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ARMM governor praises civil workers for support, reform in region

‘Kiss’ by Jun Ledesma FOR ONE, THERE was no moonlight and love songs when President Rodrigo Duterte planted a slight kiss on a lady up a stage and witnessed by over 2-thousands of adoring Filipino workers in South Korea, part of 60-thousands who assembled in Seoul to welcome their idol. It was not even a kiss; it was in fact a peck which the usual anti-Duterte critics

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want to pass as French kiss. The ultra-sensitive Renato Reyes felt defiled and made the playful peck a national issue. I cannot comprehend why they considered the gesture vulgar and disregarded the billions worth of committed investments arising from the partnerships which Korean and Filipino businessmen have forged in the 3-day

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visit of President Duterte. I know of some business deals which are in the works but details of which cannot be divulged because of the non-disclosure agreements between parties. These and add that which Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez signed – a loan package of $180-million for Cebu container port. Continue on page 7

COTABATO CITY – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on Monday expressed his gratitude to civil workers and encouraged them to continue serving the people. “Masaya ako at nagpapasalamat ako ng lubos sa inyo. Continue on page 2

President Rodrigo Duterte and Governor Mujiv Hataman

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‘State of National Emergency’ Pangulong Duterte nagbanta laban sa mga kriminal, korap at iba pa! D

AVA O CIT Y – N angulong CITY Nagbanta Pangulong agbanta si P igo D uter te na magde-deklar a ito ng odrigo Duter uterte magde-deklara Rodr state of national emer gency kung patulo y emergency patuloy ang kr imen, kor apsy on at pagbatikos sa krimen, korapsy apsyon kanya ights gr oups groups oups.. kanya ng mga human rrights Inihambing pa nito seguridad ng bansa. sa martial law sa Maging ang mga Mindanao ang ahensya ng pamahalaan pagbabanta at sinabi ng na talamak sa reklamo at Pangulo na halos walang korapsyon ay isasailalim kaibahan ang martial law nito sa Office of the Presisa deklarasyon ng na- dent at siya mismo ang tional emergency. makakarap ng mga Gagamitin umano nito tiwaling opisyal o ang kapangyarihan empleyado. Continue on page 2 upang isaasyos ang

Army holds battalion commanders’ conference

PAGADIAN CITY – The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Division hosted this year’s Battalion Commanders’ Symposium held in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province. The three-day activity held recently was attended by 66 Western Mindanao Commandbased battalion commanders from 1st Infantry Division and 6th Infantry Division including from Special Forces and Scout Rangers. This year’s theme for BCS is: “Adaptable Battalion Commanders, Responding to Challenge”.

The event emphasized the battalion commander’s critical role in community security, development support, and accomplishing the given mission in their respective area of responsibility. Governor Mujiv Hataman, of the Muslim autonomous region, was also invited as a resource speaker and he shared some valuable insights of the local chief executives and he underscored the importance of partnership and engagement between the local government and the armed forces in attaining peace and development of the region. Continue on page 7

A screen shot from PTV 4 shows President Rodrigo Duterte kissing a married Filipina worker Bea Kim in South Korea.

Mocha Uson willing to apologize to Kris Aquino? CONTROVERSIAL Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is willing to apologize to television talk show host and actress Kris Aquino over a video she posted on social media that showed former Senator Ninoy Aquino kissing two women in a plane before he was assassinated in Manila in August 21,

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ASec. Mocha Uson and Kris Aquino (Photos from their Facebook pages)

1983. Special Assistant to the President, Bong Go, said Uson has agreed with President Rodrigo Duterte, including him that there is a need to apologize to Aquino, who challenged Uson and warned her following the video post that went viral on Facebook. Continue on page 3

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‘State of National Emergency’ Pangulong Duterte nagbanta laban sa mga kriminal, korap at iba pa! Continued fr om page 1 from Binantaan nito ang lahat ng mga kriminal - sa loob o labas ng pamahalaan – na maghintay sila sa kanyang gagawing mga hakbang na pawang radikal. Matatanddang ito rin ang ginawa ni Duterte noon nakaraang taon bago ito nag-deklara ng martial law sa buong Mindanao. Paulit-ulit na nagbanta noon si Duterte na magde-deklara ito ng martial law kung hindi makokontrol ng militar ang rebelyon sa Mindanao at natupad ito matapos na sakupin ng mga rebeldeng grupo na may kaugnayan sa Islamic State ang Marawi City dahil na rin sa kabiguan ng at kapabayaan ng mga awtoridad na ito ay mapigil. Sa mga nakakakilala kay Duterte, sinasabi nila

