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By RUEL V. PELONE of Mindanao Daily News, Cagayan de Oro City
IF plans don’t miscarry, dozens of people belonging to the newly-organized CDOPeople’s Working for Effective Reforms (CDO-Power) will hold mass action today at the Land Transportation Office, Region 10 (LTO-10) to protest the alleged “wrongdoings” of the supposed outgoing Regional Director Esteban Baltazar Jr. Earlier, Assistant Secretary Virginia Torres, concurrent chief of LTO, issued a memorandum order, dated October 18, reassigning Baltazar to the LTO Central Office. But Jun Tupag, during yesterday’s press conference held at the BWM Media Center, said Baltazar reportedly refused to relinquish his post. This, Tupag added, despite the fact that Baltazar’s replacement––Hilarion E. Ulep, former acting regional
director of LTO-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), based in Baguio City, reported to work starting October 25. However, there are unconfirmed reports circulating yesterday that Baltazar will meet with Ulep today for the turnover of command. But the members of the CDO-Power vowed they will continue holding mass actions in front of the LTO-10 ED GONZALES shares his sad experiences with the Land Transportation Office in Region 10 (LTO) during yesterday press conference held at the BWM Media Center in Cagayan de Oro City. until Baltazar will group | page 10 Mindanao Daily News photo by Ronald B. Mastail
Crimes in Agsur neutralized By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN of Mindanao Daily News-Agusan del Sur
SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur––Police has assured that the capture of the dreaded Ondo Perez led organized crime group has virtually put an end to their spate of robbery activities which have been sowing fear to residents of this province in the past months. At a press conference with local journalists, Sr. Supt. Glenn dela Torre, Provincial Police Director, said the arrests of at least eight most wanted criminals under Perez group which was successfully carried out through his “Oplan Pukot” during the twoday all-out police dragnet have practically Sr. Supt Glenn dela Torre, Provincial Police Director of Agusan del Sur (center neutralized their criminal activities. With Perez’s arrest, dela Torre said right) talking to local mediamen. Mindanao Daily News Photo by Chris V. Panganiban
all cases against him including highway robberies, frustrated murder, attempted murder and robbery will be reopened and filed to the court. Police will also file the cases against the two other captured notorious wanted persons, Gally Margana and Ricardo Baute alias “Engineer”. The Provincial Police Office has credited the information given by a concerned citizen in San Francisco which was instrumental to the arrest of Perez and his cohorts during the two-day intensive police operation on Nov. 1-2. Dela Torre said police, local officials and community leaders met on several crimes | page 10
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CHR wants to exhume bodies of massacre victims in S. Cotabato
GENERAL Santos City–– The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) wants to exhume the bodies of the mother and her two sons who were killed in a military operation in a remote village in Davao del Sur last month. Lawyer Christina Jovero, CHR-Region 12 director, told reporters that the agency has started investigating the incident, which involves the family of a tribal leader who is facing murder charges in Tampakan town in South Cotabato. “We are seeking permission from the family of the victims to exhume their
bodies for autopsy,” she said. On October 18, Juvy Capion and her sons Jordan 13, and John Mark, 8, were killed in a military operation conducted within the mines development site to arrest her husband Daguel Capion, who had been charged with murder and grave coercion charges. The military claimed there was exchange of gunfire between the soldiers and Capion’s group that led to the death of the civilians. Jovero said CHR investigators have already inspected the scene of the incident but she declined Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez of the second district of Cagayan de Oro holds the finish product in this candle making, a livelihood training provided by the NLDC to 101 Sendong victims at the Nazareth Gym. Also in photo is Mrs. Fenina to give additional details
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Rodriguez, the wife of the congressman who organized the livelihood program.
KIDAPAWAN City-- Some 500 families from villages in Datu Montawal town in Maguindanao province evacuated to safer areas after two warring groups exchanged fires at around 11 p.m., Tuesday, an evacuee said. Abdula Pandita, 38, farmer from Barangay Dungguan, Datu Montawal, said they were roused from their sleep when they heard loud gunshots coming from different directions. The fighting came a week after the same warring groups exchanged fires, which killed two persons, including a two-year old girl identified as Rohaina Hassan of Barangay Dungguan, according to Pandita. Hassan, reports said, was in deep slumber when a bul-
let fired from an unknown firearm plunged from the ceiling and hit her head. Another victim in last week’s encounter, reports said, was identified as Mongca Montawal, one of the members of a private Army allegedly operating in Datu Montawal town. Pandita said the fighting was a result of a rido or clan war between the family of Datu Montawal municipal mayor Datu Uttoh Montawal and his relatives who had Maj. Gen. Nestor Añonuevo (center) shakes hand with Brig. Gen. Romeo Gapuz during the war | page 10
turnover of command of the army’s 4th Infantry Division in Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City. Photo supplied
Law enforcers closing in on Solon urged to stand Davao’s carnap ring leader firm vs death penalty DAVAO City––The crack team composed of several law enforcement agencies here and abroad tasked to conduct manhunt operation against notorious and illusive Ryan Cain “Baktin” Yu has already a lead on his whereabouts and just waiting for the right timing to arrest him. The pressure mounted by authorities against the “Baktin” carnap syndicate since two weeks ago forced one of its alleged members to surrender Monday afternoon in Davao Oriental.
Mark “Amak” Daquiado, said to be an expert in faking vehicle’s Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt (OR), personally yielded to Police Insp. Al Gumba of the Banaybanay police station in Banaybanay town in Davao Oriental. Daquiado was then turned over to Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Sr. Supt. Ronald dela Rosa and Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte at the DCPO headquarters Monday night. He admitted to be part
of the carnapping group led by Ryan Cain “Baktin” Yu, who is still at large and carries a P5-million bounty on his head. “We have already a lead but we cannot divulge yet the details so as not to jeopardize our ongoing manhunt operation,” said Sr. Supt. Greg Pimentel, regional chief of the Philippine National PoliceHighway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG11) here. Pimentel said they were very extra-careful in their leader | page 10
By BONG D. FABE of Mindanao Daily News-Cagayan de Oro
CAGAYAN de Oro City––The Nobel Peace awardee Amnesty International urged Wednesday this city’s representative to the Philippine Congress not to waver from his opposition to the death penalty following his push for imposing capital punishment on convicted drug traffickers whose countries have existing death penalty. “Human life is indeed sacred as you said, there are no ifs or buts. Please don’t waver from your anti-death penalty stand Congressmen Rodriguez,” said Amnesty International Philippines director Dr. Aurora A. Parong in reaction to Rep.Rufus Rodriguez’s efforts to amend the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 to enable the government to mete death sentences to convicted foreign drug offenders. Parong said that Amnesty’s position for all cases, death | page 10
More rains in M’danao, says Pagasa AN Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) continues to affect Mindanao while the rest of the country including Metro Manila may experience light rains, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said on Wednesday. In its advisor y, PAGASA said the ITCZ will bring occassional light to moderate rain showers or thunderstorms over Palawan, Negros Oriental and Mindanao. The northwest monsoon, also known as the Amihan, continues to cool Northern Luzon as the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley will have light rains , the state weather bureau said. The rest of the country, will have a mixture of “sunny to partly cloudy skies” with isolated brief rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening due to a localized thunderstorm. Mo derate to strong winds blowing from northeast will prevail over Luzon and Eastern Visayas, and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas. Meanwhile, PAGASA said strong to gale force winds associated with the northeast monsoon may affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon. “Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said.
