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Know about illegal drugs and their ill-effects WHAT’S WITH DRUGS that make the world so deeply concerned about people using them? In the Philippines alone, an estimated four to seven million of its 104 million populations are said to be using prohibited drugs. As a campaign promise, President Rodrigo Duterte has

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made the crackdown on illegal drugs a centerpiece of his administration -for which he has been chastised from all fronts, in and out of the country. Drug addiction, no doubt, has severely affected society, cutting across all socio-economic echelons and demographics. No one can deny that drug ad-

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diction is a societal menace, resulting in countless crimes, financial problems, and broken relationships, both with families and friends. Here’s a glimpse of what the common prohibited drugs are and how they affect the body and mind. Continue on page 5

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‘Hunting Season’ Begins, Police Resume Anti-Drug War

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AVAO CIT Y–P olice hav e rresumed esumed anti-nar cotics campaign follo wing a CITY Police have anti-narcotics following om the public, but many human rrights ights gr oups and politicians from groups clamor fr opposed to P odr igo D uter te ugs Prresident R Rodr odrigo Duter uterte te’’s bloody war against illegal dr drugs fear that cases of extr ajudicial killings will again rrise ise as it was in the past. extrajudicial Phelim Kine, Deputy alleged (public) clamor “Poor urban dwellers Director for Asia of the was unlikely to be Manila’s have constituted the vast Human Rights Watch, urban poor areas, the epi- majority of what nongovalso echoed the same fear center of the killing zones ernmental organizations after Duterte resumed linked to the drug war the and media outlets estimate police anti-drug opera- Duterte began after taking have been more than Continue on page 2 tions. “The source of that office in June 2016.”

Police Director Ronald dela Rosa interacts with policemen during his recent visit to the Kalinga Police Provincial Office.

Call of Duty-style footage shows troops in deadly battle to recapture city from ISIS militants

Filipino soldiers line up against a wall, holding guns ready for combat (Philippine Army/Vishnu Production)

BR UT AL C all of D uty -style footage sho wing tr oops BRUT UTAL Call Duty uty-style showing troops in a deadly battle with IIslamic slamic S tate fighters to rreeState take a city has been rreleased eleased b y the militar y. by military The Filipino military the mostly Christian has made public footage Philippines this year and of the devastation ISIS-inspired extremists, wrought by the bloody including members of battles in Marawi, a city in insurgent group Abu the south of the country. Sayyaf, fought to occupy The vicious conflict Marawi. lasted for five months; killAbu Sayyaf has been ing more than 1,100 blamed for some of the people and displacing half worst terror attacks in the a million. country's history includVideo footage released ing mass kidnappings by the government shows and deadly bombings. bombs and artillery fire reThe siege of Marawi prompted Philippine ducing the city to ruins. Buildings were so President Rodrigo badly bombed that only Duterte to declare marthe bare, skeletal struc- tial law and the US tures remain and local Pentagon to deploy speinfrastructure is de- cial operations forces to the region. stroyed. Continue on page 3 Violence erupted in

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Continued fr om page 1 from 12,000 victims of a killing campaign that Human Rights Watch research has linked to numerous extrajudicial executions by police and their agents. This effective “war on the poor” may constitute crimes against humanity,” Kine said. Duterte suspended police anti-drug operations on October 12 and assigned this to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after he implicitly acknowledged the decision was linked to growing domestic and international furor over the drug campaign’s horrific human toll by stating the suspension would be “better for the bleeding hearts and media.”

Duterte declared a similar one-month suspension in January, following revelations of the brutal murder of a South Korean businessman by anti-drug police. The reactivation of police anti-drug operations officially requires police to first consult with the PDEA. But the government’s failure to hold anyone accountable for the thousands of drug war deaths make it highly unlikely that the PDEA will be able to restrain welldocumented police abuses, according to Kine, adding, the resumption of police anti-drug operations was not wholly unexpected. Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa, who fully supported Duterte’s anti-

drug campaign, had criticized the suspension, saying “drug pushers are saying hallelujah.” “Duterte may also have been emboldened by the unwillingness of either US President Donald Trump or fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders to publicly challenge the drug war slaughter during the ASEAN 2017 Summit, which the Philippines hosted in November. Those failures highlight the need for United Nations action to investigate these killings, and end the murderous police operations on urban poor communities,” Kine said. (Mindanao Examiner, with a report from the Human Rights Watch.)