President Rodrigo Duterte (Presidential Photo)

na talagang tototohanin nito ang kanyang mga banta. Hindi lang malinaw kung ipa-aaresto ba ni Duterte ang mga kalaban nito sa pulitika o yun mga taong matindi kung bumatikos sa kanya tulad nina Senator Antonio Trillanes at Representative Gary Alejano, o ibang mga miyembro ng Liberal Party at grupo na pinaniniwalaan o pinaghihanalang may koneksyon sa destabilasyon ng pamahalaan upang patalsikin si Duterte. Hindi naman nagbigay ng anumang reaksyon ang Armed Forces of the Philippines at Philippine National Police sa naging pahayag ni Duterte ukol sa posibleng deklarasyon ng state of national emergency. (Mindanao Examiner)

ARMM governor praises civil workers for support, reform in region Continued fr om page 1 from “Hindi ninyo ako iniwan sa loob ng pitong taon. Pinilit nating baguhin ang alam nating imposible na nating baguhin,” he said in a speech during the flag ceremony here. Hataman said the ARMM’s limitations

made the efforts to develop the region extra challenging. However, he noted the accomplishments of the regional government to the shared efforts of everyone. “Sinong mag-aakala na magbabago ang indikasyon sa ating

ekonomiya mula negatibo papuntang positibo. From -.4% to 7.3%, at aangat ang sitwasyon sa larangan ng edukasyon sa atin. Sa loob ng pitong taon nakasemento tayo ng mahigit 1,000 daanan na pinapakinabangan ng ating mga kababayan

DILG welcomes institutionalization of '911'

WITH THE recent signing of an executive order institutionalizing 911 as the country’s national emergency hotline number, Department of the Interior and Local Gover nment (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has assured the public of improved emergency assistance services related to crime prevention, public order, and public safety. “We welcome President Duterte’s signing of Executive Order No. 56 because this reinforces the administration’s efforts to better serve the public by providing them prompt and efficient assistance in times of emergencies through hotline 911,” Año said. He also enjoined government agencies and LGUs providing emergency aid to immediate link their systems to 911 to make it the lone emergency hotline number. “Let us not confuse the public with many hotline numbers. As directed by the President, let 911 be the sole number for emergency assistance,” he said. He also called on private communication carriers and telecommunication companies to provide uninterrupted connectivity and integration of calls made by their subscribers to the emergency hotline. Executive Order No.

56 signed by the President last May 25, 2018 institutionalizes the emergency 911 hotline as the nationwide emergency answering system, replacing Patrol 117. Under the EO, the DILG Secretary shall serve as Chairperson of the Emergency 911 Commission that will serve as the policy making body and overseer of the emergency national program, with the Secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology as ViceChairperson. With the signing of the directive, Año has encouraged local government units (LGUs) to set up and operationalize local 911 call centers within their areas that will be under the overall supervision of the National Call Center. To date, there are eight emergency call centers nationwide with 169 manpower complement who are handling the 911 emergency calls. The largest emergency call center in Metro Manila with 74 manpower and one in Cebu with 22 manpower, both managed by the DILG. There is also the 911 system in Davao City that was established by the President when he was still mayor. The remaining six emergency call centers are managed by the

LGUs. These are located in Bataan with six manpower; Tarlac with seven manpower; Ilocos Norte with 11 manpower; La Union with 13 manpower; Puerto Princesa with 22 manpower; and Parañaque City with 14 manpower. “Help should be within the reach of every Filipino in dire situations even in the farthest cities and towns. Local governments should therefore prioritize the setting up of their local 911 call centers to assure immediste emergency aid,” Año said. In one year of operation, there were 6.762 million calls to the 911 hotline. The top cases are vehicular accident with 30,801 cases; emergency medical/ambulance assistance with 29,016 cases; police assistance with 20,965 cases; nuisance with 20,959 cases; and fire-related incidents with 14,916 cases. Año also warned the public against making fraudulent, hoax and prank reports to 911 as they will be dealt with in accordance with law. “Hotline 911 should serve its purpose of connecting the first responders with the people who need them. Let us therefore not clog the 911 lines with prank calls as legitimate callers who really need assistance will not be able to get through,” Año said.

