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Duterte set to fire 4 more Customs officials


rustrated by the rampant corruption within the agency, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is set to �ire at least four of�icials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

“Hindi pa hinto itong corruption. May apat pa (Corruption has not stopped yet. There are four more). In this week, Customs na naman. Ubusin ko talaga 'yan (it’s Customs. I’ll �inish them off),” Duterte said in his speech in Malacañan Palace on Monday night. “Sabi nila hindi ma-control ang corruption. Eh tignan natin (They say that corruption cannot be controlled. Then we’ll see),” he added. Last year, Duterte warned that he would replace all Customs employees with military personnel after billions worth of shabu slipped past the agency. ‘Jagger’ has PRRD’s trust

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, said Commissioner Rey Leonardo “Jagger” Guerrero still enjoys the Chief Executive’s trust and con�idence. “I think so because he (the President) has not mentioned anything about him (Guerrero),” Panelo said in a Palace brie�ing when asked if Duterte still trusted the BOC chief. Panelo, however, said he has no knowledge of who Duterte will be sacking from the agency. “Wala siyang binanggit. General iyong pagkakasabi niya kagabi (He has not mentioned anything yet. He spoke on general terms),” Panelo said. Guerrero, a retired




SLOW BUSINESS. A physically challenged vendor selling candles falls asleep while waiting for customers inside the compound of San Pedro Cathedral along San Pedro Street in Davao City on Tuesday. Lean Daval Jr


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GO SIGNAL TO OPERATE. President Rodrigo Duterte issues the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company Inc. (Mislatel) through its Chairman Dennis Uy during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on Monday evening. Also in the photo are National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba and Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Almario wants brgy polls reset to 2023


ATI CITY--Rep. Joel Mayo Z. Almario of the second district of Davao Oriental �iled a bill last Monday seeking the holding of barangay elections in May 2023, not on a date earlier.

Almario told reporters covering the 52nd founding anniversary of Davao Oriental at the provincial capitol gym last July 1st that holding an election just after the just concluded May 13 Midterm polls will trigger more divisive-

ness. “The nation can afford to spend P5 billion on a nationwide election but not the divisiveness that it would spawn, “ he said. Almario said a number of other lawmakers have also �iled similar bills seek-

ing postponement of the barangay elections.

Isabela Rep Faustino Dy 5th, who authored House bill 47, said the bill aims to give of�icials elected last year a full �ive-year term. He wants the village and SK polls to be held on the �irst Monday or May in 2023. Almario also delivered a message during the anniversary celebration wherein he bared some projects and legislative proposals

aimed at bene�itting the people of his province. He thanked Davao Oriental Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang for swearing him as one of the two elected members of the House of Representatives. The other House member of the province, Congresswoman Corazon N. Malanyaon of the First District failed to make it to the celebration as she was stranded in Bicol due to a typhoon. AMA

Rep. Joel Mayo Z. Almario

PRRD endorses Cayetano, Velasco SOH term sharing


AGDAO MARKET DEMOLITION. A worker cuts the steel trusses of the old building inside the Agdao Market on Monday to pave the way for the construction of a new market facility. Mindanews Photo

resident Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced that he will be endorsing Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as next speakers of the House of Representatives under a term-sharing agreement. Duterte said Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, who has also vied for the House Speaker post, would be the next Majority Leader in the lower chamber. “Your speaker will be Alan Peter Cayetano. Ang sharing dito is(The sharing here is) he shares the term with Lord Velasco,” Duterte said during the oath-taking ceremony of new government appointees.

“And si Romualdez will be Majority Floor Leader,” he added. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo later clari�ied that Cayetano will serve as Speaker in the �irst 15 months while Velasco will be Speaker during the next 21 months. Panelo said Cayetano, Velasco, and Romualdez also sought the assistance and help of the President to settle the con�lict among them. “Since the election of the Speaker has resulted in a bitter and fractious rivalry that threatens the break-up of political allies, the President, to save the unity of the alliance




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Supporters of CPP-NPA dwindling: Eastmincom


he Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) on Tuesday, July 9, said various underground mass Ooganizations in their area have collapsed after most of their members dissociated and pledged their allegiance to the government during the �irst week of July 2019. In its report, Eastmincom said more than 150 members of Unyon ng Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Norte (UMAN ), a CNT af�iliated organization in Barangay Bitan-agan, Butuan City denounced their support to the CNTs during a Peace Consultation Dialogue initiated by the Barangay Council of Barangay Bitan-agan, in partnership with the local government unit of Butuan City and Lt. Col. Francisco Molina, Battalion Commander of 23rd Infantry Battalion. Accordingly, UMAN is an organization used by the CPP-NPA to recruit farmers as its source of manpower, �inance, and logistics. Members are being made to pay dues with a promise to give them the lands that they are tilling. Eastmincom also reported that on July 4, 2019, 396 New People’s Army (NPA) members and

supporters with 11 assorted �irearms from the different towns of Surigao del Norte yielded to Lt. Col Allen Tomas, Battalion Commander of 30IB and Malimono Town Mayor Wallace Senaca. The surrenderees are composed of 37 Sangay sa Partido Lokal (SPL) or local party members, 46 Militia ng Bayan (MB), 313 Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members. In the northern towns of North Cotabato, 142 members of UGMO, 56 of which are from Kidapawan City, 42 from President Roxas and 44 from Magpet dissociated from CNT after they yielded to the units and Community Support Teams of 901st Infantry Brigade under Col. Gabriel C. Viray III. Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command explained the CNT modus of organizing the communities. “The purpose of the communists front organization is to agitate people of false issues against government and then organize them to openly protest and destroy system of governance and create chaos. Communists is al-


PRRD may ‘educate’ public on deal with Xi in SONA


resident Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he may educate the public on the constitutionality of his �ishing agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his fourth State SUPPORTERS, P10 of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.

Sison’s US-supported coup claim just 'wishful thinking'

alacañang on Monday dismissed the claim of self-exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison that the United States could in�luence the Philippine military to stage a coup attempt against the Duterte administration. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said this is nothing but “wishful thinking” from a “tired, old, failed revolutionary”. “It is pitiful that this man has to rely on a foreign country to effect a change of leadership in this coun-

DECLOG. City Engineer’s Office (CEO) personnel conduct a declogging operation on a drainage at Bankerohan Public Market on Tuesday after recent floodings in the area due to improper disposal of garbage and heavy rains. Lean Daval Jr

try. It is an admission, in fact, that their revolution has failed,” Panelo said. He added that the US will not listen to Sison, because the communist leader himself detests America. Panelo also expressed con�idence that a coup attempt against the administration will not prosper, saying that “Filipinos trust this President; the military and the police trust this President”. On Saturday, Sison issued a statement claiming that the US could in�luence a coup, after Duterte dared


The October 2016 agreement between Duterte and Xi allows the Chinese to �ish within the Philippines’ 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ), for as long as China will allow Filipinos to �ish in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. “Sabi nila na (They say it’s) unconstitutional, well, you wait. Maybe sa (during the) SONA, I will educate people na ‘yung ginawa ko, sabi ko you can �ish ano... Tama talaga ako. At hindi maging unconstitutional ‘yan. (that what I did, allowing them to �ish… I’m actually right. It’s not unconstitutional),” Duterte said in a chance interview with reporters after the oath-taking of new government appointees.

“By any stretch of imagination, hindi unconstitutional ‘yung ginawa ko (what I did is not unconstitutional). As a matter of fact, it was in keeping with the law,” he added. Duterte said Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s remark saying he committed a constitutional infraction by allowing Chinese to �ish within Philippine’s EEZ has “not been studied.” “Kung sabihin mo (If you say) I committed a constitutional infraction because I allowed the Chinese �ishermen to �ish, hindi nila pinag-aralan talaga (it really has not been studied),” Duterte said. “Kaya ‘wag kayong maniwala niyang mga constitutionalist-constitu-

tionalist. Mga Carpio diyan, susmaryosep (That’s why don’t believe in those constitutionalists. Those Carpios there),” he added. Duterte said insisting on driving the Chinese away from �ishing within the Philippine’s EEZ in the West Philippine Sea would be futile since the Asian superpower would not allow itself to be bullied. “I go there and insist on driving them out? You would think China would --- would allow itself to be bullied? Kaya ang tanong ko sa inyo(That’s why my question to you) is who is in the possession of the property under the claim of the legitimate ownership?” Duterte said. He explained that despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling, which recognizes Philippine sovereign rights over the EEZ, China will still insist on owning the majority of the disputed waters.


