Fr. Robert Reyes, the country’s famous "running priest," yesterday questioned the appointment of Sen. Panfilo Lacson as the "rehabilitation czar," saying the senator also needs rehabilitation.
"(Super typhoon) Yolanda is about human rights violation. Why appoint a human rights violator to rehabilitate the situation? Ping Lacson needs to rehabilitate himself," Reyes said in a press conference in Bacolod yesterday.
Reyes, who talked about his planned 7-kilometer run in Escalante City today to mark the Human Rights Day, said typhoon Yolanda is a "a form of human rights violation as a consequence of human greed and bad politics" and a result of "conscious abuse of power and nature."
The University of Negros Occidental–Recoletos Monsters Keepers Club (UNO-RMKC), a campus organization of composed mostly of freshmen Animal Science students recently staged an "exhibit for a cause" of their pets at the university auditorium. Endemic reptiles, rodents and insects were staged for the students to learn and appreciate animal behaviors. A mini- lecture on the care and handling of pets were given to the guests. Proceeds of the exhibits were donated by MKC President Marvin Guile Alova to through Ms. Mely Flores of the University Community Development Office(UCDO) for the relief operations for the victims of typhoon "Yolanda". The group looks forward for another exhibit at the campus by February 2014.
The human rights situation in the country, under President Benigno Aquino, III or PNoy remains similar to the record of previous administrations, Karapatan officer and Samahan ng mga Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Para sa Amnestiya (SELDA) Chairperson, Marie Hilao Enriquez bared in a press conference at the Pope Pius Tower in the Reclamation Area, yesterday, Thursday.
"Since the year 2010 when President Aquino assumed the nation’s presidency, not one case of killings linked with human rights violations and specifically, killings have been resolved," Enriquez said whose siblings were victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime, said. She was also a victim.
Enriquez’ sister was a victim of rape and mutilation as well as murder. She, too, suffered incarceration during the period the Marcos regime held sway.
Vice President Jejomar Binay said he supports the Supreme Court’s decision declaring the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional.
The vice president stressed that Legislative branch, composed of congressmen and senators, should not interfere with the Executive branch, composed of the president, vice president, and Cabinet members.
Binay, who was in Bacolod Saturday and Sunday, stressed, "What makes the PDAF wrong is its implementation... ghost foundations, ghost non-government organizations and corruption - that makes it wrong."
Lots of residents in the municipalities of Concepcion and Estancia in the Province of Iloilo are still at the evacuation centers. These shoreline municipalities were washed by Typhoon Yolanda. Fishing boats were totally wrecked, and houses were damaged. Livelihood of the people is affected. In a radio broadcast, people are in dire need of food and shelter.
In Roxas City, Capiz, it is a similar scenario. Not a single house was spared in the shoreline barangay of Dumolog. The families are still at the evacuation center. They are worried where to go back after the evacuation. The shoreline was cleared of houses, trees and coconut trees. Fishing boats and bancas are nowhere to be found.
Ronilo, a tricycle driver residing at Brgy. Dumolog, with tears expressed quandary how to start another page of life for his family, because their house made of mixed materials, is no longer in their place. They have actually nothing to grasp, because nothing was saved. What they have now are clothes they are wearing and few things they were able to bring when they ran to the evacuation center.
MANILA HOTEL — Vice President Jejomar Binay, speaking at the 39th Philippine Business Conference and Exhibition here yesterday, laid out his vision on how the Philippines would achieve a resilient economy, citing a revitalized mining sector is one.
In the same convention, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said that global competitiveness should be supported as the key to continued growth.
VICE PRESIDENT JEJOMAR BINAY delivering his keynote address yesterday at the 39th Business Conference & Exhibition at Manila Hotel.* (Arman Toga photo)
Roberto "Bobby" Montelibano, right, Regional Director for Western Visayas of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) MORE THAN A THOUSAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY officials and member-businessmen attended yesterday's opening of the October 22 to 24, 2013 Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) 39th Philippine Business Conference and Exhibition
According to him, the economy cannot be strong if majority of Filipinos are poor, thus there is a need to eradicate poverty before anything else.
"Ensuring resiliency of our economy means ensuring the resiliency of our people. It means consciously empowering our people with the means to access and enjoy the benefits of our economic expansion," he said.
While the hostilities in Zamboanga is apparently over Col. Oriel Pangcog, commander of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion which was sent to Zamboanga to augment government troops there engaged in the stand off against the Moro National Liberation Front said that there is no order yet for his unit to return to Negros.
"We have no orders yet to go back to Negros" Pangcog said.
The 1st SRB was picked up by the military C-130 airplane two weeks ago from the Silay Bacolod airport here and airlifted to Zambonga.
Pangcog that while the hostilities is apparently over, his unit was instructed to leave the conflict area and consolidated at the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) and the PNP will replace them in the areas they vacated.
The national president of the Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) shared the sentiments of members of the Sangguniang Kabataan, that the postponement of the SK elections should have been decided long before, and not several weeks before Oct. 28 elections.
Councilor Alma Moreno-Salic,(left) national president of the Philippine Councilors’ League with SB members Willy Tortosa of Cauayan and Beboy Elumba of La Castellana in today’s September 24, 2013 opening of the Presidents’ Academy at Palmas de l Mar.*
Paranaque councilor Alma Moreno-Salic issued this statement in an interview with reporters Tuesday shortly before the opening program of the Presidents’ Academy.
Kilusang Mayo Uno Negros urges different labor center and federation to unite as one organization to campaign for the immediate abolition of pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Fund.
"I call on the workers to unite to campaign for the abolition of the pork barrel system because workers are the biggest tax contributor despite our meagre wage."
The militant labor center said that Aquino administration including the Congress and Senate must move for the abolition of the pork barrel system because it’s not only an ordinary corruption issue. Pork barrel system is the grandest criminal operandi that is the source hunger and poverty not only of the workers but of the Filipino people.
"Pork barrel is not serving to improve the lives of the Filipino people but to fatten the pockets of politicians," the militant labor leader said.
To ensure realistic and stronger implementation of the Tropical Fabrics Law of 2004, also known as R 9242, Senator Loren Legarda intends to amend this law, mandating the public officials and employees to wear uniforms made from natural fibers in the country.
As author of this law, Legarda said she has proposed amendments to the law to consider the capacity of the local textile industry to meet the needs of government.
She also said, I have proposed amendments to the law to transform this policy into reality, because it is lamentable that eight years after the law was enacted, its full implementation still needs to be achieved.