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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hugpong sa Lumad mag-amoma sa kinaiyahan



DAVAO ORIENTAL (Mindanao Examiner / July 22, 2014) - Ang mga sakop sa kahugpongan nga Lumadnong Asosasyon sa Nagkahiusa pag Oswag ug pag Serbisyo sa Kinaiyahan, sa ilang tumong nga mo-uswag sa panginabuhi sa kaugalingong paningkamot, sila maglihok usab alang sa pag-amoma sa kinaiyahan.

Roger Lanos, presidente sa grupo, namahayag nga maglihok ang ilang kahugpongan aron matabangan ang pagpakunhod sa sobrang pagka-alimoot sa kalibotan pinaagi sa pagtanom ug pag-amoma sa mga kahoy.

Maglihok usab sila nga aron mapanalipdan ug ma-amoma ang nahibilin pang mga kalasangan sa ilang dapit.

Gawas sa pagtanom og mga kahoy nga ang uban mga prutas, ang grupo, mag-mugna usab ug mga kalihokan ug mga proyekto nga makadugang sa ilang kinitaan.

Anaa sa plano sa grupo, ang paghimo ug mga produkto gamit ang uway, banig, paghimog sanina sa lumad nga Mandaya, paghimog mga lumadnong instrumento sa musika ug uban pa aron mapreserba ang ilang talagsaon nga kultura, tradisyon, ug sa ilang mga kahibalo ug mga pamaagi sa pagkinabuhi.

Ang amomahon nga kinaiyahan sa grupo mao ang mga dapit sakop sa Barangay Taocanga dinhi nga lungsod nga naglangkob sa Sitio Limintuug, Sitio Matabang diin anaa nahimutang ang Lake Diomaboc ug uban pang kasikbit nga dapit padulong sa Barangay Lambog ug uban pa. (Cesar Lanos)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Motorsiklo nabundol ng Safari, bata patay; 2 iba sugatan!



TACURONG CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 21, 2014) - Naging madamdamin at tila tiniyak muna ng isang ina na ligtas ang kaisa-isang anak nito makaraang masagi ng isang humaharurot na sasakyan ang kanilang motorsiklo sa bahagi ng Barangay San Emmanuel dito sa lungsod ng Tacurong.

Ngunit nasawi rin ang isang taong gulang na si Abdulrakman Salaban, samantalang sugatan ang kanyang mga magulang na sina Brando Salaban, 29, at Baidido Salaban, 28. Pawang mga residente ng Datu Paglas sa Maguindanao ang mga biktima, ayon sa pulisya.

Agad umanong isinugod ni Arnold Fernandez, 60, ang driver ng Nissan Safari na may plakang TFN 482, ang mga biktima sa pagamutan. Nabatid sa pulisya na si Fernandez ay ang administrador ng lokal na pamahalaan ng bayan ng Buluan sa lalawigan ng Maguindanao at nakatira sa Poblasyon 7 sa bayan ng Midsayap sa North Cotabato.

Batay sa imbestigasyon ng pulisya ay magkasunod umano ang dalawang sasakyan nang di sinasadyang masagi ng Safari ang motorsiklo ng mga biktima sanhi upang tumilapon ang bata at masagasaan ang mga magulang nito.

Ayon pa kay SP01 Ester Panila, may hawak sa nasabing kaso, ay nasawi ang bata sa kabila ng pagsisikipa ng mga duktor na ito ay iligtas. Sinabi ni Panila na may nagawa na umanong pag-uusap ang mga sangkot sa aksidente at mas malamang aniya na mauwi ang naturang aksidente sa aregluhan. (Rose Muneza)

Homemade bomb disarmed in Sultan Kudarat



SULTAN KUDARAT (Mindanao Examiner / July 21, 2014) – Philippine authorities on Monday disarmed an improvised explosive left near a creek in President Quirino town in the southern province of Sultan Kudarat, officials said.

Officials said the explosive was assembled from an 81mm mortar bomb recovered in the village of Katiku near where farmers were resting.

Village chieftain Sancho Salamanca said police and soldiers were sent to the area to disarm the explosive, but it was not immediately known who was behind the failed bombing. He said police are investigating the case. (Rose Muneza)

Gunmen kill father of girl shot by soldiers in Compostela Valley

Photo courtesy of Kilab Multimedia
 

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 21, 2014) - A man whose daughter had been killed by government soldiers during a military operation in 2007 was himself shot dead by gunmen in southern Philippines, according to the Children’s Rehabilitation Center.

It said Gregorio Galacio was killed by suspected state agents in the village of Kahayag in Compostela Valley's New Bataas town on July 19. Galacio had been fighting for justice for the murder of her nine-year old daughter Grecil Buya, who was fatally shot by soldiers while bathing in a stream, and tagged the girl as a member of the communist rebel group New People's Army.

The Children’s Rehabilitation Center has condemned the murder of Galacio.

"For seven years, Tatay Gorio had longed for justice for her daughter’s death. His family’s cry for justice is now even louder as another state-sponsored killing has taken over their family," Jacquiline Ruiz, the group's executive director, said.

"Tatay Gorio was an ardent advocate for justice, not only for his daughter, but to all victims of human rights violations. His death will be another case of extra-judicial killing of human rights advocates that will be lined up together with over a thousand of politically-motivated killings during the Arroyo and now Aquino administration that have eluded the wheels of justice," she said.

She said Galacio was the family’s sole breadwinner and that his death will pose another setback for his wife and their three children.

"The Aquino government’s blatant disregard on human rights brings him to the persecution of the people. In his four years in office, he has proven through his blood-stained record that his government should be put to an end,” Ruiz said.

