Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Repost From Alexander Villafania Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Meet bekimon, jejemon’s new friend

By Yahoo! Southeast Asia Editors – July 30th, 2010
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By Alexander Villafania,

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA — Wititit, Carmi Martin, noselift, anekwabum. Say these to a “bekimon” and he’ll translate these to “no,” “karma,” “I know,” and “whatever.”

Social gay groups have taken the cue from the growing ubiquity of the jejemon phenomena, this time adapting the word “bekimon.”

Most terms in “bekimon” are in fact from the original gay lingo that has been popular for years. However, the fast evolution of gay lingo has led to the creation of many new terms or expansions of existing ones.

During the recent Sawikaan 2010 forum on Filipino communication, University of the Philippines Diliman Linguistics Department Chair Jesus Federico Hernandez said the identification of gay lingo as “bekimon” coincides with the use of “jejemon,” a new communication method that changes the way words are spelled in short messaging service (SMS) and is very popular among certain types of heavy mobile phone users.

Hernandez showed a video to exemplify how “bekimon” language is spoken. The character in the video is clearly speaking in gay lingo and little is understandable in typical Filipino. The video is available on Youtube, along with subtitles translating what the character is saying.

Hernandez explained that gay lingo uses a variety of techniques to create unique new words out of basic Filipino. For example, “tao” (person) becomes “bo-o.” “Asawa” (spouse) becomes “jowa” or “kyowa.”

Sometimes, proper nouns are used to become verbs of adjectives, such as the actress Carmi Martin being used to describe karma. Another actress’s name, Rita Avila, is said to describe a person’s irritation.

But beyond the social reputation and acceptance of “bekimon”, particularly among the urban residents, Hernandez said gay lingo was developed primarily as a tool for gays to communicate their ideas with each other.

A secondary purpose for the creation of gay lingo is a weapon against the religious and social bias against the gay populace; by creating a new method of communication, gays are alienating the rest of society that has persecuted them for so long.

Nevertheless, Hernandez said that the more liberal minded people have started to accept gay lingo for their own purposes, sometimes overtly or unintentionally. In fact, several teachers who attended the the forum shared their experiences with their elementary and high school students. The teachers themselves have started to pick up certain “bekimon” words, incorporating it in their own messages.

Jovy Peregrino, director of the UP Diliman Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, said that the amazing part of “bekimon” is dynamism in enhancing communication among people. While he still believes that learning in school still requires more formal language, the use of “bekimon” should not be restricted.

“I still believe that context is important when using “bekimon.” Teachers and students would be familiar when to use such languages,” Peregrino said.

Amid the academic discussions on “bekimon,” the adaption of the term is already starting to expand online. A Facebook account on “bekimon” has been opened and now has at least 1,700 fans.

Incidentally, the gay and lesbian website Pinoy LGBT cites that the term bekimon was allegedly coined by Bern Josep Persia, the character in video the video that Hernandez showed. is a website owned and operated by Filquest Media Concepts, Inc. It works under the principle of giving voice to the voiceless, subjects not covered by traditional media because of their mad rush for scoops, topics, personalities and issues that sell publications, advertising space or airtime. To do this, the team produces stories, video, photos and other multimedia content types fit for the new media audience.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

A Repost From Jiggy Aquino Cruz From Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Remembering Lola on her 1st death anniversary

By Yahoo! Southeast Asia Editors – July 30th, 2010
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By Jiggy Aquino Cruz,
Special to Yahoo! Southeast Asia

I tweeted the other day that August 1, 2010 was the first death anniversary of my lola Cory. Yes, it’s been a year already. There were a lot of people who replied and said that they continue praying for her. Others said how time just flew by. As for me, I continue to pray for her but I can’t agree on time being fast. In my family, we miss my lola each and every day…

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Philippine President Corazon Aquino (center) laughs as a friend pinches the cheek of her grandson, Jiggy Aquino Cruz, before ceremonies to unveil a memorial statue of Benigno Aquino in Manila, on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1986. (AP Photo/Alberto Marquez)

Despite being busy at work, the campaign, election fever and all that, I found it really difficult not being able to physically talk to my lola. She lived in our house during the last year of her life so passing by her old room makes it even more difficult. I talk to my Mom about it and she made me realize that we were being selfish. My lola already accepted it the moment she found out she was ill and she sacrificed the pain to give us more time with her. I will always be thankful for that sacrifice she gave to me and my family. I know she’s in a better place now.

