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Archive for February, 2009

3 dead in Fort Bonifacio shooting

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 26, 2009

Wounded captain dies in hospital

By Katherine Evangelista, Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE 3) The toll of the shooting rampage by a soldier in a barracks at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City Wednesday night rose to three after a wounded officer died in the hospital late Thursday morning.

Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr. said Captain Dionicio Aragon Jr., executive officer of the 12th Special Forces Company, died in the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

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CHR doubts QC ‘shootout’ claim

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 26, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday continued to doubt whether the incident in Quezon City Tuesday last week that led to the deaths of three suspected car thefts was a shootout as police maintain.

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Students groups slam ‘red-tagging’

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 26, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Youth groups in the Southern Tagalog region condemned what they called an “intensified demonization campaign” against youth activists, some of whom have been openly tagged communists.

In a joint statement on Thursday, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP)-Southern Tagalog, Anakbayan-ST, and Samahan ng Kabataan para sa Bayan (SAKBAYAN) said a group identified as SAY ACT (Save the Youth Against Communism and Terrorism) had circulated statements that labeled some activist youth leaders members of the Communist Part of the Philippines.

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‘Media should regulate selves’–CHR

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 26, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — The controversial right of reply bill pending could be an “undue intrusion” into the rights of media, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Leila de Lima said on Thursday.

Instead of passing a bill that would require media outfits to publish the reply of parties offended by reports or commentaries, lawmakers said the media should be allowed to “self regulate.”

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Heartbreaking

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 26, 2009

One of our daschunds was officially diagnosed with leptospirosis today. Euro, the usually happy, playful, sweet dog suddenly became so sick. He refused to come to our calls and just lay on one corner. The vet said he must have gotten sick when he ate or drank something that was contaminated by either rat feces or urine. The condition is highly contagious, even to humans. The doctor said the condition is potentially fatal, but if the dog is strong enough (age and physical condition-wise), he’ll live. The bacteria that causes leptospirosis will be excreted through the urine, so everyone (us and our dogs) have to be careful NOT to touch his urine or other wastes.

Anyway, Euro has been confined in the hospital for almost a week now. I visit him everyday, kiss his nose, and assure him that everything will be ok. I tell him to hang in there and to get well for me, for my mom. My mom has developed a strong liking for Euro, one because he sleeps beside her, and two because she treats him like a little kid and cares for him so much.

Then he will look at me with his almond-shaped eyes, his tail wagging, his paw reaching out to me as if saying, “Please take me home now.”

For the first  three days at the vet, Euro refused to eat. He would cry whenever I would get up and leave and his cry was so painful to hear.

The good news is, the doctor said there was an improvement in his condition. He’s eating and drinking now, he has stopped vomiting, and he has become more active — not the usual hyperactive Euro, but it is definitely an improvement.

We decided that we will bring him home either this Saturday or Sunday, after we shop for a good quality, comfortable dog cage on my day off. I know it will be hard taking care of him  and nurturing him back to his old healthy self, but I will do everything I can to nurse him back to health. The doctor assured me that he will be able to be 100% better if we just consistently give him medication.

It’s been a depressing week for me because of this. It may seem shallow to some, but I have grown attached to our dogs in a level beyond the master-pet relationship. I can’t explain to you how good it makes me feel going home everyday and being welcomed by smiling, happy dogs who will lick your face, jump to your lap, and act as if they’re SO happy to see you back home.

To end this:

“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.” –John Grogan, Marley and Me.

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Suck it in

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 16, 2009

I’m starting to get scared.

I am a (relatively) young woman working in the shitworld that is media. I came in all wide-eyed, scared in an ‘oh-goody-an-adventure’ sort of way, hoping to live life and write my heart out for everyone to read and appreciate. I never expected the whole industry to be this dirty.

Lately I (we) have been receiving these below-the-belt e-mails from an anonymous person/group attacking certain persons in the media. And I’m scared for a number of things:

1. It could happen to me. I could be attacked behind my back. Does that mean I have to watch my every move? I guess so, but I console myself into thinking that if you do things right and you believe in what you do, then you will have no problems. But then the coward part of me is thinking, if they make up such mean things about me, my li’l heart can only take so much;

2. I wouldn’t know who to trust. After reading oh so many dirty e-mails, you start to think about a number of possibilities: a. your closest reporter-friend can be the one behind the attacks; b. your sources can also be suspects and then you start to get paranoid and worry about what you do and what you write (especially in my case, coz I don’t want to be a hypocrite and act like a diva and say that I can handle these things when I know I can’t);

3. Because I am young and nobody warned me about this in college. I know they always say that you can’t learn everything inside the classroom, but THAT is definitely an understatement.

Sometimes I miss being a GA (general assignment) reporter. That way you don’t get too immersed in a beat and you don’t get involved in all the controversies, the briberies, and the other dirty stuff. You merely wait for an assignment, do it, go home, and sleep.

But for now I will go with my mantra, “Suck it in, Abi. You can do it.”

G’night folks 🙂

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My Mixed Tape [2]

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 16, 2009

Little Things — Colbie Caillat

Don’t Speak — No Doubt

Follow You Down — Gin Blossoms

XO — Fall Out Boy

America’s Suitehearts — Fall Out Boy

Roses — Outkast

Dead and Gone — T.I. feat Justin Timberlake

Heartless — Kanye West

Walking After You — Foo Fighters

Out of Reach — Gabrielle

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Posted by Abi Kwok on February 12, 2009

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51 pairs say ‘I do’ in PNP mass wedding

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 12, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—What does it take to make a marriage last?

Patience, love, and a lot of understanding. These, for Police Officer 2 Melchor Basco, are some of the elements that made his marriage with wife Charelina last for more than 14 years.

Although the couple has been living together for more than a decade, it was only on Thursday that they exchanged “I do’s” in front of the altar.

“We were busy so it’s only now that we’re able to get wed,” Basco said.

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UP janitor finally gets retirement pay

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 11, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 19:21:00 02/11/2009

Filed Under: Civil & Public Services

MANILA, Philippines—From 92 centavos to P32,000.

Retired University of the Philippines (UP) janitor Meliton Zamora will finally get what he deserves in retirement benefits, after a review made by the Civil Service Commission.

Zamora retired from UP in 2006 at the age of 64 and got a check amounting to 92 centavos for his four decades of work.

Zamora received less than P1 as retirement pay apparently because of 501 sick leave days.

But a review made by CSC Assistant Commissioner Anicia Marasigan-De Lima and UP officials revealed that Zamora already had a five-year lump sum benefit but his terminal leave pay, or the cash value of his accumulated unused leave credits, for 41 years of service was erroneously computed.

Zamora contested the computation of his terminal leave pay from March 1970 to December 31, 1993.

After another check, records revealed that Zamora has remaining 95.041 unused or leave credits with a cash equivalent of P32,610.75, de Lima said.

The CSC asked UP officials to pay Zamora the corresponding amount.

De Lima said Zamora can now claim his check at UP anytime.

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