December 14, 2007

 

First harvest from pilot Subanon rice terraces project
TVIRD helps bring famed Ifugao agro-tech to Mindanao IPs

Subanon Fernandez Anda’s face lit up when he saw us emerge from the bushes and clump of trees and into the clearing. He eagerly welcomed us to his hut and waited for us to catch our breaths after an hour’s trek to the steep and rugged mountains of Sitio Gulangan. He was thrilled to tell us his story. Fernandez Anda and daughter with rice harvested from their own terraces and milled in their own backyard.

Our group was headed by Yulo Perez, TVIRD vice president for Philippine Operations; and Thess Limpin, TVIRD manager for Community Relations and Development Office (CReDO). We were joined by CReDO Information Officer Jose “Pepe” Dagala, and Social Development Consultant German Romano. Barely three months since our last visit to this piece of land in the Subanon ancestral domain in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, Anda’s farm is now a picture of abundance. What used to be muddy earth is now covered with yellow-green rice stalks, with their golden grains standing out under the blazing sun. The model rice terraces project is a success.

Anda, 51, is the first beneficiary of the Farmer-Instructor Technician (FIT) program, a livelihood-through-agroforestry component of the Social Development and Management Plan for the indigenous people (IP) hosts of TVI Resource Development Philippines, Inc. (TVIRD). The company has, since mid-2004, been operating a gold and silver mine in Sitio Canatuan, also in Siocon, and will begin producing copper and zinc in mid-2008.

Fernandez Anda and daughter with rice harvested from their own terraces and milled in their own backyard.
 

The first rice terraces in the mountains of Zamboanga Peninsula, shown here ready to be harvested.

The first rice terraces in the mountains of Zamboanga Peninsula, shown here ready to be harvested.  If the success of Anda’s farm were to be a gauge, then it is safe to say that the once semi-nomadic Subanons, who were used to the traditional – and destructive – slash-and-burn farming method, can easily adopt the irrigated multi-cropping scheme using the rice terraces farming technology – the same technology applied by generations of Ifugao IPs in the mountainous terrains of Northern Philippines.

“Dako kaayo akong kalipay nga nahimong magmalampuson kining akong uma gamit ang teknolohiya nga gitudlo kanako sa TVI (RD). Dili na gayud kami kinahanglang magbalhin-balhin pa sanglit mahimo kaming magtanum ug mag-ani makatulo matag tuig dinhi lamang sa mao ra gihapong umahan ug igo ra usab ang abot nga pangkunsumo hangtud sa sunod ani (I am extremely pleased that my farm is successful using the technology that TVIRD had taught me. We do not need to move from one place to another anymore since we can plant and harvest three times a year in the same paddies; and the yield is enough until the next harvest),” said Anda as our group took our places to rest under a makeshift shade made of tarpaulin scraps.

Golden rice stalks from a mountain of gold.

Anda (far right) poses, his rice terraces on the background, with TVIRD personnel: (from left) CReDO Information Officer Jose Da-gala, CReDO Cana-tuan Manager Thess Limpin, and Vice President for Phi-lippine Operations Yulo Perez.  “Labaw sa tanan, malipayon usab ako tungod kay interesado ug ganahan usab mosuhid ang akong mga kauban ug kadugong Subano niining pamaagi sa panguma. Subay sa programa, komitado ako nga itudlo usab kanila ang akong nabatonan nga kahibalo (More than anything, I am happy because my fellow Subanons are interested and would like to follow the farming techniques that I used here. Under the program, I am committed to teach and transfer to them the skills I have learned),” Anda continued. We began helping ourselves with the sweet butong (young coconut) juice and meat that Anda had offered us.

Initial plotting and forming of the second rice terraces project have actually begun on a land owned by Rene Tii, another Subanon holder of the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title, adjacent to Anda’s plot. Unable to contain his pride for his feat, Anda shared his plans with us: “Plano nako nga palapdan ug padak-an pa ang akong uma para sa sunod nga tanum aron makabaligya na sa abot niini. Sa pagkakaron, igo lamang ang abot niini para makaon sa akong pamilya sanglit testing pa lamang kini (I plan to expand my farm for the next planting season so I would be able to sell its produce. For now, the harvest would just be enough to feed my family since it is still in the trial stage).”

