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CAGAYAN de Oro City––Expansion of the Ozamiz City Airport and construction of a coalfired power plant are among new developments in Ozamiz City to entice potential investors. SEE FULL STORY/p.3

Clearing operations begin after standoff in Zambo ends By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.

ZAMBOANGA City––Local Government Sec. Manuel Roxas, II announced Saturday that they will shift to clearing operations to ensure the safe return of the civilians to their respective homes. Roxas’ statement came after National Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin announced that the standoff, See clearing/p.11

Above. Electric posts stood the water ponds of Agusan Marsh after electric line connections reach the homes of the floating village of Sabang Gibong in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur. At left. Aselco linemen use banca to transport electrical materials for households in Barangay Sabang Gibong. MIndanao Daily News photos by Chris Panganiban

Electricity reaches floating villages after many years By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN Regional Editor-Caraga

SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur–– For many years, residents living in floating houses in the remote villages of Sabang Adgawan in La Paz town and Sabang Gibong in Talacogon town have been groping in the dark every night. Not anymore as electricity already reached to over a thousand households of these two floating villages located within the wide area of Agusan marshland as the

first batch of recipients of Barangay Line Enhancement Program (BLEP) and Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) implemented this year by Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Aselco). It took Aselco linemen three months to establish line connections to the two marshland villages considering the difficulty of transporting the electricity materials and the setting up of electric posts in the middle of watery ponds. “We are doing the impossible into reality,” said Joel Jumonong,

president of Aselco board of directors, as he explained that under the guidelines of National Electrification Administration (NEA), electric cooperatives are only allowed to energize villages which has a road network. Reaching the electrical lines in Sabang Gibong entailed three kilometers aside from meticulous work of placing wire cables around each electrical post to stabilize it. Linemen also put several meters of allowance for electrical wire connections to each household so that

it could adjust when shelters will move on high water levels during heavy rains. The two floating villages were part of some 40 villages in the province which Aselco provided solar energy but residents only have the privilege of enjoying eight hours of two electric lightings used at night. According to Junel Ryan Denolo, Aselco spokesman, the electric cooperative is bent on fully covering next year the villages relying on

AFP tells civilians not to go home yet while clearing operations are ongoing DESPITE the defeat of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters in Zamboanga City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) urged residents of

conflict-affected areas not to return to their homes yet while clearing operations are ongoing. Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, AFP public affairs office

“We are discouraging chief, said that there may still be unexploded ord- residents from returning nance as well as a possible to their homes at this time,” health issue stemming from Zagala said. On Saturday, Defense the decomposing bodies of fatalities. See ONGOING/p.11


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Motorcyclists are stopped at a police checkpoint at barangay Puerto in Cagayan de Oro as the election period for this year’s barangay elections began Saturday. The Commission on Election’s gun ban has also started and will end on November 12. The liquor ban will take effect on Oct. 27 the day before election day on Oct. 28. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

Comelec implements gun ban for October barangay elections By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City––The Commission on Elections has announced the effectivity on Saturday of the gun ban in conjunction with the election period for the coming barangay elections on October 28. The gun ban will be in effect until November 12 the last day of the election period. Gun owners are advised not to carry their weapons even if they have a license to do so unless they have Comelec exemption. Chief Insp. Lemuel Gonda of the Cagayan de Oro police said checkpoints have been set up around the city. Gonda said three fixed checkpoints are located at barangays Iponan, Lumbia and Puerto while mobile checkpoints are assigned to other places on a day-today basis. Reports indicate that some 96 barangay officials have been killed since January 1 to date. These are 47 chairmen and 49 councilors. The filing of certificates of candidacy has been scheduled on October 15. Comelec has also announced a liquor ban beginning October 27 a day before election day.

Vice President Jejomar Binay and Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano meet in Cagayan de Oro City during the vice president’s three-day visit. On Saturday dawn Binay was joined by provincial officials in his early morning walking exercise at Camp Evangelista with soldiers of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division and their commanding general. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gority

VP Binay exercises with soldiers, police By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Vice President Jejomar Binay on Saturday did his early morning walking exercises at Camp Evangelista with soldiers, some government officials and police officers. Binay was accompanied by some 500 soldiers under Brig Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, Misamis Oriental provincial officials led by Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano and police officers. Camp Evangelista, based

in Cagayan de Oro City, is the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division. After the walk, all participated in a boodle fight for breakfast consisting of rice, sardines and okra. According to C apt. Christian Uy, spokesman of the 4ID, it was the vice president himself who requested that there should be sardines. Uy said the basic ingredients of a boodle fight among soldiers are sardines, scrambled eggs and dried

Binay later expressed fish. He added that sometimes his thanks to the soldiers there is adobo or other for the service they render for the country. viand.

Water’s essential to the development of tourism CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Water played a critical role, making tourism anywhere and elsewhere successful, Catalino Chan, regional director, of the Department of Tourism (DOT), said here on Wednesday. Chan made the statement as the region celebrates this year’s World Tourism Day with a theme: “Tourism and water: protecting our common future.”

Chan cited the various tourism spots in Northern Mindanao which highlight the water as the main attraction and sources of pride. Among these were the Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City, the main source of hydro powered energy in most areas in Northern Mindanao, the internationally acclaimed white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro TOURISM | page 3

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Globe internet service down in Malaybalay for 2 days MALAYBALAY City––The internet connection service of Globe Telecom in parts of this city was disrupted since Thursday and restored only Saturday afternoon. Mary Joy Peñafil, Globe Malaybalay Business Center retail manager, told MindaNews the cause of disruption could “either be due to a routine maintenance operation or because of a stolen cable wire from a post in Barangay Casisang.” She said they reported the problem Saturday morning to the firm’s network administrator in Cagayan de Oro City after bombarded with complaints from subscribers. Peñafil said the affected areas covered Casisang and downtown Malaybalay City. This is the first time the problem surfaced this month, she added. A similar Globe internet connection outage also occurred between June and July here. She said that thieves stole Globe’s cable wires in the Impalambong area twice sometime in those months. Peñafil noted that the business center “is not privy to the operation of the repair and technical staff attending to the problem.” MindaNews learned from several Globe subscribers that they could not connect to the internet since Thursday noon. Rommel Pacheo, marketing manager of DXDB-AM Radyo Bandilyo, said they incurred loses after they failed to access accounts online for their marketing activities. He also cited the difficulty suffered by the station’s reporters in researching for details of regional and national news from the internet. DXDB, located in the downtown area, confirmed the restoration of stable connection at around noon today. Police Officer 2 Ramel Romero, desk officer at the Malaybalay City police station, said Globe did not report the pilferage of its cable wires in Barangay Casisang. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)

