It may be an exaggeration, but a Davao City councilor has sent a distress signal for the dead buried at the Panacan Public Cemetery, whose tombs are drowned by perennial floods. READ MORE


The dead entombed in cemeteries here will sleep the sleep of the dead when hundreds of thousands of people visit their graves  in celebration of All Souls Day on November 1.

The noise disturbs the dead, said Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has banned videooke machines and radios in cemeteries on both days.

The dead are complaining to police about the noise, he said on television days ahead of November 1. READ MORE


The dead buried at the Masonic Cemetery on Padre Selga Street may now sleep in peace undisturbed forever after a developer decided to exclude the pre-war 4-hectare burial ground from a proposed memorial park.
The Davao City Council on Tuesday approved the request of Orchard Road Corporation to alter its development plan for its initial 8-hectare Orchard Road Memorial Park to exclude the Masonic Cemetery. READ MORE

A SALUTE TO BONI BULAC, Activist-Teacher

BONI BULAC, Act - Davao
BONI BULAC, Act – Davao
(Sir Boni Bulac has passed away. We call on our officers and members to visit him this afternoon, 1:30PM at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes near Davao Doctors Hospital.)

Sir Boni’s contribution to the teachers’ movement in Southern Mindanao was more than enough for him to be awarded the Guro ng Bayan trophy from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers during its 30th National Council meeting and General Assembly.

Sir Boni invested his personal time and resources to travel the different provinces of Region XI to help organize DepED teachers. At one point, Sir Boni even filed a leave for several months to devote more time to this worthy endeavor.

He continued serving the teachers and the people even after his retirement despite continued threats and accusations from the AFP and PNP that he was a member of the New People’s Army.

Sir Boni, your life and contributions will be forever remembered and missed! May the younger generation of teachers follow your selfless and brave example!



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Aswangs whip out voodoo tricks to ensure Toto Mar Roxas win

Originally posted on DURIANBURGDAVAO:

The Aswang delegation of Antique in plenum at the Aklan Aswang Festival




Voodoo and magic.

Amo ini ang himoon naton kar-on nga mga aswang paryente man o indi ni Toto Mar Roxas. Si Toto Mar sang Capiz aton gid kay nagadalagan man sa iya kaugatan ang dugo sang aswang.

Ngaa man suportahan ta si Toto Mar, kandidato sang LP upod ni Noynoy Aquino nga iya presidente, nga mahimo nga bise presidente? Kay damo gid ang iya mabulig sa aton nga mga aswang kun makapongko na ina.

TOTO MAR: First Aswang Vice President

Abaw, linte! Kon ang mga party-list nagkaburuang man gani nga makapongko sa Kongreso, ano na lang gid kon si Toto Mar aton bise presidente?

Gani, sa mga nakabasa sining blog kar-on nga mga aswang, bangon kamo tanan! Buligan ta si…

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President Aquino not seeking another term

President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Tuesday, October 28,AQUINO that he has no intentions of seeking a second term in office.

“There are some quarters that were saying I should try and go for a second term. I don’t think that’s a right solution,” President Aquino said during the open forum of the 13th CEO Forum and 118th General Membership Meeting of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI) at The Peninsula Manila, Makati City.

The President was responding to a question on how he plans to ensure that the country’s economic growth is sustained after his term expires in 2016.

“Now, with regards to how do we sustain this after 2016? Then, perhaps I will vote for the right candidate,” he said, adding that voters should discern properly the candidate who is merely extolling populist sentiments with no substance, as opposed to the candidate who not only says the right things but who can be trusted to deliver on promises made.

“There has to be that continuation of people of like mind who will deliver on the promises that are real and not just self-serving or nice, (or) pleasant to hear,” he said.

President Aquino has yet to endorse a candidate for the 2016 presidential election. His administration is consistently saying that they would rather focus on governance than politicking.

Present during the forum were Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Secretary Joel Villanueva, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, SEIPI President Danilo Lachica, and general manager of The Peninsula Manila Sonja Vodusek. (PNA)

Bangsamoro, an attempt to redress historical imbalances – retired SC justice


MANILA, Oct. 29 (PNA) — Several legal luminaries declared on Tuesday that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is constitutional and emphasized that it should be read within the context of restorative justice and addressing historical injustices.‎

“‎Bangsamoro is an attempt to redress long historical imbalances,” retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna said during a hearing of the Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL at the House of Representatives, presided by Cagayan de Oro second district Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, himself ‎a constitutionalist and former Dean of the San Sebastian College of Law.

