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‘Reviving the Grand Inquisition’ by Jun Ledesma

OPINION: IN THE FEUD between the Roman Catholic Church and President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the biggest loser is the former. Duterte for all the years that he had served as Vice Mayor, City Mayor, and Congressman in Davao City and early in his term as President, never ever stepped into the realm of the religious.

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The few instances that he spoke about his faith in God are when he guested in the program “Give Us This Day’ of his friend, Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy. I participated in most of these interviews where the Mayor would briefly expound on his personal experience with God. Early on, I knew that Duterte’s faith on the Supreme Being

is not founded on catechism, dogmas and doctrines but something that is a lot deeper than what some bishops and priests portray him. Let me take you back in time. When the Mindanao political leaders re-launch Federalism they sought out Mayor Duterte to spearhead Continue on page 7

Proposed coal-fired power plant, coal mine project shelved! The Climate Reality Project Philippines has commended Ozamiz City and South Cotabato province in Mindanao for leading the way towards a healthy and sustainable future. This, after the City Council of Ozamiz revoked recently its previous resolution fa-

vorably endorsing the proposal of Ozamiz Power Generation, Inc. to build a 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant. Another resolution was also adopted and approved requesting civil society organizations and residents to look for sources and prospect investors of a cleaner and affordable renewable en-

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A KABIL A ng mar iing pagbatikos at pagmumur a ni Pangulong R odr igo KABILA mariing pagmumura Rodr odrigo Duter te sa P anginoon ay nanatiling matatag at matibay pa rrin in ang supor ta uterte Panginoon suporta nito mula sa publiko publiko.. Bagama’t malaki ang tiwala lamang at magkasala. “Ang ginawa Niya…kinain ni Eve. ng maraming Pilipino kay Duterte at sa kanyang administrasyon, umani Tapos si Eve, ginising si Adam, siguro naman ng matinding pagbabatikos katatapos lang. Kumain ka rin. So ang kanyang pagmumura sa Diyos kinain ni Adam. Then malice was born. mula sa Simbahang Katoliko at iba’t- Who is this stupid God? Estupido talaga ibang grupo, kabilang ang oposisyon itong putang ina kung ganun. You created something perfect and at mga mambabatas. Matatandaang kinuwestiyon ni then you think of an event that would Duterte ang Unang Tipan sa Bibliya at tempt and destroy the quality of your kung paanong ginawa ng Panginoon work.” sina Eva (Eve) at Adan (Adam). “How can you rationalize that God? Tinawag ni Duterte na “estupido” ang Ikaw, maniwala ka? Kaya nga sabi ko, Diyos dahil sa gumawa ito ng huwag maniwala diyan, yawa Ka! Continue on page 3 perpektong nilalang upang tuksuin

ergy in the city. In South Cotabato, the Provincial Council rejected June 25 the proposed Lake Sebu large-scale coal mining project of Daguma Agro Minerals, Inc., a subsidiar y of San Miguel Corporation. It was argued that the project violates the environment Continue on page 3


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OFWs assail delay in peace talks with rebels FILIPINO WORKERS in Hong Kong and Macau in China who are members of the patriotic group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan o BAYAN assailed the Duterte government for delaying the resumption of the peace talks with communist rebels. Continue on page 2

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza meets with Filipino Community in Norway in this photo from the Facebook page of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.




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New heavy equipment to speed up infrastructure projects in ARMM COTABATO CITY – To fast track the implementation of projects and sustain infrastructure development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the region’s district engineering offices received additional new heavy equipment on Wednesday. Three units of excavator were turned over by the regional government to Lanao del Sur and Tawi-Tawi engineering offices. The remaining 4 units of six-wheeler dump trucks and a unit of an amphibious excavator are also set to be delivered in the region’s engineering district offices by the third week of July. These equipment cost P58 million. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said the heavy equipment will augment the workforce

as the region pours new infrastructure investments in the region. For Engr. Luzvimin Sani of Lanao del Sur’s 1st engineering district, the new equipment will help in the recovery and rehabilitation program for Marawi City and other towns in Lanao del Sur. “The region’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWHARMM) is now working to help on the timely completion of the development works in Marawi City (which suffered in) last year’s conflict,” Engr. Sani said. In the 2nd engineering district of Lanao del Sur, Engr. Abib Arumpac said this is the first time the district office received an excavator. “This can help in the declogging of drainage and waterways since we experienced landslides in

our areas,” Engr. Arumpac said, noting it can also prevent heavy damage to road networks. With the number of infra projects in TawiTawi, Engr. Tony Kamlani said the new equipment will help the province accomplish infrastructure projects on time. The DPWH-ARMM will also grant new equipment to Maguindanao particularly in areas affected by flooding and to augment the dredging works in Rio Grande de Mindanao. Masses of water hyacinths have been identified as the major cause of flooding in some areas in the province. “Kasama sa reporma na pinapatupad ng administrasyong Hataman ay hindi lang ang pagkakaroon ng magandang sistema at teknolohiya kundi pati ang

