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November 1, 2007


Gov.Yebes: No cash pay-offs

After Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio and Bulacan Governor Joselito Mendoza admitted that they indeed received P500,000 each during a breakfast meeting with President Gloria M. Arroyo on October 11, 29 governors, including ZaNorte’s Gov. Rolando Yebes denied having received such cash gifts reportedly distributed by Malacañang.

In a paid advertisement published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the members of the League of Provinces of the Philippines claimed they had never received such gift and instead called upon their fellow officials to end this political fracas. The governor disclosed that he was angry when he learned Gov. Panlilio was given P500T.  He admitted that leaders from Mindanao have always been left out in terms of “dole outs.” Although he was present during the reported giving of paper bags which contained P500T, he denied reports that he also received the controversial bag, reportedly distributed by PGMA’s men at Malacañang

Governor Rolando Yebes made it clear that they did not receive any form of money during the League of Provinces’ Capability Building meeting held at the Malacañang recently.

Recently, however, the League admitted that the money came from LPP and such money was given to first-term governors for their “capability building.” LPP spokesman Palawan Governor Joel Reyes admitted that the money was part of the P21M LPP fund which was contributions of the LPP members. He admitted though that the venue of the giving was a wrong place, sending everybody to think that it was a Malacañang bribe” money.”

Even LPP Secretary-General Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone blamed the secretariat for the lapse of distributing it in Malacañang, but denied “string attached” to its distribution. With the noise that the gift had generated upon the whole nation, the LPP had called upon Governors Panlilio and Mendoza to return the money to the league if they have no use for it. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)

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 COA readies case vs. Barangay Punta

In an Audit Observation Memorandum dated August 9, 2007, Dipolog City State Auditor Manuel Urquiaga questioned Barangay Captain Armando Drilon about the purchase of office equipment, which was inconsistent with the description reflected in the Purchase Order. The State Auditor alleged that this was a clear violation of standard procedures observed by the Commission on Audit.

The barangay records showed that the barangay purchased computers amounting to P62,207.00 from SECC Computer Sales, Dipolog City for use at the Sangguniang Kabataan office. However, COA alleged, said purchased items did not match the description found in the Purchase Request, Purchase Order, product warranty, brochure and the sales invoice. Moreover, the commission discovered that the collector of Barangay Punta Water System did not issue cash tickets to the barangay consumers.

The Commission on Audit through Dipolog City State Auditor Manuel Urquiaga recommended that Barangay Punta with its Officials should strictly follow the procurement process outlined by the provisions of Republic Act 9184 which led to the creation of an investigating body to probe into the irregularities committed by the barangay officials who have clearly violated the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and other auditing laws.

The commission called the attention of the barangay treasurer identi

fied by the commission as Luzvilla Pacio. In its report, COA recommended that the barangay Bids and Awards Committee should strictly follow the procurement process outlined by the provisions of Republic Act 9184. It also recommended the creation of an investigating body to probe into the irregularities committed by the barangay officials who have clearly violated the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and other auditing laws.

As regards the barangay treasury’s case, State Auditor Urquiaga stressed that the barangay treasurer could have issued receipts and collections should have been deposited in the barangay depository account. The collection, the auditor pointed out, could not have been spent on anything the barangay could think of. The office also found that collections took six months in the possession of collector Albello Padayhag and were never deposited. It was learned that he was the only collecting agent among the five collectors who violated the schedule of monthly remittance of collections. State Auditor Urquiaga disclosed that a criminal and administrative case have been readied against the concerned barangay officials. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)


10th Infantry battalion captures wounded NPA, recovers firearms

Headquarters WESTMINCOM, Zamboanga City. - Troops of the 10th Infantry Battalion (101B) of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army (1ID, PA) under 2LT PALAFOX encountered a goup of 10 communist terrorists (CTs) led by a certain Eusebio Hadraque alia Boyax at barangay Namut, Tudela, Misamis Occidental last October 23, 2007. The operation was launched against the CTs due to reports about their regular presence in the area conducting taxation and organizing activities.

As a result of the encounter, the government troops captured a certain Junrel Alboro alias Ar-ar who is confirmed as the guide of tea, Abe of the group and is listed in the AFP order of battle.The said CT was wounded during the encounter which lasted for more or less 20 minutes after which the NPAs withdrew leaving their wounded comrade, a high powered firearm (M14 rifle) with 6 magazines, 18 pcs of blasting caps, 6 M16 loaded magazines 3 packs of personal belongings and subversive documents.

