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Policeman who tests positive in shabu faces dismissal GENERAL Santos City–– The Police Regional Office 12 has dismissed from service one of the four policemen here who were earlier charged with murder in connection with the killing of a criminology student who was mistaken as a motorcycle theft suspect during a police operation in July. Chief Supt. Charles Calima Jr., Region 12 police director, said Monday he endorsed the dismissal and separation from active service of Police Officer (PO) 2 Arnold Sua for violation of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) drug policy. He said Sua had tested positive of metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in a drug test conducted by the city police’s scene of crime operations (Soco) unit following the controversial operation. “His (Sua) separation order has come out already,” Calima told reporters. The PNP’s policy guidelines regarding use of prohibited drugs has set the outright dismissal from service of any police personnel who will be tested positive of drug use. “If a policeman turns out positive of using illegal drugs, he or she already failed to meet the continuing requirement of being a member of the PNP, that is to remain as drug-free,” the official explained. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed murder charges before the city prosecutor’s office early See faceS/p.11

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HE city government of Tagum ren e we d ti e s with various employers and business establishments here through the conduct of Employers’ Forum aimed at reigniting the vital force of public-private partnership in employment generation. SEE FULL STORY/p.10

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WAR IN ZAMBOANGA CITY. Fighting continues in Zamboanga City where troops are battling Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels under Nur Misuari––disgruntled by the 1996 peace deal they signed with the government––who occupied several villages and took as many as 180 people hostage. The violence forced over 60,000 people to flee their homes.

2 hostages die, 32 freed in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA City––Authorities said a total of 34 hostages had either escaped or freed by rebels in the besieged city of Zamboanga in Mindanao where sporadic fighting continues.

But officials said two of the former captives had died and the others were reunited with their family and some still recuperating in hospitals from injuries sustained during their ordeal.

The following are the names of the 34 former hostages – Mercidita Hasinun, NorisimaHasinun, Yudith Hasinun, Aira Hasinun, Binsai Hasinun, Fr. Michael Ufana, Ereneo Gerolaga,

Mary Jean Gerolaga, Ronelo Nagar, Rodello Tolorio, Warren Simyunn, Josephine Simyunn, Oswaldo Mariano, Monico Dales, Reymundo Cepada (+), Frederick See HOSTAGES/p.11

THE Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading Senate Billl 1186 seeking to defer the elections of the Sangguniang Kabataan scheduled on October 28 this year. S e n at o r Fe r d i n a n d “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who authored the measure, said that postponing the elections would give Congress ample time to craft legislation that would institute the reforms needed in the present SK structure. “Let me take this opportunity to re-state my own position that I am not in favor of the abolition See polls/p.9

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AS of 4 p.m. yesterday, the center of Tropical Depression “ODETTE” was estimated based on all available data at 930 km East of Casiguran, Aurora (17.2°N,132.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 7 kph. Southwest Monsoon affecting Central and Southern luzon and Visayas. Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest with slight to moderate seas. source : pagasa

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Misor vice guv sends sangguniang workers to four-day seminar MISAMIS Oriental––True to his promise of professionalizing effectively the entire SP employees, VG Joey Pelaez personally managed and designed the program flow of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) first Team building and Strategic Planning at Duka Bay Resort, Medina, Misamis Oriental on September 12-15, 2013. Very particular with the content and substance of the four-day activities, VG Joey went to the extent of inviting Resource Persons from various fields of expertise from personality development, Strategic planning and Workshop, and Branding for the 4-working days of the said activity. On the first day, SP employees underwent a Teambuilding and Personality development session facilitated by Mr. John Paul Lanot, a TV and Event Host, TV and Voice talent, and a Motivational Speaker. During this session that SP employees get to be informed and reminded, through their openness and personal admissions, of the present working environment and occupational and professional relationships. On the second day, it was another serious session of Strategic Planning and Workshop facilitated by Mr. Rudenio C. Eduave, a Human Resource Management and Organizational Development Consultant. Mr. Eduave discussed and reinforced the appropriate strategic methodologies on crafting the SP employees’

vision, mission and the formulation of short, medium and long-term plans. One staff during the said session admitted that the she was very fortunate in having participated in the session. She added that SP has four interconnected and interdependent functions among Legislative, Administrative, Communications and IT divisions. On the third day was the seminar on Misamis Oriental branding presided by Mr. Benralph S. Yu, a Corporate Management Trainee of Nestle Philippines and Ms. Kathryn Gayle S. Quiwa, a fourth year student from Ateneo de Manila University. The speakers were successful in engaging SP’s employees of classifying and defining Misamis Oriental SP brand “A Happy Mis.Or.” in the daily exercises of the various functions of the SP office. At the night of the third day and the fourth day was the culmination of the seminar of SP employees where VG Joey Pelaez gave a speech. In his speech, VG Pelaez reminded SP employees really work in delivering the best services they can render to the people of Misamis Oriental. He also reassured to SP employees that his office will be very supportive and more delighted to be of help and instrument in the development and professionalizing the SP employees which the Vice Governor hopes to aid for a better and a truly working Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

MISAMIS Oriental Vice Governor Joey Pelaez sent all the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Staff to a four-day Team Building, Personality Development, Strategic Planning and Branding Training Workshop last September 12-15, 2013. This is part of his promise to professionalize the Sangguniang Panlalawigan employees in order to serve effectively and efficiently the people of the province for “A Happy MisOr.J”

No more exemptions of authority to print receipts CAGAYAN de Oro City–– No more exemptions would be extended to all business enterprises in the city and the rest of the region by using the old Authority to Print (ATP), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said on Monday. The use of the old ATP has already lapsed after the deadline on August 30, 2013, Samson Q. Carcueva, Assistant Revenue District officer of BIR-10, said. Carcueva said that all principal and supplementary receipts /invoices printed prior to January 18, 2013 are no longer valid, business sectors caught using the dated receipt after the deadline will be slapped with a penalty of P1000 to P50, 000 if not the agency

will resort to drastic measures such as the shutdown of the establishments. He said that the new revenue regulation aims to curb abuses in the use and issuance of official receipts, sales invoices and other commercial invoices. Based on the BIR RR No. 18-2012, all business taxpayers were required to apply from the BIR an Authority to Print (ATP) for the printing of new sets of their principal and supplementary receipts/ invoices on or before April 30, 2013. In giving leeway to the business sectors an extension was set to another deadline which is August 30, 2013. According to the new

order the ATP is issued per establishment (HQ or branch) valid only upon the full use of inclusive serial numbers of all invoices or five years from issuance, whichever comes first. Carcueva said this also serves as the regulation was a necessary reform to address serious problems, including the proliferation of fake receipts that are being sold to tax evaders and smugglers, and unscrupulous acts by some BIR personnel whose relatives used to own receipt printers previously accredited by the BIR. Carcueva said the BIR in Northern Mindanao would strictly campaign against tax evaders in the region in order to meet

the quota in the revenue collection which was 28 percent higher than last year’s collection of P390 million. He said that the BIR would also conduct the tax compliance verification drive of tax mapping to more than 30,000 registered big time and small business establishments here. The tax mapping would identify taxpayers who failed to apply to the ATP receipts, Carcueva added. Carcueva urged the business sectors to surrender all unused/unissued receipts/invoices to the RDO where the taxpayer is registered on or before the 10th day after the expiration of the validity period for destruction. LRJ

