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Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines to patrol Sulu Sea ‘Navies from 3 countries to fight Abu Sayyaf, piracy and terrorism’


YEAR AFTER M alaysia pr oposed a mar itime Malaysia proposed maritime patr ols and aer ial sur veillance with the P hilpatrols aerial surv Philippines and IIndonesia ndonesia in the S ulu S ea at the Sulu Sea bor der of S abah, the thr ee Asian neighbors border Sabah, three ar ation in A pr il, a bold mo ve are startt its first oper operation Apr pril, mov are set to star aimed at pr otecting their bor ders against rransom ansom protecting borders kidnappings and pir acy b y the ISIS-affiliated A bu piracy by Abu Sayyaf gr oup group oup.. Malaysia's navy chief, at launching our first joint Admiral Ahmad operation from Sandakan Kamarulzaman, said the sometime next month. The cooperation is unprec- three navies of Malaysia, Inedented and reflects the donesia and Philippines will level of trust and confidence be working together,” he told among the three nations. Channel NewsAsia in an ex“We first discussed it a year clusive interview recently. Continue on page 2 ago and now, we are looking

Thousands participate in Int’l. Women’s Month celeb SULU – Thousands of people, mostly women, participated in the celebration of the International Women’s Month spearheaded by the Sulu Provincial Women’s Coun-

cil headed by its president, Shihla Hayudini, and various civil organizations and government agencies and the private and business sectors. Continue on page 4

Filipino navy SEAL members onboard the unsinkable US-made Boston Whaler speedboats during a demonstration off the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga. The boats are donated to the military as part of Washington's security assistance program to the Philippines, which is battling the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group.

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Subanen indigenous people oppose (open-pit) mining activities by TVI Resource Development Inc., in Bayog town in Zamboanga del Sur province in this undated photos. The mining firm also mined inside ancestral domain at Mount Canatuan in Siocon town in Zamboanga del Norte province. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)


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MAJORIT Y of P hilippine miner als ar e expor ted and mainly benefit for eign corpoMAJORITY Philippine minerals are exported foreign rations esear ch gr oup IBON said. While ensur ing envir onmentally safe and ations,, rresear esearch group ensuring environmentally responsible mining methods uter te administr ation should also ban the ex oadministration exomethods,, the D Duter uterte eser ved for dus of the countr y’ aw miner als country’ y’ss rraw minerals als.. These should instead be efficiently rreser eserv and utiliz ed to suppor elop the countr y’ ies to ds national utilized supportt and dev develop country’ y’ss key industr industries towar wards war industr ialization, said the gr oup industrialization, group oup.. According to IBON, the Philippines is marily exports its minerals to countries one of the most mineral-rich countries yet in the Asian region. According to the the majority of its minerals are exported. The World Bank World Integrated Trade Socountry ranks 3rd in gold, 4th in copper, 5th lution database, nearly 100% of the in nickel and 6th in chromite. But govern- Philippines’ total world mineral exports ment data shows that in 2015, total exports (US$1.6 billion worth) went to the East of minerals were equivalent to Php127.3 bil- Asia and Pacific in 2015. Among the top lion, while gross production value was countries that the Philippines exported Php179.7 billion (US$1=P45.50). This means its minerals to were China (US$847.6 milthat 71% of total mineral production was lion), Japan (US$448.7 million) and exported in that year, said the group. Korea (US$263.37 million). Continue on page 5 IBON noted that the Philippines pri-

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Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines to patrol Sulu Sea Navies from 3 countries to fight Abu Sayyaf, piracy and terrorism Continued fr om page 1 from Last year, Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Ser i Hishammuddin Hussein tackled the piracy and kidnapping problems in the Sulu Sea with his Filipino counterpart Voltaire Gazmin and Ryamizard Ryacudu, of Indonesia, according to the Malay Mail, adding, the same approach was also initiated by Malaysia Pr ime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to address piracy in the Strait of Melaka. Ahmad said the initiative in the Sulu Sea will involve not just maritime patrols, but also air patrols of the waters and coastline. It is modelled after the current multilateral patrols in the Strait of Malacca that have successfully lowered the number of piracy cases reported to almost zero. “This is unique in the sense that not very often can you achieve this level of consensus, showing that all sides are serious in mitigating the challenges at sea especially due to kidnap for ransom and other cross-border crime,” he said. “Everybody is comfortable with what needs to be done, as well as what we can and cannot do," said Admiral Ahmad.

