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By David M. Suyao PIA, Agusan del Sur

ROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur––Be sure with your respective tasks to protect the environment, a provincial board member urged members of the environmental council. At the workshop last week, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Hazel del Rosario, who also chairs the board’s enviroment committee, said it is very important that each agency member must submit the required mandate. See full story, page 4

Agila Shriner of Mindanao Potentate Peter U. Lim Lo Suy poses for posterity with the new set of officers of Misamis Oriental Lodge 335, now being led by MW Dr. Julius Ceasar Platon for the Masonic Year 2014, during the installation of officers Saturday, Febuary 8, 2014, at the Maguindanao Masonic Temple, Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Lavie Casenas of MDN-Normin

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By Cheng Ordonez Associate Editor

“Let us not forget that Freemansonr y is many things, but most of all – Freemansonry is kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance toward evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one another and, anove all, reverence and love for the Great Architect of the Universe. Freemansory is

a way of life.” This is the inaugural address imparted to his brethren by the newly installed Worshipful Master of Misamis Oriental Lodge No. 335 for the Masonic Year 2014, Julius Ceasar Platon, during the installation of officers, held Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Maguindanao Masonic Temple, along Capistrano-Pacana Sts., Cagayan de Oro City. The occasion was graced by no less than Agila Shriner of Mindanao Potentate Peter U. Lim Lo Suy, who

assumes the highest and esteemed position, along with other officers during the installation of officers for the Shrine Year 2014, last January 25, at the Emerald Ballroom of the posh Limketkai Luxe Hotel. Installed with WM Platon were Gary Booc for the position of Senior Warden and William Padilla as Junior Warden. Sixteen other officers were also installed into their respective offices, including MisOr Lodge No. 335 Past President Ferdinand Bernasor, who now assumes as Tyler. The other officers include Reagan Abbu – Treasurer, Ian Giovanni Pabillaran – Secretary, Eugene Unabia – Auditor, Alex Wong, Jr. – Marshall, Ludito Lumamba – Chaplain, Jsime Cruz, Jr. – Senior Deacon, Vicor Francis Salcedo – Junior Deacon, See masonic, page 11

Agila Shriner of Mindanao Potentate Peter U. Lim Lo Suy (left) MW Julius Ceasar Platon (center) and Past Master MW Ferdinand Bernasor during the awarding of plaques before the culmination of the installation of 2014 set of officers of the Misamis Oriental Lodge 335, which is under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, Masonic District RX-A CDO, on February 8, 2014, at the Maguindanao Masonic Temple, Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Lavie Casenas of MDN-Normin


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Be sure with your tasks: environmentalists told By David M. Suyao PIA, Agusan del Sur

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ROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur––Be sure with your respective tasks to protect the environment, a provincial board member urged members of the environmental council.

At the workshop last week, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Hazel del Rosario, who also chairs the board’s enviroment committee, said it is very important that each agency member must submit the required mandate. “This is in order for the council to determine the correct agency to give suggestions and recommendations to applicants for clearance from the provincial government before they will be issued permits by the regulating national government agency,” del Rosario said.

She particularly called on the Agusan del Sur Environment and Sustainable Development Council (ASESDC) to require member- agencies to submit their mandates related to environmental protection in line with the harmonization of the council’s functions as the extension arm on environmental protection of Agusan del Sur. “As obser ved, many member-agencies are absent or hesitant to attend during meetings or deliberations by the ASESDC because they are confused whether they are the concerned agency to give advises and recommendation to applicants for clearance from the provincial government to operate, whether a plantation, quarrying, mining and other business operation that involve environmental issues. That is why, it is very important that we define our responsibilities mandates so that in any way we can contribute to the effort of the government to protect our environment,” del Rosario said. The deadline for submission of the required

PRA Form No. 10.1 (LCRO) Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental Cagayan de Oro City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that ROJIEN VERDON MORCILLA has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Certificate of live Birth of Rojien Verdon Morcilla who was born on August 11, 1985 at Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are romulo c. morcilla and nerisa m. verdon . Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than February 21, 2014. (Sgd.) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar MDN: Feb. 12 & 19, 2014

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mandates will be next week as scheduled by the ASESDC in order that review and finalization will also be earlier and early implementation of the ASESDC

function will also be earlier and smooth. “After our functions are well defined and identified, there will be no more duplication of functions

from among us and I am very confident that with our agreement that each member agency will sign a memorandum of agreement and commitment, our

council will surely function harmoniously and of course, we can expect productive discharge of our responsibilities,” SP del Rosario said.

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY- Misamis Oriental Vice Governor JOEY G. PELAEZ, Sugbongcogon Vice Mayor Mildred Lagbas and Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) Diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev’d Felixberto L. Calang led the groundbreaking ceremony of the IFI Center Building in Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental last February 2, 2014. Sugbongcogon will be made as the IFI Center in the First District of Misamis Oriental and the entire Province of Camiguin.

MULTILITERACY and NUMERACY PROGRAM By Adelina F. Encabo, P-ll City Central School

It has been observed that the Philippines is trying to cope with the Global Competitions when it comes to Education. Indeed, we are aware that Filipinos working abroad are required to add more years to complete the exact units of the degrees they have acquired. We are always compared to the other countries in the number of years and levels of education but we

are also admired because of being perseverant, effective and efficient workers. Different programs are introduced to suffice the needs of our learners in order to uplift the knowledge, skills and attitudes as the answer for being competitive to the other nations. We are now in the stewardship of the K to 12 Curriculum which is optimistically believed to cater best results of learning towards our pupils’/students’ Academic Performance.

This year’s program on Multiliteracy and Numeracy is of great help among our learners because it focused on Language, Reading and Mathematics. We all knew that the child should learn first his/her own Language at home Mother Tongue ( L-l); secondly our National Language Filipino ( L-2 ) and thirdly, the ( L-3 ) which is English. It is evident that providing our schoolchildren with Multiliteracy will build a good future in the world to come.

Likewise, having great knowledge and comprehension in Language and Reading are the avenues for the development of the numerical learnings among our schoolchildren in the Public School. It helped them to be equipped in the correct interpretation of the Mathematical problems which noticeably needs to be improved . By then, it would make the pupils / students prepare themselves to face gigantic challenges in the world of numbers.


