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By JJun un Ledesma

THE SEPTEMBER 21st rallies denouncing Marcos decreed Martial Law showed a hodgepodge of recollections from those who played central roles from various ideological p e r s u a s i o n s , commentaries, reactions and demonstrations from millennials from

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vicarious experience drawn from stories from the opposite political poles many of which are laced with distortions, outright lies richly condimented with self-proclaimed heroism and more. Many of the accounts we hear today are replete with exaggerations and not a few are totally blurred

and twisted it can pass of a comedy of errors. Take the case of canned televised exchanges of Bongbong Marcos and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. The aging JPE challenges televiewers to come up with names of people who were jailed and tortured Continue on page 7

Duterte’s approval, trust ratings plummet

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE suffered double-digit dips in both of his approval and trust ratings for the third quarter of the year, a survey by Pulse Asia showed. For September, Duterte garnered an Continue on page 3


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Bangsamoro plebiscite ARMM willing to set aside fund for referendum


OTABA TO CIT Y – The A utonomous R egion in M uslim M indanao or ABAT CITY Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao ARMM on Sunday said it could set aside a fraction of its 2019 budget to fund the a plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law or BOL set in January next year if in case national fund for the referendum does not come on time. ARMM Gov. Mujiv according to its timeline. recommending to allow Hataman made the “We support the BOL all the part of the ARMM proposed suggestion so the way and budget should not budget to be used for the Continue on page 3 plebiscite may be held be a problem; we are

Sulu holds first-ever ‘Mangosteen Festival’

Provincial government photo shows Gov. Toto Tan visiting a stall selling mangosteen jam.

SULU – The province of Sulu celebrated recently the first-ever “Mangosteen Festival” where each towns featured its own food products derived from the purple fruit. Sulu is rich is natural resources and among its many agricultural produce is mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana). And this Continue on page 2

Kidnappers demand RM4 million for 2 Indonesian fishermen ZAMBOANGA CITY – Kidnappers of 2 Indonesian fishermen have demanded 4 million

ringgit in exchange for the safe release of the hostages, believed to have been taken to the southern

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Muslims in Southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

Hustisya, sigaw ng pamilya ni Angelica Luzuriaga KIDAPAWAN CITY – Humihingi ng hustisya ang pamilya ni Angelica Fernandez Luzuriaga na walang awang pinatay sa loob ng kanyang bahay sa Kidapawan City habang patuloy ang imbestigasyon ng pulisya upang agad na madakip ang kriminal. Natagpuang ang duguang bangkay ng 21anyos na tadtad ng taga sa kanilang bahay sa Purok 7 sa Barangay Lanao. Nagiisa ito sa naturang bahay ng maganap ang karumaldumal na kirmen, ayon sa Continue on page 2

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Kidnappers demand RM4 million for 2 Indonesian fishermen Continued from page 1 Two masked gunmen abducted Usman Yunus, 35, and Samsul Sagunim, 40, on September 11 off Semporna town despite a strict security and sea curfew imposed by Malaysian authorities following persistent threats posed by Abu Sayyaf militants, blamed by Kuala Lumpur and Manila for ransom kidnappings in the past in Sabah. The attackers, armed with automatic rifles, were speaking in Tausug, a dialect commonly used in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu, according to two other fishermen, who managed to escape the abduction. The Star quoted Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah as saying the kidnapper phoned one of the victim’s families on September 18 and made the demand. “The wife of one of the victims, who is in Sulawesi, Indonesia, received the call from the Philippines. No deadline has been set so far (for the payment). Maybe negotiations will be carried out between several quarters including the families of the victims,” Omar said during a news conference. Malaysian newspaper, Daily Express, also reported that the duo had been brought to Talipao town in Sulu, one of 5

provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. It quoted Nicholas Teo, Deputy Director of the Singapore-based Information Sharing Centre of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (Recaap), as the source of its information. Teo said Recaap had learned the kidnappers and their hostages fled on a speedboat towards TawiTawi in southern Philippines and then headed to Sulu. “Recaap believe their final destination is Talipao in Sulu, an area where the Abu Sayyaf group has previously based its kidnapping-for-ransom operations,” Teo said, citing intelligence from the Philippine Coast Guard. It also quoted another Malaysian security official, who said the hostages were brought by their abductors in Talipao town. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the abductions, but the Abu Sayyaf had previously kidnapped Indonesian fishermen and sailors off Sabah and ransomed them off to their employers. Kuala Lumpur has sought Manila’s assistance in recovering Yunus and Sagunim.

