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LIBRE NA naman si M or o N ational Liber ation Mor oro National Liberation F r ont (MNLF) chair man N ur M isuar esto aresto chairman Nur Misuar isuarii sa ar matapos nitong piyansahan ang mga kasong gr aft graft at malv ersation laban sa kanya na inilabas ng malversation S andiganbayan kaugnay sa mga diumano ’y diumano’y anomalya noon siya ay gober nador pa ng A utonogobernador Autonomous R egion in M uslim M indanao o ARMM. Region Muslim Mindanao Umabot sa P460,000 milyong deal ng mga libro umano ang piyansa ni at educational materials. Misuari sa mga kaso na Inakusahan ng kanyang itinanggi. Sandiganbayan si Misuari M a t a t a n d a a n g ng falsification ng mga ipinaaaresto ng dokumento at sa Sandiganbayan si kautusan nito noon Misuari kaugnay sa P137 Agosto 31 at inilabas

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ang pag-aresto sa dating rebel leader. “The Court finds that there is probable cause for the issuance of warrants of 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 2016 sa alegasyong nagkaisa sila para sa pagbili ng mga libro at educational materials noong 2000. Kabilang sa mga akusado ay sina ex-Department of Continue on page 3


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JIHAD: War victims unite, threaten to launch ‘holy war’

Screenshot of a video showing armed members of the shadowy group called “Meranaw Victims Movement” who threaten to launch a holy war in southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)


ARA WI CIT Y – A shado wy gr oup calling itself the “Mer anaw Victims ARAWI CITY shadowy group eranaw Movement eatened to launch its o wn jihad or holy war if a ement”” has thr threatened own set of demands ver nment compensation for the dedemands,, among them go gov ernment str uction of M ar awi and the victims of war betw een secur ity for ces struction Mar arawi between security forces and local IS militants in the besieged city in souther nP hilippines southern Philippines hilippines.. Speaking in Arabic, Christians alike; Second, destroyed yet; stop the the group – comprising we would like to ask the abuses of some military about 3 dozen masked Philippine Government, and police personnel at gunmen – released a 14- especially President checkpoints and accord minute video and Rodrigo Duterte, the fol- respect to civilians, espestatement on social me- lowing – to allow the cially the women. dia and stated the civilians to return to their And ease the access to following demands: First, homes in areas in Marawi and from Marawi City, eswe would like to ask our City that were already pecially the roads through kinsfolk from among the cleared by the military; the village of Maliwanag so so-called ISIS/Maute stop the aerial bombings of that people in the 1st DisGroup to leave Marawi Marawi City if only to sal- trict of Lanao del Sur City at once and free their vage houses or buildings would have better and hostages, Muslims and that may not have been Continue on page 2

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Read story on page 4 Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan speaks with representatives of the National Bureau of Investigation who praise the chief executive for his support to the agency. (Photo by Ahl-franzie Salinas.)



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Continued fr om page 1 from convenient road access; secure the remains of civilians so they may not be mixed with the garbage in the process of military clearing operations and so that they may be given proper burial even if only skeletons are left of them; to provide immediate appropriate material and financial support to all wounded civilian victims similar to the support being provided by the government to wounded military and police personnel; compensate for the damaged houses and buildings, wasted goods and merchandise of civilians and provide for their livelihood as well. And to rebuild or rehabilitate the mosques and madrasahs and other destroyed structures that represented the Meranao culture and heritage; importantly, the government should not make any hint that it would occupy the land of the Meranaws on the basis of military reservation, instead it should help legitimate owners to have their respective land titles; and for the military and police personnel to avoid occupying mosques and madrasahs. It also demanded from

local politicians to account for all the relevant government funds such as the Calamity Fund and all other assistance and donations, and ensure transparent and equitable implementation or spending of the same. And has urged the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front to support its demands by ensuring that these reach all those concerned. The Meranaw Victims Movement strongly denied that locals – whom the government and authorities blamed for allowing militants to build up forces and occupy the city – condone the violence and said it is willing to face off with IS fighters in an effort to drive out the gunmen. It also blamed local leaders as responsible for failing to prevent the IS attacks. “First, we did not conform with the using of Marawi City as sanctuary neither did we approve of what some of our kinsfolk who claimed to be ISIS/ Maute Group did which ignited the war in Marawi City that has brought about grave sufferings to the Meranaw people. Second, we deem unacceptable the actions of the Government that caused the displace-

