Duterte condom ‘joke’ irritates human rights group
‘Pagbantay sa mga Maligno’ ANG GOBYERNONG Duterte kinahanglan nga magbantay sa kalit nga pagtumaw sa mga maligno. Dugang ni sa mga ataking koordinado ug mga lihok pangdeestabilisasyon nga gipursigi sa mga oposisyonista ug mga negosyante sa tawhanong katungod nga way tulubagon ug obligasyon. Kining
by Jun Ledesma maong mga pwersa sa kangitngit uban sa mga media network ug mga irong-buang nga pangataki nga sinuholan sa mga langyaw ug mga sakop sa lokal nga oligarkiya ningdasdas na gyud og maayo sa gobyernong Duterte ug way hunonghunong na sila sa pag-ataki. Ang mga desisyon ug mga aksyon sa
administrasyong Aquino ginapahimudsan nila karon aron madamay ang mga opisyales nga naglingkod nga tinudlo sa gobyernong Duterte. Ang kontrobersyal nga isyu sa dengvaxi pananglitan ginatuis aron maguyod ang kasamtangang mga opisyales sa Department of Health. Ipaday on sa pahina 7 padayon
PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE has demonstrated reckless disregard for the health of Filipinos by suggesting they avoid using condoms because they “aren’t pleasurable.” During an address to returning overseas migrant workers, mostly women, Duterte instead advised them to use
“free” contraceptive pills and illustrated his point by putting a wrapped piece of candy in his mouth. “Here, try eating it without unwrapping it,” he told them. “Eat it. That’s what a condom is like.” For Duter te’s supporters, the comment was just the latest of his
“humorous asides.” But it’s irresponsible for the Philippine president to downplay the importance of condoms at a time when the Philippines is experiencing the fastest growing epidemic of HIV in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Human Rights Watch. Continue on page 4
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Rebels call Duterte’s leadership ‘macho-fascist’
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exposes himself in his vaunt about commanding the soldiers to shoot women NPA members in their private parts. Duterte’s yarn is not amusing and not a fitting joke. Mocking women and making lewd remarks
against them proves Duterte’s fascist offensiveness.” “He is deliberately indifferent to the women’s sufferings in as much as he is uncaring to the people’s adversities. Continue on page 2
Philippine claim on Sabah will undermine regional security efforts THE RECENT proposal by a Filipino government representative to amend the Philippine constitution, to include Sabah within a federal system,
will likely be shunned. The potential inclusion of Sabah risks legitimising fringe political voices and unsettling Malaysia-Philippine bilateral relations.
During the Philippines’ Consultative Committee, former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr declared the Philippines should assert its ‘claim to Sabah’ under inter-
national law. The committee was formed to review and propose amendments to the country’s 1987 constitution. Continue on page 5
President Rodrigo Duterte (Presidential Photo)
Piracy continues in South
Aerial view of Isabele City in Basilan province. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)
BASILAN – Despite the extended implementation of martial law in Mindanao, Abu Sayyaf continues to sow terror and fear in the restive region where security are battling the militant group tied to the Islamic State. Just last week, suspected Abu Sayyaf militants strafed a cargo ship after failing to hijack the vessel off the troubled province of Basilan.
Two crew members were injured in the attack late Friday on MV Kudos 1 which was sailing for Davao City to deliver its cargo. Crewmen also poured boiling water mix with oil when gunmen on board three motorboats tried to get on the side of the ship. The ship’s captain, Chris Maligmat, also radioed for help, but the gunmen sped off before security forces could arrive.
The attack occurred near Sibago Island which is part of Basilan, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. It was unknown why the military failed to prevent the attack despite the implementation of an extended martial law in the region. Military officials also did not give any statement on the latest attack. Continue on page 2
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Piracy continues in South
A U.S. Embassy photo released to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner shows Filipino and American officials watching flight operations from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The Carl Vinson is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to conduct routine maritime operations, promote freedom of navigation, and work with partners and allies to enhance regional security and stability.
Continued fr om page 1 from In January last year, suspected Abu Sayyaf militants also tried, but failed to hijack a Philippine cargo ship while sailing off Basilan. The gunmen, on board two speedboats, attacked the vessel Ocean Kingdom near the same island while heading to Davao City to deliver its cargo. A Filipino sailor from another vessel tailing the ship said they received a distress call from MV Ocean Kindom, owned by Oceanic Shipping Lines. “Just in (in our VHF radio): Mayday, Mayday, Mayday
this is MV Ocean Kingdom, we are under piracy attacks in the vicinity of Sibago Island,” the sailor, Jefry Abales, wrote on his Facebook page. He said their ship was just 3 miles from MV Ocean Kingdom and also heading to Davao City when they received the frantic call from the vessel. He added the MV Ocean Kingdom managed to sail away from the attackers. In November 2016, Abu Sayyaf fighters also hijacked a Vietnamese cargo ship and seized 6 crewmen, including its
captain in a daring attack that left one sailor wounded. The ship, MV Royal 16, was sailing off the province when 10 gunmen on a speedboat intercepted it off Sibago Island and boarded the vessel and abducted the crewmen. Another Filipino cargo ship, MV Lorcon Iloilo, passing near Basilan rescued the wounded sailor and provided him first aid. The militants behind all the attacks were believed hiding on Sibago Island or from Hajji Mohammed Ajul town. (Mindanao Examiner)
Rebels call Duterte’s leadership ‘macho-fascist’
Continued fr om page 1 from And he dissolutely promotes chauvinism and violence against women,” Madrigal said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Duterte, a former mayor of Davao City, who previously supported the NPA, made the statement in a recent talk with former rebels. “Tell the soldiers. There’s a new order coming from the mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina,” he said, adding, “if there is no vagina, it would be useless.” “In reducing women to their genitalia, Duterte is demonstrating how his macho-fascist leadership belittles women. He also exposes the grave insolence of his tyrant regime to the basic
rights and lives of the women and the poor Filipinos. Women are particularly affected by his tyrant and anti-poor policies such as encouraging extrajudicial killings, implementing the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) law, imposing the martial law in Mindanao and others.” “Duterte is waging a war to defend US imperialism and exterminate the people’s dissention. The women who joined the NPA oppose this war and they courageously fight in order to emancipate not just themselves but the entire oppressed Filipinos. They are determined to win the struggle, achieve a just society and build a better life for all,” Madrigal said.
