la Torre, Rosendo Guingguing, Poly Ocsin and Medes Mejos.           

De los Reyes is asking P10-million in damages in the case docketed as I.S. VII-02-INV-JOB-0090 at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor.           

 â€œFrom January 22, 2010 to January 31, 2010, for the entire one-hour program Tin-aw nga Kasayuran, the anchors…were saying only bad things about me. They never said anything positive. It was a complete one-sided, highly partisan, and vicious attack on my personality and reputation,” de los Reyes said in her complaint.           

She added that during the airings of the program, the five took turns reading alleged crimes she committed.           

 â€œWhile somebody would be reading the alleged crimes, the others would be laughing and making negative comments about me,” the complaint said.           

 The complainant said that the same alleged crimes were read “day by day”.           

 â€œAll of the respondents would take turns reading the alleged crimes, and the rest would laugh mockingly and make negative comments about me,” de los Reyes added.           

She alleged that the program, sponsored and anchored primarily by Palgan, “is solely for the purpose of destroying my personality and reputation, in order to derail my candidacy for Mayor in Carmen” against incumbent Mayor Manuel Molina.           

The Commission on Election First Division earlier disqualified the complainant for being a fugitive from justice.           

According to the complaint filed by Molina and Julieta Feliza Torralba, she is misleading the people of Carmen by her use of the surname de los Reyes, “the surname of her second or bigamous marriage with a certain Francisco de los Reyes.”           

In seeking for her disqualification, the complainants said it should be stressed that the first and original husband of Conchita “is still alive whose marriage with her has not been declared null and void”.           

The petitioners said that since Conchita is validly married to Zosimo Ordoñez, her marriage to Francisco delos Reyes is “bigamous in nature”.           

They also pointed out that while she insists in using her maiden name Conchita A. Toribio in her signatures for her certificate of candidacy and certificate of nomination and acceptance, she uses the name Conchita T. Delos Reyes on the portion indicating the name of the candidate.           

According to the petitioners, these acts manifest her desire to misrepresent herself as Conchita T. Delos Reyes when she is the same Conchita T. Ordoñez known before as Conchita A. Toribio.           

Molina and said it is his opinion that she is hiding her true identity to avoid criminal liabilities.           

The mayor gathered that she has been facing a number of criminal cases.           

The resolution on SPA case no. 09-179 (DC) was signed by Presiding Commissioner Rene Sarmiento and Commissioners Armando Velasco and Gregorio Larrazabal.           

In granting the petition for disqualification, the resolution took note that section 68 of the Omnibus Election Code provides for the grounds for disqualification of local elective officials which provides among those disqualified are persons who are fugitives from justice.   

      Sunday Post: The Bureau of Immigration, in coordination with the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team of Bohol Police Provincial Office and the Dauis Philippine National Police recently arrested and deported a Japanese national at his conjugal residence in Tabalong, Dauis town.

      In an after mission report, it was gathered that the erring foreigner was arrested and subsequently deported for having contracted marriage twice.

      He was married to a compatriot but subsequent investigation showed that he also married a Filipina.

      The SWAT team was headed by PCInsp Nicomedes Olaivar Jr. while the Dauis PNP team was headed by PInsp Albert Timpac.

      The Japanese national identified as Toshiki Sato was arrested after a hearing conducted by the Bureau of Immigration in a deportation case filed against him.  The Immigration Bureau cancelled the Quota Visa of Sato  after he admitted during the hearing that he was penniless even before coming to the Philippines.

      A Quota Immigrant Visa is a permanent resident visa which requires the applicant to provide a US$40,000 investment to ensure that the foreigner seeking to live in the country permanently is not a financial burden to the society.

      Sato likewise admitted during the hearing that the money he used for the processing of his Quota Visa, and the purchase of the house and lot in Dauis came from his Japanese wife, Tomiko Oki.  Sato was also found to have falsified/misrepresented his civil status in his application for quota visa after he stated that he was single, when in fact he was married.

      Sato’s wife, Tomiko Oki, had earlier filed cases against him and one Silvestra Jayectin for concubinage or marriage contracted against provision of law.  In the said cases, Oki accused Sato of marrying his live-in partner, the same Silvestra Jayectin, even if he was still married to his Japenese wife.

