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Mindanao Daily NEWS

Volume II, No. 168

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January 10, 2014

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Russia world’s 4th on number of smokers

Russia is among the world’s heaviest smoking countries, outranked only by China, India and Indonesia, according to a new report out Wednesday. About 39 million of 143 million Russians smoked as of 2012, the latest year covered by a global group of researchers for a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Of these, 28 million are men and 11 million are women. The overall figure was 38 million in 1980, when the population was at 138 million. In China, some 280 million smoked as of 2012 in a population of 1.35 billion. Just over half of Russian men smoke every day, or 52 percent, the sixth highest proportion in the world in a list topped by Timor-Leste with 61 percent. However, only about 15 percent of Russian women smoke, according to the study. Russia consumed 340 billion cigarettes in 2012, equivalent to 118 packets of See smokers, page 11

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AMBOANGA Sibugay––Gunmen killed a village chieftain and wounded another official in an ambush in Buug town in Zamboanga Sibugay province in southern Philippines, police said. See FULL STORY, page 8

ISO certifies DOLE 10 CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Northern Mindanao has been certified as an International Standard Organization (ISO), DOLE regional director Alan Macraya said on Wednesday.

He said Labor Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz informed the DOLE regional office that ISO certification was issued during the commemoration of the agency’s 80th founding anniversary on December 8, 2013. See certifies, page 11

PROCESSION. Thousands of Black Nazarene devotees [others opted to walk barefooted] show their devotion during Thursday’s procession of the replica of the image from Nazareno Church, around the city and back to the church. The annual procession was held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and was policed by some 300 officers with augmention from barangay tanods and criminology students. Photos by Gerry L. Gorit of Mindanao Daily

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AGAYAN de Oro City––A city councilor on Wednesday has blamed the absence of the “Intensive Care Unit” (ICU) at the city-owned J. R. Borja General Hospital here, which resulted in the death of a patient admitted with Dengue disease.

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City Councilor Candy Darimbang said that a 7-year old boy who was infected with “dengue” died at the city hospital for lack of medical facilities, especially the ICU where the patient could have been confined and be extended appropriate medical attention. “C o n s i d e r i n g t h a t the city government has

promised to provide better health services to the poorest of the poor in the city, the incident was very frustrating,” Darimbang told members of the City Council during the regular session here. Had there been an ICU unit at the city hospital, the death of the boy would not have happened, Darimbang added.

Cong. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District, Cagayan de Oro, center, assisted by Tablon Bgy Chairman Romeo Bacarro, 4th from left and City Councilor Zaldy Ocon, 6th from left cuts the ribbon during the ceremonial turnover of the P 4.4 million road concreting farm-to-market road in Tablon. Also in photo are city councilors Enrico Salcedo, Bong Lao, Candy Darimbang, Roger Abaday, DPWH District Engr. Anastacio Marundan, Engr. Pidoy Bergado of the Department of Agriculture and Bgy Kagawads Angelo Pomar, Billy Kid Auza and Felix Wayan. LESLIE

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She said that she will pressure the city council and the city government to establish a medically equipped ICU unit at the city hospital in order that the hospital could serve the less fortunate city residents. According to Darimbang, the private hospital here would not admit poor patients who could not provide down payment.

The city government created the hospital primarily with a mission to serve the poorest of the poor in the city, she said. However, the absence of the necessary medical equipment would drive a point that the incumbent administration does nothing but lip service, she added. CRIS DIAZ, Exec. Editor, MDN

MISAMIS Oriental Vice Governor Joey G. Pelaez, Hon. Arsenio Kho, Jr. and Hon. Mario Charlie Emano were present during the 2014 1st Regular Session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Oriental at N Hotel, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City last January 6, 2014. During the Session, Hon. Kho was recognized as the representative of the ABC in a holdover capacity pending the submission of the confirmation of Hon. Emano by the National Liga ng mga Barangay.


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54.26% kids in C. de Oro not yet immunized, risk measles infection By Cheng Ordoñez, Associate Editor

MORE than half of the population, or 54.26 percent of children, here in Cagayan de Oro are not yet immunized and face the risk of being infected with measles and other diseases.

Councilor Dante Pajo, chair of the committee on health, has appealed to parents to cooperate with health authorities of the city at this time when the country is facing health risks due to the spreading of measles in the metro. Pajo said parents should submit their children for immunizations immediately or take the risk of getting infected by the airborne-spreading measles in Metro Manila from people coming in via the airport and seaports. Pajo said parents should bring their children to their respective barangay health centers. He said: “We have enough supply of vaccines, especially for measles.” Councilor Pajo’s plea came following a survey result conducted by personnel, nurses and midwives of the City Health Office in October 2013 that shows 15,757 out of 29,039 children, with ages ranging from one year old to four years old in the 80 barangays of the city have yet to be given vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Pajo commended health personnel and Barangay Health Workers (BHW) for the survey and for continuing efforts to implement the expanded program on immunization in all barangays. The activity is one of the strategies of the Department of Health, Region 10, to prevent the outbreak of measles. Pajo also called on all newly-elected barangay officials to support the programs of their respective health centers, even as he encourages parents to give proper The 1st Kuyamis Festival opened Wednesday at the Misamis Oriental provincial capitol grounds with booths set up nutrition to their children and to maintain clean and the different municipal governments of the province. The three-day activity aims to promote the coconut industry healthy environment for them. of the local government units. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit of Mindanao Daily News

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Dengue cases in Caraga up by 7% By Erwin Mascariñas of MindaNews

instructed to report stagnant canals or waterways, which serve as the mosquitoes’ breeding ground. Nery explained that even though the health budget for 2014 is not that much, help from the communities could go a long way. “We can’t do this by ourselves. We need the help and support of our barangay leaders and the people in the community. Aside from the cleanups, we need to push a more comprehensive education campaign about dengue,” he said.

