PNP for ‘firearms control’ vs. total gun ban

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police is leading toward a nationwide “firearms control” program than a total gun ban, as calls mount against the absolute ban of carrying firearms for civilians.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina said on Tuesday that PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa was more in favor of firearms control, wherein legitimate gun owners would be subjected to “certain controls,” instead of prohibiting them entirely from carrying guns.

Asked what these “controls” were, Espina said these would only be determined in the upcoming consultative summit on June 4 as part of the PNP’s National Firearms Control Program.

Various stakeholders are expected to have a dialogue to come up with the next steps after the election gun ban is lifted come June 9, Espina said.

A group, calling themselves A2S4 Coalition, rejected calls for a total gun ban.

The coalition, composed of members from gun dealers, government officials, civilians, and even the media, said in their manifesto, “The Filipino should be allowed to carry a legitimate and licensed firearm even outside his or her household or place of business.”

“Together with this privilege, we uphold responsible gun ownership…[and] oppose any attempts to permanently prohibit or ban the privilege of a Filipino to carry a licensed firearm.”

The manifesto was signed by members of the coalition, including Nereo Dionisio, vice president of the Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines; Judge Jaime Santiago, president of the Metropolitan and City Judges Association of the Philippines, and other individuals and organizations.

Meanwhile, Nueva Ecija Representative Rodolfo Antonino also rejected plans to extend the election gun ban beyond its deadline.

But Espina said all these concerns would be tackled at the upcoming firearms summit.

“We never said it’s [the matter of the gun ban] is a unilateral decision. We’ll go with the decision of the majority for the greater good,” he told reporters.

Source: Inquirer

Ferrer nihulga nga mokiha ni de Lima

Si Commission on Elections Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer nagkanayong nga siya nagplano sa pagpasaka og kaso nga may kalabot sa kalapasan sa Anti-Graft law batok ni Commission on Human Rights Chair Leila de Lima tungod sa pagamit sa iyang posisyon aron pagpanghadlok sa ubang tao.

Kinit tungod sa imbestigasyon sa CHR tungod sa alegasyon sa dili ensaktong tratamentong batok sa duha ka whistleblowers sa niaging semana.

Matod pa ni Commissioner Ferrer, “If you use your office, your official function, to harrass persons, that’s a violation of the anti-graft law.”

Ang Comelec nidapit sa niaging semana ka Arwin Serrano usa ka miyembro sa Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting ug Melchor Magdamo, kanhi election lawyer kinsa nag expose sa alegasyon sa irregularidad sa planong pagpamalit ug P700 milyones nga kantidad ug ballot secrecy folders gikan sa QTC Paper Supply nga nag kantidad ug P380 ang matag buok. Panahon sa tigum, usa ka sininggitay tali ang nahitabo ni Serrano ug ni Ferrer.

Matud pa, si Ferrer nitudlo ngadto kang Serrano ug nitawag niining bakakon. Si Ferrer usab nibawos pag alegar nga matod pa siya gipatiran sa lingkoranan nga iyang gipanghimaka. Siya ang nag ingon nga iyang plano nga mopasaka ug libel cases batok ni Serrano ug posibleng apil niini si de Lima.

Iyang gihagit si de Lima nga mopasakag kaso batok kaniya.

Source: BoholNewsDaily

Shell, Petron roll back LPG price by P1.50/kilo

Just hours after independent cooking gas retailers said that they plan to cut prices by P1.50 a kilo, oil giants Pilipinas Shell and Petron Corp. confirmed Monday night a similar rollback on their liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) products.

Shell said its rollback on LPG (Shellane) took effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, while Petron’s price reduction on its cooking gas (Gasul) would be implemented six hours later.

Since a regular cylinder of cooking gas weighs 11 kilos, the P1.50 price drop would translate to a reduction of P16.50 per tank. The rollback brings down the suggested retail price (SRP) of Shellane and Gasul to P589.

Meanwhile, cooking gas from the other remaining big oil player, Chevron Philippines (formerly Caltex), retailed for P650 as of Monday night.

Chevron was yet to announce an adjustment as of press time.

Monday morning, LPG Marketers Association (LPGMA) President Arnel Ty said that the group is looking to drop their product prices between P1 and P1.50 a kilo sometime this month.

Source: MB

Even without Noynoy, no-tobacco day a success – DOH

Despite the “defiance" of president-apparent Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy" Aquino III, the Department of Health claimed the No-Tobacco Day activities last Monday were successful.

Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral said Tuesday her department convinced many Filipinos (at least for the whole month of May) to shun smoking, and ordered tobacco firms to place graphic warnings on cigarette packages. [See: DOH orders health info warnings on cigarette packs]

“Maayos naman. Ang buong buwan ng Mayo, nagkaroon ng kampanya against smoking, kasama paglabas ng administrative order na maglagay ng graphic health information sa sigarilyo at alisin ang misleading descriptor like low tar, light at mild (No-Tobacco Day was a success. During the entire month of May, we had a fruitful campaign against smoking, and we issued an administrative order to place graphic health information on cigarettes. We also had the tobacco firms remove misleading descriptors like low tar, light and mild)," Cabral said in an interview on dwIZ radio.

Aquino on Monday said he would continue to smoke even if it was World No-Tobacco Day. Aquino had had felt uncomfortable with questions about his smoking habit. [See: Noynoy says he will smoke even on no-tobacco day]

The leading presidential bet had said he is not inclined to quit his habit at this time, saying it may put added pressure on him and affect his decisions.

“Karapatan niya yan, basta wala siya sa harap ng ibang tao at di niya naha-harm ang mga iyan (That is his right, so long as he does not smoke in front of others or harm them with his smoking)," Cabral said.

In the meantime, she said the DOH will continue to give advisories on radio, television and newspapers that smoking is dangerous to one’s health.

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Arabs demand independent probe of Israeli raid

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Monday on Israel's deadly commando raid on ships taking humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip, with the Palestinians and Arab nations demanding condemnation and an independent investigation.

The Palestinians and Arabs, backed by a number of council members including Turkey, also called for Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza, immediately release the ships and humanitarian activists, and allow them to deliver their goods.

Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco said in his briefing to the U.N.'s most powerful body that the early morning bloodshed on Monday would have been avoided "if repeated calls on Israel to end the counterproductive and unacceptable blockade of Gaza had been heeded,"

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, whose country had been a longtime Muslim ally of Israel, called the raid "banditry and piracy" on the high seas and "murder conducted by a state." He urged the council to adopt a presidential statement circulated by Turkey.

Source: GmaNews

Urge US lawmakers to revive textile trade with RP

MANILA, Philippines—A labor group has urged apparent President-apparent Benigno Aquino III to persuade American lawmakers to pass a bill that seeks to revive the textile and apparel trade between the United States and the Philippines, and create thousands of new jobs in both countries.

