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Karapatan accuses police force following teen's killing anew

After 7 Years Of Searching, Emotional Mother Finally Finds Missing Son “KAMUKHA ba siya ni RAMRAM? Nahirapan ako kilalanin ang anak ko nahiwalay sa akin nang pitong taon. Kung ganun. ISIS na na pala siya kung ganun? Allah knows kung saan talaga siya naroroon.” This was the plea for help of a mom that lost her son and is then faced Continue on page 5

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MANILA - Human rights group Karapatan said the country's police force has become "the greatest organized criminal syndicate" following the death of a teenager from the hands of lawmen in Caloocan City. On August 18, the 19year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz was found just 10 days after he went missing from his home in Cainta

town in Rizal province. Caloocan police alleged that Arnaiz hailed a cab in Navotas City north of Manila and tried to rob its driver as they reached Caloocan. Police claimed the driver chanced upon lawmen and sought help. The police fired shots against Arnaiz when he allegedly open fired. The police report also claimed that packs of

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marijuana and crystal meth were recovered from the teenager’s possession. Forensic experts, however, are telling a different story. According to Dr. Erwin Erfe, chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) forensic laboratory services, there were indications that Arnaiz was tortured before he was shot. Continue on page 2

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Nur Misuari (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

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Isang billing statement mula Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative ang ipinakita sa Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper ng nag-reklamong customer at doon ay nakalagay ang 10% interest nito kung hindi makabayad sa takdang oras.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Inalmahan ng publiko ang pagtataas ng interest rate ng Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) matapos itong ipatupad ngayon buwan lamang. Sa bagong billing statement ng ZAMCELCO ay 10 porsyento agad ang interest nito sa mga hindi agad makakapagbayad ng kanilang kuryente. Hirap naman makunan ng pahayag ang manager ng electric cooperative na si Edgardo Ancheta na tila umiiwas sa media dahil na rin sa iba’t-ibang isyu ng ZAMCELCO. Hindi pa mabatid kung aprubado ba ng National Electrification Administration ang biglang pagtatas ng interest rate sa mga consumers na hindi makakabayad sa takdang oras. Automatic na rin sa billing statement ang dagdag na interest. Continue on page 5

Secretary Martin Andanar, of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, is first Filipino conferred with Distinguished Alumnus Award by Australia’s Federation University.

Federation University of Australia names PCOO’s Andanar ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ read story on page 3



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Nur Misuari, ipina-aaresto!


IP INA-AAREST O ng S andiganbayan si M or oN ational Liber ation F IPINA-AAREST INA-AARESTO Sandiganbayan Mor oro National Liberation Frront man N ur M isuar aft at malv ersachairman Nur Misuar isuarii matapos itong akusahan ng gr graft malversachair tion kaugnay sa P137 mily ong mga libr o at educational mater ials noon milyong libro materials siya ay gober nador pa ng A utonomous R egion in M uslim M indanao gobernador Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao indanao.. Inakusahan ng inilabas lamang sa dating rebel leader. “The Sandiganbayan si Misuari kamakailan, sinabi nito na Court finds that there is ng falsification ng mga may sapat na kadahilan probable cause for the isdokumento at sa kautusan ang anti-graft court na suance of warrants of nito noon Agosto 31 at ipag-utos ang pag-aresto arrest against the accused,”

ani pa ng Sandiganbayan sa 18 pahinang dokumento na inilabas ni Associate Justice Sarah Jane Fernandez at sinaligan naman nina Presiding Justice Chairperson Amparo Tang at Associate Justice Bernelito Fernandez. Naunang kinasuhan ng graft at malversation ng Ombudsman si Misuari at iba pang opisyal ng ARMM noon Septyembre 2016sa alegasyong nagkaisa sila para sa pagbili ng mga libro at educational materials noong 2000. Kabilang sa mga akusado ay sina exDepartment of Education regional director Leovigilda Cinches, chief accountant Pangalian Maniri, accountant Alladin Usi, supply officer Sittie Aisa Usman, auditor Nader Macagaan at supplier na si Cristeta Ramirez. Ibinasura rin ng korte ang omnibus motion nina Cinches at Macagaan na i-

dismiss ang mga kaso laban sa kanila dahil wala umano itong basehan at upang igalang ang kanilang karapatan para sa mabilis na disposisyon ng mga ito. Ayon kay Cinches, wala umano siyang kinalaman sa mga akusasyon at bintang dahil ministerial lamang ang kanyang tungkulin sa ARMM noong gobernador pa si Misuari. Ito rin ang depensa ni Macagaan at sinabing observer lamang siya sa procurement process at hindi kasama sa mga nag-approve o nagendorso sa naturang transaksyon. Sinabi naman ng Commission on Audit na inaprubahan ni Misuari ang pagpapabayad ng ?137.5 milyon sa 5 supplier mula 2000-2001 at hindi rin umano ito dumaan sa public bidding. Naglabas na rin ang korte ng “hold departure order” laban kay

