WEATHER UPDATE AS of 4 p.m. yesterday, the center of Tropical Storm “NINA” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 1,210 km East of Cagayan (18.4°N, 134.6°E) with maximum winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph. It is forecast to move West at 9 kph. Meanwhile, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 100 km Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes (14.1°N, 125.2°E). SOURCE : PAGASA
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Padayon Pilipino candidates for Misamis Oriental parade arm-in-arm through the street towards the Commission on Elections office at the provincial capitol to file their certificates of candidacy for the 2013 elections. The group is composed of gubernatorial candidate for Misamis Oriental Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano, vice gubernatorial candidate for Misamis Oriental Joey Pelaez, congressional candidate for the 2nd district of Misamis Oriental Augusto “Jun” Baculio, and provincial board candidates for the 1st and 2nd districts. PHOYO BY GERRY L. GORIT
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E-ELECTIONIST Opol Mayor Dexter B. Yasay filed his certificate of candidacy on Friday morning at the Commission on Elections office in Opol, Misamis Oriental, the last day for filing of COCs. Yasay is eyeing another term as mayor of the town under the Padayon Pilipino party. He was accompanied by family members, leaders of the PDP led by Misamis Oriental 2nd Rep. Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano, provin-
Ortugoza,and the municipal council candidates –Rollie Barangot, Elvin Edrozo, Cecilio Abuhan, Carlitos Baculio, Lovejoy Triambulo, Clessa Monique Otacan, Oscar Romero, Edgar Cortez -- also filed their certificates of candidacy at the same
time. They came with a big group of bikers, drummers and street dancers, and gave out t-shirts to supporters who flocked to the Comelec office. Yasay’s group sought the blessings of Fr. Ron-
ald Ledesma of the Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Roy Travilla of the First Baptist Church, Rev. Eliezer B. Villarin of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Rev. Ernesto Opena of the Jesus Christ Is Lord, and Rev. Willy Gantala of the
In Christ Fellowship. The PDP candidates, all wearing violet shirts as the official color of the party, filed their COCs on Friday going from one town to the next in the province of Misamis Oriental. YASAY | page 9
cial board members Arrish Canonigo and Heckert Emano, PDP congressional candidate for the province’s second district Augusto “Jun” Baculio and supporters including barangay leaders. Yasay’s running mate for vice mayor Chizarina
Re-electionist congressional candidate Benjamin “Benjo” Benaldo is accompanied by her close friend Brazilian actress Diana Menezes in filing his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office in Cagayan de Oro. Benaldo came with the group of re-electionist Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano and other candidates of the Padayon Pilipino party. Benaldo is running in the first congressional district of the city. PHOYO BY GERRY L. GORIT
Re-electionist Opol Mayor Dexter B. Yasay (2nd row, second from right) raises his arms with his running mate for vice mayor Chizarina Ortigoza (2nd row, third from left) and municipal council candidates (1st row) Rollie Barangot, Elvin Edrozo, Cecilio Abuhan, Carlitos Baculio, Lovejoy Triambulo, Clessa Monique Otacan, Oscar Romero and Edgar Cortez at the Comelec office after filing their certificates of candidacy. Joining them in the affair are Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano, provincial board member Arrish Canonigo and conP Aòã gressional candidate Augusto “Jun” Baculio. PHOYO BY GERRY L. GORIT
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Comelec reminds voters of Oct 31 deadline for registration By RUTCHIE C. AGUHOB fingerprints and signatures taken using the Voter RegOROQUIETA City––The istration Machine (VRM). Commission on Elections These biometrics infor(Comelec) in Misamis Oc- mation are needed for the cidental urged voter to have printing and issuance of the their registration validated Voter’s ID card.” for the new voting system Registration of voters to be used in the May 2012 have been suspended from elections. October 1 to 5 to give way to This new system of vali- the filing of the certificates dation is called the Automat- of candidacies (CoCs) of ic Fingerprint Identification those running in the May System, which is attached 13, 2013 national and loto the Precinct Count Op- cal elections but has since tical Scan Machine, Cirilo resumed. Nala Jr., provincial election Thus, Nala said all legitisupervisor (PES), said. mate voters who have not All voters in the province yet validated, who have not should go to the Comelec yet registered and those who offices in the different towns want to transfer their registo have their voter’s regis- trations should do it before tration validated before the the October 31 deadline. October 31, 2012 deadline The Biometric System or cut-off, as there will be of registration is a very no more extension for such important component of activity, Nala said. the PCOS, which will be According to the Come- used in next year’s full comlec website, “Old registered puterization of the 2013 voters who have not yet had elections to avoid flying their biometrics informa- voters, which hounded the tion digitally captured may previous elections, he said. file for an application for He added that Comelec validation, which would offices will be open during enable their photographs, the remaining Saturdays of
the month for those who cannot have their voter’s registration validated during weekdays. Meanwhile, the provincial government of Misamis Occidental (PGMO) will continue to strengthen the substantial gains and progress from initiatives undertaken along good governance. The assurance came from Governor Herminia M. Ramiro, who said the on-going reforms in the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) are expected to pave the way for a more participatory, transparent, and objective procurement process in the provincial capitol. “Our intention is to establish a strong internal control mechanism in the PGMO offices and departments which is gaining ground,” the governor said. She also said, “It is our belief that this will promote and instill a sense of accountability among our offices and thus become a strong basis for our people’s trust in government.”
Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez leads the ribbon-cutting and turn-over ceremony of a road concreting project at South Divisoria (R.N.Abejuela St.) from the Phil. Veterans Bank to Burgos St. worth P8.931 million. This project completes the concreting and drainage construction in both South Divisoria (R.N.Abejuela St.) and North Divisoria (Tirso Neri St) totaling P40 million. In the photo with Rep. Rodriguez are Barangay 6 Chair Mario Eronico, DPWH District Engineer Allan Borromeo, Assistant District Engineer Cesar Hipona and Engineers Gabriel Guinitaran, Noel Alfonso and Nicoline Blanco.
Philippine authorities detain 5 Indian nationals By AL JACINTO ZAMBOANGA City––Philippine authorities have detained 5 Indian nationals who sneaked into a remote southern Muslim province and went on to fly on a passenger plane undetected to Zamboanga City where they were arrested. The foreigners are being investigated by authorities, but security officials would not say if the Indian nation-
als have links to terrorist groups. The 5 men travelled by boat from Sandakan in Malaysia to the neighboring Filipino province of TawiTawi where they took a plane and flew to Zamboanga City on Mindanao Island. Immigration officials did not release the names of the foreigners and it was unknown how they managed to sneak into Tawi-Tawi and boarded a plane undetected
by local authorities. Local authorities said the foreigners had no passports and other travel documents and only carried a fake temporary Philippine labor permit. Military authorities said members of the al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiya had previously used the southern backdoor to sneak in the Philippines and train local terrorists. (Mindanao Examiner)
Pantawid Pamilya workers non-partisan, says DSWD-10
DR. LORIE CARRASCO, Education Program Supervisor, Division of Cagayan de Oro City sharing her expertise on the Rules of Effective Writing during the October 6, 2012 Seminar on Basic Journalism at the BUSINESSWEEK MINDANAO MEDIA CENTER, which was attended by more than 60 pupils from various schools in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon. PHOTO BY ARJAY FELICILDA
CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 reminded all field implementing officers of Pantawid Pamilya program in the region to be non-partisan in the light of the upcoming local and national elections. Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, regional director of the DSWD-10, said all Pantawid Pamilya workers are prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in any partisan political activities of any political parties or candidates considering the influence these people have over the 4Ps beneficiaries. She said DSWD Secretary Corazon JulianoSoliman recently issued a memorandum to all regional directors and Pantawid Pamilya field implementing officers saying any complaint reported involving any of them in any prohibited act will immediately be suspended. These prohibited acts include threatening, in-
timidating or inducing any Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary to attend any partisan political activity; employing deceit or misrepresentation to gather Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries for a political caucus, meeting, rally or other similar assemblies in the guise of an official program activity; and active endorsement of a political candidate or party to beneficiaries. Distribution of partisan political literature or materials to beneficiaries during any official program activity; allowing the program and any of its activities to be used as a vehicle for partisan political activities; and performing any act that promotes any political candidate or party while in the performance of official duties as field implementing officers of the program are likewise not allowed. Solamillo pointed out that the DSWD is respecting the rights of beneficiaries in choosing their political party and candidates.
She, however, emphasized that beneficiaries should only support or endorse any political candidate or parties as a citizen of the country and not as beneficiary of the program. She reiterated that the program is not supporting any partisan political party or candidate and she will not allow any party or candidate to use the program. For his part, Pantawid Pamilya Regional Focal Person Ian Z. Putong disclosed that he has been monitoring all activities of the program throughout the region in order to put all systems in place in maintaining the non-partisanship of the program and its workers. Putong also urged beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of the program to report to the DSWD-10 office any political party or candidate, individual or Pantawid Pamilya worker violating the above-mentioned prohibited acts. A report from Oliver Badel Inodeo of DSWD-10
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Gov’t steps in to scale down overpricing of rice in GenSan GENERAL Santos City–– After rising to as high as P37 per kilo last month, the prices of commercial rice in South Cotabato province dropped by P3 to P4 per kilo following interventions made by the local price coordinating body. Reynaldo Legaste, South Cotabato agriculture officer, said rice retailers in the province agreed to reduce the market prices of commercial r ice in compliance with government pricing standards
and regulations. He said the Local Price C o ordinat ing C ouncil (LPCC) specifically implemented the provisions of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act of 1992, which mandates a price ceiling and the setting of automatic price control for basic necessities and prime commodities, especially during special circumstances and in times of calamities. “Rice millers, dealers and retailers were ordered to lower the retail prices
NFA allocates P30m to buy corn BUTUAN City––The National Food Authority (NFA) Caraga has earmarked P18.8 million fund in addition to P12 million it earlier allocated to two NFA provincial offices for corn procurement. “This has brought to P30.8 million the allocated funds for corn procurement of the two Caraga provinces,
NFA-Agusan del Norte and NFA-Agusan del Sur,” NFA regional director Gil Pepito Paqueo said. The fund, dubbed as Cereal Procurement Fund or CPF, was for the purchase of corn in the towns of Las Nieves in Agusan del Norte and river towns of Agusan del Sur which are all corn producing areas.
of rice or face various sanctions,” he said. He said the prices of ordinary rice have so far gone down to P30 per kilo from the previous P34 or adjustment of P4 per kilo. Premium rice prices h ave a l s o d ropp e d t o around P34 per kilo, Legaste said. South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr. earlier issued an executive order for the reactivation of the LPCC in response to the rising prices of commercial rice in the local markets.
