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On Tagoloan election politics

November 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—Physically I may be far away but thanks to technology I am able to keep abreast of political developments in my hometown of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental in northern Mindanao, Philippines. I write this because my last piece on unity talks in Tagoloan politics drew some fire from critics who claim that I don’t know anything about the town since I’m here in the US. Yet I believe in my informant who feeds me news about Tagoloan and I am updated with developments there. I stand by what I wrote about residents there who would like to have lawyer Sergio “Yoyoc” Yap and barangay chairman Enan Sabio meet and decide who among them will run for mayor before the December 10 deadline for the substitution of candidates. That means either one of them must yield and support the other just to defeat the Emano’s. But I guess it may just be a dream that won’t see fulfillment in our lifetime. In the words of Leonardo “Dongdong” Eduave of the Lumad Tagoloanon page over at Facebook, “Unity between Enan and Yoyoc will never come unless one of them will withdraw his candidacy in the 2016 elections.” Both men have lived in Tagoloan town since birth. They have seen and felt the need for a change in leadership in the town. They both realize that if they don't act now, someone who is like a stranger to Tagoloan will rule over the town for the next three years.” To “set the records straight” so to speak, this corner learned that last October 3, Mayor Julio Uy of Villanueva town who’s running for governor of Misamis Oriental met with Yap in the city. Uy asked Yoyoc to be his running-mate in the province. Yap declined the offer stating that he wants really to run for mayor of Tagoloan town instead of vice-governor. Yap took the opportunity to say his piece about the “unity talks” by suggesting that he would run as mayor with incumbent vice-mayor Robinson Sabio as vice and a mix of councilors coming from both parties “VM Robinson would be my vice, and councilors would be mixed like Issur, Lamberto Neri, Tata Paduganan, Angel Pomar, Oscar Baal, Eric Emano, Achas, Uriel Paguidopon,” Yap said. Reliable information I got stated that Enan would not agree with Yap’s proposal. The talks ended there. Enan Sabio also has his eyes on the mayoral seat. I learned too that the Emano group was also thinking about a substitution to hold on to their turf. On Oct. 6, there was a proposal on the part of Enan Emano that Yoyoc Yap be his vice-mayor or congressional bet of Misamis Oriental’s 2nd district for the Padayon Pilipino camp. The same source told me that Yap declined the offer. Yoyoc offered instead that he be the mayoralty bet and Enan Emano or Richard Emano be his vice mayor. Just like the Sabio talks with Mayor Julio Uy, it ended. There you have it. I think all those who prayed that the unity talks succeed will be disappointed because both men want to run for mayor. Before I end this piece, I apologized for my two points raised in my previous piece. The first point being that Yoyoc Yap’s father, Sergio Yap, has nothing to do with his decision to run for mayor. I believe that Yoyoc is man enough to decide for himself. Second is that Enan Sabio is not running under the Liberal Party nor the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Sabio is with NUP (National Unity Party) under Mayor Julio Uy and his wife Rep. Juliette Uy. NUP members are mostly former members of Lakas CMD of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. For now there are four mayoral candidates in Tagoloan town. The need to have Yoyoc and Enan run as a tandem may long be gone when the voters themselves decide who among them is best suited to run the town. If Tagoloanons squander the opportunity to look for better leadership of Tagoloan, their dream of progress may be lost for this lifetime. May my fellow Tagoloanons start to study the platforms of these four mayoral candidates. And when I say study, I mean they should evaluate what these candidates can offer on the table other than their usual motherhood statements and grandiose promises. Rather than vote for candidates who know nothing about the town and its needs, Tagoloanons should not just vote but participate in governance. Tagoloanons are the best people on earth. We can lead and we have produced many who have contributed not only locally but globally.

