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ULU PROVINCE flatly rejected the proposed extension of the interim Bangsamoro government for another three years despite its failure to uplift the living standard of Muslims in the volatile region. Former rebel chief- cy group called Mindanao tain-turned-politician Peoples’ Caucus (MPC) to Murad Ebrahim is push- extend the transition periing for the extension of od. the interim government Ebrahim, now the after the recommenda- Chief Minister of the Continue on page 2 tion of the peace advoca-

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A painter’s gallery in Davao City. Filipino painters and visual artists are famous around the world and their works have been featured in many exhibits in Europe and Asia. (Zamboanga Journal) THE REGIONAL Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (RIATF) has put Davao City as “restricted” local government due to the surge in Covid-19 cases and further limit the movement of people

to essential needs. Mayor Sara Duterte also released guidelines following the approval by the RIATF of new restriction as requested by the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force. Continue on page 3

MILF chieftain Murad Ebrahim with President Benigno Aquino. (File Presidential Photo)

Return to fold of the law, military tells rebels KIDAPAWAN CITY – The Philippine military again urged communist rebels to surrender peacefully and take advantage of the government’s program Continue on page 3

A military photo shows communist supporters with their weapons after they surrendered the 7th Infantry Battalion in Sultan Kudarat’s Senator Ninoy Aquino town.

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO Duterte had gone ballistic and vowed to demolish the political campaign of Vice President Leni Robredo if she runs for the presidency in 2022. Duterte accused Robredo as behind public calls asking the president’s whereabouts during typhoons. The #NasaanAngPangulo trended in Twitter, but Robredo said she had nothing to do with it. Robredo, in her tweet, said: “I just called out Sec (Salvador) Panelo for

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peddling fake news. I am also calling out whoever peddled the fake news to the President, kaya ganito siya ka pikon. I never said “Where is the President”? You can review all my tweets.” “Sa panahon ng matinding sakuna, dapat lahat na tulong, welcome. Hindi ito contest. Hindi tayo nag uunahan. Lahat tayo dapat nagtutulong tulong para sa ating mga kababayan,” she said. But Duterte cautioned Robredo and said he

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would insult her again should she makes a mistake in questioning him. “I would like to just give a caution to the Vice President. She made a blunder, a big one, and she practically lied making her incapable of truth. Alam mo ‘yung pakana niya na wala ako sa bagyo — I was here, dito. I was attending a summit — ASEAN Summit ‘yon. So virtual lang palit-palit kami, we were talking sa electronic. Nandito ako Continue on page 3

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Sulu Governor Sakur Tan welcomes Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman and Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana at the Capitol. (Zamboanga Post) Continued from page 1 Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and its armed wing, the BIAF, said he is backing the MPC recommendation. MPC’s recommendation is based on its socalled “rapid midterm review” on the Bangsamoro transition period. But a manifesto passed November 17 by the Sulu Provincial Board after - consultations with municipal mayors, peoples’ organizations and the public - said that since its inception, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) which constitutes the so-called Bangsamoro Parliament and the Regional Government have not delivered even the most basic of government services as mandated, to Sulu, and for almost 2 years all it delivered were the retrenchment and separation from services of regional employees causing a great distraught to the affected and their families, and after almost 2 years all they can afford to banner is but the passing of an Administrative Code while the administration of component localities, in particular, the insular provinces, were left to fend for themselves. The manifesto also said BARMM’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Sulu, thus far, have been unsubstantial and wanting, almost negligible; And to allow the extension of the transition (period) would be tantamount to escape judgment by the constituents of the BARMM on the performance of the latter vis-a-vis its capability to administer a region, and would be a blatant denial of the people’s constitutional right of suffrage to which the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has been incorporated into, and thus requiring constitutional amendment or legislative intervention, failing which possible legal redress maybe sough. It further said “that the region and the country in

general, should be spared the humility and made a laughing stock for perpetuating the condescending brand of a failed experiment.” “The question should be asked to those who are in the seat of authority in the BARMM on why are they so hesitant to submit themselves to an election when even before the transition they have repeatedly boasted of their readiness and preparedness to rule and govern; and how could they have the moral ascendancy to sit as an authority over a region when they are devoid of a mandate by the true will of the people, thereby casting doubts on their platform of so-called “Moral Governance?”, the manifesto reads. It also called on the Office of the President, House of Representatives and the Senate, and Constitutional Commissions and other concerned groupings and individuals and the BARMM general populace to disallow and deny all attempts and maneuverers to extend the tenure of the BTA. It said that aspiring members of the Bangsamoro Parliament should be compelled to submit themselves before the true will of the people to legitimize their mandate through the electoral process as set and scheduled by the Constitution. Sulu Governor Sakur Tan said he received reports that Basilan and Lanao del Sur provinces are also opposed to the proposed extension of the interim Bangsamoro government. Congressional Approval And Ebrahim’s allies in the Parliament also adopted a resolution November 17 urging the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines to extend the Bangsamoro transition period from 2022 to 2025. But under the BOL, the BTA will be dissolved once the new parliament is formed after the first regular elections in the region in 2022. However, any ex-