MNLF, religious group pray for peace in M’nao

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– About 50 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) here led a rally dubbed as “Prayer for Peace in Mindanao” at the Divisoria Plaza here on Sunday. Sammy Tagalog, the head of the MNLF in Northern Mindanao, said the peace rally was also participated by Christians and other religious groups who want an end to the Zamboanga City armed clashes between former MNLF rebels and government forces. He said that the MNLF in Northern Mindanao has

Policemen stand guard as dozens of members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) hold peace rally in downtown Cagayan de Oro Monday. Mindanao Daily News Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

nothing to do with the ongoing armed skirmishes with government troopers in Zamboanga City. “We have been living

in peace since the MNLF and the government forged a peace pact in 1996 and provided the MNLF various livelihood projects in the

region,” Tagalo said. Other Christian and religious groups that joined the prayer for peace rally here were representatives from the Aid to Life Ministries, Jesus for All Nations, Youth of Glory, Lamp Foundation and the Philippine Envangelical Network in praying for peace. During the prayer rally the MNLF and other sectoral groups signed a covenant to build a culture of peace in the region in particular and in Mindanao in general. GERRY GORIT, Staff Member, Mindanao Daily News


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No need for loyalty check among MNLF integrees in Army’s 4ID, says spokesman By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– There is no need for a loyalty check among former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members who have been integrated as soldiers in the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. Capt. Christian Uy, spokesman of the 4ID based in Cagayan de Oro City, said the integrees don’t have to undergo a loyalty check because they have sworn in as protectors of the country. The question was raised Monday by reporters as fighting in Zamboanga City between the military and MNLF continues. Uy said that there is a “considerable number” of MNLF integrees as mandated by law. He added that there has been no case of disloyalty among those under the 4ID command. Uy could not say if there are integrees who have been sent to Zamboanga among the Philippine Army soldiers. However, he said that the Marines who were recently based in Misamis

PEACE COVENANT. A covenant between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and leaders of Cagayan de Oro City signed Sunday

afternoon at the Divisoria Kiosk during the Prayer for Peace in Mindanao rally. The Muslims were joined by leaders from the Jesus for All Nations, Transformation, and Peace Makers. Prayers were said after the covenant signing. Right, A member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Northern Mindanao carries their flag and the national colors of the Philippines during the prayer rally. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry L. Gorit

Oriental have been sent to Zamboanga. “They are now under the operational control of the Western Mindanao Command, not anymore under the 4ID,” Uy said. He added that the 4ID

has not sent any tanks or other war machines. “But we remain on heightened alert,” Uy said. In a related event, officers of the MNLF in Northern Mindanao under commander Sammy Tagalog

joined Christian religious leaders of Cagayan de Oro in a Prayer for Peace in Mindanao rally held at the Divisoria Kiosk. According to city police operations branch head Chief Insp. Lemuel Gonda,

there were some 60 MNLF men who participated in the afternoon activity. The Muslims joined representatives from the Aid to Life Ministries, Jesus for All Nations, Youth of Glory, Lamp Foundation

and the Philippine Envangelical Network in praying for peace. A signing of a covenant between the MNLF and the leaders took place under the theme “Building A Culture of Peace.”


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Mining firm protects 1,000 has of forest By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Regional Editor-Caraga

ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur—A mining company has adopted 1,000 hectares of forest lands within the claimed ancestral domain claims of Manobo lumads under its care and protection from illegal loggers and timber poachers. Philsaga Mining Corp., the province biggest company and Mindanao’s top gold producer, has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and local government units to spearhead a no-nonsense forest protection program covering 1,000 hectares of forest land inside the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title no. 78 of lumad group called CAMMPACAMM in Rosario town. Over 200 guests and stakeholders attended the significant ceremony to mark the MOA signing of “AdoptA-1000-Hectare Mountain Forest Program.” Philsaga has been in the forefront in environment protection initiatives as part of the company’s serious commitment to be socially responsible for the well-being of communities amid the recent global challenge on the effects of climate change. Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza lauded Philsaga’s efforts that will benefit the environment and host communities as he stressed in the important need for everyone to be vigilant and take part in saving and protecting the environment. Aside from forest protection, Philsaga has also spearheaded an “Adopt-A-Creek” program to rehabilitate natural waterways in the neighbouring communities which has been destroyed by destructive irresponsible small-scale mining activities which are aplenty in this gold-rich town.

DILG turns-over water system By DON MANUELO O. PATRIMONIO

BUTUAN City––The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has turned-over the Level III Potable Water System to barangay Remedios, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, September 10, this year. Caraga DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion and Agusan del Sur Provincial Director Arleen Ann R. Sanchez, joined Esperanza Municipal Mayor Deo P. Manpatilan Jr. and Remedios Punong Barangay Lilian P. Bandi during the

ribbon cutting and turnover ceremonies. Local residents witnessed the blessing of the pump house and deep well, and the fire hydrant. To show confidence of its potability, DILG personnel present took turns in drinking the water through the hydrant. The turn-over was followed by the signing of the Certificate of Project Completion and Certificate of Acceptance. WATER | page 11

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Samahang Magdalo urges rice probe BUTUAN CITY - Samahang Magdalo Partylist Reps. Gary Alejano and Francisco Ashley Acedillo will file a resolution calling for an investigation on the country’s rice situation. “While news items of progressive price hikes and persistent allegations of corruption in the DA and NFA’s importation of rice may have precipitated the need for an investigation, this will be but starting points to a more thorough review of our self-sufficiency roadmaps and these agencies’ performance relative thereto,” said the lawmakers.

Peace roadmap given importance BUTUAN CITY - In his message during the Caraga Roadmap for Peace: Framework Building Workshop, City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., who also chairs the Caraga Regional Peace and Order Council, said that in attaining peace, there must be a roadmap that should not only be a piece of paper, but must be executed. Commitment of the local chief executives in the region is really needed,” he said.

