March 27, 2008


ZaNorte wants to host PP again

“Maghost na pod ta ug Palarong Pambansa” This was declared by Gov. Rolando Yebes recently through a long distance interview while he was still in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The plan, he pointed out, could possibly upgrade the facilities of the present Sports Complex since the national government will surely help  improve it. It can be remembered that the province hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 1982 yet and since then had no longer seen any national sports competition here.

On the other hand, it last saw the regional athletic meet here in 1991 yet and it is only coming again on Monday, March 24.

“Maghost na pod ta ug Palarong Pambansa,” declared Gov. Rolando Yebes through a long distance interview while he was still in Las Vegas, Nevada.

During the induction of the new officers of the Zamboanga del Norte United Correspondents, the governor disclosed that the Provincial government has a P100M savings which could be used for the construction of the new ZaNorte Cultural and Sports Center which could have a 15,000 seat capacity. As of now, he disclosed further, he had already ordered for the bidding of the design of the cultural center.

“After it, it’s a go for the construction,” Gov. Yebes excitedly disclosed. It could be remembered that Gov. Yebes and Cong. Cesar Jalosjos were given two free ringside tickets by Manny Pacquio during the latter’s fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)


 CDAU vindicated by NSCB survey

The result of the recent poverty incidence survey of the National Statistics Coordination Board bared that poverty in the province has dipped by 1.5%

This elevated the province to the second poorest in the country, contrary to lasdt survey result which placed the country at the bottom of the poorest. Community Development Assistance Unit Chief Ronilo Pacilan disclosed that the latest survey could be a blow to the critics of Gov. Rolando Yebes who had constantly attacked the creation of CDAU.

Community Development Assistance Unit Chief Ronilo Pacilan

He pointed out that the governor had tasked CDAU to undertake poverty mapping in the entire province in mid 2004 which also created the Barangay Indigent Beneficiaries Organization. Although critics had continually lashed its creation as duplication of some offices’s work, Pacilan reasoned that it had not duplicated other’s works, instead it only helped in the speedy implementation of the different programs of the provincial government.

“In fact, CDAU is the only kind in the country today and it has helped in the reduction of poor people in the province as NSCB survey shows,” Mr. Pacilan said. With the free health care services and livelihood programs, CDAU has helped in placing the province to the 2nd poorest spot.

“Imagine the 15,000 people uplifted from the poverty status with only more than a year of the CDAU creation, “ Mr. Pacilan prided, “and we are trying to reach out to more poor people,” he added. However, CDAU BIBO has not reached the entire municipalities of the province.

“We are making the second district as our pilot area in the BIBO implementation since data show that there are more people here than anywhere else in the province,” CDAU Chief Pacilan disclosed. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)


Hudyaka attraction
Pacquiao to conduct boxing clinic in ZN

The ‘people’s champ’ Manny Pacquiao was here a year ago and he is coming again during the celebration of Hudyaka Festival 2008 this June.

Governor Rolando Yebes who was given a free ringside ticket by Pacquiao himself disclosed that he got the assurance from the boxer himself right after his recent fight against Mexican boxer  Marquez, at Las Vegas, Nevada on March 16. The governor stressed that Pacquiao’s coming to the province will be a great inspiration to all ZaNorteans who have the will to succeed despite all the odds.

The ‘people’s champ’ Manny Pacquiao greets the people of ZaNorte during his recent visit to the province.

“I wish that Manny’s triumph will become everybody’s inspiration to work harder and have the right direction in order to succeed,” he said. Yebes went to Nevada together with 3rd District Congressman Cesar Jalosjos who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Sports and Youth Development.

The Congressman disclosed that a Sports Commission will soon be organized which will be screening all athletes found to have very good potentials and be developed with the government’s help. He pointed out that if such would be created, the athletes shall be given health insurance benefits aside from the best training program they will be subjected to.

It was learned that former Roxas Councilor Nick Carbonel has already outlined another boxing showdown during the Hudyaka celebration. It was also learned that Congressman Jalosjos will be the guest speaker during the opening of Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association Meet at the ZaNorte Sports Complex on Monday, March 24. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)


 Completion of airport project set

The Dipolog Airport improvement project was set to be completed before President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo steps down from power in 2010.

Sec. Cerge Remonde, director-General of the Presidential Management Staff gave an assurance that all the 27 priority projects for Mindanao, the Dipolog Airport included, shall see completion before PGMA ends her term. Secretary Remonde disclosed that of the 27 projects, three were already completed: the bridge at Butuan City connecting to Diosdado Macapagal Highway, a 210 megawatt coal plant of Phividec and the 950-kilowatt power plant at Cagayn de Oro City.

