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New jihadist group behind Quiapo bombings LANAO DEL SUR – The recent deadly bombings in the Philippine capital claimed by the Islamic State were believed carried out by a new jihadist faction called “Al-Luzoni” whose members included Muslim converts, govern-

ment intelligence sources said. It said the attacks in Quiapo in April 28 and May 5 that killed and injured at least 22 people were allegedly test missions. The faction is being led by Yousuf Macoto Al-

Luzoni, who is also behind the Filipino IS propaganda “Perlas ng mga Mujahideen” and the group is primary suspect in the failed November 28 U.S. Embassy bombing. Continue on page 3

Sulu renews strong support to Duterte’s anti-drug campaign Members of the Philippine jihadist group pose for propaganda photo in this screen shot taken from the website of the Islamic State.

Feline dies from barracuda meal in Zamboanga City ZAMBOANGA CITY – A domesticated cat died recently after eating a piece of barracuda bought by a family from the fish market in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. The feline had difficulty in breathing and became paralyzed after consuming the raw fish

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that the family was supposed to have for their meal. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said it found traces of cyanide on the fish and was believed caught using the poisonous chemical. The family even brought the dead cat and

the fish to the police and narrated how the animal convulsed until it died. Police were investigating whether the barracuda was caught by illegal fishing method using the highly toxic chemical. Illegal fishing is not uncommon in Zamboanga. Continue on page 5

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Governor Toto Tan during the launching of the anti-drug campaign “Project Paghambuukan” by the Jolo municipal government and the local police force in partnership with the provincial government and non-governmental organization called Rainbow 7.15 and participated by the youth sector and stakeholders. (Photo by Ahl-franzie Salinas.) SULU – The Sulu provincial gover nment has renewed its strong sup-

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port to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs in an

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U.S. sounds terror alarm in Philippines

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The United States have advised ships and mariners to remain vigilant when transiting the Sulu and Celebes Seas following the spate of piracy and ransom kidnappings by the ISIS-affiliate Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines. The Maritime Administration under the U.S. Department of Transportation said over the past 12 months, there have been at least 14 reported kidnappings and one murder, of which at least 10 incidents were reportedly linked to Abu Sayyaf. “U.S. flag vessels are

advised to remain vigilant and adhere to the counterpiracy annex of their approved Vessel Security Plan when transiting the Sulu and Celebes Seas, in light of recent boardings and kidnappings for ransom that have taken place in the area.” “Previously, only towing and fishing vessels were targeted and crewmembers kidnapped. However, since October 2016, ASG has reportedly targeted three large commercial vessels and one yacht. In November 2016, ASG boarded a German yacht and killed one crewmember, and in Feb-

ruary 2017 killed the remaining crewmember after a ransom demand was not met. Thus far, no U.S. vessels have been involved in these incidents,” it said in an advisory dated May 8. The Maritime Administration further reminded U.S. flag vessels and mariners to report all suspicious activities and events to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center and provided a telephone number 800424-8802 to call. It added a Ship Hostile Action Report (SHAR) should also be sent to the National Geospatial-Intelligence

Agency as soon as possible following an incident or suspected activity including apparent surveillance being conducted by small vessels or boats. The U.S. Embassy in Manila also warned American citizens from travelling to Palawan province after receiving intelligence that terrorist groups may be planning to kidnap foreigners there. “The U.S. Embassy has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas

of Palawan Province, Philippines, to include Puerto Princesa City, and the areas surrounding Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. U.S citizens are advised to carefully consider this information as they make their travel plans and to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times,” it said. It also said that there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines, citing the most recent World-

wide Caution dated March 6, 2017. It added that extremists have targeted sporting events, theatres, markets, mass transportation systems, including airlines, and other public venues where large crowds gather. Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses and popular restaurants have also been targets. “U.S. citizens should be mindful of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines?,” the Embassy said. (Mindanao Examiner)

