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President reorganizes ‘Task Force Bangon Marawi’

PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE has signed Administrative Order No. 9 ordering the change in the structure of the “Task Force Bangon Marawi” – the government’s rehabilitation program - as he saw the necessity of a fullblown reconstruction following its liberation from ISIS militants. Task Force Bangon

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Marawi is now headed by the Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), with the Secretary of Department of National Defense (DND), the former Task Force chairman, and the Secretary of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as Co-Vice Chairpersons.

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"The Chairman of the HUDCC as head of the Task Force Bangon Marawi shall have operational control and supervision of the said Task Force and the overall responsibility to ensure that the objectives of this Order are accomplished," according to Duterte’s order. Continue on page 3

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Christian leaders join to help rebuild Marawi city THE DEPARTMENT OF National Defense said in September that rebuilding the city of Marawi would cost $1 billion. So far, Christian groups have put $550,000 -- half of it from Caritas Philippines -- into their response. Donations from Canada, China, Germany, South Korea and other countries as well as pledges from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the European Union, the World Bank and other entities have started to arrive. Christian leaders in Philippines have banded together to help rebuild Marawi, a Muslim-majority city in southern Philippines damaged by five months of occupation by terrorists.

The Christian leaders are calling on smaller Christian groups “and even the monks” to pool their strength toward restoring Marawi, said Jing Henderson, communications and partnership development coordinator of the Philippine bishops’ social justice council and Caritas Philippines. The historically peaceful city is located on central Mindanao Island, a restive part of the country, which for decades experienced insurgency from Muslim rebel groups seeking autonomy. “For example, our expertise is in disaster risk reduction, psychosocial support; others would have expertise in shelter, livelihood,” Henderson told Catholic News Service. Continue on page 2

Si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kasama ang mga sundalo sa Marawi City sa larawang ito na inilabas ng Malakanyang.

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AVAO CIT Y – Pinaiimbestigan na ng militar CITY ang pagkakasangkot ng mga tr opa sa tropa diumano ’y pagnanakaw sa M ar awi City na diumano’y Mar arawi kung saan ay isang opisyal at 5 iba pang sundalo ang hinihinalang sabit dito dito.. Sinabi rin ni Colonel going ang imbestigasyon Romeo Brawner, ng Joint at kung mapapatunayang Task Group Ranao, na on- nagkasala ay agad na

sasampahan ng kasong administratibo ang mga ito. Hindi naman inilabas ni Brawner at ng pamunuan ng militar ang mga pangalan at unit na kinabibilangan ng mga

akusado sa mga looting. Agad rin umano ipinasauli ng kanilang commander ang mga ninakaw na mga bagay, kabilang dito ang mga alahas. Continue on page 7

‘Duterte’s rating is rising’ A CONTRIBUTOR FOR Forbes magazine cited the latest run-up of the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi), saying markets have noted the strength of the domestic economy. President Rodrigo Duterte's ratings have been posting recordhighs and despite its recent drop, US-based Economics Professor Panos Mourdoukoutas

said the main stocks market remains upbeat. In his article titled ‘Duterte's Rating is Rising’ published on Forbes magazine on October 10, he said the main equities index increased by eight percent in the last three months and by 0.68 percent last Monday, when the main index posted a new high then at 8,367.38 points. The following day the main index registered an-

other record of 8,398.04 points. "Philippines equity markets do not seem to be concerned about a big drop in President Rodrigo Duterte's approval rating in a recent SWS (Social Weather Station) survey from "very good" 66 to "good" 48," he said. Mourdoukoutas attributed the rise in the index to sustained rise of the domestic economy.

