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Govt grants MILF autonomy in Mindanao

Manila is currently negotiating peace with the MILF in an effort to sign a political deal that would put an end to decades of bloody fighting in Mindanao. The Oman Tribune quoted chief MILF peace AUTONOMY/PAGE 10


PDP POWER. Senator Teofisto Guingona III listens to the Padayon Pilipino stalwarts in a special meeting Saturday at a local hotel. In attendance were Congressmen Peter Unabia, Benjo Benaldo and Yevgeny Emano. Leading the city officials were Mayor Vicente Emano who came with Vice Mayor Cesar Acenas, Councilors Emmanuel Abejuela, Pepe Abbu, Nadia Emano-Elipe, President Elipe and Alden Bacal. Also joining the discussions were Opol Mayor Dexter Yasay and other officials of Misamis Oriental.Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

By AL JACINTO Regional Editor-Zamboanga

Z A M B OA N G A City––The Philippine government has reportedly agreed to a Muslim autonomy proposed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the country’s largest Muslim rebel group fighting for self-determination in the restive southern region of Mindanao.

February 21, 2012

Health office bares 7 people with HIV By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga with JOEL PORTUGAL, Caraga News Bureau

WEATHER UPDATE AS of 11:00 a.m. yesterday, the tailend of a cold front will continue to bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in Northern and Central Luzon and the eastern section of Southern Luzon including Metro Manila, Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao becoming widespread rains over Quezon, Aurora, Isabela and Bicol Region. Residents living in low lying areas and along mountain slopes are advised to be on alert for possible occurrence of flashfloods and landslides. source: pagasa

BUTUAN City––The city health office has announced that seven people here had been infected with the deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The city health office made the announcement during a Local Aids Council Meeting at city hall’s conference room last week. It did not name the patients but merely said they were undergoing regular medication at the Southern Philippine Medical Center in Davao City to stem the virus’

progress into a full–blown acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) disease. As chairman of the Local Aids Council, Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. has sought the cooperation of members to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the city. The members of the council include Councilor Vergilio Nery, the local offices of the Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, HEALTH/PAGE 10

Education department memo, EO get public ire By VANESSA L. ALMEDA, Special to Mindanao Daily

SURIGAO City––A Department of Education (DepEd) memorandum order requiring students and pupils to submit a tax clearance certificate as a requirement for graduation is creating a public outcry here. DepEd Schools Division Superintendent for Surigao del Norte Division Dr. Evelyn R. Fetalvero issued Division Memorandum Order No. 08, series of 2012 which says “Effective this school year, all Grade VI pupils and Fourth Year Secondary Students are mandated to secure Tax Clearance Cer-

For more details, contact Tel. No.: 309-5276 HERMILINO VILLALON Manager

tificates thru their parents from the Provincial, City and/or Municipal Treasurer as requirement for graduation.” The memo was addressed to education program supervisors, coordinators, secondary and elementary principals, head teachers and personnel. Fetalvero said the order is based on Executive Order 001 issued by Provincial Governor Sol F. Matugas on January 7, 2011 entitled “An order Requiring a Tax Clearance issued by the provincial, city and/or Municipal

Treasurer, as the case may be, evidencing payment of yearly tax obligations from any requester including local contractors and supplier of goods and services, and job applicants before issuance of official records.” She said she is only doing this to help the provincial government in collecting taxes especially real property owners with unpaid taxes or delinquent taxpayers. “It is our civil obligation to pay our taxes,” the education official said. EO DISCREPANCY It should be noted however, the Fetalvero’s order bears EO 001 as issued only

in 2012. In a related development, the Provincial Council adopted on Monday, February 13, a request of the Provincial Treasurer Daisy D. Hubilla for the inclusion of EO 001, series of 2012. The provincial administrator in a document provided this paper showed EO OO1-A, which he said is the original copy. The same EO was established as EO 001-A, series of 2011, and approved on January 7, 2011. Incidentally, these documents do not bear the Provincial Governor’s Seal. PROTEST Several groups have al-

ready aired their protest to the EO, as a main culprit to the controversial DepEd Memo. The Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) Surigao diocese issued a strongly worded opposition to the EO citing it as “illegal and immoral.” IFI Bishop Rhee Timbang in a statement read and circulated in the local media argued that the EO “is not covered by an ordinance enacted by the Provincial Board of Surigao del Norte, otherwise such ordinance must have been cited by the said EO.” EDUCATION/PAGE 10

Briefly Mayor to cops: solve Kwan killing DAVAO City––Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio Monday ordered the police to pursue all leads that will direct to the two killers of Marjorie Kwan who was waylaid by two robbers in a broad-daylight robbery that happened midday Saturday in Paciano Bangoy, Agdao District here. This as the mayor maintained that the city’s crime rate remains the lowest in all cities in Mindanao, despite isolated cases like the Marjorie Kwan killing which is being highlighted.

Drainage plan GENERAL Santos City–– The city government has adopted as top priority the immediate funding and implementation this year of its P800-million drainage master plan in a bid to resolve the perennial flooding problems in several villages in the area. Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio said they are currently seeking out available funding resources for the city-wide drainage project, which mainly involves the construction of major drainage channels and additional flood-control systems in major rivers traversing the city’s 26 barangays.

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Disaster awareness among barangay officials’ necessary By CRIS DIAZ, Associate Editor

THE Department of Interior and Local Government called on ‘punong barangays’ throughout the country to conduct disaster awareness and response campaign in their respective communities. Local government Secretary Jesse Robredo made the call during the meeting of the National Executive Board of the 42,000-strong Liga ng mga Barangay in Manila last week. More than 100 representatives from the provinces and highly urbanized cities and chapter presidents of the Liga ng mga Barangay participated the meeting. Robredo enjoined all barangay officials to be ready at all times when disasters occurred through their disaster risk reduction and management plan which include DISASTER/PAGE 11 Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez (second district of Cagayan de Oro) discusses House Bill 5663 (an act appropriating the sum of P2,000,000,000) as supplemental appropriation for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City which suffered devastation brought about by typhoon Sendong which hit these cities last December 16-17, 2011) during a regular session in the House of Representatives and pushes for its immediate passage. He filed HB 5663, along with Abante Mindanao Representative Maximo B. Rodriguez Jr., in order to help the people of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan recover from the worst disaster in their history and start rebuilding their lives.

House to tackle 50% electric bill subsidy Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay stresses a point during a press conference held Friday in Cagayan de Oro while Bureau of Customs assistant collector for Northern Mindanao Marvin Mison looks on. The congresswoman was here to give P1.5-million and P500,000, respectively, to Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro as assistance for the Sendong victims. Earlier she paid a courtesy call to Mayor Vicente Emano at city hall. For his part, Mison reported that the collection port here has surpassed their target which bagged them an award from the national BOC office. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

THE 50 per cent subsidy on electricity bill of residents of the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan who were victims of Typhoon Sendong last December will be discussed in the plenary during one of the regular sessions of the Lower House in Congress this week. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City, said House Bill No. 5685 granting a 50 per cent subsidy on electricity bill to Sendong victims was approved during the First Regular Session of the 15th Congress this year.

Rodriguez, who authored the bill and coauthored by Party List Rep. Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. of Abante Mindanao (Abamin), said that under the bill Sendong victims are entitled to 50 per cent discount on electric bills

for one year starting Dec. 16, 2011. Funds for the remaining 50 per cent to be granted to household or person affected by the Sendong will be taken from the Malampaya funds of the government, Rodriguez said. The same bill mandates the Department of Energy in consultation with the Cagayan de Oro Power and Electric Company (Cepalco) and the Iligan Light and Power Inc. to draft and promulgate the implementing rules and regulations

necessary for the effective implementation of the Act. The bill narrated the agony of Sendong victims who lost their loved ones at the height of the typhoon on December 17, 2011. Rodriguez said the victims need to be rehabilitated and be given all the assistance possible. The provision of the subsidies on the victims’ electric bills until they fully recovered from the tragedy is a form of assistance ease the burdens among them, Rodriguez added.

