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Fruit magnate agrees to submit to NCIP process in Bukidnon reforestation project By Walter I. Balane/Min- guidelines provided by the daNews National Commission on Indigenous Peoples for his MALAYBALAY CIT Y engagement on reforestation (MindaNews) – Business and livelihood projects with magnate John Paul C. the indigenous peoples. Perrine of the Unifrutti In a meeting with officials Group of Companies and from NCIP-Bukidnon and the Hineleban Foundation tribal leaders from ancestral agreed to submit to the domains in the mountain

ranges of Kitanglad, Kalatungan, Pantaron, and Matigsalog on March 15 at a local hotel, Perrine and a team of executives discussed the proposed project and listened to NCIP officials explaining the free and prior informed consent process. “We will submit to the

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process. There are no ifs,” he told the meeting, which he requested in a February 26, 2013 letter to Ma. Shirlene Sario, NCIP-Bukidnon officer. In the letter, he expressed their intent to submit to an FPIC using the NCIP’s 2012 guidelines.

SoCot police chief relieved in pre-election reshuffle PROJECT | page 10

By Allen V. Estabillo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews ) – The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 has relieved the provincial police director of South Cotabato as part of a routine reshuffle in preparation for the May 13 national and local elections. Senior Supt. Randolph Delfin, who served as South Cotabato’s provincial police director in the last 18 months, confirmed his relief on Monday based on an order dated March 11 issued by the PRO 12. “I was reassigned as chief of the regional (PRO 12) directorial staff,” the police official said.

Delfin, who is a member of the Philippine National Police Academy class of 1984, was replaced as officer-in-charge (OIC) by Supt. James Gulmatico, who was the former South Cotabato deputy provincial police director for administration. Delfin was intelligence chief of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Northern Luzon before he assumed in September 2011 as South Cotabato provincial police director. The police official said he is confident with Gulmatico’s capabilities as his replacement and in making sure that the area’s stable peace and order situation

would be sustained, especially during the upcoming elections. He urged the police chiefs of the province’s 10 towns and lone city to give their full support to the new provincial police leadership. “I hope they remain fully committed and not become complacent with regards to the security of the province,” he said. The official said Supt. Gulmatico will likely remain as OIC of the South Cotabato police until the end of the election period on June 12 or the selection and recommendation of the full-fledged provincial director by the winning

RESHUFFLE | page 10

Opol LGU receives nat’l agri Comelec aims for zero failure award A satellite disk of the We are I.T. Philippines is readied in Misamis Oriental for the May 2013 elections. The Commission on Elections tested the equipment at Opol town. As the election day approaches, the Comelec is trying to make sure that every item on its list of equipment is working and reliable.PHOTO BY:GERRY L. GORIT

of elections in Lanao Sur By Apipa P. Bagumbaran MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, (PIA) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is aiming for ‘zero’ failure of elections in the entire province, this coming May. Lawyer Ray Sumalipao, regional election director in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) emphasized this during the recently concluded Lanao

del Sur Stakeholders Conference for Peaceful, Free and Fair 2013 Elections saying that the main enemy in the province during elections is the failure of elections. To make elections work, he said two task forces will be created to roam around the province and monitor the electoral process. He said these task forces will be composed of personnel from the Comelec,

FAILURE | page 10

- its 10th award under Mayor Yasay By GERRY LEE GORIT MISAMIS ORIENTAL - For the 10th time under the administration of Mayor Dexter B. Yasay, the local government unit of Opol in Misamis Oriental has received another prestigious recognition. Mayor Yasay on Friday received the 2nd Agr-Pinoy AWARD | page 10

Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and DA Asec. Dante de Lima congratulate Opol Mayor Dexter B. Yasay for the honor given during the 2nd Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers’ Awards 2013. The awarding ceremony was held at the Philippine International Convention Center last Friday. Opol won P1-million worth of project grants.PHOTO BY:GERRY L. GORIT

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NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of ALEJANDRA TANSO PENASO, who died intestate at their residence in Purok 3-A, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City on June 1, 2012, consisting of: A. REAL PROPERTIES: 1) A parcel of land situated in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT-53607, issued by the Register of Deeds of Butuan City, and by Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-03475, issued by the City Assessor of Butuan, containing an area of 1,073 square meters, more or less; 2) A parcel of land, situated in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT-42597, issued by the Register of Deeds of Butuan City and by Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-02944, issued by the City Assessor of Butuan, containing an area of 302 square meters, more or less; 3) A parcel of land situated in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City, covered by TCT No. RT-39257, issued by the Register of Deeds of Butuan City and by Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-02827, issued by the City Assessor of Butuan, containing an area of 287 square meters, more or less; 4) A parcel of land situated in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City, covered by TCT No. RT-45489, issued by the Register of Deeds of Butuan City and by Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-02847, issued by the City Assessor of Butuan, containing an area of 1,138 square meters, more or less; 5) A parcel of land situated in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City, covered by TCT No. RT-37280, issued by the Register of Deeds of Butuan City, and by Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-02905 issued by the City Assessor of Butuan, containing an area of 279 square meters, more or less; 6) A parcel of land situated in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City, covered by TCT No. RT-37304 issued by the Register of Deeds of Butuan City and by Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-02832 issued by the City Assessor of Butuan, containing an area of 291 square meters, more or less; 7) A one (1) storey residential building located in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-02833 with an area of 379 square meters, more or less, with an assessed value of P145,440.00 issued by the City Assessor of Butuan; 8) A one (1) storey residential building located in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City, covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-02828 with an area of 24.82 square meters, more or less, with 0.0 assessed value issued by the City Assessor of Butuan; 9) A one (1) storey residential building, located in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City, covered by Tax Declaration No.08-12-0001-03478 with an area of 20 square meters, more or less, with 0.0 assessed value issued by the City Assessor of Butuan; 10) A one (1) storey industrial building located in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-03477 containing an area of 656 square meters, more or less, with an assessed value of P42,380.00 issued by the City Assessor of Butuan; 11) An industrial machinery, located in the District of Ampayon, Butuan City, covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-12-0001-03479 with an assessed value of P88,210.00 issued by the City Assessor of Butuan; B. PERSONAL PROPERTIES (MOTOR VEHICLES): 12) A one (1) unit Mitsubishi Strada Pick-up, model 2007, Plate No. KDR-786; Engine No. 4D56-UCAWO461; Chassis No. MMBJNKB408D017082 with MV File No. 1016-00000032440 with CR No. 12628298-4 issued by LTO Field Office at Puerto Extension Office, Cagayan de Oro City; 13) A one (1) unit Suzuki Carry with Canopy Pickup, model 2007, Plate No. 9CM-120, Engine No. F6A-5545449; Chassis No. DD51T-114823 with MV File No. 0930-0000009999A with CR No. 6775228-5 issued by LTO Field Office at Malaybalay District Office, Malaybalay City; and 14) A one (1) unit Isuzu Forward Cargo Truck, Model 2006; Plate No. YDE-733; Engine No. 6HE1-641768; Chassis No. FRR32CB-3002629 with MV File No. 0716-00000425606 with CR No. 9608879-0 issued by LTO Field Office at Gingoog District Office, Gingoog City, are the subjects of an EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED ALEJANDRA TANSO PENASO, made and executed by deceased Alejandra Tanso Penaso’s only surviving heirs, namely, her husband, Marianito T. Penaso Sr. and his legitimate children, Marianito T. Penaso Jr., Lenybeth Penaso Salvacion and Maricel Penaso Salon, per Doc. No. 154; Page No. 31; Book No. XLVIII; Series of 2012 of the Notarial Registry of Nemesio M Gallenero, Notary Public. MDN: Mar. 13, 20 & 27, 2013

Emano: more high-rise bldgs to be constructed in Oro A TEN-STOREY Hotel tral district, announced will rise in the city’s cen- Mayor Vicente Y. Emano in a press statement. The mayor said invesEXTRA-JUDICIAL tors have informed him SETTLEMENT OF THE INTESTATE ESTATE OF of intentions to construct SPOUSES ISABELO the building at C.M. Recto E. ROMULO SR., AND GERTRUDES A. ROMULO Avenue. The mayor was in Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of Late Spouses ISABELO SR., and GERTRUDES ROMULO, who died intestate on July 11, 2008 and January 8, 1999, respectively, both in Cagayan de Oro City, Province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines, leaving real property, more particularly described as follows; Registered Land TCT NO. T-163145, Lot – 1, Blk-21, Psd-10-043695, Portion of Lot: Pcn-10-000249, As Surveyed for: National Housing Authority, Land Use: Residential, Location: Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City, Area: Ninety (90) square meters more or less, is the subject of EXTRA- JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE INTESTATE ESTATE OF SPOUSES ISABELO E. ROMULO SR., AND GERTRUDES A. ROMULO, made and entered into by and between the Sole and Compulsory Legal Heirs namely; EDWIN A. ROMULO, of legal age, married, Filipino, a resident of Blk. 4, Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City; DOROTHY R. ZARAGOSA, of legal age, married, Filipino, a resident of Blk 4, Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City; WILMA R. SABANA, of legal age, widow, Filipino, a resident of Blk 4, Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City; ISABELO A. ROMULO, JR., of legal age, married, Filipino, a resident of Blk 4, Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City; SALLY T. ROMULO, of legal age, married, Filipino, a resident of Blk 4, Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City; ULYSSES A. ROMULO, of legal age, married, Filipino, a resident of Blk 4, Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City; NIEVES R. LISING, of legal age, married, Filipino, a resident of Blk 4, Herera Elementary School, Barrio Obrero, Tondo, Manila; OLIVIA R. MALONES, of legal age, married, Filipino, a resident of Las Peñas City, Manila; the herein parties and hereto adjudicate the entire estate above-described extrajudicially in favor to our sister WILMA R. SABANA, or her heirs and assigns, as per Doc. No. 270; Page No. 54; Book No. XII; Series of 2013, under Notary Public of ATTY. CERILIO NEIL E. PACANA.