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"And Duterte's economy has been doing great recently, ranked the world's 10th fastest growing economy in the world in 2017," he said referring to the World Bank's 2017 Global Economic Prospects report, which eyes a 6.5-7.5 percent expansion for the country this year. "That's almost twice the country's long-term growth," he said. Continue on page 3

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HER OES RETURN HEROES RETURN. Philippine troops who fought a 5-month battle against ISIS in Marawi City in the restive Muslim autonomous region

get a hero’s welcome upon their return in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. The soldiers are from the 61st and 64th Marine Com-

pany of Marine Special Operations Group, Armor Assault Battalion, Field Artillery Battalion, Shore Patrol Unit of the Naval Forces

Western Mindanao and the Civil Military Operations Unit-Western Mindanao. Rear Admiral Rene Medina, chief of the Naval Forces

Western Mindanao, and Colonel Ariel Caculitan, commander of the Combat Service Support Battalion, praise the troops for their

gallantry in restoring freedom and democracy, and saving innocent lives from the terrorist group. (Mindanao Examiner)

Christian leaders join to help rebuild Marawi city Continued fr om page 1 from “We would like to share these resources so that when we go on the ground, to these affected communities, then we’ll know what to do, when to provide the response and also how to provide it.” On Oct. 23, five months after Islamic State loyalists began a sustained siege in Marawi, the Philippines declared the war ended. More than 1,100 people - most of them militant fighters - died in the fighting. Nearly all of Marawi’s 200,000 residents fled the city, along with hundreds of thousands of citizens from surrounding areas. Baptist Bishop Noel Pantoja, head of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, told CNS: “Imagine more than 500,000 people are displaced. So the biggest religious blocks and (nong o v e r n m e n t

organizations) are doing their part but … three months ago we came together, all the heads of these organizations and said, ‘What if we put our hands and resources together?’ After the relief operations, there will be rehabilitation.” Pantoja said the three church conferences would build temporary shelters, and each would be responsible for at least 100 houses and providing basic necessities, in addition to giving other support. Henderson said residents have played a crucial part, giving input on how they want their neighborhoods to be rebuilt. Media images of Marawi, a once-thriving city on a lake, show streets lined with what used to be midrise buildings and houses reduced to piles of rubble and twisted metal framework. Several of the city’s mosques lay

crumpled with toppled, bullet-riddled minarets and cracked, holepunched domes. The Philippine National Defense secretary said in September that rebuilding would cost $1 billion. So far, the three church conferences have put $550,000 - half of it from Caritas Philippines into their response. Donations from Canada, China, Germany, South Korea and other countries as well as pledges from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the European Union, the World Bank and other entities have started to arrive. The head of Caritas Philippines, Jesuit Father Edwin Gariguez, said the Catholic aid group is supporting a crisis response program started in August by Marawi Bishop Edwin de la Pena and Redemptorist priests. The

goal of the Accompanying Marawi program is to “ensure people’s faith and culture are paid attention to and factored into the rebuilding process of the city.” De la Pena told CNS that volunteers - mostly Muslims - are helping with the program, which deals with the psychological toll of war. It provides medical help for physical and mental health problems, peace and reconciliation lessons for children, and promoting peace through dialogue between Muslim and Christian young people. He expressed concern over what he said was a strong sense of ambivalence among the residents who fled. “To those who were less affected by the crisis… (the end of the fighting) is a very hopeful sign, they’re optimistic about the future,” said de la Pena. “But

the others… who have no place to go home to because practically their house is destroyed, that would be another trigger for trauma.” Marc Natan, the Marawi emergency response officer for the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, said it was important to let displaced residents know that Christians supported them in their aspiration for peace and to return to their homes. He said those living far from the conflict zone were happy to go back, but those “in ground zero” who lost their homes would need a lot of support and access to information. “Christians are in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters so that they will not feel down and forgotten,” he said. Natan said one community of Maranao, the

main Muslim tribe in Marawi, “said we didn’t have to bring relief goods as long as we came around to visit regularly and chat with them at their shelters.” Natan said the faith groups and government agencies were in the process of assessing how many residents would be returning to their homes and how many would remain away. On Oct. 27, the military said a few residents living far from the decimated city center started to return. De la Pena called on more faith groups to join the rebuilding. “Whether Muslim or Christian, people of faith really should be at the forefront of the rehabilitation effort because it is only with people who really believe in the God that they recognize that such a difficult task can by carried out,” he said. (Simone Orendain / Catholic News Service)


