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Talk of the Town / Corruption in Panglao Airport Bidding Exposed
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:12:54 PM »
By Bohol Chronicle

The bidding of the multi-billion Panglao Bohol International Airport is a "done deal," amid reports of pre-arranged deals beteween the provincial government and the supposed winning bidder.

In a one-page statement released to the media yesterday, the Corruption Watch Philippines (CWP) alleged that CM Pancho Construction will be awarded the project since arrangements were already sealed "in consideration of P100 million."

The allegation was denied by Gov. Erico Aumentado who categorically said the "provincial government has nothing to do with the bidding since it is being handled by the bids and awards committee of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)."

The same group identified a certain Nards de Guzman as the trusted man of the governor involved in the alleged arrangement.

It likewise questioned why CM Pancho Construction was included in the bidding when said firm was blacklisted by the World Bank.          
Aumentado, however, admitted that CM Pancho has a good performance in the implementation of the Bohol Circumferential Road Project, particularly between Valencia to Candijay towns.

But, despite this good performance, "I don't expect CM Pancho Construction to win in the bidding considering the heavy competition posed by other internationally known bidders," Aumentado stressed.

"Mark my word, CM Pancho Construction will not win the bid," the governor said.


The bidding of the phase I of the P7 billion airport project was postponed to Feb 5, in an information relayed to the governor last Friday.

Originally, the bidding was supposed to be conducted at the MIAA offices tomorrow.

Asked on why the bidding was moved, Aumentado cited the entry of new interested bidders who joined the group that conducted site inspection last week.

Among the bidders who sent representatives during the site inspection were CM Pancho Construction, Inc., JF Legaspi Construction, Vicente Lao Construction, BSP & Co, Inc., First United Cobtractors Corp., RD Policarpo & Co.Inc., Sunwest Construction & Development Corp., Santa Clara International Corp., AM Oreta & Co. Inc.,/ Aquino Construction & Development Corp., RD Policarpo & Co.,Inc., OR Sarmiento Construction , DL Cervantes Construction & Towing Construction Readycon Trading Construction Corp., Young Builders Corp., and Dimson-Manila, Inc.

Listed in the interested bidders but failed to join the inspection team were representatives from Hanjin Heavy Industries, China State Phil. Construction Corp., Ron Daniel Construction Corp. and Equi-Parco Construction Co.


Phase I of the project includes the initial stage of the 2.5 km runway worth P1.52 billion.

This includes the cleaning and grubbing, excavation , construction of embankment and drainage system; facilities for engineer and employer, project vehicles, project equipment and survey equipment.

The Panglao Bohol International Airport's project cost is P7.5 billion based on the latest estimates submitted to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the MIAA and the Department of Transportation and Commuunications (DOTC).

LGU Philippines / Re: Flying Voters in Bohol?
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:09:40 PM »
from bohol chronicle

In a bid to improve the rank of their favored bets in the local elections, a widely circulated "instruction slip" asked people to used several email addressed in order to vote repeatedly.

This scheme was known when a copy of the slip reached the studios of station dyRD last Friday narrating the "technical guide", including the specific instructions saying "so as not to waste our votes if we are to send the text again, resend the text vote after a lapse of time. Also, multiple sim number are encouraged."       

With this scheme done, a person can vote as many times as he can thereby creating an effect of having "flying voters" in the on-line survey.

The instruction slip specified that senders should cast their votes to Julius Herrera for governor and Tomas Abapo, jr. for vice governor.

The same slip spceified the instruction to use public computers at computer cafes or shops for multiple votes.


The on-line survey at the website of dyRD instituted measures that votes cast from the same senders will be rejected in the computer system so as to maintain the credibility of the survey.

During the past two weeks, the trending showed the people's preference for governor, vice governor, congressmen, city mayor and city vice mayor.

However, because of this advisory to register more votes for their favored candidates, the results are expected to shift from the previous trend.          
In the Jan 17 tally, Rep. Edgar Chatto maintained his lead over Vice Gov. Julius Herrera in the gubernatorial race. Out of the 230 respondents, Chatto garnered 103 votes (45%) followed by Cesar Montano with 72 votes (31%) and Herrera, third with 55 votes (24%)

After reports on the massive "instructional campaign" for Herrera and Abapo got implemented, the results as of 7:30pm last night showed a sudden shift giving Herrera the lead over Chatto.

