February 21, 2008


Mayoral contest
COMELEC orders recount of Sind. votes

The municipality of Sindangan, Z.N. recently took to the center stage when the First Division of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC Manila) found substance in the electoral protest filed by mayoralty candidate Nilo ‘Boy’ Sy against Sindangan Mayor Bert Macias.

It can be recalled that Sy filed his petition for the recounting of votes in the 278 voting precincts in Sindangan on May 23, 2007 yet before the Regional Trial Court in Sindangan. Sy charged that the elections were characterized by massive vote buying by his opponent and fraud. He also claimed that thousands of votes due him were not read, were not counted and were not tallied by the Board of Election Inspectors which led him to lag nby 11 votes only behind Macias.

Sindangan Mayor Bert Macias took to the center stage again when the First Division of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC-Manila) found substance in the electoral protest filed by mayoralty candidate Nilo ‘Boy’ Sy.

COMELEC records showed that Macias garnered 13,975 vote while Sy had 13,964 votes cast to his favor.

However, Sy was dismayed when RTC judge Arturo Paculanang dismissed his case on June 19 last year. Not satisfied with the court’s ruling, he filed an appeal before COMELEC Manila which was then acted upon by Presiding Commissioneresurrecion Borra and Commissioners Romeo Brawner and Moslemen Macarambon. On February 1, this year, Sy won his first bout against Macias when the first Division of the COMELEC ordered RTC Branch II of Sindangan to open the ballot boxes under protest and recount the votes in the fastest time possible and proclaim the winner immediately.

The notice of the decision reached by the commission was also sent to Atty. James Verduguez, lead counsel of Sy and Atty. Cres Palpagan, Macias’s lead counsel. Verduguez recently disclosed that the recount was not yet started since the mayor’s camp was given five days yet to answer or to make an action as regards the decision. Based on the new COMELEC ruling on electoral protests, Atty. Verduguez was confident that a decision shall have been reached within one month time only. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)

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 Political noise fails to dampen PGMA’s commitment to serve

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo continues with her governance unmindful of the political noise and her Cabinet fully supports her for that, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said today.

Duque said this shortly before the President arrived for the Vitamin A supplementation and gift-giving activity to the pupils of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Elementary School this afternoon at the Karangalan Village in Manggahan, Pasig City.

“Ang buong Gabinete ay nasa likod ng Presidente sa pagganap ng kanyang mga gawain na bahagi ng kanyang regular na programa,” Duque said. Among those who welcomed the President were Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapus, Pasig City Mayor Robert Eusebio, Pasig Lone District Rep. Roman Romulo, National Nutrition Council (NNC) Executive Director Bernardita Flores, and San Lorenzo Ruiz Elementary School Principal Gil Andrade.

Just like today, Duque said the President’s schedule in Pasig City is not politicking but part of her regular work to uplift the education sector through health programs for schoolchildren like the supplemental feeding program that started since 2006.

Romulo added that Charter Change is a virtual non-issue in the House of Representatives as they are also busy working, having passed some 40 bills during the first few days of newly-installed Speaker Prospero Nograles.

“Hindi pinag-uusapan sa Kongreso ang Charter Change, sa diyaryo lang,” Romulo said. During her visit, the President also led the distribution of iron-fortified rice and dental kits to schoolchildren under the President’s Food for School Program. Since the implementation of the supplementation and feeding program, the DepEd noted that students have shown significant improvement in their school performance that includes increased attendance, lesser absenteeism, and increase in the nutritional levels of pupils in beneficiary schools.

A special class of visually impaired pupils from the school’s Special Education (SPED) rendered a song number while the President was being given a Valentine card especially made by the pupils.  (PIA-ZN)


Dipolog City registers P27M deficit

A reliable source from the Dipolog City Budget Office recently disclosed that the city incurred a P27M deficit during 2007.

It was learned that this was the first time the city went through the big deficit due to fiscal management.

In 2006, the City Budget Office recorded a P5.8M deficit, about 21.2M difference. It was believed that the May elections in 2006 drained the city’s coffers.

