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Inefficiency: the brand of judiciary
Read 249 times | Posted on January 31, 2013 @ 5 years ago

Tambuatco

WE are all made to suffer the inefficiency of the judicial brand of government with their seemingly absurd practices called “cause of delay.”

They point to many legal issues for proceedings that cause delay regardless of their knowledge it causes delay and frustration to the conflicting parties in court.

So the question that begs to be answered is; do they do this intentionally? Your answer is as good as mine.

Many in the system claim it is the system that they have already inherited which is why they are made to simply follow procedures regardless of the outcome.

They too, suffer the consequences of their actions having cases age an average of a hundred years before they are resolved (pun intended).

In court you will be lucky to get three court dates a year allowing for your lawyer to generate an appearance fee driving up your cost.

To many, never mind the cost but the frustration is unbearable. Why is this the case with the judiciary when the legals are well aware unless of course, it is the legals who originate from the top schools who promote this?

The academe is much too silent to promote legislation to improve the system. The judicial reform committees in congress do not seem to want to improve the system they already know is antiquated and inefficient.

As for the Supreme Court, it always boggles me why the provincial courtrooms are so seemingly dysfunctional with documents left on its doorways to rot (of not for water damage) as well as the poor conditions of the courtrooms with its wooden benches aging over decades never replaced with air-conditioning left only for its judges.

Assuming the resolutions are dealt with efficiency, who cares, right? But resolutions are difficult to come by as well as the conditions we are made to bear while in the Supreme Court.

They even get to holiday in Baguio with special quarters and oodles of monies given as (“pabaon”) or success fee awards upon retirement when to begin with they have not improved the system for the people to get justice.

It is correct to say we do not have a system for justice but a legal system we are made to suffer with. Justice delayed is justice denied and in the Philippines it is always delay!

What makes matters worse is in the provinces they do not even have enough appointive judges to hear the many cases that need resolution. Can you imagine the lack of prosecutors – it will blow your mind.

While we have recently witnessed a crazed Canadian resident shooting everyone in court, I could only imagine his frustrations with the system that tests your patience.

Cable TV allows us to witness the speedy resolutions of conflict with the many award winning series that pits conflicting lawyers to cause resolution even before being subjected to court knowing well who will win even before trial commences.

Here in the Philippines all sides are always right and the showdown can only be resolved with the judges. Simply amazing isn’t it? Can we call this incompetence or corruption?



Amante to build 100 homes out of seized wood products
Read 245 times | Posted on January 31, 2013 @ 5 years ago

By PAT SAMONTE and JOEL PORTUGAL of Mindanao Daily News

BUTUAN City––Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. has designed 100 homes out of seized illegally-cut wood products for this city’s poor residents moved from areas declared as danger zones.

In a ceremony held Monday at the mayor’s conference room, Amante and Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Caraga OIC Regional Executive Director Nonito Tamayo signed a Deed of Donation in which some 138,211.72 board feet of dipterocarp logs and lumber flitches were given to the city government as materials for 100 residential homes for the poor.

Amante and the DENR earlier forged a partnership in a Memorandum of Understanding entitled “Kahoy ng Kaligtasan” which provides “to pro-actively evacuate families in danger zones to safer grounds and create venues for economic gains where there is recurring onslaught of floods/typhoons in low-lying areas in Butuan City”.

According to Dianah Generalao of the mayor’s public information office, the Deed of Donation provides that “the forest products shall be solely utilized for construction of 100 units multi-sectoral shelter program Model House and Boardwalk viewing deck at Freedom Park.”

City Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun and DENR-13 Regional Technical Director Maritess Ocampo, City Administrator Leah Mendonza and other local officials witnessed the signing ceremony.



The curse of flooding, all over the world
Read 256 times | Posted on January 31, 2013 @ 5 years ago

Batas

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10, the Holy Bible).

-ooo-

FLOODS HIT AUSTRALIA AND AFRICA: One more proof that Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, is real, and is really God: the massive flooding being experienced by great parts of the world right now, from Austraalia to Africa, and which will continue to be experienced by all of humankind in the days to come. If Jesus is not God, He could not have specifically told us, through Matthew 7:24-27 of the Bible, that rains, floods and winds will come, and will cause death and destruction to many. No human can do that, right?