ment of tens of thousands and deaths of several civilians due to the aerial bombings and use of heavy armaments in Marawi City which are among those prohibited under International Humanitarian Law.” “Third, we hold our local leaders, past and present alike, responsible for failing to prevent the ISIS/Maute Group from carrying out their plan since they were fully aware of the group’s presence in the city prior to the siege, and for literally forsaking the civilians like orphans in the midst of great danger during the onset of the siege on May 23, 2017. Fourth, we are dismayed with the MILF since, until now, nothing was heard of them, let alone have they made a categorical position on the current Marawi crisis,” it said. If all the demands are not met, the group said it will take actions not only against IS militants, but the Duterte government as well. “To our ISIS/Maute Group kinsfolk, if you would not heed our call, we would be compelled to face you because by then you no longer care for the welfare of the people and you did not only fail to realize but have violated the essence of

Jihad in Islam. To the Government, this will be the last time that we will ask in relation to previous demands of various sectors of the Meranaw society, and that if the foregoing demands will fall to deaf ears, likewise, we will be compelled to fight for our rights that have been trampled upon and that Jihad becomes our legitimate recourse.” “To our leaders, should we find out that you defraud or corrupt the assistance and support intended for the evacuees, we will unrelentingly pursue until we take them for the people in whatever means possible. To the MILF, take note that the demand for the approval of the BBL becomes irrelevant if the key area where it should be implemented would no longer be in the hands of the Meranaw, and that by then the support of the people of Lanao becomes weak in time that you need it,” it said at the same time appealing to fellow war victims to support them and stand united and fight for the rights of the “Bangsa Meranaw,” whose dignity was trampled upon because of this crisis. “Dear fellow Meranaws, we are your

sons and brethren, who are among the evacuees from Marawi City. Some of us have relatives among the civilians who perished and what is more hurting is that their remains have yet to be retrieved. It’s almost four months now that we have been seeking shelters in evacuation centers or among our relatives’ homes in different towns. Consequently, some passed away while many others fell sick, prompting us to unite…this movement is dedicated to help in fighting for the rights of the Bangsa Meranaw,” it said. The group said for the longest time, the Meranaw or natives of Marawi, had not experienced this kind of most demeaning crisis, especially the utter destruction of the city which is a rendezvous for the four principalities and royalties of Lanao. “Indeed, let us accept this crisis as a tribulation for our sins and omissions. Let’s go back to Allah and seek atonement for our sins, and let us stop all our wrong or evil ways, small and big alike. It’s almost four months now that we have been waiting for any groups or individuals who would take the cudgels for our land and our

people but it seems none is coming. Henceforth, even we are weak in terms of arms and less in number, we leave our fate in the power of Allah for He knows what’s in our hearts and that we are just following His commands.” “We find it unacceptable to have a future history of Marawi City being lost by the Meranaw people of this generation, hence our conviction to stand for it and fight for the rights of the people now. Do not lose hope. For us, we will not stop until we are able to go back home to Marawi and be able to avail of our rights in full. The fate of this effort depends on you, especially those who truly care for our land and the people. Please help us with your prayers so that Allah will help us because no one has control over anything except Him and that all powers come from Him.” It was not immediately known who the leaders of the group are, or whether some of them are Muslim members of the military and police. Neither authorities nor the government give any statement on the group’s demands. (Mindanao Examiner)


