Mindanao Times » Joel Escovilla http://mindanaotimes.net Wed, 26 Sep 2018 01:17:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 4 conditions http://mindanaotimes.net/4-conditions/ http://mindanaotimes.net/4-conditions/#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2018 23:30:29 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59954 ]]> - PRRD sets conditions for NDF peace talks: Dureza

PRESIDENTIAL Assistant for the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza clarified that the peace talks are not yet dead in the water despite the recommendation of the military to cut off all communications with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

In a statement, Dureza said that they have a marching order from President Rodrigo Duterte to lay down the following conditions first:

1. There will be no coalition government.
2. There will be a stop in the collection of the so-called revolutionary tax.
3. The venue of the talks will be local.
4. There will be a ceasefire agreement in which armed NPA members are encamped in designated areas.

He also said that local government units may pursue “localized peace arrangements … in their respective areas of responsibility.”

Last year, Mayor Sara Duterte already reached out to the NPA leaders operating in the city to raise the possibility of localized peace negotiations. However, the initiative was scuttled when President Duterte moved to declare the NPA as a terrorist organization.

Since then, Mayor Duterte said that it’s her policy to never negotiate with terrorists.

Col. Edgard Arevalo, the Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson, said on Tuesday that they will recommend to Malacanang to terminate the peace talks with the CPP-NDF.

He said in a Philippine News Agency report that the communist rebels have been taking advantage of the peace negotiations to “regroup, refurbish, recruit, and recover lost grounds” or what he termed as the 4Rs.

“We discovered the duplicity of Mr. Sison and his ilk from recovered documents and statements of rebel surrenderers. The peace talk espoused by Mr. Sison and his coterie is only a ploy for their cadres and militias to do the 4Rs,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a statement this past Monday, Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana revealed that the CPP-NDF has been playing the government far too long considering that it’s hatching a three-year plan to topple President Duterte.

Lorenzana also said that the peace talks with the CPP-NDF will likely bear fruit without founding chair Jose Maria Sison in the picture.

“Mr. Sison, you know that the peace talks is the only thing that is keeping you in the limelight. Without it, you are irrelevant,” the statement added. “You also know that the President can terminate the talks, and this is why you are desperately using reverse psychology and intimidation to save it.”

Meanwhile, NDF chief negotiator Fidel Agcaoili said that Lorenza, Local Governments Secretary Eduardo Ano, and presidential spokesman Harry Roque are confusing the public with their statements. He said that President Duterte already terminated the peace talks with his Proclamation 360, and that order was never rescinded.

Preconditions “absurd”

Rey Claro Casambre, executive director of the Philippine Peace Center, said the preconditions showed the “utter ignorance” and “high-handed arrogance” of the Duterte administration.

“These preconditions are absurd because they ignore or deny the basic factual premise that a civil war has been raging for the past fifty years,” he said in a statement, adding that both sides already agreed to resolve the conflict on the negotiating table.

“To impose such preconditions on the NDFP is tantamount to demanding its capitulation or surrender, and therefore unacceptable,” he added.

He said it is the basic characteristic of any negotiation to find a common ground to hammer out a win-win solution to advance a mutual interest. JBE

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4 arrested by PDEA in different buy-bust ops http://mindanaotimes.net/50246/ http://mindanaotimes.net/50246/#comments Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:50:04 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=50246 ]]> A JAPANESE national, an alleged drug pusher on bail, sidewalk vendor and another drug suspect were arrested in separate buy-busts conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI in Barangay Catalunan Pequeno, Talomo District, Panabo City and Compostela Valley over the weekend.

Nephi Noli Dimaandal, spokesperson of PDEA XI, said one of the entrapment operations was conducted on Saturday, Nov. 12 at around 7 a.m. at Km. 12, Purok 9, Cawacawa, Catalunan Pequeño, which resulted to the arrest of Jemuel Nebrano Endo, 49, an ex-policeman and a resident of the said place.

Endo was arrested for distribution of one small sachet of shabu.

Another four medium pack of suspected shabu placed in the empty pack of 3 in 1 coffee weighing about 30 grams with a street value of P 360,000.00; a unit .45 caliber pistol with live ammunition and one fragmentation grenade were also recovered during the anti-drug operation.

Endo is now detained at the detention facility of PDEA XI while a case for violation of Sec. 5 and Sec. 11, Art. II of Republic Act 9165 ( Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002); Republic Act 9516 and Republic Act 10591 is being prepared against him.

