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The Ledes Help desk on Undas By Ben D. Arche of Mindanao Daily News

DAVAO City––The City Economic Enterprise and Economic Planning Services (Ceeeps) here is urging all private cemeteries to put up more help-desks and portable toilets within their areas to have an orderly celebration of All Saints and All Souls Day on November 1 and 2. help | page 10

Partnership agreement By PAT SAMONTE and JOEL PORTUGAL of Mindanao Daily News

BUTUAN City––Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. has signed for this city a commitment of partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Habitat (UNH) as one of four selected partner-cities for the two organization’s respective programs for Disaster Preparedness and Response (DPR) and Achieving Sustainable Development (ASUD). agreement | page 10

Character revolution

THE Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) will be holding consultation with operators of public utility jeepneys regarding the posting of character values that will be assigned to each route. character | page 10

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Statue to honor the sex workers of the world. Installed March 2007 in Amsterdam, Oudekerksplein, in front of the Oude Kerk, in Amsterdam’s red-light district De Wallen. Title is Belle, inscription says “Respect sex workers all over the world.” source : en . wikipedia . org

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Prostitution is a highly organized exploitative system. Legalization would only give pimps, owners of prostitution dens and their customers the leverage to further exploit women as well as children and minors.’ Rep. Luz Ilagan, Gabriela Women’s Party

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO of Bulatlat.com with RUEL V. PELONE of Mindanao Daily News

Women’s group Gabriela and Catholic Bishops may have opposing stands when it comes to the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, but they are united when it comes to the issue of prostitution and its proposed legalization: both are against it. The United Nations, in a recent report it released titled “Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific,” said the Philippines and other Asian countries should legalize prostitution. This, the UN said, so that sex workers can be given access to basic rights. It also said that the decriminalization of the sex trade will help control the spread of sexually transmitted infections, particularly HIV. The UN’s study examines how the criminalization of prostitution has affected the lives of sex workers

across Asia and worsened the HIV epidemic. It surveyed sex workers in 48 countries across Asia to determine how prostitution laws affect the safety and health of prostitutes and their families. According to the UN, legal recognition of sex work as an occupation enables sex workers to claim benefits, to form or join unions and to access work-related banking, insurance, transport and pension schemes. It also said that when placed in decriminalized contexts, “the sex industry can be subject to the same general laws regarding workplace health and safety and anti-discrimination protections as other industries.” The UN said the legalization of prostitution takes the form of repealing of laws that criminalize sex

work, being clients to sex workers or engaging in activities associated with sex work. In the case of the Philippines, the report said Filipino sex workers remain highly vulnerable to STIs including HIV, as well as sexual and physical abuse due to stigma. This, the UN report said, despite the introduction and implementation of laws that seek to prevent HIV and protect infected patients from discrimination. Under Philippine law, sex work as well as businesses engaged in sex are illegal. These stand to be penalized by up to 30 days of imprisonment for the first offense, while repeat offenders stand to be imprisoned for up to six months. For all the attempts of the UN trade | page 10

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says legalizing prostitution will help control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases––and that sex workers will no longer hide.

Town execs file raps vs. mining firm in Surigao PL AC E R , Su r i g a o d el Norte––The municipal council here has recommended the filing of charges against a Filipino-Australian mining firm for conducting exploration without government permits. Town officials accused officials of Bundok Mineral Resources Corp. a Filipino-Australian mining firm operating in mineral rich Mansapelid Island, of con-

ducting exploration activities without corresponding government permits. Mansapelid Island is more than an hour motor boat travel through rough seas from the port of Placer. Lindian Resources Ltd., a mineral exploration company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) with office in Perth, Western Australia, claimed it acquired Bundok Mineral

in 2011. Lindian’ other mining projects in the country include Sagay Project in Negros in the Visayas; Abra Project in Luzon; Del Gallego, Exciban, and Buena Aurora in Bicol Region in Luzon area and claimed even near Metro Manila, the Salacot and Mt. Balantingon mining projects. On Oct. 3, the regional Mines and Geo-Sciences Bu-

reau in Surigao City issued a cease order, signed by MGB regional director Roger De Dios, against BMRC, saying it has no corresponding government updated permits within MPSA contract area of San Manuel Mining Corp. (SMMC). Placer town councilors Ronald P. Villejo, Sr., Chairman of the Committees on Committees on Environmental Protection and

Ecology, Good Governance and Public Ethics and Accountability, and its members, councilors Roberto Rivera and Reynaldo See recommended on Oct. 22, the filing of charges against BMRC. The MGB granted MPSA to San Manuel Mining Corp. on January 7, 1991 covering 1, 480 hectares in Mansapelid Island which has three barangays.

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Law enforcers to secure public on All Souls Day COTABATO City––Law enforcers in South Cotabato’s on Sunday ensured the safety of the public during the observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days this week.

In Cotabato City, police director Senior Supt. Danny Reyes has ordered all four police stations to guarantee that the surroundings of public and private cemeteries are free from snatchers, robbers among others. Station 2 police are securing the public and Chinese cemeteries in Sinsuat Avenue while those from police station 1 will secure the Catholic cemetery. Reyes also ordered police visibility and put up assistance desks in all cemeteries. Likewise, traffic police will be deployed in all roads leading to cemeteries. Foot and mobile patrols

will be deployed starting October 31 in all first districts of Christian dominated towns of North Cotabato’s Pigcawayan, Libungan, Aleosan, Alamada and Midsayap. Colonel Roy Galido, chief of the army’s 40th Infantry Battalion, said soldiers will be deployed starting middle of next week to assist the police in maintaining law and order. Soldiers and police will be deployed in bus terminals and other public terminals to ensure safety of arriving individuals from other provinces to visit the grave of their loved ones.

With All Saints’ Day just four days away, these two men clean and paint the tombs of their departed loved ones at the Manila North Cemetery on Sunday (October 28, 2012). PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan

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3 Marines, 2 Abu Sayaff killed in Patikul firefight CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao/ Zamboanga City --Three Marines and two Abu Sayyaf (ASG)rebels were killed during a clash in Barangay Bakong, Patikul, Sulu on Sunday morning prompting the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) to launch an air, sea and ground assaults against the armed group. The firefight also left 10 other soldiers wounded, said newly designated Westmincom chief Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo. Ardo said that elements of 6th Marine Battalion Landing Team were conducting search operations for kidnap victims earlier sighted in the village of Bakong when they were fired upon by ASG men headed by “Tahil Sali” and “Radullah Sahiron” at around 6:30 a.m. Although outnumbered, the platoon fought back while the number of the rebels reportedly mounted while the shooting raged on. Two MG-520 attack helicopters were deployed at mid-morning to assist ground troops and naval forces in the shores of Patikul, a known lair of the ASG.