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman poses with DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Loong. pagbigay ng mga dekalidad na kagamitan sa mga district engineering offices na mapapakinabangan ng mga kababayan natin sa ARMM,” said DPWHARMM Secretary Don Mustapha Loong. Sec. Loong said with more infrastructure

projects, people in the region will have better access to tourism sites, will help boost the region’s economy as transport of goods and products will be cheaper, and will help uplift the peoples’ lives. The ARMM has programmed this year a big number projects across

the region. To date, the Hataman administration completed 1,468 kilometers of roads, 84 bridges, 188 water supply systems, 28 flood control structures, 55 drainage systems, 75 seaports, and 49 shore protection and other infra projects. (Bureau of Public Information)

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Continued fr om page 1 from They also strongly criticized Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza for his proposal to use Filipino workers abroad as so-called “peace ambassadors.” Dureza was quoted by Bayan as saying: “We have a concept and a way of how we can involve our OFWs and we call these the ‘Peace Ambassadors’.” “OFWs will not be made as pawns for the dirty game to further delay the resumption of the peace talks. For what purpose is the government’s plan to make OFWs as peace ambassadors? To legitimise their bankrupt justifications for the delay if not, later on, outright cancellation of the peace talks?” asked Eman Villanueva, BAYAN chairman for Hong Kong and Macau. In a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner, Villanueva said that just and lasting peace is what the Filipino people want. “No ordinary Filipino will reject a just resolution of armed conflict rooted in abject poverty, landlessness, unemployment and massive inequality that deprive millions of Filipino people of a decent life and force them to work overseas. Only those who benefit from the tyrannical rule of the Duterte government - the warmongers, the oligarchs and the US imperialist will oppose a just and last-

ing peace,” he said. “We have much at stake in the talks for socioeconomic reforms as such play a major part in the continuing forced migration and labor exportation of our people. We, overseas Filipinos, will not permit ourselves to be used to stall, or worse, abort the process just so Duterte can continue his bullish and tyrannical ways,” Villanueva added. Duterte has temporarily suspended peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines or NDFP, the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed group, the New People’s Army, and sought the position of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other stake holders; and to hold consultations across the country to ensure the provisions of the peace accord will not violate the Constitution. Villanueva said Dureza was behind and the cause of the delay in the resumption of the peace talks. “The proposal of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza to conduct a public consultation about the on-going peace negotiation between the GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) and NDFP is a way of delaying if not completely derailing the peace talks.” “If the Duterte government is truly concerned in

getting the public involved in the whole process why only now? They should have started it long before the start of the back-channel talks focusing on the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-economic Reforms or CASER, which will root out the very reasons of the armed conflict between the government and the NDFP-CPP-NPA,” he said. “The peace-loving Filipinos overseas cannot be deceived. We understand that the root cause of poverty, unemployment, low wages and the possible solutions on why, in the first place, we are forced to work abroad are embodied in the CASER. The economic backwardness that put millions of Filipinos in lamentable situations can be addressed if genuine agrarian reform and national industrialisation will be implemented in our country,” he added. Villanueva said the public consultation only exposes the dubious agenda of the Duterte government on the peace negotiation. “We see here a scenario of over-delaying or cancellation of the peace talk and making the Filipino people, including OFWs, as scapegoats in this hullabaloo The OFWs will not take the bait of the Duterte government in advancing his tyrannical and dictatorial manoeuvring at the expense of Filipino peoples’ desire for a just and lasting peace,” he said.