"Mr. Aquino's powerful fresh mandate puts him in a superb position to influence key US legislators to approve the bill," said former Senator Ernesto Herrera, secretary-general of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

Herrera was referring to the bill that would allow Philippine-made garments using American fabrics greater access to the US market for men's, women's, and children's apparel, worth some $200 billion annually.

In the process, the proposed Save Our Industries Act would rescue the moribund US textile industry. However, if the US Congress fails to act on the bill, it will expire this December.

"The bill is mutually beneficial to the Philippines and the US. It will spur thousands of new jobs, both in our labor-intensive garments industry and in America's textile sector," said Herrera, former chairman of the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development.

"At present, garments are already our second-largest export to the US, after semiconductors," he said in a news release.

Once Capitol Hill enacts the measure, Herrera said he is counting on a greater number of American garment makers to build new or additional factories in Manila, or to expand their existing contract-manufacturing activities here.

"They will bring in American textiles, provide gainful employment to thousands of Filipino workers who will design, cut, and sew the garments, and then export the ready-to-wear clothes back to the US," he said.

"They will be driven to do this because once their Philippine-made garments are shipped to America, they will enjoy higher margins not just because of the low cost of production here, but also owing to the reduced if not zero US tariffs," Herrera added.

The American firms likely to be drawn to the Philippines include Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., Levi-Strauss & Co., Guess? Inc., Urban Outfitters Inc., Aeropostale Inc., American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., Hot Topic Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch Co., True Religion Apparel Inc., The Gap Inc.;
Limited Brands Inc.; Buckle Inc.; The Wet Seal Inc., Zumiez Inc., J. C. Penney Co. Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Ann Taylor Stores Corp., Cache Inc., The Cato Corp., Charming Shoppes Inc., Chico's FAS Inc., Christopher and Banks Corp., J. Crew Group Inc., Bebe Stores Inc., The Talbots Inc., New York & Co. Inc., and Coldwater Creek Inc.

Herrera said many of the American firms are specialty apparel retailers or department stores that produce their own lines of clothing for men, women, and children, and some of them already have existing Philippine facilities.

Source: Inquirer

Urge US lawmakers to revive textile trade with RP

MANILA, Philippines—A labor group has urged apparent President-apparent Benigno Aquino III to persuade American lawmakers to pass a bill that seeks to revive the textile and apparel trade between the United States and the Philippines, and create thousands of new jobs in both countries.

"Mr. Aquino's powerful fresh mandate puts him in a superb position to influence key US legislators to approve the bill," said former Senator Ernesto Herrera, secretary-general of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

Herrera was referring to the bill that would allow Philippine-made garments using American fabrics greater access to the US market for men's, women's, and children's apparel, worth some $200 billion annually.

In the process, the proposed Save Our Industries Act would rescue the moribund US textile industry. However, if the US Congress fails to act on the bill, it will expire this December.

"The bill is mutually beneficial to the Philippines and the US. It will spur thousands of new jobs, both in our labor-intensive garments industry and in America's textile sector," said Herrera, former chairman of the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development.

"At present, garments are already our second-largest export to the US, after semiconductors," he said in a news release.

Once Capitol Hill enacts the measure, Herrera said he is counting on a greater number of American garment makers to build new or additional factories in Manila, or to expand their existing contract-manufacturing activities here.

"They will bring in American textiles, provide gainful employment to thousands of Filipino workers who will design, cut, and sew the garments, and then export the ready-to-wear clothes back to the US," he said.

"They will be driven to do this because once their Philippine-made garments are shipped to America, they will enjoy higher margins not just because of the low cost of production here, but also owing to the reduced if not zero US tariffs," Herrera added.

The American firms likely to be drawn to the Philippines include Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., Levi-Strauss & Co., Guess? Inc., Urban Outfitters Inc., Aeropostale Inc., American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., Hot Topic Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch Co., True Religion Apparel Inc., The Gap Inc.;
Limited Brands Inc.; Buckle Inc.; The Wet Seal Inc., Zumiez Inc., J. C. Penney Co. Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Ann Taylor Stores Corp., Cache Inc., The Cato Corp., Charming Shoppes Inc., Chico's FAS Inc., Christopher and Banks Corp., J. Crew Group Inc., Bebe Stores Inc., The Talbots Inc., New York & Co. Inc., and Coldwater Creek Inc.

Herrera said many of the American firms are specialty apparel retailers or department stores that produce their own lines of clothing for men, women, and children, and some of them already have existing Philippine facilities.

Source: Inquirer

Urge US lawmakers to revive textile trade with RP

MANILA, Philippines—A labor group has urged apparent President-apparent Benigno Aquino III to persuade American lawmakers to pass a bill that seeks to revive the textile and apparel trade between the United States and the Philippines, and create thousands of new jobs in both countries.

"Mr. Aquino's powerful fresh mandate puts him in a superb position to influence key US legislators to approve the bill," said former Senator Ernesto Herrera, secretary-general of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

Herrera was referring to the bill that would allow Philippine-made garments using American fabrics greater access to the US market for men's, women's, and children's apparel, worth some $200 billion annually.

In the process, the proposed Save Our Industries Act would rescue the moribund US textile industry. However, if the US Congress fails to act on the bill, it will expire this December.

"The bill is mutually beneficial to the Philippines and the US. It will spur thousands of new jobs, both in our labor-intensive garments industry and in America's textile sector," said Herrera, former chairman of the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development.

"At present, garments are already our second-largest export to the US, after semiconductors," he said in a news release.

Once Capitol Hill enacts the measure, Herrera said he is counting on a greater number of American garment makers to build new or additional factories in Manila, or to expand their existing contract-manufacturing activities here.

"They will bring in American textiles, provide gainful employment to thousands of Filipino workers who will design, cut, and sew the garments, and then export the ready-to-wear clothes back to the US," he said.

"They will be driven to do this because once their Philippine-made garments are shipped to America, they will enjoy higher margins not just because of the low cost of production here, but also owing to the reduced if not zero US tariffs," Herrera added.

The American firms likely to be drawn to the Philippines include Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., Levi-Strauss & Co., Guess? Inc., Urban Outfitters Inc., Aeropostale Inc., American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., Hot Topic Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch Co., True Religion Apparel Inc., The Gap Inc.;
Limited Brands Inc.; Buckle Inc.; The Wet Seal Inc., Zumiez Inc., J. C. Penney Co. Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Ann Taylor Stores Corp., Cache Inc., The Cato Corp., Charming Shoppes Inc., Chico's FAS Inc., Christopher and Banks Corp., J. Crew Group Inc., Bebe Stores Inc., The Talbots Inc., New York & Co. Inc., and Coldwater Creek Inc.

Herrera said many of the American firms are specialty apparel retailers or department stores that produce their own lines of clothing for men, women, and children, and some of them already have existing Philippine facilities.

Source: Inquirer

Australian shot in Israel ship attack—foreign minister

SYDNEY, Australia—An Australian man was shot in the leg during a deadly raid by Israeli commandos on a Gaza-bound aid ship, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Tuesday.

