ARMM commemorates siege of Marawi City
‘Pagbisita og usab sa Boracay’ ni Jun Ledesma GAWAS SA PIPILA ka mga maka-kumonista nga party list organization nga legal nga frente sa Communist Party of the Philippines ug sa New People’s Army, ang mga gara-garaon ug pasikatiro lang nga mga indibidwal sa han-ay sa mga tawong simbahan ug mga nongovernment organization ang nagasige og bulabog sa katawhan aron mosulay og mugna og bagyo gikan sa hinay
kaayo nga huros sa huyuhoy. Gipili ni Ex-Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno ang iyang natad sa panggubatan batok sa iyang mga kauban sa sulod mismo sa lawakan sa Korte Suprema. Ang demokrasya di mamatay tungod lang kay napilde siya sa kombati. Ang mga komunista lamang ug ang mga legal nga frente niini ang wa gyuy sipyat nga misinggit nga morag mga periko sa makapaukyab
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COTABATO CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) provided various assistance to some 2,190 internally displaced persons or victims of last year’s deadly ISIS siege of Marawi City who remain in 18 evacuation centers there and in the neighboring town of Saguiaran in Lanao del Sur province.
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Militants had occupied Marawi on May 23 and sparking house-tohouse fighting with security forces that lasted over 5 months and left the city in total ruins. Rise M ar awi Mar arawi ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said they continue to strive hard to rebuild the foundations Continue on page 3
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Lone wolf attacks possible! ‘Sleeper cells ng Islamic State nagkalat sa bansa’ I
NAMIN ng P hilippine Ar my na nagkalat umano Philippine Army ang mga tinatawag na “sleeper cells slamic cells”” ng IIslamic State at may posibilidad na maghasik ng lagim ang mga ito upang guluhin ang bansa. Bagama’t nagapi na naman ang recruitment ng ng militar ang mga mga nalalabing miyembro rebelde sa Marawi City ng ng nasabing grupo na nais sakupin ito noong magtatag ng sariling nakaraang taon ng Is- estado sa Mindanao. Continue on page 2 lamic State ay patuloy
10,000 people benefit from Bangsa Sug Iftar Caravan ZAMBOANGA CITY – Some 10,000 people, mostly victims of rebel siege in Zamboanga city in 2013, are expected to benefit from the benevolent Bangsa Sug Iftar Caravan in transitory sites here. The caravan is an ini-
tiative by the Bangsa Sug Consensus of the Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate thru its Special Envoy and spokesman Dr. Sakur Tan, also known as Datu ShahBandar. The 11-day caravan, dubbed as “The BangsaSug Continue on page 4 Mga miyembro ng lokal na ISIS sa Mindanao na lumabas sa website ng notorysong grupo sa Gitnang Silangan.
BTC asks more time to study Bangsamoro Basic Law amendments Volunteers of the BangsaSug Iftar for the Youth, the Displaced and the Marginalized during the distribution of Buka-Puasa food packs in transitory sites in Zamboanga City. (Photo courtesy of Nahdin Jubaira.)
THE BANGSAMORO Transition Commission (BTC) has asked for more time to study the proposed amendments to the bill seeking to provide for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said.
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“May mga proposal yung GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) peace panel at yung BTC asked for three days para makapag-usap sila,” he said. Alvarez said he is optimistic that the issues or
concerns about the provisions of the proposed law would be resolved. “Tingin ko naman mukhang magkakaayos,” he said. The House committee on Muslim affairs, voting 27-3; committee on local
government, voting 32-3; and the special committee on peace, unity and reconciliation, voting 273, approved the committee report on House Bill 6475 or the BBL. Continue on page 2
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Lone wolf Attacks possible! ‘Sleeper cells ng Islamic State nagkalat sa bansa’
Members of the Khilafah Islamiyah Movement and its shadowy group Ghuraba (strangers) train their fighters in Lanao del Sur province in the Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao in this screen shot from the propaganda video of Islamic State in the Philippines.