-ooo-

INSPIRATION VS. RAINS, FLOODS, WINDS: This is the reason why we have been relentlessly advocating in this column for our government officials who have something to do with disasters and natural calamities, like the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to read the Bible, and get as much inspiration that they can from God’s Word, as to how to effectively deal with typhoons, floods and tornadoes. This is the only way to lick the death and destruction from these disasters.

-ooo-

HUMAN EFFORT FUTILE IN THE FACE OF CALAMITIES: Of course, I am not saying that we should forget giving our people advanced and reliable warnings, or resort to forced evacuations when rains shall have made a landfall, or neglect so-called “scientific methods” in finding solutions against natural calamities. I concede these are all important and necessary to save lives and property. But, as our experience—and the collective experience of the world—have proven, human effort and intelligence, and even money, are so futile and are in fact helpless.

-ooo-

GIVE THE BIBLE A CHANCE: So, why don’t we try what the Bible, quoting Jesus Christ, is prescribing as a remedy when the rains, floods and winds come? No harm is going to be done to anyone, if our authorities and our people are to obey what the Bible is saying, right? Now, if after obeying the Bible nothing happens and the death and destruction continue just the same, then we can junk it and forget what it has written as a remedy against natural calamities. But my plea is, let us give the Bible a chance.

-ooo-

RAINS, FLOODS, WINDS PREDICTED TO COME: Now, what is the Bible saying about rains, floods and winds? In gist, this is what it is saying, quoting Jesus Christ, in Matthew 7:24-27: the rains, floods and winds will come, there is no denying and stopping them. But those who listen to the words of Jesus, and obey them, will not be harmed. However, those who listen to Him but do not follow Him will surely suffer a “great crash”, which means death and
destruction. Simple, right?

-ooo-

WANT TO BE SPARED? If we want to be spared from the death and destruction brought about by the coming rains, floods and winds, which are going to come with certainty, whether we like it or not, we should read the Bible, know God’s commands, and obey them. If we do not want to be saved from these natural calamities, then don’t read the Bible, don’t obey the commands of God.

-ooo-

THE CURSE OF GLOBAL WARMING: The truth is that, the global warming and climate change that are being pinpointed as the culprit behind these ferocious rains, raging floods and fierce winds were actually prophesied to happen by the Bible, too. In its Deuteronomy 28:15, 22-23, it is written: if we no longer listen to God, and no longer obey His commands, curses will come upon us and overtake us—which means, these curses will come and destroy, damage and kill us. Among these specific curses are global warming and climate change.

-ooo-

THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE: So, in the face of these Biblical truths, there is only one way to survive, stay alive, and enveloped by God’s blessings, guidance and protection, in the face of the death and destruction coming from global warming and climate change, and from the rains, floods, and winds: we must listen to Him (and this we can do by reading His Bible), and then carefully obey Him. If we do not listen to Him, and do not obey Him, the only alternative, based on the Bible itself, is death, here in this world and in eternity.

-ooo-

THE BOOK OF REMEDIES: Now, why should we believe what the Bible is saying about rains, floods and winds and the death and destruction that will come with them? Well, it is the only book which, though written thousands of years ago, accurately predicted the coming of these natural calamities. And then again, it is only the book which prescribes what must be done to be saved. There is no other book which has done these things. Or, we have become so dense that we do not even know these truths?

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Law enforcers in full battle gear at Hall of Justice
Read 243 times | Posted on January 31, 2013 @ 5 years ago

Diaz

NEITHER a bomb threat nor a war was in progress as dozen military and police clad in full battle gear with bullet vest closed all roads leading to the hall of justice in Cagayan de Oro Wednesday morning. The scenario caused a traffic jam along corner Corrales and Hayes streets as residents caught unaware of what had happened.

The gates of the hall of justice along Hayes St. were half-opened as dozen police officers frisked and asked questions for anyone who enters the premises. All court hearings, except one, where reset.

Either President Aquino or a top dignitary was in Cagayan de Oro, too.

