Militant groups honor victims of Martial Law

Protesters denounce Duterte’s indecisiveness LEGAZPI CITY --- Some 100 militant activist from multi-sectoral progressive groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) stage on Monday, Sept. 21, protest rally marking the 48th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law at the Albay’s Penaranda Freedom Park here. Nica Ombao, Gabriela-National Alliance of Filipino Women Bicol regional coordinator, said the protest action was to commemorate the fallen heroes that fought for democracy during the dark days of Martial Law. Ombao said that aside from honoring the patriots that defended democracy against the Marcos dictatorship, the protesters reiterated their call against the unabated hu

Naga mulls abattoir upgrade to Triple A

NAGA CITY --- Mayor Nelson Legacion said the city government is now completing the details of a proposal that seeks to upgrade its abattoir from Double “A” to Triple “A” category. In his virtual press briefing on Monday, Sept. 21, he said the “AAA” category would allow the city slaughterhouse to cater to the butchering needs of neighboring towns in the 3rd district of Camarines Sur. “The proposal, which is being prepared by a technical working group, will be presented to the Department of Agriculture and the National Meat Inspection Service in the hope that it would boost the city government’s aim to upgrade the facility’s category,” Legacion said. The mayor said he is optimistic that the c

2 Albay barangay officials shot dead

LEGAZPI CITY --- A barangay captain and his treasurer in Albay town were gunned down by unidentified suspects on Monday (Sept. 22) afternoon, a police official said. Major Domingo Tapel Jr., Guinobatan police chief, identified the fatalities as Luzviminda Dayandante, 50, barangay chairperson and Albert P. Orlina, 45, barangay treasurer, both of Batbat in Guinobatan, Albay. Tapel said at around 3:45 PM on Sept. 22, the victims while on board a motorcycle passing through Sitio Gumian, Barangay Sinungtan, were fired upon by unidentified suspects. “Based on police investigation, Dayandante sustained four gunshot wounds while Orlina suffered a gun shot at his back from M-16 rifle,” Tapel said.

AKB vows to boost SUCs’ net signal

LEGAZPI CITY --- The Ako Bicol Party-List (AKB) has started its series of consultative meetings with officials of state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Bicol region to help boost their existing internet connectivity for their online classes. “We are now planning that all universities in Bicol must upgrade their connectivity from internet up to the software and technology. Para ma digitize maray (to be able to digitize more), to transform from enrollment to online services,” AKB Rep. Elizaldy Co said on Monday, Sept. 21. He said that schools must upgrade their information technology (IT) capabilities to be able to adopt to the rising demand for connectivity as a result of the coronavi

Group conducts coastal clean up, gives seeds

COASTAL CLEAN UP. Members of the SEACAD movement clean the beaches of San Miguel and Lamit Bays as part of their environmental advocacy and promotion of productivity among the youth amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo by SEACAD Youth Movement Members of the Sustainable Environment Advocacy towards Coastal Advanced Development (SEACAD) group have conducted coastal clean up and distributed free vegetable seedlings to village resident of Tinambac town to ease hunger and provide livelihood amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The group is a local government unit (LGU) supported youth movement in Tinambac that

Albay marks P’francia feast amidst pandemic

CAMALIG, Albay---Though all roads leading to Naga City was closed for devotees of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia during her week-long feast due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, faithful from other parts of the Bicol region never stopped professing their devotion and strong faith in “Ina”, the patroness of Bicolandia. In barangay Salugan here, where a miniature image of “Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia” is housed in a centennial Camagong wood inside the El Miro De Shie Integrated Farm, the statue of “Ina” was decorated by buddies Alwin Moralejo, a makeup artist and Ronald Lita, a local designer of Atelier Ronaldo, along with the children of village chieftain Shiela Dino and Edmiro Dino f

EDITORIAL: Chameleonic Traits

The 48th anniversary of the infamous Proclamation No. 1081 dated September 21,1972, which gave way to the conjugal dictatorship passed almost not noticed, except for some protests basically warning on the lessons versus tyranny. But other than voicing out condemnation of authoritarianism more serious discussions have never been conducted in order to systematically analyze the cause or causes leading to such a sorry situation. Truth to tell this tendency to commit abuses by government leaders can be primarily traced to our practice as a people. A part of culture perhaps. History shows that most of our leaders have been opportunists who tend to ingratiate themselves to whoever is in power. Thi

Out of the Blackout

I may have escaped Covid-19 infection; but it seems we couldn’t escape the whole day brownout. It has been semi-regular that whole day weekend brownouts revolve around the CASURECO districts. For a scheduled Saturday, homebodies endure the baking heat and hiatus from electricity for a whole dragging twelve hours. I’m sure the powers that plug the powers have a rational justifiable explanation/excuse for maintenance of the lines which would benefit the entire cooperative in the long run. Interestingly, these supposedly necessary suspensions of power supply can be suspended as per request of government officials by virtue of the fiesta celebrations. So, no brownout for the blowout. I supp

False Memories and the Martial Law Years

When people posted online placards bearing the words, “Never Again,” on the 21st of September, others issued this correction: Martial Law was not declared on September, 21, 1972. Strange for a date that initiated an age, which robbed people their freedom to be easily forgotten. The documentations and the media of that period would not serve as guide for remembering. Accounts of those years were tampered. The result was each individual would have his or her own signposts to the memories of the dictatorship. The dictator was known – his critics conceding – for his intelligence as he was noted and tested for his wiles and cunning. When a researcher or documentarian consults the archives, that p

