Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Binay confirms 3 Filipinos were executed in China for Drug Trafficking

Vice President Jejomar Binay confirmed that the three Filipinos found guilty of drug trafficking were executed in China on Wednesday.

"I just want to inform you that our three compatriots have been executed," Binay told ABS-CBN television, citing information from the Philippine foreign affairs ministry.

In a statement, the Philippine government said that it has done everything in its power to stop the executions.

"We have been informed that Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, and Elizabeth Batain were administered lethal injections to carry out the sentence imposed by the courts of the People’s Republic of China this morning," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda:
On the execution of Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, and Elizabeth Batain in Xiamen, China on March 30, 2011

[Read by the Deputy Spokesperson during a press briefing at Malacñang on March 30, 2011]

We have been informed that Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, and Elizabeth Batain were administered lethal injections to carry out the sentence imposed by the courts of the People’s Republic of China this morning. Our government had taken every available opportunity to appeal to the authorities of China for clemency in their cases, to which the Chinese government responded with a postponement of the execution. In the end, however, the sentence was imposed.

The nation sympathized with the families of the condemned, sharing their sense of looming loss. We sympathize with these families now. Their deaths are a vivid lesson in the tragic toll the drug trade takes on entire families.

We are resolved to ensure that the chain of victimization, as pushers entrap and destroy lives in pursuit of their trade, will be broken. Those who traffic in illegal drugs respect no laws, no boundaries, and have no scruples about destroying lives. Our response must be relentless, with government and the citizenry working together to ensure vigilance and mutual support to prevent our countrymen from being used by drug pushers as sacrificial pawns, whether at home or abroad.

Chinese authorities executed three Filipino drug mules on Wednesday, triggering condemnation in the Catholic Philippines and despair for relatives who witnessed their final moments.

"I just want to inform you that our three compatriots have been executed," Vice President Jejomar Binay announced over local radio, although there being no public announcement from the Chinese government.

"It is a sad day for all of us. Until the last moment, we did everything we could to save the three."

The three -- Ramon Credo, 42, Sally Villanueva, 32, and Elizabeth Batain, 38 -- were arrested separately in China in 2008 for smuggling heroin and sentenced to death.

The Philippine government had made repeated appeals in recent months to spare the lives of the trio, including by sending Binay to Beijing on a mission to have their sentences commuted to life in jail.

But the Chinese government insisted there would be no favours for the trio, and that their cases would be dealt with according to domestic laws.

The three were allowed to meet their relatives for an hour before they were put to death through lethal injection, in what turned out to be devastatingly emotional encounters.

"She was crying, she was partly incoherent. She had a lot of things to say," said Jason Ordinario, a brother of Villanueva who along with another sister and their parents met her as the final verdict was read in a court in Xiamen city.

"She asked us to take care of her children and make sure they can finish studies," he told DZBB radio from China.

Villanueva's relatives said she did not know that she was due to be executed on Wednesday, and was surprised to see her family there.

"I was the first one to see her, we locked eyes and we both cried. She said what are you doing here, why are you all crying, am I going to die," younger sister Mylene said on DZBB.

"She tried to console us. She said, it's okay. I have accepted my fate. I will be your angel and watch over you."

Villaneuva's children, aged 12 and nine, were not able to see or talk with their mother before she was killed. They did not travel to China and local authorities would not allow mobile phones into the meeting room.

Amnesty International as well as the influential Roman Catholic church swiftly condemned the executions, and accused the Philippine President Benigno Aquino's government of not doing enough to save the three.

"We strongly condemn the executions of the three Filipinos," Amnesty's Philippine representative, Aurora Parong, told AFP.

"The Philippines should have taken a stronger action, and it is now its moral duty to lead a campaign against death penalty in Asia."

Roman Catholic bishops asked the public to pray for the eternal repose of the three.

"We had knocked on the doors of heaven to pray for what turned out to be an impossible wish," Edwin Corros, executive secretary of church's commission for the pastoral care of migrants, told AFP.

"We call on China to abolish death penalty. We believe no one has the right to take a human life."

The Philippine government insisted it did all it could to save the lives of the three.

It argued the trio, who are among 227 Filipinos jailed in China for drug offences, were from poor families and had been duped by international crime syndicates into becoming drug couriers.

Aside from his visit to Beijing, Binay sent a letter this week to Chinese President Hu Jintao in a last-ditch appeal.

In December, the Philippines also skipped the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo for jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in a move Aquino said was aimed at saving condemned Filipinos in China.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Azkals Win Against Bangladesh Final Score 3 - 0

Azkals Won again with an impressive win against Bangladesh with an impressive 3-0 in the final score of the match by Angel Guirado scores his second goal combined with IAN ARANETA 41st minute score.

Congratulations Azkals, Mabuhay Pilipinas Philippines

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez Honeymoon

The 'bad boy' of Philipppine cinema Robin Padilla made a deal with wife Mariel Rodriguez: They will put off having a baby for at least two years, so they can fully, truly enjoy each other's company.
However, the couple recently unveiled their first offspring - "Tum: My Pledge of Love," a movie made in India, during their much-publicised honeymoon last year.
A red-carpet event held on Monday (March 14) night at the Rockwell Powerplant Mall in Makati City hewed closely to the Bollywood theme.
Guests came in Indian costumes, including Mariel's grandparents, May and Raffy.
Approaching Lola (grandma) May, Robin quipped, ever-so-gallantly: "'Di ko po kayo nakilala. Akala ko'y isa kayong prinsesa mula sa India. (I didn't recognise you. I thought you were an Indian princess.)"
Robin's mom, Eva Carino, turned up in a modish sari, like his daughters Queenie and Kylie and his sister Rema Padilla-Ohno.
Before the gala screening, Queenie, who appears in the film with her dad and stepmom, showed off her belly-dancing skills, with the Alala and Snake Charmerz dancers.

