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Dec. 5-11, 2016

Sulu Sultans designate former governor as Special Envoy

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The Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate composed of Sultans Ibrahim Bahjin, Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram, Mohammad Venizar Julkarnain Jainal Abirin, Muizuddin Jainal Abirin Bahjin and Phugdalun Kiram II with newly designated Special Envoy, Dr Sakur Tan now Datu ShahBandar during his conferment on November 30, 2016 in Sulu province in southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

American National Mint releases Duterte Special Commemorative Silver Coins RICHARD NELSON, President of American National Mint, and two of the company's Filipino executives announced that they are issuing a special commemorative, souvenir coin honoring President Rodrigo Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines. The coins were released worldwide and it features a portrait of the President in full color standing before the seal of the Republic of the Philippines. The coins is housed in a protective capsule that ensures in 100 years it will be in its original condition so that it may be passed on from generation-to-generation as a family heirloom. Continue on page 2


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Western Mindanao (Region 9) Grand Mufti, His Eminence Abdulbaqi Abubakar, crowns former Sulu Governor Dr Sakur Tan as Datu' ShahBandar following his designation as Special Envoy and conferment as Datu ShahBandar by the Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate on November 30, 2016 in Sulu province in southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

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PR Savings Bank inaugurates new branch in Davao City

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Resources Savings Banking Corporation (PR Savings Bank) – the country’s 5th largest independent savings bank – inaugurated its new branch at J.P. Laurel Avenue in Bajada in Davao City. PR Savings Bank Senior Vice President Sheryl de la Cruz said the bank’s Santa Ana branch was relocated to the new site. “Because the new PR Savings Bank Davao branch is located along a major thoroughfare and public transport line, our Dep-Ed (Department of Education) teachers and motorcycle loan clients will find banking with us hassle-free.” “Furthermore, coupled with our plan to upgrade to a new core

banking system very soon, we are now even more poised to serve the growing sophistication of the banking public in Davao in general and existing PR Savings Bank customers in particular. We’re committed to provide the best customer service in all communities we serve,” Dela Cruz said. Joseph Lejano, the branch manager of PR Savings Bank Davao, said the new site is located in the heart of Davao where hospitals, malls, city and regional government offices are located. “With the new site, we will be able to serve our depositors and loan clients much better. Our clients will find it more convenient to conduct daily banking transactions given our new branch’s more accessible and strategic location,” he said.

The new branch has already attracted attention of potential customers given the heavier walk-in traffic and inquiries it is getting, according to Lejano. Currently, PR Savings Bank offers Regular Savings, Regular Time Deposit and 5-year Time Deposit. On the loans side, the bank offers Puhunang Pangkabuhayan ng mga Namamasukan for regular Dep-Ed employees, Pangkabuhayan Loans and Puhunang para sa Asawa ng Driver. The bank, which now has an asset base of almost P12 Billion, is also expected to introduce more new products. PR Savings Bank, established in 1977, has over 100 branches and “Other Banking Offices” nationwide. (Malou Cablinda)

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ARMM bats for 30% poverty incidence rate in 2019 DAVAO CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will reduce in three years the region’s poverty incidence to 30%, from 53.4% in 2015, through a convergence of several government efforts. The development plans are rooted in regional priorities and full backing from the national government. Another component of the plan hinges on commitments from ARMM local chief executives drafted during the 3rd ARMM Local Government Summit on November 30 held at SM Lanang Premier’s SMX Convention Center in Davao City. “Our target is to improve the living conditions of our households para ma-reduce ang poverty,” ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia told local chief executives and other government officials attending the summit. In the first quarter of 2015, ARMM’s poverty incidence was tracked at 53.4% with Lanao del Sur and Sulu posting 70.2% and 61.8% poverty incidence, respectively. The performance of the regional economy is also on the list for improvement. The growth in gross regional domestic product of the ARMM in 2013 was 3.6%, from only 1.1% in 2012. The figure is projected to improve to 5.6% growth in 2019. The regional priorities are anchored on six fronts: - agri-fishery development under rural development; - functional LGUs, improved regional government service delivery, and increased people’s participation under good governance at all levels; - anti-terrorism, illegal drugs and crimes under public order and security; - health and nutrition, education, livelihood, water and sanitation, and social welfare and protection under basic services for all; - disaster preparedness, response and rehabilitation and environmental protection and management under climate change ad-

