Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sugatan dahil sa paputok, 8 na sa Pangasinan

Sa ospital na magba-Bagong Taon ang 16-anyos na si "Mark" nang masabugan ng paputok na ‘dynamite’ ang kanyang kaliwang hita kagabi.

Nasa walong pulgada ang haba ng paputok na ‘dynamite’.

Ayon sa biktima, nanonood lang siya ng mga lasing na nagpapaputok sa Barangay Bacayao Sur sa Dagupan City nang utusan siyang magsindi ng paputok.

Nabitawan niya ito nguni't nadampot ito ng isang lasing at hinagis sa lugar na kanyang pinagtataguan.

"Iyong ‘dynamite’ pinipilit nila na sinindihan ko, tapos ako naman sinidihan ko rin, sabay takbo. Pinulot ng isa, tinapon sa madilim, hindi niya alam na nandoon ako,” sabi ni Mark.

Si Mark ang ika-8 kaso ng mga naputukan sa Pangasinan mula noong Disyembre 21.

Bagamat bawal ang mga paputok sa Davao City, sa ospital sa lunsod dinadala ang mga biktima ng paputok.

Gaya ng tricycle driver na si Gary Alag ng Davao del Sur na naputulan ng kanang kamay.

Hindi niya nabitawan agad ang sinindihang paputok na ‘Pla-Pla’ kaya sumabog ito sa kanyang kamay.

Lapnos naman ang harapang bahagi ng katawan ng 10-taong gulang na si Winston mula Makilala, North Cotabato matapos sumabog ang bamboo cannon na kanilang pinaglalaruan.

"Nagsisisi talaga ako, hindi ko sila nabantayan," sabi ng inang si Imelda Gecole.

Ipinagmamalaki naman ng Davao City na” zero casualty” sila sa paputok ngayong Pasko ngunit naghahanda pa rin ang mga ospital para sa posibleng pagdagsa ng mga pasyente sa Bagong Taon. - Francis Magbanua, Patrol ng Pilipino, Davao City.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Bonggang floats, tampok sa Parade of Lights ng Davao

Sa Davao naman, patok na patok ngayon ang mga naggagandahang Christmas attractions doon gaya ng mala-Disneyland na Parade of Lights. Live mula sa Davao City si Francis Magbanua. TV Patrol

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Slain vice mayor’s family seeks Aquino’s help

MANILA, Philippines - The family of slain Barira, Maguindanao Vice Mayor Alexander Tomawis has asked President Benigno Aquino III’s help in bringing the killer to justice.

Lawyer Mimbalawag Mangutara, Jr. said: “We already sent a letter to the President asking for a speedy investigation of the case, for the sake of justice.”

The family is asking the government to create a taskforce that will focus on the investigation.

Tomawis was shot to death exactly a week ago by an unidentified gun man inside his apartment in Bajada, Davao City.

A political angle may be behind the death, Mangutara said.

Tomawis’ name was linked to allegations of ballot snatching in the last barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. He had previously denied the allegations.

Mangutara also debunked the accusations that the incident had something to do with the Maguindanao massacre case.

The lawyer denied Tomawis was an adopted son of former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr., one of the suspects in the November 23, 2009 incident. – from a report by Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Davao

Friday, July 16, 2010

Cops nab 8 extorting traffic enforcers in Davao, CDO

MANILA, Philippines - Eight mulcting traffic enforcers, including 3 highway patrol cops, were arrested in separate police operations in Davao del Sur and Cagayan de Oro City.

Inspector Alberto Lupas of the Davao regional police office identified the arrested Highway Patrol Group members as Police Office 2 John Llevado, Senior Police Officer 2 Alfredo Timosana and Senior Police Officer 3 Carlito Albite.

Arrested with the policemen was their alleged "collector" Rhuel Allera, a civilian.

Lupas said the entrapment operation was conducted after the regional police office received several complaints of the policemen's supposed mulcting activities through text messages.