PROJECT TURN-OVER - DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion (third from left) hands over the pipe wrench used in opening the fire hydrant during the ribbon-cutting ceremonies — to Esperanza Mayor Deo P. Manpatilan Jr. (second from the left) with Remedios Punong Barangay Lilian P. Bandi (left) and Agusan del Sur DILG Provincial Director Arleen Ann R. Sanchez (right). (DILG-13 Photo/asf)

Butuan broadcasters unite for urban greening By JENNIFER P. GAITANO

BUTUAN CITY -- Memb ers of the Kapis anan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) Butuan City Chapter from different radio stations, with various sectors, re-united during a tree planting activity in Barangay Masao, this city. D u b b e d a s " Ur b a n Greening", the event was in partnership with the barangay officials, Department of the En-

vironment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government unit. Two hundred fifty KBP members, with partners participated in the "hataw exercise" and tree planting activity. KBP Butuan City Chapter President and dxMB-Love Radio Station Manager Israel Pa lero s aid t he t re e pl ant ing

TESDA-Caraga announces free assessment, certification By ROBERT E. ROPEROS

BUTUAN CITY – To expand clients’ access to assessment and certification program, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-Caraga has announced its free assessment and certification. During the program launching at the MultiMedia Center (MMC) of Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT), this city, TESDA-Caraga Regional Operations Division (ROD) Chief Braulio dela Peña said the activity is being pushed by TESDA

Director-General Sec. Joel J. Villanueva “basically to upgrade the qualification of existing workers, trainers and assessors to a higher level of qualification.” Dela Peña also said the project aimed to promote assessment and certification program at the company/ enterprise level. Also, TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Florencio Sunico Jr. stressed that assessment and certification are unique mandates of TESDA which is dedicated to all Filipino workers here and especially in abroad. The conduct of free assessment, Sunico said is the third season which was started in 2010 when Sec. Villanueva assumed the position as TESDA DirectorGeneral. Sunico stressed the National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) is intended for the self-employed and wage-employed Filipino assessment | page 9

activity was conducted simult ane ously by t he KBP chapters nationwide. “Despite the busy schedule of our partnermedia in the field, we are here united and sharing the concern for our environment. Let’s sustain life… let’s plant more trees,” said Palero. Moreover, street children being taken-cared of by the city government and the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) also participated during the

a c t iv it y, a c c omp an i e d by city councilor Atty. Rema Burdeos and BCPO deputy police director PSupt Romy Palgue. In October last year, t h e ch apte r a l s o c on ducted similar activity in Mount Mayapay, Barangay Bonbon, this city. The “Oplan Broadcastreeing” is in support to the National Greening Program (NGP), a priority program of President Benigno S. Aquino III. (JPG/PIA-Caraga/asf )

DSWD-13 releases P3M to Pantawid beneficiaries By LEAH T. QUINTANA

BUTUAN CITY - -- The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Regional Office released on Monday some P3 Million to 300 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte. The financial support was expected to help the beneficiaries, who will be graduating from the program next year, to have another livelihood so that education, good health and nutritional condition of children are ensured. DSWD Caraga Assistant Regional Rirector for Operations Mita G. Lim and Las Nieves Mayor Avelina S. Rosales distributed the checks to the beneficiaries. Vice Mayor Avelino N. Biong,with members of

the Sangguniang Bayan witnessed the activity. Mayor Rosales and ARD Lim were one in exhorting the beneficiaries to use the funds for the projects that they proposed. The two lady leaders also enjoined them in managing the projects well and make it grow. The beneficiaries through the three group leaders, Wilma Calaga, Nenian Silao and Nelia Obita, expressed their gratitude to the government for the support given them. They also appealed to their co-beneficiaries for cooperation and support to each other to be able to make their projects succeed in augmenting their family income and make their lives a lot better. (DSWD-13/PIA-Agusan del Norte/asf )


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LGU's to share funds for the October BSK elections By RUTCHIE CABAHUG-AGUHOB

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental -- All local government units (LGU) have been required to set aside amounts for the conduct of the 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE). Such amount, however, shall in no case be less than P10,000, but not more than 10 percent of the general funds of the barangays which have been set aside for the SK, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said. This provision is pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 9739, entitled "In the Matter of Collecting the Shares of Barangays to Augment the Funds to be Used for the Conduct of of the 2013 BSKE." Any and all amounts forwarded to the Comelec pursuant to this resolution shall be used primarily to defray the expenses of the board of election tellers, particularly, their transportation allowance in the amount of P500, each, and for their additional honoraria, trainings and meetings. As provided in Comelec Resolution NO. 9739, the amount shall be re-

leased by the LGU's to the Election Officers, who are directed to extend cooperation and assistance in the disbursements of these amounts, Atty. Cirilo E. Nala, Jr., Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) of Misamis Occidental, said. In i nst anc e s w he re there is no appropriated fund for a barangay, the LGU concerned shall ask for the supplemental budget from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Meanwhile, Comelec Resolution 9739 seeks the assistance of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), COA and DBM for the collection of funds from the LGU’s. It a l s o a u t h o r i z e s Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert S. Lim, Chairperson of the Sterring Committee for the 2013 BSKE, to enter into an memorandum of agreement with DILG, DBM and COA for purposes of facilitating the implementation of this resolution, subject to the confirmation of the Commission En Banc. (RCAguhob/PIA10Misamis Occidental)

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Group discovers large-scale mining operation in Bukidnon town By WALTER I. BALANE

IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon – Large-scale chromite mining activities allegedly operating illegally have invaded a proposed “minahang bayan” (people’s mining area) straddling two villages here, the newlyformed caused-oriented group Barog Bukidnon said. Last month, proponents for the declaration of the 2,000-hectare minahang bayan told residents during a consultation that they need the measure to protect the town from large-scale mining operations. In a report to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on September 13, Barog Bukidnon showed photos from an ocular inspection in Sitio Abaga, Barangay Impalutao, Impasug-ong town last week that a large-scale mining operation exists in the area. “Barog Bukidnon and concerned individuals/ groups find it to be improper and hazardous considering the destruction it may cause not only in the locality but even in the neighboring places in the eastern part of Misamis Oriental,” Emma Molina, the group’s chair, said. Molina told MindaNews

Saturday the group is registering its strong opposition to the said mining activity. Barog Bukidnon furnished copies of its report to President Benigno Aquino III, Interior and Local Governments Sec. Mar Roxas, local government officials and church leaders. The report, prepared by San Isidro College professor Fred Martinez, said that mud from the chromite separator equipment used in the operations flows to the Dila Falls and into Tagoloan River. Barog Bukidnon said the situation they found in Sitio Abaga, a guarded area, shows “that what was permitted to be small-scale mining is actually operating on a large-scale basis.” According to the group, the mining operator, which it did not identify, uses a jackhammer, a spiral flusher to separate chromite and water pumps. “(The high-grade chromite) mining operation is rather a large-scale mining operation,” Martinez added in his report, which he presented to the meeting of the leaders of the Diocesan Commission on Tuesday. The day before, the group presented the report to Malaybalay Bishop Jose A. Cabantan, who backed

plans by the group to widen the campaign opposing mining in Impasugong to the towns of Tagoloan and Vilanueva in Misamis Oriental, which are downstream of the Tagoloan River. They said they will seek the help of Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma. Martinez said the mudflow contributes to the siltation of the Tagoloan River. “No mining (activity) considered as responsible would look like the evidence we found,” said Martinez, who heads the Barog Bukidnon affiliate group Task Force Against Corruption. The group cited that the Abaga mining site is small compared to the one in Kapayawan Mountain, where the group failed to enter due to heavy security. Barog Bukidnon said mining interest in the town is fueled by the prospect of gold and other minerals in Impantaw Mountain, the main target for mineral extraction in the area. The group vowed to oppose mining in Bukidnon to protect the environment from the ridge in Bukidnon to the reef in Macajalar Bay in Misamis Oriental. The municipality of Impasug-ong was declared the “Tribal Capital of Bukidnon.” About three-fourths

of its 42,972 population belong to the Higaonon tribe spread in 13 barangays of the town’s 107,167 hectares land area. Municipal officials, during the consultations late in July and early August in barangays Kap. Bayog and Impalutao, said they need to declare the area as minahang bayan so that large-scale mining will not penetrate the town. Noel Lumoyod, Impasug-ong municipal environment and natural resources officer, told villagers that mining is a national policy and to ensure it is “operated sustainably,” a local mechanism must be put in place to ensure protection. He said the municipal government will put up its own protective policies as the national mechanism had to be customized to fit the local situation. Former mayor Joy Okinlay said they are not converting the whole town into a mining area, noting “they will keep the zones to ensure there will be areas dedicated to mining, agriculture and tourism.“ She also denied that mining operations destroyed the Dila and the Tagoloan rivers, blaming instead agricultural companies for the damage. mining | page 9