aptation, and disaster resiliency; and, - all components are complemented with infrastructure support. It should be noted that the ARMM is undertaking several programs to combat poverty and these include ‘Apat na Dapat’ initiative at the household level, and the ARMMHealth, Education, Livelihood, Peace and security and Synergy, or HELPS, at the barangay level. “These two programs are specifically designed to address the roots of poverty,” ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said. The Apat na Dapat started in January 2016, with 600 of the region’s families as beneficiaries. In 2017, about 5,000 families will benefit from the program. At least P240 million was earmarked for the program’s implementation in 2016. The initiative provides the beneficiaries with basic needs such as food and livelihood training, water and sanitation, shelter, and electricity. Gov. Hataman said the absence of even one of these poses risks to a family. The ARMM-HELPS, is the banner program of the Office of the Regional Governor that aims at establishing a peaceful and secure environment in the region by providing basic social services in relation to health, education, livelihood, good governance and peace at the barangay level. The program was launched in 2013. The ARMM has allocated a total of P13.7 billion for poverty alleviation since 2014, including a P4 billion budget for 2017. The national government’s anti-poverty agenda – Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda (CRDA) – also focuses on the improvement of economic condition of ARMM constituents and those in other conflict-affected areas in Regions 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), 10 (Northern Mindanao) and 12 (Central Mindanao). Billions of pe-

sos were also allotted by the Duterte administration to the CRDA with projects mostly covering areas in the ARMM. Rosanna Urdaneta, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority national deputy-director general, said President Duterte wants “to bring the programs and services of the national government to the ARMM and conflict-affected areas.” The CRDA focuses on the eradication of hunger, establishment of potable water systems, provisions of shelters, free college and technical vocational skills training, electrification, health facilities, agricultural development, and job generation to combat employment and underemployment. The ARMM leadership noted the realization of the region’s development vision demands the participation of the LGUs. “Hindi po nakasalalay lang sa regional government ang effort [to reduce poverty], we need your [LGUs] help to lower the poverty incidence rate,” Sec. Alamia added. The local chief executives across the region, comprising of 116 town mayors, two city mayors, planning officers and provincial governors, manifested the commitment to reduce poverty incidence. “Ang dami kong nakuha from the summit, sobrang nakaka-inspire ang pagbabagong naganap sa ARMM. It actually boosted my desire na lalo pang galingan ang pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa aking bayan,” Mayor Arcam Istarul of Tipo-Tipo, Basilan said noting he is now working to achieve for his town the Seal of Good Local Governance. “We must prove to the entire nation that Mindanaons can perform as well, if not better, than our counterparts in Luzon and Visayas,” Sec. Ismael Sueno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said. (Bureau of Public Information)


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ARMM LGU Summit to serve as model for other regions – DILG Sec. Ismael Sueno DAVAO CITY – Citing lines from a song, Sec. Ismael Sueno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) shared how he used to feel as a government official from Mindanao. “Kami’y mga Muslim lamang, kami’y mga tagaMindanao lamang,” he said. When he was faced with the prospect of leading his political party, he initially questioned if he had what it took to lead at the national level. Much has changed since then. A challenge “This same feeling has become a challenge to many of us,” Sueno said. “We must prove to the entire nation that Mindanaons can perform as well, if not better, than our counterparts in Luzon and Visayas,” Sueno said as he addressed local executives from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) attending the 3rd ARMM Local Government Summit held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City. “Pagkamulat…Pagbabago, Pag-unlad” was the theme for the said event, highlighting the importance of raising awareness about the region. Sueno noted the negative perception outsiders have regarding communities in the ARMM.When it comes to discussions about the region, outsiders usually “worry” about governance. But noting reforms in the region in recent years, especially the marked absence of ghost projects, he said that “transparent, ac-

countable, and moral governance” is present in the ARMM. Cooper ation, willpo wer ooperation, willpow The secretary said that cooperation of local executives on peace and order initiatives is perceived by people outside the ARMM as a concern, especially with regard to lawless elements. The national government, however, believes that governors and mayors in the ARMM can face these challenges, Sueno said. The LGUs, he noted, are strong partners against lawless elements in the region. The national and local government’s joint success against lawlessness depends on the “willpower of leaders,” Sueno said. President esident’’s plans Sueno also mentioned that a number of the poorest provinces are found in the ARMM, and that the president wants to help uplift the quality of life in these areas. “If we are to implement projects in ARMM, I will be the project manager in ARMM. Let us implement projects there,” Sueno quotes Duterte as saying. The president has even proposed a trip to Jolo, Sulu to his cabinet members, if only to help dispel negative perceptions on the ARMM. Sueno said the president insists on pushing through with his scheduled visits in Mindanao and that this is a sign of the president’s commitment to the region. Model for other rregions egions The DILG has earlier hosted a national event tagged as Sulong Pilipinas: LGU Consultations on Peace