Madrigal also encouraged women who are opposed to Duterte’s rule, to join the rebel group and defend the rights of the oppressed. “It is a right of every woman to struggle against an oppressive state. We encourage them to join the revolutionary people’s army because it espouses the uprightness, integrity and protection of their rights,” he said. Lawyer Harry Roque, the Presidential spokesman, said Duterte’s statement was only a joke and should not be taken literally. Duterte also encouraged tribesmen to enlist as government militias and promised them at least P25,000 reward for every rebel they killed. (Mindanao Examiner)
Sulu Governor Totoh Tan, the provincial chairman of the ruling PDP-Laban, shares a a smile with President Rodrigo Duterte during a recent meeting in Cebu province.
Feb. 19-25, 2018
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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT CFSI is a humanitarian organization committed to peace and social development, with a particular interest in the psychosocial dimension. Its mission is to protect and promote human security—specifically the lives, well being, and dignity of people uprooted by persecution, armed conflict, disaster, and other exceptionally difficult circumstances. Established in 1981 and based in the Philippines, CFSI works domestically and internationally. For more information, visit www.cfsi.ph. Now entering a new period of growth and development, CFSI seeks qualified applicants of diverse backgrounds with experience in development projects and preferably with working experience in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, for the following posts, based at CFSI Operations Center in Cotabato City, Sub-Office in Iligan City and Field Office in Marawi City. PR OJECT C OORDINA TOR PROJECT COORDINA OORDINAT The Project Coordinator manages the implementation of the project, including ensuring that all activities of the project are carried out with the highest professional standard and in a timely manner. S/he leads, supervises, evaluates and builds the services delivery capacity of staff and to ensure provision of technical support to the implementing partners. In collaboration with project team members, the Project Coordinator is expected to lead the planning, execution, and monitoring of project strategies, operational work plans, financial plans, and submission of periodic reports. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, engineering, public administration, education or related field, preferably with master’s degree in a relevant profession. Minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible, related experience, ideally in project management and working with diverse group of people. S/he must have demonstrated high level of analytical skills. Work experience in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is an advantage. PR OGRAMME OFFICER PROGRAMME The Programme Officer shall be responsible for providing technical support to the project team and coordinates with the funding institution/s on the requirements, progress, and concerns in the implementation of the Project. S/he will be responsible for tracking project issues and concerns brought to the attention of the CFSI Senior Management Team, implementing partner/ s, and funding institutions that require their attention and action. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, development planning, public administration, social sciences, or related field. preferably with master’s degree in a relevant profession. Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible, related experience, ideally in project management and working with diverse group of people. S/he must have demonstrated high level of analytical skills. Work experience in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is an advantage. PR OCUREMENT AND C ONTRA CT S MANA GEMENT SP ECIALIST PROCUREMENT CONTRA ONTRACT CTS MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST The Procurement and Contracts Management Specialist will focus on enhancing current procurement processes in accordance with the procurement policies and procedures of Funding Institution/s, and on providing technical support in the procurement of goods, services, and works particularly those required to realize sub-projects funded under the Project. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, public administration, business management or related field. Master’s degree in the same or similar professions is an advantage. Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible, related experience, ideally in project management, procurement, and contracts management of foreign funded projects. S/he must have demonstrated high level of leadership and analytical skills. Work experience in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is an advantage. OCUREMENT OFFICER PR PROCUREMENT The Procurement Officer shall be responsible in supervising and carrying out procurement processes in accordance with the procurement policies and procedures of Funding Institution/ s, and on providing technical support in the procurement of goods, services, and works particularly those required to realize sub-projects funded under the Project. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, public administration, business management or related field. Minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible, related experience, ideally in procurement, contracts management, and logistics management. Experience in foreign-funded projects would be an advantage. S/he must have demonstrated high level of leadership and analytical skills. Work experience in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is an advantage. CAP ACIT YB UILDING SP ECIALIST CAPA CITY BUILDING SPECIALIST The Capacity Building Specialist shall be responsible on analyzing training needs and carrying out training and providing technical support to improve the capacity of implementation partner/s and or communities to perform their roles and responsibilities for the successful implementation of the Project and sustainability of sub-projects. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, public administration, business management or related field. Minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible, related experience, in designing, implementing, and supervising capacity-building projects/activities. Experience in foreign-funded projects would be an advantage. S/he must have demonstrated high level of leadership and analytical skills. Work experience in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is an advantage. COMMUNIT Y DE VEL OPMENT OFFICERS OMMUNITY DEVEL VELOPMENT The Community Development Officer will be leading the team of community development specialists and shall be primarily responsible for providing technical support to the implementing partner/s to enable it/them to effectively organize and capacitate communities in project identification, development, and implementation, following the rules and regulations of the funding institution/s. In collaboration with other project team members, the Community Development Officer is expected to lead the planning of operational work and financial plan and submission of periodic reports on activities within the sphere of community development. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, engineering, public administration, community development or related field. Master’s degree in the same or similar professions is an advantage. Minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible, related experience in community development and working with diverse group of people. S/he must have demonstrated high level of analytical skills. Work experience in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is an advantage. OPMENT SP ECIALIST S COMMUNIT Y DE VEL OMMUNITY DEVEL VELOPMENT SPECIALIST ECIALISTS The Community Development Specialists will be responsible for providing technical support in their assigned implementing partner/s and/or communities to enable the latter to effectively organize and capacitate communities in project identification, development, and implementation following the rules and regulations of the institution/s. In collaboration with other project team members, the Community Development Specialist is expected to lead the execution of operational work plans and submission of periodic reports on community development activities in his/her area of assignment. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, community development, engineer, public administration, education or social sciences is preferred. Must have minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience and working with diverse group of people. S/he must have good communication skills and demonstrated high level of relational and analytical skills. Work experience in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is an advantage. PR OJECT ENGINEERS PROJECT The Project Engineers review and certifies the correctness of the detailed engineering designs and cost estimates prepared for sub-projects. Project Engineers conduct construction site supervision to ensure compliance to specifications of and ensure timely completion of sub-projects. They provide support to the technical working group on procurement and provide technical guidance to implementing partners. Qualifications: A Licensed Civil Engineer, with at least five (5) years of experience in preparing detailed engineering design and cost estimates, and bids evaluation; at least two (2) years of experience in construction supervision. S/he must have drafting skills using AutoCAD and the like. Work experience in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is an advantage. MONIT ORING AND E VAL UATION OFFICER MONITORING EV ALU The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer ensures that project processes, inputs and deliverables are tracked, evaluated, and provides recommendations to guide project team. S/he is responsible in developing the monitoring and evaluation tools. Maintains and updates project database. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, engineering, public administration, education or related field. Academic and practical experience in information technology, statistics, or communications is a plus. Minimum of two (2) years work experience in monitoring and evaluation, data management, impact assessment and data analysis. COMMUNICA TIONS OFFICER OMMUNICATIONS The Communications Officer ensures that communications requirements of the project are effectively and efficiently served. S/he is responsible in developing the communications plan and for providing the information needed by the funding institution/s, relevant government agencies and entities, implementation partner/s, other stakeholders, and the public in a proper and timely manner. S/he is also responsible in monitoring and documenting project related feedbacks and ensures that such feedbacks are appropriately addressed. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in mass communication, communication arts, public administration, social sciences or related field. Academic and practical experience in communication and coordination work in foreign funded projects is a plus. Minimum of two (2) years work experience in the areas of coordination and communication. Work experience in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is an advantage. SOCIAL DE VEL OPMENT OFFICER DEVEL VELOPMENT The Social Development Officer is primarily responsible in ensuring that the project complies with safeguard policies. S/he ensures that project implementation comply with Indigenous Peoples framework policy of the funding institution/s and the relevant laws such as the Indigenous People Rights Act and other regulations. At the community level, particularly in areas with Indigenous People, s/he ensures coordination and collaborative efforts of key stakeholders and their participation to meetings and community processes. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, community development, public administration, education or social sciences is preferred. Must have minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience and working with diverse group of people, particularly with IPs. 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ADMINISTRA TIVE OFFICER ADMINISTRATIVE The Administrative Officer ensures proper coordination and communication with the project team and other stakeholders; processes administrative requirements and concerns; ensures project documents and administrative records are systematically filed and maintained; and ensures provision of the logistical needs of the project team. Further, the Administrative Officer handles human resources (HR), and information technology (IT) concerns and needs of the Project. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in public administration, education or social sciences is preferred. Must have minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience and working with diverse group of people, particularly with administrative, human resources, logistics, and IT related aspects of Projects. S/he must have good communication skills and demonstrated high level of relational and analytical skills. ADMINISTRA TIVE AND L OGISTICS ASSIST ANT ADMINISTRATIVE LOGISTICS ASSISTANT The Administrative Assistant provides support in facilitating coordination and communication with the project team and other stakeholders; processes administrative requirements and concerns; custodian of project documents and admin records; and provide support to logistical needs of the project team. Further, the Administrative Assistant provides support in human resources (HR) and information technology (IT) needs of the Project. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in public administration, education or social sciences is preferred. Must have minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience and working with diverse group of people, particularly with administrative, human resources, logistics, and IT related aspects of Projects. S/he must have good communication skills and demonstrated high level of relational and analytical skills. DRIVER The Driver provides support in ensuring that project team members are transported in safe and timely manner to their destinations. S/he ensures that vehicle/s assigned to him/her for the Project are in good running condition and always kept in a secure place. Qualifications: Should be at least a high school graduate and must possess a valid professional driver’s license. Must have minimum of two (2) years of working experience preferably in development or humanitarian work. Familiarity with the rural areas of Muslim Mindanao and adjacent regions is a plus. SUBMISSION OF APPLICA TIONS APPLICATIONS CFSI values diversity, is an equal opportunity employer, and welcomes into the Organization those who are committed to human rights, subscribe to the Humanitarian Principles, and meet the requirements of specific posts. Committed to being a learning organization, CFSI invests in the further development of its human resources, including contributions towards higher education. 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Feb. 19-25, 2018
ARMM athletic meet opens; young athletes express confidence
MAGUINDANAO – The region’s young athletes are confident they could compete favorably in the national competitions this year as the Palarong ARMMAA (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Athletic Association) 2018 formally kicked off last week in Upi town’s Nuro Central Elementary School. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr., Education Secretary, formally declared the athletic meet open. Themed ‘Transformed and Productive ARMMians,’ the meet focuses on the active development and transformation of the region’s young athletes. Ricco Jame Teraytay, 16, and Andrei John Merano, 12, both del-
egates from Maguindanao II division and Taekwondo-gold medalists in the Palarong Pambansa 2017 held in Antique, said they are proud and honored to again represent their divisions. They are optimistic they will again win and bring home medals from the Palarong Pambansa this year scheduled in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur from April 16 to 20. “We will do our best to win because we want to represent ARMM in the coming Palarong Pambansa. Aside from all the preparations such as training, we also need self-discipline and prayers for us to reach our goals,” Teraytay added.