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Gunfire in Zamboanga City only from military LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Jesus said, `If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’…” (John 8:31-32, the Holy Bible). -ooo“BASIC CITIZENS’ CONCERNS UNATTTENDED”: From broadcaster Melo Acuna: “Come to think of it: The government has not been successful in its campaigns against illegal gambling and drugs. Jueteng and drugs are never their priorities. How can it lick graft and corruption when these basic concerns have been left unattended? How much more of insurgency and smuggling?” -ooo“IS ZAMBOANGA CITY REALLY UNDER SIEGE”? A live report by ABS CBN reporter Jorge Carino on the Zamboanga City siege last week gives rise to a vital query: is there really a siege of the city by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)? This question is also giving rise to a second important question: are there really MNLF rebels in the area? In his report, Jorge Carino showed his interview of a retired lady professor, Dr. Marietta Banzon Galvez, who drove a car out of the corner of Evangelista Street and Lustre Street in Sta. Catalina, Zamboanga City, right after the place was heavily bombarded with gunfire and tank artillery by the military. -ooo“GUNFIRE COMING ONLY FROM MILITARY”: Dr. Galvez, who was with another woman and a child according to Carino’s report, disclosed that not only were they running out of food supplies as a result of the supposed fighting in their area. She also clarified, quite clearly, that there were no MNLF men in their place, and that there was no one from the place where she resides that was firing any gun. In Filipino, Dr. Galvez also said something that would belie claims that, at least in Sta. Catalina, there is a fighting going on between MNLF rebels and the soldiers who have been there for more than a week now. She said the gunfire were apparently coming only from the military. I hope this is satisfactorily clarified by the government. -oooPOLITICAL POWER THROUGH THE INTERNET: If one is to analyze the current political situation in the country right now, it cannot be denied that more and more Filipinos are starting to realize that the Internet and the social networking sites like Facebook can give them great political power, in the sense that complaints and disclosures of wrongdoings in government

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio can now be instantly publicized without any limitations, and many can now be readily mobilized at the least expense. Maybe, those who crafted the Cybercrime Law, or Republic Act 10175 (An Act Defining Cybercrime, Providing for the Prevention, Investigation, Suppression and the Imposition of Penalties Therefor And for Other Purposes), had this in mind when they passed this law. With the Internet and Facebook, no secret can be safely hidden or kept anymore, and anybody who has done something grave can expect their evil or corrupts acts swiftly disclosed. -oooINTERNET COMPELS TRANSPARENCY IN GOV’T: This is to me greatly beneficial to the people in general, because it would keep them informed of what their duly-elected or duly-appointed officials are doing, for or against the country. Transparency would become the name of the game in public governance, as officials are now really being pushed to carry out their duties and responsibilities according to the rules, lest their acts are immediately exposed for all to see. The possibility of abuse is there, alright, but in a country which has been run by government officials who have come to treat the bureaucracy as their family servants and the machinery of government as their private businesses and source of profitable income, it is time that this right to expose anomalies is abused, until fear is installed in the hearts of grafters to freeze them in their thieving binges. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com, mmauriciojr111@gmail.com.

Pray without ceasing Special Gospel of the day: Luke4:3844(September16, 2013-Monday) Luke 4:38-44And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking [them] suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ. And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: Jesus came from the synagogue the place for study and worship and went to the house of Peter mother in law who has fever. In this scenery, we can see that Peter was close to his mother in law, in fact, he brought Jesus to her for healing. How about you, are you close to your mother in law? We can also describe that Peter asked the help of Jesus since he could not do anything for his sickly mother in law. Supposedly, we will imitate Peter for doing such thing

Biblical reflection Bro. Edcel L. Closas because Jesus our God will not refuse but instead accompany us in times of our problems and sufferings. The truth is, “Jesus is our companion.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:17-“Pray without ceasing.” Are you prayerful? Finally, after the healing of the woman, she rose and served Jesus as her gratitude to the miracles she experienced from Jesus. This is reminding us that we will serve God as our response to his immeasurable love and generosity to our lives. Take note, if you are not coming to God, you are un grateful creatures of God: SPONSORED:Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:00 PM - Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request


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AMBOANGA CITY – More than 90 children of evacuees are gathered at the temporary shelter provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as a makeshift day care center at the heart of the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex here. “They are just some of the children of the evacuees here in the complex to whom we are providing learning activities to. It’s like a temporary class for a day care center, where we give them activities like drawing, writing, coloring, and some reading or story-telling,” said Anne Aguilar, a volunteer teacher. Aguilar works at Bethany Child Development Center, one of the private schools in the city providing primary education. The activities, Aguilar explained to MindaNews, are creative diversions for children and at the same time one way to keep them safe and intact while parents are queuing for food, medicines, blankets, mats, and other supplies. The DSWD Day Care Center at the evacuation site is headed by Grace Ojales, who heads the San Jose Gusu Day Care Center. The Center was established to keep the children’s hopes high, so that trauma will not be deeper, shared a DSWD worker who refused to be named as she preferred that

her office’s purpose in putting up the center be emphasized. “Other teacher-volunteers are nursing students from the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU),” Aguilar added. Another student-volunteer from the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST), Ibno Nurham, told MindaNews that children are also grouped together not only for them to do creative activities amid the tension at the complex, but to complement the standing rule in the provision of supplies for evacuees who are not allowed to queue with children in tow as to control the supply distribution and ensuring that every family gets a pack. Meters away from the makeshift center is a smaller tent with the fewest number of persons lining up, the Women-Friendly Space. One of the volunteers stationed there, Lulu Mangaoang, said that the there are only a few women lining up in the area because it is “a space dedicated

CENTER FOR CHILDREN. Children of evacuees at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City join learning activities organized by volunteers at the temporary Day Care Center put up by the local Social Welfare Office on Saturday, 14 September 2013. The temporary center was set up in the light of the mass evacuation of residents in six communities affected by the armed conflict between government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front. (MindaNews photo by Frencie Carreon)

for lactating mothers.” “We are providing in this area malunggay arroz caldo, which is proven to be nutritious for lactating mothers. Malunggay kasi ang nagpapagatas sa mga buntis (Malunggay enables a pregnant woman to lactate),” she said. Across the fields are more than 24,000 persons from 6,000 families, all internally displaced due to the armed conflict in six communities in Zamboanga City between government troops and combatants from three commands of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). Food and water

supply have continuously been given by the city government through its various offices, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Tzu Chi Foundation through its Zamboanga City Office which is the first socio-civic group responder, and many other volunteer organizations. The conflict is now on its seventh day, and while no ceasefire was ever officially declared and neither has the city been declared in a state of emergency, the exchange of gunfire has minimized this day.

