BLUE RIBBON SPURNS AQUINO REQUEST TO STOP BINAY PROBE

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

     The Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee has spurned a reported request by President Benigno Aquino to stop its investigation into Vice President Jejomar Binay’s massive corruption.

Senators Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes and Koko Pimentel in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee investigation on alleged corruption of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Senators Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes and Koko Pimentel in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee investigation on alleged corruption of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

The probe may continue up to May, said Senator Antonio Trillanes, who along with subcommittee head Senator Koho Pimentel and Senator Peter Allan Cayetano has been hearing evidence in the alleged overpricing by Binay in the 11-story P2.3 billion Makati City Parking Building II and the Vice President’s alleged hidden wealth including the 450-hectare, P1.2 billion Hacienda Binay in Rosario, Batangas.

     Apparently bent on “hanging” Binay, Trillanes said the subcommittee has not yet completed its hearings as reports said that Aquino wanted the subcommittee to wrap up its 4-month probe and file charges if evidence warrant.

          Aquino however has denied that he asked the Blue Ribbon to put closure to the hearings.

     He said he merely relayed to Senate President Franklin Drilon the request of Binay to stop the investigation.

DAVAO TO RENT AN ” M/V EBOLA” IN CASE OF EPIDEMIC

WHO: DEATH TOLL AT 5, 177

Death toll of the Ebola virus outbreak stands at 5,177 and 14,413 people are infected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report released on Friday, November 14, 2014.

West Africa is the hardest hit by the deadly virus, with 2,812 deaths recorded in Liberia, 1,187 in Sierra Leone and 1,166 in Guinea.

The Ebola virus can be transmitted from person to person through a direct contact (through injured skin or mucous membranes) or with objects contaminated with the virus. The Ebola virus disease, previously known as the Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe illness in humans, often fatal, according to the WHO. (PNA)

Davao City renting an “M/V EBOLA”

FOR lack of isolation facilities that would cater to Ebola patients whenever the outbreak reaches the Philippines, particularly Davao City, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is seriously considering on renting a ship that would serve as a hospital and isolation area.

In a recent consultative meeting with hospitals, health authorities, and other government agencies, Duterte learned that the Southern Philippines Medical Center, the region’s premier government hospital, only have four rooms in their isolation building.

Duterte said that if worse comes to worst, he would also be calling on the police and the military to restrain and control the people especially when the Ebola virus becomes pandemic in the city.

“We only need one soul to come in with Ebola and we are done,” said Duterte.

EBOLA FASTFACTS

- Ebola has killed 4,922 people, or about 50 percent of 10,141 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to the U.N.’s World Health Organization. It says the true death toll may be three times as much or 15,000 people, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases.

- Ebola emerged in a remote forest region of Guinea in March and has also turned up in Nigeria, Senegal and Mali. Health officials declared Nigeria and Senegal Ebola-free in October.

- There is no vaccine or cure for Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever. In past outbreaks, fatality rates have reached up to 90 percent. Ebola causes fever, flu-like pains, bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea.

- Pharmaceutical companies are working on experimental Ebola vaccines and antiviral drugs, but a significant number of doses will not be available until at least the first quarter of 2015.

- Ebola is not airborne. It is transmitted through blood, vomit, diarrhea and other bodily fluids. Healthcare workers in West Africa have been among the hardest hit by the outbreak.

- Ebola symptoms generally appear between two and 21 days after infection, meaning there is a significant window during which an infected person can escape detection, allowing them to travel. However, they are not considered contagious until they start showing symptoms.

- Recovery from Ebola depends on the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

- Ebola patients have been treated in the United States, Spain, Germany, France, Norway and the United Kingdom. (Graphic: http://link.reuters.com/dek33w)

- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that the number of infections could rise to up to 1.4 million people by early next year without a massive global intervention to contain the virus.

- The United States, Britain, France, China, Cuba and international organizations are pouring funds, supplies and personnel into the affected parts of West Africa.

PULONG Duterte merits a new black belt in Taekwondo

 

By Romy Sabaldan

PAOLO DUTERTE, Vice-Mayor of Davao City, has no qualms over his achievements in martial arts being published in the newspaper.

 

We just took the initiative to do what is needed for public information and exemplify to our young people a model in sports excellence emanating from the core of leadership and public service.

Being a Duterte, the young presiding officer of the city’s lawmakers cannot hide from the spotlight especially of his hard-earned promotion in the art of self-defense.

Those who have attained a certain degree of expertise in man-to-man combat usually do not flaunt what they possessed and are capable of doing on their own.

The Vice-Mayor may have been enticed to do the rigors of the popular South Korean sport for his physical well-being, discipline and self-confidence.