The wounded CT was brought to the nearest hospital for proper treatment of his wounds and was given food and ecent clothing and appropriate medication for his gunshot wounds. Meanwhile, the 10IB troopers are still conducting operation as of press time. The Communist Terrorists presence in the country side is increased with the coming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election. This is a clear manifestation of the gand plan of the CPP/NPA/NDF of their coecive endeavor to influence the outcome of the coming election. It is also another source of funds for the organization as they are collecting some money from opposing candidates. It is the people in the countryside who are budened and affected greatly with their continued presence. Let us not be intimidated and fooled by the empty promises they are giving. It has always been the appeal of the AFP and the WESTMINCOM to the peace loving  Filipino people to cooperate and help the government in its fights against these contemptible organizations which seeks nothing but to promote fear and danger to innocent civilians nationwide.

Relatedly, after an initial investigation conducted on the capture CT, he revealed the location of an armed cache where an M60 machine gun and a caliber .45 pistol were stashed. Immediately, COL. ROMULO M. BAMBAO the 101st Infantry Brigade commander instructed his troops to proceed t the specific area, scour and retrieve the items. The said items were found and successfully recovered and are now with the 101st Infantry Brigade. (Sgt. Halasan, RM, Mindanao Star, Vol.III No.39)


 GSP: teaching the wrong values?

Who would ever think that on a cloudy morning of October 27 could be the tragic end of some 25-year old Mahogany trees growing inside the Girl Scout of the Philippines compound at Brgy. Turno, this city as men mercilessly hacked the trees down? Not even newspaper consultant Atty. Aniceto U. Young could believe that GSP officials, the so-called forerunners in promoting good values among our children could order such a thing.

Atty. Young recalled that these trees were yet planted in the early 80’s during the time of Gov. Alberto A. Ubay, within the 10 hectare-site of the proposed capitol site. The trees, he remembered, were planted by the late Judge Simplicio Acojedo, Romeo Morgia and the late Peping Concepcion. “I was saddened when I called up Supervisor Aleth M. Saile who dismissed me saying she has the permit,” Atty. Young disclosed, adding that the GSP lady informed him that the lumber will be used for the extension of the present GSP building.

If you want to be remembered, plant a tree.  But who would remember them if the Girls Scout of the Philippines, the so-called forerunners in promoting good values among our children could give the order to cut some 25-year old Mahogany trees down.

Ms. Nena Aljas, another GSP official also confirmed that the extension will be a GSP training center.  But the trees are 30 meters away from the center. She also disclosed that an initial fund of P200T had already been released by GMA Social Fund and that another P250T had already been pledged by the same office. Although the purpose is to use the lumber, Atty. Young stressed, the point is: can we not expand the training center without necessarily cutting the trees?

“Trees are a gift of nature to mankind.  Let’s save them,” Atty. Young dismayingly said, adding that the full-grown uncut trees could have been a very good showcase to our girl scouts. The trees which grow along the roadside could not have marred the extension site and could have been left to grow at whim. “Sayang,” Atty. Young shook his head as he stared at the men cutting the trees piece by piece, first at the crown and then finally felling the trunk. “It is legal because they were issued the permit, but is it moral?” he asked stressing that the GSP could have preserved those trees in any way in order to inculcate among our young boys and girls the value of environment preservation.

“We can buy a lumber, but we cannot buy a tree.  They could have seen how Silliman University did it and how some western countries struggle to preserve a single tree,” he said. As to why he seemed to be prying into the business at the other side of the fence, he reasoned: “GSP is a quasi public organization and as such we are all stakeholders!” “. . . and only God can make a tree, but GSP destroys them,” Atty. Young disappointedly pointed to the fallen trees. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)


ZDN garners 2 major OTOP awards

The province of Zamboanga del Norte garnered two out of three major awards given recently by the Regional OTOP (One-Town, One-Product) Team during the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional OTOP Conference held on October 18-19, 2007, at the Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City. This was announced by the Department of Trade and Industry- Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Office.

The Department of Trade and Industry- Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Office announced that the province of Zamboanga del Norte garnered two out of three major awards given recently by the Regional OTOP (One-Town, One-Product) Team during the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional OTOP Conference held at the Garden Orchid Hotel in Zamboanga City.

The three awards given are: Most Outstanding SME Partner, Most Supportive LGU, and Most Active OTOP Partner-Agency. MENDOZA INDUSTRIES of Sicayab, Dipolog City, producer of Mendoza Sardines, bested other SMEs in the region and won the Most Outstanding SME Partner. The DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (DOST) Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Science and Technology Center, manned solely by Engr. Marcial Dahonan, won as the Most Actice OTOP Partner-Agency. The Most Supportive LGU was awarded to Zamboanga City LGU. Reportedly, the Zamboanga del Norte LGU came in as second placer, in a very tight competition.

