Friday, November 27, 2009

List of Media Men Killed in Maguindanao

    Here's the updated list of media men who were killed during the Maguindanao massacre.

    1. Ian Subang Socsargen Today
    2. Leah Dalmacio Socsargen Today
    3. Gina dela Cruz Saksi News (GenSan tabloid)
    4. Maritess Cablitas Mindanao Focus
    5. Bart Maravilla Bombo Radyo Koronadal
    6. Joy Duhay Southern Chronicle
    7. Henry Araneta DZRH correspondent
    8. Randy "Andy" Teodoro Central Mindanao Inquirer
    9. Marife "Neneng" Montaño Saksi News
    10. Alejandro “Bong” Reblando Manila Bulletin reporter
    11. Victor Nuñez UnTV
    12. Macmac Arriola UnTV cameraman
    13. Jimmy Cabillo Midland Review
    14. Rey Merisco Periodico Ini
    15. Ronnie Perante Gold Star Daily
    16. Bienvenido "Jun" Legarta Midland Review
    17. Val Cachuela Punto News
    18. Reynaldo “Bebot” Momay Punto News
    19. Joel Parcon Prontiera News
    20. Noel Decena Periodico Ini
    21. John Canibal SK Gazette
    22. Art Belia (Art Mascardo?) Periodico Ini
    23. Ranie Razon Periodico Ini
    24. Robillo Bataluna Goldstar Daily
    25. Julido Ebardo UNTV vehicle Driver
    26. Napoleon Salaysay Mindanao Gazette
    27. Rosell Morales Mindanao Focus
    28. Jun Gatchalian News Focus
    29. Lindo Lupogan
    30. Daniel Tiamson

    (source: NUJP)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

How will you get my vote?

Its election season once more in the Philippines. A politician friend told me this one's gonna be tougher. So many popular names running for higher positions and the contest may be based on popularity and money. I thought i should list my qualifications for ideal leaders as early as today. and here it is.

1. I would go for a candidate who is Filthy Rich. So rich that he would look at the nation's coffer as a piggy bank. too small amount to use for his personal interest. Instead, he would use his own money to fund his programs and project.

2. A family man. Being a good father is hard, how much more being a father to a nation. What does it mean to be "GOOD FATHER"? "It includes being - honorable, blameless, and bearing a good and admirable character virtuous, praiseworthy, free from scandal, and not under any blemish for any vice. a man of integrity, of a fair reputation, well spoken of, and well reported of."

3. Lastly, God Fearing. The characteristic of a Good Father is that he fears God. "(2 Samuel 23:3) He rules his household in the fear of God. He believes there is a God above him Whose eye is upon him and to Whom he is accountable. (Ecclesiastes 12:14) He realizes that He will "bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Psalm 1:1) He doesn't walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of the scornful. (Psalm 119:1,3) He walks in the law of God and does not Sin."

If you meet my qualifications, you get my vote. Make sure you follow guidelines set by the Commission on Elections such as:

A candidate must be:

a natural born citizen
on the day of election, at least twenty-five years of age
able to read and write
a resident of the Philippines for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding the day of election

I am encouraging my fellow voters to please be responsible in choosing the leader who will lead us in the future. Our votes count, make it work the worth.(fem)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pacquiao-Cotto fight deaths rise to 9

MANILA - Nine people including a pregnant mother and her unborn child died on Sunday during the height of the "Firepower" bout between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.

A report by ABS-CBN Regional Network Group said Amelita Pasado went into labor at her home in Naawan, Misamis Oriental past 12 p.m. Sunday at the start of the Pacquiao-Cotto fight. Unfortunately, her husband, Ricardo, was not at home since he was watching the fight at a restaurant in the town.

Ricardo brought his wife to a local hospital after being informed of her condition but the latter died due to blood loss. Their baby also died during delivery, he said.

"We thought that she would give birth in December. Her tummy was already painful but she didn't want to be brought to a doctor," he told ABS-CBN.

Four fight fans in the cities of Butuan, Batangas, Talisay, and Cebu also died at the height of the Pacquiao-Cotto match.

Atillano Caneda, 67, suffered a heart attack while watching a pay-per-view of the fight in his home in Barangay Lagtang, Talisay City. Relatives said Caneda was a long-time fan of the Pacman.

