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NEWS CARAGA

Caraga now part of automated weather VOL. 2, No. 303

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May 14, 2013

By PAT SAMONTE Caraga News Bureau

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Blast MARANTAO, Lanao del Sur––Three

persons were injured when a rifle grenade apparently fired at a polling center inside the staterun Mindanao State University in Marawi City missed its target and landed instead on a nearby house Monday. Violence also erupted in other parts of Lanao del Sur in what the military and a poll watchdog said was the “most peaceful election” ever in the province. A report from Froilan Gallardo

Brownout GENERAL Santos City––Already

reeling from delays due to some defective precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines and compact flash (CF) memory cards, the ongoing voting in Koronadal City and parts of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato provinces were further stalled due to power outages on Monday afternoon. Engr. Santiago Tudio, South Cotabato I Electric Cooperative (Socoteco I), said a minor brownout initially hit Koronadal City at around 3 p.m. after strong winds uprooted a mango tree and eventually felled an electric post in Baldostamon Subdivision. He said the incident caused power outages in portions of Koronadal City’s downtown area, including two major polling centers. A report from Allen V. Estabillo

Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF) has completed a nationwide rollout of 500 out of the planned 1,000 units of automated weather stations (AWS) by June 2013. In a press statement, Wilfredo Rodolfo, AboitizPower Branding and Communications Manager for Mindanao, said the WPF was founded by a partnership between Aboitiz Foundation, Union Bank and Swiss firm Metromedia aimed at delivering critical and accurate localized weather forecasts to Filipino communities with the hope of improving nationwide disaster preparedness and timely response to variable weather conditions. “With WPF, Filipinos

Ecleo supporter TUBAJON, Dinagat Islands––A

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FAILED. In Simsimin Elementary School, Kahayag village, New Bataan, Compostela Val-

ley, voters complained against the PCOS machine which continuously rejects their ballots. The same problem was encountered in Bantacan and Poblacion villages. Davaotoday.com photo by Ace R. Morandante

No major blackouts in M’nao as of noon, say MinDa DAVAO City––There were no reports of major power interruptions or outages that affected the conduct of elections in Mindanao based on the Mindanao Power Watch monitoring of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) covering the period 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. yesterday. With enough power supply in the Mindanao grid, there were no reported brownouts in perennially affected areas of General Santos City and Koronadal City, except for 5-minute power interruption in MAJOR | page 11

ELECTIONS OVER TROUBLED PCOS

Order for manual count, Comelec told BAYAN Muna Partylist Rep. Neri Colmenares yesterday reiterated his call for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to order the manual counting of ballots considering the malfunctioning of many PCOs machines some of which did not function at all and had to be substituted, and ballots being rejected by the machine. “The people’s constitutional right to suffrage should be the main concern of Comelec. It must do its utmost that all votes are counted and only a manual counting can remedy this situation,” said Rep. Colmenares. “Voters whose ballots were rejected by the PCOS must insist that their votes

COLMENARES

be recorded and all rejected ballots must be counted by the BEIs and must be canvassed by the Board of Canvassers. Comelec must order the BEIs to count the votes of those rejected by the PCOS. After all, it’s MANUAL | page 11

candidate for congresswoman of Dinagat is planning to file a case of gun ban violation and other charges against the vice mayor of Libjo town. Akbayan Rep. Arlene Bag-ao said her lawyers are “seriously preparing”charges against three men who were arrested Sunday allegedly in the possession of a firearm registered under the name of Libjo Vice Mayor Romeo Villarosa. Villarosa is a known supporter of Bag-ao’s opponent, Gwendolyn Ecleo. A report from Vanessa Almeda

Children TACURONG City––Children were

extensively used to distribute campaign materials of local politicians near polling precincts in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat on Monday’s national midterm and local elections, an election watchdog said. Photographs of children campaigning during election day were documented by volunteers of the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) in Lambayong, where at least five precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines did not function. “Both camps were seen employing children to distribute election materials near polling precincts,” Namfrel volunteer Aireen Romero said. A report from Bong Sarmiento

PCOS machines MALAYBALAY City––Reports of

defective precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines have kept pouring in from several clustered precincts across Mindanao, resulting in the disenfranchisement of many voters. A report from Paulnazer Lontua with HMC Mordeno of MindaNews

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PCOS troubles mar nationwide elections By MARYA SALAMAT of Bulatlat.com

Field reports reaching the Kontra Daya monitoring center cited widespread cases of malfunctioning Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in various polling places around the country, especially in vote-rich precincts. Live TV newscast showed orderly lines in polling places such as at the posh Ayala-Alabang, but in more thickly populated areas, long, snaking lines, missing names, nonfunctioning PCOS, rejected ballots, misplaced election paraphernalia, among others, have delayed the process of voting. During the 2010 elec-

tions, 16-percent of reports to Kontradaya involved PCOS machines; this election, it make up three of every five reports to KontraDaya. Renato Reyes, KontraDaya convener, said the PCOS machine failures that marked the first half of the election day warn of a chain reaction of similar delays. Considering that the PCOS machine malfunctions and other failings occur in populated precincts in many parts of the country, KontraDaya said these could be considered as “widespread” and had a major effect on the conduct of the elections. The PCOS machine problems led to delayed elections, long lines of frustrated voters, and ultimately,

voters’ disenfranchisement, said Dr. Gani Tapang, a coconvenor of Kontra Daya. In various cases, BEIs were compelled to either just collect the PCOS-rejected ballots, for later reading of other PCOS machines, or, in some areas, to do things like tweak or cut the ballots, or use broomsticks so certain PCOS machines could receive ballots. In worse cases, the precincts are just forced to await a replacement PCOS machine that may or may not arrive. Meanwhile, some voters just went home. Kontra Daya also noted the case of switched ballots that affected polling precincts in Baguio City in the north and Compostella Valley in the south. Failure of elections had been declared over the affected areas, and Special elections will have to be held for these areas, KontraDaya’s Fr. Jo Dizon told Bulatlat.com. ‘Comelec’s hodge-podge preparation failed the voters’ “Taxpayers paid P1.8 billion (US$44.15-million) for these PCOS machines. The fact that we are seeing numerous cases of PCOS failures, malfunctions and delays only underscores the long-held observation that we were duped by Smartmatic. Comelec allowed the electorate to be shortchanged. This should be the last time we use these machines,” said Dr. Gani Tapang. The Comelec is trying to make the automated elections work in a hodge-podge way, Tapang said. Comelec did not do a thorough PCOS testing, Tapang added. It resulted, he

