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[Tula] Tingga sa ulo ng dalawang bata. Ni Gregorio V. Bituin Jr.

TINGGA SA ULO NG DALAWANG BATA
ni Gregorio V. Bituin Jr.

tatlong buwan pa lamang si Vhon Alexander Llagas
isang sanggol na ang buhay ay kay-agang nagwakas
Bagong Taon iyon, sa ulo’y may dugong tumagas
isang ligaw na bala ang sa sanggol ay umutas

Rhanz Angelo Corpuz, batang idad dalawang taon
kritikal din ang kalagayan nitong Bagong Taon
ligaw na bala rin sa kanyang sentido’y bumaon
ah, bakit ba nangyari sa dalawang bata yaon

noong nakaraang taon, ganito’y nangyari na
sina Rangelo Nimer, Stephanie Nicole Ella
patay sa sumpak, salari’y sumuko, ang sa una
sa ikalawa, salarin ay di na nakilala

may mali ba sa patakaran ng pamahalaan
o ang mismong kultura’y dapat baguhing tuluyan
bakit pag Bagong Taon, kailangang may putukan
gayong sa pagsalubong dapat ay mag-ingay lamang

dahil ba di sapat ang mga tunog ng torotot
nagkikislapang liwanag, ilaw na umiikot
kailangan ba ng labintador, pikolong bansot
lalo’y putok ng baril, upang saya’y maidulot

masakit sa magulang ang kanilang pagkawala
ngunit di sapat ang mga luha’t pangungulila
dapat managot at makulong ang mga maysala
tunay na hustisya’y dapat kamtin ng mga bata

Greg

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3 buwan na baby patay sa ligaw na bala, 1 pa kritikal
by Gina Roluna Jan 1, 2014 8:32am HKT

PATAY ang tatlong buwan pa lamang na sanggol nang tamaan ng ligaw na bala sa pagsalubong sa Bagong Taon sa Anonang, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur habang patuloy namang nilalapatan ng lunas ang 2-anyos na bata sa katulad din na insidente sa Laoag City.

Kinilala ang namatay na biktima na si Vhon Alexander Llagas.

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3-buwang sanggol patay, 2-taong bata kritikal sa tama ng ligaw na bala sa Ilocos
By dzmm.com.ph | 12:48 PM 01/01/2014

Patay ang isang tatlong-buwang sanggol habang kritikal ang dalawang taong gulang na bata sa magkahiwalay na insidente ng tama ng ligaw na bala sa Ilocos Region.

Sa Caoayan, Ilocos Sur, patay ang tatlong-buwang si Alexander Yaga matapos tamaan ng ligaw na bala sa mismong pagpapalit ng taon.

Natutulog ang sanggol sa kanilang bahay nang bigla itong umiyak.

Nagulat na lamang ang kanyang mga magulang nang makitang duguan ang baby.

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[In the news] Votes for sale: From P100 to P3,500 per person -INQUIRER.net

Votes for sale: From P100 to P3,500 per person
By Philip C. Tubeza, Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 11, 2013

inquirerHow much is a Filipino’s vote worth these days?

According to the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), candidates are offering up to P3,500 for a single vote in Ilocos Norte, P3,000 in neighboring Ilocos Sur, P2,000 in Zamboanga Sibugay, and P100 in Tawi-Tawi.

In a letter sent to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday, Namfrel chair Corazon de la Paz-Bernardo said reports from the group’s volunteers showed that vote-buying—either with cash, groceries, and even farm implements—is expected to intensify as Election Day nears, with some candidates even resorting to “bidding” to corner votes.

Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr.’s advice to voters: Take the money and junk the candidates.

“Take it but junk those who give you money. That’s the only way to do it so that the next time these people will not give away money because they know they will lose,” Brillantes said in an interview on Friday.
The Comelec tried to fight vote-buying by prohibiting bank withdrawals in excess of P100,000 and carrying cash worth more than P500,000, but President Benigno Aquino III rejected the strategy on Thursday, saying it was bad for the economy, and the Supreme Court, acting on a petition brought by bankers, stopped it on Friday and called for oral arguments.

Brillantes said vote-buying had become more rampant because politicians had fewer means to “manipulate” the vote after the automation of elections in 2010.
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[In the news] Court issues writ vs magnetite mining in Ilocos | BusinessWorld Online Edition

Court issues writ vs magnetite mining in Ilocos | BusinessWorld Online Edition.

May 15, 2012

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) has issued a writ of kalikasan (nature) directing mining firm Altamina Exploration and Resources, Inc., President Benigno S. C. Aquino III, and two others to reply to the petition filed by several lawmakers and local government officials seeking to stop the firm’s mining activities in Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

Promulgated by the full court on May 8, the writ ordered respondents Altamina; Mr. Aquino, as successor of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr., as successor of Leandro R. Mendoza; and Environment Secretary Ramon Jesus P. Paje “to make a verified return of the Writ of Kalikasan… within a non-extendible period of 10 days from receipt hereof.”

The high court issued the writ in favor of the petition for writ of kalikasan with temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) filed last May 4 by Senator Aquilino L. Pimentel III; party-list representatives Teodoro A. Casiño (Bayan Muna), Raymond V. Palatino (Kabataan), Antonio Tinio (ACT Teachers), Luzviminda C. Ilagan (Gabriela) and Emerenciana A. de Jesus (Gabriela); and several local government officials and residents.

The petitioners asked the court for a TEPO, or a stay order, on Altamina’s extraction of magnetite or black sand and other minerals in 9,588.24 hectares of land in the Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte, particularly in the municipalities of Santa Catalina and Vigan City.

They claimed that the mining operations “pose danger to the lives, health and property of the residents of Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, particularly the municipalities of Santa and Santa Catalina and the city of Vigan.”

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[In the news] No ‘cold case’ for widow on quest for justice – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

No ‘cold case’ for widow on quest for justice – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News.

By VERA Files
(Conclusion of the article “DOJ to reopen ‘cold’ cases of extrajudicial killings”)

BAGUIO CITY—It has been almost six years since her husband was killed along a lonely stretch of highway in Ilocos Sur, but Florence “Dom-an” Macagne Manegdeg refuses to end her quest for justice.

“Mabigat sa akin na hindi umuusad ang kaso (It’s a burden for me that this case is not moving forward). Others may consider it a cold case, but for me, it will always be a hot case,” Manegdeg said.

A health worker and flutist, Manegdeg was many miles away from the Philippines when her husband Pepe was killed in San Esteban town on the night of Nov. 28, 2005.

Pepe was waiting for a ride along the national highway in Barangay Apatot, hoping to be in Manila in time to fetch Manegdeg, then working in Hong Kong, who was arriving at 5 a.m. the next day. He never got on that bus; he was shot around 10 p.m., his body bearing 22 gunshot wounds.

The Ilocos police later tagged a member of the Army, Capt. Joel Castro of the 50th Infantry Battalion, as the main suspect. The provincial prosecutor initially said Castro was accompanied by five other men during the attack, but he dismissed the case in 2007, citing the retraction made by the lone witness.

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