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Dictator Ferdinand Marcos kin offer gold, assets to Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday the heirs of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos had offered to return to the government some of the family's disputed wealth, including "a few gold bars". Marcos and his wife Imelda were accused of plundering about $10 billion from state coffers in 20 years in power. A bloodless "People Power" uprising in 1986 chased the family into US exile. Continue on page 3

President Rodrigo Duterte (AFP)

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Military praises MILF for anti-terror cooperation COTABATO CITY – The Philippine military praised the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front for its cooperation in the ongoing operations against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters allied with the Islamic State. “The cooperation of the MILF leadership in adhering to the provisions of

the ceasefire agreement was also acknowledged as the conduct of the military operations had been coordinated to ensure that no skirmishes between the government troops and BIAF occurred,” said Major General Arnel dela Vega, commander of the 6th Infantry Division. The acronym BIAF stands for “Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces”, the

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MILF’s military wing. Dela Vega’s statement came out after the MILF stayed away from last week’s fighting between the BIFF and security forces on Wednesday that killed one gunman and left one army soldier wounded in the village of Tukanalipao in M a g u i n d a n a o’s Mamasapano town. Continue on page 4

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Military allows journos to go near Marawi battle area

Students protest continued extrajudicial killings in the country. (Mindanao Examiner photo - Neza Gariando)

‘Desaparecidos’

Groups ask Duterte to stop enforced disappearances

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AVAO CIT Y–F amilies of disappear ed and CITY Families disappeared human rrights ights activists hav e called on P have Prresident R odr igo D uter te to take actions in Rodr odrigo Duter uterte stopping alleged abductions b y state by agents of civilians in the souther nP hilippines southern Philippines hilippines.. A national network of regime continues to implefamilies of disappeared ment the same brutal and missing called policy against people who “Families of the Disaprise up against injustice,” peared for Justice or said Concepcion Empeno, Desaparecidos”, said chairperson of three Mindanao farmers Desaparecidos. Davis Mogul, Maki Bail “President Duterte and Saypudin Rascal – has destroyed the road to and another civilian in just and lasting peace, Luzon - Jennifer Yuson – while we continue to had been abducted. Their search for justice under fate remains unknown. this regime that has con“Three of the four tinued the same callous desaparecidos under policy of abductions, Duterte are from rights violations and fasMindanao. They are testacist rule, she added. Continue on page 2 ment as to how the Duterte

MARAWI CITY – The Philippine military allowed journalists covering the war in Marawi to cross a bridge previously under the control of local ISIS militants and see the devastation that ruined the historic Islamic city. Tanks and armoured carriers rolled onto the Mapandi Bridge as journalists from various news outlets followed as security officials assured their safety following days of clearing operations to ensure that no bombs or improvised devices had been left behind by militants. Although the area had been free from ISIS fighters, gunshots can still be heard from afar where government soldiers are still battling doz-

ens of militants who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. The face of a destroyed city - blasted buildings covered in bullet holes - and debris scattered all around was a sight that resembled the war-ravaged city of Mosul in Iraq where ISIS battled government forces. The fighting in Marawi has entered its 4th month and military chief Eduardo Año said this would be over soon, but the agony of tens of thousands of Muslim residents displaced by the deadly violence will stay longer in their hearts as they suffer in cramped and filthy evacuation camps not far away from here. Continue on page 4

Female soldiers and policewomen wearing hijab are deployed in Lanao del Sur province to help tens of thousands of Muslims displaced by fighting in Marawi City. (Photo by Vino Lozano)

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‘Desaparecidos’ Groups ask Duterte to stop enforced disappearances Continued fr om page 1 from The group also cited the disappearance of peace talk consultants of the National Democratic Front and the stalled negotiations with communist rebels, and continued military attacks on communities and civilian falsely accused as supporters or sympathizers of the New People’s Army. Among the victims of so-called enforced disappearance were Leo Velasco,