Formerly used to swidden farming, Anda, like most Subanons, would always worry every harvest time. The yield was usually scant and could not be sustained until the next harvest. Under this method, they could harvest rice only once a year. “Pinaagi niining teknolohiya, ako masaligon nga dili magutman ang akong pamilya ug makabaligya pa sa abot sa mosunod nga mga pag-ani (Through this technology, I am assured that my family will not go hungry and could even sell my produce in the succeeding harvests),” Anda stressed.  After a few more minutes of rest, our group followed Anda’s lead as he des-cended to the lower portion of the rice terraces. It’s harvest time. This miner tries his hands on farming. Perez helps in the first harvest. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.22)

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 “FIGHTING FIVE ECONOMIC WARS”
“RATED PG” Tuesday, 18 December 2007
By Ike Seńeres

I was part of the 1996 Manila APEC Summit management team and what I will never forget from that experience is the lesson that it is possible to bring hostile parties to a friendly forum, for as long as the proper protocols are followed. At that time, there were three “Chinas”, and it was very difficult to bring them together in one gathering.

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The key to the successful protocol is the language used, and the manner of recognizing the participating parties. First of all, it was made clear that APEC was a meeting of “economies”, meaning that it was not a meeting of countries. Right away that solved the issue of People’s China not recognizing Taiwan as a country. It also qualified Hong Kong to join, being a colony at that time. To give way to People’s China, Taiwan was recognized as “Chinese Taipei”.

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Today, eleven years later, we are still faced with a situation wherein all kinds of organizations in our country that are fighting many forms of social problems are unable to come together in one friendly forum, to thresh out differences among each other on one hand, and to decide to work together on the other hand. This is the vision that I have for the United National Integrated Development Alliance (UNIDA), a forum of development oriented organizations, patterned after the APEC model.

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As an initial step, I have identified five technical working groups (TWGs) wherein the member organizations could work together in solving five economic “wars”, namely the “wars” against hunger, poverty, criminality, sickness and homelessness. It appears that the “war” against environmental degradation cuts across all these five economic “enemies”.

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Following the APEC model, the chairmanship of these TWGs will be rotated among the member organizations, by way of consensus. We have already identified possible chairs for hunger, poverty and criminality, but we are still scouting for organizations that could chair sickness and homelessness. I am inviting all development oriented organizations to join UNIDA.

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Art & Culture
Don Gurrea
Lucky JUNI

Dipolog City-based visual artist JUNI PAGE GRAPA has more reasons to keep smiling these days. As one of the 10 finalists selected from hundreds of participants composing the whole of Mindanao, Juni have just won the recently concluded Philippine Art Awards 2007 sponsored by Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc.  The awarding ceremonies which include giving of forty thousand pesos cash reward for each finalist, and the opening of exhibition of winning entries were held at the Grand Aguila Ballroom, Waterfront Insular Hotel, Lanang, Davao City last December 5, 2007. The ten winning Mindanao entries will be sent to Manila next month to compete for the Grand National Contest of which five major winners will be selected.

36 year-old Juni Grapa who resides in Turno, Dipolog City, started to manifest his love for the visual arts when he was still in the elementary grades. He was first influenced by his late father who was also a painter in his own right. An active member of the Padayonay Art Collective and the Zamboanga del Norte Federation of Visual Artists, Inc. (ZANFEVA), Juni has been exhibiting his art works in and outside Dipolog City. His recent participations in major group exhibitions include the “Kulay Ug Kalinaw Sa Mindanao” at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, “Freedom to Dream “a joint Inuit - Indigenous peoples of the Philippines visual art exhibition, also at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and the “Philippine Art Awards Exhibition” at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City. He is also a guest artist at the MUGNA Visual Art Group Exhibition in Sindangan starting December 17 in celebration for the “Linggo ng Sindangan”.

In 2003, Juni was one of the recipients of “Sungduan 3”, a prestigious grant of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) which enabled Juni to create art works that were exhibited nationwide.

Concerning him with subject matter that deals mainly with social realism, Juni’s paintings and sculptures are rich in socio-cultural and political commentaries. His art mirrors the community life he sees daily when he looks out through the window and when he goes out from the house. He is also known to “maximize” his canvas that every space is filled with figures and objects visually and artistically interacting with one another resulting into a unified aesthetic masterpiece. “I was not really expecting to win the “Philippine Art Awards” competition. For me, joining contests is just a form of motivation to create more art works. Finishing an art work within a reasonable period of time is already an accomplishment, getting an award for it is a bonus”. Juni revealed.

