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AGADIAN City––Youth group Anakbayan renewed calls for the immediate arrest of a former army general linked to alleged abductions, disappearances and murders of political activists.

Anakbayan blamed the massive human rights violations to the government’s anti-insurgency campaign called Oplan Bayanihan. Among those who remain missing since their abduction seven years ago were university students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cada-

pan. The students were said to have been abducted by elements of military under 7th Infantry Division and are still nowhere to be found despite of the resolution released last December 2011 by the Panel of See group, page 11

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FIRST TIMERS. Senators from left JV Ejercito, Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, and Juan Edgardo “Sonny’ Angara attend an orientation on legislative proceedings, senate protocol and other rules and guidelines at thesenate on July 3, 2013.

NDFP says UN report on use of child combatants by NPA ‘false, biased’ By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL of

THE National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ (NDFP) Special Office for the Protection of Children slammed the report released by the United Nations Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict (SRCAC) which alleges that the its armed wing the New People’s

Army has been using and recruiting children. The SOPC was established in October 2012 after the NDFP issued its Declaration and Program of Action for the Rights, Protection and Welfare of Children on April 24, 2012. The special See false, page 11

Across Western Mindanao 130 rescued

ALS champ hailed

Operatives of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) arrested two suspected human traffickers and rescued 130 would-be victims in two separate

DIPOLOG CITY, July (PIA) -- Dapitan City Parole and Probation Office (DCPPO) has been awarded with a Plaque of Commendation by the Department of Education

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Disaster awareness

ZAMBOANGA Sibugay––A father has narrowly escaped an attempt by a lone gunman to kill him, but his six-month old baby was shot and wounded in the attack in southern Philippines,

PAGADIAN City––The city government of Pagadian led by newly elected Mayor Romeo Pulmones in coordination with the provincial government of Zamboanga del Sur and the

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Local police gets 9 new patrol cars ZAMBOANGA City––From a fleet of small prowl jeeps, the local police force now have nine new all-terrain pick-up trucks to augment its mobile patrol in the city. The trucks were handed over to the Zamboanga City Police Office by new mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar to equip police stations in far-flung villages. Salazar, who was the Deputy House Speaker before being elected as mayor, vowed to provide more

vehicles and other equipment to the police. Climaco previously donated vans to many villages in Zamboanga during her stint in Congress. The police force and villages had been using small jeeps called multi-cabs provided by the previous Lobregat administration, but those did not last long. Salazar said the pick-up trucks, converted into mobile patrol vehicles, will equip police precincts

and make them more capable in responding to emergencies and atrocities in Zamboanga. “We envision a safe and crimefree Zamboanga City enjoying a vibrant, investor-friendly economy that will serve the global community, able to provide jobs to its people and can secure a better future for our children,” she said. Salazar also encouraged everyone to join her and move forward The pick-up trucks, converted into mobile patrol vehicles, parked See CARS, page 11

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Zambo airport increases terminal fee ZAMBOANGA City––The Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA) has increased its terminal fee from P40 to P100 per passenger effective last Monday. This came after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) approved last year’s request of the ZIA to increase its terminal fee. However, ZIA manager Celso Bayabos said they originally recommended for an increase of P150 per passenger but CAAP only approved a P60 increase for this year. Bayabos said the new P100 terminal fee will be increased to P150 by June 2014 according to the conditions set by CAAP in grant-

ing approval to increase the terminal fee. Bayabos said this amount will not be enough for the planned operational and maintenance needs of the airport terminal considering the dilapidated state of the facility. He said the local airport’s share in the collection

of terminal fee is only 10 percent since 90 percent is being turned over to the CAAP-central office. The facilities of ZIA are not at par with airports in the cities of Manila, Cebu, Davao or even Cagayan de Oro. Although the airport is named as an international

airport, it has stopped servicing international flights in the last few years. ZIA used to serve planes plying the ZamboangaSandakan route in Sabah. These days, ZIA serves only local flights to and from Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao. philippine news agency

Zambo City police chief relieved from post ZAMBOANGA City––The police commander of Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines was sacked from his post as gun attacks and killings continue unabated. Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo was replaced Senior Superintendent Jose Chiquito Malayo, who heads the Police Regional Intelligence Division in Zamboanga. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, has confirmed that De Ocampo was relieved and that Malayo is the new chief of the local police force. Police did not give details about the sudden relief of De Ocampo. But

it came hours after a police officer Hussin Mushin was shot and seriously wounded by a lone gunman in the village of Lower Calarian. Mushin, who is assigned at a police detachment in Sacol Island, was rushed to hospital. De Ocampo quickly blamed family feud as the motive of the attack. Gun attacks and killings are a common occurrence in Zamboanga City where hired killers are actively operating. Hundreds of people had been shot and killed here over the past years. De Ocampo was previously removed from his post due to the

unabated killings, but had been taken back by the former mayor of Zamboanga City Celso Lobregat. Just recently, hundreds of students of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University held a prayer rally following the killing of one of its alumnus Justine Raphael Wee, 22, was shot in the head by a lone gunman wearing a motorcycle helmet at a roadside eatery along Veterans Avenue here. Most of the murder cases in Zamboanga remain unresolved and police and local government officials usually blame the killings to either family feud or grudge. mindanao star

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Kumbira 2013 Heritage Feature:

Kagay-anon Restaurant’s Teamwork for a Winning Pinakbet Pinakbet was one of the featured Filipino dishes in the “Sooo Pinoy National Search for the Ultimate Pinoy Dish”, a joint project of Unilever Foodsolutions, Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) and Department of Tourism. An Ilokano dish mainly consisting of ampalaya, eggplant and okra, and often tossed in sautéed garlic and shallots, ginger and ripe tomatoes, slices of pork liempo, and crackling pork, Pinakbet has traditionally been spiced with bagoong na isda (fish paste), providing the lucky diner with a wide variety of tastes including salty, sweet and sour. Although it shares most of the features of this favorite Pinoy dish, it’s the extra oomph in the Pinakbet of Kagay-anon Restaurant in Limketkai Center which led to its selection as One of the 10 Best Pinakbet in the Philippines by Sooo Pinoy. “A team from Unilever and PDI will go out and nominate food outlets that best serve a particular dish,” said Jhao Carandang, Unilever sales executive. “For instance, Kagay-anon was nominated among others in Mindanao and by certain criteria they bested other nominees across the Philippines.” Carandang said ‘mystery judges’ visited the nominated outlets to judge the particular dish and the Top 10 restos or hotels judged to be best in a particular dish would be featured based on these criteria ‘Taste’ (balance of flavor, texture and aroma); ‘Presentation’ (creativity, use of ingredients) and ‘Value for Money’ (serving size, quality of ingredients and overall dining experience).

