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Showbiz & Celebrity / Emma Watson Not Ready for Hollywood
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:20:32 AM »
The 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson is not too impressed by the glitz and glamour Hollywood.

The 18-year-old actress feels that starlets of her age in Hollywood are "bitchy" compared to their counterparts in the UK. She also has no desire to make a permanent move to Hollywood.

Watson says she enjoys packing her bags for a visit to California when she has to work in a new movie, but a permanent move there is less than likely.

"Never say never, but I can't imagine it. I think that it's a wonderful lifestyle that you have here - the weather is amazing and everyone seems very healthy. It seems like a really nice place to live.

"Obviously, if I had a film here or whatever, then that would be great. But I don't really know a lot of people here." She tells AOL's 'Moviefone.Com'. - PNA/Xinhua

Miramax's period drama "Doubt" received five Screen Actors Guild Award nominations Thursday, more than any other films, for honors in the acting field presented by Hollywood's largest actors organization.

Nominations earned by "Doubt," which tells a story about a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him of molesting a new black student, included best actress for Meryl Streep, best supporting actor for Phillip Seymour Hoffman and best ensemble cast.

The SAG Awards have done only slightly better in predicting Oscar winners than the Golden Globe Awards, which are handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, since the guild first presented the awards in 1995.

A total of 36 recipients of the SAG Awards have gone on to win Oscars since 1995, compared to 34 Golden Globe winners during the same period. - Xinhua

Philippine Provinces / Davao City: Retirement Destination for Foreigners
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:17:22 AM »
The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA), which is working overtime to make Davao City the focal retirement destination in Mindanao, opened on Wednesday a satellite office at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

PRA chair Edgar Aglipay said the first step of the agency, which is under the Board of Investments (BOI), is the opening of satellite agencies in major cities around the country.

Appointed to the position a year ago, Aglipay said he has also opened satellite offices in other identified focal areas of Cebu, Baguio, Clark and Subic.

PRA is also poised to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with directly concerned sectors to come up with integrated facilities that can provide basic services to both foreign and local retirees in terms of housing, health, entertainment, sports and tourism.

Aglipay said he is set to meet the concerned sectors to discuss the matter.

The lack of facilities is one gray area which has placed Davao City last in terms of the number of foreign retirees among the five focal areas.

Baguio City has cornered about 12,000 foreign retirees.

At present, there are only about 200 foreign retirees permanently residing in the Davao City, while the rest of the estimated 2,000 to 3,000 are distributed to other areas in Mindanao.

With the establishment of the satellite office, PRA is moderately targeting to get another 300 foreign retirees per year.

He said PRA is targeting 4,000 foreign retirees nationwide next year.

Presently, there are about 20,000 foreign retirees scattered in the five focal areas in the country. source: PNA

Philippine Laws / Update on Philippine Pag-ibig Fund
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:15:26 AM »
The Pag-IBIG Fund or the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) Davao joined the celebration of this year's founding anniversary as "One Big Happy Pag-IBIG Family" last Sunday, December 14, at the SM City Event Center here.

Vice President for Southern Mindanao Jose W. Banzon, Jr., in his message during the Family Day, said Pag-IBIG in itself is a big happy family, getting stronger and bigger at 28.

He stressed that employees of the Fund help one another and support each other collectively.

"Each one of us belongs to the Fund family and we must have in our desire to help and assist the members of this family," he said.

The families always look up to its upliftment and well being and each one share common values, he said.

Families may differ in their values he said either centering their direction to God while others on material acquisition, character building or the making of good citizens.

But as a member of the Pag-IBIG Fund family, he said everybody is expected to adhere to the Fund's core value of SPICE G, meaning Service, Professionalism, Intergrity, Commitment, Excellence, Growth.

He said imbibing such core values, they can, as a family, respond effectively and deliver good service to the Fund members.

"If the employees think that they belong to the Pag-IBIG family, the Fund's success will also be their success," he said. - PNA

Philippine Provinces / Korean Firm Eyes Bio-Fuel Project in Negros
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:14:05 AM »
A Korean firm has signified its intent on embarking on a large-scale bio-fuels project in Bais City, Negros Oriental by 2009.

Mayor Hector Villanueva of Bais City, however, said the local government is keeping its caution on the proposal considering that it would entail vast tracts of land and the city might not be able to comply with the requirement.

If the project pans out, he said he would be coordinating with adjacent municipalities to provide the required 5,000 to 10,000 hectares of land for jatropha plantations.

