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Duterte hails Philippines-China relations PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE said he wanted to discuss on how to further advance bilateral relations with China and even noted the tangible benefits reaped through practical cooperation between the two nations. Duterte recently met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang who visited Manila where the two leaders

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concerted efforts of the Philippines and China have secured peace, stability, and development in the region,” Duterte said, adding, he is very much eager to sit down and discuss with Li cooperation in key areas such as trade, agriculture, education, science and technology, and people-topeople exchanges. Continue on page 5


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Fighting continues in Mindanao C

AGA YAN DE OR O CIT Y – G ov er nment oper ations against the N ew GAY ORO CITY Go ernment operations New People my continue in many ar eas in M indanao as mor e and mor e eople’’s Ar Army areas Mindanao more more attacks ar e being launched b y the communist rrebel ebel gr oup follo wing the by group following are collapse of peace talks with the D uter te go ver nment. Duter uterte gov ernment. But even as military of- and civilian targets in the Doberte and his partner fensive continues, rebel troubled region. Rebels PO2 Alfredo Degamon Jr. forces also stepped up its have seized 2 policemen - - in daring broad daylight Continue on page 2 attacks on government abducted PO2 John Paul

‘Muslim Unity’ Congress Condemns Sectarianism A photo from the Philippine Revolution Web Central shows female fighters of the New People’s Army.

REPRESENTATIVES OF MUSLIM communities from across the world warned against sectarianism, which they said harmed the Islamic unity. Istanbul recently hosted a two-day in-

ternational congress for the union of Muslim communities under the theme "Global Crisis, Islamic World and the West." Continue on page 4

Sulu Guv calls on public to support peace efforts

SULU – Sulu Governor Totoh Tan has renewed calls on the public and urged citizens to support authorities and govern-

ment efforts in maintaining peace and order and at the same time help in nation-building to achieve progress and prosperity.

Tan made the appeal following a security meeting recently at the Capitol in Patikul town. The meeting was attended by senior

military officials and municipal mayors and representatives of various sectors in Sulu. “I urged everybody

and all stakeholders and partners to actively engage and get involved, and have a sense of concern for the environment and the wel-

fare of the people and sustain development, social justices and human security,” he said. Continue on page 4

Sulu Governor Totoh Tan poses with ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and other military and provincial mayors in separate events in the province. (Photos by Ahl-franzie Salinas)



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2 Continued fr om page 1 from assault in Placer town in Surigao del Norte province. The duo was guarding their post when rebels arrived in two vans and abducted the policemen. The vans, believed to have been stolen by rebels, were abandoned and recovered by pursing policemen on a village called Mabini, also in Placer. The fate of the policemen remains unknown. The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, had previously abducted policemen and soldiers and branded them as prisoners of war as part of their propaganda to show that they are still a force to reckon with. Offensiv es Offensives Rebel leaders have repeatedly warned that they will strike hard against government forces after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped peace talks with the communist group due to the NPA’s continued attacks in the country. Just this month, NPA hitmen also murdered a policeman in Duterte’s hometown of Davao after attacking him in the village of New Valencia in Tugbok district. The victim was travelling on a motorcycle when attacked by the NPA. Rebels also killed a policeman and an infant and wounded 5 others in a recent ambush Bukidnon province. NPA forces

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Fighting continues in Mindanao opened fire on policemen and also attacked a car tailing the patrol in the village of Tikalaan in Talakag town. The ambush killed the two victims instantly. Three other policemen and two women on board the private car were wounded in the attack, according to Captain Norman Tagros, of the 403rd Infantry Brigade. He said the four-month old baby, Walysha Machorao, was shot in the head. Two women who were among 5 other civilians were heading home to Lanao del Sur’s Wao town from Cagayan de Oro City when rebels attacked them. Tagros said at least 30 gunmen were involved in the ambush. They escaped after the attack, but left behind an improvised explosive that was carefully disarmed by soldiers. The area was littered with bullet casings fired from AK-47 assault rifles. He said the policemen were also heading back to their headquarters in Bumbaran town when the ambush occurred. “These acts committed by the NPA bandits are clear violations of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law as this agreement prohibits attacks against civilians and non-combatants and bans the use of landmine,”