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City, and the enchanted waters off Duka Bay in Misamis Oriental. Chan said that aside from contributing in the tourism aspect, water is also essential to humankind as the source of life, food, and comfort. He said that water is also critical for sustainable development, especially for environmental integrity and eradication of poverty and hunger, it is essential for the health and well-being of human beings, and is fundamental to achieve the Millennium development goals. Chan said that this year’s world tourism theme emphasizes the importance of water and the need to protect it from possible extinction as global modernization threatens its natural beauty and source. “We are facing a new generation where God’s natural gifts are endangered by modernization. Water is among those that is critically challenged,” Chan said. He said it is the mandate of the people and the DOT to preserve and protect the essentials endowed by nature: “Water is at the forefront of this challenge as tourism moves toward the future.” LRJ with PNA report

Vice President Jejomar Binay (center) chats with Ozamiz City Mayor Aldong Parojinog and former Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano at the sidelines of the Housing Fair held at Limketkai Mall on Friday. Parojinog received an award for a housing project for the poor to be undertaken by the National Housing Authority on a city government-owned property. Mindanao Daily News Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

Ozamiz lines up devts to entice more investors By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Expansion of the Ozamiz City Airport and construction of a coal-fired power plant are among new developments in Ozamiz City to entice potential investors. Mayor Aldong Parojinog said the P450million airport improvement plan includes a new terminal and an extended runway to accommodate larger aircraft. Parojinog said the local government will be purchasing adjacent lots for the 12-hectare terminal and runway, adding that some 32 houses will have to be demolished in the area when the occupants transfer. “Ozamiz has huge potential for improvements as a trade and commerce hub in the region,” Parojinog said. He said travellers from Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Lanao del Norte use the Ozamiz airport to fly to Manila and Cebu, inaddition to the passenger

ships calling at the Ozamiz Port. Construction of the coal plant could begin as early as next year. This will be located in a 50-hectare coastal area where barges carrying coal can dock. “Investors will come in if electricity is assured,” Parojinog said. The city, like other places in Mindanao, currently suffers from brownouts due to insufficient supply. “Many businesses mean many jobs,” he added. Another big-time ongoing project is the P300-million drainage system improvement throughout the city. This project, along with widening of existing roads and construction of a coastal highway (which is nearing completion), will displace families living along riverbanks and on the mouths of rivers. “The families will be given their own houses and lots free,” Parojinog said. The Ozamiz mayor was in Cagayan de

Oro City on Friday to receive an award from Vice President Jejomar Binay during the housing fair held at Limketkai Mall. The award was for the city government’s housing program to be undertaken by the National Housing Authority on an 11-hectare property where the displaced families will be transferred. Parojinog said P24-million has be allocated for the construction of the road system, drainage and other utilities while P12-million has been budgetted for houses. The housing project will be completed next year. A new area to be developed for a business district is the reclamation project near the seaport. The coastal reclamation area will measure a total of 150 hectares. “We guarantee peace and order in our city,” Parojinog said as he cited their successful campaign against illegal drugs and gambling.

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Peasant leader’s death in Agusan raises new fears By EARL O. CONDEZA of Davao Today

THE death of a peasant leader on September 13 has left the community of Barangay Kauswagan, a highway village of Loreto town, Agusan del Sur, in fear, scared of the possibility of another victim. Peasant leader, Benjie Planos, was hacked and shot dead in his farm, his two young children, the only witnesses to the crime, the killing that his colleagues from the Kahugpungan Alang sa Kalambuan sa Kauswagan (Kasaka) has linked to the previous military questioning about his work in the organization. In his wake, Benjie’s body was wrapped with cloth, his arms were taped to put together the hacked parts, and the nose and ears were stitched back due to deep hacked wounds. Villagers could not also ascertain the circumstances behind Planos’s death, with his children, a two-year old and three-year old, providing only blurry information. Emily Planos, wife of Benjie, told a fact-finding mission, that her two children “are the only witness on the incident but they are only 2 and 3 years old and they cannot talk that much yet”. “Katong gipangutana namo kung pila ang nipatay, ana sila gamay raman, ug katong gipangutana namog kinsa nagpanaog, ninaog ra sila sa motor (When we asked them [two sons] if how many killed their father, they said ‘few’; when we asked who ordered them to get down [from the motorcycle], they said by themselves)” Emily said, sobering as she recalled her talk with her sons. Evacuees Planos was among the evacuees of this barangay who went to Davao City on August 26 to avoid increasing military suspicion

dialogue. Benjie Planos (second, left) was present during the dialogue with Loreto Mayor Dario Otaza (right) and Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte (second right) at Grand Men Seng Hotel last August 22 to work out the Manobo’s safe return to their community. photo by Ace R. Morandante about their involvement in the killing of the barangay captain in late July, his death blamed on the New People’s Army. The Army picked up four young men after tribal militiamen maintained previously by the slain barangay captain, pointed at them as involved in the killing. Two of them were released to their relatives after they attested to the residency in nearby barangays, while the two others were released to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The family of Benjie also said that the Army kept coming to their house to talk to him regarding his work with Kasaka. They failed to talk with Benjie on their first attempt because he and other evacuees already went to Davao on August 22. His older brother, Balong, belied suspicion that he was a high-ranking officer of NPA. “Mga dili maayo nga istorya, dili na sya tinuod (Those are nasty rumors, they are not true),” he said.

As the military increased its presence in the barangay, other villagers opted to evacuate to avoid getting suspected in the killing or getting caught in crossfire in an encounter with New People’s Army guerrillas. The military has considered Kauswagan a hotbed of insurgency. The human rights group, Karapatan, raised the cudgel for them and sought the intervention of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. In a press conference August 22, Loreto Mayor Dario Otaza and Lt. Gen. Rainier Cruz of the Eastern Mindanao Command agreed with the demand of Kasaka that there would be “no retaliatory action against the bakwits [evacuees] and the leaders of Kasaka” when they return home. The evacuees stayed in Davao City for two weeks until after the commitment was made in that press conference. Richell Planos, sister-inlaw of Benjie said however, that when Benjie and the

other evacuees came back, “the military still asked if Benjie was coming along and that they still wanted to talk to him”. It was September 2 when the military finally was able to talk with Benjie. Richell said Benjie talked with the military “at his own will” and it made the family feel at ease, “thinking that it would finally clear rumors of Benjie and he would be free from threats”. “Abi namo mao na to, nakigstorya na gud sya sa military (we thought it was good already because he already talked with the military) ” Richell said. Unacceptable The family of Benjie and his village mates did not suspect that Friday the 13th of September would be his last. Mercy Villarobia, a resident of Kauswagan for two years and who claimed to know Benjie, said “he is a very kind person, his death was very unacceptable, he was treated as a chicken,






chopped”. “Linaw ra man diri tong niadto, karon nag sunod sunod ning panghitabo. Hadlok kaayo kay pati maayong tawo patyon. Dili na ta makabalo na paggawas nimo ikaw na sunod (It is peaceful here back then, now that these incidents are happening, it’s very scary that even good people are targeted to be killed. We would never know that if you go outside you will be the

next one),” Villarobia said. “Sakit kaayo pagkakita namo kay mora sya’g baboy nga gitadtad. Dili mi makadawat na gi ing-ana sya (It hurts so much to see how he was treated. We couldn’t accept that it was done to him),” Richell said Benjie’s father recalled that Benjie had only one fistfight with another person. “It was when he was just a kid when his brother got his slipper. After that he had lived peacefully.” “He never drank nor gamble,” Balong said, adding that he never thought that “there is someone out there who deeply resented him that made Benjie’s death very horrible”. The fact-finding mission that went there on September 15-18 observed that Benjie’s death had caused another round of fear, especially among the other leaders, and including members, of Kasaka. They confided to the mission that the threat on Benjie “goes with the other leaders and members of Kasaka” and many of them would hardly grant interviews. While some of them left the place again, the others preferred to stay, saying that “it was an old strategy to clear an area for vested interest”. (Earl O. Condeza/