Prudencio Calubid and his wife Celina Palma; their niece Gloria Soco and NDF staff Ariel Beloy and Antonio Lacno; Rogelio Calubad and his son Gabriel; Nestor Intise and his wife Nelly; Leopoldo Ancheta, Philip Limjoco and Cesar Batralo. But most of them arrested in previous administrations were members of the rebel group and facing numerous charges and are being de-

tained by the government. “We have repeatedly urged the Duterte government to act on these complaints, if it is serious in pursuing peace, but no effort to look into these cases has transpired since,” Empeno said. Belith Batralo, a sister of one of the detained NDF consultants, said the continued disappearances of these consultants speak volumes on the bloody path the Duterte regime is

taking. “While it continues to blabber about the insincerity and disinterest of the NDF on the peace talks, President Duterte and his military go berserk and kill, abduct, arrest and threaten communities,” Batralo said. Despite all the accusations against Duterte, the group still urged the government to resume peace talks with communist rebels and at the same time appealed to the people “to take on the struggle for justice for their loved ones.” “It may take more years to finally surface our disappeared, but it will be

our worst nightmare to see the same ordeal we have experienced happen to more families and Filipinos. We will not blink an eye in stopping enforced disappearances,” Batralo said. Duterte has trashed peace talks with communist leaders and abandoned efforts by his peace negotiators to convince rebels to stop attacks on government and military targets. Rebels have vowed to continue attacks on military targets as government peace negotiators failed miserably to convince the separatist group

to sign a ceasefire accord and pursue talks aimed at ending the decades-old insurgency in the country. Rebels demanded the immediate release of nearly 500 political prisoners, mostly commanders and leaders of the NPA, as a condition for the resumption of the stalled talks. Duterte already freed over 2 dozen communist leaders, but the NDF, the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, said the President should have released all political prisoners. (Mindanao Examiner)

Army prohibits civilians from using Maguindanao river

A Muslim student holds a placard that reads “Stop killing innocent people” during a protest on extrajudicial killings. (Mindanao Examiner photo - Neza Gariando)

COTABATO CITY – The Philippine Army has prohibited residents in 3 municipalities in the southern Maguindanao province to cross or use the river to go to nearby towns. It said the restriction was imposed because of on-going military operations against terrorists in the province. It took effect of August 28. “In connection with the on-going and sustained military operations in Datu Salibu, Shariff Saidona Mustapha and Datu Piang municipalities

please advise everyone that water transportation in the vicinity and adjoining municipalities will be restricted.” “All civilians are therefore advised to refrain if not avoid the use of water/river as mode of transportation. This action is being implemented for the safety of civilians. We will continue our efforts in fighting the insurgents in order to disrupt the group that threatens the security operations,” Capt. Arvin Encinas, the army spokesman, said without further

elaborating. Residents frequently use the river to cross to nearby villages and towns and to transport commodities and farm produce. The governor of Maguindanao, Esmael Mangudadatu, did not release any statement on the army restriction for the transportation use of the river. It was unknown if Mangudadatu or municipal mayors and officials were consulted on this matter. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Dictator Ferdinand Marcos kin offer gold, assets to Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte Continued fr om page 1 from The government announced last month that Duterte, a Marcos ally, may abolish a government agency that has recovered some 170 billion pesos ($3.4 billion) from Marcos and his family. But Duterte said in a speech to government officials: "They (the Marcos family) told me they'll open everything, and probably return what is uncovered." He did not name the Marcos family member who had approached him, the total being offered or the terms attached to it. The family member had told Duterte "we are ready to open and bring (it) back ... including a few gold bars", according to the Philippine president, but the amount involved was "not Fort Knox". Fort Knox is a vault that stores US gold reserves. Duterte said he would

accept the Marcos offer and was looking to appoint a retired justice of the Philippine Supreme Court to negotiate with the family on the government's behalf. Duterte's announcement was the latest development in the remarkable political rehabilitation of the Marcos clan. Despite the dictator's death in Hawaii exile in 1989, his family has been making a political comeback in the Philippines with his widow, Imelda, and their children getting elected to office. No member of the Marcos family went to prison despite the government recovery of some of its fortune through litigation and out-of-court settlements. Duterte has openly supported the Marcos family, cheering on the Marcos son, Ferdinand Jnr, in his failed bid for the vice-presidency last year. The Marcos family is known to be grooming

him for the presidency as well, and the son is challenging the result of the vice-presidential vote in court in a fight that could put him in the country's second-highest office. Duterte stunned the nation in November last year by allowing the body of the late dictator to be buried in the national "Heroes' Cemetery" despite a widespread outcry that his abuses and corruption exempted him from such an honour. Imelda, the widow of Marcos, denies the family's wealth is ill-gotten and at times has said her late husband recovered the treasure of Japan's World War II General Tomoyuki Yamashita that was looted from across Southeast Asia. "I will accept the explanation whether or not it is true, it does not matter," Duterte said Tuesday. What was important, he said, is it would be "something that really works for the Filipinos". (AFP)

