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Anti-terror task force binuhay sa Cotabato COTABATO CITY – Muling binuhay ng militar ang isang antiterror task force sa Cotabato City dahil sa matinding banta ng mga terorista. Matatandaang sa Cotabato rin nadakip ang

mga miyembro ng Maute group na siyang nasa likod ng madugong pambobomba sa isang night market sa Davao City noon September 2016 na ikinamatay at ikinasugat ng mahigit sa 80. Continue on page 3

103-year old Filipino man attributes long life to ‘Malungay’

Faustino Larriosa sits in his thatched house in Mati City in southern Philippines. (Photo by Cesar Lanos)

DAVAO ORIENTAL – A Filipino man in Mati City here claiming to be 103 years old said his secret to longevity is proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle. Faustino Larriosa said he regularly consumes Malunggay leaves or Moringa Oleifera to which he attributed his long life. Larriosa said he served at the United States Army Forces in the Far East when he was 20 years old and saw how the Philippines progressed under different leaders. Larriosa now lives in the village of Culian with his second wife. (Cesar Lanos)

Military hunts down Sayyaf executioners SULU – Security forces launched an operation against the Abu Sayyaf responsible in the brutal execution of a captured

government soldier in Sulu, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region, officials said. Continue on page 5

No clues on Maguindanao mosque attack? POLICE authorities are still facing a blank wall on the grenade attack at a mosque in Maguindanao’s Talayan


town that injured 8 people, including two members of a political clan. Continue on page 5

Surrendered Sayyaf militants released!

TAWI-T AWI – The P hilippine militar y has rreleased eleased at least 16 notor ious A bu S ayyaf militants who WI-TA Philippine military notorious Abu Sayyaf surr ender ed rrecently ecently in the pr ovinces of B asilan and Tawi-T awi despite their heinous cr imes en of those surrender endered pro Basilan awi-Tawi crimes imes.. Elev leven who had been fr eed – including their leaders B er ong S ar iol and B en S ar iol – ar e wanted for pir acy and cr oss-bor der freed Ber erong Sar ariol Ben Sar ariol are piracy cross-bor oss-border abah in M alaysia, accor ding to the Wester nM indanao C ommand. Sabah Malaysia, according estern Mindanao Command. kidnappings in S They were also involved in the in June 2003; and Korean ship captain Benasil Sariol – were released on the brutal murder of Catholic priest Chul Hong Park and his Filipino crew basis that authorities have failed to Reynaldo Roda in South Ubian in Tawi- Glen Alendajao, also in Tawi-Tawi last secure warrants for their arrest and Tawi on January 2008; and the April 2014 year. the military even provided them fikidnappings in Sabah of Chinese tourist All of them – Jasim Dambong, Mujil nancial assistance in exchanged for Gao Hua Yun and Filipina resort worker Dambong, Magelan Langal, Kael Sariol, the weapons the militants had surMarcy Dayawan, including Mayor Nurhamin Sariol, Alhan Sariol, rendered. Continue on page 3 Kuyoh Pajiji, of Tawi-Tawi’s Sibutu town Amnisain Sariol, Akmad Sariol, and

From ‘happily ever after’ to hell – CNN News ISLAM AND Ahmed met online, looking for their “happily ever after” through a Muslim dating site. But instead of bringing love and contentment, their marriage left Islam trapped in a living nightmare. Fast forward four years -- and three husbands - and she and her two small children are caught in limbo in northern Syria. Islam Mitat is from Mo-

Islam Mitat, from Morocco, has found refuge with her children in a YPG safehouse northeastern Syria. (CNN Photo)

rocco; Ahmed Khalil was originally from Kabul in Afghanistan, but had moved to the UK and become a British citizen by the time they met on Mitat dreamed of a career as a fashion designer, and saw a British husband as a way out of her drab existence in the Moroccan town of Oujda, near the Algerian border. Continue on page 2

ARMM to spend P100 million for new hospital in Maguindanao town MAGUINDANAO – Residents in Datu Piang town and its adjacent areas stand to benefit when the Maguindanao Provincial Hospital Datu Piang Annex is completed this year, according to Governor Mujiv

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Hataman, of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). A total of P100 million would be spent for the new hospital with funds coming from the ARMM Humanitarian and Devel-

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opment Assistance Program (ARMM-HDAP). The project is part of the P2.233 billion total budget of the ARMM-HDAP awarded by the national government through the initiative of the regional government.


