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MEMBERS of the Regional Oversight Committee, representing the city government, Philippine National Police, and different agencies, validate the documents submitted by the barangays as five communities in Davao City have been declared drug-free. BING GONZALES

Airport lab opens

• COVID-19 laboratory won’t test all arriving passengers: Sara

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) – The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) laboratory at the Davao International Airport (DIA), which started running after securing a license to operate from the Department of Health (DOH) last Friday, will not be used to test arriving air passengers for the infection, Mayor Sara Duterte said. During her program the city’s latest reverse to test all arriving passenover Davao City Disaster transcription-polymerase gers averaging from 800 to Radio (DCDR 87.5), she chain reaction (RT-PCR) 1,000 daily. said that the capacity of laboratory is insufficient The laboratory, do-

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nated by the UNILAB Foundation, Inc. on Sept. 24, 2020, can run 94 to 300 tests a day. Prior to the release of the license, the molecular lab was used for training of medical technologists

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and validation of result purposes. The airport laboratory is the city’s third COVID-19 testing laboratory and the fourth in the region. The others in the city are operated by


the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and the private-owned Davao One World Diagnostic Center. The Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City Davao del (

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THESE men are part of the 33 New People’s Army surrenderees who served the Pulang Bagani Battalion. The returnees arrived at the Davao City Police Office headquarters last Sunday evening, Jan. 17. PIO DCPO

33 NPA rebels surrender 17 ASG bandits yield in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY-Seventeen Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits have surrendered in two batches in the province of Sulu, officials said Monday. The first batch comprising of 13 ASG bandits-one of whom is in the government's “wanted” list--surrendered Saturday at the 1101st Infantry Brigade headquarters in Sitio Bayog, Barangay Samak in Talipao town. Col. Antonio Bautista Jr., commander of the

Army's 1101st Infantry Brigade who facilitated the surrender, said the 13 bandits are followers of ASG leaders Radullan Sahiron and Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan who are operating in the towns of Indanan, Maimbung, Patikul, and Talipao. One of the surrenderers, 27-year-old Arlyn Kanlon, is in the government’s “wanted” list who provided logistical support to the group of her cousin, the infamous ASG bomber

Mayor: Be watchful as rainy season continues MAYOR Sara Duterte on Monday advised the public, especially residents living in flood-prone and landslideprone areas, amid the bad weather. "Atong city DRRMO (Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office) nagsulti na kining pag-ulan naa pa ni sa musunod na adlaw (Our city DRRMO has announced that the rains will continue for the next few days)," the Mayor said. "Kinahanglan ta mag vigilant ug maminaw ta sa

mga announcement sa status sa atong water levels (We need to be vigilant and listen to the announcements on the status of our water level)," she added. The barangay disaster risk reduction management centers were also activated to help with the information drive and evacuation, if necessary. The mayor warned that Davaoeños can expect calamities like landslides and floods during the rainy season. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

Mundi Sawadjaan, Bautista said. Bautista said Kanlon’s husband surrendered to government authorities last year. He said the first batch of ASG surrenderers yielded six high-power firearms. The second batch comprising of four ASG bandits surrendered Sunday to the Army's 1102nd Infantry Brigade in Barangay Buhanginan in ( / 17 ASG / 10)


THIRTY-THREE members of the New People's Army (NPA)'s Pulang Bagani Battalion were turned over to the Davao City Police Office on January 17. The communist guer- ligence Unit, DCPO- Revi- tegration Program. rillas arrived at Camp Cap- talized Pulis sa Barangay, PNP chief visits tain Domingo E. Leonor City Mobile Force ComDavao Region HQ along San Pedro Street at pany, and Marilog Police Philippine National Po9:30 p.m. Station. lice Director General DeThe surrender of the 33 He said the DCPO bold Sinas and party joined NPAs was led by Aida Sisa, supports the EO No.70, the officers and men of the a former leader of Sangay which institutionalized the Police Regional Office XI ng Partido sa Lokalidad in whole-of-nation approach during his command visit Sitio Turoyan in Barangay to deal with the communist during the traditional MonTamugan, Marilog District rebellion and created the day flag-raising ceremony Col. Kirby John Kraft, National Task Force To End held at its grandstand in the city police director, Local Communist Armed Buhangin. welcomed the 33 rebel Conflict. The activity was highreturnees. The returnees will be lighted by a send-off cerHe also credited the enrolled in the Enhanced emony of 720 personnel initiatives of the City Intel- Comprehensive Local In( / 33 NPA / 10)

‘Pulong’ vows to continue aid for COVID-affected workers DAVAO CITY--Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo "Pulong" Duterte assured Monday that his office would continue handing out assistance to individuals whose jobs are affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “As you can see, it is still on-going, and our office continues to search for constituents who needed

our assistance,” he said in an interview Monday. The lawmaker said the priority sectors include the fisherfolk, hotel and restaurant waiters, coaches, persons with disabilities, bartenders, musicians, and therapists. “We have a team from our office making the rounds, looking for sectors who were confronted with

the challenges brought by this pandemic,” the lawmaker said. As part of the lawmaker's COVID-19 response, Duterte said his office is set to give out 300 tablets per barangay for students' modular learning under his district. “We are still looking for a budget of PHP18 million for this project, and we are

hoping that there are those who will donate for this cause. As of now, we are still looking for a supplier who has lower price yet durable units,” Duterte said. He said the project's target beneficiaries are those in grade school and high school students who were enrolled in online classes. ( / PULONG / 10)