Livelihood trainings for Zambo detainees bared Rebels torched heavy equip’t

ZAMBOANGA City-- The Zamboanga City Jail of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (ZCJ-BJMP) in cooperation with non-government organizations has been conducting livelihood training to more than 1,000 detainees so they could embark for decent livelihood after serving their sentences. Chief Insp. Julius Arro, city jail warden, said that several government and non-

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government agencies are now conducting livelihood training for the male and female detainees to prepare them for decent livelihood activities when they leave the reformatory center. He added that the livelihood training includes making of bags and slippers, painting, baking and cooking, automechanic and related skills. Arro also said that aside from the livelihood training,

value formation is also part of the seminars to change their moral values and attitudes when they go back to the community. “We are doing our best in transforming our detainees to be good citizens when they go back to the community after serving their light sentences or when they leave the reformatory center,” he said. Aside from providing livelihood training for inmates, the

city jail will also improve the health facilities and benefits for its detainees. Arro said he will lobby with some politicians to sponsor the establishment of a minidispensary or hospital that will help and assist the detainees in cases of emergencies or for medical examinations. “We are trying to give comfort to our detainees, particularly those old detainees, who need medical attention. By giv-

ing and providing them good health services, they may still be healthy while serving their minor jail terms, including the more than 20 high-risks detainees awaiting final convictions of their respective cases,” he said. At present, the city jail has to escort detainees to the government’s Zamboanga City Medical Center in case they need medical attention. With wire reports

Military supports Mindanao peace initiative CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao-- The military in Central Mindanao region is fully supportive of the Mindanao peace process which is nearing completion. Maj.Gen. Rey Ardo, 6th Infantry Division commander, said the four Army brigades under his command and the battalions under the brigades are playing their roles in helping lay down the foundation of the long awaited peace in southern Philippines. Ardo said the local government units in Maguindanao and North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat have put

up, along with the military units assigned in the area, road sides along major highways reminding the people that peace is possible in Mindanao. “Muslim, Christians, Lumads desire for peace,” one roadside signs said. “Peace is everybody’s dream, including that of our soldiers,” Ardo, who once served as chair of the government ceasefire panel, told reporters. “In fact, our soldiers are no longer preparing for war most of the time but preparing how to contribute in the attainment of peace in the island,” he said.

Maguindanao, where most of the 6th ID troops have been assigned, is a known hot bed of Moro uprising. Development moves slow pace in the province because of peace and order problem. Ardo admitted that the presence of Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team has contributed to the reduction of Moro rebelsgovernment troops clashes in Mindanao in 2011. Aside from working for peace, the soldiers of the “Kampilan” division are also active in the protection of environment.

Over the weekend, more than 3,000 mahogany seedlings were planted by soldiers and other non government organizations in a military reservation area near the Cotabato airport. Similarly, the four Army brigades under the 6th ID have planted trees in the surroundings of military camps. “These trees are not for us but for the next generations to come,” he said. Ardo enjoined civic organizations and peoples organization to take part in peace building and environmental protection programs in their communities.

KIDAPAWAN City-– Suspected communist guerrillas operating in North Cotabato set on fire a heavy equipment owned by a private construction firm in this city at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, a police officer said. Insp. Rolando Dillera, chief of the investigation division of the Kidapawan City PNP, said at least five armed suspects arrived on board two motorcycles at Purok-5, Barangay San Roque here and immediately poured gasoline on a 10-wheeler dump truck parked at the quarry site. The truck, bearing plate No. RGJ-602, was owned by the Sarangani Rock Mixer, a construction firm doing rehabilitation of the national highway in Antipas and Arakan towns in North Cotabato. Orlando Balondo, REBELS/PAGE 11




Photojournalist Richel Umel of Iligan City shares with media colleagues his experience covering the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong in Iligan City in the first ever peer support workshop for journalists covering a traumatic event. The event was organized by the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) with the assistance of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Also in photo are Weng Paraan and Onik Uy of NUJP and photojournalist Bobby Lagsa of Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Mike Baños, NPN

Journalists helping journalists By MIKE BAÑOS, Correspondent

INITAO, Misamis Oriental––Some 35 journalists from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro gathered recently at this resort town midway between the two cities to engage each other in a two-day workshop aimed at helping them cope with traumatic stress and its after effects arising from the disaster. Organized by the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) with technical assistance from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, the two-day workshop dubbed “Peer Support: Journalists helping Journalists” brought together journalists who were victims of the flash floods which killed over 1,000 people in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan last December 17 as well as others who covered its tragic aftermath. It was actually the first peer support activity NUJP launched,” said Rowena C. Paraan, NUJP secretary general. “Although we’ve been conducting stress and trauma care sessions for families of journalists killed since 2006, it was the first one for a big number of journalists, whose common denominator is the Sendong experience, either as one of those affected or as journalists covering the disaster. “This is not meant to replace stress debriefing but rather act as a starting point to help journalists who were victims of the disaster as well as those who covered it recognize stress and trauma and how to deal with its long-term effects on the mental and physical health of the journalists involved,” said Ms. Paraan. “It was more to show support and give venue for people to share their stories as a possible way to unload emotions.” The workshop stems from a growing recognition among the local media

community that journalists are often among the “first responders” to a disaster along with emergency work-

ers like police, firemen and ambulance workers yet have little or no debriefing or counseling after covering a traumatic event. HELPING/PAGE 10

Republic of the Philippines FOURTH S HARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City PEARL MARGARET B. MUTIA, Petitioner. -versus-


MARS “AMER” P. BALOSOR, Respondent. X----------------------------------------/

SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION TO: MARS “AMER” P. BALOSOR Ceanuri Village, Tomas Cabili, Iligan City or Magpatao, Lala, Lanao del Norte GREETINGS: You are hereby required to appear or file within ten (10) days from the last date of publication of this summons, either personally or through counsel with this Court at 2nd Floor Nancy Ali Building, Camague Hi-way, Tomas Cabili, Iligan City (infront of Shell Gas Station). Your answer/comment to the petition filed by your wife (PEARL MARGARET B. MUTIA) which in substance she prays for a grant of Divorce by Faskh and cancellation of the marriage contract. You are hereby required to serve a copy of your answer/comment upon the petitioner at her residence at Tubod, Iligan City. Should you fail to come personally or through a representative or file your answer to the petitioner within the aforesaid period, the court shall proceed to receive the evidence ex-parte upon which judgement shall be rendered. Iligan City, February 17, 2012.