and Order, and Social Development. However, Sueno intends to conduct LGU consultations at the regional level and to use the ARMM LGU Summit as a model. “We have seen Gov. Hataman’s sincerity in his desire to conduct this consultation, and how strongly he wants to battle negative perceptions against the ARMM,” Sueno said. “We will also do this for other regions.” ARMM leaders vvo ow commitment to dev elopdevelopment pr ogr ams progr ograms Comprising of 116 municipal mayors, two city mayors, planning officers, five provincial governors and members of the ARMM legislative assembly, they vowed full commitment to the region’s development programs. Davao City councilor Halila Sudagar, representing city mayor Sarah DuterteCarpio, encouraged the participants to create a positive change in the development of communities in the region. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman opened the summit by speaking of the changes in the region during the past four years. He reiterated that ARMM, for more than two decades, has been left behind by progress. “Because of stronger LGU and regional government partnership, we changed the negative perception in the ARMM,” Mayor Arcam Istarul, of Tipo-Tipo town in Basilan, said. Mayor Istarul is a newly elected local chief executive.

“Ang dami kong nakuha from the summit, sobrang nakaka-inspire ang pagbabagong naganap sa ARMM. It actually boosted my desire na lalo pang galingan ang pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa aking bayan,” Mayor Istarul said, noting he is now working to achieve for his town the Seal of Good Local Governance. “Binago natin sa loob ng apat na taon ang negatibong imahe ng ARMM,” Gov. Hataman said. This year alone, there are already six Seal of Good Local Governance awardees in the region. “Patunayan natin na ang ARMM sa nakaraang dalawang dekada ay iba na ngayon,” the governor said as he challenged the local government units to also pass the Seal of Good Housekeeping. Over 50% of the towns in the region have earned the Seal of Good Housekeeping.

During his speech, Secretary Ismael Sueno of the Department of the Interior Local Government described the summit as a gathering of ARMM LGU heads to discuss solutions to challenges facing the region. “Let us all erase those negative perceptions in the region, ipakita natin na kaya din mamuno ng ARMM,” Sec. Sueno said. President Rodrigo Duterte, when he visited the ARMM’s seat recently, said he will personally attend to the needs of the region and that he will improve the Moro land. “Matindi ang passion ni President Duterte sa ARMM,” Secretary Sueno said. Atty. Laisa Alamia, ARMM Executive Secretary, discussed the region’s development framework. She also told the participants that the programs should go down to

the grassroots level. “Before 2012, the ARMM faced many difficulties. The region was tagged as the election cheating capital of the country, no monitoring of projects, no program funds, and palakasan system in the hiring of employees,” Atty. Alamia said. Hery Siraji, municipal planning and development coordinator of Luuk town in Sulu, said that the summit inspires every participant to strive and continue to work for the development of the communities in the region. The participants also held a dialogue with national government agencies. “I hope this summit will be a successful one and after we fully implement the projects and programs for the people in the region, ARMM will (no longer be) the poorest region,” Sec. Sueno said. (Bureau of Public Information)


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After launching offensive vs. Sayyaf, Duterte now wants peace talks MARAWI CITY – After ordering thousands of troops to finish off the Abu Sayyaf, President Duterte now wanted to talk peace with the notorious group, including the jihadist Maute group - both with links to the Islamic State. Duterte mentioned this again when he visited wounded troops in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province where security forces were battling hundreds of jihadists in Butig town. His visit came a day after jihadists detonated a roadside bomb and attacked a convoy of presidential guards passing the area and wounded at least 7 of them. The guards were part of Duterte’s advance security