MENDOZA INDUSTRIES was unanimously selected for its commitment to promote the cpmpany’s products to gain its avowed vision of making bottled sardines the product brand the province wishes to be known for; and for the company’s continuous efforts to promote product quality that enhances market acceptance. It can be recalled that the Mendoza Industries was also a recipient of the President Ramon Magsaysay Award as Outstanding Filipino Worker (Self-Employed Category) during the 8th Annual Celebration of TESDA in 2002 and also an outstanding SME awardee in the entire country for having displayed a very remarkable business success. Mendoza Industries is now HACCP and HALAL accredited.

The DOST-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Science and Technology Center, on the other hand, was adjudged the Most Active OTOP Partner-Agency for undoubtedly giving to the province’s OTOP program the most support in terms of technical and financial assistance. The competition was stiff as other line agencies like DOLE, BFAR and DA were also highly nominated. Nonetheless, DOST-ZDN bested them all. The regional winners will compete with other regions’ nominees for the national competition slated in the next few months. (NBazan - DTI-ZDN)


Dapitan Shrine Field Training Laboratory conducts
training for Probation and Parole Officers, Volunteers


The Dapitan Shrine Field Training Laboratory (FTL) successfully conducted a Mini In-Country Training Program (ICTP) on the Holistic Approach to Volunteer Resource Development on October 17-19, 2007, at Acevedo Apartelle, Dipolog City, for the theoretical component; at Polo, Dapitan City, for the Immersion on Information Drive aspect; and at Dapitan City Resort Hotel, for the Immersion on Orientation/Basic Training Course for volunteer Probation Aides (VPAs).

The Mini ICTP was attended by the Chiefs of Offices and key Regional Office staff of Parole and Probation Administration Region IX, all employees of Dipolog and Zamboanga del Norte Parole and Probation Offices (PPOs), and two (2) VPAs each from Dapitan City, Dipolog City, and Zamboanga del Norte PPOs; for a total of 27 participants. The training program was aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of the Parole and Probation Administration employees and the VPAs, in the selection, recruitment, and in the conduct of Information Drive, and Orientation/Basic Training Course for VPAs.

In the afternoon of October 18, the ICTP participants conducted an immersion on Information Drive at Polo, Dapitan City, with sixty one (61) local residents in attendance, from whom, a big number signified their intention to apply to become Volunteer Probation Aides. In the morning of October 19, a total of twenty six (26) VPAs from Dapitan City Parole and Probation Office attended the Orientation/Basic Training Course for VPAs conducted by the ICTP participants at Dapitan City Resort Hotel and Pavilion, Dapitan City. After which, an auth-taking ceremony for the newly appointed VPAs was officiated by Hon. Patri “Jing” Chan, the Vice Mayor of Dapitan City, who graced the closing Ceremonies of the Mini ICTP and the Orientation/Basic Training Course for VPAs.

CPPO Jose Alan B. Santillana of Dapitan City PPO and Dapitan Shrine FTL, expressed his deepest gratitude to DOJ-PPA Regional Office No. IX under the leadership of RD Raquel T. Cainglet and OIC/ARD Tarcisia Tampos for the moral, logistical and funding support; the LGU of Dipolog City, for the financial support; the LGU of Dapitan City, for the financial counterpart and the hosting of the immersion on Orientation/Basic Training for VPAs at Dapitan City Resort Hotel; the LGU and the community-folks of Polo, Dapitan City, for hosting the immersion on Information Drive; the Officers and the members of Dapitan Shrine VPA Association, for  their sincere and painstaking efforts in the preparatory phase and in the actual conduct of the Immersion on Information Drive and Orientation /Basic Training for VPAs; and last but not the least, the other members of the Dapitan Shrine FTL, namely; CPPO Ma. Lourdes S. Guangco, SrPPO. Josilyn S. Bael and AAIV Judito G. Abitona. If not because of the concerted efforts of the Regional Office and field offices of Parole and Probation Administration, the cooperation and benevolence of the aforementioned LGUs, the dedication and support of the VPAs, and the cooperation of the entire community, the success of the said training program(s) could have not been attained; CPPO Santillana finally commented. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)


OFWs remit $100M to Zambo Norte

It could have been big flow of money into the province but some bank officials were worried considering that most of the remittances of the Overseas Filipino Workers stayed idle in banks. “The money could have been spent to energize the economy of the province but such money was merely spent on house construction and nothing more,” one bank official said.

