Huwag Batikusin si Gov. Pax Mangudadatu Dahil sa Ginawang Kasalanan ng Anak

Huwag Batikusin si Gov. Pax Mangudadatu Dahil sa Ginawang Kasalanan ng Anak

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

Simula nang pumutok ang balitang may pinatay ang isang anak ni Governor Pax ay nagtanung-tanong ako tungkol sa anak niyang ito. Lahat ng mga taga-Lutayang lehitimong taga-roon na mga Muslim ay nagsabing hindi daw talaga maganda ang ugali ng anak ni Governor Pax, kaya hindi na sila nagulat sa nagawa nitong krimen. Pinuntahan ng nakakatandang anak ni Governor Pax ang namatayang pamilya at ayon sa kuwento ng kasama niyang malapit sa akin, wala raw tigil ito sa pag-iyak dahil sa awa sa mga namatayan. Ang payo ko sa iba, hintayin na lang ang resulta ng ginawang aksiyon laban sa anak na ito ni Governor Pax….na maaaring ikakabigla natin.

 

Hindi maiiwasang magkaroon ng isa o mas higit pang “black sheep” sa isang pamilya. Ang mga magulang ay halos mabuwang sa pag-isip ng paraan upang sila ay mapagbago. Posible ring may mga magulang na naging pabaya kaya naka-develop ng masamang ugali o nagkaroon ng masamang bisyo ang ilang anak nila.

 

Kahit sa isang samahan ay mayroon ding “black sheep” at ang pinakasikat na samahang mayroon nito ay ang kay Hesus. Si Hudas ang itinuturing na tupang itim dahil sa pagkakanulo niya kay Hesus, kapalit ng ilang pirasong pilak.

 

Simula nang magdesisyon akong magsulat tungkol kay Gov. Pax Mangudadatu kahit noong sa Manila ako at hindi ko siya kilala ay nagsaliksik na ako tungkol sa kanya at mula nang maging magkaibigan na kami ay lalo ko pa siyang nasubaybayan. Nakakagulat ang mga sinasabi niya, tulad ng mga sumusunod:

 

  • Sinabihan niya ang isang opisyal sa Capitol na nag papirma ng dokumento para sa isang project ng “….ayaw ko niyan kung walang makikinabang na Christians diyan…dapat pantay ang turing sa mga makikinabang na mga Muslim at Christians….pakipalitan mo yan”.

 

  • Sa mga kinder pupils ng isang Methodist Prep School ng Esperanza, “kayong mga bata…simulan na ninyong gumawa ng mabuti dahil kung matanda na kayo, mahirap nang baguhin ang masamang ugali…”

 

  • Sa lumapit na isang Muslim na gustong tumakbong barangay Chairman at bumulong na kailangan “sana” niya ng financial na tulong, sinabi niyang, “…kung tatakbo kang opisyal, huwag kang mamigay ng pera, dahil kung matatalo ka magsisisi ka….at kung manalo ka ay siguradong magnanakaw ka ng pera sa gobyerno para mabawi ang nagasto mo…”

 

  • Sa isa pang opisyal na may papapirmahang dokumento tungkol sa expense, pinaalalahanan niyang, “…sa mga bagay na ito dapat ay maging transparent dahil ang ginagastos ay pera ng tao…kaya, lahat ay dapat totoo…”.

 

Narinig ko ang lahat ng mga sinabi niya dahil halos magkatabi kami…nasa harap din niya ang ilang pang naghihintay ng kanilang pagkakataon upang makausap siya at magpapirma. Ang hindi ko makalimutan ay ang hindi niya pagkain ng kanyang tanghalian hangga’t hindi nabigyan ang lahat ng nasa loob ng Capitol Gym ng Jollibee lunch pack…saka pa lang siya bumalik sa presidential table sa stage upang kainin ang simple niyang lunch. Nagsalita pa siya noon sa microphone upang pakiusapan ang mga Jollibee representatives na nagdi-distribute ng packed lunches na, “please lang….baka pwedeng bilisan lang ang pamimigay ng pagkain dahil pasado tanghali na at siguradong gutom na ang mga kasama natin….”. Nangyari yan noong Kalimudan Festival.

 

May popular ding kuwento tungkol sa pagiging matulungin ni Governor Pax. May dumating daw na constituent sa kanyang opisina at humihingi ng tulong panggastos sa ospital. Walang pera si Governor Pax noon kaya ang ginawa ay hinubad ang suot niyang mamahaling relo at sinabihan ang humihingi ng tulong na isangla niya ito pero ibigay sa kanya ang resibo para matubos niya pag may pera na siya.

