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Volume II, No. 138
November 26, 2013
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PDEA intercepts package of shabu in Zambo airport Mindanao bloc starts call to revive plan to build railway system
By CHRISTOPHER L LOYD T. CALIWAN
By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor with ERCEL MAANDIG, Correspondent
THE influential Mindanao bloc, a group of elected representatives in Mindanao, would lobby for the implementation of the impending Mindanao Railyway System in the island, a local official said on Monday. Before the year ends, Cagayan de Oro Councilor Candy Darimbang said she would file a resolution asking the City Council to favorably endorse the full implementation of the railway system before the lawmakers in the Lower House. Darimbang said that
Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City, has informed her that the Mindanao bloc was drafting the proposal for the implementation of the Mindanao Railway as a fast and convenient transport system in Mindanao. She also learned from Rodriguez that some lawmakers from Northern Mindanao, Caraga region, and Davao region have expressed their strong support to construct the Mindanao Railway System. Darimbang was project SEE RAILWAY/p.A11
OFW SUMMIT RAFFLE WINNER. Rodolfo C. Angeles, OFW from
Guam, and a native of Candaba, Pampanga, received from Senator Cynthia Villar the ‘symbolic key’ after winning a house and lot from Camella Homes in the raffle held during the 3rd OFW and Family Summit at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, last November 22. The summit, sponsored by Villar SIPAG and GoNegosyo intends to give our OFWs and their relatives sufficient knowledge to start their own business. Thousands of OFWs and their relatives attended the recent summit. Also in picture is GoNegosyo Executive Director Mon Lopez. Photo supplied
Moves to protect Mt. Magdiwata gain ground By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN Regional Editor-Caraga
SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur–– Moves to widen coverage to protect the endangered Mt. Magdiwata watershed are gaining ground amid an expected rough sailing for the
local ordinance to be passed at the local town council. Sangguniang Bayan member Lerriza de Leon has passed anew the ordinance prohibiting any form of illegal logging and illegal mining activities within the 1,000 meter buffer zone around the 1,658
hectares Magdiwata watershed. The buffer zone would widen the scope of prevention of the watershed declared under President Proclamation 282 in 2003 which is still threatened by indiscriminate cutting of naturally grown trees and small-scale gold tunnel min-
ing operations. Hopes to bring back to life the landmark local environmental law was rekindled after concerned residents from various sector expressed full support for its passage at the town council during SEE protect/p.A11
A M B OA N G A City––Philippine Drug Enforcement Agenc y (PDEA) Director General undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. on Sunday said that law enforcement units intercepted a parcel containing methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, during an airport interdiction operation in Zamboanga City. SEE FULL STORY/p.8A
Armed men seize trader; no demand for ‘ransom’ By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor with GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent
CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The national government has dispatched the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) to Lanao provinces to investigate the alleged abduction of the owner of the Misamis Oriental-based lumber company. Sr. Supt. Madid Paitao of the Lanao del Norte police, said on Monday that unidentified armed men reportedly kidnapped Robert Kua, the owner of Vicmar Company in Misamis Oriental and SEE ransom/p.A11
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Northern Mindano soldiers bring construction materials to Leyte By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent
CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Another convoy of army trucks has left Cagayan de Oro City for Leyte this time bringing construction materials to build shelters for the survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda. And this time 4th Infantry Division Commander Brig. Gen. Ricardo Visaya has joined the group expected to arrive in Baybay, Leyte, on Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Earlier the 4th Infantry Division sent some 130 soldiers of the engineering brigade to Albuera, Leyte, for immediate rehabilitation works.
Capt. Christian Uy, spokesman for the division, said the new convoy carried with them 1,300 G.I. sheets, plywood, lumber and nails. Uy said they will know when they reach the area if the need is to build temporary bunkhouses or distribute the materials to residents to rehabilitate their houses. He said the construction materials came from donors within the area of responsibility of the 4th ID. In another town, the medical mission from the Misamis Oriental provincial government has set up headquarters in the Barugo gymnasium. Provincial administraor Jun Pacamalan, head of the 50-man mission, said they
have been conducting health and pyschosocial services to the local residents. Pacamalan said they also provide a water purifying machine and a charging station for cellphones at the generator set they brought along, as well as give free air and vulcanizing to tires. Barugo, located in northern Leyte some 1-1/2 hours from Tacloban City, remain powerless as broken electrical poles still have not been repaired. Pacamalan said most of the houses were flattened and some prices of commodities are quite high. He cited that a candle that used to sell for P10 is now priced at P50 and that gasoline is sold for P80 a liter.
MISAMIS Oriental Vice Governor Joey G. Pelaez gave his solidarity message during the launching of the Naawan Green Governance Program last November 22, 2013. Present in the occasion were Hon. Luwalhati R. Antonino, Chairperson of Mindanao Development Authority and the Local Government Unit of the Municipality headed by Mayor Jaime C. Roa, among others. In his message, Vice Governor Pelaez emphasized on planting endemic trees rather than exotic trees so that wildlife will also thrive in our locality.
NPA asks Misor firms:‘pay taxes’ By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor with ERCEL MAANDIG, Correspondent
Committee on Ways and Means Meeting Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez poses questions to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) during a recent Committee on Ways and Means meeting. He raised the issue of reported increases in the incidence of smuggling in connection with the goods covered by the Sin Tax Law. The BIR and the BOC promised to look into these reports and ensure that smuggling will be curbed. KENDiCHAVES
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MISAMIS Oriental––The communist New People’s Army (NPA) purportedly sent demand letters to four major industrial firms in Misamis Oriental asking a P 5 million “revolutionary tax” from the company, a police officer said on Monday. Police Senior Insp. Rogelio Labor, police town chief of Villanueva, said that the letters were addressed to the management of the Japanese-owned Philippine Sinter Corporation, the German-supervised STEAG, a coal fired power plant, the Coca-cola Plant, and the
Elegant Alloy Metal Corp. Labor said the firms were all multi-national companies located in the municipal town of Villanueva, one of the three coastal towns identified as the Misamis Oriental’s economic industrial zone. In their letter, the group demanded a P 1 million to P 5 million to help defray cash assistance to the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City on December 17, 2011, Labor added. He said another group, who also claimed to be members of the NPA rebels, has sent a letter demanding a 2 percent “revolutionary tax” from the gross contract price of a contractor in Claveria for a Multi Million Infrastructure Project. According to Labor, the police’s provincial command was trying to establish the authenticity of the alleged
letter-demand. “The police are conducting an investigation to determine whether the letters came from groups who were trying to extort money masquerading as NPA rebels,” Labor added. The Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CCP/ NDF) has confirmed they have extended P 100,000 cash assistance to the local government for the victims of typhoon Sendong on December 2011. George Madlos, a.k.a. “Oris,” the spokesperson of CPP/NDF Mindanao, also announced a week after typhoon Yolanda struck the Visayas Region that the communist rebels has extended P 100,000 cash assistance to victims of typhoon Yolanda. CRIS DIAZ, Exec. Editor, Mindanao Daily News
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2013 Energy Quiz Champion. The Mindanao State University – Iligan Insti-
tute of Technology (MSU-IIT) bagged this year’s championship award in the recently concluded Steag Energy Quiz held at the Limketkai Center Cagayan de Oro City. The event is organized and sponsored by energy-firm STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) in partnership with the Department of Education – Region 10. SPI Power Plant Manager Dr. Carsten Evers (left) led company officials in presenting the award. Also shown in this photo are (l-r) the members of the winning team Mike Martin Diangco, Leynette Joy Lepaopao, Nicole Jeanica Lim, with coach-adviser Ivy Claire Mordeno, SPI Comrel Manager Ghaye Alegrio, SPI Communications Officer Jerome Soldevilla and DepEd – 10 Regional Science Education Supervisor Dr. Jose Alonsabe.
