Red cross advocate

OF COURSE, she’s not the only one.

But the Malabon City’s lone congressional representative, Ms. Jaye Lacson-Noel, deserves a pat on the back when she took up the initiative to renovate and refurbish the old Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) building on Gov. Pascual Avenue in Barangay Potrero.

No less than the PNRC executives led by Chairman, ex-Senator Richard Gordon, and Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang were all praises for the wife of An Waray Party-list Rep. Florencio “Bum” Noel who set aside some P2-million from her Priority Assistance Development Fund or commonly known as the pork barrel fund which allows the Department of Public Works and Highways to restructure the Malabon Red Cross office.

The PNRC officials remark on Rep. Lacson-Noel: “It was indeed a very commendable effort that we are all thankful that we have friends like Congresswoman Lacson-Noel who willingly set aside the amount for the renovation of the PNRC building.”

Emerging from the inauguration of the Red Cross building, the Malabon lawmaker says she is more than happy that she has become part of the PNRC for which, she says, she has been supportive of its charitable works even before and at present.

“I am just one of the supporters of PNRC which deserves to get help from all of us because it has been proven to be a long-time partner of the government in extending the much-needed assistance to those in need especially during calamities and tragedies,” Rep. Lacson-Noel says.
She adds: “May this building serve the organization well in its continued commitment to save lives and help those in most need.”

Rep. Jaye Lacson-Noel, likewise, takes the opportunity to urge the city residents to become regular blood donors to PNRC as she acknowledges the benefits everyone can get  for sharing what they have to others.

Still powerful

IT’S really horrible and deplorable too that the clan in Maguindanao that used to be dominant may turn out to be still powerful even if the patriarch and his sons have been incarcerated for years for their alleged involvement in the country’s worst political massacre which resulted in the November 2009 gruesome death of 57 people, mostly were working local journalists in Mindanao.

No one this time would dare say who’s responsible but you know, everybody knows who the culprits are. Yours is as good as mine.

Esmail Amil Enog, who went missing in March after he spoke in court last year about the alleged role of the Ampatuan clan in the massacre, was finally found but in a sack with his body chopped up and “probably chain-sawed to pieces,” according to prosecutor Nena Santos.

The unfazed lady prosecutor couldn’t give further details as to when and where the body was found as it might endanger lives.

Enog had told the court that he had driven the clan’s armed followers to a site where 57 victims were later abducted.

Pitiful Enog, who else will follow his fate?

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