“We didn’t expect to be selected so we were all happily surprised when the call informing us of our selection came through,” said Mrs. Francisca Limketkai, owner of Kagay-anon Restaurant. And it wasn’t just the owners and workers of Kagay-anon either who were excited over the win. “Until this time, we still have a steady stream of orders for our pinakbet as a result of that selection which was posted in The Philippine Daily Inquirer,” said Russel Awat, restaurant manager. Although it’s a dish that has migrated to practically all corners of the islands, one thing which makes Kagay-anon’s Pinakbet special is its presentation inside the half of a fresh squash gourd. Even renowned chefs from Metro Manila like Myrna Segismundo of

Restaurant 9501 who tasted their pinakbet noted the dish’s remarkable presentation. That was the inspiration of Mrs. Limketkai, who inherited her lifelong zeal for cooking from her father Tan Sing Liat, who also loved to cook. Her sister, Mrs. Nena Velasco, also inherited their father’s culinary chops, being the moving spirit behind Countryside Steakhouse, a fine dining establishment which shares the same building with Kagay-anon. Even as an elementary student, Mrs. Limketkai was already learning to cook, and her favorite dish then was sotanghon guisado (rice vermicelli) that her aunt, who was her mentor, allowed her to cook on special occasions. When she took over in 1997 for brother-in-law Lorenzo who started

Kagay-anon at a nearby site in 1991, one of the first things she did was to expand the menu, one of which is their now famous Pinakbet. Mrs. Limketkai said the reason behind the success of their unique recipe is the teamwork between herself, chief cook Edgar Illana and resto manager Ms. Awat. No new menu item enters the Kagay-anon’s list unless these have been tasted by Mrs. Limketkai. “She has this unique ability to know what ingredients have been used to cook the dish and she can tell also what needs to be enhanced or toned down,” Ms. Awat said. Together, they conduct random quality control tests on all items coming from the kitchen supervised by their chief cook. This exactly is what Austrian Chef Norbert Gandler said local chefs need to make it to the next level. Gandler will once again be back to head the distinguished panel of judges for the 17th Kumbira slated in August 14-16 at the Limketkai Center Atrium. Gandler, who acted as chair of the board of judges many times in the past, notes how competing chefs, (especially in the professional category) tend to make short-cuts as time goes on; hence, the crying need for more executive chefs who are “experienced, responsible, and have the right attitude” to control quality and keep on testing new ways to make things better. With the tested team of Kagayanon Restaurant keeping close tabs on its menu, it’s poetic justice that the process of improving the city’s cuisine has already started in the restaurant which proudly bears its name.

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UPDATING OF INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGIES ON POSTHARVEST AND MECHANIZATION. Envisioning postharvest and mechanization development for the agriculture and fishery sector of the country, the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization-Applied Communication Division (PhilMech-ACD) recently briefed the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) for an updating of information and technologies on postharvest and mechanization. Attended by its representatives from the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division, banner programs, attached bureaus and agencies, Dr. Rodolfo P. Estigoy (left), PhilMech-ACD head said, that the meeting primarily aimed to convey to the department’s key informants on the agency’s current infrastructure programs on postharvest and mechanization, including Rice Mechanization, which seeks to contribute in increasing the current level of rice productivity by 5%; agricultural tramline system, which intends to minimize the drudgery of transport of agri-produce and farm inputs; and cold chain, which targets to address the inefficiencies in the perishable agri-fishery sector using cooling technology to preserve the quality and prolong the shelf life of agri-produce. Likewise, he introduced breakthroughs such as the cashew nut sheller, multi-commodity solar tunnel dryer, charcoal-fired cabinet oven, and coffee depulper, among others, in which he recognizes that although farmers may have resistance to change in using such technologies, Dr. Estigoy encouraged the attendees to persuade more farmers for the availment of the abovesaid innovations to “transform the future of agriculture.” (Joanne L. Olson, DA-10/Photo by: VMSSiano)

Lanao Norte receives P5.8M farm equipment

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte-With its unwavering effort in attaining food security and sufficiency, the Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) has turned-over P5.8 million worth of farm equipment in support to rice production to the provincial government of Lanao del Norte, during the Agri-Aqua, Livestock and One Town One Product (OTOP) Fair conducted in celebration of the 54th Founding Anniversary of the province. The farm equipment which includes one unit of combine harvester, six units of shallow tube well, seven units of power tiller, 12 units of rice cutter and one unit of drilling rig is expected to benefit local farmers in the province.

Lealyn A. Ramos, DA-10 Regional Executive Director lauded the contribution of the province of Lanao del Norte in bringing about agricultural development which facilitated in uplifting the lives of marginalized farmers and fisherfolks, as delivered by Engr. Roxana H. Hojas, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations. “I am grateful and appreciative that you have exerted another effort in allowing our farmers, fisherfolks, agri-entrepreneurs and many other stakeholders of the mother of all industries…to take the center stage and to exhibit, promote and sell their respective farm harvest and fish catch and other agri-products

Engr. Roxana H. Hojas (right), DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations hand-over P5.8M worth of farm equipment to Lanao del Norte Governor Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo (center) and Provincial Agriculture Officer Letecia Ditucalan (left) during the Agri-Aqua, Livestock and OTOP Fair in celebration of the 54th Founding Anniversary of Lanao del Norte

at the same time increase their sales while naturally augmenting their income,” RTD Hojas quoted. Moreso, Lanao del Norte Governor Mohammad Kha-

lid Q. Dimaporo expressed his gratitude to the DA and other government agencies with the downpour of support in mitigating hunger and malnutrition

Rice Farmers Techno Forum held in DA’s research station

Dangcagan, Bukidnon – ANCHORED on the Philippine government’s target of achieving ample supply of rice by the year 2013 and onwards, the Bukidnon Agricultural Productivity Center (BAPC), one of the research stations of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10), recently conducted its 3rd Rice Farmers Technology Forum on June 28, 2013, in this town. The said activity primarily aimed at showcasing inbred rice varieties, namely NSIC Rc 158, 212, 214, 222, 224, 226 and 240, and organic rice seed growth to rice farmers. Technical experts from the station have imparted the characteristics of various inbred rice varieties, including their reaction to pests and diseases, eating quality,

and in making the province competitive in the aspect of agriculture by initiating livelihood opportunities to farming communities, establishing agri-related

infrastructures such as farm-to-market roads and providing support for farm mechanization, among others. # (VANESSA MAE S. SIANO, DA-RAFID 10)

Nearly 50 rice farmer-guests (left) in the locality recited in unison the Panaad sa Pagdaginot sa Humay, signifying their commitment to contribute in the government’s goal of achieving rice self-sufficiency for the country with 2013 as its earliest target. Meanwhile, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Regulatory and Research Constancio C. Maghanoy, Jr. (right) stresses the rice farmers’ integral role in providing food for the nation.

yield, among others. Out from the abovesaid varieties, harvest yield ranges from 5.4 metric tons per hectare (mt/ha) to 10.6 mt/ha with an average maturing days of 113.

Likewise, a guided field tour on the station’s Palayamanan was also conducted. It is a diversified farming system that employs the bahay-kubo concept, in which it was innovated for

a higher level of farming integration. As such combines rice with other high valued crops, fish and waste recycling practices, which is seen to increase farmers’ Forum to page 8

Rice farmer-guests listen to the station’s technical experts (above) as they pay a visit to the station’s rice technology demonstration field and the Palayamanan model farming system (below).

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PNoy signs law declaring Dec as anti-corruption month P R E SI DE N T B e n i g n o Aquino, III, recently signed Republic Act 10589, an act declaring the month of December as “Anti-Corruption Month” in the entire country. The law was offshoot of the House Bill No. 3005 filed by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City which identified the month of December as anti-corruption month. The bill aimed to instill awareness to every Filipino

on the effects of corruption, Rodriguez said in pushing the Bill’s approval in Congress. The law also provides that all heads of government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and -controlled corporations as well as local government units and employers in the private sector are mandated to conduct activities designed to create awareness among the people on the

Pa who raped daughter is shot in Zamboanga PAGADIAN City––A father accused of raping and impregnating his 14-year daughter was shot and seriously wounded in an attack by a lone gunman in Zamboanga del Sur, police said. The report said the 47-year old man is facing criminal charges after his daughter, who is now sixmonths pregnant, told her family that she was abused by his own father. The girl’s mother is also pregnant, according to police investigator SPO2 Alberto Capadngan. “We have taken the statement of the girl, her mother and a grandmother, including one of her uncle, and we are still trying to find out whether her father also abused her other siblings. They are ten in the family,” he told the Mindanao Star. Police said the man, who worked as a motorcycle taxi driver, was rushed to hospital after being shot by motorcycle gunmen in the village of Upper Landing in Dumingag town. No individual claimed responsibility for the shooting, but police investigators suspect that the attack was connected to the rape of the teenager. The man is under police guard at Mhars General Hospital in Ozamis City in Misamis Occidental province. The girl’s family did not give any statement about the shooting. (Al Jacinto)

adverse effects of corruption. The awareness campaign, which should be highlighted every December, must not only contain information on what constitutes an act of corruption, but also what citizens must do when faced with such corruption. The law designates the Office of the Ombudsman as the lead agency of the celebration of the anticorruption every month House Bill 3005, authored by Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez, was recently signed of December. into Republic Act 10589 (An Act Declaring December of Every Year as “Anti-Corruption KEN DISCHAVEZ Month” in the Entire Country) by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

groundbreaking. Cagayan de Oro second district Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez, ABAMIN representative Maximo B. Rodriguez, Cagayan de Oro councilor Enrico Salcedo, Barangay Lapasan Chairman Omar D. Labuntog, and Supt. Joel P. Barallas, regional chaplain service of Police Regional Office, Region 10 (PRO-10), lead the veiling of capsule for the construction of P250,00 worth of water system of Camp Alagar, Barangay Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro on July 2, 2013. Mindanao Daily photo by Rolando N. Sudaria

