SECRETS OF LONG LIFE

By: Ben Emata A woman from Scotland who celebrated recently her 109th birthday disclosed “avoid men” as her secret of longevity. Jessie Galan said she was born in a tiny farm town and lived with her four sisters and brother. She worked in the farm and never thought of getting married. Men would only give her trouble and problems thus avoiding them all the time. She eat the regular diet and did some physical fitness or exercise everyday. One Susannah Musket Jones of USA is116 years old Her secret of long life is she eats a lot of bacon everyday. She got married and enjoyed life with her family. She did light physical fitness program daily. She is on diet everyday and maintain her lifestyle over the years. A man from China, Li Chung Yuen is believed to be the oldest person in the world at 256 years old. He married 23 times and fathered more than 200 children. They eat herbal plants only in their place. In San Jose, California, I once interviewed a Filipino woman whose relatives told me she was 105 years old. She looked strong and very normal.. When I asked her what else she would wish from God, she quickly answered she hope for more years in life. In pre-historic days, it was said people lived as long as 700 to 800 years. During those time, they eat simple foods like vegetables and fish and drink clear water from river and creeks. In this world there is no contest on who is the oldest man alive. What is important is we enjoy life and...

THE STRIKER

By: Ben Emata I guess someone should remind Pres. Digong Duterte of a beautiful poem of log ago entitled “No Man Is An Island”. Because the United Nation criticized the extrajudicial killing in the country, Digong Duterte got mad and threatened to remove the country from membership. In the old poem, it was stressed that nobody is entire of himself and, therefore, man should associate with neighbors or friends. An island can stand alone and exist under the fury of the elements. Man cannot. As I said before, Duterte is a very talkative person but at times he cannot defend his position. 0 0 0 I urge the embattled Sen. Leila De Lima to exercise her right to defend herself. Fight back and show to the public that the president is not a saint as he tried to portray himself. He admitted before that he is a womanizer and has several wives and girlfriends and if that is not immorality, there must be a better word to describe his person. Presidential bullying should not be tolerated otherwise, a lot of government officials will suffer the game he is playing. 0 0 0 I beg to disagree the declaration of former Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales that he is supporting Pres. Digong Duterte’s war against corruption and drugs because he is in the right track. Certainly, the cardinal has the right to express his opinion but supporting the killing program of Duterte definitely contradicts his position as a catholic bishop. Duterte violated one of the Ten Commandments of God “thou shalt not kill” . Of course, I also support the...

THE STRIKER

By: Ben Emata All of a sudden the criminals are armed with .38 cal. revolver and hand grenade and the police had to shoot them. This is the scenario everyday that come out in the media to justify the killings. I really have doubts about this reasoning. Criminals are normally afraid of the police and for them to fire first with their gun is just surprising and very unbelievable. People in their right mind would laugh on this issue and I suggest that the police should change their position in the killings. Get rid of doubt or suspicion from the public and let credibility stands. Daily murder has already alarmed people worldwide. Pres. Digong should watch out his pronouncement of important issues. He talks too much and later would apologize for his blunder. Be a straight talker and hold on to principles. The latest of his none sense talk is that of the US ambassador to the Philippine whom he described as “gay and son of a bitch”. He forgets diplomatic relations that binds countries around the world. Sometimes Duterte thinks he is supreme and can do anything he wants that would truly please him. Insulting America, the world’s superpower, is exposing himself to ridicule and dishonor – – and the whole country too. The way the government is being ran I don’t think Duterte needs the approval of congress for an emergency power to solve the problem of traffic in Metro Manila. Once the police start shooting those traffic violators, in less than 24 hours there will be smooth flow of traffic anywhere in the country. In my...

