The Southern Tagalog Herald -- Feb. 26 - Mar. 4, 2006
MORE CLASSROOMS IN LAGUNA. Gov. Teresita "Ningning" S. Lazaro leads the ceremonial ribbon-cutting in the recent inauguration of the 3-storey building at Malaban Elementary School in Binan, Laguna with Brgy. Capt. Andres Marfil, Vice Gov. Edwin Olivarez, and principal Nora Bambo. Several building, stages and covered courts are being inaugurated almost every week throughout Laguna as part of the provincial government's Sulong Edukasyon at Isports under the flagship Sulong Laguna 7-point agenda.
Langis ng niyog, pamalit sa diesel itinutulak ng PCA
Iniulat ni Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Jesus Emmanuel Paras na ang pangasiwaan ay naglunsad ng mga makabuluhang palatuntunan upang magawang ang purong langis ng niyog ay magamit na ganap na pamalit sa petroleum diesel o langis na mula sa ilalim ng lupa.
Aniya, ang pag-aaral o pananaliksik ukol dito ay hindi na bagong bagay sa bansa sa dahilang noong panahon ng pananakop ng mga Hapon at suliranin ang pagpapasok ng petroleum diesel sa kapuluan ay nagagawa ng mga mekanikong Pilipino na magpatakbo ng mga sasakyang ang gatong ang langis ng niyog.
Maging si Dr. Rudolf Diesel na siyang nagpaunlad sa langis mula sa ilalim ng lupa bilang gatong sa pagpapakilos ng makina ay nagsimula sa pananaliksik na ang ginagamit na gatong ay langis na mula sa gulay o nakakatulad ng katangian ng langis ng niyog.
Lamang, nasumpungan niya noong 1900 na higit na matipid na ang gamitin ay ang petroleum oil sa halip na vegetable oil. Nang nakaranas ang bansa ng lubhang mataas na pagkapagtaas sa halaga ng petroleum oil noong 1980, sa tagubilin ni dating Pangulong Ferdinand E. Marcos ay nagkaroon ng pagsisikap na pag-aralan ang posibilidad na ang purong langis ng niyog ang maging ganap na pamalit sa petroleum diesel.
Sinubok noon ang paggamit ng estrerification process upang ang vegetable oil ay mapaunlad bilang panggatong sa sasakyan, Sa kasalukuyan, napatunayan ng ang Coconut Methyl Esther (CME) ay halos nakakatulad sa katangian ng petroleum diesel kaya naniniwala ang mga mananaliksik na Pinoy na hindi na lubhang matagal at ang purong langis ng niyog ay magagamit na pamalit sa petroleum diesel bagama’t sa kasalukuyan ay halos 1% pa lamang ang nagagawa.
Makikita sa larawan sina Vice Governor Edwin L. Olivarez, chairman ng ANGAT Laguna (ALFI), habang pinipirmahan ang Memorandum of Understanding kaugnay ng pagbibigay ng International Rice Research Institute ng sasakyan sa naturang foundation. Makikita din sina Gng. Janet Olivarez, pangulo ng ALFI at Bb. Chat Ocampo ng IRRI.
State of national emergency Proclamation
1017 will never be abused--Palace
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will never abuse her powers under Proclamation No. 1017 and will limit these to those that are vital to the preservation of the Constitution and containing the threats to national security, Malacañang said today. “The declaration of a state of emergency is borne out of necessity.
The objective is to preserve the Constitution, defend the rule of law, prevent violence and disorder,” Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye said in a statement. “Proclamation 1017 will never be abused and utilized against innocent persons. The proclamation does not authorize warrantless arrests except as provided for in the rules of court,” he added.
Bunye, who is also the Presidential Spokesman, said the President has vowed to limit the exercise of her powers to those that are necessary to contain the threats to national security. “Those who feel aggrieved have recourse to the courts which are open and continue to operate,” he said.
Bunye also dismissed rumors that Malacanang would impose martial law. “The situation is under control and we expect to get over this in no time,” he stressed. At the same time, Bunye thanked the show of loyalty to the President by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) as well as the members of the House of Representatives, local government executives, businessmen, and other sectors.
“We thank the various sectors, the AFP, the PNP, local government executives, the House of Representatives, the business sector, and other well wishers for their expression of support and for rallying around the Constitution, the rule of law, and the preservation of calm and sobriety,” Bunye said.
Among the earliest groups that expressed their support for the President’s issuance of the proclamation was the 987-strong Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines (PBMLP). The provincial officials issued their statement of support on Friday morning while holding their 14th National Convention in Butuan City.
