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paghulagway sa nahitabo niining ning-aging semana kun diin nagpusotpusot ang kausaban sa Gabinete ug sa ubang mga opisina sa gobyerno? Laomi ug atangi nga mientras ang ikaduhang tuig sa administrasyong Duterte tumatapos na, duna pa’y dugang nga mga personalidad sa gobyerno nga ilambog. Continue on page 7

COTABATO CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Monday announced 45 vacant plantilla positions for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Office of the Regional Governor. The vacancies com-

prise first and second level positions, as well as managerial, clerical, technical, and support positions. Interested and qualified applicants should signify their interest in writing and may submit their applications personally, through e-mail at, or to the addresses of the heads of government agencies listed below. – For the Office of the Re-

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gional Governor: Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman Regional Governor, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao – For DSWD ARMM: Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia, Regional Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development – ARMM – For DPWH – ARMM: Engr. Don Mustapha A. Loong Continue on page 2

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Military unifies special ops units following deadly rebel sieges in Mindanao


OLL OWING the militar y’ e in pr ev enting the deadly rrebel ebel siege of OLLO military’ y’ss failur failure prev eventing Zamboanga City in 2013 and M ar awi City in 2017, the Ar med F or ces of Mar arawi Armed For orces the P hilippines has unified all special oper ations units under one comPhilippines operations mand – the AFP S pecial O per ations C ommand. Special Oper perations Command. The AFP Special Op- military services – the Spe- Navy; Scout Ranger Regierations Command shall cial Operations Wing of the ment, Special Forces take over all control and Philippine Air Force, the Regiment and US-trained supervision of special op- Naval Special Operations Light Reaction Regiment of Continue on page 3 erations units from major Group from the Philippine

Inday Sara with world leaders in China Soldiers on the hunt for BIFF gunmen in the South. (Photo by Mark Navales)

Military campaign vs. BIFF continues

NORTH COTABATO – Security forces continue its operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in North Cotabato where militants have taken refuge in the province. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 opening ceremony at BFA International Convention Center in Boao, Hainan Province on April 10, 2018. Also in the photo are Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. (Presidential Photo) DAVAO CITY - In a surprise act for Dabawenyos, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio brushed shoulders with world leaders as President Rodrigo Duterte’s

First Lady in his latest working visit to the People’s Republic of China. Wearing an aquamarine dress, the presidential daughter accompanied

the President to the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018 at the BFA International Convention Center in Hainan Province. Continue on page 2

Military propagandists said many BIFF members were killed in the fighting since early this month and that soldiers recovered a huge cache of weapons from the campaign which is being supported by civilians

and local governments. But Abu Misri Mama, a spokesman for the militant group, strongly denied military reports during a recent interview with radio station dxMS-Radyo Bida. Continue on page 5

2 senior NPA leaders abducted in Mindanao KIDAPAWAN CITY – Two senior communist rebel leaders were reported missing in southern Philippines and believed abducted by the military, Marcella Arsenio, a spokesman for the New People’s Army said. The duo – Lora

Manipis, also known as Ka Al; and husband Jerual Domingo, alias Ka Jamjam, – had been missing since February 24, but the rebel group only reported this matter recently. Arsenio said the couple also served as peace talks consultants for



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War on drugs, police scalawags to continue under Albayalde

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio pose for a photo with People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan prior to the opening ceremony of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 at the BFA International Convention Center in Boao, People’s Republic of China. (Presidential Photo)

Inday Sara with world leaders in China Continued fr om page 1 from The President and the Davao City mayor were standing side-by-side posing for photographs with world leaders during the forum. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his First Lady welcomed the President and Mayor Sara. Her presence in the forum drew various comments in social media with netizens pushing Mayor Sara to run for senator and even the presidency in the coming elections. Venus Echavez-Jung in her comment on the Facebook page of the Presidential Communications Office, said: “Under training na si Sara! She has to learn it by travelling with PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte)! Maybe it's too early but there is a possibility that she will run as president in some years! She will follow the footsteps of her father! Nice seeing you Mayor Sara! Good luck!” One netizen named Jed commented: “...And it seems Mayor Sarah is being groomed for something.” Boao Forum is an inter-

national dialogue platform for Asia Pacific countries and other partner nations and organizations from all over the globe with an aim of bringing together heads of state, business elites, academic experts and media personalities. Duterte-Carpio and son Mateo Lucas joined the President’s high-level delegation to China. It was also the mayor’s first time to accompany the President on his working visit. The President underscored Asia’s role in the world economy. “Asia is projected to continue its growth through the year 2050. By then, our generation is seen and the region itself to account for more than half of the world’s GDP,” he said, pointing out that Asia as an “engine of growth is poised to make a larger footprint on the global economy.” “And every country in Asia – big or small – has a role to play and its own contribution to make,” he said. For the Philippines, Duterte said, “We want a society where there are opportunities for all. We want a nation where

