Month: September 2012

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Four Western Countries also Issue Security Advisories in PH

Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and New Zealand also issued their own security warnings in the country on September 29, following the security warning earlier issued by the US Embassy. Australia and UK, in particular, categorized the security alert under terrorism threat. According to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website, “This advice has been...

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Teenagers’ Trip Leads to Death of a Girl

A 13-year-old girl was allegedly killed by two teenagers past Saturday midnight in Barangay Talayan, Quezon City during a birthday party brawl. The victim was identified as Jeslie dela Cruz, while the two teen suspects were Jovit Guerrero and Victorino Diaz, both 19 years old. Guerrero and his friends were said to have attacked dela...

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US Embassy Warns American Citizens in Metro Manila

The United States Embassy issued a three-page security advisory Friday, September 28, warning American citizens in Metro Manila, particularly in Pasay City, of a threat “detected by reliable security forces.” However, the threat, which is in effect until October 10, has not been determined by the advisory. But according to the advisory, U.S. Ambassador Harry...

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Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program: How Is It Going So Far?

I wasn’t aware of the so-called 4Ps being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) until I’ve observed the overwhelming influx of mothers, along with their kids, in Bicol Poblacion stores one fine day—and it’s not even a Sunday! Apparently, it’s the encashment day for household beneficiaries of the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino...

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Protecting Philippine Seas Through Community Efforts

The Philippines is considered to be a center of marine biodiversity in the world and boasts a treasure of rich marine resources just beyond its 36,289 kilometers coastline and its 2.2 million square kilometers of territorial waters which include its Exclusive Economic Zone. But such a large repository of marine resources is not safe from...

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Barangay Tanod Gets Stabbed For Apprehending Motorcycle Riders

A barangay tanod, identified by police authorities as Riane Yadao, of Panorama St., Barangay Concepcion Uno, Marikina City is now in critical condition after three men onboard a motorcycle stabbed him 21 times the other night at around 11 p.m. According to Philstar.com, the incident occurred when Yadao, who was said to be on-duty as a...

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Where Should We Draw the Line in Cyber Security?

Many have raised their eyebrows upon the enactment of the Cyber Crime Prevention Law, while others felt vindicated, particularly those who have fallen prey to Internet fraud. Whether or not cyber activities should be regulated, it is important to draw the line between freedom and responsibility in the cyber-world. Amidst the controversial Internet regulation, let’s...

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[Update] Job Fair, Serbisyong Bayan, Gala Night For Peace at SM The Block

A KaPEACEtahan Festival, organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), was held on September 21 at the SM North Edsa The Block Atrium in Quezon City to commemorate the International Day of Peace, and also as part of the National Peace Consciousness Month celebration with this year’s theme “Ako....

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PH Army Vs. Rebel Groups: The Bicol Saga Continues

NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur—The series of rebel encounters might not have come as a surprise anymore with the long history of clashes between Philippine army troops and rebel groups in the region such as the Donsol clash and Palanas combat, and of late, the Bulusan encounter. At around 10:00 a.m. on September 6, 2012, Philippine...

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The Bayanihan Experience in Bohol: Winning and Keeping the Peace

Bohol, known for its wonders like the Chocolate Hills and the home of tarsiers, is a peaceful place. In the past, it has been plagued with conflict as it was also affected by insurgency. But after a decade of initiatives and reforms, Bohol got rid of its insurgency problem and became a model for the...