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Volume II, No. 202

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SINGING TILT. Five groups are expected to compete in the forthcoming Grand Finals of the Boses Tinig Pinoy Acapella nationwide search in Manila on March 18 in the FF-TRIO and DUET categories, respectively. In the FF-TRIO category, the contestants came from Cebu, Dipolog, Zamboanga, Bacolod and Davao while contestants from Dipolog, Cebu, Davao, Surigao, and General Santos will compete in the DUET category. Top winners will receive P1 million cash and a recording contract. Photo supplied

DOH partners with private sector in pneumonia battle

Senate passes on final reading SB 2046

THE Go Negosyo Act (SBN 2046), which was passed by the Senate on third and final reading on Monday afternoon, is envisioned boost job creation and cut unemployment. This was shared by Go Negosyo Act author, Sen. Bam Aquino, as he thanked colleagues in the Upper Chamber for supporting the swift passage of the bill. “With the Go Negosyo Act, we can boost job creation in many parts of the country, by ensuring the success and growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).” “Kapag mas maraming negosyo ang nagbukas at lumago, mas marami silang mabibigyan ng kabuhayan at trabaho sa kani-kanilang mga komunidad,” the senator explained. According to figures cited by Aquino, at least 66 percent of jobs in the labor force are generated by the MSME sector, which in turn comprises 99

By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga


UTUAN City–– The Department of Health Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Caraga met with members of the Community Pediatric Society of the Philippines (CPSP)-Caraga Chapter in cooperation with the Agusan del Norte Medical Society to discuss the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) for children six weeks to one year old. See STORY, page 4

Second district Rep. Juliette Uy (fourth from left, standing) of Misamis Oriental poses for a souvenir photo with other dignitaries during the recent visit of Senator Bam Aquino (second from left, standing) to promote his “Go Negosyo bill.” The neophyte lawmaker from Misamis Oriental has earlier expressed her full support to the “Go Negosyo Bill” of Senator Aquino saying it will help in terms of job creation. On one hand, the Senate passed on third and final reading Senate Bill no. 2046 or the “Go Negosyo Act” Monday. Seating second from right is Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Orochamber) President Efren Uy. Photo courtesy of Dodo Canoy

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Cops collar suspects behind student’s slay By VINCENT NAVARRO, Bureau Chief-Bukidnon

VALENCIA City--Police authorities arrested the alleged mastermind and his cohorts responsible behind the death of a second year criminology student few days after the Valentines Day. Police Insp. Lito Limbago Tizon managed to arrest 31-year-old Joseph Clareto during a separate manhunt operation on February 17. Tizon seized from Clareto a .38-revolver loaded with three live bullets bearing serial number S.226164. Clareto allegedly masterminded the death of 18-yearold Romeo Buluag Jr., a second year criminology student, a resident of purok 2, Barangay Batangan, Valencia City. Two of Clareto’s alleged cohorts were also arrested––in a separate operations––by a team of policemen led by police Insp. Gregorio Adrigado. Arrested were 25-year-old Jomar Asingua and 18-year-old Eric Calledo, all residents of purok 9, Barangay Bagonta-as in Valencia City. According to the police, Clareto ordered Calledo to strike the head of Buluag with a hard object while he is pointing his gun to the victim. Police investigators said Asingua dragged the victim’s body to the grassy area where he was found dead. The police said the suspects took the victim’s cash worth P300, back pack, T-shirts, short pants, and underwear. The suspects are now detained at the Valencia jail while waiting for the trial of the criminal charges filed against them.

MISAMIS ORIENTAL – Vice Governor JOEY G. PELAEZ initiated another rounds of Book Donation in the Municipality of Talisayan, Misamis Oriental last February 11-12, 2014. Here shown are the beneficiaries of the book donation drive from Mandahilag Elementary School of the said municipality. The book donation is part of Vice Governor Pelaez’s advocacy of uplifting the competence of every student in the province. Vice Governor Pelaez is the Chairman of the Committee of Education in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Rufus pushes Mercury ‘info’ bill in Congress By CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor

Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano urges farmers of Brgy. Looc, Villanueva in Misamis Oriental to promote organic farming. Emano believes that agriculture is a key factor that would boost the economy of Misamis Oriental. PPO

CAGAYAN de Oro City––A bill to provide the public with adequate education on the effects of exposure to mercury was re-filed in Congress after the Senate failed to act on it during the 15th Congress. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City, said that the bill was originally introduced as House Bill No. 3285 was approved by the Committee on Health and substituted by House Bill No. 4541,

approved on 2nd reading, approved on 3rd reading during the 15th Congress and was transmitted to the Senate where it was not acted upon. He said that the bill was re-filed under House Bill 1617 in the 16th Congress by requiring the posting of appropriate advisories at all businesses that sell fresh, frozen, and canned fish and seafoods where the potential for mercury exposure exists. According to the Rodriguez bill, the mercury discharges into the atmo-

sphere and surface oceans have increased two-to-five fold since the beginning of the industrialized period due to human activities. It said that there is now substantial evidence that the exposure to methylmercury has become widespread in the general public and occurring at higher than health-based levels of concern according to the World Health Organization. Fish and seafood caught or sold in the Philippines are contaminated with methyl-mercury, a toxic element that may cause neurological damage and other health related problems as a result of fish or seafood consumption, the bill said. The proposed bill ar-

gued that the evidences linking an increased risk of coronary heart disease of mercury exposure, as presented in at least 2 peer reviewed studies, have been increasing. Rodriguez said that he filed the bill because the health advisory information on mercury-contaminated fish, which is necessary to protect public health, is not widely known to the government. This lack of awareness potentially threatens tens of millions of Filipinos who may unknowingly ingest harmful amounts of mercury because they are not aware of exposure risks from consumption of freshwater fish and seafood, he said.


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My Surprise Proposal at Primavera Residences by Nicolo Antonio Duterte


here comes a point in a man’s life when he can either man up and decide to spend his lifetime with the woman he wants to marry or just continue being single and free. I chose the former, and so now I will talk about how I pulled off a nailbiting and nerve-racking marriage proposal. Most men I know don’t bother about staging a full-blown surprise proposal since it entails careful preparation and creativity. Others would choose to be practical and pour all of that effort in the wedding itself. But being a selfconfessed true blue romantic that I am, I decided to give it my best shot and show the woman I love how truly blessed I am to have her in my life. To those who wish to do the same, here are some tips that just might help you.

to get this done. I had to rack my brain for this. Planning when to propose, where to propose, what to bring, and what to leave out is really necessary. Think about it this way: a simple camping trip needs preparation. A proposal needs one too. If you cannot imagine a cool concept, try to just list two important things you want to recreate or accomplish in the proposal then just go ahead and get it done.

