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DEC 11, 2013 (MIYERKULES)
MNLF CHAIRPERSON MUSLIMIN SEMA NANINIWALANG UNCONSTITUTIONAL
MNLF chairperson Muslimin Sema, naniniwalang unconstitutional ang pagbuo ng ministerial government sa Bangsamoro Political Entity.
Naniniwala si Moro National Liberation Front o MNLF chairperson Muslimin Sema na unconstitutional ang pagbuo ng ministerial frm of government sa Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro o FAB.
Ayon kay Sema, masaya sila sa nangyaring pirmahan ng power sharing annex pero nakasaad sa 1987 Philippine constitution na unitary form of government lamang ang maaaring gamitin.
Ito aniya ay iprinisenta pa sa 1976 Tripoli Agreement pero hindi rin itinuloy dahil hindi tumutugma sa konstitusyon.
Matapos basahin ni Sema ang power sharing annex, inihayag nito na mistulang inulit lamang ang mga nakasaad sa 1996 GRP-MNLF Final peace agreement at inilipat lang sa ibang papel.
Samantala, mariin naming pinabulaanan ni GPH Peace panel Chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer ang pahayag ni Sema.
Sinabi ni Ferrer na maraming binago at marami ring pagkakaiba ang FAB sa 1996 GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement.
Inihalimbawa pa ni Ferrer ang usapin ng jurisdiction kung saan maaaring lumahok ang Bangsamoro government sa exploration, development at restoration ng minerals at energy resources na hindi naman malinaw sa RA 9054 at 1996 Final peace Agreement.
Nilinaw din nitong hindi labag sa konstitusyon ang pagbuo ng isang ministerial government dahil nakasaad aniya sa 1987 constitution na ang Autonomous Government ang siyang pipili kung anung uri ng structure of government ang nanaisin nito basta't may elected executive at legislative bodies para matiyak na may demokrasya.
Aminado si Marbel Bishop Dimualdo Gutierrez, Borongan Eastern Samar Bishop Crispin Varquez at Caritas Manila executive director Father Anton Pascual na dapat tutukan ng Simbahang Katolika ang "faith dimension" na dulot ng bagyong Yolanda.
Naniniwala ang tatlo na ang pangyayari ay malinaw na mensahe ng panginoon sa Simbahan na pangalagaan at bigyang proteksyon ang kalikasan.
Naninindigan si Bishop Gutierrez na maaring isa sa mga dahilan ng matinding pinsala ng mga kalamidad ay ang pang-aabuso ng tao sa kalikasan.
Hinikayat din ni Bishop Gutierrez ang mga survivor ng bagyong Yolanda sa Eastern Samar na huwag umalis sa kanilang lugar sa kabila ng matinding pinsalang iniwan ni Yolanda dahil mahalagang sama-sama ang mga ito sa pagbangon sa tulong na rin ng Simbahang Katolika, ng gobyerno at iba’t-ibang grupo.
BAGONG RESOLUTION INILIBAS NG KORTE SUPREMA PARA SA KASO NG MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE
Nagpalabas ngayon ng panibagong alituntunin ang Supreme Court hinggil sa paglilitis ng multiple murder case kaugnay ng nangyaring Maguindanao massacre para lalo pang mapabilis ang pag-usad ng kaso.
Ito ang napagkasunduan ng mga mahistrado ng Korte Suprema sa isinagawang en banc session kaya naglabas ng "motu propio resolution".
Kaugnay nito, nilinaw ng Supreme Court na ang panuntunan ay ipatutupad ng "pro hac vice" na nagsasabing dapat pairalin na ang guidelines sa kaso.
Kabilang sa limang mga alituntunin na paiiralin ng Quezon City RTC Branch 221 ay ang mga sumusunod:
1. Pagpatupad ng Judicial Affidavit Rule sa pagtanggap ng mga ebidensya kung saan lahat ng mga partido ay inaatasang magsumite ng judicial affidavit na may kasamang mga exhibit, sa halip na isalang sa direct testimony ang mga testigo ng depensa at prosekusyon;
2. Batay sa kanyang pagpapasya, pinapayagan ang presiding judge ng QCRTC Branch 221 na magdaos ng hiwalay na paglilitis ng mga akusado kung sa palagay ng prosekusyon ay wala nang karagdagang mga ebidensya laban sa isang partikular na akusado upang mabigyan ng pagkakataon mga itong magpresenta ng kanilang ebidensya, at maideklarang submitted for decision ang kaso.