Ang ilan sa mga bata at magulang na naging bahagi ng Food Supplementation Program ni Vice Governor Edwin L. Olivarez sa Brgy. San Buenaventura sa Luisiana, Laguna.
A weak La Niña has set in, bringing higher rainfall than average conditions in most parts of Northern Luzon, the Visayas, as well as central and eastern Mindanao until April this year.
This was announced by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in a meeting at the Department of Science and Technology headquarters on Tuesday.
According to Ms. Edna Juanillo of PAGASA, this year’s La Niña is weak but unusual with its abrupt decrease in sea surface temperatures (SSTs) compared with the previous episodes wherein the SSTs did not behave this way.
La Niña occurs when the SSTs in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean become cooler than normal. It recurs, on the average, every three to seven years and can persist for as long as two years.
According to PAGASA, Cagayan, Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Sur and Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Samar, Leyte, Agusan Sur and Norte, Surigao del Norte, and Davao Oriental will likely have more than average rainfall.
All government agencies and the public are being advised to prepare for possible floods, flash floods, and rain-triggered landslides in hazard-prone areas.
Council gears up info drive for La Niña
La Niña is back and PCARRD is gearing up its information drive.
One of its information sources is the book ENSO Mitigating Measures, a compendium of technologies applicable to both El Niño and La Niña events.
Previous La Niña episodes damaged the country’s agriculture and natural resources. Standing crops were washed out and fertile agricultural soils were eroded. It also caused postharvest problems to the grain sector, particularly in its storage and drying operations.
PCARRD is therefore encouraging farmers to adopt soil conservation technologies such as constructing bench terraces to reduce the risks along high slopes, planting vetiver grass, practicing alley cropping with the use of hedgerows, covercropping, mulching, and planting on waterways.
Vetiver grass is an effective barrier to soil erosion because of its massive root system while hedgerows can be effective biophysical barriers, trapping sediments and slowing down surface runoff.
PCARRD is also promoting the adoption of floating gardens in flood-prone or swampy areas as well as the use of flood-resistant crops and other cropping systems.
For low-lying rice fields and farms affected by saltwater, the Sorjan system of managing salt intrusion is applicable. The Sorjan system involves alternate cropping, spaced at one meter, of upland and lowland crops such as coconuts, grains, and vegetables.
The Council also sees the need to make grain dryers and storage facilities available as prolonged wet conditions may impede the drying and storage of grains and other crops. Proper monitoring of grain stock conditions and quality will be needed throughout the stages of postproduction operations.
RDA, PCARRD sign new work plan of cooperation
The experts’ exchange mission between PCARRD and the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of Korea continues this year with the signing of the 2005–2006 work plan of scientific and technical cooperation between the two organizations.
In the recently signed work plan, the exchange mission covers eleven areas, as follows: 1) production system for high-quality and functional vegetables; 2) food safety measurement of fresh vegetables; 3) cultivation, processing, and marketing of hot pepper; 4) new garlic production system; 5) applied communication/quality documentation; 6) study of heat resistance for dairy cattle in the tropical climate; 7) establishment of a livestock improvement system; 8) decision support and expert system in rural development and extension; 9) research for the enhancement of farm household income; 10) photo documentation of Philippine farms; and 11) English language training course.
Agencies of the Philippine national agricultural research system involved in this year’s work plan are the Mariano Marcos State University, Benguet State University, and Los Baños National Crops R&D Center-Bureau of Plant Industry.
Also in the work plan are the Postdoctorate Fellowship Program (PDF) and the consultative meeting and PDF program assessment. Five Filipino scientists will go to Korea in 2006 for postdoctoral programs in crops, livestock, and agricultural resource management.
Council targets ISO 9001:2000 certification renewal
PCARRD gears up for its third yearly ISO 9001:2000 surveillance audit on its quality management system (QMS) on March 8.
The ISO certification is part of the Council’s continual effort to enhance agency performance and service delivery to its clients and the general public.
The certification is renewed every three years and passing the yearly surveillance audit is a requirement for renewal.
PCARRD was the first council of the Department of Science and Technology to attain ISO 9001:2000 certification for its QMS.
The certificate was issued in early 2004 by SGS Philippines, an accredited certifying body under the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.
PCARRD to hit the airwaves in March
With the onset of summer comes PCARRD’s radio program to be aired over DZJV based in Calamba, Laguna.
On March 4, this one-hour radio program, with a tentative title “Kabisig ng Magsasaka,” will be heard in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, where DZJV’s transmitter can reach.
