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Bible being distributed to Muslim war refugees in evacuation centers

MARAWI CITY – Copies of the Bible were reportedly being distributed along with relief goods to Muslim war refugees in evacuation centers in southern Philippines. According to the group called “I Care for Bangsamoro Movement”, Muslims were also being persuaded to enrol their Continue on page 5

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A photo from the Facebook account of ‘I Care for Bangsamoro Movement” shows a copy of the Bible translated to the Meranao dialect and being distributed to Muslim refugees in evacuation centers in Mindanao. (Mindanao Examiner)

Abusive Philippine Cops Get Kid Glove Treatment

HOW DOES THE Philippine National Police deal with personnel implicated in torture of criminal suspects? Reassignment and anger management training. That’s the lesson of an incident last month exposed in a cellphone video that has since gone viral that shows a police officer in Metro Manila’s

Mandaluyong City repeatedly striking with a rattan stick a man detained for violating curfew. Another police officer stands by without intervening while his colleague beats the seated suspect inside a police station. Instead of investigating and prosecuting the two officers, Eastern Police District officials

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reassigned them to the conflict zone in Marawi City, where fighting between government forces and Islamist rebels has raged for more than six weeks. The Eastern Police District also ordered anger and stress management training for some of its patrolmen. Continue on page 3


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President Rodrigo Duterte, brandishing an automatic rifle, walks with military officials following a failed visit to the besieged city of Marawi. (Photo courtesy of Undersecretary Mocha Uson of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.)



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Marawi war refugees, groups appeal to Duterte, military to halt aerial attacks MARAWI CITY – Muslim war refugees have appealed anew to President Rodrigo Duterte and the military to stop bombing structures in the Marawi, saying, the government offensives against local ISIS virtually turned the besieged city into “Mosul,” a city in northern Iraq devastated by war. “Nothing is left anymore in Marawi. Our city is destroyed by aerial bombings and artillery fire and we do not know how we can rebuild not only our homes, but our lives as well,” Nurhana said. Her family is just one of tens of thousands displaced by the fighting and is currently staying in one of government’s evacuation center near Marawi. She is only one of many villagers that fled the fierce fighting in Marawi. Other Muslim groups, including religious leaders also appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to halt aerial bombings in the city. But security officials said the air strikes targeted ISIS fighters hiding out in different houses and buildings around Marawi. They said that nearly 400 militants and eight dozen soldiers and 39 civilians were killed since the battle began, but it was unclear how the military came up with the large number of enemy casualties without recovering bodies of slain militants. Troops were trying desperately to drive the militants out in the open as security forces cordoned off Marawi to prevent the jihadists from escaping. But there were no signs the militants were backing down, although they earlier threatened to execute over a dozen civilian hostages, including a Catholic priest, should security

President Rodrigo Duterte tinkers with his cell phone after a failed visit to the besieged city of Marawi. (Photo courtesy of Undersecretary Mocha Uson of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.) forces continue with its assaults. The fighting began on May 23 when militants occupied Marawi, the capital of Lanao del Sur in the Muslim autonomous region. Photos of militants also surfaced in social media with one picture showing 3 heavily-armed jihadists posing on top of a destroyed army tank. Other photos showed the militants manning roadblocks in the city and posing inside houses they have occupied, although there were reports that many of the militants managed to escape from the military strikes. Military aircrafts continue to bomb enemy targets where jihadists were holed out as security forces battled ISIS militants and their armed supporters fighting for the establishment of a caliphate in

the restive Muslim region of Mindanao. Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, an army spokesman, said they were careful not to target buildings where jihadists are holding dozens of civilian hostages. “Their safety is our concern. We do not fire on buildings where hostages are being kept,” he said, adding, they have identified areas where ISIS is holding its captives. Just last week, a military plane bombed a group of army soldiers and killing 2 and wounding at least 11 others during a raid that targeted local ISIS fighters. But the bomb missed its target by about 250 meters and hit buildings near where the soldiers were taking cover. The blast sent walls crushing down to the infantrymen. The oth-