Villanueva further said they would need to study the project offer within the next three months to ensure there will be a steady market for jatropha.

“We don’t want to wake up one day only to find out we have invested so much into this and there are no buyers”, he said.

The proposal comes as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law the Renewable Energy Act designed to make the Philippines 60 percent energy-self sufficient by 2010.

Mayor Villanueva is hopeful the proposed jatropha plantation in Bais City will be viable as it will not only respond to the country’s efforts of using clean energy but it would also generate jobs. - PNA

Philippine Provinces / Shot Davao Gov Staff Dies
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:12:49 AM »
Davao Del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario confirmed that his liaison officer who was shot last November 25, expired Wednesday evening while undergoing treatment at the Davao Regional Hospital here.

Juvelyn Villanueva succumbed to a gunshot wound around 8 p.m. after 22 days in comatose at the hospital.

Villanueva had undergone head operation due to a bullet that penetrated her brain but after the operation, her condition failed to go back to normal.

She was shot on November 25 by two unidentified motorcycle-riding men while she was waiting for a ride home in front of the Davao Regional Hospital.

Villanueva, 42, a resident of Teachers Village in Tagum City, came from the Davao Regional Hospital where she was regularly visiting patients as part of Del Rosario’s program. - PNA

Sauna, lamparilya ra man akong gamiton kung magtuon sa leksyon sa maestra.

Showbiz & Celebrity / Re: Dolphy at 80 gears for another TV project
« on: December 18, 2008, 01:27:16 AM »
Reaching 80 is a huge blessing from the Lord. Many did not reach this far. May God continue to bless Dolphy.

Business and Economy / Virtually Zero Interest Rates in the US
« on: December 17, 2008, 02:20:39 PM »
The US Federal Reserve has slashed its key interest rate from 1% to a range of between zero and 0.25% as it battles the country's recession.

In its statement, the Federal Reserve warned that "the outlook for economic activity has weakened further".

It predicted that rates would stay at the current exceptionally low levels "for some time".

It added that it was considering ways it could spend money on supporting the economy and credit markets.

Analysts said that the key rate is now virtually zero.

"Whether it's zero or 0.25% actually does not make a huge difference," said Holger Schmieding at Bank of America. - BBC News

Jokes and Humor / Pinoy Laughter: Soldiers in Mindanao
« on: December 13, 2008, 06:24:02 AM »
ERAP visiting marines in Mindanao: Why are the soldiers sad?

GENERAL Camacho: Fatigue lang, Sir.

ERAP: Simple solusyon! Palitan ang fatige, suot sila ng maong...

Jokes and Humor / Pinoy Humor: Coup d Etat
« on: December 13, 2008, 06:21:45 AM »
Pinoy Humor

ERAP with the AFP Chief n RAM are talking about coup rumors.

After 5 hours of deadlock RAM offered a compromise.

RAM: If ERAP can spell the words COUP D ETAT, the coup is off.

ERAP: Gera nalang!

Jokes and Humor / Pinoy Joke: Erap and Lacson on Buybost Operation
« on: December 13, 2008, 06:18:44 AM »
Pinoy Joke

erap & lacson in buybust operation

Erap: freeze!

Lacson: sir mga kasamahan natin yan.

Erap: ah ganoon ba? ok, DEFROST!

Jokes and Humor / Pinoy Joke: Favorite Actor
« on: December 13, 2008, 06:16:48 AM »
Gloria:erap sinong favorite mong artista..???


Gloria:kung favorite mo sya spell ARNOLD SCHWARTZENEGGER

Erap: ay JET LEE na lang!

Jokes and Humor / Pinoy Jokes: Movies That Should Not Be Translated
« on: December 13, 2008, 06:15:08 AM »
Pinoy Jokes: Movies That Should Not Be Translated