the hard-working, the talented, and the law-abiding can advance together and move up [the] socio-economic ladder.” The Philippines has nurtured the dream for a comfortable life for the people, according to the President. “We are slowly making the Filipino dream a reality. As we strive to [push] our economy forward, we encounter challenges. But we will not be deterred. We seek to partner with responsible businesses --home-grown and foreignbased --- to drive the progress we envision,” he said. The President reported on his administration’s progress in improving the country’s peace and order situation, the fight against corruption and strengthening the policy framework for businesses to thrive. He also spoke on the government’s milestone by spending five to seven percent on infrastructure, bring down poverty from 22% in 2015 to 14% by 2022, and achieve a growth of 7%-8% every year up to 2022. He

stressed on his administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program which will provide the solid backbone for growth. “This will continue to upgrade the infrastructure, connect more people and communities and create more jobs,” he said and announced that the government already started a three-year rolling program amounting to over US$69 billion until 2022. “We are investing in innovation – in government processes, in technology and in human development. By 2022, the Philippines sees itself as joining the top one-third [in] the Global Innovation Index,” he said. The President also stated the government’s commitment to invest on improving skills of Filipinos to improve competitiveness; to apply Science, Technology and Innovation in agriculture and the (service) industries; invest in improving research and development and intensify international cooperation in this area. (Lilian Mellejor)

Illegal drug cases, terrorism are top priorities of new DOJ chief N E W LY - A P P O I N T E D Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra vowed to give special attention to cases involving illegal drugs and terrorism in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte's instructions. “He (Duterte) just reminded me to put special focus on the prosecution of crimes on illegal drugs and terrorism,” Guevarra said, adding, he would prioritize the review of the controversial drug cases involving Cebu businessman Peter Lim and self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and the decision of his predecessor, Vitaliano Aguirre II, to place alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles under provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program (WPP). “I would have to review the past actions of the

DOJ. More of the recent things give focus on these matters. I am not prejudging (but) the first thing I will look at facts presented without premature conclusion (and) I would not be bothered by public sentiment” he said. Guevarra also said that the President told to him to sack all those who are engaged in wrongdoings in the Department of Justice (DOJ). “He gave me a free hand to replace people, to bring his honor to the Department of Justice,” he said. “The first order of business is to familiarize myself with the various functions of the DOJ as a lawyer I know that I need to know the nitty-gritty of the DOJ and basically to know the key people here. And to determine for myself if there is a need to hire new recruits; to introduce new

people to help me out in the DOJ so basically organizational muna.” “Like any person who is new into the job I would like to have people in my confidence, but I want continuity. I don’t want abrupt. I have a lot of respect with people who have been here some time even those under the previous and present organization,” he said. Guevarra said the President would not intervene in his way of performing his duties. “He (Duterte) expressly stated he would not interfere in any way in the discharge of my functions as secretary of justice,” he said. He said even relatives or those close to Duterte would be disappointed when they ask for any kind of favors from him. “Sabi niya kapag meron lumapit sa akin na kamag-anak

niya asking for any favor consider it denied. “I can do what I need to do for as long as I follow the rule of law,” he said. Guevarra, who served as Deputy Executive Secretary both in the Aquino and Duterte administrations, was appointed as DOJ chief following Aguirre's resignation recently. “Politics is not within the jurisdiction of the DOJ. DOJ is administration of criminal justice. Kaya nga blindfolded ang lady justice. Political consideration is definitely out of the question. I just want you to know I never asked for any of these positions. I was recruited, I was requested to assist and as a lawyer I did my job as a professional. I don’t have any political membership in any groupings,” he said. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)

NEWLY-NAMED national police chief Oscar Albayalde said there shall be no let-up in the government's war on illegal drugs and vowed to introduce reforms in an effort to weed out scalawags among the ranks of the police. “Continuity is of utmost importance for what has already been done and what is being done by the PNP and our campaign against illegal drugs, Oplan Double Barrel, Oplan Tokhang. All these will continue because we have all seen their effect on our peace and order, not only in the National Capital Region but the entire country,” said Albayalde. He also said he would rid the police force of scalawags as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año.

“Our internal discipline within the organization…As far as I can tell, there are only a few scalawags in uniform. We really need to weed them out to cleanse our ranks and change, transform the PNP," he said. Albayalde, who is currently National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director, said he will expedite the processing of pending cases of wayward policemen. Since he began his stint in the NCRPO on July 1, 2016, some 279 police officers had been dismissed from the service and 99 more were demoted while 825 others had been suspended, and 365 were reassigned to areas outside the NCR. Duterte named Albayalde to replace Director General Ronald dela Rosa when he retires this month. (Benjamin Pulta)

ARMM announces job opening Continued fr om page 1 from Regional Secretary, Department of Public Works and Highways – ARMM The applicants should attach the following documents to their application letter, which should be received not later than May 31, 2018 – fully accomplished personal data sheet with recent passport-sized picture. (CS Form No. 212, Revised 2017); performance rating in the present position for one year (if applicable); photocopy of certificate of eligibility, rating, license;

and a photocopy of transcript of records. For complete details of the announced vacant positions, please visit the Personnel Selection and Promotion Board (PSPB) website at this link: r p s p b . a r m m . g o v. p h . PSPB is a body created by the regional government through Administrative Order No. 1 series of 2012. The Board ensures equitable and fair process of selection and promotion of employees in the ARMM bureaucracy. (Bureau of Public Information)