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Duterte sees more infra projects after Japan visit DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte sees more special infrastructure projects to come under the administration’s Build, Build. Build program after the Japanese government’s pledge an assistance of $9 billion. Duterte - who came home from a recent threeday visit to Japan, which he described as productive and engaging - also sealed business agreements with industry leaders valued at $6 billion. He vowed to work closely with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who committed to give flesh to Japan’s special assistance program, to ensure that projects have to proceed soonest and it will be "Done, Done, Done." The President said Japan’s vital support for the centerpiece projects especially the social infrastructure under the administration’s Build program was top of the agenda during their dis-

cussion. Duterte highlighted the need for these social infra projects to sustain economic growth and improve the quality of life of the Filipino people. Among he discussed with Abe were topics on defense and security cooperation to combat terrorism, violent extremism and transnational crimes. “We will strive to make our waters free and open to our peoples so that they can enjoy our rich natural maritime resources,” he said. Duterte said one of the issues in defense and cooperation was the South China Sea. He said Japan is one of the countries that is really interested in the freedom of navigation, especially coming in from the Indian Ocean. “And there’s a lot of buildings there by China, and also some other countries are claiming some islands, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia. It could be, really, a messy thing not

only in the Philippines. Pati sila (Also them) because each and every country has an economic zone and it is overlapping,” Duterte said. He said China is not only claiming a majority of the area, but also in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. “But always, we can resolve it by just talking. "In the meantime that we are not really prepared, just about anything except to talk. And then let us just talk,” he added. Duterte pointed out that he cannot imagine the Philippines getting involved in a violent and almost a suicide action. “You can read all the legal treaties there claiming this and claiming that. But the problem, I said, is I do not want to criticize the big powers now because it was really of their own making,” he said, adding, that China has committed to the Philippines not to build anything near Scarborough. “I hope that

President reorganizes ‘Task Force Bangon Marawi’

Continued fr om page 1 from The Sub-Committee on Housing, formerly under the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, will also be headed by the HUDCC, which will be "primarily responsible for the immediate rehabilitation and construction of temporary or permanent shelters, and the restoration of water, electricity, and other public utilities." On the other hand, the Sub-Committee on Security, Peace and Order will now be co-headed by the

DND and the Department of Interior and Local Government. They will be responsible for the restoration and maintenance of peace and order, and the continuity of public services in Marawi City. President Duterte declared Marawi City freed from the Maute group last October 17, which marked the start of the city's rehabilitation period. The reorganization of Task Force Bangon Marawi reflects the shift in government's priority in

rebuilding and developing war-affected areas in Marawi. It was unknown why Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Muslim autonomous region was not tapped by Duterte for the reconstruction of Marawi, which is the capital of Lanao del Sur, one of 5 provinces under it. Even in meetings, Hataman was not included by Duterte, although the governor oversees ARMM’s relief program for displaced families of Marawi.

Philippines Launches Farm Tourism TO INTROCUDE new experiences to domestic and international visitors that can be branded “Made in the Philippines”, the Department of Tourism (DOT ) launched “Farm Tourism” program and offering the best farm destinations throughout the country. DOT Secretary Wanda Teo said that a series of activities will be held throughout the country including consultative assemblies of farm tourism stakeholders and exhibits on diverse farm tourism destinations, farm produce, and pasalubong specialty items. “It's about time that we take steps to put farm tourism at center stage, as the country teems with rich agricultural destinations nurtured by our hardworking farmers, who we now recognize as major stakeholders in an inclusive and sustainable tourism industry,” she said. DOT Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre also said “It's More Fun in Philippine Farms” is offering 34 farm destinations as of the moment. “Once we start accreditation, there will be more,” he said. For 2018, Alegre said there will be a big agenda line-up for the farm tour-

ism. He said DOT will be holding three major promotional activities: the cluster forums and national summit, the cluster fair and national fair, and the search for Farm Tourism Ambassadors among kids and young adults. Nearly 50 percent of the Philippines' total land area is devoted to agriculture that employs over 17 million Filipinos or 25 percent of the country's total workforce. Farm tourism underscores the benefits farmers and the local community may gain from the latest program. DOT Undersecretary for Farm Tourism, Silvino Tejada, said the program will provide potential for creating and expanding small and medium enterprises related to promoting rural lifestyle that is "culture-based. With collated efforts of the DOT, Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry and stakeholders, Tejada believes the farm tourism with a "made in the Philippines" identity known worldwide will be made. Erlinda Tan, president of National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS), said the country has an "advantage" from other

Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states promoting the same tourism product since the Philippines is already an agricultural country. “We cannot say the percentage now but it will definitely boom once it gets introduced to the market because we're just starting. Tourists interested will increase,” she said. There are more than 5,000 tour operators nationwide but Tan assured NAITAS, which is also operating all over the country, will fully support the Farm Tourism. The program will be spearheaded by an interim Farm Tourism Development Board that includes representatives from the DOT, DA, DTI and private sector. The Board will formulate the National Farm Tourism Strategyic Action Plan, which will be assisted by a technical working group from the Agricultural Training Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Landbank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines. ( Joyce Ann Rocamora)

they would honor that commitment to us,” he said. Duterte said he has encouraged Japan to explore more opportunities to invest in the Philippines, including in steel manufacturing, agribusiness and IT and creative services. He said the $6 billion signed business agreements are "more than three times the amount of sealed businesses agreements during my first visit to Japan in

2016,” referring to his first visit to Japan last year. Meanwhile, Duterte was impressed by how His Majesty, Emperor Akihito and Her Majesty Michiko lead simple lives. He said he was humbled to meet with them. “I conveyed to His Majesty our nation’s and people’s deep appreciation, gratitude for Japan’s continuing friendship and support for the Philippines’ peace and development goals,” he said. The President under-

scored the Philippines relation with Japan as a friend closer than a brother. “Japan treats us as a sovereign equal,” he emphasized. He said the Philippines will work with Japan in building something special for our nations and peoples: We are building a golden age for our strategic partnership. He said that whatever happened in the World War II are all “water under the bridge”. (Lilian Mellejor)

SSS investments still intact

THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM assured its members that the pension fund has institutionalized mechanisms to address administrative complaints against its employees and officials following a scandal that saw the relief of four of its executives. “Such mechanisms ensure all parties are given due process. SSS guarantees its members that the Investment Reserve Fund, which came from members’ contributions and investment income, is intact and well-protected,” it said. The statement came following reports that

some of its officials are facing charges for allegedly using the agency’s accredited stock brokers for their own benefit. Reports said SSS Commissioner Jose Gabriel La Vina has filed a complaint against SSS Executive vice president for investments Rizaldy Capulong, equities investment division chief Reginald Candelaria, equities product development head Ernesto Francisco Jr. and chief actuary George Ongkeko Jr. La Vina alleged that the four are liable for “serious dishonesty and grave misconduct” since some of them used SSS-accredited

stock brokers for their own benefit. He said the previous SSS administration prevented possible abuses by its investment officers by requiring them to declare all their investments and have these approve by their superiors.He claimed that Candelaria and Francisco endorsed each other’s stock holdings and these were approved by Capulong. He added that these stocks were handled by SSS-accredited stockbrokers even if one of these brokers only handles high net worth investors and corporates. ( Joann Villanueva)

'The Lost Gospel': The ancient manuscript that claims Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children WHAT YOU are about to read is a detective story. We have uncovered an ancient writing that is encrypted with a hidden meaning. In the process of decoding it, we’ll take you on a journey into the world of this mysterious text. What the Vatican feared—and Dan Brown only suspected—has come true. There is now written evidence that Jesus was married to Mary the Magdalene, and that they had children together. More than this, based on the new evidence, we now know what the original Jesus movement looked like and the unexpected role sexuality played in it. We have even unraveled the politics behind the crucifixion, as well as the events and the people that took part in it. Gathering dust in the British Library is a document that takes us into the missing years of Jesus’ life. Scholars believe that Jesus was born around 5 BC, and that he was crucified around 30AD. But there is a huge gap in his biography. We know absolutely nothing about Jesus from the time he was eight days old (his circumcision, according to Jewish law), until he was in his early thirties. There is one exception. According to the Gospel of Luke (2:41–2:51), when he was twelve years old, Jesus traveled with his parents to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.