vited to grace the groundbreaking of the project, The Power learned. “Gawas sa bag-ong hotel, laraw usab sa nahisgutang mga negosyante nga magtukod og highrise condominium dinhi

gihapon sa dakbayan,” the mayor added. This is not the only development taking place in Cagayan de Oro City as more investors are branching out in CdeO, “Sa susamang kalam-

boan, dili malangan, paga-sugdan na usab ang pagpabarog sa SM Mall diha sa kanhi planta sa Coca-Cola apil and Pure Gold diha sa Ororama Mega Center kaniadto,” the mayor announced.

covering the implementation of the Barangay Food Terminal Project in Cagayan de Oro City was confirmed and ratified by the 16th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas this morning. The Power learned that the project aims to make

available and accessible quality products such as meat, poultry, dish and vegetables at low prices to the marginalized sector of society at the barangay level; develop alternative market for the farmer’s produce through direct marketing thereby increasing farmers’ income; ensure a stable price and supply of food commodities in the market through the establishment of a Barangay Food Terminal. It also envisions to encourage barangay empowerment by creating employment opportunities through

livelihood and establishment of small food packaging and food processing center for agri-based products to increase productivity and income of the barangay residents and strengthen the partnership of the different stakeholders in the delivery of basic services at the barangay level. Pursuant to the MOA, the DA-10 shall facilitate the training of BFT personnel on proper food handling, techniques, operation and maintenance of the cold storage facility, as well

Dads ratify MOA with DA-10 for brgy food terminal project THE Memorandum of Agreement entered into by and between the City Government of Cagayan de Oro represented by City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano and Department of AgricultureRegional Field Unit 10, represented by its Regional Director Lealyn A. Ramos

Republic of the Philippines PROVINCE OF BUKIDNON Municipality of Manolo Fortich -oOoOFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR Publication Notice R.A 10172

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

CCE-19-2013 R.A 10172

Mar. 7, 2013

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. _________. Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that RONELLE C. ANOYA has filed with his Office, a petition for correction of entry in sex from “Female” to “Male” in the Certificate of Live Birth of RONELLE C. ANOYA at Manolo F ortich, Bukidnon and whose parents are ROQUE B. ANOYA and VIRGIE A. CABALIDA Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than MAR. 31, 2013. (SGD.) VIRGIE A. COQUILLA Municipal Civil Registrar Name of Newspaper: Mindanao Daily News Place of Publication: Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental & All Mindanao wide Date of Publication: _____________________ Mdn: March 20, & 27, 2013 MDN: MARCH 20, & 27, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS With WAIVER OF RIGHTS

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS With DEED OF SALE

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late ADELAIDO CLARIN SALVADOR, who died intestate on the 7th day of December 1998 at Sambulawan, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental; that the deceased at the time of his death left parcel of land, located at Sambulawan, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental particularly described as follows to wit; Parcel One Tax Dec. No. 940864 “A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot No. 13125), situated in the Barrio of Sambulawan, Mun. of Laguindingan, Province of Misamis Oriental. Containing an area of THIRTY THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY (30,450) SQUARE METERS, more or less.” is the subject of DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF THE LATE ADELAIDO CLARIN SALVADOR made and entered into by and between; LILIA V. SALVADOR, of legal age, widow, Filipino and resident of Sambulawan, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental; ANITA S. TAYROS, of legal age, widow, Filipino and resident of Sambulawan, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental; EDDIE V. SALVADOR, of legal age, married, Filipino, and resident of Sambulawan, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental; DANIE V. SALVADOR, of legal age, married, Filipino and resident of Sambulawan, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental; and ELSIE S. ZAMBRANO, of legal age, married, Filipino and resident of Gingoog City, after being duly sworn, hereby declare that we are the only, sole, exclusive, legitimate and compulsory surviving legal heirs, as per Doc. No. 364; Page No. 73; Book No. 83; Series of 2011, under Notary Public of ATTY. BUENAVENTURA E. SAGRADO.

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late ROBERTO BONDOC ZABLAN, who died intestate on July 26, 2011 at Camella Subdivision, Cagayan de Oro City and his wife OPHELIA FABRIA ZABLAN, who died intestate last April 23, 2002 at Medical Center, Cagayan de Oro City. ROBERTO BONDOC ZABLAN, is the registered owner of a parcel of land covered by Transfer Certificate of Title and more particularly described as follows; PARCEL A: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-129657 “A parcel of land (Lot 622-D-1-A, Psd-10-033996, being a portion of Lot 622-D-1, Psd-10-005854), situated in the Barrio of Poblacion City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of TWENTY NINE (29) SQUARE METERS, more or less. PARCEL B: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-129661 “A parcel of land (Lot 622-D-1-E, Psd10-033996, being a portion of Lot 622-D-1, Psd-10-005854), situated in the Barrio of Poblacion City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of SEVENTY ONE (71) SQUARE METERS, more or less, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS With WAIVER OF RIGHTS, made and entered into by and among; CHARLIE FABRIA ZABLAN, of legal age, Filipino, with residence and postal 48 Del Pilar Street, Cagayan de Oro City, CECILLE F. ZABLAN – KHOBUNTIN, of legal age, Filipino, with residence and postal address at Molugan, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, CHRISTIAN FABRIA ZABLAN, of legal age, Filipino, with residence and postal address at 48 del Pilar Street, Cagayan de Oro City, CHRISTINE F. ZABLAN – BAYATO, of legal age, Filipino, with residence and postal address at 43 / 45 Gloximia Street, Camella, Cagayan de Oro City, the above heirs hereby waive, abandon, renounce, quit-claim and/ or relinquish our share and rights over said property in favor to sister CHRISTINE F. ZABLAN – BAYATO, thus making the two (2) lots totally owned by her, as per Doc. No. 430; Page No. 86; Book No. 5; Series of 2013, under Notary Public of ATTY. ALMIRA B. VALDEZ.

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late ROBERTO BONDOC ZABLAN, who died intestate on July 26, 2011 at Camella Subdivision, Cagayan de Oro City and his wife OPHELIA FABRIA ZABLAN, who died intestate last April 23, 2002 at Medical Center, Cagayan de Oro City. ROBERTO BONDOC ZABLAN, is the registered owner of a parcel of land covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. 129659, which is located at Del Pilar Street, Cagayan de Oro City more particularly described as follows; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-129659 “A parcel of land (Lot 622-D-1-C, Psd-10-033996, being a portion of Lot 622-D-1, Psd-10005854), situated in the Barrio of Poblacion City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of FORTY FOUR (44) SQUARE METERS, more or less, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS With DEED OF SALE, made and entered into by and among; CHARLIE FABRIA ZABLAN, of legal age, Filipino, with residence and postal 48 Del Pilar Street, Cagayan de Oro City, herein referred to as Heir; CECILLE F. ZABLAN – KHOBUNTIN, of legal age, Filipino, with residence and postal address at Molugan, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, herein referred to as Vendor- Heir; CHRISTIAN FABRIA ZABLAN, of legal age, Filipino, with residence and postal address at 48 del Pilar Street, Cagayan de Oro City, herein referred to Vendor – Heir; CHRISTINE F. ZABLAN – BAYATO, of legal age, Filipino, with residence and postal address at 43 / 45 Gloximia Street, Camella, Cagayan de Oro City, herein referred to as Vendee – Heir. That for and in consideration of the sum of TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND (P250,000.00) PESOS Philippine currency, hereby acknowledged by the VENDOR – HEIR from Spouses CHRISTINE F. ZABLAN – BAYATO (VENDEE – HEIR) and CEFERINO ABELARDE BAYATO (VENDEE) to the entire satisfaction of the VENDOR, as per Doc. No. 431; Page No. 86; Book No. 5; Series of 2013, under Notary Public of ATTY. ALMIRA B. VALDEZ.

