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Peace envoy and fashion designer Arnold Galang commits to design bags for women weavers in Maguindanao Renowned fashion designer Arnold Galang said he has committed to create designs of traditional Maguindanaoan bags, made of materials from water lilies, for local women weavers during an immersion trip as a peace ambassador in the conflict-
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affected towns of Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun (SK Pendatun) and Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao province. “It was unexpected because it is a big responsibility to give such commitment. But when you see the women and the
weaving centers they work in, it is impossible not to voluntarily share what you have,” he said. “What I committed anyway is just what I do every day, what I love doing – and that is designing,” added the RTW designer PEACE/P3
Erstwhile enemy forces meet in “silent guns” SHARIF AGUAK, Maguindanao—With their guns literally set on silent mode, armed combatants met here for the first time, outside the bloody perimeters of battlegrounds, and government security forces mingling with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Task Force Ittihad (peace keeping force) were visibly happy, as they converged here Tuesday. Dubbed “Grand the Islamic “discipline of Kanduli for Peace,” armed sheer moderation” and in members from both sides of the tutelage of the the erstwhile adversary International Moinitoring forces were seen sharing Team (IMT), said Tony friendly exchanges, Maldisa, a member of the anywhere from combat Batch 300 of Moros who experiences and lives to first trained in Sabah in the peace in their midst, early 70s. Police estimated the according to volunteers for n o n - g o v e r n m e n t crowd at around 2,000 organizations documenting individuals at its peak, and under scorching noon sun the event. MILF first vice-chair people listened to a Ghazzali Jaafar, who was vernacular explanation on guest speaker, said the Framework Agreement “kanduli,”Maguindanaon by Dr. Benjamin Domato, a for “charity and good member of the MILF peace deeds,” is of old Moro panel and chair of its tradition that should be committee on wealthpreserved as part of sharing of the peace indigenous mechanism in process. The MILF had also maintaining peace. As part of the ceasefire hosted a similar peace agreement, members of the consultation among Moro MILF-TFI are allowed to leaders last July 6-9 in their carry their firearms. But the main stronghold Camp show of high-powered Darapanan in Sultan town in weapons in Tuesday’s Kudarat gathering was guided by ERSTWHILE/P3
VALUED CHARMS - An old Bl’aan woman show of her valued items for sale which she herself takes pride of the native products which tourists and other visitors alike purchased and takes as souvenirs when visiting tourists’ spots in the province of Sarangani and South Cotabato where most of this ethnic group resides. (Mark Navales/MBA)
Comelec ARMM delists disqualified voter-applicants COTABATO CITY- The Commission on Elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has deleted a total of 280,077 applicants from the region’s voters’ list due to multiple registration and being minors, a regional poll official said. Lawyer Rey Sumalipao, regional election director for the ARMM, said the Comelec has conducted several election registration board hearings from Nov. 26 to 30 to determine qualified and disqualified voter-
applicants. “It was found out by the ERB that there were 250,773 double or multiple registrants and 29,304 minor applicants or a total of 280,077 disqualified applicants,” Sumalipao said in a radio interview Monday. The poll body has conducted a general registration of voters last July 9 to 18 as part of electoral reforms in the region. ARMM, composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, has been
known to be the cheating capital in the country’s electoral processes. Sumalipao said during the five-day general list up, 1,574,294 have showed up and applied to become registered voters, many of them were suspected to be minors and multiple applicants. With the help of Automated Fingerprinting Identification System (AFIS) of the Comelec, 280,077 applicants were found to be disqualified to vote in next year’s midterm elections. Sumalipao said the COMELEC/P3
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RCBW intensifies campaign; launched VAW Hotline in Buluan Buluan, Maguindanao – In line with the observance of the 18-Day international campaign to end violence against women, the Autonomous Regional Government through its Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) launched here yesterday, November 26 the Violence Against Women (VAW) Hotlines. The VAW Hotline project aims at encouraging women who are suffering from any form of violence and abuses in every part of the region to report to authorities their cases through these hotlines. According to ARMM regional vice-governor and concurrent social welfare secretary,Hja. Bainon Karon that while some of these VAW cases are documented, a lot remain unreported, an offshoot of the so called culture of silence.
Karon said physical violence is widespread in the region and oftentimes caused the untimely death of its victims. ”The 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW) started last November 25, calling for the elimination of all forms of violence and abuses through heightened awareness on genderbased violence.” said R C B W - A R M M Chairperson Helen Roxas-
Balawag. With the theme “VAWFree society in times of peace, conflict and calamity” the activity aims to raise c o n s c i o u s n e s s within national government agencies, local government units, and the general public about gender-based issues in crisis situations. Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) women sectoral representative Samira Gutoc stressed that this year’s theme is relevant
to ARMM because the region has gone through series of natural and manmade calamities. Most recent of which are the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and government troops confrontations and the infamous Maguindanao Massacre in 2009. Gutoc, a renowned women’s rights defender, stressed that women empowerment had been reinforced with her
appointment to represent the voice of the women in the RLA. “Bilang kinatawan nyo, asahan po ninyo, paghuhusayan natin ang pagsulong ng mga karapatan at pagsugpo sa lahat ng uri ng abuso at karahasan sa tulong at pakikiisa ng RCBW at iba pang ahensiya ng pamahalaan.” Gutoc declared. Apparently, in a recent statistical data released by
g Seminar-workshop for LGU staff and CSOs organized by Social Watch Philippines in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Civil Service Commission (CSC), endorsed by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), aims to capacitate both LGUs and civil society organizations (CSOs) to better understand the processes and intricacies of local public finance. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman took part in the event and provided insights on the importance of local public finance in local governance and what needs to be done. “I encourage civil society organizations to participate in the formulation of policies, programs and projects for local development. (armmcommgroup)
ARMM acquires heavy equipment for road projects Cotabato City – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has acquired this week a set of heavy equipment and survey instruments to help accelerate various infrastructure and road projects in the region. The equipment, amounting to a total of around P41-million, include a single drum vibratory compactor, a motor grader and a wheel loader and a set road conditioning and survey instruments. The road conditioning instruments were donated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). During Tuesday’s ceremonial turnover, Emil Sadain, secretary of ARMM’s Department of Public Works and Highways, said the equipment will help speed
up ongoing road projects and maintenance in parts of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur. Sadain said they have exercised appropriate measure to ensure transparency and accountability in the procurement process. “We like to ensure that government funds, down to the last centavo, are accounted for,” he said. ARMM Cabinet Secretary Khal Mambuay-Campong said that “gone are the days when equipment are procured and delivered only in paper.” “We go to great extent to continue to purge the ARMM of ghosts and implement vital projects. We know these equipment will help expedite government projects in the region,” she said.