Kidnapped Filipino filmmakers made no coordination with us: Sulu official

Governor Bambi Emano shared pleasantries with Gingoog City Mayor Marie Guingona during their first day of government service as governor and mayor. PHOTO BY JEROME LIÑAN JUNGCO

SULU––A senior Sulu provincial government official has denied reports that 2 Muslim filmmakers, who were kidnapped by rebels, had coordinated with the local authorities. Sisters Linda and Nadjoua Bansil were seized on June 22 while filming in Patikul town together with members of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam. Their brother Mohammed Bansil told TV 5 that several people in Sulu - among them FazlurRahman Abdulla, executive director of the Sulu Area Coordinating Center; and Dr. Sahiron Amirul, the provincial cooperative officer - have assured the safety of his sisters. But Abdulla said he did not know any of the sisters and have not met them personally. “I do not know them personally and have not met with any of them. Had they contacted or visited us, we could have provided ample security and assisted them in their filming. I am not blaming them for what happened, but just wanted to clear

things out regarding the media statement of the Bansil family,” he told the Mindanao Star. He said somebody may have been using his name to escape the blame and liabilities for the kidnapping of the Bansil sisters. “We are so willing to assist anybody who wanted to film or shoot in Sulu provided they should coordinate with the provincial authorities for their own safety,” Abdulla said. Abdulla said he and other provincial officials were saddened by the kidnapping of the two sisters. Bansil said other personalities who assured the safety of his sisters were Yazir Rajim, of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam and Nash Abduhadi, a coordinator of Kusug Bata Sug. “Without the assurances of their Tausug friends, we would never have allowed Nadj and Lin to go to Sulu, knowing from news reports and some friends about the risks,” Bansil said. See OFFICIAL, page 8

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More votes than voters also in other Metro Manila cities

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes…” (Deuteronomy 30:2-3, the Holy Bible). -oooDID LAWMAKERS RECEIVE DONATIONS FROM MONOPOLIES? The claim of two senators that they will keep “watchful eyes” on existing monopolies on water and other utilities providing basic services to Filipinos is a bit amusing to me. Indeed, without intending to belittle the attempt to monitor these monopolies by Senators Francis Escudero and Vicente Sotto III, may I ask: how can two senators alone make a difference in championing the cause of abused consumers? Two votes in a collegial body of 24 will hardly make a dent, especially in passing legislation to curb abuses, unless the other senators would be willing to help. But then, supposing some of these colleagues received campaign donations from these monopolies in past elections? Will those who received donations from the monopolies be as eager to investigate their alleged abuses? I guess that the only way that Escudero and Sotto can really help consumers to jumpstart their fight against abuses by monopolies is to expose the extent of the monopolies’ influence among lawmakers, by compelling them---the monopolies, I mean---to disclose who they supported and how much they contributed to each and every lawmaker in all the elections participated in by them in the past. -oooWHAT DOES “WEALTH SHARING” MEAN? Pardon my ignorance, but can chief government peace negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer explain the Constitutional and statutory bases for entering into a “wealth-sharing” agreement with known rebel groups, like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), in recent developments? I mean, is there a law that justifies a duly-constituted and sovereign entity like the government of the Republic of the Philippines to be sharing the natural resources of the country which, under the so-called regalian doctrine in political law, all belong exclusively to the State or to the Republic? Would not sharing the wealth and natural resources of the country amount to giving up its sovereignty? And while we are raising these questions, can Ms. Ferrer explain what do they mean when they say “wealth sharing” with the MILF? -ooo“MORE VOTES THAN VOTERS” HAUNT OTHER METRO MANILA CITIES: At a press conference Friday, July 05, 2013, that tackled the petition I filed for a group of Pasay City residents seeking a declaration of failure of elections in the city on account of clearly manipulated and padded election results which came from the very precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that were used there last May 13, 2013, it appeared to everyone present that the same manipulation and padded results happened in other cities and municipalities, too. One of the reporters present during the press conference told me that in a town in Cavite which is geographically very near Metro Manila, a candidate also noticed that the total number of votes credited for all the candidates in a single-official position exceeded the total number See voters, page 8

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Classroom of life

THINK a minute. Remember when you were in school? You know who’s best at doing tests, but you don’t know who will succeed at the tests of life. By the time we’ve finished 10-12 years of school, we’ve learned some accounting with debits and credits, but we’ve still not learned how to truly forgive our debtors and people who have wronged and hurt us. We know what direction Japan is, but we’re not sure which way we should go in life. In school, we learn how to do everything except how to live! It’s after we finish school that we must start learning how to live in the classroom

THERE is the fact that graft and corrupt practices in the country have already become ingrained especially in government from the national to the local levels—notwithstanding all rhetorical negations and artistic postures to the contrary. There is also the standing phenomenon that millions of Filipinos are still living in poverty if not wallowing in misery—despite all glorious surveys saying otherwise. There is further the phenomenon that criminality in the country has already become the daily bread of the people—despite all glorious claims of peace and order by those mandated by

of real life. So who is the right teacher for us? Who can best teach us how to live well? Isn’t it logical that whoever invented life is the One Who knows how life best works? This is on of the reasons Jesus Christ became a human being—as the Teacher of real living. He explains and shows us the way God designed life to be lived. That’s why Jesus is the only person in history who could ever come back to life after dying and being buried for three days. He’s still teaching today! So we would be smart to listen and do everything He tells us are the principles

for living a successful and satisfying life. If you put your life in Jesus’ hands, He will work everything together for good in your life. Jesus will show you what to do about your boss who is unfair to you. He’ll teach you how to pay back your debts and manage your money problems. Jesus will show you what you can do so your child won’t feel so angry and rebel against you. He’ll show you how to change and improve your marriage relationship. And Jesus will help you do your best in school. Jesus can even use your mistakes to teach you lessons on how to live well

Ominous signs Views and points

Abp. Oscar V. Cruz, DD law to protect individuals, families, and communities from goods, from crooks, and thieves. And nothing is herein said about the not yet pacified certain Muslim rebels in Mindanao plus the apparently invincible NFA particularly in Luzon. Salaries and wages have been long since kept to the minimum while the costs of

oil and prime commodities are allowed to zoom to the maximum—not to mention the price of local electricity said to be relatively the highest in the whole world. There is also the intriguing fact that when people have earnings for whatever legitimate ventures, they pay the so-called “direct taxes.” Yet when they make expenses

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Jhan Tiafau Hurst and right. But you must first join His class. So won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you for living your wrong way, and ask Him to become your life’s teacher in charge of your life. Then, He can start showing you how your life was made to really work the way you want it to. Just Think a Minute.

like buying consumer goods, eating at fast food chains and the like, then they also pay the ignominious “indirect taxes” under the cryptic title of “Value Added Tax” of 12%. All apparently heroic pronouncements and seemingly noble posturing to the contrary, following are some of the well-noted and publicized events forwarding ominous signs for the People of the Philippines: It all started with the Luneta debacle when even elderly foreigners were massacred with neither pity nor remorse. Thereafter, Hong Kong looked at the Philippines with disdain and See signs, page 8