      She also filed a case for Performance of Illegal Marriage Ceremony against Msgr. Vicente Matias Nunag III whom she accused to have illegally officiated the wedding.

      Oki likewise filed a case against Sato for Violation of the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act (for Marital Infidelity and Economic Violence), and against Sato, Jayectin and lawyer Pablito Grecio A. Magdoza, for Falsification of a Public Document, for forging Oki’s signature as petitioner in an alleged Petition for Nullity of Marriage.

      When the arresting team arrived at the vicinity, caretakers Cesario Sumaylo and Benito Jayectin, Silvestra’s brother, refused to open the gates.  The SWAT team was forced to climb over the gates and open them.  Sato was found hiding in one of the rooms in the house.  That same afternoon, Sato was brought to Manila and detained at the Bureau of Immigration Detention Center at Bicutan, Taguig before he was finally deported back to Japan.  Despite the efforts of Sato’s lawyers Mia Manuelita Mascarinas-Green and Dodelon Sabijon, they were not able to prevent the deportation of their client.

      The Bureau of Immigration commended the Bohol police for providing a very efficient back-up support in Sato’s arrest. Lawyer Ramon Calubag, head of the Intelligence Division of the Immigration Regional Office said that he was impressed and never saw such precision and speed in the coordination and execution of an arrest mission.

Candijay - Bohol / Swindling in Candijay, Bohol
« on: March 02, 2010, 12:15:28 PM »
Three suspected swindlers were collared by local authorities at the public market of this municipality last week.

The three suspects were identified as Jessieca G. Ancheta, 34 years old, married and a resident of Valencia City, Bukidnon; Alma Sentino, 28 years old, married and a resident of Guadalupe, Carmen, Bohol and Salvador Caay, 45 years old, married and with residential address in Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City.

The two female suspects were first complained to the policemen by Mrs. Maria L. Cuñado, 54 years old, married and resident of Boyoan, Candijay, Bohol after she had found out that the P1,000 bill which the two had paid her for grocery items worth P89.00 was fake.

The suspects had been chased by the responding local residents until they were cornered by policemen led by Police Inspector Alfredo Kuhay Jr., Candijay chief of police and his subordinates SPO2 Arnulfo Bernales, PO1 Joy Dawa and PO1 Alexander Arias.

The male suspect later arrived in the police station in response to the call made by the two female cohorts who were seeking his assistance for bail purposes. He was also apprehended for investigation at the same police station after which the local authorities suspected “odd activities” made by the  three individuals.

All suspects were locked up in the local jail during the night time after one Felix Orain of Puntod, Poblacion, Candijay, Bohol had informed the policemen that the male suspect had  left a black bag at his neighbor’s house, an hour after the arrest of his two women companions. The local police team recovered the  traveling bag containing fake bills with the following denominations; 53 pieces one thousand pesos bills, one piece P500.00  bill and two  pieces P100.00 pesos bills, collections of genuine Philippine money, small pack of grocery items, sandals, bracelets, kiddy garments exactly at the cited location.

Other items recovered I the possession of the suspects were cell phones, wallets and other personal belongings including identification cards and copies of the registration documents of the two XRM -125 motorcycles which they were riding while going on with their illegal business.

The motorcycles were registered in the names of Reynaldo C. Bag-ao of Poblacion Norte, Carmen, Bohol and Jaime C. Jumawa of Guadalupe, Carmen, Bohol.

The suspects were formally charged with estafa before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office. (Judith S. Villamor, MPIO- Candijay, Bohol)

LGU Philippines / Mayor Dan Lim Makes Fun of Toto Veloso's Letter
« on: March 02, 2010, 12:12:27 PM »
Sunday Post: City Mayor Dan Neri Lim could not help but poked fun to a letter sent by V-Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso to V-Gov. Julius Ceasar Herrera which in content was replete with a “comedy of errors”.

Although it was no laughing matter because it was supposed to be an official communication, Mayor Lim said if indeed it was, then it was wrong in both form and substance.           

This was the reaction given by the city mayor to a letter sent by the vice mayor  to Vice Gov.  Herrera.           

Veloso’s official communication to Herrera dated Feb. 15 drew brickbats from various sectors so Lim could not resist the temptation to wade in.           

