News – Mindanao Gold Star Daily https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com Read the Latest News and Updates in Mindanao Wed, 22 May 2019 09:52:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-GSD-Browser-icon-32x32.png News – Mindanao Gold Star Daily https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com 32 32 Solons slam approval of mandatory ROTC on third reading https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/solons-slam-approval-of-mandatory-rotc-on-third-reading/ Wed, 22 May 2019 20:50:04 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=97096 ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro slammed the passage of House Bill 8961 on third reading mandating the institutionalization, development, training, organization and administration of basic Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in Grades 11 and 12 in public and private educational institutions. “On the first day of the resumption of session in Congress, ...

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ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro slammed the passage of House Bill 8961 on third reading mandating the institutionalization, development, training, organization and administration of basic Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in Grades 11 and 12 in public and private educational institutions.

“On the first day of the resumption of session in Congress, another anti-student and anti-people policy was approved on 3rd reading. The passage of this measure and the institutionalization of the mandatory ROTC for senior high will only expose the youth to more harassment in their schools,” Tinio said.

Proponents of the bill insist that having mandatory ROTC will instill nationalism in the youth yet they swiftly removed subjects on Philippine history and Philippine literature in the curriculum. Mandatory ROTC will not teach the youth love of country, instead it would teach them how to be blind followers and discourage critical thinking.

“The Duterte administration should be reminded of why mandatory ROTC was removed in college in the first place. There was a great number of students, teachers, parents and other concerned citizens who joined a series of massive protest actions against the murder of University of Santo Tomas (UST) student,” he added.

“We reiterate our call to abolish ROTC. In these times where no less than the president espouses and practices misogyny and fascism, it is dangerous for the Filipino youth to be exposed to such a program. We call on the Filipino youth to help us amplify our voice in our fight against state violence and hold accountable Duterte’s macho-fascist regime,” Castro said. (pr)

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Rights lawyer throws support to Nadya Elipe’s candidacy https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/rights-lawyer-throws-support-to-nadya-elipes-candidacy/ Sun, 12 May 2019 20:50:12 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96721 By Jigger J. Jerusalem Correspondent . A HUMAN rights lawyer has thrown her support for the candidacy of city councilor Nadya Emano-Elipe who was appointed by her partymates to replace her father, the late Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, whose bid for vice mayoralty was cut short when he died last Tuesday. “For me as a woman ...

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By Jigger J. Jerusalem
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A HUMAN rights lawyer has thrown her support for the candidacy of city councilor Nadya Emano-Elipe who was appointed by her partymates to replace her father, the late Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, whose bid for vice mayoralty was cut short when he died last Tuesday.

“For me as a woman and as lawyer, I welcome this development,” Beverly Selim-Musni said in an interview last Friday afternoon.

Selim-Musni said all branches of government must have equal representation of men and women, as she considered with the decision of the Padayon Pilipino regional party to pass on the vice mayoral candidacy to Emano-Elipe as a good sign.

Emano-Elipe is the regional president of Padayon Pilipino, the political party founded her late father. Her brother, Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano is the vice chairman of the party’s executive council.

Unlike children of other politicians who would emphasize their political connection,  Emano-Elipe did not have that sense of entitlement, said Musni, who recalled that the city councilor used to be one of her students at Xavier University’s Law School way back in the late ‘90s.

In a press conference where Padayon Pilipino announced the replacement Thursday, Emano-Elipe admitted she was not her father but promised to emulate the former mayor’s achievements, who was the city’s chief executive for four terms and vice mayor for three years.

She said it was not her intention to run in this year’s election and opted instead to campaign for her father and her husband, President Elipe.

Padayon Pilipino legal counsel, city councilor Leon Gan, said in a separate interview that they have already submitted the requirements for the replace to the city election office Friday morning.

Submitted were the Emano-Elipe’s certificate of candidacy for vice mayor, death certificate of her father, certificate of nomination and acceptance, and Padayon Pilipino board resolution endorsing Emano-Elipe as a substitute candidate and authorizing the governor to sign the Cona, he said.

