MINDANAO

Local execs endorse Mindanao Development Corridors program

MINDA LOGOThe Confederation of Provincial Governors, City Mayors and Municipal Mayors’ Leagues Presidents of Mindanao (Confed-Mindanao) recently reconvened and endorsed the Mindanao Development Corridors program as a key strategy that will help the island-region achieve connectivity and enhance its global competitiveness.

At the recent membership meeting, newly-elected Confed President Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel led the promulgation of a resolution supporting the Mindanao Development Corridors, saying that “it is crucial for Local Government Units (LGUs) to adopt the corridors program as a means to ensure that localities are ready to assimilate in anticipation for the ASEAN integration in 2015.”

He added that it is high time for Confed members to start re-evaluating plans, programs, and projects to ensure that these are geared towards preparing Mindanao for the imminent integration in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

ANTONINOThe Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), through the Mindanao Peace and Development Framework Plan or the Mindanao 2020, adopts the Mindanao Development Corridors as a key spatial strategy aimed to improve infrastructure, establish connectivity, and spur the development of growth clusters within the island-region, allowing it to achieve balanced and inclusive growth among its regions.

“This strategy will transcend regional boundaries in terms of commodity transfer which will make regions in Mindanao commercially viable,” MinDA Chair Luwalhati Antonino told Mindanao local chief executives at the meeting.

She added that the initiative also aims to position Mindanao as a single, integrated economy that is able to leverage and fully participate in economic groupings such as the BIMP-EAGA, ASEAN, and the rest of the global economic communities.

“Since our last meeting in 2012, we have moved ever closer to ASEAN economic integration. That is why we are rolling out the Mindanao Development Corridors to help us maximize Mindanao’s potentials into this economic cooperation,” said Antonino.

She stressed that Confed-Mindanao’s cooperation is crucial to achieving the Mindanao 2020’s goals and objectives, particularly in pushing for meaningful governance strategies.

“Our LGUs know their territory better, which make them among our strongest allies in Mindanao’s development planning and in integrating the corridors initiative,” said Antonino.

Pimentel said that members of Confed-Mindanao will exert all efforts needed to assume the role as ‘Mindanao’s voice’ particularly in terms of infrastructure development and national budget allocation.

Established in 1990, Confed-Mindanao is an advocacy group of Mindanao local chief executives which pursues peace and development, nation-building, and other initiatives that promote the Mindanao agenda.

The organization has been instrumental in creating major progresses in the island-region, specifically in the areas of power and infrastructure, connectivity, disaster risk and reduction, and in increasing Mindanao’s share in the national budget.

Pimentel is the first Confed-Mindanao president who hailed from CARAGA region. Outgoing President Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario sits as one of the confederation’s Board of Directors.

 

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SPORTS UPDATE – DAVAO CITY – BASKETBALL – SEPTEMBER 15-21′ 2014 – Executives routs BJMP, advances to Finals

Executives routs BJMP,  advances to Finals

City Hall Executives toppled Bureau of Jail and Penology, 103 – 82, in their semifinal showdown on Saturday. Sept. 20,  to advance to the Finals of the 2014 IBP-CMO Basketball Tournament at the Hall of Justice Covered Court in Ecoland.

p10 (1)The No. 1 seed Executives broke loose in the final period to secure the victory and earn the first ticket to the best of three finals.

Christopher “Bong” Go came through with 35 points to lead the Executives who outscored the No. 4 seed Jailmen, 28 – 15, in the final frame.

Eugene Labor stepped up timely for the Executives, scoring 10 of his 19 total points in the final frame that puzzled the Jailmen’s defense down the stretch.

Both teams engaged in a tight contest with the Jailmen seemed to force a winner-take-all game with their laid back and balance offense in the early going of the match.

The Jailmen were up at the end of the first canto, 25 – 22, and managed to trade baskets with the Executives in the second frame.

Go provided a big boost in the third canto as the sweet-shooting Executive Assistant of Mayor Rody Duterte scattered 18 points in the period alone that allowed the Executive to take a 75 – 67 entering the final frame.

In the other semifinal encounter, IBP Davao turned back Team Judiciary, 86 – 83, to force a do-or-die.

Adrian Paguican took charge with 24 points for the IBP-Davao which needed to beat the No. 2 seed Team Judiciary twice in the semis to make it to the finals.

Box Scores:

First Game

CITY EXECUTIVES – 103 – GO 35, LABOR 19, FLORES 12, CLORIBEL 9, APOSTOL 8, CASAN 8, PELOTON 6, REYES 6, BREDOL 0.

