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NDRRMC remains in red alert for Typhoon ‘Wipha’

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) on Monday announced that all its units are still in red alert as Typhoon “Wipha” (international name) moves closer to extreme Northern Luzon. Under red alert, all personnel are to be at their posts at any given time. NDRRMC personnel are in red alert since October 11 or the day Typhoon “Santi” arrived in the country.

Earlier Monday, PAGASA said Typhoon “Wipha” moved closer to Extreme Northern Luzon and may enter the Philippine area of responsibility before noon yesterday. It will be locally codenamed “Tino.” But weather forecasters said “Tino” is not likely to make landfall or directly affect any part of the country, and that it will linger in the PAR for


only 24 hours. “Santi” exited the Philippine area of responsibility Sunday after leaving at least 13 dead, 32 hurt and seven missing. As of Monday morning, the NDRRMC said “Santi” had affected 154,766 families or 747,353 people in 682 villages in 67 towns and seven cities in 13 provinces. See TYPHOON/p.11


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ONGAO, Tawi-Tawi — Barangay captains in this town said they were willing to give P10,000 from the village coffers to help defray expenses in the upcoming barangay elections, as long as the national government gives them their share of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). SEE FULL STORY/p.8

PrimeNews Court junks Butuan dad’s move to halt water project By PAT SAMONTE and OBET SAMONTE Caraga News Bureau

BUTUAN City––The Regional Trial Court Branch IV here has denied the move of Caraga Indigenous Peoples’ Management and Develop-

ment Corporation (CIPMDC) for the issuance of a 72-hour ex parte Temporary Environmental Protection Order and to stop Butuan City Water District (BCWD) from proceeding with the P500 million Treated See project/p.11

Call center employees bat for tax holiday, relief By MARYA SALAMAT of

First of two-part series CALL center employee Rakel Rivera has been working in the BPO sector for 10 years now. She started in her current company seven years ago with a basic pay

of P13,000 ($301). Now, her basic pay is about P19,000 ($439) a month. Every payday, her payslip shows that taxes ranging from P2900 to P5000 or See RELIEF/p.11

SM Prime Holdings represented by Ms. Ivy Guantero received the award for Mall Operator category during the awards night of the 2013 Mindanao Business Investors Awards. Also in photo are Vice President Mike Villa Real, STEAG Community Relations Supervisor Jerome Soldevilla, , BusinessWeek Mindanao Group of Publications Publisher-CEO Mr. Dante Sudaria, photo by shaun alejandrae uy

SM Prime Holdings is the parent company of the SM Group’s shopping malls. It is the largest shopping mall and retail operator in the Philippines. It was incorporated on January 6, 1994 by Filipino-Chinese

entrepreneur Henry Sy to develop, conduct, operate and maintain SM commercial shopping centers and all businesses related thereto, such as the lease of commercial spaces in the compound of shopping centers. It went

public on July 5, 1994 and subsequently grew to become the largest company listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange in terms of revenue. The company’s main sources of revenues include

rental income from mall and food courts, cinema ticket sales and amusement. SM Prime become one of the largest shopping mall chains in the world with 40 supermalls with eight proposed/under construction.

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Police alert banks, ‘biz groups’

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The police on Monday warned banks, malls, private companies, and financial institutions of a robbery hold up group that might strike anytime in the city. Pol. Senior Supt. Graciano Mijares, the city’s police chief, issued an alert order after the robbery holdup of a bank vehicle at Bulua’s traffic light junction here Wednesday last week. “We are still processing information about the identity of the suspects although the police has suspicions that the suspects could be an organized crime group,” he said. An unidentified group robbed a bank vehicle owned by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) in Iligan City after withdrawing at the DBP regional bank in Cagayan de Oro City last week. Mijares said that the bank’s vehicle was on its way to Iligan when waylaid in a 15-minute heist at the traffic junction in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City past 12:00 noon on Wednesday. He said the suspects broke the glass windshield of the bank’s car and disarmed the two security escort before fleeing with the daffle bag containing some P 2 million. Mijares identified the victims as DBP Iligan Branch teller and administrator Rowena Ocon, 48, security guards Albert Pinke, 57, and Joejen Balana, 48, and driver Hilario Monje, 57. He said that the suspects could still be hiding in Cagayan de Oro City after the getaway vehicle, a green-colored Honda Civic with plate numbers WAY 494 and Honda XRM motorcycle, were later recovered four hours later at Apovel Subdivision in Barangay Patag here. Mijares said he has alerted the business establishments such hotels, pension houses and other billeting structures that may be used by the group as temporary shelter. Cocpo’s plans and operation chief Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda said police investigators are still conducting follow up operations to identify the said armed groups. CD WITH WIRE REPORT

Oro cops seize guns, bladed weapons By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano signs a memorandum of understanding with Pepsi Cola representative Sanny M. Calay for development of a tourism site in the province. The public-private sectors partnership was one of the results of the recently concluded 1st Misamis Oriental Tourism Summit held in Medina. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

PBMLP-10 holds election of officers By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Northern Mindanao chapter of the Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines is meeting from October 14 to 16 in Cagayan de Oro City for their regional convention and council election. Host Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano graced the first day as guest of honor, with provincial board member Vincent Pelaez welcoming

the participants. Some 60-70 participants from the five provinces of Region 10 are in attendance at the Mallberry Hotel. Lanao del Norte board member Baldomero Zamora, vice president for Mindanao and concurrent regional chairman of the league, opened the convention. Messages were also delivered by PBMLP national president Myrna Romarate, Department of Interior and Local Government regional director Rene Burdeos, and Office of the President

USEC for external affairs Henry Bacurnay. Misamis Oriental provincial board member Heckert Emano said the annual gathering will lead to unity among the members and redound for the good of Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental. Emano said usually the council members elected all represent each of the provinces. He added that governors and vice governors usually

Dad hails enactment of national law vs. bullying CAGAYAN de Oro Councilor Ramon G. Tabor hails the enactment of RA 10627, or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013, which was signed into law by President Aquino last month. The law requires private and public elementary and high schools to address cases of bullying in their respective campuses, to adopt policies against bullying and ensure that these are implemented. Tabor is the principal

author of Ordinance No. 12581-2013, the anti-bullying ordinance of Cagayan de Oro, which prohibits acts of bullying among students in and provides penalty for violations. The ordinance was enacted after the author ex-

pressed alarm over cases of bullying in schools. He said this not only inflicts physical and psychological harm but also leaves emotional scars to students, thereby adversely affecting their studies, social personalities and their lives. See BULLYING/p.111

show up to meet with the board members. Misamis Oriental provincial board member Bebeng Dumadag said rlection takes place only once every three years during their term of office. Dumadag said they are set to tackle current reforms in local governments. This year the election of the regional council will take place on October 15. The third day is reserved for an educational tour.

THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office confiscated yesterday two firearms and two bladed weapons during operations for the election gun ban. City police operations chief Lemuel Gonda said Operation Kapkap and Operation Bakal resulted in the discovery of the illegal weapons among the suspects. Gonda said the operations are apart from the annual verification of firearms conducted by the police to update their records. He said the annual verification will determine if a registered firearm is still with the owner or has been sold to another person. However, the renewal of licenses to own firearms is ongoing but owners are not allowed to carry the firarms during the election period for the barangay elections. In another development, the reported illegal gambling activities in one of the barangays of Cagayan de Oro is now being looked into by the barangay officials. Lapasan barangay chairman Omar Labuntog said reports of the “tulelong” operations are being verified with the police. Labuntog said they are also identifying the operators who are only known by aliases.

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Vice mayor denies ‘hot logs’ delivered to their veneer plant By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Regional Editor-Caraga

STA. Josefa, Agusan del Sur––The vice mayor of this town has vehemently denied that their family-owned veneer processing plant has been buying hot logs felled by illegal loggers at the two mountain villages which have been hardest-hit by Typhoon Pablo in December last year. “We never did that since our plant is only allowed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to mill only planted tree species mostly falcatta logs,” said Vice Mayor Symond Caguiat in an exclusive interview with Mindanao Daily News. Caguiat agreed to talk with this writer to clarify allegations already spreading around their town about suspicions that illegal loggers has been slipping out lauan logs taken from the villages of Sayon and Awao where Pablo’s wrath wiped out practically all houses and killed three residents by a landslide. Authorities, led by Mayor Jann Roby Otero of this town, launched antilogging operations last month that yielded piles upon piles of logs from trees cut inside a 900-hectare timberland covered by a community-based forest management (CBFM) program. Caguiat said DENR men has been frequently visiting their family-owned ACES Lumber in Sta. Isabel village to check the delivery of logs supplied by tree farmers since the DENR has issued them Wood Processing Permit. Veneer products processed at ACES Lumber will be delivered to C. Alcantara and Sons, Inc. in Davao City, the country’s major producer of plywood. ACES Lumber which used to engage in sawmilling plant stopped its operation when the log ban was imposed all over the country but resumed after DENR granted the owners WPP to process planted tree species mostly falcatta and fruit trees for veneer production. Caguiat said there have been strong demand of falcatta to process into veneer after Alcantara started producing plywood made of such planted softwood from what used to be relying on plywood panels made of natural grown lauan trees. He however admitted there have been many lauan logs which were used by the people to rebuild their homes damaged by Pablo since DENR agreed to allow the local government to utilize it months after the great typhoon. The vice mayor said mayor Jann Robby Otero had asked him if ever their lumber plant would sawmill the seized logs into lumber to repair damaged school buildings, produce arm chairs and even wooden coffins for the dead of poor residents.


TOWN FIESTA Greetings from:

ASSOCIATED BUKIDNON SUGARCANE FARMERS, INC. (ABSFI) Mr. Pablo M. Lorenzo III Hon. Gregorio L. Gue Mrs. Pacita M. Bacorro Hon. Gloria P. Yaba Mr. Joseph Caumban Hon. Julio Bag-ao Mr. Rolando P. Lavina Jr. Engr. Elsita S. Calit, ChE Mr. Abner T. Balagulan Mr. Ebenezer A. Yuson Ms. Maricel L. Boija, RCh. Ms. Flora May A. Arayan Mr. Julius B. Cagaanan Mr. Ronie V. Gantalao

President Vice President Director & Treasurer Director Director Director Director Technical Coordinator Corporate Secretary Operations Manager Asst. Manager – Credit Technical Coordinator Finance Coordinator Administrative Coordinator Project Coordinator

ASSOCIATED BUKIDNON SUGARCANE FARMERS MULTI-PURPOSE COOPERATIVE (ABSFMPC) Mr. Pablo Lorenzo III MrsT Pacita Bacorro Mrs. Evelyn Caballes Mr. Febrille Leee Garay Mr. Marcelino Ligan Mr. Noel Duenas Mr. George Garces Engr. Elsita Calit Dr. Leonora Boeh

Chairman Vice Chairman Director Director Director Director Director Technical Manager Secretary, ABSFMPC Treasurer, ABSFMPC

National and Local Government Agencies signed the Manifesto of the IP MNCHN project on its Province-wide Project Launch, in which it will fully formalize the implementation of the project for 2014-2016

Primary health care to lumad mothers, kids launched in Agsur By IAN ONYOT Contributor

PROVINCIAL Capitol, Ag u s an d e l Su r– – T h e provincial government has formally launched primary health care for mothers and children of indigenous people through the signing of a landmark manifesto to institutionalize the health program during a simple rites at the provincial training center. Realized through the joint efforts of the Nat i on a l C om m i s s i on on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the program will initially serve lumads in the remote village of Binicalan in San Luis town belonging to Tagbuligan

ku Banwaon Manobo daw Talaandig dini ta Adgawan (TagBaMaTaad) Ancestral Domain. The manifesto signing were witnessed by other government agencies including the Department of Education. Philippine Ar my, Police, D ep ar tment of Health Provincial Health Office, Municipal Health office of San Luis and Philhealth. Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Nestor Corvera, who represented Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, led in the historic launch of the program called Indigenous People - Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health and Nutrition (IP MNCHN). G ov. P l a z a a l re a d y signed the manifesto a day earlier during a meeting


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with IP MNCHN team. IP MNCHN delved on the main thrust of giving primar y health care to pregnant women and the child after giving birth. And one of the concerns they talked about is the lack of midwife on said area and in the province. Though currently the organization is sponsoring 5 midwifery grads on their review for the upcoming licensure exam and all of them came from San Luis but still this is not enough to compensate their number. Gov. Plaza has assured that midwifer y will be included to the covered courses for the Provincial Scholarship program, so that all the women will be safe in times of their pregnancy and delivery. T he s ai d proj e c t is also aligned to the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2013-01 “Guidelines on the Delivery of Basic Health Services for Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous People” signed by the Secretaries

of Department of Health (DOH), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). In which, it will have a very big support from these three national departments and will strongly implemented. All the participating agencies showe d t heir supp or t by expressing their commitments to the people on the conference hall. And IP MNCHN will start next year and will run until 2016. But the team assures that they will not stop their health services assistance even after 2016. Binicalan is a remote barangay in the municipality of San Luis and compose of 24 sitios. It is already a boundary between Agusan del Sur and Bukidnon. The ancestral domain existing on that barangay is covered by the Canti 7079 headed by Datu Mambyahe Mansulonay. – IO, PIO-AgSur

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An old woman cuts small branches from shrubs she gathered by the mountainside of Del Carmen in Iligan City Sunday morning (13 October 2013) for use as firewood. ( MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera)

LGU launches senior citizen mobile registration


AMBAJAO, Camiguin – More than 400 senior citizens and person with disabilities (PWDs) availed of the mobile birth certificate reconstruction and registration here, during the “Makanunayong Serbisyo Alang sa Katawhan” (MSAK) barangay visits.