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Tight security in Lake Lanao MARAWI CITY – Troops have tightened security in Lake Lanao following a recent clash with local ISIS militants attempting to reinforce other fighters in the besieged city of Marawi in southern Philippines, officials said. Officials said the militants were in two boats when soldiers intercepted them and a firefight ensued killing the gunmen. Troops re-

covered the bodies of the slain fighters and one of the boats. The other boat allegedly sank. Fighting still continues in Marawi as the battle is now on its 4th month with the military chief Eduard Ano saying this could be over soon. The military insisted that security forces had allegedly killed a total of 603 ISIS members since fighting began on May 23

when militants occupied Marawi in an effort to declare it a province of the Islamic State. Despite the huge number of enemy casualties, the military did not provide evidence to back up its claims, except saying that all these kills were based on intelligence reports. It said 130 soldiers and 45 civilians also perished in the clashes. (Mindanao Examiner)


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How did ISIS militants, hostages escape Marawi mosque undetected?

Cayamora Maute – who is arrested June 6, 2017 in Davao City – and one of his wives and two sons appear on this wanted terrorists poster.

Fear of Maute revenge after patriarch dies in prison DAVAO CITY – Civilians fear that Maute clan and local ISIS militants may seek revenge and target innocent people, particularly Christians, following the demise of its patriarch. The detained patriarch of Maute clan – whose radicalized members occupied along with local ISIS militants occupied Marawi City – had died following a long battle with illnesses while in prison, officials said. Officials last week said Cayamora Maute was rushed to hospital after complaining of difficulty in breathing, but he died along the way. Maute was suffering from various illnesses and among them were diabetes, respiratory tract infection, pneumonia and hypertension. His body was brought later in the day by relatives to the Masjid Al-Dahab, a

mosque in Manila. Maute, father of ISIS leaders Omar and Abdullah Maute, was arrested on June 6t his year at an army checkpoint in Davao City’s Toril district together with one of his wives Kongan Alfonso Balawag and daughter Norhana Balawag Maute, their driver Aljon Salazar Ismael and another man, Benzarali Tingao. A pistol and an improvised explosive, including some P360,000 in cash, a pistol and a fragmentation grenade, were allegedly seized from their van while attempting to enter Davao. The patriarch was also carrying several identification cards with different names. The army said Maute was included in the wanted terrorist list. During his capture, Maute denied knowledge of the gun or the grenade and

said he was sick and on their way to hospital. He said he had not seen his two sons in recent months and was not aware of the violence involving the Maute brothers. The driver, whose family runs a fleet of passenger vans, also denied ownership of the gun and grenade, and had been eventually released by authorities. One of Maute’s wives, Ominta – alias Farhana Maute – was also arrested along with other wounded militants on June 10 this year in Masiu town in Lanao del Sur province. She remains in prison. Both Maute brothers and dozens of jihadists who pledged allegiance to ISIS, are still fighting security forces in the besieged city since May 23 when they attempted to declare Marawi a province of the Islamic State. (Mindanao Examiner)

Red Cross launches website to help trace missing people

IT HAS BEEN FOUR MONTHS since fighting broke out in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province, but for families whose loved ones are still missing, the wait seems never-ending. In an effort to reunite these families, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently launched an online page (https:// familylinks.icrc.org/Philippines) that helps trace missing persons. Camilla Matteucci, head of the ICRC team working with the PRC to

reunite families in the Philippines, said there are many possible causes of separation during a conflict situation. “People could be trapped by the fighting, detained or even killed. They could be in an evacuation centre but not have the means to contact their kin.” “At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that families have a right to know what has happened to their loved ones, and wherever possible, be reunited with them. Our tracing website offers a platform for

people to share information about their missing relatives and request our help in tracing them,” she said. The website, Matteucci said, supplements existing tracing services such as the 12 PRC welfare desks in evacuation centres in Marawi and Iligan cities. The information shared by families with the Red Cross remains confidential. Since the beginning of the Marawi conflict, the Red Cross has received 402 tracing requests, 179 of which are still being looked into.