Meanwhile, after several weeks of casing and surveillance, a recidivist drug perpetrator operating in Monkayo, Compostela Valley was again arrested in a buy-bust on Nov. 11, around 7:10 p.m. at Purok 2D, Habitat, Monkayo.

Agents from Compostela Valley Province Provincial Drug Enforcement Office, with the assistance of Monkayo Municipal Police Station, nabbed Albert Cervantes Dalana, 40, a resident of the said place and currently on bail for a drug charge.

Dalana was arrested by the agents who acted as poseur-buyer after selling one sachet of suspected shabu worth P500. One sachet of suspected shabu and P500 marked money were also recovered during the buy-bust operation.

He was already arrested in April this year for violation of R.A. 9165 but posted bail.

Earlier on the same day, a man was arrested for drugs and a minor rescued by the agents of Davao del Norte Provincial and Davao Occidental Provincial Drug Enforcement Office in a buy-bust at Km. 31, Purok Caimito, Barangay Gredu, Panabo City, Davao del Norte around 5:10 p.m.

Kean Arniel Caballero, 22 ,resident of Crystal Plain subdivision, Barangay Gredu and the minor were arrested after allegedly selling one sachet of suspected shabu worth P 1,000 to an agent who acted as poseur buyer.

Another one sachet of suspected shabu and the P1,000 cash were also recovered from their possession. The Honda 125 XRM allegedly used in their illegal drug activities was also confiscated.

Caballero is now detained at the PDEA XI detention facility while the rescued minor was turned over to Quick Response Team for Children’s Concern for discernment.

On the other hand, a sidewalk vendor was nabbed for selling illegal drugs to the agents of Compostela Valley Province Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit I, with the assistance of Nabunturan Municipal Police Station and Compostela Valley Province Police Office Intelligence Division, in an operation conducted on Nov. 11 at around 4:15 p.m. at Purok 5, Barangay Poblacion, Nabunturan.

The suspect was identified as Pangalian Lima Didato, 44, married.

Didato was arrested after selling P500 worth of suspected shabu to an agent who acted as poseur buyer. Another two small sachets of suspected shabu with a street value of P 2,000 were recovered from his possession.

The suspects are now detained at PDEA XI detention facility for the filing of appropriate cases for violation of Sec. 5 and Sec. 11, Art. II of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

“These only show that the PDEA XI and the community are one in the fight against illegal drugs,” Dimaandal said.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is asking everyone to report any illegal activities through numbers 082-222-3045, 09395433405 or 09331481387.

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Suspect charged for drugs http://mindanaotimes.net/suspect-charged-for-drugs/ http://mindanaotimes.net/suspect-charged-for-drugs/#comments Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:38:54 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48098 ]]> THE OFFICE of the City Prosecutor found probable cause to hold a man for trial for allegedly selling illegal drugs in San Antonio, Matina last Sept. 12.

Prosecutor Imee M. Bisera-Mabale has recommended the filing of a case against Randyl P. Agol for violation of Sec. 5, Article II and Sec. 11, paragraph 2, sub-paragraph 3 of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

On the evening of Sept. 12, respondent allegedly sold a sachet of shabu to an undercover policeman. The item weighed 0.1855 and was sold for P500.

Recovered from his possession was another one-heat sealed transparent sachet with white crystalline substance weighing 0.1830 gram, the P500 marked money, and a Sony Experia phone.

Agol also tested positive for shabu during the urine exam. He is now detained in Toril Police Precinct.

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TIMESMAN: Small fish http://mindanaotimes.net/timesman-small-fish/ http://mindanaotimes.net/timesman-small-fish/#comments Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:35:13 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=47824 ]]> FORMER Sen. Jinggoy Estrada is now free as a bird after posting a bail of P1.33 million on charges of plunder and graft. He is the second “big fish” implicated in the pork barrel scam

given provisional liberty by the Sandiganbayan after former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile in 2015.

Another former senator implicated in the scam is Bong Revilla Jr. who has remained in jail on similar charges. However, many believe he will release soon as well. As in the words of Estrada, “If there is FPJ (Fernando Poe Jr.) and Erap (Jinggoy’s father, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada), there is also Bong and Jinggoy.”

According to Jinggoy, Revilla and his cases are the same as that of Enrile who was released for humanitarian (age) reason, and “Tsik Boy” (as Jinggoy known in the triumvirate of “Tsik Boy”, “Pogi”, and “Tanda”) said, “I don’t see any point that (Revilla) won’t be released as well.”

