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“A night of fright reveals a virtue of Digong”

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Photo by #YouScooper Anton Abella Vidal: "Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte nangunay ug traffic aid during sa baha ghapon sa villa abrille. Wala siya nahadlok sa pagtapak sa baha, para lang mahapsay ang dagan sa trapik sa villa abrille, kauban niya iyang mga body guard." (Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte took the initiative of becoming a traffic aid during the flood in villa abrille yesterday. He never feared the flood and the risks it may bring and did all he possibly could to smoothen the traffic congestion.) #baha06052013 #unakabai

Photo by #YouScooper Anton Abella Vidal: “Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte nangunay ug traffic aid during sa baha ghapon sa villa abrille. Wala siya nahadlok sa pagtapak sa baha, para lang mahapsay ang dagan sa trapik sa villa abrille, kauban niya iyang mga body guard.” (Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte took the initiative of becoming a traffic aid during the flood in villa abrille yesterday. He never feared the flood and the risks it may bring and did all he possibly could to smoothen the traffic congestion.)
#baha06052013 #unakabai

(By Jun Ledesma)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

THE heavy downpour last June 5 gave a strong signal that rainy season is around. In fact, it did not come gently. The cloudbursts bathed Davao City with an unusually copious volume of rain that rendered many parts of the city impassable to small vehicles and inaccessible to pedestrians.

That rainy Wednesday night would just have been one of those evenings for incoming City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte. The come-backing mayor is known to be a night owl. He prowls the city streets hoping to catch his prey of criminals among them drug pushers, snatchers, robbers, and other menace of society. He does this nightly to keep city residents safe no matter what the weather is. Never did he realize that in that evening will be part of an unforgettable episode to a distress young mother which he encountered that rainy eve.

June 5, 2013 to a mother of four is a night to remember. Annelyn Pongase Paunon earlier went shopping at Gaisano Mall for the school needs of her kids. Because she cannot not leave her toddler child, she tucked the baby with her and off they went to the mall. The weather was not as sunny then but there was no indication of a heavy downpour.

Night caught up with them at the mall not realizing that the light rain that come with dusk took a violent turn. When they decided it was time to go home they looked and waited for a taxi. But everyone else was looking for a cab which had become scarce as flood waters in most of the thoroughfares were no longer “navigable.”

Annelyn started to be panicky. She had three small children in tow and a baby which she held close to provide warmth. By 11 p.m. there were no cabs in sight. The kids were jittery and Annelyn was as nervous. Tugging the children, she decided to make a dash to San Pedro Hospital hoping some patients might have taken a taxi to get to the hospital. They braved the rain and the rising water. Before they can make it across however, a black D’Max stopped right in front of them. The occupant on the front seat rolled down the tinted window. “Asa man mo?” (Where are you headed?) The man on the front seat asked.

Annelyn replied: “Sa Skyline pa mi,” (We’re headed to Skyline.) she replied to the stranger.

The man in the black pick-up then told her in a much louder voice: “Sakay na kay ihatud ta mo sa Skyline.” (Hop in and I’ll take you to Skyline.)

Annelyn hesitated for a moment. She looked closer to the stranger who offered her the ride and recognizing who was the Good Samaritan she exclaimed: “Ay si Mayor diay!” (Oh it’s you Mayor!)

Annelyn and her children packed themselves on the back seat. She felt relieved she has a ride to take them home and safe and secured it was no less than incoming Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who will be conducting them all the way to Skyline.

The pick-up inched its way through the flooded street. But at the corner of Guerrero St. traffic was snarled and then went on a standstill. The Mayor and an aid alighted from the vehicle to man the traffic. He knew that it will take time to deal with the traffic jam, he directed his driver to take Annelyn and her kids to the doorsteps of their home at the Skyline and then to just come back for him.

Safe in the comfort of her home, Annelyn started to email friends about her unforgettable experience and encounter with Mayor Duterte. She can only imagine how the mayor was manning the traffic under the rain. She felt guilty she was not able to thank him enough. Then she remembered, she has a friend whose father is a journalist. She wanted to tell the world how caring is the Mayor of Davao City and how he dispenses his own comfort to extend help to the helpless.

