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Authorities to arrest ISIS social media propagandists Philippine authorities have threatened to arrest persons helping the local ISIS group in spreading propaganda materials on social media. The Department of Information and Communications Technology said those violating the anti-cybercrime law would be arrested and charged in court as authorities continue to monitor social media posts that promotes and propagate terrorism, especially in connection to the Marawi city siege. ISIS fighters, mostly members of the jihadist Maute group, and their supporters

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and sympathizers have flooded Facebook with propaganda – from pictures of executions of soldiers and innocent civilians to the destruction of military equipment – and statements agitating or urging Muslims to join the jihad. The military has asked Facebook to take down dozens of accounts believed to be from ISIS and their supporters. Fighting still continue in Marawi since militants occupied the city on May 23 and had already killed dozens from both sides. (Mindanao Examiner)

Filipinos in Switzerland pool resources for Marawi war evacuees COTABATO CITY – A group of Filipinos, who are now citizens of Switzerland, has pooled their own money to donate to Muslims who were displaced by fierce fighting between security forces and ISIS militants in the besieged city of Marawi in the southern Philippine province of Lanao del Sur. The money, sent through Sammy Said, a radio announcer of the Radyo Mindanao in Zamboanga City, was handed over to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao through

Director Amir Mawallil, of the Bureau of Public Information and concurrent Executive Director of the Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs in Cotabato City. The donation will be coursed to the ARMM Humanitarian and Emergency Action Response Team which is in charge in the distribution of food aid and relief packs to over 200,000 evacuees in different centers in Iligan City and Lanao del Sur. Continue on page 3

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A soldier in Eastern Mindanao Command sounds the “TAPS” as the Philippines flag was raised half-mast on June 12 during the 119th Independence Day, in all military camps in the country as the Armed Forces of the Philippines mourns for troops killed in the besieged city of Marawi.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the remains of Sergeant Marlon Baldovino during a wake visit at the St. Peter’s Funeral Homes in Iligan City. Baldovino was killed when terrorists attacked Marawi City on May 23, 2017. (Presidential Photo)


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ARA WI CIT Y–M ilitar y casualties in ISIS ARAWI CITY Militar ilitary fighting continue to incr ease as secur ity increase security for ces battle militants in the besieged forces city of M ar awi. Mar arawi. Just recently, the mili- were killed after militants tary said 13 marines were fired anti-tank rockets killed in fighting with mili- and grenade as the matants who occupied much rines were advancing to of the city since May 23. retake a village near the Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera , heart of the city where enan army spokesman, said emy snipers had been many soldiers were also positioned. wounded in house-toThe military’s death house fighting, but other toll is now nearly five dozreports claimed at least ens with many more four dozen had been in- injured since day one of jured. the fierce clashes that ofAmong the slain sol- ficials claimed also killed dier was Lt. Frederick over a hundred militants, Savellana, whose unit re- although only 42 bodies cently overran and an had been recovered so far. encampment of the local More than two dozen ciISIS group and recovered vilians also perished in over P76 million in cash the violence that affected Continue to page 3 and cheques. The soldiers




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Troops fail anew to liberate war-torn city from ISIS fighters MARAWI CITY – Government troops have failed to liberate Marawi City from the hands of the local ISIS group as fighting enters its 4th week now. The military earlier vowed to flush out the militants and liberate the city which has been under ISIS control since May 23 when

fighters occupied much of Marawi and took some 240 civilians, including a Catholic priest hostage. Last week, the Independence Day celebration turned emotional as some government workers and soldiers, and even civilians displaced by the violence, silently wept

while they sing the national anthem. The sounds of gunfire and bombs dropped from military planes reverberated during the solemn commemoration of the Independence Day. Military officials offered prayers to soldiers who perished in the war

