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2nd July 2015
NEWSFEATURE: Southern Leyte best farmers, fisherfolks, rural organizations get recognition
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 2, 2015, 7:11 am

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, June 27 (PIA)  --  For the very first time, farmers, fisherfolks, and rural-based organization--  the backbone and workhorses of agriculture development  --  took center stage, basking in the glory of their disciplined efforts, hard work, and dignity as a night was set aside for their citations and honor.

In all, fourteen names of individuals and groups around the province let their light shone in newly-discovered fame as winners of the Search for Outstanding Farmers, Fisherfolks, and Rural-based organizations (RBOs), a deserving, fitting tribute to an agricultural territory.

“You are the pillars of the province,” Gov. Roger Mercado beamed with obvious pride in his inspirational message, addressing a crowd of nominees and awardees, this time wearing formal attire  --  far from the rag tag, muddy, sweaty coverings they wore out there in the field  --   minutes before they were announced, in the style of an Oscars Awards event.

The awards night was held Friday, June 26, at the refurbished DILG gym beside the legislative building, a few steps away from the provincial Capitol building, the gym now re-named Southern Leyte Coliseum.

Mercado, whose strong advocacy for the province to make waves in the field of agriculture, was the lightning rod behind the idea, fully supported by the Provincial Agriculture Office, its municipal and city offices, and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)  Regional Office which footed the bill for the modest cash prizes given to the awardees.

In her brief message, Dr. Vilma Patindol, the OIC-Center Director, acknowledged that the provincial government over the years has leveled up the conduct of Agri-fair, this time giving recognition to deserving farmers, fisherfolks, and rural groups.

She challenged the winners to do even better, for they will be facing other provincial winners for a region-wide contest en route to a national championship, even as she encouraged the nominees who did not make it to strive even further to inspire the community.

Also attending the ceremonies were Board Member Atty. Abelardo Alamario, Macrohon Vice-Mayor Wilfredo Madrona, and City Mayor Maloney Samaco, as well as the agriculture officers from the towns and city.

This year’s maiden cream-of-the-crop harvest of business-minded, technology-driven agri entrepreneurs mostly belonged to the middle-age group (60 years old is the current middle age label, so new entrants to the Senior Citizens club should rejoice), but one in ten were young and vibrant youth, an indication farming and fishing had also pre-occupied the text and facebook generation.

The awardees in their respective categories are as follows:

Outstanding Rice Farmer for Hybrid  --  Agripino de Gracia, Ibarra, Maasin City

Outstanding Rice Farmer for inbred  --  Epifanio Mejares, Libhu, Maasin City

Outstanding Vegetable Grower,  Commercial scale  --  Gerardo Tibon, Bontoc

Outstanding Vegetable Grower, Small scale  --  Estelito Ansong, Hinundayan,


Outstanding Livestock Grower  --  Angie Peroso, Mabini, Macrohon (a youth winner)

Outstanding Fisherfolk, Large Scale  --  Rico Vanzuela, Ichon, Macrohon (a youth winner)

Outstanding Fisherfolk, Small Scale  --  Inocencio Mosot, Pintuyan

Outstanding Farm Family (Integrated Farming)  --  Alfredo Pagay, San Rafael, Maasin City

Outstanding Agriculture and Fishery Council  --  Padre Burgos Municipal Agriculture Fishery  Council

Outstanding Farmers’ Association  --  Pansil Association of Farmers, Malitbog

Outstanding Rural Improvement  Club  --  Malapoc Norte, Maasin City

Outstanding 4H Club  --  Guadalupe, Macrohon (a youth group)

Outstanding Industrial Crop Grower  --  Mariano Dumaran, Sto. Nino, Maasin City 

A dinner celebration was earlier held before the formal program began.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)

19th June 2015
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 19, 2015, 2:58 pm

Duterte reaction: “Give it to them”

TANDAG,Surigao del Sur – If Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had any reaction to his impressive no. 3 ranking in the latest Pulse Asia survey, he did not show it.  

“Give it to the people who hunger for it,” Duterte remarked in the only time he referred to the recent survey.

The mayor was in Tandag City to grace the 55th “Araw ng Surigao del Sur” Friday.

At the start of his speech at the Tandag City gym, Duterte immediately doused cold water on expectations that the survey results would appeal to him.

“I have no ambition to run for the presidency,” the mayor declared, eliciting gasp from his audience which included Gov. Johnny Pimentel.

Every available space in the 5,000-capacity gym was filled with people who stood up and cheered when Duterte arrived.  

The mayor acknowledged the expression of support given to him by the governor and other provincial officials but remained firm in his disinterest for the presidency.

He revealed that he is dealing with a “growing rebellion” in his family as talks of a possible presidential refused to die down.

“Mayor Inday and her mother would not allow it,” the mayor said referring to his daughter, former Mayor Sara Duterte.