“To all the participants of Palarong ARMMAA 2018, I wish you all the best for the upcoming games. May this experience guide you through your journey in becoming not only a good student, a better athlete, but later on, a productive citizen of our countr y and a proud Bangsamoro,” Sec. Mitmug said in his opening remarks. More than 5,000 participants, comprising of student-athletes, DepEd officials such as division heads, teachers, and technical officers from the different provinces of ARMM, attended the event. “They gather here not only to display their physical abilities but also
Duterte condom ‘joke’ irritates human rights group Continued fr om page 1 from Condom use can be a key for reproductive health, but for many years the Catholic Church has sought to restrict access to condoms in the largely Catholic country. It is at the center of UNAIDS anti-HIV strategy because they are “cost-effective tools for preventing [HIV and] other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies.” Condoms also have an important role in assisting the 81% of
Filipino women who want to delay or prevent childbearing and in helping to reduce the country’s high maternal mortality rate. Policies restricting access to condoms are a threat to public health. International law obligates states to ensure access to condoms and related HIV prevention services as part of the human right to the highest attainable standard of health. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights, ratified by the Philippines in 1974, directs governments to take steps necessary for the “prevention, treatment, and control of epidemic … diseases,” including HIV/AIDS. “Instead of criticizing condoms as a pleasure inhibitor, Duterte should take meaningful action to protect the health of Filipinos by backing urgently needed policy changes to expand the accessibility and use of condoms in the Philippines,” the Human Rights Watch said. (Mindanao Examiner)
to show us that through sports there can be peace and common aspiration for our ARMM youth,” Sec. Mitmug said. The different delegations came from the nine school divisions of the region namely Maguindanao I, Maguindanao II, Lanao del Sur I, Lanao del Sur II, Marawi City, Sulu, TawiTawi, Basilan, and Lamitan City.
The week-long activity will run until February 16, Friday. Athletes both from elementary and secondary schools will compete in the following sports: archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, billiard, boxing, chess, football, futsal, sepak takraw , swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wushu, and wrestling.
The emerging winners from those events will proceed and compete at the Palarong Pambansa in Ilocos Sur. The Palarong ARMMAA is an annual athletic event of the DepEd ARMM involving student-athletes from the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. (Bureau of Public Information)
Troops hunt down Abu Sayyafs in Sulu
SULU – Government troops were ordered to hunt down Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern province of Sulu where the notorious group linked to ISIS are still holding over a dozen hostages in the restive region. Just last week, militants seized a government engineer in a daring abduction in Jolo town. Officials said Enrico Nee was waiting for a motorcycle taxi near his home in San Raymundo village when gunmen snatched him. Nee was dragged by gunmen to a get-away vehicle and sped off. Nee is working for the Department of Public Works and Highways under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. His fate remains unknown, but the abduction came despite military’s pronouncement in the
province that the Abu Sayyaf is now on the run due to the continued government campaign against the rebel group. It also occurred while the region is under an extended martial rule. It was unclear how the militants managed to sneaked into the capital town where policemen and soldiers were supposed to be guarding from the Abu Sayyaf. The abduction came just several days after troops killed 4 militants in a clash in Panamao town where seven soldiers were also wounded in the fighting. Members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 fought with some 30 gunmen under Abu Sayyaf commanders Sansibar Bensio and Hatib Munap Binda in Mount Bawis. The soldiers were sent to the area following intelligence reports that several Abu Sayyaf hostages had
been spotted there. The militants are still holding over a dozen captives, mostly seamen kidnapped off Sabah in Malaysia over the years. General Carlito Galvez, the regional military commander, did not issue any statement, but he has previously said the operation against the Abu Sayyaf is continuing in Sulu, one of 5 provinces under the restive region. “We will not stop until we rescue all hostages and until we neutralize all these terrorists. Our soldiers are out there hunting for them ready to fight and die just to attain peace in our communities especially in Sulu. I once again enjoin everyone to help and support your Armed Forces through Western Mindanao Command in this fight to eliminate terror here in the region,” he said. (Mindanao Examiner)
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Feb. 19-25, 2018
Migrant group slams HK court ruling on domestic workers
Philippine claim on Sabah will undermine regional security efforts Continued fr om page 1 from It discussed switching from the current unitary political model to a 12state federal system – with a future option of including Sabah as the 13th federal state. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman criticised the proposal, reiterating that Malaysia does not recognise the Philippines’ claim. Sabah is recognised under international law as part of Malaysia since it was formed in 1963. Pimentel’s claims are unlikely to translate into government policy. Nevertheless, just by entertaining these ideas, President Rodrigo Duterte risks harming MalaysiaPhilippines relations, particularly the security partnership – demonstrating vulnerabilities that could be exploited by adverse groups. The claim The case for Philippine ownership of Sabah relates to the Sulu Sultanate, a thalassocracy established
in 1405. The Sultanate used to rule over parts of southern Philippines and Sabah, before the British acquired Sabah in 1878. The Sultanate claims that Sabah was only leased, and not ceded, to Britain, and consequently that the Sultans never relinquished sovereignty. Britain contributes annual payments to the Sultanate, which it views as ‘cession payments’ – however the Sultans view these as ‘lease payments’. Although pursued during the reign of Ferdinand Marcos, the Sabah claim was dropped in the 1987 constitution, under the presidency of Corazon Aquino. Aquino viewed the issue as a risk to Asean unity. In 2009, Sabah was written out of the Philippine’s legal Archipelagic Baselines, maritime jurisdiction, and thought to be solved indefinitely. However, by including the islands and territorial waters thought to belong to the Philippines through historic title, the proposed constitutional amendment
