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Volume II, No. 201

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February 25, 2014


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Complainant in murder case v. town mayor seeks SC help By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City––The complainant in a murder with attempted murder case against the municipal mayor and several other accused persons in Salvador, Lanao del Norte, has called on the help of the Supreme Court to transfer the venue of the case. Jonaise Cila Omping-Mocsama said she also seeks the help of President Benigno Aquino III “to give justice to my husband.” See FULL STORY, page 2

No classes today, says Malacañang

SCOUTING MOVEMENT. Misamis Oriental Vice Governor Joey G. Pelaez, Boy Scouts of the Philippines Misamis Oriental Council Chairman, with Humberto Paurom, former Jasaan Municipal Mayor, BSP Coordinators Mr Fernando L. Vega and Ms Jocelyn M. Monteron, and BSP MisOr Scouting Executives attended the Rover Vigil and Investiture at Sta. Ana National High School in Barangay Sta. Ana, Municipality of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental last February 15, 2014. The scouting activity was attended by 300 Rover Scouts and Scouters from different Municipalities of the Province of Misamis Oriental. Photo supplied

‘Vetsin,’ ‘aspartame’ safe food additives, says FDA THE Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an advisory that monosodium glutamate (MSG), widely known as “vetsin”, and Aspartame are safe food additives. The global acceptance of said food additives were

based on safety evaluations made by various international scientific organizations. FDA’s advisory cited findings from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) Joint

Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). The public is informed about inclusion of MSG and Aspartame in the Codex General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) STAN 1992-1995 and the Philippines list of Permis-

While Tuesday (February 25) will be a school holiday to mark the 28th anniversary of the EDSA1 Revolution, it will also be a regular working day, Malacañang reminded the public Sunday. Presidential Communications Operations Office secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said Proclamation 655 declares only the suspension of classes in all levels today. “According to Proclamation 655 (Series of 2013), ang ika-25 ng Pebrero, EDSA People Power Revolution Day, ay school holiday. Ibig sabihin walang pasok sa See classes, page 13

sible Food Additives under Bureau Circular 2006-016. Although safety of these food additives are affirmed, FDA’s Acting Director General Dr. Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go also urged people who are sensitive to some See FOOD, page 13

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The Cebu CFI Community Cooperative headed by Judge Teresita A. Galanida (sixth from left) shows support for the flagship tourism program of Gov. Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano through a P100, 000.00 donation in cash. Emano expresses gratitude and vows to use the money to develop the tourism infrastructure of the Province specifically on the eight priority tourism sites.

Complainant in murder case vs. town mayor seeks SC help By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The complainant in a murder with attempted murder case against the municipal mayor and several other accused persons in Salvador, Lanao del Norte, has called on the help of the Supreme Court to transfer the venue of the case. Jonaise Cila Omping-Mocsama said she also seeks the help of President Benigno Aquino III “to give justice to my husband.” Mocsama has accused Salvador Mayor Hassanor Tawantawan and several others including the father of Hassanor identified as Johnny Angni Tawantawan who is the former mayor of the town in the alleged murder of her husband Taher Gomagadong Mocasama. The other respondents in the case were identified in a National Bureau of Investigation report as Madlain Tawantawan, Kalopet Demaalep, Saadan Demalatas, Salic Demalatas, Saharomie Macadama, Junior Tanguwan and 11 John Does. The NBI report said Taher was killed while Asis Barao Angni was injured

Regional state prosecutor Jaime L. Umpa interviews complainant Jonaise O. Mocsama and witness Asis Angni in his office at the Hall of Justice in Cagayan de Oro City. Umpa said the murder with attempted murder case against several accused persons in Salvador, Lanao del Norte, has been referred to the Supreme Court for transfer of venue. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit of Mindanao Daily News

in an ambush last January 27 at Kilala, Salvador. Testimonies from the witnesses said Taher and Asis were taking a bath at Cabuyao River when at 2 p.m. they hurriedly dressed up and boarded a motorcycle after seeing two vehicles owned by Mayor Tawantawan and his father. The witnesses said that a group of persons later fired at Taher and Asis on their

way out of the place. According to the complainant, her husband was a former bodyguard of the former mayor Johnny Tawantawan. Regional state prosecutor Jaime Umpa said the judges in Lanao del Norte have inhibited from the case. Umpa said they have written to the Supreme Court for a change of venue from Iligan City to Cagayan

de Oro City, Manila or Cebu to fast track the case. In an earlier murder case of the “People of the Philippines versus Johnny Tawantawan, et. al.”, the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee 10 on November 20, 2013 filed a resolution also requesting the Supreme Court to expedite the transfer of venue of the case. The resolution noted that the provincial prosecutor of Lanao del Norte had filed in March a petition before the SC to change the venue of the trial of the case but that the SC had not yet resolved the petition. It said that acting presiding judge in the case “voluntarily inhibited himself from further handling the case for fear on his life and personal security” and that the first judge handling the case had also inhibited from the case for the same reason. The resolution noted that Hassanor Tawantawan “is a powerful and very influential personality.” Some of the witnesses in this case have been taken into protective custody by the Deppartment of Justice through the Witness Protection Program.

Mindanao Daily 3 News in Focus GDP growth not enough for poverty reduction tuesDAY | february 25, 2014

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THE poverty situation in the country did not significantly improve despite of the six-percent economic growth posted from 2003 to 2006. This was revealed by Supervising Research Specialist Danileen Parel of state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in her analysis of the 2003 and 2006 rounds of the Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) where 12,500 households were surveyed to determine poverty reduction at the household level. Parel noted that the education and infrastructure services in an area are both closely associated

with its poverty situation. Poverty is highly concentrated in rural areas where level and quality of education and infrastructure are very poor. Her findings show that about 80 percent of the poor live in rural areas. Meanwhile, the National Capital Region (NCR) has the least number of poor households, which is 0.88 percent in 2003 and 1.18 percent in 2006. Moreover, the study also shows that access to electricity among poor households is only 52.73 percent in 2006, while access to potable piped water is 66.37 percent in the same year. It is miniscule compared to 80

percent of the nonpoor households who have access to electricity and piped water. Parel also described the linkage of poverty and education. Fifty percent of the heads of poor household have no formal education, while almost 40 percent of them finished primary education. Only less than 0.5 percent of the poor have earned a bachelor’s degree. Showing the linkage of poverty to lack of infrastructure services and basic education, Parel stressed that poor communities, especially in rural areas, must be provided with basic education

and infrastructure services so that poverty reduction could be better achieved. Rural-urban linkages should be strengthened to narrow the large gap between the rural and urban areas. Such linkages would enable rural households to take advantage of urban development like higher access to public goods, and more accessibility to human and physical capital and infrastructure. Parel also suggested more investments in areas where poverty is high. It can be through improving infrastructure services and providing basic education to poor communities.


about gdp

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the market value of all officially recognized final goods and services produced within a country in a year, or other given period of time. GDP per capita is often considered an indicator of a country’s standard of living. GDP per capita is not a measure of personal income. Under economic theory, GDP per capita exactly equals the gross domestic income (GDI) per capita (See Gross domestic income). GDP is related to national accounts, a subject in macroeconomics. GDP is not to be confused with gross national product (GNP) which allocates production based on ownership.

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Butuan inks training of OFWs agreement with DOLE-NRCO By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––Pursuant to Republic Act 10022 or The Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, this city has partnered with a number of government agencies in an undertaking with the Department of Labor and Employment-National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers (DOLE-NRCO). The Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Butuan and DOLE-NRCO focuses on intensifying and updating existing programs and services related to conducting relevant skills training for OFWs and their families through the Butuan City Manpower Training Center (BCMTC), and facilitating local and overseas employment through its Public Employment Services Of-

fice (PESO). The city will also assign a focal person to facilitate the concerns of OFWs and their families, organize a group or committee that will provide appropriate services to the OFWs and their families, and assist in the identification, establishment, monitoring and evaluation of livelihood projects for OFWs and their families. The MOA further stipulates that programs shall b e te chnolog y-dr iven, resource-based, and sustainable, with the partner agencies to be responsible for providing trainings, technologies and resources. Other partner agencies include the regional offices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration

(POEA), Public Employment Services (PESO), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), National Fo o d Authority (NFA), Social Security System (SSS), Home Development Mutual Fund – Pag-ibig, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHILHEALTH), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP)-Butuan Branch, LBPButuan Lending Center, and Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT)-Butuan City. WITH A REPORT BY DIANAH GENERALAO, CMO-PIO.

