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DAR lawyer denies owning ‘shabu’ found in his house By CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City-The agrarian reform lawyer has denied ownership of the alleged illegal drug recovered during a search of his residence here Wednesday morning. Lawyer Mario G. Pelago, the Chief legal counsel, of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Northern Mindanao, has denied ownership of the three sachets of Shabu, an illegal drug, allegedly recovered from his trouser during the search Wednesday. Armed with a search warrant, agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the PICKET. The local chapter of PISTON known as Starex or Solidarity of Transport in Region 10 executes a picket local police swooped down outside the LTFRB 10 office in Patag, Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday, January 24. The Land Transportation Franon the residence of Pelago chising and Regulatory Board isn’t taking chances though - it prepared vehicles for free passenger transport in See denies, page 11

case the situation escalates into a full-blown transport strike.

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SC orders govt to comment on petitions against new tax law

THE Supreme Court (SC) ordered various government officials to comment on the petition filed by militant lawmakers and an advocacy group seeking to halt the implementation of Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act. SC spokesman Theodore Te, in a briefing, announced the directive was issued following Tuesday’s regular en banc session of the magistrates. The high court gave See orders, page 11

2,500 drivers in Oro feared displaced in PUV modernization By MARK FRANCISCO Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 10 director Aminoden Guro said that to mitigate the effects of the government’s PUV modernization program, public utility drivers must be members of transport cooperatives. Guro said that once the government implements the PUV modernization program starting in 2021, it is targeting transport cooperatives which will avail of the financing program to loan out e-jeepneys and solar jeepneys. He said that based on their records, half of the transport operators and drivers in Cagayan de Oro alone will be displaced. That constitutes around 2,500 drivers since there are around Liga ng mga Barangay - Cagayan de Oro secretary Jerico Goldmar Ebabacol speaks in behalf of the hun- 5,000 jeepneys plying in the city, dreds of barangay officials from Caraga, Northern Mindanao and ARMM expressing their strong desire to according to Guro. postpone the May 14 barangay elections, thereby continuing their terms during the public hearing con- Along this line, Guro said ducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on the matter last January 23. Cagayan de Oro City. that these individual PUJ operaphoto by gerry lee gorit

tors will still have three years to decide in joining cooperatives in their respective routes to avail of PUV financing. In an interview yesterday, Guro said that both LandBank and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) have already finalized their financing guidelines for transport cooperatives who wish to avail of the said PUV financing. Guro also said that the Department of Transportation’s own Office of Transport Cooperatives will be assisting these transport cooperatives nationwide. For regionwide concerns, he said transport cooperatives will need to coordinate with the regional LTFRB office. Earlier in the day, the local chapter of PISTON called Starex or Solidarity Transport Association of Region X (Starex) held a picket in front of the LTFRB regional office calling the See feared, page 11

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Military: Businesses in Eastern Mindanao lost P2.48 billion to NPA attacks, extortion By Antonio L. Colina IV MindaNews

BUSINESSES in four regions of Mindanao lost P2.48 billion to attacks and extortion activities by the New People’s Army (NPA) last year, Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) commander Lt. General Benjamin R. Madrigal said on Tuesday. Madrigal told reporters at the sidelines of the Mindanao Business Briefing at Seda Hotel here that the NPA got P1.48 billion from mining and agricultural companies in Eastern Mindanao, covering Regions 11 and 13 and parts of Regions 10 and 12. He said that with P1.48 billion the NPA could buy 23,333 AK47 rifles or 31.1 million rounds of ammunition. For the same period, rebel attacks caused P1 billion in damages to businesses the bulk of which was

sustained by the box plant of the Lorenzo family-owned Lapanday Foods Corporation in Mandug, Davao City which the NPA burned on 29 April 2017, he said. Madrigal urged businesses to stop giving in to the demand for so-called revolutionary taxes of the NPA, saying it would only worsen the insurgency. “They (NPA) will continue to ask if some will continue to provide also,” he said. He stressed that they intend to prevent the recruitment of new NPA members by deploying more security forces in communities where there are reported extortion activities. Madrigal added that they will hold regular meetings with companies to explain to them the consequences of paying “revolutionary taxes” and to inform them how and where to report if See lost, page 11

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DTI fasttracks assistance to Marawi IDPs CAGAYAN de Oro City-The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is keen on fast-tracking the revival of Marawi City’s illustrious business environment as the agency looks to provide more assistance to affected Maranao entrepreneurs. “We plan to allocate more budget for this year to support the Bangon Marawi programs to provide livelihood assistance to around 80 percent of identified internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 2018,” said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.

DTI Regional Operations Group (ROG) Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said the agency has set aside P50 million to fund the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) project and will seek additional budget to fund the provision of livelihood starter kits, micro loans, mobile rice mills, tricycles, construction of public markets, and provision of retail spaces in major malls to promote Maranao products, among others. “We will continue to provide assistance to our

Oro dads okay MOA with DOST on health care services CAGAYAN de Oro City-The city government of Cagayan de Oro, through its healthcare facilities, can now fully provide a better access to life-saving health care services to isolated and disadvantaged communities of the city. This after the 18th City Council during its 70th regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy enacted an ordinance authorizing the City Mayor to enter into and sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Region 10, covering the implementation of its project,

entitled: “Roll-out of RxBox 1000 Telehealth Devices in selected Rural Centers in the Philippines.” The project is part of DOST’s assistance to the City through various science-based programs/ projects in recognition of its contribution to national government. Under the MOA, the D OST shall select the healthcare facility/ies in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) and University of the Philippines National Telehealth Center (UP NTHC) and provide one set of RxBox telehealth device to each See okay, page 11

brothers and sisters in Marawi. As of now we are working to assist Maranao entrepreneurs with micro loans through the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso or P3, mobile rice mills, tricycles, and equipment,” Maglaya said. The P50 million SSF fund will help address the needs of Maranao entrepreneurs in the aspect of loom weaving, wood working, and brasswares by providing equipment that matches their needs, she added. The agency, through the

Small Business Corporation (SB Corp), also released a total of P375,000 micro loans in the form of P3 to 37 Maranao borrowers, who were also recipient of DTI’s business starter kits, received assistance from DTI. SB Corp has earmarked at least 1,000 Marawi entrepreneur beneficiaries that will receive loan packages in the first quarter of 2018. The agency has also provided entrepreneurs with mobile rice mills, livelihood starter kits such as sari-sari

store kits, and sewing kits. The Department, in partnership with the Skills Mastery Institute (SMI), also trained and retrained the IDPs on garments making. As of December 2017, a total of 588 equipment/ starter kits were distributed and provided trainings to 1,963 IDP beneficiaries. In addition, 240 beneficiaries were linked to financial institutions. Maglaya added that DTI will train these beneficiaries who were given aid on See fasttracks, page 11

DILG-10 chief on prioritizing AM projects: Quality over quantity CAGAYAN de Oro City-For better impact, you [local chief executives] could limit your Assistance to Municipalities (AM) projects from one to two. Rather than having so many projects and yet your constituents do not feel the result of your projects, it would be better if you just identify a couple of projects with greater impact to your project beneficiaries. This was the statement of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe in his opening message during the AM Program Regional Briefing and Re-

Prioritization (Project Revision) Workshop held in Cagayan de Oro City. The activity aimed to consolidate revised 2018 Local Government Support Fund (LGSF)-AM Priority Lists of Projects culled out from approved Local Development Investment Program (LDIP) of all municipalities, as this will be submitted to DILG and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Central Offices and will form part of the final lists of projects required by the General Appropriations Act of 2018. Revised Budget Cap “As far as AM fund is

concerned, right now it is 45% less. That is the very reason why we called you up because we also have to meet our calendar as far as the submission of your priority projects funded from the reduced AM,” director Agabe said. According to him, the lists of projects were already submitted but there is a need to re-prioritize and study the projects based on the new funding. “You already have your LDIP and the priority projects that you have submitted were taken from that; but considering that it is already See projects, page 11

