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DAR-Agusan Norte tops land distribution target VOL. 2, No. 191


Cagayan de Oro City


December 28, 2012

By PAT SAMONTE of Mindanao Daily News

Atega wants job done before CARPer expires

UTUAN CITY – The Agusan del Norte Agrarian Reform Office has again set a record of sorts by breaking its 2012 land distribution projection, this time four months ahead of deadline.

As early as August, Agusan del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Andre B. Atega reported that his office had distributed 2,744 hectares of land to beneficiaries against this year’s target of 2,736 hectares. The feat was the second milestone for Atega

since he became PARO in 2007. In 2008, Atega set an unprecedented record in the government’s agrarian reform program in the province by distributing 2,933 hectares of land to farmers or 225.61 percent of that year’s 1,300-hectare DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Andre B. Attarget. land | page 10


By PAT SAMONTE of Mindanao Daily News

BUTUAN CITY – As the 2014 expiration of Republic Act No. 9700 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with

Reform (CARPer) Law approaches, the Department of Agrarian Reform in Agusan del Norte has intensified efforts to complete its job of land acquisition and disatega | page 10

ega, CESO V shake hands with one of the 131 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries during the distribution of Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) consisting of 245 hectares of agricultural land held at Sitio Subait, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

From crab hunters to bankers

DAR tows coop to millionaire’s club DAR-ARISP III FARM-TO-MARKET ROAD. DAR Caraga RD Faisar Mambuay hands over documents of the P11.6 million project to Jabonga Mayor Glicerio Monton, Jr. PARO Atega is at left and Vice-Mayor Danilo Moran is at right. photo courtesy of gil miranda

DAR turns over P43.9M infras to Agnor villages JABONGA, AGUSAN DEL NORTE – The Department of Agrarian Reform through the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase III (DAR-ARISP III) recently completed four infrastructure projects worth P43,950,000 in four barangays in Jabonga and Remedios T. Remedios towns in Agusan del Norte. The projects included the rehabilitation and improvement of a 1.892-kilometer farm-to-market road from the national road

MAGALLANES, Agusan del Norte – The Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BCBMPC) started in 1987 as the Magallanes Aquaculture Developers Association (MACDA) with 110 members who depended on catching crabs and shrimps for livelihood

in a 164.7-hectare swamp owned by the municipal government here. Through years of hard work, MACDA members developed the vast swamp into productive fishponds while they paid land rental to the municipal coop | page 10

junction in Barangay Baleguian to Sitio Bagang with a cost of P11,626,283 and a P1,902,000-virgin coconut oil post-harvest facility in Barangay Libas, both of Jabonga town. DAR-Caraga director Faisar Mambuay and Agusan del Norte agrarian reform officer Andre Atega turnedover the farm-to-market road to town mayor Glicerio Monton, Jr. who handed the project documents to MAIN OFFICE. Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose the local government of Cooperative’s Main Office is in Magallanes, Agusan del infras | page 10

Norte. It now has eight branches.

POTABLE WATER SYSTEM. DAR-Caraga Director Faisar Mambuay tries one of the 62 tap stands that will provide 24/7 drinking water service to 344 Barangay San Antonio households as (from left) PARO Atega, R.T. Romualdez Mayor Nilo Soliva, Vice Mayor Eleuterio Enriquez and San Antonio Barangay Chairman Diosdado Enriquez watch

1,598 villagers get P6M Water System REMEDIOS T. ROMUALDEZ, Agusan del Norte – The Provincial Agrarian Reform Office through the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III (DAR-ARISP III) turned over a P6-million

Potable Water System to serve some 1,598 people or 344 households in Barangay San Antonio here last May 22, 2012. Municipal Mayor Nilo D. Soliva led the project villagers | page 10


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Probe toxic disposals off Philippine waters CONGRESS has passed a resolution asking for an investigation into the alleged dumping of toxic wastes off Subic Bay by a foreign shipping firm. House Resolution No. 2692-S called for an investigation of ‘Glenn Defense Marine Philippines,’ a Malaysian shipping firm, contracted by the US Navy to dispose waste materials from US Navy ships during war exercises between the Philippines and United States in the region. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City, who sponsored the resolution, said that Glenn reportedly dumped hazardous and toxic wastes collected from US ships during the military exercises. Rodriguez based his resolution in a report submitted by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) that ‘MT Glenn Guardian’ docked at


the Naval Supply Deport in Subic Bay Freeport on October 15, 2012 carrying 189,500 liters of domestic waste hauled from Emory Land, a US Navy ship. Aside from the domestic waste, Glenn Guardian also

carried 760 litres of bilge water ( a combination of water, oil, and grease), which were reportedly disposed or discharged at sea 20 to 25 nautical miles from Grande island towards West Philippine Sea. Capt. Edilberto Acedilla, captain of Glenn Guardian, told a team of SBMA inspectors and personnel from the Philippine Coastguard that the wastewater were already discharged off Subic Bay, the resolution said. SBMA’s ecology centre, however, received conflicting reports of denial by the PCG and SBMA personnel following a follow up report. Rear Admiral Luis Tuason Jr., PCG Officer-inCharge, denied that Glenn dumped hazardous wastes in Philippine waters that collaborated with an SBMA report that there was no evidence showing that toxic waste was dumped off Subic

Bay. Philippine-based lawyers of Glenn Defense allegedly defended their actions saying that the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) covered the dumping of hazardous wastes in October from US Navy ships off Subic Bay. Glenn lawyers maintained that vessels, operated by or for the United States armed forces might enter the Philippines upon the approval of the Philippine government and their movements’ subject only to ‘mutually acceptable implementing agreements.’ The resolution called to resolve the conflicting reports as to whether toxic wastes were indeed dumped off the waters of Subic Bay and to find out if the VFA can serve as a shield for companies contracted by the United States to violate our laws and harm our environment. CRIS DIAZ


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Yasay leads mass NOTHING BUT wedding in Opol THE TRUTH By GERRY LEE GORIT of Mindanao Daily News

MISAMIS Oriental––Fifteen couples were married on Wednesday by Opol Mayor Dexter B. Yasay in a public ceremony called Kasalan held at the municipal hall. Yasay said the couples availed of the free civil wedding because they cannot afford a church wedding. He added that the couples were a mixed lot of some having been living together for quite a time, some just recently while still others already have children. This is the last Kasalan event, which is held quarterly to legalize unmarried couples, for the year 2012 in the municipality. Yasay said the free marriage ceremony in Opol was started by his father who was a former mayor of the town. On the proposed divorce bill, Yasay said he does not approve of it and that if it

