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Rape victim ‘possessed’ students to seek justice? By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Regional Editor-Caraga


OSARIO, Agusan del Sur––Strange and weird it may seem, but many people here believed that the spirit of a former student who was raped and killed two years ago was the one believed to have entered and “possessed” the bodies of at least 24 students of Datu Lipus Makapandong National High School last Friday to seek justice to her gruesome plight. Read the full story on page 4

PDIC takes over rural bank in Gensan

GENERAL Santos City–– The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) has placed one of the oldest rural banks here under receivership, stunning its more than 2,000 depositors. Nathanel Tumbokon, PDIC public information officer here, said Tuesday they took over the Sarangani Rural Bank Inc. (SRBI) located along the P. Acharon Boulevard effective last December 6 based on a memorandum issued by the PDIC central office’s STILL NO HOPE. Donna Demina of Gabriela USA expresses solidarity with Typhoon Pablo survivors in a rally monetary board. He did not cite the exact at the DSWD regional office in Davao criticizing government’s neglect in rehabilitating houses and farms. photo by Earl O. Condeza reasons for the takeover but

Housing woes of Pablo survivors in Davao Oriental By JOHN RIZLE L. SALIGUMBA of Davao Today

CATEEL, Davao Oriental––Normelinda Masumbid and her neighbors waited in anticipation of owning units in a housing subdivision being constructed across the street. The houses, painted yellow, were supposed to be given to Typhoon Pablo survivors like them last December 4 by the provincial local government. Governor Corazon Malanyaon, however, dashed Normelinda’s hopes when the governor said they had to postpone the turnover of the houses

because President Benigno Aquino III, “had other important things to attend to.” “Let us wait for him as the President still signified intention to attend,” Malanyaon added. Normelinda’s town, Cateel, was one of the towns heavily battered by Typhoon Pablo destroying farms and houses. For a year, Normelinda and her neighbors have been living in a makeshift house they built with galvanized roofs donated by the Philippine Red Cross and tarpaulins as walls which they got from aid groups.

Before the storm, her family relied on a coconut farm in Barangay Aliwagwag that her husband tended to. But the storm uprooted all the trees. Now her husband drives a trisikad at the town proper, while Normelinda sells plastic wares and beauty products. Like Normelinda, thousands of other families in Cateel, Boston and Baganga towns have been living in temporary shelters such as ‘bunkhouses’ built by the government or in ‘shelter tents’ donated by aid groups. In its statement during the See SURVIVORS, page 11

hinted that it was due to problems with the bank’s operations. “We’re focused right now on the immediate processing of the claims of the banks borrowers,” he told reporters. SRBI, which is considered one of the pioneering rural banks in the area, celebrated its 55th anniversary last August 18. The bank reportedly has over 2,000 depositors, who are mostly vendors at the city’s central public market and operators of business establishments along See bank, page 11

The housing project in Barangay Poblacion, Baganga, Davao Oriental. Photo contributed by Juland Suazo

Impunity is a serious matter By BENJIE OLIVEROS of

ON THE occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which marked the first semester of the Aquino administration, President

of a Human Benigno Aquino III Bulatlat perspective Rights Desk Operations declared his government’s commitment Manual for the Philippine National Police, and the to human rights. He announced the for- creation of a Department of mation of a human rights Justice Task Force to review office in the Armed Forces of unresolved cases of See impunity, page 11 the Philippines, the crafting

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Living the life: a livelihood programs, products display of ‘Sendong’ survivors THE city government of Cagayan de Oro under the leadership of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno will hold “LIVING THE LIFE”, a display of livelihood programs and products of typhoon Sendong survivors, starting December 16 up to December 20 at the City Hall entrance area. The display is one of the lined up activities organized by the city to highlight the 2nd year commemoration of Typhoon Sendong which focuses on the theme: “BEYOND SENDONG: REBUILDING LIVES AND THE CITY”. (CIO)

Tagoloan river basin stakeholders in B’non, M. Oriental ink pact IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon––Stakeholders from different sectors signed Friday the creation of the Tagoloan River Basin Management Council (TRBMC), which will serve as an oversight body for the river basin covering eight towns in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) they signed embodies the commitments of each sector to the council. Malaybalay Bishop Jose Cabantan, who was named TRMBC chair, stressed the role of the people to be stewards of God’s creations in his inspirational message.

The council will oversee the overall implementation of plans and programs for the protection, rehabilitation and management of the river basin. Three meetings have been held previously to prepare for the signing and the formal organization of the council for the river basin, which is one of the 18 major river basins in the country. It has a total land area of 1,704 square kilometers in 94 barangays. Dr. Felix Mirasol, Department of Environment and Natural Resources chief for Bukidnon, said the Tagoloan River Basin is even See PACT, p.11

CAGAYAN de Oro second district Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez, Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) National President swears-in F. Sionil Jose, National Artist for Literature, as a member of the CDP during the CDP’s 3rd National Congress held in Cagayan de Oro City. Also in the photo is Fr. Jun Mercado, CDP Adviser. MRS

Brother-in-law of Mayor Zubiri’s foe loses Malaybalay ABC seat MALAYBALAY City––He vowed to observe “critical collaboration” and take an independent stance vis-àvis the city government. In the end, Sinanglanan barangay chair Medardo Estaniel lost his seat as Association of Barangay Councils city federation

chair to Linabo barangay chair Manuel Evangelista. Estaniel is a brotherin-law of former city vice mayor Victor Aldeguer, who ran for mayor in May this year but lost to incumbent Mayor Ignacio Zubiri. Estaniel and Evangelista got five and 41 votes,

respectively. Malaybalay City has 46 barangays. Evangelista said before the voting he would try to make it easy for his colleagues to have their requests approved by the city council and the city mayor. He said he will give special attention to areas that need good farm-to-market goods. Estaniel, on the other hand, promised support for barangay chairs in case they get sick or face legal problems. The ABC president sits as an ex-officio member of the city council. The ABC also elected a

vice president, an auditor, and an eight-member board. Another barangay chair who challenged Zubiri in 2010 also failed in his bid as vice president of the city ABC. Dr. Glorio Sajulga of Barangay Aglayan lost to first time barangay chair Cromwell Kiril Dinlayan of Barangay 1. In the local election this year, Sajulga ran for vice mayor against Roland Deticio, Zubiri’s running mate, but lost. Dinlayan, son of provincial board member Manuel Dinlayan and nephew of See ABC, p.11

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Relatives and neighbours hold tightly a possessed student who turned violent. Mindanao Daily News photo by Chris V. Panganiban

Rape victim ‘possessed’ students to seek justice? By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN Regional Editor-Caraga

ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur––Strange and weird it may seem, but many people here believed that the spirit of a former student who was raped and killed two years ago was the one believed to have entered and “possessed” the bodies of at least 24 students of Datu Lipus Makapandong National High School last Friday to seek justice to her gruesome plight. The students were believed to have been “possessed” by evil spirits when they turned wild and broke into hysterics after playing “spirit of the glass”, a superstitious medium to call on the spirits of the dead. Father Alaindelon Balasabas, parish priest of the Catholic church, said the students admitted that they were just having fun playing the paranormal ritual when one of them started to scream at the top of their voice and began being convulsive.

