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Councilor wants probe on ‘vigilante killings’ in Oro

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By GERRY L. GORIT, Correspondent

CAGAYAN de oro City––City Councilor Ramon Tabor, chairman of the city council committee on police matters, has called on the police hierarchy to investigate the so-called “vigilante killings” in Cagayan de Oro City. SEE FULL STORY/p.4

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port to MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari in an earlier activity held in Cagayan de Oro City. Tagalog assured that they are with the government in peaceful development. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry L. Gorit

“We are dismayed by the corrupt practices happening in our country. The money that is supposed to go to public service projects are being pocketed by a few,” Nhel Morona, spokesperson

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CAGAYAN de Oro City– –”There are no hostages in the MNLF-military standoff in Zamboanga City. They are voluntarily covering our men,” said Moro National Liberation Front overall commander for Northern and Eastern Mindanao Sammy Tagalog who is based in Cagayan de Oro City. Tagalog said the socalled hostages in barangay Catalina, which he said is an MNLF area, are volunteers acting as cover for the MNLF fighters against the military. He said the MNLF

DTI Bukidnon Provincial Director Ermedio Abang in a statement warns consumers not to rush into buying fake or imitation products that are cheap. “Consumers must check the labels such as the brand or trade mark, name and address of manufacturer, country of manufacture, Commander Sammy Tagalog (seated, first from left) and other officers of the Moro net quantity, and toxicity National Liberation Front command in Northern and Eastern Mindanao show their sup-

More OFWs to join Zero Remittance Day vs ‘pork’ MORE overseas Filipino workers are expressing their support for the Zero Remittance Day on Sept. 19, to press for the abolition of pork barrel and have the funds re-channeled to basic social services.

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holds forum, City dads ask Moreno to Church prepares for another anti ‘pork barrel’ protest prove CDO has no money ‘If Moreno has proof, we will resign,’ Councilor Elipe CAGAYAN DE ORO CTY – The ruling opposition city councillors here challenged City Mayor Oscar Moreno to show proof that the city’s coffer is empty so the councillors would resign, Councilor President Elipe said on Tuesday. Elipe, Chair of the city council’s Committee on Finance, said that Moreno’s insistence that former City Mayor Vicente Emano ran away more than P 1 billion has caused demoralization among members of the city council here. He said that the allegation of Moreno and his allies that City Hall has no money has created confusion among city residents which made the incumbent administration a liar. “We (ruling opposi-

tion councillors) are part of the city government as elected public servants but Moreno’s insistence that City Hall has no money made us all a liars,” Elipe added. He said that Moreno’s claim that City Hall was cash trapped was a pretext to justify his (Moreno) mistakes like the trimming down of city hall workers. Moreno has terminated some casual employees who have been working for more than 10 years under pretext

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third the time since its first scheduled on August 14,2013 was reset on Sept. 1 1 , 2 0 1 3 for t he non appearance of the witness and arresting officer. Balindong said that Co Shi was arrested by Police Senior Inspector Wilfredo Ochegue, the station commander of the Libona Police in Bukidnon, sometime on January 6, 2013 in a firing range in Camaman-an here. During the initial investigation, Ochegue found out that the firearms used by Co Shi, a

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is a form of corruption that undermines development, erodes public trust in the government, weakens the state, and infects the morale of the society, Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro City said. Ledesma made the statement during a forum on PDAP and its social implications on matters of social responsibility that affect the common good at the Jesuit-run Xavier University here on Saturday. The forum was done as the church, lay leaders, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), and civil society groups here commit to participate in the scheduled Sept. 11, rally for the complete abolition of PDAF. The church shared the same sentiments on the squandered

10 billion pesos which would supposedly help alleviate the dire condition of the impoverished Filipino, the Cagayan de Oro City Archbishop said. He also discussed on the importance of social auditing where the monitoring and evaluation of publicly funded projects be made transparent to sectoral groups such as the civil society, concerned citizens, academia, media, and church members. Ledesma said that social auditing is a means that would eliminate corruption in the expenditure of scarce funds for much needed public services. The government has allocated P 200 million annually for each senator while another P 70 million annually for congressmen while the President gets over P 1 trillion as PDAF for projects consistent with the national agenda and priorities of the national government. This PDAF is released directly to implementing agencies as identified in the PDAF Project Menu. -IBD

that City Hall could not pay their salaries anymore for lack of funds, Elipe added. He said that Moreno, instead, hired people from his hometown in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental to replace employees known earlier as supporters of former Mayor Vicente Emano. “Why would Moreno say that City Hall has no money when Cagayan de Oro City’s revenues made the city one of the billionaire cities in the country?” Elipe asked. Based on documents submitted by the former officer-in-charge of the City Treasury as of August 19, 2013, it was verified that the P1.1 billion amounts turned over by former City

Mayor Vicente Emano was true. On August 20, 2013, outgoing OIC City Treasurer Marilyn P. Legaspi’s endorsement showed that the total cash in banks of P 1 billion amounts was categorized into General Fund - P832, 376,940.19, Special Education Fund – P 191,283,913.43 and a Trust Fund amounting to P 100,568,452.67 with a grand total of P1,124,229,306.29. Elipe said that a copy of these documents was also furnished to the City Council committee on finance and ways and means, City Administrator, City Budget Officer, City Accountant, and the Commission on Audit (COA). LRJ

.45 ca lib er pistol, was unlicensed and that Co Shi failed to present other documents that would show proof that he was legally carrying the gun. Ochegue filed a case against Co Shi with illegal possession of firearms but since then did not appear during the scheduled hearing of the case. Blinding said that the prosecution has subpoenaed Ochegue during a scheduled hearing but the latter failed to appear in any of those scheduled hearings. State Prosecutor Jaime Ump a w ar n e d O che g ue that the prosecution might be compelled to charge the police officer for failure to appear in the case where he (Ochegue) w a s h i ms e l f t h e c om plainant.

