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Taiwanese group gives rice to Oro, Iligan, Misor By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City––Thousands of indigent families in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental and Iligan City were beneficiaries of a rice donation given by a group of Taiwanese on Saturday and Sunday. See FULL STORY, page 2

Townspeople turn to tribal ritual to drive away bad spirits

By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN Regional Editor-Caraga

ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur— Desperate over continuous attacks to students, townsfolk here turn to discreet tribal ritual to drive away the bad spirits that “bewitched” the secondary school since December 6. Vice Mayor Julie Chua has commissioned on Friday a female babaylan or tribal healer from the Manobo community in Bayugan 3 village who performed several hours of rituals called “Taphagan” to stop the “dwarf ” from causing mass hysteria to the students of Datu Lipus Makapandong Ritual. Babaylan Eseng gets the blood of the boar National High School. while another woman fans it with a fresh coconut palm Through the ritual, leaves as part of the ritual. See ritual, page 11

RICE DISTRIBUTION. Misamis Oriental second district Rep. Juliette Uy (top photo) spearheads the rice distribution in her district on December 14, 2013 courtesy of the Taiwanese groups led by Fang Hsin Lee, president of the World Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce; Simmon Huang, president of Taiwan Association; Wayne Chi, former president of the Taiwan Association, Inc.-Philippines; and Taiwan Association, Inc.Philippines President David Shih with his colleagues––Cheng Cheng Lee, vice president; Tom Lin, secretary general; and Donford Liu, director. Photos courtesy of Dodo Canoy

Mindanao Daily News photo by Chris V. Panganiban

GMO-free zones in 2014 Tsinoy owns over the Philippines plan to largest pearl start declaring their towns as GMO-free zones in 2014 DUMINGAG, Zamboanga after learning that such in the world By BONG D. FABE Contributor

del Sur—In an effort to a proactive strategy has protect the gains of organic worked well in Europe. agriculture in their muLed by multi-awarded nicipalities, 16 mayors all See ZONES, page 11

BORACAY Island, Aklan– –A Chinese Filipino (Chinoy) resort owner in this island is also the owner of what will be considered as the largest pearl in the world. In an interview Monday, Richard King, chairman of the Crown Regency Hotel, said that a group of gemologists from the Guinness Book of World Records is expected to arrive here Dec.19-20 to formally inspect the said pearl he calls See PEARL, page 11

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Taiwanese give rice to thousands of families in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Iligan PrimeNews Dads commend Tabor for being elected as RAC chair

By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Thousands of indigent families in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental and Iligan City were beneficiaries of a rice donation given by a group of Taiwanese on Saturday and Sunday. The “Love From Taiwan” rice donation was coursed through the offices of Congressmen Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro), Rolando Uy (1st District, Cagayan de Oro), Peter Unabia (1st District, Misamis Oriental) and Juliette Uy (2nd District, Misamis Oriental). The families, identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the government’s 4Ps program, each received a 10-kilo bag of rice. Distribution took place during a program respectively held at each location with a program held for the Taiwanese delegation led by Fang Hsin Lee, president of the World Taiwan Chamber of Commerce. The Taiwanese group included Taiwan Association in the Philippines (TAP) president David Shih, TAP

In Salay town, World Taiwan Chamber of Commerce president Fang Hsin Lee and Misamis Oriental 1st District Rep. Peter M. Unabia do the ceremonial giving of the bags of rice to the recipients from six municipalities. The rice will be distributed to more than 500 day care centers in the first congressional district of the province. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry L. Gorit

vice president Cheng Cheng Lee, TAP past president Simmon Huang, TAP past president Wayne Chi and TAP secretary-general Tom Lin. TAP has been in the country for 32 years now. In his special message, Rodriguez on Saturday thanked the Taiwanese for

the “love donation” this Christmas season. The government officials in Iligan City also expressed their gratitude for the “Christmas gift”. On Sunday, the Taiwanese delegation went to Salay in Misamis Oriental where Unabia welcomed the party and annonced that the rice donation would be given to

more than 500 day care centers in the six municipalities of the first congressional district of the province. Unabia said the rice will be used in the feeding program of the day care centers and that he would adding chicken meat to the meal as well as milk for the children. After Misamis Oriental, See rice, page 11

THE 17th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas during its regular session this afternoon is slated to adopt a resolution commending and congratulating Councilor Ramon G. Tabor for having been elected as chairman of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) of the Philippine National Police-Regional Office 10 (PRO 10). The Power learned that RAC is an advisory body of PRO-10 composed of sector leaders or individuals known for their integrity, probity and leadership. P/Supt. Ronnie Francis Cariaga, head secretariat of RAC 10, said RAC will meet on a regular basis to contribute to the successful implementation and monitoring of PRO-10’s strategic transformation roadmap utilizing the Performance Governance System (PGS). He added that through a carefully designed See commend, page 11

Balite urges colleagues to comply with Solid Waste Management Act COUNCILOR Pedro Balite, President of the Association of Barangay Councils, appealed to all barangays to strictly implement Republic Act 9003, also known as Solid Waste Management Act. This after Fr. Peter Walpole, SJ, PhD, Research Director of the Environment Science for Social Change (ESSC), stressed during the recent Forum on Promoting Disaster Risk Resilience that the dominant problem of the city is garbage. At the forum, Fr. Walpole shared his insights in developing attitudes and capabilities to meet the needs of those at risks to typhoons and flooding. Councilor Balite also commended Wendy Clavano, PhD of ESSC for her simplified presentation “The things to watch out for when rain falls: Methods for Assessing Water-related Hazards.” Clavano is an Earth System Scientist and a Kagayanon, being the granddaughter of former City Mayor Pedro “Oloy” Roa, The Power learned. The barangay officials from Barangays No. 1, 6, 6, 10, 13, 15, 17, Carmen, Nazareth, See comply, page 11


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Inaugural rites for Surigao road project moved to basketball court due to ambush

BACUAG, Surigao del Norte––An improvised explosive device went off Saturday afternoon in Sitio Julilon, Barangay Dugsangon, causing minor damage to a patrol car of this municipality but the inauguration of a road project by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and other local officials was moved to a gymnasium instead.

Not one of the six policemen on board the patrol car was injured. Deles, along with provincial and municipal officials, were supposed to inaugurate the 6.37 kilometer road from Barangay Campo to Sitio Little Baguio in Barangay Payapag at 4 p.m. but the rites were moved to the Barangay Campo basketball court following the 2 p.m. ambush.

The P30-million project is funded by the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, the national government’s “program and framework for peace and development.” PAMANA projects are “implemented in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by See AMBUSH/p.11

REHABILITATION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF “YOLANDA”-HIT AREAS. Left photo shows workers loading and arranging lumber products on a vessel.The seacraft proceeds (right photo) to Samar with its lumber cargo intended for the construction of temporary shelters of victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” whose fury destroyed their houses and livelihood. The lumber shipment is part of Equi Parco Construction Company’s response to the government’s call for assistance in rehabilitating and reconstructing the areas severely damaged by the super typhoon. photos supplied

Equi Parco joins rehab efforts in disaster areas

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UTUAN City––Several local government contractors including the biggest in Mindanao have responded to the call of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to help in the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in the Visayas following the onslaught of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” which killed more than 6,000 people and displaced millions.