MD: Feb. 21, 28 & Mar. 6, 2012

(Sgd.) NASRODING A. ALI Clerk of Court

Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District lligan City PEARL MARGARET B. MUTIA, Petitioner, -versusMARS “AMER” P. BALOSOR, Respondent. X-----------------------------------------/


ORDER On February 13, 2012, this Court received petitioner’s urgent Ex-parte Motion (for leave of court to effect service of summons by Publication), praying therein that an order be issued allowing the petitioner to effect service of summons by publication to respondent MARS “AMER” P. BALOSOR, pursuant to the Rules of Court being suppletory to the Special Procedures in Shari’a Courts, in view of the failure of the process server of this Court to effect personal service of summons on the ground that said respondent is no longer residing in the address mentioned in the petitioner and his whereabouts is not known to the community in Ceanuri Village, Tomas Cabili, lligan City or Magpatao, Lala, Lanao del Norte if ever he transferred the residence. WHEREFORE, premises considered, petitioner’s Urgent Ex-parte Motion for Leave of Court to effect service of summons by publication to respondent (petitioner’s-husband MARS “AMER” P. BALOSOR), is hereby granted. Thus, petitioner is allowed to cause the service of summons to her said husband by publication in any local newspapers of general circulation in three (3) consecutive weeks, of this order and the summons in which case petitioner shall send a copy of this Order, the summons and the petition by registered mail to the last known address of the said respondent, and is directed to show proofs thereof. SO ORDERED. lligan City, Philippines, February 17, 2012.

MD: Feb. 21, 28 & Mar. 6, 2012

(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

Cagayanons should be careful in dealing with people pretending to extend relief goods. These people are from Save CDO Movement! In their desperate efforts, Save Cdo organizers are now sending their “volunteers” to different barangays in the city forcibly soliciting signatures of registered voters. They will ask residents to sign a piece of paper saying those who will sign will receive some relief assistance. These people said they are volunteers being promised of getting jobs next year. Do not be fooled. These are lies! They cannot provide you jobs. These people are ambitious. They boost of taking over City Hall at all costs. Save Cdo organizers are now resulting to false promises because they have set a deadline for the signature campaign on Feb. 25, 2012. Unfortunately, organizers of Save Cdo Movement have not even collected 20,000 signatures. There are unverified information that the group is manufacturing these signatures to reach 45,000 or more using massive campaign this week as an excuse. Beware, Cagayanons! Organizers of this shadowy group had also started soliciting financial assistance from unsuspecting individuals or groups. They will ask for your signature and at the same time begged for ‘voluntary contribution.’ If they will forcibly ask for an amount of money, please report them to barangay officials or to the nearest police station. They could be liable for extortion! The group is installing desks in front of Churches and in other areas in Cagayan de Oro City to solicit signatures and contributions. Stay away from them otherwise they will charge you of harassing them! Let us unite to drive this group away including individuals or those identified as volunteers since they are sowing discord among the people in Cagayan de Oro City. Let not one of us be fooled! PD ADVT





Mining industry needs more than an EO to reform BAYAN Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, author of the People’s Mining Bill (HB 4315) and bill on Mining Zones (HB 4726), yesterday expressed doubt that President Benigno Aquino’s much awaited executive order (EO) on mining would not be able to go beyond the defects of the Mining Act of 1995 in terms of lopsided benefits to foreign owned and backed mining firms, lack of environmental safeguards and the disempowerment of local communities. The EO is expected to, among others, introduce competitive bidding for mining rights, impose a wider ban on mining in some areas, as well as a new provision on increased economic valuations on projects before they are approved. “This EO will not change the bias for exports and its resulting unbridled extraction of our mineral wealth for other economies. It seems the thrust of the EO is merely on increasing government revenues and giving local government units a larger piece of the pie. But this fails to address the more fundamental issues afflicting the industry,” he said. “Without a clear industrial strategy and the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995, we will only be further depleting our mineral resources to the benefit of foreign mining corporations. What we need now is a more responsive and people oriented mining law,” Casiño said. The People’s Mining Bill which Casiño authored seeks to reorient the Philippine mining industry towards the “wise and sustainable development and judicious use” of the country’s mineral resources. “Our Peoples Mining Bill does not only recognize the urgent need to protect the environment, but the important need to reorient the utilization of our natural resources towards genuine economic growth, that is, growth for the majority of our people and not only for the few,” Casiño ended.

THE 2012-2015 set of officers of the Media Health Advocates Group (MHAG) for Region 10, headed by Mindanao Daily Managing Editor Joe del Puerto Felicilda (right). Others in photo are (left to right) Past Pres. Henry Lasola of DXKO (Director); Anchor Vic Cabanag of DXIM (Auditor); Immediate Past Pres. Uriel Quilinguing of BusinessWeek Mindanao (Director), Scooper Jeff Baconga of DXIF Bombo Radyo (Director); News Reporter Michael Yu of Sun Star-CDO (Director); Reporter Rose Mondejar of Mindanao Observer (Secretary); Reporter Behua Marfori of RPN-TV 5 (Treasurer); Columnist Bingo Alcordo of Gold Star Daily (Vice President); and Anchor Ernie Balagot, RPN-DXKO (Director). (photo by Rodolfo Mendoza/PIA 10)

Three groups wary of moves to ensure Corona’s conviction dent Benigno Aquino III, will take over. Unconfirmed reports said that P100 million “grease money” had allegedly been readied to ensure the “possible” outcome of the case against Corona. Meanwhile, the farmworkers had urged the Supreme Court to expedite the finalization of the Hacienda Luisita case in order to resolve the brewing tension among the farmworkers in the Cojuangco-owned Hacienda. The joint statement said “Giving the decision final and executory to distribute Hacienda Luisita is correcting the historical, legal and moral injustice that the farm workers experienced at the hands of the Cojuangco-Aquinos. The time is ripe for the High Court to give what is due to the farm workers, their long and arduous struggle should finally be compensated by assuring that the vast sugar estate would be given to them without any conditions”. UMA has called for the support of the public, the church, progressive groups and other concerned citizens to be vigilant on any possible plots of the President and his relatives to reverse the court’s decision that favors the farmworkers. WITH REPORT FROM NOEL SALES BARCELONA

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BUTUAN City––Three militant groups have expressed fear that the money supposedly alloted for the compensation of farmworkerbeneficiaries will be used by Malacañang to “influence” the outcome of the ongoing impeachment trial against Chief Justice Renato Corona. In news wires gathered, the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA), the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) and the partylist Anak Pawis had sent a joint statement to CBCP which said that newly-appointed Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza is “actually a Cojuangco –molded official” and it is possible that he would serve as the Cojuangco family’s

“spin doctor” who would try “to influence” the Impeachment Court to ensure that the Chief Justice would be removed from office and the November, 2011 decision on the Hacienda Luisita case would be eventually reversed if the new Chief Justice, appointed by Presi-

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/ Municipality: Butuan City NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that MAXIMO PULTA has filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from HIPOLITO to MAXIMO in the birth certificate of HIPOLITO PULTA who was born on August 13, 1953 at Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines and whose parents are FRUCTUOSO PULTA and ESTELITA BONGCARAS. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 01 March 2012. (SIGNED) JUDITH ALVIZO CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar

