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Wilson Ninofranco Limon: The Art of Integrating Indigenous Culture to Modern Design

ONE of Davao’s young fashion mavericks is a staunch defender of Mindanao Culture. He strives ever so diligently to protect, sustain and preserve our various Lumad groups’ cultural traditions while enriching them with new ideas to make them relevant to the modern times. His name is Wilson Ninofranco Limon, the well-loved and well-admired fashion designer in our beloved Davao City. The soft-spoken Wilson is not only gifted with talent, creativity, artistic ability, sense of style, passion, diligence, and a good business sense; he also has a six-pack-abs to boot. The guy has been winning accolades for his astounding fashion endeavor. Wilson Limon started working with Mindanao tribes’ women artisans during his senior year at the Philippine Womens College of Davao. “We were assigned to reinvent the traditional ensembles of the various ethno-linguistic communities in Davao City under the supervision of the respected Prof. Emi Englis. I was specifically tasked to do a research study on the traditional garments of the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe. The Bagobo constitute one of the largest groups among the indigenous peoples of southern Mindanao. This ethnic group is considered to be the most colorful when it comes to their traditional attire. They are composed of three subgroups namely the Tagabawa, the Clata/Guiangan and the Ubo,” narrated Wilson. It was there and then that Wilson discovered the Bagobo-Tagabawa’s fabrics of life as a vital element in the development of a culture. “The fabrics which are meticulously and painstakingly hand-woven on backstrap looms by aging craftswomen are, indeed, exemplary labor of love for the need for perfection and the enrichment of life. The masterpieces left

behind by those who had shared their talents through the years could easily be perceived in the meticulously handcrafted antique pieces handed down through the generations. These spectacular fabrics of life are so rich with the beauty that transcends time.” “Inabal is the traditional fabric handwoven from abaca through a special weaving technique creating the patterns of kinatkat or ine. These are the fabrics with a central panel and worn exclusively by women. These fabrics are woven in the ikat-style and colored using vegetable and other organic dyes. Inabal fabrics were customarily woven for the garments of the tribes’ royals,” explained Wilson as he added, “It was during my research when I got to discover more about our rich Mindanao culture. I was born and raised in Davao and I found it a shame that I was not that aware of the magnificence of the material (

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FOG AND RAIN brought by Tropical Storm "Crising" cover parts of the city’s downtown area on Friday. BING GONZALES

Potential bets start advertising on Facebook for 2022 campaign Dinagat mourns death of cult leader Ruben Ecleo

BUTUAN CITY – The provincial government of Dinagat Islands mourned the death of the province's former congressman and leader of the Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association (PBMA) Ruben

Ecleo Jr. Ecleo died at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Hospital in Muntinlupa City at about noon on Thursday due to cardiopulmonary arrest, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said in a

BY THE PHILIPPINE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

POTENTIAL candidates have started advertising on Facebook more than a year before the May 2022 elections, spending several thousand to a few million pesos since August 2020, data from the social media platform showed. A significant shift to general of poll watchdog the social media platform online campaigning is ex- National Citizens’ Move- among potential national pected during the 2022 ment for Free Elections candidates. It’s an average statement. elections, especially with (Namfrel). of P562,250 in ad spending “Pagmamahal at pamobility restrictions ima month for Gatchalian and “Less people now read kikiramay sa pamilya posed during the pandemic, about P130,000 a month for newspapers, and with the at nagmamahal sa datalthough in-person activiTrillanes. shutdown of ABS-CBN, ing kasamahan sa Konties will remain a staple of Gatchalian’s Facebook there are less media outlets greso... Dinagat Islands the campaign, according ads were mostly about his covering the news. People Representative Ruben to Eric Alvia, secretary- are gravitating towards stand on issues, particularly ( / DINAGAT / 11) social media,” Alvia told on the education and energy the Philippine Center for sectors. These were pushed Investigative Journalism through Gatchalian’s official Facebook page “Sen. (PCIJ). Sen. Sherwin Gatchal- Win Gatchalian,” which ian has spent P4.5 million has more than two million boosting more than 600 Fa- likes and followers, as of cebook posts over the past this writing. Trillanes advertised his eight months, while former testing. receive a memo about it. page and his posts accusing senator Antonio Trillanes The testing protocol is She said the IPHO is President Duterte of corIV and his supporters spent a precautionary measure as continually monitoring the the seafarer was already con- possible presence of the new more than P1 million to ruption. One of the pages sidered to have recovered COVID-19 variants in the promote a total of 45 posts. supporting the senator when he was cleared to return province, in coordination They are the two big- — “We support Trillanes home. with local hospitals. gest ad spenders so far on ( / POTENTIAL / 10)

Trackers in GenSan looking for passengers with Indian variant GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews) – Rural health units (RHUs) in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) have launched extensive tracking for passengers of a commercial flight from Manila to this city last month who possibly had contact with a seafarer who turned out positive of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mutant strain from India. Passengers board a Philippine Airlines plane at the General Santos City Airport. MindaNews file photo by BOBBY TIMONERA The move was based on an advisory issued by the Department of Health (DOH)-Region 12 to trace the co-passengers of the returning

37-year-old male sea-based worker, who was confirmed on Tuesday to have been infected with the B.1.617.2 or Indian variant. Celia Lorenzo, epidemiology and surveillance unit head of the South Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said Wednesday they were advised to look for the passengers from the area of the Philippine Airlines flight last April 26. “The call is specifically for those situated in rows 25 to 35 of the flight,” she said in a press conference. Lorenzo said all co-passengers who will be tracked will be subjected to swab or Reverse TranscriptionPolymerase Chain Reaction

The DOH’s epidemiology bureau said the seafarer arrived in Manila from Oman last April 10 and was tested on April 15. He was cleared to return home last April 26 and came out negative in RT-PCR testing on May 3 but continued his home quarantine until May 10. Lorenzo said the DOH did not disclose the location of the seafarer but said he was “definitely not from South Cotabato” as they did not

A number of samples from the province were earlier sent to the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center for genome sequencing. Last month, the local government confirmed two cases of the “variants of concern” involving returning Overseas Filipino Workers but the patients, who contracted the B.1.351 or South African and P.1 or Brazilian mutant strains, have since recovered. (MindaNews)

Fire hits 3 houses BY TRICIABEL SANSON/UM INTERN

THREE houses and a sarisari (sundry) store were razed by fire around 10 p.m. in Barangay Acacia, Buhangin on May 13. The fire quickly spread because the houses were made of light materials.

The gas station nearby, however, was fortunately spared. The Bureau of Fire Protection XI is still investigating the cause of the fire, as well as the cost of damage.