Rius Valle, the group's spokesman, also cited mounting violations of children's rights by the  military and said at least 18 cases of extra-judicial killings in the country had been reported to the Children’s Rehabilitation Center.

Valle said more than 13,200 children had been threatened and harassed by soldiers and others victims of torture, illegal arrest and detention, among others.

The allegations against the military could not be immediately confirmed.

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Aquino inaugurates Philippine Arena



Government photos show President Benigno Aquino receiving the first copy of the Philippine Arena Coffee Table Book presented by INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo Manalo during the inauguration of the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan where the President also spoke.


MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / July 21, 2014) – President Benigno Aquino inaugurated Monday the Philippine Arena, an indoor stadium owned by Iglesia ni Cristo’s (Church of Christ) New Era University, in the town of Bocaue in Bulacan province just outside Manila.

The 15-storey arena can accommodate over 55,000 people and sits on a 75-hectare tourism zone and was also featured last year in Discovery Channel’s Man Made Marvels because of its architecture and strength that makes it quake proof.

INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo welcomed Aquino and his entourage. Speaking before a huge crowd, Aquino praised the INC for the inauguration of the arena.

“Talaga naman pong ikinalulugod ko ang pagkakataong maging bahagi ng pagtitipong ito. Personal nga po nating sinusuportahan ang isang institusyong tulad ng Iglesia sa maalab na paghubog ng inyong mga miyembro bilang mga tapat na alagad ng ating Panginoon. Nagsisilbi po kayong tulay upang mapalalim pa ang pananampalataya ng inyong mga kasapi, at maigting ninyong ginagabayan ang buhay ispiritwal ng napakarami nating kababayan.”

“Lubos po din tayong humahanga sa matibay ninyong pagsasamahan sa Iglesia bilang isang pamilya at komunidad. Malinaw po sa akin: Hindi natatapos sa loob ng kapilya ang inyong pagbubuklod at pananampalataya. Hindi kayo nakukuntento sa pangangasiwa sa araw ng pagsamba; dinadalaw din ninyo ang inyong mga kaanib upang personal silang kamustahin, at aktibo po silang hikayatin na makilahok sa mga gawain ng komunidad. Sa paraang ito, nababatid ninyo ang kanilang kalagayan at ang mga suliraning nakakaapekto sa kanilang kilos at pasya; nagagabayan n’yo sila upang mapatibay ang kanilang ugnayan sa kapwa, at ang pananalig sa Panginoon,” said Aquino, who was applauded many times by INC members. (Mindanao Examiner)

President Aquino faces impeachment complaint over use of controversial funds


Bayan Muna release photos of those behind the impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino. (Mindanao Examiner)
 

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / July 21, 2014) – At least two dozen politicians and their backers opposed to President Benigno Aquino’s use of controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP have filed an impeachment complaint against him and wanted the Filipino leader remove from office.

The complainants accused Aquino of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust arising from his implementation of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP.

“Complainants accuse President Aquino of culpably violating the Constitution by usurping Congress’ power of the purse and undermining the principles of separation of powers and system of checks and balances. They likewise accuse the President of betraying the public trust by exacerbating the corrupt pork barrel system, committing tyrannical abuse of his powers, violating his oath of office, and perpetrating multiple counts of technical malversation and corruption of public officials. For this, he must be held to account so that lessons must be learned. For this he must be impeached,” reads the introductory of the impeachment complaint endorsed by Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarrate, and Anakpawis Representative Fernando Hicap.

The complainants include people, who earlier questioned the DAP before the Supreme Court, as well as anti-PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) advocates that figured in last year’s Million People March and succeeding actions. Religious leaders, members of the academe, corruption whistle-blowers and various sectoral leaders also signed the complaint.

Among those who supported the impeachment complaint were Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes, Jr.; Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees President Ferdinand Gaite,; Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption Founding Chairman and President Dante Jimenez, Atty. Jose Malvar Villegas Jr., President of Citizens Crime Watch; all of whom were petitioners versus the DAP before the Supreme Court.

Other complainants include retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz; Bishop Emergencio Padillo, of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines; Bishop Joselito Cruz, of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente; former Gabriela representative Liza Maza; UP Prof. Judy Taguiwalo; musician Monet Silvestre; Fr. Benjamin Alforque, of the Church People's Alliance Against Pork Barrel; Marie Sol Villalon, of the Promotion for Church People’s Response; Sandra Cam, President of the Whistle-blowers Association; Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Chairman Rafael Mariano; Kilusang Mayo Uno Chairman Elmer Labog; Migrante International Chairman Garry Martinez; UP Professor Danilo Arao, and Robert Mendoza, RX Pork Convenor.

Others who signed the impeachment complaint were leaders of the Scrap Pork Network led by artist Mae Paner, Inday Varona; Noemi Dado and Deng Silorio; and also Lolita Donato, Alerto Mamimili, Gloria Arellano, Chairperson of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap; Maria Aurora Santiago, Joan Mae Salvador, Secretary-General of GABRIELA; Vencer Mari Crisostomo, Anakbayan Chairman and Concepcion Empeno, Chairperson of Desaparecidos, and mother of missing UP activist Karen Empeno.

“The Disbursement Acceleration Program turned the General Appropriations Act into one man’s pork barrel. By virtue of his unchecked exercise of discretion, he juggled funds from one program to another, or in the case of DAP, to projects based on his mere whim,” the complaint reads.

The complainants believe that DAP further exacerbated the corruption in the pork barrel system by giving additional pork to lawmakers and local officials, in exchange for their support for the Aquino administration.