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‘Iglesia’ ni Duterte Continued fr om page 1 from All of us are born with an original sin. Ang original sin, ano man yan, was it the first kiss? What was the sin? Bakit original? Nasa womb ka pa may kasalanan ka na, tsuktsak yan pareho ng nanay at tatay mo, wala ka naman kasali tapos ngayon may original sin ka na, yan ang hindi ko matanggap,” Duterte said during a recent speech he made before a huge crowd at SMX Convention Center in Davao City. Dinipensahan naman ni Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque ang pahayag ng Pangulo at sinabing karapatan ni Duterte ang kanyang paniniwala. “Iyan po ay personal na paninindigan ng Pangulo. Tingin ko ang ating Pangulo ay merong personal na ispirituwalidad, pero nasa kanya na iyan at hindi na kinakailangang


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bigyan ng interpretasyon,” ani Roque sa panayam naman ng GMA-7. Sinabi naman ni Bishop Antonio Ablon, ng Pagadian City Archdiocese, na hindi na umano kayang depensahan ng pamahalaan si Duterte dahil sa Panginoon na ang pinagmumura nito. “Hindi na talaga kayang i-depensa ang huling kontrobersiyang kinasangkutan ng Pangulo sa kanyang birada sa Simbahang Romano sa Pilipinas kaya sa halip ay ililigaw na lang ang usapin at doon ibinaling sa sexual abuse ng mga taga-Simbahan na hindi naman kayang mapalitan ang isyu sa pagtawag ng Pangulo na stupid God ang pinapaniwalaan nating mga Kristiyano,” wika pa ni Bishop Ablon. Tinawag naman na “arogante” ni Senador An-

tonio Trillanes si Duterte sa paglapastangan nito sa Kristiyanismo at Diyos. “It is the height of arrogance of power not only to disrespect and spit on an individual’s faith but also to act as though he is God,” sabi pa ni Trillanes. N g u n i t ipinagtatangol naman ng mga taga-suporta ni Duterte ang Pangulo at sinabing ginagamit lamang ng oposisyon ang isyu upang sirain ito. “Sinisiraan lamang ng mga taong ayaw at tutol sa pamamalakad ni Pangulong Duterte (kung) kaya’t ganoon na lamang ang kanilang pagbatikos sa kanya. The best ang Pangulo,” sabi pa ni Jesus dela Cruz, isang residente ng Davao. Ito rin ang naging pahayag ng iba at binansagang “black propaganda” ang mga batikos sa Pangulo. (Mindanao Examiner)

Proposed coal-fired power plant, coal mine project shelved! Continued fr om page 1 from code of South Cotabato which bans open-pit mining. Together with other provinces and communities like Masbate, Leyte, Guimaras, Bohol, Ilocos Norte, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental and Romblon, Climate Reality Project Philippines said it cannot deny that solutions to the climate crisis are at hand. It said coal is a dirty fuel from start to finish – and the process of mining coal also blasts away mountaintops and leaves all kinds of toxic slurry ponds behind. Worldwide, more carbon pollution comes from the burning of coal than any other fuel. The Climate Reality Project Philippines said it agrees with the report released by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) saying that "the Philippine’s financial sector is massively exposed to the imminent stranding of proposed coal plants in the country, which amount to over 10,000 megawatts or $21 billion (P1.05 trillion at P50 to $1)". “Prudent reform is required to level the playing field in the energy sector and to hold investors accountable for their own investment errors. The Philippines is heavily but needlessly over-dependent on coal, which is a losing gamble. The entire nation could be locked into two decades of paying for coal power it may not end up using,” said IEEFA

energy finance analyst Sara Jane Ahmed, co-author with ICSC energy policy advisor Jose Logarta Jr. of “Carving out Coal in the Philippines: Stranded Coal Plant Assets and the Energy Transition.” Climate action with genuine political will is an effective tool to level-up, to leave dirty old coal and embrace indigenous renewables. “We recognize their commitment to catalyse a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society in the spirit of fair share and climate justice,” Climate Reality Project Philippines said. “The Philippines has abundant sources of sustainable energy: geothermal, solar, wind and hydro – in which Filipino resourcefulness, creativity, and intelligence will guarantee a reliable and sustainable smart grid for everyone. It is, indeed, commendable that local governments and communi-

ties are acting on the Paris Agreement and sustainable development, as a whole,” it added. Environmental groups are also monitoring the proposed coal-fired power plant in Zamboanga City by the San Ramon Power, Inc. or SRPI of Alsons Power Group in Talisayan village where locals had previously protested its entry. They urged the Zamboanga City Council to revoke its permission for SRPI to build the power plant, saying, it will only cause pollution and damage the clean environment and pose health hazards not only to humans, but animals as well. In other countries, including China and the United States, coal-fired power plants are now being replaced by renewable energy sources, such as sun, wind, ocean waves and other “green” technology that leave no carbon footprints in the environment. (Mindanao Examiner)