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300 vials of Sinovac feared spoiled due to power outage COTABATO CITY – More than 300 vials of Sinovac vaccines are feared to have been spoiled after these were kept in a non-functional freezer in Makilala, North Cotabato. D r. E v a R a b a y a , health officer Dr. Gina So- fice’s freezer. However, North Cotabato provin- rilla, who was summoned a brownout occurred at cial health chief, said by the municipal town about 12:30 p.m. last Friday Thursday the 348 vac- council to explain, said the (May 7). cines had been forward- vaccines were intended for “Because of the ed to the Department of senior citizens. brownout, the health Health-Region 12 office Lito Cañedo, Makilala workers and the police here to determine if the IATF spokesperson, said in charge of securing the doses are still safe for use. the vaccines were kept at vaccines decided to transMakilala municipal the municipal health of- fer the vials to the freezer

PDEA destroys drugs worth P61-M in CDO C A G AYA N D E O R O CITY (PIA)--The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office (PDEA)-10 has destroyed the confiscated illegal drugs from various provinces in region 10 amounting to P61,493,563.76 at the Cosmopolitan Memorial Chapel here. According to Benjamin Recites III, PDEA X officer-in-charge, they have destroyed 9043.0835 grams of "shabu" or methamphetamine, 4.5295 grams of marijuana fruiting tops, and 0.4368 grams of marijuana dried leaves.

Pursuant to section 21, Article 11 of RA 9165, and DDB Resolution number 1, series of 2002 and 2007, the destruction of the illegal drug evidence from concluded cases ensures the prevention of circulating it back to the streets. Despite the slowdown of the drug trade due to heightened security checkpoints and stay-at-home policies in this time of COVID-19 pandemic, Recites said PDEA is still steadfast in pursuing its mandate. Witnessed and supported by representatives from (

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of the Makilala police office,” Cañedo said, adding that the freezer was powered by a generator during the duration of the brownout. He said the power supply from Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Cotelco) was restored at about 2 p.m. Friday but no one managed to switch the electrical supply back on

using the regular power source after the generator shut down. Cañedo said municipal office workers, including health personnel, left at 3 p.m. as part of health protocols. “Nobody noticed it on Friday that the freezer was not switched backed to the regular power supply. Saturday and Sunday were

no work days; it was only on Monday morning (May 10) that it was discovered by the personnel in charge from the town health office,” Cañedo said. “I doubt if it was not spoiled,” he said in the vernacular. The DOH-12 officials are yet to issue a statement whether the vaccines are damaged or not. (PNA)

SouthCot looking for more nurses for COVID-19 cases GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The provincial government of South Cotabato is hiring additional nurses to address the dwindling health care workers assigned in its hospitals handling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Dr. Conrado Braña, chief of the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH), said they have at least 30 vacant positions for registered nurses as of Friday and working to fill them up to cope with the situation.

The local government has treatment and isolation facilities for COVID-19 at the SCPH in Koronadal City and the Soccsksargen General Hospital (SGH) in Surallah town. Braña, the designated in-charge for provincial government-run hospitals, said they have been facing difficulty in hiring new nurses due to the lack of takers and new graduates. He said the problem is also prevalent in some private hospitals, some of which were already forced to downgrade their opera-

tions due to limited manpower. “A number of our nurses actually resigned to work abroad instead. I recently endorsed the resignation of our nurse who was already called up by their agency,” he told reporters. The official said the SCPH needs more health care workers in line with the continuing expansion of its COVID-19 ward. It opened the facility last week in response to the increasing cases in the province and decongest patients at the SGH, the

local government’s dedicated treatment center for the disease. Braña said the establishment of the additional ward complies with a directive from the Department of Health that required Level 2 hospitals to allocate 30 percent of their bed capacity for COVID-19 patients. He said 10 patients are admitted at the facility, which is on the third floor of its expansion building or the previous pay wing. The second floor was (

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ENSURING DRUG Destruction. PDEA RO-X chemists lay out and test the collated illegal-drugs evidence from concluded cases across various provinces in the region to be destroyed by incineration. (VPSB/PIA10)


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They wear masks to obey law, not to fight COVID-19 GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews) – Hours before sunrise, fish peddler Gilbert Pangamal, 32, sips his coffee before donning an improvised facemask made from a shirt sleeve to cover his mouth and nose. He does this everyday as he leaves to sell fish at the city proper. “Basin dakpon ta kay walay facemask (We might get arrested for not wearing facemask),” he quipped. Pangamal lives in makeshift house with his wife, five children and in-laws along the shoreline of a two-hectare property called Badjao Village in barangay Bawing, at the outskirts of this city. There are around 250 houses in the village. The village is divided by an imaginary line, which the fish vendor jokingly referred to as “Sila didto Badjao, kami diri Goodjaw (They on the other side are Badjao, while we here are the Goodjao).” This, he said, is because the Goodjaos work for a living while “those on the other side are the ones you see begging on the streets and some even resort to illegal means.” From his house, Pangamal has to walk several hundred meters to the highway and catch a ride to the fishing port complex, where he buys a load of fish to sell around on a pedicab that he leaves at a friend’s house downtown. Asked if he fears catching COVID-19, Pangamal said what he has in mind is to make a living rather than worry about the dreadful disease. Since May 7 until May 9, the daily tally of new positive cases increased with the inclusion of at least 32 who were listed as “fishermen.” A local radio report said the “fishermen” were crewmembers of a fishing vessel that came from Papua New Guinea and owned by a GenSan-based company that was not named. With the alarming rise in new cases, authorities here began imposing on May 10 stricter measures that include “No-movement Sunday, longer curfew hours and a ban on liquor and intoxicating drinks, hoping to thwart a sudden surge in new COVID-19 cases the past days. Mayor Ronnel Rivera, in a press conference, traced the increase to household transmissions. “Most of the new cases in this city the past days were noted to be from families or those sharing a single household,” he said. Badjao village leader Ronald Ebbah said each house in their community is usually occupied by three to five families. It is customary among Badjaos to live with relatives, he added. Relatives from other places would usually come to visit onboard their boats via the open sea, he said. Pre-pandemic sight By midmorning at the Badjao village, the small market area in the community is already alive with children and even toddlers who are either busy playing or flocking on street food stalls, while others simply preoccupied with other things, like their cellphones. A recent visit to the place bares a sight reminiscent of pre-pandemic times, adults roam around while the children running around outside of their homes that are densely built close to each other. What is noticeable, none of them wore facemasks. With that sight, the Badjao residents appear unwary of the need for social distancing as a simple way to avoid the coronavirus. Speaking in the vernacular, Pangamal said: “Wala man COVID diri namo. Kung ibalik ang lockdown, lisud na pud kami makabaligya ug isda (There’s no COVID in our place. If the lockdown is again imposed, it would be difficult for us again to sell fish).” The fish peddler’s remarks reflect the lack of proper understanding of the coronavirus among residents. This city has logged 97 deaths so far. Health officials also said that General Santos already exceeded the national COVID-19 positivity rate when the city logged 16.78 percent positivity rate on Sunday, more than the 13.9 percent of the country. Dr. Karl Floreda, infectious disease specialist and spokesperson of the Local Inter Agency Task Force on COVID-19, said on Monday that there is already an alarming 89-percent hospital occupancy rate for positive COVID-19 patients.