OUTSTANDING COMPREHENSIVE AGRARIAN REFORM PROGRAM PERFORMER. Agusan del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Project Officer Andre B. Atega (right) hands a Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to a beneficiary. Atega has been recognized by Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes as an outstanding implementor of the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. In 2013, Atega broke the province’s annual land acquisition and distribution target by 226 percent. He has consistently breached annual land distribution projections in Agusan del Norte since 2004. photo by gil miranda

Army, NPA fight anew in Surigao BANCASI, Butuan City --- An encounter ensued between the troops of 30th Infantry Battalion and New People’s Army in Brgy Mabini an outskirt barangay of Surigao City at 09:30 in the morning of February 23, 2014. The presence of the NPAs was tipped by a concern citizen in the area. According to him, 20 armed men are extorting from the populace in their community. This prompted the 30IB to send troops to the said area, but was fired upon and immediately encountered the armed group as the troops approached the gen-

eral vicinity. The encounter that lasted for 15 minutes resulted in the death of one (1) NPA (Name is for confirmation), recovery of one (1) AK 47, and subversive documents with high intelligence value. Ltc. Arsenio Sadural, Commanding Officer of the 30IB said, “The civilian populace in the area are now aware of the dangers brought by the NPA’s in the community and so they are more cooperative with the military especially in monitoring the movements of this communist armed group.” “We are saddened for an-

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other Filipino losing his life in this nonsense battle. For the bereaved family of the NPA, we are sorry for your loss. He is a victim of George Madlos and Myrna Sularte, NPA leaders in CARAGA, and their cohorts’ deceptive strategy of recruiting the innocent people to join this nonsense armed struggle. Your son should have been alive by now if Madlos and Sularte, both are old already, but are yet insensitive and opportunistic by recruiting the less educated youth so that they can achieve their ideological beliefs,” Sadural added. See FIGHT, page 13

Mindanao Daily 5 NorthMin News High school graduates in Misoc to get cash rewards tuesday, february 25, 2014

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CLARIN, Misamis Occ i d e nt a l – – T h e s e c on d c on g re s s i on a l d i s t r i c t of Misamis Occidental will be giving out cash rewards to all graduating high school students in this municipality, this School Year 2013-2014. Congressman Henr y S. Oaminal made the

an nou nc e me nt du r i ng the 93rd Araw ng Clarin, last Feb. 21, which would benefit all the hig h s cho ol g radu ates of Clarin National High S c h o o l , a n d t h e Ho l y C h i l d Hi g h S c h o o l , a public and private school in Clarin, respectively. He s aid f irst honor

g r a du ate s w i l l re c e ive P3,000, each, 2nd Honor to 5th Honor graduates, P2,000, each, the rest of t he top 2 0 g radu at i ng students, P1,000, each, and all the rest, despite their low marks in school, as long as they are able to graduate, P500, each. He also encouraged

t h o s e w h o w ou l d l i k e to enter college to avail of the Educational Assistance Program sponsored by the district to all interested high school graduates, with no disc r i m i n at i o n , “a s l o n g as they have no failing grades.” Ab out 1 0 0 of t he s e

scholars will be receiving P4,000 per semester as financial assistance but those who are poor but deser ving students will get full scholarship following some guidelines, he said. Me anw h i l e, he s ai d t h o s e w h o w ou l d l i ke t o av a i l of v o c at i on a l training can avail of s c h o l a r s h i p g r a nt s t o be funded by the P3.5 million that the District


has deposited with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the province. On t he ot her hand, O a m i n a l h a s e n c o u raged the teachers of both schools to avail of the Ma s t e r a l D e g re e P ro grams to be funded by the District, Congressman Oaminal added. ( R C A / P IA 1 0 - M i s a m i s Occidental)

(My CONSTANT Love) Math Poem

By LYDIA B. TUBELLA Master Teacher I Cagayan de Oro National High School 8th-2nd Sts., Nazareth, CDO

My life has no POINT without you For you’re my ORDERED PAIR and that’s true Loving other than you CANNOT BE For only you I will CARRY. Though Life has many CURVES You, to the nth POWER, I will RAISE Believe me, I am a FUNCTION And wouldn’t look for another DOMAIN.

BASIC TRAINING ON QUANTUM GIS. Nearly 50 employees from the various operating units of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) have recently undergone a two-day Basic Training on Quantum Geographical Information System (GIS) and its Role on Quality Assurance of Agricultural Productivity on February 17-18, 2014, here in Cagayan de Oro City. In her opening remarks, DA-10 Regional Technical Director Engr. Roxana H. Hojas explained that GIS is a discipline that can serve as an enabler to the agricultural sector in achieving increased productivity and sustainability; thereby the need for familiarization and proficiency of the said tool, considering also that the participants are all working towards agricultural development. Meanwhile, Dr. Edgar Allan Po, the resource speaker said that the activity primarily has a threefold aim, in which the attendees will be oriented with Quantum GIS software; acquainted with the geotagging capabilities of GPS; and be instilled with a sense of appreciation and support to the Unified and Enterprise Geospatial Information System (UEGIS) Project. # (JLOlson, DA-10)


I will be a LIKE SIGN for you For you’re my ABSOLUTE VALUE Coz. when I’m feeling NEGATIVE You are keeping me POSITIVE. When you can’t understand life’s EQUATIONS I’ll try to mend the FRACTIONS I’ll be around you 360 DEGREES For my love for you have no LIMITS. I hope we are in LIKE TERMS That someday we can COMBINE with each other Know that I my love for you is CONSTANT That comes from the VERTEX of my heart.

By virtue of its Powers and Duties under Section 149 of the Batas Pambansa Blg. 337 otherwise known as the Local Government Code, be it ordained by the Sangguniang Bayan of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, that; Section 1 – Any person or group of persons is prohibited to loiter or roam around any place within the territorial jurisdiction of this municipality from ten o’clock in the evening (10:00 P.M.) through four o’clock in the morning (4:00 A.M.) except on conditions prescribed in the succeeding section.

EXCEPT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE SIXTEENTH REGULAR SESSION OF THE SANGGUNIANG BAYAN, TUBOD, LANAO DEL NORTE, HELD AT THE SB-SESSION Section 2 – Any person or group of persons may loiter or roam around in any HALL, ON AUGUST 20, 1984. place within the territorial jurisdiction of this municipality when using torch, gas powered lanterns, or similar lamps, illumination of which can clearly identify the PRESENT: person or group of persons concerned. Hon. Romana de la Cruz Ner - Municipal Mayor, Presiding Officer, Hon. Trifon A. Tabuco - Municipal Vice-Mayor, Section 3 – Battery powered Lamps usage is prohibited as this paraphernalia Hon. Marcelino P. Noval, Jr. – Kagawad, is commonly used by bad elements in the commission of crimes, except when Hon. Alfredo C. Bihag - Kagawad, said battery powered lamps are lighted continuously, not to be flickered, in order Hon. Gerundio Quimada - Kagawad, to produce sustained illumination. Hon. Fabian Manoop - Kagawad, Hon. Javier Espra - Kagawad, Section 4 – Any person or group of persons found violation the provisions of Hon. Patricio Estrada - Kagawad, this Ordinance shall suffer a penalty of imprisonment of not less than one month Hon. Margarito Cabrera - Kagawad, but not exceeding six months or a fine of not less than Two Hundred Pesos but Hon. Diosdado Buale - Kagawad, not exceeding One Thousand Pesos, or both such fine and imprisonment at the Hon. Isidro Luzano - Kagawad, ABC President, discretion of the court. Hon. Uldarico Cuizon - Kagawad, Fed. Mun. KB Chairman. Section 5 – All the municipal laws and/or ordinances or parts thereof, which ABSENT: are inconsistent with the preceding are hereby repealed or amended accordingly. RESOLUTION NO. 84, S. 1984

WHEREAS, the municipality of Tubod is now facing problems on hooliganism, petty thieveries, outlawries and most seriously, subversion movements committed at times when the inhabitants are at rest during the night time:

Section 6 – This Ordinance shall take effect immediately. Carried unanimously all members present. I HEREBY CERTIFY to the correctness of the above-qouted resolution ordinance.

