February 17, 2009

 

BODOL-BODOL, DRUG PUSHERS SUSPECTS NABBED

Two down. Two suspected criminals operating in Dipolog City were recently apprehended by the Dipolog PNP.

A bodol-bodol suspect identified as Henry Pencios y Tito, 39, and a resident of Poblacion Tubod, Lanao del Norte fell into the hands of police operatives after they had been tipped by an establishment in the area.

The suspect who was with a few others were seen to have posted themselves at the Lopez Skyroom building across the BPI Family Bank at Rizal Avenue this city.

It was learned that the staff of Pasalubong Center which is just adjacent the Skyroom Building noticed that the men were observing those who would withdraw money from the Automated Teller Machine or ATM of the bank.

Suspecting that these men had bad plans, the Pasalubong Staff had to call the police who immediately responded.

Led by PNP Chief Reynaldo Maclang, PO2 Maguinsay and PO2 Aniñon successfully trapped Penecios who had in his possession a bag filled with a bundle of cut bond paper the size of Peso bills and P100 bill placed on top of the bundle.

It was believed that said bogus money shall have been used by the suspect to swindle the victim.

The usual style the bodol-bodol suspects would use is to seek the help of those who are seemingly moneyed but innocent.

They then would pose as businessmen who needed help and would show wads of money to be left with the victim.

In turn, they would be asking money or jewelry as their security. When the suspects do not return to get their money, the victim would inspect it only to find out that they are just cut bond papers.

The latest bodol-bodol victim is a photographer at Plaza Magsaysay identified as Roger Daligdig whose cellphone was taken as quarantee in exchange of the bundle of money left to him.

On the other hand, a suspected shabu drug pusher operating at Barangay Barra, Dipolog City fell also into the hands of Dipolog PNP after his hideout had been raided recently.

The suspect was identified as Romeo Paculanang y Sorronda, Jr. aka Junjun, 30, single and a resident of A and B Subdivision, Turno, Dipolog City.

After he was apprehended during the buy bust operation, the police raided his hideout at Barra based on the search warrant issued by Judge Chandler Ruiz, of RTC Branch 10 dated February 11, 2009.

Recovered were drug paraphernalias and a plastic bag filled with 20 decks of what were believed to be shabu.

Paculanang was immediately arrested after a police asset bought a shabu from him and reportedly certified it as genuine drug. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

 

 BMs: No ‘bokong’ at ZMC

It’s action by example.

The board members of the province recently disclosed to their supporters and constituents that any patient that they would refer to the ZaNorte Medical Center has to pay the services of the hospital.

BM Cedric Adriatico disclosed that such payment shall be drawn from the Provincial identification Fund each of them as placed.

Gov. Rolando Yebes is urging all the mayors of the province to place their own fund also in the ZaNorte Medical Center which shall be drawn as payment for the medical services of the patients they have referred the hospital.

Gov. Rolando Yebes has recently urged all mayors of the province to place their own fund also in the ZMC which shall be drawn as payment for the medical services of the patients they have referred the hospital.

The new policy of the hospital is in contrast to the usual practice before when a government official would just send a note to the hospital and which would make the services free.

It was learned that the SP has now tailored a free hospitalization ordinance wherein only the truly certified indigents can avail the free hospital services.

However, BM Adriatico said, those who belong to the category of ‘can afford’ are really asked to pay.

“No more bokong,” the board member stressed, referring to people who just avail the hospital services without any payment. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

 

Sirawai, Godod tighten security

As there were sightings of armed groups in some towns in the 3rd Congressional District, Gov. Rolando Yebes recently directed the military and the Philippine National Police to tighten security on the areas especially Sirawai and Godod.

Reports recently disclosed that one government soldier died when an armed rebel group attacked a military outpost in Sirawai.

It was learned that residents of Barangay Binuangan, Godod, Z.N. had evacuated to the neighboring barangays upon learning that some armed rebels believed to be Moro Islamic Liberation Front members occupied their farm areas.

The provincial governor assured the residents of the cited areas that such incidents were already reported to AFP Chief Alexander Yano who in turn assured the governor to take appropriate action.

It could be remembered that during the recent meeting of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines-ZaNorte Chapter, Sibuco Mayor Norbi Edding bared his fear upon learning that a thousand MNLF members have been undergoing training in the area and soon might put up their own camp in the municipality.