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Military unifies special ops units following deadly rebel sieges in Mindanao Continued fr om page 1 from the Philippine Army; and the Joint Special Operations Group of the General Headquarters in Manila. Its headquarters will be at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province, according to Lt. Col. Emmanuel Garcia, of the AFP Public Affairs Office. Garcia, quoting AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, said: “The activation of AFP SOCOM was the result of lessons learned in Zamboanga City attack in 2013 and Marawi siege in 2017”. “I have personally seen the need for a joint SOCOM, having been a Brigade, Division, and Area Commander. In the Eastern Mindanao Command I saw the need for a single unit that would oversee the proper employment of the different

major service special operations forces deployed in the area,” Guerrero was quoted as saying. “I expect that all of the gaps and challenges we encountered in joint operations involving our SOFs will be addressed with our activation of the AFP SOCOM. This organizational improvements will ensure that the AFP remains responsive and adaptive to current and emerging challenges in the global security environment,” Guerrero added. Maj. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista is named as the AFP SOCOM chief. Armed followers of Nur Misuari, the chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front, invaded Zamboanga City with forces coming from Basilan and Sulu, and lo-

cal forces and took civilians as hostages. The siege lasted over three weeks and left hundreds of people dead and wounded and displaced more than 130,000. It was the second attack since 2001 after Misuari’s forces also laid siege of Cabatangan village in Zamboanga and Jolo town in Sulu province and took more than 100 civilian hostages. They were eventually freed in exchange for the hostages. The attacks were trigged after Manila rejected Misuari’s demand to “perpetually” stay in power as governor of the Muslim autonomous region following the signing of the peace agreement in September 1996. Under the peace deal, Manila would have to provide a mini-Marshal Plan

to spur economic development in Muslim areas in Mindanao and livelihood and housing assistance to tens of thousands of former rebels to uplift their poor living standards. After the failed rebellion, Misuari then escaped by boat to Malaysia, where he had been arrested and deported to the Philippines and was eventually pardoned and released by then President Gloria Arroyo in exchange for MNLF support to her election bid as well as her allies in the Senate and Congress in 2004. But Misuari was also ousted by his Foreign Affairs chief Parouk Hussin, who along with Muslimen Sema, a senior leader; and other senior leaders, made up the so-called Council of 15.

Sema’s group previously appointed Misuari as chairman emeritus, but he rejected the position. Sema had criticized Misuari for dragging the MNLF into disarray. The Council of 15 also accused Misuari of being incompetent as governor of the Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao. Misuari’s fall had severely affected the MNLF which is now heavily divided and rift among its leaders is becoming more apparent. Misuari also ran thrice for governor in Sulu province even while under detention, but lost miserably. Despite the rebellion charges against Misuari, he remains untouchable and free due to his huge number of armed followers in Mindanao and political dealings with Arroyo and now President

Rodrigo Duterte. Local ISIS militants also occupied Marawi City, the capital of Lanao del Sur, last year in an effort to put up a caliphate in the province. The siege lasted months until the military rained bombs and artillery on the hideouts of militants and virtually destroying nearly all buildings in Marawi. The occupation of Marawi by the militants led by the Maute Brothers and Abu Sayyaf chieftain Isnilon Hapilon was largely blamed on the lapses of security and failure of intelligence on the part of the military and police. The regional military commander during the deadly siege is Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, who has been named by Duterte as the next AFP chief. (Mindanao Examiner)

TESDA-ARMM gets P10 million for Community-Based Training and Enterprise Development COTABATO CITY – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (TESDA-ARMM) said some P10 million in funds have been allocated by the regional government for the implementation of the Community-Based Training and Enterprise Development (CBTED). Omarkhayyam Dalagan, TESDA-ARMM Director, said ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman allocated the funds for the implemen-

tation of the program, especially in conflict-affected communities. The CBTED is only one of the many TESDA programs. TESDA-ARMM has been helping in the advancement of skills and technical education of the region’s constituents by providing free technical vocational education and training (TVET). “Ang CBTED ay isang programa kung saan sasanayin natin ang isang tao at bibigyan ng pangangailangan niya tulad

ng tool kits at maliit na puhunan, upang masimulan ang enterprise na kanyang napili,” Dir. Dalagan said. He said just this year, TESDA-ARMM conducted the national TVET enrollment where more than 23,000 beneficiaries from the region have signified their intentions in availing skills training courses. Among the courses offered are Food Processing, Dressmaking, Carpentry, Masonry, Plumbing, Computer System Servicing, Health Care Ser-

vices, Motorcycle and Small Engine Servicing, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, among others. Graduates will undergo Competency Assessment and Certification to determine whether they can perform within the standard expected in the workplace based on the defined competency benchmarks. Passers are then provided with a TESDA National Certificate, according to Dir. Dalagan. He said in 2017, TESDAARMM trained a total of 26,638 individuals and as-

sessed 7,297 of whom 87.5% were certified as competent skilled workers. During the same year, a total of 11,153 scholarship slots were awarded by TESDA-ARMM amounting to over P81 million covering programs under the Training for Work Scholarship Program, Private Education Student Financial Assistance, and Skills Training for Employment Program. Dir. Dalagan said TESDA’s services are not limited to providing skills training. “Kabilang rin sa

core services natin ay ang Unified TVET Program Registration and Acceleration System (UTPRAS) kung saan nire-register natin ang mga institutions na gustong magoffer ng technical vocational courses,” he said. “Tinawag itong unified dahil what is applicable in other regions is also being implemented in ARMM,” he added. Under the UTPRAS, 70 new training programs were registered across the five provinces of the region. (Bureau of Public Information)


