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Woman farmer organizer ‘abducted’ VOL. I


Cagayan de Oro City


May 8, 2013

By Joe del Puerto Felicilda, Editor-in-Chief


AGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A 60-year old farmer organizer has been ‘abducted’ on her way to the eastern part of Misamis Oriental from the Makabayan partylist coalition headquarters in Barangay Camamanan, this city, morning of April 27, this year. According to Richard Colao, secretary general of

the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP-NorMin), Estelita T. Tacalan, widow and a mother of three, earlier had a meeting on electoral concerns at the Makabayan headquarters. “Following that meeting, she was supposedly on her way to the eastern part of Misamis Oriental to plan out for the Labor Day celebration

Estelita T. Tacalan

with her colleagues when her mobile phones went unreachable,” Colao related. Makabayan is a coalition of progressive partylist groups fielding candidates for various government positions in the May 13 elections.


“Her relatives and friends were contacted, but never a trace of her could be found, Colao further related, adding that Estelita (Nanay Neneng to friends) was also a health worker of the KMP and the woman /P5


‘WATER IS LIFE’. Sufficient and abundant supply of water are now being enjoyed by almost 200 families at Mahogany Village in Calaanan Relocation Site as Mayor Dongkoy Emano and officers of the Kagay-an Evangelical Disaster Response Network (KEDRN) recently led the blessing of the newly-opened deep well initiated by the evangelical group. CIO PHOTO

Infra projects sa CdeO nagpadayon - Abejuela NAGPADAYON ANG mga proyektong pang-imprastraktura sa Cagayan de Oro. Kini nga report nadawat sa city council committee on public works nga gipangulohan ni Konsehal Noling Abejuela gikan sa Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH-10) -First District

Engineering Office. Ang maong mga proyekto naglakip sa pagtul-id sa drainage structure sa Sapang Creek latas sa Butuan CityCagayan de Oro City-Iligan City Road (BCR) ug pagtukod sa Cagayan de Oro Coastal Road (By-Pass Road), lakip infra /P5

Police files charges against Nunungan ambush suspects By Police Supt. Ronnie Francis M. Cariaga

CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City – Charges of ‘multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder were filed by the police against 16 suspects in the recent attack on Nunungan Town Mayor Abdul Manamparan and his convoy. Police Chief Supt. Catalino B. Rodriguez Jr., PRO-10 director, said the Special

Investigation Task Group (SITG) has positively identified the suspects, based on evidence recovered from the crime scene and the testimonies of credible witnesses. The vehicle used by the victims, a yellow dump truck with plate no. SKH-429, contained blood stains, several bullet holes and shattered windshield, he added. The SOCO Team also found at the crime scene

96 pieces of fired cartridge case of 5.56 mm, one unfired cartridge case of 5.56 mm, two pieces of fired cartridge case of 7.62 mm and one fired cartridge case of 9mm. Also recovered by SOCO personnel were one clip of a magazine of caliber .30 M1 Garand, one pin of hand grenade and portion of an alleged brain tissue and cut cloth of blood shirt, Regional Director Rodriguez further said. (RFMC/jdelpf)

Emano gibatikos ni Rufus

NAGPUSOTPUSOT NGA AWARDS – Sa dakong hulagway makita si Mayor Dexter Babano Yasay nga nagadawat sa usa sa daghang awards nga naangkon sa lungsod sa Opol, Misamis Oriental sa tuig 2012. Makita usab si Ms. Pacita M. Cagatan (inset sa wala), isip Katangi-tanging Kawani Awardee; ug Mr. Danilo A. Paraguya (inset sa tunga), isip PSC National Finalist sa Photograph Contest. Sa too (inset), si Mayor Yasay uban kanila ni Mr. Paraguya (wala) ug Ms. Cagatan (too). Pinaagi niini ug sa uban pang awards, naka-ingon ang katawhan, “We’re Proud to be Opolanons!” (advertorial)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Padayong gibatikos ni Rep. Rufus Rodriguez ang pamuno-an sa dakbayan tungod sa pagbali-wala niini sa panglawas sa katawhan. Matud ni Rep. Rodriguez nga nag-file siya og bill aron ma-nationalize ang J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital (JRBMCH) ug mabag-o ang mga kahimanan gawas nga mahatagan sa gikinahanglang

mga tambal, apan gibabagan sa administrasyong Emano. Nagtoo si Rep. Rodriguez nga kung ma-nationalize ang JRBMCH, matudlo usab dayon ang batid nga mga mananambal. Gibatikos pagdugang ni Rep. Rodriguez ang pamunoan sa dakbayan tungd sa padayon niining paghatag og permiso sa langyaw nga rufus /P5

Rufus Rodriguez

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CdeO supak sa hospital privatization Sinulat ni Arjay S. Felicilda, News Editor

