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From farming to fighting, Abu Sayyaf militant returns to society to live a peaceful life with family

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BASILAN – The 27-year old Wiril Muril has returned to farming six years after he joined the notorious militant group Abu Sayyaf in Basilan, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. But his membership to the Abu Sayyaf was more of a protection from clan war,

rather than terrorism. Wiril, a resident of Baywas village in Sumisip town, said he abandoned the Abu Sayyaf after realizing that joining the outlawed group only endangered himself and his family. Recalling how it was then, Wiril said: “Walang training sa amin, kapag

may baril ka, pasok ka na.” He said being part of the criminal activities of the Abu Sayyaf, including ransom kidnappings, “dito ko nalaman na hindi ito ang jihad na gusto kong maging kabahagi. Ang jihad sa Islam ay maganda. Continue on page 4

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Military hunts down ISIS militants in Mindanao


LIGAN CIT Y–S ecur ity for ces continue to monitor F ilipino militants whose CITY Secur ecurity forces Filipino gr oup pledged allegiance to the IIslamic slamic S tate follo wing the rrecent ecent captur e group State following capture of a sub-leader of the M aute G hilippine capital, officials said. Maute Grroup in the P Philippine Officials said Abdul Marawi in Lanao del Sur, He was among the planners Nasser Lomondot, who one of 5 provinces under the of the siege, along with Abu was captured in Manila’s Muslim autonomous re- Sayyaf chieftain Isnilon downtown area, took part gion. An automatic pistol Hapilon. Continue on page 2 in last year’s deadly siege of was also seized from him.

Children given Dengvaxia write letters to Digong MANILA – Some 100 children from Valenzuela City vaccinated by the controversial Dengvaxia have written a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte asking for justice and accountability following the deaths of

children who received the vaccine, according to the Association for the Rights of Children in Southeast Asia (ARCSEA). ARCSEA, a regional nongovernmental organization working for the promotion of children's rights, said it recently held

a psycho-social first aid for the children in their “May K din kami! Dengvaxia awareness caravan,” to help them release their thoughts and emotions and help them understand their situation. Continue on page 2

Members of the Philippine jihadist group pose for propaganda photo in this screen shot taken from the website of the Islamic State.

'Build, Build, Build' seen as defining Duterte legacy

DAVAO CITY - The ambitious 'Build, Build, Build' program envisioned to extinguish the Philippines’ reputation as "sick man of Asia" could serve as one of the defining legacies of President Rodrigo Duterte, a Forbes report said. Based on an article written by Manila-based columnist Richard Javad

Heydarian, the Philippines is experiencing an infrastructure boom never seen since the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos. “Infrastructure could very well be one of the Filipino president’s defining legacies,” Heydarian wrote in his article. Citing a data from Department of Finance


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Military hunts down ISIS militants in Mindanao!

Continued fr om page 1 from “Lomondot is a Maute Group sub-leader who took part in the Marawi rebellion during which he participated in the killing of innocent Christian civilians and committed violence against female and child hostages. He was one of the key planners in the attack of Marantao, Lanao del Sur during the Marawi rebellion. He underwent combat training in Butig, Lanao del

Sur along with other Daesh members,” said Major Ronald Suscano, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division. Althought all of the leaders of the Maute Group and Hapilon were killed in the battle of Marawi that lasted over 5 months, Suscano said other members who managed to escape the military offensive were scatted into smaller groups and went

into hiding in the province. He said the remnant of the Maute Group were recruiting members and holding trainings in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao province, also in the autonomous region. “Since the death last year of Isnilon Hapilon, the established Amir of MauteDaesh in Southeast Asia region, the remnants of the group were scattered into small groups and went into

hiding at selected areas of Lanao del Sur. They were also monitored recruiting and conducting trainings particularly in the boundaries of Lanao and Maguindanao areas where they enjoy a certain level of civilian support,” Suscano said. Major General Roseller Murillo, army division commander, said the intensified campaign against militants in Mindanao

helped in capturing militants and information they gave authorities were essentially important in fighting terrorism. “Our recent successes and apprehensions have been yielding valuable information that allows authorities to further hunt down the remnants of the group. More so, these successes clearly indicate their dwindling organizational leadership and capabili-

ties,” Murillo said. “The government forces will continue to intensify its internal security operations to neutralize the remnants of terrorist groups in Lanao del Sur.” The military earlier said that militants fleeing Iraq and Syria managed to enter the country and may be planning attacks alongside their local counterparts. (Mindanao Examiner)

'Build, Build, Build' seen as defining Duterte legacy

Continued fr om page 1 from The big-ticket projects include six airpor ts, nine railways, three bus rapid transits, 32 roads and bridges, and four seaports. Under the Build, Build, Build that has an estimated budget of P9 trillion over the next five years, the government will also construct four energy facilities, ten water resource projects or irrigation systems, five flood control facilities, and programs aim to address needs of the urban population. "If successful, Duterte could once and for all extinguish the Southeast Asian country’s reputation as the 'sick man of Asia'– and usher in an unprecedented era of inclusive economic d e v e l o p m e n t ,” Heydarian wrote, noting the consistent high economic growth of the Philippines since 2011 when the country rose from “historically mediocre growth pattern" to become one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. The World Bank forecasted the Philippine economy to grow by 6.7 percent this year and

2019. Heydarian, however, has observed the countr y’s shallow growth, leaving high levels of unemployment, pover ty, and hunger. “And this is where the Dutertenomics’ 'build, build, build' agenda comes into the picture, hoping to (literally) bridge the gap in economic policies of past administrations. Infrastructure is clearly the country’s Achilles heel,” he said. He said lack of infrastructure has been a major source of concern for foreign investors as seen by Japan International Cooperation Agency study blamed traffic congestion in Manila to poor infrastructure. According to the 2017 World Economic Forum’s competitiveness report, the Philippines ranked 97th in the world in terms of infrastructure. In a separate report by the United Nations, the Philippines ranked 5th in Southeast Asia in terms of access to physical infrastructure. For the next five years, the Philippines will be banking on the infrastructure investments from China and Japan

and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion as source of funds for the ambitious Build, Build, Build program. Heydarian also noted the observation of many people that even if the Duterte administration fails to achieve half of its massive infrastructure projects, “Duterte could still go down in history as a harbinger of a golden age of infrastr ucture build-up in the country.” But while the socalled Dutertenomics continued to gain praises, Duterte himself is living up to his election campaign to fight illegal drugs, crimes and graft, and corruption. During the oath taking of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) last week in Malacanang, Duterte reiterated his vow to stop corruption. “But for me, if that is the only legacy that I can really leave behind, I don’t have extraordinary talent. I don’t know how else could I do it in governance. But there is one thing that I promised you during the election and it was very a simple one. This is what I’ve said, I will try to stop corruption,” he told PACC officials.

