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‘Pagsalbar sa atong mga OFWs’ ni Jun Ledesma ANG RELASYON sa diplomasiya tali sa Kuwait ug Pilipinas nag-atubang karon sa dakong pagsulay. Human kini sa nahitabong pagsalbar sa mga empleyado sa Embahada sa usa ka katabang nga wala makigkoordinar sa lokal nga awtoridad, ningvideo ug ningbrodkast sa maong operasyon sa rason nga maingon natong

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BU SA YYAF militants who gr oup is tied to the SAY group Islamic S tate is rrepor epor tedly planning to str ike State eportedly strike off the coast of S abah in M alaysia and ar e Sabah Malaysia are likely to tar get seafar ers ding to Asian target seafarers ers,, accor according pir acy watchdog R eCAAP piracy ReCAAP eCAAP.. The Singapore-based ReCAAP or the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia, issued the warning to seafarers over crew abduction threat posed by members of Abu Sayyaf in Malaysia. In its report, ReCAAP said Abu Sayyaf militants will be using a 3-engine speedboat to kidnap mariners operating in the area. “All vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting in the waters of Lahad Datu and surrounding waters in Sabah,” the warning further reads. Continue on page 2

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THE RISE of Philippine populist firebrand Rodrigo Duterte and his surprise victory in the 2016 presidential elections have left many in a state of shock — most notably the Philippine business, political and military elites and their close ally, the United States. According to some commentators, the rise of Duterte was the culmination of three decades of failed ‘elite democracy’. The 1986 People Power Revolution deposed the corrupt regime of Ferdinand Marcos and saw the Philippines’ old elites return to

power. Duterte’s rise came on the back of simmering public dissatisfaction with the post-Marcos elite democracy, which failed miserably to live up to its initial promise of social justice and sustainable development. In other words, Duterte is the product of ‘grievance politics’. From another perspective, the rise of Duterte is often seen as part of the wave of populism that has been sweeping global politics in recent years as liberal elites around the world suffer stunning electoral setbacks. But a closer examina-

tion suggests that neither explanation is entirely accurate. In contrast to the West, there is nothing new about populism in the Philippines. During the post-1986 period, Philippine politics has gyrated between establishment and populist figures — and Duterte may be just the latest twist. This is due to the Philippines’ fractured and polarised society and the inability of both sides of politics to deliver opportunity, prosperity and security to all Philippine citizens. Continue on page 2

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Continued fr om page 1 from It said since October 2016, the militants have begun to target ships of larger tonnage, such as Dong Bang Giant 2, Royal 16, Southern Falcon and Kumiai Shagang. Once in their hands, mariners are often subject to months of captivity and sometimes even execution. This is in particular due to the fact that the Philippine government has adopted a no-ransom policy when dealing with the Abu Sayyaf group. Bulk C arr iers Carr arriers In November 2016, six men were taken by the militants from the bulk carrier Royal 16. Bodies of two decapitated seafarers were found by the Philippine military in July 2017, while one seafarer was allegedly killed in a gun battle in the same month. Two seafarers have been rescued from the group, while the fate of one more mariner remains unknown. The Abu Sayyaf is still holding over a dozen mostly foreigners, including seafarers, kidnapped off Basilan and Tawi-Tawi provinces in the Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines; and had previously launched surprised raids in Sabah. There was no immedi-

ate statement from Filipino authorities on the report. Kidnapped The Abu Sayyaf has recently kidnapped 2 policewomen and two civilians in Sulu province. Policemen and soldiers were searching for police officers Benierose Alvarez and Dinah Gumahad who are assigned with the crime laboratory and engineering department or the regional police force, and civilians Jakosalem Blas and Faizal Ahidji. They were travelling on a motorcycle taxi when about a dozen gunmen flagged down their vehicle in Liang village in Patikul town and took them away. Police have identified the gang’s leader as Mujir Yada and that the Abu Sayyaf is demanding P5 million ransoms for the safe release of the policewomen. It was unknown why no policemen and soldiers were guarding the highway or why authorities failed to prevent the abductions despite an extended martial rule on the whole southern region. Secur ity ecurity Military and police authorities have miserably failed to impose tight security not only in Jolo, but elsewhere in the province, including Patikul town where the Capitol Building

