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‘Sereno ouster a mockery’




N official of the Catholic Church’s social justice arm said the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is a “mockery of the democratic process.”

Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of the bishops’ National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (Nassa), said the Supreme Court decision did not come as a surprise at all. “The decision is expected because the accusers are themselves the judges,” Gariguez said. “We condemn in strongest terms the desecration of our Constitution and democratic institution,” he said. The priest also accused Malacañang of having a hand to oust Sereno, whom President Rodrigo Duterte earlier called an “enemy”. “The wily manipulation of the Duterte administaration was so effective. Duterte has succeeded in controlling the judiciary,” said Gariguez. By a vote of 8-6, the SC granted the government’s petition to invalidate Sereno’s appointment over alleged violations in the appointment process, preempting an impeachment proceedings against her in the House of Representatives. Aside from the petition, Sereno also faced an impeachment complaint over alleged failure to declare her wealth and for violating court procedures. The SC also declared Sereno’s position vacant effective immediately and ordered the judicial and bar council See SERENO, page 7

Shortcuts are inimical to what our justice system stands for. Why not follow the proper and legal procedure which may take a longer time? Haste makes waste. Shortcuts cause short circuits and damage the whole system.’

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno waves to supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court in Manila, May 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Vincent Go

Lower House approves sim card registration bill

A BILL mandating the registration of all users of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards has hurdled final reading at the House of Representatives. A total of 167 lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon voted in favor of House Bill 7233 or the proposed “Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act, while only six voted against it. The bill aims to help law enforcement agencies in tracking down lawless See BILL, page 7

Rich miner mayor’s rival win in ‘proxy war’ in Agusan polls By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Contributing Editor

ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur-The rival political camp of the mayor here reigned supreme in their proxy war in Monday’s village polls taking eight of 11 village chairs’ seats in the political

exercise marred with massive vote buying activities. Former vice mayor Julie Chua leader of the opposition group going against the bets of Mayor Jose Cuyos said eight, including him

who ran and won at the Poblacion, easily trumped down their opponents with large margins in the voterich villages. Cuyos’camp only See POLLS, page 7

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Indonesian dancers from STIE Perbanas Surabaya EXACTLY on Thursday (10/5), Unit Kegiatan Mahasiswa Tari (UKM Tari) or Students’ Dancers Union STIE Perbanas Surabaya, Indonesia performed the cultural dance. These student-dancers made the audience excited. The student dancers with their colorful traditional dance costumes looked so fascinating. This cultural event was held in Hall A Auditorium, STIE Perbanas campus 1, on Jalan (street) Nginden semolo, Surabaya, Indonesia. The beautiful female students joining the dancers in this union were so compact. They performed some episodes telling the story about Calon Arang. It is a traditional dance from Kediri regency, but more popularly recognized in Bali Island. This dance is mostly related to some magic story, which is more commonly the dance story in Indonesia. The manager of this Dance Union is Ranny Wahyuni Putri. She said that the Dance Union is now leading to Bali’s typical dances. It is more popular. This event is actually related to the world dance anniversary, which should be on April 29. Hundreds of spectators attended this dance performance. Even though, the college of STIE Perbanas Surabaya is in the field of Economics, the culture and traditional dances are still kept alive. Students are given opportunity to develop their talents of dancing. (DWR)

CHED highlights thrust for free tuition on 24th anniv Female Dancers of STIE Perbanas Surabaya, Indonesia. Photo supplied

IN LINE with its 24th founding anniversary celebration, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) puts the spotlight on the landmark legislation providing free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs) as its implementation takes effect this coming academic year. During the agency’s anniversary celebration on Tuesday at the CHED headquarters in Quezon City, CHED Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Prospero De Vera III said Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Education Act makes the “dreams of every Filipino people for their children to finish university” possible. Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, who graced the event as the guest of honor, said the government, especially President Rodrigo R. Duterte, has been strongly pushing for a free tuition policy to make tertiary education more accessible for Filipinos. Instrumental Go De Vera said it was Go who asked him to write a “confidential memo” urging President Duterte to sign the free college tuition bill into law. De Vera said Go’s request


Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (middle) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Officer in Charge Prospero De Vera III (2nd from left) lead the ceremonial ribbon cutting at the opening of Higher Education Trade Fair 2018 held at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) atrium in Quezon City on Tuesday (May 15, 2018) in celebration of CHED’s 24th founding anniversary. PNA photo by Joey O. Razon

came amid the advice of Duterte’s economic managers to veto the law, citing that the government could not afford to fund the tuition subsidy. “It was Secretary Bong

Go who instructed me to write a confidential memo to the President to argue that the President must sign Republic Act 10931 (Universal Access to Quality Education Act),” he said.

De Vera said Go’s intervention “made history” as the recently-signed law could now fulfill the “dreams of every Filipino people for their children to finish university.”

“Truly, he is not only the ‘selfie king’ or pambansang (national) photobomber. He is not only an action man and an all-around man. He is the man who made possible for free quality higher

education to be signed by the President,” he said. Equal opportunities Go, for his part, said the free tuition law provides Filipinos “with equal opportunities to have a career of their own thereby improving the economic status of their respective families.” “Ito ang dahilan kung bakit malaki ang suporta na ipinapakita ni presidente sa free tuition law na kahit marami ang tumutol… hindi napigilan si pangulo sa paglagda nito (This is the reason why the president has a huge support for the free tuition law. Despite a lot of criticisms, this did not stop the president in signing this),” Go added. Go noted that students would be deeply saddened if the free college tuition would not be implemented. “Alam niyo po mahal na mahal ng ating Pangulo ang ating mga estudyante. Gusto niya kung ano pong pera ng ating gobyerno ibabalik niya sa tao (He wants whatever money the government has must return to the people),” Go said. Starting June 2018, students enrolled in 112 SUCs and 78 local universities and colleges (LUCs) can enjoy free tuition fees as See FREE, page 2