DILG-ARMM asks LGUs to help Marawi war evacuees COTABATO CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DILGARMM) urged local government units (LGUs) to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Marawi City in any way possible. Atty. Noor Hafizullah Abdullah, Secretary of DILGARMM, said the crisis in Marawi City calls for LGUs in the region, as well as in other regions, to extend assistance especially to the needy, such as women, children, and senior citizens. So far, LGUs adjacent to Marawi City have extended significant assistance to residents displaced by the hostilities, but since most of these are 6th-class towns, Sec. Abdullah said, “They may not be able to sustain their humanitarian efforts.” Some 47,957 families or about 239,878 individuals, have left Marawi City for evacuation centers in nearby towns and cities. Some have

moved to homes of their relatives outside Marawi. While the regional government has earmarked P100 million in relief assistance even as donations from various individuals and organizations are pouring in, Sec. Abdullah said Marawi residents need assistance since it may take time before the city would be fully rehabilitated and displaced families may have to stay longer in evacuation centers. “We have also requested the provincial governments in the ARMM to send their relief assistance to help those affected by the clashes, and they have already responded,” Sec. Abdullah said. He also called for breastfeeding spaces for mothers in evacuation centers. As of date, there are 41 designated evacuation centers catering to 7,956 families, or 40,573 individuals. “In times of disaster and calamities, LGUs are specifically mandated to protect

our people: women, children, infants, sickly and the elderly. The LGUs should provide utmost attention to them,” Sec. Abdullah added. Meanwhile, LGUs were also urged to safeguard the schools in nearby towns and regions since classes started on June 5. A total of 132 public and private schools in Marawi have been adversely affected by the fighting, seven of which are partially, or fully, damaged. The clashes also affected 22,222 students and 2,205 teaching and non-teaching staff. “In other regions, we are likewise calling for the LGUs to protect the schools in any forms of threats, especially during these times of crisis where students are in schools during weekdays,” Sec. Abdullah said. Education Secretary Leonor Briones said there are 1,391 children from Marawi City who are now enrolled in schools outside the city. (Bureau of Public Information)

which is now on its third week. Dozens of soldiers and civilians had already been killed in the fighting and with over 260,000 people displaced, there is no sign the ISIS is backing out from the battle despite military pronouncements that it had killed some 160 jihadists. Soldiers and policemen also took the opportunity to hang replicas of the Philippine flag in areas declared “safe zones” by the authorities as a symbolism of democracy and freedom, but it was unclear when the fighting would stop and for those displaced by the deadly and violent ISIS

campaign, all they hoped is for the war to stop and start rebuilding their lives, homes and bring back peace to the 368-year old Maranao city. ISIS, whose members are mostly from the jihadist Maute group, also released a new video clip where a fighter, who spoke fluent Tagalog – the national language – said the fighting they are waging is not about them, but to the Muslims who are now minority in Mindanao, which was under the rule of the Sultans in the past. The unidentified militant, an automatic rifle placed in front of him on a wooden table, repeat-

edly said that Mindanao is now being governed by “Kufar” or unbeliever, and said they are only fighting for freedom forcefully taken away from them. He went on blaming the Kufar for the destruction of Marawi. The military did not give any statement on the latest ISIS propaganda posted on Facebook, but it said there are still some 400 militants fighting government troops in Marawi, a far cry from previous statement of the Western Mindanao Command that only 15 gunmen had occupied the city. (With a report from Rhoderick Beñez)

Military brands ISIS claim propaganda MARAWI CITY – The military has again branded a propaganda an ISIS claim that its fighters still control much of the besieged city of Marawi on the southern region of Mindanao where clashes continue for four straight weeks now. The AMAQ news agency being run by the ISIS group said Filipino fighters are spread out in Marawi following a daring occupation on May 23 that left dozens of soldiers and militants, and civilians dead. “Islamic State fighters are spread in more than two-thirds of Marawi and tighten the chokehold on the Philippine army that is incapable of maintaining

control of the situation,” the ISIS said. The military said with the mounting ISIS casualties estimated at over 200, it will not take long before it liberates the Islamic city from militants, mostly members of the jihadist Maute group. But it said troops are fighting an estimated 400 jihadists armed with machine guns, anti-tank rockets and automatic rifles. The local ISIS group is being led by Abu Sayyaf chieftain Isnilon Hapilon, who has been designated Amir by the Islamic State. Two other leaders, Madie and Omar Maute, were also reported killed in the battle, but security forces

are yet to find their graves and exhumed the bodies for forensic examination to determine whether the brothers had been slain. Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, an army spokesman, said troops rescued at least 5 civilians in Marawi who told authorities that 5 others had been killed and 8 others captured by ISIS. The rescued civilians managed to escape from ISIS after they swam the river behind the house where they hid. Militants stormed the house after learning that a group of civilians was hiding there. The fate of the hostages is still unknown. (With a report from Rhoderick Beñez)