Children given Dengvaxia write letters to Digong Continued fr om page 1 from “These one hundred children who felt fear and anxiety are just a small percentage of the more than 800,000 vaccinated with Dengvaxia. These are the children whose lives are in line and at great risk and the main culprit are the government and the multi-national corporation Sanofi Pasteur.” “The government should have been alarmed from the first day that the fiasco started but until now no one was held accountable and it took months before they responded and that is clear NEGLECT," said Madella Santiago, ARCSEA executive director. Santiago demanded clear protocols on free health ser vice for

Dengvaxia immunized children in public hospitals. “The DOH must be clear in its protocols and every child who was given Dengvaxia must be able to avail this supposedly free service in public hospitals. We do not want to hear children and their mothers complaining about being rejected by hospitals or paying for their services. The Duterte government should give this health service for free, not just for children who have become sick with dengue after being given the shots, but for all all throughout the 5 years,” Santiago said. Santiago said they fear the children’s feeling of anxiety and: “The children and their families are

just waiting for justice that is rightfully theirs. The Duterte government should waste no time in politicking and file a case against Sanofi Pastuer, former President Noynoy Aquino, former Health Secretary Janette Garin and others involved in the controversy.” According to Santiago, Filipino children’s welfare is the responsibility of the government as stated in local and international laws and instruments. “ We would not stop until we see genuine and appropriate responses from the Duterte government. We will bring the children’s demands in venues where their voices will be heard.” (Mindanao Examiner)

Duterte’s strong campaign against corruption was one of the reasons that propelled the Philippines on top of the US News and World Report’s list of “Best Countries to Invest In” for 2018.

The Department of Finance has also attributed the country’s No. 1 ranking to strong anticorruption dr ive, improved revenue collections, politically stable government and Build,

Build, Build program. On the other hand, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. recognized the political will that Duterte exhibited to uplift the lives of over 100 million Filipinos. ( Jelly Musico)

ARMM celebrates National Women’s Month 2018 COTABATO CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, through its Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW-ARMM), officially started the celebration of this year’s National Women’s Month (NWM) through a parade, last week inside the ARMM compound here. The parade, followed by a short program, was attended by officials and employees of the region’s different line agencies and offices. The ARMM celebration bears the theme “Meaningful change for Bangsamoro women can happen,” which is anchored on the

national theme: “We can make change work for women.” During the program, ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Masuhud Alamia said, “Meaningful change: Bangsamoro women can make it happen,” rephrasing the theme. “Kapag hindi kikilos ang mga babae, walang meaningful change ang mangyayari,” she said, emphasizing the importance of women working in the government. “More than 50% of the teachers, educators in the ARMM are women. Almost 3,000 of the employees of ARMM are also women,” she said

The obser vance of the annual National Women’s Month in March is pursuant to Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988. It aims at giving due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in our society specifically to inform and engage women as stakeholders of government programs and services; to create and facilitate platforms to discuss good practices, gaps, challenges , and commitments in pursuing gender and development; and to inspire and empower women and girls to be agents of change. (Bureau of Public Information)

Marawi farmers to get Italian aid

MARAWI CITY - Filipino farmers affected by fighting in Marawi are to receive food assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme ( WFP). This has been made possible by a P12.4 million contribution from the Government of Italy to WFP. “Italy stands with the Philippine Government in its efforts to assist the people of Marawi,” said Italian Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino. “Our partnership with the World Food Programme will support the food needs of thousands of Filipinos as they rebuild their lives.” Fighting broke out in Marawi City in May 2017 between government forces and armed militant groups linked to Islamic State. WFP has since been supporting the Government of the Philippines by addressing the nutrition needs of conflict-affected communities. WFP will support

1,600 displaced farmers and their families over a period of three months, providing them with food assistance in exchange for their participation in agricultural activities to restore community assets. And WFP, in collaboration with its partners, will also implement training in support of rice and corn production, bio-intensive and vegetable gardening, as well as inland fishpond tilapia farming — incorporating basic nutrition and food security sessions. Partners include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. “WFP is grateful to the Government of Italy for this generous contribution, which will sustain ongoing relief and recov-

ery operations to address the food needs of communities affected by the Marawi crisis,” said Stephen Gluning, WFP Representative and Country Director. “Thanks to Italian support, WFP will be able to provide rice to more than 8,000 people, complementing the Philippine Government’s operations.” Nine months after the start of armed conflict in Marawi, the Philippine government and WFP have distributed rice to some 128,000 people and provided school meals to more than 57,000 students in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur where displaced people affected by the conflict have relocated. WFP said it is mobilizing additional resources to cover the needs of its current operations until May, including early recovery activities that involve food and cashbased assistance. (Mindanao Examiner)


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DOJ indicts ex-Top Gear PH editor-in-chief for 'cyber libel' THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DOJ) has filed criminal charges against a former editor-in-chief of motoring news website, Top Gear Philippines, in connection with an online libel complaint filed by a man who was mistakenly tagged in a road rage incident in Manila. The DOJ panel of prosecutors found probable cause to indict Vernon Sarne on charges of violation of the libel provision of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, filed by Nestor Punzalan after he was mistakenly identified in a report published by the website as the gunman behind the shooting of cyclist Mark Vincent Geralde in Quiapo, Manila. Punzalan, in his complaint, accused Sarne of imputing him as the suspect who drove a red Hyundai Eon and shot Geralde dead on July 26, 2016. After checking the plate number of the Hyundai vehicle from the closed circuit

television footage of the incident, Sarne posted on the Facebook page of Top Gear the complainant’s Facebook account and his Hyundai Eon. “The above posts by the officials of Top Gear Philippines allegedly subjected complainant and his wife to public ridicule, trauma, shame, casting dishonor, discredit and contempt,” read the resolution approved by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon and Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr. "He admitted having posted the subject photo and video of complainant's vehicle and assumed full responsibility on the said act," the resolution noted, adding that the alleged offense checked off all the elements for it to be considered as libel. The case was referred to the City Prosecutor of Manila on February 23. Punzalan

filed the complaint against Top Gear Philippines' editors with the National Bureau of Investigation in August 2016, less than a month after he became the subject of netizens' bullying due to the misidentification. Authorities have earlier cleared Punzalan of wrongdoing, instead tracing the cyclist and gaming attendant Geralde's killing to ex-Army reservist Vhon Tanto. Meanwhile, the DOJ dismissed the complaint filed against other respondents Top Gear Philippines officers Dinzo Tabamo, Tracy Carpena, Jeffrey Reyes, and Adelbert Christopher de Jesus for Punzalan's alleged failure to establish their involvement in the uploading of the controversial post. “The complaint against them is recommended dismissed for lack of probable cause,” the resolution said. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)