BJMP – 82 – BETIO 18, DEMAFELIZ 17, EYAO 13, SUMAGAN 12, MORALES 9, DONGUILLES 8, SARONA 5

Second Game

IBP DAVAO – 86 – PAGUICAN 24, BAGUIO 15, CARPIO 13, CADIOGAN 12, CIUDADANO 8, GALAS 8, RANON 4, DELA VICTORIA 2.

JUDICIARY – 83 – ESCOBEDO 24, HOYBIA 17, ABULE 10, BERSABAL 9, BERNARDO 8, , ,  SALIGUMBA 7, TORRES 6, MAURILLo 2,

 ibpCity Hall Execs notch

34th win vs IBP Davao

City Hall Executives notched their 34th win against IBP-Davao with an 85 – 76 victory on Wednesday night, Sept. 17,  in the City Hall Executives-IBP Lawyers 2014 year-long friendly series at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.

Christopher “Bong” Go racked up with 44 points as the Executives improved the win-loss standing to 34 – 10.

Warren Cloribel added 15 for the Executives who missed the services of spot-up shooter Glen Escandor who is in the US.

Box scores:

EXECUTIVES – 86 – GO 44, CLORIBEL 15, REYES 8, ABERILLA 7, CASAN 6, APOSTOL 6, PELOTON 0, BREDOL 0, JALANDONI 0.

IBP – 75 – PAGUICAN 20, CADIOGAN 16, CARPIO 11, GALAS 9, RAÑON 7, BAGUIO 6, CIUDADANO 4, PEPITO 2.

Execs tops Evergold,

79 – 70, in Game 3

City Hall Executives trounced Evergold Selection, 79 – 70, in Game 3 of their Friendly series on Monday night, Sept. 22,  at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.

Christopher “Bong” Go racked up 39 points as the Executives took a 3 – 0 series lead.

Warren Cloribel contributed 12 markers for the Executives who got boost from Ricky Sumagang and Joel Aberilla.

Earl Angsinco paced the Evergold Selection with 16 baskets. Rico Kwantiu had 13.

Box scores:

CITY EXECUTIVES – 79 – GO 39, CLORIBEL 12, SUMAGANG 8, ABERILLA 7, PELOTON 7, BREDOL 2, APOSTOL 2, LABOR 2, FLORES 0, CASAN 0.

EVERGOLD – 70 – ANGSINCO 16, KWANTIU 13, MACARNDAN 10, DE FELIX 8, MALIGRO 7, CABALLERO 7, MEDNING 5, CALINA 2, SUAREZ 2, AVINANTE 0.

 

DUTERTE I WILL KILL YOU

MORE SUPPORTERS JOIN FIRING LINE IN DUTERTE’S ‘I WILL SHOOT YOU’ WARNING

Duterte’s Dilemma: THREAT TO SHOOT PEOPLE BEHIND PRESIDENTIAL PUSH EARNS TAKERS

MANNY PINOLBy Manny Pinol

Colorful and controversial Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte has a big problem in his hand.

His threat, which was of course said in jest, that he would like to shoot the people behind the move to convince him to run for President has so many takers that he may need a lot of bullets and burial areas.

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RODY LEGACYWrites Philippine Daily Inquirer Ramon Tulfo in his column On Target:

“Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte’s threat to shoot anyone who prods him to run for President in 2016 is being taken as a challenge, and there are many takers.

“I dare Duterte to shoot me for publicly prodding him to run for President.

“Actor Edu Manzano sent me a text message, saying, “Can I sign up for the SHOOT ME, DUTERTE! petition?”

“My reply: “Sure you can, dude, but you’ll have to queue up because it’s a long, long line.”

“The “Shoot me, Duterte!” challenge has gone viral. Cemeteries will be full, if the controversial mayor makes good his threat.

“Many Duterte supporters in Davao City will soon be wearing T-shirts with the words, “Pusila ko, Duterte (Shoot me)!” emblazoned on them.”

In an attempt to brush off calls for him to run for President and discourage people from considering him for the presidency, Duterte has tried everything, even putting forward crazy ideas on how to run the Philippines.

“I don’t want to be President because if I become President and I don’t get the reforms in government that I wanted, I will declare a Revolutionary Government,” he once said.

Did that turn off people?

No! In fact, the reaction was: “Yes, it’s about time a President straightens out everything in this country.”

Then he declared: “Don’t force me to be President because I will close down Congress!”