THE STRIKER

By: Ben Emata I agree with Pres. Digong Duterte that the government should not operate in coalition with the communists. This is the same subject matter that then Pres. Cory Aquino rejected – – to share power with the communists. Sharing power? What for? Communism and democracy are like water and oil. They cannot be mixed even for moment. If the communists really want peace with the government, all they need is lay down their weapons and talk peace. They should realize by now that they cannot topple the government after 47 yeas of fighting. Government troops are well-trained in combat plus they are equipped. 0 0 0 It is so shocking to know that many town and city mayors were drug lords protectors and some of them even maintained security officers with heavy fire power. But what really surprised me is the fact that they only turned over their firearms and they get back to their positions as chief executives of their towns. I thought they would be held for a crime of possessions of illegal drugs and loose firearms. Sometimes I am confused if our criminal law has been revised and who did it specially on shooting to death of suspected drug lords. It seems any police officer now is clothed with the authority to shoot anyone he thinks is connected with illegal drugs. 0 0 0 Pres. Digong Duterte who accused Sen. Leila De Lima of immorality and adulterer for maintaining her driver as her lover and collector of payola from drug lords should be a good cause for the lady senator to resign. Honor and...

OF BLACK AND WHITE

By: Ben Emata Sen. Leila De Lima is very fortunate she is a Filipino and living in the Philippines. The attack of Pres. Duterte on her person, if she were Japanese, she should be dead by now by “hara-kiri” (suicide). In Japan once a leader’s honor is demolished, there is just one way left for him – – suicide. I would suggest that De Lima should resign from public service. She has embarrassed the Filipinos of her dirty actuations unfit for human beings. As a Filipino, I felt ashamed too. If De Lima were only a man, I would not mind so much. She has disgraced the Filipino women. She picked up her driver to become her paramour when she could have gotten a professional to make her happy. She is a lawyer.. I hope Duterte should expose anything irregular in the government. Violators of our laws must be prosecuted to show to the people our government is not a joke. We have so many nice statutes that are only ignored specially by the influential and powerful. He must have spies in every office that are rampant and/or notorious of corruption and thieveries. The three to six months within which Duterte is supposed to make the change is almost halfway. Just one thing, Duterte must file cases against those he exposed otherwise he is nothing but a clown in circus carnival… Another very important thing that we must be concerned about is the peace conference between the government and the Filipino communists.to be held in Oslob, Norway. Let us all hope for the success of the meeting that will...

SHABU EVERYWHERE?

By; Ben Emata If we noticed there is practically killings everyday including Sundays and holidays, related to the illegal use of shabu. The drug is big business worth billions of pesos and truly it is worth fighting for. People in this trade are armed and has bodyguards willing to fight to the death. Some of them have become billionaires in so short a time by way of their business in shabu. The authorities have been conducting raids everyday and discovered many of the bigtime drug lords in the provinces and towns are local officials from the municipal mayors and staff. Same thing in Metro Manila and the cities in Luzon and the Visayas. While these drug lords are making big money, on the other side people are dying as a result of the illegal drugs. Funeral parlors are busy attending to the victims as embalmers are tied to their job. Many of the victims are students, young adults, professionals and the common people in the lower category. The law enforcers have their share in the problem with many of its members in the army and police are either drug lords, pushers or users. Everybody is stunned to realize the extent of the illegal drug business and the aftermath insofar as the health of the citizenry is concerned. Such magnitude of the drug business surpassed other big countries around the world, it was reported. Experts have surmised this menace have been going on for many years during the past administration but were left unattended to, until it reached the ceiling of violations. What is surprising is the illegal use of...