3. Binigyan din ng Supreme Court ng kapangyarihan ang hukom na may hawak ng kaso na hiwalay na desisyunan ang mga isyung may kinalaman sa 58 mga kaso na dinidinig at hindi na kailangan pang hintayin na matapos ang presentasyon ng ebidensya para sa lahat ng mga akusado.
4. Pagtatalaga ng third assisting judge na hahawak ng lahat ng non-trial incidents sa mga kaso ng Maguindanao massacre gaya ng mga arraignment at pre-trial, at magpasya sa mga incidents o motions na hindi makakaapekto sa merit ng kaso;
5. Binibigyan din ng kapangyarihan ang presiding judge at assisting judge na desisyunan ang mga petisyon, incidents at motions na naihain sa kanilang sala kahit pa ang ilan sa mga usaping ito ay nakabinbin pa sa mga higher court.
BUY BUST OPERATION NAKATIKLO NG TATLONG LALAKING SANGKOT SA ILLEGAL DRUGS
Kalaboso ang tatlong lalaki sa isinagawang buy-bust operation ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency o PDEA-ARMM pasado alas 4:00 ng madaling araw kahapon sa Barangay Baku, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.
Kinilala ang mga suspek na sina Kadil Malasigan, 37 anyos, Rambo Lumagan, 30 anyos, at Nashrudin Malasigan, pawang mga residente ng nasabing bayan.
Nakuha mula sa tatlo ang mahigit 200 sachets ng pinaniniwalaang shabu na tinatayang nagkakahala ng mahigit 100 libong piso.
Maliban dito, nakuha din sa mga ito ang dalawang kalibre 45 na baril at mga bala.
Nasa kustodiya pa rin ng PDEA-ARMM ang mga suspek at nakatakdang sampahan ng kasong paglabag sa RA 9165 at RA 10591. (NDBC NEWS)
DEC 10, 2013 (MARTES)
PAGKAKALAGDA SA POWER SHARING ANNEX, UMANI NG SUPORTA
Umani ng suporta mula sa iba't ibang sektor ang pagkakalagda sa Annex on power sharing kamakalawa sa 42nd Exploratory talks ng GPH at MILF peace panels sa Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ayon kay North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, nagpapatunay lamang ito na may pag-asang makamit ang pagmatagalang solusyon para maging mapayapa na ang Mindanao.
Ayon naman sa limang peace advocacy groups na kinabibilangan ng Mindanao Peoples Caucus, Lanao Peace Partners, Pailig Development Foundation, MSU-IIT Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao, at Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, ang paglagda sa power sharing annex ay patunay na malapit nang makamit ang pinal na kasunduan sa pagitan ng pamahalaan at MILF.
SENATOR GUINGONA III PINURI ANG GPH AT MILF PANELS
Maging si Sen. Teofisto Guingona III ay pinuri din ang GPH at MILF peace panels sa pagkakalagda ng Annex on power sharing at patuloy na pagsisikap para makabuo ng kasunduan.
Tiniyak rin ng senador na magsisilbi siyang sponsor ng pag-apruba ng Bangsamoro Basic Law sa senado.
Una nang sinabi ni GPH peace panel chairperson Miriam Coronel-Ferrer sa kanyang closing statement sa 42nd Exploratory talks na marami pang hamon ang kanilang kakaharapin at ito ang kanilang pinaghahandaan sa ngayon.
Susunod na tatalakayin ng dalawang panig sa pagbabalik nila sa negotiating table ang Annex on Normalization na siyang huling usapin para mabuo ang isang pinal na kasunduan.
Magandang balita para kay Archdiocese of Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo ang pagkakasundo ng Government at MILF peace panels sa power sharing annex.
Ayon kay Bishop Bagaforo, isa na naman itong hakbang papalapit sa inaasam na kapayapaan sa Mindanao.