Civilians in line of fire in Basilan assault ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Mindanao Human Rights Action Center has expressed concern over the plight of civilians in the southern Philippine province of Basilan where military assaults continue the past days. Troops were firing 105mm cannon on Moro National Liberation Front rebels and Abu Sayyaf militants blamed for a series of attacks in Basilan, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. Military bombardments were also reported in several towns where rebels had been sighted, but it also put in danger civilians near those targets. The assaults triggered an exodus of civilians and many of them are staying in temporary shelters, but food supply is depleted due to the suspension of boat travels from Basilan to Zamboanga City where security forces are also battling a faction of the MNLF since September 9. “Frantic phone calls from grassroots monitors in Basilan indicate that some of the 105mm shells that AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) artillery units are firing at reported sightings of MNLF are falling near civilian populations. Residents of the municipalities of Tuburan, Akbar and Lamitan assault | page 9


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Gensan city hospital faces full audit for ‘poor services’ G E N E R A L S a nt o s C i t y – – T h e C om m i s s i on on Au d it ( C OA ) in Region 12 has launched a full financial and systems audit of the city hospital here amid mounting questions from the public over its supposed inadequate and poor services. City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said the local government has requested the conduct of the full audit on the hospital to clarify some issues regarding its mandated services and operations, specifically in the utilization of its allocated funds. He said the audit, which the city government formally sought in a letter addressed to COA Region 12 officer-in-charge Arlene Re yes, als o aims to determine what should be done to improve the hospital’s systems and to make its operations more transparent. The mayor said he has assigned a team to work with the C OA auditors regarding the ongoing audit of the facility. “We need to fix or restructure the hospital’s systems to make its ser vices to our residents more effective,” he said.

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of the SK. But I am in support of its restructuring,” Marcos said. Marcos said various stakeholders unanimously supported the postponement of the SK elections and agreed that the SK must be reformed and restructured in order to serve the goal for which it was established – that is, to represent in government

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workers in different industries. Further, the region’s TESDA chief said certification is an important tool or requirement especially when workers want to work abroad. “If workers are already holders of National Certificates (NCs), it matters on the qualification of works, thus they will receive high rate,” Sunico stated. Thru NATCAC, Sunico explained, TESDA has been extending the assessment and certification to workers to ensure sustainability in their respective fields. “We are dreaming that one day, no workers working in different industries who are not NC holders… In this way, we can be sure that the quality of works and services that these workers offered, have passed the national and international standards,” Sunico further said. NATCAC is a synchronized conduct of competency assessment and certification in identified key qualifications that are critical, hard to find and with high industry demand.

Citing complaints and observations from the public, Rivera said the city hospital appears to be experiencing serious shortage on medicines and related supplies. “We have the funds but we also know that our medicine supplies are always short,” he said. The hospital management, led by Dr. Benjamin Pagarigan, acknowledged that their medicine supplies are of ten insuf f icient due to the increasing number of patients that it caters. He said the hospital mainly s er ves pat ients f rom t his city, nearby Sarangani Province and parts of South Cotabato. The city government and the provincial government of Sarangani have a standing agreement for hospitalization partnership that allows the admission to the hospital of referred patients from Sarangani Province. As i d e f rom t h e i n a d e qu at e medicine, Rivera said they noticed that the food served by the hospital is often limited, if not measly. “Again, we are supp os e d to have (enough) funds for this but

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the local police. A member of the Midsayap police’s traffic section identified as Police Officer 3 Ulysses Coronado immediately responded to the scene and his presence reportedly caused panic among the suspects, who quickly disembarked from the vehicle and left the victim behind. Calima said a shootout followed that led to the killing of one of the suspects identified as Jelon Pasandalan, who was reportedly a resident of Barangay Ponol in Pikit town. He said two other suspects identified as Digo Kadi Bagkal, also of Barangay Ponol in Pikit and Mohammad Tampong Pagayao of Cotabato City were arrested in an ensuing chase. The fourth suspect — Adam Guiamilon Sansaluna of Barangay Sadaan in Midsayap — was arrested in a follow-up operation, he said. (MindaNews)

the SK reform bill, so that immediately thereafter, the Sangguniang Kabataan elections can be held and conducted at the soonest possible time,” Marcos said. The participation of the youth in policy making and public governance began in 1975 when then President Ferdinand Marcos issued Presidential Degree 684, establishing the first youth council through the Kabataang Barangay.

It was later reorganized and replaced by the Sangguniang Kabataan by virtue of Republic Act 7160 of the Local Government Code of 1991 and in 1992, the first Sangguniang Kabataan elections was held in 1992. But over the years, the involvement of the youth in community affairs was not as effective as envisioned hence the call of SK’s abolition, Marcos said. philippine news agency

which will be the output of the various stakeholders in the study of issues of youth representation and governance. He said that once Congress approves the reform measure, a date for the SK elections will be set. “Rest assured that as chairman of the Committee on Local Government, this representation will exert utmost efforts in the thorough deliberations, and eventual passage of

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civilian population. “Before resuming, prior confirmation that the identified target areas are not populated by civilians,” it said. A team from the Mindanao Human Rights Action Center headed by Reden Asmira Diego was also in the frontline of military assault in Zamboanga on Saturday and documenting the violence in the city brought about by the continued fighting. Diego's group was braving the dangerous battle front without any safety equipment - body armour and Kevlar helmet - and not even a radio communication set, but a digital pocket camera and a cell phone which doubles as a digital voice recorder and their pressing concern about the safety of civilians and the rights of every body. The team also provided bottled water to people and mingled with residents and interviewing them about the fighting that had already killed and wounded dozens of people since the conflict began. A small team from the Human Rights Watch led by Carlos Conde was also documenting in the frontlines. Just like Diego's group,

Conde also braved the frontlines with one mission in mind and that is to report the human rights situation on the grounds. MNLF rebels – disgruntled with the 1996 peace deal they signed with Manila - launched simultaneous attacks in several villages in Zamboanga and took over 100 people and use them as shield against security forces. (Mindanao Examiner)

(city) had to hurriedly leave their homes late afternoon until evening after artillery shells suddenly started to fall in their villages,” the Mindanao Human Rights Action Center said in a bulletin. It also recommended the suspension of artillery shelling where civilians are at the risk of being hit. It said the areas must be free from

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GENERAL Santos City–– Police authorities tagged on Monday an alleged member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as behind the foiled abduction of a 73-year-old businesswoman in Midsayap town in North Cotabato on Sunday. Chief Supt. Charles Calima Jr., Region 12 police director, said in a statement that three suspects who were arrested following the kidnapping attempt have pointed to an MNLF member identified as alias Anwar Gayak of Poblacion 1, Midsayap as the brains behind the incident. Four armed men forcibly took victim Manolita Cedeño, who owns the Royal Drug Store in Midsayap town, in front of her home in Barangay Poblacion 1 at around 6 p.m. Sunday. But the victim was able to shout for help, catching the attention of local civilians who immediately relayed the information to

