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Tackling disasters in Davao City by on Jul 4, 2012    On June 29 last year, a killer flood swept through four barangays in the southern part of the city.     When the bodies were countered, there were 34 people killed many of them children.     What lesson did we get from this “isolat...



Of Nogie, de Guzman, ghosts and zombies, and the fat goats of Artica Doom by on May 29, 2012THEDURIANBEAT BY ROGER M. BALANZA Ex-House Speaker Prospero Nograles may now forget his claim he was cheated in the mayoral race in 2010 because in part ghosts and zombies crawled out of their graves on election day to vote for Mayor Sara Duterte. Th...



YES, JOURNALISTS HAVE PATRON SAINTS,TOO by on May 18, 2012THEDURIANBEAT BY ROGER M. BALANZA Do journalists have a patron saint to pray to? Yes. The Roman Catholic Church has annointed three of them for journalists to pray to when they are under threat from assassins or when confronted by the temptations of...



On grandstanding and the Mindanao power crisis by on Apr 12, 2012THEDURIANBEAT BY ROGER BALANZA     President Aquino is arriving in Davao City on Friday to keynote a big gathering of Mindanaoans worried over the creeping brownouts now throwing many areas in the island into darkness. The power crisis in Mindanao...



THE DURIAN BEAT – DURIAN POST COLUMN by on Feb 28, 2012BY ROGER M. BALANZA On liking DDS, disliking Nogie Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte saying the Dabawenyos condoned the Davao Death Squad and wished for return of the gunmen to help curb crime is the “voice of God,” is expected to trigger reactions from...



Sinister plot vs. SMI gold-copper project bared by on Sep 11, 2011THEDURIANBEAT BY ROGER M. BALANZA THE MANIPULATIVE MEDIA Groups opposing the $5.6 billion gold-copper project of Sagitttarius Mines Inc.  (SMI) in Tampakan, South Cotabato are intensifying their assault against what is seen as South Cotabato’s...



SMI, the economy and environment–THE DURIAN BEAT column by Roger Balanza by on Jul 4, 2011TheDurianBeat By ROGER M. BALANZA The multinational mining firm Sagittarius Mining Inc. contributed P2.5 billion to Mindanao and the Philippine economies in 2010, through employment, annual wages, purchase of goods and services and the payment of tax...