ARMM turns over P8-million worth of projects in Basilan

BASILAN – Some P8-Million worth of infrastructure projects under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s flagship program – Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance Synergy (ARMM-HELPS) were turned over in two villages in Maluso town in Basilan province. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman led the March 4 turn-over of the P5.4-million village hall and a multi-purpose building in Tubigan, and the P2-million fishing livelihood project in Lower Port Holland. He said the regional government is now focused on delivering socioeconomic and infrastructure projects to the towns all over ARMM. Director Anwar Upahm of the ARMM-HELPS said the village of Tubigan will also receive this tear birthing facilities, armchairs for schools, and cattle for farmers. Por Holland had earlier received its village hall and a youth and women center. “Sa tagal po namin dito sa Barangay Tubigan hindi po namin lubos maisip na magkakaroon ng mga magagandang projects dito sa lugar namin,” Tubigan village chairman Aurellano Laping said. “Napakasaya po ng mga tao dito sa lugar namin dahil pwede na po sila maglaro at magtipontipon sa multi-purpose building.” Upahm said ARMMHELPS has served a total of 85 villages in Basilan, one of 5 provinces under ARMM, since 2014. Eight of the villages – Batungal, Tamuk, Taberlongan, Upper Port

Holland, Tubigan, AbongAbong, Fuente Maluso and Lower Port Holland – are in Maluso. “We are glad about the bulk of projects given to the people of Maluso,” Mayor Hanie Bud said, adding the projects will help uplift his constituents’ lives and will promote peaceful and safe environment. The town of Maluso – used to be a lair of kidnapfor-ransom groups – is a recipient of last year’s Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award along with other 19 towns in the region. The ARMM-HELPS is a convergence initiative of the regional government and is regarded as the centerpiece of the Hataman administration, which has been pursuing programs through the regional line agencies. Its projects include health stations, flea markets and water systems. It also supports cooperatives, and provides medicines and birthing supplies and equipment for its health component. It pushes for the development of a madaris curriculum, as well as the construction of community learning centers, as tools to combat violent extremism. The recipients are the ones who identify the projects. Since its creation in 2013, the ARMM-HELPS has served 403 barangays in the region’s five provinces. It will serve 150 other barangays this year. ARMM intensifies effor ts efforts to pr otect fisher folk protect fisherfolk Hataman also vowed to intensify the campaign against illegal fishing and said he ordered authorities to

run after those violating the laws. He said the ARMM HELPS has turned over some P2-million worth of boat and fishing supplies to the cooperative in Lower Port Holland also on March 4. And for Abdulham Mohammad, 48, he remembers the good old days of the fishing industry in Maluso. “Noon, pusit lang ang hinuhuli ko, kumikita ako ng P500-P5,000 kada araw,” he said, adding that most fishermen would not even reach the market since barter was already being done along the way. “Hindi na namin kailangan magpunta ng palengke dahil sinasalubong nanila kami noon para makipagbarter,” he recalled. But big fishing vessels arrived and encroached on their fishing grounds, he said. “Nagsimula ang problema dito sa amin noong unti-unting pumasok ang mga vessels sa municipal waters kung saan nananagat ang mga smalltime fishermen,” he said. “Dahil malalaki ang gamit nila, talo ang mga maliliit hanggang sa nalulugi sila at unti-unting binebenta ang mga kabuhayan nila.” But Mohammad was all praised to the ARMM, saying Hataman helped their community and provided them with fishing supplies, including boats and fishing nets. “Ngayon, unti-unti nang nanunumbalik ang sigla ng pangingisda dahil suportado ng ARMM ang aming kabuhayan,” he said. “Ngayong nagtatrabaho na ako sa munisipyo, nakikita ko ang efforts ng ating gobyerno para sa Maluso.”

Hataman, recalling Maluso’s glory days, said historically the town was really a fishing port. “Lahat ng isda papuntang Zamboanga at Isabela City ay nagmumula sa Maluso,” he said. Maluso Mayor Hanie Bud thanked Hataman and President Rodrigo Duterte for heeding their request that the town’s municipal waters be made exclusive

for local fishers. “Dahil doon bumalik sa pangingisda ang mga tao,” he said. “Mula noong nagbigay ng ultimatum si Presidente, halos nakakabangon na ulit ang small-scale fisherfolk dahil sabi niya paparusahan ang malalaking vessels na papasok sa municipal waters.” Aside from efforts to

help the fisherfolk, Hataman also announced his administration’s plan to help rubber farmers by building a processing center. The former fisherman is also excited about the other projects, which include road-widening, cold storage facilities, and processing plants, in store for Maluso this year. (Bureau of Public Information)