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President Corazon Aquino and her grandson, Justin Benigno prays before the tomb of her assassinated husband Benigno Aquino, during religious ceremony at a suburban memorial park to commemorate Benigno’s birthday on Sunday, Nov. 27, 1988 in Manila (**Caption not clear). (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Some of us may have or may have not experienced a death in the family. For those who have experienced it, they can agree with me that it is very, very difficult. Death will still remain a mystery for many of us. We may not be that accepting, but it’s something we all have to go through. Now that a year has passed, people ask me what you say during the first death anniversary. How do you greet that person who lost a loved one? I told them that I had no idea what you say. The important thing is that you celebrate the life of that person.

August 1, 2010 marks her first death anniversary. My only wish is that people don’t forget her. My lola lived a full life and she even offered her suffering to the Filipino people during the last year of her life. To the very end, she remained faithful to the Lord and believed in the Filipino people. If there’s one thing I can pass on that my lola wished is that Filipinos continue to pray to the Lord and to pray for one another.

I leave you with one of my lola’s most powerful words and it goes:

“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.”

To everyone who visited during my lola’s wake last year, to all who visited her grave in Manila Memorial Park, and to all who are continuing to pray for her, in behalf of my family, MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT PO.


Jiggy Aquino Cruz is the grandson of Ninoy and Cory Aquino.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Repost From AFP

Quark by quark, atom smasher closing in on 'God particle'

German particle physicist and the Director General of CERN, Rolf-Dieter Heuer poses during a press conference in Paris, during the 35th International Conference on High Energy Physics (Ichep). The world's biggest atom smasher has scaled up in power even faster than hoped for and may soon unlock some of the universe's deepest secrets, scientists said Monday at a top physics conference.

PARIS (AFP) - – The world's biggest atom smasher has scaled up in power even faster than hoped for and may soon unlock some of the universe's deepest secrets, scientists said Monday at a top physics conference.

After a shaky start and a 14-month delay, experiments at Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have in a few months replicated discoveries it took decades to complete at the rival Tevatron accelerator in the United States.

At this pace, the more powerful LHC could begin to deliver new insights into the fundamental nature of the cosmos within months, they said.

It may even put researchers on a discovery fast track for the elusive Higgs Boson, or 'God particle'.

Already in March, the 27-kilometre (16.8-mile) circular accelerator buried under the French-Swiss border set records for smashing protons fired in beams approaching the speed of light.

"It is barely four months since the first collisions with this machine at high energy levels, and we have increased the collision rates by more than a factor of 1,000," said Rolf Heur, director of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), which operates the LHC.

Scientists sift through the wreckage of the sub-atomic crashes for new particles.

"The experiments show that the LHC is ready to see new physics -- if there is a new physics," he told AFP at a International Conference on High Energy Physics in Paris running to July 28.

One goal of the massive 3.9-billion-euro (5.2-billion-dollar) machine is to affirm or disprove the so-called Standard Model.

Experiments at the Tevatron's Fermilab in the US have found most of the tiny and ephemeral matter predicted to exist by the theory, including a family of particles called quarks.

The heaviest among them, known as the "top quark," is so fleeting that it only exists for a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second before turning into something else.

In its brief period of operation, the LHC has already zeroed in on the top quark, isolating a handful of candidate particles.

"The scientific community thought it would take one, maybe two years to get to this level, but it happened in three months," said Guy Wormser, a top French physicist and chairman of the conference.

The only fundamental particle predicted by the Model yet to be observed is the Higgs Boson, but only the LHC may be powerful enough to detect it, scientists say.

So far, CERN has cranked the cathedral-sized machine up to energy levels of 7.0 trillion (tera) electronvolts (TeV), more than three times the level attained by any other accelerator.

It is aiming to trigger collisions at 14 TeV -- equivalent to 99.99 percent of the speed of light -- in the cryogenically-cooled machine after 2011.

At full throttle, the collisions should create powerful but microscopic bursts of energy that mimic conditions close to the Big Bang.

"The LHC should give us results on the Higgs Boson in 2014 or 2015," Wormser told AFP. "If it has a big mass, it could be at the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012."

If the European collider does uncover the God particle, physicists would be confronted with another problem, he said.

"We'll need a new tool to study it in detail. We should think ahead, because it will take 20 years to build and cost 10 billion euros," he Wormser told AFP.