tension in the BTA’s term would require congressional approval. A press statement from Ebrahim’s office said MP Jose Lorena, one of the principal authors of the resolution, claimed the proposed extension is aimed at providing the Bangsamoro Transition Authority sufficient time to continue in performing its powers and functions, and complete its mandate. Also cited in resolution are the calls from the League of Municipalities of the Philippines’ chapter in Tawi-Tawi, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Tawi-Tawi, and Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Maguindanao to extend the transition period. MP Mohagher Iqbal said the proposed extension of the BTA is not self-serving. “I beg to disagree, yung ibang mga observation, that this is self-serving for our part. Because first of all hindi naman natin alam na tomorrow, next year or any other day (maaring) wala na tayo. This is for our people,” Iqbal stressed. “Just imagine, (after) 17 long years of negotiation, can we implement what has been in the law for just 3 years?” Iqbal said, noting that three-year transition is too short, and that the MILF was originally pushing for a six-year transition. “Pag hindi ho tayo ma-extend, hilaw po ang implementation ng normalization process. Of course this is not a blaming game. Hindi natin bineblame ang gobyerno, neither are we blaming the MILF. Because we are already partners, not just in the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, but even in the implementation of the agreement between the government and the MILF. Nararapat lang po na itong resolution na ito ipasa natin not as a self-serving exercise but it is for our people. It is part of our assertion na kailangan talaga kung anong naumpisahan natin dapat po matapos nating mabu-

ti,” Iqbal added. Iqbal also serves as Ebrahim’s deputy in the MILF, which fought a bloody war for decades for the establishment of a separate Islamic state in the South until the rebel group signed a peace deal with Manila in 2014. Lorena said that his basis for passing the resolution is due to Ebrahim’s stand on the need to extend the BTA. “I stand by our Chief Minister, when he declared that in the normalization, there is much to be sought off,” Lorena said, referring to Ebrahim’s podcast interview on November 13 with journalist Christian Esguerra on Press One. Peace Deal In the interview, Ebrahim said: “Ang challenge kasi dito is we have two tracks in the peace process – the governance track and the normalization track. The first track will be the governance aspect, ito na yung pagpapatayo ng Bangsamoro, pag-organize ng BARMM. There is that other track na more comprehensive, itong normalization track.” “Sa normalization, dyan yung decommissioning ng BIAF (Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces), dismantling of private armies, pagpapatayo ng police force for the region. Nandyan yung rehabilitation ng combatants after they are decommissioned, pati yung amnesty. Maraming naka tie-up dun sa normalization. Sa tingin namin talagang kapag nagkaroon

ng election (sa 2022 sa BARMM), ang mangyari ma-sideline na yung normalization at hindi ma-implement. Yun ang magiging problema natin,” added Ebrahim. According to Ebrahim, the initially decommissioned 12,000 BIAF combatants are yet to receive the P1-million each economic package the national government promised in exchange for them returning to civilian life. “Hanggang ngayon ay di pa naibibigay. So iyun ang challenge, paano i-convince yun mga susunod na combatants. Sasabihin nila wala namang nangyari dun sa nauna, bakit mag-decommission pa tayo?’” he said, noting that the MILF has targeted to decommission some 40,000 combatants. Ebrahim’s number of combatants cannot be independently confirmed, but the Philippine military previously estimated the MILF fighters at around 13,000. The MILF signed a peace deal with President Benigno Aquino in 2014. Under the accord, the combatants would turn over their firearms to a third party, which would be selected by the MILF and the Philippine government. The MILF agreed to decommission the BIAF and in return, the government would establish a new Bangsamoro autonomous region and power sharing was a central point to the autonomy redesign. Ebrahim said: “We’re