Cover civil registration services, with special focus on the senior citizens, where most records were destroyed by the Japanese occupation, volcanic erup-

tion, and termites. The outreach started off last August until this month to cover all 15 barangays in Mambajao. Editha B. Moosreiner,

Municipal Civil Registrar said this is their way of honoring the elderly and those with disabilities, in time for the “Elderly Filipino Week Celebration” on October 1-7 and the “Senior Citizens Month Celebration” last September. The MSAK program also brings in services like the medical, dental, feeding, seeding distribution, even hair and facial make-over. It is the government’s way of giving back to the people, what the people need. (JCV/ PIA)

MISAMIS ORIENTAL— The Provincial Local Government Unit of Misamis Oriental (PLGU-MisOr) is one of the recipients of the Quality Corn Achievers’ Awardee after the Department of Agriculture (DA) has recognized the outstanding contribution of the province to the corn industry. Concepcion C. Salcedo, corn coordinator of MisOr, said that for the 2010-2012 period the province has allocated almost P6.5 million to the Corn Program, which was utilized for the distribution of corn seeds, the establishment of Multi-Purpose Drying Pavements, the provision of corn sheller and farm tractors, the adoption of Good Agricultural Practices for Corn, the conduct of soil analysis and Farmers’ Field Schools, among others The amount, she added, has extended assistance to corn farmers with a total area planted of 47,588 hectares and an average volume of production of 249,000 metric tons (mt) at an average yield of 4.4 mt/ha. Major projects implemented by the province in coordination with the DA10 and the city and munici-

pal LGUs, Salcedo reported, include the establishment of a seed production site and a Bio-N processing center, which is located in the town of Villanueva; and a 100 tonners capacity Corn Processing Complex in Claveria. She further expressed that the projects would not have been made possible if not for the 26 active, dynamic and dedicated technical staff of the Provincial Agriculture’s Office supporting the corn program and the 101 agricultural technicians assigned in the different cities and municipalities. As a national corn quality achievers’ awardee, PLGU-MisOr will receive a prize amounting to P3

million worth of projects, which will be awarded on October 23, 2013 in Tagaytay City. Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano and Salcedo is set to receive the award. For his part, Emano assured that the province will continue to pursue initiatives that will sustain the production of quality corn among farmers. “We will exhaust all our means, all our efforts to continue delivering basic services in helping our agricultural sector, especially the farmers of our corn… because you are the sector that has been supportive for sustainable food in the province,” provincial governor said. (Joanne L. Olson, DA-10/PIA10-MisOr)

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- BPI Family Bank cites Phoenix Petroleum Philippines as one of the recommended franchise brands in their KaNegosyo Best List 2011 - CLSA Philippines in their April 1, 2011 Market Outlook report cites Phoenix Petroleum as one of 7 companies they believe had “economic moats.” CLSA sees the companies’ ability “to generate positive EVA (economic value added) and have strong franchises - CNBC Asia names President and CEO Dennis Uy a finalist to the prestigious 10th Asia Business Leaders Award (ABLA), one of 41 Asian CEOs recognized - The Bureau of Customs awards Phoenix Petroleum as the Top 7 Importer in the country for 2011 and the Top 1 Importer in the Port of Davao City - First corporate TV commercial, “The Journey,” wins Best TV Ad-Branded in the 33rd Catholic Mass Media Awards

Receives Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award (AREA) for Social Empowerment, from leading Asian entrepreneurship organization Enterprise Asia, for the “Phoenix for Education” CSR program that benefits public schools, teachers, and students in Davao City receives. It is the first time the awards include Philippine companies. 2010 - Top 84th corporation in the Philippines, on revenue of P14.79 billion 2009 - Bureau of Customs awards Phoenix Petroleum as the Top 3 Importer in the port of Davao Ranks top 211th company in the Philippines, with revenue increasing 27% to P5.4 billion 2008 - Ranks 242nd among country’s Top 10,000 Corporations, with revenue growing 128% to P4.6 billion 2007 - Ranks 473rd among country’s Top 10,000 Corporations 2006 - Ranks 570th among country’s Top 10,000 Corporations based on revenue

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ruly, Mindanao’s pride, Phoenix achievements in the marketing profesfuel founder Dennis Uy has sion. shown how a homegrown busi- The Agora Awards is the beacon of ness entrepreneur of this island suc- Filipino marketing excellence that spotceeds with hardwork and dedication. lights admirable qualities of versatility, He was awarded the prestigious Agora innovativeness and ingenuity. Award for Outstanding Achievement Uy exemplifies the Filipino as a in Entrepreneurship – Large Scale, that world-class marketer endowed with a honored his business and marketing proven flair of out-of-the-box thinking excellence. and trailblazing achievements. Uy was recognized for “growing a pro- Uy’s marketing excellence shines vincial-based business into a nationally through with a distinctively Filipino successful brand, for embodytouch. Editorial ing the Filipino’s enterprising Uy was recognized for growspirit, for persevering despite the odds, ing Phoenix Petroleum from a small, and for being an indispensable partner provincial-based business into the of the Filipino.” leading independent oil company in Uy and other Filipino compa- the country – from Top 570th to Top nies and marketing professionals were 53rd Corporation in five years, from 5 awarded in the 34th Agora Awards on stations to 350 nationwide in less than October 9, 2013 at the Manila Penin- eight years. Such a feat is extraordinary. Last March, Uy was also awarded sula, Makati City. Winners in this year’s various categories include GMA Kapuso by the City of Davao the prestigious Foundation, Posh Nails, and Alaska Datu Bago award for his achievements in entrepreneurship and service to the Milk Corporation. Since its inception in 1979, the community. We salute you sir for a job well prestigious Agora Awards has honored many distinguished individuals and done. May other Mindanaoans emulate companies who have made significant your saga.

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Challenge for ‘Mr. Civic Leader’ and ‘Mrs. Concerned Citizen’ By Manny Valdehuesa

CAGAYAN de Oro City––Today’s build up practically everywhere of exclusive habitats (subdivisions, townships, and other gated enclaves) reveals with increasing clarity two contrasting faces of development in our basic community, the barangay. On one hand, an exclusive gated habitat or neighborhood, welldesigned and maintained; on the other, the government-administered neighborhood, disorderly, shabby, or chaotic with buzzing slums. Two dissimilar habitats coexisting within the same jurisdiction. The fenced-in, gated, and guarded part is developed and administered privately, with modern facilities and amenities built to standards. They have a civilized, orderly ambience. The other part— the portion administered by the barangay government—provides a glaring contrast with its poorlymaintained, overcrowded, and generally unsightly surroundings. With sub-standard facilities and infrastructure, it has a disorderly feel. This contrast and the disparity it projects is a challenge to

solidarity: how to harmonize the inhabitants (all members of the same barangay), how to mobilize them for their mutual benefit? Solidarity is essential for a barangay’s development, which in turn is essential for national development and stability. The juxtaposed contrasting domains, one private, the other public, reflects the national issue of disparity or inequality. They call attention to the gaps in our society between rich and poor, educated and under-educated, productive and non-productive. Both are under the same political jurisdiction but no complementarity or mutuality marks their maintenance or appearance. They have nothing in common except geographic location, their proximity delimited by walls or fences. They are neighborhoods that look like settlements with no sense of community, neither one deriving a sense of security or satisfaction from being neighbors. Their modus: each one to its own affairs. It is an image found up and down our archipelago, magnified many times on the societal scale. One barangay, two constituencies.