The helicopter gunships took turns in pounding ASG positions in the thickly forested portion of Patikul. Ardo said the Westmincom withheld the identities of the fallen Marines until their next of kin are informed. Westmincom spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said one of the two slain ASG rebels was identified only as a certain Kaisar. Cabangbang did not identify the kidnap victims sighted in Barangay Bakong, Patikul, but among those believed to be in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf are Australian adventurer Warren Rodwell, 57, and wildlife photographers Ewold Horn, 52, from Holland, and Lorenzo Vinciguerre, 47, from Switzerland. Rodwell was kidnapped last December from his home in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay while Horn and Vinciguerre were kidnapped in February this year in Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi. There were no updates on the fate of the hostages.

Big oil price cuts take effect as Europe, US economy stumbles

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MAJOR petroleum players in the country rollback prices of petroleum products Monday by as much as P2.15 a liter for premium gasoline, P1.70 a liter for regular gasoline, and P1.35 per liter for diesel and kerosene. Petron Corp. Pilipinas

Shell, Seaoil Philippines, and Phoenix Petroleum cut prices of their petroleum products ‘owing to the slow economic recovery in Europe and the US.’ Eastern Petroleum chairman Fernando Martinez said the adjustment bodes well for the “motorists head-

ing for very long weekend vacations starting Thursday.’ Eastern Petroleum implemented a rollback of P2 a liter for premium gasoline, P1.75 a liter for regular gasoline and P1.35 a liter for diesel and kerosene products effective one stroke after midnight Sunday.


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The people of Cagayan de Oro join the Christian world in commemorating the All Souls Day this week. The occasion is a fitting tribute to dedicate our prayers to those who perished in the tragedy that Typhoon Sendong brought almost a year ago. We find the significant of the solemn observance to reminisce the memories of the departed knowing that they are now happy in the hands of the Creator.

CDO Heritage Tree. Congressman Rufus Rodriguez, his wife Fenina, Ernie Pelaez and Jojo Primne pose at the base of a 200 to 300 year old Dao tree at the E. Pelaez Ranch at Bayombong, Cugman, CDO. Cong Rodriguez has filed a bill in Congress declaring this tree as the Cagayan de Oro Heritage Tree which will be protected and nurtured by the State to be one of the main tourist destinations in Cagayan de Oro City.

Benefits for mentors, election staff get nod PUBLIC school teachers and election staff rendering services on elections days can now claim insurance and other benefits should anything happened to them while on duty. The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill granting free insurance coverage to teachers and other members of every board of election inspectors assigned during elections. House Bill 6528 also provides free insurance coverage for members of the Special Board of Election Inspectors (BEI), the Board of Election Tellers and their support staff assigned to various tasks that would ensure the conduct of fair and honest elections in the country. The bill grants a minimum of P200,000 death benefit to beneficiaries and free hospitalization until full recovery for

those who might suffer injuries or sick while on election duty. The bill also covers members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police assigned as Board of Election Inspectors. A-Teacher Rep. Julieta R. Cortuna was the original author of the bill under House Bill No. 3710 that provides that the insurance coverage shall commence from the time the insured is exposed to any election-related risk. The bill also states that the coverage of election-related activities shall not be limited to the acquisition of election paraphernalia. The coverage terminates upon proper turnover of all election paraphernalia to the appropriate receiving officer or until any election-related risks are no longer present.

‘Rebel’s harass patrolling govt troopers in Surigao Sur By Jolito E. Borces CAMP Ferrer Sr., Bislig City – Elements of Headquarters & Headquarters C omp any and Charlie Company, under 2nd Lt. Beran and 1st Lt. Solis, respectively, were harassed by some 50 New People’s Army ‘rebels’ in Sitio Malinao, Brgy Tambis, Barobo, Surigao del Sur, the other day. The troopers were then

conducting security operations in the area when fired upon by the ‘rebels’, believed to be members of Guerilla Front 19A of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee, under Ka Eman. Earlier, the ‘rebels’ have been reported extorting money and goods in the area, prompting the local residents to inform the military. After the one-hour fight,

the ‘rebels’ fled, dragging along with them their dead and wounded comrades. Both military units belong to the 75th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, under Lt. Col. Benavides, who appreciated the effort of the informants, saying “security is not only the responsibility of the military, but of everyone, as exemplified in the true spirit of Bayanihan. (JEB/ asf )

Aside from enjoying eternal bliss, we are also glad that the spirits of our departed loved ones are also happy of what we are now. They are jubilant seeing their survivors finally moving on with hopes of a brighter future. These, as more than 5,000 survivors of Typhoon Sendong now owned permanent homes. In spite of the tragedy, Cagayanons are grateful that the city government never left them in the dark. It is unfortunate ‘though that some vested individuals and groups are using Typhoon Sendong to pursue their political ends. We cannot but despise politicians employing all it takes to deceive us to gain support and sympathy. We cannot but be repulsed by individuals and groups who covetously project themselves as impeccable citizens. On the other hand, the people of Cagayan de Oro are fortunate to know beforehand the hypocrisy of politicians who are exploiting the tragedy of Typhoon Sendong. The commemoration of the days of the dead is timely for us to petition the spirits of our departed to madden politicians who tried to deceive us in times of distress. Let us petition our departed to spare our widows and orphans from devious politicians who want to grab power at the expense of their tragic deaths. It is, therefore, our fervent prayers that our departed intercedes in our behalf to enlighten politicians who are trying to wedge a conflict among us. We pray that the spirits of our loved ones and those who perished in the tragedy of Typhoon Sendong will drive away the evils in politicians who are sowing discomfort and disunity among us, Cagayanons. MABUHI ANG CAGAYANONS! MABUHI ANG CAGAYAN DE ORO! PAID FOR BY CAGAYANONS FOR CAGAYAN DE ORO, INC.