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ARMM holds investment forum COTABATO CITY - The Regional Board of Investments of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) conducted an Investment Promotion For um for stakeholders and tackled different ways on how to promote investments in Bangsamoro areas. The event held recently in Cotabato City was attended by from business establishments in the region, according Ishak Mastura, the RBOIARMM chairman. He said the forum will help the investments board formulate Business Sustainability Framework for the Bangsamoro in the ARMM. The core of the initiative is the Brokering Business Investment in the Bangsamoro to Achieve Inclusive Development Growth (BRIDGe) Project, said Dr. Urooj Malik, chairman and chief executive officer of Hineleban Foundation Inc., one of the groups involved in

the project. Dr. Malik pointed out that the basic idea is to provide support in improving the capacity of the economic cluster, RBOI, and other departments -- including the local government units - to show how businesses, entrepreneurs, and enterprises can work effectively to achieve sustainable operation and address weak points in the operation of business firms. The weak points that are often overlooked by some businesses are also covered in five components of the Business Sustainability Framework. These are Community Development Planning, Ecosystem Conservation, Sustainable Livelihood Development, Food Security, and Values and Leadership Transformation. With this, it is believed that there has to be a paradigm shift in the nature of investments with equal partnership

between the business enterpr ise and the communities. Despite violent incidents in Mindanao in recent years including the Marawi siege, Zamboanga siege, and the Mamasapano incident, “we want to show them (the investors) that there are good leaders here… that there are good entrepreneurs here in Mindanao that can be partnered with,” he added. Upon achieving the goal of the BRIDGe Project, there will be an enhanced capacity of the regional government to facilitate business investments; empowered local communities to engage in business and enterprise development; and sustainable business investment practices in both local and international business partners. The BRIDGe Project involves the RBOI, the Philippine Business for Social Progress and the Hineleban Foundation, Inc. (Bureau of Public Information)

SUPPORT PEACE IN MINDANAO A new elementary school is built in the village of Tiptipon in Panglima Estino town. The school is one of many projects of the Sulu Provincial Government under the administration of Governor Toto Tan.

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Repair, rehab of ARMM schools begin COTABATO CITY -The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has started repairing and rehabilitating a total of 612 classrooms both in public elementary and secondary schools across the region. Assistant Secretary Alfhadar Pajiji, of the Department of Education in ARMM, said some P130 million will be used to repair and rehabilitate school buildings. “The projects are intended for major repairs while minor repairs including painting and cleaning of classrooms will be done during the Brigada Eskwela, which will start in May,” Assistant Secretary Pajiji said. The highest funding allocation for the repair and rehabilitation of school buildings is Lanao del Sur. Official DepEdARMM data listed the number of classrooms

that need rehabilitation and repair as follows: Maguindanao – 158; Marawi City – 31; Lanao del Sur – 214; Lamitan City – 41; Basilan – 32; Sulu – 106; and Tawi-Tawi – 30. Assistant Secretary Pajiji said the DepEdARMM and the Department of Public Works and HighwaysARMM have signed a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the projects with district engineers in each province to supervise the projects. The ARMM is composed of nine schools divisions namely Maguindanao I and II, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur I and II, Lamitan City, Basilan, Sulu, and TawiTawi. To date, there are some 2,155 elementary schools and 304 secondary schools in the region. Atty. Rasol Mitmug Jr., DepEd-ARMM Secretary,

has assured that the students can use the newly rehabilitated classrooms in the opening of classes in June. He said DepEdARMM will provide a safe and healthy environment for learners and teachers. “The regional government is continuing its effort to address the lack of classrooms in the region,” Secretary Mitmug said. Volunteers across the region also started the second batch of Brigada Eskwela in Marawi City. The DepEd-ARMM conducted the first batch of Brigada Eskwela in the city in December last year, which brought together volunteers from various DepEd offices across the country. Brigada Eskwela or the annual drive that brings together education stakeholders to prepare public schools across the countr y for the upcoming school year. (Bureau of Public Information)