Mayor Jose Cuyos (in red shirt) listens to a student who cried after her possession. Mindanao Daily News photo by Chris V. Panganiban

The possession suddenly spread to other students joining the ritual prompting Balasabas to proceed directly to the school where he witnessed them uttered a certain “Irish Guzman” which turned out to be a school mate who died two years ago. Based on accounts of those who knew the victim, Irish was raped near the school and thrown near a creek after she was killed by a suspect known as Jason. “She wants justice, she needs your help guys,” said a

comment from the Facebook account of Bryan Galaraga, station manager of Virgin Radio FM based in Rosario town, who took posted videos of a possessed girl being carried and held tight by neighbors. “Yes, she needs justice because her case was not being attended by police investigators to bring to the court the perpetrator. She did not rest in peace after her death,” said another comment. “She will keep coming See justice, p.11

Climate change induced risks (Three-Part Series/Discussions taken from the Draft Project Document for the GEF5076 Scaling Up Risk Transfer Mechanisms for Climate Vulnerable Communities in Southern Philippines prepared by the MDGF-1658 Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP Pilot/Demo) Core Partners – International Labour Organization, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment and the eother CCAP partners) – Produced by Nationl Economic Research and Business Assistance CenterCaraga. --Compiled by PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga PART I. Even before Super Typhoon Yolanda, climate change already presents a serious challenge to the Philippines. The second largest archipelagic country in the world, located within the Pacific ring of fire and characterized by large mountainous terrains, narrow coastal plains and interior valleys, the Philippines is beset with natural and climatic hazards that include floods, prolonged droughts, storm surges and on top of the list, tropical cyclones. With an average of 20 typhoons yearly, the Philippines ranks at the top among countries in terms

of tropical cyclones (also referred to as tropical storms or typhoons) occurrence and people exposure and resultant deaths. Climate-related disasters now occurring in more frequency, intensity and unpredictability are causing physical and economic devastation, threatening lives and livelihoods of the poor and the vulnerable. The Climate Change Commission (CCC), in the Philippines’ National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (NCCAP) 2011-2028 states that a large proportion of the damage caused by these climate-related disasters are borne by the

agricultural sector. It is further stated that from 1990-2006, of the Php12.43 billion average annual value of damages to agriculture, 70.3 percent were caused by typhoons. In the same document, it is reported that the World Bank placed the total cost of damages caused by Tropical Storm (TS) Ketsans (local name: Ondoy) in 2009, to crops, property and infrastructure at Php207 billion, with losses to farmers having reached Php40.8 billion. (NEXT: PART II – Quick Stats on the Impacts of Washi (Sendong) and TS Bopha (Pablo) in the Region.

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Secura international corporation developing ‘green’ economy By Keir Almendras Alba, Contributor

THE global recession has brought new attention to chronic structural flaws in current economic models and assumptions. As economies struggle to recover, many are taking a closer look at the broad concept of a “green economy,” one that simultaneously promotes sustainability and economic growth What would this type of economy look like, The role of bioenergy in a green economy,biofuels were once viewed as a means to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, whose carbon emissions contribute to climate change. Nonetheless, the challenge of reducing carbon emissions in the developed and developing world requires that bioenergy in some form becomes part of the renewable energy mix. Indeed, biofuels and other forms of bioenergy are among the only viable alternatives to harmful fossil-based fuels, especially in the transportation sector. not all forms of bioenergy reduce carbon emissions, the emissions that

Secura International Corporation provides evidence that bioenergy needs to be part of any future strategy to stabilize climate change, but smarter energy policies than those that are already in place are needed for it to happen.’ contribute to climate change it is essential to promote the most environmentally sound biofuels in production. These newer biofuels don’t directly compete for land with food crops and avoid potential food security problems. in order to meet this directive, it will likely require the use of biofuels made from napier grass, which have potential uses

and tend to expand into forested areas. Even though rapeseed, also a potential fuel source is widely grown in the secura international corporation plantation, the productivity of napier grass is much higher,carbon reduction through the promotion of biofuels. bioenergy has a place in the biobased economy of the future. Careful design and deliberate effort are needed to create a green economy that integrates green bioenergy. To do so, they should support the production of those biofuels that actually reduce overall carbon emissions, secura international corporation provides evidence that bioenergy needs to be part of any future strategy to stabilize climate change, but smarter energy policies than those that are already in place are needed for it to happen.

Education: A Great Help to Real Life By Alicasan P. Bongaros, Teacher 3 Magsaysay Central Elementary School

Education has acquired innumerable defined meanings through the years and since the beginning of time. The importance of education are got known after one finished having it or when one has failed to complete it. It is when the so-called “real life” is already there. Getting employed is the start of that life. Perhaps, some fresh graduates will say “This is not the same with getting yourself enrolled anymore” but somewhat like applying for a scholarship where one should present all his credentials in order to be accepted and enjoy

the benefits of getting a slot. It is not easy knowing that there are so many people out there who are applying too. The lessons and realizations one learned from his school are big help in applying for a job, which is equal to salary and better lifestyle. Yes, answers during a job interview might not all given in school but your way of thinking and understanding critical situations and achieving smart decisions are trained inside the school, which are surely additional points during interacting with the company employers.

Edukasyon: Sa Pag-unlad ng Sangkatauhan By Joecelyn D. Alfante, Abaga Central School Lala South District, Lanao del Norte

Ang Edukasyon ay isang napakahalagang bahagi sa buhay ng isang tao. Ito ay kanyang karapatan at isang uri ng bagay na masasabing nakasalalay ang marami pang importanteng mga bagay. Ito ay tinatanaw na pagsasanay. Ang isang kabataan ay nararapat na mag-aral sa kanyang murang edad dahil sa paaralan niya matutunan ang mga araling makapagmumulat sa kanya sa totoong mundong kanyang ginagalawan. Dito malalaman niya ang nangyayari sa kanyang paligid at kung paano nangyayari ang mga ito. Sa pamamagitan ng pag-aaral, magkakaroon siya ng kompiyansang makihalubilo sa iba’t ibang uri nga tao at magsagawa ng mabuting paghusga. Ang edukasyon din ay ang susi upang maging produktibo ang isang tao hindi lang sa kasalukuyan kundi pati na rin sa hinaharap. Sa pamamagitan niya at ng kanyang talino ay magiging malaking pakinabang siya sa kanyang sarili, pamilya at kapwa. Ito ay isang puhunan na maibabahagi niya sa mga ito. Ang kanyang kaalaman din ay malaking tulong sa bansa dahil ito ay puhunan din para makabahagi ang isang tao sa pagpapaangat ng ekonomiya ng bansa. Dagdag pa dito, isa sa mga pangunahing layunin ng edukasyon ang ipahayag ang kultura ng isang partikular na bansa sa mga susunod na salinlahi. Ang edukasyon din ang makakapagbigay sa tao ng lakas ng loob upang hindi siya matakot kung ano ang mangyayari sa kanyang buhay sa hinaharap. Karamihan sa mga tao ay naniniwala na ito ang pag-asa upang maiangat ng sangkatauhan ang kanyang posisyon at estado sa lipunan. Ang Edukasyon ay napakalaking bagay na ang kahalagahan ay hindi maisusulat sa isang malaking papel. Ito ay karapatan at nararapat lamang na mabahagi sa lahat ng mamamayan ng isang bansa.