Kumpiyansa ka Bai, Revilla’s case may be the same as yours and Enrile, but there are considerations.

Enrile, aside from posting a bail bond, was released because he was already 91 at the time and sickly. You (Jinggoy) are only in your early 50s and able, but the anti-graft court granted your petition to post bail on insufficiency of evidence and humanitarian grounds, although it denied your motion to dismiss the case.

Revilla is also of your age, and the only complaint we heard from him while in detention was that his shoulders were aching and needed a massage.

But Revilla, despite his detention, continued to attack the Duterte administration and never shows remorse, unlike Estrada and Enrile who was never heard of saying bad words against this administration in more than two years in prison.

And the Sandiganbayan, despite its claim of being independent might not give the same favorable decision to Revilla because of his attitude.

But I am also confident that detained alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, Janet Napoles, the Sandiganbayan will continue to deny her motion for bail as she is only a “small fish.” Aray!

-o0o-

Last week, a survey conducted by Spain based-University of Navarra’s IESE ranked Manila as 148th out of 180 cities most livable and “smartest” city in the world.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada immediately acknowledged the recognition with his wide smile seen on television as he promised that he will work harder to improve the lives of his constituents.

Right after the good news about Manila, a study conducted by Zipjet, an app-based laundry and dry-cleaning service based in three European capitals –Berlin, London, and Paris – notably ranked Manila more stressful than war-torn Damascus in Syria. Manila scored 8.92 points out of 10 in terms of stressful living: Damascus, where a civil war is taking place, scored 8.66.

I never saw the face of Mayor Estrada on television giving statements to the media on the latest survey.

I presume that the Mayor didn’t hear about the bad news. But if ever he knew it, he just kept quiet. He might ask what is there to react when only a laundry shop conducted the study!

Siguro, dapat magpa labada ka na dito,Erap.

-o0o-

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TIMESMAN| Why not include other areas for Datu bets? http://mindanaotimes.net/timesman-why-not-include-other-areas-for-datu-bets/ http://mindanaotimes.net/timesman-why-not-include-other-areas-for-datu-bets/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:35:25 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46804 ]]> MIDWIFE John Mark ”Marky” Jocson Odani of Purok Greenfield, Barangay Wali in Maitum, Sarangani who was this year’s 14th Gawad Geny Lopez Bayaning Kabataan Pilipino 2017 recipient

may not be the only modern day hero deserving of such award. There are lots of them in the hinterlands wanting to help other people not expecting to be rewarded. Only their stories and sacrifices were never been known to people like us in the rural areas and the media.

Marky, according to the report, came from a poor family and was only 10 years old when his father died. He has one sibling and is the eldest. His mother is a barangay treasurer and was then receiving monthly honorarium of less than a thousand pesos.

“But young as he is, and poor as his family is, Marky has already displayed a willingness to help other people…” and when he grew up and earned the degree of midwifery in 2015 and passed the board exam that same year, he chose to stay in his barangay where no one wanted to be assigned.

Marky’s remarkable dedication and commitment to the Indigenous People (IP) earned him this Bayaning Kabataan Pilipino 2017 Award.

His story also inspired me to recommend to the city government and officers of the committee of the Datu Bago Awards that already launched its search for 2018 Datu Bago recipients to expand the scope of its coverage for qualified candidates not only within Davao City but the whole of Mindanao or across the country like what the Geny Lopez’s nationwide search and other awarding organizations are doing to give chance to other Filipino residents.

While the annual Datu Bago Award given during the celebration of the Araw ng Dabaw is only for deserving Davaoenos who served and contributed to the development of the city and its residents, let’s be reminded that not all awardees of Datu Bago Award in the past years have their roots in Davao City. Some came from outside of Davao City– from the Visayas and Luzon, like TIMES founder GET and later his son GPT who are from Batangas, Chuck Nunez from Cebu, or Tinay Zuno from Bohol, just to name a few, who found their second roots here and their contributions to the growth and development of the city merit recognitions.

What I am trying to say, whether you’re a Tagalog or Visaya, or born in the city but grew up in foreign countries, you can still be a Datu Bago recipient provided you have passed the selection standard.

Ang nakikita ko kasi sa pagpili taon-taon ng kandidato, limitado lang sa abot ng kanilang mga mata ang napipiling manalo.

I am not saying that past awardees were not qualified, they were all deserving. Kaya lang, I thought of this idea because time may come that no one deserves anymore to be a recipient dahil naubos na. To think that many people nowadays have only the color of money and power in mind and no longer to serve others.

