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President Rodrigo Duterte with Sulu Vice Gubernatorial Candidate Toto Tan.

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President Rodrigo Duterte with his official lone candidate for Governor in Sulu Sakur ‘Datu Shahbandar’ Tan.

Sabah in full alert, extends curfew due to Sayyaf threats

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ABAH HAS extended anew its curfew hours from dawn till dusk and is now on heightened due to threats posed by the terror group Abu Sayyaf. This was also Datuk Omar Mammah The curfew has been confirmed by Sa- who said the curfew was extended until March 27 bah Police necessary due to the in Sabah’s eastern coast C o m m i s - “continuing threat of kid- which is now on full alert s i o n e r nap-for-ransom groups following Philippine inteland other criminals from ligence reports that at neighboring Philippines.” Continue on page 2

Abu Sayyaf militants.

Sandiganbayan affirms criminal charges vs. Misuari THE SANDIGANBAYAN affirmed the criminal charges against former rebel leader

Nur Misuari (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

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Nur Misuari over allegations of anomalous purchases of educational materials when he was governor of the defunct Muslim autonomous region. T h e Third Division of the Sandiganbayan j u n k e d

Misuari’s motion to dismiss all the charges against him, denying all allegations of graft and

malversation of public funds. But the Sandiganbayan Continue on page 3

Military on the hunt for pro-ISIS militants in South COTABATO CITY – Security forces continue with their hunt for members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in the restive Muslim province of Maguindanao where clashes last week had reportedly killed over 2 dozen militants, including a Singaporean terrorist. More troops were sent Continue on page 2

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Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. (Mindanao Examiner Photo by Mark Navales)

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Sabah in full alert, extends curfew due to Sayyaf threats Continued from page 1 least 17 Abu Sayyaf militants led by sub-leaders Salip Mura, Majan Sahidjuan alias Mike Apo and Abu Radin were planning to strike or on the hunt for targets of ransom kidnappings. This was also reported by Malaysia’s The Star newspaper which said that “intelligence reports in the Philippines stated that the group was going to team up with its Tawi- Tawi-based criminal elements who acted as spotters or lookouts for hostages in the eastern Sabah sea border.” It said Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Huzani Ghazali admitted that they were aware

of the information about the movement of the Abu Sayyaf gunmen along the sea border. “We remain on full alert and have deployed all available forces into the area,” he said. He said the focus of operation was across the east coast sea border with southern Philippines that included Semporna, Lahad Datu and Sandakan. The Star, quoting intelligence sources, said Mura - who is responsible for at least 2 kidnapping incidents late last year in Sabah’s east coast - was among the group using two speedboats with 75 horsepower-engines when they left Sulu recently. “With him this time around was sub-leader Mike Apo, who was active-

ly behind the kidnappings in Sabah between 2014 and 2016,” The Star sources claimed, adding, the Abu Sayyaf gunmen were looking for “higher value” targets as they had failed to gain much attention following the kidnappings of two Indonesian and a Malaysian fishermen from Pegasus Reef in the Kinabatangan area on December 5. Sabah started imposing curfew since 2014. Abu Sayyaf militants, whose group has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, have threatened to execute the Indonesian and Malaysian hostages if their ransom demand is not paid. It said militants, who spoke in Bahasa Malay-

PDP-Laban senatorial bet Francis Tolentino urges LGUs to declare state of calamity due to El Niño

PDP-Laban senatorial bet Atty. Francis Tolentino. PDP-LABAN senatorial candidate Atty. Francis Tolentino asked El Niño-stricken local government units to declare a state of calamity in their respective areas of jurisdiction as he emphasized the need for communities to prepare for the long dry spell in order to mitigate the impacts of the dry spell in the lives and livelihoods of people. According to Tolentino, a chain reaction is surely to occur with the onset of the dry spell. Agriculture, hence food supply, will surely be affected. Tolentino, who was President Rodrigo Dute-

rte’s political adviser and main man for disaster response operations, said: “Local government units severely affected by the El Niño phenomenon should declare a state of calamity in order to address the challenges posed by this drought, particularly to agriculture.” “Response actions to calamities such as this dry spell should be swift, as the lives of the people are at stake. That is why I have proposed for an increase in the calamity fund for local government units as a means to empower them especially during crises situations.” he said.

