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Ilang lugar sa NCR at Cavite, mawawalan ng tubig sa Semana Senta

Maraming bahagi ng Metro Manila at lalawigan ng Cavite ang mawawalan ng suplay ng tubig mula Abril 16 hangang 18. Ito ay ayon sa Maynilad Water Services.

Sa isang anunsyo sa website nito, sinabi ng Maynilad na ang pansamantalang pagtigil sa suplay ng tubig sa mga nabanggit na araw ay dahil sa gagawing “interceptor drainage box culvert” ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) sa Blumentritt, Maynila.

Ito ay isasagawa upang masolusyunan ang parating pagbaha sa nasabing lungsod. Paliwanag ng Maynilad, ang proyektong ito ay tatama sa kanilang water pipe na nasa eskinita ng Juan Luna at Hermosa.

We must re-align our pipe prior to the implementation of the said DPWH project,” pahayag ng Maynilad. Dagdag pa nito: We will need 72 hours to expose, dewater, re-align and energize our pipe because it is a seven-foot-tall primary line.”

Hinikayat ng Maynilad ang mga residenteng maaapektuhan na huwag kalimutang mag-ipon ng tubig na maaaring magamit sa loob ng tatlong araw. Maaaring tumawag ang mga kustomer ng Maynilad sa 1626 para sa anumang reklamo o katanungan.

Kabilang sa pansamantalang mawawalan ng serbisyo ng Maynilad ang mga sumusunod na lugar:

Caloocan: mula April 16, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay 8, 12, 14, 21-51

Malabon: April 16, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Longos

Maynila: April 16, noon hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay 1–186, 198–202, 202–A, 203–222, 227–233, 275

Maynila: April 17, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay 649, 650, 654–660–A, 661, 663, 664, 666–727, 729–762, 821–857, 860–862, 864–868, 960

Navotas: April 16, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay Bangculasi, North Bay Boulevard North (including Navotas Fishport Complex),North Bay Boulevard South, at San Rafael Village

Makati: April 17, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay Bangkal, Palanan, Pio del Pilar, San Isidro

Pasay: April 16, noon hanggang April 17, 5 p.m.; April 18, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay 75 (Zone 10), 76 (Zone 10), 77 (Zone 10), 78 (Zone 10) at 79 (Zone 10) sa San Rafael
– Barangay 144, 146, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 
176, 177, 188, at 189 sa Malibay
– Barangay 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 152, 187, at 190 sa Don Carlos Revilla St. at 151 at 155 sa Edang
– 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 184, 185, at 186 sa Maricaban
– 183 sa Villamor
– 191 sa Electrical Road
– 192, 193 at 194 sa Pildera I and Pildera II
– 195, 196, 197, at 198 sa Baltao
– 199 at 200 sa Rivera Village
– 201 sa Kalayaan

Pasay: April 17, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– 1–9, 15–23, 33–37, 41–74, 75 (nasa paligid ng F.B. Harrison St., Ignacio St., Park Ave., at EDSA)

80–143, 144 (nasa paligid ng Tripa de Gallina, A. Bonifacio St., Capt. M. Reyes St., at EDSA)

Las Piñas City: April 16, 11 a.m. hanggang April 17, 4 p.m.; April 18 ng tanghali hanggang April 19, 4 p.m.
– Daniel Fajardo, Elias Aldana, Ilaya, Manuyo Uno, at Manuyo Dos

Las Piñas City: April 16, 11 a.m. hanggang April 18, 7 p.m.
– Almanza Uno, Almanza Dos, CAA-B.F. International Village, Manuyo Dos, Pamplona Uno, Pamplona Dos, Pamplona Tres, 
Pulang Lupa Uno, Talon 1–5, at Zapote

Muntinlupa City: April 16, 11 a.m. hanggang April 18, 7 p.m.
– Alabang, Ayala Alabang, Bayanan, Cupang, Putatan, Poblacion, Sucat, at Tunasan

Muntinlupa City: April 16, ng tanghali hanggang April 17, 5 p.m.; April 18, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Sucat (along East Service Road)

Parañaque City: April 16, ng tanghali hanggangApril 17, 5 p.m.; April 18, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Baclaran, Don Galo, La Huerta, Merville, Moonwalk, San Martin de Porres, Sto. Niño, San Dionisio, Sun Valley, Tambo, at Vitalez

Parañaque City: April 16, ng tanghali hanggang April 17, hatinggabi.; April 18, tanghali hanggang April 19, 7 p.m.
– BF (whole of BF Parañaque and Las Piñas), Don Bosco, Marcelo Green, San Antonio, San Isidro