During elections, the citizens in both parts, in their divided state, are no match against forces that seek to corrupt the community—as vice lords do; or that manipulate it—as trapos do. Without solidarity or cooperation, neither sector gets the government it needs. Rendered vulnerable by mutual unconcern, it sometimes happens that residents wake up one morning to learn that a shabu factory has been operating in the neighborhood, or that gambling syndicates are trashing their backyard with impunity. Too late. Damage has been done. The barangay’s leading lights had better sit up and do something. The lesser mortals, the masses, are in no position to smash this arrangement or enforce order. They can’t resist or defy the Lords (of gambling or of drugs). They can’t grow the local economy, small as it is, to mitigate poverty. They have limited capability and few resources. Sweat equity is practically all they have. The vision, leadership, or standards for local development have to come from somewhere else. But if the leading lights are un-

concerned, won’t take the initiative, or won’t provide the leadership, it’s open season for the ambitious, the corrupt, or the incompetent to cannibalize the community. Cleaning up politics is a job for “Mr. Civic Leader” and “Mrs. Concerned Citizen.” They are needed to rouse the neighborhoods of their community and rid it of petty trapos who, playing at governance, lay the community wide open to criminality and disorder. This is the challenge facing every community on October 28, Barangay Election Day. Will the voters elect people who will bridge the divide that keeps the two sides from collaborating? Will they choose leaders who know how to bring both parts of the community closer and lead them to collaborate for their mutual development? It is a task essential for solidarity and progress. •• (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

Your mind is a terrible thing to waste THINK a minute. Have you heard this expression, “It’s raining cats and dogs?” It was started in Europe in the 1500’s when many European houses had thatched roofs made from straw. At night time the animals would climb up on the roof to stay warm, including cats, dogs, and other small animals. But when it rained hard, the straw became slippery and sometimes the animals slipped and fell off the roof. So they started the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” It’s interesting how many

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst of us go through life saying and doing things that often we don’t even know why we do them. Like superstitions which don’t make any sense, yet many of us still believe them. But as we grow and learn more about life, we

slowly begin to understand and change some of our incorrect beliefs and thinking. We realize that some things we used to think and believe actually are not true, such as superstitions and racial prejudice.

It’s so important that we always keep learning, because our mind is a terrible thing to waste! Someone said: “You should always keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out!” In other words, we need to use our mind and conscience God gave us to sort through what’s true and what isn’t. We’re responsible to think and find out the truth for ourselves. That way we won’t let others rent space in our heads! As a professor of mine used to say: “If you don’t know for yourself,

you’ll get hustled and fooled all your life.” This is why Jesus Christ came: to explain and show us the true way we were made to enjoy the life He gave us. He didn’t create us to stumble through life in the dark, not knowing the right way to live a successful life. So why not ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for your past wrongs? Then ask Him to start showing you His way to true success and satisfaction. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Just Think a Minute.

to assure the safety of these food and drinks right away, and it is by consecrating them first. Consecrating means thanking God for the food and drinks every time we eat and drink, and then asking that these food and drinks become for us the body and blood of Jesus, our God and Savior. This is found in many Biblical verses, among them John 6:48 to 58, 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 and Ephesians 5:20. These verses talk about thanking God, in the name of Jesus, about everything, and then discerning the body and blood of Jesus in the food and drinks we partake, and trusting in His saving power. If we do this, the food and drinks we partake not only become clean, they also unite us with Jesus! -oooJUSTIFICATION FOR SSS BONUSES: I don’t know why top officials of the Social Security System (SSS) should be rewarded with millions of pesos in bonuses for doing the work they have

been mandated to do under the law that created the SSS. Bonuses are supposed to be given for extraordinary achievements and, in the case of SSS, such achievements should be measured in terms of more benefits for its members. The question that SSS officials should answer, to make them deserving of the bonuses they gave to themselves, is: have there been more benefits for SSS members lately? Are SSS members better served by SSS employees nationwide? Are SSS members enjoying faster processing of their benefits? Are SSS members getting more benefits now? The answer to all these questions is clear: no, SSS members are in no better position now. So, what’s the bonuses for? -oooTYPHOON TINO, A REMINDER TO RIGHTEOUSNESS: Repeated reminder: there is a new weather disturbance coming in, and it is to be

NBI probing judicial corruption: can it be done?

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep…” (1 Corinthians 11:29-30, the Holy Bible). -oooNBI PROBING JUDICIAL CORRUPTION: CAN IT BE DONE? With due apologies to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, I don’t think that even the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) can come up with anything concrete to pin down anyone who maybe involved in the reported bribery and corruption of judges and justices by someone named “Madam Arlene”. Pardon me, but may I restate this once again: no judge, justice or lawyer who maybe participants in the scam would be willing to talk and incriminate themselves. Since the supposed bribery and corruption in-

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio volve only these personalities, it would be an impossibility even for the NBI to get any information from them. So what do we do, if we want to get to the bottom of these accusations? I say once again: remove the lawyers from the control of the Supreme Court, remove the Integrated Bar of the Philippines from the control of its justices. I am sure that if Filipino lawyers are longer subject to the control and disciplinary powers of the Supreme Court and its justices, they would fall one over the other in exposing bribery and corruption in the judiciary, if, indeed, there is any. But as long as the Supreme Court can either suspend or remove lawyers, lawyers

would remain silent, as they are very silent now. -oooAVOIDING FOOD POISONING: Food poisoning is a medical phenomenon that is fast becoming to be a regular threat to the health and safety of many Filipinos, as shown by reports from Davao City that 13 employees of Holcim Cement Company from Bulacan who ate seaweeds in the city suffered stomach pain, loose bowel movement, and nausea, last Saturday, 12 October 2013. Aside from making sure that the food and drinks we partake all the time are safe and clean, which is next to impossible really, the good news is that, there is something that can be done

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Biblical reflection

Bro. Edcel L. Closas

Sarcastic Fresh Gospel of the day: Luke11:29-32(October14, 2013-Monday) Luke 11:29-32-And when the p e o p l e w e r e g at h e r e d thick together, he began to s ay, This is an e v i l generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. Fo r a s Jo n a s w a s a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came f rom the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, b ehold, a gre ater than Solomon [is] here. The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and sha l l condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jo n a s [ i s ] h e r e : Je s u s criticized the people for being sarcastic in their following and service to God. In Matthew 15:89-This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men. Therefore, the most important for Jesus is not what we say but what we do heartily. Why Jesus told them evil? The reason behinds of these harsh words of Je s u s w e re t h e b l i n d ness of the people since t he y ne ver recognized Him in front of them. In Mark 8:17-18-And when Jesus knew [it], he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having e yes, see ye n ot ? an d h av i ng e ar s , hear ye not? and do ye not rememb er? Ple as e check your heart! SPONSORED:Neneth - B o b on g B a l i n o - D r. Edith, PhD- Tony Jord a n - C D O. S t . Pe t e r Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ult ra AM-1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request

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Zambo siege delays IRA for barangays in Tawi-tawi


By VERA Files ONGAO, Tawi-Tawi — Barangay captains in this town said they were willing to give P10,000 from the village coffers to help defray expenses in the upcoming barangay elections, as long as the national government gives them their share of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

Barangays have been experiencing delays in the distribution of their IRAs as a result of the Zamboanga city siege that started on September 9 when Moro National Liberation Front rebels attacked the city. As of October 10, the Tawi-tawi barangays have yet to receive their IRAs for September and October, which are the local governments’ share of the national revenue. Tawi-Tawi IRA is channelled through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in Zamboanga City. The provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi of the Autono-

mous Region in Muslim Mindanao as well as the provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula that receive their IRA from the regional DBM office have not received their IRA since the start of the siege, Nuruddin said. Because the village coffers are empty, barangay captains said they would have difficulty complying with Resolution 9783 promulgated by the Commission on Elections on Sept. 3 that mandated the collection of shares from barangays for the elections on Oct. 28. But Bongao Association of Barangay Captains President Hja Sherhaida A.