The 4 suspects were arrested along the highway of Barangay Guihing in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.

Seized from the Timosan's Toyota Revo, which was parked along the highway, were crumpled peso bills.

In Cagayan de Oro City, operatives of the Philippine National Police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group arrested 5 Land Transportation Office (LTO) enforcers.

Recovered from the LTO men was a small cabinet filled with cash that they collected from motorists. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

10-year-old boy accidentally shoots teenager dead in Davao

DAVAO City, Philippines - A 10-year-old boy accidentally shot dead a teenager while playing with his father's .357 revolver inside their home in Calinan district, Davao City, Monday night.

Killed was 15-year-old Jerson Tayco, an employee of the boy's family. He died of a single gunshot wound in the chest.

Investigators said that according to the boy, Tayco asked him if he could borrow a cell phone charger. Instead of finding a charger, the boy discovered a gun from his father's bag.

The boy pulled it out and then playfully pointed it at Tayco.

Thinking the gun was just a toy, the boy pulled the trigger, fatally hitting the victim in the chest.

Chief Inspector Ariel Acala, Calinan district police chief, said the incident happened inside the house of the boy's family along McArthur Highway around 8:30 p.m..

Acala said the incident was reported to the police station at past 10 p.m.

He said the boy has been referred to the police's Women and Children's Desk while his father is now being subjected to investigations.

Acala said the boy's father claims he just picked up the gun, but instead of surrendering it to the police, he decided to hide it in his room. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao

Friday, April 23, 2010

Five months on, still no justice

"Thank you, Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra, for assuring the Filipino nation that justice can never be achieved,"said the National Union of Journalist in the Philippines. On March march 17, 2010, Agra told the prosecutors to drop the murder charges against two prominent members of a powerful Muslim clan over the massacre of 57 people on November 23 last year in Maguindanao. Agra stressed "Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan, initially alleged to be two of the key planners of the election-linked killings in the restive south, will be dropped from the list of those accused." The decision provoked outrage among the relatives' victims.
Five months after, still no justice. In an interview, the widow of victims expressed dismay to what they call a clear manifestation of white wash. Alliance Against Impunity movement in Davao believe that Malacanang has a hand over the matter. This afternoon, members of BAYAN and Alliance Against Impunity movement staged a protest rally in front of the Ampatuan mansion to show the government the need to resolve the case as soon as possible.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

USANA Experience

My friend, EJ, was so persistent. He's been asking a few minutes of my time for a lecture about health. I was hesitant before, because as i perceive it, most of seminars regarding health leads to selling and networking. One afternoon, he brought his partners at the station and cornered me for a short lecture. Without a choice, i spared a few minutes. I was not so interested even during the lecture. But because EJ is a good friend, i was forced to buy the products. What he introduced me was Essentials and Proflavanol of USANA.
I started consuming it a day after. I thought it was just the same old multivitamins in the market. Buti noticed i was getting energetic everyday, good night sleep,good bowel movement, and my skin slowly clears and lightens.
i went to their site and this is what i found:
"The Essentials™ —vitamin & mineral supplement for adults are a combination of two products: Mega Antioxidant™ and Chelated Mineral™. Together, they provide a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and other plant nutrients that form the foundation of USANA’s nutritional system. They have the advantage of USANA’s patented Olivol™ olive fruit extract that provides the nutritional benefits of the Mediterranean diet."