MSU-IIT is 2013 Steag Energy Quiz Champ
CAGAYAN de Oro City––The Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) has sustained for two consecutive years its championship title after besting 29 other high schools in Northern Mindanao during the recently concluded 2013 Steag Energy Quiz at the Limketkai Center, this city. Trailing them as 2nd and 3rd prize winners are the teams from Cagayan de Oro’s Corpus Christi School (CCS) and Xavier University, respectively. Representing the MSU-IIT winning team are Mike Martin Diangco, Leynette Joy Lepaopao, Nicole Jeanica Lim with coach Ivy Claire Mordeno of MSU-IIT’s
Science and Math Department. Now on its 9th year, the Steag Energy Quiz brings together the best and the brightest among senior high school students from the different private and public schools in the region. Organized and sponsored by energy firm STEAG State Power Inc (SPI), the annual event aims to promote academic excellence among the youth as well as develop among them a special interest in the science of energy via a friendly contest and intellectual competition. Aside from bringing home trophies and medals, winners also receive a total of P24 ,000 worth of cash prizes.
Kids stole P100T cash for ‘Yolanda’ inside church By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Regional Editor-Caraga
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur--- The parish priest of the Catholic church here expressed serious alarm on the daring burglary involving minors who ransacked the convent of more than P100,000 cash donations intended for the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda on Thursday morning. Father Artemio Jusayan , parish priest of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, believed the street kids who stole the money were just being used as fronts by gangsters since they could not land in jail and would be turned over to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office (MSWD). “There is already moral decadence. There is no fear and no guilt,” Jusayan said as he expressed disgust that even a sacred place like the church is no longer spared by robbers in this town. The huge cash amount was supposed to be donated along with relief goods as part of the church fund
drive for Yolanda victims. Jusayan reported to the police that at around 6:30 a.m., while walking around the church premises, he found the windows in the church’s cashier and finance office broken. Upon checking, he discovered the money intended for typhoon victims already missing. Senior Inspector Ephraim Detuya, local police chief, said the robbers may have destroyed the window grills and the sliding window frame and placed the money inside an offering bag. It was the priest who accosted one of the children involved in the crime when a church worker hinted that the 14-year-old homeless boy was seen in his hangout just near the church. It turned out that the boy had been caught several times last year stealing money collected during mass inside the church coffer. The boy, whom another
priest took care in an in an effort to reform him but eventually went out and went back to his old ways, admitted to Jusayan that a gang leader who got the money and is still at large was the brains behind the church burglary. Detuya said the prime suspect who is already grown up had been the boy’s long time buddy since he himself had been a habitual young offender involved in theft when he was still a minor. Jusayan believed that the young suspects were beholden to steal the money since they are hooked on illegal drugs. But the police officer ruled out that the gangter could be a syndicate involved in crime incidents in this town. He however called on hardware stores not to sell solvent used street kids to get them high to prevent them from being involved in crimes.
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TEAM BUTUAN IN LEYTE By MARIA LUISA DIANAH Z. GENERALAO/CMO-PIO
A patient is injected with anti-toxin by a nurse.
Butuan Team members conduct street cleaning operation in Palo town.
The team members have their hands full in cleaning and clearing the streets of Palo.
A long line of patients wait for their turn as Mayor Amante treats a woman of her wound.
(A day-to-day account of events from November 10-13, 2013 during which a Butuan City team led by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., an orthopedic surgeon, his wife Ivy Amante, a nurse, City Councilor Virgilio Nery, Jr., a general surgeon, a complement of six other nurses, city hall employees and policemen, spent four days in “Yolanda”- devastated Leyte towns to deliver relief goods and medical supplies to the Leyte provincial government, to treat and attend to typhoon victims’ medical needs and to help in clearing streets and roads of fallen and uprooted trees, broken electric posts and debris in the aftermath of the “world’s strongest typhoon this year”.) A DAY AFTER TYPHOON group planned the next day’s “YOLANDA” SLAMMED INTO moves. Eastern and Central Visayas and Waking up early the following wreaked havoc on Leyte, Butuan morning, the group munched on City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, bibingka and choco moron with Jr. thought of sending a team and coffee before resuming the journey. “lend a helping hand” to the We entered Barangay Dudevastated province. He decided lag, Palo, Leyte where shocking to organize a team for Tacloban scenes began to unfold: houses City and “help out” in whatever lay crumbled on the ground, small way he and Butuan could. uprooted and fallen trees blocked He instructed his staff to prepare the roadway, hungry survivors all that was necessary for medi- lined the road begging for food cal assistance, relief and clearing unmindful of dead bodies on the roadside. operations. Day 1, November 11, 2013: A team swiftly moved to fill Team Butuan Arrives in Taboxes of canned goods, noocloban City dles, bottled water, used clothes, medicines, medical supplies and We arrived at the Incident clearing equipment and loaded Command Post in Tacloban City them on a dump truck and other Hall a little past 1 pm. Mayor vehicles. The mayor ordered that Amante was ushered in to meet another dump truck of relief goods Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazbe sent to reinforce the initial min, Energy Secretary Carlos Petilla, Social Welfare Secretary supplies he would bring. Team Butuan was composed Dinky Soliman, and Interior and of two doctors: Mayor Amante Local Government Secretary himself who is an orthopedic Mar Roxas, who commended surgeon, City Councilor Virgilio the Butuan City chief executive Nery, Jr., a general aurgeon, seven for “coming instantly” and “in nurses including the mayor’s better time” to assist in the on-going half, Ivy Amante, one speedboat relief and clearing operations. operator, four heavy equipment Following a brief discussion, operators, the mayor’s staff and Sec. Roxas assigned the team to the PIO, a Butuan Search and Res- municipality of Palo, a 15-minute cue Team (BUSART) headed by drive from Tacloban. The town Ms. Grace Espere and Mr. Bong was as much affected by Typhoon Catedral, and a 14-man Peace- “Yolanda” as Leyte’s capital. Keeping Force led by Insp Erwin In Palo, Mayor Amante met Cordano, courtesy of the Butuan with town officials at the municipal City Police Office-City Mobile hall to assess the situation. He then ordered the BCPO-CMG Group. On November 10, a Sunday, and the BUSART to execute clearwhile the city was still asleep, ing operations while the medical Team Butuan was up and ready team proceeded to the Philipfor the journey. After a quick pine Science High School where prayer, the team’s convoy of eight evacuees and injured survivors vehicles left the Butuan City hall were sheltered. grounds at 7 am for Surigao City. At 4 pm, the medical team At the Surigao City port, our had its hands full with patients convoy boarded a ferry boat and of all ages with cases ranging reached Barangay Benit, San Ri- from coughs and colds to fever, cardo, Southern Leyte at 10 am. from minor wounds to severe Disembarking at Barangay injuries acquired at the height Benit wharf, our convoy took the of Yolanda’s onslaught. Mayor road expecting we would make it Amante and City Councilor Nery to Tacloban City in four hours. dressed wounds , examined paTyphoon-battered roads strewn tients, prescribed and provided with fallen and uprooted trees medicines. Assisting them were forced us to make a detour to the the seven nurses headed by Ma’am only passable but longer route to Ivy Amante. The team served some 90 to 100 patients at the Tacloban via Ormoc City. We reached Mahaplag, Leyte, school-turned-evacuation center. some 74 kilometers from Tacloban, After completing the day’s where Mayor Amante thought it duties, the Butuan team headed best to spend the night. The town for the Leyte Academic Center was slightly affected by Typhoon which served as its home. After “Yolanda” but had no electricity. dinner, Mayor Amante officially We camped outside a non- turned over to Leyte Gov. Leopoldo operating gasoline station. While Dominico Petilla and Provinclal See team/p.A5 there, Mayor Amante and the
A moment of rest is needed after non-stop work attending to patients.