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Gay marriage, marijuana proponents see victory in election Proponents of same-sex marriage and legalized marijuana use gained ground in ballot initiatives across the United States Tuesday. The northeastern state of Maine and the mid-Atlantic state of Maryland became the first two states to approve gay marriage through a popular vote. Six U.S. states and Washington, D.C. allow gay marriage, but in their cases, legalization came through lawmakers or the courts. This is also the first popular vote on gay marriage since U.S. President Barack Obama announced his support for it earlier this year. Washington State is also voting on a gay marriage initiative, while Minnesota is voting on a constitutional amendment
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that would ban same-sex marriage. The states of Washington and Colorado approved legalizing the production, sale, and possession of marijuana for recreational use. But those approvals put the states at odds with the federal government which still outlaws the drug. And Maryland approved a landmark immigration initiative known as the DREAM Act, which will allow undocumented immigrants to receive in-state college tuition rates. In total, U.S. voters were weighing more than 170 ballot initiatives across the 50 U.S. states. Ballot initiatives generally get on the ballot when enough voters sign petitions to put them there. voanews.com
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WASHINGTON––Barack Obama has won a second four-year term as president of the United States. The Democratic incumbent defeated Republican Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election. America’s first AfricanAmerican president won more than the 270 electoral votes he needed to secure four more years in the White House. After clinching the victory, Obama told a crowd of thousands of supporters in Chicago he is more determined and more inspired than ever to tackle the country’s challenges. “You voted for action, not politics as usual,” he said. “You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And, in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with the leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together.” The president says he w i l l work in his second term to reduce t he U.S. government’s budget deficit, reform the tax code, reform the nation’s immigration system and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. Obama congratulated his opponent on a hard-fought campaign and applauded Romney and his family for their tradition of public service. He says he will reach out to Republicans to seek solutions to the country’s problems. “In the weeks ahead I also look forward to sitting
President Barack Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party November 7, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.
Mea nwhi le, Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s voting, but Democrats blocked the Republicans’ effort to take control of the Senate, where roughly one-third of the 100 seats were up for election. Democrats will replace Republican senators in Massachusetts and Indiana, an independent will succeed a Republican in Maine, and
President Barack Obama speaks at his election night party November 7.
down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward,” said Obama. Former Massachusetts Governor Romney, speaking to supporters in Boston, conceded t he election a short time earlier. “I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations,” said Romney. “I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters.” Romney says he and his running mate, Representa-
tive Paul Ryan, gave their all in the campaign and he thanked their supporters. “I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. But the nation chose another leader and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation,” Romney said. “Thank you and God bless America. You guys are the best. Thank you so much.” Obama won almost all of the so-called “swing states” that he and Romney both needed for victory. U.S. presidential elections are not decided by
the popular vote, but by the Electoral College, in which each state’s influence on the outcome approximates its population. Both candidates made a final push for votes Tuesday, almost until the polls closed. Turnout was reported high in many parts of the country, with some voters standing in line for hours, despite a record amount of early voting. Although the economy was the main issue of the campaign, Obama was the first president in many decades to be re-elected while the nation was suffering from high unemployment.
in Connecticut, a Democrat will take the place of retiring independent Senator Joe Lieberman. Japanese-born Democrat Mazie Hirono, who was elected in Hawaii, will be the first Buddhist U.S. Senator. A nd, t he Senate w i l l have its f irst openly gay member, with the election of Democrat Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin.
US election yields divided congress By Michael Bowman of Voanews.com
WASHINGTON––While U.S. President Barack Obama won re-election, his Democratic Party boosted its numbers in the Senate, which it already controls. Republicans will retain their strong majority in the House of Representatives, again giving the country a politically-divided legislature. In Massachusetts, Democrats won back the seat held by Senator Edward Kennedy until his death in 2009. In her victory speech, Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren promised to protect the elderly from spending cuts advocated by Republicans as a cure for fiscal woes. “To all the seniors, who deserve to retire with the security they earn, we are going to make sure your Medicare and Social Security benefits are protected and that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share [of taxes],” he said. Her opponent, current Republican Senator Scott Brown, expressed no bitterness in defeat. “Let me tell you, you have got no business in politics election | page 11
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Cops press charges vs 4 robbers By Arjay S. Felicilda of Mindanao Daily News-Cagayan de Oro City
CAMP Rodriguez, Butuan City––Four suspected robbers are now facing charges of ‘robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons’ for ‘robbing’ a pawnshop here in the city, mid-morning of November 3. Charged before the City Prosecutor’s Office are Felix M. Garcia, 23 years old, of Ozamis City and his three companions, whose names are yet to be divulged by authorities. Police records show, the Garcia gang robbed the Lucibenino Pawnshop along P. Burgos-San Francisco Streets, this city, mid-morning of November 3, carting away assorted jewelry items worth P2.3 million.
Elements of Butuan City Public Safety Company (BCPSC) immediately responded and caught the motorcycle-riding suspects. Recovered from Garcia was a calibre 45 pistol; 63 as-
sorted rings worth P300,000; 44 assorted bracelets worth P 800,000; and 51 assorted necklace worth P400,000. Also recovered by responding Butuan City police operatives were 151 as-
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sorted jewelry items worth P800,000; a caliber 45 pistol magazine, with six live bullets; a caliber 38 revolver with six live bullets; blue Honda Wave 100 motorcycle bearing plate number 9166
KU; a caliber .45 pistol with five live bullets; magazine of unknown caliber with 17 live bullets; and 13 live bullets of 9mm pistol. Police Chief Supt. Carmelo E. Valmoria, PRO-
13 director, commented “vigilance is significant in preempting criminal activities, as the culprits will take advantage of any situation favorable for the realization of their evil acts.” This, even as he urged the community to report immediately to the nearest police station the occurrence of incidents or presence of suspicious persons so they be immediately respond to. “The Caraga police have intensified its campaign against all forms of criminal activities and are always ready to serve and protect the community,” Director Valmoria stated. (with report from PO3 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas/PSupt Martin M. Gamba)
Makilala rubber development project making a name in Mindanao By Aida C. Agad
KORONADAL City The Makilala rubber development project is slowly becoming a byword in the industry, as more Mindanao local government units visit this thriving project in town. In a statement, Makilala Mayor Rudy Caoagdan said the local government hosted visiting LGUs wishing to learn from their applied strategies and technologies in the rubber project. On October 29, 2012, Makilala welcomed the latest town visitors. These are MARAWI City - President Benigno S. Aquino III has handed the Presidential Lingkod local officials from ImpaBayan Award to Chief Revenue Officer III Aminoding Macarampat of the Bureau of sug-ong town of Bukidnon Internal Revenue (BIR) Marawi City, during rites for the 2012 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees, at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace. The President was assisted by Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chair Francisco Duque III and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Professor Cielito Habito. Macarampat was cited for his perseverance and exemplary leadership in steering Revenue District Office No. 102 to top revenue collections in Revenue Region No. 16 for three consecutive years. The Lingkod Bayan Award is given to an individual or group of individuals exceptional or extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance that OZAMIZ City - The city had nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony. (Photo by Lauro government has taken steps to strengthen the implemenMontellano Jr., Malacañang Photo Bureau/asf ) tation of Presidential Decree No. 1096, otherwise known as the National Building Code of the Philippines. This, as the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) starts acting on wire installations By Danilo S. Makiling by different utility service BUTUAN City - The Lake formulation and mainstream- partment of Environment and providers on electric posts, Mainit Development Alli- ing of the Biodiversity Con- Natural Resource (DENR). particularly in the city’s The chair added that the urban areas. ance (LMDA) has conducted servation. The CEO is also acting According to the LMDA project engagement coma Biodiversity Partnership on the diggings being done Project (BPP) orientation chair, the activity was con- mences after the forging of by the Misamis Occidental on November 7, this year, ducted after the LMDA re- memorandum of agreement Water District (MOWD). ceived the BPP funded by the (MOA) between the DENR in Surigao City. Utility providers conThe orientation has pro- United Nations Development Caraga, the implementing cerned, include the Filvided background and ideas Program – Global Environ- partner, LMDA, and responProducts, MIsamis Cable, to partner agencies on the ment Facility (UNDP-GEF) sible partner last September partnership process, par- and implemented by the 5, 2012 at Surigaonon Arts Philippine Long Distance ticularly those relating to Protected Areas and Wildlife and Culture Center, Surigao Telephone (PLDT) Co. and Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) Bureau (PAWB) of the De- City (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/asf) Bayan Tel., City Engineer Romeo Cabrera said.