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Continued fr om page 1 from over 200,000 Muslims now in different evacuation centers in Iligan City and Lanao del Sur, one of 5 provinces under the troubled Muslim autonomous region. Officials also announced the capture of Ominta Maute, also known by her other name as Farhana, the mother of the leaders of the local ISIS and the clan’s matriarch. She was captured in Lanao del Sur’s Masiu

town along with 2 wounded militants who escaped military operations in Marawi, and 7 other women believed to be members of the Maute group while attempting to flee the province. Security forces also recovered weapons and explosives from the matriarch, who is facing rebellion charges. Just recently, the clan’s patriarch Cayamora Maute, was also arrested at a military checkpoint

together with another wife and daughter, and a man in a rented van while trying to enter Davao City and police said a pistol and grenade were also recovered in the vehicle. Also arrested in separate military operations were former Marawi mayor Fahad Salic and Cotabato City engineer Nasser Dilangalen who were both accused of supporting the local ISIS fighters. (Moh Saaduddin and Rhoderick Beñez)

Mosques in besieged city of Marawi are no longer military target MARAWI CITY – The Philippine military said it would not target places of worships in the besieged Islamic city of Marawi where ISIS militants were holed out and fighting security forces trying to dislodge them from their strongholds. Brigadier General Resituto Padilla, a military spokesman, made this announcement after one army official, Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera said mosques,

where ISIS fighters are using to attack civilians and troops, would be targeted by security forces. “I would like to clarify that the Armed Forces will not bomb mosques,” Padilla clarified, saying, the military respects places of worships. Just last week, a sniper bullet found its target in the head of a 15-year old Muslim praying inside a mosque in Marawi. The military blamed ISIS for the

killing. Fighting still continue in Marawi since militants occupied the city on May 23 in a failed effort to declare it a province of the Islamic State in the Philippines. Dozens of soldiers and militants, including civilians, were killed in the violence. At least 70 policemen and about 60 civilians were also reported missing since then and efforts to locate them failed. (With a report from Rhoderick Beñez)



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Civilians trapped in Marawi strive for survival MARAWI CITY – Civilians still trapped in Marawi’s war zone strive for survival as the battle to free the city of the remaining militants belonging to local terror groups rages on to its third week. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMM-HEART ) has a seven-man team deployed in the city since Day 2 of the crisis to help in rescuing stranded civilians. The team brings with them years of training and experience in rescue and retrieval operation. They’ve already managed to rescue more than 4,000 trapped individuals since May 24 in coordination with the region’s Crisis Management Committee (CMC) in Cotabato City and the Provincial Management Committee of Lanao del Sur. The rescue operations were mostly response to distress calls received and processed through the ARMM CMC emergency hotline. The ARMM CMC repor ted that as of Thursday, June 8, around 1,379 civilians are still trapped in Marawi. These individuals are vulnerable to attacks from both the terror groups and government troops. Among those who

have been successfully rescued are Aminola Disonimba, 40, and 10 other civilians. They were trapped at Marawi’s Padian business district, an area controlled by the militants. They managed to escape the peril of being trapped in the battle zone on Friday night. Aminola said they braved the heavy firefight, intermittent air strikes and the strong current of the Agus River to make it to the waiting rescuers. His group crossed the treacherous Agus River by swimming from Padian to the Buadi Sacayo district. “Natakot talaga kami dahil baka kami na ang mahulugan ng bomba,” Aminola said. “Naging panatag lang ako noong nakatawid na kami ng Agus.” Aminola and his wife Delma, 48, were in Marawi for a vacation for the month of Ramadhan. The couple was staying at the house of Aminola’s brother in Padian. Like most civilians in the city, Delma could not believe the havoc and chaos caused by the terror groups. “Hindi namin inaasahan na tatagal ng ganito ang gulo,” she said. The clashes, which enters its 19th day on Sunday, have destroyed key places in the city, including its business district. Around 240,000

individuals have also been forced out of their homes. The evacuees are mostly staying at their relative’s houses, while some are in different evacuation centers. Delma became anxious hearing the loud noises of gunfires and bombs. “Hindi talaga kami nakatulog doon, may pangamba kami na baka kami na ang tatamaan ng bomba,” she said. Delma said they already ran out of food and had to rely on the rain for something to drink and fill their stomach. She realized that they had to make the escape, otherwise they might die of starvation. They’re currently sheltered at the Lanao del Sur’s provincial capitol along with 2,465 other evacuees where they receive medical and relief aids from the ARMM and provincial government. Aside from the CMC in Cotabato City, the ARMM has set up operation centers in Marawi and Iligan City and in the town of Malabang in Lanao del Sur to coordinate the region’s humanitarian response to the ongoing crisis. As of the latest data, all of the more than 200,000 evacuees receive relief packs from the regional government every three to four days. (Bureau of Public Information)