New hope for climate change adaptation

New hope for climate change adaptation When was the last time you heard about climate change and Climate Change Commission (CCC)? Before last Wednesday climate change as a topic for discussion was a byword, in fact may have been an overused word but discussion has never found a one cure-all solution to the phenomenon. But Climate Change Commission? I must admit to hearing about it and its activities very scarcely. Until three weeks ago when a team from CCC came to Bohol to interview local government officials and people’s organizations on their plans and initiatives to address or adapt to climate change and mitigate its effects or damage to life and property. That was in preparation for the launch of Communities for Resilience (CORE) Convergence Forum here last Wednesday and Thursday at the Bohol Plaza in Dauis town. The third to be launched in the country, the first was in Davao and the second in Cagayan de Oro, CORE is a capacity program of CCC to capacitate local governments, civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) on climate change to make the people ready to cope with the impacts of climate change such as strong typhoons, severe floods and droughts. Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman who also serves s the Executive Director of CCC led the CCC team in launching CORE. The target in Bohol for building up this resiliency of communities to climate vulnerability are those living in the Wahig-Inabanga Upper River Basin (URB) which is one of the areas in the country that is at high risk to climate change impacts. Sadly the Wahig-Inabanga URB is not among the 18 major river basins...

THE STRIKER

By: Ben Emata I just turned 80 years old this week and truly I had so much reasons to express my sincere thanks to God for allowing me to enjoy his blessing. It is not very common for people to receive this much graces. And the better things are I am normal, can drive a car, walk, can laugh, can eat anything I like even ice cream and nearly all. I know a lot of people are forbidden by their doctors to eat pork, candies, frozen foods, etc. because of some ailments. I still write articles published in many newspapers in the Philippines and elsewhere. My doctor advised me to reduce salt intake but I still eat the regular foods found in restaurants. So at my age, I take care of my life more carefully than ever. 0 0 0 I really cannot understand why there are still encounters, shootings, fighting, etc. between the government soldiers and the NPA rebels under the Duterte administration. I thought the NPA would cease war forever when Digong assumed office. I hope this foolish war should stop soon to save the lives of Filipinos involved in the fight as well as the civilians hit in the crossfires. We have been producing widows and orphans by these battles. This really is crazy! 0 0 0 I am absolutely perplexed why all of a sudden there are so many drug lords/pushers who are allegedly armed and opted to fight law enforcers during supposed raids. And even more surprising these alleged drug pushers lost in the fight. They are killed so easily. Are they really armed...

Change is definitely coming

Change is definitely coming The first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte which was promised to be less than 40 minutes by his communication officer actually lasted for one hour and a half last Monday. That is Rodrigo Duterte. You think you can change him by making him President? That is only half of the story. He will be Rodrigo Duterte, the President but he will also be Rodrigo Duterte, the person who is always at home with who he is with the common people. We should now be used to him being President and being Digong that everybody in Davao knows him to be. At his SONA yesterday, President Duterte showed that he was the President the Filipinos needed to bring this country back to its senses and move forward with the rest of the league of nations. But he also showed that he was still the man on the street that every Juan and Maria can be comfortable with. When he wanted to be President, he was full of command and authority that only the President can have. But when he wanted to let the poor and marginalized feel his care he was all oozing with it. That was the reason why the less than 40 minutes SONA was stretched to one hour and a half because he needed to speak the language that the poor would understand and not just blabber and rattle off technical words to describe the policies that he would like to put in place and the programs he would like pursued. He needed to speak in plain language the points that he...

OF BLACK AND WHITE

By: Ben Emata The swivel chair I was sitting while reading Internet news almost turned upside down when I came upon an article that said police generals were getting paid by big time-drug lords the amount of Seven Million pesos per week. Repeat P7,000,000.00 to protect the drug business. I was really disgusted and if I have my way, I will punch the faces of these corrupt public officials. They should be thrown to septic tanks. 0 0 0 I am confused if Pres. Duterte’s naming the corrupt government officials are just for fun, to humiliate and ridicule them or to expose their shenanigans in public office and nothing follows. I am hoping drastic measures should be accorded them – – maybe throw them to the lake populated by crocodiles or piranhas. 0 0 0 Killing the drug lords is a good program of the government. But killing those who surrendered already is definitely a bad attitude and program of our new administration. News reports revealed that many drug dealers who got back to the fold of the law were still killed after few days they reported to the police and vowed not to indulge in drug business anymore. 0 0 0 Mayor Erap Estrada must be joking when he said there are only 82 drug lords in Manila. And that he has instructed the police to intensify the drive against the illegal use thereof. By his belief, there are more drug lords in Cagayan de Oro and Cebu than in Manila. I see this as ridiculous or is he protecting some drug lords? I stayed in Manila for...

