On a Train

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By Giano M. Libot

I have issues

Thursday, April 17, 2014


THIS is a break from your usual political commentary.

Amidst my first ride on a high-speed Train from Beijing to Guangzhou, I hilariously sunk at some emotional deep thought.

It was going to be a 10 hour ride. I know I’ve missed some trains in my life, maybe not the real ones, because this was the first time I actually rode a train. What I meant are the metaphorical trains, those that felt like experiences I should have taken, a large part of my thoughts often drift away to those missed out events.

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One I often keep revisiting is about you, who I still consider to be my source of inspiration in life. I guess when I freely use the word love, it is such an assumptive word to use, but I guess having felt this way since the very first time I met you and because hasn’t really gone away. Admiration alone seems too frail to describe such lingering feelings. And though love seems too arrogant, I can’t fit it anywhere else; if it doesn’t suit you I’m really sorry, but that’s how I feel.

To me you were always endlessly fascinating, we’ve never really spent more meaningful hours in real life but to the counted occasions that we did, those moments when we exchanged thoughts and conversations felt like the most genuine experience I could have ever had, it definitely frustrates me to know that being with you and perhaps seeing you at all was almost a reality, if only I did things differently, or I made some hard decisions.

I wanted to be with you, that’s always stayed the same. I wanted to see for myself, how it was that your smile beamed like sunshine’s lantern on a dark starless sky, I wanted to see how on daylight the sunlight makes a shadow on the curve of your cheek, and the shape of your ear. I wanted that lazy noon as I would only do nothing but look into your eyes, those eyes that pierced only wonder. I wanted those moments where we carve memories of a bright morning over coffee, or a gloomy afternoon watching your favourite TV show, or maybe you’d take on some evenings where you’d out last all the stars. (She’s like the brightest constellation).

And knowing I’ve missed all this, eats me up inside.

My companions and I enjoyed the train ride, We shared laughs and some conversations, but unknowing to them a big part of me was never on that train, my mind and heart drifted, even against the blazing speed of a 300 kilometre per hour train.

I kept thinking, I’ve always kept wishing.

There are some trains we can afford to miss; the Beijing-Guangzhou route was always going to be there for me, but as it coasted through the hills of mainland china, I wondered if I could ever stop and make it go back, and take on a different track, and maybe a second chance.

Is Cenro coddling the Illegal loggers?

EDWIN Ilogon Dael and the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) lead and act by example. What is the matter with City Environemnt and Natural Resources Office (Cenro)? Ngano nakadakup sa mga illegal sila Edwin apan ang CENRO) wala?

Rona Contreras Factora, secretary general of SULOG, wrote on the FB page of CLENRO updates, "Sulog chairman Orlan Ravanera told DENR Regional Executive Director(RED) Tawantawan that there was a massive illegal cutting of trees along the hinterland barangays in Tagpangi, Pigsag-an and sitio Baluarte, Lumbia this city.

Dael also reported to RED that according to a lumad (indigenous peoples) from that area a paper permit is sold at P 6,000.00 to cut trees in the timberland in our city which is illegal due to the non-compliance of required documents has been going on for a long time.

RED Tawantawan pointed out that before trees are cut down, there must be a clearance with proper documentation issued by DENR to a specific area and it is very wrong if Cenro will use such clearance for another area.

Another lapse committed by Cenro was that they did not send their personnel upon request of Cenro Edwin Ilogon Dael to accompany them of the raid of illegal cutting of trees several days ago.

Above all these irregularities at Cenro, RED Tawantawan instructed Cenro Resma to submit a report so that a preventive suspension to erring station personnel involved may be issued soonest. She further stated to bring this matter to the city council and to the city mayor to make an executive order so that the barangay captain should take full control and protection of our timberland.

We at SULOG and Save CDO Now Movement will see to it that no pages are left unturned, justice must be served and to save the environment at all cost.

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On April 10, 2014, Benjamin Tiu Contreras wrote, "Good morning, CDO! Clenro Edwin Dael intercepted a truck load of huge logs said to be of questionable documents last night at the foot of Carmen flyover! I was able to get in touch with GMA7 reporter Kaye and she in turn contacted Joan Tabique who was on duty, to proceed to the area. SULOG vice chair and Save CDO Now Movement, Inc. Chair Ralph Abragan was also informed and went there. This morning, Edwin called me up again expressing his great disappointment over the possible involvement of certain people at CENRO office. The people with the questionable logs claimed that the logs came from outside CDO.

But one of the guys told him that the logs came from farther Dansolihon! There seem to be no end to this questionable activity. We plan to see RED Ruth Tawantawan about this incident this morning. We also intend to raise this issue this afternoon during the signing of the covenant of the Panaghiusang Kagay-anon.

Edwin also fear for his life, that his effort to protect our environment would lead to an attempt on his life! If you care, please let your voice be heard. DENR must investigate why it continues to happen! UNSAY NA MAN DIAY NING TASK FORCE NGA GITUKUD SA DENR, DULADULA UG PANGILAD LAMANG!"

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On April 12, 2014, Edwin Dael wrote about a picture of logs cluttered on the streets, "THESE LOGS WERE CUT WITHOUT PERMIT AND STOCKED AT SITIO BALUARTE, BRGY. LUMBIA. THIS WAS TAKEN APRIL 9. nobody was around and planned to confiscate it the next day because that day was a holiday and i can't find drivers to to transport it, pagbalik namo, MAGIC, nawala na..."

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These events are happening too many for Cenro head Resma to escape responsibility.

Ngano nakadakup sila Edwin apan ang Cenro) wala? If he cannot point out and cause the immediate investigation and action on his personnel then, he should be investigated himself for the principle of command responsibility.

Why should it take DENR RED Tawantawan to issue the order for this incident to be properly acted upon? Why should it take SULOG and the citizenry to report the matter to Director Tawantawan? We shall give Resma the benefit of the doubt but he should better put up.

Meanwhile, we are forming a Citizens’ hotline for us to report sightings of illegal logging and mining in our city. Let us never forget Sendong. Save our City. Save our family. Report to these hotlines: Clenro Edwin Dael-0917305-8893; SULOG chair Orlan Ravanera 0917 3109926; SULOG vice-chair and Save CDO Now Movement, Inc. chair Ralph Abragan 0922- 8924-277, Ben Contreras 0917- 721-6888 (member of both). We can expand our hotlines and assets. There is no substitute to the citizens of this city taking responsibility over their own fate. Let us know.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 17, 2014.

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