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News DOF, JICA ink P970 million grant for Marawi rehabilitation THE Department of Finance (DOF) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Tuesday signed a grant agreement that would pave the way for the release of 2 billion yen or some US$18.66 million in funds for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of war-torn Marawi City and surrounding communities. The agreement, roughly equivalent to P970 million, was signed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and JICA Chief Representative to the Philippines Yoshio Wada. At the signing ceremony, Dominguez acknowledged that this will be the fourth grant extended by the government of Japan specifically to support efforts to rebuild Marawi City. The first grant was the USD2-million humanitarian assistance through United Nation Children’s Fund and World Food Programme in July 2017. During the ASEAN Summit here in November 2017, the Japanese government also donated See GRANT, page 7

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURT SHERIFF EJF FILE No. 2018-453 Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for Sale under Act No. 3135 as amended by Act No. 4118, filed by NATIONAL HOME MORTGAGE FINANCE CORPORATION (NHMFC), as Mortgagee/s, against SEVERINO C. REPASO married to LILIA K. REPASO as mortgagor/s, with postal address at Block 7, Lot 7, Villa Trinitas Subdivision Bugo Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as 02/28/2018, amounted to Php456,883.57, undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on June 6, 2018 at 10:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon, at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Goldbridge Building, Masterson corner P.N.Roa Avenues, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property described below, to wit: TCT No. T-90270 “A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 7, Block 7, Psd-104305-015867, being a portion of Lot 2, (LRC) Psd157430), situated in the Barrio of Bugo, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao, containing an area of One Hundred Twenty Six (126) sq. m. more or All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event auction sale cannot take placed for whatever legal reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title herein-above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. DONE this 19th day of April, 2018, in the City of Cagayan de Oro. (SGD) ENRIQUE M. TALAG JR Sheriff IV April 30, May 7, 14, 2018

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NATASHA SOLANGE LEE-GALARITTA, AND JOYAL ASTRUD LEE NG For herself and as ATTY. -in- fact Margret Lee Vallar, Janssen Thaddeus Siy-Lee & Alistair Mannix Siy Lee, Petitioners, -versusCITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, LUISA SIY-LEE RENWICK WARREN SIY LEE, and REMICK KRSNA SIY LEE, & THE HILIPPINE STATISTICS AUTHORITY, and MYRNA NAVA, Respondents . x-----------------------------------/ SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION TO: MYRNA NAVA Dakila Drive, Magallanes Street Davao City G R E E T I N G S: WHEREAS, court issued an Order dated 22 March 2018, allowing petitioners’ to serve Summons by Publication to defendant Myrna Nava, WHEREAS, quoted hereunder is Petitioners’ Second Amended Petition, to wit: SECOND AMENDED PETITION COME NOW Petitioners, by counsel and unto this Honorable Court most respectfully aver that: 1. Petitioners Natasha Solange Lee-Galarrita and Joyal Astrud Lee-Ng are of legal age, married Filipinos, residents of Cagayan de Oro City and Metro Manila, respectively, and may be served with court process c/o Atty. Christina M. Jugador at Suite 2, Pambato Bldg., Ramon Chavez St., Cagayan de Oro City; 2. All Petitioner are the legitimate children of the late Manuel Lee and respondent Luisa Siy Lee as evidenced by their Certificates of Live Birth hereto attached as ANNEXES “A” to “A-4”; 3. Petitioner Joyal Astrud Lee-Ng is the attorney-in-fact of her co-petitioners Ann Margret LeeVallar, Janssen Thaddeus Siy-Lee and Alistair MannixSiy-Lee as shown in their special powers of attorney herein marked as ANNEXES “B” to “B-7”; 4. Respondent City Civil Registrar of Cagayan de Oro City may be served with summons at the City Hall Building along Capistrano St., Cagayan de Oro City; respondents Luisa Siy Lee, Renwick Warren Siy Lee and Remick Krsna Siy Lee may be served with summons and other court processes at 1713 Zone 3, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City; respondent Philippines Statistics Authority may be served with summons at Eton Cyberpod Centris, 1 EDSA, Quezon City while respondent Myrna Nava is of Legal age, married, and may be served with summons at her last known address at Dakila Drive, Magallanes St., Davao City; 5. A copy of REMICK KRSNA SIY LEE’s (Krsna, for brevity) certificate of live birth registered under Local Civil Registry No. 86-2107 hereto attached as ANNEX “C” shows that her registered name is Remick Krsna Siy Lee with date of birth entered as 31 January 1986 at J.R. Borja St., Cagayan de Oro City as reported by informant Luisa S. Lee, alleged mother of the child and the other entries appear as follows: Mother: Maiden (First) (Middle) (Last) Luisa - Siy Father: Name Manuel - Lee 6 . Petitioners recently learned sometime in January 2013 that respondent REMICK KRSNA is NOT the offspring of their parents Manuel Lee and Luisa Siy Lee and that KRSNA is actually the daughter of their brother, respondent Renwick Warren Siy Lee. Petitioner Joyal Astrud Lee-Ng was given proof of this fact by her father, Manuel Lee prior to his death last January 17, 2013; 7. Among the documents proving the foregoing fact is the Affidavit of MYRNA NAVA, the biological mother of Remick Krsna herewith attached as ANNEX “D” stating that she is the mother of a baby girl born on January 31, 1986 and that she is giving up custody of the child in favor of the father Renwick Warren Lee and the Grandfather Manuel Lee; 8. Moreover, In support of the fact that respondent KRSNA is not the child of Manuel Lee and Luisa Siy Lee are the Official Receipt No. 8725 dated February 3, 1986 for payment of hospital fee of P280.00 and professional fee of P500.00 issued to the child’s mother Myrna herein marked as ANNEXES “E” AND “E-1” and also a Receipt For P3,500 showing that Myrna Nava received this Amount From Manuel Lee on February 3, 1986 herewith marked as ANNEX “E-2” to defray hospitalization and other expenses incurred during her confinement at Tecarre Clinic and Maternity Hospital, Davao City From January 31, 1986 to February 3,1986; 9. That respondent Luisa Siy Lee at the Given age of 42 years old could not be the mother of respondent REMICK KRSNA Lee because she had already undergone tubal sterilization surgery/ operation or ligation last November 3, 1977 at the age of 33 at the Madonna and Child Hospital. The tubal sterilization surgery/ ligation was performed by Dr. Miguel Kho as evidenced 10. Perforce, the Certificate of Live Birth of respondent Remick Krsna Siy Lee under Local Civil Registry No. 86-2107 must be cancelled for being false and inexistent as the alleged mother has not given birth to her in Cagayan de Oro City and the alleged father is not the biological father of the child because the real father is respondent Renwick Warren Siy Lee; WHEREFORE, it is respectfully prayed that the Honorable Court, after due notice, publication and hearing, issue an order directing the City Civil Registrar of Cagayan de Oro City and the Civil Registrar General of the Philippines Statistics Authority to cancel the Certificate of Live Birth of Respondent REMICK KRSNA SIY LEE under Local Civil Registry No. 86-2107 of Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. Petitioners pray for such other just and equitable relief due under the premises. July 28,2017. CHRISTINA M. JUGADOR Roll of Attorneys No. 33280 Suite 2, Pambato Bldg., Ramon Chaves Street Cagayan de Oro City IBP No. 1059591 Mis. Or. 01-10-2017 PTR No. 3357373 CdeO 01-07-2017 MCLE V COC No. 0009265/ 07-28-2015 Counsel for the Petitioners WITNESS THE HONORABLE, MARITES FILOMENA B. RANA-BERNALES, Presiding Judge this court this 24th day of April, 2018 at Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines (SGD) ATTY. KATHRYN A. GALARITA-NADUMA Clerk of Court V GJ May 7, 14, 21, 2018