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Bukidnon wants to ban regulate firecrackers By WALTER I. BALANE

MALAYBALAY CITY – Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bukidnon said they support passing legislation either banning or regulating the sale and use of firecrackers in the province following reports of increase in the number of injuries during revelries in the run up to the New Year. The Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported 19 firecrackerrelated injuries in the last New Year revelries compared to only 5 a year ago. The cases were documented from December 29 to midday of January 2. Board member Gordon Torres (3rd District) told MindaNews he will study the proposal for an ordinance banning firecrackers in Bukidnon. Torres chairs

the committee on peace and order at the provincial board. He ordered his staff to study ordinances passed in other areas, like Davao City’s, which started banning firecrackers in 2001. Valencia City councilor Oliver Owen Garcia, who sits as an ex-officio member of the provincial board as president of the Philippine Councilors League in Bukidnon, said he will support the move to pass an ordinance regulating firecrackers, saying it will be for the safety of the public, especially children. “It will also compel manufacturers and vendors to sell only firecrackers observing the standards set by government,” he added. House Speaker Feliciano B elmonte Jr. was quoted in repor ts f rom Manila-based

reporters that local government units (LGUs) should take on the proposal banning all kinds of firecrackers as firework-related injuries continue to increase. The repor ts quoted B elmonte, Marikina City Rep. Miro Quimbo and House Deputy Majority Leader and Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) Rep. Sherwin Tugna as rejecting the call of Health Secretary Enrique Ona for lawmakers and other stakeholders to consider a total ban on firecrackers after getting dismayed over the continuing increase in firecracker injuries. Belmonte noted that the cities of Davao and Zamboanga already implemented a total ban. Board member Marivic Montesclaros (3rd District) said it is timely to do something about firecrackers sale and use in the province.

But she noted that there might be a need to regulate only, not to ban. She added that under regulation, sale will be limited to government and other dulyaccredited institutions. “They will be allowed only during fiesta time, foundation days, and during Christmas and New Year holidays,” she added. She said the legislation should also cover pyrotechnic effects aside from firecrackers. Board member Jay Albarece (1st District) said it is important to pursue such legislation. But he said one consideration is the economic impact as the livelihood of those dependent on the firecrackers industry will be affected. Dr. Ricardo Reyes, PHO chief, said it is time for the local government units in Bukidnon

to pass ordinances banning the sale and use of firecrackers. He added that it must be towns and cities that should pass ordinances because they will be at the frontline of enforcement. Reyes cited the example of Davao City, which pioneered the banning of firecrackers in Mindanao, has been promoting the use of “torotot” or party blowers to welcome the New Year. Mayor R o d r i go D ute r te banned the sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics during the Christmas season in 2001 by not issuing vendors and malls business permits. He said the money for fireworks would be better spent on food. He also announced a P5,000 bounty for those who could pinpoint anyone firing a gun during the merrymaking. (mindanews)

RHRC-ARMM announces hiring of 18 permanent positions By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN

Camiguin Representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo (5th r-l), Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo (center), and Mambajao Mayor Ma. Luisa D. Romualdo (3rd l-r) leads the ceremonial ribbon cutting on January 7 at the provincial tourism center to launch the underwater marvels of the province through an exhibit of entries from the island’s first Underwater Photography Contest. Winning photos will be featured in the biodiversity booklet of the province. (Julius Guirjen, CCRMP)

Anti-Littering Task Force direct efforts in cleanliness of Iligan

ILIGAN CITY – Information gathered by the City Information Office (CIO) from Sean Actub, antilitteringhead of AntiLittering Task Force said the task force is exerting efforts in cleaning the central part of the city. The task force has deployed its people in this part of the city to of the surroundings. Several individuals maintain the cleanliness

and establishments were penalized for throwing

garbage indiscriminately and their failure to obs er ve prop er garb age disposal. Actub is enjoining re s i d e nt s of t h e c it y for their co op eration to maintain cleanliness in the city which is in consonance with the desire of Mayor Celso G. Regencia. (Philip John Burlado/CIO)

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - The Regional Human Rights Commission in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RHRC-ARMM) announced 18 job vacancies to be assigned in its regional office in Cotabato City. Lawyer Abdel Jamal R. Disangcopan, head of RHRC Provincial Office, said they are in need of three Attorney III with salary grade 21; Information Technology (IT) Officer I with salary 19; Accountant II with salary grade 16; Administrative Officer IV, Planning Officer II, Information Officer II, and Special Investigator II, all with salary grade 15; Administrative Officer III with salary grade 14, four Special Investigator I and one Administrative Assistant V with salary grade 11; Administrative Officer I with salary grade 10, and two Administrative Assistant III with salary grade 9. For the position of Attorney III, one must have Bachelor’s Law degree, with RA 1080 eligibility, with one year of relevant experience and four hours of relevant training. Qualification standards for IT Officer I, Accountant II, Administrative Officer IV, Planning Officer II, Information Officer II, Special Investigator II, and Administrative Officer III positions include Bach-

elor’s Degree, one year of relevant experience, four hours of relevant training, and 2nd Level Civil Service (CS) eligibility. Applicants for Special Investigator I, Administrative Assistant V and Administrative Officer I are required to possess a Bachelor’s Degree and 2nd Level Civil Service eligibility, no relevant experience and training needed. On the other hand, applicants for Administrative Assistant III must have completed two years studies in college, with one year of relevant experience and four hours of relevant training, and with 1st Level CS eligibility. Qualified applicants are advised to submit their application letters, Personal Data Sheets and other documents to RHRC-ARMM Regional Office located at 1F Japan-ARMM Friendship Hall and Training Center, ORG Compound in Cotabato City or to the RHRC Sub Regional Office in Zamboanga City or RHRC Provincial Office , 2F Titanic Building New Capitol Complex, this city. Disangcopan said all applications must be submitted on or before January 20, 2014. Accordingly, the subregional and provincial offices are only going to accept applications. Applicants must be prepared to take the exam and interview in Cotabato City. (APB/PIA-10)