Mayor Amante gets a briefing from Sec. Roxas at the Incident Command Post in Tacloban City.
Amante and Roxas in a lively banter as Mrs. Ivy Amante watches.
Mrs. Ivy Amante hands food to a co-worker.
The Butuan Mayor examines a patient’s wound acquired during typhoon Yolanda’s onslaught.
A nurse washes a girl’s wounded face as her mother watches.
Mayor Amante at the Palo Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee’s Monitoring Office.
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Fortunately, nothing bad happened. Things moved smoothly. The team took to a hospital a two-month old baby whose skin was starting to turn blue after she was accidently kept underwater for several minutes and nearlydrowned. Team Butuan was happy the baby was saved. Later in the afternoon, the medical team treated patients inside the Palo Municipal Hall, a few meters from the cathedral where several unidentified dead bodies were deposited. The air certainly didn’t smell healthy and the thought of dead bodies nearby wasn’t comforting either. But everyone put on a brave face and did their tasks. Mayor Amante, Councilor Nery, Ma’am Ivy, and the nurses catered to patients, young and old, all in need of immediate medical attention. A 10-year old girl whose mother was among Typhoon Yolanda’s fatalities, needed to be immediately operated on since the flesh in her lower left leg protruded from a cut caused by a falling metal roof. The team took the girl to a hospital with Mayor Amante who asked the doctors for her urgent operation. Since it was Butuan Team’s last day in Leyte, and ample medical supplies still remained, Mayor Amante decided to turn these over to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC). We learned that EVRMC was the only functioning and operating hospital in the area after the typhoon and that its stock of medical supplies was running out fast. Capping the day, Mayor Amante handed over Team Butuan’s medical supplies to Dr. Benson Mangubat of the Department of Health for EVRMC patients including the two patients it turned over to the hospital earlier. Day 4, November 14: Team Butuan Comes Home Before departing , Team Butuan visited the MacArthur Memorial Landing Park for stress debriefing, The group members shared their thoughts, lessons learned, and stories to tell when they get home to their loved ones. Like General Douglas MacArthur who promised to return, Team Butuan and Mayor Amante made the same vow, to help, and continue caring for the Province of Leyte. We then set off back to Butuan base. On the way, we saw dead bodies on the streets. While the previous typhoon fatalities had been buried in mass graves, more victims had just been recovered. It seemed to be an ordinary occurrence for the hungry survivors who roamed the streets in search for food. People flocked to the airport hoping to get a lift on C130 cargo planes bound for Manila and Cebu. While we were in Benit, San Ricardo town waiting for a ferry to take us to Surigao City, the third batch of relief goods arrived. The 20-footer van contained donations the Butuanons promptly gathered for the “Yolanda” victims in Leyte. Mayor Amante thanked the escorting team and wished it a safe stay in Leyte. Team Butuan members then boarded a ferry boat ,exhausted but happy with a tinge of contentment for sharing a part of themselves to others. Leyte was the same from the moment we arrived and left. The place was still in distress and in chaos. The team members knew they changed the minds of the people whose lives they touched. The team knew it had given comfort to those who needed help and given the survivors a glimmer of hope in their most trying times. The team knew it had conveyed the message to the people of Leyte that Team Butuan Cares.
Team Butuan’s workers in charge of cleaning streets and roadways make sure their job is done .
Administrator Vincent Emnas the first batch of relief goods and medicines the Butuan team brought for the province. It was a tiring day for the team members since the operations went full swing on arrival. Anticipating that the days ahead could get more challenging, everyone hit the sack early. Day 2, November 12, 2013: More Patients = More Survivors It was raining cats and dogs. The rain made it difficult to conduct street clearing and medical mission. But the group proceeded with its duties since it was what it came here for. So after breakfast, the BCPO-CMG and BUSART teams braved the rains and muddy roads to pick up broken electric posts, fallen trees and debris that blocked the streets and roadways, and deposited them to vacant lots and spaces. Meanwhile, the medical team went to Barangay San Joaquin, where more typhoon survivors were waiting for medical assistance. Since it was raining, the team could not find a roofed building or house to operate in. As team members looked around for a slightly damaged building it can use, the rains stopped as if on cue, to give way for the medical mission to proceed with its work. Mayor Amante and Councilor Nery immediately attended to patients most of whom had wounds that needed stitching. The patients had not had medical attention since the typhoon struck four days ago. A survivor asked if the situation in Leyte was in the news and if people from other parts of the country knew what was happening in Palo. When the team answered, “Yes”, she burst into tears. She again asked, “Then why aren’t we getting any help? You are the first to ever come here!” The day went by so fast. The clearing team advanced to other areas and while the medical team attended to a long line of patients who sought their wounds to be stitched up, or asked to be injected with tetanus toxin, or be provided with vitamins because they were getting weak and sick from hunger each passing day without food. Day 3, November 13, 2013: A Dangerous Place Mayor Amante started the day by turning over to Gov. Petilla the second batch of donations brought in by a second dump truck which arrived at the Leyte Academic Center. These donations consisted of sacks of rice, boxes of canned goods and noodles, bottled water, used clothes, and medical supplies. Wasting no time, Team Butuan went on with the day’s routine. The BCPO-CMG and BUSART teams were out to clear streets and made sure roads were passable to vehicles transporting relief goods. The medical team went to Barangay Baras, a village along Leyte’s coast which, according to Palo Municipal Office, had one of the highest recorded casualties. The medical mission was going smoothly until a report came that a group of armed men was on its way to the team’s area. Since the team couldn’t leave the people who badly needed medical attention, everyone went on with attending to the patients’ needs. The consultations were done a bit faster and all were cautious and ready in case something unexpected happened. Drivers were alerted and medicines were kept. The medical team was ready to leave at any moment.
Broken posts blocking the street are cut by a Butuan team member.
Clearing team members want streets rid of broken posts, fallen trees and debris for smooth vehicle traffic.
The Butuan Mayor applying bandage to an injured patient.
Mayor Amante examines the working jackets of co-workers.
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Team Butuan’s convoy of eight vehicles get ready for the journey to Tacloban.