"More importantly, (there is) clear and sincere acceptance,” Ahmad said, adding, if authorities in Malaysia identify militant vessels, they can chase them even into Philippine waters. “This requires a high level of trust, obviously. We do it together and we are in constant communication. As and when they are able to take on (the case) and pursue action, we hand over to them,” he added. Channel NewsAsia also quoted Hishammuddin after his recent meeting with Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as saying that Australia has also shown interest in the security measures being taken to combat piracy in the troubled waters as well. President Rodrigo Duterte, who visited Kuala Lumpur last year, has allowed Malaysia to enter the countr y’s southern border in hot pursuit of Abu Sayyaf rebels and kidnap gangs following the slew of ransom kidnappings in Sabah just near the Muslim province of Tawi-Tawi. Duterte also allowed Indonesia to do the same following the spate of

Abu Sayyaf attacks on its tugboats in Sabah and Tawi-Tawi. The Philippines has joint border patrol agreements with both Malaysia and Indonesia. Sayyaf sub-leader wanted in M alaysia Malaysia slain Just last week, Filipino security forces killed an Abu Sayyaf subleader Buchoy Hassan who was linked by Philippines and Malaysian authorities to the spate of ransom kidnappings in Sabah following a firefight in Tawi-Tawi. The 48-year old Buchoy, who was known for his aliases Black and Bocoi, had been implicated to the November 2013 kidnapping of Taiwanese tourist Chang An Wei, 58, at Pulau Pom Pom off Sabah’s Semporna town. Chang’s 57-year old husband Hsu Li Min was killed during the kidnapping, and the woman had been freed 2 months later in Sulu province after paying huge ransom. Army Major Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command, said Buchoy was one of the wanted personalities in Malaysia for his involvement in the

abduction of Taiwanese national Chang An Wei at the Pom Pom Island Resort in Sabah in November 2013. She said soldiers and policemen recovered Hassan’s M16 automatic rifle and security forces seized 5 speedboats and several outboard engines, believed being used by the Abu Sayyaf in cross-border raids in Sabah. Petinglay, quoting a military report, said that aside from kidnappings, Hassan – using his share of the ransoms to buy crystal meth, also controlled the illegal drug trade in Tawi-Tawi, and recruited members for his nefarious activities. “Hassan recr uited cohorts and acquired several speedboats to sustain his illegal activities and became the key facilitator in the illegal drugs trade in TawiTawi,” she said. Major General Carlito Galvez, the regional military commander, said the operations against the Abu Sayyaf were continuing in Tawi-Tawi, just several hours by boat from Sabah, to prevent future kidnappings in the oil-rich Malaysian state. “We are continuously conducting law enforce-

ment support operations to assist the police and other law enforcement agencies in expediting the arrest of notorious members of the kidnap for ransom group and in preempting kidnapping attempts in the province,” he said. M alaysia arr ests 5 arrests F ilipino militants The killing of Buchoy also coincided with the arrest of 5 Filipinos with alleged links to both the Abu Sayyaf and Islamic State in Sabah and Kuala Lumpur. Two other Malaysians were also arrested by the police from March 8 to 12, according to a report by Malaysian newspaper The Star. The identities of the Filipinos were not immediately known, but all of them are with permanent resident status and ages 18, 27, 31 and 53. The report said two of the Filipinos were believed to have collected funds from Malaysian terror suspects Mohamad Joraimee Awang Raimee and Dr Mahmud Ahmad. And the third Filipino was said to have sworn allegiance to Abu Sayyaf chieftain Isnilon Hapilon, who is also the head of the local Islamic State in the Philippines. While the other planned