Opol Mayor Dexter B. Yasay officiates the marriage ceremony for 15 couples during Wednesday’s Kasalan event in the municipal hall. This was the last batch this year for the quarterly free wedding conducted by the municipal government for couples who cannot afford a church wedding. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

becomes a law then he will discontinue the Kasalan program of the municipal government. Meanwhile, on December 30, Mayor Yasay is set to deliver his State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) to his constituents. This annual event is held for the mayor to report on the municipal government’s aims, achievements and pro-

grams so that the residents of Opol will understand the direction of their local government. “This is all about transparency and accountability,” Yasay said. He added that the time for the people to speak out in participatory governance is during the multisectoral assembly that the wedding | page 10

The political opposition is so frustrating that they are now resorting to various forms of action in order to deceive Cagayanons. They have started to peddle scenarios of City Mayor Vicente Emano’s suspension as the only way to hold supporters who have started to leave their group. A top opposition candidate lamented that he is now an object of tirades by his own peers for alleged party differences. He is planning to bolt from the opposition at an opportune time. The people of Cagayan de Oro are aware of fabricated charges against Emano in connection with small-scale mining operations in the hinterlands of Cagayan de Oro City. After the regional prosecutor has dismissed charges against alleged illegal miners, the opposition becomes rabid that they would bite anything in sight. The regional prosecutor has dismissed the case for lack of probable cause. The opposition, however, blamed Emano for the release of the mining investors. Cagayanons are also sensitive to ‘black propaganda’ that clearly denotes distraught attempts to drive people to believe in lies and deception. One of these is the issue that a ‘hit list’ has been uncovered where the oppositions are objects. Obviously, this cheap form of propaganda intends to deceive the peaceful Cagayanons. We, the people of Cagayan de Oro, should together denounce the politics that the opposition is employing to get our mandate. We must resist and fight for our rights rather than being deceived by ambitious politicians whose abominable obsession to grab power is beyond reproach. Let us expose the opposition’s subtle attempt to mislead us. Let us unite to counter the opposition’s fraudulent means of buying support. In all the trying months, we, Cagayanons, have proven our resiliency against the political opposition who wanted to destroy our sense of pride. Let us persevere as the end of the year comes. No matter what will happen, as Cagayanons, it is our obligation to protect and preserve our city and our duly elected officials from unjust suspensions and fabricated charges. Merry Christmas! MABUHI ANG CAGAYANONS! MABUHI ANG CAGAYAN DE ORO! PAID FOR BY CAGAYANONS FOR CAGAYAN DE ORO, INC.


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403rd Brigade commemorates 77th AFP Day C

By Captain Eduardo I. Meclat Jr.

amp Osito Bahian Malaybalay City– The 403rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade, 4ID, Philippine Army, had its version of the 77th AFP Founding Day, December 21, this year, along the theme: “Bayanihan at Kahandaan: Tuwid na Daan Tungo sa Kapayapaan”

The a simple yet memorable event included the raising of the national flag and the reading of the message of Gen. Jessie D. Dellosa, AFP Chief of Staff, by Col. James V. Jacob, the brigade commander. The message follows: “Sa loob ng pitumpu’t pitong taon ng ating paninilbihan sa bayan, sentro ng ating mga pagpupunyagi ang makamit ang tunay na kapayapaan. Kapayapaan ang ating ipinaglalaban upang tayo ay mamuhay nang walang pangamba, malaya at sagana sa oportunidad para sa lahat ng mamamayan. Ngayong tinatahak natin ang panibagong yugto ng ating kasaysayan, patuloy nating pangangalagaan ang kapayapaang hangad ng lahat. At sa pagtupad nito, “Bayanihan” kaakibat ang kahandaan at pagtahak ng tuwid na daan ang ating sandata. Bayanihan at Kahandaan: Tuwid na Daan tungo sa Kapayapaan.

Ang mga hamon na ito ang magiging gabay natin sa panibagong taon na ibinigay sa Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas at magiging susi natin sa pagkamit ng kapayapaan. At ngayon kas ab ay ng pagdiriwang natin ng Kapaskuhan, napapanahon ang panibagong misyon na iniatang sa atin sapagkat ang pasko ay kapayapaan.” For his part, Col. Jacob said “as we gear toward our vision to be a world class army that is a source of national pride by 2028, we

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all must gain the trust and confidence of the public and we must also establish and maintain close coordination with key stakeholders. By doing so we are building a relationship with the different sectors of society in order to achieve wider support, ang tiwalang gusto nating makamit mula sa mga mamayan makakamit lamang natin kung ipapatuloy natin ang pagiging desiplinado, maka-Diyos, makakalikasan at higit sa lahat tapat na taga pag lingkod ng mga

mamayan, we must be the professional army of our people, human rights advocate and partners in peace and development ” In partnership with the Philippine Red Cross Bukidnon Chapter, the Brigade also conducted a bloodletting activity at Camp Kibaritan, Kalilangan, Bukidnon, collecting some 20,000 cc of blood from 40 personnel of 403rd Brigade and the 8th Infantry Battalion. The activity was in support of the PRC Blood Services Program, called ‘Give Blood Save Life’ and help our less fortunate people who are in need of blood. December 11, a simultaneous planting of 1,000 various species of trees was conducted inside the military reservation of Camp Osito Bahian and other camps in the Brigade’s area of responsibility. (EIMJr/asf)

