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7 winning bets face
Police press
murder raps
against Misor
brgy chair

disqualification raps
tied to slay
POLICE yesterday pressed
murder charges against
the barangay chairman of
Malanang, Opol in Mis-
amis Oriental, over the
shooting death of the hus- By JOEY NACALABAN Lawyer Renato Mag- the Department of the about the seven winning
band of his rival in this Correspondent

butay, regional director Interior and Local Gov- candidates.
week’s elections. EVEN winning candidates for Sangguniang Ka- of the Commission on ernment (DILG), said He said, complaints
Slapped with murder bataan chairpersons and councilors in the city are Elections (Comelec), Magbutay. were also sent to Ma-
charges were Sino Dragon facing disqualification cases. yesterday said the can- Neither can any of the nila, and received by the
and his supporters Arnel City election officer Ramil Acol identified the win- didates, some of whom seven winning candidates Comelec en banc.
Vertudazo and Hermis ning candidates for SK chairpersons as Ian Mark Mi- were already proclaimed receive their salaries and The order, according
Abellanosa. yaki of Barangay Cugman, Samson Roa of Barangay as winners, turned out to benefits intended for SK to Magbutay, was for
They were charged in Tumpagon, and Agustin Laron of Barangay Indahag. be overaged. officials, he said. election officials here
connection with the killing The winning candidates for SK councilors who are But even if they were Magbutay said the not to proclaim them as
of Eleazar Zafra -- he was facing disqualification cases are Michelle Tamparong proclaimed, still, they Comelec here already winners.
shot to the back -- in Zone and Cyrel Romero of Barangay 32, Rosell Landeres of cannot hold office until informed the poll body’s The seven (not four as
2, Malanang at around 9:40 Barangay 21, and John Juaquin of Barangay Bonbon. they are sworn in before law department in Manila See FACE/p.11
pm on Sunday.
Dragon lost in the race
for the barangay chairper-
son’s seat to Zafra’s widow
Ex-mayor runs for barangay chairman, loses
Nilda the following day. By EDWIN IYO
Opol police chief Den- Correspondent
nis Flores said the com- A FORMER mayor ran
plaint against Dragon and for barangay chairman and
his supporters was filed lost to an ex-councilor in
before the Misamis Orien- Medina town in Misamis
tal Provincial Prosecutor’s Oriental.
Office. The former Me-
Insp. Flores said Drag- dina mayor, Ken Niño
on was the first to report Uyguangco, lost in the race
the shooting incident to the for the chairmanship of
police but witnesses subse- north Poblacion in Medina
quently came forward and to Nolie Pupos, a former
pointed at the barangay town councilor.
chairman and his support- Pupos won with 1,317
ers as the group behind the votes over Uyguangco’s
gun attack. 1,125 votes, a margin of
Dragon has strongly 192 votes
denied any hand in the Pupos served a three
shooting death. consecutive office terms
Insp. Flores said Drag- as a Medina councilor. He
on surrendered and was stepped down in 2016.
detained. Uyguanco, meanwhile,
“Dragon told us he sur- served one office term as a
rendered to show his inno- mayor of Medina. He was
cence but circumstantial unseated in 2016 by now
evidence pointed at him as OWNED. A man hangs a sign with the name of the owner of a collapsed building in Marawi City. Facing uncertainties whether they can return,
Mayor Donato Chan.
See AGAINST/p.11 building owners are resorting to posting or painting their names to their buildings to assert their stakes. (photo by froilan gallardo) See LOSES/p.11

‘We saved up for this for years, for decades...’
By CAROLYN O. ARGUILLAS What was once a store made they’re gone. It’s painful because tarpaulin was placed over the iron and the underground utilities for
of Mindanews
of wood in 1964 had, over the Bacarat Buildings 1 and 2 were sheet giving notice to everyone: water, electricity and telecommu-
Conclusion years, evolved into the three-door gone in an instant,” her daughter “No trespassing. Private Property nications, is “about 18 months”
MARAWI City -- Majed Rascal, Bacarat Building 2. A few meters Jehan Pangcoga said. of...” from the groundbreaking in June.
whose family’s Norhana Rascal away, at the opposite corner, Aside from salvaging whatev- The next time they can return Groundbreaking for the
Textile in the Padian sold textile stood Bacarat Building 1 where er can be salvaged from what used to the area to rebuild their homes “Ground Zero” development
for 26 years, laments their losses. they lived until the “war” forced to be their homes, residents and and stores would be “most likely plan, if the contract is awarded
“We saved up for this for them to leave on May 24, 2017, storeowners of “Ground Zero” on first quarter 2020,” Housing to developers by May 31, would
years, for decades... Not a single and seek refuge in their relatives’ were busy putting up makeshift Secretary and concurrent TFBM be on June 7, he said. In May
cloth was left behind. Yet there homes in Cagayan de Oro. signages on iron sheets, tarpau- chair Eduardo del Rosario said 12, he said the groundbreaking
is no trace of fire,” said Rascal. Bacarat, mother of 15, insist- lin, plywood, scrap wood, on the in early April. would be moved to a date after
The store selling rice and ed on coming to Marawi, even walls or posts. Del Rosario told a press brief- the Ramadan.
other merchandise owned by if on wheelchair, to see what On Tuesday last week, the ing in Malacanang last month The month-long Ramadan is
Hedjarah Alip Bacarat, 71, was happened. “She really wanted to Bacarats painted on a salvaged that their timeline for the debris expected to begin on May 15.
even older at 43 years when see what has happened to what iron sheet and installed it on the clearing and site development, In his visit to Marawi in May
the “war” broke out last year. they had worked hard for, even if facade but the following day, a which includes the road network See SAVED/p.11
Gold Star Daily

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Editor: Cong B. Corrales
Cocpo nabs poll
gun ban violators
POLICE have arrested four vice compared to this elec- Punod and Sundiga Punod, IMG_1729
persons for violation of the tion. All recommendations leading to the brief encoun-
Commission on Elections’ that will be helpful to the ter between government
(Comelec) gun ban during next election will be sent to troops and an armed group
the barangay and proper authority beileved to be Tago’s sym-
Sangguniang Ka- for appropriate ac- phatizers.
bataan election tion,” Cocpo said Soldiers retrieved vari-
period. in a statement. ous firearms after the clash,
The Cagayan Elsewhere in including a Barret sniper
de Oro City Po- Northern Mindan- rifle, two M16 rifles, an M79
lice Office (Coc- ao, police and the grenade launcher, three M14
po) added that nine military personnel rifles, six .45 caliber pistols
individuals were raided the houses and live ammunition. BANGSAMORO MUSIC. A kulitang ensemble composed of staff of the Aga Khan Musuem of the Mindanao
apprehended for violating of Pantar, Lanao del Norte Along with Tago, six State University in Marawi City performs for the museum’s visitors last week. MindaNews photo by Manman
the liquor ban. Mayor Jabar Tago last Sun- other personalities were
“Cocpo will be evaluat- day. arrested by authorities
ing our efforts to improve
our performance in the next
The raiding team
swooped in on Tago’s
during the raid. They will
be charged for violating the
Gensan conducts mobile Zamboanga
election to give better ser- residences in Barangays election gun ban. (pna) screening for HIV, Aids city measles
GENERAL SANTOS City recorded two deaths since cases drop
— Health personnel here January due to complica-
conducted free screening tions caused by advanced ZAMBOANGA City —
services yesterday, for the stage of AIDS. The City Health Office
Human Immunodeficiency The two fatalities were said cases of measles have
Virus and the Acquired Im- already suffering from full- dramatically reduced in
mune Deficiency Syndrome blown AIDS upon diagnosis this city, brought about by
(HIV/AIDS) in line with the and have not availed of the sustained preventive
observance of the 35th Inter- antiretroviral or ARV drug intervention programs.
national AIDS Candlelight treatment. Dr. Annie Rose Amar of
Memorial. CHO provides ARV the City Health Office’s Epi-
Dr. Mely Lastimoso, co- drug treatment for free, demiology and Surveillance
ordinator of the City Health through the Department of Unit, said they have so far
Office’s (CHO) Social Hy- Health-supported satellite recorded only two suspected
giene Clinic, said the activ- treatment hub here. cases of measles during the
ity aimed to highlight the ARV drug treatment first week of the month.
continuing education and mainly stops the multi- Amar said this was an
advocacy against the deadly plication of the infected indication that the joint
disease. person’s viral load and intervention programs ini-
Lastimoso said the eventually prevents them tiated by the City Health
mobile screening activity from further spreading the Office and Department of
mainly targets vulnerable disease. Health have been effective.
residents who have not yet In some countries, the One of these interventions
undergone HIV testing. use of antiretroviral drugs is the house-to-house im-
“We detected at least 10 has helped effectively lower munization that already
new cases in each of our the incidence of HIV infec- covers 97 percent of chil-
previous mobile screening tion to about one percent dren aged five and below.
activities,” she said. and eventually stabilized the The house-to-house im-
She said they already detected cases. (pna) munization was launched
following the declaration
of an outbreak as the City
Health Office has recorded
101 measles cases from Jan.
1 until Feb. 1, this year.
The number of measles
cases recorded from Jan. 1
to Feb. 1, this year, were
higher by 1,343 percent
compared to only sev-
en cases registered in the
same period last year.
Amar said that supple-