to join the Islamic State and fight in Syria. Filipino security and foreign affairs officials did not give any statement over the arrest of the Filipinos, although they previously said that the Abu Sayyaf is sheltering not only Indonesian militants, but also Malaysian and Middle Eastern terrorists with some of them killed while fighting alongside local jihadists in Basilan, one of 5 provinces under the restive Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines. President Duterte has ordered security forces to crush the Abu Sayyaf and other jihadist groups operating in the region and largely blamed by authorities for the spate of terror attacks and beheadings, including ransom kidnappings. The Abu Sayyaf, which is actively operating in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, is still holding over 2 dozen mostly Asian sailors and recently beheaded the 70-year old German yachter Jurgen Kantner after his family failed to raise P30 million ransom demanded by the small, but the mostly notorious jihadist group in the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)

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A US Navy Sea Hawk chopper lands in Sulu province in the southern Philippines in this photo taken in February 2006. A small number of American troops are still deployed in the restive region and advising the Philippine military in fighting terrorism. (Mindanao Examiner Photo) ZAMBOANGA CITY – U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, recently visited the southern Filipino port city of Zamboanga and inspected a small group of American soldiers helping local military forces in fighting anti-terrorism in the restive region. The American official, accompanied by embassy staffs, also met with Filipino military commanders at the Western Mindanao Command where the U.S. maintains a small base. Zamboanga is also one of the areas in Mindanao where Washington is currently funding several infrastructure projects through the United States Agency for International Development. The military did not issue any statement on the visit of the ambassador, but U.S. troops had been deployed in Zamboanga City since 2001 after the Abu

Sayyaf kidnapped American missionary couple Martin and Gracia Burnham, and California man Guillermo Sobero. Both Sobero and Martin were killed by the Abu Sayyaf, and Gracia rescued in a US-led military operation in Zamboanga del Norte province. Last year, President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled a joint patrol with the U.S. military in the South China Sea and scrapped future war games between the two countries, and ordered American troops to leave the country. But American soldiers are still maintaining a camp inside the Western Mindanao Command, which was previously used as headquarters of the defunct Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines. The US military previously maintained a fleet of P3 Orion surveillance aircraft in Mactan Air Base in Cebu

province in central Philippines and smaller unmanned aerial vehicles or drones in Zamboanga. The planes are used in operations against the Abu Sayyaf group in Basilan and Sulu, and probably Indonesia and Malaysia to monitor activities of jihadist groups there allied with terrorist groups in the Philippines. Security had always been tight in American military camps in Zamboanga, Basilan and Sulu and even Filipino generals cannot go inside these installations without prior clearance with the US Embassy in Manila. Local journalists were not spared by some arrogant U.S. troops who harassed news photographers and television crew and had threatened to smash their equipment if they take pictures of American soldiers deployed in public places in Zamboanga, Basilan and Sulu. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Thousands participate in International Women’s Month celeb Continued fr om page 1 from A humanitarian and medical mission was also held during the recent celebration that benefit-

ted mostly poor families here. The SPWC also conducted livelihood and skills training seminar for many women as part of its

programs and advocacy, according to Hayudini, who thanked all those who supported the event. Provincial and mu-

nicipal government officials headed by Governor Toto Tan and Vice Governor Nurunisah Tan graced the occasion. Former Sulu

Governor (Datu Shahbandar) Dr. Sakur Tan was also invited in the event and gave an inspiring speech that was

applauded by the huge crowd during the program held in the capital town of Jolo. (Ahl-franzie Salinas)

Scenes from the celebration of the International Women’s Month held recently in Sulu province. (Photos by Ahl-franzie Salinas)