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led by mayor Mario Okinlay. The delegation numbering 185 comprises municipal and barangay legislators, LGU personnel and a representative from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Bukidnon office. Makilala’s rubber development project is a priority project of mayor Caoagdan aimed to address poverty. The project is also intended to contribute to mitigating climate change phenomenon which has been a global concern. A report from the mayor’s office said that at least
P25 million is allocated annually by the Caoagdan administration for the agricultural enhancement and rubber development. Under this allocation, local farmers interested to plant rubber are given free budded rubber seedlings. As of this date, more than 2,000 hectares in the highlands of the town has been planted with rubber. Caoagdan hopes to cover all the remaining 8,000 hectares which remain idle, to be planted with rubber . Rubber is the town’s main crop. (aida c. agad PIA12/ asf )
Gov’t taps youth in anti-substance abuse By Jocelyn P. Alvarez
ZAMBOANGA City - The National Youth Commission (NYC) is tapping the youth sector in drug abuse prevention and control. Along this move, the NYC conducted a series of “National Youth Caravans on Drug Abuse Prevention (NYCDAP),” in seven areas, including Metro Manila. The caravan was attended by 200 youth groups and leaders from various colleges and high schools in the city. NYC Region 9 Head Raymond Domingo said the caravan primarily aims to impart the ill effects of substance abuse and to highlight the best practices of youth groups and networks in the intensified campaigns to combat drug dependence. During the whole day
NYCDAP, the participants established a pact through a (signed) Manifesto and launched a Drug Free Youth Freedom Wall (DFYFW). The DFYFW showcases the commitment of the youth-participants in the objective to increase vigilance against drug pushers and drug sniffers and to manifest their involvement in local efforts to spread “awareness virus” among the vulnerable groups of young people in their respective communities. Assistant Secretary Jed Eva, from the office of the executive secretary, inhis message to the youth during the caravan said “it is not enough to do no wrong; one must right the wrong around us. We are our brothers’ keepers,” (JPA/PIA9/asf )
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Butuan City govt to boost transparency in governance BUTUAN City––The present administration of Butuan City has always been firm in maintaining and upholding the advocacy of good governance and transparency reiterating that all government institutions, p olitical sub divisions, instrumentalities as well as its agencies in Butuan City must show evident and undisputable proofs of transactions and credit operations undertaken. To further sustain such endeavor and to realize the mandates of the constitution and other laws, Vice Mayor Law Fortun along with the earnest cooperation of the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved a resolution regarding as a manifestation of support to this advocacy. Effectively, the Sangguniang Panlungsod has authorized Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. to secure an opinion of the Monetar y Board of the
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) with regard to the loans of the City Government of Butuan with the Philippine National Bank (PNB) requiring a waiver of rights to the confidentiality nature of the information to be examined in pursuance of Sections 2 and 3 of Republic Act No. 1405 and other laws relating to the Secrecy of Bank Deposits. Additionally, with equal importance to authorize the Philippine National Bank (PNB) and all banks or financial institutions with which the City Government of Butuan may have transactions to disclose to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) all information pertaining the deposits, investments, loans and other transactions including the history or status of the city’s dealing with aforementioned banking and financial institutions and for BSP to make all inquiries as may be necessary regarding the same.
FORTUN Furthermore to give the same authority the BSP to as well disclose and share such information obtained from said banks or financial institutions to the Department of Finance with regard to the performance of said Department and its functions. This has been done accordingly in consonance of Section 123 of Republic Act No. 7653, otherwise known as the New Central Bank Act which pro-
vides that “whenever the Government, or any of its political subdivisions or instrumentalities, contemplates borrowing within the Philippines, prior opinion of the Monetar y Board shall likewise be requested in order that the Board may render an opinion on the probable effects of the proposed operation on monetary aggregates, the price level, and the balance of payments.” With this strict will to conform to the mandates of the law, Vice Mayor Law Fortun has given efforts to always find ways to encourage people to trust in the transactions commenced by this administration and to make sure that said efforts undergone were all for a much stronger future. For tu n h a s b e e n a staunch advocate of transparency of governance which was the key to his effective leadership in the SP as well as being the second leader in the City.