team and heading to the army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade when jihadists attacked them. Duterte met closed door with top security officials inside the tightly guarded 103rd Infantry Brigade headquarters and was briefed by the military on the on-going operations against the group of jihadist leader Abdullah Maute that occupied Butig town and hoisted ISIS flags there. He also spoke with troops and encouraged them “to persevere and do their work with the guarantee of his all-out support.” Duterte told soldiers that his priority is the welfare of all the people and the entire nation and “very much wants peace to reign

all over the land, but not at the expense of peace loving citizens.” Following the visit, the president went to Cagayan de Oro and also visited and pinned medals to wounded soldiers Military propagandists claimed that 61 jihadists had been killed and about a dozen more wounded since the battle began this week in Butig town. At least 35 government soldiers were confirmed injured in the clashes. Duterte earlier said he wanted to talk peace with the Maute group and the Abu Sayyaf rebels in an effort to put a stop to ransom kidnappings, terrorism and deadly clashes in the troubled region. “Pati Abu Sayyaf, I’m

ready to talk to them. I’m ready to open the borders. I’m ready to talk about opening the borders down south, no problem – Kasi may trade pa noon, wala masyadong gulo noon. We cannot be forever treating human beings here, seriously wounded. Let us talk. Let us give our people a chance.” “I can bomb more if I want to. At the end of the day, what can I say to the Filipino? That we have wiped out almost all of our Yakan, Sama, Tausug

brothers? Even those not connected with the violence now? Either we talk, if you want autonomy or if you want something else, federalism, I am ready. I am committed to federalism set-up to appease the Moro,” he said. But there were no indications that the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups are interested in peace talks with Duterte. Security officials said government troops clashed with Abu Sayyaf rebels and killing one of

them on Capual Island off the southern Sulu town of Omar in the restive Muslim autonomous region. Soldiers recovered the body of the slain rebel, including three motorboats, an automatic rifle and an improvised explosive following the Tuesday fighting between members of the 11th Scout Rangers and the notorious group tied to the Islamic State. There were no reports of casualties from the military side. (With a report from Rhoderick Beñez)

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ARMM relief operations in Butig town continues

BUTIG MAYOR Dilanggalen "Jimmy" Pansar has chosen to remain in his municipality as the military recovered most of the barangays that were occupied by the Maute group. Pansar was not able to attend the 3rd ARMM Local Government Summit in Davao City due to the pressing concerns in his hometown. The mayor, however, was represented by other municipal officials from and among them was Abdul Pansar, Butig's Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator. According to Pansar, the poblacion of Butig is where the first armed encounters between the military and the Maute group happened roughly a week ago. On November 30, the area was recovered by the military, along with most of the other barangays that were affected by the ongoing conflict. "There are still firefight in the forested areas within the outskirts of the municipality, but control in the town proper itself has already been regained" Pansar said, however, it is far from at ease. Regional effor ts efforts ARMM Vice Governor and concurrent DSWDARMM Regional Secretary Haroud Al-Rashid Lucman Jr. was in Butig to conduct relief operations in the area. Together with DSWDARMM and ARMM's Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (ARMM HEART), he was assisted by the municipal government of Butig along with the barangay captains in the area. Lucman noted how the conflict has affected the lives of the people in Butig. "Classes, for one, have been suspended because the schools are currently not functioning," he said. "People have lost much of their property, especially in barangays such as Bayabao Poblacion where houses were razed to the ground by members of the Maute group," he added. "Some of the people have nothing left aside from the

clothes on their backs." Military operations are still ongoing in the municipality. During the conduct of relief operations, Lucman noted that "the sound of bombs going off can be heard from afar while our relief operations are ongoing." The vice governor also mentioned that "it is relatively difficult to conduct relief operations in Lanao del Sur because most internally displaced persons (IDPs) stay with their relatives and not in evacuation centers." Need for rreco eco ver y ecov ery The military has recovered 85 to 90 percent of Butig municipality, a military spokesperson said. Meanwhile, the DSWD Field Office XII placed the number of IDPs at 12,250. "Almost everybody chose to evacuate. Some went to nearby barangays, while residents of the same nearby barangays also chose to leave," Pansar said. The local and regional government, together with the DSWD field office, have already distributed food packs as part of their quick response and relief operations. When asked about further needs of Butig residents, Pansar emphasized the need for support in "recovery" efforts. With only about 2,000 evacuees staying in three evacuation centers, Pansar said the local and regional government are "still monitoring the whereabouts of all the displaced people." Pansar also notes the crops in the area awaiting harvest. "We really need to focus on recovery as we prepare to assist residents of Butig when they return. Some of them still have rice and coffee left idle in the fields, especially coffee since it's scheduled for harvest," he said. No rroom oom for complacency "Most of the areas affected by the conflict have already been recovered, but operations are still ongoing especially in parts of Barangays Sandab Madaya, Sundig, and a portion of