“I have directed the military and the PNP to place more detachment units and augment their forces in the areas,” Gov. Yebes disclosed.

The governor believed that the recent visibility of the MNLF in the 3rd district towns was an affirmation of their plan to claim some Southern towns as part of their Ancestral Domain.

“I wish the mayors will be vigilant in order to prevent these men from settling here,” the governor said, strongly stressing that they should not be allowed to establish a camp in any of the towns in the 3rd district. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

   

 OISCA donates ambulances, firetrucks

The Organization of International Spiritual and Civic A recently turned over three ambulances to ZaNorte medical Center and two firetrucks to Dapitan City.

Hiroshi Ikeda, OISCA representative based in Dipolog City formally turned over the vehicles to Gov. Rolando Yebes and Vice Governor Francis Olvis at the ZaNorte Medical Center.  The ceremony was witnessed by some officials of the provincial government.

It was learned that the ambulances shall be given to Liloy, Sergio Osmeña and Sindangan which are identified as catchment area.

Mr. Hiroshi Ikeda (in checkered shirt) chatting with Gov. Rolando Yebes after the turn-over ceremony of the three units ambulances for ZaNorte Medical Center.

The said vehicles have been donated by Toyota City in Japan through OISCA.

“They’re God’s gifts,” Gov. Yebes did not hide his happiness referring to the modern ambulance vehicles which could cost more than P1M each.

He disclosed his plan of giving one ambulance to each municipality in the province.  Furthermore, he disclosed that PCSO offered him 27 ambulances at P1.2M each but each municipality shall be putting up P400,000 only as counterpart.

The vehicles were donated but the provincial government spent P1M in transporting them from Japan to Zamboanga del Norte.

Meanwhile, Ikeda who was speaking on behalf of OISCA urged the provincial governor to go on with his “greening” the province program.

He recalled that earlier OISCA just taught Young Japanese how to plant rice but later focused on the planting trees. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

  

P/Supt Maclang vows to crush illegal drugs problem

Dipolog City PNP Chief Police Superintendent Reynaldo Maclang recently declared his commitment to make the problem of illegal drugs his priority.

Although there are still other important problems to attend to and as important as the drugs problem, he explained he could not do it at the same time due to police number.

Dipolog City PNP Chief Police Superintendent Reynaldo Maclang declared his commitment to make the problem of illegal drugs his top priority.

It was learned that there are only 90 police personnel at present since 34 attended the Field Training Program.  This number, he disclosed, have been responsible for the 21 barangays in Dipolog City.

It can be remembered that the police chief has been the personal choice of Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy.

Recently, Supt. Maclang earned the admiration of the city mayor because of his dedication to his work and his Ugnayan sa Barangay Program and the Police Training he was pushing to improve the quality of the entire city police force.

The city mayor cited the accomplishments of the Police Superintendent which included the capture of illegal drug pushers, illegal number game operators and budol-budol.

As his Ugnayan sa Barangay will soon end, the PNP Chief looked forward to starting his Ugnayan sa Paaralan, which would cover all the schools in Dipolog City, both the elementary and high school. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

  

Dipolog PNP snubs small crimes?

 

”Walay gasolina”

While Dipolog PNP Chief Supt. Reynaldo Maclang earned praises from Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy for his “good deeds,” others reportedly gave him a “failing mark” for his inability to respond to crimes by reason of fuel supply.

A young victim of mauling recently criticized the Dipolog PNP for allegedly not acting on his report.

He narrated that he was dragging his motorcycle towards a vulcanizing shop last Monday night when he was accosted by unidentified men in front of the tennis court at Mibang, Sta. Filomena.

While Dipolog PNP Chief Supt. Reynaldo Maclang earned praises from Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy for his “good deeds,” others reportedly gave him a “failing mark” for his inability to respond to crimes by reason of fuel supply.

“They were asking me cigarettes or money but unfortunately I don’t have any at that time,” the victim said, disclosing that he was suddenly punched when he could not give what they wanted.

He recalled that he went to the police station for help but he was disgusted when the desk officer just dismissed him saying, “kalas-kalas lang na ug gasolina kay gamay ra na nga kaso.”

The above-cited incident created quite a stir among concerned citizens who feared that if the fuel is the reason why the police could not respond to small crimes, it could be the same reason they could not run after suspects of bigger crimes.