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China mulling poverty alleviation projects in Philippines CHINA IS conducting feasibility studies since last yeat for poverty alleviation projects that its government will set up in the Philippines, but according to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) this would be in the form of grant. “It would be part of the assistance package the Chinese government will provide to the Philippines,” NAPC Lead Convenor Secretary Liza Maza said. “They (Chinese) want to see what possible areas they want to put up the poverty alleviation projects.” She said the projects are expected to be set up in rural areas with high incidence of poverty. “They said they can offer their poverty alleviation expertise in the rural areas. They can share their

knowledge to us,” Maza said. The Chinese experts, she said, have so far visited several rural and urban poor communities in Bulacan and some parts of Metro Manila. She said the Philippines can learn a lot from China’s successful poverty alleviation program which lifted over 700 million Chinese people out over poverty for the last 30 years. “We’ve learned that their case of development was really anchored in land reform and industrialization. That is the lesson we can learn from them,” Maza said. Acting Director General Tan Weiping, of the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), said they are

happy to share its experiences in poverty reduction. “We are still in the discussion of the project but we are happy to share our experiences in poverty reduction,” Tan said. Maza said the memorandum of agreement on the implementation of the poverty reduction projects is expected to be signed within the year. She said the Philippines can also learn from experiences and best practices of its Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) neighbors’ poverty reduction programs. Aside from the Philippines, ASEAN members include: Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Cambodia. (Jelly Musico)

Mga kawani ng Civil Service Commission kasama si Governor Emmylou Mendoza.

Tapat na paglilingko, isinusulong ng Civil Service Commission sa North Cotabato NORTH COTABATO – Magkatuwang at patuloy na isusulong ng Civil Service Commission o CSC 12 at ng Provincial Government of Cotabato ang integr idad sa gobyer no at tapat na paglilingkod sa mamamayan. Ito ang naging buod ng usapan sa pagitan nina CSC 12 Regional Director Resurrecion Pueyo at Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Mendoz a matapos na magsagawa ng courtesy visit ang una sa Provincial Governor’s Office kamakalawa. Si Pueyo ay katatalaga lamang bilang Regional Director ng

CSC 12 at nagsasagawa ngayon ng courtesy visits sa mga Provincial LGUs at iba pang sangay ng gobyerno sa Region 12. Sinabi ni Pueyo na sa pamamagitan ng programa ng Serbisyong Totoo ng Provincial Government of Cotabato ay makakamtan ng mga Cotabateno ang tapat at mahusay na serbisyo publiko. Kaugnay nito pinuri ng opisyal ang administrasyon ni Gov. Mendoza sa patuloy na pagsisikap na maiparating sa mga constituents ang wastong serbisyo alinsunod sa

mga proseso, polisiya, at adbokasiya ng CSC. Kasama din sa courtesy visit si CSC Provincial Field Office Director Ma. Josefina Buenbrazo at nagpasalamat sa patuloy na suporta at pakikiisa ng mga empleyado ng provincial capitol sa isinusulong na mga programa ng CSC. Sinabi naman ng gobernador na ginagawa ng kanyang administrasyon ang lahat ng makakaya upang mapanatili ang integridad, disiplina, at maayos na serbisyo ng mga manggagawa ng kapitolyo. (Rhoderick Benez)


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PSA-ARMM holds forum on regional statistical system COTABATO CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) conducted a twoday Regional Statistical System Stakeholders’ Forum focusing on strengthening the ARMM’s Regional Statistical Development Program (RSDP) for 2018-2023. The PSA-ARMM aims to collect and present an output on proposed statistical programs from each line agency in the region in order to attain the region’s development goal. Sittie Asmalia Cornell, PSA statistical specialist, said the “main goal is to come up with quality and reliable statistics in the region that would serve as an

evidence, support, and basis for planning.” Representatives from different line agencies actively participated in the forum and workshop conducted on June 21 and 22. The participants were divided into three groups: the Economic Statistics group; Social Statistics group; and Environment, Peace and Order, and Multi-Dimension Statistics group. During the first day of the forum, guest speakers from PSA national office’s Standard Services Division, namely Lotis I. Ira, Chief Statistical Specialist; Rubelyn Q. Atienza, Statistical Specialist I; Willi Krizzia May G. Oracion, Statistical Analyst; and Saturly S. Sevenorio, Se-

nior Statistical Specialist, gave lectures on the Philippine Statistical Development Program (PSDP) as well as on the RSDP. A workshop on the identification of statistical development programs and formulation of RSDPARMM Vision and Mission took place on the second day of the forum. In accordance with PSA Resolution No. 3, s. 2017, the formulation of the RSDP aims at setting directions, thrusts, and priorities of the regional statistical system, which shall form part of the Local Statistical Development chapter of the PSDP 2018-2023. (Bureau of Public Information)

