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Suporta ni Duterte sa Bangsamoro Basic Law, muling idiniin! COTABATO CITY – Muling iginiit ng Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang suporta nito sa kontrobersyal na Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) sa Mindanao na ngayon ay nakabinbin sa Kongreso sa kabila ng pagpupursige nito sa Federalism sa buong

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President Rodrigo Duterte with the First Scout Ranger Regiment in Bulacan province. (Photo by Ace Morandante)

NBI opens satellite office in Sulu SULU – The National Bureau of Investigation has formally opened its satellite office in Patikul town in Sulu province in southern Philippines, to better service Muslims not only in Sulu, but Tawi-Tawi as well. NBI deputy directors Antonio Pagatpat (Operations Services) and Ferdinand Lavin, (Forensics); and lawyer Peter Lugar, the acting NBI regional director for Western Mindanao, graced the recent opening of the office together Continue on page 3

Sulu Governor Totoh Tan and Dr. Sakur ‘Datu Shabandar’ Tan with senior NBI officials during the inauguration of an NBI satellite office in Sulu province. (Photo by Ahl-franzie Salinas)

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DUTERTE ORDER: ‘SHOOT TO KILL’

RESIDENT R ODRIGO DUTER TE has or der ed RODRIGO DUTERTE order dered soldiers to shoot and kill ar med communist armed rebels as secur ity for ces ar e rreadying eadying to fight security forces are the N ew P eople my follo wing the total New People eople’’s Ar Army following collapse of the peace talks talks.. Duterte, who previ- ists. “I am preparing now. ously supported the rebel group when he was They are preparing the mayor of Davao City, executive order declaring gave the order recently them to be terrorists and and assured members of they will be afforded the the armed forces that he treatment of being crimishall take sole responsi- nals. There will be no bility for it. He tagged the filing of cases under the NPA as a terrorist group public security like rebeland vows to finish off the lion because rebellion is rebels who are fighting to considered sometimes a overthrow the demo- noble undertaking, it’s cratic government and only because you want your country to do betinstall its own. “So what will be my ter,” the tough-talking orders to the…shoot President said. Duterte said he them, they will kill you anyway. So if there is an would no longer negotiarmed NPA there or ter- ate peace the communist rorists, if he’s holding any rebels, who also vowed to firearms, shoot and tell intensify their attacks on any...ako na ang government and military magsagot, you just shut targets. No. 1 Terr or ist error orist up. Do not answer if that Communist rebel issue of human rights, you say, go to Duterte. It chieftain Jose Mar ia is and was his order para Sison also branded tumahimik ka, sabihin Duterte as the “No. 1 termo. And so? You are de- rorist” in the country and stroying my country, you accused him of mass expect me to pat you in murder after the Presithe back and say, dahan- dent scrapped the peace dahan ka lang,” Duterte talks. “Duterte is the No. 1 told soldiers. He said an executive terrorist in the Philiporder declaring the NPA pines. He is culpable for as terrorist group would the abduction, torture be out soon. He said hu- and mass murder of an man rights organizations increasing large number and fronts allied with the of poor people suspected communist rebels would drug users and pushers, also be branded as terror- peasants and indigenous

people in suspected guerrilla fronts and Moro people suspected of aiding the Dawlah Islamiyah from the time of the indiscriminate bombing of Marawi City to the present in several Bangsamoro areas,” Sison, who is self-exile in The Netherlands since 1987, said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Duterte has threatened to outlaw the Communist Party of the Philippines, which Sison founded; and its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and jail its leaders, including leftist and human rights organizations conniving with them. He scrapped the peace talks after rebels declined to sign a ceasefire accord and continue attacking government and civilian targets despite on-going negotiations. Sison called Duterte as a “bloodlust” politician whose mania for mass murder are boundless. “Duterte´s bloodlust and mania for mass murder are boundless. He expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed

revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship in the service of US imper ialism and his fellow oligarchs among the big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats,” he said. “And yet Duterte is utterly malicious and shameless in threatening and scheming to label and outlaw as terrorists the suspected members and entireties of such revolutionary organizations as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army and even such legal patriotic and progressive organizations as BAYAN and its affiliates,” added Sison, a former university professor. He said the Duterte administration, backed by the United States, is hell-bent on frustrating the people´s clamor for peace negotiations to address the roots of the civil war through the adoption and implementation of social, economic, political and constitutional reforms as the basis of a just and lasting peace. Sison said the Duterte government is striving to intimidate the people with its own terrorist scheme and crimes