But even if validated, the Standard Model only accounts for about five percent of energy and matter in the Universe.

Dark matter and dark energy are thought to make up the rest, but have yet to be detected.

"In a few months, LHC will search for dark matter particles, which make up about 25 percent of the mass of the galaxies," said Wormser.

Reposted From AFP

Monday, July 26, 2010


Katatapos lang nang unang State of the Nation Address ni Pres. Noynoy Aquino at isa sa kanyang tinalakay ay ang sobra sobrang importasyon nang bigas na nagdulot nang milion miliong toneladang nabulok na bigas sa mga bodega nang NFA. Pinapaliwanag ni Arthur Yap, dating secretary nang Depatment of Agriculture, na ang proseso daw nang importasyon ay dumadaan sa komite at naghugas siya nang kamay sa over importation. Puro kasinungalingan at paghuhugas nang kamay. Nagoover importation sila dahil sa bilyon bilyong pisong kickback na nakukuha nila. Ganun ang kalakaran nang administrasyon ni PGMA, kabulukan at pangungurakot. May kapal pa nang mukha si Mikey Arroyo na magsabing hindi raw ba nakikita nang mga tao ang kilo kilometrong daan na ginawa ni PGMA? Ang dapat niyang ipaliwanag ay kung bakit siya nakaupo bilang kinatawan nang mga security guard sa party list nang kongreso gayong hindi naman siya security guard. NAKAKAHIYA. MGA HIDHID.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Repost From Gerry Plaza Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

(UPDATE) Comedian Redford White passes away, 54

By Gerry Plaza – July 25th, 2010
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Comedian and popular TV personality Redford White, whose real name is Cipriano Cermeno, on Sunday succumbed to complications from his bout with brain cancer. He was 54.

Redford passed away at his home at 6:47 a.m. Sunday, July 25. His wake is at his residence at Maligaya Park Subdivision, Fairview, Quezon City.

He first became popular as the canteen helper of the late Bing Angeles’ character Mang Temi in the 1980s sitcom “Iskul Bukol,” headlined by Tito, Vic and Joey. He then appeared in numerous TV shows and movies.

His breakthrough TV role came in the late 1980s as Eric Quizon’s comical friend in “Buddy en Sol,” which also had movie adaptations. His biggest blockbuster films were those he made opposite the late Babalu in the 1990s.

Redford’s last major appearances on TV were in GMA-7′s “Daddy Di Do Du” wherein he played Vic Sotto’s zany neighbor and on ABS-CBN’s “Kokey” portraying the Visayan businessman Nanding Calundang. He last appeared on TV as the character “Mario” in the ABS-CBN series “Palos” in 2008 that featured Cesar Montano and Jake Cuenca.

He last appeared in a movie portraying a cameo role in the reunion flick “Iskul Bukol 20 Years After (Ungasis and Escaleras Adventure)” during the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Redford had long been rumored to have been afflicted with the deadly disease and was reported earlier this year to being confined at the St. Luke’s Medical Center to undergo treatments.

According to ABS-CBN’s “The Buzz,” Redford was found to have Stage 4 brain cancer last February, aside from a tumor in his lungs.

Redford and his family chose to remain silent on his condition since then.

Photo of Redford White (right) with Babalu from the 1997 movie “I Do, I Die (Diyos Ko Day)” courtesy of ABS-CBN.


Gerry Plaza, a longtime entertainment editor and writer, is saddened by Redford White’s passing, another comedy icon taking his final bow. He expresses his deepest condolences to the comedian’s family.

Reposted From Gerry Plaza Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Repost From GMA News.TV

Arroyo to skip Noynoy’s SONA for Mike’s checkup in HK

Former President and now Lower House member Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will not be present during President Benigno Aquino III’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, since she has to accompany her husband for a medical checkup abroad, Arroyo’s party spokesperson said on Saturday. Mrs. Arroyo will be flying to Hong Kong on Monday afternoon to join husband Jose Miguel “Mike" Arroyo for a checkup on his heart condition, Lakas-Kampi-CMD spokesperson Raul Lambino told GMANews.TV on Saturday. “She has to go to Hong Kong with Attorney Arroyo. Magpapacheck-up po siya. Mayroon silang appointment with doctors abroad (He has to undergo a checkup, They have an appointment with doctors abroad)," Lambino said in a phone interview.