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DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF THE LATE ADELAIDO CLARIN SALVADOR

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Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that VILLA V. BURNEA has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name (OCRG Copy) from BARIN to JOSE; (LCRO Copy) from JOSE BARIN to JOSE in the birth certificate of BARIN BORNEA who was born on Aug.15, 1950 at Agusan City, Butuan and whose parents are LEOPOLDO BORNEA and JOSEFA FORTUN. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 04 April 2013. (SGD.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar

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Araw ng Dabaw: still a tourist and seasonal small business affair By IRENE V. DAGUDOG and MEDEL V. HERNANI of DavaoToday.com

DAVAO City––Local and foreign tourists as well as ambulant vendors were all praises over the recently concluded 76th Araw ng Dabaw celebration. For Dave Wilson from Ogdensburg, New York, USA, the event, particularly last Saturday’s Parada Dabawenyo, was “so amazing” having witnessed it for the first time. Wilson had observed that many foreigners like have visited the city THE CITY’S FATHER. Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte delivers his message to him the people during the last day of the 76th Araw ng Dabaw celebration Saturday at the Rizal and found the locals “very accommodating.” Park. Davaotoday.com photo by Medel V. Hernani

DavNor police readies election measures

TAGUM City, Davao del Norte––Police security measures for the upcoming May 2013 elections are now ready, said PSupt. Alan A. Ladra, chief of operations of Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office (DNPPO). Gracing the Monday, March 18 convocation at the Davao del Norte’s Bulwagan ng Lalawigan on behalf of police director PSSupt. Eduardo Wycoco, Ladra discussed the setting up of police election monitoring centers from the provincial to the municipal levels. The DNPPO has also come up with deployment plans to keep a close watch on the 273 polling places in Davao del Norte. Ladra explained that securing the polling areas is a joint undertaking between the police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He admitted, however, that DNPPO lacks 64 police personnel to augment its total of 479 total strength of police forces in the entire province but he said the Provincial Public Safety Company can deploy its elements to where additional police officers would be needed. Aside from election security and monitoring measures, DNPPO has also come up with a protocol on the conduct of police operations during the election and in manning police checkpoints. On the other hand, Ladra revealed that DNPPO has so far addressed eight incidents of police-related election violations from January 2013 to date. POLICE | page 11

“Davao is one of the best cities in the Philippines. It has less pollution yet it is highly-commercialized,” he told davaotoday.com. Bhily Jane Tiongson, a student of the University of Immaculate Conception, said that the celebration is getting better each year, having seen it the last three years. Jason Magnaye of the City Tourism Office said that his office received random reports of “brisk business” from a number of hotels. “Flights are fully booked,

too,” he told davaotoday. com in a text message. He said, though, he has no figures yet to support his statement. It was nearly a monthlong celebration with trade fairs and cultural presentations, a citywide beauty pageant, sportsfest, photo contest, a cultural street dancing competition and the civic-military parade. According to the local government, the 76th Araw ng Dabaw was a birthday celebration befitting AFFAIR | page 11


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US flies B-52 bombers over South Korea THE United States said it was flying training missions of nuclearcapable B-52 bombers over South Korea, in a clear signal to North Korea at a time of escalating military tensions. The flights -- part of annual joint South Korea-US military exercises -- should be seen as underscoring US commitment and capacity to defend Seoul against an attack from the North, Pentagon spokesman George Little said. In response to UN sanctions imposed after its third nuclear test last month, North Korea has warned of a second Korean war and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes on the South and the United States. Little said a B-52 from An-

dersen Air Force base in Guam, flew over South Korea on March 8 as part of a military exercise dubbed Foal Eagle. “The B-52 Stratofortress can perform a variety of missions including carrying precisionguided conventional or nuclear ordnance,” he said Monday. B-52s have taken part in annual exercises before, but Little said the Pentagon wanted to underline their use this time, given the current and heightened tensions. He added that further B-52 flights would be carried out. “We’re drawing attention to the fact that we have extended deterrence capabilities that we believe are important to demonstrate in the wake of recent North Korean

rhetoric,” he said. That message was echoed in Seoul on Monday by visiting Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who promised to provide South Korea with every available military resource offered by the US nuclear umbrella. In a major announcement on Friday, the United States unveiled plans to bolster its own missile defenses in direct response to the growing threat posed by North Korea. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that 14 more interceptors would be stationed in Alaska, increasing by almost half the 30 already deployed along the California and Alaska coastlines. Hagel said the defense upgrade

was designed to stay ahead of the threat from North Korea, which is still believed to be years from having a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the continental United States. The US initiative did not go down well in Beijing, where the Chinese foreign ministry warned that any effort to increase military capacity would only serve to intensify antagonism. China is North Korea’s sole major ally and main trading partner. Although it backed the latest UN sanctions against Pyongyang, analysts say China’s main concern is to avoid sudden regime collapse in Pyongyang that might result in a US-allied, reunified Korea.

Despite its growing isolation and the stepped-up international pressure, North Korea insists its plan to develop a viable nuclear deterrent is unshakeable and non-negotiable. On the first day of negotiations for a conventional weapons treaty at UN headquarters on Monday, the North`s deputy UN ambassador Ri Tong-Il proclaimed the North’s very proud and powerful position as the latest nuclear weapons state. Ri also denounced what he termed a US policy of nuclear blackmail that he insisted would in the long run give birth to more nuclear weapons states. Philippine News Agency with a report from Antara

Remembering Bataan Day 71 years ago City Vet serves By HONOR BLANCO CABIE Philippine News Agency

A DAY AFTER the new moon in April, elderly Filipinos – in their 60s and 70s – will join the younger generation of their countrymen mark, yet again, the day Filipinos and their American comrades surrendered to Japan’s Imperial troops on April 9 in Bataan. The surrender, under the scorching Philippine sun that summer, had its genesis with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec 7, 1941, Dec 8 in the Philippines. The attack prompted the United States to declare war against Japan. The war in the Pacific theater had begun. Germany and Italy, both allies of Japan, declared war against the United States and Britain, igniting the global war. The war in Europe itself was triggered by the invasion of Poland by the Germans on Sept. 1, 1939. But the war was fundamentally a conflict between two ideologies: democracy and totalitarianism. When Japan was included in the alliance of Germany and Italy, they were called the Axis Powers.

By 1941, Japan, with an expanding population, was on its way to conquer other territories, two of which were Manchuria and Indochina. This brought the Philippines yet again on the war map after Emperor Hirohito’s Imperial Forces and Kamikaze fighters occupied the country for three years and put their foot down on civil liberties. This rudely interrupted the 10-year preparatory period for the restoration of Philippine Independence, known as the Commonwealth. The country’s economy was pushed to meet the demands of the Japanese war efforts, its educational structure dismantled to enable the Filipinos to think along Tokyo’s track, and political life was shaped to the Japanese-sponsored Republic. On Jan. 3, 1942, the commander-in-chief of the Japanese Army, only a day after enemy occupation of the capital warned Filipinos against “offering resistance or committing hostile acts against the Japanese forces in any manner.” Some historians say the United States had underes-

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN THE MATTER OF JOINT PETITTON TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES ENRICO ROJO JR. AND JEONILLEDETOMAL-ROJO,

timated Japan. In January 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt opined, in a letter to Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, that Japan had no near-term purpose of moving against the United States. In fact, historians have writ, the Americans had believed the Philippines, once acquired as a colony by the United States, would have strategic value and that no foreign power would dare stand up to it. But the Pearl Harbor “surprise offensive” changed all that. Japan was rising fast as a military power in the Pacific and defenses in the Philippines were not sufficient. Washington’s military anxieties heightened. A total 108 Japanese bombers and 84 zero fighters were airborne on Dec. 8 from Japan’s Formosabased 11th Imperial Air Fleet and speeding south toward Luzon, flying past the forest crowns of Pinili’s rolling hills on a mission to bomb the US bomber base at Clark Field, 363 kms south of Pinili. Zero pilot Saburo Sakai chopped up two B-17 bombers on the Clark runway then got in his sights an airborne American P-40 fighter for

the first kill of World War II. Sakai later became the leading Japanese air ace. On that same day, 17 planes hovered over Camp John Hay in Baguio and dropped bombs unexpectedly. Although most of the bombs fell on open spaces, some bombs directly hit the Post Headquarters building, the Quartermaster warehouse, the radio station, and the big concrete Officers Mess Hall (guest house). Historians say among the fiercest battles were fought on the scorched slopes of Mount Samat overlooking Corregidor and the often placid Manila Bay. But on April 9, 1942, some 78,000 Filipino and American troops surrendered to the Japanese Imperial Forces, in the words of its commanding officer Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainright, Jr., “to end the useless effusion of blood” on the peninsula. The Battle of Bataan had ended. But it was, in the view of a soldier who fought there, the beginning of yet another battle – not to fight but to stay alive. It was on the slopes of Mt. Samat that battlescarred and exhausted BATAAN | page 11

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’ A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City

CIVIL CASE N0.2013-032

ENRICO ROJO JR. AND JOENILLE DETOMAL-ROJO. Petitioners. x--------------------------------------------------------------------------/

IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SPOUSES NOEL L. TRINIDAD AND TERESITA MO LOREMAS

354 in six brgys

THE City Veterinary Office rendered services to 354 farmers and administered animal deworming, rabies vaccination, eradication of external parasite and cattle dispersal during the People to People Program held in Barangays Tuburan, Taglimao, Tagpangi, Pagalungan, Balubal and Mambuaya recently. The accomplishment report furnished by City Veterinarian Dr. Lucien Anthony Acac to the City Council committee on health and sanitation chaired by Councilor Dante Pajo indicates that 495 hogs, 243 goats, 234 cattle, 236 horses and 80 chickens were dewormed during the PPP. Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE JOINT PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE BET¬WEEN SPOUSES ROMEO DIOCOS, JR. AND TETSIE S. PAGOTE.