2. Gifts? Flowers? Choose a color she loves. Red, white, blue, violet even. Remember to just stick with what she loves. An added touch such as a card or an item (whether a card or little gift) will do. If you have the perfect ring for this, go ahead. For those who don’t, do not worry, you can save up for that, just give her the best that you can give without breaking the bank. 1. Start with a Plan. The effort behind the No surprise there, I used proposal is indicative of up a lot of lists and notes the effort you will give in


planning for the wedding, have an idea where to and for the rest of your pull it off. Restaurants are a marriage. Or so they say. common and easy choice. 3. Food. Either you Beach proposals are cool can order food in a fancy too. For the adventurer restaurant or have a friend who cooks really well (my types, a tour and scenic chef friend made this a view of a summit will do. Just pick one that is no-brainer for me). The plan you have logistically possible and in your mind and the meaningful for the both energy to pull it off should of you. For me, I wanted to include food. Again, just make sure have it done in a rooftop to choose something she on a late afternoon, really loves and stick with preferably with a great it. Her preferences should sunset behind us. Primavera Residences be your top priority. was the perfect place 4 . P h o t o g r a p h s . for this. Not only do they have Who says the “selfie g e n e r a t i o n ” m a d e willing co- conspirators it important to take to help me plan and implement the BIG pictures? We were doing it SURPRISE, they also before they were even exerted a lot of effort born. A proposal does to make this day truly not happen every day wonderful for me, my so better capture the fiancé, and our guests. The view of Cagayan moment that both of you will re-live in the future. de Oro in the rooftop was Ask for help from your a magnificent bonus too. Though the weather photographer friends or hire one if you have to. did not cooperate to give What matters is that us the usual amazing you take pictures. And Cagayan de Oro sunset more pictures to capture for our backdrop, it was awesome nonetheless. all the little details. Fifty years down the Proposals are not easy road, you will be very to pull off but if you You do not have to glad you did. plan it well and put a lot spend a lot to propose. We c a n s t i l l b e 5. The Venue. At this of thought into it, your point in your life, you significant other will practical since these are may (or may not) already definitely appreciate it. practical times however we must remember that this can happen only once in our lifetime, so better make it count.

and the wonderful people at Primavera Residences.

Grazie Mille! Thank you also to Aendzo Fortich of Anjo’s Diner, Digital Ink Designs, Jeanette’s Pizza, Pasta & More, Atty. Doreen Dejarme, Paolo Cruz, My biggest thanks to Gian Paolo Duterte, and the family and friends all our family, relatives, who made it possible. and friends who helped Especially to Janey in one way or another.

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DOH partners with private sector in pneumonia battle By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––The Department of Health Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Caraga met with members of the Community Pediatric Society of the Philippines (CPSP)Caraga Chapter in cooperation with the Agusan del Norte Medical Society to discuss the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) for children six weeks to one year old. Launched in 2013, the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine is now part of the regular vaccines for infants below one year of age. Caraga Region and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are the first regions to have received the PCVs, to complement the Rotavirus Vaccine which was introduced in 2010. CHD-Caraga said the Pneumococcal Vaccine will address the need for better

PREVENTION IS THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST PNEUMONIA. DOH Center for Health Development in Caraga Regional Director Minerva Molon (middle) stresses prevention “is truly the best defense against pneumonia” as she pushes for the vaccination of children six weeks to one year old with Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines during a press conference with Butuan City media practitioners. The initiative is supported by Dr. May Montellano (left), President of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination-Caraga Chapter, and Dr. Rowenda Dimaano (right), President of the Community Pediatrics Society of the Philippines-Caraga Chapter. Photo by Pat Samonte.

protection of infants against pneumococcal pneumonia. CHD Caraga Director Minerva Molon said, “By

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involving the private sector in the fight against pneumococcal pneumonia, we hope to further curb the

incidents of pneumonia in the region. In 2012, records show that Pneumonia topped as the leading cause

of under-five mortality in Caraga Region. We deem not to simply reduce it, but to control it as well.”

The World Health Organization reports that more than 1.5 million children die from pneumonia each year. There are 4,300 young lives lost every day worldwide because of pneumonia, 37 of which are Filipinos – meaning, one child dies from pneumonia every 20 seconds worldwide. Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung which primarily affects the microscopic air sacs known as alveoli. The typical symptoms of pneumonia include a cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty in breathing. Although antibiotics are available for pneumonia treatment, good nutrition, breastfeeding, and good hygiene are also helpful preventive measures. However, these are not real guarantees – especially for the young. Vaccination is the best way to protect children from pneumonia and its lifethreatening complications. See battle, page 11

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High school graduates in Misamis Occidental to get cash rewards CLARIN, Misamis Occidental – The second congressional district of Misamis Occidental will be giving out cash rewards to all graduating high school students in this municipality, this School Year 2013-2014. Congressman Henry S . O am i n a l m a d e t he announcement dur ing the 93rd Araw ng Clarin, last Feb. 21, which would benefit all the high school graduates of Clarin National High School, and the Holy Child High School, a public and private school in Clarin, respectively. He said first honor graduates will receive P3,000, each, 2nd Honor to 5th Honor graduates, P2,000, each, the rest of the top 20 graduating students, P1,000, each, and all the rest, despite their low marks in school, as long as they are able to graduate, P500, each. He also encouraged those who would like to enter college to avail of

the Educational Assistance Program sponsored by the district to all interested high school graduates, with no discrimination, “as long as they have no failing grades.” About 100 of these scholars will be receiving P4,000 per semester as financial assistance but those who are poor but deserving students will get full scholarship following some guidelines, he said. Meanwhile, he said those who would like to avail of vocational training can avail of scholarship grants to be funded by the P3.5 million that the District has deposited with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the province. On the other hand, O a m i n a l h a s e n c ou raged the teachers of both schools to avail of the Masteral Degree Programs to be funded by the District, Congressman Oaminal a d d e d. ( RC A / PIA 1 0 Misamis Occidental)

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – To allow the local species of fish to increase its population, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte (PGLDN) together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 10 is actively working with coastal LGUs for the rehabilitation of fish sanctuaries in this province. One of the priority projects is the rebuilding and rehabilitation of fish sanctuaries in coastal communities. To achieve this, PGLDN and BFAR distributed fish sanctuary materials last February 18, 2014 at the Macapagal Training Center, Provincial Capitol Grounds, in the capital town Tubod. Among the materials distributed to municipal agriculturists and caretakers of fish sanctuaries were buoys, monofilaments, and life jackets. “We’re really thankful to the provincial government especially Governor Khalid Dimaporo and to BFAR for this assistance to our fish sanctuary. As an officer of Bantay Dagat, this will be a

big help to us in helping preserve our marine resources,” expressed Lala Agriculturist Edmon Laroco. Among the 10 coastal towns that received the marine implements were Linamon, Kauswagan, Bacolod, Maigo, Kolambugan, Tubod, Baroy, Lala, Kapatagan and Sultan Naga Dimaporo. Accepting the fish sanctuary materials were Eden Vosotros (Linamon), Adelino Rico (Kauswagan), Laloy Paseje (Bacolod), Edwin Garcia (Maigo), Nestor Denore (Kolambugan), Romeo Alajas (Tubod), Edmund Lumacad (Baroy), Edmon Laroco (Lala), Francisco Bihod (Kapagatan), and Romeo Umandang (Sultan Naga Dimaporo). All coastal municipalities have identified fish sanctuaries to ensure that local fishes are able to replenish their population. 20 meters from every fish sanctuaries are buffers zone. Fishing is strictly prohibited in both the sanctuary and buffer zone with corresponding penalty for violators. The distribution was also

OPLAN “Bayanihan” Moves On…55th IB on the go! Bagong Silang, Lopez Jaena, MisOcc -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines OPLAN Bayanihan performed by the 55th Infantry (VIGILANT) Battalion now under its new Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Gerry Besana (GSC) PA moves on to remote barangays of Misamis Occidental. On Saturday, in barangays Bagong Silang one of the hinter barangays of the municipality of Lopez Jaena stand up for change and adopt the military IPSP or otherwise known as the Internal Peace and Security Plan introduced by the 55th IB Tamaraw’s to win the hearts and minds of the residents. Barangay Chairman Edgar C. Caay told Mindanao Daily News that Bagong