This was so, bank officials pointed out, because the local officials did not provide the directions as to where the money would go in order to effect a strong economy in the province. They also pointed out that the local government of Dipolog could have created opportunities for OFW families to invest in some projects/businesses, aside from using the money for house construction.

At present, there is no concrete program which could lure the OFW families to put their money to work but instread they lay idle in banks, bankers said. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)


PEO: More school bldgs, prefab projects for 2008

OIC Provincial Engineer Ramon Ochotorena recently disclosed that more schoolbuildings and pre-fabricated projects like barangay halls, health centers are under the 2008 budget. However, Engr. Ochotorena disclosed further, next year’s budget for infrastructure projects dipped a little as compared to next year’s.

“This was so because Gov. Yebes eyed more on agriculture developments and livelihood projects which got a bigger slice,” Ochotorena said. He also disclosed that after the ban imposed by COMELEC will be lifted, the office will implement all barangay projects as promised by the provincial governor, each barangay receiving P.5M worth of infrastructures.

It was learned that of the 691 barangays in the province, only about a hundred have not yet received the P.5M worth projects. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)



Satanist Cult alarms Katipuneros

A “satanist cult” reportedly alarmed the residents of the municipality of Kati-punan, Zamboanga del Norte when it was learned that a father killed his own son to be offered to his “god.”

Reports from the Katipunan Municipal Police Station disclosed that Jose Gumial, Sr. of Sitog, Katipunan killed his own son, five-year old Jose Gumial, Jr. during a midnight ritual on October 12. The father allegedly stabbed his son using a bolo and subsequently offered him to a “god” he worshipped. The victim’s grandmother reported the crime to the Katipunan Police Station, which led to the suspect’s capture who was already detained at the Katipunan detention cell.

It was also learned that the suspect was always silent in his cell, never saying a word about the incident, and was believed to be showing signs of being mentally ill. Unconfirmed rumors going around in the barangay however disclosed that Gumial Sr. may have already been initiated into joining a cult group and had Gumial Jr. the sacrifice.(Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)


Capitol pushes for corporate farming

Bringing home the lessons from his recent visit to Koronadal and General Santos Cities, Gov. Rolando Yebes recently challenged the agriculture sector to make it more sustainable and truly a vehicle to improve one’s life. It could be remembered that at the onset of his second term as provincial governor, he had vowed to focus on the “people’s belly” before anything else.

The governor pointed out that the office of Agriculture must strengthen its “economic intelligence” so that it would know the real product which the markets need.  In so doing, Yebes said, it could inform the farmers the plants they would cultivate and would really sell.

“I dream that one day we will adopt the corporate farming that Koronadal and GenSan have been into,” the governor disclosed, adding that the two cities have big plantations of pineapple, bananas, papayas, corn and other agricultural products which have big markets abroad. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)


DOST Offers Scholarship Program

The Department of Science and Technology thru the Department of Trade and Industry Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Office is pleased to announce the offering of the Science and Technology Scholarship Programs for SY 2008-2009. DOST-SEI shall award scholarship grants in baccalaureate degree programs to high school graduating students who wish to pursue courses on sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

The DOST offers two scholarship programs, Program A: the Ra 7687 Scholarships which is open to poor, talented and deserving students whose family annual gross income does not exceed Php 156,600.00 as set by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Program B: the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarships for talented and deserving students whose family annual gross income exceeds Php 156,600.00. Only 270 scholarship slots are available nationwide for Program B. The competitive qualifying examination will be conducted on January 13, 2008 at the Zamboanga del Norte National high School Main Campus, Estaka, Dipolog City. This will be conducted in two (2) batches. The first batch will take the exam at 7:30am-12:00noon and the second batch will take at 1:00pm-5:00pm.

Application forms can be downloaded from http/ Accomplished application forms should be submitted to the DOST Provincial Office at Upper Turno, Dipolog City (beside LTO Office) on or before November 16, 2007. For more details, please contact Engr. Marcial R. Dahonan at Tel. 212-2244. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)


Hayupan sa Dumping Site sa Siudad, luwas kaha?