Two sectors watched by BSP

TWO sectors very closely watched by the Bangko Sentral, as it performs its price stability mandate, are the equities market and the real estate sector. For good reason. Historically, these two sectors have experienced major swings in prices, causing economic and financial imbalance. For this purpose, the BSP periodically holds Environmental Scanning Exercises (ESE) with key players from the public and private sectors to discuss trends in these important areas. One such ESE was conducted early this month with Atty. Roel Refran of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), David Young of Colliers International Philip-

Speaking Out Igancio Bunye pines, and Prof. Enrique Soriano III of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, as resource speakers. Invited as reactors were Mr. Claro G. Cordero, Head of Research, Consulting, and Valuation Advisory Services Department, Jones Lang LaSalle; Ms. Ma. Theresa M. Javier, Head of BPI’s Asset Management and Trust Group, and Mr. Justino Juan R. Ocampo, SVP of the Investment Banking Group

of First Metro Investment Corporation. The forum was held against a backdrop of rapidly rising stock prices, fueled mainly by foreign portfolio investments, and higher value rates for land, capital, and rent during the first quarter. These developments were beginning to be a source of concern. Why worry, one may ask, if all seems to be going well. The short answer is that

these markets are really unpredictable. Gains now may become losses tomorrow. The transitory nature of the foreign portfolio investments made in the stock market, for instance, makes the equity market vulnerable to reversal of flows as what is happening now as we write. It is not without good reason that such investments are also referred to as “hot money.” Lessons should also be learned from the 2007 US property market meltdown. Here are some of the insights shared during the recent ESE, which was attended by BSP Gov. Amando M. Tetangco Jr., Monetary Board Members (MBM) Alfredo C. Antonio, Peter See SECTORS, page 8

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Young Subanons commemorate environment month in Zamboanga Norte By Al Jacinto, Regional editor

ZAMBOANGA del Norte––As members of the Subanon tribe, they lovingly call themselves children of the earth. Their ancestors thrive on hunting and farming since time immemorial. However, 16-year old Mary Anne Lumanjal, a Subanon and fourth year high school student, has only just realized that the kaingin (slash and burn) method of farming the tribe is using is destructive to the environment and is contributing to climate change. With kaingin, a farmer indiscriminately cuts trees and burns it down to create a clearing that enables him to plant upland rice and root crops. The Subanons, like a lot of rural farmers in the country, have been practicing the method for centuries now. Mary Anne and 59 other young Subanons are members of the Youth for Environment in School Organization (YES O), a group of students organized by teachers of Canatuan National Elementary and High School through a memorandum order released by the Department of Education (DepEd). Its objective is to instill love and care for mother Earth in the minds of the youth. Guiding the youth A week ago, YES O members underwent a three-day seminar workshop and camp conducted by the Community Relations and Development Office (CreDO) of TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc. (TVIRD), in collaboration with the company’s Environment Department, Department of Environment and

Natural Resources (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and Mindanao Tripartite Youth of the Ulama-Bishops Conference - a Non-Government Organization in Zamboanga Peninsula. The activity was in celebration of Environment Month. Through songs, dances and poems written both in Filipino and English, the students dramatized their commitment to protect the environment. They were also taught how to make handicrafts using recyclable waste materials. Mary Anne shared that before the entry of TVIRD and during the regime of the illegal miners, kaingin was rampant in Canatuan in the town of Siocon. “This was reduced since many of my relatives now work with the company. However, many are still practicing it despite the company’s education campaign that showed its ill effect to the environment,” she said. “Our elders should understand that deforestation is one of the causes of climate change. In fact, 15% of carbon emission is to due to deforestation and kaingin contributed a lot to this,” she added. Heavenly Grace Herbadon, a classmate of Mary Anne, shared her view as well and said: “Kaingin will reduce the remaining forest patches that we have, aside from those who wantonly cut trees for cooking purposes. Many of our elders refused to understand its ill effects. We must intensify our education campaign to let them understand.” “We must intensify our education campaign to let them

understand that heavy storms cause incessant rains, flooding, and landslides. It also endangered the natural habitat of wild animals and plants. It is contributing to climate change,” Herbadon said. Angelica Tumangkis, another classmate of Mary Anne, emphasized the importance of correct solid waste disposal as one measure that saves ‘dying’ rivers and environment in a poem she wrote. “When I wrote that poem, I wanted to convey the message that environmental protection is urgent and that it should be done now. I hope that our Elders understand how urgent it is,” she said. At the end of the training, Jana Jane Dacubor, regional coordinator of the Mindanao Tripartite Youth of the Ulamah-Bishops Conference, commended the youth for their commitment to help in environmental protection. “I hope to see you successful in your avowed duty to preserve nature,” she told the students. Georgina Fernandez, Ecosystem Management Specialist from the DENR, told the students that wild animals and micro-organisms living in forests balance the biodiversity. “If people continue to practice kaingin wild animals and even insects perish. Nothing will balance our biodiversity,” she told them. Saving forests first Lumanjal whose father works for the Maintenance Department of TVIRD is bent on saving the forest in Siocon and in the adjacent town of Baliguian where she learned that a nesting ground of the Philippine Eagle

was discovered by the Wild Life and Park Bureau (PAWB) of the DENR in 2007 “I want this to be stopped. It endangers the natural habitat of the eagle. I want the Eagles to be protected,” she said. In its report and supporting photos, PAWB identified the forest of Barangay Linay, in Baliguian as nesting ground of the Philippine Eagle. In August 11, 2007 a breeding pair of Philippine Eagles was discovered nesting in an old tree in Barangay Linay, according to the report. It also said that the nesting site is just 369 above sea level - the lowest recorded for Philippine Eagles. The DENR declared the area as a Philippine Eagle “critical habitat” through RA 1947 or the Philippine Wildlife Act. Forester Hiya Jaapar, of the DENR, also revealed that another nesting site of the Philippine Eagle was found in Sibuco, another town adjacent to Siocon. “The more that we should protect our forests here,” Herbadon quipped. Reforestation Gemma Tolentino, TVIRD’s Subanon forester, said that at the moment the company has already planted and grown a total of 360,000 trees of diverse species inside and outside its 508-hectare mining concession area. The company operates its copper-zinc project in Canatuan, the ancestral lands of the Subanons. Canatuan is a sub-village of Tabayo. “The number of trees we’ve planted is five times in density compared before our entry in

Canatuan, which was a haven of illegal miners before,” she disclosed. Tolentino said that as the company prepares the community and its employees for the pending conclusion of its mining operations by the end of the year, the Environment Department has almost re-vegetated the remaining 64-hectare affected areas. “We’ve only affected about 199 hectares within our Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) area, and another 26 hectares that belong to our Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) lands. These remaining affected areas have yet to be planted with trees intercropped with natural grown trees found in Canatuan. Funds for the final rehabilitation phase are already placed in a government-owned Bank,” she said. As highlight, participants and organizers participated a tree planting activity conducted at K. Mais Primary School, a newly-opened school at Sitio Solonsangan, just a kilometer from the company’s process plant. Mary Anne, Angelica and Gemma all firmly believe that environmental protection start from one’s self. They belong to the tribe’s young generation who are conscious that while it is just and right to mine their mineralrich lands, it is also their avowed responsibility to rehabilitate what were disturbed not only for future Subanons but for Mother Nature as well. All are aware that their land is a source of life, and that one cannot exist without the other. (Mindanao Star)

