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Northeast monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas. source : pagasa


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JV Ejercito Estrada tops Pulse survey By Allan M. Mediante, Executive editor and RUEL V. PELONE, Editor in chief

IT is not surprising that San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada is among the top 5 of the 2013 senatoriables because he consistently ranks as one of the best contenders of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party and enjoys immense popularity

among the Filipino masa on his own right. This again was proven in a Pulse Asia survey released Tuesday which showed him in the 4th place among the 32 candidates. The November 2012 Pulse Asia Survey on Fili-

pinos’ Senatorial Preferences for the May 2013 Elections conducted nationwide and which was just announced onTuesday, included the names JV Ejercito, Chiz Escudero, Loren Legarda, Peter Cayetano and Jack Enrile as among the first top 5 choices. Besting veteran senators, Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada,

with a voting rate of 57.0, ranked 4th, with Escudero in the number one slot (74.1), followed by Legarda (69.3) and Cayetano (60.1) (2nd & 3rd), and Enrile in the 5th place (53.2). The other top 12 included Villar in the 6th place with 52,2%, Koko Pimentel (7th with 50.2%), Honasan

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DAVAO City––The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Mindanao (NDFP-Mindanao) declared a 29-day unilateral ceasefire in response to the super typhoon that affected millions all over Mindanao. In a statement emailed on Wednesday and dated December 6, Ka Oris, spokesperson of NDFPMindanao said the ceasefire order given to the New People’s Army (NPA) in the typhoon-hit areas is meant to “pave the way for a safe, unhampered and speedy rescue of victims, and to conduct a speedy and unhampered relief operations in the affected communities.” The ceasefire started on December 5 at 12 noon and will last until January 3, 2013 of the same time. “The ceasefire shall continue, if necessary, depending on the result of the assessment in the conduct of ceasefire,” Ka Oris said. All NPA units bound by the Ceasefire Declaration, Ka Oris said, are ordered “not to launch tactical offensives” during the speci-

fied period. He also urged the military, police and Cafgu (Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit) “not to use the relief and rescue operations, rehabilitation of communities and COPD (Community Outreach for Peace and Development) as guise of military operations against the NPA and the people in the area.” He warned that in such instances, the NPA reserves the right to defend themselves and the people who have already suffered greatly from the calamity. The NDFP also said it commiserates with the victims of Typhoon Pablo (International name: Bopha). Ka Oris expressed sympathy to the families of the fatalities and to those ROGUE RED PLATE. This red Ford Ranger swerved and cut us off around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec who survived the typhoon, ember 12 along C.M. Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro City nearly causing a collision. What’s a red plate especially in Davao Oriental, government vehicle doing about putting people’s lives at risk with reckless driving in what is obviously a very private activity as shown by the way the people riding in it are seated in the back? We challenge the head of Compostela Valley, deasefire | page 10

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Rela group signs MOA with Pag-IBIG Fund for membership registration ON the occasion of PagIBIG Fund’s 32nd Anniversary, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be signed by the officers of the Malaybalay City Motorela Association (MCMA) and the Pag-IBIG Cagayan de Oro Branch, marking the activation of MCMA’s membership under the Malaybalay Extension Office. Pag-IBIG Fund Cagayan de Oro Branch’s Department Manager Juliano S. Banghal will sign the MOA with MCMA President Ron-

Govt troops carrying relief goods ambushed By AL JACINTO of Mindanao Daily News

DAVAO City––Communist rebels on Thursday attacked government troops sent to deliver relief goods to typhoon victims in Davao del Norte province, officials said.

aldo S. Ramos, along with the officers from both the Fund and the transport association. Moreover, the MOA signing will take place at the Pag-IBIG Fund Cagayan de Oro Branch, Pag-IBIG Fund Building, JR Borja Mortola Sts., Cagayan de Oro City. MCMA is a duly regis-

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November 15, 2012. Republic Act 9679 also known as the Home Development Mutual Fund Law requires all Filipino workers earning at least One Thousand Pesos (P1,000.00) monthly to actively save in Pag-IBIG Fund. The said law applies to all self-employed including the motorela drivers and operators.

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2 major ecodevs South Cotabato extends P1 million for Iligan in 2013 assistance to Compostela, Davao Oriental By Melvin T. Anngot and Virgilio C. Garcia

ILIGAN City––Two major economic developments are expected to take place in the city by 2013, said City Councilor Ruderic Marzo, chair of the committee on planning and community development of the city council. Very recently, a high official of Uttam Galva Metallics Limited Incorporated (UGMLI) has met with Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz to signify their intention to come up with a billion-dollar investment for the resumption of the Global Steel operations. Councilor Marzo said the firm owns a giant steel industry in India. Mayor Cruz has received a letter from the Board of Investments (BOI) requesting that the entry of UGMLI be made hasslefree. Councilor Marzo also said that the Ataydes and an Australian investor are interested to operate the Refractories Corporation


of the Philippines. The said firms are also putting up a 100 megawatt power plant to sustain their respective operations with the surplus power from the National Power Corporation (NPC) and the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM). (MTA/VCG/asf)

SOUTH Cotabato––The province is extending P1 million financial assistance to the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, which were hardly hit by typhoon Pablo. In its regular session Monday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved the request of Governor Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. to grant him authority to release P500,000.00 each to Compostela Valley

and Davao Oriental. The governor is leading the team to personally deliver the amount to Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy and Governor Corazon Malanyaon of Davao Oriental, whose constituents are experiencing the devastating effects of typhoon “Pablo”. (Hydee S. Templonuevo, Provincial Governor’s Office Information Division/asf )