Cruise tourism initiatives pay off as arrivals jump more than 100% MANILA -- Philippine cruise ship arrivals posted unprecedented figures in the last 12 months capped by the simultaneous docking of cruise ships at the Manila’s South Harbor. The Manila South Harbor, managed and operated by Asian Terminals, Inc., on March 5 registered the biggest number of cruise ships docked at the ports with four, namely, SuperStar Virgo of Star Cruises, Costa Atlantica of Costa Cruises, Amsterdam of Holland America Lines, and Silver Shadow of Silversea Cruises. According to Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago, the continuous hike in cruise ship arrivals are testaments to the initiatives put into place by different government agencies like the PPA, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Transportation, among others. “On the part of the PPA, we have been injecting so much effort to improve the cruise facilities of our ports

particularly in areas like Puerto Princesa in Palawan, South Harbor and North Harbor in Manila, Bohol in the Visayas, and Currimao in Northern Luzon,” Santiago said in a press statement. “The more than 1000% increase in the number of cruise tourism passengers suggest that we are slowly reaping the benefits of those initiatives,” Santiago stressed. “The direction of the current administration is to further harvest the fruits of global tourism efforts and PPA is continuing its efforts to make port facilities for cruise ships world class,” Santiago added. Currently, PPA is carrying out several infrastructure projects in key areas to support the booming cruise industry aimed at developing international hubs for cruise liners like Davao, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Metro Manila, Puerto Princesa, Subic, and Zamboanga. These make up the nation’s major

nautical cruise arteries. It has also lined up various port programs for the development of cruise terminals. These include the Ports of Puerto Princesa, Currimao in Ilocos Norte and Catagbacan in Bohol Province. As of January of this year, cruise tourism arrivals registered an increase of 1,952.82% to 9,156 passsengers from only 446 in January of last year. Of the total, more than half of the volume or 4,520 was recorded in PMO Northern Luzon in view of the regained interest of Star Cruises at the Port of Currimao as one of its cruise routes. The other areas that posted positive cruise tourism arrivals include Coron, Boracay and South Harbor. “PPA is really bent on equipping major cruise destinations with the minimum requirements to handle cruise ships and slowly put improvements thereon,” Santiago added. (Mindanao Examiner)


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DOJ junks criminal raps vs. Tunisian with alleged ISIS links THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed criminal charges filed by the police and military against an alleged Islamic State militant who was captured recently in Manila. In a seven-page resolution signed by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter L. Ong, the DOJ dismissed charges of illegal possession of explosive devices and firear ms complaint against Tunisian national Fehmi Lassqued and his Filipina live-in partner Anabel Salipada for lack of merit. “After a careful review and evaluation of the evidence submitted by the parties, the undersigned finds no probable cause to charge respondents for violations of RA 10591 and RA 9516,” according to the DOJ resolution approved re-

cently by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Rassenell Rex Gingoyon and Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr. “Basic and well-established is the rule that the party alleging has the burden of substantiating his allegation and any declaration or assertion not so substantiated is, at best, a self-ser ving statement or declaration which is inadmissible in evidence for being hearsay,” it stressed. The two we re arrested in Er mita on February 16. The charge sheet signed by Superintendent Carlito Narag Jr. sought the indictment of the suspects for violations of RA 10591 and RA 9516. It cited as evidence the explosive devices seized from the couple during their arrest, including four pipes, two

batteries, three capacitors, two integrated circuits, three batter y clips, and 11 resistors and also the .45-caliber pistol and ammunition recove red from them. Both Lassqued and Salipada denied the allegations in separate counter-affidavits filed through the assistance of public attorneys. In his counter-affidavit, Lassqued said contrary to the police’s claim, he was not arrested in Ermita, but in Ayala Triangle on Februar y 16 while he was taking his cigarette break from his Spanish class. Salipada, on the other hand, also denied owning the explosive devices and the firearm. She said when the police searched their apar tment in Manila she was taken and held outside the apartment.

Ong said that among the evidence presented by the police, both the suspects and the arresting officers admitted that the five photographs of the seized items taken inside Room 409 but did not include the arresting officers and the suspects. However, Ong noted that two other photographs which showed the suspects with the seized items were not taken inside Room 409 due “to the difference between the backgrounds of said photographs and earlier five photographs.” “Furthermore, a per usal of the two photographs labeled as ‘Photograph of the arrested suspect and the confiscated evidence’ suggest that these pictures w ere taken in a place other than Room 409, since their back-

ground are different from those in the five photographs without respondent Lassoued,” Ong said. “This supports the story of respondents that Fehmi Lassoued was not present inside Room 409, on Febr uar y 16, 2018, during the implementation of SW M. 18-003, and further suppor t Fehmi Lassoued’s story that he was later brought to an unfamiliar room with the seized articles,” he pointed out. The prosecutor also learned that Salipada was brought by authorities to the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center on February 17 for medical examination while Lassoued was taken at the Army General Hospital in Fort Andres Bonifacio on February 18. “Finally, the fact that

both respondents underwent medical examination at two different places and on two different occasions suggests that they were arrested in separate places at different time,” he said. On the photos of the seized explosive devices and firearms, the militar y and police said it was taken at the house of Lassqued and Salipada. However, the DOJ resolution noted that the background of the picture where the seized items were taken is different from the couple’s apartment. “A per usal of the photographs suggest that these pictures were taken in a place other than [the apartment of [Lassqued and Salipada] since their background are different,” the resolution noted. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)

From farming to fighting, Abu Sayyaf militant returns to society to live a peaceful life with family

Continued fr om page 1 from Noong nakita ko na may kidnapping, may harassment ng community, pumapatay ng civilian, hindi ko na nakita ang jihad sa Abu Sayyaf.” Wiril said jihad or holy war is when a person does something good for himself, family and the community and not as what the Abu Sayyaf is espousing. He said he longed wanted to break off from the Abu Sayyaf, but the thoughts of being captured or arrested by the authorities had him thinking many times – whether to give up or continue r unning and

hiding as an Abu Sayyaf member, until he heard about the government’s reformation program. It was the day Wiril said he awaited. “Akala ko wala na talaga akong tsansa na makapagbagong buhay, meron pa pala,” he said. He and 83 other militants surrendered to the government and that was the day Wiril tasted what freedom really is. “Hindi ko naisip na matakot dahil malinaw ang batas ng gobyerno na kapag nagbalik-loob ka sa kanila, bibigyan ka ng tsansa na maayos,” he said. Muril, now living a

peaceful farming life with his family, received a cassava processing machine from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which greatly helped him earn a decent living for his wife and seven children. Since last year, ARMM had initiated a series of psychosocial interventions to help the returnees start a new life and also many infrastructure projects for Basilan. Muril also said that he now enjoys his new life. “May magandang kalsada, tubig, maayos na bahay. Yung nagigising ka ng alas sais ng umaga at

nakikita mong nandiyan ang kalsada, nandiyan ang tubig at hindi ka natatakot,” he said. ARMM Gover nor Mujiv Hataman vows to continue various pro-

grams aimed at uplifting the welfare not only of the former Abu Sayyaf militants, but the community in particular. “This is a collaboration. A collaboration of every-

body who wanted peace and stability, economic progress and development on Basilan as well as the whole of ARMM,” he said. (Bureau of Public Information)

