Archive | November 2011

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Gloria Panagutin Movement


 THE BEEKEEPER | By Pet Melliza | The seeming constitutional crisis brewing in the Philippines today hardly ricochets on an exclusive legal question. It is more correctly a political matter that refers to the process, clash or struggle among various factions or forces in society for control of political power. Those forces today in the Philippines […]

Urban gardening


With an area of some 8,000 ha., vegetable production still remains promising in Iloilo City.     Lawyer Hans Sayno is proving that with his garden at his 4,000 square-meter backyard in Mandurriao district, Iloilo City.     He stresses that he has gone organic to promote his health and that of his family.   […]

Critics decry Mabilog’s lack of transparency


By Pet Melliza The Beekeeper ILOILO CITY (26 November 2011) — Transparency and public accountability are the last virtues that the administration of city Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog cherishes. These are the common observations of today’s resource persons at Kape kag Isyu have of the current management of city hall. Lawyer Roming Gerochi and Ted […]

Camote, why not?


BY PET MELLIZA/ The Beekeeper No rice? Eat camote. That line is not an insult but a friendly message to Ilonggos who want good health and longevity. Fastfood restaurants, commercially processed foods, cigarettes  and pollution exposes us to toxins like lead, formaldehyde and cadmium, among others that may cause cancer. We can reduce that risk […]

Jaro Plaza turns into ukay-ukay center


THE BEEKEEPER | By Pet Melliza | The Jaro Plaza is now a bazaar, a recreation center, an “ukay-ukay” market, a garden show, and hub of hawkers selling trinkets, toys, food — everything including shabu – under the guise of a “trade fair”. That always happens, sicut erat et principio et in saecula saeculorum amen, as […]

TWO YEARS AND STILL NO JUSTICE: A call to bloggers, Twitter users and social media activists


by Nestor P. Burgos Jr. on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 7:37am On November 21, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, in cooperation with other media groups, is launching a Blog Action Day in connection with our commemoration of the second anniversary of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre and the first International Day to […]

Mining Antique


BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER Ms. Sally Perez, then governor of Antique (2001-2010), declared the good news that the province would reap  at least P400 million in unpaid real property taxes from Semirara Coal Corporation. That never materialized. The giant company that raked billions of dollars from the coal of Semirara succeeded in skirting its […]