The man has received hospital treatment, while two Australian journalists on the flotilla were both safe after the "terrible and shocking incident," which left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.

"We are, through our officials, strenuously trying to ascertain the whereabouts and welfare of any other Australians," Smith told public broadcaster ABC.

"We do know in the case of the two journalists that they are safe. So far as the injured Australian is concerned, he is being provided with consular assistance."

Israel has been widely condemned for the attack in international waters, which prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a visit to Canada and the United States where he was due to meet President Barack Obama.

Smith said Israel should launch a "credible, transparent" investigation and provide a detailed explanation.

"Firstly I think it is appropriate for Australians to deplore the violence and deplore the deaths," he said.

"Certainly Australia thinks there has to be a credible investigation. The onus is on Israel to effect a credible investigation."

Source: Inquirer

Comelec proclaims Mikey's party-list group, then retracts

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday proclaimed the party-list group of Pampanga Rep. and presidential son Juan Miguel “Mikey" Arroyo — only to retract it later in the day.

Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP), which claims to represent security guards and tricycle drivers, was among the 28 party-list groups proclaimed after winning the May 10 automated elections.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal cited pending disqualification cases as the reason why they retracted AGP’s proclamation.

AGP’s proclamation was booed by those present at the event.

A report on GMA Network's "24 Oras" said Mikey Arroyo is currently out of the country.

A member of AGP, meanwhile, dismissed the lukewarm reception given to them by the audience during the proclamation.

"Siguro magpe-perform na lang kami para maipakita sa mga sumuporta at bumoto sa amin na karapat-dapat kami (We'll just perform well to show our supporters that we deserve to be elected)," said Charlie Chua in an interview aired over "24 Oras."

Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza had earlier sought the disqualification of Arroyo as the group’s first nominee, saying he is not a member of the sector AGP seeks to represent.

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Oil edges up as dollar weakens

SINGAPORE – Oil prices edged higher in Asian trade Monday as the dollar weakened against the euro, spurring investor demand for crude futures, analysts said.

New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in July, added 43 cents to $74.40 a barrel while Brent North Sea crude for July was up 50 cents at $74.52.

"The oil market continues to take its directions from the financial sector," said Victor Shum, an analyst with energy consultancy Purvin and Gertz.

"The US dollar has weakened versus the euro and we see a small increase in the oil pricing correspondingly," he told AFP.

In Asian trade, the euro bought $1.2314 in Tokyo afternoon trade, up from $1.2266 in New York late Friday. It gained to 112.71 yen from 111.80 yen.

A weaker US currency makes dollar-priced oil cheaper for holders of stronger currency units, which tends to stimulate demand and lift prices.

News that Fitch Ratings had downgraded the sovereign debt of Spain to AA+ from its top AAA rating sent prices retreating on Friday after recovering stock markets and positive data on the US energy market had helped boost sentiment.

With markets in the United States and Britain closed for a public holiday on Monday, trading is expected to be thin, said David Moore, a commodity strategist with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney.

Moore added investors will watch for data from the Institute for Supply Management Tuesday on the pace of US manufacturing growth to gauge the impact of the eurozone debt woes on the world's largest economy and oil consumer.

Source: Inquirer

Arroyo starts packing, will be out of Palace before noon of June 30

Outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has started packing in preparation for her departure from Malacañang on June 30, a Malacañang official said on Monday.

“Even before noon June 30, she (President Arroyo) should be on her way out of Malacanang," said Presidential Management Staff chief Elena Bautista-Horn.

Philippine law states that the president and his co-terminus officials should vacate Malacañang before 12 noon of June 30 to give way for the incoming leader and his new staff.

Sen. Benigno “Noynoy" Aquino III, who is likely to win the presidency based on unofficial tally of votes cast last May 10, has earlier said that he would rather stay in their house in Times Street in Quezon City than in Malacañang if elected president.

Bautista-Horn said they respect Aquino’s decision if he wants to reside outside the Palace. “It is up to Senator Aquino wherever he decided to reside once he took his oath of office on June 30 as the newly elected President."

The Arlegui Premier State Guest House, where the president usually holds office, is already being prepared in case Aquino decides to reside within the Malacañang compound, Bautista-Horn said.

“If the incoming President wanted to stay in their residence or live in a condominium then it is up to him but we will still prepared the Arlegui guest house if ever the incoming President changes his mind and stays here instead of the main Palace," she said.

Bautista said President Arroyo, who was elected representative of Pampanga’s second district at the House of Representatives, would reside either in her family residence in La Vista subdivision in Quezon City or in the old Forbes Park home of her parents.

Source: GmaNews

Comelec proclaims 28 winning party-list groups

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday proclaimed the 28 winning party-list organizations in the 2010 automated polls.

Comelec chairman Jose Melo, reading an en banc resolution, announced on Monday afternoon that the following party-list organizations will be awarded seats in the 15th House of Representatives:

Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines - 1,292,182 votes (2 seats)
Akbayan Citizen's Action Party - 1,058,691 votes (2 seats)
Gabriela Women's Party - 1,001,421 votes (2 seats)
Cooperative Natcco Network Party - 943,529 votes (2 seats)
ABONO - 766,615 votes (2 seats)
Bayan Muna - 746,019 votes (2 seats)
An Waray - 711,631 votes (2 seats)
Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. (AGAP) - 515,501 votes (1 seat)
Alliance for Barangay Concerns Party (ABC) - 469,093 votes (1 seat)
Anakpawis - 445,628 votes (1 seat)
Kabataan Party-list - 417,923 votes (1 seat)
Abante Mindanao, Inc. (ABANAMIN) - 376,011 votes (1 seat)
Act Teachers - 369,564 votes (1 seat)
You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP) - 335,635 votes (1 seat)
Ang Kasangga sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (Ang Kasangga) - 296,368 votes (1 seat)
Bagong Henerasyon (BH) - 292,875 votes (1 seat)
Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP) - 269,009 votes (1 seat)
Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano, Inc. (AGBIAG) - 262,298 votes (1 seat)
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) - 238,675 votes (1 seat)
Arts Business and Science Professionals - 257,301 votes (1 seat)
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) - 244,623 votes (1 seat)
Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya Para sa Mamayan, Inc. (AGHAM) - 241,898 votes (1 seat)
Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA)
Kapatiran ng mga Nakulong na Walang Sala - 234,717 votes (1 seat)
Kalinga Advocacy for Social Empowermennt and Nation Building Through Easing Poverty, Inc. (Kalinga) - 229,198 votes (1 seat)
Alagad Party-list - 227,116 votes (1 seat)
1 Angg Pamilya - 217,032 votes (1 seat)
Alliance of Volunteer Educators - 214,760 (1 seat)

Melo has deferred the proclamation of 11 party-list groups which have pending disqualification cases filed against them or their nominees. These are:

Ako Bicol Political Party
Buhay Hayaan Yumabong Party-list
1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy (1-CARE)
Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC)
LPG Marketers Association, Inc. (LPGMA)
Ang Asosayon Sang Manguguma Nga Bisaya-Ow Mangunguma, Inc. (MBIS-OWA)
Association of Philippien Electric Cooperatives (APEC)
Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD)
1-UTAK
Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment Through Action Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms (A Teacher)
Butil Farmer Party (BUTIL)

The Party-list System Act (Republic Act 7941) says that those who received at least two percent of the total votes cast for the party-list system shall be entitled to one congressional seat each while those who received more than two percent of the votes shall be entitled to additional seats in proportion to their total number of votes.