PHILHEALTH ENROLMENT OF PWD’s ASSURED. Happiness and gladness is written all over the faces of the families of persons with disabilities (pwd) as they profusely thanked City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno’s announcement that the members of the sectoral group will soon be enrolled in the city’s Philhealth insurance program next year. Mayor Moreno bared the good news during the first-ever PWD General Assembly at the City Tourism Hall on September 10, 2013.(CIO)

Prosecution reset case vs. China man CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The hearing of a Chinese national jailed with illegal possession of firearms here was reset anew on S ept. 26, 2013 for t he failure of the witness to appear, the regional state prosecutor said on Wednesday. Assistant Regional State Prosecutor Acmad Balindong said that the hearing of Jake Co Shi has b een res et for t he

Misamis Oriental––Vice Governor Joey G. Pelaez, a regular member of the National Board of the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP), along with Vice President Jejomar Binay, its National President, and the other members of BSP Board posed for a picture after its regular meeting in the National Office of BSP. VG Pelaez is currently the Chairman of the Local Executive Board- Misamis Oriental Chapter.


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Photo Credits: DA-AFIS TRAINING ON RESULTS ORIENTED COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE. Keen on learning practical methods in increasing one’s effectiveness in communicating ideas and influencing others, nearly thirty (30) information officers from the different regional field offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA) have convened in a Training on ResultsOriented Communication Technique on September 4-5, 2013, held at Baras, Rizal. In his message, Director Noel O. Reyes (right photo, standing) of the DA-Agriculture

and Fisheries Information Service, said that the training is a timely opportunity to retool or upgrade the skills among the agency’s information officers (IOs) in order to properly carry out the thrust of the DA, especially amid all the challenges confronting the department. To fine-tune the abilities among the information officers, the training course covered discussions on Effective Work Relationships by Sonnie Santos, a Social Business Strategist; Healthy Working Environment by Joanalyne Pacleb, an Associate Practical Coach; Social Media and Effective Communication by GMA Network reporters MelClaire Sy-Delfin and Steve Dailisan, respectively. # (Joanne L. Olson, DA-10)

Mosaic Making Contest features World Food Day celebration Cagayan de Oro City – In observance of the annual celebration of the World Food Day this October 16, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Education (DepEd) is set to hold a Nationwide On-the-Spot Mosaic Making Contest. The said competition is open

to all Grades IV to VI elementary pupils from any public and DepEd-accredited private elementary schools, who have gone through the elimination process at the school and district levels. Wherein, they will create an original mosaic entry depicting this year’s theme: “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”. In particular, the regional

level contest is scheduled on September 27, 2013. Only one (1) shall be declared as the winner and he/she shall receive Three Thousand Pesos (P3,000.00) based on the following criteria: originality (20%), visual impact (20%), creative use of agricultural and fishery products (30%) and relevance to the theme (30%). Materials to be used shall include an illustration board

and any art medium, except oil and water color, and a combination of agricultural and fishery products. Likewise, the regional winners are slated to gather at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) on October 11, 2013 for the national competition. From among the 17 regional participants, a total of five (5) mosaic entries shall be adjudged

as the best. Each winner shall receive a cash prize of Fifteen Thousand Pesos (P15,000.00), and a trophy and a plaque for the winning school. For more details, you may call the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID) of the DA-Regional Field Office 10 @ telephone numbers (088) 856-2753 to 55. # (Joanne L. Olson, DA-10)


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70-year-old man who rapes young woman still scot-free By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Regional Editor-Caraga

SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur––A 70-year-old man accused of allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in a remote village here on August 30 still go scot free because he was untouchable and toughie in the community with strong clout from the village chairman. But Senior Inspector Ephraim Detuya , local police chief, has assured to fast track the formal filing of the case so that they can secure an arrest warrant for the suspect Romeo Castromayor even as the victim’s mother, afraid of repercussions, expressed unwillingness to pursue the case and went on hiding. Romeo Plaga, Barangay Kagawad of New Visayas, said he earned the ire from the suspect who is a close buddy of Barangay Captain Mariano Claridad and whose son is the barangay

treasurer because he was the one vigorously following up the case by bringing the victim to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office to facilitate the medical check up at the Municipal Health Center which turned out to be positive. Plaga said the suspect personally confronted him and threatened to kill him a day after the incident for his involvement in pursuing the charges and several times Castromayor would tell people around the neighbourhood that if things get worse he will shoot him. The suspect is said to be armed with a shotgun which he openly wields in public during social gatherings to showboat that nobody would dare to mess up with him not even barangay officials as if he rules the village s in Gestapo-like manner.

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that RESTITUTO PAGALAN EROJO JR. has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name from ‘CRESTITUTO JR.” to “RESTITUTO JR.” in the birth certificate of CRESTITUTO PAGALAN EROJO JR. who was born on December 7, 1962 at TUNGAO INFORMARY, BUTUAN CITY, AGUSAN and whose parents are CRESTITUTO PABLEO EROJO SR. and ESTRELLA SACRO PAGALAN. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 27 September 2013. (Sgd.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar MDN: Sept. 12 & 19, 2013

Caraga Commission on Population (POPCOM) regional director Alexander Makinano (center) together with Michael Leo Torralba (left), Samahang Magdalo regional coordinator, and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional director Abner M. Caga (right) vowed support for the protection and conservation of Mt. Mayapay, Butuan City's prominent landmark. (NCLM/ Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA-Caraga)

According to Plaga, everyone in the community already know how he allegedly raped the victim at the pineapple farm but nobody dared to talk about it out of fear just like what happened to the 70-year-old widow who was reportedly raped and killed by the suspect’s son named Jurilan Castromayor in December last year. Jurilan went into

hiding and no formal complaint had been prepared by Claridad being the chief executive of the village. Detuya said even if the mother is not willing to be the complainant, the police would pursue the case while assuring that the victim would be under protective care of the Women and Children Desk of the police station.