That’s it. That’s all we have. Otherwise, thirty years of absolute silence. Isn’t this incredible? Here is arguably the most influential individual in human history and we know nothing about him until after he starts his “ministry” (i.e., his public activism) at most three years before his crucifixion. But the fact is that we simply have no information about Jesus’ early years—his upbringing, friends, schooling, or his interaction with family members. We have no knowledge of Jesus as a young adult. How did he gain access to the writings of the Hebrew Bible? Did the synagogue in Nazareth, a very small hamlet at the time, have scrolls of the Law and the Prophets? Who were his religious teachers? How well versed was he in Hebrew, in addition to the Aramaic that we know he spoke? Did he speak Greek, the lingua franca of the Roman world? Jesus appears on the stage of history suddenly in the late 20s c.e. At this point, the mature Jesus announces the “Kingdom of God”—that is, the advent of a qualitative transformation in human history, prophesied by the Hebrew Bible, in which justice will reign upon the earth and the worship of the one true God will be universal. But what happened to Jesus before this sudden appearance? According to the document that we un-

covered, sometime during this period he became engaged, got married, had sexual relations, and produced children. Before anyone gets his/her theological back up, keep in mind that we are not attacking anyone’s theology. We are reporting on a text. Theology must follow historical fact and not the other way around. Having said this, for the moment, we are not asserting that our text is historical fact. So far, we are merely stating that the Christian Bible tells us nothing about Jesus’ early years, and that we have discovered a text that claims that he was married and fathered children. On a purely historical level, this really shouldn’t surprise us. Marriage and children were expected of a Jewish man, then and now. If he hadn’t been married, that would have caused consternation to his family, possible scandal in the community, and the New Testament certainly would have commented on it—if for no other reason than to explain and defend Jesus’ unusual behavior. But now we have a document that claims that he was indeed married and fathered children. Not only this, our document indicates that for some of his original followers, Jesus’ marriage was the most important aspect of their theology. (Professor Barrie Wilson, Simcha Jacobovici / Independent)


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Ang National Children's Month ay may layuning ipaalam sa bawat mamamayang Pilipino ang mga karapatan at kahalagahan ng mga bata sa ating lipunan. Ating kilalanin ang kanilang ambag sa lipunan at siguruhing maging maayos ang kanilang kinabukasan. “BATA: Iligtas sa Droga!” as the 2017 National Children’s Month Theme

‘We shall rise like the Philippine flag’ MARAWI CITY – Chants of “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) can be heard through sobs as the Darul Iftah led the prayers at a flag-raising ceremony in front of the Marawi City Hall – the first since the siege began five months ago. Looking back at history, he said it is the first time that Marawi experienced a conflict of such magnitude for “our (Maranao) forefathers never allowed colonizers to occupy this land.” Nowaim Ampuan, president of the Lanao Youth Congress, likened the flag-raising event to the catchphrase, ‘Bangon Marawi.’ “It signifies hope for us, the youth: Despite our city’s fall, we will rise like the Philippine flag.” Salim Abdulgafur, 19, and Hidayah Tinganun, 21, are two of so many young men and women who were directly affected by the conflict. Both are students of Mindanao State University-Main Campus in Marawi. Both of them could still remember hearing the first ex-

plosion in the afternoon of May 23. Salim was at home with his family. He did not panic at first, since random shootouts occurred in the city every now and then. It was later that day, when he saw men in black shirts with their faces covered, that he realized that the situation was different. In the case of Hidayah, she was at the Marawi City Hall processing her internship papers when the siege began. When she realized it was an armed attack, she wanted to go home right away, but transportation was so difficult. After negotiating with a tricycle driver who was willing to drive her home, she immediately left the city hall. Both heard the sound of gunfire from their respective homes. Salim’s and Hidayah’s lives were greatly affected by the siege that lasted more than 150 days. Both were displaced, and have had to depend on relief goods provided by various government agencies and non-government organizations.