Usapang Palay introduced in Lanao del Norte TUBOD, Lanao del Norte–– Usapang Palay, a rice information and technology update sortie for farmers was formally introduced by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office No. 10 (DA-10) to the province on October 2425, 2012 at the Macapagal Training Center, Pigcaran, in this town. During the activity, Mr. Louie Ofngol, Agrarian Reform Program Officer II of DA-10, briefed the guidelines in the conduct of the abovesaid undertaking to the municipal agricultural officers and agricultural technicians from the 22 local government units throughout the province. According to him, the said initiative is seen to boost the passion of farmers to learn and value the best farming practices in order to achieve higher yield on rice production in rural communities. Such, he added, would
fuel the attainment of goals and objectives under the department’s flagship program – Food Staple Sufficiency Program. Likewise, he explained that the Usapang Palay will be a half-day affair that will run for about 2-3 hours with an interaction between farmers and that of technical experts. In which, this would cover an exchange of experiences, consisting of excellent practices employed and challenges encountered in the production of rice. Prioritized beneficiaries, he added, will be those rice-producing barangays with yield below 3.8 tons per hectare as well as farmers who have not undergone any training since the year 2011. The implementation of the Usapang Palay will be backed up by the DA10, chargeable against the agency’s extension fund. A report from Ma. Eleanor R. Sarsalejo, PIO-LDN
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Think a minute. A king was offering a prize to the artist who could paint the best picture of peace. M a ny a r t i s t s f r o m Beware! Be careful! Be around the country tried. cognizant! It has been noted The king looked at all worldwide that research the pictures and there were Jhan Tiafau Hurst and article publication in only two he really liked. But academic journals have he had to choose between become the trend in scisky and heavy rain with them. entific development. But, flashes of lightning. Down One picture was of a it also brings about critical the side of the mountain calm lake. The lake was problem when we are not roared a huge, powerful surrounded with peacecognizant. Now let’s read waterfall. It did not look ful, towering mountains. this opinion article! peaceful at all. Above them, was a blue sky All universities have But w hen t he k i ng with fluffy white clouds. been demanded to disDR. DJUWARI looked closely at the secEver yone who saw this seminate their products STIE Perbanas (College of ond picture, he saw behind picture thought that it was in the form of research or Economics and Business) the waterfall a tiny bush a perfect picture of peace. academic article publication. Surabaya, Indonesia growing in the crack of The other picture had In my own country, for inthe rock. mountains too. But these stance, all faculty members tice when I was about to A mother bird had built must conduct research and finish my PhD degree. I were rugged and bare. her nest in the bush. There, Above was a dark, angry publish articles in academic was requested to publish an academic article in a journals. The trend has become journal before I graduated globally recognized. All from my university. It was faculty members in any the first time –the corner university are busy with stone—the starting point THE city government should strictly doing research and writing the students in universities impose truck ban. There is an existing it in a piece of article for should publish an academic ordinance banning trailers, trucks, and haulers in Cagayan de Oro City journal publication. Very article in a journal. The Act no 14, year 2005 particularly at day. The Ordinance is specifically in Indonesia, as referred to the Act no was issued for the govern- already in effect but traffic enforcers 14, year 2005, concerning ment’s initiative to improve are not implementing it! The growing number of vehicles teachers and lecturers (uni- the teachers and university versity faculty members), faculty members’ welfare. plying the city’s streets compelled local all faculty members are However, the strategy is not legislators to approve the Ordinance requested to do research. just by providing rewards for two reasons. One, the measure was Cris Diaz Even the students in uni- to them without any com- to ease traffic congestion, and, two, versities are also demanded. pensation to the science the ordinance was in anticipation of They cannot graduate from development. Therefore, vehicular accidents involving trucks and trailers during their universities when besides the program of cer- rush hour of the day. With or without accidents, owners are always liable they have not published tification for the teachers academic article. For the and faculty members, one with violation of the truck ban ordinance every time their trucks and trailers ply anytime of the day within doctoral degree students, I of the requirements for had experienced this pracjournal | page 10 the truck ban period. Worst, if trucks or trailers met an accident during truck ban hours. At this instance, owners are not only liable for damages but are also criminally liable for violation with the truck ban ordinance. In this case, the criminal element arising with violawww.mindanaodailybalita.com tion of the truck ban ordinance is separate and distinct from the civil or criminal damages that trucks or trailers might inflict on victims. In other words, truck owners The Mindanao Daily NEWS (mdn)
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in the middle of all the noise of rushing water and scary, thundering skies, that mother bird sat—in perfect peace. Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture because he said: “Peace does not mean you must be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, pain, or pressure from work. The real meaning of
peace is to be right in the middle of all those difficult experiences, and still be calm and confident in your heart.” It doesn’t matter what difficult situation you’re in right now. Jesus, the Christ of Christmas and Prince of Peace, loves you. And this Christmas season, even with everything you may be going through, you also can have peace in your heart. If you’ll ask Jesus, God the Son, to forgive you for all your wrongs, and then ask Him to take full control of every area of your life, every day. He will fill your heart with His power and peace that you can never find anywhere else. Just Think a Minute.
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would face two possible complaints – one for violation of the truck ban ordinance and the other for civil (damages inflicted) or criminal liabilities (in case of death) prescribed in the Penal Code. This issue is not necessarily controversial. However, the inability of the local traffic authorities to enforce the truck ban ordinance in city has emboldened truck owners to violate the ordinance. Some truck owners ridicule the Ordinance to the point of challenging local authorities to bring the case in court. It is disheartening that abusive truck owners are mostly not from Cagayan de Oro City. These rude truck owners believed they have money that they could circumvent laws. ‘Of what importance are city ordinances when we can even get away with national road and traffic laws?’ Of course, these truck owners could hire the services of top lawyers and even boost of buying court decisions. Such offensive statement – spoken or not – viciously ridicules the competence of the city government and its traffic enforcers. The city government and the Road and Traffic Administration (RTA) should exert efforts to punish abusive truck owners. Local authorities and traffic enforcers should run after arrogant truck owners who mocked local laws and abused the hospitality of local residents. React: firstname.lastname@example.org
Issues re: Comelec’s purge of party lists
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but He condemns those who devise wicked schemes…” (Proverbs 12:2, the Holy Bible). -oooLAWMAKERS’ BOOBOO ON LIBEL DECRIMIMINDANAO DAILY NEWS NALIZATION: There is Publisher great wisdom in the stateMER M. SUDARIA ment of Justice Secretary Manager Leila De Lima that the ROSE MARY D. SUDARIA Finance Manager bills currently pending in RUEL V. PELONE ALLAN M. MEDIANTE Congress actually do not Editor-in-Chief Executive Editor decriminalize---or remove JOE DEL PEURTO FELICILDA as a crime under the Remelanie rivera Managing Editor Advertising vised Penal Code---libel, CRIS DIAZ because they merely intend Associate Editor albert molit to remove the penalty of SHAUN ALEJANDRAE UY Circulation Sports & Lifestyle Editor imprisonment for libelous BEN ARCHE jun escuadro statements, writings or utRegional Editor-DAVAO RIZA O. ARES terances. So, we ask our pat samonte LIEZL A. DELOSO lawmakers: do you want Regional Editor-Caraga JOE PALABAO to remove libel as a crime, AL JACINTO Rene Michael BaÑos Regional Editor-Zamboanga or just remove its penalty Marketing Consultants gerry lee gorit of imprisonment? Photo Journalists ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI -oooUriel C. Quilinguing atty. roberto a. cantago jr. LIBEL VIOLATES THE Editorial Consultant Legal Counsels
Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio 1987 CONSTITUTION: As for me, it is better to remove libel as a crime, nothing more, nothing less. The reason is that, libel as a crime violates the 1987 Constitution, in its guarantees of free press and free speech. How can a Constitutional guarantee, which is supposed to be higher than ordinary laws like the laws on libel, be disregarded without creating a Constitutional crisis? -oooCONSTITUTIONAL BASIS OF PARTY LISTS: I have a question on the
issue of party list groups being disqualified by the Commission on Elections right now. Isn’t it that it is the 1987 Constitution which allowed the establishment of party list groups at the House of Representatives? And, consequently, it is the provision of that Constitution that must be followed in determining whether a party list group should be accredited or not? The 1987 Constitution provides under its Section 5, Art. VI, that the House of Representatives shall be composed of regular con-
gressmen, who shall not be more than 250 in all, and of party list congressmen, who shall constitute twenty per centum of the total number of representatives including those under the party list. Clearly, party list congressmen are a creation of the Constitution. -oooBASIS OF COMELEC’S PURGE OF PARTY LIST GROUPS: Now, what is the basis of the ongoing purging of accredited party list groups being undertaken by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), as well as its rejection of those which have recently applied? We can find this basis under Section 6, Republic Act 7941, which is the Party List Law of the Philippines. This section says that the Comelec may, “… motu propio or upon verified complaint of any interested lists | page 10
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AMRSP calls for military pullout after Tampakan massacre AN influential organization of religious men and women called on the military to pull out its troops near the Tampakan mining project following last month’s massacre of a tribal family. The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) said the move is necessary to avoid further human rights violations particularly against those who are opposed to mining. Carmelite priest Fr. Marlon Lacal, AMRSP co-executive secretary, said the killing last month of three civilians shows the “ruthlessness” of the perpetrators. “We call on the Armed Forces
of the Philippines to immediately pull out the military detachment in the area, as the community feared more violations may happen…,” Lacal said. There are two conflicting versions of the circumstances surrounding the death of B’laan tribal leader Daguil Capion’s wife and their two children. The military said troopers from the 27th Infantry Battalion were approaching Capion’s house in a remote village of Tampakan last Oct. 18 when they were fired at by at least five suspects, prompting the soldiers to return fire. However, witnesses and reports reaching the Diocese of Marbel
and human rights watchdogs revealed that the soldiers allegedly strafed the hut of Capion. The incident resulted in the death of Capion’s wife who was two-months pregnant and their two children aged eight and 13 and wounding of another daughter. Capion is the leader of the armed band who declared war against Sagittarius Mines operating in Tampakan town for allegedly abusing the rights of B’laan tribesmen. The AMRSP condemned in strongest terms the incident and called on the government to conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that “justice be served.”