And another thing, since our then Mayor Duterte is now an occupant of Malacanang, for sure he will say Amen to my suggestion as he not only a leader of Davaoenos now but all Filipinos.

Saludo ako sa iyo, Marky!

-o0o-

While eating durian (my first to taste of this king of fruits this year) with Jin Lorenz at the fountain section of SM Premier in Lanang last Sunday, I asked the vendor how much is the cost per kilo of durian? The vendor answered: “Sir, P120 ho dahil kulang ang harvest ngayon dahil sa climate change.”

I almost swallowed the seed of the durian upon knowing the price. Imagine, in last year’s Kadayawan, almost every day, Jin Lorenz and I ate durian because it only cost P35 to P50 per kilo.

But I immediately recovered from shock after realizing the increase in cost can be justified as it is not only durian and other fruits that are affected by climate change but shrimp production as well.

According to Anders Haagen, a co-owner of Anderlude Seafoods Corp. changes in weather patterns concern them as these would affect the growing and production of shrimps in their three locations in the region –Dumoy in Davao City, and Sta. Cruz and Hagonoy in Davao del Sur.

The only consolation on the shortage supply of durian nowadays, the vendor said: “Sir, kulang tayo ngayon pero ang season ng durian ay aabot pa hanggang Oktubre next year dahil marami ng harvest.”

Tama ka, pero marami naman maha-high blood dahil sa sobra naman!

-o0o-

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EDITORIAL| Top priorities http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-top-priorities/ http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-top-priorities/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:28:19 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46442 ]]> THE TOP government economist, National Economic and Development Authority Director General Ernesto Pernia, believes it would be better for the country to invest more on education and health.

In a news article released last week, Pernia said it would be better for the country to spend at least 3% of its gross domestic product on education and health, the so-called soft infrastructure aspects, to ensure that it will have a better human capital, its muscle in ensuring a sustained economic growth.

Pernia said the amount is the average in other country, but he believes the Philippines is spending less, so it must take steps to eventually hit the goal. To do this, aside from investment in public schools, the government should also set aside more of its fund in ensuring better health facilities like hospitals.

“We cannot really maximize what we call the demographic dividend unless we invest adequately in quality health and education services,” Pernia said.

Of course, both education and health are two things that the poor can hardly afford as the government has been trying come up with better facilities for these areas of social services. In education, for example, President Rodrigo R. Duterte just recently signed the law that will provide free tertiary education in public institutions, although his economic managers advised him that the government would not have the money to fund it.

But more than the free education, the government should also look at how it can improve the health facilities and ensure that these facilities serve the poor the best way possible. In this way, not only will the poor are able to get better education, they would also be healthy so they could maximize their economic activities and optimize their contribution in growing the economy.

To borrow the word of activist Kailash Satyarthi, “Economic growth and human development need to go hand in hand.” There is no other way to make the country progressive.

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TIMESMAN| Preserve the old CFI building http://mindanaotimes.net/timesman-preserve-the-old-cfi-building/ http://mindanaotimes.net/timesman-preserve-the-old-cfi-building/#comments Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:27:23 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46440 ]]> I AM 100 percent in support of the appeal of our good friend, Councilor Pilar Caneda Braga, to Mayor Inday Sara to preserve the more than half century old Court of First Instance

building along Pichon Street (formerly Magallanes St.) facing the Bonifacio Monument, where the Museo Dabawenyo is housed. The city government is planning to build a museum inside the People’s Park at Camus Street soon.

As chair of the Davao Historical Society, Councilor Braga called on the city to grant the request of the group to preserve the memories of not only the people living and dead that once a part of the old CFI, but as well as its rich heritage to future generations. She said that the building will also serve as a symbol of Davao’s rich tradition of pursuing truth, freedom, justice, and peace.

Councilor Braga (How are you now, Ma’am?) recalled the big contribution of “Nanay Soling,” mother of now President Duterte and lola of Mayor Inday Sara, who envisioned the landmark site to be “declared as a heritage site and preserved as model of old Davao architecture.”

“Aside from preserving its architectural heritage, the old Court of First Instance building is very significant to Davao historical narrative, notably the martial law years when Davao was known as the `killing fields’ being then the laboratory for the urban guerilla warfare of the New People’ Army,” the councilor reminisced.

“Our first Davaoeno and Mindanaoan President and longest-serving City Mayor, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, tried his landmark cases as a prosecutor in that building,” Braga continued.

