Monday, August 18, 2014

Charter change, lifting term limits

The present constitution would limit Aquino, elected in 2010, to a single six-year term. The restriction was born of the country's experience of martial law under the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled for more than two decades.

Aquino, speaking in an interview with a local television network, was asked whether charter changes would allow him to seek a second term in 2016.

"When I got into this, I remembered it is for one term of six years," he replied.

"Now after having said that, of course I have to listen to my bosses," he added, using his usual reference to the Filipino people. "But that doesn't mean...that I will automatically chase after another term, right?"

It was Aquino's first comment on reconsidering his stated position against amending the constitution passed during the term of his mother Corazon, who was closely associated with the re-establishment of a democratic order.

President Benigno Aquino said on Wednesday he was considering constitutional changes including adjustment of term limits for officials that might allow him to serve a second six-year term.

But always remember that any constitutional amendment would require a vote of three quarters in Congress and convocation of a constitutional convention. Aquino's allies currently dominate both houses of Congress.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cong. Lazatin: Choose congressman wisely


“Angelenos must choose wisely, dapat piliin nila ang congressman na alam ang ginagawa niya,” said Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) following statements made by Pampanga Vice-Governor Joseller Guiao assailing Lazatin during a flag raising ceremony in the Angeles City Hall held last March 18.

Lazatin said: “Sabi ni Vice Governor Guiao sa flag ceremony, napakatagal na nakaupo ng congressman ng First District pero wala man lang nakaisip na gawing authority ang Clark Development Corporation.”

“Hindi siguro alam ni Vice Governor Guiao na nagfile na tayo ng ganitong batas noon pang taong 2011,” he added.

Lazatin is referring to House Bill No. 4843, otherwise known as “An Act Creating the Metropolitan Clark Freeport Zone and its governing body, The Metropolitan Clark Freeport Zone Authority, replacing Clark Development Corporation”, which was filed by Lazatin on June 8, 2011 and is currently pending approval from the House Committee on Economic Affairs.

“Sa isa pang naging talumpati ni Vice Governor Guiao, sinabi rin niya na kapag naging congressman siya ay isusulong niya ang cityhood ng Mabalacat at ang pagiging unibersidad ng Pampanga Agricultural College,” he said.

Lazatin added: “Nagawa na natin lahat ng sinasabi ni Vice Governor Guiao habang tayo ang nakaupo bilang kongresista, ano pa ang gagawin niya kapag siya ang naupo sa kongreso?”

Republic Act No. 10164, which provides for the conversion of Mabalacat into a component city, was authored by Lazatin and approved by President Benigno Aquino III last May 15, 2012.

House Bill No. 4450, which seeks to convert Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) into a State University, was filed by Lazatin on July 15, 2010 and was approved on its third and final reading last February 4, 2013. The bill is currently awaiting ratification.

“Ang payo ko kay Vice Governor Guiao ay mag-aral muna siya ng leksyon bago siya magsalita tungkol sa mga gagawin niyang programa kapag siya ay naging kongresista,” Lazatin said.

by: Reynaldo G. Navales

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fest kicks off today


The 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) will kick off here today, Thursday, and will run until Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Events director Joy Roa said the festival, which is all set for another weekend of everything that flies, is an annual air show which will be held at the Omni Aviation Complex here.
Roa said this year's event will highlight the world-famous Breitling Jet Team of France, which is expected to perform precision aerobatic show.
"We are proud to mark a milestone in the history of Philippine aviation with the participation of the world-renowned Breitling Jet Team. And this is just the icing on the cake because this year's hot air fiesta will offer more than aerial entertainment," Roa added.
Spectators will get a chance to watch 30 hot air balloons from 15 countries with specially-shaped balloons like Humpty Dumpty, Space Shuttle, and Tulip, according to Roa.
The event will also feature aviation school displays, food booths, a fly market, the hot air balloon night glow, and concerts.
Roa said performers namely Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Cookie Chua, Dingdong Avanzado, Jessa Zaragoza,Wolfgang, The Dawn, Imago, Kjwan, Spongecola, Joey Ayala, Pepe Smith, Urbandub, Gloc 9, Noel Cabangon, and Ebe Dancel are expected to join the event.
"One of the main goals of the festival is to tell the world that flying is definitely more fun in the Philippines. We are inviting everyone to come and join us as we put the Philippines in the map of top destinations for aerial activities," Roa said.
The 2013 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival is supported by the Clark Development Corporation, the Clark International Airport Corporation, the Bases Conversion Development Authority, and the Department of Tourism.
by; Reynaldo Navales

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Schedule for 2013 Hot Air Balloon