Tolentino said prices of commodities and basic utilities such as water and electricity are similarly expected to rise. Health costs are foreseen to escalate as well with increased cases of heat-related diseases such as heat stroke and those related to poor water supply such as cholera and diarrhea. Given the chance to take a seat at the Senate, he said: “I will prioritize the passing of a bill to effect local government empowerment in order to ensure that they are able to provide local solutions to our national problems.” (Mindanao Examiner)

sia, released a video clip which showed the Indonesian hostages - believed to be Heri Ardiansyah, 19, and Hariadin, 45 - being guarded by gunmen. The Malaysian hostage, Jari Abdulla, 24, was not with the duo. The captives, their eyes covered with black cloth and hands tied behind their back, made an emotional appeal for their government to save them. One militant even held a bolo on the neck of Ha-

riadin as he spoke to the camera in forested area. The video, reports said, surfaced several days last month after Abu Sayyaf gunmen phoned Jari’s wife, Nadin Junianti, saying that no Malaysian authorities or negotiators have contacted them to secure her husband’s release. The gunmen said that her husband would face difficulties if there was no contact from Malaysia. They also asked her for

telephone contacts of Malaysian journalists. Nadin has appealed to Malaysian authorities to help secure her husband’s release. She said it was second time the kidnap group had contacted her. Malaysian media did not say how much ransoms the Abu Sayyaf is demanding for the safe release of the hostages. The militants are believed to be holding nearly a dozen captives, mostly foreigners. (Mindanao Examiner)

Military on the hunt for pro-ISIS militants in South Continued from page 1 to different towns in an effort to destroy BIFF groups scattered in the province. The 6th Infantry Division said the campaign, which began March 11, was aimed containing the terror threats posed by the BIFF, whose leaders led by Abu Turaife, have pledged allegiance to ISIS. It said as many as 20 militants under Turaife were slain in the assaults in Shariff Saydona town, and among those killed was Muhammad Ali Bin Abd Al Rahman or Muawiya, a notorious jihadist belonging to the Indonesian Jemaah Islamiya and had been a bomb trainer for the Abu Sayyaf group. The reports were based on intelligence information, but army commanders claimed to have seen or recovered pieces of body parts of those killed in an area targeted by military bombardments. Over 100 militants were being pursued by security forces in the province which is also a

stronghold of the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. The clashes also killed one soldier and wounded at least 7 more. The military’s Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) said air, artillery and ground operation were continuing not only in Shariff Saydona, but also in the towns of Datu Salibo, Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak where the group of pro-ISIS militant commander Salahudin Hassan was scattered. “JTFC launched a surgical air and artillery mission to clearly identify and confirmed targets that complemented a focused ground operations against the Daesh-inspired terrorist group at dawn of March 11. The operation was initiated after a concerned citizen relayed information regarding the consolidation of the fully armed terrorist group in the specific area,” it said. It added that local residents also reported to the authorities that terror-

ists had forcibly occupied their houses since last month that pushed them to live because of fear and sorrow. The task force revealed that former BIFF members who surrendered to the military had provided intelligence that allowed security forces to track down the locations or hideouts of militants in the province. “Former BIFF rebels who surrendered to JTFC also supported the information being relayed to locate the specific locations of the terror group. Follow on operations ensured that the terrorists were confined in the area and prevented the spill over as our troops were deployed in the strategic areas,” it said, adding, the military also coordinated with the MILF to prevent any accidental clashes while troops were pursuing the BIFF in the towns. Philippine authorities have blamed the BIFF for the series of terror attacks in the restive southern region. (Mindanao Examiner)

P477 milyon, pinsala sa dry spell sa North Cotabato KIDAPAWAN CITY - Bagama’t hindi pa napabilang ang probinsya ng North Cotabato sa tatlong kategorya na dry condition, dry spell at drought ay aabot na sa P477 milyon ang halaga ng inisyal na pinsala sa mga pananim sa iba’tibang bayan sa lalawigan. Ito ay ayon kay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Warning and Action Officer Engr. Arnulfo Villaruz na nagsabing abot na din sa 8,500 mga magsasaka ang

naapektuhan ng tag-tuyot at hindi pa kabilang dito ang ilang magbubukid sa North Cotabato. Giit pa ni Villaruz, posibleng sa susunod na mga linggo ay madadagdagan na ang apat na mga bayan na nagdeklara ng state of calamity kung patuloy ang tag-tuyot. Una ng nagdeklara ng state of calamity ang mga bayan ng Pikit, Aleosan, Mlang at Alamada. Sinabi ni Villaruz, nagpapatuloy ang kanilang

mga binibigay na ayuda sa mga magsasaka gaya ng pagbibigay ng bigas. Magbibigay na din ng mga seedlings ang Provincial Government kung magsisimula na ang tag- ulan sa susunod na mga buwan. Paalala naman ni Villaruz sa mga mamamayan na iwasang magsunog dahil na din sa sunod-sunod na grassfire sa lugar at maging ang pagtapon ng upos nga sigarilyo lalo na kung malakas ang hangin. (Rhoderick Beñez)