Vinta damage in B’non reaches P584 million M A L AY B A L AY C i t y, Bukidnon--The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Bukidnon Provincial Government reported that tropical storm “Vinta” has a total of P584.06 million damage, including P109 million devastation in agriculture. Israel Johan M. Damasco Jr, acting PDRRMO of Bukidnon said tropical storm ‘Vinta,’ which hit the country on December 22 placing Bukidnon under Tropical Storm Signal Warning No. 3—along with 15 other provinces—caused severe damages to houses, infrastructures, agricultural crops and livestock in 13 of Bukidnon’s 22 towns and cities. The PDRRMO immediately submitted a recommendation to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to pass a resolution to Sangguniang Panlalawigan for the declaration placing Bukidnon under state of calamity. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bukidnon adopted on January 16 the PDRRMC resolution. As shown in the declaration, about P203.75 million of the damage was in agriculture with P109 million; See damage, page 11

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CHED considering peace education in SUC curriculum


THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is planning to integrate peace education in the curriculum of state universities and colleges (SUCs). “At this point, there are only a few universities which have included peace education in their curriculum. Most of these universities are in Mindanao, understandably because most of the war issues are in Mindanao,” CHED Commissioner Ronald Adamat said during the signing of a memorandum of agreement with non-government organization Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL). Adamat added that he

has been advocating peace education among SUC presidents, and emphasized that a CHED memorandum needs to be crafted and approved so that all SUCs would integrate peace education in the curriculum. Adamat told the Philippine News Agency that HWPL has approached CHED for partnership in the program. HWPL described itself as an NGO that “aims to transcend differences in culture, belief and religion by engaging leaders and youth in sustainable and comprehensive solutions for peace”. CHED and HWPL signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) Tuesday af-

ternoon in Quezon City, to further promote peace education in the country. Adamat said that as a partner, HWPL could suggest activities and strategies to CHED. After the MOA signing at the CHED office, the two held a peace lecture at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa Manila. Meanwhile, Adamat said he could not give a timeline for peace education integration, as this would need to be done “in a very calculative way”. He also pointed out that peace education may not be compulsory but an elective subject. (PNA)

CAGAYAN de Oro City-Renewal of business permits and licenses in Cagayan de Oro City have been extended. This as the 18th City Council during its 70th regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy enacted an ordinance extending the deadline for the renewal of the business permit applications until January 31, 2018.

Earlier, the City Mayor requested the City Council to favorably act on the request of the local businessmen for the extension of the January 20 deadline set for the renewal of the business permits and licenses. It was noted that there is a reduction of turn-out of the renewed business licenses as of January 14, 2018 compared with same period last year.

The low turn-out could have been resulted due to the recent calamity, the Typhoon “Vinta” which struck the City last December 22, 2017. This legislation was reviewed and endorsed by the committees on ways and means and on laws and rules respectively chaired by Councilors George S. Gok- A taxi chauffeur pees at the roadside in front of the vehicle that he is driving in clear ing and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya. violation of existing anti-littering laws. The incident occurred in front of a shopping mall in Cagayan de Oro City. photo by gerry lee gorit (JAO/SP)

Dads extend renewal of business permits, licenses

mobility project CDO-Norfolk Student Exchange Sustainable for Cagayan de Oro launched Program now accepts applicants CAGAYAN de Oro City--The city government of Cagayan de Oro now accepts applications for the first Cagayan de Oro- Norfolk High School Student Summer Visitor Exchange Program that will be held on July 1-15 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Deadline of application will be on February 15, 2018. The high school student

exchange program is one of the initiatives of the sistercities relations of Cagayan de Oro and Norfolk City, Virginia, USA after former Mayor Constantino Jaraula and Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim signed the sisterhood agreement on July 18, 2008. Delegates from Cagayan de Oro are expected to visit the monument, museums,

SouthCot to expand anti-poverty program GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of South Cotabato is set to expand its flagship anti-poverty convergence program to two more poor communities in the area. Alfredo Galino, provincial convergence officer, said Wednesday preparations are underway for the implementation of the initiative in Sitio Datal Ligaw, Barangay Tasiman and Sitio Blit, Barangay Ned in Lake Sebu town. “These two sitios are geographically isolated, making government services less accessible to residents,” he said in a statement. Dubbed Convergence Program for Poverty Reduc-

tion, the initiative mainly seeks to empower and transform poor communities into productive areas through the provision of basic services and development projects. It was initially launched by the local government in September last year in Sitio Traan Leteng, Barangay Kematu in Tboli town. Galino said South Cotabato Gov. Daisy AvanceFuentes earlier endorsed the replication of the program’s good practices in the two remote sitios of Lake Sebu. He said the Provincial Planning and Development Office is set to gather baseline data and conduct community scanning in See expand, page 11

parks, naval base and mermaid factory in Norfolk including the Philippine Embassy, District of Columbia during the 15-day summer visit. Applicants of the program should be current high school public or private students of Cagayan de Oro, 15 to 18 years old in the duration of the program

and resident of Cagayan de Oro. Interested applicants can visit Cagayan de Oro Trade and Investment Promotions Center, 3/F, New Administrative Building, City Hall Compound or call (088) 857-3057 or send an email to investcdo@cagayandeoro. gov.ph for more details.(IAF/ RTP/PIA10

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A group of big oil companies recently launched the Sustainable Mobility Project for the city to provide immediate response to the area’s traffic problems. This is a pilot project of the city government in partnership with the Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE), Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation Northern Mindanao Import Facility and World Business Council for

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The University of Santos Tomas (UST) will start by next month the full development of its expansion campus here. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, UST rector, said preparations are underway for the start of the construction works for the 79.93-hectare university campus in Barangays Ligaya and Katangawan. “We will start our development as early as second or third week of February,” he told reporters. He said the initial preparatory phase at the site already started last year “but

now it will be a full blast development program.” UST completed last year the requirements for the development of the campus site and secured the local government’s approval for the location and clearance for its road networks and drainage canal. The initial works were implemented by geodetic engineers from UST and its contracted firm, DCCD Engineering Corp. Citing its development plan, Dagohoy said they are targeting to start the actual construction of the buildings and other facilities “towards the end of the

year.” These include the university’s main administration building, chapel, gymnasium, faculty’s residence and school buildings. Dagohoy said most of these structures are due for completion in two years or by 2020, which is the projected start of the university’s operations. “Initially, we are planning to offer programs on information and computing sciences, business management and some basic programs in the sciences,” he said. Dagohoy said the university would later open

Sustainable Development (WBBCSD). The project aims to determine the root cause of transportation and traffic problems in the city by engaging or coordinating with various sectors in the community and eventually provide specific ways and strategies to solve the problem. A commitment signing spearheaded by Mayor Oscar Moreno, PBE Executive

graduate school programs to “help the region in terms of human capacity undertakings.” Mayor Ronnel Rivera reiterated the local government’s full support to the development of the UST campus, which will be the university’s first in Mindanao. The Regional Development Council of Region 12, which he heads, had also endorsed the project. The mayor said that based on his discussions with UST officials, investments for the development of the university campus

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Unforgiving road to Bukidnon

Wherever I may roam the distant land to see, I long to go back soon to sweet Bukidnon home, Her lovely mountains high with forest old and grand, Bring memories to me the home I long to see… -Excerpts from “Bukidnon, My Home”, provincial anthem of Bukidnon province. AS a short break from a life spent in the fast lane, I had the opportunity to enjoy the last days of 2017 in Bukidnon -- my sweet home away from home. But traveling these days to Bukidnon is not as sweet as it could be as manifested in the province’s iconic provincial anthem. Over the years, Sayre Highway, the national road network that cuts across the province of Bukidnon

has been on a never-ending road repair binge since time immemorial. Travel now to this landlocked province is one of hell of a ride. Notwithstanding the massive expansion of the highway from the old two-lane to four to six lanes, travel time from Cagayan de Oro to Valencia City will now take about six to seven hours, a sharp contrast to the usual 3-4 hours, either by bus or private vehicle. But wonders of wonder, I have yet to hear from Governor Jose “Joe” Zubiri of DPWH’s penchant of “butchering” Bukidnon’s only road link to the regional cities of Cagayan de Oro and Davao. Sayre Highway is that portion of the National Highway which starts from

