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Moreno inducts into office WW2 & Veterans Studies Committee

June 15, 2019

The City Government has formally inducted into office the Cagayan de Oro World War II and Veterans Studies Committee which will work to ensure the stories and sacrifices of its fighters in the Second World War are not forgotten and passed on to succeeding generations. The committee is primarily tasked to initiate projects and activities to increase awareness of the principles and values that the guerrilla movement in World War II stands for, including the setting up of a World War II and Veterans Studies Center. Tasked to lead the committee is former City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula under whose tenure as Mayor in 2008 saw the establishment of the MacArthur Memorial Marker in Bgy. Macabalan and the signing of the City Sisterhood and Twinning Agreement with Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk is the site of the MacArthur Memorial where Gen. and Mrs. Jean MacArthur are entombed together with a museum, library, archives, cinema and other facilities dedicated to perpetuating the life and times of “The Liberator of the Philippines.”  “We are just a committee for purposes of studying the history of the Second World War, insofar as we are concerned, primarily in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental, and Mindanao as we expand through,” said Jaraula in the committee’s first meeting immediately following the induction. “Correspondingly, we have to tie up with similar groups or organizations in other provinces. Jaraula cited in particular the Caraga region as a focal point in the history of WW2 insofar as Mindanao and MacArthur’s landing are concerned. “In fact, I believe two of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s biggest battleships which were sunk in the Battle of Surigao Strait were found two years ago, one of the four key engagements of the Battle of  Leyte Gulf that wiped out the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy,” Jaraula said. The Battle of Surigao Strait is significant because it was the last battleship-to-battleship action in naval history. It was part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which lasted from October 23 to 26, 1944, considered the largest ever naval battle of World War II, and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history, with over 200,000 naval personnel involved. The research vessel Petrel of billionaire tech mogul and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, located five warships that belonged to the Imperial Japanese Navy on the seabed of Surigao Strait in December 2017. Found were the old battleships –Fusō, and Yamashiro – and three Asashio class destroyers, Yamagumo, Asagumo and Michishio, which all belonged to Admirals Shoji Nishimura's "Southern Force" that was completely annihilated following this engagement. Created under Executive Order No. 043-2019 “An Order Creating the Cagayan de Oro Committee for World War II and Veterans Studies” signed by Mayor Oscar S. Moreno last 29 March 2019, the committee has its legal bases in Article 11, Sections 13 and 17 of the Philippine Constitution for the State to foster patriotism and nationalism among the citizens, especially the youth; and Republic Act No. 10086 “Strengthening People’s Nationalism Through Philippine History Act” which mandates the State’s policy to provide the means to strengthen people’s nationalism, love of country, respect for its heroes and pride for the people’s accomplishments by reinforcing the importance of Philippine national and local history in daily life to raise social consciousness. Furthermore, the committee’s creation supports the Cagayan de Oro City Government’s policy under the present administration to promote local history. “The present administration is committed to create an atmosphere of heightened awareness, knowledge and appreciation among its constituents on the noble ideals and deeds of our local heroes, and observe and celebrate various significant historical milestones,” reads a portion of the EO. “The fact that Mayor Oca came into this, shows the big interest of the city to pursue this kind of studies to complete our education,” Jaruala stressed. “So many don’t know what happened and why we are here, why we are not there, so we are searching on the reasons why.” Cagayan de Misamis, as Cagayan de Oro was then known, figured prominently in World War II when it became part of General Douglas MacArthur’s Breakout when PT-41 carrying the general, his family and general staff along with two other PT boats from MTB Ron 3 under Lt. Cmdr. John Bulkeley disembarked at Macabalan Port on March 13, 1941 after departing from Corregidor in March 11. After motoring to Del Monte Lodge where they stayed for three days, the party successfully made it to Australia aboard two B-17D bombers which departed from Del Monte Airfield in March 17, 1942. While on his way to Melbourne, MacArthur uttered at the small town of Terowie, Australia the most famous phrase to come out of World War II: “I Shall Return.” MacArthur’s Breakout is considered one of the greatest escapes in the history of World War II and a turning point in the Pacific War which shored up American morale in the US mainland at one of the lowest points in its history following the debacles in Pearl Harbor and the Philippine Campaign. “There is a need to collect and collate historical data, stories, and mementos of Cagayan de Oro during World War II and present them to the community for the appreciation of Kagay-anons, and the general public to inspire them,” the EO reads further. Thus was created the World War II and Veterans Studies Committee as the advisory body composed of individuals from Cagayan de Oro with a strong spirit of volunteerism, with expertise in local history, and steeped in the ideals of partnership. City Economic and Investment Promotions Officer Eileen E. San Juan was appointed Co-Chair and City Hall point person with Engr. Elpidio M. Paras as Vice Chairman. Engr. Paras was instrumental in the construction of the two MacArthur Memorial Markers in Barangay Macabalan and in Barangay Dicklum, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon which marks the Del Monte Airfield where MacArthur and party flew out to Australia on the last phase of their successful breakout. Also inducted into office were  Nicolas Aca, Art Gallery Curator of Capitol University’s Museum of 3 Cultures and member of the City Historical and Cultural Commission; Rotary International District 3870 Past Assistant Governor and RC of Northern Bukidnon Past President Chris Vidad representing Dr. Benjamin Albarece; Mindanao Daily Vice President Digital & Editor-at-Large Rene Michael Baños; Kerwin Salvador Caragos, Lourdes College; Ret. Col. Jose Paler, Region X president of the Veterans Federation of the Phils., PVAO FSEO-10 officer Ma. Luisa Revecho, Ryan Bollozos Sanchez, Capitol University Dept. of Social Sciences; and Kristian Ian Sulmayor, Xavier Ateneo History Department.  Also included in the committee but were unable to attend the induction were Clara Marie Gonzales-Elizaga of the Heritage Conservation Advocates; WW2 History Buff Medardo Tiro III and Raul Ilogon, whose father Jesus and grandfather Pastor were active in the guerrilla movement in Misamis during WW2. The committee is also tasked to forge agreements and linkages with government agencies, private groups. Individuals and other special bodies such as Cagayan de Oro Historical and Cultural Commission, City Museum, World War II Veterans Association, , historical societies,  the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), Veterans Federation of the Philippines and other associations and the international community, most especially with the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial Foundation of Cagayan de Oro’s sister city at Norfolk, Virginia, USA and the Cagayan de Oro Committee of the Norfolk Sister Cities Association (NSCA).