CIVIL CASE N0. 2013-025

ROMEO S. DIOCOS, JR. AND TETSIE S. PAGOTE. Petitioners x------------------------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is 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 rites on June 27, 1997 at Manticao, Misamis Oriental, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were Registered with this court both of them can be served with summons and notices at their residents at Lugait, Misamis Oriental and Manticao, Misamis Oriental 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 separated for more than ten (10) years already, they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby surviving their marriage bond on June 27, 1997 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on March 22, 2013 at 9:00 am. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 1st day of March, 2013. HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 6, 13 & 20, 2013 Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District lligan City

CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-030

NOEL L. TRINIDAD AND TERESITA HO LOREMAS, Petitioners. x--------------------------------------------------------------------------/

IN THE M ATTER OF JOINT PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES BERNIEC. YTING AND OFELIA SARABILLO-YTING,

CIVIL CASE NO 2013-033

BERN IE C. YTING AND OFELIA SARABILLO-YTING, Petitioners. x---------------------------------------------------------------------------/

ORDER

ORDER

Before this court is verified Joint Petition For the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by their counsel and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rites on February 20, 1984 at San Carlos, Negros Occidental, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were Registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and notices at their residents at Iligan City c/o Atty. Paul C Zaide, 2nd Floor, Pafs Bldg., Gen. Aguinaldo St., corner Roxas Ave., Iligan City That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over ten (10) years now since early part of 2003, they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby surviving their marriage bond on February 20, 1984 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden, Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on March 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 11th day of March, 2013.

Before this court is 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 rites on March 10, 1993 at Quezon City, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were Registered with this court both of them can be served with summons and notices at c/o Emilia G. Pilapil, Tominobo, lligan City and Blk 16 lot 14 Egypt St., Corner Germany La Brezza Subd., Pantoc, Meycuayan, Bulacan 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 separated for over eight years (8) years already, they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioners seek judicial decree of divorce thereby surviving their marriage bond on March 10,1993 so that they will have free hand and do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden, Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on March 27,2013 at 9:00 am at which time, dale and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Lei copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of lligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 11th day of March, 2013.

Before this court is verified Joint Petition For the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by their counsel and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rites on March 9, 1984 at Ermita Manila, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions lo Islam were Registered with this court both of them can be served with summons and notices at their residents at lligan City c/o Atty. Paul G Zaide, 2nd Floor, Pafs Bldg., Gen. Aguinaldo St, corner Roxas Ave., lligan City. That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over ten (10) years now since early part of 2003, they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs: petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby surviving their marriage bond on March 9, 1984 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on March 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. lligan City, Philippines, this 11th day of March, 2013.

HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

MDN: Mar. 13, 20 & 27, 2013

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MDN: Mar. 13, 20 & 27, 2013

ORDER


Republic of the Philippines ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF THE MAXIMUM AVERAGE PRICE FOR THE 3rd REGULATORY YEAR OF THE 3rd REGULATORY PERIOD (MAP2014) AND ITS CORRESPONDING TRANSLATION INTO DISTRIBUTION CHARGES FOR EACH RATE SCHEDULE APPLICABLE FOR THE REGULATORY YEAR 2014 ERC CASE NO. _________

C AG AYA N E L E C T R I C P O W E R A N D L I G H T C O. , I N C . ( C E PA L C O ) , Applicant, ------------------------------------------------

APPLICATION Applicant CAGAYAN ELECTRIC POWER AND LIGHT CO., INC. (also referred as “CEPALCO” for brevity), through undersigned counsels, and unto this Honorable Commission, most respectfully states that: Applicant is a corporation duly organized and existing by virtue of the laws of the Philippines, with principal office at 44 Toribio Chaves Street, Cagayan de Oro City, where it may be served with summons and other legal processes, represented in this instance by its President and Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. CONSUELO G. TION, of legal age, Filipino, married and with office address also at 44 Toribio Chaves Street, Cagayan de Oro City. Herein applicant is the exclusive franchise holder issued by Congress of the Philippines to operate an electric light and power services in the City of Cagayan de Oro and the Municipalities of Tagoloan, Villanueva and Jasaan, all in the Province of Misamis Oriental. Pursuant to the Rules in Setting Distribution Wheeling Rates (RDWR), as updated for privately-owned distribution utilities entering Performance-Based Regulation at First Entry Point, applicant is required to compute its Maximum Average Price (MAP) and translate it into Distribution Charges for each customer class that will apply for Regulatory Year 2014. The MAP for Regulatory Year 2014 (MAP2014), was calculated based on Article VI of the RDWR in relation to the Price Control Formula prescribed in Section 4.2.1 of Article IV of the same, as follows: MAP_2014= [MAP_2013 x (1+CWI_2014- X)]+ S_2014- K_2014+ ITA_2014

Where:

CWI2014 = Change in Weighted Index for Regulatory Year 2014 as calculated in accordance with Section 4.5 of RDWR X = An Efficiency Factor in respect of that Regulated Distribution System for Regulatory Year 2014. X equals the value calculated by the ERC for the Third Regulatory Period under Section 4.15.3, or recalculated (and, if applicable, increased) under Sections 12.2.2 or 12.4.6 (as the case may be) (subject to any recalculation under Sections 12.2.2 or 12.4.6, it is constant for the whole of the Third Regulatory Period). S2014 = A Performance Incentive Factor calculated in accordance with Section 4.18.2 to reward each Regulated Entity for achieving specified target levels of performance and penalize each Regulated Entity for failing to achieve specified target levels of performance during the twelve-month period ending on December 31 of Regulatory Year 2013). For the avoidance of doubt, Performance Incentive Factor may be a positive or negative value or may be zero; K2014 = Correction Factor to adjust for over or under recovery of revenue in Regulatory Year 2012. K2014 is calculated in accordance with Sections 4.3.1 and 4.3.2; and ITA2013 = Tax Adjustment to adjust for over or under recovery of corporate income tax in Regulatory Year 2013. For the Third Regulatory Period, ITA is set to 0 (zero). The various components of the above Price Control Formula were calculated in accordance with the updated RDWR and resulted to the following values. MAP 2013 CWI 2014 X S 2014 K 2014 ITA 2014 MAP 2014, P/kWh

Values: 1.2485 0.0365 0.0426 0.0049 0.0381 0 1.2076

Reference: Schedule 1 Approved during regulatory reset Schedule 2 Schedule 3 Schedule 4

The Details of the computation of MAP2014 are found in Annex “A”. The Change in Weighted Index (CWI2014), Performance Incentive Scheme Factor (S2014), and Correction Factor (K2014), which are the variables in the above formula are as shown in Schedules “1”, “2” and “3”, respectively, which are attached as supporting documents to this Application. The proposed MAP of P1.2076 per kWh will be converted into rates for the different customer classes based on applicant’s distribution rate structure as approved by the Honorable Commission in ERC Case No. 2012047 RC, as shown in the table below:

The details of the conversion of MAP into distribution charges are found in Annex “B”. Per Section 6.4 of RDWR, the distribution wheeling rate that will be set by the PBR entrant utility must comply with the Side Constraint limitation; In the Final Determination for CEPALCO, the ERC set a Side Constraint of 3% over the CWI for Regulatory Year 2014, and based on the calculation shown in Annex “C”, this will not be breached. The proposed MAP will be compliant with the updated RDWR and in particular Section 4.1.2 (on not exceeding Maximum Average Price), Section 6.4 (on Side Constraints) , Section 6.5 (on Other Parameters) and Section 6.2.1d (absence of interclass cross-subsidy) of the RDWR as well as the Distribution Service Open Access Rules (DSOAR); In support of this application, the applicant has attached the following supporting documents: Annexes/Schedules Annex A Sched. 1 Sched. 1.1 Sched. 1.2 Sched. 1.3 Sched. 1.4 Sched. 2 Sched. 2.1 Sched. 3 Sched. 3.1

RDWR Reference Sec. 6.2.1 (a) Sec. 6.2.1 (a) Sec 4.5.2 Sec 4.5.3 Sec 12.5 Sec 4.5.3 Appendix B.2.1.2

Sched. 3.2

Sec 6.2.1 (a)

Sched. 3.3 Sched. 3.4

Sec 4.3.1 (a) Sec 6.2.1 (a)

Sched. 3.5

Sec 6.2.1 (a)

Sched. 4

Sec 6.2.1 (a)

Annex B Annex C Annex C.1

Sec 11.2 of Position Paper Sec 6.4

Sec 6.2.1 (a) Sec 6.2.1 (a)

CONTENTS The Maximum Average Price (in P/kWh) applicable for RY2014 Change in Weighted Index for RY2014 Computation of the change in CPI (Delta CPI) Computation of the change in Php/US$ Exchange Rate (Delta USER) Determination of the value of W1 and W2 Daily PhP/US$ exchange rate as published by the BSP Computation of S-Factor for RY2014 Computation of Normalized Technical Performance considering the impact of a Major Event Correction Factor, K, applicable for RY2014 Amount billed to customers for the provision of Regulated Distribution Services, for the 12-month period ending 31 December 2012 (Historical Period) Net Income/(Loss) derived from Related Business for the 12-month period ending 31 December 2012 (Historical Period) Actual Income from Sale of Disposed Assets for CY 2012, AISDA2014 Total amount of energy (in kWh) delivered to all customers during the 12-month period ending 31 December 2012 (Historical Period) Simple average of the monthly 180 day weighted-average Manila Reference Rate in nominal % per annum as published by the BSP Income Tax Adjustment for RY2014 Conversion of the Maximum Average Price into rates for each customer segments, applicable for RY2014 Side Constraints Test Computation of Forecast Amount Billed to Customers, based on the MAP, as input to the computation under Annex C

Applicant will comply with the requirements in Section 4 (e), Rule 3 of the Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9136, in relation to Rule 6 of the ERC Rules of Practice and Procedure, prior to the filing of this application with the ERC. Applicant most respectfully requests for the approval of this application to allow it to fulfill its obligations under the Performance-Based Regulation, and to enable it to provide service in a manner that is economical, efficient, and fair to all electricity end-users that it serves.