restores the Sultanate’s claim. Duter te abah and uterte te,, S Sabah feder alism federalism Duterte has previously declared his intentions to pursue the country’s claim on Sabah. These declarations generate political support from Muslim groups in the South who believe Sabah should be included within an independent ‘Bangsamoro’ (Muslim nation) region. Duterte, the first president from the southern region of Mindanao, has long been a proponent of federalism, which he claims will redress the balance of power between ‘Imperial Manila’ and local governments, through local courts, business regulations and taxes. This will purportedly help end the conflict in the South that has stunted rural economic growth, driven by the Moros’ (Philippine Muslims’) struggle for autonomy. Realistically, both objectives are unlikely to be realised, and Duterte knows this – admitting re-
THE ASIAN MIGRANTS' Coordinating Body (AMCB), the biggest umbrella organisation of grassroots migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, has condemned the recent Court ruling favoring the Hong Kong government on the live-in policy enforced on migrant domestic workers (MGW). The Court stated that it does not view the livein policy as an infringement of the rights of MDWs. The truth is it does, according to AMCB. “Having a mandatory live-in policy means MDWs sleeping in kitchen cabinets or dog houses. It also means MDWs being forced to work beyond reasonable hours because they fear
the displeasure of their employer, and hence have their contract terminated,” it said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. E r w i a n a Sulistyaningsih, a former MDW, recently won a civil claims case against her abusive employer. The district court judge who convicted her former employer in the criminal charges filed against her then stated that if only there were no mandatory live-in policy, the abuse would not have happened. “This underscores the need for the policy to be repealed. No more Erwianas. Is this too much to ask?,” AMCB asked. The live-in policy, one enforced by the government, creates the
conditions for modernday slavery of MDWs to exist in Hong Kong, it said, adding, “now with this ruling, even the High Court is complicit in maintaining the slavelike conditions of MDWs. Instead of being the downtrodden's last resort, the High Court chose to crush the hope for a society with no abused migrant domestic workers.” AMCB said however, it will not falter in this fight. “We will continue to struggle against unfair conditions of MDWs. We will carry on with the fight against modern day slavery and its root causes, and we are optimistic that in the end we will prevail,” it said. (Mindanao Examiner)
cently that the country is ‘not ready for a federal system’. He is merely playing to his support base. But by doing so, Duterte bolstered the legitimacy of a sensitive political issue, giving voice to fringe groups and unsettling bilateral relations. Histor ical sor e point istorical sore The issue of amending the Constitution is a sensitive topic during a sensitive time, with January’s announcement that the 9 men involved in 2013’s ‘Lahad Datu incident’ will be sentenced to death. In 2013, then heir of the Sulu Sultanate, Jamalul Kiram III, launched an armed assault on Sabah, in the name of reclaiming his ‘rightful’ territory. He sent around 200 men from the southern Philippines to occupy Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu, who battled Malaysian security forces for over a month. 70 gunmen and 10 Malaysian security officers died in the fighting. Observers believe the Sultan’s actions were financially motivated, intended to pressure Malaysia into increasing its annual payment. The Philippine government was quick to issue a formal statement condemning the attack. Role of the MNLF The committee’s proposals resonate with members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), a strong advocate of federalism. MNLF champions an independent ‘Bangsamoro Republik’ – covering Sabah, Sarawak, Mindanao, Sulu, TawiTawi, Basilan and Palawan. Its most famous figure is
Nur Misuari, leader of a break-away MNLF faction since becoming estranged from the party leadership in 2000. Duterte has held several meetings with Misuari over creating a new legal framework for the Moro people. The extent of MNLF’s involvement in the Sabah dispute is difficult to pinpoint. Misuari is purportedly a strong advocate of ‘reclaiming’ Sabah and was alleged to be one of the conspirators of the 2013 incursion. He has expressed his support for the Sultan, but has denied any involvement. Although, a cluster of ex-MNLF members did take part in the attack. In 2015, a spokesperson for Misuari’s faction claimed the MNLF will peacefully pursue the historic and proprietary claim of the Sultanate of Sulu over Sabah. The plan is to petition the UN to recognise the ‘Bangsamoro Republik’ as a legal entity. However, sometime later Misuari denied reports of involvement in settling the dispute and said only the Sultanate can pursue the claim, whilst recognising the ongoing ‘peaceful and harmonious co-existence’ of the ethnic and religious groups living in Sabah. University scholar Acram Latiph states that Malaysia’s heavy-handed response to the 2013 incident likely generated support for reclaiming Sabah among some Moros, which likely exist MNLF sympathisers. Damage to rrelations elations Regardless of the outcome, Duterte’s courting of the group risks harming
the strong bilateral relations which Malaysia and the Philippines currently enjoy. Any unease generated between both countries could demonstrate vulnerabilities to local militant groups and compromise bilateral regional security efforts. Despite his indictments of Duterte’s words, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak understands that Duterte has to play to his base, particularly as a Mindanao-born politician who is ‘one of the people’, attuned to local political sentiment. In the short term, nothing is likely to change. Although Duterte’s concern is to improve the livelihood of citizens in the Southern Philippines, federalism and bogus claims to Sabah will not come to anything extreme. There is the chance he could pursue this strategy if things start to go wrong on the domestic front. Exercising nostalgic and nationalistic land rights will prove a useful distraction if mounting criticism of his drugs war begins to translate into lower approval ratings. Overall, for regional security interests, it is imperative that these latest Sabah proposals are scrapped by the administration. This will reduce the legitimacy of fringe groups, and ensure the issue is officially put to rest. Continued discord concerning the Sabah amendment will promote distrust in Duterte’s foreign policy objectives, at a crucial time when the region is tackling a pressing security crisis. (By Alexander Macleod. Global Risk Insight.)
