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‘Hugpong’ ends campaign sortie in Camiguin

April 30, 2019

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin--The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), now touted as the ruling party led by Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ended its campaign sortie in Camiguin yesterday. Duterte urged the voters at the jampacked Mambajao Municipal Gym to bring a resounding victory to the coalition which she said could be vital in fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of her father President Rodrigo Duterte. But the presidential daughter said she is leaving the decision to the electorate of whom they think could best serve the country. While the Camiguin rally is the last among Hugpong”s provincial sorties, it could be noted that only two of the senatoriables were present; candidates Jiggy Manicad and Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. The party offered no explanation on the absence of the majority of the senatoriables. Sara’s Hugpong in Camiguin is facing a formidable odd as the province is a known bailiwick of the Romualdos, whose party, the National People’s Coalition (NPC) is now coalesced with PDP-Laban. In her speech, Mayor Duterte also took a swipe at the Romualdos for allegedly sabotaging the campaign rally of  father during the 2016 presidential election where the power was cut off in the middle of the latter’s speech. She then told the audience not to forget that incident when they cast their votes on May 13. She also didn’t mince words to liken former Mambajao Mayor and now governatorial candidate Jurdin Jesus “JJ” Romualdo to a saint or a god in the province. When asked to comment on the presidential daughter’s harsh words against him, Romualdo just shrugged it off and call it as part of the usual campaign methods of some parties. But Romualdo explained said while they are coalesced with the PDP-Laban where President Duterte is the titular head, that his entire party in Camiguin would still campaign for the whole of Hugpong senatoriables. “We already made a commitment to support them and as a matter of principle, I will abide by it. I have no intention to discard them,” Romualdo said. As to Sara’s continued swipe, the former Mambajao Mayor said he just wish her goodluck.

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Big West Conference Tournament 2019 | Kagay-anon helps UH Rainbow Wahine to runner up finish

April 30, 2019

A Kagay-anon tennister helped her school to a runner up finish during the Big West Tournament  held Sunday, April 28 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, California. Although Roxanne Resma, the daughter of Misamis Oriental provincial veterinarian Dr Benjie Resma, in tandem her University of Hawai’i  team mate Michelle Pits lost their doubles match, 6-2 to the Long Beach State 49ers No. 2 team of  Natalia Munoz and Lalita Devarakonda, their team mates made up with  UH's top duo of Petra Melounova and Nikola Dolakova holding off Wiktoria Rutkowska and Dominique Meyer by a break, 6-4,and their No. 3 team of Alzbeta Houbova and Maayan Sela capturing the point with a 7-5 win over Carlota Casampere and Zara Lennon. In her final match as a Rainbow Wahine, Roxanne quickly dispatched LBSU’s Zara Lennon in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. But the Beach's Sadaf Sadeghvaziri defeated UH's Houbova, 6-3, 6-2. UH's 60th -ranked and No. 1 Melounova dropped the first set, but came roaring back for a 3-6, 6-0 ,6-4 win over Rutkowska to give UH a 3-1 lead. Long Beach State won the last three singles matches to overcome a 3-1 deficit for the title. The loss snapped UH's seven-game win streak. The defending champion Rainbow Wahine have finished second in the Big West Tournament in three of the last four seasons. According to her dad Benjie, Roxanne started her tennis training early when she was but six years old with Coach Boyet Talatala at the Capitol Tennis Courts. “Even with Coach Boyet, nag-sugod nako og dula sa tournaments while training with him,”Roxanne recalls. “After a few years, I already needed more hitting partners and more players to play matches with.” Later, Roxanne was mentored by Coach Jonelle Llavore whom his students fondly called “Dada”. “Dada helped with my training. Iya ko gi-kupkop and gi-tabangan with my tennis. The Nazareth tennis courts became my home for most of my junior career,” Roxanne said. “Dada was the one who pushed me to train hard and even accompanied me to a lot of the tournaments locally and nationally.” Eventually, Roxanne was recruited by the Philippine Tennis Academy (PTA) based in Manila when she got to high school. To enable her to continue training at the PTA without compromising her studies, Benjie said she was enrolled at and graduated high school from Corpus Christi School in Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City. “She was granted special privileges by Corpus Christi with a modular type of curriculum because she was based in Manila and even had to leave the country when she had matches scheduled abroad,” Benjie recalls. “So I was still enrolled in Corpus but I was in Manila full time,” Roxanne added. “Sir Del Fierro, the teachers, and Corpus Christi school were kind and understanding enough to allow me to do a home schooling program to pursue my tennis career.” The routine meant she spent most of the days of the year in the PTA training in Manila or traveling aboard for competitions. Then she would go home for a week to take her exams and afterwards, fly back again. “PTA opened the doors for me. They took a chance on me and helped me develop my game even more. They gave me the opportunity to play abroad and earn a world ranking in juniors.” Although her highest world junior rankings was around the top 200, it was enough for her to land a full athletic scholarship at the University of Hawai’i some 5 years ago where she became a regular member of the UH Rainbow Wahine, thanks to her PTA coaches who recommended her to the UH Tennis Coach whom they were friends with. “So I’ve been here in Hawaii for 4 years. I finished my undergrad degree in sports marketing and I’m doing my masters in public administration. I actually just finished my last college match ever last Sunday. We lost in the finals of our conference but I won my singles match,” Roxanne noted. Asked if she had any plans of turning pro, the budding Kagay-anon tennis prodigy replied: “Realistically speaking, no. I’m not planning on going pro.” So far, her future plans hinges on a summer tennis clinic on Chicago she plans to go to and she would decide what she wanted to do after that. “But honestly speaking, I wanna take a break for a bit. Haha, I think I’m a little bit overworked after all these years. Just a quick break then bakbakan na ulit!” Good luck on the future Roxanne. Cagayan de Oro is proud of you.   Roxanne, 21, is the only daughter of Misamis Oriental Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Benjie Resma and Mrs. Monette A. Resma of 7/12 InsideOut Travel & Tours. They have two other children Aaron, 24, and Elijah, 10.