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Not one of the Kapa members file formal complaint yet, says NBI

June 14, 2019

  Share CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN National News digital, June 14) - A top-ranking officer of the National Bureau of Investigation - National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) during a press conference admitted that no one has yet to file a formal complaint against a religious organization based in Mindanao. NBI-National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) Director lawyer Cesar Bacani said: “As of this time, wala pang private complainants or victims na gustong magfile ng reklamo kasi nakakatanggap pa sila ng interest.”  Earlier this week, agents of the NBI - National Capital Region raided offices of the Kapa community ministry all over the country and they were armed with a search warrant. This, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to stop the operations of Kapa. The Securities and Exchnage Commission (SEC) has also revoked the license given to the ministry for its alleged involvement in "ponzi schemes." During the press conference, NBI also revealed that the reason no one has filed a complaint yet - it's because the members still receive their monthly "love gifts."   Bacani said Kapa asks a minimum donation of P5,000 up to 2 million pesos for new members. In return, they will also benefit from the monthly "blessings" or "love gifts" aside from other benefits provided by the ministry. The NBI director said that while Kapa Ministry has numerous lines of investments but still those businesses cannot sustain the daily payouts of its members nationwide.   The ministry members has earlier revealed they have businesses to sustain the ministry's operation including a hospital, gasoline stations, mining, computer business, fishing business, convenience stores and many other businesses. The ministry also employs over 5,000 members to run the daily operations and businesses of the organization. The NBI-NCR chief said: “Hind kayang i-sustain ng sinasabing business na yun na i-ge-generate na interest na dapat ibigay nila roon sa kanilang mga investors or donors.”  Instead of filing for syndicated estafa, the NBI-NCR chief said they will instead file a complaint for violation of the securities and regulation code. “Basta yung na-serve namin na search warrants last Monday definitely by next week naka-file na lahat yung corresponding case," the NBI-NCR director concluded.  Meanwhile, Pastor Joel Apolinario has maintained his position that the ministry can sustain its daily operation and the monthly payouts of "love gifts" to its members. Apolinario said they have a lot of businesses that also earns millions everyday including a hospital and gasoline stations, among others. PRAYER RALLY

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Mindanao solon wants total ban on import and export of waste

June 14, 2019

  Share MISAMIS ORIENTAL (MDN Mindanao News digital, June 14) - Responding to the recent fiasco making the Philippines the dumping ground of garbage and waste materials from other countries, Misamis Oriental 2nd District Representative Juliette Uy sounded alarm bells and called on Filipinos to declare independence from what she called "imported garbage." The lady solon in her statement during the commemoration of the 121 Philippine Independence Day, she claimed "enough is enough" for other countries from exporting their garbage and wastes in the Philippines. There have been lots of instances wherein the Filipino nation were shocked to hear that garbage such as diapers, cellophanes, plastics, among others have reached the country through the local shores in the countryside. Among those very controversial garbage discoveries include that of South Korea, Canada and other countries. “It is time we declare our independence from imported garbage. My ‘anti-international dumping of garbage bill’ is a total ban and provides for zero exceptions,” the lady solon from Mindanao strongly urged the Filipino people. House Bill (HB) no, 9207, or the Proposed Total Ban on the Import and Export of Waste Act of 2019 filed by Rep Juliette Uy is a concrete measure in response to the so-called "unceremonious dumping of tons of garbage from Canada and South Korea to the country via cargo vessels, which reportedly put down and tarnished the good image of the Philippines as among the best tourism destination in Asia. Rep Uy also include in the bill the exportation of garbage. “We must heed the Golden Rule. We should not do unto others what we do not want others to do unto us. We demand respect and so we must also reciprocate with respect,” Rep Uy said in her statement. Unfortunately, the proposed bill was filed one day before the sine die adjournment of the 17th Congress, the lady representative from Misamis Oriental province vowed to refile the bill during the formal opening of the 18th Congress. Rep Uy said “I will convince my colleagues in the House to co-author so that by the time the 18th Congress opens session on July 22, it will have wide support and faster progress through the legislative pipeline.”  Aside from this very challenging bill, the lady solon also intends to file more bills especially on waste recovery, plastic waste, waste redemption and proper management of water and aquatic resources. “I will also file other bills on plastic waste, waste redemption, waste recovery, and the proper management of our water and aquatic resources. This is an all-out war on waste because we want our country to be beautiful and prosperous.” ### ---      ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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Shipping out of Verde Soko garbage to start June 30