Being schooled and having education either change or improve one’s paradigm in viewing for his future life. In school, investing for the future is what a student perception is. It means that after school, there are ambitions and wishes that are waiting to be fulfilled. This is equal to success and better life. Education is made for the purpose of sharing understood learning. Knowledge is of course for the purpose of uplifting what is already ordinary. It aims to level up the way of lives and as well, life itself.

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S this year’s health caravan came to a close, ten stories on the importance of maternal and child health, nutrition, breastfeeding, access to health facilities and social health insurance were recognized by the Department of Health (DOH) for their ability to share ordinary folk’s strides in making a health-conscious community and healthy family. More than 100 media stories, composed of blogs, online articles, print articles, radio and television works were submitted in the health media recognition program dubbed Parangal sa mga Kwentong Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (Recognizing Stories on Universal Health Care). The awards aimed to highlight and commend Filipino media practitioners good stories under the theme of Kalusugan Pangkalahatan or universal health care, the health reform agenda of the Aquino administration, which covers a range of issues like financial risk protection through social health insurance, access to health facilities and attainment of the country’s public health targets in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “By telling their stories, of their struggles and little successes in life, our friends in the media will be powerful instruments in getting the message across. Needless to say, we should have healthy citizens to be able to build empowered communities,” said DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag. Two entries each from different media categories - print, radio, television and online media were selected, including two special citations awarded to bloggers who also happen to be health practitioners. “Breaking the Code: Saving the Babies!” by nurse Alvin Cloyd Dakis was originally published in his blog ( which focuses on health advocacy and reform issues. The same article was picked up and republished by unBlogged, the official blog section of, which features emerging and seasoned bloggers. Another blog entry “HPV Vaccination: Why Parents Have Second Thoughts - and Why They Shouldn’t” by Physician and Writer Stefanie Ann DV de la Cruz, MD ( discussed the myths behind HPV Vaccination, was published in the health blog Talk Health Partnership. For the print media category, two stories from PPI member-newspapers were adjudged winners. One of the winning articles was “PhilHealth Implements ‘No Balance Billing’ Scheme” by Sheila V. Crisostomo published in the national broadsheet The Philippine Star which gave a newsworthy and practical approach to explaining social health insurance. Meanwhile, the two-part special published in community paper Sun Star Cebu “Breast Wars:

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Life Saving with Breastfeeding” by Ma. Theresa Q. Tabada and Cherry Ann T. Lim won praises from the judging committee for its in-depth reportage on the importance of

breastfeeding. Two entries from GMA News Online took the top spots in the online media category, namely Claire Delfin’s reportage “More Than Half a Million Pinoy Kids Suffer from Severe Malnutrition” and Patricia Denise M. Chiu’s Special Report “At Fabella Hospital, Moms are Human Incubators.” Malu Cadelina Manar of the radio network Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation (NDBC) based in Kidapawan, North Cotabato bested other radio journalists and won recognition for producing two segments in the program BIDA Specials tackling the health risks of a “Cholera Outbreak” and the dangers of dengue (“Bangis ng Dengue”). Two programs aired on network GMA News TV won the top spots for the television media category, namely Reel Time’s “Silang Wala sa Mapa” and GMA Investigative Documentaries on “Nutrition,” A total of 114 entries produced by 43 media practitioners vied for this health media recognition. The stories underwent two layers of review including a preliminary judging, where 22 finalists were shortlisted and a final judging where a panel identified 10 winning stories. The media entries were rated for their coverage of the overall theme, content, and overall technical quality The preliminary judging panel was composed of: Rom Dongeto of the Philippine Legislator’s Committee on Population & Development (PLCPD); Tony Roda of the DOH’s National Center for Health Promotion; Ariel Sebellino, Executive Director of the Philippine Press Institute; Johanna Son of Inter Press Service Asia Pacific; print journalist Diana Mendoza and broadcast journalist Booma Cruz. The final panel of judges was composed of both health and media representatives. Members of the offices of Usec. Janette Garin of the DOH and Dr. Israel Francis A. Pargas from PhilHealth represented the health sector, while Ms. Cheche Lazaro from the Probe Media Foundation and Mr. Red Batario of the Center for Community Journalism & Development (CCJD) represented the media sector. During the awarding ceremony that wrapped up this year’s health caravan via the DOH’s Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (LBK): Kalusugan Pangkalahatan on Wheels which literally means “Journey to a Healthy Life”, the Philippine Press Institute, also known as the national association of newspapers was also recognized for promoting reportage on health among its members nationwide. The Institute has been an LBK partner since its inception and implementation in 2011.

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Larger than life MUCH have been said and written about Nelson Mandela, the South African president who literally fought with his life apartheid that put the minority white colonizers of his country over the black majority for several decades and thus put an end to such irony. Mandela at 95 returned his borrowed life to the giver of life. And this made the whole world, not just his country, mourn over his leaving. Death to people like Mandela who literally lived out the biblical passage, “For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.” (Philippians 1:21 TEV), all throughout their life, death even becomes a beautiful phase of their life because it brings more life. Indeed, Mandela lived his life not for himself but for others. And in living his life for others he gave them life even while he was still living. It was Mandela’s perseverance in battling against apartheid even if it meant his incarceration for 27 years that breathed life into an otherwise dying South African country. But a leader who knows his role as liberator of his people from the clutches of oppression and exploitation so that they too can live full and abundant lives never

A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II thinks of himself as larger than life. It is his humility; his courage and bravery that make people think he is larger than life. This larger than life accolade accorded by the people to leaders like Mandela is never sought by them. It is reposed on them gratuitously by a people who could never forget what these leaders had done for them. Leaders are there to make a difference on the lives of their impoverished compatriots. They are there to improve the lot of the suffering masses living miserable lives. And they do this by dispensing justice, by seeing to it that the oppressors of the people are punished and the insatiable greed of the exploiters of the lowly tempered. Mandela knew his role as the leader of his people by heart. He never wavered in his stance as their leader. It is for this reason that South Africa now lives a peaceful

life even after experiencing so much hatred and anger for the rule of the minority white colonizers against the majority black populace. How Mandela did this in six years during his reign as South Africa’s president could only be attributed to one thing: His adherence to dispense justice without fear or favor. Justice, indeed, results in peace and prosperity. Injustice, on the other hand, brings chaos, upheaval, iniquity and unrest. But it is with sadness that we take note that so far in his generation there is only one Nelson Mandela. Most are like Ferdinand Marcos, who, as a leader, oppressed and exploited his people because of his illusion that he is larger than life. We, the Filipino people, dismantled the apparatuses of oppression and exploitation that Marcos for two decades put in place to perpetuate himself in power only to see Corazon “Cory”