Thursday, May 17, 2018 8 mental immunization is
ongoing targeting 10.8%
of the population, even as
the CHO has already gone
beyond target. (pna)
Gold Star Daily

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Editor: Cong B. Corrales
Drug dealer
yields shabu 14 former Maoists Poll winners who test
positive to drug use will
in drug ops
get livelihood relief not be recognized: Armm
COTABATO City — Win- He said each pro -
Philippine Drug Enforce- GENERAL SANTOS City the provincial government of P50,000 for their chosen ners in Monday’s village claimed Barangay and
ment Agency said they filed — Some 14 former New and the Department of the livelihood projects. and youth elections will Sangguniang Kabataan
a case for violation of the People’s Army rebels re- Interior and Local Govern- On top of these, the pro- only be recognized by the official should also forward
Comprehensive Dangerous ceived nearly P1 million ment. vincial government extends Autonomous Region in to the DILG-Armm office
Drugs Act of 2002 against a in livelihood assistance The local government an augmentation assistance Muslim Mindanao (Armm) here their statement of
woman suspected of being a through the government’s facilitated the release of the of P20,000 for each bene- if they test negative for il- assets and liabilities, certif-
big time drug dealer. flagship reintegration pro- grants in a ceremony held at ficiary. legal drugs, the head of the icate of canvass declaring
Charged before the Di- gram. the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Clip reintegrates for- regional interior and local they won the election duly
polog City Prosecutor’s South Cotabato Gov. session hall. mer rebels into the social government office said. authenticated by poll offi-
Office is Vierna Guinares Daisy Avance-Fuentes “This only shows that mainstream and seeks to Elected village officials cials, and the certificate of
alias Bingkay Pantoja, 43, said the beneficiaries were the government is serious in uplift their socio-economic will only be recognized by proclamation.
a resident of Barangay Sta. among the former rebels helping our former rebels as conditions to enable them Department of the Interi- Abdullah’s statement
Isabel, Dipolog City, ac- from the province who qual- they lead normal lives with to become active partners in or and Local Government was welcomed by Chief
cording to PDEA Regional ified for the livelihood and their families,” the governor local development. (DILG-Armm) if they have Supt. Graciano Mijares,
Director Laurefel Gabales. support grants under the said. The program seeks to passed this requirement, police regional director for
Gabales said Panto- Comprehensive Local Inte- Under the program, each contribute in the achieve- lawyer Noor Hafizullah Armm, who said the police
ja was arrested in Brgy. gration Program (Clip). returnee stands to receive ment of the goal of perma- Abdullah, said. will help the DILG deter-
Larayan, Dapitan City, last She said each returnee an initial P15,000 as im- nent peaceful closure of all “Drug test results must mine if Monday’s winners
Friday during a buy-bust received P50,000 to P85,000 mediate assistance, and a armed conflicts with non- be issued by a government are not, in any way, involved
operation. (pna) in financial assistance from separate financial assistance state armed groups. (pna) hospital,” Abdullah said. in illegal drugs. (pna)
Money Matters
Gold Star Daily

4 Thursday, May 17, 2018
Editor: Ben Balce

Palace assures support for sari-sari store, micro biz owners
THE Duterte administration re- the incumbent leadership stead- of Trade and Industry (DTI) that Filipinos have better access to “Kapatid Mentor Me Program,” fore when he is still a Davao
assured sari-sari store owners fastly supports inclusive growth. supports sari-sari stores and other cheaper basic and prime goods. a mentorship program for micro mayor, wants business permit
and other micro entrepreneurs Go added that micro business- small-scale entrepreneurial en- As these stores are selling and small entrepreneurs for them application to be fast. He wants it
of its continued commitment to es like sari-sari stores encourage deavors. products in lower prices, these to grow their businesses. done by 48 or 72 hours,” Go said
their welfare. Filipinos to participate in eco- They include the “Suking Tin- establishments are expected to The “Negosyo Centers” na- in Filipino.
During the Puregold’s Sari- nomic activities, as this is the dahan Program” which gives a get more customers compared tionwide likewise bring govern- “That is also his directive to
Sari Store Convention dubbed “easiest business that Filipinos seal of good housekeeping to to normal sari-sari stores, which ment services closer to entrepre- the DTI: make doing business in
“TindahaNation” on Wednesday, can engage into”. sari-sari stores that implements implements a markup on prices neurs for them to register their the country easier for Filipinos.
Special Assistant to the President He cited government pro- suggested retail prices (SRPs) in of their goods. businesses. Those who want to go into busi-
Christopher Lawrence Go said grams through the Department their establishments so that more The DTI also launched the “President Duterte, even be- ness, help them,” he added.(PNA)

Fish vendor, a mother of four from Nabunturan, Compostela Valley shares her success
“I AM now old and growing church as a family,” she added. go through a kidney surgery.
older and older every day; Eleven years ago, Marites The hospital bill and expenses
even my hair almost fully turn met the Center for Agricul- were quite expensive. Luck-
its color into white. But I am ture and Rural Development ily, Marites had availed of
now happy to see my fam- (CARD), Inc. (A Microfinance the hospitalization benefit or
ily staying stronger together,” NGO), a social development CARD Care offered by CARD
said Marites Gabato, with a organization that offers micro- Pioneer Microinsurance, the
spark of happiness in her eyes. loans to support the livelihood microinsurance arm of CARD
Marites Gabato, a resident activities of the socio-econom- Mutually Reinforcing Insti-
from Nabunturan, Compostela ically challenged women and tutions (CARD MRI) where
Valley, is a 52-year-old mother their families. CARD, Inc. is also a member
of four, who worked as a fish In her 11 years as member of institution. The benefit cov-
vendor for almost 25 years. CARD, Inc., the institution has ers the daily hospitalization
All of her four children were witnessed how she was able to income benefits maximum of
graduates in (vocational and successfully manage her busi- 15 days.
degree courses). They all tried ness. From an initial loan of “I always thank CARD for
working overseas but eventu- P3,000, Marites can now avail always being there for me in
ally returned home to stay and a loan up to P100,000. times of my success and uncer-
join their parents in nurturing Marites was also able to put tainties as well,” said Marites.
their business. up an eatery and bought a car, With all the things Marites’s
“It’s their choice to stay here which they use in transport- has gone through in life, she
with me. I gave them the free- ing goods to their respective reminds us to be strong al-
dom to choose but they chose clients. She was also able to ways. “We just need to stay
not to leave,” said Marites ad- renovate their house. stronger and whatever may
mitting that it made her happy. Like any other stories, Mar- happen, don’t lose hope in
ENTREPRENEUR. Marites Gabato s a 52-year-old mother of four, who worked as a fish vendor for almost 25 years “At least now, we could make ites also tasted the bitter sea- God because He’s always
is a member of CARD, Inc for 11 years. (Supplied photo) a living together and go to son of life. Her husband had to there, just a prayer away.”
Money Matters
Gold Star Daily