Philippines 2010 Bar Exam Results

2010 Bar Exam Results
1. ABAD, Charmee R .
2. ABADA, Merlin I .
3. ABARIENTOS, Ma. Theresa M .
4. ABBAS, JR., Yusoph M .
5. ABELLA, Charmian Maria F .
6. ABELLA, Sheena Marie R .
7. ABIERA-MONTESA, Rosalyn B .
8. ABING, Ramil P .
9. ABONG, Mark Julio U .
10. ABRAGAN, Martin Luke G .
11. ABRAHAM, Sarah Joan M .
12. ABUBACAR, Rayhanah M .
13. ABUGAN, Herbert Calvin P .
14. ABUNDO, Judith Rowena D .
15. ABUZO, Djerovin T .
16. ABUZO, James M .
17. ACACIO, Rea Andria L .
18. ACAYAN, Moises Y .
19. ACEJO, Michael A .
20. ACUÑA, Emmanuel L .
21. ADAOAG, Maria Efelin C .
22. ADRIANO, Jasmine M .
23. ADRIATICO, Maria Clarissa N .
24. ADVINCULA, Margaux A .
25. AFIADO, Manuel Emilio B .
26. AFRICA, Marie Denise G .
27. AGA, Dennis M .
28. AGLIBOT, Ma. Katrina J .
29. AGNO, Regina Domini L .
30. AGUILA, Mary Jasmin P .
31. AGUILERA, Raymond G .
32. AGUINALDO, Ma. Angela Leonor C .
33. AGUSTIN, Paulo Francisco A .
34. AJERO, Chris A .
35. AKUT, Charissa Joy C .
36. ALADO, Patrick Vincent A .
37. ALAMIN, Lorajean A .
38. ALBARICO, Allesandra Fay V .
39. ALBERTO-ESTRELLA, Grace Irish C .
40. ALBURO, Alvin L .
41. ALCALA, Carla Diana P .
42. ALCANTARA, Rina C .
43. ALCOMENDRAS, Andrey A .
44. ALEGRADO, Julius P .
45. ALFARO, Plebiscito T .
46. ALIAS, Margarita R .
47. ALICAYA, Giancarlo T .
48. ALICO, Wendy Josephine L .
49. ALMAZAN, Gladys Joy B .
50. ALMIRANTE, JR., Eduardo Q .
51. ALONZO, Ronalin B .
52. ALVAREZ, Tyrone O .
53. ALVIOR, Marianne Carmel D .
54. ALZONA, Ivin Ronald DM.
55. AMOROSO, Dranyl Jared P .
56. AMURAO, Mark Anthony T .
57. ANCHETA, Glenn Thyron S .
58. ANCOG, Janette R .
59. ANDOY-GAWIDEN, Sol Marie P .
60. ANDRES, Ryan D .
61. ANDRES, JR., Antonio D .
62. ANG, Noel C .
63. ANGGOT, Anabelle A .
64. ANIAG, Bernard Benjamin T .
65. ANTONIO, Chantal Charisse Q .
66. APOLINAR, Jannierose O .
67. APOLINAR, Leanne Maureen S .
68. APOLINARIO, Reiner P .
69. AQUINO, Mark Christian M .
70. AQUINO, Philipe T .
71. ARANAS, Lucky Angelo T .
72. ARANDELA, Melrose R .
73. ARAO, Amador Iñigo L .
74. ARCENO, Arnold P .
75. ARCEÑO, Dee A .
76. ARDET, Arnie T .
77. ARENAS, Mark Ranier C .
78. ARNOCO, Marvey J .
79. ARQUILLO, Ma. Golda G .
80. ASDILLO, Angeline T .
81. ASENIERO, Antonio C .
82. ASILO, Kathrine Ann D .
83. ASIS, Enrico D .
84. ASIS, John Michael V .
85. ASUNCION, Amiel Victor A .
86. AUSTRIA, Katherine M .
87. AUSTRIA, Laurice Marie Angela T .
88. AVENIDO, Gian Marco F .
89. AVILA, Analyn G .
90. AZNAR, Katrina Monserrat F .
91. AZURA, Jules Emmanuel N .
92. AÑONUEVO, Leo Angelo Miguel R .
93. BABATUAN, Lei Maurae E .
94. BABON, Joanne B .
95. BABOR, Sarah Faye Q .
96. BACABAC, Candice V .
97. BACANI, Ramon Miguel E .
98. BACLAYEN, Pilipinas D .
99. BACSAL, Eric Allan E .
100. BADANDO, Artemis Q .
101. BAGAFORO, II-ARELLANO, Agnes Farida S .
102. BAGAMASPAD, Cris Lawrence A .
103. BAGO, Jayfrancis D .
104. BALAG-EY, Paul M .
105. BALAJADIA, Christine B .
106. BALALENG, Emil Rey I .
107. BALANA, Carmie A .
108. BALANAG, Kristine Gay B .
109. BALANSAY, Lorelei S .
110. BALAO, Edward Vincent P .
111. BALBASTRE, Billie Joy A .
112. BALDOZA, Limuel V .
113. BALGUA, JR., Mariano V .
114. BALISI, Reody Anthony M .
115. BALISONG, Analene V .
116. BALITA, Vanessa Juvy O .
117. BALMORES, John Paul M .
118. BALUCANAG, Suzette B .
119. BALUYUT, Cesar M .
120. BANDAL, Jason M .
121. BANDONG, Jayvee Laurence B .
122. BANGAYAN, Carrie Mae C .
123. BANTILAN, Bryan G .
