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Ibon: K+12 not a solution to high unemployment rate By PAT SAMONTE of Mindanao Daily-Caraga

BUTUAN City––A research group said the government’s recent pronouncement that the growing number of educated workers is a result of jobs-skills mismatch does not address the reasons behind job scarcity in the country.

Briefly Real governance

RAJAH BUAYAN, Maguindanao––If he had his way, Engr. Zamzamin Lumenda Ampatuan, the newlyelected mayor of this town, would rather be known by his first name. “Does it matter if you are an Ampatuan? Whether you are good or you are bad does not matter. The point is whether Zamzamin is good or bad. That’s the real point,” the former Energy Undersecretary said. Currently the barangay captain of Zapakan and head of the town’s Association of Barangay Captains, Zamzamin is one of six elected Maguindanao mayors surnamed Ampatuan, four of them wives of the sons of Andal Ampatuan, Sr., his father’s cousin. Ampatuan, Sr. is detained with his sons in connection with the November 23, 2009 massacre of 58 persons in Ampatuan town. The fifth mayor is the son of co-detained Akmad, husband of Ampatuan Sr.’s eldest daughter. Carolyn O. Arguillas

Tuition hike

GENERAL Santos City––The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in Region 12 has endorsed for approval by its central office the application of 16 private colleges and universities in the region to increase their tuition and other fees this school year. Jocelyn Santoceldes, CHED Region 12 education supervisor, said Monday they issued the endorsement based on the results of the initial evaluation conducted by the regional office on the documentary requirements submitted by the concerned institutions and their compliance with various conditions set for the fee increases. She clarified that CHED regional offices only receive and evaluate the application for the tuition fee increases and the final decision on the matter is made by the commission en banc. Allen V. Estabillo

Official figures show that in 2012, almost 8 out of 10 unemployed are high school or college-educated. The National Statistics Office said three out of 10 reached a college-level of education or even graduates, and post-graduate studies. Ibon Foundation said that majority of Filipinos find it difficult to get jobs

because employment is scarce, and not because it reflects a mismatch between the school curriculum and job availability. It traced job scarcity to “a weak industrial sector, particularly domestic manufacturing, which would have created sufficient jobs in the country.” Ibon cited a 2013 report

by the Asian Development Bank which also recognized that “a strong industrial base is vital in increasing jobs and making growth more inclusive and sustainable.” The research group said “With the absence of government resolve to substantially increase the education budget, the lack of decent jobs in many parts of the

country remains a barrier for parents to send their children to school whether under a 10-year or 12-year education cycle. On the other hand, the same lack of decent jobs is to blame for graduates failing to land the muchneeded jobs.” As shown by NSO figures, on the average, 1.4 mil-

NPA rebel surrenders

Tired of running away

BISLIG City, Surigao del Sur––An NPA rebel voluntarily surrendered to 75th Infantry Battalion of this Army Division at dawn on Saturday.

Celestino Cadavido Jr., alyas Ernie, voluntarily surrendered himself to 75th Infantry Battalion stationed in Maharlika here at three a.m. Cadavido handed over to Lt. Col. Danilo Benavidez, commanding officer of 75IB, one M16 assault rifle with 250 rounds of ammunitions tacked in 8 magazines along with one live Rifle Grenade. Initial interview revealed that Cadavido left his post as guard past midnight pass sleeping rebel comrades. full story on page 2

RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVOCATES. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)

Director Romeo Montenegro (right) accepts a token of appreciation from (left) Siargao Electric Cooperative General Manager Sergio Dagooc, president of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperative (AMRECO) as well as over-all chairman of the Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and Development (MinCARED), and (middle) Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, president of the Mindanao University of Science and Technology and MinCARED co-chairman. Montenegro, who is MinCARED co-chairman, delivered the keynote address during the opening of the 2nd MinCARED Congress in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday.

lion Filipinos under 15-24 years old did not have jobs in 2012. Year on year, the youth unemployment rate was higher in January, 2013 at 16.6 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Ibon noted that reforms of the educational system such as the recently-signed K to 12 Law, only focus rate | page 11

Solons want carnapping punishable by life term By Dionisio Tubianosa

To deter the growing commission of the crime of carnapping in the country, lawmakers are proposing the penalty of reclusion perpetua or life sentence, irrespective of the value of the motor vehicle taken. HB 6909, a consolidation of 13 separate bills, has been approved on second reading by the House of Representatives even before the election break. However, it was not able to get the final approval due to time constraints. But since many of the principal proponents of the consolidated measure have won their respective seats in the incoming 16th Congress, they are eager to author the bill to amend Republic Act 6539 or the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972. R.A. 6539 states that any person who is found guilty of carnapping shall, (as defined) irrespective of the value of motor vehicle taken, be punished by imprisonment of not less than 14 years and eight months and not more than 17 years and four months, when carnapping solonS | page 11

Candidate loses due to ‘rumors of his death’ By Frank E. Dosdos Jr. of Mindanao Daily-Iligan City

TO dispel once and for all rumors that he died of a heart attack days before the May 13 elections, an LP Candidate for Councilor in Iligan reiterated yesterday that he is very much alive. Former Councilor Engineer Or-

lando M. Maglinao who ran for the same position from resting after he finished three consecutive terms from 2004 to 2010 told this writer that he wants to quell the rumors because people are still asking if it was true that he died. Two days ago, Newsman Panoy Gatia of a local daily was surprised to know that Maglinao is alive.

He said that he believed that Maglinao was already dead because it was the talk of the town. It was past noon on election day that Maglinao learned about the rumor that he had a heart attack and died. He spoke on the radio to say that the rumors were untrue but it was too late. death | page 11

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Tired of running away

NPA rebel surrenders

BISLIG City, Surigao del Sur––An NPA rebel voluntarily surrendered to 75th Infantry Battalion of this Army Division at dawn on Saturday.

Celestino Cadavido Jr., alyas Ernie, voluntarily surrendered himself to 75th Infantry Battalion stationed in Maharlika here at three a.m. Cadavido handed over to Lt. Col. Danilo Benavidez, commanding officer of 75IB, one M16 assault rifle with 250 rounds of ammunitions tacked in 8 magazines along with one live Rifle Grenade. Initial interview revealed that Cadavido left his post as guard past midnight pass sleeping rebel comrades. After an hour and a half in darkness and mountainous terrain and with fear of being caught, Cadavido reached the front gate of 75IB headquarters. Accordingly, Cadavido revealed himself to the military sentinel at the gate, pointed out his intention and was later accompanied by other soldiers to his hidden firearm. Tired of running away from the authorities, lack of food, no communication with family members, deprived of cash, impossible leaderships, and fallacious statements and promises given to them incited Cadavido to leave the rebel group he was in. For now, he would like to live a new life with his parents. “The Government’s and AFP’s door is always open for them…them that want a new and peaceful life with their families, and to be with the real and democratic society they should be.” Maj Leo Bongosia said, Spokeman of 4ID. Cadavido will receive financial and livelihood assistance and other benefits as a former rebel.