DILI mosugot ang konseho sa Cagayan de Oro nga i-

pribado ang mga hospital sa gobyerno. Ang pagsupak napatik sa City Council Resolution No. 11386-2013 nga gipasar

karong bag-o, ubos sa pagpangulo ni Bise Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas. Ang maong resolusyon gipasar sa city council human ang kongreso mipasar og duha ka balaodnon mahitungod sa mga hospital sa

gobyerno. Ang House Bill No. 6069 mo-convert sa governmenmtn hospitals ngadto sa pagka-national government hospital corporations. Napasar usab ang Senate Bill No 3130 nga mopatuman

sa corporate restructuring program alang sa national government hospitals. Nahadlok ang konseho nga kung ma-privatize na ang mga tambalanan sa gobyerno, sama sa Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC),

mahikawan ang mga kabus sa baratong mga serbisyo sa panglawas. Sumala sa report, ang NMMC tipik sa 26 ka government hospitals nga gitinguhang i-privatize. (uban sa report sa The Power)

Opening of route to subdivision favored Sinulat ni Arjay S. Felicilda, News Editor

The City Council committee on public utilities has nodded to the request of the Bellevue Homeowners

Association Inc. (BHAI) for a public utility route between SM City and the subdivision, extending to outlying villages. This, after the committee consulted with concerned parties and agencies on the

feasibility and viability of the proposed route. Four transport operators have so far been recognized by the BHAI board to serve the subdivision, now inhabited by some 500 homeowners.

In response, the committee has requested the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to open the route, but only for four multicab units. (with report from The Power)

AGRICULTURE JOURNALISM AWARDS. Project Director David Isaac Buenaventura (right) of the Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards, tells media that they are looking for the best agricultural stories and photos in print, radio and television. Such media materials should give special attention to their impact on current agricultural issues and best farming practices on environmental safety and crop sustainability. (RTPaculba/asf)

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PNP augmentation force arrives in MisOcc By Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY - An augmentation force of close to 200 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from the regional headquarters in Cagayan de Oro City has arrived in Misamis Occidental, May 4. P/Sr. Supt. David Y. Ombao, deputy regional director

for operations (DRDO) of PRO-10, said the augmentation force will complement the security requirements of the Misamis Occidental Provincial Police Office (MOPPO) personnel until election day on May 13. This came two days after the security deployment plan for the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines,

submitted by the Misamis MOPPO, was approved by the Joint Provincial Security Control Center (JPSCC), during its final coordinating meeting, May 2. The MOPPO plan was considered the most effective, economic and practical way of securing, not only of the deployment of the PCOS machines, but also

the voting centers, during the election day on May 13, said P/Supt. Ferrer Albarico, chief of operation and plans of MOPPO. Meanwhile, Albarico said personnel from the Provincial Public Safety Command (PPSC) have acted as security escorts in the distribution of Official Ballots from the Ozamiz Airport to the treasurer’s

offices of the provinces’ three cities and 14 towns. He also said a total of 634 ballot boxes have all been accounted to have been received by the respective city/ municipal treasurers of the province, last April 22-23. Of the three cities, Ozamiz received the most number of 104 ballot boxes, followed by Oroquieta, 72 and Tangub,

61. The following number of ballot boxes went to Plaridel, 41; Clarin, 40; Aloran, 38; Bonifacio, 36; Tudela, 35; Lopez-Jaena, 32; Sapang Dalaga, 30; Jimenez, 30; Sinacaban, 24; Calamba, 24; Baliangao, 21; Concepcion, 18; Panaon; 16; and Don Victoriano, 12. (RCAguhob/PIA10-Misamis Occidental/jdelpf )

Cebu Pacific Air offers PHP99 seats to Dubai For October - December travel The Philippines largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) allows even more travelers to visit Dubai and Manila, with a PHP99 (AED100) seat sale from May 7 to 9, 2013. This is for travel from October 7 to December 31, 2013. CEB will launch direct daily flights between Manila and Dubai on October 7, 2013 . CEB will be the only Filipino carrier to fly direct to Dubai, which will be CEB’s first long haul destination. Daily flights from Manila to Dubai are scheduled to depart at 4:40PM (Manila time), while flights from Dubai to Manila depart at 11:10PM (Dubai time). CEB’s ManilaDubai flights will utilize an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, scheduled for delivery this June 2013. Guests can also enjoy WiFi connectivity inflight. With a base fare of PHP99 (AED100), an all-inclusive one-way ticket amounts to approximately PHP7,500 (AED717). This is inclusive of country taxes, 15 kilos baggage allowance, meals, admin fee and fuel surcharges. After the seat sale, lowest year-round base fares start at P6,999. “We know how important the holidays are for Filipinos, so we are offering fares up to 98.5% less than our lowest year-round fares to Dubai. With Cebu Pacific’s PHP99 seat sale, guests can now plan

their vacations in Dubai or in the Philippines on the lowest fare possible,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog. “CEB is proud to be the only Filipino carrier to fly direct to Dubai. Instead of multiple stops and connecting flights, our passengers can reach Dubai or Manila in just nine hours,” she added. CEB is also slated to launch flights from Cebu to both Masbate (June 1, 2013) and Taipei (July 5, 2013). It operates flights to 34 domestic and 21 international destinations, including Boracay, Cebu, Beijing, Bali, Osaka and Seoul. For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to www., or call the reservation hotlines (02)7020888 or (032)230-8888. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB’s official Twitter and Facebook pages. Those still booking flights may also sign up to be a CEB Club member through the Cebu Pacific website, for seat sale alerts, easy management of flights and travel funds, and a faster booking process. CEB currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 25 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. Its fleet of 43 aircraft is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2013 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 17 more Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft orders.