P R AY E R

WHEREFORE, premises considered, CEPALCO respectfully prays of this Honorable Commission, after due notice and proceedings, that the proposed Maximum Average Price for the 3rd Regulatory Year of the 3rd Regulatory Period (MAP2014) of P1.2076 per kWh and the corresponding distribution charges for each rate schedule be approved. Other reliefs and equitable under the premises are likewise prayed for. Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines [Sgd.] ISIDRO O. BACULIO Jr. [Sgd.] ROEL O. CAMORRO PTR 2319894, 27 November 2012 PTR No. 3157252, 2 January 2013 Cagayan de Oro City, IBP Lifetime Member No. 08493 Cagayan de Oro City, IBP Lifetime Member No. 08495 Misamis Oriental Chapter Misamis Oriental Chapter Roll of Attorneys No. 53085 Roll of Attorneys No. 38265, MCLE Comp. No. IV-002736, 3 Oct 2011 MCLE Comp. No. IV-002708, 3 Oct 2011

Counsels of Applicant CEPALCO Building, 44 Toribio Chaves Street, Cagayan de Oro City VERIFICATION/ CERTIFICATION

CONSUELO G. TION, of legal age, Filipino and with office address at Cagayan de Oro City, after having been duly sworn in accordance with law, hereby deposes and states: That 1. She is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Cagayan Electric Power and Light Co., Inc. (CEPALCO), who had caused the preparation of the foregoing Application, and she is duly authorized to file the same as per Board Resolution Certification hereto attached as Annex “A”. 2. That the allegations set forth therein are true and correct based on her own personal knowledge and/or on the authentic records of CEPALCO. 3. CEPALCO has not commenced any other action or proceeding involving the same issues in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, or any other tribunal or agency; to the best of their knowledge, no such action or proceeding is pending in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, or different Divisions thereof, or any other tribunal or agency, which involve issues that may somehow be related to those in this Application; and that, if they should learn that a similar action or proceeding has been filed or is pending before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, or different Divisions thereof, or any other tribunal or agency, they undertake to promptly inform this Honorable Commission within five (5) days therefrom. [Sgd.] CONSUELO G. TION SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this ______ day of March 2013, at Cagayan de Oro City, affiant exhibiting to me her Community Tax Certificate No. 4151728 issued at Cagayan de Oro City on January 15, 2013. Doc. No. 256; Page No. 52 ; Book No. XVIII; Series of 2013. [Sgd.] ROEL O. CAMORRO PTR No. 3157252, 2 January 2013


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THERE are reasons to believe that the local administration candidates of the Liberal Party are getting anxious as the midterm elections near this year. We are talking about candidates of the LP’s mayoral ticket in Cagayan de Oro City who had gone to all courts in a disparate bid to pin City Mayor Vicente Emano, et. al., of unimaginable cases. They had filed a case against Cris Diaz Emano including Gil Banaag and Leon Gan with violation of Section 387 of the City Codified Ordinance as alleged “source of wrong information that caused chaos and panic among people of Cagayan de Oro.” The case reportedly stemmed from information that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) was suspending Emano early January this year. The information fed by Emano and his minions reportedly caused panic among residents in Cagayan de Oro City resulting in the closer of Capistrano St. that resulted enormous traffic jam. LP candidates alleged that Emano and other city officials should explain their actions in court through a case filed against them. Now, the LP candidates are gunning the regional state prosecutor for dismissing the complaints saying

the state prosecutor could be guilty of “ignorance of the law.” LP lawyers elevated their plaints to the Ombudsman in Manila while assailing the state prosecutor for dismissing the case. We do not want to comment in this issue. However, the issue was so ridiculous that we could only think of the LP pulling strings to pin Emano at all costs. It then becomes inevitable for some to comment that the LP candidates in Cagayan de Oro City had gone berserk apart from being ridiculous. In a sense, the LP candidates’ attitude in the local level have gone to lowest mean that people now start to think whether these candidates are worth the people’s trust. Of course, sense the start, the LP candidates here have shown nothing of its worth than being critical and inimical. They (local LP candidates) have the propensity of calling names of people, including members of the press, who are critical to them. Perhaps, these LP candidates want people to appreciate, kowtow, and believe every perceive lies they would feed to the electorates. Dung! In general, the electorates are now facing the enigma of supporting candidates who could deliver to them the basic services that the people need. However, with candidates, like the character of LP candidates in Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental, the electorates may opt to disregard them at all. React: crisguardian@yahoo.com

A second look at Hansen’s disease

ONE of those diseases that is not socially appetizing, is LEPROSY, or Hansen’s Disease. Leprosy is equated with sanitaria or the so called leper colonies. People tend to shy away from these places as well as avoid contact with people diagnosed as such. The disease has been present since time immemorial and even with the present generation, where certain diseases has been eradicated already, Leprosy still persists. I was impressed actually by the concern shown by a Dermatologist friend , who, on one of our moments of “bonding time” she mentioned to me, the need for a clinic that can screen possible patients, making diagnostic test available, since medications can be accessed for free.

Health In Focus Dr. Mary Jean Loreche Leprosy is caused by a bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae, which is of the family that causes tuberculosis. It has a very long incubation period, meaning, it will take months, from time of contact with an untreated individual, before one manifests the symptoms. It can affect all age groups, though children are more commonly affected, both males and females. The disease is passed from person to person through droplets from the mouth or nose, or close physical

contact when there is a break in the skin. The clinical manifestation or symptoms may somewhat vary, depending on whether one has the tuberculoid or lepromatous form. Where the former has a more localized effect and is less widespread, the latter is more generalized, affecting the peripheral nerves of the skin, hands, feet and mucous membranes, juts the same, both will have affectations of the skin, problems with sensation. The skin lesions may

appear as sores, or present with discoloration, appearing lighter or paler than one’s normal skin color, with numbness or lack of feeling. Nerve involvement accounts for the loss of sensation or feeling. Physical disfigurements and infections are complications that an affected patient may have. A medical history of close contact with an untreated patient, and a physical examination finding of the skin lesion, which may present as a sore, a discoloration or as nodules and bumps, is very important. Once, a clinical impression of Leprosy is arrived at, the next step would be to perform a biopsy. A biopsy simply means the taking of a sample from the lesion or nodule. If one wants a bigger and deeper bite, then, DISEASE | page 10

Real agrarian reform needed in RP

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed…” (Joel 1:11, the Holy Bible). -oooFAILURE OF LAND DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS: Mere distribution of agricultural lands to those who are tilling them will not really help tenants, farmers, or agrarian reform beneficiaries achieve a better life for themselves and their families, former Tarlac Rep. Jose S. Cojuangco Jr. said Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in an interview with broadcaster Rey Langit at station DWIZ of the Aliw Broadcasting Corporation. Cojuangco said the better objective should be a “real agrarian reform”, not just “land reform”, explaining that “real agrarian reform” means much, much

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio more than simply giving away agricultural lands, but ensuring that after the tenants, farmers or beneficiaries get their own lands, they are capacitated or empowered to use it for more production, or any other economic activity. The problem in all the land reform programs of previous administrations in this country was that nothing was ever done to assist the farmers after they became landowners, thereby ensuring the total failure of those programs, and making life even more difficult for them, Cojuangco said.

-oooMERE GIVING OF LANDS TO FARMERS NOT THE SOLUTION: In fact, the former Tarlac lawmaker clarified, a survey conducted by the government of President Ramos through then Agrarian Reform Secretary Ernesto Garilao found that over 50% of those who have been given lands under previous land distribution programs became worse off than before they became landowners. Cojuangco said that this was validated by the very experience of the Cojuangcoowned Hacienda Luisita,

whose lands measuring about 6,000 hectares had already been distributed much earlier. It did not take long after the beneficiaries who got titles to the lands they were tilling started selling those lands to third parties because they did not know how to maximize the use of their lands, thereby causing them to even incur more debts. Now, those beneficiaries no longer own any land again, he said. “So, let us not focus on mere land distribution, but on really improving the living conditions of the tenants, farmers, farm workers and other agrarian reform beneficiaries,” Cojuangco said. What has been happening in the country is that, the only concern of past presidents had been simply to give away lands, so somehow there will be a record that their REFORM | page 10


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DOLE releases P577,000 to Pablo survivors PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur - Typhoon Pablo survivors were P577,000 worth of livelihood assistance by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The check was handed over by Regional Director Ofelia Domingo of DOLE Caraga to the provincial governor, recently. She said the amount was intended for Trento, Sta. Josefa, Veruela and Loreto, the worst-affected municipalities in the province. It will serve as emer-

Robbers attack Surigao coop By PO1 Ryan C. Cagula

CAMP Rafael Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City - Unidentified burglars broke into the Surigao Multi-purpose Cooperative (SMPC), Thursday dawn, along Capitol Road, Barangay, Washington, Surigao City. Investigation disclosed that the perpetrators gained entrance by destroying the jalousie blades of the firm’s window, carting away 20 kilos of rice, grocery items estimated to cost Php5,000, and sandals worth Php3,000. SMPC employees discovered the heist at about 6:00 a.m. of Thursday, said SMPC Manager Gromyko A. Geraldino. Police probe is underway to put robbers behind bars and recover the stolen items. (PO1 Ryan C. Cagula, PRO13 Information Office Duty PNCO and MinPressDev Member/asf)

gency employment assistance for more than 500 workers with a minimum daily wage of P193.00 for 10 working days. “We hope they would use the money judiciously to cope up with their needs. This is a short term intervention which will help them through the hard

times,” Dir. Domingo said. She added, DOLE had already extended a longterm livelihood assistance of P1.2 million to Veruela last month for the rehabilitation of rubber plantations in the town heavily ravaged by Pablo. Aside from that, they will also provide rubber seedlings to farmers. Rubber plantation is one of the major sources of income in the town. According to Director Domingo, Trento, Sta. Josefa and Loreto can also have access to the grant by identifying the livelihood