ngayon,” he said. Hataman is a strong advocate of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law which was recently by lawmakers. The BBL seeks to create the Bangsamoro political entity replacing ARMM, established in 1989 through Republic Act 6734. Upon ratification of the BBL in a plebiscite, as envisioned under the bill, the ARMM regional government shall be deemed abolished. Two different versions of BBL were passed by the two legislative houses and a bicameral conference is yet to start to finalize the

proposed law’s draft that would be submitted to President Duterte for his signature. “Pinapaabot ko ang aking pasasalamat kasama ng lahat ng pamunuan ng ARMM, sa lahat ng nagsilbi, ituloy natin ang ating pagseserbisyo dahil hindi natin alam kung ano ang kinabukasan ng batas na ito,” Hataman said. “ Wala pang pinal kung ano yung batas na lalabas para sa ating lahat dahil marami pa ang proseso na dadaanan nito,” said Gov. Hataman. “Ito ang panahon na dapat natin ilabas ang ating mga

k a t a p a n g a n . P a m b i h i r a n g pagkakataon sa atin lahat.” The regional governor called for unity among his constituents. With easy access to social media, he urged everyone to raise the discourse online saying: “Sa mga mahilig sa social media, baka ito ang pagkakataon na gawin nating objektibo na tama ang ating mga pamumuna, kung ano yung ating mga kr itisismo, kung ano yung dapat palitan at hindi palitan,” Hataman said. (Bureau of Public Information)

NEDA tinawag na ‘sinungaling’ TINAWAG na sinungaling ng grupong Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns ang National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) dahil sa pagsasabing sapat na sa isang pamilyang may limang miyembro ang minimum na sahod na P10,000 kada buwan. “Napakadaling sabihin para mga opisyal ng pamahalaan na sapat na ang P10,000 kada buwan dahil lagpas lagpas sa minimum wage ang kanilang buwanang sahod,” ito ang tugon ni Eule Rico Bonganay, pangkalahatang kalihim ng Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns kaugnay sa inilabas na computation ng NEDA kamakailan. A n i y a , kasinungalingan ang sinasabi ng NEDA na sa halagang P3,834 ay makakain at mabubuhay ng disente ang isang pamilya. “Binibigyang katwiran lamang ng NEDA ang kahirapan at kagutuman na nararanasan ng mayorya ng mamamayang Pilipino imbes na tugunan ang panawagan ng mga

manggagawa para sa dagdag na sahod,” sabi ni Bonganay. “ P a a n o mapagkakasya ang halagang P127 kada araw para magkaroon ng sapat at masustansyang pagkain ang isang pamilya na may limang miyembro? Paano nito mapupunan ang gutom na matagal nang nararanasan ng mahihirap na pamilya lalo na’t walang tigil ang pagsirit ng presyo ng mga pangunahin bilihin dahil sa TRAIN Law?” tanong ni Bonganay. Ayon sa Salinlahi, ang pagsirit ng presyo ng mga bilihin ay bunsod ng Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion ( TRAIN) Law ng administrasyong Duterte. “Dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin dulot ng TRAIN Law ni Duterte, lalong lumiit ang tunay na halaga ng sahod ng mga manggagawa. Ang TRAIN Law ang higit na magsasadlak sa mga manggagawa at kanilang mga anak sa higit na kagutuman,” giit ni Bonganay. Sa pagtatala ng Save the Children, halos 85 na bata ang

namamatay araw-araw dahil sa malunutrisyon at kagutuman. “Ang TRAIN Law ay pahirap sa mga bata at kanilang pamilya. Maliban sa pagtaas ng presyo ng mga pagkain, nagmahal din ang presyo ng mga gamit sa eskwela. Nakaamba rin ang dagdag pasahe sa mga pampublikong sasakyan. Paano natin maitatawid ang ating mga anak sa pag-aaral kung hindi sapat ang ating sahod?” ani Bonganay. Ayon kay Bonganay, naglulunsad ang Salinlahi sa pangunguna ng STOP Train Network ng Black Friday Protest upang mangalap ng pirma para sa petisyon laban sa TRAIN Law ni Duterte. “Dapat tayong magkaisa upang ibasura ang antimahirap na TRAIN Law at iba pang mga patakarang nagpapahirap sa mamamayan. Kailangan nating igiit ang panawagan na itaas sa Php 750.00 ang minimum na sahod sa buong bansa at wakasan ang kontraktwalisasyon,” ani Bonganay. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Mocha Uson willing to apologize to Kris Aquino? Continued fr om page 1 from “Mag so-sorry naman po siya,” Go said. “Nagagree naman po si Asec. Mocha sa amin. Sa tingin ko mag so-sorry din siya kung may mediang makapag-interview sa kanya.” On June 4, Uson posted on her Facebook page the video which was placed side by side with the footage of Duterte kissing a married Filipina worker, Bea Kim, in South Korea during a meeting with Filipino community. Kim said she found no malice in the kiss to the lips, and that the President’s gesture was just a twist to make the audience happy. Aquino, the youngest daughter of the late senator, did not take Uson’s video lightly saying that it opened wounds of her 12year-old self when her father was killed. Go refused to com-