TUPAD program to help over 6,200 displaced Davaoeños



OVER 6,200 slots were opened for the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program for workers displaced by the anti-COVID measures. The funds for the pro- Department of Labor and Davaoeños will benefit gram will come from the Employment (DOLE). from the emergency cash P40-million grant under Normal Baloro, TU- employment assistance the Barangay Ko, Bahay PAD program manager program. ko Bayanihan II from the for Davao, said that 6,274 They have allotted 700

slots for the transport sector; 280 slots for solo parents who were retrenched due to COVID-19, 37 slots for blind masseurs from the Lamdag Multipurpose Cooperative in Victoria Plaza, 100 slots for Pub-

lic Employment Services Office Davao walk-in applicants, 4,900 slots for City Social Welfare and Development Office District Offices applicants; and 257 slots for the unserved work for Davao technical

working group. Baloro said anyone can apply, especially those who have not availed yet of any assistance offered by the government. “We are looking for ( / TUPAD / 10)

ASF found in nearby Davao Oriental towns BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Agriculture in Caraga Region (DA-13) has raised an alert over the new cases of African swine fever (ASF) reported in the Davao Oriental towns of Boston and Baganga. The two towns, particularly Boston, is situated next to the Surigao del Sur town of Lingig. In an advisory issued Monday, DA-13 called on Caraga residents to keep watch and join the agency in keeping the region free PORK PRODUCTS. A meat vendor (right) shows a customer good quality pork at a stall at the Powerline Market, Phase 4, Bagong Silang-Kanan in Caloocan City on Tuesday (Jan. 19, 2021). While the price of pork rose in the market due to lack of supply, the Department of Agriculture said it will import more pork to meet the demand. (PNA photo by Ben Briones)

PSE, PDS push for CREATE bill MANILA – The country’s equities and fixed-income exchanges have called on Congress to swiftly pass the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE) to make the Philippines an attractive investment hub in the region and the domestic capital market a viable venue for raising funds. In a joint statement sent to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, the Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) and the Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corp. (PDS) expressed their strong support for CREATE, which they described as “a landmark bill in a series of reform measures undertaken by this administration.” “We respectfully urge both houses of Congress to prioritize the immediate passage of the CREATE bill so that the country can fully reap the benefits of this reform bill without delay,” they said in their statement. The statement of support was signed by PSE president Jose Pardo; PDS chairman Cezar Consing; and Ramon Monzon, the president-chief executive officer of both the PSE and PDS. Both the PSE and PDS thanked the Department of Finance (DOF) under Dominguez’s leadership “for tirelessly working to ensure

the timely approval” of CREATE, which represents the second package of the Duterte administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP). The immediate lowering of the corporate income (CIT) tax to 25 percent for large businesses and foreign corporations, and to 20 percent for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with a net taxable income of PHP5 million and below and total assets of not more than PHP100 million (excluding land), will leave more funds in the hands of publicly listed companies either for business expansion or distribution to stockholders, the PSE and PDS said. “The investment of said tax savings in other business undertakings or investment vehicles can set off a chain of positive economic consequences such as employment generation, higher spending, and increased domestic business activity as a result of the multiplier effect,” they said. Immediately reducing the CIT and enhancing the flexibility of the country’s fiscal incentives system to bring in investments that will generate the most benefits for the Filipino people will also make the Philippines competitive among its peers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) region. The Philippines’ current CIT rate

of 30 percent is the highest in Asean. Aside from the CREATE bill, the PSE and PDS also expressed their support for the expansion of the list of transactions qualifying as tax-free exchanges in Section 40(C) (2) of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC). They also backed the removal of the requirement to obtain prior confirmation or tax ruling from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for availing of this benefit in Section 40(C)(2) of the Tax Code. They said such reforms “will streamline the process of reorganization typically conducted by companies preparatory to going public.” “This is a very welcome development and a move that has long been clamored for by the market,” the PDS and PSE said. Along with CREATE and the removal of the initial public offering (IPO) tax in Republic Act 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2), these reforms on tax-free exchanges “will spur business creation in the Philippines, incentivize capital-raising activities in the Philippine capital market, and overall, accelerate the country's recovery from economic losses brought about by the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic,” they pointed out. (PR)

from ASF. “As a preventive measure, live pigs and meat products from infected areas are still prohibited from entering our region,” the DA-13 advisory said. In November last year, an isolated ASF case was already recorded in Cortes, also in Surigao del Sur, although it was immediately contained. No ASF cases were reported in the region after the effective containment of (

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Mati LGU ready for holiday surge, readies infra facilities

DAVAO CITY (PIA) – Following its highest confirmed COVID-19 cases in a day recorded last January 12, the local government of Mati announced that it has prepared for a surge capacity management plan expecting the relaxation of people’s behavior towards minimum health standards during the holiday festivities. Guesting in the One LGU was prepared should Rapid Antigen Test. Murag Davao Virtual Presser, Mati there be a holiday surge. swab pod na pero in 15 City Health Officer and “Ang among gihimo to 30 minutes mahibal-an City COVID-19 Incident diri sa City of Mati through na nato (ang result). So, Management Team (IMT) the leadership of Mayor it gives us an idea, paspas Commander Dr. Ben Hur Michelle Rabat is nag-pro- dayon kung nag-positive, Catbagan shared that the cure mi or sarili namong pwedeng probable case or

confirmed case, kung symptomatic, ma-isolate dayon or maquarantine dayon. So, paspas ang intervention. Ang delay sa RT-PCR could be solved by using this (What we did here in Mati thru the leadership of Mayor Michelle Rabat is we procured our own Rapid Antigen Test. It’s also