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assistance they need and submit proposals to their provincial field office for processing. She said their office had already aligned their programs to be able to assist in the rehabilitation of the areas affected by Pablo. In the final report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), 42,272 persons were affected in Trento, 27,184 in Sta. Josefa, 40,500 in Veruela; and 28,293 Loreto. (Melody E. de Vera/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur/asf )

releases Police P18M Salintubig fund seizes rebel By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN City - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-13) has released P18 million SALINTUBIG funds to five local government units in the region. The recipients are Bunawan, Agusan del Sur (P3,500,000); Esperanza, ADS (P1,500,000); Ta l a c o g o n , ADS ( P 3 , 5 0 0 , 0 0 0 ) ; Tr e nt o, ADS (P3,500,000); Veruela, ADS (P3,500,000); C ant i l an , Su r i g a o d e l Sur C ant i l an, Sur igao del Sur (P1,250,000); and Tubajon, Dinagat Islands (P1,250,000). The checks were given out during the Salintubig Project Updates and Consultation Meeting at Mabe’s Savory Place, San

Francisco, Agusan del Sur, March 14, by DILG Asst. Regional Director Donald A. Seronay, with DILGAgusan del Sur Director Arleen Ann R. Sanchez. Mayor Genito B. Guardo of Cantilan, Mayor Gilbert G. Elorde of Bunawan and Vice Mayor Rodolfo B. Bosque of Talacogon personally received the checks on behalf of their respective municipalities. Emphasizing that water is life, ARD Seronay said the project is being programmed until 2016. For his part, PD Sanchez stressed that “water, which is our basic need, is being placed in the priority list of government.” Engr. Renelou F. Jarantilla, regional focal person for the Salintubig

program, disclosed that under the project, 27 local government units are to receive a total of 65 water systems. The SALINTUBIG program is designed to provide grants for financing and capacity building. in line with the implementation of water supply projects in waterless municipalities, in poorest barangays with high level of waterborne diseases, in resettlement areas and in public health centers, without access to safe and adequate water. This is one of the banner programs of the Department in improving the quality of life of the Filipino people. (Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa, DILG 13/PIA-Caraga/asf )

camp in AgSur By PO1 Ryan C. Cagula

VERUELA, Agusan del Sur - PNP combat forces have overran a New People’s Army (NPA) camp following an encounter in Sitio Kawalian, Brgy. Sta. Emelia, this town, Saturday afternoon. The operating government unit belonging to the 133rd Regional Public Safety Company, was led by Police Inspector Alvin T. Caballes, while the rebels were said to be under Guerilla Front 3 of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). The firefight 25-minute firefight resulted in no casualy on the side of

Butuan braces for 26th Balangay Festival BUTUAN City - Prepar ati ons are und er way for the upcoming 26th Balangay Festival. This, as the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved a resolution authorizing the city mayor to sign a memorandum of agreement with the City Tourism Council (CTC) on the management of the month-long event. Under the agreement, the CTC that is chaired by Atty. Rema ErigbuagasBurde os, sha l l re ceive promotional, manpower and logistica l supp or t f rom t he cit y gover nment, particularly for the implementation of events,

programs and activities through-out the festivity month. The festival shall also showcase and promote Butuan City, as one of the leading tourist destinations, worldwide. The city vice mayor is looking for ward for the vibrancy and success of the festival leaving a mark in the hearts of the Butuanons. “ This is indeed one venue where we can aggressively promote our city in terms of investments and tourism,” the vice mayor stated. (LGUB C / C VO / P IA- C ar a g a / arjaysfelicilda)

government. The rebels withdrew to the southeast, with undetermined number of casualties. Recovered from the rebel camp were food supplies, subversive documents, uniforms and medicine kits. Nearby police stations are now conducting checkpoints to intercept the fleeing rebels, while intelligence monitoring is being intensified. (PO1 Ryan C. Cagula, PRO-13 Info Office Duty PNCO and MinPressDev member/MMG/asf )

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wanted persons fall to authorities By PO1 Ryan C. Cagula

CAMP Rafael Rodriguez, Butuan City – The third most wanted person in Tagbina town, Surigao del Sur was nabbed by local police authorities, Wednesday, in Brgy. Dugmanon, Hinatuan town. Captured, by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Agena R. Pepino of MCTC (Hinatuan-Tagbina), was Romeo L. Roura, 64 years old of Brgy. Malixi, Tagbina, who has a pending case of murder before the said court. Yoyos, who has not been allowed by court to post bail, is now under the custody of Tagbina Police Station. Meanwhile, the Number 7 most wanted person in Cagwait, Surigao del Sur was also arrested, Wednesday, in Brgy. Bitaugan West.

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S. Cotabato is PRDP pilot site World Bank that funded the program, South Cotabato garnered a rating of 129 percent. Initially, under MRDP 2, South Cotabato was allotted P60 million for infrastructure and livelihood projects, but was able to realize P77.5 million worth of projects with the local government units, under its jurisdiction. Accomplishment ratings of the other three provinces in Soccsksargen Region were: 83 percent for Sultan Kudarat, 68 percent for North Cotabato and 55 percent for

By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL City - South Cotabato has been identified as pilot site of the expanded Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP). This, , because of its performance in the implementation of projects under the Department of Agriculture’s Mindanao Rural Development Program. South Cotabato Gov, Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. said “this is confirmation of the efforts of the Provincial Planning Office, under Danilo Supe; and

the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, under Reynaldo Legaste in carrying out relevant community development projects. South Cotabato topped all of the provinces in the six regions of Mindanao in the implementation of projects and disbursement of funds. Based on recent evaluation and assessment by the

Sarangani. At least sa 174 people’s organization, cooperatives and associations directly benefited from these projects which were partly funded by the LGUs. Information from the provincial government indicated that at present, 18 various projects with total allotment of P8 million are still being implemented in the area. Gov. Pingoy is confident that with the PRDP, more benefits could be poured into the province, especially for the farmers and their families here. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/asf )

Glan Civil society supports peaceful International solution to Sabah issue Port inaugurated By Perlita D. Changco

By Catherine T. Apelacio

GLAN, Sarangani -- A new gateway that provides alternative trade links and inter-island routes in the south was inaugurated on Friday, March 15. Vice President Jejomar Binay Sr. and Governor Migs Dominguez led the inauguration of the new Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) facility of Glan International Port. Mr. Binay said that with Southern Mindanao being eyed as the country’s next vegetable basket, the new RoRo port will eventually benefit thousands of farmers in the region as this would facilitate “fast transport of perishable goods” and would resolve the “burden of high cost of transportation using commercial vessels.” This new RoRo route “will enable to immediately ship the produce at a very cheaper cost,” he added. He also said this service would boost the emerging cross-border trading and people mobility between the members of Jose Abad Santos-GlanSarangani Cooperation Triangle (JAGS-CT) which fosters better trade relations between the Regency of Sangihe, Indonesia and Davao del Sur and Glan. The prioritization to develop Glan Port came after the then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

declared it in 2005 as a Limited International Port. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) consequently undertook in 2007 the rehabilitation of the dilapidated pier with a P20M budget. In 2012, another P28 million was approved for t he p or t de velopment which covered the construction of this RoRo ramp, concreting of landing area, repair of crossway, among others. The RoRo ramp was proposed to provide link with that of the RoRo ramp of the neighboring Port of Mabila, Sarangani, Davao del Sur and its people thru the expanded Strong Republic Nautical Highway. According to PPA port district manager and PDO of Southern Mindanao Atty. Christian Santillan, among “its contemporaries, the newly constructed RoRo capable ports in Southern Mindanao, the Port of Glan is the only one which has reached international status.” “It has b e en t ransformed into a formidable alternative port,” he added citing Glan port’s integrated Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security (CIQS) bilateral standards. (Beverly C. Paoyon/ PIO Sarangani/PIA General Santos City/asf )

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He was identified as 35-year old Rasty G. Amper, who has a pending case of rape before the sala of Judge Merlyn P. Cañedo of RTC Branch

COTABATO City - The Consortium on Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) has expressed full support to the stand of President Benigno S. Aquino III for a peaceful and democratic resolution to the standoff in Datu Lahad, Sabah. CBCS Executive Director Bobby Benito said, he believes that the Sabah crisis could be resolved in a democratic process through peaceful round table negotiations and discussions to reach an acceptable and just agreement. Director Benito noted the meddling of many groups and individuals in the issue, which he said

compromises the lives and livelihood of thousands of Filipinos who have been staying in Sabah for quite sometime. “So many parties have meddled with the Sabah crisis for personal interests unmindful of the negative implications this may cause to our countrymen living in the area,” he observed. We are glad of the repeated assurances from both the GPH and MILF peace panel of their strong commitment to the peace process,” Benito said. Doing their share in peace building, CBCS is initiating a rally today, March 18 with participat-

ing civil society groups, students, academe, students and other stakeholders at the Tantawan Park, Cotabato City, in the observance of Bangsamoro Freedom Day commemorating the Jabida massacre, Benito said. The activity, he said, is part of the information and education campaign to enlighten the people on the Sabah crisis and come up with statement re-affirming support to President Aquino’s resolve for a democratic and peaceful resolution to address the problem. Benito also appeals to the media, particularly

those Manila-based to exercise “responsible and peace journalism” to avoid undue confusion and divisiveness among the people of Mindanao. “I appeal to the media especially the national media to exercise responsible and peace journalism particularly on the Sabah crisis which is a sensitive issue,” he said. ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman has declared today, March 18 –Bangsamoro Freedom Day as a special nonworking Muslim holiday in the autonomous region. (pbchangco/PIA Cotabato City/asf )