very concerned kasi ang tingin namin, nag-i-start pa lang kami. And then parang wala pa kaming tangible na accomplishment talaga na maipakita namin. So ‘yun ang challenge sa amin, na kung mag-eleksyon, baka sabihin ng mga tao, wala naman ginawa ito.” He said new transition schedule might not be enough to complete systemic and structural changes in the region, including the crucial decommissioning of combatants under the peace deal’s normalization process. “Kasi nga nakita natin na kailangan talaga na meron. Halimbawa, mabuti kung talagang siguradong manalo kami (in 2022 elections). Pero walang assurance ‘yun kasi anybody’s game na pagka-eleksyon na. Pag hindi, ano mangyayari dun sa other aspects ng negotiation?” he told Esguerra. “So sana matapos yung term ng transition, ma-implement na rin lahat nung sa normalization process para mag-coincide. Kailangan i-push namin na before the election talagang yung normalization track ay ma-complete natin,” Ebrahim added. Esguerra’s report said BARMM was allocated a much bigger budget compared with the old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Its block grant is worth P65.3 billion in this year’s appropriations law, on top of a P10-billion special development fund it was supposed to receive. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Duterte vows to destroy Leni’s presidential ambition Continued from page 1 noon,” he said. “So next time, do not commit the mistake or I’ll be forced to insult you because you are playing too much — nagpapapa-ano ka, pagpa-beauty ka ng ano. It’s not the time for you. During the

campaign… Paalis na ako. Sige, subukan mo. Matagal na talaga akong maraming sabihin sa iyo pero ireserba ko na lang. When you start your campaign kung magtakbo ka ng presidente, waswasan kita nang husto. Well, this is your bad — this is your

nightmare. Sabi ko pagka-incompetent mo and you were lying. You knew that I was working,” the president added, Duterte said he was working and even called Robredo a liar. “So huwag ka masyadong porma-por-

ma, hindi mo talaga panahon. Hindi mo pa panahon. Not time to be making a grandstanding coming up with… Hindi ninyo alam na nagtatrabaho ako. Na-timingan lang it was a summit and I cannot excuse you for not knowing it. You knew that

Return to fold of the law, military tells rebels Continued from page 1 called Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-Clip. Just recently, dozens of communist supporters surrendered to the military in Sultan Kudarat province, said Lt. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., chief of the Western Mindanao Command. He said a total of 63 members of the New People’s Army’s Militia ng

Bayan also surrendered 38 weapons, mostly old and homemade shotguns, to 7th Infantry Battalion in Sultan Kudarat province recently. He said those who surrendered are members of the underground mass organizations of the rebel group - Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid, Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan and Kabataang Makabayan

– all from the village of Midtungok in the town of Senator Ninoy Aquino. Vinluan said the mass surrender was the result of the military’s so-called Community Support Program (CSP) in the province. “This exemplifies our sincere commitment to sustain the internal security here in Mindanao. Our troops on the ground will continue to work with the local governments

and the Mindanaoans in ending terrorism without the use of arms,” he said. Lt. Col. Romel Valencia, the battalion commander, also said the CSP bridges the gap between vulnerable communities and the government and serves as an avenue for the delivery of basic social services. “This mass surrender is a manifestation of a good working system against the terrorist organization, the New People’s Army,” he said. Valencia said they have at least 9 CSP teams in Senator Ninoy Aquino town and would deploy more in other parts of the province where rebels are actively operating. Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Joint Task Force Central, said the government will assist those who surrendered under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program in which they will each receive “reintegration assistance” amounting to P21,000 and P15,000 more each for “firearms remuneration, and immediate assistance amounting to P15,000. “They will be assisted by the different government agencies as they start a new life and reintegrate into the mainstream society,” Uy said. (With additional report from Rhoderick Beñez.)

there was a summit going on and you had the gall to say, “Nasaan ang Presidente?” he said. He also insulted Robredo many times over and questioned where she goes at night and called the vice president a weak leader. “So I hate to say this, but kung ganun ka, huwag kang magtakbo ng presi — talagang mahina ka. You do not know and then you lied. You were not honest. Isa pa ‘yan,” he said. Duterte told the vice president not to compete with him or start a quarrel, and did not spare Robredo’s daughter. “But do not compete with me and do not start a quarrel with me kasi ikaw wala ka talagang nagawa except ‘yang mga tawagtawag. Tatawag ka kunwari o nasaaan na ‘yung mga helicopter nalipad na ba? Of course they would say yes. Your — your — your question would sug-

gest the answer,” he said. “So next time, count your marbles first before you let them. Iyong marbles mo sa kamay mo, ’wag mo masyadong ilaro kaagad na hindi ka sigurado. You — ikaw, your daughter sumali ka na sa politika.” Robredo called Duterte a misogynist for despising her and even posted a video on her Twitter account showing the extent of their labor in repacking food packs for typhoon victims. “When a President is a mysoginist, the conversation goes down to this level. Eto po yung ginagawa namin gabi-gabi, nagpupuyat ilang linggo na para, arawaraw, may madala lang na tulong sa mga nangangailangan,” she said. Duterte’s attacks on Robredo came as media reports claimed that presidential daughter and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte may run for the presidency. (Mindanao Examiner)