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organisasyon sa media nga ningsabwag sa mga bakak ni Matobato, Lascanas, nakakulong nga Senadora Leila De Lima ug ang mora og nabungog nga Senador Antonio Trillanes nga kugihan kayo mogasto sa kwarta sa mga tawo pagngadto-nganhi sa Estados Unidos nga ang tuyo mao ang pagmansa ug pagdaot sa dungog sa atong nasud. Sa iyang pagsulay og depensa sa minahal niyang alyado sa politika, si kanhi Presidente Aquino, gikan sa pagkalambigit sa bilyon-bilyon nga kontrata sa dengvaxia, gi-claim ni Trillanes nga way pupamilok nga ang iyang mga bata gibakunahan sab og dengvaxia, mao nga nganong duna pay kutikuti. Ningdretso siya og akusar nga ang Davao mao ang sentro sa patay ug panglugos sa tibuuk nasud ug ninghingalan pa gyud siya og tuig. Nakalimot ang kurukungho – basin sab og nabungog – nga mao tong tuiga nga ang Siyudad sa Davao nakadawat og ganti-nasyonal nga pinakamalinawon sa tibuuk nasud ug ang ningpirma sa maong citation mao si DILG Sec. Mar Roxas. Itandi ang kabug-aton sa nota ni Bong Go ngadto sa mga kadaut nga ginahimo sa mga pwersa sa kangitngit ngadto sa atong nasud. Sa pag-imbestiga sa Senado kang Maria Ressa bahin sa mga bakak nga balita, wa gani nila kasabI ang babaye sa paghatag og balinsuhi nga alibay. Hangtud karon way timailhanan nga ang Senado mopahamtang og silot kang Trillanes aron makapanubag sa mga kadaot nga nahimo niya sa tibuuk nasud. Wa gani sila mainsulto ug gibati og kayugot nga ang ICC magimbestiga sa linubid nga extra-judicial killing nga isyu, nga minugna gikan sa nakutaw nga mga utok sa mga bakakon nga ginadirihe sa ilang mga bossing sa Senado. Nganong ibilin tanan kang Secretary Harry Roque ug Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte. Ngano kaha? Unsay nakita? ‘Ayaw tinontohi si Duter te uterte te’’ NING-ULBO ANG kaspa ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa miting sa Gabinete niadtong Lunes human siya gipahibalo ni DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio nga pipila sa mga kompaniya sa telecom nga nagtinguha nga mahimong ikatulong magdudula sa telecom ninghangyo nga ang dedlayn sa pagsumite og kompletong mga papeles ibalhin gikan sa Marso 15 ngadto sa bulan sa Mayo. Ang maong mga kompaniya kinahanglan nga magsumite og mga papeles ug mga kredensyal nga nagpakita nga kaya nila ang pakipagkompetensya sa PLDT/Smart ug Globe nga mao ang higanteng duopolyo nga nagkontrola sa telecom sa nasud ug nagpugong sa paglambo
sa serbisyo. Mahinumdoman nato nga sa nahaunang katikaran sa industriya sa telecom, napikal kaayo si Duterte sa dihang ningsulay og pasakalye ug diskarte si Manny Pangilinann sa PLDT ngadto kaniya aron taplan sa gobyerno ang kuno P3billion nga kuno gigastos nila gamit ang Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprises (CURE) frequency. Wa motuo si Duterte sa sugilanon ni Pangilinan. Ang iyang gihimo, sayo pa sa iyang paglingkod sa pagka Pangulo sa nasud, iya na nga gigastoan og taas nga panahon ug gitukawan sa gabii ang pagtuon sa teknolohiya sa impormasyon ug komunikasyon ug ang kuni-kuneksyon niini human sa padungog-dungog ug pasimple lang nga sulti ni MVP nga pasagdahan lang ug itugyan lang sa kamot sa duopolyo ang industriya sa telecom tungod lagi kuno kay walay usa sa Gabinete sa bata pang administrasyon ni Duterte mga makasabot sa kakuti sa ICT. Nah, giminosan sila sa tawo kay si Duterte mahilig man moistorya nga ang iyang grado sa eskuylahan igo-igo ra gyud nga makagunit og dunggan ug magbitay-bitay lamang sa 75% ngadto 79%. Hangtud karon ubay-ubay pa gihapon ang masulod sa lit-ag sa pagkakomedyante sa Pangulo nga mahilig mosagol og mga lamas sa iyang mga pakigpulong aron paminawon ang ubang parte sa iyang mensahe. Makit-an man na nato nga si Duterte dili pareha og kalibre sa nanag-unang Pangulo isip mamumulong, apan siya ang ginapaminaw og maayo. Laina ang tahop ug bugas ug makita nimo nga ang iyang mga diskurso puno og kaalam sa politika ug mga proyektong mahimo. Pamalandongan ni nato. Unsa may komplikado bahin sa CURE nga usa ka kompaniya nga dunay prangkisa nga kontrolado ni Roberto Ongpin ug usa sa upat nga gihatagan og frequency band og two x 10 MHz sa usa ka “beauty contest” nga gipasundayag sa NTC aron sa pagguyod sa 3G mobile network dinhi sa nasud kay ang mga 2G network sa pagkakaron dili makahatag og mas taas nga serbisyo? Para sa usa ka nakapasar og bar exams sama ni Duterte nga nakahibalo sa Konstitusyon ug hanoy nga makasaysay niini, kini nga isyu sayon ra kaayong sabton. Aron di siya mainsulto nga ang iyang kahibalo bahin sa teknolohiya ug industriya sa telecom zero, nagkugi siya og panukiduki og iyang nadiskubrihan nga ang tulo ka awardee mao ang Smart, Globe ug Digitel. Dili ni lisud sabton. Gikan dinhi iyang nahibaw-an nga gawas sa
