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Way tatsa ang atong boxing super hero

Posted in manny pacquiao, Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 30, 2008 by cha monforte

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Way tatsa atong people’s champ, super boxing hero, the greatest fighter in the world – Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio samtang duguan ensakto si David Diaz sa pagsakmit ni Manny sa korona isip WBC lightweight champion ensaktong 2:24 sa relo gikan sa pagsugod sa 9th round sa away nila kagahapon. Tsk, tsk, kinsa pa ba ang Meksikanong ibahog sa kapildihan sa puthaw nga kamot sa atong people’s champ?

Grabe ang kalipay ug dungog na pod nga naangkon sa atong nasud tungod sa kadaugan ni Manny. Salamat na lang nga dihang gisugdan ang away tali ni Manny ug Diaz wa tay nakit-an nga mga pulitiko nga nagpakita duol kang Manny aron makit-an sa TV kun asa nag-alimpungad pagtan-aw ang tibouk nasud sa maong away. Siguro adunay nakatambag kanila nga sa dili sa pag-apil sa eksena aron makit-an sa tibuok Pilipinas samtang kita nagbangutan sa kasubo sa kamatayon sa sobra 600 ka tawo sa pagkalunod sa MV Princess of the Star tungod sa ka la sa bagyong Frank.

Matawag nga kagahapon mao ang tinoud nga away ni Manny kay way nagpasikat nga politiko o taas nga opisyal sa kagamhanan didto sa Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay diin gihimo ang away ni Diaz ug Pacquaio. Salamat sa pagsabot nila bisag tuod anaa pa ang atong tas-as nga mga opisyal sa kagamhanan nga gipanguluhan ni Presidente Arroyo diha sa Estados Unidos.

Gawas sa politika, mao kadto ang tinuod nga away sa atong Pambansang Kamao tungod kay si Manny way tatsa luyo nga siya may ubos nga timbang kaysa kang Diaz ug siya nagpakita sa iyang katakus sa pagbun-og ug pagsamad sa nawong ni Diaz dili tungod sa headbutt kun dili tungod sa kabug-at ug kakusog sa iyang nahisusama nga puthaw nga mga kumo hangtud nga si Diaz nga wa gyud kaigo o makapatandog sa iyang kumo sa nawong ni Pacquaio kalit lamang nga milukapa sa salog sa 9th round ug taud-taud naglingo-lingo na lamang nga di na mosukol kang Pacquaio.

Ang kalit nga pagpakita sa atong Manny nga tabangan sa pagpatindog ang nagbuy-od na nga Diaz sa 9th round ug sa iyang nailang pagpanguros ug pagpasalamat sa Labawng Kahitas-an niadtong mga panahona di lamang nagapakita apan kini nagapapursige nga atong kanunayng ipadayon ang maayong Pilipinhong tradisyon sa pagkamaluluy-on ug sportsmanship ug pag-ihap ug pagpasalamat sa mga grasyang naangkon human sa atong mga limpyo ug tinoud nga kadaugan (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

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Cheers to Pacman

Posted in Uncategorized on June 30, 2008 by cha monforte

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Here’s our own Pacman down the pages of Asian history book. He’s long been logged in our own, but it was his stunning victory yesterday which made him the first Asian who became in champion in four different boxing divisions. What Manny Pacquaio accomplished in the ring brings honor to the Filipinos all over the world.

We rejoice now amid the lingering ship tragedy in the wake of typhoon Frank. Pacquaio’s feat at least brings good tiding today after a mournful week of shocking TV images about decomposing cadavers everywhere along Romblon shores and coastal villages. Pacman’s triumph is a good start to lead optimistic and spirited tempo to weather everyday hardships and challenges that we are now in.

Cheers, too, to the David Diaz, who immediately showed he was not a sore loser. “He was f****ng fast,” he said immediately after he lost yesterday. “At the end of the day, he caught me with a good shot and you just have to say that he was the better man.” It was Diaz show of sportsmanship. Pacquaio is so far the best we ever have after Flash Elorde who tried but failed to get a lightweight belt.

But Flash, too had given the nation an earlier shot of glory in those years when portable radio and black-and-white TV were the popular communication gadgets. Thanks for high technology brought about by satellites, computers and Internet that give us live and vivid feeds and show of the fight.