STEAG AWARD FROM DOLE - Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz (4th from left) presents the DOLE Secretary Award of Distinction to Steag President and CEO Bodo Goerlich (5th from left). This, during the 8th Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) Ceremonies at the OHSC Auditorium in Quezon City. (Jerome Soldevilla, STEAG/asf)

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San Miguel IPs receive gifts from GMA Kapuso By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO del Sur - The GMA Kapuso Foundation, through its ‘Give-a-Gift Alay sa Batang Pinoy’, has distributed noche buena packages to School for Indigenous Knowledge Arts and Traditions (Sikat) students in the conflict area of San Miguel, Surigao del Sur on December 7 and 8. Capt. Rowel Caacbay, information officer of the 36th Infantry Battalion, said the “Give-a-Gift” activity was conducted in Bayanihan concept, with the provincial government, headed by Gov. Johnny Pimentel; office of DepEd Schools Division Supt Teofila C abatuan; Lt. C ol. Jos eph Nor win

Pasamonte, 36th IB commander; and Municipal Tribal Chieftain Datu Rico Maca. Cpt . C a a cb ay a d d e d, 1 , 6 3 2 g i f t packages composed of toys, food stuffs and personal hygiene kits have been distributed to the clustered students of three Sikat schools of barangays Bolhoon, Carromata, Upper Bagyang, Calatngan and Bitaugan. The activity was in line with the Bayanihan, in partnership with the other stakeholders under the “whole nation approach” of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) implemented by the Philippine Army. (NGBT with reports from CMO 36IB/PIA Surigao del Sur/asf )

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Typhoon damages up P14b infra, aggie; death toll 714, 800 missing THE damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Pablo (Bopha) went up further to P14 billion as damages to infrastructure and agriculture continued to mount while the death toll remains at 740 as of Wednesday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council |(NDRRMC) said. I n i t s u p d at e , t h e NDRRMC said the dama ge w a s e s t i m ate d at P14,043,981,878.05, including P4,477,941,300.00 in infrastructure, P9,517,353,165.05 in agriculture, and P48,687,413.00 in private properties. NDRRMC said injured persons rose to 1,947 while 890 remained missing and 110 persons have been rescued. Of the total number of fatalities, 536 had been identified while 177 remained unidentified. The biggest number

of dead totalling 683 was reported from Region 11 (Davao Region). The rest included 21 in the Caraga Region, 14 in Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), 10 in Region 7 (Central Visayas), four in Region 12 (Soccskargen), three in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas), three in Region 4-B (Mimaropa) and one each in Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) and Region 6 (Western Visayas). The NDRRMC said “Pablo” had affected 528,882 families or 5,474,673 people in 1,947 villages in 252 towns and 37 cities in 30 provinces. They were in Region 4-B (Mimaropa), Region 6 (Western Visayas), Region 7 (Central Visayas), Region 8 (Eastern Visayas), Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), Region 11 (Davao Region), Region 12 (Soccskargen) and Caraga.

Of the figure, 184,802 families or 778,226 people are being served inside and outside 113 evacuation centers. At least 19 bridges and nine roads are currently not passable, while 37 areas are still experiencing power interruption and six areas are still experiencing interruption of water supply. Communication was restored in Compostella Valley and only three areas in Davao Oriental are presently having interrupted communication. The estimated cost of assistance for affected families was pegged at P66,55 million: the Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) has allocated P26,871,150, LGUs has P19,403,708; Department of Health (DOH) has P16,587,036; NGOs/ other GOs P1,191,708 and NDRRMC has P3,505,706.

CEB pushes for more self check-in, web check-in during travel peak THE Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) encourages passengers traveling on an Airbus flight during the Christmas and New Year holidays to check in online or through self-service kiosks at the airport. These would cut down on guests’ waiting time. Domestic passengers with no check-in bags may already proceed to the boarding gate at least 30 minutes before the flight, while those with check-in bags should proceed to the bag drop counter at least 45 minutes before the flight. International passengers with or without check-in bags should proceed to the bag drop counter for verification of travel documents at least 45 minutes before the flight. “12% of CEB passengers availed of web and self check-in services in the 1st week of December. We want to make everyone aware that this very convenient option is available for guests on Airbus flights, free of charge, so they can breeze through the check-in

process especially during peak travel period,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog. Web check-in may be done through the Manage Bookings section in www. from 48 to four hours before the flight. Self check-in kiosks are available at all Philippine airports with Airbus flights, except Tawi-Tawi and Laoag. Starting December 17, 2012, self check-in may be done from four hours to one hour before the flight. Seat assignments are automatically assigned to web check-in guests for free. Those who wish to select seats may do so for a minimal fee of P100-P200. Meanwhile, those checking in through the self check-in kiosks at the airport may select their seats for free. These services are not available for CEB passengers on ATR turbo-prop flights, unaccompanied minors, expectant mothers, guests with infants or requiring special assistance, and groups of 10 or more under one booking record.

Golden Icon Pawnshop Benerandita L. Abrasaldo Main Branch Lt. Guillermo street, Cogon, Cagayan de Oro City Tel # 72-99-73 Puerto Branch Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City Tel # 74-26-75 NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE Starting December 20, 2012, 8:30 in the morning up to 5;30 in the afternoon, this establishment will hold a public auction of all overdue pledges from August 1, 2012 up to October 31, 2012. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipt. The Management Sa Disyembre 20, 2012 sa alas 8:30 sa buntag paingon sa alas 5:30 sa hapon, ang tanang butang pinirenda nga wala makuha/malukat sa bulan sa Agosto 1, 2012 hangtud sa Oktubre 31, 2012 maapil sa subasta. Gi awhag ang tanang butang sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo. Ang Tagdumala MDN: Dec 14, 2012

CEB was the first Philippine carrier to offer self check-in last December 22, 2011, using computer terminals in Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. It also pioneered web check-in in the Philippines. For more information on CEB’s travel services, visit . In its 16th year of operations, CEB has flown over 70 million passengers. It provides access to the most extensive network in the Philippines with 32 destinations and hubs in Manila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo and Davao. It flies to 20 key international destinations: Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei or Xiamen.

