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One year!

Posted by Abi Kwok on June 5, 2009

Late post.

June 1 marked my first year as a field reporter. Well, officially at least (as stated in my contract). So many things have happened, I’ve met so many people. I was reading my previous post about being scared shitless on becoming a reporter. I still am these days, but I’m more grounded (if that even makes any sense). I’m happy and I can’t imagine myself being anywhere else. *banana dance*

🙂

Someday, when I feel up to it, I will write a LOOONG entry detailing my coverages. For now, I just want to take it all in 🙂

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Song for today: Train — My Private Nation

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Present

Posted by Abi Kwok on May 24, 2009

Through the years I’ve learned to be a “present” person. Thinking about the past made me regret a lot of things I did (leading to TONS of sleepless nights), and thinking about the future just, well, scares me. So I told myself that I would think of the NOW. Right here, where everything is still in my hands and in my control that I can make decisions without worrying too much of what will happen tomorrow or the next day, or the day after that.

Spontaneity? I guess so. But people can argue with me on that. I’ve never been much of a spontaneous person before, but I guess things change and PEOPLE change. I’ve learned to appreciate the “now” instead of the “yesterday” and the “tomorrow.” I guess, at the end of the day, this mindset keeps me sane. Because if I will spend each day planning and thinking ahead, I will definitely have a breakdown.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

I sometimes surprise myself at how I can keep such a cool head when I’m with other people. When I’m alone though, things are SO MUCH DIFFERENT.

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On a different note, the media and social attention being given to what I would like to call the “Hayden sexcapades” is getting annoying. The man’s a jerk, he’s sick (and he admitted it, right?), and he definitely has to face criminal charges sooner or later. Let’s just leave the law and the people behind its wheel to their work. What I find annoying is that several media outfits are just banking on, cashing in on the controversy.

I would like to think that the issue would just wither and die if media would stop prying on the private lives of these innocent, albeit careless people.

Ultimately, it would boil down to news sense. Is the issue still worth media coverage? Yes it is news worthy, but is it still relevant? And don’t tell me that all these takes on social relevance make the issue relevant, because people are just  getting it wrong.

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Artist of the day: The Bravery (coolness!)

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Shorter drug license application period—PDEA

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 20, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 11:52:00 04/20/2009

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has announced that it will cut short its license renewal and application procedures for dangerous drugs from seven to three days following the computerization of its systems.

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6 cops in Failon case ‘overkill’ suspended

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 20, 2009

Napolcom transfers probe to NBI

By Abigail Kwok, Tarra Quismundo
INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 12:19:00 04/20/2009

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 3) The National Police Commission (Napolcom) suspended six policemen, including two officers, amid allegations of overkill in their handling of a shooting incident that fatally wounded the wife of television news anchor Ted Failon, as it ordered the transfer of the case from the Quezon City police to the National Bureau of Investigation.

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PNP, BFP on heightened alert

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 8, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 09:51:00 04/08/2009

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) have been placed on heightened alert status effective midnight Wednesday as people flock to the provinces for the Holy Week.

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5 bodies retrieved from chopper crash site

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 8, 2009

By Abigail Kwok, Delmar Cariño, Elmer Kristian Dauigoy
Inquirer Northern Luzon, INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:18:00 04/08/2009

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 5) Five bodies have been taken from the wreckage of a presidential helicopter that crashed in Ifugao province with another body sighted buried under debris, a police official said, hours after the downed aircraft was found in the hills of Tinoc town.

Governor Teodoro Baguilat Jr. said three bodies were recovered from the crash site in Barangay (village) Eheb and carried on foot to an area in Tinoc accessible by land transport and, from there, to the Tinoc District Hospital.

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Suspect in Vintar killings arrested

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 6, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 10:03:00 04/06/2009

MANILA, Philippines–Police in the province of Ilocos Norte arrested on Sunday a suspect involved in the killing of a family of four in Vintar town last Friday, a police spokesperson said on Monday.

Chief Superintendent Nicanor Bartolome identified the suspect as Eryll Mark Palafox, 30, whom a witness positively identified as one of those responsible for the killing of the Castro family, consisting of husband and wife Amador and Marciana and their daughters Mercy and Reymalin, on April 3.

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Cop shoots dead fellow cop in Cebu

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 6, 2009

By Abigail Kwok, Jhunnex Napallacan
INQUIRER.net, Inquirer Visayas
First Posted 10:28:00 04/06/2009

CEBU CITY, Philippines—(Update 2) An argument over missing guns and ammunition allegedly led a policeman to shoot dead his comrade in their police station in San Francisco town on Camotes Island before dawn Sunday, police said on Monday.

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6 arrested, 6 rescued in Caloocan drug den

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 6, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:10:00 04/06/2009

MANILA, Philippines–Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) raided a drug and prostitution den masking as a hotel in Caloocan City on Saturday, leading to the arrest of six suspects, an official said on Monday.

PDEA agents also rescued six women, four of whom were minors, during a buy-bust operation at Victory Lodge located at 2nd Avenue at around 1:30 a.m., according to Major Ferdinand Marcelino, director of PDEA’s Special Enforcement Service (SES).

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3 killed, 8 hurt in Basilan ambush

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 6, 2009

By Julie Alipala, Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 11:19:00 04/06/2009

ZAMBOANGA CITY–(UPDATE 3) Three were killed while 14 others were wounded when unidentified armed men ambushed a truck carrying farmers in Lantawan in Basilan Monday.

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