Tagros said. Condemnation Brigadier General Eric Vinoya, the brigade commander, strongly condemned the ambush and branded the attack as barbaric. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act committed by the perpetrators of this incident which resulted to the tragic death of a four-month old baby girl and one of our police personnel,” Vinoya said. “These perpetrators can be compared to savages, infant killers, and murderers of innocent civilians, who thrive on abusing the weak by using coercion and intimidation, without giving any regard to human life and established laws. They do not belong in this civilized society. They will be punished," he added. The NPA later apologized for the killing of the baby and said the incident was “a painful occurrence which was unforeseen.” It called the attack against the policemen “successful.” Lies Lies,, P Prropaganda But the 403rd Infantry Brigade accused the NPA of spreading lies and lame words in its bid to correct its lawlessness and banditry when it ambushed the policemen and civilians. “The lies that are being spread by a certain Malem Mabini - a fake name used by a person

who obviously does not have the decency and the guts to make himself accountable for his statements - start with making people believe that their group flagged down two civilian vehicles tailing the PNP patrol car so that the civilians onboard would evade from being injured from the crime that they were about to commit.” “Unfortunately, there were no such two vehicles. There was only the Toyota Fortuner which was tailing the PNP patrol car. Most importantly, said civilian vehicle was not flagged down nor stopped by the so-called NPA Blocking Force. Otherwise, the driver would have stopped the vehicle in fear upon seeing unidentified armed men flagging their vehicle down in an isolated part of that Cagayan de OroDominorog-Kalilangan road,” said Tagros. “The NPA's statement further pointed out that the incident was a painful occurrence which was unforeseen. It was indeed painful for nothing would ever be agonizing than to lose a life of an innocent child, an infant, in the hands of rabid rascals who cannot contain their itch for fire their weapons at even the innocent civilians. What is even more painful is losing a life of an innocent child during a time

when we are commemorating the National Children's Month. On point, it was never an unforeseen occurrence and much that it would never have happened if only the NPA quenched its thirst for banditry by sparing civilian vehicles from indiscriminate fires. Admittedly, the NPA said that whether they like it or not, the process of continuing their ill-motivated armed struggle, which they are hallucinating to be a civil war, entails unavoidable circumstances such as the death of baby Walysha. It is, in every way, admitting that killing of civilians and making them objects of attack will continue as long as they exist. The 403rd Infantry Brigade, in all its capacity, will not allow this to happen,” he added. Victims Tagros also elaborated attacks by rebels in Bukidnon province: Burning of three boom harvesters and one skidder owned by the Del Monte Philippines Incorporated in the village of Patpat in Malaybalay City on March 20, 2017; raid at Maharlika Vic Lao Farm and stealing of two shotguns owned by security personnel and more or less 120 Peking ducks in Purok 4, in the village of Tawas in Kitaotao town, also in Bukidnon on June 29, 2017.

Burning of DOLE Palletizing Plant and indiscriminate firing in Sitio Gabunan in Casisang village in Malaybalay City on September 6, 2017; raid at SUMIFRO Repolidon Compound in Tugaya village in Valencia City in Bukidnon on September 9, 2017; murder of Barangay Councilor Romeo Bantilan, Jr. at his residence in the village of White Kulaman in Kitaotao on October 8, 2017; And the attack on DAVCO Compound and burning of several equipment in Sitio Rang-ay in the village of Merangeran in the town of Quezon on October 8, 2017; and the burning of DOLE Portable Banana Processor in Sitio Sta. Cruz in Casisang village in Malaybalay City on November 3, 2017. “The NPA's fallacious statements, their attempt to indemnify the victims of their banditry, and their appeal for forgiveness only add insult to injury. Unless justice is brought upon the perpetrators, the 403rd Infantry Brigade will not cease from going after these bandits. More so, it will continue to perform its mandate of protecting our people and securing the communities within its area. Finally, to all those who continue to support the NPA, you have blood in your hands,” Tagros said. (Mindanao Examiner)


