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Yanson sibling re-elected as president of bus company

January 18, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The stockholders of the Mindanao Star Bus Transport, Inc. has re-elected Leo Rey Yanson as president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) during their annual stockholders meeting held last Saturday (January 18). Yanson thanked the loyal and competent employees for the success of the bus company. Mindanao Star Bus Transport, Inc.is the sister company of Vallacar Transit, Inc., the country's largest bus transport company. "The services of the bus company keep on improving every year," he told reporters during yesterday's press conference held at its main office in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City. He said the Mindanao Star Bus has two routes plying the North Cotabato and Koronadal serviced by brand new and luxury buses. "We are using luxury units in Koronadal and we are dead serious when it comes to services," said Yanson. Stockholders' meeting Under the company's by-laws, the Annual Stockholders' Meeting of the company should be held every second Saturday of January at its main office. Asiden from Yanson, elected as members of the board of directors were Ginnette Y. Dumangcas, Charles M. Dumangcas, Arvin John Villaruel, and Rey C. Ardo. The elected directors will serve for one-year until January 2021 or, until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Following the election of the directors, the board held an organization meeting and re-appointed Yanson as the president and CEO of the company and Yanson matriarch Olivia V. Yanson as treasurer and corporate secretary. The stockholders also ratified the acts of the board of directors of Leo Rey V. Yanson. Mindanao Star Bus Transport, Inc. is part of the Yanson Group of Bus Companies which operate all throughout the Philippines, including the cities of Bacolod, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Davao, Pagadian, Dipolog, Bohol, and Batangas.

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Cebu’s devious hotel owners blaspheme ‘Sinulog’ festival

January 18, 2020

CEBU'S Sinulog festival has become one of the notorious seasons for unscrupulous entrepreneurs, especially hotels, inns, and lodging house owners. For instance, on normal days, the hotel room rates of Cebu’s middle-class hotels are pegged at P 600.00 to P 800.00 per day. During Sinulog, the hotel rates of middle-class hotels and Inns are up four times from its original rates. Thus, the P 600 per day room rates becomes P 2,400 more or less per day. A new rate for the 2020 Sinulog is now also adopted by the calloused hotelier in Cebu City. There are reports that the daily Sinulog rates of P 600.00 have been increased to P 4,000.00. The hotel and Inn owners would no longer accept a daily stay – take note, a daily stay. Instead, the hotel has imposed a three-day stay for prospective visitors. In other words, the visitor would now pay a total of P 12,000 before they could stay in the hotel during the duration of the Sinulog. Blasphemous! There are many complaints, least the Cebu media about the exorbitant rates. Isn’t it a sacrilege? A Cebu journalist confided that their complaints were turned on deaf ears by hoteliers, inns, and lodging house owners. “The hotel and restaurant owners have reportedly agreed about the notorious Sinulog rates,” he said. Incredulous! While these rates are adopted in the city’s downtown areas, it is also lamentable that the Cebu city government is turning a blind eye about the scandalous hotel rates. More often, one could not but admit the thoughts that the Filipino traits are actually “shrewd,” “opportunists,” and “insensitive.” The Cebuano hoteliers appear to demonstrate the Filipino’s negative values, in stark contrast to the much ballyhooed “hospitable” Filipino character. However, there are exceptions. There few decent and unknown hotels, inns, and middle-class lodging houses in Cebu City. The owners and management of these hotels and inns still maintain the daily room rates on ordinary days. Hotels in the neighboring outskirts of Mabolo, Mandaue, and Talisay are still on normal daily rates. Considering the traffic and the distance, the visitors prefer to stay in the city’s downtown district. Here the hotel owners make a killing. Others are for members only. Discriminatory! Since the Sinulog festival is basically a tourism-oriented event, the Cebu City’s Tourism Office must innovate to resolve the issue. One, is allowing “tent visitors” to utilize the Plaza Independencia. The Plaza Independencia is ideal because it is within walking distance to the Santo Niño de Basilica, home of the venerated Santo Niño and Magellan Cross. Making Plaza Independencia a “tent city” during Sinulog would be an added revenue to the city’s tourism. They could collect a maximum of P 500.00 per day to tent owners -regardless of the number of occupants. However, the city’s tourism office must secure the area from possible intruders by hiring security personnel and police to secure the area. Latrines for bathing and relieving could be installed in the plaza’s safe corner. Here at P 10.00 for each who relieves and another P 10.00 for bathing would be fair. For those without tents, the tourism office could rent some. With this, the unscrupulous hotels, inns, and lodging house owners will ultimately return the room rates to ordinary day.