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Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates turn ‘Pet Pals’ for a day

April 29, 2019

AFTER bonding with students with autism during the World Autism Awareness Day last April 2, the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 contestants spent time with pets going through rehabilitation at the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Quezon City. Reinforcing the campaign “Beyond Beauty,” the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates attended another charity activity last Friday, April 26.   After bonding with students with autism during the World Autism Awareness Day last April 2, the contestants spent time with pets going through rehabilitation at the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Quezon City.   The activity was initiated by Araneta Center’s Pet Pals program in partnership with Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. The Pet Pals initiative, which started last year, welcomes pet owners and their pets to the premier live-work-play destination in the metro. For more information, visit the Pet Pals page on the Araneta Center website (www.aranetacenter.net/petpals).   The candidates donated 140 kilos of cat food to PAWS and bonded with the dogs and cats under the institution’s care. They also talked about ways to take care of pets especially during summer.   While the candidates are busy preparing for the glitzy and glamorous events of Binibining Pilipinas, including the Grand Parade of Beauties on May 25, the Fashion Show on May 29, and the Grand Coronation Night on June 9, they have also been actively personifying the Beyond Beauty slogan by attending charity events and workshops. Aside from their participation in Big Dome Lights Blue for World Autism Awareness Day and their visit at PAWS, the candidates are also scheduled to attend an activity that promotes taking care of the environment and an art appreciation workshop.     “We want the candidates to embody beauty that’s more than just physical. We want them to live the essence of a woman that is empowered, sure of herself, fearless, courageous and at the same time, loving and caring,” psychoneurologist Dr. Lia Bernardo, who facilitated their “Empowerment is Authenticity” workshop last April 11. This was the first time that all 40 candidates participated in the workshop, which in previous years was offered only to the winners of the pageant. This is just one of the changes in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant under the direction of its chair Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta.   To follow the candidates’ journey, visit www.bbpilipinas.com and follow our social media pages: @RealBbPilipinas on Facebook and Twitter and @BbPilipinasOfficial on Instagram.

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'Budots' dance suprises crowds as Palaro opens in Davao City

April 29, 2019

DAVAO City--Delegates from the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) surprised student athletes and other visitors with a popular “budots” dance, drawing boisterous cheers from the crowd at the opening day of the 62nd Palarong Pambansa (National Games) at the Football Stadium of the 20-hectare Davao City-UP Mindanao Sports Complex on Sunday. A familiar sound was blasted on the background shortly after the DAVRAA athletes came in and danced their way through the stadium, much to the delight of the delegates from the country’s 17 regions and other eager visitors who braved the afternoon heat to witness the two-hour parade. DAVRAA volleyball coach Dinri Yambao said student athletes entertained the crowd with a quick performance to satisfy the curiosity of the visitors on “budots,” as Davao is famous for this street dance. The vibrant cultures of the different tribes of Mindanao were also showcased at the start of the opening ceremony for the Palarong Pambansa, the biggest local sporting event in the country. Organizers expected to draw in 20,000 visitors. Six skydivers from the Philippine Airforce (PAF) impressed the audience with their stunt, jumping off the helicopters and gliding in the air for several moments before landing in the stadium. This is the second time that the City of Davao is hosting the annual multi-sport event since 1950 or 69 years earlier. In 2015, the City of Tagum in Davao del Norte hosted the 58th edition of the national games. The world-class sports complex was inaugurated on January 27 during the DAVRAA Meet 2019. The archery football, swimming, and volleyball competitions will be held at the Davao City-UP Mindanao Sports Complex; arnis and aero gymnastics in Malayan Colleges Mindanao; athletics,  basketball, softball, and volleyball in University of Mindanao; badminton in  Barangay Calinan gymnasium; baseball in Lt. Villafuerte Elementary School; sepak takraw and softball in Davao City National High School; basketball in University of Southeastern Philippines; basketball in Rizal Memorial Colleges; table tennis in Barangay Toril Gymnasium; boxing in Davao City Recreation Center; chess in Davao Chong Hua High School; football in Tiongko Football Field; futsal in Barangay Mintal Gymnasium; gymnastics in University of Immaculate Concepcion; wushu in Precious International School of Davao; pencak silat in St. Peter’s College of Toril; rhythmic gymnastics in San Pedro College (Ulas Campus); tennis in Ecoland Phase 1, 2, and 4; tennis in GSIS Heights Tennis Club; wrestling in St. John Paul II College of Davao; baseball in Tacunan National High School/Tacunan Elementary School; bocce in Davao City SPED Elementary School; dance sports in Philippine Science High School-Southern Mindanao Campus; basketball in Holy Cross of Davao College; taekwondo in Gaisano Mall of Toril; and billiards in Gaisano Grand Citygate Mall. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