UNWARY. By midmorning at the Badjao village, the small market area in the community is already alive with children who are either busy playing or flocking on street food stalls near a community health center. Badjao residents appears to fear more the law than getting infected with COVID-19. MindaNews Photo by ROMMEL G. REBOLLIDO

BREATHLESS. An infant gasps for air as his mother bathes him outside of their home at the Badjao village in Bawing, General Santos City. MindaNews Photo by ROMMEL G. REBOLLIDO

He said intensive care unit occupancy is also at critical levels and have ran out of mechanical ventilators. Lack understanding So why was he wearing an improvised mask? Pangamal replied: “Dakpon man gud daw ang moadto sa siyudad nga walay facemask (They will apprehend anyone who’d go to the city without facemask).” Pangamal roams residential areas in the city on a pedicab to sell fish every day. Community leader Ebbah was even proud to declare that none among the residents in their place have been infected with COVID-19 because they had warned residents about it and had imposed safety measures. Bawing, the barangay where Badjao village is located, is not on the health office’s list of high-risk areas, which include barangays Lagao, Bula, Conel, San Isidro, Apopong, Labangal, Calumpang and Barangay Fatima. Gensan has 26 barangays in all. Ebbah said they have set up checkpoints manned by volunteers called Barangay COVID-19 Control Force to check those entering and leaving their village. The checkpoints are manned by female volunteers during the daytime and males at night, screening every individual entering the village. Those who enter the village are subjected to temperature checks and handwashing, Ebbah said. Fish peddler Pangamal said once they are inside the community, they can already take off their masks. Only outsiders who enter their place are required to wear masks, he added. NO MASK NO ENTRY. Badjao village leader Ronald Ebbah helps man a checkpoint set up to prevent entry What is worrisome, though, is Ebbah’s observation that none among of potentially infected persons by checking on their temperature. None of the residents, however, have the residents in the village have ever been tested for COVID-19. (Rommel been tested for COVID-19. MindaNews Photo by ROMMEL G. REBOLLIDO G. Rebollido / MindaNews)


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Anti-terror council tags 19 Reds, ten ASG leaders as ‘terrorists’ MANILA – The Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) has formally designated Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison and 18 others, as well as 10 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and other extremist groups as “terrorists”. Signed by the coun- New People’s Army also sion- and policy-making cil’s chairperson, Executive known as Bagong Hukbong body of the CPP, also leads Secretary Salvador Medial- Bayan (CPP/NPA), which and commands the NPA dea, and vice chairperson, was designated under Anti- – its main weapon in atHermogenes Esperon, on Terrorism Council Reso- taining the Party’s goal April 20, the ATC designat- lution No. 12 (2020), as of overthrowing the duly ed the “central committee terrorists.” elected government by members of the Communist “The Central Commit- seizing and consolidating Party of the Philippines and tee(,) as the highest deci- political power through

violent means,” Resolution 17, released on Thursday, read. Based on verified and validated information, the ATC said it found probable cause, as defined in the

Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), warranting the designation of the following Central Committee members of the CPP for violating Sections 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the Act for planning, preparing,

facilitating, conspiring, and inciting the commission of terrorism and recruitment to and membership in a terrorist organization or a group organized to engage (

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Missile boats to boost PH Navy's capability MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN)'s capability to defend the country's key sea lines of communications (SLOCs) such as Mindoro, Balabac, Sibutu, and Basilan Straits against conventional threats will get a boost with the forthcoming arrival of fast-attack interdictor craft missile (FAIC-

M) boats it has acquired. Navy chief, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo made this remark as he confirmed that the three of a total of eight fast-attack interdictor craft missile (FAIC-M) boats it has acquired are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2022.

"Confirmed. The first three platforms will be delivered in 2022 already," PN chief, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Friday when asked for updates. This came after ship(

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An elderly woman closes her eyes while getting a jab from a medical health worker at the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) on Nagtahan St., Sampaloc in Manila City on Friday (May 14, 2021). More Filipinos are expected to be vaccinated with the arrival of more Covid-19 vaccine supplies in the coming months. (PNA photo by Dexter Starks)


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Bearing the impact of the pandemic BY SAMANTHA BURGOS

THE emergence of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has gravely affected all segments of the population, and is particularly detrimental to members of the social groups who are most vulnerable. Among these vulnerable sectors include older people, persons with disabilities, people living with poverty, and children in vulnerable situations. According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the anxiety and stress this pandemic bring to adults can also be felt by children. Children are not the face of this pandemic, UNICEF said, but they risk being among its biggest victims, as children’s lives are nonetheless being changed in profound ways. All children of varying ages, everywhere in the world are affected particularly by the socio-economic impacts and the alleviating measures that may unintentionally do more harm than good. Yan, 17, a resident of Barangay 76-A, an urban poor community in Davao City, told Mindanao Times the pandemic has further exacerbated their already difficult situation. At the start of the lockdown in the city last March 2020, the first thing she felt was great fear of what her family will face, especially because people were not allowed out of their houses during the Enhanced Community Quarantine. “I was really worried and stressed at the beginning of this pandemic, my family felt the same also. There were unexpected bad experiences that happened during this time, which worsened our situation,” she said. Her mother was one of those laid off from work and there was no support from her estranged father. On top of that, her grandmother whom they share the house with, could not also work as vendor in the downtown San Pedro street because of the lockdown. “Up until now, they couldn’t find work,” Yan said. Yan supported herself by being a working student, but even that was taken away from her because she could not get out of the house to keep safe. Because of this, Yan said they only rely on the relief goods that the city government distributed. However, she said that they have only been distributed twice during the whole relief good operations. “Sometimes, we find ways to borrow money just so we can have something to get whenever we need some money,” she said.

FOOD packs were distributed to women who were unable to leave their homes due to the lockdown during the first few weeks of the pandemic. Talikala photo

“It may be difficult, but at least we still are kicking amid the pandemic. We are still grateful that we still have something to get in our pockets when we needed something,” she also said. She also said that with regards to her education, she is also having a hard time grasping online classes since she is more comfortable and used with face-to-face classes as most students are. “The thing about online classes is that the internet is not always available. Sometimes its signal is very slow, disturbing me on my school works. There are also instances during examination where you need to refresh the page because it’s not working, and you end up starting all over again answering from the beginning because it does not automatically save your answers,” she said.

