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  • lv on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Ex-congressman Luis Bersamin, Jr. 

    Remember Congressman Luis Bersamin, Jr. from our neighboring province of Abra? I think I posted an article here in this blog way back in 2006 regarding his killing. It is good to hear that there is finally a closure to his death unlike our kababayan the late Judge Reynaldo Lacasandile. Until now, Judge Lacasandile’s family is still seeking for justice in his murder that happened in 2010.

    Source: The Philippine Daily Inquirer

    Ex-Abra gov Valera convicted for murder of ex-solon Bersamin
    By: Tetch Torres-Tupas
    01:34 PM September 30th, 201

    Former Abra Governor Vicente Valera. zambales.gov.ph

    The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 94 on Wednesday has convicted for murder former Abra Governor Vicente Isidro Valera and two others for the death of former Abra Congressman Luis Bersamin Jr.

    Aside from Valera, convicted of two counts of murder and one frustrated murder are Rufino Panday and Leo Bello.

    All three were sentenced to suffer reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years imprisonment for the death of Bersamin and his police escort Senior Police Officer 1 Adolfo Ortega.

    On the other hand, all accused were meted the penalty of up to 12 years imprisonment for the injury suffered by Bersamin’s driver Allan Sawadan.

    Bersamin was shot to death outside Mount Carmel Church in New Manila, Quezon City on December 16, 2006. He is the brother of Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin. Tetch Torres-Tupas/RAM

  • lv on September 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Bureau of Immigration is now open in Vigan 


    VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – Foreign nationals staying in the Ilocos region need not go all the way to Manila to renew their visas after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) formally opened its satellite office in this renowned world heritage city. BI Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison and Gov. Ryan V. Singson inaugurated the immigration office at the provincial capitol. “The office is now accessible to the foreign nationals in Vigan City and in nearby provinces. In this way we can help them lessen their burden in processing their needed requirements to stay in our country,” said Singson. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

    Source: The Manila Bulletin

  • lv on September 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Natural-born citizen versus naturalized citizen 

    Here is a very interesting and informative article written by ex-senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad for The Manila Times involving the rules and requirements for running political office in the Philippines particularly for Filipinos who have acquired other citizenships abroad but want to run for political offices in the Philippines. Though it involves the predicament of Senator Grace Poe, the article gives a clear explanation on this subject. Senior SC Associate Justice Antonio Carpio who is one of the judges hearing the disqualification case filed against Senator Poe at the Senate Electoral Tribunal declared that Poe is not a natural-born citizen during the oral arguments. This in a way sets the tone for the cases that could be filed against Poe. The Philippine constitution states that you have to be a natural-born citizen in order for you or anyone to be able to run for the highest positions in the land. Kit Tatad explains it clearly in his article.

    For those kabayans abroad who are planning to go back home and contemplating on entering politics in the Philippines, make sure that you are well informed so you will not get disappointed in the end. From what I know, if you have a dual citizenship, you have to give up your other citizenship (the one that is not Filipino) and if I am not mistaken you cannot run for the highest positions such as the presidency, vice presidency or senator but you can run for lower positions (mayor, vice mayor, barangay chairman, etc.) unless you are a natural-born Filipino and have always been a Filipino citizen.

    Article Source: The Manila Times

    A graceful way out for Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares
    September 23, 2015 12:01 am


    THE ORAL ARGUMENTS at the Supreme Court on the quo warranto (“by what warrant?”) suit against Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares before the Senate Electoral Tribunal proved to be an absolute disaster for the respondent, even though she was not present at the proceedings, and the final ruling on the case has yet to be formally pronounced and promulgated at a later date. The suit questions the right of Mrs. Llamanzares to sit in the Senate, in light of the fact that she is not a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, contrary to her false claim.

    Upon interpellation of Atty. Manuelito Luna, counsel for petitioner Lito David, on Monday, SET chairman Senior SC Associate Justice Antonio Carpio categorically declared Mrs. Llamanzares is not a natural-born Filipino, which is an absolute requirement not only for becoming a senator, but also for running for the presidency, which she has announced to seek. A natural-born citizen is one who is a citizen from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect his/her citizenship. One who is not a citizen from birth can never be a natural-born citizen at any stage in his/her life. This is the unchangeable situation of Mrs. Llamanzares.

    Luna premised his presentation on the respondent’s original status as a foundling, who was found within the premises of the parish church of Jaro, Iloilo City on Sept. 3, 1968. This is stated in her heavily intercalated certificate of live birth dated Nov. 27, 1968, which identifies her as Mary Grace Natividad Contreras Militar, found by one Edgardo Militar who later put her in the care of Mr. and Mrs. Emiliano Militar. In 1974, she was adopted by the spouses Ronald Allan Poe and Jesusa Sonora Poe, known to moviegoers as the actor Fernando Poe Jr. and his actress wife Susan Roces.