Dolangan," Pansar said. When asked if the Maute group still poses a threat to the municipality, Pansar said it depends on government response. "If the government will be complacent, the group can regroup and return. But if targeted government operations continue, the group will continue to weaken, maybe even be eliminated completely," Pansar said. Pansar noted that only a few residents of Butig are involved in the local terror group, with "most of the members coming from other municipalities and provinces." "Our goal is really to help the people return to their communities," he added. Pansar said that "coordination with the military will also be crucial in the residents' return," as Lucman assured that "coordination with the military forces have been constant throughout the operations." Misinfor mation isinformation The municipal government also noted the prevalence of misinformation about their situation, especially online. "Many misconceptions have to be addressed, especially in Facebook where a lot of false information are posted," Pansar said. He cited the posts that claimed that Butig's seat of government was taken by ISIS as an example. "The old municipal hall that was taken by the Maute group was already abandoned early this year. After the recently concluded elections, we transferred the seat of government to the National Irrigation Administration," he said, "so when they said that Butig was conquered by ISIS, that clearly wasn't true." "I hope people will be more responsible in saying things online," he said. "There are many sources of verified information and we should turn to these sources instead of spreading misinformation." (Bureau of Public Information)

Korean Ambassador Jae-shin KIM with Honorary Consul Edgard Ang and other guests.

Korean Ambassador Jae-shin KIM with Honorary Consul Edgard Ang.

Korean Ambassador Jae-shin KIM with Davao City Mayor Sarah Carpio. DAVAO CITY – The Korean government has opened an honorary consulate in Davao City in southern Philippines and appointed a local businessman Edgard Ang as its honorary consul. The 64-year old Ang is a native of Davao City and runs a variety of businesses, including automotive dealerships and fertilizer trading.

Korean Ambassador Jae-shin KIM personally led the opening ceremony held on November 24 and was attended by Davao City Mayor Sarah Carpio and Jerril Santos, Chief of Protocol of the Department of Foreign Affairs; and Janet Lopoz, Executive Director of Mindanao Development Authority, among others. In his speech, KIM

asked the newly appointed Consul for his dedication to bilateral cooperation between Korea and the Philippines, acting as a link between the two countries. In turn, Ang swore that he would perform his duties in good faith and with sincerity for the best interests of Korea and do his utmost to promote the Korea-Philippines relations. (Malou Cablinda)

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Sulu Sultans designate former governor as Special Envoy