Dozens of houses, establishments demolished in Kidapawan City

Some of the demolished houses in Kidapawan City. (Mindanao Examiner – Rhoderick Beñez) KIDAPAWAN CITY – Dozens of houses and establishments were demolished recently on orders from the local and provincial governments to pave way for big-ticket infrastructure projects that includes road widening and hospital expansion. Lawyer John Haye Delubio, legal counsel for the provincial government, told dxND-Radyo BIDA that they informed the settlers as early as January and even a series of meeting and

consultations with the affected owners about the clearing operation. Some house owners resisted the order while others voluntarily demolished their houses, according to Delubio, who said that at least 77 houses, stores and establishments were demolished in Amas village. He said those whose structures were demolished would be relocated at Serbisyong Totoo Village in Manubuan in Matalam town in North Cotabato.

Margarita Sindol, who lives in the place since 1976, rejected the offer, saying, it would affect their livelihood. Even the reservoir of Metro Kidapawan Water District was affected by the demolition order. It was not immediately known whether the government would pay for the demolished structures or subsidize the expenses it would incur to rebuild their houses and establishments. (Rhoderick Beñez)

President Rodrigo Duterte views the presentation showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a recent meeting in Davao City. With them is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. (PCOO Photo)

Ulama wage ‘ideological war’ vs. extremist groups

BASILAN PROVINCE – Ulama or Muslim religious scholars are waging an ideological war against the spread of radicalism and extremism through a holistic approach in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). “We are engaging all Quran in justifying their trainings. This will also be sectors to address the criminal and inhumane implemented along with spread of religious extrem- acts. We can’t allow that economic intervention ism and radicalism in the and we will not allow that. such as providing livelicountry,” said Our call is to fight against hood programs for the Abdulmuhmin Alyakanie violent extremism and ter- youth through government line agencies like the DeMujahid, the executive di- rorism,” Mujahid said. Alih Aiyub, Secretary- partment of Agriculture rector of the Darul Ifta, or the Fatwa Council of the General of the Ulama and TESDA, among othCouncil of the Philippines, ers,” Aiyub said. ARMM. Part of the program, he On June 8, Islamic said what they are employscholars on the island ing is multi-disciplinary said, is to engage with the province of Basilan forged approaches in “preventing security sector to “shield several agreements with and countering violent ex- the youth from being rethe regional and provincial tremism.” He said they cruited” by extremist governments, as well as have identified seven inter- groups, and “to provide with different agencies, to ventions to address the peace and security in the carry-out “multi ap- threat. community.” Mujahid said “Ulama will handle the the program will be piloted proaches” in an effort to stop the spread of extrem- spiritual aspect to combat in Basilan terrorism targeting the ist ideology. “We are going to The effort, Muhajid youth and winning the implement it in the differsaid, is an offshoot of the hearts and minds of those ent parts of the region. We Ulama Summit that was radicalized through ser- are piloting this initiative held in Cotabato City in mons in the mosques and in Basilan. We will conduct May. During the summit, other means,” he said. an assessment and fineAiyub said one of the tune the Ulama issued a declait before ration against terrorism, interventions includes implementing it in other saying that “It is Haram working “with educational provinces,” he said. (forbidden and unlawful) institutions to provide a ARMM Governor to use Islam to justify or le- primer, or module, as ref- Mujiv Hataman has ingitimize violent extremism erence material and train structed the Department teachers for effective pre- of the Interior and Local and terrorism.” of violent Government in the ARMM The Ulama also chal- vention lenged themselves “to extremism among their to initiate forums for local reeducate (their) constitu- students. government officials “Scholarships will also across the region to underents to rediscover Islamic faith for justice, compas- be provided on skills train- stand the complexity of sion, harmony and peace.” ing for out-of-school youth the problem and how to “It is imperative upon by tapping the Technical combat it. us all to cooperate and col- Education and Skills De“When the masses, the Authority religious leaders, and the laborate with the velopment stakeholders in preventing (TESDA) as a partner,” he political leaders are united and countering violent ex- said. to work together for the The effort will include betterment of our society, tremism and terrorism in its many forms and mani- “psychological interven- we can succeed, In Shaa festations,” the declaration tion” such as values Allah,” he said. said. Mujahid said they are formation that will be carGov. Hataman has out by local earlier said that Muslim now proactively engaging ried all stakeholders to over- government units and the scholars can contribute in come the challenges of Department of Social Wel- the advocacy against terextremism as what is hap- fare and Development rorism by educating targeting the youth sector. people about the true pening in Marawi City. “The program will also teachings of Islam, most “These extremist groups are using the creed have a component for so- especially on the prinof Islam. As a matter of fact, cial intervention, which ciples of justice, they are using the so-called will help mold an indi- compassion, peace, and 13 doctrines of Islam and vidual to be productive harmony. (Bureau of Pubciting verses of the Holy and peaceful through lic Information)