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628.96 hectares in Boracay can be distributed LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy…” (Romans 13:13, the Holy Bible). -oooBUSINESSMEN ENGAGED IN BUSINESS IN BORACAY FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME NOW CAN’T TITLE ANY LANDS IN THE ISLAND: Pursuant to the 2008 decision of the Supreme Court on Boracay Island, it should be very clear that the tribunal did not allow the many businessmen and countless other individuals who have been in possession of choice lots in the world-class tourist destination to acquire land titles over the parcels they have been occupying. In the cases of “Secretary of the DENR, et. al. vs. Mayor Jose Yap, et. al.” G. R. No. No. 167707, October

08, 2008, and “Dr. Orlando Sacay, et. al. vs. Secretary of the DENR, et. al.”, G.R. No. 173775, October 08, 2008, the Supreme Court declared that the businessmen and other personalities who petitioned the court to allow them to acquire land titles over choice lands in Boracay are not qualified to become owners of those lands, under the law. What were the court’s reasons for this? First, the Court said that when the businessmen first entered Boracay and appropriated for themselves the various lots they found vacant, the whole island was still an “unclassified public forest”--or a piece of property which only the government can own. As a result, no private individual can ever own any part of the island, no matter how long they may have been in possession of the lands in Boracay. -ooo-

SPENDING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS TO DEVELOP BORACAY NOT A GROUND FOR ISSUING OF TITLES: Second, the Supreme Court ruled that the businessmen who had petitioned to be given land titles over the lands they have occupied in Boracay failed to show strong proof that their occupancy of the lands started since time immemorial, or, in legal contemplation, since June 12, 1945. The Court explained in this regard that there is a need, under the law, for anyone wanting to register himself as the titled owner of any piece of land in Boracay to show proof of his---or his predecessors’---occupancy of the land since June 12, 1945. If there is no proof to this effect in favor of the person applying for a title in Boracay, or in favor of his predecessors-in-interest, he will not be allowed to

secure any such title. Third, the Court brushed aside claims by the petitioning businessmen that they are already entitled to be recognized as titled owners of lands in Boracay on account of their having already spent hundreds of millions to develop the island. The tribunal said expenditures for the development of the island which were made by businessmen in the pursuit of their trade could never be a basis to issue them any land title. -ooo628.96 HECTARES IN BORACAY CAN BE DISTRIBUTED: But be that as it may, the Supreme Court recognized the proclamation (Proclamation 1064) which President Arroyo issued in 2006 in which some 400 hectares of lands in Boracay were set aside as forest reserve (that will remain under government’s ownership), and the con-

A chance of religiousness?

ONE of the most important parts in my life is the belief in supernatural power which governs the universe. It doesn't matter which religion we belong to or believe in: the recognition of God as the object of worship. The form of worship should be our primacy need. During my stay in several Western countries, I experienced icy and conceited comments such as religiousness isn't popular anymore. Religiousness makes people unwilling and morose because of exaggeration and sometimes even hypocrisy. Incre asing negative headlines about the "institutional church" nowadays and also in the past, and embarrassing comparisons lead only to discord. How comes? We want

to see the religiosity of our fellow creatures. We want to understand their ideology. But we are also poking our nose into other people's business too much. Let's look behind the scenes and let's find out what religious behavior promotes: humility in actual life. Maybe. It's hard for us to do without affecting others. We even forget the real meaning of religiousness. St. John Crysostom subscribed the topic "Pagans and Christians" very well: "There would be no pagans if we were good Christians. But the pagans see us manifesting the same desires, pursuing the same objects - power and honor - as themselves, how can they admire Christianity? They see our lives open to reproach and our souls