PAL opens up new branch in Davao DAVAO CITY - The Philippine Airlines (PAL) expanded its operation in Davao City to accommodate more travellers and its adjacent municipalities and provinces. PAL President and COO Jaime Bautista said the opening of the new branch is a manifestation of their commitment to continue serving their riding passengers from Davao and the adjoining towns. He said PAL now has three branches in Davao City, which is its busiest route with eight daily flights from Manila and two to three flights

daily to Cebu. “We are planning to expand operations in Davao although we already started the DavaoTagbiliran route,” he said, adding, PAL is also planning to operate a Davao-Siargao route as the airline firm eyes to increase its presence from Davao to more destinations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. As this developed, he said PAL is expecting the delivery of two brand new 777 300 ER aircrafts this December that would fly from Manila to US, London, and Canada. “This

will allow us to operate non-stop flights with these aircrafts that are equipped with the most modern inflight entertainment system,” Bautista said. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio lauded the expansion of PAL in the city. She cited the airline company’s expanding business in Davao City and the growing business in the Philippines. She said Dabawenyos are working hard that “our city become competitive and will be put in the map in the ASEAN community and not just the Philippine community.” (Digna Banzon)

PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa with Sulu Governor Totoh Tan.

Marawi families to get new homes before Christmas, says DPWH

SOME 500 families displaced by the Marawi City siege would be moving in the transition shelters before Christmas, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said they expect the initial number of beneficiaries to be in their new transition homes before December 25. “The construction of the houses is on-going. They have al-

ready completed the construction of (some of ) the houses,” he said. Villar recently visited the areas that were damaged by the war between government forces and the Maute group, which lasted for five months. He said that the local government and the Department of Social Welfare and Development would identify the first 500 families that is set to occupy the newlybuilt houses

He earlier reported that post-conflict needs assessment team has entered the area to conduct assessment on the extent of the damage on the infrastructure in the war-torn city. “Continuous data is coming in, we would be able to assess,” Villar said. The Duterte administration is eyeing 4,000 families to benefit from building the transition area. (Ferdinand Patinio)


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Call of Duty-style footage shows troops in deadly battle to recapture city from ISIS militants Continued fr om page 1 from On October 23, thousands of troops, backed by artillery, tanks and airstrikes, descended on the city in a focused bid to crush the uprising. Despite their military success at reclaiming Marawi from the insurgents, Amnesty International has claimed that Filipino soldiers committed abuses during the five month battle for Marawi, but Duterte denies all claims of looting and abuse of power. Amnesty International also claimed that police have killed dozens of children in Duterte's controversial and deadly war on drugs, which has killed thousands in the country. Amnesty urged the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into crimes against humanity in the violent Filipino drugs crackdown, including the deaths of an estimated 60 young people by police and vigilantes. Since Duterte took office in June 2016, more

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Government troops continue to hunt down communist insurgents in South Cotabato province where clashes erupted last week that left at least 10 people dead. Soldiers also seized a camp of the New People’s Army in Lake Sebu where clashes occurred between security and rebel forces. At

than 3,900 have been killed in his anti-drugs campaign. The government claims that those slain are "drug personalities" but activists say the dead are really just suspected users and alleged small-time dealers. While the Philippines has battled Islamic extremists in the south, and launched a 'war on drugs' nationwide, neighbouring countries are also trying to combat extremism in the region. Indonesia and Malaysia say thousands of their citizens sympathize with ISIS and hundreds are believed to have travelled to Syria to join the group. Southeast Asian countries were urged to step up their fight against religious militancy taking root in their region by Singapore's foreign minister. The minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, said the weakening of Islamic State in the Middle East and the recent occupation of the Philippine town of Marawi by IS-supporting gunmen

had renewed concern that the region could become a magnet for militants. "We saw some returning fighters to Marawi in the southern Philippines and there are other potential hotbeds for terrorists in our region," Balakrishnan said in a lecture on Singapore's priorities as it prepares to take over as chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). "It is not just a Middle East phenomenon." ASEAN includes Indonesia, which has the world's biggest Muslim population, mostly Muslim Malaysia and Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where a campaign of violence against members of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine State has brought U.N. accusations of ethnic cleansing. ASEAN members have pledged greater cooperation and intelligence sharing to combat the threat of Islamic militancy in the region. (Liz Dunphy, Mirror)