By EUGENIO LIRA, Jr.

period of six years, from 2011 to 2006. "Aside from livelihood purposes, NGP is a climate change mitigation strategy through reforestation. We’re glad the provincial government is very receptive and has identified Siargao Island as our pilot area," Perater stressed. Governor Sol Matugas said that aside from livelihood purposes, the fruit seedlings will be planted as part of the beautification program and landmark of every town in Siargao in line with her administration's initiative to promote the island as one of the major tourism destinations in Asia. "These fruit seedlings will be planted on the roadsides and each town would only choose one kind of variety they want to grow and they want to be identified with. It’s just like the OTOP or 'One Town, One Product' program which the provincial government is promoting as part of our livelihood and tourism campaigns," the governor stated. Perater has turned-over the fruit seedlings to Siargao community environment officer IñigoCollantes. He was assisted by forest ranger Almond Edera and environment officer LopercioBentoso. (FEA/PIA-Caraga/asf)

Fruit seedlings readied for Siargao SURIGAO CITY -- More than 14,000 fruit seedlings arrived here on Tuesday, September 10, for subsequent distribution to Siargao Island towns. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer ZaldyPerater said the fruit seedlings will be distributed to the eight municipalities of Dapa, Socorro, Del Carmen, San Benito, Pilar, Burgos, San Isidro and Santa Monica. This is in line with the DENRNational Greening Program and the provincial government's thrust in providing alternative livelihood activities for indigent families. "This is the first of three batches of fruit seedlings for the said towns. Once fully-grown, these fruit trees can also help enhance the island’s forest stock to absorb carbon dioxide which is largely blamed for global warming," Perater said The varieties are mangosteen, jackfruit, lanzones and guyabano. NGP was launched in 2011 by virtue of Executive Order No. 26 issued by President Benigno Aquino III as it targeted to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide within a

TESDA-Caraga honors partners, personnel By ROBERT E. REPEROS

BUTUAN CITY - In time with its 19th anniversary, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-Caraga) has honored its partners, stakeholders, and personnel. TESDA-Caraga Director Florencio Sunico Jr. said the honourees have contributed a lot to the success of the agency’s plans and programs. “Because of this, it is but fitting for our partners and stakeholders to be recognized,” Dir. Sunico said, pointing out that through their dedication and commitment , they have become the pillars of success, far as technical-vocational education is concerned. Leading the list of awardees was Regional Development Council (RDC) Chair and Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas, as this year’s TESDA Kabalikat Regional Winner. The provincial government of Agusan del Sur and AMACLC Butuan also received Special Awards, as runners-up. Further, 2013 TESDA idol regional winners: Aljon Ampo in the wage-employed category and Bernadette Manuel under the self-employed category, each received plaques of recognition and P5,000 cash prize. Kremlin Verdeflor and Arnold Pangan were declared runners-up in the wage-employed category. In Agusan del Norte, TESDA has recognized the Philippine Army’s H3SFBN, SFR (A) Southern Command, Rotary Club of Central Butuan, and AMA CLC. Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza was also given recognition, with TESDA-Agusan del Sur partners: Engr. Emmanuel Galarse, Divina Lagumbay and Flordeliza Obani. The provincial government of Surigao del Norte also received a recognition. Completing the list of awardees in the region are Platinum Group Metals Corporation (PGMC), Surigao Education Center (SEC) and Regional TESDA Idol Bernadette Manuel. (RER, TESDACaraga/asf )

NPAs burn heavy equipment in Surigao Sur By SPO1 PHILIP AMER P. MAZO

CAMP RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City - A dump truck and a pay loader used in the construction of Tago River Bridge, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur were burned down by at least 3O fully-armed NPA rebels on September 9, this year. The said heavy equip-

ment were then quarrying sand and gravel along Tago River at the vicinity of Sitio Sta Cruz, Brgy , San Miguel town when stopped by the rebels, ordered both operators to disembark and leave the area. The operators immediately ran away when the rebels fired their guns indiscriminately

and burned down the equipment. The rebels then left the area while the truck and loader were still on fire. Mr. Arthur Ong-Oh of CBBI Construction in Cabadbaran City, owner of the truck; and Wulfranie Montengro Pascua of Tandag City; owner of the pay loader, both declared losses of P6 million.

San Miguel police investigators recovered a fired cartridge from an M14 Rifle and 13 fired cartridges from an AK 47 Rifle and is yet to identify the NPA’s group leader. A pursuit operation is launched by PNP and AFP troops in the area while police stations were alerted of the incident. (PAPM/MMG/asf )

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Avoiding another EDSA revolt Supreme Court’s very recent Congress. issuance of a temporary restrain- We cannot afford another ing order (TRO) against the EDSA. The President, the Senate remaining 2013 congressional and the Lower House must act pork barrel, was welcomed by now, or the massive rallies by protest groups from civil society. Youth groups, chur ches, artHowever, the “Abolish Pork” ists, netizens as well as sectoral Movement has vowed to continue organizations which will commence anew on Sept. 13 could with the protests until the become a danger sign allocations for of more massive nafunds similar to Editorial tional unrest in the the pork barrel are erased from the national budget. offing. Many are questioning why the pork barrel is still in the People are getting irritated 2013 national budget and in the and disappointed that until now, proposed 2014 budget. The no one has been charged with anti-pork movement decried the plunder or plain malversation unfulfilled promises that the pork of public funds. More than two months since the scam was barrel would be abolished. Renaming the Priority De- exposed is time enough for the velopment Assisstance Fund wheel of Justice to start grind(PDAF) is more of an alibi for ing. What are they waiting for? the administration to still allocate There are already several witP70 million for congressman and nesses and evidences at hand. P200 million for senator, and so What is the DOJ and Ombudswith the presidential pork which man waiting for?” said Victor is not being touched at all, the Villanueva,UST Law Student Government President. movement said. Nationwide protest rallies This government should heed will resume on September 13 the public’s warnings. They want and the protesters are giving Napoles and her conspirators warning to PNoy’s government in the Senate, Congress and to give up pork now adding that executive departments charged. the Supreme Court TRO is a They are demanding justice. message to the President and Nobody could guarantee that

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Slowly but surely surfacing now is the spin being peddled that in the midst of all the hullabaloos attending the multi-billion pesos pork barrel fund scam expose, President Aquino deserves to be ousted from office but for no logical reason whatsoever. We do not need a rocket scientist to figure out why such call is now being put forth as an aftermath of the scam’s expose and the eventual deprivation by the President of the legislators’ pork barrel that the Supreme Court just firmed up. The high tribunal just issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Executive branch from releasing even the remaining balance of the pork barrel fund for the current year. Under the situation the most affected by this scam expose are the legislators. Whistleblowers have pointed to some of them as the direct beneficiaries of the scam in the form of multi-million pesos kick back ranging from 50 to as high as 70 percent of the legislator’s allocated pork fund officially known as Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF. Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brains behind this multi-billion pesos pork fund scam, may be in jail at the moment but her so-called partners-in-crime are still very much free strutting around as honorable members of the national legislature. The clandestine operation pushing for Aquino’s ouster from office is sort of a political déjà-vu. We saw this when then President Joseph “Erap” Estrada deprived the congressmen of their usual pork barrel when he ascended to the presidency in 1998. Estrada opted not to give the

another EDSA revolt would not be bloody. We do not want violence and bloodshed. Everybody wants a just and fair action or ending on the issue. According to the Catholich Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to support various initiatives to abolish the pork barrel system has become every citizen’s moral duty. The Church has declared : “This is a moral issue involving the fight against corruption. We as church people must take a stand.” A “Call to Action” was issued last week, by the “Abolishpork Movement” because of the wide public outcry for the abolition of all forms of pork barrel funds, which President Aquino continue to disregard. Mr. President, the demand for the abolition of the pork barrel system and the direct allocation of taxpayers’ money and other public funds to public hospitals, schools, public housing and other social services is in order. For greater transparency and accountability, the discretionary power of individual politicians and government officials over such funds (like the pork barrel and PDAF) must be removed. Or else?