Sa kabila nito, sinabi rin ng Obispo na dapat talakayin ng dalawag peace panels ang isyu ng Moro National Liberation Front o MNLF-Misuari faction hinggil sa 1996 peace agreement at kung paano ito ipapasok sa binubuong batas ng Bangsamoro Political Entity.
Samantala, inaasahang anumang araw mula ngayon ay magtitipon ang mga Obispo sa Mindanao at ang Bishops Ulama Conference kaugnay na rin sa napagkasunduan ng government at MILF peace panels.
Ayon kay bishop Bagaforo, ginagawa ito tuwing may napagkakasunduan ang magkabilang panig na layuning ipaalam sa lahat ng stakeholders ang mga kaganapan sa pag-usad ng usapang pangkapayapaan.
MNLF NAGBANTA UMANO NG PAG ATAKE SA MINDANAO
Nagbanta ang Moro National Liberation Front o MNLF-Misuari Faction na maglulunsad ng mga pag-atake sa Mindanao matapos ang pagkakalagda ng GPH at MILF peace panels sa Annex on power sharing sa Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ayon kay MNLF-Misuari faction spokesperson Absalom Cerveza, hahantong lamang sa mas malaking kaguluhan ang pakikipagkasundo ng pamahalaan sa MILF.
Aniya, mas naging kumbinsido na ang MNLF na bumuo ng hiwalay na independent state sa Mindanao matapos malagdaan ang power sharing annex.
Inakusahan pa ni Cerveza ang pamahalaan na sinusubukang kunan ng impluwnesya si MNLF founding chairperson Nur Misuari matapos ideklara sa Organization of Islamic Cooperation o OIC na nahati na sa tatlong paksyon ang MNLF.
Nabatid na nakatakdang makipagpulong ang pamahalaan sa MNLF at OIC para pag-usapan ang GRP-MNLF 1996 Final peace agreement.
SIMPLENG XMAS PARTY PARA SA MGA PAARALAN SA COTABATO CITY
Kinumpirma ng Department of Education o DepEd Schools Division office ng Cotabato city na kapag may mga malalaking kalamidad na sumalanta sa bansa ay magiging simple lamang ang paglunsad ng mga Christmas party sa lungsod.
Ayon kay Cotabato city DepEd Schools Division Supt. Concepcion Balawag, matagal nang may umiiral na DepED memorandum hinggil sa nasabing usapin.
Una na ring ipinaalala ni DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro sa mga eskwelahan sa bansa na bawal ang pagsingil ng malalaking kontribusyon sa mga estudyante para sa magagarbong Christmas parties.
Nilinaw nito na walang inilabas na bagong memorandum order ang DepEd pero magiging boluntaryo lamang ang cash o in-kind contributions batay na rin sa DepEd order 114 series of 2009. (NDBC NEWS)
FOUR third grader students from LR Sebastian Elementary School took home Bronze Medals from the recently conducted Milo Little Olympics National Finals in Cebu City.
Table Tennis players Aiffyr June S. de Guzman, Mylene Janelher H. Alonto, Micha Ella C. Amando, and Kyla Crizza D. Pabico won 3rd place among other competitors from all over the country.
Prior to the national competition, the 10 year-olds were the champions of the Table Tennis Competition in the Milo Little Olympics-Mindanao held in Cagayan de Oro City.
Proud Coach Adelia G. Pabico said her students truly deserve their winnings. They have been practicing hard and were very excited to represent Cotabato City in the national competition.
“They were very excited because they know they are not only representing our school but the whole Cotabato City. But of course we made sure na hindi nila napabayaan ang kanilang academics,” Coach Pabico said.
City Administrator Atty. Frances Cynthia Guiani Sayadi said the city government fully supports the activities of the youths. Sports activities and other youth-oriented programs are encouraged in every barangay as support to the massive anti-drug campaign of Mayor Japal J. Guiani, Jr.
“It makes us very happy and proud that among hundreds and even thousands of athletes from all around the country, bronze medalist tayo. I hope that this serves as an inspiration doon sa ating mga kabataan to excel in both academics and extra-curricular activities. Keep it up,” Atty. Guiani-Sayadi said.