“Sa pamamagitan ng DAP, pinasahol pa ni Aquino ang korap na sistemang pork barrel sa bansa, salungat sa pangako niya daang-matuwid. The President says DAP is a stimulus program done in good faith. This is belied by the list of DAP projects, most of which have nothing to do with stimulating the economy save for increasing government expenditures,” the complainants said.

The complainants averred that DAP allowed Aquino to give lawmakers some P17.3 billion in extra pork through lump-sum items known as “other various local projects”. Other DAP expenditures were also lump-sum discretionary spending such as additional pork for local officials in the form of “support for LGUs” and various local infrastructure projects.

They said that to enlarge the presidential pork, Aquino withheld funding for so-called “slow-moving projects” and took control of the savings of agencies that were previously used for personnel development. The benefits of ordinary teachers and other government employees suffered because the so-called “savings” were being centralized to fatten the presidential pork.

Some 900 Special Allotment Release Orders of the more than 1,000 total DAP SAROs were reportedly given to lawmakers and this bolsters the complainants’ allegations that DAP truly intended to function as presidential pork.

Aquino approved the DAP in 2011 on the recommendation of the Development Budget Coordination Committee and the Cabinet Clusters as a “stimulus package” by the government for various programs and projects. From 2011 to 2012, DAP funding reached P142.23 billion - P83.53 billion in 2011 and P58.70 billion in 2012 – and most of the funds went to healthcare, public works, housing and resettlement, agriculture, tourism, road infrastructure, school infrastructure, rehabilitation and extension of light rail transit systems, and electrification project in the villages.

Last year, some P15.13 billion in DAP funds were also released by Budget Secretary Butch Abad and these went to the police and redevelopment of the Roxas Boulevard in Manila and other rehabilitation projects in areas affected by typhoons.

Aquino said the DAP funds came from the savings of various government agencies and is legal, citing Article VI Section 25 (5) ng 1987 Constitution. “…the President, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the heads of Constitutional Commissions may, by law, be authorized to augment any item in the general appropriations law for their respective offices from savings in other items of their respective appropriations.”

And Book VI Chapter 5 Section 39 of the 1987 Administrative Code: “Except as otherwise provided in the General Appropriations Act, any savings in the regular appropriations authorized in the General Appropriations Act for programs and projects of any department, office or agency, may, with the approval of the President, be used to cover a deficit in any other item of the regular appropriations….”

“If there is a singular legacy that I am leaving, and sana, masanay ang kababayan natin na ito ang kaya ng gobyernong pinapatakbo nang matino,” Aquino said.(With a report from J. Magtanggol)

Plane Disasters and No. "7" by Jess Dureza



THE OTHER NIGHT, I stayed up  almost until dawn  monitoring the new tragic airline disaster in strife-torn Ukraine involving, yet again, another  Malaysian Airlines  aircraft that claimed innocent lives. I felt sad for the so-called "collateral damage" of war.

The agony of relatives and loved ones cannot be fathomed by us observers, although I was in the middle of that kind of human anguish and grief when I was crisis manager of another plane crash in Mindanao many years ago. As I went to sleep already almost dawn, something strange struck my mind as I suddenly jumped out of bed to check some data. I found an interesting common thread to those earlier disasters: the number "7". Consider the following:
             
1) Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed after being reportedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine a few days ago. It was a Boeing 777 aircraft and flew its first inaugural flight on 17 July 1997. It was exactly 17 years to the day when it crashed last 17 July. Strange coincidence.
            
2) Still remember Malaysian Airlines MH307 which is up to now still missing and being searched? It was also a Boeing 777 aircraft. By the way, Boeing 777 entered commercial service on 7 June 1995.
             
3) Many years ago, in 1998, it was Cebu Pacific Flight 387 that crashed in the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro City. I took charge of the whole crisis situation when former President Ramos assigned me to handle coordination of the incident. That was one of my unforgettable memories.
               
4) Then I remember a similar airline incident in September, 1983. Korean Airlines flight KAL 007 was shot down when it strayed into Russian territory. All passengers and crew died. It was a Boeing 747 aircraft.

FACEBOOK POSTS - Mere coincidence, I am sure, but this sounds eerie. So I posted my initial take on No. 7 on my Facebook account. Gods! I got a flurry of interesting but spontaneous, off-the-cuff comments. An FB friend going by the name PHOTOVISIONEERS FOTOGRAPINOY simply said: "The ancients said that 7 is the number of God". Another one, ROMAN RAMA GUERRERO (from North Cotabato) posted: "Shouldn't we alert Malaysian Airlines with these observations Sec Jess? It's time to turn away from #7 as we did with the President whose favorite number was 7".   Another FB friend KUMAW MONTECLAR SEBALDA posted an internet-generated fact sheet about MH17 and Boeing 777.
                 
An FB post from ELTON CERNA (In Davao City) said:  "Seven is God's number. Take this: a) God created the world in six days and rests on the 7th; b) He commanded his people to labour for 6 days and to rest on the 7th; c) Noah's ark during the biblical great flood floated for 6 days and rested on Mt. Ararat on the 7th; d) in Revelation, God warned of the 7 last plagues. In fact, there are many other biblical accounts that mention 7 as having close association with God."
                 
A veteran journalist friend CHARLIE SENASE (from Cotabato) had this to say: "Looks like seven connotes rest and believed to be the number closely associated with the Lord in biblical times. Why not? To rest in peace, indeed; and rest in peace is eternal".
                