is located. Abu Sayyaf militants had previously attacked Jolo and kidnapped innocent civilians despite the presence of military and police camps in the town. Even the town’s police headquarters are not safe anymore and also attacked in the past. Police and military checkpoints and patrol were also limited in many towns and by nightfall there are hardly any soldiers and policemen guarding vital government installations in Jolo and nearby areas. Protect C ommunities Communities Sulu Governor Totoh Tan has repeatedly rallied his mayors to work hard in protecting their communities and at the same time working hard to lure investors to put up business in Sulu. Tan had repeatedly ordered authorities to impose a tighter security in the town and for the military to help police in maintaining peace and order in the province. The Department of the Interior and Local Government has removed last year the supervision of the local executives over the police, which relied heavily on the support of local governments in their campaign against criminality. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Duterte’s populist pivot away from the United States may not last Continued fr om page 1 from If history is any indication, the Philippines may shift back to the liberal establishment at the next presidential elections, as Filipinos tire of Duterte’s authoritarian rule. While many Filipinos were convinced that Duterte could replicate his great success in Davao on a national scale, this is proving challenging. Another factor that played an important role in Duterte’s victory is the Philippines’ first-past-the-post presidential election system. While Duterte may now enjoy substantial popular support, he was able to win the presidency with only 39 per cent of the popular vote. Duterte did not win the election with a tidal wave of popular sup-

port. If the Philippines had held a runoff election between the two leading presidential candidates (as France does), it is not certain that Duterte would have won the presidency at all. Other factors may have played a role in Duterte’s victory. Votebuying is a chronic problem in the Philippines. Duterte’s team and supporters also seem to have been more adept at using social media, an advantage in a country crazy about Facebook. Since becoming President of the Philippines in 2016, Duterte has dramatically transformed Philippine politics. Almost overnight, Duterte adopted an ‘independent’ and transactional foreign

policy, in contrast to his predecessor Benigno Aquino and much of the previous century when the Philippines was a staunch US ally. Duterte and his team have announced that the Philippines can no longer be the United States’ ‘little brown brother’ in Asia. Duterte’s new foreign policy has several pillars that include improving relations with China and Russia, moving away from the country’s tight and subservient alignment with the United States and strengthening ties with ASEAN, Japan and other neighbouring countries. His strategic logic makes sense for a smaller country precariously caught between competing superpowers. It is perhaps

about time that the Philippines adjusted to the new geopolitical realities of East Asia, in light of the enormous growth of the region’s markets. Duterte’s pivot is also in part a response to the United States’ lack of clear commitment to the Philippines in the South China Sea dispute with China — despite the United States– Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Duterte has accepted the reality of China’s occupation of the South China Sea and is leveraging this to get infrastructure financing from China. He did not want the Philippines– China relationship to be defined by the South China Sea. Where Duterte is concerned, personal factors

always come into the calculation. In this case, he is clearly miffed by his perceived personal mistreatment by the United States in the form of an alleged refusal of a visa application and the United States’ historical misdeeds in Mindanao, his home island. But will Duterte’s pivot away from the United States stick? If the next presidential election sees a return to a liberal establishment figure, the Philippines might also pivot back towards the United States and away from China. After all, the Philippines is inextricably intertwined with the United States through connections between business, political and military elites, through

migration and through Philippine admiration of US pop culture. And the unruly Philippines will surely tire of being ‘lorded over’ by an authoritarian China. Duterte’s ‘populist presidency’ could disappear as suddenly as it emerged, if his reportedly poor health deteriorates even further. Under the Philippine political system, Duterte would be replaced by Vice President Leni Robredo, who is an establishment figure rather than a populist one. But with Duterte at the helm, we should always be ready for surprises. (East Asia Forum by John West, Sophia University. John West is Adjunct Professor at Sophia University in Tokyo.)


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Humans were in Philippines thousands of years before previously thought – CNN ABOUT 709,000 years ago, someone butchered a rhinoceros using stone tools on the Philippine island of Luzon. That may not seem remarkable -- except that humans weren't supposed to be in the Philippines so long ago. Before this discovery, the earliest indicator that early humans, or hominins, were even on those islands had been a single foot bone from 67,000 years ago, uncovered in the Callao Cave on Luzon. That's quite a time jump. Research says that the new findings push back the date for humans inhabiting the Philippines by hundreds of thousands of years. A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature also says that this securely dated evidence pushes back the date for humans living in the wider South East Asian islands region. Researchers came close to figuring out that Luzon may have been inhabited by early humans when stone tools and the fossils of large animals were discovered there in the 1950s. But they weren't able to securely date those findings to the Middle Pleistocene, which spans 126,000 to 781,000 years ago. But recent excavations in the Kalinga province of northern Luzon uncovered 57 stone tools and more than 400 bones of animals like

