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Misamis Oriental town highlights tourism dev’t By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City––Opol, one of the western municipalities in the province of Misamis Oriental, highlighted its progress in tourism development to tourism executives and local government officials from Bohol who recently visited the place. Mayor Maximino B. Seno said Opol hosted a visit by 16 officials of the town of Alicia, Bohol, WOMEN IN THE ARMED FORCES. More than 300 men and women soldiers the Philippine Army 4th Infantry Division join a two-day foot march and bivouac in including their mayor of barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City. The soldiers are assigned in office duties and the and vice mayor. activity was geared towards reminding them of their battle readiness as foot soldiers.

Military to file protest vs 2 MILF commanders

COTABATO City––The military is set to file protest today before the Government of the Philippines- Moro Islamic Liberation Front Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) against two MILF commanders for alleged extortion and harassment of farmers. 602nd Infantry Brigade spokesperson See MILITARY, page 11

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Petitioners vs cybercrime law to ask SC to reconsider online libel ruling DAVAO City––Groups opposing Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 today said they will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that online libel as provided for in said law is constitutional. Nica Dumlao, Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) program coordinator, said in a phone interview they will file a motion for reconsideration, as the law threatens to “harass human rights defenders or anyone critical of the government.” “If this is upheld, what

will happen to freedom of expression?” Dumlao said the internet is a different playing field where the subjects of statements deemed libelous may answer at once unlike in channels mentioned in the Revised Penal Code, the law that defines traditional libel. She added the petitioners will meet on Saturday, Feb. 22, in UP-Diliman for their next move on the case. FMA is part of the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance, a nationwide coalition of internet freedom advocates and one of the

petitioners in the SC case. The High Tribunal on Tuesday handed down the decision declaring as constitutional the provisions on online libel in RA 10175. But Bayan Muna Rep. Karlos Isagani Zarate called the law a “curtailment of freedom of expression” and vowed that the battle to decriminalize libel will continue in Congress. “We should not criminalize the act of expressing one’s opinion,” Zarate said in a phone interview. “If we feel slandered, one should See ruling, page 11

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Misamis Oriental town highlights tourism dev’t By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Opol, one of the western municipalities in the province of Misamis Oriental, highlighted its progress in tourism development to tourism executives and local government officials

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from Bohol who recently visited the place. Mayor Maximino B. Seno said Opol hosted a visit by 16 officials of the town of Alicia, Bohol, including their mayor and vice mayor. Seno said the Bohol visitors were toured around the crocodile and ostrich farm and in a reforestation area

that is being developed as a tourist destination. He said they were given ostrich eggs as souvenirs. Ostrich is now the One Town One Product of Opol and will be featured prominently in the municipality’s various activities including the fiesta. A lt h ou g h pr i v at e ly owned, the ostrich farm is open to visitors and the owner has expressed thanks to the mayor for making ostrich the OTOP of Opol. Seno said the other group of recent visitors were executives of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprize Zone Authority who came to check out the boardwalk and food center project of Opol. He said Opol is expecting TIEZA to begin releasing the P30-million funding for the development of the project. He added that the municipality only has a P60,000

budget for tourism that is why they are looking for external funding for the various projects. Private investors who have made known their tourism plans for Opol include Engr. Elpie Paras who will be developing a beach resort costing as much as the Dahilayan Park in Manolo Fortich. Seno said that with the coming bulk water supply from A. Brown Company, more hotels will open in Opol because self-sufficiency in water would be ensured when the Opol Water District is established. The water project would cost between P500-million and P700-million. He added that Congresswoman Juliette Uy and Governor Yevnegy Vincente Emano have also been supportive of Opol’s tourism development plan. He said the projects would be completed within

two years. “Opol is investor-friendly,” Seno said. When the food center is completed Seno said travellers from Cagayan de Oro

and from Iligan cities would make Opol a must-stop place for meals. In line with its OTOP, the highlight of the food center would be ostrich steak.

Army soldiers hold foot march, bivouac By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City––Soldiers asigned to office duties at the headquarters of the Philippine Army 4th Infantry Division underwent a two-day foot march and bivouac this week to get them back into battle readiness as foot soldiers. Capt. Christian Uy, spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division, said more than 300 soldiers, men and women, participated in the activity held at barangay Bulua in Cagayan de Oro City. Uy said the soldiers marched out of the camp in full battle gear and stayed overnight at the barangay before marching back to the camp the next day. He said the activity reminded the office soldiers that they are still foot soldiers and should be battle-ready.

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Photovoltaic Power Park at Brgys. Malimono and Matampay-Cormatan, Islamic City of Marawi

Mayor Sultan Fahad Salic Marawi City Mayor Sultan Fahad Salic, Al Haj (left) and Lim Solar Phil. Venture President/CEO Winston Mendoza covering the capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, signalling the start of the construction of the 35 MW Photovoltaic (Solar) Power Park in Marawi City worth P4.7 billion. Assisting them at right is DOE Asec. Daniel Ariaso while former Marawi Mayor Omar Ali (foreground left), chairman/CEO of Mosa Institute for Leadership and Development, looks on with other guests.

Marawi-Lim Solar project groundbreaking kicks off P4.7B Solar park construction By Cheng OrdoÑez, Associate Editor

MARAWI CITY -- The Islamic City of Marawi is taken by storm with the groundbreaking ceremony Monday (Feb. 17) – mere two months after he signing of the memorandum of agreement – for the construction of a 35 MW Photovoltaic Power Park in this city’s sprawling 30-hectare industrial land, involving the Local Government of

Marawi City and Lim Solar Philippines Venture, Inc. The groundbreaking signals the start of the construction soon for the solar power plant project costing P4.7 billion and liberating Marawi City from high coast of electricity, frequent brownouts and debt. Various sectoral representatives attend the groundbreaking and laying of the time capsule ceremony, among them were

Marawi City officials led by Mayor Sultan Fahad Salic and former mayor Omar Ali, and from the Lim Solar led by Engr. Winston Mendoza, chairman/CEO of Lim Solar Ventures, and Engr. David Tauli, president of MetroAces Consultancy. Energy officials were also present including Department of Energy Asst. Secretary Daniel Ariaso, Sr. and Asec. Matanog Papandi, Sultan Ashary Maongco,

manager of LASURECO, and NGCP representative. Col. Nasser Pendatun of the 103rd Brigade, Dr. Ali Laguindab, president of Ranao Radio witnessed e ceremony along with local officials who expressed happiness over the pronouncement that, when solar power is completed, consumers in Marawi City will only pay P3 from their current P6 per kwh, aside from getting rid groundbreaking | Page 11