Duterte allies no common candidate for House Speaker


CONVERSION. A resident harvests Korean grass on a traffic island which was converted into a nursery in Central Park, Bangkal, Davao City on Tuesday. Lean Daval Jr

Compare notes Meanwhile, Duterte said he agreed with the �indings of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) which categorized he June 9 Recto Bank (Reed) Bank incident as a “very serious marine casualty” despite earlier describing it as “a little maritime accident.” “It is a serious ah… Pero when you talk about marine transportation and all, it is a maritime incident. And that is very small because nobody died,” Duterte said. He, however, said that he was not inclined to push to make sure that the Chinese crew are held liable. “No, we have our recommendations, we have our report. Then we will wait for China to make its report. Then we can compare notes,” Duterte said. “And then kung sino

llies of President Rodrigo R. Duterte who are eyeing the speakership of the House of Representatives failed to agree on a common candidate for the post in a meeting last Saturday here with Davao City 2nd District Rep. Paolo Duterte and Mayor Sara Duterte, Davao City 2nd District Representative Mylene Garcia-Albano, the spokesperson for the Duterte Alliance, said. Garcia-Albano said in an interview that Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Marinduque Rep. Lord Velasco and Taguig 1st district Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano had not made it clear if they would join the alliance and support the bid of Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab for the speakership. Ungab was was the can-

didate endorsed earlier by the alliance for the House’s top post. Garcia-Albano said the other contenders had maintained that they would be gunning for the speakership despite the position of the alliance against the term-sharing agreement. “We are hoping that it was the start of the process to unify (the House of Representatives). We are hopeful indeed that it would be part of the process arriving at a consensus that can help to select the Speaker,” she said. She said she was unsure if they will be meeting again but added several meetings will be taking place in the coming days with other House members in light of the “invitation” of the Dute-



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Shop-Win promo launched by MCIA By ATHENA JILLIAN BRAVO


Royal Air Marketing Manager Joanna Marie Garcia, VP Commercial Margarita Obejas; Standard Insurance Marketing Manager Anna Lisa Opay and VP Joy Alampay; Ravishankar Saravu, GMCAC Chief Commercial Advisor Ravishankar

Saravu; Global Star Owner & President Edward Onglatco, General Manager Ritchell Selma, Sales & Marketing Manager Aimee Ting; and GMCAC Deputy Chief Commercial Officer Ma. Cristina Angan

PRRD to Mislatel: Break telco industry duopoly


resident Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday awarded the Certi�icate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co. (Mislatel) consortium, challenging it to break the prevailing duopoly in the telecommunications industry and to provide the Filipino people with better telco services.

Breaking the existing duopoly in the telecommunications industry is one of President Duterte’s campaign promises. More than a year ago, he directed concerned government agencies to commence the selection and assignment of a radio frequency for a new telco player to solve the nation’s Internet woes. “Today, I am glad to announce the entry of a new player that will take on the challenge of competing against the existing players in our country’s telco industry. This new player is the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co. or Mislatel consortium,” President Duterte said in a speech during the awarding rites.

The President noted that the entry of Mislatel consortium is another milestone in the continuing advancement of the country’s information and communications technology capability as it sets to improve the prevailing Internet speed from 4.5 Mbps to 55 Mbps. Mislatel has already complied with the stringent standards set by the National Telecommunications Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Philippine Competition Commission and posted a performance security bond amounting to P25.7 billion. “Accompanying this bond is a commitment—

PH economy seen to rebound, grow 6.5%


he investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group expects the country’s economy to rebound in the second half of 2019 and grow by 6 to 6.5 percent by year-end, on the back of healthy government spending and easing in�lation. First Metro Investment Corporation (FMIC) president Rabboni Francis Arjonillo said the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) could expand by 6.5 to 7 percent in the second half after slowing to 5.6 percent in the �irst quarter. “The catch-up plan of the government to bring

infrastructure spending to 5.2 percent of GDP is very encouraging and would strongly support our growth expectation,” he said in a press brie�ing. Arjonillo said robust domestic demand, solid investment spending, and decelerating in�lation which will provide the stimulus for consumer spending, could also drive economic growth. University of Asia and the Paci�ic (UAP) economist Dr. Victor Abola said the approval of the budget for 2019 “opens the gate” for the government to catch-up


and I will hold you to that commitment—that it will improve the country’s prevailing Internet speed from 4.5 Mbps to 55 Mbps,” the President said. At the same time, President Duterte encouraged Filipinos to take advantage of the opportunities arising from a more vibrant telecommunications industry by engaging in productive ICT-based undertakings. “Expand your businesses, engage in online jobs, avail of online learning and training opportunities, and participate in productive public discussions,” he said. With a much improved telecommunications service, the President said Filipinos will now have better opportunity to improve their personal, social, political, and economic aspirations as the country move towards greater information and communications technology capacity, adding that “a well-connected society is a well informed

and empowered one.” “Let us take the entry of this new telco player as a breath of fresh air in our rapidly evolving information age, where no one should be left behind in our pursuit of an inclusive and sustainable progress for all Filipinos,” President Duterte said. The consortium is comprised of Mislatel, Udenna Corp., China Telecom, and Chelsea Logistics. Mislatel consortium’s 55 Mbps Internet speed can cover 84.01 percent of the Philippine population in �ive years. It intends to spend P257 billion in infrastructure and services rollout during the same period. Present during the awarding ceremony were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gregorio Honasan and Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. PND

Mines and Geosciences Bureau RXI Regional Director Atty. Jasper Alberto H. Lascano turns over of the geohazard map of Davao City to Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)- Davao City after the conduct

he world’s friendliest resort airport and second busiest of the country, Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) celebrates it success by raf�ling off a stunning 2019 Mercedez-Benz A-Class and Royal Air round trip plane tickets to travelers shopping at any MCIA’s retail outlets. “This is our way of giving back and thanking all the travelers, passengers, and stakeholders for MCIA’s successful operations and the continued support the past years especially since the opening of Terminal 2 (International) a year ago,” said Ravishankar Saravu, Chief Commercial Advisor of GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), the private concessionaire operating MCIA. The ‘Shop & Win’ Raf�le Promo launched by GMCAC, in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, Royal Air, and Standard Insurance will run from 01 July 2019 until 15 October 2019. Shop and Win Raf�le Promo Mechanics This raf�le promo is open to all Domestic and International Passengers that arrives and departs from Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2. To qualify for the raf�le promo, passengers must have a minimum single receipt purchase worth: PhP 500 – from T1 Food & Beverage (F&B) shops, T1 Retail shops, T1 or T2

WH Smith, T2 K2 Pharmacy, and T2 Park & Fly PhP 1,000 – from T2 F&B shops, T2 The Spa at Cebu, T2 Plaza Premium Lounge, and T2 Aerotel US$50 – from T2 Mactan Travel Retail, T1 or T2 Duty Free Philippines shops Raf�le Draws: July 31, August 30 & September 30 2019 Grand Draw: October 16 2019 All purchase receipts must be within the promo period of 01 July 2019 to 15 October 2019. Lucky winners will receive the following raf�le prizes: • 1st Raf�le Draw - 3 winners of 2 (two) round trip tickets to from Cebu to Puerto Princesa • 2nd Raf�le Draw - 3 winners of 2 (two) round trip tickets to from Cebu to Cagayan De Oro • 3rd Raf�le Draw - 3 winners of 2 (two) round trip tickets to from Cebu to Davao • Grand Raf�le Draw - 1 winner of Mercedes-Benz A Class A180 2019 model; and 2 winners of 2 (two) round trip tickets to from Cebu to Manila All non-winning entries during the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd raf�le draws are quali�ied for the next raf�le draws and grand draw. “This celebration is exciting and unique as MCIA is the �irst airport in the

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Japan Education Fair 2019 coming to Davao, Manila


o you want to study in Japan? Then save the dates for the Japan Education Fair 2019. The education fair will be coming to Davao on July 27, 2019 (Saturday), from 11AM to 4PM to be held at the Ballroom Level 2, Marco Polo Davao. Also in Manila on July 28, 2019 (Sunday), from 12NN to 5PM to be held at the Meeting Room 789, Level 2 of the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Interested applicants

will have the chance to consult with faculties from Japanese schools and universities, including Japanese language schools. Admission is free! For more details, visit the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines Facebook Page through this link:在 フィリピン日本国大使 館 -603327926511125. (Embassy of Japan in the Philippines)

of orientation lecture on climate change and geohazard. Photo (center) shows PENRO Davao del Sur Pablito M. Ofrecia, CENRO Davao City Marvin D. Parilla and MGB RXI Regional Director Atty. Jasper Alberto H. Lascano.



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Win-win For good measure, the idea of President Rodrigo Duterte to have term sharing in place in the House of Representatives appears to be the better solution to the standoff for the hotly-contested Speakership. On Tuesday, President Duterte said he would prefer a term sharing that will have Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano have the first go of the Speakership followed next by Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Velasco. The third aspirant Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez will be Majority Floor Leader.


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This is by far the acceptable solution amongst all the other proposals including the endorsement of Rep. Isidro Ungab. Nevertheless, President Duterte’s idea comes in the form of a simple suggestion. The House of Representatives is another branch of government that is co-equal with the executive branch. Ultimately, the choice of the Speakership is an issue that will be decided by the members of the legislative chamber, not by the President or the party coalition belonging under the administration. ANTONIO M. AJERO Editor in Chief


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ARE YOU CONTENTED? “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey *** The Holy Bible is replete with stories about �ishermen. In fact, some of the disciples of Jesus Christ were �ishermen themselves. “I will make you �ishers of men,” the Messiah told them. So, let me start this piece with a story centered on one �isherman. This was shared to us by Edward de Mello. One sunny day, a wealthy tourist, complete with dark glasses and cameras, went strolling along a tropical beach and found a �isherman – let’s call him Peter – dozing alongside his boat. “Why aren’t you catching some �ish?” the tourist asked. Peter replied, “I’ve caught enough for today.” “But why don’t you go out and catch more and make some money and then buy a net so you can catch even more?” the tourist suggested. “What for,” Peter answered. “Then you could buy a motor for your boat and go out farther where there are

still more �ish to catch,” the tourist said. Peter answered immediately, “But why catch more �ish?” “So that you can earn more money and buy a whole �leet of �ishing boats,” the tourist pointed out. “Then what,” Peter asked again. “Then, you would become rich and could spend your time taking it easy,” said the tourist. To which Peter replied, “That’s what I’m already doing.” Contentment. That’s what the story is trying to point out. Wikipedia de�ines contentment as “a mental or emotional state of satisfaction maybe drawn from being at ease in one’s situation, body and mind.” A lot of famous people have tried to de�ine it, too. “To be content doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s to come,” said Tony Gaskins. Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu also said: “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” Greek philosopher had this to say: “He who