Records showed that during the first quarter of the year, there were abnormal withdrawals for gasoline and this was during the peak of the campaign period when Mayor Roberto Uy ran for provincial governor opposite Gov. Rolando Yebes.

The source also disclosed that there were expenditures made which went against the proper procedures like the purchase of medicines which was initiated by the Chief Executive but the documents were just signed by the City Health Officer who did not have the authority to recommend the kind of medicine to purchase. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)


 General Yano warns soldiers against politics

As the political heat rises due to the oust of Speaker Jose De Venecia and the expose made by star witness Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr. regarding the anomalous NBN ZTE deal, Lt. General Alexander Yano recently visited the troops around the Zamboanga Peninsula area.

The army commander was reportedly urging his men to uphold a higher kind of a cause rather than engage in low-level kind of politicking. He exhorted them to work against terrorism and against insurgency in the Zamboanga Peninsula area for this si the number one enemy of the country and not “political issues.”

Warning them not to mess up with ‘so much politicking’, the army general stressed their responsibility to the country while at the same time outlined what his leadership could do to make their lives even better. Yano was already assured by PGMA to replace Gen. Hermogenes Esperon as Chief of Staff of the AFP upon his retirement in May. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)


MGB finds moratorium violated

The Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) Regional Office recently found the moratorium imposed by the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte on Layawan river sand and gravel haulers violated.

In the assessment report submitted by MGB personnel Engr. Rome Sta. Cruz and Ma. Virna Martina Baguio, it was pointed out that although some areas in Layawan river were dormant to quarrying activities, some areas were found to be active and destructive. 

During the MGB’s investigation sometime in December last year, there were three small quarry groups found who did not hold any legal permits from the Zamboanga del Norte Environmental Management Office (ZANEMO). The cited groups were reportedly residents in the Layawan river area who quarried sand and gravel by the sacks.

These illegal haulers were cited in the report to have no other means of making a living out to extract sand and gravel to be sold to nearby areas.  It was found that they had been doing this for quite some time already but were never stopped. However, it was learned that there were even bigger and prominent haulers who still continued to operate in the Layawan area.  These included Nicasio Montaño and Vice Governor Francis Olvis.

Some concerned individuals questioned the continued extracting of sand and gravel from the aforecited river by the provincial and some local governments and even private individuals despite the moratorium Provincial Capitol had strongly imposed. As gratuitous permit had still been denied to Dipolog City, many Dipolognons felt that it would seem Provincial Capitol was pressuring Dipolog City only while leaving other groups free to violate the moratorium.

MGB strongly recommended that any form of quarry activities shall be stopped shortly considering the serious condition Layawan river is now facing. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)




Here we go again!

This was the reaction today of Malacanang to the call of opposition leaders and critics of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her resignation .

In his weekly press conference this afternoon at the New Executive Building (NEB) in the Malacanang complex, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita shrugged off the demand that the Presi-dent step down as a recycled political propaganda that is being recycled yet again in the wake of the testimony of Rodolfo Lozada before the Senate Blue Ribbon Commi-ttee on the National Broad-band Network-ZTE contro-versy.

“Sa palagay ko political propaganda iyan na inuulit na lamang nila. At pinagsasa-mantalahan nila ang mga isiniwalat ni Lozada na inaakala nila na makakapag-iba ng environment ngayon. So there’s nothing new,” Ermita said. He said the President will continue to perform her duties as elected President, and nothing can stop her from run-ning the affairs of government as mandated by the Constitution.

Ermita also stressed that the entire Cabinet stands behind the President and they will not allow anybody to force her to step down because she’s not guilty of any wrongdoing. “We stand by our President, who is our legitimate President,” Ermita said, as he cautioned the people not to believe stories planted by government critics designed to undermine unity in the President’s official family. The President is doing her job, and there are conditions and procedures under the Constitution governing changes in the country’s leadership, he added.

Ermita also assured the people that “everything is under control and the situation is normal.” The Cabinet, he said, is moving as one to help the President succeed in her mandate to improve the economy and the lives of the majority of the Filipino people, especially the poor. (PIA-ZN)


PGMA to prov’l governors: support BIR in drive to improve tax collections

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has urged the country’s 81 provincial governors to support the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) Local Government Unit (LGU) Assurance Program for fast and better revenue collections.