124. BAQUIRAN, Joseph Lemuel B .
125. BARCENA, Johann Carlos S .
126. BARGAMENTO, Hazan F .
127. BARRAMEDA, Paul Isaac A .
128. BARRIENTOS, Marie Aileen L .
129. BATAAN, Aleah Rafel G .
130. BATALLER, Diana Elaine B .
131. BATALLONES, Gino Angelo P .
132. BATAY-AN, Rex D .
133. BAUTISTA, Carlo Antonio A .
134. BAUTISTA, Claribelle S .
135. BAUTISTA, Gilbert B .
136. BAUTISTA, Jose Javier P .
137. BAUTISTA, Melissa Ann M .
138. BAUTISTA, JR., Raymundo B .
139. BAUZA, Brian Ashley M .
140. BAYBAY, Ray-an Francis V .
141. BAÑEZ, Roselyn G .
142. BECEIRA, Rona M .
143. BEDING, Ronald Y .
144. BEJOSA, Theeza Danielle P .
145. BELCIÑA, Celeste B .
146. BELDEROL, Mary Joy P .
147. BELGICA, Marietta M .
148. BENITEZ, Lovelle B .
149. BENTULAN, Mae L .
150. BERAMO, Maria Daniaflor F .
151. BERNABE, Ericia P .
152. BERNARDO, Romina R .
153. BERNARTE, Kristine M .
154. BESOÑA, Rholie C .
155. BEÑAS, Kristine Paul B .
156. BIBANGCO, Jorlett L .
157. BISA, Myzel B .
158. BISNAR, Gerardo Alfredo M .
159. BLAS, Herbert J .
160. BONGCAWIL, Cherrie Mae J .
161. BORAIS, Charlyn D .
162. BORROMEO, Renato P .
163. BOSANTOG, Marlon P .
164. BROFAR, Reinier John G .
165. BUCIO, Erwin B .
166. BUDUHAN, Diana Grace D .
167. BUEN-MERENCILLA, Paula Michelle O .
168. BUENAVENTURA, Kathy C .
169. BUENAVENTURA, Kristoffer N .
170. BUENO, Gemicks Ace T .
171. BUENSUCESO, Sean M .
172. BUETA, Gregorio Rafael P .
173. BULAC, Michelle Mae C .
174. BULANG, Oliver C .
175. BULIYAT, Marie Mae D .
177. BURKLEY, Florence Diana V .
178. BUROG, Marie Irahlyn C .
179. BUSQUE, Janice H .
180. BUSTONERA, Chito Noel D .
181. CABATINGAN, Marisar Ivy C .
182. CABE, Rodalice P .
183. CABRADILLA, Fritz M .
184. CABRERA, Stanley Kristoffer V .
185. CABUDOC, Edsel R .
186. CABUGAO, John Philip O .
187. CADAYDAY, JR., Clayton C .
188. CADLUM-BOCO, Eusebia A .
189. CAGUETE, Joan Kathlyn C .
190. CAGUIAT, Johnny DC.
191. CAGUIOA, Francis Carlos C .
192. CAHIG, Carmela Rosario C .
193. CALANGI, Amelia A .
194. CALI, Nesrin B .
195. CALIBUYOT, Gwin V .
196. CALIMAG, Maria Rizza M .
197. CALINGASAN, Christian C .
198. CALIP, Norren Joy B .
199. CALIPAYAN, Jamaal James R .
200. CALO, Ludmilia L .
201. CALSADO, Anna Carmi R .
202. CAMPOS, Rosalinda G .
203. CANCINO, Christopher M .
204. CANDA-MELODIAS, Cherry P .
205. CANO, Darwin F .
206. CANTRE, JR., Recolito Ferdinand N .
207. CAPONES, Joanna Eileen M .
208. CAPUL, Christopher P .
209. CARAMPATANA, Glenn C .
210. CARANDANG, Carlo Brian S .
211. CARLOS, Kristine Joy G .
212. CARREON, Divina N .
213. CARREON, Jerilee R .
214. CASIS, Rainier J .
215. CASIÑO, Rhett S .
216. CASPE, Ma. Jesusa D .
217. CASTILLO, Lysander N .
218. CASTILLO, Margaret V .
219. CASTRO, Premier Dee Ewigkeit C .
220. CATABAY, Criselda J .
221. CATEDRAL, Ralph Vincent G .
222. CAYMO, II, Apolinario L .
223. CELIS, Ana Katrina C .
224. CENIZA, Brian P .
225. CERCADO, Crispin Simoun P .
226. CERO, De Mille V .
227. CHAGUILE, Adryan B .
228. CHERREGUINE, Clarence G .
229. CHING, Margaret R .
230. CHING, Princess Bambi B .
231. CHOTRANI, Dolly J .
232. CHUA, Germaine L .
233. CHUA, Katrina Pearl C .
234. CHUA-ASIS, Maria Aileen R .
235. CHUA-CHAM, Rosita
236. CHUNG, Jae Woo
237. CIUDADANO, Gil Norman D .
238. CLARAVALL, Benedicto Bienvenido C .
239. CO, Joan Kristel C .
240. CO, Zsa Zsa Lae K .
241. CODERA, Jandy P .
242. COLOMA, Janice G .
243. COLONIA, Chito John J .
244. COLOYAN, Sigrid Smile P .
245. COMIA, Frankie E .
246. CONCEPCION, Aleli U .