A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II legislators their pork barrel saying he personally knows how it is being abused. The congressmen could not immediately retaliate because of the immense popularity of Estrada. They kept their peace with Malacanang at that time and simply suffered in silence. But when they were given the opportunity to strike back at the very popular President, they immediately grabbed the opportunity. The smokescreen was the alleged jueteng payola the Estrada presidency was enjoying from its operators notably then Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson. There was no need for then House Speaker Manuel Villar to convince his colleagues to file the impeachment complaint that without any hearing he immediately transmitted to the Senate for trial. Everything after that is now history. But could you remember of even just a lowly barangay captain being removed from office because of jueteng? None! But a sitting president was ousted from office because of bacon | page 7


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Think a minute…Have you ever wondered what the big deal is about Easter and this man Jesus Christ? Who exactly was He? People who don’t even like Him still agree that Jesus Christ taught and lived the highest standard of love and

morality the world has ever known. But what made Him so different from all the other religious teachers and prophets, so that the world’s calendar centers on this one man’s birth? Remember, Jesus said that He’s the One Who

has the authority to forgive people’s wrongs and sins. Jesus said that He’s the One Who will judge every person in the world when they die. Jesus even claimed He’s the Lord over death and the Creator of all life. So Who does this man think He is? God? Exactly! And He proved it. When He gave His innocent, perfect life for the wrongs of mankind, was buried for 3 days, and then came back to life! Only God Himself has the power to create life from death. So what about other prophets and teachers who

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sitting President from office may have joined the fray also. And this is not farfetched because this has always been their clamor. But is there a legal, much more, moral basis for such clamor? I personally still would like to see or hear one. The incumbent legislators whose prospects of earning the same multi-million pesos kickbacks from their pork barrel fund like their predecessors did for sure won’t take this abolition of the pork move of Aquino sitting down. This is one move they will never accede to. The public protestation of one solon from Leyte against the pork abolition is classic example proving the congressmen can never sleep without their pork barrel. The threat to oust Aquino

may just be their ploy to force him to come up with a new mechanism that’ll still give them the needed kickback for their own political survival. Those linked to the Napoles-initiated scam will likewise not take their humiliation without a whimper. In fact, talks have it that the Edsa rally yesterday as well as that in other cities had the hands of one of the senators accused of being party to the Napoles scam. And the usual boy who cried wolf is at it also if only for consistency’s sake since this group had been crying out for the ouster of all Presidents as far as I could remember. In this game of war, the people should remain circumspect and discerning. Even a retired bishop of the Roman Catholic Church is coming

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If this is not funny for being inexplicable, I don’t know what is. I am certain that the clamor to have Aquino ousted from office is instigated by people who are badly hurt by this pork scam expose, the legislators directly linked to the Napoles operations. The others now deprived of their pork barrel fund are more inclined to support the ouster move than stand side by side with Aquino in his bold position of abolishing the pork fund and running after with the end view of sending to jail those that cooperated with Napoles in her scam. The usual parties who kept on crying for the ouster of the

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came after Jesus with new re vel at i ons , te a ch i ng s and books they claim are also from God? Jesus very strongly warned us that any person who adds another teaching or book to the Bible, Jesus said that man is a liar and His teaching or book of revelation is not true. Because nobody, not even a priest or prophet, can add anymore to the revelation, teaching, and truth of God Himself in the Bible. Jesus warned we should never believe or follow these false prophets and religions, even if they up with his own assessment that the siege in Zamboanga City is staged purposely to divert the attention of the people from the pork barrel scam. I am pretty sure that political risk assessment is not one of the competencies of this bishop that is why his magnificent story really raised my eyebrows. Let us not allow the wolves in sheep’s clothing as prince of the church, as honorable members of the national legislature and as well-meaning oppressed members of society ever deceive us again. Let us stand for the truth and righteousness. (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at jelbaconii@ gmail.com. Read me also at www.raconteurme.blogspot. com)

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Biblical reflection Bro. Edcel L. Closas

Enemies Special Gospel of the day: Mark11:27-33(September12, 2013-Thursday)Mark 11:27-33-And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? This is the incident of the scripture that Jesus was question of His ministerial works. What was the reason behind? Mark 6:3-4-Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. John 7:15-And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? This is the “painful experienced” of Jesus when He was here on earth. Do you have experiences like this? Who are the people hurt you constantly? Matthew 5:11-12-Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Take note, Jesus never revenge against to His condemners. How about us? Matthew 5:44-But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Romans 12:19-21-Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but “overcome evil with good.” Do you love your enemies? SPONSORED:Neneth - Bobong BalinoDr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:00 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request


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AMBOANGA City––“All patients from all wards have been evacuated,” said Dr. Concepcion, a pediatrician who was designated as senior house officer for the night of the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) wards that were moved to the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU). About 50 patients in stable condition were accommodated at the WMSU Gymnasium. Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients were earlier moved to the Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB). “The Sanitarium has become

the extension of the ZCMC. Patients there are those who underwent Caesarean operations, surgical operations,” Concepcion said, adding that those with psychological concerns were brought to a special area in Harmony Village.

The series of medical evacuations from the ZCMC, considered as the biggest hospital in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region, was ordered by Dr. Romeo Ong, hospital director, following the unlawful entry last Monday of armed members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in the villages of Mariki, Rio Hondo, Talontalon, Sta. Barbara, and a portion of Sta. Catalina, where ZCMC is located. During the evacuation of patients in the Obstetrical-Gynecological Ward, a woman on her seventh month of pregnancy said she jumped out the window upon hearing the exchange of gunshots.

