Christopher "Bong" Go in action during the awarding rites at the close of the 1st JSAD Invitational Jet-ski Racing Competition held August 30 and 31, 2014 at Sunset Beach in Samal.

Go big winner in Igacos JSAD Invitational


Veteran jet-skier Christopher “Bong” Go pulled off the biggest and dramatic victory as Bobby Galvez ruled the center-piece open category at the close of the 1st JSAD Invitational Jet-Ski Racing Competition on August 30-31 at the Sunset Beach in IGACOS.

Battling underdog by using much-lower horsepower ski and a hurting back injury, Go finished at the top of 4-Stroke 300hp stock category to run away with the championship in one of the most-coveted and hardly-contested class in the race.

Go, who maneuvered a Yamaha 260hp FZS SVHO with a maximum hp of 252 owned by Johnny Ng, took his seven youthful and seasoned rivals from Ormoc and Gen. Santos cities by surprise.

BG AWARDINGWINNERS ROLL: 4-Stroke 300hp stock class champion Christopher “Bong” Go is flanked by second-placer Marchael Vient Buhisan of South Side Performance (at his left) and third placer Marcos Larrazabal of MPL Racing of Ormoc City (at his right) during the awarding rites at the close of the 1st JSAD Invitational Jet-ski Racing Competition held August 30 and 31, 2014 at Sunset Beach in Samal.

p11 (4)South Side Performance skipper Marchael Vient Buhisan, who reportedly used the ski he reportedly bought from national champion Paul del Rosario, settled for second place. Marcos Larrazabal of MPL Racing of Ormoc City placed third in the field.

The executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who was suffering a painful back muscle strain entering the second day that needs him to take pain reliever and muscle relaxant, glided the waves and slithered the challenging curbs to win on a sizzling fashion.

Most of his opponents rode a 300hp ski that includes early favorites Joseph Allan del Socorro of MPL and CD Daquil of South Side who placed below far. 

Adding up to Go’s belt was the third place finish in the 4-stroke 260hp category which topped by Del Socorro. Buhisan placed second.

Sharing the spotlight was Bobby Galvez of SJSA-Gen. San who topped the Stage 4 Open class, a no limit horsepower category where most of the ski’s were modified.

Larrazabal placed second as Buhisan took his second third place finish in the two-day event which needed to hold the race under the scorching morning sun due to afternoon low tide.

Daquil, on the other hand, took his championship by topping the Slalom Race followed by Yanick Elnar of South Side and Galvez.

Ng, a standout of JSAD, participated in the slalom race in the first day but suffered a foot injury that prompted him to skip the other events.

Renette Militante of Stingray Davao won the All Ladies Class with Sky Diola of South Side and Trisha Mae Babila of JSAD settling for second and third place.

JSAD commissioned the Racing Line to manage the two-day race which came to a close without a glitch in all aspects, especially on the technical matter.

In general, the race was conducted successfully, affirming the Racing Line’s area of expertise in the field of race organizing. (Rico Biliran)

Christopher "Bong" Go in action during the awarding rites at the close of the 1st JSAD Invitational Jet-ski Racing Competition held August 30 and 31, 2014 at Sunset Beach in Samal.
Christopher “Bong” Go in action during the awarding rites at the close of the 1st JSAD Invitational Jet-ski Racing Competition held August 30 and 31, 2014 at Sunset Beach in Samal.
Christopher “Bong” Go in action at the 1st JSAD Invitational Jet-ski Racing Competition held August 30 and 31, 2014 at Sunset Beach in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS)

Bong tops Day 1 first heat

Challenging curbs and scorching heat were thrown to the wind as

 Christopher “Bong” Go stamped his mighty class in Day 1, August 30, of the Jet Sports Association of Davao (JSAD) Invitational Jet-ski Racing Competition at the Sunset Beach Park in Samal.

      Go, a veteran jet-skier, topped the first heat of the 300hp class, besting a field of young and seasoned speedsters.

Go made the grueling and complex curbs look easy and sprinted up a wide approach to the finale to top the 300hp class with style.

He raced to the top of his second event after placing third in the pro 4-stroke 260hp.



Go’s remarkable performance in the first day made him one of the favorites entering the final round.