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Editor: Ben Balce
Developer establishing leadership in Vismin, based on Santos Knight Frank study
LISTED developer Cebu biggest real estate developer developers with a 97.96% ab- in Cebu, CLI’S Casa Mira as of end-2017. Both Baseline projects across the VisMin
Landmasters Inc. (CLI) con- in the house and lot segment, sorption rate. South has the most number of Premier and Mivesa Garden region to bring its diversified
tinues to top property market among both national and lo- In Cagayan de Oro, the housing units at 1,007 breach- Residences posted an absorp- portfolio of residential sub-
in the Visayas and Mindanao cal developers, the consul- company provides the most ing the 1,000 mark and sold tion rate of 96%. division, residential condo-
as it aggressively pursues ex- tancy firm formerly known as share of condominium units at 43 units per month compared In Davao and Cagayan de minium, offices, hotels, retail
pansion of its footprint in the a CBRE subsidiary said. It is 24% of the total and also had with competitors’ average of Oro, Santos Knight Frank said and estate to a total of 66. The
region. number 1 in the house and lot the highest absorption rate of three units per month. Velmiro CLI benefited from a surge in projects in different stages of
CLI is the leading local hous- segment accounting for 18% 93% among all vertical devel- Heights, another project in the demand due to rapid urbani- development are in seven key
ing developer in VisMin, for of the supply, and takes up opers in the city. area, had the highest absorp- zation, vibrant tourism sector cities that include Cebu, Man-
both horizontal and vertical de- 12% share of the condomin- Citing the results of the tion rate of 99%. and increase in incomes. CLI’s daue, Dumaguete, Bacolod,
velopments, according to San- ium market delivering 2,638 study, Santos Knight Frank Cebu Landmasters also ac- Davao project MesaTierra Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and
tos Knight Frank’s 2017 study units. said CLI’s continued roll-out counts for 12% of the total Garden Residences has a year- Davao.
on the VisMin property sector In Davao, the real estate of projects well received by residential condominium in- to-date sales of 94%, and CDO The listed company plans to
covering major cities of Cebu, firm posts the highest take- buyers helped it keep a firm ventory in Cebu with a total project MesaVerte Residences expand its footprint to General
Davao and Cagayan de Oro. up of 57 units per month and foothold of the VisMin market. of 2,638 units from the 5 ac- at 95%. Santos City, Butuan City, Or-
In Cebu, CLI remains the also trumped other real estate In the house and lot segment tively selling condominiums CLI is set to launch 20 more moc City and Roxas City.(PR)

DOF, Jica ink P970-m
grant for Marawi rehab
THE Department of Finance pan specifically to support efforts Total assistance of the Japa- of fund will include the national
(DOF) and Japan International to rebuild Marawi City. nese government to the Philip- government through various
Cooperation Agency (JICA) on The first grant was a $2-mil- pines to bolster humanitarian agencies, local government units,
Tuesday signed a grant agree- lion humanitarian assistance initiatives in Marawi is now at non-governmental organizations,
ment that would pave the way through United Nation Chil- $36 million. development partners, and pri-
for the release of 2 billion yen or dren’s Fund and World Food “As of April 2018, the Philip- vate sector.
some $18.66 million in funds for Programme in July 2017. pine government has identified The finance chief said the Phil-
the rehabilitation and reconstruc- During the ASEAN Summit 902 priority projects and activities ippine government may issue re-
tion of war-torn Marawi City and here in November 2017, the Jap- for the rehabilitation and recovery tail bonds for both domestic and
surrounding communities. anese government also donated of Marawi City and its surround- international markets intended to
SARI-SARI STORE OWNER. Nelia Morales, 60, from Carmen, Agusan The agreement, roughly construction equipment to sup- ing areas,” Dominguez said. raise funds to support the Mara-
del Sur is an active member of Center for Agriculture and Rural Develop- equivalent to P970 million, was port debris clearing operations “All of these has an estimated wi rehabilitation program.
ment (CARD), Inc. (A Microfinance NGO), a social development organi- signed by Finance Secretary in Marawi including excavators, cost of P55 billion or roughly Meanwhile, Housing and Ur-
zation that offers microloans to support the livelihood activities of the so- Carlos Dominguez III and JICA bulldozers, and trucks. $2.86 billion,” he added. ban Development Coordinating
cio-economically challenged women and their families. (Supplied photo)
Chief Representative to the Phil- Last March, the governments He added that 47 percent of the Council and concurrent Task

Holding firm spending ippines Yoshio Wada.
At the signing ceremony,
Dominguez acknowledged that
of the Philippines and Japan
signed the Exchange of Notes
worth $9.8 million for shelter
budget requirement for Marawi
rehabilitation will come from
National Disaster Risk Reduc-
Force Bangon Marawi chairman
Eduardo del Rosario said the
government seeks to commence

P40.6 billion in 2018 this will be the fourth grant ex-
tended by the government of Ja-
and livelihood assistance pack-
tion and Management Council
project fund, while other sources
with the rehabilitation projects
for Marawi by June 16. (PNA)

Consunji-led conglomerate
DMCI Holdings, Inc. is ramp-
ing up its capital expenditure
and President Isidro Consunji
said he expects “more modest
gains” this year due to declining DICT orders telcos to slash BTr fully
interconnection payments
(capex) budget this year to electricity rates and the unre-

PHP40.6 billion to support ex- solved issues in its nickel min-
pansion, the bulk of which will ing and water businesses.
be allotted for its property and The company has a pending
energy businesses.
DMCI chief finance officer
motion for recomputation with
the Energy Regulatory Com-
DEPARTMENT of Information
and Communications Technol-
Under its Department Or-
der No. 002 dated May 11, the
more affordable for the ordinary
Filipino consumer,” DICT Acting
Herbert Consunji told report- mission, which it expects to be ogy (DICT) through the National DICT has directed the NTC to Secretary Eliseo Rio said. THE Bureau of Treasury (BTr)
ers Tuesday its real estate arm resolved soon. Telecommunications Commis- formulate measures that will en- “Affordable interconnection has awarded in full both the 91-
DMCI Homes will get P16 bil- “Our bright spots will be real sion (NTC) has ordered local tel- sure lower interconnection rates rates would encourage competi- day and 182-day Treasury bills
lion, Semirara Mining and Pow- estate and coal. We believe that ecommunications companies to for both mobile voice and short tion and would attract new major (T-bills), while awarding only
er Corp., P13 billion; affiliate the robust economy coupled bring down the interconnection messaging services (SMS) being telecommunications players by partially the 364-day T-bills on
Maynilad Water Services, Inc., with the superior quality and charges they impose on subscrib- offered by the telcos. creating a healthy environment Tuesday’s auction.
P9 billion; and off-grid energy unique features of our real estate ers making calls or sending text The department noted that conducive for competition and The 91-day T-bills offered at
business DMCI Power Corp., projects will sustain customer messages across networks. mobile voice and SMS rates in playing field,” he added. P5 billion fetched an average
PHP2 billion. demand. Unexpectedly strong This initiative comes amid the Philippines are among the The interconnection rate is a rate of 3.451 percent.
Consunji said the diversified interest from foreign Chinese preparations for the entry of a highest in Asia. fee charged by a telco to its sub- The debt paper was thrice
engineering conglomerate spent investors will also bolster sales,” new player that will encourage “There is a need to make the scribers whenever they call and oversubscribed with tenders
PHP34 billion last year. he said during its stockholders’ competition in the local telco in- mobile voice service and short text another person from a differ- reaching P15.09 billion.
DMCI Holdings Chairman meeting. (PNA) dustry. message service in the Philippines ent operator. (PNA) Likewise, the 182-day T-bills

Auto sales continue to decline in April: TMA
amounting to P4 billion had an
average rate of 3.934 percent
during the auction.
It was twice oversubscribed
SALES on most classes of au- ported Tuesday. This is after commercial vehi- light commercial vehicles fell 41.5 percent to 3,439 units in with bids amounting to P10.5
tomotive vehicles was on the Joint CAMPI and TMA data cle sales, which account for 61 by 9.7 percent to 11,045 units in April this year compared to its billion.
decline in April this year, the showed that vehicle sales in percent of the industry sales last April 2018 from 12,237 units of 5,878 units sales a year ago. Both the 91-day and 182-day
Chamber of Automotive Manu- April 2018 decreased by 11.9 month, contracted its sales by the previous year. Sales of light trucks slightly T-bills were re-issued debt pa-
facturers of the Philippines, Inc. percent to 25,583 units from 18.3 percent to 15,673 units from Higher decrement in sales slipped by 0.5 percent to 580 pers, with original issuance date
(CAMPI) and Truck Manufac- 29,038 units in the same period 19,176 units in April last year. was registered by Asian util- units last month from 583 units of August 16, 2017 and Novem-
turers Association (TMA) re- a year ago. Under this segment, sales of ity vehicles, which declined by a year ago. (PNA) ber 17, 2017, respectively. (PNA)