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Government declares "No Man's Land in Volcano Island"

January 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines - The government has declared a very strict imposition of "no man's land in the volcano island" following the continued threat of a worst and biggest eruption of Taal volcano - even as it seems it rested now. The town of Agoncillo in Batangas has also become a 'ghost town' as a result of massive evacuation this week of its residents. The town has also become all gray in color, with tons of ashfall covering vast of lands, houses, and the vast agricultural crops. President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of "no man's land policy in the volcano island" made by the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) as the department headed by Director Renato Solidum fears Taal volcano would erupt again - and this time it would be big and worst than on Sunday's (January 12) eruption. video credit to GMA News The government has already imposed lock down on most towns covered under the 14 kilometer radius danger zone - and if the worst scenario would eventually happen and the alert level is raised to 5, it would even include the towns under 17 kilometer radius. 2 dead; 80,000 evacuated Meanwhile, in the latest report made by the Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (BPDRRMO), it reported that at least two people died of cardiac arrest while they are in the midst of looking for safer grounds during the Sunday's eruption of Taal volcano. The BPDRRMO report identified those who died as 65-year-old Anatalia Perez Dionisio, a resident of Sampaloc Village, Talisay town; and a certain Danilo Toledo, 27, of Barangay Laguile, Taal town. Dionesio died on Monday while Toledo also died the following day.             A top official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Joint Task Force Taal told reporters there are now 82,000 or 18,664 families who were evacuated at different evacuation centers established by the national and local governments. Tension at evac centers Tension also gripped at some evacuation centers after a total lock down is imposed by the government and closely implemented by the PNP and AFP - as some of the evacuees wanted to go home for fear their pets and other livestok animals would suffer from illnesses as they have not eaten and taken cared of since evacuation started this week. One of the evacuees lied down at the soil ground in front of evacuation center as a show of protest to the recent imposition of "no man's land policy," while other evacuees aired their grievances to the media, saying they wanted to go back home to sell their pigs and get those important documents they had left at home. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año also mobilized members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to help in the road-clearing and cleaning of ashfall including other vulcanic debris of all the affected areas under the kilomter 14 radius including all towns in the provinces that were also reached by the ashfall.      Already, the BFP in Calabarzon region has utilized 147 firetrucks including 531 BFP personnel and 39 emergency medical staff.  Año said DILG's field affices were also coordinating with local executives in all the affected areas to make sure that mandatory evacuation and delivery of basic necessities of evacuees are taken cared of. 600 million damage A top official of the Department of Agriculture told the media the Taal volcano eruption has already damaged nearly 600 million of crops  and livestok. The damage was more on fruits and vegetables, it was learned. Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan said damages on crops totalled around 577.39 million and it covered a vast 2,772 hectares of cultivated lands.  The breakdown of those affected agricultural products include the following: bananas, 20.96 percent; coffee, 10.91 percent; rice - livestock and cows were also among those badly affected. The DA Undersecretary told reporters in a briefing in Malacañang that the agency has now allocated 21.7 million for crops and livestock assistance to farmers affected. The funds are made available to local government in Batangas, the official said. Silver lining The DA official said despite meseries that the Taal eruptions has brought to people, the said calamity offers a silver lining as well. He said the ash from the Taal eruption could help replenish the level of nutrient of the overused soil around the mostly affected agricultural areas. Aside from the fact, that a group has also successfully converted the collected eruption ashfall into bricks. 

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Stanley Dragon Boat Ass’n of HK to officiate: All set for 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race