Puerto in Cagayan de Oro City to Davao City via Buda along the borders of Kitaotao, Bukidnon and North Cotabato. The 192-kilometer long highway was named after Francis Bowes Sayre, Sr., a professor at Harvard Law School who was the United States’ High Commissioner to the Philippines from 1947 to 1952. It was named after him since he was the one who spearheaded the initial construction of the Bukidnon highway. Not too long ago, my media colleague had to endure an overnight stay along the muddy stretch of the Sayre Highway under construction in Damay, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. He was on his way to cover a USAID project in Magu-

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indanao. He nearly missed that event. A massive landslide blocked a kilometer-long road with solid rocks as big as Zubiri’s mansion, and eventually clogged the highway with hundreds of vehicles, creating a massive traffic jam from barangay Damay to as far as Poblacion in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. For over 15 long hours, he and the rest of his copassengers aboard Rural Transit Bus had no choice but just stare at the open, dark skies of Bukidnon. This is Bukidnon today. Amid the vast green fields See road, page 5

Kakampi Mo Ang Batas

DFA top officials should be replaced now LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll...” (Revelation 22:1819, the Holy Bible). -oooDFA TOP OFFICIALS SHOULD BE REPLACED NOW: Okay, I can concede that it is good that some 100,000 new appointment slots have been opened recently for those wanting

to be interviewed by the Department of Foreign Affairs so they can secure their passports. But, are we to be happy with this now? No, we should not, because what the department did, under the leadership of Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, was a clear case of a mere “consuelo de bobo.” Why, you ask? Well, first, since the DFA has just shown that it is truly capable of setting up new 100,000 appointment slots if it wanted to, just like what it did the other day, why did it not do that right away? What was its reason for not doing just that, right from the start? Why did its top


officials have to wait for our countrymen to get agitated first before coming up with a solution? Secondly, there are more than 100,000 Filipinos who desire to secure their own passports, because they need this official travel document to go to other countries to enable them to find employment. What is the DFA going to do with the rest of our countrymen who still needed their own passports but who cannot, yet again, be accommodated even with the new 100,000 appointment slots? I believe the remedy here is a change of leadership at the DFA, with Cayetano being booted out

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first and foremost. -oooDIFFERENCES IN COMMANDS TO HUSBANDS AND WIVES: From Colossians 3:18-25 of the Bible, we can read the following “Instructions for Christian Households.” Here are some of them: “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. And still some of them: “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, See officials, page 5

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Rationally, then, what can we do? MARIKINA City--Many times, we put our faith fully in a human being, only to find out later, daghan diay iyang kakulangan. In the political arena, especially, we get easily frustrated. We support and elect people we thought would be the Messiah to free us from the ills that blight our country … But only to find out that meron din palang pagkokulang!!!!! Rationally, then, what can we do? Well, we can continue backing up the candidate we supported blindly, with our ears and mouths taped so that we do not disrupt our ‘external’ comfort zones. Or, we avail of our rights as citizens of the land by speaking out and denounc-

ing whoever that person might be who is causing our disenchantment. I do not expect Lola Tinay — at this stage of her life – to act like a teen-age activist! But, she can probably pray that the Almighty would guide the heart and mind and soul of the President para makatoltol sa hustong dalan. Or she can communicate her thoughts openly to the numerous media outlets in the country to give vent to her frustrations. On the personal level, I think, she’d be able to overcome her frustrations by teaming up with her “co-teenagers” in whose company she can give vent to her anxieties and probably enjoy hearing similar

views from them. It is not absolutely true that “nobody” is telling the President that he “has crossed the line.” Some of our media outlets have been doing that. And other concerned NGOs – and a few members of the Opposition – have been complaining against his perceived tendencies to speak off-the-cuff even on matters of national importance. And, pardon my self reference, the fact is that whenever I am asked about EJKs (extrajudicial killings) and the perception that the administration is bent on befriending China, I respond that EJKs are reprehensible because human life is so valuable, we don’t even have a death penalty.

And if the State, itself, cannot take the life even of a convicted killer, for instance, all the more reason why private individuals or even law enforcers may not, cannot do, so. In relation to the Administration’s desire to improve our relationship with China, I dare say that it is a good move to befriend our closest giant neighbor. But, in going to that direction, let us not keep a blind eye to China’s apparently insatiable desire to gobble up parts of our territories, particularly: Scarborough, the Spratlys, and the Benham Rise. Otherwise, before we know it, we shall have lost those precious parts of our See rationally, page 5

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Balutan challenges Cam Rice, corn sufficient in to file charges in court ARMM amid calamities “File any corruption cases against me in court!” This is the challenge Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan gave PCSO director Sandra Cam, during the Senate hearing on the amendment of the PCSO charter held yesterday (Jan 24). Irked by corruption accusations of Cam, Balutan said, “I was in the service for 37 years, four months, survived more than 50 military operations, four ambushes and with an impeccable record, do not challenge me, I will not cower.” Balutan, a retired major general, is a former Vice Commander of the Philippine Navy, and a multiawarded marine before his stint as general manager. “This is the first time

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of sugarcane, pineapple and banana plantations, this province of over a million people had been suffering from both infrastructure and socio-political turmoil that nobody seems to bother complaining about. Like the “chop-chop” Sayre Highway, the political scene in this landlocked province is into a colossal web of infighting and constant back-biting to the detriment of the people whom Zubiri had been “serving” for quite a long time. Over the years, the construction of the widening road project of Sayre Highway, as closely observed, is moving too slow, already overtaken by time as DPWH continue to brag about its accomplishments under a Villar hierarchy. When will the DPWH learn to assure the traveling public of safe and comfortable ride over Bukidnon’s “new” Sayre Highway? (ruffy44_ph2000@yahoo. com)

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not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged…” For those who work for others: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism…” -ooo-

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander F. Balutan answering questions during the Senate hearing (right) with PCSO chair Anselmo Simeon Patron Pinili (left)

somebody has accused me of corruption”, he said, adding, “If they have proof, then why don’t they file it in court.” “I always do my job with honor, integrity, and honesty,” he stressed. With the a little more than a year as general manOBEDIENCE TO PARENTS BRING BLESSINGS FROM GOD: Reading these commands from the Bible, we can readily realize that there is a big difference in the commands given to husbands and wives. For the wives, the command to them is to subject themselves to their husbands. On the other hand, the command to husbands is for them love their wives. Can you explain the difference? Insofar as the commands given to children are concerned, we can see that there is a need for kids to obey their parents. The Bible says that an obedient child gives gladness to God. Indeed, if a person displays sincere obedience to his parents, he is assured of blessings, guidance, and protection from God. -oooFOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo. com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas or www.facebook.com/ angtangingdaan. Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!

ager, Balutan, together with Jose Jorge Corpuz, (who recently resigned as PCSO chair due to health reasons), the PCSO earned a record high collection of P52,986,520.39 in lottery games, compared to P39,564,206.76 in 2016.

territorial integrity of our Republic. If we do not do so, we not only lose face internationally but also invaluable properties that are vitally needed to ensure, at the very least, the economic sur vival of our ever burgeoning population. Hence, we must continue to use whatever remedies are available under international law: protest, sue and litigate the issues before appropriate international tribunals, even if China, in its arrogance, rejects the jurisdiction of those tribunals. What is of vital importance is that our rights over those territories are being asserted under the ambit of the rule of law. Who knows that later on, this self-styled center of the world (as the self-proclaimed “Middle Kingdom”), may come to its senses and realize that it can spread its power and influence all over the globe in more palatable ways than the threat of armed might. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr. has been in public service for decades. The 84-year old Mindanawon served as mayor of Cagayan de Oro City, delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention and Assemblyman of the Batasang Pambansa representing Misamis Orifrom page 4 ental, OIC Local GovernRepublic. ments Secretary, Senator We must protect the and Senate President.)