247. CONCEPCION, Anthony Chadd R .
248. CONDE, Bethany V .
249. CONOS, JR., Servillano A .
250. CONSTANTINO, Jeffrey B .
251. CORPUS, Ponciano Dexter Hector S .
252. CORTEZ, Deneesse Lou T .
253. CORTEZ, II, Jose Charito I .
254. COSALAN, Katarina Gabrielle V .
255. CRUZ, Eric C .
256. CRUZ, Jonas C .
257. CRUZ, Nicolette Ann P .
258. CRUZ, Ria Carmela R .
259. CRUZ, Trisha Andrea G .
260. CRUZ, Vincent Patrick R .
261. CUADRA-ROBINTA, Madyll S .
262. CUANAN, JR., Edgard B .
263. CUARTERO, Mary Anne C .
264. CUERPO, Von Bryan C .
265. CUIZON, Jasmine L .
266. CURADA, Alvin B .
268. DADULA, Joel B .
269. DALAGAN, Maria Romina M .
270. DALAUIDAO, Jan Michael U .
271. DALIVA, JR., Anacleto I .
272. DARVIN, Daniel Nicholas C .
273. DATO-ABUEL, Juanita Lilet A .
274. DAVID, Melba A .
275. DAVIS, Herbert C .
276. DE ALBAN, Ma. Caren Gail M .
277. DE CASTRO-BAQUIRAN, Cristine A .
278. DE CHAVEZ, Maricel L .
279. DE GUZMAN, Adrian T .
280. DE GUZMAN, Angela T .
281. DE GUZMAN, Ria Flor C .
282. DE LA CRUZ, Paul Vincent G .
283. DE LA CRUZ-JAVIER, Sheba V .
284. DE LEON, Carlos Rafael G .
285. DE LEON, Ian Jerny E .
286. DE VERA, Reagan S .
287. DEAÑO, Carmelita D .
288. DEIPARINE, Sydrick Jose Andrei G .
289. DEL BARRIO-ALCANSE, Franchesca L .
290. DEL CAMPO, Charisse Kay J .
291. DEL ROSARIO, Jerome F .
292. DEL ROSARIO, Powell A .
293. DEL ROSARIO, Richard M .
294. DEL VALLE, Irish Kay J .
295. DELA CRUZ, Ramon Alfredo E .
296. DELA CRUZ, JR., Cresencio D .
297. DELA PEÑA, Plen John Mark M .
298. DELOSO, Izelle Iamly P .
299. DENSING, Teresita A .
300. DIAZ, Robelita B .
301. DIGAUM, Ma. Zusabel R .
302. DIMAANO, Mae Belle D .
303. DIMAANO, Manuel M .
304. DIMARUCUT, Bernadette C .
305. DIONISIO, Emmylou M .
306. DIONISIO, Lorenze Angelo G .
307. DIZON-VICTORIO, Cristy B .
308. DOCENA, Melinda L .
309. DOCTOR, Brenn A .
310. DOLENDO, Arvin C .
311. DOLON, Nadine B .
312. DOMASIAN, Evan E .
313. DOMINGO, Jennifer V .
314. DONALVO, Percy Valsan Jun P .
315. DONATO, James Daniel S .
316. DUGASAN, Ann Kilsa M .
317. DULHAO, Mary Joan M .
318. DULLA, Maria Estrella G .
319. DULLANO, Phoebe Lou B .
320. DUMALE, Eraño A .
321. DUMDUM, Genevieve T .
322. DUMLAO, Nadine U .
323. DUÑGO, Carl Derick C .
324. DUÑOS, Lory Jean G .
325. EDQUILAG, Michael R .
326. EGAY, Aimee Faith L .
327. ELEAZAR, Norguel Yazer M .
328. ELMACO, Lloyd Jeson L .
329. EMATA, Sheila Marie P .
330. EMRALINO, Maria Virginia P .
331. ENCONADO, Aman Y .
332. ENDICO, Marricar C .
333. ENDRENAL, Anthony L .
335. ENRIQUEZ, Kristie Auriel T .
336. EPONDULAN, Yvonne A .
337. ESCALANTE, Daisy L .
338. ESMAN, Persel G .
339. ESPEDIDO, Spence V .
340. ESPINA, Julius A .
341. ESPONILLA, Ryan P .
342. ESTANISLAO, JR., Rizalino C .
343. ESTRADA, Lea S .
344. ESTRELLA, Anatoly N .
345. EVANGELISTA, Edmon B .
346. EVARDONE, Pearl Fatima L .
347. FABELLON, Katherina S .
348. FABIAN, Jocelyn T .
349. FABROS, Ari Vergil P .
350. FACULANAN, Jefferson T .
351. FACUN, Ramon D .
352. FELICIANO, Joseph Dexter M .
353. FERMO, Augusto P .
354. FERNANDEZ, Jamara Leigh C .
355. FERNANDEZ, John Dennis C .
356. FERNANDEZ, Joseph Christopher Y .
357. FERNANDEZ, March Jefferson M .
358. FERNIZ, Betsie A .
359. FEROLIN, Perr R .
360. FERRER, Kristine R .
361. FERRER, Sherwin C .
362. FLORES, Lyra Miragrace C .
363. FLORES, Reynaldo L .
364. FORTES, Gladys A .
365. FRANCISCO-LAO, Katrina Marie C .
366. FUYONAN, Milanie M .
367. GAANAN, JR., Eduardo Cezar D .