Campong lauded JICA for its continuing support to the ARMM. Recent administrative reforms have produced savings for DPWHARMM, according to Sadain. However, he admitted that the agency still lacks sufficient funding to support necessary projects across the region. “We recompense our lack of funding by exercising fiscal prudence,” Sadain said. For his part, Sinichi Masuda, JICA senior representative acknowledged the accomplishment of the DPWH aligned with the regional reform agenda of the Hataman administration, commends cooperation while declaring continued strengthening on future p a r t n e r s h i p . (armmcommgroup)
PAQUIAO... Hindi ako mandaraya at lalong hindi mandaraya ang lahi natin (I am not a cheat much more our race),” he stressed. “That is why I am again dedicating this fight to our country and our countrymen. Just tell them I won’t disappoint them this time.” For the past six or seven weeks, Pacquiao said he has been working sweat and blood for the Dec. 8 fight (Dec. 9 in Manila) “because I know I have to prove something not only for myself but also for them (Filipinos).” “Reports are that he’s also preparing hard to prove that he really beat me three times. He was also quoted as saying he’ll be fighting aggressively this time. Well and good because that means he’ll be going after me,” Pacquiao said. Pacquiao said he and Marquez both want to win by a knockout.
“And that is what we, members of my training staff and myself, have been working hard for, and I believe I have more chance of doing that based on our records,” he said. Pacquiao said he sent Marquez to the canvas three times during their first encounter and once in the second fight. “I failed to knock him down in the third fight but I proved to have landed the most punches, including the hard ones,” he reminisced. “My point is, having sent him down four times, I believe I am capable of finishing him off.” Pacquiao said M a r q u e z ’ pronouncements do not hold water and is not even backed up by any knockdown in their previous fights. “Let’s just see comes Saturday,” Pacquiao said. From what I know, I will remain the man standing after the fight,” Pacquaio said. (PNA)
the Women and Children Protection Center of the Phil. National Police, an alarming record shows reported data of 9,693 VAW cases for the entire country from January to July 2012 with 9,974 cases infringement on RA 9262 or the Anti-VAWC Law. The VAW hotline n u m b e r s are 09094848613 for Talk & Text, 09353062517 for Touch Mobile subscribers and 421-9492 for land line. (armmcommgroup)
2 die, 3 hurt when Moro warring clans clash in Pikit PIKIT, North Cotabato Two persons were killed and three were wounded when firefight between two Muslim clans erupted in interior villages of this town Sunday, police said. Peaceful efforts are underway to settle the misunderstanding which police described as “rido” (family feud). Senior Insp. Elias Dandan, police chief of Pikit town in North Cotabato, said efforts are underway to settle the dispute peacefully. “It was a long time dispute over political boundaries between families in Langayen and Dungguan, both in Pikit,” Dandan said. Col. Prudencio Asto, spokesperson of the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division, said involved in the dispute were Commander Kuyo of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 105th Base Command and Tayuan family. He identified the wounded as Kanapia Musa, 42, Eric Pasandalan, 19 and Kamir Pasandalan, 23, all followers of Commander Kuyo. The two fatalities from the side of Tayuan family remained unidentified. Asto said on Sunday dawn, followers of Commander Kuyo harassed the village of Langayen where the Tayuan family resides. The Tayuan family retaliated and engaged the attackers in a two-hour firefight that left two killed on Tayuan side. Asto said the conflict was triggered by the killing last month of Commander Kuyo’s younger brother whom the MILF field official blamed on the Tayuan family. Dandan and Asto said both sides are claiming ownership of a large patch of lands in the borders of Barangays Dungguan and Langayen. Dandan said the local government of Pikit has set a settlement meeting between warring groups who both expressed willingness to show up to end bloodshed. At least 30 families who are related to the warring groups have fled to safer grounds. (PNA)
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Small oil player Eastern Petroleum Philippines will also slash at past midnight P0.60 per liter on unleaded and premium as well as P0.40 per liter on kerosene but no price rollback in their diesel products. Other oil players have yet to announce a rollback as of press time. Local oil companies recently enforced a backto-back price hikes, resulting in accumulated increases worth P1.75 per liter for premium, P0.70 per liter for both diesel and regular and P0.75 for kerosene. But these recent price hikes would be tempered by the price cuts Tuesday, thus resulting in slightly lowered average retail prices — P53 for premium, P42 for diesel and P53 for kerosene. (PNA)
was attended by over 3, 000 elders,” Hernandez said in a brief huddle with newsmen. She said the ceremonial distribution was officially opened by Philhealth representatives and Constantino, together with Jinky Pacquiao who came in behalf of the congressman, before the presence of elders who participated the lately held activity of the MHO dubbed as “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan: Lolo at Lola ... Pangalagaan” at the municipal gymnasium, here. Speaking in behalf of Pacquiao, Jinky reportedly said the Congressman have also assured to assist the funding of Philhealth cards to senior citizens who are usually caught by sickness due to old age. “I am certain that our beloved Congressman is always very willing to enclose you with such kind of benefits dahil alam ko na talagang kailangan nyo po ito,” said Jinky in a vernacular, as she then lead the distribution of complimentary Pacman bags, umbrellas and t-shirts to the delightful elders. In his speech, Constantino said aside from making