Continued fr om page 1 from Witnesses last saw the couple in Kidapawan City and they had not made any contact with their family and comrades since then,” he said. At the time of their disappearance, they were arranging for activities related to the peace process and mining issues affecting tribesmen in nearby South Cotabato province where the large-scale operations of X-trata Mining is located in Tampakan town, according to Arsenio. He said Manipis was a former student activist before joining the NPA and spent more than a decade of her life in organizing mass movements and branded by the rebel group as a “revolutionary leader” who helped achieve the rapid expansion in the mass base and wage successful mass struggles in the region. While her husband, who came from a Protestant family, is an “exemplary Red fighter and commander tested in hardships and sacrifices in doing painstaking revolutionary work in the guerrilla bases and zones of Saranggani and South Cotabato provinces.” Before the couple disappeared, Arsenio said military intelligence agents spied on the home of the duo for two years and had recently interrogated their daughter while she was in school. “We condemn the couple’s forced disappearance, the unbridled violation of their rights and the reactionary government and military’s refusal to surface them,” Arsenio said. “We hold President Rodrigo Duterte and his fascist regime accountable for the forced disappearance of Ka Al and Ka Jamjam and other fascist crimes.” “Their forced disappearance exposes the regime’s lack of genuine interest in the peace process and its penchant to use dastardly ways to suppress the revolutionary forces. It exposes the tyranny of Duterte’s terrorist regime and its mockery of the peace process and towards individuals like Manipis and Domingo who have been working tirelessly for a just peace and for the resumption of the peace talks,” he added. Arsenio said since Duterte won the presidency in 2016, they have recorded over 6,200 cases or victims of human rights atrocities in Mindanao, including 20 victims of

extrajudicial killings, 22 illegal arrest and detention, and 6,185 victims of displacement and evacuation due to the government’s anti-insurgency campaigns. He said aside from Manipis and Domingo, other communist consultants Leo Velasco, Rogelio Calubad, Prudencio Calubid, NDFP staff members Philip Limjoco, Leopoldo Ancheta, Federico Intise and his wife Nelly, were allegedly abducted by the military. “We fear that Manipis and Domingo may have already been executed by intelligence and military operatives, or are suffering from intense torture and other violations of international humanitarian law,” Arsenio said. There was no immediate statement from the military or government on Arsenio’s allegations. The NPA has been fighting for many decades now for the establishment of a separate state in the country. Government peace talks with the rebels have collapsed after communist negotiators demanded Duterte to free over 500 NPA leaders and members detained for various crimes, and a coalition government. Political Assassination New People’s Army rebels have owned up Sunday to the killing of a councilman in Magpet town in North Cotabato province in southern Philippines. Isabel Santiago, a spokeswoman for the rebel group, said Antonio Takinan was killed as a punishment for his alleged involvement in the anti-insurgency campaign and human rights violations in the province. Takinan was shot dead on April 4 while travelling on a motorcycle with his brother-in-law Robilio Tambunan, who was wounded in the attack and escaped assassination. Santiago accused Takinan to being an intelligence agent for the military and behind forced recruitment of tribesmen to fight the NPA as government militias. She said the rebel group had ordered Takinan’s death. “The standing order imposed by the NPA against Takinan stemmed from his active intelligence gathering activities, forced recruitment of indigenous peoples for the paramilitary CAFGU Bagani fighters, and assisting the military in its

combat operations that resulted in grave human rights and international humanitarian law violations.” “Takinan’s intel activities led to the indiscriminate mortar shelling and aerial bombardment of Lumad communities on December 21 last year by the 39th Infantry Battalion. Recently, Takinan aided the 19th Infantry Battalion which had been terrorizing Lumad communities of Manobo for several weeks now, forcing civilians to either surrender or admit to being supporters of the NPA,” she added. Santiago also said that Takinan allegedly extorted money from other tribesmen who are locked in bitter land disputes in the town. “Masses also reported that Takinan took advantage of land disputes in the hinterlands of Magpet by extorting from the Lumad,” she said. Takinan’s slaying came barely a week after rebel forces clashed with soldiers from the 39th Infantry Battalion and killing three infantrymen in nearby Digos City in retaliation to military operations dubbed as “Oplan Kapayapaan” in the towns of Arakan, Antipas, Roxas and Magpet and Makilala in North Cotabato, and the towns of Santa Cruz and Bansalan, including Digos City in Davao del Sur province. Santiago said the military operations in those areas have targeted innocent civilians and tribesmen. “It is aimed at targeting civilian Lumad and peasants, coercing them to swear in as combatants and surrendered persons,” she said, adding, in response to the government’s anti-insurgency campaign, the NPA has been ordered to defend the masses and punish legitimate military targets, including armed and active intelligence agents hiding under the badge of civilian bureaucracy.” There was no immediate statement from the military on Santiago’s allegations, but the NPA has been waging decades of deadly campaign in the country for the establishment of its own Maoist government, and even demanded from President Rodrigo Duterte a coalition government as one of its preconditions for the revival of the stalled peace talks last year. (Mindanao Examiner)

Military campaign vs. BIFF continues

Continued fr om page 1 from Major General Arnel dela Vega, commander of the 6th Infantry Division, has repeatedly urged BIFF members to surrender peacefully. “We encourage other members of the BIFF as this is a good opportunity for them to live a better life and eye-opener that the soldiers will not hurt them,” he said. Just last week, four

BIFF members surrendered to the military, but security officials withheld the names of the militants to protect them from retaliation by the notorious group linked to the Islamic State. The four fighters also surrendered their weapons – an anti-tank rocket launcher, two automatic rifles and a Garand rifle – when they yielded to 1st Mechanized Infantry Bat-

talion in Ampatuan town. Their surrender came following recent clashes between troops and BIFF militants in Maguindanao’s Shariff Saydona Mustapha town where 2 soldiers had been wounded. But the military said it was able to recover assorted weapons left behind by the BIFF. ( With reports from Rhoderick Beñez and Moh Saaduddin.)