B U T UA N C i t y - B a rangays situated along t h e Ag u s an R i v e r B a s i n ( A R B ) u n d e r w e nt simultaneous trainings c ondu c te d by t he D e partment of the Interior and Local Government o n C o m mu n i t y - b a s e d Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) and Contingency Planning (CP), December 17-19, in Buenavista and Las Nieves towns. An offshoot of the trainers training on CBDRRM and CP Phase I conducted on October 12 here in the city, said activities were aimed at installing a system i n r e s p o n d i n g t o a ny emergency situation in t he lo c a lit y, considering the barangay people as primar y responders when calamity or disaster strikes. The BDRRM officers were also taught how to craft a contingency plan to ser ve as roadmap in managing hazards and potential risks. Prov i nc i a l Di re c tor Romeo A. Solis said that the barangay DRRM councils are considered to be at the forefront of

ensuring the safety of its constituents and respond appropriately in times of calamities. Annabella O. Cadigal of DILG, led the assessment of the different barangays. She said barangays should always assess their capacities by using the 5Ms formula, which stands for : Manpower, Mo n e y, Me t h o d o l o g y, Minutes and Machinery whenever a disaster or calamity hits their respective AORs. Program Manager Ell e n Ve e P. C hu a , w h o discussed the essentials of contingency planning, u rge d t he LG Us to b e pro a c t i ve i n p l an n i ng actions. At the end of the traini n g s , t h e p a r t i c ip a nt s w e r e a b l e t o i d e nt i f y their respective roles and responsibilities, as members of the Council. They were also able to list down their proposed actions in case of calamity/disaster and such actions were all embodied in t heir ne w ly-craf te d contingency plans.(Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, DILG-Agusan del Norte/DILG-Caraga/asf )

asacommunitydisastervolunteer group and is under the direct supervision of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and ManagementCenter(PDRRMC) createdin2011byvirtueofExecutive Order No. 7, in consonance with Republic Act No. 10121, also known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act. Its objective is to save lives and properties in times of emergencies and disasters; advocate preparedness through trainings; respond to concerns on public safety; achieve participation in answer to challenges of climate adaption; and provide services to Agusanons. SARAS conducts trainings onfirefighting,vehicularaccident response, mountaineering and rescue, water safety and rescue, earthquake preparedness and emergency medical assistance. (DSM/Edwin S. Fuentes, LGUAgusan del Sur/asf)

KORONADAL City - In p ar t n e rs h ip w it h t h e Commission on Population (POPCOM-12), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-13) has conducted the Trainers’ Training on Mainstreaming Population Development (PopDev) and DR R M - C C A i nto t he Comprehensive Development Plan of Local Government Units, December 17-20, this year. There were 33 participants, consisting of cluster heads and technical staff from DILG R e g i o n a l , P r ov i n c i a l and HUC Offices, LGU Planning Of f ices and POPCOM personnel, all eyed to provide technical assistance to LGUs in developing and updating the Comprehensive Development Plans, next year. The resource speak-

ers, CLGOO Alberto P. Sero Jr. and LGOO IV Maria Theresa Bautista lectured on PopDev Approach to Development Planning, elaborating on success indicators derived from the Mill e n iu m D e v e l opm e nt Goals. Accordingly, the Programs, Projects and Activities (PPAs) of LGUs should be mainstreamed in DRRM-CCA ideology and should be gendersensitive and responsive. Ms. Linda Rojas, administrative officer V of POPCOM, stressed

that all their efforts, in partnership with other gove r n m e nt age n c i e s like the DILG, are for the people. “When we talk of Population, we talk of People, we talk of integration of ideas straight to our hearts, then apply them for the benefit of the people,” she stated adding that “we continue to look for ward for a more fruitful, productive and enjoyable collaboration with the DILG in the years to come, all for the good of the population.” (web/asf )

SARAS bags country’s PopDev and DRRM-CCA mainstreamed to CompreDev best fire volunteer group plum PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur - The Search and Rescue Agusan del Sur (SARAS) was awardedas“BestFireFighterVolunteer Group” in the Philippines duringthe21stAnniversaryofthe Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) at the AFP Commissioned Officer Center in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. President Simeon Benigno Aquino III handed over to Governor and SARAS founder Adolph Edward Plaza a replica of a firefighter, in recognition of the group’s commendable services as a ready emergency response unit during fire incidents. Senior Inspector Augusto CesarKinazo,theactingprovincial fire marshal said their office has only 75 personnel throughout the province and the existence of SARAS is a huge boost in minimizing the number of casualties andinmitigatingdamagesonpersonalpropertiesandgovernment facilities during conflagrations.

He added that since SARAS’ existence five years ago, the number of volunteers has doubled with the creation of teams in the municipalities and barangays. He cited Gov. Plaza’s initiative in creating the group and strong support by providing fire trucks and equipping volunteers invariouslifeandproperty-saving skills through various capability training. SARAS has successfully responded to calls of distress, in support of the BFP in putting off firesinProsperidad,BayuganCity, Talacogon, San Francisco and in the Provincial Correctional Services Office within the provincial government center. Intheentireprovince,SARAS has 376 volunteer-members trained on effective response on handling various natural and man-made disasters with 121 of them equipped with firefighting capability. SARAS has been accredited,


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Soldiers promote Christmas Bayanihan” By Lt. Col. Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV


AMP Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City - - Soldiers of 4th Infantr y “Diamond” Division conducted a film showing at Gaston Park, this city, between 6:00 and 10:00 pm of December 24, this year. The activity was intended to make the people feel that soldiers were there to prote ct them even if it means being aw ay f rom t h e i r l o v e ones during Christmas season. During the activity, the audio-visual presentation dubbed as Bayanihan, was shown to the people waiting for the Christmas Eve mass at Saint Augustine Church for them to see that “we can be a better countr y, if Filipinos are working together and helping each other,” said Major Gen-

eral Nestor A. Añonuevo, AFP, 4ID commander. The soldiers also distributed pocket calendars to the church-goers, who stayed at the park and viewed the AVP. “Though the spirit of ‘Bayanihan’ must be in our hearts in any time of the year, it is best internalize this season, especially that some of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the country needs our support in order to get back on their General Añonuevo This same activity was feet and continue their done in Bukidnon and further said, “This is our lives,” General Añonuevo the provinces of Caraga simple way of ma k ing added. your Army’s presence felt Region. for the people to feel the security and protection as

EXPLOSIVES – Photo shows Corporal Melvin Ansong (right) answering questions regarding the explosive materials during the Army's 4th Infantry Division Static Display at Las Ramblas Parking Area, SM, Cagayan de Oro City on December 21, 2012. (photo by Lt. Col. Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV/asf)

Liquor ignites shooting By PO3 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas

BUTUAN City - Due to the influence of intoxicating liquor, a heated argument ensued between cousins, resulting in a shooting incident at Purok-2, Brgy Bitanagan, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, 11:00 o’clock in the evening of December 24, this year. The victim was identified as Pancho Janopol Lozano, 50 years old, married, farmer; while the suspect was Rafael Janopol, 60 years old, married,

farmer. Investigation conducted by elements of San Francisco Municipal Police Station revealed that the victim and the suspect, together with their friends, were having a drinking session when the heated argument ensued. The suspect pulled out his homemade .357 Smith and Wesson revolver and shot the victim, hitting him in the right shoulder. Pancho was brought to