Marines lead anti-logging campaign in C. Mindanao CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao––The military in Sultan Kudarat province has intensified its manhunt against illegal loggers and not against the Muslim rebels talking peace with the government. Colonel Alexander MARINES | page 9
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NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH Cagayanons are appalled over Oscar Moreno’s employment of St. Augustine Cathedral as a political stage last week. We were there to hear mass. However, we were shocked when Moreno spoke in front of us, Cagayanons, badmouthing his political opponents at the City Hall. As Catholics, we regularly hear mass at St. Augustine Cathedral. Yet, we have not witnessed any politician maligning anyone, especially political opponents, in the Altar of the church. Whether Moreno and his party mates did the thing only for a show, the action ignored the sensibilities of churchgoers. Their actions clearly exposed the brand of disdainful leadership. We are afraid that the seemingly harmless depiction of Moreno and his party mates by supporters and rabble-rousers only cover up true intentions. Cagayanons are very sensitive people. Being predominantly Christians, the flair exhibited by Moreno and his party mates at St. Augustine Cathedral last week was out of taste. We lament the inclusion of some respectful Cagayanons in Moreno’s political ticket. We believed these people do not deserve to be part of Moreno’s antics. While these people have the purest of intentions to serve the Cagayanons, their association with Moreno defeat that obsession. It is pitiful that these people allowed themselves to be lead to the road of perdition. We, Cagayanons, have already announced our manifest declaration not to support Moreno’s political plans in Cagayan de Oro City. We cannot allow leaders who preach disunity to rule our lives. We cannot allow leaders who use the Church as venue of smear campaign. We need leaders who can unite our people. We dream of leaders who can work harmoniously with us, Cagayanons, and are able to carry our aspirations as a city of peace and progress.
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The state of our rights after martial law By BENJIE OLIVEROS of Bulatlat.com THE ouster of the Marcos dictatorship should have restored to us fully our rights and freedoms. But how do we fare 40 years after martial law? 1. Right to due process – Warrantless arrests continue to be practiced with impunity especially in rural areas where farmers are picked up during military operations, mauled, and if their luck runs out, killed. In urban areas, the Ilagan doctrine, where complaints against arrests done without warrants are deemed moot and academic upon the filing of information, is still being considered as valid. Also the military and police still routinely plant evidence to justify the arrest of a suspect. 2. Freedom of speech –Political activists are harassed with trumped up, often absurd charges and are hauled off to jail. Libel is also being used to harass journalists and the critics of those in power. Now the cybercrime law has expanded the applicability of libel charges to the internet, with heavier penalties. 3. Freedom of association – The vilification of progressive organizations that espouse patriotic and
democratic ideals as “front organizations” of the CPPNPA-NDFP and of political activists, make them targets for extrajudicial killings thereby effectively disregarding the freedom of association. Peasants fighting for their right to the land against big landowners and indigenous peoples defending their ancestral domain against the intrusion of large-scale mining and logging companies are being attacked by paramilitary forces formed by the military to protect these corporations and their operations. 4. Freedom of assembly – The “no permit, no rally” rule, under Batas Pambansa 880, another Marcos legacy, and the practice of the government and the police of setting “no rally zones” such as in front of Malacañang and often, Mendiola Bridge and the House of Representatives, during the annual state of the nation address, have severely limited the people’s freedom to assemble and express grievances. 5. Right to form unions and to strike – Contractualization of labor has weakened unions more effectively than the
What language do you speak THINK a minute. A woman was telling her husband that she wanted him to tell her more often that he loved her. Her surprised husband said: “Tell you what? Woman, when I married you 17 years ago I told you ‘I love you’. If I change my mind, I’ll let you know!” They say that there are five languages of love. And the reason many marriages are not happy is that husbands and wives speak different languages to express and show their love. The problem is we simply haven’t learned each other’s love language. For example, have you ever wished your wife or husband would do something special that would mean a lot to you, but instead they did something else that they like, so you felt hurt and disappointed? You see, it could be that neither you nor your mate
Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst has learned each other’s love language. Since we each are different, whatever makes you really happy may not be the same for your wife or husband. Here are the five main love languages people use to show love. First, is serving and doing things for your spouse—like cooking a meal, cleaning house, helping with the kids, or cutting the grass. S econd, is physical touching and closeness. Being affectionate and expressing love physically. The third language of