1. Black Hawk Down - Ibong Maitim sa Ibaba
2. Dead Mans Chest - Dodo ng Patay
3. I Know What You Did Last Summer - Uyy... aminin!
4. Love, Actually - Sa Totoo lang, Pag-ibig
5. Million Dollar Baby - 50 Milliong Pisong Sanggol (it depends on the
exchange rate of the country)
6. The Blair Witch Project - Ang Proyekto ng Bruhang si Blair
7. Mary Poppins - Si Mariang may Putok
8. Snakes on a Plane - Nag-ahasan sa Ere
9. The Postman Always Rings Twice - Ang Kartero kapag Dumutdot laging
Dalawang Beses
10. Sum of all Fears - Takot mo, Takot ko, Takot Nating Lahat
11. Swordfish - Talakitok
12. Pretty Woman - Ganda ng Lola mo
13. Robin Hood, Men in Tights - Si Robin Hood at ang mga Felix Bakat
14. Four Weddings and a Funeral - Kahit 4 na Beses ka pang Magpakasal,
Mamamatay ka rin
15. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - Ako, Ikaw, Kayong Lahat
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone - Adik si Harry, Tumira ng Shabu
17. Click - Isang Pindot ka Lang
18. Brokeback Mountain - May Nawasak sa Likod ng Bundok ng Tralala / Bumigay
sa Bundok
19. The Day of the Dead - Ayaw Tumayo (ng mga patay)
20. Waterworld - Basang-basa
21. Theres Something about Mary - May Kwan sa Ano ni Maria
22. Employee of the Month - Ang Sipsip
23. Resident Evil - Ang Biyenan
24. Kill Bill - Kilitiin sa Bilbil
25. The Grudge - Lintik lang ang Walang Ganti
26. Nightmare Before Christmas - Binangungot sa Noche Buena
27. Never been Kissed - Pangit Kasi
28. Gone in 60 Seconds - 1 Round, Tulog
29. The Fast and the Furious - Ang bitin, Galit
30. Too Fast, Too Furious - Kapag Sobrang Bitin, Sobrang Galit
31. Dude, Wheres My Car - Dong, Anong Level Ulit tayo Nag-park?
32. Beauty and the Beast - Ang Asawa ko at ang Nanay nya
33. The Lord of the Rings - Ang Alahero

By: Bohol Chronicle

Tagbilaran City Minority Kagawad Zenaido "Djingo" Rama exploded a bombshell in the halls of the Sangguiniang Panlungsod Friday utilizing the 2007 Commission of Audit (COA) Report - that calls into question City Mayor Dan Lim and his administration for the multi-million fund mess.

During a scathing privilege speech, Rama selected six items in the COA 2007 Report involving a total of P320 million funds: P138 million in questionable items and P 182 million in city funds not properly invested - all with specific violations against the law.

He placed the burden at the doorstep of Mayor Lim who Rama claimed anointed himself "father of the

city" to put his house in order and to deal with erring personnel according to the law. The Minority legislator threatened to file appropriate charges against anyone involved in the mess and to dig deeper into other perceived anomalies within City Hall.

As a result of this "monetary and fiscal irresponsibility," the COA had reportedly issued a "qualified opinion" on the true state of the finances of the City of Tagbilaran under the Consolidated General Fund Report - questioning therefore, in layman's language, the financial statements ' validity.

Observers are wary as to how the multi-million expose and the lack of credibility of the financial statements of the city will affect the application for the so-called "jumbo loan" of the City Mayor reportedly from the Development Bank of the Philippines.


The COA Report said that P P60-million worth of equipment could not be subjected to inventory counting and that the City Government did not submit the details of P338 million in Property, Plant and Equipment (PPE).

Thus COA could not, as a result, determine what was bought and sold in 2007 and Rama therefore questioned the basis for a P15.8-million depreciation used. The legislator questioned why the PPE list is being kept secret.

This is a violation of Section 124 Vol. 1 of the New Government Accounting Extension - and effectively may have overstated the PPE and understated expenses.

In violation of Section 56 of NGAs Manual Vol. II and Section 22 (2) of PD (1445), the City Government failed to submit a Summary of Supplies and Materials and some P25-million worth of inventory could not be verified. According to the COA Report such failure to submit physical inventory should result in "automatic suspension of salaries" of personnel concerned which Rama said they have yet to see.

Rama deplored that such violation could overstate inventory and understate expenses and effectively shield those accountable for "the expense side" from scrutiny.

In violation of COA Circular No. 97-002 regarding advances, some P6.5 million in advances was reported unliquidated by certain City Hall officials and employees. This would overstate income and understated expenses of the City, he said.

"Who are the officials involved?" Rama questioned.

Meantime, the COA Report revealed that some P33.5 million (Due from Other Funds) and P9.5 million (due from Other LGUs) were kept in the hands of other entities by the end of 2007 - depriving the city of funds to finance its socio-economic projects.

Kagawad Rama demanded that those with unliquidated advances and those responsible of depriving the city of legitimate projects be held accountable.

Further, the COA Report stated that intelligence funds, directly addressed to the Honorable Chairman of the Commission on Audit in Quezon City, is recorded upon receipt of Credit Advice.