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ARMM spends P35-M for Marawi humanitarian aid COTABATO CITY - The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said it has spent over P35 million in humanitarian aid for the victims of the Marawi City crisis. The expenditure covers urgent relief for over 200,000 individuals now based in evacuation centers, staying in their relatives’ houses, or temporarily sheltered in the region’s operation center. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said the aid is aimed at meeting the growing humanitarian needs of communities struggling with the current situation in Marawi City. "We need to help ease the burden and alleviate the suffering of the people of Marawi. The city is part of the

ARMM," he said. Hataman said current funds from the regional government can still respond to the needs of the evacuees. He said the government has so far allocated about P77 million for the victims of the crisis. Latest update from the ARMM’s crisis management committee indicated the regional government served relief packs to 200,234 evacuees and provided medical services to 4,003 individuals. The committee responds to the emergency needs of the Marawi residents through a 24/7 emergency helpline. During the three-week battle between government troops and local terrorist

groups, the committee managed to save more than 5,132 trapped, or stranded, civilians in Marawi’s war zone, while 1,079 civilians are still inside the battle zone and need to be rescued immediately. The ARMM’s Health department, meanwhile, has set up an operation center in Iligan City to provide medical assistance to the evacuees. To ensure equal and timely relief distribution to individuals struggling with the situation in Marawi City, the ARMM uses a system dubbed Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (DAFAC). The system is applied by the Department of SocialWelfare and Development (DSWD) to validate the status

of families affected by the crisis, which will serve as a reference in the provision of appropriate interventions. The DAFAC, ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa Alamia noted, will also be used in future rehabilitation and recovery programs for Marawi City. “We are encouraging residents of Marawi City, whether staying in the evacuation centers or not, to register with their social welfare office," Atty. Alamia added. The DSWD-ARMM, is the lead agency manning the operation center established in the municipality of Malabang in Lanao del Sur. (Bureau of Public Information)

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up a lot of space; – Click the button Clear Cache. If you're running Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your device then you'll need to click on Storage and then Clear Cache. However, this only works to clean one app. In order to clean the cache of every app at the same time, follow the steps below: – Go to Settings; – Click on Storage > Cache Data or Saved Data; – A screen will ask for confirmation to remove everything stored within the caches. Confirm and save to remove the content. Factor y rreset eset yyour our phone actory Just like the name says, restoring your phone to factory settings takes you back to zero and resets your device's settings to exactly how they were the day it came out of the box. There won't be any extra apps, contacts, settings or any type of data, only what comes standard on Android. However, if you have updated your system to a more recent version, the system will keep the most recent upgrade. So, if you were running Lollipop and updated to Marshmallow, after the reset, your phone will continue running Android Marshmallow. This feature is mostly used by people that like to install different ROMs on their device but it could also be very helpful to users who have an older phone. Doing this will give your device a breath of life. I especially recommend it if you've had your device for more than a year and you've never formatted it. Additionally, it's important to backup your data before resetting your phone. In order to restore your phone to factory settings, the most common way is: – Go to Settings; – Click on Backup and Reset; – Make a backup in the Android system itself by using Drive; – Factory Data Reset; – Reset phone; – You may have to put your PIN in again; – Click on Reset phone or Erase Everything; – Restart. SD M aid - S ystem Cleaning Maid System Tool SD Maid was one of the apps that was most mentioned by both users and members of our team alike. It works like an internal tool box that lets you find files or app directories that are no longer installed on your smartphone; search for known file types and locations which can normally be securely deleted and, among other things, remove duplicate files. The app has a well designed and intuitive interface which works just as well for users with or without root access. If you have administrative access to your device, you can remove even more fat to free up space in your memory. The app does have a PRO version, which costs $3.49. I recommend the PRO version to only those users who have rooted their phone, since the majority of the features need root access. A while back we talked with the App developer and sincerely, SD Maid is very honest in their advertising. They don't make promises they can't deliver on. So, if you think manually