However, each party-list organization shall not be awarded more than three seats in Congress.

The Comelec has yet to receive all the votes cast for the party-list system, specifically from areas where there were failure of elections.

Included in these areas are seven municipalities of Lanao del Sur, two municipalities of Basilan, and one municipality of Sarangani - where special polls have been scheduled on June 3.

The 1987 Philippine Constitution provides that 20 percent of the seats in Congress be allotted for the sectoral representatives.

Source: GmaNews

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Celine Dion pregnant with twins

WASHINGTON – Canadian singer Celine Dion is 14 weeks pregnant with twins, CNN television reported Monday.

The television network said Dion, 42, and her husband-manager Rene Angelil, 68, will find out next month the gender of their twins.

The pregnancy was the result of Dion's sixth in-vitro fertilization attempt, according to the report, which cited Dion's spokeswoman Kim Jakwerth.

Dion turned to acupuncture therapy to improve her chances of getting pregnant, the report said. Angelil is the father.

The couple already has a nine-year-old son, Rene-Charles.

Dion, a five-time Grammy winner, will return to Las Vegas, Nevada, next March to begin a three-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, CNN said.

Source: Inquirer

Inabanga sets up local Monitoring board on HR

PEACE advocates here found new recruits in the members of half of Inabanga’s 50 barangays as the government and civil society organized human rights (HR) violations watchgroup here.

In its recent efforts to enlarge the peace ripples here, the municipal peace and order council (MPOC) along with barangay captains warmly welcomed the Bohol Local Monitoring Board in launching the local human rights complaint receiving body in the town and its neighboring areas.

The LMB in Bohol was set up to help monitor compliance by the agents of the state and the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front on the Comprehensive Agreements on the Respect for Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

CARHRIHL is one of the key agreements entered into by both conflicting parties in the 35 year old struggle to find peace in the country.

In Inabanga, 25 of its 50 barangays with prevalent cases of human rights violations got into the LMB orientation given by Bohol LMB.

Bohol LMB coordinator Romeo Teruel led the board composed of government and civil society agents in giving the proper orientation to the community.

The orientation cascades the roles and responsibilities of the members of the local LMB, which has been institutionalized by an executive order issued by Governor Erico Aumentado.

By the same executive order, Bohol can now set up around six local LMBs, two per district. Aside from Inabanga, District 2 also has an LMB set up in Talibon while District 1 has Catigbian and Loon and District 3 has Mabini and Carmen.

Mayor Jose Jono Jumamoy said he welcomed the development even as he aggressively campaigns for cottage industries translating to more jobs and better hopes for his people who have shown excellence in crafts over time.

Peace, he said is not just the absence of war but having the capability to make out for their lives and living with the means to cover their basic needs.

Historically the hometown of a local hero Francisco Dagohoy, Inabanga has eloquently shouted that the town is home to freedom and peace fighters.

Source: BoholNewsDaily

Visa’s tips on Internet banking

MANILA, Philippines – With the advent of the Internet, consumers can do just about anything without leaving the comforts of their own home. Some of these include paying bills, shopping, and Internet banking. Almost every bank now offers online banking, allowing its customers to do their transactions with just a few clicks.

Internet banking has several advantages. Not only does it save consumers a lot of time, but they will also be free from any miscellaneous fees or charges usually imposed upon when they go through ATMs. With Internet banking, balance inquiries and bills payments are rendered free of charge.

Through Internet banking, one enjoys the ease of automating their financial transactions. Some of these are:

• Automatic Bill Pay -- you can arrange with your bank to automatically pay some of your bills through online banking. Many banks are offering this feature and some even offer freebies and discounts when you apply with their online bills payment program. Although this is of convenience, you should also be careful especially if your cash flow is sporadic. If so, then you can face penalties for lack of available funds.
• Automatic Transfer -- online banking allows customers to transfer money from their checking accounts to either their savings account or investment fund. This is very easy to do and all you have to do is contact your local branch to find out how.
• Automate Your Records -- with online banking, you can easily update your financial records and balance your checkbook in just easy steps.
• Bank From Anywhere -- because you no longer have to step out of your own home, online banking is very easy. Managing your accounts and paying your bills is easy and you can do it even when in your pajamas. You can even do it when you’re in another country as long as you have an Internet connection.

One of the dangers, however, posed by online banking is identity theft. This happens when your personal financial information gets into the wrong hands, which can lead to devastating results. Below are some steps to avoid falling victim to identity theft:

• Practice Safe Internet Use -- always delete spam emails that ask for your personal information, and always keep your anti-virus and anti-spyware software up-to-date. When shopping online, go only for those with secure web pages (check the bottom of your browser for an image of a lock or look for “https” in the address bar). Do not send credit card numbers and other personal information via email.
• Destroy Private Records -- tear up or shred credit card statements; ATM, credit, or debit card receipts; bank deposit receipts; loan solicitations; and other documents that contain private financial information.
• Beware of Scams -- Always be on the defensive with your private information. Never give out personal information to telemarketers or respond to emails from someone claiming to represent your bank, credit card company, a government agency, a charity, or other organization. If you think the request is legitimate, contact the company directly to confirm their claims.

Visa believes that one of the most important financial tools is not a product but knowledge. That is why Visa has been developing financial literacy programs that teach individuals how to spend, save and budget responsibly. In 2009 Visa committed to reach 20 million people worldwide with financial education by 2013.

Visa launched this year's financial literacy program through a FIFA Financial Football game to complement Visa's sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup 2010. The interactive and educational game (www.visa-asia.com/financialfootball) allows players to gain financial knowledge and put their money management know-how to the test.

Source: Inquirer

Void Mitra victory, SC urged

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has been asked to nullify the proclamation of Palawan governor-elect Abraham Mitra since he had been disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) prior to the May 10 polls for failure to meet residency requirements.

Palawan residents Antonio Gonzales and Orlando Balbon Jr., who had questioned Mitra’s qualifications before the Comelec, this time pressed their case in the high court, saying that Mitra violated election laws and should be disqualified despite winning the gubernatorial race.

In a supplemental comment filed with the tribunal on May 26, Gonzales and Balbon cited a Supreme Court ruling that nullified the proclamation of a mayor who won election in 2007 and who had been earlier disqualified by the Comelec.