Cavite

Cavite City: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 9 p.m.
– Brgys. 1–84

Noveleta: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 6 p.m.
– Magdiwang, San Antonio I–II, San Jose I–II

Noveleta: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 9 p.m.
– Poblacion, Salcedo I–II, San Juan I–II, San Rafael I–IV, Sta. Rosa I–II

Bacoor: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 2 p.m.
– Alima, Aniban I–V, Banalo, Campo Santo, Daang Bukid, Digman, Dulong Bayan, Habay I–II, Kaingin, Ligas I–II, Mabolo I–III, Maliksi I–III, Mambog V, Niog I–III, Panapaan I–VIII (P. F. Espiritu), Real I–II, Salinas, Sineguelasan, Tabing Dagat, Talaba I–VII, Zapote I–V

Bacoor: April 17, 1 p.m. hanggang April 18, 2 p.m.
– Bayanan, Molino I–IV, VI , Mambog I–V, San Nicolas I–III, Ligas III

Kawit: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 6 p.m.
– Alima, Aniban I–V, Banalo, Campo Santo, Daang Bukid, Digman, Dulong Bayan, Habay I–II, Kaingin, Ligas I–II, Mabolo I–III, Maliksi I–III, Mambog V, Niog I–III, Panapaan I–VIII (P. F. Espiritu), Real I–II, Salinas, Sineguelasan, Tabing Dagat, Talaba I–VII, Zapote I–V

Imus: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 2 p.m.
– Palico I–IV, Poblacion 1A–C, Poblacion IIA–B, Poblacion IIIA–B, Poblacion IVA–D, Tanzang Luma I-III

Imus: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 6 p.m.
– Anabu IA–IG, Anabu IIA–IIF, Bayan Luma II, IV, VII–IX, Bucandala II, Buhay na Tubig, Malagasang IA–B, Medicion IIC, Tanzang Luma IV–VI, Toclong 1A–CC.

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Senator Bong Revilla resigns, admits links to Napoles

Manila, Philippines (April 1) – “This is for my honor and integrity.”

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is resigning his senate seat effective April 30. The two-term senator made the announcement during a hastily-called press conference held at the Senate Tuesday afternoon.

Inaamin ko po ang aking naging pagkakasala,” Revilla said, his voice occasionally wavering. “Dahil po dito, ako po ay nagpasyang magbitiw na sa Senado,” he added. His wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, stood beside him during his speech.

Pasensya na po sa milyon-milyong Pilipino na bumoto sa akin noong 2004 at 2010,” Revilla continued, fighting back tears. The actor-politician topped the senate race on both election cycles.

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Senator Bong Revilla and his wife Lani Mercado with Janet Lim-Napoles (Credits: Inquirer.net)

Once regarded as a potential contender for the 2016 presidential polls, Revilla’s public image has taken a big hit since the pork barrel fund scam erupted July of last year. He however remained mum if he still intends to run for the presidency. “I’ll cross the bridge when I get there,” he said.

Revilla’s stunning announcement came a few hours after Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairperson of the Senate blue ribbon committee, recommended the filing of plunder charges against Revilla as well as Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile.

The three legislators are being accused of colluding with businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles in diverting millions of pesos from their respective priority development assistance funds (PDAF) toward fictitious non-government organizations.

In a privilege speech last January, Revilla admitted knowing Napoles personally but denied committing any wrongdoing. He likewise accused the administration of President Benigno Aquino III of being behind the attacks against him.

Speaking to reporters after the speech, Revilla said he will focus on hosting “Kaps Amazing Stories” once he leaves the Senate. “I will also do a movie with (former) Senator Miguel Zubiri. It is a local adaptation of Alibaba and the Forty Thieves,’” Revilla added.

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AirAsia’s network realignment triggers massive flight cancelations

International airline firm AirAsia is facing online backlash from dismayed travellers after its wholesale cancellation of flights to a number of several domestic destinations beginning March 30, 2014 onwards.

My friends and I for instance has long planned a trip to Cagayan de Oro scheduled for April 23 to 27. We booked the flight as early as February. However, last March 18, AirAsia sent us this advisory via text message:

Our Cagayan de Oro to Manila flights will be temporarily suspended effective 30 March 2014 onwards due to network re-alignment.

We apologize for any inconveniences caused. You will be notified about your alternate flight options via your registered email…We thank you in advance for your kind understanding.”