Silang thank the military in coordination with the Local Government Unit in advancing the real peace they need to uplift the lives of his people. With the Grand PulongPulong themed: “Kalinaw ug Seguridad atong hingpit makab-ot pinaagi sa pagpakabana ug panaghiusa sa tanang Sektor” is very timely said Mayor Michael Gutierrez who joined the activity and even give on the spot financial assistance to the participants comprising of more or less 250 barangay folks. With the mandate of the AFP, OPLAN “Bayanihan” focused on the paradigm shift of the Filipino Soldiers whose approach during the past years only deals with defeating the enemy and body count syndrome, but

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Lanao del Norte towns receive fish sanctuary materials

LONG WAY TO GO. A farmer tills his farm on a sloping terrain the manual way Ð with a hoe. Spotted in the mountainous part of Barangay Tubod in Iligan City early morning Tuesday (25 February 2014). (MindaNew photo by Bobby Timonera)

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this time, it is winning peace and winning the hearts and minds of the Filipino as the new approach. With its mission, Lt. Col. Gerry Besana (GSC) PA, a graduate of PMA Class 93 and former deputy Task Force Davao commander said the mission of the 55th Infantry (VIGILANT) Battalion is to ensure its Area of Responsibility and the day-to-day lives of its people that are hampered and threaten. With the Internal Peace and Security Plan, threats are reduced to a level that they no longer threaten people, the AFP is committed to achieved stability in coordination with the civil authorities in order to ensure safety and the well being of people “The military will focus in our operations but with the help of the Local Government

Units which is the front liner of this government, Good Governance must be felt by its constituents and their lives will be enhanced and protected.” 55th IB Commander said. Meanwhile, Bayanihan Operator, 1Lt Ernesto Vitor Jr. (QMS) PA, Company Commander of Charlie Co, 55th IB on his lecture during the Grand Pulong-Pulong quoted Benedict de Spinoza’s “Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, A state of mind, A disposition for Benevolence, Confidence and Justice”. As an operator, Lieutenant Vitor focused on people empowerment is the Bayanihan people centered approach to win the elusive peace. Thus, “Kapakanan Mo, Pahahalagaan Ko” is their slogan to win the hearts and minds of people.

Boardmember Casimero Bagol (2nd from left) and BFAR Representative Linda Yakapin (leftmost) turns-over the fish sanctuary materials to one of the municipal agriculturists at MTC, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

attended by Boardmember Casimero Bagol, Committee Chairman on Agriculture

and BFAR Representative Linda Yakapin. (WDA/PIOLDN)

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Resist Aquino’s e-Martial Law At a time when criticism of administration has clearly wielded government iniquity is of utmost a strong influence on the dominecessity, the Aquino administra- nant media. tion flouts our fundamental rights To bolster its image and deflect by pushing for the constitutional- criticism, the administration has ity of online libel under Republic employed the most cunning of Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime public relations and social media Prevention Act of 2012. teams to direct the public attention The Supreme Court rightfully away from the increasing poverty removed a few of the paand destitution tently unconstitutional and FilipiPooled editorial among repressive aspects of RA nos. 10175, including provisions Now, with on giving government the power to RA 10175, it wields another weapon collect and monitor real-time data, against criticism: the threat of as well as to take down websites or online libel, the force of criminal online content it deems violative prosecution against those who of the law without court warrant. would criticize the President and We applaud the high court for its policies. that. But it alarms us that many Many journalists and those of other provisions of this draconian the alternative press have strived law were declared constitutional. to be the critical voices in these Especially alarming is its approval times. They have put the adminof online libel—this provision now istration to task for its neoliberal clearly defines the Cybercrime Law. economic policies, its abandonMembers of the press are very ment of its duty to deliver social familiar with criminal libel as an services, its acquiescence to the instrument of the powerful, influ- increasing US military presence ential and moneyed to threaten in the country, and many others. and cow them to silence. The alternative press has conMany a journalist has paid a sistently criticized the Aquino heavy price for defying such threats administration and its allies for and simply doing their job. enormously benefiting from the Media groups have been cam- corrupt pork barrel system. paigning for years to decriminalize It has been most pointed in its libel, as it creates a “chilling effect” criticism of the Aquino adminison journalists and impedes on our tration’s criminal neglect of the constitutionally-protected freedom many victims of calamities and of the press and expression. the corruption within government The United Nations Human rehabilitation plans. It provides Rights Committee, in October 2011, space for marginalized voices in even agreed with the Philippine Philippine society. media advocacy and human rights The Internet, despite its stillgroups, and called our existing limited reach, has been the demolibel law “excessive” and violative cratic space where the alternative of the International Covenant on press often disseminates its stories. Civil and Political Rights in which Many citizens use it to express the Philippine government is a their own criticisms of the govsignatory. ernment and the political and That the Aquino administra- economic system. Workers, for tion, specifically its Department instance, take to the Internet to of Justice, actively campaigned to express their criticism of their have the law passed and nodded employers and their poor labor on by the high court says much conditions. about the Presidency’s contempt Students and the youth have for criticism. been known to extensively use For the past three years, the the Internet to criticize school

officials and administrators as well as critique the government’s policy of budget cuts to education. Other sectors have also maximized the Internet to advocate for their basic democratic rights. The online medium, meanwhile, has also been used as a tool for organizing protest, as evidenced by the huge, anti-pork barrel protests last year. It is clearly because of these practices that the Aquino administration has been pushing hard for RA 10175. It is no stretch to call the law “e-Martial Law.” During the Marcos regime, Martial Law was employed to stifle dissent as the dictatorship instituted policies that paved the way for further deregulation of the economy and privatization of public assets and social services, and reinforcement of the monopoly control of big landlords over agricultural lands. Similarly, Aquino pressed for the Cybercrime Law as his administration entered into more PublicPrivate Partnerships, consented to massive land grabbing, paved the way for more US military intervention and pushed for other policies detrimental to people’s interests. It is but the newest addition to the government’s already-stacked arsenal for political repression that includes extrajudicial killings, disappearances, political persecution, and other measures under its counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan. The alternative press is one with all freedom-loving Filipinos who have no recourse but fight these measures and uphold our right to criticize government iniquity. Together, we must challenge the Cybercrime Law in all available spaces, from filing a Motion for Reconsideration before the Supreme Court, to taking our campaign to the Internet, and even to the streets. Let this be the clarion call of our times: Resist Aquino’s eMartial Law. | Davao Today | Kodao Productions | Pinoy Weekly / Pinoy Media Center | Tudla Productions


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Ave Atque Vale (Hail and Farewell) By Karl Rev A. Vigo of MindaNews

MALAYBALAY City––My childhood was nothing but fun and adventures. I lived in an utterly blissful place where anything was possible because I knew my parents were always there for me. My father was one of those people who value discipline and courage like it’s the most important thing in life. My mother, on the other hand, was calm and gentle and did not reinforce ‘discipline’ if we just behaved ourselves. My childhood years were molded by these two great people on my side and because of them I began to see everything in life hued with sunlight and rainbows. There were occasional rains and storms in our life but they stood firm and cocooned us with the love they selflessly gave and in return, we loved them with all our hearts. Then one day, everything changed. I can still remember it clearly like it was yesterday. It was 3:00 PM of June 19, 2006. I rode a tricycle on my way back home and was surprised that no one was still there. A moment later, a friend of my parents came and told me that my mother and father met an accident on their way back home. Many people would be shocked from this kind of news, but for me who had seen my father and mother in the hospital due to motorcycle accidents, this kind of things wasn’t new to me.

