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Villanueva vows to help Duterte end illegal drugs in 700 days

May 27, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Newly-appointed Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief  Director General Wilkins Villanueva on Wednesday said the pandemic Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) is posing a "great challenge" in his campaign against illegal drugs. Villanueva said the PDEA under him will implement new stragety on how to effectively conduct its anti-illegal drugs operations without violating the guidelines on Covid-19. "We have to see-to-it that we dont violate the laws on social distancing and other protocols on Covid-19 during the conduct of our operations," said Villanueva. As the new PDEA head, he said he will focus on identifying the source of illegal drugs to eventually cut the supply of illegal drugs and validate the drug-clearing programs of every barangay. Villanueva, the outgoing regional director of PDEA in Region 10, said he will also lobby for the passage of Magna Carta for PDEA agents to boost the moral and welfare of his personnel. "I still have 700 days left before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends," said Villanueva as he warned people involved in illegal drugs to stop. In Region 10, Villanueva said that only 43-percent of barangays were drug-affected. Northern Mindanao or, Region 10 had 2,022 barangays. He said the Northern Mindanao had the highest conviction rate in the country in terms of illegal drugs. He attributed the highest conviction rating to the excellent collaboration among the members of the five pillars: the community, law enforcement, prosecution, justice and the penitentiary. Villanueva thanked the local government units (LGUs), barangay officials and the PDEA agents for the remarkable achievements of PDEA-Region 10. “Ang gagaling ng mga ahente ko,” he said.

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Kanhi bise mayor sa Cagayan de Oro mipanaw na

April 23, 2020

MIPADANGAT sa ilang pahasubo ang konseho ning syudad sa Cagayan de Oro ubos ni bise mayor Kikang Uy ngadto sa nahabiling banay ni kanhi bise mayor Henry Bacal kinsa mitaliwan na ngadto sa laing kalibotan. Giila sa konseho ang dakong naamot sa kanhi bise mayor sa pagkab-ot sa dugang kaarangan ug kalamboan sa dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro. Usa si Bacal sa mga opisyal sa gobyerno nga nagpakita sa iyang kaligdong ug kaikag dinha sa pagpanerbisyo sa katawhan, pamahayag ni bise mayor Kikang Uy. (SP)

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Let’s educate the world public well!

April 22, 2020

IF we search in Google scholar, we can find about 117,000 pages with thousand of research articles about coronavirus. Just do it, searching it by typing “coronavirus detection”! We can find many research results on it.  I don’t know why public figures whose authorities related to covid-19 seem to make the world public confused. We realize that covid-19 is considered novel. It is said novel in the sense that it is really new. But, when we search, browsing the research results in Google Scholar, we will know that it is not new. There are lots of research articles related to coronavirus detection. Milano, F., Campbell, A. P et al.,  (2010), Shi, R., Ma, W. Et al., (2003), Lau, S. K, et al., (2003), Corman, V. Et al., (2012), Poon, L. L., (2005), and many others— an uncountable number of researchers—who have done their research related to coronavirus. It means that, scientifically, this virus, as said to be novel is not really new. For the field- related scientists, the novel virus may not be new. It is not a novel one. So, how to educate the world public well is required. All the whole bodies or organs throughout the world should expose the coronavirus in detail. If possible, let all the scientists or researchers related to it get involved in spreading the complete information about covid-19. There must not be a monopoly in propaganda. It will be more dangerous when the media and especially social media are dominated by misleading propaganda. There is some news that can be either true or fake. But, how to educate the world public is needed. It is wanted. The way is that all the official news or information must be done collaboratively. For example, let’s all the researchers or scientists related to the field of virus studies get involved in providing the best information. Otherwise, there will be different angels of spotting the information to the world public. Unfortunately, we are all up to now getting more and more confused. This is really confusing: coronavirus and the propaganda. We are not all well fleshed in biology. We are only the layman, the people who get easily tricked with fake news. However, the world public leaders in any country have a responsibility to educate their nations. Try to let the people aware of not only how to cope with the outbreak but also how to educate them, by giving correct information. It is imperative that all the national leaders can let the scientist and researchers whose experts in virus and biology. It would be better when the world organ or body such as the United Nations (UN) let the world scientists get involved in providing the best information. There must not be a monopoly on spreading information to the world public. If we educate the world public well, we will get the policies to be done well too. On the contrary, when we don’t educate the people well, we cannot get the stipulated policies to be done well either. We can see in some countries or cities, people have different reactions toward the policies related to lockdown and social distancing. It can be implied that the world public is not educated well. Some different information from different sources makes them have different perceptions. Therefore, they act differently. Dr. Djuwari is an Associate Professor and the Director of Language Laboratory at STIE Perbanas Surabaya, the editor of some research journals in the Philippines and Indonesia. He is also a journalist in some newspapers in Indonesia; the President of International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).