By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

Mindanao State University Main Campus, May 3. Expecting human barricades and other forms of destructions to delay the deployment of Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), election forms, supplies, and equipments, they have intensified the establishments of check and choke points, while as closely monitoring the activities of partisan armed groups in the area. “We also conducted mobile patrols to prevent any escalation of fightings, among political contenders,” he said.

VYE Receives Appreciation for Active Support of IDPs- City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano receives a Plaque of Appreciation from Ms. Ella Ubanon (representing the Office of Archbishop Antonio Ledesma) for his support in sponsoring the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Sta. Cruz Chaplaincy in PN Roa Calaanan, Cagayan de Oro City. CIOPHOTO

DILG revs up Volunteer and Citizenship Program CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through the Local Government Academy (LGA) will implement the Volunteer and Citizenship Program (VCP), in support of Republic Act 9418, known as the Volunteer Act of 2007. DILG-10 Regional Director Rene K. Burdeos said the VCP is a program harnessing available human resources in the community towards

103rd Brigade readies for May 13 elections MARAWI CITY - The 103rd Infantry (Haribon) Brigade is fine-tuning its security preparations to ensure the successful conduct of elections in the province. “We are into the final phase of our preparations for election-related security requirements in the entire province,” Col. Glenn Macasero, commanding officer of the Haribon Brigade, said during the Electoral Security Summit held at the Mamitua Saber Research Center in

The brigade commander further stated that they will be allocating more personnel in areas considered as immediate concerns or where there are intense political rivalries. He likewise disclosed that more than 300 police personnel are being reserved to act as BEIs in areas with no BEIs, or in cases where BEIs will not report to assigned areas. Macasero also said that the AFP and PNP communication facilities will be utlized election /P5

productive ends. Committed volunteers can enroll in the program to offer their services for free in their chosen areas of expertise and interest. The Department will initiate the following program components such as: setting up a mechanism to establish and sustain a volunteer database management system to provide competency-based capacity development interventions to LGA, DILG-

Local Governance Resource Center (LGRC) and Local Government Unit (LGU) focal persons to implement the various aspects of the VCP; To encourage every LGU to set up a Volunteer and Citizenship Desk to act as coordinator of VCP; Director Burdeos explained that to institute an award and recognition mechanism for outstanding LGUs and volunteers in coordination with the Phil-


ippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA). DILG provides the policy framework and guidelines for the implementation of the VCP with the support of Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), LGUs and other national volunteer organizations in the implementation of the Volunteer Act of 2007. (Ana Celeste W. Felicilda/ DILG/PIA10/jdelpf)





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Legacy F resh G osp el of the day: Juan16:5-11(May 7, 2013-Tuesday) Juan16:5Apan karon moadto na ako sa nagpadala kanako; ngani wala kaninyoy nangutana kanako, `Asa man ikaw paingon? Sa Juan3:16-Kay gihigugma gayud sa Dios ang kalibutan nga tungod niana gihatag niya ang iyang bugtong Anak, aron ang tanan nga mosalig kaniya “dili malaglag,” Sa Sirac14:12-kitang tanan mobiya dinhi sa kalibotan.Kini gapadayag nga “walay tawong molungtad ug modoral” dinhi sa yuta kay kitang tanan pulos lamang mga “temporary residents.” Sa Kaalam ni Salomon 2:5 -ang matag usa kanato adunay individual schedule kun kinutoban sa atong human life span.Ikaw, kahibalo baka kun kanus-a ka kutob sa imong kinabuhing yutan-on? Si Jesus mibiya kanato sa “edad 33” nga labihang

Biblical Reflection


ka “fulfilling” kay ang iyang “mission was accomplished.” Sa Panultihon16:4-ang tanang gibuhat sa Dios adunay “purpose” nga sa ato pa, “gilatid na sa Dios” ang katuyo-an sa bisan unsang butang sa kalibotan ug apil niini ang tawo nga maoy labaw sa tanan niyang “gilalang.” Sa Efeso2:10-Kay kita iyang mga binuhat, hinimo diha kang “Cristo Jesus” alang sa mga “maayong binuhatan” nga gilaraw nang daan sa Dios, aron nga niini managgawi kita. legacy /P5

Do you plan to retire someday? One of the most important questions we ask each individual as financial programming consultants goes like this: “Why do you strive hard to work and earn money each day? What is it all for?” In short, what drives and motivates you to do so? Questions like this often stir up our inner philosophical musings. The world does not require you to have to get up and do work for the day, it’s a requirement you set for yourself ! And it’s a personal decision whether you do so or not. But by not doing so, what does it mean? What effect will it have on your daily grind? It has been said that for us to have enough reason to seek and to do the “how to’s,” we should know and understand the “why’s” first.

