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Fernando Poe in Vizcaya.. 2004 Presidential Race

Vizcaya voters get taste of KNP 'entertainment'


BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya - They did not have to bring along singers,dancers and comedians, but their "fans" went home entertained just the



Residents of Nueva Vizcaya province on Friday got a taste of the kind

Of "entertainment" that candidates of the Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang

Pilipino have to offer, in the aspirants' effort to get the support of local



The KNP, led by actor Fernando Poe Jr., tickled the audience with

double-meaning jokes and movie one-liners during a rally here on

Friday,drawing mixed reactions from the crowd of 10,000.


Political analysts earlier urged candidates to raise the level of

Discourse in the campaign and educate voters on national issues.


They also asked candidates to talk about their platforms, instead of

providing entertainment through songs, dance numbers and jokes.


In Friday's rally, Poe, struggling from a bout with cough, turned to

His bag of screen dialogues and movie titles to draw the loudest cheers

From the audience.


He said he had been repeatedly asked why he had to join the

Presidential race knowing that in the country, politics was "magulo (chaotic)."


"Ang sabi ko sa kanila, kahit butas ng karayom papasukin ko kung para

Sa bayan" (I told them that I am willing to go through the eye of a needle

If this would benefit the people)," he said.


"Kahit anong paninira ginawa na nila sa 'kin, tinitiis lang natin.

Hintayin ninyo, pagdating sa dulo, kapag puno na ang salop, kakalusin natin (My

opponents have done everything to destroy me, but I'm just enduring it.

But when it's too much, we'll move)," Poe told the crowd at the old capitol

plaza in Barangay Don Domingo Maddela here.


He closed his speech: "Hintayin ninyo, dahil pagdating sa dulo, lilipad

Ang lawin (Just wait, because in the end, the hawk will fly)."


Vice presidential candidate Loren Legarda sang the Carpenters' "I Won't

Last a Day Without You" to entertain the crowd.


Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who took charge as the group's

spokesperson and introduced each senatorial candidate in Ilocano, at

one point, focused on the machismo of fellow candidate Alfredo Lim.


"Haan laeng nga nalaing pumupog iti ngato; mas nalalaing pay nga

Pumupog iti baba (He's not only good at pounding on the upper parts; he's even

better at pounding on the lower portions)," said Enrile, drawing cheers

and laughter from the crowd.


He later presented and kissed Jamby Madrigal on the cheek, and boasted:

"Kitan yo man, bis-bisongek latta isudan (Look at how casually I could

Kiss them)."When it was her turn to speak, Madrigal called Enrile "my boyfriend."

Lim, as he began his speech, gave a flirting remark to Solano town

councilor Maybelle Dumlao, the rally's emcee."Pag nakikita ko si Maybelle, naaalala ko (Whenever I see Maybelle, I remember) 60 years ago. Sana naligawan kita noon (I should have courted you back then)," said Lim.


Lim was later described by fellow senatorial aspirant Boots Anson-Roa

As having an "F4 look," alluding to the members of the popular Taiwanese

Boy band.Roa, for the most part of her speech, cited her association with Poe,

As "his leading lady in about 10 movies." Poe later referring to Roa as

"my leading lady."Poe presented former San Juan Mayor Jinggoy Estrada as "ang aking

inaanak (my godson)."


Sporting on his right wrist the trademark orange wristband of his

father,jailed president Joseph Estrada, Jinggoy joked about how he was often

mistaken as Poe, and branded as "ugly."


"Pangit man akong tingnan, masarap naman ako kung titikman (I may be

ugly to look at, but I am delicious)," the young Estrada said.


Even former Senator Ernesto Herrera had to ride the bandwagon to tickle

the crowd, explaining how he was unhampered by polio.


"Ang polio, mula tuhod pababa. Pero magmula tuhod pataas, walang polio

(The effect of polio is from the knees downward. But from the knees up,

polio has no effect)," said Herrera.



DENR men step up drive to protect wildlife species

Seized fruit bats, pond turtles released in the wilds



TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan — Forty-two seized pond turtles and five giant wild bats or “fruit bats” were rescued and almost simultaneously released the other day to their habitats here and in Nueva Vizcaya as the Region 2 office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) stepped up its campaign against persons violating the law promoting the conservation and protection of wildlife resources.