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ARMM mayors delighted with good governance awards COTABATO CITY – Local government executives in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are delighted with good governance awards they received from the national government. This came after they were informed that the ARMM leadership’s drive to promote good governance among its local government units (LGUs) has yielded significant results this year, with 19 municipalities and one city in the region conferred with the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG). In 2015, not one LGU in the ARMM passed the Seal’s criteria. Last year, only six of the region’s over a hundred LGUs were given recognition. “This is the result of our hard work and commitment in order to provide better services to our constituents,” said Mayor Hanie Bud of Maluso in Basilan, which received its first good governance award this year. This achievement is the latest in a series of breakthroughs the regional government has

achieved in recent years under the Hataman administration. These include passing the national Good Governance Conditions at the regional level in 2015 for the first time in the ARMM’s history. “Actually, this is also a challenge for us in Maluso, we still need to work hard for us to sustain the award in the following years,” Mayor Bud added, noting that the key in receiving this award is transparency. “Dapat transparent ang LGU sa kanilang mga constituents, at ibigay ang nararapat para sa kanila.” The municipality of Parang in Maguindanao has been consistent in receiving awards. It has received good governance recognition from in 2011 to 2014. “The people of Parang deserve this award, this is for them,” Mayor Ibrahim Ibay said. “At first, it was really challenging, but because we want the best in our municipality, we want to be recognized, we strive hard to earn this recognition.” He reiterated that his municipality is strictly

implementing the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG’s) core areas. “We will put up a sanitary landfill, dun mapupunta ang incentive award namin this year,” he added. All LGUs conferred with SGLG this year will also receive a cash reward. This is a good year for the province of Basilan, the first time that two of its municipalities, Maluso and Sumisip received recognition. In addition, the province’s Lamitan City also received an SGLG. In the past, these places were only mentioned in national media reports as locations of violent incidents. The SGLG awardees in the region this year are: Lamitan City, Maluso and Sumisip in Basilan province; Calanogas, Kapatagan and Piagapo in Lanao del Sur; Barira, Buldon, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Datu Paglas, Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun, Kabuntalan, Matanog, Parang, Rajah Buayan, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura and Upi in Maguindanao; and Jolo and Talipao in Sulu. Piloted as the Seal of

Good Housekeeping in 2010, the award continues to raise the bar of accountability and transparency for local government executives. It is used by the DILG in assessing LGUs’

performance, especially in four core areas, namely financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, and peace and order. Conferment of the SGLG is guided by the

provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991, the General Appropriations Act of 2017, and Administrative Order No. 267 of 1992. (Bureau of Public Information)

Koronadal City advocates organic farming, offers incentives to farmers KORONADAL CITY - The local government said it has increased incentives for organic farm products in a bid to encourage more farmers to practice and venture into organic farming according to the Philippine News Agency. Emelita Miguel, the City Agriculturist, said organic producers in the city may now receive cash incentives of as high as P10 per kilo for validated produce reaching the local markets. She said they offer an incentive of P3 a kilo for organic rice and P10 per kilo for vegetable products, except for squash and cucumber that are set at P2 a kilo. Producers of organic chickens will get P10 a kilo and P5 per kilo for organic eggs as incen-

tives, she said, adding, they are currently considering to include more organic farm products into the incentive program and this includes organic pork meat products that Mayor Peter Miguel had promised to provide an incentive of P20 a kilo. “Our goal is to develop more organic far ming practitioners and further expand our organic farms,” Miguel said. Since the program started about five years ago, some 200 organic farming practitioners in the city’s 27 villages already received cash incentives, initially offered at P2 a kilo for organic rice, from the local government. Earlier this month, at

least 13 farmers received cash incentives ranging from P3,000 to 16,000 for their organic produce. Around 100 farmers are currently growing organic r ice, vegetables and into swine farming that covers over 50 hectares of farmlands. Aside from the cash incentives, Miguel said they also facilitate trainings for prospective organic farming practitioners through the Farmer Field School suppor ted by the Department of Agriculture in Region 12. Under the program, farmers undergo handson training on various organic farming practices and technologies for four months or 16 weeks, starting from land preparation to harvest stage.