ers were hit by shrapnel from the bomb. The military said it ordered an investigation into the incident to determine what went wrong. It was the second time that a military plane missed its target and hit ground troops. Eleven soldiers were killed and 7 others injured in May when an air force Marchetti S-211 jet also missed its target. Officials did not say what type of aircraft or the name of the pilot involved in the latest incident. Duterte said Marawi City may be liberated soon, citing latest military progress reports on the government offensives against the extremist group. “This could be over in the next two weeks,” he said. Duterte said he is likely to extend the martial law upon the recom-

mendation of the military and police unless Marawi is finally liberated and militants killed or captured Malaysian media – quoting unnamed intelligence sources – reported recently that two Malaysians, Abdulrahman Asmawi from Kelantan and Kamsa Yahya from Kedah; and an Indonesian militant, Shei Ayman Marjuki, and an Arab sheik, Ahmad Balkafi – were among those killed in Marawi. Malaysian newspaper The Star also reported that former Universiti Malaya lecturer Dr Mahmud Ahmad, also known as Abu Handzalah, is also in Marawi and helping Abu Sayyaf chieftain and local ISIS leader Isnilon Hapilon in putting up a caliphate in the southern region. Mahmud was also reported killed by the local military, although it has not presented any proof of the killing of the elusive Malaysian militant. The militants, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, forged an alliance with various jihadist groups, including the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the notorious Abu Sayyaf group and banded together to fight security forces. The siege of Marawi by ISIS fighters has forced President Rodrigo Duterte to cut short his four-day visit to Russia and rushed back home to personally address the critical situation. Before heading back to the Philippines, Duterte declared a 60-day martial law in the whole of Southern Philippines in an effort to destroy the Maute group and end the violence in Marawi. (Moh Saaduddin and Rhoderick Beñez)


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Abusive Philippine Cops Get Kid Glove Treatment Continued fr om page 1 from Typically, such abuses – which are commonplace throughout the country – elicit no response at all from the police hierarchy. But even when action is taken, it pretty much misses the point. Abusive law enforcers may be sent to more dangerous

assignments, particularly in the restive parts of the southern Philippines, as an informal punishment for violations of police procedure. Senior officers, who are likely well aware of the abuses, go unscathed. This approach fails miserably to address the systemic nature of police

torture and helps explain why the official Commission on Human Rights has declared the Philippine National Police the worst human rights violator in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous “war on drugs” has only deepened the lack of accountability for police

abuses by providing not only encouragement of serious abuses, but the promise of official protection for murder and other crimes. Human Rights Watch has documented numerous recent instances in which police extra-judicially executed alleged drug users and dealers

and then planted evidence or falsified reports to cover up the killings. In April, the Commission on Human Rights raided the Manila District Police Station 1 and found at least a dozen people in a cell hidden behind a bookshelf, suffering in grossly overcrowded conditions. The detainees said the police

had arrested them on purported drug charges and held them in the secret cell for a week without notifying their families or lawyers. Until the Philippine National Police ensures genuine accountability within its ranks, police abuses will continue unabated. (By Carlos Conde)

ARMM provides food supply, diapers to Marawi evacuees MARAWI CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) handed over food aid for tens of thousands of Marawi City evacuees that will last them for two weeks. ARMM Gover nor Mujiv Hataman led the turnover of food packs to the local gover nments of Lanao del Sur, Marawi City and the town of Saguiaran for over 33,000 evacuees. He said a single food pack contains 25 kilos of rice, a kilo of monggo, fresh and dried fish, 10 canned goods and two dozens 3-in-1 coffee. It is intended to meet the food requirements of a family of four for at least two weeks. Hataman said additional deliveries will be made to the local governments in the coming days to complete the total number of food packs. He said they have asked the help of the local governments in the

distribution of the food packs to ensure that the assistance will reach the beneficiaries as quickly as possible. The fighting in Marawi City, which is now on its seventh week, has displaced more than 246,000 residents. The more than 33,000 recipient families of the food packs are the displaced families who are known to be staying in Lanao del Sur, either house-based or in the different evacuation centers. Jo Henry, communications officer of the ARMM’s Humanitarian and Emergency Action Response Team (HEART), said the recipient families we re identified and evaluated through the Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (DAFAC) system. The government is using the DAFAC system to evaluate the status and appropriate needs of affected families and ensure efficient