Friday, April 16, 2010

A diffirent kind of reunion for ampatuans

Manila - It looks like a family reunion for the member of Ampatuan family. Early morning on April 16, lawyers of Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. tried to stop the CIDG Manila and Marines from bringing the governor to Manila. They even wrote a letter to Lt.Gen. Raymundo Ferer of the Eastern Mindanao Command requestingt the continued detention of Andal Sr. at Camp Panacan Hospital while waiting for the resulotion on the motion for reconsideration filed by the government regardingt he dismissal of the rebellion case.
But the efforts were unsuccessful. At six in the evening, CIDG and marines brought Andal Sr. to the Tactical Operations Group Headquarters in Davao City, where a c130 plane was waiting.
When Andal Sr. boarded the plane, he was reunited with five other members of the Ampatuan clan implicated in the November 23 Maguindanao massacre; Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan, Maguindanao Governor Sajid Ampatuan, Vice Governor Akmad Ampatuan Sr., and Shariff Aguak Mayor Anwar Ampatuan.
Earlier, supporters were empotional as they bid goodbye to five other Ampatuans detained at General Santos CIDG detention. At 10:30 in the evenin, c130 touched down at the Villamor Air Base.
They were immediately brought to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig and detained along with the prime suspect in the massacre, Andal Ampatuan Jr. (fem)

Friday, February 26, 2010

2 improvised bombs found in Davao City

MANILA, Philippines - Two apparent improvised bombs were found in separate public places in Davao City Thursday late afternoon.

The first improvised explosive device (IED) was found inside a comfort room for women in Davao City Hall and was immediately reported to the police.

Members of the explosive and ordnance division of the Davao City police and Task Force Davao responded immediately.

Police immediately ordered the evacuation of all employees and people from the Davao City Hall.

Police said the carton box contained 2 plastic bottles containing what appeared to be ammonium nitrate with white and red electrical wires attached to it and to a suspected cellphone circuit board.

The IED was neutralized by police using a water-cannon disruptor.

After a few minutes, another call to the city’s Emergency 911 reported another possible IED discovered outside the gate of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) building in Tionko Street.

Police immediately cordoned off the area, and the IED was also “disrupted.”

The device found at the fence of the BSP was similar to the IED found at city hall.

Police said that the devices would be subjected to chemical analysis to determine if they contained ammonium nitrate. The chemical is a component in improvised bombs.

Police are still investigating the possible culprits and motives behind the two incidents.

Identical and meant to scare

A military spokesman, meanwhile, already confirmed that the devices found in Davao City were bombs and were identical.

“They were identical,” said Maj. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command.

He said the devices were composed of a cellphone, batteries, blasting caps, circuit boards, toggle switch and ammonium nitrate placed in plastic bottle.

Cabangbang said the bombs, however, lacked booster and shrapnel.

“They were crudely made, meaning it is not their intent to harm but merely to scare. Its not meant to harm,” he said. With reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao and Noel Alamar, dzMM

as of 02/25/2010 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 25, 2010

2 improvised bombs found in Davao City

MANILA, Philippines - Two apparent improvised bombs were found in separate public places in Davao City Thursday late afternoon.

The first improvised explosive device (IED) was found inside a comfort room for women in Davao City Hall and was immediately reported to the police.

Members of the explosive and ordnance division of the Davao City police and Task Force Davao responded immediately.

Police immediately ordered the evacuation of all employees and people from the Davao City Hall.

Police said the carton box contained 2 plastic bottles containing what appeared to be ammonium nitrate with white and red electrical wires attached to it and to a suspected cellphone circuit board.

The IED was neutralized by police using a water-cannon disruptor.

After a few minutes, another call to the city’s Emergency 911 reported another possible IED discovered outside the gate of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) building in Tionko Street.

Police immediately cordoned off the area, and the IED was also “disrupted.”

The device found at the fence of the BSP was similar to the IED found at city hall.

Police said that the devices would be subjected to chemical analysis to determine if they contained ammonium nitrate. The chemical is a component in improvised bombs.

Police are still investigating the possible culprits and motives behind the two incidents.

Identical and meant to scare

A military spokesman, meanwhile, already confirmed that the devices found in Davao City were bombs and were identical.

“They were identical,” said Maj. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command.

He said the devices were composed of a cellphone, batteries, blasting caps, circuit boards, toggle switch and ammonium nitrate placed in plastic bottle.

