Ferdinand Marañon of the Southern Agro Export Corporation invites banana growers and businessmen to the National Banana Congress on October 6-8 at the SMX Convention Center where they will discuss problems that Banana growers are facing such as the Panama disease, a fungal disease that causes wilting and yellowing of banana leaves. He said scientists’ studies revealed that, when not addressed within the next five years, the Panama disease may cause banana export industry to disappear. (Paulo C. Rizal/davaotoday.com)
A church leader said that an agreement on social and economic reforms will address the root cause of the armed conflict.
Eastern Mindanao Command public information officer Major Ezra Balagtey said that since there are no records of any New People’s Army (NPA) activities, the 10th Infantry Division will continue with its peace and development outreach program.
City Risk Reduction Management Office chief Emmanuel Jaldon said that the number of prank calls dropped after charge in 911 calls were implemented.
Grace Mahinay, an activist during the Martial Law said: “The arresting Sergeant was even proud that I was the first woman they tortured.”
The chairman of the National Democratic Front’s Peace Panel said despite his contradictions, President Rodrigo Duterte showed strength, particularly in pursuing the peace negotiations.
The Army said firearm and ammunition were recovered from an environmental activist who was caught while putting posters of a peace forum in a village in Pantukan town, Compostela Valley.
Filipino professor Vicente Rafael of the University of Washington said the war on drugs of the administration has created new openings and business opportunities for vigilantes and paid killers.
Bro. Karl Gaspar, CSsR said: “You wish him well, you really wish finally, there will be some radical changes in Philippine society. But, on the other hand, [I’m] really haunted by the memory of Martial Law. How can you not remember 14 years of horrific experiences.”
Wearing crutches and poised on wheelchairs, survivors of the Davao bombing and their relatives arrived at the Matina Enclaves here Monday, September 19 for a scheduled meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.