A university official, RONNIE AMORADO (from Davao City) posted: "Sir Jess, isn't it that #7 is somebody's lucky number? He hated the unlucky #13 but got elected as the 13th ha ha ha. What say you sir?"
               
Another post from NIMFA ESGUERRA (a realtor in General Santos City) said: "Those coincidences really sound eerie. And it somehow bothered me because 7, 8 and 13 are my considered lucky numbers. My sudden reaction was to take a look at my booked ticket if it has the number 7. I think you scare me. Pero okay na. Hirap nyan ha."
                  
Shucks, my not-so-serious take on No.7 is spinning to other things. Someone suggested that airline flights change 7 to 6 or 6.5. Then someone suggested we change the infamously unlucky 13 to 7; that high rise buildings that skip floor No. 13 also skip No.7. But Blogger REX VINCENT LUMAPAS LARIDA asked: "And who said 13 is unlucky?? He he he..."
            
Well, before this spins off to a more serious discourse, let's leave it at that. But I would be glad to continue compiling some more coincidental info on the matter. I am sure there are more facts out there. Do let me know. In the meantime, since I take the plane almost every week, I'll always be on the lookout for No.7 in the flight numbers, just like what my FB friend Nimfa said. You can't blame me!
         
But for the moment, being preoccupied with this is a good break.  At least, for a change and for a brief, fleeting moment, we have temporarily forgotten DAP, PDAF, Napoles, and other bad vibes and the toxic air that we have all been swimming in and preoccupied with for some time now. (info@advocacymindanow.org)  

Philippine court employees stage protest


MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / July 21, 2014) - Members of the Judiciary Employees Association of the Philippines on Monday donned black and red shirts and ribbons to protest President Benigno Aquino's tirades against the Supreme Court which declared the government's controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program as unconstitutional.

Maurino Aguilar, Judiciary Employees Association of the Philippines Vice President, said Aquino's recent tirades and his threat to impound the Judiciary Development Fund is also an assault against the employees of the Judiciary.

"To take away the JDF is to take away the legitimate benefits from the more than 30,000 employees of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals and the trial courts. We beg to disagree with President Aquino, JDF is not the same as the President's Disbursement Acceleration Program. Eighty percent of the JDF is allotted for the employees' benefits."

"Just like the rest of the government employees, court employees augment their meager pay with these benefits. Kinuha na nga nila ang DAP mula sa pondo ng aming benepisyo at pensyon, ngayon naman pati ang mumong benepisyo na nakukuha namin sa JDF ay kukunin pa nila," Aguilar said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

He said the government has already failed miserably to alleviate the economic condition of the government employees and now it is apparent that the employees shall not be spared from Aquino's vindictive actions against the High Court which earlier ruled against the constitutionality of the DAP.

"The President and his henchmen responsible for DAP should instead account for DAP. The people, including the government employees, deserve to know how the P177 billion was spent, what projects and who benefited from the projects, lay down the supporting documents and present the actual result of the expenditures", Aguilar said.

Amiel De Vera, President of the Association of Court of Appeals Employees, also announced that aside from the Black Monday Protest, court employees shall also wear red shirts, ribbons and arm bands and "support the petition for certiorari and mandamus with a prayer for a Temporary Restraining Order" they will file against the oppressive taxes imposed on their benefits.

"Hinu-holDAP kami ng administrasyong ito not just once but three times over. Before we can even get hold of our salaries, taxes were already deducted. Our benefits are also taxed. Not yet contented with the taxes they withheld, now they are targeting the benefits," he said in the same statement.

Aquino earlier told citizens to wear yellow short or yellow ribbon to show their support to his administration, but the appeal was largely ignored by Filipinos, although his loyal supporters launched a "yellow" campaign in an effort to gather support.  

Dayuhan nabiktima ng 2 babaeng tirador sa mall





 Ang screen shot ng CCTV footage mula sa Facebook page ng Pinoy TV kung paanong ninakawan ng dalawang babaeng may bitbit na payong ang isang dayuhan sa loob diumano ng CD-R Cybergate Mall sa Cebu. 


CEBU – Isang kaawa-awang dayuhan ang nabiktima ng dalawang babaeng magnanakaw sa loob mismo diumano ng CD-R Cybergate Mall dito sa Cebu.

Bagamat nakalusot sa batas ang dalawang babae ay nahuli naman sa surveillance camera ng tindahan ang naturang modus operandi. Sa video clip na naka-post sa Facebook page ng “Pinoy TV today” ay makikita doon kung paanong nilansi ng isang babae ang dayuhan at ng makuha ang wallet sa loob ng bag nito at saka mabilis na lumabas ng tindahan.

“Ingat po tayo sa mga ganitong modus “Payong Gang” lalong-lalo na sa panahon ngayon ng tag-ulan at pwede to mangyari san man tayo magpunta,” babala pa ng Pinoy TV today.

Kaawa-awa naman ang lalaking biktima at nagulat pa ito ng malamang nawala ang wallet sa kanyang shoulder bag at lahat na yata ng bulsa ng pantalon at maging laman ng bag ay inilabas nito sa akalang naroon pa ang wallet.

Naganap umano ang insidente tanghali nitong July 16 lamang. “Please share para lumiit ang mundo ng mga ito at mapanood ng iba...Pinoy TV. Credit (goes) to: Ikwento Mo Kay Delio,” ani pa ng administrator ng Pinoy TV today.

Umani naman ng ibat-ibang reaksyon mula sa mga netizens na nakapanood ng video clip.