“I ask our governors to join the BIR’s LGU Assurance Program which will result in better collections of both national and local taxes,” the President said in her speech yesterday at the 2nd General Assembly of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) at the Villa del Rey in Pili, this province.

“But while the fiscal numbers are better than expected, we need to work harder and more effectively in improving the tax effort together,” the President said as she cited the country’s 7.3 percent economic growth in 2007, the fastest in a generation, along with the significant reduction of the national budget deficit to P9.4 billion, the lowest in a decade.

She told the provincial executives that she has always supported the LGUs’ right to receive their Internal Revenue Allotments (IRAs) in full to help them deliver better services to their constituents.

“When I became President, I waived the President’s prerogative to retain part of the IRA as the so-called Local Government Social Equalization Fund. After that, we have provided automatic appropriation for your IRA. We have even paid debts of previous administrations,” she said.

She also said that she has directed Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. to study how “to securitize the IRA shortfalls from the years when we had re-enacted budgets” so that the LGUs can have additional funds for their expenditures.

According to her, the government has secured a $300-million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Local Government Financing and Budget Reform.

She stressed that this program will support the Department of Finance efforts to help the LGUs “improve your capacities to plan and budget, as well as deliver better services for the general welfare of your constituent communities.”

She said the program will support reforms such as in intergovernmental fiscal relations; fiscal management, planning and public expenditure at the LGU level; LGU performance measurement and service; credit financing; and local-own source revenue. (PIA-ZN)


Sec. Yap eyes more projects

Aside from the P33M Corn Postharvest Processing and Trading Center recently inaugurated at Sergio Osmeña, Z.N., Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap also assured Gov. Yebes that his department will be donating another cold storage and contact freezer to the province.

Although they have not arrived yet, national Director Malcolm Sarmiento, Jr. of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources had earlier promised to donate a cold storage and a contact freezer. The governor disclosed that such facilities shall be placed in Katipunan since a one-hectare lot has already been donated for the purpose.

During the visit, Secretary Yap also donated gillnets amounting to P250T to Sicayab Fisherman Association, agar-agar seedlings worth P130T to the fish farmers of Barangay Talisay, Canlucani, Tag-ulo, Taguilon and Santo Niño. Earlier, the Agriculture Secretary distributed 40 bags of open pollinated varieties of corn and vegetables seeds aside from the 30 bags of hybrid corn seeds he distributed earlier.

With the establishment of the corn postharvest processing in the province and another five more soon, Mr. Noli Bengua of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist believed this could prod farmers to produce more corn especially that the government is pushing for production of biofuel from corn.

On the other hand, Agriculture Specialist Maybel Bustaliño recommended that if more processing and trading centers are to be established in the province, they should be in Gutalac, Liloy, Sindangan, Jose Dalman and Polanco. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)



Lapayang Baha rejects Dipolog’s help

The barangay officials of Lapayang Baha, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte stood firm in their decision not to allow the Dipolog City government to clear the clutter at the mouth of the irrigation dam and haul the said materials.

This was disclosed by Fortunato Ladera and Vic Alcalde of the Zamboanga del Norte Environmental Management Office. During its second public consultation hearing, Mr. Ladera disclosed that even with the presence of Dipolog City officials, the Lapayang Baha officials expressed their agreement to the clearing away of the clutter but refused the city government’s hauling of the sand and gravel.

The officials explained that the materials cleared from the mouth of the irrigation dam could be used for the rehabilitation of the destroyed river. It could be remembered that the members of the irrigators association in Barangay Punta, Dipolog City earlier decried the big cracks in their rice fields due to the long dry spell during the early weeks of February.

They have pointed out to the short supply of water from the irrigation canal considering that the mouth of the dam was closed due to the overflow of the Layawan river. Although they sought help from Mayor Belen Uy, the farmers could not have what they wanted since the officials of Lapayang Baha refused the clearing away. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)


Governors to be consulted as regards large scale mining

The League of Provinces of the Philippines recently adopted a resolution giving all provincial governors of the country authority over the issuance of permits to large-scale mining companies.

