links for 2010-07-10
"Every morning, Emerald Ridon rides the LRT at the Balintawak Station in Quezon City to the Pedro Gil Station in Manila in going to her college, St. Paul University Manila. At the end of the day, she rides the Marcos-era railway again to return to her home in suburban Quezon City.
According to the mass communications freshman, she spends more than one-fourth of her daily two hundred-peso allowance in commuting expenses alone.
Yesterday, Light Rail Transit Authority Chairman Mel Robles announced that the LRTA is planning to increase the rates of both LRT I and II in order to recover massive operations losses such as foreign exchange fluctuations among others.
Like many students who ride the LRT everyday in going to school, she said she opposes any moves to increase the rates and expressed concern that students and their parents would be severely burdened by the rate increases."
"Slain Bayan Muna leader and Aklan town councilor Fernando Baldomero received a mailed death threat from a purported anticommunist group in Western Visayas before the May 10 elections, a few months before he was gunned down.
Baldomero’s widow, Christine, said the two-page letter, with a black ribbon printed on top, was sent to their house during the campaign period in April.
The letter, which indicated a return address of Molo District in Iloilo City, accused Baldomero of being supported by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA)."