GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 March) — Brownouts or power outages are bad. However, what’s worse is the exploitation of brownouts to raise the price of electricity in the spot market. When disasters strike, profiteers abound – like vultures waiting for the hapless, weary desert traveler to fall and die. So do, as we see, players in the Wholesale Electric Spot Market WESM). And “disasters” don’t strike; they create them.
Under Electric Power Industry Reform Act (R.A. 9136), WESM operated by PEMC (Philippine Electric Market Corporation), is good — supposedly to control electricity prices for the benefit of the end-users. But in times it was expected to prevent electricity price from spiking or shooting up WESM failed.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 November) — A hero’s welcome will be laid out by the local governments of this city and nearby Sarangani Province for the scheduled homecoming of boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao late Monday afternoon, a day after his convincing win over American brawler Chris Algieri in Macau, China. Vice Mayor Shirlyn Banas-Nograles said Monday the city’s favorite son deserves a hero’s welcome for bringing anew honor and prestige to the city and the entire country with his dominating performance over the previously undefeated Algieri in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout on Sunday.
“Manny’s victory is a victory for the people of General Santos City, Sarangani and the rest of the country,” she said. The vice mayor said they have prepared a grand motorcade around the city for Pacquiao and his family following their arrival from Macau aboard two chartered flights at around 4 p.m. A float adorned with flowers and the country’s official colors will carry Pacquiao during the motorcade, which will be joined by top city officials, from the city airport to the downtown area.
KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/27 Oct) — South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes does not have anything against the establishment of the Bangsamoro government but wants to be sure that the Bangsamoro Basic Law “will not create problems.” “In general, I don’t have anything against the establishment of the Bangsamoro government. We just have to be sure that it will solve problems. It should provide an environment that will provide every Bangsamoro a chance of bettering themselves,” she told the public hearing on the Basic Law or House Bill 4994, at the FB Hotel here Friday.
Fuentes, one of three female representatives who raised several concerns in the run-up to the signing of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement under the Ramos administration, recalled there were a lot of “gray areas” in that agreement between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). Fuentes clarified some provisions in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, among them the provision on block grant, which she said, is comparable to the internal revenue allotment of LGUs. It will be sourced from the national revenue collections and released annually by the Central government to the Bangsamoro government
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, November 15, 2014 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III launched his candidacy in 2010 on the platform of “daang matuwid (straight path)” in order to eliminate corruption in government. But the platform was – and still is – locked to political patronage, the root of corruption, nurtured by the multi-party system. Does it have to be wondered that “daang matuwid” is a hollow slogan in the sea of corruption?
His political wagon, the Liberal Party, could not have carried him to Malacañang; it had to be propelled by the “Cory charisma”. LP President Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas II had to step down to the vice presidential slot, yet he lost. Other so-called political parties hitched unto the Cory charisma-driven LP wagon. Aquino III has to keep intact the LP-centered coalition as there is not enough number of LPs in the Senate and the House for him to govern. But perpetuating political patronage is perpetuating corruption.
And indeed, we are finally celebrating the magnanimity in keeping the peace. We, theIndigenous Peoples1(IP) especially in Central Mindanao, would like to pay tribute to the peacemakers who were at the helm in realizing a politically–negotiated settlement to the conflict in our troubled region. We specifically affirm your unwavering commitment to the Bangsamoro peace process on reaching the historical signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) by the GPH and MILF and finally putting to rest the decades of armed conflict in the Bangsamoro homeland.
Like many of us, we, the IPs in the core territory and adjacent areas of the Bangsamoro, feel deep respect for the manymujahideenandmujahidatwho have relentlessly waged their self determination struggle over the decades. Many of our kin have even joined and fought together with them in various ways along the different stages of recent history. But most of all, we pay tribute to the legacy that binds our ancestral lineage, the narrative ofMamalu and Tabunaway. In fact, they are the ones who started it all – the “dialogue” of peoples, of cultures, of civilizations.