The reaction? “Yes, yes, yes! Most of them do nothing but pocket their pork barrels anyway.”

“I do not like to be President but I become one, I will shoot every smuggler, especially rice smugglers, drug dealer, and kidnapper,” he also threatened perhaps expecting that the statement would turn off people.

The response? “Yes, yes, yes! That should be done all over the country.”

Duterte has tried all antics and delivered crazy statements in a desperate effort to wave off the calls for him to run for President but he finds himself in deeper trouble.

People who are tired of corruption in government and the rising criminality lap up everything that Duterte says, even his zaniest idea of governance.

“If I become President, I will privatize the GSIS and SSS because they have committed so much injustice to the ordinary Filipino wage earners who after years of hard work would discover that somebody had availed of a loan using their names,” he said.

You think that will discourage people? In your life! People even want Duterte to privatize the Bureau of Customs.

How long can Duterte brush off calls for him to run for President?

It may not take long before he runs out of crazy ideas, threats and excuses.

Soon, the time will come when Duterte will have to ask himself: “Why do people want me to be President?”

When he realizes that the call for him to run for President is not really because he is Rodrigo Duterte but because the Filipinos hunger for a leader who could put things in order, he may stop issuing threats and heed the call.

After all, Duterte, a veteran lawyer and a public prosecutor, understands the Latin maxim: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei.”

NEWS SOURCE:   · SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

BRP Ramon Alcaraz. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

BAYAN MUNA: AFP VIOLATED MODERNIZATION LAW

Billions spent in obsolete, decommissioned equipment and war materiel

carlos zarate
carlos zarate

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate scored the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for spending billions of pesos for obsolete and decommissioned equipment and war materiel under the supposed modernization of the armed forces. 

During, the ongoing plenary debates on the 2015 national budget, it was revealed that from 2000-2013, a total of P53.166 billion has already been released during the first phase of  the AFP Modernization Program. Last year, another P5 billion was also additionally  released for the same purpose. 

“To date the only notable purchases made by the AFP were the obsolete and decommissioned equipment mostly from the US, like the two (2) coast guard  Hamilton class cutters  and 22 vintage armed personnel carriers (APCs).  These were all in fact purchased by the AFP in violation of their own modernization law and now they are asking for an additional  P20 billion more,” said Rep. Zarate.

The AFP Modernization law Section 4 (b) states that “capability, materiel, and technology development – The AFP Modernization Program entails the development and employment of certain capabilities that can address the assessed threats: Provided, That the acquisition of air force, navy and army equipment and materiel of such types and quantities shall be made in accordance with the need to develop AFP capabilities pursuant to its modernization objectives: Provided, further, That the acquisition of new equipment and weapons systems shall be synchronized with the phase-out of uneconomical and obsolete major equipment and weapons systems in the AFP inventory: Provided, even further, That NO MAJOR EQUIPMENT AND WEAPONS SYSTEM shall be purchased if the same are not being used by the armed forces in the country of origin or used by the armed forces of at least two countries: ,Provided, furthermore, That only offers from suppliers who are themselves the manufacturers shall be entertained: Provided, finally, That no supply contract shall be entered into unless such contract provides for, in clear and unambiguous terms, an after-sales services and the availability of spare parts.”

“The defense department and the AFP  should be held accountable for this; Congress should dig deeper further into how funding for this modernization program is being spent,” ended Rep. Zarate.

iunjun binay

“Sticking with Binay a kiss of death”

BINAY’s ASSET: P2.5M in 1988 to P60M in 2013

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

Charges of massive corruption hurled against Vice President Jejomar Binay were expected to shoo away political supporters in his bid to capture the presidency in the 2016 elections.

Vice President Jejomar Binay is running for president under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of former President now Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Being associated with Binay is a “kiss of death,” said Nicolas Enciso, one of the complainants in a plunder case against Binay and his son, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay.

The Senate blue ribbon committee is investigating alleged overpricing in the Makati Parking building Phase 2, a P2.7 billion project started when the Vice President was still the mayor of Makati City.

Appearing in an earlier hearing of the Senate committee, former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, a former political ally of the Binays, said Vice President Binay, as then city mayor, got 13 percent commission from  city government projects including the Makati Parking Building, which is at the center of the plunder rap filed by Enciso and lawyer Renato Bondal.

Binay said all the allegations against him and his family are black propaganda and his camp said Binay’s wealth — P2.5 million in 1988 when he first sat as mayor and jumping to P60 million in 2013 — was derived from the businesses of the Vice President and his wife, Dr. Elenita Binay.

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