 â€œFirst, the name of the vice governor was misspelled,” he noted.           

The vice-governor is named after the Roman emperor but Veloso’s letter spelled his second name as “Cessar” which Lim said does not speak well of a person.           

 â€œAnybody who is not particular with the name of a person does not understand the meaning of respect,” Lim noted.           

In the letter, the vice-governor was given the designation of “Chairperson” of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, drawing more ridicule.           

 â€œAt least, the designation was gender neutral,” the mayor said in jest while noting that it should have been “Presiding Officer”.           

Lim likewise pointed out that Veloso also used the same title for himself at the end of the letter, “Chairperson” of the 10th Sangguniang Panlungsod.           

The mayor also derided the signatures of Councilors Bebiano Inting, Zenaido Rama, Edgar Kapirig and Anne Mariquit Oppus who admitted it was her staff who signed with her instructions.           

 â€œEven elementary pupils know that I is singular,” he noted.           

Lim said it was surprising then that while Veloso wrote “I remain” to conclude his letter, it bore the signatures of four other people.           

Veloso also furnished copies of his letter to the members of the provincial board but name Frances (spelled Francis) Bobbith Cajes and Romulo Cepedoza as federation presidents of the Sangguniang Kabataan and the Association of Barangay Captains respectively.           

The present occupants are Jane Censoria Cajes and Concepcion Lim.           

Lim said the clerical errors and the errors in form notwithstanding, the letter was also wrong as far as substance is concerned.           

 â€œSince when can a Resolution be overturned by a mere letter expressing the contrary opinion of the letter writer?” the mayor asked.           

He said the resolution, which was duly approved in session, cannot be casually reversed on the basis of a contrary opinion “even if the opinion was that of the Chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod”.           

Lim lamented that just one term after being adjudged one of the best city councils nationwide, it has deteriorated to a level that is causing embarrassment to the people of Tagbilaran.           

The mayor said that he hopes that the eyes of the people will be opened to the quality of the present city council which inferior even to many municipal councils.           

 â€œI hope that the people of Tagbilaran will learn from their mistake the last time and will choose the right leaders, those who possess the right qualifications and credentials and not one whose only credential is his being an MBA,” he added.           

Asked to elaborate, Lim said he is not referring to Masters in Business Administration.           

 â€œIt means May Backer Ako,” the mayor concluded. 

Who's Who of Bohol / An Interview with Dr. Evangeline Bon-Lazaro
« on: March 02, 2010, 11:10:47 AM »
with Loy M. Palapos
“It’s Payback Time”

      Comparatively, Boholanos have more compassion for home than other Filipinos who venture far from their birthplace and reap laurels elsewhere. Homecoming for them is a nagging obsession, especially when they have succeeded and become achievers. For them, “It’s payback time,” the opportunity to share what they have garnered in successful venture.

      Building a house for parents or relatives, buying a car, helping a relative land on a gainful employment, giving money… these are the usual forms of compassion a Boholano does to his family when he makes the proverbial “golden harvest”, which he can only be happy about when shared.

      Dr. Evangeline Bon-Lazaro (EBL), MD, FPOG, was born in Panglao, and breezed through her elementary and secondary studies in the same municipality. She enrolled at Southwestern University for her Pre-Medicine and took the regular course at the Cebu Institute of Medicine. Married to a successful businessman, and with her three children having lives of their own, she is back in Panglao after working in Metro Manila and a few other places.

      When I heard she was home, I tried to drop by her place in Tangnan, and got a big surprise. She has renovated the place where her brother, former Mayor Toribio Bon, (who is now based in USA) used to live. And the changes were awesome. From a once rustic atmosphere, the place now glows and does not fail to amaze any visitor, while maintaining an ambience of tranquility.

      “Are you staying here for good?” I asked her. Her answer was very positive. Her husband Archie has loved the place, and even he has all the intention of spending his golden years in Panglao. To my query as to why she was back, her answer was a pleasant “It’s payback time.”

      This interview took place in her scenic residence in Tangnan, while the setting sun glowed orange and gold, and tame waves kept lapping the cliffs, a perfect setting to listen to a lady who now wants to spend her time serving her townfolks. 

LMP: Are you still a Boholana, despite the outside influences you have imbibed? Why do you say so?