Climate change livelihood support by DTI-Baug coop By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––Some Agusan del Norte 100 farming households which will go into economic diversification or alternative livelihood to cope with the adverse effects of climate change are targeted to be assisted through a partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry in Caraga and a local awardwinning cooperative. The DTI through its Agusan del Norte provincial office (DTI-Agusan del Norte) is set to forge a follow-through agreement with Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BCBMPC). B CB MP C has b e e n named in the Hall of Fame Category of the Land Bank of the Philippines’ Gawad Pitak Awards for being an “Outstanding Agri-based

cooperative.” It was also hailed as an “Outstanding Cooperative in Microfinance operation.” DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran revealed that the DTIB C B M P C p ar t ne rs h ip is for a “Follow-through implementation of the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Integrated Financing scheme in Cooperative Model in vulnerable areas in the province of Agusan del Norte for the period November 2013 to September 2014.” According to Pagaran, the partnership involves extending the CCA’s coop model of integrated financing in the towns of Buenavista, Jabonga, Kitcharao and Cabadbaran City. It will also entail cooperation in terms of technical support, market information and processing technology assistance CLIMATE | page 7

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ALAYBALAY CITY — Mixed reactions greeted the proposed revisions to this city’s 2012-2022 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

The City Council’s Committee on Human Settlement, Zoning and Land Use conducted the public hearing for the proposed revisions to the 10-year plan Thursday, in coordination with the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO). Roberto Tinsay, vice president of the Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (BKCCII), said the revision is timely. He noted the new zoning ordinance will secure the poultry industry and is also being awaited by the real estate and eco-tourism sectors, whose representatives were among the hundreds who attended the hearing, mostly from the city’s 46 barangays. Adrian Gamboa, CPDO officer-in-charge, told MindaNews Wednesday the plan is still open for changes and suggestion. He said that when the city’s CLUP expired in 2010, they started to update it and then initially presented it to to the City Development Council in 2011.

The CPDO was ready to present the proposed revisions in December 2012 but the city council committee deferred it due to the campaign period, Gamboa said. He told the public hearing that it is important to revise the CLUP for the allocation of lands for future development and to keep people safe by guiding development away from hazardous areas and reducing risk to disaster. The CLUP, he added, will also help ensure sustainable use of resources and facilitate delivery of services. While he presented only the highlights of the proposed revised CLUP, Gamboa, said “nothing much” has changed between the 2001-2010 CLUP and the proposed version. Gamboa did not distribute copies of the proposed CLUP during the public hearing due to a “technical glitch.” He said that after the city council approves the CLUP revisions, the measure will be submitted to the Provincial Land

Use Committee for the approval of the provincial board. Tinsay, also president of the Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association Inc. in Malaybalay, said there is also a need to address flooding in the city that’s why the need for a revised CLUP. But Engr. Alson Quimba, provincial agriculturist, cited the need to incorporate food sufficiency projections in the considerations for the CLUP revision, particularly for agricultural commodities like rice, corn, vegetables, livestock and fisheries. “When you speak of (agriculture) protection, you must also be talking about interventions (to prevent farmers from leaving the core crops and shift to industrial crops and jeopardize food security),” he stressed. On the issue on the moratorium on agricultural plantation expansion, Quimba suggested that aside from their business permits, companies must hold a public hearing for the people to decide if they should continue operating. Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri, who stayed throughout the hearing, assured that the city government will take seriously its role to regu-

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late industries in the city, noting the need to balance economic development and environmental protection. This was also his reaction when asked by businessman Juan Salang, another official from the Kaamulan chamber, on how he would present the city’s policy on plantations to Singaporean investors interested to put up at least 1,000 hectares of coffee plantation in the city. Eric Dagawasan, former Kalasungay barangay chair, questioned the alleged lack of consultation among the indigenous peoples (IPs) even if the proponents have consulted the barangays, health, business and other sectors for their plan. He said that about 50,000 of the city’s 108,259 hectares land area are covered by Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles of the Lumads. Engr. Jorge Cabanelez, the city’s zoning administrator, said the inputs of the IPs, through their Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP), will be integrated in the CLUP. But he clarified that not all items in the ADSDPP may be included as “there might be some conflicts.”

Tubod daycare children undergo safety drills

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – 18 daycare children from Barangay San Antonio, in the capital town Tubod, under went ear thquake and fire drills organized by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO). The disaster preparedness training held on September 19, 2013 taught the kids what to do and what not to do during times of emergencies. Daycare workers and parents of the daycare children also joined in the actual simulation exercise. Fire volunteers from Tubod fire station joined in the drill as emergency responders. Members of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council were on hand as evaluators and give com-

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A staff of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) instructs daycare children at Brgy. San Antonio, Tubod on what to do during a fire emergency.

ments on how to improve the safety of the children. PDRRMO plans to con-

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all teachers with a set of questions for each group, Dr. Jonathan S. Dela Pe?a, Schools Division Superintendent (SDS), said. Data gathered from the parents were their demographic profile that included their ages, jobs/employments, religion, number of children and monthly income and for the students, their names, grade levels and ages.

Written in Cebuano, the questionnaire for parents included what they understand about the terms K to 12, Junior High School and Senior High School, and whether they favor it or not. It also asked what their plans are for their children, whether they will send them to college or let them take up vocational courses, the reasons for their decision, and name of schools they

intend to send their children. On the other hand, the questionnaire for the students, also in Cebuano, included what their plans are after Grade 10/Fourth Year, whether to go to college or look for a job right away. If going to college, what course to take, should it be tech-voc, academic or

DepEd-Misamis Occidental prepares for K to 12 Senior High School implementation

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- The Department of Education, Division of Misamis Occidental (DepEdMis. Occ.) has conducted a survey in preparation of the implementation of the Senior High School (SHS) under the K to 12 Basic Education Program (BEP). Respondents of the sur vey were all Grade 8 students, parents and