ARMM, Marawi to build P115-million infra projects MARAWI CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the City Government of Marawi will construct P115-million worth of infrastructure projects starting this month as part of the city’s rehabilitation program. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra led the ground breaking for the P90-million Integrated Market, Food and Transport Terminal at Buadi Sacayo and the P25-million rehabilitation of City Hall and City Health Center – both will undergo rehabilitation since the two structures also sustained minor damage because of the battle. The ARMM will also provide an additional P15

million for the procurement of hospital facilities and equipment. The integrated market, food and transport terminal will sit in more than one-hectare land and would house about 200 stalls. Mayor Gandamra expressed confidence the city’s economy will rebound after it suffered heavy losses due to last year’s Maute Group siege of the city. The Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups inflicted terror in Marawi that forced more than 200,000 residents to flee the city. Hostilities between the government troops and the terror groups lasted roughly five months. Mayor Gandamra said the infrastructure projects will hasten rehabilitation efforts here. “Definitely it

will help the people of Marawi restore the economic operations dahil sa nangyari dito, bumagsak talaga ang ekonomiya,” he said. Initially, the regional government has started building a wet and dry market in Bubong town in Lanao del Sur province in February that will open additional economic activities in the town and in the entire first district of the province since these areas have no formal marketplace. The national government has formed the Task Force Bangon Marawi aiming at ensuring proper coordination and implementation of rehabilitation and recovery programs and projects in the city. (Bureau of Public Information)

NTC summons Globe over ‘vanishing load’

THE NATIONAL Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said it has summoned Globe Telecom and its mobile content provider over reports and complaints by its subscribers that their “prepaid phone credit” has vanished even if they are not using their mobile phones. The NTC ordered Globe to suspend the implementation of its content service provider agreement with Gotdeals Mobile Inc. pending an investigation into the reports and complaints. One woman, Feanne Mauricio, also filed a similar complaint with the NTC which prompted it to summon the giant telecom company.

The NTC said that it is eyeing to impose stricter penalties against those behind the vanishing prepaid phone credit. During a recent Senate hearing on the issue, NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgar Cabarios admitted there are erring valueadded service ( VAS) providers that eat up a certain amount of prepaid load or credit without notifying the mobile phone user. According to Cabarios, VAS groups' other telecommunication services beyond standard voice calls and text messaging are considered as spam messages. A consumer should not receive messages if not

registered with the VAS providers. The NTC can suspend the registration of the VAS providers. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, head of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, urged telecom companies to immediately institute clear-cut policies to solve the problem of unwarranted deductions on prepaid mobile loads. He proposed that telecom firms issue notifications to their subscribers whenever a load is added or deducted from their prepaid accounts. Based on NTC figures, about 97% or 126 million of the country’s 130 million mobile phone owners are prepaid subscribers. (Aerol John Pateña)


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Sustained economic growth results in buoyant labor market EMPLOYMENT rates surged in January as the Philippine labor market continued to thrive on the back of sustained economic growth, the National Economic and Development Authority said. In the January 2018 Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority, employment rate rose to 94.7 percent, equivalent to 41.8 million Filipinos employed. This rate is the highest in all of the previous January rounds of the LFS since 2009. Labor force participation rate (LFPR) also increased by 1.5 ppts, rising to 62.2 percent in January 2018. Furthermore, female LFPR bounced back to 47.5 percent or a 2.3 ppts increase from 45.2 percent in January 2017. This reflects the sharp decline in the number of economically inactive married women and females who opt out of the labor force due to household duties. Notably, the unemployment rate dropped further to 5.3 percent, the lowest rate recorded for all January rounds of the LFS in the past decade. This is within the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 target of 4.7-5.3 percent for 2018. “These improvements in the labor market indicate that more Filipinos are encouraged to join and re-join the labor force, and that more people are being employed. This signals that the economy is responding positively to the economic reforms and programs that the government has been laying down,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said.

“But despite these encouraging numbers, the government must continue to raise investments and improve productivity, which in turn, will help boost the productive sectors of the economy and encourage the generation of higher quality employment opportunities,” he said. Pernia added that the government should facilitate the creation of new businesses and boost the outputs of firms by amending market regulations, tackling structural barriers, and passing key reforms. These include the reduction of foreign investment restrictions, as well as the passage of the Ease of Doing Business bill and Package 2 of the Tax Reform program, which will lower corporate taxes while rationalizing investment incentives. The services sector remained the top employment contributor with a share of 55.9 percent, increasing by 3.8 percent despite the downbeat business outlook of firms for the first quarter. Employment in agriculture grew by 8.4 percentage points to 26 percent employment share, employing an additional 841,000 workers. Pernia, however, emphasized that there is a need to help move the labor force in the agriculture sector out of low-productivity jobs. This can be facilitated by shifting rice farmers to high-value crops, promoting crop diversification, accelerating development of local infrastructure (e.g. farm-to-market roads, etc.), and training farmers in technological advancements.

Meanwhile, the industry sector employed an additional 719,000 workers after expanding by 10.5 percentage points to 18.1 percent in January 2018, led by the increase in employment in construction and manufacturing. “More jobs are expected to be created during the country’s infrastructure build up which will not only ease traffic and promote regional development but also generate more quality jobs,” the Cabinet official said. Moreover, the unemployment rate among the youth continued to slide to 12.5 percent in January 2018, the lowest rate recorded for January since 2009. Likewise, the share of inactive youth, those who are neither studying nor employed, also declined to 18.8 percent. “If we are to sustain this trend for the rest of the year, we can achieve the PDP target of lowering youth unemployment to 19.5 – 21.5 percent for 2018,” Pernia said. “It is important that we continue to push for the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law to enable more women to participate in the labor force,” Pernia said. He added that it may be the appropriate time to put in place the legal and regulatory framework to allow part-time work especially in low-paying jobs. “This will especially benefit school dropouts so they can study or be trained further and get themselves into higher paying jobs in the future,” Pernia said.