is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” Edward De Mello shared another story on contentment – or non-contentment – below: The Lord was so tired of a certain man’s prayers that He appeared to him one day and said, “I have decided to grant you any three things you ask for. After that, I shall give you nothing more.” (Now, that sounds like a story straight from Aladdin and His Magic Lamp.) The man delightedly made his �irst petition at once. He asked that his wife should die so that he could marry a better woman. (That sounds so incredulous!) Anyway, the Lord granted his petition. But when friends and relatives gathered for the funeral and began to recall all the good qualities of his wife, the man realized that he had been hasty. He now realized he had been quite blind to all her virtues. Was he likely to �ind another woman quite as good? So, he asked the Lord to bring her back to life. He did! That left him with just one petition. And he was deter-

mined not to make a mistake this time, for he would have no chance to correct it. He consulted widely. Some of his friends advised him to ask for immortality. But of what good was immortality, said others, if he did not have good health. And of what use was health if he had no money? And of what use was money if he had no friends? Years passed and he could not make up his mind what to ask for: life or health or wealth or power or love. Finally, he said to the Lord, “Please advise me on what to ask for.” The Lord laughed when he saw the man’s predicament, and said, “Ask to be contented no matter what life brings you.” Yes, we are never contented. When we were still kids, all we wanted was to grow, �inish college and work. But there are those who wanted more: get a master’s degree. Once they are done with it, they want to go further by having a doctorate degree. Some people dream of owning a house. But once they have a house, they need car. But the wants don’t end there; they may need a man-

sion over the hilltop or a condominium in the city (so they won’t spend most of their time in traf�ic). And there are those who want more: to travel around the world. To end this piece, allow me to share another story: A man went to a Jewish rabbi and complained, “Life is unbearable. There are nine of us living in one room. What can I do?” The rabbi answered, “Take the goat into the room with you.” The man cannot believe what he was hearing. But he won’t take a stinking goat into the house. “Do as I tell you and come back in a week,” the rabbi told him. A week later, the man came back half dead saying, “We cannot stand it any longer. That goat is �ilthy and smelly.” The rabbi then told him, “Now, go home and let the goat out. And come back in a week’s time.” A radiant man visited the rabbi a week later. “Life is beautiful, rabbi. We enjoy every minute of it. No goat – and only the nine of us.” The best way to feel real contentment, the rabbi told him, is to lose everything you have – and then get it all back again.


OPPOSITION ARE FOOLS TO BELIEVE DUTERTE WILL MAKE WAR VS CHINA The political opposition is playing right into the hands of their US backers who conjure the downfall of Duterte as the oil that will fuel the �ire against Donald Trump’s re-election bid. The major plot includes magnifying Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea and portraying Duterte’s “weak” responses as the bases for the synchronized and systematic tirades that unfolded since Day One of the Duterte administration. Lately, the lame, impoverished and cinematic cry of former DFA Secretary Alberto del Rosario as regards his unceremonious detention and deportation by China authorities during a visit to HongKong was given so much media prominence to portray China’s continuous bullying against the Philippines as intolerable. Coupled with the recent maritime incident where a Filipino �ishing boat was

allegedly rammed and destroyed in the Reed Bank by a bigger Chinese �ishing vessel and the Filipino crew left to drown, anti-Duterte voices are ganging up to push Pres. Duterte against the wall and take a more militant stand. Unfortunately for the quixotic and diminishing Yellow Party, the incumbent Malacanang tenant is not as easily swayable as their DOTA-playing addict boss who hails from the cacique landowners of Hacienda Luisita. Duterte is practical enough to see through the veneer of hypocrisy and disguised patriotism of those calling for the president to raise hell against Xi Jin Ping and his government. Why did not this same cacophony of voices stir up the bachelor president then enthroned in Malacanang when China started claiming islands in the Spratlys in 2013 and urged him to throw the hammer, sink and all?

How can they? Because they knew – these scumbags of the opposition – that a puny and divided nation, militarily weak and ill-equipped cannot stand up against the strongest country thereabouts. Yes, at that time, they, too, realize the futility of raising a howl against the Goliath of Asia. Did not former Senator Antonio Trillanes come and go to China for sixteen times as a backdoor channeler and special envoy of Pres. Noynoy Aquino? Thee talkative of a senator walked out of the senate session hall when confronted by former Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile. As you now see, after the 2019 mid-term polls where the opposition suffered a devastating defeat, the next tact is to force Duterte to commit a grievous mistake, grievous enough for him to be charged for impeachment.

The Manila-based mainstream media are, without doubt, co-conspirators as they lead in articulating fake news and half-truths, hoping that the Filipinos wake up and bring the issue out into the streets like EDSA in 1986. But EDSA is now forgotten. The generation of Filipinos today have realized that the Aquinos and their ilk have exploited the EDSA People Power as a rallying point which found another victim – Joseph Estrada – who was eased out of power in 2001. The Philippines is today enjoying the con�idence of the global community, including foreign businessmen who are attracted to invest in the Philippines because of the staunch anti-corruption campaign of PRRD. As the fastest growing economy in this part of the world, why should Pres. Digong listen to the wild and wooly importuning of the op-

position when to do so would jeopardize the happy state of affairs that are bene�itting the majority of Filipino citizens who have given him a very high trust and approval rating? Unfortunately, VP Leni Robredo, despite her being the nominal opposition leader, is not that capable in leading a comeback for the scattered and discredited opposition. Her sophomoric press releases do not show a deep understanding of the national leadership issue and her booboos are not as minimal as her spokespersons portray them to be. April 1st is Fools’ Day. Many moons have passed but the opposition seems to be celebrating the event every day. (Email your feedback to Mt. 24:11. “And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many.” GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES!


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Republic of the Philippines City of Davao Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod 18th City Council 32nd Regular Session Series of 2018 PRESENT:


Councilor Jimmy G. Dureza - Temporary Presiding Officer Councilor Nilo M. Abellera Jr. Councilor Maria Belen S. Acosta Councilor Victorio U. Advincula Jr. Councilor Al Ryan S. Alejandre Councilor Dante L. Apostol Sr. Councilor Conrado C. Baluran Councilor Joanne M. Bonguyan-Quilos Councilor Ma. Cherry Ann M. Bonguyan Councilor Pilar C. Braga Councilor Carmelo J. Clarion Councilor Danilo C. Dayanghirang Councilor Avegayle Dalodo Ortiz Councilor April Marie C. Dayap Councilor Antoinette G. Principe-Castrodes Councilor Edgar P. Ibuyan Jr. Councilor J. Melchor B. Quitain Jr. Councilor Rene Elias C. Lopez Councilor Halila Y. Sudagar Councilor Diosdado Angelo A. Mahipus Councilor Mary Joselle D. Villafuerte Councilor Jaffar U. Marohomsalic Councilor Jesus Joseph P. Zozobrado III Vice Mayor Councilor

Bernard E. Al-ag Edgar R. Ibuyan Sr.

Councilor Leah A. Librado-Yap Councilor Bonifacio E. Militar Councilor Marissa P. Salvador-Abella

- On Vacation Leave - OB - Attended the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas National Convention - On Sick Leave - On Vacation Leave -On Vacation Leave

ORDINANCE NO. 0532-18 Series of 2018 AN ORDINANCE STRENGTHENING, IMPLEMENTING AND ENFORCING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9208, AS AMENDED AND EXPANDED BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10364, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “EXPANDED ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ACT OF 2012” AND PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES THEREOF AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Be it ordained by the Honorable Sangguniang Panlungsod of Davao City in session aassembled that: SECTION 1. TITLE - This Ordinance shall be known as “AN ORDINANCE STRENGTHENING, IMPLEMENTING AND ENFORCING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9208, AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10364, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “EXPANDED ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ACT OF 2012” AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREOF AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”; SECTION 2. STATEMENT OF POLICIES AND PRINCIPLES – In light of the declaration of the state in valuing the dignity of every human person and guarantees the full respect of individual rights, the Local Government of Davao City shall give the highest priority to the enactment of measures and the development of programs that will promote human dignity and protect the people from any threats of violence and exploitation. The City Government of Davao likewise recognizes its vital role in addressing the problem of trafficking in persons, especially women and children, at the local level by helping institute the policies and programs mandated by law to prevent, protect and rehabilitate victims of trafficking. It is also the policy of the City of Davao to take a firmer stance against trafficking in persons by strictly penalizing the acts or omissions specified under the law. For this reason, the City Government of Davao is hereby invoking the principle of local autonomy embodied in Article X of 1987 Constitution and the plenary police power of local government expressed in Section 16 (General Welfare Clause) of the Local Government Code, in relation to Section 16 (j) of R.A. 9208 (Section 16 (k), as amended and expanded by R.A. 10364), which explicitly mandates LGUs to monitor and document trafficking cases and Section 19 of its Implementation Rules and Regulations, which clearly directs LGUs to “enact ordinances or issuances aimed at providing protection and support to trafficked persons and adopt measures to prevent and suppress trafficking in persons. SECTION 3. DEFINITION OF TERMS. As used in this Ordinance, the following shall mean: (a) Trafficking in Persons - refers to the recruitment, obtaining, hiring, providing, offering, transportation, transfer, maintaining, harboring or receipt of persons with or without the victim’s consent or knowledge, within or across national borders by means of threat, or use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or, the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs. The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, adoption or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation or when the adoption is induced by any form of consideration for exploitation purposes shall also be considered as ‘trafficking in persons’ even if it does not involve any of the means set forth in the preceding paragraph. (b) Child - refers to a person below eighteen (18) years of age or one who is eighteen (18) or over eighteen (18) years of age but is unable to fully take care of or protect himself/ herself from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation or discrimination because of physical or mental disability or condition. (c) Prostitution – refers to any act, transaction, scheme or design involving the use of a person by another, for sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct in exchange for money, profit or any other consideration. (d) Forced Labor – refers to the extraction of work or services from any person by means of enticement, violence, intimidation or threat, use of force or coercion, including deprivation of freedom, abuse of authority or moral ascendancy, dept-bondage or deception including any work or service extracted from any person under the menace of penalty. (e) Slavery – refers to the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attached to the right of ownership are exercised. (f) Involuntary Servitude – refers to a condition of enforced and compulsory service induced by means of any scheme, plan or pattern, intended to cause a person to believe that if he or she did not enter into or continue in such condition, he or she or another person would suffer serious harm or other forms of abuse or physical restraint, or threat of abuse or harm, or coercion including depriving access to travel documents and withholding salaries, or the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process. (g) Sex Tourism – refers to a program organized by travel and tourism-related establishments and individuals which consist of tourism packages or activities, utilizing and offering escort and sexual services as enticement for tourists. This includes sexual services and practices offered during rest and recreation periods for members of the military. (h) Sexual Exploitation – refers to the participation by a person in prostitution, pornography or the production of pornography, in exchange for money, profit or any other consideration or where the participation is caused or facilitated by any means of intimidation or threat, use of force, or other form of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, debt bondage, abuse of power or of position or of legal process, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person; or in sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct caused or facilitated by any means as provided in this Act. (i) Debt Bandage – refers to the pledging by the debtor of his/her personal services or labor or those of a person under his/her control as security or payment for debt, when the length and nature of services is not clearly defined or when the value of the services as reasonable assessed is not applied toward the liquidation of the debt. (j) Pornography – refers to any representation, through publication, exhibition, cinematography, indecent shows, information technology, or by whatever means, of a person engaged in real or simulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of the