The Council’s Applied Communication Division (ACD) met with media practitioners from DZJV, RN 95.9 FM, RS 91.9, RN 106.3, Lovely 94.3, and the Philippine Information Institute in conceptualizing the program format. The Kanayunan Techno Transfer Group Inc., a nongovernmental organization involved in animal health care, expressed its interest in sponsoring a segment in the program.
VP Noli supports declaration
of State of National Emergency
Vice President Noli de Castro expressed full support today to President Arroyo’s decision to declare a state of national emergency. “I respect the right of the President to declare a state of emergency in order to preserve the peace, maintain law and order, and ensure the protection of human rights and civil liberties of the people for as long as there is imminent threat to public safety,” the Vice President said. “I reaffirm my support to the people, the Constitution, and the duly constituted authorities,” he added. De Castro urged the Filipinos to rally behind the Constitution and by doing so “be assured of the continued enjoyment of our freedom and our democratic way of life.” The President declared this morning a state of national emergency under Proclamation No. 1017 after the military foiled a coup attempt against the duly-constituted government. In declaring a state of national emergency, the President said that the series of destabilization attempts by her critics is “hurting the Philippine state—by obstructing governance, including hindering the growth of the economy and sabotaging the people’s confidence in government and their faith in the future of this country.”
Kon. Adriano, kinasuhan sa Ombudsman
San Pablo City--Nasa hot water ngayon si Kon. Angelo Adriano dahil sa kinakaharap na kasong kriminal at administratibo na isinampa ni dating Kon. Joel Tulop sa Tanggapan ng Ombudsman.
Sa usaping Falsification of Public Official Document na may Blg. OMB-L-C-06-0111-A at Grave Misconduct and Dishonesty Blg.L-A-06-0073-A, pinagpapaliwanag ng Ombudsman si Adriano upang makuha ang kanyang panig.
Ang mga kasong nabanggit ay nag-ugat sa di-umano’y pakikipagsabwatang ginawa ni Adriano sa kanyang dating empleyado na si Arnold Acebron na kung saan sa maraming pagkakataon ay buo ang tinatanggap na suweldo sa kabila ng ginagawa nitong mga pagliban sa trabaho ng walang official leave o permiso buhat sa pamahalaang panlungsod.
Kabilang sa mga ebidensyang isinumite ni Tulop sa Ombudsman ay ang mga tala sa log book ng Sandigang Bayan na kung saan madalas na dumadalo si Acebron sa ginawang pagdinig sa kaso ng dating konsehal ng walang pahintulot sa kanyang mga nakatataas subalit sa daily time record (DTR) ay pinalalabas na walang nagagawang mga pagliban sa pamamagitan ng paglagda at pagpapatunay ni Adriano sa nasabing DTR.
Kung may makikitang probable cause sa kaso, may posibilidad na masuspende sa tungkulin si Adriano sakaling pagbigyan ang kahilingang idinulog ni Tulop ukol dito.
Ilang ulit na sinikap kunin ng pahayagang ito ang panig ni Adriano ngunit wala ito sa kanyang tanggapan maging sa pinakahuling sesyon ng Sangguniang Panglungsod.
Informer, pinatay sa harap ng pamilya
ni Flor David
Kalayaan, Laguna--Isang diumano’y informer ng PNP at militar ang harapang ti-nambangan at pinagbabaril sa harap ng sarili nitong pamilya sa Sitio Pulot, Brgy. San Antonio sa bayang ito kamakailan .
Kinilala ng pulisya rito ang biktimang si Buenaventura Abuhat, 47 anyos ng Brgy. West, Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna.
Ayon sa ulat. ang biktima kasama ng kanyang pamilya patungo sa bayang ito nang biglang lumabas ang 3 armadong kabataang babae na nasa edad 19 hanggang 28 anyos.
Makaraang ihiwalay sa pamilya ang biktima ay tatlong ulit umano itong pinagbabaril pan na naging sanhi ng agaran niyang kamatayan.
Hinihinalang pawang mga miyembro ng NPA liquidation squad ang mga hindi nakilalang suspek bunga ng sinabi nilang mga katagang: “Ang mga informer ay pinapatay at ‘di dapat buhayin” na narinig mismo ng asawa ng biktima.
Declaration of State of National
Emergency authorized by Charter
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez and a constitutional expert said today that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s declaration of a state of national emergency is authorized by the Constitution.
Both Secretary Gonzalez and Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas agreed that the Constitution allows the Chief Executive to declare a state of emergency in times of calamities and chaos.
Bernas, dean of the Ateneo Law School and member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, said the President could declare a state of emergency as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
But he said it is expected that the President’s critics would challenge Proclamation 1017 before the Supreme Court.