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Education’s Task in CONVERGENCE By Margarita P. Sanduan Capitan Bayong Elementary School Impasug-ong District

In an attempt to establish proper coordination of lined agencies for alleviation of people’s economic status, the National Anti Poverty Commission (NAPC) headed a CONVERGENCE of various Government Offices particularly the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of Education (Dep Ed). Each BRANCH plays an imperative function towards the advancement of the GOVERNMENT as well as the FILIPINO PEOPLE. The National Anti Poverty Commission (NAPC) focused mainly on the LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMS designed to boost up the economic status of every FILIPINO FAMILIES. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of Education (Dep Ed)

KINDERGARTEN in Public Schools K – 12 Program Prioritizing the Indigenous People in Education Alternative Learning System

Teachers’ Reputation Regained By GILDRED U. BANTOG, Teacher I Kisolon Central Elementary School Impasug-ong District

As the famous philosopher HORACE MANN states: “Those who exert the first influence upon the mind, have the greatest power”. This is precisely true to the TEACHERS who act as secondary parents to their pupils in schools. A child looks up to the educator as PRECISE, PRIM and PROPER. The TEACHER is expected to act in accordance with the NORMS of the society while the students are supposed to TRUST the tutors even to the extent of disbelieving in their parents. However, the ideal status of a typical TEACHER was blemished by pressures of POVERTY, POLITICAL INFLUENCE, as well as greed for POWER. POVERTY compels the teacher to indulge in LOANS, SIDE LINES and ILLICIT CONTRIBUTIONS from the pupils. POLITICAL INFLUENCE, on the other hand, manipulates the teacher to be prejudice in favor

of the privileged few while GREED FOR POWER persuades the teacher to demand recognition even at the expense of the students. The OBJECT of EDUCATION is to prepare the YOUTH to educate themselves throughout their lives. Adherence to this principle empowered the educators to recapture their shrinking dignity. With the course of modern learning strictly executed by the Department of Education, the teachers raised their self esteem. The pupils uphold the distinctive reverence to their respective teachers and the communities’ regard the tutors just as they were recurrently considered few decades previously. Nowadays, the motto “Excellence is our habit, Perfection is our goal” can be referred to the sort of education conveyed by the teachers to the students as they regain their reputation.

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MES DEWORMING ACTIVITY By CORAZON Z. BARTOCES, HT III Midkiwan Elementary School Southwest District II Division of Cagayan de Oro City

Kinder up to Grade VI pupils of Midkiwan Elementary School were dewormed last Februay 4, 2014 by the Southwest District II nurse, Ms. Marie Nikki Jo M. Valmoria. The deworming activity is given twice a year to the pupils to solve their health problems especially those related to stomachaches which can affect their learning

activity thereby affecting also the results of achievement tests. Pupils formed their lines and gladly received the free medicine from the nurse. Instructions were given before and after taking the medicine. Indeed, this activity by the Department of Education helps solve the health problems of the pupils especially those in far-flung sitios of this Division.

WHAT DOES OUR ANGER DO FOR US? By FHEBREZ IDO B. YLAGANN JR. ESP-I

Anger is one of the most basic human emotions. Everyone gets angry. It’s a feeling of being against someone or something. It’s a hostile emotion that sets people against each other, or even against themselves. By nature, anger involves antagonism. Most of us would probably agree that much of our anger is wrong and should be avoided. But if we hate our anger as much as we say we do, why do we hang on to it? The answer, in part, is that we cling to it because we fail to recognize the purpose behind our antagonistic strategies. It is what we believe our anger does for us that keep us hanging on to it. We nurture our anger because,

consciously or unconsciously, we believe it functions for us in these three ways: (1) It protects us from additional pain, (2) it deflects responsibility away from our inadequate love for others, and (3) it keeps us people at a manageable distance to ensure that we don’t have to risk giving our hearts to others and get hurt in the process. Let’s look at each of these functions of anger individually. 1. Self-protection. I hate going to the dentist because I hate pain. But I still go to the dentist. And I even pay him to hurt me by drilling out a cavity. Why? Because I hate the thought of more pain. If I refuse to deal with a little pain now, I will have to deal with greater pain later when decay in my tooth reaches the nerve. This is the

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By Ma. Lourdes S. Bebello, Head Teacher II Guihean Elementary School Impasug-ong District

Racial Discrimination influenced the access of Education not only in the Philippines but throughout the entire World. This is the main reason that the Indigenous People of the Nation were given due priority in gaining entrée into Literacy as ascertained by a Memorandum Circular issued by the Department of Education secretary DR. ARMIN A. LUISTRO, FSC providing primacy to the Indigenous People as others call it ‘IP takes front seat in the Philippine Education’. As Teacher-in-Charge of Laruk Elementary School, a Prime School at Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon, I prepared an INNOVATION designed to address the issue on Indigenous People’s percipience in the field of Education. It was instigated with identifying the different tribes present in the area, understanding their culture and getting acquainted with applicable methods to meet their educational needs. Moreover, I ensured that such innovations will be included in the COMMUNITY EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN arranged wisdom of preventive dentistry. So how do I live as an emotional being in a world that provides a regular dose of pain every day? Rather than facing my pain (remember my disappointed longings), I will often choose to be angry because anger is easier to control than pain and disappointment. 2. Deflection. Anger often shows up when we are caught red-handed in a wrong. Instead of feeling the weight of our sin and accepting responsibility for our actions, we get angry. We use our anger as an offensive weapon against those who expose and shame us. We try to turn the tables on them to get the attention off from us. We try to intimidate them into accepting the message, “I’m not the problem here, you are!” 3. Distancing. Anger can also be

for School Year 2012-2013. The TRIBES living within the expanse of Sumilao are the Tala-andig, Bukidnon and Higaonon. The TALA-ANDIGs are the natives whose standard of living depends mostly on the Mountain. Its name is originated from the word NAKASANDIG, meaning “leaning on the mountain”. Higaonon, on the other hand, are the tribesmen who initially came from the province of Misamis Oriental. Their name derived from the term “HIGAD” meaning “along the seashore”. BUKIDNON, of course are the inhabitants of this province long before civilization. TALA-ANDIG, HIGAONON and BUKIDNON people are famous of being shy, benevolent and reluctant. They are vulnerable to prejudices and chauvinism. Generally, their oddity urged other individuals to discriminate them. The creation of the recent DepEd memorandum to prioritize the Indigenous People will certainly change of opportunities of the IPs in the Philippine Education. used in an attempt to make sure that others don’t get close enough to discover our weakness. Like porcupines, we use barbs of antagonism and intimidation to keep others at a distance, thereby protecting the soft flesh of our own insecurities or flaws. Think of people you find intimidating. Maybe it’s your boss, your father, or your spouse. Often they are people who use anger to create space for themselves. They may come across as strong and confident. But underneath the bravado they are weak. They can’t afford to allow anyone to get close enough to see their fear or their insecurity. The self-protective, deflecting, and distancing functions of anger can feel like they are working for us. As a result, we might blindly hang on till death.