Assalamoalaykom Warrahmatullahi Wabarakatoho! On behalf of the Islamic City of Marawi, I am delighted that this solar project has reached this stage. The groundbreaking ceremony held within barangays Malimono and Matampay-Cormatan in Marawi City has indeed marked the beginning of a brighter development in the foreseeable future for the people of Marawi; and not just for us here, but, perhaps, to various communities, as well, which will benefit from the solar power that will be generated by and developed further from this project later on. This 35 MW Photovoltaic Power Park underscores Marawi City’s desire to play a significant role in providing a cheap yet longterm solution to address the power problems of our constituents in Marawi and in the province of Lanao del Norte. We know that we need the help of all stakeholders and parties involved in undertaking this project to work together for its successful implementation. I am happy that this groundbreaking ceremony was able to show that we are all united towards attaining this goal, as we firmly believed that the full complementation and cooperation of both the government and the private sectors are healthier road ro success. We are thankful that our counterpart from the Lim Solar Philippine Venture, Inc., ably represented by its chairman/CEO Engr. Winston Mendoza, as well as other local and national government officials, led by Department of Energy Asec. Daniel Ariaso, Jr. and Asec. Matanog “Diego” Mapandi have been providing us with their unwavering support. Like us here in Marawi, the complete attendance of the Sangguniang Panlungsod led by the Honorable Vice Mayor DATU ARAFAT M. SALIC, most of our elected barangay officials, as well as the presence of the civic and the religious sectors and prominent cultural leaders are clear manifestation that our people in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur, in general, have welcomed this project and look forward to its successful implementation. The presence and unabated support of our technical team and consultants are also important. Their sincere and unwavering support will undoubtedly make this project off the ground and will eventually finish it on time. In line with this, I would like to thank all of you again for your unqualified support. Let us pray and work not just to have something to work on, but to work on something that is right. We should work closely as partners. Bear in mind that we are all working together to accomplish a common goal; and in the course of doing our roles, we should focus in meeting the project in a timely manner and fulfill our part on the project to successfully accomplish what we have set out to do. If we support each other and maintain our avowed goal in sight, and with the blessings of the Almighty Allah, then there should be no reason for us not to succeed in this venture. As we layout the time capsule in this project site, we give due recognition to all of you, our partners and stakeholders, who are with us in this journey in making our solar power project a success that will eventually set the tone of a new horizon that in Marawi City, “the sun never sits.” Thank you very much and swassalam.

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Fortun to NIA: Be ready with lies in House probe By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––Agusan del Norte First District Rep. L awrence Lemuel Fortun became more ballistic as the National Irrigation Administration in Caraga Region blamed calamities, existing armed conflict and road right-ofway problems for the unfinished irrigation projects in his district since 2012. “So that’s what they’re saying. They should be ready with well-crafted FORTUN

lies w hen the y app ear before the House. Let’s see if those misrepresentations would prosper before House members who are now keenly awaiting the investigation,” Fortun said. The Butuan City and Agusan del Norte lawmaker exposed in a privilege speech last week alleged inconsistencies of the government agency’s project implementation report compared to its accomplishments wit h pictures of what he said were unfinished projects.

Fortun said, “The pictures do not lie. They show the Status of Project Implementation of NIA-Caraga prepared by the Irrigation Management Of f ice is replete with deliberate lies and misrepresentation. The inconsistencies and disparities are unmistakable.” In an interview, NIACaraga Public Relations Officer Silvestre Albores said the reasons behind the abandoned and unfinished projects were: armed conflicts in project sites,

bad weather conditions and problems involving road right-of-way. The young solon has called for an investigation of what he described as “mockery and abuse” in the implementation of government projects. Fortun’s expose is an offshoot of a letter from the L angag, Ambacon, Montilla, Mat-I, Pinanaan, Irrigators Association (LAMMP-AI) of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte complaining about seven irrigation projects with a

total cost of some P109 million. The group complained that the projects commenced in 20l2 but have remained unfinished. Based on the record of NIA-Carage, the projects were contracted to LMG Construction, WIRO Construction, MCB-Zamora Construction, PALMEA C onstr uc tion and D evelopment, Ruiz Engineering Construction, St. Bernardine Construction and Enterprises, and MG Salazar Construction Corporation.

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BUTUAN City, Agusan del Norte––The Departm e nt of E nv i ron m e nt and Natural Resources (DENR) has stopped the transport of all types of logs through the Agusan River and its tributari e s e f fe c t ive Fe br u ar y 10,2014, the DENR on Saturday said. This means that the DENR would no longer issue a transport permit for all types of logs that would us e the Agusan river and its tributaries as waterways to move the

forest pro duc ts to t he various wood processing plants along river banks in Butuan City and some parts in Agusan Del Sur. DENR Undersecretary for operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. has issued t he “restr ic tion of log m ov e m e nt s o rd e r ” by aut hor ity of S e cret ar y Ramon JP Paje through a memorandum sent to all DENR Regional Executive Directors in the region. The order was immediately relayed to all provincial and city environment officials, said DENR regional executive director Nonito M. Tamayo during a conference at the DENR Regional Training Center in Barangay A m b a g o, B ut u a n C it y this week. Usec Ignacio cited wanton disregard of regulations imposed under Executive 23 by some people as reasons for the issuance of the restriction order by the DENR. DENR 13 regional executive director Nonito M. Tamayo said it was also cited in the memorandum that “rafting and t ow i n g o f l o g s i n t h e

Agusan river have contributed to the inundation and the scouring of the river banks further exacerbated during heavy rains.” He said “this has significantly contributed in the river siltation.” The other reason was the obser vation of the danger p os e by raf ted logs in barangays downstream when the river is heavily flooded.” Ta m ay o a l s o a s k e d the provincial and city environment officials to conduct an immediate inventory of all on-going transport of logs while moving to their respective destinations through the river and tributaries. “After reaching their destinations, there shall be no more logs to be allowed to travel on the water ways, including tributaries of the Agusan river,” he added. He said that environment officials and other DENR field officials who would issue a transport permit in violation of the order would face sanction. A report from Eric Gallego of the PNA

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TPMT convenes: discusses with CSO Partners

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Iligan City -- CSO’s par tners t hroug h t he Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation of Iligan City meet with the Third Party Monitoring Team (TMPT) in a pursuit of its Term of Reference (ToR). On Tuesday, members of Iligan City peace process partner together with the members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation of Iligan city welcomed Mr Alistair Macdonald Chairperson of the TMPT, Mr. Steven Rood, Ms. Karen Tanada, Huseyin Oruc and Zainudin Malang to discuss and listened to the CSO’s views on the progress on the peace process. The Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) is created to monitor, review and assess the implementation of all signed agreements, primarily the Framework agreement on

the Bangsamoro and its Annexes. Composed of an eminent international person who shall act as convenor and spokeperson for the TPMT like Mr. Macdonald past EU ambassador to the Philippines, Libya and Fiji along with members representing localand international non-government organization nominated by the government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In Iligan City, t he TPMT were also welcomed by both members of the chamber of cpommerece and Industry Foundation of Iligan led by its President Emily M. Pascua together with CSO’s like Pailig, Inc., CSO-FP Inc, and other CSO’s peace partners. It may be kbown, that the Framework agreement on the bangsamoro and its Annexes has been signed by both of the pables in

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Franework agreement on the Bangsamoro was signed October 15, 2012. The Annex on Transitional Modalities and Arrangements with its roadmap was signed February 27, 2013, the Annex on Revenue Generation and Welath shairng with its components: Revenue Generation, Wealth sharing and Fiscal Administration was signed in July 13, 2013. While the annex on Power sharing with the Principles of integovernmental Relations and Lists of Powers: reserved, concurrent and exclusive powers together with the Annex on the Normalization were also signed by both panels headed by Miriam Coronel-Ferrer of the GPH Panel and Mohager Iqbal, Chairman of the MILF Peace Panel and witness by the Tengku Dato’Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed,Malaysian facilitator.