And what about his future plan as an artist? “I really want to have a one-man show which I don’t have yet. I also want to improve my art making process. There are still many things to do and besides doing art, I’m also interested in putting up my own framing shop - an industry which is yet to be seriously developed in a growing city like Dipolog”. Juni added. What about the local art scene in general? “Ten years ago, there were only a bunch of local artists and their main concerns were just creating art for personal consumption. At present, there are more active local artists and more art organizations. I just hope the local government will also do its part in promoting and developing the local art and culture community since this sector is also a vital partner for progress of society”. Juni concluded.(Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 8)

 

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HUWES GI-ATAKE UG PRISO, SAMDAN

Dili makatuo ang usa ka Huwes sa bulwagan ng Katarungan lakip ang mga empliyado ug mga abogado nga mahimo sa usa ka piniriso ang pag-atake sa usa ka huwes ang maoy nagpahigayon sa pre-trial sa kaso niini.

Si Judge YOLINDA C. BAUTISTA samdan samtang sa ubos nga hulagway ang talinis nga handle sa ‘toothbrush’ nga maoy gigamit sa suspetsado pag-atake sa huwes.

Niadtong Huwebes Disyembre 6 ning tuiga, alas 9:20 sa buntag dihang gihimo ang pre-trial sa kaso sa usa ka Royro Ajero Y Tan, 25 anyos, molupyo sa Barangay Miputak ning dakbayan sa Branch 9 nga gidumala ni Judge Yolinda C. Bautista sa kasong paghupot ug pagbaligya sa

   DIPOLOGNON TODAY

PRESS FREEDOM:  

Machiavellian Theory

By Tyrone Jay V. Samson

Christmas time is here

Where’s the spirit of Christmas? Nowadays, a lot of people are so engrossed in their personal problems, community problems, government’s amiss’ and a whole lot of cultural degradation that we forget ‘tis already the season to be jolly, tra la la, lalalala! When we open our boom tubes, all we see are politicians ranting about our floundering economy and our government getting lesser and lesser support from majority of the Filipino populace. Kudetas are as common as corruption these days that we see Trillanes almost every other hour in Filipino channels.

When we go outside our homes, all we see are day to day problems that continue to put lines in Juan Dela Cruz’s foreheads – high gasoline prices, increasing air and noise pollution, corruption, I could go on and on with society’s ills that is gradually killing what’s left of our, the Filipino people, will to live an honest and fruitful lives. When we try to access into cyber world, all we get is a “not so amazing” internet connection courtesy of the supposedly fastest internet connection in the country, SmartBro (more on this later)!

Kining Smart, kung maningil ra ba pastilan pagka ‘on-time’ sa bill maabot, pero ang serbisyo dili smart, bugo.

When we go drinking with our buddies, all we talk about is “why in hell is Gloria still in office?” Then the talk shifts to a lighter tone, “why can’t we be Asia’s number one in basketball?” When we get to agree that all the best basketball minds in the world can never teach height, and that our government’s sports program should be reevaluated to focus more on events that height really is not an issue (boxing, chess, tennis, baseball, football comes to mind to name a few), then we go back to talking about “corruption is killing the future of our children’s children.”  Talking about corruption, even lads winning in the recent Sangguniang Kabataan election is taught to squander money in election time to buy votes just to win! This young, we are teaching them “cheating to win.”

As far as I’m concerned, I somehow, in certain situations, adhere to Niccolo Machiavelli’s take on things that “the end justifies the means!” But come on now, Machiavelli in his book, The Prince, made specific exceptions to the rule. Machiavelli placed a number of restrictions on evil actions as long as the objective is of positive result for majority of his people. He further wrote that “the sole motivation of the prince ought to be the use of good and evil solely as instrumental means rather than ends in themselves.”

Moreover, Machiavelli clearly lays out his definition of, for example, the criteria for acceptable cruel actions (it must be swift, effective, and short-lived). In fact, Machiavelli emphasizes the need for the exercise of brute power when and where necessary. He said that the use of brute force must be done to attain practical ends. Thus, if you’re a deserving public servant-to-be, with your heart for your people, then go about buying votes. That’s acceptable to Niccolo, that’s fine with me, too.