Military praises MILF for anti-terror cooperation Continued fr om page 1 from Troops also recovered an M16 automatic rifle, a shotgun, a hand grenade and an anti-tank rocket, including assorted ammunition and improvised explosives left behind by BIFF forces. The town is a known stronghold of the MILF and BIFF whose forces had killed 44 police commandos during a clandestine operation that targeted Malaysian bomber Zulkifli Abdhir

alias Marwan. Zulkifli’s hideout was deep inside MILF territory where commandos managed to kill the foreign militant, believed to be under the protection of the rebel group. While about to reunite with their unit, members of the Special Action Force, were trapped after MILF and BIFF gunmen attacked them and eventually killed all of them. The army also did not attempt to rescue the

embattled commandos, saying, it was unaware of the police operation. Those who managed to escape the attack were able to bring one of Zulkifli’s fingers and handed it over to Federal agents for DNA test to confirm his true identity. The MILF, which signs an interim peace agreement in 2014, declined to surrender those involved in the brutal attack on the commandos. (Mindanao Examiner)

MARAWI CITY – Dozens of local ISIS militants and their hostages managed to escape undetected from a mosque they used to attack security forces in the besieged city of Marawi. The daring escape was only discovered after troops managed to advance and eventually recaptured the mosque from militants last week hours before President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Marawi. The military trumpeted the “liberation” of the mosque, but it did not say how ISIS fighters and their captives managed to escape from thousands of troops who surrounded Marawi, and spy planes and drones monitoring the siege since May 23. The fate of the hostages, including a Catholic priest and church workers, remains unknown.

Duterte, wearing a Kevlar helmet and a bullet-proof vest, inspected troops in the battlefront and spoke to them. “The President also congratulated the troops for defending Marawi from terror elements and for successfully retaking the Islamic Center yesterday, a structure that was maintained as the Daesh-inspired terrorist group’s command and control for the longest time before it was retaken,” said Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command. It was his 3rd visit to Marawi since the fighting began when militants occupied the city in an effort to put up an Islamic province in the restive region. Security officials also briefed Duterte on the progress of the military operations against the

militants. In his talk with the soldiers, Duterte assured his full support to the military and police forces fighting ISIS. “I would like to reiterate this, I will never abandon you as long as you are doing the right thing. This would include fighting against the terrorists groups, the drug lords or the common criminals as long as you are doing your sworn duty to enforce the law and protect the republic. Let me emphasize however that you must do your job in accordance with the law,” he said. Duterte was accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano and Army Chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda. (Mindanao Examiner)

Malaysia arrests 8 Filipinos who illegally enter Sabah SULU – Malaysia arrested 8 Filipinos who illegally entered Sabah recently despite strict security patrol in southern Philippines near the border, reports said. It said the skipper of the speedboat who brought the Filipinos managed to escape shortly after policemen intercepted the passengers in Kampung Padas. This was also confirmed by Sabah Region 4 marine police commander Assistant Commissioner Mohd

Yazib Abd Aziz in a report by the New Straits Times. Yazib said those who have been arrested, whose ages are between 13-53, are mostly from Basilan, a province in the Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines. They all have no travel documents and were carrying various identification cards when policemen searched them. The identities of the Filipinos were not immediately known, but all of them were being interro-

gated in a detention cell. It was unknown how they managed to pass through strict security patrol in southern Philippines, but there had been numerous reports that many Filipinos still crossed the border illegally to find for jobs, mostly in palm plantations and construction sites. Many of them crossed Sabah from Sitangkai Island and Bongao in Tawi-Tawi, also in the autonomous region. (Mindanao Examiner)

Military allows journos to go near Marawi battle area Continued fr om page 1 from Bringing journalists at the doorstep of the battle area also served as big boost to military’s effort in showing the public the difficult task of retaking part of the besieged city from ISIS. More than 100 soldiers had so far died in the battle with the military claiming to have killed over 600 militants since May 23 when ISIS occupied Marawi in an effort to put up an Islamic State province in the provincial capital. Dozens of

civilians were also slain in the clashes. Just last week, the military deployed 102 female soldiers and policewomen to help local efforts in addressing the needs of families displaced by the crisis. The contingent is composed of 40 policewomen and 62 army members - mostly Muslims - who will be assigned to different evacuation centers in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte and in Iligan City.