ment after being asked by a reporter if he thought Uson’s sharing of the video was right or wrong and instead tried to explain why she posted the video in the first place. “Ang pinapakita niya, both leaders are wellloved,” Go said, stressing that Uson’s action was unintentional and that she was merely defending Duterte from criticisms. “Wala namang intensiyon si Asec. Mocha makasakit ng damdamin kaya kami nalang muna ang naunang mag-sorry,” he said. Asked if he thought Uson should step down amid repeated criticisms for the way she does her job, Go refused to comment, noting that he was not an appointing authority. “Kakausapin ko po si Pangulong Duterte ukol dito since he is the appointing authority,” Go said.

Go said he never advised Uson on what or what not to post on social media, stressing that the she was old enough to make decisions for herself. “Si Asec. Mocha ay matanda na at meron na po siyang sariling pagiisip at alam niya ang tama at mali,” Go said. Go also apologized to Aquino on behalf of the President himself after he was told about the issue. He said he told Duterte about Aquino personally texting him and telling him that she was hurt by how Uson’s actions showed disrespect for her father. The President’s top aide said that his boss said: “Sabihin mo na we are sorry for the incident. ”But Uson, in her blog, said: "With all due respect to everyone involved, I decline to apologize for the truth." (Azer Parrocha)

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General Alan Arojado with Sulu Governor Toto Tan and Engineer Bertrand Chio and Fazlur Rahman Alfad Abdulla. (Photos courtesy of Sulu Provincial Government)

JTF NCR chief revisits Sulu

SULU - Former Task ForceSulu commander, General Alan Arojado, has visited the province and paid his respect to Governor Toto Tan at his office in Patikul town. Arojado, now the com-

mander of Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, was accompanied by military officers. During his meeting with Tan, Arojado remembered memories of his stint in Sulu and thanked the gov-

ernor for his “all-out support” to the Joint Task Force Sulu. Among those in the meeting were Engineer Bertrand Chio and Fazlur Rahman Alfad Abdulla. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Inday Sara still undecided in 2019 midterm polls bid DAVAO CITY Mayor and Presidential daughter Sara Carpio said she is still thinking whether to run in local or national position in the May 2019 midterm polls. She revealed that by tradition, they usually decide a month or two before the scheduled polls. “I don’t know yet. We will decide usually by tradition, one or two months before

election, depending on the surveys, depending on the capacity to run a campaign,” Carpio said. When asked on what position she is eyeing, Carpio said: “None yet. It all depends on the foes, availability of funds, also on the winnability. It all depends on those factors.” She also joked that she might run in the Vice Presidential race, when asked if

she’s open to any position. “Vice President? Joke only. Yeah, I’m open (to any position),” Duterte said, adding, President Rodrigo Duterte does not give them advice on what position they would seek. “He leaves it up to us if we really want to run for the 2019 elections,” she added. Carpio was in Manila recently where she attended the hearing of the

petition for registration of her political party, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago Party as a regional political party at the Commission on Elections. She said they filed the petition to be recognized

as a regional political party in Region 11. “Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) is not a regional party. PDP Laban is a national political party. In Davao City, what we want

to create is bloc voting for Region 11. That’s why we need a regional political party because a lot of members of HNP have different national political party affiliations,” she said. (Ferdinand Patinio)

Abella on WPS diplomatic actions: It's the content that matters

DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary for Strategic Communications Ernesto Abella said it is the content, whatever form it is conveyed, that matters in every diplomatic action taken by the agency on issues concerning the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea as Manila calls it. Abella made the statemrnt amid questions on the DFA’s response on the series of Chinese activities in the contested waters. Representative Gary Alejano claimed that DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano only filed one diplomatic protest against China, contesting the DFA chief's claim that the Philippines had filed dozens of protest in the last two years. But Abella said the Philippines, under the