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Unity talks for Tagoloan bets

November 20, 2015

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—Until now the residents of Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental, in northern Mindanao, Philippines are hoping that the camps of Enan Sabio and Yoyoc Yap will unite for next year's elections. Both are gunning for the town's mayoral seat and supporters of both candidates hope that they agree to choose between themselves who will run for the post before the substitution deadline allowed under the Election Code on Dec. 10. Quite a number of fellow Tagoloanons have wished for this according to my reporter/source that I would rather not name. Enan Sabio is running for mayor of Tagoloan under the Liberal Party while Yoyoc Yap is running under the PDP-Laban/Nationalist People's Coalition. Enan Sabio or Gomer Ferdinand Sabio is the incumbent barangay chairman of Natumolan and the son of the late Aristotelis” Teling” Sabio who made a fortune in sawmill and other business interests. He has done a lot for the people of Natumulan, even using his personal money to help those in need. Sabio caught the ire of the incumbent mayor who happened to be a classmate and good friend of his father when he signified interest to run for mayor a year ago. Since last year the relationships have soured that even the garbage or trash of the Natumolan residents have not been attended to by the municipal government. The garbage from Natumulan has to make the long trip to Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental. Sabio isn't collecting his salary as barangay chairman or village chief, yet he feels that he is ready to run for mayor. While Yoyoc Yap is a lawyer by profession who lost to incumbent Mayor Paulino Emano in the 2013 elections. The loss didn't deter Yoyoc from helping fellow Tagoloanon residents despite their political affiliations. I can see his posts of his community works at his Facebook page every now and then. Yap is also the Parish Finance Council President. Providing water to all constituents and inviting investors are priorities for him if elected as mayor. Yoyoc was the vice mayor when foreign firm Hanjin did not push through with its plan to put a plant in the town. Many believed it did not push through because of Emano's attitude towards the Koreans. The third mayoral candidate is Heckert Vega-Emano, an incumbent Provincial Board member representing Misamis Oriental's second district. He is the first cousin of Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Emano. Heckert's father, well known surgeon Dr. Hernando ”Nandy” Emano is the elder brother of former governor and former Cagayan de Oro city mayor Vicente Emano. Heckert will run under the former mayor's Padayon Pilipino party. The fourth mayoral candidate is Dr. Serena Ranizez Emano, ex-wife of the incumbent Tagoloan mayor. The good doctor is said to be running after she was disappointed that her son with Mayor Paulino Emano wasn't picked as his successor. It was whispered to me that the decision was made by Paulino's brother and Padayon founder Vicente Emano. Many have tried but failed to end the Emanos rule in Tagoloan. One person I can remember trying was the late Ignacio Totong facture who was really a good mayoral candidate. Some are already dead while others are still alive but have lost their voice or kept their frustrations in their heart. Others already joined them but there remains other people who wish to end the five centuries rule of the Emanos. Tagoloan town remains the bailiwick of the Emano clan and they would do everything to hold their fort. Before becoming governor, Vicente Emano ruled Tagoloan for three terms of three years each, while his son Yevgeny Emano also ruled Tagoloan for three terms. Paulino “Oloy” Emano ran Tagoloan for six three-year terms or 36 years. This doesn't include the rule of their grandparents Mayor Antonio Cosin and Tecla Cosin. Not that they aren't good people, they have done a lot for the people and the town. It's just that I am sure that there are Tagoloan residents who want new faces, not another Emano in office. Public office isn't a monopoly but the Emanos have kept a tight grip on Tagoloan for all these years. It's up to the Tagoloan residents if they are satisfied with the service done by the Emanos. I don’t want to judge because that would be another story. But the time will come when the people will get tired and vote for someone else to lead them into the next decade. When Vicente Emano lost in the mayoral elections in Cagayan de Oro in 2013, it signaled to the Tagoloan residents that the Emanos are mortal after all and can be defeated. Many believe that next year's elections will signal the end of the Emanos if Yoyoc and Enan would unite against the Emanos. Inside information I received that there were attempts for the two candidates to meet with the presence of some leaders. The same source told me that Enan already begged Yoyoc to give him just one term as mayor while he runs as vice mayor so the Emanos won't stay in office one minute longer. From another source I learned that Yoyoc is amenable to the idea but it's his father Sergio Yap who isn't agreeable. Both men would be at a disadvantage, say my source, as Heckert would have the solid votes from the Emanos. If Tagoloan residents decide that they are tired of the Emanos and want a change in leadership then Yoyoc may be the winner. But based on my source, Tagoloan town is still ruled by clans and that would favor Enan who comes from the vote- rich Sabio clan. Still, many Tagoloan residents still believe that Enan and Yoyoc will join forces. And I couldn't blame them since it's still a long way to go until December 10. PS: I would like to greet and thank Lorna Maandig of Pag-Ibig for reading my columns at Mindanao Daily News. (Susan Palmes-Dennis is a veteran journalist from Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao in the Philippines is now employed teacher assistant in one of the school systems in the Carolinas.