Team members pass their pack for loading to a dumptruck.
Mayor Amante inspects the vehicles before setting off for Team Butuan’s Leyte mission.
Team Butuan leaves Benit, San Ricardo for Tacloban City.
Mayot Amante meets cabinet members at the Incident Command Post in Tacloban.
Mayor Amante and Sec. Roxas.
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‘Impunity King’ President Aquino perpetuates culture of impunity IT HAS BEEN four years since the killings and harassment 58 individuals, including 32 of journalists continue. journalists and media workAccording to the Center for ers, were brutally killed in Media Freedom and ResponAmpatuan town, Masibility, 19 have guindanao. Pooled editorial been killed in To date, no one has the line of duty been convicted of murunder the Aquider charges since the hearing no administration. Indeed, began on January 5, 2010. Even Aquino who campaigned and as three of the primary suspects won on promises of reforms are detained, relatives of the has miserably failed to stop the victims fear that Unsay, Andal killings not only of journalists Sr. and Zaldy Ampatuan are but also of other human rights receiving special treatment advocates and civilians. and that their political clout Based on documentation is still intact. Ninety other by human rights watchdog suspects remain at large. Karapatan from June 2010 President Noynoy Aquino to August 2013, there are 152 did not heed any of the rec- victims of extrajudicial killommendations of various ings, 18 victims of enforced human rights groups here disappearances, 80 victims and abroad in the aftermath of torture, more than 31,000 of the Ampatuan massacre. victims of forced evacuation He failed to dismantle para- and thousands more victims of military groups. He also did other human rights violations. not investigate the alleged use Impunity persists because of public funds by the Am- Aquino has refused to punish patuans for their private army. – and instead rewarded – the While the world witnesses most rabid perpetrators of the legal battle against one of human rights violations. the most powerful clans and Gen. Eduardo Ano (imtheir cohorts, media killings plicated in the abduction of continue with impunity and peasant activist Jonas Burgos) justice for the victims remain and Gen. Aurelio Baladad elusive. (charged with criminal and As regards murder of envi- civil cases in relation to the ronmentalist and broadcaster arrest and detention of the 43 Gerry Ortega, just to cite an health workers or the Morong example, the Court of Appeals 43) are but two faces of imacquitted on a mere technical- punity under Aquino. ity former Palawan governor Impunity is alive because Joel Reyes, the alleged mas- there are whistleblowers of termind behind the killing. corruption who get harassed There is a simple explanation and intimidated, if not permato call President Aquino the nently silenced, and the mascountry’s “Impunity King”: He terminds remain unpunished. allows the perpetuation of the Our colleagues Gerry Orteculture of impunity as he has ga (who exposed the misuse not done anything to end it. of Malampaya funds) and This is the main reason why Marlene Esperat (who in-
vestigated the P728-million fertilizer fund scam) were killed because the perpetrators do not want them to report the truth. Indeed, there is no accountability as corruption continues and freedom of information is denied. As we commemorate the fourth year of the Ampatuan massacre and the third year of the International Day to End Impunity on November 23, we refuse to let our call for justice be continuously ignored by those in power. We refuse to bequeath this culture of impunity to the future generations. Justice for the victims of Ampatuan massacre! Stop media killings and other human rights violations! Prosecute perpetrators of abuses! End impunity! •• End Impunity Alliance Bulatlat.com Pinoy Weekly PinoyMedia Center Kodao Productions Tudla Productions Northern Dispatch Davao Today News Desk Asia Radyo ni Juan 783 AM One Radio News FM Resource Center for People’s Advocacies Burgos Media Center College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) Student Alliance for Democratic Rights in UP (STAND-UP CMC chapter) Union of Journalists of the Philippines-UP (UJP-UP) Karapatan UP College of Mass Communication (represented by Dean Roland Tolentino and Associate Dean Danilo Arao) National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) - Davao City Chapter
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Calls for ‘President Pacquiao’ resurface Protest rally against the coal plant set
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “... For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit…” (1 Peter 4:6, the Holy Bible). -oooCALLS FOR `PRESIDENT PACQUIAO’ RESURFACE: With his convincing 12-round victory over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios Sunday (November 24, 2013) at The Cotai Arena at the Venetian in Macau, calls for Manny Pacquiao to become President of the Philippines have resurfaced. One such call came all the way from New York, USA. Mar i ano Pat a li nju g (MarPatalinjug@aol.com) wrote: “Atty. Batas Mauricio: Is (Pacquiao) a `BornAgain Christian’ now? If so, he is still very much a Christian! The Roman Catholic Church, through its powerful political arm the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, will very likely give putative presidential candidate Manny Pacquiao its full support. “That way, he has a very good chance of winning-even if his opponent turns out to be Bongbong Mar-
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Atty. Batas Mauricio cos, or Bong Revilla, both of whom, as you know, are now entangled in the smelly P10 billion `pork barrel’ scam and may in fact be prosecuted by the Department of Justice in the second batch. -oooPOTENTIAL TO BE A GOOD PRESIDENT: “And why not this world-famous greatest boxer, pound for pound, Manny Pacquiao, as President of the Philippines! We’ve had a brilliant lawyer, a graduate of the University of the Philippines, whom the Filipino people easily if not eagerly and with such hopes elected President. Did he use his brilliance for the good of his country and his people? “You know the answer to that one, of course! He used his brilliance to earn (a distinction from) the Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest kleptocrat among the world’s leaders of his time! “Maybe it is time for the Filipino people to elect as President somebody who is
less brilliant… but who may have a truly [vs. hypocritically] kindly heart for the Filipino people. I do not think he has any ambition of making it to the Guinness Book of World Records as a kleptocrat. The world already knows him to be the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of all time. I think that’s good enough for Manny Pacquiao. He has the potential to be a good President.” -ooo“ WA T E R S C A M ” HOUNDS DBM, TOO: I am glad that the Ombudsman is also investigating, in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam being attributed to Janet Lim Napoles, some officials of the Department of Budget and Management for their possible participation. I have just received reports that officials of the DBM are not only in on the pork barrel scam, but even on a host of other scams, particularly a “water scam”. Call me if you want the details of this “water scam”.
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Don’t bring up past problems and hurts. Second, remember that your goal is not to win the argument, but to understand each other’s feelings. In other words, TUNE IN. Really listen to what each other is thinking and feeling. Try to understand how you are causing them to feel hurt or wronged. Put yourself in their place and see things from their side. Remember, feelings are not right or wrong, but they are very real to your mate. So how your wife or husband feels should be important to you. Third, never argue and talk about personal, private
-oooST. PETER’S BONES OR NOT? Whether or not the bones unveiled and blessed by Pope Francis on Sunday, November 24, 2013, belong to St. Peter, the first Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, is not the issue. The issue is whether those bones can be brought back to life someday. The answer, according to Ezekiel 37 and 1 Peter 3:18-20 and 4:6, is, yes. Now, how about you, dear readers, will your bones be brought back to life someday? -ooo“ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION”: What, really, is the truth about the Iran nuclear deal which world powers and Iran concluded Sunday? Will it really freeze Iran’s nuclear program, or, as Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others are saying, will it only allow Iran to build its nuclear bombs faster? Whatever, I am convinced this is all part of the Biblical prediction about the “abomination of desolation” against Israel. Watch and, better yet, pray! -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com
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THINK a minute. A wise marriage counselor asks every couple wanting to get married if they have had a real argument yet. Often they answer: “Oh, no! We love each other. We never fight!” This marriage counselor tells every couple to fight first before they get married. He says that when couples disagree, they must learn to listen and understand each other’s feelings so they can solve their differences and forgive each other each time they disagree. A very important skill in building a happy marriage and life together is learning how to debate with your
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mate. But there are rules you must follow to have a fair, good debate, so you will still be close friends afterwards. First, before you start, both of you should agree to stick only to that issue.