Launching of ARMM H.E.L.P.S Convergence program, the LGU of Ampatuan and the people of Brgy. Tubak is very thankful for the assistance given by the ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman , the municipal officials Mayor Datu Rasul Sangki and Vice Mayor Ampatuan Samnon Mamasabang Sangki, Datu Nokman Sangki, Datu Pens Agelna appreciate the efforts of the Provincial Gov. Datu Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, Al-hadj, while the Phil Army troops lead by Col. Edmundo R. Pangilinan INF (GSC)PA and, Ltc. Marlo M. Guloy MI (GSC) PA, Bat. Com. Of 46 IB, 8ID, securing the are going to Brgy. Tubak, Ampatuan, Maguindanao. (Photo by Rich Teodoro)


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Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) provided for the protection of indigenous peoples with the full exercise of their right to free and prior informed consent in the introduction of plans, programs, projects, activities and other undertakings that will affect them and their ancestral domains to ensure their economic, social and cultural well-being. Perrine said they will push for “consensus” among tribal leaders of the different communities before proceeding. The meeting came after at least 41 datus and baes filed a complaint before the NCIP Regional Hearing Office last month seeking a temporary restraining order against the “Sacred Customary Compact on Peace and Progress” signed by Perrine and “eight councils” of tribal leaders in the province, represented by Datu Migketay Saway. The tribal leaders in their complaint cited that they were not consulted and that the provisions were not explained to them even if their areas were subjected to the agreement. Signed in December 16, 2012 in Sungko, Lantapan, Bukidnon, the nine-page agreement said, on the fifth page, that among its purpose is to serve as compliance of the free and prior informed consent requirement in accordance with Customary Law and IPRA. D at u E r w i n Ma r t e Anilaw Inlantong, chair of the Bukidnon Unified Tribal Development Council of Elders (BUTRIDCE), said nothing has changed even with Perrine’s statements in the meeting. He added that they will allow the complaint before the NCIP-Regional Hearing Office to take its course. “We will allow the hearing officer to determine its status now as it is already filed,” he added. Marte, authorized spokesperson of the tribal leaders who filed the complaint, said the meeting was only “exploratory” in nature and stressed it was not yet any step in the FPIC process. Marte lamented the agreement between Perrine and Datu Migketay lacked consultations. “We were surprised that there were already a series of consultations. But we were not even informed,” he added. Marte stressed that Hineleban should have followed the guidelines in accordance with IPRA. “The NCIP should be the third party in the agreement. The guidelines are the common grounds as it encompasses both the legal and customary grounds,” he added. Marte said on projects concerning indigenous peoples, it has to be coursed through the NCIP, not any

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Editorial. : mindanaodailynews@gmail.com Advertising : mindanaodaily.ads@gmail.com other government agency. Datu Makapukaw Adolino Saway, one of the complainants and is older brother of Datu Migketay, told the meeting he is happy Perrine and his team were with the indigenous peoples. “We have common goals to protect Mt. Kitanglad. But how do we know you are serious?” he added. He stressed that the community consultations have to be done. The elder Saway told MindaNews “we have to see how things are in the community consultations.” Bae Inatlawan Adelina Tarino, one of those who has a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) in the area supposed to be covered by the project but was not consulted, told Perrine that it is always better to talk to the people instead of just one leader. Hineleban Foundation, Inc. has proposed a “rainforestation” project along the buffer zones of Kitanglad and three other mountain ranges in the province dubbed as the “Program for Equitable Advancement of Rural Livelihoods” (PEARL) project, which covers both reforestation and livelihood projects for residents in the buffer zones. Perrine told this reporter the French Development Agency has earmarked €15 Million (P795 million at P53 per Euro) for the project. He said that before proposing it directly to the agency, he obtained endorsements from different local government units and national government agencies, including the Regional Development Council. But since the project involves areas within ancestral domains of indigenous peoples, Hineleban had to obtain FPIC as part of the requirements for the project to proceed. Perrine added that their agreement with Datu Migketay will hold, adding that they chose to agree with him first considering the conflict between him and the tribal leader over Unifrutti’s use of resources within the ancestral domain of the Talaandig tribe. Saway has no CADT over the area but asserts native title over the claim. Perrine said “sometimes it is a blessing that the questioned agreement came with immediate conflict,” citing the outcome is a way to consensus. Richard Macas, NCIP Bukidnon legal officer, explained to Perrine’s group the 2012 NCIP guidelines in obtaining a free and prior informed consent process. From his presentation, two major types of plans, projects, programs, and activities are subjected to an FPIC process: those considered extractive, intrusive, or large scale and those considered non-extractive and small scale. Both types require a full length FPIC process. Without adverse problems,

NCIP estimates about 65 days to work on a full length process. Perrine cited that they envision their project as community-initiated even if it is foreign-funded with Hineleban providing technical assistance and initial support. IP communityinitiated projects would require only community validation, still an FPIC process, but takes shorter time. “We will study the concept of community initiated, foreign-funded projects,” he said. Sario said the path will not be fast, either, as the NCIP is still in the process of accrediting indigenous peoples organizations (IPOs), which is required in identifying community initiated projects. Me a nt i m e , Pe r r i n e vowed to create a team to conduct consultations in all communities involved in the project eyeing to start where they see “no conflicts”. He also vowed to present the project before the NCIP commissioners sitting en banc. Macas said they needed to present the project before the commission as part of the requirements in validating “community initiated projects.” (Walter I. Balane / MindaNews)

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provincial governor. “I hope they will choose somebody who can really take good care of South Cotabato. This is a very progressive and beautiful province but if peace is not sustained here everything will be useless,” he said. Delfin’s earlier appointment as provincial police director was endorsed by incumbent South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr., who is seeking a second consecutive term as governor in the May polls. Pingoy, who is aligned with Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance, is facing a threecornered gubernatorial race with South Cotabato (2nd District) Rep. Daisy Avance-Fuentes of the Liberal Party-Nationalist People’s Coalition alliance and former Koronadal City Mayor Fernando Miguel of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats. Meantime, Gulmatico vowed to exert all necessary efforts to ensure that the province’s peace and order situation will remain stable, specifically during the run-up to the May 13 elections. “We will continue with the programs started by the previous leadership and we will initiate some more to better serve the public,” he said. Prior to his appointment late last year as deputy police provincial director for administration, Gulmatico headed the province’s public safety company. The provincial public

safety company was adjudged as the country’s best unit for 2012 under Gulmatico’s leadership. (Allen V. Estabillo / MindaNews)

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Rice Achievers’ Award 2013 from the Department of Agriculture during formal rites held at the Philippine International Convention Center. Opol was the only municipality in Misamis Oriental to receive the award. Ten provinces and 48 cities and towns were the country’s top rice achievers for 2012. A P1-million financial award for project grants came with the recognition. Yasay said the eight presidents of the farmers’ associations in Opol will deliberate on how to use the financial grant, noting that it would be allotted for their livelihood. He thanked Vice Mayor Chizarina Ortigoza, the municipal council and the people of Opol for supporting the LGU’s programs and projects. Yasay also expressed gratitude to Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano for the congressman’s help in establishing the irrigation system in Opol. He said Congressman Emano and his father Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano have championed the farmers of Misamis Oriental, considering that 70% of the land in the province is devoted to agriculture. “Our farmers are our partners in development,” he said, adding that they were elated by the award despite the small-scale type of farming in Opol. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and DA Assistant Secretary Dante S. De Lima handed over the awards to the governors and city/municipal mayors. The awardees were chosen based on, among other criteria, the “incremental increases in rice harvest and average yield per hectare, anount of budget, number of farmer beneficiaries, and quality of seed utilization. Yasay said the LGU of Opol now has 9 national awards and 1 international award under his administration. “Thanks to the support of all sectors, we have achieved impressive progress despite being just a small town,” he said.

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Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He further said that they have asked the Comelec En Banc to authorize the mobilization of the security personnel, as a contingency measure, in case the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) will not report to their posts. Other measures to be

taken by the poll body include the swapping of election officers to eradicate doubts on Comelec personnel and insulate them from political suspicions. Sumalipao also belied reports that there were no cases filed against erring Comelec personnel. He said they have dismissed three election officers, one from Maguindanao and two in Lanao del Sur, to show that they are true to their commitment. The ARMM Election Director meanwhile announced that the clustering of precincts was already approved and now available at the Comelec website. He said the Comelec En Banc has also decided to download the investigation of violations to the provincial election supervisor to avoid the clogging of election cases. Moreover, the training of more than 2,000 BEIs in the province have started last March 7 and this will end until March 31. (APB/ PIA10)

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then, a punch or an incision can be done. If the entire lesion is removed, excision is the choice. The tissue taken is then submitted to the Laboratory for processing and histopathologic studies. A skin shave or scraping is the least invasive of the biopsies that can be done in the clinic. With a sterile lancet, the outer layer of the skin lesion is scraped and placed on a slide, and stained for microbiological studies, to identify the bacterium responsible for the disease. Although skin shave or scraping is limited in terms of identifying only the presence of the microorganism, it can already jumpstart treatment. The importance of early diagnosis cannot be overemphasized. Once diagnosis is made, and treatment started, damage and disfigurements is limited, spread to others is prevented, thus, giving the patient a better chance of having and enjoying a near normal, quality life. Discrimination based on misconceptions and stigmas attached to certain groups of diseases is something that we need to work on, in order to help those afflicted with the disease. Giving the correct information and educating everyone on the spread of the disease is the first step towards this goal.