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 12TH judicial Region Cotabato City Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended, filed by PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK, Cotabato Branch, Cotabato City, Mortgagee, against HRS. OF SPS. PERLITO L. CAPUNDAG AND ROWENA T. CAPUNDAG; PAUL CHRISTOPHER T. CAPUNDAG AND RICHELLE JOY T. CAPUNDAG, both of legal age, Filipinos and a residents of Cor. Ramon Rabago Ave., and Solidad Sousa St., Rosary Heights, Cotabato City, c/o Atonli Marketing National Highway, Midsayap, North Cotabato and 49 Mac Arthur Highway, Bangkal, Talomo, Davao City; and SPS. AGUSTIN L. MACION AND AIDA TINGCANG MACION, both of legal age, Filipinos and a resident of Notre Dame Ave., Cotabato City or No. 3 Dona Theresa St., Vilo Subd., Poblacion 4, Cotabato City, Mortagagors to satisfy the mortgagee indebtedness which as of October 15, 2012 amounts to TWO MILLION TWO HUNDRED NINETY THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FORTY SEVEN AND 02/100 (Php 2,290,547.02), Philippine Currency, excluding daily interest thereon, penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure the undersigned or his duly authorized Sheriff will sell at public auction on JANUARY 3, 2013 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning at the main entrance/lobby of the Regional Trial Court Bldg., Office of the Clerk of Court, ORC Compound, Cotabato City to highest bidder for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the following properties, together with all existing improvements thereon to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-36086 COTABATO CITY “A parcel of land (Lot 7, Block 8 of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-86511,being a portion of Lot 1, described on plan (LRC) Psd83715, LRC (GLRO) Cad. Record No. 296), situated in the Barrio of Malagapas, City of Cotabato, Island of Mindanao. Containing an area of SIX HUNDRED (600) SQUARE METERS, more or less.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-21773 CITY OF COTABATO A parcel of land (Lot 4, Block 7-D-4 of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-5549, being a portion of Lot 2, Block 7-D, described on plan (LRC) Psd-4063, LRC (GLRO) Cad. Record No. 296, situated in the Barrio of Parang Road, Municipality of Cotabato, Province of Cotabato, Island of Mindanao. Containing an area of THREE HUNDRED TWENTY ONE (321) SQUARE METERS, more or less.” Prospective bidder or buyers are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the title of the properties and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cotabato City, Philippines, November 28, 2012. ATTY. JANIS ROHANIAH G. DUMAMA-KADATUAN Clerk of Court VI Ex-Oficio Provincial Sheriff IBRAHIM T. BINASING Sheriff IV
PEOPLE ANDADS EVENTS CLASSIFIED Malungon a leader of development in Sarangani, he is doing his best for the stabilization of health, education and other priority projects of the government in a bid to uplift the living condition of his people before his term of office ends in 2013. “Despite of all my shortcomings in the younger years, I am certain that I have done my best in uplifting our town into what it is today. Once again, as I extend my most humble apology to you my beloved elders, I would like to assure everyone (parents) of a firmer, capable and trustworthy kind of governance ... even beyond the scheduled midterm May elections,” Constantino added. (Isagani Palma)
during evacuation and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to prepare food packs and ready-to-eat food. Malang also directed the Department of Education to make announcement of suspension of classes early to avoid children from going to school only to find out classes were suspended. Towns closely watched by the RDRRMC are the towns of Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura, Pagalungan, Datu Montawal, Sultan sa Barongis, Mother Kabuntalan, Northern Kabuntalan, Paglat, Salipada K. Pendatun, Raja Buayan, Datu Piang, Buluan, Datu Paglas, Talitay, Datu Saudi, Mamasapano and Shariff Saidona, all in Maguindanao. (PNA)
PEACE... who is among the peace ambassadors recently enlisted by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). Galang was welcomed in Maguindanao by members of the Women’s Rural Improvement Club Cooperative in Barangay Poblacion in SK Pendatun. The women, who are widows of fallen Moro rebels, have been weaving bags from water lilies harvested from the nearby Liguasan Marsh to support their families. Their livelihood project is being supported by the government’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient Communities) program. This municipality used to be a hotbed of Moro insurgency. In 2008, the outbreak of armed hostilities after the failed signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) displaced hundreds of thousands of families from their homes. Galang told the weavers that he had previously ordered bags as giveaway at this year’s Philippine Fashion Week. “People were asking where they can get your bags. Unfortunately I didn’t know where to find you. But now that I’m here, I will help you improve your bags and find a market.” Sarika Pendatun, chair of the women’s group, demonstrated the production process from harvest to bag-making and discussed with Galang future projects that they can run together. Galang also visited the Al Jamelah Organization that produces traditional inaul garments in Barangay Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat. “Inaul” is the
names of qualified registered voters will be posted in the municipal election offices regionwide starting on Jan. 13. (PNA)
treaties with other ERSTWHILEpeace nations. The third was Maguindanao. The one held here, however, became the first face-toface meeting of combatants from opposing forces for among lowly members of the Philippine military and the Bangsamoro Armed Forces (BIAF), outside war zones. Police officer Fernando Gumandel said he was surprised to meet and talked with an armed MILF member who spoke Ilocano, and is from La Union. There were no onstage talks about politics, and only three politicians were nominated to speak on specific topics— M a g u i n d a n a o Representative Simeon Datumanong, a former justice secretary, talked mainly on governance and the history of the peace talks; Sultan Kudarat Mayor Tocao Mastura, CPA, on Maguindanao’s historic
Mayor Zahara Ampatuan, explaining her town’s role in hosting of the first faceto-face meeting of government and MILF forces— with members of both sides sporting their firearms—after the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. She said since the gathering’s theme was supposed to be apolitical, she never talked onstage about the Maguindanao massacre for which at least three members of her immediate family have been detained and are facing trial. Annie Datumanong, a peace and human rights activist, said it was inspiring to see forces from the opposite sides of a long-standing conflict, now sitting together, share stories with each other, and even partook of foods served in the traditional format of a kanduli. Major-General Cesar
EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH SIMULTANEOUS WAIVER OF RIGHTS AND ATTORNEY-IN-FACT Extra-judicial settlement of estate with simultaneous waiver of rights and attorney-in-fact made and entered into by and between Datu Alonto M. Sultan, Makanauya M. Sultan, Datuhasim G. Sultan, Fahad K. Sultan, Zainudin Sultan, Datuna Sultan, Kamut Sultan and Dengadeng S. Dilangalen that parties hereto are the surviving and intestate heirs to the late MANUKOB LUMANTAG and MORA PUTI who died intestate or without a will on December 6, 1965 and September 4, 1964, respectively both in New Panay, Aleosan Cotabato and that late MANUKOB LUMANTAG is the registered owner of a parcel of land covered by ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE of Title No. RO315 (NA) and more particularly described in LOT 2766, PSD 103344 and the Lots covered by OCT No. RO 315(NA) are Lot Nos. 2766-A with an area of 72,944 square meters ; 2766 -D with an area of 15, 291 square meters ; 2766-E with an area of 542 square meters and 2766-H with an area of 9,004 square meters located in Libungan, Cotabato has been the subject of Extra Judicial Settlement, before Notary Public Atty. Abdul Hafiz Tan Adil, Jr. entered into his Notarial Registry as Doc. No. 195, Page No. 39; Book No. VII, Series of 2012. KOTEX Issues November 20, 27 and December 4, 2012 Maguindanaoan way of weaving of intricately detailed table cloths, table runners, and malong. The organization’s president, AlbayaWampa (aka Bai Albi), recalled how their area used to be a war zone at the height of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) insurgency. “I organized the women here so that they will have livelihood. They are mostly unmarried women or wives of MNLF members,” she said. Bai Albi also welcomed recommendations from Galang on how to commercialize inaul and revive the industry. Peace as personal mission Galang said he will “definitely go back in Mindanao.” “If I had just relied on hearsays about Mindanao, I wouldn’t have given myself the chance to discover the people and beauty here. There is more to Mindanao than the bad things that we hear,” he added. He also commended the women who lead the organization and livelihood projects. “They
are the real heroes,” he said. As a designer and peace ambassador, he hopes that whatever help he can give the weavers “will show what the Philippines can do.” “I also want to relay to other people that we can make the country a better place by starting with making peace with ourselves and with other people,” Galang said. Galang also met with young designers in Buluan whom he promised to sponsor in the next Philippine Fashion Week. Arnold Galang is a renowned designer who has been in the fashion industry for more than 20 years. He worked as a designer for fashion lines, such as Bobby Novenario, Bench, Oxygen, Bum Equipment and Calypso, to name a few. He is currently the Vice President for Merchandising for Blutab Jeans and the Creative Consultant/Merchandising for Sakaya Ladies wear. Further, he is an outright supplier for SM ladies wear, girls teens wear and boys teens wear. He currently operates the A. Galang line at the SM ladies wear boutique department.
Ronnie Ordoyo, commander of the 6thArmy Infantry Division in Maguindanao, assured that “the continuing search for peace”by both parties and other stakeholders had the full backing of the military under him. His predecessor, Major-General Rey Ardo, now chief of the Western Mindanao Command, sent a similar message to the converging forces and peace groups. Jaafar also appealed to Muslim families locked in rido (violent clashes) to end their conflict, saying even politicians in the coming May elections should refrain from engaging into political mudslinging. Bobby Benito, director of the Bangsamoro Center for Peace and Justice said many from among the crowd had expressed hopes that people would then be peacefully carrying their harvests to the market, instead of injured persons or fatalities of wars. November 27, Tuesday, also corresponds to the
10th of the first lunar month of the Hijrah Calendar. Barangay Chairman Zamzamin Ampatuan of Rajah Buayan said the day marks the martyrdom of Amir Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, and 30 of his companions in a massacre in Kufa (now part of Iraq) by the Umayyad Dynasty in the 30th year of the lunar Hijrah calendar (632 AD). Chairman Ampatuan said residents of the town also voluntarily submitted to bloodletting for blood donation. He said the bloodletting activity is hoped to”reorient lives in a perennially violent environ,” such that “when blood is not wasted and is instead used to help save and extend lives, it becomes a worthy contribution to humankind.” He said having been a victim of violence himself, he has been into such activities involving voluntary blood donation since his student years. NBM
EDITORIAL Nurturing peace By the way things are going, there are no more impediments to the plan of establishing a veritable autonomous Bangsamoro land conceptualized in the Framework Agreement that was agreed and signed by and between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the government under the administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino III. The guiding principles are popularly hailed by several fronts and the sentiments of hope for the eventual settlement of decades of discords are echoed across the land and all over the globe. World leaders who closely watch and monitor the progress of the tedious process of peace settlement share our enthusiasm that yet another conflict among mankind is settled. Even the Moro National Liberation Front which was saber-rattling had recently declared that they do not come in way towards stable peace in the region once ravaged by war. MNLF officials who had participated in the political processes and won are the ones leading the clarion call to settle once and for all the discord that had rend the region apart. Cotabato City Vice Mayor Muslimin Sema, the erstwhile chief of the MNLF combatants, came out first with a strong message that peace accord should now be pursued and that they are willing to stand side by side with the MILF to push for peace. The only negative vibration is from the New Peoples Army who cautioned the MILF from giving up their arms. But the voice is pipsqueak. While there was some kind of a tactical alliance between the MILF and the NPAs the admonition of the latter does not matter anymore. The negotiators have gone over the hump. Besides even the most radical elements in the secessionist fronts had realized that they have become isolated. The