The latest kidnappings occurred 3 days after Abu Sayyaf militants freed Indonesian fishermen – Sudarlan Samansung, 41; Hamdam Salim, 34; and Subandi Sattoh, 27; – to the group of former Moro National Liberation Front rebel leader Nur Misuari in Buanza village in Sulu’s Indanan town. They were kidnapped in January last year while on a fishing expedition off Tawi-Tawi province. It was unknown how much ransom was paid to the Abu Sayyaf in exchange for the freedom of the hostages. The Abu Sayyaf also released other Indonesian hostages in the past to Misuari. A government teacher, Benjamin Ubaid, who was also kidnapped recently in Sulu had been freed, but details of his release remain unclear, although sources in the province said ransom may have been paid to the kidnappers who were suspected to be members of the Abu Sayyaf. The kidnappers had originally demanded P1.5 million from Ubaid’s family, according to sources, however, it was not immediately known whether ransom was paid to buy his freedom. Ubaid was released late Monday. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Hustisya, sigaw ng pamilya ni Angelica Luzuriaga

Angelica Lururiaga Continued from page 1 pulisya. Batay sa ulat, alas-7:40 ng gabi ng Setyembre 22 ng makatanggap ng ulat ang pulisya ukol sa krimen at agad itong tinungo ng mag alagad ng batas. At doon tumambad ang kaawa-

awang bangkay ng babae na naliligo sa sariling dugo. Nagtamo ang biktima ng maraming sugat sa kanyang katawan, partikular sa leeg, balikat at kamay. Sa inisyal na

pagsisiyasat, nabatid na ilang araw na umanong natutulog ang biktima sa kanilang bahay na mag-isa dahil ang kanyang pamilya ay nasa Davao City. Ayon kay SPO1 Mepeboset Himalaya, ang imbestigador sa kaso, sinira ng kriminal ang kahoy na window grill sa likurang bahagi ng bahay na siyang ginamit nito upang makapasok. Sinabi naman ni Supt. Ramel Hojilla, ang hepe ng pulisya, na patuloy ang pangangalap nila ng mga ebidensya sa krimen at mapanagot ang responsable sa kalunoslunos na sinapit ng biktima. Una na ring nag-alok ng P100,000 reward ang pamahalaan ng Kidapawan sa makapagtuturo sa pagkakakilanlan ng kriminal. (Rhoderick Beñez)

Sulu holds first-ever ‘Mangosteen Festival’

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Provincial government photo shows one of many mangosteen exhibit. Continued from page 1 prompted Gov. Toto Tan to embark on a festival which saw various delectable products made from mangosteen – from jam to ice cream and teac and coffee, and even a potent tonic drink. Different towns participated in the festival held at the Provincial Capitol ground - with their own mangosteen products and among the municipalities which put up their own exhibit booths were Maimbung, Indanan, Talipao, Panglima Estino, Patikul, Parang, Jolo and Luuk. Other exhibitors were Mindanao State University, Red Cross, Kankitap and Sulu Originals. Tan, who was ecstatic over the successful outcome of the festival, said next year’s event would even be bigger, after the event attracted a huge crowd from different towns and has a potential to become an attraction in Sulu. “Sulu’s mangosteen is the best because of our fertile lands and the love we exert in maintaining our farms. There is love and dedication, and even during harvest time, everybody is out there and picking ripe mangosteen, and that is why it is the best,” he said, adding, the “festival is a great way to bring opportunities, possibilities and celebrate what is part of our very own landscape.” Provincial agricultural

officer, Mercian Aspi, express optimism that Sulu’s mangosteen and its products would sell well in the market and provide additional livelihood to farmers. He said they would further hold studies into other health benefits of mangosteen. “Like those popular mangosteen supplements being sold in the market because of its health benefits, we are trying to discover other potentials that can be derived from mangosteen fruit,” he said. Former Gov. Sakur Tan is also one of the forefront in the promotion of mangosteen products and has encouraged health companies which are into mangosteen supplements to put up production plants in the province to cut high cost of shipping fruit cargoes to Manila or other parts of the country. According to the website Organic Facts, health benefits of mangosteen include a reduced risk of cancer, inflammation, allergies, and diabetes. It has antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial properties which help in protecting the body against various ailments and also boosts the immune system. Mangosteen is also beneficial in maintaining healthy skin, weight management, and providing relief from diarrhea and dysentery.