“The excessive use of force by the military should be thoroughly investigated, because they have known that the people there were civilians as the place and the farmhouse is visible,” Lacal said. “May this occasion urge the government to seriously take action on behalf of the indigenous people and other sectors who are oppose to mining for this will wantonly damage the environment which we all hailed to be sacred and also damages the future resource for our children’s children,” he said. Last Nov. 5, the 39th Infantry Battalion officially replaced the military unit tagged in the Tam-
pakan “massacre”. The soldiers who were directly involved in the incident were also relieved from their post while waiting for the result of the court martial proceedings. But several anti-mining and human rights groups lamented that replacing the military unit only indicates that military activities in the area will remain to protect the interest of the mining companies. AMRSP played a crucial role during the Martial Law years when it opened the doors of its seminaries and convents to provide refuge to victims of human rights. (RL/CBCPNews)
Joey G. PELAEZ, former DepEd-CSCA Executive Director was recently endorsed by Vice President Jejomar BINAY and Mayor Dongkoy EMANO of Cagayan de Oro City as an official candidate of UNA-NP for Misamis Oriental. PELAEZ and Rep. Bambi EMANO are the official Vice Gubernatorial and Gubernatorial candidates of UNA-NP in the province respectively. Joey is the grandson of former Philippine Vice President Emmanuel “Maning” PELAEZ. Photos courtesy of by Palang Añora
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DOE asked to heed recommendations adopted by Mindanao Power Summit By Carl Ala, contributor
Davao City - Department of Energy (DOE) Sec. Jericho Petilla was asked to prioritize the Mindanao power crisis and to act favourably on the recommendations adopted by the Mindanao Power Summit last April. "DOE can now have a fresh start with Petilla as its new head. Hopefully, he will prove to be an innovative and progressive leader, especially since unlike his predescessor, he seemingly has no conflict of interest within the energy sector. He can start by focusing on the long-standing energy problem of Mindanao," a lawmaker said at the Kapihan sa Davao media forum the other day. Party list representative and Makabayan senate bet Teddy Casiño in his appeal to newly appointed secretary said that among the recom-
mendations that should be looked into by Sec. Petilla are the permanent exemption from privatization of the Agus- Pulangui hydropower complex; , the creation of the Mindanao Power Corp. to oversee the operations of the existing and future power plants in Mindanao, the deployment of Napocor power barges to Mindanao, the development of renewable energy sources and the amendment of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) especially provisions on privatization. “Ang nangyayari kasi e nagpulong at nagrecommend pa ang Mindanao Power Summit tapos di naman yata sineryoso. Sayang lang ang oras at pera ng mamamayan kung ganun,” said the solon. Casiño expressed alarm that the privatization of the energy sector continues in Mindanao, citing the sale of the Napocor power
barges that is supposed to be deployed in Mindanao. “Former DOE Sec. Jose Rene Almendras promised five (5) power barges that would be deployed to Mindanao but they are still nowhere to be seen because the DOE wants to sell them first. We should not wait for these barges to be privatized since NAPOCOR can operate them so that the cost would not be too high,” he added. He also expressed apprehension on the proposed Interim Electricity Market in Mindanao (IMEM) which aims to bring into the grid some 360MW of embedded supply but which would require a 30 centavo hike in prices just to set up. The IMEM is similar to the existing wholesale electricity spot market in Luzon and is said to be also very dangerous because it may easily be manipulated by power players.
Probe lead-containing products in the country- Maxi Rodriguez
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Partylist representative Maximo Ro driguez of Abante Mindanao bared that he and his brother Rufuys, and other lawmakers are calling for a congressional probe on reports that products containing lead still abound in markets in the country. Rodriguez added tat he co- author ed, with Cong. Rufus Rodriguez, House Resolution No. 2812, because studies showed that lead is a highly poisonous metal affecting every organ and system in the body and if ingested, could pose health risks. “Long exposure to this chemical could lead to severe damage to the brain and kidneys, miscarriage for pregnant women as well as damage to nervous connections, among others,” Rodriguez said. The Rodriguezes filed the measure calling for an inquiry on reports that mugs and drinking glasses being sold in tiangges in Metro Manila contain big amounts of lead. Rodriguez said a recent test conducted by a toxic chemicals watch group EcoWaste Coalition showed that many of the lead-containing mugs and drinking glasses are being sold in bazaars. Rodriguez said based on
the results of a chemical analysis on the 50 samples of products from sidewalk vendors in Manila, 64 percent of the samples contained from 20,700 to as much as 44,400 parts per million (ppm) of lead. “This is nearly 500 times higher than the 90 ppm threshold under the US Consumer Product Improvement Act of 2008. This result is very troubling as many of these products come in direct contact with both an adult’s and a child’s mouth,” Rodriguez said. Aside from lead, Rodriguez said the sample glasses and mugs were also found to contain other harmful chemicals such as arsenic,
chromium, antimony and cadmium in amounts that are above safe levels. “EcoWaste Coalition said that the presence of these chemicals increase the chances of multiple exposure to hazardous chemicals among consumers and it also pointed out that none of the products were properly labeled or contained a warning about the presence of toxic ingredients,” Rodriguez said. He said there is a need to look into this and ensure that products containing lead are removed from the market and are prevented from entering the country as the health and even the lives of Filipinos are at stake.
