Mindanao Times http://mindanaotimes.net Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:12:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.19 Hunat Dabaw 5 Fun Run for A Cause on Sept. 10 http://mindanaotimes.net/hunat-dabaw-5-fun-run-for-a-cause-on-sept-10/ http://mindanaotimes.net/hunat-dabaw-5-fun-run-for-a-cause-on-sept-10/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:12:15 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46827 ]]> Over 200,000 worth of prizes are to be given away in the coming Hunat Dabaw 5 Fun Run For A Cause set this September 10 on an out and back course starting at the Royal Mandaya Hotel located at Palma Gil Street.

“It will be a color foam fun run for this year’s edition, a sort of a mixed presentation from its previous runs but it will still have the 3K, 5K and 10K race routes,” said Benjie Banzon, general manager of the Royal Mandaya Hotel in yesterday’s press launching.

Banzon who came in during the press launching with race chairman Meg Jolejole and race director Jimmy Javier also added that some 3,000 runners are expected to join this year’s fun run dubbed as “Run to Rebuild Marawi,”

“Proceeds will go to the war victims of Marawi through the GMA Kapuso Foundation Incorporated. We are proud to say that this is something new in this year’s edition of the fun run because of the tie up we have with GMA Kapuso,” said Banzon adding the probably GMA Kapuso stars are expected to spice up the activity.

Jolejole on her part added that registration is now ongoing pegged P390 for the 3K, P440 for the 5K and P490 for the 10K runs inclusive of a singlet, race bib, certificate, buffet breakfast and raffle coupon.

“We only have limited slots, so we encourage everyone to register early,” she said.

For the 3K, race will start from Royal Mandaya Hotel at Palma Gil Street going to Imperial Plaza located along JP Laurel, Bajada and back, for the 5K turning point will be at the Durian Hotel in Bajada and the Carmelite Monastery in Lanang for the 10K.

There will also be the traditional Zumba and warm-up exercises to be conducted prior to race proper at 4 a.m.

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Kadayawan Basketball Invitational set Aug. 24-27 http://mindanaotimes.net/kadayawan-basketball-invitational-set-aug-24-27/ http://mindanaotimes.net/kadayawan-basketball-invitational-set-aug-24-27/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:11:38 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46825 ]]> THREE teams from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and a local collegiate selection will comprise this year’s Kadayawan Basketball Invitational tournament set to tip off on August 24 until the 27th at the Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras gym).

UAAP many-time champion the De La Salle Green Archers which will banner the Royal Mandaya Hotel/City Mayor’s Office colors will head this year’s cast to be joined by the Far Eastern University Tamaraws and the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.

Completing this year’s cast will be the Davao City All-Star collegiate selection to be led by Holy Cross of Davao (HCDC) Crusader and former commercial team coach Ice Gravador.

The opening rites which will highlight the parade of teams will start at 4 p.m. with City Sports Development Division OIC Michael Denton Aportadera initiating the opening remarks and to be joined by City Administrator Atty. Zulieka Lopez who will also be giving the inspirational talk.

Both will be joined by Atty. Manases R. Carpio in initiating the traditional ceremonial toss which will follow shortly after the program.

Two games are to be played each playing date following the single round-robin format. The top two teams will then move on to the winner-take-all finals while the third and fourth seeded teams will play for third place.

Cash prizes and trophies are up for grabs.

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Gavino-Gotan tandem bags 28th Durian Tee crown http://mindanaotimes.net/gavino-gotan-tandem-bags-28th-durian-tee-crown/ http://mindanaotimes.net/gavino-gotan-tandem-bags-28th-durian-tee-crown/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:10:42 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46824 ]]> THE PAIR of Jing Gavino and Ryan Gotan submitted better cards to emerge as the overall team gross champion at the close of the 28th Durian Tee Invitational golf tournament played last weekend at the Apo Golf and Country Club.