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worldly. We admire wealth equally with them and even more. How, then, can they believe? From miracles? But these are no longer wrought. From our conversion? It has become corrupt. From charity? Not a trace of it is anywhere seen. (Quotation "Winnowing Fan", Vol. XX, June 2003, S of G Foundation, Makati). I am proud to have people in my surroundings who taught be how to be on the right track - unconcerned and unnoticed. Natural and uninhibited, they showed me how to put real religiousness into action besides praying and going regularly to church. I call such people religious. I mean it as praise because they don't like to blow their trumpets while a acting as Christians in our daily life. Having such people GINA G. TAÑADA Comptroller/Admin SANDY S. TAÑADA Publisher RUEL V. PELONE Editor in chief ROSE MONDEJAR RIC OCIONES Correspondents JOVIE R. GUMONAY ROMNICK M. GALANGQUE Circulation / Production MERILYN C. CAINGIN Marketing officer SALLY CO Advertising 09356165510 09189855385

version of 628.96 hectares of lands in the island as agricultural lands, capable of being disposed of in favor of qualified applicants. Proclamation 1064 is valid and binding, since it was issued in accordance with law, the Supreme Court added. It was emphasized by the tribunal, however, that the distribution of the 628.96 hectares declared as agricultural lands should adhere strictly to the requirements of existing laws on land distribution. This would mean that those who have been disqualified by the Supreme Court from acquiring any title to any land in Boracay remains to be disqualified. It would also appear that the 628.96 hectares of land in Boracay which can be distributed can only be given to other possible interested parties (like the farmers and residents in the island, as what President Duterte

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THINK a minute. Recent studies show that only one out of three people have healthy selfconfidence. That means two out of every three people simply don’t know the ability they already have to be successful, even though it’s right there in their hands! If you want others to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself first. Remember: “No one can make you feel inferior unless you let them.” A successful businessman says: “You can’t push anyone up a ladder unless he knows he can climb himself.” Think a minute.Recent studies show that only one out of three people have healthy self-confidence. That means two out of every three people simply don’t know the ability they already have to be successful, even though it’s right there in their hands! If you want others to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself first. Remember: “No one can make you feel inferior un-

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less you let them.” A successful businessman says: “You can’t push anyone up a ladder unless he knows he can climb himself.” One of the most lethal weapons that will kill your success in life are these two little words: “I can’t.” Did you know people used to believe that if human beings traveled faster than 30 miles an hour it would stop our circulation of blood and kill us? Thank goodness a few people didn’t believe that silly, wrong thinking or we wouldn’t be riding in cars, busses, and flying on airplanes today. You’ll never know until you try. See DEFEAT, page 7

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Forum Post Mortem Analysis: The 2018 barangay, SK elections By Y. A. JOEY TUGUNG Contributor

AS expected and as usual, the Barangay and Sangguniang elections yesterday, May 14, were marred with election-related violence, massive vote buying (up to Php3,000.00 per voter), all forms of political trickery (e.g., sample ballots), electoral machinations (i.e., disenfranchisement), and the active participation of and interference by, the local and

national politicians who are preparing for the 2019 elections. The latter apparently has been perpetrated by the administration party, PDPLaban, of President Rodrigo Duterte, who paradoxically was popularly elected by the people based on the conventionalist platforms of anti-establishment, eradication of political dynasty and to stop the practice of political patronage. The recent election was not only a “litmus test” of the

administration’s sincerity in pursuing its platforms for change, but above all, it has also put into test whether it’s worth continuing having Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials in the 42,036 barangays in our country. Germane thereto, whether it is still necessary to have the “barangay” as the basic political unit or subdivision in our country. Nearly 60 million Filipino voters casted their ballots to elect officials in

the 42,036 villages across the countr y. Mindboggling indeed, there were 684,785 candidates that ran for village-level seats, while 386,206 ran for leadership posts in nationwide youth councils; respectively, to fill up the post of 336,328 elected barangay officials and equally 336,328 elected Sangguniang Kabataan officials. This once in three years’ electoral exercise had cost the taxpayers Php 7 billion (Php 5 billion alone was

spent in printing materials by the COMELEC). This election was supposed to be NON-PARTISAN, EXPEDITIOUS and INEXPENSIVE as provided for in Section 38, Article VI of BP 881 (Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines). Sad to say, by all indications, yesterday’s election bore otherwise. According to PNP Chief, Oscar Albayalde, 33 people had been killed and 19 others wounded in several poll-

related incidents. These casualties are in addition to the 18 incumbent local officials, four candidates, three former elected officials and eight civilians who died since the campaign season kicked off on April 4. And despite the gun ban during the campaign season, there had been numerous cases of violation that were recorded. Worst, out of the 42,036 barangays in the country, around 21,000

As it is, food, vegetable and fuel prices are already palpably higher from a year ago, IBON observed. The price of regular milled rice has increased from Php35 to Php40 per kilo, of galunggong from P140 to Php160, of pork liempo from Php225 to Php240, sitao from Php60 to Php100 per bundle, and red onions from Php50 to Php80. Just since January, the price in Metro Manila of diesel has gone up by over Php7 per liter to Php44.35 and of gasoline by some Php6.80 to Php55.37. LPG is also already much more expensive at some Php650750 for an 11-kg cylinder. “The higher prices of basic commodities hits the country’s poorest 17.2 million families who do not get any personal income tax (PIT) benefits the worst.