sexual parts of a person for primarily sexual purposes. (k) Council – shall mean the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking – Davao City (IACATDC) created under Section 20 of R.A. 9208 as amended and expanded by R.A. 10364. (l) Local Task Force – refers to the Local Joint Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (LJTFATP) created under Section 13 of this Ordinance. SECTION 4. AS PROVIDED UNDER REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9208, THE FOLLOWING ACTS ARE CONSIDERED UNLAWFUL, AS APPLIED IN THIS ORDINANCE (A) The following shall be considered as “Acts of Trafficking in Persons”: a) To recruit, obtain, hire, provide, offer, transport transfer, maintain, harbor, or receive a person by any means, including those done under the pretext of domestic or overseas employment or training or apprenticeship, for the purpose of prostitution, pornography or sexual exploitation; b) To introduce or match for money, profit, or material, economic or other consideration, any person or, as provided for under Republic Act No. 6955, any Filipino woman to a foreign national, for marriage for the purpose of acquiring buying, offering, selling or trading him/her to engage in prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage; c) To offer or contract marriage, real or simulated, for the purpose of acquiring, buying, offering, selling or trading them to engage in prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor or slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage; d) To undertake or organize tours and travel plans consisting of tourism packages or activities for the purpose of utilizing and offering persons for prostitution, pornography or sexual exploitation; e) To maintain or hire a person to engage in prostitution or pornography; f) To adopt persons by any form of consideration for exploitative purposes or to facilitate the same for purposes of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage; g) To adopt or facilitate the adoption of persons for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage; h) To recruit, hire, adopt, transport, transfer, obtain, harbor, maintain, provide, offer, receive or abduct a person, by means of threat or use of force, fraud, deceit, violence, coercion, or intimidation for the purpose of removal or sale of organs of said person; i) To recruit, transport, obtain, transfer, harbor, maintain, offer, hire, provide, receive or adopt a child to engage in armed activities in the Philippines or abroad; j) To recruit, transport, transfer, harbor, obtain, maintain, offer, hire, provide or receive a person by means defined in Section 3 of this Act for purposes of forced labor, slavery, debt bondage and involuntary servitude, including a scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause the person either: (1) To believe that if the person did not perform such labor or services, he or she or another person would suffer serious harm or physical restraint; or (2) To abuse or threaten the use of law or the legal processes; and k) To recruit, transport, harbor, obtain, transfer, maintain, hire, offer, provide, adopt or receive a child for purposes of exploitation or trading them including, but not limited to, the act of baring and/or selling a child for any consideration or barter for purposes of exploitation. Trafficking for purposes of exploitation of children shall include: (1) All forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, involuntary servitude, debt bondage and forced labor, including recruitment of children for use in armed conflict; (2) The use, procuring or offering of a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography, or for pornographic performances; (3) The use, procuring or offering of a child for the production and trafficking of drugs; and (4) The use, procuring or offering of a child for illegal activities or work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety or morals; and (l) To organize or direct other persons to commit the offenses defined as acts of trafficking under this Act.” (B) Attempted Trafficking in Persons – Where there are acts to initiate the commission of a trafficking offence but the offender failed to or did not execute all the elements of the crime, by accident or by reason of some cause other than voluntary desistance. Such overt acts shall be deemed as an attempt to commit an act of trafficking in persons. As such, an attempt to commit any of the offenses enumerated in Section 4 of this Act shall constitute attempted trafficking in persons. In cases where the victim is a child, any of the following acts shall also be deemed as attempted trafficking in persons: a) Facilitated the travel of a child who travels alone to a foreign country or territory without valid reason therefor and without the required clearance or permit from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), or a written permit or justification from the child’s parent or legal guardian; b) Executing, for a consideration, an Affidavit of Consent or a written consent for adoption; c) Recruiting a woman to bear a child for the purpose of selling the child; d) Simulating a birth for the purpose of selling the child; and e) Soliciting a child and acquiring the custody thereof through any means from among hospitals, clinics, nurseries, daycare centers, refugee or evacuation centers and low-income families, for the purpose of selling the child.” (C) Accomplice Liability – Whoever knowingly aids, abets, cooperates in the execution of the offense by previous or simultaneous acts defined in this Act shall be punished in accordance with the provision of Section 10 (c) of this Act.” (D) Accessories – Whoever has the knowledge of the Commission of the crime, and without having participated herein, either as principal or as accomplices, take part in its commission in any of the following manners: (a) By profiting themselves or assisting the offender to profit by the effects of the crime; (b) By concealing or destroying the body of the crime or effects or instruments thereof, in order to prevent its discovery; (c) By harboring, concealing or assisting in the escape of the principal of the crime, provided the accessory acts with abuse of his or her public functions or is known to be habitually guilty of some other crime. Acts defined in this provision shall be punished in accordance with the provision of Section 10 (d) of R.A. 10364 as stated thereto. (E) The following shall be considered as “Acts that Promote Trafficking in Persons”: 1. To knowingly lease or sublease, use or allow to be used any room, house, building or establishment for the purpose of promoting trafficking in persons; 2. To produce, print and issue or distribute unissued, tampered or fake counseling certificates, registration stickers, overseas employment certificates or other certificates of any government agency which issue these certificates, decals and such other markers as proof of compliance with government regulatory and pre-departure requirements for the purpose of promoting trafficking in persons; 3. To advertise, publish, print, broadcast or distribute or cause the advertisement, publication, printing, broadcasting or distribution by any means, including the use of information technology and the internet, of any brochure, flyer, or any propaganda material that promotes trafficking in persons; 4. To assist in the conduct of misrepresentation or fraud for purposes of facilitating the acquisition of clearances and necessary exit documents from government agencies that are mandated to provide pre-departure registration and services for departing persons for the purpose of promoting trafficking in persons; 5. To facilitate, assist or help in the exit and entry of persons from/to the country at the international and local airports, terminals, territorial boundaries and seaports who are in possession of unissued, tampered or fraudulent travel documents for the purpose of promoting trafficking in persons; 6. To confiscate, conceal or destroy the passport, travel documents, or personal documents or belongings of trafficked persons in furtherance of trafficking or to prevent them from leaving the country or seeking redress from the government or appropriate agencies; 7. To knowingly benefit from, financial or otherwise, or make use of, the labor or services of a person held to a condition of involuntary servitude, forced labor, or slavery; 8. To tamper with, destroy, or cause the destruction of evidence, or to influence or attempt to influence witnesses, in an investigation or prosecution of a case under this Act; 9. To destroy, conceal, remove, confiscate or possess, or attempt to destroy, conceal, remove, confiscate or possess, any actual or purported passport or other travel, immigration or working permit or document, or any other actual or purported government identification, of any person in order to prevent or restrict, or attempt to prevent or restrict, without lawful authority, the person’s liberty to move or travel in order to maintain the labor or services of

