Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sa halip na trabaho ang ibigay sa mga Muslim ay iaangkat pa ang mga ito upang gawin katulong sa nasabing bansa. Ang ARMM ay kinabibilangan ng Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao at Lanao del Sur.
Ayon pa sa ARMM ay ang pagpapadala ng mga “household helpers” ay bahagi ng isang kasunduan sa mga Malaysian recruiters. Hindi pangkaraniwan sa mga Muslim ang magtrabaho bilang katulong dahil na rin sa values at kulturang kinasanayan ng mga ito.
Dapat umano ay job opportunities at livelihood training ang maibigay ng pamahalaan sa mga Muslim sa ARMM. Ngunit mismong ang ARMM pa ang nagtutulak na palabasin ng bansa ang mga Kababaihan nito upang manilbihan bilang katulong, sa halip na bigyan ng trabaho sa bansa.
"Trabaho ang dapat ibigay sa aming mga kababaihan at hindi ipadala sa ibang bansa bilang katulong, discriminated na nga kami sa Pilipinas eh ganito pa ang gagawin nila," ani ng isang Muslim na si Mukim Kalbi.
Ngunit iba naman sa lalawigan ng Sulu at edukasyon at kooperatiba naman ang panlaban ni Gobernor Sakur Tan upang mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang mga Muslim doon. Hindi naman ito pabor na ipadala sa abroad ang mga Muslim upang mag-trabaho bilang katulong.
Ilang mga paaralan at regular livelihood training naman ang isinasagawa ni Tan sa Sulu at kamakailan lamang ay ipinag-utos nito ang pagtatayo ng malaking unibersidad na magbibigay ng libreng edukasyon sa lahat sa kursong agriculture at fisheries, at maging si First Lady Nurunisah Tan ay nagpagawa rin ng isang paaralan na nagbibigay ng mga libreng kurso sa Arabic, bukod sa iba pang mga proyekto. (Mindanao Examiner)
Nag-alay pa ng mga kandila ang mga Tsinoy kamakalawa ng gabi sa isang rotunda sa Zamboanga City at nagdasal pa kasama ang ilang mga kilalang personalidad.
Napatay ni dating police officer Rolando Mendoza ang mga Hong Kong tourists nuong nakaraang linggo matapos na mapanood sa telebisyon sa loob mismo ng binihag na bus sa Quirino Grandstand ang pagdakip sa kapatid na pulis na si Gregorio Mendoza.
Pilit na isinasabit ng pulisya ang kapatid ni Mendoza sa hostage-taking at sinabing “accessory” ito na mariing itinanggi naman ni Rolando. Binihag nito ang tourist bus upang ipabatid sa publiko ang umano’y maling paratang sa kanya.
Tinanggal si Rolando sa serbisyo matapos na maakusahan ng robbery at extortion at kahit napatay ito sa failed rescue at assault ng Special Weapons and Tactics ng Manila Police District ay patong-patong na bintang pa rin ang ibinabato ng mga awtoridad sa kanya, kabilang ang isa umanong rape case na matagal ng naganap. (Mindanao Examiner)
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Many of the workers, who are natives of Zamboanga City, complained about the high cost of transportation in going to Pagadian City, the capital of Zamboanga del Sur province.
“It is very difficult for us because now we have to spend more money in paying for our transportation fare in going to Pagadian,” one female employee said.
Others complained about loneliness being away from home and some blamed politics for the transfer of their offices to Pagadian City. They also urged President Benigno Aquino III to heed to their calls to make Zamboanga City the regional seat of government, but it was his mother, former President Corazon Aquino that issued the Executive Order 429 in October 1990 that designated Pagadian City as the regional center for Western Mindanao.
It was only in November 12, 2004 after having waited for more than a decade, Pagadian City officially became the regional center despite Zamboanga City government’s opposition to the transfer.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered the transfer of all regional government offices and agencies to Pagadian to make transactions easy to other provinces such as Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur that comprise the Western Mindanao region.
Pagadian City is the gateway to Zamboanga del Sur, the largest province of Western Mindanao ands also a point of entry to the cities of Ozamis, Iligan and Cotabato.
Its rolling terrain encompassing both commercial and residential districts, reminiscent of the famous Crown Colony, has earned for it the sobriquet Little Hong Kong of the South. Pagadian City has a total land area of 331.6 square kilometers with 54 villages. Due to its topography and elevation, most of the city's villages do not experience flooding, unlike Zamboanga City.
Other employees said Pagadian is the best place to be the regional seat of Western Mindanao because of its proximity to the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay, all in the Zamboanga Peninsula, which comprise Region 9.
Zamboanga City is on the tip of Zamboanga Peninsula. (Mindanao Examiner)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 25, 2010) – The Philippine police said it is investigating what went wrong to the bloody end to the hostage-draw in Manila that left 8 Hong Kong nationals dead and several more wounded, two of them seriously.
A former police captain, Rolando Mendoza, who was accused of robbery and extortion, took a tourist bus and held its two dozen passengers, mostly Hong Kong holidaymakers, hostage on Monday morning near the Quirino Grandstand.
He then demanded a government review of all charges against him, saying, he was innocent.
Nine of the Chinese hostages had been freed, but the rest were shot either by Mendoza or police commandos who assaulted the bus. The hostage-taker was eventually killed in the assault later in the night.
Earlier in the night, policemen arrested a brother of the hostage-taker, Gregorio Mendoza, after he was accused of instigating and agitating, instead of convincing the armed man to surrender peacefully, according to Director Leocadio Santiago, chief of police forces in the National Capital Region.
The arrest of Mendoza’s elder brother may have prompted him to shoot the hostages. Mendoza’s brother told reporters that policemen would kill him after accusing him of conspiring with the hostage-taker, an accusation he vehemently denied.
Moments after the arrest of the hostage-taker’s brother, several shots rang inside the bus. Mendoza’s brother and wife were in the area to convince him to surrender peacefully.
“The outcome of the hostage taking incident at the Quirino Grandstand is indeed very unfortunate that should warrant a thorough investigation. It saddened me deeply that lives were lost in the process. Indeed no words can assuage the trauma and grief that the victims and their families are now experiencing.”
“We will continue to work closely with other government agencies to make sure the victims and their families get the necessary services that they need while still in our country,” said Jesus Verzosa, the police chief.
“In the meantime, we will hold passing any judgment on what went wrong or what went right until we receive the final report from a team of experts who will look into all circumstances surrounding the hostage taking incident,” he added.
Media reports on Wednesday said several commandos who participated in the bungled assault had been suspended pending the outcome of the investigations. (Mindanao Examiner)