This burden belies the Department of Finance’s (DOF) fake news claim that ‘99% of taxpayers’ will benefit from TRAIN,” said IBON executive director Sonny Africa. Africa also said that government eco-

does not mean that prices will be lower,” Africa said. “It is grossly deceitful for economic managers to give the impression or claim otherwise,” he added. “Prices will continue to rise for the poor from

while there are many reasons for i n f l at i o n the govern-

crude reached US$105 per barrel in 2013 inflation only averaged 2.6 percent. Similarly, when the peso was at over Php54 per US$1 from late 2002 to mid-2004 inflation only averaged 2.5% , Africa explained. Africa said that among all the major factors driving high prices, the government has the most control over the taxes it charges. “If government wants to it can immediately lower inflation and prices for the people by suspending implementation and then repealing the grossly regressive TRAIN law ,” he said. Revenues can and should instead be raised with progressive tax reforms that increase the burden on the country’s super-rich and that relieve the poor majority while their incomes are still so low, Africa concluded.​

IBON: TRAIN-induced price increases are permanent THE inflation spike marks the start of increases​driven by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)​in the prices of basic goods and services for the next three years, research group IBON said. Further inflationary surges are likely to happen in 2019 and 2020 when the next two rounds of additional taxes on oil products take effect. The Duterte administration’s banner TRAIN is among the biggest factors driving the inflation rate to its highest in over six years, said the group. IBON noted that the headline inflation rate of 4.5% year-on-year in April is the highest since late 2011, bringing the year-to-date average inflation rate to 4.1 percent. This already breaches government’s inflation target for 2018.

nomic managers are being dishonest and insensitive when they downplay the impact on prices by saying that the inflation spike is only temporary. “The price increases from TRAIN are very permanent and even if inflation rates moderate this

ment only seeks to divert from its direct accountability for TRAINinduced higher prices by exaggerating the effects of global oil price and the peso depreciation. Dubai crude has been at US$62T R A I N ’ s new and 66 per barrel and higher taxes unless the the peso at up to government says that Php52.10 per US$1 the inflation rate will turn since the start of the negative, which is unlikely.” year. However, even According to Africa, when the price of Dubai

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ECS of PH Rise, 11 years in the making

PH RISE. National Mapping and Resource Information

Authority (NAMRIA) Deputy Administrator Efren Carandang talks about the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, in an interview with the Philippine News Agency. On May 16, the all-Filipino scientific research team is scheduled to visit the Philippine Rise, an important fishing ground for tuna fishermen from Infanta and Real in Quezon; Baler, Aurora; Catanduanes; and other adjacent provinces along the northern tip of the Philippines. PNA photo by Noel D. Veloso

Did you know that the country’s first validated claim under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), or the additional 118-nautical mile extended continental shelf (ECS) of the Philippines Rise took more than a decade for the country to hold? The story of the country’s claim on Philippine Rise, known as Benham Rise, began with a workshop in 2001 to assist the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’s (DENR) National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) on the implementation of then freshly ratified UNCLOS. NAMRIA Deputy Administrator Efren Carandang told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the plateau, much more the potential ECS, during

those times was a relatively unknown area of the Pacific Ocean east of Luzon, “a blank canvass.” From 2004 to 2010, NAMRIA conducted a total of 23 survey cruises in the area, where they were able to discover saddles or connection in the natural prolongation of Luzon. Carandang shared that experts who were studying the area back then warned NAMRIA the survey may be a lost cause. “Sabi nila wala (nang makikita) because of the Philippine trench. What NAMRIA did is to survey every corner in the seabed,” he said. “Then we saw a saddle--a connection. It was deep, but it was a connection. At the Palanan saddle, it was the same, we established there was a connection.” “So dati para lang siyang blank canvass, you can’t

imagine how it looked. It’s through our surveys that we were able to figure out the configuration of Benham Rise.” The Philippine Rise region, comprised of the 200-nautical-mile continental shelf from the baselines of Luzon, extends 118 NM beyond the legal continental shelf limits. Its main body is like a plateau with its broad crest and steep slopes toward the deep ocean floor of the West Philippine Basin. Meanwhile, it’s comprised of the NAMRIA-discovered Palanan Saddle and the Bicol Saddle. It has also two prominent spurs: the Narra Spur in the northeast and the Molave Spur in the southeast. Submission on Benham Rise After establishing the connection on the natural promulgation of Luzon,

the next step was to mark the ECS. To claim this, the Philippines had to make its Submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), the deadline of which was on May 13, 2009. A few months after it made the submission on April 8, 2009, the country made its first presentation to the CLCS en banc on Aug. 15, 2009. According to a Benham Rise primer written by Carandang and Dr. Jay Batongbacal, the Philippine presentation led by Ambassador Minerva Falcon, concluded the meeting on a “very optimistic note.” At first, the team thought the Philippines would have to wait five more years before the CLCS would begin its consideration on the Submission. To their elation, a notification in See MAKING, page 7

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ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur—The military has retrieved the cadaver of a fallen New Peoples Army rebel who was one of the band of guerillas who attacked an Army patrol base in the far-flung tribal village of Sinakungan on election day. Lt. Col. Emil Cruz, commanding officer of the 23rd Infantry Battalion, said a retrieval operation by his men and local guides are still being conducted on the three more dead rebels based on the confession of civilians who pointed the location of the cadaver buried on a shallow grave. The still unidentified burly-built kinky haired dead rebel who wears a tribal bracelet sustained a lone bullet wound hitting his back and exited with a gaping hole on his breast was brought to a local funeral parlor at the town Poblacion Cruz said the firefight that lasted for five hours proved to be costly on the part of the communist guerillas who attacked a well-fortified detachment

The empty shells and live bullets of M-16, AKR47 and M203 rifles, the M-16 rifles and Molotov cocktail bombs retrieved by pursuing Army soldiers at the conflict area. Photo by Chris V. Panganiban

manned by 15 militiamen and a cadre Army soldier that a boxful of empty shells and live bullets , an M-16 Armalite rifle and a dis-

membered M203 rifle were recovered at the conflict area. Brig. Gen. Nemesio Gacal, commanding officer of the 402nd Army Brigade

based in Butuan City, lambasted the NPA for violating anew their self-declared ceasefire during the election day when they deliberately

harassed the paramilitary patrol base. He said the incident runs counter to the assurance of Ariel Montero, spokesperson

of Northeastern Mindanao Regional Command, to suspend tactical offensives against government soldiers in Caraga region to let residents freely vote during the last village polls. Due to the incident, Cruz and Esperanza Mayor Leonida Manpatilan has agreed in meeting yesterday at the town hall to train more Higaonon “Alimaong” warriors to become regular forces of paramilitary units to be deployed in 12 mountain villages believed to be still under the influence of the communist movement. Town councilor Victor Manpatilan, the supreme gtribal chieftain of the Higaonons in Esperanza said the Älimaongs” will serve as defense system to support the peace and development initiative of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Mayor Manpatilan said she had advised village leaders not let residents flee their communities and live normally on their livelihood assuring that more Army troops will be deployed to secure them.