Who bombed the shuttle? ZAMBOANGA City––Police are searching for a man who tossed a grenade at a bus in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said. Officials said 8 people were wounded in the attack. The man lobbed the grenade as the bus owned by Philippine Fisheries Development Authority passed

the village of Tetuan to pick up employees. The wounde d were rushed by ambulances to hospitals. At least 5 of them suffered severe shrapnel wounds, although not lifethreatening. Police investigators said they recovered grenade fragments at the rear section of the bus and were trying to

reconstruct them together to determine the type of explosive used in the attack. But one police explosives expert said an MK2 was likely the type of grenade used by the attacker. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attack and police would not speculate on who was behind it. (Mindanao Star)

A grenade attack on a government shuttle bus wounded at least 8 people in Zamboanga City. (Mindanao Star Photo)

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operations in Zamboanga City last Wednesday. In an e-mail to the Philippines News Agency Thursday, PAOCC identified the suspects as Orlando Daniel and Beniin Bacaltos. Daniel was arrested at around 6:30 a.m. of July 3, while onboard ML Julmina bound for Sabah via Bakungan, Taganak Island in Tawi-Tawi. PAOCC also intercepted 48 passengers believed to be potential victims of human trafficking. The passengers were composed of 36 adults and 12 minors who came from Davao and Zamboanga provinces. On the same day, at around 6:30 p.m., Bacaltos was arrested while 82 potential victims were rescued on board MV Mary Joy 3 and MV Ever Queen Emilia, bound for Sitangkai, TawiTawi via Jolo and Bongao routes in Sulu. The victims told PAOCC their employers promised to pay them when they reach Sitangkai while their recruiter shouldered the transportation fare. (PNA) CTB/RBC/RSM

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productivity and income by maximizing the use of farmlands while contributing to ecological balance. As this year is also declared as the ‘National Year of Rice’, the DA through BAPC station superintendent Ulito T. Kingdom stressed the farmers’ role to be one with the government in its bid for the country to become a surplus supplier of rice starting 2013 and beyond as expressed in the Panaad sa Pagdaginot sa Humay. “Isip usa ka Pilipino, nakighiusa ako sa pagpanaad nga dili mag-usikusik sa kan-on ug bugas… tudloan nako ang uban sa responsableng pagkunsumo aron mahatagan ug bili ang kahago sa mga maguuma ug makatabang ako sa pagkab-ot nga mapaigo ang gidaghanong bugas sa Pilipinas,” nearly 50 farmerguests have pledged. Also citing that “the only

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thing constant in this world is change,” DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulatory Constancio C. Maghanoy, Jr. explained that the department through the station will carry on in conducting and exhibiting researches of productive, economical and sustainable farming technologies for the cultivators of land. Recognizing the farmers’ long and enduring experience and years in farming, he also encouraged them to consider in bringing and applying the available technologies found in the station that might be suitable in their respective farmlands. Furthermore, he pushed for the farmers in attendance to also relay to their fellow farmers, as well the different farming technologies that they have witnessed firsthand at the station. With the forum at hand, the department is expectant that more farmers will be able to propel their existing farm practices and in due course, would also augment their livelihood and income amid numerous farming challenges. # (Joanne L. Olson, DA-10)

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police said. Police said the gunman, who sneaked from an opened window of Roberto Pretila’s house in Ali Alsree village in R.T. Lim town and shot him, but missed. The gunman escaped, but Pretila’s baby was wounded in the shooting. Pretila told the police the bullet that missed him hit the baby who was sleeping in the crib in another room. The infant was rushed to hospital, he said. It was not immediately known if Pretila has identified his attacker, but police said an investigation is going on to determine the motive of the shooting. No individual has claimed responsibility for the shooting, but killings and gun attacks are a daily occurrence in the province. (Mindanao Star)

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“We have many Tausug friends and we trust them. I speak Tausug fluently. We took their assurances as guarantee that nothing untoward would happen to Nadj and Lin; that they would protect my sisters from any harm,” he added. According to Sultan B a n t i l a n Mu h a m m a d Mu’izzuddin II, of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam, the sisters were with sultanate members conducting ocular inspection of some agricultural-based economic self-reliance projects in Patikul when the kidnapping occurred. He said the kidnappers have demanded P50 million ransom from the Algerian embassy through the sisters’ mother, Fatiha Elouali, who is an Algerian. Algeria has no embassy in Manila, but Malaysia. The rans om claims could not be immediately confirmed and police and military officials have not provided any single briefing or reports to journalists about the progress of their search for the hostages. Bansil’s family also has not made any statement about the ransom demand. (Mindanao Star)

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total number of ballots that the PCOS machines counted, just like what happened in Pasay City. Then, information also reached us that other cities in Metro Manila experienced the same phenomenon, except that the losing candidates are no longer interested to complain, either for fear of possible reprisals from the Commission on Elections or from other government officials who are interested to uphold the accuracy of the elections, or simply because they have started preparing for 2016, having learned their lessons from 2013. -oooIF RP IS “TROUBLEMAKER”, WHAT SHALL WE CALL CHINA? If the Philippines is a “troublemaker” because it is pur-

suing its ownership of the islands located at the West Philippine Sea, what should we call China with its insistence on deploying warships in the area---a “peacemaker” out to maintain peace and order in the troubled region, such that it is driving away other claimants by the sheer strength of its naval forces? I am sure that China’s provocations will one day boomerang, not only on its officials, but even against its nationals in the Philippines. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email:, mmauriciojr111@

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B. Favila, Dr. Felipe M. Medalla, and Atty. Armando L. Suratos, BSP Deputy Gov. Diwa C. Guinigundo, and former MBM Dr. Vicente B. Valdepeñas. Atty. Refran of the Philippine Stock Exchange talked about the stock market, recent developments (e.g. PSEi levels, market capitalization, capital raised, alternative investments, etc.). Atty. Refran’s message: The current economic and market situation are not the same as in those years leading to the property bubble burst in 2007. Atty. Refran then presented the efforts of the PSE to improve the market, including new projects (e.g., offering an online trading platform for retail brokers, having its own depository, establishment of a new issuer disclosure system to improve provision of data to investors, as well as implementing short selling locally) as well as offering new products to expand the menu of investment choices for investors (e.g. exchange traded funds or ETFs, PERA accounts, and having index options and futures contracts similar to that in Singapore). In his presentation, Mr. Young of Colliers gave the participants a view on the recent developments in the property market. Generally, Mr. Young thinks there is no property bubble yet. For him, asset price bubble is characterized by rapid price increase. The

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market is unsupported by affordability; hence demand is increasingly speculative. Clearly, there is no office supply bubble. There is low vacancy rates which is driven by supply shortfalls. As far as prices are concerned, rental rates are seen to grow by 5-10% in 2014. Lastly, office rental rate in Manila is still the cheapest in Asia, signifying that we have not been re-rated yet by market players, which is an indication of the absence of a bubble. Also, Mr. Young said it is not accurate to say that foreigners are to blame in the perceived build up of the property bubble, since foreigners play a very small part in the Philippines commercial property market. In the latter part of his presentation, Mr. Young shared how other countries intervened to prevent bubble build up. Most interventions, he said, were in the form of taxation of properties and transfers of properties to discourage speculative purchases. Prof. Enrique Soriano III of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business also said there is no cause for panic at the moment in the property sector. However, supply of mid-rise and high-rise building should be monitored. He said the challenge now is in sustaining the momentum, and this can be done by extending the development beyond Metro Manila, ensuring those who borrow from banks fully comply with real estate requirements, and monitoring of new borrowing by inexperienced property builders/developers. True to its mandate, the BSP will continue to conduct similar exercises with concerned sectors and stakeholders. Maintaining price stability is – and should be – a group effort. ––– Note: My book, Central Banking for Every Juan and Maria is now available in main branches of Fully Booked, Power Books, National Book Store, and University of the Philippines Press. •• You may e-mail us at Past articles may be viewed at speakingout.php

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Rural Transit driver 2 Parak itinumba sa Zamboanga City binira sa biyahe ZAMBOANGA City–– Patay ang isang driver ng Rural Transit sa Mindanao matapos itong pagbabarilin habang bumibiyahe sa lalawigan ng Zamboanga Sibugay. Sinabi ng pulisya na nasawi si Arniel Andicoy sa tama ng mga bala sa katawan matapos siyang ratratin ng dalawang armado na sakay ng motorsiklo sa highway sa bayan ng Imelda. Nag-slow down lamang si Andicoy upang makababa ang ticket inspector ng ito’y atakihin.