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SC stops arrest warrant against Mrs Arroyo, et al By Perfecto Raymundo of the Philippine News Agency

THE Supreme Court Monday stopped the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan from implementing the warrant of arrest it issued against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her co-accused in the P366-million plunder case involving the alleged misuse of confidential/ intelligence funds from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. “The court issues a TRO, as prayed for, enjoining the Sandiganbayan from implementing its assailed resolution dated Oct 3, 2012 which directed the issuance of warrant of arrest against petitioner, among others,” the SC Third Division said in a two-page resolution. SC Acting Public Information Office Chief and Spokesperson Atty. Maria Victoria Gleoresty Guerra said the SC issued a temporary restraining order against the implementation of the Oct. 3, 2012 resolution issued by the Sandiganbayan finding

probable cause against Arroyo, former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte; former PCSO chairman Sergio Valencia, former PCSO directors Manuel Morato, Raymundo Roquero, Jose Taruc V and Ma. Fatima Valdes; former Commission on Audit Chair Reynaldo Villar and COA Region V head Nilda Plaras, and PCSO assistant general manager for finance Benigno Aguas for the crime of plunder. Mrs. Arroyo, arraigned Monday morning, as well as COA Region V head Nilda Plaras filed a separate petition before the SC seeking

ARROYO to stop the Sandiganbayan from implementing its Oct. 3, 2012 resolution. Mrs. Arroyo, now representing the second district of Pampanga, refused to enter any plea on the allegations against her.

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PUP to form Institute of Islamic Studies THE Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) will establish an Institute of Islamic Studies to transform PUP into an epistemic community, a statement from the university said. “By establishing an Institute for Islamic Studies here in PUP, we are now given a chance to further study the history, beliefs, customs, traditions, aspirations and noble causes of our Muslim brothers and sisters. Throughout the centuries, Islam has been perceived and portrayed in different ways. Much has been said about this great faith, but many have yet to discover its fundamental precepts and doctrines,” PUP President Emanuel De Guzman said. De Guzman said the plan to create the institute emerged during the debates on the Bangsamoro Framework, an agreement between the current government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front “to establish a new political entity and end the decades-old armed conflict in Mindanao.” “We are all for a real, just and lasting peace. We hope that the Bangsamoro Framework will provide the answers to the fundamental questions raised by our Muslim brothers and sisters regarding peace, justice and development. May the Institute for Islamic Studies in PUP also help us discern these and contribute to these noble causes,” he said. The university president said his administration will continue to respect and uphold the interests of Muslims. He also expressed solidarity with Filipino Muslims who will be celebrating the Eid’l Adha or Muslims’ Feast of Sacrifice on October 26. The Muslim feast will also coincide De Guzman’s investiture as the 12th president of the largest state university in the country. PUP/PIA News Desk

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Mayor Rahima S. Adzis (left) with outgoing Municipal Treasurer Enting Kamensa (right) hands documents to incoming Municipal Treasurer Norodin L. Macabangen (center) during the turn-over ceremony at Datu Salibo Municipality, Maguindanao last Oct. 25


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PRO-13 chief calls for optimization of anti-crime efforts CAMP Rafael Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City––“With the advancement of technology and the sophistication of how crimes are being committed nowadays, there is a need to optimize all possible means to minimize, if not to eradicate the commission of crimes in the community.” This was the gist of the message of Police Chief Supt. Carmelo E. Valmoria, Police Regional Office (PRO-13) director, during the ground breaking of

the proposed sub-station of the Tubay Municipal Police Station in Doña Rosario, Tubay, Agusan del Norte, October 24 this year. He recalled that decades ago, police stations were made of inferior materials, making them and their personnel vulnerable to enemy hostilities or to forces of nature, with only a few police stations built across the country. “Nevertheless, the PNP has found the best ways to face

this predicament with constant support from government,” he observed. Regional Director Valmoria was grateful for the unwavering support of other government agencies, local government units and even private individuals towards the realization of advocacies for the people of Caraga. “With all humility, we are proud to say that the PNP has gained its momentum in im-

proving the quality of police services, in strengthening law enforcement capabilities and in enhancing its operational readiness,” he further stated. The physical facilities and equipment have been prevalent with improved systems and procedures to respond efficiently and effectively to crime and crisis situation, the regional police director averred. He continued that peace and development, however, are

inter-dependent and indivisible terms, so every Filipino has a significant role in attaining a safer place to live in. “Remember, our hard-earned independence comes with a responsibility to build a peaceful and progressive nation,” he said even as he called on the people “to devote our collective efforts against criminality and insurgency to tightly embrace peace and development.” (P/ Supt. Martin M. Gamba/asf )

Govt troops hunt down NPA rebels who roasted 10,000 poultry chickens THE Army’s 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division had immediately launched a search against a band of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who roasted alive more than 10,000 chickens from a farm in Zamboanga del Sur early Saturday morning. Seven Communist rebels attacked the poultry farm of businessman Onyx Go after he refused to provide “protection money” to the NPA’s Mindanao Regional Party Committee. Army Capt. Alberto

Caber, 1st ID spokesperson, said the NPA had been attempting to extort P65,000 every month from Go who owns the poultry farm in Barangay Dalaon, Molave, Zamboanga del Sur. The farm’s loss was estimated at P4.5 million. The poultry farm owner reportedly received a phone call supposedly from the NPA and warned him of more attacks if he will continue to ignore the NPA demands of protection money.