explained, in an automated election system that has failed the electorate. The Comelec’s insistence in using these Smartmatic machines is wholly to be blamed, he said. Compounding that, Tapang told Bulatlat.com, is the lack of testing. Asked how come PCOS machines can read ballots earmarked for other precincts, Tapang said, this is one of the problems brought by Comelec’s decision to turn off security features. He warned that if the automated elections have encountered problems at the reading stage, we cannot say how much more would be encountered when transmission starts. Transmission and tallying of votes are the stages of the automated elections that have not undergone even a modicum of testing. Fr. Dizon warned that the first stage of automated elections – the ones where PCOS machines are expected to boot up and read the votes – have already shown problems. And this stage, he said, has supposedly been tested. When transmission starts, he warned that the reliability and trustworthiness of the automated elections would be even more questionable. The delays caused by PCOS problems have greatly inconvenienced the voters, said Fr. Dizon, citing the hardships and inconveniences the voters had to endure just to be able to cast their votes. And at the end of the election, these votes may not be accurately counted, he said. Dr Tapang said that if we are serious in pushing for an honest election, it should not be this foreign-

controlled technology by Smartmatic, adopted by the Comelec. The following are some typical examples of PCOS problems, and knee-jerk remedies so voting could proceed: At precinct 1279 in Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City, the BEI was forced to just collect shaded ballots after the PCOS machine malfunctioned. The delays caused by PCOS problems resulted in long queues, crowding the polling place and forcing some voters to just go home. At clustered precinct 0584 in Brgy. Real, Calamba City, Laguna, the PCOS machine short-circuited, according to a report reaching Kontra Daya. As a remedy, the BEI asked voters to just shade their ballots, which poll officials said will be fed later as soon as the machine is fixed. In Batangas, PCOS-rejected ballots are also just collected reportedly for counting by other PCOS machines later. At Bagong Nayon 2 Elementary School in Brgy. San Isidro, Antipolo, Rizal, voting has not started as of 7:46 am because the PCOS machine was not functioning. Several voters reportedly already went home due to the delay. At the Central Elementary School in Barangay San Dioniso, Parañaque, the PCOS machine was reportedly rejecting the ballots causing long lines and forcing some to leave without voting. At the Commonwealth Elementary School, PCOS machines reportedly break down and needed repairs by IT support staff, and have caused long queues

at the already populated precincts. A bulatlat.com reporter saw at least three clustered precincts where teachers and technicians use brooms or long sticks to push down the ballots inside the PCOS machine to prevent breakdowns. At the Corazon Aquino elementary school at the Batasan area, a PCOS machine reportedly reject all ballots being fed to it. Kontra Daya monitored the switching of ballots intended for precincts in Benguet and Compostela Valley. The incident affected 858 voters from Clustered Precint 22 at Brgy. Gabi Elementary School, Compostela, Compostela Valley and an undetermined number of voters in Benguet’s Clustered Precinct 122 at Rizal Elementary School in Baguio City. Voting has been temporarily suspended in both precincts. Special elections will be held according to the Comelec. In Zamboanga del Sur, the COMELEC’s official ballots have yet to reach precincts in Dumingag municipality even as the elections are now in full swing. According to field reports reaching election watchdog Kontra Daya, official ballots have yet to reach the voting precincts in Barangay San Pablo, Barangap Pedro, Barangay Guitran and Barangay Maralag in Dumingag municipality as of late last night. In other parts of Zamboanga, doubts about the ballots or the PCOS surfaced because the ballots have to be cut before the PCOS would accept it. Due to late arrival of paraphernalia, the start of voting in clustered precincts number 0536 and 0537 of Hulo Elementary School in Mandaluyong City was delayed and it started at around 7:45 am. Kontra Daya said that the cases of PCOS machine problems affirm the concerns repeatedly raised by various poll watchdogs which the Comelec simply dismissed. The group added that the delays in voting due to malfunctioning PCOS machines as well as the delays in delivering election materials could also disenfranchise many voters who have already left the polling centers. (http:// bulatlat.com)

South Cotabato jailbirds vote for the first time

KORONADAL City––For the first time, hundreds of inmates at the South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center here exercised their right to vote during Monday’s national midterm and local elections, although delayed by around two hours and without precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines at hand. Felicito Gumapac, acting provincial jail warden, said that security was tightened at the facility for the historic event with policemen and personnel of the JAILBIRDS | page 11


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Election Watch

Voters in barangay Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City, search for their names on the lists posted at one of the precincts. Some voters said they were not able to find their names despite having voted in the 2010 elections. In a voters’ assistance desk, a poll official assists some of the complainants. Photos by Gerry Lee Gorit

A policeman guards a voting precinct in Cagayan de Oro City to ensure safe elections on Monday morning. With the presence of the police, voters at the polling center at City Central School behaved well as they fell in line to wait for their turn to cast their ballots. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

At the gate to a polling place in Cagayan de Oro City, a flower vendor makes a brisk sale to voters who had cast their ballots. The flowers were sold P50 each bundle and particularly attracted the women voters who could not resist the beautiful colors of the fresh flowers. Photos by Gerry Lee Gorit

Some voters at a polling precinct in Cagayan de Oro City await word from Commission on Elections officials regarding their missing names from the list of voters. Many of these voters came in early in the morning but were still waiting by noontime, a waste of time they said that could have been used for other productive chores on Election Day, which is a holiday. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

Philippine National Red Cross volunteers offer their free services to voters who had to wait for hours to cast their votes on Monday morning. The volunteers took blood pressure readings and readied themselves for any medical emergency especially on a hot day and closed quarters of some voting precincts in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

A mother gives milk to her baby while waiting to cast her vote on Monday morning in Cagayan de Oro City. Some mothers had to bring their children to polling places because they could not leave them at home with no one to watch over them. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

A line of voters snakes around a voting precinct in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday morning to wait for their turn to cast their ballots. Some of the voters had arrived early in the morning to beat the long line but most voters had to contend with the inconveniences of waiting for hours. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit


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BUTUAN CITY – Members of the Buenavista (Agusan del Norte) Municipal Police Office have confiscated 15 pieces of fake P1,000-peso bills, May 12. Police Chief Jared Charles Joaquin told 107.8 Power FM PIA Radio that at 11:20 in the evening of May 12, they received a report that somebody in Barangay 2 has been distributing fake peso bills. They succeeded to convince the recipients to surrender the bills to the police office, resulting in the arrest of the suspects. One of the suspects, who happened to be a barangay kagawad, yielded Php2,000, according to Police Inspector Joaquin.

