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#PHinfo: Ata-Manobo leaders condemn fake pastors for deceiving IP minors

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From Left to Right: Datu Inaro Federico, Datu Andigao Agay, and Datu Sarmiento Lugsi

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 23 (PIA) – Leaders from the Ata-Manobo tribe in Talaingod have condemned the non-government organizations (NGO) who pretend to be a religious church to deceive the Indigenous People (IP) minors.

During the ‘Press Conference on Rescued Talaingod IP Children’ today, February 23, 2021 at the Provincial Pavilion, Datu Andigao Agay said that they are careful at what churches they allow to come in their community.

“Kanang mga daan nga simbahan, okay, pero kanang mga bag-ong simbahan wala kay underground ang ilang ginoo (Those traditional churches are okay, but the new churches are not because they have underground gods),” Agay said.

Supporting this, Datu Inaro Federico explained, “Kay nganu man? Gina haylo nila ang mga lumad, among mga parente, nga pastor daw sila, kay naka barong man pud sila, pero dili diay pastor sila, dili diay pari (They are deceiving the Indigenous People, our relatives, by claiming that they are pastors, because they’re also wearing barong, but they aren’t truly pastors, they’re not priests).”

Federico added that this is how the insurgents manage to brainwash the IPs into following them.

In line with this, Datu Sarmiento Lugsi called on his tribe to be careful with NGOs as they target IP minors on purpose.

“Kasagaran ginakuha sa mga NGO kanang mga minor edad na mga bata para di masakpan sa atong goberno. Tanawa karon ang didto gikan sa Cebu diba mag lisod-lisod ta kay menor de edad pa (The NGOs usually target the IP minors so that they don’t get caught by the government. Look at the case in Cebu, we are having difficulties because they are minors),” he explained.

As such, the three Datus showed their gratitude to the government for the rescue of the IP children of Talaingod from Cebu.

As well, Datu Agay said that because of the government’s efforts, there are no more NGOs nor New People’s Army (NPA) that go to Talaingod.

 “Dako’ng pagpasalamat namo sa gobyerno nga nabalik ang among mga kabataan. Limpyo na nga wala nay gubot sa Talaingod. Gani karon nagka hinay-hinay na ug balik ang pagpanginabuhi namo (We are deeply grateful for the government for giving us back our children. Talaingod is now clean and in peace. Now, we are slowly gaining back our livelihood),” Agay added. (Jan Vincent Leuterio/PIA-XI)



  1. * Philippine Information Agency. “Ata-Manobo leaders condemn fake pastors for deceiving IP minors.” Philippine Information Agency. (accessed February 26, 2021 at 08:42AM UTC+08).
  2. * Philippine Infornation Agency. “Ata-Manobo leaders condemn fake pastors for deceiving IP minors.” Archive Today. (archived).

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To reverse the roles of a game is still playing the game.

Real change comes when you flip the board off the table.

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#PHinfo: DavSur provincial LGU readies for vaccination program

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DAVAO CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA) – The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur has been conducting training and facility readiness preparations as part of the pre-implementation phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program.

Atty. Herbert Gonzales, Davao del Sur provincial administrator, bared that the series of training provided by the Provincial Health Office are for the personnel who will be involved in the roll-out of vaccination program in the province.

Gonzales said that the PHO is also heading the preparations of facilities of the rural health units (RHUs) in Digos City and in nine municipalities, as priority areas for the conduct of the vaccination.

There will also be municipal gymnasiums which will be identified as alternative venues in case the RHU facilities will not be viable to be used, the provincial official said during Monday’s (Feb. 22) ‘One Davao on COVID-19, a Virtual Presser’ by the Philippine Information Agency Region XI.

“As of now, safe kini sila kay ang atoang base sa last inspection sa atoang mga engineers as well as sa mga evaluators after sa series of linog atong 2019… So more or less, naa kitay mga structures karon nga secure para sa pag conduct sa atoang vaccination (As of now, these are safe based on the last inspection by our engineers as well as evaluators after the series of earthquake in 2019… So more or less, we have structures which are secure for the conduct of the vaccination),” he assured as to the safety and reliability of the facilities.

Also part of the preparations in the province was the allocation of a P100 million budget for the vaccination program as earlier pronounced by Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas.

Gonzales said that portions of the budget will be used for the necessary activities and preparations like the campaign plan and the purchase of additional vehicles.

He underlined the importance of supporting the demand generation activities and the active involvement of the LGUs, as it is a mandate of the Department of the Interior and Local Government in a bid to eradicate the hesitancy of the people towards COVID-19 vaccination.

He disclosed that the additional vehicles will also be part of the logistics, saying “para dali lang ta mag transport sa mga vaccines once it will arrive in the province… And once pud padulong sa respective LGUs or vaccination sites (so that there will be easy transport of the vaccines once it will arrive in the province… and in transporting to the respective LGUs or vaccination sites).”

Gonzales also updated that the PHO continues to monitor the master listing of eligible population for the COVID-19 vaccines per LGU, based on the priority sectors.

He said that about three to four municipalities have already completed their master lists, as reported by the PHO. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)



  1. * Philippine Information Agency. “DavSur provincial LGU readies for vaccination program.” Philippine Information Agency. (accessed February 26, 2021 at 08:40AM UTC+08).
  2. * Philippine Infornation Agency. “DavSur provincial LGU readies for vaccination program.” Archive Today. (archived).

