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BY MELITO SALAZAR, JR: VISION FOR THE FUTURE - 2030


JULY 17 -Melito Salazar Jr. Business Best -He is the current Vice-President of the Manila Bulletin’s Advertising department. He was Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Foundation, Chairman of Inter-Asia Development Bank, Vice-Chairman of the (Philippine Veterans Bank) PVB Card Inc. As the Duterte administration copes to alleviate the daily struggle if the Filipino, it needs to inspire our countrymen to overcome by visualizing what their future could be. The Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands, the original and oldest chamber, tracing its roots to 1886, has adopted the “History Builds the Future: 2030: Five Pillars.” PILLAR I: The Filipino and Education A. Every Filipino has access to the best education in academics, technology, engineering, universal moral values, good manners and right conduct, and implicative thinking; and be tri-lingual: fluent in CORRECT English and CORRECT Tagalog plus another language/dialect. B. Every Filipino must be among the best in the world in al least one profession, one skill, or one talent, with at least a High School K-12 education, and college and post-college graduates comprising 25% of the population. C. Every Filipino must have ingrained patriotism and integrity, Filipino values balanced with universal values, and carries himself with good manners and dignified respect. PILLAR II: Philippine Government A. The best, the brightest, the most honest and dedicated of the citizenry are serving in the government, by an enabling mechanism in place. B. The mining of natural resources are given only to companies that will set up factories that use said natural resources in the manufacturing of end-products within the country. This needs a paradigm shift in our thinking and our laws. C. The rule of law and sanctity of contracts are respected with a no-nonsense judiciary. D. The management, efficiency, professionalism and integrity in the delivery and implementation of government services, especially front services in direct contact with the people, are top quality, transparent and the procedures/documentation required are clear and easy for the people to comply with. READ MORE...

ALSO by Jullie Yap Daza: Farming is in


JULY 20 -Jullie Yap Daza
Wave after wave, or should that be season after season, it looks like agriculture is finally capturing the imagination of urbanites. The latest sign: The first ToFarm Film Festival, dedicated to farming and farmers, and our future. It’s too early to tell how bountiful a harvest the six festival entries have produced at the box office, but as far as the cheering squads of farmers are concerned, may the tribe of Dr. Mila How, their sponsor, increase! Knowing Mila and her passion to help farmers – she gives out awards and cash rewards every year to outstanding farmers – she would rather that the tribe of farmers increased – exponentially, if possible. For Mila, who heads a company that produces and distributes fertilizers and farm equipment, going into movies to tell the story of Farmer Juan is a sign of her optimism in the ability of farmers and their sons and daughters to keep planting for our sake. With filmmaker Maryo J. de los Reyes overseeing the festival from birth to last fade-out in SM cinemas, the six-day festival arrived on the heels of a reel of good news to the farming sector. READ MORE...

ALSO By Fred Lobo: DU30 to act on media killings; poverty not an excuse for crime


JULY 20 -by Fred M. Lobo The Duterte administration has vowed speedy action on and fair resolution of media killings, including the gruesome 2009 Maguindanao massacre. Time to check media killings and resolve old, dragging cases. *** The President has warned criminals against using “poverty” as an excuse in turning to a life of crime, destroying the lives of others or stealing their property. “It’s foolhardy. You cannot fool the whole world,” he declared. *** Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar said new and pending cases of media killings will be reviewed to bring justice to the victims and their families. A draft administrative order creating a task force that will probe the killings of journalists has been finalized for the President’s approval, he assured.*** “That has always been the cry of people in the media and concerned quarters in our country. We will advise, we will recommend to the President that the past cases be reviewed,” Andanar said when asked on the Maguindanao massacre. “Once we have this signed, then it’s a very positive direction for us to be able to investigate, to be able to seek justice for those who have been victims of extra-judicial media killings,” *** Andanar decried the ambush last week of Real FM radio commentator Apolinario Suan in Surigao del Norte, wounding him and killing his escort. “The objective (now) is to put a period or find out the root of these unnecessary and illegal killings of our brothers and sisters in the media,” Andanar stressed.  READ MORE...