Aquino, his successor via the People Power revolt, trying her best not to allow justice to flow like a river in the land. Injustice was thus perpetuated even after Marcos was toppled down by the people. And injustice continue to have its heyday in the Philippines because Filipino leaders who followed after Marcos just paid lip service to Mandela’s courageous act of dismantling the apparatuses of injustice that perpetuated apartheid and all the evils associated with it in his country. Even up to now, I am doubtful if our leaders in the political, economic and socio-cultural spheres are committed to dispensing justice it being the only key toward righteous governance. For example, is it just for Meralco, to raise the generation cost of the power that it distributes to its consumers by P4 per kilowatt hour starting this month while they proudly announce their projected net income for the soonto-end 2013 at P17 billion? Can Meralco not temper its greed for billions of pesos in profit by reducing such profit by not increasing their generation charge? Is profit more important than service and the interest of the people? Why will See life, p.11

Fearless forecast: Sevilla to fail, too, unless…

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective…” (James 5:16, the Holy Bible). -oooFEARLESS FORECAST: SEVILLA TO FAIL, TOO, UNLESS…: Why can’t I shake off the feeling that nothing---absolutely nothing---is going to improve at the Bureau of Customs, even with the impeccable background and extra-ordinary credentials of its new commissioner, John Philip “Sunny” Sevilla? Well, it might be because, in his first public speech as Customs chief Monday, December 09, 2013, it was clear that Sevilla’s plans for running the Bureau within the two months period given him by President Aquino, though containing every known human formula for success, totally left out God’s role in the efforts to change the rotten and corrupt system in the agency. In short, Sevilla will not succeed in transforming the Bureau and make it graft and corruption-free, because God is not a part of his strategy. If Sevilla thinks his two months stay in the agency will work wonders because of his own plans, he should think again. Only God has the power to change the dark hearts and

Plot to jail Emano leak after Lugait standoff Talks are widespread that the officials of the Achonda Agro-Industrial Company (AAIC) in Luga-it, Misamis Oriental would be filing a case against Misamis Oriental Gov. “Bambi” Emano. The company officials were reportedly peeved of Emano’s interference during the serving of the Writ of Demolition against some 300 families in Sitio Calipay, Barangay Calangahan in Lugait last Dec. 4, 2013. Cris Diaz Back by about 100 police from the Regional Police Force, Sheriff Norberto Labis of Branch 44, Lugait, Misamis Oriental, served the Writ of Demolition to residents in the area. The local court issued the demolition order after the Supreme Court reportedly rendered a decision awarding the ownership of the lots in question to the AAIC. Residents in the area resisted and barricaded the national highway leading to the shanties of the farmers and fishermen along the shorelines. An attempt to settle the standoff peacefully turned bloody when the police reportedly threw tear gasses prompting the residents to throw stones in return. Witnesses in the area alleged that it was during a melee that gun fires were overheard on the side of the law enforcers. When the smoke was gone, the body of one of the protesters identified as Nixxon Tungao,35, lay dead on the ground while two other settlers suffered gunshot wounds. Two police officers also suffered injuries as the result of the stone throwing incident. Undeniably, the provincial Capitol was monitoring the development when the demolition order was out Wednesday morning. The bloody confrontation prompted Emano to rush to the area. Certainly, Emano went there to placate the crowd in a bid to preempt more bloodshed to take place. The governor assured that the provincial Capitol would find a suitable relocation site for the settlers. Emano asked the Sheriff to give the provincial government three days and appealed to the Sheriff to carry the demolition peacefully. See STANDOFF, p.11

Republic of the Philippines SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD Region 10 Oroquieta City City of Good Life Tel/Fax No.(088) 531-1164 & 531-0097; eMail – AUTHORS: Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries: HON. WINSTON V. CATANE , Chairman HON. JOEL A. FERNANDEZ, Vice Chairman HON. ELEUTERIO L. BLASCO, JR., Member HON. VINCENT J. GUANTERO, Member

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Atty. Batas Mauricio evil minds of those who have long profited from the corruption in the Bureau of Customs. -oooPRAYERS FOR CUSTOMS OFFICIALS: And this is what Sevilla should aspire for. For starters, he can imitate what the Supreme Court did---create an “ecumenical prayer for the courts” which judges, justices, lawyers and litigants and all others present inside courtrooms nationwide must recite before every hearing. Rejecting arguments that compelling everyone to recite the ecumenical prayer for the courts was a violation of the Constitutional separation of the Church and the State, the Supreme Court insisted on the prayer being recited by everyone. It is a tribute to God’s faithfulness to those who acknowledge and pray to Him that the prayer continues to be recited in the courts, up to now. Sevilla may want to come

up with a similar prayer to be recited everyday in customs’ offices nationwide, to remind customs officials and all persons transacting with them that there is a God who sees everything and who will reward all those who will listen to and obey His commands, and mete out punishment to those who will persist to do evil, such as graft and corruption. -oooECUMENICAL PRAYER FOR THE COURTS: For the information of everyone, here is the ecumenical prayer for the courts: “Almighty God, we stand in Your holy presence as our Supreme Judge. We humbly beseech You to bless and inspire us so that what we think, say and do, will be in accordance with Your will. “Enlighten our minds, strengthen our spirit, and fill our hearts with fraternal love, wisdom and understanding, so that we can be effective channels of truth, See FEARLESS, p.11

The city’s territorial waters is adjacent with the Municipality of Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental. In its efforts to protect the interest of the City’s fisherfolks and the City’s marine resources, a total fishing ban period has been declared as an amendment of Ordinance No. 38-99, known as the Basic Fisheries Code of Oroquieta City. However, aired lately is the plight of the City’s fisherfolks as there is no synchronized period of fishing ban between the City and its adjacent Municipality, so that, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, in its regular session, passed Resolution No. 2013-09-767 expressing the possibility of synchronizing the City’s fishing ban period with the fishing ban period of the Municipality of Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental. This is so, because, the Municipality of Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental has a longer period of its fishing ban compared to the City of Oroquieta, that is why, fisherfolks of the said municipality come to this City for fishing during the ban period, thus, to the disadvantage of the marginal fisherfolks of Oroquieta City. With this situation, the City’s fisherfolks appealed the City Government to possibly craft measures to have a synchronized fishing ban period in the two (2) localities – Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental and the City of Oroquieta, for fairness and effective implementation. It was also made clear that aside from the spawning season of fish in time of the ban period, it also includes all other species, such as, shrimps, crabs, shells and other marine products, thus, this Ordinance: ORDINANCE NO. 562-2013 AN ORDINANCE FURTHER AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 38-99, KNOWN AS THE BASIC FISHERIES CODE OF OROQUIETA CITY, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 95 THEREOF. Be it enacted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Oroquieta City, in session assembled, that: Section 1. Ordinance No. 38-99, Section 95 “Total Fishing Ban Period”, thereof shall be amended to read as follows: Section 95. Total Fishing Ban Period. The catching, gathering and collecting of any species of fish and other fishery products to start from the second up to the fourth day from the new moon is strictly prohibited within Ten Point One (10.1) kilometers perpendicular to the shoreline where the water level reaches during high tide including mangrove areas.

Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect upon its approval. APPROVED: October 31, 2013

CERTIFIED CORRECT: CONCEPCION N. MAISLING Secretary to the Sanggunian ATTESTED: /mls HARRY J. GUANTERO City Vice Mayor Presiding Officer APPROVED: JASON P. ALMONTE City Mayor

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Misuari still in Sulu -- AFP S ULU - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) last monday announced Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari is still in Sulu.

This is according to the latest information gathered by the military, AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said. He made this statement after reports claimed that Misuari will attend the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting in Conakry, Republic of New Guinea this Dec. 9 to 11. Z a g a l a d e cl i ne d to comment on the question whether the OIC should

hand Misuari to the Philippines as the latter is considered a fugitive regarding his part in the September Zamboanga City siege. But he clarified that a arrest warrant is already out for the MNLF founding chair. "If he is really innocent as he claims, then he should surrender and answer to all the charges against him," the AFP public affairs office chief. He added that the mili-

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tary is willing to assist the PNP in serving out this arrest warrant. "Of course the lead in the arrest of Nur Misuari is the Philippine National Police but of course the AFP being the partner

of the PNP, we will make available all personnel and assets to help them and that this is still ongoing and I think we should wait further on what will happen next," Zagala added. (PNA)

Fire destroys P3-M properties in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur - The municipal government of Molave has extended relief assistance, in kinds and in cash, to the 38 families displaced by the Sunday dawn fire incident. T h e f i re broke out around 2 a.m. Sunday and razed to the ground 35 houses in Barangay Culo, Molave, this province. Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and ManageEXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH A DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE OF A PARCEL OF LAND Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased CONCEPCION GABATAN LIMENA, who died on JULY 03, 2005 at Cagayan de Oro City and ALEXANDER K. LIMENA, who died on December 7, 2001. That the deceased left the following Real Property situated in Sitio Badiangon, Poblacion, Municipality of Opol, Province of Misamis Oriental, which is more particularly described as follows: TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-47584-B LOT NO. 39827, Cad 237 Lot 37259-E, Csd-104321007889-D “A PARCEL OF LAND, Lot No. 39827, Cad 237 (Lot 37259-E, Csd-104321-007889), situated in Sitio Badiangon, Poblacion, Municipality of Opol, Province of Misamis Oriental, containing an area of TWO THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED TWENTY SEVEN (2,827) SQUARE METERS, more or less, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH A DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE OF A PARCEL OF LAND, made and entered by and between their surviving children namely; MARION LEE GABATAN LIMENA and IVAN ALEXANDER GABATAN LIMENA, both of legal age, Filipino citizen, married, with residence and postal address at Dabatian St., Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City and ESTHER CONCEPCION GABATAN LIMENA, of legal age, Filipino citizen, single, Dabatian St., Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter referred to as the HEIRS-VENDORS; and MARITES B. MANTUA, of legal age, Filipino citizen, single, with residence and postal address at Buntong, Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter referred to as the VENDEE. That for and in consideration of the sum of SIXTY THOUSAND PESOS ONLY (PHP 60,000.00) Philippine Currency is hereby acknowledge by the VENDOR after the amount is paid in hand by the VENDEE/S the VENDOR/S hereby SELL, TRANSFER and CONVEY. As per Doc. No. 420; Page No. 84; Book No. IX; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. EMELITO J. MARQUIÑO. MDN: DEC. 4, 11 & 18, 2013

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Molave also conducted “breakfast feeding” Sunday for the fire victims aside from giving them relief assistance. He said the municipal government also provided tents to serve as temporary shelters of the fire victims. He added the temporary shelters were built at a vacant lot near the fire scene while the victims

are re-constructing their respective houses. The Molave fire station reported that P3 million worth of properties were burned down in the threehour fire. Investigation showed the cause of the fire was faulty electrical wiring due to series of connections of electrical Christmas decorations. (PNA)

the inspection of at least a thousand business esZAMBOANGA CITY – tablishments in this city The Bureau of Fire Protec- until this week or up to tion (BFP) has scheduled December 13. Zamboanga City Fire NOTICE District (ZCFD) chief Supt. Dominador Zabala, Jr. said NOTICE is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late MOISES P. the inspection is in preparaILOGON, SR., consisting of a parcel tion for the renewal of busiof land (Lot 5224-F, Psd-10-004664, ness permits the deadline of being a portion of lot 5224, PLS-97,

which is January 20, 2014. The inspections on business establishments started last month. Zabala said they will check for compliance with fire safety rules of the business establishments applying for renewal of license or for new license. Among the require-

ment Council (MDRRMC) Coordinator Gerry Delos Santos said Monday that each of the affected families received a sack of 25-kilo rice, noodles and canned goods. Delos Santos said each of the families also received cash assistance of P1,000. Delos Santos said the municipal government of

DAR-ARCP2, Molave LGU hold SRI production training Z A M B OA N G A D E L SUR – The Department of Agrarian Reform here, through the Agri – Enterprise Development (AED) under the Agrarian Reform Communities Project Phase II (ARCP2), in partnership with the Molave LGU, its Municipal Agriculture Office and its Regional Field Unit, conducted an orientation to some 200 farmers in Molave and Midsalip, Salug Valley, recently. The orientation focused on Systems for Rice Intensification (SRI) to increase harvests by 20% or more in these Rice Basket municipalities of ZDS from an average of 80 cavans of rice per hectare per cropping harvest. DAR Provincial AR Program Officer II Arturo Soria said the agencies concerned expect that with the SRI adoption, the AR Beneficiaries (ARBs) will increase their harvests and incomes, in line with DAR - ARCP2’s goal of making them “Rich and Happy, Now Na!” Meanwhile, Support Services chief, Engr. Josephine G. Sisican, said that SRI Orientation starts the 16-week hands–on seasonlong Farming Field School for ARBs in Culo, Miligan and Rizal (CUMIRIZ) AR Communities in Molave, where majority of riceproducing ARBs in Salug Valley reside. Resource speaker Engr. Roberto Verzola, SRI specialist and practitioner of SRI - Pilipinas, along with a social responsibility to spread SRI, is expected to teach the technology one day per week for 16 weeks to the ARBs in each of the three ARC sites for them to learn the SRI method of

planting rice to increase their yields. The SRI Best practices that the ARBs will learn, hands – on are 1) Early and careful trans-planting ; 2) ‘Tender Loving Care,’ ensuring that no root is cut; 3) Solo/single seedling per hill for it to maximize sunshine and soil nutrients; 4) Higher seedling space density or wider distances between seedlings; 5) Observing alternate/ intermittent wetting and drying; 6) Controlling the growth of weeds and grasses; and 7) Using as much organic composts for land preparation as possible. Verzola advised the ARBs to start SRI with a small 100 – 500 sq. meter plot. “Only when they have mastered the SRI techniques, should they apply said technology in a larger farm space,” he stressed. Verzola said SRI holds the phenomenal world rice harvest record of 448 cavans of rice/hectare/ cropping (India, 2011). “This was discovered by Fr. Henri de Laulanie with farmers assigned in his Parish in Madagascar, Africa. This information was confirmed by the Agriculture Authorities in India on December 18, 2011, Verzola said. SRI is being adopted in more than 50 countries worldwide,” Verzola added. Dignitaries who graced the event include ARCP2 director Engr. Herman Ongkiko, ZDS Provincial Administrator Anthony Padayhag, Molave Mayor Ireneo Glepa and DARARCP2-AED Consultant Adelb er to B anique d. (DAR/Leilani Valdez)