C O TA BAT O C I T Y - The Autonomous Region i n Mu s l i m M i n d a n a o (ARMM) is enjoying sufficiency in rice and corn harvests despite man-made and natural calamities that severely hit two of its provinces in 2017, the regional agriculture office said. In rice harvests, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – ARMM Secretary Alexander Alonto Jr. said the region still managed to produce 577,973 metric tons of rice yields last ye ar compare d to 544,486 metric tons in 2016. It’s a mere six percent increase but the ARMM maintained its sufficiency in rice production,” he stressed. In corn production, h o w e v e r, t h e r e g i o n chalked a whopping 43 percent increase in harvests at 850, 063 last year compared to 590,579 metric tons the previous year. This came about despite the Marawi City siege incident that affected rice and corn production in the entire Lanao del Sur province and the two tropical storms, Vinta and Wilma, which inundated huge tracts of agricultural lands in Lanao del Sur and Ma-

guindanao both situated in mainland Mindanao. At least 5, 063 and 1, 135 hectares of rice lands in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, respectively, were inundated by the storms last year. Maguindanao, for its part, is also pestered by intermittent attacks on remote farming communities by IS-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters with planters leaving behind their farms unattended for quite some time as government troops clear their areas of militants. Other ARMM areas are Lamitan City and the island-provinces of Basilan, Tawi-tawi and Sulu situated in the Zamboanga Peninsula. This developed as DAFARMM is pushing for the production of white corn

variety in the region. Accordingly, the white corn variety, which is much cheaper than yellow corn, is rich in protein, minerals, carbohydrates, and antioxidants that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes, among others. “It is also good for pregnant women because it contains folate, which is rich in Vitamin B that helps form the baby cell inside the mother’s womb,” Edna Bajao, DAF-ARMM rice and corn specialist, said. She added that the white corn variety would be fully introduced to farmers in the region this year. The DAF-ARMM is operating on a PhP460, 545 - million budget for 2018, some PHP6-M lower than last year’s PhP466, 301-M allotment. (PNA)



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DOF eyes reform on sin taxes By Joann Villanueva

MANILA -- Officials of the Department of Finance (DOF) are set to submit to Congress by end-January 2018 the proposed Package 2 plus aimed at raising taxes on tobacco, alcohol, mining, coal and casinos. This was announced by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III in his speech during the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) 68th inaugural meeting in Shangri-La at The Fort Tuesday. The hike in sin taxes, or those for tobacco and alcohol, was included in the first package of the proposed tax reform program but was not part of those approved. In 2012, lawmakers approved the reform in the country’s sin taxes, with excise tax on cigarettes alone to increase to PHP12 per pack

in 2013, PHP15 in 2014, PHP18 in 2015, PHP21 in 2016 and PHP30 in 2017. By 2018, tax rates on cigarettes are mandated to rise by four percent every year through revenue regulations issued by the DOF Secretary. In an interview by journalists after the MAP event, the Finance chief explained that increasing sin tax rates is really part of the plan. He said sin taxes “were supposed to be reviewed in toto but actually what they only adjusted is the cigarette tax.” “So there is still the alcohol tax that has not been reviewed. And according to the original sin tax law that should have been reviewed by the Congress,” he said. Dominguez said there are currently two bills in the Senate aimed at increasing


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Zamboanga builds climate-change resilient school buildings By Teofilo Garcia, Jr

ZAMBOANGA CITY -The city government has adopted a new design for the construction of school buildings that are resilient to climate-change. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the

City Engineer’s Office is currently supervising the construction of 21 climate change-resilient school buildings amounting to P322.80 million in different barangays. Salazar said rainwater collectors were incorporated in the new design for

impounding of rainwater, which can be of help during the dry season. Salazar said the roofs, doors and windows were designed to allow the passage of air and will provide a more conducive learning space to schoolchildren. She said the construc-

tion of the climate changeresilient school buildings are set to be completed on or before the opening of classes for school year 2018-2019. She said PhP40.13 million has been allocated to buy 45,158 chairs that will be used by the schoolchildren who will occupy the new

school buildings. Meanwhile, she said 94 of this city’s 98 barangays have already established daycare centers. She said there are 333 Child Development Centers (CDC), formerly known as daycare centers, all over the city. (PNA)

PRRD welcomes new ambassadors to PH

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, January 23, received the credentials of the new envoys of Portugal, Ukraine, and Yemen. In a ceremony at Malacañan Palace, the three ambassadors submitted their letter of credence to the President. First to present his credentials was His Excellency Rui Fernando Sucena Do Carmo, who will serve as Portuguese Republic’s new envoy to the Philippines. He previously served as Ambassador to Indonesia. President Duterte then received the credentials of His Excellency Olexander Nechytaylo, the new Ambassador of Ukraine to the Philippines. He was the former Ambassador of Ukraine to Malaysia. Republic of Yemen’s Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Adel Mohamed Ali Ba Hamid also President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of Ambassador-Designate of Ukraine to the Philippines submitted his credentials. Olexander Nechytaylo at Malacañan Palace on January 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Foreign Affairs Secretary See welcomes, page 10

Alan Peter Cayetano and Office of the Presidential Protocol Chief Robert Borje. (Photo by Valerie Escalera/Presidential Photo)

MANILA – Malacanang announced on Tuesday that PHP2 billion fund has been allotted for the development f the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). During a Palace press br i e f i n g , P re s i d e nt i a l Spokesperson Harry Roque said the money will be used for two programs that the Department of Trade Industry (DTI) has designed to develop the MSMEs. “This is to inform our entrepreneurs or those who wish to open small business that a total of PHP2 billion will be allotted two programs of the DTI,” Roque said. Roque said PHP1 billion will go to “Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso” micro loan program while the other PHP1 billion will be used for shared facilities, equipment project of the DTI for MSMEs. He said the DTI noted that the PHP1 billion allocation for micro loan program aims to generate more loan packages for micro entrepreneurs. The ‘Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso’ is the DTI’s flagship micro loan program with the goal of reducing 5-6 lending scheme. President Rodrigo Duterte had pledged support for MSMEs which comprise at least 95 percent of the country’s business establishments. Meanwhile, Roque announced in the same media briefing that the country’s agriculture product has recorded an increase of 3.95 percent in 2017. He said the crops subsector contributed the highest percent in the total production of 51.20 percent followed by followed by livestock subsector with 17.78%, and poultry subsector with 15.4%. “The growth in the agricultural production has a gross value of PHP500.4 billion, which is 9.27% compared to 2016 gross value,” he added. He said reported the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) have achieved significant accomplishments in their 2017 collections. The BIR collected a total of PHP1.777 trillion which is 97.18% higher than its revenue goal of PHP1.829 See allots, page 10







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4 died of measles outbreak in Davao, hundreds hospitalized DAVAO CITY – Davao health officials have been immunizing chi l dren across the city following the sudden rise in measles, with 224 suspected cases and four deaths since last November. Of the total suspected measles cases, 93 percent or 221 had been admitted and 17 were confirmed as of January 23. The children who died of pneumonia complications were a seven-month-old from Barangay 24-C, a twoyear-old from Catalunan Pequeno, a one-year-old from Matina Crossing, and a six-month-old from Sto Nino, Tugbok. All were male. The measles has spread fast in 38 barangays and the worst hit was Barangay 23C, with 60 suspected cases. On Monday night, the City Health Office (CHO) declared a measles outbreak although health teams have been going around the barangays, focusing on the 38 affected areas, to conduct the Outbreak Response Immunization (ORI). The health teams have vaccinated 13,000 children aged five months to 59 months since the first measles case was reported two weeks ago, along with 16 call center workers who tested positive for the measles virus. During the Pulong Pulong ni Pulong Tuesday, Councilor Joselle Villafuerte, who chairs the City Council’s Committee on Health, has called on the people to submit children to measles immunization. Villafuerte also raised the alarm before the City Council during its regular session. She also intends to coordinate with the Department of Education to monitor children who exhibit signs and symptoms of measles, such as runny nose, bloodshot eyes, fever, and rashes in the face and neck. Villafuerte, a physician, said the measles virus could be transmitted through droplets. Its complications include pneumonia, and diarrhea, which could lead to dehydration. According to her, several factors could have triggered the sudden increase in measles cases in the city