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Security guard shot dead https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/security-guard-shot-dead/ Wed, 08 May 2019 20:50:00 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96578 By JOEY P. NACALABAN Correspondent . A security officer, assigned at a softdrink company here, was shot and killed by his colleague on Tuesday at 8 pm. Major Abdul Sumandar, Puerto police station commander, identified the suspect as Joy Cabahug, 39, a security guard assigned at Pepsi-Cola plant located at Tin-ao, Agusan, this city. Cabahug ...

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By JOEY P. NACALABAN
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A security officer, assigned at a softdrink company here, was shot and killed by his colleague on Tuesday at 8 pm.

Major Abdul Sumandar, Puerto police station commander, identified the suspect as Joy Cabahug, 39, a security guard assigned at Pepsi-Cola plant located at Tin-ao, Agusan, this city.

Cabahug shot the victim identified as Christopher Erana, 41, residing at zone 17, Sampaguita, Iligan city.

He sustained three gunshot wounds in the face and lower portion of his body that resulted in his death.

Puerto police arrested the suspect while about to pass a checkpoint along the road of the barangay in an attempt to make an escape.

It was learned that the incident stemmed from an old misunderstanding between the victim and the suspect while they were still assigned together in one of the establishments in Barangay Tablon.

A brother-in-law of the victim (who requested anonymity), and a fellow security guard of the victim and one of the witnesses of the killing, said the suspect might have harbored a grudge against Arana for the former’s strict implementation of company’s policies at the plant.

He said before the shooting there was a guard formation at the vicinity of the plant where the victim was giving instructions.

Minutes later, Cabahug excused the group, went inside the security headquarter and later returned and joined again to the group.

Ako siyang gatan-awon sir di siya gakahimutang. Unya milakaw diri agi sa akong likod milakaw padulong kang Arana ug kalit namusil gamit ang 9mm nga pusil,” the same witness said.

All the security guards scampered to different directions in fear of being the next target.

Nobody fired back the suspect as all their service guns were still inside the locker.

Some people who saw the incident recalled that after shooting the victim, the suspect shot him once more in the face using the same handgun.

Cabahug then rode a motorcycle and hurriedly left the place but fortunately, he was caught up by responding authorities.

Cabahug, who is now temporarily detained at Puerto police mini-cell is facing a murder case.

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Aviation exec mulls reviving luggage tag system in airports https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/aviation-exec-mulls-reviving-luggage-tag-system-in-airports/ Mon, 06 May 2019 20:50:40 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96481 By Jigger J. Jerusalem Correspondent . The management of the Laguindingan Airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental is considering on recommending to airline operators the revival of luggage tagging after the bag of a Cebu Pacific passenger went missing for a few days, which Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Northern Mindanao called as ...

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By Jigger J. Jerusalem
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The management of the Laguindingan Airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental is considering on recommending to airline operators the revival of luggage tagging after the bag of a Cebu Pacific passenger went missing for a few days, which Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Northern Mindanao called as “mischance.”

To avoid the swapping or loss of luggage in airport terminals, Laguindingan airport manager Job de Jesus said Saturday airlines must re-implement the practice of baggage tagging.

De Jesus said there were already instances that passengers were not able to get their bags upon arriving at the airport terminals all over the country and CAAP is taking note of these concerns.

“We will bring this issue to the airlines during our upcoming meetings,” he said.

The issue stemmed from a social media post of an unnamed woman passenger who said her luggage went missing upon arriving at the Laguindingan Airport.

De Jesus said the female passenger also posted a footage of the airport’s CCTV showing a child allegedly taking her bag.

CAAP-10, in a statement posted on Facebook on May 2, said there was no intention of the part of the minor to take the woman’s bag, adding that the child took it by mistake at the arrival area of the airport.

It was possible, de Jesus said, that the woman and the minor’s family were on the same Cebu Pacific flight, although CAAP-10 has not provided details on where their point of origin is, but said that both parties arrived at Laguindingan airport April 15.