Boodle Fight @ Berjaya-GK Village - A boodle fight ensued after the blessing, turnover and awarding of 150 houses and lots built by Gawad Kalinga and Berjaya Group in Upper Bolonsiri, Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro, October 19, this year. In this photo, Mayor Vicente Emano is seen with Berjaya Phils Country Manager Paul Soo (2nd from right), Councilor Nadia Emano-Elipe (4th from right) and Councilor Dante Pajo (5th from right) joining the fight side-by-side. (CIO/asf)

S. C’bato completes ambulance donation to PHL Red Cross By Danilo E. Doguiles of the Philippine Information Agency

KORONADAL City––Early this year, the provincial government of South Cotabato, in partnership with the national headquarters of Philippine Red Cross (PRC), has turned over a rescue ambulance to PRC – South Cotabato Chapter, but the initiative was not fully completed. At the launching of the Barangay Disaster Action Team (BDAT) and Red Cross 143 here last October 20, the donation was finally completed with the LGU giving its contribution to the project. Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. handed a check amounting to P896,860.42 to PRC Chair and Chief Executive Officer Richard Gordon, who was here as guest of honor durin the local chapter election of officers. Gov. Pingoy explained, the amount constituted South Cotabato government’s counterpart for the purchase of the vehicle. The other half, he said, was charged against the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of then Sen. Gordon. The governor said, the partnership began in a conversation with the senator inside a plane where he asked him “how we could avail of an ambulance. “Right there, he committed to give us one. A few months after, the rescue ambulance was delivered to us, even before we could pay our counterpart, which is 50 percent of the vehicle’s cost,” Gov. Pingoy recalled. PRC-South Cotabato chapter Administrator Dixie Villar confirmed the vehicle is their first rescue ambulance. It is a Ford Ranger complete with tools and equipment that volunteers can use in times of calamities, accidents, and disasters. At the event, the provincial government and PRC also distributed first aid kits -- with medical supplies, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, forceps and other tools – to 199 barangays in the province. Mr. Gordon underscored volunteerism as an important factor in saving lives in time of disasters as a consequence of climate change and other life-threatening incidents. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/asf )


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Biting the bullets vs. illegal miners

I was in Pagadian City, capital of Zamboanga Del Sur over the weekend to attend a Jaycee International Senators’ Annual Convention and Elections. Ms. Guia Gomez was Guest of Honor. Still the charming and beautiful and incumbent Mayor of San Juan, she came to represent her son, Congressman JV Ejercito Estrada who could not make it as he was advised by his doctors to take a total rest. Congresswoman Auring Cerilles played host to her. My visit was timely as I was able to get it direct “from the horse’s mouth” how Gov. Tony Cerilles, took the ball into his hands and raided, dismantled and drove away hundreds of illegal miners in a gold rush area within his province. Last week, a composite team of the LGU, DENR, MGB, police, AFP, NBI etc swooped down on Sitio Balabag, Bayog town in the Zambo Sur province, about one hour and a half land trip out of Pagadian. They dismantled CIP plants, ball mills and structures and facilities of the illegal miners who had been operating with impunity for many, many years. Portals of big tunnels were collapsed and closed using backhoes. The team was implementing the “cease and desist order” issued by the local MGB with the concurrence of the LGU. A land mine exploded earlier during the first day as the team was heading towards the target area but that did not stop and deter them from proceeding with their mission. Demolition teams, acetylene cutters, big hammers, mechanized tools like backhoes, etc. went into action. The government contingent was so massive that there was no resistance at all on site. Perhaps, they were not ready or expecting such drastic action. No one has done this before, in recent memory. When other illegal small scale miners saw the

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THINK a minute. A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you will be. So prepare to die, and follow me!” A person walking by added these words underneath: “To follow you I’m not content, until I know which way you went!” Do you sometimes wonder where your family and friends who’ve died are now? Do they want you to come where they are? Don’t you wish they could talk to you? Where are all those people now who suddenly

Talking to the dead Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst died in the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001? Jesus Christ made it very clear that we already know where we’re going after we die, since it’s only now that we can choose where we’ll live after we die. He warns us that it will be too late after we die to choose or change our mind. Jesus said there are only

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TWO things make our hands full these days. One is the deadline of the registration of voters. Two, is the observance of the All Souls Day. The Commission on Election has set Oct. 31 as the deadline in the registration of voters – without extension. Port areas and bus terminals are also teeming with passengers trying to catch up the last trip. Passengers are going home to their provinces to Cris Diaz pay respect to their departed. The All Souls Day is on Nov. 1. In both occasions, two things had taken place. Would-be-registered voters lined-up by the hundreds at the Comelec. People also queue at port areas and bus terminals. Everyone tries to beat the deadline. Pinoys are thrilled when deadlines are on hand. The incidents at the Comelec and at the port areas are unusual not anymore. In all instances, Pinoys always bet on luck. miners | page 7 One sees these things happening daily. A common example is betting the traffic red light. More often, drivers dashed even when red light is already on. These drivers have no qualms. They never care less if accident happens. Pedestrians also try to bet crossing streets when the green light is on. They do not care vehicles running over them.

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At the Comelec, Chairman Sixto Brillantes admonished registrants for beating the deadline. ‘The Comelec accepts registration of voters two years before the election, why only now,’ Brillantes asked. The Comelec should not buy arguments that registrants are too busy in failing to register earlier. Truth is, majority of late registrants are recruits of politicians running for elective posts. For the past days, known politicians are hauling would-be-registered voters. In Cagayan de Oro City, a private vehicle of a politician was loaded with passengers who were heading for the Comelec. The hauling of would-be-registrants went on for several days. The politician is running for an elective post next year for the city’s first district. Where those would-beregistrants came from was not known. Whether the politician-candidate commits electioneering laws is another thing, too. What was obvious was that the vehicle used in hauling those registrants belonged to him. Is it not hard to prove ‘electioneering’ with the mere of vehicles in commuting would-be-registered voters? Well, it depends on how complainants would prove it. In the meantime, let us have a peaceful observance of the All Souls Day. For those who could not visit the resting place of their loved ones, together let us pray for the eternal repose of their souls. React: crisguardian@yahoo.com

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Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio for the sole pleasure of the participants. If the act, which in law is termed “copulation”, is made in a public place (such as what a man and a woman did at the Luneta Park, in its Chinese Garden, the other week), or filmed with the full or even just the implied knowledge or consent of both or either one of the parties, the participants lose the right to complain when the public gets to know or see---and, of course, enjoy it. -oooMORE SIGNS OF THE END: Earthquakes usually get noticed only when they are terribly strong or

deadly damaging, like the 7.7 temblor that hit the West Coast of Canada last Sunday (Philippine time), October 28, 2012. But the truth is more frightening: earthquakes around the world are now happening daily at such a voluminous number that even geologists worldwide could no long keep track of their count. Then, hunger and famine have become so widespread nowadays, crippling hundreds of millions of people. Wars and reports of wars, nation fighting against nation, kingdom against kingdom, have gripped many parts of the world. Indeed,

all the signs mentioned by Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, as indicators that the end is near are all happening now. Yet, many continue to ignore these signs, and go about their daily lives as if the dreaded end of the world is still far from happening. The sad news is that Jesus Christ Himself said that when these signs are already happening, the end is just around the corner and may in fact already be at the doorstep. -oooTHE END BY FIRE: It may help for mankind to know how the end is going to be, at least from the point of view of the Christian Bible. In Malachi 4:1-2, the end is described this way: “...’For indeed the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. The coming day will burn them up,’ fire | page 10