Apart from many other alternatives, there is one common answer almost all individuals have to this question. And that is “retirement.” Whether somebody is tied up with a family or not, everybody seems to like being able to retire in comfort someday! But what does “retirement” really mean for you? Different people have varied concepts of being “retired.” But for purposes of brevity, and to limit our discourse strictly within the confines of its financial aspects, retirement could perhaps best be defined as “that stage of your life where you are not obliged to strive hard to earn your keep, because you can live assured having enough monetary buffer to back you up indefinitely even for

The financial doctor Dr. Adonis Agcopra the rest of your lifetime.” The great business philosopher Jim Rohn says it with distinction: “Do what you have to as quick as you can, so you can do what you want to as long as you can.” For most, retirement usually “comes” at age 60 or 65. But for all, what is most empowering is to understand that “retirement” is something that either comes by choice or by force! When it comes to making personal choices, some people would like to be able to retire “early” so they

would be able to enjoy doing what they want to for the rest of their lives without the constraint of being forced to work just to pay for the bills and make ends meet. Nevertheless, it would do you best to consider one very important aspect by asking: “What if it comes by force?” You retire by force if even though you may have the will to get up and work, yet you don’t any more have enough strength do so. Like company vehicles as physical retire /P5

The time to stop vote-buying Vote-buying in the Philippines has always been a part of any elections whether national or local. While it gives joy and happiness to many electorates on elections day because of some amounts given to them by bad politicians, the consequence is tremendously ugly. It gives life to corruption, bad management and leadership and insincerity in public service in general. Vote-buying is a destruction of freedom, an immoral actuations by both the politicians and voters and a great shame to our Republic. It is highly damnable stupidity, It is a joy of the devils.

Now is the time to stop this age-old tragedy in the country. I wish the electorates know that politicians are determined to win no matter what. They are willing to sell their last inheritance property to buy your votes. Many who have less finances resort to cheating, harassments and all sorts of foolishness just to get your votes. Many of us sell our votes because we thought it is part of our right. Definitely, it is not but a part of election cheating or fraud. So now is the time to stop selling your precious votes.

hisguthisgut lang Ben Emata Jr. Do not be happy for just a moment on election day and cry the next three or four years of ugly politics. We are all the victims of this political strategy and tactics. Believe me this is the scenario. I have no doubt many bastards in politics are now out door to door to campaign for your votes. The campaigns include the promise of cash on elec-

‘Run to your fear’ Think a minute. My younger son has always had a terrible fear of fast roller coasters. Those rides at amusement parks and fairs that zip around so fast that the people riding them scream the whole way. But recently, my son decided he was going to ride one no matter how afraid he was. He forced himself to sit next to me on the roller coaster, and I could almost hear his heart beating and racing he was so scared. To tell you the truth, that roller coaster was almost too fast for me! When the ride was finally over and we were leaving, my son was so happy and proud of himself. He kept saying again and again: “Dad, I conquered my fear!” One of the important

secrets to success and happiness, which many people don’t know, is that on the other side of our fear is a much better life for us. It’s only when we face and conquer our fears that we get past them and are free to reach our potential. The great army general, George Patton, said: “Fear kills more people than death.” You see, death kills us only once, but fear kills us over and over again. “It’s better to face danger one time than to live in fear your whole life.” Our fears will just keep chasing us as long as we keep running from them. A wise man says: “Fear is a warning signal, not for us to close our eyes, but for us to open them wider, so we can face our fear head on to conquer and defeat it.”

tion day. Many of us are elated because at least one or two candidates had promised to pay our votes. It is cold cash I agree but it is hot money because it came from the evils of vote-buying. Please stop selling your votes now to save our country from the hands of ugly politics. vote-buying /P5

think a minute jhan tiafau hurst

But if we keep closing our eyes to our fear so we can just stay in our comfort zone, then we’ll end up “buried alive in our comfort zone,” and never really live life to the fullest. Someone said: “ The biggest part of courage is having done it before.” Remember, there’s a first time for everything—whether it’s riding a bike, starting your own business, or public speaking. There’s no greater feeling of accomplishment and success than running right

at your fear and coming out on the other side of it, knowing you beat it. So for your own success and happiness, you can ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and take control of your life. Then, when you know that God Himself is on your side, there’s absolutely no one or nothing to be afraid of. With His love and power inside, you can run right through your fears to the great life He has ready and waiting for you. Just Think a Minute.