She also said that the tasks given to them in a week can cause stress due to its volume. She said that sometimes there are too many tasks to do, and she’s worried on where to begin with all the workload. “Then there are times when I think I can’t do all the stuff. Like for example we need to provide a video for our Physical Education subject, then I have to study the whole module. Even so, I am finding ways and doing my best to pass all the assignments so I will not fail in this school year, and I will not put to waste what I’ve started,” she said. She also said that she prefers more the face-to-face classes than the online-modular, since she said, she will learn a lot more. ( / BEARING / 7)

THE VOLUNTEERS of Talikala, an organization helping women, pack food items to be distributed to their beneficiaries who could not find a means of income during the pandemic. Talikala photo


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“Like now, we converted to online-modular, it’s just you who will do all the work, without any help. Especially like me, where I cannot run to anyone where I can find help in times when I can’t understand the subject. What makes it difficult is that I am the eldest of my siblings, one is studying in Grade 5, and the other is in grade 2. I also have to help them so they can cope up,” she said. “And one more thing, I am the only Grade 11 student in our community who studied at Assumption (Assumption College of Davao), so the materials we are studying with the people of my age here are not the same. Our tasks and exams are not the same, so I have to do my best to not to fail,” she said. Despite the determination to finish this school year without failing grades, Yan admitted that it is difficult to cope up. However, she said that in order to reach her dreams, she should aim high. She said that even how difficult times are, she should always be consistent in her efforts to attain her dreams. “If I will remain consistent viewing my future as bright, I will reach what I want to reach. If I have no hindrances even this pandemic, I am pretty sure I can reach my goals,” she said. She said that it is natural to feel anxious and worried following the uncertainties, but she is hopeful that everything will go to normal soon. She said that as of now, all she needs to do is to focus more on her dreams, and help her family in any way she can. “Of course, we cannot take away the worrying, all of us feels the same way, but I did not come to that point where I became depressed. It’s just that during that time when I can see that there are no more rice at home, of course I will also be worried, in times when I know there are no more food to eat, those instances. Plus, the online classes, and the unexpected happenings, all of which can be a cause of worrying. But I am hopeful, I just have had to think optimistically, because all of these, I believe, shall pass,” she said. Children are naturally resilient and optimistic, that is one of the positive traits of the kids, Talikala-Davao Executive Director Jeanette Ampog told Mindanao Times in an interview. Pandemic is disorienting Talikala-Davao is non-government organization advocating for the protection of women and children. According to Ampog, even if children are facing one of the difficult situations in their lives, she said that they still view life as it is. She said that children are still hopeful for what tomorrow has to offer, but for the time being children are also experiencing what the adults are feeling. “Even us adults are disoriented. They too, feel the same. The adjustment it takes for them to embrace all of these is not easy. They are also in deep confusion, so we can say that they are also having a hard time,” she said. Among the struggles of children Ampog disclosed are the profound change in children’s day-to-day routine, their education, the socio-economic status of their families, and their everyday living. She said that some children are wondering why they can’t play outside anymore, why there is a need to wear face masks and face shields every time, and why can’t they see their playmates anymore. “The pandemic has disrupted the regular activities of these children under normal times. A 10-year-old kid, during our consultation asked us why is he can’t play outside anymore, or what is happening, because these kids are confused,” she said. She also said that since the pandemic there are cases of children molested, abused, and deprived of their rights. Some of these children, she said, are also experiencing cyberbullying as they are always on the internet. Even if these children are at home, she said, it is not a hundred percent certain that they will be safe. “Kids are bored, that’s why they oftentimes turn to social media for them to be entertained. But most of the time, as their response to boredom is the social media, they get to spend too much time there. In a way, it is okay since it keeps the kids at home, but too much exposure may lead to bad things, like cyber-bullying or they will be influenced with bad things there. We all know the internet is not that safe,” she said. She also said that some children at home may experience physical abuse or mental abuse by their parents or relatives. She said that home may be seemed as a safe place, but they still have to monitor the children’s preoccupation while at home. As there are advantages of children not acquiring the disease at home, some of them might feel unsafe due to the people or environment around them. “How safe is the home for children? We never know their perpetrator are there, their abuser. It is really unfortunate. We never expected the pandemic to happen and we are not prepared. All of us, in all other sectors, we are not prepared,” she said.

She admitted that these are the common problems faced by the children. She said that some children experienced being raped or being physically hit by their parents. These are only some of the many bad experience children felt during the pandemic, she said. On the education system, which are now conducted online, she said it brought more struggles to children. Just lik Yan, Ampog said children are having a hard time coping up with the current education system. Stress and anxiety She said that the current education system only adds up to children’s anxiety and stress as there are workloads of tasks to do. Like Yan, these children also find it hard to finish every task as there are huge volume of them. “It (The education system) just adds up to the mental health state of the children. It’s like they are exhausted already, and then there comes these huge volumes of workloads. It defeats the purpose, meaning to say, it becomes mechanical,” she said. “I am not criticizing the Department of Education, but there should really be a consideration. How can you study a lot of modules, how can you answer a lot of it every week? The kids will definitely get drained,” she said, appealing to minimize the tasks given to these children. She also said that it is not realistic for parents to answer their modules instead. Because, Ampog said, the children cannot learn in that way. She said that this may be a reason for parents to hit their kids due to pressure. “Sometimes, there are cases that this (module answering) can be a source of parents hitting their children because they wanted to force their children to study. Parents will be pressured too, they will pressure the children also, then the kid will have a hard time already, then that will be the start of the conflict,” she said. She said that while they are answering modules, there are also projects and activities that needed to be submitted on time. This also causes stress not only to the children, but also to the parents, because parents should provide to their children. Instead of nurturing a close relationship with their parents this will only cause them to have conflicts at home. There are also cases, she said that these parents will already say foul words to the kids which will hurt them. “I understand that this should not hamper the learning of the child, but I guess, it will only cause them negative effects or conflict. For me, it is best to go back to the table and find exciting ways to teach children even if it’s not academic. We can teach children how to do household chores and such,” she said. On the economic status of these children and their family, Ampog said majority of their parents and the ones supporting them are unemployed. “Most of NGOs here are helping those marginalized. We cannot support all of them because we only have limited resources for them,” she said. Because of this, Ampog said some children are forced to work to help their families. She said, as their parents are finding ways to support their family also, these kids still take the risk even if there is a virus lurking around just so they can help their families. “Some of these children go out just to sell bananaques, maruya or kakanin. Some of them are being a trashman just so they can earn little money,” she said. “Also, some of these children, are engaging intro prostitution just so they can gain money,” she added. “What if there is an outbreak in that community? Then the child will probably acquire the disease. It is worrisome in our side since we really care about these children,” she said. Tough times Tambayan Center for Children’s Rights Project and Advocacy Officer Charlyn Nadong, in an interview with times also attested to the children’s plight during the current pandemic. The Tambayan Center for Children’s Rights is also an NGO advocating for child protection. Nadong said that children are indeed having a tough time coping up especially during the pandemic. She said that during the first period of the pandemic, children are still happy since they had more time to bond with their loved ones, but as days goes by, Nadong said these children became more bored, more worried and stressed as they also feel what the adults feel. “Based on what kids tell us, their level of stress and anxiety is really high. These children are used to going out of their houses, go somewhere where they can see their friends, socialize with neighbors and such. But since the pandemic, they are tied up to their homes. As they see the real struggle of their families, they grew worrisome. They feel frustrated with the situation they are in right now, plus the education system they have, and the situation of their family,” she said. She also said that some cases of abuse were also reported to them. She said that these cases happened at home or within the community.

