Keeping the Faith
Read 390 times | Posted on June 02, 2013 @ 4 years ago
BY : CRISPIN DANNUG JR.
The voting is over but the full counting.
Proclamation of winners continue. That’s the 2013 national mid-term election. Our democratic showpiece, the elections have their own flavor and color, hue and cry, and parties and platforms.
Politics, basketball and artistas (PBA) play a big role in our national life. The election was “show time.” That’s why a lot of actors and actresses enter politics, and why plain folks wanted to look like them in their campaign posters, photo-shopped and Belloed. Reason also why elections are fan time and hotly contested. Not a few candidates were fouled up, foul-mouthed, lost sorely, and vowed comeback. Those who won or lost were basically amazed or astounded by the results, others behaved perceptively after the facts and figures, and all were depleted to the core, pocketbook and all.
There are lessons learned from the elections.
People voted wisely. Results show that among the traditionally powerful political families, some were shown the exit, while a few of their members were retained.
This is a case of pole vaulting towards the younger set. At least three dominant political families were voted out 100 per cent, the incipient dynasties crushed.
Call this the revenge of the inconsolable constituents?
In Luzon, a lot of political families from the governor down to the mayor, including the congressman, ran unopposed, or had only token opposition.
This turned he political subdivisions–provinces, towns or cities–petty kingdoms by default, a dynasty or a fiefdom in the making.
Voters there can’t wait to see what will happen next, and whether or not benevolence can be translated into beneficial programs for the people.
Age mattered. A lot of the candidates were veteran politicians. The supreme example is the great Senator Ernie Maceda, and the likes of Dick Gordon, Jun Magsaysay and Ed Hagedorn.
With law Professor Alcantara and former General Montano in the running, too, geriatric politics entered a new high. Of course, experience and expertise also mattered.
I met Manong Ernie during President Cory’s time. After serving as senator he wrote a column for a popular daily where his sharp pen and wit guided a huge readership. He is a political strategist, but I think age hindered his campaign, and will not win a seat in the Senate.
Perhaps the new breed of Christian ideologues that lost in the senatorial race can learn from the old guards.
They are mostly Catholics with strong, orthodox ideas on reproductive health and the environment.
Yes, they challenged the voters more than the elderly candidates. I think the voters were enamored, but the stock performances in policy-making and governance of said candidates weren’t presented nor discussed enough.
Still the losers can take a new tack. I suggest they continue to work on their policy advocacies, engage the Congress in extra-parliamentary debate, and initiate lobbies similar to the “shadow legislature ” as practiced in common law countries like England. Their NGOs can come in handy. Three years would be just enough to do the legwork and organize their ward leaders. Finances wouldn’t be a problem, if they can rally their supporters this early.
A low voter turnout is evident. Based on Comelec assessment, at least 65 per cent of the total registered voters cast their ballots. This means there was voluntary disenfranchisement, or just sheer laziness to go the precincts. In any case, much is expected from the Comelec to raise voter participation in the next elections. Manong Sixto Brillantes must initiate a voter education program soon.
This postmortem on the elections also strongly urges the Comelec to require candidates to render full and honest reporting of their election expenses, and to initiate legal action against violators of the election law.
There’s poetic justice. Senator Grace Poe is the voters’ icon in the election. It’s not sheer luck that she topped the Senatorial race, rather she received the full recompense of people who were loyal to her late father, the popular action star Fernando Poe Jr., who lost in his Presidential bid to President Gloria.
Cong. Manny Paquiao, the richest Filipino boxer, can also be the poster boy or Pacman in local politics in Mindanao.Party List or dynasty in the next round, Manny?
Leni Robredo won a congressional seat in overwhelming votes from those who loved her late husband, DILG Secretary Robredo. There are more women now in politics.
All is fair in war and in love. That’s also true in political contests.Cheers to the victors and don’t forget your promises. To the losers, take stock and learn. Keep the faith.
Re-quote: “Humility, after the first shock, is a cheerful virtue.” –C.S. Lewis
PPI to re-examine media and award best regional papers
Read 224 times | Posted on May 29, 2013 @ 4 years ago
On its 49th year and 17th annual conference, the Philippine Press Institute also known as the national association of newspapers, will re-examine the journalism practice in the country and assess how newspapers are surviving in the digital age in this year’s National Press Forum (NPF) “Watching the Watchdog: Re-examining Ourselves” on June 13 and 14 at the New World Hotel in Makati.
The annual event highly anticipated by PPI members from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the NCR will gather publishers and editors who will also discuss other issues and concerns related to sustainability and even threats that make it even more difficult for community newspapers and journalists to survive. Also invited to attend are members of the diplomatic community, journalism and communication students and educators, business groups, representatives from the civil society organizations, media executives and government officials.
“We need to be critical of ourselves too,” says Malaya publisher and PPI chairman Amado ‘Jake’ Macasaet during the final meeting of the PPI Board first quarter of the year. “There are those who corrupt and those who are being corrupted.” He said the theme goes beyond ethics but more importantly, touches on the survival of newspapers amidst the proliferation of online media and other competitors.