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ARMM 2018 budget passes Senate Finance Committee MANILA – The Senate’s Finance Committee on Monday approved the 2018 budget of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao worth P33.469 billion and is now with the plenary for final approval. Representatives of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) led by Governor Mujiv Hataman faced the Senate Committee on Finance (Subcommittee E) chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson to seek endorsement of the region’s budget. Senators Lacson and Juan Miguel Zubiri heard the interpellation of the ARMM budget. During the hearing, allegations of corruption among local executives in the ARMM were raised by Zubiri. Hataman raised the issue of jurisdiction since local government units are not legally required to submit reports to the ARMM when it comes to the local government units’ expenditures. “One thing I assure you, if the funds are part of the budget allocation for the ARMM, […] ito nga po ang pangako ko lagi and I am proud to say this, kung meron isa at sabihin, merong project sa loob ng ARMM from 2012 nung naglilingkod na ako hanggang 2017, kahit isang metro na na-ghost (project), ipakita lang ang ebidensya, pwede ako bumitiw sa pwesto,” Hataman replied. The governor then cited Republic Act 9054 or the Organic Act of the ARMM and noted that the legislation does not provide for oversight powers when it comes to local government units in the region. “Yun ‘yung defect ng batas, as a matter of policy, halimbawa magBangsamoro Basic Law tayo ngayon kung gusto natin ng strong coordination,” Hataman stressed. For Lacson, he cited the ARMM’s map-based electronic platform which is effective in monitoring varioys infrastructure projects in the provinces. “Yung map-based na electronic platform, that’s good. In fact I endorsed it to the

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Continued fr om page 1 from 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 idismiss 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 P137.5 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. Bukod sa mga kaso sa

Sandiganbayan, 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. 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)

Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) during their DBCC hearing na baka pwede ireplicate, gawin nang national,” Lacson said in support of Hataman’s claim regarding absence of ghost projects in the ARMM. “That is very useful pagdating sa elimination ng ghost project because it’s open to the public, […] and the public has complete access dun sa mismong project and makikita mismo ang implementation,” he added. Lacson did inquire, however, if the quality of the projects implemented were at par with government standards. “May dalawa kaming level ng monitoring and testing,” Hataman replied. “One is the quality control managed by the regional Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWHARMM) and, aside from that, the Office of the Regional Governor through the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO), meron kaming tinatawag na Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) which is composed of civil society,our regional legislative assembly […] so maaassure ko ‘yung quality.” After a rigorous line of questioning, Zubiri acknowledged Hataman’s efforts towards good governance. “I’d like to congratulate Gov. Hataman for all these pro-active programs to combat corruption. Your candor is appreciated by this committee and I’m glad you said this because when you defend your budget on the floor, your candor in today’s hearing will help us and guide us.” he said, prasing Hataman’s efforts. The ARMM budget proposals have been endorsed for the Senate plenary hearings, together with the budget proposals of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Mindanao Development Authority, and the Southern Philippines Development Authority. (Bureau of Public Information)


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Troops advance into ISIS stronghold, search for hostages MARAWI CITY – Military forces continue to advance into territories held by local IS militants in the war-ravaged Marawi City in search for civilians being held by the jihadist group. Troops have already occupied many buildings and structures previously held by militants, but it was extremely difficult for them to scour the ruins due to the presence of improvised explosives and booby traps. Just recently, Father Teresito Suganob, the vicar general of Marawi; and Lordvin Ocopio – who teaches at the Dansalan College Foundation Incorporated – allegedly escaped from a mosque used by militants as a base to attack soldiers. There was no information on the fate of other hostages that Suganob said

could reach more than 200, including 6 other teachers from Dansalan College, when he appealed to Duterte on a video released by IS in May as a proof of life. In the 5-minute clip, the priest appealed to the President to immediately withdraw thousands of soldiers from the war-torn Marawi City. Suganob said militants seized him, along with other church workers, including children and adults, mostly Christians, when IS fighters occupied Marawi on May 23. Speaking outside the ruins of buildings destroyed in fierce clashes, Suganob made an emotional appeal to Duterte to save all of them, saying, the militants are ready to die for their religion. He also asked Duterte to stop military assaults, both in air and on the ground, and for security forces to quickly

leave Marawi and Lanao del Sur, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. It was unknown how many civilians and hostages were killed in military air strikes and artillery fire since the fighting began, but the military insisted over 670 militants had perished in the battle, although it provided little or no proof at all for the huge number of enemy casualties. It said about 150 soldiers and 47 civilians were also slain in the war with nearly 2000 troops wounded in the battle. The militants occupied Marawi in an effort to put up an Islamic State province in the troubled region, home to some 4 million Muslims and 17 million Christians. The region of Mindanao was previously under the rule of sultans. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan donates office equipment and furnitures to the National Bureau of Investigation for its satellite office in Jolo town. (Photo by Ahl-franzie Salinas.)

