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Umabot na sa halos 50,000 shares sa Facebook (as of July 23,2013) ang video ng diumano'y pambubully sa Fort Bonifacio High School. Nasa bidyo ang mga eksena ng pananakit sa isang estudyanteng babae sa loob ng CR sa kanilang paaralan.
Eto ang nakalagay na mensahe sa post sa Facebook account ni Hitomi Reyes:
Ako po si HITOMI kapatid ni ABIGAIL DALUNDON.
LINK NG VIDEO: CLICK HERE
Hardcore din kasi sa CR daw ng mga babae ito nangyari, pero makikita sa bidyo na may mga lalaki na nasa loob ng CR! Aba'y may bullying man o wala, bakit nandoon sila sa banyo ng mga babae? Hindi naman talaga tama yun, at maaaring patunay ito na may wala sa tama na naganap. Ano kaya ang magagawa natin para mabawasan ang mga ganitong kaso ng "bullying"? Isi-share mo ba ang bidyo na ito sa mga kaibigan mo?
To those who would prefer to read in English: A video of a "bullying incident" was posted in Facebook and have reached almost 50,000 shares from concerned netizens. This took place in a certain High School in the Philippines. The link to the video is provided in the post.
STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS OF
HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES
BATASANG PAMBANSA COMPLEX, QUEZON CITY
JULY 22, 2013
Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Franklin M. Drilon; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the eminent Justices of the Supreme Court; former Presidents Fidel Valdez Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada; distinguished members of the diplomatic corps; honorable members of the House of Representatives and of the Senate; our leaders in local government; members of the Cabinet; members of the military and police in uniform; my fellow public servants; and, of course, to my Bosses, the Filipino people, a pleasant afternoon to all.
This is my fourth SONA; only two remain. Almost four years have passed since I was approached by various camps to urge me to run for the presidency. They said: We know that our country’s problems cannot be solved in the blink of an eye, in one year, or even within the six-year term of a President. But just begin, and we will be one with you in nurturing change.
The San Diego Comic-Con recently revealed updates to big-screen superhero films from Marvel and DC.
First up, from Marvel. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going well on its way and will have Electro as its villain!
Also, Avengers 2 is also on the move and is now called Avengers: Age of Ultron.
On the other hand, DC which just released the re-imagined Superman in the movies in Man of Steel, just confirmed to have the S-man back for a sequel, this time with the Dark Knight in tow. Is the Justice League going to be a reality just like the Avengers?
Expect these movies to go out in 2014 and 2015!
BALITA MULA SA:
By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 14, 2013 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - Health workers are up in arms after the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) stopped providing free basic laboratory services to charity patients starting last Friday.
Jossel Ebesate, president of the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW), said PGH’s decision is deplorable and detrimental to poor patients.
“They just came up with a memorandum, implementing that without consultation with the patients and even the implementers of services like the doctors, the nurses, the medical technologies and others. It is not beneficial to poor patients,” Ebesate said in Filipino.
He also claimed that the memorandum was dated July 4 and signed by PGH director Jose Gonzales and approved by the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines (UP) that runs the PGH.
The policy covers complete blood count, urinalysis, x-ray and other basic laboratory services.
In a statement to The STAR, Margarita Lat-Luna, PGH deputy director for fiscal services, denied that such free services had been suspended.
“The statement is attributed to the fact that all lab exams have rates now, but it doesn’t automatically mean that the cost will not be waived,” Luna said.
“Rates were assigned so that we can quantify the cost of services that are not charged to the patients,” she noted.
“Monthly, we have reports of how much is waived. The first basic exams are automatically waived,” she added.
Ebesate, however, said that patients who want fees to be waived would have to seek approval from the department heads, thus prolonging the process.
“Before, patients have already had to endure a long wait before they could undergo free laboratory. With this policy, we can expect them to wait much longer because they have to get the approval first. It’s like having no free labs at all,” he added.