Sulu town officials, civilians surrender illegal weapons

Alleged irregularities in 2016 polls bared SENATOR Vicente Sotto III has urged the Senate to conduct a probe into the country’s automated election system after allegations of early transmission of votes and remote foreign access to the election server during the 2016 elections surfaced. Saying that these claims, if proven to be true, amounted to electoral sabotage, Sotto said. In a privilege speech, the Senate Majority Leader said a concerned and impeccably reliable source handed him confidential information regarding the irregularities that happened on May 2016 which allegedly altered the results of the last national elections. “What I am about to present to you may or may not be gospel truth but very accurate information, and if these allegations are serious enough and are proven to be true after due investigation, then we have a case of electoral sabotage. If we don’t do anything to clear the doubts as to the legitimacy of the previous election, then we put at risk the accuracy of the 2019 elections,” Sotto said. He asked the Senate to subpoena the Commission on Elections and automated election provider

Smartmatic to shed light on the issue. According to the documents presented by Sotto, the alleged transmission activities started as early as 9 a.m. of May 8, 2016 and continued until 9 a.m. the following day prior to the official conduct of the elections. In the slides presented by Sotto, the alleged early transmissions were supposedly being done by certain Vote Counting Machines to the Municipal Board of Canvassers. He said that all the early transmissions activities were captured and seen in the logs of the main server used by VCMs and Consolidated Canvassing System. Sotto said that what he showed were only examples of the numerous early transmissions to different Municipal and Provincial Board of Canvassers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. “The standard answer of Smartmatic would be that these transmissions are only testing’ transmissions,” he noted. “These transmissions cannot be in any way be claimed as testing transmissions because, as far as I can remember, the last official testing was made on April 23, 2016,” Sotto said. On the issue of alleged foreign access into the

election servers, Sotto showed slides of supposed secure logs of one of the two Domain Name Service (DNS) servers used during the 2016 elections. He said that there were a series of access before, during and after the election, with the time stamps indicating that accessing was done precisely every minute. He noted that “this is only possible to be done by machines.” He showed that username “e360sync” is accessing one of the DNS servers with root access privilege, which means it can open, copy and transmit any information gathered. The DNS server in question is used only by the Queue Servers from May 10-11. On May 8, 2016, or a day before the election, e360sync allegedly made a malicious activity -accessing DNS report logs - that is categorized as a critical intrusion to a computer system. “Apparently, e360 is a server in, which is a cloud computing service located mainly in the United States,” Sotto said, adding, that the username E360 looks very similar to a software product of the Philippine election provider, Smartmatic. Continue on page 7

Military photo released to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner shows weapons handed over by town officials and civilians in different towns in Sulu province in southern Philippines. SULU – Some 187 assorted weapons, many of them without gun permits, had been handed over by their owners to the authorities in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, officials said. The weapons were surrendered by civilians through their village and municipal officials in Talipao, Parang, Omar, Indanan, Maimbung, Jolo and Patikul after Governor Totoh Tan urged illegal gun holders to surrender their weapons, mostly used for protection against lawless elements. Among the weapons handed over to the military were automatic rifles, grenade launchers and handguns. Several politicians, including the mayors

of Talipao, Nebukadnezar Tulawie and Madzfar Loong, of Parang; Hermont Jikiri of Indanan; and several town vice mayors also turned over their firearms during a ceremony at a military base in Jolo. The Western Mindanao Command said over 600 illegal weapons had been recovered since January in Zamboanga Peninsula, Zamboanga City, Sulu and Central Mindanao. It said all the weapons handed to the military will undergo ballistic examination to determine whether these came from its arsenal. Governor Tan also urged civilians to turn over their weapons or secure permits from the police so they can legally own the firearms. “This (campaign)

is part of the government’s efforts to recover illegal weapons and to make our community a gun-free society and a peaceful place to live in,” he said. The whole of Southern Philippines is under an extended martial rule after the deadly ISIS siege of Marawi City in the Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao last year. But despite government efforts to recover illegal weapons from civilians and politicians, the military miserably failed to confiscate high-powered weapons from rebel groups that include the Moro National Liberation Front and its rival Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the troubled region. (Mindanao Examiner)


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‘Mga tinonto sa Rappler’ by Jun Ledesma Continued fr om page 1 from Si Ressa ug ang Rappler mas ningtaop karon sa huyonghuyong. Ang kada desperado nga lihok mopaunlod kaniya sa mas lawom pa nga parte sa di matugkad nga bangag. Natanggal sab ang takoban sa Omidyar Network, usa ka organisasyon nga komplot ug nagasuporta sa mga laraw ug kalihokan nga ang katuyoan mao ang paghulagway sa Presidente sa Ukraine nga usa ka demonyo. Ningluwat gyud ang maong Presidente sa iyang posisyon kay gilumsan siya og mga isyu nga nagdilaab ug mga tinumotumo sa iyang mga kritiko nga sumala pa sa mga kasaligang tinubdan sinuholan sa ON. Kini nga estratehiya pareho nga gigamit aron pagdaut sa kadungganan ni Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte ug pagpakaulaw kaniya. Ang sayop lang sa Rappler kay didto sila motutok sa laylay ug tinumotumo nga isyu sa Extra-judicial killing ug sa Davao Death Squad nga mao sab ang hilig nga iwarawara sa nakulong nga Sen. Leila de Lima ug sa mga gahi og ulo, pulpol ug tig-a og kasingkasing nga mga kaaway ni Duterte sa politika. Kombenyente kaayong gigamit dayon sa Rappler ang mga “confession” sa mga namakak nga mga testigo nga si Matobato ug Lascanas ug gilangkob nila ang dili katuhoan nga testimonya sa duha nga kun isumada ang kuno gihimo sa duha, ningpatay sila og sobra 1,200 nga biktima ubos sa mando ni Duterte nga matud pa nila maoy nag-organisa sa Davao Death Squad. Ang pinakadakong bakak sa Rappler mao ang pagpausbaw sa maong numero ngadto sa 7,000 ka biktima sa EJK. Sa wa pa mamatay ang Time Magazine, ninggamit kini sa maong statistics nga inimbento sa Rappler. Sa naghinangat na ang ASEAN Summit, ang Amnesty Internaional ningsulay og sabwag og laing pangilad pinaagi sa pag-anunsyo nga 30-milyones ka mga Filipino ang biktima sa EJK. Human sa summit, nangayo ang Amnesty International og pasaylo. Daw nagsalimuang sa tumang kalipay si Maria Ressa sa dihang si Stephen King, nangulo sa Global Governance and Citizens Engagement sa Omidyar Network, ning-isyu og sulat nga kuno nagdonar og $1.5milyon ngadto sa 14 ka tawo