January 17, 2020

Residents and visitors to Cagayan de Oro will be treated to another spectacle when the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race gets going on January 25-26, 2020 at the Cagayan River along Barangay Kauswagan. “Dragon Boat Kagay-an operates on a skeletal force to minimize high overhead costs,” said Dragon Boat Kagay-an President and Race Organizer John W. Asuncion. “We would like to ask everyone’s cooperation by sending the accomplished registration forms as early as possible.” The spectacle gets going on Friday, January 24 with the Water Test and Team Manager’s Meeting at New Dawn Hotel Plus at 5PM. The race proper will feature 200 meter short boat races on Saturday, January 25 and 500 meter short boat races on Sunday, January 26. Some 22 teams of approximately 350 paddlers and crew have signed up so far to join the races. There will be 3 categories for the 200-meter races (Short Boat Open, Short Boat Open U24 and Short Boat Mixed U24) and two in the 500 meter races (Short Boat Open U24 and Short Boat Mixed U24). Eight teams have already signed up for the Corporate Category include the following: River Star Aggregates; Oroport Cargo Handling Services Inc.;  Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro;  Cagayan de Oro Volunteer Fire Brigade; Cocorica-Pizzarella Lancers; San Miguel Beer Dragons; Sutherland-Dragon Warriors Davao; and AISAT (Asian International School Aeronautics and Technology) - Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw. Four teams will be competing so far in the Government Service Category: Fire Breathers (BFP, PNP, AFP, PNA); Cantilan Red Dragons – LGU; Rainbow Dragons of the Office of Cong. Klarex Uy; and Haguroz Dragon Boat Team (Tagbilaran Bohol LGU). However, competition is expected to be stiffest in the Under-24 (U24) category where ten team have already signed up to join: Cantilan Red Dragons;  Banawa Paddlers (formerly KTD); Liceo Dragonoids; Rapid Riders; CGY Oro Dragons; St. Mary’s School PE Class Team A;  St. Mary’s School PE Class Team B; Brave Heart Dragon Boat Team; River Star Aggregates and Dragon Warriors Davao.  “We will also be auctioning 4 pcs. of 2nd hand carbon fiber paddles exclusively for participants to the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race,” Asuncion said. “Paddles will be numbered and can be inspected 10minutes before auction starts. Auction is on Jan 25 (Saturday), 630am at the race site. Starting bid is set at P2, 000 and only cash payments will be accepted.” To encourage more participants to join the races, Dragon Boat Kagay-an will provide a helm and/or drummer free-of-charge (specially for newly formed teams), Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) will be also be provided for free and free school billeting for out-of-town teams. “Three lucky teams participating in the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race will dine at New Dawn Hotel Plus’ Topview Restobar, P.O.P.S. All-Filipino Eatery and Boy Zugba on Jan 25!” Asuncion said. “New Dawn Hotel Plus is our Official Partner Hotel for the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race and special discounts will be given to participating teams for their meals and accommodations,” he added. Gracing this year’s race will be five  officials from the prestigious Stanley Dragon Boat Association, Hong Kong (the race organizer of Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships) who will be conducting a training course for aspiring race officials. Over the past four decades, the Stanley Residents Association has been integral in the growth and evolution of Dragon Boating - from being a long standing Chinese tradition to being one of the most popular international water sports today. The annual Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships held in Hong Kong stands today as one of the largest tournaments of its kind with over 220 teams joining in the festive competition from around the world. The Basic Dragon Boat Race Official Training Course will be held from January 22-26  by Mr. Edwin Hou, Vice Chairman of the Stanley Dragon Boat Association, Hong Kong. The training includes 10 hrs. of classroom sessions,12 hrs. of hands-on officiating during the race, written and oral examinations, post-race evaluation, assessment and recommendations, and signed certificates for the successful trainees. “We already have 25 participants for this free course,” Asuncion said. “Actual hands-on examination will be during the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race on January 25-26. However, our trainer has graciously offered to open five more slots for the course.” Participants to the Race Officials Training Course include local teams (Brave Heart, Ateneo Blue Dragons, St. Mary’s School Team Eeezeh),  Cebu (Cebu Pink Paddlers), Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (Cantilan Red Dragons), Davao (Hiraya Minolawa,Team Hydra DBT, Amihan),Iligan City, and Hong Kong (Spanish Dragons). Through the efforts of Mr. Ian Zapanta, St. Mary’s School will host the Race Officials Training Course. “It makes it more meaningful being the first school to adopt Dragon Boat Racing as part of their P.E. curriculum,” Asuncion noted. The 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race is sponsored by Rep. Klarex Uy (1st District, Cagayan de Oro), Barangay Carmen through Bgy. Chair Lorna Uy, Vice Mayor Kikang Uy and New Dawn Hotel Plus (Official Partner Hotel).