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Consumer protection sought in mobile cellular phone industry A solon wants to regulate mobile cellular phone service ans is strongly pushing for the promotion of the rights of mobile phone subscribers by requiring telecommunications service companies to provide the public with detailed information of their services. Rep. Teddy Casiño (Partylist, Bayan Muna) authored House Bill 5653, which seeks to ensure a pro-people telecommunications industry and promote consumer welfare. According to Casiño, telecommunications is a necessity, a public utility and a strategic industry for bridging development from urban city centers to rural areas and for the communication needs of people spread across the archipelago as well as those living and working abroad. “It is the government’s responsibility to provide affordable, accessible and efficient telecommunications services to its citizens. It is every Filipino’s right to have access to low-cost and efficient telecommunications services for everyday, basic communication,” Casiño said. Casiño said the govern-

ment, due to its liberalization and deregulation policies, its inability or refusal to confront the existence of cartels or an oligopoly in the telecommunications sector has failed to uphold consumer rights by refusing to effectively regulate the telecommunications industry. Casiño said there were numerous instances where these telecommunication service providers defied the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). “TELCOs refused to implement a 20-centavo deduction on interconnection charges for short messaging service (SMS) which the NTC ordered to take effect on November 30, 2011. An interconnection fee is charged on every SMS from one telco to another and the NTC allows these telcos to greedily charge 1-peso despite the lowered interconnection fee,” Casiño stressed. Casiño said low call and text rates remain the exception rather than the rule even as Smart and Globe cellular sites can now handle more calls and messages compared to a decade ago but still they

charge rates that for the poor majority would eat a sizable portion of their income. Likewise, Casiño said the true costs of mobile services are hidden in the untransparent pricing of Smart and Globe, which enables them to impose onerous charges. “Prepaid subscribers often are left blind as to how their credits were consumed, if they were indeed consumed at all prior to the load expiration, which in itself is a dubious practice. Postpaid subscribers meanwhile bewail a lack of transparency on the charges levied against them as found in billing statements,” Casiño said. Casiño said these are among the many reasons of government’s failure to protect the Filipino consumers. NTC has consistently avoided resolving the non-transparency and the irregularities of mobile phone service providers, invoking the supposed deregulation of the telecommunications industry through Republic Act 7925 or the Public Telecommunications Policy Act. “The situation of government neglect and oligopolistic

exploitation cannot go on unchecked,” Casiño said. Under the measure to be known as “The Mobile Phone Subscribers Act,” mobile phone service providers, distributors and retailers are required to file a petition to the NTC every time they intend to implement any changes in the market price ceilings of basic mobile phone services. The NTC shall set the minimum performance metrics based on the success rate of calls, acceptable level of noise in voice calls, network latency and propagation delay and data drops and unreceived data packets. Expiry of prepaid credits

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Bank of Philippine Islands posts net income of P12.8 Billion in 2011 THE Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) posted an unaudited net income of P12.8 billion for full year 2011, a 13.4% increase over the P11.3 billion reported in 2010. This result translated to a Return on Equity of 15.2% and a Return on Assets of 1.6%. Total revenues grew by 7% as net interest income improved by 10% due to the expansion of P48 billion in average asset base. Amid a low interest rate environment, net interest margin was not only preserved but ended higher by 13 basis points. Non interest income was better by 3% due to higher service charges, trust fees, income from the insurance companies and credit card income. Operating expenses increased by 12% with almost half of the increase brought about by salary related increases. Manpower cost though remained at 48% of total expenses. Also increasing were premises costs, regulatory costs, and other variable costs. Impairment losses were lower

at P2.15 billion in view of the continuous decline in non-performing assets. With the focus on the safety of the Bank’s assets and the maintenance of yields at the expense of assets growth, total resources of P843 billion was slightly lower than previous year. The Bank continued its thrust of growing low cost deposits to fund its loan growth. Though total deposits contracted by about 5% to P681 billion, total intermediated funds reached P1.35 trillion, or a 12% increase as assets under management went up by 38%. The Bank’s net loan portfolio reached P453 billion, increasing by 20% from the previous year, with the growth coming from all market segments: middle market by 24%, top tier corporations by 21%, SMEs by 20%, and consumer by 12%. Loan to deposit ratio was 68% from last year’s 54%. Asset quality continued to improve as the net 30day NPL ratio went down further to 1.9% from prior year’s 2.1%, with a reserve cover of 116%.

is prohibited until such credit has been fully consumed. A subscriber of mobile telephone services shall only be billed for the actual airtime usage and number of messages sent. Also, the six seconds of actual use shall be billed at the rate of one-tenth of a minute using the applicable rate for the particular plan of the mobile phone, whether a post-paid or pre-paid service subscriber. Pre-paid subscribers bill breakdown shall have a detailed billing at no cost to the subscriber, on the usage of their mobile cellular phone by presenting their consumed pre-paid care or load credit

tracer numbers to the designated business center of the service providers within seven working days after the consumption or expiration of prepaid cards or load credits. The bill prohibits the charging of inter-network access charges for communication, over and above the prices for mobile phone services, between mobile phones utilizing SIM cards issued by different service providers. It also prohibits unsolicited commercial advertisement sent through SMS, recorded voice calls or other supplementary mobile phone services, retention and disclosure by the service providers of the subscribers’ personal information for promotion or for a marketing program. Mobile phone service providers are required to adopt a cellular mobile telephony system that will allow subscribers to retain mobile numbers even after they switch service providers. T h e D e p a r t m e nt s of Transporation and communication (DOTC), Trade and Industry (DTI), NTC and other relevant government agencies are directed to implement the rules and regulations of this Act. Violators face a maximum fine of P10,000.00 for any person giving false or misleading data or information and P10,000,000,00 if the offender is a corporation and/ or suspension or revocation of its franchise.

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Attack the ‘enemy’ Last of two parts WITH this incontrovertible evidence, Corona is faced with a difficult situation. How could he convince the impeachment court — and the court of public opinion – of his innocence? He must have realized then that the impeachment court is an unfriendly territory. He had to find another venue where he could extricate himself out of the quicksand he trapped himself into. On February 12, on the eve of the Day 15 trial, several members of Corona’s defense team held a press conference where they alleged that an unnamed source gave them “reliable” information that President Benigno Aquino III through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. attempted to bribe the senator-judges P100 million each to disregard the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court on the disclosure of Corona’s dollar accounts. As he attacked the “enemy” using the media, Corona also petitioned the Supreme Court to issue a TRO and void the impeachment proceedings. In an en banc session last February 9, the high court decided to defer issuing a TRO; however, it required the respondents to comment within 10 days. Last February 13, Corona upped the ante and filed a supplemental petition to reinforce his bid to stop the impeachment trial. He accused five senator-judges of being partial against him. One senator-judge opined that Corona’s strategy in filing the supplemental petition is to open the way for a mistrial. “Acquittal by TRO” Evidently, Corona is now taking an unorthodox approach to secure his acquittal, he is playing “catch me if you can” by bringing the Supreme Court into play; that

THINK a minute. Is your voice go o d enough to sing a solo on T.V. or radio? If you’re like me, you’ll stick to singing in the shower only! So what are you good at? And compared to whom? If golf is your sport and you can beat your buddies in a round, how good are you compared to Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, or Veejay Singh? You and I cannot begin to measure up their world-class standard of golf ! Years ago I had to learn a new language. After 3 months of study and practice, I felt quite good about my progress. Compared to the tourists, I was a whiz and very fluent. But compared to the locals, I talked like a 5-year-old little boy.

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst In the same way, we may look at some really bad people and feel quite good about ourselves. Compared to them, we almost look like saints! But compared to God, how good do we look? Well, who doesn’t look like dirt compared to our perfect Creator! Even if we locked ourselves away from all temptation and prayed all day for the rest of our lives, we still

could not come even close to being as pure and perfectly good as God is. So because we want to feel we’re still OK and good enough, we choose to compare ourselves to those really bad people. But there is only one way that God can accept you and me so we can live in a right relationship with Him. God has to give us the gift of His own perfect good-

ness. That’s why God the Son became a human being to pay the penalty of death for all our wrongs and sins. Not His, since he has no wrongs to die for. Jesus wants to give you His perfect goodness free, so you can be good enough to become God’s child and enjoy His life with Him— both now and in heaven after you die. But it’s up to you to ask Jesus for His free gift of forgiveness and new life. Just ask Him to forgive you for all your wrongs and living your own way. Then ask Him to take full charge of your life and start changing your character with His kind of goodness inside every day, for the rest of your life. Just Think a Minute.