MinDA urges Mindanawons to face ASEAN integration positively

By BONG D. FABE of BusinessWeek Mindanao

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Mindanawons must seize the opportunity amply given by the government to define the future of Mindanao power to enable Mindanawons to face the vast opportunity offered by the economic integration of ASEAN in 2015. Instead of facing the inevitable economic integration of ASEAN two years hence with fear, Mindanawons must seize the opportunity and face it positively, stressed Romeo Montenegro, Investment Relations and Public Affairs director for the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). Montenegro reminded the participants of the 2nd Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and Development (MinCARED) Congress that the ASEAN Integration in 2015 will “mean a drastic increase in the demand for


power.” “Is Mindanao ready to face the opportunity of ASEAN by 2015?” he asked in his keynote address during Monday’s opening program of the 2nd MinCARED Congress. By 2015, there will be one ASEAN economic commu-

nity (AEC), he said, which gives the Philippines, especially Mindanao, vast opportunities. And Mindanawons must seize these opportunities by building a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy mix ideal for development. The AEC will be characterized by a (A) single market and production base, (B) highly competitive economic region, (C) region of equitable economic development, and (D) a region fully integrated into the global economy. The AEC areas of cooperation, as identified by the ASEAN website, include but not limited to human resources development and capacity building; recognition of professional qualifications; closer consultation on macroeconomic and financial policies; trade financing measures; enhanced

infrastructure and communications connectivity; development of electronic transactions through eASEAN; integrating industries across the region to promote regional sourcing; and enhancing private sector involvement for the building of the AEC. “In short, the AEC will transform ASEAN into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour, and freer flow of capital,” the article in its website said. And for Mindanao, which is the Philippines’ food basket, this economic integration is an opportunity that will further boost the island’s vast potentials for development. But the so-called Mindanao power crisis will hamper this development. Thus, the need for the face | page 8

ERRATUM In connection with the NOTICE on the Extrajudicial Settlement and Partition of the Late Marcelo T. Solis published on May 24, 2013 page 8, correct middle initial of one of deceased Marcelo T. Solis’ heirs should be Susan S. Pagaran. Sorry for the inadvertence. MDN: May 28, 2013

ERRATUM In connection with the Carmen, Agusan del Norte Registrar’s NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC on Julian Tapere Ruiz’s petition as represented by her mother Anne Jane Tapere Ruiz, for Correction of Sex from “(MALE)” to “(FEMALE)” in the Certificate of Live Birth of Julian Tapere Ruiz at Carmen, Agusan del Norte, published on May 14, 2013 page 8 and May 21, 2013 page7, City/Municipality in the letterhead should be Carmen, Agusan del Norte. Sorry for the mistake. MDN: May 28, 2013

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Links RP startups with Silicon Valley Kickstart Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom, has tapped California-based global accelerator Plug and Play Tech Center (PnP) as an international corporate partner, thereby giving select Philippine tech startups a bridge to Silicon Valley. “Plug and Play will work with Kickstart to first identify technology areas of interest, and we will then seek out high tech startups that are developing innova-

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Rotating brownouts recurs in Surigao Norte By Vanessa L. Almeda of MindaNews

SURIGAO CITY - Residents and businesses in Surigao del Norte will have to brace for recurrence of daily brownouts. This, after enjoying an uninterrupted power supply since the May 13 elections, said General Manager Danny Escalante of the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Surneco). “We expect another round of brownouts a few days from now,” he stated even as he continued that as of noon Wednesday, there was no load curtailment advisory from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for Surneco’s service area. “Several electric cooperatives have already implemented rotational brownouts. We do not know why this has not been implemented here,” Escalante

said. Surigao del Norte has a supply deficiency of five megawatts (MW) during peak demand, which is pegged at 26 MW. Therma Marine Inc. (TMI) currently supplies Surneco with eight MW from last month’s six. The state-run National Power Corp. (NPC) also provides the distribution utility with 13 MW from last month’s 10. Because of the power shortfall, Surneco could not serve mining companies Silangan Mining Corporation and Greenstone Resource Corporation., which consume five MW each, Escalante said.

He said the interruptible load program pushed by the Department of Energy (DOE) would have been an option, but only two large companies have their own generator sets – Gaisano Capital and Pacific Cement Corporation (PACEMCO). “But PACEMCO is limited to only serving its dayto-day office operations and not its plant operations,” he added. Escalante said the proposal to tap excess power from the 48 MW coal-fired power plant of Taganito HPAL (THPAL) has been trashed by Japan’s Sumitomo, the former’s owner and developer of the nickel processing plant.

Sumitomo has acquired a stake at Nickel Asia Corporation, the country’s largest nickel mining group. “Their plant was basically built to serve them and it will be another expense if you try to get it out and connect to our transmission

lines,” Escalante said. THPHAL needs only 40 MW for its operation and it has an excess of eight MW, he added. Escalante said they will employ modular generator sets as another option to fill the supply shortfall.

Energy Secretary Carlos Petilla had issued “a marching order for the modular generator sets to be in place by November,” he said. It is expected to provide additional 10 MW to Surneco’s supply. (Vanessa Almeda/MindaNews/asf )

2 higher education institutions arrestsPolice four wanted seek tuition increase individuals By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CIT Y - The C ommission on Higher Education (CHED-Caraga) disclosed that two higher education institutions (HEIs) in this city have applied for a tuition increase, effective academic year 20132014. In a phone inter view over 1 0 7 . 8 Powe r F M , D r. Ev an geline S. Dagaang, education supervisor II and in-charge of Business Related Program of CHED-C araga, s aid t he t wo HEIs are the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) and the AMA Computer Learning Center (ACLC). FSSU and AMA are respectively applying for nine percent and 10 percent tuition increase. It was learned that out of 56 HEIs in the region, only FSSU and AMA have, so far, submitted applications for tuition increase. “This represents 3.57% of the total schools in the region,” she Dr. Dagaang. She added, the applications were already forwarded to CHED

By PO3 Zena Menioria Panaligan

Central Office. She added up on approval of such applications, the two schools can immediately impose the new tuition rate. Dr. Dagaang, however, said incoming freshmen are not covered by any tuition increase, based on Section 3 of CHED Memorandum

Order No. 3, series of 2012. She added, HEIs concerned are required to post in conspicuous places the schedule of tuition fees for incoming freshmen on or before February 28 of the academic year preceding the academic year that the rates are to take effect. (RER, PIA-Caraga/arjaysfelicilda)

CAMP RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – A 44-year old woman, who was facing a qualified theft case was arrested by personnel of the Bislig City Police Station. The suspect was a resident of Purok 2, Sitio Sanyata, Brgy. San Roque, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur. She was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Merlyn Pacaro-Cañedo of RTC Branch 29, 11th Judicial Region, Bislig City. A bail of P24,000 has been recommended for her temporary release. Meanwhile, a 55-yearold widow was arrested, early evening of May 22 at her residence for attempted homicide. The arrest was ordered by Judge Carlos B. Cambray of the Municipal Trial Court of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, who recommended

a P12,000 bail. On the other hand, personnel of the Santiago (Agusan del Norte) Municipal Police Station have arrested Lenil Gamayon, 25 years old, single and Ian Rey Gamayon, 20 years old, single, both residents of Purok 6, Barangay Jagupit. The two had pending charges for violation of Sec. 10 in relation to Sec. 3, Art. VI, RA 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act). Seizure was made by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Gael P. Paderanga of RTC Branch 34, Cabadbaran City. A baild of P80,000 was recommended by the court for their temporary freedom. The four are now placed under custody of the respective police stations. (ZMP/ MMG/asf )

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Globe supports Masbate’s Rodeo Festival


lobe Telecom, through its mass market brand TM, maintained its strong presence in regional festivities and celebrations with its support and participation in the recent Rodeo Festival in Masbate, the Home of Philippine Rodeo. The Rodeo Festival 2013 is a 2-week action-packed event that featured unique competitions in the National Rodeo Finals showcasing daily ranch activities like bull riding, bull whipping, cattle lassoing wrestle tiedown and cattle drive, and herding competitions. Thirty-six (36) teams competed in the finals with teams coming from as far north as Benguet down to Cagayan de Oro. Other events in the twoweek festivities included the parade of western decorated floats and establishments, beef cooking contest, calesa ride and ranch tour, and the search for Mr. and Ms. Rodeo Philippines. At the Rodeo Festival, TM showcased its TM Combo10 offer, which provides subscribers with unlimited texts and 10-minute calls to Globe/TM and 50 texts to all networks for only P10 valid for 1 day, as well as its TM EXTEND offer which extends the validity of a TM promo for another day for only P5. TM also treated visitors and local residents to exclusive discounts, such as the marked-down TM SIM available for only P20 instead of P30. The discounted SIM was

SM CDO’s Grand Wear Sale It is the perfect time to shop for back to school here at SM Store’s Grand Wears Sale. Now until June 2 at Ground Floor Car Park Building, SM City Cagayan de Oro. Wide assortments of great finds up to 50% off from Men’s Wear, Ladies Wear and Children’s Wear items.