Duterte administration, engaged in 85 diplomatic actions, 35 of which were undertaken by Cayetano. He did not identify whether the diplomatic actions were written or spoken. “We asserted our rights numerous times in bilateral consultations, in face to face meetings and in written documents. It is important to understand that in diplomatic engagement, it is the content that matters, in whatever form it is conveyed,” he said. “While some critics may nitpick, it is important that our gains are not only conserved but that our national interest thrives, as a careful accounting will show.” Abella reiterated that the DFA fully supports the policy of President Rodrigo Duterte that Manila will continue to fight for its rights in the disputed wa-

ters, adding that Cayetano himself committed the “Philippines will not give up a single inch of its territory in the South China Sea.” China, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have overlapping claims on the strategic sea lane, where trillion dollars of trade passes annually. The latest controversial activity of China in the disputed waters was on May 11, when a Philippine Navy boat resupplying Filipino troops at the Ayungin Shoal was challenged and harassed by the Chinese Coast Guard and China’s People's Liberation Army Navy. Cayetano last week confirmed the government had lodged a protest to Beijing regarding the incident. ( Joyce Ann Rocamora)

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. Also in the photo are Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and President Rodrigo Duterte (Presidential Photo)

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Duterte fires PhilHealth chief PRESIDENT RODRIGO Duterte has fired acting Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) President and Chief Executive Officer Celestina Maria Jude de La Serna. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Dela Serna was fired after the Office of the President investigated many complaints against her, including excessive trips and lavish lifestyle amid the P8-billion deficit incurred by PhilHealth under her watch. “I can confirm that a senior Palace official did an investigation and I could confirm that a recSulu Governor Toto Tan poses with the UNICEF team in this photo from the Provincial Government.

UNICEF team visits Sulu SULU – Provincial Governor Toto Tan welcomes the staffs of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) who recently visited Sulu in southern Philippines to

launch various programs here. Among the programs are Early Childhood Care and Development. NICEF is a United Nations program

headquartered in New York City that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

ommendation was made to fire her,” he said, but Dela Serna was removed as acting PhilHealth chief and she remains as member of the PhilHealth Board of Directors. Dela Serna has been blamed for PhilHealth’s failure to fully implement the Universal Health Care law, which provides free medicine for everyone. “ We need a complete, honest PhilHealth (chief ) if we are going to have a successful universal health care. So the complaints against her and that PhilHealth has incurred a deficit is unacceptable because it is important to protect

the viability of PhilHealth,” Roque explained. Roque said Roy Ferrer, a member of PhilHealth’s Board of Directors, was named as acting president and CEO of the agency. He said Duterte still might appoint another person to head PhilHealth since Ferrer, a native of Davao, is just an officer-in-charge. “He is still an OIC. I think it is not (a) permanent appointment and therefore the President has not closed his option on who will be the eventual PhilHealth president,” he said. ( Jelly Musico)

Police won't condone ‘bounty hunter’ cops THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) strongly said that it will not condone criminal acts by policemen who would kill for rewards or bounties. “We will be on guard against those police officers who will be found doing things that are beyond their normal function,” new national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr. said. Durana said those who will violate the law will face criminal and administrative charges. "Ang trabaho ng pulis is within human rights and

the rule of law and that is running after wanted person. Yung pagpatay is not a policy of the Philippine National Police lalong lalo na ng ating pinuno ngayon sa Philippine National Police, si (Director General General Oscar Albayalde,” Durana said, following reports that some policemen resort to killing to claim the bounties offered by the government. He underscored that the PNP leadership is presently going after “scalawags” in the organization with 398 personnel now facing criminal charges.

“Talagang priority ng Chief of the PNP, napakasimple and that is an intensified campaign against illegal drugs and at the same time cleanse our ranks,” Durana said, adding, misfits, scalawags and corrupt policemen are very few, with the majority professionally doing their job to secure the country. “Mangilan ngilan lang yan. The majority of the Philippine National Police ay mga matitino, professional, whose only motive is to serve the people making sure there is a safe and secure environment," he said. (Benjamin Pulta)

Senior NPA leader captured

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Army is holding a senior communist rebel leader following her recent capture in Butuan City in the southern region of Mindanao, officials said. Captain Ezra Balagtey, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command, said soldiers and policemen nabbed Nerita de Castro in her hideout in Emenville Subdivision in the village called Ambago. He said the 55-year old De Castro is the head of the NPA’s finance committee who is in-charge of the rebel group’s extortion activities. De Castro took over the post left behind by Leonida Guao who was arrested in Butuan City just this year. “She assumed as head of finance committee and is in-charge of the extortion activities after Leonida Guao was arrested on February 2, 2018. After the arrest of Guao, the Komisyon Mindanao of the PA designated De Castro to be in charge of all the extortion