CAAP-10’s comment came when the CCTV footage the woman posted reportedly went viral on social media generating negative comments from online users.

De Jesus said upon learning about the incident on Facebook, the family went to CAAP-10’s office to return the bag and explained that it was one of its members who mistakenly took it.

“The family further explained that they were not aware of such incident. The boy took the luggage thinking it was owned by his family. Nobody noticed they had an excess baggage,” it added.

De Jesus said they are investigating the incident and still determining how the woman passenger was able to get hold of a copy of the CCTV footage when only authorized airline and airport personnel are allowed to obtain a surveillance camera recording within the airport premises.

As of this writing, Cebu Pacific has yet to shed light on the incident.

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Bato ‘clears’ Oroquieta mayor of drug links https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/bato-clears-oroquieta-mayor-of-drug-links/ Sun, 05 May 2019 20:50:00 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96442 FORMER National Police chief and currently administration senatorial candidate Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has virtually cleared Oroquieta City Mayor Jason Almonte from allegations of his supposed illegal drug use. This developed as Almonte took the initial step to clear him from the so-called narco list as alleged user by submitting himself to a drug test, ...

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FORMER National Police chief and currently administration senatorial candidate Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has virtually cleared Oroquieta City Mayor Jason Almonte from allegations of his supposed illegal drug use.

This developed as Almonte took the initial step to clear him from the so-called narco list as alleged user by submitting himself to a drug test, which yielded negative results.

Speaking before a huge campaign rally of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, dela Rosa, President Duterte’s main man in his war against drugs, gave what many observers refer to as “rare words of encouragement” to Almonte, who has since appealed to city residents “to pray so that the right information would reach Malacanang.”

“Ayaw’ guol guol diha. Mga trials lang na sa atong kinabuhi. Mga unos lang na sa kinabuhi. Kaya nimong lusutan,”  dela Rosa told Almonte during his speech, alluding to reports reaching Malacanang linking the mayor to illegal drugs.

Partymate and local party’s Team 20-0 standard bearer and gubernatorial candidate Philip Tan, said he and dela Rosa talked about it on stage “and he, himself was surprised and can’t believe” that Almonte was on the narco list.

“As I have been telling Mayor Jason: You should be brave enough to stand by your people. You are loved by the people of Oroquieta.  The result of this election will vindicate you,” Tan, current mayor of Tangub City emphasized.

The Drug Dependency Examination Report on Almonte by Dr. Vernon  Nery Jr., Chief of Hospital of the Calamba District Hospital in Misamis Occidental, states: “Subject is not a drug user. No further intervention is necessary.” The report was attested to by Notary Public Diogenes B. Apao Jr.  April 5.

The Drug Test Report of the Department of Health – Philippine Drug Screening Laboratory likewise showed that Almonte was negative of illegal substances methamphetamine and tetrahydrocannabinol. 

The people of Oroquieta were shocked by the recent report implicating Almonte in the illegal drug use considering the City even received a citation from Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano for the local government’s anti-drug campaign last December.

In the 2018 National Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Adac) Performance Award signed by Ano, Oroquieta was conferred the “Ideal” city government “in recognition of its exemplary efforts in the performance of its duties in complementing the national government’s anti-illegal drug campaign, and in garnering a score of between 85 to 99 functionality points during the conduct of 2017 Adac Performance Audit.”

Oroquieta City, known as the “City of Good Life” is also a consistent recipient of DILG’s annual Seal of Good Housekeeping and Seal of Good Local Governance under Almonte’s leadership.

In his letter to President Duterte dated Dec. 21, 2018, Almonte said 24 Oroquieta City barangays have been declared drug-free, and two more are on-board for assessment by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Almonte is currently vying for a seat in Congress in the first district of Misamis Occidental.  He served as mayor for three consecutive terms of Oroquieta City, where a big portion of the area was given recognition by the Department of the Interior and Local Government as drug-free under his watch.