Search for Best Performing Food Terminals is on

Cagayan de Oro City -- In an effort to provide an incentive system to commendable performing Food Terminals (FTs) within the region, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) has recently convened the members of the Search and Evaluation Committee for Best Performing Food Terminals in Northern Mindanao. According to Cora E. Balabat (left photo), FT Focal Person, the search is open to all FT operators who have ran the said project at least one year prior to the evaluation whose organization is duly registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and to those who have exuded satisfactory performance in the operation and management of their respective FTs, both at the municipal and barangay levels. Out of the FT nominees, the Search and Evaluation Committee shall choose ten (10) barangay FT finalists and three (3) municipal FT

finalists based on social and economic relevance/impact, which comprises 50% of the total score (linkage to farmers, employment generated in the locality, savings to consumers in terms of transport cost and/ or low price received and service to the community) and on the project operation, which comprises the remaining 50% (profitability, adherence to sanitation and hygiene, innovation/ strategy, utilization and maintenance of equipment and facilities). Field evaluation by the Search Committee shall be conducted on March 15-28, 2014. Declaration of winners, meanwhile, will be on May 15, 2014 during the Farmers and Fisherfolks Month celebration. The competition has set aside P 90,000 worth of prizes for the awardees, wherein the exemplary MFT (1) shall receive P 30,000 while the top performing barangay FT (1) shall receive P 20,000, P 15,000 for the 2nd prize winner and P 5,000 each (5) for the 3rd placers. # (JLOlson, DA-10)

The TPMT pursuant to Provision No. VII (Transistion and Implementation Para 11 and 12 of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro(FAB) is created to monitor the

implementation of all agreements by the parties and submit a COMPREHENSIVE PERIODIC REPORT AND UPDATES to the both GPH-MILF Peace Panels.

The TMPT started its meeting with other CSO’s Peace Partners and key stakeholders on February 17 to 28 this year in Manila, Iligan City, Marawi City and Cotabato City.

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Who is untouchable? The recent brouhaha over the “arrest” of David Tan has caused confusion among government agencies and officials. They don’t seem to know what to do with a 33-year old man whose identity baffled Department of Justice (DOJ) bureaucrats and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents. And like a hot potato, the country’s top justice and law enforcement officials closed the investigation and set Tan free without further action. The bizarre incident was the offshoot of allegations made by the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) chairman Jesus Arranza that a certain Davidson Bangayan alias “David Tan” was a major rice smuggler wanted by authorities. When Bangayan read news reports naming him as a “big-time rice smuggler,” he showed up at DOJ on January 14 and personally met with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. He denied that he was the “David Tan” accused of being a major rice smuggler. Leila-de-Lima.35With the ease by which Bangayan accessed de Lima – presumably without an appointment – it makes one wonder what kind of connections Bangayan used to open doors to DOJ’s top honcho? Accompanied by his lawyer, Bangayan told de Lima that he was not engaged in “major rice importation” as reported in the news and that his rice business was “not that big.” De Lima took Bangayan’s explanation hook, line, and sinker and told reporters that since Bangayan’s rice business was “not that big,” he couldn’t be the big-time smuggler he was accused of. When Bangayan offered to cooperate, de Lima referred him to the NBI. But when Bangayan showed up at the NBI, an arrest warrant against “David Tan” was served on him. After a cursory investigation, the NBI concluded that Bangayan was not the David Tan wanted by a Caloocan City court for electricity pilferage, so Bangayan was released. Connections But NBI Deputy Director Virgilio Mendez contradicted the findings and insisted that they have “evidence and witnesses to prove that” Bangayan and Tan are one and the same person. NBI records showed that Bangayan and Tan have the same address. Why then did the lower-ranked investigators let him go? Could it be that there was someone higher and powerful who interceded for Bangayan? David-Tan-alias-Davidson-Bangayan-passportWhat is strange is the manner the arrest warrant was written, to wit: “You are hereby commanded to arrest the person/s who is/are to


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be found at the address/es indicated below: Rose Tan, who is not Rosalind Galicia; David Tan, who is not Davidson Bangayan; and Benson Tan alias Mr. Kiao, who is not Venson Bangayan Bangayan – All Advance Metal Traiding (sic), Blk.5. Lot 1, ACCO Homes Langaray St., cor. Dagat-Dagatan Avenue, Caloocan City.” It seemingly shields Davidson Bangayan, Rosalind Galicia, and Venson Bangayan from arrest. The fact that Bangayan carries a valid Philippine passport (issued on May 18, 2011) supports the presumption that Bangayan is the real McCoy. If so, who then is David Tan? Smuggling King On January 22, Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture, said her committee has documents that prove Davidson Bangayan and “smuggling king” David Tan are the same person. She said de Lima and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile submitted documents that proved it. She also said that rice smugglers couldn’t operate without the help of corrupt government officials… or, I might add, powerful and influential private individuals. On January 28, Customs Deputy Commissioner Agaton Teodoro Uvero dropped a bombshell at the Senate hearing. He said that at the height of the rice smuggling, they were bringing in 2,000 containers week, which translates to 50,000 tons a week at 25 tons per 20-foot shipping container. These huge shipments of smuggled rice won’t be able to get past Customs inspection without the collusion of Customs officials. Last February 3, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte testified before the Senate committee what he knows about David Tan. He said that Tan is the central figure in rice smuggling in the country. He is the go-to guy for farmer cooperatives who go to him for help in importation and financing because they don’t have the capacity to import rice. He said that Tan would provide import permits to rice importers who would re-use them many times over because corrupt Customs inspectors do not stamp them. He said that rice smuggling without the connivance of Customs and National Food Authority

(NFA) personnel would be very hard, if not impossible. When a senator asked Mayor Duterte if he knew how Tan looks like, he produced a photo of Tan that he claimed was given to him by the police. When he was asked if the person on the photo was the same person as Davidson Bangayan, who was seated nearby, he pointed at Bangayan and answered in the affirmative. Right after Duterte fingered Bangayan, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile made a motion to cite Bangayan for contempt for lying to the Senate committee denying that he was David Tan. Sen. Enrile showed an affidavit executed by Bangayan in a 2005 libel case in which he referred to himself as “David Tan,” the alleged rice smuggling king. Sen. Villar said that the committee would decide on the motion in the next committee meeting. With Enrile’s revelation, one wonders how did Bangayan become the “rice smuggling king” that controls the importation and financing of rice in the entire country? And how could a 33-year old person who started his rice importation business only in 2011 manage to dominate and control rice smuggling in just two years? Could it be that he is just the front man or “dummy” of a rice smuggling syndicate? Presidential brother-in-law? Ballsy-Aquino-and-Eldon-CruzIn a Manila Times article titled, “Just stick to govt sufficiency program,” published on September 12, 2013, it said: “A certain A. Yang and Alex S reportedly act as contacts of the group inside the Bureau of Customs (BOC) who are responsible for facilitating the “necessary” documentary requirements of the smuggled rice. “Agents who were involved in the operations but who requested anonymity revealed that prior to the raid, a meeting was held on August 11 in an undisclosed place among several key figures behind the botched P15-billion smuggle attempt. “They identified the personalities as a very high official of the BOC, and a few other private businessmen, including a certain Eldon Cruz. It is not yet clear if Cruz is the “presidential brother-in-law” or husband of Aquino’s sister Ballsy.” What was Eldon Cruz – if he was indeed the presidential brother-in-law – doing with the smuggling ring? Is he the protector of the “smuggling king”? If so, then that would explain why Bangayan was accorded “VIP treatment” at DOJ and expeditiously released without any hassle, which makes one wonder: is Davidson Bangayan untouchable? (



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Frustrated Special Gospel of the day: John20:2429(February24, 2014-Monday) John 20:24-29-But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you. Then said he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus said unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed: This gospel is focusing on “Thomas the doubter” who was absent in the first appearance of Jesus. Why he was absent? According

Word on fire Bro. Edcel L. Closas to many “bible scholars, “Thomas was very affected and disappointed in the death of Jesus.” He left his companions apostles and live alone to heal his “wounded heart.” But due to “maximum tolerance” of his group, they find Thomas to be with them again. Take note, they “cheer up” and encourage Thomas to become “positive and brave.” This is supposed to be our mentality, that we will help the depressed and frustrated people in our society: Printing paid by: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request: Please follow me “WORD ON FIRE” on CCTN channel 12-CDO @ 10 PM- Mondays and Tuesday @ 3:30 PM. God loves you!!!