Featuring top brands For Men’s Wear Jag, Lee, Dickies, RRJ, Freego, Coach, Wrangler, Beverly Hills Polo Club, Fubu, No Fear, BNY, Arrow, Wallstreet, Hanes, Warren, Le Froge,Tribal,Ego, Paddocks, Wharton, Dansen, Michel Andre, GQ, Monsieur, Ultimo, Baleno, Men’s Club, Mainstreet, Sta. Barbara, Uberto Duranti, Exclusive, Bo Athletics, Markus and Character Brands For Ladies’ Wear Paperdol ls, Xa ra, K rizia, Sa kaya, Sa m lin, Unica Hija, Attitudes, Essenxa ,Additons, Extreme, Forever Icon, Substance, Chenchen, St. Jeans, Jag, Paddocks, Pazzo, Blutab,Wranco, Beverly Hills Polo Club, Hotkiss, Dickies, Next Jeans, Bunny, and RRJ For Children’s Wear

A contestant tries to stay on top of a bull in the Bull Riding Competition.

also bundled with free two days of all-network texts and additional P10 load. TM also dressed up the event with branded banderitas, making it more festive, celebratory, and fun. “We are happy to support the Rodeo Festival as part of our strategy to strengthen regional visibility with our ‘Astig’ product portfolio,” says Issa Cabreira, TM Head. “Our subscribers can definitely expect more innovations, event partnerships, and value-for-money promos from Globe Telecom’s astig brand.”

To register to TM Combo10, text COMBO10 or C10 to 8888. To extend a promo to an additional day, text EXTEND to 8888. The 20th Rodeo Festival was founded by the Rodeo Masbateno Inc. (RMI), the only ranchers association in Masbate. According to RMI president Judge Manuel Sese, the Rodeo Festival 2013 is among the most successful staging of the Festival in its two decades of existence. As one of its major undertakings, RMI is geared on establishing the first Rodeo Academy in Asia.

UP assists Surigao Norte in roadsafety planning By Arjay S. Felicilda

THE UP-National Center for Transportation Studies has conducted a four-day workshop on road safety planning to the province of Surigao del Norte. Held from May 21 to 24 at Hotel Tavern, Surigao City, the workshop was spearheaded by the Philippine Provincial Road Management Facility. It was funded by the


Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Meanwhile, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has distributed land titles to 93 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries of Agusan Sur last week. The activity was officiated by PARO ll Paysal B. Tumog, CARPO Cristino Samputon,

assisted by Admin Officer Guillermo Manluctao, on behalf of Mayor Mondejar of Veruela. An orientation was conducted same day reminding the beneficiaries of their duties and obligations. (with report from PIA-13/Arjay S. Felicilda is a member of the Mindanao Press Alliance for Sustainable Development)

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MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno has organized a transition team at the provincial capitol in preparation of the turnover of power come June 30. Moreno would report to the city hall in Cagayan de Oro City as the newly proclaimed City Mayor. In the process, he wants to make sure that a smooth transfer of power to newly elected officials would take place at the capitol prior to his departure. Cris Diaz One of the approaches is the creation of a transition team. A transition team, however, would only be effective if both sides – the incoming elected officials and the outgoing officials – would work together to make the transfer of power succeeds. The point is that if it is only the incumbent who would create a transition team without the incoming transition team, such action would be suspicious. What is, therefore, the motive of forming a transition team without the collaboration of the incoming elected officials? Certainly, most people would entertain doubts on actions to be taken under a one-sided transition team especially if the transition team is initiated by the outgoing administration. Suspicions of possible alteration of records of some hazy transactions could not be avoided. The adoption of

some mechanisms to secure the skeletons in the closet would possibly take place on a bias transition team. Nothing is significant of a transition team without the representation of the other group. It is also the prerogative of the incoming administration to shun the transition team created by the incumbent administration. This situation took place when President Aquino became president in 2010. The incumbent administration of the Arroyo government then invited the Aquino group to form a team that would coordinate with the Arroyo-created transition team. Aquino did not respond to the invitation. Of course, the newly elected group of the Aquino’s political party did not cooperate with the Arroyo’s transition team for some reasons. Perhaps, one of the reasons that the Aquino group wanted to do then was to create their own transition team once they assumed power. Aquino knew that his newly elected officials would inherit a number of questionable transactions of the Arroyo administration. There were fears that the Aquino transition team would collaborate with the Arroyo’s transition team on some controversial issues then. Perhaps, the same thing would happen if the newly elected governor Bambie Emano would send a team to coordinate with Moreno’s transition team. React:

EVERY candidate should be a sore loser unless he chanced upon being a candidate and didn’t really care to win or lose. And should this be the case he or she has no business running for any position. Rejection is difficult as it is without ones contestants playing with the exercise for the fun of it. And worse, for the funds of it! In any contest be it for political positions or a beauty contest unless Harry Tambuatco one gives it all his or her best with an investment be it for monies, blood and sweat as the saying goes––it is not feasible to even aspire the position in the end. To be sore at the end of the contest is all but human. In the Philippines the moniker “no one loses, only cheated” can at times have relevance especially in a contest where the players are excluded from the processes in the evaluation of winners and losers. Case in point; assume players and voters who are amputated from the exercise once the ballots are sucked by the PCOS machine. Imagine an Ateneo La Salle game at the dome where the game is to be held and you are denied entry. You get to hear all the sound effects of the game but are restricted to watching it. In the end someone walks out and says; La Salle won.

Would you sit down and accept all the same and worse if you bet Ateneo who you firmly believe should have won due to your perceptions on the strength of the players? Candidates stay in the contest until election day because they believe they have a good chance of winning. And when told by the results on-line, to fail miserably is outright rejection to the nth degree. “I was cheated” is what we can expect from candidates. God’s will or money talks? Truth be told it is hard to swallow the practice that alienates those who do violate our laws vis-à-vis winning at all COST. We are told over and over again of election violations but no one is ever incarcerated only to run again to retain political positions. Is it the judiciary that is weak and at fault, or the police, or the Comelec, or even the semi-automatic pcos, or what? There are murmurs here and there of commissions being bought, monies spread about for vote-buying, the “hakot” syndrome that is brazenly in operation on election day and numerous other violations that have become SOP and acceptable to the people and the regulators that are tasked to monitor. Of course now there is even more reason to reject the cumulative sums the PCOS has put together with the chair of the Comelec being arrogant, abrasive and acting amok violating the Automatic Election Law be it for the negligence of the review of the

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What is a good person?