After a minute or so while waiting for my elder siblings another friend of my parents stopped by and told me something that sucked out all the colors in the world, and left me deaf and mute for a few seconds. The only thing I could hear was the hard platter of rain on our roof. My parents are dead and what’s more worse, they were killed by the hands of another human being. Nothing is forever in this world. I knew this fact a long time ago while watching all my toys get broken but still, the loss of their lives is something unbearable for a child who believed that Santa Claus exists and in every end of the rainbow, lays a pot of gold. The thing about pain, it demands to be felt and that deep piercing pain that’s making its way to my heart. And when I saw the motorcycle, which still had the smear of blood and gunshots all over it, the pain became worse until it’s screaming for vengeance against those people who have done this. Then the memorial service came and we all took turns to see the face of my most beloved parents resting on their own coffins, and I realized what death really means. Before, death was just a word. But now, death is a void, snuffing out the fire of life of one and leaving the others, desperately wondering, where the light and warmth has gone. My parents, both martyrs and catalysts of truth, didn’t deserve to die like this. But

funny how life works, it shows you how beautiful it is for a moment and the next second, it decides to show you the worst side of it and because of this sudden change, you begin to adapt to it. That’s what I’ve experienced as the days began to pass. Gone is the kid who thought life is all about positive stuff. That was just a dream, this is reality. As their graves were being lowered into the ground, everybody began to cry, some with sorrow, anger, and misery, while I just stared, wondering why would this happen to my family. Without my parents, who would stuff candies on our socks during Christmas? To whom can we confide our deepest dreams and fears? Who will cook us those crazy-experimented dishes that we learned to love? Who can we turn to when we face problems which we can barely handle? All of these swam into my mind, trying to lure me to that sense of hopelessness. But I did not glue in. My family is the only thing I have with me and I must be strong like my elder brother and sister. Together, we can face anything, even the grief that has already gripped us. Two years after the funeral, my younger siblings and I moved here in Bukidnon to live together with my Aunt’s family. We adjusted well with the people around me but I never forget about the change that was inflicted upon me. That change made

me realize that we have only one life to thread so we have to make it into a beautiful pattern that will make us stand out for as long as we live. There’s a quote that says, “Do not let the death of one be the death of yourself,” and he got it right, but the reality is the death of the one close to your heart will change you into something you are not expecting to be. For me, it really has changed me, I don’t know if it’s for better or for worse. The death of the light and the columns of my life gave me the skill to see in darkest times and gave me strength to carry the burden imposed by life itself. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not that classic emo who blames God and the world for everything that has happened. I’m just one of those persons who have begun to understand how life works and even with all kinds of struggles and hardships, still know how to enjoy and be thankful for it. You can only live once in your life and that’s what makes life so precious. So smile for it, laugh for it, cry for it, fight for it, and most important of all, learn from it. (Batang Mindanaw is the youth section of MindaNews. Karl Rev A. Vigo, 16, is a fourth year student at Bukidnon National High School in Malaybalay City. He is one of the five children of murdered journalist couple George and Macel Vigo of Kidapawan City, who were killed on June 19, 2006.)

Marcos, a very good president THE government is celebrating Edsa without noticing a bit that then Pres. Ferdinand Marcos had achieved so many projects in the country than any of his successors combined. Look at the cemented highways in Mindanao which until now is in use, the strong bridges in Opon, Cebu in San Juanico, etc., the water system, the giant government buildings in Metro Manila, the beautification

of the Rizal Park (Luneta) The Striker the railways, the LRT, the farm-to-market roads anywhere in the country and many more. Other presidents tsk tsk tsk....plunder, plunder, thieves. plunder, etc. The country is blind and many of the Filipinos did not see the beautiful projects of Marcos. Maybe BEN EMATA JR. FM had enriched himself after many years in power, themselves too in so short Other presidents enriched the time.

Lamentation Special Gospel of the day: Matthew2:1318(February26, 2014-Wednesday) Matthew 2:13-18-and when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, “lamentation,” and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping [for] her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not: This

For the first time in our history, the country exported rice during Marcos time. After him, we imported rice from Vietnam and Thailand until now. Let us be fair to FM and we should not allow ourselves to be poisoned by political maneuvers especially now that he is dead. To me, Ferdinand Marcos was one of the best, if not the best president, our country ever had.

Word on fire Bro. Edcel L. Closas gospel emphasizes about the intervention of Joseph to the lives of Jesus and Mary. He was the protector. This means Joseph was a good husband and father to his own family. How about us? There are parents who are not good to their families. They neglected their responsibilities. Let us follow the example of Joseph and Mary the way they handled Jesus Christ: 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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Prophesied flesh-eating disease erupts in Pangasinan LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The Lord will afflict you in your knees and on your legs with painful, incurable boils---from the soles of your feet to the top of your head…” (Deuteronomy 28:35, the Bible). -oooPROPHESIED FLESH AND BONE EATING DISEASE ERUPTS IN PANGASINAN: Bandila, the ABS CBN daily late night-early morning news program, came up with a story, complete with video footages, which tend to confirm prophecies made by an Indian Christian Pastor in April 2013 that a flesh and boneeating disease will afflict many people in Pangasinan, then will spread to Cebu and to the whole world, in the aftermath of the devastation brought about by Typhoon Yolanda last year. I wish to congratulate Ms. Jasmine Romero, the reporter who is bravely pursuing the story despite the obvious risk to her own health, Julius Babao, the news anchor, and the ABS CBN management for allowing the story to air, and the video footages of at least two victims---a young girl and a young man---from the towns of Sta. Barbara and Villasis in Pangasinan, showing the fearful extent of the diseases that seem to be eating them alive, from the soles of their feet to their heads. Julius asked the deadly question at the end of Ms. Romero’s story: is there a connection between what the Indian Christian pastor, now known internationally as Prophet Sadhu, prophesied in April 2013, and the disease that is now spreading in Pangasinan? Indeed, is there such a connection? -oooDISEASE ARISES FROM LACK OF SPIRITUALITY: I believe there is, not only because Sadhu said so, but more because this was prophesied in the Bible. My firm conviction is that Biblical prophesies, in that they were made under the inspiration of God (see 2 Timothy 3:16), will come to pass and will happen, whether humans like it or not. Many may ask: where, specifically, did the Bible say that this kind of an illness will happen in the Philippines? My answer is that the Philippines may not have been specifically mentioned in the Bible, but the conditions which the Bible said will give rise to this kind of a deadly disease are undeniably happening in this country right now, so that there is no doubt at all that the devastating prophecies apply inevitably to Filipinos, too. Let us start off with the prophecy in Deuteronomy 28:15. This Biblical verse is quite categorical in its warning: if a nation no longer listens to God (meaning that, its people no longer read the Bible) and no longer obeys His commands, God will send curses to them that are intended to destroy them. -oooDISEASES NOT EVEN WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE TO AFFLICT NON-BELIEVERS: One of these curses, found in Deuteronomy 28:58-61, reads like this: “If you refuse to obey all the words of this law, the things written in this scroll, and refuse to fear this glorious and awesome name, the Lord your God, then the Lord will increase your punishments and those of your descendants---great and long-lasting afflictions and severe, enduring illness. “He will infect you with all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will persistently afflict you. Moreover, the Lord will bring upon you every kind of sickness and plague not mentioned in this scroll of commandments, until you have perished…” Indeed, the disease now ravaging Pangasinan is a sickness and plague not mentioned in the Bible. Then, no one can question that, despite all pretense to the contrary, many Filipinos no longer listen to God, as many of them no longer read the Bible, and no longer obey God’s commands. Many Filipinos now sport a faith “only in their lips, no longer in their hearts”, and many of them are satisfied with mere traditions and practices which are not even Biblical. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email:, and

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3 killed in Basilan ambush B ASILAN – Three people were killed in ambush in the troubled province of Basilan in the Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines, an army spokesman said.