      Go started joining national jet-ski competition in the late 90’s but was out of action for more than a decade.



FRANCO TITODiwalwal, l’Or Maudit des Philippines (“Diwalwal, The Cursed Gold of the Philippines”) featuring Comval’s Diwalwal ex-barangay captain Franco Tito is one of the 37 documentaries and short films being screened in Malaysia’s Freedom Film Festival.

The 58-minute film on Diwalwal was produced last year and directed by a Frenchman, Philippe Couture.

The human rights-oriented film festival kicked off today, and will run until September 14, 2014, as Malaysian NGOs’ own way of celebrating Malaysia Day on 16th September.

Festival organizers said that they have “carefully selected this year’s programme to showcase a range of unique works, putting equal focus on artistic value and human rights content.”

The festival will present films that are cinematically engaging and culturally relevant from new and international filmmakers, as well as filmmaker discussions and workshops. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)


Phoenix’s Dennis Uy is Coast Guard commodore

dennis uyPhoenix Petroleum Philippines president and CEO Dennis Uy has been promoted to the honorary rank of Commodore of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, from the rank of Captain, in a donning ceremony held on August 27.

The promotion is a one-star general rank.

The ceremony was held during the 29th activation anniversary celebration of the Philippine Coast Guard at the Coast Guard District Southeastern Mindanao Headquarters in Sasa, Davao City.

Leading the ceremony were PCG District Commander, South Eastern Mindanao, COMMO George Ursabia Jr., PCG Commandant VADM Rodolfo Isorena, Uy, and PCGA District Director, South Eastern Mindanao, Efren Elbanbuena.

Phoenix Petroleum also received a plaque of appreciation from the Philippine Coast Guard “for the unwavering support and assistance extended to Coast Guard District Southeastern Mindanao in the fields of marine environmental protection, disaster relief operation, community relations, and capability development.”

Davao-based Phoenix Petroleum is the leading independent oil company in the Philippines.


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THE DURIAN BEAT: Do it right

the-durian-beat-columnDavao City’s women’s rights champion Representative Luz Ilagan and her Gabriela Party-list are in the forefront of a campaign to send to jail Davao City Police director Vicente Danao for violation of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004.

      We laud Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela for their energy to make Mr. Danao answer for a crime presumably in violation of RA 9262.

      But the efforts of Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela agaianst Mr. Danao we see as selective and nothing but  a publicity stunt to justify people’s money spent for Gabriela as a party-list in the House of Representatives. 

   Recently, Davao City’s   news and public affairs television aired a video of  an unidentified  American national dragging a Dabawenya Commercial Sex Worker (CSW) to a police station to complain about allegedly being shortchanged in a ‘blow job’ contract in a seedy motel.

      The video showed the filthy American slapping and kicking the poor woman who was helplessly sitting on a bench while undergoing the brutality inside the San Pedro Police Station.

   The mauling of the woman was carried out right in the presence of policemen, including the police duty officer, who did nothing to stop this filthy American from the cruelty inflicted on a resident of Davao City.

   We are supposed to believe that there is equality in law.

   If Mr. Danao violated VAWC in the confines of his home, this filthy American trampled on women rights right before the eyes of government law enforcers, inside a government building (police station), his brutality in blatant violation of RA 9262 shown to the public in a news report with nobody, after the fact, doing nothing about it including Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela and San Pedro Police Station commander Roland Lao, who could have immediately ordered an investigation if he is not ignorant about RA 9262 or Davao City’s own VAWC ordinance.

   This insult should not be allowed to pass.

   The Davao City Police trumpeting about having VAWC desks in every police station is a fluke if we take as a sad experience the case of the filthy American mauling a Dabawenya CSW right inside a police station.

   Let the Danao case proceed and the police officer made to suffer if he is guilty. But this filthy American should not be allowed to go scot-free.

The winner in the Danao case, if the police officer is convicted, is his wife who has complained before police authorities about alleged violation of VAWC, and Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela for the credit they would earn for sending Mr. Danao to jail.

   The loser would be Mr. Danao and his career, and the Dabawenyos served for years and set to be served for many more years by this able police officer, who unselfishly offered himself and his career to make Davao City peaceful.

