07 Nov JUAN ROUND TABLE – November 6, 2015



1. DOJ sets prelim probe for crime raps vs. Iglesia leaders


1More than two months after former Iglesia ni Cristo minister Isaias Samson Jr. filed his complaint, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to start its preliminary investigation on his alleged harassment and illegal detention by the church’s officials.

Trixie Cruz-Angeles, counsel of Samson, said the DOJ set the preliminary investigation on Friday at 2 p.m., following a “motion to set hearing” filed last week.

Making up the panel of prosecutors probing the criminal complaint filed by Samson are Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Torrevillas, ASP Mark Roland Estepa and Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva.

Named respondents in Samson’s complaint were Glicerio Santos Jr, head of the Sanggunian, the highest administrative council of the Iglesia Ni Cristo; Radel Cortez, Bienvenido Santiago Sr, Mathusalem Pareja, Rolando Esguerra, Erano Codera, Rodelio Cabrera and Maximo Bularan.

Sisa: May magra-rally na naman ba sa EDSA? #Bwisit
Bianca: It’s about time! They have been protected for so long, it’s time someone stops this insanity.

2. How stress affects health

2Too much stress does not only affect a person’s emotions and mental health, it can also have physical manifestations as well.

Dr. Mikey Vergara, a family doctor from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), explained that most patients suffer from physical pain caused by stress and emotions.

“Ang holistic ay hindi naka-focus sa isang aspeto lang ng health, sabihin natin sa katawan. Hindi lang physical. Ang holistic, pati ‘yung mental, ‘yung emotional, ‘yung spiritual aspect, ‘yan tinitingnan din,” he said in an interview on DZMM’s “Magandang Gabi Dok.”

“Kasi ‘yung tao, hindi lang buto’t balat at laman, may isipan ‘yan, may emotions, may puso. At bilang doktor siyempre, kapag ang pasyente may problema, hindi mo agad masasabi na ang problema niya pisikal lang, kasi interconnected lahat ‘yan,” Vergara added.

He also explained how strong emotions, like jealousy and anger, are like poisons that can affect the person feeling them than those to whom it is given.

To prevent getting sick due to stress, Vergara said it is better to guard the things that enter one’s body.

“Pero basically ang sikreto dito is, dapat i-gwardiya ang pumapasok sa katawan natin, or sa being natin. Sa katawan, sa isipan, sa emotion, ‘yung spirit. Dapat guarded ka eh. Pero in this world we have, minsan, sige lang ano, anywhere you look may negative energies eh,” Vergara said.

Undergoing a detox is also very important to rid the body of negative energy and toxins.

“Ang sikreto dito, kailangan, what we call now detox. Kailangan i-detoxify, tanggalin sa katawan natin, tanggalin sa isipan, tanggalin sa puso natin ang mga lason. Negative emotions, galit, jealousy, unforgiveness, stress, dapat i-out din ‘yan.”

There are four ways that the body naturally detoxifies itself, according to Vergara. This includes sweating, breathing, urination and bowel movement.

“Exercising is nice. Sa breathing, every time we breath, may inilalabas tayong stale air, bulok na hangin,” he explained.

Those having problems in excreting toxins from their bodies can also undergo different detox methods, such as coffee enema and chelation.

Sisa: Kapag nasasaktan ka na. Kapag pumapangit ka na. TIGILAN MO NA!
Bianca: Ang solusyon, if it adds stress to your life, leave it, don’t take it with you.

3. Lito Lapid indicted in fertilizer fund scam

3Sen. Lito Lapid has been indicted for graft in the Sandiganbayan in connection with the overprice of P4.3 million in the purchase of liquid fertilizers when he was still governor of Pampanga province in 2004.

The amount was part of the P728 million in fertilizer funds that were allegedly diverted to the campaign of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her presidential bid in the May 2004 elections.

Lapid on Thursday welcomed the filing of the formal complaint.

“(He) sees this as an opportunity to once and for all prove that he is innocent of the charges brought against him,” a statement from the senator’s camp said.

But the senator lamented the pace by which the case had moved.

“It was unfortunate that it took almost 12 years and the conclusion of his two full terms as a senator of the Republic before such matter is put to the appropriate forum,” the statement added.

Sisa: Leon Guerrero anyare sayo?
Bianca: Duh, next!