ARMM celebrates Bangsamoro Week of Peace COTABATO CITY – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao led the commemoration of the Bangsamoro Week of Peace in Cotabato City. The theme of the commemoration, now on its 6th year, is “Bangsamoro: Revisiting the Past, Continuing the Cause.” Hataman said it is only through remembering the previous struggles of the Bangsamoro can today’s generation be empowered to continue the cause and achieve lasting peace in this part of the country. “Mahalaga na

alalahanin natin at ipagpatuloy natin ito hanggang sa magkaroon ng ganap ng kapayapaan,” the ARMM governor said. Hataman also called for unity and cooperation among the different sectors in the region to continue the reforms and changes that the regional government has introduced and implemented during his years of governance. The tri-people of the Bangsamoro must continue the fight against poverty and terrorism, Gov. Hataman added. “Wala man tayo sa gitna

ng giyera ngayon, hindi ibig sabihin na hindi na tayo nakikibaka. Patuloy ang ating pakikibaka laban sa kahirapan at terorismo,” he said. The regional governor also pointed out how technology is a double-edged sword, with the youth becoming more vulnerable to misinformation as they gain access to the internet. Amir Mawallil, Executive Director of the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (BYA), also echoed the government’s point, and said that ensuring the youth learns about the history of the Bangsamoro is crucial in developing the

youth’s consciousness. Aside from this, an awareness of Bangsamoro history is also crucial to the success of the longstanding peace efforts involving the Bangsamoro. This is why, Mawallil said, the regional government will exert efforts on mainstreaming the discussion of Bangsamoro history among youth in the region through the OBYA. “We have to look at different platforms and exhaust all means. Our approach must succeed in being pervasive, ‘yung kahit saan sila lumingon nandoon ang narrative ng

Bangsamoro” said Director Mawallil. He added that the youth can be an instrument of peace simply by knowing their history. “Their every action must be rooted in something bigger than themselves; dapat may hugot, at sana nakaugat ‘yun sa pagkilala nila sa tunay na kasaysayan ng Bangsamoro,” he said. Among the activities lined up for this week’s commemoration are a photo exhibit, a stage play, and a range of conferences and panel discussions including a forum on the Bangsamoro

history conducted simultaneously in all provinces of the ARMM. The Bangsamoro Week of Peace is celebrated every second week of March to commemorate the Jabidah Massacre which is considered a pivotal point of the Bangsamoro struggle. “Alam kong masakit sa ating lahat na ito’y alalahanin, ngunit ito ang nag-udyok sa atin na ipaglaban ang ating mga karapatan at ipaglaban ang ating identihiya,” Hataman said, referring to the said massacre. (Bureau of Public Information)


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Minerals benefit foreigners not Filipinos Continued fr om page 1 from These countries that largely consume and benefit from Philippine mineral exports are also home to the world’s leading steel-producing firms, observed IBON. Among the World Steel Association’s list of top steel producers in 2015, next to ArcelorMittal, were Chinese companies Hesteel Group ranked 2nd, Baosteel 5th, Shagang Steel 6th and Ansteel group seventh. Japanese companies on the list were Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation ranked 3rd and JFE steel eighth. Meanwhile, Korean steel corporation, Posco, was ranked as the 4th top steel producer in the world. IBON said that mining has low value-added when minerals are exported in a raw or semi-processed state. Though mineral processing in itself constitutes a quantitatively small share of the economy, its contribution across industrial, agriculture and service sectors can be qualitatively significant if used to develop the country’s industries. Minerals like steel can be used extensively in construction, IBON said, while copper can be used in power infrastructure and electronic products. Minerals are also important in producing machinery that is used in manufacturing and agriculture. For instance, automotive production on average requires 40-60 mineral-based components such as iron, steel, aluminum, copper, zinc, titanium, platinum and gold. Meanwhile, computer chips and most electronic products on the average have 60 mineralderived elements. IBON said that protecting the environment and communities from harmful and destructive large-scale mining practices of big corporations is an initial positive step. At the same time, the govern-