awesome response that comes in the way of celebration following the signing of the Framework Agreement carries a strong message that reverberates in their bivouacs shocking them to realization that the overwhelming majority including their own closest of kin wanted peace. They wanted to live a normal life. The truth is it will be insane to ignore what the Framework guarantees to offer. Those outside looking in and monitoring the progress of the peace talks maybe salivating by now. For every Mindanaowons this means liberation from the selfishness and unresponsiveness of the Centrist government that knows only Metro Manila. Those in the Bangsamoro land only deserve to benefit what had been deprived of them in the past. They are handed the key to a door that leads to peace and bonanza. That is why the next weapon to hold on is prayer and faith that all these expectations will come into fruition. The seed of peace has germinated and while this has passed the delicate stage of gestation it must be nurtured with utmost care least all the efforts will give birth to a mongrel or worse, stillborn. Either way it could trigger another upheaval. Something which we all abhor.
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Advocacy MindaNOW Atty. Jesus "Jess" G. Dureza
Stem Cell Treatment At Villa Medica (A special Report - Day 1 ) DAY ONE (Thursday) — It was still early in the morning about 6 a.m. when Cathay Pacific (CX) Flight 0289 docked at the Frankfurt International AirportBay no. 2. Beth was still nursing some stiff neck and the usual neck pains when we unbuckled to disembark. It was an 11-hour flight from Hongkong and like in all previous foreign trips, Beth never had some good sleep — despite the comfortable and totally reclinable CX modernized seats in the Business Class section. From the glass windows at the tube, we saw the heavy fog outside. After gathering our luggages, Villa Medica (VM) representative (named Sammy, an Iranian) was flashing the VM sign at the arrival gate for us. We were the only 2 passengers in his van for the 140 km. trip to Edenkoben. Sammy said there were about 8 guests f r o m Thailand and Vietnam in our batch but they were arriving later in the day. (An interesting fact for President Willie Torres and my colleagues at the Davao Sports and Classics Cars Club: there’s NO SPEED limit in their highways throughout Germany, according to Sammy. A good spot for a fun drive! ) Sammy, while driving was a good source of information. I was curious and I could not wait for the briefing by the VM doctors. He said the fresh cells are taken from ”Black Mountain” sheeps, specially raised in a farm and transported to VM laboratories for tests and procedures before they are slaughtered while18- week pregnant. The mother sheep is slaughtered on the day of the injection on the ”client” (they don’t use the word “patients”.) The unborn fetus, about 18 weeks old is still alive when the fresh cells are taken and within 2 hours, the cells harvested must be injected on the guest. He gave a few prominent names in the Philippines who have come to VM. And many kept coming back, he said. We arrived at Villa Medica facilities after about one hour and a half of travel passing through grape vineyards that have started to wilt and darken with the onset of winter. Grapes were usually harvested in October, except for the special variety that they used to make ”ice wine”, a blackcolored wine, so heavily sweet and fruity. VILLA MEDICA looked like a mansion house in the middle of the forest. It stands on its lonesome self after the
van ascended towards the forest past the center of EDENKOBEN, a quaint, quiet town, with very narrow two-way streets, with a population of about 7,000. Houses were in bricks and mortar. When we disembarked, although properly wrapped as instructed, the 4-degree temperature gnawed at our face even with some sun rays filtering through gold colored autumn leaves overhead. It was 8 a.m. at Edenkoben although it was already 3 in the afternoon back home by my watch, Philippine time (a 7 hour difference). We were met at the door by VM Head Staff named Joyce, a Malaysian who turned out to be Sammy’s wife. We were conducted to the dining area for breakfast where a few guests were eating, talking in hushed tones. In one table nearby I spotted an old graying German couple, must be in their nineties. Before being conducted to our room upstairs, we were told: ”Please proceed to PRAXIS (name of the room) on the ground floor for the first infusion.” We entered a room with about 12 reclined seats facing a drape-less window looking out into the forests. The first infusion meant being hatched to anoxygen aerator attached to your nose and getting an intravenous flow of some pinkish-looking fluid containing concentrates of Vitamin C, B12 and Glutathione combined. The procedure was over in about 45 minutes. When I asked the German lady nurse what was the infusion for, she explained that it was to loosen up the body in preparation for the next day’s fresh cell injections. Next to Beth lined up in the infusion chairs were young Thais. I could not miss their nationality as they spoke. The young petite lady beside her looked so young, maybe no more than 25 years old. She was tweaking her IPAD continuously and when I peeped, she was in a “casino playing” mode. Later during the day, VM’s Joyce told me she was one of the youngest casino owners in Thailand. No wonder she had a battery of assistants tending to her needs and keeping her engaged. At the other end was a husband and wife couple from Vietnam. I was told this was their 3rd visit to VM for the treatment. After the first infusion we were conducted to our Room No 19 on the 2nd floor. It was a functional room, with a heater (of course!) With two beds on