8 EDGEDAVAO that person; and 10) To utilize his or her office to impede the investigation, prosecution or execution of lawful orders in a case under this Act. (F) The following are considered as “Qualified Trafficking in Persons”: 1. When the trafficked person is a child: 2. When the adoption is effected through Republic Act No. 8043, otherwise known as the “Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995” and said adoption is for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude of debt bondage; 3. When the crime is committed by a syndicate, or in large scale. Trafficking is deemed committed by a syndicate if carried out by a group of three (3) or more persons conspiring or confederating with one another. It is deemed committed in large scale if committed against three (3) or more persons, individually or as a group; 4. When the offender is a spouse, an ascendant, parent, sibling, guardian or a person who exercises authority over the trafficked person or when the offense is committed by a public officer or employee; 5. When the trafficked person is recruited to engage in prostitution with any member of the military or law enforcement agencies; 6. When the offender is a member of the military or law enforcement agencies; 7. When by reason or on occasion of the act of trafficking in persons, the offended party dies, become insane, suffers mutilation or is afflicted with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS); 8. When the offender commits one or more violations of Section 4 over a period of sixty (60) or more days, whether those days are continuous or not; and 9. When the offender directs or through another manages the trafficking victim in carrying out the exploitative purpose of trafficking. (G) Confidentiality – At any stage of the investigation, rescue, prosecution and trial of an offense under this Act, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, court personnel, social workers and medical practitioners, as well as parties to the case, shall protect the right to privacy of the trafficked person. Towards this end, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges to whom the complaint has been referred may, whenever necessary to ensure a fair and impartial proceeding, and after considering all circumstances for the best interest of the parties, order a closed-door investigation, prosecution or trial. The name and personal circumstances of the trafficked person or any other information tending to establish the identity of the trafficked person and his or her family shall not be disclosed to the public. It shall be unlawful for any editor, publisher, and reporter or columnist in case of printed materials, announcer or producer in case of television and radio, producer and director of a film in case of the movie industry, or any person utilizing tri-media facilities or electronic information technology to cause publicity of the name, personal circumstances, or any information tending to establish the identity of the trafficked person except when the trafficked person in a written statement duly notarized knowingly, voluntary and willingly waives said confidentiality. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, court personnel, social workers and medical practitioners shall be trained on the importance of maintaining confidentiality as a means to protect the right to privacy of victims and to encourage victims to file complaints. (H) Any person who buys or engages the services of trafficked persons for prostitution shall be penalized for “Use of Trafficked Persons” SECTION 5. AS PROVIDED UNDER R.A. NO. 9208 AS AMENDED AND EXPANDED BY R.A. NO. 10364 AND FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ORDINANCE, THE PENALTIES SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS: The aforementioned acts shall be “strictly” penalized in accordance with the provisions of Sections 10 and 11 of Republic Act No. 9208 as amended and expanded by R.A. 10364. SECTION 6. ROLE OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF DAVAO CITY In order to help in the international and national efforts to address the problem of trafficking in persons, the Local Government of Davao City shall implement programs, services and activities, in cooperation with the Council (IACAT-DC), that will help contribute to the prevention, protection and recovery and reintegration of trafficked persons in the City, pursuant to Section 16 (k) of R.A. No. 10364 and Section 19 of the Implementing Rules and Regulation of R.A. No. 9208. SECTION 7. IMPLEMENTING AGENCY a. The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking-Davao City (IACAT-DC) shall be the primary arm of the City Government of Davao in the implementation of the provisions of R.A. No. 9208 as amended and expanded by R.A. No. 10364 and this Ordinance. Its Composition Shall Include, but not limited to, the following: Chair: The City Mayor, or his/her representative Vice Chair: The Sangguniang Panlungsod Chairperson of the Committee on Women, Children and Family Relations Members: • City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) • Department of Social Welfare and Development XI (DSWD XI) • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) • City Health Office (CHO) • Philippine Information Agency (PIA) • Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) • City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) • Office of the City Prosecutor of Davao City (OCPDC) • City Legal Office • Center for Overseas Workers (COW) • Bureau of Immigration (BI) • Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) • City Cooperative Development Office (CCDO) • City Department of the Interior and Local Government (City-DILG) • City Civil Registry Office (CCRO) • Child Alert Mindanao (CAM) • Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) • Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) • Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD) • Department of Labor and Employment XI (DOLE XI) • Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) • Commission on Human Rights XI (CHR XI) • National Bureau of Investigation – Southeastern Mindanao Regional Office (NBISEMRO) • Department of Justice –Region XI Anti-Trafficking in Persons (DOJ-RATF XI) • 3 Members from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) (b) The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking-Davao City (IACAT-DC) shall convene quarterly, and it may call for such special sessions as it may deem necessary. A majority of its members shall constitute a quorum to conduct official business. (c) The Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD) shall serve as the Secretariat of the Local Council (IACAT-DC) SECTION 8. FUNCTIONS OF THE LOCAL COUNCIL The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking – Davao City (IACAT-DC) shall address and consider the following agenda, in addition to its present functions and duties: a. Formulate the comprehensive and integrated programs to prevent and suppress trafficking in persons; b. Coordinate the implementation of the City Government’s programs and activities on anti-trafficking, as enumerated under Sections 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 of this Ordinance; c. Coordinate with neighboring LGUs and its Punong Barangays about the viability of grouping together and pooling resources for a more effective delivery of the mandatory services under R.A. 9208 as amended and expanded by R.A. 10364; d. Recommend relevant policies or legislative measures to the Sangguniang Panlungsod; e. Spearhead the preparations and activities in the observance of December 12 and July 30 of every year as “ International Day Against Trafficking” and “World Day Against Trafficking” respectively; f. Designs capability development program for LGU and other member agencies involved in anti-trafficking programs and/or activities; g. Establish a data base on cases of trafficking in persons and trafficking incidents; h. Submit an annual report on trafficking on the Local Chief Executive; i. Report the city state of trafficking in persons to other stakeholders; j. Create and convene a task force for case build up and case interventions; and

VOL.12 ISSUE 87 • WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 k. Perform such other related functions or task as may be imposed by law or ordinance. SECTION 9. MONITOR AND DOCUMENT CASES OF TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (a) The City Government shall monitor and document cases of trafficking in persons within its territorial jurisdiction; (b) The IACAT-DC or any member of the Council who has any knowledge or learns of facts or circumstances that a person will be, or may be, or has been trafficked shall immediately report the same, either orally or in writing or through other means of the Local Council, the nearest police or law enforcement agency, CSSDO or the IGDD; (c) The City Health Office shall likewise assist in the monitoring function by reporting to the police or law enforcement officers any suspected cases of trafficking in persons for purposes of sexual exploitation, incident to the conduct of the STI, HIV and AIDS surveillance, daily hygiene check-up and other similar medical examinations; (d) The concerned local government officers shall also contribute to the monitoring function by reporting to the police or law enforcement officers any suspected cases of trafficking in persons for purposes of forced labor, slavery or involuntary servitude, incident to the conduct of inspection of factories/plants, poultry, piggery and other agricultural structures, or other labor-intensive establishments; (e) The concerned local government officers shall also contribute to the monitoring of minors travelling alone on public utility buses, van terminals, sea ports and other modes of public transport that can potentially be the transportation or harboring of minors for purposes of trafficking; (f) All other local agencies or offices, including barangays, receiving reports of suspects cases of trafficking within the City, shall furnish the IGDD with an incident report and regular updates for monitoring and documentation purposes; and (g) All agencies and organizations involved in case management of trafficking in persons shall furnish documentation to the IGDD, and such shall be complied for a centralized database which shall also be managed by the IGDD. SECTION 10. REPORTORIAL DUTY The IACAT-DC shall submit an annual report to the Executive and Legislative departments on the situation of trafficking in persons within the City, as well as on the policies and programs instituted to respond to the problem. SECTION 11. VISITATION POWERS (a) As an incident to its mandated duty under Section 9 of this Ordinance, the City Government of Davao, through the IACAT-DC, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) shall conduct inspection, in coordination with proper authorities, of rooms, houses, buildings or establishments reported as being used for trafficking activities, or in the course of regular and/or routinary inspection. The authorities shall have access to the employer’s records and premises and the right to copy therefrom, to question any employee and investigate any fact or matter which may be necessary to determine if there are trafficking activities. (b) The unjustifiable refusal of the owner or person in charge of any room, house, building or establishment to submit the same for inspection by the city officials and authorities shall give rise to the prima facie presumption of willfully impeding and/or obstructing the mandated duty of the City Government to monitor and document trafficking cases, and may expose said owner or person in charge to possible prosecution for violation of this Ordinance; (c) The Local Government shall formulate the proper guidelines and protocols that will be observed in the exercise of this power, in order to ensure compliance. SECTION 12. CANCELLATION OF LICENSES OF ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH VIOLATE THE PROVISIONS OF R.A. NO. 9208 AS AMENDED AND EXPANDED BY R.A. 10364 (a) The Office of the City Mayor shall effect the cancellation or revocation of the business permits and/or licenses of any individual or establishment found to have violated the provisions of R.A. No. 9208 as amended and expanded by R.A. 10364. (b) All managers or owners of establishments applying for new business permits and/or licenses or applying for renewal thereof shall undergo an anti-trafficking seminar conducted by the IACAT-DC and sign a written undertaking that they shall not employ minors who are victims of trafficking. Bars, nightclubs, videoke/KTV Bars, and other similar establishments providing adult amusement or entertainment, as well as factories/plants, poultry, piggery and other agricultural structures, or other labor-intensive establishments, shall be required to keep copies of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) authenticated birth certificates of all employees as proof of age, and provide other proof of identification with recent photo of the employee duly issued by the government such as NBI, Police, Postal or Barangay Clearance/ID. The managers and owners as mentioned shall be required to conduct or attend anti-trafficking in persons seminar prior to the issuance or renewal of their license or business permit. (c) All boarding houses, pension houses, dormitories and similar establishments that provide temporary or permanent lodging facilities for the purpose of generating any rental/ lease income, shall be required to apply for business permits and/or licenses. The owner, proprietor or manager of any such establishment applying for new business permits and/ or licenses or applying for renewal thereof, shall sign a notarized written undertaking that they shall not engage in any acts, which promote trafficking such as, but not limited to, allowing the use of their premises to such acts. Further, the said establishment shall have the mandatory duty to report suspected cases of trafficking to the IACAT-DC. (d) The refusal and/or failure to sign the above-mentioned undertaking or the subsequent violation of the same, or the failure to keep employees’ birth certificates as required under paragraph (b), or the possession of falsified birth certificates in the records of employment, or the failure to report suspected cases of trafficking to the IACAT-DC or the POEA or other local authorities, shall constitute a ground for immediate denial or cancellation of the business permit and/or licenses of the individual or the establishment concerned. SECTION 13. ENSURE EFFECTIVE PROSECUTION OF TRAFFICKING CASES (a) The City Government shall ensure the effective prosecution of cases of trafficking in persons committed within its territorial jurisdiction. (b) For this purpose, there shall be created a Local Joint Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons(LJTFATP) to be composed of: (1) The Head of the City Prosecution Office of Davao City, as chair; and (2) One personnel/representative each from the: a.Davao City Police Office; b.Regional Office of the Bureau of Immigration; c. Regional Office of the National Bureau of Investigation; d. Regional Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development; e. City Social Services Development Office (CSSDO); and f. Non-government organizations with a track record in working and/or advocating on the issue of trafficking in persons. (c) The Local Task Force shall coordinate all efforts in the conduct of surveillance, investigation and rescue operations of trafficking cases. It shall likewise closely collaborate with the IACAT-DC in the formulation of plans and programs for the prevention and/or reduction of trafficking in persons. For this purpose, the Local Task Force shall convene at least once a month. (d) Within one (1) month from the adoption of this Ordinance, the IACAT-DC shall convene for a meeting with all the members of the Local Task Force for the specific purpose of developing the guildelines and protocols for the effective coordination in the conduct of surveillance, investigation and rescue operations on trafficking in persons. (e) To facilitate the successful prosecution of trafficking cases, the IACAT-DC shall establish a witness protection and support services program for victims of trafficking that shall include, but not limited to, the establishment of a safe house for rescued victims, basic welfare and legal services, incentives in the form of financial support or alternative livelihood opportunities. (f) The Local Task Force will formulate programs for preservation of evidences and the assurance of the appearance of witnesses, as well as assist in the build-up of cases involving violation of R.A. 9208 as amended and expanded by R.A. 10364. SECTION 14. DEPUTIZING THE BARANGAYS (a) The City Government shall deputize the barangays in maintaining registries of local residents recruited for employment elsewhere, their respective destinations, the identities of the recruiters and other relevant data. (b) The barangays may likewise be authorized to require all licensed recruiters to first apply for a barangay permit before engaging in any recruitment activities in their respective areas of responsibility. SECTION 15. INFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS. (a) The City Government shall undertake an information campaign, that is monitored by the IACAT-DC as part of its functions, against trafficking in persons through the establishment of the Migrant Advisory and Information Network (MAIN) desk in coordination with the