Governor Hataman, along with other regional, provincial, and municipal officials, led the project’s groundbreaking ceremonies on Friday on the village of Magaslong. Continue on page 5



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From ‘happily ever after’ to hell – CNN News Continued fr om page 1 from Months after their first online encounter, Khalil traveled to Morocco with a woman he said was his sister. He met Mitat's family, and proposed marriage, showing them bank statements to prove his intentions were serious. "He was a normal person," Mitat recalls, though she says he did make her swap her regular choice of clothing -tight jeans and t-shirts for long dresses. After they were married, the couple traveled to Dubai, and from there to Jalalabad in Afghanistan to meet Ahmed's family. Mitat says she only stayed in Afghanistan for a month, because of the security situation there, before returning home to Morocco. 'H oliday' in Tur key 'Holiday' urkey Khalil went back to Dubai, but shortly afterward he called her with news. "He told me had a job in Turkey," she says, "and we're going to go for a holiday too, me and him." The "holiday" got off to a strange start. Instead of heading to a resort or a hotel, the couple flew to Gaziantep, on southern Turkey's border with Syria. A man who spoke only Turkish drove them to a house full of men,

women and children. The women and children were in one room, the men in another, Mitat says. She was confused, and asked the other women where they were going. "We're going hijra," they explained. To Syria. Hijra was the journey of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers, the fledgling Muslim community, from Mecca to Medina in 622 to escape persecution. In a modern context, it signifies escape from the tyranny of the enemies of Islam to the realm of the faithful. "When we were in Dubai he told me, 'I have for you a surprise, but I will give it to you in Turkey.' This is the surprise: to go in Syria," she says. When she objected, Khalil's response was blunt. "You are my wife and you have to obey me," she says he told her. Mitat says she wanted to tell Turkish border officials about her predicament, but says that as she and the others approached the Syrian border, the guards opened fire so they ran into Syria. When asked about the incident on the border, a Turkish police spokesman said he could not share information about individual cases. Death in battle

Once inside the country, they headed to the nearby town of Jarablus, to a guesthouse for "muhajarin" -- those who were making hijra to the so-called caliphate - like them. Mitat says the place was packed with people from "everywhere" -- the UK, Canada, France, Belgium, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. No sooner had they arrived, than Khalil was sent off for a month of military training, leaving Mitat, who was now pregnant, behind. Once he'd been trained, ISIS sent Khalil to fight. He was killed on his first day, in the battle of Kobani. After his death, Mitat says she was terrified and didn't know what to do; banned from talking to ordinary Syrians, she was forced to stay within the muhajirin community. She moved in with her husband's brother and his family, who had also traveled to Syria, but when her brother-in-law was killed too, ISIS moved her into a guesthouse, where she stayed until her son, Abdullah, was born. As Kurdish fighters closed in, ISIS told Mitat she had to marry again and get out of the area to safety, so she wed a friend of her first husband, a man known as Abu Talha Al-Almani (his name

means "the German"). He took her to Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, before moving again, this time to Raqqa as Kurdish forces closed in. A month after they got there, Mitat says she divorced Abu Talha because he wouldn't let her leave the house. She says fear played a major role in her decision not to leave immediately. Islam says she was told that other people who tried to leave had their children taken away, or were forced into weeks of intense Islamic studies. Life in ISIS's hear tland heartland All the while, Mitat was trying to escape with little Abdullah. ISIS did its best to keep her and other muhajarin away from local Syrians who might help them, and smugglers hesitated to help, because they faced execution if caught. Others asked exorbitant fees -- as much as USD $5,000 -- according to Mitat. Eventually ISIS compelled her to marry for a third time, this time to a man who Mitat describes as a gentle soul, called Abu Abdallah Al-Afghani. This name - given to him by ISIS -- indicates he was of Afghan origin. Mitat, though, says he was Indian, and that his mother lived in Australia. She says he may have been

an Australian national. Although ISIS propaganda videos portray life in Raqqa as a believer's paradise, Mitat says it was anything but. It's "like you're dead, it's not life," she recalls. She says she was "always scared, always hearing bombs, guns, shooting." In recent months, food began running short, and power and water cuts grew longer. Mitat had a second child, daughter Maria, with her third husband, but the more difficult the situation became, the more eager she was to flee. Escape fr om R aqqa from Raqqa She says ISIS forced Abu Abdallah to help defend the town of Tabqa, up the Euphrates river from Raqqa, from US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters. He was killed shortly afterward. This was Mitat's opportunity to finally leave Raqqa. Keeping her husband's death a secret from neighbors and acquaintances, she sold off all her possessions and used the money to pay smugglers to get her safely to a Kurdish YPG checkpoint. The YPG, or People's Protection Unit, a Marxist group that has been fighting ISIS across northern Syria, handed Mitat and her two children, Abdullah, who is almost