“Ang bilis ng kamay. Kung hindi ko pa inulit (and video) hindi ko makikita. Tsk! Grabe ang mga taong iyan. Sigurado ako may mga pamilya din sila, mga anak, at maatim kaya nilang ipakain sa kanilang mga anak ang pagkain na ipinambili ay mula sa nakaw na pera? Sana naman kung may makabasa nito na gumagawa ng ganyang bagay, aba eh panahon na para magbago kayo. Matakot kayo sa batas, sa langit kung hindi man kayo natatakot sa batas dito sa lupa,” ani Khulet Morgan bilang tugon sa napanood.

Sinabi naman ni James Israel Beltran: “Walang silbi yung CCTV? Dapat meron nanunuod dun sa monitor kung saan naka-attach yung CCTV para kung sakali mang may mawalan eh mahuhuli agad kasi meron nagbabantay. Para saan yung CCTV, mag-record lang ng mga kriminal? Walang kuwenta.”

“Kapal ng mukha, yan ang ipamana niya sa anak niyang dalaga. Nakakahiya kayong mga ina,” wika naman ni Hannah Anne Daguipa sa kanyang post.

“Kawawa naman si Kuya. Grabe at kababaeng tao! Tsk,” ayon naman kay Kaye Amante at ito rin ang sinabi ni Ruby Jaboya sa kanyang post sa Pinoy TV today: “Kawawa naman yung foreigner ata yan si Kuya. Grabe mga magnanakaw na yan.”

Ang Cebu ay pangunahing tourist destination sa bansa at tiyak na magiiwan ng masamang ala-ala ang naganap sa dayuhang biktima nitong krimen. (Cebu Examiner)

President Aquino signs 5 new laws


   President Aquino 

 
MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / July 20, 2014) - President Benigno Aquino has signed into law five bills aimed at economic growth, consumer protection, and enhancing the drug abuse law, a government spokesman Herminio Coloma said.

Coloma said the following laws have been signed - R.A. 10641: An Act Allowing the Full Entry of Foreign Banks in the Philippines, Amending for the Purpose R.A. 7721 and R.A. 10644: An Act Promoting Job Generation and Inclusive Growth Through the Development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises.

R.A. 10642: An Act Strengthening Consumer Protection in the Purchase of Brand New Motor Vehicles and R.A. 10643: An Act to Effectively Instill Health Consciousness through Graphic Health Warnings on Tobacco Products.

While Republic Act 10640 is for the amendment of the a provision of R.A. 9165 to strengthen the law for drug enforcement. This is entitled An Act to Further Strengthen the Anti-Drug Campaign of the Government, Amending Section 21 of R.A. 9165, otherwise known as The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“Maaaninag sa mga bagong batas na ito ang pagpapatuloy ng mga reporma sa larangan ng ekonomiya at kabuhayan, paglikha ng mas marami pang hanapbuhay, at pangangalaga sa kalusugan at kapakanan ng mga mamamayan,” Coloma said.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Philippine soldiers accused as behind extrajudicial killings



DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 20, 2014) – Human rights group Karapatan has accused the Philippine military as behind the murder of two men who were tagged as communist rebels by government soldiers in Davao del Sur province in Mindanao region.

Karapatan said the victims – Tony Bago and Arnel Tanduya – were separately killed by gunmen after soldiers accused them of being members of the New People’s Army, an allegation strongly denied by their families.

In a recent news conference following a fact-finding mission, Karapatan said there were reports of numerous human rights violations, extrajudicial killings and harassment of civilians perpetrated allegedly by the military in the province.

It said Bago, a fish vendor, was killed on July 21 by two masked gunmen on motorcycle. Prior to the killing, Bago was summoned twice and interrogated by the army and told him to surrender his son who was also tagged by soldiers as a member of the NPA.

Karapatan said Tanduya, also accused by the military as a member of the rebel group, was also murdered on May 2. His body was peppered with bullets.

“The numerous human rights violations in Malita, Davao del Sur is a clear form of bloody Oplan Bayanihan under Aquino’s Regime, the killing of innocent Lumads,” Pastor Sadrach Sabella, Karapatan spokesman, said.

Sabella said they have recorded at least two dozen killings in the region and that 10 of the victims were tribesmen who fought for their ancestral rights.

“Families of the victims call for justice and appeal to authorities to stop the branding of innocent civilians as rebels or supporters of rebel groups,” he said.

There was no immediate statement from the military on the allegations of Karapatan, but the Eastern Mindanao Command has previously denied all accusations of human rights violations and reports of extrajudicial killings by soldiers.

It also branded Karapatan as a front for the communist groups, an allegation strongly denied by the human rights organization. (J. Magtanggol)

Filipinos told to evacuate Libya




MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / July 20, 2014) - The Philippines has ordered the mandatory evacuation of some 13,000 Filipino workers in Libya as fighting between state forces and militias continues.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has already raised Alert Level 4 in Libya in response to the extremely unstable political and security situation there.

Under Alert Level 4, the Philippine Government undertakes evacuation of Filipino nationals there as soon as possible. The DFA also told the Filipinos to get in touch with the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli. It said no Filipino workers will be allowed to travel to Libya.

Filipino migrants rights group Migrante said the peace and order situation in Libya is unstable and remains a serious concern for Filipino workers even before the DFA ordered Filipinos out of there.

It said the DFA and its diplomatic post in Tripoli failed to assess the real situation in Libya. "It is deteriorating as fighting escalates especially in areas where there are concentrations of OFWs," John Leonard Monterona, of Migrante Middle East, said.

"How could the DFA renders a proper alert level and correctly advise the OFWs if its diplomatic officials are not keen on the actual peace and situation in Libya?” Monterona asked.