The former President will also likely skip the election for House speaker earlier in the day, but will attend the plenary session in the morning to take her oath of office, he added. Lambino said “there is nothing political" about Mrs. Arroyo’s absence during Aquino’s first SONA on Monday, even as the President himself earlier said that his speech will focus on the “anomalies" during previous administration. (See: Aquino says SONA will 'shock' Filipinos) “Maraming nagsasabi na (Many are saying that) she [Mrs. Arroyo] does not want to hear what President Aquino has to say. How can she avoid listening to the SONA with all the media covering it? Makakarating din naman sa kanya lahat ng sasabihin sa SONA (All that will be said in the SONA will eventually reach her anyway)," he said. The Lakas-Kampi spokesperson said that the former President and her family would just like to make sure that the former First Gentleman’s health is already well after undergoing spinal column surgery last month. (See: Mike Arroyo leaves hospital sans back pains) “After consultation at the hospital last Thursday, Atty. Arroyo was cautioned by the doctors about the high risk of acute attack of aortic aneurysm. The family would just like to make sure the former First Gentleman will be fine," he said. Mr. Arroyo was brought to the hospital twice during the past months—first, in March, due to his heart problems, and the latest, in June, to undergo spinal operation for his recurring back pains. (See: First Gentleman rushed to St. Luke’s due to heart trouble)—JV, GMANews.TV

Reposted From GMA News.TV

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Repost From Gerry Plaza Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Reasons behind Willie’s ‘confirmed’ return to ‘Wowowee’

By Gerry Plaza – July 23rd, 2010
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Only a few months after all the brouhaha started — with the drama of leaving because of his displeasure with a fellow network talent who castigated and ostracized his show — it seems the whole charade has ended.

Willie Revillame seems headed back to “Wowowee.”

While he remained mum about his return when ABS-CBN caught up with him in a showbiz event, it was Cristy Fermin, Willie’s longtime ally and ardent supporter, who confirmed his impending return to the popular noontime show in an interview with Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP).

Cristy told the showbiz news website that Willie had spoken to ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio last week and they had ironed things out about his return. She indicated the controversial host had asked forgiveness for his actions.

“Kumpirmado… babalik siya,” Cristy declared.

Cristy added that “it seemed” the network was the party that initiated moves for his return to the show.

“Palagay ko nga, kasi si Willie, nagpapa-release, e. The mere fact na nagpapa-release, that means he has no more intention of going back,” Cristy told PEP during the taping of her weekend show biz talk show “Paparazzi” on TV5.

Cristy said that his expected return would prove he was vindicated.

“Oo! Tinanong niya ako, e, ‘Nay, ano, babalik pa ba ako?’ Sabi ko, vindication yun, Willie. Kung saan ka bumagsak, doon ka bumangon,’” Cristy further revealed in her PEP interview.

But as to the exact date of return, no one, not even Cristy could say. Reports said Willie was to re-take the “Wowowee” stage on July 31. But even Cristy was not sure. “Hindi ko alam yung July 31. Siguro yung clamor, nakita ng ABS-CBN yun,” Cristy further told PEP.

Officially however Willie remains on “indefinite leave” and ABS-CBN said it was still considering its options.

Bong Osorio, ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head, reiterated talks about Willie’s return to “Wowowee,” were still speculations.

“Ang mga lumalabas na bali-balita tungkol kay Willie Revillame at sa Wowowee ay mga espekulasyon. Nag-usap na ang ABS-CBN management at si Willie kung ano ang options o mga posibleng gagawin pagkatapos ng kanyang break,” Bong said in a statement.

As it is, it was apparent that Willie’s discussions with Charo last week were mere exploratory and no official or final agreement was reached. Or at least the network remains locked in their own discussions for a final decision on the matter.

But all point to one conclusion. As the show bleeds in the ratings with no ideal fit to replace Willie, ABS-CBN might not have any other recourse but to consider taking Willie back instead of gambling on a new show. It took years of experimentation, from its original “Magandang Tanghali Bayan” to today’s “Wowowee” for the right formula to challenge the ever dominant “Eat Bulaga.” With Willie as its mere answer to its decades-old pursuit for noontime greatness, losing him may take more decades to come before beating “Eat Bulaga” again.

And that noontime spot is so precious to the networks because it is the main lead-in to its advertiser-laden afternoon to evening primetime programming. Losing the ratings on the noontime slot could most likely result in losing the ratings for the remainder of the day.