each side of the wall, a toilet and an opening to a balcony facing the trees and the forests outside. This was to be our home for the next four days. Then, we were called back downstairs to meet with two VM Resident medical doctors Dr. Andre Morato, a Filipino who’s been in Germany almost all his lifetime and Dr. Hurtgen for an interview and dialogue. They explained the whole process. They had been familiar with Beth’s kidney problems as her medical records had been sent to them way ahead of the trip by our friend and attending physician in Manila, Dr. Rose Liquete who helped set up the VM treatment. After lunch was free time until evening. We were assigned a car and a driver that brought us to a nearby center of town where we strolled and bought a few necessities. Beth attempted to shop but she forgot to get some EUROS at the airport bank, so she had to settle for just a few items for some Euros I saved from my previous trips. Before retiring that night and during dinner, I was able to meet the German couple, seated in the next table. The husband was 93 years old while the wife, who spoke good English, was 10 years younger. They had been coming to VM for fresh cell treatment for several years. “You come here every year?” I managed to ask. The lady answered: “No, more often than 12 months now. When we have time, he drives about 200 kilometers from here and takes the treatment. Our family had been regulars here since my mother discovered the place starting in 1984.” When I asked her how he could manage to drive alone for several hours to come to VM at 93 years old, she explained with a wink: ”He used to fly jets as a pilot. So driving cars is not a problem!” I was amazed and stared at him. I noticed his face was pinkish, without the vestiges and ravages of age. Although he had a cane, it was to steady him when walking on uneven surface. No wonder they keep coming to VM. But that’s something Beth and I will have to find out for ourselves. NEXT WEEK: DAY 2, THE STEM CELL INJECTIONS.
Juan L. Mercado
Iskak L. Paguital, CSEE
“CAAAAAAAAASSSHHH!” “They didn’t only hoard shoes,” Daily Telegraph culture editor Martin Chilton wrote. “Former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and wife Imelda a m a s s e d an art collection, paid for with stolen funds” Today, 146 masterpieces — including works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Rembrandt Cezanne , Magritte and Brueghel the Younger —- are missing. The Manhattan District Attorney Tuesday indicted Imelda Marcos’ former personal secretary and two nephews for selling Claude Monet’s “Le Bassin aux Nymphéas”, for $32 million. The London buyer had reservations who the real owners were, the indictment recalls.. Vilma Bautista, now 74, and nephews Chaiyot Jansen 37, and Pongsak 40, both s u r n a m e d Navalaksana? The Monet sale went through on Sept. 14, 2010. From proceeds, Bautista funneled $28 million into her bank account. Two real estate brokers got a $4million commission and a $5 million slab went to the t w o n e p h e w s . ”Chaiyot… sent an email, after the sale, to a co-conspirator, saying his aunt wanted him to meet with his brother to give him a bundle of caaaaaaaaassshhhh,” the indictment added Bautista, who now walks with a cane, is also accused of peddling : Monet’s “L’Église et La Seine à Vétheuil” (1881) , Alfred Sisley’s “ Langland Bay “ (1887) and Albert Marquet’s “Le Cyprès de Djenan Sidi Said” (1946), known as “Algerian View.” All three face conspiracy raps. Lodged against Bautista and Chaiyot is a charge for failing to report income from the Monet sale.. Released on a $175,000 bond, Bautista faces up to 25 years in prison. If convicted, her nephews could get 4 years in the slammer. Will authorities succeed in getting them to New York from Bangkok ? .. South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, Honolulu Star Advertiser to Brisbane Times reported the indictments “Much of the bounty and privilege the Marcoses acquired in years of
power…disappeared with the fog of revolution”, the Australian daily said. From 1966 to 1986, Bautista held a $3,000a-month first secretary post at the Philippine Mission to the UN. In fact, she served as Imelda’s eyes and ears to factotum for Marcos’ functions at 16-bedroom Lindenmere house on Long Island . She acted as bag lady for ”shopping sprees.”. This Oct. 13, 1977 entry appears in ”Chronology of the Marcos Plunder” compiled by Charlie Avila “Today, after addressing the UN General Assembly, Imelda celebrated by going shopping and spending $384,000 including $50,000 for a platinum bracelet with rubies; $50,000 for a diamond bracelet; and $58,000 for a pin set with diamonds. The day before, Vilma Bautista, one of her private secretaries, paid $18,500 for a gold pendant with diamonds and emeralds; $9,450 for a gold ring with diamonds and emeralds; and $4,800 for a gold and diamond necklace. “A US Federal Court ( 9th Circuit ) earlier whacked Imelda and Ferdinand Jr with a daily fine of $100,000. They tried to secretly ship out of the US paintings and other artworks, from courtcontested holdings, for a 25-percent, tax-free share. When the contempt order expired, the tab totaled $353.6 million. Where do Vilma Bautista and nephews come from? To u n d e r s t a n d , browse thru ”A Dynasty on Steroids” , written by Jackie Dent, available on the Net. ”Dry, sleepy, tobacco-growing Ilocos Norte remains Marcos territory, as it has been since 1949". — although the Marcos regime killed more than 3200 people, tortured 35,000 and incarcerated 70,000. That surpassed even the brutality of Chile ‘s Augusto Pinochet .The Laurel clan runs Batangas; Osmeñas ( used to monopolize ) Cebu;, etc. Do the Marcoses merely perpetuate oligarchic
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politics that plagues the country?, “I always find ’return to politics’ a misnomer,” Ferdinand Jr snaps . “ We never left”. Or, as daughter Imee remarks drolly :”It is nepotism plus plus, a dynasty on steroids.” Does a Marcos have to run all the time? “It’s the whole Filipino system - they really count on you, they have all these expectations,” Imee says. . “Your family is taking care of their family, which is taking care of your family and it just goes on and on and on. It’s pretty feudal in the Philippines still, even though we like to fool ourselves.” That includes Bongbong ? “He seems to think that his family did nothing wrong and has nothing to apologize for. He says they have either won cases or they have been dismissed… We have a judgment against us in the billions. What more would people want? That we open our veins and die before them? Is that the solution?...History will be the best judge of the family.” Benito Mussolini was executed outside an Italian villa; Gaddafi died in the desert, killed by rebels; Robert Mugabe and Castro will probably die in power. “Why are Filipinos so willing to embrace the Marcos family again?”, Dent wonders.Filipinos have a “soft, forgiving culture, notes former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in his book: From Third World to First”: “Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage in politics.” “Your brother [Bongbong] says that politics is the national sport here,” Dent tells Imee. She replies: It’s not very sporting, though. No fair play, no rules, very movable goal posts. Not quite right as a sport. It is better as something else. Vaudeville, maybe?” S p e l l t h a t as caaaaaaaaassshhhh.