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Saying goodbye to the public service Last week, I made a brief appearance at the Monetary Board to say goodbye to my colleagues at the Bangko Sentral. I earlier resigned my position as member of the Monetary Board – 5 months short of the actual expiration of my six-year term on July 2, 2014. My wife, Miraflor, had been sick for some time. As her medical condition has not improved, I felt that it was time for me to spend more time with her. Thus, I ended years of public service which started in the middle of 1986. In June of that year, I left Bank of the Philippine Islands to assume what I thought was a temporary role as Officer in Charge of the Municipality of Muntinlupa. Muntinlupa was then a fifth class municipality. The expected six-month engagement, however, extended beyond schedule. Because of the extraordinary circumstance by which President Cory Aquno took power, she initially ruled via a Revolutionary Government with all the vast powers (which she abhorred) that went with it. She wanted a return to political normalcy soonest but first a new Constitution had to be written. The drafting, approval and ratification of the new Constitution

Speaking Out Ignacio Bunye pushed back the scheduled elections by two years. To cut a long story short, I did not go back to Bank of PI anymore. Instead, I chose to run for Mayor in the election of 1988 and thereafter served for three consecutive terms until 1998. During that period, Muntinlupa metamorphosed into a first class highly urbanized city. At that time, the mayors of Metro Manila Manila elected among themselves the Chairman of the Metro Manila Authority (forerunner of the MMDA) for a period of 6 months. I served for three consecutive terms, concurrently as Mayor of Muntinlupa. My tenure (1991-1992) was sandwiched between those of now Vice President Jejomar Binay and the late Mayor Ismael Mathay, Jr. During that period, I had the chance to work closely with then Congressman Sonny Belmonte in helping draft the law which eventually created the Metro Manila Development Au-

thority. Barred by law from seeking a fourth consecutive, I ran in 1998 for the newlycreated Lone Congressional District of Muntinlupa City. In Congress, I was active in the Committee on Local Government which strongly supported the conversion of qualified municipalities into chartered cities. In 2002, I had the privilege of being invited by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to serve in her cabinet first as Press Secretary and later as concurrent Presidential Spokesperson. At brief intervals, I also served as acting Executive Secretary and as Political Adviser. In 2008, I assumed my post as a member of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. My BSP stint, although relatively “quieter” than my previous public posts, was nonetheless just as fulfilling. In its own way, it was also “exciting”. In 2008, inflation in the

Philippines, fueled by oil price spike was at a high single digit. In 2007, a year before I joined the MB, the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the United States unfolded. And on September 2008, the Lehman bankruptcy, the largest in the US history, became the principal trigger of the late 2000s global financial crisis. The subsequent Eurozone crisis starting 2009 provided the additional after-shocks. How the Bangko Sentral skillfully performed its mandate of bringing down inflation to its present low, how it helped keep Philippine financial institutions stable and resilient in the face of adverse external environment, how it relentlessly pushed its advocacy of financial inclusion, are a testament to the patriotism, integrity, dynamism, excellence and solidarity of BSP’s management and staff. Together, they helped make BSP one of the most revered Philippine public institutions today. As a member of the Monetary Board, I also served as advisor to the Currency Management Committee and the Numismatic Committee. The latter is the one which prepared the spade work for the design, approval and circulation of the New Generation Currency. See public, page 11

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How to become a ‘govt witness’ LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations...” (Psalm 27:12, the Bible). -oooREQUIREMENTS FOR A “GOV’T WITNESS”: As witnesses are coming out on the P10 billion pork scam, let us see the requirements imposed by law before anyone is accepted as a “government witness” under the “Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act”, or Republic Act 6981. These requirements are found under its Sections 3, for those who know that a crime was committed without their participation, and 10, for the participants in the crime. Section 3 requires that the person to be admitted as a “government witness” must have witnessed or has knowledge or information about the commission of a crime, and has testified, or is testifying, or about to testify, before any judicial or quasi-judicial body, or before any investigating authority. This section also requires: the crime in which the government witness’ testimony is to be used must be a grave crime, or one that is punished with imprisonment ranging from 12 years to life imprisonment; his testimony can be corroborated in its material points; he or his relatives within the second degree of consanguinity (second cousin) is threatened with death or with injuries; the witness is not a law enforcement officer. -oooWHAT IS A “STATE WITNESS”? Under Section 10 of Republic Act 6981, the person to be admitted as a “State witness” must have participated in the commission of a crime and desires to be a witness for the State. See become, page 11

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Basilan farm owners’ killers arrested, charged


SABELA CITY, Basilan – Criminal charges have been filed against four people who were allegedly responsible for the brutal slay of a farm-owner couple and their five-year-old granddaughter in this province, police said. The filing of the case Thursday came after the police have arrested the four suspects one after the other in Zamboanga City and in Lantawan municipality, this province. EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION AMONG HEIRS Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late ORTIZO LLABAN, who died sometime on April 27, 1997 at Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, left a certain real property situated in Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and more particularly described as follows, to wit: “A Parcel of Land (Lot 282-A, (LRC) Psd-144241, being a portion of Lot 282, Pls-854, Manolo Fortich Public Land Subdivision). Containing an area of TEN THOUSAND (10,000) square meters, more or less, and covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-50065 of the Registry of Deeds of Bukidnon, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION AMONG HEIRS, made and entered into by and among: LEONILA LLABAN, widow, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; JULIETO LLABAN, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED (200) Square Meters, more or less; JULIUS LLABAN, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED (200) Square Meters, more or less; HRS. OF HERNAN LLABAN, Containing an area of ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO (1,162) Square Meters, more or less, namely; OGIE T. LLABAN, married, a resident of Balubal, Cagayan de Oro City; JERRY T. LLABAN, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; AYLEN T. LLABAN, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; JENNA T. LLABAN, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; JUNIEL T. LLABAN, single, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; JOVENIA LLABAN, married, a resident of Cagayan de Oro City. Containing an area of ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO (1,162) Square Meters, more or less; ELLEN L. RASONABE, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Containing an area of ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO (1,162) Square Meters, more or less; JULIET L. CANOY, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Containing an area of ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO (1,162) Square Meters, more or less; GERALIN L. FUENTES, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Containing an area of ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO (1,162) Square Meters, more or less; MARCIANA L. DUMAOG, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Containing an area of ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO (1,162) Square Meters, more or less; ORTIZO LLABAN, JR, married, a resident of Leyte. Containing an area of ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO (1,162) Square Meters, more or less; DOLLY L. GALVADORES, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Containing an area of ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO (1,162) Square Meters, more or less; MERIGIE L. SANTAMINA, married, a resident of Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; all of legal age, Filipino, are the legitimate wife and children. To DOLLY L. GALVADORES, JULIETO LLABAN, JULIUS LLABAN, HRS. OF HERNAN LLABAN, JOVENIA LLABAN, ELLEN L. RASONABE, JULIET L. CANOY, GERALIN L. FUENTES, MARCIANA L. DUMAOG and ORTIZO LLABAN, JR., Containing an area of THREE HUNDRED FOUR (304) Square Meters, more or less. As per Doc. No. 16214; Page No. 43; Book No. XXXIII; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. JERSON S. LEYSON. MDN: FEB. 17, 24 & MARCH 3, 2014