IS there a check list to become a good man or a woman? It is great to have one of course. A recipe of sorts to provide instructions that we could follow to ensure we were being “good person.” Few things in life really work that way. In fact, even recipes followed exactly don’t always turn out. They fail to account for effects of the weather, slight differences in ingredients, variance in oven temperatures, or a number of other factors. And “good” is in the taste buds of the eater. So what does it take to be a good person? Many will say that it means to be religious in going to church, reading the Bible everyday , praying at least twice a day, tithing, helping the poor, supporting a missionary, evangelizing, and the like. These are all great activities for Christians, but

The New Generation Alex A. Podador they are not what being a good person life is all about. For me, in order for one to be called a good person, first he needs to be made new in Christ and his relationship should be restored with God. To become a good person is about getting to know God, enjoying Him and bringing Him glory. It is true that when we know God certain actions will naturally result. Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14). But before that He said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the

gardener. . . . Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. . . . This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so

that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:1–11). Ob edience—living the “good Christian” life—flows from a loving relationship. And obedience helps us remain in God’s love and therefore experience His joy. Being a “good person” is not about performing certain actions. It is about growing in love for Christ and allowing His Holy Spirit to transform our hearts and lives. Demonstration of good deeds will just be the results of a good relationship with God. Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), the recipewriter and taste-tester for our lives. As we seek to know God and glorify Him, we also get to enjoy Him. A good person knows God, enjoys God, and grows in grace.

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Comelec, Smartmatic should be accountable for poll woes: EfD “THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) and private contractor Smartmatic should not brush aside the irregularities reported during the May 2013 elections.” This was the statement made by network of teachers Educators for Development (EfD). According to the EfD, the outpour of electionrelated problems reported last Monday by poll watchdog Kontra Daya belies Comelec Chairperson Sixto Brillantes’ claim that the 2013 polls were “generally okay”. The group of educators denounced widespread accounts of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines’ malfunction nationwide, which composed 60 percent of all reports that reached Kontra Daya during this year’s polls. PCOS machine malfunction cases included failure to start, sudden shutdown, overheating, and ballot rejection.

n The group demanded a thorough and independent investi-

gation of the failures of the automated system. In many c as es, t he Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) and PCOS technicians had to improvise by using umbrellas or broomsticks to aid the ballots into the machine, or trim down ballots to fit in the PCOS machine. Throughout Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, there were still many cases of disenfranchisement and long queues, as well as complaints about the slowness of the voting process and lack of election paraphernalia. Disenfranchisement reports ranged from missing names of registered voters on Comelec’s checklist to poll centers that suspended voting altogether due to defective PCOS machines. “This puts into question Comelec’s declaration on the eve of May 13 that

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Old-fashioned counting better If you ask me, I still prefer the manual, old-fashioned counting of ballots for the local positions. The credibility of the local count with machines giving the results, however accurate--and fast they may be--remain questionable to the supporters and the voters, simply because they do not know and understand how it really works. Moreover, there are still unsettled issues about the PCOS machines that must be addressed later. NO TO MACHINES -- Elections, as we ordinarily know, are meant to give a credible mandate for those who will govern us. To me, there is no substitute to opening those filled ballots and physically looking at the entries there one ballot after another when the count is being done. I like BTTER | page 11

Biblical reflection Bro. Edcel L. Closas

Defeated at the end Fresh Gospel of the day: Mark10:28-31(May28, 2013-Tuesday)Mark 10:28-31-Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life: Ephesians 6:8-Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free. This is the consoling statements of Jesus Christ to His disciples that all of them will receive rewards for following Him and submitting their lives for God’s glory. Like Paul attested of his rewards for sacrificing in preaching God to the people. 2 Timothy 4:6-8-For I defeated | page 8

everything is prepared for this year’s automated election,” EfD said. “What is clear is that for the sake of automation, Philippine elections was entrusted into the hands of a non-Filipino automatic election system company without a clearcut independent review of the program that ran the PCOS machines, without safeguards that should have ensured the integrity and efficiency of the entire system,” the group commented. EfD was also critical of the quick tweak made by COMELEC and automated election system company Smartmatic in face of the erroneous excessive results relayed to mass media at the end of election day itself. “Looking back at the 2010 and 2013 elections,

a level of speed may have been achieved but we cannot say that the automated election system was transparent or credible,” EfD added. It further noted that cases of electioneering, vote-buying, intimidation, harassment and violence were still rampant in various parts of the country. For EfD, most lamentable is the fact that teachers bore much of the brunt of the 2013 election woes. S ome public school teachers reported that they encountered problems up until transmission time: the process took a long time; some results could not be transmitted due to limited modems; and election results could not be printed. There were also cases when teachers themselves had to deliver the com-

pact flash cards to the city hall at their own expense. Meanwhile, payment of teachers’ allowance for their poll service has been delayed, and worse, they have to pay for the “cash cards” so they could get their allowance. “That teachers are being told to pay Php200 each to get their election service allowances through cash cards only adds insult to injury,” EfD commented. Up to 240,000 teachers were deputized to be BEIs for the 2013 polls. The Philippine government spent almost Php3 billion for additional PCOS machines purchased from Smartmatic and other election paraphernalia this year. The EfD said that the Comelec and Smartmatic should be held accountable for the 2013 electoral

mess, adding that the electoral body should not use Smartmatic’s technology in the next elections. The group also demanded a thorough and independent investigation of the failures of the automated system. “We are all for the modernization of elections, but not at the expense of transparency, credibility and accountability,” the group said. About EfD: The Educators Form for Development (EfD) is a voluntary association of educators committed to social transformation. The EfD brings together educators in the spirit of cooperation and fellowship to make education democratic and pro-people. It promotes transformative education in pursuit of genuine development, social justice and peace. The IBON Partnership for Education and Development serves as EfD secretariat.

Emano is as Ina-tay as he does

CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano, Misamis Oriental’s political kingpin, lost his seat to someone else is never newsworthy, at all. Emano, as politician falling into defeat, never surprised me either, but - as one of the country’s notorious political geniuses - allowing anybody outmart him, REALLY DID! Unbelievable, unless he has reason for it. Who cares? This account is never about politics, nonetheless; but about something, perhaps, that will help you think what’s wrong with his politics lately! I Have a Hunch: In my tender age, my father was telling me the boring anecdote of ‘The Stems of a Lone Luminous Tree’ --not only twice but so many times that

News, Creams and Greases... Cenen Mollejo I could mimic including his facial expressions behind his back. Honestly, I would hate him in silence every time he gave me that homily. His cliche made me the bad guy, being his child, and him -the hero! He may have a reason about it for himself though, and whatever that was --I don’t care these days. What has hitched me till today to that bitter-sweet imagery, however, is my father’s heart on it and its

beats reverberating even from a distance. (I missed him!) On the other hand, you must have come accross the same story sometime but left its value some place nowhere to figure out. Let alone this write up help refresh your memory back in - ‘Once upon a time...’ In far, far distant land where dwelt an old man whose long life became a burden to his son. The young man, tired

and confused, plotted a scenario to get rid of his worn out father. He tied him to his wooden backrack, mounted it and walked through the woods up in the hills -without a word. The final trouble the old man did over him were the pains stashing stems of the lone luminous tree found only outside the village. He broke them into uniform length and left a cut behind every after the 6th stride the young man made. (No. 6 is numerical antidote for evils). His vocal counting was the only human sound the son could hear in the wild --day and night. Neither was the overload, nor his monotony bothered the young man in the EMANO | page 11

