Cell towers in Marinduque, Bicol damaged by Typhoon Nina

Telecommunication signals in Marinduque and the Bicol region have been cut down as several cell towers in the area have been structurally damaged by Typhoon Nina (international name: Nock-Ten), Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. said on Monday. “Based on our network team assessment, intermittent services were mostly caused by commercial power outages in the Bicol Region. Generator sets for cell towers are now being used to allow customers to use basic telecommunications services such as calls and text messaging. However, at least 6 towers located in Camarines Sur (4 towers), Albay…

Today in History: MV Doña Paz, Asia’s Titanic

On December 20, 1987, the MV Doña Paz sank after colliding with oil tanker MT Vector in the Tablas Strait, between the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque, killing more than 4,300 people. A total of 26 passengers and crew survived. It was traveling from Tacloban City in Leyte island to Manila. The Doña Paz was built in 1963 by Onomichi Zosen of Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan, and was originally named Himeyuri Maru. During the time it plied Japanese waters, it had a passenger capacity of 608 people. In 1975, it was…

Gov. Carmencita Ongsiaco Reyes legacy

By Recto Mercene, Manila Bulletin This is an appeal to my esteemed kababayan, the honorable Governor Carmencita Ongsiaco Reyes of Marinduque. Please allow a contractor to continue with the concrete paving of the remaining portion of the Marinduque Airport runway so that business would flourish and tourism would boom in our beloved province. It has come to my attention that Melchor Go, reportedly her godson and contractor, has been a pain in the neck, having fought her for the governorship twice in the past, and she twice defeated him. As…

Mining industry crackdown continues in Philippines

A plan to pursue the multimillion-dollar suit against a global mining firm Barrick Gold Corp is headed for the Canadian courts, after a US court ruled that it was the wrong jurisdiction to hear the claim. The plan has gained the support of the Catholic Church and civil society groups in Marinduque province to recover the cost of damage left by the 1996 mine tailings spill, tagged as the worst mining tragedy in the Philippines, reported the Inquirer. The provincial board of Marinduque, in June, issued a resolution to refile…

Obispo, pinasalamatan ang DENR sa pakikinig sa Marinduque campaigners

Pinasalamatan ni Diocese of Boac, Marinduque Bishop Marcelino Antonio Maralit ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources sa pagtanggap nito sa Marinduque Campaigners upang pakinggan ang hinaing ng mamamayan ng lalawigan. Ayon sa Obispo, matagal nang suliranin ng mahihirap na mamamayan ng Pilipinas ang pagkasirang idinudulot ng mga minahan sa kalikasan. Dahil dito, ikinagalak ng Obispo ang pagtingin ng pamahalaan sa kalikasan at sa tao na may pagpapahalaga. “Ang mensahe ko sa kanya, salamat sa kanyang kahandaang laging makipag-usap sapagkat napakatagal nang issue itong pagmimina sa Pilipinas and for the…