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Don’t belittle candidates with low survey ratings, pols told LONE Makabayan Coalition senate bet Teddy Casiño yesterday called on the future political leaders of the land “to be magnanimous when you are in power and not belittle those who may not be as powerful and popular as you but who also want to be elected to public office.” Casiño, a former student leader and President of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), was in the island for the 2012 Sangguniang Kabataan Regional Congress on Livelihood, Alternative Learning System

and the Environment. Speaking before some 500 officials and members of the SK in the Western Visayas region, Casiño recounted his recent exchange with Pres. Aquino and presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on his low survey ratings and the country’s human rights situation. “If you become the president someday, don’t be like the President. Always remember where you came from. Don’t belittle others for having low survey ratings because ordinary folk

really start from the bottom and have to work their way up to the top. Unlike some lucky people we know, most of us don’t inherit fame and popularity. That’s what the campaign period is for,” he said. “Also, don’t think just because a person or an issue is not popular then it can be dismissed or ridiculed. Human rights violations might not be a popular issue and may actually turn people off, but we should not dismiss it as propaganda when victims and their supporters cry for

help and work for justice,” he added. The SK is the traditional breeding ground of many elected officials. “Tungkulin po natin na tumindig at ipaglaban ang katotohanan di lamang sa usapin ng kabuhayan, pagaaral, kalikasan kundi lalo pa sa karapatang pantao. Kahit po ang makatapat natin ay mga sikat, mayaman at makapangyarihan pero mali naman at nang-aalipusta pa ng kapwa ay dapat po tayong tumayo at manindigan para sa katotohanan. Ito naman

po ang itinuro na sa atin ng mga magulang hindi ba? Ang maging tapat at huwag mang-api ng ating kapwa kahit ano mang posisyon ang ating marating,” Casiño said. “No one is born a leader. Leadership is acquired and we all should act and learn well from our constituents. It would not do if we discriminate and judge others, because that would be our downfall. It is heartening to note that the youth of Western Visayas is increasingly active via the SK Federation

and hopefully down to the municipalities and barangays. As the only elected youth organization in government, the SK is a good training ground for young leaders who shall be harnessed in nation building now and in the near future,” Casiño said. Casiño supports House Bill 1963 – the proposed Act to Strengthen and Reform the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) – that is authored by Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino.

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in and out of government (rebels included and even in the AFP and the PNP) who will not take this lying down! It’s the “goose that lays the golden eggs” for many. So let’s watch more closely the aftermath of this. This is not the end of the story yet! Gov. Tony who once served as DENR Secretary during President Estrada’s administration showed us the way. He showed us how an LGU head should have the “balls” to bite the bullet to deal decisively with illegal small scale miners who pollute and devastate the environment, defy the laws and operate with impunity like “untouchables”. And to think that other politicians facing an approaching elections would rather “play safe” and not displease a sector that does not only deliver voters but also provide campaign slush

funds! Gov. Tony’s mantra, as national president of the JCI senate organization, is “YES to responsible and sustainable mining, NO to illegal mining”. And he means AND DOES what he says! But all told, Gov. Tony could not have done this single-handedly. He got the cooperation of the agencies and the national government. This shows it can be done if there is “political will” in various levels. The next concern is: who’s going to clean up the mess left in the environment after all those years of devastation and criminal neglect? We can’t rest on those accomplishments until those substances and wastes are removed. And those responsible be made accountable. *******

CONTINUITY --- During the Annual Elections of the JCI Senate in Pagadian over the weekend, the new President-elect Hermin Arceo has committed to continue Pres. Tony’s advocacy. JCI Vice President for Mindanao Bic Bic Garcia from General Santos City was a moving force in this pioneering work. ***** WE FAILED --- I recall that during my work in Mindanao in the past administration, we miserably failed in effectively grappling with the problem. In fact, the small scale miners (SSMs) in Diwalwal were more organized -- and determined -- to fight and resist government moves. In one occasion, the Diwalwal miners occupied a main bridge in the main highway, placed the coffin of a dead miner in the

middle of the bridge and for hours paralyzed traffic, causing a monstrous traffic jam for all vehicles heading north to Luzon and south. It was their dramatic show of defiance to government. I was tasked to handle the crisis at that time and eventually succeeded in convincing the protesters, led by Barangay Captain Franco Tito of Mt. Diwata, to lift the macabre blockade. This only succeeded when I called in the AFP’s Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), backed by fully armed soldiers and policemen and gave instructions to smash anyone and anything blocking the way, even running over the coffin if needed. They hurriedly cleared the area. But that was only palliative. No decisive and long term effort was done to enforce the law in the mining area in the uplands.

***** COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH --- This is not to say however that we do not take into account the realities. Thousands of poor miners labor and toil and even gamble life and limb to eke out a livelihood. Thousands come in hordes and descend on gold rush areas hoping to hit some breakthrough in their already miserable lives. They must be the ones to be taken into account FIRST AND FOREMOST. And it has to be a total inclusive approach, with no one excluded in the solution. I know this is the hard part. But whatever it is, we cannot allow the present situation in our gold rush areas almost everywhere in Mindanao to remain as they are. Something has to give. As what happened in Zambo de sur over the last few days.

