PANAWAGAN NG CITIZEN NATIONAL GUARD: IPAGTANGGOL ANG ATING BANSA AT MAMAMAYAN


MULING binuhay ng Citizen National Guard (CNG) ang pagmamahal sa bansa at kapwa, sa ginanap na First National Congress noong Hulyo 14, 2018 sa Amoranto Multi-purpose Hall, Quezon City.

Nagsama-sama mula sa iba’t ibang sektor ng lipunan, dumayo mula pa sa iba’t ibang lalawigan sa bansa ang marami sa mga nagsipagdalo sa nabanggit na kapulungan.

Tulad ng mga opisyal ng Citizen National Guard, iba’t ibang kuwento at karanasan na nagbuklod sa kanila upang buuin ang nasabing samahan.

CNG BOARD MEMBER CRISTINA ROCO CORONA
Ms. Cristina Roco-Corona speaks about the “desecration of justice”, as experienced by the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, at the Citizen National Guard First National Congress on July 14th, Quezon City. (Photo by: Mark Nilo Odiaman)

 

Sa talumpati ni CNG Board Member Cristina Roco Corona, maybahay ng yumaong Chief Justice Renato Coronado Corona, ay mariin nyang sinabi ang paglapastangan sa katarungan ng administrasyon ni dating Pangulo Noynoy Aquino na ginamit ang pera ng bayan upang suhulan ang mga pulitiko sa senado na nagsilbing huwes laban kay CJ Corona.

Binanggit din ng Pangulo ng Supreme Court Ladies’ Circle na hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay hindi napatunayan na may katiwaliang ginawa o nagawa ang namayapang Chief Justice.

Binalik tanaw din ng biyuda ni CJ Corona ang pangako nito nang nanumpa bilang Chief Justice na ibibigay ang katarungan para sa lahat lalo na sa mga inaapi at inaabuso,

 

 

As Chief Justice, he was guided by Cicero’s words, “Salus populi suprema lex esto.” Translated, “Let the welfare of the people be the highest law.” CJ Corona vowed to be fair, when he said, and I quote:

“Undaunted by man or circumstance and unswayed by praise or criticism, in me right will find sanctuary and wrong will find no refuge.”

He concluded with a Latin maxim, and I quote:

“Let justice be done though the heavens fall.”  CJ Corona was true to his word, and because of it, the heavens indeed fell. I witnessed how he became the most persecuted victim of what many considered “the desecration of justice.”

 

Sa pagtatapos ng kanyang mensahe, nagpasalamat sya sa lahat ng mga taong nanatiling umalalay, sumuporta at naniwala sa kanyang asawa. Malaking bagay din umano ang pagmamahal at suportang ibinigay ng sariling pamilya ng magkabilang panig dahil sa naging matatag ang yumaong Chief Justice sa kanyang paninindigan laban sa katiwalian at kasinungalingan hanggang sa huling hininga ng kanyang buhay.

Samantala, naging tampok naman sa nasabing kapulungan ng CNG ang pagbibigay ng parangal ng “Most Outstanding Filipino Patriot Award” kina Gat. Andres Bonifacio, (Posthumous) na tinanggap ni Atty. Gregorio Bonifacio at Public Attorney’s Office Chief Dr. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta.

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Agad itinaas ni Public Attorney’s Chief Dr. Persida V. Rueda Acosta ang “Itak ng Katipunan” bilang simbolo ng paninindigan para sa katotohanan at katarungan.
Sina CNG President Princess Lady Ann Indanan-Sahidulla at Vice President and Secretary General Antonio Abad Santos “Butch” Valdes ang nag-abot ng kahon na naglalaman ng “Itak ng Katipunan” bilang natatanging pagkilala kay PAO Chief Acosta na “Most Outstanding Filipino Patriot” bunsod ng hindi matatawarang paglaban sa katiwalian, kasinungalingan at patuloy na paglilingkod sa mahihirap na Pilipino. (Photo by: Mark Nilo Odiaman)

Nagbigay din ng pahayag at nagpaunlak ng isang kanta si National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana sa ginanap na CNG First National Congress. Naging tampok din, ang pagpapatibay ng pagiging kasapi ng CNG si SND Lorenzana.

CNG GUEST SPEAKER DND DELFIN N. LORENZANA
Guest Speaker Sec. Delfin N. Lorenzana whose leadership is exemplified by his professionalism, competence, and devotion to his duty to defend the integrity of the sovereign republic. (Photo by: Mark Nilo Odiaman)

Pagkakaisa naman ng Muslim at Kristiyano ang sigaw ng “Iron Lady” ng Sulu na si CNG President Princess Lady Ann Indanan-Sahidulla.