activities in Mindanao,” Balagtey quoted Brigadier General Franco Gacal, as saying. During her interrogation, De Castro, a native if Surigao City, turned out to be the NPA’s Acting Secretary of Regional White Area Committee of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee. There was no immediate statement from the NPA on De Castro’s capture, but Lieutenant Benjamin Madrigal, Jr, the regional military commander, praised security forces for the capture of De Castro, saying, it was a big blow to the communist rebel group which is currently negotiating with Manila for the resumption of stalled peace talks. “The Command commends the inter-agency effort and the cooperation of the communities. Indeed, we can go after high ranking personalities of the NPA terrorist group and accomplish our tasks easily if we continue to put our acts together. This accomplishment will have

an impact in our effort to bring peace in our communities.” “The arrest of De Castro is a big blow on the extortion activities of the NPA in Mindanao, and this will give relief to small business establishments who fell victim of their extortion activities. We expect further that De Castro will be revealing information especially those who are contributing to the NPA terrorist group,” Madrigal said. President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped the peace talks after rebel negotiators insisted on the release of over 500 captured and arrested insurgents and their leaders languishing in jails across the country. Rebel negotiators are also demanding the same before they can sign an interim peace deal with the Duterte government. Fidel Agcaoili, head of the communist peace panel, said both sides have already agreed on an amnesty for all jailed rebels he called political prisoners. (Mindanao Examiner)

Security tight in Mati City

DAVAO CITY – Police and military tightened security in Mati City in Davao Oriental following a roadside bombing there last week. A former policeman, Ferdinand Mabandos was driving his truck when an improvised explosive was detonated in the village of

Macambol . He escaped death. Mabandos managed to drive his truck away from the blast site and sought help from the police. Witnesses said they saw three men running away from the area after the blast. No individual or

group claimed responsibility for the bombing which coincided despite the prolonged martial law declaration in the troubled region. Security forces are fighting Muslim and communist secessionist rebel groups in southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)


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The Mindanao Examiner

June 11-17, 2018

‘Kiss’ by Jun Ledesma

Continued fr om page 1 from Let me quote here a message from a brilliant lady lawyer from Davao, Atty. Emelina Quintillan. “I am not an apologist for Duterte, but people who voted for him already know that he cannot be judged from the perceptual framework of the “morality of the oligarchs.” I think that’s why he won. There is a conflict of interest between the rich and the poor in the Philippines so that’s why Duterte’s tirades against the rich or the “oligarchs” have been lauded by the majority and poorer “masa”. Right or wrong, he won as elected President. The country will never progress if the tools of his opposition will continue to derail his intentions for the country and if people will not be united in accepting the democratic rule of the majority. I don’t care who is President, but after the squabble for the race to the Presidency and the “majority” votes of people have spoken, there should be peace & quiet so those elected can do their job. There will be another chance to fight and change hands at the helm of the government again. That is the democratic framework of the country that the opposition is ignoring. Tell me if there has ever been a President

in the history of the Philippines without flaws or misdeeds. I never believed Duterte will be able to accomplish in 3 MONTHS whatever he promised. That is not possible in a fractious society and well-entrenched opposition. Madali lang kasi siya magsalita before he knew what he was getting into. I don’t think the Dutertards believed that too, but he was the only one who challenged the traditional politicians and political system even if he would “die for the Filipino nation.” He was chosen because of the hope for change that he gave. But who is destroying that hope? Of course there should also be vigilance by the opposition, but “vigilance” does not mean “obstruction” or “destruction.” To obstruct will only destroy the country and its nation. As a monk said: “It’s OK if you can’t help, but at least don’t hurt or destroy.” The anomaly in the Philippines is that most of the newspapers and TV networks are owned by Duterte’s enemies. Hence, the easy spread of suspicions, allegations, and lies. The problem of Duterte, which may also be his advantage, is he is too noisy and bisaklat even with his “dirty linens.” He is out to shock the

“moralist” and “ethical” kuno. As someone said: “Bagay siya sa Philippine politics kay baga siya ug nawong.” The usual morality framework that we know does not apply to him. That’s fortunately or unfortunately, depending on whose perspective one is taking. The malice in Solicitor General Jose Calida’s “conflict of interest” kuno is obvious in the timing that this issue is coming out. He just won in the SC quo warranto case that the opposition were up against. If those who are propagating this COI are really for good government, why is this issue coming out only now & where is it coming from? They should file a case against him if they have evidence instead of simply spreading “tsismis.” Diyan sa tsismis magaling ang Filipino, di ba? If one wants to destroy an enemy, magkalat lang ng masamang tsismis.” That’s Attorney Quintillan reacting from abroad. She, along with other OFWs monitoring and watching the development in the country are always abreast with the events taking place in their native land. And they knew that that kiss is nothing but a sign of endearment and a leader’s fatherly affection to his countrymen. Next time Mr. President blow a kiss to the crowd.