The popular website – also cited Sulu, saying that mangosteen does not have many varieties, except for the one which is found in the province and its islands. “It seems that the people of Southeast Asia realized the medicinal value that this fruit had a long time ago. Relying on it as a form of treatment for different medical conditions is the reason why scientists have continuously carried out studies and research to confirm these healing allegations. So far the benefits of this fruit have been proven scientifically over the past 3 decades,” it added. Mangosteen is a healthy fruit, which is rich in water, energy, protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. Essential nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, and manganese are found in this fruit. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, it contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin A which are required for maintaining good health. Other vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, folic acid, carotene, and cryptoxanthin are also found in it. The festival, according to Tan, also featured other non-mangosteen food products. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Bangsamoro plebiscite ARMM willing to set aside fund for referendum

Continued from page 1 plebiscite,” he said following reports that there is no allocation in the P3.757-trillion 2019 national budget for the referendum, which requires P857 million. Lawmakers have said that the P10-billion budget submitted by the Commission on Elections for 2019 does not include expenditures for the plebiscite. Gov. Hataman, a strong advocate of the BOL, said Congress may realign over P800 million for the plebiscite from the P10.1 billion infrastructure fund for the region proposed by the ARMM next year. President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11054, or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on July 26, days after his State

of the Nation Address. The past week, the ARMM received approval for the 2019 regional budget amounting to roughly P32 billion, a third of which will be for infrastructure. It remains uncertain if Congress can still work out a solution to the problem, specifically in allocating the funds needed to hold the plebiscite. This plebiscite seeks to formally create the BARMM, comprising of areas under ARMM’s existing jurisdiction, as well as affirm or reject the inclusion in the new region of the cities of Cotabato in Maguindanao; and Isabela in Basilan, as well as six towns in Lanao del Norte and 39 villages in North Cotabato. Lawmakers said that if the funding problem is not settled in Congress, one option would be for the

Commission on Elections to use its savings from the this year’s village polls or to seek funding from the Office of the President for the required amount. “I put my faith in our President that he will not fail the people and he will not fail the Bangsamoro,” media reports quoted Rep. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo, of Lanao del Norte. “I believe there is enough time for us here in the House of Representatives to be able to put in our General Appropriations Bill the necessary fund to cover the expenses for the conduct of the plebiscite,” AMIN Party-list Rep. Makmod Mending, also said. “It is vital that the plebiscite take place as scheduled. We are looking at all the options open to us, including realignment


of regional government funds because it is that

important to the future of our region,” Gov. Hataman

said. (Bureau of Public Information)

Continued from page 1 approval rating of 75 percent, a 13-point drop from June’s figure. His disapproval rating rose by 7 percent, from 3 percent in June to 10 percent. His trust rating, on the other hand, suffered a 15-point hit from June’s figure, at 72 percent. Nine percent said they have little to no trust in Duterte. Malacañang, however, was unfazed despite the fall, saying the rating still equates to “very good.” “The President rules because it is his constitutional duty, he does not rule because of survey results. We take note of the survey results. We take note of the survey results, but we are not affected by [them] because the President will do his best to discharge his duties as President and Commander-in-Chief,” Palace spokesman Harry

Roque Jr. said in a news briefing. “I believe that’s still a very good approval rating, certainly higher than mine, and certainly still the highest of all the officials surveyed by Pulse Asia,” he added. Roque said the decline may have been caused by the inflation and the rice crisis, but the government is doing its best to address these difficulties. “We are doing everything we can to fix the rice issue, to lower the prices of goods. We admit that inflation hurts everyone, even the President. So, we are fixing it, we are in this together, we will see that the steps we are taking will have results,” the spokesman added. Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s approval rating stood at 61 percent for September, a decline of one