“We, in Congress, cannot ignore the resounding call from all sectors of the society for the comprehensive restructuring of the Sangguniang Kabataan,” Marcos said. While a consensus had been reached that the elections would be postponed for a period not exceeding one year, Marcos deemed it would better if the period of elections be embodied in the reform and restructuring legislation,

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the reality is that our patients are s ome t i me s g ive n just r i c e porridge and sardines for their meals,” he said. The city hospital, which received a budget of around P130 million for this year, underwent a number of major improvements in the last three years, among them the computerization of its laboratory, pharmacy and billing systems. Through assistance from the Department of Health (D OH), the city hospital completed the renovation of its emergency roomoutpatient department. The DOH has also allocated additional funds for the construction of its second level, which will house the obstetrics ward and private wing, gynecology ward, operating room/deliver y room and pediatric intensive care unit room. The city hospital, which is being developed by the city government as an economic enterprise, is also building a tertiary class dialysis center that is due for completion before yearend. (MindaNews)

the needs and concerns of the youth sector and to be the breeding ground for upright, decent, trustworthy and diligent youth leaders of the country. Likewise, Marcos said, the Dept. of Interior and Local Government after holding various consultations with the local government units, agreed that there is a need to postpone the scheduled SK elections to pave the way to its restructuring and reforms.

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Of the three chromite mining permits in Impasugong, only that of Rowena Omante in Kibuwa, in Barangay Impalutao has not expired. Approved in June 7, 2012, it is due to expire in 2014. Those granted to Christopher Maandig in Impalutao and Alfredo Lagunday in Kap. Bayong had expired in September 2010 and June 2013, respectively. Aside from the proposed minahang bayan in Impasugong, there are also proposed similar declarations in Libona and San Fernando towns, which have not issued smallscale mining permits so far. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)

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AGUM CITY —This city’s local government renewed ties with various employers and business establishments in Tagum through the conduct of Emp l oyer s’ For u m aimed at reigniting the vital force of public-private partnership in employment generation. The Public Employment S er vice Office, under the leadership of its new chief Rogeneth Pagd i l a o - L l ano s , c on ve n e d t h e s ai d for u m to strengthen local employment generation by encouraging employers and business establishments to furnish their office regular updates of their hiring list so that the PESO can disseminate these job opportunities to the Tagumeño constituents who need jobs. Such action is required under Cit y Ordinance

Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon speaks before employers and representatives from different business establishments in Tagum City during the Employers’ Forum last September 14, 2013. The forum, organized by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), was convened to strengthen local employment generation by encouraging employers and business establishments to furnish their office regular updates of their hiring list so that the PESO can disseminate these job opportunities to the Tagumeño constituents who need jobs, among others. (Photo by Leo Timogan of CIO Tagum)

No. 110 passed in 2010 re quir ing a l l business establishments to submit their list of job vacancies to PESO. This is still in line with Mayor Allan L. Rellon’s continuing advocacy for employment and livelihood, as included in his EAGLE WINGS Program, his 10-point agenda on governance that ser ves

as a compass to achieving his administration’s social contract with the people. Llanos stressed their office will serve as an effective partner in finding the best and qualified employees for these business establishments following their office’s mandate on employment facilitation, career coaching and em-

ployment referral. During the forum, the businessmen’s commitment to the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) was also pressed, where four establishments immediately signifying their commitment to hire SPES grantees recommended by their office. Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum

DAVAO CITY - Food and culture from this part of Mindanao was featured in the Davao Cultural Festival held in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. Hosted by Marco Polo Parkside (Beijing) the festival featured the Kalumon Performance Ensemble who will be performing indigenous inspired songs and dances at the hotel until September 27. During the opening last September 9 guests and visitors tasted Davao-based cuisine prepared by team of the celebrity Chefs Gene and Gino Gonzalez. Among these dishes include Kinilaw (tuna with vinegar) and Pomelo Salad followed by the Davao Malagos cheese as sidings to the dried shrimp. Lechon manok (roasted chicken) and grilled tuna panga (tuna jaw) were some of the main offerings at the Filipino buffet spread. The Festival is a joint project of the Department of Tourism (DOT) with partners Marco Polo Parkside and Cebu Pacific. It is part of the DOT program on increasing the awareness on Davao in the lucrative Chinese market particularly in Beijing, the event hopes to entice Chinese tourists to visit Samal and Davao

cities. "We are working closely with the airlines to connect Davao directly to our markets especially China." According to DOT Regional Director Art Boncato who stressed on the importance of connectivity between Davao and China. Among the guests during the opening were Minister and Consul Donna Rodriguez who represented the Philippine Ambassador to China. She was accompanied by officials from the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Department of Tourism -Beijing office represented by Mr. Warren Palacio. Former Marco Polo Davao General Manager and now the current Marco Polo Parkside GM Stanley Lau, DOT-XI Chief Tourism Operations Officer Eden David, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing Candice Iyog and Celebrity Chef Gene Gonzales led the guests during the toast. Aside from the Davao Cultural Festival, other promotional activities included media and travel trade presentations on Davao tourism offerings which were both successfully held also at the Marco Polo Parkside last September 10. (PIA/ RG Alama)

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Camp Crame to PROs: Confine MNLFs to their areas By Cheng Ordonez Editor-at-large

CAGAYAN de Oro––The police in the region are not remise in their monitoring of movements and containment of Moro National Liberation Front members to their areas of assignments as well as that of other armed groups that may lead to escalation of the armed conflict to Northern Mindanao. Police Supt. Ronnie Francis Cariaga, spokesman of the Police Regional Office 10, said the standing order from Camp Crame is confinement MNLF members to their areas of assignment, including integrees. Cariaga said aside from the 120 policemen deployed to Zamboanga City as reinforcement force earlier, PRO 10 has placed on standby units ready for deployment, saying they are just waiting instruction from Camp Crame. Top officers of the MNLF, complete with their fatigue uniform but unarmed and wearing white armbands, held a prayer rally Sunday afternoon, at the Kiosko Kagawasan in Divisioria here in Cagayan de Oro City. The rally was a joint undertaking among MNLF members in Northern Mindanao and Christian

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Fernandez. A n d Ju n i o r Mo r t e , Noah Kent Mojica, Michelle C andido, G eom Anoo (+), Alrean Lumiton, Aira Mae Lumiton, Narciso Lumiton, Meldy Tabios, Lyka Tabios, Nica Tabios, Benjamin Leonardo, Leonardo Cledona, E d n e m a r k C o n f e s s o r, Klevan Presno, Daniel Sanson, Bernardo Martus, Jocelyn Sulayao, and Alpiya Solis. S e c u r it y f orc e s a re sti ll f ig ht ing over 100 Moro National Liberat ion Front reb els w ho are still holding dozens of civilians seized in at least 5 villages. The rebels, under Nur Misuari – who accused the Aquino government of reneging on a peace deal the MNLF signed with Manila 17 years ago – stormed the villages on September 9.

