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Tattoo broadband has new leader Globe Telecom recently appointed seasoned marketing professional Gilbert Simpao to lead its Tattoo broadband business, which has been enjoying strong performance with a string of remarkable growth in terms of revenues and subscriber base. Simpao takes over Nikko Acosta who will lead the Enterprise Segments Group of Globe Business. As former Managing Director of global consumer goods giant Unilever

Philippines’ Personal care categories, Simpao brings with him a wealth of experience in sales and marketing to a consistently-growing and profitable segment of Globe. Tattoo currently leads the industry with its game-changing and innovative broadband offers. Simpao found his transition from a fast-moving consumer goods company to a telecommunications firm very fascinating. While both industries are intensely

competitive and action packed, telecom and broadband services are much more service oriented with a need to drive a great customer experience at each touch point. He said: “I am also captivated by the nature of change in the telco and broadband industry. If you think of the basic business model of FMCG companies, it has remained basically the same

‘Soulik’ expected to enter PH on Wednesday morning A tropical storm (international name “Soulik”) could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday morning, the state weather bureau said. In its Twitter account,

Weather update PAGASA said that as of 10 a.m. Monday, tropical storm Soulik was estimated at 2,140 km east of Basco,

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Bangsamoro women: reverting to Armm is not an alternative DAVAO City––Bangsamoro women gathered at the plaza of Cotabato City on Monday morning to call on both government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to make progress in their roadmap to the Bangsamoro, the new autonomous political entity that would replace

the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) by June 30, 2016. In a statement titled “We are women united for just and durable peace,” the United Youth of the Philippines-Women (UnYPhilWomen), organizer of the women’s rally said, they recognize the importance

of “proper and sufficient transition period” before the May 2016 elections “and reverting to ARMM is not even an alternative if it is a failed experiment.” As the Bangsamoro women gathered in Cotabato City, the GPH and MILF peace panels resumed talks in Kuala Lumpur, three

months after the last round of talks. The roadmap, based on the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed on October 15, 2012, has 15 steps, the first of which was the signing of the FAB. To date, only 3.25 steps have been accomplished

because under Step 2, only one of four annexes to the FAB, has been signed: the Annex on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities on February 27. The annexes on Wealth-sharing, Powersharing and Normalization have yet to be signed although the Annex on Wealth-sharing was initialed

Security tightened

By JOHN RIZLE SALIGUMBA of DavaoToday.com

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DUTERTE: ANY threat to human life is considered alarming.

DAVAO City––“Ang advisory, dili nato maquestion kay dili na ato (We can’t question it because it didn’t come from us),” Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte told reporters on Saturday afternoon. He added the usual precaution to take is to “tighten security, (increase) vigilance and to pray.” Duterte has convened government agencies concerned with the peace and order and security to address the advisory issued by the United States, Canada and Australia, which directed their citizens to avoid travelling to several areas in Mindanao including Davao City. Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), in a statement posted in its website, has advised Canadians against all travel to the Autonomous Re- Bangsamoro women’s rally. Bangsamoro women gathered at the plaza in Cotabato City Monday gion of Muslim Mindanao, morning, July 8, 2013, to ask the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels to finish the remainwhich includes Basilan, ing three annexes to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. The peace panels resumed talks in Kuala See SECURITY, page 11

on February 27. Step 5 is the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law by the Transition Commission (TransCom). The TransCom has been constituted under Steps 3 and 4 but cannot move to Step 5 unless the three remaining annexes are completed.

Lumpur also on Monday morning. MindaNews photo courtesy of Daniel Ong

CEB slashes 70% off fares, hotels to Phuket THE Philippines’ leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) slashes 70% off its lowest year-round fares from Manila to its newest international destination, Phuket, Thailand. P999 seats available until July 11, 2013 or until seats last, for travel from August 16 to December 3, 2013. See slashes, page 11

Duterte appoints ex-PSC chair as sports head By LITO T. DELOS REYES of Philippine News Agency

DAVAO City––Former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez is now the new chief of the City Sports Development Office (CSDO) in Davao City. Ramirez, who just arrived from a Formation Colloqium in Manila, had finally accepted the offer after talking with Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte last Saturday. “Yes, I had accepted it but I still can’t leave Ateneo until somebody will replace me within two months. (But) I will assume the position now,” said the 63-year-old See appoints, page 11

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Cagayan de Oro’s first international hotel chain is scheduled to open this month. Tune Hotels Cagayan de Oro opens its 159 guest rooms on July 19 at its brand new 11-storey hotel in its trademark red-and-white motif in the heart of the Lapasan Central Business District. “We’re going to open another three hotels in the Philippines by the end of this year,” Red Planet Hotels CEO Tim Hansing said in a statement. “We will have branches in Quezon City, Cagayan de Oro City and Davao City. We are expecting to have a total of 10 properties in the Philippines by 2014.” There are four Tune Hotels currently in operation in the Philippines, with its fifth in Cagayan de Oro next in line. Other Tune

hotels slated to open in the Philippines following Cagayan de Oro include Ortigas, Aseana City and Ayala. Located in Cagayan de Oro’s fastest growing central business district, Tune Hotel Cagayan de Oro is a welcome addition for the budget traveler which saw the city’s booming air passenger traffic grow to a robust 1.622 million in 2012 from the previous year. The recent opening of the new Laguindingan Airport is also expected to further increase the number of flights especially by domestic low cost carriers which grew 6.12 percent in 2012 to 15,540 from 2011, data from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Area IX office shows. The Cagayan de OroMisamis Oriental cluster

continues to be the most favored by foreign tourists in Northern Mindanao for 2012. Data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 10 shows that 45,244 or 74 percent of total foreign tourist arrivals visited the Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental last year. Tune Hotels aims to establish its niche market in the booming international and local economy/budget travelers. Although the national government is taking its time to open up additional access points to the country via regional airports in pursuit of its 10 million tourist arrivals target, Red Planet Hotels Philippines Corporation is looking ahead to double the number of its Tune Hotels to ten by the end of the year to capitalize on the domestic travel boom. “Tune Hotel CDO is also

the first Tune Hotel in the Philippines to have a function room for 20-30 persons for meetings and social gatherings,” said Carlo C. Cruz, Director of Sales and Marketing, Philippines. “We will also have a restaurant at the ground floor to serve breakfast and provide the food and beverage for meetings and events.” Red Planet Hotels is the major franchisee of the Tune Hotel brand across South-East Asia. Tune Hotel’s core value proposition is a great night’s sleep at a budget-friendly price.

Though affordably priced, the strategically located hotels provide housekeeping services, electronic keycard access into rooms, extensive CCTV systems, and no access into the main lobby without a keycard past midnight. All Tune Hotels boast of Five Brand Essentials – 5-Star Quality Beds, Power Shower, Central and Convenient Location, 24-Hour Security and Clean Environment. Red Planet Hotels Phils. Corp. is a subsidiary of Red Planet Hotels Limited

(RPHL), a regional hotel investment company focused on Asia’s emerging markets which operates its own hotels under a franchise agreement with Tune Hotels Limited. The firm has acquired a 16.05- percent stake in Tune Hotels as both companies sought to grow the booming low cost hotel brand. Established in 2007, there are now 24 Tune Hotels operating 3,859 rooms globally in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India, Japan and soon in China and Korea.

