Archive for April 12th, 2012

Man jumps off bridge in Cebu, kills fisherman

MANILA, Philippines – A fisherman was killed after another man jumped off a bridge in Cebu Island Wednesday night and landed on top of him.

Aniano Berdin, 30, jumped off the First Mactan-Mandaue Bridge at around 8 p.m. and landed on Danilo Sison, 59, who was spearing for fish under the bridge at the Mactan Channel.

Reports said Sison was underwater and was on his way to the surface when Berdin landed on his head. Doctors said Sison was killed due to the impact while Berdin only sustained minor bruises.

Police said Berdin might be suffering from a mental illness because the latter could not give coherent statements. 🙄

7,000 summer jobs for poor kids

The private sector is offering nearly 7,000 summer jobs for students and out-of-school youth this year to help them pay for their education, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Wednesday.

Baldoz said private companies and educational institutions have made available a total of 6,922 jobs this summer under the Department of Labor and Employment-Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

“Many companies now recognize the very positive impact of the SPES, so they are willing to partner with us and sponsor students and out-of-school youth who will work for them on a short-term basis,” Baldoz said.

She said Amkor Technology Philippines Inc., Max’s Restaurant, Goldilocks Bakeshop, Integrated Manufacturing Services Providers, Inc., and Maybank Philippines had 2,891 available summer jobs.

SPES beneficiaries receive salaries not less than the prevailing minimum wage in the region where they will be employed. 🙄

Philippines asserts sovereignty over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal

An April 11, 2012 press release from the Department of Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced today that a Philippine Navy (PN) surveillance aircraft monitored eight Chinese fishing vessels anchored inside the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal on Sunday, April 8, 2012, in the course of its enforcement of the Philippine Fisheries Code and marine environment protection laws.

The Panatag Shoal is an integral part of Philippine territory. The Shoal is 124 nautical miles from the nearest basepoint in Zambales Province. It is within the Philippines’ 200 nautical miles Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf.

To protect the marine environment and resources in the Panatag Shoal and to assert Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights over the area as a responsible coastal state, the PN deployed the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) from Palawan to Northern Luzon waters on April 8, 2012 to conduct maritime patrol over the Shoal. In the course of its patrol, PF-15 confirmed the presence of the eight Chinese fishing vessels anchored inside the lagoon of the shoal. The PN vessel remained in the vicinity of the shoal for continuous monitoring of the fishing vessels.

In the morning of April 10, 2012, Tuesday, BRP Gregorio del Pilar, in accordance with the established Rules of Engagement, dispatched a boarding team to inspect the fishing vessels and collect photos and other evidence of their catch. The inspection team reported that large amounts of illegally collected corals, giant clams and live sharks were found inside the compartments of the first fishing vessel that was boarded by the PN team.

The BRP Gregorio del Pilar later reported two Chinese maritime surveillance ships identified as Zhonggou Haijian 75 and Zhonggou Haijian 84 managed to sail at the mouth of the Shoal, placing themselves between PF-15 and the eight Chinese fishing vessels, thus preventing the arrest of the erring Chinese fishermen.

This situation has remained unchanged as of this morning, Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

To seek a diplomatic solution, Secretary Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario communicated to Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing in the evening of April 10, 2012 that the Panatag Shoal is an integral part of Philippine territory and the PN is enforcing Philippine laws on the Shoal, which is within the Philippine EEZ and Continental Shelf.

Furthermore, Secretary del Rosario has invited Ambassador Ma to the DFA this morning for further discussion of this issue. 🙄