BTC asks more time to study Bangsamoro Basic Law amendments Continued fr om page 1 from Authored by Alvarez himself, HB 6475 provides for the BBL and seeks the abolition of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The bill is based on the proposal submitted by the BTC to President Rodrigo Duterte. It aims to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Bangsamoro people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for a meaningful selfgovernance. Under the bill, the Bangsamoro territory shall
remain a part of the Philippines. The Bangsamoro territory shall be composed of the following: 1) the present geographical area of the ARMM; 2) the municipalities of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagolan and Tangkal in the province of Lanao del Norte and all other barangays in the municipalities of Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap that voted for inclusion in the ARMM during the 2001 plebiscite; 3) the cities of Cotabatao and Isabela; and 4) all other contiguous areas where there is resolution of the local government unit or a petition of at least 10 percent of the registered voters in the area asking for
their inclusion at least two months prior to the conduct of the ratification of the Basic Law and the process of delimitation of the Bangsamoro. The measure also retains the central government's power and control over defense and external issue. The central government shall create a Bangsamoro Military Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the Bangsamoro, which shall be organized, maintained, and utilized in accordance with national laws. A Bangsamoro Police, under the Philippine National Police, shall also be created for law enforcement and maintenance of peace and order in the Bangsamoro. (Filane Mikee Cervantes)
Mindanao Railway Project on track, says DOTr
THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DOTr) said the Mindanao Railway Project will continue without delays even with the removal of one of its top executive by President Rodrigo Duterte recently due to questionable dealings and involving members of the First Family with matters regarding the railway project. Duterte fired DOTr Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino. “We assure the public that the Mindanao Railway Project will be done with no corruption, in accordance with rightful processes and no delays while ensuring its quality,”
DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said, adding, the railway project would be operational by 2021. DOTr said the Mindanao Railway Project was approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board in June last year after it was first funded in 1957. The DOTr said it already achieved what has not been done in the last six decades - to go beyond repeated studies and to get investment approval, and to swiftly advance the design process for Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project which involves the
construction of a 105 kilom e t e r Tagum-Davao-Digos segment. Once it is completed in 2021, it is expected to reduce travel time from Tagum City in Davao del Norte province to Digos City in Davao del Sur province from 3.5 hours to one hour and 20 minutes. The proposed 2,000kilometer railway project is envisioned to connect key Mindanao cities including Davao, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and General Santos to spur economic development in the region. (Aerol John Pateña)
Continued fr om page 1 from Sinabi ni Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista na hindi lamang sa Mindanao may mga sleeper cells dahil maging sa Luzon at Visayas ay may mga kasapi na rin ang mga ito. “Na-discover namin sa Marawi campaign na merong ISIS sleeper cells not only in Mindanao, but also in Luzon and Visayas, makikita mo nga doon yung ISIS cells. Doon makikita mo meron sa Baguio, meron sa Dagupan, meron sa Tarlac, Pangasinan; at sa Visayas naman, meron sa Samar, meron sa Cebu and so forth,” ani Bautista. Nababahala si Bautista na maaaring manggulo ang mga sleeper cells tulad ng paisa-isang atake o lone wolf attack. “It might be in the form of lone wolf (attacks). Pag in-activate yun, pwedeng sabay-sabay silang mag-create ng terrorist activities for example one or two, mag-conduct sila ng explosion sa isang area and yung sa Cebu, assassination, liquidation that will create a big impact, although two or three persons lang ang gumagawa, so yun yung
most probable na strategy nila in the meantime,” wika pa ni Bautista. Hindi naman sinabi ni Bautista kung ilan sleeper cells ang kanilang nadiskubre o kung kabilang ba dito ang mga radikal na grupo tulad ng Rajah Solaiman Movement na kaalyado ng Abu Sayyaf sa Mindanao. Subali’t sinabi naman ni Bautista na malaki ang naitutulong sa kanilang ng kasalukuyang martial law na pinalawig sa Mindanao sa paghahabol sa mga terorista. “Unang-una, we can hold a person na particularly pagka very suspicious and may background of terrorist activity kasi sa Human Security Act natin, you can take in custody a terrorist or suspicious person in 36 hours tapos, after which kelangan i-release mo na siya not unlike itong nangyari sa martial law, na-hold namin sila, kasi ang pagkuha kasi ng custody is not question and answer but you have to dig the background, kung Indonesian siya we have to ask our counterpart in Indonesia or in Malaysia so it will take time,” paliwanag pa ni Bautista.
Maaari rin umanong pasukin ng mga sundalo sa Mindanao ang mga bahay na hinihinalang taguan ng mga terorista o kaya ay imbakan o pagawaan ng mga bomba ng walang search warrant mula sa korte. Nauna ng pumutok ang balita na malawak ang recruitment ngayon ng Islamic State sa Mindanao upang isulong ang isang caliphate sa naturang rehiyon at pinapangakuan rin diumano ng salapi ang mga recruit. Ayon naman sa intelligence community, isang Abu Dhar ngayon ang tumatayong lider ng Islamic State sa Mindanao at siya rin ang nasa likod ng “Khilafah Islamiyah” na itinatag noon 2012 bilang isang organisasyon ng ibatibang grupo ng mga rebelde kabilang ang Jemaah Islamiya, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters at Abu Sayyaf. Una itong tinawag na alGhuraba at pinalitan ng Jamaah Tawhid wal Jihad at sa huli ay naging Khalifa Islamiah Mindanao o Black Flag Movement. (May dagdag na ulat sina Priam Nepomuceno at Moh Saaduddin.)