State think tank names new prexy Pa cheats

STATE think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has a new president. Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto officially took his oath of office on July 4 at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Pasig City, with Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Arsenio Balisacan administering the oath. Dr. Llanto takes over from Dr. Josef T. Yap, who served PIDS for two consecutive terms from 2005 to 2013. He was a Senior Research Fellow of PIDS and also served as its Vice-President. Dr. Llanto also served as Deputy Director-General of the NEDA and Executive Director of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council. He chaired the Technical Board

death but 6-month old baby wounded

Dr. Llanto’s oath taking.

of the Investment Coordination Committee during his stint at the NEDA, which gave him first-hand insights into factors constraining infrastructure development. He was also President of the Philippine Economic Society from 2003 to 2004. As a public finance expert, Dr. Llanto holds important positions in dif-

ferent local financial institutions. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Agricultural Guarantee Fund Pool. He also serves as an independent director of the CARD Bank, a leading microfinance institution in the country. Dr. Llanto is also a member of the Konrad Adenauer Medal of PREXY | page 11

ZAMBOANGA Sibugay––A father has narrowly escaped an attempt by a lone gunman to kill him, but his six-month old baby was shot and wounded in the attack in southern Philippines, police said. Police said the gunman, who sneaked from an opened window of Roberto Pretila’s house in Ali Alsree village in R.T. Lim town and shot him, but missed. The gunman escaped, but Pretila’s baby was wounded in the shooting. Pretila told the police the bullet that m iss e d h i m h it t he baby who was sleeping in the crib in another room. The infant was rushed to hospital, he said. It was not immediately known if Pretila has identified his attacker, but police said an investigation is going on to determine the motive of the shooting. No individual has claimed responsibility for the shooting, but killings and gun attacks are a daily occurrence in the province. (Mindanao Star)


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Surigaonon singer wows Voice of Philippines judges with song from ‘Uwahig’ By Carolyn O. Arguillas of MindaNews

DAVAO City––A 21-year old singer from Surigao City made all four judges of the Voice of the Philippines contest turn around Saturday night with her rendition of a song from the Mindanao theatre production, “Uwahig.” Juvie Pelos, an employee of a shipping firm who finished AB Political Science while a member of the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) of the Mindanao State UniversityIligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), sang the Prologue (Song of the Poet) from IPAG’s play, “Uwahig” (Bukidnon for water). The play had its World Premiere as Philippine entry to the UNESCO-International Theatre Institute 31st Theatre Olympics of the Nations in Manila in May 2006 and represented the country in the 2007 Taipei International Arts Festival. Steven Patrick C. Fernandez, IPAG founder and artistic director, wrote and directed the play with music by Geejay Langlois. “That was beautiful, that was beautiful. I’m blown away, I’m blown away. Wala akong masabi talaga,” said Bamboo, the first of four judges who turned around for Juvie Pelos during the blind auditions for Voice of the Philippines.

“Parang malayong narating namin dahil doon sa awit mo very, parang ano, very, very original. It’s not something na narinig ko ever. It took us a little while na maintindihan kung ano yung kanta pero you know what, this is too interesting to ignore,” said Lea Salonga, the second judge who turned around and who was chosen by Pelos to be her mentor. Salonga, who has been singing in theatre productions since she was little and who gained international awards for Miss Saigon and Les Miserables, commended Pelos for her “originality” and for being “brave” in choosing that song during the audition. Sarah Geronimo told Pelos, “dinala mo kami sa ibang dimensyon. Napaka-exceptional ng music mo. Ikaw yung perpektong magrepresent ng bansang Pilipinas, yung boses mo.” Filipino-American rapper Allan Pineda or apl.de.ap of the Grammy Award-winning group, The Black Eyed Peas, said Pelos’ rendition of the song “took me way back home to my roots.” He described Pelos as “my diwata.” “Ay nakuha ko! Classically trained singer nakuha ko!,” Salonga gushed when Pelos chose her as mentor. “Uwahig,” according to

IPAG, is a “deconstruction of the Maguindanao Indarapatra epic and the Bukidnon water legend,” that “resets into the mythic realm of wars, violence, and the degradation of the environment in Mindanao’s

postcolonial and postmodern landscape.” “Weaving folklore in New Theatre, the play retells the story of two brothers who defend the land against darkness. Interspersed in the narrative are the flood

legends. Images of contemporary representations of darkness (war, hunger, evacuation, and environmental destruction) are shaped through digital images, puppetry, masks, music, chants, chorus, and poetry.”

Fernandez, in a post on Facebook said “Uwahig” is “Philippine Theatre’s most represented production in National and International festivals (for theater) and “Tales From WOWS | page 7

WORKSHOP. Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma looks on as participants shared and discussed during a workshop the importance of dialogue among those involved in the pursuit of peace. The workshop is part of the Religious Leaders’ Peace Summit organized by the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) at the San Jose de Mindanao Seminary in Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City from June 27-28. Photo by Bong D. Fabe


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P. Princesa’s Feast gets a new date By Celeste Anna Formoso

P UE RTO PRINC ES A CITY – The city government has identified a new date to continue the tradition of annually holding the revered mass tree planting project Pista Y Ang Cagueban (Feast of the Forest) on the mountains of Barangay Irawan. According to George Vasquez of the city government under the office of Mayor Lucilo Bayron, the Pista Y Ang Cagueban will now be held on the last Saturday of the month, or on July 27. It can be noted that the Pista Y Ang Cagueban, which was supposed to be held on June 29, was postponed due to lack of preparation because of the 2013 elections. “We just had a recent meeting, and our Pista Y Ang Cagueban will now happen on July 27. We just moved it to be able to prepare,” Vasquez told

local media interviews. Around eight hectares of land and tree saplings are currently being prepared in Barangay Irawan for the annual mass planting, and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) is leading this with lawyer Reggie Tulali. Unlike before when national artists were invited, this time, he said Bayron wants local talents to perform in the holding of the forest feast to give them time to shine. Various stake holders are also going to be invited, including special guests from national offices. “We are inviting everyone to participate in the Pista Y Ang Cagueban again this July. Let’s go to the mountains of Irawan to once again honor our environment by doing our share for her welfare,” he said. (PNA)

Zambo airport increases terminal fee ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA) has increased its terminal fee from P40 to P100 per passenger effective last Monday. This came after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) approved last year’s request of the ZIA to increase its terminal fee. However, ZIA manager Celso Bayabos said they originally recommended for an increase of P150 per passenger but CAAP only approved a P60 increase for this year. Bayabos said the new P100 terminal fee will be increased to P150 by June 2014 according to the conditions set by CAAP in granting approval to increase the terminal fee. B ay ab o s s ai d t h i s amount will not be enough for the planned opera-

tional and maintenance needs of the airport terminal considering the dilapidated state of the facility. He said the local airport’s share in the collection of terminal fee is only 10 percent since 90 percent is being turned over to the CAAP-central office. The facilities of ZIA are not at par with airports in the cities of Manila, Cebu, Davao or even Cagayan de Oro. Although the airport is named as an international airport, it has stopped servicing international flights in the last few years. ZIA used to ser ve planes plying the Zamboanga-Sandakan route in Sabah. These days, ZIA serves only local flights to and from Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao. (PNA)

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz signs the memorandum of agreement with Hiroyuki Kobayashi of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai and Antonio Leosala of Det Norske Veritas, both recognized shipping organizations which will undertake inspection and certification of Philippine-registered ships engaged in international voyages pursuant to the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 of which the Philippines is a signatory on Monday, July 8, 2013, at the DOLE Building in Intramuros, Manila. (PNA photo by Luisito L. Iglesias)