A soldier is pictured here walking through the rubble that the city has been reduced to (Philippine Army/Vishnu Production)

Extremist group Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for some of the worst terror attacks in the country's history (Philippine Army/Vishnu Production)

Troops hunt down South Cotabato rebels

least 8 alleged rebels and two soldiers were killed in the battle, according to the military. But the NPA accused the military of killing civilians, mostly members if the indigenous T’boli tribe. Efren Aksasato, a rebel spokesman, said soldiers from the 27th Infantry Battalion allegedly massacred

villagers in Lake Sebu on December 3. “The 27th Infantry Battalion massacred civilian residents and not NPA members in a skirmish that took place in on December 3,” he said, adding, the victims were opposing mining operation in their ancestral domain. The 6th Infantry Division said all those killed

Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, speaks on radio during a military operation in South Cotabato's Lake Sebu where 8 insurgents were killed last week. He is also seen talking to a tribal elder, and assisting a wounded man. (From the Facebook account of Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc)

were NPA rebels who clashed with soldiers that left 2 infantrymen dead. Aksasato said those killed by soldiers were members of the T’boliManobo S’daf Claimants Organization, a group fighting for the tribe’s ancestral lands being claimed by the mining firm D.M. Consunji Holdings Inc. (DMCI) through the government’s Integrated Forest Management Agreement program (IFMA). IFMA is a production sharing contract entered into by and between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the mining firm which grants DMCI the exclusive right to develop, manage, protect and utilize a specified area of forestland and forest resources therein for a period of 25 years and may be renewed for another 25-year period, consistent with the principle of sustainable development and in accordance with an approved Comprehensive Development and Management Plan. “Reports said that at around 12:25 in the afternoon in December 3, forces of the 27th Infantry Battalion conducting military operations arrive in the community. The soldiers approached the house of the chieftain Datu Victor Danyan and opened fire. This prompted the residents, armed with 12-gauge shotguns and indigenous weapons, to fight back.” “The firefight resulted to the death of eight individuals namely Datu Victor Danyan Sr., Victor Danyan Jr., Artemio Danyan, Pato Celardo, To Diamante, Bobot Lagase, and Mateng Bantal. A number were also wounded that includes Luben Laod and Teteng Laod, and a minor that was

taken to a hospital,” Aksasato said. He said rebel forces near the area responded to the military atrocities and rescued other civilians and brought them to safety away from government soldiers, but eventually NPA fighters engaged troops in a running gun battle. He said one rebel was killed in the clashes. NP AP NPA Prropaganda But Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, strongly denied Aksasato’s accusations and branded them as propaganda. “Ayon sa mga spin masters ng CPP-NPA-NDF, namatay daw sa shrapnel ng artillery sina Datu Victor Denyan. Dahil sigurado ako sa kakayahan ng aming forward observers at artillery team na pinamunuan ni 1Lt April Paduganan, isinama ko mismo si Datu Dandee Denian, ang pinsan ni Datu Victor para pasinungalingan ang fake news na kinalat para siraan ang 27th at 33rd Infantry Battalions. Nang nasupalpal ng ebidensya ang mga komunista, binago nila ang paratang at sabi ay minasaker ng tropa ang tribo. Sa muli, nasupalpal sila dahil nabaril at napatay ang dalawang sundalo sa naturang bakbakan. Nagresponde sina Datu Victor dahil inakala nyang namatay ang kanyang anak na miyembro ng Skwad Primera ng Platoon Arabo ni Ka Yoyo.” “Dahil No Fire Area ang ipinag-uutos ko sa sentro ng komunidad, panay identified targets na okupado ng hukbo ng bandidong NPA ang aming pinatakan ng kanyon. Malayo ito sa bahayan nina Datu Victor. Wala ni isang crater ng 105mm (Howit-