CNG PRESIDENT PRINCESS LADY ANN INDANAN SAHIDULLA
Dr. Persida Rueda-Acosta, Keynote Speaker and Recipient of the ‘Most Outstanding Filipino Award’ by the Citizen National Guard (CNG) for her exemplary courage to stand up for the truth, to do what is right, to assist the downtrodden, and unquestionable love for the country. (Photo by: Mark Nilo Odiaman)

Matatandaan na ang tinaguriang “Iron lady, Protector of the Poor” ng Sulu ay ilang beses na ring nakasagip ng buhay mula sa mga biktima ng terorismo at karahasan. Kabilang sa kanyang mga nailigtas ay si Ces Drilon noong 2008 at sina Swiss Andreas Notter, Italian Eugenio Vagni, and Filipino Mary Jean Lacaba na biktima ng kidnapping ng Abu Sayaff noong taong 2009.

Sa pagsasara ng First National Congress, isang Resolusyon na  ginawa ng CNG Board of Directors na binasa ni dating Undersecretary for Finance and Management ng Department of Education na si Antonio Abad Santos “Butch” Valdes at pinagtibay ng lahat na nagsipagdalo, na pinamagatang “A Call to Defend the Republic Against the Enemies of the State.”

RESOLUTION

When present conditions of terrorism, rebellion, drug proliferation, and insidious attempt toward regime change by foreign intelligence agencies have reached critical levels, threatening the welfare of our citizenry, peace and order, and sovereignty of our nation;

It is incumbent upon every patriotic Filipino to do as best he can, to participate and support government, all its agencies, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in defending the integrity of the Republic.

It is our considered opinion:

That, the Marawi siege by extremist and terrorist groups are part of a larger conspiracy to forcibly acquire Philippine territories, establish caliphates by infiltrating Muslim communities causing mass destruction of lives and property resulting in general destabilization of Philippine society;

That, for fear of being convicted and sentenced for crimes against the people, plunder, murder, usurpation of authority, criminal negligence, obstruction of justice, and treason, certain members of previous administrations of the executive branch, legislature and judiciary actively conspire with other groups intent on regime change;

That, in the process of asserting our country’s sovereignty, President Rodrigo Duterte refused to allow our territory to be used as a military base of a foreign nation, planning to install offensive nuclear armed missiles as preparation for war;

That, “we are not your colony, nor are we slaves of anyone”– demanding the recognition of our independence, mutual respect, enemies of no one and promoting goodwill to all peoples of the world;

 

That, in the process of fighting criminality, declaring war against crime, corruption and drug syndicates, cleansing of our society of drug pushers, dealers, addicts, grafters, scalawags and other criminal elements;

That, a reaction of negative propaganda presumably instigated by the regime change architects, specifically the CIA and European agencies, through New York Times, Washington Post, Rappler, etc., with their foreign and local surrogates seek to destroy the firm resolve and popular support of President Duterte;

That, in pursuing their sinister objectives, it is not beyond their capabilities to create a conspiracy of forces with similar goals, including the New People’s Army, Maute group, drug syndicates and political opposition to oust the president by all illegal means even to the extent of assassinating him;

That, the resulting chaos, should their evil plan succeed, will result in an unprecedented widespread turmoil, bloodshed, civil war, and the dismemberment of the country – a condition of little consequence to the terrorists, ideologues, drug syndicates, political opportunists and the CIA;

Therefore:

We, citizens of the sovereign republic of the Philippines, soldiers of the Filipino People, teachers, doctors, farmers, engineers, other professionals, students and members of religious organizations – all sectors of society, do hereby declare:

That, the Citizen National Guard in order to save the nation, reject any notion of foreign instigated and assisted regime change, contrary to the principle of sovereignty and interest of the Filipino people;

That, the conspiracy of evil forces enumerated above poses as grave and imminent danger to the lives of our population, destroying the future of coming generations, threatening the integrity and the very existence of our nation as an independent republic;

That, we call on all patriotic Filipinos to discard ideological differences, party affiliations, disparity of religious beliefs, and regional origins, to close our ranks, stand behind one flag, commit our honor, dedicate our lives to fight as best we can in defense of our country, support our president, and assure a better life for the coming Filipino generations;

Inspired by Divine Providence and sincerity of our intentions, we give our solemn oath to defend and protect the integrity of the republic as we affix our name and sacred honor.