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DPWH-ARMM hires 400 part-time summer workers MARAWI CITY - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has hired 400 part-time workers for the agency’s summer job program this year.

DPWH-ARMM Secretary Emil Sadain said the recruits, who are mostly students, will take part in the agency’s “OplanLinis Bayan” Program, which includes the clean-up of major roads across the region. He said the program is meant to keep roads free from distractions as well as

help maintain the cleanliness of the towns in ARMM. For this year, the agency made use of its generated savings to provide temporary jobs to at least 400 part-time workers which include students, out-of-school youths, unskilled workers and some Filipino deportees who were affected by the on-going

conflict in Sabah, Malaysia. Each of the region’s eight engineering districts hired 50 part-timers to augment the equal number of regular workforce engaged in road clean-up. Sadain said the parttimers will receive a daily wage of P250. He added that the sum-


random manual audit here. (APB/PIA-10/jdelpf )


system. We know how our country leans towards collapse. Now is the time to despise the bad element in our Republic. Never vote for the bad guys in our system. Choose your wild and vote only for the honest people, the Godfearing, the people of high integrity and honor. In this way we can make reforms. We can change the face of our government. We can improve the honor of our leaders and make our country bereft of corruption. (

By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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Anakpawis partylist. It was learned that Estelita was a long-time member of KMP, actively organizing farming communities in the rural areas, while campaigning for genuine agrarian reform, human rights and social justice. She was allegedly involved in lobbying for peasant economic and political wellbeing before the local government units. “Estelista’s disappearance could have been due to her staunch opposition to the anti-peasant policies of President Aquino and the cruel and inhuman conditions of the farmers,” said Colao. He added that Estelita and several other activists have been suffering from threats and attacks. “In Misamis Oriental where we are actively helping the poor farmers in cases of agrarian abuses and human rights violations, some volunteers and members of the KMP are experiencing tailings and surveillance operations,” Colao said. He appealed to government officials and candidates, church leaders and concerned citizens to help them in the call to surface Tacalan soonest possible. “We are also calling on the family, friends and the organized farmers, whom Estelita had lived with, not to be cowed by any attempt to crush our ranks and our just cause, as we will remain steadfast in our struggle for right to life, land and genuine social change”, concluded Colao. (based on KarapatanNMR PR)

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to provide basic information, status, updates and immediate solutions especially in areas with no power supply and signal. But he gave assurance that generator sets will be provided in anticipation of power outage. The PCOS machines have its own battery which can lasts for 12 hours, he assured. The Haribon Brigade, together with the Lanao del Sur Police Office, is deputized by the poll body to secure the deployment and retrieval of the PCOS machines, including its final testing and sealing, installation of transmission equipment, and the conduct of elections, canvassing, and

----(Dr. Adonis Agcopra, MBA, CIS, RFC® is with the IARFC from page 1 and is portfolio director of AFIC Meridian Consultants. ang road right-of-way. URL: www.aficfinancial Karon, padayon usab Email: nga gisemento ang Lum- aficfinancialconsultants@ bia-Uguiaban By-pass Road, pagpalapad sa Carmen-PatagBulua Road ug pagsemento sa drainage structure sa Sapang from page 4 creek. Gitukod usab ang Cagayan We had elected already de Oro River Basin, Iponan many bad leaders who have River Control ug drainage nothing in their heads and System sa Apovel Subdiviwe must stop this calamity sion (Phase 2), Brgy. Bulua; in our country. pagtul-id sa drainage system In America, Europe and sa Mapa Street ug Talisay many countries around the Street sa Punta Bonbon; ug universe, vote-buying is pagtukod sa flood control never heard. structures sa Sitio Dagong, People go to the polls Zone 12, Carmen. Ang gisumeteng listahan to vote without difficulty. naglakip usab sa pagtukod sa They use their conscience flood control structures sa to choose their leaders. Las Piedras St. sa Barangay People vote through Kauswagan, pagsemento sa their heart and conscience. dalan sa Upper Dagong Car- And look at them and their men ug dugang 39 ka mga countries. proyekto. (advertorial) They have more than enough employment, no hunger, they buy their own from page 1 homes, they dress neatly, their leaders are noble and mga miniro. Sa natad sa edukasyon, of high integrity. They are far advance matud ni Rep. Rodriguez, in civilization and culture. gibabagan sa Padayon Pilipino ang katukoran sa Cagayan Filipinos fly kites. They de Oro City Public College fly spaceships to space. alang unta sa kabos nga mga We used to be number magtutungha,. one in Asia immediately Napanid-an ni Rep. Ro- after World War II. driguez nga ubos sa adminNow we lag behind our istrasyong Emano, migrabe neighbors, usab ang mga krimin sama We are victims of corsa tulis, kawat ug uban pa. ruptions and thievery in Nanawagan si Rep. Rodri- government service. guez nga hatagan sa katawhan We can still survive. og higayon ang uban nga We can change our lifegustong mangalagad sa mga style and destination as a Kagay-anon. (advertorial) people. We must throw to the lakes our bad leaders, our from page 4 corrupt politicians as well business assets, our bodies as the lazy and the ignorant. We should clean our do surrender to obsoleshearts and never again accence. Whether you like it or cept money for our votes. Your vote is your honor not, illness and disability at times rears its ugly head and selling them is parting somewhere. Oftentimes, a a good reputation in your little tinkering here and being. We fight the ugly practhere might do the trick. But there comes a point tices of vote selling until in time that replacement we shall notice the changes is the most cost-effective in our country and reserve option, and you become a them for our coming generations. non-performing asset. We need to prepare this Time will take its toll, whether you face reality or government for our great, not. What makes the differ- great grandchildren. Election time is our best ence is how prepared you are. Whether you retire by weapon to stop corruption. We know who are the choice or by force, make it your decision to retire in corrupt candidates. We comfort. Start preparing know the thieves in our





