May 5, 2008


Dump truck vs. passenger bus
Road mishap leaves 2 dead, 14 injured

Neither of the drivers of the mini dump truck and the passenger bus could have possibly though that it could be their fatal morning last April 30 this year. The Dapitan PNP disclosed that the two vehicles rammed into each other at Barangay Burgos, Dapitan killing both drivers and injuring 14 others.

Police identified the mini dump truck driver as Camilo Balladares who reportedly died on the spot and the bus driver as Salvador Obnimaga who was declared dead upon his arrival at the hospital. In its initial investigation, the police found that the dump truck was bound for Ozamiz while the passenger bus was on its way to Dipolog. However, reports said, upon arriving the accident area, the passenger bus overtook a motorcab.  It was too late for the bus driver to elude the speeding mini dump truck coming towards him.  The two vehicles collided shortly.

Police identified some of the injured as Peferia Lezarte, Emma Balagot, Rollie Paghasian, Perla Bancal, Jojie Bancal, Peperio Ondong, Iluminada Cuenca, Silvestre Maga, Jevy Boy Hepitulan, Felicidad Balingit, Wilson Baco, Romeo Dizon and Edilberto Perio-perio. Some of them were immediately brought to Dapitan and Dipolog Hospitals. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)

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 PC Authority: plant under coco trees

The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) recently advised coco farmers to utilize the land areas available under the coconut trees not only to earn more but also to affect more coco harvest.

PCA officer Ralph Hamoy offered a big possibility to improve the coco farmer’s earnings as certain kinds of crops can grow under the coconut trees at the same time increasing the coco harvest as land tilling brings about fertility in the soil. It was observed that in Zamboanga del Norte, only very few farmers indulge in planting under the coco trees, but left the vacant spaces unused.

The Philippine Coconut Authority advised coco farmers to plant certain kinds of crops under the coconut trees at the same time increasing the coco harvest as land tilling brings about fertility in the soil.

It was observed further that there has been a sharp drop in the coco production in the province lately. In fact, from the first coco producer in the country before, the province has already settled to rank 4. It was learned that coco farmers nowadays have already lamented over the drop in their harvest which could not only be attributed to the cutting of trees for lumber use but also to the inability of the trees to really fruit as much as they could.

Mr. Hamoy invited all interested farmers to visit PCA; office so that they could be advised how they could have more harvest. However, he stressed that planting other crops under the trees is really an effective way of increasing their nuts. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)



Some 102,000 local and international jobs are up for grabs now as the Department of Labor (DOLE) launches 100 GMA Job Center Kiosks nationwide in celebration of Labor Day.

With the theme “Manggagawang Pinoy: Kasangga sa Pagsulong ng Kaunlaran,” the DOLE said the “simultaneous Jobs Fair will be conducted on May 1, 2008 in all regions (with) a projected 102,000 job vacancies (local and overseas)… available to the job seekers.”

“The GMA Jobs Center Kiosks will be officially launched nationwide with 100 kiosks available in key areas such as malls, LGUs (local government units) and DOLE regional offices,” according to the DOLE. Ten of the 100 GMA job kiosks are located at the World Trade Center (WTC) at the Cultural Center Complex in Pasay City, where “an estimated 30,000 job vacancies (local and overseas) will be available” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (May 1).

Some 70 local companies and 38 overseas recruitment agencies are participating at the WTC’s Hall A, with pre-employment documentation services provided by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the National Statistics Office (NSO), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the Social Services System (SSS), Pag-ibig Fund, PhilHealth and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Some 20 beneficiaries and ‘Accredited Co-Partners and Rural Workers Associations’ under the DOLE Poverty Free Zone (PFZ) Program are also showcasing their products such as curtains and bed sheets, RTW (ready-to-wear clothes), bakery products, peanut butter, woven products, rice crackers and squash noodles. Also, the DOLE is awarding a total of P23.5 million in livelihood grants “in selected regions” that will benefit 8,455 workers in both the formal and informal sector. Of the P23.5-million Labor Day livelihood fund, P9.8 million will be granted to organized workers in the formal sector that will benefit 5,939 workers; while P13.7 million will be awarded to informal sector workers with 2,516 beneficiaries.