Battling the Supreme Court

ON JANUARY 21, 2010, the U.S. White House issued a press release ‘sharply criticizing’ the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision amending Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 on ‘prohibition of corporate and labor disbursements for electioneering communications.’ In amending the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, the U.S. high court overturned, 5-4, its 1989 deci- Cris Diaz sion in Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce prohibiting corporations and unions from using their general treasury funds to make independent expenditures for speech defined as an “electioneering ATTACK/p.11 communication” or for speech expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate. Barack Obama furiously reacted to the Supreme Court decision and pledge for Congress ‘to develop a forceful response.’ The White House press release reads in part: ‘With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to The MINDANAO DAILY is published by Mindanao Daily Balita at Door 3, Geleng Bldg., Lapasan Highway, Cagayan de a new stampede of special interest money in our politics. Oro City. It is registered with the Department of Trade and It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health Industry (DTI), Region 10 with CerƟfifcate No. 01349532, and insurance companies and the other powerful interests with Business Permit No. 02275, TIN No. 946-396-807-001 that marshal their power every day in Washington to Telefax Nos: (088) 856-3344, (08822)74-53-80, drown out the voices of everyday Americans.’ Cell nos.: 0917-7121424, 0923-432-0687 Today, the same is undertaking in the Philippines. Website: www// President Simeon Benigno Aquino, III, marshal PhilipE-mail: pine Congress to impeach Chief Justice Renato Corona of the Supreme Court. But Aquino’s tirade with the Philippine Supreme Court defers from that of Obama’s DANTE M. SUDARIA

outburst with the U.S. Supreme Court. Obama chided members of the U.S. Supreme Court for reversing a law while Aquino was angry with the Chief Justice. In other words, while the former talked on the grounds pertaining to establish law, the latter held on ‘personal’ grounds tending to belittle the High Court’s credibility and independence. Any ordinary citizen, without legal background, but knows the basic on separation of powers under a Presidential form of government has nothing but doubt on the motives of Aquino. Speaker of the House Feliciano Belmonte said ‘ President Aquino wanted Corona impeach after he and seven other Arroyo appointees to the Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order to block the travel ban against Arroyo. Rep. Joseph E.A. Abaya of Cavite also disclosed that Corona was the last stumbling blocked to his reform agenda. ‘House leaders worked to build a case against Corona and make sure this case stand on strong legal ground. Aquino gave the general direction, we followed because we believe this is the right thing,’ Abaya said. Yet, as the impeachment trial progressed, it becomes clear that Aquino is indirectly dipping his fingers on the case. Apparently, the President is worried that his stooges are losing the battle at the impeachment court. Thus, he presents his personal opinions in various public commitments as a way of wooing public support for his fancies. Aquino now wants the public to judge the Chief Justice rather than the duly constituted Senate impeachment court. Has Aquino lost propriety that he wants the impeachment court scratched his back?






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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But the day of the Lord A—ò›Ùã®Ý®Ä¦ will come like a thief. The JOE DEL PEURTO FELICILDA heavens will disappear with MANAGING EDITOR GUILLERMO ADE, JÙ. a roar; the elements will be PÙʗç‘ã®ÊÄ CRIS DIAZ destroyed by fire, and the ASSOCIATE EDITOR ALBERT MOLIT earth and everything done PAT SAMONTE MARLON DOMINGO in it will be laid bare…” (2 R›¦®Êă½ E—®ãÊÙ-CƒÙƒ¦ƒ CIRCULATION Peter 3:10, the Holy Bible). AL JACINTO -oooJUN ESCUADRO R›¦®Êă½ E—®ãÊÙ-ZƒÃÊƒÄ¦ƒ “DAY OF THE LORD”: RIZA O. ARES GERRY LEE GORIT IN HELL OR HERE ON LIEZL A. DELOSO ROLANDO SUDARIA JOE PALABAO EARTH? 2 Peter 3:10 and P«ÊãÊ JÊçÙă½®ÝãÝ RENE MICHAEL BAÑOS Malachi 4:1-3 (which was FELIX SANTILLAN MƒÙ»›ã®Ä¦ CÊÄÝç½ãƒÄãÝ our Life’s Inspiration the LƒùÊçã AÙã®Ýã other day) both talk of the ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI ƒããù. Ùʐ›ÙãÊ ƒ. ‘ƒÄãƒ¦Ê ¹Ù. coming “day of the Lord”, a URIEL C. QUILINGUING L›¦ƒ½ CÊçÄݛ½Ý E—®ãÊÙ®ƒ½ CÊÄÝç½ãƒÄã day of destruction by fire. The question that confronts REGIONAL PARTNERS: believers about this is this: WESTERN MINDANAO Does the phrase “day of the Mindanao Examiner/Mindanao Daily Lord” refer to hell, which Unit 15, 3F Fair Land Bldg., Nunez Extension is described as the “ lake of Zamboanga City Phone & Fax (062) 992 5480 eternal fire”, or does it refer Email: to a day that will happen URL: here on earth? CARAGA Malachi 4:1-3 reads: “… MARX’S PUBLISHING AND MARKETING SERVICES ‘Surely the day is coming; P-7 Resureccion Road., Holy Redeemer, it will burn like a furnace. Butuan City All the arrogant and every Cell No. 0948-4183501, 0912-8091093 evildoer will be stubble, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio and the day that is coming will set them on fire,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘Not a root or a branch will be left to them’…” -ooo“GREAT TRIBULATION” AND “DAY OF THE LORD”: My understanding is that, the “day of the Lord” referred to here, the day burning with fire like a furnace and setting everyone and everything on fire, is a day that will happen here on earth. I believe that this “day of the Lord” is the day of “Great Tribulation” which Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, warned about in Matthew 24, and in Mark

and Luke as well. Now, during the occurrence of this “day of fire”, are we and our love ones ready for it? Are we part of those who will be burned, or do we belong to the group who will be saved by God, His chosen ones? “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives,” 2 Peter 3:20 warns us, too. -oooMINDANAO SUMMIT WITHOUT WORD OF GOD: I commend Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III in pushing for the “Mind-

anao Disaster Preparedness Summit” in Cagayan De Oro City from February 18 to 19, 2012, but I am concerned that nothing will also come out of it despite the good intentions of the organizers and participants. The reason? Once again, God and His Word have been left out of the summit, judging from news accounts of what were discussed. Unless and until our leaders realize that disasters, especially from rains, floods and strong winds, actually represent curses from God arising from a nation’s refusal to listen to Him (i.e., refusal to read His Bible) and refusal to obey Him, they can never find a solution. -oooT I T F OR TAT ON WORD WAR: So, the prosecution panel is lambasting Chief Justice Renato Corona after he challenged President Aquino to come out PSYCHO/p.11




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Hedcor orients Ateneo studes on its hydropower operations KNOWING how hydropower operates is easily accessible through reading but seeing it in action – how water is converted to usable electricity to powerhomes and businesses makes a big difference. Forty-five Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) students taking Accounting and Management classes witnessed the creation of clean and renewable energy as they took a tour of Hedcor’s 42.5 MW Sibulan Hydropower Plant in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. Hedcor engineers showed how the plant converts water into electricity with little or no adverse effect to the environment. Generating 212 gigawatthours annually, the plant prevents the emission of 175,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Students also learned that the plant providing electricity to more than 50,000 homes can coexists with the environment and community. Together with he Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., Hedcor partner with

HYDROPOWER TOUR. Fortyfive Ateneo de Davao students take an inside look of Hedcor’s 42.5 MW Sibulan Hydropower Plant

in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. the community in bringing out projects focused on health, education and livelihood. Two potable water systems aided the residents in fetching drinking water in a much shorter walk as well as having pipes connected to their homes from the hydropower’s pipeline which allowed them to use the water for domestic use. Meanwhile, octors regularly visit the community during Hedcor’s medical mission, giving easier access to consultations, and medicines given freely by the hydropower firm.