relief distribution. Henry said that on instr uction from regional gover nor, the ARMM-HEART started distr ibuting the two weeks food packs to families with Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) in the days leading to end of Ramadan last month so that the families will have something to prepare for the celebration if the Eid’l Fitr. In addition to its humanitarian and relief operations, the ARMM gover nment is also assisting in drawing up plans for the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi City and other affected areas. The task force created by President Rodrigo Duterte to oversee this operation, the Task Fo rce Bangon Marawi, will be coordinating its efforts with the regional gover nment. Hataman said government agencies must come together and work

in solidarity with other stakeholders to deal with the damage of the Marawi crisis to infrastructures and civilian lives. (Bureau of Public Information) D iaper donation dr iv e driv ive ARMM also said that about 80,000 cloth and disposable diapers have been distributed to lactating mothers as part of the continuing humanitar ian assistance to affected residents in Marawi City. The recipients were nursing mothers currently in evacuation centers as well as those staying in their relatives’ houses. Various ARMM line agencies and private donors from Metro Manila and Cotabato City donated the diapers. ARMM’s Cabinet Secretary Khal Campong said the drive star ted since the first day of the Marawi siege on May 23 to help parents provide diapers for their babies. “As part of the ARMM's

Cr isis Management Committee, and as a mother, ito yung naisip namin na ibigay dahil gusto namin matulungan yung mga parents na hirap maghanap ng diapers for their babies dahil walang mabilihan," Campong said. She reiterated the importance of diapers to keep the babies clean, dry and healthy. The fifth batch of diapers was distributed on July 10 in evacuation centers in Lanao del Sur. The diapers came from the different agencies of the ARMM, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, and private donors outside the ARMM. “Kailangan talaga namin ng diaper para sa baby ko; wala kaming pambili kaya naghihintay na lang kami na may pupunta dito sa amin at magbibigay ng diaper,” said Kuray Datu Ma-as, one of the thousands of

displaced Marawi residents staying at the evacuation center in Saguriaran municipality. Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr., ARMM’s Health Secretary, said: “These diapers in difficult situations, such as the unexpected displacement of families, give parents a sigh of relief on easier management of their children’s wastes when the water supply is scarce and sanitary disposal poses a challenge.” “For the Health department, it is a better alternative that allows parents to focus on more important things while sanitary disposal is afforded for their children,” Dr. Sinolinding said, adding, unsanitar y practices could even lead to serious infections among babies. (Bureau of Public Information)


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Tawi-Tawi seaweed farmers struggle even as seaweed industry grows TAWI-TAWI – Residents of this Philippines’ southernmost province depend largely on fishing and seaweed farming as sources of livelihood. These fishermen and farmers from Tausug and Sama tribes rely daily on the blessings of the sea. Tawi-Tawi is one of the five provinces under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The vast area of water within the jurisdiction of the ARMM is home to many high-value species of aquatic flora and fauna such as grouper, tuna, various types of seaweeds, and many other marine products. A large volume of seaweeds produced in the country comes from these waters. In 2015 alone, TawiTawi harvested a total of 305,902.71 metric tons of seaweeds, almost half of ARMM’s 627,435.50 metric tons of that product recorded that year. In fact, Tawi-Tawi’s seaweeds output is far bigger than that of any region in the country. While the province of Tawi-Tawi boasts of being a major producer of seaweeds, those who are into this type of farming are struggling to make both ends meet. Seaweeds, or agal-agal in Sama dialect, is more than a sea product for the couple Maria, 47, and Jurharie, 48. The couple’s fortune is tied to the sea, which hosts their seaweed farm. Maria and Jurharie’s story is only one of thousands of narratives from households that depend on seaweed. The couple was supposed to plant more seaweed seedlings on the day of the interview, but since it was raining and the waves were big, Maria, decided to stay home while Jurharie went out hoping to find fruits he could sell to make money. While at home, Maria tied the seaweed seedlings on ropes. Those seedlings, she said, would be planted later when the weather has improved. The seedlings grow in neat rows in warm, shallow waters of the coastal areas of Brgy. Pasiagan in the town of Bongao. After 35 to 40 days, the seaweeds are ready. After harvesting, the seaweeds are dried under the sun be-