monitor lizard, Philippine brown deer, freshwater turtles and stegodons, a now-extinct animal in the same family as elephants and mammoths. The biggest find was a 75% complete skeleton of a rhinoceros that was clearly butchered, with 13 of its bones displaying cut marks and areas where bone was struck to release marrow. All of the remains were dated to 709,000 years ago using electron-spin resonance methods, which can date material in a way that radiocarbon dating can't. These methods can be applied to such things as tooth enamel and rocks that had been heated, like quartz found in sediment. The discovery is important for a multitude of reasons, said study author Thomas Ingicco, associate professor at the MusĂŠum National d'Histoire Naturelle. "First is the very old age of this site which multiplies by ten the formerly known early presence of Hominins in the Philippines," Ingicco wrote in an email. "Second is the evidence for colonization of an ever-isolated island in The Philippines by the early Middle Pleistocene and therefore most likely by a hominin species other than Homo sapiens." Although there is no direct fossil evidence to suggest who these early

humans might have been, the "Kalinga toolmakers" represent a new area of interest and research. "The butchery marks were a very good surprise," Ingicco said. "I only can think of two sites where you have evidences of butchery activities, one is the famous site of Choukoutien in China and the other is Ngebung in the Sangiran Dome of Java, Indonesia. So we actually know very little about these early Middle Pleistocene hominins' behaviour in Southeast Asia." The finding adds to another intriguing area of continuing research that concerns the Callao Cave on Luzon. The previously discovered 67,000-yearold foot bone found in that cave appears to have come from an individual who had a form of dwarfism. This is similar to the discovery of fossil evidence suggesting "hobbits" on the Indonesian island of Flores. In 2016, two studies published in Nature described a partial lower jaw and six teeth, belonging to at least one adult and two children, dating to around 700,000 years ago. The fossils show how the hobbits' regular-sized ancestors "rapidly" shrank to about 3.2 feet high. University of Wollongong Centre for Archaeological Science senior fellow

Gerrit van den Bergh, who also participated in the Kalinga study, was lead author of the Flores research. "The morphology of the fossil teeth also suggests that this human lineage represents a dwarfed descendant of early Homo erectus that somehow got marooned on the island of Flores," Yousuke Kaifu of Tokyo's National Museum of Nature and Science said of the 2016 studies. The new Luzon evidence "might be mimicking what we know now on Flores Island, meaning an early colonization of an isolated island followed by the diminution in body size and speciation of this remote hominin population," Ingicco said. "Luzon Island might have been the place for similar endemic evolution of hominins into dwarfism just like what happened on Flores Island. There is a huge time gap between Kalinga and Callao archaeological evidences with a lots of questions in between." These findings are like puzzle pieces that don't quite fit together yet. "At Kalinga we have tools and butchery activities, and at Callao they have hominin remains and some butchery marks as well but no tools," Ingicco said. "Comparing

the two sites is not easy at the moment." How did the early humans reach these islands in the first place? Islands like Flores and Luzon are more than 1,700 miles apart, although the map would have looked much different 700,000 years ago. It is not believed that early humans were capable of building watercraft. But it can't be ruled out completely, Ingicco said. "Considering evidence of sea-crossing during the Middle Pleistocene is increasing in number, such a hypothesis cannot currently be rejected." What about the animals? Although fossils of large mammals were found, none of them belongs to carnivores -which are not known for having good long-distance swimming skills, Ingicco said. But other large mammals are. Small animals like rats, tortoises and lizards have been found to float on vegetation to reach islands. That scenario is likely here, according to the study. Inclement weather, like typhoons, can also create natural rafts out of vegetation capable of carr ying hominins and animals. "Colonization of the islands could have been

possible thanks to natural rafts such as floating mangroves that typhoons occasionally break off the coast," Ingicco said. "These floating islands would have come with animals and possibly hominins on them. Such natural rafts are quite well documented for historical periods and it is therefore a likely way of colonizing Luzon Island during the mid-Pleistocene by hominins." The site is excavated for a month each year. The next excavation is planned for this summer. The researchers hope that more excavations will help to answer the questions prompted by their latest findings. "One is who made the stone tools and butchered the rhino," Ingicco said. "To answer this we have to continue excavating and hope to be lucky enough to find a Hominin fossil of some sort. "The other question is the origin of the dispersion. Did they come from the North as our team suspect or did they come from the West as some other archaeologists suspect? Comparing the early Middle Pleistocene fauna of the Philippines with what is known by the same age in China and in Indonesia will surely help to answer to this question." (Ashley Strickland, CNN. James Griffiths contributed to this report.)