Unfortunately, he said, five barangay chairmen have allied with the rival local party slate. “Illegal drugs would only defeat our vision of a progressive Oroquieta City, and I may be forced to do something about these five barangay captains, file administrative charges against them to compel them to take action against illegal drugs,” he added.

Almonte’s partymates have attested to his persistent anti-illegal drug advocacy and campaign, which already led to the arrest of drug pushers and traders, including a retired police officer.

The mayor’s party was also informed that followers of the Parojinog clan, whose scion and other known members have been jailed or killed in a major anti-drug operation two years ago, were reportedly planning to mount a political campaign to ensure Almonte’s defeat and his slate. “I don’t know why they are up against me,” he said.

His partymates  noted that the city government’s action against illegal drugs to support the Duterte administration’s war on drugs has in fact helped invigorate the local economy.

John Harold Japay, president of the city’s Youth Leadership Program, an organization of out-school youths disclosed that Mayor Almonte “is very strict against youngsters smoking and drinking liquor in public.”

“We were really very much surprised with the accusation,” Japay  stressed, “All of us would hide, or get out of the place when we hear that the mayor is coming, because we know he would be very angry. So, for small things like that, that he would be angry, how much more on serious and dangerous habits like drug addiction.”

“If he is really into drugs, or alleged to be a narcopolitician, why were the big fishes in Oroquieta City caught here and jailed,” asked former Tangub City jail warden, retired Chief Inspector Dominador Laurete Sr. He once served as a police officer in Oroquieta City.

Laurente Sr. was referring to a retired police officer in Oroquieta City who was arrested and convicted as shabu dealer. “  He said Oroquieta City has one of the lowest crime incidents in the country, “mostly petty crimes.”

Mayoralty candidate Lemuel Acosta, his partymate and the city’s current vice mayor, said the number of businesses has doubled during the three terms of Almonte, from about 1,000 registered enterprises when he became mayor in 2010, to about 2,000 business establishments now.

“No public official who is allegedly engaged in illegal drugs can ever come up with a good development program for his city,” said Welita Lara, retired budget officer, who added she felt lucky and fortunate to have Almonte at the helm when she was budget officer.

Fr. Ernesto Lata, Lopez Jaena Parish Priest of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, said, “I know Mayor Jason so well since we grew up together and he confides everything to me.  So I can attest that there has never been a drug issue with him ever since.  All of us are willing to testify and vouch for him that he was never into drugs.”

Almonte’s three terms as mayor of Oroquieta City saw the best governance and public service record in the local government’s history, exemplified by the grant of scholarship to some 4,945 students to improve the labor-force profile of the city.  He also allocated funds for various programs to boost the capabilities of the city personnel, including the DepEd personnel, PNP and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, barangay tanods, barangay health workers, day care workers, barangay nutrition scholars, tricycle drivers, and indigent senior citizens, among others.

In a gathering, Almonte showed residents of Barangay Pines, one of the farthest  from the poblacion, the architect’s perspective of the P330-million sports complex, which is expected to be finished early next year.

“Our aim is to allow us to bid for, along with the province, to host the next Palarong Pambansa, to help boost the city’s campaign to harness the potential of the youth, at least in sports, and take them away from the temptation of drugs,” he shared.

This summer, Mayor Almonte would be treating city residents anew with the funfare and glitter of the city’s annual summer sports league. At least three top collegiate teams from Metro Manila have arrived for the weeklong league. Leading players from the Philippine Basketball Association would be coming shortly to conduct summer basketball clinics for the local youth. (PR)

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Feminist groups reiterate call for global strike https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/feminist-groups-reiterate-call-for-global-strike/ Sun, 05 May 2019 20:48:13 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96444 FEMINISTS, women’s groups and social justice movements are demanding a just, fair and equitable world  that includes, a living wage, no gender wage gap, ending gender-based violence, food sovereignty for all communities, and women’s access and control over resources and livelihoods. The current state of development is market-driven and emphasises individualism, profits, privatization of public ...