As second highest public official in command, he is always surrounded with alert and menacing bodyguards who are trained VIP escorts, versed in the quickdraw and with bullets flying faster than the quickest ax kicks.

It was not easy for the young Duterte to achieve the feat following long years of practice in the art.

Master Kim himself, who is the pioneering spirit of the martial arts sport in Mindanao, would only issue such kind of promotion under the strictest scrutiny and years of training by his proteges applying the traditional discipline which had made South Korean Taekwondo artists the dominant Olympic champions since the sport was admitted as one of the newest, official Olympic events.

Martial arts sports originating from the different friendly nations have always been an effective tool to promote unity, diplomacy and sports-cultural exchanges. In fact our own doble baston is very popular and widely practiced as a physical fitness program in such big first world countries as Canada, the United States, Germany and Great Britain.

Taekwondo is to South Koreans as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the Brazilians, Judo and Karate to the Japanese and Arnis de Mano to us Filipinos.

 

AQUINO WANTS CHARGES FILED ASAP IN SENATE BINAY CORRUPTION PROBE

Originally posted on DURIANBURGDAVAO:

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

President Benigno Aquino has asked the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee to speed up its investigation into alleged corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family and file charges if warranted by evidence.

Aquino said he wants closure to the subcommittee probe that has stolen the attention of senators and the public that otherwise could have been focused on other important issues.

Aquino, interviewed on November 11 in China where he is attending the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC), said he wants the subcommittee to wrap up its probe as “soon as possible.”
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Senators Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes and Koko Pimentel in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee investigation on alleged corruption of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Senators Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes and Koko Pimentel in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee investigation on alleged corruption of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
The Blue Ribbon subcommittee composed of Binay critics Senators  Antonio Trillanes IV, Alan Peter Cayetano and Aquilino Pimentel III, has heard witnesses and gathered evidence after 4 months of investigation…

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AQUINO WANTS CHARGES FILED ASAP IN SENATE BINAY CORRUPTION PROBE

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

President Benigno Aquino has asked the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee to speed up its investigation into alleged corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family and file charges if warranted by evidence.

Aquino said he wants closure to the subcommittee probe that has stolen the attention of senators and the public that otherwise could have been focused on other important issues.

Aquino, interviewed on November 11 in China where he is attending the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC), said he wants the subcommittee to wrap up its probe as “soon as possible.”
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Senators Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes and Koko Pimentel in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee investigation on alleged corruption of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Senators Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes and Koko Pimentel in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee investigation on alleged corruption of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
The Blue Ribbon subcommittee composed of Binay critics Senators  Antonio Trillanes IV, Alan Peter Cayetano and Aquilino Pimentel III, has heard witnesses and gathered evidence after 4 months of investigation that has caught into its web former Makati City Mayor Elenita Binay, the Vice President’s wife, and his son, incumbent Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay.

 

The senators earlier said the subcommittee has not yet completed its evidence gathering and the hearings will have to continue.
Binay has disregarded invitations by the subcommittee to attend the hearings to be able to dispute the allegations.
Binay denied the allegations of corruption and said the hearings are “demolition jobs” aimed to derail his presidential bid in 2016.
Binay is the potential presidential candidate of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrda.
The Liberal Party of Aquino is positioning Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as its standard bearer.
Former Makati City officials led by former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, a former Binay political ally, have testified before the subcommittee on the rigging of the award and the overpricing of the P2.2 billion 11-story Makati City Parking Building II and other city government projects when Binay was the sitting mayor of Makati City.
Mercado said Binay, his wife and son, shook down the contractor of the projects to cough up commissions of 13 percent of project cost.
     Mercado has also linked the Vice President and his family to the P1.2 billion 450-hectare Hacienda Binay in Rosario, Batangas.
     In his testimony during the last hearing last month of the subcommittee, Mercado presented bank documents on Binay’s alleged dollar deposits in Hong Kong banks that he said were never declared in the Vice President’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).
In the China interview, Aquino noted the slow pace of the probe and the allegations and presentation of evidence are coming “in dribs and drabs.”
Aquino said he thinks the Senate hearings have distracted the senators and the public from other important issues and problems.
While it’s ongoing, the problem continues. You have to solve the problem as soon as possible, so that you can move on to the next challenge, Aquino said.
Aquino said all the evidence against Binay should already be presented so that the Senate could focus on other issues.

TALES OF DESTRUCTION – 9th Solo Exhibit by Anoy Catague

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DAVAO CITY JOURNALIST and tourism promotion advocate IAN GARCIA, left, with Catague

“Tales of Destruction”

BY ANOY CATAGUE

MUSEO DABAWENYO

DAVAO CITY

NOV. 10 – DEC. 11, 2014

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