The DFA said a Filipino worker was abducted and beheaded by militias in Libya and his body was abandoned in a hospital.

Monterona said the DFA should have acted much earlier to evacuate Filipinos in Libya and not wait for the security situation to deteriorate further.

"Hindi pwede ang hula-hula lang sa anumang kalagayan naruruon ang ating mga kapwa OFWs sa Libya. Higit sa lahat inu-una ang kanilang kaligtasan," he said.

Fighting has reached Libya's main international airport July 20 where Misrata militias fired rockets and mortar rounds.

Decentralizing to municipalities in Arab spring countries by Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir



DECENTRALIZATION - as a way of structuring public administration, in order to give local people and communities more control over their own affairs and to promote human development - is being closely considered for adoption by some Arab Spring countries.

Historically, there is no left- or right-wing political outlook that is more inclined toward decentralizing power to sub-national levels. Right-leaning political proponents seek decentralization because of its efficiency and ability to promote self-management.  Left-leaning protagonists appreciate its propensity to create conditions which can increase shared benefits and dismantle systemic causes of poverty locality by locality, in time leading towards overall societal reform.  Both political outlooks share a skepticism of centralized planning and in fact view it as a primary cause of social problems.

The Kingdom of Morocco was perhaps the earliest champion of decentralization in the Middle East and North Africa, starting from 2008. The primary inspiration to adopt this structure for the nation is derived from its desire to promote human development hand in hand with greater autonomy for its regions.  This early commitment to decentralization for development is a key factor in explaining Morocco’s relative political and social stability during the Arab Spring.

However, the level of effectiveness of its implementation may very well decide the nation’s future in a region of transformative and unpredictable change.  Morocco now must further codify and implement more effectively laws and policies it has already established in order to achieve the participatory democratic and development future it seeks.

Morocco’s decentralization model rallies central level support and sub-national public and private partnerships toward achieving community-driven human development.  The nation’s municipal charter, which requires locally-elected council members to create development plans based on the participation of the people, with budgetary project support from the provincial and national levels, is an excellent decentralized pathway to human development.

However, its implementation is painfully lacking. Municipal development plans have been submitted without variation from across a whole province.  Council members filled with the best of intentions lack the know-how and skills required for facilitating participatory planning and creating development action plans with the people.

Decentralizing to the municipal level, which is the closest administrative tier to the communities themselves, is efficacious but must be accompanied by community-based training in facilitating participatory democratic planning.

The Lebanese draft law for decentralization released on April 2nd 2014 contains very positive features including the diffusion of power to elected local officials and the budgetary allowance for sub-national management of human services.  However, the sustainability of the decentralized system necessitates that funding is directed toward development projects that the intended beneficiaries themselves identify and manage.

In Iraq, considering the sectarian war that now ensues, it appears that the optimal time to have adopted a federalist system may well have passed.  Federalism is a decentralized management system that empowers provinces to determine major parts of their fate.

A tragic misfortune - in addition to the US invasion of Iraq itself - is the loss of the historic opportunity that reconstruction presented and that could have in itself created a sustainable decentralized system, with the result that every single Iraqi would now be enjoying wide-ranging socio-economic and environmental benefits that would profoundly enhance their lives.  Participatory development approaches could incorporate processes of community-based reconciliation towards the creation of local development action plans defined by the participants.  Had such approaches been adopted, with the budget of 60 billion dollars that was available, a bottom-up development movement would have been created across the entire nation.

As unachievable as it seems at the present time, decentralization of power to sub-provincial levels, as close to the people as possible, appears the only viable way for Iraqis to feel more in control of their lives and to have even a modest chance of experiencing the person-to-person, Sunni-to-Shia interaction that can, in actual fact, build localized processes of acknowledgement of each other, peace and shared development.

In Egypt, an amended Local Administration Law has been drafted that would institutionalize decentralization.  However, incorporating still the participatory method, as in Morocco’s model, where the private-public sectors and local communities are engaged in the management of human services, will help address the destructive municipal corruption (the more eyes on the same budget and project, the less corruption).  The Jordanian government believes that decentralization is a vital part of its future and the Bahraini leadership, too, suggested its necessity at one point.

With the threat of instability, governments are now reluctant to disperse power; however it is that same dispersion which, counter-intuitively, will enable their own survival.  Can political leaders trust in the fact that an empowered people that are supported to meet their own self-determined needs will not turn and undermine the nation that has brought them this vital opportunity?

Just as we learned - too late - in Iraq that communities do not destroy reconstruction projects that they themselves create, so too we understand that they will not attempt to sweep away leadership of a nation that both codifies into law a strategy and provides the necessary support for decentralized development driven by participatory democracy to take place.  Arab Spring nations ought to feel far more concerned about the delay rather than the implementation of such measures. (yossef@highatlasfoundation.org)

Abu Sayyaf frees 2 social workers, fate of another hostage unknown



ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 20, 2014) – Abu Sayyaf militants have freed two of three social workers they snatched in Talipao town in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, police said on Sunday.

Sulu police chief, Senior Superintendent Abraham Orbita, said the couple Nurhati and Mark Sicangco were released on Saturday afternoon by their captors in the village of Danag in Patikul town and fetched by their relatives and brought to the house of the local vice mayor. It was unknown if ransoms were paid for their safe release.

Orbita said they fetched the victims and brought them to the hospital for a routine medical examination before returning home. “They are okay and reunited with their family. There is an ongoing operation to search for the remaining hostage,” he told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

He said the fate of the remaining captive Roberto Saputalo is still unknown, but the kidnappers had earlier freed Lerna Jurah. The four social workers were conducting a house-to-house survey on the government’s anti-poverty program for the Department of Social Welfare and Development when armed men seized them in the village of Upper Sinumaan in Talipao town.