On my personal account of the Court of First Instance, more popularly known then as CFI, I frequently dropped by the place to delivery copies of the weekly TIMES then to the salas of the late judges Dominador Zuno Sr., Alfredo Gonzalez, and Cusi (Sorry Judge, I already forgot your first name).

My favorite judge was Judge Cusi, a Bol-anon, who always left few coins on his table, not knowing at first the money was intended for me.

I recalled on the first day I noticed the coins, I didn’t touch them. The following week, while again delivering copy of the TIMES, Judge Cusi was there, and upon seeing me, he said: “Loreto, pag may nakita kang barya sa lamesa ko, kunin mo, sinadya ko yan para pang kape mo.” Although we had regular delivery boys then, I continued delivering copies to CFI because of Judge Cusi’s kindness towards me.

On Judge Gonzalez, a Spanish speaking judge, I seldom approached him at his sala. Reason, his favorite expressions were cuss words whenever I saw him talking to his companeros or subordinates. He was not angry, but it was his expressions that those who did not know may have concluded he was quarreling with somebody.

Judge Zuno Sr.? He was a Batangueno and he was like a father to me. He was the husband of Mom Tinay of well read column “These..I know,” and father of former councilor and vice mayor Boy Zuno Jr.

My official first appearance at the CFI was when I became a star witness in a libel case filed by late Star publisher Joe Santes against Mirror matriarch Anita Flaviano. I appeared as witness of Mrs. Flaviano against Santes who she charged in court for physical injury.

Both cases were settled out of court after I convinced both of them to settle amicably.

Almost all the façade and interiors of the old CFI building remain intact except for some repairs and repainting. The three rooms of the late judges and the session hall are still there only these are now converted as displays for old pictures of Davao’s yesteryears and artifacts, some of them were more than a century old.

I am not a Davao born, but like President Duterte who is a Cebuano, I conside myself now a Davaoeno and this humble corner will stand behind the Davao Historical Society for its call to the city government to retain the greatness and valuable heritage of one of the remaining historical landmarks of the city.

We hope Mayor Inday Sara will listen as this is also her beloved Davao.

-o0o-

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1-stop center for OFWs launches http://mindanaotimes.net/1-stop-center-for-ofws-launches/ http://mindanaotimes.net/1-stop-center-for-ofws-launches/#comments Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:09:17 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46430 ]]> OVERSEAS Filipino Workers from Davao can avail of the services of different agencies as the One Stop Service Center (OSSC) for the sector is now open at Gaisano Mall of Davao.

At the opening of the center on Aug. 11, Labor and Employment Secretary Slivestre Bello III said this is to give tribute for the overseas workers in Davao Region, where the key agencies are tucked under one facility.

“It is in recognition of the sacrifices of our OFWs that we are gifting them with the convenience and ease in doing business with government,” Bello said.

The center is open from Tuesday to Saturday at 10 am-7 pm.

The OSSC includes Department of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, Philippine Statistics Authority, Commission on Higher Education, Professional Regulation Commission, National Bureau of Investigation and Social Security System.

The center also includes Technical Education and Skills Authority, Tourism Infrastructure and Economic Zone Authority, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Bureau of Internal Revenue and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

There is also the National Re-Integration Center for OFWs and clinic of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“As President Duterte had clearly enunciated, we are bringing these services closer to the people in order to lessen the burden on our OFWs in securing necessary documents they need to work abroad,” Bello said.

The OSSC in Gaisano Mall of Davao is in a 400-square meter space at the mall’s fifth floor.

Kelvin Gaisano, manager of Gaisano Mall, said this is to show support to the present administration on th need to put up a facility for the overseas workers.

The center, he said, was set up beginning in April after they talked with DOLE. He clarified that this is at no cost to the government as they provide space for free.

Only the equipment was from the national government.

“We are one with the direction of President Duterte to provide a one-stop shop for OFWs so that it would be convenient for the overseas workers especially that it is within the mall,” Gaisano said.

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Math geniuses arrive in city in November for Olympiad http://mindanaotimes.net/math-geniuses-arrive-in-city-in-november-for-olympiad/ http://mindanaotimes.net/math-geniuses-arrive-in-city-in-november-for-olympiad/#comments Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:03:24 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46420 ]]> DAVAO CITY will be hosting the International Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad (ITMO) from Nov. 8 to 12.