“Yes, we have cases of sexual abuse. Example of these are the two sisters who were sexually abused by their mom’s boyfriend. There was also this one girl who was accused of theft without any evidence, she was electrified just so she can admit her sins. There was also a child who was sent a letter saying she will be given 300 hundred pesos if she will allow the guy to touch her private part,” she said. She also said that aside from the sexual abuse, she also attested that children really have a very tough time attending to their studies since it is now done online. “Not everyone has the capacity. There are others who’s got no gadgets or internet at home. Aside from answering the modules, they also have to submit projects that may demand great effort. This really adds up to the mental stability of the children,” she said. She also said that things are worse since the parents or the guardians don’t have work. She said that as much as they wanted these children to stay at home, they cannot just simply restrain them because they wanted to help their families. Nadong also said that cases of teenage pregnancies are also increasing. Some of the communities they are reaching out to tend to have more children to feed. Frequent consultations As NGOs who are advocating for child safety and protection, both Talikala and Tamabyan are doing their very best to support the children and their families. Regular consultations were conducted so they can be in touch with children. “We are seeing, we are listening to children. We let them share their experiences in the matter of time. We let them identify if they are being violated, or they refer to us violations of the rights of children that they have observed in the neighborhood,” Ampog said, as she pointed out that the rights of the children during this pandemic should be tight. Ampog also said that as the on-site activities are being cancelled, it affects the children’s participation rights to attend to school activities or children’s congress. “Fortunate for other children who has an NGO to work with. But not all of them are taken care of an NGO or under the government’s assistance that they can connect to. As for us, we try to conduct virtual discussions, but it is still challenging since some kids don’t know how to use a gadget, or don’t have one,” she said. “NGOs and the social worker are trying our best, even if it’s dangerous because of certain risks that we will be transmitted with the disease, we still go to the barangays or communities just to have a quick chat with children. We ask them how they are, so they can also share to us, and we’ll know how to help. They can also reach us using the messenger app, they can tell us whatever it is they want to tell us,” she said. She also said that part of their efforts is to teach the children on how to protect themselves from COVID-19, as well as on how to protect themselves from different kinds of abuses. She said that they have provided children the coping skills to protect themselves during the new normal. “Rest assured that we always attend to the needs children. Whatever it is to be done, we help their families and their character development, we really are doing it,” Ampog said. On the other hand, Nadong said that in their department they are also conducting meetings where the children can disclose their concerns. She said that because of the pandemic, they limit their activities through online. “In the virtual meetings, we see to it that they can disclose the abuses, and struggles they are facing,” Nadong said. She also said that as to those cases where they encountered the traumatizing abuse, they conducted a psychosocial first aid, in which basic psychological aid as an initial help will be provided. “We are not really allowed to conduct counselling, at least in this psychosocial first aid, the kid can release his or her trauma.” Nadong also said that the since the pandemic they helped families, provided them food pack and also educational support. “Since the pandemic we helped the families. We allocated budget to give to them, even if it’s not that big of an amount, at least it can help them in some way. We really are reaching out to them in any way we can,” she said. As to these children, Nadong said they are still feeling hopeful of the future. Even if this unfortunate event happened, where we are all put inside the pandemic cloud, children still have a desire of a better future. Like Yan, they still see the future as a reachable goal. Ampog said that if the program and services for children work, then there it will help the children in their journey. “Not only those programs who will give them food or medicines, or budget, but those that can address holistically to children in terms of survival, protection of their rights, and ensure that the children will continue to develop their potentials. Also, programs that will ensure that the participation of children to issues affecting them are being taken into consideration by people or by service providers, either from the government or NGOs,” she said.


MAY 15-16, 2021 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016

All pawned items items that expired during the month All pawned that expired during theof JANUARY 2021, if not renewed or redeemed on month MAY, 2015 if not reor beforeofMARCH 2021 will be renewed sold to theorpublic deemed on or before JULY 14, 2015 will be on MARCH 16, 2021 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop sold to the public on JULY 16, 2015 at 9:00 premises.

a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang FIRST COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan Gipahibalo ang tanan na nga angnag-expired FIRST sa bulan sa ENERO 2021. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan sa publiko karong MARSO 16, 2021 sa alas 9:00 sa nga nag-expired sa bulan sa MAYO 2015. buntag.

Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong HULYO 16 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.

DAVAO FIRST COLOR PAWNSHOP

#47 Lao St., Toril, Davao City Tel. No. 295-2460

9GEMS Pawnshop Inc. Egger Bldg., Matina Crossing Davao City Tel. No. (082) 285-7069

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE A L L PAW N E D I T E M S EXPIRED ON MARCH 2021 AND GADGETS THAT EXPIRES ON APRIL 2021 WILL BE DISPLAYED IN A PUBLIC AUCTION ON MAY 18, 2021 AT 9:00AM.

All pawned items that expired during the month of MARCH 2021, must renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00am. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang GOLDVALUE PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa MARSO 2021. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag.

BRANCHES AUCTION DATE TEL. NOS. BAJADA MAY 04, 2021 321-8705 (Beside NBI Office) BABAK SAMAL MAY 21, 2021 301-4019 SAN PEDRO MAY 11, 2021 227-6772 CABAGUIO MAY 26, 2021 321-6223 TIBUNGCO MAY 28, 2021 222-2494

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

All pawned items that expired during the month of MARCH 2021, must renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior to the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang NARDING PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa AMRSO 2021. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES Lapu-lapu, Agdao Matina Crossing Tibungco

AUCTION DATE MAY 07, 2021 MAY 21, 2021 MAY 14, 2021

TEL. NOS. (082) 327-2104 (082) 297-5786 (082) 296-413015

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) MAY 28, 2021 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) MAY 14, 2021 (084) 628-842

ROSEGOLD PAWNSHOP & JEWELLER Main – San Pedro Cor. Anda Street Davao City Tel. Nos. (082) 221-1477; (082) 221-0355; (082)222-5039 Email us @ rosegoldpawnshop@gmail.com Accepts: Jewelry, Appliances, Watches, CellPhones and Any Valuable Items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all kinds of jewelry Rosegold Pawnshop Lapu-lapu Street, Agdao Davao City Tel. No. (082) 225-3637

Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre St., Davao City (Fronting Limso Hospital) Tel. No. (082) 222-2104

Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre Street, Davao City (Beside NCCC Hardwaremaxx) Tel. No. (082) 295-6199

Rosegold Pawnshop KM6 Crossing Buhangin, Div. Road, Davao City Tel. No. (082) 241-2355

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All Jewelry and other articles pawned at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main, Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre, Rosegold Pawnshop Bolton, Rosegold Pawnshop, Agdao and Rosegold Pawnshop Buhangin from NOVEMBER 16, 2020 to DECEMBER 15, 2020. If not redeemed or renewed on or before MAY 14, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on MAY 17, 2021 at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Toy Bldg., Lapu-lapu St., Agdao, Davao City

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2021 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days before the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 A.M.