Batanes, ‘home of the winds,’ beckons local and foreign tourists BASCO – Batanes, comprising 10 islands in the Luzon Strait in the north of the Philippines between Luzon and Taiwan, beckons local and foreign tourists anytime of the year, according to tourism officials in the region. The island province, the country’s smallest, in terms of population and land area, is the only province in the Philippines which experiences four seasons: autumn from September to November; winter from December to February; spring from March to May; and summer from June to August. The other provinces enjoy only two seasons: rainy, from June to October; and dry, from November to May. Tourism officials say Batanes, which they describe as “home of the winds” considering it is swept luxuriously by the winds, is the “purest cultural destination” in this Southeast Asian archipelago, both for local and foreign tourists. Its isolation from the rest of the islands of the country has enabled Batanes, 669 kms by air from Manila, or one hour and 17 minutes by airplane, to develop its own culture. The island group is 162 km north of the country’s main island of Luzon and 190 kms south of Taiwan, separated from the Babuyan Islands of Cagayan Province in Luzon, by the Balintang Channel and from Taiwan by the Bashi Channel. The Ivatans, the people who live in three of the 10 islands, are known for their frugality and humane lifestyle, according to tourism officials – traits

validated by recent visitors from Region 2 to which Batanes belongs, the other provinces being Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino in the fertile and lush Cagayan Valley. The provincial capital is Basco on Batan Island and the only other inhabited islands are Itbayat and Sabtang. The northernmost island of the province, making it the northernmost in the Philippines, is Mavudis (Y’ami) Island. Other islands in the chain are Misanga, Siayan, Ivuhos, and Dequey. Batan, the seat of the provincial government, is where Mount Iraya is and has on its plate the Valugan Boulder Beach, known for its weathered rocks and pebbles skirting the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean. Itbayat is the home of the volcanoes considered by officials as the foundation of the island: Mount Riposed, which has a panoramic view of Itbayat and Mount Korobanan. It is also here where the Nahili do Votox – an ancient settlement with boatshaped burial markers, similar to those sites for the Vikings in Europe – is found. The third inhabited island, Sabtang, was declared in 1994 by the Dept. of Tourism, as one of the 12 Best Destinations in the Philippines. Its shores boasts white sand beaches as well as rock formations while a natural coral condition is found in the island’s Duvek Bay. Ivatans, who have been observed by visitors to be trustworthy, polite and

peace-loving, take understandable pride in the landscape of their province, what tourists can experience here and the food tourism officials in the region say which makes up “delectable dishes (which) are definitely worth every cent.” Officials say the location of Batanes, where the Pacific Ocean meets the China Sea, explains the teeming marine life of the islands. Officials tell tourists and other visitors a Batanes sojourn would not be complete without tasting the local cuisines, which include fresh lobsters, coconut crabs, the Ivatan cuisine which includes “uvod” made of mixed deboned fish and core of banana and steamed with local herbs, yellow rice cooked with yellow ginger, and “dibang” or flying fish. Some, who had previously visited the province from the other parts of the country, have described the group of islands as a “photographer’s heaven” – given the pleasant locals to traditional stone houses to the panorama of landscapes and seascapes “which try to tease the lenses of cameras.” Batanes also takes pride in its steepes, cliffs, hedgerows and terrains of what some have described as an island paradise which can be experienced in bicycles -one of the basic means of transport here -- which can take a visitor to different breathtaking sights. One tourism official has said there is a new kind of fun, excitement and relaxation in Batanes, where time seems to stand still any time of the year. (PNA)

China-Vietnam tourism sea route resumes NANNING -- A sea route for tourism between southern China and Vietnam has resumed after being closed for two years. The route, connecting China’s Beihai to Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, is the only tourist route by sea connecting the two countries. More than 200 tourists returned to a port in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Tuesday night after a five-day journey. The past two years have been spent building docks for liners while

in port. Initially, one liner will sail every four days, with more ships expected to be operational in the future. New routes to other Southeast Asian countries, such as Singapore and Malaysia, are also expected to open. “Tourists had to choose land access to travel to Vietnam in the past. But the resumption of the sea route offers a new option,” said Ye Qiang, president of Beihai Guicheng International Travel Agency. “The sea route is conducive to

promote cooperation between China and Vietnam, and inject impetus into bilateral tourism markets. I hope more sea routes will open in the future,” said Nguyen Cong Toan, a Vietnamese tour guide. The China’s Beihai-Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay sea tourism route opened on April 30, 1998. It was the first transnational sea tourism line of China, with more than 500,000 tourists from home and abroad having traveled along the route. (PNA/ Xinhua)

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Empowering villagers to protect wildlife Tropical storm ‘Soulik’ By Lorie Ann Cascaro

HUAPHAN PROVINCE — Families from 14 villages in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPLNPA) have now signed a contract to participate in an ecotourism programme in northern Laos. According to Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Lao PDR programme manager, Mr Paul Eshoo, the agreement was how villagers in Huameuang district of Huaphan province were encouraged to take part in conservation and ecotourism benefit-sharing. “It’s not enough to only inform and educate the village leaders. We had to talk with each family to convince them to sign an agreement to show they understood and accepted the responsibility,” Mr. Eshoo told MindaNews. The WCS has been involved in NEPL-NPA management since 2002 after the organization began its support for wildlife conservation in Laos in 1998, according to WCS Lao programme director Troy Hansel. The World Bank began funding the WCS and NEPL-NPA since March this year. It planned to provide more funds for the Lao PDR in the next five years to step up the conservation program. Hansel said the NEPL-NPA was an important location in northeast Laos as it was home to many species, including 21 types of carnivore, like the leopard. “It’s very important for the ecosystem to remain intact,” he said. The NPA covers a total area of 4,200 sq km over the provinces of Huaphan, Luang Prabang and Xieng Khuang, with 3,000 sq km totally protected. The remaining 1,200 sq km may be used for sustainable agriculture, and includes 129 villages with nearly 55,000 residents. Ecotourism development in the Nam Nern River area was allowed by the NEPL-NPA office, district administration and Son Khua village residents in 2009. Mr. Eshoo said his organization held stakeholder meetings to discuss pertinent issues in nine target villages originally, and expanded to 14 villages in 2012. Issues brought up with villagers included who the tourists would be and why they were interested in visiting the NEPL-NPA, the potential advantages and disadvantages of tourism, and the responsibilities of villages in hosting visitors and helping to protect tourist attractions. “We held the meetings at night or in the early morning to encourage all villagers to attend,” he said. “The meetings were interactive with games, acting, pictures and question-and-answer sessions for the villagers. At the end

of each meeting, we asked villagers to express how they feel about tourism and if they want to participate.” Benefit sharing Each village also attended sessions on benefit-sharing agreements from the Nam Nern programme. Under the agreement, each village receives 6,250 kip for every tourist who visits, plus 150,000 kip per tiger sighting, 2,500 kip per sighting of a tiger track, Sambar deer, otter or wild feline species, and 1,250 kip per sighting of muntjac, civet, slow loris, porcupine or monitor lizard. The agreement also stipulates if anyone from a village is caught violating the laws of the NPEL-NPA, such as selling or hunting wildlife or entering the core zone, then the amount for the village will be reduced by 25 or 50 percent for the first and second offense respectively. “If a person from any stakeholder village is responsible for a national wildlife case (such as tiger hunting), the village will lose 100 percent of the village development fund benefits for one year,” the agreement says. It adds that if a resident of the village where the case originates provides information to help find the perpetrator, the village will not lose its benefits. “We asked people if they had any questions or problems with the agreement. Once they verbally agreed, we asked a member of each family to sign the contract,” Mr. Eshoo said. He said the organization visits each of the 14 villages to have a meeting with every family to summarize the year’s tourist statistics, the benefits generated for the village development fund, and the amount of wildlife that tourists saw. Since 2009, the Nam Nern Night Safari has taken 344 tourists on 128 tours, earning a total income of 276,764,000 kip. Tours averaged about three wildlife sightings per trip. The NEPL-NPA reported that in four years there was zero sighting of tigers but there were 11 sets of tiger tracks seen. Tourists saw 236 Sambar deer, 179 civets, 54 muntjacs, 51 monitor lizards, 31 slow loris, 21 otters and 15 porcupines. “We discuss any problems related to conservation, and the villagers vote for one activity to use their money on,” Mr. Eshoo said. Tiger’s price Seeing a tiger is an extremely rare occurrence, with none spotted since the tours began in 2009. “The bonus for seeing a tiger is significantly more than other animals due