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ARMM commemorates siege of Marawi City Continued fr om page 1 from of local leadership and reestablish safe spaces for the most vulnerable groups in the communities. “Marawi will rise again, and it will rise with the renewed strength and courage of our people,” Gov. Hataman said. In his commemoration speech, Gov. Hataman said: “It has been a year since Marawi City, known as the lone Islamic City of the Philippines, had been ravaged by fear and terror. Parts of a city that was once a melting pot of different histories, cultures, and beliefs have been reduced to rubble. That terrorism had its grip upon a city in the heart of our region reminds us that there is so much more to be done. In our long struggle for peace, our people have survived numerous conflicts, and this most recent war finds its place among the worst in our history.” “And yet, as we have done in response to every threat our people have faced, we must stand united with our brothers and sisters. The price of peace, as we have learned throughout our history, is constant vigilance. We cannot afford to let this happen again, and this requires collective effort towards securing our homes, our cities, and our region. The safety of our people lies not only in ensuring security against crimes and conflict but in ensuring education for all
– an education that is affirmed not only by our schools but by our communities. Peace and security is achieved not only through law enforcement and state offensives, but through constant dialogue that seeks to engage each and every Bangsamoro.” He further said: “As we struggle and work towards rebuilding the city of Marawi, we must also strive to rebuild the foundations of local leadership and re-establish safe spaces for the most vulnerable in our communities. In our efforts towards healing, we must go back to the core of our faith as Muslims and, as we fast together as we honor the Holy Month, we must remember that with every hardship comes relief. As we fulfil our duties as Muslims, we must also remember to continue the work that lies ahead of us together, as we worship Allah and dedicate all our efforts for his glory. Marawi will rise again, and it will rise with the renewed strength and courage of our people.” ARMM Assistance Exactly a year after fighting and destruction started, the ARMM government remains busy helping the people of Marawi to rebuild and return to their home. The ARMM government has earmarked P150 million for the city’s rehabilitation program. The regional government already provides a series of medical
and psycho-social services, relief distribution, livelihood training and assistance, peace advocacy, dialogue, and consultation, among others. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in ARMM is also offering skills training and the Department of Social Welfare and Development is implementing its sustainable livelihood program, and while the Cooperative Development Authority is supporting the local cooperatives. The ARMM government also granted assistance to IDPs who are most affected by the siege. They are currently staying in Cotabato City for a month to take part in this year's Ramadan Fair with P45, 000 financial support for each qualified beneficiary. One of the beneficiaries, Casana Darangina, whose family left Marawi with only P800. After paying for a place to stay in this city, only P300 remained in her pocket. Casana and her husband used what was left of their money to start a small business, which eventually sustained their family's needs until today. “Sobrang pasalamat na gumanda ang bahay namin dahil sa tulong na binigay sa amin ng regional government. So after dito, ida-dagdag namin ang kita sa paninda namin sa Iligan para tuluy-tuloy na makapag aral ang mga anak
namin,” she said. Tadman di rripatan ipatan ARMM’s Chief of Staff Norkhalila MambuayCampong said departments and line agencies in the region have each “adopted” an evacuation center for the community iftar (meal to break the fast). And to mark the commemoration of the siege, the ARMM held free medical checkup, Oplan Balik Eskwela, and launched a book that compiles Marawi City stories. “This is part of the constant efforts of the regional government to accommodate the needs of the people of Marawi,” Campong said. The ARMM’s Office of
the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs led the launching of the book entitled ‘Tadman di ripatan.’ Tadman di ripatan features narrative essays, poems and photos reflecting the memories of Marawi residents and Mindanao State University students during and after the Marawi siege. The book’s title is derived from the Maranao phrase meaning ‘Remember, do not forget.’ The book hopes to create a space for those affected by the siege to share their experiences and remind others the importance of its impact. It also seeks to expand the discussions on the after-
math of the siege. The event, organized by OBYA-ARMM and the Communication and Media Studies Department of Mindanao State University (MSU)-Marawi, was held at the Mamitua Saber Research Hall in the MSUMarawi Campus. A photo exhibit entitled “Memories of Marawi Siege” was also opened to the public and attended by ARMM officials, students and members of school-based organizations at MSU, faculty of the Communication Studies Department-MSU, and the book’s writers and contributors. (Bureau of Public Information)