They pointed out that the high court had unanimously held that a winning candidate’s “disqualification must stand because the rule of law, as framed by Congress representing the national will, must prevail over the will of the people in a given locality.”
The Comelec disqualified Mitra as a gubernatorial candidate despite his having been a three-term congressman representing the second district of Palawan after he failed to support his claim that he was now a resident of Aborlan town.

As a representative he had lived in Puerto Princesa City but the city is a separate entity from the province of Palawan which he will serve as governor, according to those opposed to him.

Mitra continued his campaign for governor after he was able to secure a status quo order from the Supreme Court three days before May 10, which in effect stayed the Comelec’s disqualification order.

Source: Inquirer

Roadside blast kills soldier, hurt 7 others in Davao City

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Communist rebels killed a government soldier and wounded seven others in a firefight in Davao City in the southern Philippines, an Army official said Sunday.

The official said the soldier was killed in a roadside blast in Sibulan village in Toril District over the weekend, while soldiers were pursuing New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents.

“The death of our soldier only embolden the rest of the fighting troops to strive without let-up in bringing to justice those responsible in the attacks against the people," said Army Captain Emmanuel Garcia, a spokesman for the 10th Infantry Division.

He said troops clashed with rebels three times earlier on Sunday after villagers tipped off the military about the presence of insurgents in the area.

“Our troops suffered casualties due to the improvised explosive device which the terrorist blew up along the way. The use of IED by the NPA shows their treacherous method as a terrorist organization. It is an utter disregard to the safety of non-combatants to place IED along the way where ordinary people might get hurt as in many previous incidents in the region attest," Garcia said.

The NPA is fighting for decades now for the establishment of a separate Maoist state in the country. Peace talks with manila had collapsed in 2004 after the NPA, the military wing of the outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines, accused President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of reneging on several agreements, among them the release of all political prisoners in the country.

Source: GmaNews

MAC To The Beach Collection

MAC To The Beach
Just in time for summer's first weekend, MAC's To The Beach offers everything from lipgloss, to bronzers, to shadows and liners that transform you to a surfer girl, whether you're headed to the beach or just want to look like you've been there.  Here are our favorites from the collection:

MAC Marine Life High-Light Powder

The Marine Life High-Light Powder is the prettiest piece in the set, a pressed powder in the mold of a seahorse in shades of pink, peach and pearl.  Wear it on top of your cheekbones or under your brows.

MAC Lustre Drops

The Lustre Drops in Sun Rush give you a dewy bronze glow as if you've been in the sun all afternoon.  We mixed this with our body lotion for our shoulders and legs to give them the same shimmering glow.

The Creme Bronzer is a good alternative to powder when your skin is dry from the wind and sun.  Spread this with your fingertips where the sun would hit your cheeks, forehead, chin and even the bridge of your nose for the most natural look. 

MAC Lipglass

The Lipglass and Lipsticks each come in pretty coral plastic cases with shell prints.  The shades range from frosty peaches to brozed plums, so there's a shade for just about everyone.

MAC's version of the summer's hot teal color is the Shimmermoss Eye Shadow.  Use this along your lid to make you eyes pop against your new broze complexion.

MAC To The Beach Bag

Last, we'd love to get our hands on the MAC To The Beach Bag with its coral print, it would make the perfect carryall for our books, water, and lotion.

How to Fake Your Best Tan

We love Carmindy on What Not to Wear and she brings the same straight talk to Daily Makeover. Recently she discussed the best way to fake a great tan. You know us, we're big proponents of looking like you've got a tropical tan without actually exposing yourself to the sun's harmful rays.  Read on to see Carmindy's advise on getting the most natural-looking fake tan ever.

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Bachelorette Party Guide Los Angeles

andaz hotel Los Angeles

Our next installment on Bachelorette Party City Guides is up on AOL's Aisle Dash. You won't want to miss this one if you're planning a bachelorette -- or a girls' getaway -- in Los Angeles.

BEAVER

When I was a little kid, my friend Becky Mendoza invented a game to play while we were riding on the school bus. Whenever we saw a Volkswagen we had to point at it and shout "Beaver!" I'm telling you this because now that I'm working again I'm driving to and from work every day and I am astonished at the number of morons I see texting, dialing and talking on the phone while driving. I see them in

I couldn't resist ...

Separated at birth?

Rocker Hair



Men and Short Hair: What Do They Really Think?

We've always heard that men prefer longer hair.  We've had our hair long for most of our lives, only once or twice cutting it short.  We'd like to think that we're not wearing our hair long just for the men in our lives; but because it flatters us.  Daily Makeover's Sarah Mansour took a closer look and reported back to us.  Read more here.
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Web Snob May 28th, 2010

The best of fashion and beauty around the web:

E! News fashion commentator Giuliana Rancic talked swimsuit season tips with Stiletto Jungle.

Allie is Wired has pictures of Lindsay Lohan's back-to-blonde look.

Bag Snob has the most stylish doctor bag ever!

Beauty Snob has a great new DIY treatment that quickly tackles a number of beauty issues that is worth trying before checking into a medical spa.

Coquette discovers a fresh take on classic chambray, that involve no western-style shirts!

The Jet Set Girls recap the Makeup Show NYC and tell the best new products.

Manolo says, some enchanged evening, you may see South Pacific.

Get Carrie Bradshaw's clover necklace from SATC 2--SHEfinds has the scoop.

Second City Style not only discusses the amazing new essie 6-piece Summer 2010 Collection we're giving one away.

Shopping and Info found the best white dresses by Thakoon and Riller & Fount for summer.

The Beuaty Stop found a $14 foundation that actually looks better as the day goes on.

The Fashion Bomb offers tips on What to Wear to a Memorial Day Barbecue.

The Shoe Goddess says to ditch your boring black shoes and try bright yellow!

Sex and the City 2: Our Review


We had low expectations for Sex and the City 2 because the trailer portrayed the plot as slim and the early reviews cut it no slack, so we were surprised we enjoyed it as much as we did.  Of course, there's no denying we are gaga for fashion, the New York lifestyle, and the importance of a handful of close girlfriends.

We went to a screening on Wednesday night sponsored by Coty and Sarah Jessica Parker's new fragrance SJPNYC.  In our eyes, the two biggest stars of this movie were the fashion and the locations.  You couldn't count SJP's outfits, in fact it would make a good drinking game.  We spent lots of time over dinner dissecting the movie's styles so the fashion made its impression on us.
SJP

After an awkward beginning where contrived plot lines and tired banter jostled us around aimlessly, our fave foursome takes off on a first class trip to Abu Dhabi  (Morocco was beautiful in the role of Abu Dhabi).  The girls stayed in the Amanenja hotel and scenes with Aidan were shot at the new Mandarin Oriental.
Amanenja hotel


The plot thickened in the last twenty minutes or so and carried the girls back home and back to their lives.  We wish the entire movie were more clever and engaging;  but we still encourage all of our girlfriends to go; but do your better halves a favor and leave them behind.  Unless they're fans of haute couture and scantily clad Australian jocks, the payback would be too big.