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‘Huminang’ art exhibit successful in Manila THE HUMINANG art exhibit in Manila, which was co-sponsored by the Sulu Provincial Government and with assistance from Governor Toto Tan, was a huge success. Former Sulu Governor Dr Sakur ‘Datu Shahbandar” Tan graced the event. Tan, a philanthropist and an influential Muslim leader, is currently the Special Envoy and Spokesman for the Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate. Huminang, which means “to create” in Tausug, is a layered idea encompassing all positive acts of empowerment, unity and peace. The fundraising art exhibition - held at the Upper Ground Floor

Atrium in SM Aura Premier at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig - sought to promote and help Sulu, and fund the Marine Corp Football for Peace. It featured some 60 paintings done by schoolchildren from Sulu, Marine soldiers, and 12 Mindanaoan visual artists. The exhibit was also supported by SM Cares, SM Aura, SM Foundation, Go Negosyo, Philippine Marine Corps, Unang Una and Metro Gallery. The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo said the event was organized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Joint Task Force–Sulu and in partnership with the

Philippine Marine Corps, the Sulu Provincial Government, and SM Cares. It said proceeds from the exhibit will support the Football for Peace Educational Tour and Festival, an annual endeavour to engage the youth in sports activities in Metro Manila. Children from Sulu will participate in the program. “Football for Peace is an initiative of the PMC to inspire the youth in conflict areas in advocating for peace through character development, education, sports, and mentorship programs. It started in 2011 when the marines based in Sulu noticed the kids’ fascinated eyes when they were playing football.”

“This epiphany has continued to inspire kids to apply the values of discipline and peace in their everyday lives as the initiative is now celebrating its seventh year. With this exhibit, the children hope that through their art, they could raise funds for them to experience a sense of respite even for a short while,” it said. It was during the Sultanate when Sulu and the Bangsa Sug reached the zenith of civilization and saw the arts and literature flourishing. The Bangsa Sug's arts, crafts and literature were known far and wide reaching even the shores of old Cathay. (Mindanao Examiner)

Mary Kay Beauty Center opens in Zamboanga ZAMBOANGA CITY – Mary Kay, one of the biggest companies in the world with millions of independent beauty consultants in more than 50 countries, has opened Mary Kay Zamboanga Beauty Center here which will cater to the western part of Mindanao. The Mary Kay Beauty Center is 3rd in the Philippines, joining the Makati and Davao Beauty Centers. The opening of its branch May 5 at the 2nd floor of the YPC Building in Veterans Avenue here coincided with the top skincare and cosmetic company’s 18th anniversary. Mary Kay has grown

to be a multibillion-dollar global cosmetics company with millions of independent beauty consultants around the world, yet it remains today what its founder Mary Kay Ash first envisioned – a company with a heart. Mary Kay was created from one woman’s desire to enrich women’s lives. Ash stepped out into a man’s world in the 1960’s to blaze a new path for women. After retiring from a successful career in direct sales, her dream was to provide women with an open-ended, unparalleled business opportunity. She founded “Beauty by Mary Kay” on September 13, 1963 with her life savings of

$5,000, the support of her family and nine Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants. Our founder along with those nine women laid the foundation for millions of women from all walks of life who currently enjoy the freedom and flexibility of Mary Kay’s home-based business model. Whether it’s a part-time endeavour or a primary source of income, the Mary Kay opportunity gives women a proven way to pave their own destiny. With more than 50 years of empowering women, Mary Kay said it is proud to champion women’s entrepreneurship while continuing a power-

ful legacy of giving back to our global Mary Kay community – “all thanks to one amazing woman who has helped millions achieve their dreams through this one-of-a-kind success story.” And after more than 50 years, it remains one of the most popular business opportunities for women around the world and features one of the most generous compensation plans and incentive awards programs in the direct selling industry. Today, Mary Kay is one of the largest direct sellers of quality skin care and color cosmetics in the world. (Mindanao Examiner)

Former Sulu Governor Dr Sakur ‘Datu Shahbandar” Tan graces the ‘Huminang’ art exhibit in Manila. (Photos courtesy of Marwa via Sulu Provincial Government.)


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ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police have captured an Abu Sayyaf militant and seized improvised explosives from his hideout in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said. Officials said Sahibul Sailani, who also goes by the name of Abdurasad Ben Jabarani Adjail, was involved in at least 8 criminal cases, mostly kidnappings in Basilan province that transpired in June 2001. Policemen recovered the Abu Sayyaf explosives when they searched Sailani’s house in Culianan village recently, according to Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, a regional police spokeswoman. The 55-year old militant is currently under interrogation by the police to determine if his group is

planning a terror attack in Zamboanga which was previously bombed by the Abu Sayyaf whose leaders pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. It was not immediately known how long Sailani had been in Zamboanga, just several nautical miles south of Basilan, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region and a stronghold of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf group. Or if he is also involved in the April 29 abductions of 2 police officers – PO2 Benierose Alvarez and PO1 Dinah Gumahad – and two civilians – Jakosalem Blas and Faisal Ahidji Hajiri – in Sulu’s Patikul town. The victims were travelling on a motorcycle taxi when gunmen flagged down the vehicle in Liang village and seized them, Galvez said.