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THE SPECTER of Gov. Oscar Moreno now hounds the provincial Capitol in Misamis Oriental. After filing, his official certificate of candidacy last week, everybody at the Capitol expect Moreno to exit gracefully. However, leaving the Capitol is not easy for Moreno. Given all the opportunity, legally or otherwise, Moreno would hang on his position although he knows the impropriety of doing so. Cris Diaz In politics, prudence is not the STATE | page 9 name of the game. Generally, the electorates consider politicians as calloused, liars, unremorseful, and all other inappropriate adjectives. We could not blame if people entertain these ideas. With most politicians engaging in lip service, false promises are common practices among them. www.mindanaodailybalita.com Perhaps, Moreno is an exemption. If he is not willing to resign as governor, considering that he is already an The MINDANAO DAILY NEWS (MDN) official candidate for the city, any unpleasant descripnewspaper is published daily at Door 2, tion of a politician would not be appropriate anymore. Tanleh Building, Abellanosa St., Brgy. ConWhy Moreno is sticking and continually asserting that solacion, Cagayan de Oro City. It is reghe is not going to resign at the Capitol? Of course, like istered with the Department of Trade and what he said, Capitol is part of Cagayan de Oro since it
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love is giving gifts, like surprising your wife or husband with presents, not just on their birthday or anniversary. The fourth language of love is talking. Actually telling your wife or husband how much you love and appreciate them. Saying things that make them feel good about themselves and secure in your love for her or him. Getting to really know how your wife or husband is understanding and feeling what they’re going through by talking and listening each day. And the fifth
language of love is spending time alone together without the kids. This could be taking walks, going out on a date for a meal, or whatever the two of you enjoy doing together. And if you don’t know, then find something! Be willing to compromise once in a while and do what your wife or husband enjoys for a change. If husbands and wives would learn each other’s love language and start loving each other the way the other person wants to be loved, we’d have much closer, happier marriages and families. But because we’re human and mostly self-centered lovers, we need Jesus Christ to forgive us and start changing our hearts. It’s only then we can learn how to love our mate well, and enjoy a happy, satisfying life together. Just Think a Minute.
is located in Cagayan de Oro. He argued that since his office is located in Cagayan de Oro City, staying at the Capitol would not make any difference at all. With this in mind, Moreno defends his position citing the equity of the incumbent. Under the rule, a government official who runs for an elective post could continue to hold office so that services are not hinder. Such argument is just a matter of ‘legalese.’ Taking a closer look, Capitol is not part of Cagayan de Oro City. Technically, the 8-hectare lot where the provincial Capitol is located is title in the name of Misamis Oriental. Following this argument, all adjoining buildings inside the 8-hectare Capitol compound belonged to the provincial government. Their operations are all separate and distinct from Cagayan de Oro City. In the same manner, Moreno could not claim the privilege under the ‘equity of the incumbent’ rule because, in principle, when he filed his certificate of candidacy as mayoral bet in Cagayan de Oro City, it was presumed that he is no longer an official of the provincial government bound to continue his programs and services. Beside, Moreno is not running for a provincial post. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) already ruled that Moreno is a resident of Cagayan de Oro City. React: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping the Filipino poor goes on LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The poor are shunned by all their relatives---how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found…” (Proverbs 19:7, the Holy Bible). -oooHELPING THE POOR GOES ON: While t he whole country was agog over candidates running in the 2013 elections last week coinciding with the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy of interested individuals, socio-civic and charitableminded Filipinos on the other hand continued their relentless drive to help our less fortunate countrymen through donation of goods and school materials.
Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio Leading the way in this drive was Past District Gov. Lyne Abanilla of District 3810 of Rotary International (which covers Manila, Pasay City, Cavite and Occidental Mindoro), who started the ball rolling, as it were, for donations to victims of recent rains, floods, and strong winds in Central Luzon, with the amount of US $600.00 given to her by well-meaning foreigner-friends. Coordinating with Ro-
tarians from District 3810, Region 3 and other cities, as well as with Physicians for Peace-Philippines (a group of doctors and businessmen providing free medicalsurgical-dental help to the poor and the marginalized), Abanilla managed to raise some P35,000.00 more. She then used the money to buy supplies and basic necessities which were distributed on September 30, 2012, to residents of a tent city in San Fernando City.
-oooPEOPLE’S INITIATIVE VS. POLITICAL DYNASTY EYED: A California-US based Filipino law yer, Marlowe Camello, wants political dynasties in the Philippines out through a people’s initiative: “With members of the House of Representatives and of the Senate being mostly composed by successors to their parents in the public positions they now hold, there is no majority of lawmakers in their `right mind’ who will ever support the legislation of an anti-dynasty law. “Congress is laboring under a conflict of interest. The only means to have such a law is through a public initiative sponsored POOR | page 9
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Comelec election officer Ma. Leah C. Jaum (middle) receives the certificates of candidacy filed by re-electionist Opol Mayor Dexter B. Yasay and his candidate for vice mayor Chizarina Ortigoza. Yasay’s group came to the Comelec office amid colorful street dancers and music, making the affair a festive one.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters at the Commission on Elections office at Opol, Misamis Oriental, re-electionist Mayor Dexter B. Yasay strikes a pose as he delivers a campaign message for the coming 2013 elections. Each of his candidates for the vice mayoralty post and the municipal council has prepared a slogan for their priority projects for Opolanons.