Capt. Jefferson Mamauag, of the 1st Infantry Division, said the jeep was travelling in the village of Bohe Baca in Tipo-Tipo town when gunmen attacked the vehicle with automatic weapons.

He said one passenger was also wounded in the ambush believed to be connected to a clan war. Those killed in the attack have been identified as Amir Saribin, 21; Halim Randa, 18 ; and Hadji Alih Ibrahim,

38; and the wounded passenger as Haber Cuevas, 25. Mamauag, quoting a report from Lt. Col. Cristobal Julian Paolo Perez, commander of the 18th Infantry Battalion, said the jeep – owned by Hakim Tahil – was heading to Lamitan City when the attackers opened fire on the passengers. “Rido is likely motive of the attack,” Perez said. Rido is the local term

for clan war or family feud, which is not uncommon in Basilan, just several nautical miles south of Zamboanga City. Perez said troops retrieved the corpses in the area after they cleared the village and handed them over to their respective families. Authorities are investigating the attack to determine who were behind the ambush. (Mindanao Examiner)

Suspects in oil firm employee’s slay charged ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police filed on Monday a murder charge before the City Prosecutor’s Office against three suspects in the killing of an oil firm employee in this city. Supt. Diomarie Albarico, commander of Police Station 11, said the case was filed after the suspects and the alleged mastermind were arrested in a follow-up operation over the weekend. Albarico identified the suspects as Guillermo Sasabo, the alleged triggerman, Joebert Delos Reyes, the motorcycle driver, and Ruben Clemente, the alleged mastermind and an employee of the Petron depot here. Albarico said they were tagged as behind the killing of Joey Malaki, 30, a warehouse clerk of the Petron depot, last February 17 in Suterville, Barangay Lower Calarian, this city.

Malaki was driving his bicycle on the way to work when fatally shot by one of two men aboard a motorcycle. Albarico said Robert Clavecilla, also an employee of the Petron depot, told them he knows who killed Malaki when they interviewed the victim’s co-employees. The police official said Clavecilla alleged that sometime in January, Clemente told him to look for guns-for-hire. Clemente allegedly gave Clavecilla an envelope containing P10,000 as down payment, a caliber .45 pistol and the victim’s picture which he gave to the two alleged killers, Albarico said. The motive of the incident was work-related because sometimes the victim served as an inspector aside from being a warehouse clerk, he added. (MindaNews)

Basilan remembers countless victims of violence at memorial for peace By RENE V. CARBAYAS

Fr. Enrico V. Montano, Sindangan Mayor Nilo Florentino Z. Sy, DAR-9 Director Julita A. Ragandang, ZN Gov. Roberto Y. Uy, DAR Sec. Virgilio R. De los Reyes, DAR-ZN PARPO II Moh Dassan J. Adju, Labason Mayor Eddie T. Quimbo and Dipolog Mayor Evelyn T. Uy were present during the groundbreaking of 58-million irrigation project in Dipolog last week. (maa/Pia Zamboanga Peninsula and Dar Zambonorte) NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the property of MARLEY S. ALIPIN, who died intestate 20 years ago in Cebu City, consisting of a parcel of land located at Barangay 4, Poblacion, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte covered by Tax Declaration No. 1084-R, is the subject of an AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION executed by Rev. Pedrito Famorcan, Head Bishop of the Philippine Ecumenical Christian Church, stating that he is the only legal heir of deceased Marley S. Alipin, per Doc. No. 27; Page No. 6; Book No. XXIV; Series of 2014 of the Notarial Registry of Agustin C. Tarroza, Notary Public with P.T.R. No. 0723361-1/8/14 until December 31, 2015. MDN: Feb. 19, 26 & Mar. 5, 2014

The WMSU Hawks emerged as the champion for the college level during the 2014 Zamboanga Cheerdance Competition yesterday (February 24) at the City Coliseum. This is part of the activities in celebration of the 77th Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga. The Zamboanga City High School Main Phoenix is the champion for the high school category. Seven teams for both high school and college categories competed. (eld/ dis/ Pia Zamboanga Peninsula)

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To all BUGEMCO Members; Notice is hereby made that the Membership Annual General Assembly of BUGEMCO will be held on February 28, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Kaamulan Open Theater, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.


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In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that LUCITA S. CONDE has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name from “PEPPIE” to “LUCITA”; and the correction of entry in the date of birth from “MARCH 17, 1949” to “FEBRUARY 21, 1949” in the Certificate of Live Birth of PEPPIE SABANDAL, born at Bacuag, Surigao del Norte, Philippines, and whose parents are JOVENAL SABANDAL and CRISTITA LAURENA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 14 March 2014. (SGD.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar

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ISABELA CITY, Basilan -- Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad led the memorial ceremony for the victims of violence in the province at the Memorial for Peace shrine at the Querexeta Formation Center here last Feb. 14. At least thirty workers and guests gathered at a liturgical ceremony to commemorate the countless victims of violence in Basilan, remembering mostly Catholic Christians who fall victims to atrocities especially at the height of the dreaded Abu Sayyafs. On Feb. 14, 1999, Abu Sayyaf opened fire on a jeep full of Christian catechists from Tumahubong, Basilan who were on their way to an Alay Kapwa seminar in Isabela town. Some of the victims were hacked with bolos. Six were killed in the ambush. Bishop Jumoad reminded the faithful “not to allow darkness to conquer Basilan” and that through peoples’

good acts, they become the witness of the Catholic faith in Basilan. “The beautiful liturgy today reminds us that we are called to be witnesses of our faith. Be the light of the world. Be the light of Basilan. And never allow darkness to conquer you,” the Bishop said. Recognizing that Basilan has been through a lot of pain and that many, both Muslims and Christians, have already sacrificed so much. The Bishop said that violence persists because many have refused also to do one’s share to stop the violence and killings. “I think this is really the time to come out and do something in order that Basilan will really be a beautiful place, a paradise, and that peace will truly reign here in Basilan,” the Bishop said as he lamented that fear continue to hinder many witnesses of crimes to come out. At the ceremony, the faithful lighted candles and See peace, page 11

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 CECILIA R. ALBINO has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of HANZ CEZ REYES ALBINO who was born on February 5, 1999 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are ROMEO DELARMENTE ALBINO and CECILIA AMANTE REYES. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than March 6, 2014.