In keeping with its corporate social responsibility, Equi Parco Construction Company wasted no time in responding to DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson’s call and immediately dispatched an advance team of company engineers to the affected areas to help conduct a survey. Another team led by Equi Parco’s Administration Manager Marlon R. Labis and Project Supervisor for Caraga Region Engr. Joseph Ieya Aruj left for Ormoc City via Cebu on Sunday, December 15, purposely to start the construction of temporary shelters for the

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typhoon victims. The DPWH plans to construct 200 temporary shelters or bunkhouses in 21 sites including Palo, Tacloban, Marabut, Basey and Ormoc in Western Samar and Hernani, Giporlos and Guiuan in Eastern Samar. To provide employment to residents affected by the typhoon, Sec. Singson has urged the contractors to use, as much as possible, local labor in the construction of the bunkhouses. A DPWH statement said Sec. Singson instructed the regional directors and district engineers assigned to oversee the rehabilitation efforts, “to see to it that the private contractors utilized local labor, especially those affected by the calamity to enable them to ‘bounce back’.” A Philippine Daily Inquirer news report said the DPWH included in its shelter plan, the resettlement of families, both formal and informal settlers, living within the mandatory 40-meter easement from the shoreline to safer government resettlement sites. In the same report, Singson was quoted as saying that reconstruction and rehabilitation of government infrastructure, damaged by calamities, shall be guided by the principle of “Build back better resilient structures”.


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Video karera, shabu, confiscated in a PDEA-PNP raid By PJTREMEDAL Correspondent

Ozamiz City -- On it’s strengthen campaign against Illegal Drugs and Illegal Games, the Philippine National Police of Misamis Occidental particularly the Ozamiz City PNP Office together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Provincial Sub Enforcement Team along with Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC), RSOG 10 jointly led by P/SI Nelson Sistoso under the direct supervision of OZCPO Chief

of Police Supt Jonas T. Amparo confiscated said illegal drugs and arrested two suspects repacking more or less half kilo of the dreaded drugs and Eleven (11) video Karera in the raid. The said buy bust operations and campaign on illegal games (Video Karera) was also witnessed by the City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog during the conduct of the operation together with local media and Barangay and Purok officials in Barangay San Roque on Friday (December 13, 2013)

at 11:30 noontime. It was also known that the City Mayor is now pursuing their targets illegal drugs pusher and criminals after a three year old girl victim was killed by his own father alledgely addicted to drugs by sawing the leg of his daughter that made the mayor upset on the situation and promise to arrest suspected drugs pushers and other criminals in the city. In the report received, Mindanao Daily News gathered that the two suspects where in a house of another

suspect, a certain Gilbert A.k.a. “Syongo” but accordingly was not around during the raid. The two arrested suspect were Charlie Caliat y de Gracia, 30 years old, a widow, and resident of Purok 3, Brgy Punta, of Panaon Town and a certain Ms. Rosalie Revil y Isidro, 37 years old, Married and a resident of Purok 5, Brgy Talic, Oroquieta City who has a standing warrant of arrest in the violation of section 11, Article 2 of R.A. 9165 docketed in Criminal

Case No. 1142-14-096 issued by RTC Branch 14 signed by Honorable Judge Silvestre Orejana of Oroquieta City. Confiscated from their possession were five (5) pcs Large Rectangular Sachet containing white crystallized substance believed to be “Shabu”; One Hundred Seventeen (117) pcs of heat sealed sachets; six (6) pcs Triangular heat sealed sachets; 20 pcs of cellophane containing ten(10) pcs small heat sealed sachets, ThirtyFive (35) pcs of medium size heat sealed sachet; six

(6) pcs medium size rectangular sachets and One (1) pc sealed cellophane pack believed to be dried Marijuana leaves and seeds. In the conduct of the buy bust operations, another Eleven (11) units of Video Karera were found and confiscated by the raiding team, while the arrested suspects were brought to the Ozamiz City Police Office along with the confiscated illegal drugs and illegal games for proper disposition and filing of criminal cases against the suspects.

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Company of the Philippine Army based in Camp Cesar Sang-an in Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur on combat patrol operations, and immediately gun pointed the guards on duty and penetrated the police station without bloody confrontation from the police where some of them were still asleep as the raid was conducted as early as 4:30 in the morning. The police were caught off guard accordingly and confiscated from them; One (1) M-60 Light Machine Gun and ammunitions, Thirteen (13) M-16 Rifles with bandolier of Ammunition, One (1)

M-203 Grenade Launcher with ammunition, Twelve (12) Caliber 45 Pistols with magazines fully loaded, and Thirteen (13) 9mm Pistols with loaded magazines issued to the policemen assorted cell phones and personal belongings. Meanwhile, an Improvised Explosive Device went off along the route of the responding elements from the 55th Infantry Battalion and CAFGU Units based in the hinterlands of Josefina and Molave, Zamboanga del Sur but as of press time no immediate report was gathered by Mindanao Daily News Misamis Occidental Bureau.

Meantime, a team from the Misamis Occidental PNP Provincial Police Office led by Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Jerry C. Linsagan together with P/CI Elmer Decena, PPSC Commander who is based in Ozamiz City immediately took off to respond together with the elements of the 55th Infantry Battalion based in Misamis Occidental under the command and supervision of Lt. Col. Rommel Almaria PA. The CNN raiding the Don Vic PNP Station are believed to be members of the Regular Armed Group of the CNN Western Min-

danao Revolutionary Party Committee and fled towards Sitio Balanacan, Barangay Tuno, Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental. Late this week, another armed group raided the Kib awe, Bu k idnon on Thursday were one policeman killed and three were wounded when more or less 100 CNN on board 7 pickups and One Toyota Grandia attacked and a firefight between the government police forces occurred. On December 28, the revolutionary movement in the country will celebrate their founding years of existence for the past four decades.

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Camp Naranjo, Oroquieta City -- More or less 100 fully armed CNN in full battle gear with Kevlar Helmets raided the Don Victoriano PNP Station on Saturday (December 14, 2013) and successfully disarmed PNP personnel’s of the town’s police office together with elements from the Misamis Occidental Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) Team augmenting the local police force. Alledgely, the armed rebels swoop down the police station acting as members of the 15th Division Rifle


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Aboitiz’ power companies’ education, livelihood, health and environment programs for the host communities is a noble way of giving back their share of blessings to society. - MINDANAO DAILY NEWS, December 17, 2013 -

A Salute to Aboitiz Power companies - The Aboitiz companies set guideHedcor, Inc., Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. and lines to screen students who deserve Luzon Hydro Corporation (LHC) for the scholarship assistance. Mostly, the continuing its collegiate scholarship recipients have high academic achieveprogram. ADMIRABLE IS ITS PLEDGE ment. Those coming from poor families OF SUPPORT to host communities. are favoured more as economic status For the second semester alone, 22 weighs higher in the selection process. scholars from the different host com- Tests during interviews are also, conmunities in Benguet, Ilocos Sur and ducted. Davao are pursuing their college de- From the year 2000 when the noble grees through their benefactor – the program of the Aboitiz companies was Aboitiz power companies. conceived, 26 graduates were already Hedcor, Inc. is sponsoring five schol- produced and are now working here ars from the different host and abroad. What is more apEditorial municipalities of the province preciable is the fact that other of Benguet and three in Davao City. On scholar graduates were absorbed by the other hand, Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. Hedcor itself. operating the 42MW Sibulan A and B It is inspiring that aside from the hydros, is sponsor six students from collegiate scholarship program, HedDavao del Sur. cor gives stipends to achievers. This The Mindanao scholars are pres- is aside from construction of school ently enrolled in different universities buildings and refurbished classrooms Davao and Davao del Sur, pursuing that Aboitiz donates to impoverish their chosen course. communities from time to time . It is laudable that the sponsoring Hedcor had just turned over ‘Silid Aboitiz companies have given inde- Pangarap’ – a learning center - to Davao pendence to the scholars to choose this year, in partnership with the Aktheir favoured courses. lat, Gabay, Aruga tungo sa Pag-angat The scholarship covers full tuition at Pag-asa (AGAPP) Foundation. fees paid by Hedcor with book allow- Aboitiz’s education, livelihood, health ances and monthly allowance. Popular and environment programs for the courses like commerce, education and host communities is its noble way of information technology are the favor- giving back their share of blessings to ites of the scholars. society.