368. GABRIEL, Golda May D .
369. GAERLAN, Rosette S .
370. GALAN, Rene Rose DS.
371. GALIDO, Jeffrey P .
372. GALLEGA, Francis Avelyn B .
373. GALLEGO, Rhonalyn C .
374. GALLENERO, Sharmen D .
375. GAN, William Benson S .
376. GANDILLO, Alpha Faith A .
377. GARCIA, Aristeo Franklin M .
378. GARCIA, Enrico C .
379. GARCIA, Radney R .
380. GARCIA, Richard V .
381. GASPAR, Jervis A .
382. GATDULA, Isser Josef V .
383. GATMAITAN, Camille Bianca M .
384. GEMELO, Therese Xyza D .
385. GEMENTIZA, JR., Diosdado N .
386. GENDRANO, Jose Federico M .
387. GENERAL, Reuben Carlo O .
388. GENEROSO, Analie L .
389. GENIO, Jill Julie V .
390. GERALDEZ, Gia Angeli R .
391. GIALOGO, Edward G .
392. GO, Aldwill T .
393. GO, Eunice C .
394. GO, Gracyl Criste D .
395. GO, Lauren Niña A .
396. GO, Mary Jane L .
397. GO, Natasha M .
398. GOLOSINO, June Marianne E .
399. GOMEZ, Diana G .
400. GONZAGA, Rey Daniel N .
401. GONZALES, Geepee A .
402. GONZALES, Genevieve N .
403. GONZALES, Jose Paulo G .
404. GONZALES, Marvey Jay A .
405. GONZALES, Tristram E .
407. GONZALES-DARADAL, Abigail M .
408. GORRA, Jypsie Rose M .
409. GRANDE, Joanalyn A .
410. GUADES, Jose Crisostomo Y .
411. GUARIN, Rudolph Val F .
412. GUEVARRA, Loralee Suzette A .
413. GULTIANO, Eudisan P .
414. GUMABUN, Leonardo Nick D .
415. GUTIERREZ, Margarita N .
416. GUTOC, Abraham A .
417. HALLARES, John Fred C .
418. HAUTEA, Kathryn Joy Q .
419. HAW, Charmaine Rose K .
420. HERNANDEZ, Ana Lynn O .
421. HERNANDEZ, Dave John T .
422. HERNANDEZ, Jeffrey C .
423. HERNANDEZ, Maria Rowena P .
424. HERRIN, Mark Andrew C .
425. HO, Aaron Jarveen O .
426. HO, Charlie L .
427. HOSAKA, Jenicka Elizabeth E .
428. HUMANGIT, Maria Carmen Hazel N .
429. IBARRA, Marvin B .
430. IFURUNG, Nina Diorella K .
431. IFURUNG, Viralysa E .
432. ILAGAN, Rowell D .
433. ILEDAN, Jerald I .
434. ILO, Cecille Marie D .
435. ILUSTRISIMO, Vanessa L .
436. INFANTE, Maria Katrina L .
437. INTERINO, Honey Lyn B .
438. ISON, Jayson Jay P .
439. ITCHON, Reyna Fe C .
440. JABINES, III, Arturo B .
441. JACINTO, Gino Carmine S .
442. JACOME, John R .
443. JADULCO, Francis A .
444. JALIT, Ruby Ann S .
445. JARAMILLA, Dennis L .
446. JAVELOZA, Eric B .
447. JAVIER, Filemon Ray L .
448. JAVIER, Geraldine F .
449. JAVIER, III, Francisco P .
450. JIMENEZ, Ma. Cecilia B .
451. JIMENEZ, Minerva A .
452. JIMENEZ-SERRANO, Ethylene Grace A .
453. JO, Arvin A .
454. JOAQUIN, Dyanne O .
455. JOBOCO, Christian Alexander A .
456. JOCOM, Allister Michael C .
457. JOSE, Frederick August I .
458. JOSE, Raphael Augusto I .
459. JUMAMIL, Gerard Joseph M .
460. JUPLO, Ember Jann M .
461. KASILAG, Andrei Josef Y .
462. KOTAKE, Hiroshi R .
463. LA CHICA, Justin Vincent J .
464. LABAGUIS, Alden Patrick C .
465. LABANDRIA, Julius D .
466. LABOR, Sheeherazadee A .
467. LABUGUEN, Eric O .
468. LABUGUEN, Rhyss William G .
469. LACAMBACAL, Maria Icel L .
470. LACANDAZO, Jamahlin D .
471. LADERA, Jairo M .
472. LAGAN, Ana Pia Amor M .
473. LAIDAN, Karym B .
474. LANDAYAN, Paula Danica B .
475. LANDICHO, Alvin B .
476. LAPE, Janice S .
477. LARAÑO, Melbian Jerome E .
478. LASMARIAS, Peter Elfred A .
479. LASTIMOSO, Fritz A .
480. LAURENTE, Ann Camille A .
481. LAUZON, Mario Ryan E .
482. LAVISTA, Honoriza Krystle M .
483. LAYGO, JR., Hospicio I .
484. LAYUS, Cecilia Maeve T .
485. LAZARO, Jose Miguel N .
486. LAZARO, Vladi Miguel S .
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Japanese Nuclear Reactor Building Explosion Explodes