D.O. Plaza Memorial Medical Hospital in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur by his relatives for medical treatment, while Rafael was arrested by the barangay tanods and subsequently turned-over to the responding police operatives. Confiscated from the suspect’s possession was the homemade .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver, bearing serial number 11281, loaded with five live ammunition. (DCM/ PSupt. Martin M. Gamba/asf)

they celebrate Christmas. Your soldiers are ready to give their most precious time, ef for t, and their lives for the ser vice of our countr y and people

all year round.” On behalf of the Army and the AFP leadership, he greeted the people a Merr y Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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THINK a minute. A married couple had a big fight one day. They both complained the other wasn’t doing their share of work. The wife felt she was doing most of the work in their family because her husband wasn’t helping or being responsible. And the husband thought his wife nagged him too much and expected more from him than was right. So they finally decided to keep score in a box. Every time the husband felt the wife wasn’t being fair or was not doing her job, he’d write it on a piece of paper and put it in the score box. And the wife would do the same when she felt her husband wasn’t doing what he was supposed to. Someone said that if you

Keeping score Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst want to be frustrated and unhappy in your marriage, then keep score of everything you do and everything your husband or wife is not doing. And if you want to fight, just tell your partner how they’re not doing everything you want and expect! And tell them that you work harder than they do; you’ll get a fight every time! But you know that keeping score like this in marriage, either silently or out loud, is a common problem!

Maybe it’s because we’re afraid we’re not being appreciated, or because we don’t like our job or role as wife or husband. But friend, whatever our reason is for keeping score, it only backfires and hurts us, because we’ll always be frustrated and unhappy. When our wife or husband feels these frustrations from us, then they just become defensive. So the result of keeping score in marriage is that both the husband and

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BWM MAG wife just keep blaming each other, and no one’s happy! So the next time you’re tempted to keep score, try to think about what your husband or wife is doing well doing instead of what they’re not. You know, maybe you’re not being understanding and grateful enough for all they ARE doing! And even if you’re doing more than your fair share, then it’s still best for your own peace and happiness, as well as your marriage, that you stop keeping score and counting everything your husband or wife is not doing. But you know, with Jesus Christ in control of your life and marriage, with His help you can finally throw away your score card and start being happy. Just Think a Minute.

2013 political and economic insights

THE Philippines political playing field in 2013 and beyond is murky. One could foresee the Aquino administration’s popularity dipping like a sinker in turbulent waters. The country’s fledgling economy would catch a fever as economic fundamentals began tipping off the rack. In 2012, the government was engaged in hard selling by recruiting possible investors that could pump Cris Diaz prime the economy. Looking at the brighter side, investors would initially take interest. However, such anxiety would die down as economic expectations run counter to realities. High labor costs, stringent labor laws, political squabbling, and political persecutions are dynamics that would douse economic optimism. Other factors, like unemployment, the high cost of living, and the currency’s low purchasing power would generally pull down the rope. While the government and the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) initially forged a framework that would guide both sides on establishing a lasting peace in strife-torn Mindanao, its temporary effect is bound to scuttle along the way. This, the peace panel tackles specifics (territory, funding, and military) on the negotiating table. Aside from the problem of specifics that the GRP and MILF might not be able to agree, constitutional questions regarding the framework agreement would become an issue. Malaysia’s role as a facilitator would

be at stake as government claim on Sabah might take center stage once again. The currency’s flexing of muscle in the market would have nothing in effect, as prices of goods continue to rise. The cost of fuel would continue to dictate prices of consumer products. For as long as prices of goods remain high, any promise of a growing economy is only a political gobbledygook. For the past years, the government has been boosting of growing Gross National Product (GNP) as the country’s indicator of a stable economy. Nevertheless, the GNP’s growing indicators only satisfy statistical records. The truth is almost half of the country’s 80 million people continue to live in abject poverty. This presumption was result of SWS survey on ‘self-declared poverty’ sometime on March 2012. So what is in store in 2013? The political condition would exacerbate as the national government persecutes the opposition in the local arena. The coalition of the ruling Liberal Party and Nacionalista Party would suffer setback after setback as the Roman Catholics starts a nationwide call to dump LP-NP candidates in the national and local level in next year’s mid-term elections. The launching of 12-0 senator in favor of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is likely to take place, too. In the economic front, the country would continue to walk on tight rope. Hesitant foreign investors might come to test the waters. It is not certain ‘though if foreign investors will stick it out in a country where politics rules the economy. Good luck! Happy New Year! React

‘Oplan Paputok’ a total failure

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight…” (Proverbs 3:5-6, the Holy Bible). -ooo“OPLAN PAPUTOK” A TOTAL FAILURE: “Oplan Paputok”, or the Department of Health’s immemorial annual campaign against exploding firecrackers and lighting pyrotechnics to welcome the first day of the New Year, has become a yearly effort largely because it has totally and repeatedly failed, through the years, to stop our people from this practice.

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio One would think that the DOH and the government--whoever the President maybe---would seriously consider other approaches to prevent deaths and serious injuries to New Year revelers and set aside the failed “Oplan Paputok” altogether, but, obviously, no one at the DOH and the government would dare come up with

these other approaches to the problem. Result? Deaths and injuries from firecrackers and pyrotechnics continue to happen, and even on an increasing scale yet. My question now is: why is the DOH, in particular, and the government, in general, insisting on a campaign that has proven to be an

abject and total failure? Corollary question: can not the bright boys at the DOH and the government think of something else? Health Secretary Enrique Ona, are you listening, Sir? -oooDISCARDING FIRECRACKER TRADITION A FAILURE: Year in and year out, writers like me take time out to tackle this annual problem coming from firecrackers and pyrotechnics, and offer a host of suggestions. Just for New Year 2012 alone, I again wrote a piece on this, but nobody seems to be listening. For whatever it is worth though, and if failure | page 10

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A mother and her child enjoy the miniature Christmas Village at the VIP Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. Every year during the Christmas season the hotel displays its collection of miniatures showing various scenes that bring out the Christmas spirit. Some of the viewers who came to see were Sendong survivors who availed of the free entrance to the show. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