EBL: I am a Boholana and will always remain one. The influences of other regional practices and even foreign customs have never erased the well imbibed culture and values my parents taught me by counsels and by examples. Fear of God, practice of my Catholic faith, Charity to all and equal treatment for all my friends and my neighbors. These basic values I have kept and I practice even today. I’ve done so from the past and that will not change.

LMP: You come from a financially stable family, considering that all of you (6 brothers and sisters) were able to finish college courses in prestigious schools. Would this not have been a reason for you to shun those in the grassroots (as people below your social level)?

EBL: People classified as “grassroots” are really not “grassroots” people. They’re branded as such because of poverty. But we must remember that poverty must never be a measure of man’s classification. I do not classify people into classes A, B, or C. For me, every soul is unique and is God’s image. You see, that is what I have been taught and that has not changed. Ask my neighbors and my house-help and you will know me more, rather than coming from me. I am happy to be measured and classed along with the “grassroots” because I am more at home with them than the “Makati” circle that our social writers refer to as socially high personages.

LMP: What is Panglao to you, after staying in Metro Manila and other big cities for several years?

EBL: Panglao to me is my heaven on earth. I will never exchange Panglao with any other place. Not with any of the places on earth I have gone into in my professional practice. The reason why I practiced medicine in the Capital Cities of Metro Manila is because of the advances and advantages in the sciences of medicine which, we must admit, our province do not have. The financial gain is merely secondary, because you will observe that many Doctors of Medicine in Tagbilaran City are well off also. Now that I am in the twilight of my life and my children are all professionals, I am back home to my beloved Panglao, where I learned my ABCD, where I grew up to be a lady and graduated from high school and where I come home to for several times in a year to savor God’s blessings in our environment and in our nature. I want to serve her even in what small way God wants me to, if only to return the great things Panglao has made of me. There is no place like Panglao and I will defend her whatever it costs.

LMP: Your father and a brother were once Mayors of Panglao. A brother was a Councilor in Davao del Norte. Are these accomplishments worth being proud of as far as your family is concerned?

EBL: My father’s having been a Vice Mayor of Panglao, my brother Toribio’s (“Bo”) having been elected Vice Mayor and then Mayor of Panglao, and my other brother Alex’s having elected Councilor in Davao are trademarks of our up-bringing in the service of our constituencies. Their service to our fellowmen reflects the urge and the virtue of charity well entrenched in us by our parents. Yes. Their services were accomplishments worth emulating and I want to follow them.

LMP: What kind of upbringing did you and your siblings have, especially when still young? What distinct traits/characteristics/outlooks did you get from your father? Your mother? Were these made use of in your personal development? In what ways?

EBL: My brothers and sisters and I were brought up under a “conservative” atmosphere. It meant prayer said together as a family, great love and respect for parents and elders, respect for my older brothers and sisters (I am the youngest), being home before sunset, study hard because my parents instilled in us that there is no substitute to education, diligence and industry and most of all, fear and love of God and to treat everyone as our equal. They also taught us humility and to serve our fellowmen. From my father, I learned how to deal with people from all walks of life and to treat them equally. From my Nanay, I learned to be humble, industrious and forgiving. Both parents though taught me that prayer is asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness and to attribute to Him all the good things in life and to share God’s blessings with our fellowmen. I have developed all these traits and I have taught them and still do impart them and share them with my children. Luckily, my husband had also almost the same if not similar up-bringing, thus, we compliment each other.

LMP: What traits/characteristics/attitudes have you developed for yourself in your desire for fulfillment?

EBL: The basic values of love for fellowmen, and treating everyone equally are foremost in my character. All through these years, I have wanted to perfect them but we all know that is impossible. Still, I am trying to live by those principles and pray that eventually, my actions toward such virtues will speak out more than anybody’s assessment.

LMP: What motivated you to become a Doctor?

EBL: I really wanted to be of help and of service to our brothers and sisters and that moved me to take up medicine. I elected OBGYN because I was influenced by the fact that so many our women do not have the basic support and attendance in their child bearing and giving birth. I have always dreamt of coming home to Panglao and serve our people. And now is the opportune time. Win or lose, I will serve my people as their leader and as a Doctor of Medicine.

LMP: In your medical practice, what gave you utmost fulfillment?