He called on the Filipino people to remain calm and not to worry about warrantless arrests as long as they avoid any participation in any covert opera-tions against the government.
At the same time, he cautioned the government to respect the constitutional rights of individuals.
Under Proclamation 1017, the government could take over privately owned public utilities, but Gonzalez said that at present that point has not yet been reached.
In declaring a state of national emergency this morning, the President cited Article 7 Section 18 of the Constitution which states that: “The President…whenever necessary… may call out the armed forces to prevent or suppress… rebellion …” and Article 12 Section 17 of the Constitution which states that: “In times of national emergency, when the public interest so requires, the State may, during the emergency and under reasonable terms prescribed by it, temporarily take over or direct the operations of privately owned public utilities or business affected with public interest.”
Chronology of conspiracy
Proclamation No. 1017 was issued to thwart a conspiracy to overthrow the government among the communist rebel movement, certain military officers, and some members of the opposition. The following is a chronology of events leading to the proclamation of a state of national emergency:
BEFORE THE WEEK OF 19-25 FEBRUARY 2006
Anti-Arroyo Groups Planned Massive Protests
• The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) directed front organizations to stage mass protests on 24 February, with 5,000 participants from Metro Manila and 25,000 from nearby provinces.
• CPP-linked groups mount lightning rallies from 17 to 22 February. In recent weeks, CPP’s New People’s Army intensify attacks on government troops.
• Bayan Muna leader Cong. Satur Ocampo said the aims of the protests is to coalesce with other anti-Arroyo groups, including the pro-Estrada and Hyatt 10 camps; and establish a renewed relationship with former president Cory Aquino.
• On 20 February in Alex Grill, Matalino St., Quezon City, the Black and White Movement, Akbayan, and other anti-Arroyo groups announced plans to march 20,000 protesters on 22 February around Metro Manila, converge at the People Power Monument on 23 February, and possibly move to Mendiola on 24 February.
• Pro-FPJ groups under Susan Roces declared that they would join anti-Arroyo protests on 24 February, at the People Power Monument and Mendiola.
• Pro-Estrada/FPJ supporters hold daily vigils and masses at the People Power Monument since 12 February. Emerging Alliance Between Rebel Soldiers and Communist Insurgents
• On 17 January, four officers among the Magdalo group on trial for the 2003 Oakwood mutiny, escaped military custody.
• New People’s Army spokesman Ka Roger Rosal offered sanctuary to the four escaped Magdalo rebel soldiers.
• A captured document titled “Oplan Hackle” detailed plans for bombings and attacks starting on the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming on 18 February.
• The Hackle document also included a plan to spring more Magdalo soldiers.
• On 21 February, one of the escaped soldiers, Lt. Lawrence San Juan, was arrested while plotting with two NPA figures in a communist safehouse in Batangas province.
• Documents of the Magdalo-NPA meeting were captured and would be declassified.
Plot to Oust President Arroyo
• In an evening meeting at the home of former congressman Peping Cojuangco, Cory Aquino’s brother, businessmen and mid-level officials plotted moves to bring down the Arroyo government.
• As reported by Time Magazine, longtime Arroyo critic Pastor “Boy” Saycon called someone whom he identified as a U.S. official about his group’s plans if President Arroyo is ousted.
• Saycon also phoned a man code-named Delta, whom Saycon identified as B/Gen. Danilo Lim, commander of the Army’s elite Scout Rangers. Lim said it was “all systems go” for the planned movement against President Arroyo.
• According to Saycon, Time reported, a military component was to march on Friday morning to the EDSA Shrine, near the People Power Monument where protests were to converge.
• At the Shrine, Time said, the troops would be met by Catholic bishops and a Marine general. The general would read a statement withdrawing support from the Arroyo government. Threat to the Military Chain of Command
• Late that afternoon, meanwhile, B/Gen. Lim and Marine brigade commander Col. Ariel Querubin told AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Generoso Senga that restive young officers and soldiers planned to join rallies on 24 February, so as to provide critical mass and the armed component to the protests.
• Lim and Querubin said they might not be able to dissuade these troops from their plan, and there were indications that the two may also join them.
• After Lim and Querubin left, Gen. Senga discussed the problem with the Army, Navy and Air Force commanding generals.
• Lim and Querubin were called to join the top-brass meeting and advised to stop troops from joining the protests, but they did not seem willing to do so.
• After Lim and Querubin left, Gen. Senga and the major service commanders took steps to secure the AFP chain of command and its loyalty to the duly constituted government.
• They called all major military commanders in the country.