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Our heartfelt congratulations! May you always be Blessed with long & fruitful life for the service of your people. Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) and senatorial candidate Ernesto Maceda raise the hands of Misamis Oriental candidates Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano for governor, Joey Pelaez for vice governor at a church before filing of certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office. The national figures were in Cagayan de Oro to strengthen the candidacy of their allies for the May 2013 elections.
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Barangay officials to get CSC eligibility after 3-year term SULTAN Kudarat––Elective and appointive barangay officials, who had completed a three-year term in office can now apply for Barangay Officials Eligibility (BOE) before the Civil Service Commission (CSC). CSC Sultan Kudarat Director Ma. Josefina Gepte-Buenbrazo shared this update in a radio interview as part of the month-long celebration of Philippine Civil Service Anniversary in September. In a bid to ease the requirements on the grant of Barangay Officials Eligibility (BOE), the CSC issued Memorandum Circular No. 13 that based the grant of eligibility strictly on completion of term of office. The circular repeals the old one issued by CSC in 2006 requiring the aggregate fiveyear service as qualification for the grant of BOE. The new circular states that the relaxation to the rule “is an act of goodwill by the government for the services of barangay officials to the community”. The revised circular also favors Sangguniang Kabataan Chairpersons, who, “despite completion of their three-year term of offi ce,
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Misoc government addresses need for organic fertilizer OROQUIETA City––The provincial government of Misamis Occidental has recently created a body to respond to the need of farmers for organic fertilizers and bio-pesticides here. Called the Misamis Occidental Organic Producers Cooperative (MOOPC), the body will take charge not only of such farm inputs, but also in its marketing and sale, Governor Herminia M. Ramiro said. An initiative of the governor and the technical working group of the agriculture office, the MOOPC will help work for the development of organic fertilizer that will give farmers ease in buying and selling at reasonable prices. This way, not only the producers are benefited, but also the farmers themselves, because they will no longer find difficulty in looking for suppliers of the organic fertilizers and bio-pesticides, since MOOPC will now
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appointive barangay officials applying for grant of BOE are required to submit notarized affidavit stating that they are not related up to 4th degree of consanguinity, or of affinity to the appointing Punong Barangay. Some of the documentary requirements before the BOE can be granted include properly accomplished CSC form, correct photos, valid identification cards, copy of applicant’s birth certificate as authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO), marriage certificates for married women applicants, and certification of no pending administrative cases. (Allan Freno/asf)
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were restrained from availing of the BOE grant for not meeting the previous aggregate five-year service requirement.” The new requirement for eligibility is granted to the following barangay officials: elected punong barangay, Sangguniang Barangay kagawad, Sangguniang Kabataan chair, appointed barangay secretary, and barangay treasurer. For appointive barangay officials, the circular prescribes that Barangay Secretaries and Treasurers who are “related up to the 4thdegree of consanguinity, or of affinity, shall not qualify for the grant of BOE”. Said
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Tulunan town gets cars from NorCot KORONADAL City––Ten barangays in Tulunan town recently received multicabs from the provincial government of North Cotabato. Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza said the vehicles were given as incentive to barangays needing transport facility and have efficiently performed in their duties in delivering genuine public service. Recipient-barangays are G. Baynosa, Nabundasan, Bacong, Damawato, New Culasi, La Esperanza, New Panay, Tambac, New Bu-
mawan and Popoyon. During the turn-over ceremony held at the provincial capitol in Amas, Kidapawan City, Gov. Mendoza reminded the beneficiaries to exclusively use the vehicles in official businesses, such as in the conduct of medical and relief operations and educationrelated activities. “These should never be used as a transportation facility in going to beaches and excursions,” the governor emphasized. TOWN | page 9
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Peace agreement in M’danao to hasten dev’t of the island LEADERS of the business community and civil society in Mindanao expressed optimism that the forging of the framework of peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would have valuable effects on the business climate and the quality of life of all the people in Mindanao. Bronx Hebrona, regional governor for Southwestern Mindanao
of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), said Mindanao traders were optimistic that the forging of a GPHMILF framework agreement in Malaysia would eventually lead to a permanent peace agreement. “It is very heartening that prospects for a final peace agreement are getting brighter. An agreement finally looks closer at hand. I am very confident that the MILF
and the GPH will earnestly and sincerely rise above the current realities and challenges to finally attain lasting peace in Mindanao,” Hebrona said. PCCI vice president for Mindanao Ricardo Juliano echoed Hebrona’s observation, saying that a successful peace agreement would benefit “not only Mindanao but the entire country as well.” Mindanao civil society leaders
also commended those responsible for ushering a “favorable” atmosphere that led to the forging of a framework agreement. “The signing of a GPH-MILF peace accord is an act of humility and should usher in graciousness and agreements among people on the ground,” said EJ Matela, executive director of the Mindanao Land Foundation, Inc. (MinLand), a non-governmental organization
(NGO) based in Kidapawan City. Aveen Acuna-Gulo, an official of the Cotabato-based Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) that is handling an European Union-funded project for Indigenous Peoples in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said the time was ripe for the signing of a peace agreement between the government and the MILF.