SUL U – The R oyal C ouncil of the S ulu S ultanate has SULU Ro Council Sulu Sultanate designated for mer go ver nor and philanthr opist D former gov ernor philanthropist Drr Sakur Tan as S pecial E nv oy after being conferr ed as nvo conferred Special Env “Datu hahB andar ic ev ent attended b y atu’’ S ShahB hahBandar andar”” in a histor historic event by some 3,000 people her e. here The affair, held We’ll go for a peaceful nerecently at the Patikul gotiation of all this matter, Gymnasium, was led by all peaceful resolution. legitimate sultans of Sulu Claiming back sovereignty and witnessed by Muslim takes a long process, but religious leaders led by we are now egging for the Grand Mufti, His Emi- proprietary rights of the nence Abdulbaqi territory. This is a prelude Abubakar, and the differ- to all this because this reent Ulama, among other quires very large and very dignitaries. tedious political matter,” The Royal Council of Sultan Bahjin said. the Sulu Sultanate is comFor his part, Dr Tan posed of Sultans Ibrahim said: “Naririto tayo hindi Bahjin, Muedzul-Lail Tan upang maghanap ng Kiram, Mohammad problema kundi Venizar Julkarnain Jainal maghanap ng solusyon at Abirin, Muizuddin Jainal para sa kapakanan ng Abirin Bahjin and buong bayan ng Sulu, ng Phugdalun Kiram II. Tausug kasama ang mga The Sultans also island provinces.” granted authority to Dr Tan In April this year, for to present the Royal Coun- the first time in the rich hiscil of the Sulu Sultanate in tory of the Sultanate of negotiating and transact- Sulu, the five influential ing business with foreign sultans have signed a covor local entities and to do enant in an unprecedented the following acts – initiate move aimed at consolidatnegotiations with local and ing and strengthening foreign entities for the ex- their unity. ploration and The signing ceremony development of the re- held in Zamboanga City sources in areas of the Sulu brought them together and Sultanate; negotiate with they formed the Royal foreign and local entities Council of the Sulu Sultanidentified by the Royal ate. The covenant was also Council of the Sulu Sultan- witnessed by the Grand ate; and assist and support Mufti Abdulbaqi Abubakar the Royal Council of the and attended by hundreds Sulu Sultanate in its activi- of supporters and memties involving any and all bers of the different Royal organizations or entities Houses of the Sultanate of engaged in the above Sulu, and religious leaders transactions provided that and representatives of varithe exercise of authority ous sectors not only in the granted to Dr Tan be under province, but in the Authe terms and condition tonomous Region in that maybe prescribed by Muslim Mindanao to the Royal Council of the which Sulu belongs. Sulu Sultanate. Dr Tan, who is a key They also said that be figure in the unification of assisted by representatives the sultans, said the signof the Sultans in every en- ing of the covenant was deavour relating to the unprecedented and hisauthority granted Dr Tan. torical and will further And that upon the conclu- strengthen the unity of all sion of any negotiation, a heirs to the throne of the final draft of the resulting Sultanate of Sulu. He comagreement or contract missioned many respected shall be submitted to the Muslim scholars and eduRoyal Council of the Sulu cators from the University Sultanate for approval. of the Philippines to help in The Royal Council of crafting the unity covthe Sulu Sultanate said the enant. grant of authority to Dr Tan Lawyer Mehol Sadain, shall remain in force for 10 who previously headed the years. National Commission on The Sultans, in choos- Muslim Filipinos, was also ing Dr Tan as Special among those who helped Envoy, said the former gov- Dr Tan in the historic enernor played a very deavor. important role in unifying The Sultans also the heirs to the throne of thanked Dr Tan – who is the Sulu Sultanate. strongly advocating the re“He (Dr Tan) is the vival of Sultanate of Sulu choice of all of us. He has and promoting the rich good and strong political and colorful tradition and voice and he’s got the re- culture of the Tausug spect of international people - for his efforts in people like Malaysia and unifying the Royal Houses the rest of the international of the Sultanate of Sulu. community,” Sultan Bahjin The Sultanate of Sulu told the regional newspa- was founded in 1457 and is per Mindanao Examiner. believed to exist as a soverHe said the Royal eign nation for at least 442 Council of the Sulu Sultan- years. It stretches from a ate will adapt a peaceful part of the island of negotiation with Malaysia Mindanao in the east, to as far as the Sabah claims Sabah, in the west and are concerned. south, and to Palawan, in “We don’t egg for a vio- the north. lent clamour or whatever. It continues to lay

claim to North Borneo, now Sabah in Malaysia after obtaining it from Brunei as a gift for helping put down a rebellion on Borneo Island. The British leased Sabah and transferred control over the territory to Malaysia after the end of World War II. But the sultanate said it had merely leased North Borneo in 1878 to the British North Borneo Company for an annual payment of 5,000 Malayan dollars then, which was increased to 5,300 Malayan

dollars in 1903. North Borneo was annexed by Malaysia in 1963 after a referendum organized by the Cobbold Commission in 1962 saw the people of Sabah voting overwhelmingly to join Malaysia, but Kuala Lumpur continues paying the Sulu Sultanate some 5,300 ringgits a year on the basis of the Sulu royals’ ceding the Borneo state. In February 2013, the ailing Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, sent about 200 followers headed by his

brother Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram to Sabah to assert their claim to and supposed historical rights over the oil-rich state. Sultan Jamalul’s group rejected Malaysian demand for them to surrender peacefully and fighting erupted in Lahad Datu town where more than 60 of the sultan’s men were killed and over 300 Filipinos arrested on suspicion that they were aiding the group of Raja Muda Agbimuddin. Malaysia also put

Jamalul and his brother on its wanted list and branded them as terrorists for intruding into Sabah and killing and decapitating 10 policemen and soldiers in separate clashes on the island. Rajah Agbimuddin managed to escape the Malaysian assault in Sabah while Sultan Jamalul died in October 2013 from a lingering illness at age 75. Rajah Agbimuddin died from cardiac arrest in 2015 in Tawi-Tawi province in southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)