Fresh Gospel of the day: Luke21:5-11(November26, 2013-Tuesday) Luke 21:5-11-And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, [As for] these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign [will there be] when these things shall come to pass? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end [is] not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven: This gospel reminds us about a false prophet who will claim that he is the human Jesus on earth. Take note, this prophecy is already happening due to many false claims and due to different presumptions
matters in front of other people. Number four, stop the fight if either of you loses control of your anger or words. And the final rule on how to debate with your mate is TONE DOWN. This means we must try to stay calm, kind and gentle. They say that 90% of the tension and anger in families is caused by the wrong tone of voice. Many times it’s not what we say, but how we say it. What we say may be right, but how we say it is wrong. We need to kindly and gently say how we feel without attacking and hurting each other with our words. See mate, page A11
Biblical reflection Bro. Edcel L. Closas that they are sent by God. In 2 Thesalonians2:1-10-anti Christ will come and claim that he is God and even seated at the altar of the temple of God. Remember, end of the world will come if these things and signs are fulfilled. Therefore, we need to be ready since the signs are already here. Another signs, the different disasters and calamities are the first to happen before the judgment day. Since, all these signs are clearly happenings; we must be aware and vigilant for us to be saved. Are you prepared? SPONSORED:Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request
THE environmental groups in Cagayan de Oro City would file a class suit against national and local officials who allowed the construction of the P 30 billion coal plant in Misamis Oriental. Also to be included in the suit are officers of the Filinvest Development Corporation, the investor of a coal plant, the dirties plant on the planet. The officers of Sulog, the um- Cris Diaz brella group of all environmental organizations here, said they would hire lawyers sympathetic to the environment. Sulog Chairman Rolando Ravanera said that there is the possibility that environmental activists like the “Green Peace” would join the protest rally here. “If necessary, we will tap international lawyers who are experts in the environmental laws,” Ravanera said during a forum on environment that focused on the hazardous effects of coal plants to the environment and human health. The environmental organizations were angered at the snail-paced, if not inaction, of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on the complaint filed by the Sulog and Save CDO Movement on the alleged inappropriate issuance of Environmental Clearance Certificates (ECCs) to more than a dozen establishments in the region. “These companies got the ECCs directly in Manila without even consulting the local people who were directly affected of the company’s operations,” Ralph Abragan, chair of the Save CDO Movement, said. Abragan also voiced out contempt on the issuance of ECC of the P 30 billion coal plant in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. He said that the FDC-Misamis Oriental Power Corporation should not be issued an ECC since it failed to comply with the requirements outlined in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The EIA could only be obtained through a series of public forums and debates on the issue of the propriety of operating a plant or a company that would greatly affect the environment and human health. Granting without admitting that the Save CDO Movement’s observation were correct, it would mean that the FDC-Misamis Oriental Power Corporation might have obtained a counterfeit ECC. Well, this contention needs to be proven. Anyway, local officials said that they allowed the construction of another coal plant in Misamis Oriental because they received no complaint about the operation of an existing coal plant in the province. Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said that the province would swiftly act once the province received complaints against the coal plant operation relative to the environment and people’s health. Indeed, this government is only effective in reacting to issues. Every time an issue comes out, our elected officials have only two choices – deny or confirm. Every time, death and destruction occur, our elected officials simply mobilize a search and retrieved operations. Perchance, this is the reason why we have good-for-nothing public officials. Anyway, the entire city of Cagayan de Oro and the province of Misamis Oriental should come together to join the protest against the construction of the coal plant in the province. Our action today would dictate the destiny of our children’s future. The environment is our future. •• [Listen to “Alarma sa Udtong Tutok” every 11:00 – 12:00 Mon. to Friday at 95.7 FM Mellow Touch Radio] React: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A M B OA N G A CITY - Philippine Drug Enforcement Agenc y (PDEA) Director General undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. on Sunday said that law enforcement units intercepted a parcel containing methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, during an airport interdiction operation in Zamboanga City. In a statement, Cacdac said that the illegal drug, which has an estimated value of P3 million, was conce aled in eight plastic bundles wrapped with electrical tape, together with flip-flop sandals inside a package bound for Tawi-Tawi. The operation happened last Nov. 21 around 5:30 pm, with combined elements of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Department of Transportation and Com-
munications (DOTC), with the supp or t of the PDEA, Police Center for Aviation Security 9, Zamboanga International Airport Police Station, City’s Anti-Illegal Dr ugs Sp e ci a l O p erat ions Task Force (CAIDSOTF) Regional Intelligence Division 9, and PDEA Regional Office 9 (PDEA RO 9) under the supervision of Director Jeffrey Bangsa, intercepted 600 grams of shabu, at the initial screening area of Zamboanga International Airport, Zamboanga City. “The shabu package arrived at the Zamboanga International Airport via Philippine Airlines Flight Number 2P993 on November 21, 2013, and was scheduled for shipment to Tawi-tawi a day after,” Cacdac said, adding that the package was sent by a certain Gloria Fernandez of Dagupan, Pangasinan, using a local courier service to be delivered to one of its branches in Bongao, Tawi-tawi. Two weeks ago, 18 kilos of shabu worth P90 million contained inside balikbayan boxes were also intercepted at the Zamboanga International Airport which resulted in the arrest of two big-time drug couriers. (PNA)
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Brilliantes supervises Zambo barangay special election By R.G. ANTONET A. GO
ZAMBOANGA CITY - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brilliantes, Jr. is personally supervising the conduct of special election for barangay officials in this city, yesterday. Brilliantes, who flew in late Sunday, is accompanied by Comelec Commissioners Al Parreño and Maria Gracia Cielo Padaca. He said their main concern is the voters from Barangays Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Mariki and Rio Hondo that were displaced by the standoff last September. Brilliantes noted that most of them are still housed at the different evacuation centers like the Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr.
Memorial Sports Complex. "Yung mga displaced voters kailangan tingnan at tulungan," Brilliantes said in a press conference upon their arrival here Sunday evening. He said the voters of the three barangays will be ferried to the government-owned Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) in Barangay Rio Hondo where their polling precincts are located. It was agreed that the city government will deploy trucks to the evacuation centers Monday to ferry voters from the four affected barangays to the polling centers. The conduct of voting for the special barangay election in this city started at 7 a.m. and ends
at 3 p.m. The barangay election here, supposed to be held October 28 like in other parts of the country, was moved by the Comelec to November 25 due to the standoff last September. The crisis started when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated this city through the shore of Barangay Rio Hondo and nearby barangays. More than 409,000 registered voters are expected to cast their votes in this city's two districts. There are more than 210,000 registered voters in the first district's 37 barangays and more than 199,000 registered voters in the second district that comprises 61 barangays. (PNA)
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AVAO CITY - The New People’s Army released on Friday five barangay officials of Barangay Sabud, town of Loreto, Agusan del Sur after clearing them from having committed “serious crimes to the people” as members of the paramilitary Cafgu.