Meanwhile, as of Tuesday morning, a total of almost 4,000 residents from affected barangays are taking refuge at three major evacuation centers here, according to an update from the City Mayor’s Office. The temporary shelters are at the St. Ignatius Parish in Tetuan and the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan, where more than a thousand persons are housed each; and at the Tetuan Central School where at least 1,500 evacuees have been registered as of past 5 p.m. Tuesday. “Some of these evacuees are not really from barangays pres-

Crowded Shelter - At the bleachers of the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City on Tuesday (10 September 2013), as thousands of residents from affected barangays temporarily take refuge after Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) forces occupied some parts of the city, some use tables as makeshift shelter for infants. (MindaNews photo by Frencie Carreon)

PNG seeks renewal of agreement with PH tuna firm GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 September) -- The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is pushing for the renewal of an investment agreement it had signed with a tuna fishing and manufacturing company based in this city as it moves to draw more major investments into its thriving tuna industry. Job Pomat, chair of PNG’s National Fisheries Board, said they are now reviewing its standing “state agreement” with homegrown firm RD Corporation in a bid to extend their trade and investment arrangements beyond its scheduled expiration in two years. “I want to assure you that my government will review the agreement with a view to extend it after 2015,” he said at the 15th National Tuna Congress here.

Pomat, who represented PNG Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Mao Zeming in the gathering, said RD Corporation signed the deal with the PNG government in 1995 as a result of the signing of the Philippines-Papua New Guinea Fisheries Bilateral Cooperation. He commended the company, which is owned by local fishing magnate Rodrigo Rivera Sr., “for taking the bold step to invest in PNG” after signing the state agreement. After initially opening business in PNG’s Siar and Vidar districts, RD Corporation so far diversified its business in tuna fishing, tuna canning, fish meal processing, can making, shipyard and dry-dock, cold storage, value-added fresh seafoods, wharf and

stevedoring, building and construction and real estate. Overall, the company has 38 diversified business units and operations in this city and other parts of the country, Indonesia and Australia. On the review of the state agreement, Pomat said there are some outstanding issues that both sides need to comply with to ensure that the deal and its obligations are fully implemented. “Both sides need to carefully assess these outstanding issues, and come up with a practical timetable and commitment to effectively address them,” he said without further elaborating. In the meantime, Pomat said the PNG government will continue with its partnership with the company, which he described as “now a major player in the tuna

industry in PNG.” He said they are closely working with RD Corporation and other private entities for the development of the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone, which is considered one of the major economic impact projects in PNG. tuna | page 9

ently occupied by the MNLF, but are considered as presumptive evacuees” because they come from neighboring villages, a volunteer said. In an official statement by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, the Jesuit institution said: “How we wish the hostage-takers would see the thousands of evacuees who are now seeking shelter in the city Grand Stand. See the disruption of nearby hospitals that had to transfer by the cowardly act of these lawless elements. Add(ed) to this is the human shield in order to move around—this is a crime against humanity.” (Frencie Carreon / MindaNews)

DAF-ARMM official reviews accomplishment of provincial offices

COTABATO CITY - Keen on pushing the agency’s plan “Roadmap to Productivity” Regional Secretary Macmod Mending, Jr. of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM) sees the need for interaction with implementors on the ground. Barely two weeks since he assumed office, Mending held a meeting with provincial agriculturists of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi on Monday, Sept 9 at the DAFARMM regional office here. Macmod said, officials and workers of DAF-ARMM need to know the policy direction of the regional governor after which each provincial agriculturist is expected to render his accomplishment report to be followed by an open forum. “I will relay to them the Regional Governor’s policy including mine as the regional secretary. Issues and concerns will be discussed but the individual accomplishment report comes first before the open forum,” Mending said. Earlier, Mending said, a Roadmap to Productivity” has been formulated pursuant to the general policy Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman aimed at increased production on palay, corn, high value crops and livestock under the Agri-Pinoy

program of the agency. Through this meeting, issues, concerns and problems of provincial offices in the implementation of programs and projects would be threshed out, foster closer coordination and understanding, transparency to attain increased productivity through good governance, Mending said. “Magkakaalaman kung anong meron sila at anong meron sa regional office, establish direct coordination, close contact and linkages. From there we could draw out how to involve the provinces in all of the programs and projects of the region,” Mending said. (We woud know what the provinces have and what the regional office has, establish direct coordination, close contact and linkages. From there would draw out how to involve the provinces in all of the programs and projects of the region.) According to Mending, through discussion and review of the accomplishments of the provincial offices they could discern from them the policy direction of the agency. Me anw h i l e, DA FARMM has presently six (6) units of tractor costing P2.3 million each ready for distribution to local government units with 50% equity and farmers cooperatives in the autonomous region. (pbchangco/PIA Cotabato City)

A local competitor gives his best during the 4th National Skimboarding Competition at the Queen Tuna park as part of the 15th Tuna Festival Carnivale in General Santos City, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 8, 2013.(MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas)


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Lanao del Sur gets 12 fire station projects from ARMM's TISP By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur -- Twelve out of the 33 fire station projects under the Transition Investment Support Plan (TISP) for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) went to the province, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here. Provincial Fire Marshal SFO4 Maximino Vicente P. Ventura II said five of the fire station projects were already completed as of

August 31, this year. These fire stations, he said, are constructed in Balindong, Marantao, Saguiaran, Ditsaan-Ramain, and Balabagan. He said the construction of the other seven fire stations costing P2.9 million each is on-going with different levels of completion. According to him, the fire station project in Masui town is 90 percent completed and those in Piagapo, Lumba Bayabao and Poona Bayabao are 89 percent

Construction of new roads going to remote tourist destinations safe MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN -- Camiguin Provincial Tourism Officer Candice Naome Dael reiterated that new roads built going to remote tourist areas in the Island will cause no harm to adjacent forests. The province is currently undertaking three major road infrastructure projects, connecting secluded tourist destinations like the Tuasan and Binangawan (rainbowed) falls to the major highway, and one cross country road project from Mainit Catarman to Sitio Itum, Barangay Baylao in Mambajao. Dael clarified that they are keeping these areas as eco-tourism zones and have already taken necessary steps in passing an ordinance that prohibits activities which can endanger and destroy the forests and the wildlife resources.