He acknowledged that many friends have joined in.

“Just allow us to try,” he quoted his unnamed friends who are persistent in their efforts to drum up support for his candidacy.

Duterte scored 15% in the latest Pulse Asia survey conducted among 1,200 respondents from May 30 to June 5.

It was good enough to retain his third place ranking in the previous survey where he tied with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

More importantly, Duterte came within 7% of Vice President Jejomar Binay who dropped to 22% which relegated him to second place.

Sen. Grace Poe seized first place after receiving 30% of voters’ preference. 

In an ambush interview with reporters at the airport before boarding the private helicopter that would take him back to Davao, Duterte was asked if his decision not to run was final.

Duterte’s face turned serious as he looked at the faces of the Davao-based reporters before him.

“We will see each other in Davao, you line up and I will kick each one of you,” he remarked as he slowly broke into a smile.

His response was met with laugher.

It meant his decision is not yet final. (CHITO A. FUENTES)


18th June 2015
Knowing the real Rody Duterte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 18, 2015, 10:37 pm


By Manny Piñol

"When I close my eyes and compare being mayor to being President, I see not much difference except that Davao City is a lot smaller and easier area to govern than the whole country."

Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte was not playing coy when he repeatedly declared in the past that "I do not covet the Presidency. I don't need it."

Duterte meant it and believe it or not, he may not really run for President at all, that is unless the call for him to lead the country is overwhelming.

Political analysts, including Senate President Franklin Drilon, have suggested that Duterte, who is being pushed by his party, PDP-Laban, and hordes of supporters to vie for the Presidency, is either a hypocrite or a wise politician for denying that he eyes the highest post of the land while at the same time making a nation-wide tour promoting Federalism.

These people do not know Duterte and are showing political ignorance by lumping the colourful Davao City Mayor with the group of traditional politicians who proverbially "beg, steal, lie and cheat" just to win a coveted political post.

"Duterte is a different breed of politician," said Maribojoc Mayor Jun Evasco, a former priest and long-time political adviser of the city mayor.

People who have followed his colourful political career spanning 23 years, as mayor for three 9-year terms, as one term congressman and as vice mayor, swear that never had they heard Duterte ask people for vote for him.

"He will just go up the stage during campaign sorties, tell funny stories, endorse his party mates and sometimes national candidates and then end his speech by telling people to decide whether they needed him to serve them or not," said lawyer Pantaleon Alvarez, a close friend of Duterte and former congressman and secretary of transportation.

Duterte is known to have refused political contributions, especially if the funds would come from groups with business dealings with the city government.

In the last elections, contributions from big business establishments in Davao City were returned on orders of Duterte saying he did not need campaign funds because he was running unopposed.

Perhaps, one of the biggest reasons why Duterte is a reluctant candidate is because he feels at home in Davao City.

He would buy fish being peddled by ambulant vendors in the low-cost housing subdivision where he lives and enjoys eating what usually is a late breakfast using his bare hands.

The people of Davao City have come to accept him for what he is and what he does.

In spite of and despite his crassness and vulgar language, Davaoeños look at him as just another "barkada" who talks about his love life in public and admits being grateful to Pfizer, the maker of Viagra.

As a leader, however, people of Davao City know he is strict emphasising that the law applies to everyone.

Even his daughter, former City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio, was not spared by traffic cops who apprehended her for going beyond the 30-km speed limit within the city.

The Mayor also submitted himself to traffic policemen when he realised that he was riding his motorcycle without a safety helmet and voluntarily underwent a driving seminar.

Perhaps, what endears him to Davaoeños is his unequalled concern for their safety and security, especially the children and youth.

Davao City is the only city in the Philippines with a working 911 Emergency Response which responds to calls for assistance in 10 minutes and the service is free.

HIs focus on security and peace as the foundation of his governance transformed Davao City from a killing fields of communist assassins in the late 1970s up to the 1980s to one of the world's safest cities today.

Duterte's 23 years of public service has stood out untainted by issues of corruption.

It is in this light that people will have to understand that Duterte is not dying to become President.

He will not go around the country with open hands to beg for financial contributions or strike deals with political groups to become President.

That is simply not the Rody Duterte the people of Davao know.

"If the people really need me to lead, I have to see a genuine call. Otherwise, I would rather enjoy my life in Davao,' he said.

Will Duterte run?

That is a question not for Duterte to answer.

That is a question that the Filipinos today who are confronted with problems of corruption, drugs, criminality, joblessness and poverty in the countryside and the lack of discipline have to answer.

Rody Duterte is ready when the nation is ready for a new kind of politics.


Duterte believers grow, Survey results reveal
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 18, 2015, 10:20 pm

Despite his expressed disinterest for the presidency, more people say they will vote for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte if the elections were held today.