House declares more tourist destinations IT WILL be more fun in the Philippines as both local and foreign tourists will have more scenic destinations to enjoy. The House committee on tourism chaired by Rep. Lucy Gomez approved seven bills which declare certain parts of the country as ecotourism zones/sites and tourist destinations. These are House Bills 5072, 5229, 5230, 5231, 5332, 5333 and 5720. House Bill 5072 proposes to declare the Bucari Area in the Province of Iloilo as ecotourism zone to be known as Bucari Ecotourism Zone. Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta, author of the bill, said Bucari has a temperature comparable to that of Baguio City and vast areas of forests consisting mainly of pine trees. He described Bucari as an area with breathtaking scenery, with 21 waterfalls, beautiful flora and fauna, and numerous mini rice terraces. Meanwhile, House Bill 5229 seeks to declare Passig Islet of Barangay Bato in the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur as an aqua-ecotourism site. Rep. Mercedes Cagas, also an author of the bill, said the Passig Islet, an aqua-eco park resort, is one of the most sought-after

tourist destinations in the province because of its serene environment, clear water and white sand. She said Passig Islet, which boasts of an astonishing ambience of tropical leisure, could easily become a good choice for travelers and locals who want to engage in aqua-ecotourism activities such as nature viewing, bird watching, swimming, picnic, photography and camping. Cagas also authored House Bills 5231 and 5230 which seek to declare Balutakay in the Municipality of Bansalan, Province of Davao del Sur and Kapatagan in Digos, Davao del Sur as eco-tourism sites, respectively. She described Barangay Balutakay as one of the areas in the country with high coffee production potentials as well as home to Salinta Monon who is described to be the “last Bagobo weaver” and a National Manlilikha awardee. Cagas said the declaration will promote the preservation of the knowledge and technique of weaving the traditional BagoboTagabawa textiles which has been on the verge of extinction for years. Relatedly, Kapatagan is positioned at the foot of the prominent Mount Apo which

Cagas described as “a breathtaking volcano that has been the subject of many local and international publications. House Bills 5332 and 5333, authored by Rep. Frederick Abueg, propose to declare Mudlom Cave and Sangaran Cave in Quezon, Palawan as tourist destinations, respectively. Meanwhile, House Bill 5720 seeks to declare Iligan City as a tourism development area. Author Rep. Frederick Siao said Iligan City can offer a variety of tourist destinations for travelers looking for the “off the beaten track” or unusual tourist attractions that are scarcely offered currently in the market. Siao said Iligan City, dubbed as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls”, has many magnificent waterfalls like Maria Crstina, Limunsudan, and Tinago Falls to name a few, a dozen natural springs in Timoga-Buruun, forested mountain of Mt. Agad-Agad, pristine forest of Rogongon and Digkilaan and coastal areas ready to be tapped for development. “Iligan City is an ideal gateway to usher in visitors to the many splendid attractions that Northern Mindanao has to offer, including an educated population and low crime rate, ” Siao said. /MVI Palomar

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Sereno... from page 1

to begin a new selection process. The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippine (AMRSP) has also criticized the court ruling, saying that unseating Sereno through a quo warranto petition “is not right.” “Shortcuts are inimical to what our justice system stands for. Why not follow the proper and legal procedure which may take a longer time? Haste makes waste. Shortcuts cause short circuits and damage the whole system,” it said. The group also lamented the inclusion of the country’s top court in the political arena when it is supposed to be insulated from it. “The justices do not work anymore as one, but in shambles. Politics has truly invaded our justice system,” said the AMRSP. OUSTED Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court (SC) sitting en banc on Friday granted the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida seeking to nullify the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. This was announced by SC Spokesman Theodore Te in a press briefing after the High Court’s special en banc session. Sereno is the first Chief Justice to be removed from office through quo warranto proceedings. “The petition for quo warranto is granted, respondent Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno is found disqualified from and is hereby adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the office of the Chief Justice. Accordingly, respondent Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno is ousted and excluded therefrom,” the court decision read by Te said. Those who voted to grant the quo warranto petition against Sereno were Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, and Noel Tijam who penned the Court’s decision. Meanwhile, those who dissented were Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Mariano Del Castillo, Estela PerlasBernabe, Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa. The High Court also announced that the position of the Chief Justice is declared vacant and that the Judicial and Bar Council should begin the application and nomination process for Sereno’s replacement. “The decision is immediately executory without need of further action from the Court,” the decision said. Sereno’s spokesperson lawyer Carlo Cruz said last Wednesday that they would file a motion for reconsideration once the court rules in favor of the petition. Calida filed the quo war-

ranto petition seeking the nullification of Sereno’s appointment as Chief Justice over her alleged failure to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) for several years from 1986 to 2006 when she was a professor at the UP College of Law. It was found out that aside from her SALNs for the years 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011, which she submitted in her applications for Associate Justice and Chief Justice, Sereno only filed SALNs for the years 1998, 2002, and 2006 during her tenure as law professor at the UP College of Law from 1986 up to 2006. Sereno earlier insisted that the SC has no jurisdiction to hear and resolve the quo warranto petition since she can only be removed through impeachment proceedings conducted by the Senate sitting as an impeachment court. (PNA)