Deploring the neglect of the small barangay units, Rama hit the non-release of P3.3 million due to barangays in spite of the fact that the city, by its own Financial Statements, declared itself to be awash with funds worth P182 million by the end of December 2007.

The COA Report said that this is in violation of Section 271 of the LGU Code (1991) which requires that these funds from government community tax shares and miscellaneous income should be released five days after the end of each quarter, without further action, to the Barangay Treasurers.

This withholding of funds was deemed detrimental to the welfare of the small-time barangays.

In violation of COA Circular No 92-382 (July 3, 1992) which mandates the investment of government funds in high-yielding instruments, the COA cited that the City Government was holding P143 million of the P183 million cash in zero-interest earnings for the City since this was in the form interest-free checking account.

Kagawad Rama argued if this P143 million was invested in a 6% p.a. yielding instrument - this would have yielded the City Government P8.6 million in interest earnings to be used for government projects. The bank who benefited from the P143 million checking account may have relent this to borrowers at 12% earning for the bank P17 million and zero for the Government.

This is grossly unfair to the city of Tagbilaran, Rama concluded.

Kagawad Rama demanded that the SP be given an update on the multi-million mess cited by the COA and that the people responsible be reprimanded, suspended or charged as the cases may warrant. He especially questioned what "is the real state of the city finances" given these huge discrepancies discovered by the COA that could drastically affect both the Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss statements of the City.

"Shall we see more of the same in the next 2008 COA Audit Report?" Kagawad Rama asked.

City Accountant Kurt Bungabong defended the city governance by saying the COA report was more of a "comment on malpractices" rather than amount being misused.

The city hall accountant was commissioned by the city mayor to answer Rama's privilege speech during his weekly radio program yesterday.

He cited the lack of proper inventory of equipments which he said even dates back to the equipments acquired by the previous administration.

On the P6.5-million unliquidated advances by city hall officials and employees, he said the amount is "tolerable" as running liquidations have been done.

He also mentioned that the COA and the city mayor have agreed in principle not to suspend the payment of salaries of those involved personnel which was contrary to the COA rulings specified in the report.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod is asking City Auditor Teresita Irig to appear during Friday's regular session.

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Editorial of the Bohol Chronicle dated October 12, 2008


The primary role of Media is to report and inform the public.

An informed citizenry is a vigilant citizenry. An informed community does less guesswork and therefore makes decision more wisely.

The Bohol Chronicle (54 years) and Station DYRD (47 years) know that all too well.

We are not in the business of inventing facts and fabricating stories. Much less twist facts as the City Mayor Dan Lim accuses the Chronicle and Station DYRD of doing.

Let's delve on the controversial drainage issue which has obviously gotten the goat of the City Mayor. We have a check list below of stories we carried on the issue. Please check whether FACT OR FICTION:

(1) There are 38 commercial establishments and households that illegally connected their waste disposal mechanism to the drainage system along CPG Avenue. It is illegal because the National Building Code prohibits such connections.

(2) Because there is no waste water treatment along San Jose and therefore no outfall, some streets of the cities get flooded with waste and water in rainy days. The public has been complaining.

(3) Senior Undersecretary Manuel Bunoan of the DPWH said City Hall promised to erect the waste water treatment facility simultaneous to the drainage, without which DPWH would not have proceeded with project. City Hall has not built the waste water treatment until today.

(4) The DPWH and the DENR, agencies of the country, assigned to put up infrastructure and protect the environment respectively, said the connections are illegal and the City Hall has the power to cut the 38 illegal connectors.

(5) Earlier in 2007, the Sangguniang Panlungsod declared these 38 connections as illegal and in that Resolution empowered the Office of the City Mayor to mandate the implementing rules. Nothing was done.

(6) Mayor Lim in his recent Mayor's Report and the recorded minutes of the coordination meeting at the Governor's Office agreed to implement the cutting after 30 days of voluntary compliance allowance for the violators.

(7) Two weeks later, the Mayor flip-flops and changes his mind that he will only do so if sewage network is turned over to the city. DPWH says there is nothing to turn over to the City because drainage is part of the national highway under the jurisdiction of the DPWH.

( 8 ) 22 months after the discovery of such illegal connections, nothing has been done. We are now on the 14th day of the 30 days deadline, the Mayor reneges on his promise to cut.

The Chronicle-DYRD reported the above facts and figures. No dagdag-bawas. Fact or fiction?

Mayor Lim accuses our media institution of twisting the facts. True or false?

Ladies and gentlemen of the City Jury called Public Opinion: You be the judge.