to its endangered status and the high value of tigers on the black market,” the night safari itinerary states. “If tigers are to be saved, their high value in tourism must be demonstrated to local people.” Each tourist chooses a development programme to allocate funds from their entrance tickets, with options available in conservation outreach, enforcement, or monitoring, land-use planning and ecotourism development. Employees in tourism Some Son Khua villagers, mostly those on a low income, are employed in the Nam Nern ecotourism programme. Mr. Eshoo said the organization held a special meeting with all of the families to discuss employment as guides, cooks, boat drivers, handicraft suppliers and camp managers. “We asked all interested people to attend an interview. We selected the families based on several criteria, including their knowledge and abilities to do the job, poverty – as poor families got preference to work – and availability,” he said. To make clear their responsibilities, wages and commitment to refrain from illegal activities, each employee has signed a contract. Villagers have been trained as guides, boatmen, cooks and camp managers, and attend regular meetings to discuss issues, ways to improve services, and share feedback from tourists, Mr. Eshoo said. “We also remove any villagers who break the contract such as by committing illegal hunting,” he said A former hunter, 24-year-old Mr. Pan Homphan became a boatman for the ecotour. He told MindaNews his income from the programme helped a little with his livelihood. He said he would never dare hunt or fish within the protected areas, as he had seen some of his colleagues suspended from work for a year for violations. Coming off the night safari, MindaNews received intricately designed shawls that were woven by the women of Son Khua village. The villagers’ waves and smiles as the team left offered proof of the promise to protect tigers and other forms of wildlife for future ecotours. (Lorie Ann Cascaro/MindaNews) (Lorie Ann Cascaro of MindaNews is one of the fellows of the FK Norway (Fredskorpset) exchange programme in partnership with the Vietnam Forum of Environmental Journalists. She’s currently in Laos and hosted by the Vientiane Times.)

Northeast Indian state under threat of flood, 100-T affected

Women and children walk between rows of rubber trees in this patch of land along the national highway in Makilala, North Cotabato. MindaNews photo by Ruby Thursday More

NEW DELHI -- The northeast Indian state of Assam is threatened with serious flood, one month after the northern state of Uttarakhand was partially ravaged by water from an early monsoon season, said local officials Saturday. The Brahmaputra river in northeast India and its tributaries are flowing above the danger level across Assam, affecting over 100,000, the Press Trust of India quoted officials as saying in the state capital Guwahati. The Dhemaji district of the state has been worst-hit as incessant rainfall in the state’s upper reaches have raised the water level of the Brahmaputra throughout the

state. The flood has also hit the habitats of the one-horn rhinoceros at a national reserve park in upper Assam and a wildlife sanctuary in lower Assam, said the report. Some roads and bridges have also been damaged while at least one embankment has been breached by water. Authorities have set up five relief camps to provide relief materials and shelter to the affected people and those made homeless by flood. Hundreds have been confirmed killed while thousands remain missing in last month’s flood in Uttarakhand state. (PNA/ Xinhua)

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MANILA -- A tropical storm (international name “Soulik”) could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday morning, the state weather bureau said. In its Twitter account, PAGASA said that as of 10 a.m. Monday, tropical storm Soulik was estimated at 2,140 km east of Basco, Batanes (19.1˚N, 145.1˚E), outside the eastern boundary of the PAR. PAGASA said that Soulik packs a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph with gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move west at 20 kph. The weather agency added that it is expected to enter the PAR on Wednesday morning and will not have any direct effect on any part of the country within the next two days. However, Soulik will enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains on the western part of the country by Thursday, PAGASA said. Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said that once the cyclone enters the PAR, it will be named “Huaning” – the first cyclone to visit the country this month and the eight for the year. The state weather bureau expects two to three storms to affect the country this month. (PNA)

2 moderate quakes jolt Surigao Norte, GenSan MANILA -- Two moderate earthquakes rocked some parts of Mindanao on Monday morning, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). In its bulletin, the agency said the first quake with magnitude 3.7 occurred at 1:57 a.m. Monday. Its epicenter was traced some 99 kilometers northeast of Burgos in Surigao del Norte, at a depth of around five kilometers. The second quake happened around 2:16 a.m., a magnitude 3.9 rocking General Santos City with its epicenter located about 218 kilometers southeast at a depth of four kilometers. Phivolcs said the two earthquakes were tectonic in origin. The agency further noted that no damage or casualty was reported and aftershocks are not expected as well. (PNA)

3 dead, 1.9M affected in C China rainstorm WUHAN -- Heavy rains that started on Friday have left three people dead and affected lives of about 1.87 million residents in central China’s Hubei Province, local authorities said Sunday. The provincial civil affairs department said the downpours have also forced the relocation of about 114,000 people in 29 counties. More than 7,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged and 151,900 hectares of crops have been affected. Economic losses are estimated at about 684 million yuan (about 111.6 million U.S. dollars), according to the department. The highest precipitation in the province reached 168 mm in 24 hours in Tuanfeng County, the department said. The provincial government has distributed 3,000 quilts and blankets, 1,800 T-shirts and 50 folding beds to the worst-hit areas. In addition, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has sent an expert team to supervise the rescue and relief work. (PNA/Xinhua)

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Staying for good... Where? Staying for good in the Philippines? Mmmhhh.... My view, and not only mine, on safety and security has changed over the last 25 years. I did stay in more than 60 countries worldwide. The rise of terrorism and natural disasters told me that there is no place on earth, which is entirely and absolutely safe. I live in Davao now for good since more than 15 years. Congratulations to mayor-re-elect Rody Duterte and son Paolo as Vice. I am sure, Davao City remains (or will be again?) one of the most saved cities in the whole Philippines. Foreign travel advisories, especially regarding the Philippines, and, especially again regarding Mindanao (including Davao City!?) are (sorry folks!) stupid and never well proven. Many friends of mine abroad are still planning to retire and move here, but they are becoming more and more

Have my say Klaus Doring discouraged because of negative headlines. Sure, there is no paradise on earth. Kidnappings, insurgency, and lack of leadership and dependable police and military actions against burning problems and criminal elements are everywhere. For me, I don’t care travel advisories, especially when it comes to Mindanao. I have been visiting many “dangerous” places in the whole world, like the “BlackPeople-Soveto” in Johannesburg in South Africa in 1980 during the Apartheid Regime. I stayed on the Golan Heights and got to know some infamous parts of East Los Angeles, being the only

White among Blacks during a birthday party. I came to Mindanao already 1982 and remember my stay in Cotabato 1989 while interviewing the thenmayor Mr. Badoy. For sure, the Lord was and is always with me. I learned how to accept and respect other people and then, they did likewise. Maybe, that’s the reason I never got problems to adjust in the Philippines as an expatriate. Sad to say, media, especially from so-called “safe countries” still love to sensationalize the negative aspects in the Philippines. Good to know, that together with me, several foreigners

More than a feeling

THINK a minute. A little boy was asked what he thought about marriage. He answered: “God says that a man should have only one wife. This is called monotony!” That little boy, of course, meant to say “monogamy.” But some adults think that being married to one wife or husband for the rest of their life is monotony and boring! Possibly because we’ve listened to the love songs about the wonderful feeling of being in love. So we start to actually believe that real love is just the feeling of being in love.