They all underwent special training on gender and development and studied modules on cultural sensitivity prior to their deployment and will also assist in the many aspects of recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi. They were trained in Psycho Social Intervention and Peace Education to assist in the implementation of programs to help the evacuees. (Mindanao Examiner)

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TECH TIPS: Google Maps, The Travel Guide: Here Are The Inside Tricks GOOGLE MAPS offers more than just maps, Street View and navigation. This map service, with its enormous data collection, can provide more help than you expect on your vacation. We'll show you a few tips which make Google Maps an amazing assistant to your travels and everyday life. On vacation, Google Maps is a huge help. On top of providing precise maps for navigation, real time traffic data to avoid jams and Street View for scoping out hotels, Google Maps offers even more functions. Many of these aren't obvious, but are definitely worth discovering. Shor ter lines for attr achorter attractions You absolutely have to visit the Empire State Building and MoMA? To avoid waiting for two hours and possibly not even getting in, you can find out via Google Maps when lines are at their shortest. Google constantly registers the number of people in a certain area and turns this into helpful data for you. Use it! This graph displays a few handy things. You'll know immediately how long guests normally spend at the attraction, and can then consider whether it's still worth joining the line at 6pm. You also have a comparison between days of the week. For example, if you're spending a few days in Amsterdam, you'd be well-advised to visit the Anne Frank House on a Wednesday morning. Arr iv al countdo wn for Arriv ival countdown y our fr iends friends Driving to a friend? You can let them know when roughly you'll be arriving, in a modern way. Instead of calling, or risking being called behind the wheel, Google Maps will take over the task of keeping your friend updated. Press on the remaining time at the bottom of the navigation display. Then tap on 'Share trip'. Choose a user from your address book or via telephone number or email address. This friend will be able to track your position and see when you'll arrive. Your friends can regularly check whether

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your arr ival time has changed. Google utilizes traffic information for your route and will factor this into your journey time. If you hit sudden traffic, Google Maps will automatically try to find an alternate route. Shar e yyour our rroute oute with hare fr iends friends Planning a trip with or for friends, and want to discuss the route together? Maps can create a plan on a smartphone or computer, including all intermediate destinations. You're able to send that plan between devices, or share it among your friends. Tap 'Add stop' next to the input bar to add more cities or addresses, or change the destination altogether. Then choose 'Share Directions', select the app and send the link to your friends. Shar e the list of places hare y ou'v e been ou've If it's not a journey you want to recommend but several individual locations, you can sor t these into lists and display them to friends. Your buddies will be grateful when they see that you've already sought out the best bars and restaurants for them. You first need to find the places on Google Maps and save them into a list. This list can then be shared with friends. You can even make them completely public, so that they can be found on Google. To access the lists we need to go to the Main Menu > Your Places > Saved. Once you select a list, tap either the share symbol or 'Sharing options' from the menu. The first way will share the link to the list via app, and the second publishes the list in such a way that it's theoretically visible on Google searches. F ix the compass Google Maps sometimes forgets which way is forward. If you see a blue funnel replacing the normal compass needle, and once again pointing the wrong direction, only a roller coaster ride will help. This sounds odd, and looks it too, but you need to draw figures of eight in the air with your phone until the Maps assistant corrects itself. This might occasionally take a minute, but truly works.