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WITH its vision to give the best service to its clientele, Department of Education (DepEd) Compostela Valley is now ISO 9001:2015 certified – making it the first provincial division in DepEd Region XI to be accredited with international standards.

“We finally achieved our goal -- to be ISO 9001:2015 certified particularly in our quality management system that we really implemented,” DepEd Compostela Valley OIC Schools Division Superintendent Reynante A. Solitario said during the ISO audit last July 5, 2019 at the DepEd ComVal Division Office. “It’s really a blessing for us na na-achieve namo ni ug madevelop ang system to assure our clients satisfaction. The ease in doing business, as anchored in our Citizen’s Charter, para yung mga client namin na magttransact dito sa opisina, makikita nila kung gaano ba kabilis ang pag-aksyon namin,” Solitaria added. ISO 9001:2015 is an international standard that specifies requirements

for quality management system such as context of the organization, leadership, planning, support, operation, performance evaluation, and improvement. The certification is done to enhance and standardize processes and further strengthen internal culture. “We are the second to Davao City to be certified. The first province in Mindanao. So, oo, proud kaau mi,” Solitaria shared. An ISO certification, according to Solitaria, comes with big responsibilities. “Even if certified na ang agency, they can still take it back. Surveillance gihapon sila,” he said. The ISO certifying body

is TUV SUD, a leading international experts and trusted partner of choice for safety, security and sustainability solutions. Present to conduct the audit were Xavier Lance Dy and Nestor Frayco. Based on the standards required to be met, only organizations that demonstrate keen observance and ability in providing products and services to meet customer satisfaction after a rigorous audit can be given this highly pursued certification. “I would like to congratulate the DepEd Division of Compostela Valley under the leadership of Dr. Reynante Solitaria. This is a milestone for the institution that will definitely

Electronic feedback found in every room.

DepEd ComVal SDS Reynante Solitario meeting with the media last 5 July, Friday at the DepEd ComVal Division Office, before the ISO audit accreditation results were given.

improve the delivery of services especially in attaining quality education here in Compostela Valley,” Gov. Jayvee Tyrone Uy told reporters after the certification was issued. An ISO Certification lasts for three years. And within those years, the agency need to sustain and maintain the same level of service provided and accuracy in terms of customer/clientele satisfaction. “Ginawa na nila sa ibang agencies kay wala nila na-sustain. Kasi three years ang certification. After three years, another certification naman. If hindi compliant, babawiin nila,” Solitaria added.


Gov. Tyron Uy said that this is a milestone for the institution that will definitely improve the delivery of services especially in attaining quality education here in Compostela Valley.

DepEd ComVal Citizen’s Charter.


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A WEEKEND OF THAI CULINARY DELIGHTS THE Kingdom of Thailand is known for many things, beautiful temples, exciting shopping, and friendly people. But what I love most about Thailand is its wonderful culinary landscape. From simple street food such as Pad Thai and Som Tom (Thai papaya salad) to its luscious curries and sweet desserts, Thailand is a food lover’s paradise waiting to be discovered and rediscovered. Last June 28, in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of the Philippines, the Royal Thai Embassy in cooperation with Tourism Authority of Thailand launched the Thai Culinary Delights 2019 at the Lumphini Junior Ballroom of the Dusit D2 Hotel Davao. In his welcome address, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Philippines His Excellency Vasin Ruangprateepsaeng noted the special relationship between Thailand and the Philippines. He also noted that this is the first time the Thai Culinarty Delights was held outside of Metro Manila to promote more cultural exchanges and understanding to a wider audience. Attended by Philippine and Thai officials as well as members of the business community and lifestyle writers, the Thai Culinary Delights opening evening

featured dances performed by the Siam Niramit dance troupe and the skills of Thai chef instructors who introduced and demonstrated how some Thai dishes are made. A sumptuous Thai dinner spread featuring dishes prepared by Dusit D2 Davao’s culinary team together with the Thai chefs followed. “We recognize that tourism has a very important role in building a relationship but also encouraging tourism stakeholders and operators to create joint tour programs and packages. The culture of Thailand never fails to capture the heart of the Filipinos. I’m proud to present to you the artistic cultural performance of world-renowned Siam Niramit dancers and the flavors of Thai Culinary Delights.” Said Kajornet Apichartrakul the Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand for Singapore and the Philippines. The Thai Culinary Delights continued the following day at the Annex Event Center of SM City Davao where the general public also got a sampling of Thai cuisine. Students from the local culinary schools, and even the Thai ambassador himself participated in the cooking demonstration. A big thank you to the Royal Thai Embassy and Tourism Authority of Thailand for finally bringing the magic of Thailand to Davao. Congratulations on bridging the miles and creating more understanding between Thailand and the Philippines.


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GMA ARTIST CENTER STARS SPREAD LOVE AT GRAND FANS DAY GMA Artist Center brought together their loyal fans and supporters as part of their thanksgiving celebration at GMA’s German Moreno Studio last June 30.

Hosted by Nicole Donesa and Lucho Ayala, the fans were treated to a day full of fun, kilig, music, and entertainment with their favorite Kapuso stars. The program started on a high note as The Clash alumni Jong Madaliday, Psalms David, and Kyryll Ugdiman sang ‘Mga Kababayan Ko.’ This was followed by an energetic performance from their fellow graduates Mirriam Manalo, Danielle Ozaraga, and Muriel Lomadilla who sang their rendition of ‘Manila Girl.’ Julie Anne San Jose brought the house down with her powerful performances of ‘Nothing Left’ and ‘Your Song.’ The cast of GMA Telebabad series Sahaya and Love You Two added spectacle to the event. Bianca Umali, Miguel Tanfelix, Migo Adecer, Ashley Ortega, and Faith Da Silva made the audience cheer with their presence while Shaira Diaz, Kiray Celis, Yasser Marta, and Clint Bondad were also warmly welcomed by the fans. Meanwhile, real-life sweethearts Barbie Forteza and Jak Roberto expressed their gratitude to everyone for the successful run of their recently-concluded primetime series Kara Mia. The stars of GMA Afternoon Prime soaps - EA Guzman of Dragon Lady, Max Collins and Raphael Landicho of Bihag, Benjamin Alves and Kelley Day of


The journey began as a foundation of the division’s dream of providing quality, accessible, relevant and liberating education for all. “Dili sya one time, I did it gradually para dili makuratan ang tanan. Dahan-dahan nako gi-introduce ang change,” Solitario shared. According to Gov. Uy, the provincial government has already started the preparation for ISO certification with the Office of the Panlalawigan together with the Office of the Vice Mayor. “We intend to follow the footsteps of the Regional Department by next year,” he added.

Dahil Sa Pag-ibig also graced the fans day. StarStruck Insider Kyline Alcantara owned the stage when she showed off her effortless moves. Kapuso leading men Jeric Gonzales and Gil Cuerva also joined in the fun. The crowd went all the more charmed as The Clash grand champion Golden Cañedo sang her newest single ‘More Than Before.’ The Millennial Trio JBK serenaded the crowd with ‘Maibalik’, the OST of the Korean series ‘Are You Human.’ Spreading kilig vibes were Angel Guardian and Kelvin Miranda of One Hugot Away’s Beauty and the Hypebeast. All the more cheers were drawn when the Kapuso young pool of artists namely Angelica Ulip, Raphael Landicho, Princess Aguilar, Seth dela Cruz, Euwenn Aleta, Jacob Briz, Rein Adriano and Leanne Bautista took on the “mathematics challenge” on stage. While, Yuan Francisco and Bryce Eusebio made the audience gush

Further, Uy said that under his priority for the next three years, [we] will improve our workforce and processes in the Capitol through Total Quality Management. “The processes within the division office, but in a wider scale. There are a lot of programs na atong partner is ang DEPED -- Bayanihan para sa Karunungan, Kusina ng Kalinga program and the Alternative Learning System (ALS) especially sa mga lag-yo na mga barangay. Those programs, together with DepEd, has been implemented during my term,” Uy said.