Snatched Zamboanga school principal freed By AL JACINTO of Mindanao Daily News

ZAMBOANGA City–– Kidnappers have freed a Filipino school principal after more than two months in captivity in the southern Philippines. Flordeliza Ongchua, 49, was fetched by police agents in Jolo town where she was abandoned by her captors on Monday. She was brought to a military base in Jolo and later transported by a Philippine Air Force chopper to Zamboanga City where her anxious family was waiting. Celso Lobregat, the local mayor, accompanied by military officials, immediately held a press conference with the woman instead of bringing her to a military hospital for medical examination. Journalists were told not to interview Ongchua, who was kidnapped on November 13. Ongchua was first thought to be in Zambo-

anga del Norte province after the kidnappers fled on boat towards Sibuco town after seizing the woman inside her house in Labuan village. At least a dozen gunmen barged in Ongchua’s house after failing to find their target, the village chieftain Ronald Maravilla, who is a relative of the victim. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and it was not immediately known how much was paid to secure the woman’s freedom. In 2009, suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels also kidnapped three government teachers - Freires Quizon, Janette delos Reyes and Rafael Mayorada - in Zamboanga City. And three more teachers - Jocelyn Enriquez, Jocelyn Inion and Noime Mande – in the town of Naga in the neighboring province of Zamboanga Sibugay also in the same year. (Mindanao Examiner)

2 killed, 5 hurt in Cotabato ambush By Al Jacinto of Mindanao Daily News

ZAMBOANGA City––Two people were killed and 5 others injured in an ambush Wednesday in Cotabato City in the southern Philippines, reports said. It said the victims were travelling in a van along Rabago Street when gunmen attacked them. Two of the passengers were instantly killed in the shooting. The wounded were rushed to hospital, but their conditions remain unknown. Police and soldiers arrived later at the site, but the attackers had already fled. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the ambush, but authorities are investigating the attack whether it connected to family feud or clan war, or politics. Among those in the van was village leader. Gun attacks and random killings are not uncommon in Cotabato which is also notorious for ransom kidnappings. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Commercial establishments soon required to put up CCTV in their premises Commercial establishments will soon be required to put up closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) to monitor the criminal acts being committed in their premises. House Bill 6720, authored by Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) and Diosdado Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur), also imposes a fine and a jail term against violators. Arroyo said the surveillance cameras will help commercial establishments monitor suspicious looking individuals and prevent any plan of criminal activity. “It is imperative to secure these establishments which include banks, financial establishments, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, gas stations, and the like to maintain peace and order to protect life, liberty and property, and to promote the general welfare of the public,” Arroyo said. Arroyo said the surveillance cameras and security of commercial establishments should be institutionalize to prevent criminal incidents in their areas “The bill aims to protect and empower the general public against lawless elements that threaten the country’s peace and order,” Arroyo said. Arroyo said the installa-

tion of surveillance camera or closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) can address any lack in security, and for the victims to review the record of events for the identification of the perpetrators and related evidence of the crime. Arroyo said the bill will require the owner or manager of the establishment to maintain the privacy of the video feeds and records obtained as a result of the surveillance. Under the bill, the owner or manager of the establishment should ensure that the conditions for use, copying, or disclosure of video recordings are reasonably established before giving access to requesting parties. Likewise, the extent of video recordings to be viewed, used, copied, or disclosed shall be limited to the images pertaining to the instances. The bill imposes a fine not exceeding P1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both, without prejudice to other civil or criminal liabilities that may arise. The owner or manager shall likewise be answerable for violation of the proposed act, provided that it is shown that the violation was due to his or her direct participation, lack of supervision or negligence.

HOLIDAY SPIRIT. Government workers and volunteers in Compostela Valley province continue repacking relief goods even during December 23 and 24 for distribution on December 25 to the typhoon victims. Repacking schedule resumes in the afternoon of December 25. (Ben D. Arche)

Davao Oriental is beneficiary of P1.2B database system for farmers MATI City – Davao Oriental is one of the 20 provinces in the country to benefit the newly-approved P1.28 billion fund for the establishment of the nationwide database for farmers and farm workers. The creation of the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) is aiming to have a database of all relevant information of farmers in the identified provinces including the

geographical coordinates of agricultural and fishery workers’ households. RSBSA is a multi-agency initiative composed of the Department of Agriculture with the departments of Budget and Management, Agrarian Reform, Loca l Government, National Statistics Office (NSO) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission. NSO registered a total of 2,116,313 farmers, farm laborers and fisherfolk in some

provinces of the country based on poverty incidence excluding Davao Oriental during a pilot testing earlier. Of the 20 provinces identified by the NSO for the first phase of the project, eight of those are in Mindanao including Zamboanga del Norte, North Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the database will provide information

for policy-making strategy for farmers and fishermen who could avail government subsidies and aid. The other beneficiary provinces in the first phase of the project include Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Romblon, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Siquijor, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Western Samar. The second phase of the project is aiming to cover 55 more provinces.

rehabilitation for facilities damaged by TS Sendong last December 17, 2011. In three separate petitions filed with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO), Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative-1 (MORESCO 1) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) are seeking the approval of ERC to pass on to consumers the portion of the damages to their respective facilities not indemnified by insurance. In their respective petitions, CEPALCO declared P30, 190,606 in damages suffered from Sendong, MORESCO-1 around P10-million and the NGCP 727,088.64 or approximately P40,917,694.64 in toto, or roughly 26 percent of the cost of rehabilitation of COWD facilities damaged by TS Sendong. Are they crazy?” said the president of one of the city’s leading hospitals who requested anonymity. “Who was not affected by Sendong? Our facilities in Iligan had

total damage to property amounting to P16-million. Yet, we are not passing on the cost to students. Makonsensiya naman sila!” One of the city’s leading hoteliers concurs. “It was a calamity most felt by many consumers in the city,” he said. “Loss of lives, having no water and electricity for one week. Why should we pay? Their move defies logic.” “This is unconscionable,” declared Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro) in an earlier interview. “We will oppose this at the ERC and Congress. How can they pass on these damages to the consumers who already suffered the floods of Sendong? There is no legal and moral basis for this claim and we will oppose this petition in every forum it is brought up.” “Consumers shouldn’t be made to suffer additional burden especially on disasters and natural calamities,” noted former Oro Chamber President Elpidio M. Paras. “Perhaps the most, utilities could ask for, is some tax relief from government.