Other airports set to be completed include airports at Zamboanga, Butuan, Oza-miz, Cotabato, and Laguindi-ngan, Misamis Oriental. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)


19 brgys from 1st to 3rd dist. to receive electric supply
Let there be light!

The 19 barangays in the province could be more than happy when the Sangguniang Panlalawigan recently approved the request of Gov. Rolando Yebes to enter into an agreement with the Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative (ZANECO) in order to supply electric services to 19 more barangays in the province.

In a request letter to the SP, the governor explained that such project shall be supervised by the Provincial Engineering Office. Under the agreement, it was stipulated that materials needed in the electrification project while ZANECO shall maintain the service lines.

Board Member Joseph Brendo Ajero, Chairman, Committee on Infrastructure  disclosed that these 19 barangays included interior barangays from the 1st district all the way to the 3rd district. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)


Mayor Balais:  Kalawit is a mistake


The Municipality of Labason recently blamed the law that created the municipality of Kalawit which gave rise to boundary problem and the shrinking of its Internal Revenue Allotment.

During the hearing of the case filed by Labason Mayor Wilfredo Balais at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, he regretted the creation of the municipality out of its mother municipality, Labason. He pointed out that since 2001 after Kalawit’s creation, Labason’s IRA shrank by P2M considering the decrease of its land area and its population.

After a thorough study of the problem, Mayor Balais and legal counsel Atty. Cres Palpagan Jr. concluded that the dip in the IRA was due to the creation of another municipality. Atty. Palpagan made it clear that the law authored by former Congressman Angel Carloto was defective.

He explained that the law showed that the land area of Kalawit was placed at 25,000 hectares. But as per computation and technical description the municipality has only 22,000 hectares in land area. “These only shows that the law is not consistent since the land area is not consistent with its technical description,” the legal counsel disclosed.

The mother municipality wanted this inconsistency corrected through the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  The correction shall then be submitted to the Department of Budget and Management for recomputation of Labason’s IRA. On the other hand Kalawit Mayor Eugenio Baleleng disclosed that he would never allow Labason to take away part of his territory which would mean his loss of five barangays.

“Since its creation, the five barangays which Labason wanted to claim have officials and constituents who have pledged their respect to Kalawit. . . so they are not easy to give up,” Mayor Baleleng strongly stressed. It was learned that Kalawit would consult its lawyer as regards proper action it would take for the preservation of its territory. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)



Sibutad Mayor Benito Tolentino died Friday night March 21 at 7:30 at Zamboanga del Norte Cooperative Hospital of a lingering illness. Mayor Tolentino was elected mayor of Sibutad in 1988 and whose term was only interrupted when Roger Dizon served mayor for one term and his wife Lolit served for another term.

During his term, his constituents could very well remember him as it was during his incumbency when crimes in gold-rich Barangay Lalab were remarkably checked and neutralized. He returned to mayorship in 2007 and still won the confidence of Sibutadnons and ascended to mayorship with Roger Dizon as vice mayor.

Dizon who is a member of APP will likely succeed him as mayor. Before he entered politics, he was a member of the board of directors of ZANECO. He is survived by his wife Lolit and a daughter. Mayor Tolentino was 73 years old.

Engr. Jade Catubig, the decease’s son-in-law disclosed that his father-in-law had been diagnosed of lung cancer right after the 2007 elections by doctors at the Makati Medical Center. “He’s a chain smoker, so he developed lung cancer which spread from his lungs to his liver and up to his neck already,” Engr. Catubig disclosed. Since then, Engr. Catubig continued, Mayor Tolentino underwent chemotherapy sessions at Chunghua Hospital, Cebu city.

“His doctors at Makati Med were already worried because when it was diagnosed, my Daddy’s cancer was already at an advanced stage,” Catubig sadly said. However, despite his deteriorating health, it was learned that he still reported to his office last Monday to supervise a work.

“He wanted to show to the people that he is still strong even if he is already weakening,” councilor Melvin Ondong observed. The mayor’s dead body lay in state at his house in Sibutad and will be buried on April 1. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)

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Projects completed but. . .

“Nahuman lagi pero kulang.” Earlier, Diwan barangay captain Nathan Patangan complained about the refusal of barangay health workers to hold office in the new health center since it has no toilets.