BFP inspects Zambo business establishments By FELINO M. SANTOS

Agusan River Valley Public Land Subdivision), situated in the Barrio of Amparo, City of Butuan, covered by Certificate of Title No. T-4187, containing an area of 14,393square meters, more or less, is the subject of an EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DEED OF SALE entered into and executed by deceased Moises P. Ilogon, Sr.’s sole heirs, namely, widow Estrella L. Ilogon, Gilbert L. Ilogon, Madonna I. Plaza, Moises L. Ilogon, Minerva I. Montalban and Kristoffer L. Ilogon, selling, ceding, transferring and conveying above-described property unto vendee Juliet Baliola-Ilogan for and in consideration of P20,000.00, per Doc. No. 1636; Page No. 328; Book No. 6; Series of 2013 of the Notarial Registry of Atty. Jose B. Guibone, Notary Public at Butuan City with PTR No. 0557054 -1-04-13 until December 31, 2013. MDN: Dec. 4, 11 & 18, 2013

Publication Notice R.A. l0172

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC CCE-0221-2013 (R.A. 10172) December 3, 2013 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) , a notice is hereby served to the public that PAULINA DAGONDON DAYADAY has filed with this office a petition for Correction of entry in sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the certificate of live birth of PAULINA DAGONDON DAYADAY, who was born on July 7, 1979 at San Vicente, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines and whose parents are FELIPE QUEMADA DAYADAY and CANDELARIA SERANA DAGONDON. Any person adversely by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 20 December 2013. (Sgd.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar MDN: Dec. 4 & 11, 2013

ments to be checked on the business establishments are fire exits, alarm system, sprinklers, rooftop water tanks for high rise buildings as well as firefighting equipment. The BFP strictly requires compliance with fire safety rules to ensure the safety of the building

occupants. The Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Incorporated (ZCCIFI) reported last month that about 4,000 business firms failed to secure business permits this year because of stringent fire safety regulations. (PNA)

R.A. Form No. 10172 (LCRO) Republic of the Philippines Region X Province of Lanao del Norte MUNICIPALITY OF BAROY OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that RUTCHEL PUNESTO CAÑETE has filed with this Office a Petition for Correction of entry in sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Birth Certificate of RUTCHEL PUNESTO CAÑETE who was born on July 28, 1990 at Bag-ong Dawis, Baroy, Lanao del Norte and whose parents are FRANCISCO M. CAÑETE and NORMA B. PUNESTO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 26 December 2013. (Sgd.) CIRILO A. MICULOB Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Dec. 11 & 18, 2013

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Seven times seventyfold THE appreciation of the gift giving is one that had made easy ones struggle for survival in this “ephemeral” and transient, unperfect world. It makes us strive hard to give to others what we can afford to spare. This inherent wish makes us push forward to achieve such goal. And it enables us to feel and bear the problem as we fight for a place to live. A place to live in a harmonious relationship with other the rich and the poor. Ever since man started to celebrate Christmas it had always been a season of giving. It is the season of giving what one can afford that the spirit years high as morale is boasted. The giving is an act of doing giving ideas, services, and advices which is a sincere concern for true and lasting friendship or material things being shared to others. And as the Christmas season is on the air, the gift giving reality for us to move on and should always be in high gear. It should be given priority and of utmost importance.But the giver would not also include its forgiving sense if ever the giver has experienced low downs in the past. The former maybe material but the later in always spiritual. Both are satisfying to the giver much less to the receiver, which is which is up to you to reason out. In one scenario it is the rich giving to the poor. But other times it can also be the poor giving to another. But what counts most if it is heartily given and sincerely received. When you give happily and sincerely good things will always flow back toward you as the giver. And the Bibble said that it goes back to the giver SEVEN TIMES SEVENTY FOLD. And besides you would be elated the fact that you have shared to others especially the poor with what you have. It is in this essence that the give and makes up things as always on the go. And the cycle goes on and on.

Business group defers support for coal-fired power plant expansion


AVAO CITY — The Mindanao Business Council (MBC) will defer its support for Therma South’s plan of expanding its coal-fired power plant project from 300 megawatts (MW) to 645 MW pending the completion of a thermal pollution assessment, an official said.

MBC president Vicente Lao told reporters Monday it was still uncertain if the expansion would not adversely affect the environment, especially the Davao Gulf. Therma South, an Aboitiz subsidiary, is currently applying for the expansion at the Davao City Council, which had set a committee hearing this

week. Last week, Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte said the city council would probably approve the application if it could meet environmental standards. He specifically cited measures that would mitigate carbon emission. “What the councilors will decide on is up to them, but for me, if Davao city will continue to experi-

ence fast-paced growth and power is needed, then why not? It (coal-fired power plant) is already existing,” he said. Therma South plans to add 345 MW to the current 300-MW power plant, bringing its total capacity to 645 MW. In a presentation to the city government, Aboitiz vice president for Mindanao affairs Manuel M. Orig said the Davao Light franchise area would face shortfalls of as much as 59 MW in the next five years if no expansion was undertaken. He added that the power requirements of companies that are planning to invest in the city starting 2014 may reach at least 30 MW.

He named these companies as Steel Asia, Santerbro, and Holcim. “The rest of increase in demand will be due to the increased requirements of existing businesses,” he said. According to a report from the Department of Energy, Mindanao needs 1,728 MW to 2,206 MW within six years, but is currently operating on 1,616 megawatts. Benjamin Cariaso, president and chief operating officer of Therma South said they have an ongoing program to plant a million trees in Marilog area, and a plan to plant mangroves throughout the Davao Region. (MindaNews)

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IAMURE and my impression in the Philippines By Dr. Djuwari • STIE Perbanas (College of Economics and Business) Surabaya, Indonesia It was exactly on November 26-28, IAMURE international conference was held in JW Marriott hotel, Manila, Philippines. It was my fifth time to visit Manila. The conference theme was “Inventions and Research that define our global sustainability.” IAMURE (International Association for Multidisciplinary Research) was established in Cagayan de

Oro city exactly on August 23-25 2011. It has developed so fast that the number of its members is increasing more and more. It is really a global minded association. I was impressed not only by the IAMURE and the seven awards I got from this event, but also by the Filipinos. The people of the Philippines were so friendly and nice to me during the conference. I have learned a lot from the Philippine people. During the conference, they were so cheerful, enthusiastic, humorous, and friendly.