All pawned items that expired during the month of DECEMBER 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on or before FEBRUARY 15, 2021 will be sold to the public on FEBRUARY 16, 2021 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop premises. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang AL-JOS PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa DISYEMBRE 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong PEBRERO 16, 2021 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang DIAGOLD PAWNSHOP INC., magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan ENERO PEBRERO UG MARSO 2021. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa na nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. EXPIRY DATES JANUARY 2021 FEBRUARY 2021 MARCH 2021

AUCTION DATES MAY 12, 2021 MAY 12, 2021 1MAY 12, 2021

GOLDSTANDARD PAWNSHOP

San Pedro street, Davao City (Fronting Queen Bank) Tel. No. (082) 222-1561 ; (082) 321-0128 Email: goldstandardpawnshopofdavao@gmail.com

Accepts: Jewelry, Appliances, Watches, Cellphones and any valuable items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all Kinds of Jewelry

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

All jewelry and other articles pawned at Goldstandard Pawnshop San Pedro, Goldstandard Pawnshop Ilustre from NOVEMBER 16, 2020 TO DECEMBER 15, 2020 if not redeemed or renewed on MAY 14, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on MAY 17, 2021 at our Pawnshop premises from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the Months of MARCH 2021 (Regular Items) and APRIL 2021 (Gadgets) must be redeemed or renewed two (2) days prior to the Auction date schedule as stated below. If not redeemed or renewed will be sold to the public on its respectively auction date schedule at its premises at 9:00 AM. BRANCHES: San Pedro (Main) Agdao Toril Bolton Digos City

AUTION DATE MAY 18, 2021 MAY 18, 2021 MAY 18, 2021 MAY 18, 2021 MAY 18, 2021

Tel. No. 327-8832 327-6275 327-8503 392-3022 333-9945


MAY 15-16, 2021

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

All pawned items at METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP that expired during the months of JANUARY 2021, if not renewed or redeemed on or before the scheduled dates of auction below will be sold to the public on the following dates as stated below. Ginapahibalo ang tanan na ang METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa ENERO 2021, kung dili malukat, ibaligya sa publiko niining mga musunod na mga adlaw. EXPIRY DATES JANUARY 2021

AUCTION DATES MARCH 17, 2021

EURO CIRCLE PAWNSHOP SAN PEDRO ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-0521

EURO MAIN PAWNSHOP ILUSTRE ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-7511 MATI CITY, DAVAO ORIENTAL - TEL. NO.: 306-0665

EURO STAR PAWNSHOP ILUSTRE ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-0667

EURO SUN PAWNSHOP

SAN PEDRO ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-3321

Roque Bldg., Matina Crossing, Davao City Tel. # 234-6367

PAWNS NOT REDEEMED/RENEWED WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS AFTER EXPIRY D AT E S W I L L B E A U C T I O N E D O N MAY 16, 2021 AT 10:00 A.M. AT THE RESPECTIVE PAWNSHOPS WHERE THE ITEMS WERE PAWNED.

All pawned items of GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. that expired during the month of MARCH 2021, if not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises at 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expire sa bulan sa MARSO 2021. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES

AUCTION DATE

General Lao, Toril

MAY. MAY. MAY. MAY. MAY. MAY. MAY.

Agton. Toril Buhangin Magallanes Tagum Saavedra, Toril Agdao

21, 2021 21, 2021 21, 2021 21, 2021 21, 2021 21, 2021 21, 2021

2nd Level, Gaisano Mall of Davao, J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City Tel. No.: (082) 221-3355 • (082) 305-9496 2nd Level, SM Lanang Premier, J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City Tel. No.: (082) 295-1505 • (082) 321-0525 email: jrosejewels@yahoo.com • www.jrosejewels.ph

TEL. NO. 291-2406 291-2952 241-0223 224-3138 216-3425 291-1349 327-2348

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the Months of FEBRUARY 2021 (Regular Items) and MARCH 2021 (Gadgets) must be redeemed or renewed two (2) days prior to the Auction date schedule as stated below. If not redeemed or renewed will be sold to the public on its respectively auction date schedule at its premises at 9:00 AM. BRANCHES:

AUTION DATE

Tel. No.

C.M. Recto (Main)

APRIL 15, 2021

297-8081

Lanang

APRIL 15, 2021

235-3473

GABBY’S BRILLIANT PAWNSHOP INC. / GABBY’S INFINITE PAWNSHOP INC. TEL NO.: 321-2185 / 234-4844

All pawned items that expire during the month of FEBRUARY 2021 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @9:00a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang GABBY’S INFINITE PAWNSHOP INC. magasubasta sa tanan nga nag expire sa bulan sa PEBRERO 2021. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES

AUCTION DATE

TEL. NOS.

SAN PEDRO

MAY 17, 2021

321-2185

ILUSTRE

MAY 01, 2021

234-4844

MAY 14, 2021

All pawned items expired on MARCH 2021 - APRIL 2021 Will be displayed in a public Auction On MAY 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.


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CULTURAL...

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culture of our ancestors. I was so amazed with the artistry and adeptness of our tribal women’s craftsmanship when it comes to their genius in textile traditions and ethnic art in fashion! I got so inspired to support the tapestry of Mindanao as a proud Davaoeno through the evolution of Philippine fashion.” Wilson Limon’s “Ninofranco” clothing line features clothes, both for men and women, which incorporates Mindanao weaves, embroideries and beadworks to modern fashion of today. It is the goal of Wilson Limon

to promote the weaving products of Mindanao through his clothing line to revive and bolster the ethnic weaving industry of Mindanao. “We need to support the ethnic weaving industry of Mindanao to be able to provide for the livelihood of our traditional weavers and encourage them to pass on the craft to the younger generation as well. I hope I am, in my own small way, raising awareness regarding Mindanao’s rich culture by incorporating indigenous culture in my modern clothing designs.” While Wilson’s “Ni-

NOTICE OF LOSS

I, CATALINA APURA, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of c/o University of Mindanao, Bolton Street, Davao City, after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, do hereby deposed and state: That I am the same and identical person who executed the forgoing affidavit; That I am the holder of one share of stock issued by the University of Mindanao, Davao City; That only recently, I discovered the loss of the copy of the share of stock as I mislaid or misplaced the same, and despite diligent efforts exerted to locate the said Share of stock, the same could not be found anymore and in all probability beyond recovery; That the said share of stock was not delivered to any person or persons or entity as security for any obligations; That I am executing this Affidavit to attest to the truth of the foregoing facts and for issuance of a new copy of share of stock in lieu of the lost one and for whatever purpose this may serve. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ____ day of April 2021 at Davao City, Philippines. Per Doc. No. 166; Page No. 35; Book No. 34; Series of 2021 of the Notary Public Atty. Raul C. Espina of Davao City. (MT-May 1, 8 & 15, 2021)

POTENTIAL...

nofranco” clothing line is pricey, he feels happy when people appreciate his hard work in continuing and integrating Mindanao’s handcrafted weaves, embroideries and intricate beading embellishments into his contemporary designs. “I hope that people who buy my clothes do not use them only for costumes or attire for formal events. I hope they wear my clothes with pride as casual wear on a daily basis as well,” Wilson expressed. Well, he has Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and young actor Daniel Padilla, among others, donning his clothes just as he wishes. As artiste/writer Angela Blardony Ureta once said, “Fashion is more than just apparel. A piece of fabric is only that until tradition and ritual imbue in it power that transforms it into a mantle of supremacy. In the same way that certain dyes, lengths of sleeves or skirts, headgear, patterns, designs or combinations of such elements define the wearers and---in wordless understanding--speak volumes of their position or value in society.” Indeed, our garments are always representations of our very existence in our society.

