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Solon Hails Spain for Aid to RP's Abaca Industry - PIA

Virac, Catanduanes (28 May) -- Outgoing Rep. Joseph Santiago of the lone district of this abaca-rich island province has cited the Spanish government for its P30 million grant for the building up of the Philippines' abaca industry that he said remains an enormous potential driver of economic growth in the countryside.

Abaca (Musa textilis Nee) or Manila hemp, a fiber crop indigenous to the Philippines, as a main source of strong natural fibers for domestic and international markets, brings an annual US$.6 million to the country.

The fund assistance released late last year to the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) by the Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para Desarollo (AECID), was used for the acquisition of mechanized abaca-stripping machines as part of the aggressive abaca development program being undertaken by the government.

The amount covers this province, noted as the "abaca capital of the Philippines," and Caraga, also a promising abaca produ…

Party List Winners Known Friday; Ako Bicol leads - Malaya

THE Commission on Elections, sitting as National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), will proclaim 10 party list winners at the very latest on Friday, spokesman James Jimenez said yesterday.

Based on the latest NBoC tally, Ako Bicol remains in the lead with 1,522,986 votes followed by Senior Citizens (1,292,182); Buhay (1,249,555); Akbayan (1,058,691); Gabriela (1,001,421); Coop-Natcco (943,529); 1-Care (768,829); Abono (766,615); Bayan Muna (746,019); and An Waray (711,631).

Rounding out the top 20 are Cibac (647,483); A Teacher (614,725); AGAP (515,501); Butil (506,703); ABC (469,093); AnakPawis (445,628); Kabataan (417,923); LPGMA (417,600); Abante Mindanao (376,011); and ACT Teachers (369,564).

Under the party-list system, party-list representatives must comprise 20 percent of the House membership, which is about 57 seats.

The number of nominees will be determined after all votes for party-list have been tallied.

A party list which gets 6 percent of the total votes is entitled to three s…

Very Peaceful Vote-Buying Indeed - CT

The May 10 automated elections was successful, particularly in the speed by which the precinct results were transmitted to the municipal and provincial canvassing boards.

There were negligible protests, as the only grounds for pre-proclamation controversies have been limited to just two: illegal composition and illegal proceedings of the board of election inspectors or canvassing board. That’s why the PBOC just noted the objections of the Wong counsels on May 13, specially their petition to exclude the Baras results.

The vote-buying was likewise generally peaceful, except for some candidates and their supporters who displayed unusual stupidity in bringing their money in obvious packaging. They were unlike some candidates who took the trouble in placing the cash in inconspicuous, ordinary-looking containers like spare tires and speaker boxes.

The cases against alleged vote-buyers would most likely be dismissed, some say, except if the candidate himself was the one who got caught and i…

Municipal Winners Proclaimed - CT

Candidates of the Lakas-Kampi held their ground in last Monday’s automated local elections in Catanduanes, winning seven of the 11 races. Seven incumbent mayors won their reelection bids.

In Bagamanoc, Mayor Odilon Pascua grabbed his third straight term by beating former Vice Gov. Vincent Villaluna’s mother Lina and Eduardo de Asis. Wilma Rivera won as vice mayor over Edwin Evangelista and Leo Presentacion.

In Baras, Vice Mayor Chito Chi succeeds Mayor Jose Teves Jr. as he moves up to the provincial capitol. He defeated challengers Ildefonso Torrente and Rustom Soledad. Councilor Edna Tomagan claimed the vice mayorship over Ely Carranza.

In Bato, JAS loyalist Mayor Eulogio Rodriguez soundly thrashed Juan Rodulfo while Vice Mayor Joselito Alberto easily fended three challengers – Erwin Rojas, Arturo Tarnate and former Vice Mayor Felicito Tasarra.

In Caramoran, the Popa husband-and-wife team bucked the loss of their campaign kitty, with Mayor Agnes Popa winning over Ma. Theresa Qua and …

Php 1.2M in Boxes - INQ

In Catanduanes, Army and Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) personnel manning a checkpoint seized P1.2 million in cash from four persons in a government-owned vehicle in Caramoran town 50 kilometers from the capital town of Virac.

Senior Supt. Rodegelio Gerero, Catanduanes police director, said members of the 22nd Cafgu Battalion of the 9th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Inalmasinan flagged down a black Isuzu D-max (SHE-355) registered to the Caramoran local government at about 9 p.m. Sunday.

In the vehicle were Provincial Board Member Natalio Popa Jr., who is running for councilor, Caramoran casual employee Jose Tabinas and four other men.

It was from the four men that the cash totaling more than P1.2 million, contained in two Zest-O boxes and a plastic bag, as well as pocket calendars and pictures of Popa’s wife, Caramoran Mayor Agnes Popa, and Rep. Joseph Santiago, a gubernatorial candidate, were found.

Board Member Popa reportedly disappeared while the soldiers were …

Take the Money - CT

But don’t run.

We join the PPCRV-Namfrel-LENTE in calling on all voters to participate in the May 10, 2010 elections and in selecting deserving and committed public elected officials who will lead the country and province towards genuine development, and restore and preserve our natural resources and national patrimony.

Many of the province’s 153,293 voters in 315 barangays may have already started accepting bribes of cash and goods from candidates whose desire to win persuades them to abandon their respect for the law. But they can still somehow redeem themselves on Monday, by voting for candidates of known integrity, character and proven performance

A few of the candidates in the 11 municipalities sincerely want to conduct a clean and honest campaign: no mudslinging and no vote-buying. But they are chastened by the fact that such a strategy does not guarantee victory most of the time. And so most of them are joining the bandwagon of dirty politics.

This is not to say that the polit…

Palace Jet Aborts Landing Due to Cattle on Runway - CT

Cows, carabaos and goats grazing on the Virac Airport runway forced a Malacañang jet to abort its unscheduled landing last Saturday afternoon. According to reliable sources, the Fokker Fellowship F-28 short-range jet with tail number RP-1250 filed a flight plan for Virac shortly before 4 P.M. while it was at Cagayan de Oro airport. When the control tower there advised the unidentified pilot that the Virac airport flight operations closed at 2 P.M., the latter said that he was proceeding to Virac at his own discretion. When the aircraft approached Virac near sunset, it could not contact the airport control tower as its controllers had already gone home. Witnesses said the plane first made a low pass apparently to check the airport before landing and then went around for its final approach. Approaching the runway from the west, the aircraft was seen to have lowered its landing gear and then just as it dropped down, it suddenly increased power to its engines and aborted the landing.…