ALSO EDITORIAL: ‘An innocent woman’


JULY 21 -What’s going on?” is the question du jour in the wake of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s successful petition for the dismissal of the P366-million plunder case against her on grounds of insufficiency of evidence. The Supreme Court’s approval of the former president’s demurrer to evidence was not exactly a surprise, the tribunal having “telegraphed” it by suspending her plunder trial at the Sandiganbayan and extending the suspension a number of times until this year. Nevertheless, some people find the ruling unsettling, wondering if it is a sign of things to come. The Supreme Court’s grant of bail last year to then Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile “on humanitarian grounds” was already deemed an ominous sign; many feared that the ruling could set a precedent among those detained for offenses not covered by bail—offenses like plunder, of which Enrile, along with Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, is charged in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam allegedly engineered by Janet Lim Napoles. “What’s going on?” went the rounds, seeing as how Enrile’s legal team did not even cite humanitarian grounds in its petition, and at any rate the man was hardly doddering, indeed was quite tiptop for someone in his 90s (jet-black hair and all). It seemed a classic case of the high and mighty getting the usual star treatment even by the blindfolded Lady Justice, given that other elderly men, ailing, despondent and unable even to enjoy video games on a tablet, political prisoners included, have been languishing in prison for years. Now (at this writing) Arroyo is preparing to leave her quarters at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, where she stayed for four years, for the comforts of home. Per one of her lawyers’ account, members of her legal team and sundry aides were in tears to hear news that the tribunal had quashed the plunder suit approved for filing by the Ombudsman in July 2012. The suit charged Arroyo and officials she had appointed to the board of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, as well as Commission on Audit officials, with conspiring to take money from the agency’s corporate allocation funds and treating it as a confidential intelligence fund, which is exempted from audit procedures. READ MORE...


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Vision for the future: 2030


Melito Salazar Jr. Business Best -He is the current Vice-President of the Manila Bulletin’s Advertising department. He was Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Foundation, Chairman of Inter-Asia Development Bank, Vice-Chairman of the (Philippine Veterans Bank) PVB Card Inc.

MANILA, JULY 25, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) 
July 17, 2016  By Melito Salazar Jr. - As the Duterte administration copes to alleviate the daily struggle if the Filipino, it needs to inspire our countrymen to overcome by visualizing what their future could be. The Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands, the original and oldest chamber, tracing its roots to 1886, has adopted the “History Builds the Future: 2030: Five Pillars.”

PILLAR I: The Filipino and Education

A. Every Filipino has access to the best education in academics, technology, engineering, universal moral values, good manners and right conduct, and implicative thinking; and be tri-lingual: fluent in CORRECT English and CORRECT Tagalog plus another language/dialect.

B. Every Filipino must be among the best in the world in al least one profession, one skill, or one talent, with at least a High School K-12 education, and college and post-college graduates comprising 25% of the population.

C. Every Filipino must have ingrained patriotism and integrity, Filipino values balanced with universal values, and carries himself with good manners and dignified respect.

PILLAR II: Philippine Government

A. The best, the brightest, the most honest and dedicated of the citizenry are serving in the government, by an enabling mechanism in place.

B. The mining of natural resources are given only to companies that will set up factories that use said natural resources in the manufacturing of end-products within the country. This needs a paradigm shift in our thinking and our laws.

C. The rule of law and sanctity of contracts are respected with a no-nonsense judiciary.

D. The management, efficiency, professionalism and integrity in the delivery and implementation of government services, especially front services in direct contact with the people, are top quality, transparent and the procedures/documentation required are clear and easy for the people to comply with.

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PILLAR III: Infrastructure and Environment

A. Philippine Infrastructure must be comparable with the best in the world with disaster prevention features against earthquakes and flooding, and are user friendly.

Public vehicles load and unload not on the roads, but rather on designated areas away from the roads and sidewalks and are dispatched sequentially and not simultaneously.

B. All that comprises that the Environment must be fit for a healthy and pleasing quality of life comparable to the best in the world, where God-given attractions are preserved and properly maintained and their development for tourism and other uses be controlled/subjected to capacity limits.

C. The geographic uniqueness of the country i.e. its many islands and being in an earthquake prone area, and subject to typhoons – be used as an advantage:

To create the best airports, seaports, highways and ICT to seamlessly connect the many islands, integrating unique modern technologies and engineering to build disaster-proof infrastructure with proper spaces and spacing, and disaster recovery preparedness.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” –Native American Proverb

PILLAR IV: Philippine Business

A. Philippine-owned business (at least 51% or per the Constitution, truly Filipino owned) are dominant in the market share and revenues, in the business of national and substantive importance and are operating globally.

B. Philippine-made products and services should be Philippine-branded and exported worldwide with Philippine-owned brand names.