Ma. Shirlene Sario, provincial officer of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, also raised the need to set up cultural villages or schools for living traditions. Councilor Lorenzo Dinlayan Jr said they have already incorporated it in the eco-tourism plan of the city. Hubert Quiblat, branch manager here of the Land Bank of the Philippines, welcomed the CLUP but cited the need for the city government to update the schedule of land market values, which dates back to 1991, to help increase local revenue generation. Zubiri said the city government is positioning to increase real property taxes to improve revenue generation and to avoid too much dependence on the Internal Revenue Allotment. Belino Epie, of the environmental desk of the Diocese of Malaybalay, said the CLUP should also include the Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP), considering that some farms are located in those areas. Gamboa said after the CLUP, they will update the FLUP, which was classified in the 2001-2010 CLUP “as protection and production forests.” (Walter I. Balane/ MindaNews)

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LIGAN CITY -The Information and Communications Technolog y Center (ICTC) of the City Administrator’s Office under the auspices of City Administrator, Atty. Dexter Rey Sumaoy, conducted the first of its series, the User’s Training on the ICG Electronic Communication System last September 25, 2013 at the Conference Room of Vice-Mayor, Sangguniang Panlungsod Building. Mo t i v a t e d b y t h e c o nv e n i e n c e , s p e e d , cost-effectiveness and environmental advantages of using electronic

communications rather than printed communication, an internal/local electronic mail (email) and electronic messaging system will be made operational in the ICG at the soonest possible time. To ensure that most, if not all, departments can access and be accessed by email and other electronic means of communication. The three-hour training will cover topics on using email, using instant messaging and related ICG policies.(LGUWebsite)

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Time for change Year in and year out, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has been recommending to Congress proposed amendments to its 20-year old charter. The proposed amendments can be grouped into three categories: a. amendments that would strengthen BSP’s monetary stability function. b. amendments that would strengthen BSP’s financial stability function and c. amendments which would strengthen BSP’s corporate and financial viability. The usual bills are filed in both houses at the start of every session of Congress. The routine committee hearings are held. But somehow the BSP proposed legislative agenda always gets relegated to the background and never gets past the Committee stage. This year, BSP officials are a bit more optimistic. Word from Senate President Franklin Drilon has been encouraging. The BSP charter amendment is now reportedly among the legislative priorities of the present Congress. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) may be getting plenty of positive reviews and awards these days for its remarkable work in our economy, but this does not mean there is no longer room for improvement. The challenge is to continue getting better and to keep in step with the developments in our globalized economy. In the recently held 10th BSP Media Lecture Series, BSP Deputy Governor Vicente S. Aquino explained how the BSP can better perform its constitutional mandates of promoting and maintaining monetary and price stability in the country through the sought-after charter amendments. To improve its corporate and financial viability, the

Speaking Out Ignacio Bunye BSP proposes to institutionalize an additional capitalization of Php 150 billion on top of the Php 50 billion that the BSP charter provides. Of the Php 50 billion, only Php 40 billion has been paid in so far. BSP also calls for a. the restoration of its tax exemption (a privilege enjoyed by most central banks); b. flexibility in establishing adequate loss allowances and reserve buffers; and c. enhancements to its credit operations. These proposed provisions aim to offset BSP’s heavy burden (mostly interest expense) incurred by the BSP as it tries to keep inflation low and stable. Another salient feature of the proposed bill involves the strengthening of BSP’s monetary stability function. The BSP seeks the restoration of the authority to obtain data from any private person/entity, the authority to issue its own negotiable certificates of indebtedness even during normal times; and the removal of thresholds in the growth of monetary aggregates and credit. If approved, these provisions will enable BSP to come up with more responsive monetary policy since it will now have access to more relevant, reliable, timely, and comprehensive data on the economy. bunye page 7

Solution to drinking water woes in far areas LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry’…” (Colossians 3:5, the Holy Bible). -oooFREE LAWYERS FROM SC CONTROL: If we really want lawyers to “spill the beans” on corrupt judges and justices, as Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno proposed during a gathering on 25 September 2013, the first step that should be done is to remove Supreme Court control over the legal profession, and allow lawyers to police themselves through an independent Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). For as long as any judge will have the opportunity of becoming a Supreme Court justice at some point in his or her judicial career, and the Supreme Court

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio shall continue having the power of life and death, literally and figuratively, over any lawyer, talk about who is corrupt will remain “hushed-hushed”, “in bated breath”, and through “blind items”, for reprisals against whistle-blowing lawyers can come real fast and easy. -oooSTA. ANA AIRPORT WAITING TO BE FINISHED: As I wrote the other day, I was in the northernmost tip of Cagayan Province, the home province of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, for a land case in the historic and rustic

town of Aparri. I visited, in connection with a potable water project I am pushing for Region 2, the other coastal towns of the province, namely Gonzaga, Buguey and Sta. Ana, through the courtesies of Pastors Jojo Julian and Rico De Leon of the New Testament Church & Missions (NCTM), a Born Again Christian Church in Tuguegarao City, and saw great improvements transforming the towns. However, I found myself asking why Enrile, with all his might and power as a top official of government

for a long time, apparently failed to push for the immediate completion of the Sta. Ana International Airport, and the full concreting of the highway linking the airport and Gonzaga and Alcala towns, both which should boost Cagayan’s development further. Apay aya, Manong Johnny, ta nalipatan yon sa metten iti Cagayanen? -oooSOLUTION TO DRINKING WATER WOES IN REMOTE AREAS: To the governors, mayors and water district managers of far-flung provinces, cities, and municipalities whose residents and constituents have not been blessed with a regular supply of potable water due to big financial constraints, there is a solution that is just waiting to be tapped: it is the installation of portable water MAURICIO| page 11

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What You See Is What You Get Think a minute…You’ve heard the expression ”What you see is what you get.” Psychologists tell us that nothing controls our lives more than our self-image. We live like the person we see in the mirror. We are what we think we are. If you don’t think you’ll be successful, you won’t. You can’t be it if you can’t see it. Your life is limited to your vision. So if you want to change your life, you must change your vision of your life. Arnold Schwarzenegger was not that famous in 1976 when he met with a newspaper reporter. The reporter asked Schwarzenegger: “Now that you’ve retired from bodybuilding, what do you plan to do next? Schwarzenegger answered

very calmly and confidently: “I’m going to be the #1 movie star in Hollywood.” The reporter was shocked and amused at Schwarzenegger’s plan. At that time, it was very hard to imagine how this muscle-bound bodybuilder, who was not a professional actor and who spoke poor English with an Austrian accent, could ever hope to be Hollywood’s #1 movie star! When the reporter asked Schwarzenegger how he planned to make his dream come true, Schwarzenneger replied: “I’ll do it the same way I became the #1 bodybuilder in the world. First I create a vision of who I want to be, then I start living like that person as if it were already true.” Sounds

almost childishly simple, doesn’t it? But it worked! Schwarzenegger DID become the #1 highest paid movie star in Hollywood! Remember: “If you can see it, you can be it.” A successful businessman I know wears a shirt with these words on it: “Don’t pursue your dreams. Chase ‘em down and tackle ‘em!” You only get one life to live, so why not live the best

life possible? And doesn’t it make sense that the One Who invented it is the One Who knows the best way to live it? So ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for living your own way, and to take charge of your life every day. He’ll help you start seeing and being the success He created you to be—so you can be fully satisfied with what you see and get in life. Just Think a Minute…


sustained partnership is one such example. The demo-project, dubbed “Climate Change Resilient Farming Communities in Agusan del Norte through Innovative Risk Transfer Mechanisms” or best known to stakeholders as CCAP, ran from 2009 to 2011. It was a collaborative project of the International Labour Organization, DTICaraga, Department of Labor and Employment and the Agusan del Norte provincial government.