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Who to blame for Skyway deaths, mall robberies? LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But the angel said to her, `Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High’…”(Luke 1:30-33, the Holy Bible). -oooLTO, LTFRB REMISS IN THEIR DUTIES: I do not want to engage in finger-pointing now, but I certainly blame both the Land Transporation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and say they are greatly responsible for the death of 21 or more people after a passenger bus jumped off the Skyway toll plaza in Las Pinas City and pinned down a van at the South Luzon Expressway on Monday, December 16, 2013. Why? Well, it is quite clear that the LTO and the LTFRB are completely remiss in their duties to see to it that only the psychologically and mentally-prepared are issued driver’s licenses

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio and allowed to drive public utility vehicles such as the ill-fated Don Mariano Bus that fell off the Skyway. As things stand in both the LTO and the LTFRB now, anyone who can pay are able to get licenses, and then drive away. This is reprehensible because both the LTO and the LTFRB ought to know, if only they are properly doing their work, that many holders of driver’s licenses are not fit to drive, psychologically and mentally, as shown by their totally reckless driving, rude behavior, and, many a time, gross ignorance of even the most basic rules of road courtesy. -oooBLOOD IN THE HANDS OF PRESIDENTS A N D L AW M A K E R S : Equally-deserving of our

anger should be our lawmakers---congressmen and senators---who, because of their insatiable greed for pork barrel and personal aggrandizement and benefits, have not given even a second of their lives to conduct a much-needed re-study and improvement of our current land transportation and traffic laws, and even the law that covers road accidents. Up to now, because of this lack of desire on the part of these lawmakers to update the antiquated laws on land transportation, traffic, and road accidents (which impose a measly penalty of only four-year imprisonment if a driver kills one or one hundred passengers or pedestrians while driving, which penalty will not even send the

driver to prison), devilish and deadly driving among Filipinos persist. Then, we must also blame all the Presidents that have ruled this country for all these deaths, because, like the LTO and the LTFRB and our lawmakers, they did not take time out, despite their powerful positions, to improve our laws on road driving and accidents. Each and every death on the road and each and every drop of blood from road accidents are therefore on the hands of all these officials. -oooCONTEMPT AGAINST AN INEPT GOV’T: There is something that is greatly disturbing about the breakin of thieves and robbers (which are said to belong to a criminal syndicate named after a household tool, the hammer) at the SM North EDSA during the early evening of Sunday, December 15, 2013. This heist showed several scary scenarios: that criminal elements are now lording it over even in the heart of Metro Manila, the supposed seat of gov-

ernment power; that the management of the mall failed to secure its premises, despite the presence of wellequipped guards; that the police are no longer capable of enforcing law and order; that this government is no longer feared by lawless elements. If something sensational like this can hit a very public place like SM North EDSA, can anyone of us be safe even within the confines of our homes? Yes, we know that crime and criminality are on the rampage in the streets of even the most highly populated places, but staging a robbery inside a heavilypatronized mall can only indicate that chaos and disorder, and contempt of an incapable and inefficient government, are becoming our daily fare. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook. com, mmauriciojr111@ gmail.com, and batasmauricio@yahoo.com

Oro prepares memorial mass for Sendong; will send convoy to Yolanda-stricken towns CAGAYAN de Oro City-Hundreds of school children will carry Christmas lanterns to a rotunda where they will hang them on a giant acacia tree that survived the flashfloods unleashed by typhoon Sendong two years ago. Some of the children will also accompany Sendong survivors in bringing the Christmas lanterns to Sitio Cala-cala in Barangay Macasandig, a village totally wiped out by the flashfloods on December 16-17, 2011. Maricel Casino-Rivera, Cagayan de Oro City information officer, said a memorial mass officiated by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma will be held at the Rodelsa Rotunda at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 16, to be attended by the schoolchildren and Sendong survivors. “The children will be coming from the City Central Elementary School. Teachers will assist them to Rodelsa Rotunda where they will hang the lanterns on the Acacia tree,” Rivera said. Typhoon Sendong left 1,268 persons dead in Vi-

BOAT LOAD OF GRAVEL. Quarrymen unload gravel from a boat in what used to be the settlement of Isla Bugnaw, Cagayan de Oro City on December 14. The government had forbidden the settlement of Isla Bugnaw and other villages along the Cagayan de Oro River in the aftermath of typhoon Sendong that killed hundreds on December 16, 2011. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

sayas nad Mindanao, 1,227 of them in Mindanao, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Cagayan de Oro City posted the highest death toll at 734 followed by Iligan City at 490 and Bukidnon at 42. Ermin Pimentel of Xavi-

er University volunteer group, Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana, said a 10-vehicle convoy bearing Christmas gifts will depart here for the Yolanda-stricken province of Leyte after the memorial mass. “It is Cagayan de Oro’s way of paying back. This

time we want to put smiles on the residents of Palo, Tanauan and other places in Leyte,” Pimentel said. He said five trucks of the 10-vehicle convoy are carrying 12,000 food packs; enough tarpaulin for 5,000 families; toys, nutritional packs and school kits for 5,000 children; first aid

kits, anti-tetanus vaccine shots and other medicines. Pimentel said 150 doctors, nurses, professionals and students have volunteered to spend four days in Leyte to help the residents rebuild their homes in Tanauan, Palo and Dulag towns which were hit hard by super typhoon Yolanda. Last Saturday night, the volunteers underwent lectures and were given anti-tetanus shots in Xavier University. The volunteers include ten psychologists experienced in dealing with trauma among Sendong survivors. He said the local government of Misamis Oriental also provided generating sets and chain saws to provide power for the volunteers to work. “This is the second time that Cagayan de Oro sent a mission but this is the biggest collective effort,” Pimentel said. He said the mission was partly funded by the Cagayan de Oro Archdiocese for the Diocese of Palo which was badly affected by Yolanda. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

Davao prepares plan to be ready for storm surges DAVAO City––Worried over what happened to Tacloban, this city wants to be ready to evacuate residents in coastal barangays in case of typhoon surges and similar calamities.

Francisco Villaroman, head of the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), said they are now looking for six evacuation sites in areas higher than 250 feet that can accommodate

as much as 400,000 people from 16 coastal barangays. Possible evacuation hubs the PSSCC has identified so far include areas in the boundary between Panabo and Davao City, as well

as locations in high areas such as Mandug, Tigatto, and Toril. He said the contingency plans his office drafted would also require the Traffic Management Center to

identify 25 possible streets and roads that would be used to transport evacuees. But Villaroman said that the announcement of the specific details would See SURGES, page 11

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Stress Special Gospel of the day: Lu k e 8 : 1 9 21(December17, 2013-Tuesday)Luke 8:1921-Then came to him [his] mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. And it was told him [by certain] which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it: This gospel is a synoptic to the gospel of Mark that emphasizes the desire of Jesus relatives to see him in person. What was the reason behind of their interest to come to Jesus? In Mark 3:20-21-And t he mu lt itude comet h together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard [of it], they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. This is the reason why Jesus family wanted to meet him since they were concerned to the health of Jesus. This is also a very nice reality that Jesus was very “busy” in His ministerial works. According to Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, “ do not invest you energy on non sense things that can stress you but instead invest your energy in good things that can help your souls.” In Galatians 6:9-10-And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Therefore, let us busy ourselves in doing good to our neighbors and for God’s glory. In Ephesians 2:10-For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them: SPONSORED: Neneth Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: R adio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request


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Police foil NPA attempt to attack Zambo Sur police headquarters

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AGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur – The police have foiled an attempt of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels to attack the police station in Josefina municipality, this province.