Led by Region 2 DENR Executive Director Antonio G. Principe, DENR personnel threw the pond turtles with varying sizes into the waters of Carague Lake in Enrile town, this province, which is less than one hour drive from here.

The five giant fruit bats were freed to the wilderness in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya by DENR field men led by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) Roberto Apigo.

Through a radio message, Director Principe directed the five PENROs and 16 Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) in the Cagayan Valley Region to meet immediately with all public and private market administrators and owners of eateries and restaurants to inform them about the DENR’s intensified effort to implement Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

Principe said the involvement of the market administrators in the effective and efficient enforcement of the law is vital because they are in direct contact with people selling wildlife species.

He also instructed DENR field officers to come up with flyers and posters cautioning everyone about the drive and the penalties imposed on those defying the order.

The posters, he said, should be displayed in conspicious places such as public and private markets, barangay centers, provincial and municipal halls, schools and restaurants.

After the meeting with the PENROs and CENROs, the market administrators would be held liable in the event DENR raiding teams found wildlife species being sold in their markets, Principe said.

On orders of Principe, Apigo and his group posed as buyers and swooped down on the market in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya last Tuesday and seized the turtles and fruit bats from Violeta Saludo, a vendor. Also on the same day, Apigo’s team raided the house of Sario Lumanga of Banggot, Bambang, Nueva Viscaya and seized from him five fruit bats.

Saludo told the team that she had bought the big turtles for R100 each and the small ones for R50 each from an unidentifed hunter, who is from Bagiuo City. She purchased the fruit bats from another seller for R120 each.

Both wildlife species command relatively high prices in the market because these are not only being served as food but also as medicine for people who are anemic and asthmatic.

million communications system project, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled for installation in remote barangays here starting at the end of this month.

Technical surveys on where to install satellite towers, cable lines and other communications facilities have already been identified and laid out.

"Definitely, we will start installing them within this month," Lantion said.

The Philippine government through the DoTC has obtained the funds for the project from RS Canada through a loan agreement, said Lantion, who is also special technical assistant at the office of DoTC Secretary Leandro Mendoza.

As early as June this year, DOTC and RS Canada technical personnel have been conducting surveys for the project. "If weather warrants, we are now into installing satellite towers, communication discs, cable lines and other related facilities," said Lantion, one of the key people who facilitated the multimillion-peso project in this province.

Recently, the former Novo Vizcayano police major general also facilitated the naming of an Australianmade, state-of-the-art patrol, search and rescue vessel after the province of Nueva Vizcaya (Barko ng Republika (BRP) ng Pilipinas-Nueva Vizcaya).

The naming of the national government-owned vessel is expected to further enhance the image of the province in the field of tourism and economy, on which

the administration of Gov. Rodolfo Agbayani has been working.

As programmed, the communications project would be completed by June 2004.

Lantion said the DoTC has tapped two of the giant telecommunications firm in the country, the Digital Telecommunication (Digitel) and Smart-Philippines, as "service providers" for the project.

With the DoTC equipment, the two communication firms, he said, would join to link to the world all the barangays of the 15 towns of the province, especially those remote villages that have no road networks like those in the towns of Solano, Bagabag, Aritao, Bambang, Villaverde, Diadi, Dupax Del Sur, Dupax Del Norte, Quezon and Bayombong.

At least 50 of 275 barangays here would be provided with landline and satellite-based communications lines. The lines, Lantion said, would be equipped with internet-ready computer sets ready to link the upland residents to the rest of the world.

The project, he said, would enable isolated communities here to communicate and interact with the rest of the world in the areas of agricultural productivity and modernization and tourism promotion.

Earlier, Lantion, who hails from this capital town, has also caused the distribution of 26 Smart-generated satellite phones in several remote mountain areas of the province. The villages benefited from it include the towns of Kasibu, Kayapa, Ambaguio, Solano, Aritao, Santa Fe, Bambang, Diadi and Quezon.