Feb 21 Thurs

First Fiesta Day

5:30 - 6:15 AMUFO flyers
6:20 - 6:35 AMPhilippine Flag jump and Opening ceremony
6:40 - 7:40 AMHot Air Balloon flight
6:30 - 8:00 AMRP/Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
8:30 - 9:00 AMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9:00 - 9:45 AMBreitling Jet Team Aerobatic Exhibition
9:45 - 10:30 AMPNP Sky Diving Exhibition
10:30 - 11:00 AMACFC Ultralight/Microlight formation Flights and Flour Bombing
11:00 - 11:45 AMAOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
11:45 - 12:00 PMPT 13 Fly By
12:00 - 12:30 PMRadio-controlled model aircraft demonstration
12:30 - 1:00 PMKAP / KTP Kite Flying Exhibition
1:00 - 1:45 PMAirlink / WCC / Omni / Aviators / Alpha flyby
1:45 - 2:30 PMAOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
2:30 - 2:45 PMFEATI/PHILSCA Rocketry/RC Demonstration
2:45 - 3:15 PMRadio-controlled model aircraft demonstration
3:15 - 4:00 PMACFC Ultralight/Microlight formation Flights and Flour Bombing
4:00 - 4:30 PMPT 13 Stearman
4:30 - 5:00 PMSkydiving and Tandem jumping Exhibition
5:00 - 5:30 PMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
5:30 - 6:00 PMRP/U.S./Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5:30 - 7:00 PMHot Air Balloon Fly-In, RC Nightflyers

Feb 22 Fri

Second Fiesta Day

5:30 - 6:15 AMUFO flyers
6:20 - 6:35 AMPhilippine Flag jump
6:40 - 7:40 AMHot Air Balloon flight
6:30 - 8:00 AMRP/Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
8:15 - 9:00 AMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9:00 - 9:45 AMSky diving exhibition
9:45 - 10:30 AMAOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
10:30 - 11:00 AMACFC Ultralight/Microlight formation Flights and Flour Bombing
11:00 - 11:15 AMFEATI/PHILSCA Rocketry/RC Demonstration
11:15 - 11:45 AMRadio-controlled model aircraft demonstration
11:45 - 12:15 PMPara-Gliding Tow Exhibition
12:15 - 12:30 PMKAP / KTP Kite Flying Exhibition
12:30 - 1:15 PMWCC / Omni / Aviators / Alpha / Leading Edge / flyby
1:15 - 1:45 PMGerman aerobatic glider flight
1:45 - 2:15 PMCar Drifting Display
2:15 - 2:45 PMRadio-controlled Jet Turbine Model Aircraft Demonstration
2:45 - 3:15 PMACFC Ultralight/Microlight Aircraft formation Flights
3:15 - 3:45 PMAOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
3:45 - 4:15 PMSky diving exhibition
4:15 - 4:45 PMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
4:45 - 6:15 PMRP/Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5:30 - 7:00 PMHot Air Balloon Fly-In, RC Nightflyers
6:00 - 8:00 PMHot Air Balloon Night Glow, OPM Concert

Feb 23 Sat

Third Fiesta Day

5:30 - 6:15 AMUFO flyers
6:20 - 6:35 AMPhilippine Flag jump
6:40 - 7:40 AMHot Air Balloon flight
6:30 - 8:00 AMRP/Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
8:15 - 9:00 AMBreitling Jet Team Aerobatic Exhibition
9:00 - 9:45 AMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9:45 - 10:30 AMTandem Skydiving exhibition
10:30 - 11:00 AMACFC Ultralight/Microlight formation Flights and Flour Bombing
11:00 - 11:30 AMTurbine RC flying display
11:30 - 12:00 PMHelicopter Flight Display
12:00 - 12:30 PMPhilippine Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration
12:30 - 1:00 PMPT13 Stearman / AOPA-P flyby
1:00 - 1:30 PMWCC / Omni / Aviators / Alpha / Leading Edge / flyby
1:30 - 2:00 PMWinch-launched German aerobatic glider flight
2:00- 2:30 PMKAP / KTP Kite Flying Demonstration
2:30 - 3:00 PMPara-Gliding Tow Exhibition
3:00 - 3:30 PMRadio-controlled Jet Turbine Model Aircraft Demonstration
3:30- 4:00 PMACFC Ultralight/Microlight Aircraft formation Flights
4:00 - 4:30 PMAOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
4:30 - 5:00 PMSky diving exhibition
5:00 - 5:30 PMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
5:30 - 6:00 PMRP/Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5:30 - 7:00 PMHot Air Balloon Fly-In, RC Nightflyers
6:00 - 8:00 PMHot Air Balloon Night Glow, OPM Concert