The five, Marven Buntuasan, Crisanto Piudos, Lito Andaleque, Balaba Andaleque and Pepe Sudla, were captured last October 24 after the NPA’s NorthDavao Agusan-South Command launched raids in military detachments in Sabud and Barangay Mansanitas. The five prisoners of war were turned over to a representative of the provincial government, Jocelyn Bahade of the provincial peace and order council. In a statement read during the release, the NDF Southern Mindanao ordered the release of the officials as “investigations showed there was not sufficient evidence to continue with the prosecution of the prisoners of war on serious crimes.” The statement further said other reasons were
based on the NDF’s “lenient treatment on POWs and observance of the Geneva Conventions and Protocol 1” and “considerations from the appeals made by the families and individuals who supported for a negotiated settlement on the POWs.” After their release, Sabud said he would quit being a Cafgu and focus now on being a kagawad (councilor). It was only after their release that Sabud learned he and his colleagues were reelected to their posts in the October 28 barangay elections. “Ang priority nako sa akong kabahin, kining Cafgu, undang ko ani. Mao ning nakasagabal sa akong serbisyo. (My priority now is to stop being a Cafgu. This has been a hindrance to my service),” Sabud said. “Mo istorya na mi nga
dili na mi ani. Kay ikaduha namo ning kinabuhi. Kung padayon pa nila ang ginaingon nga Oplan Halang-Halang, dili na mi ani. Kay gitagaan mi sa taas ug pribelehyo. (We’ll tell the (soldiers)that we will quit. Because this is our second chance in life. If they want us to continue with this Oplan Halang-halang, we don’t want anything to do with it. Because were given by someone up there the privilege of a second life),” Sabud added. The NPA leader Ka Kaloy explained to reporters that they launched “tactical offensives” on reports of harassments on the farmers after the military detachments were established in the barangays as part of military operations against NPAs. “Pagsulod sa military sa pagtukod detatsment sa Mansanitas, diha nakasinati ang mag-uuma og grabeng paghulga. Mao na dili na sila tarong sa pag uma, ug dili na luwas sa pagsuspitsa. Kining si Kapitan Andeleque , gigamit sa military nga kasangkapan aron hadlokon ang mga maguuma nga
napugos og pamakwit kay hadlok sila gamiton nga taming. (Since the military came and established the detachment in Mansanitas, the farmers experienced threats and that affected their farming as they were treated with suspicion. This Captain Antinique was used by the military to scare the farmers who were forced to evacuate or else they will
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Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City LARRY R. ALMARIO, Plaintiff, - Versus -
CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-139 For: Divorce by TALAQ.
NERISSA L. ALMARIO, Defendant. x---------------------------------------------------------/ SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION TO: NERISSA L. ALMARIO Rodolfo Laroza, Road 13 Magtinig Sitio Siwang Brgy., San Juan, Taytay, Rizal GREETINGS: WHEREAS, on October 31, 2013, this Court issued an order directing the petitioner to effect service of summons by publications upon respondent NERISSA L. ALMARIO in a newspaper of general circulation in this City, once a week for 3 consecutive weeks at the expense of herein petitioner, WHEREAS, that petitioner and respondent arc both Filipino-Muslim and non-Muslim, and husband and wife married civil rites on April 8, 2000 at Cabuyao, Laguna. WHEREAS, petitioner and respondent executed an agreement of Divorce thereby showing that they have been separated since 2007 and no longer interested to reconcile, hence this case is filed for the approval of the agreement of divorce construed as divorce by Talaq; WHEREAS, That respondent separated for more than six (6) years now from the petitioner and right from that time no communication whatsoever took place between (hem and hence, the herein petitioner is compelled to pursue divorce against him, and since then no support is given by die former to the latter. NOW, THEREFORE, you respondent NERISSA L. ALMARIO is hereby summoned and required to tile with this Court, within 15 days from the last date of the Publication of this summons, your comment/ answer to the petition famish copy to the petitioner address at Block 19, Lot 7, Stechown, Iligan City; You are reminded of 1BP-OCA Memorandum on Policy Guidelines dated march 12,2002 to observe restrained in filing a motion to dismiss and instead allege the grounds thereof as defenses in the answer/ comment. Should you fail to answer/comment to the petition within the aforesaid period, the court shall proceed to receive the evidences cx-parte upon which judgment shall be rendered on the same petition. Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines, November 4, 2013. (Sgd.) NASRODLNG A. ALI Clerk of Court MDN: Nov. 20, 26 & Dec. 2, 2013
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Angel Locsin, Luis Manzano take possible reconciliation issue in stride Despite being both available at the moment, ex-couple Luis Manzano and Angel Locsin have both dismissed the possibility of rekindling their romance for the time being. In an uncanny situation, the former couple are being linked anew since their split in 2009 after they have coincidentally ended their respective relationships only a few weeks apart. Of late, The Legal Wife star, who is an active volunteer of Philippine Red Cross, has been busy joining relief efforts for the displaced kababayans in Visayas region after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) last November 8. “Baka ‘yon po ang hindi ko masagot sa ngayon. Sa ngayon po i’m very happy doing what I love most and helping people
out,” said she via a taped interview aired on Ang Buzz ng Bayan on Sunday. Angel also added that her love life is her least priority for now. “Hindi nalang muna ako nag-iisip kasi kakagaling ko lang rin naman po ng breakup so medyo mahirap po ngayon ang sitwasyon,” she continued. Meanwhile, Luis, via a separate interview also aired on Buzz ng Bayan, has opted to keep mum about the issue in respect to Angel and to the other people who might be slighted if he even comments about the matter. “It’s very, very hard to comment on that kasi siyempre may pinagdaanan rin naman si Angel at ako rin and to comment on that siguro it will fuel certain flames na iwasan na siguro natin dahil baka mabigyan ng hindi magandang interpretasyon,” said the
eldest son of Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos. What apparently started this rumor was the purported teasing of Queen of All Media Kris Aquino to the ex-lovers during one of the episodes of her show Kris TV where the two guested lately to participate in the relief efforts in Visayas. To that issue Luis said, “’Yung mga pagbibiro ni Ms. Kris iwan nalang natin doon.” It may be recalled that both Angel and Luis coincidentally confessed the ending of their respective relationships with Phil Younghusband and Jennylyn Mercado recently to Kris TV’s head writer Darla Sauler with both of them even asking for the public’s understanding if they cannot reveal details as to why the split ensued for now. push.abs-cbn.com
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In search of a new start and the American dream, in 1920 Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.