Media critic and PPI vice-chairman Vergel Santos who will do the introduction to set the tone of the conference, said that proficiency should also be the focus. “Not only because the quality of professional practice in every aspect is poor, but also because technology has opened the practice to people altogether untrained for it, not to mention clueless about it,” he said.
Both seasoned newspapermen and long-time PPI trustees agreed that professional values should be revisited and the quality of their observance as well the extent of their non-observance re-assessed.
The PPI Board’s choice of speakers such as Dean Rolando Tolentino from the University of the Philippines’ College of Mass Communication (UPCMC), Ramon Tuazon from the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) foreign correspondent and popular journalist-blogger Raissa Robles, press freedom fighter Rowena Paraan from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Malou Mangahas from the Philippine Center on Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), and Marites Vitug from Rappler to name a few, will hopefully provide a wide spectrum of insights and lessons from the shortcomings of the media from both practitioners and academic experts as the ‘third party’.
Highlight of the Press Forum is the 2012 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards that will recognize community newspapers that excelled last year in editing, photojournalism, editorial, business and economic reporting, science and environment reporting, culture and arts reporting, and climate change and biodiversity reporting which is also this year’s exhibit theme.
The finalists are: MABUHAY (Bulacan), METROPOST (Dumaguete City), THE MINDANAO CROSS (Cotabato City), BAGUIO MIDLAND COURIER (Baguio City), BOHOL CHRONICLE (Tagbiliran City), THE MINDANAO OBSERVER (Dipolog City), SUN.STAR BAGUIO (Baguio City), PANAY NEWS (Iloilo City),SUN.STAR DAVAO (Davao City), SUN.STAR CEBU (Cebu City), SUN.STAR CAGAYAN DE ORO (Cagayan de Oro City), THE VISAYAN DAILY STAR (Bacolod City), EDGE DAVAO (Davao City), MINDANAO GOLDSTAR DAILY (Cagayan de Oro City), SUN.STAR PAMPANGA (City of San Fernando) and MINDANAO TIMES (Davao City). The winners in all seven categories from the weeklies and the dailies will receive trophies and cash prizes.
The 17th National Press Forum is being supported by The Coca-Cola Export Corporation (TCCEC) as the Institute’s principal funder through a partnership program on “Building Better Communities Through Civic Journalism”, and in part by Nickel Asia Corporation as major sponsor, New World Hotel, PhilHealth, First Philippine Holdings Corporation, Petron Corporation, SM Retail, Inc., SM Investments Corporation, and Land Bank of the Philippines. The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will provide the cash prizes for the winners of culture and arts reporting, and climate change and biodiversity reporting. Official media partner is the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).
CEB re-launches new, enhanced CEB Club
Read 229 times | Posted on May 29, 2013 @ 4 years ago
Offers 3-day members-only seat sale to all international and domestic destinations
THE Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) re-launches CEB Club with a members-only seat sale from May 24 to 26, 2013 or until seats last, as well as additional benefits to all members.
Valid for travel from January 1 to March 31, 2014, only CEB Club members can book PHP1 seats to any domestic destination, and PHP100 seats to any international destinations.
The seat sale is also available on CEB’s newest routes: Cebu-Masbate (June 1, 2013), Cebu-Taipei (July 5, 2013), Manila-Phuket (August 16, 2013), as well as the airline’s first long haul flights from Manila to Dubai (October 7, 2013).
With the new CEB Club, members will have access to enhanced personal data management systems for easy and convenient flight bookings, as well as exclusive seat sale alerts, promos and contest.
CEB Club members can also self-manage their Travel Funds, and store guest and payment details for a faster and easier booking process.
“This latest upgrade in CEB Club is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to loyal customers who have always supported Cebu Pacific. For making us their airline of choice when traveling within and outside the Philippines, we want to make sure they will be the first to know about the lowest fares we can offer, and they have an advantage when booking our seat sales,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
Those who wish to sign up can log on to https://book.cebupacificair.com/Register.aspx and fill out a quick form. Once the registration has been submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the registered email address with a link to activate the account.
The seat sale is only available online through www.cebupacificair.com. Quoted fares are exclusive of country-specific taxes, fuel surcharges and fees. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB’s official Twitter andFacebook pages.
CEB currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 25 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. Its fleet of 43 aircraft is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2013 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 17 more Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 4 Airbus A330 aircraft.
DTI warns online consumers against fly-by-night sellers
Read 195 times | Posted on May 29, 2013 @ 4 years ago
By PAT SAMONTE
BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry in Caraga has urged online shoppers to be vigilant in purchasing items through the internet.
In an advisory, DTI-Caraga director Brielgo Pagaran has enjoined online consumers to be extra careful in the wake of complaints received by DTI offices nationwide involving internet transactions. The complaints covered non-delivery of items ordered, delay in delivery and defective items delivered.
According to Pagaran, online shopping, like any type of consumer transactions, is protected under the Consumer Act of the Philippines and the Electronic Commerce Act. He stressed, however, that shopping through the internet “is not entirely considered safe since consumers have to pay the purchase price before they receive the ordered products.”