Azcuna no‎ted that the BBL provides for the recognition of a “distinct (Bangsamoro) nation within the Philippine state” and this is “not unconstitutional.”

The former SC justice’s statement is in reference to the asymmetric relationship between the central and proposed Bangsamoro governments.

“There has to be rebalancing in order to pay for the long list of injustices,” Azcuna said, adding that the asymmetric relationship between the autonomous region and central government is an attempt to address that imbalance.

According to Article VI of the proposed BBL, also known as House Bill 4994 at HOR, “the relationship between the Central Government and the Bangsamoro Government shall be asymmetric. This is reflective of the recognition of their Bangsamoro identity, and their aspiration for self-governance. This makes it distinct from other regions and other local governments.”

Azcuna further appreciated the BBL provision that “the Bangsamoro territory shall remain a part of the Philippines.” He said it is a “valid provision because (it clarifies that) there is no dismemberment of country involved.”

Meanwhile, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) National Secretary Atty. Nasser Marohomsalic said that “Congress has all reasons to pass this Bangsamoro bill which is not a case of charity, but an ordinance of peace that will rectify historical injustices.”

Marohomsalic was a member of the independent pool of lawyers invited by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels to review the draft BBL before its submission to Congress.

Philippine Bar Association Committee on Constitutional Law co-chair Atty. Oscar Tan agrees with Marohomsalic’s statement, emphasizing that the BBL is not an ordinary law. He said that reading it can be done either broadly or restrictively.

“We are entitled to have legal experiments…This is a broad document to empower future generations. This (law) is not charity, but restorative justice for all of us,” he said.

Ateneo School of Government Dean Dr. Antonio La Viña expressed support to the BBL, saying that he sees no unconstitutional provisions in the proposed law. Rather, he lauded the GPH for having done an inclusive peace process. “Thinking ahead of legal challenges, the best scenario here is that you have addressed major issues of major stakeholders.” He recommended, however, that the BBL should be added with a part on definition of terms that will address vagueness of some concepts.

For his part, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza began his comments on the Bangsamoro bill with an appreciation to the GPH in a way that “much has been done (by the Parties) to bring the BBL in conformity with the Constitution.”

While he expressed reservations on some provisions like the concept of asymmetric relations, he said he was “glad to see there is effort to comply with the Constitution” when the BBL states that “the President shall exercise general supervision over the Bangsamoro Government.”

BBL, a masterpiece in peace-making

Dr. Jose Abueva, the former President of the University of the Philippines, expressed his full support to the passage of the Bangsamoro bill.

“We fully support the enactment of the BBL. What is good for the Moros is good for all Filipinos. (The creation of) Bangsamoro is a welcome model for achieving genuine regional autonomy and development,” he said.

According to Abueva, the Bangsamoro bill is “very enlightening, gratifying” and he is most hopeful that it is a “masterpiece in peace-making” to resolve a decades-old conflict.

The BBL is the enabling law for the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) which was signed by the GPH and MILF early this year. The passage and ratification of BBL will create the Bangsamoro region, which will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Saying that the country needs a progressive political outlook, Abueva pointed out that the “Philippine Constitution must be interpreted as enabling authority rather than as obstacle” to the fulfillment of a Bangsamoro autonomous political entity.

“We all need an enlightened sense of history, inclusive view of Filipino nationalism, and broad concept of redistributive justice. Our Supreme Court must look forward guided by our lofty national vision in our Constitution and not be bound by restrictive precedents,” said Abueva.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles, GPH Peace Panel Chair Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, GPH panel member Senen Bacani, Human Rights Victims Claims Board member Chito Gascon, and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) members Fatmawati Salapuddin and Akmad Sakkam were likewise present during the hearing.

Gascon underscored that the Philippine Constitution clearly mandates autonomy for Muslim Mindanao and the envisioned Bangsamoro is consistent with this mandate of the Constitution itself. He said there is no need for charter change to create the Bangsamoro. “It is possible to establish expanded autonomy we have not achieved ever” in Philippine history. (PNA)


House seen to OK budget on Wednesday despite solon’s threat of going to SC

downloadThe chair of the House appropriations committee is determined to have the P2.6-trillion national budget passed by Wednesday despite a progressive lawmaker’s threat to go to the Supreme Court if House leaders block the discussion of the errata inserted in the general appropriations bill (GAB).

Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab said Sunday the proposed changes have been discussed by the small committee created during the plenary debates on the 2015 budget last month.




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