Hajiri said they would wait for word from the Provincial Election Supervisor on this. “If this is what the law says we have to abide but we have to hear from other barangay chairmen during the meeting that we expect the PES (Provincial Election Supervisor) will convene anytime upon his arrival from Manila,” Hajiri said. The collection from barangays is meant to “defray all the necessary and reasonable expenses to successfully hold and manage the elections,” the resolution said. It is also because the national government did not allocate enough funds for this electoral exercise. Last barangay elections, the village of Nalil where Hajiri is barangay captain also gave their contribution, she said. Other Bongao village chiefs Dioing Tadus of Tongsinah and Aneesha Ibbo of Pag-asa also expressed willingness to contribute. But Barangay Chair

Yahiya Pailan of Sulubbog said there is a need to elaborate on the how the funds will be spent. Former Bongao ABC President Abidin Nuruddin also agrees with the Comelec Resolution, provided barangay captains receive their internal revenue allotment (IRA). Delay in IRA distribu-

tion was one the effects of the Zamboanga siege that started on September 9 when Moro National Liberation Front Nur Misuari declared independence and demanded that government honor the 1996 GPH-MNLF Final Peace Agreement. During the siege, air and sea travel to Tawi-Tawi were also canceled so the supply

of basic commodities was also affected. Tawi-Tawi is composed of 11 municipalities and 203 barangays. This year’s barangay election period runs from September 28 to November. The campaign period kicks off on October 18 and will last until the 26th. (VERA Files/

DSWD Social Marketing Service Director Joel Espejo takes a photo of the first resettlement site in Zamboanga City for the conflict-affected evacuees. 22 bunkhouses will be built here which will house about 220 families. The city government is still discussing the place for the permanent resettlement of the evacuees. (Pia Zambasulta)

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Comelec to fast-track massive registration of PWDs


ENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will work on the massive registration of physically challenged voters or persons with disabilities (PWDs) within the next two years in preparation for the planned nationwide rollout of “accessible polling places” (APP) for the sector in the 2016 national and local elections.

Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca said they are targeting to sign up all PWDs in every locality in the country who are already of voting age to facilitate the proper establishment of the APPs and the provision of other necessary services for them during the polls. She cited that out of the estimated 5 million PWDs in the country who are already of voting age, the Comelec has identified or registered around 362,000 of them so far. In the last May 13 elections, Comelec records showed that a total of 362,113 of the 52,014,648 voters were PWDs. The figures increased by around 62,000 based on the nearly 300,000 PWDs registered in the 2010 polls. “The challenge for us now is to register all our PWDs before the 2016 elections,” Padaca told reporters following the launching of the pilot APP for the Oct. 28 barangay polls at the SM City General Santos on Saturday. The Comelec earlier picked Barangay Lagao here as one of the four pilot testing areas in the

country for the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10366, which authorized the poll body “to establish precincts assigned to accessible polling places exclusively for persons with disabilities and senior citizens.” The official said Barangay Lagao will mainly serve as the project’s main testing site for Mindanao in the upcoming barangay elections. The other pilot sites are barangays Sabang in Lipa City for Luzon, 679 in Manila for the National Capital Region and Mabolo in Cebu City. Padaca, who heads the Comelec’s committee on PWDs and senior citizens, acknowledged that the poll body had been facing difficulty in terms of the registration of the PWDs due to the lack of appropriate forms. Unlike the senior citizens, who are automatically enlisted through the determination of their ages, she said PWDs are usually not registered until they make an appearance at local election offices. To address the problem, she

said the Comelec will come up with a special form that will be released to election offices in the country for the PWD registration. “As of now, we don’t have the forms yet that will validate our PWDs but we’re already working on them,” Padaca said. The official said they will also conduct a massive information and education campaign to encourage more PWDs to register with the Comelec. “This is to make sure that they will be properly considered by the time we establish the APPs in their localities,” she added.

Meantime, lawyer Michael Abas, Comelec Region 12 director, said they have yet to organize their records regarding the PWD voters within the region. “We have some PWDs who registered with our election offices but the total number is not that significant,” he said. Abas said he has instructed local election officers to encourage PWD voters in their areas to properly register and conduct information and education activities regarding their rights and privileges during the elections. (MindaNews)

Ambush kills politician ahead of village polls in Philippines COTABATO CITY – Gunmen on Friday killed a young politician and wounded and her husband and driver in an ambush that occurred ahead of village polls in the southern Philippines, officials said. Officials said the attack in Lanao del Sur’s Piagapo town killed the 28-year old Salma Abdurahman Sultan, a candidate in the October 28 elections. Her husband, Tagoloan Jakaria, 29, and their driver, Jainal Pacasum, were both wounded in the ambush, according to Captain Jefferson Somera, a regional army spokesman. “The politician had just filed her candidacy paper in the town and was returning home when gunmen attacked her vehicle. The woman was instantly killed in the attack,” he told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Somera said the ambushers escaped after the shooting. He said the military and police have launched a separate investigation into the ambush and he could not say who were suspected as behind the broad daylight attack or whether the ambush was connected to the upcoming polls. The province is part of the Muslim autonomous region. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the ambush, but elections in the southern Philippines are traditionally violent and even village polls is a huge concern to authorities because of warring political clans, vote buying and the presence of private armies and rebel groups in the troubled region. (Mindanao Examiner)

Mayor Montilla Philippines, MILF peace talks end without accord, agree to meet again in KL promises more aid to elderly By DANILO E. DOGUILES

TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat -- Tacurong City Mayor Lina Montilla vowed the city government will provide more aid that would help alleviate the conditions of the senior citizens in the city. In her inspirational message at the culmination of the Elderly Week celebration last week, Mayor Mantilla emphasized the value of providing appropriate facilities and services to senior citizens. She promised projects that cater to the welfare of the elderly shall be continued, particularly emphasizing the provision on the free blood chemistry tests that will be implemented next year. She said she will also push with the development of the senior citizen center, along with the improvement of identification cards that the senior citizen could use in availing special services from the city government and its

partners. Montilla, added, this is how the government shall give back to the contribution of this sector to the city of goodwill. Some 687 senior citizens from the 20 barangays in Tacurong City took part in the conclusion of the Elderly Week held at the city gymnasium on October 8. The event was spearheaded by the city government in partnership with the Federation of Senior Citizens Association and revolved around the theme, “Nakatatanda Pagtulungang Isulong Benepisyo’t Karapatan Tungo sa Masaya at Masaganang Pamayanan.” The whole day celebration started with a mass and wa highlighted with a program that showcased the talents of the elderly in singing solo, duet and chorus as well as skit-drama, and folk dance (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with AFMDimaano-LGU Tacurong City)