The students can resonate with one of the thrusts of Hedcor and the Aboitiz Foundation––education for the future leaders of the country. Kids in the community receive gifts from Hedcor twice a year, during class opening and Christmas season. The gifts given are usually school supplies that can help them in school. Also, the top achievers in their class receive monthly stipend from Hedcor. The Sibulan Hydropower Plant started its operations in March 2010

Minola’s January sales jump by 33% MARKET leader Minola Cooking Oil posted a 33-percent sales increase in 2011, boosted by its heightened marketing campaign focusing on the product’s health benefits. Mamerto Bernardo, Minola national sales manager, reported that Minola’s sales jumped to P1.6 billion in 2011 from P1.2 billion in 2010, as the brand became more visible through marketing campaigns in cinemas, television and radio. “This was brought about by very active marketing activities like advertising and promotions. We also launched the Minola ‘Healthy Ka campaign’ with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile endorsing Minola as a healthy product, and we used ‘Gusto Ko Healthy Ka” as a spin-off of his famous campaign slogan ‘Gusto Ko Happy Ka’ in the 2010 elections,” Bernardo said.


and has been visited by high school and college students from Davao City. They marveled at the engineering feat in its neighboring town. Hedcor is a wholly-owned subsidiar y of AboitizPower Corpora-

tion. Hedcor is the largest developer of run-of-river hydropower plants in the country with 18 hydropower plants in Benguet, Davao and Ilocos Sur. It has plans of building more plants in Mindanao, thus developing five more

plants – two in Davao del Sur, one in Davao City and two in Bukidnon. On t he ot her ha nd, AdDU is one of the nine schools in the countr y owned and operated by the Society of Jesus. It formally opened in June 1948.



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Amante is new RPOC-13 chair

REGION 13 - Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., Friday, took his oath as new chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC-13) before DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo. Amante said he accepted the appointment believing that development could never be attained, without a peace and order. He further said he was assured of national government support.

DSWD assists 2,000 people

MISAMIS Occidental– More than 2,000 beneficiaries from four LGUs received financial assistance from DSWD. The beneficiaries were from the LGUs with high-incidence of poverty, such as Lopez Jaena, Bonifacio, Plaridel and Tudela. This is under the SelfEmployment Assistance- Kaunlaran (SEA-K).

NGO urges farmers to go organic

REGION 13 - In support of the climate change mitigation program of the national government, Executive Director Antonio Peralta of the Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM) urged farmers to go organic farming. At PIA-Caraga Regional Office, Peralta said organic products can help people obtain healthy lifestyle, since they are processed naturally.

Aussie, Philippines launch road management facilities

REGION 10 - Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell and DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, February 16, launched the Philippines Provincial Road Management Facility in three more provinces – Aklan, Davao del Norte and Lanao del Norte. The five-year P4.3 billion (A$100 million) facility will help the provincial governments in upgrading and maintaining their core road networks.

BOHOLANOS donate P620,000 for the construction of 1,000 housing units at the Calaanan Relocation Site. Photo shows Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano receiving the check, representing the said amount from Bohol Governor Edgardo M. Chatto. (CIO/jdelpf)

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God has put you where you are right now for a reason. You are there to bless, to inspire and to create a positive influence. You are there because God can use you to be His hand, feet and mouth to carry out His work. Continue to be a blessing always in everyone. (Contributed)

SP assists demolished families By ELDIE N. DAVID

BUTUAN City––The Sangguniang Panglunsod has approved a “disturbance assistance” of P2,000 for each of the 11 families affected by the recent demolition in Barangay Golden Ribbon. The process is based on the validation report of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) office on November 4, last year. The assistance is in response to the request of City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr.

The beneficiaries are the respective families of Francisco David, Romulo and Nenita Lagare, Arnold and Zenaida Lapitag, Arnel and Zenaida Mahay, Carmen and Nick Medrozo, Alex and Darlene Nollora, Mercedez Oyahi, Gregorio and Roslyn Ruperos, Marilyn Tahoyan, Nancy Traya, and Epifania Trobias. The resolution to this effect was jointly authored by all the city councilors present during the session, led by Councilor Jaime M. Cembrano Jr. (end/asf )


PhilHealth-10 honors Northern M’nao heroes CAGAYAN de Oro City––As part of its 17th anniversary celebration, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) in Region X, honored five individuals, who made exemplary accomplishments in their chosen fields. This year’s awardees were 1Lt Frank Junder Caminos for his gallantry and bravery in pursuit of peace and unity in Mindanao; Mr. Francis Casey Alcantara for representing the Filipinos in the sports with outstanding achievements; Captain Ereberto Caberte for showing good Filipino traits all over the world, as an OFW; Mr. Gerald Anthony Navarro for selfless acts in helping the victims of Tropical Storm Sendong; and Mr. Ramonito Mata for outstandingly representing Northern Mindanao in arts and entertainment, as one of the ‘Happy Feet Duo’ in the Pilipinas Got Talent Show. During the awarding ceremony held Friday at the SM City, each of the awardees received certificates of recognition, marketing collaterals from PHIC institutions and free one-year coverage, under the PhilHealth’s voluntary program The PHIC Heroes Awards is the first-ever activity of the agency that recognizes outstanding individuals, who have made significant contributions to the community, said Marlon S. Arrabaca, Membership and Marketing Head of PHIC-10. During the awarding ceremony, PHIC-10 also gave a certificate of appreciation to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) for registering the biggest delegation, with 1,000 runners during the recently-concluded PhilHealth Run for Hope, a Mindanao-wide fund raising run for the benefit of children with cancer. (Apipa Bagumbaran/PIA-10/jdelpf)

P/Chief Supt. Catalino B. Rodriguez Jr., deputy regional director for administration of PRO-10, formally opens the trainers training on disaster preparedness at Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City, recently. Participated in by active rescue teams from different parts of the region, the six-day training focused on basic skills in knot tying, rappelling, rescue and evacuation, first aid and handling of rescue boats (photo provided/jdelpf)

Revised SALN requires more disclosures By APIPA BAGUMBARAN of PIA-10

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Public officials and employees will have to disclose more details in their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), starting this year. This is in line with the Civil Ser vice Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 1100902 of July 8, 2011 that provides for the guidelines in the use of the revised SALN for the year 2011 onwards, as well as, CSC Memorandum Circular No. 19, directing the use of the revised SALN form for the year ending December 31, 2011, according to

CSC-10 Director Lourdes Clavite-Vidal. Un d e r t h e r e v i s e d SALN, public officials and employees should declare their assets whether within or outside the country and real or personal, including the description of their real

6-year-old cuts mother’s hair for chemo ONE family prepared their six-year old for her mother’s chemo hair loss by having the child cut the mother’s hair. In an emotionally-touching video, six-year old Lola Etchells is seen snipping her mother’s locks in a carefree, lighthearted way.