Misuari upang hindi ito makalabas ng bansa. Nahaharap rin si Misuari sa kasong rebelyon kaugnay naman sa atake ng mga rebeldeng MNLF sa Zamboanga City noon Septyembre 2013 na ikinamatay ng mahigit sa 200 katao sa halos tatlong linggong sagupaan na kung saan ay apektado ang 200,000 mga sibilyan. Hindi naman agad makunan ng pahayag si Misuari na pinaniniwalaang nasa lalawigan ng Sulu kasama ang mga armadong tauhan nito. Naunang ipinag-utos ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong nakaraang taon sa mga awtoridad na huwag darakpin si Misuari dahil sa peace process ng pamahalaan at inimbitahan pa nito ang “kaibigan” sa Malakanyang upang magsalita sa media. (Mindanao Examiner)

Karapatan accuses police force following teen's killing anew

Continued fr om page 1 from Erfe raised the possibility that the teenager was dragged and beaten up, handcuffed, and probably already kneeling or lying down when he was shot. The same source claimed that there are no indications of Arnaiz firing a gun, although the police said he had traces of gun powder on his right hand. The 19-year-old was a former University of the Philippines (UP) student, and graduated valedictorian

from Makati Science High School. "This fascist drug war campaign is not only exposing the police force as among the greatest organized criminal syndicate in this country, but also as expert fabricators and fake news peddlers. Police reports and the planting of evidence have become an exercise of imagination for policemen trying to justify how they murdered fellow Filipinos," said Karapatan Secretary-General Cristina Palabay.

"For policemen salivating for rewards and running after quotas, everyone can be a target of the drug war; anyone can magically turn up with a pack of marijuana in their bags after police inspection; anyone can falsely become a drug pusher or user in police reports. This case, similar to the killing of Kian delos Santos, merits the complete overhaul and immediate end to Duterte’s ruthless drug war campaign," she added. Palabay cited that such

acts are punishable under the Anti-Torture Law of 2009, or Republic Act 9745. She said that perpetrators of this heinous crime should be immediately prosecuted and jailed. "This latest case under the spate of killings in line with the Duterte’s war on drugs is not isolated. There are more lies hidden in police reports, more of the Filipino youth to turn up dead in dark alleyways if the current state of things were to continue. The torture and killing of a 19-year-old is a

continuing validation of how this entire campaign by Duterte willfully violates people’s right to due process and to life," she said. "We call on our fellow Filipinos to strengthen our resolve against blatant rights violations committed with impunity. We reiterate that this is a State policy, enabled and funded by the government. Lest we continue using our own resources to fund the killing of our own youth, this whole brutal, callous campaign

should immediately stop, and its perpetrators be brought to justice," Palabay added. The Senate also opened up its own investigation into the killing. Police chief Ronald dela Rosa said they are also investigating Arnaiz's killing and had relieved the policemen involved in the shooting. He also strongly denied that policemen were behind the spate of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug pushers. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Federation University of Australia names PCOO’s Andanar ‘Distinguished Alumnus’

Secretary Martin Andanar, of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, is first Filipino conferred with Distinguished Alumnus Award by Australia’s Federation University. MANILA — The Federation University of Australia (FedUni) has conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award to a veteran journalist and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar. He is the first Filipino to receive such prestigious award. Andanar was recognized for his outstanding contribution to his chosen field of endeavor and continuous pursuit of excellence, both as a government official and as a private citizen. He shared his award with his colleagues in the media, friends, and family, particularly his wife Alelee and his children, Alexa and Vince. In his acceptance speech during the awards ceremony held at the Caro