Nahimong pangutana karon sa pipila ka mga pumapalitay’ng publiko dinhi sa dakbayan ug kasikbit nga dapit kung unsa kaluwas kan-aon ang mga karne sa mga hayupan nga nabuhi sa

How safe is this? Animals for slaughter loiter the local Dumping site located at Barangay Sangkol in the city of Dipolog.

dumping site sa basurahan didto sa barangay Sangkol ning dakbayan sa higayon nga ma-display na ang karne niini diha sa atong merkado publiko.Personal nga nasaksihan  sa ZNUC special news team ang pagdiskarga sa mga basura gikan dinhi sa dakbayan sa Dipolog nga

PNP Recruitment still going on

The Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office (ZNPPO) under the able leadership of Police Senior Superintendent MARIO BIONG YANGA (DSC) CEO VI, Provincial Director through its Police Community Relations Branch (PCRB) based in Camp Hamac, Sicayab, Dipolog City would like to inform the general public that Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9), camp Abendan, Mercedes, Zamboanga City is still accepting applicants for their PNP Recruitment Program Phase II for CY 2007 quota.

Interested applicants are advised to apply directly to the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division (RPHRDD), PRO9, Camp Abendan, Mercedes, Zamboanga City not later than November 7, 2007 with complete documentary requirements for pre-screening prior recruitment processing, and be prepared for the scheduled Physical Agility Test on November 08-07, 2007.

Moreover, applicants who failed on the previous agility tests are encouraged to avail for retake on the specified dates. For further inquiry, visit the Office of the Provincial Personnel and Human resource Development Branch (OPPHRDB), Camp Hamac, Sicayab, Dipolog City. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)



CDAU announces DOST-SEI scholarship
By Diana Tanzo

In its mission to provide basic and social services, the Community Development Assistance Unit through its pogram LANDO-BIBO, in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology announces the offering of scholarship programs  to poor but deserving students provincewide.

Dubbed as the “S&T Scholarship Programs for SY 2008-2009, the DOST-SEI shall award scholaship grants in baccalaureate degree programs to high school graduating students who wish to pursue courses on sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

The DOST offers two scholarship programs, Program A: the RA 7687 Scholarships which is open to poor, talented and deserving students whose family annual gross income does not exceed Php 156,600.00 per annum as set by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Program B: the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarships for talented and deserving students whose family annual gross income exceeds Php156,600.00.

Only 270 scholarship slots are available nationwide for Progam B. the competitive qualifying examination will be conducted on January 13, 2008. (Mindanao Star, Vol.III No.39)

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       The medical equipment in the pictures (2 Ultrasound Machines, Mammogram, Weighing Scale, etc...) donated by the Naperville Medical Center through the auspices of the Renewed Life Philippine Mission, sits in the garage of ZaNorteans, Claude and Suzy Adriatico at their Oak Brook, Illinois residence awaiting shipment to its final recipient, the Zamboange del Norte Provincial Hospital. A couple with a big heart who are still actively contributing to the projects of ZAMNAI even if they now reside in Ohio, Claude and Suzy sacrificed parking their vehicles out of the garage to allow the organization to use the space, thus saving on the storage cost. Next task for ZAMNAI is to come up with the necessary fund to defray the shipment, costing no less than $4,000.00.
           Considering the lives saved through early detection of life threatening ailments, ZAMNAI is urging the help and generosity of ZaNorteans & Non ZaNorteans in the US and from those emphatic on the medical needs of the less fortunate to bring over the much needed medical equipment to the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Hospital located in Dipolog City, Philippines. Also, the Philippine National Red Cross, Zamboanga del Norte Chapter is appealing for generosity to help complete the three- story building to house its Blood Bank and provide functional center for Red Cross volunteers.
           ZAMNAI President Remchile Sienes recently sent a substantial amount raised from the Poker Tournament to the Renewed Life Philippine Mission so that the hospital equipment previously donated can be shipped.
           The coming fund raising event, Miss ZaNorte Illinois 2007, is expected to generate the much needed financial assistance to support the on going ZAMNAI projects benefiting the people of Zamboanga del Norte. Final canvassing is on November 10. 2007 at the residence of Claude and Suzy  where the candidates are also having a promotional pictorial with the donated medical equipment  as the backdrop. The culminating event will be held on December 15, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare.
           For update, please log on also to and or call Remchile Sienes at 847-962-5174.    


Jacqueline Te
Miss Dipolog City-Illinois
Sponsored by:
Dipolog Association USA

Marie Kristine "Krikit" Adaza
Miss Dapitan-Illinois
Sponsored by:

Circulo de Dapitanon Illinois

Abigail Tiu
Miss Manukan Illinois
Sponsored by:
Manukan Association of Illinois

Ma. Theresa Simborio
Miss Polanco Illinois
Sponsored by:
Polanco Association of Illinois


Ruphy Anne Pineda
Miss Sindangan Illinois
Sponsored by:
Sindanganon Association of Illinois




Mindanao Star Editorial

CORRUPTED MINDS: Money and election indeed are relative. So with this, will historians and writers finally imprint vote-buying already as a custom in the Philippines election? You decide.