religious groups and ministries in Cagayan de Oro in an effort to show the “peaceful side” of the MNLF. Policemen were on alert during the rally of MNLF members who first converged in their headquarters in Gusa, Cagayan de Oro, before proceeding to Kiosko in Divisoria. Non-uniformed personnel from the intelligence community of the Armed Forces of the Philippines were also deployed in the different areas near the rally site. MNLF chief-of-staff for Northern Mindanao Gen. Sami Tagalog said their goal is towards the upliftment of economic development in their communities placed under the Zone of Peace and Development or ZOPAD by virtue of the Final Peace Agreement signed by the MNLF and GRP. MNLF commanders in NorthMin and religious leaders of Cagayan de Oro also inked a covenant for peace. Gen. Tagalog said, both the MNF under Nur Misuari and the Government should go back to the “Ceasefire Interim Agreement” signed by the MNLF and the GRP panels on Nov. 27, 1993 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar said all schools and private offices will remain closed until the situation returns to normal. She said curfew is still being implemented in the whole of Zamboanga from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. “Due to the continuing crisis situation, curfew will resume tonight at 8 o’clock until 5AM tomorrow. S cho ols w i l l a ls o remain closed tomorrow, as well as work in all offices except those agencies providing frontline services,” she said. Salazar said the operation against the rebels is continuing in an effort to flush them out. “Our police and military authorities continue to safeguard our territories and our people through calibrated military action. They are still out there, keeping the fight for all of us,” she said. (Mindanao Examiner)

Gen. Tagalog said the “Interim Ceasefire Agreement” serves as the “Standard Operating Procedure” for any conflict arising from both parties involved in arms conflict, like what is happening in Zamboanga City. As this developed, the Ulama Conference of the Philippines has offered to negotiate for a peaceful resolution to the Zamboanga standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government forces that has entered a week of fighting Monday. The Ulama said they are horrified and saddened of what is happening right now in Zamboanga City and appeal to all peace-loving people in Mindanao to pray for peace. The ulama said they are ready to help if needed by both parties to negotiate for peaceful resolution of the standoff between the MNLF and the government forces. The UCP called on all concerned to help them convince both parties to consider peaceful negotiation instead of the “bullets do the talking.” The Catholic bishops of Mindanao also released a statement condemning the terror inflicting Zamboanga City with, at least, 18 bishops from all over Mindanao,

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last month against PO2 Sua, PO2 Ariel Beldera, PO1 Rudyard Dequito and PO1 John Rey Daligdig over the killing of 18 year-old student Randy Quirante, who was gunned down in a police pursuit operation in Barangay Baluan here last July 10. Sua is facing a separate charge for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act in connection with the drug test results. NBI officials earlier said the complaints were based on the results of their investigation and accounts from several witnesses that identified the accused policemen as directly behind the student’s death. Quirante, who was a Bachelor of Science in Criminology student at the Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges (RMMC) here,

affixing their signatures in the statement released here in CDO. The bishops, in condemning the acts of terror in Zamboanga, said, quote – “We condemn the inhuman act of using hostages as human shields.” In the same statement, the bishops said they are deeply saddened and disturbed by this terrible tragedy to human life and property and express their solidarity with all those affected -- Muslims and Christians alike. They appeal to the government, NGOs, religious groups and civil society to provide assistance to evacuees; for the Moro National Liberation Front and the government to go to the negotiating table and talk peace. The bishops also appeal to the Moro National Liberation Front and the government to go to the negotiating table and talk peace. “We appeal to the MNLF and the government to negotiate for the release of the hostages. We also appeal to them to discuss the deeper issues regarding the on-going MILF-GPH peace negotiations that the armed groups wanted to raise by their action.” The bishops said they are assured by the statements of government officials that the

and a classmate were on their way home to Barangay Spring in nearby Alabel town in Sarangani province when the incident happened. The victim’s companion said they were motoring along the national highway in Barangay Baluan aboard separate motorcycles when they were stopped by a mobile patrol team of the police station number 03. The patrol team has set up a checkpoint in the area in response to a flash alarm regarding a stolen motorcycle in Barangay Lagao. But the victim’s companion said Quirante, who was only carrying a student driver’s license, did not stop and instead sped away, prompting the policemen to pursue him. The victim was shot by the pursuing policemen and died before reaching a private hospital here. Aside from the criminal charges, Calima said the administrative proceedings are

MILF and MNLF peace issues are “complementary”; that the 1996 Peace Agreement has not been terminated, and that “the framework of Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and its annexes will build on the Final Peace Agreement with the MNLF.” As leaders of the Catholic communities, the bishops said they join hands other religious leaders – Muslims, Christians and Lumad – in working and praying for peace. The Mindanao bishops who signed the statement are (1) Bp. Guillermo Afable of Digos; (2) Bp. Jose Colin Bagaforo of Cotabato; (3) Bp. Emmanuel Cabajar of Pagadian; (4) Bp. Antonieto Cabajog of Surigao; (5) Jose Cabantan – Malaybalay; (6) Fernando Capalla - Davao; (7) Romulo dela Cruz – Kidapawan; (8) Jesus Dosado – Ozamis; (9) Elenito Galido – Iligan; (10) Dinualdo Gutierrez - Marbel; (11) Bp. Martin Jumoad – Isabela; (12) Antonio Ledesma – Cagayan de Oro; (13) Msgr. Crisologo Manongas – Zamboanga; (14) Nereo Odchimar – Tandag; (15) Orlando Quecedo – Cotabato; (16) George Rimando – Davao; (17) Julius Tonel – Ipil; and (18) Romulo Valles – Davao.

presently ongoing against the accused policemen and several other members of police station number 03. Among those charged was PO1 Alberto Alberto, who came out during the NBI probe as present during the operation but was unarmed. Alberto, who has turned witness against the accused policemen, was not named in the incident report earlier released by police station number 03. Calima said Alberto and three other police station officials were charged administratively for the alleged lapses in implementing proper operational procedures. (MindaNews)

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“The DILG is mere instrument of the national government in bringing projects to the barangays. And this would not have been made possible were it not for the

preparation of the municipality as well as the province,” said Sanchez. Famacion, on the other hand, emphasized that “water is the most important mineral more than gold and nickel, vital for life to exist.” She mentioned how the project was made possible through the efforts of the municipal mayor, and the Seal of Good Housekeeping that the municipality earned paving the way for projects and funding coming in. She also invited the local officials to propose more projects under the BottomUp Planning and Budgeting (BUB) for 2015. The project entitled Rehabilitation and Expansion of Barangau Remedios Potable Water System (Level III) is worth P3.265 Million of which P3 Million comes from the DILG’s Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig (SALINTUBIG) 2012 funding and the remainder as the counterpart of the Municipality of Esperanza. (Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio, DILG XIII/asf )

