11 May 2009

3 News Articles that absolutely make you want to shout...

Pullout of Edu Manzano’s LBC ad sought
By Fernan GiananInquirer Southern LuzonFirst Posted 17:16:00 05/10/2009

VIRAC, Catanduanes -- The provincial board of this province has passed a resolution calling on the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Movie and Television Classification and Review Board (MTRCB) to cause the correction or pullout of what it said was a “misleading” and “improper” television advertisement of a remittance company.
In his privilege speech during the regular session last week, Board Member Ariel Molina said the LBC commercial, in which game show host Edu Manzano asked the boy to spell the word "remittance" and the boy answered “LBC,” was not a good example for children.
“The education department, particularly Secretary Jesli Lapus, should immediately take steps to correct the wrong message of the ad,” Molina said.
His colleague, Joseph Mendoza, Liga ng mga Barangay (League of Villages) Federation president, called on the MTRCB to ban the TV advertisement outright by ordering TV stations to stop the airing of the commercial.
Board Member Shirley Araojo-Abundo also supported the move, saying the alarming LBC spot was similar to a powdered laundry soap ad in which a mother said that one was greater than two.
“Hindi po ito maiintindihan ng mga bata [Children will not understand this],” she said.
Board Member Edwin Tanael, acting vice governor, warned that the advertisement, which have been aired on prime time, would corrupt the minds of thousands of children usually watching at these hours.

RP citizenship sought for Pacquiao coach
By Lira Dalangin-FernandezINQUIRER.netFirst Posted 18:31:00 05/11/2009Filed Under: MANILA, Philippines --
It’s time for the man behind Manny Pacquiao’s legendary triumphs in the ring to take center stage.
Just as everybody appeared to be in awe of the Filipino boxing champion’s feat, a lawmaker has proposed to give due recognition to Pacquiao’s long-time coach, American Freddie Roach.
In filing House Resolution 1142, Congressman Edgar San Luis of Laguna called on the House of Representatives to confer honorary Philippine citizenship on Roach.
”Behind Manny Pacquiao’s legendary boxing triumphs is his 49-year-old American coach Freddie Roach, who over the years has masterfully sharpened the skills of the Filipino boxing icon to become one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport,” the congressman said in his resolution.
Roach, who has been Pacquiao’s trainer-coach for years, “has equally shown his deep understanding of our people . . . that he has easily become a part of the local community without as much raising any negative issue,” San Luis said.

Pacquiao is DoJ chief's 'intelligence' aide
By Tetch TorresINQUIRER.netFirst Posted 18:10:00 05/11/2009
MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said he has tapped boxing champion Manny Pacquiao as his “special assistant” on “intelligence matters.”
Gonzalez said Pacquiao’s position was “honorary” and that the ring idol would not receive compensation.
"No salary. It is an honorary position in honor of his achievement. He can help the Department of Justice in any manner he can, I can ask him for information as well," Gonzalez said in a phone interview on Monday.
Earlier Monday, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she appointed Pacquiao as “ambassador for peace and understanding.”As justice secretary Gonzalez said had the authority to appoint confidential agents, therefore, Pacquiao's appointment was within his powers.
Gonzalez said Pacquiao was also recently appointed as head of the environment department’s Task Force Kalikasan (Nature)."There is nothing wrong with that," the justice chief said.