zer) ang makikita sa paligid ayon sa fake news ng mga komunista. Ito pa, bumulagta sa naturang engkwentro ang isang kalbo na hukbo. Nang pinakuha ko kina Datu Dandee ang mga bangkay, nagtaka sila kung sino si Kalbo dahil hindi ito miyembro ng tribo. Pinakuhanan ko ito ng larawan para ipakita sa mga bagong suko na mga miyembro ng Platoon Arabo. Nang ipinakita ko ang picture ni Kalbo, ayon, tukoy agad nila: Si Ka George yan sir!,” Cabunoc narrated in his Facebook post. Kalbo, he said, turned out to be the commander of the so-called Platoon My Phone of the rebel group operating in Sultan Kudarat. “Patay ang kilabot na kumander ng Platoon My Phone ng bandidong NPA sa Sultan Kudarat na si Ka George. Ang mga bandidong NPA ay ginawang sangkalan sa bakbakan ang kakaawang lumad na kanilang nalinlang para lumaban sa gobyerno. Mga komunista, di na uubra ang fake news ninyo. Buking na kayo sa mga lumad. Mag-alsa masa na sila kontra sa inyo!,” he said. Some of the wounded enemies who were captured by soldiers were also given emergency medical treatment and brought to hospital, according to Cabunoc. President Rodrigo Duterte has tagged the NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines as a terrorist organization following the collapse of the peace talks due to the rebels’ continued attacks on government and military and even civiliantargets. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Know about illegal drugs and their ill-effects Continued fr om page 1 from According to a primer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) posted on its website, drugs are chemical substances that affect the normal functioning of the body,

either physically and/or psychologically. Not all drugs are illegal, it says. The caffeine in coffee, the nicotine in cigarettes, and alcohol are technically legal drugs. Medicines are pharmaceutical drugs

used to treat or prevent illnesses. They are legal, although they could also be abused. The ones people should totally shun are the illegal drugs because they alter a person’s mood, thinking, and be-

havior. All illegal drugs have immediate physical effects, and they also hinder psychological and emotional development, especially among young people, says the UNODC. Drugs cloud a user’s judgment, making him/ her take more risks, for instance having unsafe sex that could lead one to contract sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. The effects of illegal drugs do not last long. When they wear off, a user gets depressed, lonely and sick, appears confused, sweats a lot, has red eyes, and neglects his/her physical appearance and then comes the irrational craving. The following are the most common prohibited drugs and how they affect their users: Methamphetamine Methamphetamine, also known as Shabu, also goes by the names Crack meth, Ice, Crystal meth, Tik, and Yaba. Methamphetamine belongs to a group of drugs called amphetaminetype stimulants. Like ecstasy, it is manufactured in illegal laboratories and sold in powder, tablet or crystal form. It could be swallowed, sniffed, smoked or injected. The UNODC says meth produces a feeling of physical and mental wellbeing, euphoria, and exhilaration. Users expe-

rience a temporary boost in energy, often perceived to improve their performance of manual or mental tasks, along with delayed hunger and fatigue. At times, they become more aggressive and violent. Over the short term, users tend to lose their appetite, start to breathe faster, and sweat due to increased heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Taking in large doses would make users feel restless and irritable and could induce panic attacks. Taking in excessive doses could result in convulsions, seizures, and death from respiratory failure, stroke or heart failure. Long-term use could also lead to malnutrition, weight loss, and psychological dependence and stopping its use results in a long period of sleep, followed by depression. E cstasy Ecstasy goes around by the names E, Snackies and New Yorkers. The drug, usually made in illegal laboratories, consists of a range of substances that make it dangerous to consume. It comes in the form of tablet, powder or capsule and is usually swallowed, but could also be snorted or injected. Ecstasy increases users’ empathy levels and induces a feeling of closeness to people around them. It makes them feel more sociable