4. This bulletproof wireless speaker will amaze audiophiles

4French hi-fi company, Devialet, recently introduced to the Philippine market its latest analog-digital hybrid speaker that could fill the whole room with the finest sound.

The wireless speaker, Devialet Phantom, is a product of a 10-year research and development process.
An implosive sound center as the company calls it, its Active Cospherical Engine design produces a sound quality that is equally distributed throughout a room.

Phantom can stream music via WiFi or Bluetooth, but connecting it through WiFi makes one enjoy more its full capacity.

Believe it or not, the Phantom is bulletproof. Its shell is made out of Kevlar, the material used for bulletproof vests, to minimize the vibration.

Sisa: Bulletproof? Para wag mabiktima ng ‘laglag bala’ ang kargamento?
Bianca: Panalo yung mga invention na ganito, but how is this suitable to a third world country? Thinking out loud lang.

5. Snow mounts in Antarctica but ice loss continues

5Annual snowfall has mounted 30 percent in West Antarctica over the past century, but the extra powder has not spelled good news for the melting ice sheet, researchers said Wednesday.

Instead, the snow is likely a result of heightened storm activity over warmer ocean waters, which are in turn leading to the ice loss, said the study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

“In this region, the same [storms] that have driven increased snowfall inland have brought warmer ocean currents into contact with West Antarctic’s ice shelves, resulting in rapid thinning,” said a statement by lead author Elizabeth Thomas, a paleoclimatologist with the British Antarctic Survey.

“Thus the increased snowfall we report here has not led to thickening of the ice sheet, but is in fact another symptom of the changes that are driving contemporary ice sheet loss.”

Using ice cores to examine snowfall as far back as 1712 along West Antarctica’s coast, researchers found a particularly rapid acceleration of snowfall since the 1990s.

“In the last 30 years of the study, the ice sheet gained nearly five meters (16 feet) more water than it did during the first 30 years of the studied time period.”

Sisa: Ang kaharian ni Elsa nagugunaw na!
Bianca: Take care of mother earth!

6. Mindanao power shortage back as hydropower sources dry up

6An office serving as Malacañang’s eyes and ears in Mindanao said the El Niño phenomenon is making its presence felt in the island’s power supply, reducing the output of hydropower sources which have been providing cheap and clean energy to the island.

Two of the biggest sources of hydroelectricity in Mindanao are in Lanao and Bukidnon—the Agus and Pulangi Hydropower Complexes. They supply nearly half of the island’s electricity needs.
Romeo Montenegro, public affairs chief of the Mindanao Development Authority, Malacañang’s development arm in Mindanao, said data from the National Power Corp. showed that water level in Lake Lanao, which feeds the Agus hydropower plant, is near the critical level of 699.86 meters above sea level (masl). For the hydropower plant to operate, water level at the lake has to be at a minimum of 699.15 masl.

Montenegro said El Niño has resulted in reduced output of the hydropower plants.
On Oct. 30, he said, one of the hydropower plants, Pulangi IV, produced only 60 megawatts, a sharp decline from its output of 144 MW on Oct. 26.

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said on its website that as of Thursday, Mindanao is suffering from a power deficit of 58 MW. The island’s projected consumption was 1,398 MW while output from power sources was only 1,340 MW.

In key Mindanao cities, power firms have started implementing rotating brownouts because of the dip in power supply.

In this city, the Davao Light and Power Co. (DLPC), owned by power producer Aboitiz, has been implementing a two-hour daily rotating brownout.

Sisa: This is why Federalism is something we should think about. Bumabrown out sa Mindanao tapos wagas tayong makagamit ng kuryente!

Bianca: Equal development for all should be the focus of our next government, hindi puwedeng Metro Manila lang.

7. Is Grace Poe a Marcos? DNA test up

7Now we will know whether it’s true or just an “urban legend.”
Sen. Grace Poe, a presidential candidate in next year’s general elections, on Thursday welcomed the offer of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to take a DNA test with her to help her find her biological parents.

The offer of Marcos, 58, came a day after Poe, 47, disclosed in a radio interview that the DNA test she had taken with two people she had believed were potential relatives turned out negative.