HEALTH: First-Aid Kit: Mura at Kumpleto Payo ni Dr. Willie T. Ong BAKIT kailangan maghanda ng first-aid kit? Una, magkakaroon ka ng kumpiyansa sa sarili at gaganda ang iyong pakiramdam. Pangalawa, kapag nakita ng maysakit na mayroon kang first-aid kit, mas kakalma ang kanyang pakiramdam. Gumawa ng sariling First-Aid Kit: 1. Bumili ng plastic box na parang lunch box ng bata. Ilagay ang mga gamit na ito. 2. Sterile dressing at gasa (gauze pads). Ang malinis na gasa ay tinatapal sa ibabaw ng nakabukang sugat. Kapag malakas ang pagdurugo, magtapal ng maraming gasa at diinan ito maigi ng 10 to 15 minutes. Gawin ito hanggang huminto ang pagdurugo. 3. Benda (Bandages). Ginagamit ang bandage para sa napilayan. Puwede din ang benda sa malalang sugat na kailangang pigilan ang pagdurugo. 4. Safety pins, para ipirme ang bandage. 5. 70% rubbing alcohol, para linisin ang mababaw na sugat at para linisin ang iyong

Dr. Willie T. Ong kamay. 6. Povidone-iodine. Napakabisa nito para maglinis sa lahat ng klaseng sugat. 7. Cotton buds at cotton balls. 8. Band-aids, para sa maliit na sugat. 9. Gunting na mabilog ang dulo. Ang pabilog na dulo ay para ligtas ang pagputol mo ng gasa o benda at hindi makasugat sa balat. 10. Medikal na tape, para pandikit sa balat. 11. Ice bag o isang bag na nilalagyan ng yelo at tubig. Ginagamit ito para sa kagat ng insekto, pamamaga, pilay at para mabawasan ang lagnat. 12. Sabon na panlinis ng sugat. 13. Thermometer, para ma-check ang

temperatura. 14. Tweezers na pambunot ng mga salubsub na sugat. 15. Flashlight o penlight, para masuri ang sugat o bibig ng pasyente. 16. Gloves, para maprotektahan ang sarili bago humawak sa biktima. 17. Face mask, para maiwasan na matalsikan ng dugo. 18. Lista ng emergency phone numbers, tulad ng numero ng iyong doktor, malapit na ospital at ambulansya. 19. Ang mga pinapahid na gamot tulad ng (1) Burn gel o ointment, (2) anti-itch ointment, at (3) Calamine lotion. 20. Puwede ding magbaon ng mga mahahalagang gamot tulad ng (1) Paracetamol 500 mg tablets para sa lagnat o kirot, (2) Amoxicillion 500 mg capsule, 3 beses sa maghapon, bilang antibiotic, (3) Loperamide tablets para sa pagtatae, at (4) Loratadine 10 mg tablet para sa allergy. Maging maalam sa first aid.

RECIPE: Classic Macaroni Salad

Exercising 4 to 5 times a week keeps heart healthy, young A NEW study released by the Journal of Physiology concluded that the best way to keep your ticker healthy and youthful is by exercising some four to five days a week for at least 30 minutes. The study, called The Effect of Lifelong Exercise Frequency on Arter ial Stiffness, examined 102 people over the age of 60 who identified themselves as being physically active throughout their lives. Noting that as people age, their arteries begin to stiffen, researchers measured the arter ial stiffness of participants and divided them into four different groups based on the amount of time they dedicated to working out. The groups were defined as sedentary (people who worked out less than twice a week), casual exercisers (exercising two to three times a week), committed exerciser (four to five workouts a week) and master athletes (six to seven sweat sessions

weekly). Based on their observations, officials involved in the study determined that those who reported working out two to three times a week had youthful, middle-sized arteries, which are important for blood flow to the head and neck. The "committed exercisers" who hit the gym four or five days out of seven were even healthier, with middlesized arteries and large central arteries, which helped to facilitate blood flow to the chest and abdomen. Master athletes and committed exercisers both had younger, healthier hearts than the sedentary group. Though various forms of exercise can help reduce heart disease-related deaths overall, researchers suggested that their new findings can help to "develop exercise programs to keep the heart youthful and even turn back time on older hearts and blood vessels.