Mga armas ng yumaong ex-barangay chairman, isinuko sa militar NORTH COTABATO – Umabot sa 13 matataas na kalibre ng armas at bala ang isinuko ng mga kanaak ni ng yumaong Barangay Tagbac Chairman Reinado Dinampo sa 901st Infantry Brigade sa Barangay Tagbac sa bayan ng Magpet sa North Cotabato kamakailan. Sa naging salaysay ng kapatid ng dating kapitan na si Julie Dinampo Pajati, bago umano ito namatay ay ihinabilin nitong i-surrender sa mga awtoridad ang naturang mga armas. Kinabibilangan ito ng M14, M16, M1 Garand, Carbine, grenade launcher, at .45-caliber

pistol at daan-daang mga bala nito na itinago ni Dinampo sa kanilang ancestral house sa naturang barangay. Ayon sa report, na dahil umano sa mga banta mula sa mga New Peoples Army na mahigpit namang pinipigilan ni dating Kapitan Dinampo na makapasok sa kanyang barangay ang naging dahilan kung bakit may armas ito. Dagdag pa ni Pajati, natatakot narin umano sila dahil sa mga banta mula sa NPA na kukunin ang natitirang mga armas ni Dinampo kaya kanilang itong isinuko sa mga sundalo.

Matatandaang Pebrero noong nakaraang taon ng pasukin din ng NPA ang bahay ni Dinampo sa Sitio Pinantao, Barangay Sudapin sa Kidapawan City at kinumpiska ang mga tinatago nitong mga armas. Maikokonsidera namang mga illegal firearms ang naturang mga armas, ayon pa kay Capt. Randy Llunar, ang Civil Military Operation Officer ng 901st Infantry Brigade. Ayon sa opisyal, walang kakaharaping kaso ang pamilya ni Dinampo dahil sa nagboluntaryong silang isuko ang naturang mga armas. (Rhoderick Beñez at Mark Anthony Tayco)

DTI-ARMM launches ‘e-Presyo’; holds training on trade regulation and consumer protection

Kidapawan housing projects, tuloy! KIDAPAWAN CITY – Tanging ang order lamang mula sa korte ang makapipigil sa Kidapawan Government para ‘wag nilang ituloy ngayong taon ang pagpapatayo ng higit 300 housing unit sa may Purok-8, Barangay Sudapin, ng lungsod. Ito ang naging pahayag ng legal counsel ng city LGU na si Attorney Chris Cabilen sa panayam sa kanya ng NDBC Kidapawan. Kamakailan lamang isinagawa ng Joint Inspec-

tion Team na pinangungunahan ni Cabilen, ilang piling empleyado ng city LGU, at ng mga representante mula sa National Housing Authority ang relocation survey sa may limang ektaryang lupain na pagtatayuan ng 322 housing units sa ilalim ng Resettlement Housing Project Phase 4. Sa ginawang survey, inayos ng team ang perimeter fence na sakop ng lote. Isa sa mga umangal nang gawin ng city LGU ang relocation survey ay si

Jennifer Sibug, isa sa mga heir ng Sibug Clan. Tanong ni Sibug ay kung bakit itinuloy ng city LGU ang pagbili sa lote gayung kwestyunable ang ownership nito dahil dinidinig pa sa korte ang kaso nito. Ang lote ay nabili ng city LGU noon pang panahon ni dating Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco mula sa pamilya Jaafar-Sibug. Umangal na ang dalawang pamilya pa ng mga Sibug na umaangkin rin sa naturang lote. (Malu Cadeliña-Manar)