Also in various malls nationwide will be a ‘Labor Day Sale’ starting May 1, 2008, in cooperation with the Philippine Retailers Association, and with the following participating retailers, among others: Centropell, 128 Dream Fountain Corp., Kamera World, Miladay Jewels, Adidas Philippines, Festival Supermall, Shangri-la Mall, Robinson’s, and Shoemart. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.43)



Cagayan de Oro City—The Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH), one of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s major legacy projects, is up for expansion next year.

This was revealed by Transportation Undersecretary Maria Elena Bautista during the last day of the three-day 2nd roll-on/roll-off caravan that launched the completion of the SRNH with the test-run of one of the major ro-ro routes—the Central Nautical Highway. Bautista said the expansion of the SRNH would focus on the east-west lateral connections so as to realize the President’s vision of a seamless transport system.

This would entail networks of roads, bridges and ports that would link the Eastern Nautical Highway to the Western Nautical Highway. To realize this goal, Bautista said based on the workplan of the department for the SRNH for this year until the end of the President’s term in 2010, they have identified 15 RORO port projects for development, upgrading or rehabilitation.

These include the ports of Caticlan in Aklan, Dumangas in Iloilo, San Antonio in Sorsogon, Esperanza in Masbate, Daanbantayan in Cebu, Naval in Biliran, Toledo in Cebu, Getate in Bohol, Tabuelan in Cebu, Bogo in Cebu, Balud in Masbate, Taytay in Palawan, Ajuy in Iloilo, Ubay in Bohol and Eagano in Cebu. Moreover, Bautista said there is also a need to declare as national roads all roads that form part of the SNRH network.

As such, the national government shall fund the construction, maintenance and upgrading of these roads that are part of the SRNH network, especially the ‘’missing links’’ and new connections. (PIA-ZN)


Gen. Alexander Yano to be installed as new AFP Chief

Lt. General Alexander Yano will officially sit as the new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, on May 12, 2008.

This was recently confirmed by General Yano himself on May 2 during the 72nd anniversary of the 1st Tabak Division, Philippine Army at Pulakan, Pagadian City. During the said celebration, he declared he would still be responsible for suppressing insurgency in the country but refused to disclose his thrust considering that he has not yet been officially installed.

Lt. General Alexander Yano
New AFP Chief of Staff

It was learned that during his installation, all officials of Zamboanga del Norte will be attending to show their full support to him. Lt. Gen. Yano has been a native of Disud, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte and had his basic education in Dipolog City.

He replaced Gen. Hermogenes Esperon who had recently retired. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)


National BSP president challenges local councils


Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, national president of Boy Scouts of the Philippines recently called upon the local BSP councils in the country to look for means in order to launch different activities.

He challenged the local BSP officials during the Regional Executive Committee Meeting held in Oroquieta recently. Noting that local councils had not really been active for sometime now, the mayor asked them to take initiative in raising funds in order to launch different programs and projects.

However, he advised them to make a feasibility study first before launching any undertaking. Taking the Cagayan Boy Scout Council as example, the BSP President disclosed that LGU-Makati became the guarantor in its recent loan from Land Bank of the Philippines. “I promise to help if you have some plans of making a loan from a financial institution which you will need for your project,” Mayor Binay assured.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, national president of Boy Scouts of the Philippines recently called upon the local BSP councils in the country to take initiative in raising funds in order to launch different programs and projects.

Taking up the mayor’s challenge, Gov. Rolando Yebes, chairman of Western Mindanao Regional Boy Scout Council, recently disclosed that he could seek loan from LBP for the construction of dormitory as well as Headquarters of the BSP in the province. “I’m sure the dormitory could be a good income-generating project,” the governor explained. Meanwhile, the Western Min. Regional BSP Council recently climbed to the 4th rank in the entire country.

Disclosing it before the executive committee meeting, Gov. Yebes pointed out there had been a sharp increase in the BSP membership in 2007 which totaled to 92,783 compared to the 2006 record of 86,984 members only. Although DepEd had strictly implemented DepEd Order No. 19, which imposed the “No Collection Policy,” the provincial governor stressed that this is not a hindrance to strengthen the Boy Scout movement.