cleaning your phone is a bit too much work, then according to both users and the AndroidPIT team, SD Maid is a solid option. CCleaner – P uts yyou ou in Puts contr ol control CCleaner was the top voted among AndroidPIT readers. But what else can you expect since it's one of the most popular computer services out there. This app simply and efficiently removes useless, obsolete or temporary data. However, it should be used in moderation. What makes this software attractive among PC and smartphone users is that it performs a device analysis; scanning the cache, browser history, received calls history, files and various storage areas on the system. Then, it'll recommend what should be deleted. In addition to all that, it gives a list of apps that are taking up a lot of memory in the cache and then, it gives the user a chance to choose if they'd like to remove that temporary data or not. Just like SD Maid, the app's interface is simple and intuitive. Contrary to its competitor Clean Master, which promises to speed up your smartphone, CCleaner doesn't force users to end processes; it’s offered as an option, but the final decision is up to the user. This type of feature, in fact, is a stopgap, since when you close all your apps and start another, the last one will, of course, run faster. Yet, this is just time consuming because you'll have to open the other apps again when you want to use them. Conclusion Don't make the mistake of believing that your smartphone will have 50-70% better performance after using a cleaning tool. Sorry, but it's just not true. For this article, I tried looking within our community of Android users for the answer to the best way to remove excess data from an operating system and, to my surprise, I realized that our users manually clean their devices much more often than they use an app. However, in case you don't feel like doing the leg work, keep in mind that when you're choosing an app to remove unwanted files that are taking up space on your device, look for apps that give you information about your options and not just an optimization button. If you have an older smartphone and you just can't part ways with it yet, try rooting it, because the features on cleaning tools are much better on rooted phones. Also, take advantage of new features like Google Drive or Dropbox, as they can come in very handy. Also, if you can use an external memory device such as a microSD card, it could help save you some precious space. Lastly, always keep your phone updated, and if you're not using an app, remove it from the drawer. You can always download it again from the Play Store when you really need it. Are there any other apps or processes that you'd recommend to clean your smartphone's system? (Camila Rinaldi, AndroidPIT)

HEALTH: Breathe Easy: 21 Tips For Asthmatics Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong AN ASTHMA attack is caused by the swelling of the small lung passages (called bronchioles). During an attack, these tiny lung passages constrict and get blocked by phlegm. Hence, patients experience difficulty of breathing, coughing and wheezing. Wheezing is a high-pitched sound similar to a cat’s cry. The good news is that lifestyle changes can reduce your asthma attacks by 50%. Here is what you need to do: 1. Identify and avoid asthma triggers. Did you know that around 80% of people with asthma also have an allergy? Think about what you were doing before you had the attack. Did you smell some dusty or pungent material?Were you tired, angry or stressed?Was it hot? Note these down and avoid these situations in the future. 2. Are you allergic to food? Some asthmatics have a specific food allergy. Be careful with food preservatives, food coloring, junk food, wine, nuts, seafoods, egg and chicken. Find out if you’re allergic to these foods and avoid them. You can consult an allergologistdoctor. 3. Be careful with medicines. There are people who are allergic to drugs like aspirin, penicillin and pain relievers. Ask your doctor before taking an herbal supplement, too. Paracetamol for fever or pain is probably safest for you. 4. Avoid pollen. During the summer season, large quantities of pollen emanate from trees and grass. If it’s a hot and windy day, try to avoid going out of the house. Close your bedroom windows. There’s also more pollen before 10 AM. 5. You may open bathroom windows. Molds and fungi can trigger asthma, too. Molds like to grow in damp places like your bathroom. Hence, dry your bathroom after using. 6. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck out dust from your bed, sofa and floor. It’s a very effective way to reduce asthma attacks. 7. Simplify your homes. Don’t use carpets or rugs as these can accumulate lots of dust. Use