and energetic. Shortterm use of ecstasy prompts the body to ignore distress signals such as dehydration, dizziness, and exhaustion, and interferes with the body's ability to regulate temperature. It could also severely damage the liver and kidneys and could cause convulsions and heart failure. In large doses, ecstasy could cause restlessness, anxiety and severe hallucinations. Long-term use damages certain parts of the brain, bringing about serious depression and memory loss. C annabis Cannabis is known by many names - Bongo, Ganja, Grass, Pot or Thai sticks. Its most famous name, however, is Marijuana, or Mar y Jane. Cannabis, a tobacco-like greenish or brownish substance made of dried flowering tops and leaves of the cannabis plant, is usually smoked, but its resin and oil could also be swallowed or brewed in tea. According to the UNODC, cannabis smoke contains 50 percent more tar than high-tar cigarettes, putting users at an increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. After taking cannabis, users feel relaxed and sometimes euphoric, with an intensified sense of sight, smell, taste, and hearing. Continue on page 7


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TECH TIPS: Which Unlock Method is the Most Secure For Your Android? I’M SURE you’ve noticed that Android has a number of options aimed at making your device more secure. One of those features is different methods to unlock the screen: pattern, PIN, password, iris scan and fingerprint, just to mention a few. Below, we’ll explain the goal behind each one, and then you can choose the most practical unlock method for you and the most secure one for your Android. Facial rrecognition ecognition Facial recognition isn’t anything new. It first arrived on Android with the Ice Cream Sandwich version, also known as Android 4.0. This feature uses the front camera of the device to take a photo of your face and then it uses that photo as a baseline to unlock your device. It has a questionable level of security, with more cons than pros. One of the biggest problems is that lighting has to be ideal for the front camera to be able to take a picture of your face. This all depends on the quality of the camera and how your face is placed in front of it. There’s a similar feature coming on the iPhone X, and manufacturers might repackage it and call it new, but don’t let them fool you. Fingerpr int scanner ingerprint This is my favorite option and the one I currently use on my phone. Obviously, how well it works depends on a few factors, like the quality of the sensor and its placement. Quality, in this case, means the speed that the sensor reads your finger. This varies a lot between devices, as well as its scratch-resistant surface. There are certain biometric authentication mechanisms which become faster the more you use them. As for the placement, I prefer it on the front bottom part of the display, next to the power button, like on the Xperia line, which to me, is very practical. I’m not a fan of the ones on the back, but it’s all subjective here. As for security, this is probably the most secure method to date. That’s because it’s quite difficult for a fingerprint reader to be easily hacked. Furthermore, the sensors are developed to recognize body heat and blood movement of the user, which means you can’t use a “dead” finger to unlock an Android. Iris scanner Like facial recognition, I’m still not convinced

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about using an iris scanner to unlock devices. It basically does the same thing as the fingerprint reader, and it requires the device to have a second, registered password in case you can’t get your phone unlocked. With the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, the fingerprint and iris scanners cannot be activated at the same time. In other words, the second unlock method needs to be a PIN or an alphanumeric password. Recognition varies according to lighting conditions and where the user’s eye is positioned. The better readers won't slow down when recognizing a user’s eye, even in low-light conditions. The system that scans your iris also needs to be fully integrated into the reader so it reacts quickly and can’t be hacked. Technically, this system is on par with the fingerprint reader in terms of security but loses out when it comes to usability. Smar martt Lock Smart Lock was introduced on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it’s been updated throughout the latest versions. I don’t really see it as a method to unlock your device but rather as a compliment to the one that you’ve already chosen. What the Smart Lock does is very simple, it unlocks or better said, keeps your device unlocked - according to where you are, your voice, a device or a presence. Choose your trusted locations, like your house or work, and when you get to those places, your device will be unlocked without having to use any of these methods. You can even use Bluetooth devices as trusted locations. Currently, Smart Lock can also be set up so that it keeps your phone unlocked even when it’s in your pocket. As I said, it’s not really a method of unlocking your phone, but rather a compliment to one. Keep in mind that anyone can access your phone when you’re in one of your trusted locations, or even connected to a Bluetooth device. PIN A PIN is the traditional combination of numbers, and the length depends on which version of Android you have. It’s probably the main security option, distinct from the rest of the options presented here. PINs are also limited in their recovery if you happen to forget it. You’ll probably have to spend hours and hours trying to