Gavino finished with 81 while Gotan added 64 for a total of 145 Stableford points that left past closest rival Kuresh Samanodi and Ronald Galicia who had rounds of 74 and 61, respectively for 135 only to finish first runner-up honors on a countback next to Addy Briones and Jericho Bajo (67-68-135).

Patrick Tan and Roderick Lo who had a total of 126 from rounds of 60 and 66 settled for third runner-up honors.

Also making their presence felt are the pair of Sam Strong and Boying Uy who brought home the team net crown with 171 (73-98) followed by Teody Barnuevo and Ivan Tanopo with 170 (82-88), Pruel Tan and Orly Ang with 169 (77-92) and Felisa Weckler and Jun Pedro with 168 (84-84) to complete all team winners.

Gavino not only won the team division but added another overall gross title to his cabinet of championships in the individual awards. He was joined by Jeremiah Co who had 100 for the overall net crown.

Other individual awards saw in Class A – Jeffren Lumbo 78 (gross champion), Meang Guen Kang 69 (gross runner-up), Reinz Yamyamin 85 (net champion) and Melson Muneses 83 (net runner-up); Class B – Jojo Simbulan 64 (gross champion), Sonny Ongtao 63 (gross runner-up), Rey Cruz 87 (net champion) and Ben Charlie 87 (net runner-up); Class C – Jeffrey Reyes 55 (gross champion), Romy Birrey 54 (gross runner-up), Alejandro Dayot III 95 (net champion) and Jessie Afinidad 92 (net runner-up); Ladies Division – Gemma Bokawachi 56 (gross champion), Rutchie Albers 53 (gross runner-up), Jing Sara 86 (net champion) and Carmelita Lava 80 (net runner-up); Seniors Division – Manny Nitorreda 58 (gross champion), Alex Sy 54 (gross runner-up) and Sam Saeng Hwang 85 (net champion.)

The 28th Durian Tee Invitational golf tournament was co-presented by Petron, University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network (UMBN) and Ford.

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SCENE CITY| Hunat Davao on its 5th year http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-hunat-davao-on-its-5th-year/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-hunat-davao-on-its-5th-year/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:03:19 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46819 ]]> A MUCH bigger Fun Run is scheduled this coming September 10, 2017 by The Royal Mandaya Hotel. This is an annual activity organized for the Corporate Social Responsibility of the hotel, usually attended by more than 2,500 runners. This year, they are counting 3,000 runners as early registration has already reached 600 for the Fun Run For a Cause.

AT THE Spell Societe Forum with TRMH GM Benjie Banzon and Manuel “Gogo” Alba

AT THE Spell Societe Forum with TRMH GM Benjie Banzon and Manuel “Gogo” Alba

TRMH General Manager Benjamen Banzon announced the activity last Tuesday during the SPELL Forum held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel. The event will start at Palma Gil St., in front of the hotel with three categories, 3K, 5K and 10 K. Registration will be 3P350.00, P440.00 and P490.00 respectively, with inclusions of Singlet, Race Bib, Certificate, Buffet breakfast and Raffle Coupon.

The Color Foam Fun Run is intended as a “Run to rebuild Marawi”. P200 Thousand worth of prizes will be given away to winners.

Registration started on July 25, 2017 and is ongoing at GMall. Abreeza (Columbia) and The Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Fun run starts at 4:00 AM.

Aside from the annual Hunat Fun Run, The Royal Mandaya Hotel conducts an activity to a chosen school to help repaint the schoolrooms, repair the ceiling, distributes school supplies and gives snacks to the pupils.

During Christmas, The Royal Mandaya Hotel donates funds for the House of Hope patients and brings food and goodies to the children suffering from cancer.

The Hunat 5 Fun Run for a cause is a partnership with GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. and The Royal Mandaya Hotel. Photo credits: Tomas Avancena/Vince Vicente.

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FREEZE| PEOPLE’S PARK 2017 http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-peoples-park-2017/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-peoples-park-2017/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:01:52 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46818 ]]> TEN YEARS ago, during the 2007 Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, people got a sneak preview of People’s Park before it was officially opened to the public in December of the same year. The place was originally called the PTA Grounds or Palaruang Panglungsod ng Dabaw.