But what about this guy who is a known gambling lord? How about this guy who is rumored to be pushing drugs in his area? What about this guy who was a known swindler (with a mother of the same reputation)? Now they are holding office, still doing their ill deeds and doing nothing positive whatsoever to offset the balance. Machiavellian theory does not exempt these wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Notwithstanding all these troubles, let us celebrate Jesus’ birthday the best way we can. Don’t let these depressing news, leftist’s pessimistic views, and unconstructive criticisms hamper you and your family from uniting as one and rejoicing in His name. We may be having problems, but who doesn’t? No life is an easy life; you have to accept what you’ve got and make the most of it. My wish is for everyone to start doing the right thing. It’s never too late to save what’s left of our pride. Merry Christmas to everyone.

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Talking about cyber world, a friend of mine related that SmartBro Internet connection here in Dipolog is not so “Amazing”! I had the same kind of internet connection problems and I wrote about it five months ago. My friend said it best, “Pastilan kanus a paman tawun muabot ang DSL or Globe dri sa Dipolog? Kining Smart, kung maningil ra ba pastilan pagka ‘on-time’ sa bill maabot, pero ang serbisyo dili smart, bugo. Mas maayo nalang siguro kung dial-up, bisan hinay tuod, pero at least makasulod ra gyud pud ka ug internet websites.”

I’m just one of the many SmartBro subscribers in Dipolog facing the same kind of problem. My friend just had their connection cut off for they can no longer wait for the connection to be the same as what Smart advertisements say. They’ve proclaimed that they have “the largest, fastest growing broadband service provider in the country,” and that they offer “faster downloading of music, better communication with loved ones, and a more fulfilling internet experience.” How I wish I could agree. All we want is our money’s worth. As for my connection, I just had a chat with Smart technical support and they, in fairness to their brand of customer care, are really prompt in giving me the necessary instructions to help me with my internet connection. They even promised to have Smart technicians drop by our house to check the connection. It’s great that they act this fast if you complain but why give us reason to complain in the first place? I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to greet my mom Dr. Socorro V. Samson a merry, merry Christmas. Also, season greetings to my tweety NN and her family; my brothers Dudz, Stan, Rikki, Archie and Ranz; nephews and nieces; Lynet Bastasa and Contender Lumber; Mader Zenay; Angie Mae; Nong Fredo Barzo and family; and to Ritchie, Lysil, Ratchel and Jenelyn of 24/7 In & In Bar and Restaurant (formerly Inato). (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 8)

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Manny Pacquiao is seen here during his visit to the Capitol Building of Zamboanga del Norte as he receives the official cap of ZaNorte and other gifts handed over by Provincial Gov. Rolando E. Yebes.
 

 wE SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF THE LATE ENGR. ROSELLER MORALLO WHO JOINED OUR CREATOR LAST DECEMBER 12, 2007
 

Provincial Budget Officer Joy Abitona, DBM sec. Rolando G. Andaya and Governor Rolando Yebes (seated) is joined by the various Budget Officers of the entire province during the Executive Budget Forum held at Astoria Regency in Zamboanga City. (Right Photo) Gov. Rolando Yebes together with DBM Sec. Rolando G. Andaya.
 

 

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 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
Finding God’s will for our lives!

There are some biblical principles that we can use as our guidelines. We must read the book of James, in the bible, commands that specifically apply to our situations. We will have a good beginning in knowing God’s will for us in these specified areas. God tell us in unmistakable terms in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 which says, “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can be a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and Idol’s? for we are the temple of the living God. As God said, I will live in them and walk among them, I will be their God, and they will be my people.

God does sometimes guide us through circumstances. For example if you think God is leading you to take up Nursing and you cannot get into and good Nursing school, it maybe fairly evident God does not want you to become a Nurse. Many of us, if we are honest, will admit that we let circumstances lead us 90% of the time. God guides us through the counsel of other Christians who are committed to the will of God and who knows us well. Talk to some of your mature Christian friends, your Pastor, or elders in the church. It’s important to know whose counsel to seek. We must pray, not be monologues-one-way- recitations of our wants and desires. Rather, we should quiet our hearts and be totally open to God as we dialogue with Him. We must ask God in our prayers, to show His will to us. As we pray, God often gives us a conviction by the Holy Spirit which deepens a sense of rightness about a course of action.