Maybe we just need to expand insurance coverage the next time.”` In their respective petitions, all three entities are asking ERC to declare a Force Majeure Event (FME) which would entitled them to charge their customers a Force Majeure Pass-through Amount for the costs their incurred for the restoration, rehabilitation and repair of their facilities damaged by Sendong. This would entitle them to recover the full amount not indemnified by their insurers with additional charges collected from their customers. The NGCP petition proposes to charge an additional 0.0331 per kilowatt hour (kWh) incurred by each customer starting Sept 2012, 0.0074 for 2013, 0.0073 (2014) and 0.0072 (2015) while CEPALCO proposes to bill an additional 0.0075 for 2013, 0.0079 for 2014 and 0.0074 for 2015. MORESCO-1 which is covered by a different rate setting scheme, has instead opted to petition ERC to allow it to borrow P10,024,669.98

from the National Electrification Administration (NEA) at 7% per annum interest, payable in seven years. This will have a rate impact of 0.0228781 per kWh in 2013 to P0.0163454 per kWh in 2019. “Absence of utility insurance should not be blamed on the power consumers who themselves are already the victims of being not covered by insurance wrought by fury of Sendong,” said Oro Chamber Trustee Cerael C. Donggay. “Obviously, not fair to the end consumers and Juan de la Cruz.” CEPALCO conducted a briefing for members of Konsumanteng Kagay-anon, Inc. (KKI) last November 19, 2012 to explain how their petitioned FME pass through amount will affect the customer’s electric bill. KKI has made similar requests for briefings with NGCP and MORESCO-1. The former has endorsed the request to its head office in Manila while there has been no response to date from MOR ESCO-1. (by BWM News Bureau)

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COWD not passing on costs of typhoon damage to consumers their consumers the costs of Here’s good news for consumers in Cagayan de Oro City. The Cagayan de Oro City Water District does not plan to pass on to its concessionaires the cost of damages inflicted on its infrastructure by typhoon Pablo and Tropical Storm Sendong. In a thanksgiving party for the media held December 21, 2012 at the COWD Social Hall, COWD General Manager Rachel M. Beja disclosed the water district would have to shell out P157,211,708 to rehabilitate the damaged production facilities and service connections caused by Tropical Storm Sendong last year and Typhoon Pablo earlier this month. Ms. Beja said sixty percent (60%) or P 93,003,464 of the total amount is budgeted for the rehabilitation of 16,330 damaged service connections in about seven (7) riverside barangays. Another twenty five percent (25%) is allocated for the rehabilitation of damaged production facilities including an entire booster station with 11 booster pumps, six transformers, 10

controllers and 10 electric motors; and for production wells in Macasandig and two in Balulang. The rehab of other facilities amounts to 6.5 percent (P10,188,000) with another P15,000,000 allocated for labor. H o w e v e r, M s . B e j a stressed the COWD does not have any plans to pass on to consumers any or all of the cost of rehabilitating its damage facilities and will instead look for other means to finance the undertaking. Last January 4, the Local Water Utilities Administration provided COWD with a P52,791,000 grant from the Office of the President intended for the rehabilitation of COWD’s water supply facilities damaged by TS Sendong. Ms. Beja said they have also received similar financial assistance from a number of institutions but the total was insufficient the total cost of rehabilitation. Earlier, three electric utilities filed separate petitions with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) seeking permission to pass on to


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Of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City’s 39,620 hectares of agricultural lands covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, the provincial agrarian reform office had so far distributed 84 percent or 33,110 hectares to 17,302 farmer-beneficiaries. To date, the provincial agrarian reform office has launched 23 agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in 10 towns, two cities (Butuan and Cabadbaran) and 336 barangays which are now recipients of various developmental interventions on land tenure improvement and a package of program beneficiaries development. It has also assisted 33 cooperatives and 23 associations. A 2011 assessment on the level of development of ARCs in the province conducted by the Department of Agrarian Reform through the Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development showed that of 23 ARCs, 3 are in level 5, 12 in level 4, 4 in level 3, 1 in level 2 and 3 in level 1. The BARBD and DAR field officers annually assess the level of development of ARCs. As Republic Act 9700 or the CARP Extension with Reform (CARPer) Law expires in 2014, can the provincial agrarian reform office be able to acquire and distribute its remaining working scope of 6,510 hectares? (Please see related story: DAR-Agusan del Norte wants job done before CARPer Law Expires)

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tribution in the province. Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Andre Atega said his primary concern is to fully cover and turn over 6,510 hectares of CARPable agricultural lands to farmerbeneficiaries within R.A. 9700’s remaining life. The area represents 16 percent of Atega’s total working scope of 39,620 hectares. Some 33,110 hectares or 84 percent had already been turned over to 17,302 agrarian reform beneficiaries. Since Atega’s watch in 2007, the provincial agrarian reform office has consistently breached its annual land distribution targets. For this year, Atega had topped his office’s 2,736-hectare projection last August or four months before the December 31, 2012 deadline. According to Atega, to fast-track its principal function of giving lands to the landless farmers, DAR had established a Land Tenure Improvements (LTI) Division tasked with the department’s land acquisition and distribution operations. To fully utilize the LTI, he said the original operations group was subdivided into four units: *LTI-A – to focus on recommendation of collective Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs)

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into individual CLOAs and leasehold operation; *LTI-B – to zero in on land surveys of new land and subdivision of collective CLOAs; *LTI-C - to concentrate on land acquisition and distribution of new lands; and *LTI-D - to set forth on distributed but not yet documented or unpaid lands. Meanwhile, DAR Secretary Gil de los Reyes expressed confidence that his department can place under CARP coverage all agricultural lands before the law expires in 2014, a report from DyaryoDAR said. “In fact, DAR will be able to issue notices of coverage for all Phase 1-3a landholdings before the end of 2012. It will also be able to issue the same notices for all Phase 3b lands in the first quarter of 2013, subject to the requirements of Republic Act 9700,” De los Reyes was quoted as saying. De los Reyes said Phase 1-3a covers 10-24-hectare landholdings, with total area of 217,639 hectares and could be covered from July 2012 to June 2013. He added that Phase 3b involves 5-10 hectare landholdings, with combined total of 187,959 hectares, and are up for distribution from July 2013 to June 2014. He said the move would ensure that all landholdings covered by CARP would be distributed to farmerbeneficiaries before the term of President Aquino ends in 2016. De los Reyes said that land reform under the Aquino administration is proceeding smoothly despite the fact that the remaining lands to be distributed are the more contentious ones and require a longer and more tedious process to acquire and distribute. Last year, the DAR distributed to 63,755 farmer-beneficiaries 111,889 hectares of land nationwide, which is slightly higher than the 107,180 hectares distributed in 2010. He said some 961,974 hectares are still up for distribution under CARP. Around 93.58 percent or 900,188 hectares are classified as privately-owned land, of which 816,491 hectares of them or 85 percent are LBP-compensable, while the remaining 83,697 hectares are placed under the voluntary land transfer where farmer-beneficiaries pay directly to the landowners. WITH REPORT BY GIL MIRANDA