Poverty is caused by deprivation It’s a real relief that no less than the Holy Father of the 1.2 billion Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has taken the cudgels for the poor of the world by calling the attention of everyone specifically the comfortable to their plight. But transforming the situation of the poor could not be done by merely calling the attention of the world to the sorry situation of the poor. What is needed is to seriously preach the teachings of the head of the church, Jesus Christ, for the very rich to voluntarily sell their properties and give the proceeds to the poor as found in Luke 18:22-23 so they can take up His cross and follow Him. It is very important that this should be preached without fear or reservation

A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II by the church if the body of Christ wants real transformation to truly happen in this world where greed for anything and everything is insatiable. The persistent call of the Pope for the believers, specifically the affluent, to look at the poor with pity by working for the establishment of a just social order will remain rhetoric unless it is linked with Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God. Poverty, we should un-

derstand, is not a state of life desired by the poor. This is the first thing that every believer should clearly understand. Poverty is the result of deprivation thus imposed on those who are unjustly relegated to such state of life. As far as the teachings of Jesus are concerned, it is wrong when one goes hungry, when one does not have potable water to drink, when one could not acquire education, when one could

hardly clothe himself, when one could hardly change his life situation. This is an unjust life situation that God never intended for anyone of his prized creature. There are people, and they comprise a large segment of the entire population, who could hardly live with their meager income, who could not even seek medical attention when afflicted with any form of illness because they are poor. Access to quality education and health, for example, had been snatched from them the moment they were born into this world. Think of those children whose parents’ main occupation is to dive for those loose coins being tossed into the sea by arriving or departing boat passengers which is a common poverty | page 11



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‘Power at lesser cost’ 2nd MinCARED Congress call:

By Cheng Ordonez BWM, Editor in chief

CAGAYAN de Oro City––A two-day renewable energy advocacy congress has started to embarked yesterday, May 27, 2013, on mainstreaming Mindanao power agenda by gathering more than 400 participants for a two-day conference of mostly power stakeholders with the aim of providing consumers with continuous power supply albeit at lesser cost. Top officials from the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO), the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), Institute of Power Sector Economics (IPSEc) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) led the RE advocacy congress, but were not spared from answering queries regarding power sources out of fossil fuels during a press conference held at the opening day, at the Xavier Sports and Country Club, the congress venue here. AMRECO President Sergio Dagooc insisted that modular generating sets are mere “band aids” for an ailing Mindanao power situation. “We will not use it (modular gensets) forever, not 24 hours a

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day. The gensets will be used just to mitigate the power shortage situation and will be applied only until a long-term solution is put in place – one that is with balanced supply, right technology and give the consumers preference for lesser cost,” Dagooc said. He maintained that the idea of Mindanao having over supply of energy by 2016 is a fallacy. “While the power demand in Mindanao is artificial, we don’t see any over-supply by 2015, 2016, 2017, because the demand is growing,” Dagooc explained. He said 27 out of the 33-member-cooperatives of AMRECO have already started contracting with power sources that have new technologies. “This is why our theme for the 2nd MinCARED Congress is ‘Mainstreaming the Mindanao Power Agenda: Reliable, Affordable and Sustainable Power Supply in Mindanao,’ because the in the future, the call of the day is on new technology for better power source,” he said. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Director Romeo Montenegro, who represented Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, who did not make it to the congress, said renewable energy dispatch is on top of all other power sources to be tapped for

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power sources. “This means that hydro, biomass, solar, over all other power sources, must be dispatch first before we can tap other sources, as provided for by the dispatch protocol in the RE Law,” Lawyer Montrenegro said. MUST president Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, for his part said the congress is expected to also provide a valuable network-building opportunity -- opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences between NGOs, LGUs, diverse experts and organizations working on power issues, as well as approaches to enhance activities through participation in plenary discussions, interactive dialogues and focused group discussions. Participants were divided into three major groups for the focused discussion yesterday and are expected to come out with resolutions today before the congress closes. Participants were briefed on the following major topics and sub-topics: (1) Mindanao Hydro Electric Power Plant – Status, Privatization, Non-Privatization, Central Purchasing Mechanism; (2) Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification – Rural Electrification and Development, Wind and Biomass, Fuel Cell Sysytem, Mindanao People’s Renewable Energy Development Program: The

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Solution to the Mindanao Power Problem, Solar Energy, Hydro Energy; (3) Policy Issues – Transmission Transparency, Interim Mindanao Electricity Market, Interruptible Load Program and Policy Modular Generation Sets. Aside from the MinCARED executives mentioned, also present were Clint Django Pacana, secretary general of MinCARED 2013, who has been supervising the conduct of the congress along with Stanley Uriarte, chief executive officer of the Institute of Power Sector Economics (IPSEc) and MinCARED 2013 event manager. Power generation components’ representatives and prospective power producers were also seen at the congress, as well as representatives from non-government organizations, academe, civil society organizations, electric cooperative constituencies, media, private sector and other significant stakeholders. “This year’s holding is not timed before or during the dry season by which consequent curtailments are rising. But the holding of MinCARED activities, such as this, will highlight the responsibility of the consumers to save and brace for crucial periods,” said Mr. Pacana. The Congress is also expected

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implementation of the Mindanao Power Agenda now being strongly pushed by the MinCARED, backed by the MinDA. MinCARED chairman Sergio Dagooc, general manager of the Siargao

to underscore the effective ways in which AMRECO, in partnership with MUST, IPSEc, MinDA and other key advocates can contribute in fostering sustainable solutions. The congress is also expected to provide valuable network-building opportunity, opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences between NGOs, LGUs, diverse experts and organizations working on power issues, as well as approaches to enhance activities through participation in plenary discussions, interactive dialogues and on focused group discussions. “The focal discussion of the congress delves on Mindanao hydro-electric power plant, renewable energy and rural electrification and policy issues,” Mr. Uriarte said, even as it vows to provide opportunity for the Mindanao power advocates to discuss related power issues with their counterparts in the energy hierarchy,” he said. Day 2, will showcase Introduction to Energy Management System, Presentation of Technologies. The Congress closes with presentation of outputs on Mindanao Hydro Electric Power Plant, Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and on Policy Issues.

Electric Cooperative as well as president of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperative (AMRECO), said that Mindanao energy players and stakeholders should “not wait” for the government to move to solve the problem of Mindanao. “Instead, let us make our own Mindanao energ y plan collectively that will be integrated in the government’s PEP (Philippine Energy Plan).” “It is [an] essential [part that] we need to approach

and define by ourselves the future of Mindanao power,” Montenegro said. And part of this “approach” is the ideal energy mix that is in favour of renewable energy. “We need to be aggressive collectively in putting forth an RE roadmap to maintain a healthy mix of energy sources for Mindanao,” he said in an interview. (Bong D. Fabe)


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am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: Hence-

forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Can you sacrifice for the glory of God? Mark

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 ELDIE VEM S. ASILO has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name from “ELDIE” to “ELDIE VEM” in the birth certificate of ELDIE SALIGUMBA ASILO who was born on November 24, 1978 at Butuan Maternity & Gen. Hospital, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are ELISEO SIMENE ASILO and GLORIA TOMAMPOS SALIGUMBA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 07 June 2013. (SGD.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar MDN: May 21 & 28, 2013

8:34-and when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Are you carrying your

own cross? But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last first. Matthew 24:13-But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. If we will not persevere in serving God, we will become “defeated at the