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Volunteers of the BangsaSug Iftar for the Youth, the Displaced and the Marginalized during the distribution of Buka-Puasa food packs in transitory sites in Zamboanga City. (Photo courtesy of Nahdin Jubaira.) Continued fr om page 1 from Iftar for the Youth, the Displaced and the Marginalized”, began on May 21 with Serhan Cuevas Daris leading volunteers in the distribution of BukaPuasa food packs. Consensus Muslim leaders and various stakeholders in Mindanao are pushing for the separation of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and include the provinces in Zamboanga Peninsula to form a federated state should Congress approve the proposed federalism government which President Rodrigo Duterte is strongly advocating. The three neighboring provinces were originally part of Region 9 in Western
Mindanao which comprised of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte, and now the addition of Zamboanga Sibugay. In a consensus held on May 10, stakeholders from Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Maguindanao trooped to Zamboanga City to read their manifesto as a show of strong support to the proposal for the creation of ‘Federal State of ZamBaSulTa’. Among the valid justifications for the proposed Federal State of ZamBaSulTa are Economic Viability and to ensure this is to group together Zamboanga Peninsula with Zamboanga City as the center, and Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi; Historical Reality as the
shared history of the area and proposed federal state is a strong argument for its unity as one federal state. This history stems from the once dominant force exerted by the Sulu Sultanate over these areas, including Southern Palawan and the islands of Sulu and South China Seas, but the consensus also maintained that this is not to say the Sultanate of Sulu will again lay claim to these areas, instead, the region is now witness to different operative local government units that wield the real power and that cannot be changed. It also cited other justification for the union such as Geographical Proximity because the provinces and Zamboanga City is contiguous to each other by land,
and Basilan, Sulu and TawiTawi are situated next to each other like a chain of island south of the Zamboanga Peninsula. And Demographic and Cultural Identity because of similarity in culture and peoples – Muslim and Christian relationship, education and interfaith engagements have strengthened this identity in the region. At least 5 influential Sulu sultans, Ibrahim Bahjin, Muizuddin Jainal Bahjin, Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram, Mohammad Venizar Julkarnain Jainal Abirin and Phugdalun Kiram who are part of the Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate, also attended the event dubbed – “The Bangsa Sug Consensus – ZamBaSulTa. A People of Significance.” – and threw their all-out support for the proposal along with Muslim religious leaders led by the Grand Mufti, His Eminence Abdulbaqi Abubakar. Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, who represented Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar, read a message in front of some 1,500 people. Christian and Muslim political leaders, among them Tan who is a strong ally of Duterte, – and his son, Totoh Tan, the current governor of Sulu, spoke in the event. The Tan patriarch, in a position paper he read before the huge crowd, enumerated several concerns and reaction of Muslims to the proposed Bangsamoro Bill
and federalism. He said the main objections of the people of Sulu through its Sultanate to the proposed Bangsamoro law center on the provisions on Territory that would change the historical name of the Sulu Sea to “Bangsamoro Waters.” He said Sulu Sea should retain its name. Tan said the constituents in the provinces under the ARMM (including Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao) should be given the option to vote against inclusion in the new Bangsamoro entity. “The position is anchored on the principle of democratic consultation which is an essential element of plebiscites and a basic concept in Islam, as embodied by the principle of Shura (or consultation) in the Holy Qur’an.” “The method of plebiscite and the counting of votes should be based on real democratic consultation and should not be hampered by what may be considered as the tyranny of the majority,” the elder Tan said. He said the present version of the bill provides that the establishment of the Bangsamoro and the determination of the Bangsamoro territory shall take effect upon ratification of the Basic Law by majority votes cast in plebiscite. The present bill, Tan said, takes for granted that all five constituent provinces favor inclusion in the new Bangsamoro entity. “This should never be
presumed because presumption destroys the democratic essence of plebiscites. Precisely for the reason that the Bangsamoro entity is new, and is not just an amended version of the ARMM, the consent and option of the ARMM constituent provinces should be respected,” he said. Tan said when the constituent provinces voted for inclusion to the ARMM in past plebiscites, they consented to be included in the ARMM, and not in the Bangsamoro which is completely new legal entity. “Ratification therefore should be on the basis of the majority votes of each constituent province and not of the entire geographical area of the present ARMM,” he said. He said the territorial lines of federalization should not be dictated by religious dogma for this would be limiting, counterproductive and contrary to the spirit of nationhood. “The federal territorial divide is not a divide of peoples and religions; it is a realistic and practical divide of administration and governance, so that the people get the best and most viable governance that befits their needs and circumstances,” Tan said, adding, a copy of the consensus would be submitted to the House of Representatives and Senate, and the Palace. (Mindanao Examiner)