Personal remittances rise to $7.8 billion in First Quarter in 2018
PERSONAL remittances one year, amounting to $1.6 bil- based workers aggregated $5.6 (UAE), Qatar, and the Unit- patriation of OF workers from
from Overseas Filipinos (OFs) lion (rising by 2.2 percent) for billion and $1.4 billion, respec- ed States (US). The negative the Middle East countries could
reached $7.8 billion in the first the same period. tively, with growth of 0.4 per- growth during the month was have affected the inflows of
quarter of 2018, registering 1.3 However, personal remit- cent and 2.3 percent. primarily due to base effect fol- cash remittances. Preliminary
percent year-on-year growth, tances in March 2018, at $2.6 In March alone, total cash lowing the sharp increase in re- data from the Department of La-
BSP Officer-in-Charge Diwa C. billion, were 9.9 percent lower remittances fell by 9.8 percent mittances in March 2017 at 10.7 bor and Employment indicated
Guinigundo announced today. than the level posted in the same year-on-year to $2.4 billion. percent. that as of 8 Feb 2018, a total of
The bulk (77.5 percent) of month last year. This was attributed to the 9.7 Further contributing to the 1,124 OF workers were repatri-
personal remittances was from In the first three months of percent drop in cash remittances decline was the lesser number ated from Kuwait.
land-based workers with work 2018, cash remittances from from land-based workers and of banking days in March 2018 Cash remittances coming
contracts of one year or more, OFs coursed through banks 10.2 percent decrease in trans- compared to the same month in from the US, UAE, Japan, Sin-
which summed up to $6.1 billion stood at $7 billion, posting 0.8 fers from sea-based workers. 2017 since the celebration of the gapore, United Kingdom, Can-
(growing by 0.4 percent), while percent growth from the level The countries that registered Holy Week happened during the ada, Qatar, Germany and Hong
20 percent derived from sea- posted in the same period a year the biggest declines in cash re- last week of March as opposed Kong comprised 80.1 percent of
based and land-based workers ago. Cash remittances sent by mittances in March were Saudi to April in 2017. total cash remittances in the first
with work contracts of less than land-based workers and sea- Arabia, United Arab Emirates Moreover, the continued re- quarter of 2018. (PNA) GUINIGUNDO
Gold Star Daily

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Editor: Herbie Gomez
Elections are over, now what? (2) Why they called
Second part
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them to impose their will on the conduct
of officials and on the content of their
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856-4795 whether their govern- the challenge facing us all. It really is the Americans as
MEMBER ment behaves respon- People Power, which starts with the indi- the “Mahimayaong
Founded by ERNESTO G. CHU sibly and dutifully. vidual, or the Power of One. Kagubot” or the
President Emeritus
-Gising Barangay *** glorious war. This
EDITORIAL Movement Inc. We dealt last time with the post-elec- descriptive term was
Herbie Gomez, Editor in Chief
tion tasks needing a citizen’s attention in heavily tinged with
Cong Corrales, Associate Editor Manny RESPONSIBLE cit- order to assure good governance for his pride, patriotism
Ben Balce, Deskman Valdehuesa izens create respon- community. and even nostalgia
Catherine Chu,RN, Lifestyle Editor sible governments; First, we pointed out the need to get by the people who A. Paulita Roa
irresponsible citizens create irresponsi- acquainted with one’s barangay govern- used to describe
ble governments. This cannot be over- ment. Second, we dealt with the need some local events as “antes sa kagubot”
Guadalupe Jimenez Chu, President emphasized. It is why wise people say to get enfranchised or empowered as or before the war and “pagkahuman
Alfonso Y. Lim, Vice President for Production
Gladys Elaine J. Chu,Vice President for Marketing
that we get the politicians we deserve; the sovereign citizens of the communi- sa kagubot” or after the war. Reading
James Go, Vice President for Circulation that if we are unhappy with our govern- ty—“its Bosses,” to quote PNoy Aqui- several old documents that pertained to
Catherine Chu,RN, Administrative Director ment, we have ourselves to blame. no—who have power over the officials, that period, I could not help but look for
Lissa Rosalynn C. Lagura, Finance Officer
Ruchelle Bangis, General Manager
But simply acknowledging the blame and how to wield said power for the events that could bolster their claim that
Flordelis Paler, Circulation and Advertising won’t do any good. It won’t make the Common Good. it was indeed one glorious war.
Atty. Melanie Mae C. Cabanlas, Legal Counsel government or its officials change their This time, let’s take up the Third First, let me give a brief background
Atty. Jerry Pacuribot, Legal Counsel
behavior. Only citizens with a desire task, which is to Insist on profession- on the historical events that led to the
Registered with the Securities and Exchange for good governance and who perform alizing the operations of the Barangay year long resistance war against the
Commission (CS201028440) on June. 23, their role in its processes can change the Development Council (BDC). Americans. When the Spaniards ended
2010. Entered as second class mail matter at
the Postal Service Office-Region 10, October
behavior of government. Their sover- Next to the Barangay Assembly, it is their 333-year colonial rule in the Phil-
1989 and Region 11 with Permit no. PR-XI eign power, aided by the law, enables See VALDEHUESA/p.11 ippines in December 1898, the people
96-08 on Dec. 12, 1996. Extension Offices
in Misamis Province immediately held

Reforming SK
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Cebu City; mobile no.: 0918-941-3920, tele- Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election the Department of Interior and Local cial President Jose Roa y Casas prior-
phone nos: (032) 2625474, 2624557; Davao:
(Ruben M. Dongzal) cor. Fr. Selga & Malvar,
which is supposed to be Government reported that “The SK’s itized the creation of an army and the
Sicat Bldg. Davao City, Tel. nos.: 082-4402057 held every three years performance for the past ten years has setting up of a defense system around
/ 0932-619-9703 / 0905-121-4868. email: since Dec. 4, 1992, was been generally weak. This is especially the huge province.
last held on May 9, true in terms of coming up with legis- They procured numerous guns
The views expressed in our editorial pages 2010. The succeeding lations, promoting the development of and around 200 swords in Iligan and
do not necessarily reflect the stand, individual or Cebu and this was paid for by wealthy
collective, of this paper’s publishers, editors, man-
elections were post- young people, submitting reports and
agers, and staff members. These are the authors’ poned several times holding consultations with their constit- Kagay-anons. Not contented with that,
opinions in the huge marketplace of ideas where the local government set up its own
readers are free to agree or disagree with, accept
and were never held uents.” It goes without saying that the 10
or reject, or use in formulating informed decisions. on the appointed dates percent of Internal Revenue Allotment arms and ammunition factory headed
William Adan until Monday, May (IRA) from barangay funds set aside by Timoteo Baz who was an excellent
14, 2018. for SK activities were not meaningfully gunsmith of his time. And so it was that
BETH DELA CRUZ - 0917-714-3761, 0922-884-8796,
METRO MANILA Among others, the several post- spent or were used instead by the baran- most of the soldiers were armed with lo-
RALPH FRANCISCO - 0917-704-4623, ponements were apparently made by gay government for other purposes. cally made guns now known as paltik. I
ADRIAN LEE - 032-262 5474, 032-262 4557, lawmakers to develop corrective counter After legislating to postpone the SK would dearly love to obtain a gun made
CEBU CITY measures to observations that the SK elections three or four times, Congress by Señor Baz for that would really be
AMOR BARLISAN - 0906-275-2936,
failed as a training ground for future finally passed the Sangguniang Kabataan something!
EDGAR DICHOS - 0916-168-0049, leaders but has become instead a breed- Reform Law (RA No.14742) on Jan. 15, In January 1899, the military force
CAGAYAN DE ORO ing ground for political dynasty and 2016. The law addresses the issues that was organized into four divisions. The
STEVE BRIAN N. PARBA- 0906-348-7018, 0906-6752-038
CAGAYAN DE ORO corrupt politicians. had hounded the SK, particularly of its Infantry’s First Company of Sharpshoot-
BING TENORIO - 0917-793-3999, Consider this. The youth in many becoming a breeding ground for corrupt ers was headed by Capt. Tirso Neri. The
AICKA TENORIO - 092O-2115-114, communities were observed to disap- political dynasty and the ineptness of militia was headed by Capt. Apolinar
VALENCIA pear on the eve of SK elections. The the youth council to manage the affairs Velez, the police by Capt. Cipriano Va-
TERRY BANGAL - 0922 -3156-008,
DANGCAGAN, BUKIDNON young voters were herded by politicians and concerns for young people. The law menta and artillery was headed by Capt.
LALAINE SUDARIA - 0926-354-3702, or their leaders into resorts and other changed the age of council members Leon Chaves with Lt. Juan San Jueco, a
GLENN L. UY - 0917-112-6041,
secluded areas, and were fed, wined and from 15 -17 to 18 -30 years old and Spaniard. Military training was mostly
MALAYBALAY given allowances to secure their votes forbids individuals from seeking an SK held in the sprawling town plaza -- to-
EFREN CELOCIA - 0975-640-8038, for the candidates of the politicians’ post who are related to any incumbent day’s Gaston Park and the tennis courts.
DANILO MANIT - 0935-226-1566, choice, often their kids or close of kin. elected official, either local or national, The most prominent among the
TALAKAG, BUKIDNON Moreover, the SKs developed a poor See ADAN/p.11 young officers was Don Tirso Neri
EVIE TIPON - 0905-888-1999,
MARAMAG, BUKIDNON who was the wealthiest man in town.