Alvarez is assigned with Engineering Service Division under the Regional Logistics Division of the local police force while Gumahad is assigned at the Midsalip municipal police station in Zamboanga del Sur province and was undergoing a 45-day Criminal Investigation Course. “The two police officers were on vacation in the province and had just finished visiting one of the famous beaches in Sulu, the Quezon beach, when the abduction occurred,” Galvez said. “The Police Regional Office 9 is closely coordinating with the combined forces of Joint Task Force Sulu and Sulu police, the operating units’ tasks to conduct pursuit operation against the armed suspects to safely recover the victims,” she added. (Mindanao Examiner)

ARMM has highest growth rate record, ranks 6th out of 17 regions COTABATO CITY – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said the fiveprovince region in southern Philippines registered a higher growth rate of 7.3% and far from the 0.4% growth rate in 2016, and it even surpassed the national growth rate of 6.7%. “Masaya ako dahil papasok tayo sa isang transition mula ARMM government to Bangsamoro government nang nag-iwan tayo ng isang mark na kailangan . Magiging challenge din ito sa mga susunod na mamumuno sa atin,” Hataman said after the Philippine Statistics Au-

thority (PSA) in ARMM made the announcement on Thursday. Hataman called on the region’s line agencies to continue their good work. “Panawagan ko sa lahat, isustain natin kung ano na ang naabot natin at lalo pa nating taasan,” he said. PSA-ARMM’s OIC Regional Director Razulden Mangelen said the region’s economy was lifted mainly by the recovery of the Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry, and Fishing sector. National Statistician Lisa Bersales also commended the efforts of the regional government in the message she delivered during the event. “We thank the government of Governor Hataman for being our

source of information and for helping us advocate for proper data which enabled us to give the right information,” Bersales said. “We partnered with ARMM, and with the Bangsamoro eventually, to know more about the information that we come up with as we provide the best information for the lives of the people,” she added. ARMM ranked 6th among the 17 regions in the country in terms of GDRP growth rate, and remains as the only predominantly agricultural region. GRDP is the the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country during one year. (Bureau of Public Information)

3 Islamic militants surrender in Lanao del Sur PAGADIAN CITY – The Philippine Army said it has 3 Islamic militants in custody after they surrendered to soldiers in the Muslim province of Lanao del Sur in Mindanao. Captain Clint Antipala, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division, said the trio are members of the socalled Dawlah Islamiah and the Maute group which laid siege to Marawi City last year that left hundreds of people dead. He said the militants

surrendered to the 51st Infantry Battalion in the village of Pawak in Saguiaran town on Friday afternoon. “The surenderees brought along with them and presented their firearms to Lieutenant Colonel Gremel Brual in the battalion headquarters. The three were welcomed and accepted through a simple ceremony,” Antipala said. Major General Roseller Murillo, a regional army commander, also urged

other militants to surrender peacefully. “We are willing to accept surenderees and encourage others to return to the mainstream society. Their surrender is significant and we hope this would inspire other members to do so. Rest assured that we will take care of their welfare,” he said. Murillo and Antipala did not give additional details or what led to the surrender of the militants or their names. (Mindanao Examiner)


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‘Pagsalbar sa atong mga OFWs’ ni Jun Ledesma Continued fr om page 1 from Temporaryong tambal ni sa ilang tumang kahidlaw ug kaungo. Nasayud ta nga ang Kuwait adunay mga OFWs nga mokabat og di mominos sa 250,000. Sukwahi sa pagtuo sa kadaghanan nga ang pinakadaghan sa OFWs sa Kuwait mga domestic helpers, daghan kanila ang nagatrabaho sa mga industriya sa lana ug construction, sa mga ospital ug mga klinika ug ubang serbisyo nga teknikal. Gusto nato nga magtuo nga ang pagpanarbaho sa mga Filipinos dili lang tungod sa kakugi ug abilidad sa mga OFWs kundili labaw pa gyud niini. Sa usa ka yugto sa kasaysayan kun diin nagbitay na lang sa usa ka lugas lanot ang pagtunhay sa nasud nga Kuwait, ang Pilipinas nagpadala og armadong yunit aron motabang kanila sa pakiggubat sa nanulong nga pwersa sa Iraq ug pagtabang sa tanang nasud sa Gulpo, apil na ang Kuwait, sa pagpabalik sa kalinaw ug kalig-on sa mga estado. Kini, alang kanako, mao ang bugkos nga maoy naglig-on sa relasyon sa duha ka lagyong nasud. Dinhay mga madalidalion nga aksyon ug mga gilubatlubatan nga mga reaksyon apan kun ang emosyon mokalma na,