Lately, another health center constructed by City Hall at Barra and turned over to the barangay was also not completed.  The said project cost P300T. Kagawad Moman Apura disclosed that the barangay had appropriated P30T to complete its flooring and windows.

Kagawad Apura made it clear however, that it’s only the flooring and windows that are lacking, the comfort rooms are already completed. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)



PGMA to lead 103rd PMA graduation rites

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led Tuesday the 103rd commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). A total of 220 cadets, all members of the PMA “Baghawi” Class of 2008, have formally finished  and will subsequently be joining their respective branches of service in the Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP).

“Baghawi” was coined from the phrase “Bagong Halaw ng Lahi.” President Arroyo awarded the Presidential Saber and the “PGMA Achievement Award for Excellence” to class valedictorian Cadet Ariel Rallos of Zamboanga City; and the “President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Award for Leadership” to Cadet Malcolm Domingo of San Fernando, Pampanga, the class “baron” or the Brigade Commander of the Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines (CCAFP). Of the 220 graduating cadets, 119 will be joining the Philippine Army (PA), 12 of them female; 57 will join the Philippine Navy (PN), six of them female; and 44 will join the Philippine Air Force (PAF), five of them female.

Six of the members of Baghawi Class 2008 are graduated magna cum laude, including topnotcher Cadet Ariel Rallos; while 23 finished as cum laude. The 23 graduating female cadets compose more than 10 percent of the 220 graduating cadets, enthused Maj. Gen. Leopoldo Maligalig, PMA superintendent, who declared the members of Baghawi Class of 2008 members as graduates and confer on them the degree of Bachelor of Science.

Also in the PMA graduation ceremonies was Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro who  commissioned the cadets into the military service by virtue of the National Defense Act as amended, instantly promoting them to second lieutenants for those joining the Army and the Air Force, and to ensigns for those joining the Navy. AFP chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon administered the oath to the 220 newly commissioned AFP officers; while Cavalier Bonifacio Lomotan Jr., chairman of the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association (PMAAAI), administered the oath of PMAAA membership to the organization’s latest batch of members.

For the remaining members of the Cadet Corps, the most awaited part of the graduation ceremony was the President’s Grant of Pardon for all outstanding demerits so that those with offenses could go home for summer break. In the evening, the new officers were brought to The Mansion – the official summer residence of Philippine presidents – where President Arroyo treated the group and their parents to dinner at The Mansion’s backyard lawn where the President also pinned the chevrons on the shoulder loop of the “marchers” or the top graduates joining the three AFP major services – PA, PAF and the PN. Parents of other graduates also pinned the chevrons on their children’s uniforms. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)


President makes surprise market tour to monitor NFA rice prices

The government’s crackdown on profiteers preying on unsuspecting consumers went into high gear recently with no less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo making a surprise trip to the Dagonoy Public Market in San Andres Bukid, Manila to see for herself if vendors comply strictly with the government-regulated price of National Food Authority (NFA) rice.

NFA Administrator Jessup Navarro, who briefed the President upon her arrival at the DPM, said this early, his agency has identified 11 of these unscrupulous businessmen overpricing NFA rice. Appropriate charges are being readied against the suspects, Navarro told the President. He added that most of the profiteers were operating in Barangay Botocan and Project 8 in Quezon City, and Bagong Silang, Caloocan City.

The NFA has already filed a criminal case against the provincial manager of the NFA in Misamis Oriental for “conniving with unscrupulous rice traders in diverting NFA rice intended for the needy and diverting it to the commercial market.” In her speech keynoting the 4th Mindanao Cooperative Summit in Cagayan de Oro City last March 10, the President ordered the NFA to investigate reported “irregularities” involving the distribution of NFA rice, including the diversion of subsidized cereal intended for the Tindahan Natin outlets to commercial markets. In making her first of a series of surprise inspections of public markets, the President said she wanted to assure the Filipino people that the government is taking steps and will continue to take action to reduce the pain of the people brought about by high food prices.

The President, who was joined by Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, took a short tour of the market’s facilities. She also took time to talk to a stall owner before returning to Malacañang to join the Lenten Week recollection that she and several members of her Cabinet, the Legislative branch and other government employees are holding at the San Miguel Pro-Cathedral, a stone’s throw away from Malacañang Palace.  (PIA-ZN)


OWWA Administrator named Acting Labor Chief

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed today Admi-nistrator Marianito Roque of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) as Acting Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

He takes the place of Secretary Arturo Brion, who was appointed by the President to the Supreme Court.

