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The Tagum-Davao-Digos segment of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) project is being coordinated with Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario as chairman of the Regional Development Council in the Davao Region.

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This developed as the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the local government units of Davao del Norte, Davao City and Davao del Sur are set to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on November 29 for the initial PHP5.6 billion budget for the 102-kilometer Tagum-Davao-Digos line, the first segment of the MRS project.
Primarily the fund will be for acquisition cost of properties affected by the project.
“Everything will be finalized by the RDC,” said Engr. Arnulfo Manigo Jr, Tagum City Planning and Development Coordinator.  
At the Kapehan sa Dabaw media forum at SM Davao Annex in Davao City on Monday, November 12, Manigo provided reporters a peek at current developments on the MRS in Tagum City.
Tagum City will host the railway’s 10-hectare main depot.
Manigo told reporters the P5.6 Billion initial fund is intended for the administrative cost and acquisition of properties affected by the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment of the MRS.
In Tagum City, Manigo said local officials and the DoTr have been conducting consultations with affected property owners, particularly in Barangays Mankilam and San Isidro where the depot will be located.

Manigo said the properties would be paid with “just compensation” based on “prevailing market values.”

The valuation of properties is now being discussed with the owners, he said.

He said the MOA between the LGUs and DoTr would ensure that government funds are spent properly.
“Everything will be finalized by the RDC,” he added.

The first segment covers 102 kilometers of rail line that is expected to reduce travel time from Tagum to Davao City and Digos. It will have eight stations located in Tagum City, Carmen and Panabo in Davao del Norte; Mudiang, Davao Terminal and Toril in Davao City; and Sta. Cruz and Digos City in Davao del Sur.

Construction is expected to begin next year with completion date targeted before the end of the term of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2022, according to Patmei Bello-Ruivivar, Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) Deputy Project .

The Mindanao Railway System, one of the 12 flagship projects under the Build, Build, Build program of President Duterte, is funded with a grant from the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA).

The 1,530-kilometer MRS, which aims to spur the economic development of Mindanao,  will connect the Davao provinces, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos and Zamboanga. (with PNA reports)


bong go jaafarSAP GO: BOL signals start of peace in Mindanao

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed hope that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will signal the start of lasting peace in Mindanao.

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Go made this remark during the ceremonial signing of the BOL on Monday at the Malacañang Palace in the presence of several lawmakers and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

The BOL was signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on July 27, 2018, days after it was ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives.

Ang pagpirma ni Pangulong Duterte sa BOL ay nagsisilbing pagsisimula ng katapusan ng kaguluhan at paghihirap sa Mindanao. Ibig sabihin, dito po natin makikita na kung may political will ang president, walang impo-imposible (President Duterte’s signing of the BOL signals the end of war and misery in Mindanao. This means nothing is impossible with a president who has political will),” Go said.

He encouraged all Filipinos to take part in the next steps that the Bangsamoro Organic Law will face.

Under the new law, a plebiscite will be held in the Bangsamoro between 90 and 150 days after its effectivity.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILFearlier expressed support for Go’s senatorial bid and thanked  President Duterte’s top aide  for his help in facilitating in Congress and the Office of the President the process of approving BOL formerly named Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

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Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras on Wednesday filed a complaint of grave threat against Senator Antonio Trillanes before the Pasay City Prosecutors Office for allegedly threatening his life when he attended a Senate hearing last May 29.