Organizers claimed that one of the draws of the city is its being the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The event aims to gather around 600 math wizards from all over the world, organizers from the Mathematics Trainers Guild of the Philippines (MTG) said in a press conference at the Grand Regal Hotel.

The events are scheduled in November both at the Grand Regal Hotel and the Waterfront Insular Hotel, with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) providing its support for the project.

“We are very delighted that the 2017 International Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad will be held in President Duterte’s hometown,” said Dr. Isidro Aguilar MTG president.

The guests will be toured around the city and showcased its cultural heritage.

Aguilar expressed gratitude to the Davao City government and its people for their support to the contest.

The contest will feature participants from Grades 5 and 6, as well as high school students enrolled in Senior High School.

Each team consists of a team leader, a deputy team leader, and four contestants, with the event consisting of individual and team competitions, a group contest, and a puzzle challenge competition.

The group prizes will be awarded based on the scores of the top three members of each team in the individual contest. The team prizes will be given Io the top three teams of each group,

Davao City, as the host, will be granted two teams in the competition, while the Philippines will be granted four other slots from other areas in the country as the host country, per contest rules.

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TIMESMAN| A soldier’s choice http://mindanaotimes.net/timesman-a-soldiers-choice/ http://mindanaotimes.net/timesman-a-soldiers-choice/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:31:43 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46144 ]]> REPUBLIC Act No.10932 or the Strengthened Anti-Hospital Deposit Law that protects poor patients refused by hospitals in emergency situations without a deposit is now in effect

after President Duterte signed the measure last week.

Authored by Sen. Liza Hontiveros, the new law penalizes hospitals that demand deposit or other forms of advance payment as a prerequisite for admission. Penalties include imprisonment of up to four to six years and fines ranging from P100,000 to P1,000,000.

Better late than never although my wife’s death three years ago may also be attributed to the delayed attention of the hospital because of its policy on “No deposit, no admittance,” yet I still thank the government for the new law as it will finally help patients, especially the poor, who can’t financially meet an emergency case.

When my wife suffered a stroke in the house after seven years she was operated in the head, we brought her to a hospital where I was asked something around P30,000 as initial deposit.

But since it was 2 o’clock in the morning and my ATM account was not enough for that amount, I begged the hospital to allow me to give the required deposit when the bank opens at 9 a.m. The hospital denied my request. My wife died without receiving proper medical attention.

No, I am not fully blaming the hospital for her death because in her situation, even the doctor that operated her due to aneurism already warned me that my wife will only last for two years. But my wife lived for more than seven years until that fatal morning.

The Department of Health (DOH) has also been authorized to revoke the license of the hospital after three repeated violations committed pursuant to an established policy of the health facility or clinic or upon instruction of its management.

On this, I would say that the new law is not exactly perfect as the guilty hospital would still be allowed to operate and commit the violation for three times before it will be closed. Ibig sabihin, kailangan may mamamatay munang tatlong pasyente bago magsara ang ospital. Pastilan!

Hontiveros for her part, said: “Mas mahalaga ang buhay kaysa kita. Dahil sa batas na ito, wala ng mahirap na itataboy ng mga abusadong hospital. Wala ng mahirap na magmamakaawa para sa medikal na kalinga (Life matters more than income. With this law, there won’t be any poor patients rejected by abusive hospitals. There won’t be any poor patients that would have to beg for medical services).”

Pero gaya nga ng sinabi ko, kailangan munang may mamatay ng tatlong beses bago magkaroon ng kahalagahan ang batas. Pastilan uli!

-o0o-

On his second visit to Marawi City last Friday (the first one was on the eve of his second Sona on July 24, President Duterte cautioned soldiers to “Stay alive and fight cool… do not go into (battle) in a rage (lest) you put yourself in trouble.”

The President also promised to reward soldiers with free trips abroad, maybe Hong Kong for two. He even volunteered to request actress to accompany a soldier who wants to.

In this case, the President may get the ire of the soldiers’ wives. A soldier might choose an actress over his wife. Aray! Kaya huwag na lang, Mr.President.

On former President PNoy Aquino, Duterte called him “fool” for questioning the effectiveness of his anti-drug campaign. Aquino said: “It seems, nothing has changed.”

“That hurt,” President Duterte said referring to the former president comment. “That’s insulting. Many of my soldiers died and my police were wounded,” Duterte said.

“So if you’re careless and say that ‘nothing happened,’ I’d really lose my cool. So don’t just comment on this because you don’t know the real score,” the President added.

I would suggest to PNoy to listen.

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