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government. The area was eventually awarded to them by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in 1995, the same year that the association was registered with the Cooperative Development Authority as the Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The swamp became the only CARP-

covered fishponds in the country. From hereon, the Department of Agrarian Reform provided the cooperative grants and assistance through the Agrarian Reform Support Project (ARSP) of the European Union in the amount of P25 million, Solar Power Technology Support (SPOTS) of the Spanish Government, Credit Assistance for Program Beneficiaries Development (CAPBD) of DAR, Land Bank of the Philippines and the National Livelihood Fund. Wit h DA R supp or t , BCBMPC’s growth was what observers described as “phenomenal”. While prawn producers in some parts of the country suffered losses due to sales drop, Baug quality prawns became popular and sought for in the domestic and foreign markets. The co-op invested in the construction of a building where it conducted its business operations including a consumer store. Co-op members were able to send their children to college. But the windfall from prawn sales was cut short in 2003 with the onslaught of the White Spot Virus Syndrome (WSSV), a highly-lethal and contagious disease that kills shrimps quickly. Production fell to 20 percent that led to members’ loan arrears and BCBMPC’s net loss. In 2004, B CBMPC amended its by-laws with the assistance of the Department of Agrarian Reform. It expanded membership to the community and took to member-savings and credit operations in addition to small loans extended to members for shrimp and fish production. BCBMPC’s operation reached unexpected heights. It established branches in the cities of Butuan, Cabadbaran, Surigao and Bayugan in Agusan del Sur as well as in the towns of Buenavista, Las Nieves and Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte. Records reveal its membership has grown to 6,885 with 6,283 regular members and 602 associate members. From an initial capitalization of P39,200 contributed by 110 members in 1995, BCBMPC’s balance sheet as of December 31, 2011 showed Total assets – P142.52 million, Total net worth – P46.24 million, Net surplus – P9.32 million, Savings mobilization – P38.17 million and Paid-up capital – P28.92 million. As one of the top cooperatives in Caraga, BCBMPC’s advocacies include special programs for agrarian reform beneficiaries, environmental protection, and climate change adaptation. The co-op harnesses solar power to provide electricity to its prawn ponds, regularly conducts mangrove treeplanting activities in floodprone areas, and community projects including feeding program for malnourished children during the Nutri-

tion Month and distribution of gift packs to indigent families every Christmas. BCBMPC took the spotlight and gained national prominence in 2011 when it was honored by Land of the Philippines with Gawad PITAK awards including OUTSTANDING AGRARIAN REFORM COOPERATIVE, BEST CO-OP IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT, and 3RD PLACE IN THE AGRI-BASED CATEGORY. The BCBMPC story is a tale of how a group of crab and shrimp hunters, equipped with grit, patience,and dedication, rose to become a cooperative engaged in profitable banking operations. It is an account as well of the success of an agrarian reform program committed to assist and support beneficiaries to become self-sufficient and empowered in line with the government’s thrust to alleviate poverty in the countryside. WITH REPORT BY GIL MIRANDA.

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Baleguian in ceremonies held at the Barangay gymnasium. Monton, in his message, said the project will “speed up the development and growth not only of Baleguian but the Jabonga town as well.” He added that the people will become more economically productive owing to the ease in transporting their farm products to the market. The road connects the Baleguian national highway junction to Barangay Bagang road within the Cuyago, Libas, Maraiging, Beltran, Bangonay and Baleguian (CLIMBB) agrarian reform community where hundreds of residents will be benefitted.. Present during the rites were Jabonga Vice-Mayor Danilo Moran, DAR Regional and Provincial Engineers Vangie Hanginan and Ernesto Gatab, Department of Public Works and Highways representative Maribeth Burgos, DPWH Project Engineer Jose Tan and some barangay residents. The two other DARARISP III completed projects were the 6.46-kilometer farm-to-market road from the national highway junction in Poblacion 2 to Barangay San Antonio with a cost of P37,923,491 and the P6-million San Antonio Potable Water System Level II in the municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez. Mambuay and Atega turned over the projects to R. T. Remedios Mayor Nilo Soliva who handed the project documents to the Barangay San Antonio and the San Antonio Water Sanitation Association RTR Agusan Norte. DAR-ARISP III is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). WITH REPORT BY GIL MIRANDA.

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over to San Antonio Water Sanitation Association RTR Agusan Norte (SAWSARTRAN) assisted by Department of Agrarian Reform in Caraga regional director Faisar Mambuay and Provincial Agrarian Reform officer Andre Atega. Soliva praised DARARISP III’s deep concern for his town’s needs as well as its interventions in terms of infrastructure projects, institutional strengthening and agri-business development. He also thanked Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante and Second District Representative Angelica Rosedell AmanteMatba, both of whom were direct partners through a counterpart arrangement in the implementation of the water system and other DAR-ARISP III sub-projects. RD Mambuay stressed that the PWS will provide reliable water supply to the community and asked the end users to take care of the project. According to DAR-ARISP III Project Engineer Ernesto Gatab, the Potable Water Supply Level II System sourced water from a spring using an intake box that distributed water to 62 common faucets servicing about five to 10 households per communal faucet. R.T. Romualdez municipal agrarian reform officer Virginia Batosalem said “at least 1,598 residents from 344 households are currently benefiting from the project. The San Antonio Water Sanitation Association RTR Agusan Norte will oversee its operation and maintenance as well as ensure all plans and policies are implemented.” The project is in support of President Aquino’s poverty alleviation program and is jointly funded by the Philippine Government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and implemented under DAR’s ARISP Phase III. Barangay San Antonio resident Bioleta Alingasa said the water system project has been a great relief to the village folks who before used to negotiate an 800-meter sloping trail to fetch water. She said village residents were susceptible to waterborne diseases. “Usahay kung ting-ulan, dili mainom ang tubig. Naay uban dali ra musakit ang tiyan (When it’s rainy, the water was not suitable for drinking. The others easily got sick of diarrhea),” she said. Present during the turnover rite were R.T. Romualdez ViceMayor Eleuterio Enriquez, San Antonio Barangay Chairman Diosdado Enriquez, DAR PARO I Denia Jabagat, town officials and some barangay residents. Meanwhile, the Maunlad Farmer Beneficiaries Cooperative, RTR Women’s Association, and San Antonio

Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative were recipients to P534,393 worth of livestock and green house materials for their vegetable production swine-breeding and native chicken livelihood projects, respectively, from the Agricultural-Agribusiness Development Sub-project. WITH A REPORT FROM GIL MIRANDA.