Feb 24 Sun

Fourth Fiesta Day

5:30 - 6:15 AMRC Nightflyers
6:20 - 6:35 AMPhilippine Flag jump
6:40 - 7:40 AMHot Air Balloon Flight
6:30 - 8:00 AMRP/ Malaysian / Spain / Australia Paragliding Exhibition
8:15 - 9:00 AMBrietling Jet Team Aerobatic Exhibition
9:00 - 9:45 AMMeynard Halili / Aerobatic Show
9:45 - 10:30 AMTandem Skydiving Exhibition
10:30 - 11:00 AMWings Over Asia  / AOPA-P Light Balloon Bursting Competition
11:00 - 11:30 AMACFC Ultralight / Microlight formation flights and flour bombing
11:30 - 12:00 PMCoast Guard Helicopter Rescue Demo
12:00 - 12:30 PMRadio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
12:30 - 1:00 PMGerman aerobatic glider flight
1:00 - 1:30 PMCar Drifting demonstration
1:30 - 2:00 PMPT13/ WCC / Aviatour / Omni / Leading Edge / Airlink flyby
2:00 - 2:30 PMKAP / KTP flying Exhibition
2:30 - 2:45 PMFEATI/PHILSCA Rocketry/ RC Demonstration
2:45 - 3:15 PMRadio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
3:15 - 3:45 PMPT13 Stearman fly by
3:45 - 4:15 PMACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights
4:15 - 4:45 PMSkydiving Exhibition
4:45 - 5:15 PMMeynard Halili / Aerobatic Show
5:15 - 6:15 PMRP/ Malaysian / Spain / Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5:30 - 7:00 PMHot Air Balloon Night Glow, RC Nightflyers, Fireworks

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is prepared for your convenience only. As with any large outdoor event, programmed schedules are subject to change without notification. Due to uncontrollable factors such as weather and numerous other factors, the actual times these activities occur may change or the activities may be cancelled altogether.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Weekend of Everything that Flies


The waiting is over, the 18th Clark Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is on and the excitement is about to begin. The participants are signed and the schedule is formed. 

The governmental agencies responsible for the operation of the Clark Freeport Zone and Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Foundation Inc. (PIHABF) President Capt. Joy Roa sign the agreement for the latest and greatest show in the Philippines. 

Rumors were previously circulating that the event was going to be cancelled…but happily, those were only vicious rumors. Started by some private party that distributed flyers throughout Angeles City, the rumor stating there would be no hot air balloon show this year…a totally false and unsanctioned effort. 

So, happily, and to the chagrin of the tens of thousands that enjoy the annual event, the upcoming 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta titled “A Weekend of Everything that Flies” will be held on February 21-24, 2013 at the Omni Aviation Complex at Clark Philippines. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

18th Hot Air Balloon festival


The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Foundation Incorporated has set the 18th hot air balloon festival on February 21 to 24, 2013.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was recently forged by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), PIHABF, and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

Officials present during the agreement signing at the MIAA board room were President and acting CDC President Arnel Paciano Casanova; CIAC President and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jose Luciano and PIHABF President Captain Joy Roa.

The upcoming 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta titled “A Weekend of Everything that Flies” will be held at the Omni Aviation Complex in the Clark Freeport.

CDC Tourism Promotions Manager Noemi Garcia, MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, CDC Executive Vice-President Philip Panlilio, CIAC Executive Vice-President and COO Bienvenido Manga and CDC Assistant Vice-President Bernie Angeles were also present during the MOA signing.

In 2012, some 26 balloons, including six specially shaped balloons with shapes of a car, birthday cake, ice cream, Sunkist, and a Kiwi mascot, were flown.

by: Reynaldo Navales

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Withdraw Pamintuan awards – newsman



Veteran mediaman Robledo Sanchez on December 4 forwarded a letter to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II requesting the agency to review the awards given to the Pamintuan administration.

In his letter, Sanchez said the issue of irregularities surrounding the Pamintuan administration, particularly the controversial “ghost employees” in the job order appointments, do not resonate with the corrupt-free government advocacy of the Aquino administration.

A copy of the letter was also forwarded to DILG regional director Florida Dijan.

Sanchez also cited the case of several barangay officials who denied any knowledge about the inclusion of their relatives’ names in the list of the Pamintuan administration’s job order appointments.

According to the barangay officials, the names of their relatives have been included in the list of job order employees even when their relatives are not even working for City Hall and have never received any salary from the City Government.

Among these officials are Barangay Lourdes Northwest Kagawad and Councilmen’s League of Angeles City (CLAC) Vice-President for External Affairs William David, Barangay Cutcut Kagawad and CLAC Executive Vice-President Roy Ogurida, Barangay Salapungan Kagawad Renato Coronel and Barangay Margot Kagawad Nenita Ferrer.

Sanchez also cited the observations of the City Project Monitoring Committee regarding the projects of the City Government, which are allegedly poorly planned, poorly constructed and perceived to be overpriced.

Sanchez also mentioned the several irregularities cited by COA in its Annual Audit Report for Angeles City for the year 2011, which include unliquidated cash advances amounting to P19.4 million, unbooked hospital equipment donations amounting to P13.9 million, and reimbursements of non-petty expenses amounting to P9.6 million.

On October 19, 2012, Sanchez filed graft and corruption charges against Pamintuan, City Accountant Wilfredo Tiotuico, City Budget Officer Fe Corpuz, City Treasurer Juliet Quinsaat and other department heads over the 2,506 job order employees employed by the Pamintuan administration.

by: Reynaldo Navales

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