It was learned that BSP fees cannot be collected forcibly from grade school pupils and secondary students. But payments became optional which means it solely depends on the discretion of the parents to pay BSP fee or not. The National President of the Boy Scout of the Philippines Jijomar Binay together with Gov. Rolando Yebes the Western Mindanao Regional Chairman. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)



President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has served notice to both rice hoarders and law enforcers that she will not settle for less than a “jail-the-culprits” drive against saboteurs of the country’s rice supply.

This appeared to be the unspoken message that the President wanted to put across to both rice hoarders and members of the joint task force composed of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the National Food Authority (NFA) investigating rice-hoarding cases.

From the Villamor Air Base in Paranaque — where her plane landed yesterday at the end of her four-day trip down South for the launching of the Central Nautical Highway (CNH) of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway(SRNH) — the President went straight to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Padre Faura St., Malate, Manila to look into the status of cases of rice hoarding being investigated by the joint probe team.

Late last month, the President had directed the NBI and the DOJ to assist the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) in the “investigation of hoarders and price manipulators of rice.” The presidential directive led to the creation of the Joint NBI-NFA Task Force on Anti-Rice Hoarders, with the specific task of unmasking rice hoarders and filing the appropriate charges against the suspects.

Aside from the joint NBI-NFA task force, the DOJ also created its own Anti-Rice Hoarding Task Force (ARHTF) to “adopt prompt, expeditious and urgent measures to stop and prevent rice hoarding and related crimes as these are considered pernicious acts of economic sabotage.” The ARHTF was formed to “handle proceedings on inquest, preliminary investigation and prosecution of all cases relating to unlawful acts or omissions inimical to the preservation and protection of the country’s rice supply under Section 29 of Presidential Decree No. 4,” which provides for the “development of the rice and corn industry.”

But despite the President’s personal push, the joint probe team has filed thus far only 22 charges and arrested only three suspected rice hoarders. On the other hand, as of April 29, the ARHTF “has filed five complaints involving 18 individuals, (where) two complaints submitted for inquest have already been resolved on the same day, and three complaints are now pending preliminary investigation,” according to an ARHTF memorandum to DOJ Secretary Raul Gonzales.

President Arroyo told the DOJ that she would be returning to the DOJ tomorrow (Friday, May 2), a mere two days after her April 30 visit, to again see for herself if any progress has been made in the investigation of the anti-hoarding cases. (PIA-ZN)


Don Victoriano, Mis. Occ. daghang bugas pero mahal

Lungsod sa Don Victoriano, sakop sa Misamis Occidental wala mag-problema sa pagkaon gumikan kay bastante sila sa ka-abunda sa supply sa bugas, ang problema nga gika-angalan sa mga katawhan ang hilabehang kataas sa iyang presyo.

Si Mayor Anabele Hamoy, tag-iya sa kanhe nasikat nga Golden Pot Restaurant dinhi sa dakbayan sa Dipolog ug mao karon ang mayora sa lungsod sa Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental sa exclusive interview sa DXFL Headline Balita didto sa Dipolog Chinese Cuisine mibutyag nga ang iyang lungsod dili problema ang bugas kay bastante kini sa iyang supply, ang problema mao ang kamahal sa presyo.

Matud ni Mayor Anabele Hamoy, ang iyang lungsod sa Don Victoriano, maoy pinakalayo ug pinaka-sook nga municipyo sa probinsya sa Misamis Occidental, ang mga katawhan wala makatilaw sa baratong presyo sa NFA rice gumikan kay walay rice traders mosukol pagkompra sa bugas gikan sa NFA tungod sa dakong gasto sa transportasyon. Kon duna may namaligya ug NFA rice, kini gipareha na sa presyo sa commercial rice tungod kay gipatong sa mga negosyante ang ilang transportation cost gikan sa bodega sa NFA paingon sa iyang lungsod.

Ka-abunda sa supply sa bugas, ang problema hilabehang kataas sa presyo niini.

Sumala pa ni Mayor Hamoy, lisud kaayo ang dalan paingon sa iyang lungsod sa Don Victoriano busa ang mga rice traders nga maoy gisaligan sa LGU misibog sa pag-kompra ug NFA rice kay gawas nga control na daan ang presyo, madak-an sila sa trucking. Tungod niini, gilaraw karon ni Mayor Anabele Hamoy nga ang kagamhanang lokal motabang sa pagtransportar sa NFA rice gikan sa bodega paingon na sa iyang lungsod sa Don Victoriano aron ang mga katawhan matagamtam ug baratong presyo sa bugas gikan sa National Food Authority.