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DavOr solon thanks PNoy's concern on power lack in province By JOEY SEM G. DALUMPINES

DAVAO CITY - A congressional representative from Davao Oriental's first district appreciated President Benigno Simeon Aquino’s concern over the lack of electricity in most of the barangays among the towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston, hardest hit by typhoon Pablo in 2012. Speaking to reporters following the visit of the president in Cateel, Davao Oriental in line with the 28th People Power Revolution Anniversary, Representative Nelson Dayanghirang said it is good that the President also sees the problem. He said electricity has been restored only on the town centers and the barangays along the national highway but not in the interior areas. Dayanghirang said the local government units of the affected towns have already complied with the necessary documentation for a P51-Million fund for the overall restoration of electricity, but agencies like the Department of Energy and the Department of Budget and Management have not responded yet to their plea. “We are happy to the assurance of the President that he will approve the release of the said amount with the instruction to the Department of Energy for immediate implementation,” he said. Dayanghirang said that in Cateel alone, 27 barangays remain in the dark given that its main electrical line is only single-phase. He said that with the single-phase electrical line, commercial firms cannot operate efficiently because of the lack of power. Dayanghirang said the amount being requested is enough to restore and normalize the flow of electricity to all the affected barangays and towns. Cateel was the president’s first stop of his

sortie on calamity- affected communities in the country in line with the commemoration of the 28th Edsa People Power Revolution. He then proceeded to Bohol, Cebu and Tacloban City. In his speech, President Aquino bared he called Energy Secretary Petilla, Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad and the administrator of the National Electrification Administration after he learned that electricity has not been fully restored in the typhoon-affected areas in Davao Oriental. “Ang sagot sa akin, mayroon na pong pending request ang NEA, ang sagot ng DBM wala po sa aming ni-request. Tinatanong ko ngayon ang DOE, nasaan ba talaga ang request na iyan? Buti pa sa tagal ng beses na tinanong sa inyo ito, bago ako umalis ng Cateel kailangan ko ng sagot na matino at maayos,” he said. The President said the cabinet members are aware that he seldom loses his patience. “Huwag sana nilang subukan,” (I hope they don't try it) he pointed out. The Pesident cited the unity, and cooperation among the residents affected by typhoon Pablo to be resilient. He recalled that the government also responded by providing 508,234 food packs to the affected communities and the creation of the Task Force Pablo, to fast track and to coordinate the rehabilitation of the affected areas consequently providing P10.5-Billion. “Your government will no longer allow you to live in uncertainty with worries that the same calamity will occur again. The government aims for safe and durable dwellings for 17,480 residents in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley,” President Aquino said. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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AVAO CITY – Police authorities here arrested Tuesday two women after they were caught swindling a 72-year-old retired teacher. Police Superintendent Joel Consulta, chief of San Pedro Police Precinct, revealed that suspects Maria Padrones of Cotabato City and Fatima Sinsuat of Sultan Kudarat were arrested in an entrapment operation Tuesday morning. Consulta said the modus operandi of the suspects is to go directly to the house of their targets, pretending

to be personnel from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). The suspects would then tell their targets that they had won a multi-million price from sweepstakes and would demand a certain amount as processing fees to facilitate the release of their prize. Police records showed that the two women went to

the residence of Sarah Ampara, 72, a retired teacher living in Bajada, Davao City. Ampara told the police that both women had been able to convince her that she had won a P67-million sweepstakes prize. The victim added the suspects demanded for P310,000 to process the release of the amount. Initially, Ampara said she gave P102,000 to the suspects on February 17, and they agreed to do another transaction to complete the amount on February 25.

But the victim realized that she had been swindled, prompting her to seek police assistance. Consulta said they then designed an entrapment operation which resulted in the arrest of two women inside the Philippine National Bank (PNB) along C.M. Recto Street, this city. Swindling and estafa charges are being prepared against the two women. Consulta also warned the public about the scam which had also been proliferating through text messages. (PNA)

REMINDER A 30kph speed limit sign on the pavement serves as a reminder for motorists as they enter the downtown area in Lanang-JP Laurel junction in Davao City, on Feb.25. (MindaNews Photo by Keith Bacongco)

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DAVAO CITY - Gionee Communication Equipment Co. Ltd., a mobile phone manufacturer opened its concept store in this city, with former Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as the company’s official brand ambassadress. Gionee Philippines Mobile Head Katrin SalangaGregorio said Davao City’s robust economy led the company to locate in the city. Its opening formed part of the company’s ex-

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Empress on friendship with Kim Chiu: ‘Na-outgrow lang namin yung isa’t isa’ After celebrating her 21st birthday last February 19 with her family and closest friends, Empress said she was happy to be able to hold another celebration with street kids from a foundation last February 23 at McDonalds in Quezon City. The talented actress said she has always had a soft heart for kids. “Nung bata pa ako sabi ko pag nakaraos kami, gusto ko talaga makatulong, hindi lang sa bata pero kahit sinong puwedeng tulungan. It just happened na malapit ako sa bata. Malapit ako sa mga mahihirap. Nanggaling din naman kami dun. Alam ko kung ano yung nararamdaman nila, alam ko yung pinagdadaanan nila kaya nung 17th birthday ko ako naman mismo yung pumunta sa kanila at ngayon para maiba naman, sa tulong ng McDonalds, tinulungan nila ako na dito naman dalhin yung mga bata para mag-enjoy naman sila kahit sandaling oras,” she shared. Empress came directly from ASAP to

her party and admitted she was happy to be able to pull off the meaningful event which included more than 20 street children who enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games. “Sobrang last minute kasi yung birthday ko talaga was nung 19th and gusto kong magbigay talaga sa mga street children. The original plan was mag-go-grocery lang kami ng ate ko tapos bibili kami ng mga delata, rice, mga ganun tapos ibibigay namin sa kung sinong street children ang madaanan ng kotse pero naiba yung plano kasi si Tita Becky (Aguila) yung manager ko may kaibigan siya sa orphanage na may kids na puwedeng ilabas pala sa foundation,” she said. “Siguro wala namang taong hindi nasa-sad yung puso nila kapag nakakita sila ng mga bata. Tayo may bahay tayo, may damit tayo, nakakaligo tayo, pero pag nakikita mo sila sa kalsada parang iniisip ko, ‘Paano kaya kung naging ganun ako, ano kaya feeling ko?’ so I feel for them.


Daily HOROSCOPE AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) - It’s easier than you think to break the rules today -- but it’s even easier to get caught! See if you can deal with your people in a way that can keep everyone on the same page. Restrictions are important now. PISCES (February 19 – March 20) - You’ve got people who can help you today -- no matter what problems you face. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance, even if things look pretty terrible. You may stumble onto something great! ARIES (March 21 – April 19) - It’s a great day to push for something new -- your drive for success is powerful! You may find it easier to work on your own, as most of your people are neck-deep in their own issues. TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) - You need to indulge your earthy side, so eat hearty foods, get out in nature and do whatever it takes to reconnect with your animal nature. It’s fun and it should liberate your energy. GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) - Life gets a little bit weirder today -- so make sure that you’re on top of it. You may find that things are more difficult than you had thought they would be at first, but you can manage to find a way. CANCER (June 22 – July 22) - You may not feel all that gregarious today, so don’t worry too much about your social life. In fact, you may just want to hide out today, as things could get pretty contentious over trivial issues.

So kahit konting ganitong way na ma-sheshare ko yung blessings, talagang I make sure na yung mga blessings ko na-sheshare ko sa kanila.’ Sadly, Empress admitted that her former barkada in showbiz called “ChuRiGoGoBaSchu” (composed of Kim Chiu, Melissa Ricks, Erich Gonzales, Beauty Gonzalez, and Kitkat Banas) seemed to have gone their separate ways for good. “Never na kaming nagkasamasama,” she admitted. The group encountered problems when Kim and Erich were rumored to have a falling out when Kim chose to be close to Maja Salvador over them. Empress said she was not hurt by Kim’s recent statement that Xian Lim is her only real friend in showbiz. “Hindi na, deadma na lang. Kung yun talaga yung pakiramdam niya eh, yun yung gusto nya, sa tingin niya okay na. Wala kaming kinalaman. Okay kami ni Kim, nagsasama kami sa ASAP.