fore delivery to the ‘bodega’ of local traders. Recent harvests are okay, Maria said, and had met the market’s standards. About six kilos of fresh seaweeds are needed to produce a kilo of dried seaweeds, said Maria. Thus, she has to continue doing some farm work to improve harvest. “Kung mas masipag ka dito, mas maramikang mabebenta,” she said, noting that production depends mainly on the farmer’s efforts and hard work. She tied the seedlings on 25 ropes of one meter each. “Marami-rami na rin ito. Kahit wala tayo sa farm natin, may natatapos tayo,” said Maria. She uses soft ties, which she described as expensive. “Dapat kasi yungmalambot na tali, para matibay ang hawak, pero ‘di nasisira ang seedlings,” Maria said. In June, the couple was able to bring roughly 10 ‘pikol’ of dried seaweeds to the traders. A pikol is equivalent to one hundred kilos. The price of dried seaweed was at P2,200 per pikol, or P22 per kilo. For a period of 43 days, her family was able to earn P22,000, good enough for a normal size family. She has a big family, however, and she sends all her children to school. Her eldest, Shariffa, 21, has just graduated from college while the others are still in school. The couple has been able to send their children to school notwithstanding the unstable pricing of seaweeds and the uncertainty of production during bad weather. “Kulang ang kita namin, pero malaking tulong pa rin ang seaweed farming,” she said. Over a period of one year, the family would harvest about seven times. Their earnings would depend on how much produce they could bring to the local traders. Sometimes it’s enough, but more often, it falls short of their needs, she said. “Kakayod pa rin kami ng kakayod para makakain kami, at hanggang makapagtapos sila ng pagaaral,” Maria said. She is worried though that the traders may not be able buy their seaweeds this time. It has been three days since harvest but the seaweeds have not dried

up because of continuous rain. The seaweeds, she said, could be damaged and if this happens, the traders would buy at a very low price. The traders always set the price of seaweed, she explained. This ranges from P16 to P40 per kilo dependent on quality and dryness, which the traders determine. Traditionally, individual seaweed farmers like Maria cannot demand a higher price for their produce. Since farmers have no other choice, they readily accept the price set, though most of the times, prices quoted seemed unfair. Seaweeds that pass the industry standards are generally brought by local traders to big companies in Zamboanga, Cebu and Manila, or even sent directly to foreign ports. Seaweed, usually agaragar and eucheuma varieties, is used as product ingredient in different industries: food, beverages, pharmacy, cosmetics, and others. What Maria sees as a solution to help seaweed farmers earn more is to organize themselves into cooperatives and eventually operate like traders. “Kung may sarili lang kaming ‘bodega,’ kami na angmag-iipon ng seaweeds namin, at kami na angmagdadala nito sa ibat-ibang kompanya,” she said. Whenever these farmers have no seaweeds to sell yet and they need money, Maria said she, like the others, resort to borrowing from a local lender who charges high interest rates. Once she was forced to borrow P5,000 because she needed to pay for her kids’ enrollment. She paid P6,000 in six months or at an interest rate of 20%. “Nakakatakot din umutang. Pero ‘pag walang-wala ka na, mangungutang ka na lang.” Seaweed farmers in Tawi-Tawi are facing various problems even as the seaweeds industry continues to grow, they noted. Based on latest statistics, the industry contributed significantly to the fisheries sub-sector’s gross output of P55.7 billion in the first quarter of the year. (Bureau of Public Information)

Bible being distributed to Muslim war refugees in evacuation centers

Continued fr om page 1 from children to a non-Muslim missionary school in exchange for regular allowances. This also happened to Muslim evacuees during the rebel siege of Zamboanga City in 2013. The group also posted a photo of a Bible – which was also translated to the Meranao dialect – on their Facebook account and warned Muslim evacuees about it. “Dalawang beses na nakatangap ang mga bakwit