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Who is untouchable? The recent brouhaha over the “arrest” of David Tan has caused confusion among government agencies and officials. They don’t seem to know what to do with a 33-year old man whose identity baffled Department of Justice (DOJ) bureaucrats and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents. And like a hot potato, the country’s top justice and law enforcement officials closed the investigation and set Tan free without further action. The bizarre incident was the offshoot of allegations made by the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) chairman Jesus Arranza that a certain Davidson Bangayan alias “David Tan” was a major rice smuggler wanted by authorities. When Bangayan read news reports naming him as a “big-time rice smuggler,” he showed up at DOJ on January 14 and personally met with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. He denied that he was the “David Tan” accused of being a major rice smuggler. Leila-de-Lima.35With the ease by which Bangayan accessed de Lima – presumably without an appointment – it makes one wonder what kind of connections Bangayan used to open doors to DOJ’s top honcho? Accompanied by his lawyer, Bangayan told de Lima that he was not engaged in “major rice importation” as reported in the news and that his rice business was “not that big.” De Lima took Bangayan’s explanation hook, line, and sinker and told reporters that since Bangayan’s rice business was “not that big,” he couldn’t be the big-time smuggler he was accused of. When Bangayan offered to cooperate, de Lima referred him to the NBI. But when Bangayan showed up at the NBI, an arrest warrant against “David Tan” was served on him. After a cursory investigation, the NBI concluded that Bangayan was not the David Tan wanted by a Caloocan City court for electricity pilferage, so Bangayan was released. Connections But NBI Deputy Director Virgilio Mendez contradicted the findings and insisted that they have “evidence and witnesses to prove that” Bangayan and Tan are one and the same person. NBI records showed that Bangayan and Tan have the same address. Why then did the lower-ranked investigators let him go? Could it be that there was someone higher and powerful who interceded for Bangayan? David-Tan-alias-DavidsonBangayan-passportWhat is strange is the manner the arrest warrant was written, to wit:

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“You are hereby commanded to arrest the person/s who is/are to be found at the address/es indicated below: Rose Tan, who is not Rosalind Galicia; David Tan, who is not Davidson Bangayan; and Benson Tan alias Mr. Kiao, who is not Venson Bangayan Bangayan – All Advance Metal Traiding (sic), Blk.5. Lot 1, ACCO Homes Langaray St., cor. Dagat-Dagatan Avenue, Caloocan City.” It seemingly shields Davidson Bangayan, Rosalind Galicia, and Venson Bangayan from arrest. The fact that Bangayan carries a valid Philippine passport (issued on May 18, 2011) supports the presumption that Bangayan is the real McCoy. If so, who then is David Tan? Smuggling King On January 22, Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture, said her committee has documents that prove Davidson Bangayan and “smuggling king” David Tan are the same person. She said de Lima and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile submitted documents that proved it. She also said that rice smugglers couldn’t operate without the help of corrupt government officials… or, I might add, powerful and influential private individuals. On January 28, Customs Deputy Commissioner Agaton Teodoro Uvero dropped a bombshell at the Senate hearing. He said that at the height of the rice smuggling, they were bringing in 2,000 containers week, which translates to 50,000 tons a week at 25 tons per 20-foot shipping container. These huge shipments of smuggled rice won’t be able to get past Customs inspection without the collusion of Customs officials. Last February 3, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte testified before the Senate committee what he knows about David Tan. He said that Tan is the central figure in rice smuggling in the country. He is the go-to guy for farmer cooperatives who go to him for help in importation and financing because they don’t have the capacity to import rice. He said that Tan would provide import permits to rice importers who would re-use them many times over because corrupt Customs inspectors do not stamp them. He said that rice smuggling without the connivance of Customs and National Food Authority (NFA) personnel would be very hard, if not impossible.

When a senator asked Mayor Duterte if he knew how Tan looks like, he produced a photo of Tan that he claimed was given to him by the police. When he was asked if the person on the photo was the same person as Davidson Bangayan, who was seated nearby, he pointed at Bangayan and answered in the affirmative. Right after Duterte fingered Bangayan, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile made a motion to cite Bangayan for contempt for lying to the Senate committee denying that he was David Tan. Sen. Enrile showed an affidavit executed by Bangayan in a 2005 libel case in which he referred to himself as “David Tan,” the alleged rice smuggling king. Sen. Villar said that the committee would decide on the motion in the next committee meeting. With Enrile’s revelation, one wonders how did Bangayan become the “rice smuggling king” that controls the importation and financing of rice in the entire country? And how could a 33-year old person who started his rice importation business only in 2011 manage to dominate and control rice smuggling in just two years? Could it be that he is just the front man or “dummy” of a rice smuggling syndicate? Presidential brother-in-law? Ballsy-Aquino-and-EldonCruzIn a Manila Times article titled, “Just stick to govt sufficiency program,” published on September 12, 2013, it said: “A certain A. Yang and Alex S reportedly act as contacts of the group inside the Bureau of Customs (BOC) who are responsible for facilitating the “necessary” documentary requirements of the smuggled rice. “Agents who were involved in the operations but who requested anonymity revealed that prior to the raid, a meeting was held on August 11 in an undisclosed place among several key figures behind the botched P15-billion smuggle attempt. “They identified the personalities as a very high official of the BOC, and a few other private businessmen, including a certain Eldon Cruz. It is not yet clear if Cruz is the “presidential brother-in-law” or husband of Aquino’s sister Ballsy.” What was Eldon Cruz – if he was indeed the presidential brother-in-law – doing with the smuggling ring? Is he the protector of the “smuggling king”? If so, then that would explain why Bangayan was accorded “VIP treatment” at DOJ and expeditiously released without any hassle, which makes one wonder: is Davidson Bangayan untouchable? (PerryDiaz@ gmail.com)


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Ruby Tuason Ruby Tuason, the cousin by affinity to former first gentleman Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, is in the limelight because of her decision to tell-all what she personally knows about the P10 billion pork barrel scam that the government is saying was engineered by Janet Lim Napoles. Tuason is the widow of the late Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Tuason, who is a close blood relations of Arroyo thus this early insinuations are aplenty that this pork barrel fund scam might reach the doorsteps of the latter, if not the former president herself. Perhaps this surfacing by Tuason to tell all that she knows about this scam is the reason why lately there seems to be a concerted effort at projecting the jailed former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as a victim of oppression perpetrated against her by the Aquino administration. Former and incumbent officials and even some leading bishops of the Roman Catholic Church have made themselves available to push this propaganda. This propaganda of Gloria Arroyo being unjustifiably oppressed by the administration in power just did not fly. Why, because it scraped to the bottom of the propaganda barrel when even the basic prohibition for detainees not to have pictures taken with their visitors was made an issue. Where in the world can you find a detainee for plunder and electoral sabotage with imposable punishment of life in prison enjoying to the hilt while in detention by having her photo take with her guests at her detention cell that in her case is the suite room of the Veterans Hospital? Arroyo perhaps forgot that she is in that room courtesy of the Filipino people not as a patient but as a detainee whose enjoyment of all her basic rights is now being curtailed. But with Tuason’s coming out in the open and the great possibility that her testimony will add more woes to the Arroyo couple, I am a bit convinced now that the propaganda aimed at winning public sympathy for the detained Gloria Arroyo by projecting her as a victim of oppression is in reality meant to insulate her from the impact of Tuason’s testimony. Remember that the bulk