Daily HOROSCOPE AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) - Money is weird today -- and you may accidentally overspend if you’re not careful! Try to make sure that you’re not just adding to your debt. Have a good friend babysit your credit cards! PISCES (February 19 – March 20) - Treat yourself right today -- it may not be your birthday, but you deserve something special. Your terrific personal energy should help you make good choices and guide you towards something wonderful. ARIES (March 21 – April 19) - This is a fine time to close out old projects, but not so much for starting on new ones. See if you can get your coworkers to ease up, as you should have a pretty full plate for the time being. TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) - Though you are usually pretty stable and sensible, sometimes you need to break out of that middle ground and try something crazy. Today is perfect for wild schemes and nonsense, so go for it! GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) - Change is good, but only you seem to know that today. Try to get others to embrace the new rules or design or whatever has changed lately, but don’t expect much progress for at least a few more days. CANCER (June 22 – July 22) - Your emotional energy is strong and flowing freely today, so make sure that you’re dealing with the situations that have been worrying you lately. Your new confidence should help you make short work of them.

From the left, Dr. Genaro V. Japos (president ,IAMURE), Dr. Roel Palo Anicas, Dr. Djuwari, Dr. Judilynn N. Solidum, Dr. Celso C. Tautho, When receiving outstanding world research leader award

Every session I attended, there was always laughter, hand-clapping, and happiness. They were so happy and there was full of humors during the sessions. The presentation was not only on the topics related to the research papers but also the talent show the presenters should have. For that reason, all presenters presented a talent they could do such as singing, telling a story, dancing, and the like. All these made the audience feel happy and

they felt fresh in their mind after preparing the research paper presentation. The most unforgettable experience during this international conference was that I got seven awards. The three awards were awarded in the panel sessions. One is Outstanding World Research Leader. Second is Outstanding World Researcher. Third is outstanding world Journal editor. Thank God and all the IAMURE conference committee and the judges.

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The other four awards I got were given during the parallel sessions. They are best oral presenter diamond first prize, best dress presenter diamond first prize, best talent show diamond first prize, and best PowerPoint platinum second prize. Thus totally, I got seven international awards in IAMURE international conference in Manila. Since I have been involved in IAMURE activities and mostly in Philippines, I feel as if the Philippines

were my second country. I have recognized most of the Filipinos and I have gained some friends almost from several areas throughout the Philippines. I really feel at home when I go to the Philippines. They are great researchers and intellectuals. Another agenda during the conference was that, the president of IAMURE, Dr. Genaro V. Japos, invited the audience to have a deep concern about the tragedy of Haiyan typhoon and the affected people in the Philippines recently. All the participants were doing a charity by putting the money voluntarily into a beautiful bucket in front of the audience in the panel session. The money was planned to be donated to the people who were affected by the Hayan typhoon. That was the IAMURE international conference which cared not only about science and development but also about social activity towards the people affected by the typhoon. I was really impressed and hope to see them all again in the next events. Dr. Djuwari is one of the participants in IAMURE international conference held in Manila November 26-28, 2013.

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the P. Acharon Boulevard. A bank information sheet posted at the website of the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines identified its chairman and president as Francisco L. Laiz Jr. Tumbokon said they have scheduled a meeting of the bank’s depositors and borrowers on Wednesday to facilitate the initial processing of the claims. During the meeting, he said the bank’s former clients will be informed and guided properly by the agency of the requirements, the standard processes and what to do when the agency’s claim settlement operation takes place. He assured that the agency will process all the claims of the bank’s qualified depositors within the P500,000 maximum deposit insurance each as provided by law. “Our target is to complete the processing and releasing of all depositors’ claims within the month,” Tumbokon added. From January 1 to Nov. 15 this year, the PDIC has already placed 16 rural banks, four of which are in Mindanao, under receivership. Most of the banks were put under receivership by the PDIC after they were closed down by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas due to insolvency. (MindaNews)

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extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. The president also promised to end impunity. In his speech delivered on December 10, 2010, he said: “Violators of human rights will be held accountable for their actions, and the state will protect, with unflagging commitment, the rights of all its citizens. “Let this be a concrete example of how our administration is working in the broad light of day to build a country where the law protects us equally. The culture of silence, injustice and impunity that once reigned is now a thing of the past.” However, three years later impunity still reigns. Human rights are still being violated with impunity; no human rights violator, especially the masterminds who issued the command to violate human rights, has been punished; the few military officials who were charged in court – due to the persistence not of the government but of relatives of the victims – the most infamous of which is former General Jovito Palparan, remain at large and another one, former Col. Red Kapunan was granted bail; even those who are guilty of the most gruesome crimes such as the Maguindanao massacre have been playing

around with the court. Impunity is not a numbers game because one killing is one killing too many, and enforced disappearance has no place in a civilized world. It is about punishing those who commit these abhorrent crimes against humanity so as to prevent the commission of the same in the future. The main problem is not so much that Aquino failed to fulfill his promises, the problem is his administration has been doing the exact opposite. The Aquino administration even denies that impunity still pervades. Just recently, Palace spokesperson Herminio Coloma received flak after dismissing the killings of journalists in the country as “not so serious.” Last year, President Aquino himself labeled reports of human rights violations under his administration as “leftist propaganda.” The administration’s denials that human rights violations and killings of journalists are still being committed send a message to perpetrators that the Aquino government has been turning a blind eye to their crimes. Worse, the Aquino government is taking the same path as its predecessors, which engendered the killings of political activists and journalists. It has been implementing its own militaristic counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, which, like its predecessor Oplan Bantay Laya, labels all those criticizing the anti-people policies of the government and advocating for patriotic and pro-people policies and programs as “enemies of the state.” It does not distinguish between those who are part of the legal progressive movement for change and those who have taken up arms against the government to radically change the rotten political, economic, and social system. Those who are labeled as leftists or “enemies of the state” become fair game for extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. The Aquino administration has also been playing the game of dirty politics. Like its predecessor, it has been using pork barrel funds to buy the votes and loyalties of lawmakers and local officials. Political dynasties have become more entrenched under its watch. The ruling party even included members of the Ampatuan clan in its slate during the last elections because it has not qualms about dealing with powerful clans at the local level to be able to strengthen the hold of the ruling party in national politics. Thus, journalists who are viewed as being critical of dominant, political clans are being disposed of at the local level. Three years into the current administration, it could no longer be said that the Aquino administration is merely in a state of denial or is merely being inept at

putting an end to impunity. Its repeated denials, despite evidence to the contrary, and its own actions show that it has no intention of ending impunity. It is now up to the people to keep on exerting political pressure on the government to end impunity or to at least make it think twice before killing another political activist or condoning the killing of another journalist. (http://