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director of the Mindanao Railway System prior to her election as City Councilor of Cagayan de Oro during the midterm elections in 2013. She said that Rodriguez has partly financed the feasibility studies of the Mindanao Railway System by allocating some P 50 million of the P 100 million mobilization and creation of Mindanao railway’s office in Cagayan de Oro City. Darimbang said that the draft to pursue the implementation of the Mindanao Railway System would be submitted to Congress early next year with Solons from Northernn Mindanao, the Caraga Region, and Davao who would lobby for the project approval. She said that the initial plan of the Mindanao Railway System was to construct a railway from Laguindingan-Cagayan de Oro-Tagoloan, in Misamis Oriental as the first phase. The second phase would be from Tagolo-an, Misamis Oriental to Butuan City, she added. In a phone interview, Rodriguez reiterated the need for fast and convenient mode of transportation for Mindanaoans such as trains. The more it is needed considering that the Laguindingan International Airport is now on its full operation, added the lawmaker. Rodriguez is one of those lawmakers who lobbied for the construction of the ambitious P66.5 billion Mindanao Railway System. With the railway system, Darimbang said travel time is getting shorter and would be more convenient for the passengers. “This is one of the reasons why I am planning to come up with a resolution supporting the implementation of the railway system,” she explained. She said she had already spoken to some lawmakers from the provinces of Surigao, Agusan, and the city of Butuan is regarding the plan to revive the call for the construction of the Mindanao Railway System. “I urged them to help us lobby the project with other lawmakers in the House of the Representatives––and even with the two senators from Mindanao,” said Darimbang apparently referring to senators TJ Guingona and Koko Pimental. “Without a railway system, passengers bound for Laguindingan International Airport will take a ride from either taxi, bus or private vehicles in an hour-long trip for P200-and-above fare while in a railway system it will only take less than an-hour-of-trip for a minimum fare of P120,” Darimbang said.
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soldiers) they will also accuse them as NPAs. They will drive them out and burn their houses. That’s why
they evacuated,” he added. The operations also forced Loreto farmers and Agusanon Manobos to evacuate last July to Davao City, and made their return after the intercession of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who brokered a dialogue between Loreto Mayor Dario Otasa and Eastern Mindanao Command officers to withdraw from the communities. Bahade told reporters that the five would be presented to Mayor Otaza then turned over to Agusan del Sur Governor Edward Adolph Plaza in Prosperidad town for psycho-social intervention and support for the families. But Ka Kaloy slammed the provincial government for not acceding to their demands for a suspension of military operation (SOMO) that would have allowed the safe release of the officials. “That’s the reason we had to do this here in a remote area instead of a nearby place to spare all of you of the inconvenience,” Ka Kaloy said. “This just shows the insincerity of the provincial government in helping work out a peaceful conduct of release. They might have thought that because these are Cafgus, we will not sincerely do our part to release them.” Ka Kaloy also criticized Mayor Otasa for recruiting Cafgus to conduct “clearhold-develop” operations for the British Palm Oil Limited (BPOL) which reportedly would convert 36,000 hectares in Agusan del Sur for palm oil plantations. “What will the farmers eat if their lands will be planted with palm oil? They just survived (Typhoon) Pablo and haven’t recovered, and now they will lose their farms,” Ka Kaloy said. (davaotoday.com)
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Findlay Miller Company in Lanao del Norte Friday afternoon last week. Paitao said that the kidnappers also took Edwin dela Torre, the company engineer, but released the driver identified as Candido Mausisa who later reported the incident to the police. He said that the local law enforcers in cooperation with the local government unit of Lanao Del Norte mobilized the anti-kidnapping task force only late last week because the company driver reported to the police 12 hours after the kidnapping took place. Paitao said that the law enforcers have no idea of the group who were responsible for the kidnapping. “The police are also trying to establish the motive of the kidnapping since the suspect(s) have not issued ransom demand,” he added. An initial police investigation disclosed that Kua, a Fil-Chinese national together with the company engineer and the driver left the Findlay Miller Company past 12 noon sometime
on Nov. 16 for Misamis Oriental. Paitao said that about five unidentified armed men reportedly flagged down the service Land Cruiser of Kua and his group in Buru-un, Linamon, Lanao del Norte past 5:00 in the afternoon. He said that instead of reporting the incident to the Iligan City Police, the driver, who was released four hours after the incident went home to Misamis Oriental and the reported the incident the following day. “Had the driver reported the incident earlier,,the police could have issued a province-wide alarm and mobilized all mobile forces to conduct checkpoints and blocking forces,” Paitao said. He said that companyowned Land Cruiser service vehicle was later found abandoned in Tagolo-an, Lanao del Norte. Paitao said that the anti-organized crime task force from Manila flew to Lanao del Norte to assist in the investigation and to help in the immediate release of the kidnapping victims. CRIS DIAZ, Exec. Editor,Mindanao Daily News
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the 2nd Stakeholders Forum over the weekend o r g a n i z e d by t h e S a n Francisco Water District (SFWD). D e L e on or i g i n a l l y passed the proposed ordinance in 2011 but conflicting interest among town council members prevented the local law to b e approve d i n t he third and final reading. C a l l i ng it a “s o c i a l f e n c e”, D e L e o n s a i d drawing the clear boundar ies wit hin t he 1,000 meter buffer zone would give t he lo ca l gover nment and environmental agencies more teeth to strictly enforce the law in the face of the still prevailing abuse of Mt. Magdiwata by unscr upulous people. “This ordinance will ser ve as natural barrier to prevent more threats faced by the watershed,” De Leon said. She however admitted the revived proposed local ordinance will still go through another acid test as some council members i n c lu d i ng Vi c e Mayor Agusani Ananoria seems to have showed lack of interest to support it. It was not clear what p r e v e nt e d s o m e t ow n councilors to rally behind the proposed environmental law but concerned residents cited most of the areas within the buffer zone are composed of land claims of big old t i m e r f am i l i e s i n t h i s tow n t hat ma k i ng an tagonistic move will cost their political career. But re pre s e nt at ive s from the academe, church, village officials and concerned business sector have thrown their
all-out support to push for the approval of the ordinance. “No matter how many resolutions that will be passed, if there is no political will to implement it, then its nothing,” said Pol Mangadlao , administrator of Light and Life Learning Center. Joy Tado, of the Sacred Heart Church Parish Council, expressed h e r a l a r m t h at i f Mt . Magdiwata will not be protected, it will not be far-fetched that people of this town will experience similar tragedy to the recent supertyphoon Yolanda disaster. Fe Tan Cebrian, board member of SFWD, said it’s about time to set aside interests “to s er iously get our acts together to protect Magdiwata from destruction.” Newly-elected village chair Aida Armelia of Barangay Mati has reported during the for um that illegal mining activities have already proliferated in their village after many residents lost their jobs when the multinational palm oil company Filipinas Palm Oil, Inc. decided to stop its operations. SFWD General Manage r E l me r Lu z on has of f e re d A r m e l i a t h e i r a lt e r n at i v e l i v e l i h o o d program “Imo yuta ugmara kay bayaran ka (Toil your land and we’ll pay),” which would give P8,000 in financial support to farmer-beneficiaries to be divided into three farming development stages. Luzon said small parcels of land in the village can be developed into organic agroforestry farms while the beneficiaries would be given the daunting task to protect the forest within the watershed from illegal cutters and timber poachers. Last year, SFWD has tapped eight former small-scale miners who were willing to change t he i r l ive s by sh i f t i ng f rom e nv i ron m e nt a l ly destructive livelihood activities into eco-friendly farming while becoming protectors of the forest. Mati village was brought into attention early this year after a joint police and a team from environmental agencies arrested six Chinese nationals who were caught in the act of illegal mining operation that destroyed the water ways of the river.