People watching pay-per-view shows at a cost yesterday in Davao and Gensan cities and every cable-connected towns in the region rejoiced in real-time at the same moment when Pacquaio fans, migrant Filipinos foremost, jumped for joy at Mandalay Bay stadium. There was such worldwide interconnectedness and unity among Filipinos in rejoicing for a biggest triumph of a Mindanaoan and country’s son. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

Ang puthaw nga kumo ni Pacquaio

Posted in manny pacquiao with tags , on June 28, 2008 by cha monforte

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Karong adlawa makig-away na pod sulod sa ring ang atong Kumo sa Nasud (Pambansang Kamao), boxing hero, people’s champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio aron ilugon ang korona ni David Diaz, ang World Boxing council lightweight champion, didto sa Las Vegas, Estados Unidos. Mohunong sa ang nasud ug kadiyot sa pagproblema sa kalisud sa panahon.

Matud pa, ginapaabot ang usa ka init nga duelo sa duruha, kusog batok sa kusog, sa pagsinukliay ug mga delikadong mga kumo nila ug posibleng moabot kini sa maduguong punto kung moukang na ang mga panit sa nawong sa duruha.

Giingon nga tungod kay puros walhon ang duruha posibleng adunay mahimong accidental headbutt ug posibleng maigo na pod ang tandugunon na daan nga kilay ni Pacquaio nga kapila na ka beses nga naabre sa iyang mga kanhing away.

Posible pod nga kay tungod puros sila walhon, usa ka duol sa lawas, tiil duol sa tiil nga panag-away ang mahitabo nga maoy kinaham ni Diaz nga may sama sa toro nga lawas.

Sumala sa mga nag-analisar, bantayanan gayud ang walang bahin ni Pacquiao tungod kay unang na-knockout ang atong super boxing hero sa usa ka kusog nga left hook nga milanding sa apapangig niya gikan sa usa pod ka walhon nga boksidor nga si Rustico Torrecampo. Natumba pod si Pacquaio dihang naigo pod ang walang apapangig niini sa kumo ni Nedal Hussein didto sa ilang away sa Casino Filipino. Misarasay pod si Pacquaio pagkaigo sa iyang walang bahin sa kutokuto sa kumo ni Juan Manuel Marquez. Nagpasabot lamang nga may patyanan ang atong super boxing hero.

Apan kusgan ug intelehente nga makig-away ang atong people’s champ. Kung molungtad man si Diaz sa mga umaabot ng pagpanglatigo sa mga kusgang kumo ni Pacquaio sa sayong mga round, swerte na si Diaz.

Gikinahanglan pod ni Diaz nga di maigo sa gibantog nga mga straight jab ni Pacquaio labi na kung kini gikan sa iyang walang kumo nga sama sa gibunalan ka ug puthaw kung maigo. Kay kung dili, si Diaz mosarasay ug molukarap ra pod sa salog sama sa mga torong boksingero nga gihimong mapahiubsanon sa mga daw kalayo ug puthaw nga kumo ni Pacquaio, sa dakong kalipay ug dungog sa mga Pilipino sa tibouk kalibutan. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

The difference

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2008 by cha monforte

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There’s misty melancholy, and expression of deepest condolence and sympathy to kins and relatives of those who perished or go missing in another sea tragedy the country has to croak in horror –of the sight of bloated and decomposing bodies retrieved or were washed ashore. With flies feasting over odors of cadavers, Romblon towns facing the sea where the MV Princess of the Stars had sunk could not wait any longer but bury them in mass graves even before relatives could identify them.

The sight of kins and relatives wanting a news from their loved ones as well as their wailings lead us to feel again everyone’s experience of death or tragedy in the family and bear again that searing pain of loss. When loved ones snapped out of our daze, waves of sadness befall on us that at times we pound on deaf heavens why earth our loved ones were chosen to die and leave us.

As in any sea tragedy, the tragic of it all is that the living ones are often left by those who didn’t survive without a trace or a physical body to pray for and bury. They are left holding the flowers to be offered at the sea where the ill-fated vessel capsized. Time and again, we are visited by grim memories of other sea tragedies that left thousands of passengers dead or missing. Dona Paz, for one.