in order to seize absolute autocratic power for the President and limitless opportunity for the bureaucratic corruption of his family and ruling clique. He said the rebel forces now have no choice, but to wage all forms of resistance and fight for national sovereignty, democracy, economic development, social and cultural progress and independent foreign policy. “The Filipino people and revolutionary forces waging the people´s democratic revolution have no choice but to intensify the people´s war through an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in rural areas and partisan or commando operations in urban areas. The legal democratic forces and broad opposition have no choice but to develop the underground and encourage endangered activists to become fighters in the people´s army.” “Duterte is already discredited as a mass murderer, political swindler, a sycophant to foreign powers and a corrupt bureaucrat. These characteristics of his and the ever worsening chronic crisis of the semicolonial and semi-feudal ruling system will surely limit his ability to stay in

power and accelerate the growth and rise of a revolutionar y united front against his rule of greed and terror,” Sison said. He said even within the armed forces and police, there are already r umblings against the “despotic, criminal and corrupt character of the US-Duterte regime” and that the President is now worried to death by his own fear that antiDuterte officers within his own army and police are inclined to act in the name of the people and unite with the broad opposition and mass movement in order to end the Duterte regime in the same manner that the Marcos and Estrada regimes were ended.” Duterte said he would order the arrest of Sison - his former university professor - if he retur ns to Manila. He said he would not allow a “dying” Sison to come back to the country. “If Joma Sison comes here, I will arrest him, or if I were him huwag na siyang bumalik dito. Better still, I will not allow him to enter his native land, and that is a very painful experience especially if you're dying and you think that you should be buried in your own cemetery, in your own town,” he said. (Mindanao Examiner)


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NBI opens satellite office in Sulu Continued fr om page 1 from with Sulu Governor Totoh Tan and municipal mayors. Former Sulu Governor and philanthropist Dr. Sakur Tan was also invited to the event and joined the formal opening of the NBI office. Governor Tan has provided the office for the NBI, but his father, Dr. Tan, also known in Sulu as Datu Shahbandar, had initiated the move to call on national government agencies to have representation in the province. In his speech, Governor Tan stressed the importance of having an office of the NBI in Sulu and urged other government agencies to also set up offices in the province and bring the services of government closer to the people. “Sulu must be given adequate attention in terms of services coming from the national government. The provincial government is always ready to support and do its share to have the presence of national agencies of government in Sulu. Access

to services rendered by these national agencies would be a strong sign of better things to come for our people,” he said. The NBI officials praised Governor Tan for his support and thanked him and the provincial government to putting up a satellite office in Sulu. Governor Tan also donated office equipment and furniture to the NBI office. “With our meager resources in the Bureau, it will take years to put up the NBI office here in Sulu. Due to Governor Tan's support, now we are here inaugurating this NBI Office in Sulu,” Director Pagatpat said. For his part, Director Lavin said the NBI office will not only bring its services closer to the people, but also help in law enforcement operations. “The NBI clearance system can assists the police and military in their law enforcement duties by verifying the true identities of criminals or persons of interest,” he said. Lavin said the NBI satel-

lite office is directly connected to their main server in Manila via the Internet, adding, Governor Tan and his father, and other municipal mayors also got their NBI clearance at the satellite office. He also joined Governor Tan in urging other government agencies, especially the Department of Foreign Affairs and Philippine Statistics Office, to put satellite branch in Sulu, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. "I challenge our counterparts, the national government to provide basic services, come here make representation with local government leaders. They are very supportive, believe you me. Maniwala.kayo sa akin, very supportive with the vision, executive functions, benevolence and generosity of your Governor. Today we inaugurate our new NBI Sulu Satellite office and bringing NBI office right to your doorstep," Lavin said. (Ahl-franzie Salinas)

Sulu Governor Totoh Tan and Dr. Sakur ‘Datu Shabandar’ Tan with senior NBI officials during the inauguration of an NBI satellite office in Sulu province. (Photo by Ahl-franzie Salinas)