Feline dies from barracuda meal in Zamboanga City

Continued fr om page 1 from Barracuda, which can grow as long as two meters, is widely available in Zamboanga due to its cheap prices compared to other fishes, but it also contain toxic substance they get from eating marine plankton called “dinoflagellates” that can cause ciguatera poisoning in humans who consume the fish with “ciguatoxins.” Just on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte warned local officials where illegal fishing activities are prevalent that they would be charged administratively and dismissed from service if they fail to stop fishing methods which destroy the country fishing grounds and

corals, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol. He said Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona, of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, reported to him that there are still local officials, including mayors and village chieftains of coastal communities, who have done little or none at all against the continued illegal fishing activities such as dynamite and cyanide fishing. According to the data of the BFAR, the country loses about $30 billion every year to illegal fishing, coral destruction and foreign poaching, an amount which could lift the country economically if the illegal activities are stopped. Piñol said he also re-

ported to the President the problem of illegal fishing in the country which is abetted in some areas of local government officials. “President Duterte immediately said that the campaign against illegal fishing will just be as relentless as the campaign against illegal drugs. The President said that town mayors and barangay chairmen who could not stop illegal fishing activities in their areas will be charged administratively for dereliction of duty and dismissed from government service,” he said. Piñol directed all regional heads of the BFAR to submit to him the names of village chieftains and mayors of coastal towns where illegal

Barracuda hovering in the strong current at the Paradise Reef, Cozumel, 2003 fishing activities are still going on. He said the list will be validated by the Department of Agriculture and then submitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government for the administrative proceedings.

He said BFAR earlier reported to him that Davao, Zamboanga, Palawan and Mindoro showed that local fishermen are starting to catch the big fish species again like Tuna because the small fish species popula-

tion has increased because of a 3-month closed fishing season and successful antiillegal fishing campaign in several fishing grounds of the country, including the Davao Gulf. (Mindanao Examiner)


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The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency reported that the group is responsible for the latest bombing in Manila.

Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi speaks to reporters on a proposal to oblige motorcycle owners to register their vehicles. Vice Mayor Graham Nazer Dumama said they are supporting the mayor’s proposal. (Mindanao Examiner Photo – Rhoderick Beñez)

Cotabato wants all motorbikes registered COTABATO CITY – Local Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has proposed an ordinance that would make it mandatory for all motorcycle owners to register their vehicle in an effort to curb criminality following the spate of gun attacks here perpetrated by criminals riding on motorbikes. Sayadi announced this during a meeting conducted by the City Peace and Order Council Meeting held at Estosan Hotel. The proposal is one of many suggestions on how to deal with criminals. With this proposal, the City Council is likely to pass an ordinance that will oblige

owners of motorcycles, including those from other areas coming to Cotabato to secure a permit and register them with the Public Safety Office which would be created after the ordinance is passed and becomes a law. Vice Mayor Graham Nazer Dumama said they are supporting the mayor’s proposal as long as this does not violate the civil rights of motorists and that will benefit the public as far as security is concerned. Dumama said the economy will grow and tourism industry benefits if the peace and order situation also improve. The mayor also appealed to the public to help

authorities maintain peace and order here and urged citizens to remain vigilant and report suspicious persons in their community. She said police and military were doing their best in securing Cotabato from lawless elements following the spate of attacks perpetrated by motorcycle gunmen. She also urged village chieftains to help maintain peace and security in their areas and for watchmen to actively patrol villages. She said that an oversight committee was organized to effectively monitor the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council in the city. (Rhoderick Beñez)

Continued fr om page 1 from The twin attacks were carried out with the support and guidance of some members of the most significant IS founders in the country - the Ghuraba of the Khilafah Islamiyah Movement (KIM). Some of its members had been arrested last December by Philippine authorities following the failed attack. Other members who were being hunted down by authorities in Luzon managed to elude arrest and escaped to Mindanao, but not after detonating improvised explosives at a festival in the town of Hilongos in Leyte province on December 28 last year that left dozens of civilians injured. Other jihadist groups in southern Philippines also underwent similar bombing missions before they have been recognized by the Islamic State. Among them were the IS Ranao, also known as the Maute Group, in Lanao del Sur province;

the Sarangani-based Ansar al-Khilafah in the Philippines; the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao and North Cotabato, and the Rajah Solaiman Movement, and the Harakatul Islamiyah or Abu Sayyaf, including small groups inWestern Mindanao – all of them have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and vowed to put up a caliphate in the Philippines. Philippine authorities tagged members of the Maute Group - led brothers Omar and Abdullah - as members of the Ghuraba. The KIM, which means Islamic caliphate movement, serves as the umbrella organization of all local ISlinked groups in the country being led by Humam Abdulnajid. He and other Ghuraba members also appeared in an IS propaganda video released on the Internet recently. It video showed the groups’ major operations in the Lanao del

