Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Kidding aside, I wish that you may have the courage of David, the meekness of Joseph, the faithfulness of Moses, the obedience of Abraham, the wisdom of Solomon, and the penis of Goliath! A prosperous 2009!!!
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Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-267-2008
22 December 2008
PHILIPPINES: Sixty two families of farmer face threats of losing land
ISSUES: Right to land; right to property; right to housing; right to
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes with deep concern
over the plight of sixty two farming families who face the threat of
losing their land in the province of Bukidnon after they were
excluded as beneficiaries for land distribution despite the fact that
they have been farming the land for at least 15 years. Their names
were replaced with persons who have never cultivated the land.
CASE DETAILS: (According to information received from the Task Force
Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP-Mindanao))
The Don Carlos Bukidnon United Farmers Association, Incorporated
(DCBUFAI), where the 62 families affected farmers are attached, was
formerly the defunct BFI-Carlos Bukidnon Farmers Association. It was
first registered in 22 April 1997 with 224 members. After changing
their name, they had also obtained a new Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC) registration no. H1999-00214.
However, their membership has reduced to 109, including the 62
families mentioned above who now face threats of losing the land they
cultivate and from which they get their means of subsistence.
Even before they became an association, these farmers had already
entered the landholdings of Bukidnon Farmers, Inc. (BFI) on
individual capacity from 1986. It lasted for succeeding years until
the management of the BFI had them recruited into planting corn and
other crops in between the coconut trees the BFI had planted
purposely to maintain its cultivation. But when the BFI close down
after having been sequestered, the farmers have not been given any
At present, each of these farmers had been able to cultivate about
one hectare each. The period by which each of them had been
cultivating the land ranging from fifteen to twenty years
respectively which they planted sugarcane, corn and rice.
However, of the 109 members of farmer, it is learned that sixty-two
of them have not been included in the list as beneficiaries for land
distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Programme
(CARP), a law which provides distribution of land to landless
farmers, which is being implemented by the Department of Agrarian
Reform (DAR). This is despite them having been included in the list
during a pre-screening in 1996.
They were said to have been excluded from the list for reasons that
they were not in the original list which is not true. The reality
that the farmers have been actually possessing and since cultivating
the land for many years was also ignored. They, however, learned that
the new list of names of the beneficiaries recently issued are persons
who are either not residents of Don Carlos or have never cultivated
They have also learned that the land these farmers had been
cultivating have in fact already been covered by a Certificate of
Land Ownership Award (CLOA), which means the occupants have already
have the legal right to claim ownership under the CARP. However, they
only came to be aware of this until recently.
To affirm the farmer's claims, on 24 January 2000, the office of the
Barangay Reform Council (BARC) issued a certification which affirms
that the 62 families of farmers are residents of the place and has
since been cultivating the land reform for many yeas.
On 8 October 2008, the farmers filed a petition to have their names
included as beneficiaries with the regional officer of the Department
of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Region X, in Cagayan de Oro City. The
certification that the BARC has issued was also included in the
farmer's petition which the farmers filed.
Nine days later, October 17, John Maruhom, DAR regional director,
forwarded the farmers' petition to Norberto R. Amora, provincial
agrarian reform officer in South Bukidnon. The endorsement has had a
notation and called for the attention of Adones Obsioma, chairman of
the Task Force BFI, for him to evaluate and take appropriate action.
On 6 November 2008, the farmers once again followed-up their petition
at Obsioma's office. Though his secretary has already confirmed of
having received the DAR communication but she was not aware of what
action he had taken, if there is any. His secretary also could not
tell exactly when Obsioma would return to his office.
On 7 November 2008, they made another follow up again by going to the
office of the Municipal Agrarian Reform Office (MARO) but they were
told that Obsioma was on leave.