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Mula sa F age Frront P Page Kamakailan lamang ay dumalo pa ang Pangulo sa BBL summit na ikinasa ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) sa bayan ng Sultan Kudarat sa Maguindanao upang isulong ang naturang draft law. Nagpakita ng puwersa ang MILF sa naturang pulong na dinaluhan ng mahigit sa isang milyong mga rebelde, supporters at sympathizers nito. Nasa summit rin ang mga lider ng Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) sa pamumuno nina Muslimen Sema at Yusokp Jikiri. Ngunit wala naman doon si MNLF chairman Nur Misuari na hindi pabor sa BBL at kalaban nina Sema at Jikiri. Sinabi naman ni National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon na lubhang mahalaga ang BBL dahil ito ang hinihiling ng

mga Muslim sa Mindanao. Nagtungo umano si Duterte sa summit upang hingin ang suporta upang maipasa ang BBL at tuluyang maging batas. “Kung matatandaan natin ang Bangsamoro Basic Law ay hindi pumasa sa Kongreso noon nakaraang administrasyon. Ito ay nirebisa natin and this was revised by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, ito na ngayon may bago na at ito ang dadalhin sa Kongreso. Ang Bangsamoro who gathered there is very supportive. Ito na bale ang pagpapatupad ng perace agreement with the MILF na meron rin tayong ganyan noon sa Moro National Liberation Front. Very historic ito at nandiyan ang MNLF at MILF,” ani Esperon. Ito rin ang sinabi ni Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at ibinunyag na

ilang beses na naunsyami ang naturang summit dahil hindi umano available ang Pangulo na noong nakaraawang Oktubre pa sana naisagawa. “Matagal ng pinalano ito nina (MILF Vice Chairman Ghazali) Jaafar at (MILF chieftain Murad Ebrahim) Murad. Napuspon ito ng ilang beses dahilm hindi available si Presidente at noon pa sana isang buwan yan. Mabuti naman at natuloy na ngayon. Importante ito kasi lahat ng stakeholders sa BBL andiyan yun galing sa Jolo, Basilan, Mindanao, at Maguindanao,” wika pa ni Lorenzana. Kasama ni Duterte sa entablado ang mga lider ng MILF na sina Ebrahim at Jaafar, gayun rin sina Esperon at Lorenzana, si Harry Roque, ang tagapagsalita ng Pangulo, at

Martin Andanar, ng Presidential Communications Office, at sina Jesus Dureza, ang peace adviser; at Jikiri. Kapuna-puna naman na wala sa entablado si Mujiv Hataman, ang gobernador ng Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), na kapartido ni dating Pangulong Benigno Aquino. Umakyat lamang sa entablado si Hataman – gayun rin si Sema - ng umalis na ang Pangulo.

Nagpasalamat naman si Ebrahim sa pagdalo ni Duterte at iba pang mga delegado, kabilang ang diplomatic corps at ang Senate President, House Speaker at Chief Justice. Umikot ang talumpati ni Ebrahim sa paghingi ng suportang maipasa ang BBL sa Kongreso at maisakatuparan ang matagal ng minimithi ng mga Muslim – ang sariling estado sa bansa. Subali’t federalism

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Duterte wants historical injustices to Moros addressed; Hataman reiterates support to BBL MAGUINDANAO – President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to “work very hard” to address historical injustices committed against the Moro people adding further that the southern Philippine peace talks will be inclusive. “I plead to all Filipinos listening now to understand the problem,” Duterte said, referring to the centuries-old Bangsamoro struggle. The President was in Simuay in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao province on November 27 for the two-

day Bangsamoro Assembly. The event, organized by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), was attended by more than a million people that included high-ranking government officials, nong o v e r n m e n t a l organizations, indigenous peoples (IPs), religious leaders, and representatives from other groups such as the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). The assembly was

aimed at drumming up support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law’s (BBL) immediate enactment. For his part, Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said he is one with the Bangsamoro people. “Pumunta ako dito hindi lamang upang magpakita ng simpatya at suporta sa inyo, kundi naniniwala po ako na kabilang ako at kasama niyo ako sa kampanyang ito,” Hataman said, reiterating his commitment to

vacate his post when the BBL is enacted. Several officials and sectoral leaders also delivered their messages of support for BBL including 1st district of Maguindanao and Cotabato City Representative Bai Sandra Sema; Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali; Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu; MNLF chairman Yusoph Jikiri; Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, Bishop Noel Pantoja of the Philippine Council of Evangelical