ON WAR AGAINST DRUGS

By: Ben Emata CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – – Hundreds of drug lords, pushers and users have surrendered to the authorities for fear of getting killed as the campaign against the use of illegal drugs intensified this week just days after Pres. Duterte assumed office. TAGOLOAN – – Two more drug pushers in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental were killed by authorities in an alleged gun battle early today. This made the town the champion in the number of deaths connected to the illegal drugs. There is killing in this town almost every three days. BALINGASAG – – An alleged illegal drug mastermind, scion of a prominent family and professional has surrendered to a barangay captain yesterday because of fear he will be liquidated by authorities who went to the town looking for him. Other drug personalities have reportedly escaped arrest. JASA-AN – – This small town in the eastern side of Misamis Oriental had some drug pushers who surrendered to agents of the law, afraid of being killed. OTHER TOWNS – – Misamis Oriental towns are being watched for illegal drugs while some suspected pushers and users had been warned to stop or suffer the consequence of the campaign. COUNTRY-WIDE – – The country-wide drive against the use of illegal drugs is in full blast. Metro Manila and its surrounding cities and provinces are littered with lifeless bodies of alleged drug lords, pushers and users. The bodies were covered with papers with words “huwag tularan, pusher ako”. SOME MEDIA AFRAID TOO – – Some media outlets in the country are silent about the extra judicial killings or salvaging for fear...

“THOU SHALL NOT KILL”

By: Ben Emata At the rate killing is taking place in the country nowadays, I just cannot imagine how sad the Almighty God is. Mass media are filled with news reports about murder, homicide, shoot-out, war, rebellion, – – all kinds of criminal offenses that clearly violated one of the ten commandments of God, “thou shall not kill”. Our environment must have turned upside down and people just do not know what they are doing. Honestly, I am terribly scared while watching newscasts from the Philippines about daily killings. This scenario never happened before since the time of Adam and I really felt the country is a war zone. It seems evil is on top of the situation and everybody cheers for such thing. Certainly, I find this stupid. I agree to the program of annihilating criminality in the country, as a matter of fact, that is the thing that catapulted Duterte to power but not to the extent of executing suspects without due process of law. Drug suspects have right to confront their accuser too and not killed for no reason at all. I am not defending these people, on the contrary I even hate them for indulging such illegal actuations but definitely killing them without trial is not part of our culture much less lifestyle. What we are doing now is necessarily a repetition of history when people were uneducated and behaving like those wild animals in the jungle. Animals know no law and they are just guided by their instinct through their sense of smell and hearing. So when they meet anywhere, their first reaction is...

THE STRIKER

By: Ben Emata Communist China is reportedly ready to confront the United State of America should the latter intervene in the territorial dispute of the west Philippine seas. This is relative to the coming decision of the Permanent Arbitrary Tribunal where the Philippines filed a petition. China felt the decision will be in favor of Manila and it will not recognize the same and instead will go on its claim for ownership of the seas in question. Some observers believe this conflict may involve military confrontation. 0 0 0 I hope it is only a rumor that Britain is now allied with China, the reason why it withdrew its membership with the European union. I was shocked to read a news item in the Internet on the matter. Britain has long been a friend and ally of the USA just like France and England and certainly I could hardly believe it will ever betray that beautiful relationship. 0 0 0 The war on drugs has imperiled the lives of many journalists around the country. Because of their publications and broadcasts of the groups of persons dealing in drugs and the subsequent actions of the police, some of them got death threats in the process. Among the cities where death threats were issued are Surigao City and neighboring places in Metro Manila. Various press clubs in the provinces have coordinated with the authorities for protection while shifting higher gear in their battle against the drug menace. 0 0 0 While I am in favor of the fight against the illegal drugs, I wish to remind the authorities that the number...