The scenario and the security preparations at the vicinity of the hall of justice was pre planned. The regional trial courts were scheduled to hear the motions of lawyers and complainants of one of the largest ‘pyramiding scams’ ever exposed in the country.

No. It was not the pyramiding fraud of Aman Futures Group in Pagadian, Zamboanga Del Sur, where its alleged mastermind Manuel Amalilio stashed billions of pesos from thousands of investors hoping to double their money in a week.

The case in Cagayan de Oro City involved another alleged pyramid scam initiated by Jacob ‘Coco’ Rasuman of Marawi City in Lanao Del Sur. The ‘crisis’ committee formed in Lanao Del Sur to look into the extent of Rasuman’s pyramiding scheme reported that Rasuman collected about P12 billion from various clients in Marawi City and Lanao Del Sur.

Rasuman declared bankruptcy sometime in September last year. His clients demanded a return of their cash investments partially or in full. Rasuman failed to return the money demanded by the investors prompting some to file a complaint with ‘syndicated estafa’ at the regional trial court in Cagayan de Oro City.

The blanket of security thrown around the hall of justice Wednesday was in anticipation of the possible outbreak of armed conflict between Rasuman and his despondent clients. Of course, the local law enforcers and the Department of Justice (DOJ) can ill-afford a repeat of the shooting at the court of Cebu few weeks ago. An accused Canadian national went into a shooting rampage inside the court killing the complainant and a lawyer before he shot himself dead.

Court officials in Cagayan De Oro City wanted to make sure that the preliminary hearing of the Rasuman case would succeed without untoward incidents.
However, at the end of the day, the Rasuman case ended attaining nothing. The anticipated arraignment where Rasuman was to enter a plea did not take place.

The NBI agents whisked Rasuman to a waiting car and flew him backed to Manila where he was under custody. Next hearing? Watch dozen of military and police closing the road all the way to Hall of Justice here.



Chance or choice
Read 238 times | Posted on January 31, 2013 @ 5 years ago

Hurst

THINK a minute.

There was a man who was the owner of the only hair salon in his little town.

He cut and styled the hair of almost everybody in town and his business was quite successful.

Then, a big modern hair salon moved to his town right across the street from his little shop.

This new, big salon advertised in the newspapers and posted signs all over town that read: “$6 haircuts! Everything for only $6!”

Soon almost all his customers began going to the new salon across the street for $6 haircuts.

The owner of the old hair salon knew he could never afford to beat the big new salon’s price of only $6. But then he thought of a way to turn things around and win his customers and business back.

He had a local sign company paint him a big sign which he put in front of his hair salon. It read: “We FIX $6 haircuts!”

We all have problems and go through tough times. It’s the people who respond and handle those problems positively who end up succeeding in life.

It’s not luck that controls your life! It’s your own choices that make you happy and successful.

You see, “Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

No matter what happens these people keep going, because sooner or later “Tough people win over tough times.”

Remember, the same heat that melts butter also hardens clay.

The difference is in their response. How about you? How do you respond?

How do you handle the heat of problems and tough times in your life? No matter which way the ball bounces, it’s still your game.

So today, if you’ll ask Jesus Christ to take full charge of your life, He’ll start working everything, including your problems and pressures, together for your good. So why not start living His way every day? You can’t lose.

Just Think a Minute.



Dozens protest coal-fired power plant in Sarangani
Read 372 times | Posted on January 31, 2013 @ 5 years ago

By IRENE V. DAGUDOG & MARILOU AGUIRRE-TUBURAN of Davao Today.com

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Almost a thousand registered their protest against the construction of the 210-Megawatt coal-fired power plant owned by the Alcantaras in Sarangani province, Soccsksargen region as the first phase of the construction started Monday, January 29 in Maasim town.

“We are the host community of this coal plant. It will be slowly killing our communities because of its ill effects and carbon emissions causing climate change,” said Sister Pat Villagonzalo of the Maasim Tri-people Coalition Against Climate Change (M3PC), in a text to davaotoday.com.

On January 28, about 700 youth and students, women, Christians, lumads and the Moro people trooped from the Maasim Municipal Hall to the Sarangani Energy Corporation in Kamanga village, as they resisted the project in defense of their lives and the environment.