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yesterday i… i socialized. i even shook hands and introduced myself. and i didnt feel embarassed or anxious. maybe just a little. yesterday will be a day that will go down in history. i will celebrate this day. 2021, 27 feb. i got just a little bit more normal.

are the positive affirmations and spirituality posts and podcasts working on me?

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Decency is the rules concerning the right and wrong conduct for the purpose of providing peace and prosperity FOR EVERYONE. If there r ppl excluded, that means between us and them there is no agreement, which also means there is nothing stopping us or them from killing or robbing the other, resulting In less peace because conflicts will happen, and less prosperity because there r human resources that will be wasted.  

Canceling the bargain between u and another isn’t going to affect u in any way, under 2 conditions:

  • The first: they are harmless
  • The second: they are useless or replaceable.

That who stands at the peak of the power pyramid, is invulnerable, and is also the highest bidder, therefore the 2 conditions aren’t applicable on them.

If someone is above you in the power pyramid, then the conditions are applicable on u in relation to them, because you cannot put them in a disadvantage nor give them a unique advantage.

A society, is built on the basis of mutual benefit, If you cannot maintain your power, maintain your presence, then the others will no longer acknowledge you as a side in the bargain of decency.

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Selling Hopes


Whenever we see an advertisement, the first thought comes to our mind is whether it has any truth. Even a celebrity featuring in it hardly carries any weight, as we all know that a celebrity comes, takes his or her money and goes away, leaving us bewildered what to do.

The superstar Amitabh Bachchan for example, advertises for ornaments and then for pledging the same ornaments to get a loan. But more dangerous are endorsements by celebrities on edible items, medicines, cosmetics and financial matters, which may land us in real troubles, if they are really misleading.


From my childhood, I have seen people (now males also) using variants of whitening creams like Fair & Lovely and Glow & Lovely, but they are using only, irrespective of their efficacy, hoping against the hope.


Yes, HOPE, these advertisements don’t sell various products, they sell only one product, i.e. hope, by playing with emotions.

I think making false hopes should be penalised, whether it is an advertiser selling his products, or a politician making promises for winning election. They should be held accountable, if their claims go awry.

In this context, I like Swami Ramdev, who himself advertises for his Patanjali products. If something goes wrong, he is directly blamed, but it can’t be done in case of celebrities, who are selling various products without any authenticity.


It is high time to frame a policy, whereby the CEO or the promoter of the company manufacturing products should be made to advertise their own products. This will not help identify the key person making claims, but also save costs on advertising.

The cost of advertisement includes payment to the company designing ads, celebrity, as also to print, electronic or digital media, where ads are inserted. The overall cost is phenomenal.

No doubt, an ad is the best way to communicate to the customers, but it makes the product costlier and sometimes unaffordable, without any assurance to consumers.

It’s high time the government clamped down on advertisers and celebrities who made false claims to protect the interests of the gullible consumers.

–Kaushal Kishore

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Liberty for the individual

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Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.George Washington

In the last century, our society has witnessed multiple watershed moments in the past which have resulted in the culmination of the present. Individualism has slowly become the centrepiece of society. While the previous era was about exploring the world through land or the seas, the present talks about exploring…


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Life is full of uncertainties but I can guarantee that no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you’ll be able to find something that annoys you on my blog.

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When your brain falls silent because the alcohol made it quiet.

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February 28, 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos Delivered A Message to the Filipinos

February 28, 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos Delivered A Message to the Filipinos

President Ferdinand Marcos on February 28, 1986 delivered his message to the Filipino people. Marcos indicated that he initially planned to move from the Malacanang palace to his home province of Ilocos Norte, but that he was informed by the direct representative of US president Ronald Reagan that he would be taken to Guam.

( President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, joined in a chorus of…


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Metaphorical masks are a strange construct of society. Like a silent consent to wear it and to despise those who don’t. My mask is made of lead and as much as it protects me, its weight will often make my being difficult. Maybe … one day we’ll take it off, but it won’t be a nice day.

-An ink drinker-

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The predatory criminal does all he can to make that arms race look like détente. “He was so nice” is a comment I often hear from people describing the man who, moments or months after his niceness, attacked them. We must learn and then teach our children that niceness does not equal goodness. Niceness is a decision, a strategy of social interaction; it is not a character trait. People seeking to control others almost always present the image of a nice person in the beginning. Like rapport building, charm and the deceptive smile, unsolicited niceness often has a discoverable motive.

The Gift of Fear, Gavin D Becker

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<div> —  <i>The Gift of Fear,</i> Gavin D Becker </div><span>Can you imagine an animal reacting to the gift of fear the way some people do, with annoyance and disdain instead of attention? No animal in the wild suddenly overcome with fear would spend any of<br> its mental energy thinking, “It’s probably nothing.” Too often we chide ourselves for even<br> momentarily giving validity to the feeling that someone is behind us on a seemingly empty street, or<br> that someone’s unusual behavior might be sinister. Instead of being grateful to have a powerful<br> internal resource, grateful for the self-care, instead of entertaining the possibility that our minds might<br> actually be working for us and not just playing tricks on us, we rush to ridicule the impulse. We, in<br> contrast to every other creature in nature, choose not to explore—and even to ignore—survival<br> signals. The mental energy we use searching for the innocent explanation to everything could more<br> constructively be applied to evaluating the environment for important information.</span>
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Humans have taken care of animals for milennia. We have strengthened ourselves by being together, facing hardships that would’ve been impossible to survive alone. We bond easily with other creatures - even robots! I say humans are naturally kind and great people at birth, but out societies eventually corrupt us and degrade us. In this essay I will

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