Sur, including the battles in Butig town and the rescue of their members in at the provincial jail last year. The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency reported that the group is responsible for the bombings in Manila, saying the latest explosion targeted Shia Rafidah in the capital city. This was also reported by the non-governmental counterterrorism organization, SITE Intelligence Group, and said: “The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency reported the killing and wounding of 11 Shi’ites with an explosive device in downtown Manila, Philippines,” referring to the April bombing that police tried to downplay the attacks and said these were “gang-related”. President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly warned that the influence of the Islamic State in the Philippines is the country’s biggest security threat. (Moh Saaduddin)


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Sulu renews strong support to Duterte’s anti-drug campaign

Governor Toto Tan during the launching of the anti-drug campaign “Project Paghambuukan” by the Jolo municipal government and the local police force in partnership with the provincial government and non-governmental organization called Rainbow 7.15 and participated by the youth sector and stakeholders. (Photo by Ahl-franzie Salinas.) Continued fr om page 1 from Governor Toto Tan, who is a strong advocate of Duterte’s vision of a drug-free Philippines, said the provincial gover nment has been partnering with the Philippine National Police and the Department of Health to further help the current administration in an effort to build a healthy environment for everyone.

Just recently, Tan was guest of honor in the launching of “Project Paghambuukan”, an antiillegal drugs campaign by the Jolo municipal government and the local police force and in partnership with the provincial government and non-governmental organization called Rainbow 7.15 and participated by the youth sector and stakeholders.

Military and government officials also attended the event. A concert by different bands from around the province was also held during the affair. Chief Inspector Almer Ismael, the town’s police chief, thanked Tan and other government officials for their unwaver ing suppor t to the anti-illegal drug campaign. “The objectives of

this activity is to further intensify the campaign for the eradication of presence of illegal drugs in the municipality of Jolo as the capital town of Sulu, and the 18 other municipalities, and to establish unity, synergy and cooperation with all gover nment and nongover nment agencies and other existing organizations, association, clubs and fraternities;

and get involve every member of the community in the drive to achieve a drug-free society,” he said. Tan, a known sportsman, encourage the youth to come with projects that will advocate a dr ug-free community and assured them his all-out support to such advocacy. “The Sulu provincial government under my watch

will assure you the full support in implementing such projects,” he said. The young governor, who belongs to an influential and respected family, has launched various sports programs for the youth in Sulu and even paid for the education of those who wanted to study, especially from poor families. (Ahlfranzie Salinas)

School building, market place soon to rise in Jolo town

Governor Toto Tan inspects a market site in Jolo town where a proposed area for vendors and stall owners is to be constructed, including a school building which shall house a day-acre center and a nursery. (Photo by Ahl-franzie Salinas.) SULU – Market vendors and stall owners praised Governor Toto Tan for a proposed area where they can sell their merchandize in the capital town of

Jolo. Tan also announced the construction of a school building where it will house a day-care center and nursery for those

who cannot afford the high cost of education in the province. He said the school project would be built on a 1,550 square meter lot in the town.