Pulse Asia released the results of its latest survey Friday which was conducted from May 30 to June 5.

The big story was the ascent of Sen. Grace Poe to the top when she got 30% of voter preference, toppling long-time survey front-runner Vice President Jejomary Binay who slid down to second with 22%.

Duterte, who vaulted into third place in the previous survey after being disregarded in the past, continued to rise with 15%.

This marked a 3% increase from his previous 12% which puts him just 7% behind Binay.

Duterte continued to soar in Mindanao where he tallied 37%, the most received by any survey participant.

Just like the previous survey, Duterte dominated Mindanao with 35%, a testament to the impact made by the country’s longest serving city mayor in the post-EDSA era.

Duterte has been going around the country in his advocacy for a shift to federalism from the present unitary system which is being blamed for much of the country’s problems.

The listening tour instead has turned Duterte into a legitimate presidential contender when more and more people who saw him up close and personal for the first time turned into instant believers.

While Duterte continues to parry the calls for him to throw his hat into next year’s presidential race, his supporters continue to grow by the day.

Duterte himself acknowledged that supporters have become more brazen as shown by the running of infomercials on TV, billboards in many parts of the country, the distribution of t-shirts, stickers and ballers.

While the mayor has publicly declared that he will wrap up his listening tour after his last scheduled sortie in Catanduanes, his public appearances are assured after his office was swamped with invitations to various events in different parts of the country.

Duterte was scheduled to grace the 8th charter day anniversary in Tandag, Surigao del Sur Friday after speaking before the 20th Caraga region business conference in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur Tuesday.

The tough-talking mayor who has captured the imagination of a growing number of Filipinos wary of the rising criminality and the increasing boldness of drug and criminal syndicates has been unequivocal against running for president.

His pronounced aversion for a national position has not deterred his supporters who are actively campaigning for a national draft hoping that Duterte will eventually change his mind and give in to the emerging national draft.

Duterte’s rising popularity has baffled political strategists as the mayor speaks his mind on many issues with categorical declarations that normally would have antagonized voters accustomed to sweet talks and motherhood statements.

The mayor also shows little concern for public image by revealing even unflattering aspects of his private life in public gatherings which separate him from other contenders.

This growing appreciation for the unconventional provincial leader who turned his city around from the killing fields of the 80s into the safest city in the country in the new millennium is what drives his supporters to plod on.

Duterte himself is feeling the increasing difficulty of resisting the clamor, conceding that if it is his destiny, he cannot do anything about it.

With what he did to Davao, his supporters are working harder to win over more believers enough to make history by installing a provincial official straight to Malacanang, at the same time the first Mindanaoan to make it all the way to the top. (CHITO A. FUENTES)


16th June 2015
PDEA operation nets P.8M illegal drugs; 7 nabbed
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 16, 2015, 10:41 pm

By Elvie Roman Roa

ORMOC CITY, June 16, (PNA) – The operatives of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional office 8 netted around P.8 million worth of suspected shabu during a buy bust operation and search in the house of a big time drug dealer in Tambulilid village here on Monday.

The subject of the operation identified as Mike Gandamaser Limbona a.k.a. “Simban”, was not around though during the raid. But his live-in partner, Marissa Otadoy, 40, however, was arrested after selling suspected drugs to an operative posing as buyer during the buy bust operation conducted by the PDEA and elements from Ormoc City Police Office (City Public Safety Company/Special Weapons and Tactics) and Philippine Army. The operatives brought a trained sniffing dog.

Also arrested were six men including a woman,  who were caught on the act of having a pot session.

The search, on the strength of a search warrant obtained by the PDEA from Judge Janet M. Cabaluna of Regional Trial Court Branch 33 in Calbiga, Samar, yielded several sachets in various sizes of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) approximately summed up at 100 grams with estimated street value of PHP800,000.00, numerous drug paraphernalias and the marked money worth PHP2,000.00.

They also confiscated caliber .45 pistol and a magazine loaded with seven live ammunition inside the subject’s room.

Otadoy is temporarily under the custody of PDEA until an inquest proceeding is over for violations of sections 5, 6, 7, 11 and 12 of Article 2 of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The same case was filed against Limbona except section 5.

Limbona was previously subjected to series of raids but he always eluded arrest. 

In 2008, the couple was detained for drug violation but their case was dismissed in 2010.

Currently, Otadoy is still on bail for the same offense. 

She was arrested in 2011 by the Ormoc Anti-Illegal Drugs and Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) after several sachets of drugs and money believed to be proceeds of the illegal trade were confiscated from her possession in a raid.

Otadoy is temporarily under the custody of PDEA until an inquest proceeding is over for violations of sections 5, 6, 7, 11 and 12 of Article 2 of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The village officials on the other hand expressed a sigh of relief believing that Otadoy’s arrest may help lessen the obvious illicit business in the area.



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