Always arr iv e on time arriv ive Important appointment? Utilize the synergy between Google Maps and Google Calendar. Input the destination address into the calendar appointment. Via Google Assistant or Now cards, this will then be synchronized across Calendar and Maps, as well as on your smartphone and smartwatch. If you have an Android Wear watch, you'll be reminded of the appointment through vibrations. On your smartphone you'll see a corresponding map that shows you how best to travel to your appointment. In case of high traffic on the day of your event, the artificial intelligence will advise you accordingly to leave earlier. You'll always be warned in time. If you've set a daily appointment for your commute to work, Google will inform you every day of the quickest route in. If, for example, a construction site opens or closes, a street is blocked, or an accident hampers your route, Google will ensure that you're informed ahead of time. To do this, Google collates the necessar y information from Android devices located on the route itself. Check gas pr ices on the prices go Google Maps makes it easier to save money on gas. Open the app, enter your route, then tap the magnifying glass while in navigation mode. You'll then be able to select the option to show gas stations along your way. Now, you can see a selection of gas stations on the way to your destination, including the price of gas at each one and the number of minutes off your path it is. So, you can stop wherever the cheapest, most convenient station is. C onclusion Be it for travels, daily life or social scheduling, Google Maps offers many tools to make your life quicker and more efficient. Using the data services fully, you'll discover synergies between individual apps and devices. Maps becomes far more than just a map - it becomes your assistant, informant, and a small improvement to the quality of your life. (Eric Herrmann, AndroidPIT)

HEALTH: Sardinas: Super Sa Sustansya Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong MASUSTANSYA ang sardinas (bottled, fresh). Kung kulang sa pera at wala makain, pwede na rin ang delata paminsan minsan. Sa katunayan, ang sardinas ay isa sa masustansyang pagkain. Basahin po ang mga ebidensya: 1. May taglay na Omega 3 fatty acids – Ang sardinas ay sagana sa Omega 3 na nagpapataas ng good cholesterol at pinoprotektahan ang ating puso at ugat. Dahil dito, makaiiwas tayo sa atake sa puso at sa istrok. 2. May Coenzyme Q10 – Ang sardinas ay may mataas na lebel ng Coenzyme Q10, isang anti-oxidant na nagpapalakas ng katawan. 3. May Calcium – Ang calcium mula sa sardinas ay nagpapatigas ng ating buto. Kapag sasabayan ito ng ehersisyo, mas titibay ang ating buto at makaiiwas sa osteoporosis. 4. May Vitamin D – Ang vitamin D ay tumutulong sa pag-absorb ng calcium ng ating

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RECIPE: Ginataang Langka with Alimasag

INGREDIENT S: INGREDIENTS:

– 3 pieces blue crabs, cut in half – 2 (20 oz.) cans unripe jackfruit,

chopped – 2 (33g) packs Knorr Ginataang Gulay Recipe Mix – 1 cup malunggay leaves – 2½ cups water

– 2 tablespoons fish sauce – 3 pieces chili pepper (optional) – 4 cloves garlic, crushed – 1 small yellow onion, chopped – 1 thumb ginger, sliced into thin strips – 3 tablespoons cooking oil

INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Heat oil in a pot.

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2) Saute garlic, onion, and ginger. 3) Add jackfruit. Continue to saute for 3 minutes. 4) Combine Knorr Ginataang Gulay Recipe Mix with 1 cup water. Mix well. 5) Add chili pepper and pour the Ginataang Gulay mixture into the pot. Stir. Let boil. Cook in medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes while stirring every 5 minutes. 6) Add crabs. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. 7) Put the malunggay leaves into the pot and pour-in the fish sauce. Stir and then cook for 5 minutes or until the liquid eveporates completely. 8) Transfer to a serving plate. serve. 9) Share and enjoy!

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DTI encourages more MSMEs to embrace digital transformation CEBU CITY - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it is targeting more Cebu micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMES) to embrace digital transformation. Maria Elena Arbon, DTI Cebu Provincial Director, said they are expecting more MSMES to be knowledgeable and attuned to the idea of digitizing their businesses. “We encourage more MSMEs to embrace digital innovation and this Slingshot is one of the venues for these businesses to partner with existing tech startups, shaping a more dynamic innovation ecosystem in Cebu,”