Looking Back at the Halal Food Industry Value Chain The development of Halal Food Industry in the country is irreversibly moving on elsewhere in the Philippines, if not in ARMM. This is going on given the push for the production of exportable food commodities targeting the growing Halal food market in the Middle East and in nonMuslim countries where substantial Muslim population exists. The Philippine government and the country’s big food industries have ample reasons to join the global band wagon in cashing on the production and export of Halal food. All over the world, Muslim countries are seen as net importers of food, especially in the middle- east where the arid condition is most pronounced and food sufficiency is being resolved thru importation. Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, the United States of America, Canada and Thailand are leading the lengthening line of countries sending Halal certified livestock, poultry and processed foods to those food deficit Muslim countries. And the Philippines is now trying to catch up, seeing its ASEAN neighbor, Thailand, way ahead on the Global Halal market trail. When we had our Halal Industry Study Tour in Brunei and Malaysia, courtesy of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), we were surprised to see various Halal-certified Thai food items at the grocery shelves and freezers of these countries. Thailand, for more than a decade, has developed a thriving Halal industry which is much a relevant economic impetus for its minority southern Muslim population. Like the Philippines, Thailand has a Muslim population roughly the same as that of our country. The topic on the need to develop our Halal food industry is
a timely one given the current push of the government to adopt the value chain and clustering approach to economic development. The ARMM has had a relatively strong push for Halal as manifested by the creation of the Halal Technical Working Group, the adoption of the ARMM Halal Food Industry Development Framework and in 2009, the drafting and adoption of the ARMM Halal Food Industry Development Plan with technical and funding support from the Canadian International Cooperation AgencyLocal Governance Support Program for ARMM (LGSPA-CIDA). A relevant Bill was also passed by the Regional Legislative Assembly. The Halal Plan has pro-actively laid out the concept of value chain and the clustering approach that is now serving us our pathway towards agriindustrialization. It prescribes the necessary measures to turn our primary industries that deal on production of raw materials towards the path leading to the development of secondary ( e.g. product transformation or processing) and tertiary industries (e.g. services). The ARMM Halal Food Industry Development Plan shows the opportunity to integrate various Halal initiatives and programs and projects incorporated in the Regional and Provincial Development Plans, agency plans and the ARMM Regional Legislative and Legislative Agenda (ARELA) 2009-2010. The process also involved the business sector through the ARMM Business Council, selected producers and industry players for the identification of priorities and strategies. The Plan has five (5) Chapters: Chapter 1 provides an incisive look at the profile of the region; Chapter 2 presents an analysis of our region’s strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities; Chapter 3 lays the development
framework which puts into proper perspective the visions and goals of the regional government; Chapter 4 takes into consideration what the region needs to realize such vision, goals and objectives. The Plan sets out targets, strategies, as well as the programs and projects that are to be laid out by the ARMM government; and Chapter 5 presents the investment requirements, resource generation and mobilization, the i n s t i t u t i o n a l mechanism, the communication plan, as well as the monitoring and evaluation mechanism that will guide the leadership of the autonomous region. The plan is a crucial instrument for the establishment of Economic Zones, Halal Hubs as well as investment and p r o d u c t i o n mechanisms to perk up the economy. Investors from the Middle-East and elsewhere would find the plan a looking window by which they could anchor their interests. This plan, together with the Sustainability Plan for Improved Local Governance in ARMM (SPILGA), is a crucial development instrument which demands sustained efforts of building from incremental successes of the various developmental inputs provided to the ARMM. The SPILGA was presented in a Donors Forum held at the Insular Hotel in Davao City on November 11, 2009 as the Local Governance Support Program for ARMM (LGSPA), a project under the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), marked its last few days in ARMM.