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Sandiganbayan affirms criminal charges vs. Misuari eh, ipi-preso siya dito – para maka-attend ng OIC,” Dute-

President Rodrigo Duterte with Nur Misuari and wife, Tarhata. (PCOO)

Continued from page 1 found probable cause against the former Libyan firebrand and said trial can now proceed to allow both parties to present their case. “The court must stress that a comprehensive consideration of the merits of the

prosecution’s evidence and the defense’s arguments, as to the alleged weakness thereof, is premature at this point and better left to trial on the merits,” it said. Misuari is being accused of giving undue advantage to White Orchids, CPR Publishing House and MBJ Learning Tools for the procurement of textbooks in 2000 and 2001. In a report by GMA News, it quoted Misuari as arguing that he cannot be held liable for a transaction that pushed through when he is no longer ARMM governor. Misuari said the payments to CPR Publishing took place in July 2004, MBJ Learning in December 2003, and for White Orchids in July 2004 and September 2005, all of which were covered by the incumbency of former regional governor Parouk Hussin since his term expired on September 30, 2001. The issue of conspiracy is also non-existent, according to Misuari, as he was detained in Malaysia from December 2001 to January 2002 and for six years in the Philippines from 2002 to 2008. Misuari also said that he was in detention at the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force Training Center in Santa Rosa town in Laguna province when the private companies were paid. However, the Sandiganbayan said Misuari “merely rehashed the same arguments regarding his alleged non-liability and lack of participation” in the case when it denied

rte said. Duterte assured the public that Misuari would return after the conferences this month. “So I told the military and the police, hayaan ninyo na at babalik ‘yan. He is not a fugitive, he is a revolutionary. And you know what? That guy will always come back. It would be an insult to his person if he is buried in another land. Babalik dito ‘yan, dito magpakamatay,” he said. While Duterte is protecting Misuari, local gov-

his motion to dismiss last year. According to the report, the Sandiganbayan said it can only take note that Misuari was no longer ARMM governor when the payments were made, but stressed this cannot be the sole basis to dismiss the case at this stage. “Granting that the Court may take judicial notice of the accused-movant’s years of incumbency as ARMM governor, the same does not necessarily result in his automatic exculpation given the existence of documents relating to the subject transactions which were allegedly signed by him during his incumbency,” the Sandiganbayan said. Misuari had refused to enter a plea during his arraignment on February 26, prompting the anti-graft court to plead not guilty on his behalf. Nur shall return Misuari, who is also accused of rebellion by authorities for the September 2013 deadly attack on Zamboanga City, is being protected from arrest by President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte, who admitted being a good friend of Misuari, the chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), interceded to the police and military on behalf of Misuari, so he would be free to move around without any fear of being arrested. He also admitted that he intervened to allow Misuari to travel abroad to attend two conferences of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Abu Dhabi and Morocco despite criminal charges against the MNLF leader. “He came to see me to ask me to intercede in his behalf that he be given temporary pass to go out – kasi may kaso siya