The consummate public servant
OSCAR LEDESMA - 0916-910-0019, According to his niece, Caridad Roa de
EVELYN CASANILLO, 0916-834-6159,
Valdehuesa, Neri named his group of
POBLACION MALITBOG, BUKIDNON tiradores or sharpshooters the Somaten
NORA SORIÑO - 0919-796-9292,
ILIGAN IT is said that power generally over- That said, aside from the enumerable Company after his favorite horse who
HENRY SALAZAR - 0926-014-2978, whelms the better instincts of man. things that Ed has done for his friends, had a ruby and diamond pendant on his
Not the Ed Angara I acquaintances and supporters, his forehead. Neri also had a lancha a vapor
ELDIE AGUIRRE - 0919-285-7530,
DIGOS Aquilino knew. whole-hearted dedication to the cause of or a steam-powered ship that he named
EDGAR CATANE - 0909-701-3523,
Pimentel Jr. Despite the enor- education emerges as his unique contri- after his wife Mercedes. He placed the
BREN MASANGCAY - 0920-549-5712, mous powers that he had bution to the welfare of our people. ship at the disposal of the local govern-
access to or that he enjoyed especially There, in the field of education, I sub- ment. The ship Mercedes patrolled the
AVEL GALORIO - 0908-7398-848,
BAYUGAN, AGUSAN DEL SUR during the early Martial Law Years, he mit, Ed’s track record as a public servant coastal waters of northern Mindanao and
MARIE IVY AYENSA SABELO - 0917-962-0246, remained a person with balanced human stands out over the heads of his peers. was the first ship that flew the Philippine
LEMIE LEGARTE - 0915-637-1644, perspectives. I won’t mention all the laws that Ed flag. Government officials also went to
GINGOOG For instance, he had perks to savor. sponsored in the course of his public Camiguin aboard this ship to bring the
NONOY LERIO - 0950-277-7917,
SURIGAO CITY But, he tried to share them with oth- life. new flag to the island.
FLOR DEGUINION - 0918-708-2225, ers less privileged. I will limit my inputs here, to only When the Kagay-anons and the Mis-
I know because even if he was aware some of the laws into which Ed put his amisnons heard that the American forces
ROSE MUÑEZA - 0910-537-5103,
SULTAN KUDARAT that during the Martial Law years I heart, soul, mind and spirit: the creation were advancing to the Visayas and
BASIR ALIPOLO - 0936-306-4043, 0930-523-4232
was in the opposite camp, he tried to of the Commission on Higher Educa- Mindanao, they held a meeting in Club
SALVADOR G. HIMULATAN- 0929-798-3600, share with me the material blessings he tion; the organization of the Technical Popular also known as the revolution-
KIDAPAWAN enjoyed. Education and Skills Development ary club where they took their oath to
TENG DATU - 0910-4033-386, 0926-3370-937
COTABATO CITY/ Which, incidentally, I had to turn Authority; the enactment of the Free defend their land against in order to pre-
KABACAN, NORTH COTABATO down because - from my narrower High School Act, and the passage of the serve their freedom. On March 30, 1900,
TOTOY MUÑOZ - 0975-418-2734,
ZAMBOANGA CITY perspectives - I just didn’t want “utang Government Assistance to Students and US forces under the command of Gen.
JUN LAZO - 0947-712-3696, na loob,” among other things, to hamper Teachers in Private Education (Gastpe), Bates came by way of the Cagayan Riv-
the cause I was, then, espousing. See PIMENTEL/p.11 See ROA/p.11
OpiniOn 7
Gold Star Daily
Editor: Herbie Gomez
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sharpening our hunger for heaven
WE are, of course, in this world to our true and ultimate end. often we just find ourselves empty and talents have to be used for how small and insignificant it is in
which plays a crucial role in the We have to find ways to relate headed and prone to all our weak- preaching, one has to see to it human terms, should be a material
over-all scheme of our entire life. everything to God, to the supernatu- nesses, temptations and the many that that these powers and talents for his abiding dialogue with God.
But we have to remember At the Core ral character of our final des- other allurements in the world. get truly inspired by the spirit of How important therefore it is
that even as we immerse tination in heaven. Whether The Holy Spirit is constantly Christ. In short, the priest has to to do everything just to be another
ourselves in worldly af- we like it or not, this is how prompting us, is always intervening assume the very mind and heart of Christ not only in name and title,
fairs, we should not allow the cookie crumbles for us, in our lives, showing us the way and Christ when he preaches. Other- but most especially in vivo! He
ourselves to be so trapped given our nature that is not empowering us to do a lot of good. wise, he will just be preaching should avoid simply being some
by them that we forget only material but also emi- If we would just allow ourselves to himself to the people. And that kind of bureaucrat, an official in
that we are meant for a nently spiritual. be led by the Spirit, instead of our would be a very funny and anoma- the Church, a scholar, an expert in
life beyond this world. We are meant for a own flesh-and-world-based reason lous situation. something. He has to be another
We are meant for supernatural life with God and will, we would be doing a lot All the legitimate concerns for Christ, nothing short of that!
heaven, for life in eter- because that is how we are of good. We would be storing up him to be effective in his preach- When one strives to be another
nity, hopefully with God our Fr. Roy wired and equipped with our treasures in heaven. ing, like he has to be identified Christ, even his limitations and
Creator and Father in whose Cimagala intelligence and will, and To be led by the Spirit is the with the people, to be innovative in mistakes can be very useful. And
image and likeness we have also because, first of all, it is best thing that can happen to us. We order to flow with the times, etc., the opposite is also true. When one
been created. And so, we should God’s will and he gives us the grace would not be lost as we cruise the should come as a consequence of is not truly another Christ, even the
sharpen our constant awareness of to effect it in us. many tricky ways of the world. No his indispensable identification best qualities and talents he has can
our heavenly destination, and the This is no gratuitous assertion, matter what happens, even if we with the living Christ to whom he be a danger to him and to every-
ways by which this awareness can because many are the references in commit mistakes in our temporal is sacramentally conformed. body else. Let’s remember what
be kept. the Bible that tell us so. “My son, affairs, we would still end up doing Let’s remember that Christ is St. Paul said in this regard.
Christ said it very clearly. “Do give me your heart and let your good. the perfect and lone mediator be- “Brothers,” he said, “consider
not store up for yourselves treasures eyes delight in my ways,” we are *** tween God and men. The priest can the time of your calling.
on earth, where moths and vermin told. (Prov 23,26) And in another Spiritual life and preach- only be a good mediating preacher Not many of you were wise by
destroy, and where thieves break in instance, we are told: “Do not fear, ing. We have to remind ourselves to the extent that he becomes an- human standards. Not many were
and steal. But store up for your- for I have redeemed you. I have that the effectiveness of a priest’s other Christ. powerful. Not many were of noble
selves treasures in heaven, where summoned you by name. You are preaching depends mainly on the The priest should always re- birth. But God chose the foolish
moths and vermin do not destroy, mine.” (Is 43,1) state of his spiritual life. More member the radical identity that he things of the world to shame the
and where thieves do not break in The strongest proof, of course, than his intellectual caliber and his has. He is no one other than Christ, wise. God chose the weak things
and steal. For where your treasure is the fact that God became man, speaking and entertaining skills and head of the Church. Even when of the world to shame the strong.
is, there your heart will be also.” Jesus Christ, who assumed all our all other human charms he possess- he is playing sports and doing an He chose the lowly and despised
(Mt 6,19-21) sins with his passion, death and es, it’s in the health of his spiritual excursion, this awareness of this things of the world, and the things
And St. Paul echoes the same resurrection. God wants us to be life where the people can truly hear identity should never be lost. that are not, to nullify the things
sentiment. “Set your minds on like him in Christ through the Holy the word of Christ. Imagine if he is truly another that are.” (1 Cor 1,26-28)
things above, not on earthly things.” Spirit. Let’s remember that Christ said Christ, if he has the very mind and The path to be another Christ
(Col 3,2) We should do everything We can correspond to this to his disciples, “Whoever listens heart of Christ. He would never run is that of humility that in turn will
to avoid getting entangled with our grand design of God for us, first, by to you listens to me.” (Lk 10,16) out of things to say, he would know always nourish our faith, hope and
earthly and temporal affairs. keeping a constant dialogue with These words clearly presume how to read minds and the signs charity, or in short, our spiritual
It’s not that these worldly him. This should not be difficult to that the priest should be vitally of the times, he would be full of life. We need to travel this path
concerns of ours are not import- do since any item in our life can be identified with Christ so that his goodness and mercy, etc.! for one to be a good and effective
ant. They are very important! But and should be a material for that preaching would actually be the For this, he should always be preacher.
only as means, not as ends. They dialogue. preaching of Christ, and not just praying, or at least, conscious
are nothing, and they can be very Our problem is that we prefer to his alone. that he is in the presence of God. E-mail: roycimagala@gmail.
harmful to us, if they are not related talk with our own selves, and very While all his human powers Everything in his life, no matter com