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administrations made farmers landowners, he said. -ooo“REAL AGRARIAN REFORM NEEDED IN RP”: Explaining that it is not the intention of the Cojuangco Family to prevent the distribution of the lands in Hacienda Luisita, Cojuangco said that since the 1960s, when he was yet a neophyte

first-termer congressman representing the first district of Tarlac, he had already declared his all-out support for land reform. The Cojuangco Family adopted this stand, even over Hacienda Luisita, he said. But, through the years, he saw that there was something gravely wrong with a mere land-distribution program, because merely distributing lands to the tillers did not guarantee better production. Consequently, when his sister, President Corazon Aquino replaced President Ferdinand Marcos in Malacanang, the lawmaker pushed for a law that would go beyond land distribution, but for a genuine agrarian reform where technical, financial and socio-civic assistance would be made available to the new landowners. What is needed now, Cojuangco said, is a system whereby farmer-landowners would be guided as to what they should plant, how much of any particular agricultural product is to be produced and marketed, who would take charge of marketing and selling those products, just like what is happening now in Taiwan, the United States, and in other countries where agrarian reform does not merely mean land distribution. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com, mmauriciojr111@ gmail.com

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candidate Richard Gomez valid. Tagolino questioned the validity of the substitution of Torres-Gomez for her husband, alleging the certificate of candidacy of Richard Gomez was cancelled, thus he could not be substituted. He further questioned the eligibility of TorresGomez, alleging she is not a resident of Ormoc City, Leyte. However, the HRET was not convinced and upheld Resolution 8890 of the Commission on Elections en banc declaring the certificate of candidacy of Richard Gomez was not cancelled or denied due course, hence the substitution of TorresGomez was legal and valid. The HRET further declared Torres-Gomez had sufficiently adduced evidence she is a resident of Ormoc City.


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the largest city in Mindanao. But for some Davaoeños, it was not all that. Ann Stephanie Montero, a resident of Bajada, observed that unlike before, the city streets are not all crowded. She added “dili kaayo sadya (it was not that fun).” “Siguro tungod sa daghan rason, kwarta gyud ang una (I suppose there are many reasons, and the main reason would be financial capacity),” she told davaotoday. com. She also reckoned that people crowd in places where there are celebrities

or where they would not have to shell out money. Ambulant vendors were also hopeful that the festivities would give them more income. Along the streets, people selling street foods like kwek-kwek, siomai and other finger foods, used clothes and shoes, among others, are aplenty. Emmy Tarife who helped her sister-in-law sell skewered fried bananas, pancakes and juice said their sales were good in these times compared to ordinary days. Even those from Davao del Norte arrived here to sell their trade. The man who identified himself as Nong Johnny said they brought in 60

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Kilograms of lanzones and sold it at PHP 50 per Kilo. In just two hours, they already sold 30 Kilos. He shared that aside from earning, he and his family also have the opportunity to watch the parade. For Baby Espenosa, a third year high school student who helped her mother sell sandals and slippers, she was not expecting big sales due to economic crisis. “Parents now are not spending their money for non-essential things,” she said. And as the city wrapped up, Davao City Police Office Director PSSupt. Ronald dela Rosa said, the Araw ng Dabaw celebration was

“very peaceful and very orderly.” “Let us recognize the contributions of all Dabawenyos in making a Davao a peaceful and progressive city,” said Mayor Sara Duterte, in a statement. (Irene V. Dagudog & Medel V. Hernani/davaotoday.com)

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American and Filipino soldiers surrendered to the Japanese, ending the organized resistance of the US Armed Forces in the Far East in the early months of the Pacific war. Only 54,000 men, including some from Pinili, survived the subsequent

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“Death March” of 112 kms on hot, dusty roads across the Bataan peninsula to San Fernando in Pampanga before the train ride to a piteously congested prison camp in the now lahardevastated Central Luzon Plains town of Capas, Tarlac. The town is about 10 kms northwest of the site of the Kamikaze – sometimes referred to as the Divine Wind – Airfield in Mabalacat, off the northeast perimeter fence of Clark Economic Zone. But many, decades after the notorious Death March, have waited in vain for justice. Before noon on April 9, 1942, the guns fell silent over the scorched Bataan Peninsula. In poignant tribute to the captured allied troops, the National Historical Committee has marked each of the 112 kms to Capas with a white post, and each year many people walk the road on a pilgrimage. A shrine on Mount Samat called Dambana ng Kagitingan itself commemorates the memory of the “gallant men who chose to die rather than surrender.” This year, elderly Filipinos, their offspring and grandchildren -- veterans, war widows, dependents and other pilgrims -- would converge on Mount Samat to mark the day when US Maj. Gen. Edward King trudged down the hill to give up to Lt. Gen. Masaharu Homma after holding out for 120 bloody days. It was in the same peninsula where the US Armed Forces in the Far East retreated and regrouped for their stand against the Japanese invaders. (PNA)

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worker for human life and the family here and abroad. Their petition was directed at the Office of President Benigno S. Aquino III, who signed RA 10354 into law on Dec. 21, 2012. The RH Law was to have taken effect 15 days after publication in two newspapers of general circulation. The petitioners argued “the State cannot, as a gen-

eral principle, routinely invade the privacy of married couples in the exercise of their most intimate rights and duties to their respective spouses.” “The law is contrary to public morals and destructive of the harmony and peace of society,” the petition said. “The individual has the right to live his or her intimate family life with utmost dignity without any undue interference from the State,” it added. The petitioners further argued a married couple’s decision to practice birth control, regardless of the means or method to be used, “belongs to [them] alone, or in some exceptional cases perhaps to the woman alone, but under no circumstance is it to be imposed by any external entity or agent.” (PNA)

Police... from page 3

It also placed the barangays of Sto. Nino, Palma Gil, and Dagohoy of the municipality of Talaingod under Election watchlist (EWas) under category 2 due to presence of armed rebels. A report from Jeanevive D. Abangan of the Philippine Information Agency

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as the business management and operational system of the BFT. It shall likewise establish direct market linkages between the BFT and DA accredited poultry, meat, fish, fruits and vegetable producers or suppliers; provide and procure the identified equipment, as counterpart and provide technical assistance in the maintenance of the cold storage facility. For its part, the city government shall provide counterpart funds for the establishment of the equipment and handling facilities, allocate a working capital to be used mainly for the procurement of food products; manage and operate the BFT project in accordance to the project plans and hire, appoint or assign qualified operators or workers who will be trained on proper food handling, storage techniques, operations and maintenance of the project facilities, among others. Under the MOA, the DA shall provide equipment worth P200,000 per site composed of chest freezers, digital weighing scales, cash registers and an initial operational capital of P100,000 per site and funds for the BFT building.

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SC holds implementation of RH law for four months By PERFECTO T. RAYMUNDO of the Philippine News Agency

THE Supreme Court en banc Tuesday issued a 120day status quo ante order against the implementation of Republic Act No. 10354 or The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. In a text message of SC Public Information Office Chief Atty. Theodore Te, it said the SC en banc issued a 120-day SQAO in the consolidated cases involving the RH Law. The vote was 10-5 in favor of the issuance of the 120-day SQAO against the implementation of the

RH Law. Voting in favor of the 120-day SQAO are Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Jr., Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Martin Villarama, Jr., Lucas Bersamin, Bienvenido Reyes, Arturo Brion, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, Diosdado Peralta and Roberto Abad. Dissenting are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Associate Justices Mariano del Castillo, Estela PerlasBernabe and Marvic Leonen. The SC en banc also

set the oral arguments on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 2 p.m. Several petitions against the implementation of the RH Law are now pending before the SC. Among the petitioners are former Senator Francisco “Kit� Tatad, his wife, Fenny, and Atty. Alan Paguia. Tatad is the author of several books and an international humanitarian worker for the family and human life, while his wife is a humanitarian volunteer HOLDS | page 11

SC ousts Lucy Torres-Gomez as Leyte solon By PERFECTO RAYMUNDO Philippine News Agency

THE Supreme Court en banc Tuesday ousted Lucy Torres-Gomez as congresswoman of the fourth district of Leyte province. In a text message of SC Public Information Office Chief Atty. Theodore Te, it said the SC en banc voted Tuesday in Tagolino vs. HRET 7-4-4 that Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez did not validly substitute as candidate for the ousted Richard Gomez in connection with the May 10, 2010 elections. Likewise, the SC en banc

It said Lucy Torres could not have validly substituted for Richard Gomez because he could not have been considered a candidate within the ambit of the Omnibus Election Code because he was held ineligible to comply with the residency requirements. Thus, the SC said, absent valid substitution Ms. Torres-Gomez could not have been considered a candidate. The House of Represengranted the quo warranto tatives Electoral Tribunal petition filed by Silverio earlier declared her substituTagolino against Rep. Tor- tion for disqualified res-Gomez. SOLON | page 10


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