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The project is being spearheaded by the PNG’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which is set to negotiate with China’s Export Import Bank to seek an additional loan of k700 million or roughly US$ 270.9 million, on top of the US$ 95 million soft loan that was earmarked for its initial phase.

“These roads are perfect for biking and hiking activities, a beautiful sight of the forest awaits visiting tourist who wish to take the cross countr y road trip,” she said. Provincial Planning and Development Officer, Felicisimo M. Gomez, meanwhile, added that they have undertaken close coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR) prior to the implementation of the project. “In Bingawan Falls, we even opted to construct pathways nearing the falls as the DENR has permitted the construction of roads,” he explained. To date, the road project near Tuasan Falls was already completed, while the two other are expected to be completed within the year. (JCV/PIA) “We have re-scoped the project from just a marine landing and processing hub to a special economic zone to include processing and export of other products like agricultural commodities, timber and minerals,” he said. Pomat added that the revised project, which is within the operational area of RD Corporation, will be dubbed Madang Industrial Zone. (MindaNews)

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CCE-026-2013 10172 Date: September 3, 2013 In compliance with the publication requirements and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the implementation of the Administrative Orders No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172). Notice is hereby served to the Public that Raquel Palamine Galera has filed with this office, a petition for correction of entry in sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the certificate of birth of Raquel Palamine Galera at Medina, Misamis Oriental and whose parents are Roberto Pabulario Palamine and Lourdes Roez Palamine. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later that September 13, 2013. (Sgd.) MARINA MAQUIDATO-AMONCIO Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Sept. 5 & 12, 2013

completed. He said the construction of these projects started in October, last year. Ventura also said the fire station in Madalum town is now 87 percent completed while those in Bayang and Bacolod Kalawi are 85 percent and 72 percent completed, respectively. The TISP is a P8.59 billion fund earmarked by the Aquino administration to fast track key development initiatives and reforms in ARMM. (APB/PIA-10)

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Strange Seatmates - An Army soldier (left) and an MILF fighter share a bench outside a sari-sari store in Barangay Barit, Balindong town in Lanao del Sur Monday, Sept. 9. The MILF has allowed the Philippine Army to search their camps in Lanao del Sur following allegations that they were harboring terror groups responsible for the series of bombings in Cagayan de Oro City and other parts of Mindanao. No terror suspects were found in the camps. (MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo)

DTI warns public anew vs. mislabeled Christmas decors, unsafe products By RUBY LEONORA R. BALISTOY

MAL AYBAL AY CIT Y, Bukidnon, -- As consumers bargain for Christmas decors and products with the start of the "ber" months this September, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here urged the buying public to be watchful and nosy of mislabeled products, to assure quality and safe use, so that they really get the

best value for their money. DTI Bukidnon Provincial Director Ermedio Abang in a statement warns consumers not to rush into buying fake or imitation products that are cheap. "Consumers must check the labels such as the brand or trade mark, name and address of manufacturer, country of manufacture, net quantity, and toxicity warnings, if applicable,"

Abang said He also stressed that under the Consumer Act of the Philippines, the manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers are liable to consumers for injuries caused by defective and unsafe products as well as for the insufficient or inadequate information on the use of certain products and the hazards they pose. "As provided in Re-

public Act 7394, those found not conforming to the minimum labeling and packaging requirements face administrative charges. Criminal penalties include a fine of not less than P500 but not more than P20,000 or imprisonment of not less than three (3) months but not more than two (2) years per violation," Abang said. (RLRB/PIA 10-Bukidnon)

DOE to conduct multi-sectoral advocacy on downstream oil industry in C. de Oro CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Department of Energy (DOE) through its Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) in collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency will conduct a

Multi Sectoral Advocacy on Downstream Oil Industry today (September 12) at the Dynasty Court Hotel here. As part of OIMB’s advocac y initiatives, the Multi-Sectoral Advocacy

Campaign on Downstream Oil Industry (DOI) was conceptualized in order to create and capacitate a critical mass of communicators/ media practitioners that would serve as conduits in

disseminating the benefits and developments in the industry. In order to maximize the campaign, other DOI stakeholders are invited

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Well, Jesus has everything to do with your life—both now and after you die. What we do with Jesus in our life now decides what He will do with us after we die. You must decide for yourself 1 of 3 choices who Jesus Christ really is: He’s either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord of the world, just

who He said and proved He is. Jesus said and showed that He’s God Himself, the Creator of all life, and Lord over death. That means He’s your and my Judge Who’s the only One Who can forgive and save you from suffering in hell, away from Him forever. So if you understand that

Jesus is God your Maker, just as He said and proved He is, then the smart choice is to obey everything He commanded and live His way every day of your life. His way’s the only way you can live the true, satisfying life He created you to enjoy—now and forever. Just Think a Minute…

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call themselves a Christian church or followers of Jesus Christ. You may be thinking: “Ok, if Jesus is God and the Only One Who can forgive all my wrongs, so what? What’s that to me?”

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SPOUSES EPHRAIM DAND DELA MERCED AND ROSEMARY R. DELA MERCED,

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Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City CIVIL CASE N0. 2013-093

EPHRAIM DANS DELA MERCED, Petitioner, - Versus ROSEMARY R. DEI A MERCED, Respondent. x-------------------------------------------------------/

IN RE: JOINT PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE BETWEEN CIVIL CASE N02013-111 SPOUSES LEO NIÑO J. PASCO (MOHAMMAD FAISAL) AND MELOJEAN M. PUACHE-PASCO, LEO NIÑO J. PASCO (MOAMMAD FAISAL) AND MELOJEAN M. PUACHE-PASCO (FARHANNA), Petitioners. x---------------------------------------------------------------------/

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Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the counsel of the petitioner and alleging among others: That petitioner and Respondent are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites November 28, 1970 at Isabila, Basilan, petitioner converted to Islam faith, of which conversion to Islam was duly Registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at Carbide Village Brgy., Tubod, Ros., Hghts., Iligan City and Davao City respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for almost thirty (30) years already, since 1984 they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either Financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby surviving their marriage bond on February 29, 1992 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on September 13, 2013 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 news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 2nd of September, 2013.

Before this court is verified Joint Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under Muslim rites on April 27, 2010 at Quezon City, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were Registered with this court both of them can he served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at 55 Pasco St., Libis, Quezon City and 023 Bueno St., Purok Pag-asa, Bara-as, Iligan City respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for more than two (2) years already, since April 2011 they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioners seek judicial decree of divorce thereby surviving their marriage bond on April 27, 2010 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on September 22, 2013 at 9:00 am at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be grated. Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 2nd of September, 2013.