• Navy chief Adm. Mateo Mayuga spoke with the Marines.
• At Gen. Senga’s advice, Lim submitted to the AFP Chief of Staff’s custody. Suspicious Actions at PNP Special Forces
• On 23 February, residents near Camp Sto. Domingo, base of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) were told to take precautions because some SAF elements were planning to defect .
• PNP Chief Gen. Arturo Lomibao asked SAF commander Gen. Franco about SAF situation and told him to disavow any SAF defection. •
Franco issued statement. He was later relieved without incident, along with two other SAF officials.
• By early morning on Friday, 24 February, all military commanders and forces were accounted for and solidly behind the chain of command.
• While the situation was under control, in Gen. Senga’s assessment, it was still fluid and could change.
• The AFP leadership meets daily to assess the situation and take necessary action.
• The military has also embarked on a campaign to enhance the troops’ allegiance to constitutional government, and their under-standing of the national situation. Advised of the foregoing military and civilian developments, the President and the Cabinet decided on the morning of Friday, 24 February, to issue Proclamation 1017.
Laguna News Bits
ni Flor David
P/Supt. Luisito de Leon, bagong
prov’l director ng Laguna PNP
Sta. Cruz--Itinalaga noong Peb. 20 bilang provicial director ng Laguna PNP si P/Supt. Luisito de Leon. Pinalitan niya si P/Supt. Federico terte sa ginanap na turnover of command sa main headquarters ng Laguna PNP sa Brgy. Bagumbayan dito.
Si De Leon ay humawak na ng maraming posisyon sa regional at provincial level at kinakitaan ito ng sipag, disiplina at magandang halimbawa sa kanyang nasasakupan.
Siya ay pormal na binati nina Gov. Teresita Lazaro, Vice Gov. Edwin Olivarez at ng pamunuan ng Laguna PNP.
Inaasahan na si Supt. De Leon ay magpapamalas ng ibayong pamumuno sa hanay ng kapulisan sa lalawigan.
Tirador ng cellphone, todas sa sekyu
San Pedro--Isang hindi pa nakikilalang lalaki ang nasawi makaraang makipagpalitan ng putok sa humabol sa kanyang security guard sa bayang ito kamakailan.
Bago nito, ninakawan umano nito ng 2 yunit ng cellphone ang Stamyx Telecom and Gen. Mdse. sa Pacita Complex, Brgy. San Vicente na pag-aari ni Maria Liza Francia.
Sa salaysay ng security guard na si Maldrin Aurien, nagpanggap na buyer ang lalaki at nang malingat ang sales lady ay itinakbo nito ang dalawang cellphone.
Mabilis itong tumakas lulan ng motorsiklo at nang makorner ay bigla na lamang umanong namaril kaya ginantihan siya ng putok ng sekyu na siyang ikinasawi nito.
Nahulog sa poste, patay
Rizal, Laguna--Binawian ng buhay si Domingo Opiana, 48 anyos nang ito ay mahulog mula sa konkretong poste kung saan nilalagare nito ang bakal nito.
Naganap ang insidente sa Sitio Bato-bato, Brgy. Taytay sa bayang ito dakong alas-8 ng umaga.
Sa isinagawang imbestigayon ni SPO2 Eddie Bitong, nauna umano ang ulo ng biktima sa pagbagsak na naging daan ng kamatayan nito.
2 kawatan ng stainless, huli
Sta. Cruz--Dalawang kabataan ang inaresto ng mga otoridad makaraang masakote ang isang pedicab na puno ng mga stainless parts ng sasakyan at nakatakdang ibenta sa Flores Junkshop sa nasabing bayan.
Kinilala ng pulisya ang mga suspek na sina Edwin Bautista, 16 ng Brgy. Bagumbayan at Alexander Guillermo ng Brgy. Pagsawitan dito.
Napag-alaman din na isang stainless hood ng isang nakaparadang owner type jeep ang ninakaw ng mga suspek sa mismong Provincial PNP Compound kamakailan.
Nissan pick-up, na-carjack
Los Baños--Isang Nissan pick-up, may plakang WSW-490 at pag-aari ng Vitarich Corp. sa Marilao, Bulacan ang hinihinalang na-carnap habang ito ay nakaparada at iniwan ng isang Sherwin Oliveros sa kahabaan ng National Highway sakop ng Brgy. Anos sa bayang ito kamakailan.
Batay sa imbestigasyon ng pulisya rito sa ilalim ni Insp. Marvin Saro, ang sasakyan ay nakahimpil umano sa nasabing lugar dakong alas-4 ng umaga nang mapansin itong nawawala sa kinalalagyan.