Arroyo lawyer censure Pnoy for bailing out allies, patrons THE LAWYER of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo challenged yesterday the Aquino government to show evidence against her, claiming that President Benigno S. Aquino III just wanted to divert public attention after he bailed out his friend, newly appointed election commissioner Grace Padaca. Lawyer Raul Lambino belittled the Chief Executive’s declaration that the prosecutors have strong plunder case against Mrs. Arroyo which stemmed from alleged fraudulent transfer of P366 million confidential intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) from 2008 to 2010 “Ganun din sinabi niya sa electoral sabotage case, pero wala naman pala silang matibay na ebidensiya. Pano magiging malakas ang ebidensya nila, eh ang Commission on Audit ay
naglalabas ng report every year that those funds are properly spent? Nasaan ang kanilang ebidensya?” he asked. Lambino branded as diversionary tactic the government’s move to have the former President arrested as he criticized Mr. Aquino for implementing a “doublestandard” policy that only stands to benefit his allies, patrons, and friends. “Gusto lang ni Presidente na pagtakpan ang pagabswelto nya kay former Governor Grace Padaca. Pagkakampi abswelto agad, pag kalaban kulong agad. Anong klaseng hustisya ito?” Lambino asked. Using his personal funds, President Aquino paid the P70,000 bail bond Padaca posted last Thursday at the Sandiganbayan over the graft and malversation cases hurled against her by the anti-graft court’s Fifth Division. Lambino said they are
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ZAMBOANGA City––Acting governor of the Muslim autonomous region Mujiv Hataman said he is ready to run in the May 2013 PATRON | page 9 synchronized elections to
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Sun Broadband unveils most affordable postpaid plan offering at P250 per month AFTER A SUCCESSFUL MARKET INTRODUCTION of the country’s firstever broadband group plan, Philippines’ fastest growing broadband service provider Sun Broadband unveils its most affordable postpaid offering and posts it for as low was P250 per month. Branded simply as the Sun Broadband Plan 250, this new ser vice offers 35 hours of internet per month. Being the lowest-
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4Ps new links undergo training in Davao City By BEN D. ARCHE DAVAO City––Newly hired city and municipal focal persons for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are now undergoing an Orientation Seminar which started October 3 until 12 at the Pinnacle Hotel here. At least 43 workers from Davao and South Cotabato-Sultan KudaratSarangani-General Santos (Socsksargen) regions are attending the 10-day orientation cum training to make them effective in the implementation of the program. After the training, the workers will be assigned in the Set 6 areas of the
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Emano, who is running for governor of the province, came with his running mate Joey Pelaez for vice governor and candidates for the provincial board led by Grace Acain as well as for municipal positions. Emano filed his certificate of candidacy also on Friday at the provincial Comelec office together with his running mates. Despite losing some of their members to the Liberal Party just before the start of the filing for COCs, the Padayon Party headed by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano rallied their forces and came up with a slate of candidates for the various positions to be contested in the May 2013 elections. Mayor Emano is seeking re-election as mayor of the city and his running mate for vice mayor is Caesar Ian Acenas. Following a rally held the week before the October 1-5 schedule for filing of certificates of candidacy at Comelec, the Padayon Pilipino supporters strengthened their resolve to boost the candidacies of their leaders.
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by private citizens and directly approved by the people, by following the procedures in Republic Act 6735. “I have drafted a proposed public initiative law, `Public Service Reformation Act’, to stop political dynasties. It can be read at http://www.mediafire.com/ view/?hxajciv66bxibbv. “I have also drafted the steps for its initiative enactment in the web site http://www.mediafire.com/ view/?d4a5933v213d0vn. I request and hope you may kindly recommend it to a patriotic private group of citizens to sponsor this proposed law to legislate it by initiative process. Thanks…” -oooJOEY SALCEDA UNOPPOSED AGAIN: Here’s a report from Johnny Nunez, our man from Albay: “Run-
ning unopposed in his reelection bid for a third term, Albay Gov. Joey S. Salceda noted that his only enemies seem to be `climate change-induced disasters and poverty.’ “On both fronts, Albay posted impressive gains since Salceda assumed its governorship in 1907. This gives him the confidence to predict that `by 2016, Albay will be more progressive, competitive, with an egalitarian society where economic development will be faster and more meaningful for everyone; where no one is left behind and where the potentials and dreams of every child can find fulfillment.’ -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@ yahoo.com
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forces in areas identified with the MILF. “We have no violation, we are not attacking the MILF, we are attacking illegal loggers and lawless elements,” Balutan told reporters.