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‘Maglig-on sa Han-ay’ by Jun Ledesma Continued fr om page 1 from Atangi sab nga tungod sa lab-as nga mga katikaran, mas modaghan ang mga dagko ug gagmayng alimango nga mopadayon sa ilang pagsulay sa paggunob niining administrasyona. Kadtong ningpasar sa pagsulay ug ug ninghantud bisan sa pagkusokuso sa kadagatan angay nga mopalig-on sa ilang han-ay ug mas mabinantayon ug mainampingon atubangan sa moderno kuno nga mga sumusunod ni Machiavelli nga naa sa sulod ug gawas – kasagaran sa gawas – sa hanay sa gobyerno. Tungod sa mga reporma nga gipangimplementar ni Presidente Duterte, makit-an nato ang mga kamot sa mga sakop sa oligarkiya sa ekonomiya inubanan sa ilang mga tuta sa sulod sa Simbahan ug mga salin sa ning-aging administrasyon nga galibot gihapon kanato nga nagagamit sa ilang bahandi ug impluwensya aron tibhangan ang kredibilidad ni Duterte ug aktibo kaayo sila sa paghulagway sa gobyerno nga malademonyo ug pagdeistabilisar niini. Anaay pipila ka desisyon nga lisod pero determinado ang administrasyon nga himoon gihapon ug kini dili maayong tilimad-on alang sa interes sa mga tawo nga nagakontrol sa mga industriya sa nasud. Mao kana ang rason ngano nga kining hut-onga dili gyud mohunong sa pagbabag ug pagdelatar sa mga plano ug proyekto tungod kay kini duna may epekto sa ilang interes sa ekonomiya. Ang usa ka klasiko nga ehemplo niini mao ang sektor sa enerhiya. Ang pagbanhaw sa gipasagdahan na nga planta nukleyar kinahanglan na gyud kaayo. Ang mga megaproject sa administrasyong Duterte seguradong matuman apan dili kini makabuwelo kun di paigo ang suplay sa enerhiya. Gipatugbaw na ang mga pangutana ngano nga ang mga dayong mamumuhunan molaktaw man sa Pilipinas ug moadto sa ubang nasud sa Asya. Ang rason di lang tungod sa kakulang sa suplay sa enerhiya kundili kita sab ang pinakamahal og presyo sa enerhiya sa tibuok Asya. Sumala sa akong nasabtan, si DOE Secretary Cusi gitagaan na og go signal ni Presidente Duterte nga banhawon ang BNPP. Ang mga negosyante naghimaya apan ang uban wa malipay. Anaa gyuy mga usyusiro nga maoy tigpamaba sa mga vested interest ug mowarning


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bahin sa hampak sa maong proyekto kontra sa kalikupan ug politika. Kini bisan pa sa deklarasyon sa Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology nga ang lugar nga gitukoran sa Bataan Nuclear Power Plant luwas gikan sa mga bulkan. Atangi ang oposisyon kay ang pagpakunhod sa gasto sa kuryente labi na sa Luzon ug Metro Manila mohampak sa mga suplayer sa kuryente ug enerhiya sa pagkakaron. Kun tanggalon ang mga takoban gikan sa kailhanan sa mga nanag-iya ug nagkontrolar sa enerhiya, maklaro nato nga ang mayoriya ani nila sakop sa grupo nga nagkonspirasiya ug nagasuporta og pinansya sa kampanya batok kang Duterte. Ang negosyo sa enerhiya ug ang pagdumala sa mga asset sa gobyerno ilawom sa DOE sensitibo ug importante kaayo. Dili ko masorpresa kun si Secretary Cusi ug si Philippine National Oil Company President Ruben Lista mahimong target sa mga walay hunong, malisyoso ug walay kalooy nga mga pag-ataki ug sunodsunod ug sapawsapaw nga mga pagtental. Kuydawo kay kining mga tawhana bagtikan. Pananglitan si Lista gihasolhasol og mga pagmulo ug pasangil sa kurapsyon nga gisang-at mismo sa big boss sa Petron nga si Ramon Ang. Ang oil mogul ninglibak kang Lista pinaagi sa pagpangutana kun diin gikan ang iyang kwarta. Ang Presidente sa PNOC nga usa ka retirado nga Admiral sa Philippine Coast Guard dili bastabasta nga mapukling. Kun basahon nimo ang iyang mga kredensyal, klaro kaayo nga banggiitan siya sa iyang linya. Dili sama kang Ang nga tinudlo lang ni Danding Cojuangco, ang pamilya ni Lista nagdumala og mga dagkong negosyo ug tungod kay Ilocano, ang tawo inot kaayo modala og kwarta. Ang tendensiya niya nga dako gamay og gasto mao ang bino, sumala pa sa mga amigo. Bitaw, akong nadiskubrian nga gusto ni Lista nga hisgotan og usab ang mga unod ug kondisyones sa kontrata nga hapit na mo-expire bahin sa paggamit sa mga kabtangan ug assets sa PNOC. Gusto lang sa tawo nga ituboy ang renta gikan sa grabe kamubo ngadto sa rasonable nga lebel subay sa rata sa pagkakaron. Gusto lang sa pobre nga mokita ang gobyerno og mas dako. Mali og himoong target – si Cusi ug Lista. Ang lain pang pagtipak