Okay kami, never kami nagkaaway. Sa iba, honestly I dont want to say, halata naman na pero I can’t talk about that kasi desisyon niya yun eh. Okay ako with others but it’s just sad na hindi na katulad ng dati. Siguro masasabi ko lang na na-outgrow namin ang sarili namin. Parang isang relationship, magkasama kayo sa umpisa pero habang tumatagal nagiging ibang tao kayo. Hindi naman in a bad way, may good way rin naman. Meron din nag-se-separate kayo in a good way kasi may iba pala kayong gustong gawin, parang nag-iba yung mga taong gusto niyong samahan, may iba yung ugali. Kasi ganun naman yun eh, nagbabago talaga yung mga tao, nagbabago yung mga goals nila in life so siguro na-outgrow lang namin yung isa’t isa talaga,” she explained. The February birthday girl said she still wishes her friend the best of everything now that the issue is a thing of the past. “Siguro naman Kim learned her lesson and


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masaya ako para sa kanya. Katulad nun, bata pa kami eh, may mga decisions kami kung anu-ano lang at ngayon pare-parehas na kami ng isip, alam na namn kung ano talaga yung totoong mundo na nangyari and para sa akin nakita lang talaga ni Kim kung ano yung dapat niya talaga makita. There were times na lahat ng mga tao, hindi lang naman si Kim na hindi alam magdesisyon, hindi mo alam kung sino ka, kung sino yung mga kasama mo, kung tama ba yung pinapakita nila sa iyo at ngayon nasa point siya na alam na niya kung sino yung dapat niya samahan at kung ano ang desisyon niya para sa sarili niya,” she said. Empress said she is glad Kim has Xian to support her. “Masaya ako na okay siya ngayon, na happy siya at why not, kung si Xian lang yung tinuturing niyang friend, kung ganun talaga yung gusto niya, yung na-fi-feel niya na secured talaga siya kay Xian, di good for her,” she said.

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Now, the larger-than-life story of The New Testament gets a larger-than life treatment in Son Of God, portions of the miniseries The Bible, edited down into a 2 hour movie. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the big screen movie Son Of God features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. It marks the first motion picture about the life of Jesus since Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ. 20th Century Fox is hoping that lightning strikes twice. Passion Of The Christ remains the highest grossing R-Rated movie of all time, with over $370 million in movie box office receipts in the United States, alone. However, the movie The Exorcist, another Chrisitian themed movie, is really the R-Rated movie with most tickets sold. Released in 1972, The Exorcist in today’s dollars would have earned over $890 million. The violence in Son Of God is toned down as the movie is rated PG-13.

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LEO (July 23 – August 22) - Your confidence is appealing -- but can sometimes come across as arrogance. Today you need to make sure that you’re not crossing that line, especially at work or in job interviews. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) - Your easy flow of energy may come out in unusual ways today -- in fact, you might want to watch what you say around those with delicate egos. Your criticism could come across as an attack. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) - You have got to dip into your past to understand the present and prepare for the future. Things should get a lot more interesting soon, but for now, your energy is best spent sifting through memories. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) - Willpower is vital today, so make sure that you’re pushing ahead with whatever needs to be done. Don’t let anyone stand in your way, or you may find that they’ve stolen your mojo. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) - You need to express yourself more clearly -- otherwise, you’re sure to fall behind today. Don’t worry about your latest shenanigans, as you have to be true to yourself to make things happen. CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) - Your positive attitude helps you celebrate in style when all your plans coalesce around something new and awesome. Your plans have come together in the best possible way -- you deserve it!

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offered flowers to the shrine where the vehicle used by the catechists ambushed and murdered by lawless elements was enshrined in the memorial for peace as a reminder of the darkest days of the people in Basilan. At around 5:45 a.m. of Feb. 14, 1999, the vehicle of San Vicente Ferrer, Tumajubong Parish was ambushed at Sitio Guiong, a few kilometers from Tumajubong proper. On board were six parish workers (including the driver) who were on their way to the capital town of Isabela to attend the Alay Kapwa Recollection Seminar. Five were killed, namely, Emiliano Eugenio, Abundio Salburo, Teodoro Escabarte, Alma Rabaca, and Forunata Abasto. Only one had survived. The bishop has encouraged the people to continue reflecting on what each one has done for Basilan. He told the faithful that 2014 was declared by the Church as the year of the laity, a reminder that the laity must be at the forefront in order that the church may become active and alive always. He recalled the commitment of the lay leaders who died on that fateful morning in 1999 who never thought that that they would die that day, and that in spite of the volatile peace and order situation then, the laity braved the road in the service of the Church. “All of us must have a sense of sacrifice and a sense of offering if we truly remember and believe the meaning of Alay Kapwa—it is offering, making sacrifice and doing something for the Church,” he said. In prayer, the Bishop hopes that the Christian Catholics in Basilan today may have the same commitment as have shown by the laity who died some 14 years ago. (FPG/RVC/ PIA9-ZBST)

Senate... from page 1

percent of all enterprises in the Philippines. “Sa bawat sari-sari store, bakery, o talyer na magbukas at lumago, halimbawa, kakailanganin nila ng mga empleyado, supplier, at mga partner na magkakaroon rin ng pagkakataong kumita at umasenso. Magkakaroon ng kita’t kabuhayan ang mas maraming pamilyang Pilipino.” “Sa paglago ng mga maliliit na negosyo, lahat tayo panalo,” Aquino stressed. The bill mandates the creation of Negosyo Centers, under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in each city and municipality around the country. These Negosyo centers are meant to make it easier for entrepreneurs to register and start up their businesses, as well as gain access to sources of financing. The Negosyo Centers are also meant to provide

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courses and development programs, training, give advice on business conceptualization and feasibility, financing, management, capability building, human resources, marketing and other support services. “With the support of our colleagues in government and the private sector, we can make the Go Negosyo Act a game-changing piece of legislation that can cut unemployment in the country by half--or even more,” Aquino said.

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The PCV is designed to protect the children from invasive pneumococcal diseases, such as meningitis and sepsis, pneumonia, and acute otitis media, therefore reducing the incidence of morbidity and mortality among Filipino children. The Department of Health is now spearheading an initiative targeted in Mindanao to curb the high incidence of this deadly disease among children. A vaccination program against pneumonia will start this year called, “DOHbol Time Laban sa Pulmonya.” It aims to get all children aged six weeks living in Caraga and ARMM regions protected against the disease through vaccination. Caraga, being one of the many regions with the highest number of pneumonia cases was chosen by DOH and GlaxoSmith Kline for the initiative. DOH-Caraga 2012 data reveal pneumonia as the number one cause of mortality among infants and under-five children and number two cause of morbidity of the same age group. A reduction in these cases would be a milestone achievement of the DOH. The initiative is in line with DOH’s strategy in achieving Millenium Development Goal 4 which is the reduction of childhoos mortality by 2015. GSK’s Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine is the chosen vaccine that will be administered to the children as part of the DOH’s Expanded Program on Immunization. The vaccine has shown to be highly effective and demonstrated 93 percent to 100 percent effective in preventing the disease, DOH said. GSK Medical Director Philip Cruz said, “With the help of the DOH and the local government units, we are committed to the reduction of pneumonia cases nationwide by supplying the vaccines. This silent killer accounts for an alarming 37 mortalities per day in the Philippines. GSK is here to support the government’s drive to make health services accessible to everyone.” CHD-Caraga Director Molon said, “Prevention is the best defense against pneumonia. Through the efforts of our Health Secretary Dr. Enrique Ona and other

Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez leads the groundbreaking of the road concreting and drainage improvement project in the Berjaya Resettlement Area in Barangay Camaman-an costing P10,000,000. During the event, Rep. Rodriguez also led the ceremonial lowering of the time capsule for the project. Also in the photo are Engr.Lilibeth Aparicio, Engr. Mabel Saa, Barangay Captain Pedro Arda, and Kagawads Rustico Gabutin, Maria Namoc and Irene Acenas.