This came about after the policemen managed to detect that the uniformed men who went to their headquarters were not government forces. The Josefina police reported that the NPA rebels arrived around 6:15 a.m. Saturday and pretended to report and turn over an arrested wanted person. However, the police-

men, sensing danger, have positioned themselves in strategic point and called for reinforcement after the NPA rebels failed to properly introduce themselves as government troops. The NPA rebels hastily left and were already gone when the reinforcement from the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) arrived.

The troops from the Army’s 6th Special Forces Battalion pursued the NPA rebels and clash with them few hours later in Barangay Bato, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. The troops have recovered a Garand rifle, ammunition and subversive documents with high intelligence value. Have it not detected, provincial police director Senior Supt. Sofronio E c a l d re s a i d t h at t h e planned attack in Josefina Police Station was supposed to be a simultaneous attacked with the police

PAGADIAN CITY – Philippine authorities arrested a former mayor and his wife who were both accused as involved in a multi-billion

trading scam in the country, reports said Sunday. ABS-CBN television said former Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co and his wife Priscilla were arrested by the agents of the National Bureau of Investigation while partying at a posh condominium in Taguig City. Co has been ordered arrested by a court in Iligan City in southern Philippines. He was linked by authorities to the Aman Futures’ scam that duped investors of more than P12 billion last year. The warrant of arrest was signed by Branch 1 Judge Alberto Quinto of the Regional Trial Court in Lanao del Norte. The politician, along with

9 others, is facing charges of syndicated estafa, and is not allowed to post bail. Among those ordered arrested were Malaysian national Manuel Amalilio, founder of Aman Futures; Fernando Luna, Lelian Gan, Eduardo Lim, Welanie Fuentes, Naezelle Rodriguez, Lurix Lopez, Jerome Sanchez and Oliver Dequinto. The mayor has repeatedly denied all accusations against him and blamed his political opponents for linking him to the P12-billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Aman Futures. Co insisted he was not part of the scam, but a victim. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said that based on

1st cavalry squadron donates 200 backpacks to schoolchildren in Tacloban, Zamboanga By GIDEON C. CORGUE

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Cavalry (Eagle Eye) Squadron, Mechanized Infantry Division, Philippine Army (PA) on Friday donated 200 backpacks to the schoolchildren of affected families by super typhoon Yolanda (international name, Haiyan) in Tacloban City. Civil military officer Lt. Crisologo Bello Jr. said the 1st Cavalry Squadron (formerly the 1st Light Armor Battalion) in coordination with the barangay officials of Navalan, Tukuran town as well as the teachers and students of Navalan National High School have initiated relief operation efforts to help out the survivors of super typhoon. Bello said the backpacks contained eight pieces of notebooks, ballpen, pencil, paper and eraser. Bello said Lt. Col Antonio John Divinagracia, the 1st Cavalry Squadron commander gave priority in donating school supplies to school children instead of relief goods

station in Don Victoriano Chiongbian, Missamis Occidental. NPA rebels attacked the police station of Don Victoriano Chiongbian around 5:00 a.m. Saturday, almost the same time another group of NPAs attempted to attack the police headquarters in Josefina, this province. Josefina, which is under the political jurisdiction of Zamboanga del Sur, share a common boundary with the town of Don Victoriano Chiongbian in Misamis Occidental. (PNA)

documentary evidence, the mayor allegedly played a role in the scam. Maria Dona Coyme, one of the finance managers of Aman Futures, who earlier surrendered to the authorities, also implicated Co and wife Pricilla Ann Fernandez, saying they allegedly sought investors for the group. Amalilio has escaped last year to Malaysia after the collapse of his company, but had been arrested in Sabah on charges of holding a falsified document. Amalilio duped thousands of people in the southern Philippines by promising them SULU – Thousands of for the opening of the sports 50% interests of all their investfestival that featured the ments. (Mindanao Examiner) people trooped to the Sulu talents of the local Tausug provincial sports complex athletes. Governor Totoh Tan led R.A. Form No. 101 (LCRO) the opening of the Sulu ProRepublic of the Philippines vincial Athletic Association Local Civil Registry Office Meet with senior education Province of Misamis Occidental and sports officials. Municipality of Bonifacio Tan also carried the cerNOTICE OF PUBLICATION emonial torch and flamed the huge concrete chalice In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that HENRY H. BERSALES has filed with this office a petition for that signal the formal openchange of first name from NAPOLEON to HENRY in the birth certificate of NAing of the event. POLEON BERSALES, who was born on May 18, 1946 at Bonifacio, Misamis Students also performed Occidental and whose parents are CAYETANO BERSALES and PAULINA cultural dances in their HEYRANA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition traditional Tausug costumes with this office not later than December 30, 2013. that draw applause from the huge crowd. (Sgd.) EVERETTE L. RODRIGO Tan urged the students Municipal Civil Registrar and athletes to excel in sports and vowed to supMDN: Dec. 17 & 23, 2013 port sports development in the province. (Mindanao Republic of die Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Examiner) Fourth Shari’a Judicial District

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EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED SPS. EULOGIO REPULLES AND RAFAELA O. REPULLES WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased SPS. EULOGIO REPULLES and RAFAELA O. REPULLES, who died on July 28, 2001 in Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and July 29, 2007 in Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, at the time of their death left a parcel of land located at Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-108152 and more particularly described as follows: Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-108152, Lot: 279-C-2, Psd-10-057373, Portion of Lot: 279C, Psd-101313-017917, Surveyed for: Eulogio Repulles, Land Use: Cornland, Location: Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, containing an area of THREE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED TWO (3,202) SQUARE METERS, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED SPS. EULOGIO REPULLES AND RAFAELA O. REPULLES WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, made and executed by and among HRS. OF THE SPS. EULOGIO REPULLES AND RAFAELA O. REPULLES, namely: 1. ANGELITO O. REPULLES; 2. EULOGIO O. REPULLES, JR., 3. GEMMA R. LLABAN; 4. ROGELIO O. REPULLES; 5. JUVYLYN R. GONZALES; 6. EMILY R. RECTA; 7. EIIZA R. IHONG; 8. DANTE O. REPULLES; 9. JUNALEN R. BACUS; 10. JULIETO O. REPULLES; 11. EDUARDO O. REPULLES; 12. EDDELINA R. ORIL; 13. ARTEMIO O. REPULLES; 14. ROLANDO O. REPULLES; and 15. THE HRS. OF TARCILO O. REPULLES, represented by his Son ROCKY D. REPULLES, all of legal age, married, single, Filipino, and a resident of Mambatangan Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, are the legitimate children/ grandchildren and the sole/compulsory/ surviving heirs of the deceased. That for and in consideration of the sum of ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND PESOS (P150,000.00), is hereby acknowledged from SUNNY DICK S. CASTRO, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Carmen, Ilaya, Dr. Tan Bldg., Cagayan de Oro City, WE, (1.) ANGELITO O. REPULLES AND (2.) GEMMA R. LLABAN, do hereby SELL, TRANSFER, and CONVEY, to the VENDEE, SUNNY DICK S. CASTRO, undivided shares of the above-described real property consisting of EIGHT HUNDRED SQUARE METERS (800 SQ.M.) which portion sold is located at the South-East corner of the subject property. As per Doc. No. 266; Page No. 54; Book No. 176; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI. MDN: DEC. 17, 23, 2013 & JAN. 3, 2014