ment should also ensure that the country’s mineral resources will be saved and prioritized to truly benefit the Filipino people over corporate mining interests, and towards genuine national development. Duter te should stick to uterte mines closur e closure IBON also said that despite strong opposition from mining companies, the Duterte government should stand firm on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) head’s order on mines closure. The group also belied mining companies’ claims that large scale mining has brought development to the country. President Duterte has expressed support for DENR Secretary Gina Lopez’ order to close down 23 mining firms and suspend five more due to grave violations against the environment. Ordered closed were Benguet Corp. Nickel Mines Inc., Ore Asia Mining and Development Corporation and Benguet Corporation and four other mining companies in Luzon, 10 in Vizayas and seven in Mindanao. Lopez has also ordered the cancellation of 75 mining contracts. The Chamber of Mines of the Philipines (COMP), meanwhile, composed of the country’s mining firms, has questioned the closure and warned of the massive jobs and revenue losses that it will entail. Finance secretary and Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) co-chairperson Carlos Dominguez also cautioned that the DENR orders would cost affected local governments millions in foregone revenues. IBON however refuted that large-scale mining has been beneficial to the economy. It said that for instance, while mineral exports hit a high US$3.4 billion in 2013, mining contributed a measly 0.7%

to gross domestic product (GDP) in the same year. The sector’s contribution grew to this level only from 0.5% after more than a decade of operations. The annual average share of mining revenues to total government revenues in 2009-2012 was only 1.18 percent, the group added. The contribution of the mining and quarrying sector to employment was also negligible at 0.7% of total employment. IBON also noted the string of mining disasters since the enactment of the Philippine Mining Act in 1995. Aside from human deaths, large-scale mining has caused damaged dams, soil and water pollution due to excessive tailings, siltation, contamination and damage to agricultural lands, fish kill and other damages to marine life, buried or damaged houses in tailings and flash floods, isolated villages, dust fallout and air pollution, massive evacuation and various illnesses. Moreover, said the group, more than 90% of Philippine mineral production is exported for use by other countries’ steel industries while the country has none. This, despite the Philippines being one of the world’s top producers of gold, copper and nickel. Government should uphold the mining ban, IBON said, and be wary of opposition coming from certain members of the cabinet involved in the mining sector, which could derail efforts to advance the people’s interests. The closure and suspension orders is a positive step for the protection of the Philippine environment and towards ensuring that the country’s natural resources benefit the Filipino people, the group added. Various groups are pushing for the resumption of the peace talks as these principles are represented in the negotiations’ social and economic reforms agenda.

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DOH-ARMM represents Philippines in U.S. professional exchange program COTABATO CITY – A Health department official of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will represent the country in a global health initiative sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Dyan Sangkula Jumaide, assistant secretary of the Department of Health-ARMM, said the multi-regional project dubbed “Global Health: Building Country Capacity,” to be administered by Meridian International Center, from March 18 to April 8. Participants in the program are from 21 other countries who are medical professionals involved in healthcare treatment and disease prevention education programs, including nurses, doctors, hospital administrators, Ministry of Health officials, educators, nongovernmental organization staff, social workers, and media. The program kicks off in Washington DC and will include visits to Boston, Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Diego, California; and Atlanta, Georgia. The three-week program will introduce the role of the U.S. federal, state and municipal government agencies and nongovernmental organizations in developing and implementing public health programs and policies. Healthcare trends and training and the latest re-

search in the field of public health especially in cancer, stroke, diabetes, childhood and infectious diseases will be covered during visits to research centers, medical schools, and teaching hospitals. The program will include opportunities to examine research, prevention, treatment, patient counseling, public outreach and education, and support services, and meet with professional counterparts, medical personnel, and activists to share success stories and challenges. The Department of State has outlined the following specific project objectives: • Promote international cooperation on the common challenges facing the global community in preventing, treating, and managing health problems affecting general populations; • Examine state and local efforts aimed at preventative screening and wellness programs including those that promote maternally and child health; • Assess public awareness campaigns about health issues impacted by economic downturns, poverty, and other external challenges that affect health care delivery systems • Network with professional counterparts – both U.S. and international – to increase information sharing and to promote transparency in discussing

global health issues; • Examine the role of university teaching and research facilities in developing capacity; and • Discuss public health issues with key U.S. government agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of Health and Human Services as well as at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. “In ARMM, the lack of health workers is one of the problems besetting the healthcare system, so maybe through this program, I could learn better health practices on how to address health problems issues in our region and in our country,” Assistant Secretary Jumaide said. Starting as a staff nurse at the Datu Alawaddin Bandon Sr. Memorial Hospital in Tawi-Tawi (1993-2000), Assistant Secretary Jumaide became a health information officer in the same province (2000-2006), project officer of USAID (2006-2010), assemblywoman, and currently as DOH-ARMM’s assistant secretary. Participants in the IVLP are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. embassies around the world. (Bureau of Public Information)