WHEREAS, the law enforcing agents of this municipality are relatively impotent the fact that they are very much deplated, thus strength of the INP force is not sufficient to effectively cope with the situation;


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IF YOU are in FACEBOOK or TWITTER or in the internet, you should sit up and look closely at the new law called Cybercrime Prevention Law (RA 10175) that punishes cyberspace libel. Just to immediately clear the air at the outset, the original author of a libelous article or post is the only one held liable. Netizens who merely pass on or “share” , “like” or even make a “comment” of a libelous post or material is exempted or excluded from being penalized. Only the original author is answerable. However mark this: if in making a “comment”, you mention a new or additional derogatory information not found in the original posting, then you can be held liable for that as the original author of that new information. For example, Pedro accuses Ana of being a mistress of Juan in a post. Pedro can be charged under the new law. Upon reading Pedro’s post, you can share or like or comment or affirm or even criticize Ana for being a mistress of Pedro. But if you write a comment saying: “Ana is also a mistress of Angelo” then you can be liable for that additonal info on Ana’s being with another person Angelo. So watch out. DECRIMINALIZE -- As a consequence of this new law, there is a big debate now as to whether or not we should decriminalize libel as defined in both the old revised penal code and as recently contained in RA 10175. “Decriminalizing” libel means removing imprisonment or the penal sanctions from our laws. It does not remove its civil liability so an offender can still be hailed to court by filing a civil case. This was triggered by the recent ruling by the Supreme Court declaring in part as constitutional, the new cybercrime law that penalizes the original author with a maximum of 12 years imprisonment. This is much stiffer, by the way, than the penalty against journalists and mediamen under the revised penal code

Advocacy Mindanao Jess Dureza of the Philippines. Those who support this argue that the penal sanctions are violative of our constitutional right to press freedom and stifles free speech and expression. It brings a chilling effect on ordinary citizens who are generally not aware of the nuances of criminal libel. Truth to tell, veteran newsmen and those in professional media do not anymore mind or feel any chilling effect or are perhaps already inured to this. Over the years, they have learned how to creatively write or say things that have the same critical impact but evading elements of libel to prevent prosecution. But not so with our internet users. On the other hand, those who are against this move argue that this will make our press and the internet users more licentious and abusive and leaves the libelled citizenry without remedy or recourse. But here is a distinction between netizens and journalists. In media, one who is defamed will have to submit one’s statement to the media for publication but cannot demand space to assure airing of that side. Whereas a blogger or a netizen can immediately give his/her side by also posting one’s own side in the public domain without asking anyone’s permission for space. 30 MILLION NETIZENS ---- The fact that this matter is now catching the attention of millions using the internet is a good sign. The estimated 30 million FilipIno netizens who are engaged in the so-called social media ( Facebook, Twitter, etc) are now rising up ( no, not in arms but in words) against the new law. Curiously, it is only when the Supreme Court, issued


Special Gospel of the day: John3:22-30(February25, 2014-Tuesday) John 3:22-30-after these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. For John was not yet cast into prison. Then there arose a question between [some] of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying. And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptized, and all [men] come to him. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness that I said; I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stood and heard him, rejoiced greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I [must] decrease: This gospel reminds us about the “humility” of John the Baptist for saying, “He must increase, but I [must]

its ruling declaring the new law constitutional that a big howl of protest came. Not too many apparently noticed this when it went through Congress and then approved by the Philippine president. We were all caught napping because we could have stopped this on its tracks upon its inception during congressional deliberations and committee hearings. To belatedly block this in the Supreme Court invoking constitutional infirmity may be too late in the day, especially now that a decision has been rendered. The planned motion for consideration, which we should all support, may be futile at this time. It can be a bad law, done by bad-intentioned legislators but it can still be constitutional because it does not contravene any constitutional provision. But the furor now over this may be a good vehicle or platform for the long desired plan of decriminalizing libel. We definitely want to see this happen. SELF-POLICING ---- In print media involving members of the PHILIPPINE PRESS INSTITUTE ( PPI), there is an existing mechanism for redress against erring mediamen that is not known to many. The first line of redress for the maligned and the disciplining of the concerned erring media person is first left to the newspaper where the reporter or writer belongs. The editor or publisher or its designated “ombudsman” is given the first shot. Failing in that, the aggrieved can file a complaint before the PHILIPPINE PRESS COUNCIL which is composed of representatives from media and multisectoral groups like the academe, business, etc. An investigation is done and

if there is culpability the press council can impose sanctions. The newspaper can even be directed to give the aggrieved party space to ventilate or publish his side if this were not done so at the outset. However, the press council can acquire jurisdiction over the complaint only upon the submission of a written waiver by the complainant that he will not resort to the courts for redress. This administrative remedy is not so much penal in character but giving the complaining person an opportunity to clear his name or give his side after being maligned publicly by a published material. It leaves to the independent press the task of policing its own ranks. There is now an on-going effort at PPI to revitalize or organize locally - based press councils to make available this mechanism to the public. While PPI supports decriminalization of libel, it is committed to do its share in seeing to it that the public is amply protected from the abusive press. It will take parallel efforts in getting its media members capacitated to self-police effectively their own ranks. Because an independent and free press is regarded as the “Fourth Estate” ( separate and distinct from the 3 traditional branches of government -- the judiciary, legislative and executive), it should be left on its own to police and cleanse its own ranks of its own share of undesirables. Freedom and responsibility being co-existent, the press must do its part. But definitely, government and especially its officials who are at the receiving end of a free press, have no business interfering and playing policeman. That’s what press freedom is all about. But here’s a reality check on this plan to decriminalize libel through congress. Do you sincerely think our legislators who have suffered the brunt of a free wheeling press have the patriotism -and appetite -- to remove the penal sanction? Sorry, but I doubt it! So don’t bet on it.

Word on fire Bro. Edcel L. Closas decrease.” In 1 Peter 5:5-Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisted the proud, and gave grace to the humble. In Luke 18:14for every one that exalted himself shall be abased; and he that humbled himself shall be exalted. Are you proud? Or humble? 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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Constitution not the main barrier to economic growth THE main barrier to socioeconomic development is not the Constitution’s protectionist provisions but the absence of real development policy that maximizes such provisions, said research group IBON. In the House committee hearing on constitutional amendments, IBON executive director Sonny Africa underscored the importance of building the domestic economy based on internally developed industries instead of relying on external sources such as foreign investments. Easing restrictions to foreign investments is the main thrust of the proposed charter change (Cha-cha). In fact, according to IBON, proponents of Char ter Change should take cue from the globally rising trend of prote c tionism and regulation. The group cited a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) showing an increasing trend of regulatory changes towards greater regulation or restriction, rather than liberalization, in a growing number of countries. The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) also noted that since 2008, governments have together implemented 2,141 protectionist measures––especially the United States, European Union, Germany, Russia, China,

n Contrary to views that further opening up the economy to foreign investments will benefit the country, the country’s concrete historical experience has disproven the benefits of foreign investments India, Indonesia and Vietnam. The House committee this week held hearings on House Resolution No. 1 filed by Speaker Sonny Belmonte.

The resolution features the insertion of the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” to portions of the Constitution specifying 40 percent limits to foreign ownership of land and businesses, and at least 60 percent Filipino ownership of capital in the development, exploration and utilization of the country’s natural resources. This means that the current restrictions stated in the Constitution will remain up to the point that Congress acts to change them. IBON added that contrary to

views that further opening up the economy to foreign investments will benefit the country, the country’s concrete historical experience has disproven that the benefits of foreign investments. While the stock of foreign investment increased almost twenty-fold from US$1.6 billion in 1981 to US$31.0 billion in 2012, the manufacturing sector where the largest part of foreign investments has gone has drastically shrunk from 27.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to just some 20 percent over the same period. The number of unemployed has also increased from 1.6 million to 4.4 million from 1981-2012, seeing historic numbers of unemployed and record high sustained unemployment rates in the last decade. “Developed countries opened up their economies only after they first reached a level of economic strength and development, as in the case of the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, China, Russia and Cuba,” Africa stressed. “Sovereignty means liberalizing when ready to do so and even then, on terms beneficial to the domestic economy and not indiscriminately opening up to foreign investment.”