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Maguindanao village chieftain sued by PDEA
THE PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) filed administrative charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against an incumbent village chieftain in the troubled Muslim province of Maguindanao for his alleged failure to activate the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC). PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said Jamil S. Dilabaken, of Mataya village in Buldon town has been charged with gross negligence and dereliction of duty. He said Dulabaken violated Section 60 of Local Government Code, in relation to Section 19 of Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation No. 3 Series of 2017, otherwise known as “Strengthening the Implementation of the Barangay Drug-Clearing Program”. According to Aquino, failure to allocate funds in anti-drug efforts shall be a ground for disapproval of
their annual budget and possible filing of appropriate charges pursuant to the local government code and anti-drug law. “In case of failure of the local officials to conform to the duties as mandated in the barangay drug-clearing program shall also be a ground for the filing of appropriate charges of gross negligence and dereliction of duties,” he said. BADACs’ main role is to assist law enforcement agencies in the eradication and clearing operation of illegal drugs. They were deputized to plan and implement strategic policies, programs and projects on drug prevention and control, given the political and police powers of the villge to administer the affairs of the community. In accordance with the DDB regulation, all local government units are enjoined to appropriate a
substantial portion of their annual budgets for barangay drug-clearing operations, including the activation of BADACs. The Department of the Interior and Local government had issued a similar memorandum, and at the same time admonished the non-compliant barangay officials to establish functional BADACs through letters, but those warnings were not heeded. “PDEA reiterates its call for all barangays not only activate but also strengthen their BADACs, which are deemed important in maintaining a pro-active stand in shielding the people from the drug menace,” Aquino said. There was no immediate statement from the town mayor or the provincial governor on why they failed to monitor whether the village has organized its own BADAC. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)
A year after Marawi siege, evacuees hope to rebuild life, homes
Troops fail to locate Sayyafs, hostages in Sulu SULU – Security forces have failed to locate Abu Sayyaf hideouts in Sulu province despite the continued release of hostages by the dreaded militang group tied to ISIS. Just last weekm Abu Sayyaf rebels freed Engineer Enrico Nee in exchange for a still unspecified amount of ransom in Sulu. Nee, who works for the Department of Public Works and Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, was kidnapped in February in Jolo town. The Abu Sayyaf, whose leaders pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, is still holding at least 9 hostages, including three Indonesian sailors and a Vietnamese seaman, a Dutchman and four Filipinos. Two policewomen
Bennie Rose Alvarez and Dinah Gumahad were also released on May 16 barely three weeks after rebels seized them in Patikul town on April 29 along with two other civilians Jakosalem Blas and Faizal Ahidji who had been earlier freed. Philippine police chief Oscar Albayalde flew to Sulu province and fetched the officers and presented them to President Rodrigo Duterte. Albayalde thanked Sulu Governor Totoh Tan for his assistance in the safe release of the officers. The release of the officers came days after Albayalde sought Tan’s help in recover ing Alvarez and Gumahad. Former rebel chieftain Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front was also present during the handover, and was believed to have ne-
gotiated with the Abu Sayyaf for the release of the hostages. The Abu Sayyaf had demanded P5 million in exchange for the officers. It was unknown whether ransom had been paid for the freedom of the police officers, but there was a report that some P2.5 million had been paid to the kidnappers. The officers are assigned with the the crime laboratory and engineering depar tment and were vacationing in Sulu when rebels kidnapped them near a militar y base. 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. (Mindanao Examiner)
MARAWI CITY – An emotional call to prayer by a 49-year old Imam, Haji Muhaimin, brought back painful reminders of last year’s war in the Muslim city of Marawi that devastated not only him, but residents who lost their loved ones and homes from five months of deadly and brutal fighting between ISIS militants and security forces. Calling the prayer in time for the breaking of fast, the Imam or prayer leader at Sagonsongan resettlement site’s mosque, thanked the Almighty for sparing his life. “Marami ang namatay sa amin. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Allah na nabigyan ako ng isa pang buhay. Naging parang panata ko na ang maging bilal,” Muhaimin said. Reminiscing the past, he said many of his relatives died in crossfires.