But loving a person is not just the feeling of being in love with them. That may have been the beginning attraction and sparks that started the fire. But feelings are not enough to keep the fire going and your marriage strong and satisfying, especially through the hard times! You see, our moods and feelings change all the time. So love is not a feeling; love is a choice! It’s a choice you and I make with our heart, mind, and will. Love is a decision that says: I choose you and only you, now and always, as

my friend and lover for the rest of my life. I’m not throwing you back in the sea and going fishing again for a new wife or husband. I’ve caught my limit! I’m keeping you for good. This is why Jesus Christ taught that a husband and wife become one person. So when you divorce, it’s like cutting off half of your body. It tears apart not only your life, but your children’s lives! If we keep needing a new thrill, then our thrills will just get fewer and weaker, until we’ve become a sad, lonely old man or woman. B ecause we never

decided to live and retire in the Philippines. And, they are happy here. Count me in! Sensibility and awareness are always parts of our life. Here and everywhere. One can feel safe and secure or feel unsafe and insecure. Terrorism, civil wars, natural disasters... . Snatchers, killers, drug dealers - elements, who try to touch our lives can be find at any corner. Maybe no more in Davao City, as our good mayor Rody Duterte announced.... I am blue-eyed and a day dreamer. My dream is, that globally, governments and people build peace and unity by respecting all cultures and religions and work for equitable distributions of the world’s resources, and for more sustainable development that respects nature. Living in a gated village or not - one can live a simple but meaningful life. In Davao City, in Mindanao, where ever in the Philippines. Mabuhay!

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Jhan Tiafau Hurst learned and chose to truly love. So why not ask Jesus to forgive you, and to take full charge of your heart? That’s when you can start enjoying the thrill of marriage and real love that lasts. Just Think a Minute.

SK: training Filipino kids on godliness LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Train the child in the way that he should go, and he will not depart from it when he grows old…” (Proverbs 22:6, the Holy Bible). -oooPEOPLE’S RIGHT IN ELECTIONS: Reader Jorge Matanguihan, a member of the Internet group “batasforum”, sent this reaction: “It is sad that losing candidates in areas where more votes than voters are noticed prefer to do nothing, when statistically it can be proven if the same winner will come out if the excess votes are duly accounted for. “They (the losers) are only after winning the position and not serving the people. They only want to serve their interest. The truth is, this is a matter of significant public interest. How this happened should be determined conclusively

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio so that it can be prevented in future elections. “At this point, the limited few who know how it can happen can capitalize on it in the next elections, unless it is revealed now and measures are properly put in place. The Comelec owes this not to any candidate but to the public. And it is the people’s right to know how there could be more votes than voters.” -ooo“M AY G O D TA K E CARE OF YOU”: US news outlets are now engaged in a frenzied attempt to downplay the crash landing of the Asiana Airlines

flight last July 07, 2013 (Philippine time) at the San Francisco International Airport in the US, by saying plane crashes occur only at the rate of “one in a million”, and that survival rates are usually at a high of 95 percent during these mishaps. That is true, and statistics will show that airplanes remain to be the safest mode of transportation worldwide, the crashes notwithstanding. But then, nobody knows when a plane will crash, and where. As Filipinos are fond of saying, “only God knows” (or, “tanging Diyos lamang ang

nakakaalam”). This being the case, the wisest thing is to invoke God’s protection and deliverance from harm before taking the plane, or before doing anything else. Indeed, it is no longer enough to simply say “take care” to anyone we hold dear, for no man can ever really take care of himself, especially in stressful and dangerous situations like a plane crash. The better thing to say is “may God take care of you”, with a raised hand towards your loved one. This is so because, in Acts 8:17 of the Bible, we can see that the Holy Spirit of God comes to the people upon whom we lay our hands on, in blessing. -oooSK: TRAINING FILIPINO KIDS ON GODLINESS: I agree with Senators TG Guingona III and Bam Aquino that we should not KIDS | page 8


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Lanao Norte receives P5.8M farm equipment TUBOD, LANAO DEL NORTE - With its unwavering effort in attaining food security and sufficiency, the Department of Agriculture-10 (DA10) has turned-over P5.8 million worth of farm equipment in support to rice production to the provincial government of Lanao del Norte, during the Agri-Aqua, Livestock and One Town One Product (OTOP) Fair conducted in celebration of the 54th Founding Anniversary of the province. The farm equipment which includes one unit of combine harvester, six units of shallow tube well, seven units of power tiller, 12 units of rice cutter and one unit of drilling rig is expected to benefit local farmers in the province. Lealyn A. Ramos, DA-10 Regional Executive Director lauded the contribution of the province of Lanao del Norte in bringing about agricultural development which facilitated in uplifting the lives of marginalized farmers and fisherfolks, as delivered by Engr. Roxana H. Hojas, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations. “I am grateful and appreciative that you have exerted another effort in allowing our farmers, fisherfolks, agri-entrepreneurs and many other stakeholders of the mother of all industries…to take the center stage and to exhibit, promote and sell their

Engr. Roxana H. Hojas (right), DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations hand-over P5.8M worth of farm equipment to Lanao del Norte Governor Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo (center) and Provincial Agriculture Officer Letecia Ditucalan (left) during the Agri-Aqua, Livestock and OTOP Fair in celebration of the 54th Founding Anniversary of Lanao del Norte.

respective farm harvest and fish catch and other agri-products at the same time increase their sales while naturally augmenting their income,” RTD Hojas quoted. Moreso, L anao del Norte Governor Mohammad Khalid Q. Dimaporo expressed his gratitude to the DA and other government agencies with the downpour of support in mitigating hunger and malnutrition and in making the province competitive in the aspect of agriculture by initiating livelihood opportunities to farming communities, establishing agri-related infrastructures such as farm-to-market roads and providing support for farm mechanization, among others. # (VANESSA MAE S. SIANO, DA-RAFID 10)

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talent thru popularity rather than thru sheer talent.” from page 3 “I wouldn’t know what Mindanao” (for dance).” genres they’re dividing the “More international perfor- singing into. But Juvy is not a mances await this ‘perplexing’ kundiman singer. Kundiman is production, the latest was at indigenous to the north where the CCP (Cultural Center of the nationalism peaked in the last Philippines), and soon Vietnam decades of the 1800s. In Minfor the UNESCO-ITI Asia Pacific danao, we have always been Bureau,” wrote Fernandez. independent.” Fernandez also clarified that Pelos had said she was a the song was “not kundiman” “kundiman singer” in college. and “it’s not even indigenous.” Another Mindanawon art“We ‘transcreated’ the chant ist, Felimon Bonita Blanco of quality into contemporary mu- Pagadian City, who played sic. Truthfully, this was the first Indarapatra in “Uwahig,” said, time I watched this program also on Facebook, “So proud of (Voice) although Juvy asked you Juvie. We worked together my permission several months in the play…So proud to be part ago.” of this amazing production. Way He said he has this “slant to go gurl! Mindanao artists against TV contests that reward again conquered the limelight!”