of the findings of NBI about the pork barrel scam allegedly initiated by Napoles covered the period when Gloria Arroyo was president. Even the questionable release of P900 million of the Malampaya funds that reportedly just went to the pocket of several politicians including several appointive officials of the government likewise happened during Gloria Arroyo’s watch. If indeed the hands of the former president and her spouse could be seen in all these mind-boggling diversion of multi-million pesos of government funds to the pockets of those alleged to be involved, expectedly this early they will already prepare in a subtle way a propaganda aimed at exonerating them in the bar of public opinion. Toward this end, I could vividly remember what former Arroyo administration official Mike Defensor told another whistleblower, Jun Lozada, when the latter also came out in the open to tell all about the multi-million pesos overprice of the NBNZTE project that it’ll all boil down to propaganda war in the media in winning public sympathy. Going back to Tusaon, I surmise her coming out in the open must have made those linked to the P10 billion pork barrel scam figuratively scampering. She must have sent spine tingling tremors to the accused that they are now into counter-propaganda. How damning her testimony is against the accused is yet to be known or ascertained but they are all in a defensive posturing now even before Tuason’s testimony is laid down. Engaging in counter-propaganda at this early only succeeds in projecting the accused are indeed worried. And why would they be worried if indeed there is nothing to worry as they tried their best to convince the public about their innocence? While Tuason’s testimony so far just corroborated substantially the testimony of the whistleblowers in this particular scam, hers is more damning so far also because she personally confirmed receipt by the accused of their share of the loot. She claimed she personally handed to them their share in cold cash. She is in effect telling the accused that how can you deny when it was I who handed your share of the loot personally to you? See TUASON, page 11

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This and that in Asia

Nuclear Energy: My home country Germany said already “Good bye” to nuclear energy. Honestly, it’s more than easy to do so “from day to the other”. Sure, the Japanese people are still learning lessons from Fukushima. And, Japan is still digging for alternative energy. Not only in Japan. Germany stopped digging and is trying to answer the question, how to pay everything. The governor’s election in Tokyo led to defeat for the opponents of nuclear energy. But in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the debate about the course of the country’s energy policy hasn’t been decided yet. For the sake of Japan and the entire world: a soon

Have my say Klaus Doring decision is much expected! +++ Flirting with the Taliban? Are Pakistan’s talks with the Taliban bound to fail? Clear is: Zardari’s anti-Taliban legacy has no heirs. Liberal Pakistanians have criticized cricketerturned politician Imran Khan’s opposition to a military operation against the Taliban. His alleged support for the Islamists has earned

him the title “Taliban Khan”. +++ Problems, problems, problems - also in Cambodia. The German Deutsche Bank fund sells stake in a controversial firm while Cambodian garment workers demand higher wages. Money rules the world! And many more protest crackdowns appear in Cambodia. The Asian Development Bank has released a damning internal review that

concludes the bank’s staff significantly harmed some of Cambodia’s poorest citizens with an ill-conceived and mismanaged resettlement plan. +++ Davao City’s mayor Rody Duterte asked supporters to stop pushing his name for the presidency. He said, that he is not qualified and not interested. We all should respect his opinion and statement. +++ Email: doringklaus@ gmail.com or follow me in Facebook or Twitter or visit www.germanexpatinthephilippines.blogspot. com. Author is German language professor in University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao City.

We must prepare against invasion

Our government is not doing anything to protect our country in case of surprise invasion by a foreign enemy. As we all know, tension is high between our country and China owing to the dispute over oil-rich islands claimed by both countries. Incidentally, the same island is also claimed by Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and others. And while the latter nations indulged in friendly claims, China is very assertive and utterly declared ownership over this contested area.

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Ben Emata Jr. The fact is China is so far from the island while it is only a little more than 200 miles from our country. Of all the claimants, only China looks at us with angry eyes, showing its muscles as if it wants to squeeze our

neck. This attitude towards us must be based on our size, the size of our military and our readiness to respond in case our country is ruined with dusts of bombs. China knows our country very well for so long

a time. Our country has been open to the Chinese ever since. We have so many of them everywhere from downtown Manila to every corner in the Visayas and Mindanao. I was in Jolo sometimes ago and the place is littered with Chinese merchants. As usual, they are the owners of big enterprises in the area. Nearly all of them are our friends. They have been good people and they were the ones who taught us See invasion, page 11

Cuevas, pillar of truth and justice

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?’…” (The Pharaoh of Egypt, in Genesis 41:38, the Holy Bible). -oooCUEVAS: PILLAR OF TRUTH & JUSTICE: Former Supreme Court Justice and former Secretary of Justice Serafin Cuevas certainly touched a lot of lives in the 83 years that God has given him here on earth. From his days as an assistant city prosecutor, a judge, and later on as justice of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, he represented truth and justice, uprightness, and moral probity. He was

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio also a spiritual pillar in his faith, someone in whom the Spirit of God dwelt. To me, in particular, Cuevas was one of my dearly beloved professors at the UP College of Law, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was my professor in only one subject, a five-unit course called “Civil Procedure” which had to be taken up

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Special Gospel of the day: Mark10:1-12(February12, 2014-Wednesday)Mark 10:1-12- And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away [his] wife? Tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, what did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put [her] away: This is the mentality of some Pharisees that divorce was acceptable to their times and you know what, this is the mentality of many people especially in foreign countries that “divorce is a law already.”Remember, “Matrimony” is one of the 7. This means that “marriage life is a very sacred commitment” of both husband and wife. In fact, Jesus proved it in our gospel for today. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the “hardness of your heart” he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man

daily, but that gave me an opportunity to be deeply touched by his brilliance, great memory, and fascinating humor and wit, on a daily basis. -oooMASTER TEACHER OF THE LAW: I remember quite well that it was because of Professor Cuevas that I learned to love studying

consistently hard everyday. One day, I half-expected to be called for a recitation in his class. Because of that, I furiously studied the assigned subject matter, which was the rule on preliminary attachment, including the cases that would show the Supreme Court’s mind on the subject. I knew I did quite well when he finally called me to recite because I was made to engage him in a discussion that was purely one-on-one, with all my classmates looking on, until the class period run out. Cuevas made sure everybody understood his evaluation of my See justice, page 11

Word on fire Bro. Edcel L. Closas put asunder. Take note, civil marriage is not a divine union and in fact, they are encouraged to “receive the holy matrimony.” Deuteronomy 23:2-A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD. Therefore, sanctify your marriage life: Printing paid by: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request: Please follow me “WORD ON FIRE” on CCTN channel 12-CDO @ 10 PM- Mondays and Tuesday @ 3:30 PM. God loves you!!!


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IMT pays courtesy call to Sulu governor

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ULU – Members of the International Monitoring Team (Site 3) have visited the southern Philippine province of Sulu and paid their courtesy call to Governor Totoh Tan at the Capitol Building in Patikul town.