OF BLACK AND WHITE

By: Ben Emata Pres. Digong Duterte who accused five army generals of links to the business of illegal drugs has admitted he has no solid evidence against them. How can this be? As a lawyer, he should have known fully well that maliciously humiliating and putting to public shame anyone is a crime as well as bad lifestyle and conduct. He must have leaned so much on his presidential immunity to suits but how about the tears of the generals and their families? Who gave him the false information and for what reason? I cannot figure out the pain inflicted to the generals. Three of the five generals saw Bato and all of them were emotional on the matter. They denied the charges. I have been saying during the campaign that Duterte is one guy who talks too much. Certainly, there is nothing wrong in opening one’s mouth excessively as long as there is basis in the pronouncements. 0 0 0 Tension between America and China is getting hotter on the issue of the Scarborough Shoal. The international tribunal in the Hague will render its decision anytime this week on the petition of the Philippines relative to ownership of the disputed seas and it is believed the judgment will be in favor of our country. China, however, said it will not accept any unfavorable decision and will go on with its claim of the shoal. When American warned China about the issue, the latter declared they are not afraid of trouble. Notwithstanding the hot atmosphere on the matter, I still hope peace and friendship between the two superpowers will...

THE STRIKER

By: Ben Emata The fight against the use of illegal drugs has shifted to higher gear as media reports revealed dozens of drug lords, pushers and users are killed everyday. Metro Manila and its vicinities tops in the score board with highest numbers of deaths in encounters and firefights. It seems Pres. Duterte’s program of work to annihilate criminality in the country is working well in its initial stage. So many people indulged in drugs have reportedly surrendered to the police – – presumably of fears they will be killed by the police. A total of 45 drug traffickers have been liquidated in the first four days of Duterte’s leadership. 0 0 0 I wish to reiterate my suggestion for the department of health to come out with reports relative to the bad effects of drug addictions. Why is shabu, marijuana and other drugs prohibited by the government? Why are these items destructive to our health and what should we do to stop the proliferation of addiction? Many Filipinos are ignorant of the ugly effects of the drugs because of lack of information. I am calling the health department to wake up to reality before we are ultimately defeated by this menace of society. 0 0 0 I heard the town of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental is winning its fight against criminality. There is news report everyday of deaths involving criminals. The sad thing is the towns of Jasa-an, Balingasag, Lagonglong, Salay, etc. where criminals are roaming freely undisturbed have not been touched by the authorities yet. Pres. Duterte said if these criminls resist arrest, they should be killed and...

FEDERAL SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT

By: Ben Emata I have been hearing Pres. Digong Duterte saying he will introduce the Federal System in the country. I assumed this is the major change that he was propagating on top of firing corrupt government officials in the system. Our country has been in a democratic system since July 4, 1946 when we acquired Independence from the United States of America; later was governed by the military when then Pres. Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law throughout the land. When the dictator realized martial law was abused by some military top officers that sent to the stockade people who committed minor offenses, he declared the parliamentary system, abolished Congress and created the “Batasan Pambansa” and cabinet members were called “prime minister”, “ministers”, and members of the “Batasan” as assemblymen, etc. When Cory Aquino assumed office as president, she reverted the system to democratic again until today. Now Pres. Duterte has made pronouncements that he will introduce the Federal System of government like that of the United States of America, Germany and many powerful countries around he world, Filipinos after all are great imitator. So be it but it should be known that the federal system of government is entirely strange to the Filipinos more specifically the general masses who have not attended the higher education.. I, therefore, urge the government to first educate the people about the federal system. Tell them why we should switch to federalism. Hold seminars, press conferences, inform the taxpayers of the advantages and disadvantages of the new system. Our government, being for the people, by the people and of the people, we must...