The follow-t hroug h i n i t i at i v e n ow n a m e d “C C A Supp or t Pro gramme” or the CCASP, under which the DTIB CPMPC falls, is currently funded by the s t a ke h ol d e rs , Pag ar an said. The demo project developed the integrated CCA financing of three models: cooperative, rural bank and LGU facility. These were made available and continues to be extended to farming households for crop production

and alternative livelihood enterprise in the priority CCA of Remedios T. Romualdez, Buenavista, Jabonga and Las Nieves towns, Pagaran said. The non-financial services include financial literacy climate change briefings, environmental aw are ne ss , f ar m bus i ness and finally, budget planning, entrepreneural farming and economic diversification/ /alternative livelihood options, the DTI-Caraga director added.

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for borrowers, he said. Pagaran disclosed that almost two years of the Millenium Development Goal Achievement Fund (MDGF)-1656 demonstration project on Climate C hange Ad apt at ion in the province of Agusan del Norte ended, project collaborators continue to offer the innovative risk transfer mechanisms developed under the activity. The DTI-BCBMPC

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Fresh Gospel of the day: Luke9:4345(September28, 2013-Saturday)Luke 9:43-45And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered everyone at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples, Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying: This gospel tells us about the passion of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the prophecy in the Holy Scripture. In Isaiah 53:6-10-All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Take note, this was done by Jesus for our salvation: SPONSORED:Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request

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Zamboanga bridge bombed ZAMBOANGA City––An improvised bomb planted under a bridge exploded in the town of Buug in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga Sibugay, police said. Police said the blast, which occurred late Thursday, caused panic among villagers in Muyo, but the explosion did not damage the bridge which remains passable to vehicle. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said no individual or group claimed re s p ons i bi l it y for t h e bombing of Muyo Bridge. “Police are still investigating the bombing and who was behind it,” he said, adding no was injured in the attack. Police also blasted a suspicious bag earlier on Thursday after it was left inside the rest room of a courier company in nearby Pagadian City. The bag was carefully removed by bomb experts deployed by the police and safely blasted it outside the building using water device through a shot of and bags, or briefcases, jet disruptor which is use water to pierce thin walled to destroy any circuitry to disable an explosive items, such as packages before detonation occurs.

in downtown Pagadian. It was not immediately known who left the bag in the restroom. In August, a bag left on a roadside in the business center of Pagadian was also disrupted by the police on suspicion it contained an improvised explosive. The bag was abandoned in front of Master Hardware along Rizal Street and inspected by members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, who used water jet disruptor to disable any electronic component in the bag, which only yielded an aluminium cooking pot and a pair of slippers. A car abandoned for days at the Gaisano Mall parking area in Pagadian was also destroyed by the police on suspicion it contained explosives, but no bombs had been found in the vehicle. But in May, a homePhotos released by the police to the Mindanao Examiner m a d e b om b e x p l o d e d show the Muyo Bridge which was bombed in the town of in front of the mall and although there were no Buug in Zamboamga del Sur province. casualties, the blast damPolice said no bomb restroom of the courier aged several parked cars. A or explosive was found firm 2GO at the second report from the Mindanao in the bag left inside the floor of Lugay Building Examiner

War, propaganda and drama: Zamboanga in crisis ZAMBOANGA City––Dozens of separatist rebels, who were fighting security forces in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, had surrendered to the military, but police statistics remain at 24 further fanning speculations that some of those

who yielded would be freed without criminal charges. At least 23 of those who allegedly surrendered to the police in the village of Mampang last week were reportedly paid by a politician to stage the drama in an effort to demoralize the

R.A. 9048/ 10172 Form no. 10.1 (LCRO) Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Lanao del Norte Municipality: Sultan Naga Dimaporo -oOoNOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that LOURENZ BONN S. CUADRASAL has filed with this office a petition for correction of clerical error particularly in his GENDER from FEMALE to MALE in the certificate of Live Birth of LOURENZ BONN S. CUADRASAL who was born on 15 APRIL 1991 at KAROMATAN NOW SULTAN NAGA DIMAPORO, LANAO DEL NORTE and whose parents are PEDRO CUADRASAL and NILA SERUELA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than 11 OCTOBER 2013. (Sgd.) MONA C. MANGKA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Sept 23 & 30, 2013

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Moro National Liberation Front whose forces attacked several areas in Zamboanga. The rebels, led by Commander Usong Ugong, are natives of Basilan province, and allegedly sent to Zamboanga to take part in the drama. Ugong’s group had been reported to have taken a police official hostage, but authorities had denied this and said officer was sent to Mampang to negotiate for the peaceful surrender of the rebels. Police said at least 247 rebels had been captured since the fighting began on September 9. But the military said 128 rebels were captured and 146 more had surrendered to soldiers. It said 126 MNLF fighters and 18 soldiers, including five policemen and 12 civilians were killed in the clashes that also wounded over 200 people. Publication Notice R.A 10172

Republic of the Philippines Province of Misamis Oriental Municipality of Initao NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION The public is hereby notified that DIOGENES T. MANUEL has filed with this office a petition for correction of sex from MALE to FEMALE in the Certificate of Live Birth of DIOGENES T. MANUEL who was born on April 6, 1984 at TAGIMTIM, MARGOSATUBIG, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR. And whose parents are ERNESTO O. MANUEL and BONIFACIA M. TINAMBACAN. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition within 10 calendar days with this office. Not later than Sept. 12, 2013. (Sgd) AMPARO I. OMANIA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Sept. 23 & 30, 2013

Cadavers of rebels slain in the clashes also littered the villages affected by the fighting. Troops wore gas mask to pull out the decomposing bodies. Rebel forces loyal to MNLF chieftain Nur Misuari attacked villages in Zamboanga and held over 200 people and used them as shield against security forces. At least 190 hostages had been freed or escaped from their captors. Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar said clearing operations continue in at least five villages – Santa Barbara, Santa Catalina, Rio Hondo, Mariki and Talon-Talon. She said text messages of impending rebel attacks caused panic in Zamboanga as skirmishes entered its third week. Many offices and commercial establishment closed early and sent employees