ENDANGERED TURTLES. Photo shows the elements of Naval Station Narciso del Rosario and Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 saving 117 endangered species of turtles in Sitio Dunglog, Balabac, Palawan province. Said marine animals were earlier found trapped in four submerged cages concealed in the mangroves. (NFW/PIA9-ZBST/asf)

Army engineers set up water purification station in Davao

TROOPS from the Army’s 67th Infantry Battalion and 525th Engineer Battalion installed a temporary water purification station to provide additional potable water for the victims of typhoon Pablo, a military official announced Wednesday. Lt. Col. Chester Ordonio, commander of the 525th Engineering Battalion, said the purification station was installed on Tuesday in Embarcadero, Centro, Baganga, Davao oriental, one of the hardest hit provinces. Ordonio said the purification facility system catered the water needs of about 200 residents by distributing 900 gallons in one day. “The water purification system hopes to provide clean water in evacuation areas so we can prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases,” Ordonio said. He said a team of medical personnel, under Major Dino Anthony Flores, arrived at Incident Command Post (ICP) in Baganga will beef-up medical teams from the local municipal and provincial health offices. The medical team will be

Annex A Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR City of Tangub -o0o-

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that NELITA ESPINOSA-ABERO has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name from “LILIA” to “NELITA” in the birth certificate of LILIA FERNANDEZ ESPINOSA who was born on July 4, 1951 at Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and whose parents ASUNCION FERNANDEZ and ELEUTERIO ESPINOSA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition to this office not later than December 20, 2012. (Sgd) BELEN F. LINGANAY City Civil Registrar MDN: Dec. 7 and 14, 2012

sent to the most devastated Barangays of Ban-ao and Kinablangan to attend to the medical needs of the residents in the two areas, he said. He said joint teams from the Army’s 67th Infantry Battalion and the Municipal Police Station escorted relief teams from Baganga municipal government to

distribute food, medicines and water in Barangays Binondo, Batiano, Mikit, Campawan, Batawan and Mahan-ub. Smart Philippines and Telecom Sans Frontieres based in Bangkok, Thailand installed a local internet capability to ensure ICP’s connectivity and provide free calls for residents.



In connection with the NOTICE published on October 17 and 24, 2012 for the Buenavista, Agusan del Norte Local Civil Registry Office re Virginia Javinez Polistico’s petition, phrase published should be “CHANGE OF FIRST NAME FROM VIRGINIA TO CARMEN CHONA”.

Notice is hereby given that the Estate of Gerardo C. Yagong consisting of Residential LOT was settled by his heirs per Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate with waiver and partition. Docketed as Doc. No. 707, pages no. 42 Book no. LVI, Series of 2012 in the Notarial Register of Atty. Ismael S. Laya dated November 26, 2012.

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Annex A Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR City of Tangub -o0o-

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that PURIFICACION GERALDIZO PADILLA has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name from “PURIE” to “PURIFICACION” in the birth certificate of PURIE GERALDIZO PADILLA who was born on February 2, 1959 at Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and whose parents CARMEN G. GERALDIZO and URSICIO M. PADILLA Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition to this office not later than December 20, 2012. (Sgd) BELEN F. LINGANAY City Civil Registrar MDN: Dec. 7 and 14, 2012


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THINK a minute. Remember the Christmas song, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town?” It says: “He’s makin’ a list, checkin’ it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice!” But there are many people who are both nice and naughty. I grew up with a guy named Bill. He was a very nice, honest person. Bill was a talented actor, so after graduating from university he moved to L.A. where he started acting professionally. He eventually got involved with the homosexual community in Hollywood. Then a few years ago, when he was only 37 years old, Bill died from AIDS. However, in the last year of his life Bill completely changed and found peace with His Maker. Just a few days after his funeral, I talked with Bill’s mother.

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst She told me what he said to her before he died. He said: “I’ve always tried to be a nice person, but I now realize that I’m also an immoral person. I do things that are clearly wrong, like getting drunk and living a homosexual lifestyle. I know now that being nice and kind is not enough to make me right with God, my Creator.” Jesus Christ said that many nice, kind people are also immoral people. They won’t control their appetites

and desires for pleasure. These nice people do things that Jesus teaches are very wrong and sinful, such as adultery, getting drunk on alcohol, high on kava or drugs, homosexuality, and other things. They think that it’s fine to do what feels good as long as they don’t hurt anybody else. However, the actual fact is they are hurting their own family members and others, as well as abusing their own bodies. Most of all, they are cutting themselves off

from God their Creator by rebelling against Him, just so they can keep living for themselves. Jesus Christ and the Bible show us how to enjoy physical pleasures the way that won’t hurt ourselves and others. Jesus also made it clear that just being a nice person is definitely not enough to make us right with Him. Since He is our Maker, He knows the only way that we can ever have real satisfaction and peace which lasts. So it’s the only way we can be saved from the terrible pain and suffering that will come on us from our wrong way of living. So for your own safety and happiness, won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you and help you start changing and living His way for the rest of your life? Just Think a Minute.