According to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), organized crime syndicates have always been looking into ways of crippling the police activities.

It was learned the fuel issue is the most effective way of sabotaging police operations. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

 

Physician for Peace to return next year

Promising to return in 2010 for another free medical mission, Lyne Alano Abanilla, Executive Director of Physicians for Peace disclosed that she had assured Gov. Rolando Yebes of their coming again.

However, the medical mission shall be conducted in Liloy and Siocon in order to accommodate the Muslims in the 3rd congressional district.

Promising to return in 2010 for another free medical mission, Physicians for Peace assured Gov. Rolando Yebes of their return to the province of ZaNorte.

The lady director cited that the project included optical, dental and prosthetics services all over the country.  This was founded by Dr. Juan Montero who hails from Mindanao and who is now based at Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.

The mission has conducted cataract operations inside the ZMC and minor surgery operations at the Jose Rizal memorial Hospital, Dapitan City.

It was learned that 10 amputees have been identified as recipients of free artificial legs. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

 

Gunman wears helmet

It was apparently to elude identification that prompted the killer to wear helmet as he approaced his victim to gun him down several times.

Witnesses disclosed that the gunman coolly approached the victim identified as Joseph Capundag, 39, and a resident of Baybay, Galas on the morning of February 6 at the Dipolog City coliseum.

It was learned that Capundag and his family went out of the cockpit at 10:30 in the morning to have their lunch at a nearby carenderia inside the cockpit compound.

However, an unidentified assailant allegedly in motorcycle gear went to the victim and gunned him several times hitting him in the face.

The gunman reportedly walked towards his motorcycle where his companion was waiting a few meters from the crime scene.

Witnesses disclosed further that the suspect fired two more shots in the air as he walked away from Capundag.

The victim was brought to the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center and later airlifted to Dumaguete where he expired a few days later.

The police investigators could not yet establish the motive of the crime which took place during the holding of the 4-cock derby at the said cockpit. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

CC: No ‘negos’ at ZMC

The Chief of Clinics of ZaNorte Medical Center Dr. Ermilindan Pelinio recently disclosed that doctors at the hospital denied reports that they have their own medicines for sale and deposited in private pharmacy.

Complaints were recently directed against the doctors at the ZMC who allegedly partnered themselves with private boticas so that they could prescribe the medicines which shall be procured by the patients from the pharmacy the doctors so specified.

The Chief of Clinics who was directed to probe the reported anomalous practice of the doctors explained that some medicines had to be returned to the pharmacy since they were not really the “prescribed ones.”

“The doctors explained that if medicines were returned, it’s not because they were not bought from the botica they allegedly specified,” Dr. Pelinio stressed, “but because they are not the prescribed medicines.”

As the issue why doctors have to hold some medicines and not the nurses station, the Chief of Clinics explained that this has always been a hospital policy, even before the hospital has not been transferred yet.

Dr. Chita Cunanan, chief of hospital suggested that any concerned nurse shall notify the patient of any leftover medicines before he will be discharged from the hospital.

However, some patients would just leave their unused medicines at the nurses station which the hospital would use for indigent patients who could not afford to buy medicine.

“No, these medicines were not sold to the patients,” Dr. Cunanan clarified, adding that they are given free.

On the other hand, ZMC administrator Ms. Rosevic Lacaya-Ocampo urged all hospital clients to report any anomalous acts of any hospital staff so that the management could take appropriate action. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

  

GREEN THRUST NO HOLDS BARRED (001) February 10, 2009
By Ike Señeres

          Attention PEA Tollway Corporation President Carlos P. Doble: There is a thief among you who is masquerading as a teller. Last Tuesday, I was in a taxi on the way to Las Piñas and I passed through the R-1 toll plaza. I gave 1, 002 pesos to the driver to give to the teller. The teller gave us change of 480 pesos, lacking 500 pesos (the toll was 22 pesos). We had to back up to claim the 500 pesos and the teller even questioned the taxi driver whether he was really sure that my money was 1, 002 pesos. I doubt very much whether it was an honest mistake. I think that teller gets away with this racket every now and then, taking advantage of customers who are too much in a hurry to go. Mr. Doble, you can trace this teller through OR S048-169986. It happened 10:29 PM. I am keeping the ticket in case you will need it to investigate.