This was agreed among the governors during their convention at Camarines Norte this week. It was learned that Gov. Rolando Yebes took to the floor to disclose his disgust over the operations and even impending expansion of TVI in Zamboanga del Norte, particularly in Siocon.

Pointing out that TVI was contemplating on zinc and copper sulfides mining without informing his office, Gov. Yebes earned majority support among his colleagues, which led them to grill the Mines Geosciences Bureau Director with several questions. The governor disclosed that the league and the MGB director have agreed that provincial governors who have jurisdiction over areas contemplated for mining shall be consulted first before any permit shall have been issued by the national office. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)


Dapitan PNP establishes motive of videoke killing

The killing of two young Dapitanons on January 31 inside the Secret Garden Videoke Bar at Barangay Dawo was initially thought of as a case of love triangle.

However, Police Chief Inspector Glen Dulawan of Dapitan PNP recently bared the result of their investigation citing that the death of Sally Batulan, Jr., 18 of Barangay cawacawa and Melissa Gomez, 24 of Barangay Banbanan was due to robbery. Both victims were found to sustain bullet wounds on their heads and stab wounds all over their body.

Gomez was the trusted saleslady of the bar and was found bathed in her own blood by Anastacio Galleposo in the morning. Inspector Dulawan disclosed further that the National Bureau of Investigation conducted a separate investigation when relatives of the victims sought their help.

A post mortem examination had been done on the corpse and Dapitan PNP waited for the NBI autopsy for them to file the case against the suspects. Inspector Dulawan explained that they could have already filed the case against the suspects but they wanted their investigation to be consistent with the NBI’s.

The Police had already identified the suspects of the crime but they could not have divulged their names unless the case has to be filed in court. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)


PGMA calls on provincial governors to join her in addressing destructive effects of climate change

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called on the country’s provincial governors Wednesday to brace themselves up in joining the national government in addressing the destructive effects of global warming.

“We must assume the mantle of leadership and work to address the challenge of climate change. Each and every person bears some measure of responsibility for what we have done today and throughout history to diminish our global environment,” the President said in her speech at the 2nd General Assembly of the League of Provinces of the Philippine (LPP) held at the Villa del Rey in this town.

The President said that investing in vital infrastructures includes “building up our environment as a reflection of our commitment to our quality of life. People need to breathe clean air and swim in clean water while we build factories and bridges.”

She added that these programs and activities mirror how the provincial executives have operationalized the theme of their conference, “Enhancing National and Local Government Partnerships in Improving Environmental Governance and Natural Resources Stewardship.”

She noted that from rising tides, to changing weather to deforestation and pollution of air, sea and land, the challenges of climate change are great.

“As a nation made up of more than 7,000 islands, rising seas due to global warming takes on a whole new meaning. In America, if we have rising seas Florida may lose some coastline. In the Philippines, if we have rising seas we might lose a whole nation,” she said.

The response, she said, to this “grave challenge may sound humorous, but the intent is deadly serious: We must work together to solve this problem. If we do, it will be one of the great achievements of our national and local government partnership.”

She stressed that compared with the emission of other countries, “our nation has been more responsible than others and we contribute less than one percent to global warming. And yet we are the recipient of the impact of global warming caused by other nations.”

“But all that apportionment of blame does nothing against a rising tide of global warming that will swamp our nation if we do not act with decisiveness and solidarity,” she said.

She explained that her administration has begun the “Green Philippines” plan, a blueprint for “mapping our environment and economic policies that will allow for sustainable development that doesn’t fall on the backs of the poor or erode our environment.”

She stressed that there is a cost to make the Green Philippines come to life. “For instance here in Bicol, we have the Bicol River Basin project. It is to preserve the Bicol River Basin from the ravages of environment. But the cost is greater without the investment in people and environment.” (PIA-ZN)



Kwarta sa katawhan gigamit sa nakalabay’ng eleksiyon?