Ebesate also said that Gonzales first attempted to implement the policy “one or two years ago” but it had to be shelved when it met resistance from PGH personnel and patients.
“Now they are doing it again. They would cite lack of budget and that they just want to monitor the free services rendered to patients. But what they are sacrificing are the poor patients,” he noted.
Third-year Medicine student Adrian Sampang also expressed concerns that this development would deprive indigent patients of a chance to get quality services at the PGH because laboratory services are vital to the management of their illnesses.
“Being able to get free services is a big help for charity patients. In the first place, they won’t be going to PGH (charity section) if they have the money,” said Sampang, vice-chair of the UP-Manila University Student Council.
He also said that many indigent patients could not even afford some basic medical supplies like gauze and syringes, prompting “kind hearted” medicine students to provide it for them.
“In my personal opinion, services should be free for charity patients. The government should be providing quality and free services especially to those who can afford it,” he added.
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Funny, Environment-friendly stuff are popping everywhere. From roadside message postings, eco-friendly organizations, and environment-friendly products. Heck, it's a global issue! In a simple way, yes, because of these initiatives, it seems like the world is moving towards a good direction. But give yourself time to absorb the reality, and you'll see the big picture. NO. The world is NOT moving towards a better future. At this rate, we will all live a life full of lies (okay, maybe we are already living that kind of life from the very start). You see, it's not that simple. We don't just plant a seed and call it a day. We don't just place side-by-side garbage bins with the labels Biodegradable, Non-biodegradable, and Recyclable and leave it at that. We need something more. If you really want to commit to a better environment, don't just do it with words. Don't just act for it once, or twice, or only if you are in a public place. The world is not going to be better with an increased number of "plastic" human beings.
We could talk about this on a global scale, but it really is important to talk about what we actually see. There are so many organizations that talk about protecting earth and saving the environment. Yeah, clap, clap, clap. But still, you actually see that SOME of those people who are actually key people in the organization doesn't really care about environment that much. You could look at them, follow where they go, and observe the little things they do, and just be disappointed. They talk about saving Mother Earth, post quotes about environmental preservation, and sell stuff that contains more quotes about environmental preservation. Backstage, they throw their garbage anywhere they want (ouch, not good), they don't even have the initiative to throw a waste bin that's been overflowing with their own trash, they leave the lights on when they leave the room (saving electricity is part of saving Earth, dummy), and you realize that what they say is all recycled stuff that they heard from some other environmentalist group (well at least they know how to RECYCLE). I know, I know, not everyone is like that, but I just don't get it why some people would join environmental groups and act like that. So, what good does joining an environmental group do? The more people caring for Earth the better? Don't make me laugh. Many people only do it for the "good persona" award. What good thing did they even do? Plant seeds? Right. After the picture taking it's all left behind. Give it a few months and some wouldn't even dare to check the seeds they planted. Sad to say they only do the basic stuff and that's all they brag to everyone.
As much as it is disappointing, we have no choice but to live in this polluted world. With so many environmental groups, I don't know why Earth is still degrading and even getting worse each day. Maybe it's time to move one step more than the basics. We need to save Earth, I agree, but could you commit some more?
P.S. -- More Environ-MENTAL stuff coming up.
Several new updates has been going on around the site builder, with various updates on my end of the interface. Since the site hasn't been updated in a while, I've decided to update the visual look of the site (again) while trying out the new UI. Anyhow if time allows, I'll be putting up more of my thoughts in here, and probably put some in an archive called the BrainBox or something less weird.
Since Xambayan was supposed to be a fun site (or a fan site), it contained random entries since 2010, but with the recent shift in online trends, it would be better to move most of the randomness of this site to Facebook so it would easily get shared to other netizens. Thus, this might be an opportunity for a re-branding on this end of Xambayan. Don't worry, it will still be rooting for a better Philippines (or Filipinas... whatever) but will be focused on my thoughts maybe.
And so, welcome to the new Xambayan. Still random, but not that much.
-The creator (of this blog), KNNN
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