Out of 654 respondents, Herrera ranked first with 365 votes (55%), Chatto, 198 votes (30%) and Montano, 100 votes (15%)

In the vice gubrnatorial race, Abapo ranked first with 328 votes (62%), Concepcion Lim, 114 votes (21%) and Elpidio jala, 90 votes (17%).


In order to serve the purpose of the on-line survey, dyRD News & Public Affairs advised the public not to resort to "flying voting," meaning one sender should vote only once.

Casting more than one vote for each sender will only create an unrealistic survey result which will not serve the purpose of the candidates to monitor the real preference and trend of the voters.


In the 1st district congressional race, City Kagawad Oscar Glovasa pooled 285 votes (57%) against former Gov Rene Relampagos with 188 votes (37%) and Edgar Kapirig, 30 votes (6%) Gov. Erico aumentado continued to lead in the 2nd district congressional race with 348 votes (73%) followed by Trinidad Mayor Judith Cajes, 99 votes 21%), Andy manated and Danilo mendez with 16 votes each (3%)
In the city mayoralty race, Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso maintained lead over Mayor Dan Lim with 223 votes (53%) against 200 votes (47%) while in the city vice mayoralty race, Barangay Captain Glorivic Yap-dela Serna with 248 votes (56%) against former Vice Mayor Nuevas Montes, 195 votes (44%).

Fashion Trend / Strapless Bra
« on: January 21, 2010, 12:55:35 PM »
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Sports and Fitness / Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey Fight is Final
« on: January 21, 2010, 12:04:18 PM »
By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Even the fans at the stands won’t be denied seeing the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey showdown for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on March 13 up close.

The 5-foot-6 Filipino ring icon and his 5-foot-8 Ghanian challenger will be magnified as 70-footers on the world’s largest high definition television when they battle it out at the $1.2-billion Cowboys’ Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Billionaire Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and co-promoter of the first boxing bout at the world’s biggest domed stadium, put up a grand kickoff press conference for “The Event” Tuesday in Arlington, with pompom-waving cheerleaders, former boxing champions and former Super Bowl winners in attendance.

No wonder, Pacquiao, Clottey and promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank gushed over the 80,000-seat facility that would be reconfigured to accommodate 40,000 fight fans close to the way it was during the lavish news conference emceed by Michael Buffer.

“I feel really good about this (fight),” said Pacquiao. “The fans will like what we’ll do in the ring come March 13.

“It’s going to be a good fight,” Pacquiao added. “Clottey, he is a good fighter, a top fighter, and he is bigger than me. I have to prepare hard for this fight and train hard and focus.”

Learn English Online / Author of Love Story, Erich Segal, Writes 72
« on: January 21, 2010, 12:01:29 PM »
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:23:00 01/21/2010

Erich Segal, the Ivy League professor who attained mainstream fame and made millions sob as writer of the novel and movie “Love Story,” has died of a heart attack, his daughter said Tuesday. He was 72.

Francesca Segal said her father, whose popular romantic drama coined the phrase “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” died Sunday at his home in London.

She said he had suffered from Parkinson’s disease—a neurological condition that affects movement—for 30 years. His funeral was held in London on Tuesday, she said.

Segal was a Yale classics professor and screenplay writer when he turned a proposed movie about two college students—preppy Oliver and smart-mouthed Jenny—into a novel.

Published in 1970, “Love Story” was a weeper about a young couple who fall in love, marry and discover she is dying of cancer. It was a million seller guaranteed to make readers cry and critics scream.

A much bigger audience caught up with the film version, which starred Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw.

The hit movie, which won an Oscar and was nominated for six others, tells the story of a wealthy young man, Oliver, who becomes estranged from his father when he marries Jennifer, a woman from a less privileged background.

But the tale takes a tragic twist when Jennifer develops leukemia and eventually dies.

Oliver’s father has a change of heart when he hears what has happened and races to see him, telling his son he is sorry to hear the sad news.

By Christian V. Esguerra, Miko L. Morelos, TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Midway into his job as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s chief communicator, he began experiencing what his widow, Marit Stinus Remonde, called a crisis of “credibility” owing to the consistently negative publicity his boss was getting.

Speaking with reporters at Remonde’s wake at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City shortly before Ms Arroyo arrived at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday, Marit said the issue of credibility had meant a lot to her husband of 15 years.