(evacuees) ng Marawi ng Bible sa wikang Meranao, ayon sa mga eye witnesses. Sinisama sa mg reliefs ang Bible na may pamagat na ‘So Sindaw.’ Halos 99 percent na bakwit mula Marawi ay mga Muslims.” “Maalala na noong Zamboanga siege nangyari din ang pamimigay ng Bible sa mga bakwit. Ilan pa sa mga batang anak ng mga bawits ay nirecruit at pinagaral sa isang nonmuslim missionary school at kapalit nito binibigayan ng

allowances ang mga magulang,” it said. It did not say who were behind the distribution of the Bible or the name of the missionary school and it was not immediately known whether social workers or camp managers were aware of this. There are at least 78 evacuation centers in Mindanao, 34 of which are located in the province of Lanao del Norte, one in Misamis Occidental, and 43 in Lanao del Sur, according to the military. (Mindanao Examiner)

Troops search for Sayyaf hostages in Sulu

SULU – Government forces continue to search for over 2 dozen foreign and local hostages of the extremist group Abu Sayyaf, officials said. Official said troops were deployed in areas where the Abu Sayyaf is believed to be holding the captives. Just recently, a Vietnamese sailor kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf was reportedly found dead – his body riddled with bullets – on a village in Patikul town. The cadaver, believed to be that of Tran Khac Dung, was recovered in the village of Buhanginan where army soldiers battled with the Abu Sayyaf on July 8. It was unknown whether Tran was killed during the fighting in the village where the military claimed to have recovered a body of slain militant. The report cannot be independently confirmed and the military’s Western

Mindanao Command did not give any statement whether the recovered cadaver of the militant was actually that of the Vietnamese hostage. The fighting erupted in Patikul town after 2 kidnapped Filipino fishermen Reyjim Rocabo, 41 and Roel Leones, 37, who were both freed July 7 by the Abu Sayyaf, provided information to the military on the location of the militant group and its hostages. The information provided by the duo led troops to the hideout of Abu Sayyaf commander Almujer Yadah in Patikul. The battle also killed a soldier and wounded 15 others from the 21st Infantry Battalion. Both Rocabo and Leones were crewmembers of FB Ramona 2 kidnapped in December 20 last year in the Celebes Sea. Their ship captain, Noel Besconde,

was beheaded on April 13 by the Abu Sayyaf after his employer and family failed to pay ransom. Another crewman, Roy Ramos, was freed in June in Talipao town. The Abu Sayyaf, which is still holding 16 foreigners and four other Filipinos, recently beheaded 2 Vietnamese sailors Hoang Thong and Hoang Va Hai after their government and families failed to pay ransom. Their decapitated bodies were recovered in the village of Tumahubong in Sumisip town in Basilan province. The sailors were kidnapped on November 11 off Basilan along with four others seamen Phang Minh Tuan and Do Trung Hieu and Huang Vo, who was released last month by the Abu Sayyaf in Sumisip town. They are all crew members of the cargo ship MV Royal 16. (Mindanao Examiner)

ARMM investments grow at P3.65 B despite Marawi crisis COTABATO CITY – The investments in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) remain resilient and growing, posting a total of P3.65 billion in the first six months of 2017 notwithstanding the conflict in Marawi City that started in the third week of May. “Despite the Marawi crisis, the investment prospects of ARMM continue to show signs of resilience and dynamism because the crisis area has effectively been contained by the government,” said Lawyer Ishak Mastura, chairman and managing head of ARMM’s Regional Board of Investments (RBOI). The first half’s figures reported by the RBOI are higher by almost 74% compared with 2016’s total registration of P2.1 billion. The agency has, so far, registered three major projects this year. The first is the P32-million fish processing and cold storage project of Abing Seafoods and Cold Storage located in Bongao town in Tawi-Tawi province that addresses the needs of fisher