Asked by reporters during a news forum in the Senate if he was willing to help Poe find her real parents, Marcos replied: “Sure, I will take a DNA test. No problem.”

But he quickly added: “But I don’t know how that will help her. If it will help her, why not?”

“That’s very nice of him. It’s heartwarming,” Poe said after learning what Marcos had said.

“I don’t want to impose it on Senator Marcos, but I’m happy that he’s open and willing,” she said.
Rumor has been going around since the 1960s that Poe is an illegitimate daughter of Marcos’ father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, with former movie actress Rosemarie Sonora, sister of Poe’s adoptive mother, movie actress Susan Roces.

Poe was abandoned in a church in Jaro, Iloilo province, after birth. She was adopted by movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. and his wife, Roces, in 1973.

Senator Marcos is the only son of the late dictator and his wife, former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.


8. PH rejects paying ransom for abducted foreigners

8The Armed Forces of the Philippines has maintained government will not pay ransom in exchange for the release of two abducted foreigners in Samal Island.

Canadians Robert Hall and John Ridsdel were abducted last September 21 by members of the Abu Sayaff Group.

In a video released Tuesday, Ridsdel appealed to his government to pay ransom or their lives will be in danger.

Despite its no-ransom policy, the Philippine military promised to ensure the safety of the Canadians.


9. Surrender is not their Forte

9A season that started on the wings of promise is slowly turning sour for Kia Forte.

But don’t tell that to the team’s coach or stars, who are far from disappointed with the string of setbacks that has hounded Kia’s initial splash in women’s volleyball.

“I can see the effort and determination of my players but we still lack cohesiveness and familiarity,” said coach Oliver Almadro. “If a team is solid, even on end games, they know what to do already. We barely had a month together so the players don’t really know the tendencies of their teammates yet.”

Bang Pineda, the team’s reliable gunner, attests to the difficulty the team has had in jelling together.

“It was really a sudden decision to join the league and we only had three weeks of practice,” said Pineda in Filipino. “And we hardly get complete because we can’t synchronize our schedules and some players have different priorities to take care of.”

“We literally only are complete as a team during games and it’s hard to jell that way.”

Sisa: Anong ginagawa ni Pacquiao? Teka. Volleyball pala ito. Next.

10. Cebu warns vs illegally refilled butane canisters

10Authorities in Cebu have warned consumers against stores illegally refilling butane canisters with liquified petroleum gas.

On Tuesday an explosion caused by a butane canister in Kinasang-an, Cebu left eight people hurt.

The Department of Energy has reminded the public that refilled butane canisters are fire hazards.

Sisa: Susmaryosep baka sumabog yan sa mga mukha nyo!



11. Isabela farmers receive seed, cash assistance

11Corn farmers in Isabela affected by the intense El Niño phenomenon has received government assistance.

The Department of Agriculture donated P25 million worth of seeds to the affected farmers in Isabela, while local officials gave each farmer P1,500.

Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III said additional assistance will be given in the future.

More than 35,000 farmers are suffering from drought in Isabela.

Sisa: P1,500? San makakarating ang P1,500?!
Bianca: Sige na nga, pak na to.

12. PH seen hiking rice imports to 1.3M tons

12In light of the damage caused by Typhoon “Lando” to rice plantations in vast portions of Central Luzon, the Philippines may have to import an additional 1.3 million metric tons of the food staple during the first half of next year, Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan said yesterday.
Balisacan told reporters that based on the estimates of the Department of Agriculture and the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), the country’s rice importation might reach a total of 1.8 million metric tons early next year.

The Neda chief earlier said the country might import an additional one million metric tons of rice in the first semester of 2016 on top of the 500,000 metric tons programmed for the first quarter.
This intervention formed part of the proposed Roadmap to Address the Impact of El Niño or “Rain,” which is aimed at mitigating the drought’s effect on food supply, ensuring stability of food prices and providing assistance to farmers and households in adversely affected areas.
Last Wednesday, Balisacan presented the proposed road map to President Aquino. The Neda chief said the President acknowledged the need to import more rice early next year, hence their proposal would likely be approved soon.

President Aquino, however, instructed Neda to firm up the rice importation volume requirement based on updated assessments of the impact of a possibly weaker El Niño as well as the crop damage due to “Lando.” Neda would submit an updated report to the President next week, Balisacan said.


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