COTABATO CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) conducted a two-day training and workshop on trade regulation and consumer protection for its employees. The training and workshop – which ended recently – aim to enhance the technical know-how of employees, including those in the provincial offices, on the latest policies and laws on trade and industry. One of the highlights during the opening day was the launching and orientation on the ARMM e-Presyo, the DTI’s Online Price Monitoring System that allows consumers to check the suggested retail prices and prevailing prices of basic necessities and prime commodities. DTI-ARMM Assistant Secretary Abubacar M. Datumanong said “the launching of e-Presyo is very important because it

will enable the consumers to have an access on the information about existing products especially in ARMM.” Datumanong said the e-Presyo does not include the monitoring of prices of agricultural and energy products such as rice and gasoline, which are under the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), the National Food Authority and the Department of Energy. But through the ePresyo, he said, the consumers will be protected against unreasonable increases in prices, thus ensuring “value for money.” Project e-Presyo is in accordance with Section 29 of RA No. 8792, otherwise known as the E-Commerce Act, which states that the DTI is empowered to promulgate rules and regulation in the area of electronic commerce to include the installation of online public information and price monitoring system aimed

at protecting the interests of the consumers. With e-Presyo, the collection and encoding of price data is done electronically. The system also automatically processes raw price data and generates price reports and graphs. These can be accessed through laptop, desktop, tablet, and mobile phone via DTI’s website (, direct URL (, or via mobile application (installed as ‘DTI e-Presyo’). On the last day of the training, participants underwent an orientation and seminar on Intellectual Property Rights and Trademark and Brand Dev e l o p m e n t . Representatives from the ARMM’s economic cluster – such as DAF, Department of Agrarian Reform and Regional Board of Investments – as well as from the private sector participated in the training workshop. (Bureau of Public Information)


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OPINION: Continued fr om page 1 from a national campaign to revive and assess the impact of a Federal form of government. I was witness to many of these fora. What really struck me most was when Duterte spoke before an assembly of Chief Executives of Asia in a hotel at the heartland of Makati City, the turf of Vice President Jojo Binay. During the open forum, Federalism took the backseat as the captains and owners of industries urged him instead to run for President! Duterte repeatedly declined the calls and offer of support saying there are a number of aspirants to the Presidency and that they are all qualified. For his part, he’d say it’s a matter of God’s will, the One who designs everybody’s destiny. I have seen Duterte grappling with the pressure on him to run but he abhors the enormity of the power of the Presidency. The survey had him inching towards the top even as he was not a declared candidate. When the time to file the certificates of candidacy came he was nowhere to be found and the day lapsed without Duterte in the list of presidential bets. Confronted later by friends and the media why he refused to vie for the post, Duterte curt reply was that God defines his destiny. Lawyer Duterte ultimate dream was to become a city fiscal. He became one and was happy and contented. Alas he was! He landed in the political arena which was never in his bucket list. His mother, the late Soledad “Nanay Soleng” Duterte, a pillar in the “Yellow Friday”


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July 2 - 8, 2018

‘Reviving the Grand Inquisition’ by Jun Ledesma protest march against Marcos, was appointed Vice Mayor of Davao City by President Cory Aquino. She refused. What happened next was her named was merely crossed out and in lieu the name “Rodrigo” was written over her’s. When the first regular elections were held even the political opposition led by the late Sen. Alejandro Almendras solidly supported him. The hand of the Lord must have indeed defined his destiny. In the last Presidential elections, PDP-Laban candidate Martin Dino, withdrew following the move by the Commission on Elections declaring him a nuisance candidate. Who else would best qualify but Rodrigo Duterte, the reluctant candidate. The man saw the hand of God and he relented. It can only be his strong bondage with God solidly founded on his experience and encounters with Him that he yielded. The rest is history. Duterte made it his covenant with God whom he believed in that he will address the drug problems that destroy the physical and moral fibers of the youth, eradicate corruption and all forms of criminal syndicates that bedevilled the nation. It was to be a bloody war. On the record there were about 3,000 who were killed in police operations and there were casualties which were the handiwork of drug lords in an attempt to silence those who they suspected might led to their identity. On the other hand close to a million drug pushers and users surrendered to the authorities for rehabilitation.