point.Seventeen percent of those surveyed voiced disapproval of Robredo, a three-point decrease from June’s figure. Her trust rating remained at 56 percent. Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd received a 73 percent approval rating and 15 percent disapproval rating. He had 66 percent trust rating, with 6 percent distrusting him. Sotto replaced Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd as Senate president in May. Speaker and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also had a dismal trust rating, with only 19 percent of Filipinos giving her a thumbs-up, compared to 43 percent distrust rating. Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed were undecided. Arroyo, a former president, replaced Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as the head of the House of Representatives in July. She took her oath as the new Speaker on July 23. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio had a 42 percent approval rating and a 15 percent disapproval rating. Thirtythree percent of those surveyed said they trust Carpio, while 19 percent said they do not trust him. Pulse Asia said incumbent Chief Justice Teresita de Castro was not included in the poll because she took her oath of office only a few days before the start of the field work for the survey. The survey also showed that the approval ratings of both chambers of Congress and the Supreme Court fell. The Senate as a whole received a 63 percent approval rating from June to September, a six-point plunge from the previous period. The High Court also took an 11-point hit in its approval rating of 52 percent from June’s 63 percent.The House of Representatives suffered a 10-point plunge at 56 percent for September. Pulse Asia’s nationwide survey has a + 2 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. Sub-national estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have the error margins at 95 percent confidence level: +6 percent for Metro Manila, +3 percent for the rest of Luzon and +5 percent for each of the Visayas and Mindanao. (Ralph Villanueva, The Manila Times)

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Duterte visits wounded soldiers in Sulu PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE visited soldiers wounded in a battle with Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu province in southern Philippines, officials said. Duterte, who was accompanied by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Armed Forces chief Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., and Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, of the Western Mindanao Command, distributed medals to 14 soldiers at a military hospital in Jolo town recently, officials said.

“Fourteen battle casualties of the Joint Task Force Sulu were accorded with the Order of LapuLapu level of Kampilan Medal by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his visit in Sulu yesterday,” said Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, a spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command. He said the soldiers, who suffered from mostly shrapnel wounds, clashed with some 100 militants under Abu

Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron and sub-leaders Hajan Sawadjaan and Idang Susukan on September 14 in Bakong village in Patikul town. No other details were made available by the military on Duterte’s visit, but it previously said that 7 militants had been killed in the fighting, however, families of those slain claimed the victims were all civilians and fruit pickers arrested by soldiers. (Mindanao Examiner)

Many government vehicles issued to barangay officials in Zamboanga City are dilapidated like this pickup truck of Barangay Tetuan. This ia a road violation. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

ARMM completes 1,599 kilometers of roads

Military photo shows President Rodrigo Duterte pinning a medal to one of the wounded soldier recuperating at a hospital in Sulu’s capital town of Jolo.

COTABATO CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said it has completed some 1,599 kilometers of roads in five provinces under it from 2012 to 2018. Data from the Department of Public Works and Highways in ARMM showed 508.685 kms., or 22.075% of the target, are still ongoing as of September 14 this year and that some 183.382 kms., or 7.958%, are yet to be started. The province of Lanao del Sur received the most

number of road projects in the region as it registered a total of 335, followed by Maguindanao with 306, Sulu with 277, and Basilan and Tawi-Tawi with 247 and 173 respectively. ARMM Gov. Mujiv S. Hataman said these initiatives will make the communities, especially in areas with security problems, feel the presence of the government. The ARMM’s infrastructure program, the governor said, directly promotes peace and development. He said ARMM

constituents will now have easy access to government’s services on transportation, health, trade and industry, agriculture and fishery, tourism, all considered vital in boosting the region’s economy. The ARMM government has allocated over P35 billion for the implementation of these road projects during the last six years. Many of the road projects are located in conflict-affected and farflung communities. (Bureau of Public Information)


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'Stupid' coup attempts, waste of time: Duterte PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE told soldiers to avoid wasting time by plotting a coup against him, and urged them instead to convince him to step down

if they no longer find him deserving to lead the country. “Do not go into such stupid things. Coup d'état, coup d'état, you’re wasting

your time. Just talk to me and if I think you are right, I will agree with you and I will step down,” Duterte said. “If you think I do not deserve to be there, just tell

me. I’d be happy to oblige. If you think there’s a better guy there on the side.” Duterte also reminded soldiers to fulfill their sworn duty to protect the

OFWs duty-free shopping limit now $4,500 THE GOVERNMENT HAS raised the limit of duty-free shopping for overseas Filipino workers who are planning to put up business back home. Duty-free stores are retail outlets usually at international airports that are exempt from the payment of certain local or national taxes and duties, on the requirement that the goods purchased will be sold to travellers who will take them out of the country. Malu Malabuyo, officer-in-charge for DFP Marketing, said this initiative, which was introduced in 2011, will give returning OFWs an

exclusive opportunity to buy additional duty and tax-free livelihood tools up to $4,500 from $2,500 through the Duty-Free Philippines' (DFP) Kabuhayan Shopping Program. For OFWs who may be short on funds, Malabuyo said partner banks will be offering credit cards that can be used on the spot. “Actually, we have bank partners and they will collaborate with us. If mahihirapan sila ng outright cash, they can avail of credit cards na puwede na nilang gamitin,” Malabuyo said. The DFP, in coordination with the