NBI, DOJ get new building in Sulu SULU – The National Bureau of Investigation praised Sulu Governor Totoh Tan for his unwavering support following a courtesy call made by its representatives to the province’s chief executive. Ronaldo Aguilar, Valentino Balbuena and Wilfredo Abuan - all from the NBI central office in Manila – thanked Tan for the satellite office he provided to the agency, including office furniture and fixtures and equipment essential for its operation. Tan said people seeking clearance for job application and other documents need not to spend money anymore for air plane or boat transportation to go to the NBI office in Zamboanga City on Mindanao region. “They can now apply for all these

documents in Jolo (Sulu’s capital town) and save their money instead. And those seeking help from the NBI have now access and this will greatly help in legal investigation, among others,” he said. Aside from the NBI, government prosecutors in Sulu will also have their own office in the same two-storey building built for them in January 2016 by the provincial government. Judge Alsad Alfad, Jr., of the Regional Trial Court and Fiscal Annie Marie Ledesma, together with lawyer Alkhaisar Saydil, the provincial prosecutor and other members of the judiciary, have praised the Sulu government for the new edifice, saying, it will hasten the hearing of court cases and provide better services to the

public. The NBI will have at least 2 rooms in the edifice for use in official transactions. Tan said the project is part of the commitment of the provincial leadership to bring government services closer to the people. The new building was only one of many infrastructure projects of the provincial government in an effort to hasten economic progress, peace and development and stability in Sulu, he said. Provincial engineer Abdurasad Baih said the building cost around P6 million. “This is just one of the many infrastructure projects of Governor Tan and all these are part of the peace and development efforts of the provincial government,” he said. (Ahl-franzie Salinas)

TECH TIPS: How To Save Photos To SD Card On Your Android Phone DID YOU know that you can save the photos you take with your Android phone directly to the SD card? If you're rocking an old school Galaxy S3, a fancy Galaxy S7 or a sleek new LG G6, you can save storage space on the phone itself by pushing your shots straight to the SD card. Some versions of Android don't officially let you do this, but it's still possible. Read on to find out how. Now we've added instructions for Android Nougat. The process for most phones is fairly similar, so it can be applied to almost any Android phone with a MicroSD card slot. While the steps may differ a bit from phone to phone, or between Android versions, you'll usually find your way if you dig around a bit. How to sav e photos to save SD car d on Andr oid card Android Nougat Those who are lucky enough to have phones with Android Nougat already can save photos directly to a MicroSD card instead of their phone's internal storage. There are two ways to enable this, and the first step for both is to insert the MicroSD card and then open the default camera app of your device. Then, you may be presented with a prompt that offers to change your storage settings so that photos will go to the MicroSD card from now on. If you don't see a pop up box like the one in the left image below, don't worry. You can also select the MicroSD card as your preferred photo storage method in your camera app's settings menu. In the below image on the right, you can see what the menu looks like on the LG G6. It should be similar to what you'll find on any Nougat


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phone, though. Just go to the camera settings and look for storage options, then select the SD card option. How to sav e photos to save SD car d on Andr oid card Android Marshmallo w arshmallow The first thing you need to store images directly in the external memory is an SD card. Insert it into your phone, open the camera application and a message will appear asking if you want to change the storage location to the SD card. The same popup occurs on most devices when opening the camera app after inserting an SD card. Agree to your phone's request and all future pictures will be stored in the external memory card. Simple. If by some chance this message doesn’t appear, or you have an SD card in your phone already, you need to configure it manually. To do this, you go to Settings in the camera app and scroll down to Storage. That's where you are able to choose between Device and Memory Card. Be aware, that on Marshmallow, you now also have the option to format an SD card as internal storage, meaning your photos will automatically be stored on it without doing any of the above. But if you do this, the card will only work on the phone you formatted it on. That means you have to connect your phone to a computer via USB if you want to manually transfer files. The card itself will not be recognized by any other devices. How to sav e photos to save SD car d on Andr oid 5.0 card Android Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop changed things again, making it easier to set the