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CEB ranked 2nd most “Socially Devoted” airline in US social media list
State pension fund Govern- The Philippines’ largest nament Service Insurance System tional flag carrier, Cebu Patoday announced that begin- cific (PSE:CEB) was named ning January 2013, it will no 2nd most “Socially Devoted longer implement its optional Brand” in the airline indushealth insurance plans, namely, try category by Socialbakers, the Hospitalization Insurance a leading social media anaPlan and the Family Hospital- lytics company. The awards ization Plus Plan. event was held recently in The Hospital Insurance Plan New York, as a culminagrants medical care benefits tion of Engage 2012: The to the policy holder in case of Socialbakers Conference. hospitalization due to sickness In its blog, Socialbakers or injury; the Family Hospi- cited CEB’s 85.46% response talization Plus Plan covers expenses for room and board rate on its Facebook page and fees for doctors, medicines when it ranked the airline 2nd. KLM Royal Dutch Airand laboratory. “The GSIS Board of Trust- lines and Alitalia complete ees reviewed both plans and the top three most socially concluded that while the GSIS devoted airline category at offers similar basic benefits as 1st and 3rd respectively. the Philippine Health Insur- The top brands were ance Corporation, PhilHealth’s assessed by Socialbakers package has additional hospi- Analytics engine, taking talization benefits including into account all pages in higher maximum rate for room Socialbaker’s top Facebook and board and increased cap charts worldwide. Key facon medical reimbursements,” tors in the awards were fan President and General Manager engagement, response rates Robert Vergara said. on wall posts and average The GSIS said that only 7,316 response times. accounts remain in force until “This recognition fuels the end of the year from the our drive to further engage total 63,000 accounts. “For active accounts, we will our passengers online, esaccept and process claims for pecially when it comes to as long as they are filed within seat sales, inquiries, weather 60 calendar days from the last updates, product innovaday of confinement,” Vergara tions and new routes and destinations. We remain said. The review forms part of committed to bringing the the on-going effort of the latest news from CEB right Board and Management to to our guests’ mobile phones rationalize its programs to or computers, for their utavoid duplication with other most convenience,” said agencies. CEB VP for Marketing and
Distribution Candice Iyog. CEB’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cebupacificair) currently has over 700,000 fans, while its Twitter account (@cebupacificair) has over 417,000 followers. Its YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/ cebupacificair) also has over one million views. The Engage 2012: The Socialbakers Conference was a one-day event focusing on social media, and included speakers from Nestle, Facebook and Microsoft. In its 16th year of operations, CEB had flown over 65 million passengers. It provides access to the most extensive network in the Philippines with 32 destinations and hubs in Manila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo and Davao. It flies to 19 key international destinations: Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei or Xiamen. Between 2012 and 2021, CEB will take delivery of 19 more Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft orders. It is slated to begin long-haul services in the 3rd quarter of 2013, with the arrival of 4 Airbus A330 aircraft from 2013 to 2014.
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Houses for calamity victims
MAYOR Vicente Emano expresses gratitude to the Soroptimist International-Cagayan de Oro for donating ten houses for calamity victims. According to the mayor, the houses will be constructed by the Gawad Kalinga at the city’s relocation site in Calaanan, Canitoan. He said this will boost the city government’s efforts to provide permanent and decent houses to families who were displaced by the calamity last Dec. 16 and 17, 2011. “Dako na kaayo kini nga tabang sa paghatag og dugang nga mga balay sa mga kabus nga nahi-agum sa baha,” said the mayor in a press statement.
Water system in Brgy Balulang
INSTALLATION of water system projects in more areas is being worked out. At the regular session yesterday presided over by Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya, the City Council adopted a resolution requesting Mayor Vicente Emano to include in the annual P6 million Water System Improvement Project Fund of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) the installation of water connections at Lower Manggahan Urban Poor Landless Association, Inc. (LMUPLAI) in Barangay Balulang. Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas and Councilor Alden Bacal, chair of the committee on public utilities, as well as all members are the proponents of the resolution. While waiting for the implementation of the project, legislators requested the COWD to temporarily install water connections in the area.
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ZaNorte rubber cluster team formed By Franklin P. Gumapon
DIPOLOG City––In keeping with the national government’s goal of doubling rubber production by 2016, the provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Zamboanga del Norte has organized
the ZaNorte Rubber Cluster Team. After presenting the issues and opportunities involving rubber production, DTI Provincial Director Noel Bazan facilitated the creation of the rubber cluster team with the Department of Agriculture
(DA) as chair. The team has also three vice chairs coming from the farmers association, business/traders group and the processor sector. Its members are the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Technical Education and Skills Develop-
NSO-10 to present results of 2010 RP business industry, ICT surveys
CAGAYAN de Oro City––The National Statistics Office (NSO), in region 10, will hold a data dissemination on the results of the 2010 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) and the 2010 Survey of Information and Communication Technology (SICT). The regional data dissemination will be held on November 19 at the Chali Beach Resort in Barangay Cugman, this city. The ASPBI is a continuing activity of the NSO to provide key measures on the performance, levels, structure and trends of economic activities in the entire country. The SICT, on the other hand, is a rider to the ASPBI that aims to collect and generate information on the availability, distribution and access or utilization of ICT among industries in the country. Dr. Salvador A. Aves, regional director
of NSO-10, said the results of the surveys are vital in establishing benchmark levels for measuring and comparing national, regional and provincial economic growth, as well as, in the construction of national and regional accounts of the country’s economy. He said they are tools in determining and comparing regional economic structures and performances, in formulating and monitoring plans and policies in the attainment of national and regional economic goals, and in market research and feasibility studies. Likewise, data collected from the ASPBI will provide updates for the frame of establishments while those generated from the SICT will provide important indicators for measuring the progress in ICT. (APB/PIA-10)
THE 111th regular session of the 16th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas will be held on November 15 instead of November 13, next week. This was agreed by the legislative body during its regular session yesterday presided over by Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya to accommodate selected Mindanao SK officials who will be observing the legislative proceedings. Vice Mayor Acenas endorsed the adoption of a resolution to this effect in response to the request of the Kilos Kabataan THE proposed law regulat- proval. Livelihood Foundation and the U.S. Embassy. ing the holding of fun runs, Councilors Alden Bacal, marathon and similar activi- Ramon Tabor and Alexander ties in public thoroughfares Dacer filed the proposed was approved on first read- measure citing that these THE City Council committee on education chaired by Coun- ing during the City Council special events affect the cilor Adrian Barba is slated to address the request of the regular session yesterday city’s traffic situation and Consolacion Elementary School for an immediate allocation presided over by Councilor would need provisions for of P200,000 for the completion of the lateral canal and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya. special traffic control, crowd concrete covered walk way of the said school. The councilor said a control, police protection, According to the school management, 30 minutes of public hearing will first among others. heavy rainfall causes flooding at the school ground due to be held before its final apThe proposed law rethe absence of a proper drainage system. The project will reportedly address dengue outbreak among pupils. (JBD) YAN-YAN INTERNATIONAL
