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TESDA in need of private assistance

The newly installed Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) regional director said the agency needs the assistance of the private sector to address the gap on skilled construction workers shortage amid the boom on the infrastructure industry. (more…)

‘Worth it’

- Kadayawan organizers collect P47.5M for the event

The recently concluded 33rd Kadayawan Festival was commended as “very successful” and the expenses were “worth it,” according to festival director Renato “Gatchi” Gatchalian. (more…)

Lawmakers aim to block adjusted taxi fare rates

TWO COUNCILORS are planning to pass a resolution opposing the recent taxi fare rates in the city. (more…)

Group wants additional P104 to minimum wage

A LABOR organization has petitioned the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) XI to increase by P104 the minimum wage set in Davao region. (more…)

Candidates swarm Comelec

CANDIDATES for barangay and youth elections have swarmed the various offices of the Commission of Elections (Comelec) in the region. (more…)

Taxi driver killed in dawn hold-up

A TAXICAB driver died after he was stabbed by unidentified perpetrator/s along ZRU road, Barangay Mandug, Buhangin District around 1:30 a. m. yesterday. (more…)

Couple nabbed for P.35M drugs

A SUSPECTED marijuana pusher was wounded in a shoot-out during a buy-bust operation that resulted to a car chase from Ladislawa Village in Barangay Buhangin (more…)

Fire gobbles six rooms of Baguio public school

The Bureau of Fire Protection is looking at electrical short circuit as the cause of the fire that hit Baguio Central Elementary School in Baguio District around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. (more…)

Latest News

Rebel killed in encounter

An alleged member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in a clash against the 29th IB in Barangay San Isidro, Santiago, Agusan del Norte on Sunday. (more…)

DCPO, TFD: Kadayawan peaceful

Authorities said the just-concluded Kadayawan festival celebration was peaceful. (more…)

Pulong pushed for Congress

This early, resigned Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte has been pushed to run for Congress to represent the first district of the city in next year’s midterm elections. (more…)

Mayor Sara: More projects with Israel

Mayor Sara Duterte said Sunday that the city government and some Israeli organizations are eyeing for another project to be established in the city. (more…)


Egalitarian: Federalism and the threat of a credit rating downgrade

Last month, Moody’s, one of the biggest credit rating agencies, warned that the possible shift to federalism could drag the country down. This is sending fears to economic managers. (more…)

Lugar Lang: Cayetano as a battered (running) mate

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he is tired and will step down if he is assured that Senator Bongbong Marcos or Senator Francis Escudero will succeed him. Aside from the blatant unconstitutionality of the statement, the public was not particularly shocked by his open support for the son of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Even during the campaign, he had mentioned admiration for the elder Marcos and it is clear now that he is batting for the same team that plundered the nation and set a world record.

But people also noticed that Duterte did not even mention Alan Peter Cayetano, who is currently secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and was his running mate in the 2016 elections. To which Cayetano replied, “I don’t know why he didn’t mention me, and it doesn’t bother me. Whenever he mentions possible successors it is simply what was on his mind at that particular time, and I respect that.” This prompted the Superficial Gazette to tweet that Cayetano is in an abusive relationship because: “ginagago araw-araw, hindi na mahal ng partner, alam na marami itong kabit, puwedeng makipaghiwalay anytime, pinipili pa ring magstay.”

True enough. In fact, you could say the same of the way Duterte treats the Filipinos. Fortunately, many former supporters of Duterte have since realized that the change he had promised in the campaign was not forthcoming, and have broken up with him and “joined the resistance.” But many others, like Cayetano, stay with the abuser because they don’t know where else to go. Or maybe they still appreciate the benefits of the abusive relationship. For instance, their positions in government and other opportunities, which may never come again.

To help them gain clarity about their situations, here are some patterns of abuse and how to respond.

PATTERN 1: “The interaction which upsets, hurts, or confuses her is unexpected.”

It seemed that all was well in their relationship because Cayetano was appointed as DFA secretary, which is a powerful position indeed. They also agreed on such serious matters as China’s encroachment on our territory. He has been obeying the president dutifully. Then suddenly, he is not even in the anomalous vision of succession.

PATTERN 2: “In some way she is isolated…from their own families or from like-minded friends.”

Because of Cayetano’s subservience to Duterte, his father, former Senator Rene Cayetano, who used to chair the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, may be turning in his grave. On the other hand, he is probably now closer to his sister, Senator Pia Cayetano, who, like him, continues to serve at the table of Duterte. Cayetano’s flaccid stand on our “dispute” with China on the West Philippine Sea has surely isolated him from Filipinos who demand that we assert our sovereignty over the matter.

PATTERN 3: “Her mate defines her, the relationship, himself, and most often, the upsetting interactions.”

That’s self-explanatory. After this relationship with Duterte, which he sealed when he agreed to run as his vice president, no one will see him for what he is. People will only see that he was used by Duterte, who doesn’t even think highly enough of him to include him in his fantasies. And now that Duterte has shown the public what he thinks of him, Cayetano even accepts and justifies it. He can take comfort in the benefits of his position as DFA secretary anyway.

It’s tragic. I want to empathize with the battered persons in this administration, like I do battered women. But really, I can’t wait to see what will happen to these lackeys if Duterte indeed does not finish his term and the constitutional successor Vice President Leni Robredo takes over. Meanwhile, if you suspect you are in an abusive relationship, please seek help. Better yet, get out of there quickly!