Media Coverage Joint Oathtaking June 30

EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION UNIT June 28, 2016 M E D I A A D V I S O R Y TO : ALL STATION MANAGERS/ REPORTERS Radio Stations ALL EDITORS/ WRITERS News papers RE : M E D I A C O V E R A G E This coming Thursday, June 30 will be the Joint Inauguration and Oath-Taking Ceremonies for the elected/ re-elected Provincial Officials, including the Congressmen of the Province of Bohol. The day will start with the 7:15 am Thanksgiving Mass at the St. Joseph Cathedral to be followed by the Oath-Taking ceremonies at 9:30 in the morning at the Bohol Cultural Center. Considering its importance, may we request you and your media to cover the said event. Since this is also a solemn event, may we also request you and your media to come in business attire. Thank you so much and let us work together for the success of this event and promoting a better Bohol. Very Truly Yours, AUGUSTUS E. ESCOBIA HEAD Share this post to your friends...

Retired bank manager arrested for estafa

TAGBILARAN CITY.- A retired bank manager of the Philippine National Bank (PNB) Branch in Baybay City, Leyte and a native of Inupacan, Leyte but is temporarily residing at Blanco Ricemill in Calceta Street this city was arrested by city cops for the crime of Estafa last Saturday. The team led by P/Chief Insp. Rully Lauron was able to arrest one Gabriel Kirong y Dagala, 61 years old and married. Atty. Ruben Zacarias and Edgar Galiza, assistant group head Corporate Security, Head Office of the PNB-Manila who sought assistance from the city police for the arrest of Kirong. The arrest was by virtue of Alias Warrant of Arrest in Criminal Case Number B-15-06-54 for Estafa issued by Judge Carlos O Aguelles of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 14, Baybay City, Leyte issued on Dec. 22 last year with a recommended cash bail bond of P40,000.00 for his temporary liberty. Kirong is now temporarily detained at city police lock-up jail and will be remanded to the issuing court for proper disposition. Share this post to your friends...

Drug suspect evades arrest

DIMIAO.- Elements of the local police station led by SPO4 Mildred Taga-amo conducted anti-illegal drug operation last Sunday morning but unfortunately, the subject of the operation was not present. The warrant was issued by Judge Dionisio Calibo Jr. of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 50 in Loay town. Reports said that while the police operatives were at the premises of the subject, Ruel Quijano y Laguito,42 years old, married, resident of Brgy. Sawang this town for violation of Section 11 , Article 2 of R.A. 9165. That during the implementation of the search warrant subject person was not around in the house. The team then pursued their search in the presence of one Mirasol Quijano, wife of the subject and the following invited witnesses namely Brgy. Kagawada Edgar Rara and Manuel Batausab of Brgy. Sawang, Dimiao. Also present were Gaspar Dango of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Willy Maestrado, a representative from the media. Seized at the premises of the subject during search were four pieces of small heat sealed plastic transparent sachet containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, two pieces headless lighter color green and red , one piece of improvised test tube use as tooter, two pieces of improvised straw use as scope, one piece of plastic container, one piece of plastic box color white and one piece of improvised bamboo stick. Meanwhile, all seized items were likewise brought and deposited for evidentiary purposes with the recovered items believed to be shabu being submitted to Bohol Provincial Crime Laboratory Office for laboratory examination. Share this post to your friends...

Criminal raps filed against drug suspect

TAGBILARAN CITY.- A criminal case has been filed against Melvin Zaldivar y Caido alias Manoy for violation of Section 5 and 1, Article 2 of R.A. 9165 last June 23. Zaldivar was arrested the other week in a buy bust operation conducted by the police. The criminal case was filed with the Provincial Prosecutors Office docketed under NPS No. VII-02-INQ-16F-0062 and VII-02-INQ-16F-00603. Confiscated “shabu” has a total weight of 1.23 grams assigned to Eric M. Ucatas Public Prosecutor. Meanwhile, the arresting officers were P01 MarlouAmpoloquio and P01 RoldanDoyugan with Investigator on case, P03 Richard A. Timbal. Share this post to your friends...
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