Small business traders said the market project would greatly help them in their livelihood while the proposed school will also benefit not only their children, but mostly the poor. “Magaling talaga si Governor at kaming mga

mahihirap ang talagang nabibigyan ng tulong, pati yun mga anak namin,” one Muslim trader, Ismael Abubaker, said. Tan assured them that the infrastructure projects of the provincial government will always benefit the public and the

poor. “Marami tayong proyekto at tuloy-tuloy naman itong ginagawa natin kahit noon pa at makikinabang dito ay hindi lamang ang mga mahihirap, kundi ang publiko – lahat ng mamamayan ng Sulu,” he said. (Ahl-franzie Salinas)

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ARMM economic growth rebounds in 2016

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman. (Mindanao Examiner Photo – Rhoderick Beñez) COTABATO CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (ARMM) economy rebounded in 2016 after a slower growth was recorded in the previous year. The region’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year posted positive 0.3% from negative 0.4% in 2015. These figures were released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), which conducted simultaneously media briefings nationwide to present the country’s and the regions’ 2016 economic performance. GRDP is a tool to monitor the economic performance of the region. It covers the value of goods and services the region produced over a specific period of time. Abubakar Assad, PSAARMM regional director, explained that a GDP rebound means economic activity has improved, in this case from the previous year’s level as monitored by the government. Official data showed that the growth was driven by the services sector, which comprises 38.0% of the region’s economy. The services sector,

also referred to as tertiary sector, covers such businesses as transport, storage, and communication; trade and repair of motor vehicles, personal and household goods; financial intermediation; real estate, renting and similar business activities; public administration and defense; compulsory social sector; utilities; and other services. The industry sector – or secondary sector – grew 5.7% last year from 5.6% while agriculture, forestry and fishery – or primary sector – contracted to 56.3% from 58.2% in 2015. “We are happy to announce that with the given data by the PSA, ARMM’s economy rebounded from the adjusted data of negative 0.4% to positive 0.3%, or from negative economic performance to positive economic performance,” Engr. Baintan Ampatuan, ARMM’s planning and development office chief, said. It was explained that the main reason why the recovery has been slow is because agriculture sector’s contribution to the region’s economy

went down, or 56.3% last year from 58.2% in 2015. ARMM remains an agriculture-based economy and output has been affected perennially by extreme weather conditions such as drought and flooding, along with displacements of farmers caused by armed conflicts and calamities. Atty. Laisa Alamia, ARMM’s Executive Secretary, noted that new investment in telecommunications is expected this year, which will contribute further to the region’s output in the services sector and should generate new jobs. She said the regional line agencies, as well as the local government units, should help in the proper accounting of services, products and projects in the region to achieve an accurate monitoring of economic activities in line with the objective of reducing poverty incidence. “Yes tumaas ang GRDP ng ARMM in 2016, but that doesn’t mean that we are already contented. It doesn’t mean na naachieve na natin ‘yungtarget natin, if we follow our regional development plan in the past five years, in the coming six years 2022, meron tayong mga targets – targets on reducing the poverty incidence level,” Atty. Alamia said. She reiterated the impact of positive economic growth to poverty reduction. The ARMM government has implemented various anti-poverty programs in the region, namely Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance and Synergy, or ARMM-HELPS; Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Empowerment, or BRIDGE; and Humanitarian and Development Assistance Program. With the bulk of projects in the region, Atty. Alamia reiterated that the region’s economy will continuously grow in the succeeding years. (Bureau of Public Information. With a report from Rhoderick Beñez)

A photo released by the military’s Western Mindanao Command shows Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, Jr., handing over some P1 million in reward money to a masked man in Zamboanga City. The man allegedly tipped off the military on the presence of Abu Sayyaf leader Alhabsi Misaya who was killed in Sulu province on April 29, 2017.

Military rewards man for crucial Abu Sayyaf information on terrorist leader ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Philippine military said it has rewarded an alleged informant who tipped off soldiers that led to the killing of a notorious Abu Sayyaf leader in the southern province of Sulu. The masked man received some P1 million that the military claimed was raised by civilians in Sulu as a reward for the April 29 killing of Alhabsi Misaya in the village of Silangkan in Parang town. The Western Mindanao Command claimed that Misaya, a former Moro National Liberation Front rebel, was killed by soldiers in a firefight, but other reports in Sulu said the militant leader was slain by one of his followers after he allegedly doubled-crossed them over ransom money. One report said he was killed by an MNLF member over an old feud. After Misaya was killed, the assailant handed over the body to soldiers in exchange for the reward money.

Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, Jr., chief of the Western Mindanao Command, personally handed the reward to the unidentified informant in Zamboanga City on May 5 and announced this the next day. “A reward was voluntarily generated by concerned individuals from Sulu who were elated of the confirmation by the Joint Task Force Sulu of Misaya’s death,” Galvez said. “The group who requested that their identity be kept anonymous, wish to recognize the assistance extended by the informant to the Government troops as well as encourage other residents of Sulu to do the same,” he added. In a profile released by the military, it said Misaya was involved in the October 2002 roadside bombing near an army base in Zamboanga City that killed a U.S. soldier, Sergeant Mark Jackson. Another American soldier training Philippine troops in anti-

terrorism and 22 other Filipinos were also wounded in the attack. Misaya was also blamed for the January 2009 bombing of Salaam Bridge in Sulu’s Indanan town that previous military commanders said was perpetrated by the MNLF. The military said Misaya was also behind the kidnapping of a Japanese treasure hunter, Katayama Mamaito in July 2010 in Sulu’s Pangutaran town and the deadly bombing of a coffee shop in Jolo town that killed 4 civilians and injured 11 more. And was linked by the military to the November 2012 kidnappings of Malaysians Tung Wee Jie and Tung Wee Wei in a cross-border raid in Sabah in Malaysia, and also the February 2014 kidnapping of Sugar Dianne Esperanza Buenviaje in Tawi-Tawi’s Mapun town, among other heinous crimes, including the beheading of foreign and Filipino Abu Sayyaf captives. (Mindanao Examiner)

NPA rebels own up daring attack on nickel mining firm in Mati City

DAVAO CITY – The communist New People’s Army rebels owned up a daring attack on a nickel mining firm in Mati City in the southern Philippine province of Davao Oriental. Rigoberto Sanchez, a rebel spokesman, said NPA forces swooped down on the compound of MilOro Mining Corporation last week in the village of Macambol over the weekend and destroyed mining equipment, including 5 backhoes and four road graders. Rebels also seized 2 rifles and six shotguns and ammunition, and several

military radio sets from the firm’s security force, and several company vehicles. Chief Inspector Leonilo Lad, of the local police force, said at least 15 gunmen were involved in the raid that destroyed some P100 million in properties. The Mil-Oro operates an open-pit mining technique in Mati and is owned by the transnational Austral-Asia Link Mining Corp., whose environmental compliance certificate was revoked last year by then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez for its alleged

destructive operations, according to Sanchez. “It has been operating since 2015 under the patronage and behest of current Davao Oriental Congresswoman Corazon Malanyaon, who was the province’s governor at the time, and has continuously allowed the incursion of destructive mining companies in protected areas in the province,” he said. Sanchez said MilOro’s operations straddle almost 5,000 hectares of the protected areas of Pujada Bay and Mount Hamiguitan range, declared by the United

Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site in 2014. “For almost three years now, masses in the surrounding barangays, especially poor fisher folk whose livelihood depend on the area’s rich marine biodiversity, have been complaining against the mining operation of MilOro. Many Lumad and peasant families have also been displaced to make way for the expansion of its operation,” he said. “For years, the socalled mining industry in Davao Oriental and elsewhere in the region has

amassed billions in yearly profit for big compradors and their foreign partners but hardly made any difference to the lives and livelihood of poor peasants, Lumad and workers where mining companies operate. Worse, when their exploration permits expire or get cancelled, like in the case of AustralAsia Link Mining Corp. which owns Mil-Oro, these companies skirt reactionary laws by simply using dummy corporations to continue their extensively extractive mining practices and further destroy the environment,” he added.

The rebel spokesman said the latest punitive action continues the NPA’s duty in protecting the country’s natural resources and an exercise of the political authority of the People’s Democratic Government. “It is a stern warning against large scale and foreign mining companies that not only exploit our non-renewable resources but also victimize our people in the name of super profit,” Sanchez said. The NPA has been fighting for a separate state in the country. (With a report from Rhoderick Beñez)