“Those who have received were willing to stand witnesses to the crime,” he added. Investigation revealed that the fake bills were allegedly coming from a local mayoralty candidate, but in follow up operation, it was found out that such was part of the ‘dirty tactics’ of another mayoralty candidate. P/Insp. Joaquin said the other perpetrators are still at large. (RER, PIA-Caraga and Rapid Media Reaction Team/ asf)

PNP confirms shooting incident in Buenavista town

Police nets 3 persons in entrapment operation

By Robert E. Roperos

By PO3 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas

CAMP RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – Three persons were arrested in an entrapment operation by a PNP composite team, evening of May 10 in Brgy. Tiniwisan, Butuan City Arrested were Roberto Villamor Perreras, 43 years old, married, a gunsmith and resident of Brgy. Tiniwisan; Melicio Sibayan Santos, 45 years old, married, a fish vendor; and Roy Tuyor Galo, 37 years old, married, a wood hauler of Richmond Corporation, both residents of Brgy Obrero, this city. Seized from Perreras were one black caliber .45 pistol, one empty magazine of caliber .45; three rounds of caliber .45 live ammunition; nine P500.00 bills; eleven P1,000.00 bills; five P100.00 bills; two P50.00 bills; one cellular phone; and ten P500.00 marked bills. Meanwhile, seized from Santos were one P1,000.00 bill; one P20.00 bill; four P5.00 coin; one cellular phone; and one transparent cellophane with traces of white crystalline substance believed to be shabu. The suspects and the seized items are now in the custody of the Butuan City Police Station 4 for appropriate disposition. (PO3 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas, member of Mindanao Press Alliance for Sustainable Development/ MMG/asf )

ANTI-VOTE BUYING – Mr. Paul Reserva (right photo), vote manager of Buenavista (Agusan del Norte) mayoralty candidate Joselito Roble, reminds the local residents to be cautious against people who are giving out cash in excharge of votes, saying it is a form of vote-buying that may only cause them trouble and legal sanctions. (Photo by PIA CARAGA/asf)

2 clustered precincts in AguNte transferred By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY – The Provincial Office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has transferred two clustered precincts in Agusan del Norte. According to Provincial Comelec Supervisor Raquel Limbaco in a phone-patch interview over 107.8 Power FM of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-Caraga), the move was based on the recommendation of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), upon assessment by the Provincial Police Office. The BEIs and the PNP could not give any assurance to secure the transporting of election paraphernalia to the said clustered precincts due to the presence of CPP/ NPA/NDF (CNN). Limbaco said the BEIs are authorized to transfer the polling precincts if they found that the area is not secured and provided

that majority of them have agreed and decided to do so. In the municipality of Jabonga, cluster 8 polling precincts were transferred from Tagbungawan Primary School to Bangonay Elementary School. In Kitcharao, cluster 10 polling precincts from Hinimbangan Elementary School were transferred to Bliss Elementary School in Brgy. Poblacion. Meanwhile, cluster 8 precincts in Zapanta Primary School were transferred to H.V. Dagani Elementary School in Barangay Bangayan. The COMELEC official explained that all parties, including the volunteers were already informed on the matter. She also said, notices were placed/posted in the original designated polling precincts informing the voting public to proceed to the new venue locations.

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BUTUAN CITY – The municipal police station of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte has confirmed the shooting incident at the opening of polling precincts yesterday morning. In the live interview over 107.8 Power FM of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-Caraga), Municipal Chief of Police Jared Charles Joaquin said the shooting took place in Barangay 3. Insp. Joaquin presumed that it was an electionrelated incident, since the suspect was the barangay chair himself. He a d d e d , ch arge s against the suspect has been filed by local authorities. Joaquin added nobody was hit on the incident. Meanwhile, the Rapid Media Reaction Team (RMRT), headed by PIACaraga Regional Director

Abner M. Caga, has urged the local police force to apprehend the suspect even as he said that the RMRT is giving full concern over the incident. Director Caga further said the team is also giving attention to Buenavista town as they see it an “area of concern” because of untoward incidents in previous days and yesterday morning. On Saturday evening, a kagawad of Barangay 9 was caught with two pieces of P1,000 counterfeit bills in his possession. Parties of the two mayoralty candidates are pointing at each other over the fake money issue. The suspect is now detained at the Buenavista municipal jail, while charges have already been filed against him, the town’s police chief said. (RER, PIA-Caraga/asf )

MILITARY CALLS – Photo shows 1st Lt. Patrick Martinez, civil military operations officer of 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army, calling on residents of remote areas to exercise their right to vote and not be threatened by the rebels, who have been dictating and forcing the people not to participate in yesterday’s elections. This, during his interview over 107.8 Power FM of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga, (PIA CARAGA, Rapid Media Reaction Team/asf)


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94 Surigao Youth leaders join Leadership Seminar By 1st Lt. Stephen G. Basco Jr.