Salim said he felt dismayed that his college education was disrupted by the incident, a feeling that Hidayah shared. During the first few days of the siege, they had hoped the conflict would end soon since they wanted to go back to school as soon as possible. And they still want to go back to school. When the ‘liberation’ of Marawi was declared, Hidayah said the feeling was “unexplainable, but in a positive way.” Believing that Marawi will bounce back soon, she expressed hope that the rebuilt city would be “more organized, policy-wise,” so that there will be no repeats of the siege that interrupted their daily lives. A smiling Salim is hopeful that as soon as he finishes his studies and he then becomes a civil engineer, he would be given the chance to help rebuild Marawi. Together with Nowaim, Hidayah, and Salim were 60 other youth leaders from Lanao del Sur. (Bureau of Public Information)


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Marawi residents now on long road to recovery MARAWI CITY – After months of conflict, residents are now starting to return to their homes in this city, bringing with them hope and resolve to overcome ordeals. Abpisa Barese, 63, and her family evacuated their home on May 26, three days since the firefight began. Their house is located in Brgy. Basak Malutlut, the village where the first encounter between the government troops and ISIS-linked Maute group happened. Abpisa left with her husband Norlan, 67, and their daughter Zukra, 32. Faced with challenges while in the evacuation center, she had to be strong in order to hurdle setbacks and be back on track for her family. She noted how internally displaced persons (IDPs) made sure nobody was left behind in evacuation centers, and the spirit of bayanihan and unity was deeply felt by everyone. This helped her get back on her feet as she struggled to

provide for her family. Abpisa is one of the more than 4,000 residents of Basak Malutlut who were given clearance to return home. Upon learning that they could finally return to their homes, Abpisa felt hopeful for the first time in months. She felt happy, but she was also horrified at the thought of seeing what was left of their home. “Makambaling ta den (We could go back now),” she said. Teary eyed, Abpisa said, “Matagal ko nang gustong bumalik sa bahay namin. Hindi ako mapakali, gusto ko makita ang bahay namin. Sabi nila nasira raw.” The day they went back, they cried upon seeing what was left of their home that was almost razed to the ground. Their house appeared to be among those that were looted, and they were left with nothing but damaged properties that were beyond use. Abpisa said she doesn’t know how to start rebuild-

ing their lives after the siege. Their family has to continue making both ends meet with the meager resources they have. Despite all of these, Abpisa believes that Meranaos can continue to survive and surmount these painful ordeals, and that the challenges they are currently facing are meant to teach them a lesson or two. Abpisa’s family was among the thousand families which received food items from the regional government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. With government support and their cooperation, she believes Meranaos will surely recover and they will soon see the goodness that has come in the guise of a tragedy. With the city now declared free from the clutches of terror groups, the time has come for the people of Marawi City to not only rebuild and rehabilitate their city, but also rebuild their lives as proud Meranaos. (Bureau of Public Information)

President Rodrigo Duterte salutes to each of the troops who were preparing to leave at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental. (Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac)

‘LOOTING SA MARAWI’

Continued fr om page 1 from Nag-utos na rin ng isang masusing imbestigasyon si Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at nangako itong parurusahan ang mga sundalo kung sila ay mapapatunayang nagkasala. “We did not believe that before because at that time, we are at the height of the war. We told those who made the accusations that we will look into this. We are going to apply on them the full force of the law. It cannot be that you are the law enforcement agent. You’re the one who was supposed to protect them, and then you will loot them. It’s not good. So we will be going punish to them,” ani Lorenzana sa mga mamamahayag. Kumalat rin sa social media, partikular sa ARMM Watch, isang public page sa Facebook, ang mga larawang kuha ng mga residente sa Marawi at Iligan na nagpapakita sa mga truck ng militar na may lulang mga washing machine, electric fan at maging mga silya, lamesa at play mat. Isang sundalo rin ang nakunan ng litrato na may suot na gintong kwintas at pulseras. Umani r in ng matinding batikos ang mga larawan mula sa mga netizens. Maging ang netizen na si Saken Aya C. Ali ay nag-iwan pa ng mensahe sa ARMM Watch para kay Pangulong Rodrigo