Minilyon nga salapi sa mga katawhang Dipolognon maoy nausik sa nakalabay’ng tuig human mautingkay ang records sa pagsera sa book of accounts nagpakita nga imbes para sa pagpatuman sa nagkadaiya niining mga programa ug proyekto nagasto naman hinoon sa

Minilyon nga salapi sa mga katawhang Dipolognon maoy nausik sa nakalabay’ng tuig human mautingkay ang records sa pagsera sa book of accounts nagpakita nga imbes para sa pagpatuman sa nagkadaiya niining mga programa ug proyekto nagasto naman hinoon sa walay klarong padulngan kay nahulog sa personal nga katuyoan ang pagwaldas sa pundo nga gihimo sa nakalabay’ng administrasyon ni kanhi Mayor Roberto Uy.

walay klarong padulngan kay nahulog sa personal nga katuyoan ang pagwaldas sa pundo nga gihimo sa nakalabay’ng administrasyon. Sumala sa records sa City Hall, mitala karon ug P27 milyones ka pesos nga deficit ang dakbayan sa Dipolog sa iyang operasyon sa tuig 2007 bonga

By Ike Señeres iseneres@yahoo.com

Newspaper reports say that our economic growth does not benefit the poor, and the government is urged to focus on the farm sector. While there is no good news in hearing that the benefits of growth hardly goes down, it is good to hear that the needs of the farm sector are now being brought forward as a national issue.

One does not have to be a genius to realize that our farmers are not making money now, because their costs of production are too high, while the farm gate prices that are being offered to them are too low. Their high cost of production is complicated by their high costs of financing, further made difficult by their low margins of profit.

Even if the government will focus on the farm sector as it is being urged, nothing much could happen not unless the economics of farm production are changed, in such a way that it is turned around, meaning that the costs of production are made lower, and the farm gate prices are made higher.

Thanks to the innovation of a Filipino engineer, we now have a local technology that could definitely lower the costs of our farm production, at the same time potentially increasing the gate prices of farm outputs, due to the higher qualities that the technology could make possible.

And here’s the real good news. The said innovator, Engineer Walther Alvarez, has now joined SamaKabuhayan (SAMAKA), a member organization of the United National Integrated Development Alliance (UNIDA), to spread the technology to all farmers, so that their economic destinies could change for the better.

So simple and yet so brilliant, the technology enables poultry and livestock to fully digest the proteins in their diet, so much so that the farmers would not only be able to reduce their costs of feeds, it will also fast track their time to revenue, as the chickens grow to market size in 32 days instead of 45, and the hogs grow to market size in 4 months instead of 6.

As an added advantage, the technology completely removes the odor from the animal wastes, because of the complete absence of undigested protein, the waste matter that breeds bacteria and causes decay. As a result, the animal wastes immediately become usable as organic fertilizers, adding another source of savings for the farmers. Since the meats, fruits and vegetables produced are 100% organic, these could fetch better prices. (ESSAYS IN DEVELOPMENT SERIES-EID-028- 23 February 2008)


Press Freedom Special Feature
The Ultimate “Sax Power”
By: Rosemarie P. Miranda

If there is one thing that any Civil Registrar dreads, it is to sign the death certificate of a loved one.  And I am no exception.  I have no choice but to sign the death certificate of my late father, Reinerio “Rene” Angeles Patangan, who left us for the Great Beyond last February 7.

You might ask, what is the significance of my father’s death that it merits a special feature in the local papers?  Quite simple.  It was one of his statements a day before he died that I shall write a feature story about him and his music since I have never written anything about him.  So, indulge me please.

Rene as he was fondly called, was a saxophone player, a composer and an arranger aside from being the Band Master and College Instructor of Andres Bonifacio College.  He was also a member of various orchestras like the SVC Orchestra, Big Difference Combo, Executive Band, Palomares Composite Band, The Revival Orchestra, etc, you name it, he had played in it.  Dad had practically played in almost all the music lounges in the city, Skyroom, Shellhaus, Casbaj, Page Three, Gracia’s, Golden Pot, etc.

He mesmerized the audience with the sexy notes from his sax as he played his favorite songs, “Sinner or Saint, Misty, Seventh Dawn, I’ll be Seeing You, Always,” to name a few from his repertoire.  He was a mainstay player of the weekly amateur singing contest “Kaplag” and “Palagaylay” at the Plaza Magsaysay.  He was also invited as one of the judges of various musical tilts in the province.