Govt laxity is culprit of delayed services SURVIVORS of typhoon ‘Pablo ‘complained of the delay in the delivery of relief assistance from the national government. The situation caused anxiety among typhoon victims. At one time, people fought with each other for a kilo of rice. Some even went to the extent of experimenting on carcasses of animals. Out of frustration, people looted the warehouse of the government’s Cris Diaz National Food Authority (NFA. This scenario took place three days after typhoon ‘Pablo’ devastated the towns of Cateel, Bagangga, all of Davao Oriental, and New Bataan in Compostela Valley. As always, the national government’s snail-paced reaction to emergencies is the lack of sound planning and incompetence of people handling assigned agencies. Of course, people blamed the Department of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ineptness and inefficiency. However, the question of inefficiency in reacting to emergency is not exclusive to DSWD. Other government agencies, like the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), are also sluggish. These accusations might be unfair. Yet, the lethargic character of most national government offices relates on the national leadership’s stringent policies. For instance, the DSWD could not release emer-

gency funds without approval from the Department of Budget or the Commission on Audit (COA). By the way, COA is another useless government agency. Nobody could touch COA since as a constitutional body its self-aggrandizing policies hinder expediency of services. Perhaps, with rigorous policies in the release of emergency fund, it took DSWD several days to release a measly P5.5 million for typhoon victims in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. By that time, people were already fighting for food, children were sick, diarrhea sipped in, and everyone was dying. President Benigno Aquino was asking help from private companies to lend their helicopters to fast track delivery of relief assistance. What happened to the AFP? The AFP should have provided necessary transport of relief goods to areas ravaged by typhoon. With the lack of resources, the AFP becomes unreliable in emergency. It sent brave men to the area to wade on hazards as typhoon ‘Pablo’ lashes its fury. The AFP lost valuable men in a rescue effort that has manually taken place in the absence of modern facilities. Why the national government could not afford to purchase Chinook helicopters is an enigma? Chinook helicopters are giant air transport helicopters that could easily send soldiers and relief assistance to designated areas. While a Chinook helicopter is expensive, its value for money is immeasurable. Had the AFP acquired one or two Chinooks, relief operations anywhere in the country would not be a problem at all. React

Questions on RH bill after the voting LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 10:10, the Holy Bible). -oooQUESTIONS ON RH BILL: Questions on the Reproductive Health Bill after the voting: why are its proponents in the House of Representativ es and in the Senate unwilling to delete a provision therein which allows a woman, or even a minor girl, who gets pregnant somehow, to decide, all by herself, to abort and kill the baby in her womb? This provision is found under its “Section 4, Defi-

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio nition of Terms”, which says “Reproductive Health Rights refer to the rights of couples, individuals and women to decide freely and responsibly whether or not to have children; to determine the number, spacing and timing of their children; to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence; to have

relevant information; and to attain the highest condition of sexual and reproductive health…” Any clear-minded Filipino will see that this provision gives even a minor girl (who is an “individual”, in the contemplation of Section 4) the right to “decide freely… whether or not to have children… free of coercion and violence”. In

pure and simple language, this part of the RH Bill says even a baby girl can kill her own baby in her womb. Why can’t our congressmen and senators see this? What have they been blinded with? -oooQUESTIONS FOR REP. LAGMAN: Second question: what did the main proponent of the RH Bill, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, mean when he said that “let us have children by choice, not by chance”? Did he mean that it is alright for our countrymen---young and old alike---to be promiscuous and indulge in sex whenever and wherever they want it, as long as they VOTING | page 10

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Media watchdog criticizes Manny Pacquiao’s assistant trainer, adviser for attacking lensman By AL JACINTO of Mindanao Daily News-Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA City––The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines on Thursday criticized the Filipino training assistant and a foreign advisor of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao for assaulting a sports photographer following the brutal knockdown of the Philippine pride against Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas. Buboy Fernandez and Michael Koncz attacked photographer Al Bello for taking pictures of the downed Filipino champion. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach also stopped Bello from taking the photos. The assault was witnessed by the huge crowd in the MGM Grand and photos and news of it quickly spread in the Internet and international media. “It is clear that Bello was merely performing his obligations as a photojournalist and, besides, had every right to take pictures of the fallen Pacquiao. Koncz and Fernandez had absolutely no reason to attack him and their doing so was actually in the nature of a criminal act, just as Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach had no right to order Bello to stop taking photos.” “Such boorish action by the members of Team Pacquiao, no matter how distraught they were by his loss, is inexcusable. We appreciate that the Nevada Athletic Commission has promised to review the incident and we hope it takes appropriate action to discipline Koncz and Fernandez. But it should not stop there. Manny Pacquiao himself should take action against these two, whose boorish and unsportsmanlike reaction to the loss can only tarnish the reputation for sportsmanship that has endeared him to millions of fans,” the NUJP said. There was no immediate statement from the camp of Pacquiao, who is also a legislator in the Philippine. (Mindanao Examiner)

Even the provincial capitol of Compostela Valley is not spared from the wrath of Typhoon Pablo as rooftops are blown away and glasses were shattered when it strikes early morning of Tuesday. (a. dayao/ids Comval)

Compostela Valley in trying times to tell. But it’s a reality. The tragedy happened. A It was like a nightmare natural disaster caused by no one wants to remember. Super Typhoon Pablo ocA sad story no one wants curred in Compostela Valley By Grace Almedilla