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Zamboanga del Sur Municipality of Margosatubig NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that AILYN CEGILYN RACHO BANUA has filed with this office a petition for change of first name from CEGILYN to AILYN CEGILYN in the birth certificate of CEGILYN BATAUSA RACHO who was born on October 28, 1971 at Pob. Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur and whose parents are GIL M. RACHO and CECILIA C. BATAUSA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this office not later than December 2, 2013. (Sgd.) AMPARO I. OMANIA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Dec. 12 & 17, 2013

Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES ROXANNE ROBLE AREVALO and FRANCIS IAN PEPITO SADE,

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Iligan City

CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-161

ROXANNE ROBLE AREVALO and FRANCIS IAN PEPITO SADE, Petitioners. x--------------------------------------------------/

IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES ESTIWART S. HAMOY and CHARYFEL E. BONTOR-HAMOY,

CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-163

ESTEWART S. HAMOY and CHARYFEL E. BONTOR-HAMOY, Petitioners, X---------------------------------------------------------------------/ ORDER

Before this court is a verified petition for approval and registration of the divorce between spouses and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on January 4, 2010 at UCCP, Iligan City. Petitioners, were converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, residents of Iligan City and Sta. Felomina, Iligan City, respectively but can be serve with summons and other legal processes relative to this case c/o Subejano and Ditucalan Law Office, B and B Bldg., Mahayahay, Iligan City; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between the herein petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 2011 or more than two [2] years already, thereby decided to live physically in bed and board, that reconciliation between petitioners is no longer possible or a remedy, thus, divorce is sought by them in order to free themselves from the marital burden: WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on January 2, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Iligan once a week for the three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 18th day of December, 2013.

saying “there were already many goods donated by international donor organizations to the typhoon victims.” “We feel pity on these school children who lost their schools to super typhoon “Yolanda”, Bello said quoting Divinagracia. “They’ve lost their school supplies and many of them could not pursue their studies,” Bello added. “With the school supplies, I am optimistic that students will be more enthusiastic and will return to school after experiencing the disaster,” Bello stressed. During the packing of school supplies, Bello said we encouraged class officers of Navalan National High School to write a simple letter inside the backpack so that when they open and read the letters, these would somehow give them an inspiration. Bello said half of the school supplies will be distributed to the schoolchildren in Tacloban City, while the other half will be for the war victims in Zamboanga City. (FPG/ GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)

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Before this court is a verified petition for approval and registration of die divorce between spouses and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on September 15, 2008 at Ozamiz City, Petitioners, were converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered wife this Court residents of Iligan City and Banadero, Ozamiz City, respectively but can be serve with summons and other legal processes relative to this case c/o Zaide Law Office, Pafs Mejia Bldg., Roxas Avenue, Iligan City; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between the herein petitioners and reached die point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 2010 or more than three [3] years already, thereby , decided to live physic ally In bed and board, that reconciliation between petitioners Is no longer possible or s remedy, thus, divorce is sought by them in order to free themselves from the marital burden; WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set file initial hearing of tins case on January 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Iligan once a week for the three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 16th day of December, 2013.

(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

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Tagum security measures up amidst killing of broadcaster TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte — Mayor Alan N. Rellon is heightening security measures to further check summary killing in line with his thrust of establishing genuine peace and security in the City of Tagum. Guesting in Tagum Biz Talk at Big 8, Rellon yesterday afternoon declared his resolve to do so on the heels of the killing of radio commentator Rogelio “Tata” Butalid who was shot dead along Sobrecary St. after holding his program over Radyo Natin Tagum from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. yesterday morning. Rellon bared his programmed security measures which he wanted to go full blast next year, in response to request of some Tagum city media practitioners who asked for protection having been alarmed of the murder of a colleague. Rellon had a budget of P8-million to equip police personnel with motorcycles and to purchase additional patrol cars to step up police visibility and mobility. In tandem with the police, around 1,000 force multipliers will also be deployed to join the patrol. These are civic and volunteer group members from Karancho, Guard-

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ians, Kabalikat Civicom, Army Reservist, among others interested to join his advocacy for “genuine peace.” He assured media practitioners of Tagum City of his willingness to provide security personnel should they feel threatened but he asked them to immediately tell him of any threat for authorities to take the necessary action. Rellon also encouraged the media practitioners to observe “buddy system” or to go out in company with others saying criminals usually strike when targets are alone. On the other hand, Rellon challenged the City Police Office to shape up and to deliver its best performance as he cited the murder of Butalid as a test-case of its drive to go after summary killers in support of his thrust to “eradicate the culture of fear” in the city. He also called on the media practitioners to help him set a reverse psychology about criminals saying “instead of we getting afraid of them; they should be afraid of doing crimes.” He suggested cases of successful police operation to be widely published and apprehended criminals be brought to knowledge of the public. (RGA/JMDA/ PIA-XI)

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‘Landmine factory’ of NPA discovered PANACAN, Davao City – At least, 163 pieces of landmines were recovered by government troops in what the Philippine Army describes as “regional NPA (New People’s Army) landmine factory” in Sitio Mampait, Barangay Kauswagan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur, last week, a belated report said. A generator set was also recovered along with the landmines. The residents of the said barangay reported the site to the authorities where the landmines were allegedly manufactured and kept by the NPA. The Armed Forces of

the Philippines said that from 2010 up to this date, a total of 453 NPA landmines exploded, where 128 people were killed, 325 wounded and destroyed many civilian properties and government facilities in Eastern Mindanao. The recovered land-

mines can injure or kill thousands of civilian and can destroy a city by its devastating impact when detonated at the same time, the Eastern Command said. “The use of landmine is a violation of the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian law (CARHRIHL),” Eastern Mindanao Command commander Lt. General Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III said. Lt. Gen. Cruz said to have commended the civilians for reporting the NPA landmine factory and

locations of the landmines in their village. “This is the biggest NPA landmine factory discovered so far. Indeed, the timely recovery of NPA landmines by our troops saved lives of the public. The NDF wants to talk peace with the government however they still continue to manufacture weapon of mass destruction. It is clear that the NDF are not really sincere about peace after all. Your AFP-PNP will continue to safeguard the people from NPA extortion, deception and intimidation”. Lt. Gen Cruz said.

ComVal grants Provincial Red Orchid Award 2013 COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCE -- The provincial government in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) granted Provincial Red Orchid Awards to those agencies in the province with perfect score in implementing a “100%

Tobacco-Free Environment” in accordance to DOH implementing criteria and the “MPOWER” Framework of the World Health Organization (WHO). Held on December 10, 2013 at the Provincial Capitol, the Awarding Rites was

well attended by the local officials, heads, and representatives of the different institutions who received Certificates of Appreciation for their valuable contribution and support to the program. It was graced by DOHCenter for Health & Development (CHD) Regional Director Abdullah B. Du-

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Melai Cantiveros on her wedding with Jason Francisco: ‘Parang katatapos ko lang mag-CR, success!’ Jason Francisco and Melai Cantiveros first faced the public as a married couple this Sunday on “Buzz ng Bayan.” The couple tied the knot in Melai’s hometown in General Santos City last December 9, which were attended by close family and friends, including boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and his mother Dionisia, who were both principal sponsors in the wedding. Melai could not help but express her happiness when asked what she feels now that she is Mrs. Jason Francisco. “Para akong…kakatapos ko lang mag-CR, success! “ she said jokingly to the “Buzz ng Bayan

hosts Boy Abunda, Carmina Villaroel and Janice De Belen. The comedienne adds that mostly she feels relief, now that the wedding preparations are over. Jason, on the other hand, said he is ‘speechless but happy.’ The former Pinoy Big Brother housemates confessed they are actually more anxious about their baby than their wedding, as it is just a formality for them. As for their special vows, Jason divulged that he made his during the wedding day itself. “Oo ako talaga. Yung day na yun din. Kasi matagal na nila ako pinapagawa, kala ko binibiro lang