On 9 December 2008, they wrote a letter to John Maruhom, DAR regional
director, informing him that for several occasions that they made
follow-up with Obsioma's office they have not been able to meet him
and always been told by his secretary he is not around. This prompted
the farmers to proceed to several offices of DAR in Maramag and Don
Carlos municipalities respectively hoping they could meet Obsioma to
do follow-up on their case. However their efforts failed to show
On 15 December 2008, the farmers were once again told that Obsioma
was in Manila. Thus, at the time this appeal is being written,
Obsioma is yet to take action into concluding the farmer's petition
to have their names included in the list of beneficiaries. Under the
law, only the beneficiaries of the CARP upon DAR's assessment could
have the possibility of owning the land they cultivating under the
Please write letters to concerned authorities, in particular the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), requesting for their immediate
intervention into their farmers' plight. The farmers' petition should
be acted upon without delay and that inquiries into the irregularities
in the exclusion of the farmers are beneficiaries; and the inclusion
of the names of the persons who are not actually farmers.
The AHRC has also written letters to the UN Special Rapporteurs on
the right to food and on adequate housing calling for their
To support this appeal, please click here:
PHILIPPINES: Sixty two families of farmer face threats of losing land
Affected families: Sixty two families of farmers; residents of San
Roque and San Ramon, Don Carlos, Bukidnon; members of Don Carlos
Bukidnon United Farmers Association, Incorporated (DCBUFAI), an
organization of actual tiller farmers
Name of the responsible government agency: Department of Agrarian
Reform (DAR), the government agency responsible for implementation of
the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Programme (CARP)
Status of the case: The farmers have already filed a petition with
the DAR to have their names included as the beneficiaries for the
distribution of the land reform. However, the failure of Adones
Obsioma, chairman of the Task Force BFI, to evaluate and take
appropriate action to have the petition resolve promptly aggravated
the farmer's plight of facing the threats of losing the land.
I am writing to express my grave concern about the plight of the
sixty families of farmers mentioned above who faces threats of losing
the land where they have since been cultivating at least for 15 years.
It is extremely disappointing that these farmers, despite them having
actually possessed the land and cultivating them for at least 15
years, their names have not been included in the list of
beneficiaries for land distribution.
Instead, the name of persons who are either not residents of the
place and never actually cultivated the land were included in the
list of beneficiaries which is completely high questionable. I could
not comprehend why the farmers who are supposed to benefit this land
are in fact facing threats of being deprived or lose their land. Not
only did this procedures questionable but also legally incoherent.
The farmer's plight, too, had been aggravated by the government's
failure, in particular chairman of the Task Force BFI, Adones
Obsioma; and the Department of Agrarian Reform's (DAR) office' to
have the farmers' petition to have their names included in the list
of beneficiaries be resolved without delay.
I have learned that since November 6 of this year, the farmers could
either not locate Obsioma at his office for several occasion as they
make follow up for their petition. Also Obsioma also failed to take
immediate action to respond the DAR regional office endorsement in
Cagayan de Oro for him to take action on the petition. It is
disappointing that Obsioma have continuously fails perform duties he
is obliged of doing and is expected from him.
Apart from that, the expansion of a pineapple and banana plantation
in their area has aggravated the scenario that would lose their land
unless the government responsible in dealing with their case takes
prompt action. The lack of concern to have the farmer's plight
resolve promptly as what is being shown by the public officials is
It is disappointing that these farmers have had to endure threats of
losing the land they cultivated which would eventually have a
tremendous effect in their families as they would lose their means of
I fail to comprehend that although details and the evidences in this
case have provided that these families of farmers should have had
benefited this land under CARP; however, in the implementation of
this programme is otherwise. And even though were DAR itself have
identified these farmers as beneficiaries during their initial
screening it fails to upheld these farmers right by failing to act on
their petition promptly.
I therefore urge you to take an effective and adequate action in this
PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
1. Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Republic of the Philippines
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel
Fax: +63 2 736 1010
Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 to 80
2. Ms. Leila De Lima
Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
U.P. Complex, Diliman
Fax: +63 2 929 0102
Tel: +63 2 928 5655 / 926 6188
3. Datu Nasser C. Pangandaman, Al Hadj
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
Eliptical Road, Diliman
Quezon City 1104, Metro Manila
Fax: +63 2 929 3088
Tel: +63 2 929 3460 / 930 0380
4. John M. Maruhom, CESO, IV
Department of Agrarian Reform, Region X
Cagayan de Oro City
Tel: +6388 723727/726 422
Fax: +63 88 858 2674
5. Mr. Norberto R. Amora, MPA
Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II
Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office
Tel: +63 88 8131 387
Urgent Appeals Programme
Asian Human Rights Commission (email@example.com
Asian Human Rights Commission
19/F, Go-Up Commercial Building,
998 Canton Road, Kowloon, Hongkong S.A.R.
Tel: +(852) - 2698-6339 Fax: +(852) - 2698-6367
Monday, December 22, 2008
It has been a lousy 2 weeks.