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getting the reward is writing academic articles in an academic journal. It was started with the faculty members but now there is a tendency that all teachers in secondary schools are also requested to do the same things as the faculty members in universities. In that condition, the trend of academic journal publication has become obviously nation wide in Indonesia in particular and worldwide in general. Now that the academic journal publication has become the trend in any country, it does not mean that there is nothing to be paid attention. So far, there have been many unclear journal publications that are offering the faculty members to publish the academic articles in their journals. Yet, as an intellectual or researcher, we must be very careful in accepting such an offer. There is an anecdote in Indonesia recently. A faculty member tried to send an article to a certain journal which they tell as a scientific and professional journal publication. This faculty member sent an article but he used the two famous artists names in Indonesia—not his own name. The article was about a research in which it does not reflect the two artists’ names’ expertise. After all requirements had been completed, including the publication fee, the article was published. The journal publisher then sent the journal edition with the article with the two authors—the artist names to the “contributor”. This “odd incident” has been widely spread to all emails through internets to every university through out Indonesia. It shows that the academic journal publication and the editorial board members are not cognizant. They merely rushed for money by charging the contributors and then publish the articles without pursuing (quality assurance) whether the article is really commensurate with the author as well as the scientific attitude. Therefore, be careful with such offers. For the journal publishers, they must be cognizant with such tragedy. However, every faculty member throughout the world must not be worried about such tragedy. Now we have IAMURE intellectual organization with its established academic journal publications. IAMURE is for short, international association of multidisciplinary research. These journals are recognized by particularly the IAMURE members and universally by intellectuals who are willing to browse and know what and where IAMURE is. These journals are published by IAMURE intellectual organizations and the contributors are from the
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party, refuse or cancel, after due notice and hearing, the registration of any national, regional or sectoral party, organization or coalition…” But this power of the poll body must be based on well-defined grounds. What are the grounds that the Comelec may use to refuse or cancel the registration of any party list group? The same Section 6 provides for those grounds.“1) It is a religious sect or denomination, organization or association, organized for religious purposes; (2) It advocates violence or unlawful means to seek its goal; (3) It is a foreign party or organization; (4) It is receiving support from any foreign government, foreign political party, foundation, organization, whether directly or through any of its officers or members or indirectly through third parties for partisan election purposes; “(5) It violates or fails to comply with laws, rules or regulations relating to elections; (6) It declares untruthful statements in its petition; (7) It has ceased to exist for at least one (1) year; or (8) It fails to participate in the last two (2) preceding elections or fails to obtain at least two per centum (2%) of the votes cast under the party-list system in the two (2) preceding elections for the constituency in which it has registered…” -oooRICH AND POWERFUL NOMINEES NOT DISQUALIFIED: One interesting issue here is the de-accreditation or the rejection of the accreditation of a party list group on the ground that its nominees are rich and moneyed and politically or economically powerful. It is clear that Republic Act 7941 does not disqualify a party list group or even its nominees simply because the nominees are rich and moneyed and powerful. Section 9 of
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step down. The CDO-Power even accused Baltazar of imposing a directive that tends to “terrorize” the stakeholders of the LTO-10. “It’s a management by harassment,” said Ed Gonzales apparently referring to the alleged use of flag ceremonies as venue where Baltazar can criticize LTO workers openly. “Bisan ang mga personal nga mga butang iyang iyagyag sa publiko atol sa flag-raising,” said the visibly dejected Gonzales. Members of the CDOPower also criticized Baltazar for strictly imposing the “No ID, No Entry” policy at the LTO-10. One of the CDO-Power members said a transacting public who wears slippers, sando, and short pants are not even allowed to enter the premises of LTO-10 in Barangay Bulua. What is funny is that some enterprising individuals are making profits out of Baltazar’s directive as some put up a shoes for rent store nearby at P50, said one of the members of CDO-Power during yesterday’s press conference. Aside from the transacting public, workers of insurance firms identified with the LTO-10 are no longer allowed to transact business on the behalf of their respective clients. The policy, said another member, is killing them softly as they can no longer earn a meager income for their family. “We have families to feed, children to send to school,” said another member adding, “we are no fixers, we simply follow what our clients are telling us to do.” Gonzales said the term “fixer” is conclusive and is debatable. “It is up to the court to decide whether a person is considered fixer or not,” he explained. He said people working in the insurance companies are just doing an errand. They simply follow what their clients are telling them in exchange for an insurance policy. “These people are merely selling insurance policy,” he added.
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meetings before “Oplan Pukot” was carried out to ensure that all information will be discussed and a discreet operation will be positively put in place. He admitted two other members of Perez group are still at large and has been the subject of continuous police manhunt as he expressed confidence that the
remnants no longer have the capability to continue their criminal activities and victimize businessmen. Dela Torre noted another organized crime gang named “Tudela Group” in Trento town is also listed by police as wanted suspects although some of their members have already been arrested. He however called on residents to continue to be vigilant especially urging business establishments to put up CCTV cameras and iron grills which would help a lot in easily tracking the identities of criminal elements.
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regardless of crimes, remains the same: No to death penalty. She said that death penalty is not a deterrent to crime and it violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Philippines abolished the death penalty in 2006 and President Aquino has rejected calls for the return of the death penalty. But Rodriguez (2nd District, CDP) and his younger brother, Abante Mindanao partylist Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr. who both claim to be pro-lifers and vehemently opposed the RH Bill, are pushing House Bill 4510 to amend the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002. The Rodriguez brothers want to add: “If the violator of any of the provisions of this act is an alien, the penalty to be imposed shall be the penalty prescribed by their national law.” Parong said this is a dangerous clause as this will allow the imposition of capital punishment if the convicted foreigner is from a country that allows death penalty. “We have all worked hard to abolish the death penalty in the Philippines and Amnesty International is still campaigning to protect everyone around the world from state sanctioned killings. Working for ‘equity and reciprocity’ with regard to death penalty should not mean that we should execute foreigners just because Filipinos are being punished by death penalty abroad. Instead, we should all work persistently to abolish death penalty from each and every country that still sanctions state killings,” she said. In pushing for HB 4510, the elder Rodriguez cited the cases of Filipinos who faced death penalty sentences abroad, like in China, as his reason for doing the same to foreigners in the Philippines, invoking “the rule of equity and reciprocity.” “While there is no reason to question the laws of foreign countries, we must however ensure that our countrymen do not suffer the short end of the stick. As such, there is a need to amend our laws to ensure that foreign nationals
caught violating our laws on drugs be also convicted on the harshest penalties that their national law imposes,” he said. Amnesty International supports the UN Moratorium on Executions and is campaigning towards the abolition of the death penalty. Amnesty International Philippines has been actively campaigning against the executions in China and other parts of the world. “When we abolished the death penalty in the Philippines we have directed the Philippine state to respect the right to life of everyone, not just Filipinos. The Rodriguez brothers are opening up the door for the state to kill again and we are not allowing that. We call on our legislators to stand fast on their commitment to human life and withdraw House Bill 4510 from Congress. We call all members of the legislature not to lend their support for this bill,” Parong said. Amnesty International Philippines said it is ready to lead massive public actions against the bill if it remains in Congress. Amnesty International noted that there is a global trend towards abolition of the death penalty with less people executed in 2011. An overwhelming majority of countries did not use the death penalty in 2011. Only 21 out of 198 countries carried out executions – a big decrease from that of the last decade. (Bong D. Fabe)
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been at odds since 2007. Pandita said Mayor Montawal has organized his own private army to fight another group of armed lawless group whose members include legitimate fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Such armed group, according to Pandita, staged the attack against Montawal’s private army last October 31, which led to the displacement of hundreds of families from barangays Poblacion, Dungguan, Talapas, and Tunggul, all in Datu Montawal town. The same group, he stressed, was responsible for the attack last Tuesday night. “Some members of this armed group are relatives of those killed by the private Army of Montawal. This is their rido. We, as civilians, became collateral damage to their own wars,” said Pandita in an interview over Catholic-ran DXND in Kidapawan City. Pandita and another resident, Susan Bao, have appealed to authorities to secure them from warring groups. “We’ve been leaving in peace here until such time that these groups, belonging to the same clan, were at war against each other,” said Bao. Lt. Col. Benjamin Hao, commander of the 7th In-
fantry Battalion, said he immediately dispatched some of his men, on board military trucks, to wartorn villages to pacify the fighting.