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Veterans Bank Teams Up with Microsoft Philippines for IT Systems Upgrade MAKATI CITY – To improve the productivity of its business processes which in turn will lead to better and more efficient delivery of banking services to its customers, Philippine Veterans Bank has teamed-up with Microsoft Philippines to upgrade its IT systems. Working with Microsoft solutions providers, db Wizards and Software-1, Veterans Bank will upgrade its IT infrastructure to Windows 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010. With Windows 2008, the bank will be able to consolidate its servers, manage hardware more effectively, and alter system security. On the other hand, the upgrade to Exchange 2010 will provide the bank with cloud-based email and archiving which will greatly enhance communication within the bank’s network. Inanother development , the Calamba Water District (CWD) of Calamba, Laguna, was the latest recipient of a timekeeping kiosk and bio-metric unit from Philippine Veterans Bank. In a simple ceremony held recently, CWD and Veterans Bank officers spearheaded the official launch of the new equipment that will automate the attendance monitoring of employees of the local government

corporation. The timekeeping kiosk utilizes a combined fingerprint-scanning technology that effectively monitors the attendance of employees. With the timekeeping device installed, the CWD expects the productivity of its employees to increase and HR officers will greatly benefit from its ease-of-use and capability to generate customized reports. As the CWD employees’ payroll is also with Veterans Bank, this means seamless synergy from attendance monitoring to the actual crediting of employee salaries. As an added benef it Veterans Bank provided the timekeeping kiosk and bio-metrics unit at no cost to CWD. Maintenance of both software and hardware will also be shouldered by the bank and both parties are currently at work to have a second timekeeping unit installed soon. Veterans Bank has been expanding its services to both government and private clients nationwide, offering an innovative array of products and services. As an authorized government depository, the bank has been helping local government units by providing them with access to banking services to spur local growth and development.

MCMA signs MOA with Pag-IBIG Fund for membership registration CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, -- On the occasion of PagIBIG Fund’s 32nd Anniversary, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be signed by the officers of the Malaybalay City Motorela Association (MCMA) and the Pag-IBIG Cagayan de Oro Branch, marking the activation of MCMA’s membership under the Malaybalay Extension Office. Pag-IBIG Fund Cagayan de Oro Branch’s Department Manager Juliano S. Banghal will sign the MOA with MCMA President Ronaldo S. Ramos, along with the officers from both the Fund and the transport association. The MOA signing will take place at the Pag-IBIG Fu nd Cagaya n de Oro Branch, Pag-IBIG Fund Building, JR Borja Mortola

Sts., Cagayan de Oro City tomorrow, Dec. 14. MCMA is a duly registered association, registered under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), composed of motorela operators and drivers from the City of Malaybalay. Personnel from the Marketing and Enforcement Division organized and conducted a series of Fund briefings to the officers and members of MCMA last November 15, 2012. Republic Act 9679 also known as the Home Development Mutual Fund Law requires all Filipino workers earning at least P1,000.00 monthly to actively save in Pag-IBIG Fund. The law applies to all self-employed including the motorela drivers and operators. (Pag-IBIG Fund/PIA10)

Signing the agreement were (seated, L-R) db Wizards Sales & Marketing Director Michelle Lachica, db Wizards Managing Director Pocholo Reyes, Veterans Bank President & CEO Ricardo Balbido Jr., Veterans Bank CIO & Technology & Business Information Group Head Camille Canullas, and Microsoft Phils. SMS & P Director Bernadette Nacario. Witnessing the signing were (standing, L-R) db Wizards Sales Manager Jean Delos Santos, db Wizards Core Infrastructure Consultant Mark Escobido, Veterans Bank Security & Standards Administrator Freda Gonzales, Veterans Bank FVP & IT Operations Head Edgardo Dajao, Veterans Bank AVP & IT Security Administration Head Ma. Melyn Ramos, and db Wizards Consultant Arvin Cabichuelas.

The Banker Magazine names Security Bank RP’s Bank of the Year The Ba nker, one of t he world’s most respected banking magazines and published by the Financial Times of London has bestowed on Security Bank Corporation (SBC) one of the world’s most prominent and sought-after accolades, the “2012 Bank of the Year award for the Philippines”. The Bank of the Year Awards is an annual event that promotes industry-wide excellence in the global banking community by recognizing the top financial institutions in the world. Judges select only one bank from each country, making it the most sought-after award across the globe. Being named “Bank of the Year” by The Banker Magazine is a testament to the strong management, sound business model and prudent risk approach of each chosen institution. We are honored to have been bestowed this prestigious award as it now places us among the world’s most elite financial institutions. The Bank has always focused on its core strengths that have allowed us to sustain a track record of strong financial and business performance. One most recent example was our third quarter financial results which show the bank generated a net income of P6.2B representing an increase of 55% year on year plus our return on equity (ROE) consistently remains one of the highest, if not the highest in the country.” said

Alberto Villarosa, President and CEO of Security Bank. For the last three years, the bank has been consistently improving its financial indicators. Security Bank earned P6.7B in 2011 with a return on equity (ROE) at 25% outpacing the industry average of 12.14%. Return on asset (ROA) was at 3.5% versus average of 1.46% among the universal and commercial banking industry in the country. This strong performance was sustained during the latest third quarter performance report of 2012 with a net income at P6.2B representing a 55% year on year increase while return on equity (ROE) at 25% is one of the highest in the industry which averages around 12%. The bank has been consistent over the last 3 years wherein its ROE has been

within the 25% to 30% range. In bestowing the award to Security Bank, The Banker cites that, in the past year, Security Bank has emerged as a competitive player in the local banking and finance industry, following its acquisition of consumer and savings specialist Premiere Development Bank and a loan growth of 24% as the bank focused on its corporate and small-medium enterprise customers and the loans went to the infrastructure, energy, retail, real estate and mining sectors. The bank is operating in a market that is entering a phase of infrastructure development and it is seeking to keep pace with these investments in the Philippines. The Banker further cited that Security Bank also took a leading position in the equity

and debt capital markets and was involved in a number of landmark big-ticket deals in the country such as the Republic of the Philippines’ 323bn pesos bond swap and the 16bn pesos secondary offerings of San Miguel Corporation. The bank was also involved in a $220m 12-year mezzanine loan facility for Team Energ y, as well as 11.5bn pesos and 11bn pesos corporate notes, respectively, of MTD Manila Expressways and South Luzon Tollways Corporation. Aside from having an active involvement in the capital markets in the Philippines, Security Bank also focused on other areas like rolling out new treasury hedge products to address the heightened market volatility, as well as a range of foreign exchange products.