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NEWS ‘Big Three,’ Eastern cut prices of petroleum products Major oil companies on Monday said they will slash prices of their petroleum products on Tuesday morning. Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell and Chevron (formerly
Caltex Philippines) will reduce the price of unleaded and premium gasoline by 60 centavos per liter; 35 centavos per liter on regular gasoline; and 40 centavos per liter on
kerosene. The “Big Three” oil firms did not announce any cut in the price of diesel. The price adjustments
will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, they said. The oil companies said that the price tweak reflected the movement in the international market. BIG/P3
ARMM prepares for “Pablo,” creates 24/7 operation center
COTABATO CITY- A 24/7 operations center has been put up at the office of Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in preparation for the onslaught of super typhoon “Pablo” in Northern Mindanao. The establishment of the Signal No. 1. coordinate government operation center came after Lawyer Anwar agencies response when the Regional Disaster Risk Malang, ARMM executive necessary. Reduction and Management secretary, said history Retired Gen. Loreto Council (RDRRMC)placed would tell ARMM officials Rirao, office of civil defense the region under “Blue Alert that when there’s heavy chief and concurrent head Status.” downpour in the province of RDRRMC-ARMM, said ARMM is composed of the of Bukidnon, his office has been closely provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao monitoring the situation in Maguindanao,Lanao del Sur, del Sur will experience low-lying areas in the Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. flashfloods. region, especially The PAGASA (Philippine “Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao and Lanao Atmospheric,Geophysical, Basilan are catch basin of del Sur. Astronomical Services waters from Bukidnon,” Malang has ordered the Administration) has reported Malang said to explain the Department of Health to that Lanao del Sur has been establishment of prepare medicines needed ARMM/P3 included in areas under storm operation center to
Pacquiao fed up with Marquez insults, to prove Filipinos are no cheaters
A day with the elders – (L-R) Mayor Reynaldo F. Constantino and wife Roselyn, shares some good moments with Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s better half Jinky, as they listens to the heartwarming words from the group of senior citizens during a recently held health profiling, master listing and medical consultation for elders by MHO and Philhealth representatives in Malungon, Sarangani. (Isagani Palma-KotEx gensan bureau).
Elders avail expanded healthcare in Malungon M A L U N G O N , Sarangani – The local government here, in collaboration with municipal health officials and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation have started the distribution of Philhealth cards to senior citizen-beneficiaries since late last week, a reliable source said. MHO head Dr. Rafaida
Garay-Hernandez said aside from the earlier distributed 8, 942 Philhealth cards to indigent families who are on top of President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the local government headed by Mayor Reynaldo ‘Bong’ Constantino have already
commenced the distribution of Philhealth cards to senior citizens who are found to be fittingly qualified to the said health insurance program of the government. “Actually the distribution of Philhealth cards to senior citizens have already started during our November 13 health profiling, master listing and consultation activity that ELDERS/P3
Northern Kabuntalan, Health team treated more than 1,300 patients, mostly women, children and elderly, during the conduct of free medical consultation. 250 dental patients have also undergone tooth extraction. The medicaldental outreach mission was held as the town celebrated its 6thFounding Anniversary on November 27 with Maguindanao provincial governor Esmael ‘Toto’ Mangudadatu as their guest of honor. In his short message, Mangudadatu again emphasized his desire to make health services more accessible for its constituents while he is also doubling his efforts to upgrade the lifestyles of every Maguindanaon( Contributed Photo)
Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is out to prove to the boxing world including arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez that Filipinos do not condone cheating and he was the one robbed of a clear win in their first encounter in 2004. “Well, this is the reason why there is gonna be a fourth fight. Not only to erase all the doubts that marked the previous fights but also to stop his insults not only to me, personally, but also to the entire Filipino nation,” the soft-spoken father of four with wife Jinkee told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) on the eve of his team’s departure Sunday here to Las
Vegas for his fourth, and probably the last, fight with Marquez this coming Saturday (Sunday in Manila). “No, I’m not mad at him,” Pacquiao said with his trademark wide smile, but quickly added he will not be cowed by Marquez’ insults and pronouncements, and ultimately prove this time that his two previous wins were no fluke> And it should have been three. The first fight with Marquez in 2004 ended in a draw when judge Burt Clements scored the opening round 10-7 instead of 10-6, as
Pacquiao knocked down the Mexican three times. Clements admitted his mistake later and apologized for his miscue. That error in scoring, somehow emboldened the Mexican four-division beltowner, also known as “El Dinamita,” to declare to all those who care to listen and believe that he won that bout, as well as the second and third, which was won by Pacquiao via a split decision in 2008 and a majority verdict only a year ago. “Not only that, I have to defend our people who he also insulted by saying I robbed him of victories. PAQUIAO/P2
DSWD-12 to construct P10M infra projects in 6 poor villages in SK province KIDAPAWAN CITYSchools and other infrastructure projects will be constructed early next year in at least six poor villages in a town in Sultan Kudarat province, an official from the regional social welfare department in Central Mindanao said. Gemma Rivera, assistant regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12, said three school buildings, each amounting to P2 million, would be erected in barangays South Sepaka, Monteverde and Daluga in Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat. She said these classrooms will answer the clamor of schools that for a long period of time are still utilizing dilapidated school buildings. The additional classrooms will also respond to problems of overcrowding that often compromise the quality of education, Rivera stressed. Aside from classrooms,
the DSWD-12 is set to install solar battery charging stations in barangays Sumilil and Kanulay, also in Bagumbayan. A hundred households of the B’laan natives will be lighted once the charging stations are installed in the villages, reports from the DSWD-12 said. The social welfare agency is also set to construct potable water system in Barangay Santo Nino. Rivera said that waterborne diseases are prevalent in the village because of unprotected sources of drinking water. Rivera said the community projects in six villages in Bagumbayan town were chosen among the 19 proposed projects of all barangays of Bagumbayan during the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum-Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA). The MIBF-PRA is a
community empowerment strategy where volunteers present their sub-project proposals and choose which among these proposals will be prioritized based on the criteria that they themselves set. Rivera said that 30 percent of the total project cost is a counterpart of the local community as beneficiaries. The six projects will be implemented under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa K a h i r a p a n Comprehensive Delivery of Social Services (KalahiCIDSS) through the financial support of World Bank, which aims to improve local governance, reduce poverty and empower communities. The projects in Bagumbayan are also expected to complement the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program, two of the DSWD’s anti-poverty projects, Rivera said. (PNA)