SURIGAO CITY – Ninetyfour youth leaders, representing the in-school-youth, out-of-school youth, the Sangguniang Kabataan, and church youth leaders, have completed the three-day live–in Youth Leadership Seminar from May 4 to 6, 2013 at Anao-aon Central Elementary School, Poblacion, San Francisco, Surigao Members of the Rapid Media Reaction Team (RMRT) of Butuan City posed for posterity sake at the PIA-Caraga del Norte. Initiated by the 30th Regional Office. The team, composed of national and local media personalities is organized by PIA spearheaded Infantry "Python" Battalby Regional Director Abner M. Caga and the (center, seated) left Asst. Editor Arjay S. Felicilda. (RER, PIA-Caraga) ion, Philippine Army, the three-day live-in seminar was geared towards guiding the youth to become more disciplined and responsible citizens. It was also aimed to empower the youth to be more responsible, productive, and well-informed in fulfilling By Robert E. Roperos their active roles in building a morally and spiritually upright society. BUTUAN CITY – City A series of lectures and Comelec Officer Ernie interactive discussions foPalanan said, yesterday’s cusing on four key topics voting was generally in were discussed, such as leadorder. ership development; interOver 107.8 Power FM personal communication; of the Philippine Informoral value enhancement; m at i on Ag e n c y ( P IAand drug prevention and C araga), Pa l anan s aid security awareness. t he B o ard of E le c t ion Other undertakings inInspectors (BEIs) from clude team building activithe Department of Eduties, small group discussions, cation (DepEd) were all tae-bo exercises, and musical in place and functionactivities. ing well. “It pays to have made d e t a i l e d pre p a r at i on s ahead of time… though we have observed minor from page 4 glitches in the process, Buenavista town, Atty. but everything was manLimbaco said the case is ageable,” he declared. being investigated by the They have installed local police. t e n t s i n f r o nt o f t h e It can be recalled that C omelec Office where mation, particularly the e r at i o n w a s s m o o t h ,” security-wise, they had the BEIs had taken shed. election canvass forms. Palanan said. proper coordination with last Saturday at around Palanan commended Friday, the city Come- the Armed Forces of the 11:30 p.m., law enforcers of Earlier, the BEIs have the staff and personnel put up ten chairs outside lec packed goods, like Philippines (AFP) and Buenavista Municipal Poof the City Treasurer’s their respective voting noodles, coffee, sugar, the Philippine National lice Station have responded O f f i c e for c om i ng up precincts for those wait- milk and bread for the Police (PNP). (RER, PIA- to a report received by with a system in retrieve ing turn to vote. Caraga/arjayserafinfeli- their office involving a BEIs. barangay official, who was necessary data and inforHe further said that cilda) “In this case, our op-

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Lt. Colonel Vincent B. Iringan, 30IB commanding officer, said that “the Youth Leadership Seminar was conceived to generate awareness and goes further by developing and nurturing the youths’ leadership potentials." He also said, the activity helps the youth to have a “paradigm shift” that will enhance their personality, at the same time appreciate the necessity for an accurate and positive social participation and responsibility." It is to this effect that all stakeholders that are concerned with youth development should make it a personal commitment to be youth-keepers, by equipping them with the right information and education and to re-direct their creativity and passion to advocacies that will truly benefit the schools and communities where they belong, he added. The activity was made possible, in collaboration with the provincial government of Surigao del Norte, various government agencies of San Francisco; the non-government organizations. (SDR/1LT Stephen G. Basco Jr., member of Mindanao Press Alliance for Sustainable Development/ arjaysfelicilda) reportedly distributing fake P1,000 bills. Report revealed that said official was caught while in the possession of two pieces of fake P1,000 bills. The suspect is already detained at the Buenavista Jail and appropriate case has been filed against him. He can, however, post a bail bond for his temporary release. (RER, PIA-Caraga/ asf )


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THINK a minute. Some time ago I read in the newspaper about a father who had killed his 10-year-old son because his school report was not good enough. The father was so angry that he reached for the nearest thing, a steel rod, and hit his son on the back. His 10-year-old little boy was killed instantly. Can you imagine the pain and regret that father lives with! We all have regrets, and the feeling that we want to make up for the wrong we’ve done. Yet we know that in most situations we can’t. Sometimes we can repair the damage. We can pay a debt that’s long overdue. We can return the money we cheated or

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst stole from somebody. But most times it’s simply impossible to make up for what we’ve done wrong. Like beating and cursing your child in a moment of anger. No candy or toy can make up for how we hurt even destroyed their trust in us. Think of the man addicted to alcohol, drugs, or kava, or has adulterous affairs, putting his wife and

children through years of pain, lies, and violence. Yet even if he finally does stop drinking or having affairs, how can he ever erase or make up for all the hurt and damage he caused? How does the mother who had an abortion forgive herself and get free from her guilt? So we can’t always repair the damage we’ve caused, no matter how much we try, not even through religion! That’s

why Jesus Christ, Who was not guilty of any wrong, gave His own innocent life to free you and me from all our wrongs and guilt. The only way we can make up for all the wrong we’ve done is by asking Jesus for His free gift of forgiveness and new life which He paid for with His own life. It’s true that you cannot change your past, but Jesus can start changing your life now. If you ask Him to take control of your heart and character every day, He will give you a new life by helping you change with His love and power. Even with all your past failures and wrongs, your Maker will still give you another chance. So why not ask Him today? Just Think a Minute.

Was it the people’s voice?

THE more or less 50 million registered voters, as of this writing, went out to cast their votes in yesterday’s mid-term election amid accusations of widespread vote buying and harassment and technical glitches on the precinct counting machines in almost all places all over the country. If any electoral exercise such as yesterday’s fails to reflect the true will of the people because of the above practices and incidents that prevent the electorate from freely expressing their choice, could the results of such exercise still be considered the voice of the people? For all intents and purposes such result could never be considered by any stretch of the imagination as reflective of the people’s voice.