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In Compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that RUZZEL P. VIVERO has filed with this Office, a petition for change of first name from “_________” to “________” and correction of entry in sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” or correction of entry in the date of birth from “_______” to “______” in the certificate of live birth of RUZZEL POBLETE VIVERO at Initao, Misamis Oriental and whose parents are ALIER PAULIN VIVERO and EMELYN CAMPION POBLETE. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later that August 15, 2013. (Sgd.) ISAIAS A. JARALES Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: SEPT. 23 & 30, 2013

home following reports that rebel leader Ustadz Khabier Malik, a lieutenant of Misuari, would launch his final attack in Zamboanga along with his supporters. “Day 19 of the Zamboanga crisis, we are filled with reports on the continuing circulating text messages and online scare about alleged retaliatory attacks by the lawless group in the city today,” she said. “Along this line, I appeal to all of you - please refrain from forwarding unverified text messages to avoid panic and confusion. These text messages and the online scare are part of the propaganda of the enemies of the state intended to sow terror and fear among the residents. Let us brace for more, as these kinds of text messages will continue to haunt us in the coming days.” Salazar said military

forces – in land, sea and air – are on alert and in place to maintain peace and order and to prevent any rebel reinforcement that will try to enter Zamboanga. She said curfew hours are still enforced in Zamboanga from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. until the situation returns to normal. She also urged citizens to bring their identification cards and show these while passing to military and police checkpoints. “The curfew will remain as this is our way of also helping our troops in efficiently carrying out their operations and heightened security in all our roads, entry and exit points. We also request all of our people to bring with them necessary identification cards for counter-checking and validation of all our See CRISIS, page 10

Republic of the Phillippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Zamboanga del Sur Municipality of Margosatubig NOTICE OF PUBLICATION The public is hereby notified that JESHARELAH ORBITA ABING has file with this office a petition for correction of sex from FEMALE to MALE in the Certificate of Live Birth of JESHARELAH O. ABING who was born on October 30, 1990 at Tulapok, MARGOSATUBIG, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR. And whose parents are SATURNINO A. ORBITA and ILLUMINADA A. ORBITA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition within 10 calendar days with this office. Not later than Sept. 18, 2013. Sgd.) AMPARO I. OMANIA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Sept 23 & 30, 2013

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Students in South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat meet for water summit


ORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato — Students from all over South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat today gathers the Notre Dame of Marbel University here for the Warrior of Waters Student Summit led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) 12).

Sultan Kudarat and the G r e e n Va l l e y C o l l e g e Foundation, Ramon Mags ay s ay Memor i a l C olleges and the Regenc y Polytechnic College in Koronadal City, S outh Cotabato. Dr. Sophie Ty-Manuel, chief of Pollution Control Division, said the summit is in support to the Adopt-an-Estero or the Water Body Program. Further, Manuel noted that it will ser ve as an output of EMB 12 from two of the proposed high impact activities during

EMB workshop known as ‘Greening the Blue’ which was held at Coron, Palawan on April this year. She emphasized that the summit is aimed at raising awareness among NSTP students on the P h i l ippi n e C l e an Wa ter Act of 2004 and the i mp o r t a n c e o f s av i n g and protecting the water bodies in the region. Also, the event aims to showcase the different activities of educational institutions which help in the protection and preservation of the environment

as well as to identify NSTP group that is deemed best in the region when it comes to exemplary initiatives conducted on the adopted estero or water body. Manuel said that the activity will also become a venue to collaborate w it h ot he r st a kehol d ers in launching other environmental activities. One of the activities which will be conducted on t h e s u m m it i s t h e information awareness campaign on programs l i k e Ad o p t - a n - E s t e r o and Greening the Blue.

In addition, there will b e c onte st s on sl o g an and p o ste r m a k i ng a s well as the declaration of commitment by the participants on their support to the programs of DENR-EMB 12. Meanwhile, EMB 12 is hopeful that the summit will increase the awareness of students on issues about the environment and will make them a c t i ve p ar t i c ip ant s i n strengthening environm e nt a l p ro g r a m s a n d advocacies. (SJDuermePIA12)

T h e a c t iv it y i s at tended by the National S e r v i c e Tr ai n i ng Pro gram (NSTP) students of NDMU and NSTP officers from the Notre

Dame of Tacurong College, Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology and Sultan Kudarat State University-Main Campus all in Tacurong City,

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Sixty-three inmates of the city jail or reformatory center here gained freedom on Thursday with the launching of the Supreme Court’s Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) program in the area. Regional Trial Court Branch 35 Executive Judge Oscar Noel said the detainees received their release orders following the resolution of their cases during the expedited hearings that were conducted as part of the program. He said the hearings were made inside a customized bus serving as EJOW’s mobile court that rolled into the city reformatory center compound in Purok Lanton, Barangay Apopong on Thursday morning. EJOW is a special mobile court program of the Supreme Court that allows court hearings to be held

outside the courtrooms. The program is mainly aimed at decongesting jails in the country through the release of “overstaying” detainees and resolve the clogging of pending cases in local courts. Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, who graced the program’s launching here, said they rolled out the EJOW to bring the services of the courts closer to poor residents in the area. He acknowledged that some poor residents often fail to attend court hearings due to the lack of resources. “L ayunin ng EJOW ang magbigay ng mabilis at libreng hustisya sa mga maralita at nangangailangang kababayan (The EJOW seeks to expedite the free discharge of justice to our MONITOR LIZARDS - A man sells monitor lizards (locally known as “halo” or “ibid,” or “bayawak” in Tagalog-speaking poor countrymen,” said areas) along the highway in Kabacan, North Cotabato on Wednesday (24 Sept 2013). The bigger one is priced at del Castillo, who chairs P600 while the small one is priced at P200. The lizards are sold for their meat, which some believe is aphrodisiac.

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One kind of such lizards, the Panay monitor lizard, has been declared as endangered. (MindaNews Photo by Ruby)

IRRIGATION PROJECT - Laborers work on the canal for the second phase of the Malitubog-Maridagao (Mal-Mar) Irrigation Project in Barangay Takepan, Pikit, North Cotabato on Wednesday (26 Sept 2013). The Mal-Mar Project is expected to irrigate around 16,957 hectares of ricefields in North Cotabato and Maguindanao. (MindaNews Photo by Ruby)

60 firms in Soccsksargen Region get Bagwis awards

KO R O NA DA L C I T Y, social responsibilities, and South Cotabato -- Sixty complying or aligning to business establishments International Standards. in Soccsksargen Region DTI 12 Regional Director will receive “Bagwis” seal, Ibrahim Guiamadel, DTI proof that they provide 12 said, “It’s not only the customer-friendly products establishments that committed to comply with the fair and services. Bagwis seal, formerly trade laws of DTI benefitknown as the Department ing from this program but of Trade and Industry also the consumers being (DTI) Certified Establish- guaranteed of the best value ment Program (CEP), gives for their money.” recognition to exemplary Of the 60 awardees, business establishments four will be given silver that uphold customer “Bagwis” seal, namely: Soc rights and welfare and Hardware of Sarangani foster ethical business Province as well as Ntrpractices, and practice self- prising Motor Corp., Honda Cars General Santos Inc., regulation. Entrepreneurs assessed and MTL Gensan Motors under the program were Inc. evaluated based on the fol- Me a nw h i l e , a m on g lowing criteria: presence those that will be accorded of consumer welfare desk Bronze “Bagwis” seal inor recognized customer clude 29 establishments service counter, compliance in South Cotabato; 10 in to fair trade laws, practicing Sultan Kudarat; 5 each in