Sa samang bahin aminado si Mayor Anable Luna nga maglisud siya karon nga mapanindot ug mabuslot ang dalan nga magkonektar sa Zamboanga del Norte paingon sa iyang lungsod sa Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental gumikan kay ang porsyon nga agian niini deklarado man nga watersheed area. Gawas pa, nag-agad lang sila sa tabang gikan sa nasudnong kagamhanan kay wala silay igong pundo sa lokal para mamintinar ang dalan.

Ang iyang gipangayo karon sa malakanyang ang pagpanindot sa dalan gikan sa Bonifacio paingon sa Don Victoriano. Iyang gikalipay nga siya ray mayor sa Misamis Occidental nga nakapangayo ug pito ka presidential bridge nga karon napahimudsan na sa mga katawhan. Si Mayor Anabele Hamoy nga ‘unopposed’ sa iyang kadaugan sa miaging eleksiyon kay walay mikontra miangkon nga lisud kaayo ang dalan paingon sa Don Victoriano kay mao kini ang pinakatumoy nga lungsod sa probinsya sa Misamis Occidental.

Matud niya sa miaging eleksiyon, wala na unta siyay plano pa nga mobalik ug lansar pagka mayor, apan ang mga katawhan na mismo maoy mihangyo kaniya nga magpasubli pag-usab hinungdan nga karon sa iyang ikaduhang termino maoy iyang gipaningkamotan nga mapaabot sa mga katawhan ang serbisyo sa mga programa sa health, education ug agriculture. Sumala pa niya ang iyang gihimo karon ang pagpahigayon ug medical outreach mission sa matag barangay aron mapaabot gayud ang serbisyo alang sa maayong panglawas sa mga katawhan. Gani karong bag-o mihimo sila ug medical mission sa Barangay Mansawan inubanan sa mga doktor gikan sa probinsya, DOH ug militar nga mitabang kaniya. Kining serbisyo nga iyang gihimo maoy sukle sa mga katawhan nga mibulig kaniya sa miaging eleksiyon. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)



Sibuco regains peace, holds mini-hudyaka

After the January 30, 2008 bloody encounter between the Sibuco PNP and armed rebels which even led to the wounding of its PNP Chief, Sibuco is now taking pride of its very peaceful community. Contrary to its earlier negative label as “no man’s land”, Mayor Norbe Edding declared that his municipality has been working hard to bring back peace and order at all cost.

To show that he was serious in his peace and order drive, the municipality celebrated its 49th Founding Anniversary with mini Hudyaka activities.  For the first time, the municipality had also organized a Search for Miss Sibuco. The municipal mayor disclosed that they have now strictly observed the cease-fire agreement so they have stopped fielding armed men, instead sent emissary to invite the armed group to celebrate with them peacefully. “I have observed the continued diplomacy with the rebels to let peace reign over the entire municipality,” the mayor disclosed.

Moreover, he also pointed to PGMA’s coastal road project passing Sibuco to Sirawai and to Zamboanga as a great contributory factor to the cultivation of peace in the area again. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)


Wife’s lover hacks husband to death

It appeared like any fictitious story, many thought when a wife’s lover mercilessly hacked the husband to death in her presence.

Sindangan police identified the victim as Romulo Andap, 53, a resident of Sitio La Baloran of Barangay Imelda, Sindangan, Z.N. and the suspect as Magno Bagsican, 18, of the same barangay. Police investigators disclosed that Andap was killed on March 13, 2008 yet but was secretly buried by the suspect and his father Rodrigo Bagsican, 52 in the bushy area of the barangay.

It was learned that the victim’s brother, Gaudencio was worried over the disappearance of Romulo, so he organized a search party among his relatives to look for him. Police disclosed that Gaudencio located the decaying corpse of Romulo April 24 after more than a month of search. When the husband’s body was found, the wife identified by investigators as Marcelina Andap, 39, suddenly disappeared.