C. Majority of Filipinos own equity in companies and earn honest dividends with an expanded inclusive Stock Exchange.

D. Philippine-based companies are leaders in software engineering and hardware manufacturing of industries that will connect our Islands:

1. Short haul seacrafts.

2. Short haul aircrafts.

3. Information and Communication Technologies.

“Business has been, is now, and always should be playing a major role in inspiring and effecting the massive changes taking place in our constantly changing global society, driving towards a better future for everyone.” – Deloitte Annual Report 2011, Perspectives, Reimagining Business

PILLAR V: The Economy

A. An economy that uses its minerals and natural resources as inputs to value-added manufacturing of end products within the country.

B. A diverse economy, self-sufficient in food, creating wealth from manufacturing, niche upstream services, tourism, and intellectual property.

C. An economy effectively controlled competitively by Filipinos (at least 51% in sales or outlets, in critically important areas of the economy, while being open to foreign participation/competition).

D. The Philippine economy is among the Top 50% of countries worldwide in GDP per capita, GHI-Gross Happiness Index, and other global standards on poverty and well-being.

Under the Duterte Administration: Vision 2030 can be achieved if we start now.


Farming is in by Jullie Yap Daza July 20, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share13


Jullie Yap Daza

Wave after wave, or should that be season after season, it looks like agriculture is finally capturing the imagination of urbanites. The latest sign: The first ToFarm Film Festival, dedicated to farming and farmers, and our future.

It’s too early to tell how bountiful a harvest the six festival entries have produced at the box office, but as far as the cheering squads of farmers are concerned, may the tribe of Dr. Mila How, their sponsor, increase! Knowing Mila and her passion to help farmers – she gives out awards and cash rewards every year to outstanding farmers – she would rather that the tribe of farmers increased – exponentially, if possible.

For Mila, who heads a company that produces and distributes fertilizers and farm equipment, going into movies to tell the story of Farmer Juan is a sign of her optimism in the ability of farmers and their sons and daughters to keep planting for our sake. With filmmaker Maryo J. de los Reyes overseeing the festival from birth to last fade-out in SM cinemas, the six-day festival arrived on the heels of a reel of good news to the farming sector.

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First, a new agriculture secretary who will focus on rice sufficiency as a “must, not a choice,” perhaps he’ll even root out the evil smugglers who have perverted the nation’s dependence on farming as a prime industry serving individuals, families, generations. Then came the announcement that Joseph Calata is hunting for partners to send 15 agriculture graduates to Argentina to study soil technology, microfinancing, and postharvesting techniques.

On the glamorous side of farming, advocates of ecotourism and farming tourism are on a roll, all the data available pointing to a business that’s growing in lovely leaps and bounds. Anyone who has any doubt should come see Zac Sarian, this paper’s farmer in residence, and learn what strides are being taken, right in the field, by weekend farmers, urban planters, amateur growers, the whole kit and caboodle. That Zac never runs out of materials to write about and photograph on a daily basis – and he’s been at it for decades, take a bow, Zac! – is proof that farming is in. Let’s keep it green and growing.


DU30 to act on media killings; poverty not an excuse for crime by Fred M. Lobo July 20, 2016 Share5 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share33


by Fred M. Lobo

The Duterte administration has vowed speedy action on and fair resolution of media killings, including the gruesome 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

Time to check media killings and resolve old, dragging cases.

***

The President has warned criminals against using “poverty” as an excuse in turning to a life of crime, destroying the lives of others or stealing their property.

“It’s foolhardy. You cannot fool the whole world,” he declared.

***

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar said new and pending cases of media killings will be reviewed to bring justice to the victims and their families.

A draft administrative order creating a task force that will probe the killings of journalists has been finalized for the President’s approval, he assured.

***

“That has always been the cry of people in the media and concerned quarters in our country. We will advise, we will recommend to the President that the past cases be reviewed,” Andanar said when asked on the Maguindanao massacre.

“Once we have this signed, then it’s a very positive direction for us to be able to investigate, to be able to seek justice for those who have been victims of extra-judicial media killings,”

***

Andanar decried the ambush last week of Real FM radio commentator Apolinario Suan in Surigao del Norte, wounding him and killing his escort.

“The objective (now) is to put a period or find out the root of these unnecessary and illegal killings of our brothers and sisters in the media,” Andanar stressed.

READ MORE...

***

“Media violence and killings must end…,” Andanar declared.

Yes, save the transmitters of the news, molders of public opinion, and watchdogs of society.

***

“I sympathize with the family of the victim and urge local police to speed up its investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Andanar.

The police should move faster now under the Duterte Effect or be hit themselves.