One of the suspects turned out to be a member of the militia force. Slain were Killed on Monday at their farmhouse in Barangay Switch Yakal, Lantawan, Basilan were Pablo Guerrero, 74, his wife, Teresa, 72, and their five-year-old granddaughter, Trixie. The victims, who were from Z amboanga City, were visiting their farm EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED EPITACIO YAÑEZ WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased EPITACIO YAÑEZ, who died on July 27, 1971 in Baikingon, Cagayan de Oro City, at the time of his death left a parcel of land located at Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental, which is more particularly described as follows: TAX DECLARATION NO. 0815001010384 Property Identification No., Owner: Epitacio Yañez, Location: Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental, Lot No. 3409-B, Classification: Agricultural, Area: 2.2200 Hectares, is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED EPITACIO YAÑEZ WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, made and executed by and among the HEIRS OF EPITACIO YANEZ, namely: 1. LEONORA P. YAÑEZ, of legal age, Filipino, widow and resident of Baikingon, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving wife of the deceased; 2. NELIA Y. GABO, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Baikingon, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 3. NATIVIDAD Y. MAGLACION, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of NHA Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 4. LYRA Y. NADAL, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Baikingon, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 5. HENEDINA P. YAÑEZ, of legal age, Filipino, single, and resident of Baikingon, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 6. MARY JEAN P. YAÑEZ, of legal age, Filipino, single and resident of Baikingon, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 7. MELLY P. YAÑEZ, of legal age, Filipino, single and resident of Baikingon, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 8. ROBINSON P. YANEZ, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Baikingon, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving son of the deceased; that the above-named parties, all of legal age, are the legitimate wife/children and the sole/ compulsory/surviving heirs of the deceased. That for and in consideration of the sum of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS (P100,000.00), receipt in full of which is hereby acknowledged from CRISTINA AMOR T. CAJILLA, of legal age, Filipino, married to JEMUEL S. CAJILLA and resident of Block 8, Lot 1, Morning Mist Village, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, do hereby SELL, TRANSFER and CONVEY, to the VENDEE, CRISTINA AMOR T. CAJILLA, absolutely, the above-mentioned property containing an area of 2.2200 hectares. As per Doc. No. 444; Page No. 89; Book No. 177; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI. MDN: FEB. 10, 17 & 24, 2014

when the suspects killed them. Lantawan police commander Chief Insp. Basirin Hassan identified the suspects as Rigoberto Erasga, Alty Falcasantos, Ricky Toledo and Edgar Makiling, a militiaman. Hassan said that Erasga was arrested Tuesday in Barangay Cawit, Zamboanga City while Falcasantos and Toledo were arrested Wednesday in Barangay Switch Yakal, Lantawan town, and Makiling was arrested Thursday afternoon also in Switch Yakal. Hassan said the suspects were already committed to the provincial jail. (PNA) NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of spouses LAURO L. TAPUCAR, SR. and REMEDIOS R. TAPUCAR, who both died intestate on May 30, 2006 in Antipolo, Rizal and on July 26, 2008 in Davao City, respectively, consisting of a parcel of agricultural land (Lot No. 1358) located in Bo. Kabawan, Municipality of Rosario, Province of Agusan del Sur covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-3484 of the Register of Deeds of Agusan del Sur and issued in the name of Remedios R. Tapucar, containing an area of 81,967 square meters, is the subject of an EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF LAURO L. TAPUCAR, SR. AND REMEDIOS R. TAPUCAR made and entered into by the legitimate children and sole heirs of spouses Lauro L. Tapucar, Sr. and Remedios R. Tapucar, per Doc. 311, Page No. 63, Book No. VII, Series of 2013; Doc. No. 312, Page No. 63, Book No. VII, Series of 2013; Doc. No. 315, Page No. VII, Book No. 63, Series of 2013 of the Notarial Registry of Victoria T. Galindez-Lacap, Notary Public with PTR No. 4964237- JAN-08-2013 until December 31, 2013 General Santos City and Doc. No. 256, Page No. 52, Book No. 86, Series of 2013 of the Notarial Register of Joseph E. Tamaneng, CPA, Notary Public, with PTR No. 1881444/1-3-2013, Tubay, Agusan del Norte until December 3l, 2014. MDN: Feb. 17, 24 & Mar. 3, 2014

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH CONFIRMATION OF SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of NICOLAS FAROLAN, who died last January 18, 2003 without a will at Cagayan de Oro City, leaving among others a parcel of land identified as Lot No. 848-B3, being a portion of Lot No. 848-B, LRC, Psd-58430, being a portion of Lot No. 848 of the Cadastral Survey of Cagayan, LRC Cad. Record No. 1562), covered in and embraced by TCT No. T-176420, he owned in common with his co-owners; is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH CONFIRMATION OF SALE, made and executed into the City of Cagayan de Oro, by and between; RANDY PONCARDAS FAROLAN, of legal age, married and a resident of Grenenville, Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City, and MARK VINCENT FAROLAN, of legal age, married and a resident of Talaba, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental; the herein parties are the sole and only heirs of the decedent entitled to succeed to his estate, being his direct and immediate heirs. For and in consideration of the foregoing premises, and invoking the provisions of Section 1, Rule 74 of the Rules of Court, the herein heirs – vendors, who are of legal age, and with full civil capacity to contract, hereto have agreed as they hereby agree to divide, partition, and adjudicate particularly the abovementioned parcel of land, between themselves in equal shares. As per Doc. No. 408; Page No. 81; Book No. II; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. JIM L. AMARGA. MDN: FEB. 10, 17, & 24, 2014