COTABATO CITY – Philippines and Moro National Liberation Front rebels ended peace talks in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday without a substantial agreement. But peace negotiators claimed to have made progress on the remaining annexes on power-sharing and normalization. In a joint statement, the peace panels headed by Miriam Ferrer for the gove r n me nt s i d e, and Mohagher Iqbal, for the MILF, said: “The remaining challenges and the time constraints demand that the peace panels remain focused on completing the annexes following a break for Eid al-Adha. Both sides have a full understanding of their responsibility as they strive towards a sustainable and inclusive solution for the benefit of all people in the Bangsamoro.” Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event. Iqbal said on the MILF website that power-sharing

Moro Islamic Liberation Front soldiers clean their weapons at a rebel base in the southern Philippines. The MILF is the country's largest Muslim rebel group now talking peace with the Aquino government. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

represents the heart of the negotiations since it contains the list of powers reserved for the central government, powers exclusive to the envisioned Bangsamoro government, and concurrent or shared powers between the two. Last year, the peace panels signed the Bangsamoro

Framework Agreement which would pave the way for the Muslim homeland. Under the accord, the Bangsamoro government would take a ministerial form, where members of the legislature who would be elected by the people and in return they would ele c t a chief minister

among themselves. Pe ace negot i ators agreed to meet again after the Muslim holiday. Iqbal said the delay is impeding the working timeline of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, the body tasked to draft the Basic L aw. (Mindanao Examiner)

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DSWD-11 warns politicians from using programs for campaign


AVAO CITY --The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here has warned politicians not to use the department’s various programs for their own campaign.

“These politicians have no right to threaten the beneficiaries of the '4Ps' Program because the decision to release the cash grants is made by the regional and national offices of DSWD, ” the department's Regional Director Priscilla Razon said. The Program provides cash grants to poor

households to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. To avoid the use of their programs for the barangay elections this October 28, DSWD has temporarily suspended the giving of cash grants for all its programs. DSWD will suspend the giving of cash grants

to their beneficiaries from October 17 up to November 3 this year. The cash grants of existing beneficiaries have been advanced in anticipation of the election. The giving of cash grants will resume November 4. This was the result of a tripartite agreement signed by DSWD, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure that the implementation of the "Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program" during the campaign period is free

of political influence and manipulation. “We are launching the 'Bawal ang Epal' campaign to minimize or even remove the threat to the program beneficiaries during the election period,” Razon said. She said they have received reports that some politicians threaten the beneficiaries of discontinuance of their including in the program if they will not participate in the election rallies or vote for them. The "Bawal ang Epal" Campaign or Campaign Implementation Guide-

TMC: City plans night, weekend markets to ease city streets

DAVAO CITY -- Local officials recommended the holding of night and weekend markets in order to acEXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE AMONG HEIRS OF DECEASED Spouses JAIME A. BAVIERA, Sr. and ANSELMA R. BAVIERA With DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late Spouses JAIME A. BAVIERA, Sr., who died at Cagayan de Oro City, on May 15, 1959, and ANSELMA R. BAVIERA, who died at Kibawe, Bukidnon on April 14, 1954, without any will both died. That the said deceased left a real property, situated at Kibawe, Bukidnon and more particularly describe as follows; Tax Declaration No. 02-09-8415 “A parcel of agricultural land, Lot No. 6048, Survey No. PLS-112, situated in the Barangay of Gutapol, Municipality of Kibawe, Province of Bukidnon, containing an area of FORTY THOUSAND (40,000) square meters more or less, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE AMONG HEIRS OF DECEASED Spouses JAIME A. BAVIERA, Sr. and ANSELMA R. BAVIERA With DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, made and entered into by and among: JAIME R. BAVIERA Jr., of legal age, married, Filipino, and a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines; JERRY R. BAVIERA, of legal age, married, Filipino, and a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines; JANICE R. BAVIERA-CO, of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Kibawe, Bukidnon; and ROGELIO E. ACEDO, representing JEAN R. BAVIERA-ACEDO, who died on DEC. 8, 2010, of legal age, widower, Filipino, and a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines. That the above-named parties collectively herein referred to as the HEIR-VENDORS, are all of legal age, are the legitimate and sole heirs. That for and in consideration of the sum of FIFTY THOUSAND (P 50,000.00) PESOS Philippine Currency, is hereby acknowledge by the HEIR-VENDORS from JESUSA A. TALHA, of legal age, Filipino, single and a resident of Paragupac, Barangay Gutapol, Kibawe, Bukidnon, herein referred to as the VENDEE, the HEIR-VENDORS do hereby SELL, TRANSFER, CEDE and CONVEY unto the said VENDEE that parcel of land described above. As per Doc. No. 99; Page No. 20; Book No. IX; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. PAUL VINCENT G. VILLEGAS. MDN: OCT. 15, 22 & 29, 2013

commodate street vendors to sell their merchandise to the residents, consequently clearing the streets and sidewalks of the city during the day. Dionesio Abude, chief of the Traffic Management Center said five areas are chosen as sites for the night market namely, Ilustre Street Extension from the underpass of the Bangkerohan Bridge to the corner of IlEXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF SENON B. SEGUNDO AND DESAMPARADO N. SEGUNDO WITH DEED OF SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Deceased SENON B. SEGUNDO, who died on January 25, 1997 at Cagayan de Oro and DESAMPARADOS N. SEGUNDO, who died on June 17, 1990 at Cagayan de Oro, left a parcel of land situated at Gusa, City of Cagayan de Oro covered by TCT No. T-36346 particularly described as follows: A parcel of land (Lot 7, Block 10 of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-111565 being a portion of Lot 2224, Cagayan Cadastre, LRC Cad. Record No. 1569, situated in the Barrio of Gusa, City of Cagayan de Oro, with an area of SIX HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE (673) SQUARE METERS more or less, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF SENON B. SEGUNDO AND DESAMPARADO N. SEGUNDO WITH DEED OF SALE, made and entered by and among; SOCORRO S. RODRIGO, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City; REMEDIOS S. REPENSKI, of legal age, Filipino, widower and a resident of Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City; LEONARDO N. SEGUNDO, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Camella Homes, upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City; are the legitimate Heirs of the deceased. That for and in consideration of the sum of ONE MILLION PESOS (P 1,000,000.00) Philippine Currency in hand paid by CHONA R. ECHAVEZ, of legal age, Filipino, married to Bu P. Semaña and a resident of #1613 San Pablo St., Sta. Cecilia Village, Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City. hereby SELL, CONVEY, AND TRANSFER by way of Absolute Sale unto said CHONA R. ECHAVEZ his heirs and assigns, the parcel of land above-described. As per Doc. No. 319; Page No. 64; Book No. 101; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. BUENAVENTURA E. SAGRADO. MDN: OCT. 8, 15, & 22, 2013