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Bukidnon lady judge makes her mark in the US

April 22, 2020

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—A lady judge based in Impasug-ong-Sumilao, Bukidnon province in northern Mindanao, Philippines may have to wait for sometime to be with her family due to travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Judge Jerlie Luis Requerme spends her free time seeking inspiration from sources like New Yorker writer David Brooks who wrote in his book ‘The Road To Character’ about finding meaning in life and she finds her purpose in the community she serves. Judge Jerlie Requerme is a respected member of the legal community. She is on a study leave  from her tenure at the 3rd Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Impasug-ong-Sumilao Bukidnon and is the first Filipino recipient of the McCain Institute Next Generation Leaders program. Judge Requerme was nominated by the US Embassy for the one-year program. But this year the program was shortened to nine months and it started in September 2019 at Arizona State University based in Washington, DC. She is with seven leaders from around the world to further develop her leadership and professional skills. A mother of three boys, Judge Requirme is an active U.S government exchange alumna partner of the U.S Embassy in its program in Mindanao. The McCain Institute Next Generation Leaders is a highly selective program, she told me. Integral She explained that when she accepted the offer, she was struck by the program’s vision to empower character-driven leaders from around the world. Judge Requerme said the program gave her a clarity of purpose. ‘It made me look deeper into myself and see whether I want material success or give back to the community I am in. I have always approached life with gratitude. I am blessed richly with way much more than I deserve,’ she said. She is grateful to be a part of this character-driven leadership program. For now, Judge Requerme is at the National Center for the State Courts (NCSC)-International Program Division at Arlington, Virginia. The Center [2] is a non-profit organization started by the US Supreme Court Chief Justice. One of its divisions, the NCSC International provides technical assistance, training and technology to enhance justice systems and services around the world. As an integral part of the fellowship, Judge Requerme said the program participants are tasked to implement a Leadership Action Plan (LAP) in their home countries.  She told fellow participants and lecturers that her circuit court is located in the relatively remote area of Impasug-ong-Sumilao Bukidnon province in Mindanao. Level up In the Philippines less than 15 percent of the country’s 2,718 trial courts are pilot sites of the electronic court system and they are spread in 12 areas nationwide. None of the trial courts of the 1st and 2nd level courts handling 706,335 cases as of December 2018 have downloaded digital backups of case records. Thus Judge Requerme, who started out as a clerk of court at the Regional Trial Court of Misamis Oriental--Cagayan de Oro, said the country needs to level up their courts to better protect their case records and ensure efficient administration of justice. Back in 2014 she participated in the US Department of State’s month-long International Visitor Leadership Program which she credits with broadening her horizons in her life and in her work. Her proposed leadership action plan which is stakeholder based involves practical use of information technology through mobile devices like cell phones and computers to enable people to seek legal assistance without going to the offices of prosecutors and public attorney's offices in Malaybalay City. She is optimistic that the local governments in Bukidnon and the IBP community fully support her plan. A former Ten Outstanding Student of the Philippines awardee in 1998, Judge Requerme paraphrased theologian Albert Schweitzer who said ‘anybody who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll any stones out of his way and must calmly accept his lot even if they roll a few more onto it.’ Advocacies Life away from home is really hard, she said. Judge Requerme said her husband Engr H. Anthony and her children are supposed to join her last month but the pandemic postponed their trip. ‘I am a family oriented person and my family would always come first,’ she said. Judge Requerme is actively engaged in different advocacies that spans more than two decades. A student leader, peace and environmental advocate educator, speaker and lecturer, she is a champion of women and children’s rights. She is a lecturer of Mandatory Legal Education and an incumbent officer of the Philippine Trial Judges League Inc. Judge Requerme sits in the board of directors of the Federacion Internacional De Abogadas (FIDA-CDO) and currently chairs the Region-10 Committed and Empowered Leaders of the Outstanding Students of the Philippines Alumni Community (TOSP-AC) as well as BUGKOS-The US Government Alumni Community in Cagayan de Oro. The judge is a recipient of the Pillars of Youth Leadership Award given by the Parliament Alumni Association, Inc. Judge Requerme obtained both her degree in International Relations (Magna Cum Laude) and Bachelor of Laws (First Honorable Mention) at the Mindanao State University on a full academic scholarship. Barrio lass Despite her schedule she find time to read books such as romance novels and legal fiction by John Grisham. ‘I recently loved a book by David Brooks entitled The Road to Character. I like  Nietzsche's quote in the book, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.  The whys in our lives keep us going, motivating us to continue doing the things we are most passionate about’ Judge Requerme said. ‘I love watching romantic comedies especially Korean dramas nowadays.  But my all time favorite movie is Amistad, a 1997 movie about leadership and slavery,’ she said. Judge Requerme said she has a ‘colorful and happy childhood.’ ‘I am a proud true-blooded barrio lass from far-flung Sta. Josefa town in Agusan del Sur province.  I am the third in a brood of four. I experienced climbing fruit trees and swimming in the river. My father retired from service at the Department of Agriculture and became a farmer and my mother is a retired public school teacher,’ she said. ‘My parents are very supportive and I was nurtured as a child.  They would even help me make my bookmarks whenever I participated in student groups in schools. I was a choir member in our church that is located in front of our house,’ Judge Requerme said. As she continues on her leadership program journey in the US, Judge Requerme seeks out more inspiration from a quote she recently used as her guide which goes ‘Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.’  There is no stopping this young judge from pursuing her goals in life and I wish her all the best.