T he Ma l ay s i an - l e d I M T headed by army Col. Zolkopli bin Hashim met with Tan and they discussed briefly the role of the cease-fire observers monitoring the truce accord between the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Zol also handed the governor a memento. Tan thanked the IMT for visiting Sulu. The officer was accompanied by Lt. Col. Syed Islam Shahajam, Deputy Superintendent Hussin bin Rimon, Major Agus Ekos, of Indonesia Major Abdulmubin bin Hadji Timbang and WO1 Suhaimi bin Rajab, both from Brueni; and Major Abdurasad Serajan and Sergeant Kaidar Dugasan, of the Philippine Army. The IMT-Mindanao was established in October 2004

Malaysian army Col. Zolkipli bin Hashim, leader of Site 3 of the International Monitoring Team, pays courtesy call to Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan. (Mindanao Examiner Photo – Ahl-Franzie Salinas)

and responsible for observing, monitoring, verifying, investigating, and reporting on the enforcement of the Mutual Cessation of Hostilities between the

Philippines and MILF. In 2007, the Terms of Reference on the Socio-Economic Assistance Aspects was agreed upon by the Parties for Japan to

participate in IMT. Subsequently, the Agreement on the Civilian Protection Component of the IMT was signed on October 27, 2009. (Ahl-Franzie Salinas)

6 ASGs killed, 9 others wounded in Sulu encounter

SULU - Six members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed while nine others, including six civilian volunteers, were wounded in an encounter in Barangay Mabahay, Talipao town, Sulu Saturday. In a belated report to Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, Col. Jose Johriel Cenabre, 2nd Marine Brigade commander, said the incident took place between 10:20 to 10:30 a.m. According to Cenabre, they were conducting clearing operations in Barangay Mabahay, a known enclave of the ASG, when they encountered with an estimated 50 of the brigands headed by one "Yasser Igasan." Six ASG men were killed in the firefight while three others were wounded. No deaths were reported for government troops but six members of the "Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team" (BPAT) helping them in their clearing operations were hurt. Cenabre said fighting lasted until Saturday night. He added that of the six wounded BPATs, two were already flown to Zamboanga for treatment. All six wounded are reported to be in a stable condition. Pursuit operations are still ongoing. (PNA)

BJMP tightens security at Dipolog City Jail By ALFONSO T. RUDA

DIPOLOG CITY - Jail authorities has tightened security at the Dipolog City Jail in Barangay Dicayas, as proliferation of illegal drugs has been noted in the premises. City Jail Warden Allan Vargas said an inmate was caught in possession of five grams of shabu during a surprise inspection conducted among the prisoners last Jan. 28. Such incident nearly caused riot inside the jail as the said detainee refused to get out of his cell by seeking refuge from his co-inmates when he was taken out and transferred to Dapitan City Jail last Jan. 29 on a court order. No one was injured during the commotion but Vargas admitted having fired a warning shot to ease the tension. The said detainee, who was jailed for illegal drugs, has been placed under surveillance by jail officials as a

suspect behind the entry of the illegal drugs at the city jail “using his connection with the underworld.” Vargas also directed his men to impose stricter measures on the inmate’s visitors and to inspect thoroughly their personal belongings during the visit particularly the food. Presently, a closed-circuit television camera was installed to ensure that all visitors are identified and all activities are monitored. “We are doing our best to prevent the entry of illegal drugs,” Vargas declared. Last year, 10 pieces of plastic sachets containing shabu were placed inside a wrapped a bottle of perfume was recovered near the kitchen of the jail. Jail authorities believed that said item was thrown from outside by unidentified passers. According to Vargas, the jail has more than 300 inmates with only 4 jail guards. (FPG/ ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte)

R.A. Form No. 10.1 (LCRO) Republic of the Philippines Province of Lanao del Norte Municipality of Lala OFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR

Among the organizations that vowed to pay their taxes right during the BIR tax campaign launching were the Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCI), Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCII), Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Philippine Medical Association and the personnel of the Mayor’s Office. (maa/ Pia Zamboanga Peninsula)

Zamboanga City hosts 9th Philippine Bird Festival By R.G. ANTONET A. GO

ZAMBOANGA CITY – This city is playing host to the holding of the three-day 9th Philippine Bird Festival, which is a joint undertaking of the Department of Tour-

ism (DOT) and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. The festival is set to be held from February 27 to March 1 at the Paseo del Mar, the latest and favorite scenic promenade in this city. The bird festival has

R.A. 9048/ 10172 Form no. 10.1 (LCRO) Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Lanao del Norte Municipality: Sultan Naga Dimaporo -oOo-

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In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that ERNESTO VILLACAMPO ACAL has filed with this Office a Petition for Change of First Name from “NESTOR” to “ERNESTO” in the birth certificate of NESTOR VILLACAMPO ACAL who was born on 20 OCTOBER 1959 at Lala, Lanao del Norte and whose parents are TRINIDAD VILLARIN VILLACAMPO and CERIACO TORTOGO ACAL. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file written opposition with this Office not later than 15 days.

In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that KEITH STANLEY L. CAÑETE has filed with this office a petition for correction of clerical error particularly in his SEX\GENDER from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the certificate of Live Birth of KEITH STANLEY L. CAÑETE who was born on 27 JANUARY 1991 at KAROMATAN NOW SULTAN NAGA DIMAPORO, LANAO DEL NORTE and whose parents are TIMOTEO H. CAÑETE JR. and HONEY MAE N. LOOD. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this office not later than 28 FEBRUARY 2014.

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the following objectives: to promote birding in this city; to raise awareness on the importance of preservation and protection of different bird species found in this city; and, to drum up positive activities geared towards improving the image of the city, especially to international birding enthusiasts who are regular delegates to the Philippine Bird Festival. “We would like to draw attention in particular to the variety of birds that you can find in Zamboanga City. Within the city limits alone, there are a very amazing number of birds,” Wild Bird Club of the Philippines president Gina Mapua, said Monday. Mapua said that the festival is also aimed at drawing attention to the discovery of the first documented

breeding site of the Great White Egrets here in the country, particularly at the fishpond of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST). “What makes this unusual is Great White Egrets are migratory, they don’t breed here in the Philippines. They breed somewhere else and they come here during winter but because of the favorable condition found at the fish pond of ZSCMST, the Great White Egrets stayed all year round and breed,” she added. She noted that the Pasonanca Natural Park, which is one of the old growth forests in Mindanao rich in biodiversity, is home to various species, some of them are even endemic to

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Small miners surprised at ID requirement D By JOHN RIZLE L. SALIGUMBA, Davao Today

AVAO CITY – Small-scale miners from the gold-rich town of Pantukan, Compostela Valley cried foul to the latest move of large-scale mining company National Development Corporation (Nadecor) which allegedly put up a steel gate and told them to get an identification card from the mining regulatory agencies of the government.