Mylene Janelher H. Alonto also joined the Palarong Pambansa held last summer of 2013 in Dumaguete City and also won 3rd place in the Table Tennis Competition. (PIPD-OCM)
IN the recent Regional Development Council meeting, Cotabato City was one of the cities in the region awarded as one of the Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines as a result of the Competitiveness Indicators Survey by the National Competitiveness Council Philippines.
Cotabato City was 31st among 50 cities that met the requirements and qualified for the contest.
The participating cities and municipalities in the survey were judged according to local convergent factors: economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure.
Some of the indicators of economic dynamism are the number of annual business administration, total capital of registered businesses, number of jobs created, inflation, and number of organized business groups.
Government efficiency indicators include transparency and accountability, LGU savings, Real Estate Tax and Business Tax to total LGU Revenue, Business Registration System, and effective DRRM Plans.
Infrastructure indicators include size of local road network, percent of investments in infrastructure, number of registered vehicles, travel time from center to major points, and number of cell sites.
“The city government always makes sure that we are always transparent in all our transactions. We comply with the DILG Memorandum regarding transparency and accountability and this made us receive the Seal of Good Housekeeping. Now we are already vying for the Gold SGH,” City Administrator Atty. Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi said.
In the survey result, Cotabato City is even ahead of Manila which is at Rank 41.
“Our effective business tax collection has contributed much to this award. And we promise our constituents in Cotabato City that we will do our best and get a higher rank next year,” the City Administrator added.
Moreover, Cotabato City also ranked 13th in the Fastest Travel Time to Airport in the Philippines conducted by the same agency. (PIPD-OCM)
COTABATO CITY --- The first ever Oblate from Poblacion Nuro in Upi, Maguindanao was ordained to priesthood last Tuesday at the San Isidro Labrador Parish of that town by Cotabato Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, DD.
Newly ordained priest, Rev. Ronald D. Abad, was born in Cotabato City on the 31st of December 1974.
He entered the seminary in 2005 at the OMI Postulancy House in Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
He took his first vows on May 9, 2007, his perpetual vows on December 8, 2011, and was ordained deacon on May 31, 2013 at the Our Lady of Assumption Scholasticate Chapel in Quezon City.
He studied BS Computer Science at the Ignatian College in Cotabato City, MS Computer Science at the Ateneo de Manila University, Associate in Philosophy at Christ the King Mission Seminary, Bachelor in Sacred Theology at the Loyola School of Theology, and Masteral in Pastoral Ministry at the Ateneo de Manila University.
The 39-year old Oblate took late his spiritual vocation, leaving government service to enter priesthood, saying it wasn’t part of his dreams, plans, or ambition when he was younger in an interview over Catholic Station DXMS Radyo Bida.
“Everything is different now. I can not provide financial assistance to my family. I can not be there with them all the time, because I am for a greater public,” Fr. Abad said.
He said “you will never know when God calls you.” (AYESHA MAE O. GAYAO)
COTABATO CITY --- Mindanao State Universities (MSUs) winced against the P146 million peso budget cut plan of the Aquino administration on 79 state universities for 2014.
Eleven MSUs all over Mindanao held their “Nationwide Mobilization” in protest of the budget cut and at the same moment the “Concert for a Cause” to raise funds for the Typhoon Yolanda victims on Friday last week in their own campus grounds.
The nationwide mass mobilization was an appeal in protest to the Aquino administration‘s plan to reduce the budget allocation of 79 of 111 state universities and colleges across the country for 2014, the MSUs affected also.
The substantial cut is included in Aquino’s Public Higher Education Reform for 2014, according to Davao City Representative Isidro Ungab in a report from “manilastandardtoday.com.”
The MSUs are reportedly suffering a P829 million cut, affecting specifically the main campus in Marawi City and its two other branches, the Iligan Institute of Technology and that in General Santos City.
Together, the MSUans unite for awareness campaign through educating MSUans about the “budget cut.”
Scheduled yesterday (Decdember 6) , Professor Ramjie Y. Odin was invited as resource speakers at MSU Maguindanao on the effects of the cut.
“Students will be aware and enlightened about the budget cut that affects different state colleges and universities,” said MSU Maguindanao Supreme Student Council president Zahra Luyugen.
The budget cut outcry is also aligned with MSUs’ concert for a cause, an event that showcased MSUans talents to present volunteerism and generosity in expressing their sympathy for the Yolanda victims.