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Career doubts? A career is a rapid motion. A course Have my say of action. A professional conduct in life. A progress through life! What is a careerist? It’s the one, who rushed widely and makes his own personal advancement - his or her own aim in life. When, if career doubts won’t go away? What, if you are not happy with the job? Maybe, is it possible that you are in the wrong entirely? My parents always (!) wanted become to a banker. There were a lot of good klaus doring connections in my former hometown in Germany. So far so good! Maybe I would have been happier in my job? Or, maybe not? The pressure “to be someone” starts early in life, indeed! Not only my parents, also my peers and teachers began to exert their influences on me. Yes, during that time, I even myself didn’t know where my inclinations lay. Being a doctor or a lawyer? Yes, during that time I was very much interested in medicine and law. During that time, I couldn’t imagine to become a Managing Editor for law magazines in an international publishing house... .But it became true! “The way that people pick careers is incredibly primitive,” said Nicholas Lore, founder of the Rockport Institute, a career coaching firm, and author of “The Pathfinder”. “So, it’s no wonder”, he said, “that so many people are dissatisfied with their jobs and at their working places. Publishing house management became one of my subjects. Mass media communications, marketing...! Yes, I wanted to become a journalist! This is now almost 40 years ago! I always thought about a true calling for myself. I waited for my “better calling” and experienced also that what I did had been very much compatible to me, as what my parents thought. People, whose careers aren’t right to fit “often feel like impostors”, Professor Robert I. Sutton, an organizational psychologist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, stated a long time ago. Very, very well said, Sir! How about you my dear readers? Are you also placing high a value on the external rewards of the job, like money, prestige and power? Sure, such things are really important. But hold on! The work you do and the skills your opportunity require and the real value of your work are really more vital in fulfillment. Paperwork or not. You think, you find a better career fit? Go ahead - but don’t expect that this is your life’s career! +++ Email: or follow me on Facebook or Twitter or visit or tune in to “Classics with Klaus Doring”, Sundays from 9 to 11 AM and 7 to 9 PM on 104.3 FM “Edge Radio Davao” or via www.

Demonizing the EPIRA By David A. Tauli

IN a series of opinion pieces published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, David Celestra Tan demonizes the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 or EPIRA (actually, “dragonizes” is what David Tan does, but it means the same thing), and blames it for everything that is wrong today in the Philippine electric power industry. It boggles the mind how David Tan, who was once a president of the Philippine Independent Power Producers Association (PIPPA), could get so many things wrong about the EPIRA, and it is difficult to decide which among his misunderstandings (or are these attempts to mislead?) are more important to correct. Let me limit myself here to setting right his impression in the first of his series of articles that the EPIRA is to blame for high prices of electricity, particularly the price spikes that occurred in the WESM in November-December 2013, which in turn resulted in the high pass-through rates of MERALCO that are now being contested in the Supreme Court. Before anything else, it should be made clear that high prices of electricity in the Philippines are true only in the franchise area of MERALCO. In Mindanao, for

example, residential rates are at most eight pesos per kilowatthour and could be as low as six pesos per kWh, where they are now around twelve pesos per kWh in Metro Manila. It also needs stating that, however high the prices of electricity may have risen since the enactment of the EPIRA in 2001, the prices probably would be much higher (and the electric power industry much more messy) without the EPIRA. The EPIRA provided a rational framework within which the electric power industry could be developed, replacing the chaotic environment of the pre-EPIRA period. The fact that the EPIRA explicitly set out the policies to be pursued by the national government with respect to the EPI is adequate justification for the EPIRA to replace the laws about the electricity sector that were repealed by the enactment of the EPIRA. Reasonable players in the electric power industry who were active in pre-EPIRA days accept without reservation the superiority of the EPIRA to the situation pre-EPIRA. There is no call among such players in the government or in the private sector for the repeal of the EPIRA and a return to pre-EPIRA days. That said, we can now look

at the opinion of David Tan that the EPIRA is mainly to blame for the high prices of electricity in the MERALCO area. In the first place, the high prices of electricity are due to the high prices of the generation component in the electric power rates of MERALCO; not due to the distribution component, and not to the transmission component. And the price spikes that occurred in Nov-Dec. 2013 were in the prices of generation, not in distribution, not in transmission. It is barking up the wrong tree to investigate MERALCO for the high rates of the generation component that they passed through to their consumers. Or shooting the messenger for bringing bad news. In the second place, the price spikes that occurred could not be blamed on the EPIRA or on the WESM Rules that resulted from the EPIRA. The WESM Rules contain provisions to control occurrence of high prices in the electricity market during periods of shortages of power capacity in the market. Without collusion on the part of the generating companies, the price spikes were caused by mismanagement or inaction, maybe incompetence, on the part of the operators or managers or overseers of the WESM, namely

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the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC), the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), and the Department of Energy (DOE). Therefore, prevention of recurrence of price spikes in the WESM cannot be attained by repealing or amending the EPIRA, but by investigating where violations of the EPIRA occurred, and penalizing those found to have violated the EPIRA and caused the price spikes. David Tan and others like him are using the rightful wrath of consumers against the price spikes to instigate amendments of the EPIRA or its repeal. I suggest that investigations of the occurrence of the price spikes in the WESM be carried out first and appropriate penalties meted out to the persons whose actions or inaction resulted in the price spikes. Then, when the errors and the miscreants in the operation of the WESM are known, let the stakeholders in the EPI consider the question of amending the EPIRA. •• (Engr. David A. Tauli is the President of the Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers. He was the former Senior Vice President for Engineering of the Cagayan Electric Power & Light Co. (CEPALCO) and is a founding member of the MCPC.

Think A Minute

By Jhan Tiafau Hurst

Focus on the family

Think a minute. Some parents can trace their family back 300 years, but they don’t know where their children were last night. A wise man said: “If fathers took their sons fishing when they were young, they wouldn’t have to go hunting for them when they’re older.” It has also been stated: “There are no illegitimate children—only illegitimate parents.” Just having children doesn’t make a man a father or a woman a mother. One father admitted: “The thorns I’ve reaped are from the garden I planted.” It’s sad that See FAMILY, page 13

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Vice Ganda confirms Vhong Navarro’s presence in 2010 concert Contradicting the accusation of model Roxanne Acosta Cabañero that she was with Vhong Navarro somewhere in Pasig on the evening of April 24, 2010, comedian Vice Ganda confirmed that he was with his It’s Showtime co-host in Cavite on that same night for a concert. In an interview with Buzz ng Bayan on Sunday, Vice shared that he had Vhong and Callalily lead vocalist Kean Cipriano as his guests for his concert titled “May Nag Text ;)) May Show Ako” at the Island Cove Resort Park in Cavite. “Usually po sa mga concert ko ang nakalagay

po sa poster at mga ticket 8:00 pero hindi naman po ako lagi nakakapagsimula on time lalo na kung yung venue eh minsan pinupuno pa. Sigurado po ako na hindi po 8:00 nagsimula ‘yung concert na ‘yun. Pinakamaaga na alas-nuwebe o 9:30 ganon. Eh mahaba po ako magconcert… pinakamababa na po ang dalawang oras pero bihirang-bihira po ‘yun, usually po tatlong oras o pahaba pa ‘yung concert ko.” “So kung nagsimula po ako ng alas-nuwebe maaaring matapos ako ng alas-dose o minsan higit pa ‘pag napapasarap at si Vhong Navarro po siya lagi ang last guest ko kasi siya ang


Daily HOROSCOPE AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) - You need to feel useful to society -- though of course, it has to be in your own distinctive way. Find an organization that suits you perfectly, or launch your own if nobody is doing it right! PISCES (February 19 – March 20) - Try not to take on too much today -- especially not with people or activities you’re not certain you understand. Your energy may feel terrific, but your judgment may be slightly impaired. ARIES (March 21 – April 19) - Something major happens late in the day that could cause serious problems at work or at school. The good news is that the issue should be extremely short-lived, so don’t panic about the future. TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) - Your popularity could take a hit today -- but it’s actually for the best! Something you said or did was essential, even if almost nobody likes it. It can be hard to be this responsible, but someone has to do it! GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) - It’s a slow day -- and not just for you! Lots of folks around you seem to be taking their time processing information and waiting to see what others do before taking action or voicing opinions. CANCER (June 22 – July 22) - Try not to just go along for the ride today -- you need to know precisely what you’re in for before you can consent. Your energy is strong, so insist on answers until you are deeply satisfied.

pinakamalaki ang pangalan, siya ang pinakasikat kaya siya ‘yung last guest,” Vice recalled. After doing his usual segment of a dance medley which runs for about 10 to 15 minutes, Vice added that they had a banter and that Vhong even had some interaction with the audience. “Kasama ko siya sa finale number kasi kaputukan po ng Showtime nun, first season po ng Showtime nun so pang-finale ko kumakanta ako lagi ng Showtime theme song kasi sumasabay ’yung tao at kasabay ko si Vhong na gumagawa ng finale number hanggang sa matapos na ‘yung programa kasama ko si

Vhong Navarro,” shared Vice. According to Roxanne’s sworn statement, she was allegedly raped by Vhong inside his car at around midnight on April 24. While he admits to feeling fearful because of what his friend is currently going through, Vice expressed readiness to help Vhong whenever it’s possible. “Ang concern ko kay Vhong dahil siya ‘yung malapit sa akin at meron akong alam sa puso ko na maaaring makatulong sakanya dahil may bitbit akong katotohonan ‘yun lang ang sasabihin ko dahil maaari ‘yung makatulong sa kaibigan ko at maaaring

makapagbigay kaliwanagan sa mga iniisip ng mga tao,” said the Gandang Gabi Vice host.