save location for photos (as well as safer). Apps once again have read and write access to directories on removable storage. All you need to do is make sure your phone has a camera app with an API that makes use of the new permissions. If your stock camera won't let you save to the SD card, you can download a different camera app. Check the settings in the app and look for a storage option. How to sav e photos to save SD car d on Andr oid 4.4 card Android K itK at itKat Android 4.4 KitKat doesn't like SD cards so much and images are saved in the internal memory by default with no easy way to change the save location. One simple solution is to download the MX Camera application in which you'll find options to select the storage destination for pictures. The app is able to override KitKat's preferences. Simply open the application and go to Settings, then Camera and finally Custom save location. How to sav e photos to save SD car d on S amsung card Samsung devices Things are made pretty simple here. Just insert an SD card and open the camera app. All being well, you will presented with a window offering you the option to use the SD card as your storage option of choice. If you don't happen to see this window, then you can open the Settings menu in the camera app (the gear icon) and scroll down to Storage location, press it and selected Memory card. Job done. Do you save your photos to the SD card? What do you feel are the benefits and dangers? (Brittany McGhee, AndroidPIT)

HEALTH: Mga Sawsawan - Anong Healthy At Hindi Healthy? Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong MAHILIG KA bang gumamit ng sawsawan sa iyong pagkain? Gusto mo bang malaman kung anong sawsawan ang mabuti sa ating katawan at ano naman ang masama? M a b u t i n g Sawsawan: 1. Catsup (ketsap) – Mabuti ang catsup sa katawan dahil gawa ito sa kamatis na punong-puno ng lycopene. Panlaban ito sa prostate cancer at iba pang sakit. Ang tomato sauce ng spaghetti ay napaka-sustansya din. Bawasan lang ang pagkain ng hotdog at meatballs. 2. Sukang puti – Ang sukang puti ay nakapagpapababa ng blood sugar o asukal sa dugo. Nakababawas din ito ng gana sa pagkain. Kaya kung ika’y may diabetes o lampas sa timbang, gamitin ang suka bilang sawsawan sa ensalada, isda, at karne. Dalawang kutsaritang suka sa bawat pagkain ay sapat na para makatulong sa iyong katawan. 3. Calamansi –

Dr. Willie T. Ong Mataas ito sa vitamin C na kailangan ng ating immune system. Mag-ingat lang sa paggamit ng calamansi at suka dahil puwede itong magdulot ng pangangasim ng sikmura. Ihalo ito sa pagkain at huwag inumin ng puro. Medyo Magbawas Sa Sawsawan: 1. Toyo at Patis – Hindi naman masama ito kung pakonti-konti lang ang gamit. Ngunit dahil sa alat nito, puwede ito magpalala ng altapresyon at manas sa paa. May mga cancer specialist na nagsasabi na baka mag-trigger ito ng cancer cells sa ating katawan. 2. Bagoong – Tulad ng toyo at patis, sobra din ang

alat nito. Ang payo natin ay mag-tiyaga na lang sa timpla ng iyong pagkain. Huwag nang dagdagan pa ng alat ang pagkain. 3. Sili o hot sauce – Ang sili ay puwedeng magdulot ng ulcer at almoranas. Mahapdi ang katas nito at nakaiirita sa sikmura at sa ugat ng puwit. Ito ang isang dahilan ng almoranas. Kapag sobrang spicy din ang iyong kinakain, lalabas din ito sa iyong pawis at magkakaroon ka ng anghit o body odor. 4. Mayonesa at Thousand Island dressing – Ang problema sa mayonesa ay sobra itong nakatataba. Mataas ito sa calories. Gumamit lang ng kaunti. 5. Gravy sauce – May mga gravy na malabnaw lang ang timpla at hindi naman gaano nakatataba. Pero may mga gravy na gawa sa mantika, mantikilya at taba. Pinapataas nito ang ating bad cholesterol at puwede ding magbara sa ugat ng ating puso (atake sa puso) at utak (istrok). Hinay-hinay lang sa pagkain.