Standing from L to R: Jane Cooper, Asia Editor and Global Transaction Services Editor of The Banker; Alberto Villarosa, President & CEO of Security Bank; Michael Buerk, British broadcast journalist and host of The Banker Awards.

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Surigao del Sur and greater part of Mindanao, including Palawan and the Visayas region. In Davao region alone, data from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-XI as of noon December 11 reported a total of 43 municipalities and three cities affected by the storm, affecting 958,050 families or 4,149,787 individuals. The update also said a total of 43,112 families or 198,287 individuals have also been displaced from 49 villages. Data from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council also counted a total of 850 recovered bodies while 611 individuals remain missing and almost two thousand injured. “We also express our sympathy to the grieving families and friends of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) soldiers who died in the flashfloods in New Bataan, Compostela Valley,” Ka Oris said. OCD-XI also noted a total of 54 communal and national irrigation systems that were damaged with an estimated worth of PHP 820,000 while infrastructure suffered another almost three billion pesos worth of damage. Typhoon Pablo also caused an estimated almost eight billion pesos in damages to the region’s agriculture, according to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in a press briefing here Friday. “We’re also calling on all NPA units in the affected areas to help, if the security situation and their resources permit, rescue the victims, retrieve their dead, distribute relief goods and rehabilitate the community,” Ka Oris said. He called on revolutionary forces and the people to gather resources “to show once more” their concern to the victims as he demanded that “all big mining and logging corporations and plantations share a reasonable amount for the relief and rehabilitation.” Meanwhile, NDF-Southern Mindanao spokesman Rubi del Mundo also called for the massive rescue, relief and rehabilitation assistance and urged its allied revolutionary organizations to raise funds, seek donations and contributions for the victims in a statement dated December 6. In the same statement, Del Mundo criticized the “poor disaster-preparedness” of the Aquino administration. The statement also said it was ironic that the Aquino government looks to the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental as resource-rich localities in the country but “nowhere can we see the hundreds of millions of pesos of taxpayers’ money out of ComVal (Compostela Valley)’s mining, agribusiness and Davao Oriental’s logging resources

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working for the victims of this calamity.” Compostela Valley has an estimated 189 million metric tons of gold deposits mostly found in Mt. Diwata in Monkayo town and 490.7 million metric tons of nickel deposits also in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. “Yet, as tragedies strike the resource-laden but poor communities, all the government can do is to deliver piecemeal assistance,” Del Mundo said, pointing out that “the billions of pesos allocated by the US-Aquino regime in AFP modernization, in the implementation of the fascist Oplan Bayanihan, and in disaster-related technological upgrade, the high-tech gadgets have failed to save the lowly peasant families, the families of small-scale miners and the ordinary banana plantation workers.” ‘Climate change’ “Walang mga bagyo na ganyan kalakas sa Mindanao (There are no storms of this strength in Minanao). This is the first time,” said Joselin Marcus Fragada, Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI Friday in a press briefing with President Noynoy Aquino at the Davao International Airport. He added: “The forest covers are depleted. Ang mga kabundukan nagkukulang na sa puno (The mountains have fewer trees).” What happened in the Davao Region, he said, “is a result of climate change and global warming.” Ka Oris said that the Imperialist and local ruling class worked hand in hand to create the condition that changed the world’s climate because of the greed for superprofits. Hardest hit in the region are the towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston in Davao Oriental and New Bataan and Monkayo in Compostela Valley. “These are the areas where the vast plantations of Dole and Sumifru (Sumitomo Fruits) are located including the large-scale mining company Indo-phil,” Ka Oris said. He added, the mountains of Diwata that connect these towns have been destroyed in the past 50 years by large-scale logging companies from the US and Japan “in collusion with the local bourgeois compradors like the Valderramas, Alcantaras and the Sorianos.” “Now that the remaining forest covers (in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental) are gone, we shall expect the negative effects to our environment that will possibly result in stronger typhoons in the future, including the possibility of longer La Niña and El Niño,” Ka Oris said. As the death toll rises and many beg for help in the typhoon-affected areas, Del Mundo urged the people, including the families of the victims of the calamity to “struggle to hold accountable those responsible for the loss of

lives and property.” Meanwhile, Ka Oris urged the people to unite and save the environment and to “struggle against large-scale environmental plunder by the Imperialist and local ruling class.” (Marilou Aguirre-Tuburan/ Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