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2022” — also showed bills he authored and sponsored. In some posts, both pages used the same graphics. Other potential candidates have also started advertising on television and radio. Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano ran an ad that called for the passage of House Bill No. 8597, which seeks to provide each family with P10,000 in cash assistance. Several ground activities have also been arranged nationwide, including gatherings in support of the presidential candidacy of the survey frontrunner, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the president’s daughter. On Facebook, a few supporters paid for ads to promote her, too. All these advertisements outside the official campaign period, which begins three months before the polls for national candidates, are not considered premature campaigning. They are not covered by election rules limiting campaign spending based on a 2009 Supreme Court ruling on a petition that sought to ban these early advertisements. Many local pols Other early advertisers on Facebook among potential national candidates included Antique Rep. and former senator Loren Legarda, who spent over P400,000; and Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, who spent

more than P200,000 although his second term in the Senate will not end until 2025. Supporters of Sen. Imee Marcos, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also paid for ads to promote themselves. Marcos’s term also ends in 2025. Among members of the House of Representatives, Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte, Jr. spent nearly P1 million and Buhay partylist Rep. Lito Atienza spent over P700,000. The Digital 2021: Global Overview report showed that Filipinos spent more time than any country in the world on the internet, particularly on social media. The report was conducted by creative agency We Are Social and social media management platform Hostile. The report also showed that Filipino netizens used social media more than four hours on average daily or nearly double the global daily average of two hours and 25 minutes. More candidates will be relying on social media for advertising, said Rona Caritos, executive director of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente). She noted how online campaigning, which was previously only used by national candidates during the 2016 polls, has been tapped by local candidates beginning the 2019

midterm polls. “[Political advertising] will no longer be concentrated at the national level, especially as most Filipinos are scrolling down their Facebook feeds and are on their phone screens because of the pandemic,” she said. Indeed, many local politicians have paid for Facebook ads. Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte spent nearly P1 million while Gatchalian’s brother, Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, and Cebu Rep. Pablo John “PJ” Garcia both spent less than P200,000. Facebook Ad Library These are data available to the public through Facebook’s Ad Library, a searchable database of ads across Facebook and Instagram. It shows the posts that were boosted on the social media platforms and who paid for them. There are 4,000 ads in the Facebook database so far, although product placements such as those by Chowking PH, the World Food Programme, and Spotify were included in the database. Clare Amador, Head of Public Policy of Facebook Philippines, said the tool is intended to make advertisers accountable. (Q&A: Facebook tool to mitigate foreign interference, make 2022 polls transparent) It is also intended to mitigate foreign interference

in elections. “We’ve been involved in more than 200 elections around the world since 2017. We know that every election is different, so we take this experience and work closely with local experts to learn what’s most useful to mitigate risks and prevent interference,” Amador told PCIJ. Facebook uses artificial intelligence to review all ads before they are shown on Facebook and Instagram. “In certain cases, if an ad is already running and it’s about elections or politics, it can be flagged by automated systems or reported by our community. These ads will be reviewed again and if found to be violating our policy by missing a disclaimer, we will also take it down and require they complete authorizations to continue running it,” Amador said. James Jimenez, Commission on Elections spokesperson and director for education and information, welcomed the activation of the monitoring tool in the Philippines. “It’s very important,” he told PCIJ. It will be useful in monitoring election advertising online and make sure candidates will follow spending limits, he said. “It’s inescapable that Facebook will be a major factor [during the campaign], but hopefully it’s not the only social media platform

that people will use,” said Jimenez. Comelec Resolution No. 104888, detailing rules and regulations implementing the Fair Elections Act, provides rules to govern online campaign spending. Candidates are mandated to register their web sites and social media pages, including those that endorse the candidates, and report how much they have spent on advertising. However, monitoring was impossible in previous elections and candidates did not report it, said Lente’s Caritos. Jimenez said Comelec would release more guidelines for online campaigning before the start of the official campaign period in February 2022. (Q&A: Comelec will enforce physical distancing, ban eating during campaign events) While the Facebook Ad Library shows how much the candidates spend on the social media platform, it is not clear yet how Comelec will treat the ads paid for by their supporters. “That’s the challenge. What happens if you are a supporter and you boost your blog post that’s promoting someone’s candidacy? We’re still making the rules for that,” Jimenez said. Monitoring YouTube, too Beyond monitoring the candidates’ spending, Jimenez, Alvia, and Caritos

expressed concerns about misinformation and disinformation spreading online during the campaign. Other than Facebook, Caritos sees the need to also monitor YouTube as she expects candidates turning to the “largely unregulated” platform for unscrupulous activities. Facebook is only next to YouTube as the most popular social media platform among Filipino netizens. “They will be uploading YouTube videos that spread disinformation, change the narrative, and show ‘alternate realities’. That’s something we will see,” Caritos said. Namfrel’s Alvia said even short video formats, like those on TikTok and Instagram, would likely be used in online campaigning to boost engagement and recall. He said the 2022 campaign might particularly see a lot of discourse on Covid19-related assistance from politicians, including, but not limited to, social amelioration, access to vaccines, and livelihood support. “Social media is more accessible to a lot of people and the content is easier to digest but not necessarily correct,” Alvia said. “Kanyakanyang version ng katotohanan (People will be coming in with various stories of their own).” — PCIJ.org


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Ecleo Jr. (Love and condolences to the family and loved ones of a former colleague in Congress – Dinagat Islands Rep. Ruben Ecleo Jr.),” Governor Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao said in a Facebook post. In a separate statement, the Dinagat Islands Provincial Information Office described Ecleo as "son, father, brother, leader, Di-

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nagatnon." The office of Dinagat Island Lone District Rep. Alan 1 B. Ecleo, brother of Ruben, also announced the death of the controversial cult leader. “With a heavy heart we regret to announce the passing away of our beloved Ruben ‘Master Bobong’ Ecleo Jr.,” the statement read. Local officials also ex-

pressed sympathy to the family of Ecleo in their social media posts. Ecleo was convicted of graft in 2006 and was sentenced to life imprisonment in the same year for the killing of his wife in 2002. He went into hiding until his arrest in Pampanga in July 2020 and was sent to the NBP in August that year. (PNA)