folks in the province to process, store, and preserve their seafood catch. Second is the P33.5-million cargo shipping project of J. Sayang Shipping Lines, Inc., which is also based in Bongao for inter-island trade, as well as for cross-border shipping with Sabah, Malaysia. Lastly, RBOI approved the P3-billion telecommunications carrier project of TierOne Communications International, Inc. (TierOne) for the region. The company’s original plan was to start with a rollout program in Marawi City. Due to the current crisis, however, TierOne had to re-evaluate such plan. The Marawi rollout, company officials said, will still be implemented but in coordination with the rehabilitation and reconstruction program of the government. In the revised plan, the company said it will first rollout a pilot program by building facilities in the ARMM compound in Cotabato City that would serve the regional agencies. TierOne will eventually cover

the entire region with its P3billion investments noting there remains a provision for expansion and infusion of additional capital as needed. TierOne’s project will cover cellular service in 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE and broadband wireless internet to homes and enterprises as well as WiFi for public, or common, areas. Chairman Mastura said he expects more investments coming in during the second half of the year. “We expect banana plantation investments in Maguindanao to continue with hundreds of millions worth to be registered this year with RBOI. There is a port services project worth P100 million, a bulk water treatment project worth around P200 million, and a cacao plantation project that will pour in P1 billion, all of which will hopefully be registered this year,” he said. RBOI provides fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to ARMM investors. In 2015, the agency registered a total of P6.5 billion, the biggest in the history of the ARMM. (Bureau of Public Information)


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Motorcycle riders line up at a Phoenix Petroleum depot in Zamboanga City to avail of the anniversary offer of P10 per liter on all fuels. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

Phoenix Petroleum donates blood, praised for its social responsibility, economic contribution

PHOENIX Petroleum Philippines, Inc. has partnered with the Philippine Red Cross and its employees donated blood in an effort to help augment supply of blood for those who need it. The donation, through Phoenix Philippines Foundation, was also in response to appeals by the Philippine Red Cross from different institutions from both government and the private sector for the blood drive. The Philippine Red Cross said the shortage of blood has been one of the most pressing problems experienced by many hospitals in the country and for this reason it has been working double time to make sure there is ample supply of blood for Filipinos who need it. And among the private companies who yielded to the call of the Philippine Red Cross is Phoenix Petroleum Philippines. “When we started, we were only able to donate 12 bags, but eventually, our employees gained an appreciation of the bloodletting activities and now we can donate at least 300 bags of blood,” said Ben Sur, Phoenix Philippines Petroleum manager for corporate affairs. Sur said the partnership with Red Cross has helped both institutions in times of need, in life or death situa-

tions. He said they hope to increase the donation from its employees every year by providing appreciation seminars and other programs. “The foundation is tying up with its adopted communities as well as industry partners for blood donations. When you give blood, you don’t give so much, but the impact of that one bag is significant to the person who requires it. We wish that as we go on this journey, we can encourage more people to donate blood,” he said. Rizh Abellano, Philippine Red Cross blood program coordinator, said the roles played by their partners are crucial to the success of the mission of the institution. “A bag of blood can save a life, and we are thankful to Phoenix Philippines Foundation for heeding our call,” Abellano said. Just recently, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines also celebrated its 10th listing anniversary and as gratitude to its customers, the Davao City-based oil company offered motorists a huge discount - at P10 a liter - on all its fuels in selected gasoline stations in the country. The special offer lasted for 2 hours, but its benevolent promotion brought cheers and happiness to

many motorists. “Aba eh malaking tulong ito sa amin. Imagine sampung piso lang ang litro ng gasolina at kaya nga full talk ang pinakarga ko at bente singko pesos lang ang ginastos ko,” said Zamboanga City trike driver Boyet Santos. Another public jeepney driver, Carlo Sagrado, praised the oil firm for its anniversary promotion and said: “Buti pa itong Phoenix eh nakapaliit na kampanya pero malaki ang naitutulong sa amin kahit paminsan-minsan. Eh itong mga iba, yan Caltex at Petron pati yun Shell ay wala kang maaasahan sa mga iyan at mahal pa ang presyo ng gasolina at diesel nila.” On July 2007, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines made its public offering at the Philippine Stock Exchange and now it has over 500 gasoline stations in the country and even set up a P100-million fund for security personnel battling ISIS militants in Marawi City in southern Philippines. Dennis Uy, President of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, said the fund will provide education and livelihood assistance for soldiers and their families. President Rodrigo Duterte also praised the oil firm for its social responsibility and economic contribution. (Mindanao Examiner)