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Who is the true leader?

June 30, 2015

The above question can be asnwered by an educated guess. It is based on a learning organization theory. In any country, the ideal leader is always expected by the people. He or she must be the figure beyond the average level of others being led in that country. As such, it is essential for the whole nation to screen the candidates for finding the most ideal leader for them. In fact, the case is not that so easy to find the ideal leader. But, the laymen or people in general, I believe, need to know how to define the real leader for their country. According to J Sakiyah Sandifer (2006), there is a key phrase to define the true leader. He said that the true leader is not how many followers he or she has but how many new leaders he or she has created. So, don’t worry with the survey results. People should know. This statement seems so simple. But, when we try to digest the meaning behind that statement, we can provide the laymen with knowledge how to choose their true leader. Still based on the above statement, the true leader can be measured by how many new leaders he or she has created. In education terms, this statement indicates that the followers (or the people) in a country are triggered to learn the ways of lives. By doing so, the people are more and more educated, and of course, getting aware of what they have to do with their responsibilities as a nation. In certain instances, it is like the subordinates in an organization. In that arena, they must learn a lot. So, the true leader creates a learning organization. All the nations in the whole country are becoming more and more empowered. In this condition, they can go to the way to the vision and mission their leader directs them to. That is a learning organization. Eventually, there is no term of political dynasty. When it is in a learning organization, all the disciples are enjoying the lives because they are made aware. They are more and more educated. In the long run, they can become the new leaders, following the trace that has been opened widely by their leader. All infrastructures, all social, economic, and political aspects are developed and lifted up for the nation welfares. All these can empower the nation to live. Implicitly, the true leader does not make himself or herself selfish. He or she is becoming more and more properous while his or her people are on the other way around. Learning organization has a final goal to make the disciples more prosperous. When they live with adequate facilities, or good infrastructures they are the symbol of their true leader. So, it is easy to define the true leader. When there are more new leaders in a country it is the symbol of the true leader. When the whole nation in a country are becoming better in their lives compared with when they were previosuly, that is the symbol of thier true leader. So far, any nation in any country can be given the above criteria. We can trace any leaders, wherever we are now living by looking back at their track records. How much life we have enjoyed so far in our surounding environment. How much infrastructures we can enjoy in our entire territory. And, of course, how many new leaders we have in our city or a country. Without a learning process, a new leader cannot be created. That is the key to measure who the true leader is. Dr. Djuwari is the advisor of Indonesia Association of Press Practitioners/ Journalists in East Java province (HIPSI), Indonesia. He is also the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).