Politika sa Pinas (1902-2022)

An politika parte na kan buhay kan ordinaryong Pilipino, may politika haros aro-aldaw, sa laog kan pamilya, sa barangay, sa banwaan, sa ciudad, sa provincia asin sa enterong nasyon. Kaya para sa iba dawa bagohon an Constitucion pero dapat nakapalaman sa ley fundamental na igwa nin pirilian sa kada tolo o apat o anom na taon nganing masaya. Aktwalmente, pagnagdadangadang na an eleksyon sabi kan mga taga-media, mga aspirantes orog na an mga propesyonal na politiko: “Happy days are here again!” Sa Pilipinas kun oogkuron 365 days per year an politika o aro-aldaw mala ta pakatapos tolos kan eleksyon, pakasurumpa kan mga nanggarana poon tolos an rilibot kan mga nanunungdan sa rason na ma-consulta

Historical Perspectives on the South China Sea

The disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea has become a flashpoint particularly in this election year in the United States given President Donald Trump’s campaign strategy to escalate confrontation with China. He believes that such escalation is a winning strategy even if it destabilizes the region in the process. China is fighting back following a game plan they learned from the masters: United States and Russia. Even with the 2016 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ruling invalidating China’s 9-dash line while recognizing the Philippines right to its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), China continues to fortify these islands to strengthen its maritime claims. Th

Lessons from Pandemia

Did it ever occur to us that the worldwide pandemic which we are experiencing may be one of God’s means of reducing the ever increasing worldwide population? From China which is refuted to be the most populated country in the world to India which follows China in terms of population the pandemia is reported to be on the rise. Both print and broadcast media reports also show that the same phenomenon is true in New York and other parts of the USA like Los Angeles, San Francisco and in the east coast. The Asia Pacific regions including the Philippines are among those in the list. Be that as it may, only God knows what is best for mankind and our faith in Him keeps us assured that we will always


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Church, lawmakers demand justice for 2 slain village exec

The Diocese of Legazpi and lawmakers in Albay have strongly condemned the killing of two village officials and called on authorities to bring to justice the perpetrators of the crime. The Diocese of Legazpi through Fr. Rex Paul Arjona, executive director of Social Action Center (SAC), called on the authorities to conduct a full and impartial investigation of the killing of chairwoman Luzviminda "Ida" Dayandante and village treasurer Albert P. Orlina of Barangay Batbat,Guinobatan, Albay. Arjona said that prior to the killing of Dayandante, she was complaining of being tagged as NPA supporter by unidentified individuals and groups. "She was punong barangay and also the Barangay Pastoral Counc


We are featuring comments generated by the editorial, columns and news stories published in this paper. We encourage our readers to submit their comments about the contents of this paper at or through the Facebook accounts of our writers. On “Devotion Gets Sturdier, Hope Springs Eternal” (Published on September 17, 2020): • Marilou Falcon: “ Well said. I totally agree ” • Antonio Doblon: “In was recorded in history of Bicol Catholic faith that when there once a Cholera outbreak, Bicolanos prayed for Our Lady of Peñafrancia for intercession. In this COVID 19 Pandemic, pious Bicolanos are expected to be more ardent in seeking Ina’s help to ease their worries about the co


Gospel Mt 21:28-32 Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘ but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that

CEAP elects woman as head for first time

For the first time in its history, a woman will lead the country’s largest organization of Catholic schools, colleges and universities. The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) on Tuesday elected Sr. Marissa Viri of the Religious of the Virgin Mary congregation as its new President. Sr. Viri, who is currently CEAP’s Vice President, will succeed Fr. Elmer Dizon of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, who served the post since September 2019. The nun, who is currently the President of the University of the Immaculate Conception in Davao City, was elected on Tuesday during the CEAP’s organizational meeting. Also elected as the new Vice President is Fr. Thadeu Enrique Balongag,

Pope: ‘The only way out of the current crisis is all together’

Continuing in his series of catecheses on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in light of the Church’s teachings, Pope Francis said, “Every one of us is called to assume responsibility for his or her part,” and he highlighted the fact that we must look to the future working for a social order in which the dignity and the gifts of all of its members are respected. Speaking during the weekly General Audience in the Vatican, the Pope reflected on the principle of subsidiarity. From top to bottom and from bottom to top To better explain its meaning, he recalled how after the great economic depression of 1929, Pope Pius XI explained that “this principle has a double movement: from top to bottom

Post Peñafrancia: A Reaction of a Devotee

Steeler here is entirely teeming with gratitude to the Archdiocese of Caceres , Bicol, Philippines, for every and all religious undertaking it has summoned and executed with circumspect in view of the coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of the quarantines and lockdowns, but especially during this year’s Peñafrancia Celebration. Because of its “listening,” (oft quoted metaphor which was a major ingredient in this year’s theme of “Fostering Dialogue and Harmony in Spirit of Mary’s Gentleness and Humility) that is to illustrate the need to zip the mouth up for once, Oops! and interact with the aroma of what the other is saying, in the matter of the holding of devout activities especiall