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TECH TIPS: How To Recover Deleted Text Messages On Your Android Phone IF YOU’VE accidentally deleted all your text messages – or even just a single, important message – you need to act fast. Lost messages are recoverable, but only until the portion of memory on which they were saved is over-written by an app update, file download or similar. So grab your phone and computer and learn how to recover deleted text messages on Android. MobiK in Doctor for obiKin Andr oid Android If you've lost or deleted your text messages and contacts then the fastest way to get them back is to get a quality program that quickly recovers them. MobiKin Doctor for Android is a top-notch system that quickly and effectively recovers all of your text messages. You can use the program without rooting your phone, though MobiKin guarantees you'll be able to retrieve the full extent of your content if you do. To find out how to root your phone, you can follow the MobiKin method here. Please ensure that you also read our complete guide to rooting. Another important feature to a text message recovery program is compatibility, and MobiKin Doctor for Android supports over 2,000 Android device models. This innovative program can be used with HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, Asus and many other brands. Check their list of supported Android devices to ensure your phone is compatible (under the Tech Specs tab). The list is extensive, so chances are your smartphone is compatible. We used a Galaxy S6 in the AndroidPIT office, and it worked flawlessly and quickly. After installing the program on my Windows PC and connecting the device, I was prompted to allow MobiKin access to my phone in seconds. The preview of my text messages on the MobiKin main screen took just 17 seconds, and finally recovering the data and backing them up onto my PC happened instantaneously. It's also worth pointing out that MobiKin Doctor for Android recovers many other types of

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only my text messages, but also contacts, pictures, videos etc, all of which can be recovered and saved onto your computer or to the location of your choice. Recovery took very little time as well. I definitely recommend getting recovery software, because let’s just face it, most of us delete things from time to time. And, I can say my experience with this software was very positive, making it a good option. Don't lose a text message again Maybe you've learned your lesson, maybe you haven't. If you want to avoid the panic of losing your messages, the best thing to do is to back up your SMS messages regularly. The good news is, doing so only takes five minutes. I use a free app called SMS Backup & Restore. It's straightforward, looks nice and works perfectly: all you need for this type of operation. Check out the screenshots below for the walkthrough. 1. Once you've downloaded and installed SMS Backup & Restore, open the app and tap Backup. 2. Next, choose what exactly you want to create a backup of, then – crucially – tap Local backup and upload if you want to send your backup to Google Drive, Dropbox or an email address. 3. Make your selection from the list that appears and then tap OK. 4. To restore your backed-up SMS messages, tap Restore on the app's home screen, then, on the Restore Backup page, you can just tap the backup name in the list to restore it (if it's stored locally). 5. If your backup is stored in the cloud, tap the overflow menu (three dots) at the top right, then Load from and select whichever cloud service it's stored on. 6. There are plenty of extra options in SMS Backup & Restore, including scheduled backups and password protection. You can find these by tapping the overflow menu icon at the top right of the app's home screen, then hit Preferences. (Cory Schmidt, AndroidPIT)

High pump prices in Cotabato City hurt motorists COTABATO CITY – Local motorists have complained over the rising cost of fuel in Cotabato City despite a fall in oil prices recently. Owners of vehicles, especially drivers of passenger jeeps and tricycle, said the cost of local fuel is expensive by at least 2 pesos per liter compared to neighboring provinces. Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi also echoed mounting complaints by motorists on the high prices of petrol. The mayor said she

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would look into the rising cost of fuel and would discuss this matter with the Department of Energy (DOE). Just recently, DOE said the oil prices sustained a descending trend during the last week of April as crude benchmarks dropped by about US$2 per barrel due to lingering oversupply concerns; doubts over OPEC’s (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) ability to reduce global crude inventories; market realization that global oil

markets remained oversupplied, despite efforts led by the OPEC and Russia to cut output; and concerns that U.S. shale is coming back too quickly, offsetting the progress made by OPEC. And effective May 2, most oil companies implemented a decrease in prices of gasoline and diesel by P0.85 and P0.70 per liter, respectively. Kerosene also decreased by P1.00 per liter. Similarly, cooking gas also decreased by P4.85 per kilo effective May 1. (Rhoderick Beñez)