It was unknown why kidnappers targeted the social workers, who were active in various government programs that benefit poor Muslim villagers in Sulu. The kidnappings were condemned by provincial government officials.

There were no immediate statement from the DSWD and the mayors of Talipao and Patikul on the kidnappings, but the Abu Sayyaf is actively operating in the two towns. The Abu Sayyaf is still holding at least 10 kidnapped victims, including foreigners seized from the neighboring Tawi-Tawi province and Sabah in Malaysia. (Mindanao Examiner)

Wayward truck kills 2 in Zamboanga Sibugay province



ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY (Mindanao Examiner / July 19, 2014) – Two people were killed and two others wounded when a wayward truck ran over a motorcycle and rammed two houses in Imelda town in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga Sibugay, police said on Saturday.

The driver of the truck, Joejack Pogaja, 24, was arrested by the police and is facing criminal charges. Pogaja has no driver’s license, according to the police.

Police said Pogaja was driving fast when he lost control of the truck carrying 12 construction workers in a curve on the highway near the village of Lumbog where he ran over the motorcycle that killed Arnel Murayao, 33, and his 26-year old wife Riza.

Pogaja’s truck also hit two houses and wounding a 5-year old boy and a 14-year old girl. The driver said he lost his break and could not control the truck.

Police said the truck is owned by Engineer Glenn Pogaja. It said Pogaja was heading to the office of Macqueserg Construction in Imelda town when the accident occurred. (Mindanao Examiner)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shooting kills 1 in Zamboanga City


The body of Marlon Tarroza. (Mindanao Examiner Photo - Ely Dumaboc)

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 19, 2014) – One person was killed and another wounded after being shot by a man in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, police said.

Police said Marlon Tarroza was killed in the attack while Raymark Ramos had been shot in the leg by the assailant, who escaped with another man after the shooting at Cabato Road in the village of Tetuan.

Police said it arrested one man during a pursuit operation and is being investigated in connection to the murder.

The motive of the attack is also being investigated by the police. (Ely Dumaboc)

2 DSWD surveyors laya na, ngunit isang bihag walang balita



ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 19, 2014) – Dalawa sa tatlong dinukot na surveyors ng  Department of Social Welfare and Development sa lalawigan ng Sulu ang pinalaya ng mga kidnappers ngayon Sabado, ngunit hindi pa mabatid ang sinapit ng nalalabing bihag.

Sinabi ni Sulu police chief, Senior Superintendent Abraham Orbita, na ang mag-asawang Nurhati at Mark Sicangco ay nasa maayos na kalagayan matapos silang sunduin ng mga kaanak sa bayan ng Patikul.

Walang balita sa ikatlong bihag na si Roberto Saputalo, ayon kay Orbita. “The Sicangco couple were brought by their relatives from the village of Danag to the house of Patikul Vice Mayor in the village of Umangay.”

“At about seven tonight, we fetched them and brought to the provincial hospital for a routine medical check up before they are brought home,” Salaysay pa ni Orbita sa Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper.

Naunang inulat na nakatakas o pinalaya umano si Lerna Jurah nitong Biyernes matapos silang dukutin ng mga armado sa Barangay Upper Sinumaan sa bayan ng Talipao nitong Huwebes habang nagbabahay-bahay para sa isang survey ng DSWD ukol sa Pantawid Pamilya Program.

Hindi pa malinaw kung bakit pati ordinaryong empleyado ng DSWD, na siyang pangunahing ahensya na tumutulong sa mga mahihirap na pamilya, ay tinarget pa. Walang umako sa pagdukot, ngunit kilalang teritoryo ng Abu Sayyaf ang bayan ng Talipao at Patikul.

Walang ibinigay na detalye ang pulisya ukol sa paglaya ng mag-asawa at kung may ransom bang naibayad sa mga kidnappers. Hindi rin sinabi ni Orbita kung may kinalaman ang Abu Sayyaf sa kaso. (Mindanao Examiner)

Opisyal ng Maguindanao itinumba


 
COTABATO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 19, 2014) – Napatay umano ang provincial planning officer ng lalawigan ng Maguindanao matapos itong tambangan sa Cotabato City.

Ayon sa ulat ay nasa loob ng kanyang sasakyan si Sadat Pandalat at hinihintay ang kanyang anak mula sa paaralan ng ito’y tinrahin ng isa sa dalawang lalaki na nakasakay sa motorsiklo nitong hapon ng Biyernes.

Hindi naman masabi ng pulisya kung sino at ano ang motibo sa pamamaslang habang patuloy ang imbestigasyon sa krimen.

Walang ibinigay na pahayag ang pamilya ni Sadat at maging ang gobernador ng Maguindanao na si Esmael Mangudadatu.

Talamak ang patayan sa Cotabato na iniuugnay naman sa mga hired killers na naglipana doon. Ang Cotabato rin ang sentro ng Maguindanao at naroon ang tanggapan ng Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Minsan na rin na binansagan na “doormat of terrorists” ang Cotabato ni US Ambassador  Francis Ricciardone na ikinagalit naman ng mga opisyal doon. (Mark Navales at J. Magtanggol)

Manila identifies 3 Filipinos in ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight



MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / July 18, 2014) - The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines said it has identified the three Filipinos who were among those killed in the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that was shot down by a missile over Ukraine.

It named the Filipino passengers as Irene Gunawan and her children Sheryl Shania and Darryl Dwight.