Suppose that after applying the four principles in our situation, it is still not clear which way God wants us to go, what should we do? We must consider two (2) things: - Check Motivation. Ask yourself, why do I seek God’s will? Is it to please my Lord or is it because I fear suffering the consequences of a wrong decision? I think many will admit that very often. We are motivated more by fear than by our desire to please God.- Check Willingness to obey. Some of us have certain preferences. Deep down, we really favor a certain course of action. If God’s will coincides with what we want, well and good. We obey gladly. If it does not, we may procrastinate, ask God to reconsider, or simply ignore it. In effect, we are saying to God, please show me your will, and then I’ll decide whether or not to follow it. Do you think God will want to reveal His will if this is our attitude? So, if we sincerely want to seek God’s will, be ready and willing to obey no matter what.

Bible Bites!

“And we will receive from Him whatever we ask because we obey Him and do the things that please Him. And this is His commandment, we must believe in the name of His son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. (1 John 3:22-23).(Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 8)

 

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mindanao star commentary
Statesman, Stuntman

It is unfathomable how some people have the tendency to always find ways to degrade people. Think of the detractors are doing nowadays — painting negative notions and criticisms on the Presidents State Visit in Spain, instead of being happy that the President was able to strengthen the relations and interaction of the Philippines with other countries for their mutual benefit.  Yet President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo once again proved to one and all, what a statesman she truly is, gaining the respect of the international community, the Spanish legislators and the Spanish businessmen.

Moved by her sincere desire to win friends and supporters for the Philippines and the Filipinos, the President is always able to make headway in forging bilateral relations with whatever country she visits.

The gains derived in terms of investments and deeper bilateral relations and understanding during the President’s 6-day state visit to Spain and the United Kingdom are all worth all the expense.  The President’s state visit to Spain has paved the way for the signing of various agreements worth more than P9 billion for agriculture-related projects that will ultimately redound to the benefit of the Filipinos.

Notable among these agreements is the large-scale production of jatropha as an alternative energy source and as feedstock.  Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the development of 100 hectares of agricultural lands in Palawan for jatropha production.  These agreements would not have materialized had the President not been involved personally in the critical phases of negotiations.

The people will not be fooled by these detractors. Where in the world can one find so called gentlemen and leaders, who call upon the people to rise up and overthrow the duly constituted authority and then claim that the entire farce is covered by the freedom of speech and peaceful assembly? How ridiculous!

And what about the former high official who claimed he was clueless on what was going on. Everyone saw he sat beside the detractors. His voice was heard over the air lanes how he was denouncing the Administration just like in many past occasions.

These so-called “leaders” turned “stuntmen” must have such low regard for the Filipino intelligence as a people and do not squirm as they insult the Filipinos so blatantly with their flimsiest alibis. Nwhere else in the world does this happen.  At least they were given a dose of their own medicine when the Filipino people heeded not their call to join their ambition to overthrow the government.  To make the story short, the Filipino people will always be in the side of the statesman, not in the side of the stuntman.

(Mindanao Star, Vol.III No.45)

 

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Good day Philippines and Hello ZaNorte! 15 days before Christmas.  This season would be a joyous one if everyone feels the real spirit of Christmas by giving, sharing and loving. Though we are experiencing economic crisis, we stay strong fighting it just to celebrate the upcoming Yuletide season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!! From the most hunted writer in town. HoHoHoHo!!!! Ms. Blayn Aytem is coming to town..

First in my list this week is Ms. SOBRAdo. Murag nigara na jud ka ateh. Kinsa imong gisaligan diha sa Kapitolyo? Murag ako na siguro kang ipadampot sa akong BUTTERFLY AGENT ug ipaputol ang imong sungay. Kay ngano? Imo na biyang gigamit ang mga tawo sa kapitolyo sa imong negosyo. Baga jud kag LEPZ. Undangi na intawon na!!!!  Mahiya ka kayo!!!

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Oyyy. Mr. D. unsa pod imong ikasulti ani? Di na biya maayo imong gibuhat pre. Christmas na biya.. Di ta magpabuyag oi..