The M3PC, Bayan Muna Partylist, Social Action Center-Diocese of Marbel and Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) joined the protest.

“The coal-fired power plant would exacerbate climate change and it would endanger the Kamanga reef, a protected sanctuary,” said priest Rey Ondap, in a text.

The plant is built in a 55-hectare area along the coast of Sitio Tampuan which is close to the 140-hectare Kamanga Marine Protected Area (MPA).

The Kamanga MPA was established in 2006 under Municipal Ordinance No. 06-020, which made it a marine eco-tourism park and sanctuary. It is home to species like the napoleon wrasse, eagle ray, jacks, unicorn fish, trigger fish, large schools of butterfly fish, sweetlips, snapper, turtle, barracuda, dugong bumpheads and spadefish as well as pristine fans and corals. It is also home to many endangered species like the green turtle, hawksbill turtle, dugong and napoleon wrasse.

“Environmental destruction is a sin against nature and it would greatly affect the people’s health,” Ondap said.

According to Greenpeace International, “apart from climate change, coal also causes irreparable damage to the environment, people’s health and communities around the world.”

The coal plant will supposedly ease Mindanao’s “power crisis” and provide a “reliable source of energy.”

But Fr. Apollo Salazar of the IFI rebutted this, saying, “It’s a dirty plant to provide energy.”

Greenpeace said coal fired power plants are the biggest source of man-made CO2 emissions. “This makes coal energy the single greatest threat facing our climate,” it said in its website. It also said that a third of all carbon dioxide emissions come from burning coal. It is used to produce nearly 40 percent of the world’s power.

“There are many ways to provide energy that is environment-friendly and that will not worsen global warming,” Salazar said.

Ondap said that energies from water, waves, wind and sun could be used instead from coal.

“There are many potential renewable source of which the government fails to develop. It is precisely because Aquino government is exceedingly subservient to the imposition of International Monetary Fund-World Bank to privatize the power sector,” said Ryan Lariba, spokesman of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Soccsksargen.

In December 2012, the Alcantara Group’s Sarangani Energy Corporation entered into a PHP 9.3 Billion loan from the BDO Universal Bank, Asia United Bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, United Coconut Planters Bank, Philippine Business Bank, Planters Development Bank and Robinsons Bank.

Alcantara Group’s holding company, the Alsons Consolidated Resources Inc. owns 75 percent of the Sarangani Energy while 25 percent is owned by the Toyoto Tsusho Corporation, Toyota Group’s trading company.

“We are not the ones benefitting from this dirty and deadly energy but these disastrous mining industries in nearby towns. Instead, we will be the ones who will suffer from the toxic air to due to pollution and increased rates of diseases. It will also pollute our water and seas. I will not allow myself and our community to suffer its consequences in silence,” Villagonzalo said.

“It is essential, therefore, to block the construction of coal plant in Sarangani and protest the privatization of power industry. We must demand for national industrialization if we are to solve effectively the power woes in the country,” Lariba concluded.



Teachers learn IP basics
Read 275 times | Posted on January 31, 2013 @ 5 years ago

By Catherine T. Apelacio

GLAN, Sarangani – Teachers have gathered at Tangan Integrated School at barangay Datal Bukay for the Indigenous Learning Survival Camp, January 17.

Quality Education for Sarangani Today (QUEST) conducted the training participated in by teachers from different public elementary and high schools across the province.

The training was expected to promote and strengthen the culture of the Indigenous People (IP) including those that seem to have been forgotten and less practiced by the younger generation of IPs.

In Sarangani, a huge number of population belongs to the IP but as perceived, their culture are gradually vanishing with “discrimination” as its cause, said Annalie Edday, QUEST program manager.

The three-day learning camp was the first phase of action taken by QUEST with its objective of pursuing the integration of IP culture in the curriculum.

In this camp activity, participants learned the basic skills in fire production, rice pounding, fishing, and root crops gathering.

Tribal leaders and elders, who served as mentors during the immersion taught them the basic skills seeing the learning as necessary.

The authorship of lesson plans was the second phase. The teachers were tasked to compile lesson plans based on the training taught by tribal leaders and elders that would be verified through further research and interviews.