The box office star is confident that Vhong would be able to surpass this ordeal soon enough.

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Davao City hotel spending P200-M for renovation By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO, Correspondent

DAVAO City -- Gaisanoowned Grand Regal Hotel Davao is spending about P200 million to renovate and upgrade facilities in a bid to keep up with new hotels in the city, a company official said in a recent interview here. Ilde V. Bontia, Jr., Grand Regal general manager, said the 15-year-old hotel needs to be aggressive to compete with the new ones, including low-cost lodging facilities in key locations within the central business district. Mr. Bontia said the hotel management wants to make

the hotel true to its name. “We want to make it grander,” he said, explaining that the effort includes improving quality of services, partly by upgrading the skills of its employees. “There are many new bed and breakfast hotels now that are priced lower than most of the older hotels,” Mr. Bontia said. “These are the ones that made the competition cutthroat.” Renovation actually started late last year. Aside from sprucing up the 217 rooms and function facilities,

The management is also working at ensuring that its food and beverage section will be comparable with, if not the best among, the country’s top hotels, Mr. Bontia said. “We want our guests to appreciate everything that we can offer,” he said. An advantage of the hotel, he added, is that it houses the casino of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Casino is a key source of revenue for Grand Regal Hotel Davao Corp. which provides a the hotel has also repainted no joke,” Mr. Bontia said, sure source of revenue. its façade. Also changed adding the hotel hopes Although he declined to were furniture and fixture to keep its image as a in the rooms, including old leading accommodation establishment in this city after television sets. “ This renovation is the makeover is completed.

Del Monte eyeing a $1.8-B acquisition deal THE CAGAYAN de Orobased pineapple planter and exporter has set its sight on acquiring an American consumer food business in a whopping $1.8 billion deal. Based on its statements filed with the Philippines Stock Exchange (PSE), Del Monte Pacific Ltd. (DMPL) has firmed up its intent to buy the brands, assets and liabilities of United States-based Del Monte Corp. (DMC) as part of the Filipino company’s forays in the offshore market. Traded on both the Philippine and Singapore bourses, DMPL is controlled by the prominent Campos family engaged in growing, processing, and selling canned and fresh pineapples and other tropical fruits. DMPL operates a 23,000-hectare pineapple plantation and cannery in Cagayan de Oro City with a 700,000 ton-processing capacity. DMF dominates the major canned fruit and vegetable categories in the US and owns number two position in canned tomato and broth categories in the

American market. “This landmark transaction offers DMPL greater access to a well-established, attractive and profitable branded consumer food business in the world’s biggest market,” DMPL chairman Rolando Gapud said. The transaction will also allow DMPL to expand its product offering to include beverage and culinary products in the US where the Del Monte brand originated. “We believe that DMF’s consumer food business provides an attractive platform to offer certain products appealing to the large and fast growing Hispanic and Asian American population in the U.S., Gapud said. He described the transaction as “historic” in that it reunites a substantial portion of the Del Monte brand family. The deal, in turn, will allow DMF to concentrate on its pet food business. Prior to this acquisition, the US was one of few key markets where DMPL did not have a direct presence nor have its own brands.

DMPL expects to add around US$ 1.8 billion in sales with the acquisition of DMF. In the first nine months last year, DMPL booked a net income of USD 17.8 million, down five percent from the same period a year ago, taking into account one-time expenses from its dual listing in Singapore and Philippine bourses. Excluding non-recurring expenses, net profit would have gone up 11 percent to USD 20.7 million. To bankroll its offshore foray, the Filipino owned firm has embarked on a fund-raising spree to help finance an ambitious deal. It has tapped the Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI), the Manila unit of Singapore’s DBS Bank, for up to USD 165 million loan. DBS, which used to have a full branch in Manila, holds a 10 percent stake in BPI, majority owned by listed Manila conglomerate Ayala Corp., the Philippines’ oldest business house. The BPI loan facility is guaranteed by diversified NutriAsia Pacific Ltd. (NAPL), the flagship of the Camposes, which holds 67

percent equity in subsidiary DMPL. DMPL also obtained a USD 350 million loan from Banco de Oro, the Philippines’ largest bank controlled by ethnic Chinese taipan Henry Sy, to beef up the company’s funding resources. The loans form part of a combination of equity amounting to US$ 745 million and long-term debt financing of USD 930 million the DMPL is raising to fund its acquisition. Unlike other lenders, the BPI -- the third largest in assets in the Philippines’ banking industry -- has imposed quite a stiff conditionality in its loan to DMPL. Under the BPI facility, DMPL’s ceasing to become a subsidiary of NAPL constitutes a default which will give the lender the right to require DMPL to pay back the loan. American investment houses Citibank and Morgan Stanley are likewise providing financing to DMPL., in addition to its share placement of USD 150 million with private equity investors. (PNA)

THE head of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEV) believes that the objective of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (RA 9136) is slowing gaining ground despite recent issues on the country’s power sector.AEV chief executive officer Erramon Aboitiz, during the panel discussion on the energy sector at the Philippine Investment Forum 2014 sponsored by Euro Money at Solaire Resorts & Casino Tuesday, said the law’s goal of lower electricity prices and higher competition is now happening. “It’s not a perfect law. I think it probably needs some tweaking - maybe some

changes in the implementing rule, but I think we are gaining a lot of headway in achieving the results,” he said. The AEV chief said people should just wait a while so that the law’s objectives can be fully achieved. “I think that if it’s given a chance it has a chance of working,” he said. Some sectors are now calling for the review or amendment of the EPIRA after price of transmission charge to be collected by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) for the power generators rose to a recordhigh of P4.15 per kilowatt hour last November, which in turn was reflected in the

December 2013 bill. The transmission cost uptick was attributed to some power plant’s decision to use more expensive fuel to run their plants when operation of the Malampaya Power Project at offshore Palawan was suspended midNovember to mid-December in 2013 for maintenance works. Aboitiz said the country needs to find a balance of energy mix so that it will not have problem when power plants suspend its operations. Relatively, the Department of Energy (DOE) on Tuesday conducted a consultative meeting with

power stakeholders to get the players’ stand on the issue. Energy Undersecretary Raul Aguilos, during the investment forum , said DOE is not pushing for the amendment of EPIRA but instead a review of the law. He said suggestions raised during the consultative meeting will be submitted to Congress in a week or two. “We will allow them to decide among themselves what specific plan of action they might have as far as the data that has been gathered by the DOE in the consultation process is concerned,” he added. (PNA)

Top power firm exec says EPIRA objectives slowly materializing

provide how much the casino is contributing to the Grand Regal’s revenues, Mr. Bontia said it is substantial. In an earlier interview, Tourism Assistant Secretary Arturo P. Boncato had said local accommodations like hotels must make sure that they offer the best to guest, who have a host of options. “We need to make the visitors feel that we are the best value for their money when they visit our destinations,” Mr. Boncato had said.

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Suspected Abu Sayyaf members free 2 DPWH workers after there-hour captivity


A M B OA N G A CITY – Suspected Abu Sayyaf members held hostage two government personnel in Sulu for at least three hours Saturday, Senior Supt. Abraham Orbito, Sulu police director, said.