Duterte. Ito ang kanyang isinulat sa pag-asang mababasa ito ng mga nakapaligid sa Pangulo: “President Duterte, may tanong po kami mga Maranao, di po ba galit ka sa taong magnanakaw? Bakit yon ibang kasundaluhan mo ay pinagbibintangan na magnanakaw? Nun pinapunta mo sila ng Marawi may dala ba silang mga mamahalin frame? At may nakakapasok bang ibang tao sa not affected areas ng marawi maliban sa mga military? Bakit nanakawan ang mga bahay namin at parang dinahanan ng typhoons loob ng bahay namin at para bang may hinalungkat mga kagamitan namin at kung pwd lang sayo sir PRESIDENT Duterte, ipaimbistiga mo ibang kasundaluhan mo ano ba talaga pinuntahan nila sa marawi? Sasakluluhan km o nakawin mga kagamitan namin sa bahay?” “Isa pang katanungan namin mga taga-Marawi? Bakit bawal silipin ang mga bahay sa war zone? Na ngayon totally cleared na. Ikaw pa nga nag announced na LIBERATE na marawi sa kamay ng mga teror istang Abu Sayyaf at Maute. Naniniwala po kami na may maabutan m a h a h a l a g a n g kagamitan sa mga bahayan ng mga taga ground zero. Sana po makarating sayo mga

hinahing namin mga civilians ng Marawi, nasiraan kami tapos mawawala lahatlahat sa amin. Hindi po namin kagustuhan ang nangyari sa lugar namin at sana mabigyan ng totoong investigation ang looting sa Marawi City dahil Filipino po kami, kaming lahat at proud kami na taga-Mindanao ang PRESIDENT ng Philippines.” Sa komentaryo naman ni So Layman at ito naman ang kanyang isinulat sa ARMM Watch: “We will never forget what you did to our belongings, it’s not an excuse for you to say it’s just a booty of war because AFP is never at war with the people of Marawi but with the Maute Group/ISIS who are not constituents of our City.” “Hero sana tingin namin sa inyo dahil tinaya ninyo buhay niyo para masugpo ang kasamaan but unfortunately you did most of the looting, almost all belongings in every house were gone, impossible naman na Maute/ISIS ang gumawa niyan kasi wala silang sasakyan na pagkargahan ng mga yan. Kaya pala umabot ng 5 months ang gyera kasi hakot (at) bomba ang ginawa ninyo. You forgot that the world is watching over your siege of our City. You disgraced our country, lagot kayo pagdating ng araw na iimbistigahan kayo. Nakakahiya kayo sa sambayanang Pilipino!” (Mindanao Examiner)

‘Duterte’s rating is rising’ Continued fr om page 1 from In the first half of this year, domestic growth, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), grew by 6.4 percent, slightly lower than the government's full-year target of 6.5-7.5 percent. In the second quarter alone, GDP rose by 6.5 percent, higher than the previous quarter's 6.4 percent. Mourdoukoutas said Duterte has something to do with the economy's strong performance. "He has maintained a stable macroeconomic environment of low inflation and low debt to GDP ratio, which has helped

sustain a healthy domestic demand growth," the professor said. The Forbes contributor said the strong performance of the PSEi amid the drop in the President's ratings "is in sharp contrast to last year's reaction to Duterte's flip-flops over South China Sea, when the main market index lost 7.2 percent over one month period." "Apparently, investors have been shifting focus from geopolitics to domestic economic fundamentals, and they like what they see: a vibrant economy, defying the on-going political tur-

moil, at least for now," he said. Mourdoukoutas, meanwhile, pointed out that "trouble is that corruption, the old villain, is still a big problem in doing business in the Philippines," citing the recently published World Economic Forum Report (WEFR). He said this "should be a major concern for the future of the Filipino economy." "Corruption and political oppression killed economic growth in the past, and they will kill it again, if they continue to spin out of control," he added.


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