The steel gate is located a few meters from Sitio BukoBuko sa Anay in Barangay KingKing, a 40-minute motorcycle ride from the town center of Pantukan. The Diat Small Scale Miners Associaion (DSSMA) said the gate was put up by the Calalang group. “They told mine owners last year to get an ID but we only know of it now. We have to go to the provincial government to secure one. It will cost P600 per person,” said Rowena Maisog, a representative of the DSSMA. Nadecor owns a 1,656-hectare tenement in Barangay Kingking in Pantukan but it is currently in an “intra-corporate” dispute which divided it into two factions: the Calalang group and the Ricafort group. Small scale miners said there was an alleged letter dated January 3 that Nadecor personnel distributed to them and to the residents who pass through the gate regularly. The directive contained in the letter gave them 15 days upon receipt to get an ID. The letter was allegedly signed by a certain Dan Valenzuela. “We have been living there for decades. In fact

many already died and now we are being required to have an ID,” said Maisog. Maisog said that the move barred access to other barangays where residents and miners live like in Sitio Diat in Barangay Napnapan. “One mine owner in just one tunnel in our sitio alone has 1,000 miners,” she said. Maisog said they were worried that this was a step Nadecor was taking to eventually ease out small scale miners and farmers from the area. Maisog said other individuals and groups were also barred. Sixteeen delegates of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum, who were in the country for a conference on “the United State’s intervention on sovereign nations”, were not allowed to enter the tenement. The group went to the area last January 14 to see the situation of farmers and small scale miners. The “sudden” requirement of an ID confused small miners who said they were “frantic” upon hearing the news saying that they considered it a “threat” to their lives. Maisog said she thought it at first that the ID was required by the Mines

SMALL MINERS PROTEST. Small scale miners from Pantukan, Compostela Valley stormed the Mines and Geosciences Bureau regional office in Davao to oppose the agency’s scheme to have them registered and given an identification card, saying this legitimizes the entry of multinational corporations that would dislodge them. (Ace Morandante/davaotoday.com)

and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) provincial office of Compostela Valley. But, MGB OIC-Director for Mining Environment and Safety Division Noel B. Angeles said their offices did not require an ID from the residents and that they have no provincial office. “The only issuing ID to small scale miners is the provincial government. It might be also that the mining company there is requiring such identification system to control influx

of people,” said Angeles. Maisog clarified that they were to apply with the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board for the ID. In 2010, Nadecor tapped the US-based St. Agustine Gold and Copper Ltd and Russel Mining and Minerals, Inc. (RMMI) to fund the $2-billion Kingking gold and copper project. In 2012, Queensberry Mining & Development Corporation, which is reportedly owned by former Philippine Senator Manuel Villar, invested

$11 million to St. Agustine. Belen Galleto of the Save Pantukan Alliance said the small scale miners expected more displacement if a bigger large scale mining company would start its operation. Galleto said Napnapan Mineral Resources, Inc (NMRI) will also start its operations soon. NMRI owns a 4,000 hectares in Pantukan. “The feature of that area

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is you will find miners at the center of the mountains and farmers at the periphery. Some farmers tend to their farm in the morning and go to the tunnels at night as their harvests cannot sustain their daily needs. All of them will be displaced,” said Galleto. Galleto said that small scale miners and farmers of Sitio Gumayan, the site of the open-pit operation of Nadecor have already contested the ID system of the company before Mayor Roberto Yugo. Galleto said that almost all municipalities of Compostela Valley have mining operations owned by largescale mining companies. She said that the government should have supported the “minahang bayan” (people’s mining tenement) of small-scale miners which have sought government technical support to improve its mining practices since 1980s. “The government favors large-scale mining comSee miners, page 11

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Iza Calzado wants people to stop making comparisons between her and Toni Gonzaga

Marami na nga ang nag-aabang sa Valentine movie offering ng Star Cinema na Starting Over Again na pinagbibidahan nina Piolo Pascual at Toni Gonzaga kung saan kabilang si Iza Calzado. Sa bloggers conference ng pelikulang ito, ibinahagi ni Iza ang ilan sa mga bagay na dahilan ng kanyang excitement sa pelikulang ito. “I was excited with the prospect of working with Inang (movie director Olivia Lamasan) and doing it makes me very excited everyday going to work, knowing that I was going to be directed by Inang Olive. Working with Toni Gonzaga was a first for me in acting, and then getting another chance to work with Piolo was also very exciting for me.

“I know that my character plays a very crucial, vital part of the film and knowing that excites me more. And of course all the actors I must say although I have not yet seen the entire film but working with everybody working on the set tapos may nakita na akong ibang parts, ang ganda ng story and sana magustuhan din ng tao yung pagkatotoo nung film.” Aminado din si Iza na kahit matagal na silang nagkasama at magkakilala ni Toni, mas naging malapit sila nang dahil sa pelikulang ito. “Feeling ko mas napalapit ako kay Toni dito kasi parang before that kapag nagkikita kami sa ASAP siyempre friends kami although dun sa kabila [na network] naman magkaibigan kami. Although matagal

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Daily HOROSCOPE AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) - It’s not easy to get started today -- your energy just seems drained from the moment you get up. That can be an asset, though, as you may find it easier to sort through your various plans. PISCES (February 19 – March 20) - Have fun with your chores and responsibilities today -- it’s easier than you may realize to make serious progress without even a single grumble. Whistle while you work and the play comes soon enough. ARIES (March 21 – April 19) - It’s family time! Reconnect with far-flung family members and see if you can either sponsor a reunion or just share that special vibe that only comes from your closest people. TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) - Spend lunch with friends or colleagues -- you need to bond over a shared meal if you can. It’s an ancient form of communion, and you may find yourself reconnecting with deeper relationships. GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) - You’re feeling a financial pinch today, but that could just mean that you’re in the middle of a budget panic. Things don’t have to be this way! Write it all down and see what you can cut. CANCER (June 22 – July 22) - Focus on your personal needs today -- things just aren’t going to go your way otherwise. You should find that your people are perfectly happy to go about their own business if you leave them to it.

din kaming hindi nagkita dahil magkaiba din kami ng workplace before, hindi na kami naging super close pero dahil dito marami kaming naging bonding moments ni Toni na sobrang nakakatuwa kasi I have always liked her before pa. Before pa ako nag-transfer dito sobrang gusto ko na siya na tuwang-tuwa ako sa kanya so it’s nice that somehow the friendship is now somehow stronger.” Bago pa man ipalabas ang pelikula, may mga reaksiyon ng kanya-kanyang mga tagasubaybay sa social media na tila nagkakaroon ng sapawan ang dalawa sa eksena na agad na sinagot ni Iza. “Grabe, alam mo ang masasabi ko lang primarily this is Toni’s film. Let’s not do that because first of all I have to

support her character. That is part of my job, this is not who’s better. We are playing totally different characters and her character will not stand if [mine] is not there and vice versa. And so will Piolo’s character if Toni and I are not there. Hindi ako nakakabasa eh pero it’s but natural in show business that they tend to do that, comparison.” Dagdag pa ni Iza, “Sa amin, Toni and I when we were doing the film I never once felt that she was trying to outshine me nor I hope that she felt I was not trying to make her feel intimidated or anything because we both know our capacity and we are both, I think, confident about it. Alam naman namin, hindi namin kailangang maging insecure sa isa’t

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discuss that as of yet it is not yet confirmed and I haven’t received a [word].” At sa tanong na paano niya nakikita ang sarili niya na nagho-host ng Showtime, “Tignan na lang natin. Sagutin ko yan kung magkatotoo nga kasi it’s hard also baka ma-jinx so we don’t really know so let’s just wish on whatever is best for me. That’s my wish lang for this year and the years to come, and for you also.” push.abs-cbn.com

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Adelman out for RocketsMINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The he was kneed in the fourth Wolves Timberwolves say coach Rick quarter of Friday’s loss in Adelman will miss Monday n i g h t ’s g a m e a g a i n s t Houston due to personal reasons. While Adelman is away from the team, forward Kevin Love says he will be back in the lineup after missing one game with a bruised left quadriceps. Adelman is expected to be back on the sideline for Wednesday’s game with Denver. Assistant Terry Porter will serve as the acting coach for the game against the Rockets. Love missed Saturday’s 117-110 loss to Portland after

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CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) - You need to avoid the temptation to just flit from one person or project to the next. Focus as much as possible -- things aren’t going to be easy for you if you lose your discipline.