Cabangbang said the bombs, however, lacked booster and shrapnel.

“They were crudely made, meaning it is not their intent to harm but merely to scare. Its not meant to harm,” he said. With reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao and Noel Alamar, dzMM

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Emo Mode


My cousin wrote this:
"If we can love someone so much,
how will we be able to handle it
if one day we are separated?

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And, if being separated is a part
of life, and you know about
separation well, is it possible
that we can love someone and
never be afraid of losing them?

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At the same time, I was also
wondering, is it possible that we
can live our entire life without
loving anyone at all?

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That’s my loneliness.

Loneliness is such a big word for me. I don't even want to utter it. I think its just psychological. You will be lonely if you opt to. "Researchers found that the ventral striatum—a region of the brain associated with rewards—is much more activated in non-lonely people than in the lonely when they view pictures of people in pleasant settings. In contrast, the temporoparietal junction—a region associated with taking the perspective of another person—is much less activated among lonely than in the non-lonely when viewing pictures of people in unpleasant settings."
"Given their feelings of social isolation, lonely individuals may be left to find relative comfort in nonsocial rewards," said John Cacioppo, the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Professor in Psychology at the University.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

AVATAR tops box office


It’s official!  Avatar quashed Titanic’s stint as world’s top selling movie.  CNN reported “Avatar” is now the highest-grossing movie of all time. James Cameron’s 3-D epic adventure eclipsed worldwide box office sales of the previous top-selling flick, Cameron's “Titanic,” on Monday, making $1.859 billion at the box office compared to “Titanic’s” $1.843 billion.” A difference of $16 million after 6 weeks of showing and still counting.

I love how director James Cameron conveyed the message of respect for life and a hope for a peaceful planet.  It isn’t just a story about a paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission who became torn between following his orders and protecting the world he felt is his home.  Its about how nature and the inhabitants co-exist that if it became out of balance, chaos comes in.  it tells us our role in protecting our environment, and it tells us how we are connected with mother nature and that we need each other to survive.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Memoirs of a piscean

Even before, i love to take pictures. I'd rather hold the camera instead of in front of it smiling. During college, my classmates in photography class ask me to take a few shots for them for our requirements. A good friend Josie Rachel once said "you got the eye."
"Photography is one of the hobbies that people can pick up and learn fairly easily. Some people have the impression that there is a trick to taking great pictures. There are some different elements you need to consider in order to both enjoy photography as a hobby, and take great pictures. The fact is, with a little knowledge and some practice, wonderful pictures are a click away. There is nothing more enjoyable than capturing pictures of wonderful moments and images and sharing them with others (disabled-world.com)"
Here's some samples i took during my free time:

Monday, January 25, 2010

House of DOE exec's in-law yields guns, ammo

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATEas of 01/21/2010 3:09 PM) - Police on Thursday morning seized nearly 50 firearms and several ammunition from the house of Energy Undersecretary Zamsamin Ampatuan's brother-in-law in Davao City.

Operatives from the Davao City police and the Police Regional Office 11 raided the house of Mozulini Lidasan on Eagle Street, GSIS Heights in Matina district around 6 a.m.

Firearms seized from Lidasan's house include 24 pieces of .38 revolvers, 17 shotguns, 2 M-16 rifles, several ammunition and military camouflage uniforms.

An ABS-CBN Davao regional news bureau report said Lidasan, whose wife is a sister of Undersecretary Ampatuan, has a security agency.

Police, however, found out that the security agency's license to operate expired last August. Investigators were checking if the firearms have proper documentations.

Lidasan and an Army sergeant named Alberto Antisoda, who was "securing" the area, were arrested.

The report added that police were also preparing to enter another compound in Davao City where more firearms are believed stashed. -- Reports from Michelle Robin and Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Davao

as of 01/21/2010 3:09 PM

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ampatuans' patriarch files arbitrary detention charges vs military

MANILA, Philippines - Former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. has filed charges of arbitrary detention against senior military officials in the Southern Mindanao region.