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ako sa vows. Kasi ano ba yan, kala ko mag ‘I-do’ lang ako diyan. Kinunan nila ako nagsusulat, kasi kelangan daw talaga. So nag gawa ako dun sa Green Leaf.” Melai added that Jason even joked during the beginning of his vows and where he stated, “I do not know what vow is it’s my first time to marry.” The two also shared that they included lines from their favorite songs. “English daw so kinuha na lang namin sa mga songs para tama yung aming mga words,” Melai said with a laugh. Next on the couple’s to do list now is to pay the remaining bills from their wedding and save up

for their baby’s future. When asked about their fears, Jason related a story about Melai’s motherVirginia. “Alam kasi ng mama mo (Melai) na makulit ka. So inisip ng Mama mo, diniscourage pa ko bago ikasal. ‘Seryoso ka na?’ Sabi niya. ‘May time ka pa’ sabi niya. Pero ako binibiro ko lang. ‘Grabe ka naman. Ano ka ba andito na nga kami.’” Melai also admitted that they were discouraged during their church seminar in marrying for the wrong reasons. “Yung fear Tito Boy, lagi naman andun ‘yan. Kami naman dalawa kasi dumaan kami sa normal na

seminar doon sa Gen San. Doon pa lang diniscourage na kami na ‘wag pakasal dahil sa baby. Huwag kayo magpakasal dahil sa ganyan, sa ganito. Kahit maliit lang pera niyo magpakasal kayo dahil emotionally ready kayo. Kami talaga God is the center of our relationship. Yun talaga yung no.1 na iniisip naming. May fear lang kami kay Papa God, wala na kaming ibang fear.” Jason and Melai expressed their thanks to those who attended and helped them mount their wedding. As for their “Banana Split” co-stars whom they had a conflict with, the two agreed that ‘time heals all wounds.’

“Oo naman Tito Boy. Siyempre. Sa amin naman, alam ko naman, nararamdaman din naman namin, yung family namin, yung mga friends ko doon na masesettle din ito at time heals. At ‘di naman to overover. Di naman malalim,” Melai explained. “Time heals all wounds. Tsaka Tito Boy, ‘di naman magiging kaibigan kung wala kayong batuhan. Parang siguro pagdadaanan talaga, para in the end ‘pag nagkita kayo, ‘pag nagkabati na kayo baka mas lalong tumibay,” Jason further elaborated. push.abs-cbn.com

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LEO (July 23 – August 22) - You’ve got needs -- but there’s no way to get them taken care of without starting at least one big talk. It may be a friend, coworker or sweetheart, but the truth has to come out soon. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) - It’s the details that can trip you up today -- even though you are usually their master! Make sure that you’re paying attention to every cell in the spreadsheet as you plow through work. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) - Your big brain is itchy for more information -- and conversation. Get what you need with folks at work or amongst your friends. You are almost certain to solve one major problem by tonight. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) - You are responsible for other people in some new way today -- and that could cause some strange reactions, both in yourself and those affected. Step up! You can show your trustworthiness with ease. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) - If you don’t have enough to do, make up some busy-work for yourself. You need to stay active, as your energy is sure to vanish if you take much time to rest or even just daydream. CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) - Those around you can’t seem to stop yakking -- so you ought to put on some headphones or otherwise drown out the noise. If you can shut a door to get some peace, that would be perfect.

Amazing Facts! Did you KNOW?? .. Drinking cold water actually causes your body to burn calories, as they are absorbed by the water as it warms to body temperature.

CROSSWORD puzzle

across 39. Japanese enter 1. Period of wakefulness tainer 6. Actor Baldwin 41. Network of nerves 10. Japanese robe 42. Neck scarf 11. Actress Hayworth DOWN 12. High rugged mountain 1. Foul 13. Speck 2. Urchin 15. Cooking vessel 3. Leave 16. Ecclesiastical you 4. Gauge 17. Essential 5. Plunder 19. Ad_committee 6. Argon symbol 20. Capital of Batanes 7. Kiss 23. Theatrical play 8. Greek letter 25. Stimulant drug 9. Fairness 26. Send payment 10. Round Table knight 27. Grassland 14. Counts systemati 28. Sum cally 30. Barium symbol 17. Belch 32. Hairpiece 18. Coat part 35. Decay 19. Overact 36. Actor Veneracion 21. Fashionable resort 37. Greek god of love 22. Cerium symbol

23. Sliding receptacle 24. Musical tone 29. Academic gown 30. Thai currency 31. Sta._, Manila 33. Anger 34. Obtained 36. Equal (comb. form) 38. Selenium symbol 40. Integrated Circuit

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monday | december 16, 2013

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Pearl... from page 1

as the “Pearl of the Kings.” Guinness currently recognizes the six-kilo “Pearl of Allah” now in the United States as the largest pearl in the world. “Based on our initial measurement, the “Pearl of the Kings” weighs around nine kilos and we are confident that we could be certified by the Guinness Book of World Records,” King said. He added that he inherited the pearl from his grandfather. It reportedly came from the waters of Palawan like the “Pearl of Allah.” Reports said that the “Pearl of Allah” also known as the “Pearl of Lao Tzu” was given by a Muslim chieftain in the 70s and was found by a diver at Brookes Point, Palawan. “We have now decided to display the “Pearl of the Kings” at the oceanarium park in the Crown Regency Hotel as one of its attractions. “Aside from the pearl, our oceanarium also boasts of having the longest oceanarium tunnel in the Philippines, having 30 meters length,” King said. The “Pearl of Kings” although big is not considered as a non-nacreous pearl having no iridiscence or sheen; thus it is not considered a gem stone. It is said to have come from a giant clam which produces the so-called tridacna pearl.philippine news agency

Monkayo. Governor Arturo T. Uy through Executive Assistant IV Isabelo L. Melendres is very grateful for the support of everybody in the program. Senior Executive Assistant Melendres then recalled that the strict implementation of Governor Uy of his No Smoking Policy within the Capitol premises has contributed a lot in receiving the same Red Orchid Awards in the region in June of the current year. The Governor is also thankful to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for approving Provincial Ordinance No. 19-2013 which is an “Ordinance prohibiting the use, sale, distribution, and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products in certain places, imposing penalties for violation thereof and providing funds therefore, and for other purposes.” (grace almedilla, ids-comval)