THE VIEW past the entrance to People’s Park

THE VIEW past the entrance to People’s Park

The pre-People’s Park area was the venue of sports activities and a popular meeting place of young lovers and friends who did not mind sitting on the grass to while away time. High school and college cadets also gathered there for their mandatory military drills. But change was inevitable and the four-hectare playground of the masses got a 71 million-peso makeover. Concrete covered many parts of the grassy area and dwarf-like sculptures were installed.

My mind that was filled with memories of the old PTA Grounds was not entirely impressed with the supposed aesthetic upgrade – save for the relatively huge fountain that was mesmerizing at night with lights. My jogging feet also preferred the unpaved oval for exercise. But the cleanliness factor there was something.

At least once a year I take pictures of People’s Park to see new things there. A day after the 2017 Kadayawan thanksgiving fiesta, I noticed that the trees have grown tall enough to provide cool shade. The roots may have caused cracks on concrete but those trees finally allowed my mind to let go of my PTA Grounds memories and my heart to love the place. Never mind the stale pond filled with miserable looking kois and the fading colors of Kublai’s sculptures.  People’s Park has become apt for Joyce Kilmer’s poetry on trees:

I think that I shall never see

A poem as lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

 

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

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Firm at Polloc port key to Mindanao growth http://mindanaotimes.net/firm-at-polloc-port-key-to-mindanao-growth/ http://mindanaotimes.net/firm-at-polloc-port-key-to-mindanao-growth/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:38:03 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46810 ]]> THE INVESTMENT of the Bangsamoro Terminal Services Inc. (BTSI) in the Polloc Freeport in Parang, Maguindanao will provide another push for the economic growth of Mindanao,a top government official said.

Secretary Abul Khayr D. Alonto, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)chair, said the BTSI, which was recently registered with the Regional Board of investments as the company is infusing a fresh investment of about P129 million, and is making the port provide better cargo access in Central Mindanao, particularly its host province as well as the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Lanao del Sur.

“The development of the port will significantly reduce transport cost of products and spur economic activities in the South Central Mindanao Development Corridor, and was will easily open up more direct links for international trading for this area,” said Alonto in a statement that the agency released Tuesday.

He said the facility will provide efficient a better connectivity in Mindanao as this is part of a bigger mechanism that will provide better economic opportunities designed to slowly provide a venue in pursing peace in the island.

Luigi Piccolo V. Peña, company manager, said it has been serving major shipping companies, among them the Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. formerly Sulpicio Lines and Lorenzo Shipping Corp., and also Minrico Lumber Enterprises for the local companies, and the Lamsan, Inc., Bonjourno Trading, Holcim Philippines, Inc. and Avigail Hardware for foreign shipping.

Aside from the cargo handling activities, Peña added that his company, which has about 230 workers, is also providing trucking services to shippers at the Freeport.

The corridor strategy, on the other hand, is part of MinDA’s Economic Development Corridors strategy designed to make the island competitive with the rest of the country as well as within the Association of Southeast Asean Nations region. The development of the strategy is aimed at making Mindanao self-reliant and competitive with the rest of the region.

“If we want people to truly feel what the government is doing for them, we first need to ensure that the physical access to where development is needed is there. This is why we are glad to that some of the major connectivity projects for Mindanao are included in the Build build build strategy of this administration,” Alonto added, in reference to the strategy of President Rodrigo R. Duterte whose goal is to provide better infrastructure facilities especially in the countryside.

Based on the statement, then President Fidel V. Ramos who first initiated the development of the port when he was President between 1992 until 1998. It was Mr. Ramos who first help organize the port services operator, the PTC Mindanao Port Services Inc. (PTC-MPSI) which the BTSI is replacing as the company.

PTC-MPSI, established in 1979, eventually expanded its operations in Zamboanga City. In 2014 the company was eventually sold to the Maguindanao-based Lamsan Holding Corp. which, in the following year, took over the operations of cargo handling in the port. It was last year when the company name was changed.

