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Friday, October 31, 2014

Lalaki, binurda ng saksak ang katawan!




TACURONG CITY - Halos burdado ng malalaking saksak ang tagiliran at likurang bahagi ng isang lalaki nang matagpuan ng mga rumespondeng parak sa bahagi ng Purok Masagana sa Barangay Upper Katungal dito.

Tinatayang naganap dakong 3 ng madaling araw nitong Oktubre 30 ang pamamaslang, ayon sa pulisya.

Dalawang saksak na malalaki at malalaim sa kanang kilikili, tatlo sa ibabang bahagi nito, dalawa sa may sikmura at dalawa sa likod ang tinamo ng biktima base sa resulta ng otopsiya sa bangkay na nakilalang si Bernie Calderon, 34, at nakatira sa Purok Masagana sa Barangay Upper Katungal dito.

Agad naman nasakote ng isang Barangay Tanod ang isang suspek na may mga bahid pa ng dugo at nakilalang si Marlon Apolonio, 19, at residente rin ng nasabing lugar.

Sa ibinahaging salaysay ng isang Rachel Evangelista, 21, sinundo umano siya ni Apolonio dakong 12:00 ng umaga ng nasabing petsa at bago tumuloy sa bahay ng biktima ay nadaan pa ang mga ito sa isang tindahan at bumili ng inumin.

Dagdag pa ng dalaga, nagitla na lamang siya nang ilabas ng biktima ang isang CD kung saan naroroon ang aniya ay "shabu" at inalok pa nito ang dalaga subalit kanyang tinanggihan at tila may pagnanasang hinimas ang bahagi ng batok nito.

Nahintakutan umano siya at mabilis na nag-text kay Apolonio na ihatid na lamang siya pauwi hangga't tila naulinigan niya ang tila pagpu-pumilit ni Calderon na dalhin na sa kanyang kama ang babae at dito ay nag-dahilan itong lumabas kung saan sumunod umano si Apolonio at nagsabing "huwag kang matakot 'te akong bahala" at mula sa naturan sa pagpasok nito sa kusina ay nakita umano ni Evangelista ang pagsukbit nito ang isang malaking kutsiyong nang makita ay gamit sa "pang-matada" ng hayop.

Dakong 2:00 na umano ng umaga nang magpasiya si Evangelista na umalis at naglakad palayo sa lugar hanggang sa makasakay sa isang tricycle kung saan siya ihinatid sa aniya ay kanyang tinutuluyang bahay at umaga na nang malaman niya na napatay ng suspek ang biktima dahil na rin sa text nito na tila nagsasabing tangka na nitong takasan ang pangyayari subalit bago pa ang naturan ay magtutungo ito sa kanyang lugar.

Nahaharap ngayon sa kasong pagpatay ang suspek. (Rose Muneza)


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Malaysia says 2 Filipino gunmen killed in police clash in Sabah



ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two Filipino gunmen were killed in a clash with Malaysian policemen in the eastern state of Sabah, reports said Friday.

According to Rakyat Post, Sabah Police said the Filipinos were behind a string of robberies and were shot dead Thursday in Penampang Baru. The duo opened fire on policemen who were tailing them and a firefight ensued.

State Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said they were investigating the backgrounds of the slain Filipinos – aged 50 and 42 – whether the duo had links with the Sultanate of Sulu which had previously clashed with security forces in Sabah.

“For now, I can confirm that they are from the Philippines, aged 50 and 42, with one possessing an international passport, while the other was carrying a MyKad (Malaysian identification card), but using another person’s identity,” he said in a news conference at the Sabah police headquarters in Kepayan.

Police said the two Filipinos were allegedly involved in at least three major armed robbery cases - Seng Heng Electrical in Penampang on October 6; Tailored Seng Supermarket Sdn Bhd in Kota Kinabalu on October 9 and Kedai Emas Man-Man in Tuaran on October 16.

“We believe their main purpose was to obtain money, but for what, we are not sure. In the three robberies, they had carted away over a million ringgit in jewelleries and cash,” Jalaluddin said, adding, they had been monitoring the duo for the past three months.