Scenes from the conferment and designation of former Sulu Governor Sakur Tan now Datu’ ShahBandar as Special Envoy by the Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate on November 30, 2016 in Patikul town in Sulu province. (Mindanao Examiner Photos)


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HEALTH: First Aid Sa Napaso, Nasunog o Naputukan Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong

Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper is in need of the following: Office Staff for Davao City. Applicant must be female and not more than 25-years old and preferably college level or with secretarial skills. News Writer for Zamboanga City. Applicant must have an experience in newspapering and/or broadcast media and has a good command of the English language and Visayan dialect. Must be a graduate of Mass Communication or AB English or its equivalent. All applicants must be hardworking and can work under extreme pressure and less supervision, and is willing to travel in Mindanao. Please e-mail your bio-data and photo or résumé:

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Dr. Willie T. Ong · Kung may pagdurugo, diinan ang sugat (apply pressure) ng 10 minutes hanggang sa tumigil ang pagdurugo. · Dalhin ang pasyente sa ospital. May iba pang puwedeng ibigay sa ospital tulad ng bakuna laban sa tetanus, antibiotics at pag-tahi ng mga sugat. · Kung may naputol na daliri, kunin agad ang naputol na daliri at ilagay ito sa plastic bag na may yelo. Dalhin agad sa ospital at baka maidugtong pa ito ng mga doktor. First Aid: Nakakain ng Paputok (Firecracker ingestion) · Pakainin ang pasyente ng hilaw na egg white. Sa mga bata, pakainin ng 6 egg white. Sa mga matatanda, bigyan ng 10 egg white. Makatutulong ang egg white sa pag-bawas ng pinsala ng paputok. · Kung hindi gusto ang

lasa ng egg white, dagdagan ng orange juice o soft drinks para magkalasa. · Huwag pasukahin ang pasyente. Baka masugat lang ang lalamunan niya. · Dalhin sa ospital para sa tamang gamutan. Huwag din bigyan ng oxygen at baka sumabog pa ang paputok. First Aid: May Dumi Sa Mata (Naputukan) · Patuluan ng tubig gripo ang apektadong mata sa loob ng 10 minuto para matanggal ang dumi. · Huwag hawakan ang mata o piliting tanggalin ang dumi sa mata. Ang agos ng tubig lang ang puwedeng gamitin. · Takpan ang mata ng malinis na tela. Dalhin agad ang pasyente sa ospital para ma-check up. First Aid: Nakalanghap Ng Usok · Dalhin ang biktima sa mahanging lugar. Huminga ng dahandahan at malalim. · Kapag nahihirapang huminga, dalhin agad sa ospital ang pasyente. · Sa mga may hika o sakit sa baga, umiwas sa mga mauusok na lugar. Manatili lang sa loob ng bahay o mahanging na lugar.

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– 1 lb. medium shrimps, shelled and deveined – 1 cup water – 1/3 cup sautéed shrimp paste plus 1 teaspoon to flavor shrimps – 3 tablespoons olive oil – 2 cloves garlic, chopped – 1 thumb- size ginger, crushed – 1 tomato, cut into wedges

– 1 Chinese or Japanese eggplant, sliced into the diagonal (1-inch thick)

– 1 fresh bittermelon, halved, deseeded

and sliced into the diagonal (1-inch thick) – 1 lb. banana squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks – ½ lb. fresh okra – ½ lb. green beans, ends trimmed – salt to taste

INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Heat a skillet with 1 tablespoon oil. Sauté shrimps for 2 minutes or until it turned pink. Stir in 1 teaspoon shrimp paste. Transfer cooked shrimps to a plate and set aside. 2) Using the same skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add garlic and ginger; sauté for 1 minute. Add shrimp paste, stir for 20 seconds. Add squash and water; cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. 3) Add the rest of the vegetables, cover and let simmer for another 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Make sure to stir the mixture occasionally. 4) Add cooked shrimps and tomato; gently stir and correct seasonings. 5) Transfer into a serving plate. Serve with steamed rice. Enjoy! (


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DILG releases own Freedom of Information manual CEBU - Heeding President Duterte’s directive to make government transactions transparent to the public, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently came out with its own Freedom of Information (FOI) manual, making it one of the first government agencies to comply with the presidential order. During the ceremonial signing of the FOI Manual, DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno encouraged the officials and personnel to use the manual as basis in disclosing information to the general public.