- for one, the increase in transients or migration of people from other places. Villafuerte recalled that more than 460 families had fled to Davao City after the Marawi siege, of which majority are in the city center. Most of these families have settled in Barangay 23-C, which has 60 cases and with the highest measles attack rate at 35 for every 10,000 population. The number of cases peaked from Dec. 6 to 12, the period wherein people may have stayed to spend the holidays in the city. Another factor is overcrowding and lack of immunization. Villafuerte said that 80 percent of the suspected cases had not been immunized. As this developed, she called on all barangay captains to accommodate and assist health teams conducting ORI. In light of the Dengvaxia issue that created fear among parents on immunization, Villafuerte appealed to the public to have their children immunized and forget negativity on immunization. She assured that the government health centers have enough vaccines to cover for targeted children. The last reported measles outbreak in Davao City was in 2014 when there was also a lack of measles vaccines, Villafuerte said. On the other hand, the CHO, through the City Information Office, advised the public to: 1) Conduct immunization/booster of measles vaccine for children 6 months to 59 months. 2) Conduct fixed site, house-to-house and health center measles immunization. Services are free. 3) Increase an information/education campaign on measles awareness. 4) Advise establishments/workplaces that if an employee shows signs/ symptoms of measles, he/ she should be advised not to report for work. The signs and symptoms of measles, which are felt after about two weeks of exposure to the virus, are high fever, cough, colds, sore throat, inflammation of the eyes, skin rashes, and white spots on the inner lining of the cheeks. pna

DA market in Army camps keeps soldiers safe from NPA attack MAWAB, Compostela Valley -- President Rodrigo Duterte lauded on Monday the launch of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of National Defense (DND) partnership in bringing the TienDA farmers and fisherfolk outlets inside Army camps to keep soldiers safe from attacks of the New People’s

Army (NPA). The President also cited the Circle of Life and KISS ME projects, camp-based enterprise development program initiated through a partnership between the DA, DND, and Aboitiz Group. At the launch of TienDA Para sa mga Bayani at the 10th Infantry Division headquarters in Tuburan,

Mawab, Compostela Valley province Monday, the President voiced concerns that soldiers who go out of the camps to market for food supply are being waylaid and ambushed by members of the NPA either on their way to the market or back to the camp. He said he had been seeking a solution to put

a stop to losing soldiers from such NPA scheme or other armed groups in other areas of Mindanao like in Zamboanga area, Jolo in Sulu, Mati in Davao Oriental, even in Calinan in his hometown. The President bared that he has been asking Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DAVAO CITY -- The City Health Office (CHO) vaccinated more than 6,000 children for measles following a reported outbreak in two call centers in the city. CHO chief, Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, said her office conducted an Outbreak Response Immunization (ORI) covering the city’s barangays this week. In two days, more than 6,000 received measles immuniza-

tion. “Though the affected areas were the call centers, children are the most vulnerable ones in times of a measles outbreak. We intend to cover the entire city to ensure that the children would be safe from measles,” she said. Last week, 16 call center agents were reported to have contracted measles. The CHO recommended

their immediate leave, “otherwise, the entire batch inside the facility will be affected with measles”. Villafuerte stressed that a single case of measles left untreated can create an outbreak, thus the CHO responded with urgency. She said she has also requested the call centers to let the city health staff enter their facilities for vaccination. However, her

request was declined by the companies. “You can easily get measles in a place like a call center office. Their facility is enclosed that the air is just circling around their office. For an airborne disease, such as measles, one can easily acquire it,” she said. From last November to Jan. 12, the CHO recorded a total of 222 measles cases.

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Kambalingan continues with return of 6 barangays By Joshua Angelo E. Bata

MARAWI CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA TFBM ICCC) – Fourth Kambalingan continues with barangays Kilala, Paridi, Boganga, Ambolong, Boto Ambolong and Tuca Ambolong returning to their communities in Marawi City. An estimate of another 2,000 individuals are allowed to come home after nine months in evacuation centers and other places of refuge. Despite delays from the proposed schedule due to security reasons, evacuees are ecstatic to see their homes again. A total of 30 barangays have already returned to their communities since the Kambalingan, a Maranao term for homecoming began last October 2017. Thirty-six barangays are now permitted to return in Marawi after the recent homecoming of the six barangays. The return of the remaining 36 barangays are

now being fast-tracked by the local government unit (LGU), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM). TFBM explained that before the homecoming of IDPs, the LGU conducts community mapping. Its result is counterchecked with the database of the DSWD. The process usually takes 5 days to a week to finish. Returning evacuees will receive family food packs (FFP) and cash assistance worth P5,000 from the DSWD the day after their homecoming. The assistance is given to allow families buy some time to resume their businesses or livelihood. The LGU, DSWD, and the TFBM is seeking to finish the Kambalingan of the remaining 36 barangays. Their target is to let evacuees go home before the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the most affected area (MAA) begins this year. (PIATFBMICCC/JAEB)

New agreement to pave way for mechanism to strengthen EU-PH cooperation DAVAO CITY -- The European Union-Philippines Partnership and Cooperation Agreement will pave the way for a mechanism that will strengthen cooperation between EU and the Philippines in the areas of politics, trade and investment, and culture, said Walter van Hattum, head of economic and trade section of delegation of the European Union to the Philippines. The Senate concurred to the ratification of this agreement on January 22. Hattum told reporters during the Mindanao Business Briefing on Tuesday that the ratification was a welcome development and described by EU Ambassador Franz Jessen in a separate statement on Monday as a “major milestone” in the EU-Philippines relationship. Hattum said the last political agreement the EU signed with the Philippines was some 30 years ago and this new agreement is a “renewal,” covering all areas of cooperation between EU and Philippines. He said it provides a general framework of collabora-

tion between the EU and the Philippines in political, economic and development issues. He added that the agreement may pave the way for free trade agreement (FTA) and may also help address the concerns in customs and maritime affairs to facilitate a freer movement of goods between the EU’s 28 member countries and the Philippines. The diplomat added that EU sees there are a lot of investment and export potentials in the Philippine but there is a need to educate the prospective European investors on the export commodities of the Philippines and the country’s economic fundamentals to get the Europeans to invest here. The EU is one of the largest investors in the country, Hattum claimed, but the European investments in the Philippines pale in comparison with its ASEAN neighbors like Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand “where you see, thanks to investors, these countries are able to boost their economy quite

substantially.” A growing interest from the European firms in the Philippines and government must put in place new measures to keep their interests, he added. Hattum said new opportunities for investments must be made available to Europeans so that they can be encouraged to enter the country to increase the level of investments that will boost the economy. He believes the Philippines has everything it needs – such as talents, skills, intelligence, and resources – to keep the economy growing. “You just have to put everything in the bowl, consider a little bit how you can put it all together to get an outcome which is good for foreign investors,” Hattum added. In a press release, Jessen said that the concurrence of the Senate to the ratification of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement is a major milestone and a big step forward in the EUPhilippines relationship.