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OPINION The narratives of Bud Dajo as resistance "SLAUGHTER is a good word," American author Mark Twain wrote in 1906 to describe the Bud Dajo massacre, after anti-imperialist media outfits in the U.S. published the anecdotes of the successful, at least on the part of the colonial government in the archipelago, military operation to quell the Moro resistance in Mindanao and Sulu. “Certainly there is not a better one in the Unabridged Dictionary for this occasion,” the celebrated American author lamented, as the public grappled with words to describe the carnage. Even Tausugs of my generation who heard the story of Bud Dajo early in our lives struggled also to find the best word to describe this historical event that shaped the consciousness of the people of Jolo, of how intruders could easily violate our peace and re-arrange our lives. There’s only one image that circulates in social media and in history books that captured the bloody incident: white colonial American soldiers standing proud in front of the camera, piles of dead bodies in the foreground, killed during the campaign. It was the testament of resistance for us Tausugs that the struggle was in perpetuity unless we found the freedom we were longing for centuries, an evidence of victory perhaps for the Americans, and smaller piece of story in the grand narrative of Filipino resistance against the U.S. colonial rule in the archipelago for the Filipinos. The first time I heard about Bud Dajo massacre was outside the classroom, from family members from Jolo who were active in the armed struggle. It would be shared to me by elders whenever the Bangsamoro struggle was being discussed among family members and relatives. For my older relatives, the story was held as a candle in the darkest hours for us Tausugs during the Martial Law years; it was a narrative that gave us hope that what has been sacrificed by our ancestors will always remind that we need to keep on walking until we found that freedom that will secure peace in our land. Bud Dajo is a dead volcano six miles from Jolo, Sulu’s capital, and its crater 1, 600 meters wide in circumference provided a haven for almost 900 Tausugs, mostly women and children who resisted


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By Amir Mawallil

American control on their lives and on their economic activities. It was a community protected by a steep mountain, thick forest, and rich vegetation that could provide subsistence for hundreds of families who took refuge at the crater. It was at the height of the U.S. pacification campaign against the Moros in Mindanao and in the Sulu archipelago. General Leonard Wood was then the governor of the Moro province. He abolished slavery and the reintroduction of cedula among the Tausugs. It was a very unpopular move and resisted by the local communities as social preparation was driven by colonial interests than improving the lives of the people. The road to the carnage in Bud Dajo was still being debated as several threads of stories were being unearthed by scholars and historians. Aside from resistance to U.S. control, one thread of narrative was pointing to a fugitive, wanted by the American authorities and was being protected by the datu of the community. Whatever the stories that lead to the hundreds of dead Moros in Bud Dajo, one thing was for sure: that Tausugs resisted the foreign colonial domination even if their lives were at stake. It was a story that needed to be told over so the next generation will never forget the sacrifices of our ancestors to resist U.S. colonial domination. But on how the story was needed to be told, who’s the bearer of the narrative, and on the reasons on the necessity that it needed a space for recognition and relevance were among the basic questions that needed to be addressed by both Moros and Filipinos. And I will ask it frankly without reservations: for whom the story of Bud Dajo should serve its purpose? For Filipinos, it was simply one of those bloody battles against the colonizers. The same narrative of resistance against the U.S.