When asked if she regretted not being by her husband’s side on the day of his death, Marit collected her thoughts and replied: “I believe we made the most out of our lives.”

She said that for the past nine years, she and her husband were living apart because of his work in Malacañang.

“He was bothered that people didn’t believe him anymore,” she said of Remonde, who was a longtime broadcaster before joining the Arroyo administration in 2001.

She added that her husband had planned to join a Manila newspaper at the end of Ms Arroyo’s term on June 30.

Per Marit’s account, Remonde was initially “very excited” about his new job, which she said he got in February 2009 without the help of political connections.

LGU Philippines / Lawyer Calls Comelec Execs Thieves
« on: January 21, 2010, 11:55:00 AM »
By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Wednesday charged Pamatong with direct contempt and ordered him to be detained at Manila City Jail, after he interrupted the promulgation proceedings of the second division.

Pamatong, a self-proclaimed author and lawyer who once tried to sue Pope Benedict XVI, attempted to walk out of the Comelec session hall as the division was set to announce the ruling on the disqualification case he filed against ousted President Joseph Estrada and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

‘You’re all thieves’

“I want to leave! Mga magnanakaw kayong lahat (You’re all thieves)!” Pamatong yelled at Commissioners Nicodemo Ferrer, Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph.

As Pamatong left the room, an angry Yusoph shouted an order to the guards. “Arrest him!” he said.

In a statement distributed to the media, Pamatong accused the commissioners of accepting P5 million each so that Vetellano Acosta, the candidate of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, would be included in the list of presidential candidates.

LGU Philippines / "I Want To Be King Again" declares Erap Estrada
« on: January 21, 2010, 11:49:26 AM »
By Philip Tubeza, Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Why just be a “kingmaker” when you can be the “king” yourself?

Fresh from getting the nod of a division of the Commission on Elections for him to take another shot at Malacañang, deposed President Joseph Estrada Wednesday said he would not withdraw from the presidential race.

Estrada said he would slug it out “to the end” because he wanted to be “king again.”

Estrada said the Comelec decision would have a “big impact” on his campaign” because his detractors were spreading “disinformation” that he would withdraw from the race or be disqualified.

Now that the poll body has ruled in his favor, he expects his ratings in surveys to rise.

Estrada, the candidate of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, has been a consistent third placer, after Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel Villar.

Speaking at a forum at the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Estrada dismissed allegations that he would eventually withdraw and play the role of “kingmaker” by supporting another presidential candidate.

“I want to be king again myself (and) recover my throne that was stolen from me,” he told reporters when asked if he was going to be a “kingmaker.”

“Why will I withdraw? No way. No way,” he said. “I have a contract with the Filipino people—till death do us part.”

The Comelec’s second division ruled that Estrada was not covered by the constitutional provision barring an incumbent president from reelection because he was not a sitting president seeking a second term.

He hurdled the first legal obstacle in his second run for the presidency when the division dismissed the three petitions seeking to declare him a nuisance candidate and to disqualify him from the May 10 presidential election.

LGU Philippines / Gloria Arroyo Wants To Become A Prime Minister
« on: December 03, 2009, 07:32:58 AM »
By Christian V. Esguerra, Dona Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Malacañang is not desperate to douse the long-running suspicion that the point behind President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s run for Congress in 2010 is to push Charter change (Cha-cha)—and possibly bring about a shift to a parliamentary government, where she could bag the post of prime minister.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita Wednesday acknowledged that the amendment of the 1987 Constitution remained a priority of Ms Arroyo, who did the unprecedented when she filed her certificate of candidacy for Congress on Tuesday.

“Yes, even in the previous SONA (State of the Nation Addresses) of the President, she said she was gunning for it,” Ermita told reporters at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.

Ermita expressed confidence that Ms Arroyo would easily win as representative of the second district of her home province of Pampanga, and that she would continue to wield influence in the 15th Congress.

“Let’s be realistic—the President is the President,” he said. “Because of her stature, when she gets [elected], definitely she will have a lot of clout on anything in Congress ... You can be sure that should she be elected, definitely she will have clout among the congressmen.”