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The plan, he said, entails his office coordinating with agencies such as Central 911, the Philippine National Police, AFP, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The proposed project – which factors in the building of permanent structures that have food storage, toilet facilities, mess halls, as well as facilities for mothers and children – would cost the city at least P500 million, Villaroman said. Villaroman said that barangay local government

units have also been actively participating during the drafting of the plans, with barangay officials present during the planning. The plan would involve barangay officials being the first responders and information disseminators in case of calamities. They will also be tapped to marshal the people during the evacuation, he said. Nurses and doctors are likewise needed in the facilities. Last month, Duterte tasked Villaroman to design escape routes for low-

lying and coastal areas in case of calamities similar to the one that occurred when typhoon Yolanda hit Visayas. Possible escape routes, according to the mayor, include those via Indangan going up to the uplands and in Matina using the Magtuod route, should a natural disaster in the scale of typhoon Yolanda would hit Davao City. Duterte asked the public to take typhoon warnings seriously even if the city is surrounded by natural barriers. (MindaNews)

call the babaylan when he dreamed about wild boars that reminded him about the need to do the ritual. Mayor Jose Cuyos had also called a faith healer on Friday morning to make its own ceremony but was cut short before entering the school gate since the healer had premonitions the spirits had not allowed them to proceed. The students admitted that they were just having fun playing the paranormal ritual when one of them started to scream at the top of her voice and began being convulsive and the hysteria suddenly spread to at least 14 more students. Frantic over the turn of events, school principal Luzminda Pagulong has suspended the classes for five days to heed on the clamor of the bad spirits, based on the message of one of the affected students, that they are preparing to

leave last Saturday. Father Alaindelon Balasabas, parish priest of the Catholic church, has another version of the story based on accounts he encountered when he went to the school after parents sought his spiritual guidance to the possessed students. He believed a former student who was a victim of rape-slay two years ago did entered the bodies of the students after they played the paranormal ritual because she wanted to convey a message about her unresolved death. “Her soul is still roaming around the earth because she is still restless,” Balasabas said. “She probably cannot accept her death,” he added. Most of the students were overheard by Balasabas to be speaking in tongues while screaming and wanted that her grave

be blessed with holy water. When the priest visited the grave on a rainy afternoon, some of the students were able to locate it. The priest earlier brought the students to the church to bless them with holy water while they held each other hands and slowly lose their senses and collapsed. “I can feel there is really something with the students as if there was someone entering their bodies,” he said Balasabas said many of those possessed started to calm down and return to normal when he anointed them with “holy oil” and separate them in different areas of the church to scatter the energy they got from “bad spirit.” He agreed with the decision of the school principal to suspend the classes because the children and even the teachers needed stress debriefing.

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Camarines Sur. “We have long been into organic agriculture, we have long been defensively against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) but bringing the campaign to ban GMOs in a lighter proactive mood is new for us,” said Pacalioga, president of the League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities in the Philippines (LOAM). LOAM has a total of 50 members at present and Pacalioga is hoping that the other mayors of the 34 LOAM municipalities will also declare their towns GMO-free zones. “We [have to] do this because organic agriculture and GMOs cannot possibly co-exist, as they contradict each other,” he stressed. He said that he feared that GMOs will undermine organic agriculture gains in the country especially since the Los Baños, Laguna-based International

Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Department of Agriculture announced in November that the genetically-modified and patented Golden Rice will be commercially released within two to three years. Syngenta, the Swiss agrichemical firm, owns the patent of the Golden Rice. The plan of the 16 mayors was firmed up following the advised of German organic agriculture advocates during the organic agriculture forum here on December 4, which the Dumingag LGU organized. “Declare GMO-f ree zones field by field, town by town, city by city, province by province until you cover the entire country,” advised Bernward Geier, representative of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM-Europe). Geier said that “in Europe, more than 70% of

the consumers reject GMO products,” as he urged the LOAM mayors to re-strategize their anti-GMO position into a pro GMO-free position. “When you are in a festive and positive mood while being passionate to your cause, more people come along with you, and there is power in numbers,” said Joseph Wilhelm, president of Rapunzel Naturkost, one of the largest organic foodstuff manufacturers in Germany. Wilhelm was the leader of the Genfrei Gehen, the 44-day long march in 2009 against GMOs from Berlin, Germany to Brussels, Belgium. In 2011, he delivered a stinging speech against GMOs and the peoples right to know during the closing program at the White House of the 16-day Right-to-Know March that demand the labeling of all GMO products in the US markets. (Bong D. Fabe)

Army (NPA). The NPA has yet to issue a statement on the reported ambush. Police Chief Inspector Rudy Ilandag, commander of the Public Safety Company of the Surigao del Norte Police Office said they were lucky that the command-detonated IED went off just two to three meters ahead of their car. Ilandag, who was seated

beside the driver, said they were shocked by the loud blast. “We heard shots from the suspected rebels but we managed to return fire while we hurriedly escaped from the ambush zone of the rebels,” he told reporters. Ilandag’s team was deployed to this area to augment security forces here.

Deles said “we know the NPA does not like government projects in their area like PAMANA,” but she added, “conflict areas should not left behind and that’s what we are trying to do.” She said residents in the area say the road project is very important for them. Lt. Col. Arsenio Sadural of the 30th Infantry Batal-

lion said his men are conducting hot pursuit operations. He said his troops had been securing the area particularly in the inner portions deemed critical areas or ambush sites. “We been conducting patrol and soldiers in the area prior to the scheduled visit,” he said. (Roel N. Catoto / MindaNews)

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have to come from Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s office when it proposes the project to the City Council. The plan also includes the setting up of a command center at the Shrine Hills in Matina. Villaroman said that evacuating the residents would take three days at most, using buses commissioned by the city government as well as trucks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Ritual... from page 1

Eseng, the babaylan ,said she was able to convince the naughty male dwarf called “Yagapyap” to stop making fun with the students whom the Manobos believed were possessed by him. The students turned wild and became hysterical after playing “spirit of the coin” in the science classroom, a superstitious medium to call on the spirit of the dead. “Don’t worry cause I will no longer disturb them,” said Eseng in vernacular as she claimed this was what Yagapyap had told her during the ritual when she offered food including the roasted meat of a boar, the blood of four chickens spread around the flagpole of the school which is just fronting 200 meters from the municipal cemetery. Chua, a Manobo lumad, said he was prompted to

the Taiwanese proceeded to the the first congressional district of Cagayan de Oro to distribute the rice through Congressman Rolando Uy. The donors and the congressmen have agreed to make rice donations every year. World Taiwan Chamber of Commerce president Fang Hsin Lee said the group’s mission is to help the Filipino people. Lee added that they will be leaving for Leyte next week to gove more rice, relief goods and cash donations to the Yolanda victims. The Taiwanese group was from page 1 from page 2 said to have given a total of organic agriculture adand tailor-made support 40,000 10-kilo bags of rice service, the PGS contributes in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan vocate Mayor Nacianceno Pacalioga Jr. of Dumingag, in raising governance stan- and Misamis Oriental. Zamboanga del Sur, the dards by institutionalizing other municipalities poised an operating system that to declare as GMO-free links strategy with execu- from page 2 tion, focusing on the atMacasandig, Puntod, zones are the two other tainment of a long-term Balulang and Kauswagan, Zamboanga del Sur towns vision and strengthening with Councilor Balite as of Molave and Mahayag; the private-public partnership. the Barangay chairman, municipalities of Siayan and The institutionalization lauded the partnership Sindangan in Zamboanga of the PGS is an important of the city with the ESSC, del Norte; the Lanao del undertaking of the organi- Xavier University and the Norte towns of Kauswagan zation to enhance the role Philippine Working Group and Kolambugan; the muin promoting the country’s on Disaster Risk Resil- nicipality of Damulog in Bukidnon; Alegria town global competitiveness, pri- ience. marily through work in the The forum was one of in Surigao del Norte; Talifield of peace, order and the activities lined-up to sayan in Misamis Oriental; security. commemorate the 2nd and the town of Jimenez in Through this, the active anniversary of Sendong Misamis Occidental. Joining them from the involvement of RAC chaired with the theme: Beyong by Councilor Tabor can Sendong: Rebuilding lives Visayas are the municipalities of Bindoy in Negros make good governance a and the city. shared responsibility not The chair of the activ- Oriental; and Daram in only b etween PRO-10 ity is Ms. Eileen San Juan, Samar; while those in Luzon and the city government the Local Economic and are the towns of Bagulin in of Cagayan de Oro, but Investment Promotions La Union; General Nakar in Quezon; and Goa in stakeholders as well, said Officer. (ELB) P/Supt. Cariaga.