In civilized societies, Public Office and Media Institutions should be bastions of public trust.

When they serve private more than public interest, society reacts. Public officials are voted out of office or impeached. Media papers are not bought by people and radio/TV stations not listened to.

Media is the natural watchdog, the lighthouse that tries to ensure that the public gets a kind of governance that is effective, transparent and equitable. Many times it criticizes official acts - or non-action, while it also appreciates accomplishments.

It is now a common and public knowledge that the City Mayor becomes uncomfortable whenever the public has criticisms on certain issues. As a result, he abandoned his weekly radio program over Station DYRD starting yesterday, a program which we offered for whoever is the Mayor during the past 13 years.

In his letter to the General Manager of the radio station yesterday, he said "you have made it clear that you have no control over the constant and unfair criticisms being hurled against me." This is something the mayor should know. In this twin media institution, we do "not control" criticisms against public officials (as long as the issues are legitimate like such major issue as a drainage problem).

We were surprised to see how sensitive the City Chief Executive is to public criticism that his office even allegedly pressured the advertisers to pull out of DYRD's "Pulso," a radio program anchored by a perceived critic Kagawad Batchoy Alba while he repeatedly said in public his dislikes and personal attacks against broadcaster Atoy Cosap, who anchors a DYRD primetime news program. The Mayor even mounted a head-on competition to Cosap's program at 6 to 7 a.m. and reports have it that he is planning to put up another program to compete with Alba.

His latest attacks, however, have been torpedoed not just on the two broadcasters but now against the Chronicle and Station DYRD - as institutions. As if there is an orchestrated organization-wide plot to discredit him personally. The reason is obvious because we print and air public issues which are unsavory for him.

We say: Mayor Lim, no one is perfect, thus, the public expects every politician to be open to accept some lapses in the course of rendering public service, we, in the Media holds the role - assigned by most civilized societies to be observers and watchdog of public conduct. If the City Mayor wants our role, then he can leave his post as Mayor and join us in the Fourth Estate.

But we in Media prefer to stay where we are. We normally do not have the stomach for politics.

And yet, the Mayor in one of the radio shows, wanted to politicize the issue. Says the Honorable Mayor: if I win reelection in 2010, then they (referring to us) lose; if I lose, then they win.

If Mayor Lim wins again in 2010 - fair and square, then it's his opponent who loses, not us. If he loses - fair and square as well, people voted him out of office for good reasons.

In our case, if people stop patronizing our newspaper and radio stations, then, we may have a cause to worry.

But not before that. In the meantime, some of us may have to decide at some point in our lives to either be public officials or media men. Think about that.

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Talk of the Town / Bohol Chronicle vs Mayor Dan Neri Lim: The War Begins
« on: October 16, 2008, 11:13:21 PM »
The furious exchange between the Bohol Chronicle and Tagbilaran Mayor Dan Lim monopolized the airlanes the last couple of weeks. It was a spirited exchange, to put it diplomatically, enough to generate unusual interest.

It is shaping to be a no-holds barred exchange, something that reminds us of that battle-cry about taking no prisoners. Just thinking that it is only the beginning makes people realize they can expect so much more in succeeding fireworks.

Those watching in the sidelines cannot miss the fact that this is a battle-royale.

On one side you have the most venerable media institution in Bohol. On the other is the most outspoken mayor Tagbilaran ever had.

Both are putting their credibility on the line in this exchange. If the Chronicle succeeds in doing what it does best - which is to bring down an incumbent elective official - then Lim should be singing his swan song in public service.

On the other hand, if Lim comes out in one piece notwithstanding the relentless attacks, then he will be able to accomplish what no other politician ever did - which is to survive the Chronicle.

In the course of their exchange, both sides are prone to excesses and shortcomings. That is what we want to warn them both. Lim should not mistake the forest for the trees. In going after the Chronicle, he should not be going after the media.

On the other hand, in standing up to the hizzoner, the Chronicle should not commit the mistake of blowing its own horn at the expense of other media organizations. This should come as a stern reminder given the unflattering references it loves to give to other newspapers as though it was a saint in a sinner's world.

All signs point to a war without borders. The lines have been blurred and the grey areas seem to grow by the day. While others may cry foul over indiscretions, it seems like no one is listening.

It is getting hot, but that should come as no surprise. The Chronicle in fact taunted Lim to "bring it on", something that the mayor just might do. In a war without borders, it just might get what it is asking for. - Editorial, Bohol Sunday Post

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