Sara Etchells, Lola’s mom, is currently battling breast cancer and decided that it would be a good way for Lola to understand what was happening. Watch Sara and Lola’s video on YouTube. (By Lisa Fayed, Guide)

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Education From page 1 Timbang further stated that even if theEO is supported by an ordinance “it is still immoral and unconstitutional since it infringes on the Constitutional Right to labor, including the right to just compensation.” “The EO imposes unreasonable requirement of payment of tax that is unrelated to compensable works to be done a day, violating the Labor Code which protects the right to labor,” the statement said. The provision that also requires teachers, school personnel and teacher/job applicants to submit tax clearance certificates is also “unreasonable and impertinent,” Timbang said. He said the duties of these public servants “have no possible connections to the payment of taxes” since “their duties pertain to education and other services of the department,” which they owe to the public. Payment of taxes is an obligation arising from property ownership in their private life capacity, he said. “It is clear to us that their private obligations cannot be made to prevail over, interfere with or impede the public duties of those connected with the Department of Education, which ridiculously the Memorandum intends to install,” the statement added. IFI called on the governor to recall the controversial EO and instead direct government agencies under her, whose mandate is tax collection or tax related, to strictly enforce tax collection and conduct information dissemination on tax consciousness. Timbang and his group also called on Fetalvero to withdraw her memo and instead rally her personnel to conduct fora and symposia in their respective schools on tax payments and tax obligations attended by the pupils, parents and school personnel. Integrated Bar of the Philippines Surigao City chapter president Alfonso S. Casurra in a local radio interview Wednesday said Fetalvero memo is “illegal and unjustifiable” since “we don’t think her memo is within the scope of the governor’s Executive Order”. The EO, he said is only requiring specific persons like “contractors, suppliers and or job applicants.” “To apply this as a requirement to students and pupils for them to graduate and DepEd employees for them to get their salaries that would be illegal and unjustifiable as far as we are concerned,” Casurra said. “Nowhere in the said executive order will it apply as a condition for graduation or the condition to for one to be paid of salary. My goodness I cannot comprehend this kind of a memorandum issued,” Casurra said in the radio interview. Casurra, who was former

mayor of the city for 3 terms called on Fetalvero to recall her order or face legal action from them. “In the event that they will not recall this memorandum, there will be a case to be filed against them,” he said. A case will be filed once it will be found out that a pupil or student is barred from graduating or an employee will not receive their salary because of its failure to provide a tax clearance certificate, he added. ADDENDUM To pacify public outrage, Fetalvero issued an addendum on February 3, 2012. The addendum stated that “if parents with real properties could not pay the whole tax amount accruable for the year, it will not hinder their pupils/ students to graduate.” The same addendum stated that “if and when the barangays have the master lists of delinquent taxpayers issued by the Provincial/ City/ Municipal Treasurers, a barangay tax clearance certificate will suffice. The DepEd officials in these areas would then be requested to arrange with the Barangay LGU’s to waive the collection of fees for the issuance of said tax clearance in the case of graduating pupils/ students.” Teachers, on one hand, are given “a grace period of one month or up to March 2012” to comply with Memo No. 8 or their salaries and honorarium will not be released. NOT YET INFORMED Graduating students of the Surigao Norte National High School (SNNHS) interviewed at the sidelines during their practice for the Junior and Senior prom activity, told this reporter that they were not yet informed about this. A parent from the school, on condition of anonymity said, they have yet to receive official announcement.

in the proposed expanded Muslim autonomy. Peace negotiators ended three-day talks in Kuala Lumpur on February 15 and a joint media statement said they would meet again next month in Malaysia to continue the discussion on substantive issues, among them the concept of governance and the listing of reserved powers of the national government as contained in their respective draft. The MILF said during the issues that prominently preoccupied the negotiators were issues on powersharing, wealth-sharing, and interim mechanism. Peace negotiators headed by Marvic Leonen for the government side, and Mohagher Iqbal, of the MILF panel, agreed to resume the talks next month in Malaysia. “The peace process with the MILF has moved forward. Now, we have moved at least a few feet. The day will come, I hope very, very soon that we will be able to sign a peace agreement,” said chief government peace negotiator Marvic Leonen. Iqbal described the talks as “very emotional because it affects the collective future of our people.” Leonen said: “We always believe that it is always possible to find solutions to a problem, review it, adjust and later on achieve the kind of peace that is permanent, that is founded on justice

for all that are concerned have fewer incidents of exposure sources of stress identified by on the ground.” (Mindanao ( (Newman et al., 2003; Pyevich journalists from both areas were et al., 2003, McMahon, 2001). frustration, anger at the lack of Examiner)

Health From page 1 Department of Social Welfare and Development and non-government organizations (NGOs). Amante said that the increasing trend in the number of young people afflicted with HIV/AIDS based on studies by the Department of Health and the World Health Organization, should be a cause for alarm and “push us to take action to address the problem by conducting massive information and education campaigns in secondary schools and colleges.” Following the meeting, an orientation forum was held at the Libertad National High School in Barangay Libertad here led by Anthony Torralba as Behavioral Change Communication Coordinator of the AIDS Society of the Philippines under the Global Fund Round 6. Torralba is assigned at the City Health Office’s Social Hygiene Clinic.

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Studies abroad show journalists have increased risks of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after repeated exposure to coverage of traumatic events (Newman et al., 2003; Pyevich, et al., 2003, Teegen et al., 2001) compared to those who





Journalists exhibiting PSTD symptoms experience disruptions of memory, concentration and focus, connection, interest and empathy. Consequently, they are at risk to affect their news judgment and professional capacity in their careers and personal relations. In the Philippines, there is generally low awareness on the effects of trauma, putting community journalists especially at greater risks of exposure. Besides the lack of funds and resources, there is also a dearth of journalist who are sufficiently educated and trained on the issue, health professionals who specialize on journalism trauma and programs that deal with it. “Peer support as “trauma first-aid” not a substitute for personal help but would help identify sources of stress and its varying degrees of stress and trauma, Ms. Paraan said. “Journalists are subject to stress in their homes, their work, vicarious trauma and personal experience.” By talking about trauma, NUJP aims to better equip reporters understand their subjects (victims, sources, perpetrators, communities), improve their interviewing skills and source development and news desks and directors effectively manage field coverage during and after the crisis, manager direct and vicarious trauma exposure and in the long run, help the entire news team stay resilient and effective. The Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Experience with Sendong arose from personal encounters as flood victims and trauma during coverage. Among the

preparation and slow response from the government. Pauline Apilado, freelance writer and psychology graduate outlined a basic program for journalists to deal with stress with trauma on the job including Education ( understanding trauma, maintaining resilience on challenging stories, early warning signs, getting help); Peer support (research shows one of the best indicators of a person’s resiliency is the support they give and receive from others); Clinical intervention (when needed/appropriate) and Management training/organizational preparation. Previously, the NUJP conducted three training workshops for the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and its members in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao called “Building A Trauma-Aware Newsroom” (Journalism and Trauma). It addresses both the trauma that journalists get from being exposed to tragedies, as well as how to cover trauma (e.g. how to ask victims of violence difficult questions). With the workshops, NUJP has established a Peer Support Network with the help of Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. To date, 25 journalists have been trained to help media colleagues with similar activities planned later this year to raise trauma awareness. A follow up workshop for Cagayan de Oro-Iligan journalists “Handling Trauma and Stress for War Journalists” has been scheduled by the Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (PECOJON) on March 7-10 at the Malasag Eco-Tourism Village in Cagayan de Oro.