The victim’s brother disclosed that he had really suspected Magno to have harmed his brother after he had earlier confessed to him that he had seen Magno and his wife engaged in passionate embrace one December day. Lately however, Marcelina turned up and voluntarily surrendered to the Sindangan police. She confessed before the police investigators that she saw Magno hacked her husband to death, wounding him in all parts of his body and even nearly beheading him. It was also learned that she did nothing to stop her lover from killing her husband since it was their plan to get rid of him so that they could live together freely.

The duo was detained at the Sindangan detention center as parricide was prepared against Marcelina and murder case against Magno. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)


RTMI donates used bus housings

To help the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte in its drive in increasing growth in the fishery industry, the Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. recently donated seven used bus bodies.

Dipolog RTMI branch manager Anselmo Ambos, Jr. handed over the said materials to Gov. Rolando Yebes, Provincial Tourism Officer Atty. Ivan Patrick Ang and OIC-Provincial Information Officer Jay Adraincem. Gov. Yebes received the used car bodies hoping to convert them into fish sanctuary, which he planned to establish in the three districts of the province.

He disclosed that these materials shall be established in areas in the sea where the fishes can live and breed. “They’re also hoped to protect the fish habitat from illegal fishers, especially the purse seiners who always ravage our seas,” he explained.

It can be recalled that the provincial governor had recently personally met Ricardo Yanson, RTMI owner during his recent visit to the province together with prominent businessmen from Bacolod and Negros. “I then took the opportunity to tell him of my plan to develop a fish sanctuary out of junk bus bodies and I’m happy of his support,” the governor said. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)


She is prepared

Cops warned against sleeping on the job. Others like Rip Van Winkle had overslept for 20 years that when he woke up, he already had his pension.


Some city hall carrier officials have kind words for our mayora. “Mas OK siya,” they chorus. She calls regular meeting among chiefs of office and she listens a lot. She easily absorbs what we discussed.

That’s understandable. That is why it is wiser to vote for an academically prepared candidate.


A newscaster says Magnolia basketball team was cold when it lost to Welcoat last April 30.

When did Magnolia Ice Cream become hot? An ice cream is always cold.


Press freedom declines worldwide, say U.S. researchers. But our Press Freedom increases in circulation.


Our country is a country of short. We not only have a short president, but also a shortage of rice.

We have a shortage of lawyers too, according to latest survey. The court is now feeling the pinch.

Accordingly, lawyers used to be the ones waiting for the judges so that trial could start. But recently the situation is reversed and in some areas judges in municipal courts have to wait for parties’ counsels because the lawyers are scare and come from distant places.

To date, only 70% of our court judges are filled, the remaining 30% is vacant due to lack of qualified applicant lawyers.


In one year time, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) spent P1 billion for consultancy fee. Ang DARapal talaga!


GMA to bribe P15,000 per annum to indigent families in Metro Manila. She calls it stipend or Ahon sa Pamilyang Pinoy.

If she can bribe congressmen, governors and mayors, she can repeat it to the indigents.


Good News: 8,580 new teachers pass licensure examinations.

Bad News:   They cannot be employed. No Vacancy.


Transport groups to get NFA rice. To transport them to big time rice hoarders.


RP on UN ‘shame list’ of media killings. We have been there ever since.


Cheap Medicine bill to bring down prices. It’s a cheap story.


Confucius says: A man can win many friends if he uses his ears more than his tongue. But he can win more women if he uses more of his tongue than his ears. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)


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Lisud gyod kung ang asawa makakita nag laing ikadulog panahon sa gabiing matugnaw, tungod kay ang bana gawas nga ma-etchapwera, maminteryo pa! Mao kini ang nahitabo sa usa ka Romulo Matando y Andap, 53 anyos, minyo ug molopyo sa sitio La Baloran, sakop sa Brgy. Imelda sa lungsod sa Sindangan nga matud pa, gipatay sa hinigugma kon kabit sa iyang asawa nga si Magno Bagsican, 18 anyos ulitawo ug molopyo sa susamang barangay.