   If there is a winner  , it is no other than the ugly American who went scot-free despite kicking and slapping a Dabawenya right inside a police station in full view of police officers, in this city which prides itself to the high heavens about having its own VAWC ordinance to protect its women.

   The losers are the poor CSW, police credibility to enforce a law, and also Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela for selectivity in choosing which case merits their attention.

   In behalf of the Dabawenya, we pose this “Do-It-Right’ Challenge to Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela, and to Davao City Councilor Leah Librado, a Gabriela stalwart and chair of the City Council Committee on Women and Children Welfare, to go after this filthy American.

   Failing this, their claim as  champions of women’s rights does not have merit. 

luwaran editorialEditorial

One at a time

One cannot fight several battles at a time. It has to be one battle after the other. This is the credo of the MILF in the face of several challenges before the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) becomes a reality.

With this frame of mind, the MILF, after 17 long and harsh years of negotiation, has managed to sign the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) in 2012 and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in 2014. These two agreements are indeed historic.

After the long years of protracted negotiation, the MILF has led the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in crafting the BBL, which underwent real deliberations and multi-layers of decision-making.

It was difficult as it was time-consuming.

Today, the real happening is in Congress which will deliberate on BBL, then to the conduct of the plebiscite in which people will approve (or disapprove) the BBL.

That is not the end of the trials and tribulations. It is almost certain that people or groups will question the constitutionality of the BBL before the Supreme Court. All of these scenarios are risks-laden, but the MILF is not cowed at all.
“Man shall have nothing except what he strives for,” says the Holy Qur’an.

This is the basis of the MILF working formula. It is rare or not at all that success comes in handy or on a silver platter. There are no rewards without risk. Taking risks is part of the undertaking.

Be this as it may, the good news, however, is that after several delays, the MILF and the government have finished an “agreed version” of the BBL which has been submitted to Congress.

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The Island Garden City of Samal city government will be relocating some 271 families consisting of about 1,000 individuals from the shoreline of the Barangay Miranda in Babak District “hopefully before the end of this year.”

City housing officer Ernesto Tundaan said that a 3-hectare relocation area situated in neighboring Barangay Tambo is being prepared by City Mayor Aniano Antalan for the coastal families affected by his drive to relocate and resettle informal settlements in the island’s shorelines.

“It’s clear in the law that shorelines are considered danger areas, and what’s needed is just an administrative order,” Tundaan said.

“We are only making demolition once we have prepared relocation and resettlement area,” he added.

Antalan has been getting flak for this drive from an anti-demolition group who alleged that he is uprooting coastal communities for the shorelines to be vacated and cornered bv rich people and real estate developers who would turn convert it as commercial beach resorts.

Tundaan belied the charge of the anti-demolition group he would not name, saying that the mayor is just implementing what is said by law and to relocate informal settlers in shorelines to safer grounds.

The mayor is concentrating relocating shoreline settlers in Babak, where development has been rapid since the recent years, he said.

Shorelines around the island are still considered lush, unpolluted beach areas trekked on by domestic and foreign tourists especially during weekends when there is heavy traffic of incoming weekend beach goers.

Informal settlements in the island’s  shorelines are concentrated in Miranda and Villarica areas in Babak District and in the poblacion of Peñaplata district. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)


al-agNEW MAJORITY LEADER. Councilor Bernard Al-ag, a doctor, is the Davao City Council’s new  majority floor leader position and chairman of the Committee on Rules, Privileges, Laws and Ordinances. He was elected recently during a revamp of the committees ordered by Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./THE MINDANAO DAILY MIRROR

SP approves P217M SB 1 

The City Council has approved  Supplemental Budget No. 1 amounting to P218 million, bringing to nearly P5.5 billion the budget appropriated for the city government’s operation for 2014.

Last year, the City Council approved a P5.2 billion annual budget for 2014.

Davao City’s total appropriated budget this year could hover near the P6 billion mark, if City Hall requests for additional supplemental budgets.

The City Council approved four SBs last year.

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, chair of the Finance Committee, said city councilors worked overtime in marathon sessions to have SB No. 1 approved.

The bulk of SB1 goes to the City Mayor’s Office: P50 million for peace and order; P37 million for Lingap Para sa Mahirap; and, P2 million for Central 911.

Forty-five million (P45M) will go to the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).



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