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ZAMBOANGA City––Patay ang dalawang parak sa matapos silang ratratin sa magkahiwalay na atake ng mga armadong riding in tandem sa isang motorsiklo sa Zamboanga City sa Mindanao. Kinilala naman ng pulisya ang napatay na si PO1 Hudan Insang, 35. Nagmamaenho umano ito nhg kanyang motorsiklo at pauwi sa bahay ng tambangan ng isa sa dalawang armado. Nabatid na naka-destino si Insang sa Isabela City sa kalapit na lalawigan ng

Papuntang Pagadian City mula sa Zamboanga ang naturang bus ng maganap ang atake. Nabatid pa sa mga pasahero na napuna nilang bumumuntot ang motorsiklo sa bus mula pa sa bayan ng Siay. Hindi naman agad malaman kung nakilala ng mga ito ang dalawang armado. Patuloy ang imbestigasyon ng pulisya sa motibo ng pagpatay. Isa ang Rural Transit sa pinakamalaking kumpanya sa Mindanao. Nuong nakaraang taon ay binbomba naman ang isang bus nito sa Zamboanga City na ikinasugat ng 5 katao. (Mindanao ZAMBOANGA City––Nasamsam ng mga awtoridad Star) ang libo-libong piraso ng sea shells mula For latest news and updates ibat-ibang sa isang ferry sa ZamboVISIT OUR WEB PORTAL anga City. Sinabi ni PO3rd Catherine Cabrera, ng Coast

Basilan, ngunit dito naman ito nakatira, ayon kay Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, ang regional police spokesman. “The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the different parts of his body and was rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center, but died while undergoing emergency treatment,” ani Huesca. Sinabi pa nu Huesca na inamin ng asawa ng biktima na nakakatanggap ng death threats ang parak at bago ito pinatay ay nagbanta pa ang isang lalaking pinag-

kakautangan nito. Binanggit ng asawa sa pulisya ang pangalan ng biktima at may imbestigasyon na umano ukol dito ang mga awtoridad. Hindi naman nakilala ang tumira kay Insang subali’t kabilang ito sa imbestigasyon. “Follow-up investigation is being conducted by Criminal Investigation and Detective Management of Zamboanga City Police Office to unmask the identity and arrest the suspects,” ani Huesca.

Napatay rin sa pamamaril si SPO1 Jaafar Jambiran. Itinumba umabo ito ng isang armado sa mosque sa Barangay Lower Calarian. Naka-destino si Jambiran sa Barangay Sinunuc police station. Agad na tumakas ang nakapatay sa parak at patuloy rin ang imbestigasyon sa krimen. Mahigit 200 katao na ang napapatay sa Zamboanga City muka pa nuong nakaraang taon at karamihan sa jga ito ay pinaslang ng mga hired killers na aktibo dito. (Mindanao Star)

Sari-saring sea shells nasamsam Guard Operations Center, na galing ang ferry na Magnolia Liliflora sa lalawigan ng Tawi-Tawi, ngunit ang mga shells ay isinakay umano sa isla ng Siasi. Kabilang sa mga nakumpiska ng Coast Guard ay mga turtle scales. Ito na ang ikalawang beses na nakumpiska ng mga awtoridad ang maraming mga sea shells sa Zamboanga City sa nakalipas na linggo. Nitong June 18 lamang ay mahigit sa 700 piraso ng endangered helmet shells o “budyong” ang nasabat Ang mga larawan ng nasabat na sea shells na inilabas sa barkong Kristel Jane sa kahapon ng Philippine Coast Guard. port of Zamboanga. Galing sa Sulu province ang ferry. Maraming uri ng sea Kalimitang ginagamit shells sa bansa ang itinuturang mga sea shells bilang ing na rare, threatened at mga fashion accessories at endangered at ang penalty home decorations at iba sa paglabag sa batas kaugnay pa, ngunit mahigpit na ipi- sa pagkuha nito ay kulong nagbabawal ang pagkuha mula 12-25 taon at multa at pagbenta nito sa ilalim hanggang P120,000. (Mindanao Star) ng batas.

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Your Lucky Stars Aquarius: Someone’s unacceptable behavior can be frustrating but it will sort out. However, to keep your relationship from hitting the rocks, make sure you are diplomatic, and not aggressive. Someone you meet at work can influence your career advancement. If you have been waiting on a work decision, it can come through now. Lucky Numbers: 7 33 21 20 34 12 Pisces: The power is in the moment, and any progress you make is positive. Extra time and effort you put into building relationships on a career level will pay off, but in the process of working your way to the top you need to be true to you. If a personal situation becomes tense, remember, communication can solve just about any upset, but as mercury is still Retrograde make sure you don’t get your facts right. Lucky Numbers: 4 16 32 48 44 42 Aries: Life is about priorities, and you are happiest when you are busy and productive. With Mars your ruling planet in your house of communication, and Mercury retrograde, be careful you don’t say something you regret. Venus shines on you; you can meet someone you have an electric connection with. Lucky Numbers: 34 3 20 40 23 16 Taurus: No matter what happens in life, every cloud has a silver lining, you just have to look for it. This is an action packed week, which forces you to focus on priorities and block out people who love to waste your time. With love, accept someone for who they are, if you accept them your family will, there is an essence of permanency in your love life now. Lucky Numbers: 41 12 29 16 24 23 Gemini: There is a lot happening right now so it is important to be organized to stay in control. With love, don’t get possessive, you need to trust someone totally, otherwise it won’t work. Be grateful for past lessons, when you don’t repeat them, it means your emotional baggage has been left behind. Money looks positive; but don’t over–spend. Lucky Numbers: 6 12 21 36 23 18 Cancer: You are in a lucky phase, but right now, it’s likely you will have too much work and too few hours, so allocate your time wisely. You are capable of more than the average person, but there are still only 24 hours in a day. Encouraging (or pushing) a lover to make changes could back fire. Agree to disagree. Lucky Numbers: 16 1 21 23 45 36 Leo: When it concerns money, take control of business and don’t assume someone else has everything under control. With Venus in your sign, you will want to reconnect with those who matter the most to you. In the process of riding sky high, don’t forget to also pay attention to your wellbeing. Lucky Numbers: 35 47 13 20 44 24 Virgo: With Mars in your career zone and the Sub and Pluto having a power dance together , you could feel pulled between your work and love life. Keep your daily agenda flexible, sudden changes in your life, particularly when they involve money, can have you rearranging your time schedule to fit in with someone else. This is also a good time to learn a new skill, particularly if it can help you at work. Lucky Numbers: 42 9 34 3 1 25 Libra: You need to get down to business and make some tough decisions. Sometimes you have to do something you don’t want to get what you do want. Keep your eye on the prize to stay motivated at work. With love, to build a solid and lasting foundation, take time to develop a friendship. Lucky Numbers: 24 37 27 13 14 4 Scorpio: This is your time to shine! With Saturn in your sign about to come out of its retrograde transit, and Venus in your career zone, someone can appear to set in motion change at work. When life is intense, you are motivated to achieve your goals. For love to be permanent, you need someone who understands you have responsibilities right now at the work place to fulfill. Lucky Numbers: 31 40 22 37 9 6 Sagittarius: Career news heads your way and when opportunity knocks you need to be ready. Decisions made now can change your life, and all for the better! Keep a lover in the loop as to how you feel about what direction your life is heading. For singles looking for love, step back and get to know someone before rushing in. Lucky Numbers: 24 9 28 34 11 33