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Agusan del Sur Municipality of Trento NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC CCE-0004-2013 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), Notice is hereby served to the public that RUSSEL ABAO GEBILAGUIN has filed with this Office a petition for change of Gender from Female to Male. In the Birth Certificate, the gender was wrongly written. Instead of Male, it was registered as FEMALE. RUSSEL ABAO GEBILAGUIN who was born on October 24, 1980, Trento, Agusan del Sur and whose parents are Rogelio C. Gebilaguin and Consolacion J. Abao, is MALE IN GENDER. Any person adversely affected by this petition may file his written opposition with the Office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of Trento, Agusan del Sur. (SGD). ELISEO G. MIGUEL Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: May 28 & June 4, 2013

end”: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: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late PEDRO MONTAUS consisting of a parcel of land (Lot No. 1709, Pls 736) situated in Sta. Ana, Tubay, Agusan del Norte, under Tax Declaration No. 00215 PIN: 053-10-0006-007-04 covered by Original Certificate of Title No. P-8240, containing an area of 7.2810 hectares, is the subject of a DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION executed by deceased Pedro Montaus’ heirs, namely, Teresita M. dela Cerna, Canesio C. Montaus, Oliva M. Paler and Arturo C. Montaus, per Doc. No. 5201; Page No. 501; Book No. XII; Series of 2013 of the Notarial Registry of Romeo B. Sanchez, Notary Public. MDN: May 28, June 4 & 11, 2013

ERRATUM In connection with the Carmen, Agusan del Norte Municipal Registrar’s NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC on Aziel Olaguer Alimpiping’s petition for Correction of Sex from “(FEMALE)” to “(MALE)” in her Certificate of Live Birth at Carmen, Agusan del Norte, published on May 14, 2013 page 8 and May 21, 2013 page 4, City/Municipality in the letterhead should be Carmen, Agusan del Norte. Sorry for the mistake. MDN: May 28, 2013

ERRATUM In connection with the Carmen, Agusan del Norte Registrar’s NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC on Elvis S. Vallar’s petition for Correction of Sex from “(MALE)” TO “(FEMALE)” in the Certificate of Live Birth of Elvis Sarabusing Vallar at Carmen, Agusan del Norte, published on May 14, 2013 page 8 and May 21, 2013 page 7, City/Municipality in the letteryhead should be Carmen, Agusan del Norte. Sorry for the mistake. MDN: May 28, 2013

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Daily HOROSCOPE AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) - It’s a day of communion -- which can mean different things to different people. You may feel spiritual, or you may need to spend time in the company of those whose values match yours. PISCES (February 19 – March 20) - Take care to just keep it quiet today -- you may want to shake someone by the collar until they straighten out, but that’s not going to make anyone happy. Things are looking up for everyone! ARIES (March 21 – April 19) - You’re somewhat irritated with one of the people in your life -- and they are sure to know all about it by the time you’re done with them! The good news is that you patch it all up quickly afterward. TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) - You can’t let yourself lecture people today -- tempting as that may be. Nobody wants to hear how wrong they are, even if nothing can get done until they backtrack. Wait for a better day. GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) - Focus on your friends and family today -- or maybe your closest business contacts, if work is a high priority right now. You should be able to get folks to see things your way soon. CANCER (June 22 – July 22) - Try not to make a big deal out of today’s choice -- and how torn you are. Things are looking good, as long as you can keep your options open for one more day. Things should make a lot more sense tomorrow.

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Panasonic 4K 20” Tablet


anasonic must have known that 4K was going to the buzzword of CES this year because this ultra-HD 20” Windows 8 tablet knocked the socks off most of the other companies’ 4K offerings. Sure, we know what you’re thinking: What in the world are you going to do with a 20” tablet? Panasonic recommends the device for architects and designers, but honestly

we are not totally sure. But when your tablet has four times the resolution of 1080p, does it really matter?

SUDOKU How to play the game? Fill in completely every rows, columns and diagonals of each puzzle without repitition

of the same digit.

Yesterday’s Answer

LEO (July 23 – August 22) - Your adventurous energy is absolutely amazing right now -- so make sure that you’re free to follow up on every impulse! Your people may not have the stamina to keep up with you, but you can tell them all about it later. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) - You have to let the universe call the shots today -- otherwise, things are sure to get weird for you and your people. Don’t let anyone convince you to try to force your point of view on the world! LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) - You’ve got to stick with whatever is on your plate right now. The good news is that you should be able to glide right through today’s projects, creating room for whatever is coming down tomorrow. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) - You feel larger than life -- so act like it! You may get lost in the crowd of others who are also trying to impress the world, but that’s okay. If anything, you may surprise them all in the end!

CROSSWORD puzzle across 1. South American country 9. Korean currency 10. Eight (comb, form) 12. Building wing 14. American university 16. Greek letter 18. Rhenium symbol 19. Wheel and_ 20. Piece of furniture 21. Scent 23. Weasel 25. Encountered 27. Rowing pole 28. Pencil end 31. False god 33. And not 34. Model 36. Lithium symbol

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) You can bring a smile to almost any face today -- so start with yours! You find that one particular act of kindness is repaid really quickly, though there’s no reason to stop there, of course. CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) -You are moving at much greater speed today -- so much so that you may leave your allies in the dust! It’s not the best time to expect support, but you can still get plenty done on your own.

Amazing Facts! Did you KNOW?? .. The Ouija board is named for the French and German words for yes - oui and ja...

Show-bizz Phil on wedding plans with Angel : ‘I don’t know when, I just want know I want to be with her’ Sa tanong kung may balak na ba silang magpakasal ni Angel, dineny ni Phil na maroon na silang mga plano. “Not yet. As I say, I want to be with Angel but I haven’t proposed yet. In the future, I plan to but there’s no plan yet.” Sinabi din ni Phil na di totoo ang balitang niregaluhan niya ng singsing ang aktres. Mabilis din ipinaliwanag ni Phil na sinusuportahan niya ang career ni Angel bilang

artista kaya malabo pa na magpakasal sila in the near future. “I don’t know. She’s with ABS (CBN). She still has her career and I want to support her there

so this year’s probably too soon. I don’t know when, I just know I want to be with her.”

37. _Nino 38. Castro’s turf 39. Business notices 40. Perjurer 42. Temporary decline 44. Newcomer DOWN 2. Nocturnal bird 3. _and behold 4. Translucent chalcedony 5. Spanish dance 6. Freeze 7. Preposition 8. Fuel oil 11. Bovine mammals 13. Guided 15. Alcoholic beverage 17. Visionary 19. Greek god of war

20. Winged creature 22. _Khayyam 24. Wound seriously 26. Entitlement 29. Rock and_ 30. Burglarize 32. Antiquated 35. Adventurous 38. Automobile 39. Actor Muhlach 41. Whether 43. Americium symbol Yesterday’s Answer


Heat’s Wade gets flagrant one for hit on Stephenson INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- NBA officials decided Sunday that Dwyane Wade’s forearm shot to Lance Stephenson was a flagrant foul - just not enough of a shot to warrant a suspension. The league issued its ruling shortly before the Heat were to face Indiana in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Neither Pacers coach Frank Vogel nor Heat coach Erik Spoelstra expected the league to hand down a suspension with a berth in the NBA Finals at stake. Wade explained to reporters before the game that he was not surprised by the decision. “I wasn’t worried because it wasn’t intentional,” he said. “All I was trying to do was get out of the way of him trying to set a screen.”