Convention Center in the university’s Mount Helen Campus on August 31, Andanar recalled his years at the University of Ballarat, the former name of the FedUni, in Victoria where he lived after studying for a year at the University of the Philippines in the town of Los Banos in Laguna province. He remembered how he juggled his studies and several part-time jobs as a carpet installer, a waiter in a Chinese restaurant, a radio producer in SBS Melbourne, and as a volunteer in the community station Triple B FM. “It was a season of serious learning and self-discovery until my graduation in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Political disciplines, including Film and Media Studies. Sadly, how-

ever, I was not able to get my diploma because I was already working in my home country, the Philippines, chasing my dreams,” he said. “It is therefore with great pride, honor and humility that I accept this Distinguished Alumnus Award the way I would have marched for my graduation diploma 18 years ago.” The 43-year-old Andanar acknowledged that his years at the university serve as the foundation on which his present career is anchored and from which he draws “the strength to manage the media, communication and information programs for the government of a strong leader like our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte”. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from FedUni, Andanar went on

to complete his Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship at the Asian Institute of Management. He also pursued doctoral studies at the University of the Philippines in Diliman but decided to focus more on his career. In 2008, the U.S. State Department granted Andanar and 30 other Filipino youth leaders a one-month fellowship at the Northern Illinois University. A year later, he

participated in a leadership seminar at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He also completed a Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University in March 2010 and attended a Public Communications Executive Course at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore in 2015. This year, he attended the “Countering Violent

Extremism” executive course at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and participated in the University of Hong Kong’s APAC news literary executive course. Before joining the Duterte administration, Andanar was a multiawarded television news executive, news anchor, radio commentator, podcaster, audio blogger and voice-over artist at TV5. (Albert-Anthony Abando)


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(Photos by Hayannos T'nib and Bani Macaraya.)

After 7 Years Of Searching, Emotional Mother Finally Finds Missing Son

Continued fr om page 1 from with the realization that his son might be a Maute warrior. She lost her son when he was still a baby, and 7 years after, a concerned citizen showed her a photo from the Maute camp, claiming that one of the boys in the photo was Ramram. After the shocking news, a sudden turn of events took place and put to rest all the worries that the little boy

who was kidnapped is now being used for evil ways. Thankfully, no matter how similar the baby Ramram was to the Maute warrior in the photo, it is now clear that it was not Ramram. It was confirmed by a series of photos posted by Hayyanos T'nib Dammahum with a caption of: "Alhamdulillah nakita na si RAMRAM. 101%

comfirm sya na. Yan kasama ko na nakayakap sa kanya ang naging nanaynanayan nya... Yung naka white sa likod ko ang nag aalaga sa kanya na kapatid ng nanay nanayan nya" In another post, Hayyanos posted a video where the mother and son met. You can feel the pain as Ramram's mother cries while hugging her long lost son. (

Continued fr om page 1 from Ito ay sa kabila ng mga malalaking kampanya at planta, at mga ahensya ng pamahalaan, kabilang ang City Hall na may utang sa ZAMCELCO. Bukod pa ang mga customers na umano’y malalaki ang utang, ngunit hindi naman piniputulan ng kuryente. At ang iba naman ay isinasailalim sa “re-structuring” ng kanilang utang at karamihan sa mga ito ay

mistulang “very important persons” dahil hindi naman ito naibibigay sa ibang mga customers na may mga utang rin. Talamak rin ang illegal connections sa iba’t-ibang barangay, ngunit hindi naman ito inaaksyunan ng ZAMCELCO at wala pang nabalitaanan na may idinemanda ito na magnanakaw ng kuryente. Sobra ang taas rin ng “system loss” ng ZAMCELCO

dahil dito. Lubog sa utang ang ZAMCELCO na tinatayang nasa mahigit P1 bilyon. Ilang manager na ang umupo sa ZAMCELCO, ngunit sinibak rin dahil sa iba’t-ibang eskandalo at anomaly. Bumili pa ang cooperative ng mga generator sets na hindi naman magamit upang mabigyan ng sapat na kuryente ang lungsod kung may blackout. (Mindanao Examiner)