(CNN) -- Fresh white smoke rose again Monday from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, caused by an explosion at a building tied to the facility's No. 3 reactor.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that, according to the head of the nuclear facility, the container vessel surrounding the reactor is still intact. Initial reports suggest that radiation levels rose following the explosion late Monday morning, but Edano said he does not believe there has been a massive leak.
"We are now collecting information on the concentration of radiation," he said.
A wall of the building collapsed due to the blast, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, which showed plumes of smoke above the plant.
The secretary said that water continues to be injected into the plant's No. 3 reactor. That fact, and the pressure levels, has led authorities to believe that the reactor itself remains intact.
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The incident is the latest affecting the Daiichi, the hardest hit of several nuclear plants affected since Friday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
Officials said that the explosion was likely caused by a buildup of hydrogen gas, similar to what had happened Saturday at the same nuclear plant's No. 1 reactor.
The 600 residents remaining within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the plant, despite an earlier evacuation order, have been ordered to stay indoors, according to Edano.
Officials earlier said that they were operating on the presumption that there may be a partial meltdown in the No. 3 and No. 1 nuclear reactors at the Daiichi plant. Authorities have not yet been able to confirm a meltdown, because it is too hot inside the affected reactors to check.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant, said in a press release late Sunday that radiation levels outside that plant remain high.
Japan's Kyodo newsagency, citing the same company, said that there were measurements of 751 microsieverts and 650 microsieverts of radiation early Monday. Both are above the legal limit, albeit less than one reading recorded Sunday. A microsievert is an internationally recognized unit measuring radiation dosage, with people typically exposed during an entire year to a total of about 1,000 microsieverts.
On Sunday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said accumulating hydrogen gas "may potentially cause an explosion" in the building housing the No. 3 reactor at the Daiichi plant.
At another plant, in Onagawa, authorities early Sunday noted high radiation levels. The International Atomic Energy Agency said later -- using information from officials in Japan -- levels returned to "normal" and found no emissions of radioactivity" from Onagawa's three reactors.
"The current assumption of the Japanese authorities is that the increased level may have been due to a release of radioactive material from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant" located 135 kilometers (about 85 miles) north of Onagawa, the agency said.
Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency said late Sunday the wind was moving north/northwest -- which could carry airborne radioactive material near the city of Sendai and toward the Onagawa facility.
Most experts aren't expecting a reprieve of the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown, which killed 32 plant workers and firefighters in the former Soviet Union and at least 4,000 from cancers tied to radioactive material released by the plant. But in some ways -- especially the fact multiple reactors are affected, versus one in Chernobyl -- Japan's crisis is unique.
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"This is unprecedented," said Stephanie Cooke, the author of "In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age." "You've never had a situation with multiple reactors at risk."
These issues come despite Japan's solid reputation in the nuclear power field. Japan is heavily dependent on the energy source, with 54 plants and eight slated for construction, said Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action, an environmental group.
Daiichi's No. 1 reactor -- the oldest of the six units at the site, according to World Nuclear Association, all of which are boiling-water reactors -- became operational in November 1970.
"Nuclear facilities in Japan ... were built to withstand earthquakes -- but not an 8.9 earthquake," said James Walsh, a CNN contributor and research associate at MIT's security studies program.
The crisis has stoked fears of a full-on nuclear meltdown, a catastrophic failure of the reactor core that has the potential for widespread release of radiation.
High levels of hydrogen, as evidenced at Daiichi, is one sign that a meltdown may be occurring. So, too, is the detection noted of radioactive cesium outside that plant, according to Toshihiro Bannai, an official with Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency. This could be caused by the melting of fuel rods inside the reactor, indicating at least a partial meltdown.
Despite such evidence, Noriyuki Shikata, a spokesman for Prime Minister Naoto Kan repeated Edano's assertion that the situation is "under control" and said he would not describe what was occurring in the reactors as a "meltdown."
But Cooke, also editor of Nuclear Intelligence Weekly for the atomic-energy community, said she's not convinced authorities have a full handle on what she called "this hugely dangerous technology."
"The more they say they're in control, the more I sense things may be out of control," she said.
The Daiichi plant has a containment vessel, which theoretically would capture radioactive material if a full meltdown occurs.
In the meantime, government and power company officials are working to prevent even such a calamity -- even if it means rendering the Daiichi plant inoperable.
Authorities ordered the injection of sea water and boron into the affected reactors, even though salt and boron will corrode the reactor.
"Essentially, they are waving the white flag and saying, 'This plant is done,'" Walsh said. "This is a last-ditch mechanism to try to prevent overheating and to prevent a partial or full meltdown."
Edano has said there have been no leaks of radioactive material at any plants. Radioactive steam has been released intentionally to lessen growing pressure in the two Daiichi reactors -- in an amount authorities have described as minimal.
Still, on Sunday, Edano said nine people who were evacuated from near the Daiichi plant tested positive for high radiation on skin and clothing. This is in addition to at least three electric company workers who fell ill due to possible exposure, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in a statement.
Even if there's is no further catastrophe, the nuclear situation -- part of what Prime Minister Kan called the "toughest and most difficult crisis for Japan" since the end of World War II -- has clearly made an impact.
Cooke said that it may take years to fully assess the damage at the worst-hit reactors, much less to get them working again. And authorities may never definitively determine how much radiation was emitted, or how many got sick because of it.
Then there's the short- and long-term impact of Japan's electric grid: Soon after the quake, power was knocked out to 10% of Japan's households. Most of those people now have electricity, though experts say it is highly unlikely the most affected reactors will ever be operational again.
Beyond that, the crisis may have a significant impact the nuclear power movement. Walsh noted that while some countries, like China, may go forward in creating new reactors, others planned for South Korea, Turkey and elsewhere may pull back.
But assessing the far-reaching implications of the crisis isn't the top priority now. Instead, the focus is more on making sure that the situation does not deteriorate even further and put more lives at risk.
If the effort to cool the nuclear fuel inside the reactor fails completely -- a scenario that experts who have spoken to CNN say is unlikely -- the resulting release of radiation could cause enormous damage to the plant and/or release radiation into the atmosphere or water. That could lead to widespread cancer and other health problems, experts say.
Authorities have downplayed such a scenario, insisting the situation appears under control and that radiation levels in the air are not dangerous. Still, as what they described as "a precaution," at least 180,000 people who live within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the plant have been ordered to leave.
"The bottom line is that we just don't know what's going to happen in the next couple of days and, frankly, neither do the people who run the system," added Dr. Ira Helfand, a member of the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility

Source: CNN

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Philippines Effect of Japan Nuclear Radiation Explosion

Radiation and Pregnancy

The fetus may be particularly sensitive to low doses of ionizing radiation, a susceptibility that current public health responses in Japan seem to have overlooked. Evidence comes from a recent study of Chernobyl fallout in Sweden, which experienced comparatively low radiation doses from the accident; indeed radiation levels in Sweden were believed safe at the time.

While this has been largely confirmed in subsequent studies, there is one important exception: children in utero at the time of the accident. Swedish students who were in utero during the accident experienced significantly lower cognitive function, as reflected in performance on standardized tests in middle school, especially those tests that correspond best to IQ.

The damage was greatest for cohorts in utero in regions of Sweden that received more fallout by virtue of rainfall during the time the radioactive plume was over Sweden, and were of gestational age 8-25 weeks at the time of the accident. This last finding mirrors earlier epidemiological analysis of the survivors of Atomic bombings in Japan, which found reduced IQ and head circumference among the cohort exposed to radiation at those gestation ages.

Acid Rain

Acid rain causes acidification of lakes and streams and contributes to damage of trees at high elevations (for example, red spruce trees above 2,000 feet) and many sensitive forest soils. In addition, acid rain accelerates the decay of building materials and paints, including irreplaceable buildings, statues, and sculptures that are part of our nation's cultural heritage. Prior to falling to the earth, SO2 and NOx gases and their particulate matter derivatives, sulfates and nitrates, contribute to visibility degradation and harm public health.

Radiation Effects on Humans

some loss of white blood cells
Doses of 300 rems or more cause temporary hair loss, but also more significant internal harm, including damage to nerve cells and the cells that line the digestive tract. Severe loss of white blood cells, which are the body's main defense against infection, makes radiation victims highly vulnerable to disease. Radiation also reduces production of blood platelets, which aid blood clotting, so victims of radiation sickness are also vulnerable to hemorrhaging. Half of all people exposed to 450 rems die, and doses of 800 rems or more are always fatal. Besides the symptoms mentioned above, these people also suffer from fever and diarrhea. As of yet, there is no effective treatment--so death occurs within two to fourteen days.

In time, for survivors, diseases such as leukemia (cancer of the blood), lung cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of other organs can appear due to the radiation received.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Philippines Tsunami will Hit Possible Provinces

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology ordered residents living near shorelines in 19 provinces to seek higher ground before tsunami waves hit the country.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said tsunami waves measuring 1-meter high could hit the eastern coast of the country between 5 pm and 7 pm.

"All residents living near the shoreline are ordered to evacuate and seek higher ground. You have to leave the shoreline because the tsunami could reach up to 1 meter, which is about shoulder high," he told radio dzMM.

Secretary Jesse Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said people living 10-40 meters from the shoreline of the 19 provinces should evacuate. He said the first wave is expected to hit Batanes Group of Islands at around 5:30 p.m. while tsunami waves could hit Ilocos and Cagayan area later.

Phivolcs has raised tsunami alert level 2 in 19 provinces.

Coastal areas fronting the Pacific Ocean of the following provinces should keep watch:

Batanes Group of Islands
northernmost areas of Ilocos Norte
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Northern Samar
Eastern Samar
Southern Leyte
Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
Davao Oriental
Davao del Sur
Phivolcs said residents in the 19 provinces should be on alert for unusual waves.

"Based on tsunami wave models and early tide gauge records of the tsunami in the Pacific, coastal areas in Philippine provinces fronting the tsunami waves will arrive between 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM March 11, 2011 Philippine time and may not always be the largest," the warning said.

"These waves may continue for hours," it added.

Phivolcs said people are advised to stay away from the shoreline during this period. People should not go to the coast to watch the tsunami.

Owners of boats in harbors, estuaries or shallow coastal water of the above-mentioned provinces should secure their boats and move away from the waterfront. Boats already at sea during this period should stay offshore in deep waters until further advised.

Tsunami hits Japan

Souce http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12709598

A massive earthquake has hit the north-east of Japan, triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage.

Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

The quake has sparked fires in several areas including Tokyo, and numerous casualties are feared.

It struck about 250 miles (400km) from the capital at a depth of 20 miles. There have been powerful aftershocks.

The tremor at 1446 local time (0546 GMT). Seismologists say it is one of the largest earthquakes to hit Japan for many years.

The tsunami warning was extended to the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Pacific coast of Russia and Hawaii.

Tsunami waves hit Japan's Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, officials said.

Japan's NHK television showed a massive surge of debris-filled water sweeping away buildings, cars and ships and reaching far inland.

The earthquake also triggered a number of fires, including one at an oil refinery in Ichihara city in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo, engulfing storage tanks.

There were reports of about 20 people injured in Tokyo after the roof of a hall collapsed onto a graduation ceremony.

Bullet train service to northern Japan was halted, rapid transit in Tokyo was suspended and some nuclear power plants automatically shut down.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said there had been no radiation leaks.

In a televised address, he extended his sympathy to the victims of the disaster and said an emergency response headquarters had been set up.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pampi and Jodi Separated and Split