***

“It’s about time, I believe, that the current secretary of the Department of Justice should also hasten all the past cases and give justice to families who have been victimized by the overdue process,” he said.

Justice delayed is justice denied, as the saying goes.

***

Meanwhile, President Duterte told criminals to stop blaming their economic status for their criminal acts or behavior.

“Kasi mahirap lang kami,” is not a valid excuse, says Duterte.

***

Likewise, he advised cops and soldiers not to let their financial problems or that of their families to force them to resort to corruption or illegal drugs.

Emergency assistance will be extended to them by Malacañang in legitimate cases, Duterte assured.

***

“Don’t sell shabu. Just go to me (for assistance), advises Duterte.

Yes to a hands-on, helpful president! Hooray!


EDITORIAL ‘An innocent woman’ SHARES: 563 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:32 AM July 21st, 2016

What’s going on?” is the question du jour in the wake of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s successful petition for the dismissal of the P366-million plunder case against her on grounds of insufficiency of evidence.

The Supreme Court’s approval of the former president’s demurrer to evidence was not exactly a surprise, the tribunal having “telegraphed” it by suspending her plunder trial at the Sandiganbayan and extending the suspension a number of times until this year.

Nevertheless, some people find the ruling unsettling, wondering if it is a sign of things to come.

The Supreme Court’s grant of bail last year to then Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile “on humanitarian grounds” was already deemed an ominous sign; many feared that the ruling could set a precedent among those detained for offenses not covered by bail—offenses like plunder, of which Enrile, along with Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, is charged in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam allegedly engineered by Janet Lim Napoles.

“What’s going on?” went the rounds, seeing as how Enrile’s legal team did not even cite humanitarian grounds in its petition, and at any rate the man was hardly doddering, indeed was quite tiptop for someone in his 90s (jet-black hair and all).

It seemed a classic case of the high and mighty getting the usual star treatment even by the blindfolded Lady Justice, given that other elderly men, ailing, despondent and unable even to enjoy video games on a tablet, political prisoners included, have been languishing in prison for years.

Now (at this writing) Arroyo is preparing to leave her quarters at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, where she stayed for four years, for the comforts of home.

Per one of her lawyers’ account, members of her legal team and sundry aides were in tears to hear news that the tribunal had quashed the plunder suit approved for filing by the Ombudsman in July 2012.

The suit charged Arroyo and officials she had appointed to the board of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, as well as Commission on Audit officials, with conspiring to take money from the agency’s corporate allocation funds and treating it as a confidential intelligence fund, which is exempted from audit procedures.

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(Surely halfway attentive observers have not forgotten harrowing scenes at the Senate in July 2011: Rosario Uriarte, appointed general manager and board vice chair of the PCSO by Arroyo, with whom she had a long-running association that began when the latter held the trade portfolio, weeping at a hearing of the blue ribbon committee and invoking her right against self-incrimination, “plunder [being] a nonbailable offense.”

The committee was then looking into the fund irregularities at the agency whose charter stipulates that its funds be used exclusively for national charities, medical assistance and services, and health programs.

At one point, Sen. Franklin Drilon pointed out to Uriarte that in 2009, as much as P116,386,800 in PCSO funds was allotted for “bomb threat, kidnapping, destabilization and terrorism.” Uriarte said it was Arroyo who had personally approved the PCSO’s intelligence budget.)

Arroyo’s legal team did not present its defense at the Sandiganbayan. After its demurrer to evidence was rejected by the antigraft court—a rejection that was upheld on appeal—it sought relief directly from the Supreme Court, on the lead of the redoubtable Estelito Mendoza.

The resolution of the tribunal, which voted 11-4 to lift Arroyo’s hospital arrest, is (at this writing) awaiting the justices’ signatures. Ordinary citizens who, unlike lawyers, are disinclined to ponder on the minutiae of the law, can only wonder at the dismissal of the six plunder cases filed against the former president, and at the apparent conclusion that all these constituted much ado over nothing.

Is the “Hello, Garci” case also included in that conclusion? Is it true, as bandied about, that life is “weather-weather lang”?

On TV, the representative of Pampanga seemed better—much better than years ago when her counsel Mendoza caused the release of photographs showing her in a strange neck brace, her face shorn of makeup, her hair awry—the apparent subtext being that her travails had reduced her to a shadow of her glamorous self.

On Tuesday her husband thanked God and declared her “an innocent woman.”

The person in the street may well ask: Is that what insufficiency of evidence means?


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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