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CONGRATULATIONS TO GOV. BAMBI EMANO’S ADMINISTRATION for initiating the 1st Kuyamis (Agro-Tourism) festival for the province of Misamis Oriental. The endeavor is aimed at enhacing the local agri-business industry. - Mindanao Daily News, Jan. 10, 2014 FEATURES By JASPER MARIE OBLINA-RUCAT

C O N G R AT U L A TIONS TO GOV. BAMBI EMANO’ S ADMINISTRATION for initiating the 1st Agro-Tourism festival for the province of Misamis Oriental . Emano’s vision to build up and repackage Mis amis Oriental’s agriculture and tourism industry, is embodied in the three-day festivity dubbed as the 1st Kuyamis Festival. Today is the 84th MisOr Week where in every first week of the year, the provincial government holds the Kuyamis Festival to perk up the local business and tourism industry. This year’s festival has the theme :“Agro-Turismo sa MisOr Ipalambo.” The festival runs from Januar y 8 to

10 this year at the Provincial Capitol Grounds. The festival lines up various activities including Coconut Pro du c ts Display, Photo Exhibit, Sports Fest and Business Bazaar. According to MisOr Provincial Tourism Officer Robert Maestre, Kuyamis was the original name of Misamis - a variety of sweet coconut found in the province and described as a Golden Malayan Dwarf Coconut Tree, which part of the Cocus Nusifera family. He added that aside from branding the a c ti v ity Ku yami s , the provincial government intends to develop the coconut industry since according to the Philippine

Coconut Authority (PCA) statistics, Misamis Oriental is the 5th major producer of coconut in the country. There will be prizes to local government unit (LGUs) participants which will be used to enhance coconut productivity and livelihood. The festivity is associated with the founding of the Province on January 1, 1930 as separate and independent local government unit through Republic Act 3537 enacted by the Philippine Legislature on November 2, 1929. He added that since then, every first week of Januar y of each year is dedicated to commemorate the birth of Misamis Oriental.


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AN overwhelming majority hates corruption in government, and who does not hate this menace, but when the opportunity presents for them to be corrupt readily submit themselves to become disciples and practitioners of corruption. We see this among neophyte politicians and newlyhired public servants who at the start of their respective public service careers were anti-corruption only to end up worst than those they replaced. When aspiring politicians seek the people’s mandate they criticize to the hilt the incumbent for being corrupt and thus vow to be 180-degree different from them given the chance to serve through the mandate of the people. When elected to office, they start right but as their public service journey as elected official goes on, they end up being eaten by the corruption bug. When appointive public servants get hired, they vow to be different compared to their seniors in public service who are mired in corrupt practices but more often than not end up no different to their seniors. Indeed this phenomenon is appalling but puzzling as well. What is in government service that transforms almost everyone who is in that endeavor into corrupt beings? The corruption bug is not only gobbling up the atheists but even the most ardent believers of Jesus Christ. I personally witnessed devout Christians who became politicians or appointive public servants whose transformation from being devout believers of Jesus to being slaves of the human nature, which is sin, happen overnight from the moment they entered public service. When I was still in public service as executive assistant to the governor of Cebu, as chief of staff of one of Cebu’s solons when Congress was revived in 1987 and later as special assistant to then Senate President Jovito Salonga, many wondered why I and my family was still living literally in penury. Call me stupid but I honestly could not see any way by which a public servant can enrich himself in office based on the salary he receives from government. Based on my own experience, public service is truly servanthood, meaning, you can’t expect to amass wealth while in public service. That is my testimony. My years in public service taught me that only through corruption can one enrich himself in office either as an elected or appointed official. If I was able to relatively give my family little luxury in life it was only after my stint in government when I entered the world of sales and marketing. Never did my family enjoy some luxury in life when I was in government. Now, why would people, some of whom are even professed Christians, be gobbled up by the germ of corruption while in public service? This puzzling phenomenon is caused primarily by their lack of understanding of the fact that public service is servanthood. Do you expect your household help who in truth See SUBMISSION, page 11

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Gov’t leaders, traitors, betrayers LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight…” (Proverbs 3:6, the Holy Bible). -oooWHY NOT A BIBLE STUDY? The annual procession to honor the “Black Nazarene” every January 09 by our brothers and sisters from the Roman Catholic Church is an awesome display of religiosity, what with the millions regularly attending it. Now, if only leaders of the Roman Catholic Church will use this yearly event to conduct honest-to-goodness Bible studies among their faithful, then millions will be fed the Word and be assured of salvation. -oooFILIPINOS DESTINED TO BECOME THIEVES? So some P300 million was advanced by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, supposedly to assist victims of tropical storms in 2009, but all of which instead went, reports say, to 12 non-governmental organizations controlled by detained businesswoman, Janet Lim Napoles. What is new with this? Nothing. Filipinos, of what-

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio ever stature or political color, seem to be destined to become a thief of things (or money), big or small. Did you notice, for example, that Filipinos, as a people, threw out two presidents who were supposedly corrupt and plunderous. Yet, those who were installed in power subsequently were equally, if not more, corrupt and plunderous. So, our people continue to suffer. Why is this happening? The answer is simple: while many Filipinos profess to be believers of God, their faith is really fake, spurious and false. Filipinos are afflicted with what were said in contempt by Isaiah and Jesus Christ, our God and Savior: “these people honor God with their lips, but not with their hearts”. -oooGOV’ T LEADERS, TRAITORS AND BETRAYERS: So, year in and year