Disaperacidos on the sea have the blue sea waters embraced them. Disaperacidos on the land like those missing loved ones salvaged in extrajudicial killings made by military assassins, communist sparrows or civilian autocratic leaders have a wide swath of brown ground to embrace on.

But what differs the former to the latter is that in most probability missing loved ones have the deepest and wide sea twirled by winds of adversity by typhoon Frank’s cruelty seals their fate now than being carried alive ashore somewhere. What differs the latter to the former, on the other hand, is that missing loved ones tortured and salvaged out from man’s cruelty has put living ones to still wander and look on the vast soil outside like the former spots of Davao City’s killing fields, sites of bloody purges and the unknown burial grounds of exterminated social recalcitrants and deviants. For the kins of loved ones who fall in the latter, the wish that someday, somehow they are or might still be alive keep on lingering on and on. It’s also the fervent wish and ardent prayer of the kins and relatives of the passengers of MV Princess of the Stars.

Not a farfetched scenario

Posted in davao del norte, land use with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2008 by cha monforte

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By Cha Monforte

Whenever strong and long rains fall in Compostela Valley mainland, the towns referring to the pioneer Compostela town configuration- Mawab, Nabunturan, Montevista, Monkayo, Compostela and New Bataan, flood later develop particularly in the strait of downland barangays straddling along the Manat River from Monkayo down to Compostela and portion of Nabunturan.

Like the town of Carmen and adjacent barangays of Sto. Tomas and Dujali that straddles in the proximity of drain of Saug river in Davao del Norte, this particular Comval area is flood-prone and at its heart, backflow of waters from Monkayo and Agusan river (mercurized as it is now after two decades of being flushed of the golden murky waters from Diwalwal) will concentrate and mix with floodwaters from the mainland highlands, submerging ricefields, banana plantations and even the town centers of Monkayo and Compostela as experienced some two years ago.

There are similar topographical cases in the region of this particular Comval area which only became flood-prone with deeper level of floodwater starting not too long ago. It pesters the mind that this came about after decades of unabated illegal logging and slash-and-burn (kaingin) activities in the highlands that subsequently silted so much the river channels down to chain. And small and large mining activities in the province of gold contributed to this dismal consequence since whenever there’s mining it is sure as tomorrow that adjacent forests are swallowed up by the mine’s requirements of timber for underground fortification and makeshift housing purposes.

There’s now a grim scenario that if deforestation continues to occur in the highland ranges and mountains in the mainland and Agusan del Sur including Mawab’s Masara ranges, though the latter drains to Hijo River towards Davao Gulf, in the next few years highland flood and backflow waters would come so big and strong down to the mainland’s flood-prone flashpoint.

It would not be farfetched to reckon now, heaven forbid, that a big, high flood would come submerging the lowland town centers of the mainland in a specter of the what recently dawned to Iloilo City where floodwaters almost climbed to the roofs of houses.

It was unpredicted, a surprising flood that the amiable Ilonggos did not ever imagine to strike at that worst throughout their history. What a doomsday warning to the Comval mainland officials and people if trees continue to fall to the ground and rivers go silted. (For online edition, visit my blog at https://cha4t.wordpress.com)

A new house on fire

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2008 by cha monforte

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A lid has been opened, and it’s flame has engulfed a fire in the house of the newly merged Lakas-Kampi party. The ABS-CBN Davao spread the fire so with the wide reach of its TV signal to as far as Diwalwal in Comval to the hinterlands of the Davao del Sur and near western-southern boundaries of Davao Oriental. Presume a raging wildfire throughout Davao del Norte by the involvement of a top party honcho. Or the lack of it in Davao City since Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was understandably not a privy to it, he being with his own independent Hugpong and absent during the affair.

The charge that money changed hands during the Lakas-Kampi merger last week in Davao City is now a troublesome matter in the public since it had the presence of a visiting President. Did she know beforehand that funds would be distributed by her subalterns to those attending the Lakas-Kampi merger? Even the two governors, Davao del Norte’s Dolfo del Rosario and Davao del Sur’s Dodo Cagas have to admit and reason out that the money dispensed was after all party funds and not a public money.

Their statement is supposed to douse cold water to the fire, but since the ABS-CBN Davao made it clear that Asuncion Mayor Joseph Parenas said defensively that the amount he received was only for travel reimbursement, the more the fire scattered.