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AirAsia canceled its flights to several Philippine destinations effective March 30

Disgusted travellers expressed their displeasure by flooding AirAsia Philippines’ official Facebook page with negative comments. Since AirAsia’s ill timed “network realignment” coincides with the summer season, the airline for certain ruined the plans of thousands of vacationists.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that AirAsia seems to be bent on observing its rule that refunds will only be completed after 30 business days.

Since we got the cancelation notice last March 18, it will probably take until early May for us to have out refund. Can’t they process the refund faster as a sort of consolation for us?

According to a news report from Interaksyon.com dated March 10, AirAsia decided to realign its operations “because of overcapacity in the domestic market.” In other words, the Malaysian-based airline firm will instead focus more on its international flights.

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Mysterious flesh eating disease in Pangasinan?

ABS-CBN news program Bandila alarmed many Filipinos Monday night when it reported that a girl from Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan is suffering from what it described as a “mysterious flesh-eating disease.” It created so much buzz among netizens that several hours after the report aired, the hashtag #PrayForPangasinan became  a trending topic in microblogging site Twitter.

The report also featured a bizarre angle to this story: is the “disease” a fulfillment of what a certain Indian prophet supposedly predicted early last year? According to some websites, a self-proclaimed prophet named Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj predicted last year that the aforementioned Northern Luzon province will be the epicenter of a deadly plague. Below are excerpts of what Selvarajav said (credits to www.PangasinanBlog.com):

“The Lord says there is a place called PANGASINAN.” The Lord says it is in the northernmost part in your land. From there, a grievous disease will spread all over the world that will consume the flesh of men; all their upper (outer) skin will begin to decay, it will pierce through the bones. The fear of this disease will spread all over the world. The Lord said that this disease will begin from the Philippines.

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A flesh eating disease in Pangasinan? (Credits: Wanna Fact? Facebook page)

ABS-CBN’s report swiftly fell apart the following day. Interviewed by Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pangasinan provincial health officer Dr. Anna De Guzman flatly described the story as not true. She said that the two patients who were assumed to be suffering from the flesh-eating disease were in fact undergoing treatment for leprosy and psoriasis.

“Sometimes, the media attempts to exaggerate to make the news sensational. They just want to connect it to the prophecy,” De Guzman was quoted to have said. Instead of being able to stir attention because of their attention-grabbing report, the folks behind Bandila are now embroiled in embarrassment. As of early Wednesday morning, ABS-CBN has already taken down the article from its website.

(Note: Late last year, krokodil, a powerful sedative, gained attention especially in the United States and Russia because of the drug’s corrosive effect on the skin of its users. Time Magazine in fact described it as “the world’s deadliest drug“.)

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Obama to visit Philippines on April

United States (US) President Barack Obama will visit the Philippines in late April, the White House said in a statement released early Thursday morning (Manila time). Obama’s Asian itinerary also includes Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea.

The White House noted that the Philippines will be fifth Asian treaty ally Obama will have visited during his presidency.  Obama, according to the statement, will meet with President Aquino “to highlight economic and security cooperation,modernization of the two countries’ defense alliance, efforts to expand economic ties and spark economic growth through the Partnership for Growth, and (strengthening) deep and enduring people-to-people ties.”

As Associated Press reported, Obama was supposed to visit parts of Asia last October but the plan was eventually aborted after the United States government was forced to shutdown its operations when its House of Representatives failed to pass a national budget for over two weeks.


GABRIELA slams GMA News for ‘misleading’ report on Deniece Cornejo

Gabriela Women’s Party denies supporting Deniece Cornejo

Gabriela Women’s Party strongly denied in a statement released Saturday that anyone affiliated with its organization has expressed support for Deniece Minilette Cornejo, the woman who accused television personality Vhong Navarro of rape.

In a report aired on news program 24 Oras last Thursday, correspondent Sandra Aguinaldo implied that the said women’s rights group is backing Cornejo, a 22 year-old freelance model. The segment featured a phone interview with Alnie Foja, a lawyer for Gabriela.

In the recorded interview, Foja explained that rape survivors should not be prejudged and subjected to ‘victim blaming.’ “Hindi madali para sa isang biktima ang lumantad at ilahad ang istorya ng panggagahasa na nagawa laban sa kanya,” she said, noting that doing so ruins a woman’s privacy.

Watch the two-minute report here via YouTube. Apart from Foja, renowned women’s rights lawyer Lorna Kapunan was also interviewed. GMA News used its interview with Foja on two online articles which as of this time has already been taken down (click here and here).