The defense in the final phase would determine its pursuance or not. (Jenny Rose de Guzman/PIO-Sarangani/CTA, PIA-12 General Santos City/asf)



Koronadal revisits eight-core values
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KORONADAL City – In line with the thrust of the city to strengthen the values and character of every Koronadaleño, an evaluation of the 2012 programs on the 8-core values was conducted, January 21.

Participated in by multi-sectoral groups, the activity was anchored on “Dangal ng Koronadal” through the Integrated Character Building Program (ICBP).
The 8-core values of the City of Koronadal, include love of God, love of country, respectfulness, integrity, discipline, stewardship, commitment, and competitiveness.

Spearheaded by the City Population Office (CPO), headed by CPO Nancy Adalin, the activity gave venue to the speakers bureaus and the IEC teams to in bringing out their accomplishments and recommendations on the implementation of the program in their respective communities.

Positive results were noted, exceeded the expectations of the technical working group, since the coverage of the campaign or advocacy was even more widened through the stakeholders’ initiative.

Based on its accomplishment report, the Department of Education – Koronadal have integrated and implemented the 8-core values to its school activities, inculcating in the minds and hearts of the students the significance of character building in everyone’s life.

Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas of the St. Anthony Parish was amazed by what the sectors have so far accomplished, in line with 8-core values program,
ICBP Consultant Noemi Silva, on the other hand, said she was touched by the testimonies of the participants.

She appreciated the collaborative effort of the group in implementing the 8-Core values and that despite the small budget, the program was implemented well.

“The beauty of this endeavor was that the multi-sectoral campaign, wherein the City adhered to one set of core values, could already be considered as the very wealth of the City, since people are the best resource in sustainable development,’ she further said.

For his part, Mayor Miguel congratulated everyone for giving emphasis on the 8-Core Values and said that “though it is always hard to overhaul the character of a person, it is a challenge and a constant fight of the City Government to impart the message of truth to achieve quality life for all Koronadaleños.”

He was confident that the City right now is on the right track, “but there are still a lot of things to work on for the advocacy hence, he promised to give additional funds through the supplemental budget this year for the ICBP.” (web/arjaysfelicilda)



NSO urges public to participate in the CAF 2012
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By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY – Provincial Officer Ruel Dres of the National Statistics Office (NSO) in Surigao del Sur has urged the public to participate in the nationwide 2012 Census in Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF), February this year.

Mr. Dres made the call at the project launching participated in by the Community Development Information Officers (CDIO) and local media practitioners from the first district of this province, composed of 13 municipalities and city of Tandag.

In his presentation, Mr. Dres said that the 2012 CAF is the sixth in a series of decennial census and aims to: determine the structural characteristics of agriculture and fishery sectors; provide sampling frame for the conduct of census supplementary modules on irrigation and cropping pattern, livestock and poultry, aquaculture and Fisheries, and other statistical undertakings; provide basic data for the use in national as well as sub-national development planning; and provide data on agriculture, aquacultural, and fishery facilities and services in the barangay.

He explained that the data gathered from the census can be utilize as essential for the government planning in national as well as in sub-national levels to cater the needs in Agriculture and Fisheries. Dres also said the NSO is mandated under Commonwealth Act No. 591 and Executive Order (EO) No. 121 to conduct a census every 10 years. (NGBT-PIA 13, Surigao del Sur/asf)



Authorities confiscate hot forest products
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PO3 Zena Menioria Panaligan

CAMP Rodriguez, Butuan City – A joint PNP-DENR operation in Purok 3, Brgy. 1, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur has resulted in the confiscation and apprehension of a blue dump truck on January 26, this year.

The vehicle owned by Joselito R. Bleza and driven by Micheal A. Morta of Purok 5, Brgy. 1, San Francisco town was loaded with 1,221 board feet of dipterocarp (Toog) flitches, estimated to worth P18,315.00.

Also booked by the police was the truck helper, Jeepty A. Escolar, of Purok 1, Brgy. Lapinigan, San Francisco town.

The vehicle and apprehended persons, as well as the confiscated forest products were brought to the San Francisco Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. ((ZMP/MMG/asf)

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