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Special Gospel of the day: Luke15:1-10(January10, 2014-Friday) Luke 15:1-10-Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found [it], he layeth [it] on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together [his] friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find [it]? And when she hath found [it], she calleth [her] friends and [her] neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had “lost.” Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth:

out, we are regaled with stories how our supposed government leaders turned out to be traitors and betrayers of the people’s trust and confidence---stealing, pocketing, and plundering the wealth and money of this country and of the government for their own personal use and interests. Yet, we continue electing the same officials and leaders every election. Filipinos continue honoring these traitors and betrayers of the people’s trust and confidence, by addressing them as “honorable”, by running to them for measly financial aids or donations, by deferring to them. This is disgusting. We should instead be insulting these people, spitting at their faces, taking away from them their properties which they bought with our money anyway. We should be treating as they should be treated---as scum and

filth of society who should not be emulated in any way. -oooCHANGE FOR THE BETTER? TRY GOD: But then, the truth is that, us Filipinos are to blame, too. So the question is, how do we start changing things for the better? Many have tried to offer solutions but it would seem nothing is really working. Why is this so? Well, my take is that, it is because God has not been consulted, not given a role, in any of these solutions. Therefore, why don’t we try consulting and giving God a role in our everyday lives, in every decision we make, in everything we do? For starters, we should read the Bible everyday, absorb the wisdom from its pages and verses, and apply such Biblical wisdom in the things we do, say, or think. I am sure victory and real change will both come hurrying to us as a nation if we do this. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook. com, batasmauricio@yahoo. com and mmauriciojr111@ gmail.com.

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Will there be democracy in the Bangsamoro entity? Our nominal democracy By Manny Valdehuesa

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Very soon, we’re made to believe, the formal adoption of the proposed framework agreement on the Bangsamoro entity will take place. It will be signed by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the group that successfully leveraged armed struggle and violence to gain recognition. If the signing pushes through, it will be quite an achievement, rightfully claimed by the MILF although it was not the original proponent of the idea. The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was the original but it was sidelined when the gov-

ernment unceremoniously decided to disregard its earlier agreement with it and pronounced the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) a failed experiment. Me a nw h i l e , M N L F chairman Nur Misuari has become a fugitive hunted for his role in the assault on Zamboanga last September 2013. It was Nur’s group that coined the term Bangsamoro during the latter part of the 1960s, or just after the bizarre incident instigated by President Marcos during which a contingent of Muslim volunteers were mowed down by gunfire on Corregidor Island to prevent

them from escaping. The “Jabidah Massacre” of 1968 triggered the MNLF’s secessionist movement, which used the term “Bangsamoro” to refer to the mainly Muslim peoples found in central and western Mindanao. T h e introduction of “Bangsamoro” into our vocabulary is an achievement, but one that still needs elaboration to avoid its loose and reckless usage by various groups. Let’s face it: we are a nation of mostly nominal Christians and nominal Muslims. So it is understandable that we also have a nominal democracy, democracy in name only but

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not in reality. In reality, the pollsters tell us that our society is ruled by just about 100 families that have established political dynasties. Consider our behavior. We celebrate independence but belittle our sovereignty, which we do not assert except under extreme conditions. Remember how we went along with Martial Law for 14 years before we got fed up and shrugged off the dictator in 1986 at Edsa? We advocate autonomy but fail to manage our local economy or govern our own barangay, allowing it to be headed by ambitious but incompetent wannabes. We make noises about federalism but fail to exercise even the most elementa-

ry tasks of self-governance, letting our municipalities, cities, or provinces be controlled by autocrats and dynasty-builders. Other times, we make a fuss about wanting good government but elect or allow to be elected demagogues, charlatans, or clowns with little or nothing to qualify them for the job. When they’re in office, we do nothing to make them perform as they promise or as public servants should. Thus, although ever yone says that such people shouldn’t be entrusted with public responsibility, they get elected anyway. Undeserved Respectability Worse, the so-called respectable citizens of our

community not only tolerate them but play ball with them, fraternizing and carousing with them, playing or posing or dancing with them, serving as ninong or ninang for their children, or joint-venturing in business with them. That’s how trapos gain social respectability from Mr. Civic Leader or Mrs. Concerned Citizen—an honor they don’t deserve but which gets them elected to office time and again. That’s also how trapos are able to establish never-ending dynasties that corner the power and the wealth of the community for themselves. And that’s why the truly talented and exemplary are See democracy, page 11


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AMBOANGA S I B U G AY – G u n m en killed a village chieftain and wounded another official in an ambush in Buug town in Zamboanga Sibugay province in southern Philippines, police said.

Po l i c e s a i d Wi l i r o Elisan, village chieftain of Santa Cruz in neighboring Diplahan town, was fatally shot, while his companion Juanito Encallado, the village treasurer, is wounded in the attack. The two officials were on a motorcycle driven by Reynaldo Baldicasa, a village councilman, when gunmen who were tailing them on another motorcycle, attacked them.

Baldicasa was unhurt in the ambush, police said, adding the two ambushers fled after the attack. Police investigators recovered 7 bullet casing of 9mm pistol in the area. They also recovered a .45-caliber pistol of the slain village chieftain. The motive of the ambush is still unknown, but police are investigating the attack. (Mindanao Examiner)

Ipil town turns-over water system project By EMMANUEL D. TAGHOY

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – The municipal government here has turned-over a water system project (level II) to Barangay Labe and Barangay Timalang Lumbia yesterday. T h e w at e r s y s t e m project, which benefits 300 to 500 households of the said barangays, was started in July 2012.