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Bambi: The Man of the Masses II

January 17, 2020

Gov. Bambi Emano, of Misamis Oriental, has taken much of the traits of the late venerable “Dongkoy” Emano. Everyone knows that “Dongkoy” spent his life in serving the less fortunate, especially the deprived tribal folks. The Lumads in Misamis Oriental christened the late “Dongkoy” Emano as “Datu Pilipino” in a tribal ceremony attended by the seven tribal leaders of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon. Datu is the highest position of any member of the tribal community. Bambi might pale in comparison to his father “Dongkoy” as the man of the masses. However, Bambi’s warm treatment of the tribal folks clearly indicates that Bambi inherits the priceless values from his father. While the provincial government was celebrating the “Kuyamis Festival” in festive mood this year, Emano visited a tribal community in Sinalac, a hinterland in the town of Initao. Sinalac, a hinterland village, is home to the Higa-onon community. Accompanied by the Mindanao Overland Expedition, a group of off-road enthusiasts from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, Emano distributed food supply to the tribal community. So grateful of the tribal community that Datu Mabalao Aniano Cunomon warmly thanked Gov. Bambi Emano of the magnanimous gesture. “The administration of Bambi Emano brings us back the memories of the late “Dongkoy” Emano as the only administration that gives importance and shows concern to the plight of the tribal folks in Misamis Oriental,” Cunomon said. Bae Joy, another Higa-onon, also expressed gratitude to the “Magbabaya” (Tribal God) for making Bambi Emano an instrument of the blessings that the tribal community did not expect from past provincial administration. "Salamat sa blessing nga gihatag karon ug wala ko damha nga moabot kini sa akong kinabuhi, dili nako matukib ang akong pasalamat sa halangdon Gobernador Bambi Emano” (We thank you for the blessings because we never expect this to come us. We will never forget the generosity of Gov. Emano), Bae Joy said. No doubt, Bambi has inherited the most valuable trait of his late father “Dongkoy.” As a boy, Bambi always accompanies his father’s visits of the Lumads in the hinterland villages of Misamis Oriental. Bambi witnessed how the Lumads loved his father then. Certainly, “Dongkoy” did not fail in nurturing Bambi into a man of the deprived and the less fortunate. The legacy of being loved by the people is enshrined in Bambi’s heart as an heir apparent of the well-deserved accolade: The “Man of the Masses II.”

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Suspect behind mayor's ambush killed in shootout

January 17, 2020

ILIGAN City--Police authorities killed the suspect, who ambushed a town mayor in Lanao del Sur in November last year, on Wednesday morning in Barangay Pagalamatan in Saguiaran town, Lanao del Sur. Colonel Madzgani Mukaram, chief of Lanao del Sur police, said police was supposed to serve an arrest warrant for Jalaloding Mocsir for the crime of murder when he and his companions fired at the arresting officers. The warrant was in connection of Mocsir's killing of certain Safra Macabantog Pangandaman on January 31, 2017 in Marawi City. A 10-minute firefight ensued that led to the death of the target and one Nasrullah Capal, a resident of Barangay Pagalamatan. Mocsir is a resident of Barangay Moriataobae, Masiu in Lanao del Sur. Mukaram said, Mocsir, who is also known as Laluwa, is identified to be member of the Dawlah Islamiya-Maute Group under Osoph Hadji Nasif or Kumander Asrap. Mocsir is the primary suspect in the ambush of Nasser Pangandaman Jr, Mayor of Masiu town that resulted to the death of his police escort, Staff Sergeant Jabar Pangandaman, the killing of Mojera Macalangan, barangay chairman of Bubong Kadayonan, Marawi City on August 30, 2019 and the failed ambush of Police Captain Basiri Hasan on July 19, last year. "While the operating unit was about to serve the warrant, Alias Laluwa and his companion identified as Nasrullah Capal fired upon the operating unit hitting the kevlar helmet and ballistic shield of the leadman of the entry team, forcing the operating unit to retaliate," Mukaram said. Recovered from Mocsir is a Glock caliber 9mm pistol and from Nasrullah was one KG9 caliber 9mm. Mocsir's wife, identified as Bling Capal, was arrested for possession of eight sachets of suspected shabu. Aside from violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, Capal is also facing charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1829 for coddling wanted person. Mocsir's four inlaws were also arrested for coddling him. Three motorcylcles believed to be used by the slain suspects in their gun for hire activity were also confiscated to be subjected for macro etching examination while the firearms seized to be subjected for ballistic examination. The five arrested suspects are presently detained at Saguiaran MPS for filing of appropriate crimnal charges.

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