Eric James Mascarinas, the man behind DepEd ComVal’s shift to online processing.

with their cuteness. Kapuso heartthrob Ruru Madrid also graced the event which drew loud cheers from the fans. The crowd went wild when multitalented Kapuso actor Ken Chan treated the audience with his latest single ‘1 Like’ and a heartfelt performance of ‘Ikaw Na Nga.’ Aside from bonding with their favorite Kapuso artists, the fans also brought home awesome prizes through the on-ground activities which made everyone’s Sunday an event to remember.


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Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), NGOs and other concerned agencies, organizations and individuals; (b) The City Government shall conduct information dissemination activities at the barangay level and coordinate such activities with the BCPCs and the DILG. Information dissemination activities shall likewise be conducted in schools, churches and communities; (c) In partnership with the PIA, the city government shall produce and publish information, education and communication materials about trafficking in persons such as, but not be limited to, primers, flyers, brochures, posters, stickers, television/radio/print advertisements, and websites, which shall be made available in piers, ports, airports, bus, van, taxi and jeepney terminals and other similar places where acts of trafficking may be committed and/or facilitated. (d) In partnership with the Internet Café Association of Davao (ICAD) the City Government shall conduct an aggressive campaign against trafficking through social networking and monitor the promotion of the advertisement of trafficking in the internet. SECTION 16. ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT COMMUNITY-BASED INITIATIVES (a) The City Government shall encourage and support community-based initiatives which address the issue of trafficking in persons; (b) It shall provide financial support and technical assistance to BCPCs and qualified and accredited NGOs and POs that are engaged in activities for the protection, recovery and reintegration of victims of trafficking. SECTION 17. MANDATORY SERVICES TO TRAFFICKED PERSONS (a) Pursuant to Section 23 of R.A. No. 9208, the City Government shall, in coordination with the concerned government agencies, make available to the following mandatory services to trafficked persons, to wit: 1. Emergency shelter or appropriate housing; 2. Counseling; 3. Free legal services, which shall include information about the victim’s rights and the procedure for filing complaints, claiming compensation and such other legal remedies available to them, in a language understood by the trafficked person; 4. Medical or psychological services; 5. Livelihood and skills training; 6. Educational assistance to trafficked victim-survivors; (b) The CSSDO shall be the lead agency in the coordination and provision of (1), (2), (4), (5) and (6). On the other hand, the City Legal Office shall lead in providing (3). (c) All efforts shall be made to ensure that the above services will be rendered in childfriendly and gender-sensitive manner. SECTION 18. ENACTMENT OF SUPPLEMENTAL ORDINANCES AND ISSUANCES The City Mayor’s Office and the City Council shall formulate and promulgate supplemental ordinances, resolutions or executive issuances aimed at providing support to trafficked persons and adopt necessary measures to prevent and suppress trafficking in persons within its territorial jurisdiction. SECTION 19. STRENGTHENING OF EXISTING BODIES. The City Government shall exert effort to strengthen, activate and mobilize existing committees, councils, similar organizations and special bodies at the local level to prevent and suppress trafficking, in persons, through IACAT-DC. SECTION 20. PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS ORDINANCE. The following acts or omission shall be deemed violations of this Ordinance and shall be subject to the imposition of the corresponding penal sanctions: a. Any public official/officer who has any knowledge or learns of facts or circumstances that a person will be, or may be, or has been trafficked, and fails to immediately report such to the IACAT-DC or other concerned agencies shall be penalized with a fine of P2,500.00 or imprisonment not exceeding 6 months. b. The owner, manager, or person incharge of any house, building or establishment who refuses, without justifiable reason, to submit said premises for inspection by city authorities as provided under Section 11 of this Ordinance shall be penalized, at the first instance, with immediate suspension of the corresponding business permit and/or license issued By the city government until compliance. At the second instance, if the offender acquires a new business permit or license to operate and has committed another violation to the ordinance, he/she shall be punished with the cancellation of the business permit and/or license, without prejudice to re-apply or reinstate the same, and with a fine of Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000.00) or imprisonment of one (1) month. c. The unjustifiable refusal and/or failure to sign the written undertaking required under Section 12 (b) and (c) of this Ordinance, or the subsequent violation of the same, or the failure to keep employees’ birth certificates as required under Section 12 (b), or the possession of falsified birth certificates in the records of employment, shall be penalized, at the first instance with immediate cancellation of the corresponding business permit and/ or license issued by the city government. At the second instance, the offender shall be punished with a fine of P2,500.00. d. In addition to the penalty imposed in Section 20 (a), (b), and (c), the penalty of community service for six (6) months shall likewise be imposed if deemed appropriate by the court of competent jurisdiction. The community service to be undertaken shall be determined by the LGU. SECTION 21. REWARDS AND INCENTIVES. (A) The Local Council shall institute an incentive scheme whereby rewards may be given to persons who provide vital information that lead to the prevention or suppression of trafficking activities and to the apprehension of offenders involved therein; (B) Likewise, awards and recognition shall be given to persons, organizations, or establishments that champion or support activities which contribute to the prevention or suppression of trafficking in persons. SECTION 22. APPROPRIATION The initial amount of P500,000.00 is hereby appropriated out of the General Fund (Statutory Obligations) of the IGDD/City Treasury to cover the first-year implementation of this Ordinance. Thereafter, the amount equivalent to 10% of the Gender and Development (GAD) funds from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and 10% of GAD funds from any Official Development Assistance (ODA) shall constitute the annual budget of the IACAT-DC for purposes of implementing this Ordinance. The funds allocated for this purpose shall accrue exclusively to the program, in accordance with the guidelines on the matter by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW). SECTION 23. REPEALING CLAUSE – All ordinances, resolutions, executive issuances, or rules and regulations, or parts thereof, whose provisions are consistent with or contrary to the provisions of this Ordinance, are hereby deemed repealed, amended, or modified accordingly. SECTION 24. APPLICABILITY CLAUSE – The provisions of existing ordinances, or executive orders dealing with related subject matter such as protection against child labor and exploitation, anti-violence against women and children, and the like, which are not contradictory with this Ordinance, are hereby adopted as an integral part of this Ordinance. SECTION 25. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE – If, for any reason, any section or provision of this Ordinance is declared unconstitutional or invalid, other sections or provisions hereof not affected by such declaration shall continue to be in full force and effect. SECTION 26. EFFECTIVITY – This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon approval. ENACTED, on August 28, 2018, by a unanimous vote of all the Members of the Sanggunian, there being a quorum.



military chief, is the third Customs commissioner in the three years Duterte has been in of�ice. Before Guerrero, retired police general Isidro

“Sid” Lapeña and Marine of�icer Nicanor Faeldon were also named BOC chief but were reassigned due to separate shabu shipment scandals.

Lapeña is now Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief while Faeldon is now Bureau of Corrections chief. (PNA)

and avert its fragmentation, obliged to the request of the three candidates, who to their credit agree to respect the choice of

PRRD,” Panelo said. Earlier, Panelo said the President will not “meddle” on the selection of the next House Speaker since

most of the contenders for House Speaker are his allies and might cause unnecessary con�lict among them. (PNA)

‘yung within a better position to assert justice, gawain nila ‘yan. Kung sila, magbayad sila (Whoever is in a better position to assert justice, they should do it. If it’s them, they should pay),” he added. Panelo earlier said the Palace will insist on the liability of the Chinese crew but at the same time, said that the marine incident should not be made into an “international crisis.” The Palace of�icial said that the only way for the Chinese crew to justify the abandonment of Filipino �ishermen at sea is if their lives had been endangered. However, the Chinese Embassy has denied the abandonment claiming that the vessel was “besieged” by several Filipino �ishing boats. In its report, PCG-Marina concluded that the Chinese vessel failed to

prevent the collision with a Filipino �ishing boat anchored in the area and failed assist 22 Filipino �ishermen who were abandoned at sea. Call to US Duterte also reiterated his challenge to the United States to help the Philippines claim its territories. “Kung gusto talaga ng Amerika na paalisin ‘yung China, hindi ko man kaya, maghingi ako ng tulong sa kanya (If America really wants to drive away China, since I can’t do it, I will ask help from them). I want the whole �leet of the Seventh --- the Seventh Fleet of the Armed Forces of the United States there,” Duterte said. Duterte then spoke of inviting former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to ride

with him on his way to wage a war against China. Del Rosario and Carpio-Morales earlier �iled a complaint before the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Chinese President Xi Jinping for alleged crimes against humanity in the disputed South China Sea. “Magpasok sila sa China Sea, magpasok ako (They can enter the China Sea, I will enter). I will ride doon sa Amerikano na mauna doon sa ano (in America but they should go �irst). I will invite Carpio, del Rosario, Morales to ride with me,” Duterte said. “Then sabihin ko sa Amerikano, ‘Sige, pasabugin na natin lahat.’ Tingnan... Wala. ‘Yan man ang gusto nila away talaga (Then I’ll tell the Americans, ‘Okay, bomb them all.’ See. That’s what they want, a war),” he added. (PNA)



country to raf�le off a premium car to travelers,” said Saravu. Dubbed as the ‘World’s Friendliest Resort Airport’, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) managed by the joint venture company GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation, is considered as the second busiest airport in the Philippines and is the gateway to the central and southern regions of the country.