Source: Evans, Patricia. The Verbally Abusive Relationship (1992).

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Honoring my Mother: A Madayaw kind of week

I caught a bit of the Kadayawan fever this week. The Lumad festival that celebrates thanksgiving, bountiful harvest, and peaceful co-existence with others (in other words, the motherhood celebration of all celebrations) had everything happening in the city all at once. (more…)


UM 5th batch of outbound exchange students sets off next month

Exploring new places and immersing in the rich culture of our neighbors in Asia are luxuries that many people long for; but to engage in these experiences and get to attend reputable schools in these other countries as well? Truly a dream come true! (more…)

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Cotabato Light: Going beyond power

WHEN the Aboitiz group acquired Cotabato Light and Power Company some 83 years ago, part of the package was a facility that was and still is part of the fabric of the Cotabato community-the ice plant. (more…)

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TRANSFORMERS: The Last Knight, the fifth installment of the popular live-action Transformers film series, (more…)


MOVIES to open this week at Gaisano Mall theaters are: (more…)


The Splendor of Music

Music lovers of Davao, please mark the date on Aug. 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., hopefully a bright Sunday, to experience the Splendor of Music. To help celebrate the Kadayawan Festival of our beloved Davao City, professional artistes from Seoul, South Korea, namely Park Sooyong (saxophonist), Kim Sungkwang (bassist), Lee Daein (classical guitarist), Cho Mee Hai (soprano diva of Davao), Song Taewang (tenor), Kim Eunhee (concert pianist), Kang Yunsook (jazz pianist), Lee Sungwjan (keyboardist) and Kim Minho (drummer) will be staging a fantastic concert at no less than the Marco Polo Davao Ballroom.  To make the concert a truly memorable one, renowned Filipino artistes Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata (violinist) and concert pianist Najib Ismael will add their brand of harmony for a strong Philippine-Korean musical union. (more…)

Scene City | Hannah Isabelle Trinidad Bancel tries her luck at Miss Philippines USA

She was having dinner at Max’s Resto in Pasadena, California when she was spotted by the pageant coordinator of Miss Philippines USA. Eighteen year-old Hannah Isabel Trinidad was taking up a course in nursing and felt she had nothing to lose but everything to gain if she tried to join the competition since she was young and eager to learn the basics of being a candidate for the title of Miss Philippines USA. (more…)


SMDC finalizing project in the city

The SM Development Corp. (SMDC), the real property arm of the Henry Sy group, is looking at launching its first condominium project in the city within the year, a top official said over the weekend. (more…)

Food terminal to open in October, says group

The Davao Food Terminal Complex (DFTC) is expected to be opened on October 3, a representative of the Vegetable Industry Council of Southern Mindanao (VicsMin) said Wednesday. (more…)


New CICAD officers named

In its continuing efforts of developing Cycling here in the local scene and helping unify various clubs and stakeholders of the sport into one solid organization, the Citywide Cycling Association of Davao recently elected its new set of officers last August 11. (more…)

Kadayawan Triathlon at Villa Josefina on Aug. 19

Davao City – Close to 250 entries are expected to show their wares in this year’s Kadayawan Triathlon set this August 19 at the Villa Josefina Resort in Toril, this city. (more…)

33rd SBC Kadayawan Open bowlfest Bat-Hai, Homer and Yazi bowlers in three-way lead

Davao City – Teams Bat-Hai, Homer and Yazi bowlers saw themselves caught in a three-way tie of the lead as they opened their title campaigns on a high note at the start of the 33rd SBC-Kadayawan Open bowling tournament played Saturday night at the Mega Dover Lanes and Recreation Center. (more…)


Subaru Davao to hold Ultimate Test Drive

Davao City – Subaru Davao will hold its Ultimate Test Drive set this July 20 to 22 at the SM Lanang Premier parking area in Lanang, here. (more…)

Hot August Races on Aug. 11 and 12

Davao City – Close to 80 entries are to show their wares in the much-anticipated Hot August Races legal drag racing event reels off this August 11 and 12 at the Speed City track of the Davao Crocodile Park, here. (more…)

Mata, Bayhon head Araw Motocross winners

FAST-RISING rider Abu Mata and seasoned Ralph Bayhon head the list of winners on last Sunday’s 81st Araw ng Dabaw Motocross Championships held at the Moto X Farm in Barangay Langub, this city. (more…)

Science & Technology

US military to help prosecute migrant cases

US military lawyers will help civilian prosecutors handle cases against undocumented migrants, the Defense Department said Wednesday, in a rare use of armed forces legal staff.

Greece, Macedonia sign deal to end name row

Greece and Macedonia on Sunday signed a historic preliminary agreement to rename the small Balkan nation the Republic of North Macedonia, ending a row that has poisoned relations between the two neighbors since 1991. (more…)

US solons want to end ‘evil’ family separations

Democratic lawmakers vowed Sunday to end the “evil” separation of migrant children from their parents at the US border, as First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea to end the deeply controversial practice. (more…)


Bringing BT eggplant to Filipinos’ table

THE APPLICATION of biotechnology to improve food security has long been realized by scientists here in the country. (more…)

The gift of birth -first in vitro fertilization facility opens in Mindanao
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THE FIRST in vitro fertilization facility in Mindanao formally opened in the Woman Center of Brokenshire (more…)

Malagos Chocolate’s 2nd International Award for the year

It’s official: One of the world’s best drinking chocolates can be found in the Philippines. (more…)

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