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ban on unions during martial law. The assumption of jurisdiction of strikes by the Labor secretary, a Marcos legacy, is still being used to stop workers’ strikes up to this day. Impunity in human rights violations continue as no perpetrator, from the Marcos dictatorship up to the present, has been made to account, and violations continue to be committed under the different counterinsurgency programs of the succeeding administrations even after martial law. There are still 385 political prisoners languishing in the different jails all over the country as the practice of political arrests and detention continues. Thes e must not b e viewed only from the perspective of an unreformed military machinery. More important is the fact that all the succeeding governments, after martial law, have been implementing the same neoliberal economic program of liberalization, deregulation, and privatization that favor foreign corporations and their local big partners at the expense of the Filipino people. At the same time, these succeeding administrations have been refusing to implement a genuine land reform program that would break the monopoly of land by a few big landlords. Thus, it is necessary for the government to continue using its coercive instruments to keep the people in check and suppress any social unrest that results from the worsening crisis and poverty. It is, therefore, up to us to fight for greater democracy as we have done during the dark years of martial law. (http://bulatlat.com)
Balutan, chief of 1st Philippine Marine Brigade based in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat, said the deployment of Marine forces in the mountains of Barangay Napnapin in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat was in response to continued illegal logging operations in the area. Balutan denied the deployment of forces was in anticipation of the collapse of the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). “Our forces there do not pose any threat to the MILF,” Balutan told reporters even as he added that the rebels have nothing to worry about if they were not involved in illegal logging. Earlier, the MILF said in its website that the Marines have deployed a sizeable force in Barangay Napnapan, about 100 meters away from where the MILF forces camp. But Balutan denied the MILF official’s claim, saying their presence in the area was to contain rampant destruction of forest cover in the coastal town of Sultan Kudarat. The MILF official also claimed that the Marines from page 6 violated a ceasefire agreeThe vehicles were bought ment when it deployed from from provincial gov-
ernment funds, through the support of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, headed by Vice-Governor Gregorio “Dodong” T. Ipong. The government further said, more vehicles will be distributed soon to the barangays of Mlang, Arakan and Magpet towns. In her message of acceptance, Tulunan Mayor Lani Candolada thanked Gov. Mendoza and all the provincial officials for the support. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/ICDC-PGO Cotabato/ asf )
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identify in which municipalities these producers can be found. It is expected that the creation of the MOOPC will help boost the production of organic fertilizers and answer the farmers’ needs for these farm inputs, as the province needs at least 10,000 sacks of vermie cast as of the moment, Provincial Agriculture Officer Jose Satorre said. Managed and supervised by the TWG of the agriculture office, the officers of the cooperative include the following: Valerina Salas of Aloran town, president; Magdalino Gomez of Ozamiz City, vice president; Lucita Superio of Calamba, secretary; Vilam Bolanio of Jimenez, treasurer; Ernest Paluca of Aloran, auditor; and Romy Cruz, also of Jimenez and Lourdes Pioquinto of Lopez-Jaena, press relations officers. (Jopat D. Nano/RCA-PIA10, Misamis Occidental/asf )
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to the Philippine National Police while Morato turn himself in to the National Bureau of Investigation. They were accused of conspiracy in defrauding the government of P365,997,915 through unlawful transfer of confidential/intelligence funds of PCSO from January 2008 to June 2010. Plunder, a capital offense, is non-bailable and punishable by life imprisonment and entails forfeiture of defendants’assets if they are found guilty of the crime. Mrs. Arroyo remains
at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) where she was served a warrant of arrest for plunder last Thursday.
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rebel group said. Aquino said his administration has pledged to support a law that will embody the values and aspirations of the Muslim people and that any proposed law resulting from this framework will be subject to ratification through a plebiscite and once approved, there will be elections. He said the cycle of violence in Mindanao has already claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people and that many solutions were proposed and tried. “We have had peace agreements in the past, but still our hopes for the region remained unfulfilled. Some gained power, but instead of raising the quality of life in the region, this begot a structure that tightened the shackles of poverty.” “This Framework Agreement paves the way for a final, enduring peace in Mindanao. It brings all former secessionist groups into the fold; no longer does the Moro Islamic Liberation Front aspire for a separate state. This means that hands that once held rifles will be put to use tilling land, selling produce, manning work stations, and opening doorways of opportunity for other citizens,” Aquino said. He said under the new autonomous political entity, the central government will continue to exercise exclusive powers of defense and security, foreign policy, monetary policy and coinage, citizenship, and naturalization. And the Constitution and lawful processes shall govern the transition to the Bangsamoro, and this agreement will ensure that the Philippines remains one nation and one people, with all of our diverse cultures and narratives seeking the common goal, according to Aquino. He said the “Filipinos of Bangsamoro,” on the other hand, will be assured a fair and equitable share of taxation, revenues, and the fruits of national patrimony. They will enjoy equal protection of laws and access to impartial justice.” However, many Muslims in the Philippines do not consider themselves as Filipinos, but as separate citizens of the country. Aquino said: “We have gotten this far because of the trust extended to us by Al Haj Murad (Ebrahim) and his Central Committee, and the members of the MILF negotiating panel led by Mohagher Iqbal. They recognized our administration’s sincerity, and our shared principles and aspirations. Together, we traversed the distance between us until we finally met in a handshake and an embrace as fellow citizens of the Philippines.” “We have come to where we now stand, because trust has replaced doubt. There are challenges yet to face, and I entreat all Filipinos who thirst for peace with this mission continue to sow trust, let us widen in and make it more pronounced in the days and weeks to come. Other triumphs will be sure to follow. Onward we will march toward stability; prosperity will illumine our entire