A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II Elections are meant to gauge the choice of the people among contending candidates seeking their mandate to run the affairs of government. When the exercise no longer serves as gauge in determining the sentiment of the people that exercise does not serve its purpose anymore. This piece is being written with prospective intentions. This is meant to look back at how we do

things during elections to improve future electoral undertakings based on the true concept on why elections are held in the first place. Measures aimed at correcting the things needing to be corrected must be undertaken then. But here lies the problem. Those in the position to effect corrective measures to improve the manner by which elections are conducted in our country are

lukewarm, if not opposed, to the idea. They are more inclined at perpetuating this problematic process we now have than transform it to make it effective for the purpose for which it is being undertaken. Even the people’s attitude toward the elections should likewise be addressed. In this regard, the church should play a very important role. If the church intends to live out its being the light of the world, it should play a leading role in enlightening the people about what election is all about and for them to resist all attempts by unscrupulous politicians in preventing the people’s will from freely coming out through the ballot. Honestly, I take to task the church for failing VOICE | page 11

Singer Rey Valera: rebuking our generation

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths…” (2 Timothy 4:3-4, the Holy Bible). -oooREY VALERA’S “SA AKING PANAHON”: It’s a pity I didn’t become aware much earlier of a song entitled “Sa Aking Panahon”, which was composed and sung by Filipino balladist Rey Valera, a singer known for his romantic hits in the vernacular language. Had I become aware much earlier of the song which, in Valera’s own words, could not be played on radio because of its content, I could have reproduced its lyrics here in this column to serve as an ad-

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio ditional reminder for voters on May 13, 2013. But, “Sa Aking Panahon” is timeless. Indeed, Valera’s no-holds-barred lyrics constitute a stinging rebuke of our times and of our generation, giving lie to the government’s claims of economic take-off, and rebuking the godlessness of our officials in government and of our own people who have no god anymore but money, and who have descended to unfathomable depths of immorality and lack of hope in the country. -ooo“THIS IS MY COUNTRY, THIS IS MY TIME”: It is a song which uncannily

echoes 2 Timothy 3:1-5 of the Holy Bible, which says: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without selfcontrol, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God---having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” For whatever it is worth, here is the song, loosely translated from Filipino

to English: “My country is loved by nature, where the sun always shines. In my time, vegetables are dipped in formalin, where kidnapping has become a source of income. Our morality has gone down so low so that we can now rape even children. “This is my country now, and this is my time. If you will remember us someday, this is my time. Pinatubo has become famous, and it drove the Americans away. That notwithstanding, we still think of Americans and of G.I. Joes, and it is to America that we go after graduating from our studies. This is because we know that our country has no hope. -ooo“IF ONLY THERE ARE MORE WHO TRULY BELIEVE GOD”: “We have heard of the word `unity’ before, but we do not know what to do with it, and what it really means. This is rebuking | page 11


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Nation may appeal for ‘gaba’ after SC errs on media against Comelec Third of the four series POLITICAL leadership in the Philippines is the most prized object of contests. The game often belongs to a certain class who owns the resources. Smaller players can also join the enterprise to pool their funds and secure one’s victory. After all, the government is the only agency that provides constant flowing source of profit. This is the reason big businessmen become the silent partisans in every electoral competition. But wiser ones finance both winnable rivals for the same interest! One’s contribution to the capital ensures his dividend from the victor’s spoils --a favor for his tax crimes and the like or for businesses with the government. This has been where a kind graft and corruption begun --since the Philippine Commonwealth. Why does it take only one Sixto Brillantes, Jr. to notice this and act long enough despite his duration in government?

News, Creams and Greases... Cenen Mollejo Against all odds, he may push on with his revolution forward. He could be a hero in the making, indeed! However, minus the Comelec Chair’s patron’s will or party’s behest, his could be a fair start --nonetheless. Else, this election renders nothing but same result as all other electoral processes in the Philippine history. Such only solidifies strength of the elite and allows its claws deeper into power! Patronage Politics, Eternally since!: Race and rivalries among the elites in those times were settled by buying a blessing from the patron. A place would then be officially instituted for a rival or so. Things were quick and simple then!

If you want to be an alcalde-municipal (or today’s mayor), go to the governadorcillo (little governor, equivalent to provincial governor these days). Pay him so much as you can to officially get the sacred authority. Your government tasks were but to protect the sanctity of the Spanish Crown from the natives and to ensure sedula collections from them in the town level. Your little-governor took all shared fortunes from the number of alcaldesmunicipal he was bossing on, including yours. Likewise, governadorcillo’s existence was under the auspices and mercy of his own patron. He also bought his official favor from governadorheneral (Crown’s colonial warden, equivalent to the

present president of the republic). The Spanish Crown’s colonial warden was the ‘lord of lords’ throughout the archipelago. His authocratic government in the colony was patterned after Spanish monarchy. The Crown of Spain might have waged him along with its Armada, but never had any political or economic sanction over his colonial lordship. The colonial warden must be scandal free and untarnished with mutinee. He was the representative of the monarch. Corruption was never an issue then. Everybody lived with it, anyway! Of course, he also derived all other fortunes from the patronage-paid-equities and dividends by those little-wardens he lorded over in the colony. Such were handfetched to him as consecrated booty --as the “holy ube” was by the natives to the friars for Acapulco’s ice cream trade back to the West. He was their little MEDIA | page 11

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Recognize God in our daily lives

Fresh Gospel of the day: John16:29-33(May13, 2013-Monday) John 16:29-33-His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: Matthew 13:14-16-And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. This is the reason of Jesus why He used proverb or parables in His preaching. On the other hand, in our Gospel we can notice that the disciples of Jesus said that Christ speaks to them plainly and clearly. The indication of this is our God communicates to us in many ways, in direct way and indirect way. This is our challenge if we can “recognize God in our daily lives.” In our Gospel, it is clearly emphasized that Christ knows everything and because of this, we cannot hide ourselves from his eyes. Hebrews 4:13-Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things [are] naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. This is the truth, if we can “hide from human eyes” but in the eyes of God, no one can escape. So therefore, “do good all the times” because our God can see everything: SPONSORED:Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:00 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request

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Fisherfolks, voters of Pablo-ravaged isle anticipate outcome of elections By JOHN RIZLE L. SALIGUMBA of DavaoToday.com