HEALTH: Fatty Liver: Alagaan Ang Iyong Atay Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong ANG FATTY LIVER ay isang kondisyon kung saan nababalot ng taba ang atay. Kung may fatty liver ka, kadalasan ay mataas din ang iyong kolesterol sa dugo, blood sugar at uric acid. Malamang ay sobra ka din sa timbang at malaki ang tiyan. Sa umpisa ay walang sintomas ang fatty liver. May ibang tao na sumasakit ang kanang bahagi ng tiyan. Ngunit kapag umabot sa liver cirrhosis ay malala na ito at magkakaroon na ng paninilaw ng mata, pamamayat, paglaki ng tiyan at pagmamanas ng paa. Malalaman na may fatty liver ang pasyente sa pamamagitan ng Ultrasound ng atay o Ultrasound of the Whole Abdomen. Minsan ay lumalala ang fatty liver at umaabot sa pamamaga ng atay at liver cirrhosis. Para maagapan ang fatty liver, sundin ang mga payong ito: 1. Itigil ang pag-inom ng alak. Kahit isang patak ng wine, beer or hard
drinks ay huwag nang subukan pa. Ihinto na rin ang paninigarilyo. 2. Magpapayat kung sobra ka sa timbang. Kapag nagbawas ka ng timbang, puwedeng mabawasan din ang taba sa iyong atay. 3. Umiwas sa pagkain ng matataba (oily) at matatamis na pagkain. Limitahan ang pagkain ng cake, mantikilya, ice cream at karneng baboy at baka. Umiwas o bawasan na rin ang pag-inom ng matatamis na inumin tulad ng soft drinks at iced tea. 4. Kumain ng masustansyang pagkain tulad ng maberdeng gulay
at isda. Puwedeng kumain ng prutas pero huwag din sosobrahan ito dahil ito’y matamis din. 5. Gumalaw-galaw at mag-ehersisyo. Kapag nabawasan ang taba sa iyong katawan, mababawasan din ang taba sa atay. 6. Kung ikaw ay may diabetes, gamutin ito sa tulong ng iyong doktor. 7. Kung mataas ang iyong kolesterol sa dugo, ibaba ito sa pamamagitan ng diyeta at gamot. 8. Kumain ng yogurt. Ayon sa isang pagsusuri, may tulong ang good bacteria ng yogurt sa paggamot sa fatty liver. Hindi pa ito tiyak pero pwede ninyong subukan. 9. Huwag bastabastang uminom ng kahit anong tableta, o supplements. Itanong muna sa iyong doktor kung makasasama ba ito sa atay. Sadyang dyeta, exercise at paggamot sa diabetes at mataas na kolesterol ang lunas sa fatty liver. Alagaan natin ang ating atay.
regular nga pagbayad sa spectrum user’s fee o SUF, ang gobyerno wala moimposar og bayad sa paghatag og freaquency sa naginahanglang kompanya sa telekomunikasyon. Mas hayag pa ni sa silaw sa adlaw ug karon ato na nga masabtan og asa nanukad si Duterte dihang ang PLDT/Smart ningbungat og P3-billion nga bayad sa frequency nga gihatag sa gobyerno og libre! Mao na ang rason ngano nga ang Pangulo taas og kompiyansa ug walay pagduhaduha nga mosulti nga ang Frequency Spectrum usa ka nasudnong bahandi ug kabilin ug dili angay nga ipailawom sa kang bisan kinsa ug bisan unsa nga transaksyon sa negosyo. Kahibalo siya nga ang gobyerno ninggahin niini nga frequency bands ilawom sa kasabutan nga ang mga awardee moggama og mga imprastruktura nga modalit og mga serbisyo nga gikinahanglan sa publiko. Wala ni himoa sa CURE ug gipahimudsan na hinuon ni Ongpin ang iyang prangkisa pinaagi sa pagbaligya sa CURE ug sa iyang bililhong 3G frequency ngadto sa Smart/ PLDT sa gwapong presyo. Walay pagsupak niadtong panahona ang National Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s Commission sa maong transaksyon. Ang Pangulong Duterte nahibalo na niini sa iyang pagpangdukiduki. Pipila lang ka pangutana ang gihimo ni Duterte aron makuha niya ang mga tubag kabahin sa gibungat sa PLDT nga P3billion nga itapal sa gobyerno sa ilang gasto kuno. Batakan ug mahinungdanon kaayo ang nakuha niyang mga tubag, ug solido ang iyang gibarugan, mao nga iyang