Arbon said following the success of the 2nd Slingshot Philippines held at Marco Polo Hotel recently. Some 300 MSMES and start-ups attended the event which Arbon said aims to improve the capacity of both start-ups and MSMEs in line with the Asean Strategic Action Plan by keeping up with current trends in the tech industry, preparing brick-and-mortar enterprises for transformation into the digital era, and linking enterprises with potentially groundbreaking ideas to investors. Senen Perlada, DTI Export Marketing Bureau Director, also said the

laid out plan at the national level is to have “innovation economic zones”. These “innovation economic zones” will function just like the business economic zones although this time it will be the start-up companies. The start-up companies under these innovation economic zones will enjoy fiscal holiday and other fiscal and non-fiscal incentives. There were break-out sessions designed for digital transformation lessons for small and medium scale entrepreneurs while the other group is for big companies. (Ferliza Calizar-Contratista)

Smokers defy ban in Cebu public areas CEBU CITY - The Department of Health in Region 7 (DOH-7) expressed alarm over reports that many people still smoke cigarette in public places despite an existing laws against smoking in those areas. The DOH reminded smokers of the Executive Order 26 or the Nationwide Smoking Ban which took effect on July 23. Maria Ligaya Moneva, DOH-7’s Health Education and Promotion Officer, said they continue to receive texts messages claiming people smoke in casinos, parking lots, and other public areas where smoking is not allowed.

But despite the nationwide ban on smoking in public places, there had been no or few apprehensions made by authorities and local gover nment. “Daghan pagbuhaton, we admit. Sa p a g k a k a r o n , magtinabangay ta sa pagpahimangno o pagpadlong (sa mga smokers in public places),” Moneva said, adding, they will keep informing and reminding the public of the ill-effects of smoking. Under EO 26, it is prohibited to smoke within enclosed public places and public conveyances except in Designated Smoking Areas (DSA). Private establishments are en-

titled one DSA that must comply with specifications such as a buffer zone and 10 squaremeter space. Buying from or selling to minors is also prohibited as well as selling tobacco within 100 meters of premises frequented by minors such as schools, playgrounds, and churches. The penalty for smoking in prohibited areas and violation of DSA standards is P500 up to P1000 for the first offense; P1000 up to P5000 for the second offense; and P5000 up to P10,000 for the third offense. On the third offense, aside from the fine, business permits and licenses to operate will be cancelled or revoked. (Ayin Visitación)

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Central Visayas Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 launched CEBU CITY - The National Economic and Development Authority Region 7 (NEDA-7) launched the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and the Central Visayas Regional Development Plan (CVRDP) 2017-2022 during a recent roadshow at the Cebu Normal University. NEDA chief and Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning Dr. Ernesto Pernia led the roadshow and presented the PDP 2017-2022. “It is not NEDA's plan, nor the government's plan but the people's plan. We will now undertake efforts leading to its implementation,” Pernia said. The regional development plan is anchored on the PDP, the 0-10 Socioeconomic Agenda, AmBisyon Nation 2040, and the observations from the previous Regional Development Plan (2011-2016.) NEDA Regional Director Efren Carreon presented the CVRDP which will serve as

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the region’s framework in socioeconomic development for the next six years. The programs and projects under the CVRDP is aimed to address poverty alleviation, generating jobs in creative industries like IT-BPM, manufacturing and tourism, support agriculture to ensure production and access to food supply, among others. Carreon added that the region’s primary growth drivers are still tourism, information technology, business process outsourcing, manufacturing, and construction. Region 7’s Infrastructure Flagships Projects are the New Cebu International Container Port, New Bohol Airport, Bohol Northeast Basin Multipurpose Project, and three bridges under the Nationwide Island Link Bridges Projects namely the Bohol – Leyte Link Bridge, Cebu – Negros Link Bridge and Cebu – Bohol Link Bridge. Other highlights in the

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CVRDP are the Proposed Metro Cebu Expressway, North and South Cebu Bypass Roads, and other roads/expressway projects, seaports, airports, power projects to increaseVisayas grid capability, water supply projects, and the establishments of ecozones and IT Parks such as the Bohol IT Park. The NEDA board already approved the New Cebu International Container Port for implementation with a budget of P9.2 billion. Central Visayas had a 7.5 percent average gross regional domestic product (GRDP) average growth rate among all the regions in the last regional plan period. The new plan targets to reach 7.5 percent to 8 percent GRDP growth, 93.5 percent employment, 17.6 percent poverty incidence and achieve the sustainable development goals within six years.

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