ustre and Pichon Streets, Duterte to General Luna Streets, Both sides of the Roxas Avenue particularly beside the drainage canal from the Corner of Father Faura and Pag-asa Streets, Bangoy to Alvarez Streets in Magsaysay Avenue and Bangoy Streets towards the fly-over bridge in Agdao. He said the night market will start at 5:00 pm onwards. Abude said a weekend market will also be set-up along San Pedro Street from the corner of the city hall drive towards the corner of Anda Street and from Bangoy Street to Alvarez Street at Magsaysay Avenue. He said the weekend market will start at 2:00 EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED RODOLFO VELEZ FRANCISCO Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased RODOLFO VELEZ FRANCISCO, who died on November 14, 2011 in Cagayan de Oro City; at the time of his death left a parcel of land located at Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, covered by Tax Declaration No. G-152506 which is more particularly described as follows; Owner: Rodolfo Velez Francisco; Location: Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City; Cadastral Lot No. 6265 C-5; Kind: Residential (with one-storey residential building); Area: 218 sq.m. is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED RODOLFO VELEZ FRANCISCO, made and executed by and among; 1. FLORENCIA D. FRANCISCO, of legal age, Filipino, widow, and resident of Zone 6, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving wife of the deceased; 2. MARK D. FRANCISCO, of legal age, Filipino, married, and resident of Zone 6, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving son of the deceased; 3. MAY ANN D. FRANCISCO, of legal age, Filipino, single, and resident of Zone 6, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving daughter of the deceased; that the above-named parties, all of legal age, are the legitimate wife/children and the sole/compulsory/surviving heirs. As per Doc. No. 498; Page No. 100; Book No. 174; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI. MDN: OCT. 15, 22, & 29, 2013

pm onwards. Yusop Jimlani, chief of the City Demolition Team said vendors will be charged P150-tax payment for every night display. He expressed hope that street vendors will follow suit and eventually help clear the areas where they currently conduct their trade. Jimlani observed several ambulant vendors are already occupying the space between the San Pedro Cathedral and the Sangguniang Panlungsod building permanently. “They have to leave eventually since we agreed in the first place that their stay is only temporary, only during the holding of the Kadayawan Festival,” he said. Jimlani stressed that even with the absence of a relocation site, vendors must be removed from the area to give access to the masses that use the road and sidewalk. (RGA/JSD/PIA-XI)

lines is based on Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2013-001 and prohibits acts under the Omnibus Election Code Sec 261. DSWD XI conducts the monthly family development sessions among the 4Ps beneficiaries where they are informed about their rights under the program. They have also mobilized their municipal and city links to inform the beneficiaries about the Epal campaign. “Implementors who will be caught engaging in partisan politics will

be subject to suspension and termination,” she said. Under the campaign, the election candidates are not allowed to use the "4Ps" logo or any program of the DSWD in their campaign materials. Comelec acting regional director Tomas Valera said they are more concerned about the sizes of the election campaign materials. However, he added, when the local candidates threaten the beneficiaries of the 4Ps Program then Comelec can come in as this is a ground for an election offense. (PNA)

BFAR 11 pushes for preservation at 50th Fish Conservation Week Celebration DAVAO CIT Y -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 11 celebrates today the 50th Fish Conservation Week calling for the preservation and protection of the fish and its sanctuaries. Fatma Idris, director of the BFAR 11 said the celebration runs from October 13 to 19 when they pay tribute to fisherfolks, schools and colleges which contribute to the information drive of taking care of the water based resources. She said their agency has brought down the information campaign to the consciousness of the young who are keener in preservation and other ways to protect the environment. Idris said all activities will revolve on the theme, “Pangisdang Pinagyaman Ngayong Henerasyon, Sagana sa Panghabangpanahon.” “ There will be mo-

torcade after the flagceremony and mass, then we will proceed to the awarding ceremony for the winners in the MTV and short documentary presented by high schools and colleges and our partner-stakeholders in the region,” she said. Jose Longro, Jr., city fishery officer of the BFAR 11 said they will also provide fishing gears to fisher folks who want to upgrade their fishing equipment during the celebration week except on October 15 which is a national holiday in commemoration of the Ed’l Adha, or the end of the Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. He urged fisher folks in the city to visit their office and avail of the services being offered by their agency. “Just come to our office and we are very much willing to assist you,” Longro said. (RGA/JSD/PIA-XI)

SMASH THE PORK! Davao City-based lawyers add their voice on scrapping all forms of pork barrel during a press conference at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines lounge on October 10, 2013. (MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano)

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Bulk Water Services Contract with the Taguibo Aquatect Solutions Corporation (TASc). In a two-page Order, Judge Godofredo B. Abul, Jr. denied the move by plaintiff CIPMDC, represented by Engr. Sergio Pascual, for a 72-hour TEPO since it “has not shown sufficient basis to move the Court to grant its prayer. Assuming the allegations of plaintiff to be true, the lack of a free, prior informed and written consent from plaintiff does not, to the mind of the Court, appear to be a matter of extreme urgency that would cause injustice and irreparable injury.” In a complaint under Special Civil Case No. 1506, Pascual alleged that BCWD has entered into a P500 million public-private partnership Treated Bulk Water Services Contract with TASC the site of which falls within the ancestral domain of the Anticala Pianing Tribal Organization (APTO). He also claimed that BCWD and TASC failed to secure the free, prior informed written consent (FPIC) of APTO as required by Section 59 of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act. Pascual also alleged that defendants BCWD and TASC “wantonly, willfully violated the whole sacred process (of FPIC) to the grave detriment of the APTO” and that defendants “be enjoined from the implementation, construction and operation of the P500 million PPP project until defendants have complied with the FPIC process with APTO through and with the assistance of plaintiff as attorney-in-fact.” Pascual, who is currently a member of the city council here, said that “Because of the extreme urgency in that defendants as of the moment are in the process of constructing and implementing the subject project,” he sought the issuance of a 72-hour ex-parte TEPO “to prevent and avert the deleterious effects of defendants’ illegal acts.” Following the court’s denial of Pascual’s prayer

for a TEPO, Judge Abul issued an order for Pascual to comment why the case should not be dismissed for failure to comply with the Rules on Environmental cases: -Rule 2, section 3 (par. 2) “The plaintiff shall attach to the verified complaint all evidence proving or supporting the cause of action consisting of the affidavits of witnesses, documentary evidence and, if possible, object evidence. The affidavits shall be in question and answer form and shall comply with the rules of admissibility of evidence” -No affidavits or documentary evidence attached to the complaint. -Only the following have been attached to the complaint: 1) CIPMAD Certificate of Incorporation’ 2) Unnumbered CIPMAD Board Resolution authorizing Sergio Pascual to file appropriate case against BCWD; 3) Special Power of Attorney by Anticala-Pianing Tribal Organization in favor of CIPMAD; 4) Memorandum of Agreement between CIPMAD and APTO. 5) Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title No. R13-BUT-0909-135. -Rule 2, section 4 (Who may file) “Any real party in interest, including the government and juridical entities authorized by law, may file a civil action involving the enforcement or violation of any environmental law.” In relation to Rule 3, section 2 (Parties in Interest) Rules of Procedure “A real party in interest is the party who stands to be benefited or injured by the judgment in the suit, or the party entitled to the avails of the suit. Unless otherwise authorized by law of the (these) Rules, every action must be prosecuted or defended in the name of the real party in interest.” -Plaintiff in the complaint is CIPMAD, not APTO, which is the real party in interest, since the right granted by the law belongs to them. Rule 2, section 6 (Service of the complaint on the

government or its agencies) “Upon the filing of the complaint, the plaintiff is required to furnish the government or the appropriate agency, although not a party, a copy of the complaint. Proof of service upon the government or the appropriate agency shall be attached to the complaint.” -No proof of service of the complaint upon any government office or agency.