seryosong pakig-istorya ug rasyonal nga mga desisyon ang kinahanglan nga himoon. Ang matugbangon nga mga sakripisyo ug mga pabor nakakulit na sa kasaysayan sa duha ka nasud. Kun si Presidente Duterte ning-apila sa mga OFWs nga ilang tagaan og konsiderasyon ang pag-uli, gusto ko nga motuo nga tungod kini sa nagsingabot nga kakulang sa hanas nga mga trabhante ug mga inhenyero nga motrabaho sa mga mega-proyekto sa mga imprastruktura nga hapit na iimplementar ilawom sa Build Build Build program sa administrasyong Duterte. Ang Pilipinas nahimutang sa parte sa Asya kun asa ang politika sa Asya ug sa tibuok kalibutan kusog nga nagbukalbukal. Nalutas na kini ug iya na nga inanay nga giputol ang iyang pusod gikan kang nanay America ug ningbarog na kining tuyhad ug tupong ang abaga sa ubang nasud sa China, Russia, Japan, ug nagpabilin nga lig-on ug porsigido nga sakop sa ASEAN. Ang dramatikanhong pag-usbaw sa China ug ang malahutayong ekonomiya sa Japan plus ang bag-ong panaghigalaay sa Russia nagaabli og mas hayag nga palaaboton sa mga OFWs. Naay mga rason nganong dapat lang nga paulion nato

ang atong mga OFWs hilabi na ang mga domestic helpers. Pila ka tuig kanhi, si Presidente Gloria Arroyo gustong mopapauli sa mga domestic helper sa tuyo nga itreyning sila og usab sa TESDA aron mapataas pa ang ilang abilidad ug mga kwalipikasyon. Kini tungod kay ang atong mga domestic helpers o DH maayo mo-Iningles ug ang mga anak sa ilang mga amo ginatudloan nila dili lang sa pag-Iningles kundili apil sab ang Arithmetic. Ang maong plano ni Arroyo gisupak sa mga grupo sa mamumuo ug mga NGOs sa mabaw nga rason nga mailisan ang mga DH. Engrandeng pagkaestupido kadto kun ako ang inyong pangutan-on. Hinoon, niining panahona, ang administrasyong Duterte pwedeng mopursige na sa maong programa. Imbes mopadala og domestic helpers, ilawom sa pagtudlo ug paggiya sa TESDA, pwede na silang makakuha og mga trabaho sa China, Singapore, Korea, ug Japan isip mga Domestic Tutor. Moresulta ni sa pagtaas sa ilang status ngadto sa level nga propesyonal ug pagtaas usab sa ilang kita. Tungod sa kataas na sa kredensyal, segurado ko nga dili na sila itratar mga morag mga ulipon ug dili na mosangko nga hayaon sa freezer.

RECIPE: Binignit

INGREDIENT S: INGREDIENTS:

– 2 medium sweet potato, cubed – 2 medium purple yam, cubed – 2 pieces saba banana, cubed – 1 cup Muscovado sugar – 4 cups coconunut milk

– 1 ½ to 2 cups water – 1 ½ cups sliced ripe jackfruit – 2 medium gabi, cubed – 1 ¼ cup tapioca pearls – 2 tablespoons glutinous rice flour

INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Combine coconut milk and water in a cooking pot. Let boil. 2) Stir the mixture. Add sweet potato, purple yam, saba banana, ripe jackfruit, and eddo (gabi). Cover the pot. Continue to cook in medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes. 3) Add Muscovado sugar and sago pearls. Stir. Cover and continue to cook for another 8 minutes. 4) Combine glutinous rice flour (galapong) and ¼ cup water. Stir until flour dilutes completely. Pour into the cooking pot. Stir. Continue to cook until all the sweet potato, yams, and gabi are soft. Note: you can add more water in the pot if you want your binignit to be soupy, add more sugar as needed. 5) Transfer to a serving plate. Serve. 6) Share and enjoy! (http://www.panlasangpinoy.com)

HEALTH: Check-up sa Lalaki Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong KUNG IKAW ay edad 40 pataas, kailangan mo ng check-up. Kung wala ka pang 40, pero may lahi ka ng sakit sa puso, diabetes o kanser, kailangan mo din magpacheck up ng maaga. Heto ang mga dapat tandaan: 1. Magpa-blood test bawat taon – Heto ang mga tests na dapat gawin. Complete blood count (para malaman ang dami ng dugo), creatinine (para sa kidneys), uric acid (para sa arthritis), cholesterol (para sa puso), fasting blood sugar (para sa diabetes), at SGPT (para sa atay). 2. Urinalysis – Para masuri ang kidneys at malaman kung may impeksyon sa ihi. 3. Chest X-ray - Para makita ang baga at puso. Kailangan ito kapag naninigarilyo ka o laging may ubo. 4. ECG - Para malaman kung may sakit sa puso. 5. Bantayan ang Prostate – Kapag nagkakaeded ang lalaki, lumalaki ang prostate. Minsan ay nagiging kanser pa ito. Ipacheck ang iyong PSA test para malaman kung may diprensiya o wala.