Lt. Col. Zosimo Oliveros, commanding officer of the the 68th IB of 2nd ID of the Philippine Army volunteered their military corps to perform and provide the musical band set. (AYESHA MAE O. GAYAO)
INTRAMUROS, Manila --- The research-based radio documentary program of the Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation (NDBC) bagged two major awards for its health reportage during the Parangal para sa mga Kwentong Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (PKKP) held last week in Intramuros, Manila.
The episodes of the Bida Specials, a 30-minute documentary and features, that received accolades from the PKKP were features about an outbreak of cholera in Parang, Maguindanao and on dengue as a dreaded disease that has already killed a number of people in North Cotabato.
Malu Cadeliña-Manar, host and writer of Bida Specials, received the trophies and cash from Health Undersecretary Eric Tayag and from Probe Media Productions in a simple yet meaningful ceremony held at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros.
Aside from radio, the Department of Health, through its PKKP, has also recognized two winning entries each from blogs, online, newspaper, and TV.
Writers and producers for GMA7 won at least four of the major awards for TV and online, among them was Malou Mangahas of the GMA7 Investigative Documentaries.
The Bida Specials, which has its maiden broadcast in September 2012, has already received at least seven major awards from at least four award-giving bodies, among them the Golden Dove Awards of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas; Red Cross Humanitarian Reporting Award for radio given by the International Committee of the Red Cross; Gawad Agong para sa mga Mamamahayag; and the PKKP.
Oblate Provincial Fr. Larry de Guia was among those who congratulated Manar for another award for Bida Specials.
De Guia told Manar through text: “I am very happy for you and the staff of the NDBC for [your] excellence and relevance.” (MINCROSS)
NORTH COTABATO --- Various groups are seeking an independent investigation on the foiled attempt by members of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division to sneak out undocumented lumbers from Alamada town in the province.
Local executives and environmentalists had also urged for the immediate relief, based on “command responsibility principle,” of the commander of 6th ID, Maj. Gen. Romeo Gapuz, in the wake of the controversy.
Gapuz is due to retire by April 2014, according to his subordinate-officers in the division.
Local officials had told reporters, during the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting in Kidapawan City early this week, that the Lawaan flitches, called “tablon” in the vernacular, which policemen intercepted more than a week ago while being hauled from Alamada to Midsayap town in North Cotabato, was only about one-fourth of the total volume of lumbers the soldiers, led by an Army captain, were to deliver somewhere in the province.
“We have been receiving information that there were about 11 truckloads of lumbers the soldiers were to smuggle out. Fortunately, they were intercepted by policemen in Alamada even before they could bring out the illegal forest products,” one of the local officials, who asked not to be identified, said.
A soldier, Cpl. Unting Guiabel, was shot in the leg by a policeman for refusing to yield when they were flagged down for inspection, while on board the two Army trucks carrying the lumbers.
Col. Dickson Hermoso, inspector-general of 6th ID, had told Catholic station dxMS in Cotabato City that they are now wrapping up their investigation on the incident.
The seized forest products are presently impounded at the compound of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office at the town proper of Midsayap in the first district of the province.
Provincial officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources have confirmed that the seized forest products were not covered by required cutting and transport permits.
A renowned peace advocate and environmentalist, Oblate priest Eliseo Mercado, Jr., director of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance, said residents of Alamada should demand a probe on the smuggling attempt by a “third party” comprised of representatives from independent cause-oriented groups, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and local government units in North Cotabato.
“This is a very serious concern. This should be investigated by an impartial body as soon as possible,” Mercado said.
Mercado said the investigation being initiated by the 6th ID on the controversy is solely for the purpose of determining the culpability of the soldiers involved in the smuggling attempt.
“There must be a parallel effort to unmask who could be providing protection to the illegal logging activity in the area where the forest products were harvested, and why were soldiers involved. There are many questions that hang above our heads,” said Mercado, who is involved in various projects complementing the Mindanao peace process.
Local executives in North Cotabato are convinced the soldiers who attempted to haul the seized forest products from Alamada to Midsayap had an order to do so from a certain superior.