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental––Voters of a small island here anticipate their chosen candidates to win so that the latter would make a difference in their impoverished lives five months after Typhoon Pablo ravaged their fishing boats and homes. “We hope you would still care for us because we are just fisherfolks. To those of you who would win, please don’t stop considering us,”

said Aning Lagbas, a village functionary in Isla Poo, part of Kinablangan village. The island is home to about 1,500 residents, 800 of them registered voters of the sub-villages of Bulalo, Starfish and Lima-lima. Antonino Lobrio, a resident who was hired in a “cash-for-work” basis by a private organization said the island’s fishing community lost hundreds of fishing

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City

Publication Notice R.A. 10172

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OCE-0069-2013(R.A. 10172)

May 06, 2013

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), a notice is hereby served to the public that JOCELYN VISTA PANIAMOGAN has filed with this office a petition for correction of entry in sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the certificate of live birth of JOREN VISTA PANIAMOGAN at EROM-MGH, Butuan City, and whose parents are JOCELYN PALOMA VISTA and RENIE DUMPAS PANIAMOGAN. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 27 May 2013. MDN: May 7 & 14, 2013

(SGD.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar

We hope you would still care for us because we are just fisherfolks. To those of you who would win, please don’t stop considering us,’ says Aning Lagbas, a village functionary in Isla Poo, part of Kinablangan village.

boats due to Typhoon Pablo. “Even 200 boats would not be enough for all of us here,” Lobrio said, adding that they have not received fishing boats or even nets from the provincial government. In tears, Lobrio expressed his frustration with the town’s officials. “Katong nahitabo ningPablo, naa ba dayon nianhi nga opisyal dinhi? Susiha sa ninyo kung buhi pa mi,” Lobrio decried.

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Carmen

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Carmen

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is herby served to the public that GRACELYN O. MAMBA has filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from GINALYN to GRACELYN in the Birth Certificate of GINALYN O. MAMBA who was born on JULY 21, 1986 at Tapon, Carmen, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are FEBIS J. MAMBA and THELMA OROC. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 28, 2013. (SGD.) ANITA T. ESPINOSA Municipal Civil Registrar

MDN: May 14 & 21, 2013

(SGD.) ANITA T. ESPINOSA Municipal Civil Registrar

MDN: May 14 & 21, 2013

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City

CCE-0017-2013(R.A. 10172)

Publication Notice R.A. 10172

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that MAURICIO M. PARAISO, JR. has filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from PRIMO to MAURICIO M. PARAISO, JR. in the Birth Certificate of PRIMO M. PARAISO who was born on January 3, 1969 at Vinapor, Carmen, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are MAURICIO PARAISO and ROSALINA MIANO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 28, 2013.

May 13, 2013

(SGD.) ANITA T. ESPINOSA Municipal Civil Registrar

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City

CCE-0069-2013(R.A. 10172)

Publication Notice R.A. 10172

MDN: May 14 & 21, 2013

(SGD.) ANITA T. ESPINOSA Municipal Civil Registrar

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC May 13, 2013

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on RA 10172). Notice is hereby served to the public that JULIAN TAPERE RUIZ, represented by her Mother, ANNE JANE TAPERE RUIZ has filed with this Office, a petition for the Correction of Sex from “(MALE)” to “(FEMALE)” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JULIAN TAPERE RUIZ, at Carmen, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are JUANCHO TAMBIGA RUIZ and ANNIE JANE ALIBANGGO TAPERE. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 28, 2013.

MDN: May 14 & 21, 2013

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on RA 10172). Notice is hereby served to the public that ELVIS S. VALLAR, has filed with this Office, a petition for the Correction of Sex from “(MALE)” to “(FEMALE)” in the Certificate of Live Birth of ELVIS SARABUSING VALLAR, at Carmen, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are LEONILO VALLAR and CARMELITA SARABUSING. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 28, 2013.

MDN: May 14 & 21, 2013

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that ARTURO Q. LORONIO has filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from AUGUSTO to ARTURO in the Birth Certificate of AUGUSTO Q. LORONIO who was born on August 9, 1967 at Las Nievas, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are PEDRO CALUYONG LORONIO and INCITA MANLA QUILATON. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 28, 2013.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

mga botante? Magkamatay mi dinhi.” Residents said they would not leave the island. “This is government property but if it comes to that, they must find us another home and livelihood,” Lobrio said. Dodoy Mijares, also a resident of Lima-lima subvillage, said “I’ve heard that they will declare this island a no-build zone, but I appeal to them to let us live here; we are safe here.” He called on the national government to help them rebuild their houses and give them livelihood. Meanwhile, Jasmine Lao, a 27 year-old mother of one and a resident of Bulalo subvillage’s Muslim community, said they returned to the island only to vote. They evacuated to a covered court in Mati City after Typhoon Pablo struck the island. Lao said she voted for candidates “who have helped us.” (John Rizle Saligumba/ davaotoday.com)

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Carmen

Publication Notice R.A. 10172

“The private organizations have been helping us and we also helped ourselves,” he said. “Gusto lang namo ingnon nga naa pa mi,” added Lobrio. “Wala man namo pangayoa to (Typhoon Pablo), pero kato nga pamaagi gyud namo nailhan ang mga tao diri sa lungsod sa Baganga. Kung kinsa ang mga maayong tawo. Nabuka ang among mga mata kung

kinsa ang among botohan,” Lagbas said. She assailed the rumors that they were declared “wiped-out” from the map. “Those who would like to help us, we are still alive. We need food especially rice and our houses are not yet put-up, we only have tarpaulin roofings,” she lamented. Threats Village councilor Adella Samuya, meanwhile, heard rumors that they will be forced to vacate from the bunkhouses and the island itself if they will not vote for re-electionist Governor Corazon Malanyaon’s mayoralty candidate Arturo Monday. “Those who did not help us will not have our vote,” Samuya said together with the agreeing nods and ayes of residents interviewed by Davao Today. A woman said “bisan pag hulgaon mi, unsaon man tan-aw nila sa amoa dili mga intelihente nga

(SGD.) ANITA T. ESPINOSA Municipal Civil Registrar

CCE-0069-2013(R.A. 10172)