Dr. Willie T. Ong washable curtains and blinds. There are likewise special dust-free pillow cases you can use. 8. Avoid pet dogs and cats. If you have pets at home, bathe them every week to reduce falling dander. However, it would be best if you didn’t have pets inside your house because their tiny hairs can penetrate and irritate your lung passages. 9. Reduce cooking smells by opening the kitchen window. Strong smells from frying onions and garlic can trigger an asthma attack. Open the windows or better yet, do your cooking outside the house. 10. Keep your house squeaky clean. Allergy and asthma are usually triggered by small insects called dust mites. These microscopic bugs live and eat dead skin cells which we shed off daily. To eliminate dust mites, wash your bed sheets, pillows and blankets every week. Place them under the sun to kill the mites. 11. Avoid smoke and cigarette smokers, too. Request your relatives and friends not to smoke in front of you. Limit going out on public transportation where bus fumes and dust abound. If you need to go out, a face mask may help. 12. Use an air-conditioner. Air conditioning is extremely helpful because it lowers humidity and filters dust and pollen, making breathing much easier. You can also try an air filter, and see if it helps. 13. Eat fruits and vegetables high in flavonoids such as oranges, pomelo, apples, grapes, and calamansi juice. These flavonoids strengthen our lungs, blood vessels and immune system. 14. Eat oily fish like sardines, salmon and tilapia.

These fishes contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may be beneficial for asthma patients. 15. During an asthma attack, one home remedy is to drink a cup of black coffee. Studies show that caffeine acts similar to the anti-asthma drug theophylline and may open up the lung passages. However, if your symptoms are severe, it’s best to go to a hospital. 16. Avoid soft drinks and foods containing MSG. Especially for kids, MSG can trigger an asthma attack. Junk foods and some Chinese foods are high in MSG. 17. Avoid very cold or very hot weather. Extreme weather conditions can trigger an asthma attack. 18. Exercise regularly but don’t overdo it. You can go to a gym and try strengthening exercises for your arms, shoulders, chest and back muscles. These muscle groups are important for breathing. Swimming and singing are good exercises, too. 19. Try abdominal breathing. There are two ways to breathe: using your chest or using your abdomen. Abdominal breathing is more effective than chest breathing because it uses the more powerful abdominal muscle called the diaphragm. To illustrate, lie down on the floor and place your hands on your tummy. Then, as you inhale, your hands should elevate but your chest should hardly move. Abdominal breathing sucks in more air inside your lungs. 20. Wash your hands regularly to avoid viruses and bacteria. If you catch a cold, this can lead to an asthma attack. 21. See your doctor often. Your lung specialist (also called pulmonologist) will know if you need maintenance medicines. If these drugs and inhalers are too expensive, you can try buying from a generic drugstore. Remember that asthma can be a serious and potentially deadly condition. Work hand in hand with your doctor to keep you asthma under control. Take care.


– 1 lb. medium shrimp, head and shell removed – 1 lb. butternut squash, cubed – 18 to 20 pieces snake beans (sitaw), cut into 2 inch pieces – 1 cup malunggay leaves

– 1 cup chicken broth – 1 medium yellow onion, chopped – 4 cloves crushed garlic – 3 tablespoons oil – Salt and ground black pepper to taste

INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Heat oil in a pan. 2) Once the oil gets hot, pan-fry the shrimp in medium heat for 1 minute per side. Remove from the pan. Set aside. 3) Using the remaining oil (add more if needed), sauté garlic and onion. 4) Add the squash. Stir-fry for 3 minutes. 5) Add the snake beans. Continue to cook for 1 minute. 6) Put the malunggay leave into the pot and then pour the chicken broth. Let boil. Stir. Cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes. 7) Sprinkle salt and ground black pepper to taste. 8) Serve. Share and enjoy! (



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DPWH eyes Express Way in Cebu CEBU CITY - The Department of Public Works and Highways said it would launch the Cebu Circumferential Road or Metro Cebu Express Highway as part of the government’s infrastructure projects for Cebu. Engineer Nonato Paylado, DPWH’s Chief of Planning and Design Divi-

sion, said the project is expected to alleviate traffic congestions in Cebu City. He said the 74-kilometer road stretching from the town of Naga to Danao will pass through upland areas in Cebu province. The project will cost around P26 billion based on the zonal valuation of prop-

erties alone, but it may five times higher once the fair market value and right-ofway costs are considered, he said, adding, that a part of the feasibility study is to find possible sources of funds. Paylado said they may seek foreign funding for the project which is likely to start by 2022.