Senator Escudero's statement on the appointment of Moslemen Macarambon to the Comelec: "I don't know him (Macarambon). And without taking anything against him, it's not a good sign because the process of selection was still  not made transparent and civil society and other sectors were not given the chance to be heard, for or against such nominee, before he was appointed. What we are asking for is transparency and the opportunity to take part in the selection process." (From the Office of Senator Chiz Escudero; Referred by: Ging Pabuna,



 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
The Work of the Holy Spirit in Us

The purpose of the work of Jesus Christ is something more than to forgive us of our guilt and cleanse us from our sin.  However, man does not just have a need for forgiveness, but also hunger for goodness.  A persons’ consciousness of guilt derives from his desire to be good, and it is the establishment of goodness that is the purpose of the work of Jesus Christ.  He forgives us of our sin.  Not because being clean is the end product of His work, but in order that He might come and live His life within us by the Holy Spirit.  It is the coming of the Holy Spirit, on the basis of our cleansing, that actually makes a person a Christian.  Will read in Romans 8:6, says, but you are not controlled by your sinful nature, you are controlled by the spirit, if you have the spirit of God living in you.  And remember that those who do not have the spirit of Christ living in them are not Christian at all.

A person is not a Christian because their sin has gone, but because the Holy Spirit has come.  The forgiveness of our sin, makes possible the coming of the Holy Spirit into the life of the forgiven person, to live the life of Jesus Christ, within them and reproduce the character of Jesus Christ, through them. On Calvary, Christ dealt with our need for forgiveness when he died on the cross, but at Pentecost, He dealt with our need for power and godliness when the Holy Spirit was made freely available to anyone prepared to meet the conditions upon which they could receive Him.  It is His presence within our lives that makes a person a Christian.

But, who is the Holy Spirit.  It is interesting that throughout scripture the Holy Spirit is not given a personal name, but is described only in terms of His work.  In John 16:13, says, when the spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.  He will not be presenting His own ideas, he will be telling you what He has heard, He will tell you about the future.  In John 14:26, says, but when the Father sends the Counselor (Holy Spirit) as my representative, and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit, He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you.

The Holy Spirit is a person.  The composite qualities of personality are the abilities to think, to feel and to decide.  That is, to possess a mind, emotions, and a will.  The Holy Spirit does not have a physical body, and neither does the father, but personality is not a physical attribute, it is the combination of these three qualities.


Without Jesus we do not have his blood to clean our sins, and without the cleansing of our sins, we cannot become Holy.  Unless we become Holy we cannot receive the Holy Spirit. Unless we receive the Holy Spirit, we cannot become citizens of the kingdom of God. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)


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




Congratulations to the candidates who just won the recently concluded Barangay and SK elections! You will take the oath not just to receive your honorarium at the end of the month but you have been elected in order to serve the constituents of what they need. (Kap, Sehal pila juy pahalipay ninyo nila?) This question is not new but it is the NO.1question by the many after casting the votes of the candidates. (Serbisyo na lang mo ug tinarong kap ug mga konsehal!!!) We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy CHUCHAK!!! (Hoh.. Hoh)


The PIC people have learned from their mistakes. All of them attended the flag raising ceremony last Monday, October 22. What is the next office to receive a memorandum from the Office of the Governor? Na… ayaw pa mo pangapil ug flag ceremony? 


Akong balikan ang OIC-chief sa Hospital. Ma’am why is it that majority of the doctors and nurses in the provincial hospital are against of your management? I guess, at this time YOU and the employees must unite to serve the people of ZaNorte. Is that the kind of attitude you will bring to the new and modern hospital? Ohh. JUICE ko, AMPALAYA juice!!! Naapa juy mga doctor ug nurses nga perting pagka-mangtas! You should have personal touch, care and love to your patients, bisan dili ninyo ka-anu-ano!!. Ambot, kanus-a pa jud mo makilatan! Lagot nako. Di ko kayo tatantanan!!! Excuse me po, Ms. Blayn Item po, para sa programang CHUCHAK… jejejejejejeje


The Provincial Tourism Office did not stop in promoting the tourism industry of ZaNorte. I heard the office has once again creating productions and documentaries of the different tourist destinations. Good job! My two thumps up to Atty. Ang, Atty. Ranillo and Atty. Concha for your innovative minds. (Pero, I’m sad wala ko kuhaa ninyong model sa DAKAK, pwedi bya ko mag naked ha? Hohahohahoahahoaha.