He pointed out that “Online sellers, although with phone numbers and addresses, may be difficult to locate especially if the products bought are found to be defective.”
Pagaran enjoined consumers to check the validity of the online store before making any purchases. “Look for customer feedbacks or comments regarding the online store as customers who have previously bought from the said store usually post feedbacks or comments about the quality of products they have bought or about the store’s quality of services.”
In cases of sales promotion discounts of online products, he urged consumers “to check for the appropriate DTI permit as some online sellers are considered ‘fly-by-night sellers’ that can no longer be contacted after consumers placed their orders and paid for the items.”
Pagaran also encouraged everyone with complaints or inquiries on online transactions to visit the nearest DTI office.
DILG to Local Government Units: Form transition teams now
Read 275 times | Posted on May 29, 2013 @ 4 years ago
By Allen V. Estabillo
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews) — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Region 12 has directed local government units (LGUs) in the region to fast track the creation of their transition teams to ensure the smooth turnover and assumption to office of newly-elected and reelected local government officials in the area.
Josephine Leysa, DILG South Cotabato provincial director, said the regional office issued such directive in compliance with the provisions of DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-33 of Secretary Mar Roxas dated April 18.
“All LGUs, especially those that have new elected officials or new faces assuming various elective posts, were mandated to create their transition teams,” she said in an interview over radio station dxKR.
In his memorandum circular, Roxas noted that the transition teams are needed to ensure “continuity in local governance” and prepare for the effective turnover of all LGU concerns to the incoming officials as set by noon of June 30.
Aside from ensuring smooth local governance transaction, the teams are
tasked to conduct an inventory of all real, immovable and movable properties of LGUs; assemble all documents or records; turn over all accountabilities; and, organize the turnover ceremonies.
The transition teams will be headed by the local chief executive and composed of all department heads as well as representatives from the
DILG, Commission on Audit (COA) and non-government and peoples organizations.
Leysa explained that LGUs with their mayors and governors reelected but have new faces in other posts are mandated to create and activate transition teams.
Those with all its incumbent officials reelected and will be returning to their posts will still be required to establish such team, she
She said the transition teams are tasked to orient the new elected officials, brief them regarding their tasks and give updates about the status of the LGU’s operations and continuing initiatives.
The briefings will comprise reports about the LGUs’ overall performance, status of development programs, financial performance, contracts and loan agreements, comprehensive development plan and COA audit.
“(The team) will basically re-orient the new and returning officials about all developments at the LGU in the last three years,” Leysa said.
She said the briefings will also serve as benchmarking for the operation of the LGU and their results may be used as basis for the upcoming work programs of the incoming officials.
The official said they are presently monitoring the compliance of the LGUs regarding the creation of the transition teams.
“They will have until the end of (June) to comply with this directive,” she said.
Based on the memorandum circular, the DILG regional offices were required to submit status reports regarding compliance on the matter by July 16. (/MindaNews)
OFW mom: tell the truth on my daughther’s death
Read 218 times | Posted on May 29, 2013 @ 4 years ago
By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN of Mindanao Daily-Caraga region
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur—The mother of the Overseas Filipino Worker who reportedly committed suicide inside the Philippine Embassy compound in Bahrain has dared the government to tell the truth about the real score of her mysterious death.
“Until this present, the Embassy has remained mouth-shut from our questions, aggravating us from asking more (clarifications),” said Helena Virginia Viray, mother of the late Kathleen Ann Ilagan who died early last month while seeking refuge at the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain.
The victim’s family held a press conference yesterday at the Philippine Information Agency-Regional Office in Butuan City to further pressure officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs to come out truthfully with their investigation.
Ilagan, a mother of three children, was initially reported by Embassy officials as to have committed suicide by hanging herself at the doorknob. She used to work as pastry chef but left her job and asked for repatriation.
Viray expressed dismay over the initial reports on her daughter’s death which she found inconsistent and contradicted to each other’s statements. She also revealed the details of their phone conversations days before her death to corroborate their family’s dissatisfaction on the initial probe.
Several community groups of OFWs in Bahrain have earlier lambasted Ambassador Sahid Glang of the Embassy in Bahrain expressing serious doubts to the initial findings that she hanged herself at the doorknob.
“Hanging yourself at the doorknob? If you are in our shoes Ambassador Sahid Glang, would you also believe that she really hanged herself at the doorknob?” said a statement from the Facebook account “Justice for Kathleen Anne” created by OFWs in Bahrain.
Viray had earlier revealed in an interview with Bahrain-based paper Daily Tribune that her daughter had confided to her in a phone conversation in the first week of April that her room provided by her employer was ransacked by unknown people with her things in total mess but the door lock was not damaged.
Another statement posted over the FB account said there were people asking Kathleen Anne’s family for money supposedly for her fare back home and demanded to send the fund through Western Union.
Migrante-Middle East has also called for an independent probe over her death citing mysterious circumstances that surround before her death. John Leonard Monterno, Migrante-Middle East Coordinator, said Kathleen Anne’s death was “puzzling.”