Archive for May 12, 2012

Nuclear plants are safest, cheapest sources of energy- Cojuangco


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- Former Pangasinan 5th District Representative Mark O. Cojuangco said he still pursues his advocacy on the establishment of nuclear plants in the country, saying they are the safest and cheapest sources of energy.

Cojuangco, who was here to attend the 50th birthday celebration of City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV, explained that the Philippines will be needing more sources of power energy by 2030, doubling the present need to 15 gigawatts.

“Wala tayong pag-asang umangat lalo na sa industriya at agrikultura kung hindi maaksyonan kaagad ang kakulangan ng elektrisidad sa bansa,” Cojuangco said. (more…)

May 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

Manay Gina leads the House 14 in historic visit to China


THE HOUSE 14 WITH MADAME CHEN ZHILI. Photo taken at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last April 20, during the goodwill visit by the 14 delegates of the Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. (AWLFI) of the Philippine House of Representatives. Photo shows left: Reps. Ana Cristina Go, Emmeline Aglipay, Abihgail Ferriol, Josefina Joson, Bai Sandra Sema, Mercedes Alvarez, Vice Minister Ai Ping, Rep. Gina de Venecia, Madame Chen Zhili, Reps. Janette Garin, Rachel Marguerite del Mar, Nancy Catamco, Linabelle Ruth Villarica, Bernadette Herrera-Dy,Daisy Fuentes, Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales and Deputy Director General Shen Beili

At a time of stalemate and tension at the Scarborough Shoal between China and the Philippines, Rep. Gina de Venecia of Pangasinan’s 4th District led an all-women delegation in a nine-day people-to-people visit to China.

Dubbed House 14 who went to China were: Senior Deputy Majority Leader Janette Garin, Former Deputy Speaker Daisy Avance-Fuentes, Rep. Josefina Joson, Rep. Bai Sandra Sema, Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez, Rep. Rachel Marguerite Del Mar, Rep. Ana Cristina Go, Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, Rep. Emmeline Aglipay, Rep. Nancy Catamco, Rep. Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales, Rep. Abigail Faye Ferriol and Rep. De Venecia. (more…)

May 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: What happened to the Reproductive Health Bill?


Blamed it to the incessant hearings on the impeachment case of Chief Justice Renato Corona, the Reproductive Health Bill which was certified by President Benigno S. Aquino III as one of the priority bills in 2010 under his administration is gathering dusts and cobwebs in the House of Representatives.

After many months of debates and public hearings, the RH Bill has not moved a bit as it was being parried off by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Will it go to the dustbin? Will it ever appeal to the majority of the members of the House of Representatives?

Lately, Philippines ranked 8th in the world with highest number of teenage pregnancies. This was disclosed by the United Nations and thus needs a thorough study. The RH Bill is an answer to that predicament we are facing. Teenagers nowadays are promiscuous. They engage in premarital sex without thinking of its repercussions and effects. The core of the RH Bill is sex education and on this I could not understand why our brothers in the Church could not accept the fact that lifestyles are changing. They argued that RH is counter- productive and pro-abortion.

There were studies already to that effect. Other countries in the world have already passed their RH law and yet, we as a third world country are still dilly-dallying on its passage.

What makes it nauseating is that our solons seemed to be afraid at the hierarchy of the Church. What are they afraid of? Has this something to do with faith or with politics? (more…)

May 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Lipay village holds beauty contest for ‘gays’


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- The curtain call was 9:00 in the evening of April 30 for the beauty pageant to be held at the school auditorium of Lipay village here.

But at 5:00 in the afternoon, all twelve candidates were already preparing themselves for the pageants- rehearsing their talents, inspecting their swimsuits and gowns and preparing themselves for an over-all make up. They were all eager to participate in the beauty pageant and win trophies and cash prizes.

The beauty pageant, however, was not meant for women but for the gays or those belonging to the third sex. The twelve contestants, some of whom came from as far as Sagada of Mountain Province, Manila and Tarlac City, showed enthusiasm and projecting victorious smiles on their faces while waiting for the pageant to start.

Municipal Councilor Rose Lopez –Limos, the organizer of the pageant, said the event is part of their two-day festival to entertain the people of the village.
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May 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment


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