nga staff sa Rappler. Kini, aron maresolba ang isyu sa pagpanag-iya sa mga langyaw sa Rappler. Mao ba? Eh, di… Wow! Ang pamahayag sa Rappler bahin sa ON isip mamumuhunan nga dunay veto power o isip donor nga pilantropo dili mopapa sa pagduhaduha nga dili niya isurender ang iyang pagka independente nga organisasyon sa media ngadto sa ON, ang network nga ningpukan kang Ukraine President Victor Yanukovych nga pro Russian. Ayaw mo’g tuo nianang ilang gipangsabwag nga bakak nga ang ON usa ka maayohon nga organisasyon nga pangpilantropo. Konektado na siya sa USAID nga nagahatag og pondo sa mga non-government organization nga kuno nagaadbokasiya og demokrasya, kasihagan, kagawasan sa pamahayag, ug tawhanong katungod. Kabisado na kaayo ni natong mga isyuha, di ba, ug unsa gyuy nagpaluyo niini? Si Yanukovych biktima lamang ug wa gyuy mahimo. Ang kwarta sa USAID nga gigahin para sa mga NGOs ug mga journalist gipasa sa usa ka agianan ug gidawat sa usa ka mora og inosente nga opisina. Naa pa gyuy lain. Ang Renaissance Foundation ni George Soros ug ang National Endowment for Democracy sa US Congress ninghatag sab og pondo para sa pagpalagpot ni Yanukovych. Kun ang ON adunay Rappler dinhi sa Pilipinas, aduna siya’y Intercept didto sa Ukraine. Sa naandan na nga kinaiya sa pagpanghambog, si Stephen King nagkanayon: “Hugot ang among pagtuo nga ang kompaniya [Rappler] angay nga tugotan pagpadayon sa iyang trabaho dinhi sa Pilipinas nga walay makabalda.” Ningdugang pa gyud siya og pamahayag nga ang ON dili moputol sa iyang relasyon sa Rappler. Sa Ukraine, napukan si Yanukovych sa gitawag nila og Orange Revolution. Kini nga pag-alsa mao say ninginstalar kang Yanukovych primero. Dinhi sa Pilipinas, ang mga salin sa atong ginatawag og Yellowtards ningsulay og buhi og usab sa People Power aron sa pagdeestabilisar sa administrasyong Duterte. Ningpalyar ug wa magmalampuson ang maong grupo. Dili angay

nga tagaan og pagtagad ang ilang rebolusyon. Si Maria Ressa ug Pia Ranada ang duha ka peryodista nga ning-angal nga gisumpo kuno ang ilang press freedom. Mingaw pa’s tirana ang EDSA sa adlaw nga gimontar sa mga salin sa Yellowtards ang apassumpay kuno sa People Power. Mali kaayo ang basa ni Omidyar sa pulso sa mga Filipino nga bag-o pa lang ningwakli sa administrasyong Aquino nga mora og dautan nga damgo sa mga Filipino tungod sa iyang pagka banga pa’s tadyaw ug pagka kurap. Si Omidyar nga maoy nagapadagan sa imperyo sa e-Bay nailad ug ningtuo sa mga bakak nga gihungit sa iyaha sa Rappler, sa Time Magazine ug sa mga nagpakilimos ug nagnegosyo nga mga magbalantay kuno sa tawhanong katungod nga ubay-ubay gyud sa sulod sa Pilipinas ug ang pipila adunay nagkapareha lang nga mga Board of Directors ug mga ginsakupan. Wa siya masayod nga ang pagsalig sa katawhan kang Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ug ang popularidad niya sa mga Filipino nanganawkanaw ug wa pa sukad makab-ut sa nanag-unang Presidente. Obserbahi lang gud ni ninyo. Kagahapon ang lider sa oposisyon, si Vice Pres. Leni Robredo, ningbungat sa iyang kagustohan nga mobalik sa Gabinete ni Duterte. Sa niaging semana gipamutol sa European Union ang mga gapos ug kondisyones sa iyang mga ayuda sa Pilipinas. Nagsadya ang katawhan kay ang gamhanan kaayo nga oligarkiya nagabayad na sa ilang buhis, apil na ang mga bilyones nga back taxes nga kaniadto ilang gilikaylikayan. Ang usa ka de-rabis nga kritiko sa gobyernong Duterte nalamdagan human niya mabasa ang listahan sa mga mega-projects nga nakakasa na para sa implementasyon sugod karong tuiga ilawom sa programang BUILD, BUILD, BUILD. Unsa ang kahulugan niini para kanako? Sa akong tan-aw, pwede na nga dili na lang iimposar sa Court of Appeals ang mga silot kontra sa Rappler. Bahaw na. Gawas pa, nabuko na sab ang Rappler ug klaro na og unsa gyud siya ug asa konektado ang iyang utok ug kasingkasing.

Alleged irregularities in 2016 polls bared Continued fr om page 5 from “To conclude the second issue, our election servers were allegedly accessed remotely, and information gathered were copied and submitted to a server in the amazon cloud services in the US,” Sotto said. He said that these issues cannot be ignored as it weakens the propriety of our automated election system. Sotto said the full extent of the early transmission activities as well as that of the foreign access would be known in the course of


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the investigation. Sotto said that the question on who might have benefited or who may have been detrimentally affected, if ever there were any, by the alleged irregularities may also be ascertained during the investigation. “We must ascertain the accuracy of these allegations as to either make the responsible officials accountable or finally put to rest the questions clouding the results of the 2016 elections. I believe that the outcome of any investigation on this matter will surely lead to a

more accurate and transparent system and results for the coming 2019 elections,” Sotto said. Sotto’s assertions came in the wake of recent reports that the Comelec en banc has unanimously voted to exercise its option to purchase Smartmatic’s vote counting machines for the 2019 polls. While Smartmatic has been the country’s automated election provider since 2010, doubts have been constantly cast about its track record. ( Jose Cielito Reganit)

HEALTH: Huwag Sobrang Magpakabusog Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong KAIBIGAN, isang magandang payo para sa ating kalusugan ay ang pagbabawas sa ating kinakain. Bilang pagpapatunay, ang mga tao ng Okinawa sa Japan, ay may pinakamahabang buhay kumpara sa ibang tao. Maraming tagaOkinawa ang lampas sa 100 taon. Gusto ba ninyong malaman ang sikreto ng mahabang buhay nila? Sagot: Hindi sila nagpapakabusog. Basta may laman lang ang tiyan nila ay puwede na. Hindi naman sila gutom ngunit hindi rin sila busog na busog. May mga pagsusuri na nagpapakita na ang mga taong payat ay mas humahaba ang buhay kaysa sa mga taong sobra ang timbang. Bakit masama ang pagkain nang labis? Ang pagkain ng labis ay nagdudulot nang masamang epekto