Greg/Tom/Noynoy: *Ma. Loida Magpatoc a.k.a. Eva/Ka Norsen/Bebyang/Elay /Madam/Gwen; *Meandro VIllanueva a.k.a. Nelson/Boss/Dennis/ Titing/Bok/Ka Luis/WIlly/ Jude. Under Resolution 16, the ATC also named as terrorists 10 members of the ASG, which has been previously designated as a terrorist organization by the UN Security Council. They are: *Esmael Abdulmalik a.k.a. Commander Turaifie/ Abu Turaifie/Abu Toraype and affiliated with Daulah/ Dawlah Islamiyah (DI); *Raden Abu of ASG and affiliated with DI; *Esmael Abubakar a.k.a. Cmdr. Bungos/Bungos of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)-Bungos Faction; *Muhiddin Animbang a.k.a. Kagiu Karialan/Karialan affiliated with BIFF; *Salahuddin Hassan a.k.a. Orak/Salah/Tulea/ Abu Salman affiliated with DI; *Radzmil Jannatul a.k.a. Khubayb/Baeb of ASG and affiliated with DI; *Majan Sahidjuan a.k.a. Apo Mike/Apoh MIke of ASG and affiliated with DI; *Faharudin Benito Hadji Satar a.k.a. Jer Mimbantas/Abu Zacaria of the Maute Group and affiliated with DI; *Mudsrimar Sawadjaan a.k.a. Mundi Sawadjaan of ASG and affiliated with DI; and

*Almujer Yadah a.k.a. Mujir of the ASG and affiliated with DI. Justice Undersecretary Adrian Sugay, member of the Department of Justice Technical Working Group, said if individuals could be determined to have violated relevant provisions of the ATA, the Revised Penal Code, and other laws, “and after appropriate proceedings, criminal complaints may be filed against them.” “This is apart from criminal cases already pending against many of these designated individuals,” Sugay said. He noted that “most, if not all, of the designated individuals are out of the country or are at large.” On the identification of assets, Sugay said all relevant information is with the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and is subject to relevant provisions of the anti-money laundering law and the Terrorist Financing and Suppression Act. The designation of the individuals comes at the heels of the ATC’s December 2020 resolution designating the Islamic State East Asia, Maute Group, Daulah/Dawlah Islamiyah, and other associated groups as terrorist organizations. The CPP-NPA is also listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)

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in terrorism: *Jose Maria Canlas Sison a.k.a. Joma/Armando Liwanag/Amado Guerrero/ Lodi/Pete/Al; *Vicente P. Ladlad a.k.a. Vic/Terry/Edgar/Ed/ Gilbert/Fidel/Isagani/Emilio/Vlady/ Dong/Nonong/ Dino/Ramon/Billy/Bern; *Rafael D. Baylosis a.k.a. Raul/Rap/Raffy/ Lando; *Jorge Madlos a.k.a. Ka Oris/Mal Fuerza/JS/ Jose/Olay/Caloy/Ando/ Tatay/Commander Karyo/ Raul Castro/Kasky: *Sison’s wife Julieta de Lima Sison a.k.a. Juliet/ Julia/Julie/Socorro/Rojo/ Mayette/Leah/Maria C. de Guzman/Commander Lita/Jules/Manet/Marie/ Sendang/Yelena/Ylana; *Rey Claro Cera Casambre a.k.a. Bong; *Abdias Guadiana a.k.a. Abadias Guadiana/July; *Alan Valera Jazmines a.k.a Alfonso Jasminez Jr.; *Benito Enriquez Tiamzon a.k.a Celo; *Wilma Austria-Tiamzon a.k.a. Ka Wing; *Adelberto Albayalde SIlva a.k.a. Oca; *Ma. Concepcion Araneta-Bocala a.k.a. Kata; *Dionesio Micabalo a.k.a. Muling; *Myrna Sularte a.ka. Myrna Salarte/Iyay; *Tirso Lagora Alantara a.k.a. Bart Sot; *Pedro Heyrona Codaste a.k.a. Gonyong/Kokoy/ Inggo/Senyong/Beryong; *Tomas Dominado a.k.a. Pendong/Asyong/

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their goal, “Today, we have done another stage towards attaining our vision of a Drug-Free Nation," he said. (VPSB/PIA10)

will be a big problem if our cases will continue to increase,” Braña. The active COVID-19 cases in the province as of Thursday night slightly dropped to 478, though still the highest in Region

12 (Soccsksargen), as it recorded 61 new infections and 58 recoveries. The confirmed cases since last year reached a total of 2,696, with 69 related deaths and 2,149 recovered patients. (PNA)

Four of the FAIC-Ms will be armed with NLOS missiles with pinpoint accuracy and a range of 25 kilometers while the other four will be armed with machine guns and light automatic cannons. Bacordo said all documents regarding the FAICM acquisition project were signed earlier this year. "The FAIC Project Contract was signed on 09 February 2021 while the Notice To Proceed was signed by the SND (Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana) on 27 April 2021," he added. The Notice of Award was issued last January 4. The project, which consists of two lots, is worth around PHP10 billion. Lot 1 consists of the acquisition of the naval platforms and the upgrade of the Cavite Naval Shipyard while Lot 2 is focused on the acquisition of the weapons system of these

FAIC-Ms which include remotely-controlled gun and missile systems. Bacordo earlier said successful negotiations with the Israeli shipbuilder resulted in the addition of one Shaldag Mark V unit to the eight boats initially ordered without any extra cost to the Philippine government. The FAIC-Ms is expected to replace the force of patrol killer medium (PKM) or medium-sized patrol craft. The Shaldag Mark V is a combat-proven, allaluminum, light, and fast vessel with high payload capacity, providing exceptional maneuverability and seakeeping. Delivering a high firepower-to-displacement ratio, it is designed to operate in naval security missions and can efficiently protect exclusive economic zones and littoral waters. (PNA)

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assigned as the holding area for suspected patients or those with pending test results, he said. “We need to expand our facilities since the allotted beds in our private hospitals are almost filled up and that

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among others, the OICARD remains optimistic and cites the destruction of the drugs and closed cases as a step forward in

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building firm Israel Shipyards released a statement saying it has awarded a contract to supply Shaldag Mark V fast patrol boats to an Asian country. While operating in restricted waters, Bacordo said these boats can interdict surface threats and launch non-line-of-sight (NLOS) missiles safely using the surrounding littoral areas as maneuver space and cover. "The FAIC-M will be deployed initially in the Mindanao AORs (areaof-responsibility) where there is continuous operations against LTGs (local terrorist groups) and CTGs (communist terrorist groups) These platforms are best suited operating in these environments to act as an effective deterrent not only against the terrorist groups but also against other lawless elements operating in the littoral areas," he added.


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