The lumbers were cut from timbers harvested illegally from a public land in Alamada, which is reportedly being claimed by relatives of a retired Army officer. (JOHN M. UNSON)
Suspected drug pusher,
GRO shot in Kabacan
KABACAN, North Cotabato --- Unidentified suspects sprayed with bullets two suspected illegal drug pushers in an area considered as “drug den” in Purok Krislam of this town on Wednesday afternoon, a top police official said.
Police Chief Inspector Jordine Maribojo, the towns’ chief of police, identified the victims as Francis Jayson Aquino of Ugalingan Carmen, North Cotabato and a certain Ann-Ann, a guest relation officer or GRO.
“It could be a drug-related incident considering the place where the killing happened is reported as a drug den,” Maribojo told local radio station in Kabacan town.
The duo were shot in close range, Maribojo said.
The victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of their bodies which caused their untimely death.
The chief of police appealed to possible witnesses to come out in the open and give the police any information that could lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects. (WILLIAMOR A. MAGBANUA)
Nutrition Council awards
longest health worker
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato --- The Regional Nutrition Council conferred an award to a barangay health worker (BHW) who hails from the town of Kabacan, North Cotabato for having served as the longest worker during awards day on Wednesday.
Pao Padasan of Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan served as BHW for 34 years and was named as the longest serving barangay nutrition scholar in Region 12.
Padasan received a Certificate of Recognition, a token, and a cash prize for her undying service to her constituents for more than three decades.
Padasan promised to work more, especially that there are still a lot of malnourished children in their village who need nutritional attention.
In another development, the town of Pigcawayan was adjudged as “outstanding town” in the implementation of good nutrition in the region, while Christy Cepeda and Lorena Cabillo of Kidapawan City were named Outstanding BNS (Barangay Nutrition Scholar) in the province and city category, respectively.
Assistant Secretary of Health Maria Bernardita Flores was the guest of honor in the awarding ceremony. (WILLIAMOR A. MAGBANUA)
Missing farmer found
dead atop coconut tree
ANTIPAS, North Cotabato --- A 57-year old farmer who went missing for five days was found atop a coconut tree here on Thursday, dead and bound to the base of some fronds, police reported Friday last week.
Inspector Felix Fornan, the local police chief, said the body of Raymundo Castillo bore stab wounds in the chest.
The police surmised he could have committed suicide as they found no signs of foul play.
Nonetheless, he added that their investigation continues to ascertain the circumstances behind the farmer’s death.
Fornan said Castillo’s relatives told the police the farmer showed signs of depression before he went missing on November 23.
Investigators found a bloodied knife on the foot of the coconut tree, some 50 meters from the man’s hut in the village of Dolores. (WILLIAMOR A. MAGBANUA)
eagle died of bullet wounds
MAGPET, North Cotabato --- a rescued Philippine monkey-eating eagle in the town of Magpet, North Cotabato on Friday last week died while undergoing treatment in the country’s animal foundation based in Davao City, the environment official in North Cotabato confirmed on Monday.
Andrew Patricio, North Cotabato Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer (PENRO), said the eagle died due to multiple bullet wounds from an air gun while being observed and given treatment at the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF).
An x-ray examination showed the eagle sustained three gun shot wounds, Patricio said.
The remains of the eagle will be preserved and put into display at the PEF’s office, Patricio added.
Patricio said the eagle weighed some five kilos and estimated to be three to five years old. It was rescued at Sitio Lubas in Barangay Amabel of Magpet by the PENRO personnel following a tip from a concerned citizen in the area.
The PENRO personnel found the weak animal while inside the cage with rope tied to its leg.
The unidentified farmer who took custody of the eagle claimed the animal tried to snatch his piglet prompting him to shot it using an air gun locally known as “de-bomba.”
The farmer explained to the PENRO that he has no plan of keeping the bird and lack of money, time, busy schedule, and distance of his place to the Poblacion prevented him to inform the authorities about the find, Patricio said.
It is not yet clear if the farmer will be sued for keeping the bird.
Patricio appealed to the constituents of Magpet not to harm any eagle once spotted in their place.
He said the eagle could be among the few Philippine symbols that live in the vast forests of the town.
“Let us protect our treasure, especially that they are now considered as an endangered specie,” Patricio appealed. (WILLIAMOR A. MAGBANUA)