Reds use DND-UP deal as shield to recruit members - Lorenzana MANILA – The almost 31-year old deal between the Department of National Defense (DND) and the University of the Philippines (UP) prohibiting the military and police from UP campuses is being used by Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) recruiters and supporters as a shield or propaganda

so that government cannot conduct operations against the communist terrorist group. Thus, said DND Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana in his letter addressed to UP President Danilo L. Concepcion dated Jan. 15, 2021, terminating the DND-UP agreement signed on June 30, 1989. “By reason of national

security and safety of Up students, this Department intends to remedy this situation by terminating or abrogating the existing “Agreement” in order for us to perform our legal mandate of protecting our youth against CPP/NPA recruitment activities whose design and purpose is to destroy the democracy we have all fought for,” he said

in his letter. The DND, Lorenzana said, is aware of ongoing clandestine recruitment inside UP campuses nationwide by the CPP-NPA, an organization declared by the Anti-Terrorism Council as a terrorist organization and listed as such by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, (

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similar to a swab test but the result is known in 15 to 30 minutes. So it gives us the idea who are those probable cases or confirmed cases. It allows us to immediately give intervention. If there is a delay in the RT-PCR test, this antigen test somehow solves it),” said Dr. Catbagan.

He further explained that the RT-PCR is more accurate than the rapid antigen test, but it helped the LGU in the management of probable cases while waiting for the confirmatory result from the RT-PCR test. Aside from the procurement of antigen test, ( / MATI / 10)

PRRD condoles with families of soldiers in chopper crash MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night honored the bravery of the soldiers who died in a helicopter crash in Bukidnon over the weekend and promised not to abandon their families. In a pre-recorded speech, Duterte said he wanted to personally go to Bukidnon to pay his

respects but learned that the soldiers' remains had already been brought to their families. “I would have wanted to go there. I thought yesterday nasa isang kampo lang. Eh iyon pala napadala na sa mga -- 'yung labi nila sa mga pamilya nila (they are still in the camp. ( / PRRD / 11)






Vaccine prices can't be disclosed due to NDA MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) prevent the government from revealing the exact price of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines from suppliers. In a pre-recorded ad- pare-pareho (because some dress, Duterte said the NDA countries will be at the losis "always included” in the ing end),” he said. preliminary contracts with He noted that disclospharmaceutical companies. ing the vaccine prices beAn NDA protection fore deals are finalized includes protecting medi- would be an issue of credcal trade secrets, special ibility and may affect the prices given to a particular reputation of the governcountry, the timeline of ment. the vaccine, any other in“Any other deal that volved in recommending you may enter in the future, or guaranteeing the deal, again it will suffer a snag or any other arrangements, because they cannot rehe added. ally wait or they refuse to “Every negotiation find out why this peculiar ibang agreement na naman thing about non-disclosure ‘yan (would be another is always included in the agreement). It does not preliminary contracts that involve money. But one you sign with the manufacthing is certain: you cannot turers,” he said. divulge the contract price Despite being bound agreed upon,” he said. by NDAs, Duterte allayed Duterte pointed out concerns that there would that signing an NDA is a be anomalies in vaccine “practice of the industry” procurement. since many countries are He also challenged scrambling to meet the “doubting Thomases” to scale of demand for Cov- handle the vaccine procureid-19 vaccine supply. ment instead, saying the “They cannot reveal government would even the price kasi it will resort hand them their plans. na malugi 'yung iba -- in “Walang magic diyan. some countries malugi sila, Kaya sabi ko nga eh kayong 'yung ibang countries, hindi mga doubting Thomases,

kung gusto ninyo, kayo na lang. I-surrender namin lahat ‘yung ano ang (There’s no magic there. That’s why

I’m telling you doubting Thomases, if you want, you do it yourselves. We’ll surrender everything) so

far what we have accomplished. You can form a committee or create a committee by a body -- tingnan

ninyo ang labas-labasan ganoon rin (and you’ll see (

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Something the city must look into THERE are posts in social media currently creating intrigues about the circumstances leading to the disappearance from television of lady broadcaster and commentator Ali Sotto. She has long been a mainstay of GMA News TV’s dzBB for so long. To us, however, the biggest intrigue is not the absence of Ali Sotto but the change in the programming of the station at the start of 2021. The News and Public Affairs program is changed with something apt for children, the Korean dramas, and that for homemakers. What happened? Why cannot the station management come up with a simple and honest explanation? For now, the avid followers of the leading news personality of the station are at a loss what is happening. What will that make of its favorite tagline “Kapusong tutoo” if its officials cannot even “walk their talk?” ************************** The other day, Sunday, Davao City topped again in the leading five places with so many COVID-19 new infections in the entire Philippines. It also has so far the most number of confirmed cases in the whole of Mindanao. It is really very unfortunate that Davao City is the most highly urbanized in this part of the country and it has the best medical facilities as well. It has the most number of communication platforms that can be used in information dissemination to educate the people. And without question, we have leaders who are believed to have the will to impose measures that are intended to slow down the infection if the people comply with these mandates. Yet, from the way the infection is rising now, it would seem that there is something weak somewhere and the leadership is still unable to find where this weakness is. We hope that when the most awaited mass vaccination – the anti-COVID measure that is hoped to be the most effective – will come, there will be no more problems in the processes. We wish that it will not duplicate the fate of the distribution of