The Philippines and the EU established diplomatic relations in 1964, and this partnership has matured and evolved over the years. The ambassador explained the next challenge is to get this framework effectively operational. The export values from Philippines to EU totaled US$7.1 billion for the first nine months of 2017, including a strong increase in the agriculture sector, thanks to the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP+). The GSP+ allows producers here to export at zero tariff to EU their products, comprising coconut and marine products, processed fruit, prepared food, animal and vegetable fats and oils, textiles, garments, headwear, footwear, furniture, umbrellas, and chemicals. The release added that foreign direct investments (FDIs) from the 28 EU member states represent the largest FDIs in the Philippines, supporting over 500,000 Filipino jobs. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)


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The BSP Releases 2017 Year-end Report on Financial Inclusion Initiatives T he B ang ko S e nt r a l ng Pilipinas (BSP) has released its 2017 year-end report on its financial inclusion work and achievements in the areas of policy and regulations, stakeholder partnerships and advocacies, financial education and consumer protection, as well as international engagements and thought leadership. The initiatives of 2017 has contributed to greater financial inclusion, as evidenced by increased financial access points as well as usage of products and s er v ices such as savings and loans. The initiatives in the report

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THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), as the lead agency in developing and promoting the Philippine halal industry, is set to implement initiatives toward the development of the country’s Halal exports highlighting its potential contribution in driving trade and investments in the country. Speaking at the recent World Halal Assembly held in Manila last 18 and 19 January, DTI Trade and Investments Promotion Group Assistant Secretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman cited figures validating the need for the Philippines to get involved in halal export, import and production. “Muslim population worldwide has been steadily growing at a 1.84 percent per annum. In 2016 Muslim

population was at 2.14 billion, growing to 2.18 billion in 2017. At present, 32.43 percent of Asia’s current population of 1.4 billion is Muslim. In Africa, there are 635 million Muslims. World Muslim population translates to a $3.2- trillion halal industry worldwide. It is expected to increase to $10 trillion by 2030,” explained Assistant Secretary Macatoman. He added, “the sheer size of underserved markets makes it easier to penetrate the industry. There are simply more people who need Halal products and services than there are existing businesses.” At present, the Philippines only contributes five (5) percent of the global halal trade. With the new Philippine halal law in place,

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Assistant Secretary Macatoman explained that Filipino entrepreneurs are in the best position to take advantage of the rising halal industry worldwide. According to him, Filipino Muslims naturally understand what the global market wants and needs, being part of the market themselves. “Filipino entrepreneurs like the ones based in Zamboanga are in a unique position to take advantage of

this trend, particularly the efforts of the Zamboanga Ecozone and Freeport and Regional Economic Zone Authority of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Preparation of halal food and fashion pieces requires a great understanding and obedience to Muslim culture, and we Filipinos have a great grasp of this culture and unique practices,” said Assistant See leads, page 10


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TEXT: 09178535958/850-13-24 Republic of the Philippines Province of Misamis Oriental MUNICIPALITY OF CLAVERIA Local Civil Registry Office NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION

In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that NORIVEE LOPEZ CASTANO has filed with this Office a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error in the entry of SEX from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of NORIVEE LOPEZ CASTANO who was born on JUNE 15, 1988 at CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL and whose parents are NORMAN CASTANO and VICTORIA LOPEZ. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than JANUARY 25, 2018.

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In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that JERCHEL MAGLINAO LUNGAY-NISNISAN has filed with this Office a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error in the entry of SEX from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JERCHEL MAGLINAO LUNGAY who was born on JULY 19, 1980 at CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL and whose parents are SATURNINO CAPRICHO LUNGAY and CARMEN MALOLOT LUNGAY. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than JANUARY 26, 2018.

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048/10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that ISIDRA Napone CUARTEROS has filed with this Office a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error, child’s Sex Gender from “MALE” to “FEMALE”and also to correct the child’s first name from “ISEDRA” to “ISIDRA” in her Live Birth Certificate she born on May 15, 1959 at Sagay, Camiguin Subprovince. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 31, 2018.

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COTABATO CITY -- Police authorities arrested here Tuesday afternoon a female relative of slain Maute Group founders Omar and Abdullah Maute who was in the Arrest Order No 2 issued on June 5, 2017 by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in the aftermath of the Marawi siege last year. Sr. Supt. James Allan Logan, regional director for PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CIDGARMM), said joint police operatives from Cotabato City and CIDG-Maguindanao, served the warrant for Najiya Karon-Maute, 37, a resident of Purok Nayon, Shariff Kabunsuan,

Barangay Rosary Heights 3 here. Chief Inspector Allan Uy, CIDG-ARMM spokesperson, said the suspect is allegedly the widow of slain Maute-ISIS commander Mohammad Khayam Maute. The suspect did not resist arrest when lawmen raided her home at 2:30 p.m., the CIDG said. “Karon-Maute is still undergoing tactical interrogation about her role in the terror group,” Uy said. The suspect’s lawyers and family members have visited her at the CIDGARMM detention facility at Pedro Colina Hill in this city. They refused to answer reporters’ queries. Engr. Karon-Maute also opted not to speak to newsmen here. (PNA)


CIVIL CASE NO.2017-095

LEONIL ADORABLE TABIL JR. AND MICHELLE GAY ANSING COZ-TABIL, Petitioners. X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - --/ ORDER Before this court verified joint petition for the approval and registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners and alleging among others. That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under Civil rite on June 12, 2011 at Pagadian City , both petitioner’s had been converted to Muslim and thereby embraced Islam Religion as their new found faith , by virtue of their respective intellectual choices which were duly registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal process relative to this case at their residence at Poblacion Pana-on Mis. Occ. and Dalipuga Iligan City respectively; That said marriage did not last long due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separate for more than One (1) year now, they decided to separate live physically in bed and board , thereby , executed Memorandum of Agreement in order to formalize their separation. Since there separation , they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other affair’s; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce, thereby, severing their marriage bond on June 12, 2011 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burdens. Reconciliation between them has already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on February 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place. Any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED Iligan City, Philippines, this 16th day of January, 2018

HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge


CIVIL CASE NO.2018-003

CAMILO EDUAVE PEPITO AND HILDA GOMONIT HABLANO Petitioners. X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - --/ ORDER Before this court verified joint petition for the approval and registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners and alleging among others. That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under Civil rite on March 18,2013 at Valencia, Bukidnon , both petitioner’s had been converted to Muslim and thereby embraced Islam Religion as their new found faith , by virtue of their respective intellectual choices which were duly registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal process relative to this case at their residence at Tibanga Highway ,Iligan City and Tibanga Highway, Iligan City respectively; That said marriage did not last long due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separate for more than one (1) year now, they decided to separate live physically in bed and board , thereby , executed Memorandum of Agreement in order to formalize their separation. Since there separation , they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other affair’s; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce, thereby, severing their marriage bond on March 18,2013 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burdens. Reconciliation between them has already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on February 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place. Any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED Iligan City, Philippines, this 16th day of January, 2018.

HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

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Cooperate the grace that you have received The Gospel of Jesus Christ (January24, 2018- Wednesday) John 3:7-15”Do not be amazed that I said to you, `You must be born again.’ “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to Him,

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and former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Eduardo Ano to find something to correct the aberration. Until one day, Duterte said he asked Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol to think of one plan that food supplies are brought to the soldiers. The President further lauded TienDA for coming with a bonus – food with reduced prices. “TienDa is really for the food. If it is at reduced prices, well and good,” he added. He even advised soldiers to have a central refrigeration to preserve the food especially those which require conserving. TienDA is a marketing strategy which aims to lower food prices by eliminating layers of middlemen in the supply chain consequently increasing farmers and fisherfolk’s income and providing them market opportunities. The TienDA outlet at the 10th ID camp, DA and DND also opened an outlet inside the camp of the Eastern Mindanao Command in Panacan, Davao City. Pinol said the TienDA outlet in Camp Panacan earned a total sale of P85,000