Lone Mindanaon joins volunteer probation aide training in Tokyo

Assisting offenders to restore trust from the community where they live and having the commitment to help them is what made Mr. Margarito P. Pacilan a volunteer probation aide (VPA) for 8 years. He was the only Mindanaon out of the the twelve participants who underwent an extensive training on Revitalization of Parole and Probation Administration in Volunteer Aid Program.

Known to be a civic, religious and cooperative specialist, Pacilan who hails from Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte was privilaged to join the 13-day training in Tokyo Japan last April 13-26, 2008. The training was coupled with "hands on" and educational tour on Japan's success stories relative to the volunteer probation program, Pacilan disclosed.

As one of the volunteers,we monitor the actuations and conduct of the parolees, pardonees and probationers as well as guide and provide them with ways and services that will help the offenders, the victims and the community find healing from the pain and harm as a result of their crimes, Pacilan further said.

The Volunteer Aide Program was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA) and was hosted by the United Nations Asia & Far East Institute (UNAFEI) and was adopted in the province of Zamboanga del Norte in 2000. Being a VPA is an opportunity to serve the offenders in society and a way of doing one’s share of crime prevention in the community, Pacilan quips. (Southpoint, Vol.1No.18)


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My Best Foot
By: Engr. Ric Tenorio

Kinks and Snarls

Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Northern Samar, Masbate and Basilan top the list as the poorest provinces in the country, according to the Poverty Map 2007 prepared by Peace and Equity Foundation.

Really?  Gov. Lando Yebes should be informed about this.


Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral said that the nation government had allocated 5 billion pesos this year to fund a P500 monthly stipend for the country’s poorest families.

I smell something fishy about this.  With that whopping amount and at this time when the ZTE Broadband deal was aborted, the craving and greed of those in the know remain unabated.


The Mekong-5, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam have bonded together to form a rice price-fixing Cartel called the organization of Rice Exporting Countries (OREC).

Since the Philippines is importing rice, it should form the Organization of Rice importing Countries (ORIC) instead.  Yaks!


The government is buying “Scanners” to check the authenticity of Rice Access Cards issued to the poor to buy NFA cheap rice.

What?  A poor man found cheating for a kilo of rice will go to jail, while someone up there has been cheating the people of billions and still going scot-free.  Que horror!


Many are wondering why until now the new hospital of Lando si not yet operating in full gear?

Apparently the hospital’s Administrator will not allow some kinks and snarls untangled.  Patience my friend, is the best antidote of boredom.


Recently, GMA was asked about the most ballyhooed Cabinet revamp.  With a faint smile she said “S-e-c-r-e-t” . . . .

Even from the highest official of the land, TRUTH is so illusive. My-my-my,  What’s happening to us?


By the time this paper hit the streets, the Santa Cruz Fiesta is already “Liwas”.  So my belated greetings to the people of Punta Corro for celebrating the Annual Fiest of Santa Cruz.


Dead among listed recipients of Rice Access Cards (PDI April 28).

So what’s the big fuss?  In this country even the dead can vote.


The untimely demise of Former Vice Governor Eduardito “Guy” Pacatang is a great lose to the family, kin and friends.  Guy was an advocate of Press Freedom.  His profound respect of the law, “Know the law and the Law will protect you.”  Will long be remembered. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)


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 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
A Commitment To Forgive!

Forgiveness makes us recognize that others have hurt us, but it also makes us see that others are more important to us than the hurt they inflict. Therefore, we can choose not to retaliate or to refrain from hurting our attackers in the way that they hurt us. Instead, we can say, you hurt me, but I choose to forgive you. I will forget all your offenses. Why do it that way? Because we are called to forgive as the Lord has forgiven us. Read Colossians 3: 13, It says, You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offend you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

I believe that forgiveness carries with it three big responsibilities. Its First responsibility is the commitment not to resurrect the sins we already forgave. After we choose to understand the people who emotionally cut our heart or throat, after we discuss with them our hurt, after we say, I’ll forget all your offenses, we are responsible to bury those offenses for good. The Second Responsibility of Forgiveness is the Commitment not to demand that people never hurt or harm us again. Forgiveness cannot demand from them that they not hurt us again. True forgiveness forgets offenses without conditions. In Matthew 18: 21, says, Then Peter came to Him, and asked, Lord, how often should I forgive someone, who sins against me, seven times V-21, No, Jesus replied, Seventy Times Seven.