In a statement, Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman Ignacio R. Bunye said the President “has approved the announcement of the appointment of Marianito Roque as Acting Secretary of Labor.” Roque, who rose from the ranks at the OWWA, was responsible for a number of service improvements involving the special needs of more than eight million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) whose yearly remittances have been helping shore up the national economy.

Notable among these service improvements are repatriation of thousands of OFWs, including undocumented ones, from strife-torn host countries, and the transformation of the Philippine Postal Bank into an OFW Bank. The OFW Bank charges less service fees on OFW remittances than other banks. Roque also spear-headed the opening of the OWWA Hostel and Halfway Home for OFWs, the activation of the modern OFW e-card, and the educational and other scholarship trainings for the less fortunate and returning OFWs including their families.

Roque was one of the select group of young achievers recruited by the late Sen. Blas F. Ople to join his staff when he was named secretary of labor by then President Marcos. Among the other Ople protégées who made it to the labor department’s top post were Patricia Sto. Tomas, Ruben Torres and Brion, a 1974 bar topnotcher. (PIA-ZN)



Easter Sunday has come and gone, and I know many of us celebrated this big event in our Christian Life. Whenever Easter Sunday comes, I cannot help myself remember all my friends in Iligan City. Whew! That famous Timuga swimming pools in Linamon (Lanao del Norte)! Their water is cold and there’s no need for you to buy a chunk of ice or two to keep your bottles of beer chilly. I really miss that place because I and my friends in Iligan, once upon a time, celebrated our Easter Sundays there in Timuga.

But, what do we know about Easter? Why do we have to spend some of our money to celebrate it? Easter celebration is not without Biblical basis. The book of Luke tells us something. It says that early on Easter morning, several women who were among Jesus’ followers came to his tomb to anoint his body. They found that the great stone that sealed the entrance had been rolled away and that the tomb was empty. At that moment, according to Saint Luke, two angels appeared, saying: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!”

This momentous event, which was taken as proof of Christ’s divinity and signaled his triumph over death, sin, and evil, has since been celebrated on Easter Sunday. Easter is the central point in a long season of religious observances. It is preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of penitence and prayer observed by many Christians. Among Western churches, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the last day of Holy Week, which immediately precedes Easter Sunday. Its season lasts until Trinity Sunday, the eighth Sunday after Easter.

Nonetheless, in the Roman Catholic Church the most solemn Easter service is the vigil observed on the night of Holy Saturday. The vigil includes the blessing of the new fire, the procession of the paschal candle, scripture reading, and often baptisms. It is ended by a mass, in which the sacrifice of Christ is reenacted. Lent and Holy Week culminate in the observance of Easter Sunday. Since this is the most important and joyous feast day of the year, the services are appropriately elaborate. They are accompanied by the richest possible displays of vestments, ritual accessories, and flowers. In many places, sunrise services are held outdoors.

Easter, in Western Christianity,  is always celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox (one of two times of year when the Sun’s position makes day and night of equal length in all parts of the Earth. The vernal equinox usually occurs on March 20 or 21 and marks the beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere). Thus, for Western churches the earliest possible date of Easter is March 22 and the latest possible date is April 25. However, in Eastern (Orthodox) Christianity, Easter is celebrated on a Sunday between April 4 and May 8, usually following the date of Western Easter by a week or more. In some years the dates of Western Easter and Orthodox Easter coincide.

Easter, therefore, must be celebrated by all Christians, whether one follows the Western belief or the Orthodox. But, why? It is because Easter is an illustration of Christ’s victory over death. And it also symbolizes our own participation, as Christians, in His death and rebirth to a new life. But how are we going to celebrate our Easter today? Rooted in some ancient Western traditions, painting of eggs in bright colors with pretty designs is a popular Easter pastime that particularly delights children. Other customs include various Easter foods, the practice of wearing new clothes on Easter Sunday, and the traditional Easter egg hunts.