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EDITORIAL| Avoid being duped http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-avoid-being-duped/ http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-avoid-being-duped/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:36:57 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46807 ]]> WITH MORE and more people relying on the Internet for work, studies, communication and networking, it goes without saying that there is also a growing online selling and buying business. With the diverse and easy to search special products available in the web, many young people turn to these marketing sites to do their shopping from national and international suppliers.

From clothes, shoes, cosmetics, appliances, gadgets, and whatever one can think of – all these can be within one’s reach as long as a person has an internet connection and a credit card or Paypal. The internet is deluged with an array of products simply because being an entrepreneur online is too easy.

Buying online saves time for those who are busy and find going to malls tedious. Even dinner can be ordered online and delivered within minutes. Usually, those who patronize are quite savvy and sophisticated when it comes to discerning which items on sale in the internet are good as gold because they also do a lot of search and verification. But how about those who are not as literate on the web and who cannot separate the chaff from the grain, especially products that are consumed like food supplements?

The ads of food supplements are very enticing and use personal accounts of people who endorse the product swearing that their diseases – from acnes to cancer, were cured when they used these products.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently warned the public on several unregistered food supplements being sold online. It said that since these products have not gone through the testing process of the FDA, it could not guarantee the quality and safety and may be hazardous to consumers.

It also cautioned that food products, including food supplements, “should not bear any misleading, deceptive, and false claims in their labels and/or any promotional materials that will provide erroneous impression on products’ character or identity.”

Those who want to check if the product is FDA compliant can go to the FDA website www.fda.gov.ph.

It pays to be prudent when using the web.

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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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MY TURN| The two Dabawenyos http://mindanaotimes.net/my-turn-the-two-dabawenyos-2/ http://mindanaotimes.net/my-turn-the-two-dabawenyos-2/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:33:57 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46802 ]]> ON MAY 2016, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte became the President. On July, 2017 Archibishop Romulo Valles became the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippine (CBCP).

As President, the Mayor represents the 100 million Filipinos. CBCP President Archbishop Valles is the good shepherd of about 50 million Filipino Catholics. Together, this is a powerful force involved in the daily political, social and religious lives of the nation. This is the first time in our history that we look at leaders who are not from Manila for guidance. That the two who are from Davao, are now where they are did not happen by chance or accident. Strange are the ways of the Lord is an old cliché but indeed it applies to the President and the Archbishop.

The two affirms the truth that Davao City is the melting pot of Mindanao . The President’s father is from Danao, Cebu while his mother is from Lanao. His parents came to Davao in search of a better future. The Archbishops parents are from Maribojoc, Bohol where Undersecretary Jun Evasco was the mayor until his transfer to Malacan as one of the three USEC directly under the President (the other Two are Melchor Quitain and Bong Go, from Davao City, natural). His parents went to Davao del Norte also for a better future.

The Archbishop finished his undergrad studies at the St. Francis Xavier College (XACOSE) and his theology at the Regional Major Seminary (REMASE). The President has spent 40 years as a government servant starting as prosecutor, Vice Mayor, Mayor, Congressman. The Bishop spent more than 30 years as a servant of God and of the faithful. Call it the right person at the right place at the right time, he was the Rector of St. Francis College Seminary. His first break was when the Pope appointed him Bishop of the Diocese of Kidapawan then Archbishop of Zamboanga the first Archdiocese in Mindanao.

Six years later, he was chosen Davao City’s Archbishop. Today’s power had its origin in the center of the Philippines; Danao, Cebu the roots of the President of the country and Maribojoc, Bohol, birth place of CBCP President the Archbishop. The two as Father of the nation and Father of the Filipino Catholics represent the best of Visayan tradition, culture, matabangon, nagapaubos, maluluy-on, maantoson, linaw sa Kagul anan, lamdag sa puy anan. Our prayers and best wishes go with them.