Considering that the study did not indicate the intensity and what kind of exercises the participants did, Benjamin Levine, one of the study's authors, told Time that the main message "is that exercise needs to be part of your personal hygiene." Levine told the publication that in his own practice he recommends his patients to do high intensity workouts at least once a week and moderately intense session two or three times. On the weekends, take it easy with a fun physical activity, he suggested. Although officials indicated that waiting until the age of 70 isn't ideal for preventing hear t aging, they did conclude that beginning different forms of exercise before the age of 65 would have a positive impact. According to the CDC, heart disease is one of the leading causes of deaths among Amer icans, USA Today reported. (Sputnik)

Army holds battalion commanders’ conference

Continued fr om page 1 from “This is not the first I’m talking to you giving some important experiences working with the military. My positive outlook towards

the armed forces happened as a result of these numerous experiences especially during the Marawi crisis where I appreciated too much the heroism and ser-

vices of every soldier in protecting the civilians, defending peace and security, democracy, and the rule of law,” Hataman said. (Mindanao Examiner)

INGREDIENT S: INGREDIENTS:

– 1 lb. elbow macaroni – 1½ cups Lady's Choice Mayonnaise – 1 medium red bell pepper – 1 medium green bell pepper – ¼ cup minced carrot – ½ cup minced celery – 1 medium onion, minced

– 4 tablespoons distilled or white vinegar

– 2¼ tablespoons mustard powder – 4 tablespoons granulated white sugar – ½ teaspoon ground black pepper – 4 teaspoons salt – 5 quarts water (for boiling macaroni)

INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Pour water into a cooking pot. Let boil. 2) Add 2 teaspoons salt and then put-in the elbow macaroni. Continue to boil for 6 minutes. 3) Drain the water and add cold water into the pot. Let is stay for 3 minutes and then drain. Set the macaroni aside. 4) Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard powder, ground black pepper, salt, and sugar. Mix well. 5) Add the minced vegetables (onion, carrot, celery, and bell peppers). Fold the mixture until blended. 6) Add the macaroni. Continue to fold until all the ingredients are well blended. 7) Cover the bowl. Refrigerate the macaroni salad for at least 3 hours. 8) Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve cold. 9) Share and enjoy! (http://www.panlasangpinoy.com)


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Gov’t to launch new anti-corruption program

THE DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it will introduce a new program, dubbed “Bantay Kaagapay Program” (BKP) to give emphasis to corruption at the local government level. The program will replace the former M a s a - M a s i d (Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomaliya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Droga), which targeted corruption and illegal drug concerns. Masa-Masid had already been shelved. BKP was introduced to local government operations officers (LGOOs) during their recent Visayas cluster meeting with DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo

Año in Cebu City. Lawyer Ferdinand Panes, of the DILG, said BKP has a three-way approach advocacy, prevention and deterrence. “DILG is yet to come up with specific guidelines on how it will be implemented,” Panes said. He said that in coordination with the provincial LGOOs, they came up with activities on information dissemination to “popularize the program.” He added that they also intend to include the program in their training for barangay newly-elected officials (BNEO) program. “We have instructed other government agencies not to conduct other trainings, not until we have conducted the BNEO,” he

added. Panes noted that the introduction of the program is timely, given the new sets of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials. He quoted Año as saying that they would be a big help to the program. Referring to the SK, he said that youths still have an “aggressive idealism” to keep watch against any corruption attempt at the barangay, municipal, city and provincial offices. “I hope this would have a great impact on the anti-corruption program of our President (Duterte),” he said. The program is expected to be implemented this year and this semester, they will focus on advocacy as part of the initial stage. (Perla Lena)

Cebu port project loans signed THE PHILIPPINES and South Korea signed a $172.64 million loan agreement for the construction of a new international container port in Cebu that aims to free up the existing seaport in the province; and provide a more efficient and reliable transport infrastructure for the unimpeded flow of goods and services in the Visayas. The agreement was signed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III on behalf of the Philippine government, and SungSoo Eun, chairman and president of the Export Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM). President Rodrigo

Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-in witnessed the signing of the loan accord, which was among the five agreements signed during the Philippine leader’s official visit there last week. A new Cebu International Container Port with a total estimated project cost of P10.1 billion will be built on a 25-hectare reclaimed land in the town of Consolacion in Cebu. It will include a berthing facility with a 500-meter quay wall length that can simultaneously accommodate two 2,000 TEU vessels; operating facilities and structures for containers, such as a freight station and inspection shed;

an access road and bridge; and a dredged waterway and turning basin. Aside from the construction of physical structures, the loan also covers the procurement of cargo handling equipment and consulting services. KEXIM-EDCF will extend $172.641 million for the Port project with a preferential interest rate of 0.15 percent per annum for nonconsulting services and zero percent for consulting services. The loan has a maturity period of 40 years, inclusive of a 10-year grace period. The Philippines, for its part, will provide a counterpart fund of $26.09 million for the project.

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