Wade then cut off questions, saying he only wanted to talk about Game 3, which is Sunday night at Indiana. He will be in the starting lineup. The play occurred in the fourth quarter of Indiana’s Game 2 victory when Stephenson was running down the court on a fast-break. Wade jumped into the air and hit Stephenson in the back of the head with his arm, knocking Stephenson to the floor. No foul was called on the play. Spoelstra didn’t complain about the decision. “We take it for what it is, we can’t control what the league decides,” he said. “We just have to move on.” Before Wade spoke, LeBron James explained he believes the league needs to protect players from tak-


ing head shots - just like the NFL and NHL do. But he backed his teammate. “I think we all know that’s what replay is for,” James said. Miami guard Mario Chalmers also will start after injuring his shoulder in both Games 1 and 2 in Miami.

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Cheated... from page 6

source codes regardless of the Comelec’s predicament with its supplier. There is also the violation of the WORM (writeonce, read-many) provision of the CF cards. There is also the digital signatures; and so on and so forth. As of late the uncanny trending of the election results raises suspicions all considering the integrity of the Comelec is lost. In the end it is no longer competence and integrity that win the elections but the moneyed and violators who spend at all cost to win the contest to the detriment of the masses. Now if only the masses knew what they got themselves into?

Rate... from page 1

on building skills needed by the global market. With K to 12, students are expected to work after taking up vocational and technical trainings in high school. Curriculum changes remain unsupportive of a progressive economy when students’ skills are developed to contribute to its development. According to Ib on, changes in the curriculum should reflect the country’s development aspirations. “However, there is apparently no learning area or competency in the present K to 12 curriculum that aims to develop the ingenuity and capacity of Filipino students to develop new technologies and build new forms of knowledge needed to help strengthen the country’s industries.”

Solon... from page 1

is committed without violence or intimidation of persons, or force upon things. The law also provides a penalty of imprisonment of not less than 17 years and four months and not more than 30 years, when the carnapping is committed by means of violence against or intimidation of any person, or force upon things. Furthermore, the same section provides the penalty of reclusion perpetua when the owner, driver or occupant of the carnapped motor vehicle “is killed or raped in the course of the commission of the carnapping or on the occasion thereof.” As defined in the proposed amendatory measure, carnapping is “the taking, with intent to gain, of a motor vehicle belonging to another without the latter’s consent, or by means of violence against or intimidation of persons, or by using force upon things.” The bill provides that when the carnapping is committed by means of violence against or intimidation of any person, or force upon things resulting in the death of the owner, driver or occupant, the penalty of reclusion perpetua without the benefit of parole shall

be imposed. Likewise, any person who violates any (other) provision of the proposed amendatory Act shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than prision mayor in its maximum period (12 years) and a fine equal in amount to the acquisition cost of the motor vehicle, motor vehicle engine or any other part involved in the violation. However, if the violator is a juridical person, the penalty shall be imposed on its president or secretary and/or members of the board of directors or any of its officers and employees who may have directly participated in the violation. Other violations include defacing or tampering with serial numbers of motor vehicles, engine blocks and chassis; identity transfer of a motor vehicle total wreck or beyond economic repair; transfer of vehicle plates; sale of second hand spare parts from carnapped vehicle shipment without clearance from the PNP; and assembly or rebuilding of motor vehicles without clearance and permit, among others. Likewise, all owners of motor vehicles in all cities and municipalities are required to register their cars with the local police without any charges. Among the 55 authors of the measure who were re-election as members of the 16th Congress are: Reps. Rufus Rodriguez; Ben Evardone; Salvio Fortuno; Federico ‘Miro’ Quimbo; Jorge ‘Bolet’ Banal; Karlo Alexei Nograles; Winnie Castelo and Senator-elect Juan Edgardo Angara.

Death... from page 1

On the day after the election, people he met in the Public Market said that they did not vote for him anymore because it is a waste to vote for someone who is already dead. A woman in the Wet Mar ke t h a d t o t ou ch Maglinao to be sure that she was not seeing a ghost. It was learned that the rumor started from the camp of a party-mate running for the same position. Independent candidates who learned about the rumors also unwittingly helped in spreading the rumors. A farmer from barangay Digkilaan said that the rumor reached them 3 days before the election and they had not more time check. In a statement issued to the press two days after the election, Maglinao said that it was the worst political tactic he ever heard since he became conscious of election in this country. “It was a desperate and sinister move to put a person down,” he said. And he was saddened to note that it came from a party mate. Now, though having naturally lost by a margin of 375 votes, Maglinao is

spending time to go around thanking his supporters and appearing personally to show that he is very much alive and that he never had a heart attack.

Emano... from page 7

beginning. “After all, I shall free myself off him days afterward,” he said. Long after that, he was climbing halfway on his final mountain where to leave the old man for himself. This time, he felt as if the whole firmament above fell upon him. He was brutally exhausted and weaker. Moreover, his father’s preoccupation had also become intolerable, so the young man asked: “Why are these final burden to me?” The old man slowly replied, smiling: “So you won’t get lost from the trail on your way back home alone, my very dear son.” My Cup of Tea: The anecdote my old man told me is definitely not about the new governor of Misamis Oriental, Yevgenev “Bambi” Emano. My humble salute, Sir! He is the son of Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, but absolutely not the young villain of my parent’s humdrum fiction. Neither was the cliche retold for the Emanos; nor this article aimed at gathering scattered pieces of what was lost to justify a failure or so. For, did he really fail his own battle yet? If so or not, collecting residues from one’s spoils to construct excuses for it can never make me politically right -much less, bring me my own glory. Unlike the kingpin Emano, who, I suspect, may have lately lost his specific battle himself but won the entire war. He lost some, he wins some --perhaps larger than what he compromised. (Not here to speak about though). Besides, I can’t tell you stories beyond those hurled by his friends and foes alike. And, little do I know the real score behind each of those scuttlebutts - not even worth a journo’s note. They are not my cup of tea, either. Rather, I write about what more socially valuable is to the wise than what political snooping is to the sick neighborhood interloperer. Hence, this article is about a father in an iron man’s soul --perhaps the only soft spot of one Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano! Family and Politics: What else could tell about one who has stayed in power more than half of his life other than the self-projection of how he works for it? Modus operandi modus vivende est! (How one works is how he lives.) It was my impression of the Kingpin Emano way back in the early 90’s, then the governor of Misamis Oriental. (Personal Note: My

friendship with the person may have been by odd, fun and, perhaps, odd... I was a young journalist professional then, fresh from religious studies and the university’s college of street parliaments. Well, I had my own social biases and idealism too - perhaps the reason, if not his serious misconstruction, to have bantered me with red-scare labels. Returning the same, however out of respect, were done most mentally: Well, it takes one to know one, gov!) Likewise, what I saw of him then was ‘a rising radical olegarch married more to both his cause-oriented politics and its advocacy’s crowning glories’ - than to a wife and family. Only a little later did I know he has reared his children all alone --thereby earning my excess reverence incremental to his official authority and people-orientation! Moreover, from that standpoint, being single parent - to his kids both their mom and dad - bred perhaps the subsequent twists and turns of his party politics. Such, whether by accident or not, is never this story all about. Sorry! (Leave it to good fortunes the fate of this democracy’s politics of family enterprise). But fair enough, the still reigning olegarch and kingpin Dongkoy Emano may just be as ‘inatay’ (short for ‘inahan-tatay’) as he does --also politically! After all, 2013 electionturns-out only project the political genius’ mind-set, priorities and the things preoccupying him --including his self-sacrifice. {;-) --(To expect from the next of series: Can’t even be the Patriarch of Faith; The Taipan’s Heart... and more) •• The columnist is a correspondent of NatGeo News and reachable for comments at