As far as I can remember, dad was a winner in many songwriting and arranging contests, the most prestigious of which is the MetroPop Music contest.  I was still a young girl then.  I cannot exactly remember the name of the contest but what I know is he won it for the arrangement of the song “Seventh Dawn”.  He was also the composer of the Andres Bonifacio College Hymn, a song every student of ABC has to learn by heart.  He also composed the ZN Press Club March, the club esteemed so well as he was always elected as member of the Board of Directors.  He was also a former Disc Jockey of RPN DXKD who played beautiful music to love-struck souls who found solace in the melody of love songs.

Dad made a “first” during his wake.  It was the first time in the history of Dipolog and the Rivera Funeral Home, to witness a wake with live band playing dad’s favorite music.  All the musicians are his friends.  There is no greatest tribute they can give him than to play their best for him.  No eyes were dry as we all listened to the music he himself could have played with finesse and gusto. Dad’s sisters, Ma. Gloria P. Fernandez, her husband Ret. Gen. Eduardo Fernandez and Ma. Elouisa, could not believe that Dad was loved and had touched many lives with his music.  Former band members who are now professionals, the ABC band members, all other musicians in the province attended this sort of “reunion” with the man they dubbed as the “Ultimate Sax Power” and whose motto is “Stay Young with Music”.

Dad may be gone but his music will stay forever in our hearts… (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)


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Mayor Evelyn Uy of Dipolog City is hell-bent not to issue the Certificate of Occupancy for the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center


PRO GMA. Zamboanga del Norte Governor Rolando E. Yebes with the 49 governors of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) demonstrates their full support to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during its 2nd general assembly on Wednesday, February 13 at Camarines del Sur. (Southpoint, Vol.1No.7)

KIDDY VALENTINE. Leonor Kindergarten School proclaimed Remo Loewe and Kate Mariz as Little King and Queen of Hearts ‘08 on Valentines Day. (Southpoint, Vol.1No.7)

The provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte headed by Gov. Rolando Yebes is now ready to release P20M from the local funds as counterpart for the development of the Pulauan Port in the city of Dapitan.



 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
God is Love!

God’s very nature is love. In Romans 5: 8, says, But God showed His great Love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

When we draw near to God, we are overwhelmed by His Love. The more we think of how He Loves us, the more we wonder how it could be so. We should respond to His Commandments, in John 14: 15, He says, if you love me, obey my commandments. In 1 John 4:7, He says, Dear Friends, Let us continue to Love one another, for Love comes God. By helping others understand the bible, in John 21:15-17, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? Yes Lord, Peter replied, you know I Love You, then feed my Lambs, Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question, Simon, son of John, do you Love Me? Yes Lord, Peter said, you know I love you. Then take care of my sheep. Jesus said, Once more He asked him, Simon son of John, do you Love me? Peter was grieved that Jesus, asked the question a third time. He said, Lord you know everything, you know I Love You. Jesus said, then feed my sheep.

Because of this unfailing Love of Jesus Christ to us, our respond to a God who is a person is a Personal one. It is an inner commitment which God sees and appreciates. We respond to Him by Praise and Worship. God wants us to know Him as a person. He wants us to behold His glory, and contemplate His power, His wisdom, His Faithfulness. Praising God everyday changes our perspective of Life. God becomes more and more the center of our existence. Another way to respond to God, is by wanting to know Him more. We will eagerly talk with Him through prayer. As we walk with Him and interact with Him, we will know Him more fully as Shepherd, Friend, Lover, Father, Lord and Creator.

We will also respond to Him by acknowledging His Lordship. God is not only the Creator, He is the Lord of the universe. When we come face to face with God, we can never be the same again. Either we receive Him into our Life as Saviour, Lord and Master, or we reject Him and side with Satan. If we accept Him as Lord and Master of our Life, we should obey Him unconditionally. We will read in 1Corenthians 6:19-20 Don’t you know that your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, Who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself. For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Bible Bites! True Humility and Fear of the Lord Lead to the Riches, Honor, and Long Life, Proverbs 22:4. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)


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It is the saddest time of our history as a nation. There’s no stopping to the squabbling of our political leaders— both local and national.