two, and 10-month-old Maria, over to intelligence officers who interrogated her and were eventually convinced she was telling the truth. The family is now staying in a YPG safe house in northeastern Syria. The YPG has contacted the Moroccan Embassy in Beirut about Mitat. CNN also reached out to the embassy via phone and email about her case; we did not receive a response. Her father in Morocco hopes King Mohamed VI will see CNN's reports about his daughter and step in to bring her home. Mitat, though, isn't so eager to return. She's worried about the safety of her children. She hopes that because the father of her first child is a British national, the family will be given British passports. Or, she says, she hopes to move to Australia to live with the mother of her last, late husband, Abu Abdallah Al-Afghani. But more than anything, after her odyssey from Morocco to Dubai to Afghanistan to Turkey to Syria, she's confused. "I don't know where I will go," she says. "I don't know because my life is destroyed." And it all started with a click on a website. (Ben Wedeman and Waffa Munayyer, CNN)


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Surrendered Sayyaf militants released! Continued fr om page 1 from Both Abu Sayyaf leaders had been previously arrested by authorities in Tawi-Tawi’s Bongao town in May 2009, but had been also freed due to the failure of law enforcers to present arrest warrants. Kuala Lumpur wanted the Sariol group to stand trial in Malaysia for their crimes. Six other militants also surrendered recently

in Basilan, including Nasser Sagap, who yielded on April 19 to the 18th Infantry Battalion in Ungkaya Pukan town. The 20-year old militant who uses the alias Sinbad, claimed to be a follower of Abu Sayyaf leader Puruji Indama, and yielded an old Garand rifle. The army also held a simple ceremony in Basilan for Sagap’s surrender. In September last

year, at least 20 alleged militants under Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Katatong Balaman surrendered in Sumisip town in Basilan. And this was followed by the surrender of 7 more militants – Sulaiman Kasaran, Marwin Asan Kasaran, Der win Asan Kasaran, Halid Asan Kasaran, Hadzmin Kuluman Kasaran, Faisal Laudmin Kasaran and Salman Najallon Kasaran

– in Basilan, a stronghold of the jihadist group which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. All of them were also freed by the military. Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, the regional military commander, praised the surrender of the militants. “This only manifests that our troops are already gaining grounds with the combat operations launched by the units and

the growing support of the local government and the people in Basilan. The Abu Sayyaf bandits are now compelled to leave their bailiwicks as we work closely with the local government and our partners to turn the strongholds of the Abu Sayyaf into a peaceful community,” he said. “We want to work for peace without the use of arms and prevent bloodshed, and, in this light, we

are encouraging other Abu Sayyaf bandits, as Filipinos, to lay down their arms and join the government in working for a peaceful and progressive Mindanao,” he added. The government has not offered any amnesty to the Abu Sayyaf and other jihadist groups fighting for the establishment of a caliphate in the restive region. (Mindanao Examiner)

ARMM launches regional investment road shows

COTABATO CITY - The Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) organized its first Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) Regional Roadshow in Cotabato City. It said the IPP is focused - with the theme “Scaling Up and Dispersing Opportunities” - will

serve as the blueprint in guiding investors in matching their business capacities with the opportunities identified in the IPP to steer economic growth. Other IPP road shows will be scheduled in some key areas of the region such as Maguindanao, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi.

This is to fully cover the whole region and bring investment concerns and services to the public especially to investors, according to BOI chairman Ishak Mastura. He explained that the reason for the conduct of regional IPP roadshows is to infor m the participants’ specifically potential and existing investors, members of the

Anti-terror task force binuhay sa Cotabato Continued fr om page 1 from Ang Task Force Kutawato ay isinailalim sa 603rd Infantry Brigade sa pamumuno ni Colonel Jesus Sarsagat at sakop naman ng 6th Infantry Division ni Major General Arnel dela Vega sa Maguindanao province na kilalang kuta rin ng mga jihadist group at iba

pang rebeldeng grupo. “The task force symbolized intensified activities to promote peace and security in the city guided by good governance and commitment of stakeholders for a peaceful and secured progressive city of Cotabato,” ani Dela Vega.

Sinabi naman ni Sarsagat na pagsisikapan nilang mapanatili ang seguriad sa Cotabato. “The unit will sustain its commitment and mandate among the people of Cotabato City that is to ensure a peaceful, secured and progressive environment,” wika pa nito. (Rhoderick Beñez)

business community, government agencies, academe, banks and other relevant organizations about the salient features and implementing guidelines of the new IPP. The roadshow launched just recently presented the investment opportunities in ARMM and the fiscal and nonfiscal incentives that the government is providing to qualified investors. Also included in the presentations are the requirements and processes for RBOI registration to avail of incentives. Rosamond Belderol, program officer of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), discussed on Inclusive Business (IB) Models which is also in the national IPP list.