Orbito identified the victim as Jimal Adbilla, 30, and Kilder Sakandal, 45, both personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Abdilla, a heavy equipment

operator, is a resident of Maimbung municipality while Sakandal, a helper, is from Jolo, the capital town of Sulu. Orbito said the victims were aboard a truck en route to Jolo when they were flagged down and seized by the suspects at around 3 p.m. Saturday in Barangay Taong, Patikul. They were freed at around 6:25 p.m. in the place they were earlier seized. Orbito said the victims told the police were blindfolded and forced to walk around the area for almost three hours until they got near the national road in Barangay Taong, Patikul town, waited for sunset and freed their captives. (MindaNews)

National Youth Commission (NYC) Dir. Raymond Domingo presents the 3-year plan for the Coordinating, Planning and Monitoring & Evaluation group to the plenary during the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) planning workshop held at the LM Metro Hotel today in Zamboanga City. (dis/ Pia Zamboanga Peninsula)

3 men linked to murder of Petron Zambo farmers receive employee arrested in Zamboanga City farm-to-market road from DAR Z A M B OA N G A C I T Y men are investigated for phoned the police about – Police arrested three people implicated in the murder of a young maintenance man working for Petron Corporation in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said three DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the HRS. OF FRANCISCO BACAYANA & ANASTACIA MAGLANGIT Rep. by: LOLITA B. NABO (Atty-in-fact). Identified as Lot No. 5397-A, of Cadastral Survey of Cagayan de Oro City, containing an area of Eight Hundred Fifty Six (856) sq. meters more or less, pursuant to RA 7160, the price of 1,650 per square meter was based on the BIR Zonal Valuation dated 06/04/06 copy attached. TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION LOT 5397-A Affected Area= 856.00 sq.m. “A parcel of land described in Tax Declaration No. 0815000723705, registered in the name HRS. OF FRANCISCO BACAYANA & ANASTACIA MAGLANGIT Rep. by: LOLITA B. NABO (Atty-in-fact) with Lot No. 5397-A, being a portion of Lot 5397 Cad 237, located at Barangay Igpit, Opol. Containing an area of EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY SIX (856.00) square meters, more or less, is the subject of DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, made and executed by and between: The REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, represented by EFREN A. BERBA, CEO VI, Asst. Regional Director, duly authorized by the Department of Public Works and Highways for the purpose hereinafter referred to as the FIRST PARTY; and HRS. OF FRANCISCO BACAYANA & ANASTACIA MAGLANGIT Rep. by: LOLITA B. NABO (Atty-infact) of legal age, widow, Filipino citizen, and with residence and postal address at Z-6, Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental, hereinafter referred to as the SECOND PARTY. For and in consideration of the total sum of ONE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED TWELVE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED PESOS ONLY (Php 1,412,400.00) the SECOND PARTY, his heirs, assigns, administrator, executors and successors, hereby sell, cede, transfer and convey and deliver unto the FIRST PARTY the following parcel of land. As per Doc. No. 358; Page No. 73; Book No. I; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. DEMOSTHENES A. MEDIANTE, JR. MDN: FEB. 18, 25 & MARCH 4, 2014

the killing of Joey Malaki, who was shot dead Februar y 17 in Sutter ville while biking his way to the Petron depot. Huesca said policemen also recovered a .45-caliber pistol from one of the suspects. Two of the men were residing in the village of Mampang and the other in Santo Niño village. A motorcycle was also recovered from the trio. Malaki’s body was discovered by civilians who EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH DEED OF DONATION AND RENUNCIATION OF INHERITANCE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased DESIDERIO A. NARBAY, who died in Davao City, Philippines, on May 9, 2006, at the time of his death, left a certain real property situated at Sta. Ana, Davao City now, Aurora Quezon St., Davao City, covered by OCT No. P-13542. Lot 1, Ccs-11-000117, a portion of Lot 304, Bsd-335 and 5022, K-7; Location: Sta. Ana, Davao City, Now Aurora Quezon St., Davao City; Area: THREE HUNDRED FOURTEEN (314) SQUARE METERS, more or less, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH DEED OF DONATION AND RENUNCIATION OF INHERITANCE, made and entered by and among; LEONARDA A. NARBAY, of legal age, Filipino, widow and a resident of Davao City; REYNALDO A. NARBAY, of legal age, Filipino, single and a resident of 46-A Aurora Quezon St., Davao City; BOBBY A. NARBAY, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of 46-A Aurora Quezon St., Davao City; MARY GRACE N. DESENDRE, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of 46-A Aurora Quezon St., Davao City; DESIREE JOY A. NARBAY, of legal age, Filipino, single and a resident of Davao City, the above-named parties are the sole and only surviving heirs. That LEONARDA A. NARBAY, widow is the Donor of that certain real property her conjugal share, situated at Sta. Ana, Now, Aurora Quezon St., Davao City covered by OCT No. P-13542 of the Registry of Deeds for Davao City, in favor of all siblings, namely; Reynaldo A. Narbay, Bobby A. Narbay, Mary Grace N. Desendre and Desiree A. Narbay, all of legal age, Filipino. As per Doc. No. 473; Page No. 95; Book No. VI; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. RYAN ERIK C. SANTIAGO. MDN: FEB. 18, 25 & MARCH 4, 2014

the killing. Last year, two armed men also attacked and killed Kenneth Bernardo, a Petron gas depot employee in Zamboanga City. The assailants stopped the 25-year old Bernardo who was also traveling on a motorcycle and then stabbed him in the body. The assailants escaped after the attack. Bernardo managed to seek help from villagers before collapsing on the road and was rushed to hospital, but died while undergoing operation. The case remains unresolved. (Mindanao Examiner)

ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR - Farmers of the Culo, Miligan and Rizal Agrarian Reform Community (Cumiriz ARC) in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur lauded the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for making their dream come true following the recent turnover of the P4.6 million farm-to-market road to the local government. DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang presided the simple rites that saw Molave Mayor Ireneo Glepa thanking DAR in behalf of his constituents. The 1.1-kilometer Culo road project was completed under the joints efforts of the DAR and Agrarian

Reform Infrastructure Support project (ARISP). Glepa urged his constituents “to take care of the road by not allowing 10-wheeler trucks or those beyond the roads’ capacity to pass through it.” Ragandang said that 615 agrarian reform beneficiaries and 181 households in Cumiriz ARC and in the neighboring areas now benefit from the road. “Farmers used to produce just enough for family consumption, mainly because of the difficulty of transporting farm goods to the market due to poor road condition,” Ragandang added.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Arturo Soria said the completion of Culo road will pave the way for the provision of other basic services like health, technology, transportation and education assistance to the rural communities in the area. “ The residents and farmers of Cumiriz ARC could now easily avail of those services now that the community is accessible,” Soria said. “One of DAR’s mandate is to provide necessary infrastructure facilities to help farmers increase their income and enhance the rural economy,” Ragandang said. (PNA)

NOTICE OF LOSS NOTICE is hereby given that RAMON B. CAJUTOL, registered owner of a parcel of land covered by TCT No. RT49567 with an area of 176 square meters, situated at Ampayon, Butuan City, has lost in his possession unnoticed aforesaid land title owner’s duplicate certificate copy, and states that no deed or other instrument affecting the property has been presented for registration or if there is any, the nature hereof, the date of its presentation, as well as the name of the parties and the registration of such deed or instrument is still pending accomplishment; that the owner’s duplicate certificate or coowner’s duplicate is in due form without any intentional alteration or erasures; that the certificate of title is not the subject of litigation or investigation administrative or judicial, regarding the genuiness of due executive or issuance; that the certificate of title was in full force and effect at the time it was lost or destroyed; that the real estate taxes have been fully paid up to at least, two (2) years prior to filing for reconstitution; and that he has executed an affidavit in connection with his petition for administrative reconstitution of the owner’s duplicate certificate of TCT No. RT-49567, per Doc. No. 477; Page No. 48; Book No. CXXX; Series of 2014 of the Notarial Registry of Atty. Richard L. Lamigo, Notary Public per PTR No. 07L44659 01-02-2014, until December 31, 2015. MDN: Feb. 11, 18 & 27, 2014

3 Zamboanga bomb squad members hurt in road accident

The bloodletting activity of the Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office (ZNPPO) generated more or less 15,000 cc of blood from the 30 PNP personnel as donors. (maa/with Pia Zamboanga Peninsula) Republic of the Philippines LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that DANNY C. RAYPON has filed with this Office a petition for the change of first name from NILO to DANNY in the Certificate of Live Birth of NILO RAYPON who was born on September 26, 1959 at Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are TORIDIO RAYPON and MODESTA CULLADA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than March 6, 2014. (SGD.) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar MDN: FEB. 25 & MAR. 4, 2014

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Three members of the local bomb squad were injured after their van collided and over turned in front of the Zamboanga City Hall in southern Philippines, police said. Police said the squad members -Senior Police Officer 2 Joselito Guarnes Joaquin together with Police Officer 3 Alfredo Samson Trumata and Sergeant Junilo Latha Cuma were rushed to hospital. The trio was heading to Paseo del Mar Park to insp ect an abandoned baggage when their van collided with a jeep driven by a former police officer Antolin Rebollos Marcos. Police said it is investigating the accident. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Aquino’s visit in Davao Oriental town brings hope to 'Pablo' survivors By Anthony S. Allada