Five months after the tragic standoff in Zamboanga City, 20,274 residents are still languishing in evacuation centers, 13, 274 of them at the Don Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex, according to Situational Report 4 on the Zamboanga Recovery and Rehabilitation Efforts dated February 18. An additional 5,774 residents are in four “transitional sites.” (MindaNews photo by Gregorio Bueno) EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED SPOUSES MAXIMO SAYSON and TEOFILA BITOY-SAYSON WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased SPOUSES MAXIMO SAYSON and TEOFILA BITOY-SAYSON, who died intestate on _______ 2008 in Kinawe, Libona, Bukidnon and May 13, 2012 in Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City, respectively; left a parcel of land, and more particularly described as follows: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-94226 “Lot No. 1, Pcs-10-003357; Consolidation Subd.: of Lot 2 & 3 (LRC) Pcs-11256; Location: Kiliog, Libona, Bukidnon; Area: FORTY FOUR THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FORTY EIGHT (44,148) SQUARE METERS, MORE OR LESS, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED SPOUSES MAXIMO SAYSON and TEOFILA BITOY-SAYSON WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, made and executed by and among the HEIRS OF THE SPOUSES MAXIMO SAYSON and TEOFILA BITOY-SAYSON, namely; 1. ROMEO B. SAYSON, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Kinawe, Libona, Bukidnon, and the surviving son of the deceased; 2. BRICIO B. SAYSON, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Cebu City, and the surviving son of the deceased; 3. GILDA SAYSON-BACALLA, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City, and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 4. MERCEDES SAYSON-GALLANO, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Medina, Misamis Occidental, and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 5. ABNER B. SAYSON, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Kinawe, Libona, Bukidnon, and the surviving son of the deceased; 6. EDITH SAYSON-BEJA, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Kinawe, Libona, Bukidnon, and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 7. LOURDES SAYSON-SUMICAD, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Punta, Macabalan, and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 8. ROQUESA SAYSON-OLIVAREZ, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Punta, Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving daughter of the deceased; the above-named parties, all of legal age, are the legitimate children and the sole/compulsory/ surviving heirs of the deceased. That for and in consideration of the sum of SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS (P600,000.00), Philippine Currency, full payment of which is hereby received and acknowledged from the VENDEE, SPOUSES ROY OLIVER A. AMPER and EDNA L. AMPER, all of legal age, Filipino, and resident of Block 3, Lot 21, Sta. Barbara, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City, the VENDOR, ABNER B. SAYSON, DOES HEREBY SELL, TRANSFER AND CONVEY unto the said VENDEE., his share on the above-described parcel of land under Lot 1-F consisting an area of FIVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED NINETEEN (5,519) SQUARE METERS, more or less. As per Doc. No. 34; Page No. 7; Book No. 178; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI. MDN: FEB. 17, 24 & MARCH 3, 2014

Araw ng Sibugay kicks off

Governor Wilter Palma By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay– Sibugaynon’s flocked to the capitol grounds last Feb. 20, to join the opening of the weeklong observance of the 13th Araw ng Zamboanga Sibugay. With the theme, “Stand firm Sibugaynon’s, go for peace and prosperity,” the weeklong celebration started off with a motorcade followed by a thanksgiving mass and an awarding of plaque of appreciation by Governor Wilter Palma to the founding governor of Zamboanga Sibugay, George T. Hofer, who served the province from 20012010. Zamboanga del Sibugay was carved out of Zamboanga del Sur in 2001. Another plaque of appreciation was given to the “Yes Movement” for organizing the “Zamboanga Sibugay Team”, a civil society group that has contributed a lot for the province’s development. The Agri-Fishery Trade fair was also officially opened yesterday, show-

casing 16 booths filled with farm and fishery products which were set up by Sibugay’s 16 towns. The best agri-fishery trade booth shall also be selected using the following criteria: Dress-Up with Display, 20%; Originality, 30%; Artistry, 20%; Cleanliness and Sanitation, 10%; And Sustainability of Products, 20%. A drums and lyre competition also followed before noon with participants from the different elementary schools and high schools in the province. Winning schools in elementary and high school categories would each receive P30 thousand cash for first prize, P20 thousand cash for second prize and P10 thousand cash for third prize. A consolation prize of P5 thousand cash was also given to each participating school. The competition was organized and facilitated by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Provincial Tourism Office. (PIA-9)

Republic of the Philippines LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL Cagayan de Oro City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that SAFROULAH A. BANTO has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of SAFROULAH AMPUAN BANTO who was born on July 31, 1992 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are ZAENAL BONSA BANTO and ARAB SIMBAN AMPUAN. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than FEB. 23, 2014. (Sgd.) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar MDN: Feb. 17 & 24, 2014

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Soldiers not allowed to encamp in populated centers – Duterte


AVAO CITY – In a dialogue between Army officials and residents of Compostela Valley he himself facilitated, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said that it is “illegal” for the Army troops to “encamp” in civilian communities.

“We don’t have any question, it is clear to everybody that military encampment in a community is prohibited,” Duterte said. Duterte heard both the sides of Hugpong sa mga Mag-uuma sa Walog Kompostela (Humawak) and the officials of the 10th Infantry Division Philippine Army during the dialogue. “Since 28 January up

to this moment, this exact moment, I can attest that there are still military forces camping in our community, 7 houses are occupied including mine” Christina Lantao said. Lantao, a community member of Purok 4, Compostela said that “it hurts when you (military) accused us of lying given that my house is occupied by your

forces” Last January 28, Children’s Rehabilitation Center Advocacy Officer Rius Valle went to the Purok 4, Compostela where he confirmed soldiers inside the school. Valle showed the footages on the dialogue. But for 10th ID Commading Officer Col. Ariel Bernardo, “we cannot say that military forces are ‘not allowed in your community’” He clarified that what is not allowed is when the military troops are camping on the community. “If our troops have lapses, this is the purpose of having dialogue, to correct things,” he added

Duterte assured the Humawak members that he will notify Compostela Valley Governor Uy on the matter. The mayor also said to the body “that as the presiding officer, what I can do is conduct investigation, it could be with the (Commission on) Human Rights or the Fiscal.” Duterte told local leaders that “if the military forces will leave the community, you return there.” “And I will see to it na ing-ana ang sitwasyon na (the situation will like that) they will really go out of the community, kay bawal gyud na (for it is illegal),” He assured. (davaotoday. com)

NPA rebels claim attacks on military forces in Southern Philippines DAVAO CITY – Communist rebels took responsibility for attacking government troops in the southern Philippine provinces of Davao del Sur and North Cotabato that killed at least 8 infantrymen. Isabel Fermiza, a spokesperson for the New People’s Army, said the rebel offensive was launched by the Guerrilla Front 51 Operations Command under the Mount Apo Sub-regional Command, in Digos and Makilala towns and targeted the 39th Infantry Battalion under the 10th Infantry Division. Fermiza said rebel forces bombed an army detachment in the village of Old Bulatukan in Makilala town and ambushed troop in Goma village in Digos City. “Eight fascist troops were killed while nine were wounded from the command detonated explosives and actual combat. The NPA confiscated one M14 rifle, several backpacks and medi-

cal kits. One Red fighter, Ka Jiboy, was martyred and two other NPA guerrillas were wounded,” Fermiza said. “The offensives were aimed at the 39th Infantry Battalion’s forward deployment in Makilala and Tulunan towns in North Cotabato, expanding its former territorial jurisdiction which covered all towns of Davao del Sur. Arrogant and fascist to the core, the 39th Infantry Battalion swaggers as the 10th Infantry Division’s biggest battalion, in a desperate move to widen its area of abuses.” Fermiza said government soldiers were also behind the detention of indigenous villagers, who were just hunting in the forest of Makilala town, and interrogated them for many hours until local officials pleaded for the safe release of the innocent civilians - Elorde Panggilan, Denis Panggilan, Dexter Panggilan, Ariel Panggilan, Randy Emban, Lodring Emban,





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Anne Curtis to announce full details of new album ‘Annekapal’ on ‘It’s Showtime’ nne Curtis is A gearing up for a new album this year

calledAnneKapal. In an interview with the actress, she relayed that she will be announcing the full details about her upcoming record on her noontime show on Saturday, February 22. “ I ’ l l b e announcing everything on Saturday sa Showtime,” she said.