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Sulu Guv calls on public to support peace efforts Continued fr om page 1 from Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the anti-terror Joint Task Force Sulu, briefed Tan and those who attended the meeting on the operations of the military against the Abu Sayyaf, whose group has recently abducted 6 people in the province. The military and the provincial government are also drafting a plan of action for psycho-social interventions for 30 Abu Sayyaf fighters who recently surrendered to authorities. The military also said that it is closely working and coordinating with the former rebel group Moro National Liberation Front and its rival Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in pursuing peace initiatives in the province. Just last week, six soldiers were killed and 4 others wounded in a clash

with Abu Sayyaf militants and MILF rebels in Basilan province. The MILF accused the soldiers of encroaching into its territory that trigged a firefight, an allegation denied by security officials who claimed Abu Sayyaf gunmen ambushed the infantrymen securing the circumferential road in Sumisip town. Both Sulu and Basilan belong to the Muslim autonomous region. Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman and Public Works Secretary Don Loong and Health Secretary Kadil Sinolinding, Jr were also in Sulu and met with Tan and discussed various infrastructure projects and health programs for the province. Hataman said they launched a P400-million port expansion project in the capital town of Jolo and a medical mission in Sulu. (Ahl-franzie Salinas)

Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman and Public Works Secretary Don Loong and Health Secretary Kadil Sinolinding, Jr with Governor Totoh Tan. (Photos by Ahl-franzie Salinas)

‘Muslim Unity’ Congress Condemns Sectarianism

Continued fr om page 1 from The congress, organized by Ankara-based Economic and Social Research Center (ESAM), discussed the problems and opportunities in Islamic world as well as the perception of Muslims in the western world. Speaking at the congress, Recai Kutan, General President of ESAM, said: "There are torture, blood, and tears today in most of the Muslim countries." Stating that the Western civilizations have dominated the world for the last two centuries, Kutan said the western countries first occupied and later controlled territories through imperialism.

"That is the real face of the West," he said. "Today, they are using terrorist organizations PKK, PYD, YPG, and Daesh as subcontractors," he claimed and said their main goal was to redesign the Middle East. He warned against international efforts "to describe Islam as a religion which threatens peace" and "to accept Muslims as potential criminals." Kutan also pointed to the "brother fight" within Islamic countries and said it was becoming more widespread each day. Justice-based system "Those fights serve Zionism," he said and warned of sectarianism.

During the conference, he said, all those external and internal reasons behind Muslim world's problems should be handled together. He called to "act together" and to "revive the Islamic civilization" for a needed "justice-based system." Addressing the attendees, Saadet Party leader Temel Karamollaoglu accused the West for practicing double standards against the Islamic world. He said three historical incidents are behind today's problems in the Muslim world. "One of them is the first Zionist Congress in 1897 which was called by Theodor Herzl (political move for the establishment of a Jewish

state in Palestine). Another is the Balfour Declaration in 1917 (statement of British support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine)." The third event, he said, was the Israeli declaration of independence in 1948. "Unless we understand these turning points, it is impossible to understand what happens in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, or Yemen." Muslim unity He also slammed sectarianism and called for Muslim unity. Prof. Abdul Ghaffar Aziz, Director of Foreign Affairs of Jamaat-e Islami, represented Pakistan in the congress. Aziz