HEALTH: How To Use Hot Compress Treatment Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong HOT Compress Preparations: You can make your own hot compress by buying a rubber water bag (around 100 pesos only) and filling it with warm water. Don’t use boiling water because this can melt through the rubber bag. Let the kettle cool first for ten minutes. A second option is to soak a towel in hot water, then rinse it a bit. A cheaper but more dangerous option is fill a bottle with hot water and then wrap this up with a towel. The problem with this method is that the bottle can become very hot and burn the skin if you’re not careful. When To Use Hot Compress: 1. Boil – A boil (pigsa in Filipino) is a reddish painful skin infection that contains pus inside. Placing a warm compress over the boil can hasten the softening and bursting of the boil. You can soak a cotton ball in hot water and place it over the boil for fifteen minutes, thrice a day. Next, soak the boil in Povidone iodine for around 5 to 10 minutes to kill the bacteria inside. 2. Sty – A sty is a pimple-like eruption located in the eyelids. This

Dr. Willie T. Ong frequently occurs in women and is caused by too much eyelash curling or make-up. Soak a cotton bud or cotton ball in warm water, and then place this over the sty for ten minutes, twice a day. 3. Arthritis and longstanding joint aches and pains – Apply warm compress over the painful area to relieve the pain and loosen the stiffened joint. This usually works well in cases of osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis caused by ageing and overuse of the joint. Since osteoarthritis pain usually worsens during the cold months, you can wear a pajama, long sleeves, gloves or socks to cover up the affected part. 4. For muscle pain – When our muscles stiffen up due to overexertion, a warm compress can help loosen up stiff muscles. A hot

shower also soothes and relaxes the muscles. Try it for back pain and body pains, too. 5. Two days after a sprain – A sprain, such as an ankle sprain, is treated with a cold compress in the first two days. After the swelling subsides, you can now use a warm compress to stimulate blood flow in the area by the third day. In this manner, the warm compress facilitates the removal of blood and debris in the injured area. 6. Stomach pain – For those with stomach pain due to colic, gas or diarrhea, you can lessen the pain by placing a warm compress on the stomach area. The warm compress relaxes irritable and hyperactive bowels. Drinking warm water and chamomile tea also relaxes the stomach muscles. 7. Hemorrhoids – The usual home remedy for hemorrhoids is a hot-sitz bath. The person sits on a container filled with warm water, and this helps reduce the swollen blood vessels of the hemorrhoids. You can buy a hot-sitz bath container in any drug store. (This container is conveniently hooked inside the toilet bowl for you to sit over it.)

RECIPE: Sirloin Beef Steak Tagalog

INGREDIENT S: INGREDIENTS:

– ¾ to 1 lb beef sirloin, sliced into thin strips – 1 medium yellow onion, sliced into rings – 4 pieces scallions, sliced (optional) – 6 tablespoons soy sauce

– 1 lime or 2 pieces calamansi – 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper – 1 teaspoon garlic powder – 1½ cups beef broth – 2 tablespoons cooking oil

INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Combine soy sauce, lime, and beef in a bowl, Mix well and let it stay for at least 30 minutes. 2) Heat oil in a pan and start to pan fry the beef sirloin in medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes per side. 3) Pour-in the remaining marinade and the beef broth. Add garlic powder and ground black pepper. Stir. Cover and simmer for 20 to 35 minutes. Add more beef broth if necessary. 4) Remove the cover and add the onion and scallion. Cook for 3 minutes. 5) Transfer to a serving plate and serve. 6) Share and enjoy! (http://www.panlasangpinoy.com)


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DOH pushes for screening, vaccination to prevent cervical cancer CEBU CITY - The Depar tment of Health (DOH) has offered free cervical screenings and treatments in observance of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Cer vical cancer caused by human papillomavirus or HPV is the second among the most common cancer to hit women, according to Dr. Pherdes Galbo, president of the Philippine Obstetrical Gynecologist Society. Dr. Galbo said about 65 patients per year are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in Metro Cebu. And Dr. Galbo also pointed out that anyone with a history of premarital sex with other partners, even if they stayed exclusively monogamous with their spouse, is still at risk. It is also difficult to trace the source of the HPV virus. Sexually active women are the ones at risk of developing cervical cancer. Also Dr. Helen Amorin, GynOncologist from the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), explains