In nearby Cebu City, 53-year-old Rolando Sala also suffered a heart attack while watching the fight at a local restaurant.

Romeo Seno, Sala's companion, said an excited Sala clutched his chest and fell to the floor during the seventh round of the match. The victim was brought to Perpetual Succour Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

The scene was also repeated in Butuan City and Batangas City on Sunday.

Seventy-year-old Concordio Paredes and his son, Jonathan, were watching a pay-per-view of the fight at the Yetan eatery along J.C. Aquino Avenue, Butuan City when the septuagenarian suddenly fell from his chair and became unconscious during the second round of the bout.

Police said Paredes was immediately brought to the MJ Santos Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

In Batangas City, a 62-year-old businessman also suffered cardiac arrest after getting excited during the second round of the "Firepower" bout.

Cecilio Cabrera, a resident of Beredo Subdivision in Barangay Alangilan in Batangas City, and owner of Pick and Save Supermarket, suffered cardiac arrest while watching the fight at the Pontefino Hotel in Barangay Gulod Labac.

Police said Cabrera was rushed to Jesus of Nazareth Hospital but died later after being revived at the emergency room.

"He got excited during the 2nd round of the fight, when Pacquiao nearly knocked out Cotto," Dess Aclan, a friend of Cabrera told ABS-CBN News.

Aclan said Cabrera collapsed while watching the last part of the 3rd round while Pacquiao was winning.

"Mr. Cabrera's eyes then rolled straight upwards and his body stiffened before the 3rd round ended, while he was clutching his chest," Aclan narrated.

Aclan said doctors in the emergency of Jesus of Nazareth Hospital tried to intubate Cabrera when he showed signs of life but later died due to cardiac arrest.

Meanwhile, in the Davao region, 3 more fans died, all due to heart attacks, during the historic fight.

Vicente Bernal of Carmen, Davao del Norte was dead on arrival at the town hospital after having a heart attack while watching round 3 of the fight.

"Sa second round masayang-masaya siya, sumisigaw-sigaw pa. Pagka-third round, di ko na siya napansin," Bernal's wife Maria said in Visayan.

"May history na talaga siya ng sakit sa puso," Maria added.

In Bansalan, Davao del Sur, Lord Espina, a barangay councilor for Barangay Poblacion Dos, also died of a heart attack, this time while watching the 9th round.

Espina's sibling noticed that he was not moving anymore while watching the fight, and he was then rushed to the hospital, where he was also declared dead.

Bansalan mayor Edwin Reyes said excitement for the fight would most probably caused the heart attack.

In Davao City, retired police officer Jose Paco also died while watching the fight.

In Paco's instance, however, his wife said he suddenly fell from his seat while watching the bout, and suffered an attack. With reports from Arnell Ozaeta, Lorenzo Luzon, May Diez, Trini Velasco, and Francis Magbanua ABS-CBN Regional Network Group

as of 11/17/2009 1:04 PM

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sea Turtles found dead in Davao Gulf

Digos City, Davao del Sur – The Provincial Environment Office in Davao del Sur is worried over the recent incidents of sea turtles found dead in the Davao Gulf. Last November 2, 2009, Erning Pirante a fisherman residing in Patulangon, Sta. Cruz saw a more than two feet hawksbill turtle (scientific name Franz) floating in the shorelines lifeless. Its scales were falling apart but its body had no signs of wounds that might have caused its death. A week ago, residents along Piape Beach in Padada also found a dead hawksbill turtle that weighed about fifty kilos and about five feet in length from its head to its tail. Josol Sabado, a fisherman in the area narrated he screamed for help when he saw the floating turtle, thinking it was a sea monster. Provincial Environment Officer Marcia Isip revealed that about two months ago, two hawksbill turtles were also found dead along Sarangani coast. The PENRO has yet to establish the cause of the deaths of these turtles. But the initial investigation indicates that these turtles may have died due to change in weather conditions. “It could be attributed to climate change. The sudden change in temperature may have caused their deaths,” Isip said. The PENRO had difficulty examining the dead turtles as they were already buried by the fishermen who found them. The PENRO has called on the fishermen in the locality to immediately report to their office should they encounter a similar occurrence. Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Digos City