UPDATING OF INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGIES ON POSTHARVEST AND MECHANIZATION. Envisioning postharvest and mechanization development for the agriculture and fishery sector of the country, the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization-Applied Communication Division (PhilMech-ACD) recently briefed the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) for an updating of information and technologies on postharvest and mechanization. Attended by its representatives from the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division, banner programs, attached bureaus and agencies, Dr. Rodolfo P. Estigoy (left), PhilMechACD head said, that the meeting primarily aimed to convey to the department’s key informants on the agency’s current infrastructure programs on postharvest and mechanization, including Rice Mechanization, which seeks to contribute in increasing the current level of rice productivity by 5%; agricultural tramline system, which intends to minimize the drudgery of transport of agri-produce and farm inputs; and cold chain, which targets to address the inefficiencies in the perishable agri-fishery sector using cooling technology to preserve the quality and prolong the shelf life of agri-produce. Likewise, he introduced breakthroughs such as the cashew nut sheller, multi-commodity solar tunnel dryer, charcoal-fired cabinet oven, and coffee depulper, among others, in which he recognizes that although farmers may have resistance to change in using such technologies, Dr. Estigoy encouraged the attendees to persuade more farmers for the availment of the abovesaid innovations to “transform the future of agriculture.” # (Joanne L. Olson, DA-10) Photo by VMSSiano

“She’s a great singer. And Uwahig is one of my most interesting stage productions - a Mindanao production fusing Bukidnon flood legend with the Darangen stories of 2 brothers Indarapatra and Sulayman,” Blanco said. Langlois of Davao City who did the music of Uwahig, thanked Fernandez “for taking my music to even greater heights with the remixes and all” and said Pelos was “brave to use that piece. I wouldn’t have, lol. But I guess that makes her stand out.” To Fernandez, Langlois, now based in Florida, said, “You train them well, Tibs. Proud of you” and to Blanco, she wrote, “Thanks Mon, for the tag. Certainly made my

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Barrios.” Ferdinand Kintanar Roa said Pelos “deserves to be the voice of the Philippines - original, fierce, daring, and most of all, uniquely talented!” Deb Cirujales wrote: “I could feel the judges’ ‘confusion’ here…The feeling that they were being enchanted by something they can’t understand and taken to a place that they haven’t been to…” Fritz Geremia said “This is what Filipino music is all about!” Joshua Rey Saavedra Albarina said Pelos “nailed it... and deserving to represent the country. I love the song so much!!! seems na mas maganda talaga ung folk and cultural music ng Pilipinas.” Odyssey Imbien said

“heto ang totoong mga awit natin na tinanggal ng mga banyaga,,,salamat sa pagpapaalala sa buong PILIPINAS,,,na meron nga pala tayo sariling atin.” Diane Romeral wrote “Wow!!! Filipino friends here in US are talking about this lady, she is so amazing... I can’t count how many times I watched the clip..it’s just so beautiful...” Ronald Kagawad Anot Galendez said “It’s the VOICE of the Diwata.....ang galing ng boses...nakakabighani ang boses…” Delma Mejos-Merza shared the judges’ feelings. “Dinala ng kanyang boses ang aking diwa sa isang napakagandang paraiso...,” she wrote.

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day! I was waiting for signs as to where to take my music within the American context, this is probably it, LOL.” Pelos was the second Mindanawon who got the nod of all four judges. The first was Thor Dulay of Panabo City in Davao del Norte who studied in Ateneo de Davao University. David Forster had featured the 32-year-old back-up singer to comedian Vice Ganda, in his concert “Hit Man Returns: David Foster and Friends” on October 25, 2011. Pelos’ performance earned so many comments and likes on Facebook. Arnel Espenilla refered to her as “the girl version of Joey Ayala, the younger version of Grace Nono and Bayang

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Sarangani moves to contain bugs infesting coconut farms GENERAL Santos City–– Agriculture personnel in Sarangani Province have launched massive control measures to contain the continuing infestation of Brontispa longissima or coconut leaf beetle in coconut farms in four municipalities. Jonathan Duhaylungsod, Sarangani agriculture officer, said the highlydestructive pest has been rapidly spreading in various coconut farms and so far affected 30 barangays in the province in the last several months. Hardest hit is the municipality of Glan, where a total of 2,792 coconut trees in 11 of its 31 barangays EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED WILHELMINA DUMAQUE-ARADO WITH RELINQUISHMENT OF RIGHTS Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late WILHELMINA DUMAQUE ARADO, who died in the City of Malaybalay, Bukidnon on February 11, 2013, left two (2) parcels of land situated at Alanib, Lantapan, Bukidnon, more particularly described as follows; Parcel No. 1-Title No. P-47114, Identified as Lot No. 5130, Cad-653. Containing an area of ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED TWENTY NINE (1,129) Square meters, declared under TD No. 02-11-9982. Parcel No. 2-Title No. AT-9805, Identified as Lot No. 2 of Pcs-10-001895 (AR). Containing an area of TWENTY TWO THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FORTY EIGHT (22,848) Square Meters, declared under TD No. 02-11-12265, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED WILHELMINA DUMAQUE-ARADO WITH RELINQUISHMENT OF RIGHTS, made and entered into by and among; PETER M. ARADO, widower, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion, Malaybalay City; RACHEL AURORA D. PIZARRO-TILANDUCA, married, of legal age, Filipino, and a resident of NHA, Casisang, Malaybalay City; ROMMEL ANTHONY D. PIZARRO, married, of legal age, Filipino citizen, and a resident of Poblacion, Malaybalay City; RADJI AARON D. ARADO, single, of legal age, Filipino citizen and resident of Poblacion, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, that the above parties are the legitimate children and exclusive sole heirs. That I, PETER M. ARADO, with consideration of my love and affection to my child and step children, hereby waived, cede, transfer and relinquishment all my rights over the above-mentioned real properties in favor of the children of the decedent- RACHEL AURORA D. PIZARRO-TILANDUCA, ROMMEL ANTHONY D. PIZARRO AND RADJI AARON D. ARADO. As per Doc. No. 53; Page No. 66; Book No. 1; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. FLORENTINA A. RAMOSVILLANUEVA.

have been devastated by the pest, he said. He said the municipal agriculture office of Glan reported that the areas affected by the infestation were barangays Poblacion, Calabanit, Tapon, Ilaya, Glan Padidu, Madan, Tango, Lago, Taluya, Gumasa and Cablalan. Last week, the local government declared the entire area under a state of calamity due to the damage wrought by the Brontispa infestation to its coconut industry, which comprises 90 percent of the local economy. Glan, which was dubbed the “Coconut Queen of the South,” is one of the largest coconut producing towns in Region 12. Aside from Glan, Duhaylungsod said the presence of the pest was also monitored recently in four more coastal villages in Alabel and Malapatan towns. He said the Brontispa infestation was initially con-

firmed in coconut farms in several villages in Malungon town last year. Duhaylungsod said they have adopted integrated control measures to in a bid to contain the pest and prevent it from further spreading in other coconut-producing areas in the province. He said the initiative is supported by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Department of Agriculture Region 12’s Regional Crop Protection Center. Brontispa, considered as one of the most damaging coconut pests, is a nocturnal insect that feeds on the young leaves of coconuts and other palm species. A briefer issued by PCA cited that the larvae of Brontispa feeds on young leaves of coconut, leaving it scorched in a ragged appearance, while the adults leave chewing marks on the leaves. “The damage that the

pest causes impairs the physiological activity of the leaves, which can lead to the death of the plants. Coconuts that are 4-5 years old are most heavily attacked by this pest,” it said. Duhaylungsod said they are presently implementing mechanical, chemical and biological methods to help contain the infestation. The mechanical control method requires the cutting of the young coconut fronds infested by the beetle while biological control involves the mass propagation of earwigs, which is a biological predator of Brontispa, he said. Earwigs will be released on infested coconut trees to feed on brontispa as its prey, he explained. He said the chemical control recommends the use of systematic insecticides through trunk injection. “We’re also educating our farmers regarding the pest as well as its control and management measures.