In our local scene, Mayor Evelyn Uy of Dipolog City is hell-bent not to issue the Certificate of Occupancy for the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center to formally operate not until Governor Rolando Yebes will release the gratuitous permit for her city to extract sand and gravel from Lawayan River to be used for the mayor’s various projects. While Governor Yebes stands firm to protect the Layawan River from further destruction caused by the lackadaisical act  of the City Government, the lady mayor who doesn’t intend to understand about environmental preservation and protection, wants to devastate that river more. Pastilan ni!!! Personal, negosyo ug politikanhong interes ra gyud ang nagpasulabi ni mayor, diba? Klarex kaayo ni mga abay! Bisan pag unsaon paglipatlipat sa iyang sinaligan nga mga abogado, klaro pa sa kristal ang ilang mga motibo— paglangan-langan lang gyud tungod sa politikanhong pamimalos. Naa pay katarungan ni Abogago Alanixon Silda, City Information Officer, nga dili pa daw mahatag hura-hurada sa siyudad ang Certificate of Occupancy kay kinahanglan pa daw nga ayuhon pagtuon ang STP sa maong Medical Center kay dili ordinaryong hugaw ang masalo dinha kay kana ospital, dili sama sa hugaw sa kanal sa siyudad. Maayo pud ni si Silda mulipatlipat!!! Apan atong pangutan-on siya: “Susama ba sab ang gihimong inistrikto sa siyudad    sa pag-issue ug Certificate of Occupancy ngadto sa mga pribadong hospital dinhi sa siyudad?” Wala mi makadungog niining isyuha kaniadto. Wala kami makadungog nga gilisud-lisud sa siyudad ang paghatag ug Certificate of Occupancy kanila tungod kay gitun-an pag-ayo ang ilang mga tag-tagsa ka STP nga adunay “dili ordinaryong hugaw”. Pastilan… Hugawa kaayo ning katarunganaha gikan sa tawo nag-master ug dakong arinola!!! Ha…ha…ha…

It is alright for the City to strictly implement what is mandated by law for it to implement. But what is worst and highly questionable is when the City leadership encourages double standards — one for the private hospitals here, and one for a government hospital there. Mayor Belen, ayaw na’g pasulabi! Gisugdan naka ug tunglo sa mga masakiton nimong mga katawhan nga unta ikaw ang mag-una nila! Ha…ha…ha…

In our national scene, subra pa sa kalubog sa alakitran ang nahitabo nato karon. I once asked this question: “Is it really our culture to become crabbish? Or, because of our greed?” I have predicted before that because of impeachment threats against President Gloria Arroyo, the latter will eventually pardon Former President Joseph Estrada. And she did. I saw it as a necessary act on the part of the lady president for her look for a “kakampi”. By the way, Estrada’s political force is still a force to reckon with. Former Congressman Chavit Singson of Ilocos Sur was not amused over the release of Estrada. Singson, a Ramos Boy, hates Estrada who almost assassinated him.

Right after Estrada’s release, the speakership of the House of Representative was changed because Speaker Jose Devenicia is the father of the ZTE scandal whistle-blower, JDV the 3rd.  Of course, it is understandable from the view point of politics that those who would oppose the higher power holder must be eliminated. This is what is known in politics as power elimination. Former Speaker Devenicia has no other choice but to go to the other of the fence, so to speak. He now associates himself with the group of Estrada.

But, is Former President Fidel V. Ramos happy over the act of Devenicia? I guess, he is not! Ramos and Estrada have a strained political relationship. Estrada insulted Ramos during the latter’s SONA. His insult caused him his ultimate ouster from the presidency. However, there is also a great possibility that the two will become friends again in the light of the perceived Arroyo’s political arrogance. Remember the political dictum: “In politics, there are no permanent friends, but only temporary allies”?