Belderol said that IB covers business activities of medium and large enterprises (MLEs) in the agribusiness and tourism sectors that provide business oppor tunities to micro and small enterprises (MSE’s) as part of their value chains. She further said that including IB in the IPP could help push for more IB business models and social enterprises that will result to more sustainable economic growth. According to Mastura, the Brokering Business Investments in the Bangsamoro for Inclusive Development and Growth (BRIDGe) Project being implemented by PBSP, Hineleban Foundation Inc. and RBOI is considering Inclusive Business (IB) as one of its business models under

the Business Sustainability Framework (BSF) to be carried out in some ARMM areas with strong presence of existing and potential of investors. The 2017 IPP ARMM List is a three year rolling plan that is applicable until 2019. The ARMM List has the following as priority activities: export industry; agriculture and aquaculture; basic industr ies; infrastr ucture; industrial service facilities; engineering industries; logistics; BIMP-EAGA related investment enterprises; tourism; health and education ser vices and facilities; Halal industry; bank and non-bank financial institution including Islamic banking and finance; and energy. ( With a report from Rhoderick Beñez)


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ARMM to spend P100 million for new hospital in Maguindanao town Continued fr om page 1 from Datu Genuine Kamaong, Datu Piang town mayor, expressed gratitude to the ARMM government for building a public hospital in his town. “Nagpapasalamat tayo dahil binigyan tayo ng isang pinakamagandang proyekto,” Mayor Kamaong said. “Hindi na pupunta ng Midsayap (in North Cotabato province), Shariff Aguak, oCotabato City ang mga residente ng Datu Piang at ng ibang munisipyo para lang magpagamot, dahil mayroon na tayong sariling hospital,” Mayor Kamaong said. Abdullah Tonga, Maguindanao provincial administrator, urged the people of Datu Piang to continue supporting government projects in their town. ARMM’s HDAP aims at addressing the immediate needs of conflict-affected families as well as provide followthrough interventions in affected communities. It also aims at establishing a systematic and a coordinated approach in addressing and mitigating the effects of future disasters and calamities, towards a more peaceful and resilient autonomous Muslim region. “Dapat magtayo ng hospital sa Datu Piang para ang mga residente na malapit dito ay mapagserbisyuhan ng

hospital na ito, lalo na kapag may kaguluhan,” Gov. Hataman said. Engr. Baintan Ampatuan, executive director of the Regional Planning and Development Office and program manager of the ARMMHDAP Project Management Office, also congratulated the local officials and DILG-ARMM on Datu Piang town hall’s completion. He said the hospital building costs P50 million, while the remaining P30 million and P20 million have been allocated for hospital equipment and for personnel services, respectively. The hospital will have a 25bed capacity. The national government, as well as the ARMM government, has earmarked P2.233 billion in the implementation of projects for 15 conflict-affected municipalities in Maguindanao. The administration of the hospital, after its completion, will be turned over to the Integrated Provincial Health Office. “The opening of the (provincial hospital) annex will be a very good response to the increasing need of medical services at the Maguindanao Provincial Hospital in Shariff Aguak,” Dr. Tahir Salik, provincial health officer, said. Inte Matun, 54, a resident of Barangay Muntay in Datu Piang, said the best the hospital could of-

fer will be its accessibility to those who will seek medical attention. The ARMM-HDAP is a project of the regional government under the Hataman administration that will implement various government initiatives specifically, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction of both “horizontal” – in reference to school buildings, houses, and health centers; and “vertical” infrastructures – or roads and bridges, and provision of livelihood programs. Based on the 2010 World Bank – World Food Programme study on violent conflicts in Central Mindanao, Maguindanao was the most affected especially in terms of human displacement. It suffered from both manmade and natural disasters. In 2015, approximately 125,000 local residents were displaced because of intensified military operations to pursue terrorist elements in the area. Thus, Maguindanao has been a priority province under ARMM-HDAP. In January, a new town hall for Datu Anggal Midtimbang in Maguindanao was also inaugurated. Governor Ampatuan said this is the first to be completed among the projects being implemented under ARMM-HDAP. (Bureau of Public Information)