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A Great Mission through WRF 2014

March 22, 2014

Welcome to World Research Festival (WRF), in Cebu city, on May 1-3, 2014. The theme chosen is “Research for a sustainable world!” This is a great event for intellectuals around the globe for some reasons. When we consider the objectives, we will realize that this academic activity is essential. This WRF has some objectives. First, it is for world student forum, such as (1) to provide a forum for professional and student researchers across the world as means for dissemination and utilization of high impact researches. By achieving the objectives above, we believe that there are some beneficial outcomes. First, for university students, they can measure their potentials. They can meet their colleagues with the same professions in the same levels. Second, it is for enhancing world collaboration for intellectuals, such as (2) to nourish collaborations among researchers and institutions in the promotion and production of researches. In this case, researchers from various countries can boost their research activities recognized worldwide. Mostly, universities need their fame as noted in webomatric that is the web for ranking the universities throughout the world. Third, it is for appreciating good quality researchers. That is (3) to recognize meritorious contributions of world researchers and institutions. In quality culture, recognizing others’ performance is one of the ways to make good habit remain constant. Esteem and other recognition given to the deserved are important. A good habit can progress and be sustainable. Last of all is making the output of the research well disseminated. That is (4) to promote quality research publications as credible sources of scientific literature. The academic journal articles are published in trusted journals. In IAMURE, we can find some academic journals for publishing the research results. These will be read widely by worldwide public. Thus, the researchers will be worldwide recognized. By achieving the objectives above, we believe that there are some beneficial outcomes. WRF 2014 is the continuation of the previous world research festivals. This indicates a sustainable intellectual activity. The most important aspect in ISO (International Standard Organization) indicator is having a good quality culture. One of these is the sustainable activity. The greatest action exhibited by intellectuals can produce great ideas. This can be done by an initiative for doing anything related to research. Research and creativity are the two complementary components. A great habit is now being crafted by all who intend to join WRF 2014 in Cebu city, the Philippines, on May 1-3, 2014. I would like to express “Warmest greeting from the representative in Indonesia. We wish you all great success.” Dr. Djuwari is one of the editorial boards of IAMURE journal publications, director of Language Laboratory, STIE Perbanas Surabaya.

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The Nature in Philippines and Indonesia

February 15, 2014

Once upon time, I got an email from a friend of mine who lives in Cagayan de Oro city. He said that, he had already done a social service for visiting the people around his region who had been affected by the typhoon. In his email, he stated that the people in Cagayan de Oro city, and especially those who live in the region affected seem to have been tired living in that disaster-prone nature. Reading such an email, I directly replied and also explained to him back. I said that we are living in the same natures. Our natures are prone to disaster or calamities. I also told him that in my region, Java, Indonesia had been affected by the flood. We can see almost every region which is up to this time affected by the flood. Yesterday, (while I’m writing this article Saturday February 15) I sent an email telling him that in Java almost all territories are affected by the explosion of Kelud Volcanno, East Java. I also attached the photo showing the condition of the air which is full of dust or sands. I said to him that, the volcano explosion spreading the dust even to another island that is Madura Island. However, I closed my email by saying that I am still proud of this nature. This disaster- prone-nature really reminds me of the God, the creator of the whole universe. I just think positively that the dust being spread away almost throughout Java and other island, Madura island will be of good thing. I believe that such dust in huge amount can make the soil more fertile. I believe that the impact of the dust is on the soil for better agricultural plantation in future. By thinking in that way, anything happens caused by the volcano in my country will be of good thing rather than the merely disaster. But, I cannot think of anything related to the flood. The flood is to some extent, due to human being attitudes, like in Indonesia. Mostly, when we analyze the flood, the discussion will result in the root cause. And, this root cause is about the plantation or chopping the trees irresponsibly in the forests. This is done by irresponsible people. Of course, they are the people who cut all the trees for their own sake. In that case, it is different from typhoon, tsunami, and volcano which are natural disasters. I experienced having held an international conference in Jakarta, in January 2013. Iamure conference at that time was almost affected by the flood. We almost had no participants for some of them cancelled their participation. Finally, we had only about 50 participants because of the flood and the news covered by the mass media throughout the world: so scary. Flood, typhoon, tsunami, and volcano explosion are different things. Flood may be due to the human beings who are greedy or careless in caring the nature. Most of the developing countries, especially like Indonesia, tend to be careless. Caring the infrastructure is not paid attention much. The government seems pays less attention to the irrigation and forest cultivation. It is common that the forest burned or on fire has never been investigated what causes it. In that case, human beings and the nature are not in harmony. In fact, living in the disaster- prone natures needs our good attitude towards the nature. Typhoon, tsunami, and volcano explosions are the natural disasters. So, we cannot avoid them but think of them as something natural. The most important thing is how to pay attention to our infrastructures and love our natures. Philippines and Indonesia are almost similar in terms of the living things and the nature. We are living in the same nature. Dr. Djuwari has travelled in Cagayan de Oro city twice and living in Surabaya, East Java, teaching at STIE Perbanas Surabaya, Indonesia.

