Butchoy intensifies; to boost habagat in south Luzon, Visayas Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 6, 2016, 6:39 am
(By Frances Mangosing, Jaymee T. Gamil; Philippine Daily Inquirer, 6 July 2016, 06:39 AM)
The satellite photo from Pagasa shows Typhoon ‘Butchoy’ swirling at the right of Luzon. Habagat clouds can be seen clustered over parts of the Visayas and much of Mindanao. PAGASA PHOTO
Typhoon Butchoy (international name: Nepartak) gained strength early Wednesday as it continued its northwest track.
The typhoon packed maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 220 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said at 5 a.m.
Butchoy was last tracked 1,010 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan and maintained its speed of 30 kph northwest.
Pagasa noted that while “Butchoy” has intensified, it maintains its speed and direction.
REGRETTABLY, the conversation between President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the news media has turned sharp and shrill. All but lost in the noise is the two parties’ common duty in law and tradition to serve and to inform the Filipino people on issues, events and policies that affect their interest and welfare.
A president—all at once the chief executive, fount of foreign policy, manager of the national household, guardian of peace and order, commander of the uniformed services, and arbiter of policy conflicts—is the most important pivot of news and policy in the land. The President is mandated by law to lead the nation and to promote transparency, accountability, and good governance.
But the Constitution also upholds the citizens' rights to free speech, free press, free expression, and peaceable assembly. It guarantees as well their right to due process, equality before the law, access to information, justice, and life.
Arroyo asks SC to dismiss plunder case and set her free Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 25, 2016, 8:29 pm
(By Jeffrey A. Damicog & Rey G. Panaligan, 25 June 2016)
Former President and re-elected Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to resolve her petitions on her P366-million plunder case involving funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) pending with the Sandiganbayan.
Arroyo elevated to the SC three issues -- the denial to post bail, determination of probable cause, and demurer to evidence.
A check with the SC showed that these issues may be tackled in next week’s full court session.
In a motion filed last Thursday, Arroyo pleaded the SC to resolve immediately her petition to dismiss her plunder case through a demurer to evidence after the Office of the Ombudsman has started investigation on a new complaint for plunder and malversation of public funds also in connection with the PCSO funds from 2004 to 2007.
A forum on the West Philippine Sea disputes will be among the highlights of this year’s 20th Annual Press Forum and Membership Meeting of the Philippine Press Institute, the country’s foremost association of newspapers.
Publishers and editors of PPI member-newspapers nationwide will convene in Manila for their two-day yearly gathering beginning on Wednesday, June 23, at the Century Park Hotel.
The forum, with the theme “Understanding the Disputes in the West Philippine Sea,” also marks PPI’s celebration of its 52nd anniversary.
PARTIDO Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) chair emeritus and former senate president Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel said on Friday the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos should stay in his northern hometown of Batac amid the raging debate over suggestions to transfer him to the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
"I have been suggesting for a long time that Marcos should be buried in a place where he is honored by the people. And that’s in his hometown (Batac)," Pimentel told reporters when sought for comment on incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to transfer Marcos at the Libingan, which has been the dictator’s family’s request over the past two decades.
He noted that at least in Ilocos Norte, Marcos would be able to “get all the honors that he wants.”
Stakeholders craft management plan for two So. Leyte caves Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 16, 2016, 9:11 pm
(By Marcelino M. Pedalino, 16 June 2016)
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, June 16 (PIA) -- For two consecutive weeks, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional and provincial offices took the lead in gathering various sectors to draft plans designed to manage two caves in the province.
The management function focuses on sustainability, to see to it that the caves remain protected and preserved, ensure visitors’ safety, even as uses for tourism purposes and other development projects are considered.
This week, a three-day workshop is underway , June 15-17, to do just that for the Guinsohotan cave located in barangay Cagnituan, this city, while next week, June 22-24, a similar activity is scheduled for the Cambaro cave in barangay Cambaro, Macrohon.
Philhealth-Eastern Visayas aims P 4B release this year -- Bacariza Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 13, 2016, 4:40 pm
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, June 7 (PIA) -- The Philippine Health Insurance (Philhealth) Vice President for Operations in Region 8 is hoping to release as much as P 4 Billion this year in payments to hospitals and individuals for health services rendered.
“We are the only health insurance in the world that is happy when we pay more,” Walter Bacariza, regional Philhealth head, announced Thursday, June 2.Bacariza was in the city to grace the inauguration of a well-improved provincial Philhealth office in the city, which was actually in the same location at barangay Mantahan, on the road leading to the old hospital, but this time Philhealth occupied the entire two-storey building.
Their main office used to be at the second floor, now it is on the ground floor, accessible to the elderly and persons with disabilities (PWDs), said Henry Madula, provincial Philhealth manager.In a short talk during the program, Bacariza recalled that in 2009 some P 200 Million in Philhealth claims were released in Eastern Visayas and, six years later in 2015, this ballooned to P 3.3 Billion.“I hope to do P 4 Billion release this year,”
Bacariza declared.He said the new, expanded office underscored the agency’s commitment to serve the public, to be the beacon on matters of health and wellness, as well as the accompanying financing.
The office of the Congressman was represented by its staff, Jason Calva, while the provincial government was represented by Administrator Jessie Quilanting in the ceremonies.
Calva cited Philhealth for always coordinating with his office, while Quilantang mentioned the creation of a hospital enterprise board in which Philhealth provided insights and suggestions.
In the impromptu interaction with the local media, Bacariza enlisted their help in getting across the message that everybody can avail of Philhealth benefits.“Even non-Philhealth members,” he added. (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)
10th June 2016
PPI to discuss West PHL Sea in conference, bares awards finalists Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 10, 2016, 6:30 pm
As it celebrates its 52nd year, the Philippine Press Institute, also known as the national association of newspapers, reaffirms its strong commitment to doing its share in enhancing media’s role as a catalyst for discourse—rich, enlightened, meaningful and sustained—via its Annual National Press Forum and Membership Meeting whose highlight is the Civic Journalism Community Press Awards.
As the Philippines heads into a new political dispensation, much of the country is watching with bated breath how the newly minted President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will sooner or later deal with the issue of China’s aggressive intrusion into the West Philippine Sea (or areas of the South China Sea lying within the country’s exclusive economic zone prescribed by international law).
Publishers and editors of PPI member-newspapers nationwide will convene in Manila at the Century Park Hotel for the 20th National Press Forum, whose theme “Understanding the Disputes in the West Philippine Sea” will focus on media’s role in fostering public understanding of important issues -- not least of which are the dark clouds hovering over the West Philippine Sea -- cannot be underscored enough. No less than Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio will be the guest of honor and speaker.