Sarangani, North Cotabato, and General Santos. Awardees from South Cotabato are: LCJL Marketing, D.M. Hardware, and Coral Grain Store in Surallah; CNCH Hardware and Motor Parts in Norala; Top Gold Auto Parts, Juanzo Mini Mart, Orcullo General Merchandise, FiveM General Merchandise, and Dosche Enterprises in T’boli. Baldon Hardware and Construction Supply in Tampakan; RV Genuine Enterprises in Koronadal; Alocada Enterprise, Starel Store, and CM Segumalain Construction Supply in Sto. Niño; Mary Grace Hardware and Allied Services in Tupi. Danson’s Hardware, R & C Paint Center, J Mac Electrical Supply and Instalfirm | page 11

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Group rages on Jinggoy’s exposé involving Palace By TYRONE A. VELEZ Davao Today

DAVAO City––Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s speech accusing fellow senators and congressmen of misuse of PDAF, including the ruling Liberal Party’s bribe to win favors, earned more fire for anti-pork protesters from Davao. The senator, who is the

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residents, especially while passing through checkpoints,” Salazar said. “To all of us Zamboangueños, we shall not hold our guards down. We shall continuously defend our city and work to make our children’s future brighter and better.” On Wednesday, Salazar allowed schools outside the conflict zone to reopen. The Mindpro Mall in downtown Zamboanga also reopened after shutting down two weeks ago because of the violence. But surprisingly Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Defense Chief Voltaire Gazmin, along with Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, were also present at the opening of a school in Santa Maria village and

son of former ousted President Joseph Estrada, cried ‘selective justice’ why he and two other opposition senators were singled out in charges filed in the Ombudsman for corruption of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) through suspect Janet LimNapoles. Estrada accused that Malacañang offered Php

50 million for senators to vote for the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona on 2012. Gabriela partylist representative Luzviminda Ilagan said: “It only confirms what the public already suspects. We believe (Malacañang) is involved. What we are interested in is the prosecution of all, not only the opposi-

tion. We can understand the reaction of Jinggoy but the public is more interested in seeing the allies of the president also exposed and prosecuted.” For Sr. Noemi Degala SMSM, Executive Secretary of Sisters’ Association in Mindanao (SAMIN), Estrada’s exposé does not lessen his accountability. “It is very well for him

to make those expose, but I would had admired if he did not on a situation that he has to defend himself from a plunder case. Thanks Jinggoy, but he needs to be accountable and therefore needs to accept responsibility for his actions,” Sr. Degala said. Graphic Artist and videographer Sherwin Desierto said he doubts Estrada’s

intention. “Parehong makatotohanan at di makatotohanan. Maaring paraan nya ito para malinis ang pangalan nya or di kaya mandamay pa ng iba para magulo ang isyu. (It could be true or false. It could be a way to clear his name or drag everyone else to the issue),” Desierto said. But he said Aquino al-

in the mall where Manilabased television journalists tailed and interviewed them. Critics branded the presence of Gazmin, Roxas and Soliman as mere publicity and called them “epal,” a street slang for a person or politician who wanted to be in the middle of media publicity. Roxas and S oliman previously gave media interviews inside a refugee tent in Zamboanga and at one time invited television reports to interview him at the pier where workers are hauling cargoes of relief goods. Roxas, a key ally of President Benigno Aquino, is eyeing the presidency, while Soliman is said to be aspiring a senatorial seat in the 2016 national elections. Policemen and soldiers were also deployed

in schools and mall and other commercial establishments to ensure the safety of the public. Misuari accused the Aquino government of reneging on a peace agreement signed 17 years ago and for abrogating a tripartite review of the accord. The violence displaced more than 100,000 people. As skirmishes erupted in Zamboanga, a new war is also heating up in social media – the battle for propaganda – where anti-government forces and pro-rebels have stepped up their attacks inflaming the already tense situation in Zamboanga. In Facebook, Malik is now being immortalized by some groups as a hero for fighting their cause and self-determination in Mindanao - they called Bangsamoro Republik.

Others have blamed the Aquino government for all the violence that is happening not only in Zamboanga, but to the rest of the southern region where security are fighting several rebel and terrorist groups. While some insisted that hundreds of government soldiers were killed and wounded in the fighting and that many of rebels slain in the clashes were actually civilians shot by security forces during military assaults. The media were also being blamed for not reporting the mounting death toll on the military side, accusing radio and television reporters for covering up the casualties and engaging in the government propaganda war. One photo showing a destroyed military tank in Syria was also posted on

Facebook with a caption saying it was hit by a rocket fired by MNLF rebels. There were also those who jubilantly praised rebel forces for killing the soldiers they branded as infidels as if the fighting had anything to do with religion. But for pro-government forces, Facebook is a battle ground to praise the brave soldiers and policemen and all those who are running the operations to stop the rebels from further inflicting serious damages not only to physical structures in Zamboanga, but the very heart of everybody – Christians and Muslims and indigenous people – who are most affected by the violence. Pictures of civilians handing out food and bottled water to soldiers and policemen battling the rebel forces and keeping them at

bay also spread and went viral on Facebook. President Benigno Aquino, who flew to Zamboanga with his Cabinet members and senior military and defense commanders to oversee the government efforts to feed over 100,000 refugees and end the crisis peacefully, have been largely praised on the social media. Many civilians offered prayers on their Facebook timeline – posting verses from the Bible and the Quran - for troops fighting in the frontlines. And religious groups – Christian, Muslim and Evangelist – also offered prayers for the clashes to come to an end; others pray for Divine intervention believing only God can stop the bloodshed in Zamboanga and for the city to rise again from the ashes of war. (Mindanao Examiner)

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“We are thousands here and we will continue to finfrom page 1 ish the clearing together,” Secretary Voltaire Gaz- Zagala emphasized. philipmin said the crisis is over, pine news agency following 20 days of fighting between government forces from page 1 and MNLF founding chair off grid solar energy. Nur Misuari’s followers. Aselco is targeting at He said the next stage is to clear the conflict-hit least three far-flung vilareas of possible booby traps lages in Esperanza town and 105 sitios (sub villages) and explosives. Zagala said they expect by the end of this year as the process to be “very te- the second batch of BLEP dious” because there is much and SEP recipients. Village chiefs and sitio leaders of debris. “We have to look care- these communities signed a fully under the rubble, in the commitment agreement in houses. We are looking at a simple rites at the Aselco a 30- to 40-hectare stretch main office over the weekend. of rubble,” he said. For the first batch, there Zagala stressed that they are doing their best to meet were 12 villages and 57 sitios the two-week deadline to which availed of the eleccomplete the clearing op- trification program, a pet project of President Benigno erations. He added the Philippine Aquino III which funds is National Police will take fully-subsidized by NEA. the lead in the clearing Over the last two years, at least 6,192 household operations. “They have to lead not connections were already necessarily because this is completed by Aselco. This year, Aselco is tarconsidered a crime scene,” geting about 1,454 househe said. On the other hand, he holds in highland communisaid the AFP is not pulling ties with a budget allocation of P41 million. A total of out its forces.