Well, well, well… Events are unfolding fast before us. The oppositions must show their solidarity and determination to topple down those who are arrogant in power now. Or else, they would end up nothing but to be incarcerated by the superior power they have challenged. It has been said: “in union, there is strength”. Sa Binisaya pa : “Naa sa sibuyas onion ang kusug”!!! Ha…ha…ha… (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.32)

Credits: The New Nandau is a member of the Publishers Association of the Philippines (PAPI). Editorial office is located at 076 Quezon Avenue, Dipolog City with Tel. No. (065) 212-3794; Cell No. +639205201041. Email: nandau_1986@yahoo.com



Provincianong Intsik

The more Malacañang presses its imagined charges against Jun Lozada, the greater the public sympathy he gets. Filipinos by nature love underdogs and we all have provinciano roots not necessarily provincianong intsik.

Malacañang is half buried in a quicksand. The more it moves, the more it sinks. Their no. 1 problem is not Lozada. It’s their credibility.

It’s like the City Hall boys. The more they open their mouth and tell the public that they’re still evaluating Lando’s hospital whether it complies with their standard on sewerage disposal, the greater the public outrage they get.

Ma’am Belen should learn a lesson from Chairman Mao: “The greater the oppression, the higher the rebellion.”


In the same token on Capitol choir, the more it sings to save Layawan river, the more exasperating it gets.


City Hall is losing the propaganda war. The new hospital stands stately on top of a hill in immaculate white.

Thousands of commuters are so impressed on it aesthetically as they pass the Sicayab highway daily. Their common reaction is “Anugon ang bag-ong hospital. Biktima sa politika.”

They’re curious. They waited  for so long to have a glimpse of its new amenities. They feel they’re deprived in the use of the P300 million Lando’s hospital.

At the rate City Hall is behaving, Lando needs not hire a propagandist. City Hall will self destruct.


It’s no wonder why our city elected officials are keeping distance from it publicly. They leave it to their cadre to badmouth. They can feel the public sentiment for its immediate opening.

It’s a political suicide to go against the tide. City Hall position is indefensible as they say “Even a fish won’t get into trouble if it keeps her mouth shut.”


I can always relate to myself the case of Lozada. My family were once victim of the so-called instrumentalities of the state being used against civilians.

In 1976, under PD 449 the authority to issue permit to operate a cockpit war transferred from civilian authorities to the military, the Phil. Constabulary (PC).

The Dipolog Coliseum cockpit was owned by my parents and my other relatives who are all  provincianong intsik. Only one cockpit was allowed to operate under the law. But the PC wanted another cockpit to operate hence a closure order was issued against us.We went to court to contest the order. The PC were fuming with anger. The next day my uncle Loring Yu and his son Junior Yu were summoned to Camp Hamac. I was then a budding lawyer so I accompanied them to the camp. Lo and behold, we were told that the two were facing deportation charges for being undesirable alien. Stop short of saying, withdraw the complaint otherwise we will send you back to China.

What in hell the PC questioning civilian’s citizenship. It’s a judicial issue. The state had been used to apply the culture of the threat to civilians in order silence them.

As I glue Lozada on my TV set, I always remember that we were once like him, on the run, like any other provincianong intsik. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 18)


Credits: The New Nandau is a member of the Publishers Association of the Philippines (PAPI). Editorial office is located at 076 Quezon Avenue, Dipolog City with Tel. No. (065) 212-3794; Cell No. +639205201041. Email: freedom_nandau @yahoo.com



Press Freedom Editorial
The rule of law

Mayoralty candidate Nilo ‘Boy’ Sy of Sindangan lost to Mayor Bert Macias during the last elections by a margin of 11 votes only.

The little margin and his honest belief that it was an election speckled with massive vote buying and fraud and cheat prodded him to claim what he believed was his through the law.

The law has always been the last refuge of any sensible man.  It had offered the losing candidate a sigh of relief as his case was recognized to have form and substance and thus, have to be acted upon.

It could have been discomforting on the part of any public official, like Mayor Bert Macias, who was proclaimed already, started work as public servant and then all of a sudden questioned.


Credits: Press Freedom is published every Saturday and entered as 3rd class mail matter in Dipolog City. Printed by Young Printing Press with Editorial Office located at Upper Turno, Dipolog City. Tel. No. (065) 212-4343 or 212-6665. Email: freedom_nandau @yahoo.com





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