EBL: Fulfillment came in those instances when God used to save what appeared to be a hopeless situation or when I knew that scientifically the patient had no other chance but to die or be a vegetable and by God’s will through my hands the patient survived and became well. Those were instances when I felt so fulfilled. Every operation I did and will do, I always consider God as the ultimate Doctor and I merely am His instrument.

LMP: What can you comment on the fact that millions of Filipinos cannot afford adequate health care?

EBL: For the millions of Filipinos who cannot afford adequate health, that is a sorry state of our nation. There is no excuse for that.

LMP: How should this problem be addressed by local and national governance?

EBL: This situation can be resolved if there were no corruption. It will take decades before we can reverse the situation. I do not want to be a false prophet by giving our citizens false hope that in the near will be like many European states or the U.S. where almost everyone can secure health benefits befitting human beings. Maybe in some 20 to 50 years from now, when there will be more doctors who will choose to stay here than work abroad, and hospitals subsidized by government, and the private sector putting up hospitals more for service than for profit can, I say, “here comes the adequate health care for Filipinos.” For now, we suffice by clinging to individual security for heath benefits and care.

LMP: You could have stayed in Metro Manila and enjoy the modern comforts of life with your entire family, now that you and your husband have had your shares of active working life. Why did you come to Bohol?

EBL: Like I always say, there is no comfort in Manila. There is the great opportunity there to earn, I admit, but that is not the end of it all. I have always dreamt of coming to my home which is Panglao. I have to come home because this is my home – Panglao, and I love this place and her people. Is it hard it understand this?

LMP: You have been inspired to run for an elective office. Would this not change your lifestyle?

EBL: Running for public office will definitely change my family and my life style, but not much. I am used to waking up at the “unholy” hours answering the call of patients, which I know a public official must always be ready to do. There will be other needs the people will demand of me, and if it is possible and “doable”, I’ll do it, if not, I have to be frank and be honest and say, it is not possible. I hate hypocrisy and that is not my life style. I am ready.

LMP: Are your husband and children convinced that seeking an elective position is a good move? How did they take the news/issue at first?

EBL: My husband and children immediately understood and approved of my desire to enter public life through local politics. They already had the suspicion even before, when I was so concerned and active in my brother’s campaign in the well-being of Panglao during Mayor Bo’s incumbency. So, they were not that that surprised at all.

LMP: You have a lucrative medical practice and your husband has a prosperous business in Metro Manila. Won’t coming to Bohol mean lesser financial income? How did you resolve the situation?

EBL: We do not need much income. God has provided for us. Income is the least of our worries because we are God fearing and trusting family. We always say: “God will provide!” And true enough, He has never abandoned us. Trust Him and everything will go well. Doubt Him, and you go down the drain. For your information, we have a little clinic in Manila that earns well, and my husband’s business can surely sustain us as well. So, see? We don’t worry.

LMP: Are you prepared to live the chaotic life of a politician to the extent of becoming a public property? How do you adjust to this other kind of reality?

EBL: Being a public property is not new to me. I grew up with my Tatay being a politician. My two brothers were politicians. There is nothing new. A political life is not chaotic. It all depends on how one lives it. Just like basketball, if you play rough, it’s a rough game. If you play cool and according to the rules, everything will be well. That too is true in politics. I am never scared.

LMP: Politics in Panglao these previous years left a lot of things to be desired. There are countless who say that, you being a new breed of responsible public servant, is what the municipality needs. Do you believe that you are equal to the tasks beforehand?

EBL: I agree that politics in Panglao leaves so many things to be desired. I cannot change them over night or even for a decade, but I can start if elected, and let my successors continue. Our people need good and Christian leadership. I have opted to join Mayor Alcala whose leadership had been tested several times and who has been reelected by our people several times also. It means that he has a leadership liked by our people. I will learn from him but I will be “my own man” as the saying goes. I will improve on the good qualities he has. The task of a Vice Mayor is to preside in all the sessions of the Sangguniang Bayan, and I am prepared for that. I have been head of departments of hospitals in Manila. Handling people of different persuasions, and I didn’t blink, and everyone followed me. In short, I bring with me rich experiences. As Vice Mayor, I also have to be vigilant on the programs of the executive because I am a heartbeat away from him and I must always be prepared to take over any executive function. That I am very much ready for.