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only to underscore an approach that the DOH may want to try, I am reprinting that article. Please read on: “As Filipinos welcomed the new year with a bang at the stroke of midnight last January 1, 2012, I was left wondering: so, we have not been able to discard our tradition of exploding firecrackers and lighting pyrotechnics despite heavy government campaign. “The glaring truth for celebrators, however, was this: no benefit really accrued in favor of anyone by the explosions and dazzling lights. After the noise, the only things that were evident were the heavy smoke, the litter from the firecrackers and pyrotechnics, and, to some, the injuries, fatal or otherwise. The huge amount of money spent on the super lolo, kwitis, Judas belt, among others, was gone, just like that. -ooo“A NOISE GOD CANNOT REJECT: And the future still remained uncertain, for a great many of us. So what is the lesson here? Filipinos have been brainwashed by this tradition of merry-making during the New Year much too long, there is now an urgent need to re-orient our minds. We must change our mindset, and instead create a noise that God will not reject, and this is the noise of prayers from every believer. “Next New Year, if God allows it, I propose that every person who espouses belief in God must stop buying firecrackers and pyrotechnics, and instead prepare for prayer sessions and Bible studies as we bid the old year goodbye and prepare to welcome the New Year. “Happy New Year, and here’s a prayer that Filipinos everywhere will aspire to be with God more through a daily reading of the Bible, through meditations on the Word day and night, and through constant obedience to the commands of God, to enable us to live a life of success and prosperity until the very end.” What do you think, dear readers? -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email:

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municipal government conducts regularly. “We will emphasize the thrusts of the local government to uplift the lives of the poor and how to give opportunities to them,” he said. Yasay added that the SOMA in Opol is usually given during Rizal Day. It will be held at the Igpit Gym beginning 8 a.m.


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New video of kidnapped Australian Warren Rodwell out in YouTube By AL JACINTO of Mindanao Daily News

ZAMBOANGA City––A new video clip of kidnapped Australian adventurer Warren Rodwell has surfaced in YouTube and giving fresh hope that the former soldier is still alive and being held in the southern Philippines. Rodwell, 57, was kidnapped last year by armed men disguised as policemen

who barged in his house in the coastal town of Ipil in Zamboanga del Sur province. He is believed being held in Basilan province, although there were reports that Abu Sayyaf rebels tried, but failed to bring him to Sulu province. Philippine authorities tied the Abu Sayyaf to al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiya and it has been largely blamed for the kidnappings of many foreigners for ransom in

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blinked and he would randomly looked to his left and his right, and occasionally would stare directly above the camera as if he was trying to decipher a gesture or hand signal from his captors. In the entire 2 minute clip, a man was heard coughing repeatedly while Rodwell spoke about his ordeal and at the end expressed hopelessness about his situation. He at one point in the clip said he does not trust either the Abu Sayyaf or the Australian government. The complete text of the clip is as follows: “My name is Warren Richard Rodwell from Australia, today is Sunday, December 16, 2012, and this newspaper is Saturday, December 15, 2012. I have been held prisoner, kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf Muslim terrorist group for over one year, actually 54 weeks today. I was kidnapped on December 5, 2012. This video clip today is to say that I am live. I am waiting to be released. I have no idea what’s going on outside. I am just kept, held prisoner in isolation.” “Again, I am alive. It’s 378 days I think, something like that. This newspaper is from the Philippines. If any, honestly and if there is some negotiation I do not get any information and the people around me don’t normally speak English and I understand something is happening but I don’t know when. I do not expect to be released before the year 2013 at the earliest. I personally hold no hope at all for being release. I do not trust the Abu Sayyaf, I do not trust the Australian government. I just don’t trust anyone, personally, I don’t care.” There was no immediate statement from the Australian Embassy about the latest video clip of Rodwell. In October, government troops clashed with Abu Sayyaf rebels in Sulu province following intelligence reports about the presence of kidnapped victims in the hinterlands of Patikul town.

Aside from Rodwell, Abu Sayyaf and members of the Moro National Liberation Front are said to be holding two European wildlife photographers - Ewold Horn, 52, from Holland; and Lorenzo Vinciguerre, 47, from Switzerland - who were also kidnapped earlier this year in Tawi-Tawi province. The Abu Sayyaf is still holding a Japanese man and three Filipinos in Sulu. Philippine authorities have imposed a news blackout on the kidnappings of the foreigners, although there were reports that negotiations for the safe release of Rodwell and the other foreigners are going on. Just in September, the Abu Sayyaf freed a kidnapped Chinese man Jian Luo, 48, in Zamboanga City after his family paid some P5 million ransom. His compatriot Jampong Lin-Yuankai, 38, was later rescued following a gun battle in a village also in Zamboanga City. The two men - who are natives of Guangdong province and are engaged in buying and selling of manganese and other minerals - were kidnapped by followers of Abu Sayyaf leader Khair Mundos in Kabasalan town near where Rodwell was snatched. Mundos is wanted both by the Philippine and US authorities for his role in the transfer of al-Qaeda funds to the Abu Sayyaf which had been used to carry out terror attacks in Mindanao and other parts of the country. According to the US Rewards for Justice Program, Mundos is a key leader and financier of the Abu Sayyaf. He was arrested in May 2004 and confessed to having arranged the transfer of funds from al-Qaeda to Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadafy Janjalani. But in February 2007, Mundos escaped from the Kidapawan Provincial Jail in North Cotabato province. It was unknown whether Mundos was also involved in Rodwell kidnapping. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Mindanao Daily News (Deccember 28, 2012 Issue)  

Mindanao Daily News (Deccember 28, 2012 Issue)