This is the main reason why Willie’s much vocal rival, Joey de Leon, always brags about “Eat Bulaga” traditionally taking the “whole station” to lead in the ratings. With Willie there having respectable if not triumphant numbers over his seasoned noontime rivals, ABS-CBN remains competitive if not dominant in Mega Manila, Urban Nationwide and Nationwide ratings on the afternoon and primetime blocks. Without him, ABS-CBN runs the risk of losing this competitiveness and ultimately conceding the network war. At present, however, with a series of replacements still calling the shots in “Wowowee,” the prevailing ratings slide may still not have a direct effect on ABS-CBN’s programming as its shows towards the evening primetime block remains on top of the ratings heap. But for the long term, ABS-CBN could not afford to take this trend sitting down.

As such, Cristy can now claim that extra amount of credibility she does not usually enjoy.

Reposted From Gerry Plaza Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Repost From AFP

Internet uproar after Charice has botox

By Yahoo! Southeast Asia Editors – July 21st, 2010
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Teenage Philippine singing sensation Charice Pempengco has caused an Internet uproar after having cosmetic surgery to improve her looks ahead of her debut on top US television show “Glee”.

The 18-year-old, known simply by her first name, had botox injections and minor surgery in Manila at the weekend to narrow her rounded face, with the procedure filmed and broadcast afterwards on a national television station.

“It’s one of the big preparations we are making for ‘Glee’ and of course I also want to look fresh on cam,” Charice said in a TV interview as she defended her decision to have cosmetic surgery at such a young age.

Fans, however, flooded the star’s official website,, as the issue became a hot Internet topic, with many lamenting the fact that she felt pressure to alter her face.

“At a very early age, she was made to feel inadequate and was told time and time again that, although she had a killer voice, she did not possess the looks to make it as a ‘star’,” a fan using the name Marie wrote on Charice’s website.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what that did to this child’s self-esteem.”

On another fan site,, there was more concern for Charice.

“I hope she doesn’t change or undergo any more treatment and change herself… she’s just fine as it is… listen to yourself and not be affected by other opinions,” wrote a user calling themselves Mirana on that site.

Charice’s procedure was a top-10 global topic on the social networking site Twitter at one point this week.

Her plastic surgeon, Vicki Belo, said the procedure was meant to sculpt Charice’s naturally rounded face.

Belo said the botulinum toxin injections, which immobilise some muscles, would not have any effect on Charice’s voice.

The diminutive Filipina first gained global renown through video-sharing website YouTube and has since become a favourite of US TV talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.

“Glee” is an hour-long comedy series that follows an optimistic high school teacher as he works with a group of outcasts to revive the fortunes of the school’s performance art club.

Reposted From AFP

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Repost From Manila Bulletin

Sarah Geronimo grows up, cries her pain to Judy Ann Santos

In a momentary slip of tongue, Sarah Geronimo talked about the pain she reveals to ''Hating Kapatid'' co-star Judy Ann Santos.

''Na-i-ease yung pain ko when someone talks to me about mga advice especially si Ate Juday because she's like a role model to me,'' said Sarah during the Viva movie's press conference last Thursday.

The singer-actress denied the rumor that she cried to Sharon Cuneta while on a break for a TV show taping. ''Walang ganun. San po kaya galing yun? Kasi masaya po yung taping namin with Ms. Sharon, wala pong iyakang nangyari. Wala po akong boylet na iniyakan sa kanya. Baka po piglet.''

But kidding aside, Sarah claimed she has matured and that she's no longer the girl confined to ''Po and opo'' answers.

Asked to expound on the ''pain'' she confides to Juday, Sarah candidly shared, ''Dumating po sa pagkakataon na nasaktan po ako kasi lahat naman po tayo nasasaktan pero wala na po 'yun.''

She also declared that she has evolved into a fighter. ''Naging fighter din naman ako kahit paano. Parang si Ate Juday. Hindi na ako puro 'opo nang opo.'''

Judy Ann refused to reveal who caused Sarah's pain but she hinted only ''one person'' is behind it which left entertainment scribes speculating who among the two Cruzes was it - John Lloyd or Rayver - that caused Sarah to hurt that much in the not so distant past. I don't need a man The real box-office test happens soon for Sarah who is out to establish that she can conquer theaters minus John Lloyd Cruz when the new Viva comedy-drama ''Hating Kapatid'' opens in theaters on July 21.