mer job program is another first in the DPWH’s 23-year history and was made possible through the present administration’s prudent fiscal handling. Jam Santos, a second year college student in one of the universities in the region, said he is grateful that he was chosen to be included

in the summer job program. “I am happy to be granted the opportunity to earn this vacation,” he said. NurJihan Anton, also a student, said she would use her salary to help pay for her tuition in the coming school year. (ARMM Communications Group/ PIA-10/asf )

PIA News Bits Director Abner M. Caga PIA, R10 & 13 Cluster

3 rebels surrender AGUSAN DEL SUR - Three rebels, belonging to Guerilla Front 88 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee - New People’s Army, voluntarily surrendered to Lt. Col. Jose Leonard Gille, commanding officer of the 26th IB, at the battalion headquarters, Brgy. San Nicolas, Talacogon, Agusan Sur at about 10am, Thursday.


Comelec assured voters over sanctity of ballots

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MARAWI CITY - Acting City Election Officer Michael Ignes assured the public that the sanctity of the ballots will be protected while in transit from the airport to the province, saying the ballots are sealed and protected with serial numbers.

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Bukidnon.... from page 7

rebels believed to be members of South Eastern Command (SECOM) 89, North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC). The battle resulted in one NPA rebel killed and one AK-47 firearm recovered. The NPAs withdrew after 30-minutes. Lt. Col. Romualdo Raymund B. Landingin, commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion, said “combat operations in different areas of Bukidnon are initiated in response to concerns raised by the local populace, whose peaceful way of life and economic livelihood are being affected by the atrocities of the NPAs.”

Government forces, NPAs clash AGUSAN DEL SUR - Soldiers of the 75IB and PNP Special Action Force personnel encountered more or less 10 fully-armed rebels in Road 88, Brgy. Bunawan Brooks, Bunawan, Agusan Sur, Apr. 29, resulting in one government trooper wounded and undetermined casualties on rebel side.

16 towns benefit from Salintubig BUKIDNON - Sixteen towns in this province will benefit from the “Sagana at LigtasnaTubigsaLahat (Salintubig)” program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Provincial DILG Director Ronelo P. Alvarez said ‘Salintubig’ is designed to provide sufficient potable water to households in poorest barangays with high level of waterborne diseases, resettlement areas, and remote villages with no access to safe drinking water.


Ang kalipay dili molahulay, kung ang mga nahimong instrumento sa maong kalipay baslan lamang sa taphaw nga gugma. (1Cor 13) Ang aton=ng tratamento ngadto sa ubang tawo , pagpa-ila sa kahugot sa atong pagtoo sa GINOO. (Meteo 22: 34-40)

He added “we need to protect our local communities and enable them to contribute to our country’s economy.” He vowed to put pressure on the NPAs “to make them realize that the armed struggle is not the solution to our country’s problem.” More so, “we want to invite them to join the mainstream of our society and work for our country’s progress, said Lt. Col. Landingin. (8IB/4ID/PA/PIA10/jdelpf)

DILG.... from page 7

Policy documents. Each transition team has the additional task of organizing a turnover ceremony that will include a briefing of the State of Performance and State of Development of the LGU, as well as financial and key challenges to incoming officials. (Ana Celeste W. Felisilda/DILG/PIA10/ jdelpf)




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Consumers hit power contract signing in GenSan A consumer group in General Santos is decrying the recent events where energy-providing companies are allegedly taking advantage of the Mindanao power crisis to the detriment of the affected consumers. Roy Sande of the Consumers Against Exploitation (CAE) decried the signing of the Power Sales Contract between SOCOTECO 2 and Peak Power, a subsidiary of a company, A Brown. “This company did not only sign a very expensive contract. The signing itself was anomalous as the essential provisions of the contract were left blank,” Roy said. “Clearly,” he said, “this is a firm trying to take advantage of us here in General Santos City.” The group also pointed out that the company has been singled out by human

rights groups in Mindanao for its participation in the harmful expansion of palm oil plants. In General Santos, A Brown, through its subsidiary Peak Power, allegedly signed a contract with blank pages, the CAE claimed. Pointing out the essential provisions that were left blank, Sande likened it to SOCOTECO 2’s “signing a blank check.” “Murag nakamenos sila (SOCOTECO 2 officials) sa amo mga consumers, porke wala me suga, bisag unsa na lang puede nila ilabay sa amoa. Abi nila dili me makakita.” They (SOCOTECO 2 officials) think we are stupid. Just because we have no lights, they think they can throw anything at us because we won’t see anyway), Sande lamented. “Diha sila nasayop!”