And for couple Gulam and Wanisa Dia, the siege robbed them of a lifetime’s worth of memories. “Masakit sa amin na nawala lahat ng kinalakihan namin,” Gulam said, but at the same time praising Governor Mujiv Hataman, of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, for giving them a glimmer of hope and to return to where they built their lives. Manisa said Hataman recently visited the area and promised to help us rebuild our lives. “Sa pagbisita niya dito, nasabi namin ang hangarin namin na makabalik kami sa Marawi at makikipagtulungan daw siya sa amin,” Wanisa said. A 23-year old villager, Najma Radia, also remains hopeful that they will still find their parents who had been missing since the
war broke out. Radia is only one of those many who have never seen their family members who went missing in Marawi. Najma, Gulam and Wanisa, and Muhaimin are among the thousands of individuals displaced by the siege. Hataman reiterated the importance of unity in rebuilding what is left of Marawi and start a new life again. “In our efforts towards healing, we must go back to the core of our faith as Muslims and, and as we fast together this Holy Month, we must remember that with every hardship comes relief,” he said. “As we fulfil our duties as Muslims, we must also remember to continue the work that lies ahead of us together, as we worship Allah and dedicate all our efforts for his glory.” (Bureau of Public Information)
BI to deport 3 Hong Kong nationals who landed in Basilan
THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) said it will deport 3 Hong Kong nationals who illegally entered the country by boat and landed in Basilan, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines. The trio - Tsui Tsz Kin, Ho Chun Wai and Wong Po,
were arrested in May this year after villagers reported their presence to authorities while buying fuel in the village of Dasalan in Hadji Muhtamad town. The foreigners said they drifted to Basilan due to bad weather and decided to buy fuel so they can continue on with their
trip. Police in Basilan were quick to accuse the foreigners as drug traffickers which the trio strongly denied. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigners are currently detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. (Ferdinand Patinio)
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‘Pagbisita og usab sa Boracay’ ni Jun Ledesma Continued fr om page 1 from Samtang ang tanan naminaw sa debate bahin kang Sereno, ang mga buwitre namalik sa Boracay uban ang hinayop nga paggamit sa gahum ug kahakog nga way katagbawan. Gipakita sa ato ang malabong nga tubo sa mga lumot nga nabuhi tungod sa mga hugaw nga gikan sa mga establisimiyento nga naglinya sa baybay sa Boracay nga kaniadto limpyo kaayo, wa pa tay balita sa isyu sa grabe nga kurapsyon nga ninglamoy sa bilyones ka pesos nga nakolekta gikan sa environmental fee, pagbaligya sa mga agosan, bayad sa mga permit sa mga establisimiyento nga gitugotan nga magtukod og mga estruktura sa sulod sa ginaingon nga 25+5 nga pangutlanan. Duna koy dugang pangutana kay kining isyuha morag nalubong sa kontaminadong balas sa Boracay. Gusto kong makahibalo ngano nga ang mga kompaniya sa tubig wa man kahatag og disente nga sewerage system bisan pa og ang ilang presyo ang lagmit pinakataas sa Pilipinas kun dili man sa tibuok kalibutan? Ang DENR, DPWH ug DILG nagpakita sa atoa og mga larawan sa sewerage og mga drainage pipe aron kunohay ta mobilib sa ilang nadiskubrihan kuno nga ekstraordinaryo. Ayaw mi isulod sa inyong bulsa. Kining maong mga ahensya kinahanglan motug-an sa atoa ngano nga ang mga kompaniya sa tubig walay sewerage system niining gamay nga isla nga duna lay 1,000 ka ektarya ug ngano nga ang lokal nga kagamhanan ningpiyong lang sa iyang mga mata niining isyuha ug sa ubang mga anomalya nga baklag pas patay sa sulod niining isla nga morag paraiso niadto apan karon mora na og pundohanan sa hugaw. Pamalandongi. Pagorder ni Presidente Duterte nga isirado ang Boracay, ang lokal nga kagamhanan sa Boracay, ang local nga industriya sa turismo ug ang Department of Tourism ning-estimet dayon nga ang total nga mawala nga kita mokabat og P60 bilyones sa sulod sa unom ka buwan nga sarado ang Boracay. Kun tinuod ni, ngano man nga ang mga pasilidades dili paigo ug gubaon na ug, oo, tama si Presidente Duterte sa pagtawag sa Boracay og cesspool. Ningsulat ko bahin sa Boracay human sa order ni Presidente Duterte nga isarado ang isla ug di una modawat og mga turista aron ma-rehab kini. Abi
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nako og ingon ana ra kasimple, apan ningbuhos sa ako ang mga impormasyon apil na ang mga litrato nga makapakurat og di gyud pwede nga ibale-wala. Ang pinakabag-o nga katikaran mao ang masulaw ug makauulaw nga paglapas sa mga direktiba sa Presidente ug mga Departamento sa paghunong sa bisan unsa nga kaugmaran sa isla. Apan unsay atong makita ron? Gipatag ang bukid ug wa na ang kakahuyan! Segurado ko nga nagkanap dinhi ang mga personahe sa DENR ug lokal nga kagamhanan apil na ang usa ka yunit sa mga sundalo. Apan nganong nahitabo man ni nga pag-abuso nga bantang kaayo sa tanan, ug ngano nga wa man masumpo? Ang balibad o palusot nga atong madunggan mao nga kuno kining dakong wanang sa yuta nga nakalbo ibabaw sa kakahuyan dugay na nga napatag sa wa pa ang order nga ihunong ang mga kaugmaran. Wa gyud mag-usab ning mga amaw. Ang piñatag nga yuta ug ang kolor niini nagpakita nga bag-o pa lang gyud nga gihimo ang pagpatag. Nakadawat ko og daghang litrato sa West Cove pagdemolis niini gamit ang mga sledge hammer ug kalayo nga giduslit sa mga anak sa irong buang. Sa bisan unsang linggwahe ang kahulogan niini ARSON. Nakadawat ko og kopya sa report sa pulisiya nga nagngalan sa mga tawo nga tua sa sulod sa hotel samtang kini nagdilaab. Ang tag-iya sa West Cove, usa ka Cris Aquino, wa intawon laing magamit nga pamaagi pagpahibalo sa panghitabo ngadto sa mga awtoridad kundili pinaagi na lamang sa Facebook. Malooy kas tawo. Naglaum ko nga dili tungod sa iyang pangalan kining grabeng pagpakaulaw kaniya. Sa iyang mga gimantala sa Facebook, nahibaw-an nato nga nakakuha siya og usa ka special land use permit (para sa turismo) gikan sa DENR ug nagabayad siya sa iyang obligasyon nga regular ug way langanlangan. Matud pa niya, dili tinuod nga ang Korte Suprema ning-anular sa iyang FLAG-T permit. Mora og ang iyang kalbaryo mao ang pagkanselar sa FLAG-T permit sa DENR sa ningaging administrasyon nga niya pa iyang giapilar ug pending pa sa opisina sa Presidente. Kun kini nga Aquino nakabasa sa direktiba ni Duterte nga nag-ingon nga ang mga reklamo nga pareha niini ug di maaksyonan sulod sa
