Court overturns graft conviction vs Ex-governor Grace Padaca

The Philippines’ Sandiganbayan, a special appellate collegial court in the Philippines that has jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases involving graft and corrupt practices and other offenses committed by public officers and employees, has reversed the graft conviction against the former governor of Isabela Province, Grace Padaca.

Isabela Governor Grace Padaca
Isabela Governor Grace Padaca, Photo from CNN Philippines

Here is a repost from the original news article published by the CNN Philippines dated September 20, 2020.

Sandiganbayan overturns graft conviction vs. ex-Isabela governor Padaca

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20)— The Sandiganbayan has reversed the graft conviction against former Isabela governor Grace Padaca over the granting of a P25 million fund to a foundation for the province’s rice program.

In a decision dated June 23 but which surfaced over the weekend, the anti-graft court’s third division granted Padaca’s motion for reconsideration, reversing the graft charge due to the prosecution’s “failure to prove her guilt beyond reasonable doubt.”

The anti-graft court in 2019 sentenced Padaca to 12 to 14 years for malversation and six to 10 years for graft. She was also ordered to pay the Isabela government a fine of P18 million.

Padaca’s motion for her malversation case was meanwhile denied due to lack of merit.

Despite this, the former official said she was thankful for the “positive development.”

Noong June 23,2020, nag-desisyon ang Sandiganbayan na ipawalang sala ako sa isa sa dalawang cases against me… Sa totoo lang, hindi na ako umasa noon na babaligtarin pa ng mga judge ang desisyon nila laban sa akin, but I am thankful for this new and positive development,” Padaca wrote on her social media account.

[Translation: Last June 23, 2020, the Sandiganbayan decided to acquit me in one of the two cases against me. The truth is, I was not expecting that the judge will reverse their decisions against me, but I am thankful for this new and positive development.]

The Sandiganbayan also ordered the lifting of the hold departure order against Padaca.

Padaca earlier denied receiving an amount from the million-peso fund. She maintained that Isabela’s provincial council authorized the memorandum of agreement she entered with the foundation for the program.

Governor Grace has been the most searched Filipino Person With Disability in my blog. I am always monitoring happenings on her life. This turn of events proves that the good governor is innocent of the crimes hurled against her. Mabuhay po kayo and Congratulations, Gov Grace!

Here is the link to the original post.

World boxing champ greets everyone on sign language day

Philippine Senator and eight-time World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao sends his greetings on the International Day of Sign Languages through a video message.

On his Official Facebook Page, he posted this message,

In celebration of the International Day of Sign Language, I join the Global Leaders Challenge that seeks to promote the use of sign languages. This pandemic, let us learn the importance of linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users. How about starting with the basic sign language?#GlobalLeadersChallenge

Here is the entire video message greeting of Senator Manny.

Mabuhay po kayo, Senator Manny! Thank you very much for supporting the cause of the Filipino Deaf. Happy International Day of Sign Languages 2020!

Happy International Week of the Deaf!

The World Federation of the Deaf declares every last full week of September as the “International Week of the Deaf”. This year’s calendar falls on September 21 – 27.

Their official website states that,

The International Week of the Deaf (IWD) is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community during  the last full week of September to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held. The International Week of the Deaf is celebrated through various activities by Deaf Communities all around the world. These activities and events welcome the participation of all members of deaf communities, which include families of deaf people, professional and accredited sign language interpreters, peers, as well as the involvement of various stakeholders such as national governments, national and international human rights organizations, and Organisations of Persons with Disabilities.*

* – World Federation of the Deaf Official Website

This year’s theme is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights“. The federation wants all stakeholders to unite in endorsing the need to secure and promote human rights of deaf people. As one of the members of the international organization, the Philippine Federation of the Deaf also celebrates this event although this year, most of the activities are done online due to the ongoing pandemic.

So from this humble blogger to all of my readers, “Happy International Week of the Deaf!”