Davao is now ‘restricted’ LGU Continued from page 1 The guidelines cited the surge in Covid-19 cases because of the innumerable activities allowed during a Modified General Community Quarantine. The rising number of cases also resulted in full occupancy of hospital beds and that there is a need to reduce the number of people moving inside Davao City. Due to the pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte has extended State of Calamity in the country until September 12, 2021. With the restriction, the mayor sought the assistance of Joint Task Force

Covid Shield for enforcement of Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) and non-APOR travel into Davao City to insulate other local governments from the effect of the surging cases as well as to further protect the residents of Davao. APOR refers to health and emergency frontline services personnel, government officials and employees, as well as government frontline personnel and duly-authorized humanitarian assistance actors, including those who come in for work or business and going home. (Malou Cablinda)


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DILG deploys 46,000 contact tracers THE DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it has deployed over 46,000 Covid-19 contact tracers in all local governments across the country as part of an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly respiratory virus. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said they are targeting to have about 50,000 contact tracers prescribed under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act or Bayanihan 2 Law. “The low number of cases we are experiencing now is partly a result of our ramped up contact tracing

capacity which immediately cuts the community transmission once a Covid patient is identified,” he said. “Our battle against Covid-19 is likely to be a long haul until our medical experts find a vaccine and a cure. With the help of the 46,338 contact tracers who are now embedded in the localities, the task of fighting and containing the virus will be much easier and will be carried out more efficiently. Malaki ang kanilang ambag sa paglaban ng pamahalaan sa Covid-19 at sa katuparan ng ating target

na maging Covid-free ang ating bansa,” he added. Año said the DILG is now hiring 6,664 contact tracers to complete the 50,000 required under the Bayanihan 2 Law. “We are geared towards completing the 50,000 contact tracers in compliance with the law,” he said. In Mindanao, the following are where contact tracers are currently deployed: Region IX with 3,267; Region X with 2,000; Region XI with 3,041; Region XII with 1,501; CARAGA with 2,544 and BARMM with 1,480. (Zamboanga Post)

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roon ng Agri-Expo at investment benchmarking kung matuldukan na ang pandemia sanhi ng Covid-19. Sinabi ni Catamco na isang magandang pagkakataon ang nabuo sa naturang pulong dahil makakatulong ito ng malaki kasabay ng pagbubukas ng Central Mindanao Airport sa bayan ng M’lang. Inilahad din ni Catamco ang posibilidad na magkaroon rin ng direct flights mula North Cotabato patungong Indonesia. Malugod naman itong tinanggap ni Fabrian at naghayag isya ng kahandaang tumulong upang maisulong ang kaunlaran ng North Cotabato. Layun ng Indonesia na mas mapabuti ang relasyon ng kanilang bansa sa North Cotabato at malaking pondo rin ang nailagak nito sa Pilipinas na umaabot sa $7 bilyon at malaking porsyento nito ang napunta sa Mindanao. (Rhoderick Beñez)

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Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia during a recent meeting with officials. Consumers of the new water system in Carmen town to be launched soon will only pay P5.80 per cubic meter instead of the proposed P10-P12. (Lito Tecson) CEBU GOVERNOR Gwendolyn Garcia has urged officials to prioritize public interest over financial gain in determining how much it will charge the water consumers in their town. Instead of the proposed P10 to P12, consumers of the new water system in Carmen town will only pay P5.80 per cubic meter following the initially agreed rate between the Provincial Government and Cebu Manila Water Development Inc. (CMWDI). She emphasized this in a meeting as the launching of the town’s new water system is fast approaching, but the officials have yet to agree on the water consumption rates. “Kani man gud nga isyuha, wala usa ni pamolitika kay ang mga tawo whether kauban or dili, nagkinahanglan og tubig. Unya nanumpa man ta. Mayta’g wa ta nanumpa nga moalagad gyud ta unya karon pa lang sayoha namolitika na ta,” she said. Present in the meeting