said Muslims in Palestine, Myanmar and Bangladesh “stand strong” despite years of siege in their countries. In order to be united, he said, Muslims should first "refuse injustice from any side." Zubeir Ahmed Elhasan Mohamed, the Secretary General of the Islamic Movement of Sudan, said: "We cannot achieve anything as long as we do not bring an end to the divisions." He argued that international powers were trying to harm Muslim unity through sects. "Let's be aware of this fact and protect our young people from this poison," he added. Also among the speak-

ers were Arif Ali Thottancheri, Vice President of India's Jamaat-e Islami Hind, and Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, the chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Philippines. Both leaders focused on the need to unite Muslim communities around the world. "We know that the unity of the Muslims is the most feared by the enemies of Islam," Ebrahim said. Recalling Daesh attacks in Marawi city earlier this year, he said: "This group is not actually defending Islam; they have become an instrument in order to destroy Islam and Muslims." (By Ayse Humeyra Atilgan / Anadolu Agency)


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Duterte hails Philippines-China relations Continued fr om page 1 from “We will also discuss shared interests and mutual concerns on defense, security, maritime cooperation, law enforcement, transnational crime, as well as cooperation on how our two countries can confront the drug menace that haunts both shores,” Duterte said. He said Li’s official visit last week in the country allowed him to personally thank the Chinese government for its valuable support for the Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship; the assistance to the country’s Build,

Build, Build infrastructure initiatives; China’s looking out for the welfare of Filipinos who live and work in China; its benevolent assistance in providing military equipment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines; and its aid to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi City. “With pragmatism, mutual respect, sincerity, equality, and shared benefit, the friendly relations between our two countries will forge ahead, determined to secure a prosperous future for both our peoples,”

Duterte said. He also noted that Li’s visit was a momentous occasion for the Philippines as it marks the first visit of a Chinese Premier to Manila in 10 years, adding, that it shows the great strides accomplished in the bilateral relations between China and the Philippines since he assumed office. Li also expressed optimism the two countries will continue to work together to strengthen the positive momentum and work together to make up for the time that may have been lost. During the ex-

Electric train debuts in General Santos City

GENERAL SANTOS CITY The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) innovative Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) made its maiden demonstration in major roads here, and awed many of those witnessed the trial run according to the Philippine News Agency. Dominador Lagare Jr., chairman of the City Council’s committee on transportation, said the initial road test last week is part of the ongoing preparations for the train’s formal trial run here that could stretch to at least five months. The HERT’s road test – which carried city officials

led by Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles and journalists as its passengers - started at the oval plaza up to the villages of Katangawan and Tinagacan. Lagare said it would make another road test from downtoan area up to the fish port complex in Tambler village. He said they have no timetable yet as to the start of the formal trial run noting it would depend on the road tests. “After the initial road tests, the actual trial run will immediately proceed,” he told reporters. The road train, which arrived here late last month following a sixmonth test run in Cebu

City, will cover a total of 17 stops along the national highway from Tinagacan to the fish port complex. The HERT, which was developed by DOST’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center, is a “40-meter long train” that can run at a maximum speed of 50 kilometers per hour and is powered by hybrid diesel fuel and electric-powered battery. The train consists of five interlinked air-conditioned coaches that can carry up to 240 passengers per trip. It is powered by a generator set and a series of batteries, with each coach driven by an electric motor.

panded bilateral meeting, Li noted that China-Philippines cooperation is based on major support and on major benefit. “We are now working together to strengthen the momentum of China-Philippines relations and try to make up for the time or the good opportunities we missed in the past,” he said. “We are accelerating the implementation of the relevant cooperation projects and that is something that requires the joint efforts of both sides,” he added. Li said China and the Philippines are developing countries and both governments face the daunting task of growing the economies and improving people’s lives. “Since the beginning of this year, we have been heartened by the boom in the practical cooperation between our two countries,” he said, noting that after the first 10 months of this year, China has become the Philippines’ top trading partner. China has imported

