JUVENILE JUSTICE ACT – Righting the wrong

The Senate has approved on Second Reading amendments to the much-maligned Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act or Republic Act 9344. Crucified for its faults and for being a helpless tool to curb juvenile crime–actually the bottom line of its intent– … Continue reading JUVENILE JUSTICE ACT – Righting the wrong

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Tackling disasters in Davao City

    On June 29 last year, a killer flood swept through four barangays in the southern part of the city.     When the bodies were countered, there were 34 people killed many of them children.     What lesson did we get from this “isolated tragedy”?     Preparedness and accepting the reality that areas like Matina and Talomo are flood-prone areas.     But the June tragedy was more than the usual floods.     On the night that the tragedy struck, a freak tornado dumped, according to weathermen, water with a volume of a month’s amount of rainful in that area.    … Continue reading Tackling disasters in Davao City

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Mining company eyeing gold, copper in Davao City – The Durian Post No. 113 – Front Page

15,600-hectare concession awaiting okay of City Hall, NCIP BY ROGER M. BALANZA, A mining company has applied to explore gold and copper in about 15,660 hectares in Marilog District in Davao City. The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region Eleven, in its website,  said the application of Mambusao Mining Corporation has already been endorsed to the Davao City government and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for their recommendation and comment. The Mambusao Mining application is numbered EXPA 000116-XI as recorded in the list of applications with the MGB XI. The application, covering 15,660 hectares was filed in … Continue reading Mining company eyeing gold, copper in Davao City – The Durian Post No. 113 – Front Page

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PALATINO & LUCIFER – The Durian Beat

If the reactions were to be the basis as to where he should be exiled, Kabataan Partylist representative Raymond Palatino would be living in hell with Lucifer. Or maybe in Jolo to be beheaded by the fundamentalist Abu Sayyaf. The … Continue reading PALATINO & LUCIFER – The Durian Beat

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DURIANBURGDAVAO SKEWERS ED MALAY, THE CENTER

THEDURIANBEAT BANTAY KANG MALAY KA! We heard that publicist Ed Malay, the discredited public relations man behind the rigged surveys that had ex-Speaker Prospero Nograles winning a lopsided battle over then Vice Mayor Sara Duterte in the mayoral race in … Continue reading DURIANBURGDAVAO SKEWERS ED MALAY, THE CENTER

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Of Nogie, de Guzman, ghosts and zombies, and the fat goats of Artica Doom

THEDURIANBEAT BY ROGER M. BALANZA Ex-House Speaker Prospero Nograles may now forget his claim he was cheated in the mayoral race in 2010 because in part ghosts and zombies crawled out of their graves on election day to vote for … Continue reading Of Nogie, de Guzman, ghosts and zombies, and the fat goats of Artica Doom

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THE DURIAN POST NO. 105 – April 23-29, 2013 – Diplomacy in handling of Chinese scammers

DUTERTE  explains ‘ special treatment’ BY ROGER M. BALANZA Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte took special interest in the arrest, detention and prosecution of 72 Chinese said to be behind an international financial fraud syndicate to avoid a head-on collision with the Taiwanese government. He also said he wanted to protect the human and civil rights of the suspects, now detained by the Davao City Police Office after their arrest in a police raid on several locations in Davao City last week. Duterte on television said improper treatment of the suspects could trigger adverse reaction from the Taiwanese government … Continue reading THE DURIAN POST NO. 105 – April 23-29, 2013 – Diplomacy in handling of Chinese scammers

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ON AVERTING VIOLENT DEMOLITIONS: “Sana si Mayor Duterte na lang ang meyor namin!”

BY ROGER M. BALANZA VIOLENCE IN URBAN POOR ILLEGAL DWELLING DEMOLITION is a three-way street The urban poor using violence to stop the demolition. Authorities using violence to implement the demolition order. And in the case of Mayor Sara Duterte … Continue reading ON AVERTING VIOLENT DEMOLITIONS: “Sana si Mayor Duterte na lang ang meyor namin!”

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Between the honest and the crook

SWITCHBOARD ROLDAN GORGONIO Davao City is a haven of a dozen of honest public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers. It is a plus-factor, a come-on for wellness’ sake, and something to be thankful for. In the face of all insurmountable crises, one could take a foretaste of heaven with honest men and women next to you. This word “honesty” will give anyone an indescribable experience. But in all likelihood, such is feared to become an extinct trait in the coming era. Honesty is who really you are with or without the camera. This fast-growing city is so far like a rosary: … Continue reading Between the honest and the crook

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HOLY WEEK: Are you a Judas?

THEDURIANBEAT BY ROGER M.BALANZA     Holy Week is the week when the Passion—the suffering and death of Jesus Christ is remembered. On Palm Sunday Our Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem, the holy city, mounted on a donkey. This event had been prophesied centuries before.     The people who loved and revered him made the journey a procession. Some laid their cloaks on the road to serve as carpets. Others waved palm branches, in the way great men were honored in those days. The people knew they were in the presence of a great preacher. But the more meditative ones had … Continue reading HOLY WEEK: Are you a Judas?

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