But for most of us Filipino, we celebrate its importance unconsciously and usually with heavy drinking as if we are very much worried why Christ has ever risen from His death! Ha…ha…ha… Agree?! Haaaaa…ha….ha… Don’t get mad at me, my friend! I am just exercising my right hand to write… I mean, my right to free expression!!! Haaaaa…ha…ha… Have fun!!! See you latta… (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.37)

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Lungsod sa Sibutad nagbangutan:

Mayor Benito Tolentino sa lungsod sa Sibutad ang namatay niadtung Biyernes, Marso 21, 2008 sa may alas 6:55 ang takna sa gabii sa edad nga 70 anyos human kini gi-atake sa iyang sakit sa cancer. Kini hikabsan sa iyang gininhawa samtang gitabang sa Zamboanga del Norte Cooperative Hospital sa Turno ning dakbayan sa Dipolog. Matud ni Engr. Jade Catubig, masamong ni Mayor Tolentino, ang iyang ugangan taudtaud nang naghambin sa iyang balatian apan niadtung Biyernes sa may mga alas 6:30 sa hapon ilang namatikdan nga luya na kaayo maoy hinungdan nga ilang gidala sa hospital dinhi sa Dipolog mintras maghulat sa

PGMA appoints Brion to the Supreme Court

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has appointed Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Arturo Brion as associate justice of the Supreme Court (SC).

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita made the announcement Monday during a break in the Lenten recollection he, together with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and several Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress and government employees, were attending at the San Miguel Pro-Cathedral, a stone’s throw away from Malacañang Palace. “Secretary Brion has been named as the new associate justice of Supreme Court. We already sent his (appointment) papers to Chief Justice Reynato Puno an hour ago,” Ermita said.

He said the appointment of Brion to the High Court was “long overdue.” Brion is a lawyer by training and experience, with years of hands on exposure in labor relations and, in his later years in the Department of Labor and Employment. Brion came to the Department academically prepared. He topped the Bar examinations of 1974 with a grade of 91.65 percent after finishing his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) at the Ateneo University as cum laude, class valedictorian, and recipient of the Ateneo’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.

He was born in Manila on Dec. 29, 1946 to Edon B. Brion (a retired trial court judge) and Laura S. Dizon. He grew up and undertook his primary, secondary and part of his tertiary studies in San Pablo City, formerly a mainly agricultural community 87 kilometers southwest of Manila. Life for him in San Pablo was uncomplicated and serene, and he carries his simple provincial ways even to this day. Brion will fill the vacancy created by the retirement last month of Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez. He was a justice in the Court of Appeals before he accepted the labor portfolio. He also worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs under his mentor, the late Secretary Blas F. Ople. (PIA-ZN)



By Ike Señeres

Believe it or not, there is a five in one solution that we solve the problems of hunger, poverty, unemployment, crime, and food security all at once. And believe it or not, the solution is not even new, because it has always been with us since the beginning of human history.

Agriculture is the solution that will solve all the five problems earlier mentioned. Agriculture will produce food for the hungry. The production and processing activities will create employment that will reduce the poverty. Higher employment and lesser scarcity will reduce crime and on top of all these, it will give us food security which is of the highest national interest.

Although agriculture by itself is not new, there are new organic farming methods that would now enable farmers to make more money from their time and resource investments. The long running problem ever since is that the high costs of farm inputs practically make it impossible for the farmers to make money in their small business.

Thanks to the efforts of Filipino Engineer Walther Alvarez, a technology has been invented that now enables our farmers to produce their own feeds and fertilizers at very low costs. This technology is now being promoted by Sama-Kabuhayan, the lead organization of the United National Integrated Development Alliance (UNIDA) for the agriculture sector.

As an added bonus, the feeds produced using the technology enables farm animals to reach market size faster, and also enables farm crops to yield more, aside from coming out as pure organic products. For a long time now, we as a people have been bewailing the fact that our Asian neighbors are producing more farm animals and farm crops than we do, even if they have practically learned their modern agriculture methods from us.

Thanks to this new technology, we now have a chance to catch up with our neighbors, to win the race of regional competitiveness, at the same time possibly winning our other wars against hunger, poverty, unemployment and crime, on top of our goal to ensure our food security. This technology is a treasure that has come to us like manna from heaven. We should not waste it, and we should make use of it like a blessing that come to our national life. Imagine the millions of our people who could have a better quality of life because of this blessing. (ESSAYS IN DEVELOPMENT SERIES- 24 March 2008)



Images of the recently concluded 2008 Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) meet held here in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the hosting region.



 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
The Strength of Character

Our subject for this issue is character.  In the original language the word character actually comes from the word statue, which means fixed, set, predictable.  It means never changing, stable and dependable.

People with position without character will find themselves in prison because of being dishonest.  Can we be trusted?  Are we the same in the day as we are in the night?  Statues or monuments, our character must be the same, they do not change even the winds and the storms of life come.  We will never lost our character.  They must be stable no matter what comes, even if something negative happens.  We must always stand strong.