the SAP assistance and the food ration where so many lapses were experienced, some deliberately committed, benefitting politically favored constituents. *************************** We do not know what arrangement is entered into by the government of Davao City with the management of Disaster Radio. But we are of the belief that the station is now the primary broadcast organ of the city government not just for dishing out information in times of calamities but also in ordinary situations. But it is better that this is being done because the people of the city need only to listen to the station because of the credibility of information as they get the from the mouth of the direct sources. Usually, there are recorded statements issued by the mayor or any of her trusted mouthpieces that will validate

its correctness. It may be recalled that, for several times, this space has been used by us to personally recommend to the city to operate its own radio station so that it can have control of information that will be shared out before, during, and after calamities happen in the city. Remember the chaos that happened because of that tsunami statement that emanated from the mouth of just one person and passed on to another by mouth and there hardly was any authority to validate it immediately? That was sometime in 2019. And people from the lowlands of the city proper were evacuating to higher grounds because of fear. Because of this, we see the broadcast medium to be the most effective in reaching people from all walks of life. Besides, in the many disaster management trainings we have attended, it was always advocated that the most important and effective method of mitigating the impact of disasters to the people is by letting them know the real situation and advising them what should be done instead of adding to the commotion and fear of the emergency. Now that we are in the midst of the pandemic and there seemed to have some problems in the acceptance of the vaccine to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus, we would like to recommend to the city that it maximizes its use of the Disaster Radio in educating the people of the processes in the vaccination and on the vaccines that would be administered soon. Considering the percentage of the city’s population residing in the rural areas we see it as imperative that all the people be reached in the planned information drive. The question, however, is the capability of the station in reaching all households in terms of its reach. Can its power cross the mountain ranges surrounding the city? This, we believed, must be looked into by the city leadership if it is to succeed in its endeavor.

Vulnerabilities of Lumad Communities in Mindanao KIDAPAWAN CITY (Mindanews) With the Philippine government’s all-out war against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), Lumad communities in Mindanao have become vulnerable areas of conflict. They are the figurative string in a tug-of-war of the State forces on one side and CPP/NPA on the other side, pulling hard to win their support. But what is in there that one tries to win? Lumad communities are generally situated in geographically-isolated areas with lack of access to social services, mainstream economic opportunities, education and political participation. Ironically, these communities are gifted with abundant commercially-viable natural resources like minerals, forests, rivers and streams which make them vulnerable to development aggression. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report, Indigenous Peoples (IPs) remain to be the poorest and most disadvantaged peoples. They have been “subject to historical discrimination and marginalization from political processes and economic benefit. They often face exclusion, loss of ancestral lands, displacement, pressures to and destruction of traditional ways of life and practices, and loss of identity and culture. In extreme situations, social and political discontent has erupted into armed conflict.” The Philippine Constitution declares that the State shall recognize and promote the rights of indigenous cultural communities within the framework of national unity and development. In 1997, Republic Act 8371, otherwise known as “The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA)” was enacted which becomes the cornerstone of national policy on IP. The law mandates the promotion of indigenous rich cultures and traditions as well as the development and protection of their ancestral lands. The struggles, particularly by IPs themselves, to pass IPRA was so passionate it even took the lives of a number of IP leaders and advocates. It was a product of intensified campaigns which one of the authors of the law, then 2nd District Congressman of North Cotabato, Atty. Gregorio A. Andolana, described as “the living instrument of IPs’ struggle for their right to selfdetermination”. Recently, however, Lumad communities are facing a new challenge and vulnerability brought by intensified anti-communist insurgency in their areas. The government’s campaign dubbed as “End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC)” under Executive Order No. 70 or “whole-of-the-nation approach” has apparently widened the divide among IP leaders and communities. The situation was aggravated by the government’s designation of the CPP/NPA as terrorist organization. Many of them are “red-tagged” as sympathizers of the CPP/ NPA or alleged communist fronts. The government’s anti-insurgency approach is obvious and simple: bring all agencies to the communities to provide social services and livelihood projects to win their hearts and minds; intensify information and education campaigns, in short, “propaganda,” to counter communist ideologies; gather more “surrenderers” to show CPP/NPA has weakened their foothold in communities they used to dominate and declare them as