LMP: What is your platform of governance as a newcomer to the political arena?

EBL: The platform of government is basically the function of the Executive Department, to which I shall belong if the people will elect me, is basically concerned with ordinance enactments and resolutions to be passed. You see, poverty alleviation and tourism are among the few we are hammering on. Our people in Panglao must firstly benefit from our tourism before the outsiders. I shall see to it that ordinances to said effect shall be drafted and passed. On the healthcare side, I will have to convince my Mayor and the Members of the Sanggunian to double our personnel and staff to give due care and health benefits to our people as our budget will allow. I shall see to it that education shall also get a big share in our Municipal budget, because the development of mind and the body must go hand in hand. There are more, but your paper cannot accommodate me, can it?

LMP: Is being a lady a plus or minus factor in the Legislative Body?

EBL: Being a lady is a plus, because I believe that our male legislators still hold a lady in awe, if not with respect. Chivalry is still practice in Panglao and in Bohol, I know. But I hope the men won’t commit the mistake of mistreating me because I too know how to fight back. I am a Bon, remember!

LMP: Is being an accomplished Doctor an advantage in the public service?

EBL: Yes. It is. The Municipality is a replica of the whole human body. Precisely, we call it a “body-politic” because it is composed of the people in whom sovereignty resides, the elected Mayor as the head of the body politic, the legislative branch led by the Vice Mayor as the policy making body, and therefore the heart, and the taxes and license fees as the blood that makes the Municipality live. All of them must work together and in harmony. My being a Doctor is advantageous because I understand these all.

LMP: When you eventually become an elective official, what would be your role in the total development of Panglao?

EBL: Like I said in the early part of this interview, I will be the leader of the legislative department of the Municipality and therefore must lead in the drafting and passage of ordinances and resolutions. The programs on tourism, healthcare, poverty alleviation and education will be in my list of priorities and I shall see to it that proper legislations and their proper execution be done.

LMP: What is your message to the Panglaonons, especially those who believe that you can bring to the municipality the changes they need?

EBL: My request to my fellow citizens of Panglao is to look at my credentials as a professional and how far I have advanced in my field. Compare them with my political adversary. If I have excelled in my profession, it is because I know how to plan, work and lead. I too can do the same for our people and our Municipality. I am ready to apply to our Municipality the management expertise I have undergone, and introduce meaningful and appropriate ordinances on programs I have defined, and on what I have learned abroad and in the entities I have served and headed. The difference is only in the venue, but in principle, leading people is the same. I really doubt, in all humility, if any of my adversaries can even up to the experiences I had which I know am very prepared and ready to give and share with our fellow Panglaoanons. I am very much ready to serve them.

      How does Dr. Evangeline Bon-Lazaro want to serve Panglao? By being here with them and, if I have their trust and confidence, serve in the Sangguniang Bayan, and Vice Mayor of the municipality she loves. Before the interview she was in Doljo, tending and giving care to a sick woman. “Luoy kaayo siya, ug daghan pang mga masakiton dinhi nga wa maatiman kay way ipalit ug tambal,” she said.  Her heart blends for them, that’s why one priority project she will initiate is health care.

      If given the mandate, she has a long way to go to dedicate her life to the poor people of Panglao. She has visited several cities in the world, and realizes that many countries are keen on health care. As a Doctor, she can help. As a Presiding Officer of the Sangguiniang Bayan, she can churn out ordinances that will benefit the people.

      Receptive to her coming back to Panglao to help them, the Panglaoanons are one in their heartfelt welcome to a daughter who can help alleviate their sufferings. In Metro Manila where she practices her medical profession, she had shown her competence, aside from her leadership skill. This is the opportune time for her to share what she knows.

      Do the people know that Dr. Vangie Bon-Lazaro, in her rural military exposure at Camp Lapu-Lapu in Cebu City, was given the official rank of Captain? This Captain-Doctor is not a lightweight when it comes to public service.

      This forthcoming election is crucial, especially in Panglao, when the Executive-Legislative agenda have never been reined in one direction. Dr. Vangie Bon-Lazaro knows how it is done. Panglao needs her.