Greedy rich, suffering Filipinos
HIGHLY controversial, and mere have some kind of a roof over their how can SWS say that this kind of a many of the rich and the powerful. man” as what Time magazine boldly
nonsense. This is how I see the sur- heads actually endure pigsty-like Filipino is no longer poor? The rich deliberately controls accused him with in its May 14,
vey results being purveyed surroundings, still unable I have no problem with SWS an- the big businesses in the country, 2018 international edition. And,
by the Social Weather to eat three square meals nouncements (or announcements by many of which have even literally so okay, too, that the President is
Stations (SWS) pertaining a day? Why do many still any other agency, for that matter), killed the small enterprises in which merely a leader who is “strong and
to Filipinos who allegedly engage in drug peddling, which claim that more Filipinos are Filipinos used to excel, and from decisive,” especially in his cam-
claim they are no longer jueteng, or other petty now saying they are no longer poor, which they have been deriving their paign against illegal drugs. The only
poor. First, SWS clearly did crimes, just to earn measly for as long as those announcements livelihood for a long time. What is question is this: is this the kind of
not provide any standard by sums? reflect what is happening in the painful here is this: the rich are re- leadership that is required so true
which the public will un- In the website https:// ground. If one respondent in the fusing to share their wealth and the and beneficial change will come to
derstand who are those who tradingeconomics.com/ survey of the SWS happened to be wealth of the nation with their poor Filipinos?
are no longer poor, and Batas philippines/wages, the enjoying above average income, countrymen. I hope I am not misunderstood
those are still impoverished. Mauricio report there was that the that would be okay, but announce- There is only one thing that the here, Sec. Roque. I voted for the Pres-
It merely said, 58.2 annual gross income of a ments portraying a rosy picture for rich should be reminded of: what ident during the elections of 2016.
percent of Filipino families are now Filipino worker in 2015 (which, many others would constitute an would profit a man to gain the But someone has to tell the President
claiming they are no longer poor. as per the site’s clarification, also insult to those who are still very whole world, and yet lose his soul? that being “strong and decisive” are
But, wait a minute, SWS. Who are applied in 2018) amounted to only poor. If the rich truly believe in God, they not the only qualities that would
to be considered poor? And who P10,113.00. If we break this down *** should not forget that, come judg- enable a country to achieve truly ben-
are those who are no longer poor? to 12 months, it would appear that Many will say that Filipinos will ment time, they who did not help eficial change. A leader also needs the
What was the standard you used to the average monthly salary of the have no one else to blame except alleviate the poverty and suffering guidance, blessings, and protection of
classify those who are still poor and worker is only P842.75. themselves for their impoverished of the poor would be punished in God, which that leader can achieve
those who are no longer poor? The undeniable truth is that, conditions. Many justifications can the eternal hell of fire and worms, only if he is a true believer, and if the
If more Filipinos are no longer this kind of a monthly salary can be advanced to support this view, bringing to punishment not only qualities required by the Bible for
poor, why is it that many of them be considered for the poorest of the and they could actually be correct. themselves but even their children to good leaders are found in him. Is that
are still residing in squatters’ areas? poor. Nothing can be purchased The truth is undeniable, however. the fourth generation. not true, Secretary Roque?
Why are many Filipinos still with- anymore with this P842.75 salary. The true reason for the widespread ***
out their own residences, and why If the worker is renting a room, poverty among our countrymen is So okay, Secretary Harry Roque, E-mail: batasmauricio@yahoo.
are those who claim they already and if he has at least two children, the pervading greed on the part of President Duterte is not a “strong- com

Time to be vanguards of democracy
THE country’s highest court, with appointment on the ground that Duterte considers all his dissenters hide their malodor anymore. The militancy in showing disgust and
the help of President Rodrigo she had failed to fully disclose her as his enemies. This goes down real terrorist in this country is dissent against Duterte’s tyranni-
Duterte’s political minions, ousted wealth. not only to high profile individuals Duterte, his cohorts, and imperial- cal and murderous regime. There
Maria Lourdes Sereno as Letter Democracy has been like Sereno, but also to progres- ist enchiladas. will be more dire consequences
chief justice -- a staunch long dead in the country, sive groups, activists, student While trampling on Philippine of the current political situation
critic of Duterte’s murderous war and Duterte buried it a thousand leaders, peasants, workers and democracy, Duterte has be- in our country and we should be
on drugs and progressing fascist feet more to the ground. With several more. smirched the country’s sovereign- ready to arduously struggle and
and militaristic rule. Sereno’s ousting, Duterte’s dicta- Just recently, priest and tribal ty as he plays an uncertain card launch massive mobilizations to
The connivance of Duterte torial ambition has fully unfolded. rights advocate against mining with China. He is also acting like fight Duterte’s dictatorship.
with his peers both in the Con- This means there is no more fine Mark Ventura was killed in broad a cocky king of spades with the Duterte may be thinking that
gress and the judiciary is a rustic print for Duterte in imposing daylight while holding a mass. Sr. United States’ plan for our country he is coming within an ace of
plot of a cheap dictator wannabe anti-poor and neoliberal policies Patricia Fox, an Australian mis- to be the centerpiece of the “pivot achieving a dictatorship. But what
hungry for power. But the people directed by the United States, Chi- sionary who hasserved the poor in to Asia” master plan. he is doing is plainly digging his
haven’t lost yet for in these dark na and other imperialist countries. remote parts of the country, is ha- Let’s call a spade a spade. own grave. His regime is a house
times they will fight against a Sereno voted against two of rassed and ordered to be deported Duterte is a murderous puppet of cards that will be knocked
tyrannical regime. Duterte’s imbecilic decisions within the month. who continues to bow down to down by the intensifying mass
Voting 8–6, the Supreme Court -- the declaration of martial law Those who are fighting for imperialist countries. movement of the Filipino people.
justices removed Sereno, favoring in Mindanao and the decision the Filipino people’s democratic The College Editors Guild of --Jose Mari Callueng, president,
the quo warranto petition which allowing a hero’s burial for his rights are seen as enemies and ter- the Philippines lauds and sa- College Editors Guild of the
questions the validity of her idol Ferdinand Marcos. Indeed, rorists. But the government cannot lutes the Filipino youth for their Philippines
Gold Star Daily