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ongoing dismantling and destruction of the bigtime “small scale” operators, they became frantic and immediately pleaded they be allowed to remove themselves their structures instead of sledge hammers and backhoes smashing entrances into their enclaves. The operations took only several days. I understand the NBI will take care of the filing of criminal cases. As the smoke cleared, an estimated total of about 140 “CIP” processing plants and rod mills costing millions were dismantled and disabled. Some derelict were hauled to town to be used as evidences in the criminal cases to be filed by the NBI. But make no mistake. The illegal miners have, over the years, entrenched “backers”,

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SM Prime profits up 15% to P7.4b SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), the Philippines’ leading shopping mall developer and operator, posted a 15 percent increase in consolidated net income for the first nine months of 2012, amounting to P7.40 billion from P6.41 billion during the same period in 2011. Revenues, on the other hand, reached P22.10 billion from P19.27 billion, for a 15 percent increase, year-on-year. EBITDA for the period rose 12 percent to P14.60 billion, for an EBITDA margin of 66 percent. The growth was largely due to rentals from new Philippine malls opened in 2010 and 2011, same store sales of 8 percent, and the improved performance of SM’s China malls. SM Prime also posted a

EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF VALERIANO BUTIGAN WITH SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased VALERIANO BUTIGAN, who died intestate on May 16, 2005 at Cagayan de Oro City, left a certain parcel of land situated in Sitio Danao, Patag, Opol, Misamis Oriental, and more particularly described as follows: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-4458, Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY SIX (116,826) SQUARE METERS, more or less is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF VALERIANO BUTIGAN WITH SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY, made and executed by and between the HEIRS OF VALERIANO BUTIGAN, namely; 1.GUILLERMA BUTIGAN, of legal age, filipino, widow and resident of Sitio Danao, Patag, Opol, Misamis Oriental and the surviving wife of the deceased; 2. HEIRS OF LAURIANO AND CIRIACA BUTIGAN, son of the deceased, herein represented by their heirs; 3. HEIRS OF ANTONIO BUTIGAN, son of the deceased, herein represented by their heirs namely; 4. RAFAEL BUTIGAN, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Sitio Danao, Patag, Opol, Misamis Oriental and the surviving son of the deceased; 5. HEIRS OF RUDY BUTIGAN, son of the deceased, herein represented by his heirs; 6. JIMMY BUTIGAN, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Sitio Danao, Patag, Opol, Misamis Oriental and the surviving son of the deceased; 7. ELSA BUTIGAN-WACAN, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Sitio Danao, Patag, Opol, Misamis Oriental and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 8. MERLA BUTIGANMONARES, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Sitio Danao, Patag, Opol, Misamis Oriental and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 9. HEIRS OF POLITO BUTIGAN, son of the deceased, herein, represented by his heirs, 10. VICENTE BUTIGAN, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Sitio Danao, Patag, Opol, Misamis Oriental and the surviving son of the deceased; that the above-named are the legitimate wife/children/grandchildren and the sole/compulsory/surviving heirs of the deceased, as per Doc. No. 460; Page No. 92; Book No. X; Series of 2010, under Notary Public of ATTY. EVANGELINE CARRASCO MDN: Oct. 30, Nov. 6 & 13, 2012

16 percent increase in net income to P2.48 billion for the third quarter of 2011, from P2.14 billion during the same period last year. Revenues from July to September this year reached P7.52 billion, for a 15 percent increase, yearon-year. EBITDA for the three months stood at P4.89

billion, for an increase of 13 percent and an EBITDA margin of 65 percent. SM Prime president Hans T. Sy said: “Our performance for the first nine months of 2012 gives us confidence in reaching our full-year target. We think that consumer sentiment will remain

positive on the back of a strong domestic economy. Moreover, we anticipate this trend to continue as we approach the holiday season, when consumer spending is particularly strong.” Operating expenses during the first nine months of 2012 rose by 14 percent to P10.45 billion from P9.12 billion in 2011 due to increase in administrative expenses, particularly, utilities and manpower expenses, business taxes, and film rentals. Income from operations jumped to P11.65 billion, up 15 percent from P10.14 billion. In terms of gross revenues, the four malls in China contributed P1.90 billion in 2012 and P1.49 billion in 2011, or 9 percent and 8 percent of total consolidated revenues, respectively.

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on a general level, those schools and universities tagged as ‘diploma mills’ continue to linger, if not expand in number,” Pimentel pointed out. The lawmaker said Philippine higher education is plagued by several problems. There are too many higher-education institutions and programs, but the quality of higher education has also deteriorated. The jobs mismatch, Pimentel said, “reflects a mismatch between the skills and other attributes of the labor force and those demanded by employers. This would mean that the structurally unemployed worker will need retraining or further education to increase their chances of employment.” Lawmakers cited a World Bank study in 2012 that made special mention of “a disconnect between

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late Spouses SUETBERTO ZAMBRANO SR., who died on 20 April 1994, and CAYETANA B. ZAMBRANO, who died on 22 November 2004 at Salay, Misamis Oriental; that the deceased left two parcels of Land covered by Original Certificate of Title No. P-28358, with Lot No. 645 and Original Certificate of Title No. P-10257, with Lot No. 657, all located at Salay River, Salay, Misamis Oriental. That the two (2) titles were consolidated under Consolidated Subdivision Plan of Lots 645 & 657, plan Pcs10-004256, with a total area of THIRTY THREE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE (33,775) SQUARE METERS is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF SPOUSES SUETBERTO AND CAYETANA ZAMBRANO With WAIVER OF RIGHTS, made and entered into by and among EMMA ZAMBRANO, of legal age, widow, Filipino, LIZA Z. DAPAR, SARAH Z. GALVEZ, BELEN Z. CHUA, GUALBERTO B. ZAMBRANO, ZUSETTE ALABA, VIVIAN Z. CAGANG, RAMIL U. ZAMBRANO and JEM B. ZAMBRANO, all of legal age, Filipino, married, and VADERVELT ZAMBRANO and SUETBERTO U. ZAMBRANO III, of legal age, Filipino, single, and all residents of Salay, Misamis Oriental, are the legitimate and SOLE AND ONLY surviving heirs of the late Spouses SUETBERTO ZAMBRANO SR., and CAYETANA B. ZAMBRANO, as per Doc. No. 266; Page No. 54; Book No. XXX; Series of 2012, under Notary Public of ATTY. SATURNINO NERI BACONGA. MDN: OCT. 18, 25 & 31, 2012

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The public is hereby notified that ROMMEL DACLAG ROBLE has filed with this office a petition for change of First Name from “URIEL” to “ROMMEL” in the Certificate of Live Birth of ROMMEL DACLAG ROBLE. At the expense of the petitioner, let a copy of this petition be published at least once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Bukidnon. Any person having knowledge and/or claiming interest or may be adversely affected by said petition may within ten (10) calendar days file his written opposition with this office.