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– ½ lb. honeycomb tripe – ½ lb. blanket tripe – ½ lb. beef heart – ¼ lb. small intestine – ½ lb. beef tendon – 2 large red onions, chopped – 3 pieces Thai chili – 2 quarts rice wash

– ½ cup annatto seeds diluted in water – 1 tablespoon salt – 1 teaspoon crushed whole peppercorn – 2 teaspoons garlic powder – 1 beef bouillon – ½ cup chopped green onions – 2 quarts water

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3) Discard the water. Pour rich washing into the pot. Let boil. 4) Add salt, crushed peppercorn, garlic powder, onion, chili, and annatto water. Stir. 5) Add beef bouillon. Cover and cook in low heat for 4 hours. 6) Remove the innards from the cooking pot. Slice into serving pieces. 7) Arrange in a bowl. Pour hot broth in the bowl and top with chop green onions and chili. 8) Serve with a dipping sauce composed of chopped onion, soy sauce, calamansi, and chili. 9) Share and enjoy! (


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Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017

Cebu, Fujian establish friendly relations

Photo shows the Chinese delegates. (Courtesy of Cebu Provincial Government) CEBU - The Provincial Government opened its doors to delegates of Fujian Province in China lwith Cebu First Lady Jobel Davide as one of the hosts. Mrs. Davide led officials in welcoming more than 40 Fujian Province officials and businessmen who visited Cebu recently. Mr. Liang Jianyong, head of Fujian delegation and Secretary General of Communist Party of China (CPC) in Fujian, also expressed their gratitude to Cebu Province for the warm welcome. Jianyong, a member of the standing committee of CPC Fujian Province, and his eight officials met with three Provincial Board (PB)

members and six Capitol department heads led by Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino. “If we don’t make business with Cebu, it is our loss,” he told Cebu officials through his interpreter. Jianyong invited Gov. Davide to visit Fujian Province where the famous City of Xiamen is located. He also encouraged Capitol tourism officials to do a promotions seminar and exposition in Fujian to introduce Cebu as a tourist destination. City of Xiamen is known for its mild climate, Hokkien culture and colonial architecture with its relatively low pollution, making it as China’s most romantic leisure city.

Simultaneous to their meeting, Cebu Investment and Promotions Office (CIPO) organized a business matching and networking activity between Cebu entrepreneurs and Fujian businessmen. After the meeting and business matching, Mrs. Davide invited the whole Fujian delegation to a dinner of a mix Asian cuisine with roast suckling pig or lechon as one of the dinner’s main dish. Other guests present during the welcome dinner were representatives from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas and the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce. “At the heart of almost all progressive places (cities) in the Philippines is a

Organizer gears up for 2018 Ati-Atihan Festival

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan - The organizer of the annual Kalibo AtiAtihan Festival said it is now gearing up for next year’s celebration. Ati-Atihan, an annual festival that attracts thousands of local and international tourists, is a week-long celebration every second week of January. The more than 800year-old festival, dubbed as the "Mother

of All Philippine Festivals” is organized yearly by the Kalibo Santo Niño AtiAtihan Foundation, Inc. (KASAFI). Albert Meñez, KASAFI chairman, said Wednesday that preparations for the festival are already underway. He said Kalibo AtiAtihan 2018 will officially open on October 20. Following the opening salvo, a series of events will also be scheduled for the cel-

ebration in January. Meñez said the selection for Mutya it Kalibo Ati-atihan 2018, which is one of the highlights of the festival, is still open. Next year’s festival will also highlight the search for Mr. Ati-Atihan Festival King. Aside from the capital town of Kalibo, other towns in Aklan also have their own version of Ati-Atihan, including Boracay. (Karen Bermejo)

major trading center we refer to as Chinatown, and Cebu we believe is one big Chinatown,” said Mrs. Davide in her welcome speech. To fully explain how deeply-rooted the Chinese influence is in our Filipino culture, she said that Chinese values, customs and traits are heavily laced in ours such as strong family ties, high respect for the elders, and our love for Chinese cuisine – siomai, lumpia and ticoy. Jianyong said that Fujian and Cebu’s friendship will serve as an important path in the

friendly relations between China and the Philippines. “Fujian-Cebu cooperation in the field of economy, trade, tourism, culture, and education will make better contribution and become a highlight for a friendly cooperation between China and the Philippines,” he said. Mrs. Davide also announced that a Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum is set to open next year which will serve as a repository of relics that celebrates the long standing relationship of Cebu and China.