UPPER RIGHT HAND DIONESIO T. ALAVE, JR. “dismantled areas;” employ psychological warfare, in other words, “harassment,” against organizations and their leaders who will not cooperate in the campaign; and file trumped-up charges against alleged CPP/NPA supporters or sympathizers who will not “surrender.” The disintegration of Lumad communities has been shown by the pronouncement of its leaders in a recent conference in North Cotabato. The gathering which was supposedly aimed at unifying the Lumads’ position on issues affecting their communities became a venue for propaganda, thus, creating more divisions. One leader claims that communists deceived them to rebel against the Philippines government. He said the church-based tribal Filipino program where he used to work for socio-economic development of Lumad communities were infiltrated by members of CPP/NPA and became its recruitment and organizing unit. However, a fellow Lumad woman leader, shared a different story. She said the church-based tribal Filipino program has empowered them to fight for ancestral lands and promote their cultural values, customs and traditions. On the contrary, she said, the intensified military operations and crackdown of dissenters and perceived sympathizers of CPP/NPA in their communities have increased violations of human rights and limited their movement to do their usual economic activities. She and some members of her community experienced military harassment like compelling them to visit military camps to “clear” their names absent any charges. She has known many Lumad church and community leaders still languishing in prison due to trumped-up charges. The Duterte administration has around one and a half years remaining in its timeline to end the communist armed conflict. At the center of this campaign are the Lumad communities in Mindanao. But looking at the way it is being pursued, it seems to be another regime of failure in addressing the insurgency problem. First, there is apparent lack of sincerity in providing solution to the root causes of conflict. It employs piecemeal approach in addressing the socio-economic conditions of the communities. The “one time-big time” delivery of services of all government agencies in one community appears to be a charade or band-aid than a solution to a critical social illness. It has no clear direction and sustainability mechanisms. Experience tells us that without community participation in all phases of development from planning to implementation, it is doomed to fail. It fails to provide a comprehensive development program taking into consideration the socio-economic conditions of the communities and their participation in its implementation. Second, the crackdown on the perceived communists sympathizers and dissenters creates more enemies and hostile

environment for peace. As one military strategist had said, “we cannot win the war through the barrel of the gun.” Violence begets more violence. Hatred brings more hatred. Filing of ridiculous criminal complaints, usually non-bailable offenses, against innocent civilians will only weaken the trust and confidence of the people in the government. As it goes, the anti-insurgency campaign prefers short-term targets and quotas than long-term solution and impact. Finally, the government’s indiscriminate closure of Lumad schools baselessly accused of promoting communist ideology, coupled with massive social media propaganda campaigns, is another erroneous and myopic approach. The right of Lumads to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other international human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UN stressed that as distinct peoples, Lumads “have developed their own knowledge systems, values, institutions, practices and economies, often based on sustainable management of natural resources” and they have “their own cultural methods of transmitting knowledge.” The government’s anti-insurgency campaign, however, included closure of Lumad schools. In addition, the military has been pitting the Lumad against their fellow Lumads in various parts of Mindanao. In North Cotabato, it organized the Bagani forces made up of Lumad members in the municipalities of Arakan, Magpet and Antipas. According to some members, they are under the supervision and control of a Datu who covers certain ancestral territory. Their task is to protect the Datu and the territory which includes intelligence information gathering against communist rebels. The military adopts this approach not only in North Cotabato but also in Northern Mindanao, Caraga and Davao regions. A few weeks ago, a group of Bagani forces belonging to Tinananon-Manobo, arrested fellow members in Arakan, North Cotabato. The Bagani forces, despite having no authority in law, arrested two members and brought them to their “commander” for investigation, accusing them of introducing a false organization and collecting membership fees. As this situation escalates, Lumad communities remain to be vulnerable being the preferred battlegrounds of armed groups. Sadly, the gains that they have so far achieved in their struggle to address historical injustices are once again challenged and overwhelmed by another blunt of dirty war. This time, as pawns in a deadly game of fratricidal chess: Lumad vs. Lumad. [MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Upper Right Hand is a revolving column of the Union of People’s Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM). Atty. Dionesio T. Alave, Jr. is the Chair of People's Peace Network, an alliance of local church and civil society organizations in Kidapawan City which is actively involved in peace-building and promotion of justice and human rights. He has been a rural development worker since 1994 and a human rights lawyer upon admission to the bar in 2012.]


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Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong HULYO 16 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.


#47 Lao St., Toril, Davao City Tel. No. 295-2460

9GEMS Pawnshop Inc. Egger Bldg., Matina Crossing Davao City Tel. No. (082) 285-7069


All pawned items that expired during the month of NOVEMBER 2020, must renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00am. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang GOLDVALUE PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa NOBYEMBRE 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag.

BRANCHES AUCTION DATE TEL. NOS. BAJADA JANUARY 05, 2021 321-8705 (Beside NBI Office) BABAK SAMAL JANUARY 02, 2021 301-4019 SAN PEDRO JANUARY 12, 2021 227-6772 CABAGUIO JANUARY 27, 2021 321-6223 TIBUNGCO JANUARY 29, 2021 222-2494



All pawned items that expired during the month of NOVEMBER 2020, must renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior to the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang NARDING PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa NOBYEMBRE 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES Lapu-lapu, Agdao Matina Crossing Tibungco

AUCTION DATE JAN. 08, 2021 JAN. 20, 2021 JAN. 15, 2021

TEL. NOS. (082) 327-2104 (082) 297-5786 (082) 296-4130

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) JAN. 21, 2021 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) JAN. 21, 2021 (084) 628-842

ROSEGOLD PAWNSHOP & JEWELLER Main – San Pedro Cor. Anda Street Davao City Tel. Nos. (082) 221-1477; (082) 221-0355; (082)222-5039 Email us @ rosegoldpawnshop@gmail.com Accepts: Jewelry, Appliances, Watches, CellPhones and Any Valuable Items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all kinds of jewelry Rosegold Pawnshop Lapu-lapu Street, Agdao Davao City Tel. No. (082) 225-3637

Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre St., Davao City (Fronting Limso Hospital) Tel. No. (082) 222-2104

Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre Street, Davao City (Beside NCCC Hardwaremaxx) Tel. No. (082) 295-6199

Rosegold Pawnshop KM6 Crossing Buhangin, Div. Road, Davao City Tel. No. (082) 241-2355

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All Jewelry and other articles pawned at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main, Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre, Rosegold Pawnshop Bolton, Rosegold Pawnshop, Agdao and Rosegold Pawnshop Buhangin from JULY 16, 2020 to AUGUST 15, 2020. If not redeemed or renewed on or before JANUARY 15, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on JANUARY 18, 2021 at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Toy Bldg., Lapu-lapu St., Agdao, Davao City

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the month of JUNE and JULY 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days before the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 A.M.