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National Prosecution Service, charging retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr., retired Lieutenant Colonel Felipe G. Anotado, retired Master Sergeant Rizal Hilario, and Staff Sergeant Edgardo Osorio with two counts of Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention. Anotado and Osorio, who were then detained at Fort Bonifacio, filed for a petition to bail this year, while Palparan and Hilario are still in hiding. “We can’t merely expect the government to work this out. For 7 years, Palparan is at large. Oplan Bayanihan, which was Aquino’s version of Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya, is still strongly implemented in the country. Members of progressive organizations suffer on harassment and surveillance. Even human rights violations, such as extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, increased in number,” Mariel May Moralde, spokesperson of AnakbayanDavao City, said in a statement to Mindanao Star. Anakbayan, the group which Sherlyn is a member, has been urging the captors to surface the missing students, and for authorities to capture Palparan and the others accused in the crimes. “A lot of youth activists were harassed and were put under surveillance. Some were even threatened and afterwards, disappeared. Cleve Arguelles, Christian Tuayon, Vencer Crisostomo, who were all members of Anakbayan, had experienced these things. Even I was red-tagged by Jake Obligado during our barricade with the Pablo victims at the DSWD last February,” Moralde said. Moralde stressed the truth on repressing students from being active in joining progressive organizations inside universities and identifying young activists as members of the New People’s Army, just like what happened to Karen and Sherlyn. “As long as Oplan Bayanihan continues, several will experience the same fate like Karen and Sherlyn’s. We should not allow these violations of human rights. The program was to register the call for justice and release of the two, as well as the immediate arrest of Palparan. We should not be afraid of continuing the struggle Karen and Sherlyn had supported. And to the president, who claimed to be different from the fascist puppet Arroyo, show us ‘The Butcher’ now,” she said, referring to Palparan.

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from page 1 with a shared vision and a collective sense of mission constituency - responsive governance. “Government cannot do it alone. This government is also your own to earn, shape and lead. Citizen participation does not end in discussion of issues but should extend to policy implementation and community engagement. Only then can we achieve peace. But peace is beyond the idea of tranquility it is also the provision of basic needs for human security and well-being, reaching out to the very core of the human heart,” she said. Just over the weekend, Salazar put up tents in front of City Hall where locals enjoyed free massage, haircut, manicure and pedicure and cooking demonstrations in what she called the “People’s Day.” She said security, health and education will remain important performance areas of her administration. (Mindanao Star)


from page 1 office was established to strengthen its mechanisms on monitoring and defending the rights of the child. Among its main functions is to oversee the implementation of the Program of Action by all of the NDFP’s organizations including the NPA; and to receive complaints of violations of children’s rights and refer them for appropriate. In a statement, the special office’s chairwoman Connie Ledesma said, “The Special Office for the Protection of Children (SOPC) of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) takes strong exception to the false and biased reports of the UN Office of the SRCAC on the so-called recruitment and use of children by the New People’s Army (NPA).” Last month, the UN released its 2012 report on the violations committed against children. According to the report, there are 26 children who were recruited by armed groups in the Philippines. Eleven of the said 26 children were recruited by the NPA, the rest were recruited by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The NPA, ASG and the MILF are also cited in the report as “persistent perpetrators” of the use of children in armed conflict.

“The Abu Sayyaf, NPA and MILF continue to be cited in the UN blacklist of parties that recruit or use children, kill or maim children, commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children, or engage in attacks on schools or hospitals in situations of armed conflict,” the report said. Ledesma belied the UN report saying that the allegations of the UN SRCAC are baseless. “After consultations with its regional representatives, the SOPC has confirmed that the allegations by the UN SRCAC of recruitment and use of children by the NPA in 2012 are baseless.” She said that “those claimed to be child soldiers are civilians whom the AFP had illegally arrested, detained and tortured or killed during military operations under what the Manila government calls ‘peace and development projects’ against communities suspected of supporting or under the influence of the revolutionary movement.” Ledesma added that all of those children happened to be in areas close to where armed encounters between the AFP and the NPA took place. “One was killed because of indiscriminate gunfire by AFP soldiers; others had been traumatized by artillery and aerial bombardments and were arrested while attempting to seek refuge in nearby communities.” Ledesma further said, “The AFP practice of targeting children in communities and presenting them as child soldiers was again exposed on June 23 by the Mindanao Human Rights Action Center (MinHRAC) when they presented to the media three teenagers who were arrested and detained by the AFP in Kulasi, Sultan Kudarat, for purportedly being rebels when they were actually refugees who were attempting to return to their homes with adult companions to get their belongings after having evacuated from their community due to an armed encounter between the AFP and the NPA.” Ledesma said the policies and programs of the NDFP to protect the rights of children are clearly stated in its Declaration and Program of Action for the Rights, Protection and Welfare of Children. “This document is strictly followed by all the allied organizations of the NDFP, which include the NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).” Minimum age requirement According to the NDFP, since 1988, the Political Bureau of the CPP’s Central

Committee stipulated that the NPA may only recruit persons who are 18 years old and older as armed fighters for its combat units. Furthermore, on Oct. 15, 1999 the Executive Committee of the CPP issued the “Memorandum on the Minimum Age Requirement for NPA Fighters” reaffirming the minimum age of 18 for NPA fighters. In 2002, the policy of the minimum age was reiterated at the 11th Plenum of the CPP Center Committee. A research conducted by an independent think-tank Ibon Foundation commissioned by the Unicef showed the strict compliance of the NPA on the said minimum age requirement of 18 years old for NPA fighters. The research also showed that respondents are also well aware of the minimum age requirement for NPA fighters. “As far as the research team saw, there is general compliance with the CPPNPA-NDFP’s minimum age requirement policy. None among the fighters in the NPA units encountered were below 18 years old even as a few currently active NPA guerrillas joined when they were between 14-17 years old (the last being a 16- and a 17-year-old in 2003),” the research read. The research also showed that there are under-aged applicants who want to join the NPA; however, these applicants are being turned away. “There were firsthand and secondhand accounts of under-aged youth who tried to join the NPA as full-fledged combatants but who were not accepted because of their age. These emerged during the various focus group discussions and during individual interviews and can be taken as indicating efforts at strict policy implementation.” The research also showed that those who violate the said policy were meted with disciplinary action. The research entitled “Uncounted Lives: Children, Women, and Conflict in the Philippines” covered the period of 2001-2005 in eight communities where armed encounters between the military and either the NPA or MILF occurred. Meanwhile, Ledesma urged the UN SRCAC to advice its Philippine Country Task Force for Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) “to be more discerning and circumspect in the performance of its functions by exercising basic due diligence and not relying solely on reports by agencies of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) such as the AFP, Department of Social

Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Commission on Human Rights (CHR).” “The CTMFR as befitting its mandate should investigate the situation on the ground by talking to the people in the concerned community – the parents, teachers, independent human rights groups and even local officials. The illegally arrested and detained children have suffered enough and should not be coaxed or coerced into making false statements and incriminating admissions while in the presence of GPH officials,” she added. Ledesma also urged the UN SRCAC and its country task force to submit their findings to the SOPC of the NDFP for appropriate verification and investigation of such reported alleged recruitment and use of children by the NPA. “We deplore the fact that while the AFP is given an opportunity to respond, the NDFP through its SOPC has not even been informed of such allegations.” (http:// - See more at: ndfp-says-un-reporton-use-of-child-combatants-by-npa-falsebiased/#sthash.7YlusdWS. dpuf