It has been recognized as one of the best airports in Asia by the CAPA - Center for Aviation and was awarded the Asia Paci�ic Medium Airport of the Year and Asia Paci�ic Small Airport of the Year in 2018 and 2016, respectively. Currently, MCIA has 9 Philippine-based and 19 foreign airline partners and serves direct connections to 29 domestic and 22 international destinations.

ways against efforts of government in bringing peace and progress in the country. Organizing the UGMO in the communities is part of the CNTs modus in carrying out these terroristic objective and purpose.” Lt. Gen Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command explained. Lt. Gen. Santos then ordered units to continue reaching out to these

groups to address the armed struggle strongly. “These UGMOs serves as the mobilizable group for rallies and protests, logistical hub, landmine detonators and concealers of the armed group hence need to be reached out and be enlightened in order to address the communist terrorist strongly” Lt. Gen Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command ordered.

rte Alliance. Rep. Duterte had given up his plan to vie for the speakership and instead backed Ungab after his meeting with his father on Thursday evening. The alliance was established by six House members who ran under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago and Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, collectively known as the Hugpong Alliance, and two party-list lawmakers.

The group’s founding members are Duterte, Ungab, Davao City 2nd District Rep. Vincent Garcia, Davao Oriental 1st District Rep. Corazon Malanyaon, Compostela Valley 1st District Rep. Manuel Zamora, Davao Occidental Rep. Lorna Bautista-Bandigan, and Marino Partylist Representatives Carlo “Sandro” Gonzales and Jose Antonio Lopez. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)



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on its plans to spend. “I’m not very worried about the oil situation because the reality is quite different from 2008 when OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) had very little spare capacity,” he said, noting that OPEC and some top oil producers currently have a lot of spare capacity. Abola said the in�lation rate is projected to decelerate to 2.7 to 3 percent this year, as weaker crude oil prices and lower food prices drive in�lation further down. He considered the Philippine economic slowdown in the �irst quarter of 5.6 percent a “blip”. The re-enacted budget slowed the pace of economic growth in January to March. The FMIC further said tourism is an additional catalyst that will propel growth. Tourist arrivals in the �irst four months of the year rose by 8.5 percent to 2.87 million and are expected to increase to 8.2 million by year-end. Due to the global economic slowdown amidst the US-China trade war, ex-

ports are expected to grow weaker at 2 to 6 percent. Imports will continue to outpace exports and are anticipated to sustain a double-digit growth of 10 to 14 percent on the back of strong government infrastructure spending and private investments. Arjonillo believes the US-China trade war is not a “bane” to the Philippines. “We are not totally dependent on exports. We are service-led, our domestic consumption is what fuels the economy. Our government spending is what fuels the economy so I think the trade war will not mean to us relative to how it is impacting exporting countries like Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Korea, these are the ones that will get hit hard,” he told reporters. The Philippine peso will remain under pressure for the rest of the year and is estimated to trade at PHP52 to PHP53 to a dollar. It will depreciate slightly due to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ reduction in reserve requirement ratio (RRR) and measures to rebuild its gross international reserves. (PNA)

Pacquiao has been on a run over the past year and that is unlikely to change this coming Saturday. Although Thurman obviously boasts some small strength advantage, he lacks the skill and experience that Pacquiao brings to every single bout. Moreover, if we are being

honest, Thurman has a history of showcasing less and less power whenever he steps up in competition. Anything can happen in boxing, so obviously Thurman might emerge victorious, but all of the momentum currently feels like it is on Pacquiao’s side. (



the US to �ire the “�irst shot” against China over the maritime territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea. The CPP along with its armed wing, New People’s Army (NPA) is listed

as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (Stef�i Ramos, OJT/PNA)


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REFRESH. A participant in the Penong’s 5150 modified duathlon race on Sunday, July 7, refreshes himself with water as he negotiates the 40-kilometer bike leg of the run-bike-run race. Originally set for an Olympic 5150 triathlon distance, the race was made into a 2.5K run, 40K bike and 10K run after the race officials declared the water conditions unsafe. Lean Daval Jr

SBP 11 sets coaches meeting on July 13 By ADAM B. MORRELL


he Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Davao will hold a coaches and managers meeting on Saturday, July 13, at the Royal Mandaya Hotel. SBP executive program of�icer Ronel Leuterio said the meeting which is set at 7:00pm will discuss the rules, format, concept and arrangements of the up-

coming Collegiate Sponsors League (CSL) which is being lined up for next month. Leuterio said SBP Davao commissioners including lawyer Francis Calatrava, Oscar Salvador and Macario Cabonce will be attending the conference. The SBP of�icer shared that the new league will be the of�icial

qualifying tournament for the National Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) which means the champion of this cagefest will represent Davao Region in the national �inals. “The real concept of this league is to link the school or team to a corporate sponsor who will fund their campaign. The school will banner

the company’s name in return,” Leuterio explained. The league is open to all school-based collegiate teams in the entire Davao Region. The upcoming meeting will determine how many teams will be included in the �irst-ever sponsors league initiated by SBP Davao in partnership with Escandor Cup.

World no. 1 Barty stopped by Riske A sh Barty's Wimbledon charge has come to a shuddering halt at the hands of free-swinging American Alison Riske. Bidding to become the �irst Australian woman to make the quarter-�inals at the All England Club since Jelena Dokic 19 years ago, Barty fell 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in a fourth-round nail-biter on Monday. Unseeded Riske withstood 12 aces from Barty to chalk

World number 55 Alison Riske will face Serena Williams in an all-American quarter-final.

up her tour-best 14th grass court victory of the season. The Court 2 boilover also ended Barty's 15-match winning streak and scuppered the 23-yearold's hopes of completing a rare

French Open-Wimbledon title double. Barty even delved deeper into her back-catalogue of Disney quotes to reference musical Annie in her post-match media conference as she kept the defeat in perspective. "It's disappointing right now, but you give me an hour or so and I'll be all good," Barty said. "I didn't win a tennis match. It's not the end of the world," Barty continued. "Overall it's been a hell of a trip, [though I'm] disappointed right now. Obviously it's a tough pill to swallow, in the same breath it's been an incredible few months." In reference to her Disney quotes, Barty admitted she loves Disney and

the references were her way of adding a bit of fun to the proceedings. "Well, it's [had] a bit of interest, hasn't it?" Barty said. "Look, it was a way for us to enjoy it and try to bring a little bit more energy, I suppose, in the press. I love Disney. I watch it all the time. "Look, it's been a bit of fun for all of us. You guys caught on I think the third time around. It's been a bit of fun." An upset looked remote when Barty �ired down four aces to start the match before taking the opening set in 32 minutes. Riske was unfazed, calmly working her way into the contest with some fearless hitting from the baseline. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.

Jakub Langhammer of Czech Republic topped the first ever Penong's 5150 which was modified into a run-bike-run race on Sunday. Lean Daval Jr






If Pacquiao hurdles Thurman, is it Floyd next?


anny Pacquiao is scheduled to �ight Keith Thurman on Saturday, July 20, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Heading into the bout, many suggested that Thurman should be a clear favorite over his Filipino counterpart due to his age and physicality. The odds had Thurman as a favorite from the very beginning. That all began to change when people took a slightly closer look at the two men involved. Pacquiao, 40, has looked as good in the past year and a half as he has at any point in the last �ive years. In preparation for his upcoming showdown against Thurman, he has been practicing with training partner Arnold Gonzalez. When Gonzalez was asked how Pacquiao is looking in the lead-up to the �ight, he kept his response short and clear. “Thurman’s in trouble,” he said. Gonzalez believes a knockout victory for Pacquiao could be in the cards, and he is not the only one. It is easy to forget now, but many wrote Pacquiao off after his controversial defeat at the hands of Joe Horn two years ago. De-

spite the fact that Horn did not really do much to earn that victory, many believed that Pacquiao’s emotionless performance meant that retirement was on the horizon. They were wrong. Pacquiao responded in a big way after that loss by agreeing to take on a very game Lucas Matthysse. Although many believed Matthysse would defeat Pacquiao and thus end the Filipino champion’s career for good, the exact opposite happened. Over the course of seven rounds, Pacquiao systematically dismantled Matthysse to the tune of three knockdowns – once in the third round, once in the �ifth round and once in the seventh round. Finally, after giving Matthysse a proper thrashing for the better part of seven rounds, Pacquiao earned his �irst knockout victory in nearly a decade. The judges scored it 59-53 in Pacquiao’s favor before the knockout. Against Matthysse, Pacquiao’s numbers were comparatively excellent. He connected on 28 percent of his shots (95 out of 344) and on 44 percent of his power shots. Matthysse, conversely, landed only 23 percent (57 total) of his punches for the entire �ight. The only

round in which Matthysse was able to land double �igure shots was in the sixth round, and he did not leave with much to show for it. After making quick work of Matthysse, Pacquiao agreed to �ight Adrien Broner. Again, people thought age would be an issue. They expected the younger and more physically imposing Broner to simply walk through his Filipino counterpart – alas that did not happen. Pacquiao defeated Broner via unanimous decision. The judges scored it 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. It was not as thorough of a dismantling as the one in his prior �ight, but Pacquiao was nevertheless very impressive. The Filipino star connected on 82 out of his 197 power punches thrown against Broner – 42 percent. He also landed 112 out of 568 total punches – 20 percent. On the �lip side, Broner landed a mere 50 out of 295 punches – only 17 percent. That was the lowest total of Broner’s illustrious, albeit underwhelming, career. Before the Pacquiao �ight, Broner’s worst showing was when he landed only 90 punches against Jessie Vargas.


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