The Third Responsibility, of forgiveness is the commitment to still graciously relate with the recipients of our forgiveness. Let’s not fall into the trap of saying that we forgive people, but we will never talk to them again. That is the worst way to resolve a conflict. Forgiveness requires us to resume the strained relationships and to stop punishing people by ignoring them as if they don’t exist.

Bible Bites!!

Jesus, permitted others to correct their mistakes, everybody makes mistakes, everybody mistakes are correctible. Learn to forgive others. Give them a choice. In Jeremiah 31: 34, says, For everyone, from the least to the greatest will already know me, says the Lord, and I will forgive their wickedness and will never again remember their sins. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)


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Fish shortage?! Is it believable?

The idea of Board Member Jun Cabigon of buying rice from the National Food Authority (NFA, for brevity) out of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s Project Identification Fund to be sold to the constituents of the province’s barangays is praiseworthy. They are hungry and seldom eat good quality of rice, especially now that the price of rice goes up kilometrically. However, his good intention is not without many buts and what ifs as there are a lot of relative legal questions that need to be answered. Can a PIF, which is carved out from the 20% Economic Development Fund intended to fund any economic development related or associated projects, be legally used to finance non-economic development related or associated project like the BM Cabigon’s proposed rice-buying-rice-selling “project” where NFA rice are to be bought and sold to its rice-needing constituents, especially in the hinter barangays of the province, at a cheaper price a kilo? In short, is this proposed Cabigon’s “project” well clothed with the linen of economic development to justify the spending of the SP’s PIF in buying and selling rice to our poor constituents? Good, if it is! What if, it is not?!


Well, there a lot of ways of killing a cat, so to speak! To be safe, one should make ways to link the PIF to a project which is mantled with economic development purpose. One of these many ways, I propose (albeit, this is unsolicited), is to empower our barangays through economic enterprise, like buying and selling rice. A PIF should be channeled to barangays through their respective council to fund this particular economic activity. Putting an economic enterprise activity to a barangay government, with the end-view of economically empowering the same, should be the primary objective of a PIF spending. This now puts a justifiable and legal link between a PIF, which is part of an economic development fund, and such proposed economic development activity of a barangay. And I think, this is a lot safer mode. What do you think gentlemen in the SP?

We know that Bro. Jun Cabigon’s intention is noble. But if such intention is muddled by some doubts as to its legality (as what BM Felix Bolando implied), then everybody in the SP may pull back its position and re-think the whole thing for a while. No matter how noble is one’s intention, but if it is legally questionable, we will just be putting more risks to their actors. Agree?


Fish shortage? Who said so?

According to the World Fish Center, the Philippine’s fish resources is depleting. It says that in 1980’s, the average volume of fish catch of a Filipino fisherman is 8 kilos; in 1990’s, 5 kilos; and in 2000’s, 2 kilos! Why? It points its finger to the country’s rapid population growth coupled with the failure of our government to institute necessary measures to develop and expand our fisheries industry as the culprits.

However, such sweeping observation was quickly rejected by no less than Atty. Malcolm I. Sarmiento, Jr, Director of the Philippine’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR, for brevity) saying that the country has a lot of fish and, in fact, it got some surplus in the volume of fish produced last year.

Well, I am a little bit confused of whom to believe. But one thing that interests me most is the declaration of BFAR of its plan or intention to focus more on the development of our aquaculture (fresh and brackish water fish culture). I remember well that I have made a project proposal (entitled: Punong sa Bukid or PUNO BUKID) which was approved and endorsed by Governor Rolando E. Yebes to Sangguniang Panlalawigan for PIF funding by the SP members. As it has not yet been acted by the SP ‘til this writing, I think this is an opportune time also for me to submit a similar proposal to the BFAR for their funding consideration.

