HISTORY ATTESTS TO THIS. The country’s human rights organization, Karapatan-Philippines Chair, Marie Hilao Enriquez, who in fact declares that the Philippine government symbolizes the habitual, nay, historical already practice of the Philippine government’s continuing grave human rights abuses, dares to say and offers proof that the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, has continued the nation colonial and neo-colonial masters’ exploitative and oppressive rule with pacification campaigns as the hallmark of his administration.
This, regardless of the fact and the stark reality that the Aquino family alternately produced heroes and fiends as shown in Philippine history’s unfolding.
The President’s great grandfather was a revolutionary hero of old as the people then fought against the Spanish colonial rulers. His grandfather, Benigno Aquino Jr. father, the martyred Ninoy dastardly murdered by Marcos, according to historians, was a collaborator with the Japanese colonizers, nay, invaders.
The Aquino family, true-to-form, like many Philippine elite families, produced fiends and heroes. The late Manuel Roxas Sr., Mar Roxas’ grandfather, according to historian Renato Constantino was also a Japanese collaborator.
In my last week’s column film Director Peque Gallaga expressed his disappointment on the way how our government officials acted on Typhoon Yolanda.
He is not alone, majority of Filipinos are also disappointed.
I am long disappointed of the way our government is run. It is not only now but long time ago. My past columns documented my feelings.
Actually in our present government set up many things are dissatisfactory. You can easily see how corruptions seep from top to bottom. While the government is easy on a corrupt fellow like Janet Napoles, it hits hard those who express their disappointment on the government. Just like in Fyodor Dostoyevsky "Crime and Punishment" this government is quick to act on small timer "criminals."
Just like on the case of Zara Alvarez and Aniceta Rojo. They are locked up in a prison cell perhaps without pity as they are considered dangerous to society. I tried once in Cadiz to interview Zara Alvarez but gave up when the jail guard told me to get clearance from their top head in Iloilo.
It was, unexpectedly, a weekend of short land trips and low-key coverages but filled with beauties.
The sorties last Friday, Saturday and yesterday Sunday will leave lasting marks due to their significance and the refreshing images that literally took away the effects of rising sleep debt and piling fatigue -- a total turn-around from the week-long sweating and bleeding, so to speak.
Kabankalan, Himamaylan and then again the Campuestuhan Highland Resort, I can’t ask for more, at least until the next weekend.
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Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito, chair, committee on laws, governance and ordinances, recommended to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod, the reclassification of the Negros First Cybercentre, located at the Paglaum Sports Complex along Libertad Street, as a commercial area.
The recommendation of Distrito was the result of committee a hearing, acting on the request of Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. for the reclassification of the area as commercial.
According to Distrito, the representative of the Office of the Governor, Ms. Cely Carman Trio, emphasized during the committee hearing, that the Philippine Economic Zoning Authority (PEZA) requires that the property for the Cybercentre should be classified as commercial area, the reason why the Governor is asking for the reclassification.
BONIFACIO DAY RITES. Former Bacolod Councilor Catalino Alisbo, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, City Mayor Monico Puentevella, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya and Councilor Alex Paglumotan celebrate Bonifacio Day last November 30 at the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School.* (CMO-PIO photo)
Silay City punong barangays and barangay councilors took their oath of office at Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center in Silay City last Friday November 29. Present government officials were Silay City Mayor Jose L. Montelibano, City Councilors Ireneo Celis, Jimmy Mayo, Joedith Gallego, Solomon Locsin, Darryl Hinolan and Javier, Outgoing ABC President Alan Duca, Interior Local Government Operations Officer Rex Abello, OIC- City Administrator Noel Doloriac, Tourism Officer Ver Pacete, representative of 3rd district Congressman Albee Benitiz and different department and division heads in the city.
Newly elected Punong Barangays were Corazon Soluta (Barangay 1), Noel Lacson (Barangay 2), Efren Dequilla (Barangay 3), Eugene Celis (Barangay 4), Joel Peornato (Barangay 5), Renato Palermo (Barangay Rizal), Henry Belleza (Barangay Hawaiian), Jose Lopez, Jr. (Guinhalaran), Claro Denosta (Guimbala-on), Jojo Sumilier (Mambulac), Demetrias Aplaon (Lantad), Remy Roldan (Balaring), Debbie Jinon (E. Lopez), Ramon Celebre (Kapitan Ramon), Milagros Catalan (Patag) and Rolando Gutana (Bagtic).
Preparations are now underway for the Bacolaodiat Festival 2014 which will be on January 30 to February 2 next year.
Ushering in the Year of the Wood Horse in 2014, the festival will be on its 9th year since its inception in 2005 evolving from a simple celebration then to a festival that is anticipated by the Filipinos, Chinese and the Filipino-Chinese alike in Bacolod every first quarter of each year.
As part of the evolution, the festival is now being run by an Executive Committee duly appointed by Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella.
The young and dynamic Jennifer Gochangco-Ong now leads the committee as the Festival Chairman supported by Jonathan Lo in charge of the Zodiac Animals, Emily Go-Villanueva and Mila Ong for the Cultural Committee, Bryant Lao for Safety and Security, Willy Au for Media and Promotions, Andres Valencia, Alfredo Barcelona, and Lily Go for Finance, Atty. Ben Ortega for Legal and David Villanueva for Fireworks.
ICCO, ACT Alliance and Task Force Mapalad, Inc. have launched a relief and rehabilitation drive in Northern Negros to benefit a total of 226 families suffered the brunt of Typhoon Yolanda’s wrath.
TFM said that the 226 houses were completely damaged and all of the victims were members of the organization in Sagay, Manapla and Cadiz City.
"Beams after a Typhoon". The first batch of the beneficiaries in Brgy. Purisima, Manapla City, Negros Occidental.*
TFM is an alliance of landless farmers seeking to own land to till under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP.)
It has partnered with the Dutch aid organization ICCO/Kerk in Acte (Church in Action) in helping provide food for the victims as well as galvanized iron (GI) sheets and other roofing materials, including sealants, nails, rivets and others.
BACIWA CONDUCTS TREE GROWING ACTIVITY IN UPPER CALIBAN-IMBANG WATERSHED. One hundred (100) volunteers from Green Tags Environmental Guardians, Airforce Reservists, and West Negros University 605th Reserves, together with the BACIWA’s Watershed Unit planted one thousand (1,000) endemic tree seedlings in upper Caliban-Imbang Watershed, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Sitio Managaksak, Murcia last November 23, 2013.