unlock your device. I use a PIN on my Android as a compliment to the fingerprint scanner. Patter n attern The pattern, or design, is a unique feature on Android phones and it’s been around for a while now. You can use it combined with the PIN if you’d like, but it really is a decent security system by itself. There’s only a certain number of times that you can try it until it locks you out for few seconds. However, on some interfaces, a certain number of wrong attempts can lead the device to erase user data. Something else that’s curious about the pattern, and might be seen as a problem, is that your finger leaves the pattern on the display, which makes it easy for anyone to trace it. A combination of a greasy finger and a matte film will tell the world your password. Passwor d assword A password is the oldest unlock method there is, and it’s seen as the most secure by many users. You can use any combo of numbers and letters to unlock your device. Recovery systems vary a lot but, in general, it can be just as hard to recover a password as it is a PIN. Which method is the best to unlock yyour our Andr oid? Android? The iris scanner, Smart Lock and facial recognition are all complimentary or secondary security methods, and as of right now, they aren’t good enough to be used as the sole method of protecting your phone. This means that you’ll have to register a PIN, pattern or password as your primary option. The iris scanner has another aggravating feature as well: restriction and availability. There are only a few models on the market right now that come with this feature. The fingerprint reader is also a complimentary feature, but it’s a feature which is available on most mid-range models, and its usability is very attractive. It also has fewer recognition errors. Nevertheless, you can count on the more traditional options, which are also the most secure, since they don’t need a second layer of protection. In terms of both practicality and security, I’d stick with the PIN, password or pattern if I were you. Which option do you use on your Android? Which do you think is the most secure? (Bruno Salutes, AndroidPIT)

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HEALTH: Pagkain Para Lumakas Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong KAPAG GUSTO mong mag-ehersisyo o magtrabaho ng mabigat, kailangan mo ng sapat na lakas. Makukuha natin ito sa pamamagitan ng tamang pagkain. 1. Saging – Napakaganda ng saging sa mga nag-e-ehersisyo dahil mayroon itong taglay na carbohydrates, vitamin B at potassium. Ang potassium ay kailangan sa normal na pagtibok ng puso at paggalaw ng masels. Masdan niyo ang mga tennis players na palaging kumakain ng saging. 2. Spaghetti – Nagbibigay ng lakas ang spaghetti dahil sa taglay nitong carbohydrates. Sa mga diabetic, mas mainam ang spaghetti kaysa sa kanin, dahil mas hindi tataas ang iyong asukal sa dugo. 3. Gatas – Ang gatas ay isang kumpletong pagkain dahil mayroon itong carbohydrates, protina at fats. May vitamin B pa ito na nagbibigay ng lakas. Piliin lamang ang lowfat milk para hindi tumaba. 4. Chocolate Bar – Para sa kabataan,

Dr. Willie T. Ong puwedeng kumain ng tsokolate dahil mayroon itong asukal, gatas at cocoa. Maituturing itong energy bar. Pero limitahan lang ang kakainin sa isang maliit na hiwa at baka ikaw ay tumaba. 5. Pakwan – Ang pakwan at buko ay napakabisang natural energy drinks. Ang pakwan ay may 92% alkaline water na mabuti sa katawan. Punong-puno din ang pakwan ng vitamin B, potassium at electrolytes na kailangan ng taong laging pinapawisan. Maganda rin ang pakwan bilang panlaban sa heat stroke at init ng panahon. 6. Buko – Ang sabaw ng buko ay mayroong maraming electrolytes na maihahambing na sa suero na ginagamit ng