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KAPAG MAY baby akong chinechekup na madalas ang suka ng gatas ay pinapasok ko ang isang daliri ko sa loob ng bigkis ng baby. Sa ganoon ay natatyansa ko kung masikip ba ang pagkabigkis. Ang bigkis ay lumang kaugalian na natin na pinasapasa na turo galing sa mga lola. Nirerespeto po natin yan at personally sa clinic di ko pinagbabawal kung gustong lagyan. Pero kung ayaw nila ay ok lang rin. Napapansin ko lang na yung ibang baby ay mas madaling sumuka ng gatas kapag ang mga baby ay malakas dumede at masikip ang pagkabigkis. Akala ng mothers hindi masikip nung pagkakabit nila kaya lang after ilang gatas ay lumalaki na ang tyan at sumisikip na rin. Nahihirapan na rin huminga ang baby at medyo irritable na, eh masikip lang pala ang pagkabigkis. Para sa Doctors, mas madaling gumaling ang pusod kapag

Dr. Willie T. Ong nahahanginan para mas matuyo at matangal. So di na masyado pinopromote ang bigkis or inadvisan lang na wag lang gawin boong araw at magdamag. Iwasan mabasa ang pusod rin ng ihi kaya pwedeng ifold konte yung diaper na di maabot ang pusod. Kapag basa kasi ang pusod mas kumapit ang bacteria. "Eh Doc lumabas ang pusod kaya kailangan ko sikipan ang bigkis." Ang sabi ng iba. Meron ngang mga baby na may Umbilical hernia na tumatayo ang pusod kapag umiiyak. Yung iba may piso pa na nilalagay kasabay ng bigkis. Sa totoo po ang Um-

bilical Hernia ay di nadadala sa pasikipan ng bigkis o ng piso (kahit sampung piso pa). Diba pagtangal mo ay tumatayo lang rin? Nawawala yan ng kusa sa mga 2-4 years old dahil kusang nagsasara yung butas na dinadaanan ng hernia kahit walang bigkis o piso. Para bang yung bunbunan ng ulo ng baby, diba nagsasara lang ng kusa. Buti nalang di na uso na bigkisin ang bunbunan. Eh di nagmukhang parang Mang Kepweng kung ganun diba? So kung gusto niyong bigkisan di kailangang sikipan. Ito naman ay mga signs na possibleng may impeksyon: 1. Mapula ang balat na palibot ng pusod. 2. May basa na nana. 3. Matapang na baho ang pusod. 4. May lagnat o irritable. 5. Masakit hawakan ang pusod o tyan. Punta po kayo ng Doctor para macheck kapag ganun para makasigurado.

RECIPE: Sinigang na Salmon sa Miso


– 3 salmon heads, cut lengthwise into half – 2 (25g) pack Knorr Sinigang na May Miso Recipe Mix – 1 bunch mustard leaves – 12 pieces okra

– 2 medium tomato, wedged – 3 pieces long green peppers – 2 medium yellow onion, wedged – 6 to 8 cups water – ½ teaspoon ground black pepper – 2 to 3 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)

INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Pour water in a cooking pot. Let boil. 2) Add onion and tomato. Let the water- re-boil. 3) Put the salmon heads into the pot. Stir. 4) Once the water starts to boil once more, add Knorr Sinigang na May Miso Recipe Mix. Stir. 5) Add the long green peppers. Cover and then cook in medium heat for 12 minutes. 6) Add okra, ground black pepper, and fish sauce. Stir. cover and cook for 5 minutes. 7) Add the mustard leaves. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. 8) Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve. 9) Share and enjoy! (


The Mindanao Examiner

July 17-23, 2017

Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper July 17-23, 2017  

July 17-23, 2017

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