See where we stayed for our SATC 2/birthday extravaganza.

On Our Radar: The Carlton Hotel NYC

On Wednesday night, we booked a double room at the The Carlton, a Preferred Hotel and Resort in Midtown right off of Madison Square Park.  It's close to Penn Station, which would have been great had our cab driver not taken us on a long tour of the city (there was a mix-up with the address).  The lobby was impressive, as we had expected.  We were running late and unfortunately the hotel restaurant, Country, wasn't serving lunch.

Carlton Hotel Guestroom

Our first guest room was stylish and contemporary, though small for the four us.  Our luck changed when the air conditioner conked out.  After a call to the front desk and a visit from the service technician, we were shuttled up to the Empire Suite which had a much bigger bedroom, a huge sitting area with a long dining table and best of all: a view of the Empire State Building. 

Carlton Hotel Suite
We recommend the Carlton for its location, the attentiveness of the staff, the comfortable rooms, and the good sized bathrooms.

Read more about why we chose the Carlton Hotel

We were given a special press rate for our stay at the Carlton Hotel.

Evidence needed in poll fraud claims--solon

MANILA, Philippines -- Statements made by a witness and a former censors chief in the media about alleged fraud in the May 10 national elections should be backed up by evidence, Makati Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Friday at the resumption of the hearing by the House committee on electoral reforms and suffrage, of which the lawmaker is chairman.

The masked man, whom Locsin has called a "koala bear," claimed that votes were shaved from the total votes of administration candidates Gilbert Teodoro and former President Joseph Estrada in favor of another presidential candidate.

Manoling Morato, former censors chief, who appeared before the committee Wednesday, said seven men who introduced themselves as Commission on Elections officials approached him and offered their services to help Teodoro gain votes.

In Friday's hearing, lawyer Angeline Carrasco also narrated about the flash cards and election paraphernalia found in a dumpsite in Cagayan de Oro.

Source: Inquirer

Palace chides critics of Ombudsman decision on ZTE mess

Malacañang chided its critics Friday for raising doubts about the justice system after Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez cleared the outgoing First Couple from the $329.48-million ZTE broadband deal mess.

Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said critics doubting the Ombudsman’s decision on the ZTE mess can save their grievances for the next administration.

“Yan ang dapat isipin ng tao, di kung kailan gusto nila idamay ang this or that, masusunod sila, at kung di masusunod, sasabihin nila may failure of justice, di tama yan. Dapat mangibabaw ang justice system at rules dito (That’s what people should consider, instead of wanting to drag down this or that person whenever they feel like it, and when it doesn’t happen, they will say there’s failure of justice. That’s not right. The justice system and its rules must prevail)," Olivar said in an interview on dwIZ radio.

Besides, he said even the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee found no basis to include outgoing President and incoming Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the list of people to be charged.

He noted the Senate has less stringent rules on evidence than the regular courts.

Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez had ordered charges filed against former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos and Social Security System head Romulo Neri for the ZTE mess.

The Ombudsman also ordered the immediate suspension of Neri after it dismissed his appeal of an earlier ruling recommending the filing of graft and administrative charges against him and Abalos.

But it cleared outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from the charges, citing her presidential immunity. First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, a law school classmate of Gutierrez, was absolved due to lack of probable cause.

Malacañang’s critics, including some Catholic Church officials, voiced doubts over the decision, saying it should have included people higher than Neri and Abalos.

“We have to stop, di dapat natin pangunahan ang justice system (We have to stop this. We cannot preempt the justice system)," Olivar said.

On the other hand, Olivar said the next developments on the case will likely unfold under the next administration, which takes over on June 30.

“Ang detalye nito, in the next few months magkaroon ng katuluyan at tingnan natin saan hahantong ang prosesong ito (In the next few months the details of the case will continue to unfold, and we will see where the process leads)," he said.

Meanwhile, Olivar laughed off Senate minority leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr.’s claim that the Ombudsman’s “last-minute" decision was a peace offering of sorts to the incoming administration.

“Interesting ang statement pero ang importante ang pagsulong ng ganitong proseso, di dapat bahiran ng political consideration (That is an interesting statement but what’s important is that our pursuing the process is not tainted by political considerations)," he said.

On Thursday, senior Catholic Church officials questioned the Ombudsman’s decision to link only a few officials to the ZTE mess.

Former Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said government has much to do in proving its sincerity against graft.

Lagdameo said Abalos and Neri, then National Economic and Development Authority director general, may have gotten “instructions" from someone higher up.

“My question is from whom will Abalos and Neri receive commands? For me, it seems that they were only instrumental," said Lagdameo in an article on the CBCP news site.

Lagdameo also said he expects more information to surface when the two accused face the court.

“I urge them to face the accusation and tell the truth… they are bound to tell the truth," he said.

Meanwhile, the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) is pinning its hopes on the new president to address the situation.

AMRSP co-chairwoman Sr. Mary John Mananzan said that she is hoping president apparent Sen. Benigno Aquino III, would be able to keep his promise and fight corruption.

“That was what he (Aquino) promised that he would change the system and that he would fight corruption. The Office of the Ombudsman is one of the hubs of corruption…We look forward to a President Aquino administration," she said.

Mananzan, providing sanctuary to ZTE star witness Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr., believed that the Ombudsman should not have cleared Mr. Arroyo of graft charges.

“He (Mr. Arroyo) is involved (in the NBN-ZTE deal). They are stupid if they say that he is not involved…He is more responsible because he is on the top," the AMRSP official said.

Source: GmaNews

Marine Engineer Officers May 2010

The Professional Regulation Commission has released the Marine Engineer Officer board exam results as PRC announced that 1,047 out of 1,901 examinees passed the various grades of the written phase licensure exams given by the Board for Marine Engineer Officers in Manila.

The composition of the Philippine Board for Marine Engineer Officers are chairman:Engr. Jose G. Abugan; vice-chairman: Engr. Miguel O. Marasigan; members:Engr. Victoriano A. Alojado, Engr. Ferdinand R. Pascua and Engr. Eldefonso G. Uba.