Pampi Lacson has finally ended speculations about the status of his marriage with actress Jodi Sta. Maria. In his statement aired last Sunday, March 6, on TV5's "Paparazzi," Pampi admitted he and Jodi had indeed separated.
"Inaamin ko na na ang pagsasama naming mag-asawa ay kasalukuyang dumadaan sa isang matinding pagsubok. Isang pagsubok ito na pinagsisikapan naming mahinahon na malampasan alang alang sa aming anak at kapwa pamilya. It has been seven months since we silently parted ways," the statement said.
Pampi, son of Sen. Panfilo Lacson, clarified that he did not physically hurt Jodi as what rumors claim. He also appealed to the public not to solely blame him for whatever happened to their marriage. The negative issues according to the statement had been causing more pain to their family, most especially to their son, Thirdy. Jodi herself corroborated Pampi's denial in a recent radio interview with dzMM anchor Jobert Sucaldito.
"We would have maintained that silence until we resolve the issue about our marriage when the malicious and totally eroneous reports came out. I particularly would like to take exception to accusations that our situation came about solely out of my wrongdoings. Sa mga nagpaparatang na pinagbubuhatan ko ng kamay ang aking asawa, nagkakamali po kayo. Hindi ko po magagawa na manakit ng babae lalo na kung siya ang ina ng aking anak. Hindi po makakatulong sa aming kalagayan ang ganitong maling paratang. Sa halip, nagdudulot lamang ito ng dagdag na pasakit di lamang sa kalooban namin ni Jodi kundi pati na rin sa aming anak na si Thirdy. Sa ngayon wala na pong ibang mahalaga sa akin kung di ang magandang kinabukasan ng aking anak. Patuloy po akong umaasa sa inyong panalangin at pang-unawa."
Meanwhile Jodi has chosen to keep mum about the issue after Pampi's statement was released.
Star Magic, which handles Jodi's career, instead released its official statement aired on ABS-CBN's "SNN" on the night of Tuesday, March 8. "We respect Jodi's decision not to comment on her marital issue. We hope that the public understands as Jodi and Pampi care for the welfare of their son. Thank you," the Star Magic statement said.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Japan tsunami after 7.2 quake

Japan issued a tsunami warning Wednesday after a major 7.2-magnitude quake struck 160 kilometres (100 miles) east off the main Honshu island at 0245 GMT, swaying buildings in the capital Tokyo.
The tremor struck 10 kilometres below the sea floor, said the Japan Meteorological Agency, which issued a tsunami warning for Honshu's Pacific coast, warning of waves 50 centimetres (20 inches) high.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Employee Commits Suicide due to overwork

A Japanese court on Monday ordered automaker Mazda to pay 63 million yen ($770,000) in damages to the parents of an employee who was ruled to have committed suicide over depression from being overworked.

Japan, a workaholic nation where people often take pride in suffering in silence, has been plagued with deaths of overworked people, some resorting to suicide and others dying from exhaustion.

Mazda Motor Corp. said it was disappointed that the court in the southwestern city of Kobe had rejected its assertion that the 25-year-old employee's 2007 death was not work-related. It will review the details of the ruling before deciding whether to appeal, the automaker said in a statement.

"We feel it is extremely regrettable to have lost a precious employee," the Hiroshima-based maker of the RX-8 sports car and MX-5 Miata roadster said in a statement following the ruling. "We offer our condolences from the bottom of our hearts."

The worker, who has not been identified because of the stigma in Japan associated with suicide, was a buyer who lived in company housing and was depressed from being overworked, according to Yutaka Kikui, the lawyer for the worker's parents.

The worker was repeatedly ridiculed by his bosses in front of co-workers as a failure who racked up unnecessary overtime, adding to his stress, Kikui said.

The damages awarded Monday follow a condolence payment from Mazda and a 2009 government labor office decision that also ruled the death work-related, allowing the parents to receive other compensation, Kikui said.

The latest damages plus the other payments give the parents the entire 110 million yen ($1.3 million) they demanded in their lawsuit filed against Mazda in 2008, according to Kikui.

Deaths caused by overwork are so common in Japan that the nation has created the word "karoshi," meaning "exhaustion death," usually caused by a heart attack or stroke. Companies can be held liable in such deaths.

In the fiscal year ending in March 2010, the Japanese government found about 100 karoshi deaths. It also ruled that 63 suicides were caused by overwork.

Positive Thinking Can Help Your Career for Fresh Graduates

So let's take a look at two of the most common stories people tell that limit them in their careers.

I can't.

Most people have a million good reasons why they can't take certain steps to break out of a mundane rut and create the life they really want. They look at a goal that inspires them--a career change perhaps, or starting a business--and say, "I can't because ____."

The reasons they give might feel like the absolute, irrefutable truth. But a closer examination often reveals that "I can't" is actually, "I won't."

I won't step out of my comfort zone. I won't take the risk. I won't make the sacrifice or hard choices it would require to do this. I won't step beyond immediate gratification to invest in the long-term future I want. I won't do the hard work that change would require. I won't look past my knee-jerk assessment of whether this is possible and explore ways to make it happen.

I'm not suggesting that each of these, or even any of these, apply to you when you say, "I can't." But next time you catch yourself telling an "I can't story," stop and ask yourself, "Is that true? Might it be possible? Has anyone else done it? If I had to do it, how could I?" You might just be surprised what you discover.

[See 6 Career Decisions You'll Have to Make.]

That's not realistic.

Don't get me wrong. Sometimes an idea really and truly isn't realistic. But over a decade of helping people create careers they love, I have found that often those seemingly good reasons fall apart on further examination.

"That's not realistic" becomes, "That's not realistic right now (but it would be three years from now if I start taking steps)." Or it might wind up as, "That's not realistic without help (and here's where I could start asking for that help)." Or "That's not realistic without partnering with someone to make it happen (and these are the steps I'm going to start taking to find them)." It might even become a good old-fashioned, "That's not realistic unless I really bust my butt and work hard."

Next time you catch yourself saying something isn't realistic, take a look at the reasons why. For each of those reasons, ask first whether it's actually true. You'd be amazed how often we make our decisions based on "solid truths" that end up being little more than opinions and conjecture.

If it is true, follow that question up with, "How could I solve that problem? What would help change that?" Challenge yourself to find ways to move past the obstacles you see.

These are just two of the most common limiting stories. There are countless others, but they all have the basic effect of putting the brakes on your career and preventing you from reaching your true potential.


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