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to be fuelled by enticing huge logistical support that ranged from P200,000 up to P300,000 for each of them apart a higher bid in buying votes. Residents said Abuyog camp has offered P2,000 for each voter which is a lot more higher to the offer of Cuyos’bets at P500. The Abulog camp fetched small – scale miners living in far-flung areas with trucks on the eve of elections for them to be able to vote at the polling precincts in public schools. Celso Genon, municipal election officer, admitted there was indeed massive vote buying in this town as they received at least seven complaints on fair election law violations that includes mobile video recording in the polling precincts showing cash were secretly seen exchanging hands. A vendor selling bottled water outside the gates of a public school in Bayugan 3 village disclosed an Abulog supporter offered her P2,000 on the eve of election but she declined since the condition was for her to open the ballot at an onlooker outside the school room. Genon said he noticed an unusual rise of voters at the precinct who were not able to vote since their names cannot be located in the list. As it turned out, many of these eager voters came from other areas and purposely came to Rosario after learning about huge amount of cash in exchange for their votes. Cuyos elder brother, Reynaldo who is incumbent village chair of Bayugan 3 lost by a slim 400 votes against Michael Rhay Hambala, an incumbent village councilor in his early 20s. Chua however clarified there was no vote buying on their part only that people came to them asking help for their transportation expenses and food. “We only helped them exercise their right to suffrage,” Chua said. He said the Abulog family has been helping poor residents in any financial needs for so many years.

criminals who use mobile phones with SIM cards to pursue nefarious activities. Under the bill, every public telecommunication entity (PTE) or direct seller shall require the end-user of a SIM card to present valid identification with photo to ascertain the latter’s identity. End-users must provide the direct seller the following information: full name, date of birth, gender and address. End-users who are foreign nationals must register their full name, passport number and address in the SIM card registration form. All PTEs are required to maintain a SIM Card registry of their subscribers and submit the list to the Department of Information and Communications Technology every six months. The measure mandates all existing mobile phone subscribers with prepaid SIM cards to register with their respective PTE. Failure to register within the prescribed period shall authorize the PTE to automatically deactivate its services to the concerned prepaid SIM card subscriber. from page 4 mandated in Repub(PNA) lic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Qualfrom page 1 ity Tertiary Education Act managed to lord it over (UAQTEA). The government has in three villages including the village of Wasian where allocated PHP40 billion Eduardo de Paz, the presi- for the school year 2018 dent of the Association of to 2019 -- PHP16 billion Barangay Captains of this for the Tertiary Education town, dumped his opponent Subsidy (TES), PHP7 billion for Technical-Vocational with a huge 1,802 edge. The election here in the Education and Training villages is considered a proxy (TVET), PHP1 billion for war among multi-million- the Student Loan Program, aire small scale gold mining and PHP16 billion for Free tunnel operators seen as a Higher Education. Under the UAQTEA, prelude to a hotly-contested fight in next year’s local enrolled college students elections between Cuyos need not pay for their tuand his new-found nemesis ition, miscellaneous and – mining operator Jupiter other similar or related fees. The miscellaneous fees Abulog. Most of the winners at would include library, comthe Abulog camp are in- puter, laboratory, school cumbent reelectionists who ID, athletic, admission, jumped to the other side of development, handbook, the political fence believed guidance, entrance, regis-



tration, medical, dental and cultural fees. The 24th founding anniversary coincides with the Higher Education Week from May 15 to 18 with the theme, “Access to Higher Education: Equalizing Opportunities, Building a Brighter Future’ held at the CHED headquarters in Quezon City. De Vera, along with Go and other CHED officials, unveiled a major exhibit called “Higher Education Trade Fair” showcasing the latest innovations of higher education institutions (HEIs) all over the country. Apart from the trade fair, other major exhibits include the “HEI Innovation Exhibit” to promote projects jointly developed and implemented by Philippinebased HEIs and their counterpart research universities in California, as well as the “International Corner” to provide college students details on various scholarships offered by the CHED’s International Affairs Staff, Embassy of Canada and Centennial College. (PNA)

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January 2011 came saying the CLCS Subcommission had began validating the claim, and that it had already sent technical questions. From the period of August 2011 to April 2012, the Philippines engaged the CLCS Subcommission for Benham Rise with several meeting. At least eight written response and six presentations from the Philippine delegation was submitted. While the Subcommission provided four written responses and four presentations. On April 12, 2012, the Philippine delegation made its final presentation to the CLCS en banc, before latter’s deliberation on the Philippine Submission. It was on the same day that the CLCS of the United Nations confirmed that Philippine Rise is part of the country’s continental shelf and the ECS. According to the primer, the outer limits of the ECS now, as established on the basis of the CLCS recommendations, are defined by 226 points, covering a seabed area of 135,506 square kilometers. Through the process of validating the claims, Carandang shared that the challenging part was really collecting a substantial amount of data to craft a solid submission. “We have to collect a lot of data, before it was like a blank canvass, we don’t have an idea what is the configuration of the area so we really had to do a very detailed study,” he said. “We have to prove there was no cut, that there is a connection.” “We’re happy that when we faced the CLCS, while there were many questions, all were answered satisfactorily.”

On April 12, 2012, the UN, through recommendations of the CLCS, awarded the ECS to the Philippines. On May 16, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 25 renaming Benham Rise to Philippine Rise. Six years since the region fell under the Philippine maritime jurisdiction, on May 16 this year, experts and government officials will lead an expedition to visit the area off Aurora province. “We are visiting it now to mark the first anniversary of (Philippine) Rise. On this occasion, we are deploying 70 scientists aboard three research ships of the Navy, DENR and BFAR. We will also deploy the two biggest ships of the Philippine Navy and several others from Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Philippine National Police. Air assets will also be patrolling the area,” National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said. (PNA)

Defeat... from page 4

Roger Bannister was the first human being to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. But before he did it, most people in the world didn’t think it was even possible. Yet only a few months after Bannister did it, suddenly runners all over the world began running a mile in less than 4 minutes! If we believe something can be done, we’ll usually do it. Too many of us spend our lives looking around instead of looking up to the One Who made us and knows our potential. So why don’t you look up to Jesus Christ today? Ask Him to take full charge of your life, personally and professionally. You’ll be surprised how much more you can do. Just Think a Minute.