some 13,000 batches of tropical fruits from the Philippines and 14 new flights have been opened between the two countr ies. Li said they are expecting Chinese tourists to make some one million trips to the Philippines by the end of the year and noted noted the practical cooperation between the Philippines and China in areas of infrastructure, agriculture and poverty alleviation has been going strong as well. “ We commend the Philippine government for the introduction of its own development strategy that is AmBisyon Natin 2040. And we would be happy to enhance our cooperation with the Philippines in the infrastructure sector as well,” he said. Li suggested that both sides sit down together to discuss and formulate cooperation plans that would last for the next five or even to 10 years to put forward cooperation in the specific fields which will tackle specific fields

“to send out message to people of the two countries, as well as the international community, that China-Philippine relationship will continuously go forward and the people-to-people friendship between us will be further strengthened.” Both leaders also discussed cooperation between the two countries regarding defense affairs and counter-terrorism. “The Chinese side supports the efforts made by Mr. President and the Philippine government in upholding the security and stability of your country,” Li said, adding, Beijing will provide some 150 million RMB Yuan of grants for the rebuilding and improvement of livelihood in Marawi to demonstrate the support of the Chinese people. He also expressed full confidence that under Duterte’s leadership, the rebuilding of Marawi will be completed in a very early date and the local people will embrace an even better life. (PND)



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Philippines hands over recovered Vietnamese sailors to ministry officials

Philippine military photos show Vietnamese sailors Buy Xuan Vien, Bui Trung Duc and Nguten Quang Huy while being presented to Nguyen Duc Bien, of the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who flew to Zamboanga to receive the crew members of MV Giang Hai 5 who were recovered by Filipino soldiers on November 10, 2017 on the island of Languyan in Tawi-Tawi province. (Mindanao Examiner) ZAMBOANGA CITY – Troops continue to search for other Abu Sayyaf hostages in the southern Philippines following the recent recovery of three Vietnamese sailors in Tawi-Tawi province. The hostages were handed over by the military to the Vietnamese officials in Zamboanga city. It also turned over the remains of another kidnapped Vietnamese sailor Nguyin Huu Trong who allegedly died in captivity due to a lingering illness. The trio – Buy Xuan Vien, Bui Trung Duc and Nguten Quang Huy – were presented by Rear Admiral Rene Medina, the regional navy commander, to Nguyen Duc Bien, of the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who flew to Zamboanga to receive the sailors. The three men were crew members of the cargo ship MV Giang Hai


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5 kidnapped along with over a dozen others in February while sailing off Sulu Archipelago. They are expected to be presented to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguy?n Xuân Phúc who is in Manila for the ASEAN summit. Journalists were not invited to the handover of the sailors at the Western Mindanao Command and security officials also did not provide details of the so-called special operations launched by the military on Languyan Island that resulted in the recovery of the Vietnamese. But Brigadier General Custodio Parcon, Jr., commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi, said marines and navy forces were involved in the operations. “Through the operations conducted by our marines and navy, we successfully recovered the Vietnamese hostages off Tawi-Tawi waters, and we mean to in-

tensify our offensives to pressure the bandits to yield,” he said in a statement released the same day the hostages had been freed. It was unknown whether the sailors had been freed in exchange for ransom or not. No one among the officials gave details of the “special operations”, but there had been no report either of clashes between security and Abu Sayyaf forces on the island. There was no report of any arrest made by soldiers. Two of the crewmen were also killed by the Abu Sayyaf while attempting to escape during the hijacking while the rest had been recovered by soldiers. The recovery of the sailors coincided with President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Vietnam for the APEC summit. The Abu Sayyaf is still holding 7 foreigners and 9 Filipinos. (Mindanao Examiner)