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(8th 44.9%), Trillianes (9th 43.2), Binay (10th 41.3%), Angara (11t h 40.9%), and Zubiri (12th 40.5). Rep. JV Ejercito’s votes was topped by Mindanao with 64%, Luzon 59 %, and Visayas 47%. Previous Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia surveys, showed that Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada has been ranking from 4th to 8th places with a 43% voting rate. Besting veteran senators like Honasan, Trillianes, Zubiri and Pimentel. The Ulat ng Bayan national survey completed on December 4, also showed that, of the top ten probable winners, five would come from UNA and the other five from Liberal Party. Conducted since November 23, Pulse Asia they used face-to-face interviews “ based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above, with a margin of ± 3% error at the 95% confidence level.” Pulse Asia Inc. headed by Professor Ronald D. Holmes, as president, said the survey was academic in nature and is not influenced by religious, political, economic or partisan group. “Sub-national estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% error margin, also at a 95% confidence level,” Pulse Asia added. Pulse Asia surveys has been highly regarded as credible independent undertakings and not commissioned any singular party. Political pundits owed JV’s sustained high showing to his remarkable achievements as former mayor and representative of San Juan, aside from the popularity of the Estrada name. Making A Difference As mayor of San Juan City, Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada gained acclaim for his ultra-satisfactory governance with the lowly masses fascinated by his down-to-earth public service. Indigent families were thankful of JV’s more than 1,000 college scholars after he set up the JV Ejercito Scholarship Foundation, With his mayorship , San Juan was named by the Commission on Audit as the best fiscally-managed LGU throughout the country with a 200% increase of revenue in just four years, It has the lowest poverty incidence of 2.92% according to the National Statistics Coordinating Body.



and rescue operations. “Once again, we call on our countrymen to be of service to those affected by Typhoon ‘Pablo’ and give generously to organizations helping our brethren in the south,” he added.

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make sure that the women do not get pregnant later? Or, did Albay mean that, when a woman gets pregnant after sex (whether by choice or by chance) but believes she is not ready to become a mother yet, she can, as Section 4 says, “decide freely… whether or not to have” the from page 12 child “free of coercion and were all destroyed by violence” from any person? the typhoon so choppers -ooodrop relief goods from the QUESTION: WHY IS air to these villages and we BILL DISCRIMINATORY are striving to reach out to AGAINST UNBORN CHILall villages left isolated by DREN? Third question: so, the typhoon, okay, the RH Bill, again as “Relief workers trekked Lagman said, was more about for two days just to reach “human rights, maternal the mountainous Barangay and infant health and susBotay in the town of Caraga tainable development”. But where several people died then, why is the bill, in truth and seriously injured by the and in fact, concerned only typhoon. They are homeless about the mother’s rights, but fatally discriminatory and starving,” he said. There are 45,000 dis- against the unborn but alplaced families in the three ready conceived child in her isolated towns of Boston, womb, considering that the Cateel, and Baganga that mother, under the bill, can decide to kill that unborn needs to be fed, he said. At least 18,000 packs baby and not be punished for it? of relief items composed -oooof rice, noodles, sardines QUESTION FOR REP. and clothes are being trans- GONZALES: Fourth quesported every day for the tion: so, Deputy Speaker and town of Baganga alone. Mandaluyong Rep. Neptali Gonzales II is saying the RH bill will allow Filipinos to from page 12 prepare for their future. But is of a size large enough then, what preparation are we to cause significant regional talking about here---limiting damage in the event of an the number of Filipinos to be born in the future not impact. The asteroid was dis- just by the contraceptives covered on Jan 4, 1989, and and family devices allowed was named after the Celtic by the bill but, considering god worshipped in ancient its Section 4, more by the Britain as Toutatis/Teutates right of women to abort their children? (the tribal protector). -oooThe space rock orbits QUESTION FOR REP. sun after every 1,469 days. GARIN: Fifth question: is The next time it will Iloilo Rep. Janet Garin aware, have closest approach is on when she said that the RH bill Dec 29, 2016 and would be is not about religion or popu3,75,78,442 km away. lation control, that Section 4 The last time it came thereof actually is a potent close to earth was on Nov 9, population control, and is 2008 and at 75,16,979 km. therefore an anti-religion, After 2016, this asteroid measure because it allows will not pass close to earth the mother and the father again until 2069. and, in case of disagreement Asteroids are a class of between them, the mother small solar system bodies alone, to decide whether in the orbit around the sun. the baby in her womb will The larger asteroids have live or not? -oooalso been called planetoids. QUESTIONS FOR REPS. BAG-AO & COJUANGCO: from page 12 Sixth question: is Akbayan by the Philippine Coast Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, who said Guard that ferried them to that the bill is a measure that Mati City. Peter Madlasi, upholds life, aware that it is Dennis Cudilla, and Rene also upholding death and Maulas are now in the pro- destruction of life precisely vincial hospital of Davao because of Section 4? Is Pangasinan Rep. Kimi CoOriental,” he said. juangco, who said that she The three PCG-manned is supporting the RH Bill for vessels that comprise the all women who cannot afsearch and rescue task force ford quality health care, also will just refuel at Mati City aware that it does not only and will continue search and provide for quality health rescue operations thereafter, care but also fore the right of he added. women to abort their babies? On the other hand, -oooLacierda said, the Eastern REACTIONS? Please Mindanao Command led by call me at 0917 984 24 68, Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia con- 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 tinues to coordinate inland, 96. Email: batasmauricio@ maritime, and aerial search




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Officials said New People’s Army opened fire on members of the 60th Infantry Battalion in the village of Santo Nino in Talaingod town. “Members of 60th Infantry Battalion were fired upon at the outreach station in the village,” Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, a spokesman for the 10th Infantry Division, said. Paniza did not say if there were casualties in the ambush, but claimed the attack occurred a day during a self-imposed cease-fire by the NPA. He said the rebels declared a holiday truce from December 5 to January 3, but he branded the NPA

cease-fire as propaganda. “We all know that their promise of truce is nothing but a sugar coated lie to make them look like Good Samaritans. It is a mere façade to cloak their real identity as criminals. The rebel group is exploiting the distraught situation of the victims as propaganda and nothing else.” “ This incident only manifests their insincerity in helping the people especially those badly affected residents. If we are on relief mission mode, then they are on business as usual mode without considering that the assault hampered our relief efforts,” Paniza said. He said just recently, rebels also abducted two