Police ops dapat 'coordinate' sa MILF: Chief PNP DAVAO CITY – Mistulang binigyan ng “passes” ni Chief PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa ang mga kriminal na miyembro ng rebeldeng Moro Islamic Liberation Front matapos nitong sabihin sa kanyang commanders sa Mindanao na makipag-coordinate sa MILF kung may huhulihin ang mga itong kasapi nila. Sa forum kamakailan ng Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, sinabi ni Dela Rosa na hindi baleng bigo ang operasyon nila sa mga kriminal na MILF huwag lang masisi ang pulisya o maiipit ang peace talks ng pamahalaan sa rebeldeng grupo. “Ibalik 'yong pagsangguni o coordination, bahala na makaapekto sa success ng operation basta hindi tayo masisi sa huli,” ani Dela Rosa. Ito ay matapos na mag-protesta ang MILF sa

pagkakapatay ng pulisya noong Abril 11 sa commander nitong si Mohaimen Abo, na kapatid ni Ghazali Jaafar, ang vice chairman ng rebeldeng grupo. Aarestuhin sana ng pulisya si Abo sa Sultan Kudarat dahil sa patongpatong na kasong ransom kidnappings at mga pagpatay, ng ito ay manlaban. Posibleng ma-demoralize ang hanay ng pulisya sa kautusan ni Dela Rosa o magbigay ito ng lakas ng loob sa mga kriminal na miyembro ng MILF na gumawa ng karahasan. Mahirap sa pulisya na ipabatid sa MILF ang operasyon kontra mga kriminal na miyembro nito at siguradong ititimbre o itatago ito upang hindi maaresto. Maraming mga miyembro ng MILF ang sangkot sa kriminalidad sa Mindanao. Ito rin ang naging dahilan kung bakit napatay ng MILF at

Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters ang 44 miyembro ng Special Action Force noon Pebrero 2015 habang nasa misyon na dakpin ang Malaysian bomber na si Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan sa loob ng kampo ng MILF sa bayan ng Mamasapano sa Maguindanao province. Hindi nailigtas ng militar at pulisya ang SAF 44 sa takot na lumaki ang sagupaan at madamay ang peace talks ng pamahalaan. Hanggang ngayon ay hindi kumikilos ang pamahalaan upang dakipin ang sangkot sa masaker ng mga police commandos dahil sa peace talks nito sa MILF. Lumagda ang MILF at pamahalaan sa isang interim peace deal noon 2014 at ito ang nagbigay daan sa pagbuo ng Ad Hoc Joint Action Group na siyang mekanismo sa koordinasyon ng dalawang grupo. (Mindanao Examiner)

Military hunts down Sayyaf executioners Continued fr om page 1 from Officials said more troops were deployed in Patikul town where Abu Sayyaf militants, whose group is linked to the Islamic State, beheaded Staff Sergeant Anni Siraji, of the 32nd Infantry Battalion. Siraji, a native of Sulu, was seized near the village of Igasan in Patikul town on April 21 and his body and decapitated head were recovered by troops over the weekend in the village called Taglibi, also in Patikul town, a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf. A former Moro National Liberation Front rebel before joining the military, Siraji was part of an army unit working on peace and development projects in Sulu, according to Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a

spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command. She said Siraji was travelling to the village of Igasan when 7 armed militants seized him. Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman strongly condemned the killing. “Siraji is the latest victim of what has become a series of indiscriminate acts of terrorism by the Abu Sayyaf, killing even our fellow Bangsamoro. These acts of violence, acts that go against the grain of our humanity, continuously hamper our efforts towards peace and justice within our shores.” “These bandits, cowards who have no honor and no shame, have betrayed the cause which our most faithful mujahedeen have fought for. These terrorists have no claim to the values of Islam, or to the brave and

dignified history of our people,” he said. Hataman said government forces will be continuing its intensified law enforcement operations against the Abu Sayyaf not only in Sulu, but other areas as well in the autonomous region where it is actively operating. He assured the public that the government is doing its best to address terrorism. “Rest assured that the regional government will continue to support all efforts against terrorism in the region, while ensuring the safety and welfare of our people,” Hataman said. The Abu Sayyaf is notor ious for beheading their captives and tagged by the military and police as behind the spate of ransom kidnappings and terrorism in the region. (Mindanao Examiner)

No clues on Maguindanao mosque attack? Continued fr om page 1 from The recent attack injured Ali Midtimbang, a former mayor in Talayan town, and his son Nathaniel, the incumbent vice mayor of Datu Anggal Midtimbang town; and 6 other people – Tho Kasim, Tho Marcos; Tho Makalangga, Anong Mupak, Sandi Aron and Manap Balumol.

The victims were on their way out of the mosque in Talayan town when one of two motorcycle gunmen tossed the grenade and exploded near the group. The assailants escaped after the attack, according to the police. Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman also visited Midtimbang in the hospi-


Police were still investigating the blast. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the daring attack and police would not say if it was connected to politics or not. The elder Midtimbang ran for governor in the last elections, but lost to Esmael Mangudadatu. (Rhoderick Beñez)