9 Thursday, May 17, 2018
Editor: Cong B. Corrales

Maitum police gets bounty
for rape-slay suspect arrest
KIDAPAWAN City — The Bueno with help from in- and sought help from a
cash reward for the arrest formants in Maitum who driver-friend who brought
of a suspect in a rape-mur- were able to identify the him to Maitum.
14May2018malaybalayelection der case in Kidapawan suspect through his pho- “But because of the
City went to the police of tos which were posted on social media, there were
Maitum town in Sarangani social media. those who noticed Bueno
province. Bueno, a former hard- and reported him to the
City Mayor Joseph Evan- ware store employee, al- Maitum PNP. When Bue-
gelista handed the P100,000 legedly raped and killed no found out he could no
bounty to Senior Insp. Juanito his 3-year old cousin Ella longer escape, he yielded
Castillo, police chief of Mai- Bueno on May 6 in Baran- to the police,” he said.
tum, at the city hall, a day gay Singao, Kidapawan. Bueno, now detained
after the mayor presented to Supt. Ramel Hojilla, at the city police office, is
media Rene Montano Bueno, chief of Kidapawan po- facing rape with murder,
WITH his daughter resting on his shoulder, a voter looks for his name on the list at the Airport Village
Elementary School in Malaybalay City during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election on Monday.
the suspect. lice said Bueno escaped a non-bailable offense.
MindaNews photo by Aries Sandino M. Mordeno Maitum police arrested hours after the incident (mindanews)
Gold Star Daily

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Editor: Cong B. Corrales
Ph, Oz hold joint naval activity Duterte ‘advises’ two
ZAMBOANGA City — assistant secretaries to
The Western Mindanao
Command through the Na-
val Forces Western Mindan-
resign amid graft raps
ao and the Royal Australian DAVAO City — Two Roque said the President
Navy is conducting the third assistant secretaries have could be alluding to the two
Combined Maritime Se- maritime_5afa882c89e7b3_10161597 been “advised” by President officials when he disclosed
curity Activity to enhance Rodrigo Duterte to resign at the wake of former Sen-
capability against piracy, following allegations of cor- ator Edgardo Angara early
kidnapping, and terror. ruption against them, Palace Tuesday that he was firing
The maritime security spokesperson Harry Roque two officials.
activity kicked-off on Mon- told a press briefing in Mala- The spokesperson said it’s
day with the arrival ceremo- cañang Tuesday. already up to the Ombuds-
ny of the two RAN ships, Roque said investigation man to press charges against
Her Majesty Australian Ship done by the Presidential Macarambon and Umpa, but
Albany and HMAS Glenelg, Anti-Corruption Commis- added the anti-graft agency
in this city. sion (PACC) showed that can pick up from the PACC
The RAN contingent Justice Assistant Secretary investigation.
is headed by Lt. Col. Judd JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE. Her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Albany and HMAS Glenelg of the Royal Moslemen Macarambon Sr. “Sila po ay may rec-
Australian Navy arrived at the port of Zamboanga on Monday for the 3rd Combined Maritime Security Activity. and Public Works Assistant ommendatory powers, at
Finger, Joint Task Force Photo courtesy of Naval Forces Western Mindanao Public Information Office
629 commander. Secretary Tingagun Umpa sinusumite po nila ang
Songano said that part Sea Lines of Communi- insula, and Lanao, Basilan, drills aboard ships will were allegedly involved in kanilang recommendations
of the activity is the series cations particularly in the and Tawi-Tawi. also be held to enhance the corrupt acts. sa Office of the President,”
of maritime patrols in the waters of Zamboanga Pen- Songano said various readiness of crew. (pna) Macarambon, appointed he said.
last Jan. 9, reportedly inter- He added the commis-
vened on behalf of suspected sion inherited 400 com-
smugglers of gold and other plaints from the Deputy
precious jewelry at the Ni- Executive Secretary for
noy Aquino International Legal Affairs.
Airport. Duterte warned that he
Umpa, appointed as as- would get rid of corrupt
sistant secretary for Auton- officials in the government.
omous Region in Muslim Last week, former
Mindanao Operations and tourism secretary Wanda
Special Mindanao Projects Teo resigned amid her
on Jan. 5, was accused of agency’s advertisements
committing grave abuse worth P60 million that
of power and corruption were aired on her brothers’
when he allegedly asked for block-time program Kilos
“certain percentages” from Pronto at the state-run Peo-
contractors of government ple’s Television Network.
projects in the region. (mindanews)
Money Matters
Gold Star Daily

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Editor: Ben Balce
Century, Mitsubishi to jointly construct 33,000 affordable homes
PROPERTY developer Century Wednesday signed the joint ven- country, especially in providing Antonio said its tie-up with will be 15 to 20 hectares and it “As we get clearance from
Properties Group, Inc. (CPG) ture agreement for affordable homes for the homeless. Right Mitsubishi strengthens CPG’s is currently in various stages of PCC (Philippine Competition
has teamed up with global busi- homes, which will pursue the now, we decided to tap the first plans of diversification and land banking. Commission), we can prob-
ness enterprise Mitsubishi Corp. development of projects of scale home buyer market, which de- positioning, not just in the af- PHirst Park Homes President ably launch more. Out of 15
in a joint venture that seeks to in key locations outside Met- mand right now is insatiable fordable housing category, but Ricky Celis said the firm targets (projects) that we are eyeing,
deliver some 33,000 affordable ro Manila, under a new brand because there are really many in the broader first home buyer to initially introduce to the mar- we identified (locations of) at
housing units to the Philippine called PHirst Park Homes. people joining the middle class market. ket one project each in South least six or seven... There are
market, with P57 billion in sales “This is very important not in the Philippines,” CPG Chair- Based on current plans, the Luzon and Central Luzon this several properties that we have
value over the next five years. only for our companies but for man and Chief Executive Of- joint venture company will year. The firm is looking to ex- pre-identified and a lot of them
Capitalizing on the country’s our country. It seals a partner- ficer Jose Antonio said in a press spend P10 billion to launch 15 pand into the Visayas and Min- are actually in the advanced
demand for affordable housing, ship between two corporations briefing after the signing of the projects within the next five danao regions once it establish- stage of acquisition right now,”
CPG and Mitsubishi officials on who envisioned to help the joint venture deal. years, or until 2022. Each site es technical and market scale. said Celis. (PNA)
cluding Liga ng mga Duterte asked for “a At present, there is no
Face of 15 gunmen who wait-
ed and fired at a Toyota
recorded as of 4 pm
Monday. Barangay president and little time” to rehabili- enabling law as the Com-
From page 1
Hilux driven by Zafra. “We have reports of Councilor Robert de tate. prehensive Agrarian Re-
reported yesterday) were He said with Zaf- supporters shouting at Lara. He vowed to give pri- form Program (Carp) had
among the 23 SK candi- ra in the vehicle were each other; reports of F o r m e r Ta l i s a y a n ority to the poor Mer- expired and the Compre-
dates for chairpersons three companions. They vote buying but other- councilor Jojac Asun- anaws, adding that hous- hensive Agrarian Reform
and councilors who in- were negotiating a hill at wise the barangay elec- cion also won in Baran- es would go to those Program Extension with
sisted on running for City Homes Subdivision tions went without any gay Lunao, Gingoog, who have been rendered Reforms had also ex-
youth council seats de- when the gunmen fired. major trouble,” Ravelo over Proseso Calope. homeless. pired on June 30, 2014.
spite being cautioned by “The suspects used said. Asuncion bagged 1,926 He said once the de- A substantial part of
the Comelec. the cover of darkness votes against Calope’s bris is cleared, “we will Marawi City is classified
“Giingnan naman ni
sila panahon sa filing
and superior number
to conduct the crime.
Loses 1,700. return the land to whoev-
er owns it.”
as a military reservation,
according to a Procla-
From page 1
nga di sila puede kay This is simply a murder Duterte, whose grand- mation issued by the
taas nang edad. Mga case,” he said. Meanwhile in Gingoog Saved mother was a Meranaw, late President Elpidio
From page 1
gahi mag ulo, mamugos Flores said Zafra died City, the eldest son of said he would place gov- Quirino in 1953. Mer-
man gyud nga mo-file,” after he was brought to provincial board mem- 11, President Duterte ernment lands under land anaws contend they have
Magbutay said. the Polymedic Hospital ber Wayne Militante, assured that only Mer- reform. “I will break it pre-existing rights as
in Cagayan de Oro. A Choky, failed to unseat anaws would benefit up into lands at i-land Marawi is their ancestral
companion was pro- reelectionist barangay from the rehabilitation. reform ko, ibigay ko sa home.
Against nounced out of danger. chairperson Lilibeth Pa- “I assure you, those inyo... And I will commit Del Rosario earlier
From page 1
Misamis Orien- guia of Barangay 17. who are not Meranaws to you, as a Meranaw, said “Ground Zero” does
primary suspect,” Flores tal election supervisor There were about 26 will not benefit from the I will commit to you not fall within the mili-
said. Carlito Ravelo said the candidates for barangay rehab. We will return that now na magbuhos ako tary reservation. ( car -
He said one witness death of Zafra was the chairpersons in Gingoog to you. We don’t aim for ng tulong, mga tractor, o ly n o . a r g u i l l a s o f
identified Dragon as one only violent incident without opponents, in- anything else,” he said. fertilizer pati seedlings.” mindanews )