P103 million was already released for SEP while P49.6 million for BLEP. “Despite some difficulties, this electrification program of the national government will continue without let up,” said Aselco general manager Emmanuel Galarse. The NEA subsidy did not only cover electricity line connections but house wiring connections as well that households will just have to pay minimal membership fees and immediately enjoy the comforts of having electricity at home. Galarse said aside from floating villages, far-flung hinterland villages which can be only reached through “habal-habal” passenger motorcyles are also the difficult areas that Aselco targeted to connect. Line construction at a remote village in Bayugan City ironically called Mahayag (bright) was put on hold early this year after suspected New Peoples Army rebels demanded Aselco to pay revolutionary taxes. Construction is about to be completed in October to another floating village


Bronze awardees in Sultan Kudarat province are: Febros Technology, H D Battery and Tire Supply, Jireh’s Marketing, EGT Electrical and General Trading, LNP Bike Shop and General Merchandising, R.S Parreno Store, and Viche General Merchadise and Services in Tacurong; Frabvil Family Commercial in Isulan; and JM Glass Supply and General Merchandise, and Alinette 4A Golden Ace Hardware in Esperanza. In North Cotabato,

of Maharlika in Talacogon town. Data gathered from Aselco showed that there are still some 500 villages which are not yet connected to electricity which the cooperative aims to cover before President Aquino’s term ends in 2016. Amid the challenges, Galarse said Aselco has been cited on top among electric cooperatives nationwide in implementing BLEP and SEP.

mayron pang natitirang bangkay, armas, munitions na naiwan dito,” Roxas said. Roxas, Gazmin and Armed Forces Chief-of-Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista visited Saturday morning Martha Drive in Barangay Sta. Catalina, one of the sites of fierce gun battle between the troops and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels who infiltrated this city. Gazmin said that the soldiers will remain to assist the police force in undertaking the clearing operations in the “areas of concerns.” The clearing operation is the second phase of the government action since the first phase is military operation that was launched against the hundreds of MNLF rebels who infiltrated this city last September 9. Roxas said the third phase, which is the reconstruction, will immediately begin once the clearing operation is over. philippine news agency

which entered the 20th day Saturday, is over. Roxas said the clearing operations would last from 10 days to two weeks or more since it will be a room-toroom and a house-to-house search. Roxas said it will really take time since the houses are closely built to each other and the clearing operation area ranges from 30 to 40 hectares. “Ang iniiwasan natin dito ay yong mga booby traps, IED (improvised explosive device) and of course gusto rin natin makuha kung

well. “Kung totoo man ay isang panibagong iskandalo ito sa pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan at posibleng may kinalaman ang Malacañang dyan na dapat nilang linawin. Yung mga pangalang nabanggit nya eh pwedeng imbestigahan din. (If this is true, then this is another scandal involving the people’s money and possibly involving Malacañang. Those whom he mentioned should be investigated.)” While one local filmmaker call Estrada’s expose a “desperate move to wash his name”, hair stylist Wilfredo Villocino said it was “sickening” to hear this exposé and called for an investigation. “Dapat tanan jud managot (Everyone should be held accountable) including PNoy and his cohorts,” VIllocino said. Dr. Jack Estuart commented that “there used to be honor among thieves. But now we see an accused Senator plunderer ratting on his fellow crooks as he is crying persecution. A from page 10 pathetic ploy played out whom Estrada accused before the whole nation. should be investigated as Pitiful, our country, that is.”

awardees are: Superama Supermarket in Kabacan; and J Marketing Corp, Survive Marketing Warehouse, Gaisano Grand Mall of Kidapawan, and Davao Central Warehouse Club, Inc in Kidapawan City. In Sarangani, Bronze awardees are Cycle In Motor Parts, SCM Shine Classic Marketing Corp., Value Mart Inc., BJ-JR Enterprises, and Maitum CF Mart, Inc. while those in General Santos City these are EMVA Engineering Services and Parts, Emcor

Inc – National Highway, KCC Mall of Gensan; Supervalue Inc. and Motortrade Nationwide Corp. Awardees in Cotabato City are Citi Hardware Gensan Inc and LCT Hardware Co. Inc. Evaluation of the establishments was done by the Regional Certification Committee comprised of representatives from DTI, Federation of Consumer Council, and private sector, Major supporters of the program are Philippine

Retailers Association (PRA), Philippine Product Safety and Quality Foundation (PPSQF), Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association (PAGASA), Philippine Association of Supermarkets, Inc. (PASI), and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI). Also promoting are the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FFCCCI), Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI), and the Nationwide Association of Consumers,

Inc. (NACI) “Since the program started back on year 2006, the DTI 12 was always been at the forefront in the campaign for consumers to patronize DTI Certified Establishments or recipient of Bagwis seals,” Director Guiamadel added. As one of the highlights of this year’s celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month, the awarding of BAGWIS Seal will be done on October 10 at SM General Santos City. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with BFMaganaka-DTI12)

staying at the city jail due to their unresolved cases. Some of those released were already detained for eight to 11 years but their cases remained pending due to administrative concerns. Regional Trial Court

Branch 36 Judge Isaac Moran, who presided over the hearings, said some cases often take years to get resolved due to problems with the scheduled hearings. He said among the top reasons that caused the prob-

lem were the unavailability of government prosecutors handling the case and when the presiding judges availed of their leave of absence. “They could also be due to the unavailability of the defense counsels and ac-

tions of some witnesses,” Moran said. Aside from the mobile court hearings, which was dubbed “Judgment Day,” the city jail’s nearly 1,100 inmates were treated to a free medical and dental mission.

The Philippine Judicial Academy also conducted an orientation for officials of the city’s 26 barangays regarding the operations of the Lupong Tagapamayapa or barangay justice system. (MindaNews)

further asks if it would be chess, badminton, table from page 5 tennis, athletics, basketand Arts? If tech-voc, what bal l, vol le y bal l, s epak skills or specialization would takraw? If Arts, what area, it be? would it be, dance arts, If sports, the question media arts, visual arts,

creative writing, theatre arts, or music arts? Meanwhile the questionnaire for teachers, in English, included the data on their major and minor fields of concentration, no.

of years in service, subjects they actually taught and are currently teaching. They were also made to share their ideas about the K to 12 BEP Curriculum and list down their special skills

and the course they wanted to teach, if given a chance to teach other courses. Those who chose TechVoc were also asked if they were willing to undergo Competency Assessment

and Certification and Skills Enhancement Training and if they answered 'no' to give their reasons why not and if 'yes' what will these courses be. (RCA/PIA10-Misamis Occidental)


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