The problem was the leaders of Catholic Bishops started to question Duterte’s drug war. In tandem with the political opposition they took to the streets and demonize him as if everything was wrong in his campaign against drug and other criminal syndicates. The critics never looked at the many that were saved but cried and wailed for those criminals who opted to fight it out with the law. As far as Duterte is concerned, the God that he knew protects the innocent and the helpless that is why he persisted to this day. The Church condemned Duterte in every turn in what to me is an assertion that it holds sway and authority on the majority of Filipinos who are admittedly Catholics. Here, the Church is stepping beyond its boundaries. What do you think Duterte will do? Submit himself to flagellation and revive the evils of the grand inquisition? Duterte, I suspect, even holds his punches. He knew of the frailties of many of his accusers. He is well-read and is knowledgeable of the dark ages of the Church. So far he has not turn a page of the scandals in the Church which Pope Benedict had asked forgiveness for. Duterte has yet to quote Pope Francis who said that it is better for one to be an atheist than to be a hypocritical Catholic. As for Bro. Eddie Villanueva joining the fray, just shut your mouth, stay away from politics, stick to your religion and absorb a lesson on why you failed twice in your attempt to become President. God is not crazy and neither is he stupid. He is good all the time.

HEALTH: Pagkain Para sa Puso Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong KAIBIGAN, heto ang listahan ng mga pagkaing mabuti sa ating puso at ugat. Damihan ang pagkain nito para maging healthy. *Matatabang isda tulad ng tuna, tamban, sardinas, bangus at salmon. Sagana ito sa omega-3 fatty acids na nagpapaluwag ng ugat sa puso at utak. *Oatmeal. May sangkap itong omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, vitamin Bs, calcium at fiber. Kapag kumain ka ng oatmeal bawat umaga, siguradong malaki ang ibababa ng iyong cholesterol. Subukan ninyo. *Saging. May bagong kasabihan na “Two bananas a day will keep the doctor away.” May potassium, vitamin C, tryptophan at carbohydrates ang saging. Mahalaga ito sa pasyenteng may altapresyon at umiinom ng maintenance na gamot sa puso. Pero ang saging talaga ay para sa lahat. *Kamatis, karrots, kamote at kalabasa. Ang 4Ks na ito ay mataas sa beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin C at potassium. Maganda

Dr. Willie T. Ong ito sa mata at sa puso. *Monggo beans. Mataas ito sa protina, vitamin B, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium at fiber. Pampalakas ito ng katawan at abot-kaya pa! *Mani, tulad ng almonds at walnuts. Ang mani ay may good fats, vitamin E, magnesium at fiber. May tulong ito sa puso, ugat at balat natin. Kumain ng isang dakot lang at hindi isang bowl. Piliin iyung mababa sa asin (low-salt). *Tofu, tokwa at soy milk. Mataas ang mga ito sa protein, niacin, folate, calcium at potassium. Ang protina ng tokwa ay mas healthy at hindi nakatataba kumpara sa protina ng karneng baboy at baka. *Spinach at broccoli. May sangkap ito na

lutein, vitamin Bs, magnesium, potassium, calcium at fiber. Kung si Popeye ay lumalakas sa spinach, subukan din natin kumain ng spinach. Hindi ako nagbibiro. Mabuti ito sa tiyan, katawan at puso. Nagpapasaya pa ito at pinapaganda ang ating emosyon. *Bawang. Ang bawang ay may sangkap na allyl sulfides na tumutulong magpababa ng ating kolesterol at blood pressure. Lutuin ng bahagya ang 2-3 pirasong bawang. Huwag sunugin dahil mawawalan ito ng epekto. Mag-ingat lang sa pananakit ng sikmura sa sobrang pagkain ng hilaw na bawang. *Dark chocolate. May espesyal na sangkap na resveratrol at flavonoids ang maitim na tsokolate. May posibilidad na ang resveratrol ay p u w e d e n g makapagpabata sa atin. Mas healthy ang dark chocolate kumpara sa milk chocolate, na puros gatas at mababa sa cocoa. Kumain ng 12 piraso lang para hindi tumaba.

RECIPE: Chicharon Bulaklak with Homemade Pinakurat Vinegar


Chicharon Bulaklak – 2 lbs. pork masentery (bulaklak) – a bunch of lemongrass, tied into knots – 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt – 4 cups cooking oil – 8 cups water

– 10 to 15 pieces Thai chili pepper – ½ red bell pepper – 3 cloves garlic – 1 tablespoon whole peppercorn – 2 thumbs ginger – Salt to taste

Pinakurat Spicy Vinegar – 2 cups Sukang Paombong – 1 cup unrefined coconut vinegar