 

Bilang panghuli, pinapakiusap ko na sana ay huwag batikusin si Governor Pax dahil sa kagagawan ng anak. Nasa Bibliya yata nanggaling ang kasabihang, “ang kasalanan ng ama ay hindi kasalanan ng anak” …ibig sabihin, ang kasalanan ng isang miyembro ng pamilya ay hindi dapat ituring na kasalanan ng buong pamilya.

 

Marami pang anecdotes akong ilalabas tungkol sa magandang ugali ni Governor Pax….

 

 

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The Touching Courtesy Call of Prep Kids to the Honorable Governor, Sultan Pax Mangudadatu

The Touching Courtesy Call of Prep Kids

To the Honorable Governor, Sultan Pax Mangudadatu

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

What I like with the ambience of the Sultan Kudarat Capitol is that the Honorable Governor, Sultan Pax Mangudadatu is such a fatherly guy that even while having a meeting for as long as it is not a matter of life and death, he can be interrupted, especially, if the unannounced visitors are kids. It happened when I was having a meeting with him. When one of his staff whispered that there were kids who would like to have their photos taken with him, he smilingly obliged.

 

The pupils of a Methodist Prep school in Esperanza were having an educational tour in the Capitol Building with their parents and a teacher/coordinator, the morning of January 19, 2018. When they learned that the kind-hearted Governor was in his office, the pretty staff who was guiding them around brought them to his office. The governor immediately stood up when the door opened wide and the kids without much ado went to him to put his right hand to their forehead as a sign of a blessing from him. The kids were all well-behaved, while Sultan Pax exuded a picture of a happy grandfather! The group gave him a certificate of appreciation for being a great Patriarch of the province and a gift. As his habit, he read aloud what is printed in the certificate.

 

With the kids around him, some already having claimed a space on which to slump on the floor in front of his desk, he began his pep talk, as if addressing professionals. He expertly condensed his historical speech into one that fit his audience. And, he did it on the spot without much effort, as if he was speaking to a friend. He even advised the teacher to teach the kids the basic rudiments of physical hygiene such as brushing of teeth.

 

The scenes that I witnessed that morning were just emotionally touching…inspiring!

 

 

Sa Amin…sa Mindanao

Sa Amin…sa Mindanao

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Luntiang kaparangang halos walang hangganan

Kabundukang kahi’t paano’y balot pa ng kagubatan

Mga batis na animo ay musika ang paglagaslas

‘Yan ang Mindanao na ganda’y ubod ng timyas.

 

Malalagong palay, sa ihip ng hangin ay umiindayog

Mga masisiglang alagang hayop, lahat ay malulusog

Mga halamanang gulay, mayayabong ang dahon

‘Yan ang Mindanao na nabibiyayaan ng panahon.

 

Maraming katutubo, iba’t ibang makukulay na tribu

Magkakapitbahay ay mga Muslim at mga Kristiyano

Sila’y nagbibigayan, taos-pusong nagkakaunawaan

‘Yan ang Mindanao na may pangakong kaunlaran.

 

Subali’t kung ang pagkagahama’y biglang umeksena

Ang mga minimithing pangarap, lahat ay nababalewala

Kung bakit naman kasi may mga taong puso’y sakim

At mga adhikaing baluktot na dulot ay paninimdim.

 

Sa amin sa Mindanao ay masaya at may kasaganaan

Kaya dinayo ng mga tao na ang hanap ay kapayapaan

Nguni’t dahil sa damdaming sakim ng ilang hangal

Nakakabahalang ang tinatamasa ay baka ‘di tumagal!

 

 

The Touching Courtesy Call of Prep Kids to the Honorable Governor, Sultan Pax Mangudadatu

The Touching Courtesy Call of Prep Kids

To the Honorable Governor, Sultan Pax Mangudadatu

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

What I like with the ambience of the Sultan Kudarat Capitol is that the Honorable Governor, Sultan Pax Mangudadatu is such a fatherly guy that even while having a meeting for as long as it is not a matter of life and death, he can be interrupted, especially, if the unannounced visitors are kids. It happened when I was having a meeting with him. When one of his staff whispered that there were kids who would like to have their photos taken with him, he smilingly obliged.

 

The pupils of a Methodist Prep school in Esperanza were having an educational tour in the Capitol Building with their parents and a teacher/coordinator, the morning of January 19, 2018. When they learned that the kind-hearted Governor was in his office, the pretty staff who was guiding them around brought them to his office. The governor immediately stood up when the door opened wide and the kids without much ado went to him to put his right hand to their forehead as a sign of a blessing from him. The kids were all well-behaved, while Sultan Pax exuded a picture of a happy grandfather! The group gave him a certificate of appreciation for being a great Patriarch of the province and a gift. As his habit, he read aloud what is printed in the certificate.