We’ve been conducting short trainings through our farmer’s field school for the technology transfer,” Duhaylungsod said in an interview over TV Patrol Socsksargen. The official said they are set to conduct “retooling” activities to improve the capability of the province’s “bantay-peste” teams. Duhaylungsod said they have requested the release of an initial P100,000 for the purchase of chemicals or pesticides that will be used in the eradication drive against Brontispa. Sarangani Gov. Steve Solon said the RCPC has allotted five sachets per week of entomopathogenic fungus, which helps eradicate the Brontispa. “The use of this fungus is very favorable to our communities since it does not damage the health of humans and is sustainable,” he said. (Allen V. Estabillo/ MindaNews)

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NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of spouses CAESAR TABLA and POTENCIANA TUMAMAK, who died intestate on January 18, 2002 at Emily Hones Lot 14, Blk 4, Macanhan, Cagayan de Oro City, and April 26, 2011 at Blk 12, Lot 21, Barangay Bagumbayan 1 Teresa Rizal, respectively, consisting of a certain parcel of land situated at Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City, declared under Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-04663, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT-43788, containing an area of 774 more or less, is the subject of an EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION OF ESTATE OF THE LATE SPOUSES CAESAR TABLA AND POTENCIANA TUMAMAK executed by decedents Caesar Tabla and Potenciana Tumamak’s heirs, namely, Dalmy Tabla-Paña,Marisa Tabla-Lozada, Elsita Tabla-De Castro, and Sarah Tabla-Lozada per Doc. No. 215; Page No. 45; Book No. XLIX; Series of 2013, of the Notarial Registry of Atty. Jaime M . Cembrano, Jr., Notary Public for and in the City of Butuan.

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Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-078 THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES SHERWIN S. MONCADA AND ALENE A. AUGUSTO-MONCADA, SHERWIN S. MONCADA AND ALENE A. AUGUSTO-MONCADA, Petitioners. x------------------------------------------------------------------------------------/

JAMES HUDSON MAIN Respondent. x-----------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is a Joint Petition for issuance of decree of divorce and alleging among others; That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil sites on July 26, 2004 at Claveria, Misamis Oriental. Petitioner had converted to Islam faith of which conversion to Islam were Registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and notices at c/o Zaide Law Office. 2nd Floor, Pafs Mejia Bldg., Roxas Avenue, Iligan City; That said marriage did not last long due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over eight (8) years already, since early part of 2004 they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioner and respondent seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on July 26, 2004 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden: Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile; WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on July 12, 2013 at 9:00 am at which time, date and place any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted, Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 21st day of June, 2013. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: JUNE 28, JULY 5 & 9, 2013

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ORDER Before this court is a verified petition for issuance of decree of divorce and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on August 23, 1997 at Lugait, Misamis Oriental. Petitioners, were converted to Islam faith, of which conversion to Islam was registered with this Court, residents of Iligan City and Lugait, Misamis Oriental, respectively but can be serve with summons and other legal processes relative to this case c/o Zaide Law Office, 2nd Flr., Pafs Mejia Bldg., cor. Roxas Avenue, Iligan City; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between the herein petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 2010 or more than three (3) years already, thereby decided to live physically in bed and board, that reconciliation between petitioners is no longer possible or a remedy, thus, divorce is sought by them in order to free themselves from the marital burden; WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on July 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Iligan once a week for the three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 24th day of June 2013. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

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Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4TH Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES SATURNINO R. ALO AND ANALIZA M. LACSAMANA-ALO

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SATURNINO R.ALO AND ANALIZA M. LACSAMANA-ALO Petitioners. x---------------------------------------------------------------------------/

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Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-080 THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES RODRIGO O. AÑABEZA, AND MONALISA J. CHENG-AÑABEZA, RODRIGO O. AÑABEZA AND MONALISA J. CHENG-AÑABEZA, Petitioners. X --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- /

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Before this court is verified joint Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by their undersigned counsel and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on March 16, 1996 at Davao City, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were Registered with this court., both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at c/o Tabalba Law Office, Tibanga , Iligan City. That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for more over ten (10) years already, since early part of 2002 they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on March 16, 1996 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden, Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on July 26, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order he published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED Iligan City, Philippines, this 27th day of June, 2013.

Before this court is a verified petition for issuance of decree of divorce and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on February 10, 2010 at Jimenez, Misamis Occidental. Petitioners, were converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam was registered with this Court, residents of Iligan City and Jimenez, Misamis Occidental, respectively but can be serve with summons and other legal processes relative to this case c/o Zaide Law Office, 2nd Flr., Pafs Mejia Bldg., cor. Roxas Avenue, Iligan; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between the herein petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 2011 or more than two [2] years already, thereby decided to live physically in bed and board, that reconciliation between petitioners is no longer possible or a remedy, thus, divorce is sought by them in order to free themselves from the marital burden; WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on July 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Iligan once a week for the three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 26th day of June, 2013.

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Batanes (19.1˚N, 145.1˚E), outside the eastern boundary of the PAR. PAGASA said that Soulik packs a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph with gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move west at 20 kph. The weather agency added that it is expected to enter the PAR on Wednesday morning and will not have any direct effect on any part of the country within the next two days. However, Soulik will enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains on the western part of the country by Thursday, PAGASA said. Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said that once the cyclone enters the PAR, it will be named “Huaning” – the first cyclone to visit the country this month and the eight for the year. The state weather bureau expects two to three storms to affect the country this month. philippine news agency

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Using its fleet of brandnew Airbus A320 aircraft, CEB will operate a thrice weekly Manila-Phuket service every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The maiden flight will leave Manila at 8:00 pm and arrive in Phuket at 11 p.m. The return flight will depart Phuket at 12:00am the next day, and will arrive in Manila at 5:05am. Phuket is CEB’s 2nd destination in Thailand, aside from Bangkok where CEB operates 12 weekly flights from Manila and twice weekly flights from both Cebu and Clark. After the seat sale, lowest year-round fares start at PHP3,499. CEB, through its partner Agoda.com, also offers 70% off on Phuket hotels for travel until October 31, 2013. This includes hotel accommodations starting at USD16 at The Album Loft at Nanai Road. USD17 rooms are also available at The Grand Orchid Inn and Forest Patong Hotel. Other hotel stays on sale include APK Resort and Spa, The Belle Resort, The Album Hotel, Sugar Palm Resort, Supalai Resort and Spa, and Sea Sun Sand Resort and Spa, with room rates ranging from USD25-56 per night. To book these special Phuket hotel deals, go to www.agoda.com/cebupacific Agoda.com is Asia’s

leading hotel booking site, specializing in securing the lowest discount prices across a vast global hotels network. “We encourage passengers to take advantage of Cebu Pacific’s seat sale and Agoda.com’s hotel deals for the most affordable holiday in the island paradise of Phuket. By booking in advance, guests can maximize their travel savings so they can spend more at their destination,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog. CEB is the first and only airline to provide direct air services from the Philippines to this popular island destination. Located approximately 860 kilometers south of Bangkok, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is known for its dive sites and beaches. Presently, CEB offers 22 international destinations: Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei and Xiamen. For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to www. cebupacificair.com, or call the reservation hotlines (02)7020-888 or (032)2308888.