ernment leaders and residents of Zamboanga are demanding justice for the deadly siege that left over 200,000 people without homes following weeks of street battles between security and MNLF forces that killed and wounded some 300 civilians. Zamboanga raided twice It was the second time that MNLF forces raided Zamboanga. In November 2001, Misuari’s loyal forces also attacked Zamboanga and left dozens of civilians dead and wounded. Heavily-armed MNLF gunmen also took hostage over 100 civilians, including women and children, and used them as shield and pawn so they can escape to Basilan and Sulu provinces. In 2016, Mayor Beng Climaco banned all MNLF rallies in Zamboanga City following attempts by Misuari’s group to hold a peace caravan. “I am giving you a categorical no, you must not disturb Zamboanga anymore. If you want to come up with your rally, make it in your area, Zamboanga will not welcome a rally by MNLF, not at this time because you still have to be accountable with the killings and devastations we are suffering from,” Climaco said. “The destruction wrought by the 2013 siege continues to linger, as internally displaced persons – both Muslims, Christians and Lumads, most of whom are those who eluded the conflicts in Sulu and Basilan – have suffered the brunt of the MNLF attack in Zamboanga,” Climaco said. Misuari signed a peace deal with Manila in September 1996 ending decades of bloody war. After the peace agreement was signed, Misuari became the governor of the Muslim autonomous region. But despite the peace accord, there was a widespread disillusionment with the weak autonomy they were granted. Under the peace agreement, Manila would have to provide a mini-Marshal Plan to spur economic development in Muslim areas in the south and livelihood and housing assistance to tens of thousands of former rebels to uplift their poor living standards. Misuari’s loyal forces and former MNLF rebels, who joined the Philippine Army following the peace accord, attacked a key military base in Sulu’s Jolo town and civilian targets in Zamboanga in 2001 in an effort to stop the government from calling an election in the autonomous region where Misuari wanted to be a perpetual governor. Misuari then escaped by boat to Malaysia, where he had been arrested and deported to the Philippines and was eventually pardoned and released by then President Gloria Arroyo in exchange for MNLF support to her election bid as well as her allies in the Senate and Congress in 2004. He also ran thrice for governor in Sulu even while under detention, but lost miserably. (Mindanao Examiner, GMA News)


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Arroyo may be charged for signing ‘modified’ 2019 budget said. Sotto earlier said he will not sign an enrolled copy of the budget bill for the President’s signature if the lower chamber insists on its post-bicam amendments. The proposed 2019 budget containing House amendments was already

transmitted to the Senate for Sotto’s signature. Both signatures of the Speaker and the Senate President are needed before the measure can be transmitted to Malacañang for the President’s signature. Congressional leaders had met with President Rodrigo Duterte to resolve the

ongoing budget impasse, but no consensus has been reached. Lacson said his suggestion to revert to the ratified version of the 2019 budget was endorsed to the President by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.

House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro, however, said House appropriations committee chairman Rolando Andaya Jr. had reservations in retaining the bicam version of the budget bill with lump sum appropriations as this would be unconstitutional. (Filane Mikee Cervantes)

COMELEC continues printing ballots House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (PCOO) HOUSE SPEAKER Gloria Arroyo may be charged with “falsification of records of legislative process: after she signed the House of Representatives’ version of the 2019 national budget containing amendments that were made after ratification, Senator Panfilo Lacson said. Lacson said Arroyo signed the House version of the budget bill that was different from the bicameral conference committee report that both chambers of Congress had ratified. He said Arroyo’s act is tantamount to falsification of the records of the legislative process. “Since SGMA already signed the (House) version of the enrolled bill, she’s already prone to being

charged with falsification because she’s already certified something that did not take place. Sine-certify mo ito approved sa plenaryo. The act of signing a falsified document is already consummated. So any taxpayer can go to the Ombudsman or DOJ (Department of Justice) to file a criminal complaint against her for falsification,” Lacson said. Lacson warned Senate President Vicente Sotto III against signing the modified version of the budget measure as it violates the Constitution. “We will not also allow our SP (Senate President) to be exposed to possible criminal charges or criminal investigation later on. Ang House, huwag nila kami pilitin mag-violate ng Constitution),” he

THE COMMISSION on Elections (COMELEC) said it has so far printed more than 28 million ballots or nearly half of the total number needed for the May midterm polls. COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez said they are on track in the preparations for the polls. “The daily average of ballots being printed at the National Printing Office (NPO) is one million, and 45.38 percent or 28,887,821 pieces have been printed as of March 11,” he said. Jimenez said they expect to finish printing earlier than the projected date which is on April 25. He said the dispatch of official ballots, accountable forms and other supplies as well as automated election system equipment will start on April 24.

“These various election paraphernalia will be dispatched to the various regional offices of the Comelec through the country will follow a staggered schedule, and is targeted to be completed within five days upon the start of dispatch,” Jimenez said. He also reported the training of Election Boards (EBs), who will serve in the polls, is also ongoing.“EBs in the farflung areas such as in the Mindanao provinces are being prioritized,” the said. The first to be printed are overseas absentee voting ballots, followed by provinces in Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon and the National Capital Region. Jimenez cautioned the public against malicious rumors against the

poll body intended to undermine public trust and confidence in the poll body. “The persons or parties responsible for starting and spreading these malicious allegations of wrongdoing, including accusation of graft, corruption and partisanship in the elections, both National and Local, are put on notice that their activities will not go unpunished,” he said. Jimenez said they have monitored accusations of wrongdoings against COMELEC commissioners and officials. “Basically, according to the rumors, there were offers that elections can be fixed. They are claiming that they know this person. Allegations of partisanship or expressions of support supposedly by a commissioner for a