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the region. Documentation undertaken by international and local ornithologists recorded not less than 200 bird species at the Pasonanca Natural Park. For this reason, Mapua said the park is classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in the country and is considered as one of the bird watching destinations in the country with visitors mostly coming from European countries. Part of the festival includes lectures, bird watching and other activities for both the young and adult to enjoy. Mapua said six foreign delegations have already confirmed to come to this city for the 9th Philippine Bird Festival. They are: Borneo Bird Club; Asian Raptor Research; Wild Bird Society of Taipei; Bird Conservation Society of Thailand; Malaysian Nature Society; and Tourism Malaysia. The local delegations will include conservation and nature organizations such as the following: Haribon; Katala Foundation; Bird Watch Palawan; Senand Manaki; Philippine Native Plant Society; Polilio Island Bio-Diversity Conservation; Save Freedom Island Movement; and, Balanga Bird Club. (PNA)

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did well that day, he would no longer call me the next day. I was wrong. The next day, I did not study well because I thought he would not call me for the second consecutive day, but he called me again! That was how I learned to be consistent in studying hard, especially when he teasingly told me, “Aha. I got you there.” -ooo“GREAT HEART, KIND SOUL”: I never saw Justice Cuevas again inside a classroom after that, even if we were both members of the Sigma Rho Fraternity. But I met him again when he got appointed to the Supreme Court, in my capacity as the reporter of the defunct Daily Express covering the high court and the Department of Justice (which was called the “justice beat” at that time). Then, we lost contact again. Sometime later, when he started handling sensational cases defending highly prominent personalities, I received a call from him. He surprised me with that call, because he was asking me to join his law firm which, he said, he was reorganizing at that time. Naturally, I realized the great honor he was giving me, knowing, as I came to know later, that he had not made the same offer to anyone prior to his calling me. Regrettably, however, I had to apologize profusely to him, because I could not take the offer. The reason was that, when his call came to me, my siblings and I had already formed a law partnership among ourselves, and considering that they had to give up high-paying jobs in media just to put up a law office bearing our family name, I felt I could not just leave them alone then, even if I was to benefit greatly from the justice’s offer. Fortunately, with the good heart that Justice Cuevas had, he understood my predicament. We parted ways with him telling me that should I have any need for his assistance, I should not hesitate reaching out to him. In all these, I am deeply thankful that somehow, somewhere, sometime, I was given the privilege of being touched by his greatness, brilliance, and, most of all, kind and godly soul. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook. com, batasmauricio@yahoo. com and mmauriciojr111@ gmail.com

nies which destroy the mountains and the lives of small-scale miners and farmers,” she said. According to the MGB website, there were three mineral production sharing agreements (MPSA) in the town of Pantukan as of December 2013. These were the Nadecor and Benguet Coporation (1,656 hectares), the King Eagle Exploration and Mining Corporation (324 hectares) and the Napnapan Mineral Resources, Inc. (4,920 hectres). The MGB website also shows that it was processing other mining applications in Pantukan such as another 2,025-hectares by Nadecor, 428.27 hectare by a certain Joseph P. Saucejo, 8,100 hectares by the Southern Horizon Mining Corporation, 8,100 by the Oro East Mining Corporation, and 1, 134 by Zetoza Mineral Reserves are still being processed by MGB offices. Based on estimates, Nadecor’s tenement alone could produce some 100,000 tons per year of copper and 500,000 ounces per year of gold for 22 years. (John Rizle Saligumba/davaotoday.com) from page 7 how to go into business. For a fact, Chinese in from page 7 the Philippines is generally recitation, as he made from Taiwan and not from the motion of writing the communist China. The Red Chinese is not number “1” in my class card. Elation and jubilation happy with the Japanese too. gripped my whole being This attitude prompted the because of that, of course- Japanese to prepare for any --and led me to a sense of eventuality like increasing complacency that because I their budget for the military.

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The Japanese now is making modern fighter jets, vessels, guns and ammunitions in preparation for war. Japan is ready to protect its country by all means and their men are disciplined people who are willing to die for their country. In contrast, we have people who are ready to run away to the hills or some becoming spies when cornered. Many of our people lack discipline and loyalty. Our country, sad to state, is not doing any preparation in case of an attack. We have few old model fighter jets, warships and cannons. I cannot figure out what we can do if enemies come to our shores. Our leaders are busy fighting with each other while some of them are vacationing in foreign lands and still others busy deliberating on small issues. Still others are plain celebrities. Very few are knowledgeable of the movements of nations and international leaders. The thing that our country needs most is disciplined people and genuine love towards the country. In the first place, we had many bad leaders ever since who failed to show their love and concern of the people. Some of them chose to lead because they think it is the only shortcut to wealth, honor and power. Leaders come and go and the country is choked further to the ground, thus we remain in extreme poverty and devastation. Maybe we can recover from this catastrophe, but it will take a lifetime to do it. It is almost impossible and needs unity, courage and time. (benemata@yahoo.com)

installing officer. The theme in last Saturday’s installation was “Strengthening Misamis Oriental Lodge No. 335 Road M.A.P. (Meet, Act, Part).” “Today, in running business or government for that matter, roadmaps are necessary. But, roadmaps, which are called by some other names like “strategic plans” are not enough. We need our Masonic compasses for it will unerringly point you towards the direction you need to go as you navigate in this uncertain world that keeps on transforming,” Dr. Platon said. WM Platon, who is a graduate of Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, is married to Rachel Guinitaran and blessed with two daughters, Viane and Bea. He was initiated on September 8, 2007, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on October 25, 2007, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on November 10, 2007. Senior Warden Booc was initiated on April 9, 2008, passed the degree of fellowcraft on May 10, 2008, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on May 31, 2008. Junior Warden Padilla was initiated on February 14, 2009, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on March 14, 2009, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on April 28, 2009. The installation was

followed by a Fellowship: Cocktail-Dinner, at the Grand Caprice Restaurant at Limketkai Center.