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FEMINISTS, women’s groups and social justice movements are demanding a just, fair and equitable world  that includes, a living wage, no gender wage gap, ending gender-based violence, food sovereignty for all communities, and women’s access and control over resources and livelihoods.

The current state of development is market-driven and emphasises individualism, profits, privatization of public services, while protecting corporations through tax breaks, concessions and loans.

“This system is sustained by lowly paid women who are systematically exploited to maximise profits, spend significant time in unpaid care work, and are excluded from political, social and economic decision making. At the same time, we strongly oppose land grabs by corporations that deprive rural women’s livelihoods. We want to strike globally to stop economic exploitation of women,” said Burnad Fatima, Tamil Nadu Women’s Federation, India.

Globally, women earn 37 percent less than men and at the current rate of progress, it will take 202 years to close the gap.

“In developing countries, two thirds of women are in the informal economy where they are less likely to have legal rights or social protection, and are often not paid enough to escape poverty. We cannot continue like this anymore and demand decent jobs, living wage and the right to organize for women workers,”’ added Daisy Arago, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CUTHR).

It is estimated that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual abuse at some point in their lives and at least one in four women has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Ivy Josiah, feminist activist and former executive director of Women’s Aid Organisation, Malaysia said, “The world is at a juncture to take a significant progressive step  to making a world for women to be free of violence and harassment. The Women’s Global Strike calls for all governments to adopt the ILO Convention and Recommendation on ending violence and harassment in the world of work at the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference in June 2019. It is not only decent but just for governments to take action on their many pledges made on the global stage to end violence against women.”

Women’s labor rights are rooted in the history of International Women’s Day and women’s struggle to participate in the society on an equal footing with men.

“We are living in a dangerous world where feminism or women’s human rights are depoliticized and pink-washed by promoting terms such as women’s economic empowerment, or even feminist foreign policy. This is the state of political manipulation. Our collective power and feminist solidarity are our hope and answer to fight back patriarchy, fundamentalisms, capitalism and militarism. And that’s why we are calling for a Women’s Global Strike on International Women’s Day next year!” added Misun Woo, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Thailand.

The coalition also launched the website for campaign, womensglobalstrike.com. This website will be a one stop resource for information about the campaign, how women can participate and take actions for a global strike. (APWLD)

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Pact with House of Hope’s financial aid up for review https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/pact-with-house-of-hopes-financial-aid-up-for-review/ Fri, 03 May 2019 20:45:01 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96392 THE proposed Memorandum of Agreement between the city government and the House of Hope has been endorsed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy to the City Council committee on social services chaired by Councilor Reuben R. Daba for review. The agreement covers the financial assistance to be provided by the city to the House of ...

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THE proposed Memorandum of Agreement between the city government and the House of Hope has been endorsed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy to the City Council committee on social services chaired by Councilor Reuben R. Daba for review.

The agreement covers the financial assistance to be provided by the city to the House of Hope for this year in the amount of P3 million, and the collaboration of the parties to provide needed services to help address the mental health needs in the city.

In his letter to the City Council, Mayor Oscar Moreno said the increased amount of assistance to provide the services to the mentally-challenged patients admitted at the House of Hope is a manifestation of the city’s strong commitment in addressing the mental health problem in the local government unit.

It may be recalled that the city government allocated the amount of P1 million as financial assistance to the House of Hope last year.

It has been observed that mentally-challenged or abandoned persons are found loitering and aimlessly wandering in the streets, thoroughfares, and public and private buildings and places in the city.

House of Hope is attending to their needs but its aim of completely caring, rehabilitation and uplifting them as worthy human beings is hampered by lack of facilities as well as the absence of sustained and effective support from the community.

Under the proposed memorandum, the city government shall harness, provide and extend all possible assistance to the House of Hope, for the accomplishment of its plans, programs, and activities, among others.

For its part, the House of Hope shall accept referrals from the city provided that it is compliant with the protocol of the House of Hope that only mentally-challenged patients, and not persons with disability are eligible for admission into the facility, as provided for in the proposed memorandum. (sp)

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