Andal Sr. has been detained at Camp Panacan military hospital at the Armed Forces’ Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) headquarters in Davao City.

Authorities have said that the head of the powerful Maguindanao clan was arrested in Shariff Aguak during the martial law period in the province but was initially placed in a private hospital in Davao City after complaining of ill health. He was later forcibly brought to the military hospital.

In his complaint filed at the Davao City Prosecutor's Office, Andal Sr. named as respondents: EastMinCom chief Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferer, Army’s 601st Brigade commander Col. Leo Crescente Ferrer and Lt. Col. Joel Paloma as well as other military personnel allegedly involved in his arrest.

The complaint filed by Andal Sr.’s lawyer Philip Pantojan alleged that no warrant of arrest was presented by the military when he was nabbed.

Andal Sr. added that no commitment order was also issued after rebellion charges were filed against him. He also sought for his release from detention.

Physical injury case?

The camp of Andal Sr. also disclosed that they are mulling the filing of a physical injury case against the soldiers who forcibly took him from the Davao Doctors’ College hospital where he was initially confined.

Military officials, meanwhile, said they were only following orders.

"Our lawyers have answered all the allegations. Dapat maintindihan nila, nadakip siya during martial law (He should realize that he was arrested during martial law),” said Maj. Randolph Cabangbang, Eastern Mindanao Command spokesman.

The military command spokesman also said they would welcome the filing of the physical injury case.

“I urge them to file the physical injury case, kasi may video kami na ang sundalo namin ang nabugbog at di sila (because we have a video that shows our soldiers were the ones hurt not them)," said EastMinCom’s spokesman.

Aside from rebellion charges, Andal Sr. and other key members of the powerful Maguindanao clan have also been named as respondents in the multiple murder case in connection with the gruesome massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last November 23. Killed in the massacre were members of a rival clan in Maguindanao, lawyers and at least 30 journalists.

The patriarch’s son, Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., was tagged as the primary suspect in the massacre.

Panels of the Department of Justice, conducting separate preliminary probes on the rebellion and multiple murder complaints, were set to issue resolutions by January.

Andal Jr. and Andal Sr. have waived their rights to file counter-affidavits to the multiple murder complaints filed against them. From a report of Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao (as of 12/30/2009 6:44 PM)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Bad Year-end!

“I have a good vibe for you next year,” said Tita Edna, our guest this morning in Maayong Buntag Mindanao. I was born under year of the horse. Tigers are most compatible with Horses, Dragons, and Dogs. As i arrive at my pad, a psychic friend who lives next door came to me and said, “you’re lucky today.” A little later, my phone rang. My tita was asking me to come to their school and fetch my gift. Unexpectedly, my tita gave me a “cash gift.” I thought tita edna and marge were right. I’m lucky today.
About twelve noon, I packed my things and hurriedly drove my way home. I’m excited to go home because of our family reunion. Aside from the fact that this is the only chance I got to go home this year after many attempts. Every time I decide to go home, duty calls.
As I arrive at a curved portion of national highway in Buda, Bukidnon, a girl crossed the street, unmindful of vehicles rushing by. I was about to hit her when I noticed her so I stepped on my breaks. I really didn’t know what happened after that. I just saw my car slammed at the railings. My breaks broke, my front tire exploded, bumper deformed.
As my car stopped, I just sat there for a few minutes until residents there knocked at my window and asked me to step outside to see if I’m ok. I felt pain in my back, arms and legs. Without the railings, I might have fallen to a cliff.
Fortunately, Toto, a habal-habal driver in the area passed by and decided to help me in fixing my car, or at least make it run safely until I reach davao.
After five hours, my car was up and running, not in good condition though. But at least it brought me back to davao safely even if I only have the back breaks and hand break.
Year 2009 did not end well for me. But at least i’m alive. Maybe i just got lucky today!