gitubag sa demand sa P3billion simple ra: “Akong ipahiling ang inyong mga libro sa BIR”. Lagmit nagpahiyom nga sagol yam-id ang reaksyon ni Duterte pagkahibalo niya gikan kang Secretary Rio nga isurender sa PLDT ang frequency sa CURE nga way bayad bisag usa ka sentimo. Mora man sab hinoon og madunggan nako ang yagubyob niya mga nagkanayon, “Ayaw gyud ko ninyo og testingi. Ayaw mog tinonto sa akong administrasyon. Wa koy utang ninyo.” Naghimo ko og kinaugalingon nga pagpanukiduki kun giunsa paggahin ang mga frequencies ug nganong ningtugpa ang tanan sa kamot sa duopolyo. Kini ang laktod nga istorya: Gawas sa CURE gipalit sa PLDT ang Digitel uban sa iyang Mobile network nga dunay frequency nga 900 MHz para sa 2G, 1100 MHz para sa 3G, ug 2300 MHz ug 2500 MHz para sa Broadband Wireless Access (BWA). Ang akong mga giinterbyo sa industriya nagsulti nga ang NTC ning-aprub sa pagbaligya sa Digitel ngadto sa PLDT sa kondisyon nga isurender sa PLDT o ibalik ngadto sa Commission ang frequency band nga gigahin sa CURE tungod kay ang PLDT/Smart automatic man nga ninghupot sa tanan nga mga frequency nga gigahin sa Digitel: 900 , 1100 , 2300 and 2500 MHz bands . Supak ang Globe sa automatic nga pagbalhin sa mga frequency ngadto sa PLDT/Smart apan gioverule siya sa NTC niadtong panahuna. Balik ta sa kasamtangan. Sa akto sa pag-uli sa PLDT sa gigahin nga frequency sa CURE balik sa NTC, ninglabay
sab siya og bola nga liyog ang lupad pinaagi sa paginsister nga taplan sa gobyerno ang P3-billion kuno nga gasto-puhunan sa CURE frequency. Tinonto. Sa sinultihan pa ni Duterte – bullshit. Sa akong panaghap may mga kaantigo nga mga magtatambag bahin sa telecom ang Pangulo nga ninghagawhaw sa iya nga ang mga kahimanan sa radio nga gigamit sa 3G mga software-driven radio (SDR) ug dali ra ning iprograma og usab o “i-retrofit” o dugangan og mga kahimanan nga mopasulbong sa kapasidad nga gamay ra kaayo og gasto aron mohaom sa mga frequency sa 1100 MHz nga gigahin sa PLDT/Smart ug sa nakuha gikan sa Digitel. Aron paigo ang mga frequency band ug aron pantay-pantay ang dulaanan sa industriya sa telecom kontra sa duopolyo, ang ikatulo nga magdudula kinahanglan nga gahinan og igo-igo nga frequency sa 700 MHz o mas maayo sa 600 MHz band nga giabrihan sa gobyerno para sa mga telebesyon nga kinahanglan mobalhin na ngadto sa High Definition TV (HDTV). Kini nga mga kompanya sa telebesyon moakupar lamang og bahin sa 600 MHz band ug ang nahabilin sa band pwedeng igahin ngadto sa ikatulong magdudula nga seguradong molukso dayon ngadto sa 5G. Dili ko mailad niining kalit nga pagkamaayo kuno sa PLDT/Smart sa iyang pag-uli sa CURE frequency. Kanang maong frequency dapat gisurender na kaniadto pa sa gobyerno nga walay kondisyones. Dili dapat nga ipailawom na sa spekulasyon sama sa balay ug lote nga pwedeng imanipular ang presyo.
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Joanna Demafelis. (From Facebook of Elmer Cato.) HUSTISYA ang hiling ng pamilya ni Joanna Demafelis, ang domestic helper na pinatay ng kanyang mga amo sa Kuwait at itinago ng mahigit sa isang taon sa freezer bago natagpuan ang bangkay nito. Dumating nitong Sabado lamang ang bangkay ni Joanna sa lalawigan ng Ilo-Ilo mula Maynila na kung saan luhaang sinalubong ng kanyang pamilya at kamag-anak ang ataul. Unang dinala ito sa bayan ng Ajuy na kung saan ay tumigil noon nakaraang taon sa pagaaral sa Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College doon ang kapatid na si Joyce, 20, sa kursong BS Criminology dahil napatid ang
padalang salapi ni Joanna. Karamihan sa mga sumalubong sa bangkay ay may suot na t-shirt na may katagang â€œJustice for Joanna Demafelis.â€? Humagulgol naman si Joyce sa pag-iyak ng makita ang kahon na may lamang ataul at isinisigaw na sana ay magising ang kapatid. Maging ang ina ni Joanna na si Eva at amang si Crisanto ay luhaan rin. Ika-anim sa 9 na magkakapatid ang 29anyos na si Joanna na napilitang magtrabaho sa Kuwait noon Mayo 2014 upang mai-ahon sa kahirapan ang kanyang pamilya at matustusan rin ang mga mahihirap nitong kaanak. Naroon rin si Hans Leo Cacdac, ang Overseas
Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator, at naghatid ito ng tulong sa pamilya ni Joanna mula kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. At sinigurado nito na hindi titigil ang pamahalaan upang makamit ang hustisya sa pagkakapatay kay Joanna. Hindi pa nadarakip ang mga amo ni Joanna na pinaniniwalaang pinahirapan bago pinaslang. Sa bahay ng mga Demafelis sa bayan ng Sara inilagak ang mga labi ni Joanna at posibleng aabutin ng dalawang linggo ito bago ilibing upang makita ng mga kaibigan at mga kaanak sa huling sandali ang bangkay nito. (Mindanao Examiner)
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