Grant... from page 3

construction equipment for the clearing operations in Marawi such as excavators, bulldozers, and trucks. Last March, the governments of the Philippines and Japan signed the Exchange of Notes worth USD9.8 million for shelter and livelihood assistance package. Total assistance of the Japanese government to the Philippines to support initiatives in Marawi is now at USD36 million. “As of April 2018, the Philippine government has identified 902 priority projects and activities for the rehabilitation and recovery of Marawi City and its surrounding areas,” Dominguez said. “All of these has an estimated cost of PHP55 billion or roughly USD2.86 billion,” he added. He added that 47 percent of the budget requirement for Marawi rehabilitation will come from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council project fund, while other

sources of fund will include the national government through various agencies, local government units, non-governmental organizations, development partners, and private sector. The finance chief said the Philippine government may issue retail bonds for both domestic and international markets intended to raise funds to support the Marawi rehabilitation program. Meanwhile, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and concurrent Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman Eduardo del Rosario said the government seeks to commence with the rehabilitation projects for Marawi by June 16. (PNA)

Elections... from page 5

are drug-tainted and 40% of barangay captains are involved in drugs, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. In fact, there were numerous incumbent barangay officials that ran in the election who were in the list of the PDEA identified as suspected narco-politicians. The Philippines is the only country in the world that has a barangay, or village, that serves as an organic administrative political subdivision. In fact, its constitution is recognized under the 1987 Philippine Constitution and the 1991 Local Government Code of the Philippines as a political unit. And in addition, thereto, a “youth council”, or Sangguniang Kabataan, (2016 R.A. 10742), which was the successor of the KB or Kabataang Barangay, or “village youth” that was established during martial law by President Ferdinand Marcos in 1975, was given the same legal recognition. In short, we are clearly and pathetically a nation that is politicized from top to bottom! Permeated in all the social levels of our society, politics has become the hoi polloi’s way of life – not only the nation’s hobby but a norm as it is part of our culture. With that being said, one would say that part of the origin or root cause of the endemic and institutionalized graft and corruption in our country is because of the barangay as the country’s basic political-administrative subdivision. Barangay is not a “grassroots democracy,” or to have a say in the government’s local, regional and national development plans. As manifested in this recent election, it is nothing but a “political apparatus” primarily to serve the interest of the local and national politicians and their political party in general. In his fight against political patronage, political dynasty, illegal drugs, crimes and corruption, President Rodrigo Duterte has been right in his position that the barangay and the SK should be abolished. Evidently, as a symbol of his continued protestations against it, this was the reason why most likely he did not cast his ballot in yesterday’s election.

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Above, an aerial view of FDC Misamis Power Plant at the Phividec Industrial Estate, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. Left, the SM CDO Downtown Premier.

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HE local Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) yesterday said that investments in Northern Mindanao (Region 10) for 2017 soared by 80 percent as compared to its data in 2016.

DTI: Investments in Normin soar by 80%

It said agri-based investments accounted for the majority of the P33.410.34billion (B) total for the region with P14.648.12-B (44 percent) followed by Infrastructure and Services with P13.73-B (41 percent) and Energy with P2.187billion (6.55 percent). Misamis Oriental again led the investments parade in the region with P24.814-B, up 73 percent from P14.363-B in 2016. The top five monitored investment projects in the region and the province alone comprised 53 percent of the region’s total, said the trade department, adding “these included the expansion of the San Miguel Beer distillery, construction of the Purefoods Hormel meat processing plant, Metro Pacific’s bulk water project, continued construction of the FDC Misamis coal fired Above, San Miguel Corp. official groundbreaking on April 25, 2017 for its 3-million hectoliter brewery in the Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental, its second brewery in Mindanao. Left photo, Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano leads the ground breaking for the new Purefoods Hormel Meat Processing plant last August 2017 with Tagoloan Mayor Heckert Emano. Contributed photos with YVBE

power plant, and SM’s CDO Downtown Premier Mall.” However, on the aggregate, it was agri-based investments which had the biggest share with P12.725-B (51.31 percent), followed by Infra and Services (P11.714B) and Servicing with P229-

B (one percent). Four renewable energy (RE) projects in two municipalities in Bukidnon helped push up total investments in the province by 265 percent compared to its 2016 total and a 20 percent of the region’s total for the year,

second only to Misamis Oriental. The four RE projects totaled P 2.18-B (33 percent of the province total) followed by the Agri-based Sector with P 1.883-B (28 percent) and Infra and Services Sector with P 1.255-B (18.78 percent). Investments in Lanao del Norte declined 25 percent to P 894.2-million for 2017, compared to 2016, or 2.68 percent of the region’s total. The top ten projects monitored were all located in Iligan City including the expansion of a cement plant, a new mall, and commercial buildings. DTI monitored investments in Misamis Occidental similarly declined by 22 percent from 2016 to P883.43-million, comprising 2.64 percent of total regional investments. In contrast, the top five investments in the province totalling P12-million were dispersed to various locations including the municipalities of Calamba, Jimenez and Plaridel, and the cities of Oroquieta and Ozamiz, consisting mostly of the construction of commercial buildings. Not the least, while the island province of Camiguin registered the smallest total investments at P137.3million, it still registered a 72 percent increase from the 2016 total of P79.94million for a 0.41 percent share to the total regional investments monitored.

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