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to justify its position that the legalization of prostitution will help curb STIs and HIV, however, Gabriela and members of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) are against the UN proposal. Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luz Ilagan said the UN’s recommendation will not in anyway ensure the protection of Filipino women, children and men forced to engage in the flesh trade. “Legalization will not guarantee protection against sexually transmitted infection and HIV,” she said. Ilagan said it has been their experience working with prostituted women in Davao City through Talikala to help ensure protection from infection and HIV. This is done by increasing women’s awareness and education as well as ensuring women’s access to health services. She said that instead of legalizing prostitution, Congress should enact legislation to decriminalize it by introducing amendments to the Revised Penal Code. On the contrary, Davao City Mayor Sara DuterteCarpio is backing the UN proposal saying it will provide sex workers better access to basic rights––and that legalizing prostitution will help control the spread of sexually transmitted disease. Duterte-Carpio said sex workers will no longer be hiding once prostitution will be legalized. She belied reports that HIV cases started from a sex workers in Davao City. She explained that the HIV cases came from overseas workers, or men who are sexually involved with other men. The city health office in partnership with a nongovernment organization had already extended social services to female commercial sex workers, said the mayor. She said: “Our prostitutes were monitored and we have a partner nongovernment organization with city health office which conducts regular check-up on them and orient them about safe sex.” “Our present laws seek to penalize only the women engaged in prostitution. Prostituted women are treated as criminals rather than victims of poverty and gender inequality. Our laws do not penalize pimps, bar owners and operators or those who pay to use and abuse these women. Prostitution is a highly organized exploitative system. L e g a l i z at i on wou l d only give pimps, owners of prostitution dens and their customers the leverage to further exploit women as well as children and minors,” she said. The Auxiliary Bishop of Manila Broderick Pabillo, in the meantime, said the UN report was “morally unacceptable” and that its

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main proposal for prostitution legalization might well exacerbate the situation. “Women’s rights should be respected. They should be given decent jobs, not allowed to turn to prostitution,” he said. Pabillo is also the chairman of the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace. He also warned that legalizing the sex trade will encourage more predators to abuse more women, but not help contain the spread of HIV or other STIs. “HIV is still prevalent even in countries where prostitution is legal,” he pointed out. The bishop said the Aquino government should train it sights on programs for behavioral change even as it continues its campaign to stop the transmission of HIV. He said the problem of risky sexual behavior among individuals should be addressed because it is also a reason for the spread of HIV. Direct attack against women Gabriela’s Cabuyao-Laguna chapter in the Southern Tagalog issued a stronger statement, saying that the UN’s recommendation was a “direct attack against women.” The group said prostitution is not a form of labor but rather a form of systematized abuse and use of women for commodity. “We believe that its not legalization of prostitution that can prevent the disease, but a comprehensive health program for every Filipino. Women are driven to prostitution not because it is a profitable, but because they are desperate and forced into it because of extreme poverty, unemployment and even human trafficking,” it said. The women’s advocacy group said legalizing prostitution will make the existence of syndicates of human trafficking, white slavery and child abuse, justifiable. “This would further corrupt our society with the view of women as sex objects. In a patriarchal society like the Philippines women are treated as lesser beings. They are oppressed and denied equal opportunities,” it said. “The oldest profession is not a profession at all; it is a cultural practice that should be abolished in the country.” Gabriela-ST coordinator Nonie Entena in a statement also said that prostitutes are not criminals. “They are victims of economic and gender inequality. They are unable to access the resources and services we have in the country, legalizing it will only justify the existence of such trade which will go further on more legal grounds on abusing women,” she said. Protect victims of prostitution In July 2011, GWP filed House Bill 4934, ‘An Act Repealing Articles 202 and 341 of the Revised Penal Code, and Instituting a System of

Protection for Victims of Prostitution’ precisely to address this issue. To date however, there has been no affirmative action on the bill by the House of Representatives. GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus said the issue of prostitution should be approached in its entirety. “The government must cancel policies that reinforce the system of prostitution. Legal efforts should be directed against establishments, pimps and customers and all those who profit from prostitution, not against women and children victims of prostitution. Also, it’s important that policies and programs that will address the situation of the victims of prostitution and will protect them must be developed,” she said. As for President Aquino, Malacañang has already distanced itself from the issue, saying that it is something for Congress to address. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace has no comment on the issue because it is primarily addressed to legislators. “This is a decriminalization issue,” she said. (http://bulatlat.com)

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Ceeeps chief Jose Elmancio Guintadcan said in a recent media forum here they are now coordinating with the managing officials of various private cemeteries within the city to ensure an arranged set-up. Guintadcan added that the comfort and convenience should not only be limited to public cemetery goers but also to visiting people in the private cemeteries. On the other hand, the city’s Public Safety and Command Center (PSCC) also pressed for the putting up of help-desks and tents to cater to the needs of the visiting public in private cemeteries. PSCC chief Magno Adalin said police authorities will man all help-desks mounted in public and private cemeteries to address problems during the celebration. Aside from law enforcers, the city will also assign some personnel from other government agencies like the City Social Services and Development Office, Central 911, Task Force Davao, and Armed Forces of the Philippines to assist in dealing all concerns in the help-desks. “If someone violates a law, right then and there, the police will take care of it,” Adalin said.