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(DepEd) in recognition of its contribution to the successful implementation of the Alternative Learning system (ALS). DCPPO Chief Ma. Jeanette Requina received the award from Schools Division Superintendent Teresita Cascolan in a simple ceremony attended by all school administrators at the Gabaldon Building, Dapitan City Schools Division Office last June 27. The award is part of the national search for Outstanding ALS Stakeholders in every district of the division, requiring all district ALS coordinators and mobile teachers to make write-ups about their stakeholders and supporters, subject for review and evaluation by the regional panel of judges before submitting the same to DepEd Central office for final evaluation and judgment. In his write-up, Mr. Noli Paguigui, Barcelona Schools District Mobile Teacher I, gave emphasis on the all out support extended by the City Parole and Probation Office to the ALS programs and projects. Aside from its strong support to the program and close monitoring of its client


learners enrolled in the ALS program, DCPPO was also instrumental in providing financial and technical resources such as the learning session venues and instructional materials needed for the literacy and Accreditation and Equivalency sessions for the parolees and probationers. According to Requina, 11 probationers from DCPPO, consisting of 9 students in the elementary level and 2 in the secondary level were among the recent graduates of the ALS program in Dapitan City.(FPG/ATR/ PIA9-Zambo Norte

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Sur and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-9) joined hands in the observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month with this year’s theme “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan.” The yearly event started on Thursday with a motorcade around the major streets in the city, followed by a simple program at the Executive Building within the city hall complex. In his message, Civil Defense Officer II Angelito Casinillo of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said “the presence of everyone demonstrates that we are united here in the city and province.” “We all know that Mindanao is not anymore spared by typhoons, so we have to be always ready and vigilant,” Casinillo said. On the other hand, newly elected city mayor Romeo Pulmones said he immediately organized the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) upon his assumption as acting city mayor on April 16, 2013 per advice of City Interior and Local Government Officer Paulina Gadiano. CDRRMC was inactive during the previous administration. Mayor Pulmones further said he would give priority the activation of the CDRRMC which is now undergoing reorganization. “We will empower all its members and the Barangay Emergency Response Team (BERT) through trainings and provision of new equipment to be used in times of disaster,” he said. The event was also participated in by the Philippine National Police (PNP), 901 Auxillary Reserved Command (ARESCOM), Bureau of Fire & Protection (BFP), PDRRMC led by Henrito Dogon, Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), Black Moon Riders, BERT (City & Provincial) and other city offices and employees. (FPG/CAL/PIA9)

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CdeO Mayor Moreno and Family grace Inaugural Sunday Brunch at Seda Centrio Mayor Oscar “Oca” S. Moreno personally graced the inaugural Sunday Brunch at Seda Centrio right after his joint inauguration with other local and national officials Sunday, 30 June 2013 at the Kiosko Kagawasan in historic Plaza Divisoria. Mayor Moreno was inducted into office by former Senate President Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. along with Rep. Rolando Uy (1st DisMayor Moreno enjoys Sunday Brunch with IBC-13 President trict), Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez and CEO Lito Ocampo, Mrs Arlene Moreno and son Jang (2nd District), Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez, Jr. (ABAMIN Party List), Sen. Aquilino Martin Pimentel and five city councilors of the Liberal Party: Roger Abaday, Candy Darimbang, Bong Lao, Zaldy Ocon and Eric Salcedo. After attending a joint luncheon his newly minted fellow officials at another local restaurant, the new Mayor proceeded to Seda

Centrio where he was joined by wife Arlene, son Atty. Jang Moreno with wife Trina, and daughter Imee Lapuz with husband Aries. They were joined by Lito Ocampo Cruz, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBC-13. Mr. Cruz is a college classmate of Mayor Moreno at the Ateneo de Manila University. Brunch has traditionally been prepared by restaurants and hotels for special occasions, such as weddings, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or Easter Sunday. “We thought June 30 would be an auspicious day to restart this tradition at Seda Centrio since it’s the same date as the inauguration of the new city officials,” said Lorenzo Tang, general manager. “So we invited Mayor Moreno and family to grace our inaugural our Sunday Brunch here at Seda

Centrio after the inauguration rites at Plaza Divisoria.” Mr. Tang said the Inauguration Sunday Brunch of Seda Centrio was inspired by the column of historian Ambeth Ocampo who talked about the menu for lunch and dinner on September 29, 1898 when the Kawit declaration of independence was ratified by Aguinaldo’s government in Malolos, Bulacan. For posterity’s sake, here’s the menu for the June 30, 2013 Inauguration Day Sunday Brunch of Seda Centrio: SOUP: Seafood Chowder; SALAD: Fresh Garden Salad; VEGETABLE: Green Vegetable; HOT: Fish Fillet in Black Pepper Sauce, Patatim, Herb Chicken, Steamed White Rice; BEVERAGE & DESSERT: Chilled Juices (Orange/Guava/Dalandan/ Mango), Fruit Kebab.

NGCP revives Balik Eskwela project Atty. Jang and Trina Moreno with Mr and Mrs Aries and Imee Moreno-Lapuz

Josy Aliñabon and daughter Iya with Mike Baños and Maricel Rivera

Maintain safety and peace of mind with reliable connectivity this rainy day season After the prickly heat of summer, rainy days are often celebrated with its refreshing, cool weather. But as we’ve all seen in the past, it also poses serious danger to people and properties with its tendency to bring heavy flooding and strong winds. Due to this, it is necessary to stay informed to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe during this season. While TV and radio are the usual go-to sources of information, a mobile phone is also a great tool to keep us informed nowadays, especially when on the go and in times of urgency. And with the rise of smartphones, we are now more empowered to be updated and educated on the latest news and updates during the rainy season. In fact, more people rely on their mobile phones now for real-time updates as it empowers them to get information anytime, anywhere through the internet

on their phones. Mobile internet allows them to gain access to reliable and immediate information through social media like Twitter and Facebook, and online applications such as Project Noah and MMDA. Through these, they can know the latest developments about the weather, traffic and outside situations that enable them to make more comprehensive decisions to avoid any danger. With this in mind, it is imperative for us to get reliable and economical connectivity. And this is where Sun Cellular comes in. Network provider Sun Cellular offers mobile Internet loads called iLoads that can help its subscribers stay connected wherever they may be. With iLoads, subscribers can experience a full Internet access on their mobile phones for as low as 15 pesos a day, de SEASON to page 8

Brand new school supplies poured in during the rainy opening of classes as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) launched its Balik Eskwela project. Implemented for the second time since 2010, the Balik Eskwela aims to build meaningful relationships with host communities while conducting massive information drive on transmission line and public health and safety. NGCP hopes that the project will create awareness among the students and residents of the communities to encourage them to become instruments of transmission asset protection. Simultaneous distribution was conducted among 50,000 elementary students in selected schools in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. One set of school supplies is composed of a bag, pencils and notebooks printed with the NGCP mascot, “Linoy” (Linya para sa Pinoy), and value-laden messages on line safety and anti-pilferage on the front and back covers. More than 160 public elementary schools all over the country benefited from the corporate social responsibility project. Employees of the company took part in the event, volunteering to distribute school supplies to areas as far as Kalinga in North Luzon and Maguindanao in Mindanao. Partner distribution utilities and directly-connected customers also provided support through coordination with local government officials, Department of Education representatives, and school administrators, particularly for schools located in far-flung areas. Nelson F. Cabangon, NGCP’s Corporate Affairs Head, highlights the transmission company’s advocacy on education, “NGCP

Corporate Affairs Department Head Nelson F. Cabangon (3 rd from right) spearheaded NGCP’s Balik Eskwela program, a CSR project aimed to provide school supplies to students residing in communities hosting NGCP’s lines, towers, and other facilities.

Students from Cateel Central Elementary School in Cateel, Davao Oriental received their NGCP bags containing school supplies. Majority of the school’s student population were affected by Typhoon Pablo in 2012.

revived the Balik Eskwela project because we recognize that school supplies are a big expense for these less fortunate students. It is our little way of relieving them of the burden of having to worry about small items like notebooks and pens.”

NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system

of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. As a responsible corporation, NGCP supports the communities hosting its transmission facilities, which it considers as a true partner in nation-building.

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