May 13, 2013

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on RA 10172). Notice is hereby served to the public that AZIEL OLAGUER ALIMPIPINIG has filed with this Office, a petition for the Correction of Sex from “( (F)(FEMALE)” to “( (M) (MALE)” in the Certificate of Live Birth of AZIEL OLAGUER ALIMPIPINIG, at Carmen, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are DEMETRIO MAYLANON ALIMPIPINIG and ZENAIDA B. OLAGUER. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 28, 2013. MDN: May 14 & 21, 2013

(SGD.) ANITA T. ESPINOSA Municipal Civil Registrar


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Is Luis Manzano ready for marriage? “Alam ko na don na ang susunod. Ayaw ko ng magsayang ng oras,” Luis Manzano answered when asked if he’s ready to tie the knot any time soon now that he just turned 32. In an exclusive interview with Toni Gonzaga on The Buzz, the host/actor said that he’s open to the fact that he will be committing to family life in the near future now that he’s not getting any younger. On that note, Toni commented how fortunate Jen is to be in such a relationship. Luis replied, “But I’d rather say that she is the bigger blessing sa aming dalawa.” Without a doubt, Luis has

already achieved so much in his professional endeavors. He is currently hosting three major TV programs on ABSCBN: Minute to Win It, Pilipinas Got Talent, and Kapamilya Deal or No Deal. He also has a recurring role in the

hit teleserye Be Careful With My Heart. When asked if he expected such blessings in his career, he commented, “May idea ako kung ano ang gusto kong mangyari pero sabi ko nga everything falls into place in its perfect time. Di ko na-imagine na aabot ako sa ganito.” Moreover, Luis couldn’t help but be overwhelmed that he’s constantly being compared to his father Edu Manzano who is well-known for his hosting skills. “You know, just for you to say that [is] maybe one of the biggest compliments a man can ever receive,” he told Toni.

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Wade active for Heat for Game 4 against Bucks MILWAUKEE (AP) -Dwyane Wade won’t start Game 4 on Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks but he is eligible to play. The Miami Heat star was replaced in the starting lineup by Mike Miller. Coach Erik Spoelstra included him in the list of active players, however, making Juwan Howard and Jarvis Varnado inactive instead. Wade has been getting extensive treatment the past two days for three bone bruises around his right knee. It’s the same injury

that kept him out of six games near the end of the regular season. Though Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has said Wade is getting better, he was hit hard several times during Miami’s 104-91 victory in Game 3 on Thursday night.

The Heat can afford to use Wade sparingly. They need only one more victory to finish off the Bucks, and no team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series in the NBA playoffs. nb a . com


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Aboitiz, Weather Phils Foundation deliver automated weather station By PAT SAMONTE Caraga News Bureau

Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF) has completed a nationwide rollout of 500 out of the planned 1,000 units of automated weather stations (AWS) by June 2013. In a press statement, Wilfredo Rodolfo, AboitizPower Branding and Communications Manager for Mindanao, said the WPF was founded by a partnership between Aboitiz Foundation, Union Bank and Swiss firm Metromedia aimed at delivering critical and accurate localized weather forecasts to Filipino communities with the hope

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King --feared and loved all the same. After all, Spanish subjects within the colony were mostly felons --hence under their lord’s mercy and favors. Indios were never part of his responsibility sanctioned by Spain. In general, political loyalty was then measured by how much one pleased his patron expressed in the dividends from sedula collection and gratis-offortunes. Family that dines together, stays forever! Brillantes knows that political idealists only emit false hopes and illusions on their anti-dynasty campaigns --the fad of the time. Without some personal sting, however, as this has also blasphemed his own patron circumstancially, the Comelec Chair’s is indeed pure advocacy. For dynasty and dynasts can never be eliminated without a bloodletting civil war... Indeed, political dynasty is in the blood and family life of the Filipino elite today -the descendants of patrons and olegarchs. They own most of the national resources, political system, power and the protection of laws. Snatching these away from them would be tantamount to social-upheaval. And, I don’t think war would have the sympathy from many of you --either out of idealism or sentiment. You might have come from those families too, who knows? Find out and decide! If you can ransack your old family’s vault, try grubbing for any photo or sketch your great-great grandparents had in family occassions. Notice their long dining table? On this began the construction of Filipino

of improving nationwide disaster preparedness and timely response to variable weather conditions. “With WPF, Filipinos can get up-to-date and specific weather forecasts for their towns, even down to their barangays,” he said. WPF uses AWS units that are solar-powered and entirely self-sufficient – with the capability to measure various indicators for accurate localized weather information, it was learned. Further, data from the weather instruments are sent several times a day to update the servers of Meteomedia (WPF’s Founding Technology Partner) to be interpreted by meteorologists

and the results published in www.weather.com.ph. Through its partnerships with the League of Cities in the Philippines (LCP) and the League of Provinces in the Philippines (LPP), the organization has gained local support and has embarked on a nationwide web portal training for over 200 personnel. Most of the country’s provincial capitals and cities are already installed with an AWS. “WPF is conducting a series of training sessions for disaster risk officers, public information officers, and administrators of either the provinces or the cities where the AWS are located, specifically those in partner-

ships with LPP and LCP,” said Weather Philippines Foundation General Manager Celso Caballero III. The training sessions were conducted during April in Tagum, in Davao, Butuan City, Tangub City, Tagbilaran, Bacolod, Legazpi City and La Union, Cebu, Iloilo, Quezon City, Cagayan de Oro City, and Baguio. In the future, WPF wishes to add training in basic weather and climatology which already touches on atmospheric and earth sciences. WPF will provide support that can strengthen the disaster risk resilience of the country. “WPF’s localized weather information focuses on

helping Filipinos in highrisk areas in the country and those vulnerable to climate-related disasters. It is also aimed at helping local government units by providing supplemental information to keep track of localized weather information in order to make informed decisions in times of calamities,” Caballero added. “We believe that the private sector must do its share in support of disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation in the country to reduce human suffering and economic loss. This is the reason why we have opened the program to corporate spon-

sorship, to help us deploy more AWS and other related technologies around the country for more accurate localized weather information in more cities and provinces. Through a collaboration between the government and private sector, WPF is poised to become the country’s premiere private weather information provider, maintained by individuals who wish to take part in nationbuilding. Organizations that have already pledged support are SM Investments Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation, Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc. and International Container Services, Inc.,” he said.