“Through the manual, the DILG upholds the right of its clients to access the official records, documents and transactions of the agency," said Sueno. "I hope that through this medium, we will be able to promote an open, transparent and accountable government,” he added. The DILG’s FOI manual prescribes the appropriate timeline for the processing of a requested information based on their nature and mechanisms for acknowledgement upon receipt of a request. A system of grievance redress and appeal has also been included for requests

that have been denied or in the case of a delay in the processing. Earlier, the President signed the landmark Executive Order No. 2, series of 2016 which mandates all executive agencies to prepare within 120 calendar days upon the effectivity of the order their respective manuals. The FOI manual should indicate the person or office responsible for receiving requests for information, the location and contact information of the office head, as well as prescribed forms to be used for requesting information and schedule of applicable fees, among others.

I-hatag ang 13th month pay sa dili pa mag-Pasko CEBU - Angay bayaran sa mga pribadong employer ang 13th month pay sa ilang mga kawani nga dili molapas sa Disyembre 24, matud pa sa pahayag kagahapon ni Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Sec. Silvestre Bello III. “Kailangang bayaran ng lahat ng employer ang mga rank-and-file employee ng kanilang 13th month pay, anuman ang uri ng kanilang empleo at pamamaraan ng pagbabayad ng kanilang sahod, basta sila ay nakapagtrabaho ng hindi bababa sa isang buwan ng kasalukuyang taon,” matud pa ni Bello.


Matud pa ni Bello nga ang pagbayad sa 13th month pay agi og pagsunod sa Labor Code of the Philippines ug mga patakaran ug regulasyon sa pagpatuman niini. Ubos sa Labor Code, ang tanang nasakop nga employer angay mosumiter og taho sa pagpatuman sa balaod sa pinakaduol nga DOLE regional office nga dili molapas sa Enero 15 matag tuig. Ang 13th month pay kapareho sa 1/12 sa basic salary sa mga empleyado sa usa ka tuig. Kauban sa basic salary ang tanang bayad o kita nga gibayad sa employer sa empleyado alang sa

serbisyong gihatag, apan mahimong dili apil ang costof-living allowances, profit-sharing payments, cash equivalents sa wala nagamit nga vacation ug sick leave credits, overtime pay, premium pay, night shift differential pay, holiday pay, ug tanang allowance ug monetary benefits nga gikonsiderar nga dili na parte o kauban sa regular o basic salary sa empleyado. Matud pa ni Bello nga mahimong mosumiter sa bisan asang DOLE regional office sa money claim case ang mga na-agrabyadong empleyado kun dili ihatag sa employer ang ilang 13th month pay. (Elvira C. Bongosia)

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Malakanyang sa PNP: Hugtan ang seguridad sa mga pambublikong lugar CEBU - Gimando na sa Malakanyang sa Philippine National Police (PNP) ang paghugot sa seguridad sa mga pampublikong lugar human sa nakit-ang improvised explosive device (IED) duol sa US Embassy sa Maynila. Matud pa ni Presidential Communications Office Sec. Martin Andanar, gimanduan na usab ang mga hingtungdang transport agencies nga dugangan ang deployment sa mga uniformed personnel sa mga tugpahanan, pantalan ug terminal sa mga bus ug hugtan ang screening sa mga mosulod

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nga pasahero ug bagahe isip parte sa security vigilance. Dugang pa ni Andanar, ilang gipaniguro sa publiko nga dili angay hinungdan sa pagkaalarma ang insidente ug ipadayon lamang ang mga aktibidad sa normal nga paagi. Una niini, gi-angkon ni PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa nga ang bombang nadiskobrehan sa Roxas Boulevard duol sa US Embassy sa kaulohan susama ra usab sa eksplosibo nga gigamit sa Davao City bombing. "The PNP is on top of the situation and shall beef


up security measures in public places especially where there are big crowds. To ensure public safety in airports, seaports, bus and mass transport terminals, concerned transport agencies are instructed to increase the visibility and presence of uniformed personnel and heighten the screening of persons and luggage as part of our security vigilance. We assure the public that this incident should not be a cause for alarm. Business and work continue as normal," matud pa ni Andanar. (Elvira C. Bongosia)


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