Governor Yebes has allocated 23 million pesos for Livelihood Program in the 2008 Budget. WOW!!! The good Governor has word of honor, to concentrate livelihood programs in his second term. BIBO beneficiaries are so blessed having a governor with a big heart.. (Gov, ako pinaskuhan ha, ayaw kalimot, ninoy bya pod ka sa akong first baby)


Back again to the provincial hospital, si Dra. L diay wala juy kasing-kasing human iya untang gipa-balhin sa private hospital ang usa ka pasyente nga taga Godod nga magpa-CS unta kay walay ibayad sa operation. Grabe ka ka-swapang doc, nga miembro man to siya ug Lando BIBO? Siguro nakabawo man unta ka sa ilang mga benefits diha sa ospital. In other words, WALA KAY KALUOY!!!! Di ka dapat padaghanon dinhi sa kalibutan. GINOO ray mahibalo nimo doc. (Matakot ka sana sa KARMA!!!)


There is something lacking at the Office of the Governor. Wala mo ka bantay, if mosulod mo murag bug-at ang palibot, right? Ang mga personnel kulang jud ug mga PR.. Suggestion lang Gov. you need other office staff who are very accommodating. Kana pong dili AMANG, dili ba mahadlok mag-iningles, mobinisaya ug magtagalog ba plus pleasing personality pod. It doesn’t mean pang-beauty queen but the most important thing is…..ang PR… ang PR ba!!!!(hehehe). (Oh, PGO pipol, anong ma-say nyo?) Kilat ug liti sa langit ang matamaan, masunog gyod. Bwahahahahaha.


Hi Super Mar? (ayaw kakurat oi. Stop sa ko karon nimo) Hi Madam Charing? (pst! talagsa ra lage ka nako makit-an sa imong table). Unsa na diay imong position? LAYASON officer?) Hahaha. Exempted ka sa Bundy Clock? Ayy ang taray ni manay? Hi Mr. R. diha PGO, unsa pod imong ikatampo diha oi. Cge ra kag pa pogi. Di bya ka pogi dodong!!!) Balikan ta ra mo ha? Mwah2. Tsup!


Kumusta ang status sa employment sa CDAU? Unsaon pag-implement sa Philhealth ug Livelihood programs ni Gov. Yebes if walay manpower si Mr. Pacilan. Dong Roney, di pa jud ka mohawa diha? Balik na ta sa Ameica oi. Magbantay ta didto ug GUR, dollars pa.. Mag-una lang ko nimo didto next month ha, Pero ako COLUMN nga CHUCHAK ako ra i-email every week. (abi ninyo undangan ta mo?)


Opps. I’m here at the US embassy, processing my papers aron mo-FLY na ko (wala man diay koy WINGS) Sakay diay ko plane. Hehehe. I’ll see you around. Sige BYE.! (Mindanao Star, Vol.III No.39)


Credits: Mindanao Star is published once a week and is circulated to the 25 Municipalities and 2 Cities of the province of Zamboanga del Norte. Mindanao Star can be reached through the following contact info: #096 Donña Concepcion Macias Montaño Building, Gen. Luna Street, Dipolog City; Phone/Fax No. (065) 212-2676; Mobile No.: 0919 735 6967. Email:



“What is happening to our country, General?” is one of the most unforgettable question then Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez had asked to General Fabian Ver when he was hospitalized for the gunshot wounds he gained in an ambush during the Marcos regime. Obviously, Pelaez was perplexed by the political and social disorder he had in his time. I and many of us like to ask our President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the same question: “What is happening to our country, Madam President?”

My Muslim fraternity brother Jun Mindalano, one of the directors of the Department of Agrarian Reform stationed in Manila, informed me upon my call through his cellphone that the basement of Glorietta 2 in Ayala, Makati exploded. (This was last October 19, 2007). He inquired about our reactionary situation here in Mindanao, more particularly our province of Zamboanga del Norte. I told him “it’s normal and business is running as usual”. I asked him “what caused the explosion? Was it caused by a bomb? How many people were killed and injured? who do you think have done this?” “I don’t know Brod. I am confused”, was his answer.

Later on, I saw Senator Antonio Trillanes in my TV set sweepingly charging President Arroyo and AFP Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon as the “real executors” of the said “bombing” killing instantly eight people and wounding close to a hundred more. The senator told us that this is just a continuation of the so-called Oplan Green that started in the bombing of Davao International Airport which wasted some lives years ago.