Dili ikahatag sa PSA ang dokumento sa di tag-iya SA PAGPANALIPUD sa batakan nga katungod og pribasiya sa usa ka tawo, nagpagawas og Memorandum ang Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) nga maglatag sa palisiya sa paghatag o pag-release sa mga personal nga dokumento. Pinaagi sa Office Memorandum No. 2017-50, gilagda na sa PSA, nga kanhi nailhan sa pangalan nga National Statistics Office (NSO) nga dili nila mahimo irelease ang mga dokumento nga magtanyag sa identity sa usa ka tawo ngadto ni bisan kinsa. Sa mga dokumento, gipasabut sa PSA pinaagi ni National Statistician ug Civil Registrar General Lisa Grace Bersales ang Certificate of Death, Certificate of Marriage, Certificate of no Marriage ug Advisory on marriages. Matud sa PSA, misuporta sila sa palisiya sa kagamhanan sa pagpanalipud sa batakang katungod sa pribasiya

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‘Partial lifting’ sa deployment ban sa Qatar, gimando sa DOLE USA KA ADLAW human gi-suspenso ang deployment og mga Overseas Filipino Workers sa Qatar, nidesisyon ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) nga ilibkas una ang deployment ban. Apan gitataw ni DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III nga ‘partial’ lamang ang lifting sa ban tungod kay ang tugotan lamang nga moadto sa Qatar mao


ang mga OFWs nga mobalik lamang didto ug kadtong may mga ‘newly hired’ nga may gigonitang Overseas Employment Certificate gikan sa Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Nagpabalin nga gidili pa gihapon ang pag-adto sa Qatar sa mga OFW nga giproseso pa lamang ang ilang mga dokumento. Gi-bawi ni Bello ang una niining deployment

ban sa Qatar human kini ni-ani og mga pagsaway tungod sa giingong ‘premature’ niining pag-anunsiyo. Una nang miingon si Bello nga nagpatuman siya og deployment ban sa Qatar aron mapanalipdan ang mga OFWs sa posibleng epekto sa panghitabo sa tungatungang sidlakan sama sa food shortage o kakuwang sa pagkaon. (Elvira C. Bongosia)

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dungan sa pagpasa sa Republic Act 10173 o ang Data Privacy Act sa 2012. Subay niini, gipahibaw nang daan sa PSA nga dili sila makatugot nga itunol na lamang ang mga nahisgutang dokumento nga makatumbok sa identity sa usa ka tawo, kon wala magtaban sa iyang pagtugot. Dugang sa PSA, ang pagtugot, kon himoon man ugaling sa tag-iya sa dokumento, kinahanglang isuwat sa kinamot, electronic o sa paagi nga girecord pinaagi sa tingug. Kon walay pagtugot, irelease lamang sa PSA ang mga nahisgutang dokumento sa tag-iya mismo, sa iyang kapikas, ginikanan, direktang sumusunod, guardian o institusyon nga gihatagan sa legal nga katungod ilabi na kon ang tag-iya sa dokumento, menor de edad. Hinuon, itugyan sa PSA ang dokumento ngadto sa sakto nga opisyal kon ang dokumento gikinahanglan

sa administratibo, judicial ug uban pang opisyal nga proceedings aron ilhon ang identity sa usa ka tawo, segun sa memorandum. Kon ugaling ang tagiya sa dokumento patay na, irelease kini ngadto sa labing duol nga paryente. Subay niini, ngadto sa mga buot mokuha sa ilang mga dokumento nga gipangayo nga personal nga mokuha niini gikan sa PSA. Matud sa PSA, daghang kaso dungan sa mga Mobile Passporting ang ilang balibaran ang mga mo-claim sa mga gipaproseso nga dokumento, subay ning rason. Seguroha nga kon dili ikaw ang tag-iya sa dokumento, may ikapakita kang dokumento nga magila kanimo nga kabanay sa tag-iya, o kuha daan og kasuwatan nga legal nga magtugot kanimo nga mokuha sa dokumento. (Rey Anthony H. Chiu)

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