          Perhaps it is only here in the Philippines that toll rates appreciate, instead of depreciating. That dishonest teller might have her own little act of robbery, but this continuing appreciation of PEA toll rates looks like a form of long term and big time robbery, and a highway robbery at that! I understand that the toll way Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) contract has an escalation clause, but how did the contractor ever get away with that? And did the Public Estates Authority (PEA) change its name to Public Reclamation Authority (PRA)? When did that happen? Was this announced to the public? If so, shouldn’t the name of the toll way be changed now to PRA Tollway Authority? Doesn’t the PRA acronym now make it confusing with the Philippine Retirement Authority? Can we hear from PEA or PRA Chairman Ramon Revilla Sr?

          Do local sanitation officials inspect only restaurants and not rooms for rent? I had the chance to visit a cell phone store in Zapote, Las Piñas and went up to the second floor where the store tenants are renting rooms also. The place looks very unfit for human occupancy. The running water is weak, the toilet is filthy, and the whole place simply stinks. And to think that Las Piñas prides itself to be a clean city! Can Mayor Nene Aguilar do something about this? Who is supposed to be the oversight of local sanitation officials? Is it the Department of Health (DOH) or the Department of Interior & Local Government (DILG)? I hope they are not just pointing blame at each other!

          What is the difference between providing charity and providing livelihood? Providing charity means giving away dole outs to people who are incapable of earning enough even if they are working, or to people who are not inclined to work for a living. Providing livelihood means giving people the capability to earn a living either by working in a job, or by owning a small business. The line of differentiation between these two appears to be controversial, because many people are against the practice of giving away dole outs, especially to those who would rather not work. As a way to reconcile the difference between these two, I think that we should look at providing charity as a first aid measure only, meaning that we should aim to provide livelihood as a long term measure.

          In a manner of speaking, providing charity is a form of poverty alleviation, meaning that acts of charity would help the poor people in bearing with the sufferings of charity, but it would not elevate them above the poverty threshold. In other words, they will still remain poor after we give them first aid. Conversely, providing livelihood is a form of poverty reduction, meaning that livelihood assistance could eventually enable them to earn enough to go above the poverty threshold so that they will no longer be poor thereafter.

          If you are looking for good news, I have some good news for you. By natural consequence, the thrust towards living the “green life” is now creating livelihood opportunities for the people who are growing healthier, safer food to eat. The good news is that more and more of my friends and corporate contacts have expressed an interest to buy natural and organic foods primarily for the purpose of their own consumption, but secondarily for the purpose of helping the people I am helping.

          Inspired by this development, I am now encouraging my friends and readers to embrace the “Green Thrust” lifestyle. All it takes to adopt this lifestyle is to eat healthier and safer food, buying these from the farmers who are growing and producing this kind of food. In support of this lifestyle, I am now helping the farmers in our project sites to adopt the organic and natural methods of agriculture. Have you heard of urban farming? Yes it is possible to do that now, and that is yet another bit of good news for the urban poor who are looking for new ways of making a living.

          NO HOLDS BARRED is the title of a TV show produced for the late Art Borjal by my friend Lito Anzures (the PR guy, not the actor). Recently, Lito gave me the rights to use the name, and I will now use it as the name of my column.

Email iseneres@yahoo.com or text me at +639293605140. Watch my TV show “KA IKING LIVE” every Friday from 930 to 1030 PM in Destiny Cable Channel 3. Tune in to “KAPIT-BAYAN” in DWIZ 882 KHZ 5 to 6 PM Mon to Fri. Embrace the “Green Thrust” lifestyle. Eat Right, Do Right.

 

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Commercial land gibalhin ug residential aron gamay ra ang mabayran nga buhis
ANOMALOSONG TRANSAKSIYON SA CITY ASSESSOR NABULGAR SA BIR

Naboking karon ang anoma-losong transaksiyon sa pipila ka mga empleyado sa City Asse-ssor ning dakbayan sa Dipolog sa dihang nasubay sa BIR nga ang commercial land giusob ang record ug gibalhin sa residential aron gamay ra ang mabayad nga buhis sa hingtungdang tag-iya.

Gibutyag ni Jean Bitancor, City Assessor ning dakbayan sa Dipolog nga ang tanang dokumento nga dunay kalabotan sa gikaalegar nga anomalosong transaksyon nga gihimo sa iyang mga sakop nga nasakpan karong bag-o ni Cresencio Agad, pangulo sa Provincial Office Buro sa Rentas Internas kung BIR ang iya nang nasubmitir ngadto kang Mayor Evelyn Uy alang sa pagahimoong tukmang legal nga aksiyon.