This time is different from the rest of the challenges that I have to face. My project is dragging because we were doing it the ‘right way’. We are behind because we don’t play money with a certain government department.
Yes I am talking about corruption in our government system. Government servants won’t move to help unless there’s something in it for them. No matter how disgusting it may be in the end, we all still would have to pay certain ‘consultation’ fees just so that we can keep up with project development.
Coming back to our project; well it seems that we have no choice but to speed things up and that means we have to finally play money. Or else nothing will move.
I was in a moral dilemma over this issue. I didn’t want to get involved with this fucking corrupt practices. I wanted to go about it through merit because my team and I are capable and efficient to get things moving.
But in Malaysia this will never happen. Government servants are now so entrenched with corrupt practices that corruption has become an institution in our country.
When running a business, a business leader has to consider and manage employees salaries, bank loan installments, office rentals, telephone, electricity and water bills etc, just to ensure that the business survives its daily rigors.
And the bastards from the government departments would also expect their share in forms of money, women and booze.
Even with the MACC and JAC bills passed in parliament, I still doubt that we would observe any real changes yet in the current administration.
So I have decided to play along with the current government practices with minimal involvement at least for a while. Too many commitments and lives are at stake and we have to press forward to complete this project.
Anyway that’s the plan. The rest I will leave for God to decide...
Saturday, December 20, 2008
ERECTERIUS TROUSERIUS (Trouser Snake)
Description-Varies from pink to black, fangless with highly venomous spit that can cause prolonged swelling lasting 9 months. Size varies from 3 to 9 inches depending on subspecies. Usually found in bedrooms but is known to appear in unusual places from time to time. Attacks women in the lower frontal abdomenal area but on occasions is known to attack men in the lower posterior area also.
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Subject: MalaysiaKini SMS 05/12/08
Date: 05/12/2008 11:58 AM
5/12: EC: Nomination for Kuala Terengganu by-election will be Jan 6, polling day is on Jan 17. The campaign period will be 11 days./MKINI
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General Musharraf, Dr Mahathir, Gloria Arroyo & Lee Kuan Yew were sitting in a train. The train goes through a tunnel and it gets completely dark for the next 8 seconds.Suddenly there is a loud kissing sound and then a slap !The train comes out of the tunnel.
Arroyo and Musharraf are seated across each other, both looking perplexed.
Mahathir, seated across LKY, is bent over holding his face, which is very red from an apparent big slap.
All of them remain diplomatic and nobody says anything.
Musharraf is thinking : ‘ These Malaysians are all crazy after Arroyo. Mahathir must have tried to kiss her in the tunnel. Very proper that she slapped him ! ‘
Arroyo is thinking : ‘ Mahathir must have moved to kiss me,
but kissed Musharraf instead and got slapped. ‘
Mahathir is thinking : ‘ Damn it, Musharraf must have tried to kiss Arroyo ;
she thought it was me and slapped me instead. Shit !! ‘
Lee Kuan Yew is thinking : ‘ If this train goes through one more tunnel,
I could make another kissing sound and slap Mahathir again !! ‘
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We are no longer bothered to call and lodge a complain with SESB...what's the point? They cannot do much anyway. They'd just tell us to switch off the power points and lights in the house. (We've done that; nada and zilch still pitch black)
So what are we doing now?
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
CONSUL: Ur name, please?
ARAB: Abdul Aziz.
ARAB: 3 times a day.
CONSUL: I mean, male or female?
ARAB: Both male n female.Sometimes even with camel.
CONSUL: Holy cow!
ARAB: Yes, cows n dogs, too.
CONSUL: Man, isn't dat hostile?
ARAB: Horse style, dog style, any style!
CONSUL: Oh dear!
ARAB: Deer? No deer! They run very fast !