Poverty... from page 7

sight in all our piers and then ask your self what chance do these children have in improving their own lives? Think of those children in remote mountain barangays who could not even finish elementary education because there is none available for them where they are? How can the life of these children become better if they are deprived of such basic need such as education in improving their life? People who have better access to these necessities in life may say it is through hard work that one can transform their life for the better. This is not true. In the country today there are only three universities recognized as belonging to the best in the world. That is the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and De la Salle University. The ques-

tion is, can everyone enroll in these schools because realistically only graduates of these institutions enjoy the privilege of getting hired for the scarce jobs available especially the lucrative and high-paying ones? Can the children of those loose coin divers send any of their kids to any of the schools mentioned? If those whose parents are only employed could hardly send their children to college, how much more for those parents who are mere divers? Is this not a form of deprivation? The problem, however, is that even the church is very much a part of that social apparatus that deprive the majority of the populace to have their lives transformed for the better. Of the three schools mentioned, two are owned by the church, the Jesuits in the case of Ateneo and the De la Salle brothers in the case of De la Salle. Many parents dream of sending their parents to the three schools but could not afford their sky-high tuition fees. Is it just for these two church-owned institutions to collect prohibitive tuition fees? The Pope’s call for the church to look with favor the plight of the less fortunate, the poor will only find meaning if he uses his power to divest the church itself of all its riches by making their schools or hospitals, for example, accessible to the poor and the deprived. Until such time that the church leads the way in living out the injunction of Jesus as found in the Gospel according to Luke by divesting itself of all its riches, the call of Pope Francis to transform the world by being truly concerned about the deprivation happening in society reducing a sizable number of the population to poverty will just be a hollow call not in accord with Jesus’ teachings. --(Reactions at jelbacon@ or at jelbaconii@

Better... from page 7

to return to the “slash” “kahon” count that was on the board for all to see and watch. It may be slow but that does not matter. Pardon me, but I do not trust machines. The thrill of a count, vote per vote, is lost and no longer there. Pressing a button and getting the sum total is so impersonal and mechanical. It may be fast. But the human elements and personal touch are all lost. I recall seeing local supporters who stayed vigil at the voting centers to watch the counting only to later complain that it was so fast they didn’t notice how it happened. I have gone through an election myself. And I tell you, I would not at all submit to this unverifiable and uncertain process of allowing a machine, whose system and function I cannot fully and clearly understand, to decide whether I win or lose.

I dunno about you. But if you ask me: NO WAY! TIME TO RETIRE -COMELEC Chair Sixto Brillantes should be credited for some major initiatives in the elections. He had been bull headed and pushed for his own road map, against all odds. And he firmly stoodmhis ground. But he has also been “cutting corners”. For instance, he proclaimed all the winning senators without waiting for a final tally. He threatened the nation of a resignation just before the elections to protest the reversals he suffered in the Supreme Court, only to change his mind at the last minute. He reportedly partook of the bounties of the so-called intelligence fund together with his commissioners, as disclosed by retired Comelec Commissioner Gus Lagman himself who promptly returned the P1 million allocation intended for him when he was asked to affix his signature to a “certification” of expenses without properly liquidating with supporting paper. Under his watch, the COMELEC even did not comply with the requirement of a prior verification of the PCOS source codes. I think it’s time to retire, Mr Chair. Before you commit another blunder. You already gave it your best shot. ••• CREDIT TO PNOY -- I have been moving around Mindanao by road. And I can tell you that the highway improvement projects in many areas nowadays have been noticeable and impressive. Credit must go to the fiscal reforms of the Aquino administration under President Pnoy. I talked with a contractor friend who told me that infra project costs have been considerably slashed “to the bone” by DPWH (Congrats to Secretary Singson.) Hence budgetary allocations go a long way. To some extent, big contractors who no longer get big windfalls or profits from government infra projects have no choice but to grab available projects even how low the margins are, just so they have some cash flow to amortize and maintain equipment and manpower. Better doing some work than remain idle. ••• ON THE “TAKE “ ---The problem is: in spite of the reforms, the “take” of some officials remain. Some congressmen and officials my source told me, still expect some “SOPs”. I was told the contractor had to haggle for some reduction to stay “alive and viable”. He said this malaise is endemic. It’s in the system. No wonder people go to great lengths to get into positions of power.



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PH wins New Frontiers Award for typhoon rebuilding efforts THE Philippines is a recipient of the New Frontiers Award 2013 at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the Middle East’s premier travel and tourism exhibition. T he Ne w Front i e rs Award started to be a main feature of the ATM six years ago, given to destinations that have surmounted great adversity to rebound its tourism industries. The award also gives tribute to the resilience of local communities to rebuild their lives, as well as bring attention to the crisis management and risk reduction practices of local authorities. It is the only citation extended during the event. The Philippines was shortlisted, together with New York State (Hurricane Sandy) and Pakistan (2012 floods), among an original list of 10 nominees for outstanding contribution to tourism development in the face of overwhelming adversity. “The Philippines, its government and its people, has shown remarkable fortitude and a stoic determination to get both communities and the local economy back on track following the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Bopha late last year, and their resilience in the face of such a monumental crisis

The Philippine delegation to the Arabian Travel Mart, which ran from 6 – 9 May 2013 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).

is commendable,” Mark Walsh said. Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Benito C. Bengzon, Jr., who led the Philippine delegation to ATM, received the award from Mark Walsh, Portfolio Director of Reed Travel Exhibitions. The crystal trophy came along with free exhibition space at the ATM worth US$10,000. The delegation was composed of 14 organizations representing nine tour operators, four hotel and resort companies, and one airline company. The award is in recognition of the continuing

efforts to rebuild infrastructure and the tourism economy after Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) wrought havoc in December 2012. The catastrophe is deemed the world’s deadliest last year, leaving millions homeless and infrastructure and agricultural farms vastly damaged. “The Philippine government, under the administration of President Aquino and the Department of Tourism have worked hand-in-hand to establish tourism as a major generator of income for the people and the country. At times

Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Benito C. Bengzon, Jr., (R) and Mark Walsh, Portfolio Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions.

of adversity, such as this, the determined spirit of our countrymen, supported by assistance from the international community, shines through and, it is this same spirit that is driving our tourism industry forward,” Assistant Secretary Bengzon Jr., said. The first quarter arrivals from the Middle East region recorded a 22.1% gain over the same period last year. “We intend to attract more of the high-spending market from this region. Service providers are optimistic of the continued uptrend and are investing to take advantage of this windfall.

Cebu Pacific has launched its first long-haul flight to Dubai to commence in October. Other airlines are to announce their services within the year,” Assistant Secretary Bengzon added. “This award highlights the sheer resilience of our people and the resolve of all stakeholders to fast track recovery. We also are very thankful to the many countries and international agencies with their generosity to help in our rebuilding efforts. Our record-breaking performance and new highs of the industry clearly indicate that our partnerships are bearing fruit. Despite

these crises, we remain undaunted and focused in showing our visitors that we are worth visiting,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said. “Indeed, what makes the Philippines more fun is its people. The bayanihan spirit, amplified during crisis, is a unique social phenomenon that will forever drive the Filipinos to remain steadfast and dependent on each other for strength, through good times and bad. That in the midst of great challenges, we still manage to put on a happy face,” Secretary Jimenez concluded.


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