Would Trillanes want us to believe that President Gloria Arroyo caused the bombing for her own political interest?  I, too, was confused. But, let’s not put Trillanes charges too lightly. There might be some truths in it!

Let’s analyze everything according to the unfolding of some events. First, when Senator Panfilo Lacson initiated the revival of the impeachment case against the lady president, the latter immediately sent her troops to Basilan to “arrest” the ABU-SAYYAF criminals who beheaded their captured Philippine Marine comrades. The impeachment desire of the senator was overshadowed in the media by the president’s move. Second, when the broad-band deal scandal was exposed by Joey de Venecia, son of House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Senator Merriam Defensor (acting in defense of the president), quickly gave her lecture that Joe should admonish his Joey not to enter into government bidding like the broad band transaction (where Joey lost latter) because this is prohibited by our Constitution. As seen by most political observers, Joe, at first, did not stop neither admonish his son to stop saying his exposé. Maybe, for the sake of his own political interest.

Many believe that the lady president has a hand of the scandal. What comes next is the resignation of the COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos. But nonetheless, Joe did give up when he was summoned by the lady president in Malacañang together with some congressmen. He knew that he was indirectly pressured to “discipline” his son. He knew that his Speakership in the House is at stake. He should give up surviving in politics. And he did it just like that. What comes next is the “temporary silence” of his son, and the retention of Joe to the speakership of the House, followed by the filing of a “weak” impeachment case against the lady president by Atty. Ruel Pulido on the basis of the exposé made by Vice Governor Rolex Suplico of the province of Ilo-ilo and which is seen as only to shield the lady president against “strong” looming impeachment cases against her.

What follows next is the “suholan” of some governors allegedly by the Malacañang. This did not escape the curiosity of some senators (Lacson, Pimentel, and Biason especially) to investigate for possible filing of another impeachment charges against the lady president. But before any full-blown investigation over the “scandal” by the Senate can be had, Glorietta 2 was blown up! Is this the work of the enemy of the State as what the lady president was trying to tell us? Or, a part of that Oplan described by Senator Trillanes to pave the way for Pres. Gloria Macapal-Arroyo to eventually declare a Martial Rule?

After the explosion, the lady president was quick to warn his political detractors not to bloat the already volatile situation by sowing false rumors intended to pull down her government. Then three of the bishops called for her resignation from office. What followed next was the finding by the authorities that they found no fragments that can be said to be of the bomb. They wanted us to believe that the explosion was caused by the fusion of methane gas from human waste and diesoline stocked in the basement. This theory was quickly tagged by the UP chemical engineering as “impossible” saying that diesoline can only explode at temperature of 200 degrees centigrade.

Perhaps taking advantage of the bishops’ call for her resignation, House Speaker Joe Devenecia wrote a letter to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo “to lead the nation for moral recovery” saying that graft and corruption in her government are glaring and too much to bear. With his father’s call, Joey starts to talk again with his serious allegation that the president’s husband, Mike Arroyo, did really dip his fingers in the broad band deal which the First Gentle is prohibited by our laws to do so.

Quickly, President Arroyo released from prison through presidential pardon the impeached president Joseph Estrada! Many have asked: “Is this another ploy to smoke screen the real issue or move of impeaching our lady president? The political tragedy that has befallen to Erap may happen to Gloria! We call this as KARMA! But who is losing here are not our rogue political leaders whom we gave our thrusts; definitely, it’s the Filipino common tao! (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.17)

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


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



Press Freedom Editorial
Revisiting the SK

About 41,995 barangays all over the country will decide on Monday, October 29, as to who will run their government units. Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) included. As we heard the exercise of suffrage, we become nearer to the truth again: that the younger breed of voters is not exempt from their elder’s contagious disease - that is, they are also lured by money as well, instead of the good qualities expected of a leader.

The SK could have been a better one, we pray. It may be an exercise of one’s right to vote involving the so-called greenhorns of the society. But it should be an exercise not plagued by vote buying and vote selling and other manipulations exhibited by their elders. With young candidates propped up by rich parents, dollar-earning parents or dollar-receiving grandparents, they too could mature into some spawns of unscrupulous leaders. Heavens forbid.

With the good values they have been enshrouded in both the school and the home and the truth they have starkly seen during the previous exercises, the young too, could still become the epitome of a healthy generation. Rizal’s line glorifying the your in this country may be cliché to some, but to many it still reverberates with hope ...that they cannot be swayed by the glitters of money ...that they decide based on the dictates of their conscience ...that they shall rise above the filth some of their elders have been into; ...that they are young and as such nothing can move them to do actions which would put their own generation in bad light. That’s my boy. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 1)


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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