11 foreign militants killed in Marawi battle

Ops vs. NPA rebels continue in North Cotabato KIDAPAWAN CITY – Police and military operations against New People’s Army continue in North Cotabato province following the recent capture of 2 communist rebels and their arms cache in Kidapawan city in southern Philippines. Captain Rhyan Batchar, a spokesman for the 10th Infantry Division, said security forces seized 20 automatic rifles from Wowia Boton and George Cuyo, who are both members of the rebel group in the village of Katipunan. He said the two men are members of the NPA operating in North Cotabato

province. Colonel Roberto Ancan, commander of an army brigade, also said that new rebel members were ordered to conduct tactical offensives against the military. “With this information at hand, the military together with the police immediately planned an operation purposely to foil an impending threat that resulted in the capture of the rebels,”Ancan said. Major General Noel Clement, commander of the 10th Infantry Division, praised the soldiers and policemen for the capture of Boton and Cuyo. “We were

able to prevent the NPA rebels from wrecking fear and havoc among the civilians. We have seen here the strong cooperation of the concerned people who were fed up by the presence of the NPA rebels who still continue to threaten, extort and recruit hapless civilians,” he said, adding, the police and military have intensified its security measures in Kidapawan following the capture of the 2 rebels. The NPA has been waging a secessionist war for many decades now. (With a report from Rhoderick Beñez)

Police capture wanted MNLF rebel who is Duterte campaigner and CAFGU militia BASILAN – Police captured a wanted member of the former rebel group Moro National Liberation Front, who turns out to be an election campaigner of President Rodrigo Duterte and member of the military’s Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary in Basilan, one of 5 provinces in the Muslim autonomous region. Boy Benoh Hamja alias Jimmy Boy Hamja was captured last week in Tipo-Tipo town in Basilan province after police commandos tracked him down and raided his hideout in the remote village of Bohe Baka. Hamja is facing a string of criminal charges and also included in the regional list of police most wanted man. He was charged with robbery-in-band, extortion, gunrunning, illegal drug trade among other cases in Tawi-Tawi and Basilan. Police also recovered different identification cards from Hamja that showed him being a member of the MNLF, Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary and Duterte Campaign Team

2017. The police are currently interrogating Hamja. Both the military and the MNLF did not release any statement on Hamja’s arrest not Duterte’s elections campaign team. The MNLF, under Nur Misuari, signed a peace deal with Manila in September 1996 ending decades of bloody war. After the peace agreement was signed, Misuari became the governor of the Muslim autonomous region. But despite the peace accord, there was a widespread disillusionment with the weak autonomy they were granted. Under the peace agreement, Manila would have to provide a mini-Marshal Plan to spur economic development in Muslim areas in the south and livelihood and housing assistance to tens of thousands of former rebels to uplift their poor living standards. In 2001, Misuari’s loyal forces and former MNLF rebels who joined the Philippine Army following the September 1996 peace deal with Manila, attacked a key military base in Jolo town in Sulu province and civilian

targets in Zamboanga City in an effort to stop the government from calling an election in the Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao where Misuari was then the governor. Misuari then escaped by boat to Malaysia, where he had been arrested and deported to the Philippines and was eventually pardoned and released by President Gloria Arroyo in exchange for MNLF support to her election bid as well as her allies in the Senate and Congress in 2004. He also ran thrice for governor in Sulu even while under detention, but lost miserably. And in September 2013, Misuari’s forces again attacked Zamboanga City that left over 300 people dead and wounded in three weeks of street battles. Misuari is also facing graft charges in connection with a P137 million textbook deal during his stint as regional governor. The Sandiganbayan has ordered Misuari’s arrest, but he remains in hiding in Sulu and being protected by thousands of armed and loyal followers. (Mindanao Examiner)

Rear Admiral Rene Medina, commander of the Naval Forces in Western Mindanao, speaks to soldiers during his recent visit in the war-ravaged city of Marawi. (Mindanao Examiner) MARAWI CITY – Security forces had killed at least 11 foreign militants along with over 600 local ISIS fighters in fierce clashes in the war-ravaged city of Marawi in southern Philippines, officials said. Rear Admiral Rene Medina, commander of the Naval Forces in Western Mindanao, said some 150 soldiers also died from the fighting since May 23 when militants occupied Marawi and declared it a province of the Islamic State. “Despite its losses, the government will never concede to lawless elements and will even further its efforts to put an end to these groups who threaten our freedom and democracy,” said Medina, who recently inspected troops at the battle field. He did not say whether the enemy casualties were based on body counts or intelligence reports. The

identities of the foreigners remain unknown, although previous military statements claimed some of them were from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. While in Marawi, Medina was also briefed by the 1st Marine Brigade and Naval Special Operations Group on the progress of the military operations against militants, who are still holding dozens of civilian hostages, including a Catholic priest and church workers. Details of the security briefing were not made public, but the navy headquarters in Zamboanga City said “Fleet-Marine operations in the city and other matters pertaining to the troops’ efforts to liberate Marawi and its residents were discussed.” Medina also visited wounded soldiers in hospitals in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro and