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AGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE—The country’s first-ever waste-to-energy facility will soon rise in this city after the Memorandum of Agreement has been signed last September 10, 2013 between the City Government of Tagum and the Global Green International Energy Philippines, Inc. The multi-million dollar investment will see the rise of a waste-to-energy facility using a highly-reliable, environmentallycompliant and safe technology that will generate fuel and electricity from solid waste generated by the city. Mayor Allan L. Rellon tagged this project a development in the city especially that project will create jobs for Tagumeños and will also be helpful in managing the solid waste of the city. As authorized by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the local chief executive signed the

Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday with the Global Green International Energy Philippines, Inc. as represented by its chief executive officer Alan Mathews. Mathews said that the construction of the facility will commence on January 2014 and will be fully operational by the end of next year. Showing support to the project is Vice Mayor Geterito T. Gementiza and the rest of the members of the 6th City Council who witnessed the signing of the said MOA. Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum.

HISTORY. Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon and Chief Executive Officer Alan Mathews of the Global Green International Energy Philippines, Inc. sign the Memorandum Agreement last September 10, 2013 that will pave the way to the construction of the country’s first-ever waste-to-energy facility. Such facility will use a highly-reliable, environmentally-compliant and safe technology that will generate fuel and electricity from solid waste generated by the city. (Photo by Leo Timogan of CIO Tagu)

Sta. Maria town, 39th IB ink internal security agreement By CARINA L. CAYON

DAVAO ORIENTAL farmers receives livelihood support by Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon, Davao Oriental Governor, Gov. Malanyaon said the cacao industry shows a lot of potential and that it is envisioned that Davao Oriental within a few years will become one of the top cacao producer in the country. (Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan/Karen Lou Deloso PIO DavOr)

Davao City 911 cited for saving lives in deadly fire DAVAO CITY - The city government recognized the gallantry and dedication of the members of the Emergency Response Center Central 911 for saving the lives of fire victims last Saturday dawn, September 7 in Kilometer 7, Lanang in a simple rite at the city hall grounds yesterday afternoon. Emmanuel Ja ldon, chief of the Emergency Central 911 said the joint rescue effort was made by the personnel of the Fire Auxiliary Service, Urban Search and Rescue, and the Emergency Medical

Service. He lauded the well coordinated effort which saved seven out of eight lives from suffocation. “The team was able to extricate eight victims who were at the verge of suffocation. Out of the eight seven were saved while the other unluckily did not make it,” Jaldon said. He said that it is just right that the local government recognizes their courage and self-less dedication to save lives. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lauded the team and re-

called that the Emergency Response Center Central 911 was replicated from the Central 911 of Canada and the United States of America. He said he even prodded the telecommunication firms to designate the 911 numbers for emergency response to serve the people well. “911 is very crucial to governance in the matter of saving lives and in making everyone comfortable with the services of the government,” Duterte said. He said that the ser-

vices of the Emergency Response Center Central 911 like the FAS, USAR and EMS are free and they are ready to serve the people round-the-clock. Duterte said that the services of the Emergency Response Center Central 911 are very important for the city given the uncertainty of the peace and order in other parts of Mindanao. He said that the effort of its members to save lives is worth the emulation. “May your tribe increase,” Duterte said. (RGA/JSD/PIA-XI)

STA. MARIA, Davao del Sur – The municipal government of Sta. Maria in Davao del Sur entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Monday with the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion for the implementation of the Internal Security Efforts (ISE). Sta. Maria Mayor Rudy Mariscal and 39IB commander Lt. Col Norman Zuniega signed the MOA on September 9 during the handover of ISE Lead Role to the Municipality of Sta. Maria held at the Municipal Gym. 1002 Brigade commander Col. Marcos Norman Flores explained that the MOA on ISE Lead Role stipulates that the Mayor shall lead together with the Municipal Council in the implementation of all security efforts in the municipality. The Army will continue its support especially in cases of incursion or resurgence by members of the CPP-NPA-NDF, Flores said in a press release issued by Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer 1Lt. Aldrin S. Moral. Flores said that the acceptance of the municipal government in taking the lead role of the ISE operations indicates that Sta. Maria is development-ready. “We are not more interested in defeating them (CPP-NPA-NDF), but we would like to enjoin them to join us in our peace efforts, ang gusto po natin is to win the peace na kailangan natin dahil ito

po ang napakalaking susi para sa ating patuloy na pag-unlad,” (what we want is to win the peace that we need because this is the big key to continue our development) he stated. According to the CMO press release, the Municipal Council of Sta. Maria approved on September 2 Municipal Resolution No. 56, S. 2013 authorizing Mayor Mariscal, being the chair of the Municipal Peace and Order Council, to enter into a MOA with the 39th IB relative to the handover of ISE operation in the municipality. Meanwhile, 39IB commander Lt. Col. Norman Zuniega attributed the success of the Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP) in the municipality to the convergence of all stakeholders, especially the cooperation of the residents, and the active participation of the LGU. Zuniega said this resulted to the clearing of affected barangays from communist influence, the surrender of former NPA members, and confiscation of subversive documents. He added that the PDOP effort has also facilitated the delivery of basic services by the LGU and nongovernment organizations directly to the communities. “This event promotes the importance of collaboration, understanding and the recognition of each other’s worth in attaining lasting peace,” Lt. Col. Zuniega stated in the CMO press release. (RGA/CLC/PIA-XI)


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Dad wants a probe on ‘vigilante killings’ By GERRY LEE GORIT Staff Member of Mindanao Daily News

CAGAYAN de oro City–– City Councilor Ramon Tabor, chairman of the city council committee on police matters, has called on the police hierarchy to investigate the so-called “vig i lante ki l lings” in Cagayan de Oro City. Tabor said that the recent spate of killings (sum-