Churches; BTC Commissioner Timuay Melanio Ulama for the IPs; Datu Midpantao Midtimbang; and Aleem Ali Solaiman. Murad Ibrahim, MILF chairman, said his group must now transition into a social movement. “From fortification of camps with arms, we venture into the development of our communities with new sets of learned skills and prepare the leadership from a revolutionary mindset into transformative leaders and managers,” Ibrahim said, adding, the MILF will con-

tinuously push for the enactment of the BBL “because we are convinced of the justness and legitimacy of the Bangsamoro cause.” Ghazali Jaafar, MILF vice chairman for political affairs, appealed to Duterte to expedite the passage of the BBL. “We strongly appeal to the President to expedite the passage of the BBL,” he said. “The BBL is the Bangsamoro’s articulation of self-determination.” (Bureau of Public Information)

‘Amin Baco' could be in Basilan, may recruit more Malaysians MALAYSIAN MILITANT Amin Baco may be hiding in Basilan and could recruit more Malaysians for attacks in other parts of southern Philippines if he is still alive, a former hostage says. The Philippine authorities were earlier divided on whether Sabahan Amin was still alive and emir of the Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, as claimed by an Indonesian militant captured in the besieged city of Marawi. But the latest statements by the Philippine military indicate that the seasoned terrorist may still be alive and is one of 10 militants who could be the new leader of the terror group’s regional arm. “Amin was definitely

one of the leaders during the siege on Marawi,” college teacher Lordvin Acopio, who spent four months in captivity by the pro-IS groups which attacked Marawi, told FMT. “I can’t say how many groups were in Marawi. Amin led one of the groups. “Each group had 1015 fighters, but the number depended on the size of the area they were guarding. “If Amin is still alive, it’s possible he’ll recruit more Malaysians to join in attack plots in other parts of southern Philippines.” Amin and others were said to be potential candidates to succeed IS’ Southeast Asia emir designate Isnilon Hapilon,

who was killed last month in Marawi. Amin, who was from Tawau, was also reported to be an expert bombmaker, recruiter and facilitator of weapons movement between southern Philippines and the east coast of Sabah. Malaysian counterterrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay last week revealed Amin was Isnilon’s son-in-law, which caught analysts and experts by surprise. Some analysts said Amin’s family relationship with Isnilon, as well as his leadership position, vast experience and network, could set him apart from the other candidates for the top post. “If Amin is Isnilon’s son-in-law, most prob-

ably the IS’ regional leadership position was given to him after Isnilon was killed. The possibility is high,” Lordvin said. In October, FMT broke the news about a Malaysian teenager whom Lordvin had seen fighting troops alongside his militant father in Marawi. FMT withheld the identity of the militant and his son, but last week, Ayob Khan revealed the boy’s name, adding that he was Amin’s son. Lordvin, who was kidnapped on May 23, the first day of the Marawi war, said Amin and his son had access to siege leader Isnilon. “The boy was always at Isnilon’s place if he was not at the frontline fight-

ing with his father,” Lordvin told FMT. “All of us hostages kept getting moved around, but wherever we were held, Isnilon was always in a building nearby and we weren’t allowed to go there. “Not everyone could see Isnilon at his place or command centre unless they were high-ranking militants. “I believe Amin’s son always visited his stepgrandfather Isnilon at the command centre to collect firearms or to give situational reports.” Ayob Khan had said last week that Amin’s son was still alive and probably in Basilan, the base of the Abu Sayyaf group led by Isnilon. “If the boy is now in

Basilan, then most probably Amin is also there because the duo never left each other’s side in Marawi,” Lordvin said. “In fact, intelligence reported by the Philippine media says militants are planning attacks there and elsewhere as revenge for the loss of their caliphate in Marawi. “Many relatives of those militants killed in Marawi are said to be doing recruitments now.” More than 1,000 people, mostly militants, were killed in the fivemonth clashes between the authorities and militants who wanted to set up a so-called IS caliphate in the lake city. (By Zam Yusa - Free Malaysia Today)


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Is apple cider vinegar really a wonder food? Will apple cider vinegar really help you lose weight, fight heart disease, control blood sugar and prevent cancer?