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file charges with “Obstruction of Justice” against the governor. Wait. Did Emano really commit obstruction of justice? Witnesses said that Emano went there to appeal for a peaceful settlement of the issue. It was clear that the governor did not go to Lugait to prevent the demolition from implementing a court order. Unless, Emano went there to order a stop to the implementation of the Writ of Demolition, Emano would probably be obstructing a legitimate legal order. Anyway, there were suspicions that the filing of the case against Emano, if ever, was part of a political plot. Even without Emano, the problem could have been settled at the municipal level. Yet, town Mayor Willy Lim of Lugait did not lift a finger in addressing the unrest in his own turf. Lim could easily talk to the municipal Sheriff to give the settlers enough time to relocate. The municipal government could, perhaps, find a relocation site for the embattled settlers within the municipal town of Lugait. Lim, however, chose to keep silent. Has Emano lost the support of Lim? There is so much to write about the issue. We will tackle this next time. -0-[Listen to “Alarma sa Udtong Tutok” every 11:00 – 12:00 Mon. to Friday at 95.7 FM Mellow Touch Radio] React:

Meralco just close its eyes on what this exorbitant increase could cause to the prices of prime commodities the manufacture of which will likewise be affected by the power rate increase? This is the problem of our leaders. They have a distorted view about justice. And they are intentionally distorting it to escape the obligation of rendering justice to everyone. Is it just, for example, for only 41 Filipino families to enjoy and savor the 71 percent of the 7.1 percent growth that the country posted first quarter of this year? Certainly not! But why was this allowed by the leaders of the country supposed to serve as the great equalizer between the oppressive and exploitative few and the oppressed and exploited majority? If this is not proof to our highly distorted notion of what justice is, pray tell what is? •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ from page 4 or at jelbacoback and disturb us,” Read me she added. also at www.raconteurme. The school is just about 200 meters from the municipal cemetery and between the school and gym is where the municipal tree park with from page 7 old trees is located. justice and peace. In our Balasabas said many of proceedings today, guide us those possessed started to in the path of righteousness calm down when he anointfor the fulfillment of your ed them with “holy oil” and greater glory. Amen!” separate them in different Merely reciting this areas of the church to scatter prayer creates a tremen- the energy they got from dous effect for everyone. “bad spirits.” If the one who is reciting it Concerned over the believes in God, then he is strange events, Mayor Jose empowered all the more by Cuyos and town councillor the prayer to be more just wife Juvy went to the school and compassionate towards last Sunday bringing along others. If the one reciting it albularyos from Butuan City does not believe in God or where they witness the stuis not sincere in his faith, he dents still showing strange is nevertheless compelled to and violent behaviours while recognize God’s glory even ranting in front of them. though very briefly. Reverend Salvador San-ooogalia, pastor of Assembly of REACTIONS? Please call God church, said some parme at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 ents tried to pray over them 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. but the students shouted Email: melaniolazomauri- back that there is no God, mmau- while murmuring about, and other things the witnesses could not understand.





The officials of the corporation also promised to talk with Emano at 9:00 a.m. the following day (a Thursday). Alas! On Thursday, the company officials snubbed the scheduled meeting with Emano. On the contrary, there were insinuations that the company officials would

first year commemoration of Typhoon Pablo, the National Democratic Front Southern Mindanao slammed the housing projects of the government for concentrating it in town centers while abandoning farms where houses of farmers should have been built.

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“The US-Aquino regime marshaled and concentrated its limited resources in the province, town and selected village centers as they abandoned far-flung farms communities and forests— areas that they declared as geo-hazardous for habitation,” Rubi del Mundo, NDF spokesperson said. The NDF pointed out that “it was a strategy meant to dislocate peasants and Lumads in their lands and concentrate them to areas where the military and GPH can easily control them.” The NDF added that “The hamletting served the dual purpose of controlling movement of villagers while leaving forests and farms easily accessible for largescale mining and capitalist incursion.” Meanwhile, Provincial Social Welfare and Development officer Gemma dela Cruz said the province has already constructed 641 houses, but they still have to reach the target of providing houses for 24,000 families. Victor Serdan, a worker from Barangay Kinablangan of Baganga town, opted to stay in a remote island of Poo. But the provincial government has declared Poo a “no-build zone” and even questioned the construction of a new building without coordinating with them. Now residents asked where will they go. Settlers there said they have not heard of relocation sites, housing projects or surveys for that matter. Some residents have been living in a ‘bunkhouse’, and wanted to stay. “Those who opted to stay in the island just ask to be warned of danger so that they could vacate ahead towards safe areas as they really have no choice but to live there,” a resident said. Governor Malanyaon appealed for residents to wait because funds for the housing projects were already “downloaded” to the provincial government. Normelinda said still has received no word when she will get her house. “They already built about 72 but only 14 have been fully painted. They say more than 300 houses will be built here and we are one of the beneficiaries. We have been interviewed and surveyed many times already,” she noted. “It would also be good if they already gave us the titles or any paper to prove that we own the house because as of now we really don’t know if it’s true,” Normelinda said She said her time could have been better spent looking for work rather than waiting for the house to be finished. (John Rizle L. Saligumba,

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city councilor Lorenzo Dinlayan Jr., got 34 votes against Sajulga’s 11 votes. Lone bet for auditor Benjamin Maputi Sr. of Barangay Imbayao got 24 votes.

Only eight barangay chairs aspired for the eightmember board. The City Interior and Local Government Office facilitated the election. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)

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is even bigger than the Cagayan de Oro River basin. Four technical working groups (TWG) involving government agencies, local government units, universities and non-governmental organizations form part of the council. The TWG was tasked to come up with an interagency work and financial plan in 2014. Mayor Mario Okinlay of Impasug-ong, one of the towns covered by the river basin, welcomed the MOA signing as he cited his town’s interventions for environmental protection. Mayors from the towns of Tagoloan, Claveria and Villanueva in Misamis Oriental, which straddle the river basin, attended the signing. On the side of the Bukidnon mayors, only Okinlay was present. The other towns for Bukidnon in the river basin include Sumilao, Manolo Fortich, Malaybalay and Malitbog. Bukidnon Gov. Joe Ma. R . Zubiri Jr. was unable to come. Bukidnon representatives Florencio Flores Jr. (2nd district) and Malou Acosta (1st district), and the representative of Misamis Oriental 1st District, Juliet Uy, did not make it to the signing ceremony. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)

Dads OK grant of PEI to City Hall employees C I T Y HA L L wor k ers have something to look forward to before Christmas. The City Counc i l h e a d e d by Vi c e Mayor C aesar Ian E. Acenas during its regular session yesterday presided over by Councilor Ramon G. Tabor enacted Ord i n an c e No. 1 2 6 9 7 granting Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) to City Hall officials and employees equivalent to their one month salaries. Legislators also approved an ordinance r e v e r t i n g s o mu c h amount from the continuing appropriation of prior years to be made available for the purpose. Also enacted yesterday was Ordinance No. 12699 granting P8,000 each incentives for Job Order employees of City Hall.

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