 

With the kids around him, some already having claimed a space on which to slump on the floor in front of his desk, he began his pep talk, as if addressing professionals. He expertly condensed his historical speech into one that fit his audience. And, he did it on the spot without much effort, as if he was speaking to a friend. He even advised the teacher to teach the kids the basic rudiments of physical hygiene such as brushing of teeth.

 

The scenes that I witnessed that morning were just emotionally touching…inspiring!

 

 

The Barangay Grino of Tacurong

The Barangay Griῆo of Tacurong

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

The Barangay Griῆo was formerly known as Gansing that lies at the boundary shared with the town of Lambayong, formerly, the gateway of settlers from Visayas who settled first in what is now known as New Passi before spreading out to other parts of the once sparsely populated areas that include Tantangan, highlands of Magon and Tacub, and the lowlands of Tacurong. The area was thickly covered with talahib, talisay, cogon and “enyam” (bignay}. Among the pioneer families that settled in the area is the Griῆo, whose patriarch was the late Dr. Manuel J. Griῆo. As he found the land promising, he invited friends in Iloilo to join him. Soon, others who came from Negros also came. Accordingly, the first classes were held in a “bodega” (warehouse) of the Griῆo family where about 50 pupils were taught, and one of the teachers was Ernestina Davala-Alvarez.

 

Today, Griῆo is a flourishing barangay with the expanse of fertile land shared by rice fields and African palm plantations. Observably, the barangay has a well-maintained system of irrigation canals that provide sustenance to the plantations. It is also among the barangays of Tacurong where Christians live peacefully with Muslims.

 

The barangay has two Catholic chapels, the Immaculate Conception (main) and San Isidro Labrador, both situated along the highway. According to one of the lay Catholic leaders, the parish priest of the Our Lady of the Candles of Tacurong officiates the Mass during the first and last Sundays of the month. The two Muslim communities have their own respective mosque.

 

The barangay has an elementary school, the Dr. Manuel J. Griῆo Memorial Central School and a high school, the Virginia F. Griῆo Memorial National High School which has facilities for the senior students of the K-12 educational program of the government. The most popular courses of the senior high school are electronics, welding, cookery, masonry, and hotel housekeeping.

 

When I went around the barangay, I was fortunate to have been driven on his tricycle by Fernando Gulac, the CVO Unit Commander of Barangay Griῆo whose chairman is Romeo Panes.

 

Mga Kaibigan kong Muslim na Minamahal ng Diyos

Ang Mga Kaibigan kong Muslim na “Minamahal ng Diyos”

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Tuwing kakain ako sa isa sa mga paborito kong roadside Muslim carinderia, hindi maaaring hindi kami magkatuwaan ng pamilya ng mag-asawang may-ari. Dahil nalibang ako sa pakikipagkuwentuhan sa kanila isang umaga, hindi ko namalayang nakaubos ako ng piniritong dalawang tilapia na medium sized, apat na hiwa ng bangus, dalawang balot na pastil, isang pinggan na tutong (libre), at dalawang mugs na kape….nakakahiya, pero wala akong magawa, yon nga lang naempatso ako. Actually, ginawa ko yon para madagdagan ang kita nang may maipambayad sila sa Bombay kinabukasan

 

Tatlo ang ampon ng mag-asawa na pinag-aaral nila sa abot ng kanilang makakaya. Ang isa ay may magandang boses (sa isa sa mga larawan ay ang may hawak na pusa at pula ang damit). Pinagmalupitan daw sila ng dating tinirhan nilang kamag-anak at halos hindi pinapakain kaya ipinuslit nilang mag-asawa upang maalagaan at mapag-aral. Barung-barong ang kanilang tinitirhan at ang kanilang lutuan ay walang bubong. Sa palagay ko ay tumutulo pa ang bubong ng kanilang tulugan dahil pinagtagpi-tagpi lang na yero at plastic tarps. Sa halip na gumastos daw kasi sa pagpapabubong ng lutuan, inuuna muna nila ang mga pangangailangan ng mga bata tulad ng damit at baon, dahil lahat ay nag-aaral. Ang bunsong anak na lalaki ay oversized ang t-shirt na damit nang umagang yon na halatang pag-aari ng tatay niya na sa larawan ay walang t-shirt man lang. Ang analysis ko ay pinasuot ng tatay ang t-shirt niya sa anak…baligtad pa!