This is her story in a capsule as told to my daughter Kristine.

(Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 20, 2013.)




Written by 88kensan

June 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Habemus Papam

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Francis (Ecc. Latin: Franciscus [franˈtʃiskus]; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936) is the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. As such, he is both head of the Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on 28 February 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francisco in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, and the first from the Southern Hemisphere. Francis is the first pope born outside Europe in 1,272 years, since Syrian-born St. Gregory III. Francis speaks Spanish, Latin, Italian, German,French, and English.



Barack Obama on 2013

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Written by 88kensan

January 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm

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Rizal Day.

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Infograph by Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines



SECTION 1. The existing laws and regulations to the contrary notwithstanding, cockfighting, horse racing and jai-alai are hereby prohibited on the thirtieth day of December of each year, the date of the martyrdom of our great hero, Jose Rizal.

SECTION 2. It shall be the official duty of the mayor of each municipality and chartered city to create a committee to take charge of the proper observance of Rizal Day Celebration of each year, in which he shall be the chairman, which shall be empowered to seek the assistance and cooperation of any department, bureau, office, agency or instrumentality of the Government, and the local civic and educational institutions. Among the ceremonies on Rizal Day shall be the raising of the Philippine flag at half mast in all vessels and public buildings.

SECTION 3. Any person who shall violate the provisions of this Act or permit or allow the violation thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding two hundred pesos or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both, at the discretion of the court. In case he is the mayor of a municipality or a chartered city he shall suffer an additional punishment of suspension from his office for a period of one month. In case of partnerships, corporations or associations, the criminal liability shall devolve upon the president, director, or any other official responsible for the violation thereof.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved: June 9, 1948

Published in the Official Gazette, Vol. 44, No. 8, p. 2627 in August 1948

Source: CDAsia

Written by 88kensan

December 30, 2012 at 6:00 am


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From Ms Cindy Iligan of the Davao Lady Bloggers Group:

“Calling all Davao Bloggers/Medical Professionals: Philippine Red Cross Davao City Chapter is looking for Registered Nurses, Doctors and EMT-Bs to man the EMERGENCY HEALTH STATION at CATEEL/ BAGANGGA. Minimum days of deployment will be 5-10 days. this is to address the medical needs of our fellow Filipinos in areas greatly affected by the Typhoon Pablo.the deployment will be on December 13, 2012. If interested please don’t hesitate to contact us at 227-6650 or you may visit us at Philippine Red Cross Davao City Chapter located at M. Roxas Ave, Davao City. Thank you for the support and willingness to help the humanity.”


Last week, the southern Philippines was struck by Typhoon Bopha, the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit the island of Mindanao. Bopha made landfall as a Category 5 super typhoon with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h), flattening coastal villages, wiping out banana plantations, and causing mudslides and flooding. At the moment, the number of deaths has reached nearly 650, the number of missing is still near 800, and another 400,000 have been displaced by the storm. Collected here are images from the affected islands, as rescue and recovery workers continue to search through debris in fields choked with trees, boulders, and mud.

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Written by 88kensan

December 11, 2012 at 11:52 am


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Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jesse Manalastas Robredo (May 27, 1958 – August 18, 2012) was a Filipino politician who served as Secretary of the Interior and Local Government in the administration of President Benigno Aquino III from 2010 to until his death in 2012.[2] Robredo was a member of the Liberal Party.

Beginning in 1988, Robredo served six terms as Mayor of Naga City in Camarines Sur. In recognition of his achievements as Naga City mayor, Robredo was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000, the first Filipino mayor so honored. He was appointed to the Cabinet of President Aquino in July 2010.[2]

On August 18, 2012 (PHT), the aircraft carrying Secretary Robredo crashed off the shore of Masbate City.[3] He was scheduled to go home and watch her daughter’s swimming competition in Naga City. The Philippine Department of Interior and Local Government said that the pilot sent a distress call to the Masbate airport requesting an emergency landing. The plane never made it to the airport and crashed in the ocean.[4][5] His body was retrieved three days later, August 21, 180 feet below sea level. [6]  FROM WIKIPEDIA


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August 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

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