#IWDeaf #IWDeaf2020

Sign Language Interpreter’s e-Conference 2020 and Workshop

Are you a sign language interpreter, a student of sign language, an ally-advocate of the Deaf community, or just curious about what it takes to be a sign language interpreter?  We know you want to improve your skills in sign language interpreting and hopefully build a career as a sign language interpreter.

Quaranterps Rise Up

As part of this year’s celebration of International Day of Sign Languages, the Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (PNASLI) created an online event just for you. Dubbed, QUARANTERPS RISE UP Sign Language Interpreters e-Conference and Workshop 2020, this activity

is centered not just on skills but on the core fundamentals of being a sign language interpreter.

The event will be held on September 23-25, via Facebook Group  and September 26 via ZOOM. It will happen right at the comfort of your own homes. It is timely also that during this time we also celebrate the International Week of the Deaf.

Topics to be presented in the 4-day e-conference together with their respective facilitators are as follows,

Day 1 – September 23 (Wednesday)

  • Developing Signs for COVID-19 Terms – Yvette Apurado
  • Knowing Filipino Sign Language Law – Dr. Liza Martinez
  • Discoring the History of Sign Interpreting in the Philippines – Febe Sevilla
  • Profiling Filipino Sign Language Interpreters – John Xandre Baliza
  • Deaf Relay Interpreters – Marites Raquel Corpuz

Day 2 – September 24 (Thursday)

  • Interpreter’s Role Shifting Skills – Jeffery Bowden
  • Message Analysis Skills – Bayani Generoso
  • Voice Interpreting Skills – Nick Templo-Perez
  • Signed Song Performance Skills – Ace Dela Pena

Day 3 – September 25 (Friday)

  • Seeking Out Interpreter Mentors – Mike McMillion
  • Examining Interpreter’s Work with Authenticity – William F. Ross III
  • Understanding the Language of the Church vis-a-vis the Language of the Deaf – Michael Jose Autencio
  • Above Anxiety: Coping in the New Normal – Elmer Mores

Day 4 – September 26 (Saturday)

  • Role Shifting Skills – Jeff Bowden
  • Self-Monitoring Skills – Bayani Generoso
  • Making Ethical Interpreter Decisions – Naty Natividad
  • News Interpreting Skills – Junjun Sevilla
  • Signed Song Interpretation Skills – Ace Dela Pena

Although the e-conference is a paid event, you may click HERE to join for the FREE PASS via Facebook Group and via Zoom only on September 26. However, Here is the Rise Up Plan for the investment fee.

You may send your investment fee through these options:

OPTION 1: BANK
Deposit the amount to:

BPI Family Savings Bank
Savings Account Name: Philippine National Association of Sign Language Interpreters, Inc.
Savings Account Number 5273-3516-73

OPTION 2: GCASH
GCash number 0915 591 0124
c/o PNASLI Treasurer Junjun Sevilla

OPTION 3: PAYPAL
Email: philippinenasli@gmail.com

REGISTER ON THIS EVENT BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK => https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSda5Wqex1eXMp9nDOpl4v6q2cT9N66BrT3Biwv0jUZSdV1fYA/viewform

To know more about the event and other details, please go to their official website at

QuaranTerps Rise Up

 

At a time when we are being QUARANTINED,
you’re a hero for choosing to RISE UP!

Unboxing of a gadget the deaf way

You’ve seen many unboxing videos of the latest mobile phones and other gadgets. But have you seen one being explained by a deaf person and in sign language? Well, here it is!

For the first time, our school Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf ventured into an Unboxing Video blog of a cellphone! Introducing the new player in town, Tecno Mobile. They started selling in the Philippines only this August 2020.

Check out our unboxing and first look of Tecno Mobile Spark 5 Pro as explained in SIGN LANGUAGE! This is especially dedicated to our Filipino Deaf community so that they can have access to the latest gadgets explained in their own language. However, an English voice interpreting is included for the general public. Our resident deaf Kennel Alonzo did the signing.

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