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With a new CD coming out, Anne will also be preparing for a concert series with the same title. “Annekapal is a concert and an album,” she confirmed. When asked about the differences between her new album and her first one, she remained tight-lipped and teased, “Abangan…” Did she write an original composition for her new

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production number on It’s Showtime as a treat to her fans. Anne celebrated her birthday on Monday, February 17. She received birthday greetings from her cohosts including Vhong Navarro who greeted her via phone patch during the show. Her sister Jasmine was present to celebrate the occasion with her.


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album? “No, I didn’t write a song,” she replied. Anne’s singing career started in 2011 with the release of her Annebisyosa album which received a platinum award. She kicked off her Annebisyosa tour afterwards. Besides the announcement of Annekapal this Saturday, the actress-performer also has a grand birthday

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Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the epic story of Milo, a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

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LEO (July 23 – August 22) - You feel a bit more low-key and relaxed than usual, and that might not fit with the high-stress people who surround you. The good news is that their mood shouldn’t affect yours. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) - Organization is your middle name, and you should be able to whip your people into shape without any trouble at all. It’s your specialty, and things ought to be all lined up in your favor before long. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) - Even if the big picture seems to be too optimistic, you can still enjoy the small successes that come your way today. In fact, they are the key to your eventual large-scale victory, so build on them! SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) - If you’re a parent, you need to heed today’s lesson carefully: There are limits to control. Even if you don’t have kids, you still need to make sure that you’re letting people make their own mistakes. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) You’re not always the most flexible person in the world, but today you need to extend yourself a bit. Things are good, but they could be even better if you can adapt to match them. CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) - You feel incredible -- which could be good or bad. If you’re in the dumps, take heart in the knowledge that the feeling can’t last long. If you’re up, make the most of it while you can!

Amazing Facts! Did you KNOW?? .. The planet Venus is the hottest in the Solar System. This because high volume of atmospheric CO2 creates a strong greenhouse gas effect.


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rid of brownouts. The solar PV Power Plant is the only solar project in Asia outside of China and Thailand, according to Engr.Tauli. Conceived in 2010, the Marawi solar panel project is the only one established in an Islamic City, he added. Asec. Ariaso said the solar park is expected to generate projects from the private sector due to stability of power source. Considered Asia’s largest solar power plant outside China and Thailand has been made real by the groundbreaking ceremony after Mayor Sultan Salic, in behalf of the Islamic city of Marawi, and Engr. Memdoza inked the Public-Private Partnership Agreement by the Islamic City of Marawi with a US-based integrator at the Marawi City Hall last December. Asec. Ariaso announced during the ceremony that he personally hand-carried the agreement signed by DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla. Asec. Ariaso, who is DOE’s chairman for RE Review and Evaluation Committee,said the DOE is giving the proponents of the project to complete it in six month to avail of the Feed-In Tariff. The project will be implemented as an economic enterprise undertaking of the LGU of Marawi, in partnership with Lim Solar Philippines, an integrator of solar PV power plants with headquarters in California, U.S.A. The signing by Sec. Petilla of the PPP agreement kicks off the implementation of the Marawi City Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Park with the construction of the P700-million initial five megawatt (MW) solar PV power plant at Barangay Malimono. The 5-MW solar PV project will be followed by the construction of an additional 30 MW of solar PV power plants, costing some PhP 4.7 billion. This will give the ICOM Solar PV Power Park a total output of 35MW costing some PhP4.7-billion. Construction is expected to start on April 2014, and the entire 35MW capacity should be commissioned and commercial operations started within the first half of 2015. The ICOM Solar PV Power Park will provide an

income to the Marawi LGU of around PhP50-million per year for 20 years, which would supplement the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) the ICOM is receiving from the national government. Since the project would be entitled to receive FeedIn Tariff (FIT) payments from the national government under the Renewable Energy Law, consumers in Marawi City will be exempted from paying the purchased power component of their monthly power bills that the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) is collecting at present in behalf of PSALM. This translates to a reduction in the electricity rate of Marawi consumers from the present P6.00++ per kilowatt hour (kWh) to only PhP3.00/kWh. Upon the full commercial operation of the 35MW solar PV power plants, the people of Marawi City will be paying the lowest electric rates in the entire Philippines.


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on orders of the court trying his case, provided he petitions the Department of Justice to be included under the coverage of Republic Act 6981. -ooo“DISCHARGE AS A WITNESS”: On the other hand, the Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure allows the discharge of an accused in a case to be a state witness, under the following terms: “When two or more persons are jointly charged with the commission of any offense… the court may direct one or more of the accused to be discharged with their consent so that they may be witnesses for the state… But the prosecution must ask the court to order the discharge of the accused. The discharge is to be ordered “when, after requiring the prosecution to present evidence and the sworn statement of each proposed state witness at a hearing in support of the discharge, the court is satisfied that: (a) There is absolute necessity for the testimony of the accused whose discharge is requested… “(b) The is no other direct evidence available for the proper prosecution of the offense committed, except the testimony of said accused; (c) The testimony of said accused can be substantially corroborated in its material points; (d) Said accused does not appear to be the most guilty; and (e) Said accused has not at any time been convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude…” -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook. com, batasmauricio@yahoo. com and mmauriciojr111@

received a copy of the decision. The Philippine Press Institute (PPI) also called RA 10175 “Jurassic” and called for its repeal. In a statement, PPI chair Jesus Dureza said his group was supporting the move to file a motion for reconsideration “to enable the Supreme Court to take a second look at its ruling.” He added the people can also ask Congress to decriminalize libel and “remove the penal sanctions in all statute books that impinge on our inalienable freedom of the press and freedom of expression.” Some senators, including the usually feisty Miriam DefensorSantiago, have declared support to calls for the decriminalization of libel. Santiago said the right to freedom of expression occupies the highest spot in the Bill of Rights, and that any law that curtails such right should be declared unconstitutional. Meanwhile, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said he would “strictly implement” RA 10175 to protect women and children against abuse. Aside from online libel, the SC decision also upheld the provisions penalizing cybersex. “I will give no quarters,” Duterte said in an interview last Wednesday at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier. The mayor said he personally detests child abuse cases. “You are making a capital out of them,” he said. (MindaNews)

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However, it must be shown that the crime in which his testimony is to be used is also a grave crime. It must further be shown that there is absolute necessity for his testimony; that there is no other direct evidence available for the proper prosecution of the crime committed; his testimony can be corroborated in its material points; he does not appear to be the most guilty; and he has not at any time been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. A “State witness” can include an accused who has earlier been discharged from an information or complaint

only file civil damages against a person.” He noted that several bills seeking to decriminalize libel have been filed in the House of Representatives. He said the petitioners would still push for the repeal of the law, calling it “Jurassic” and a product of colonial jurisprudence. “We are in a modern world. Filipinos are now more assertive.” The problem, he said, was in the implementation of existing national laws. Zarate said other laws such as the Electronic Commerce Act and Anti-Wiretapping Act already protect citizens from abuse. “What is lacking is the implementation of law enforcement agencies such as the Department of Justice. For example, for protection against sex videos, we have the AntiVoyeurism Act,” the lawmaker said. He added Bayan Muna and other petitioners have not officially