particular candidate,” he said. “We’re seeing this primarily in the local elections, we’re here to set to set that record straight and to warn the public not to fall for these kinds of allegations and malicious rumors,” he added. Jimenez noted that they will be coordinating with the appropriate law enforcement agencies to uncover the persons or parties responsible for these rumors. “Undermining public confidence in the elections is an election offense, and persons or parties engaging in cowardly and dishonorable acts of dishonesty that tend to erode public trust in the mechanisms and processes of democratic elections will be held accountable,” he said. (Ferdinand Patinio)


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Filipinos satisfied with Duterte in latest survey

President Rodrigo Duterte (PCOO) THE LATEST Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released recently showed that 3 out of every four Filipinos are satisfied with the general performance of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. The fourth quarter 2018 survey said 76% of Filipinos are satisfied while only 9% are dissatisfied and 15% are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, for a net satisfaction rating of +66 classified by SWS as “very good”. The pollster explained that +66 is 16-point higher compared to “very good” +50 rating obtained by the administration in September 2018. It said that the Duterte administration scored “excellent” ratings in promoting women’s rights and building and maintenance of public works with +71 and +70 net satisfaction ratings, respectively. The administration scored “very good” ratings in helping the poor (+68), protecting human rights (+62), reconstructing Marawi City (+60), fighting terrorism (+55), transparency in government activities (+54), and deciding quickly (+50). On the other hand, the administration scored “good ratings” in fighting crimes (+44), reconciling with Muslim rebels (+43), eradicating graft and corruption (+42),

defending Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea (+40), reconciling with communist rebels (+39), fulfilling commitments in international treaties (+39), and foreign relations (+38). According to SWS, the national administration’s net satisfaction rating rose by one grade in all areas. In Mindanao, net satisfaction rating rose from very good to excellent, up by 8 points from +67 to +75 while it jumped from good to very good or up by 21 points from +42 to +63 in Visayas; from good to very good (from +40 to +60) in Metro Manila; and, also from good to very good (+48 to +65) in Balance of Luzon. The survey was conducted from December 1619, 2018 with 1,440 respondents and a margin of error of ±2.6 percent. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo described the survey results as “loud and clear repudiations” of his critics and detractors who questioned his policies and reforms. “These figures are loud and clear repudiations of the critics and detractors of PRRD who have described him as misogynistic, anti-poor and anti-human rights, and who have taken turns in questioning the Build-Build-Build Infrastructure Program and lam-

basting the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi,” Panelo said. He said Duterte’s critics and detractors should realize that their backlash directed at the President is ignored by those who support him. “While the Administration never impelled the vocal minority from expressing their dissent, it is time they finally realize that a sizeable but silent majority has paid no attention to their endless tirades against PRRD and the Administration, as well as its policies, particularly with respect to the aforesaid matters. The Palace considers this increase in satisfaction rating as a vote of public confidence and a demonstration of the people’s unshakeable trust to the present Administration,” he said. He also reassured the public that the Duterte administration will proceed with programs and services that benefit all Filipinos. “As we go into the third year of the President’s term, the Filipinos can rest assured that we would not be lulled into complacency while we continue to roll out the programs and services he started in bringing a comfortable life for all under a peaceful and corrupt-free environment,” Panelo said. (EJ Roque and Azer Parrocha)

DILG urges provinces to create own anti-insurgency body THE DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged the country’s 81 provinces to create their own task force to combat insurgencies in their areas. “With no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself taking the role as National Task Force chairperson, provincial governments should follow his lead by taking more active and decisive actions to counter communist terrorist groups through the creation

of a provincial task force,” Año said. “Putting an end to insurgency does not only require a military solution because this will address only one facet of the issue. We should therefore work together and put our acts together as one nation -- starting from the provinces, cities, towns and barangays - to lick the insurgency problem,” he added. In December, Duterte signed Executive Order 70 which institutionalized a

whole-of-nation approach in dealing with insurgency through the creation of NTFELCAC or the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. According to Año, the primary responsibility of the provincial task force is to harmonize and optimize government efforts and resources at the provincial level to address the root causes of insurgency and attain sustainable peace and development. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)