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), will relaunch the initiative for OFWs who want to better manage their earnings abroad. The Kabuhayan Shopping Program is under the Balikbayan Law, or Republic Act 9174, which provides duty free shopping privileges and incentives to all OFWs and balikbayan. The additional shopping limit on livelihood tools covers items necessary to start a small and micro enterprise business such as bread and pastry production, cookery, housekeeping, shielded

Slay of Tagum lawyer unsolved

DAVAO CITY – The killing of a prominent lawyer in Tagum City by motorcycle gunmen remains unsolved and her family and relatives were demanding justice for the murder. Attorney Connie Villamor was driving her car

when the gunmen drove by her side and shot her several times through the window. The assailants escaped after the shooting, according to Inspector Jeffrey Bangcas. Police were investigating the motive of

the killing. It was not immediately known whether the attack was connected to Villamor’s work as a lawyer or not. Bangcas did not say if the attack was captured on security cameras in the area. (Mindanao Examiner)

A woman sells mynas in Zamboanga City which is illegal because the bird is endangered species.. Illegal trade of endangered species is penalized by a fine of P200,000 and a jail term of two years while the killing of endangered animals carries the penalty of imprisonment of six years and a fine of P500,000.(Mindanao Examiner Photo)

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metal welding, carwash, among others. DFP Chief Operating Officer Vicente Angala said they have strengthened the livelihood program through TESDA's assistance. “The Kabuhayan Shopping Program provides opportunities for our fellow balikbayans to spend their hard-earned money efficiently, investing in livelihood tools for small and micro enterprise businesses. We are pleased to strengthen this initiative with TESDA who will also offer training for business development, marketing, among others,” he said. (Joyce Ann L. Rocamora)

country and Filipinos. “Your loyalty should begin and end with the Republic of the Philippines. Do not mind me,” he said. The President also vowed to “rebuild” soldiers who were severely injured while performing their duties.“Sabi ko sa mga sundalo nung nagbista ako sa Cagayan three days ago, sabi ko while I am President I will never allow an inutile soldier, policeman or guard,” he said. “Kung mawala yung paa mo, kung wala akong maibigay, ibigay ko ang paa ko. Tandaan mo, hindi ako papayag na may sundalo akong inutil.” In a televised interview this month, Duterte bared an intelligence report and accused the Magdalo Group, Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison, and other opposition groups are in a loose conspiracy to overthrow the government. He challenged soldiers to join Senator Antonio

Trillanes IV - a former Magdalo coupist, if they think the former Navy officer who was among those who led soldiers in failed attempts to toppled then President Gloria Arroyo, now House Speaker - can do better in running the country. P r e s i d e n t i a l Spokesperson Harry Roque described Duterte’s challenge as an expression of confidence that Trillanes and other groups will not get support from the soldiers. “It means the President is confident that there would be no support from the military to unseat him,” Roque said. He said Duterte has clarified that he is not clinging to the position he won overwhelmingly in the 2016 elections. “He challenged them because he's sure there would be no support. But he's also saying he is not clinging to his post. If they want to, then do it,” Roque said. (Azer Parrocha)