LGU Philippines / Ramos to Gloria: Out of Delicadeza, You Should Resign
« on: December 03, 2009, 07:24:06 AM »
By Jerome Aning, Philip Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should resign for diminishing the stature of her office with her decision to run for a seat in the House of Representatives, former President Fidel Ramos said Wednesday.

Deposed President Joseph Estrada also called on Ms Arroyo to step down, saying that she has an undue advantage over her opponents as a sitting President.

“She has all the government resources [at her disposal]. I pity her opponents who will have no chance (of winning). Out of delicadeza (propriety), she should resign,” Estrada said last night at the “Harapan” presidential debates at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Before leaving for Australia, Ramos told reporters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) that Ms Arroyo’s resignation was only fair to other candidates running for the second legislative district of her home province, Pampanga.

“In the interest of fair play, she should resign so as not to give her undue advantage over whoever will run against her in Pampanga,” Ramos said.

He described Ms Arroyo’s decision as “inexcusably mysterious,” adding that her seeking local office “diminishes the stature of the presidency.”

“Can you imagine the fairness of it all? You—the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Chief Executive with the power of appointment and removal, head of state, head of government, national budget controller, including the disbursement of pork barrel—will run against this little lady here [and an] engineer from Porac or a little mayor ... or this guy here,” Ramos said.

LGU Philippines / Re: Adam Jala for vice-governor.
« on: December 03, 2009, 12:12:10 AM »
Ang manga dili mamunga ug santol. Like father, like son. Zero projects in the third district of Bohol.
Like GMA, so addicted to power...

Sports and Fitness / The godly Manny Pacquiao
« on: October 13, 2009, 02:35:09 PM »
Manny Pacquiao trusts in God alone.

Sports and Fitness / Manny Pacquiao vs Julio Chavez Jr?
« on: October 13, 2009, 02:23:38 PM »
Manny Pacquiao vs Julio Chavez Jr

Sports and Fitness / Miguel Cotto Preparing for Manny Pacquaio
« on: October 13, 2009, 12:48:44 PM »
Miguel Cotto Preparing for Manny Pacquaio

Sports and Fitness / Why Manny Pacquiao Trains in Baguio City
« on: October 13, 2009, 12:46:26 PM »
Why Manny Pacquiao Trains in Baguio City

Philippine Daily News / Philippine Flood Victims
« on: October 13, 2009, 12:38:10 PM »
philippine flood victims...

General Topic / Youngest School Headmaster in the World
« on: October 13, 2009, 11:57:42 AM »
This story is very inspiring. Please watch the video to get a better picture of what's going on in that school. Link:

Technology / Microsoft's Biggest Security Update Ever
« on: October 13, 2009, 10:53:36 AM »
BBC - Microsoft will issue its biggest ever security update on 13 October.

The update will include 13 bulletins that between them tackle 34 vulnerabilities.

Microsoft said that eight of the bulletins were rated as critical - the most serious sort of vulnerability.

The security patches will close loopholes in many different programs including different editions of Windows, Internet Explorer and some elements of Office.

One update, rated as critical, tackles a loophole in Internet Explorer 8 running under Windows 7. The next version of Microsoft's operating system is due to be released on 22 October.

Most people will get the updates automatically but links to download them can also be found on Microsoft's security pages. Once applied to a PC, the machine will need to be re-started before the fixes take effect.

In a blog posting giving an outline of the updates, Jerry Bryant, a Microsoft security expert, said two of the fixes were for problems flagged up in earlier advisories.

One of those loopholes, for the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) bundled in with Microsoft's Internet Information Server, is already being exploited by some hi-tech criminals.

Windows is by far the most popular target for cyber criminals and the vast majority of the millions of malicious programs, including worms and trojans, are aimed at the operating system.

Prior to the bumper October security update, Microsoft's biggest every update was released in June 2009. That package of 10 fixes tackled 31 vulnerabilities.

BBC correspondent Alastair Leithead in Manila

The rain is still coming down in Marikina, the worst affected part of Manila, but it certainly has got through the worst of what the storm threw at it.

All the streets were under metres of water. There's a thick coating of mud over everything. At the bottom of the road, there's a pink car which is balanced on the diagonal on its roof on top of another. The only people who escaped the floods were those who went up onto the upper floors of their buildings. All the shops and businesses on the ground floors have been destroyed.

Now people are just focusing on clearing up, trying to get what possessions they can together, along with food, water and some shelter, because more rain is forecast.

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