(That’s where they are mistaken), Sande warned. He said that they will not stop until SOCOTECO 2 scraps the Peak Power contract. He also pointed out that last week, Energy International (EI) participated in and won the bid by SOCOTECO II for a two-year diesel power supply for the EC. EI is not too well known in the local power industry. Their website ( company/energy-international-corporation) states the EI, based in Michigan, USA, was established in 1979 as a company serving the HVAC Industry. EI is supplying contractors, consultants, municipalities, government agencies, airport & seaport authorities, as well as end-users and OEM manufacturers. “Unsa ang pagtan-aw nila sa amo, bo-ang?” Roy asked.

He said SOCOTECO 2 is not buying mere air-conditioners but power plants. The consumer group pointed out that while EI submitted the lowest bid, it reportedly did not comply with the bid’s terms of reference (TOR). The TOR required the bidders to post a cash performance guarantee in the form a check or remittance to be deposited to the account of SOCOTECO 2. EI, however, only submitted a Letter of Credit. “Ngano man ipa-lusot nila ning bidder kung wala siya ka-comply? Ing-ana na ba gyud ka babaw ang pag-tanaw nila sa amo-a? Ngano pa ipa-agi sa bidding? Ginaliba lang mi!” (Why did they allow the bidder to submit a non-complying bid? Is that how low they (SOCOTECO 2 officials) think of us? So why

go through a bidding? Just to hoodwink us?),” Sande and his group lamented. If the TOR were to be followed strictly, since an LC is not eligible as a performance guarantee, EI would have been disqualified from the bid. Only cash bonds were supposedly acceptable to ensure that only qualified bidders would participate. Nonetheless, SOCOTECO 2 allowed EI to participate, he said. Sande pointed out that if it were a Filipino company, it would have been disqualified right away. The group also claimed that this same consortium did not deliver power plants they were supposed to deliver in the past. Cesar Hernandez of the consortium is the President of 3i that failed to deliver in 2007, 30 MW in Marinduque, Tablas, and

Romblon. This failure to deliver, according to the group, was in spite of the approval of the Energy regulatory Commission (ERC). “In spite of this information, SOCOTECO 2 accepted their bid,” according to Sande. “We, the consumers, will stand to lose because if the bidder cannot deliver, they have nothing to lose because they did not deposit any CASH bond,” said Sande. The group vowed not to stop going against what they believe is a systematic exploitation by foreign companies of the Filipinos. “They might have the money and power now, but we are not going to stop until people, like EI’s and A Brown’s, are stopped by the Filipino people. The group has called on SOCOTECO 2 to stop entering into contracts with these firms.

Comelec assures safety of more than 1,000 Government troopers, PCOS machines for Misamis Occidental NPAs clash in Bukidnon By Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, May 4 (PIA) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has given assurance that all 1,172 units of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines intended for Misamis Occidental had arrived and are now stored and secured by the Philippine National Police (PNP). This was revealed by Atty. Stalin A. Baguio, Provincial Election Supervisor (PSE) during the final coordinating command conference of the Provincial Joint Security Control Center (PJSCC) held May 2, 2013, wherein the handling and deployment of the Automated Election System (AES) machines to all the cities and municipalities of the province were discussed. Pursuant to Comelec

Resolution No. 9669, promulgated last April 17, it is the policy of the Comelec, in partnership with the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), to ensure that election results manifest the true will of the electorate. This is done by protecting the sanctity of the official ballots and election paraphernalia and the AES machines, consisting of the PCOS and Canvassing and Consolidation System (CCS), Baguio said. The same Resolution also provides that before the voting/canvassing, the custody and responsibility over the AES machines, peripherals and equipment, official ballots and other election paraphernalia shall rest in the Packing and Shipping Committee (PSC), while all the items are in its custody and the Forwarder, after they are dispatched by the PSC

for mailing to the intended recipients. The Comelec Central Office has started dispatching to all the regions, last March 16, the election-related forms supplies, equipment and paraphernalia needed during the May 13, national and local elections, to courier/ forwarding companies engaged by the Comelec. It has awarded the forwarding contract amounting of more than P490.08 million to Air Freight 2100, Inc., which was declared the Bidder with the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid (BLCRB), for the Deployment of the AES machines and equipment, including the PCOS and CCS machines and paraphernalia for the six (6) regions of Mindanao, namely: Region 9, Zamboanga Peninsula in Western Mindanao, Region 10, Northern