CATEEL, Davao Oriental -The first visit of President Benigno Aquino III here has brought hope to survivors of super typhoon "Pablo" that severely struck this town and the neighboring Baganga and Cateel municipalities. Aquino, who arrived past noon yesterday on board a Presidential helicopter together with several Cabinet members, chose to celebrate the 28th commemoration of the EDSA Revolution in calamity-stricken areas that included Cateel. Despite the incessant rainshowers since Monday morning, some 3,000 residents, students and supporters gathered at the municipal plaza to see and listen to the message of the President. Aquino has been the third Philippine President so far to visit this town after former Presidents Diosdado Macapagal and her daughter,

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Governor Corazon Malanyaon extended her gratitude to the President “for mobilizing the whole national government machinery to address our urgent concerns.” Malanyaon was very appreciative to President Aquino for choosing Cateel as one of the venues for the commemorative celebration of EDSA. “The historical incident of EDSA was triggered by political upheavals, yet it has a striking similarity to the climate-related Pablo incident our province had just experienced. EDSA Revolution was a story of resiliency, of faith and hope and of rising from the rubble,” she said. After his inspiring speech delivered in Filipino, Aquino and his Cabinet members immediately left and proceeded to Loon, Bohol for another program. (PNA)

Mining firm details plan of operation in Compostela Valley



AVAO CITY - The Kingking Copper and Gold Project in Pantukan, Compostela Valley laid out some details of its plan of operation especially on terms of environment protection and on the welfare of the small-scale miners that would be affected by its operation.

Clyde Gillespie, country manager of KCGP, talked about their company’s plan on water treatment, marine life protection, tailings management, wildlife, and air quality. Gillespie presented to the media in a briefing here over the weekend their mining operation in environmental protection measures utilized by the mining industry in Alaska where their environmental protection measures are in accordance with the highest

standards. Their water treatment facilities (both active and passive) are so effective that the quality of the streams and rivers surrounding the mining area has improved and supports salmon spawning. Gillespie said this is their plan in Pantukan once they start their operation. He said it is a tough job but it can be done. Authorities said that decades of small-scale mining operation in Pantukan

Musikahan jumpstarts Tagum’s trio celebration TAGUM CITY — Drumming up a simple yet festive mode in its soft opening last February 21, 2014, the City Government of Tagum and the Tagum City Tourism Council offered a prelude to its highly-anticipated trio celebration top-billed by Musikahan Festival, the city’s annual revelry focused on music. Mayor Allan L. Rellon led Tagumeños during the soft opening held in front of the City Hall, where the city’s homegrown musical talents exhibited their talents during the ceremony attended by Tagumeños from all walks of life. The local chief executive reiterated that this was just a prelude to something bigger and exciting about the 13th year of the Musikahan Festival, which will have its grand opening on February 28, 2014 at the Freedom Park. Last Friday and over the weekend, several events were held including musical outreach performances in Tagum Doctors Hospital, Tagum City Jail and Gloria Christi Regis Center for Orphaned Children.

Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon leads Tagumeños in viewing the photographs narrating the development of the City of Tagum at the Beach Volleydrome in Rotary Park, Tagum City. The Photo Exhibit is part of the kick-off activities of the soft opening of the Musikahan Festival last February 21, 2014. (Photo by Leo Timogan of CIO Tagum)

A photo exhibition in Rotary Park’s Beach Volleydrome, which visually narrates the transformation of Tagum from a sleeping municipality to a bustling urban hub, was also opened on Friday in anticipation to provide a venue for Tagumeños to appreciate the city’s journey to development. The said photo exhibition is curated by the City Information Office as the head secretariat of the

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City Historical and Cultural Commission. The semi-finals of the revived amateur singing competition dubbed as Kantahan sa Tagum was also held last February 23, 2014 at the Freedom Park. The Musikahan is included in the city’s triumvirate events leading up to the 16th Araw ng Tagum on March 7, which is declared as a special non-working holiday by Malacañan. The

other component—The Tagumeño Bisag Asa—is focused on welcoming home locals who are now living across the globe. In the course of its twoweek run, the Musikahan Festival will feature the following events: Rondal Awit, Tunog Tagum, Himig Handog, Kasikas sa Tagum, Avenida Musika, and Kantahan sa Tagum Grand Finals. (Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum)


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has not only contaminated the river with bacteria, silt and heavy metals like mercury but also degraded the vegetation in the area; and eroded areas along the river. On the issue on mine tailings, Gillespie said they will be using a dry stack tailing facility for handling tailings from the processing plant. Tailings will be filtered to remove moisture prior to stacking. Mining officials said that the technology is more expensive but it would eliminate the long-term risk to the environment. Slope areas in Pantukan can be filled up with the dry-stacked tailings and be transformed into forested areas, parks, and even housing areas for the local community. As to the would-be affected small-scale miners, KCGP is seriously consider-

PCAB-Davao calls on contractors to renew license DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) here has called on contractors to renew their licenses soonest to avoid rush, delay, and penalties. At the start of February, PCAB, an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has already been accepting renewal applications for the fiscal year 2014-2015. Based on schedule, contractors holding licenses ending in 0-1 must file their application by February; 2-3 by March; 4-5 by April; 6-7 by May; and 8-9 by June, including new applications approved from January to June this year. However, despite the designated schedule, it has been observed that most of the licensed contractors don’t follow it. With this scenario, DTIDavao officer-in-charge Ma. Belenda Q. Ambi said the Board has issued Resolution No. 408 series of 2013 “Enjoining all contractors to file their applications for license renewal on schedule


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ing the plan to allocate an area for small-scale miners who wanted to operate their own tunnels once their large-scale operation starts. Gillespie said that although they would be offering jobs to small-scale miners that would be affected by their operation some would still opt to mine the bowels of the earth by themselves. Thus, Gillespie said, they just might allocate an area for the small-scale miners and even supply them with better equipments to make their SSM operation safer and more efficient. Small-scale mining operation in Pantukan has caused numerous deaths associated with unsafe mining practices and landslides created by improper management of mine wastes. (PNA)

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filing months and providing for an additional processing fee (APF) for non-compliance therewith starting CFY 2014-2015. The said resolution spells out that failure to file renewal within the designated schedule shall be assessed the payment of P5,000 APF and P5,000 additional license fee (ALF), if renewal application is filed after June 30. Me anw h i l e , P C A B Davao is encouraging all unlicensed contractors, subcontractors, and specialty contractors to first secure a license from its office before engaging or attempting into any construction activities to avoid sanctions. Ambi said measures are being envisioned by PCAB and the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) against unlicensed contractors as well as project owners involved in the services of unlicensed contractors. For inquiries, Ambi encouraged those concerned to reach the PCAB-Davao staff, Alex G. Domingo, at (082) 224-0511 local 417. They may also visit its office at 4/F Mintrade Realty Building, Monteverde Avenue corner Sales Street, Davao City. (DTI-11/JenMendoza)


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Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series Launched in Cebu

1st ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro Inter-school Newscasting Competition Grand Winner Bonne Zalzos of Liceo de Cagayan University lifts his trophy as he celebrates the win, February 23 at the Centrio Ayala Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Roque Salvo

Grand Winner of the 1st ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro Inter-school Newscasting Competition Bonne Zalzos of Liceo de Cagayan University (3rd from left) with TV Patrol Northern Mindanao Anchor - PJ dela Peña and fellow finalists, Angielyn Siwagan of MUST, Hamilcar Chanjueco, Jr. of Xavier University, Dione Mae Balingan of Lourdes College, Trevi Lorenz Espinoza of COC-PHINMA, and Destine Grace Lanzaderas Pilgrim College.

The world’s premier off-road triathlon event is back again in Cebu for the third time on a new and more challenging race course to test athletes’ skills once more this 2014. The Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Series will kick off this year with the Vaseline Men XTERRA Championship this March 15 at Liloan, Cebu. The event features exhilarating trail run and triathlon races that will challenge even the most seasoned athletes. As of today, there are over 300 registered participants. Elite world-class running champions who will be joining the race are: Michal Bucek (2013 Yilan Olympic Distance Tri 2nd place; 2013 Action Asia Sprint KH Champion), Renata Bucher (2013 XTERRA Australia Champion), Meiko Carey (2013 XTERRA Japan Champion; 2012 Ironman 70.3 Centair Japan Age Champion), Dimitry Duke (2013 Maui Half Marathon Age Group Champion), Charlie Epperson (2013 Olympic-Distance Guam National Triathlon Champion), Dan Hugo (2013 XTERRA South East Champio), Daz Parker (2013 XTERRA Philippines 3rd place), Jacqui Slack (2013 XTERRA Guam and Saipan Champion), Bradley Weiss (2014 Totalsports Challenge Champion) including 2013 Xterra Warrior winners Australian Ben Allen and Lesley Paterson of Scotland. The route will have slight changes, but this year there will be two transition areas. Transition 1 will be at Seafront Beach Resort in Liloan, the starting area for the swim leg and transition to the bike leg. Transition 2 will be at Liloan Elementary School track oval, staging area for the end of bike leg, start of the run leg and finish line and the expo area. The championship weekend in Cebu will start with two triathlon events on March 15: the XTERRA Lite and the XTERRA Philippines Championship. The XTERRA Lite involves a 500-meter swim, 18-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run. On the other hand, the XTERRA Philippines Championship involves a more grueling challenge with a 1.5-kilometer swim, 35-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run. All of these will take place in scenic Liloan, Cebu. Registration for the March 15 triathlon events is ongoing in the Vaseline Men XTERRA Philippines website ( or visit www.