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Pag-uktaba sa silot batok badlungon ning panahon sa Covid giduso sa konseho

April 22, 2020

ANG konseho sa syudad ubos ni bise mayor Kikang Uy mihangyo ni Mayor Oscar Moreno ug sa mga kapitan sa mga barangay ning dakbayan pag-uktaba sa pagpahamtang sa administratibong silot ngadto sa mga masapong makalapas sa mga ordinansa kalabot sa Covid 19 pandemic. Gitumbok niini ang pagpahamtang sa administrative penalty nga community service ngadto sa masapong makalapas sa mga ordinansa sa dakbayan nga nagpatuman sa mga lakang pagpakgang sa pagkaylap sa nahisgotang sakit. Sa sesyon sa konseho niadtong Lunes, si konsehal Edgar Cabanlas miduso sa resolosyon alang sa maong katuyuan human namatikdan nga ang mga masapong makalapas sa pipila ka ordinansa sama sa curfew hours gidala dinha sa barangay 40 aron pasabton sa ilang mga kalapasan. Iyang gipasabot nga kun dili una ipatuman ang silot nga community service malikayan ang pagtapok sa mga tao ug mahimong silbihan ang maong silot kun mawagtang na ang gipatumang community quarantine. Sa iyang bahin si konsehal Ian Mark Nacaya mipasabot nga dili tumong sa maong hangyo nga wagtangon ang silot kun dili gitinguha kini nga malikayan ang pagkuyanap sa virus sa ingon masunod  ang physical/social distancing samtang padayon pang gipatuman ang community quarantine  sa syudad. (SP/MLRapanot)

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China’s accountability of the pandemic and its trajectory ahead