True character is integrity.  The credibility of a man is his character.  If ever you lost your credibility, you lost the trust of the people around us.  if you want people to trust us, we must be stable, so that God can trust us with His power.  Some people will always say, trust me or you can trust.  But, the trust is, that we don’t need to ask people to trust us, trust is earned by accountability.  Just like buying a car, we want Chevrolet car, because of their advertisement which says, like a rock, you can but with confidence.  The stand on this slogan that’s why people is willing to buy even if the price is more than the other cars.

You know lots of people have titles, but title means nothing to God.  He has to be able to trust us before He will use us.  God gave Abraham a son and then He told Him, I want you to kill him.  God wanted to see if He could really trust Abraham.  Man looks at people if they have titles. Position, education and skills.  But God always asks do we have character?  Can we be trusted?  You can have a great position in life but do you have a good character.  Your public performance in life should never be separated from your private life.

Apostle Paul, say, if I can not live the message I preach, I myself become a cast away.  I am drifting in life without any direction.  Your private life has everything to do with your performance in your office.  What is your reputation, is it good or bad?  Your character protects your position.  In today’s society reputation has become more important than character.  What the world needs today are men with good character, those men who have nothing to hide.


Money and power cannot corrupt character but money and power can expose corrupt character.  Read in the Bible 1 Timothy 6:10. “For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil.” (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)


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TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
CLASS: Maria.


TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.


TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell “crocodile?”
TEACHER: No, that’s wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.


TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O.


TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t
have ten years ago.


TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.


TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with “I.”
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie..... Always say, “I am.”
MILLIE: All right... “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”


TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry> tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand .


TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.


TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It’s the same dog.


TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)



Dodoy is still a Lakas

I chanced upon Congressman Dodoy at Valdia in a dinner hosted by Brogs Dalman last Wednesday in honor of his son Rex who graduated in Bachelor of Science in Nursing in his second course. We happened to share the same table with Vice Mayor Senen and Boy Digal. He was in his jovial mood hence hard to catch on political issues. I pressed him about his present political affiliation and he answered me with his boyish grin: “I’m still with Lakas”. But his demeanor and body language seemed opposite to what he said. He wass very critical about corruption both in national and local government. He talked like a spokesman of the opposition.  He frowned upon negotiated contract. I supposed he is the only member of the House today who refused to accept SOP.


I remember an incident when he turned down a juicy offer of a private contractor. He just told him outright “Just participate in a public bidding; I assure you that it will be fair and square.”


At the rate Cong. Dodoy implements his project, he is losing friends from the construction industry. Because he doesn’t like “hawsiaw” projects, he earned the respect of the professionals and the well-meaning citizens. Dodoy may be a rare gem. But how long can he last?


A friend Mayor Benito Tolentino had joined his creator on March 21, 2008 at 7:30 in the evening. He is survived by his wife Lolit and a daughter. We were together as directors of the ZANECO board before he joined politics. With his death, I’m sure Sibutad will miss him a lot. I’ll miss a good friend too. Let us pray for the eternal rest of his soul.


May I share with you the following text message sent to me during the Lent. “The season of Lent reminds us that the life we have and the material possessions we hold are simply lent to us. We are but pilgrims here on earth who will pass by only once. We bring nothing when we die. But we can leave behind the love we’ve shared, the hope we have given and the goodness we have done”. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)


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Press Freedom Editorial
The Resurrection

Today the whole Christian world celebrates the Resurrection, the rising of Christ from the dead after crucifixion.

In the layman’s language, we are celebrating “Pasko sa Pagkabanhaw” and generally Christians go to the beaches (or places where there are bodies of water) to celebrate the occasion.

It could have been a tradition handed down to us from generation to generation without even wondering why we take to the waters during Easter.

We always troop to where the water is. With the water’s cleansing characteristics, it is hoped that it could melt away anything that cling hard to our skin-be they visible or not.

It could be the quest for material wealth that leads many of our government officials to dip their hands into the pockets of the people. Or to step on someone’s rights just to race to where the haves are.

It could be the urge to molest others, physically or emotionally, be they women, children or the impoverished. It could be the greed for power.

It could be hatred, jealousy, pride, immaturity, vindictiveness and the like.

It could be anything that inflicts hurt to others and the environment.

As we splash into the water and leave the filth in it, we hope we also resurrect ourselves into some kind of renewed individuals and rise from the ashes of our old selves. Happy Easter! (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 23)


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





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