In a statement, the DFA said: "The Philippines condemns in the strongest manner the recent shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight  MH17 over Ukraine. We convey our profound condolences for all who perished in this tragedy. It is of utmost importance that the international community come together to help determine those who are responsible for this brutal act against a civilian airliner in civilian airspace."

"Those responsible should be made fully accountable for this unconscionable assault on a non-military aircraft that posed no threat whatsoever to any party. It is, furthermore, essential that the international community take concerted action to help reduce such tragedies all around the world. States and non-state elements in dispute should exercise restraint, respect international law, and search for the peaceful resolution of disputes."

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte and Herminio Coloma, of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, earlier said the Aquino government was closely coordinating with Malaysian and Ukraine authorities to identify the three Filipinos in the flight. It had 298 people on board.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was flying in eastern Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by a missile fired by pro-Russian rebels, according to reports.

The Philippine government has earlier expressed its sympathies to the families of the victims. “The Philippines joins the entire global community in expressing its deepest sympathies” to the families of the 298 people on board,” Coloma said. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Philippines working to identify 3 Filipinos in downed Malaysia jet




MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / July 18, 2014) - The Philippines said it is coordinating with Malaysian and Ukrainian authorities to identify the three Filipinos who were among 298 people who perished in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Manila has expressed sympathies to the families of the victims. "The Philippines joins the entire global community in expressing its deepest sympathies” to the families of the 298 people on board," a government spokesman Herminio Coloma said.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was flying in eastern Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by a missile fired by pro-Russian rebels, according to reports.

Coloma said the Department of Foreign Affairs would coordinate with the Ukrainian and Malaysian authorities in verifying the identities of the Filipinos aboard the flight.

"The Government is one with the international community in calling for a thorough and swift inquiry on this incident,” he said.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Filipino embassies in Malaysia and the Netherlands are coordinating with Malaysia Airlines and other authorities in order to secure more information regarding the tragedy to assist the families of the three Filipinos.

DSWD surveyors dinukot sa Talipao



ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 18, 2014) – Dinukot umano ng mga armadong kalalakihan ang isang grupo ng mga surveyors ng Department of Social Welfare and Development sa bayan ng Talipao sa lalawigan ng Sulu.

Ayon sa mga ulat ay sa Barangay Upper Sinumaan umano nabihag ang tatlong katao na nagbabahay-bahay para sa isang survey ng DSWD ukol sa Pantawid Pamilya Program.

Hindi naman agad mabatid ang mga pangalan ng tatlong biktima at wala rin pahayag ang DSWD o ang mga awtoridad ukol sa naganap, ngunit ayon sa ibang mga ulat ay pinangalanan ang mga biktima na sina Nurhati Sicangko at asawang si Mark Sicangco at Roberto Saputalo.  

May ulat na isa sa mga bihag ang diumano'y nakatakas o pinakawalan.

Hindi rin nagbibigay ng anumang pahayag ang mayor ng Talipao kahit sa mga nakalipas na insidente ng kidnappings sa kanyang lugar. Hindi pa malinaw kung bakit pati ordinaryong empleyado ng DSWD na siyang pangunahing ahensya na tumutulong sa mga mahihirap na pamilya ay tinarget pa.

Nabatid na naganap ang dukutan hapon ng Huwebes. Wala naman umako sa pagdukot, ngunit kilalang teritoryo ng Abu Sayyaf ang nasabing bayan. (Mindanao Examiner)

Sea shells seized in Cebu province



Photos provided by the Cebu Provincial Government show the seized shells in Talisay City.

CEBU – Local authorities have seized some 200 sacks of sea shells from a warehouse in Talisay City in the central Philippine province of Cebu, officials said Friday.

Officials said members of the Cebu Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force led by Loy Anthony Madrigal seized the shells in the village of San Roque in Talisay City following two days of surveillance operation in the area.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said it would examine the shells after officials found giant clams (Tridacna gigas) among the seized shells.

The giant clam, largest living bivalve mollusk, is one of the most endangered clam species and is included in the list of Protected Philippine Aquatic Wildlife.

Most of the shells seized by Madrigal’s group were old and broken. A lawyer of the owner of the warehouse questioned the legality of the seizure of the shells, saying, authorities had not presented a search warrant. (Cebu Examiner)

Philippines has new military chief






 President Benigno Aquino with Lieutenant General Gregorio Catapang Jr. (Photo by Gil Nartea)


MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / July 18, 2014) – Lieutenant General Gregorio Catapang Jr. has formally assumed as the new Philippine military chief, replacing General Emmanuel Bautista who retired on Friday.

President Aquino led the ceremony held at Camp Aguinaldo and attended by senior military and police commanders, including government officials and foreign dignitaries.

Catapang, who graduated at the Philippine Military Academy in 1981, was the chief of the Northern Luzon Command, before he was named as the new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The AFP described Catapang as a bemadalled officer who moved on with his career carrying an “excellent standard of performance, fine leadership, and a keen vision that resulted in accomplishments, both in garrison and field tours of duty.”

Catapang, who was born on July 11, 1959 in Manila, held various positions in the military in the past, mostly on the island of Luzon. “His achievements and his service have been duly recognized through the awards and commendations he has received, such as two Distinguished Service Star Awards; three Gold Cross Medals; five Outstanding Achievement Medals; one Bronze Cross Medal; sixteen Military Merit Medals and Military Commendation Medals; three Combat “Kagitingan” Badges; various Letters of Commendation and Badges,” the AFP said.

Catapang also finished his primary and secondary education in Claret School also Manila and then entered the military academy in Baguio City in northern Luzon. (Mindanao Examiner)