Gibutyag ni Jean Bitancor, City Assessor ning dakbayan sa Dipolog nga ang tanang dokumento nga dunay kalabotan sa gikaalegar nga anomalosong transaksyon nga gihimo sa iyang mga sakop nga nasakpan karong bag-o ni Cresencio Agad, pangulo sa Provincial Office Buro sa Rentas Internas kung BIR ang iya nang nasubmitir ngadto kang Mayor Evelyn Uy alang sa pagahimoong tukmang legal nga aksiyon.

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BELMONTE-YEBES NUPTIALS

Scenes from the recent wedding of Mai-Mai (daughter of ZaNorte Gov. Rolando Yebes) and City Councilor RJ Belmonte (son of Col. Belmonte).

 

  

Amid threats of global economic slowdown
Dipolog Chamber appeals gov’t for protection to local businesses

The Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the primary business support organization in Zamboanga del Norte, has called on local government units to protect local enterprises from the impending effects of the global economic slowdown by ensuring that public spending will benefit local businesses and the community. The same appeal was made to the various national government agencies holding office in the province.

According to the statement issued by the Dipolog Chamber, “One effective solution seen to remedy a possible downturn of the grassroots economy is to promote local spending. More than household spending, the expenditures of local government units and national agencies if captured by the local market could be the protection that is needed for the local enterprise to survive this turbulent time.”

The Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the primary business support organization in Zamboanga del Norte, has called on local government units to protect local enterprises from the impending effects of the global economic slowdown by ensuring that public spending will benefit local businesses and the community.

“We ask the LGUs and NGAs holding offices in this province to boost the local economy and industries by spending government money locally. If the requirements for goods and services are available locally, LGUs and NGAs should prioritize local suppliers and providers because it would contribute to business growth and the generation of jobs for the people of Zamboanga del Norte. Likewise, money spent on the local economy is plowed back to the government in terms of business taxes which is a major consideration for the LGUs Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA),” the Chamber statement added.

The local business group has likewise called on the government entities to ensure that transparency in the procurement processes is sustained. The local Chamber has been advocating for the observance of the procurement procedures as laid out in the Government Procurement Act such as the publication of bid announcements and bid results. The group’s statement said that in observing the procurement rules, local bidders and suppliers would be given opportunities to participate in the process.

The Dipolog Chamber is an advocate of local business growth to generate more jobs and increased incomes for the people as a solution to poverty. The province of Zamboanga del Norte carries the tag as the second poorest province in the country according to the latest government poverty statistics. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

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 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
HOPE FOR YOU!!!

I would like to invite everyone to a concert, hope for you and evangelical concert to bring the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, through inspirational music and talk.  Brought to you by CALVARY CHAPEL DUMAGUTE, IN COOPEATION WITH THE ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE EVANGELICAL MINISTER ASSOCIATION, (ZANEMA).

The concert will be on:

February 20, 2009 (Friday) at the Dapitan Multipurpose Cultural Sports Center

February 21, 2009 (Saturday) at the Armando B. Amatong Civic Center

The time will be at 7:00 in the evening, respectively.  Admission is free.  It is our desire to spread the love of Jesus through Christian music and draw everyone into His grace, power and presence.

If you need free tickets which will serve as our invitations, please text me, cell no. 09173823169 or you may cut the lower portion of this article which is our ads, to present at the gate of the gym.

Looking forward to the fresh work the Holy Spirit is going to do in Dapitan and Dipolog.  May His sufficient grace be with you! (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

 

 

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CHILDREN SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF LOVE FOR A MERCURY-FREE PHILIPPINE HEALTH CARE

Manila – Health Care Without Harm-Southeast Asia (HCWH-SEA), along with children all dressed in white like little gods and goddesses, simultaneously visited the Department of Health (DoH) and Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III in two separate venues to spread the message of love this Valentine’s Day for a  mercury-free Philippines by 2010.

This is inline with Administrative Order 2008-0021 signed by Duque for implementation on September 11, 2008 to phase-out all mercury containing devices in all Philippine health care by 2010.