“Maybe you could visit the museum on your next trip to Cebu,” she told the guests. “Now we are moving in a very correct direction as we will push forward and go further in this direction so that both sides can realize a more win-win cooperation in the future,” the Chinese Secretary General said. Capitol band and cultural dancers provided entertainment to the tune of Sinulog and “I Love Cebu” during the welcome dinner. (Oscar Piñeda)

LGUs told: include ‘Greenway’ in zoning ordinance

CEBU - The Cebu Provincial Government is calling the local government units (LGUs) to forge a local ordinance that would implement the Greenway Links Project. In a message during the Provincial Strategic Direction Conference held on Tuesday, Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III stressed on a unified effort to attain progress in the province. “Ang atong tinguha nga kalambuan manukad sa paningkamot sa matag usa kanato, manukad sa mga pangingkamot sa matag lokal nga komunidad,” Gov. Hilario P. Davide III said in his speech, which was delivered by Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) head Arch. Florentino Nimor, Jr. Davide was not able to attend the Conference Workshop at Montebello Hotel due to health concerns. “It is important that you remain well-informed with the latest planning developments for you to better formulate, update and synchronize your local

plans with the provincial and national government plans,” Davide further expressed. Greenway Links Project PPDO developed the Greenway Links project. The project is designed as a 2-lane alternate road, so as not to anticipate frequent road widening.“We want the LGUs to prepare the roads, and provide the necessary setbacks,” Nimor added. Recently, Gov. Davide and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale traveled an alternate road also mapped in the project from Compostela, exiting to Talamban. Here, they found that the travel time was cut in half, compared to when one has to take the normal route - passing by Liloan, Consolacion and Mandaue City. PPDO is yet to identify the travel time cut when taking the mapped alternate routes, as they are conducting feasibility studies with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Aside from providing alternate routes, the project is also designed

for bikers and pedestrians, wherein they can safely take the routes under the shade of trees. Mapping and presentation to LGUs PPDO is done with the “mapping stage” of the project, wherein the office identified that 70% of the areas mapped have existing roads, while 30% are road openings. According to Nimor, the next step is to present the project to LGUs, so they can provide inputs on which specific areas and roads are most feasible as alternate routes. Nimor added that they will first present the project to the municipalities of Sibonga to Boljoon in the South, and Danao to Bogo in the North. “When there are typhoons and flash floods, these are the areas where the roads are most likely blocked,” Nimor said. “We will provide a template that you can put in your zoning ordinance,” Nimor added. (Korinna Lucero)

Palasyo, gi-alerto ang mga LGUs batok sa Japanese encephalitis CEBU - Gi-aler to sa Malakanyang ang mga local government units (LGUs) ug gi-awhag nga ipahibalo dayon sa Depar tment of Health (DOH) kun may gidudahan silang kaso sa Japanese encephalitis sa ilang mga lugar. Dungan niini, gihupay ni Presidential Spokesman Ernesto


Abella ang kahadlok sa publiko sa pagkatap sa nasod sa Japanese encephalitis ug giingong hingpit nga naka-monitor ang gobyerno kalabot niini. Giingong kasagarang mokatap kining maong sakit sa panahon sa tingulan diin paspas ang pagbalhin o pagtakod niini sa uban tungod sa

pagdaghan sa mga lamok. Nanawagan si Abella sa publiko ug mga opisyal sa barangay nga magtinabangay sa pagpanglimpyo sa ilang mga palibot sama sa ilang ginahimo aron malikayan ang pagkatap sa sakit nga dengue. Matud pa nga kinahanglang matumbok

Eastern Mindanao

ang gitapokan sa mga lamok ug gub-on kini aron mapatay ang mga lamok nga nagdala sa maong virus. Sa pagkakaron, gihuman pa sa DOH ang mga plano aron mapahibalo ang tukmang bakuna sa mga bata batok sa Japanese encephalitis sa sunod tuig.

Western Mindanao

“The government assures the public that it is closely monitoring cases of Japanese encephalitis in the country with the onset of the rainy season when transmission of the virus peaks because of the rise of the mosquito population. We encourage the local government units to report and notify suspect cases of Japanese


encephalitis. Prevention of Japanese encephalitis, like dengue, focuses on the identification and destruction of breeding places of mosquitoes as the Department of Health is currently firming up plans to introduce vaccination among young children in 2018,” matud pa ni Abella.



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