SIGNED.

 CITIZEN NATIONAL GUARD (CNG)

Panawagan ng CNG sa sambayanang Pilipino, na ipagtanggol ang kasarinlan ng bansa; protektahan ang mamamayan; at suportahan ang halal na Pangulo ng bansa laban sa tunay na kaaway ng bayan: Isis Terorists, CPP-NPA, Drug Lords, Yellowtards, at CIA.

Binasa ni Physical Economist Antonio Abad Santos ‘Butch’ Valdes at dating Undersecretary for Finance and Management ng Department of Education, ang Resolusyon ng Citizen National Guard na pinagtibay ng buong Kongreso ng CNG sa ginanap na First National Congress noong Hulyo 14, 2018 sa Amoranto Multi-purpose Hall.

Binanggit din ni Prof. Valdes na ang Citizen National Guard ay hindi binuo ng sinumang opisyal ng pamahalaan o kasakuluyang administrasyon dahil ito ay nabuo dahil sa pangangailangang magkaroon ng katuwang ang pamahalaan sa pagtatanggol ng bayan, pangalagaan ang mamamayan at tulungan ang Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa mga nais pumatay dito mula sa mga masasamang dayuhan o Pilipinong taksil sa bayan. # (Cathy Cruz)

ENEMIES OF THE STATE

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LABAN PARA SA KATOTOHANAN AT KATARUNGAN – PAO Chief Persida Acosta


LABAN PARA SA KATOTOHANAN AT KATARUNGAN!
Agad itinaas ni Public Attorney’s Chief Dr. Persida V. Rueda Acosta ang “Itak ng Katipunan” bilang simbolo ng paninindigan para sa katotohanan at katarungan, sa ginanap na First National Congress ng Citizen National Guard (CNG) nitong Hulyo 14, 2018. Iginawad nina CNG President Princess Lady Ann Indanan-Sahidulla at Vice President and Secretary General Antonio Abad Santos “Butch” Valdes ang natatanging pagkilala kay PAO Chief Acosta na “Most Outstanding Filipino Patriot” bunsod ng hindi matatawarang paglaban sa katiwalian, kasinungalingan at patuloy na paglilingkod sa mahihirap na Pilipino. (Cathy Cruz)

Monsanto and Human Nature scholars graduate from Gawad Kalinga’s School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED)


MONSANTO PHIL DONATED FUND TO PUT UP DORMITORY FOR GK-SEED
All smiles from the representatives of Monsanto, Human Nature and Gawad Kalinga as they hand over the certificates of completion to this year’s GK-SEED graduates

It was a highly emotional graduation ceremony as the scholars of Monsanto and Human Nature received their diploma marking the end of their two-year course at Gawad Kalinga’s School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development (GK-SEED). The scholars have definitely grown very close not only to each other but also to their mentors as evidenced by the exchange of warm messages accompanied by heartfelt tears indicating a mixture of joy, excitement and sadness as their two-year live-in training ends.

The GK-SEED was launched in 2014 to provide an education-based solution to rural development. It is the country’s first school for social entrepreneurship for the poor which prepares students to create social enterprises with a vision to develop rural areas through rural job and wealth creation. During the two-year program, students take a variety of courses that focus on character development, enterprise management, communications, business math, and agriculture.

The school is also a pilot program that will be replicated to provide quality education to thousands in communities across the Philippines. It aims to raise the next generation of agri-entrepreneurs.

“It is the first school to be training people from the bottom of the pyramid, specifically the young to actually learn business. We teach them to become employers and leaders,” said Mark Lawrence Cruz, Director of GK-SEED Philippines. “Our vision for them is to lead their communities out of poverty.” Cruz underscored that the scholars will not only end poverty for themselves but also for their families, their communities, and our country.

Meantime, Monsanto’s Corporate Affairs Head Charina Ocampo said that “we are humbled and honored to have been given the opportunity to help children from farming families achieve their dreams. We are excited that through GK-SEED, they are now equipped to realize their fullest potential and can help alleviate the lives of not only of their families but also of the other members of their communities.