doktor. Ang laman ng buko ay may carbohydrates na nagpapalakas at nakabubusog din. 7. Nilagang itlog – Ang itlog ay siksik sa protina, vitamin B at vitamin D. May sangkap pa itong Choline na kailangan ng ating utak. Limitahan lang ang pagkain sa 1 o 2 itlog sa maghapon. 8. Nilagang mani – Ang mani ay punongpuno din ng protina, minerals at good fats na nagbibigay ng lakas. Mas masustansya ang nilagang mani kaysa sa pritong mani dahil wala itong mantika at mababa sa asin. Dagdag payo para lumakas: Kumain ng mas madalas pero katamtaman lamang. Ito’y para makakuha tayo ng tuluy-tuloy na suplay ng enerhiya mula sa pagkain. Sa umaga, kumain din ng masustansyang almusal para may lakas tayo. Isang paalala: Huwag sosobrahan ang pagkain ng mga nabanggit dahil puwede tayong tumaba. Tandaan lamang na kapag mayroon tayong kinain, ay sasabayan ng ehersisyo para matunaw ito.

Know about illegal drugs and their ill-effects

Continued fr om page 5 from Short-term use makes them experience increased appetite and pulse rate, and an impaired ability to perform physical and mental tasks, such as driving a car and thinking logically. With large doses, users’ thinking slows down and they become confused and have bouts of anxiety, panic, and psychotic episodes. The UNODC said that regular users of cannabis run the risk of developing psychological dependence to the point that they lose interest in all other activities, such as work and personal relationships. Cocaine Cocaine is known as Crack, Bazooka, Blanche, Cake, Coke or Lady. It is a fine white or off-white powder extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. The UNODC said that on the street, cocaine is diluted with other substances, such as ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), to increase its quantity and produce crack. Cocaine is usually sniffed or injected, while crack is usually smoked. After snorting cocaine, users feel exhilarated and euphoric, leading to increased energy levels and alertness, along with delayed hunger and fatigue. Short-term use results in loss of appetite, faster breathing, increased body temperature and heart rate. Users may act strangely, erratically and at times violently.

Ingesting large doses of cocaine could cause convulsions, seizures, stroke, cerebral hemorrhage or heart failure. Long-term use of cocaine damages the nose tissue and leads to respiratory problems, abscesses, and infectious diseases. Other risks include strong psychological dependence, malnutrition, weight loss, disorientation, apathy and a state similar to paranoid psychosis. Mixing cocaine with alcohol is dangerous and could lead to sudden death. Her oin eroin Heroin is also called Smack, H, Horse, Junk, Harry and White Lady. Heroin is a painkiller processed from morphine, which comes from the opium poppy plant. Pure heroin is a white powder, but street heroin is brownish white. This highly addictive drug is usually injected, but could also be snorted, smoked or inhaled. Heroin could relieve tension, anxiety, and depression, including physical distress or pain. According to the UNODC, its short-term effects include constricted pupils, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, inability to concentrate and apathy. Long-term effects, meanwhile, include severe weight loss, malnutrition, constipation, menstrual irregularity, sedation and chronic apathy. Users could develop a tolerance for the drug, making them ingest more to achieve the

effect they want. Overdosing on heroin could lead to coma and death through respiratory depression. Abruptly quitting heroin leads to severe withdrawal symptoms, such as cramps, diarrhea, tremors, panic, runny nose, chills, and sweats. LSD Also known as Acid or Hippie, LSD is a semi-synthetic drug made from lysergic acid, which is found in a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. Dealers often sell it in squares of blotting paper with drops containing the drug, but also in the form of tablets, capsules, and liquid. The colorless and odorless drug is often swallowed and has a slightly bitter taste. According to the UNODC, LSD use leads to strong changes in thought, mood, and senses, along with feelings of empathy and sociability. Its exact effects, however, vary, depending on the mental state of the user and the environment when taking the drug. Over the short term, users experience delusions and distorted perceptions in terms of time and color, severe and terrifying thoughts and feelings, such as fear of losing control, insanity, death, and despair. Users manifest dilated pupils, increased heart rate and blood pressure, dry mouth and tremors. They lack appetite and are sleepless. ( Juzel Danganan)