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OLK MEDICINE has fav our ed apple cider vinegar favour oured for centur ies and many claims ar e made for its centuries are supposed benefits benefits.. Apple cider vinegar is ing the greatest effect. made by chopping apples, Others claim taking covering them with water apple cider vinegar with and leaving them at room meals will help digest protemperature until the natu- teins faster and therefore ral sugars ferment and form generate higher levels of ethanol. Bacteria then con- growth hormone. This is vert this alcohol into acetic claimed to break down more acid. fat cells. Unfortunately, Strands of a “mother” there’s no evidence to supwill form in the cider. These port such ideas. are strained out of many Claims that pectin – a products but left in others, type of viscous dietary fibre and are often the target of – in cider vinegar will help health claims. The “mother” weight loss by making you can also be used to start the feel full for longer ignores the production of the next batch fact that the pectin in apples of cider. is not found in apple cider But will apple cider vin- vinegar. Hear egar really help you lose eartt disease weight, fight heart disease, Pectin is again credited control blood sugar and pre- for cider vinegar’s supposed vent cancer? And what about benefits for heart disease, claims it is rich in enzymes with claims it “attracts bad and nutrients such as potas- LDL cholesterol”. sium? However, the Japanese Weight loss study referred to for weight The evidence that apple loss found no difference in cider vinegar helps fight fat is LDL cholesterol with either a weak. low or higher amount of ciA short-term study in Ja- der vinegar over a 12-week pan added two daily drinks period. of 15 millilitres of apple cider Others claim that cider vinegar mixed with 250 ml of vinegar works like a broom water to the usual diet of to clean toxic wastes out of overweight men and the arteries. Sadly, there’s no women. Their weight fell by evidence for that one either. about one kilogram over 12 Blood sugar and diabetes weeks, but returned to usual Several studies have relevels within four weeks. ported on the effects cider According to a UK study, vinegar can have on blood it may be that vinegar can glucose levels. One small suppress appetite. When of- study of healthy volunteers fered a pleasant-tasting found that adding vinegar to vinegar drink, one that was a meal reduced glucose and less palatable, or a non-vin- insulin levels – at least for 45 egar drink with their minutes – and increased sabreakfast, volunteers who tiety for up to two hours. downed both vinegar drinks Another small study of felt slightly nauseated. Not people with type 2 diabetes surprisingly, this depressed reported adding vinegar to a their appetite, with the least high carbohydrate meal repalatable vinegar drink hav- duced the subsequent rise in

It makes a tasty dressing, but the health claims are overblown. (Madeleine Steinbach/Shutterstock) the blood glucose level. However, this effect was only apparent for a high glycaemic index carbohydrate, such as mashed potatoes. When the carbs came from a lower GI food such as wholegrain bread, the vinegar had no effect. A word of warning for those with type 1 diabetes who also have damage to the vagus nerve (a common coproblem): when taking apple cider vinegar in water before a carb-rich meal, the delay in the stomach contents passing to the small intestine may alter the quantity of insulin so the usual daily injection may be inappropriate. Other diseases As for allergies, acne, arthritis, hiccups and leg cramps, there is no evidence that apple cider vinegar prevents or cures any of these

conditions. Nor is there evidence from any studies that cider vinegar has benefits for preventing or curing cancer. Unproven cancer cures can waste valuable time in seeking reliable treatments. So is it wor th taking? worth Some sites promoting unrefined cider vinegar claim it is a good source of potassium. We certainly need potassium to help regulate the balance of water and acidity in the blood. But with apple cider manufacturers declaring their products have just 11

milligrams per 15 ml serve (and a recommendation for two serves a day) it is a negligible source. The recommended dietary intake of potassium is 2,800 mg/day for women and 3,800 mg/day for men. Bananas have around 400 mg. In Australia, products cannot claim to be a source of any nutrient unless a reasonable daily intake provides at least 10% of the recommended daily intake (RDI). A “good source” must have 25% of the RDI. There is also no evidence to support the idea

that apple cider vinegar makes it easier to absorb calcium. On the good side, like all vinegars, it has virtually no kilojoules and, mixed with extra virgin olive oil, makes an excellent salad dressing. Finally, a word of warning: don’t drink apple cider vinegar “neat”. It can damage the throat and oesophagus. Even diluted, its acidity can damage tooth enamel. (Rosemary Stanton, Nutritionist & Visiting Fellow, UNSW. This article was originally published on The Conversation)

Mansaka native wins beauty crown

COMPOSTELA VALLEY Riza Joy Edlay, a senior high school student of the National High School of Maragusan in Compostela Valley province, has been crowned as Miss ICM 2017

(Inter-Collegiate Meet) after winning the beauty pageant recently. A pure bloodied member of the Mansaka tribe, Riza bested other candidates who repre-

sented different schools to the pageant held in Maragusan town. She also advocates and promotes the unique culture and traditions of the Mansaka tribe. (Cesar Lanos)