Capt. Tony Bulao said they will file the protest against Commanders Karim and Tarzan. Bulao said the two MILF commanders were blocking roads and demanding zakat (shares) from the produce of farmers in Barangays Tongogon and Tupig in Carmen, North Cotabato. “We believe the hierarchy of MILF is not tolerating any misdeeds of their men who are bringing suffering to local folks, so we are bringing this protest,” the Army official said. The alleged acts of Karim and Tarzan triggered skirmishes between MILF fighters and civilians and armed men believed to members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by Commander Teo Minanimbong. A 30-minute gunfight erupted Thursday when MNLF fighters attempted to provide safe passage for the farmers. Two MILF fighters, a village councilor and another civilian were wounded in the incident, Bulao said. Col. Alan Arrojado, commander of the 602nd Brigade, urged the local government and all parties involved to meet and resolve the conflict. MILF spokesperson Von Al Haq said they will look into the complaint, and assured a thorough investigation. He, however, said he was not discounting the possibility that a third party could have provoked the incident “to make these fellow Moro relatives fight to each other to discredit our organization,” Al Haq said in a local radio interview. The incident came a day after the MILF said it would file a formal complaint before the ceasefire body over the death of one of its commanders Monday, February 17, in Barangay Madidis, Datu Paglas, Maguindanao. Al Haq said they have informed their counterparts in the government panel that police operatives violated the truce by targeting Yusoph Kusain a.k.a. Commander TMX. Kusain was killed when he reportedly tried to resist arrest by police and Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission operatives. “There was no coordination. After all the target is not a notorious criminal, he is a bona fide member of MILF, a farmer in the said town. He is not what they think he is,” Al haq said. But police regional director Supt. Noel Delos Reyes said the police operation was legitimate and did not violate any rules of engagement. He said the police came to Kusain’s house to serve a warrant of arrest. (Ferdinandh Cabrera/MindaNews)

teacher in planning for the most effective ways to implement the curriculum and to make of the learning environment. The lack of proper knowledge on the part of teachers on how learning happens has a dramatic effect in the school. The schools are often the target of shocking criticism from the community. Professional Commitment means

one’s attitude towards profession specifically to the strength of one’s motivation to work in one’s chosen career. If teaching is to be professionalized and teachers given the best salaries for the profession should the public not expect better trained teachers9 Teachers, who can help children to read, write and compute

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I also served as member of the Board Risk Oversight Committee. As my own personal contribution to BSPs advocacy of financial inclusion – through financial literacy and education – I wrote “Central Banking for Every Juan and Maria”. I explained to the laymen how actions and policies of the Bangko Sentral can and do affect their everyday lives. The reception to the book came to me as a pleasant surprise. Its first print sold out just two months after launch. Sadly, I had to cut short my BSP tenure, thus closing this chapter of my public service. But a higher duty beckoned. from page 7

Developing Professional Commitment By Guia S. Susana Teacher III, Kitam-is Elementary School Kitam-is, Lunocan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

A professional status would enhance the image of the teacher. It is hoped that the professionalism of teachers would change the character and structure of the present bureaucratic structure of

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schools. With professionalism, teachers are expected to have a more thorough knowledge of how children should be taught. Knowledge of how children learn is of utmost importance to the

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Why The Modern World needs A Hero? By Matefe G. Jamero, Teacher - 3 Dangcagan Central Elementary School

What does a hero means today ? It’s not a matter of dying in open field crossfire of being executed for a noble cause. It needs not a revolution or a bloody passion just to prove love of country and its people. Heroism is but a matter of sacrifice, of foregoing self for the sake of others. It is forgetting his/ her own material ambitions and finding happiness in serving other people. No one becomes rich in teaching profession. It only affords a decent living. The only professionals who don’t have financial gains, overtime fees and most often the least appreciated are the teachers. Still teachers continue to uphold integrity and competence. Teachers continue to bring hope to the nation as they help build the future of this country. The men ans women in this profession shoulder the most difficult task of providing a better education to the country’s future leaders. Teachers are heroes indeed because they give so much of themselves to their students. Even on days when they have their own personal pain, teachers report to their respective classrooms while they muster enough courage to draw a smile from within and be ready to once more touch the hearts and minds of their students. What keeps them going

are the vision they see in each of their pupils that someday will become professionals and better workforce for the development of our country and make this world a better place to live.Challenges are ever present especially in the public schools where there are inadequate facilities and textbooks for instructions. The modern world demands a lot from teachers ever so because of the knowledge explosion provided by computer world. But these challenges are minor to the teachers because it’s when their creativity and innovativeness come out. They learn to adapt to the kind of situation with a smile.For them it’s not the compensation that matters but it is love for the children. It is their joy to help the pupils learn and their greatest achievement is being able to take part of the fulfillment of each of their pupils’ dreams. So, why a teacher is a hero ? In this age of modern times, we can find robot teachers who don’t need salary nor allowances, nor rest and appreciations. But what a robot teacher cannot give are the love, affection and genuine care from a human teacher. The inspiration and the difference they make in their pupils’ lives are great reminders that the world needs a hero, a teacher, a modern time hero.

“Poor, yet rich in Education” By MARISSA P. FLORIG Teacher II Patpat Elementary School Patpat Salinbalan, Baungon, Bukidnon

“Education liberates man” a common saying to everybody! But this quotation, “A man without ambition is like a bird flying without direction” catches my attention to one of my pupils. They never owned a farm lot, nor owned a residential lot where their house stood. Not even have an own water supply. They were ten children in the family, eight are girls and two are boys. Amey Ugsod is the sixth child and two of her older sisters were also my pupils. I can see they struggle life and education. A daughter of Mary Jane Ugsod , a plain house wife and Alex Ugsod, a care taker with no proper education and low economic status of living, this family is a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4 P’s). These ten children I knew, went to school with no one had stopped because of financial reasons. Amey who is in grade V walked for almost 3 kilometer from their house to reach the school site. Not even the bad weather condition can hinder her aim in achieving higher education. Muddy and slippery and a temporary bridge made of a lumber when their spill way overflows due to big flood caused by heavy rains which connect sitio Bangcuan and sitio Patpat where the school is located , she passes all through it. During Saturdays or Sundays, they went to their neighbor cornfield, work for the whole day and earned P 120.00, which they often called it

“muso”. This little amount when put together can buy rice, viand and other important needs in their house. Sometimes, I saw her riding the “karomata” hiding herself with a piece of banana leaves/leaf or cellophane just to avoid from getting wet caused by heavy rains. With her slippers, everyday she wore, I don’t even see a new one, not unless the old one will be torn. When the missionary went our school and gave free TOM SHOES, that’s the only time I saw her wearing complete uniform with shoes. With three older sisters in the secondary level and 4 younger sister and brothers in elementary, I couldn’t believe that this girl excel in the class. Many times I saw her yellow corn food on her lunch box. Sometimes camote with no viand, but it doesn’t hinder her eagerness to learn in school. She is a consistent honor pupil from grade one to grade five. This is an eye opener to everybody, that no matter how we struggle life, poverty is not a hindrance to success. The heavy rains, strong winds, muddy and slippery roads nor the overflow spill way can never hinder to achieve learning / education. It doesn’t matter if we wear an old dress as long as it is clean, nor wearing slippers rather than shoes or yellow corn for lunch instead of white rice and a nice viand. The important, is our eagerness to learn new things and use these learning’s for better future.

simple arithmetic? Teachers who can find out why Maria or Juan is not learning according to a widely used learning and teaching theory? PROFESSIONALISM REQUIRES: • a full-time occupation • a deep commitment • a service-oriented faculty • an education of generalized

and systematic knowledge • a high degree of self-control of behavior through codes of ethics internalized within the occupation • dependence upon group solidarity and an overhead organization • high degree of confidence in the services performed and a system of rewards.

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