Valdehuesa Did the previous government
prepare a Comprehensive
dispensary, or health center
tends to the health of families
the Comelec prepared for the
demanding task when the filling
anyone’s service and relevance
to the nation.
in this our beloved democratic
From page 6
Multi-sectoral Development and the children. They’ll even for candidacy was so close to I guess Ed wanted all our God rest you, dear Ed.
the second most important Plan as required by law? It is build a cockpit instead of a election day? Failure to do the citizens - and especially the poor,
unit for developing the com- the barangay’s medium-term rice or corn mill or a park for bloodline examination may force the oppressed, and the marginal- (Eulogy for a friend and
munity. On the BDC’s per- plan (five years or so) that’s recreation. (to be continued) the body to yield to a messy ized - to realize that to extricate colleague delivered by former
formance depends whether it supposed to become part of post-election remedy, that is, to themselves from the clutches of senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. at
will have adequate facilities, the over-all municipal, city, (Manny Valdehuesa Jr. petitions for disqualifications poverty - they must have access the Senate yesterday.)
amenities, and services. Its or provincial Plan—which is a former Unesco regional from defeated candidates. Expect to and make use of education.
poor performance thus far
generally accounts for the
in turn are to be incorporated
into the upper-level Plans
director for Asia-Pacific and
the PPI-Unicef ’s awardee as
quo warranto cases to rise later
in more informed and capable
For once they are freed from
the dehumanizing effects of that
From page 6
filth, the ugliness, or the disor- all the way to national level outstanding columnist. He urban areas. miserable degradation, they
der in the barangays. It’s time (Neda). is chairman/convenor of the On the other hand, raising the would also, then, be in a position er and took full possession of
the community ensures that it The barangay’s mandate Gising Barangay Movement SK age qualification to 18-24 is to help others enjoy fuller lives Cagayan de Misamis without
will do its mandate properly. to prepare this Plan jibes with Inc.. E-mail: valdehuesa@ premised on the assumption that befitting human beings. firing a single shot. Gen. Bates
*** the democratic principle that gmail.com) the individual in this age range, As I close this tribute to together with Col. Godwin and
The BDC’s composition the planning process must already in the age of majority, Ed, may I suggest that differing Maj. Case immediately went
is now mature and responsible
needs to be reviewed; seeing
to it that its members are se-
begin from the ground up, in-
stead of from the top as prac- Adan enough to make public-affecting
opinions invariably bedevil the
reputations of public servants.
up to Casa Real and relieved
all local officials of their posi-
From page 6 decisions. Thus elected SK offi-
lected in accordance the pro- ticed in oligarchic regimes Divergent views, in my opin- tions except for the Municipal
cess prescribed by the Local and autocratic states. to within the second degree of cials can now enter into contract ion, are a part of the democratic President, Toribio Chaves.
Government Code (cf. R.A. Preparing this Plan is sup- consanguinity (blood relations- in the exercise of their functions. dialogue this country has to go On that same day, Nicolas
7160, Sections 107-115). At posed to be participatory, covering siblings and grandpar- This new capacity is expected through in our search for a better Capistrano, a young lawyer,
least one-fourth of its mem- involving citizens’ groups ents-grandchildren). RA 14742 to improve performance and tomorrow. went immediately to Gan-
bers are supposed to come and functional committees. It is the first Philippine law with an advance the interest of the young So, right or wrong, we just go plateau with more than a
from the ranks of civil society, shouldn’t be formulated out anti-political dynasty restriction people of the community. have to bear the contrary views thousand men. He assumed
chosen by their own members by the officials alone. It is sup- for elected positions, as mandat- While this development is as they come our way, rebut them command of the revolution-
from among themselves. posed to draw from the collec- ed by the 1987 Constitution. promising, it makes SK officials as best we can, and let history do ary force called the Liber
Rarely do barangay chair- tive wisdom of the people in The SK functions much vulnerable to corrupt practices. the rest. Troop. His wife Cecilia and
men observe or comply with the community—for whose like the barangay council, albeit Contracting for government As for you, dear Brother Ed, his young children joined him
this mandated procedure for benefit all development plans focusing on everything that’s projects are a rich avenue of your focus on knowledge-shar- in Gango shortly afterwards.
selecting the BDC’s members. are supposed to be designed. related to the barangay’s youth corruption. This exposure will ing - that enables even the de- Many wives of the soldiers
But no one in the community The preparation of this or members of the Katipunan ng make or unmake SK officials. prived sectors of our society to also came with their children
seems to notice it, let alone Development Plan is often mga Kabataan (KK), barangay This hands-on training in man- have the means to cut themselves and camped there.
show concern. And since no overlooked or half-baked. residents aged 18-30. Under agement may deliver either a free from the bondage of igno- However, most of the im-
one seems to care, let alone Where they do bother to pre- the SK Reform law, elected good or a corrupt leader. rance - has already defined your portant political personages
demand that it be complied pare it, the officials rarely SK members are required to rightful place in the pages of our remained in town like Manuel
with, the barangay simply involve their constituents or go through training programs (William R. Adan, Ph.D., history. Corrales, Cipriano Vamenta,
carries on without proper de- elicit their ideas and contri- before they can assume office. is retired professor and former To you, then, my dear col- Pedro Roa, Tirso Neri, Pio
velopment plans. Tolerating butions, preferring to impro- SK officials are also allowed chancellor of Mindanao State league, and to Glo, your dutiful Roa Alcala, Ramon Chaves
this deprives the community vise its details by themselves to sign government contracts, University at Naawan, Misamis wife, and especially to Senator and Hilarion Maandar. They
of the important contributions regardless of actual priorities. which presupposes this time their Oriental. -Mindanews) Sonny, who is following your regularly sent money and other
of NGOs to its development. *** capacity to use responsibly funds formidable footprints in this forms of aid to Capistrano and
To correct this anomaly,
the barangay needs to accredit
As a results of this failure
to involve the people: they may
allotted to them.
How the law improves the Pimentel August Chamber, and to the
rest of your family, we express
his men during the year-long
war. Others regularly gave
From page 6
the civil society groups within build an outsize auditorium performance and the image of our personal gratitude for the food supply. The town’s fore-
its jurisdiction and maintain for the games they like to play SKs is something to watch within which, incidentally, is said to be privilege of knowing you, and most playwright and compos-
an up-to-date list of same. while school children make do three years. the biggest scholarship program of learning from you the invalu- er, Fabian Abellanosa, wrote
Accredited groups should with classes under a tree. They Suffice it to say that the of the nation. able, irreplaceable and peerless and staged musicales known
include civic clubs, people’s may construct cement-paved anti-political dynasty restriction And what was the underlying contribution that education gives as operettas with patriotic
organizations, cooperatives, roads leading to the home of in the SK election may only message that Ed wanted our peo- to our people. themes. They never received
church groups, women cir- the chairman or mayor or fa- work if Comelec is serious and ple to know about those knowl- With your singular devotion any aid from the revolutionary
cles, senior citizens’ chapter, vorite congressman while the truly diligent in examining the edge-sharing espousals of his? to spread the cause of learning government in Luzon or from
youth clubs, others. farmers haul their produce on bloodline of each candidate on I suggest that Ed wanted our among all our peoples, Lumads, Emilio Aguinaldo himself. The
*** impassable trails. the possibility of being related people to realize that education Muslims, and Christians, we can 1900-1901 war was entirely
It’s also important to Or they may purchase a to any incumbent elected of- is “the key to upward mobility” now truly begin to relish the fought, financed and supported
undertake a review of the vehicle for their own service ficial in the government. But that will, inevitably, lead to the beneficent blessings of law and by the people of the Misamis
BDC’s past performance. needs, while no ambulance, on this Monday elections, is expansion of the horizons of order, peace and development Province.
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