had meals with soldiers. 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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HEALTH: Mag-ingat sa I-pod, Electric Fan at Polusyon Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong I-POD PUWEDENG Makabingi: (1) Ayon sa mga eksperto, puwedeng makabingi ang laging paggamit ng I-pod. Ang tunog na lampas sa 90 decibels (tulad ng rock concert, drill, paputok, at eroplano) ay puwedeng magdulot ng paghina sa pandinig. Sa katunayan, 30 minutos lang sa Rock Concert ay hihina na ang iyong pandinig. (2) Ayon sa pagsusuri, puwede rin atakehin sa puso ang mga madalas exposed sa ingay. Kahit akala natin ay balewala lang iyan, may masamang epekto pala sa stress level ng katawan ang malakas na ingay. Hindi mahimbing ang tulog at laging balisa. Ang payo ko ay gumamit ng ear plugs at umiwas sa maiingay na lugar. Electric fan, huwag itapat sa mukha: (1) Hindi alam nang marami na puwedeng maparalisa ang mukha sa paggamit ng electric fan. Kapag natulog kang nakatapat sa electric fan, puwede kang magkaroon ng Bell’s Palsy. Ito ’yung ngumingiwi ang isang parte ng mukha. (2) Kapag ika’y natulog ng nakanganga, puwedeng ka ring magka-sore throat. Maglagay ka ng kulambo.

Dr. Willie T. Ong Ipaikut-ikot ang electric fan, at huwag nakatutok sa iyo. Iwasan ang araw: (1) Ang matinding araw, mula 10 ng umaga hanggang 4 ng hapon ay puwedeng makapagdulot ng skin cancer. Gumamit ng sunblock na may SPF 15 pataas. Piliin ang sunblock na nagbibigay ng proteksyon laban sa UV-A at UV-B. Ito ‘yung mga masasamang radiation na nakaka-kanser. (2) Sinisira ng araw ang collagen ng ating balat. Ang collagen ay parang rubber band na pinapanatiling malambot at makinis ang ating kutis. Kapag mahilig kang mag-beach, kukulubot ang iyong mukha sa katagalan. Sa pagsusuri, umaabot ng 2530 years bago lumabas ang masamang epekto ng araw sa ating balat. (3) Para protektahan ang iyong mata, huwag

tititig sa araw at nakakasilaw na bagay. Ito’y dahil puwedeng sirain ng araw at ilaw (tulad ng laser pointer) ang retina ng ating mata. Ang retina ay parang negatibo ng kamera, kung saan luma-labas ang imahe ng ating nakikita. Hinaan ang liwanag ng TV at computer. Magsuot ng sunglasses kapag nasa labas. Polusyon nakasisira ng baga: (1) Ang usok at polusyon sa siyudad ay napakasama sa ating baga. Babara ang mga maiitim na usok na iyan at mahihirapan tayong humi-nga. Sa katagalan ay puwedeng bumaba ang oxygen o hangin sa ating baga. (2) Tulad ng araw, ang usok ay nakakakulubot din ng mukha. Nakakita na ba kayo ng kulubot na puwit? Wala pa hindi ba? Ang balat natin sa puwit ang pinakamakinis sa lahat, dahil ito’y protektado ng damit laban sa polusyon at sa araw. Ang payo natin ay huwag magpapa-expose sa matitin-ding hangin, dumi, alikabok, ulan, araw at init. Kung kaya rin lang, sumakay ng aircon bus. Alagaan ang ating baga at kutis.


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The resource persons during the HIV/AIDS forum.

DOH holds HIV/AIDS forum CEBU CITY – The Department of Health’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) recently held an awareness forum on Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) at the Cebu Normal University. The forum was part of Rated+ (Rated Plus), an awareness caravan by DOH-RITM that aims to promote a safe and open discourse on HIV/AIDs among the youth. The forum began with a film showing of “Bakit Ako?”, the winning piece by De La Salle University from last year’s Strain Film Exposition organized by DOH’s AIDS Research Group (ARG). The resource persons during the HIV/AIDS forum. It was followed by an open forum tackling HIV myths and facts, stigma, treatment, and a testimonial from an HIV positive person. There was also free HIV testing for the attendees and students. “We want to tap those who are at risk. Your group