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TECH TIPS: 9 Things Every Android Owner Should Try Right Now THERE are so many cool things you can do with Android that you probably don't even know. From custom ROMs to gorgeous launchers, apps, LED notifications, gesture controls, icon packs and tweaks, there is plenty to keep you happy for a while. Here are nine things every Android owner should try. 1. S uper char ge yyour our WiSuper uperchar charge Fi Did you know you can tell Chrome to save time and money by reducing data usage? Most people don't. By using this setting, I've cut my data usage by 30 percent in the past month. How's that for easy savings? Go to Chrome > Settings > Data Saver and turn it on. Likewise, did you know you can tell your phone to keep Wi-Fi on during sleep? Just go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Advanced > Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep and select Always. Doing this means that not only will you download things while your phone's display is off, but you will also save battery life, because your phone won't have to reconnect to Wi-Fi every time you wake it up. 2. E nable G oogle N ow Enable Google No on Tap Google Now on Tap was introduced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It provides contextual information for whatever is on your screen, allowing you to find information without having to search for it manually. You'll need (at least) Android Marshmallow to run it. To enable Google Now on Tap, head over to Settings > Google > Search & now > Voice and switch it on or off. Once it's on, you'll then be able to enjoy fast, contextual information on tap. To disable Now on Tap, hold on the home button and a menu will appear. Tap the three-dotted icon and then Settings , where you'll be able to disable it. 3. The batter y optimizabattery tions No matter which Android device you have, there are ways to improve the battery life from the get-go. Firstly, you should turn off 'ambient display' or 'adaptive brightness'. This setting changes the display brightness based on the current lighting conditions, but it's not perfect. The sensor used to determine the light levels is not as accurate as the human eye, you can set a more appropriate display brightness for the current circumstances, and as the display is a key area where battery life is lost, make sure you keep this at the lowest level possible. Additionally, all of the major Android UIs come with some form of battery saving mode. While the strengths of each vary, they are worth digging into to see how they can be best applied for your particular needs.


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For example, Sony's Stamina mode alters very little in terms of performance and it's one of those you can (and probably should) have enabled at all times. The stock Android battery-saving function affects performance and app functionality quite heavily, so it might worth considering using this only when it's essential. HTC's Power Saver, on the other hand, has several options that you can enable or disable within it, making it a little less rigid than the others. Investigate the battery functions on your device by going into the settings and looking for battery, power or something similar. 4. G misGrrant app per permissions individually Have you got Android Marshmallow? It has a cool feature you should try: granular app permissions. This feature allows you to give apps permission to access hardware or data on your phone on a need basis. So if an app needs to access the microphone, it'll ask you for permission to do so when you launch the app and the app needs to use this piece of hardware. For Android versions before Marshmallow, you had to grant that permission before downloading the app in the Play Store. We assumed that denying some app permissions within third-party apps could break them. But now you can manage these permissions individually. Give it a try. 5. U se G oogle N ow, Use Google No enable always listening Google Now acts as a virtual personal assistant, which you can use to retrieve information quickly and easily. But it's also so much more than that: Google Now can interact with your apps, take notes, set reminders along with a whole bunch of other clever tricks. The more you use Google Now the more you realize what an excellent service it is. To give a simple example, say you wish to take an afternoon nap, but are already in that sleepy state and about to nod off. You don't need to reach for your phone and open your clock app, calculate the time you want to wake and set an alarm for then. Just say "Okay Google, wake me up in two hours." You can even set it to work from any screen by going into Google Settings > Search and Now > Voice > OK Google detection > and selecting Always on. 6. S et up Andr oid Set Android Device M anager Manager How Android Device Manager is not pre-enabled on every single Android phone I simply don't know. Android Device Manager is a great tool that lets you track a lost or stolen phone, remotely lock it, ring it, or

delete its contents and even display a lock screen message for anyone that finds it. It may not be the sexiest thing you do with your Android phone, but it should be the first thing you do. You'll find the permissions for Android Device Manager in the Google Setting app under Security . You can enable Android Device Manager to remotely locate your phone as well as lock or erase its contents. But you'll also need to activate Android Device Manager as a device administrator. Go to Settings > Security > Device Administrators and check the box next to Android Device Manager. 7. Tr y P ushbullet Pushbullet There aren't many apps that I think absolutely everyone should use, because everyone has different tastes, needs and habits. But Pushbullet is different. Everyone – and I mean everyone – should be using it. You can push links on your phone to your tablet, from your PC to your phone or from your phone to all of your other devices. Copying and pasting URLs is so 1999. Pushbullet also notifies you of SMS or calls on your PC and you can transfer files between all of your devices with Pushbullet too. 8. S av e time with NFC Sav ave Many people don't even realize what NFC is, how it works or what it can do for you. But NFC is brilliant. A single tap can pair your Bluetooth headphones to your phone, transfer all of the contents of your old phone to a new one, or even send a default message to a contact when you walk in the door at home. Some guy even implanted an NFC chip in his hand so he'd never have to unlock his phone again. You don't have to go that far, but an NFCequipped device and a pack of NFC tags will change your life and save you tons of time. NFC is one of the coolest and underrated things to do with your Android. 9. S etup lock scr een Setup screen secur ity security If your adventurous nature stops a little short of implanting an NFC chip in your person, the next best thing to do is set up your lock screen security. I am always surprised by how many of my friends don't have lock screen security set up. If you lose your phone or have it stolen do you really want that thief to have access to all the intimate corners of your smartphone? No? Then set up a pattern or PIN lock right now. Just go to Settings > Security > Screen lock or, on some devices, Settings > Lock Screen to set up your preferred type of lock screen security. Seriously, do it right now. (Kris Carlon, AndroidPIT)