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Libel, ‘false’ news now carry stiffer fines CEBU - Libel now carries a higher penalty of fine, from the old rate of P200 to P6,000 to the new rate of P40,000 to P1.2 million. That is the change that stands out under Republic Act 10951, which adjusted among others the fines imposed under the Revised Penal Code. The Senate bill authored by Sen. Franklin Dr ilon was signed into law by President Duterte last

Aug. 29. The jail penalty, ranging from six months to four years, is still the same, according to Cebu Media Legal Aid president Elias Espinoza. Cemla was asked by Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) executive director Pachico Seares to do the research for Cebu media. Here’s Cemla’s report: Republic Act 10951 is an “Act Adjusting the Amount or the Value of Property and Damage on

which a Penalty is Based and the Fines Imposed Under the Revised Penal Code Amending for the Purpose Act No. 3815, Other wise Known as “The Revised Penal Code.” After President Duterte signed the Senate bill into RA 10951 that included libel among the crimes where the fine is increased, jour nalists should be more thorough and attentive in what they say or write without sacrificing the truth.

In Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), the fine for libel was only from P200 to P6,000. Now, under Section 91 of the new law, the fine for libel ranges from P40,000 to P1,200,000. Jail sentence is still prision correccional, that is, from six months and one day to two years and four months minimum and from two years, four months and one day to four years and two months medium period. The judge may impose both the imprisonment and the maximum fine. Thenew law does not exclude the civil action that may be brought by the offended par ty against the accused. E xtor tion xtortion The fine for RPC’s Article 356 — Threatening to publish and offer to prevent such publication for a compensation, otherwise called extortion — has also been amended under Section 92 of the new law. The previous fine from P200 to P2,000 is now from P40,000 to P400,000. Reporters, editors, and managers of a news-

paper, daily or magazine should know that the fine for RPC’s Article 356 — “Prohibited publication of acts referred to in the course of official proceedings” — has also been increased. Under Section 93 of RA 10951, the fine is now from P40,000 to P200,000. It used to be only from P200 to P2,000. ‘ False news news’’ Little known to many people, including journalists, is that the so-called fakenews is already punished under existing law, though labeled as “false news” and not as broad and comprehensive as the pending Senate bill. And under RA 10951, the fine has been increased: now ranging from P40,000 to P200,000. RPC’s Article 154 of the same Act has been amended thus: “Art. 154. Unlawful use of means of publication and unlawful utterances. — The penalty of arresto mayor and a fine ranging from forty thousand pesos (P40,000) to two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000) shall be imposed upon:

“1. Any person who by means of printing, lithography, or any other means of publication shall publish or cause to be published as news any false news which may endanger the public order, or cause damage to the interest or credit of the State; “2. Any person who by the same means, or by words, utterances or speeches shall encourage disobedience to the law or to the constituted authorities or praise, justify, or extol an, act punished by law; “3. Any person who shall maliciously publish or cause to be published any official resolution or document without proper authority or before they have been published officially; or “4. Any person who shall print, publish, or distribute or cause to be printed, published, or distributed books, pamphlets, periodicals, or leaflets which do not bear the real printer’s name, or which are classified as anonymous.” (Cebu Citizens-Press Council)

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CEBU CITY - Mandaue has been identified as the most densely populated highly urbanized city outside the National Capital Region (NCR), according to the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015) by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Census shows that 14,402 persons occupy Mandaue City per square kilometer. This is followed by Lapu-Lapu City with 7,024 persons per square kilometer. Cebu City has 2,929 people per square kilometer.

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And Cebu province ranks fifth among provinces with the biggest population in the country with 2.93 million people. Cavite tops that list with 3.7 million people. Among the component cities in Region 7, Talisay City is the most densely populated with 5,710 persons per square kilometer. Central Visayas (Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor) has a total population of 7,396,898 in 2015, with Cebu the most densely populated in the region. In terms of popula-

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tion density, Central Visayas has 466 persons per square kilometer in 2015. As of August 2015, the Philippines had a total population of 100,981,437 with 337 people per square kilometer. The 2015 Census of Population is PSA’s 14th census in the country since its first census in 1903. Around 90,000 enumerators, 23,000 team supervisors, and 5,000 census area supervisors conducted the nationwide 2015 POPCEN. (Ayin Visitacion)

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