Dr. Willie T. Ong 6. Bantayan ang Colon cancer – Para makaiwas sa colon cancer, kumain ng maraming gulay at prutas. Pag lampas ng edad 50, kailangan magpasilip sa puwit (sigmoidoscopy o colonoscopy). Ipa-check din ang dumi (stool exam with occult blood) para makasiguro na walang dugo sa dumi. 7. Ihinto ang paninigarilyo – Halos 60% ng kalalakihan ay naninigarilyo. Ang sigarilyo ay nagdudulot ng kanser sa bibig, lalamunan, baga at prostate. Mag-ingat. 8. Limitahan ang paginom ng alak – Huwag maniwala sa mga sabi-sabi na mabuti ang red wine para sa iyo. Kapag nasobrahan ka

sa alak ay masisira ang iyong atay, bituka at utak. 9. Mag-ehersisyo – Ang tamang pag-eehersisyo ay 30 minutos hanggang 1 oras, at gawin ito ng 3-5 beses sa isang linggo. Huwag din magpataba. 10. Alamin ang BP – Ang normal na blood pressure ay 120 over 80. Kapag lumampas ka sa 140 over 90, ang ibig sabihin ay may altapresyon ka na. Magpatingin sa doktor. 11. Magbawas ng stress – Masama ang stress sa ating katawan dahil naglalabas ito ng cortisol. Ang cortisol ay nakasisira sa ating mga organo. 12. Magpabakuna – Para sa mga edad 50 pataas, kailangan ninyo magpabakuna laban sa Pulmonya at Trangkaso. Ang tawag dito ay pneumonia vaccine at flu vaccine. Sa mga kabataan, magpacheck din kung kailangan ninyo ng Hepatitis B vaccine. Hindi mahal ang magpa-check up. Sa katunayan ay mas hahaba pa ang iyong buhay. Sana ay nakumbinsi natin ang mga lalaki na alagaan ang kanilang sarili.

China installs cruise missiles on key South China Sea outposts, report says

CHINA HAS secretly installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its fortified outposts in the South China Sea, a report said Wednesday, as Beijing seeks to further project power in the disputed waters. CNBC, citing sources with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence reports, said that the missile platforms had been moved to outposts on the Spratly group of islands within the past 30 days. Such a deployment would be the first to the Spratlys, which are located some two-thirds of the way east from southern Vietnam to the southern Philippines. Several Asian nations, including Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines, have rival claims there. If confirmed, the placement of the defensive weapons would come on the heels of China’s recent installation in the South China Sea of military jamming equipment, which disrupts communications and radar systems. According to the report, China has deployed the antiship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef and Mischief Reef. The land-based YJ-12B anti-ship cruise missiles allow China to strike surface vessels within 295 nautical miles (545 kilometers) of the reefs, while the long-range HQ-9B surface-toair missiles can target aircraft, drones and cruise missiles and are believed to have a range of 160 nautical miles (300 kilometers). Satellite images have shown that China has also deployed HQ-9B surface-to-air missiles to Woody Island, its military headquarters on the nearby Paracel Islands, which are also part of the South China Sea.

“China’s activities in the Paracels are clearly a blueprint for their plans in the Spratlys,” said Bonnie Glaser, who heads the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington. “Both anti-ship cruise missiles and HQ-9 surface to air missiles have been deployed on a rotational basis to Woody Island.” Beijing has built up a series of military outposts in the South China Sea as it seeks to reinforce effective control of much of the waterway, through which $3 trillion in trade passes each year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims. It has also built seven man-made islets in the Spratlys, with three — Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs — all boasting military-grade airfields, despite a 2015 pledge by Chinese President Xi Jinping not to further militarize them. China’s Defense Ministry has said the moves are “the natural right of a sovereign nation” and “help safeguard national sovereignty and security,” while also serving “to ensure regional peace and stability.” It has said the moves “are not directed at any country.” While global attention has been fixated on the North Korean nuclear crisis since early last year, China has further fortified its man-made outposts in the disputed South China Sea in a bid to create fully functioning air and naval bases, according to experts. It has completed or is close to completing a number of structures, including administrative buildings, improved hangars, missile shelters, underground storage areas, and large radar and sensor arrays. “I think the Chinese know that the regional states and

outside powers, including the U.S., are expecting such deployments and have discounted them already,” said Glaser. “They calculate that the reaction will be relatively moderate and will not undermine Chinese interests. All attention is riveted on North Korea.” Glaser said the next step in the chain would likely be the deployment of Chinese fighter jets to the three big islands on a rotational basis, as well as military exercises involving assets deployed on the islands. China has used its increasingly potent military to show that it refuses to be pushed around in its own back yard. It has flown heavy bombers for “combat air patrols” over the contested waters in recent months, part of what it calls “routine” flights in the strategic waterway. Last month U.S. Navy Adm. Philip Davidson, the expected nominee to replace outgoing U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris, described China’s increased presence in the South China Sea as “a substantial challenge to U.S. military operations in this region.” In written testimony to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Davidson said the development of China’s forward operating bases in the hotly contested waters appear to be complete. “The only thing lacking are the deployed forces. Once occupied, China will be able to extend its influence thousands of miles to the south and project power deep into Oceania,” Davidson wrote. “In short, China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States. (Jesse Johnson, Japan Times)