So, how did this issue blow up? In a Facebook post, the lawyer said she was “made to understand” that Sandra (Aguinaldo) was merely doing a public information segment about rape in general.  “That 24 Oras quoted my statement while showing footage of Deniece is DELIBERATELY MISLEADING and MALICIOUS,” Foja wrote (emphasis on the original-TFS).

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In her Facebook profile picture, Deniece Cornejo can be seen with GMA Network CEO Felipe Gozon

In a letter addressed to GMA Network, Foja explained that “it has been the long standing policy of Gabriela Women’s Party and Gabriela National Alliance NOT to comment on issues that (they) have no first hand knowledge about.” She added: “In this specific case between Ms. Deniece Cornejo and Mr. Vhong Navarro, neither parties have sought our assistance or opinion.”

Here’s her complete letter:

We would like to call your attention to an article published online as well as a news report aired over 24 Oras last January 30, 2014 that explicitly stated our group’s support for Ms. Deniece Cornejo. We would like to clarify that we issued no such statement.

It has been the long standing policy of Gabriela Women’s Party and Gabriela National Alliance NOT to comment on issues that we have no first hand knowledge about. In this specific case between Ms. Deniece Cornejo and Mr. Vhong Navarro, neither parties have sought our assistance or opinion.

We would like to clarify that the interview conducted by your reporter, Ms. Sandra Aguinaldo, focused primarily on the issue of rape, advance questions relayed to me were even titled as “RAPE 101”. I was likewise careful not to comment on the controversial case and even told Ms. Aguinaldo that I have not monitored it. The questions propounded to me were about rape and rape victims in general and my answers were made with no reference to any particular victim much less to Deniece. I was asked to explain how rape is committed, its impact and repercussions on the victims, the difficulty of filing cases and how the public should react to the victims’ story.

Unfortunately, the interview, I believe was maliciously spun to make it appear that we in Gabriela are supporting Ms. Cornejo. While we appreciate the network’s effort of having taken down the article immediately, we are calling for a public apology and a clarification from the network so that the audience may be enlightened on the truth. Moreover, we hope that the network will exercise caution in the treatment of future stories.

Respectfully,

Atty. Alnie Foja

So, what lessons can be derived by professional journalists, bloggers, and researchers from this episode?

1. An interviewer needs to be truthful to his/her interviewee all the time. If they intend to use the information they are seeking to obtain in a certain way, they should be forthright about it.

2. Avoid taking statements out of context.

3. Never assume anything unless your subject specifically said so.

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NBI clearance application goes online

Those days when Filipinos have to take a day off from work just to secure a clearance issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will very soon be over.

In a statement, Department of Justice secretary Leila De Lima said that NBI clearance applications can now be made through the agency’s website beginning January 24, Friday.  Applicants only have to fill out an online application form  at www.doj.gov.ph/nbi or at www.nbi.gov.ph to accomplish this step.

Applicants will then have to bring the print-out to any of NBI’s 55 satellite offices  for payment and biometric enrollment prior to the releasing of the actual clearance certificate.

Early this month, De Lima announced the completion of an improved search engine and query database, a step which she explained will hasten the accurate releasing of clearances. “With the implementation of the NBI system, we shall continue to roll-out and implement solutions to progressively eliminate queues and simplify processes,” she said, adding that “online application is the logical next step after the switch.”

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NBI clearance application can now be done online (Credits: Department of Justice’s Twitter page)

In the same news release, newly appointed NBI Director Virgilio L. Mendez  reiterated that the system is only on its third full week of operation and that significant progress can be expected in the coming weeks with the delivery of additional equipment and increase in personnel.

The online NBI Clearance System is part of the flagship National Justice Information System (NJIS) which aims to link and share information among justice sector institutions.

QUICK NOTES: I was already able to fill out the form through the NBI website. However, I had to click the “submit” button repeatedly since I’m getting an error message. As Director Mendez said, website glitches are to be expected. I just hope it won’t be as horrendous as the previous version of the Obamacare website in the United States. LOL

After you’ve done providing all the needed personal information, the accomplished form will then appear on the screen. There is no way for a user to save the document in any format (PDF, Word, etc.) except by copying-and-pasting. Because of this, the proper page layout cannot be retained. This is one area I hope they can work on soon.

Also, it is not clear how NBI will entertain walk-in clearance applicants beginning on Friday. Will there be a separate lane for them? I am raising this concern in recognizance of the fact that a majority of Filipinos still do not have access to the internet.

(I plan to finish my clearance renewal at the NBI satellite office in Ever Commonwealth early next week. Let’s see how this development improves things. 🙂 )

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