Sarah enjoyed working with the pregnant Judy Ann and director Wenn Deramas too much that she forgot to worry on whether this new formula - of starring opposite another female superstar - would suit her.

''This is a welcome project na iba naman for me. Hindi siya based masyado sa romance appeal but the best part about this project is that I'm working with Ms. Judy Ann Santos na talaga namang malaking opportunity,'' she said.

Judy Ann feels that she and Sarah will most likely take the sisterhood they developed beyond ''Hating Kapatid'' because the young actress shared much of herself while filming.

''Yung personality ni Sarah is the kind na alam kong magiging close pa rin sa akin even after the movie. Mahirap lang talaga pagsalitain si Sarah kasi puro tawa. Pero nung nag-warm up na siya, ang dami na niyang naikuwento kaya masasabi kong marami na kaming alam sa personal na buhay ni Sarah.''

Sarah also stressed how it was a breath of fresh air to work with Luis Manzano, who plays Sarah's love interest in the film. ''Parang hindi trabaho 'pag kasama mo si Luis. Masaya lang lagi sa set. Masayang makatrabaho 'yung taong ganun ang attitude sa work at very professional naman.''

Also in the movie are JC de Vera, Tonton Gutierrez, Vice Ganda, DJ Durano, Cherry Pie Picache, and Gina Pareno. Viva Films' ''Hating Kapatid'' will have a series of international screenings.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Repost From Jam Sisante of GMA News.TV

More cases vs tax evaders, smugglers to come — Aquino

More charges will be filed against suspected tax evaders and smugglers in the coming days, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said Friday.

Aquino made the statement in the wake of the filing of charges against William Villarica, owner of five Villarica Pawnshop branches, after a Bureau of Internal Revenue investigation showed Villarica failed to file income tax returns for seven years and paid only P25,607.25 in taxes from 1998 to 2009.

Aquino said his administration may even file more than it initially promised, which was one case a week.

"Why will we limit it to one? Pwedeng more," President Aquino told reporters in Subic after he inaugurated new buildings for the Philippine National Police's school of values and leadership.

Aquino said his administration will ensure that government cases against tax evaders and smugglers are backed up by solid evidence to ensure that the conviction rate would be as desired.

"Thorough ang case preparation para mabilis proseso ng paggawad ng katarungan para ipakita natin gaano kaseryoso ang gobyerno sa paghahabol sa mga taong mali ang ginawa (The case preparation will be solid to speed up the delivery of justice, to show that the government is serious in running after wrongdoers)," Aquino said.

As part of its intensified campaign against tax evaders and smugglers, the Department of Finance — which oversees the BIR and the Bureau of Customs — is tapping social networking sites Twitter and Facebook to get reports and leads from ordinary citizens about possible law violators.

Aquino promised during the campaign that instead of raising taxes to increase government revenue, he will ensure efficient tax collection and go after tax evaders and smugglers. — Jam Sisante/RSJ/LBG, GMANews.TV

Reposted From Jam Sisante of GMA News.TV

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Repost From ABS-CBN News

Mayweather edges Pacquiao, GSP for ESPY award

Mayweather edges Pacquiao, GSP for ESPY award

MANILA, Philippines -- Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. took home this year's Excellence in Sports Performance of the Year (ESPY) Award for Best Fighter, edging out Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao and mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Georges St. Pierre.

This is the 3rd time Mayweather won the award.

Fight fans are currently waiting for Mayweather, who is fresh from a victory versus potential Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley, to sign a fight contract with Pacquiao for the biggest fight to date in recent years.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints and its quarterback Drew Brees were the big winners at the ESPY awards.

Brees received 4 trophies, including Male Athlete of the Year, Best Championship Performance and Best NFL (National Football League) Player. He also shared the team award with his super bowl champion colleagues.

Brees was chosen male athlete over National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.

Here's a list of some of the other winners in the ESPYs.

Best Female Athlete: Lindsey Vonn, Olympic skier Best Comeback: Kim Clijsters, tennis player Best Coach/Manager: Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers Best Record Breaking Performance: John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut, longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon Best Track and Field Athlete: Usain Bolt Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather Best Male Golfer: Phil Mickelson Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Shaun White

-- Report from ANC's Top Story

Reposted From ABS-CBN News