April 21, 2020

WHEN the pandemic has to persist on, it may entirely change the world systems. In economic perspective, Emmanuel Wallerstein gives us “capitalist world system” explaining the relation among countries―core, semi-periphery, and periphery. The core focuses on higher skill, capital-intensive production, while the two others focus on low-skill, labor intensive production. Similarly, the core is the owner of production and the rest are suppliers of manpower and raw materials. The colonizers play as core; colonies do the others. Obviously, this happens during colonial days wherein Europe, then US are the core, and China is out of this system. This runs throughout world history.   Where the system is that China belongs to? They have their own. The Communist has its own system but only with very few countries. In other words, the capitalist holds an exceptional domination in the world system in history.   When the capitalists enjoyed business expansion for centuries, China faced enormous impoverishment that led to the founding of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) through Revolution. There were rapid Chinese migrations to Southeast Asia and across the Pacific who escaped dire poverty, leaving their home beset also with state-run murders that depopulated them. The CCP continued reprogramming economic agenda in order to get into the prevalent system. It re-invented itself and tried to penetrate in capitalist order. As a result, China became both a State capitalism with a framework of Communist party rule, meaning the government has the monopoly of power and State-owned large companies with few major private companies, to keep them going. These led them from impoverished state into booming economy to date.   The Connection of Communist China to Pandemic   The prevalent system has led no option of China but reinvention of itself in order to survive. It continued in disguise to mobilize businesses outside its home. We see Chinese companies and businesses operating almost all countries today. Conventional war plays no role for China to penetrate in the dominating system, rather, its disguise capitalist character has taken advantage in the economic order. Being a Communist is extremely opposite to the capitalist democratic institutions. The core countries’ influence has interwoven in the social milieu of its former colonies so that in the Post-independence period, the former colonies and its former Mother countries have continued ties. Philippines clings to China today, but experts say it has to take too long years to eradicate the US hold over Philippines. The bilateral relations between US and Philippines have deeply engulfed in the fabric of Philippine society. The Communist China cannot opt for a War to break these US-Philippines ties or the ties between Europe and former colonies as a whole. What else they can do to ensure that the system would allow the CCP control over the other countries that would replace the prevalent capitalist world order?   Virus has been hot topic decades ago and it goes now a real thing. This virus originating from Wuhan cripples the core countries. Its military would suffer great carnage without being hit by a single bullet. Medical services begin exhausted, and the epicenter traverses exponentially―Italy, Spain, then US. Spiraling situation has no definite hope; to stay at home is yet the recourse. Antidote may take long way to come. Who benefits this situation? China which has a strong State control surprises us how for such country to leak an outbreak. Some articles criticize China why it gets too quickly free from virus, while other Communist countries are unaffected, un-roiled. Doubts shed lights how the world order clashes, whereby the capitalist is always their enemy. Hence, without the cure makes us foresee the end of the prevalent system. The Communist may rise to dominate the world if no soon turning table. We are heading into at the mercy of China!   The Accountability of China   The International Health Regulation in 2005 requires UN member states to promptly notify the world in case epidemic spreads within a country. The country is liable to pay reparation to the injured states over its failure.[1] Despite this, China chose to cover up the outbreak within its home and allowed it to spread throughout the world. Knowing that the virus is a ‘novel’ and that no cure yet, it implies pandemic. This pandemic would have been anticipated by China ahead. Instead, they preferred non-disclosure about it and treacherously spread the virus by not imposing Chinese travel ban from Wuhan to other countries, then manipulated disinformation and pointed US military as the virus origin.   Such act is so terrible as committing blatant Crime Against Humanity. If a proper punishment is imposed at times this crisis would end, the consequence demands them more than reparation. However, all heavy consequences do not bother China. China would not have been thinking of reaching a rap in the World Court. When they surely reach their real goal, as a Communist, that is to destroy their capitalist enemies, thereby no way of reaching settled punishment, but upon their success, they will finally replace the capitalist system where the Communist reigns the world.   But, if the course of history keeps unchanged where the prevalent capitalist system stands still as a result of finding the antidote that would put altogether things back to normal and control over the disease, the trajectory may be great adverse for China when the CCP would receive its most deserved and just prize in the coming days.      About the writer: Lloyd B. Ranises finished his Ph.D. Philippine Studies from Mindanao State University-Marawi. He is a University Research Coordinator of the Misamis University, Ozamiz City.   [1] This is based on ABS-CBN news online posted by Romel Regalado Bagares, VERA Files, “Breaches and reparations: China's international responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic,” March 26, 2020.  

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