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Amnesia By JJun un Ledesma

Continued from page 1 during the span of martial law regime. The decree was actually signed on 21st but was implemented nationwide only dawn of the 23rd September. However, many political oppositions among them Ninoy Aquino and journalists like Max Soliven were quietly arrested and detained in Camp Crame immediately after the edict was signed. The entire country was totally placed under martial law on the 23rd. How can Enrile negate all these? All media establishments were closed and what followed were arrests and detentions of many more personalities on the basis of ASSOs (Arrest, Search and Seizure Orders) implemented by the Philippine Constabulary under the PC Chief Fidel Ramos. Eddie, how could you? The leap you did at EDSA does not erase memories. On a personal note, I was working with RMN-IBC Davao as program and news director when ML was declared. On the side, I was publishing a weekly community paper - the Davao Chronicle to augment a meager salary from the network. Nearly a week after the closure of dxDC and TV13, these stations were allowed to resume broadcast. A new code of conduct was issued. Wear your ID, appear neat and necktie was to be worn. We marched to the PC barracks for finger-printing and to fill up a brief résumé. I got a permit to resume publication of my newspaper. We all thought that was it. About 15 days later eight personnel from RMN-IBC were given their walking papers on what Henry Canoy said was an order coming from Camp Crame. The eight included me, our Cebuano newscaster Tinong Alfornon (who cannot even swat a fly) and Bonifacio dela Cruz, an innocent radio technician some disc jockeys and announcers. Sir Henry was crying when he handed us our termination papers. Later, my only source of livelihood, the Davao Chronicle, was also padlocked on orders of Hans Menzi, the Chairman of the Philippine Council for Print Media. Seven months later while I was contemplating of going farming or going to the hills I received a telegram directing me to report back to my work at RMN-IBC. But that was short-lived because the famed crony Roberto Benedicto took over IBC and had us replaced. That tête-à-tête between Bongbong and Enrile revealed that Manong Johnny is suffering from a serious case of amnesia.


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October 1-7, 2018

From out of the blue, former Sen. Nene Pimentel, who was among the Marcos critics who were incarcerated, took time out from his Federalism campaign and chided Enrile saying the chief enforcer of ML is already aging he had forgotten the events that happened when he lorded it all. Indeed Nene is correct. In Davao three prominent lawyers were placed behind bar not by the Regional PC but by the Regional Unified Command which was directly under PSG head Gen. Fabian Ver. The three, Antonio Arellano (now member of the ConCom), Marcos “Boy” Risonar who was appointed USec of DAR and Larry Ilagan. But Senator Nene cannot stop giving counsel to the nation by warning them against the imposition of a revolutionary government which he attributed to Marcos. He (conveniently?) forgot that it was Cory Aquino who established a revolutionary government that led to the closure of the Batasan Pambansa and the declaration of all elective positions nationwide vacant. The revgov led to the withdrawal of support of Doy Laurel from Cory and Nene himself became the fulcrum of power shift in local governments as he held the sole mandate to name who was to be appointed as governor, mayor, councilor, barangay captain and barangay councilman. What happened to Doy and Cory was the first grand deception among the antiMarcos cabal. Doy was to be the Prime Minister and Cory the President under the then parliamentary government. The modus vivendi was arrived at because Cory, who knew virtually nothing of governance, even asserted that she is only a transition president. But as the popular saying in those days go: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. That defined the era of Marcos and Aquino. It has been nearly half a century, five Presidents had served and the 6th being Rodrigo R. Duterte. Duterte was the first Tanodbayan investigator assigned in Mindanao before becoming Asst. City Fiscal of Davao. While his mother, Soledad (“Nanay Soleng”) was among the pillars of the “Yellow Friday Movement” in Davao that denounced the murder of Ninoy Aquino and the dictatorship regime, Fiscal Duterte was investigating murders committed by the police, NPAs, military, CAFGUs and later by the creeping drug and kidnapping syndicates. Fiscal Duterte never ever dreamed of becoming mayor

and not by any tint of his imagination be President but Destiny placed him there. The Marcos regime elicits different perspective from different places and peoples and political agenda. Now take it from the Mindanao perspective. While personally I was a victim of martial rule, I cannot negate the fact that it was Marcos who build 95% of the irrigation systems in Mindanao, build and upgraded a network of concrete roads in the region, energized 80% of the island and liberated the farmers from the stranglehold of unscrupulous Chinese rice and corn traders. He built the Maharlika Highway and San Juanico Bridge that bridged in part Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. As the American press would describe it in an essay: The golden era of Marcos regime. You cannot take it away from President Duterte if he sees some positive gains and absorbs lessons in the Marcos government. Unlike other leaders who abhor the idea of having to continue with programs of his or her predecessors, Duterte pursues these with fervor and enthusiasm. It is unfortunate that some quarters would rather engage in destructive activism like partnering with criminal and terrorist elements to achieve their goals. We have seen how the political opposition were in cahoots with various destabilizing forces to denounce Duterte who was busy inspecting Ompongravaged communities, extending assistance and sympathy to the victims. One day he is in the Ilocos, the next day in the abandoned Itogon Mining area in Benguet and the next day in Naga City in Cebu. He braved the inclement weather, the rigors of travel, the scene of devastation and tragedy while his malefactors, among them Riza Hontivirus, Teddy Casino, Edcel Lagman, detained Leila De Lima, selfdetained Antonio Trillanes, (now out on bail) some satanic men in priestly habits, Jose Ma. Sison and Renato Reyes took turns in denouncing President Duterte in local and domestic forums. Do not forget the atrocities committed by the dictatorship! And yes, we too must not forget the slaughter of prostesting farmers in Plaza Mendiola and those who died in the gates of Hacienda Luisita. Isn’t it odd that not one group or individual who delivered incendiary speeches in UP and in Luneta ever remembered the manslaughter that happened in Mendiola and Luisita? Amnesia?