colonial domination in Luzon and in the Visayas; Bud Dajo, within the dominant narrative of Filipino nationalism will serve as reminder for Filipinos that we need to fight for our freedom and maintain our independence from the United States. That they did not come here to civilize us, but to enslave us. However, the peak of narrative of U.S. colonial domination of the archipelago rest on liberation against the Japanese and the establishments of political, cultural, and economic institutions that were being utilized today by the former colonial master. The narratives of Bud Dajo, like the Balangiga Massacre of the Warays in Samar, was silenced until recently when historians needed to re-read Philippine history outside the education system established during the colonial period. It was ironic that the massacre at Bud Dajo in 1906 again reached the public’s attention when a Filipino president mentioned the incident in one of his press conferences last year as banter against the U.S. interventionist policies in the country. It was Duterte’s response to the criticisms against the statements released by the U.S. embassy in Manila on extra-judicial killings and on his "war on drugs," a campaign promise that would drastically eliminate substance abuse and drug pushing in the country. Duterte considered the comment from the government of our former colonial master an assault on the country’s ability to craft its own independent foreign affairs policies. Duterte, using the narratives of Bud Dajo, reminded the U.S. of its atrocities and human rights violations against the Bangsamoro people at beginning of the 20th century that until now dividing this country. This week, the country will commemorate the anniversary of the Bud Dajo massacre. In Jolo, the people will look at the mountain as a towering monument of Tausug courage and resistance to foreign domination, and to remind ourselves too that Bud Dajo may be old, but like any other mountains, it can never forget. (The author is the Executive Director of the Office of Bangsamoro Youth Affairs in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.)

Philippine lawmaker seeks to impeach Duterte A PHILIPPINE lawmaker filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte because of the thousands of deaths that have happened in his anti-drug crackdown and for alleged corruption, although the bid faces an uphill battle with Duterte's allies holding an overwhelming majority in Congress. Rep. Gary Alejano said the complaint he filed recently at the House of Representatives alleges Duterte violated the constitution and betrayed the public trust with his actions, including the crackdown that has sparked extrajudicial killings of drug suspects and because of a failure to declare huge bank deposits as required by law. "We are of the firm belief that President Duterte is unfit to hold the highest office of the land and that impeachment is the legal and constitutional remedy to this situation," said Alejano, who was accused of involvement in a failed coup attempt several years


Although opposition lawmakers lack the numbers to impeach Duterte, Alejano said there was a need to stop his "excesses and crimes." More than 260 of the 292 House members belong to a pro-Duterte bloc. "Around 8,000 have been killed already," Alejano said, referring to the estimated number of mostly drug suspects killed in the crackdown Duterte launched after taking office last June. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, a Duterte ally, called the impeachment bid "stupid," saying without elaborating that it was based on fabricated allegations. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella suggested the impeachment bid and opposition criticism were possible efforts to destabilize the Duterte administration. Alejano's complaint cited Duterte's speeches, where he threatened drug lords with death and encouraged law enforcers and civilians to shoot drug suspects if they fight back, and recent Senate testimony by

retired police officer Arturo Lascanas and a former militiaman Edgar Motabato, who said they were members of a death squad under Duterte when he was mayor of southern Davao city. Lascanas and Matobato separately testified they were involved in hundreds of killings of drug suspects and political opponents of Duterte in Davao. Duterte has denied he condoned extrajudicial killings. Duterte has not responded in detail to the allegations, and his allies have questioned the credibility of the two men. Alejano's complaint also cited accusations by opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who accused Duterte of failing to declare more than 2 billion pesos ($40 million) in bank deposits as required by law. Duterte has denied any wrongdoing. (By Jim Gomez, Associated Press. Associated Press writer Teresa Cerojano contributed to this report.)