June 14, 2019

Philippine and South Korean officials have agreed on June 30 as their target date for shipping out over 5,000 metric tons of garbage from the Phividec Industrial Estate through the Port of Tagoloan, according to Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette T. Uy, who attended the bilateral meeting.      “For the next two weeks, the imported garbage consignee Verde Soko and a logistics firm will undertake the rebagging and transport of the garbage from Phividec to the port in shipping containers,” Uy said.      “For their part, the South Korean side will ‘find and provide” and available vessel while Philippine officials will inform them of when at least 20 containerized garbage is ready for shipping back to South Korea,” Uy added.      Uy said the June 13 meeting took the whole day and another meeting will be convened to tackle other matters.       At the meeting were Director General Yeong-Dae Jung of South Korea’s Ministry of Environment, Congresswoman Uy, Customs District Collector Floro Calixihan, Mindanao Container Terminal Port Collector John Simon, Misamis Oriental Provincial Board Member Gerardo Sabal III, and Atty. Abbas Lao of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau in Region 10.       In her remarks at the start of the meeting, Congresswoman Uy asked the South Korean government to share with the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice relevant information that can help in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.

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CHR expresses concern over Abs-Cbn franchise renewal

June 14, 2019

  Share METRO MANILA (MDN National News, June 14) - With President Rodrigo Duterte against the renewal of the giant TV network in the country, ABS CBN could be closed in 2020. Jacqueline De Guia, spokesperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) revealed her deep concern after she heard on the move by the House of Representatives to allegedly "freeze" the bill seeking renewal of abs-cbn legislative franchise.  De Guia said in a statement the services provided by television giant ABS CBN owned by the Lopez group are "beyond the whims of politics." She said “If the network has committed any violation, it must be tackled through due process.” She added: “Non-renewal can be tantamount to shutting down the network. If an entire media giant would be toppled down due to a political caprice, it could signal the beginning of a bleaker state of press freedom in the country and a catapult to the wave of previous assaults to media.” It was earlier reported that House Bill 4349, which proposes for the extension of abs-cbn franchise for the next 25 years was still pending at the committee level for almost three years now. In 2020, the abs cbn franchise is going to expire, it was learned.  This, even as the House Committee on Legislative Franchises failed to submit a report on the said franchise renewal before the 17th Congress adjourned its last session. ABS-CBN did not comment on the reported speculations regarding the bill when interviewed by reporters. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte last year revealed he is personally not in favor of the renewal of the TV network's franchise, accusing that the network allegedly swindle him. Duterte also accused the TV network as well as The Philippine Daily Inquirer of what he termed as "slanted" and "unfair" reporting on his administration. The CHR also sounded alarm bells on the reported illegal arrest of journalist Margarita Valle at Laguindingan International Airport. Valle was mistakenly identified as a certain Elsa Renton, the suspect with multiple murder cases and arson. Renton has a standing warrants of arrest for several cases filed in court. She said “We reiterate utmost compliance to the requirements of the Constitution in carrying out arrest warrants. There are no excuses to circumvent the standards enumerated in the bill of rights especially by those duty-bound to uphold it.”  The CHR spokesperson also noted the mistaken arrest of a suspect raised fears on the reported growing cases of harassment and intimidation meted on some individuals and groups , and even inlcuding the members of the Fourth State, which is the media. ### ---       ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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Kapa founder will meet with Pres Duterte today in Gensan

June 13, 2019

  Share CAGAYAN DE ORO (Mindanao New digital, June 13) - Kapa founder Pastor Joel Apolinario is reported to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte today in General Santos City. WATCH THE LIVE VIDEO FEED BELOW: This was confirmed by Pastor Apolinario in a phone patch during a prayer rally of thousands of members of Kapa held at Acharon Complex in General Santos City, and other parts of the country. Another big gathering of Kapa members yesterday was also held at Quezon City memorial Apolinario assured his 5-million strong members to stay calm as a meeting with the president is being arranged today to appeal to the president to give Kapa a chance to prove they are a strong religious organization and not a ponzi scheme as alleged in news reports. Several days ago, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation from Metro Manila raided most of the offices nationwide of Kapa Ministry International by virtue of a search warrant and upon orders of President Duterte aired live on Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's Sonshine Radio/TV. Meanwhile, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has also denied allegations that Pastor Apollo Quiboloy has a hand in the immediate closure of Kapa Ministry International.###   ---       ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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