 

Araw-araw ay may pinapakain din silang “pandita” at mga pusang namamasyal sa kanila. Bukod sa pagpapakain sa “pandita” ay binibigyan pa nila ito ng pera dahil nagdadasal ito sa puwesto kasama nila, bago siya umalis. “Blessings” ang turing nila sa lahat ng dumadating sa kanilang buhay kahit halos hindi sumasapat ang kanilang kinikita, na ang patunay ay ang pagpapabalik nila sa naniningil na Bombay kinabukasan dahil wala pa silang pambayad sa inutang na pera. Bilib ako sa ama ng pamilya dahil sa prinsipyo niyang kahit kaunti lang daw ang matira sa araw-araw na kinikita, kung may nangangailangan, ay dapat daw tulungan. Alam kong nakikita ng Diyos ang ginagawa nila at ang kanilang magandang kalooban ay siguradong matutumbasan ng tulong balang araw….magagawan ng paraan.

 

Ang mga tulad nilang masasayang tao sa kabila ng kakapusan ang nagpapaalala sa akin ng mga kaibigan ko sa Tondo. Pakiramdam ko, makakain lang ako ng tinitinda nila ay para na rin akong “blessed”….sila ang gusto kong tawaging mga “minamahal ng Diyos”.

The Bright Prospect and Development of Shopping Malls and Supermarkets in Tacurong City

The Bright Prospect and Development of Shopping Malls and Supermarkets

In Tacurong City

By Mark Abeto Dionesio

 

The City of Tacurong is is located at the center of SOCCSKSARGEN. It is 92 kilometres (57 mi) from General Santos City, 96 kilometres (60 mi) from Cotabato City and 178 kilometres (111 mi) from Davao City. It is situated at the crossroads of the Davao-General Santos-Cotabato highways, and is the financial, commercial, education, and recreation center of the area. It serves the needs of 15 neighboring municipalities. People from these areas go to Tacurong to sell their products, purchase their needs, pursue education, avail of medical and health services, and seek recreation. As an important hub of the Mindanao transport grid, Tacurong is visited by numerous passengers and transients on their way to the cities of Davao, Cotabato, General Santos and even Cagayan de Oro.

 

It is the catch basin of economic development in the province of Sultan Kudarat, aside from being the center of commerce with a captured market from other municipalities of the province including the provinces of South Cotabato and Maguindanao. In the newly legislated Comprehensive Land Use Plan, there is a need for more viable business areas, and a more business-friendly and streamlined processing of permits and licenses to make the city more favorable to the investing party. The absence of big shopping malls and supermarkets in the City of Tacurong have many residents to go to the shopping malls of Koronadal and General Santos cities even with all the inconveniences attendant to it.

 

Investing in the establishment of shopping malls and supermarkets in this city will assure a profitable return of investment (ROI) and huge economic payback. The potential market demand for shopping malls is big, based on the growing population of the city which was pegged at 101, 081 residents as of 2015. The city being strategically located at the center or at the crossroads of neighboring municipalities in the western part of Sultan Kudarat and the nearby province of Maguindanao, the demand for the aforementioned facilities is invariably much higher.

 

A big fraction of the populations of the neighboring municipalities that would cater to the shopping malls and supermarkets, such as, Isulan (90,682), Bagumbayan (63,700), Esperanza (63,207), Sen. Ninoy Aquino (43,508), Norala (44,635), Tantangan (40,461), Lambayong(77,013), President Quirino(41,408), Buluan, Maguindanao(50,088), Datu Paglas,Maguindanao (28,387), Tulunan, North Cotabato (56,513) and Mlang, North Cotabato (95,070) could add up to the fast growing of Tacurong’s own population.

 

For the current year of 2017, it would be safe to assume that the combined population would be nearing half a million – a significant consumer base that will make the establishment of shopping malls and supermarkets in Tacurong an attractive investment. The southern towns of Maguindanao composed of Datu Sangki Ampatuan, Maganoy, and northeastern, such as, Buluan and Datu Paglas can also be a captured market for the said venture.

 

To date, Tacurong City boasts of the internationally-renown Monte Vicenteaux Resort located at Barangay New Passi, as well as, the equally-popular resorts in Barangays Baras and Buenaflor, such as, the Jarrell Resort and Bonbon Resort, respectively. Add to that the Baras Bird Sanctuary of the Malana family, and of course, the colorful, Kalimudan Festival of Isulan and the city’s own, the Talakudong Festival …and, what an investor gets is one whole interesting package!