“How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. “If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you

heavenly things? You must be born again: This was referred to Nicodemus who hide in the dark in meeting Jesus. Jesus wanted him to get out from that dark life for him to show his conversion to the public. The Greek word of the word born again is “Metanoia” means change of mind. Have you ever changed your mind in a

for only six hours when it opened last January 20. Pinol said TienDA was consistent with the President’s vision for available and affordable food for the Filipinos. He said consumers would also benefit from cheaper agri-fishery produce at farm gate prices because these no longer pass through marketing layers and middlemen. Pinol said TienDA would also prove to the people that the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) had no effect on food prices becasue the prices of food products are low. Aside from TienDA, DA and DND also launched KISS ME (Karne, Isda, Supply, Suporta a Masa at Ekonomiya), a project which aims to establish neighbourhood outlets that sell poultry products, meat and fish sourced directly from farmers and fisherfolk to by-pass resellers or middlemen. Under KISS ME, Pinol said there would be two projects – P.A.G.K.A.I.N Para sa mga Bayani with the Egg Layer Machines donated by Aboitiz Group; and, the Circle of Life from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). PAGKAIN is a campbased enterprise development program between the

partnership of DA, DND and Aboitiz. Aboitiz donated 60 kits of egg machines which will be distributed to the military camps. Each kit contains 48 heads of ready-lay hens, galvanized steel cages, feeders, nipple drinkers, water gallon containers, and feeds for one month consumption. Pinol said an egg machine is a backyard farming starter kit that allows the continuous production of eggs in a period of 16 months. On the other hand, the circle of life is a new fish tank system. Pinol said using clean solar energy, the aquaculture innovation re-circulates water between two huge tanks with one tank holding for fish culture and the other growing kangkong. With the system, people can produce healthy, fullgrown organic tilapia in four months with an average weight of 319 grams and selling at an estimated price of P100 per kilo. Pinol said farmers and fisherfolk can start a good business in their own backyard. (Lilian C. Mellejor/ PNAor/PNA)

certain decision in life? Some made a very wrong changed by deciding to live a miserable and sinful life. God wants you to decide what is right. It is not necessarily to transfer to other denominations to be saved because, being a catholic believer; the ingredients of our salvation are here already. Do not think that to be here in this church,

Manny Pacquiao, who wants to increase cigarette tax from PHP30 per pack to PHP60 per pack and hike annual excise tax from four percent to nine percent; and that of Sen. JV Ejercito, who wants to raise the tax to PHP90 per pack. Dominguez said they have informed the lawmakers that “if they intend to put it we will help them with it.” He added that “there are other non-tax measures that we might be able to put in.” “But again we will discuss it with them,” he said. Regarding tax on mining, the Finance Secretary said the state gets revenues from mining excise taxes and other fees and these, he said, have to be rationalized. Taxes on properties also need to be rationalized, he said, citing that assessment of local government units (LGUs) on the value of property taxes are usually low. “So we are going to propose that the national government makes the assessment but the rate is determined by the local government so there is still autonomy,” he said. “If they want to make it zero they can make it zero. from page 6 But we want to say that the value, the assessed value cigarette taxes. He was referring to the should be in accordance measures filed by Senate with international stan-


Biblical reflection

renewal is impossible. It is not true; since transformations take place once you will for it and cooperate the grace that you have received during your baptism. Titus 2:11-12”For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and

Bro. Edcel L. Closas godly in the present age.

dards. Right now it’s not,” billion which 97.7% of its 467,896 billion revenue he added. (PNA) target. “So they are almost a from page 6 100% of their target. RevBefore his assignment to enue generated will redound Manila, he served as Yemen’s to better anti-poverty and infrastructure programs for envoy to Malaysia. The President wished the country,” Roque said. each of the new envoys a (PNA) productive tour of duty in the country. Prior to the ceremony, the new ambas- from page 9 sadors were accorded with Secretary Macatoman. arrival honors at the Kalay- Assistant Secretary Maaan Grounds of Malacañan. catoman also emphasized The presentation of cre- the importance of having dentials to the President is harmonious halal certifia diplomatic requirement cation and accreditation in which the Philippine policies and standards for government formally rec- the Philippines to improve ognizes an ambassador as its integrity and credibility the official representative both at the national and the international communities. of his country. (PND) The DTI’s Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB)— from page 7 as the sole agency mandated Of the total, 154 cases by the Philippine halal law occurred in the months of to handle the accreditaNovember and December, tion of halal-certification and 68 were recorded this bodies, inspection bodies and testing and calibration month. “We also gave MMR laboratories—is currently (Measles, Mumps, and Ru- developing the national bella) vaccine to all ages to halal-certification scheme keep them away from the that will embody the ofdisease. They can all have ficial guidelines for the acthis vaccine for free,” she creditation of all Philippine halal-certification bodies said. pna that wish to be accredited by the PAB. from page 6 Organized by the Department of Science and Techtrillion. On the other hand, the nology (DOST)-Region 11, BOC collected PHP457.553 the World Halal Assembly was in line with the DOST’s mandate under Republic Act 10817, known as the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Program Act of 2016, which took effect after its implementing rules and regulations were approved on July 26, 2017. Islamic scholars, Muslim academicians and scientists, international certification bodies, government officials, entrepreneurs and Muslim and non-Muslim consumers were in attendance during the conference.[END]






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values and convictions through the visual form. Vestigium, Scriptorium will have its Artist’s Reception open on January 26, 6 pm at Gateway Gallery. The exhibit will be open to the public from January 27 to February 2, 2018. Gateway Gallery is the art museum of Araneta Center. It is open from Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm. It is located at the 5F of Gateway Tower, Araneta Center, Quezon City. For more information or press inquiry or media coverage, please contact Gateway Gallery at gatewaygallery@aranetagroup.com, Facebook or 588-4000 local 8300. The artist can be contacted at www.geronimocristobal. com and at geronimocristobaljr@gmail.com.

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in a subdivision in Kauswagan, Cagayan De Oro City, Wednesday morning. Police Chief Inspector Ariel Philip Pontillas alleged that the suspect was caught in the act while on a “pot session” when the law enforcers arrived in the house Wednesday morning. “A video camera record would show that the suspect was seen in the act of using the illegal drug “Shabu” when raided by the operatives,” Pontillas said. Aside from the three sachets of illegal drug “Shabu,” the operatives also recovered alleged “illegal drug paraphernalia” in the house of the suspect. He said that the suspect has been in the PDEA list and has been the subject of surveillance for a long time. Pelago has denied owning the illegal drug, but admitted that he used to be using “shabu” in the past. Stammering while speaking to the media, Pelago said that he had a stroke last year and is still taking his medication. “I just come out from the hospital,” he said. Pelago said that he was taking his medicine when the operative barged into his house Wednesday morning. -Cris Diaz-

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the respondents 10 days to submit their comments on the petitions and the applications for temporary restraining order. Te added that high court directed the consolidation of the second petition filed by the Laban Konsumer Incorporated on Monday through its president Trade Undersecretary Victor Dimagiba to the first petition filed by party-list representatives Antonio Tinio (ACT Teachers), Carlos Zarate (Bayan Muna), and Ariel Casilao (Anakpawis) last January 11. Named as respondents in the petition filed by militant lawmakers are President

Rodrigo Duterte, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Farinas and Deputy Majority Leader Arthur Defensor Jr. Meanwhile, named as respondents in the second petition were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay, Alvarez, and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III. The respondents will be represented by the Office of Solicitor General. Aside from assailing the constitutionality of TRAIN, both petitions are seeking the issuance a temporary restraining order (TRO) to immediately stop its implementation. Earlier, Solicitor General Jose Calida slammed the petition filed by militant lawmakers before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to halt the implementation of the law. TR AIN, w hich was signed into law by President Duterte last December 19, was the first package of the government’s proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), seen to generate additional revenue to fund the country’s investment requirements. It exempts those with an an nu a l i n c om e of PHP250,000 and below from personal income tax and imposes excise taxes on petroleum products, automobiles, and sugarsweetened beverages in order to offset revenue losses from lowering personal income taxes. Due to the CTRP, the National Economic and Development Authority earlier said the country’s real gross domestic product would be higher by 0.5 to 1.1 percent by year 2022. (PNA)

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government to rescind its planned PUV modernization nationwide. The picketers led by Starex president Ringo Lago were received by Guro in his office after Lago handed him a copy of their petition. The contents of the petition mirrored those drafted by PISTON nationwide – cancelling DOTR Order 2017-11 mandating the PUV modernization guidelines and halting LTFRB’s Tanggal Bulok Tanggal Usok operations which impounds jeepneys that do not pass road worthiness. Guro told Lago that he would merely submit Starex’s petition to the LTFRB central office and as regional director, he could not formulate his own policy. Satisfied, the group dispersed after two hours.

