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Reading the 11-point summaries of the GPH-MILF Peace Talks in Kuala Lumpur

When I used to cover Davao City, I have become more familiar with the GPH-MILF peace negotiations. Even if it is only the committees on the cessation of hostilities who meet, they issue a joint statement to some how shed light on the coverage of meeting.

I expected this from the talks in KL but the reports said there was none.This is not a good sign, if we look at it that way.  I think having no joint statement is more sincere an act, than forcing one when there is none.Is it right to have one just to play with symbolism?

Many people expected a lot from the talks. After that “historic” meeting in Japan between President Benigno Aquino III and the MILF’ chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, the stakes are high on “expediting the peace process”.

As a journalist who covered this from afar, my reading is, are we supposed to mistake “expediting the process” with taking short cuts? Unless we expected the negotiators to be rubbing on a bottle for a genie to make wishes easily his command. Read More…


Beginner’s Random thoughts on running in Malaybalay City

  1. Come to the race to compete only with yourself.
  2. Expect to be laughed at; laugh with them, it’s another exercise.
  3. Stretch your body before running and your limits, too; but do not be suicidal
  4. Prepare for the race and your needs after it, including one more item at the drug store: muscle pain ointment.
  5. Listen to encouragements from friends, ignore negative remarks from ‘friends’
  6. Use water and food to keep you going, not to slow you down
  7. If you can’t run faster, go slow, or walk; but don’t stop.
  8. Dress light and feel light.
  9. Smile, don’t talk, to an acquaintance while running to save breath
  10. Thank God, family, friends before and after running, it counts to be grateful of the gift of the human life.
  11. Run even if there is no race or competition; if you feel good about stepping on the finish line; be aware that the best is yet to come.
  12. Help keep our community peaceful and free so we still have fields, trails, and streets where we can still run.

I made it!

I got these points printed in my mind from the starting line of the 4.2 km. Panahik night run on January 22 up to dinner tonight.

Finally, I was able to write it down.

I’m sure there will be more I can remember later on.

To those who have other thoughts to add, please key it in as a comment. (or make your own list.)

We don’t know, maybe in the future we can write a book about the gift of running in the free streets of our communities!


One Dabawenyo sports guru

DELAYED BLOGCAST: Last Monday I had a very long lunch with two friends, MC of the Business Mirror and blogosphere’s Mr. Clean Slate, Mo, who also writes for Manila Standard Today.

Time with Mo is time to update about sports. He breathes sporting fire in the city. Not that he is the only one I know. But Mo is a reporter, an advocate and a public servant. In his passion for sports you could see his desire to push for “sports governance”. Read More…

Legal battle over spray ban goes to higher court

The verdict is out: the court has upheld as valid and constitutional the city ordinance banning aerial spraying in plantations. In a decision dated September 22, Judge Renato Fuentes of Regional Trial Court Branch-17 junked the petition of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) questioning the constitutionality of the ordinance, the Interface for Development Initiatives Inc. said. Read the rest of the story on

But the banana growers, standing in a legal defeat after being favored with a preliminary injuntion three months ago, will appeal the case in the Court of Appeals Branch in Cagayan de Oro City, insisting the ordinance is unreasonable and invalid.

PBGEA said they have prepared for the worst and have rallyied lawyers to prepare for the appeal as soon as possible. Read the rest of the story on

Other sectors hailed the decision, read reaction here.

Back to Sports in a Davao neighborhood

Today I broke free from a personal myth that I could no longer play basketball. I still can despite gaining weight and this strange feeling of distrust that I couldn’t even last a minute in the court.

We played ball early afternoon, after a hearty lunch of seafoods and grill today in a friend’s place along Jacinto Extension.

I was with a group of photographers visiting a friend to help him up with some academic requisites. While I began to feel envious of their cameras, I entertained myself with mangosteen and luckily another friend invited me out of respetar if I want to play.

How could I refuse. My last streetball game was in 1999, when we all anticipated the coming of the Y2K bug. That was eons ago. Read More…

City gov’t seeks new site for Davao Sports Complex

According to this report by Rico Biliran, the proposed sports complex is not yet off the hook. We are probably the only big city with no modern sports complex. But at least there’s hope. (Fingers crossed)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – The City government of Davao is looking for a
new site where the proposed multi-million Davao City Sports Complex would be
erected, City Administrator Wendel Avisado said.

“We are searching for a new place now to situate the sports complex, “ said
Avisado after the awarding rites of the Run for P.E.A.C.E Region XI, a
nationwide simultaneous running event at the Rizal Park, yesterday. Read More…

Bukidnon prides its Mt. Everest achiever, but media gag on

DON CARLOS, Bukidnon – Hail to one of Bukidnon’s new young heroes!

Carina Dayondon, 28, one of the three Filipino women who made history to climb Mt. Everest is from this agriculture-rich town in southern Bukidnon.

Dayondon joined two others, Noelle Wenceslao, 27 and Janet Belarmino, 28, both from Luzon in setting a record as the first women to complete a traverse climb on Mt. Everest, that is, climbing from the north in the Tibetan side to the peak and then down the south side to Nepal.

The three are also reportedly the first women from South East Asia to have climbed Mt. Everest’s peak, the world’s highest point.

The feat followed that of three Filipino climbers, Leo Oracion, Pastour Emata and Romy Garduce, last year who reached the summit though the southeast side.

There were reports the Provincial Government of Bukidnon will prepare a welcome program for the young sports climber and a get-together with friends at the Ateneo Mountaineering Society, her climbers’ club while in the university.

Her family and friends are proud of her achievement but they cannot talk about her following a block to grant any interview to the media, including Bukidnon-based media. Read More…