LGU Philippines / Dan Lim All-out Support for Erap Estrada
« on: March 02, 2010, 11:07:03 AM »
Sunday Post: Tagbilaran Mayor Dan Lim finally confirmed what was suspected all along: he is supporting the candidacy of long-time friend and mentor.           

 â€œI fully support Pres. Erap,” the mayor declared yesterday.           

He came out with his unconditional support for Estrada five days before the former president is scheduled to visit Bohol .           

The provincial chair of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), Lim delayed the announcement of his support simply for “dramatic effect.”           

 â€œThere was no doubt in my mind whatsoever that I would be backing Pres. Erap,” he stressed.           

Lim said that the only thing that could have made it difficult for him was if the NPC fielded Sen. Francis Escudero.           

 â€œI would be torn between my friend and my party mate,” he noted.           

Still, the mayor acknowledged that it was not easy to arrive at his decision.           

 â€œI campaigned hard for (Sen. Benigno Aquino III) in his senatorial bid in 2007,” he recalled.           

At the same time, Lim said he considers Sen. Manuel Roxas III, Aquino’s running mate, a very close friend.           

The mayor, however, noted that he believes Estrada would make a new president on his second shot at the post.           

 â€œHe is now a man on a mission to prove to the masa that he is indeed their champion,” Lim stressed.           

The mayor said that Estrada, the elder statesmen among this year’s batch of presidential candidates, has nothing left to prove except to deliver on his promise to better the lot of the poor.           

Lim, whose humanitarian programs in the city has made him virtually unbeatable in this year’s elections, argued that he is sure that with Erap as president, he will have no reservations about uplifting the lives of the poor in the city.           

 â€œI cannot say the same thing with the other aspirants,” he added.           

The mayor also noted that Erap has no pretensions about grandiose plans and noble ideals because the basic issue is survival.           

 â€œThe important thing is to assure people that the government will take care of their basic needs, see their children through college and not worry about peace and order,” Lim added.           

The mayor said the breakdown in the peace and order situation in Mindanao was the result of too much concessions and too little law enforcement.           

 â€œWhen you are firm about keeping the peace, you deliver the message to trouble-makers that you will not hesitate to go after them,” he added.           

During the Estrada presidency, he went after Muslim extremists in the South which earned the support not only of the Christian community but also peace-loving Muslims.           

Lim said this is the reason why many Christians in Mindanao are unconditionally supporting Erap.           

The mayor says his support stand even Erap may not be figuring well in the surveys at present.           

 â€œIt is not about convenience and opportunism. My support for him is not dependent on the surveys,” Lim concluded.

Philippine Education / Scholarship Opportunity in Japan
« on: March 02, 2010, 10:56:06 AM »
The 2010 JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program has an opening for one Filipino citizen to work as Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, the Japanese embassy here said.

Interested Filipinos with the following requirements may apply: bachelor’s degree, and preferably graduates of Japanese language studies or those with Japanese language learning experience in Japan; with good command of English; and with high proficiency of Japanese language, including translation and interpretation (JLPT Level 2 or above).

Deadline for submission of applications along with necessary documents is on 24 March 2010.

The JET program, which started in 1987, seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. Under the program, CIR participants engage in assisting the following activities at the contracting organization (Obihiro City in this case):

* projects related to international activities carried out by the contracting organization. Such activities may include: editing, translating, and compiling brochures into a foreign language; assisting in planning, designing, and implementing international exchange programs including economic exchange programs; assisting in hosting official guests from abroad and interpreting at events for overseas visitors or for local foreign community residents.

* language instruction of employees of contracting organizations and local residents;

* planning and participating in activities of local private groups or organizations engaging in international exchange;

* exchange activities related to local residents’ cross-cultural awareness and understanding; and

* other duties as specified by the contracting organization.

The program is conducted by local authorities and other organizations of Japan in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations.

Guidelines and application forms for the 2010 JET program are now available at the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) library. It can also be downloaded at the embassy of Japan website. - PDI

Technology / Globe Broadband Wireless: Good or Bad?
« on: February 27, 2010, 03:35:05 PM »
Please review the Globe Broadband Wireless Internet, not the Globe Tattoo.

LGU Philippines / Were you there during the First Edsa Revolution?
« on: February 27, 2010, 01:35:07 PM »
Please share your experience...

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