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Police Station, Barangay Olaycon, Monkayo, Monkayo National High School, and LGU- Laak. There is only one awardee for the Pink Orchid level which is the Public Terminal of Monkayo. And garnering the Red Orchid Awards are the Barangay Sta. Maria, Nabunturan, and LGU-

existing peace agreements” and is deemed a “complementary track to peace negotiations.” The patrol car, owned by the municipal police station, was conducting clearing operations when ambushed by alleged members of the New Peoples

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Maidana dominates Broner for WBA crown Your Mindanao-wide Community Newspaper

SAN ANTONIO - Argentine Marcos Maidana dethroned Adrien Broner by flooring the American twice en route to a 12-round unanimous decision in their WBA welterweight title fight Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). The hard-hitting Maidana finished the fight at the Alamodome arena in dominating style as he handed Broner the first loss of his career. The three judges all scored the fight in favor of Maidana, 117-109, 116109, 115-110. This was the first loss for the 24-year-old Broner who dropped to 27-1, with 22 knockouts. Broner was also making his first defense of the title he won by stepping up two weight classes to beat Paul Malignaggi by split decision in June. Maidana floored Broner for the first time in his career only 20 seconds into round two with a devastating left hook. Maidana

Marcos Maidana (R) dominated Adrien Broner for the WBA welterweight title. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP improved to 35-3, with eree Laurence Cole for a strong. He landed more 31 KOs. headbutt to Broner's face. t h a n 1 0 0 m ore p ow e r B ron e r w a s s e nt t o Broner hurt Maidana punches than Broner. the canvas by a left hook with a punch late in the On the undercard, Kain round eight. Later in 11th round, but the Ar- zakhstan's B eibut Shuthat round, Maidana was g e nt i n e c a m e b a c k i n m e n ov k e p t h i s W BA penalized a point by ref- the final round to finish super light heavyweight

title with a third-round technical knockout of Slovakian Tamas Kovacs. Shumenov, who improved to 14-1 with nine KOs, pounded Kovacs in the third round. Referee Rafael Ramos stopped the fight with five seconds left in the round. Kovacs, who was fighting in the United States for the first time, got off to a rocky start as he was floored in the first round with a left hook. Separately, Leo Santa Cr uz successf ully defended his WBC super bantamweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Cesar Seda. Santa Cruz f loored Seda in round five and went on to win by scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112. - AFP

Love has 30 to lift 'Wolves past Grizzlies 101-93

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MEMPHIS — Kevin Love had 30 points and nine rebounds, the Timberwolves hit a season-high 12 three-pointers and Minnesota beat the Memphis Grizzlies 101-93 Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). The victory snapped Minnesota's 11game losing streak to the Grizzlies and also gave the Timberwolves their third win in the last four. Love was 11-of-21 from the field, including 4-of-8 from outside the arc as Minnesota converted 12-of-26 from long range. Minnesota had made 11 threepointers six times this season, including in Friday night’s loss at San Antonio. Nikola Pekovic scored 19 points, while reserve J.J. Barea had 15. Ricky Rubio finished with 12 points. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 28 points before leaving with just under four minutes left with a bruised left thigh. Zach Randolph had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jon Leuer scored 15 and Jerryd Bayless added 14 as Memphis lost its third straight. Memphis made several runs at Minnesota in the fourth quarter, cutting the Timberwolves’ lead to a single possession. Memphis was within 95-92 with 2:27 left when Randolph scored inside. But Pekovic converted four straight free throws to create a cushion that led to the victory. The Timberwolves relied on their threepoint shooting, led by Love and Barea, to carry a 56-46 lead into the break. Love had 19 points, connecting on 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-5 from outside the arc. Minnesota took advantage of Love being guarded by Randolph, who had trouble getting to Love at the three-point line. Barea hit all four of his shots in the

half, including a trio of three-pointers for 13 points. With four minutes left in the half, Minnesota was still shooting about 55 percent overall and was 9-of-16 from long range. The Timberwolves hit only two of their final 10 shots in the half, allowing the Grizzlies some hope. Conley had 13 for Memphis, which trailed by 19 at one point before halftime. Both teams finished the night shooting about 44 percent. Conley tried to push the Grizzlies’ offense to open the second half, scoring 10 points in a 16-9 rally, cutting Minnesota’s lead to 65-62. Conley ended up with 15 points in the quarter, but Minnesota still clung to a 77-73 lead entering the fourth. Memphis was within 81-79 with 9:19 to play, when their momentum changed because of a flagrant foul on Ed Davis. Davis was called for the foul on a fast-break drive by Alexey Shved, and on the shot, Kosta Koufos was called for goal-tending. Shved hit the ensuing free throw, and when the Timberwolves got the ball, Pekovic was able to convert a pair of free throws and Minnesota had an 86-79 lead. - AP The scores: TIMBERWOLVES (101) - Love 30, Pekovic 19, Barea 15, Rubio 12, Brewer 9, Shved 6, Cunningham 4, Hummel 3, Mbah a Moute 3, Martin 0 GRIZZLIES (93) - Conley 28, Randolph 20, Leur 15, Bayless 14, Allen 7, Miller 5, Prince 2, Calathes, Davis 0 Minnesota 28-28-21-24 Memphis 17-29-27-20

Bike frame, cellphones up for grabs in Davao Padyakan sa Pasko on Dec. 22 DAVAO CITY, A brand new mountain bike frame and two cellular phones are among the raffle prizes to be given away during the awarding of the Padyakan sa Pasko on Dec. 22 at Barangay Ma-a here. “The ALITE50 bike frame is very light and only weighs 1.7 kilograms,” said organizer Salvador “Jun” Paholio Jr., chairman of the Davao City Sports Consumer Cooperative. The cellphones are courtesy of the event presentor, DC Invest Incorporated, distributor of Smart and Sun communications in Davao City. “All registered bikers will also each get a free Smart SIM. And they must immediately use it during the awarding because only those Smart numbers can qualify in the raffle,”Paholio said. The other raffle prizes are heaters, mugs, groceries, tumblers, mugs, bags and imported US baseball caps. “We’re giving out more than 100 raffle items,” he said. The event held in coordination with the City Sports Development Division is also sponsored by Pagcor Casino Filipino Davao, Radyo ni Juan and One Radio of RMC Broadcasting Network. There will be a race and a fun ride with separate routes that will start at Ma-a, turn right to McArthur Highway in Matina, turn right to Shrine Hills, down to diversion highway turn right back to Maa for several loops. The fun ride will also start and end at Maa barangay hall. But the fun riders will also go to Matina but will proceed to Bangkal, Puan, turn right Libby Road, turn left in Toril and then go to Ulas, Bangkal, Matina and turn left Ma-a for the finish line. The race categories are the Open Elite, Junior and Executive A for Road Bike, Veterans, Masters, Midget and Golden Boys for Mountain Bike and Women’s Open (Road or MTB). Cash prizes, medals and trophies will be awarded to the winners of the team and individual races. The biggest delegation will receive P2,000 cash while the youngest and oldest riders will have medals. The team champion (which will be determined by the point system) will earn P3,000 plus a trophy. The first and second runners-up will get P2,000 and P1,000, respectively with trophies. The Open Elite champion will pocket P2,500 with a medal while the second and third placers will get P2,000 and P1,000 with medals. The top three finishers in the Junior, Executive A and B, Veterans and Masters will earn P2,000, P1,000 and P800 in that order. The top three finishers in the Midget, Women’s Open and Golden Boys will pocket P1,000, P800 and P500, respectively. Registration fee is P350 inclusive of a souvenir T-shirt, race packet and lunch. The first 100 registered fun riders will each get an Atleta singlet. Registration forms are now available at Philcycling office, Jaltan Bldg., alley, Magallanes St. (PNA)


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