Business permit processing in Zambo down to 30 minutes ZAMBOANGA CITY – The processing time to renew business permits in this city has been lessened to 30 minutes as the local government has cut down the process to only three steps from the previous five. Benjie Barredo, chief of the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO), said the cutting down of the process is based on Executive Order 28 issued by Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, which mandates the streamlining of internal regulatory system on the business permit and licensing process. Basically, the process

involves the submission of renewal application form at the BPLO, followed by the assessment and payment of taxes at the City Treasurer’s Office, and consequently the issuance of a temporary permit to operate (TPO) or the so-called conditional permit by Barredo. Barredo said the TPO specifies the requirements and clearances that the business operator needs to secure within 90 calendar days. He said that non-compliance of the requirements within the specified period would cause the automatic revocation of the TPO and eventually the issuance

of notice of closure and the actual closure of the establishment. Barredo said that EO 28 also provides that the permit signed by the mayor will be released when all requirements and clearances are complied with and the TPO shall be surrendered to the BPLO. Barredo said that with the cutting down of the processing time, he expects an increase in the number of business registration this year compared to the last year’s 8,300. He said that more than 500 business permits have already been processed as of Monday since the permit

renewal process went full blast January 2. He said deadline for the renewal process is January 20 and late filers will be slapped with a 25-percent surcharge per quarter and two percent additional surcharge per month. Meanwhile, since January 2, City Hall has extended the working hours of offices involved in the business permit processing from from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Saturdays, Sundays and holidays to ensure business establishments can beat the deadline. (MindaNews)

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur - The city government has lined up different activities for the week-long event dubbed as “Pasalamat Festival” the highlight of which is this city’s fiesta that falls every third Sunday of January. The festival will kick-off January 13 with a series of activities showcasing the culture and tradition of this city’s tri-peoples--the

Christians, Muslims and Subanens--to enliven the spirits of Sto. Niño devotees. The festival culminates on the third Sunday of this month, which is this city’s fiesta. Vice Mayor Divina Grace Yu, who chairs the Pasalamat Festival 2014, said the activities will kick-off January 13 with an agrotrade fair at Plaza Luz to be spearheaded by the City Agriculture Office. Yu said the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in partnership with the Department of Labor

and Employment (DOLE) will hold a Jobs Fair the following day, January 14. The Jobs Fairs will be participated in by local and overseas employment agencies, according to Yu. There will be also be sea games like swimming and others as well as fluvial parade. A variety show will be held nightly at the Plaza Luz’ Taclobo Stage, which is just in front of the city hall. Mayor Romeo Pulmones has issued Executive Order No. 57 ordering this city’s 54 barangays to participate in all of the activities and

to appropriate counterpart funds to ensure the success of the various events. “The essence of being participative in all activities of the city government is the key to establish better relationships between the barangay and local government officials,” Pulmones said. He said the city government has earmarked P1 million to be given as prizes to the winners of the street dance competition, which will be held January 17. Pulmones said the com-

Pagadian City sets week-long ‘Pasalamat Festival’ in time for city fiesta

NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of JESUITO M. CORRALES, who died on December 13, 2013, consisting of a Savings Deposit Account with the Philippine Veterans Bank-Butuan Branch with a balance of P211,430.26, is the subject of an AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS made and executed by deceased Jesuito M. Corrales’s only surviving heirs, namely, Edna C. Garcia, Juanita Corrales, Edgardo E. Corrales, Wilfredo E. Corrales, Carmelita C. Cariño, and Soledad Corrales, requesting the Philippine Veterans Bank-Butuan Branch to release the balance of said deposit account in favor of Catalina E. Corrales and/or transfer the balance of said deposit account to an account in her name, with the heirs having waiving their rights over the said account in her favor, per Doc. No. 406; Page No. 82; Book No. CCCL; Series of 2013 of the Notarial Registry of Teodoro A. Emboy, Notary Public with PTR No. 0557173 until December 31, 2013. MDN: Jan. 10 & 17, 2014

R.A. Form No. 10.1 (LCRO) Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Camiguin Municipality of Mambajao NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that ANNIE BALABA POJAS-GUINITARAN has filed with this Office PETITION FOR CHANGE OF FIRST NAME in her Birth Certificate from “ANECITA” to “ANNIE”. She was born on 17 APRIL 1964 at YUMBING, MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, SUBPROVINCE, PHILIPPINES from parents: JACINTO POJAS and SERAPIA BALABA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 17 January 2014. (Sgd.) EDITHA B. MOOSREINER Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Jan. 3 & 10, 2014

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Labe and Timalang Lumbia are barangays which lack supply of potable water. Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Nimfa C. Diputado also disclosed that Ipil is one of the identified waterless municipalities. “This is why the LGU is making efforts to help its residents with this problem,” she added.

“Water is our priority as of this time in line with the poverty reduction programs of t h e g ov e r n m e nt ,” she said. T h e w at e r s y s t e m project is a collaborative effort of the municipal government and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). (FPG/EDT/PIA-Zambo Sibugay)

PNP-9 to hire 349 non-uniform personnel By FRANKLIN P. GUMAPON

ZAMB OANGA CIT Y – Some 349 new positions as non-uniform personnel (NUP) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are now open to qualified applicants, the Police Regional Office (PRO)-9 announced recently. These new positions shall be distributed to the different police provincial offices, broken down as follows: Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office – 66, Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office – 112, Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office – 111, Isabela City Police Station-5 and Zamboanga City Police Office – 55. The NUPs shall serve as crime registrars in the different police stations in the region. For Zamboanga Peninsula region, interested applicants are advised to submit their application letters together with the other requirements starting January 27 to February 28, 2014. All applicants are required to submit the following: application letter, duly accomplished Pers ona l D at a She et ( C S C For m 2 1 2 - R e vised 2005), Transcript of Record and Diploma, Certificate of Eligibility, Certificate/s of Train-

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Cabadbaran City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION

ing, Certificate of Employment (if any), NBI Clearance (1 original, 1 authenticated copy), NSO Birth Certificate (1 original, 1 authenticated copy), and NSO Marriage Certificate (1 original and 1 authenticated copy for married applicants). For the in-ser vice applicants (promotion/ change in item/plantilla position), they are required to submit the following: application letter, duly accomplished PDS (CSC Form 212 revised 2005), attested appointment (KSS Form Blg 33) of current appointment/ position, Transcript of Record and Diploma, Certificate of Eligibility, Certificate of Training/ Awards, IPER for the last two semesters prior to the application, and an affidavit of undertaking stating that in case they will be appointed to the position they are applying for, they must report to the office/unit of their appointment and shall not in any way solicit intervention for their retention to their current office/unit of assignment prior to their appointment to the new positions. For more information, interested applicants may visit the NUP Affairs Section, Camp Ab e nd an , Me rc e d e s , Zamboanga City. (FPG/ PIA9)

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In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, notice is hereby served to the public that GERALDINE MACEDA MAGARIN has filed with this Office a petition for change of her son’s first name from GERALD NICANOR JR. to DEAN MARK in the birth certificate of Gerald Nicanor Maceda Magarin, Jr. with Registry No. 1067-(H-79) who was born on July 27, 1979 at Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are Nicanor D. Magarin and Geraldine M. Maceda. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 22, 2014. MDN: Jan. 10 & 17, 2014

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AVAO CITY - The newly-installed director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Davao region has vowed to run after big-time crime syndicates involved in carnapping and gun-running activities, particularly those operating in Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte.