View the Top 10 Marine Engineer Officer Board Passers

The successful examinees who garnered the top 10 places in the Chief Engineer Licensure Examination May 2010 are:
  1. GARY BARRAMEDA DEL ROSARIO, PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY - 84.50
  2. JEMAR DELADIA VALENCIA, PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY - 83.50
  3. GUILLERMO CAPIAN VALDEZ, PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY - 83.25
  4. FREDERICK SALVADOR PADRE, PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY - 82.25
  5. STALIN DAGPIN TRIBUNALO JR, MINDANAO POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE ACADEMY - 80.75
  6. MARK PHILLIP REYES LAURILLA, PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY - 80.75
  7. DANTE QUENDANGAN ANOG, TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF THE PHILIPPINES-QUEZON CITY - 80.50
The successful examinees who garnered the top 10 places in the Second Engineer Licensure Examination May 2010 are:
  1. MARCO LAPITAN BARREYRO, PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY - 90.50
  2. MARK GANDIA SANDIGIO, MARINERS POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE FOUNDATION-RAWIS - 90.00
    GLENN PETILUNA SOLANO, PALOMPON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY-PALOMPON - 90.00
  3. ROGELIO DAGUIO EVANGELISTA JR, TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA - 89.25
  4. JONATHAN ARAFILES SEGURITAN, PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY - 89.00
  5. RUDENCE GABUAT REYES, PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY - 88.75
    SANNY LUBOGAN TUAZON, ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MARITIME STUDIES 88.75
  6. RICHARD BARING ENOT, ZAMBOANGA CITY STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE - 88.25
    JOEY SABORNIDO MONTES, NAVAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY-NAVAL - 88.25
  7. ADRIEL ESPAÑAR CIOCO, MARITIME ACADEMY OF ASIA & THE PACIFIC - 88.00
  8. REYNALD VISQUERA CALIXTRO, PANGASINAN MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY - 87.50
  9. ROWEL MOLINO MOLO, PHILIPPINE MARITIME INSTITUTE-QUEZON CITY - 87.00
    JERSON DIMAYA PALTAO, BALIWAG MARITIME ACADEMY - 87.00
  10. DANIEL DULAY AFUYOG, PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY - 86.50
    JONATHAN CASTAÑOS UGSANG, PALOMPON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY-PALOMPON - 86.50
The successful examinees who garnered the top 10 places in the O.I.C. Licensure Examination May 2010 are:
  1. NIÑO KRISTOFFER LAURON CANONO, PHILIPPINE MARITIME INSTITUTE-BOHOL - 91.50
  2. MARK ALBERT DOLORIEL SANTILLAN, UNIVERSITY OF CEBU - 90.25
  3. MARK LESTER DELA FUENTE VENDICACION, BALIWAG MARITIME ACADEMY - 89.75
  4. RONNEL AGAMAO ILACAD, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY - 89.5
  5. JORVIE DACAYANAN CABILLO, NORTHERN PHILS. COLL. FOR MARITIME & TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES - 89.25
    GUALBERTO DAGANASOL ORTULA JR, EASTERN VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY (LIT)TACLOBAN - 89.25
  6. BRIAN JAY LORICO BALTAZAR, TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA - 89.00
    MARVIN ALCONABA CORTERO, TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF THE PHILIPPINES-QUEZON CITY - 89.00
    LLOYD CORPUZ REALIN, TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF THE PHILIPPINES-QUEZON CITY - 89.00
  7. WINSTON BADIANG TAGANNA, EASTERN VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY (LIT)TACLOBAN - 88.50
  8. WENMAR MONTAÑEZ CASILIHAN, MARINERS POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE FOUNDATION-BARAS - 88.25
    JAYSON GASPARIN ESTA, PALOMPON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY-PALOMPON 88.25
    NATHANIEL BAO-AN TUBA-ANG, NORTHERN PHILS. COLL. FOR MARITIME & TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES - 88.25
  9. MARK ANTHONY ESLAVA SALVADOR, ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MARITIME STUDIES - 88.00
    JADWAY LERIDA SILVIO, UNIVERSITY OF CEBU - 88.00
  10. NICOLAS JR RAVIZ RIGODON, ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MARITIME STUDIES - 87.75
Registration for the issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Cards for those who are exempted in the practical assessment will start on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 until June 11, 2010 in the Central Office; and on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 until June 7, 2010 in the Regional Offices.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) also announces that 622 examinees passed the computer based Walk-in-Examination System – Theoretical Phase for the Second Marine Engineers and Officer-In-Charge - E.W., that were held from January 1, 2010 to May 21, 2010 .

In addition, 580 applicants were approved for upgrading without examination as Chief Engineer Officers as per Board Res. No. 21 dated Feb. 4, 2010, Board Res. No. 28 dated Feb. 22, 2010, Board Res. No. 32 dated Mar. 8, 2010, Board Res. No. 43 dated Mar. 29, 2010, Board Res. No. 47 dated Apr. 14, 2010, Board Res. No. 51 dated Apr. 22, 2010, Board Res. No. 57(A) dated Apr. 30, 2010 and Board Res. No. 63 dated May 21, 2010 Series of 2010.

The oathtaking ceremony of the successful examinees as well as the previous ones who have not taken their Oath of Professional and those who opted to submit ERS Assessment Certificates will be held before the Board on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Roxas Blvd., Manila.

Certificate of Competency and Certificate of Endorsement shall be distributed during the oathtaking ceremony to the Chief Engineers and Second Engineers who successfully passed the board examinations and completed the required STCW 95 compulsory training and sea service. They shall proceed to MEOD and STCW section for registration and validation as soon as possible in order to expedite the processing of the above-mentioned certificates.

Registration for membership with the Marine Engineer Officers Association of the Philippines (MEOAP) will start after registration as a professional with the board and the Commission.

View the Following List of Exam:

Beating Frizz in Summer's Heat and Humidity

Devin Toth with Hope at Ted Gibson Salon NYC

Yesterday we stopped by Ted Gibson's salon in NYC for a blowout before our SATC screening and Anne's birthday extravaganza.  I had an appointment with Devin Toth who is featured in June's Allure magazine.  I asked him the best way to control frizz as the summer starts to heat up.

First use a product on damp hair with an anti-humectant like Ted Gibson's Build It then blow dry and style.  When hair is dry, layer on light coats of hairspray to create a barrier from humidity. At home I use Ted's Beautiful Hold hairspray.

Heidi and Hope and Abe & Arthurs

It was hot and humid last night and my hair held up well.  That's Heidi and I above at Abe & Arthur's for our after party.  To find Ted Gibson salon products or to make an appointment with Devin Toth, visit tedgibsonbeauty.com.

Where to find the latest new emo hairstyles?

In fact, there are many ways to find cool emo hairstyles, no matter for emo guys or emo girls. Find emo hairstyles pictures and try it.
Use search engine is a good idea, no matter use google, yahoo or bing, the best way to search hairstyles pictures is use image search, then you can get a lot results.

Another good way to find emo haircuts pictures is use online gallery. The photo bucket, flickr are good image websites that you can find a lot kids with differnet emo hairstyels.

Where to find the latest new emo hairstyles?

In fact, there are many ways to find cool emo hairstyles, no matter for emo guys or emo girls. Find emo hairstyles pictures and try it.
Use search engine is a good idea, no matter use google, yahoo or bing, the best way to search hairstyles pictures is use image search, then you can get a lot results.

Another good way to find emo haircuts pictures is use online gallery. The photo bucket, flickr are good image websites that you can find a lot kids with differnet emo hairstyels.

The Original Cosmo

cosmo cocktail

Mixing up a batch of Cosmos before heading to the SATC2 opening tonight? Try a modern twist on the classic cocktail created by Dale DeGroff. Dale created the original legendary cocktail at a Grammy's party in 1992 at the Rainbow Room. Madonna and her entourage were seated in the VIP section when she requested a "chic and delicious" cocktail. DeGroff served her the first ever Cosmo and the legend was born.