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to avoid preempting results of their investigation. She also did not give a deadline when the findings of CHR, an independent body, would be completed. Jovero noted the CHR, depending on the results of its probe, would either initiate or recommend the filing of criminal and administrative cases even if they involve state actors, referring to the soldiers. The 13 soldiers, headed by 1Lt. Dante Jimenez, have been recommended by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) formed by the 10th Infantry Division to be subjected to a General Court Martial. Maj. Gen. Ariel Bernardo, 10th ID commander, citing the findings of the BOI, said the soldiers may have violated some provisions of the Articles of War and the Rules of Engagement. The incident happened within the mines development site of foreign-backed firm Sagittarius Mines Inc. that straddles the towns of Tampakan in South Cotabato, Columbio in Sultan Kudarat and Kiblawan in Davao del Sur. The 13 soldiers, all under the 27th Infantry Battalion, are currently restricted in the 10th ID headquarters in Compostela Valley.
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“operational plans” to pursue Yu, who carries a P5-million reward on his head offered by Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, while they were also still busy filing more cases against him and other suspects. “Actually we are so busy right now. While we are the lead agency to run after Yu, we are also moving double time to act on the documents to be filed in court against the carnapping suspects,” he said. He also appealed to owners of recovered stolen vehicles to be patient in claiming their vehicles since they have to undergo due process to avoid technicalities. This came after some vehicle owners were pressuring them to immediately turn over their vehicles to them. Police is processing 30 stolen vehicles recovered after the carnap syndicate was busted two weeks ago.
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UniGames sacks UE with one-year suspension BACOLOD City––University Games officials handed down a one year suspension for the entire University of the East after its men’s basketball team left in haste a night before its championship match against National University last Oct 28 in the 17th Sandugo-Unigames here at University of St. La Salle Coliseum. UniGames President Roger A. Banzuela said, this (suspension) despite an apology issued to UniGames officials and a letter he received from UE.
The sanction put the whole school in jeopardy done by its men’s basketball squad. Banzuela said the Red Warriors disrespected the tournament and the people of Bacolod City when they decided to leave on the eve of the championship game and forfeit their final match. Some basketball aficionados echoed their disgust for non-appearance of UE during the finals, saying ”they may think it is not as prestigious as the UAAP and they just
views. “Make no mistake, I stand that all life is precious in the eyes of God,” he said. But if Republicans lost ground in the Senate, they retained their substantial majority in the House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans will stick to their principles and act as a bulwark against Democratic designs. “For two years, our House majority has been the primary line of defense for the American people against a government that spends too much, taxes too much, certainly borrows too much when it is left unchecked. And, tonight, they have responded by renewing our House Republican majority,” he said. With a divided Congress, bipartisanship will be needed to address America’s enormous fiscal challenges. Such bipartisanship has been all but missing in the last two years. But the coming of a new Congress with a newly re-elected president does offer at least the chance for a rekindled spirit of compromise and a sincere effort to bridge ideological gulfs. Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas called for a post-election period of “reflection and re-calibration”, adding that work remains to be done.
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unless you respect the judgment of people. And, if you run for office, you have got to be able to take it either way, winning or losing,” he said. Massachusetts is one of many states in which Democrats either gained a Senate seat or successfully defended a seat that had been considered vulnerable to a Republican pick-up. In Wisconsin, Democrat Tammy Baldwin made history as the first openly-gay person elected to the Senate. In Indiana, Democrat Joe Donnelly won a seat currently held by Republican Richard Lugar, who was defeated in a primary battle by Republican challenger Richard Mourdock. In his victory speech, Donnelly struck a note of bipartisanship. “This is not about politics. This is not about one party or the other,” he said. “I am going there as your senator, to work for your family. I am the hired help and I cannot wait to get to work.” Mourdock had been considered a favorite to win until he made a controversial statement that pregnancies arising from rape are “God’s will.” In his concession speech, Mourdock made no apologies for his staunch anti-abortion
do it hastily without proper notification”. In its letter addressed to Banzuela, UE executive director for marketing, Dr. Jesus Tanchanco Sr. and Physical Education director Rodrigo Roque said the Red Warriors were caught between vying for the UniGames crown or heeding the call of flag and country as the team was tasked to represent the country in the Asian University Basketball Federation championship in
Taiwan. The UE officials also said that Red Warriors management, led by Tanchanco, exerted all efforts to book another flight to Taipei but failed. “UE has no intention of disrespecting the UniGames, NU, the other participating teams and the Bacolod basketball fans for forfeiting the championship game,” the letter stated. The Warriors advanced to the finals after beating
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he Philippine Press In s t itut e ( P P I ) i n c o op e r at i on with Philippine Ai rl i ne s Fou nd at i on and the BusinessWeek Mindanao Advertising and Promotions holds a seminar on excellence and ethics in journalism with the theme “Making S e ns e of Jou r na l is m To d ay ”, O c tob e r 2 5 , Cagayan de Oro City at the BWM Media Center. The seminar is part o f P P I ’s S c h o l a s t i c Outreach Program. Participating students from the region enjoy a whole-day of learning as key speakers from Manila gave them s e vera l s essions and workshops. Allan Mediante, Executive Editor o f B u s i n e s s We e k Mi nd ana o wel c ome s t he p ar t icip ants and guests, while Ariel C. Sebellino, PPI Executive D i r e c t o r, g a v e t h e participants an overview
of the Philippine Press Institute. The participants are journalism and communications stu d e nt s f rom L i c e o de Cagayan University – Mass Communications Department, Bukidnon S t a t e Un i v e r s i t y, St. Mar y’s S cho ol in Cagayan de Oro, Central Mindanao University, and MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology. The morning sessions included talks by national personalities in the media industry. Session 1: Excellence is the Key is handled by G M A- 7 P ro g r a m Manager Joseph Alwyn T. Alburo and Session 2: Going the Way of Ethics by Rowena C. Paraan, Secretar yGeneral, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP). This is followed by an open forum and a workshop, a chance for the student journalists
to participate and share their thoughts. A special visit b y C y n t h i a Vi l l a r, Chairman & Managing Director of the Villar Foundation also gave the participants her insights on journalism ethics and entrepreneurship. Villar is in the city for t he unvei ling of t he Sendong Memorial at Golden Haven Memorial Park, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro. A lunch forum on C or p orate S o ci a l Responsibility (CSR) is then facilitated by Mi g u el Vi l l are a l, P h i l i p p i n e Ve t e r a n s B an k Vice President on Corporate Communications. The afternoon session tackled on visual communications. The talk on Photography vs Photojournalism is delivered by Cagayan de Oro TIMES Editor-inChief, Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy.
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