The PUNO BUKID I was saying is a project proposal which primarily aims at empowering our barangays, especially in the hinterland, with sources of fresh water, and to bring into being fish sufficiency in these hinter barangays. What’s the project’s modus operandi? Well, a beneficiary barangay shall establish their fish ponds; the provincial government (through its Special Project Unit) to extend technical services, including marketing assistance; and the BFAR to defray the cost of initial stock of catfish fingerlings from the provincial government’s catfish hatchery for the latter to have an income.  The barangay government, through its council, shall sell their produce (catfish) at cheaper, affordable price to their constituents. And having now their income out of their catfish production, this time they will have to buy catfish fingerlings from the provincial hatchery in cash. This is an economic concept called pump-priming. And this is a win-win solution to our problem of fish shortage (if there is any) and a long lasting answer to people’s dire hunger! (Southpoint, Vol.1No.18)






In proposing a charter change to establish a federal system of government in our country, Senator Nene Pimentel correct-ly observes that in our present presidential form, some “tribes” in our country are not represented especially in our legislative and executive branches in our government. More of the government representatives are coming from Luzon, and less from Mindanao. In other words, there exists presently an imbalance in so far as representation is concerned.

Sen. Pimentel argues that to minimize centralization of power and authority, federalization must be established. Federalism, accordingly, will provide for an equal political, social and economic representations and opportunities to all “tribes”.  In the federal form of government he proposed, federal states will be created to be headed by a federal governor. Under him/her are the provincial governors within the federal territory of his/her federal state. Here, a federal state is responsible for making its own federal laws, establishing its own social capitals like roads and bridges and can propel its own economy.

But, what is this federalism all about? Federalism, also referred to as federal government, is a national or international political system in which two levels of government control the same territory and citizens. Countries with federal political systems have both a central government and governments based in smaller political units, usually called states, provinces, or territories. These smaller political units surrender some of their political power to the central government, relying on it to act for the common good.

In a federal system, laws are made both by state, provincial, or territorial govern-ments and by a central government. In the United States, for example, people who live in the state of Ohio must obey the laws made by the Ohio legislature and the Congress of the United States. In Canada, residents of the province of Québec follow the laws made by Québec’s legislature and those made by the Canadian parliament.

Federal political systems divide power and resources between central and regional governments. The balance of power between the two levels of government varies from country to country, but most federal systems grant substantial autonomy to state or provincial governments. Central governments decide issues that concern the whole country, such as organizing an army, building major roads, and making treaties with other countries. Federalism varies in practice, however, and in some countries with federal systems the central government plays a large role in community planning, schools, and other local issues.

Sen. Nene Pimentel’s proposal to devolve certain functions and power from the central to the local government unit as portrayed in his Local Government Code of 1991 met certain success and effected many benefits to our LGUs and its people. And the charter change Sen. Nene Pimentel proposes in order to establish a federal system of government in our country deserves a second look as this may be the ultimate solution to the country’s growing socio-economic and political problems. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.43)


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Press Freedom Editorial
Hail to the Mayora

Before Mayor Evelyn Uy sat as city mayor of Dipolog, many doubted her power to rule the city.  Many feared it could be hubby Berto who would be deciding on her behalf considering her experience and exposure and worst, her gender.

But her recent willful move of clearing the sidewalk and setbacks in major city streets of vendors, peddlers, show/watch repairers and all, reveals an iron hand who could gracefully but powerfully rule a city like Dipolog.

For all these years, no gentleman mayor has ever had the guts to take such drastic action for fear of losing greater bulk of electorates. Contrary to “no vote, ibot,” after-election byword, the lady mayor uprooted anyone, supporters or not, relatives or not, friends and foes.

Unlike her predecessors, she had ordered with a stern voice, perhaps with a clinched fist to drive them away. Although this could have placed her re-election bid in jeopardy, she went ahead not minding the hundreds of voters who would surely frown at her bid for another term.

Good job.  But these are our suggestions:

If it was meant for good, the Office of Building Official should get back to the streets they have been into and check if the vendors and setback violators have not gone back to their old place of business and trade.

If they have, they should be dealt with accordingly.

If City Hall meant business, it would also raise its cudgels upon vehicles illegally parked in city streets day or night, be they owned by other government officials, business associates, relatives or friends.

And if it really wanted to clear away eye -sores littering the city streets it could as well keep the beggars away who painfully moan for money.

This could take some time, we know. But if Mayor Belen is really bent on pushing ahead regardless of who are affected, and keeps the interest of the city in mind over her own selfish interests, she could possibly be the change. And it could be the change that makes a difference in this side of the world. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 29)


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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