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Duterte seeks probe of alleged military abuses in Comval DAVAO––City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has offered to ask regional prosecutor Antonio B. Arellano to investigate alleged cases of harassment and encampments of the 10th Infantry Division in areas in Compostela Valley which should be off-limits to military presence. Duterte announced the move during a dialogue held at the Grand Men Seng Hotel last week where human rights groups and residents of the affected communities demanded a military pullout from schools and residential areas. Military officials and members of Karapatan, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and the Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) attended the dialogue which Duterte volunteered to mediate. But the mayor clarified accusations by the military against members of the New People’s Army will also be investigated

to be fair to all parties. “Let’s go directly to the prosecution. Identify the culprits, and everybody pays for his deeds,” he said. He added that as a matter of courtesy, he would also talk with Governor Arturo Uy and other local officials on the issue. “I am friends with both sides because I go everywhere,” Duterte said, adding he was in constant contact with both government and rebel forces. He, however, said he would draw the line whenever civilians were hurt as a result of clashes between the NPA and the military. CRC advocacy officer Rius Valle said a school in Purok 4-B, Barangay Mangayon in Compostela town has called Salugpongan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center Inc., had been used as camp by the 67th Infantry Battalion (IB) since August 2013. Valle added other parts of the


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area had been used as military camps since 2011. He said the 25th and 26th IBs had also occupied Sitio Bongkilaton, Barangay Ngan, Compostela and Quelangcog, Loreto, Agusan Del Sur, respectively. He said around 60 elements of the 25th IB had encamped inside the public school in Ngan. Valle said military presence had “threatened” local residents, adding some of them were interrogated and tagged as NPA members. Lt. Col. Elmer Aterado, 25th IB commander, admitted during the dialogue that they were in the area on October 4, 5, and 6 to conduct resupply operations. Aterado said resupply operations are necessary to ensure safety for their units. He added they had intercepted minors in the area who initially reported supplying rice to their communities but had been seen in intelligence photos as NPA

members. Meanwhile, Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) chief General Ariel Bernardo said troops are needed in the area due to NPA presence. He, however, conceded that military forces are not allowed to use civilian facilities as encampments and promised to order the remaining troops to pull out of the area. Bernardo also denied allegations by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Southern Mindanao and other groups that the 10ID had bombed farmlands and communities in Compostela Valley. He said aerial bombings don’t happen without the presence of spotters on the ground. “I have even ordered the pilots never to bomb areas that had a civilian population,” he added. Rev. Jurie Jaime, spokesperson of Karapatan in Southern Mindanao, said the military presence threatened the livelihoods and

safety of the residents. Duterte assured there would be no more military presence in communities, particularly in schools and other government facilities. “Do not involve civilians,” he said. The mayor held the dialogue a week after protesters clashed with police during a rally last Feb. 13 outside the Eastmincom headquarters. He said the protesters were not from the city. Photojournalist Barry Ohaylan was injured during the protest. Duterte said he would investigate the matter. The mayor, however, told the protesters in the dialogue that while he respected their right to freedom of expression, the soldiers were “not in the position to talk to them.” “It would have been better if you all went directly to me,” he said. (MindaNews)

SSS accredits Misamis Occidental cooperative to receive payments

you if you ask Him. Then ask Him to help you start changing and doing a better job of raising your children to become the happy, successful people they were born to be. CLARIN, Misamis Occidental––The Gata Daku Just Think a Minute. Multipurpose Cooperative (GDMPC) in Clarin, Misamis Occidental, and its branches from page 4 are now receiving monthly Sadural immediately payments for the Social Seordered his troops to con- curity System (SSS), starting duct pursuit operations to January, this year. drive away the NPAs in the This was announced by surrounding communities. Jinky S. Flores, General ManCol Ferdinand F Qui- ager of GDMPC Head Office dilla, Commander of 402nd in Clarin making them the Infantry Brigade, also said, first cooperative in the prov“I congratulate our troops ince to be accredited by SSS for their display of cour- to receive payments from SSS age. They have earned dis- members, from 9:00 a.m. to tinct credit and honor not 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, only for the Armed Forces in their behalf. The GDMPC which owns of the Philippines but for two buildings in Clarin has the entire Filipino people branches in the towns of whom we dedicate our serJimenez, Calamba, Bonifacio vice.” (1LT JOE PATRICK A MARTINEZ (QMS) PA,, and Oroquieta City, in MisaCommanding Officer, 42nd mis Occidental, in Polanco, CMO Company, 4CMOBn, Zamboanga del Norte and Aurora, Mahayag and Tu4ID, PA) kuran, Zamboanga del Sur.


Flores said this means that SSS members from the barangays and towns where there are GDMPC branches will no longer have to go to Ozamiz or Oroquieta cities to pay and settle their obligations to the SSS, and can now save on cost for travel to the SSS Payment Centers and vice-versa. Presently, SSS-Ozamiz City receives payments for monthly premium, as well as for loan payments in Misamis Occidental, along with Western Union or USSC, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and some private banks in Ozamiz and Oroquieta City. Meanwhile, the GDMPC gets P6 from the SSS for each payment, while the SSS member will pay the same amount it pays when paying at the SSS office or any of its accredited payment centers. With P300 million in

assets, GDMPC is the 3rd biggest cooperative based in Misamis Occidental that employs more than 100 people and the most technologicallyadvanced having made use of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in all its branches which are connected to the head office. Their collectors use the point of sale (POS) gadgets, the same technology used in credit cards, where the identification document (ID) card of the members are just swiped and official receipts of their payments are automatically issued. They also have the automated telling machines (ATMs) in Clarin and Jimenez, which are provided with cash on an earnings-sharing basis without cost to the members of GDPMC, Flores said. (RCA/ MLQuezon/PIA10-Misamis Occidental)

MILF assures GPH it won’t use force after arrest of field commander COTABATO City––The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday dismissed reports their group will “rescue” by force their arrested ranking official. Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF vice chair for political affairs, said the issue of the arrest of Wahid Tundok, MILF’s 108th base commander in Datu Piang, Maguindanao, is now being investigated by the joint ceasefire panel. “R e s c u e i s a l r e a d y o u t o f the question, I would like to assure the government that we will not resort to violence that may affect the peace process,” Jaafar said in a radio interview. Superintendent Jovit Culaway, regional chief of the Criminal Inv e s t i g at i o n a n d D e t e c t i o n Group (CID G) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CIDG-ARMM), confirmed

that police and Marine forces have arrested Tundok based on the warrants of arrest against him for multiple murder and arson charges. Culaway said the police are only doing their job of ser ving the arrest warrants. Jaafar said the MILF central committee has ordered followers of Tundok to remain sober and ref rain f rom putting t he law into their hands. He adde d t hat Tundok, as legitimate official of the MILF has the immunity from arrest as stipulated in the GPH-MILF ceasefire agreement. Culaway said they learned of Tu nd ok’s route f rom C am Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Ma g u i n d a n a o t o D at u S au d i Ampatuan and Datu Piang, b ot h i n Ma g u i n d an a o w h e re

the MILF 108th base command is located. The arrest of Tundok came after another MILF commander was killed in a shootout with police in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao. Yu s o p Ku s a i n a l i a s C o m mander TMX was arrested due to his alleged involvement in the bombing incident in Gen. Santos City that left four people killed in 2007. Instead of surrendering to authorities, Kusain traded shots with the arresting officers that led to his death. Von Al-Haq, spokesman of the MILF, said the MILF will file formal protest against government forces based on the 1997 g o v e r n m e n t - M IL F c e a s e f i r e accord. A repor t from the Philippine News Agency

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