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Tweeter and Political Education

September 11, 2013

The existence of social network in internet has affected the people and communication in any nation. Tweeter is one of the social networks whose great impact on the nations’ way of life. The domain which is most often affected is political domain. It has been noted that Egypt reform was allegedly due to tweeter communication that is somewhat-words-of-mouth communication. It was mobilized by the tweeter around the country. The political tense in any nation can be also triggered by this social network. There are some unidentified tweeters in the internet. These tweeters are tweeting some information dealing with something politically sensitive. They can also tweet some chats dealing with social condition. Even something that is very confidential. For example, in Indonesia, there have been some tweeters with their unidentified names (nicknames). They talk about political situation. They always expose the confidential information such as about the towering figures’ bad attitudes. Some talk about the corruption and the corruptors with the amount of money and the “projects” being corrupted. Other tweeters also expose the old corruption practice by the former government officials. They tweets some statements dealing with bad conducts committed by the present and the previous political elites. In other words, they have become the whistle blowers. So, the existence of tweeter in Indonesia really makes the elite politicians hearts beat every moment. All the above information as transmitted by the tweeters can be dangerous for the nations who are not ready yet with the technology development. It was predicted by Alvin Toffler in 1970 that there would be three civilizations. First is agricultural era (it was long time ago). Second, industrial era (it was, and is prevailing now for some nations). Third is information era (the existing era). Today, it appears to be the third era that is the era of information. This is indicated by the advancement of technology and its innovation. If this global era with sophisticated technology and information system is not accompanied by the development of human beings’ way of thinking, this will lead to chaos. Education for the nation concerning political, social, and cultural aspects is required. Otherwise, there will be chaos or riots anywhere in a nation due to the unpreparedness for handling the technological advancement. Technology and education system should be hand and hand in terms of tackling the effects of the information. Through tweeters, people can become the whistle blowers. They might communicate the irrelevant and impossible facts as they can. However, when this is not accompanied by the best way of education on political, social, and cultural aspects, any nation will collapse. It is therefore imperative for the government and national education department to try hard to redesign the system of education. This system of education can be implanted in the curriculum of any school throughout the country. Fortunately, in Indonesia there has been great effort. The Minister of Education, with the new curriculum 2013, designs a curriculum in which one of the materials being designed is related to mass media technology. This curriculum provides the materials or subject dealing with understanding many kinds of information to the schools. Some information can be from mass media while others can be from social networks. This subject is intended to provide students (pupils) with knowledge about information, facts, and evidence. This is great effort because, nowadays, the people around the country inevitably get in touch with technology, media, and social network like tweeter. Political education needs a grand design. This grand design should be implanted in the national education system. They should educate their nation with knowledge about the impact of bad news, irrelevant information which can lead them into chaos. It is imperative for all countries to equip their people with knowledge to cope with unexpected impacts of technology development. Tweeter has been proved to be significant for changing the people’s mind throughout the country. It also has bad impact. DR. DjUWARI is Chair of International Accreditation of Academic Journal (IAAJ) for ASEAN region, director of language Laboratory at STIE Perbanas Surabaya, Indonesia.

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