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This, after the City Council committee on public utilities chaired by Councilor Alden Bacal agreed that it is about time that the city implements Section 116 of Ordinance No. 08551-2007, otherwise known as the Traffic Code

of Cagayan de Oro. Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya, author of the Traffic Code, requested the committee to facilitate the implementation of the ordinance, which establishes a corresponding route code for every PUJ route in the city using the descriptive virtues of a good citizen. Nacaya said this supports the declaration of Cagayan de Oro as a City of Character under Resolution No. 4496-99 and Resolution No. 7676-2006. “What we are trying to do is to inculcate the virtues that we would like to see in the city,” he added. According to the councilor, PUJs can select from among the virtues listed under Resolution No 76762006. The resolution urges all city-based government and private institutions, organizations, associations and business establishments to adopt any of these virtues. Nacaya believes that the move will put an end to negative branding of PUJ routes like Patag Liner to “Patay” Liner, as routes will be known by the virtues they carry. Through this, he added, students and the public will be able to identify the routes according to the virtues adopted. Nacaya cited that this is a step towards positive changes in the city. “If we will not begin anything to change attitudes, wala ta maabot,” he cited. LANDMARK The committee also tasked the RTA to consult the transport group, coordinate with the City Tourism Office and City Tourism Board relative to the posting of landmarks that each route will pass by, which is also provided for in the traffic code. Councilor Nacaya said those plying the Cugman route can have a sticker or picture that will enable the public to know that it is where Malasag Park is located. Other routes will do the same for landmarks in their respective routes, he added. The move will boost the city’s tourism, said Councilor Bacal as he supported its implementation. (LCR)

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This city’s public information office through Diana Generalao said Amante signed the document during the recent launching of the Sustainable Philippine Cities Project at the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Generalao said the project aims to build resilient cities in the face of climate change and natural disasters by increasing city government capacities in participatory risk and vulnerability assessment as basis for planning and operationalizing community-based adaptation actions to benefit vulnerable poor families living in high-risk areas.

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Under the program, the WFP and UNH will provide this city P3 million to be utilized to produce an Action Plan for Disaster Preparedness as well as Urban Planning for the enhancement of the current Comprehensive Land Use program. Engr. Antenedo Milloren, chief of the City Planning and Development office, said for Urban Planning, P1 million of the amount will be used for mapping and dense updating of the urban observatory in compliance with WFP-UNH requirement. Milloren,however, made it clear that P1 million would not be enough to cater to the specified task but expressed confidence that the UNH “is willing to give additional fund assistance.” He also informed that the city should submit the requirement not later than December of this year “for us to be included in the UNH Pabahay Program for 2013. Our inclusion will mean additional funding for the city’s existing housing program.” Generalao said the remaining P2 million will be used for the production of an Action Plan for Disaster Preparedness, with emphasis on critical villages/areas in the city. On this score, the German government “has recently trained the local government unit on the ground rules of establishing a sound action plan, which is seen as a useful tool in coming up with the requirement,” she added. Amante signed the commitment together with the mayors of partner-cities including Iloilo, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

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says the Lord who rules over all. ‘It will not leave even a root or branch’...” In 2 Peter 3:10, 12, this is what is written: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare... Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolved, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze!” As the Bible asks, so I ask, too: “Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be?” -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 2468, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 4396. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com

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“Contrary to some quarters that want the SK to be abolished, I share Kabataan Party-list Rep. Palatino’s view that the institution can and should be continually reformed and strengthened. This is the best path to take

for the SK. Our country is for you to build, improve and take to greater heights economically, culturally and politically,” he said. The third-term congressman also expressed his thanks to Rep. Teoderico Haresco, an Aklanon legislator he has worked with in Congress “for the very useful engagements in the legislature for our province and for the country as a whole.” “I myself am an Aklanon, since my mother Lizabelle Icamina Acevedo is of Kalibo, Aklan. That is why I am always very honoured to be in Aklan. Let us continue to work for a better province, government and society,” Casiño said.

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Gross revenues of the four malls in China increased by 27 percent in 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 due to improvements in the average occupancy level, lease renewals, and the opening of SM Xiamen Lifestyle and SM Suzhou which added 182,000 square meters of gross floor area. The average occupancy rate for the four malls in China is now at 96 percent. SM Prime has 46 Supermalls strategically located in the Philippines with a total gross floor area of 5.5 million square meters. The company also has four Supermalls located in the cities of Xiamen, Jinjiang, Chengdu and Suzhou in China with a total gross floor area of 0.6 million square meters. For the first nine months of 2012, SM Prime opened SM City Olongapo in Zambales, SM City Consolacion in Cebu, SM City San Fernando in Pampanga, SM City General Santos in South Cotabato and SM Lanang Premier in Davao City. In December, SM Chongqing in China is scheduled to open. By year-end, SM Prime will have 46 malls in the Philippines and five in China with an estimated combined gross floor area of 6.3 million square meters.

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the education system, government programs and private sector needs.” Pimentel suggested that government should continue long-term structural reforms by institutionalizing ways aimed at aligning the interests of industry, on one hand, and higher education, on the other. Practical training should also be integrated into the curricula in higher education, as well as vocational and technical programs. TESDA’s Dual Training System, which aims to combine theoretical training through vocational instruction, and practical training through apprenticeships with industries, Pimentel said, is a good start for further reform work.


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Cloud Atlas: A tale of birth, death and re-birth

Cloud Atlas by directors Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, and Andy Wachowski is a cinematic Odyssey based on a novel by British author David Mitchell. The story centers on six stories from the 1800s up to our distant future. The concept of the eternal soul links the vignettes as the characters of one story are reborn into another. From the travails of a young American in the mid19th century on a vessel crossing the Pacific to a female clone who rises up against oppression in a futuristic society, Cloud Atlas is a grand tale about lessons learned from previous lives. Lana Wachowski wrote and co-directed the film. “We started looking at the way the stories connected. We were immediately drawn to this concept what if the villain of one story is actually the hero of another story played by the same actor,” she said. To achieve this, each actor plays multiple roles. Tom Hanks is one of the leads. “On one page, you go from 1851 to 1974 to you know, dystopian future,” he said. The challenge was great says Halle Berry who has significant film presence and interprets six characters. “Each one of those characters, the soul evolved in order to have the strength

to be the character that I ended up being,” she said. In her last incarnation, she plays a woman in the future who saves the world. Cloud Atlas is also about eternal love. “Each story propels the next story and then you’re back again and it propels again the next one,” said actress Susan Sarandon, who also appears in the film. She says romance links each story to the next as the characters meet again and again. The cast also includes Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Hugo Weaving, who is famous for his role as the sinister Agent Smith in The Matrix. Once again, Weaving represents pure evil. His goal is to tempt and stall the evolution of the soul. This $100 million production offers costumes and sets that highlight the film’s different eras. “The breadth, the scope, the vast amount of time and space the movie covers. Some buildings are just doors and windows and other buildings are great architecture,” said Hanks. But the film lacks the depth it promises. The stories meander and there are too many characters. After three hours we are lost between the past, the present and the future.

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