dynasty! The household dined there, in communion, on the sacred plunder from the whole brood - and from those whom trusts were extended - in governance! If you find your greatgreat grandfather on the headmost of the table, he was the local head olegarch and patron of the littlepolitical executives. He provided meals. This was very important not only for meeting of minds, but also drilling the values of loyalty: “Never bite the hands that feed.” Conflicts, however, were almost unknown in the beginning of the colonial period. But when natives left their water-side tribal communes to farflung hills, populated areas started to constrict against the supply of leadership. Rivalries and backbiting among Spanish-mestizos began. This time, members of the family were then priority of trusts to secure an unquestioned loyalty. --To expect in the next of series: Same Dogs in Different Collars; Barking a Wrong Tree

of creation. This is truly sickening because if the church, the body of Christ thus expected to know the teachings of Jesus, could not reflect, could not live out such teachings they ought to know and even teach, then nothing good can be expected from the church. Yes, this is an indictment of the institutional church’s failure to live out the word that will transform the world from being the workshop of the human nature which is the equal opposite of God’s nature. I am truly saddened the electoral situation in our country is even getting worse. On top of the perennial 3Gs, gold, guns and goons, the newest addition to the devilish situation is the dynasty issue. Members of one family or clan wanting to appropriate among its members various elective positions that is for grab. Vice President Jejomar Binay’s cute justification to this phenomenon is that those of them in the Binay family who are in public office were elected by the people and are serving the people well. What Binay and the rest of those who embrace the idea of appropriating public offices to a few families sorely miss is the fact that such desire is motivated by greed. And greed as I have repeatedly said here is the concrete manifestation of sin, which is theologically understood as the human being’s willful disobedience to the will of God. Dynastic attitude of politicians is never motivated by the desire to serve but to control and appropriate political and economic power among the members of their family or clan. Perhaps it is better for the church to take a stronger action against the present practices in the electoral process with the end view of putting an end to the 3Gs and dynastic attitude. Instead of pouring its energy

and resources fighting for concerns that’ll not make this world a better place to live in such as the reproductive health policy of the state, the church would be better off fighting the devilish way by which the voice of the people are being thwarted during elections by a system perpetuated by unscrupulous politicians. --(Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at jelbaconii@ gmail.com)

obliterates whatever gains intended by automated elections. Vote buying is a crime committed in front of millions of witnesses all over the country, and Comelec need not resort to its controversial money ban if it is serious in going after vote buying. It is impossible for Comelec to claim that it has no evidence of vote buying because it is there staring on the faces of Comelec officials,” he said. “After the elections, we should go after Smartmatic who practically committed estafa when it received billions of pesos without informing us that it does not own what it is selling. We should also go after Comelec officials even during the Melo commission who led us into this fraudulent transaction,” ended Rep. Colmenares.

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to truly be the light of the world in this regard. The church in past and present elections only allowed itself to be gobbled up by the evil ways by which they are conducted. Its failure to do what it ought to be doing was capped with its decision to go to the extent of being partisans in yesterday’s elections by indorsing certain candidates. What the church did clearly showed its lack of understanding about the evils of the human nature that doesn’t reflect the spiritual nature that had been endowed to humans by the Creator at the time

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Zamboaga City due to transient fault along distribution line. There was one reported brownout mid-morning in Barangay Luinab,Iligan City due to a fallen post. Fortunately, there were no polling precincts in the area. The affected line was restored by 1:15 p.m. The Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative also reported a brief power outage in the far flung barangays of San Isidro, Davao del Norte at around 11:47 a.m. Power was restored in the area at around 12:33 p.m. MinDA

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not the fault of the voter but of the machine.” He said there are news reports where voters are already disenfranchised because of said hitches in the machines, either because of frustration with the delay or because of non-functioning PCOS. He reiterated his call for voters to vote for those who they believe represent the voice of the impoverished majority instead of those from the wealthy politicians who only win through buying their votes. On another note, Rep. C olmenares asked the Comelec to go after those who conducted vote buying. “Vote buying practically

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my country now, and this is my time. If you will remember us someday, this is our time. “In my time, it is an ordinary thing to be going to Saudi, and when we return home, we have goodies like TV, and blue seal (cigarettes) for the gang, yet, just after a few weeks here, we resort to selling things again (to make both ends meet once more). “We have enriched other nations even as we left our own families. Had there been more who truly believe in God among those in government, and money is no longer the god of many, there may yet be hope. This is my country now, this is my time. If you will reminisce about us, this is our time. If, hopefully, you (the youth) will remember us, this is our time.” -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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Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) beefing up the provincial jail’s forces. At least 690 inmates earlier registered for the May 13 polls, but only 503 inmates were to vote for Monday’s elections, he said. “The other inmates who registered earlier have either been freed or have posted bail,” he told MindaNews. The Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) started arriving at the facility at around 8:15 a.m. after getting the official ballots from the city’s Commission on Elections (Comelec) office, escorted by policemen. But voting actually started at around 8:40 a.m. as BJMP officials put the voting process in order, using a microphone for the roll call. The inmates waited for their turn to vote in an open field fronting the cells and have to pass two small gates before reaching the designated seven clustered precincts at the covered court. Some BJMP personnel stood at the back of the BEIs to keep an eye on the inmates. There’s no PCOS machine deployed at the jail where the inmates could immediately feed their ballots. Gumapac said the ballots of the inmates will later be transported to the various precincts in the city where they were registered for feeding to the PCOS machines. He said that one of the inmates who voted have been imprisoned for 18 years. The provincial jail currently houses a total of 839 inmates, 30 of them women, Gumapac said. Judge Renato Tampac of Regional Trial Court Branch 25 earlier ruled the inmates can vote in a series of hearings inside the jail. Not all the inmates who exercised their rights to suffrage are residents of this city, but Gumapac said they agreed to be registered in the locality even if they are from other places. Under Comelec Resolution 9371, “detainees who shall be eighteen years of age on the day of election and/or are committed inside the detention centers for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the election day may be registered as a voter.” (Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews)


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