Mayor Parenas defense of reimbursement over a regional TV would only put him in questionable situation if he traveled on official business which means that he made a cash advance from his municipality’s coffer subject to full liquidation on his return. His alibi just doesn’t bite as a day’s official travel by him from the near Asuncion town to the city would only require meager budget. Comes now the ABS-CBN’s whiz report on the P50,000 cash distributed to the attendees.

On the contrary, more questions arise, straining one’s credulity over the claim that the money came from party funds. The last time we know was that Kampi, the party of the Arroyos, was claiming that the P500,000 cash given to Panlilio came from the party’s coffer. But when push came to shove, Kampi immediately backpedaled and exited from the controversy as the issue would end up to the doors of the Arroyos. Was the money really came from Lakas? And by how much did each of those who attended receive? What was it really for?

That someone has said that they better tell it to the marines stigmatizes this whole Apo View incident to the Malacanang blunder of handing out P500,000 to Pampanga priest-turned Governor Ed Panlilio right inside the Palace late last year after he and other governors belonging to the Union of Local Executives (ULAP) met with the President.

On that bribery case, former presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye immediately made a press conference where he debunked that there was public fund involved to the case. He added the President did not know about it at all.

“Nobody in Malacanang can just disburse or distribute any fund without the proper budgetary allocation and standard auditing procedures,” Bunye said in quashing down further speculations. The President in washing off her hands from the bribery attempt to Gov. Panlilio subsequently ordered a thorough probe on the matter, and sooner, after a climax was reached following a Senate investigation nothing was heard about it again.

In this local case of money changing hands, we don’t yet whether there would be a Jackal who would do a Panlilio during distressed times. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

Marching orders for LGUs

Posted in region with tags , , , on June 26, 2008 by cha monforte

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The Office of Civil Defense and Disaster Coordinating Councils are correct all along in their prime thrust of giving all community’s stakeholders, the local government units foremost, a capacity in disaster-preparedness and in warning the latter to prepare for worst calamities and disasters that often strike in surprise and at unimaginable extent of human toll and property damage.

The helpless cry of the Iloilo governor for water, food and relief heard yesterday over ABS-CBN points out that in so far as the disaster preparedness of the government in the recent years is concerned we have not yet reached a point where government officials could immediately push the alarm button in their disaster preparedness plans for the rapid mobilization of stakeholders.

For umpteenth times, disaster coordinating councils often remind and stress the need for quick-response system to disasters given that the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world for lying in the path of typhoons, storms and in the Asia’s ring of fire- the volcanoes- and not to mention for unabated illegal logging activities that continue destroy our forests and all the pollution around us.

In the case of Iloilo and even the towns facing the Romblon sea where the Sulficio’s Princess of the Stars sank, panic situation occurs now amidst the slow response of national authorities in the aftermath of typhoon Frank that did a Frankenstein in wrecking havoc to lives, properties, farms and the future of the thousands affected.

It’s good that we have seen President Arroyo flaring up while she and her junket of luxuriating officials are absent beyond the four seas, although she made a point anyway that wireless high-technology of teleconferencing could still make a visible presence to a country in distress.

There’s this latent tendency to be still reactive amidst calamity situation. This is observable in the way officials in flashflood-affected towns of Cotabato and Sarangani provinces slowly move to address calamity situation based on their disaster-preparedness plans. The crux of the matter is not the lack of money as that problem is the twin of disasters and calamities, as during times like these resources stand to be few while there are too many to be attended to.

The marching order for local government officials in affected towns is for them to flex their muscles up for the rapid operationalization of centralized disaster coordinating structure which will do the traffic for the collective and orchestrated relief and assistance to soften the impact of further toll and destruction.

Forget first talks of rehabilitation in worst calamities to which towns’ meager resources could not meet anyway besides the 5% percent corruption-prone calamity funds. Destroyed national projects and highways and gargantuan and sustained interventions are for the national government and international relief agencies, if ever there are, while grazed houses and grounds including sanity from agonies of deaths of loved ones are shouldered more by the affected people, who in due time would usually do a painstaking, painful Phoenix out from the rubrics and ashes of disasters and calamities. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com