Dr. Willie T. Ong dahil nahihirapan ang ating katawan na tunawin ito. Dodoble ang trabaho ng ating atay, lapay (pancreas) bato at puso dahil sa sobrang pagkabusog. Tataas din bigla ang ating asukal sa dugo (blood sugar). Kapag labis ang kinain mong karne, marami ring dumi (na kung tawagin ay “free radicals”) ang ilalabas nitong mga pagkain. Kaya ipinapayo ng eksperto ang pagkain ng “high nutrient at low calorie diet.” Ang ibig sabihin ay mataas sa nutrisyon ang iyong

dapat kainin pero mababa naman sa calorie. Para matupad ito, subukang kumain nang mas maraming gulay, isda, prutas, beans at soy products (tofu, taho, tokwa). Bawasan ang pagkain ng karneng baka at baboy, matatamis na inumin, at matatabang pagkain. Medyo limitahan din ang pagkain ng kanin (mga kalahati o 1 tasang kanin lang bawat kainan), pero damihan na lang ang gulay at prutas. Kung mababawasan mo lang ng 10% ang iyong kinakain ay pupuwede na. Ang isa pang kasabay na payo ay ang pagkain ng 5-6 na beses sa isang araw, pero pakonti-konti lang. Ang isang saging, mansanas o pandesal ay puwedeng pangmeryenda na. Tandaan kaibigan: Huwag magpakabusog.

RECIPE: Deep Fried Bulalo with Restaurant Style Teriyaki Sauce


Bulalo ingredients: – 2½ lbs. beef shank – 1 egg, beaten – ¾ cups Panko breadcrumbs – ½ cup all-purpose flour – 8 cups water – 2 cups cooking oil – 1 teaspoon salt – 1 teaspoon garlic powder – ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Teriyaki Sauce ingredients: – 5 tablespoons dark soy sauce – 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder – 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder – ¼ cup brown sugar or muscovado sugar – 1 tablespoon honey – 1 tablespoons cornstarch – 1 cup water

INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Arrange the beef shank in a pressure cooker and pour water in it. Pressure cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Note: Do not cook longer to keep the meat intact. 2) Remove the beef shank (bulalo) from the pressure cooker. Let it cool down. 3) Combine salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Rub all over the bulalo. Let it stay for 10 minutes. 4) Meanwhile, heat oil in a deep and wide cooking pot. 5) Dredge the beef shanks in flour. Make sure to shake off any excess flour. Dip in beaten egg, and then roll over the Panko breadcrumbs. Note: ensure that the beef shank are completely covered with bread crumbs. 6) Once the oil start to get hot (but not too hot), deep fry the beef shanks. Adjust heat to medium. Continue to fry for 10 minutes or until the crumbs turn golden brown. Remove the beef shanks from the pot and place in a plate lined with paper towel. 7) Prepare the Restaurant Style Teriyaki sauce by combining all the ingredients in a sauce pan, except for the cornstarch. Stir until well blended. Apply heat to the saucepan, let the mixture boil. Dilute cornstarch in 3 tablespoons cold water. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan. Continuously stir until the texture gets thicker. Note: you can dilute more cornstarch in cold water and mix it in the mixture, if you want the sauce to be thicker. 8) Arrange the deep fried bulalo on a serving plate. Serve with Teriyaki Sauce. 9) Share and enjoy! (


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Police probes deadly bunkhouse collapse CEBU CITY -- The Homicide Section of the Cebu City Police Office is conducting an investigation on the collapse of a construction bunkhouse that killed 5 construction workers and injured at least 5 dozens more. Homicide Section chief Sr. Insp. Jonathan Taneo said they have started their investigation on the recent accident in Lahug village. He said the JE Abraham Lee Construction & Development Inc.

could be held criminally liable for the deaths of the workers. “We have started interviewing some of the survivors who could also be made witnesses in the event we file a case of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and multiple injuries against JE Abraham Lee Construction who built or installed the bunkhouse,” Taneo said. Taneo added they also need the family members of the victims to execute

affidavits pushing for the accountability over the accident to make their case stronger against the contractor. The fatalities were identified as 60-year-old Carlos Caliwa of Manjuyod, Negros Oriental; Iveen Villarin, 23, and Jason Bacalso, 22, both of Langtad, Naga City, Cebu; Francisco Diapera, 45, of Pag-asa, Lutopan, Toledo City; and Crisenciano Silomen, 57, of Kauswagan, Trinidad, Bohol. (Luel Galarpe)

DILG readies charges vs. government people linked to Boracay crisis THE DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it is mulling charges against government personnel and private individuals found accountable for the environmental crisis now besetting Boracay Island. Lawyer Anthony Nuyda, DILG Regional Director, said the inquiry undertaken by the Boracay Investigating Team (BIT) is ongoing. Nuyda is among the 12 members of the BIT. DILG Secretary Charge Eduardo Año earlier asked BIT to submit a comprehensive report on the result of their probe so they could file cases against those who are ac-

countable for the environmental crisis. “As to what charges will be filed, we cannot tell that at the moment because it will depend on what documents we could get. Definitely some case of neglect of duty, among others,” Nuyda said, adding, they are looking at several violations on environmental laws, compliance with the building code and fire code and other violations. The BIT is chaired by DILG Assistant Secretary for Plans and Programs Epimaco Densing III while DILG Senior Executive Assistant Jerry Loresco of the Office of the Undersecretary for Peace and Order, Public Safety,

and Policy and Programs is vice chairperson. The other members of the committee are Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) Director Odilon Pasaraba; Legal and Legislative Liaison Service (LLLS) Director Romeo Benitez; Trial and Investigation Division officer-in-charge Maria Elena Quebral; BLGS Policy Compliance and Monitoring Division Chief Maria Rhodora Flores; Frederick Lubuguin of the LLLS; Benjamin Zabala of the Internal Affairs Service; Engineer Richard Cruz of the Office of Project Development Services; and representatives of the Bureau of Fire Protection and Police Regional Office 6. (Cindy Ferrer)

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