that early detection of cervical cancer means better chances of survival rate. At stage 1, patients have a 90 percent chance of recover y with complete treatment. However, at stage 4, patients have at most a 30 percent chance of recover ing in a best case scenario. There are two main ways to prevent it, with the primary prevention is getting an HPV vaccination. And DOH will give free HPV vaccinations for nine to 10-year old females in the province of Cebu and through some local governments in Bohol, said Dr. Annessa Patindol, of the DOH. Many local governments have also promoted free vaccines out of their Gender and Development budget, said Dr. Belinda N.Panares, chairperson of the OB-GYN Department of VSMMC. She said women can ask their local barangay health centers about free vaccinations. Since cervical cancer is asymptomatic in its earlier stages, screening via pap smear or visual

inspection using acetic acid for women 21 – 65 years old is encouraged. Pap smear is best done yearly so that cer vical cancer can be detected and treated in its early stages. VSMMC, being a DOH-retained hospital, offers free screening and consultation, said Dr. Panares. Dr. Panares said that despite their efforts to spread awareness, there is still stigma when it comes with cervical cancer because the virus causing it is transmitted through skin-to-skin genital contact or sex. Women would either be embarrassed to be screened for cer vical cancer or those diagnosed with it would rather not disclose it because of the said stigma, she said. In advance stages of cer vical cancer, the symptoms would include abnormal vaginal bleeding, bleeding after sexual intercourse. And in more advance stages, obstruction or difficulty in urinating, weight loss, lack of appetite and back pain are among the symptoms.

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'Get the best from fresh fruits' The scorching heat signals the coming of the summer season. There are a lot of wonderful things we can indulge ourselves into to lessen the heat. We can take a plunge in the pool or just relax at home sipping an icy cold glass of our favorite fruit shake or cold water. But if there’s one good thing about summer, it is the abundance of fresh fruits to really enjoy. But do you know how to choose the best one among our favorite fruits? Here are some tips when choosing our favorite fruits: For apples: Look for firm and well-colored fruit. Avoid bruised fruit or one that yields to slight pressure on the skin. Apples may be refrigerated to prolong freshness. Apples are said to soften ten times faster at room temperature. For bananas: Look for bananas which are firm, bright and free of bruises or other injuries. Avoid those which are bruised and with discolored skin. They are best stored at room temperature. For grapes: It is best to look for wellcolored and plump grapes firmly attached to the stem. Avoid soft, moldy or wrinkled grapes and those with bleached areas around the stem ends. Don’t let grapes get wet. Wash them just before eating. For guavas: It is best to look for soft green fruit with a fragrant aroma. Avoid hard fruit. Guavas are best ripened at room temperature. Ripe guavas will keep only for a day or two but the pulp can be frozen. For oranges: Look for firm, heavy fruits with fresh, bright looking skin that is smooth. Lightweight oranges are likely to lack flesh and juice. Very rough skin texture means thick skin and less flesh.

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Oranges keep fresh for only one week or two if refrigerated. They yield the most juice if kept at room temperature. For papaya: Look for those with firm and unblemished fruit whose green color is turning yellow. Avoid those which are solid green or mushy or with bruises. Papayas are best ripened in paper bag at room temperature until softened and golden yellow. Fruits are best enjoyed when they are eaten at their freshest. The above tips can be used as our guide in choosing the best for our favorite fruits. Some fruits like mango, papaya, guavas and citrus are rich sources of vitamin C, which help prevent scurvy. Likewise, they are very important in increasing resistance to infection and facilitating the absorption of non-heme iron. Yellow fruits, on the other hand, are beta-carotene rich and common fruits like bananas, melon and pineapple contribute additional vitamins and minerals which are good for the body. Fruits like vegetables provide dietary fiber that aids in regular bowel movement. Eating fruits alone however, will not provide all the nutrients our bodies need. The human body needs more than 40 different nutrients for good health. As suggested in the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by the Technical Working Group headed by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute, no single food can provide all the nutrients in the amounts needed. Remember, that the cliché: “eating a balanced diet for good health and nutrition," still stands.

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