    During the preliminary conference at the SC on Sept. 11, counsels for the respondent and the petitioner agreed that Mrs. Llamanzares was a foundling and had no known parentage. On Monday, the defense counsel wanted the petitioner to prove that Mrs. Llamanzares was a foundling; Justice Teresita de Castro pointed out this was no longer in issue, the parties had already agreed on her original stateless status, and the petitioner no longer had to prove it. The burden of the evidence to prove that she is natural-born has shifted to the respondent.
    Under the 1935 Constitution, which was in force when Mrs. Llamanzares was born, only five groups are considered citizens, Luna told the SET. These are: 1) Those who are citizens of the Philippine islands at the time of its adoption; 2) Those born on the Philippine Islands of foreign parents who, before adoption of the Constitution, had been elected to public office in the Philippine Islands; 3) Those whose fathers are citizens of the Philippines; 4) Those whose mothers are citizens of the Philippines and, upon reaching the age of majority, elect Philippine citizenship; and 5) Those who are naturalized in accordance with law. Grace Poe Llamanzares did not/does not belong to any of the five categories. Thus, she cannot claim to have been born a Filipino.

    • Atty. Romeo J. Somera, Esq.,CPA on September 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Some Philippine legal experts predicted that the ultimate arbiter of the issue on what constitute a” natural born” being a question of law shall be the Supreme Court, notwithstanding any decisions that would come out of the Poe’s case be it at the SET or COMELEC. Either party for sure will wind up going there. On the other hand, others opined that Carpio’s remarks were premature and unwarranted because it takes the steps of pre-empting whatever course the SET may take. In the article written by Kit Tatad, whether by design or omission, he failed to address the effect of Article II, Section 3 of the applicable 1935 Philippine Constitution, stated in part herein ” . . . and adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the Nation”. International law as it relates to foundling which is what Poe is, states that the foundling takes the citizenship of the country where she was found (Here in the Philippine there was already a decided case affirming this). Nothing is said about undergoing any type of process to be considered natural born. Meaning, if you are a citizen of the country where you were found, it seems logical and stands to reason that you are a natural born person of that country. But it remains to be seen, that’s why the Poe case will have its finality when the Supreme Court shall say what the law is. Unless and beforehand, DNA will prove that Poe is of Filipino ancestry.

      • lv on September 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        This case is really getting interesting. If they found that the citizenship issue is no problem, petitioners for her disqualification will push for the other issue which is the issue of 10 year residency and more likely both the citizenship and the 10 year residency issues will be decided by the Supreme Court.

        • penoy on September 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          pera pera lang yan hehehe. pinas pa.

  • lv on September 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Daniw (Ilocano Poem) 

    Tapno saan kayo nga mabored ditoy apo, adtoy iti napintas nga daniw.
    I enjoyed these poems from you tube. I thought you would also enjoy them like I did so I am posting them here for everybody.
    Thanks to the person who created and uploaded the videos.

    Daniw nga maka-ited iti inspirasyon a napauluan iti “Alamaam Ti Panunot Ti Maysa A Bato” Ni Bato’Naaw

    Here is another nice one entitled “Tatang” ni Gian Salting. The list of sponsors for the video put a smile on my face. Talaga nga Ilocanong Ilocano iti dating na.

  • lv on September 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Soul Music From the 1970's 

    Hello everyone.

    I changed the music on the playlist. This time we are listening to soul music from the 1970’s. These are some of the songs that I grew up with and I am sure a lot of you can also relate to these beautiful songs from the early to the late 1970’s . It is too bad they don’t make music as good as this music anymore. The 1970’s can be described as the golden age of popular music. It was at its highest peak during this decade and the great thing too was the pop music came in almost all forms/genres (rock, soul, folk, etc.). New types of music or genres such as disco, funk, hip-hop, salsa, and others were also introduced or became popular in the 1970’s. It was a fun decade with so many great music and artists and I am glad and lucky that I was part of this era. I was into all kinds of music back then but soul music which is now part of the Contemporary R&B genre of today is something very memorable for me.

    I’d like to dedicate the song Always and Forever by the Heatwave to the Mt. View High School Class of 1979 in California. I would also like to mention both Tagudin’s SAS and TGCHS Batches of 1970-1979, the playlist is for you and of course for everyone. Hello to SAS Batch of 1978. Musta na kayo diyan.

    Enjoy this old school music from the 1970’s.

    Take care.

    Remember The Soul Train?
    This show was where some of the songs got previewed before they became a hit.