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ROUGH CUTS| Wisest option: Let them talk as friends http://mindanaotimes.net/rough-cuts-wisest-option-let-them-talk-as-friends/ http://mindanaotimes.net/rough-cuts-wisest-option-let-them-talk-as-friends/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:32:45 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=46800 ]]> “Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies even closer.”

We used this philosophical admonition in a special feature we wrote in time for the Kadayawan Week celebration.

We are using this again for this particular column of ours as a way of doing our own little share in influencing the government to change its strategy in its bloody war against illegal drugs. And why are we presenting our unsolicited recommendation? It is because we humbly believe that the way the campaign is being done now it seems far from succeeding.

Yes, the elimination of people who are dealing in the illegal drugs business appears to be an indicator of success. That is, if the measure of success in the campaign is the total number of people alleged to be into the drug trade who were killed. But no, it is not.

We believe that the real measure of success of the campaign is when there are more people who are considered “big fishes,” arrested and brought to justice. Or the sources of the huge drug shipments are identified including the countries and the Philippine government has made corroborative arrangement with the government of the source nations how to stop the supply from leaving their ports, or the authorities there, as a matter of protocol, provide the Philippine government with details of the shipment if it has succeeded in leaving the source country.

On the Philippine side also, one major indicator of success of the anti-illegal drugs campaign is the number of surrenderees or arrested persons into drugs who have accepted rehabilitation through the centers provided by the government.

Another measure of success is the number of drug processing laboratories discovered and closed and its owners and operators arrested, brought to court, convicted and meted the appropriate punishment.

And if the government would insist that it is satisfying to have body counts of slain individuals into drugs, real or alleged, then let that perversion be it. But we suggest that the law enforcers tasked to implement the anti-illegal drugs drive must see to it that their targets should not be the “nobodies” in the trade; those small fries who are merely doing errands for their immediate bosses to be able to earn some few hundred pesos to foot the bills of their craving for the drugs, or to help put food on the table on their respective homes. The police must close in on the big fishes and perhaps they can be justified in doing their worst.

Now if these small fries are enemies of the government, why kill them if there is a way they can only be neutralized without snapping their lives?

Why not the police instead, arrest them and give them all that a true friend can offer? Why not make the “enemies” closer? Are not the small fries the most potential guide to where and who the next levels in the hierarchy of drug syndicates are?

Yes, if the law enforcement authorities can make the “enemies” their best friends instead of eliminating or silencing them on claims they put up a fight, chances are, they will slowly and more tactfully squeal on the people from whom they are sourcing their illegal merchandise up to the highest level they could possibly identify

And we strongly believe that when the police get hold of any higher drug syndicate members’ identities and are able to arrest them, this presents another opportunity of knowing those persons who occupy the next higher ranks in the drug syndicates’ hierarchy.

From there on, getting closer to the leaders of big-time illegal drugs organizations in the country would already be assured. And since it is common knowledge that syndicate overlords are always surrounded with heavily armed bodyguards serving as his “firewall” the police will now have enough justification to use their firearms when conducting raids if the target personality and his armed men will resist arrest and fight it out.

And we know that many citizens of this country would be happy to count the casualties especially if they are the real enemies of the state.

But what is happening today is that it appears there are certain forces that is egging the authorities to continue with the existing “kill, kill, kill” strategy. These forces could possibly include police officials’ golfing buddies, some government executives or their business partners. They could be the men and women who are walking in today’s corridors of power.

With their rubbing elbows with the powers that be, they sure have all the opportunity to even make the President hardened his position on retaining the present strategy. And these influence peddlers can successfully isolate themselves from the long hands of the law at the expense of the eternally “silenced” small-time drug peddlers, runners and even users all of whom are victims of the illegal activities of drug syndicates operating in the country in collaboration with their foreign partners and some unscrupulous government and police officials.

So, how can the present campaign succeed in attaining its objective of saving the country from the clutches of the destructive hydra that is the illegal and life destroying drugs?

Again, we believe that it is about time that the government make its “enemies” friends and get the most out of such “friendship.” That could be the wisest option.

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