CIDG 11 director Sr. Supt. Joel Pernito said that they have already identified a number of active carnapping and gun-running groups operating in the region but said, “we can’t divulge the number of persons or groups we are monitoring at the moment.” “But rest assured that our men are doing their job to help other law enforcers curb criminality in

the region,” Pernito said. He said the arrest of one Raniel Diamonon Nacario, alleged to be a leader of the Dagul Carnapping Syndicate, set back the illegal operation of the group in Davao del Sur and neighboring Sarangani province. Nacario, a resident of Digos City, was arrested in Barangay Talus in Malungon, Sarangani province

DAVAO CITY -- Davao City Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang is poised to sponsor a resolution expressing strong opposition to the increase in monthly contributions to the Social Security System (SSS). Effective this month, SSS contributions will rise to 11 percent from 10.4 percent. Based on the agency’s web-

site the increase is about 0.6 percent. Dayanghirang, who is also the chair of the committee on finance ways and means, said the SSS proceeded with the increase without due process. “In the name of transparency, people should be consulted before implementing such increase. In Davao

around 1:45 p.m. on Monday. He was nabbed by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Carmelita Sarno-Davin. Nacario was earlier charged with violation of illegal possession of firearm; Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms; and Republic Act 6539, or The Anti-Carnapping Law, before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19 in Digos City. The suspect was caught in possession of one caliber .45 Caspian pistol loaded with a magazine containing 14 live ammunition, one holster, two pieces of a 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, and four assorted motorcycles.

When asked if the syndicates operate in Davao City, Pernito said he could not confirm the matter although his men have arrested one of their members in San Antonio Village in Matina district here. CIDG Davao City Special Operation team leader Senior Inspector Francis Sonza, on the other hand, said that most of the gunrunners they monitored were from Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte. Sonza added that based on their initial investigation, gunrunners are supplying firearms from Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, and Cebu City. He added that guns are sold for as low as P2,000 only. (PNA)

City or in Mindanao there was no consultation, maybe they have consultation only in Manila,” he said. He added that the people have the right to know also their (SSS) expenditures including the huge Christmas bonuses that SSS officials recently received . It is their

obligation to explain to the people their expenditures, including their huge bonuses when these officials are just sitting down, “ Dayanghirang said. On its Tuesday’s regular session at the City Council, Dayanghirang said he will

Davao dad opposes SSS premium hike

DAVAO CITY – Militant groups here picketed the offices of the Social Security System (SSS) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PHIC) today to protest plans by the two agencies to increase premiums starting this month. The protest coincides with efforts to file a temporary restraining order at the Supreme Court. In last year’s State of the Nation Address, President Benigno S. Aquino III said it was time to increase collections for the two contributions to make up for “unfunded” aspects of the agencies. Starting Jan. 1, SSS members’ monthly premium was increased by 0.6 percent. For PhilHealth, the monthly premium of members with the lowest salaries was doubled to P200, with the additional P100 contribution to be shouldered 50-50 by the employee and employer But the 40 or so protesters said that the burden should not fall upon underpaid contributors to the premiums. Dodong Basilio, Kilusang Mayo Uno spokesper-

son, said that the increase in premium is an insult to underpaid workers whose requests for a wage increase of P125 has yet to be approved nationwide. “Corruption in the country has been so rampant and we ask the government to increase salaries instead of sourcing the funds from poor Filipinos,” Basilio said. Minimum wage in the Southern Mindanao Region is P301 for non-agricultural sector and P291 for the agricultural sector, according to the Regional Tripartite See militants, page 11

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Maraming nakapansin sa laki ng ipinayat ni Eugene Domingo lalo pa at very visible siya noong nakaraang 39th Metro Manila Film Festival para sa pelikula niyang Kimmy Dora: Ang Kyemeng Prequel. At sa kung papaano niya naggawa ang lahat ng ito, “Oo nga, siyempre ano, matagal na pagclecleansing, ang pagpapapayat naman hindi minamadali so this is really hard work and patience.” Naging napakaganda ng taong 2013 para sa aktres, maliban sa kabi-kabilang awards na kanyang nakuha, iba’t ibang klase din ng pelikula ang kanyang mga naggawa at mga bagong endorsements. Kaya naman ibinhagi niya ang ilan sa mga hindi niya makakalimutang mga

pangyayari sa nakaraang taon. “From 2013, I am very happy that I have fulfilled my promise. I said in the beginning that I am going to make movies with your favorite stars and Kimmy Dora is a promise to Spring Films, to Piolo Pascual that yung Kimmy Dora maipalabas sa MMFF at naipatupad ko naman.” Kaya naman ngayong bagong taon, mas pagtutuunan ng atensyon ni Eugene ang kanyang sarili. Aniya, “Looking forward to learning new things, 2014 is all about myself. Barbara Stales is going to be shown… so that is like are introduction of myself as an actress.” Lalo na sa taong ito, mas itutuon niya ang sarili sa pagibig, at may gagawing ilang mga