Gov. Emano pushes organic farming in Misamis Oriental MISAMIS Oriental––Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano of Misamis Oriental on Tuesday encouraged farmers to adopt organic farming as a major thrust of the province’s agricultural program. Emano made the call during the three-day training of trainers in wholesome and acceptable agriculture practices in a seaside hotel here. Some 32 farmers from various municipal towns in Misamis Oriental participated the training, part of a region wide program of

the Agricultural Trainng Institute of the Department of Agriculture in Northern Mindanao. Linda P. Tecson, a senior agriculture official in Misamis Oriental, said that the training covered technology in good agricultural practices in vegetable propagation. She said that the training was a good avenue to understand further the guidelines on organic certification for vegetable growers. Tecson said that the training was timely as “people nowadays are shifting into a healthy lifestyle,

some may prefer organic produce.” Aside from assuring the consuming public about healthy diet, the farmers will also get extra income in organic farming, Tecson added. Emano said that aside from having a favorable climate, the province of Misamis Oriental is endowed with rich and fertile soil that are suitable for organic farming and allows the growing of all kinds of agricultural crops. CD/PPO

SK allots P10m for tree plantation GENERAL Santos City––The provincial government of Sultan Kudarat has allocated some P10 million for the development starting this year of a 200-hectare tree plantation in Lutayan town. Datu Tungko Saikol, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 director, said Tuesday the local government recently started the initial preparations for the project, which it adopted as among its priority reforestation initiatives. He said the agency will be assisting the

project’s implementation through the government’s flagship National Greening Program (NGP). “The project will mainly focus on the planting of high-value trees like rubber and other indigenous tree species,” the official said in a statement. Saikol said the local government has designated a farmer’s group based in the project area in Barangay Tanansang in Lutayan as the project’s main implementer. He said the group, which is called Barangay Tanansang Farmers’ Association, is composed of B’laan tribal residents. Sultan Kudarat Gov. Suharto Mangudadatu has

already approved the release of the initial funding for the project, which was also endorsed by its provincial board. Rep. Raden Sakaluran of the province’s first district committed additional funding support for the project, which is the first NGP initiative in Lutayan town. Saikol said they pushed for the implementation of the reforestation project, which is among the biggest in the region this year, as part of their climate change adaptation initiatives. He said the agenc y has been encouraging the launching massive tree planting activities in the

region to help build up the area’s “carbon sink.” “These will eventually take in and process the excess carbon dioxide that we excrete, preventing the potential damages that they might create to our environment,” he explained. Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, which is considered “a “man-made calamity,” Saikol said. Under t he NGP, DENR-12 was able to cover a total of 15,862 hectares and planted around 7.9 million trees last year. mindanews

dedicated people in the DOH who are all working hard for the welfare of Filipinos, we are happy to continue what we initiated last year. We will vaccinate more and more babies against this killer disease.” “PCV is another novel vaccine introduced by the DOH in the last five years. The Philippines is the first

country in the ASEAN region to introduce PCV in the EPI,” Molon added. The initiative is supported by the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination (PFV) and Community Pediatrics Society of the Philippines (CPSP) Caraga Chapter. PFV President Dr. May Montellano said, “Our core values social responsibility in

the care of the child through disease prevention via vaccination. This initiative upholds our commitment to address pneumonia, the number one killer disease among children in the Philippines through efficient promotion on the value of vaccination.” CPCP-Caraga Chapter President Dr. Rowenda

Dimaano said, “The wellbeing of our patients is our priority. As pediatricians, we are crucial to this task, by making sure that children are physically fit as they grow into strong, productive adults. DOHbol Time sa CARAGA Laban sa Pulmonya is very timely, as this will let us strive to protect our patients’ future.”

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Renewable energy developer plans $100-M solar projects SOLARUS Partners, Inc. plans to spend $100 million to develop solar power projects with a total capacity of 50 megawatts (MW) this year, a top official of the renewable energy resource developer told reporters on Friday. “About half of our pro-

jects are moving forward. We are looking at a total of 50-MW solar projects. These would cost would cost a total of $100 million and will start this year,” Tetchi C. Capellan, Solarus managing director, said via text. Ms. Capellan said these projects involve two 12-MW

facilities in South Cotabato and in Cabacan, Davao City. The remaining 26-MW capacity will involve facilities in other parts of Mindanao and the Visayas. Ms. Capellan said that the company is currently working on the environmental compliance certificate and

local government permits for the first two projects. “Installation of the solar panels will take around six to eight weeks. That’s fast, actually. It’s the permitting that takes time,” Ms. Capellan said. In August last year, Ms. Capellan said Solarus was

in talks with four electric cooperatives to buy electricity from the planned solar projects. Solarus is a local firm that engages in the development of solar power projects. The company had partnered with the Bank of the Philippine Islands for

a 2.5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system in one of the bank’s branches in Makati City. The company is also conducting a study on the possible installation of similar solar systems in the bank’s branches in Boracay and El Nido.

Max’s Restaurant Group completes acquisition of Pancake House Inc. The Max’s Restaurant Group has completed the acquisition of Pancake House Inc. (PCKH), creating the country’s leading casual dining conglomerate. “(This) brings together two of the Philippine’s largest and historically successful heritage brands that share a long history of brand recognition and innovation, customer loyalty and proven track records for expansion,” it told the local bourse. The Group said it successfully concluded a tender offer for publicly-held 39,976,233 shares in PCKH. No tendered shares were

rejected. It also bought the casual dining chain operator’s 193,183,967 private shares from its former principal shareholders. In aggregate, the Max’s Group acquired a total of 223,160,200 PCKH shares representing about 89.95 percent of outstanding PCKH shares. “The Max’s Group is extremely excited about having completed another historic milestone in the Philippine restaurant industry,” said Robert Trota, PCKH’s new chairman. “Together, we look

forward to growing our business in the Philippines and globally,” he said. The purchase of the public and private shares at P15 apiece was transacted Monday through trades on the facilities of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). BPI Capital Corp. acted as the exclusive financial adviser to the Max’s Group for this transaction. After the acquisition, PCKH remains compliant with the minimum public float requirements of the PSE and will continue to be listed Market goers pick bell pepper, which is sold at P40 per kilo, in Bankerohan market, Davao on the PSE. A report from City on Monday (Feb. 24, 2014). Bankerohan market is a known ‘bagsakan’ of vegetables in Digos City. Philippine News Agency mostly coming from Kapatagan, a mountainous barangay MindaNews Photo by Keith Bacongco

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