Monsanto also helped build a two-storey dormitory inside the GK-SEED campus to provide a place for scholars to stay during their two-year course. These scholars come from various parts of the country and as far as the Visayas and Mindanao regions.# (MonPhil/TN)

Environment-friendly Banahaw Spring Purified Water now serving


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Officials of Philippine Bottling Beverage (PBB), a Filipino-owned firm, and guests show the new bottled Banahaw Spring Purified Water during its launch in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, recently. (PBB photo)

A new player in the purified water and non-carbonated drinks industry has joined the pack.
It’s the Filipino-owned Philippine Bottling Beverage (PBB), which revealed that its Banahaw Spring Purified Water product comes from the waters of Mount Banahaw located between the provinces of Laguna and Quezon.
PBB is a Filipino-owned business, and it put in three years of research and testing before they finally commercially released to the local market their bottled water.
Thor Jourdan Mutuc, PBB’s business development manager, other company executives, and guests launched the product recently in Taguig City’s Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
He assured Filipinos of PBB’s commitment to upholding production process adhering to international standards and quality.
To achieve this, he said they brought to the country an European technology which is one of the latest at present.
“Our production facility located at the foot of Mount Banahaw in San Pablo, Laguna, is at par with world standards, fully automated and requires minimal human intervention, preserving only the essential natural qualities of water from the mountain,” Mutuc said.
PBB took pride in being the Philippines’ only purified water that was named after its source.
“Today, we are sharing with you a purified water product harnessed from sustainable natural sources and bottled with care to ensure you get only safe and quality purified water we Filipinos can be proud of,” the PBB official said.
While sourcing its product from the water of Mount Banahaw, PBB also puts importance to the mountain as it ensures it is taking care of the rural community where the mountain belongs. PBB, then, advocates strict compliance with environmental standards in its operation.

Banahaw Spring Purified Water
Media and guests scramble to pick fruits offered by Philippine Bottling Beverage (PBB) during a media event for their new bottled water. (PBB photo)

“Water sustainability is the most significant aspect of our business. Beyond careful usage of water, we are putting in place measures that are geared towards protecting forests that nurture groundwater and contribute to the healthy circulation of water in nature,” said Mutuc. (Edd K. Usman) #

Castriciones gets CA’s nod


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Members of the Commission on Appointments confirmed the appointment of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones during its deliberations on Wednesday, May 30 held at the Senate in Pasay City. (Public Assistance and Media Relations Service, Department of Agrarian Reform)

QUEZON CITY – The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John R. Castriciones.

Senator Grace Poe, who presided over the CA’s committee on agrarian reform said the decision to approve Castriciones’ appointment was reached in an executive session.

Poe said a secret voting was made and 13 members of the panel voted to approve the DAR chief’s nomination and only two objected.

The senator added she would report the panel’s recommendation to the CA plenary on Wednesday.

When she endorses the recommendation on the floor, Poe said she would remind Castriciones to address the concerns raised by those who opposed his nomination.

Castriciones first entered DAR when he was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in December last year, taking over the post of Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano whose nomination was rejected by the CA.

For more than 23 years, Castriciones was a law practitioner who appeared in inferior and superior courts throughout the country. During this period, he also served as legal counsel for several corporations and top government officials in controversial and precedent-setting cases.

In 2009, he served as Director for Investigation, Security and Law Enforcement Services (ISLES) of the Department of Transportation and Communication, and as assistant spokesman and deputy chairman of the Task Force Gabay of the Tagapagligtas sa Karagatan.

At the beginning of the current administration, he served as undersecretary for operations for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) until his recent appointment at DAR.

He also serves as the national president of Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) and founding the senior partner of the Castriciones Legal Consultancy, where his children, who are also lawyers, practice their profession.

In the previous hearing, the CA bypassed his appointment after several lawmakers questioned his experience and track record. ### (Public Assistance and Media Relations Service, Department of Agrarian Reform)

 

Monsanto PH conducts financial literacy training for Pangasinan farmers


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Monsanto Philippines recently conducted a seminar on financial literacy for 200 corn farmers in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, with the goal of broadening farmer’s knowledge on managing farm income and finances. The event was organized in partnership with the local government of Urbiztondo, a third class municipality, through its Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO).

The training was facilitated by financial consultants from the International Marketing Group-Wealth Academy (IMG-Wealth Academy). The 200 farmers who attended the training were selected from each of the corn farming barangays of Urbiztondo.

In his opening remarks, Mayor Martin Sison II highlighted that trainings like this are beneficial especially to farmers. He requested the “attendees to share the knowledge that they have gained from the seminar to their fellow farmers and neighbors so that everyone can benefit from it.”

Meanwhile, Ms. Charina Garrido-Ocampo, Corporate Affairs Lead of Monsanto Philippines, stressed the importance of broadening financial literacy in the rural parts of the country. “According to the 2015 survey of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Ratings Services, Philippines is one of the 30 least financially literate countries in the world, and only 25% of Filipino adults are aware of the basics of managing their finances,” Ocampo said.