503 farmers complete Halal production course MAGUINDANAO - a total of 503 livestock raisers from Maguindanao province graduated from School-On-the-Air’s (SOA) course on Halal Production of Small Ruminants. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAFARMM) partnered with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)-12 in the implementation of the SOA program. The farmer-graduates come from 10 towns of Maguindanao, namely Datu Odin Sinsuat, Sultan Mastura, Guindulungan, Northern Kabuntalan, Talayan, Datu Blah Sinsuat, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Sultan Kudarat and Parang. The SOA program is one of ATI's distance learning initiatives covering a complete package of tech-

nology for a commodity as well as for other agriculture- and fisheries-related subject matter. The SOA is a series of radio programs, presenting the subject matter systematically and in a progressive manner. SOA’s topics include Islamic principles on goat and sheep raising, livestock welfare and halal production, consisting of 18 episodes from November 14, 2016 until March 13, 2017. These subjects went on air through DXMS Radyo Bida. Alexander Alonto, Jr., DAF-ARMM Secretary, led the mass graduation. “Radio is the most effective mode of distance education to disseminate the latest technology to our raisers and farmers,” Sec. Alonto said. Hannadi GuiamadPompong, SOA project officer from ATI 12, said the SOA was basically aimed at

increasing awareness on halal production of ruminants. Abdulkadir Adam, a livestock raiser from Sultan Mastura, said being a graduate of SOA on halal production means he now has increased knowledge and skills on halal production. “Inaanyayahan ko kayo na sumali sa mga ganitong programa dahil tayo ang makikinabang nito,”Adam said. “Siguradong magagamit natin ito sa pang arawaraw na buhay natin bilang farmers,” Adam added. Luz Taposok, Director IV of ATI Central Office, confirmed the graduates and Enrico Garzon, Jr., assistant secretary on Livestock-Department of Agriculture, delivered his message to the graduates. (Bureau of Public Information)


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Duterte tells Cebuano businessmen to be assertive CEBU CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte called on Cebu businessmen to report corrupt officers in government transactions and be assertive in helping him bring the change in governance. Duterte made this statement during the recent oath-taking of the new members and board of directors of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and in his speech, he cited instances where businessmen must exert their rights against any gover nment officials and employees they meet. “On the first hint, you know the thing about corr uption is that, ang Filipino hindi assertive, he knows his rights, he will complain about it but he will not do anything,” he said. Duterte said each government agency is implementing a routine slip that will trace the whereabouts of the document processed. “Ang mga directors sa departments must husband the papers, siya mismo ang magtingin kung saan yung papel at a given time, and they are only

given 15 days,” he said. Duterte gave a standing order to heads of departments to be the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave in the evening. Other than shortening transaction time, he also earlier ordered the reduction of signing authorities. “For the Mayors ganun din, or else I will file a corresponding case, I will direct the Department of the Interior and Local Government to file appropriate charges baka may abuse of authority or whatever and I could dismiss you, basta may corruption,” Duterte said. In the securing of permits, Duterte said the businessmen will just have to write what is lacking in the papers. “Sulat kayo ano ba ang kulang dito, what is it that is lacking or inadequate so that we will correct it immediately,” he said. And if one does not get a reply, a complaint should be filed at the Office of the Ombudsman and if nothing happens he will take jurisdiction. In reaction, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry re-elected President Melanie Ng

said the President’s pronouncements were assuring to the businessmen.“It just gives us the confidence that there will already be positive change as we deal with government in our business transactions after all we are partners,” Ng said. The new trustees include Enrison Benedicto, Antonio Chiu, Charles Kenneth Co, Kenneth Cobonpue, Teodoro Locson Jr., Ronald Po, Francis Dy, Edward Wincent Onglatco, Christian Paro-an, Robinson Uy, Benjamin Avila, Virgilio Espeleta, Edwin Ortiz, Fr. Dioniso Miranda, Manuel Pages Jr., Benedict Que, lawyer Tomas Riveral, Jimmu Chua, Rey Maximo Eleccion and Robert Go. Lawyer Chad Rodolfo Miel was named legal counsel. Other officers include Chiu, vice president for finance and administration; Locson, vice president for external affairs and relations; Espeleta, vice president for business development; Paroan, vice president for membership development; Po, treasurer; and Riveral, board secretary. (Ferliza Calizar-Contratista)

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Anti-illegal drugs group, task force formed CEBU CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Dr ugs (ICAD) and Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force with the Philippine Dr ug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) leading it. The order said the ICAD will be composed of 20 national government agencies as its members. These agencies are the Dangerous Drugs Board, Department of In-

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