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Autonomy From page 1 negotiator Mohagher Iqbal as saying that President Benigno Aquino has approved the proposal through a parliamentary form of government similar to that of Malaysia, which is brokering the peace negotiations. “No less than His Excellency President Benigno Aquino 3rd agreed to the MILF proposal,” said Mohagher Iqbal. The MILF proposal calls for the direct election by the people of the leaders of the autonomous region to be headed by a chief minister similar to the parliamentary government in the federal states of Malaysia, according to Iqbal. Iqbal said the proposed government is to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which is composed of the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao and Maguindanao. But it was not immediately known how many more provinces would be included

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evacuation of residents to safe grounds when necessary. He said barangay leaders must also follow disaster protocol, install early warning system and conduct regular drills and exercises in order to prepare their constituents in addressing effects of disasters. Rescue teams, emergency group of responders and community service brigades that can provide immediate assistance to disaster victims must also be organized, Robredo added. He said that in time of calamities, barangay officials should maintain open communication lines for easy coordination with local authorities, volunteer groups and other government agencies concerned for immediate delivery of assistance. Cris Diaz, Associate Editor

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chairman of Barangay San Roque, said the truck was loading loose material, such as sand and gravel, for road construction when the suspects, armed with calibre .45 pistols, disembarked from their motorcycles and poked guns on the driver and the truck helpers. The suspects carried gallons of gasoline, which they hid in a sack, and poured the contents on the vehicle. Identifying themselves as members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the suspects told construction workers that their employer failed to yield to their demands. Authorities have hinted extortion was behind the arson. Wire reports



Reyes to move to SMART-Gilas, Black to coach Talk ‘N Text next year By REYNALDO BELEN, InterAKTV

SAMAHANG Basketbol ng Pilipinas has officially appointed Talk ‘N Text’s Chot Reyes as the new coach of the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship next year. No less than SBP president Manuel V. Pangilinan made the confirmation on Sunday. “While we are extremely happy with Chot’s performance with our Talk ‘N Text team these past years, our duty to flag and country dictates that we engage the right person for this important national position. After having been Gilas assistant coach for the past two years, and with a sterling track record as coach, I believe Chot deserves this appointment. He will continue to be the head coach of the Talk ‘N Text team until the end of the current PBA season, which will happen sometime in August,” said Pangilinan. “Thereafter, Chot will concentrate full time on

preparing Gilas for the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament, which is the qualifying competition for the FIBA World Championships to be held in Spain in 2014.” (InterAKTV is part of, the online news portal of TV5, which is chaired by Pangilinan.) Reyes has piloted the Tropang Texters to five finals appearances in eight conferences with the team, winning four titles in that span. With Reyes going to work as full-time coach of SMART-Gilas next year, Pangilinan also said that Talk ‘N Text consultant Norman Black will take over the Tropang Texters next season. On Saturday, it was an-

nounced that Black will be coaching his final season with the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP to assume go back to the PBA. Pangilinan is also an active supporter of Ateneo’s basketball team. Reyes is taking over the head coaching job from Rajko Toroman. The Serbian coach led the team to a fourth-place finish in last year’s FIBA Asia Champi-

onship, but was not offered a new contract when his pact expired last October. Toroman instead signed a deal as consultant of San Miguel Corporation. This will be Reyes’ second stint as national coach. He handled the Philippine team to the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship, finishing ninth after being eliminated in the preliminary round of

the competition. While Reyes is still busy with Talk ‘N Text, Jong Uichico will handle the early preparation of the SMARTGilas program. The squad is scheduled to represent the country in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Lebanon in June and the Stankovic Cup in Tokyo in September.

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the Senate impeachment court have the temerity to defy the Supreme Court and proceed with the impeachment trial? It is interesting to note that before the impeachment trial started last Januar y, Enrile commented during a radio interview that Malacañang and the Supreme Court should not meddle in the impeachment trial. He said that only God and the people could dictate terms on him

and that the only one who could stop the trial is “the might of the military.” In my opinion, Corona would eventually get his “acquittal by TRO,” thanks to his allies in the Supreme Court. And as expected, Enrile would stand by his word. But he has only one vote. Would the majority of the senator-judges back him up and defy the Supreme Court? Or would they side with Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago

and Joker Arroyo who have repeatedly manifested their beliefs that the Supreme Court is higher than the impeachment court and therefore should prevail? Last February 14 (Day 17), his 88th birthday, Enrile was asked what he wished for himself on his birthday. He said, “My wish is for God to give me the stamina and divine light to do what is right in the remaining years of my life.”

For someone who had been in both the wrong side and right side of history, how would he want to be remembered as the presiding officer of the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona? ( Pe r r y D i a z @ g m a i l . com) ----------“The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people!” – Napoleon

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is, each time the prosecution gets closer to pinning him down, he would run to the Supreme Court and ask for a TRO. With at least eight justices – all Arroyo appointees — closely allied with him, he has a good chance of From page 6 getting a TRO to stop the own statements of assets, impeachment proceedings liabilities and net worth for good. The question is: Does (SALNs) and bank and psychological records, saying Corona is engaged in mudPCSO PCSODRAW DRAWRESULTS RESULTS--FEB FEB20, 9, 2012 2012 slinging. But what about 11a.m. - 27-25 the constant attacks of the 817 4p.m. - 03-30 President against Corona? 9p.m. - 22-08 918 P A M O S T E The prosecution sees nothM D B P A S A K AY G U I D E HOT ing wrong with that? 138 PAIRS 20-02-01-33-03-28 -ooo518 Jackpot Prize: PSYCHO TEST FOR Php30,000,000.00 PA PNOY & CORONA? WHY 817 SA NOT! I have a suggestion SUERTRES RESULTS KAY 173 06-04-18-48-34-37 H O T P A S A K AY to make: why not subject DATE 11 am 4 pm 9 pm Jackpot Prize: 218 both Corona and President Php16,000,000.00 FEB. 13 687 173 274 Aquino to a psychological SUPERHOT 237 FEB. 14 944 747 058 testing now? Since there 10-17-07-29-21-18 FEB. 15 583 404 578 seems to be an issue about Jackpot Prize: psychological problems afFEB. 16 133 005 282 Php9,411,816.60 fecting both of them, why T O D AY ’ S G U I D E FEB. 17 087 651 731 Y E S T E R D AY LUCKY not a psychological examiFEB. 18 845 473 190 02-41-17-40-21-01 3 5 4 7 8 PICK nation for the two of them? FEB. 19 522 468 949 Jackpot Prize: This should be something 1 6 2 5 6 140 Php19,767,749.40 that is easy to conduct, 4-D : 1-2-6-3 418 8 9 0 1 2 and would lay to rest this contentious issue. 170 1 7 3 4 5 -ooo471 2 4 6 7 8 CLEANSING PROCESS: HIGALA, ang 13, 15, 17, 19, 35, 37, Cleansing process, that is KUSOG na sab ang 0, 39, 57, 59. ug 79. what this is all about--1, ug 7 apan ang atong Pili-i lang ang 0, 1, 2, the heated verbal exchange pasakay para karon mao 6, ug 8 aron makakuha ang 1 ug 2. sa inyong three numbers between the President and Hottest pairs nato ang combinations. the Chief Justice, I mean. 14, 15, 17, 18; 04, 05, 07, Priority ang 0, 2, 6 ug 8. Contrary to the claim of 08, 71, 73, 75, ug 79. Good luck ug hinaut senators that the exchange Mas dali kining sabton nga maka tiyam-tiyam na M D B S Y N D I C AT E G U I D E kung atong pareson ang sab kita karong adlawa. is unbecoming of the stature 10 odds pairing nga mao Mr. Supertres of the President and the Chief Justice, it is actually M A I N TA I N BULLSEYE providing the Filipino na871-128-298 tion a good yardstick of who is good and who is bad. So, 801-198-815 I say, let the President and 780-193-901 Chief Justice slug it out. The 187-915-924 more, the merrier.



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