All pawned items that expired during the month of SEPTEMBER 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on or before NOVEMBER 15, 2020 will be sold to the public on NOVEMBER 16, 2020 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop premises. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang AL-JOS PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa SETYEMBRE 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong NOBYEMBRE 16, 2020 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang DIAGOLD PAWNSHOP INC., magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan HUNYO ug HULYO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa na nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. EXPIRY DATES


JUNE 2020

FEBRUARY 11, 2021

JULY 2020

FEBRUARY 11, 2021


San Pedro street, Davao City (Fronting Queen Bank) Tel. No. (082) 222-1561 ; (082) 321-0128 Email: goldstandardpawnshopofdavao@gmail.com

Accepts: Jewelry, Appliances, Watches, Cellphones and any valuable items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all Kinds of Jewelry


All jewelry and other articles pawned at Goldstandard Pawnshop San Pedro, Goldstandard Pawnshop Ilustre from JULY 16, 2020 TO AUGUST 15, 2020 if not redeemed or renewed on JANUARY 15, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on JANUARY 18, 2021 at our Pawnshop premises from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the Months of November 2020 (Regular Items) and December 2020 (Gadgets) must be redeemed or renewed two (2) days prior to the Auction date schedule as stated below. If not redeemed or renewed will be sold to the public on its respectively auction date schedule at its premises at 9:00 AM. BRANCHES: San Pedro (Main) Agdao Toril Bolton Digos City

AUTION DATE JANUARY 15, 2021 JANUARY 15, 2021 JANUARY 15, 2021 JANUARY 15, 2021 JANUARY 15, 2021

Tel. No. 327-8832 327-6275 327-8503 392-3022 333-9945



All pawned items at METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP that expired during the months of NOVEMBER 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on or before the scheduled dates of auction below will be sold to the public on the following dates as stated below. Ginapahibalo ang tanan na ang METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa NOBYEMBRE 2020, kung dili malukat, ibaligya sa publiko niining mga musunod na mga adlaw. EXPIRY DATES NOVEMBER 2020






Roque Bldg., Matina Crossing, Davao City Tel. # 234-6367


All pawned items of GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. that expired during the month of NOVEMBER 2020, if not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises at 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expire sa bulan sa NOBYEMBRE 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES


General Lao, Toril


Agton. Toril Buhangin Magallanes Tagum Saavedra, Toril Agdao

2nd Level, Gaisano Mall of Davao, J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City Tel. No.: (082) 221-3355 • (082) 305-9496 2nd Level, SM Lanang Premier, J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City Tel. No.: (082) 295-1505 • (082) 321-0525 email: jrosejewels@yahoo.com • www.jrosejewels.ph

15, 2021 15, 2021 13, 2021 05, 2021 28, 2021 15, 2021 19, 2021


291-2406 291-2952 241-0223 224-3138 216-3425 291-1349 327-2348

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the Months of November 2020 (Regular Items) and December 2020 (Gadgets) must be redeemed or renewed two (2) days prior to the Auction date schedule as stated below. If not redeemed or renewed will be sold to the public on its respectively auction date schedule at its premises at 9:00 AM. BRANCHES:


Tel. No.

C.M. Recto (Main)

January 15, 2021



January 15, 2021



All pawned items that expire during the month of OCTOBER 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @9:00a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang GABBY’S INFINITE PAWNSHOP INC. magasubasta sa tanan nga nag expire sa bulan sa OKTUBRE 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES




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who will be deployed as the new batch of the Revitalized Pulis sa Barangay in the 215 geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in the region. Sinas expressed his appreciation and support for the PRO XI R-PSB program by allocating P1 million for its projects. During the said activity, the Department of Education XI awarded to Sinas the Special Order for the


Sualon R-PSB Integrated School. The chief PNP then handed the order to the IP teacher as a symbolic gesture that the school is now recognized by the DepEd. The school was established by the Revitalized- Pulis sa Barangay (R-PSB) assigned in Sitio Sualon, Barangay Tamugan, Marilog District to bring education to the IP children. Sinas also gave awards

to the different police stations for their accomplishment in the campaign against illegal drugs. He also turned over firearms to the different police provincial and city offices. The CPNP also graced the blessing of the newly renovated Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Mindanao (DIPO-EM) Office and the PRO XI RT-PCR Molecular Laboratory.

in their piggeries, avoid swill feeding, do not buy processed meat products from affected areas, and report illegal selling of meat and meat products, especially from online sellers without veterinary certificate

and shipping permits,” the DA-13 said. The cause of the isolated ASF case in Surigao del Sur last year was due to the entry of contaminated processed pork products in the area. (PNA)

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the isolated case in Surigao del Sur last year. “We request our fellow Caraganons to help us protect our region from ASF by following biosecurity measures such as establishing foot baths