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Ramirez in his text message Monday. Ramirez has already resigned as the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) athletic director to university president Fr. Joel Tabura with the agreement that he will still spend time at his previous office in Matina until a replacement will come in. “I’ve tendered my resignation already this morning sa Ateneo but we agreed with Fr. Tabura this morning that I will spend few hours every day until we could find a replacement,” Ramirez said. Duterte made his announcement last week that he will offer the job to Ramirez at the city hall while also revealing his other appointed officials. “After one week of discernment while I felt very awkward in resigning from the university, I felt that serving the greater majority of our people,” Ramirez answered on why he accepted the offer. Ramirez, who became the first Mindanaoan to become the PSC chairman

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under the administration of President Gloria MacapagalArroyo in 2005, said that he “will chart a Barangay Sports Program, Street Children and destitute community sports”. “And possibly the creation of a sports committee of the city to have the sports stakeholders part of the sports direction of the city,” he said. Ramirez, who said that “sports and development is beyond competition”, had already reported to the city sports office inside the Magsaysay Park Monday. He said his office will soon present the whole sports program to the City Planning Office. Ramirez ended his stint with the PSC in January 2010 and returned to Davao City to seek public office. He failed in his first try and later accepted a consultant’s position with the city government under then Mayor Sara Duterte. philippine news agency

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for the past decade. But in telco, you need to reinvent the business model regularly given the emergence of new technologies. Customers are also more involved in telco and broadband services. They constantly give feedback and interact with their telco providers while in FMCG, if a customer is unhappy with a service, they simply drop you.” He noted that “for a brand that has just been around for less than four years, Tattoo has made its mark with consumers and taken a leadership position in the broadband market, driven by innovation, aggressive sales and marketing efforts, as well as having consistent and relevant brand imagery. Taking on the exciting challenge of leading Tattoo, I aim to carry on its positioning as an aspirational and edgy brand attuned to its dynamic and youthful target market.” “Under my helm, Tattoo will continue to innovate by pushing the boundaries of broadband technologies and introducing new internet services for everyone to enjoy. As a leader in its industry and with a new and modernized Globe network, Tattoo will further improve its coverage footprint and provide the fastest and most consistent internet speeds to our subscribers,” he added. When asked about his leadership and management style, the De La Salle University alumnus shared that

he subscribes to a “servant leadership” kind of philosophy wherein the needs of the team take priority over the individual needs of the leader. “A good leader enables his people to succeed under his coaching and guidance.” He also believes that good leaders should be able to drive change when needed to bring the business forward. Leaders need to be decisive to take bold action to drive that change and to not over-analyze nor be paralyzed by inaction. Prior to his tenure in Globe, Simpao carved a solid 20-year career in sales, marketing and general management in Unilever Philippines, where he honed his skills as sales trainee before moving to marketing then steadily scaled the ranks to become one of its top executives. He was instrumental in strengthening Unilever’s leadership in hair care business and effectively expanded its skin care business catering to emerging segments such as Men. Simpao also had two international stints for Unilever in Tokyo and in London where he worked in corporate strategy and competitive intelligence in Unilever’s global headquarters. Outside the office, Simpao is an aspiring tri-athlete, while the rest of his time is spent as a family man to his wife and four kids.

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Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao; as well as to the Zamboanga Peninsula, Zamboanga del Sur, Sarangani, Lanao del Norte, Davao, North and South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, meanwhile, has cancelled last July 1 all travel by embassy staff to the cities of Davao, Cotabato and Zamboanga. Three days after, the United States Embassy in Manila restricted the travel of its personnel to the same cities including the Sulu Archipelago. The said advisories were made due to the alleged serious threats of terrorist attacks, kidnappings, violent crimes and clashes between armed groups. “The Embassy wishes to remind all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and maintain an appropriate level of personal security in all circumstances by reviewing your personal safety plans; remaining aware of your sur-

roundings, including local events; and monitoring local news sources for updates,” the US Embassy said. Duterte said he can’t question the integrity or the capability of the Americans, Canadians and Australians to come with this kind of advisory as he noted that any “threat to human life” is considered “alarming.” Chief Superintendent Jaime Morente, the outgoing Regional Director of the Philippine National Police, said he already ordered the city police director to increase their troops’ visibility. “Foot patrols (and) the checkpoints are 24/7. One of the stations at any one time should be conducting a checkpoint in the three entries to the city including the fourth from Samal Island,” he said. He noted that their moves would be “continuous and random” but they would still observe police operational procedures, like police officers wearing their nameplates and officials supervising those with vehicles. Meanwhile, Davao City Police Director Ronaldo dela Rosa said they will intensify “police intelligence” and “target hardening.” “We are appealing to the public to bear with us as you will experience inconvenience (because of this) as our checkpoints will be here and there to address the possible threat,” he said. Cancelled Following the security threats, the city’s planned hosting of the Philippine Ad Congress in October is cancelled. “I said good riddance and we just have to adjust. It’s a failed ambition to host it here in Davao City because of these developments. We can’t do anything about it,” Duterte said. The city’s chief executive said he can only hope that “those with bad intentions would not do such (terrorist) acts.” Reassignment Morente and dela Rosa, this city’s high-ranking police officers, are set to be reassigned following protocols from the Camp Crame. Dela Rosa is said to take a new post as a Training Supervisor. Dela Rosa, however, said he sees three officers qualified to take his post, namely, Regional Criminal Investigation Unit Chief PSSupt. Albe rt Ignatius Ferro, Office of Regional Intelligence Division Chief, PSupt. Michael John Dubria and Office of Regional

Logistics and Research Development Division Chief PSSupt. Vicente Danao, Jr. Meanwhile, Morente said he still doesn’t know who’s going to replace him. (John Rizle L. Saligumba/ davaotoday.com)

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“To get there, we need progress, not hastiness. We know the urgency of signing the prerequisite documents before the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law but we also recognize the importance of substantive consultations and elucidation of the issues given due diligence. We also recognize the importance of proper and sufficient transition period before the 2016 elections and reverting to ARMM is not even an alternative if it is a failed experiment,” the UnYPhil-Women’s statement read. President Aquino had referred to the ARMM, an entity set up in 1990 under the administration of his mother, President Corazon Aquino, as a “failed experiment.” Each day’s delays in accomplishing the roadmap’s steps is a day taken away from the transition period. Last week, the CSO (Civil Society Organization) Summit on the Bangsamoro Peace Talks in Davao City called on both panels to sign the peace agreement “now” because “time is running out.” If the delays continue and the Bangsamoro entity is not set up by 2016, the ARMM will continue operating. Under the FAB, the ARMM will be deemed abolished only when the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) shall have been set up. President Aquino is bent on making the “Bangsamoro” his legacy. But he has also been supportive of reforming the present ARMM, appointing his former congressional buddy, Mujiv Hataman as OIC Governor in December 2011. Hataman was elected governor in May but his supposed three-year administration will be cut short when the BTA takes over for the transition. Under Step 12 of the Roadmap to the Bangsamoro, the Bangsamoro Basic Law is supposed to have been promulgated and ratified. Under Step 13, the BTA is created, ARMM is “deemed abolished” and “all devolved authorities are vested in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority.” Under Step 14, “ministerial form and Cabinet system of government will commence” when the BTA is in place while under Step 15 -- the last step -- the BTA is “replaced upon the election and assumption of the members of the Bangsamoro legislative assembly and the formation of the Bangsamoro government.” Officials of the new Bangsamoro government are supposed to be elected during the May 9, 2016 polls and are supposed to begin governance by June 30, 2016, when the President steps down from office. The Bangsamoro, as agreed upon by both parties, will have a “ministerial form” of government that will begin as soon as the BTA is set up. In its statement, UnYPhil-Women also said they “need the immediate signing of the comprehensive peace agreement” but added, “we also need just and durable peace. Peace that recognizes the diversity of the region. Peace that is resolute in resolving injustices and human rights violations. Peace that is emanating from the grassroots communities. And peace that works for women and their children.” It noted that it has been nearly nine months “since the historical and hyped signing” of the FAB, six months since the supposed December 31, 2012 deadline for the completion of the annexes and the signing of the comprehensive peace pact and four months since the first of four annexes was signed. “Clearly, the peace process is not progressing according to the road map offered to us the previous year,” it said (MindaNews)

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