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Of these, 1,591 families or 6,561 people are staying in 42 evacuation centers. The NDRRMC also said 8,720 houses were destroyed while 35,431 houses were damaged. “Santi” caused P2.933 billion in damage to agriculture in Aurora and Nueva Ecija. The NDRRMC disclosed that four roads and three bridges are still impassable, including: -- Cauayan, Isabela: Alicaocao overflow bridge -- Echague, Isabela: Annafunan overflow bridge -- Tuguegarao, Cagayan: Capatan overflow bridge -- Ifugao: Kiangan-Tinoc Road -- Mountain Province: Junction Talubin-BarligNatonin-Parcelis Road -- Pampanga: Secondary National Road BaliwagCandaba-Sta. Ana Road KO66+500-KO68+300 in San Agustin, Candaba -- Aurora: Nueva EcijaAurora Road, Barangay Villa, Ma. Aurora. philippine news agency

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called “Tino”. In Filipino, one meaning of the word “tino” is “a more righteous and disciplined life”, as in, “magpakatino sa buhay”. This new typhoon therefore reminds us to “have a more righteous and disciplined life” to escape the death and destruction from natural calamities. How do we do this? Read the Bible, meditate on it day and night, and obey all its commands, as Joshua 1:8 is saying. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96.

Email: batasmauricio@ya- in comparison to their basic, mmauriciojr111@ and overtime pay. One call center employee who introduced himself as from page 3 Joseph shared an unforgetThe enactment of the table payslip nightmare. city’s anti-bullying law is in “Habagat 2012 was my worst line with the thrust to shape OT (overtime) — two conthe conduct of students, to secutive nights of double instill discipline and essential shift, 15 hrs. each, from values so as to integrate them 8pm to 11 am.” Joseph calls to be productive, dynamic it “coast-to-coast or from and industrious citizens opener to closer” workof the city. It also aims to ing day. address the demeaning act “I expected a bigger pay and protect the well-being (for that OT), but I got only of students for the peace of P2,500 ($58) net after tax, mind of parents or guardians. my OT tax amounted to Tabor is calling on all P6500 ($150)!” concerned to help impleAsked how BPO comment laws against bullying. panies compute their with“We should help our holding taxes, call center schools inform their students employees with BIEN could of the existence of this anti- not explain it. bullying law. It is our pride that as the principal author of our very own ordinance, it is now a national law and we passed it first here in our city,” he added.


Call center employees like Rakel and Joseph are regarded as having a slightly better pay and slightly more glamorous working condition than the average employed Filipino. Most are trained to speak like the people abroad for whom their employer provides information services by phone. They often work nights to match the timezone of the company’s clientele. The office they work in are located at shiny new buildings boasting of high-tech communication equipment and full-blast airconditioning (mostly to protect the equipment), hence the image that they are in a bit more glamorous condition than the average employed Filipino.

11 cops in Region 12 dismissed for drugs use

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P5,800 to P10,000 per month ($134 to $231), depending on how much overtime she put in, has been withheld from her earnings. This means that she pays taxes equivalent to at least a third of her basic pay. If she worked harder the tax take only gets bigger. When news broke out about how public funds generated from taxes and other government revenues are allegedly being stolen to pay for the luxuries of the likes of Janet Lim-Napoles, a number of lawmakers and government officials, the country’s taxpayers took to the social media and to the streets to protest. Even showbiz personalities lamented how their huge taxes are being stolen. This Sunday Oct 13, call center agents grouped in BPO Industry Employees’ Network (BIEN) launched a tax holiday campaign. “The idea started from a simple pay slip and indignation,” Rivera told Other call center employees who attended the press launch of the tax holiday campaign shared with how huge their withholding taxes seem

GENERAL Santos City––Eleven policemen in Region 12 have been dismissed from active service in the last nine months for using illegal drugs and involvement in various illegal drug-related activities in the area. Chief Supt. Charles Calima Jr., Region 12 police director, said Monday the dismissed policemen had all tested positive of using illegal drugs, specifically of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, in mandatory tests facilitated by the regional police office. “This is part of our continuing efforts to cleanse our ranks of lawless elements who have been disguising as police officers,” he said in a radio interview. In dismissing the 11 policemen, the police official said they no longer filed criminal charges against them but took a faster route based on the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) regulations. The PNP’s policy guidelines regarding use of prohibited drugs has set the outright dismissal from service of any police personnel who will be tested positive of drug use, he said. “If a policeman turns out positive of using illegal drugs, he or she already failed to meet the continuing requirement of being a member of the PNP – that is to remain as drug-free. This also means we can immediately issue separation orders against them,” the official explained. In February, two policemen assigned in this city were subjected to dismissal proceedings after figuring in separate drug buy-bust operations conducted by the regional police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) – Region 12. Six more police personnel were endorsed for dismissal by the regional police in July after turning positive of using illegal drugs during a random drug test. The erring policemen were among the initial batch of 80 police personnel in Region 12 who

were subjected to drug testing as mandated by the PNP central office. Two of the policemen were previously assigned at the Police Regional Office 12’s Regional Special Training Unit and the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit while the four others were from the Koronadal City police station, Isulan municipal police station in Sultan Kudarat and police precinct numbers 03 and 08 in this city. The six policemen hold the ranks of Police Officer (PO) 1 to Senior Police Officer 2 and already spent 7 to 26 years in active service. Two of these policemen – who were identified as Kadil Omar Masahod Jr., 34, and Fernando Alim, 59, both previously assigned at the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Police Office – were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by the PDEA here last month. Another police officer assigned in this city identified as PO2 Arnold Sua was dismissed after turning positive of illegal drug use following his involvement in a controversial police operation last July. Sua was earlier charged with murder by the National Bureau of Investigation in connection with the killing of a criminology student who was mistaken by policemen as a motorcycle theft suspect. Calima said he is hoping that the dismissal of the 11 policemen will encourage their personnel, especially the newly-hired, to take on their mandates seriously and lead clean lifestyles. “It is not right that those who are supposed to implement the law are the ones involved in illegal activities,” he said. The official said he has ordered the conduct of more random drug tests to cleanse their ranks of illegal drug users and personnel who are possibly involved in related activities. He said they have also tightened the recruitment process for police applicants through stringent evaluation and tests. (MindaNews)



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