HEALTH: Tips Sa Baradong Ilong at May Sipon Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong NAKAKAINIS ANG may baradong ilong. Hirap kang huminga at matulog. Tumutulo ang iyong sipon at nagbabago ang iyong boses. Ang kadahilanan ng baradong ilong ay ang pamamaga ng ugat sa iyong sinuses (sa loob ng ilong). Naiirita ang mga ugat dahil sa mikrobyo o allergy. Heto ang payo ko para malunasan ito: 1. Uminom ng 8-12 basong tubig sa isang araw. Puwede din uminom ng sopas, tsa-a at juices. 2. Maligo sa shower gamit ang mainit na tubig. Isara ang pinto sa banyo para makulob ang usok na manggagaling sa mainit na shower (parang sauna). Ang steam o usok ay may water vapor na nagpapalabnaw ng plema. 3. Subukan ang Steam Inhalation. Magpakulo ng 2 litrong tubig (8 baso) sa isang kaldero. Kapag kumulo na, palamigin ng 10

Dr. Willie T. Ong minuto at isalin ang tubig sa isang plastic na palanggana. Ilapit ang iyong mukha ng 6 inches sa mainit na tubig. Itaklob ang tuwalya sa ulo habang nakatapat sa palanggana. Ito’y para makulob ang init at malanghap mo ang usok na nanggagaling sa tubig. Puwede kang mag-steam inhalation ng 3 o 4 beses sa maghapon. 4. May tulong ang Saline Spray na nabibili sa botika (mga P100 ang halaga). Isa itong botelya na ipinapasok sa ilong at ini-spray. Sa ganitong paraan, mapapalabnaw at matutunaw ang plema

sa ilong. 5. Gumamit ng warm compress. Ilubog ang tuwalya sa mainit na tubig at pigain ito. Ilagay ang mainit na tuwalya sa bandang ilong at noo. Ang warm compress ay nakababawas ng kirot at pamamaga ng sinus. 6. May mga nabibiling gamot para sa sipon (decongestants) pero hindi ito puwede inumin ng pang-matagalan. Minsan, nakaka-apekto din itong mga gamot sa iyong blood pressure. 7. Kung may allergy, umiwas sa mga bagay na nakaka-allergy sa iyo. Linisin ang kuwarto at linisin ang mga gamit, kama, sofa at rug. Labhan maigi ang unan, kumot, tuwalya at baro. Ang mga balahibo mula sa alagang hayop at stuffed toys ay nakakaallergy din. Kung matindi ang allergy, puwede din uminom ng gamot sa allergy ng paminsan-minsan. Good luck po.

RECIPE: Filipino Style Creamy Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara


– 1 lb. Spaghetti – 1 Knorr Beef Cube – 6 ounces bacon, chopped – 1 (4 oz.) can button mushroom, sliced – ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

– 21 ounces all-purpose cream – 5 cloves garlic, minced – 2 tablespoons parsley, minced – 3 quarts water – 2 teaspoons salt


The Municipal Nutrition Council Chairman and Mayor Samier A. Tan receives guests from the Office of National Nutrition Council of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Central Office and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to discuss the strengthening of the local nutrition council and other issues and concerns.(Photo courtesy of Maimbung municipal government.)

1) Pour water in a deep cooking pot. Let boil. 2) Add salt. Put the spaghetti into the pot. Cook the spaghetti according to the time indicated in the package instructions. Remove the spaghetti from the cooking pot. Drain the water. Set aside. 3) Prepare the sauce by heating a clean cooking pot. Add bacon and cook in medium heat until the bacon fat gets extracted. Continue to cook until the texture of the bacon becomes crispy. 4) Remove the bacon from the pot and place in a clean bowl. Set aside. Discard the bacon fat or keep for future use. Leave 2 to 3 tablespoons of bacon fat in the pot. 5) Using the remaining bacon fat (oil), saute garlic until light brown. Add mushrooms. Cook for 30 seconds. 6) Add Knorr Beef Cube. Crush the cube and cook for another 30 seconds while continuously stirring. 7) Pour the all-purpose cream into the pot. Stir and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. 8) Add Parmesan cheese and half of the cooked bacon into the pot. Stir until smooth. 9) Arrange some pasta in a large bowl. Pour Carbonara sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle some bacon and chopped parsley. Toss until all ingredients are well blended. 10) Transfer to a serving plate. Top with more Parmesan cheese, bacon, and chopped parsley. 11) Serve. Share and enjoy! (