At the DoH, HCWH-SEA was greeted by Under Secretary David J. Lozada, Jr., Dr. Edwin Sanchez, head of the committee on the phase-out of mercury in health care, and Engr. Elmer Benedictos, member of the committee.

Why children?

Children are among the most vulnerable sector when it comes to mercury exposure[1][i]

“Mercury impairs neurological development of infants and children.  Even a fetus inside a pregnant woman’s body that has been exposed to mercury is instantly affected.  It may disrupt the baby’s growing brain and nervous system,” Faye Ferrer, HCWH-SEA Program Officer for Mercury, said.

6th month and counting

“The signing of the AO is a much-awaited move and its implementation cannot be delayed unless protecting children has become our least priority,” said Ferrer. 

She added “February marks the 5th month of the AO.  The clock is continuously ticking and there are things that need to be accomplished before we reach the goal of a mercury-free health care in 2010.[1][ii]


Children Spreading the Message of Love for a Mercury-Free RP Health Care.

Health Care Without Harm-Southeast Asia (HCWH-SEA) with children dressed like little goddesses visited (from L to R) Dr. Edwin Sanchez, head of the committee on the phase-out of mercury in health care, Health Under Secretary David J. Lozada, Jr., and Engr. Elmer Benedictos, member of the committee, and presented a bouquet of roses.  They are calling for a mercury-free Philippine health care by 2010 following provisions of DOH Administrative Order 2008-0021.  Children are among the most vulnerable sector when it comes to mercury exposure.  (Photos by Gigie Cruz)

“We are on the 5th month and several hospitals are still unaware of the AO.  The 6th month is the most stringent month[1][iii],” Ferrer said

Two thumbs up!

Ferrer added though that replacement of mercury thermometers is now easier with the approval of the Senate and House of Representatives of a DOH budget for purchase of mercury-free thermometers.

In the bi-cam approved budget, Php13.2 million is allotted for purchase of mercury-free thermometers in the 66 government hospitals.  The budget awaits the signature of the President.

Global Campaign

As a global issue, HCWH and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched in December a global partnership to substitute mercury-based medical devices with safer, accurate and affordable alternatives.

In a letter sent to Duque, HCWH and WHO are asking the DoH to become a Founding Member of the global partnership.

“DoH is in the forefront of advocating for mercury-free health care.  As a Founding Member, it will highlight the good work in the Philippines as an example for the rest of the world,” Ferrer said.

She added that this partnership will push the DoH to redouble efforts to a mercury-free health care through a strict monitoring of the AO implementation.

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is a global coalition of more than 400 organizations in more than 50 countries working to protect health by reducing pollution in health care sector.  For more information, visit www.noharm.org. (30) Contact: Sonia G. Astudillo, Communications Officer, +63 918 9182369, sonia@hcwh.org Faye Ferrer, Program Coordinator for Mercury, +63 920 9327151, faye@hcwh.org -- SONIA G. ASTUDILLO, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) – SoutheastAsia, Unit 330 Eaglecourt Condominium, 26 Matalino St., Diliman, Quezon City,Philippines T: +63 2 9287572 I F: +63 2 9262649 I M: +63 918 9182369 I E:sonia@hcwh.org;media@hcwh.org| Skype: Sonia.G.Astudillo http://www.noharm.org  http://hcwhsea.multiply.com http://hcwhsea.blogspot.com/

 

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Press Freedom Editorial
Killing them twice

Both the police and the doctors have the same thing in common; both pledge to protect the lives of the citizens of this country; both could corrupt them as well.

While there are kotong cops, there are also kotong docs.

The recent disclosure of the alleged conjugal partnership of some doctors at the ZaNorte Medical Center and botica owners in the city is something that prick our hearts.

Although not true to many doctors, some have reportedly gone out of their way to connive with the owners of the local medicine store and make money out of the ailing, perhaps dying man at the hospital bed.

Is there some way he could argue with the doctors who have his life in their control?  Anything the doctors say - whether what pharmacy to to or what medicines to buy is beyond question by anyone.

What matter is the patient lives...and really lives well and long.

Although no doctors admitted to have done any of those unscrupulous acts outlined by some poor patients, the hospital administration should conduct a deeper investigation of this alleged treachery to what they have pledged to do.

Covering their acts, whitewashing their actions will mean giving them the license to kill the patients twice, an outright affront to that dream of making the poor people number one in the heart of the province. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.16)

 

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