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pagbabago para maisakatuparan ito. “Especially the love life, love life. Siguro mas gagawin kong accessible yung sarili ko, mas friendly, mas sociable, sabi nila dapat ganun.” Hindi na rin particular si Eugene sa kung sino man ang dumating sa kanya, “Sa ngayon hindi na ako namimili basta may mga mata, ilong, mga bibig, nagsasalita, okay naman na.” Masaya si Eugene sa kinalabasan ng kabuuan ng MMFF ngayong taon lalu pa’t patapos na ito at kahit na tauntaon ay hindi na nawawala ang kontrobersya dito. “Well of course kasi ito lang yung chance na walang Hollywood films na kakumpetensiya sa ating mga sinehan and I am very happy

na gumaganda ang qualities ng ating mga movies like I saw 10,000 Hours and I think it is a very decent film and of course I like our own, Kimmy Dora. Nagawa niyang itaas nga level ng comedy at sci-fi.” At sa mga patuloy pa rin na nagtatanong kung masusundan ang pangatlong installment ng pelikulang Kimmy Dora na siyang nagluklok kay Eugene at nagpakilala sa kanya bilang bidang aktres sa mainstream market, ang kanyang sagot dito, “I said that this will be the third and the last and I always fulfill my promise. Siguro kung magkakaroon man we’ll venture out into comics or books or maybe a stage play pero sa movies last na.”

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Liberation makes use of the Vita’s touchscreen and rear touch pad, cameras and gyroscope. These include Ch a i n K i l l co m b a t, a n d the abilit y to pickpocket people.By linking the game to Assassin’s Creed III, the player will receive an in-game version of Connor’s tomahawk, an exclusive character skin, a multiplayer character and a complete upgrade of all ammunition pouches. The game uses the same engine that runs Assassin’s Creed III, allowing for the same gameplay experience as a console release. Aveline will also have her own, new, set of animations as well as have the ability to dual-wield weapons, such as the new blowpipe as well as the familiar swords, knives, pistols and hidden blade.

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Yesterday’s Answer

LEO (July 23 – August 22) - You need to finish up with some old project that has lingered long beyond its welcome. It may be time to formally cancel it, or maybe you can actually push it past the finish line somehow. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) - You’re looking deep within yourself today -- whether you mean to or not! Your amazing personal energy leads to a spiritual discovery, and you should end the day wiser than you started it. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) - You may find it harder than usual to deal with your people, thanks to some little problems that haven’t quite made it to the surface yet. It’s not as serious as it may seem, so try to relax. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) - This is a great day to practice detachment. You may not know which of your entanglements are actually holding you back, but if you focus on one and pull away, things should get simpler. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) Today is all about the small stuff -- which, you may remember, you shouldn’t sweat. Still, you do have to address all the details of today’s plan or project, so get a handle on them and then get to work! CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) - Your conscientious demeanor actually pays off for you today, as you find that you’ve earned the trust of someone who is naturally quite skeptical. Don’t push it, but you should find things going your way.

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petition, which will be participated in by 15 schools, will have two categories namely “the ritual” and “street dance.” The prizes for the ritual category will be as follows: first place, P200,000; second place, P150,000; and, third place, P100,000. In the street dance category, the prizes are: first place, P100,000; second place, P75,000; and third place, P50,000. The nonwinning contingent will receive P50,000 consolation prize. Pulmones noted the street dance competition is one event during the festival that draws thousands of spectators and enthusiasts. A fluvial parade of devotees carrying different sizes of this city’s patron saint, Sto. Niño, will be held on January 18. It will be preceded by a concelebrated mass at the local wharf. Capping the week-long festival is a Holy Mass and other religious activities on January 19, the feast day of this city. (PNA)

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Wages and Productivity Board Region XI. According Corazon Espinoza, Gabriella vice chair for Southern Mindanao, the average homemaker with two to three children has to budget a measly P2,000 every month, with allocations including food, allowance, soap for laundry, and fare for the children, especially in the case of mothers with children going to college. “Poor Filipinos have to struggle with the price of basic commodities like rice, shelter, and education,” Espinoza stressed. She said that the increase might lead to more corruption in the national government. “Why are they increasing contribution rates? What happened to the money that had been deducted from our salaries?” she asked. Basilio lauded the Davao City government for going against an increase in the premiums through a resolution passed by the city council earlier this week. (MindaNews)

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sidelined. They are crowded out of the political system by hypocritical and mediocre leaders! Then when the inevitable abuses take place—election manipulation, financial mishandling, graft and corruption and nepotism, outright thievery—Mr. Civic Leader or Mrs. Concerned Citizen blames the system. Who’s to Blame? But bad governance cannot be blithely blamed on the system. The system is not self-operating. The blame properly belongs to those who operate and manipulate the system, along with those who make it possible

for them to do so. Trapos cannot dominate politics or elections unless they are supported by citizens—in particular citizens who support candidates in hopes of profiting from the connection later on. These ill-motivated citizens make it possible for corrupt politicos to take advantage of the community and society at large, exploiting the ignorant or buying the votes of the corrupt. As long as we allow these vested interests to operate with impunity in our own community, in our own barangay, our country shall always be only a nominal democracy. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Manny Valdehuesa writes from Cagayan de Oro and is the president and national convenor of Gising Barangay Movement Inc. He can be reached at valdehuesa@gmail.com.)