Will his new Cosmopolitan Dreams be as big a hit? Tell us what you think!

3/4 ounce Citrus Vodka
3/4 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce Cranberry juice
1/4 ounce Fresh lime juice
2 1/2 ounces Piper Heidsieck Champagne

Assemble the vodka, Cointreau, and juices in a boston shaker with ice and shake well to chill.

Strain into a champagne glass and fill with champagne.  Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

Learn more about the origin of the Margarita.

Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran top world disaster risk rankings

PARIS – Bangladesh, Indonesia and Iran are the countries that are the most vulnerable to natural disasters, according to a study released on Thursday.

Asia's twin giants, China and India, join them in the 15 countries that, out of 229, are rated as "extreme" risk.

The Natural Disasters Risk Index (NDRI) is compiled by a British risk advisory firm, Maplecroft, on the basis of disasters that occurred from 1980 to 2010.

It draws on a basket of indicators, including the number and frequency of these events, the total deaths that were caused and the death toll as a proportion of the country's population.

Disasters include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, storms, flooding, drought, landslides, heatwaves and epidemics.

"Poverty is an important factor in countries where both the frequency and impacts of natural disasters are severe," said Maplecroft's environmental analyst, Anna Moss.

"Poor infrastructure, plus dense overcrowding in high-risk areas like flood plains, river banks, steep slopes and reclaimed land, continually result in high casualty figures."

According to the NDRI's figures, Bangladesh has suffered more than 191,000 fatalities as a result of natural disasters in the past 30 years, and Indonesia a nearly equal number, the vast majority of which were inflicted by the December 2004 tsunami.

In Iran, the big vulnerability factor is earthquakes, which claimed 74,000 lives over this period.

India, ranked 11th, lost 141,000 lives -- including 50,000 to earthquakes, 40,000 to floods, 15,000 to epidemics and 23,000 to storms -- while the tally in China, rated 12th, was 148,000 lives, of which 87,000 were lost in the 2008 Sichuan quake.

Three G8 countries are considered "high risk," the next category down from "extreme."

They are France (17th in the overall rankings) and Italy (18th), which were hit by killer heatwaves in 2003 and 2006, and the United States (37th), whacked by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The countries least at risk are Andorra, Bahrain, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Qatar, San Marino and the United Arab Emirates.

Moss pointed to experts' warnings of the impact of climate change on rainfall. Disruption of weather patterns is predicted to lead to more frequent and bigger episodes of drought and flood.

"Our research highlights the need for even the wealthiest countries to focus on disaster risk reduction," she said.

Source: Inquirer

Town police chief who threatened reporter relieved

A police chief of a town in Southern Luzon was relieved from his post after he allegedly harassed a Manila-based radio reporter last week.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) said Chief Inspector Telesforo Domingo was relieved while an investigation on the incident is ongoing.

Domingo, who heads the police in Pola town in Mindoro Oriental, allegedly harassed dzMM radio reporter and Philippine National Police press corps president Noel Alamar last May 20. [See: Oriental Mindoro cops 'harass' Manila-based radio reporter]


Cops led by Chief Insp. Telesforo Domingo (right) harass and threaten dzMM reporter Noel Alamar (left) in Pola, Oriental Mindoro on May 20. — File photo, GMANews.TV
Alamar reported that Domingo and his men threatened to arrest and shoot him.

Domingo allegedly snatched Alamar’s company-issued camera and ordered his arrest for “obstruction of justice" after the reporter took footage of the policemen in civilian clothes carrying high-powered firearms around 9:30 p.m. Thursday last week in front of the house of mayor-elect Leandro “Dodjie" Panganiban Jr.

"Policemen are prohibited from bringing firearms while not in uniform under the election gun ban, which is effective until June 9, 2010," CMFR noted.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) reported that Alamar and his wife were in Pola to observe the death anniversary of Alamar’s mother.

During his stay at Pola, Alamar said he received complaints about Domingo’s alleged partisan activities during the May 10 polls.

Alamar informed Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan (Mimaropa, or Region IV-B) Regional director Chief Superintendent Paul Mascariñas and Oriental Mindoro Provincial chief Senior Superintendent Sonny Ricablanca of the alleged partisan activities of the Pola town police.

He said he also planned to interview Domingo for his side.

But Domingo had told GMANews.TV that the incident was only due to "lack of coordination" between Alamar and the police.

Domingo said he and his companions were in civilian clothes because they were in a hurry to serve warrants of arrest to the wife of the mayor-elect who was facing several criminal charges.

“We had to act immediately. Gabi kasi noon, mga 8:35 p.m. Isa pa, uncomfortable naman to be in uniform 24 hours (It was already evening. Besides, it was uncomfortable to be in uniform for 24 hours)," he told GMANews.TV.

The incident ended only after the Provincial Mobile Group and the incumbent mayor came, Alamar said.

Alamar retrieved his camera from the Pola police station last May 21.

He told CMFR that Domingo had talked to him and apologized for the incident.

Alamar said Ricablanca has ordered a thorough investigation and that an investigator has talked to him about the incident.

He will wait for the results of the police investigation before filing any complaint, Alamar said.

"Journalists and media practitioners have been under attack before and during the election period. On 9 May 2010, some Camiguin-based reporters were harassed and threatened by the provincial governor after they allegedly caught him and his men engaging in vote-buying.
On November 29 last year, 32 journalists and media workers were killed while accompanying a group of people on their way to the provincial office of the Commission on Elections to file the certificate of candidacy of a candidate for governor of the southern Mindanao province of Maguindanao," CMFR said.

Source: GmaNews

A Peek Inside Poppy King, "The Lipstick Queen"'s Carry On Bag

poppy king

We recently met Poppy King, aka the "Lipstick Queen" fresh from a trip to London. Here's what she travels with: 

My carry on bag is a large Louis Vuitton (I think this style is called “Never Full). It's super simple and fits everything.
Louis


What beauty products do you travel with?

I travel with Visine, NIA 24 Skin Strengthening Complex and my Lipstick Queen Medieval which is a lip balm and lip color in one.

Lipstick Queen Medieval

Do you have a favorite wrap or sweater for chilly planes?

Just a good old pashmina!

Are you currently reading any books or have a guilty pleasure magazine for the plane?

I am a real saint and sinner when it comes to reading...I read very heavy books (at the moment my 3rd Proust) and then when I am in a sinner mood I will buy those gossip mags for the plane.
Proust


What music do you listen to on your iPod when traveling?
Disco and funk so that it is upbeat and keeps me in a good mood.


Any favorite plane snacks?
Fruit! It adds the illusion that I am doing something healthy rather than sitting in an awful old plane.

Anything else you always travel with?
A toothbrush! No matter what state I am in if I have clean teeth I feel fresh.

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