DILG 10 enjoins LCEs to form transition teams CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – 10 has directed all local chief executives (LCEs) to create their respective transition teams to ensure an orderly and smooth turnover to the incoming local officials. The regional directive to provincial governors, city and town mayors was a reiteration of Memorandum Circular No. 2013-33 issued by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. The team shall be chaired by the LCE, with all department heads in the Local Government Unit (LGU), representatives in from the DILG, Commission on Audit

(COA) and a non-government or people’s organization as members, said DILG-10 Regional Director Rene K. Burdeos. He added, the transition team is responsible to conduct an inventory of all local government real or immovable properties such as lands, buildings, infrastructure facilities and improvements and machinery, as well as movable properties such as vehicles, office equipment, furniture, fixtures and supply stocks. They shall also assemble all documents or records, such as contracts and loan agreement, outstanding loan obligations and accounts pay-

able, inventory of personnel by, organizational structure, and Executive Orders. Significant reports and documents that should be turned over include the latest COA and Financial Performance Reports, 2013 State of Local Governance Performance and State of Local Development, CY 2013 Annual and Supplemental Budget, Annual Investment Plan, Comprehensive Development Plan, Local Development Investment Plan, Comprehensive Land Use or Physical Framework Plan, Capability Development Agenda, Executive-Legislative Agenda, and Full Disclosure dilg /P5

Mindanao, Region 11, Davao Region in Southern Philippines, Region 12, Central Mindanal, Region 13, Caraga in NorthEastern Mindanao and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao ( A R M M ) . ( RC Ag u hob / PIA10-Misamis Occidental)

MARAMAG, Bukidnon - A 30-minute fire fight ensued between the troops of 5th Scout Ranger Company (5SRC) of Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Philippine Army and New People’s Army

(NPA) rebels, morning of May 3, in Sitio Mahan-aw, Brgy Bolunay, Impasugong, Bukidnon. The government troops were on combat operations when fired upon by the bukidnon /P5

PIPILA SA MGA BALAUD NGA NAPALABANG NI ATTY. JAY S. ALBARECE SA IYANG UNANG TERMINO (2010 KUTOB 2013) ISIP PROVINCIAL BOARD MEMBER SA 1ST DISTRICT, PROBINSYA SA BUKIDNON: Green disCOUnt OrdinanCe (OrdinanCe nO. 2013-078r, 11tH sP) Ordinansang naghatag ug diskwento sa buwis (RPT) sa mga lunang may daghang nagtubong kahoy.

labOr PrOteCtiOn OrdinanCe (OrdinanCe nO. 2011-014r, 11tHsP) Ordinansang naglayon nga maprotektahan ang mga mamumu-o, hilabi na ang mga kontraktual, batok sa pagkadelatar sa sweldo, underpayment, paghikaw sa benepisyo ug uban pang pag-abuso. 

Ordinansa Para sa lUmad, KababainHan UG mamUmU-O (OrdinanCe nO. 2012-002r,11tH sP) Ordinansang naglayon nga marepresentahan ang mga lumad, kababainhan ug mamumu-o sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan pinasubay sa bala-ud. 

 lOCal emPlOyment OrdinanCe (OrdinanCe nO. 2010-12r,11tH sP) Ordinansang nagpugos sa mga dagkung tigpapatigayon nga igahan ang 90% porsyento sa ilang gikinahanglang kusog pamuo alang sa mga residente sa barangay o lungsod aron masiguro nga adunay trabaho ang mga lumulupyo sa probinsya. tawHanOnG KatUnGOd UG GawasnOnG PaGPadayaG (resOlUtiOn nO. 2012-1795, 11tH sP) Resolusyon nga nanawagan sa pagmugna ug Provincial Freedom Park sa Capitol Grounds sa Malaybalay City diin gawasnon nga makatigum ug makapadayag si bisan kinsa. 

 mGa Ordinansa batOK Kriminalidad Napalabang niya ang CCTV ordinance para sa mga piling establisamento(Ordinance No. 2011-029R, 11th SP), Financial Assistance sa mga kabus nga testigo sa dagkung krimen (ORDINANCE NO. 20___-0___,11TH SP), Paghatag ug pabuya sa pagdakop sa mga most wanted criminal probinsya (ORDINANCE NO. 20___-0___,11TH SP) ug Free Legal Assistance sa mga pulis nga nag-atubang ug kaso tungod sa pagpatuman sa bala-ud (ORDINANCE NO. 2012-071R,11TH SP). Ordinansa sa PaGPanGandam sa Kalamidad (OrdinanCe nO. 2013008,11tH sP). Ordinansang nagmando sa pagpahimutang ug flood and landslide warning and alert system sa mga provincial landslide ug flood risk areas. 

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