During the seminar, the farmers were trained how to manage their income and were taught some strategies on how to save money. The financial consultants from IMG gave a lecture on how to build a solid financial foundation. “When it comes to securing and saving for their future, many people fail. They don’t set out to fail, but they do because they failed to plan and manage their personal finances. They lack financial education,” said Mr. Budz Oblena, one of the speakers from IMG- Wealth Academy.

This is the third financial literacy training which Monsanto conducted. The first one was held in Bukidnon where they trained 300 farming families on financial and digital literacy, followed by a seminar in Cagayan where they reached out to 200 government employees and underprivileged college students.

In her closing remarks, Vice Mayor Marilyn Sison expressed her gratitude to Monsanto Philippines for helping the farmers in Urbiztondo. “Our focus in on agriculture– most importantly our farmers. We are happy that Monsanto reached out to us and we appreciate that they have chosen our Municipality to be a beneficiary of their activity,” she articulated. # (Monsanto Philippines/TN)

Monsanto PH Financial Literacy Training
Monsanto Philippines, in partnership with the local government of Urbiztondo, recently conducted a seminar on financial literacy to 200 corn farmers.

494 DAR employees savor long-awaited promotion


 

 

QUEZON CITY – AGRARIAN Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones became the toast of the DAR community on Friday, May 25 following the oath-taking of 494 newly promoted and appointed employees from the central office to the field offices in various parts of the country, the culmination of the five-year rationalization plan that was marked with confusion and uncertainty.

 

Calling them the “heroes of the country’s land reform program,” Castriciones presided the oath-taking of the newly promoted employees at the DAR Gymnasium in Quezon City.

 

Castriciones urged them to carry on with their tasks of distributing farm lands and delivering support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries to the best of their abilities to uplift the farmer-beneficiaries’ standards of living and spur rural development.

 

He also implored them “to be selfless and be not afraid to sacrifice and even put their lives on the line, if necessary, in our efforts to address the social ills and injustices in the countryside.”

 

“Being the catalysts of change, the instruments of justice and the servants of the Filipino people, the more you should be motivated to carry out your sacred duties and obligations without fear or favor as mandated under the country’s agrarian reform law,” the DAR chief stressed.

 

Undersecretary for Finance, Management and Administration Emily Padilla called it a “D-Day” and a “milestone in the lives of the newly promoted and appointed DAR employees” for their dedication and patience, giving their all despite the misgivings brought about by the aborted rationalization plan (RatPlan).

 

“For the longest time, they have waited for this very moment when their dreams (finally) become a reality,” Padilla said.

 

The DAR’s RatPlan actually commenced in August 2013 after having been suspended due to uncertainties brought about by the then near expiration of the five-year Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reform (CARPer) Law.

 

The law eventually expired in June 2014 and, as if serving as a portent of what to come, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) rejected the DAR’s RatPlan a month later for setting aside the Memorandum Circular No. 3, which calls for the placement of affected personnel to comparable positions before undertaking any promotions for deserving employees.

 

Leo Mabansag said he is grateful to the new administration of Secretary Castriciones and to President Duterte for making their dreams come true. Mabansag was promoted to municipal agrarian reform program officer (Marpo) for the clustered towns of San Julian and Sulat, Eastern Samar.

 

“It took us five years, all in all, before our prayers were answered. But it’s worth it. I would say that the invalidation of our promotions brought pains to me and fellow DAR employees, but it only made us even stronger in our resolve to fulfill our duties and obligations to our clientele, both the farmer-beneficiaries and the landowners and other agrarian advocates,” Mabansag said.

 

Samuel Sesio, who was also promoted to Marpo for the clustered towns of Balangkayan, Maydolong and Llorente also in Eastern Samar, admired the strong political will of the administration of Secretary Castriciones for doing in only five months what his predecessors had failed to do for years – the long awaited promotions.

 

“Finally, the waiting is over. Now, we can go back to work and work with peace of mind,” Sesio said.

 

Lucille Mabanua-Busud was also ecstatic with her promotion from senior agrarian reform program officer to chief agrarian reform program officer of Isabela, serving as one of the deputies of the provincial agrarian reform program officer (Parpo) II.

 

“I’m very happy that finally we got our long overdue promotions. Hopefully, this is it, that this will not be recalled again as what had happened in the past,” Busud said. ###