In their Facebook page, they put up their works for sale. All the proceeds will go to the victims of the Itbayat earthquake.
Like a digital art gallery, the Facebook page of Bayanihan para sa Batanes is filled with moments — moments of nature, of people captured in the eyes of various photographers.
According to one of the photographers, RA Valderama, it all started with a group of friends who dearly love Batanes.
“It started by just selling a few photos, and calling attention of other photographers who want to help as well in this advocacy” he said.
Bayanihan has also proven itself limitless, it is not just about neighbors helping neighbors. According to Valderama, more than a dozen photographers across the country have submitted their works for the campaign.
“Before we know it we are almost 50 in number,” he said.
The spirit of bayanihan today goes beyond the willingness to share your physical strength. For these photographers as long as they can, they will.
Valderama said they are still open for more photographers.
“We still accept photographers who want to share their art and help this cause,” he said.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that the person who was seen in a video driving a car on a public road while sitting in the passenger seat will be summoned to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Wednesday afternoon.
In a video posted and shared on social media, the person was seen driving a vehicle in daytime traffic from the passenger seat while smoking and fiddling with its horn.
He can also be heard bragging about his violation in the video.
“Basta lahat ng bawal ginagawa ko, napakatraffic talaga sa Maynila, doon sa mundo namin walang ganito. Dito, lahat bawal, doon walang bawal (beep) siya yun!” the guy said.
The video was originally posted on the Facebook account of a certain Miko Lopez last May 25 with a caption “ngayon mo ko hulihin kuya.”
It was shared on social media group “JDM Tayo Paps” by Facebook user Axel Farinas which drew criticisms from internet users.
But instead of showing remorse, Lopez even taunted his critics to do something about it if they can, based on their exchanges in the comment section of the video.
He even posted a photo about driving a car without a steering wheel to ridicule his attackers.
A netizen who got peeved with Lopez brought the matter to the attention of the authorities.
In a post on Twitter, the DOTr confirmed that the man in the video was identified as Miko Lopez and that he will be summoned to answer the issue.
“Miko Lopez will be summoned to LTO today. He has already been identified and address was already determined,” the DOTr said.
“The LTO will charge him for reckless driving, illegal modification (removing the steering wheel), not wearing seatbelt, and improper person to operate a motor vehicle,” the agency added.
The DOTr further stated that Lopez’s license will be revoked and he will also be disqualified from applying for a driver’s license again in the future.
“If he does not appear, LTO will resolve this issue on the basis of evidence presented,” the DOTr added.
In a separate statement, LTO executive director Romeo Vera Cruz chastised Lopez’s antics, saying this poses a danger to himself and other people.
“This video is clear proof that he is an improper person to operate a vehicle, aside from committing traffic violations,” he said.
DOTr Undersecretary for road transport Mark de Leon, meanwhile, said that this incident should serve as a stern warning and called on the public to report this kind of violation to merit swift action.
“Huwag nating i-mock ang kakayanan ng gobyerno by clearly disobeying traffic rules. Nakaligtas ka man noong oras na ginawa mo ‘yan, we will make sure you will get penalized,” he added. (with details from Joan Nano)
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