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mary killings) which were reportedly attributed to “vigilantes” has alarmed the citizens. “Vigilante killings” had been locally defined as a killing perpetrated by suspects who have been accused of extracting “justice” through personal initiative usually directed at suspected or known criminals who freely roam around the city’s streets without being caught or punished

by the state. The most recent occurred earlier this week in the downtown area where a man was shot to death by unknown attackers. Reports said six of the 10 recent victims have been buried anonymously, Tabor said. The city councillor said that he has asked the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office to shed light on the almost weekly killings

here believed perpetrated by unidentified suspects masquerading as “vigilantes” killings” that happen almost every week. “Summary killings are illegal,” he said, but: “Officially there are no vigilantes here.” Tabor, however, warned citizens not to blame the city mayor, current or former, for the existence of the spate of killings. “The reasons for the kill-

ings have become mixed,” Tabor said, adding that some may be personally motivated. Tabor said that the city council’s committee on police matters would conduct a hearing on Thursday with invited police officials in order to possibly shed light on the issue. The committee would like to hear reports from concerned police officials on this matter, he added.

talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. “We call on all people in Mindanao for sobriety,” he said. For his part, William Steel of the Aid to Life Ministries based in Cagayan de Oro, said the Muslims, Christians and indigenous people in Mindanao must work together for a peaceful outcome of the crisis in Zamboanga. “We should unite together in the grounds of peace,” Steel said. “We have an opportunity for that,” he added. Steel, a foreigner, said that in the last 10 years he has been in Mindanao he was able to roam around the island freely. “We want no war,” he said. Meanwhile, two Marine battalions have been pulled out from Misamis Oriental and sent to Zamboanga City. The Philippine Army 4th Infantry Division, based in Cagayan de Oro, also sent a battalion. Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental remain on red alert with checkpoints in key areas.

workers all over the world to not send their remittance on Sept. 19 to press the government to abolish the pork barrel system. The OFW group said that Zero Remittance Day would show how Filipinos can “use their economic power to make a stand against corruption, patronage politics and social justice.” Members of the House of Representatives and senators have been linked to the scam involving the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, or more commonly known as pork barrel. According to both media and Commission on Audit reports, legislators channeled their pork barrel to fake non-government agencies. OFWs, though working abroad, have earlier expressed their call for the abolition of the pork barrel system. During the Aug. 26 rally in Luneta, Filipino migrant workers held their own protest actions in their worksites and at Philippine embassies and consulates and posted their photos online. Sept. 19 marks the implementation of the omnibus policy of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, which paved the way for the mandatory $25 contribution levied on Filipinos leaving to work abroad, per contract. Migrante International has long called for the full audit of the said OFW funds, amounting to no less than P14 billion ($333.33 million). Morona, in a statement, added that members of Filipino communities in Dubai, Northern Emirates and the Bayanihan Council in Abu Dhabi also sent word that they would participate in the Zero Remittance Day. There are about 600,000 Filipinos working in the United Arab Emirates. Filipino migrant workers in Rome, Italy, in a photo release, declared that they would also participate in the Zero Remittance Day on Sept. 19. In helping spread the word, they distributed leaflets on

Sept. 8, calling on other Filipinos there to join the protest action. “We do not work overseas and endure separation from our loved ones just so government officials can plunder public funds or so that Aquino could uphold the corrupt pork barrel system,” Eman Villanueva, secretary general of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong-Migrante, said. Villanueva said the money OFWs send to their families, “is not meant to feed the greed of the corrupt and the plunderers.” “The billions of dollars in remittances that we send and the billions of pesos more generated from the long list of fees that the government charges to OFWs that help keep the economy afloat are not meant to keep a thriving corrupt system of governance,” Villanueva added. Filipinos in Hongkong will also participate in the Zero Remittance Day on Sept. 19. Villanueva said OFWs are angry over the “continuing corruption, slow prosecution of culprits, and Aquino’s special treatment of Janet Lim-Napoles” while Filipino migrant workers are “deprived of basic support and services to protect their well-being and human rights.” He added that many OFWs are in danger because there are no sufficient funds for their repatriation. Their families back in the country, on the other hand, are struggling to make ends meet. “Aquino’s unwillingness to totally abolish the pork barrel system comes from the fact that his own pork barrel is the biggest and he uses it to maintain and strengthen patronage politics to ultimately serve the comprador and landlord elites benefiting from a system that remains backward and foreign-dominated,” Villanueva said. Not afraid? In reports, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda belittled the Zero Remittance Day, saying that, “I don’t think that will happen. That is

hard to execute because their own families would suffer.” But Migrante International believes that it is not just the migrants’ families who would suffer but also the government and its reliance on OFW remittances to keep the economy afloat. Villanueva said that while it is true that the money they send go directly to their families, the government is also using their remittances “to bloat up its earnings that, in turn, improve its credit standing. We supply the dollars that prevent the peso from total collapse.” “Aquino and his mouthpiece Lacierda are not fooling us with their uncaring projection, for the truth is they are scared out of their wits by the zero remittance day action,” he added. In a previous statement, Garry Martinez, chairperson of Migrante International, said the government earns 0.15 percent for every P200 ($4.55) remittance. He cited the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration data that shows that the government earns about $1.4 million monthly from the documentary stamp tax of OFW remittances. In 2012, OFW remittances amounted to $21 billion. “That is $57.5 million a day, or Php2.5 billion from which the government earns 0.15% for every P200 remittance. That’s just for the DST. Other taxes and cuts generated by the government from banking transactions are not yet included,” Martinez said. Aside from the documentary stamp tax, foreign and local banks also charge service fees for the remittances. “It goes without saying that withholding a day’s worth of OFW remittances will have a direct impact on the economy. It is the government’s revenue from OFW remittances that would be reduced. It is nothing compared to the small remittances families receive,” Martinez added. (http://bulatlat.com)

members who landed in Zamboanga City Sunday evening came from Sulu to hold a peace rally in the city. “The problem in Zamboanga should not be belittled,” Tagalog said. “It could be a spark to a bigger problem in Mindanao,” he added. Tagalog called for negotiations between the government and MNLF to solve the crisis peacefully. He said that so long as the military is present in the area there would be no solution. “We have a political front in Zamboanga City,” he said. In northern and eastern Mindanao, Tagalog said the MNLF has 12 livelihood divisions. “We are with the government for peaceful development,” he said, adding that they have around 25,000 members in the two regions with about 5,000 active officers working for their livelihood programs. He added that the last instruction he received from MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari, which he received last month, was to propagate peace and non- from page 1 violence. of Migrante – United Arab EmirTagalog called on the ates, said. Earlier this week, Migrante Ingovernment to include Misternational called on Filipino migrant uari in the current peace

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