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raise the matter to his fellow councilors and subsequently file a resolution expressing the citizens’ sentiments against the increase. In his resolution, Dayanghirang will also call for a review on the SSS premium increase. “Hoping they will listen to us because they should also consider the plight of the workers,” he said. Dayanghirang said the increase is untimely because all are increasing while the salaries of workers are not. SSS has maintained that the increase in contribution rate is part of the SSS Reform Agenda that seeks to lengthen gradually the actuarial life of the Social Security Fund. It said that the 0.6 percent increase will be divided equally between employees and employers. Thus, the employees will shoulder the 3.63. On the other hand, selfemployed and voluntary members will shoulder the entire 11-percent contribution. (PNA)

Smokers... from page 1

20 for every man, woman and child in the country. This was second only to China, with 2.3 trillion. Russia has moved to curb the habit with new legislation to ban smoking in public places, including schools, hospitals, government buildings and public transport. Fines of up to 3,000 rubles (US$ 94) were introduced in November and the ban will be extended to bars and restaurants in June. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev cited expert data last April that the new legislation could save 200,000 lives a year. The global number of smokers was estimated in the study at almost 1 billion and the global consumption of cigarettes at 6 trillion. Despite public health campaigns in many countries, there has been little

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change in the total number of smokers since 1980. The study concluded that a sharp decrease in many Western countries had been offset by a corresponding increase in the developing world due to population growth. The United States, with a population of 316 million, was fifth for the number of smokers, with 38 million, and fourth for cigarette consumption, at 310 billion. (PNA/RIA Novosti)

Submission... from page 7

and in fact serve you as your household servant become rich with the meager pay you are giving them as such? You don’t, right? Because there is no money in being a servant for servanthood is selflessness at its height. No egotistic person can ever become a servant. Mark my word on this. Selfishness and greed are the equal opposite to servanthood; hence, one can only become a servant by divesting himself of his ego or self-centeredness. One who gives his life in the service of others does not dream of living a life of luxury for they are anathema, irreconcilable to each other. When one wants to be in public service, then he should be prepared to live a modest life. But in reality this is not the case the reason why corruption is so rampant in government and governance is mired in corruption. Am I saying here that entering public service is a kiss of death? Certainly not! Government pay if spent wisely can still meet basic human needs. We survived as a family of six while I was still in public service. But we could not afford the luxury of having even just a second hand vehicle and we did not have the luxury of going to other places even just within the countr y for vacations. But our situation in life then did not make us less humans. It did not make us aloof from the rest of the world. It did not make our life miserable because we could not af ford s ome luxuries in life. It, however, strengthened our faith in God and even heightened our spirituality. Even when I went back to private endeavors we were still able to maintain the kind of life we had when I was still in public service. And we can even enjoy little luxuries now such as having a family van and can at times afford to go on a vacation in local tourist spots. We now have this kind of life but without having to tarnish our name and compromise our integrity. •• (Reactions at jelbac on @ y a h o o. c om or at jelbaconii@gmail.com. Read me also at www.raconteurme.blogspot.com)

SHUT UP!

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte tells the Commission on Human Rights to shut up when the CHR said his death threats to rice smugglers was “unethical” and “unbecoming of a public official.” He is shown here speaking to reporters on Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 in Davao City. MindaNews photo

Duterte to CHR on death threat to rice smugglers: Shut up DAVAO City––Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte lambasted the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for saying that his death threats against rice smugglers operating in the city was “unethical,” adding that he really meant his warning. Manila newspapers quoted CHR Chairman Loretta Ann Rosales as saying that Duterte’s threat was “unethical.” Marc Titus Cebreros, chief of the CHR Information and Communication Division, was also quoted as saying that the mayor’s statement was “unbecoming of a public official.” Duterte threatened to kill smugglers operating in the city during his weekly show Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa last Sunday. “Anong unethical? Talagang gagawin ko! (What do you mean unethical? I’m really going to do it!)” Duterte said in an interview with reporters at the Waterfront Insular Hotel here on Wednesday. Duterte challenged the CHR to point out a law in which he cannot threaten criminals to stop operating in the city. The mayor said that he was willing

Certifies... from page 1

Macaraya said that the ISO certification recognizes the effectiveness and quality management system of DOLE in Northern Mindanao in the extension of services to clients in the region. As part of the management and skills enhancement, the regional department underwent a seminar-

to go to prison if need be if it meant protecting the farmers. “I’m old. Papatayin ko talaga kayo. (I will really kill you.) We’re losing billions and billions of pesos and reducing the Filipino farmer to poverty,” he said. “If I take the law into my own hands, it’s not their problem. It’s mine. I’ll answer for that. The problem is the [Bureau of ] Customs and the smuggled rice,” Duterte said. He dared the CHR to help protect the farmers instead. Asked if he was willing to retract his statement, Duterte remarked, “Sige ibahin ko, ‘Kayong mga smugglers, huwag kayong mag smuggle para hindi kayo mamatay,’ is that acceptable to them?” (Okay let me change my statement, ‘You smugglers, stop smuggling so you won’t die.’) The mayor lamented the absence of the CHR’s comments when other issues arose in the past, especially during the investigations on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). “There was not a single statement about ethics then,” he said. (MindaNews)

workshop manual on writing in the documentation of the processes that included Alien Employment Permit, Registration of Job Contractors, and sub-contractors. Another subject of the seminar, workshop focused on issuance of authority to recruit outside registered business address, clearance to conduct job fair application for working child permit and registration of workers’ union organiza-

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“A LOVELY WEDDING IN CALIFORNIA” By WenDy RAmos-GARCiA

On a beautiful, sunny afternoon last Nov. 9th, Kristine Marie, daughter of Oscar and Cecile Macmang Amaya, said “I do” to Rey Paulo de Vega, son of Lorenzo & Virginia de Vega, at Saint Clement Church in Hayward, California, witnessed by their parents, relatives and many friends. Dinner and dancing followed at Sunol Valley Golf Club after the mass and wedding ceremony. It was a well attended party, with guests flying from various corners of the world. From Australia came uncle James Macmang, cousin Caroline Asuncion and her husband, from Singapore, cousin Megan Asuncion who videographed the event, flew all the way from Cagayan de Oro City and family friend Nancy Willkom Berces, from Seattle. Susie Neri-Medal did the wedding cake while the floral arrangements were creations of Jane Willkom. The couple’s many friends filled the dance floor, with the new bride and groom leading the way. A big hit was the tango danced beautifully by Rey & Kristine. The bride is a UC Davies graduate after which she also took up nursing. She currently works as a nurse at Washington Hospital in Fremont. The couple will make their home in the Bay Area. The following photos speak louder than words – it was a lovely wedding worth telling and retelling.

The Wedding Dance


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