Palakasin Ang Inyong Immune System Ni Dr. Willie T. Ong SABI NGA NG IBA, “Bawal magkasakit!” Paano ba tayo iiwas sa sakit? Magagawa natin ito kung mapapalakas natin ang depensa ng ating katawan. Ito ang ating mga white blood cells (puting selula) na pumapatay sa mga mikrobyo, bacteria, virus, at cancer cells. Dalawang klaseng white blood cells: may T cells (gawa ng Thymus gland) at B cells (gawa ng bone marrow). Paano sinusukat ang immune system? Puwede natin tingnan ang dami ng iyong White Blood Cells ( WBC) sa dugo. Ang normal na dami ay 4 to 10. Ang mababa ay 3 to 4. Ang sobra baba ay wala pang 3. Heto ang mga paraan para maging malakas at masigla ang ating white blood cells: • Palakasin ang white blood cells sa pamamagitan ng paginom ng isang multivitamin araw-araw. Kadalasan ay kulang tayo sa zinc, selenium, iron, vitamins B, C at D. Kung tayo’y nagdi-diyeta o may sakit, ugaliing uminom ng vitamins. • Kumain ng maberde at mapupulang pagkain tulad ng mga gulay, carrots, kalabasa at

Dr. Willie T. Ong kamatis. • Mag-ehersisyo pero huwag sobra. Ayon sa isang pagsusuri, mas kaunti ang nagkakasipon kapag regular ang pag-eehersisyo. • Mag-relax at magpahinga. Mag-aral ng iba’t ibang paraan para mag-relax. Puwede ang yoga, masahe, meditation at pagbabakasyon. • Magkaroon ng kaibigan o kapamilya na susuporta sa iyo. Malaki ang maitutulong niyan sa pag-iwas sa sakit. • Matulog. Kapag may sakit na, kailangan ng katawan ang pahinga. Ang mahimbing na tulog ay talagang nagpapalakas sa ating katawan. Dito inaayos ng ating katawan ang mga nasirang selula. • Huwag masyadong magpa-araw. May tulong ang kaunting araw sa paggawa ng Vitamin D sa katawan. Pero ang

sobrang pagpapa-araw ay nakasasama sa immune system. • Uminom ng 10 basong tubig. Basta may sakit ka, kailangan mo uminom ng maraming tubig para malabas ang toxins at init (lagnat) sa iyong katawan. • Huwag agad agad uminom ng antibiotics. Karamihan ng mga sipon at trangkaso ay galing sa virus. Hindi ito mapapagaling ng antibiotics na pumapatay lang ng bacteria. Ang sobrang pag-inom ng antibiotics ay puwedeng makasama din dahil nawawala ang mga friendly bacteria sa ating katawan. Magtanong muna sa doktor. • Magpabakuna. Mahalaga ang bakuna para maprotektahan ang ating katawan. Sinasanay ng bakuna ang paglaban ng katawan sa mga espesyal na mikrobyo. Sa mga edad 50 pataas, kailangan ng pneumonia vaccine at flu vaccine. Mahalaga din ang Hepatitis B vaccine at Tetanus vaccine. Sa mga bata, kailangan kumpleto din ang kanilang bakuna. Magtanong sa inyong doktor.


Chicken ala King


INGREDIENTS: - 1 lb. chicken breast - 1 piece Knorr Chicken Cube - 1 ½ cup chopped mushrooms - 1 piece onion chopped - 1 piece green bell pepper chopped - 2 ounces pimiento peppers - ½ cup butter

- 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour - 1 1/3 cups fresh milk - 1 quart water - Salt and ground black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Boil water in a cooking pot. Add chicken breast. Cover and cook in medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot. Let it cool down. Slice into cubes. Set aside. 2. Melt butter in a pan. Continue to cook in low to medium heat until butter gets hot. 3. Saute onion, green bell pepper, and mushroom. 4. Add Knorr Chicken cube. Continue to stir until all ingredients are well blended. 5. Add all-purpose flour. Stir. 6. Pour milk into the pot. Stir. Let boil. 7. Add cubed chicken and pimiento. Season the chicken ala king with salt and ground black pepper. Continue to cook while stirring for 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens. 8. Serve. Share and enjoy!