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INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Prepare the chicharon bulaklak by boiling water in a cooking pot. 2) Once the water starts to boil, add the pork masentry (bulaklak) and lemongrass. Cover and boil in medium heat for 1 hour. 3) While the masentry is cooking, prepare the spicy pinakurat vinegar. Start by adding the Thai chili pepper, garlic, whole pepperorn, and ginger in a food processor. Mince. 4) Transfer to a large bowl and then add the unrefined coconut vinegar and sukang paombong. Add salt to taste. Stir. Tranfer to a container. Set aside. Note: serve this later with the crispy chicharon. 5) Remove the boiled masentry from the pot. Let it cool down. Rub salt all over. 6) Heat oil in a deep fryer or a deep coking pot. Once the reaches 330F, deep fry the bulaklak for 15 minutes. Let it rest for 5 minutes (take out from the oil). 7) Deep fry for the second time for 3 to 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Arrange on a serving plate. Serve with Spicy pinakurat vinegar. 8) Serve! Share and enjoy!


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Slain cops’ families cry for justice amilies of policemen killed b y fr iendly fir e dur fire dur-CEBU Families by friendly CEB U–F ing a secur ity patr ol in S amar pr ovince in centr al patrol Samar pro central security Philippines w er e cr ying for justice as both the P hilipwer ere crying Philippine N ational P olice and Ar med F or ces of the National Police Armed For orces Philippines inv estigate the deadly incident. investigate Army soldiers killed At the end of the fightthe policemen and ing, six policemen laid dead wounded 9 more after – many of them with gunthey mistook the unit as shot wounds in the head, members of the commu- believed to have been taken nist rebel group New down by army snipers. The People’s Army in Rosal vil- soldiers were also in the lage in Santa Rita town. same area and hunting The soldiers, all from down NPA insurgents. Charlie Company of the There was no report 87th Infantry Battalion, at- military casualties and the tacked the group of Armed Forces of the Philippolicemen who were pines called the incident as tracking down the rebels. “misencounter.” The policemen had no Police said Lieutenant chance on the battle-hard- Orlando M. Casipit Jr. was ened soldiers, although the commander of the army they managed to hold on squad, comprising of 16 solfighting the infantrymen diers, who attacked the for about 20 minutes until policemen. Casipit and his reinforcements arrived. men were all relieved from

duty while the investigation is going on. The slain policemen – members of the 805th Mobile Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion – have been identified as Phil Rey Mendigo, Edwin Ebrado, Wyndell Noromor, Rowel Reyes, Julie Escalo and Julius Suarez – all with the rank of Police Officer 1. And the wounded as Romulo Cordero, Elmer Pan, Chris Angelo Pialago, Jaime Galoy, Rey Barbosa, Jonel Gonzaga, Rommel Bagunas, Janmark Adones, and Roden Goden, also Police Officers 1. It was not immediately known whether the policemen, who were all clad in camouflage uniform, were fresh recruits and on a test mission. (Cebu Examiner)

DOLE launches ‘Serbisyo, Now Na!’ CEBU CITY - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Central Visayas launched its “Serbisyo, Now Na!” campaign that aims to provide the public ontime and quality services. DOLE Regional Director Alvin Villamor said they initiated the campaign to encourage everyone in the department to help one another to be able to respond to the concerns and needs of their clients immediately. “There’s a lot of work to be done and what is essential is that no concern or issue is left neglected. It has to be acted upon immediately, even if the desired results are not achieved right away. Dapat asikasuhin kaagad,” Villamor said. With “Serbisyo, Now Na!”, DOLE demonstrates


its support for the government’s campaign against red tape, Villamor said, adding, the campaign would instil a sense of moral responsibility among civil employees, along with the value of giving due attention to the concerns or issues of their clients. He said the campaign also seeks to provide immediate action on concerns raised by the department’s employees. “The concerns of our employees are definitely of equal importance. So, I am directing the Internal Management Support Division, particularly the Human Resource Department, to be proactive and look into the needs and concerns of the employees,” he said. Villamor also challenged all field offices, divisions and units to implement the systems that have already been put

in place and work. “You can all watch me work and I will also watch you work. I am not running away from this responsibility, which I have already embraced wholeheartedly. So, let us be in this together,” he said. DOLE Assistant Regional Director Roy Buenafe also urged civil workers to actively incorporate the initiative of “Serbisyo, Now Na!” in their daily work. “In any transaction, the imposition of additional irrelevant items other than those listed in the documentary requirements for instance, is already red tape and that must be stopped. This is only one of the many things that we want clearly defined and we will not tolerate anybody practicing this kind of inefficiency in the office,” Buenafe said. (Luel Galarpe)

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