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LTO to start releasing license plates next year THE LAND TRANSPORTATION OFFICE (LTO) said it will start issuing license plates by March next year following a government bidding process. It said the winning bidder Trojan Computer Forms Manufacturing Corporation and J.H. Tonnjes E.A.S.T. GmbH & Co. KG Joint Venture will provide the performance security with the initial delivery of license plates. LTO has issued a notice of award to the winning bidder in the procurement of license plates worth P978.8 million on December 1. “The LTO assures the public that the agency is doing the best it can, in compliance with existing

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project set to introduce new industry benchmarks,” CLI Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jose R. Soberano III told the local bourse. A recent study by the Department of Tourism shows that Cebu-Mactan will have a room gap of 14,931 by 2022. “Cebu Landmasters is committed to bring the latest to our Vis-Min (Visayas-Mindanao) markets, especially the influential and flourishing millennial generation, and to the other markets where hospitality continues to be in demand,” said Soberano. The residence offers apartments ranging in size from 16 to 60 square

meters in Base Line Prestige, the third tower of CLI’s mixed-use development Base Line Center, whose Towers 1 and 2 already topped off and are expected to be completed in 2018. Two other CLI properties will carry Ascott’s brand -the 180-room Citadines Cebu City in Base Line Center set for completion in 2018; and the 250-room Citadines Riverside Davao set to be operational by 2021. Soberano earlier said CLI would launch next year more hotel projects which would serve as strong anchor projects for its mixed-use developments in key Philippine cities. (Leslie Gatpolintan)

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covers the supply of license plates from 2014-2018, was questioned before the courts and the Commission on Audit which remains pending to date. Galvante requested for additional funds to be included in the LTO’s 2017 budget in the amount of P400 million in order to proceed with the procurement of license plates. Secretary Arthur Tugade, of the Department of Transportation, approved the request and allocated P1 billion from the department’s budget for LTO’s procurement of license plates in November last year. (Aerol John Pateña)

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Cebu Landmasters inks deal with Ascott CEBU - Newly-listed property developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) has teamed up anew with The Ascott Ltd. for the serviced residence of a mixed-use development project in Cebu City to meet growing demands from the tourism industry. CLI recently signed its management agreement with Ascott for the 153-room serviced residence which will bring the developer’s hotel portfolio to around 600 rooms in four years. “The growth potential offered by tourism is very promising and we are happy to be teaming up for the third time with The Ascott Ltd. in this

laws and regulations, to deliver the license plates,” said LTO chief and Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante. The delay in the issuance of license plates was caused by the temporary restraining order of the Supreme Court (SC) in June 2016 preventing the LTO and then Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) from distributing 700,000 license plates turned over by the Bureau of Customs after the plates' supplier-importer failed to pay the required customs duties. The 2013 procurement of motor vehicle (MV)/ motorcycle (MC) plates, which

CEBU - A subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) has awarded the P22.6-billion design-andbuild contract of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) to Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV). Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), a subsidiary of the toll road arm of publiclylisted Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), issued last month the notice of award for the bridge project to CLJV. CLIV is a joint venture of Spain-based Acciona Construccion S. A. and Philippine-based First Balfour Inc. and D. M. Consunji Inc. The much-anticipated

bridge project that will connect Cebu City to the Municipality of Cordova in the island of Mactan is the first of MPTC’s envisioned toll road expansion projects in Visayas and Mindanao. “We are very confident that we can deliver a quality state-of-the-art bridge that will provide not just travel efficiency but also drive economic growth and productivity in the entireVisayas region, and improve the overall welfare of the Cebuanos,” CCLEC President and General Manager Allan Alfon told the local bourse. CCLEC will build, operate and maintain the toll bridge through a joint venture agreement with the local

governments of Cebu City and Cordova municipality. Acciona’s Ruben Camba, representing the CLJV, said: “We are delighted to be part of this landmark project. We have put together a very experienced team, and are looking forward to working closely together with the customer to deliver a new toll bridge that will benefit both local communities and the Philippines.” The CCLEX allows for shipping traffic and the link is expected to serve at least 40,000 vehicles daily.The project is envisioned to decongest the traffic in the two existing bridges between Mactan and Cebu. (Leslie Gatpolintan)

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