Alcohol tax to raise P237-B in revenues A PROPOSAL by Senator Manny Pacquiao to increase the excise tax on alcohol products will raise additional revenues of almost P237 billion over a five-year period and at the same time help reduce excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks or binge drinking that is linked to vehicular crash accidents, domestic abuse and other crimes. Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua said that like the proposed hike in cigarette taxes, increasing the excise tax levied on alcohol prod-

ucts will help close the P40-billion funding gap in the Universal Health Care (UHC) program. Pacquiao’s Senate Bill (SB) No. 2197 will raise around P32.3 billion in the first year of its implementation in 2019, and P40 billion in 2020; P47.4 billion in 2021, P54.6 billion in 2022 and another P62.4 billion in 2023, for a total of P236.6 billion, according to Chua. In endorsing the bill, Chua said computations done by the DOF’s Strategy, Economics and Results Group show that the

inflationary impact of increasing the excise tax on alcohol products under the measure would only be 0.1 percentage points. “If inflation is, let’s say, 3.2 percent this year as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas projects, then the additional inflation will be 0.1, so 3.3 percent,” Chua said. Health Undersecretary Rolando Domingo said higher alcohol excise taxes would help curb binge drinking, which often leads to vehicular accidents and the commission of crimes.

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HEALTH

Mga Panganib ng Laging Humihilik Ni Dr. Willie T. Ong ANG MGA madalas na paghilik ay maaaring magdulot ng masamang epekto sa katawan ng tao. Kasama na dito ang obstructive sleep apnea. Ito ay nagdudulot ng iba pang mga problema tulad ng: 1. Mahabang pagputol sa paghinga (mahigit sampung segundo) habang natutulog dahil sa sagabal o harang sa daanan ng hangin. 2. Madalas na paggising mula sa pagtulog kahit na hindi mo namamalayan na nagigising ka. 3. Mababaw na pagtulog. Ang mga taong may obstructive sleep apnea ay hindi nakakatulog ng malalim upang mapigilan ang pagiging relaxed ng kanilang throat muscles upang hindi ito makasagabal sa daanan ng hangin. Ang mga taong madalas humilik ay laging inaantok sa umaga.

Dr. Willie T. Ong 4. Pagkapagod ng puso. Ang obstructive sleep apnea ay nagreresulta sa mataas na presyon (blood pressure) at maaaring magdulot na paglaki ng puso na nagpapataas ng posibilidad ng stroke at atake sa puso 5. Iregular na tibok ng puso. Ang mga taong matagal nang humihilik ay may posibilidad na magkaroon ng iregular na tibok ng puso. Ang mga taong naghihilik ay napag-alaman na madalas na nagkakaroon ng atrial fibrillation kaysa sa mga tao na hindi

naghihilik. 6. Mababang lebel ng oxygen sa katawan. Maaari itong magdulot ng pagsikip ng mga ugat sa baga at maaaring magdulot ng pulomonary hypertension kalaunan. 7. Gastroesophageal reflux disease o GERD. Madalas itong maranasan ng mga may sleep apnea. Ang mga may sleep apnea ay nakakaranas ng GERD sapagkat hindi tama ang pagsara ng daanan ng hangin. Nagdudulot ito ng pagbabago sa pressure na humihigop ng mga pagkaing tinutunaw na sa tiyan pabalik sa esophagus. 8. Pagsakit ng ulo 9. Pagtaba 10. Pakiramdam na laging pagod sa umaga.

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HE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation is ready to assist in resolving the gruesome murder of a teenager, who was found dead - her face skinned to the bone and some organs missing - in Cebu province. “We’ll let tim was found without high school student at the local police take the her under garments, rais- the Maribago Nationlead. If they have diffi- ing suspicion that she al High School who was culties (solving the case) was raped and then mur- also a volunteer at the loI’ll ask the NBI (to come dered, and skinned to cal parish. in,” Justice Secretary hide her identity. AuthorSilawan was first reMenardo Guevara said. ities identified the victim ported missing after atThe 16-year old vic- as Christine Silawan, a tending a mass and had

been found murdered in the village of Bangkal in Lapu-Lapu City. Her brutal killing renewed calls for the re-imposition of the death penalty after it had been abolished many years ago. Police were still investigating the killing which was condemned by many

civil groups, including the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. “The brutal killing of the teenage girl in LapuLapu is an act of pure evil and we call upon our authorities to catch the monsters responsible. We also call upon witnesses to come out and speak

for the early resolution of this dastardly act,” the IBP-Cebu chapter said. If given the chance, the lawyers’ group said it will provide legal service to “aid in the prosecution of the culprits to this vicious crime when caught”. (Benjamin Pulta)

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