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Advance Merry Christmas to all my friends at the Provincial Government. Murag hapit naman inyong Christmas Party. Murag happy man ang mga empleyado diha sa capitol kay nakadawat na ug bonus ug extra cash gift. Maayo pa mo. Ice cream naman dyan mga friendship.

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Congratulations to the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Norte. The Commission on Audit, head Office has just recently recognized and honored ZaNorte as the LGU with the Most Updated Financial Statement. Good job Ms. Marivic Carpitanos for your speedy implementation of e-NGAS. Keep up the good work!

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Si Ms. Socy nagtinaray napod diay diha sa Governor’s Office? According to my BUTTERFLY AGENT siya naman pod gud mo-accommodate sa mga bisita. Di ba natagam naman ang mga kapitan niya kay super taray? Hala ka no? Ni- ACTIVATE  na pod ang POWER? (Kakaibang power ‘to mga FREENS) I thought putol na iya sungay… This Christmas, tagaan ta kag regalo ha? Unsa gusto nimo, ham? Sino ba itetch? Ang makasagot i-treat ko sa BIG LEPS. (HEHEHEHE)

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Merry jud ang Chrsitmas sa mga empleyado sa kapitolyo kay gihatag naman ni Gob. Lando ang ilang mga BONUS.  Pagkahayahay sa mga friends nako diha.. Panglibre mo hoy. Hehehehe. How about the EXTRA CASH GIFT? I’m sure ihatag gihapon na ni LANDO. Hulog talaga ng langit ang GOV. ninyo.

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My friend BUDDY of the Provincial Capitol has qualified for the TOP 50 housemates of the Pinoy Big Brother Season 3 at ABS-CBN. Congratulations my friend.. Hope you could reach the FINAL TOP 12. Cge go!!!!

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Unsa ma ning issue sa NFA? Nga daghang pa mang mga lungsod ang wala kadawat sa mga bugas ilawom sa programang FOOD-POOR school program. Asa naman nang mga bugasa na? Bitaw di ta magbuyag kay programa biya na sa gobyierno.

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Mag Christmas shopping sa ko ha? Kay akong mga kinugos sige ug panoktok sa balay. I’ll see you around. Sige BYE! (Mindanao Star, Vol.III No.45)

  

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THE MEDIA DESPONDENCY…

The Philippines, as a nation, is known to have been run by our unscrupulous political leaders. From General Emilio Aguinaldo down to the present, we see no exception. That is why we are always the target of mockery by our neighbors calling us “the sick man of Asia”. Albeit, we cannot plainly agree to be called that way but that is the truth. And truth really hurts! The incidence that happened in the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City last November 29, this year demonstrated the kind of leaders we have in this country. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, General Danilo Lim and their associates to include former Vice President Teofisto Guigona, couldn’t just hold a little longer their so-called discontentment over the way President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo run this country. They all cried for governmental reforms. And they told their piece openly on that day, convincing others to join them in their quest for reforms. This incident was covered by media men who relayed the sentiments of Trillanes and their associates over their respective media facilities.

Trillanes may have been a fine military officer before. But by his act, he was just showing his animalistic instinct, his inane behavior rather than his civility. He kept the law in his hands, so to speak! He doesn’t deserve to be sitting in our Senate. People who saw the footages in their TV sets of what this man was doing couldn’t believe he could do such a stupid thing. They criticized immediately the man for his obtuse act. And they appreciated the bravery of those media-men who covered that infamous incident. But while we criticize Trillanes and his associates over their said misdeeds, many of our media colleagues also condemn Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo over her scheme of handling the many media men who covered that incident. We see our lady president, who is called corrupt by her detractors, as a transgressor of our law she is mandated to enforce. She showed her temerity to terrorize media men by confiscating their cameras, by knotting their hands with ropes as if they are full-grown pigs ready to be sold to market.

President Arroyo must consider a re-assessment of her administration’s policy over the handling of media affairs. She should be made to understand that without “her own media”, her political image cannot be helped beautify by their cosmetic presentations to hide its repulsiveness. She should be made to understand that what is desirable is her fair dealings with media — may they be her detractors, because they see something ugly in her governance, or, her image builders, because they have gotten some favors from their benefactor. Our people deserve to know what transpired in our nation. They need factual information because it affects their very own lives.  And this can only be served purposively well by the media. By suppressing our people’s rights to know through media, we will be heeding towards a despotic rule. This is very certain!!!  (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.22)

 

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