In his six-page complaint, Paras cited three elements of grave threat, the first of which is that while attending the Senate hearing, Trillanes allegedly confronted him and told him, “Ang lakas ng loob mo. Hindi magtatagal ang amo mo. Matatapos din yan. Yayariin kita. Mercenaryo ka. Yayariin kita (You have guts. Your boss will not stay for long. It will end. I will finish you. You’re a mercenary. I will finish you).”
Paras said he just smiled and opted not to respond to the threat but the senator came back and told him, “Tatawa-tawa ka pa. May araw ka din. Yayariin kita (You are even laughing. You will have your day. I will finish you).”
He further said that the second element is that Trillanes’ remarks could amount to homicide or murder, depending on the circumstances.
“As to the third element, the threat of respondent, Senator Trillanes, was apparently not subject to a condition,” he added.
Paras also said the threat of Trillanes to finish him or kill him was very serious and resolute as he repeatedly uttered, “Yayariin kita,” several times not only inside the session hall but even at the elevator door.
The complainant cited the senator’s record of major involvement in coups d’etat during the Arroyo administration – the Oakwood Mutiny in July 2003, the Marine standoff in February 2006, and the Manila Peninsula siege in November 2007.
“I have every reason to believe that respondent, Senator Trillanes, was determined with his threat, in view of his past involvement with certain public disruptions. One is the Oakwood mutiny on July 23, 2003. Another is (the) Manila Pen siege on November 29, 2007,” read Paras’ complaint.
“And with respondent, Senator Trillanes’ resources as a senator, and his connections with the military, being a retired Navy officer, his threat against me can be easily realized by him,” he said.
Under the Revised Penal Code, the elements of grave threat are the offender threatens another person of committing harm against him or his family; the threat amounts to a crime; and lastly, the threat is not subject to any condition.
Trillanes already denied threatening and cursing Paras, saying he only told Paras that he has the guts to offer a handshake when he filed a criminal complaint against him.
Paras, former Negros Oriental representative, is one of the complainants who initiated an “inciting to sedition” charge against the Senator.
Last March 14, Pasay City Senior Assistant Prosecutor Joahna Gabatino-Lim approved the filing of the case against Trillanes for violation of inciting to sedition (Article 142, Revised Penal Code or RPC) based on the complaint filed by Paras, lawyers Glenn Chong, Nasser Marohomsalic, Nestor Ifurung, Eligio Mallari and Eduardo Bringas, and Louise Biraogo.
“The charge for conspiracy and proposal to commit coup d’etat cannot prosper. The acts complained of do not show that respondent proposes to other persons the commission of the crime of coup d’etat,” the resolution read.
“The utterances he made may have been suggestive to fall within the scope of inciting to sedition but it is not sufficient to engender a well-founded belief that he directly proposes to others a swift attack accompanied by violence, intimidation, threat, strategy, or stealth against the government,” it added.
Lim said the complaint conspiracy and commit coup d’etat (Article 136, RPC), and graft (Section 3(e), Republic Act No. 3019) against Trillanes has been dismissed for lack of probable cause.
The inciting to sedition case with bail recommended has been raffled to Pasay Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 45.
In their complaint-affidavit, they cited the statements made by Trillanes against Duterte in his privilege speech at the Senate on Oct. 3 last year, that soldiers may shoot the President, as he wishes, if allegations of hidden wealth could be proven.
During his privilege speech, the lawmaker made statements about Duterte’s alleged millions of pesos of ill-gotten wealth.
“Trillanes not only repeatedly uttered seditious words or speeches (Art. 142, RPC) and unabatedly circulated scurrilous libels against the President (Art. 142, RPC), which tend to disturb the public peace, but also repeatedly incited others to inflict any hate or revenge upon his person (Art. 142, in relation to Art. 139 (3), RPC,” read the complaint. (PNA)


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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez emerged the cellar dweller with his satisfaction rating down to a record-low of +1, in results of the latest survey by Social Weather Station (SWS).

Alvarez suffered a 13-point decline, his rating dropping from +14 in December 2017 to a “neutral” +1 in March 2018.

The face-to-face survey conducted March 23 to 27 involved interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide.


In Davao del Norte, the survey results was welcomed by the camp of 2nd District Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo, Jr.

It fits the character of the Speaker, said the Floirendo camp in a one-line statement sent out by text message to radio broadcasters.

Alvarez, who represents the province’s 1st District, has filed a graft rap against Floirendo and instigated a House probe into the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between the Floirendo-owned Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) over the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) reservation area.

Tadeco developed the once-barren 5,300-hectare Dapecol land into a banana plantation that provides large income to government and thousands of jobs.