Saturday, January 22, 2011

The green scrub

I was watching TV and browsed by a movie about a shopaholic woman in green scarf. It reminded me of my cousin who is also a shopaholic. Although this is not about being shopaholic, this is about his green scrub suit I baught as a gift for him last December. He is presently a therapist in a cozy spa in the city and at the same time a model for hire. Early December, their manager decided to change the color of their spa’s motif from purple to green. He had been using the scrub suit he baught at a bargain store. He was complaining because the fabric was not that soft. He said he is not comfortable wearing it.
So I browsed the internet to look for the best scrub suit. I’m not particular with this. What comes to my mind when I hear the word scrubs are nursing uniforms. Finally I found this site that offers an array of suits that I’ve been searching. I ordered that green scrub uniforms my cousin needed and decided to wrap it as my Christmas gift. First time he used it at work, he said it felt comfortable and cool.
I believe it is always best to use comfortable suits or uniforms at work. It makes you feel confident too considering that you love what you are wearing.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Journalists call for speedy solution of colleague’s murder

By NiƱa Calleja
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 13:47:00 01/18/2011

Filed Under: Media, Media killings, Crime and Law and Justice

MANILA, Philippines – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines on Tuesday appealed to President Aquino and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima for a speedy and impartial resolution of the killing of a media practitioner whose alleged killer has tagged two provincial officials as the masterminds.

Lawyer Adel Tamano, counsel of the NUJP and the son of slain journalist Nestor Bedolido, said the killing was “a rare case” because the evidence pointing to the alleged masterminds, Gov. Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur and Matanao Mayor Butch Fernandez was clear.

“In most killings of journalists, there are no witnesses and, hence, it is very difficult for the cases to move forward. However, in this case the killer has turned himself over to the police, executed an affidavit admitting his guilt and has explicitly stated that Governor Gacas ordered the killing,” Tamano said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

Last October, the main suspect, Voltaire Mirafuentes, made a confession and named Cagas and Fernandez as the brains behind the killing.

Bedolido, a writer of a local weekly newspaper and once an editor of the Digos Times owned by the Cagas, was shot dead in Digos City in June last year.

Tamano said Bedolido was a "PR man" of Cagas but had a falling out with him before working for his rival, former Davao del Sur Rep. Claude Bautista.

“The Aquino administration, through Secretary De lima must quickly and impartially to resolve the case. This is one of the rare instances when there is strong evidence to bring criminal charges against the killers of a media man,” Tamano said.

In light of the fact that the killing involves an incumbent governor, the case will be a litmus test of the Aquino administration's commitment to address the spate of media killings, he added.

On Monday, Tamano filed a pleading with the Department of Justice disputing Cagas' counter-affidavit containing his defense alibi.

According to Cagas' counter-affidavit, the governor was attending a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) seminar for lawyers in Manila on the date when he allegedly ordered the gunman to kill Bedolido.

“In Criminal law, alibi is viewed as a weak defense,” Tamano said, stressing that governors such as Cagas are exempted from attending these seminars.

“He has not proven that it was physically impossible for him to be in Davao to talk to the gunman and order him to kill Bedolido in the morning of June 19, 2010,” he said.

Tamano, a senatorial candidate in the last elections, took over the case before the Christmas break last December.

Flashflood kills girl in Davao; 2 more missing

MANILA, Philippines - A flashflood hit a village in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur on Monday afternoon, leaving a girl dead and 50 people homeless.

Police said joint rescue teams recovered the body of Ellen Mae Iligan, a 1st year high school student, at around 10 p.m. Monday.

Authorities said the flashflood hit Barangay Darong in Sta Cruz town around 10 p.m. Reports said the Sibulan River overflowed due to continuous rains in the province.

Police said a total of 15 houses, occupied by at least 50 people, were swept by the flashflood.

Rescue teams were still searching for 2 more missing residents, including a pregnant woman.

The affected families have been evacuated to the Darong Elementary School and a covered court in the barangay. -- reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Davao and Noel Alamar, radio dzMM

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Migratory birds invade town in Davao del Norte

MANILA, Philippines - Birds escaping the severe cold weather in Southeast Asia and the Americas are invading a town in Davao del Norte.

Jonathan Diretso, a resident of Santo Tomas town, said the birds started arriving last August.

"Mga Agosto bigla na lang silang dumating dito. Noong simula konti lang pero dumami nang dumami," Diretso said.

Residents said the birds fly over the town in thousands and stay on electric wires starting 5 p.m. daily.

Some residents plainly see the phenomenon as a once in a lifetime spectacle and some believe the birds' unusual migration to their town is a sign of luck.

The residents initially thought that the birds are the famous cave swiftlets, which is known locally as balinsasayaw . The birds' nests are built from threads of saliva, which are collected for the famous bird's nest soup.

Nilo Rivera of the environment department's Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau said the town's invaders are barn swallows.

Rivera said barn swallows originate from Southeast Asia and South America. These birds like to hang out on wires, roof bridges and in human populated areas.

He said that the severe cold weather in their countries of origin could have forced the birds to look for temporary breeding grounds.

"Migrant birds sila galing South America, Southeast Asia. Umiwas sila sa cold front na tinatawag natin," Rivera said.

He expects the birds to leave Santo Tomas once the weather stabilizes. – Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao