February 2011

Anti Condom Ordinance makes Ayala Alabang trend on Twitter (updated)

An affluent village in the Philippines got to trend on twitter today.  Most twitters were shocked to learn of a village ordinance entitled, “An Ordinance providing for the safety and protection of the unborn child within the Territorial jurisdiction of Barangay Ayala-Alabang; Fixing Penalties for its Violations, and for other purposes.”  The ordinance was passed on 3 January 2011.

According to Mulat Pinoy, a site dedicated to population and development,

“The ordinance seeks, among others, to penalize any natural or juridical person to advertise by billboards, brochures, leaflets, flyers or similar means or any manner of form, sell, offer for free or endorse, promote, prescribe or distribute abortifacients. Abortifacients as defined in the ordinance is any device, medicine, substance or practice which may damage, injure, interfere with the natural development, endanger or cause the expulsion or death of an unborn child. It includes intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal contraceptives.”

Full text of the Ordinance was published by Alabang Bulletin.

What did twitters say about the ordinance when word came out about this Ayala Alabang ordinance?

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/albertterrific/status/40700777714561024″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/nat323/status/40703195441274880″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/jigsmayuga/status/40703359035904001″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/wolfpuppet/status/40703321383768064″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/40680077523951616″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/janvynator/status/40702792272187392″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/11071/status/40702662701744128″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/Aliluscious/status/40702611984224256″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/oliboycastro/status/40701788763983872″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/FrancesASales/status/40702331100073984″]

 

UPDATE: The ordinance was struck down by Muntinlupa City.

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/karadavid/status/41475177632108544″]

 

Singson sentenced to 1 year, 4 months in Hong Kong for Cocaine possession

A Hong Kong court sentenced Philippine Representative Ronald Singson, to one year and four months for 6.7 grams of cocaine.  Another 2 months was added to his sentence for possession of a Mogadon tablet.  Singson is an elected member of the Philippine Congress, and is the son of Ilocos Governor Chavit Singson.

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Singson will serve the full sentence of one year, six months in spite of spending four months in prison already.

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Filipino FM Radio reborn on the Web?

Jim Ayson wrote “The Home of NU Rock, The Rhythm of the City, and CityLite live again (kinda) on PinoyTuner.com,”

I waited a couple of months with bated breath, and it looks like that day has come. After a few teaser posts made by Francis “Brew” Reyes on his Facebook accounts, a couple of Facebook pages came to light: PinoyTuner and Digradio.ph.

Reyes had done a few Ustream test broadcasts at home so it was apparent he was rehearsing for something. But as the links on the Facebook pages showed the whole scenario was coming to fruition. Based on a little online detective work in just the past couple of hours, here is what I’ve picked up. Hopefully more details will emerge in the next few days that I can write about here.

Read more about Filipino radio being reborn on the Interwebs at Jim’s Ayson Chronicles.

Bahrain is more important than Libya

STRATFOR warns that Bahrain is far more important than the conditions in Libya:

“Libya is spiraling out of control and dominating the media. But there’s unrest in lesser-known places that is strategically more important.

Bahrain intersects Iranian-Saudi competition and the possibility for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. If the situation in Bahrain gets out of hand, the U.S. could lose a base for its 5th Fleet; Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority could follow suit with their own protests; the Iranian-Saudi balance in the region would teeter heavily toward Iran…does this small country have your attention now?”

CCTV news recap on demonstrations in the Middle East:

Headcount of Filipinos in New Zealand underway

Following a devastating Earthquake, the Philippines’ Honorary Consulate in New Zealand is performing a headcount of all Filipinos in the area, according to the Official Gazette (@govph).

Earlier it was reported that at least 8 Filipinos were trapped in a building in Christchurch.

According to @gmanews these  are the names of 8 Filipinos believed to be trapped under the rubble of the collapsed CTV Building in Christchurch, New Zealand:

1. Ezra Mae Medalla

2. Jessie Lloyd Albarracin Redoble
3. John Chua
4. Jewel Francisco
5. Louise Amantillo
6. Valquin Bensurto
7. Ivy Cabanilas
8. Rhea Sumagpong

In a certain CTV site, it was announced earlier that rescue operations were being pulled back and redirected elsewhere as conditions were getting dangerous for rescuers as well as triage being conducted.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Office for Migrant Workers Affairs has setup a hotline for families of Filipinos based in Christchurch. You can reach them at the following numbers: 834-4448 and 834-4596.

According to GovPh,

“The New Zealand Government helpline (0800 779 997) is operating 24 hours.  A Missing Person Enquiry Line has been established for domestic (0800 733 276) and international enquiries (+6478502199).  All Child Youth and Family Clients can call 0508-FAMILY (0508 326 459) for assistance with concerns about a child or a young person.”

8 Filipinos trapped in CTV Building, Christchurch, New Zealand

According to @gmanews these  are the names of 8 Filipinos believed to be trapped under the rubble of the collapsed CTV Building in Christchurch, New Zealand:

1. Ezra Mae Medalla

2. Jessie Lloyd Albarracin Redoble
3. John Chua
4. Jewel Francisco
5. Louise Amantillo
6. Valquin Bensurto
7. Ivy Cabanilas
8. Rhea Sumagpong

In a certain CTV site, it was announced earlier that rescue operations were being pulled back and redirected elsewhere as conditions were getting dangerous for rescuers as well as triage being conducted.

NBN4's #EDSA25 Programming

SCHEDULE OF EDSA25-RELATED PROGRAMS
February 23, 2011 (Wednesday)
TIME PROGRAM
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDSA: The World Remembers
01:00 PM – 02:00 PM The Challenge of EDSA
05:30 PM – 06:00 PM Kalayaan (People Power)
10:05 PM – 11:30 PM Winning the Peace
February 24 (Thursday)
09:30 AM – 10:00 AM Kalayaan
12:00 NN – 01:30 PM Puso at Diwa ni Ninoy
01:30 PM – 02:00 PM Kalayaan
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM Challenge of EDSA
07:00 PM – 09:00 PM Ninoy: The Heart and the Soul
February 25, 2011 (Friday)
07:30 AM – 04:30 PM EDSA Coverage
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM EDSA: The World Remembers
February 26, 2011 (Saturday)
10:30 AM – 01:30 PM Puso at Diwa ni Ninoy
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM EDSA: The World Remembers
04:00 PM – 05:30 PM Winning the Peace
February 27, 2011 (Sunday)
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM EDSA: The World Remembers
February 28, 2011 (Monday)
09:30 AM – 11:30 AM Puso at Diwa ni Ninoy
01:00 PM  – 02:30 PM Ninoy: The Heart and the Soul
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM Winning the Peace