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Fishing ban takes effect in Visayan Sea THE BUREAU OF FISHERIES and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Western Visayas has declared a three-month closed fishing season to allow for the spawning of sardines, herrings and mackerels in the Visayan Sea. Remia Aparri, BFAR regional director, said they had already coordinated with local governments in the region to make sure that fishermen would follow the ban which will end on February 2018 as man-

dated by the Fisheries Administrative Order 167-3. She said violators of the fishing ban will face a P6,000 fine and imprisonment of six months to six years depending on the gravity of offense, and forfeiture of the catch and cancellation of fishing permits or license. Under the FAO 167-3, the catching, killing, selling or possession of sexually-mature sardines, herrings and mackerels or their larvae, fry or young known locally as “lupoy,” “silinyasi,” linatsay” or

“manansi” in the portion of the Visayan Sea and adjoining waters enclosed by line drawn through following points and coastlines are prohibited. The Visayan Sea stretches from the mouth of Danac River on the north-eastern tip of the Bantayan Island to Madridejos, to the lighthouse on Gigantes Island, to Clutaya Island; to Culasi Point in Capiz province, eastward along the northern coast of Capiz to Bulacaue Point in Carles, Iloilo, southward along

the eastern coast of Iloilo to the mouth of Talisay River, westward across the Guimaras Strait to Tomonton Point in Occidental Negros, eastward along the northern Coast

of the Island of Negros and back to the mouth of Danao River in Escalante, Negros Occidental. Despite the closed season, Aparri assured that the fish supply in the

region would not be affected. She also encouraged fishermen to strictly follow the ban and report if there are violators in their area. (Cindy Ferrer)

Farm-to-market road begins construction in Cebu town, hospital next month CEBU CITY - Transporting of farm products will soon be convenient for farmers in San Remegio town as the Cebu provincial government has started works on the 2.7kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) project. Oscar Pineda, of the Cebu Provincial Public Information Office, said the P27-million project is targeted for completion by

summer of next year. The project which links the mountainous barangays of San Remegio to the national highway will enable farmers to transport their produce fast. He said the FMR is funded through the Philippine Rural Development Project soft loan program which will be paid by the national government with a 10 percent counterpart

fund from the Cebu Capitol and with no cost to the municipal government. Pineda also said that construction works on the provincial hospital in Danao City will resume next month following its suspension last year. The provincial government will also add more medical professionals and equipment for the 50-bed-capacity hospital. (Luel Galarpe)

Police set up Korean Desks in Central Visayas CEBU CITY - Police officials from South Korea arrived in Cebu and met with their counterparts to further enhance interagency relations between the two law enf o r c e m e n t organizations. Regional police chief Jose Mario Espino welcomed the delegates from the Chungnam Provincial Police Agency (CPPA) headed by Commissioner Kim Jae Won. Espino and Kim formalized the inter-agency collaboration between the two police organizations and signed a memorandum of under-


standing. Kim said it is important for them to have the memorandum considering that most Koreans prefer to come to Central Visayas either for vacation or education. He said the two agencies will be sharing each other’s best practices on law enforcement and security strategies. Espino, on the other hand, said they will push through with their plan to set up a Korean Desk at every police station in the region to cater to the needs and problems of Korean visitors as well as to handle cases or crimes

involving Koreans. Kim said they are not asking the local police to provide Koreans special treatment, but he is grateful to Espino for such a plan. Likewise, Kim said Koreans caught violating the law should also be treated like an ordinary citizen and must be investigated for their crimes. Kim also visited several police installations to share their best practices and at the same time learn from the locals in terms of improving security and law enforcement in Chungnam. (By Luel Galarpe. With a report from Michelle Bugtai)

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