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Close to 5k policemen nationwide to join local absentee voting on April 30

April 29, 2019

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar lbayalde last Monday said that close to 5,000 police officers expressed intent to participate in the absentee voting for the May 13 mid-term elections. “A total of 4,981 PNP personnel stationed in different regions nationwide have signified intention to participate in the Local Absentee Voting, including 163 personnel who will cast their absentee votes in Camp Crame tomorrow, April 30,” Albayalde told reporters on Monday’s press briefing. He said Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution 10443 allows Local Absentee Voting to certain voters for the May 13 elections starting Monday until Wednesday. The resolution provides that members of the PNP are entitled to avail of absentee voting, provided, they are duly registered voters and temporarily assigned in places where they are not registered, in the course of undertaking their public functions and duties. “We encourage all 190,000 PNP personnel to exercise their right and perform their duty to elect our country’s leaders,” Albayalde said. He reminded the police personnel are prohibited from engaging in any form of partisan political activity, the only political exercise that we are allowed to perform is to cast our votes. “We have been continuously rotating our personnel if we see things like providing unnecessary or unauthorized security to candidates, we relieve immediately that person, including the immediate superior whether he is the chief of police or the provincial director pending their investigation. It does not end with relieving them. They will be investigated and made to answer for their actions,” the PNP chief noted. For his part, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar urged PNP personnel assigned in Metro Manila to take advantage of the absentee voting in order to maximize the deployment of policemen and utilize all its resources in securing peace and order during the actual date of elections. “I exhort all policemen to vote and vote wisely. Our country deserves good leaders and we will be able to attain this by exercising our right to suffrage wisely,” Eleazar said. “It is the very reason that I would like to encourage all policemen, especially those who come from their hometowns in the provinces, that every vote counts and your votes are equally significant,” he added. Eleazar earlier said 15,000 police personnel will be deployed in Metro Manila to “maintain our anti-criminality efforts”. He ordered the five police district directors in the metropolis to monitor political developments in areas where election-related violence occurred in the past. (PNA)  

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Misor to start readying 2020 Annual Investment Plan

April 29, 2019

THE Misamis Oriental provincial government will start preparing its 2020 Annual Investment Plan (AIP) by May. Office of Barangay Affairs (OBA) head Jener Alaba revealed on Monday, April 29 that all departments of the Capitol will start consolidating their respective proposals for the AIP to be taken into consideration by the Provincial Development Council. Alaba made the announcement as he rallied the 424 barangay councils in Misamis Oriental to beat the deadline and immediately submit their respective resolutions so they could be included in the barangay empowerment program next year. Projects that may be included range from covered courts to barangay halls, basketball courts, water systems, health centers, evacuation centers, road concretings, road gravelings, stage facilities, multi-purpose halls, flood control, daycare centers, drainage systems, CCTVs, lots purchases, street lighting installations, pre-school buildings, footbridges, solar dryers, public markets, canals concreting, perimeter fence, senior citizens, VAWCC, spillways, treehouses, seawalls, river control, bleachers, dredging, stockrooms, among others. The AIP is a yearly requirement set to all local government units (LGUs) in the country based on Executive Order No. 189 issued by then President Joseph Estrada mandating all LGUs to submit to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) their respective AIPs. The AIP will serve as the guide for the usage of the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of a specific year, prioritizing solid waste management, purchase of lots for health facilities and housing settlements, activities in support of the food security program, initiatives in support of cooperative development, construction and maintenance of post-harvest facilities, local roads, sewerage, public buildings and the like. It undergoes deliberation at the Provincial Development Council which is composed of all mayors of component cities and municipalities, the chairman of the committee on appropriations of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the congressmen of the two districts in Misamis Oriental and accredited non-government organizations (NGOs).

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