72 ka oras ginakonsiderar nga gitugotan. Pwede sab siya nga mopursige sa iyang katungod atubangan sa Presidente mismo. Kun bisi ang Presidente, pwede niyang hangyoon si Sek. Christopher “Bong” Go nga lihokon ang maong kaso kay gawas nga action man si Bong, ang gusto niyang pangalan, siya maoy nangulo sa Presidential Management Staff, ang unang rota sa mga reklamo aron maputol ang red tape ug ang paglangaylangay sa aksyon sa gobyerno. Atong biyaan si Aquino gihambin ang iyang pagkaalaot. Tanawon nato ang ubang mga tinonto nga gipanghimo samtang gi-rehab kuno ang isla. Usa ka dakong hotel nga gireport sa akong mga tinubdan nga grabe ang gihimo nga mga kalapasan wa gyud hilabti. Daghan sa mga personahe sa DENR ug DILG ang ginapapuyo dinhi. Ang mga sundalo lang ang nagapuyo sa kampo. Gireport sa ako nga baga pa gyud kaayo og nawong ang nagadumala ug way kukaulaw nga nagbandera og trapal nga nag-ingon “business as usual”. Komusta sab ang pagpatarbaho sa karsada? Imbes ang gilapdon tag 30 metros, ang report sa akong mga tinubdan nagingon nga ang ning-aging administrasyon ningaprub og resolusyon nga 12 metros lang ang gilapdon sa karsada ang himoon ug walay espasyo ang kadaplinan para sa mga naglakaw nga gimando sa balaod. Unsay nahitabo sa 9 ka metros sa kilid sa karsada nga lagmit girentahan o gibaligya ngadto sa mga okupante? Kinsa ang nagakolekta sa renta o sa kita sa pagbaligya niining bililhon nga kabtangan sa gobyerno? Tingali wala tun-i sa mga personnel sa DPWH ang mga balaod ug reglamento bahin niini o hadlok kaayo sila mangutana o mobawi sa kabtangan sa gobyerno. Ang mga atubangan sa baybay sa mga dagko ug bantugang mga hotel ginaangkon gihapon nila bisan og kini publiko. Adunay lista ang DENR sa mga nagalapas niini. Panahon na nga makakita ta og resulta. Para asa ang P2-billion calamity fund para sa Boracay? Nangutana lang ta. Gikan niining maong isla nga mas daghan pa ang turista kay sa mga residente ug nahimo na nga numero unong destinasyon sa mga naglulinghayaw gikan sa nagkalainlaing parte sa kalibutan, ninglutaw ang kamatuoran nga dili lang ni gilibutan og tubig nga hilabihan kahugaw, kundili mostrador pa gyud ni sa kurapsyon.
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HEALTH: SAGING: Ang Pinaka-healthy na Prutas sa Buong Mundo Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong MAY KASABIHAN na “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Mali po iyan. Ang bago ngayon ay “Two bananas a day keep the doctor away.” Marami nang pagsusuri ang nagsasabi na ang saging ay sobrang healthy at napakabuti sa katawan. Heto ang mga nilalaman ng isang saging na 100 grams: Calories: 88 calories, Vitamin A: 430 I.U., Vitamin B: Thiamine .04 mg., Vitamin C: 10 mg., Calcium: 8 mg., Iron: 6 mg., Phosphorus: 28 mg., Potassium: 260 mg., Carbohydrates: 23 grams, at Protein: 1.2 mg. Sobrang Dami ang Benepisyo ng Saging: 1. Tiyan – Napakaganda ng saging para sa mga may ulcer at nangangasim na sikmura. Ang saging ay may sariling antacid na tinatawag na phospholid. May flavonoid din ang saging na parang tinatapalan ang mga sugat sa ating tiyan. 2. Puso – Mabuti ang saging sa puso dahil mataas ito sa potassium at bitamina. Lalu na kung umiinom ka ng mga gamot sa puso at altapresyon, dagdagan mo na rin ng 2 saging bawat araw.
Dr. Willie T. Ong 3. Parang Multivitamin - Kung susuriin mo, parang multivitamin na ang saging dahil may vitamin A, B, C, Calcium, Iron, at Potassium ito. Kapag kumain ka ng 2 saging bawat araw, you can Have It All like Edu Manzano and Feel Complete like Piolo Pascual. Tipid pa! 4. Mabuti sa Colon Dahil mataas sa fiber ang saging, puwede itong panlaban sa colon cancer at iba pang sakit ng bituka natin. 5. Good for exercise – Sa mga mahilig mag-ehersisyo at mag-Gym, kailangan mo ng saging para hindi bumaba ang iyong potassium. Magbaon ng 2 saging sa bag lagi, tulad ko. 6. Para sa stress at pang-relax – Alam ba niyo na ang saging ay may tryp-
tophan? Ito’y isang kemikal na nagpapasaya sa atin at nagpapaganda ng ating emosyon. Kaya kung depressed ka dahil iniwan ka ng iyong girlfriend, huwag nang lumuha, mag-saging ka na. 7. Pang-baon talaga – Kaibigan, kaya mo bang magbaon ng abokado o mangga sa bag? Hirap kainin hindi ba? Pero ang saging ay napakaganda ng lalagyan. Talagang ginawa ng Diyos para kainin. 8. Baka makabawas ng Leukemia at Hika sa Bata – May pagsusuri na nagsasabi na kapag ang bata o sanggol ay lagi mong papakainin ng saging, mas hindi sila hihikain, at hindi rin sila magkakaroon ng leukemia. Hindi pa ito tiyak, pero marami ang naniniwala nito. Paalala lang para sa mga may diabetes huwag sobrang daming saging ang kakainin dahil may asukal pa din ito. Isang maliit na saging lang kada kain. Sa mga may sakit sa bato, hindi rin pwedeng kumain ng sobrang saging dahil bawal ang mataas na potassium sa mga nagda dialysis.
