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By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE P11-BILLION Jalaur River mega dam project in Calinog, Iloilo remains unsafe from earthquakes despite its distance from a major fault line in Panay Island.

In a statement, the Panay-Guimaras Indigenous People’s Network (PGIPNet) said the 11-kilometer distance of the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project (JRMP II) from the West Panay Fault is no assurance that it is earthquake proof.

The group issued the statement in reaction to the assurance issued by Senator Franklin Drilon last Monday that the dam and reservoir of JRMP are earthquake proof citing a fault certification from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs).

Drilon said the Pantabangan dam is less than 10 kilometers from a major fault but it has yet to be destroyed by earthquakes.

PGIPNet said the Philvolcs document is not assurance because it only states the distance of the dam site from the West Panay Fault but it did not certify that the project is safe in case of strong earthquake from the fault.

The group said the West Panay Fault recorded one of the strongest temblors in Philippine history in 1948 at magnitude 8.3. The quake damaged 55 churches in Panay Island, 17 of which collapsed while 20 suffered cracks beyond repair.

The 1948 quake also destroyed 50 percent of houses in Antique were ruined and killed two persons.

“Elders of Tumandok (indigenous people) of Calinog, testified that ‘after the war a very strong earthquake that lasted a week ‘flattened’ rivers and creeks. Furthermore, they said the name ‘Calinog’ means that the place frequently experiences ‘linog’ or earthquake,” the group said in a statement.

A party-list group has initiated a congressional inquiry into the JRMP’s safety.

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Student activism - 2

March 07,2015 01:02 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

IT IS NOT a surprise that last week the students of the University of the Philippines have begun a protest movement against the clumsy operation and facile management of the aftermath of the Mamasapano massacre. They joined their voice to the demand from several sectors that President Aquino resigns. Read more...

Don’t worry about Ariza as Floyd’s conditioning coach

March 07,2015 12:58 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“When people show loyalty to you, you take care of those who are with you. It's how it goes with everything. If you have a small circle of friends, and one of those friends doesn't stay loyal to you, they don't stay your friend for very long.” – John Cena

A LOT of Manny Pacquiao fans have expressed apprehensions that his former conditioning coach who now works for the enemy “might reveal Pacquiao’s strong points and expose his weak points” to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s camp. Read more...

Opportunist unmasked

March 07,2015 12:56 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

CRISIS brings the best and the worst in people.  It is also one of the excellent ways to unmask people for who they really are. After all, a person reveals his real self not by sharing his life story but by how he spontaneously reacts to a particular situation.

The Mamasapano fiasco created a situation that exposed the opportunists among the leaders of the land. There are numerous of them and this is one of the positive outcomes of the debacle.   Read more...

Self-discipline in times of floundering

March 07,2015 12:54 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

“WHAT we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline,” averred H.P. Liddon.

I could not agree more about the role of virtue and continence. If someone says I was lucky to win an individual research grant from the national government last 2010—a single slot selected nationwide—he must think again. It did not come as ten pro bono I-Phones (not counting the prestige) that comes to one with a golden hair. Read more...

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March 07,2015 12:52 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

3RD SUNDAY OF LENT

Gospel Reading: John 2,13-25

THE fourth Gospel – that of Saint John – is fond of using contrasts and symbolism. We have one example of this in our Gospel passage this Sunday. The readers’ attention may immediately be drawn to the unfolding of the scenes in the account – namely, Read more...

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