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In just one moment, our hurtful words can do years of damage. So why not ask Jesus Christ to take charge of your heart and marriage? He will help you start communicating with your mate both honestly and kindly. Then you will both win each debate, and only become happier, better friends. Just Think a Minute.
‘Zambo Memorial Day’ to ‘bring closure to siege’—Climaco ZAMBOANGA City––A memorial day is set on December 2 to “bring a closure” to the Zamboanga City siege, Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” ClimacoSalazar said. “This day is for those who risked and lost their lives during the 23-day siege in Zamboanga City,” she added. The Zamboanga siege came after Moro National Liberation Front members loyal to founding chair Nur Misuari occupied some coastal towns last September 9. Climaco told MindaNews last Saturday that the city’s peace and security condition will be among the city government’s top priorities as it conducts programs on rehabilitation and reconstruction at a time when the city is still amidst a post-conflict humanitarian crisis. While expressing gratitude for the national government’s P3.9 billion support fund, Climaco admitted that such appropriation is “not enough for the rehabilitation, to build back homes.” She pointed out that tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are still temporarily sheltered in evacuation centers, majority of them at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex. “They (IDPs) want to go back to their homes in Mariki, in Rio Hondo and in Sta. Barbara,” Climaco said. According to the mayor, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson earlier estimated “that Zamboanga’s damage in infrastructure was worse than that suffered by Bohol.” “The damage on infrastructure in Bohol is on roads. The earthquake that hit Bohol brought Catholic churches in ruins. Churches are not under the government,” she pointed out. Meanwhile, Sheila Covarrubias, city information officer, said that Zamboanga continues to prepare for “full swing rehabilitation” with the conduct of community assessments in the conflict-affected communities of Rio Hondo, Mariki, Sta. Catalina, Talon-Talon and Sta. Barbara. An inter-agency partnership has been forged across government and non-government organizations to battle the humanitarian crisis. These include the Department of Education, Darul Ifta or the respected group of Islam leaders in the affected villages, United States Agency for International Development, United Nations’ World Food Program and Tzu Chi Foundation. Climaco also announced the launch of “Build Back Better Zamboanga” on December 3. “It’s time for us to move on,” she said. (Frencie Carreon/MindaNews)
Teaching: A Mission By Joan J. Taclob, Teacher-III San Apolinario Elementary School
Teaching is perhaps an activity a few people are qualified to do. The reason why is that it requires heart, mind and effort. Teaching cannot be effective without these three. Teaching requires mind. A teacher who share other things aside from the usual lessons is a teacher that would be found as informative by the students. Through an intelligent mind, students will learn new things they have not experienced before. Thus, classes will turn out exciting and adventurous which students would love to look forward to. It also requires effort. A teacher should exert effort in introducing lessons to the students. She should see full understanding among students before proceeding to other lessons. Effort should be visible in her so that lessons
will be fully absorbed and hence, learning process is successful. Teaching also requires heart. The previous two qualities would be nothing without the love for teaching. For a teacher to be called as one, she should learn to love her students. She should treat them as her own sons and daughters. She should show care, passion and understanding in teaching. Other than that is patience. In this way, she will just not teach knowledge but as well as wisdom. Being a teacher is an all in one task. A teacher should be like a lamp that lights, a mother that teaches and a lover that loves. Teaching is not only a profession but a lifetime mission as well. It is not only gained through training but also from personal learnings. These what it take on being a teacher.
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Pacquiao dominates Rios, wins via unanimous decision He’s back. In what could have been his swansong in boxing, Manny Pacquiao proved he still packs a mean punch, registering a unanimous decision victory against American Brandon Rios, Sunday at The Venetian Macau, claiming the WBO International Welterweight belt in the process. Among the three judges, Michael Pernick scored it 120-108, while Lisa Giampa had it at 119109. Manfred Kuchler gave Rios two rounds at 118-110. It was total domination for Pacquiao, who pummeled Rios with a flurry of punches. He showed vastly greater hand speed than his opponent and landed blistering combinations that left Rios’ right eye swollen and his left eye bleeding. Though the Filipino was unable to score any knockdowns, he clearly frustrated his foe, who on several occasions swung at nothing but air as Pacquiao moved out of the way and returned fire before Rios could cover up. Pacquiao landed 281-of-790 punches for 36 percent, while Rios connected with 138-of-502 punches thrown for 27 percent, according to CompuBox. “Recovering from the knockout and giving a good show just like the young Manny Pacquiao,” the Saranggani representative said after the win. Pacquiao also shared that he
was very careful this time around, avoiding a repeat of the result in his last loss against Juan Manuel Marquez: “I’m very careful. I learned in the last fight.” After nearly a year away from the ring, the Filipino ring icon, who dedicated his win to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, showed he still has what it takes, as he took down the taller Rios. “This isn’t about my comeback,” he insisted. “My victory is a symbol of my people’s comeback from a natural disaster, a national tragedy. It’s really important to bring honor to my country with this win.” The tone of the fight was set early and remained the same for all twelve rounds. Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs) put his gloves high in front of his face in an attempt to block Pacquiao’s blows, but the eight-time world champion threw so many punches that quite a few broke through to leave their marks on the American’s face. Showing deft footwork, Pacquiao would jab, turn swiftly to one side, land another punch and turn again. On several occasions, one straight left would be followed by another, and then, having pierced Rios’ defense, Pacquiao would open up with a barrage of four or five punches, to the delight of the more than 13,000 in attendance at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian Macao.
Manny Pacquiao celebrates his unanimous decision win over Brandon Rios for the WBO international welterweight title on Sunday at The Venetian, Macau, snapping his losing streak and ending calls that he’s too old for boxing. AP Photo/Vincent Yu “All I can say is, many Manny punches,” smiled Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach. “He fought the perfect fight. He let him off the hook. I wanted him to knock him out. But I was very happy with his performance.” Coming into the bout, Pacquiao described himself as hungry, following what was essentially a year away from boxing, after losing last December to archrival Juan Manuel Marquez via a sixth-round KO, and prior to that, a controversial split decision
to Timothy Bradley. That hunger manifested positively, as the Filipino congressman gave his Super Typhoonstruck countrymen something to cheer for. Pacquiao dedicated his bout to the victims of Yolanda (international name Haiyan), and his fight was broadcast for free to security forces and aid workers, as well as the citizens, many homeless, of Tacloban. It was not immediately known what Pacquiao’s next bout would
be, but it is possible that he will seek a rematch against Marquez, or see if Floyd Mayweather Jr. will finally rise up and face him, in a bout many boxing fans have long clamored for. On the other hand, it is the second straight loss for 27-yearold Rios, who blazed into the limelight after registering 31 wins and a draw without a defeat, until losing his rematch against Mike Alvarado via unanimous decision last March for the Interim WBO Welterweight title.
It was Pacquiao’s first fight outside the United States since winning at home against Oscar Larios in 2006. Celebrities were still on hand at The Venetian to witness the fight, including football superstar David Beckham, who was shown visiting Pacquiao right before the match. American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez sang both the American and Philippine national anthems. — OMG/ AMD/RAF, GMA News; with a report from Reuters by Kieran Mulvaney