were Mayor Carlo Villamor, Vice Mayor Al Silvestre Damiles, and six councilors. Garcia pointed out that it is important for leaders to set aside politics since election is still a long way to go. “Kinahanglan man gud ni sa tawo gud. Unya kun mao na lay naka-hold up, naka-dugay, nakapa-langay tungod sa pamulitika gaba-an ta’s mga tawo nga nagkinahanglan. I tell you og di ta mamulitika ron unya buhaton lang nato ang kinahanglan sa tawo, ang tawo ray mobawos nato,” she said. She also stressed the need for unity in this time of pandemic. “Kinahanglan magkasabot mo para ani, para ni’s mga tawo. Sige lang og padung pinili-ay na pud, maghambatay na pud ta, kinamrasay na pud ta. Unya na, di pa ni panahon. Karon pa gyud pandemya. Kinahanglan ta magtinabangay kay daghan kaayo mga tawo nawad-an og panginabuhi,” she said. Garcia said that they no longer need any financial gain as the Cebu Provincial Govern-

ment developed the water system. ”Ang pagdevelop anang tubig ana run, wa mo’y cost kay Province man ang nigasto so mahitabo ana that’s automatically taken out from the per cubic price or taripa nga inyo i-charge kung naghuna-huna pa mo og return of investment,” she said. Presently, the Capitol is managing the operations of the CMWDI after it terminated the contract with Manila Water Consortium Inc. “Naka-feel ko sa sincerity ni governor nga gusto niya nga moserbisyo gyud sa mga tawo labi na karon nagkaduol ang Pasko, moserbisyo ta and i-set aside nato ang politics. So, I feel nga sincere siya sa iyang calling sa ubang mga konsehal sa Carmen,” Mayor Villamor said, adding they will also look into adjusting the rates based on consumption and classification of the consumer whether residential or commercial. The Council also agreed to give Villamor the authority to sign an agreement with the CMWDI for the sale of water to the local government unit. The mayor said they are targeting to start distributing water to an estimated 400 households by the first week of December. These households will cover barangays Cogon East, Cogon West, Poblacion and Baring. The Provincial Engineering Office already tapped a hose to the main line of the CMWDI and conducted a hydro test to check if there’s any leaking, according to Engineer Hector Jamora. (Vanessa L. Almeda)

Latest figures from the Central Visayas Pork Producers Cooperative showsan oversupply of pork in Cebu province. (Sugbo News)

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EBU PROVINCE has an oversupply of pork now, but there is a growing demand for the meat because hog raisers in Luzon were affected by the African swine fever or ASF. Latest figures from the nga makabaligya sa iyang isting monitoring and Central Visayas Pork Produc- baboy,” she said. “Definitely checkpoints in Cebu’s ers Cooperative showed that unahon nato usa ang atong ports and terminals unthere is now an oversupply mga nagbuhi og baboy, at derscoring that it has nevof pork in Cebu, according least karon maka enjoy sila er stopped even amidst the pandemic. “Even beto Provincial Veterinarian og taas-taas nga presyo.” Garcia said the pro- fore the pandemic conDr. Mary Rose Vincoy. “This is mainly because some ho- vincial government will tinue siya and our efforts tels have not opened yet continue to implement wala man na nag stop while the Covid-19 pandem- the ban on the entry of live even ang monitoring,” hogs, pork meat and oth- she said. ic continues,” she said. Last March, Garcia But as this may be the er pork-related products case locally, the demand from Luzon and other ar- met with local feed millers for Cebu’s pork from other eas in Visayas and Mind- to discuss on the mandatory quarantine for corn areas is on an uptick, said anao affected by the ASF. Governor Gwendolyn Gar“There are no changes. coming from Mindanao cia, adding 22 provinces We continue to abide by the and in neighboring Asian from Luzon are now buy- executive orders that I have countries. Majority of the ing from local hog growers issued as regards the ban- local feed millers source and pork producers. ning of the entry of pork their raw materials, parShe said because of the and pork related products ticularly corn from the increase in demand, local from the entire Luzon, Re- island-region. As a result, hog growers are now enjoy- gion 8 and from the entire Garcia enjoined feed milling higher prices for their Mindanao,” she said, add- ers to get their corn needs produce. “Kabalo ko ang ing the quarantine period locally or produce their uban middle men ug traders for raw materials needed to own raw materials as this nireklamo ana kay kaniad- produce hog feeds sourced will create jobs. Corn from Mindanao to paliton nila per kilo P110 from Mindanao and overwill be quarantined for 20 unya karon P145 o P150 or seas will remain. P160. Asa man ka molaThis was also echoed days while those coming ban? Sa source, nga intawon by Vincoy, saying, the Pro- from abroad will have a maoy nagpatubo, maoy nag- vincial Task Force on ASF 15-day quarantine peribuhi maoy naningkamot continues to enforce ex- od. (Vanessa L. Almeda)

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