sa Gabinite kun diin malauman nga ang mga hilabtanon segurado gyud nga modukdok og bangil mao ang National Food Authority. Sa akong hunahuna, angayan nga ang NFA ipailawom sa Department of Agriculture. Ang sensitibo ug delikado nga estratehiya sa pagbalanse sa lokal nga produksyon sa humay ug pag-angkat gikan sa ubang nasud mahimo lamang kun ang nagahimo sa maong desisyon nakahibalo sa mga statistics sa produksyon, suplay ug panginahanglan. Namora na og irong askal ang NFA nga di mailhan ang rasa. Patasanay og ihi. Unta si Sec. Manny Pinol ug CabSec. Jun Evasco mokonsolida sa ilang isigkahan-ay ug magtinabangay. Niining panahona, ang DA segurado duna nay klarong estimet sa posible nga total nga ani sa kahumayan nga naa o walay irigasyon. Kun ang mga opisyal sa DA tinuod nga nagtrabaho, makahatag na sila karon og haduol kaayo nga estimet sa nobenta diyas nga yugto kun diin pwede na nga maani ang humay. Saysenta diyas human ang pagtanom, ang mga DA field technician dapat duna nay estimet nga iturn-over ngadto sa NFA aron magamit sa pagdesisyon kun moangkat ba og humay o dili gikan sa laing nasud. Tan-aw nako nagahulat ang NFA nga motumaw una ang problema sa kakulang sa humay sa dili pa ni mokarawkaraw sa pagpamalit. Komplikado ni nga lakang kun maulahi. Mapugos ang NFA og palit gikan sa spot market bisan og mahal ug ang delivery ug pagpahatpahat pwerte gyud unyang gubota. Hapit na mawala ang gamit ug kahulogan sa NFA sa mga mag-uuma ug konsumante. Wala na siyay gahum sa pagpamalit og tipasi ug paggaling sa humay. Mas ginatagaan pa niya og importansya ug atensyon ang pag-angkat og humay gikan sa gawas sa nasud, apan dili batakan ni niyang trabaho segun sa rason nga siya giporma. Angay na gyud unta nga mohimo na og mga silos sa mga bodega sa NFA, lakang nga gisalikway sa NFA ug DA. Akong pahinumdoman ang akong mga higala sa administrasyong Duterte nga dili ni ang panahon sa paglantugi tungod kay karon ang hustong panahon sa pagtinabangay aron ang gobyernong Duterte hapsay nga makatimon sa atong nasud padulong sa pinakabulahan nga kaugmaon.

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HEALTH: Sore Eyes: Sobrang Nakahahawa! Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong ALAM n’yo ba na nakahahawa ang sore eyes? Bawal humalik o makipagkamay sa taong may sore eyes. Ang mga gamit na tulad ng tuwalya, unan at salamin ay dapat hugasan din ng maigi. Kapag humawak ang isang may sore eyes sa pintuan, computer o refrigerator, puwedeng manatili doon ang bacteria at makahawa ng iba. Ang tawag sa sore eyes ay Acute Conjunctivitis. Ang ibig sabihin ay may virus o bacteria ang mata. Ang pangkaraniwang bacteria ay ang Chlamydia at Staphylococcus, ang kanilang mata. Mapula at namamaga ang talukap ng mata ng may sore eyes. Minsan isang mata lang, pero mabilis mahawa ang kabilang mata. Puno rin ng muta at nana ang mga mata. Dahil makati ito, lagi itong pinupunasan, at tuloy ang kamay nila ay punong-puno ng mikrobyo ng sore eyes. Paano Iiwas Sa Sore Eyes?

Dr. Willie T. Ong Ang sore eyes ay nanggagaling sa maduming kapaligiran. Kapag hindi tayo naghugas ng kamay, puwedeng magka-sore eyes. Kapag makipagkamay tayo sa taong may sore eyes at mapunas mo sa iyong mata, siguradong magkaka-sore eyes ka rin. Madalas ang sore eyes sa mga mag-aaral sa school. Mabilis magkahawahan ang mga bata, kaya huwag munang papasukin sa school. Sa matatanda, huwag din munang magtrabaho sa opisina. Simple lang ang pagiwas sa sore eyes. 1. Maghugas palagi ng

kamay. 2. Huwag mag-share ng tuwalya at unan. 3. Huwag maligo sa swimming pool habang may sore eyes dahil puwedeng mahawa ang ibang naliligo. 4. Dapat maghugas din pagkatapos gumamit ng banyo. Kung walang tubig, gumamit na lang ng 70% alcohol. Paano Ginagamot Ang Sore Eyes? Kadalasan ay kusa namang gumagaling ang sore eyes pagkaraan ng 1 o 2 linggo. Ngunit mapapabilis ang paggaling sa pagpatak ng mga anti-bacterial eye drops. May kamahalan lang ang mga eye drops na ito. Maghilamos muna ng mukha at mata. Pagkatapos, ipatak ang Eye Drops sa bawat mata, 3 beses sa maghapon. Gawin ito ng 1 linggo hanggang gumaling. At siyempre, kumonsulta muna sa inyong doktor o ophthalmologist.