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Petron runs the table, finishes 8-1 with win over GlobalPort It wasn’t pretty, but the Petron Blaze Boosters sides anew, 63-54. A pull-up made sure their undefeated run was not going jumper by Sol Mercado and an and-one play by former to end in the elimination round. Petron dispatched the Globa lPor t Batang Pier, 101-90, on Sunday at the Cuneta Astrodome, in the 2013 PBA Governors Cup. The victory gave Petron a league-best 8-1 record, thanks to an eight-game win streak after losing their first assignment. They’ll be the top-seeded team once the quarterfinals begin in a week and a half, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage. GlobalPort on the other hand sank to 3-5. Though the game was a non-bearing affair for Petron, a win for the Batang Pier could have put them in a better position playoffs-wise. The two teams played each other tight in the first quarter, with a tied ballgame at the 4:50 mark, 17-all. Two Marcio Lassiter triples however highlighted a 9-0 run, 26-17, though GlobalPort had the last word of the initial period, closing to within three, 26-23, be-

hind Markeith Cummings’s strong end to the initial 12 minutes. Hustle points from Doug K ramer, fol lowed by an Elijah Millsap dunk off a steal gave Petron their first double-digit lead, 42-32, 7:47 left in the second period. Cummings broke the Batang Pier’s silence with a trey, but Arwind Santos hit back with an and-one play, 45-35. Later in the second, Sol Mercado caught fire, getting his team within six, 52-46, 2:39 left in the first half. June Mar Fajardo hit back for two, but a nifty spin move by Hans Thiele and a massive Cummings put-back dunk of a missed trey by Gary David had them within four, 54-50, entering the intermission. At the start of the third, Cummings scored again to make it just a two-point affair, 54-52, but a 9-2 Petron blitz separated the two

Booster Jay Washington had GlobalPort threatening a comeback anew, 63-59, but it was at that moment that the Boosters opted to show off their pedigree. Petron exploded for a 15-2 blast, sandwiching Gary David’s first points of the game at the 4:34 mark. That gave the league leaders a huge 78-61 buffer, entering the game’s final quarter. The Boosters actually could have made their lead bigger, but they missed several easy chances. Both teams got into the penalty early in the final canto, and that worked to the advantage of GlobalPort, as they converted more charities to get within single digits, 86-77, a little under halfway through the fourth. An and-one play and a split at the line by Alex Cabagnot made it a double-digit difference anew, 94-80, 4:21 left. A Lassiter triple then sealed the deal, 98-82, just before the last two minutes

Battle of giants as June Mar Fajardo (R) draws a double-team from former teammate Jay Washington (L) and Yousef Taha. photo by jeff venancio

call rang out. Five different Boosters scored in double-figures, led by their import Elijah Millsap’s 18. His GlobalPort counterpart Markeith Cummings top-scored with

26, but they particularly missed the offense from Gar y David. Though he finished with 11 markers, most came with the game out of reach. He may have been shaken up though due

to an early collision with June Mar Fajardo, which caused him to miss a large part of the first quarter as his side’s medical personnel tried to stop the bleeding from his nose. GMA News

PBA releases Govs’ Cup playoff schedule

Floyd Mayweather lands one on Saul Alvarez, sending him to the ropes.

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Undefeated Mayweather outclasses Alvarez for majority decision win Floyd Mayweather was on the “Money” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) shutting down Mexican Saul Alvarez over twelve rounds to win a majority decision. Two judges scored the bout 116-112 and 117-111 for the still unbeaten Mayweather, who moves his record to 45-0 (26 knockouts). A t hird judge - CJ Ross - turned in an inexplicable 114-114 even tally. With the win, Mayweather of Las Vegas earns THE R I NG maga zine, World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight titles, while Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) of Jalisco, Mexico sustains his first defeat. Despite enter i ng t he ring at 165 pounds for the 152-pound catchweight bout to Mayweather’s 150, Alvarez didn’t assert his size advantage early on, choosing

instead to attempt to outbox the legendary tactician. Mayweather, who at 36 is 13 years older than his opponent, was happy to oblige him in an exhibition of boxing skills, beating Alvarez to the punch with his left jab time and again. Mayweather’s superior foot speed enabled him to change the distance whenever Alvarez tried to attack. In the third round, Mayweather landed his first two clean right hands. Alvarez pushed forward and landed his first significant body shots. By rou nd f ive, Mayweat her had fou nd t he rhy t hm of A lvarez’s attack and opted to remain in the pocket and counter with right hands out of his trademark shoulder roll defense. The laser-guided blows landed with staggering frequency. Alvarez, sensing that his

Plan A wasn’t paying dividends, decided to alter his attack and become aggressive. Forcing Mayweather to the ropes, Alvarez began to target Mayweather’s body, which was protected by a tight shell defense. Yet as Alvarez pushed forward, his jab became less frequent, opening him up for Mayweather’s counter uppercuts and hooks. “Plan B” didn’t produce any dramatic changes to the fight either, as Mayweather continued to cruise towards the next tally on his undefeated record. “It’s about skills,” said Mayweather, who offered that Alvarez could rebound strongly from defeat. “I came out tonight and displayed my skills. I’m happy with my performance.” “I could not catch him,” said a frustrated Alvarez afterwards. “I didn’t know how to get him. He’s very intelligent, very elusive and

that’s what he demonstrated tonight.” With the Alvarez challenge t hwar ted, few intriguing options remain for Mayweather, who turned pro at age 19 after winning a bronze meda l at the 1996 Olympic games. Mayweather has thus far won eight world titles in five divisions. For years, the boxing world has salivated about a possible Mayweather match against Manny Pacquiao. But hopes for that blockbuster fight have dimmed with acrimonious exchanges between the two camps and Pacquiao’s two consecutive losses in his last fights. In his comeback fight, Pacquiao takes on Mexican-American Brandon Rios in November. The fight was Mayweather’s second pay-per-view bout with Showtime since leaving his long-time network HBO last year.. GMA News

The PBA has released its schedule for the rest of the 2013 PBA Governors’ Cup. After the elimination round, the top four teams will gain a twice-to-beat advantage against the next four teams. The two teams with the lowest records will be eliminated. September 23, Monday, is tabbed for playoff games in case there are ties between the fourth and fifth teams and between the eighth and ninth teams. If there are no ties, this game day penciled for the Cuneta Astrodome will remain vacant. The quarterfinals will start on Tuesday, September 24, with four teams seeing action. The other four teams take the court on the following day. The PBA will hold the games at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on both days. If the bottom four teams score victories, the quarterfinals will be extended to September 26 and 27, Thursday and Friday, at the MOA Arena. The best-of-five semifinals will start on September 29, Monday. Only one game will be played per day so the semis can stretch on until October 9 if necessary. The 2013 PBA Governors Cup Finals will tip off at the MOA Arena on October 11, Friday. The best-of-seven finals series will follow the PBA’s regular WednesdayFriday-Sunday schedule. Games 1 and 4 will be at the MOA Arena and the rest of the games will be played at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. If the series stretches on for seven games, the Governors’ Cup champion will be crowned on October 25, Friday. Currently, only the Petron Blaze Boosters are assured of their spot as no other team can match their current 8-1 win loss tally. The San Mig Coffee Mixers and the Meralco Bolts are tied for the seconnd and third places with their identical 5-3 tallies but this tie will be broken soon as the two teams face each other on September 20. The Rain or Shine Elastopainters and Barako Bull Energy Cola are tied for fourth and fifth with 4-4 cards, while Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Alaska Aces trail them with 3-4 reconds. The GlobalPort Batang Pier (3-5), Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters (2-5), and Air21 Express (2-6) will fight for the last slot in the quarterfinals. - GMA News


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