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NPA members would harass them. He assured they would strengthen military pres-

ence in conflict-affected and resources-rich areas to put a dent on extortion activities. The military has beefed up security measures in Mindanao since the May 23 declaration of martial law in the island by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in response to the attack launched by Islamic Stateinspired militants in Marawi City. Martial law is still in effect in Mindanao after Congress approved Duterte’s request for another extension, from January to December this year, citing as basis the communist insurgency. Madrigal, who assumed as head of Eastmincom on November 13, 2017, said they have come up with measures to reduce or eliminate extortion and burning incidents. He said the measures include the deployment of new members of the Specialized CAFGU Active Auxiliary in conflict-affected and resource-rich areas. He said they will step up security in Davao Region by deploying 25 CAFGU companies. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)

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on simple book-keeping to help sustain their businesses. As part of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), DTI, as lead agency, together with other government agencies comprising the subcommittee on business and livelihood (SC- BL), has assisted affected Marawi residents. “With the help of member agencies of the Task Force Bangon Marawi Subcommitee on Business and Livelihood, we assure that Maranao entrepreneurs will be back on their feet in no time,” Maglaya said. The assistance is in line with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to provide livelihood to IDPs in Marawi City and other affected localities. This also follows Administrative Order No. 03 of the President, mandating the creation of an inter-agency task force that would implement the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi City and other affected localities of which providing business and livelihood is crucial. Member agencies of the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood are the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). (DTI-10/ PIA-10)

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houses amounting to P9.66 million; and local infrastructure at P85 million. Damage on national roads and bridges across the province got the largest part with an amount of P380.3 million. Tropical storm Vinta, internationally known as “Tembin,” claimed seven lives and another one person missing. The ‘state of calamity’ declaration will afford the province’s 22 local government units to use the calamity fund and for the provincial government to augment the local funds for relief and rehabilitation efforts. (Rizabel M. Tuto, BukSU/RLRB, PIABukidnon)

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45% less, we want you to submit another listing,” he added. With this, the regional director emphasized that when prioritizing, it should be based on data and not on patronage, saying that this is the reason why planning development coordinators were included in this activity. Moreover, Project Menu was presented during the activity, namely: Local Access Roads, Potable Water System Projects, Small Water Impounding Projects, Evacuation Center and DRR related equipment, Sanitation and Health Facilities, Local Bridges, Rain Water Catchment Facility, and Municipal Drug Rehabilitation Facility. Monitoring LGUs’ Performance During the activity, Agabe highlighted the importance of exemplifying good performance in the implementation of programs in the municipalities saying, “We need to prove that we could deliver our projects as we are provided with financial assistance from the national government.” In this connection, he said that the Department will be stern in monitoring project implementations such as on the ongoing Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) projects, Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) projects and the still ongoing or have yet to be implemented Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) and AM projects. “We want to prove to Congress that our LGUs now have that absorptive capacity to deliver and implement projects that are funded by our national government,” he said. Further, he said, “We need again to go back and reflect as to what we could do to ensure that aside from getting the AM, we would also be awarded with the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) because it would be best if we could improve our performance based on the standards set by SGLG.”

Thursday, January 25, 2018 Attendees of the said activity were: local chief executives (LCEs), Local Development Council (LDC) Civil Society Organization (CSO) ExeCom members, Planning Coordinators, and Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) of the region’s municipalities. (DILG)

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selected healthcare facility/ ies of the City. Moreover, it shall also facilitate the conduct of training of healthcare facility users on the installation, use/operation and maintenance of the device, its accessories and software thru UP NTHC, check/ verify the progress of project implementation and provide technical support as needed, among others. For its part, the City, thru the selected healthcare facilities shall provide financial, operational and administrative support in the implementation of the project, establish the guidelines on the use of the device to ensure its efficient and maximum usage and regarding the security, back up, and/or destruction of the clinical and public health data. Furthermore, it shall likewise designate a team who will be trained as authorized users to operate, manage, maintain and monitor the device, its accessories and software, provide access to DOST-X during project visits and monitoring, be responsible and accountable for the maintenance and safekeeping of the device and ensure that its usage is uploaded to the project’s RxDetect system on a daily basis, among others. This legislation was reviewed and endorsed by the Committees on health, sanitation and health insurance and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Maria Lourdes S. Gaane and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya, respectively. (JAO/SP)

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Director Bonar Laureto, Sankie Simbulan of Shell Pilipinas, Jay Javier of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, representatives of concerned government agencies, private sector and various groups was held to show support for the project. (IAF/RTP/PIA10)

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preparation for its rollout. In Sitio Traan Leteng, the provincial government had enlisted the support of some 20 government agencies and non-government organizations for the program’s implementation. The participating entities initially pledged to pour in a combined P1 million for the implementation of convergence programs and projects in the area in the next three years. These included the improvement of the sitio’s


roads; implementation of capability and capacity training for livelihood, health, financial literacy and community empowerment; provision of arm chairs and other construction materials for its school; conduct of feeding programs; and, installation of additional sanitary toilets. “We are very happy that we are doing good in Sitio Traan Leteng.. Not perfect but the help is felt by the people,” Galino said. He cited the ongoing construction of a new classroom building in the area that is expected to accommodate students in the next school year. The farm animals like goats and pigs given last year to some local residents have already “doubled up,” he said. “With these good results, we are now more determined to replicate the program in other sitios,” Galino said. He added that the program would continue to expand “one sitio at a time” as a strategy to ensure that no sitio in the province will be left behind in terms of services and development opportunities. (MindaNews)

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could reach around P6 billion. “This will definitely bring tremendous impact to the city economy-wise since it is a big school that is very famous,” he added. UST initially acquired the proposed university site for P96 million in 1997 but its development was marred by land classification problems. It sought for the conversion of the site, which is classified as agricultural land, to institutional and received initial approval from the Department of Agrarian Reform in 2003. DAR issued another order in 2008 “extending the development period of the site until 2013,” according to UST’s official publication, Varsitarian. The city council intervened in 2013 by passing Ordinance No. 15 that revised the zoning classification of the university site from agricultural to institutional. (MindaNews)





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Geronimo Cristobal’s 4th Solo Show at Gateway Gallery Gateway Gallery presents the second exhibit for the year 2018: Vestigium, Scriptorium, the fourth solo exhibit of Geronimo Cristobal. In his latest exhibit, Cristobal presents new works of 8 paintings and 12 drawings that truly reflect the era of modernity. His “unprogrammed free abstraction” summarizes a compositional aesthetic that speaks of a weightless gesture and liberating brushstroke on a large format canvas. Geronimo Cristobal, who majored in Creative Writing and took art history courses in the University of the Philippines, chose the sensuality of the paint medium and melds it with the cold rationality of conceptual art. His training in Berlin’s Universitat der Kunste has

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and his visual works as medium of information and knowledge. The writing role parallels that of his work as a visual artist, as someone who transfers

helped him navigate the issues and challenges of abstraction. His more subdued works of contemplation and action are more than layers of paint – they are akin to psychological cleansing. Cristobal’s Vestigium (Latin for “footprint” or “marks”) showcases his method of sanding and scraping; the joy and challenge of uncovering hidden signs and messages in his works – in his mostly noir color palette – will intrigue the viewer. His Scriptorium, the room for writing by medieval monks in monasteries, refers to his belief that writing and painting have the same origins. It also evokes Cristobal’s social role as a writer, documentarian and messenger;

Unfolded Constancio Bernardo oil and acrylic on canvas 60 x 48 inches 2017.

New Manila oil and acrylic on canvas 60 x 48 inches 2017.

Rosa Luxemburg Straße oil and acrylic on canvas 60 x 48 in 2018.

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