    The Soul Train Host’s Don Cornelius with The Chi-Lites
    performing the song “Have You Seen Her” sometime in the 1970’s

  • lv on September 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Intramuros, Manila 

    At Fort Santiago In Intramuros, Manila


    I was going through my old photo files to find if there was something I could post for the blog and I found these photos from last year that I took at Intramuros in Manila. Though a little old, I thought I would share them with you anyway. By the way, if you have anything to share, whether it be a photo, video, or an article, please feel free to post it. Any announcement, agenda, etc. from anybody or groups out there are very much welcome as always. If you need any help in posting, please let me know. I would appreciate for anything that you can share and I am sure the folks especially our kababayans who visit this blog would also be appreciative and thankful. The only requirement is that the post has to be wholesome. I apologize if sometimes I run out of materials to post here since I am not a writer and I get pre-occupied with other things much of the time. However, I do try my best to come up with something so the blog would not go on a standstill. Thank you everyone.

    While I was in Manila sometime last year, I decided to venture out to Intramuros by foot since I’ve heard so much about the place through the much mentioned walking tours of Intramuros by the popular Manila tour guide Carlos Celdran. I’ve been to Intramuros before but that was when I was very young during the time when the Manila Aquarium was still there. Intramuros along with Vigan City in Ilocos Sur are two of the last few places in the Philippines where you could still see Spanish architecture. You could see Spanish architecture here and there all over the country but not as extensive or as grand as the ones you see in Vigan and Intramuros. Intramuros or the Walled City was the seat of government during the Spanish colonial era, and to protect this district of Manila from invasions and natural disasters, a wall was built around it sometime in the late 1500’s. Unfortunately, it was heavily damaged during World War II but the Philippine government made a great effort to reconstruct the place sometime in the early 1950’s. This was also the time when it was declared as a historical monument by the government. To this time, some of the edifices are still being reconstructed or being targeted for reconstruction by the government and now with some help from the Spanish government I believe.

    The sun was scorching hot during the time I was there but walking around Intramuros was enjoyable and interesting. There are plazas and structures of historical value all over the place. It is here where you could see some of the oldest schools and churches in the country. The oldest church in the Philippines, San Augustin Church built in 1607 and the magnificent Manila Cathedral are in Intramuros. If you haven’t been to Intramuros, one place you should not miss visiting is Fort Santiago which is located at the northern part of Intramuros by the Pasig River. Fort Santiago was where the Philippine’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal got imprisoned before his execution in 1896. The park has a big garden and museum that houses Dr. Jose Rizal memorabilia. Unfortunately, the museum was close when I was there because it was going under a renovation at that time. Fort Santiago is beautiful and a relaxing place. It is worth visiting.

    Though I enjoyed my walk in Intramuros, it does not mean that I like everything that I saw there. Basing from what I saw, I could say that the government or the government agency that is managing Intramuros needs to work a lot more in maintaining and restoring the place. I’d noticed that development in the area particularly the restoration was being neglected or maybe too slow. I’d also noticed that there were large numbers of street people and squatters living inside Intramuros. You could see people doing laundry and taking a bath on the street in certain areas. Considering it is a national heritage site, I am not sure why the government is allowing this to happen? It should be a place where you don’t see squalor. Vigan fares better in this aspect. Another thing that I’d noticed was the restaurants were very expensive particularly the ones near the churches and in the other areas frequented by tourists. Sure they are being advertised as good restaurants serving authentic food but the prices in many of these restaurants are ridiculously exorbitant. I almost peed my pants when I found out that the small glass of basic calamansi juice I ordered cost over 100 pesos! Just be aware.

    Intramuros is such a beautiful place but it is too bad that the Philippine government is not doing much to improve the place because it has a great potential in attracting a lot more tourists which could generate more income for the country.

    Intramuros is located north of Luneta or Rizal Park and west of the Manila City Hall. Manila Hotel is between Luneta and Intramuros. If you are walking, to access Intramuros from the Manila City Hall, it is best to go through the underpass at city hall area. You cannot miss it for it is surrounded with a golf course and of course the wall.

  • lv on September 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    We are calling the attention to all members of the LARDIZABAL clan/family who are living abroad and in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur or in some other places in the Philippines to please contact Messrs. ROY LARDIZABAL or QUINTIN L. VISQUE to give ideas or suggestions regarding our plan to have a 1st Grand Reunion within our very own LARDIZABAL family. The Prime Mover Committe agreed that a tentative date and venue of said Grand Reunion will be on the last week of April 2016(a week before our Town Fiesta), and the venue will be in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur.

    For the success of the noble intention of ours, please spare a fraction of your precious time to contact the above-mentioned names for more information in connection with this endeavor.


    Quintin L. Visque
    8894 Menkar Rd,
    San Diego, CA 92126
    Tel, No, 1-858-952-8956

    Roy Lardizabal
    48745 Sedom St.
    Fremont, CA 94539
    Tel. No. 1-510-378-2471

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