HEALTH: Umiwas Sa Kanser: Sundin Ang Payo Ko Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong NAKAKATAKOT ang sakit na kanser dahil mahirap itong gamutin. Sa kanser, ang mga selula ng katawan ay bigla na lang nagbabago ng anyo at nagiging masama. May kanser sa utak, sa baga, sa ilong, sa atay, sa bituka, sa colon, sa pancreas at sa balat. Iba’t ibang lugar ang pinagmumulan. Sundin ang payo ko: 1. Iwas sa sigarilyo at alak – Makaiiwas tayo sa kanser sa baga, atay at tiyan. 2. Iwas sa polusyon at usok ng sasakyan. 3. Iwas sa matitinding sikat ng araw. Gumamit ng sunblock. Puwede kasi itong magdulot ng kanser sa balat. 4. Iwas sa mga sunog na pagkain o “smoked” foods tulad ng mga tinapa at barbeque. Puwede kasing may mga nagdudulot ng kanser dito. 5. Magbawas sa alat tulad ng patis, toyo, bagoong, alamang. Hindi pa ito tiyak, pero ayon sa espesyalista, puwedeng magising

Dr. Willie T. Ong ang mga selula natin at maging kanser ang mga ito. 6. Iwas sa mga lamang loob tulad ng bopis, dinuguan, bituka at iba pa. Hindi po ito malinis at baka magdulot ng masama sa katawan. 7. Iwas sa pagkaing kalye. Umiwas sa mga maduduming pagkain sa kalye tulad ng fishball, kweck-kweck at betamax. 8. Magbawas sa pagkain ng “processed meats” tulad ng hotdog, langonisa, sausage, bologna at iba pa. 9. Magbawas sa pritong pagkain. 10. Iwas sa karneng baka at baboy. Tanggalin ang lahat ng taba. 11. Kumain ng

maraming gulay at pr utas. Pu wedeng kumain ng manok paminsan-minsan. Mas mahaba ang buhay ng mga vegetarian. 12. Iwas sa galit, inis at iba pang negatibong emosyon. Naniniwala ako na ang positibong pananaw sa buhay ay makapagpapalalakas ng katawan at magpapahaba din ng inyong buhay. 13. Maging aktibo at mag-exercise palagi. 14. Alamin ang inyong lahi. Kung may lahi kayo ng breast cancer, magpasuri ng suso bawat 6 na buwan. Kung may lahi kayo ng kanser, magpa-check up na. 15. Magpa-check up sa doktor kada 6 na buwan. Ikonsulta ang kahit anong nararamdaman. Makatutulong ang doktor para malunasan ang inyong sakit. Gawin ninyong misyon ang mabuhay ng malinis, masaya at mahaba. Na g m a m a l a s a k i t lang.

RECIPE: Ginisang Sardinas with Ampalaya


– 1 large can sardines in tomato sauce – 1 medium bitter melon (ampalaya), cored and sliced into thin pieces – 1 medium red onion – 5 cloves garlic, crushed – 2 tablespoons toasted garlic (optional)

– 2 tablespoons chopped scallions (optional)

– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper – 2 teaspoons fish sauce (patis) – 3 tablespoons cooking oil

INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Heat oil in a cooking pot 2) Sauté garlic and onion until the garlic starts to turn light brown. 3) Add the sliced bitter melon. Continue to sauté for 2 minutes. 4) Pour the contents of the large can of sardines. Gently stir. 5) Add ground black pepper and fish sauce. Cover and continue to cook in medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. 6) Transfer to a serving plate. Top with chopped scallions and toasted garlic. 7) Serve. Share and enjoy! (