country as a result of progress in one region; our dreams will become a reality,” he said. Aquino said the agreement with the MILF would surely bring peace and development not only to Mindanao, but the whole country as well. “I am not a young man; I think I am only slightly younger than Al Haj Murad. The time will come when we will both have to relinquish our positions. We are united by hope: hope that we may bequeath to the next generation a better situation in the parts of Mindanao long torn by conflict.” “This Agreement allows us to dream: The time is near when any foreigner visiting the Philippines will surely have the provinces of Bangsamoro in his itinerary - the time is near when a tourist wanting to go to Pagudpud (in Ilocos Norte province in northern Philippines) can opt to go to Sulu (province in southern Philippines). Children going to school whether in Quezon City (in Metro Manila) or Lamitan (City in Basilan province in southern Philippines) will have the same quality education; hospitals whether in Pasig (City in Metro Manila) or Patikul (town in Sulu province) can offer the same quality health care; businesses will flourish, whether one chooses to invest in Marikina (City in Metro Manila) or (Islamic City of) Marawi (in Lanao del Sur province in southern Philippines),” he said. Aquino said for so long, it was impossible to even aspire for those things. “But we have proven: Nothing is impossible to those who are willing to unite, to work for solutions, and to act towards consensus. Finally, we have achieved peace, a peace that will serve as the foundation of our dreams for Bangsamoro, for Mindanao, and for the entire Filipino nation.” The MILF - a breakaway faction of the larger Moro National Liberation Front which signed a peace agreement with Manila in September 1996 - said: “It is time for every Moro, irrespective of group affiliations, to show selflessness by supporting this negotiation. Even a mere endorsement is a great boost to this undertaking. This is the best time for the current Moro leaders, in and outside of government, to do a “Mandela” for our people.” Mandela refers to a South African militant anti-apartheid leader who spent 27 years in prison and later to become the president of his country. (Mindanao Examiner)
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MILF now sees light at the end of the tunnel By AL JACINTO ZAMBOANGA City––The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said it is optimistic that it could sign a peace accord with Manila, ending decades of bloody fighting in Mindanao. “There is an increasing chance now, more than ever, that the Moros in Mindanao will get a better deal with the Manila government. Signs are great that the Aquino administration and even those not in the party in power is more open to finally settle this conflict in Mindanao,” the MILF said in a statement, adding there had been so much bloodshed and destruction because of hostilities and fighting in the southern region. President Benigno Aquino, in a public telecast on Sunday, said the government agreed with the MILF on the creation of a new autonomous political entity called “Bangsamoro” that will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which he called a “failed experiment.”
“The ARMM is a failed experiment. Many of the people continue to feel alienated by the system, and those who feel that there is no way out will continue to articulate their grievances through the barrel of a gun. We cannot change this without structural reform. This is the context that informed our negotiations throughout the peace process. And now, we have forged an agreement that seeks to correct these problems. It defines our parameters and our objectives, while upholding the integrity and sovereignty of our nation,” Aquino said, reading from a teleprompter in Malacanang. “This agreement creates a new political entity, and it deserves a name that symbolizes and honors the struggles of our forebears in Mindanao, and celebrates the history and character of that part of our nation. That name will be Bangsamoro. We are doing everything to ensure that other Bangsamoro stakeholders are brought in to this process so that this peace can be claimed and sustained by all. Sovereignty resides in the people, and
Government photo shows President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III and Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader Murad Ebrahim following a secret meeting in Japan on August 4, 2011. State media said the two discussed possible approaches in moving the peace process forward.
consistent with the constitution, a basic law will be drafted by a transition commission and will go through the full process of legislation in Congress.” The MILF has previously said that Aquino approved
the creation of a Bangsamoro sub-state in Mindanao and also agreed to power and wealth sharing with the new sub-state. But Aquino did not say what provinces and cities would make up the new
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Marawi and Lamitan cities. The MILF said that in the past, the central government – in a one-sided affair - monopolizes decisionmaking and disposition of resources. But under the new agreement with the MILF, the power and wealth-sharing in would be allocated or devolved to the new autonomous political entity. “What is this deal that is deemed better than any deal the Moros got in the past? In essence, this deal is about redefining the relationship between the Philippine state and the Bangsamoro in Mindanao through power-sharing and wealth-sharing.” “This is the real reason why the MILF is only asking for the driver’s seat up to the interim period; and after which, either it will transform itself into a political party or organizes a political party and engages in election. If it succeeds, then it will form and run the government of the new entity. If it loses, the growing democratization of the struggle will continue,” the
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