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by Christian Malabon. Music and mayhem For this year’s Cinema Rehiyon, Visayas has 4 fulllength films to offer, airing at SM City Cinema 4, from 10a.m. to 6p.m. There are two films from Cebu, one from Bacolod and another one from Iloilo. “Sonata” by Peque Gallaga from Bacolod will kick start the screening and to be followed by “Iskalawags” by Keith Deligero from Cebu, “Salvi: Ang PAgpadayon” by T.M. Malones and “Domingo Domingo” by Chloe Veloso, Nicko Real. “Iskalawags” is a story of seven young punks who call their gang with the title itself because of their shared love for action movies. They decided to go on a little adventure where they search for a tree, led by Palot, the leader of the group. Lastly, as part of the seg-

ment, CineMulat Visayas, “B. Niyaang B. Niyaan” by Russ Ligtas will be shown at Xavier University Little Theater (XULT) on Feb 20, 5-6p.m. This film from Cebu is the sole entry for the CineMulat of the second-day screening. Cinemulat is the part of the festival where controversial movies are being shown. Moviegoers are only required to bring personal care items such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, sanitary napkins or infant diapers for the admission to the screening venues. For more information about the 6th Cinema Rehiyon, you may visit cinemarehiyon.com.

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Dep Ed Hosts IP Youth Summit By ELTRICK JHON ALERTA, School Head II Kibuwa Elementary School Impasug-ong District

Education is not preparation for life, it is life itself – John Dewey Department of Education secretary DR. ARMIN A. LUISTRO, FSC providing primacy to the Indigenous People as others call it ‘IP takes front seat in the Philippine Education’.

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Her recollection of her entire involvement in the scam is so vivid that mentally everyone can immediately picture in their mind how Tuason handed to the accused their share of the loot. If ordinary people can immediately have this pictured in their mind how much more for a seasoned prosecutor and judge later during a full blown trial? Could this be the reason why the accused are frantic? Your answer to this is as good as mine. •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at jelbaconii@gmail.com. Read me also at www.raconteurme. blogspot.com)

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Jed Lasmarias – Senior Steward, Rene Troy Barrientos – Junior Steward, Dennis Medalle – Orator, Alden Sambaan – Almoner, Ryan Pabellan – Organist, Isidro Butaslac, Jr. and Robert Cruz – Lecturers and Leonardo Arcol – Harmony Officer, who was also the

Kris Valerie S. Navidad of Corpus Christi School and Keith Jones A. Cañedo of City Central School, who were declared winners in COWD’s 2nd Citywide Science and Math Quiz, went on to represent the region in the national level contest last February 04 at the Pilipinas Ballroom of the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City and brought home the bacon. Kris emerged champion in the high school level. Aside from the plaque and gold medal, she won a cash prize of P25,000. Keith, on the other hand, finished runner-up and won a plaque, a silver medal and a P15,000 in cash. The Science and Math Quiz is an annual contest conducted by the Cagayan de Oro City Water District in line with promoting water consciousness among the youth.


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6th Cinema Rehiyon: What Visayas has to offer By Althea Dianne Felix

It keeps getting better and that’s what the 6th Cinema Rehiyon is going to do on February 18-22 under the banner of Xavier University’s Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) where the films from Visayas will dominate the second-day screening of the festival—Feb 20, to be exact. From the Visayas, 21 films, under 5 various programs, will be offered to the moviegoers. These programs were categorized according to regions. Cinema Rehiyon is a flagship program of the Nat i on a l C om m i ss i on for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in celebration of

February as the National Arts Month (NAM). The festival is one of the few events seeking to empower the Filipinos with stories and voices from their own region—a detour from the escapist films offered by the mainstream line. Ambitions, zombies and music From Sine Sais (Region 6), Bacolod has three films and one from Antique to be shown at SM City Cagayan de Oro Cinema 3, 10-11:30a.m. “Kwerdas” by Sammy Rubido, the sole film from Antique is about the inseparable siblings—Oday and Toto— who love music. Then Toto got into trouble and in order for him to be saved from their father’s

anger, Oday must abandon the instrument that is responsible for her love of music. Will she succumb in obeying the family patriarch or choose what makes her happy? Joining “Kwerdas” in the list are the Bacolod films, “Sa Mata Sang Bata” by Abigail Uychiat, “Zompranings” by Poli Gonzales and Leo Aguirree, and “RB” (Rugby Boys) by Manny Montelibano. Uychiat’s film is about a dancer who is trapped in a world of chaos, lost in fear and anxiety where the performer has to choose if she wants to live her ambitions or succumb in terror. “Z ompr a n i n g s ,” on the other hand, is a story about two guys who were

Councilors Leon Gan and Nadya Emano-Elipe discuss at city hall the resolution electing the officers and members of the city council’s standing committees. Gan has been names as chair of three committees, the Blue Ribbon, the Urban and Rural Poor, and the Cultural Communities while Emano-Elipe is chair of the Labor and Employment Committee.photo by gerry lee gorit

trapped inside a room, caught in a “zombie holocaust” while “RB” is a tale about a mentally-ill mother who is trying to find her lost son and during her search she discovered an abandoned building occupied by rugby boys. The ‘emotional dog’ Moving on to Sine 7 (Region 7), there are 9 films to air at the same cinema, from 11:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. The lineup includes “Lamat” by Peter Arthur Shafer from Bohol and films from Cebu—“Unod” by George Macapagal, “Happy Ang Emo Nga Iro” by Aldo Nelbert Banaynal, “Death Squad” by Jose Basa and “InaTay” by Chloe Veloso. “Lamat” is a story of Dina, a working student,

who found out—with Lara and Josie— that their mutual friend was murdered in her room. The accident has emerged personal problems within the tight-knit group, slowly deteriorating their friendship in the process. “Happy Ang Emo Nga Iro” is a tale about a dog’s daily challenges through a series of ill-fated events as he searches for the true meaning of happiness in the family who adopted him. “InaTay” is the third film of Veloso and it is about a story of Elvis (who is known by everyone as Elvira), a beautician who learned that he has fathered a baby boy and now, he faces the challenges of being a single parent. Moreover, Dumaguete

has 2 films and Iloilo has 3 to offer for this year’s Cinema Rehiyon. “Swim for Others,” a documentary film by Carmen del Prado and the other one, “Ugma na Lang” were shot in Dumaguete and those from Iloilo are “Kapawa: The Mystery of Light” by Noel de Leon, “Luna” by Frances Lacuesta and “The Wish” by Regie Regiane. Sine 8 Under the Sine Otso (Region 8) are two short films from Samar and Leyte, which will be shown at the same cinema, 2:30-3:10p.m. These films are “Dalagan Bats” by Jigjig Perry Amoylen and “Si William at Ang Engkantada” See OFFER, page 11

Rep.Rufus B. Rodriguez, 2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City, (4th from L), formally turns-over the completed and expanded Bugo Health Center project to Barangay Captain Jesus Morial. The project, which cost P2, 283,661.86 consists in the expansion, repair and rehabilitation of the Bugo Health Center. Also in the photo are Dra. Ellenitta Gamolo and Engr. Nestor Yllana of the Department of Health and Kagawads Monico Capirig, Edwin Aban and Presley Emano. KENDISCHAVES


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