Sulu imposes ‘no smoking’ in public, enclosed areas SULU – The Sulu Provincial Government has strictly prohibited smoking in public and enclosed places in support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order and in an effort to promote smoke-free environment and promote good health. Governor Toto Tan said the provincial board has approved Resolution Number 25 implementing Duterte’s order and providing penal-

ties for violators. He said violations of this order shall be punishable in accordance with the applicable penalties provided under Section 32 of Republic Act Number 9211 or also known as the “Tobacco Regulation Act” and Republic Act 8749 or otherwise known as “Clean Air Act.” He said the order imposes fines of up to P10,000 for violation of the smoking

ban in public places and enforcement of this order can be performed by the police and local task forces. For the first offense, the fine is P500; and P1,000 – P5,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 – P10,000 for the third offense, plus the revocation of business permit or license to operate of the violating establishments. (Mindanao Examiner)

Indonesian man adrift at sea for 23 days is rescued off Tawi-Tawi ZAMBOANGA CITY – A Filipino fisherman rescued an Indonesian man whose floating cottage had drifted far into the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi where he spent 23 days at sea, security officials said. Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command, Erens Fiter was recovered last week by Idris Elsan and spent a night with his rescuer before being handed over to the police in the remote town of Simunul. Fiter said he drifted out to the open sea after his cottage was cut from its anchor on March 19. “His cottage was casted away from shore and he further revealed that he had been trying to get help among passing sea crafts, however, it seemed

that he was not able to catch attention,” Petinglay said, quoting a military report released on Thursday. Petinglay said the Indonesian national was picked up on Wednesday in Simunul by the military’s Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi and the Marine Battalion Landing Team 9 brought Fiter to Bongao, the provincial capital town, and was examined by doctors before being interviewed by the Bureau of Immigration and the local police. Brigadier General Custodio Parcon, commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi, said they have coordinated with the Indonesian Border Crossing Station, as well as the International Criminal Police Organization, for a

background check on Fiter. “We coordinated with the Interpol Tawi-Tawi and the Indonesian Border Crossing Station for the background check of Fiter. The Indonesian Border Crossing Station personnel initially vouched for the subject’s nationality, but reserved the final confirmation when Indonesian authorities communicate their feedback. The subject is currently at the headquarters of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi while waiting for his final disposition,” Custodio said. Officials did not say how Fiter survived his extraordinary ordeal. There was no immediate statement from the Indonesian embassy in the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Two South Korean brothers arrested in Cebu for fraud

Photos released by the Bureau of Immigration show the two South Korean brothers after their arrest in Cebu province. IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES in Cebu have arrested and detained 2 South Korean brothers who are allegedly wanted by authorities in Seoul for swindling. Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said Choi Sunghyun, 32, and Choi Sungmin, 35, were both arrested recently in their house in Mandaue City after they had been tracked down by fugitive search unit agents. He said the duo will be deported as soon as the BI

Board of Commissioners issues the order for them to be sent back to Seoul. The Choi brothers are subjects of red notices from the Interpol as they are wanted by the South Korean police for fraud. Based on information provided by the South Korean embassy, Sunghyun got a total of 360 million won on eight different occasions from his victim between February and April 2011. He allegedly promised the victim that his money would earn a 3% profit once it is invested in his business.

On the other hand, Sungmin is wanted for defrauding and enticing his victims to invest $40,000 in a non-existent business venture. Instead of returning the money, he used it to settle debts he owed to other individuals. They are also overstaying in the country and are considered undocumented aliens as their passports had been cancelled by the Korean government. Both of them also owned and operated a diving center business in Punta Engaño in Mactan. (Ferdinand Patinio)

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Ex-OFWs in Central Visayas get livelihood aid CEBU CITY - The National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers in Central Visayas said over a dozen distressed female workers who had returned home had been assistance. It said some P150,000 in livelihood assistance had been provided to them with each receiving P10,000 worth of grocery items and two sacks of rice enough for them to start their own mini-grocery. Dexter Paro, regional coordinator for the Na-


tional Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers, said the program is under the so-called “Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay.” He said the beneficiaries of the livelihood assistance were former domestic helpers, dressmakers, sewers, cooks, and teachers in Hongkong, Malaysia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and East Africa. “They are considered distressed as they were either maltreated, unpaid,

abused, illegally terminated, illegally deployed, or imprisoned, which are some of the clear-cut reasons why OFWs return home,” he said, adding, most of them are natives of Cebu, Bohol, and Negros Oriental. He said the “Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay” program is a training cum-employment intervention intended to bring about improved socio-economic well-being of distressed female returning OFWs for productive reintegration. (Luel Galarpe)

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