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ASEAN reaffirms commitment to growth, financial stability LAPU-LAPU CITY—The finance ministers and central bank governors of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirmed their joint commitment to promote economic growth and strengthen financial integration and stability in the region to guard against risks in the global economy arising from possible protectionist policies and volatilities, while ensuring that economic benefits are shared equitably among its peoples. In a joint statement issued at the end of the 3rd ASEAN Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting (AFMGM) on Friday, they also committed to “remain steadfast” in pursuing ASEAN’s goals to achieve a highly integrated, cohesive economy” that is “competitive, innovative, dynamic, with enhanced connectivity and sectoral cooperation” as well as “resilient, inclusive, people-oriented, peoplecentered and connected with the rest of the world” amid the rise of protectionism and geopolitical developments that could derail the recovery of the global economy. “As such, we shall continue to promote economic growth, financial integration, strengthen financial stability, implement appropriate monetary, fiscal and macro-prudential policies in our jurisdictions, and intensify financial cooperation to further advance our region’s resilience,” the statement reads. The finance and central bank chiefs also pledged to deepen regional financial cooperation to realize an ASEAN Economic Community 2025, pursue the creation of an interconnected, inclusive and resilient regional capital market and ensure the efficient development of the Green Bond initiatives. They also initiated a “fi-


nancial inclusion initiative” to deliver more financial products and services to under-served communities within the ASEAN and reaffirmed their vision of liberalizing progressive financial services. The AFMGM was held following the separate meetings in the morning of the finance ministers, which was hosted by Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, and the central bank governors, which was hosted by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Amando Tetangco Jr.. The finance and central bank chiefs also noted the sustained expansion of the ASEAN economy at 4.6 percent in 2016 amid global uncertainties, and stressed that domestic demand will continue to be a key driver to regional growth, while structural reforms, public spending and fiscal stimulus will enhance investments in the region. But despite these positive trends, they also cited “risks” emerging from a rising tendency toward protectionism, the normalization of policy rates, and “geopolitical developments, which could derail the recovery of the global economy.” “We urged international financial institutions to be vigilant as guardians of the open multilateral system. The normalisation of policy rates may also increase volatilities in our economies. Despite this, we remain committed to promoting closer trade and investment ties between our economies. We recognised the need to ensure that the benefits of growth are shared equitably among our people.” the statement read. The finance and central bank heads also discussed promoting the use of local currency to facilitate intraASEAN trade and investments and the ASEAN payment and settlement systems. “In this regard, we welcomed the signing of agreements among Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand on the settlement of trade in

domestic currencies,” the statement further said. The progress of the development and integration of the insurance sector in ASEAN and plans to liberalize international maritime, aviation, and transit (MAT) insurance were also discussed at the AFMGM, along with the liberalization of catastrophic reinsurance to financially arm ASEAN economies and improve their economic resilience against natural catastrophes. On the sidelines of the AFMGM, Malaysia signed an agreement with Indonesia and completed negotiations with the Philippines under the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework. The joint statement also cited efforts “to continue strengthening” the operational capability of the ASEAN + 3 Macroeconomic Research Office “to fulfill its mandate of supporting the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralisation (CMIM) as an effective and readily-available regional financing arrangement.” In their statement, the finance ministers and central bank governors also thanked the Philippine government for hosting the AFMGM and other related conferences held here at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort. The Philippines is this year’s chair of the ASEAN, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. ASEAN finance ministers and central bank governors also welcomed Singapore as the chair and host of ASEAN in 2018. The finance ministers and central bank governors also cited the progress made in enhancing cooperation on customs matters, taxation, insurance and disaster risk financing. The region’s finance and central bank heads also reiterated their support for the ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Investors Seminar as an important platform to communicate developments and future prospects of doing business in ASEAN.”

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Finance ministers and central bank governors link arms during the photo session of the 3rd Finance Ministers' and Central Bank Governors' Meeting in Cebu on Friday. First Row: (From left to right) Brunei Finance Minister Pehin Abd Rahman Ibrahim, Brunei Central Bank Gov. Yusof Rahman, Cambodia Finance Minister Sokha Nguon, Cambodia Central Bank Gov. Chea Chanto, Finance Sec. Carlos G. Dominguez III, BSP Gov. Amando M. Tetangco Jr, Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia Central Bank Gov. Agus Martowardojo, Lao PDR Finance Minister Sila Viengkeo, and Lao PDR Central Bank Gov. Somphao Phaysith and Second Row: (From left to right) Malaysia Finance Minister Datuk Johari Bin Abdul Ghani, Malaysia Central Bank Gov. Muhammad Bin Ibrahim, Myanmar Finance Minister Maung Maung Win, Myanmar Central Bank Gov. Kyaw Kyaw Maung, Singapore Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, Singapore Deputy Managing Director Jacqueline Loh (Monetary Authority of Singapore), Thailand Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawo Ng, Thailand Central Bank Gov. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Vietnam Finance Minister Tran Xuan Ha, Vietnam Central Bank Gov. Nguyen Thi Hong, and ASEAN Deputy Sec. Gen. Lim Hong Hin.

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