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pating the surge in COVID19 cases. We have been receiving locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning OFWs. Also, we have been receiving 1,000 travelers in a month),” Dr. Catbagan said. Aside from the existing facilities, he said Mayor Rabat and the Incident Management Team have already decided and approved the budget for 26 additional barangay isolation units for each barangay to the cost of 1-Million pesos per barangay. Twenty-six isolation units will be built according to the

standards set the Department of Health. These isolation units, he said, will not just be used for COVID19 cases but in preparation for future incidents such as diseases and pandemics. Meanwhile, the IMT commander stressed to the public the need to continue practicing the minimum health standards as simplified in the BIDA Solusyon Campaign against COVID19. “COVID is behaviordriven. Our behavior is what drives the virus.” (PIA XI/ Frances Mae Macapagat)

test results issued within 24 to 72 hours before the scheduled flight to Davao. But those with “negative” virus tests are prioritized for exit from the airport after checking their health declaration forms. The local government appealed to neighboring local government units to fetch their residents from the airport. For residents without negative RT-PCR test results, the local government monitors their compliance with the requirements and will be given health monitoring forms because they need to check in with the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team. Returning residents

will undergo a 14-day home quarantine. As of Jan. 18, the Department of Health (DOH)Davao Region reported 123 new cases, bringing the total cases to 15,200, with 2,618 active, 11,970 recoveries, and 612 deaths in the region. Out of the total, Davao City, which reported the highest COVID-19 cases in Mindanao, tallied 10,473 cases, with 1,525 active, 8,463 recoveries, and 485 deaths. Davao de Oro reported 741 cases, Davao del Norte with 2,041, Davao del Sur with 1,103, Davao Occidental with 165, and Davao Oriental with 677. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

residents of Patikul. Caido said the four yielded four high-power firearms and ammunition. Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, commander of the 11ID, said the series of surrenders demonstrate the dwindling forces of the ASG and its inability to keep pace with the government forces in Sulu. “The terrorist groups are

now in a defensive and disadvantaged position. Given the intense combat and civilmilitary operations by the Joint Task Force (JTF)-Sulu, we anticipate that the ASG will soon be defeated” said Gonzales, who is also the JTF-Sulu commander. Gonzales said the ASG surrenderers will be placed in the government's integration program. (PNA)

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Patikul. Lt. Col. Rafael Caido, commander of the Army's 6th Special Forces Battalion who facilitated the surrender of the four ASG bandits, said Alkandi Jilbasar, Samsudin Abral, and Algabid Abral are followers of Sahiron. The fourth one, Sudimar Ahmad, is a follower of Sawadjaan. All four are


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the LGU also established its own isolation facility and a quarantine facility. In the first week of January, the LGU also opened an extension quarantine facility thru the facilitation of Davao Oriental Representative Joel Almario. “So, gidawat ni mayor to anticipate the surge of COVID cases kay wala na nag-undang ang pag-abot sa mga LSIs og returning OFWs. As of this time, diri sa Mati naga-1,000 travelers a month ang muabot (Mayor accepted the extension quarantine facility antici-

Norte also has one. The city government suspended the free COVID-19 swab tests at the DIA last January 13 to “redirect resources to address the postholiday surge of COVID-19 cases.” Free COVID-19 testing will resume once Los Amigos COVID-19 Laboratory of the city government in Tugbok District starts to operate. Dr. Ashley Lopez, Davao City Health COVID-19 focal person, said the local government is just awaiting the proficiency test for the medical technologists before the laboratory opens. Residents and nonresidents will no longer be required to present RT-PCR

affected by the construction of coastal road,” Duterte assured, adding that edu-

cational materials will also be provided to preschool learners. (PNA)

that they can work even on holidays and weekends,” Baloro said. Application for the program will start on Jan. 18, 2021, at the CSWDO District Offices. They can also look for their CSWDO barangay social worker in their respective barangay halls. To apply, applicants must submit: 1. #BKBK Form which they can get from CSWDO District offices 2. Photocopy of any Valid ID with three speci-

men signatures and active contact number 3. Sign the “Pagkilala sa Paggawa” or "Oath of Undertaking" from CSWDO 4. Accomplishment report photos and original valid ID during the pay-out All relevant and important announcements about the #BKBK II of the TUPAD program will be coursed through the Work for Davao official Facebook page https://www.facebook. com/workfordavao/.

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those unserved and left out from all the other assistance given by the government such as the Work for Davao, they haven’t received the social amelioration program from DSWD, they haven’t availed yet of TUPAD, and other emergency subsidy programs by the government,” he said. Under the TUPAD program, each beneficiary will receive P6,000 for 15 days of community work. “They will work for four hours a day. What’s good is



DAVAO 3 SURE PAWNSHOP, INC. NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expire during the month of NOVEMBER -DECEMBER 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 a.m.