RECIPE: Beef Ribs Sinigang
INGREDIENT S: INGREDIENTS:
– 3 lbs. beef ribs – 1 (40g) pack Knorr Sinigang sa Sampaloc Mix Original – 1 bunch kangkong – 1 medium eggplant, sliced – 2 ripe tomato, quartered – 3 long green pepper – 8 to 10 pieces okra
– 1 small daikon radish (labanos), sliced – 10 pieces snake beans (sitaw), cut into 2 inch pieces
– 1 medium onion, quartered – 8 to 10 cups water – 2½ tablespoons patis – ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Combine water and beef ribs in a pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Note: you can transfer this later to a larger cooking pot once the beef gets tender, if needed. 2) Add onion and tomato. Cook for 3 minutes. 3) Add Knorr Sinigang sa Sampaloc Mix. Stir. 4) Put the daikon radish (labanos) into the pot, Cover and cook for 5 minutes. 5) Add long green pepper, okra, snake beans, eggplant, and the kangkong stalks. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. 6) Season with patis and ground black pepper. 7) Add kangkong leaves. Cover the pot and turn the stovetop off. Let t stay for 5 minutes. 8) Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve. 9) Share and enjoy! (http://www.panlasangpinoy.com)
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Clean up your mess, DENR tells Boracay hotels, establishments CEBU – The reopening of the island resort of Boracay may take longer if hotels and tourism establishments would not fix their faulty sewerage and drainage systems following the discovery of pipes hidden beneath the sands that go out in the sea and polluting the marine environment. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said the level of faecal coliform in the waters of Boracay is still way above the accepted level, adding, the indiscriminate discharge of wastewater into the sea is one of the main reasons for the island's environmental ruin. “I will never allow Boracay's re-opening if fae-
cal coliform in waters there is above standard," Cimatu said. The government closed Boracay for six months starting on April 26 to speed up the island's rehabilitation. But Cimatu, who heads the inter-agency task force managing the rehabilitation efforts, wants the drainage system problems fixed before the reopening of Boracay. Cimatu said latest tests made on the Boracay waters revealed a coliform concentration as high as 74,000 MPN/100ml in other areas as compared to 400MPN/ 100mL. He said Boracay establishments need to speed up fixing their respective faulty sewerage and drainage systems before October.
He said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources also entered intio an agreement with major business groups - Boracay Foundation Inc., Boracay Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, and Filipino Chinese Chamber Federation - for the construction of sewerage treatment plants to help address water pollution in the area. Cimatu said de-siltation and rehabilitation of drainage lines being undertaken by the Provincial Engineering Office are almost complete, while DENR's Environmental Management Bureau issued notices of violation to at least 195 establishments with no proper sewer connections. (Catherine Teves)
PMA Class 82 condemns attack on Cebu town mayor
CEBU – The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Sandigan Class of 1982 has denounced the recent slay attempt on one of its members, former police general and now incumbent Daanbantayan town Mayor Vicente Loot. “The PSAI denounces in no uncertain terms this cowardly attack on their constitutionally protected rights and the safety of one of their members (Loot) and his family,” it said. Five gunmen ambushed Loot’s vehicle at the New Maya Port in Daanbantayan town. Loot was with his family and just returned from a vacation in Malapascua Island. Two of his drivers and a nanny were wounded in the attack. The PSAI said the assault in broad daylight has traumatized the Loot family. “This defiant display of armed aggression when the gun ban is strictly imposed by the PNP (Philippine National Police) cannot be
countenanced as it is an affront to peace-loving citizens about to participate in the democratic process of selecting their barangay elective officials,” it added and the PSAI appealed to authorities to intensely investigate the incident and bring swift justice to Loot and his family. “We appeal to the leadership of the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct an honest to goodness and unrelenting investigation on this incident, and to leave no stone unturned until the solution of the crime is accomplished. This is the only way by which our people can be assured of a peaceful community to live in,” the PSAI said. President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly accused Loot as involved in illegal drug trade, an accusation he strongly denied. In his recent visit in Cebu, Duterte again lambasted the mayor in front of a huge crowd in Tabogonanon town.
“Pa-general, general. Yes, general problem. You (Loot) start to kill your own policemen who do not obey you,” Duterte said. “Remember, General Loot, your house was flooded with drugs in one room. Huwag na tayong maglokohan dito.” Duterte was the guest of honor in Tabogon’s annual fiesta celebration and called on Cebuanos to be one with his administration in shunning terrorism, criminality, illegal drugs and corruption. “Let us stand firm in our shared mission of building a great nation free from the shackles of terrorism, criminality, illegal drugs and corruption. Drugs will kill our nation someday…you reduce the young people of this country to crave for a chemical called ‘shabu’ and make them inutile for the rest of their lives. Together, let us work relentlessly in overcoming these obstacles on our way to become a more progressive and comfortable society,” Duterte told the crowd. (Luel Galarpe)
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