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nasuko nga kada-maagian iyang panggub-on. (It was a horrible experience. We really couldn’t imagine it will happen in this place. During that fearful moment, we were so scared. Everybody was screaming and the wind was angrily wrecking everything it passed by),” says a resident

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in New Bataan, the town with reports of the most number of injured, missing, and dead people. But out of the seemed hopeless situation, one can say that the world is still full of caring people and of heroes. Various donations and other forms of assistance continuously pour in ranging from food (rice & grocery items), potable water, medicines, cash donations, and the presence of task force teams and volunteers to assist the provincial government. Yet despite of all these, the province still needs more---for more barangays and families are affected, panic-stricken with those missing families and


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partment of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD) to come up with a Relief Distribution Plan and shelter assistance through its Core Shelter Assistance Program, the Department of Health (DOH) for health interventions with United Nations Population Fund to facilitate profiling of pregnant women, lactating mothers, and children in the affected families, the Mines & Geo-Sciences Bureau to assist in the identification of relocation sites, and the Department of Agriculture for the agricultural interventions like giving 3,000 bags of rice seeds to the farmers. Governor Uy is very much thankful to all who extended assistance to the province. He is also grateful to the national government having President Benigno S. Aquino III giving assurance for an immediate rehabilitation of ComVal, instructing his Cabinet Secretaries to allocate bigger funds for the total rehabilitation of the province. With unity remains strong and visible, there’s no reason that ComVal will not survive and recover. Through our fellow Filipinos and even foreign people reaching out and giving full support and encouragement, may the Comvalenyos never lose hope and keep their faith that everything will be alright…..soon. (grace almedilla, ids-comval)

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relatives, injured persons, found dead bodies, damaged houses, and gone astray livelihood. In an interview, Governor Arturo T. Uy said that per initial report from the municipalities, it reached about P11 Billion estimated cost of damages with about P9 Billion in the agricultural damage and about P2 Billion in the infrastructure damages. He further shared that another big challenge that the provincial government is facing right now is the need to put up temporary shelters to relocate the evacuees and soon to provide them permanent shelters. It wouldn’t be that easy. But with the different agencies, sectors, organizations, and private individuals extending help and pooling their resources, a direction and strategy setting was organized. Last December 11, an emergency meeting was called by the League of Mayors in the PhilippinesComVal Chapter attended by Governor Uy, Municipal Mayors, National Line Agencies, and World Food Programme (WFP). There are various interventions. To mention some, the National Housing Authority (NHA) will provide housing assistance, the WFP to provide food supply within 3-6 months period in ComVal, the De-


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THE Depar tment of the Interior and L o cal G overnment Region 10 releas es an advis or y to day to all governors, city and municipal mayors app ealing for their generosity to donate go o ds for the vic tims of typho on Pablo in C omp ostela Valle y and Davao Oriental. DILG-10 Regional Direc tor Rene K. Burdeos said that the de vastation broug ht ab out by typho on Pablo in C omp ostela Valle y and Davao Oriental broug ht s o much grief and dis comfor t to the vic tims and sur vivors that b estowing to them thes e go o ds will give them much relief. Direc tor Burdeos added that fo o d supplies and p otable water are the immediate needs of the vic tims. He asked that donations f rom the provinces, cities and municipalities b e transp or ted direc tly to the Provincial G overnments of C omp ostela Valle y and Davao Oriental for prop er distribution to thos e that are af fec ted.

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OPERATION SMILE MEDICAL MISSION. American surgeons from Philadelphia conduct

operations for children with cleft palates at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center with the support of Congressman Rufus Rodriguez. In photo Rohanna Batara from Lanao del Sur avails this project facilitated by surgeon Kathleen Finnegan and Lucilyn Torreon, NMMC head nurse.

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental -- As damaged roads and bridges hampered the distribution of food aid for victims of typhoon “Pablo” in this east coast province, choppers from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) are used to drop relief goods in mountainous and far-flung villages of the towns of Boston, Cateel, Baganga, and Caraga that are left isolated since December 4. “As it is impossible for us to distribute relief goods in the mountainous far-flung villages of these typhoonravaged towns, we are now using military choppers to help us distribute relief items. Almost all roads and bridges are destroyed and the people are starving already,” according Freddie Bendulo, head of the Incident Command Post, the emergency response system being put up by the provincial government here. He said there are no evacuation camps as these DROPS | page 10

Labor dep’t releases P5.5m for livelihood in typhoon-hit areas

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered the release of P5.5 million for emergency employment and livelihood for displaced workers in typhoon-hit Davao Oriental deadly | page 10 and Compostela Valley.

The Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz ordered the release of an initial P5.5 million for emergency employment and livelihood for displaced workers, a Malacañang official said.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said P5 million will be given for those in Compostela Valley, while P500,000 is allotted for those in the Caraga Region. With regard to the search and rescue operations in

the affected areas, he said, the three fishermen from a capsized boats off the coast of Davao Oriental and were rescued Monday are now undergoing medical treatment. “According to a report

from Secretary of Transportation and Communications Jun Abaya, the fishermen were rescued by a fishing vessel, Lady Gelaine, yesterday and subsequently fetched by a vessel manned AREAS | page 10



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