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PNP present more evidence vs. alleged drug lords Lim and Espinosa, others

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HE DEP AR TMENT of JJustice ustice (DOJ) said it has rreceiv eceiv ed additional evidence DEPAR ARTMENT eceived fr om the P hilippine N ational P olice (PNP) on the dr ug char ges against from Philippine National Police drug charges Cebu-based businessman and alleged dr ug lor dP eter Lim and self-condrug lord Peter fessed dr ug lor dK er win Espinosa, among sev er al other personalities drug lord Ker erwin sever eral personalities.. The Office of the Solici- 20. Adorco, a cohort of Adorco. Under the complaint, tor General (OSG), which Espinosa, was arrested on represented the PNP, sub- July 8, 2016 during a drug Lim and his co-responmitted to panel of buy-bust operation in dents are accused of violating Republic Act prosecutors the voluminous Albuera. In support to Adorco’s 9165, also known as the evidence from the transcripts of the 2016 Senate third sworn affidavit, the Comprehensive Dangerhearings on the investiga- OSG also submitted travel ous Drugs Act of 2002. The tion of the killing of records from the Bureau of PNP based its complaint Espinosa’s father, Mayor Immigration (BI) which on the sworn statements Rolando Espinosa Sr. of showed Adorco flew with issued by Adorco who was Albuera town in Leyte prov- Espinosa to Thailand in arrested on July 8, 2016 ince, and the 2002 House of 2015 where they met wLim; during a drug buy-bust Representatives committee and the artist sketch and operation in Albuera. on dangerous drugs report computerized composite of Apart from Lim, Espinosa over the inquiry on the al- Lim dated August 29, 2017 and Adorco, also named respondents were conleged drug activities of Lim as described by Adorco. Senior Assistant State victed drug lord Peter Co, and his brother Wellington. Also submitted by the Prosecutor Juan Pedro Impal, Max Miro, Ruel Noel PNP was a certified true Navera, who heads the Malindangan, copy of a so-called “blue panel of prosecutors con- Pepito, and 11 others, only book” of Bebeth Rebecca ducting the preliminary known by their aliases Diano which contains investigation of the com- Amang, Ricky, Warren, names in Espinosa's alleged plaint, gave the respondents Tupie, Jojo, Jaime, Yawa, payola list as well as the until May 15 to file their re- Lapi, Royroy, Marlon, and sworn affidavit of another spective counter-affidavits. Bay. Lim’s co-accused Lim was a no-show respondent, alleged drug supplier Jessamin Impal. again last week’s prelimi- Miro and Pepito died in PNP also submitted an ad- nary investigation, but was separate incidents. (By ditional sworn affidavit of represented by his lawyer Christopher Lloyd witness and respondent Magilyn Loja. Present in the Caliwan. With a report Marcelo Adorco dated April hearing are Espinosa and from Red Andador.)

Boracay road rehab gets more funding BUDGET SECRETARY Benjamin Diokno said the government is releasing some P490 million for the rehabilitation of the Boracay Circumferential Road and this is on top of the initial budget of P50 million allocated under the 2018 fund of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). “They already have P50 million in the budget and that is what they are using right now. In a few days, we’ll release the P490 million. This is just for the road components,” Diokno said. The Boracay Circumferential Road rehabilitation involves widening of road and improving the drainage

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system. The DBM recently released P448 million to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for financial assistance to some 17,735 residents and workers who were affected by the six-month closure of Boracay. Diokno said both funds for the DOLE and DPWH were sourced from the government’s contingency fund amounting to about P13 billion this year. He said aside from the contingency fund, the government is tapping the calamity fund for Boracay's rehabilitation. “By declaring the area as calamity area, we can have access to calamity fund,” Diokno said.

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He said other government agencies with projects and programs related to Boracay's rehabilitation are expected to request additional fund from the national government. Earlier, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said his office will be seeking some P300 million from the Boracay rehabilitation fund to help small-scale enterprises on the island. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Malacañang is eyeing P2 billion from the calamity fund to support the world-famous island resort's rehabilitation. (Kris Crismundo)

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