of millennial are at risk,” Dr. Mark Kristoffer Pasayan, an Infectious Disease Specialist of RITM, told the participants as he explained why they are bringing the awareness fora to universities. He revealed that there have been 30 new HIV cases reported in a day for this year, a big jump from the data in 2008 when one case was reported per day. According to the HIV and Aids Registry of the Philippines (HARP) report, HIV reached the highest number of cases in May 2017 with 1,098 since 1984. Out of total, one fourth are from the 15 to 24 age group. As the years go by, as the numbers continue to increase, the people who get infected and diagnosed with HIV are getting younger and younger. [We] reach out to the college students to help them and bring awareness to this age group,” Dr. Pasayan said. Among the country’s regions, Central Visayas ranks third with the highest number of HIV/AIDs cases. The National Capital Region ranks first and followed by Region 4A. Another panellist dur-

ing the event was Cebu Plus Association Program Manager Jhay Encabo, who said that Cebu has the highest prevalence on HIV especially on cases of men having sex with men, however, the numbers only reflect those who voluntarily submitted themselves for testing. Encabo explained the concept of ‘outer circle’ or when the youth see themselves as invincible and that HIV will hit others but not themselves, is what usually prevents them from getting tested. “Life does not end after diagnosis. We have seen those infected became much closer to their parents and social circles,” he said. Dr. Pasayan stressed that early detection is key to treating HIV. “If you know your status early, we can diagnose early and help you early. Don’t put yourself in a situation that your doctors can no longer help you,” he said, explaining that HIV is transmitted through unprotected sexual contact, shared needles, mother to child via breastfeeding and blood transfusion. (Ayin Visitacion)

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Balaod alang sa mas bug-at nga silot batok ‘fake news,’ gilagdaan na CEBU - Gilagdaan ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte aron mahimong hingpit nang balaod ang Republic Act No. 10951 nga nagtakda og mga pag-amyenda sa Revised Penal Code diin gibug-atan pa ang silot ug multa sa nagkalain-laing kaso, apil na niini ang pagpakatap og pekeng balita o fake news. Niining bag-ong balaod, pahamtangan og pagkabilanggo og usa ka buwan ug usa ka adlaw hangtod unom ka buwan ug adunay kaparehong multa nga P40,000 taman P200,000 ang magpapatik og dili tinuod nga ‘balita’ nga

mahimong magdala og peligro sa public order o kadaot sa interes sa nasod. Ubos niining bag-ong balaod, dili libre ang mga trolls nga nagpakatap og fake news sa social media. Mas bug-at nga silot usab ang ipahamtang alang sa mga kasong treason, rebellion ug uban pang krimen ubos sa gi-amyendahang balaod alang sa Revised Penal Code. Reclusion perpetua o pagkabilanggo og 20 taman 40 ka tuig sa treason o pagbudhi nga may multa pang dili molapas sa P4 milyon gikan sa kanhi P20,000 lamang. Maximum nga silot o unom ka buwan

hangtod unom ka tuig nga pagkabilanggo ug multang dili molapas sa P1 milyon gikan sa kanhi P8,000 alang sa mga maglusad og kudeta, rebelyon o insureksyon. Samtang prison mayor sa kasong sedisyon ug multang dili molapas sa P1 milyon gikan sa kanhi P10,000. Gibag-o usab ang silot sa malversation of public funds nga gikan sa kanhi prison correctional, nahimo nang reclusion perpetua kun ang nadispalkong pondo nagkantidad gikan P40,000 ug kapin sa P8.8 milyon. (Elvira Bongosia)

GSP prepares for 35th cadet encampment in Negros Oriental NEGROS ORIENTAL – Some 3,000 girl scouts from the provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor are expected to participate in the 35th Council Junior, Senior, Cadet Encampment on September 21 to 24 at Camp Lily Gamo in the town of Sibulan. The Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) Negros Oriental and Siquijor Council set the theme for this year’s cadet encampment as: “GSP: Grow. Lead. Take Action.” The campers from the two provinces will be divided into

Western Mindanao

Junior or Elementary level, Senior or High School, and Cadet or the College category for the four-day encampment. Activities lined up during the event include adventure games, disaster preparedness, first aid, earthquake drill, waste segregation, and tree planting. Videos on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) will also be shown during the encampment as the Philippines is this year’s


host of ASEAN Summit, which coincides with its 50th Founding Anniversary. Preparations have been set by different committees on physical arrangements, health and sanitation, security and safety, transportation, and publicity and promotions led by over-all chairperson and GSP Negros Oriental– Siquijor Council President, Provincial Board Member Mariant Villegas. (Jennifer Tilos)



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