Monday, November 10, 2008
I wonder what would they think of next?
Doakan keadilan dan pembebasan bagi REV. FR. PAULINO MIRANDA, PADERI PAROKI GEREJA DIVINE MERCY SHAH ALAM, yg DI TANGKAP oleh Polis sebentar tadi dlm perarakan Candle Light menentang ISA, di Padang Amcorp Mall PJ. Sebarkan pada warga Katolik. Thanks.
Thank goodness with my Nokia E71 that I can still blog.
The power came back on at 10:45 PM
Yahoo? Maybe. Anyway
Sunday, November 09, 2008
|In line with Sabah's wishes: CM|
Kota Kinabalu: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman hailed the decision of the Federal Government to set up a petrochemical industry in the State, saying it augurs well for the Sabah Development Corridor plan.
"We are happy that the Federal Government has taken into account the views and interests of the people of Sabah by coming up with a plan that meets our aspirations as well," he said, Saturday.
He said the Sabah Cabinet had also been pursuing other downstream oil and gas related activities.
A study on the viability of these projects was actually supposed to have been completed by December.
"But the fact that the Federal Cabinet had speeded up on making a decision showed that it is responsive to the wishes of Sabah," he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin welcomed the Federal Cabinet's decision to create a petrochemical industry in Sabah, saying it is a privilege the people in Sabah should enjoy given its natural resources.
"The people in Sabah should have the privilege because we in the State also have problems like unemployment and so on," he said.
"We do not want to just lose out on every natural resource we have in Sabah, without getting a bigger share," he said, after opening a course on swiftlet breeding at Tang Dynasty Hotel, Saturday.
Yahya who is also Agriculture and Food Industry Minister is confident the oil and gas downstream industries that will come up alongside the petrochemical industry will provide more employment opportunities and income to the people of Sabah.
He refuted claims by certain quarters that the State Government had not been wholeheartedly pursuing the creation of the petrochemical industry, saying State leaders have always tried their best like, for instance, meeting the country's supreme leaders and presenting views for consideration.
"To me, presenting views or suggestions to our country's supreme leadership is not only through the media, which may be suitable for certain quarters ... we prefer to use the more formal and cordial method like through meetings, discussions and so on," he said.
|PKR claims Dompok achieved nothing|
Kota Kinabalu: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) does not see any sense in the Federal Government proceeding with the 500km Kimanis-Bintulu gas pipeline while at the same time wanting to build a full-fledged petrochemical plant in the State.
Vice President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said it should scrap plans for the 500km pipeline and, instead, use the billions of ringgit to set up a real full-fledged petrochemical plant in Kimanis, and not have both.
"How do you know there is an excess of gas? What is the use of a full-fledged petrochemical plant in Kimanis when at the same time you export the same raw material for this plant? It is illogical and a wastage," he said in a statement, Saturday.
He was commenting on Tan Sri Bernard Dompok's statement that he had now agreed to the 500km gas pipeline project after the Federal Cabinet convinced him that a full-fledged petrochemical plant would also be built in Kimanis, and that only excess gas would be exported to Bintulu.
Jeffrey, who is also PKR State Steering Committee Chairman, said it is unfortunate that Dompok is satisfied so easily and quickly with the new raw deal or promise by the Federal Government.
"While it looks good to say that finally the Federal Government has agreed to build a petrochemical plant in Sabah, it is appalling and raises eyebrows because here at the same time you are killing the plant by building the pipeline to export Sabah's gas.
"The idea is to scrap the 500km pipeline and build a full-fledged petrochemical plant here. Dompok now allowed the building of the pipeline. Dompok achieved nothing. The full-fledged plant may never take offÉ," he said.
He also said Sabah leaders must examine why Barisan Nasional MPs like Datuk Ghapur Salleh are sceptical about pledges from the Federal Government to Sabah.
"I still oppose this 500km gas pipeline project. To me it is tantamount to bullying Sabah and sabotaging her economy.
"We want to create downstream industries in Sabah. Why must we export these opportunities to Sarawak, which has its own? Sabah is in dire need of this opportunity as this State is the poorest among the 13 states," Jeffrey said.
News Source : Daily Express