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October 1-7, 2018

SC dismisses Peter Lim’s plea to stop drug case probe


HE SUPREME COURT has dismissed the petition filed by lawyers of Cebu businessman and suspected drug lord Peter G. Lim in connection with drug charges c harges filed against him, who remains at-large and is being hunted down by the police. The High Court's petition (filed by Lim) for Third Division, through failure to show any grave Deputy Division clerk of abuse of discretion in court Misael Domingo rendering the challenged Battung III, said the SC order and resolution," "resolves to dismiss the The SC added that the

assailed DOJ orders which charged Lim "appear to be in accord with the facts and the applicable law and jurisprudence". Aside from Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, members of the DOJ prosecution panel who pursued the charges against Lim were Assistant State Prosecutor Juan

Navera,Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Anna Noreen Devanadera and Prosecution Attorney Herbert Babugan. Lim had filed the petition before the SC claiming the DOJ committed grave abuse of discretion when it reopened an investigation against since state prosecutors

under former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre earlier dropped the drug charges. At a Senate hearing on December 5, 2016, selfconfessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa identified Lim as one of his alleged drug suppliers, an accusation the Cebu millionaire denied.

In August 2017, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group filed a case against Lim, Espinosa and six others for alleged drug trafficking. And on August 14, a Makati court ordered Lim’s arrest after finding probable cause against him. (Benjamin Pulta)

MARINA working to curb maritime accidents THE MARITIME INDUSTRY or MARINA said it is taking serious efforts to reduce by half the number of maritime accidents in the country by 2021. Administrator Rey Guerrero said MARINA seeks to create a policy framework that will ensure the safety of ships and passengers. “We are starting to craft a maritime safety action plan where we intend to reduce these by half on 2021 and zero on 2025. We need to ensure that the shipping industry grows but also provide safe and secure shipping services,” Guerrero said. He said MARINA

recorded 64 accidents this year, mostly caused by ships running aground, compared to 32 incidents in 2015 and 2016. “MARINA has monitored and recorded sea accidents through the use of information technology and its coordination with various agencies such as the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Navy. Through surveillance of the ships we are able to monitor real time the incidents happening at sea,” Guerrero said. Angkla Party-list group representing Filipino seafarers has filed various legislative measures to ensure the development of the maritime sector.

Among these is House Bill 460 that aims to provide a single classification of all vessels plying inland waters and open seas which was approved by the House Committee on Transportation last August. “Once this is passed, it will prevent situations where errant ship owners obtain certification that their vessel is seaworthy by threatening to bring their business to any of the six other classification societies. The principal concern of classification societies should be safety and not responsibility,” said Capt. Ronald Enrile, who represented Angkla Rep. Jesulito Manalo. Angkla is also pushing

for the acquisition of towing tanks to improve the design and seaworthiness of Philippine vessels.“It is unacceptable that the Philippines despite being the fourth largest shipbuilding country in the world has no towing tank. This towing tank will allow Filipino ship designers to test the stability and safety of new designs in various situations,” Enrile said. Carlos Salinas, Ambassador for Maritime of the International Maritime Organization, said the Philippines must be able to ensure that its policies must be compliant with international maritime safety standards.

He said the country has emerged as a leading supplier of maritime professionals in the world. “A framework must be developed based on the following factors: developing a mindset of prevention, seeks to address safety and security of shipping operations, creating a capability for immediate and effective mitigation which seeks to moderate the effects of an accident if the preventive measures fail and capacity for proper compensation which seeks to reinstate what has been damaged or lost because of an accident,” Salinas said. He stressed the urgency of ensuring

maritime safety and protection of maritime environment in the country. “We must strive to provide a shipping platform that is reliable, safe and fully attuned to delivering a public service that we can become proud of. Safety is not only limited to construction of the ships but also their management as well as the skills and competence of the crew,” Salinas said. The maritime transport forum tackled various issues particularly the government’s legislative agenda on maritime safety, maritime safety advocacies, and shipping as a blue economy, among others. (Aerol John Pateña)

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