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AUCTION SALE! The DAVAO ROS-VER PAWNSHOP, INC. and NEW PAG-ASA PAWNSHOP will be having its JOINT AUCTION on all unredeemed pawned items left during the month of November 2020. The said items will be sold to the public at the following VENUE AND DATE. Gipahibalo ang publiko na ang DAVAO ROS-VER PAWNSHOP, INC. og ang NEW PAGASA PAWNSHOP; magsubasta sa tanang prenda nga naremata atong Nobyembre 2020. Ang tanang prenda dungan nga ibaligya sa publiko sa mga sumusunod nga dapit og petsa:

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already brought home to their families). So, I decided to forgo the trip,” he said. The president was saddened by the troops' death, but recognized them for their heroism and vowed to posthumously confer on them the Order of Lapu-Lapu, a national order of merit given to officials and personnel of the government and private individuals in recognition of invaluable or extraordinary service. "Let me express my deepest condolences sa mga asawa ninyo. And I share your grief. Alam ko kung gaano na lang ganoon ang sakripisyo ng sundalo para sa bayan nila. They died a hero -- heroes. He died a hero, they died heroes. And we are giving them the one of the highest awards sa Presidente is the Order of Lapu-Lapu," he said. Before ending his meeting with some Cabinet members, Duterte offered a mo-

ment of silence for the fallen troops. “To their families, I said, I share my grief again. Ikinalulungkot ko ho ang nangyari pero (I’m sad about what happened)… Let’s just pray to God that… Maybe I can have a one-minute silence from everybody and let us pray for those who died in that helicopter crash. At (And) may they rest in peace,” he said. Duterte also vowed not to abandon the soldiers’ bereaved families. “Sa pamilya (To their families), my message is -- my message is hindi ko kayo pababayaan (I will not abandon you). We have a very good -- something that would crop up like this, you will not be abandoned. Alalayan ko kayo (I will guide you),” he said. A UH-IH “Huey” combat utility helicopter crashed in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon last Saturday afternoon, killing

all seven people on board. Among those killed were five military personnel and two militiamen. Killed in the crash were Lt. Col. Arnie Arroyo, pilot; 2nd Lt. Mark Anthony Caabay, co-pilot; Sgt. Mervin Bersabe; Airman 1st Class Stephen Agarrado; Sgt. Julius Salvado; Jerry Ayocdo; and Jhamel Sugalang. Arroyo, Caabay, Bersabe and Agarrado are from the PAF while Salvado is from the Philippine Army, and Ayocdo and Sugalang are members of the Army’s auxiliary force Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit. Philippine Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col. Aristides Galang earlier said it is still too early to presume that the helicopter crash last Jan. 16 was due to engine failure or malfunction. Galang made the statement following reports pointing to engine failure as the cause of the mishap. (PNA)


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Canada, New Zealand. He added that recent events undeniably show that a number of UP students have been identified as CPP-NPA members, some of them have been captured or surrendered while others have been killed in armed encounters with the military and police. He said it is time to terminate the existing agreement in pursuit of true national peace and development in order to protect and secure the institution and the youth against the enemies of the State without sacrificing the freedoms that have been preserved for about 30 that the “agreement” has been in effect. Lorenzana, however, said the DND has no intention to assign military and police personnel inside UP campuses nor will it suppress activism, academic freedom, and freedom of expression “The Department of National Defense has nothing to gain from suppressing these rights and freedoms but will


only alienate it further from the people,” his letter read. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, he said, are willing to reach out to the youth and provide them with another perspective on the nation and society, and see the military and police as protectors worthy of everyone’s trust, and not to be feared. Barring police and military from UP campuses including its regional units without prior notice from the State University’s administration has been a hindrance for the DND in providing effective security for the safety and welfare of its students, faculty, and students, he added. Appeal to work together Meanwhile, Lorenzana appealed to the UP Community to work together with the government to protect students from extremism and destructive armed struggle. "The Department of National Defense only wants what

is best for our youth. Let us join hands to protect and nurture our young people to become better citizens of our great nation," he said in a statement. The agreement, which was a gesture of courtesy accorded to UP upon the University’s request, has become obsolete through the changing times since it was signed. UP, he said, has become the breeding ground of intransigent individuals and groups whose extremist beliefs have inveigled students to join their ranks to fight against the government. The country’s premier state university has become a safe haven for enemies of the state. "The Department of National Defense will neither renege nor shirk on its duty to protect the rights of the majority," he said. "It will not tolerate those who will violate the laws of the land in the guise of lawful public dissent, free assembly, and free speech. It is our sworn duty to protect the Filipino people." (PNA)

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you have to comply with the non-disclosure agreement),” he said. Duterte said the vaccine supply agreements would be final only after he and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez have reviewed and approved the proposal. “Hindi iyan mabayaran hanggang hindi dumaan kay Dominguez pati sa akin (That won’t be paid for until it goes through Dominguez and myself),” he said. Meanwhile, Duterte ordered vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. to ignore congressional probes and just proceed with the government's vaccine plan. “Now, I’m telling now General Galvez ‘yung game plan niya sundin niya (just

follow your game plan). With or without the investigation, proceed and implement what we planned to do kasi pinagpaguran mo ‘yan (because you worked hard for it). Never mind about the investigation kasi mas lalong matagalan tayo kung nandiyan na ‘yung bakuna magdating na (because we will encounter delays once the vaccine arrives),” he said. Galvez, who was also present in the meeting with Cabinet members, also assured that the vaccine supply deal is "clean." “Wala po tayong hinahawakan na pera. Ang pera po ang magbabayad po bangko. Alam po natin ang transaction ng bangko talagang malinis po ‘yan. Kumbaga sa ano, hindi

po tayo makaka -- makaka ano, magkakaroon ng tinatawag nating corruption because of the World Bank integrity at saka po ‘yung Asian Development Bank (We’re not in charge of dealing with money. The money will be paid through banks. We know that bank transactions are really clean. There won’t be corruption because of the integrity of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank),” he said. The Philippines aims to secure 148 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from several companies to inoculate an initial 50 to 70 million Filipinos this year, with the first doses of China’s Sinovac expected to arrive by February. (PNA)

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