He said a special task force has been formed to investigate the armed robberies. “We are investigating them, and while I am not denying about their links with Sulu, I would rather investigate their intentions and background to avoid any speculations,” he said. (Mindanao Examiner. With reports from Rakyat Post.)


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Zamboanga City's perennial problem...busted street lights






A portion of Veteran's Avenue in downtown Zamboanga City is in total darkness October 31, 2014 due to broken street poles. Many other villages have the same problem for many years now and making it very dangerous for motorists. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)


ZAMBOANGA CITY – More and more roads in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines are becoming more dangerous at night for motorists and residents due to faulty and busted street poles, and it remains a perennial concerns for many people.

And the people with the Zamboanga City General Services Office (GSO) under Engineer Rene dela Cruz tasked to maintain the street poles seem to be unaware of the problems or were ignoring them.

Virtually every village within 30 kilometers of downtown area, including main thoroughfares in Zamboanga have portions which are unlighted at night due to broken street poles. And there were also areas that street lights are turned on even if it is daytime and obviously its daylight sensor – which turns on at dusk and turns off at sunrise - is defective, and no one from the GSO is also fixing the problem.

And added to the inefficiency of the GSO is the continuing theft of electrical wires in street poles that officials publicly used as alibis for their failure to efficiently maintain the road lighting system. Worse, even traffic lights are broken and nothing is being done to address the problems that add up to the rising criminality – robberies, hold-ups, snatching and gun attacks and killings – in Zamboanga City.

And many motorists and residents have been complaining for a long time now about the failure of GSO in maintaining street poles with some dangerously leaning and could fall at anytime. "It's very scary to walk in the dark and many also, for sure, feel the same and the fear is just there because we are not even safe during the day and what more at night with all these street lights broken," one resident Jeng Fernandez said. 

Councilman Percival Ramos has previously proposed to covert the street lights into solar lighting mainly to help save expenses on the part of the local government. He also passed a resolution and approved by the City Council in May this year requesting the GSO through the Office of the City Mayor to study the possibility of converting all street lights, including traffic lights, from electric power to solar power.

He said based on record, the local government spends about P3.5 million a month on electric bills for the street lights alone. And Councilman Vincent Paul Elago also proposed the change of the present street lights to LED lights which is more economical in terms of power consumption.

And just this year, executives from Lim Solar Philippines briefed the City Council about its services and even offered to build a 40mw solar-power plant here in an effort to help provide cheap electricity to Zamboanga which consumes as much as 90mw. The company’s offer is a build-operate-transfer contract entirely financed by Lim Solar Philippines which will operate it for 20 years and then transfer the operation of the facility to the local government.

It also offered to put up solar-power street poles on a build-operate-transfer contract. Lim Solar is a subsidiary of Mendoza Solar, LLC - both a California and a Nevada Corporation with interim offices in the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Nawawalang taxi driver, natagpuang patay



COTABATO CITY – Isang taxi driver ang natagpuang patay sa bayan ng Sultan Kudarat sa magulong lalawigan ng Maguindanao at patuloy ang imbestigasyon ng pulisya upang mabatid kung sino ang nasa likod ng pamamaslang.

Unang inulat kamakalawa ang pagkakadiskubre ng isang bangkay ng lalaki sa Barangay Pigkalagan at may tama ito ng bala sa kanyang tagiliran, ngunit kahapon lamang nabatid na ito pala ay isang driver ng taxi na nakilalang si Dennis Saclausa, 33.

Ayon sa imbestigasyon ng pulisya, inarkila umano ng isang pasahero ang taxi mula sa airport ng General Santos City at hindi na nakabalik sa kanyang operator si Dennis.

Sinabi ng pulisya na positibong nakilala ng kanyang pamilya ang bangkay, ngunit hindi naman natagpuan ang taxi nito. Sinisikap ngayon ng pulisya sa Maguindanao na makipag-ugnayan sa kanilang counterpart sa General Santos City upang alamin kung may nakuhang video sa airport sa pagsakay ng pasahero sa naturang taxi.

Hindi pa malinaw kung holdap ba at carnapping nang motibo sa pagpatay o kagagawan ito ng terrorista upang magamit ang taxi bilang car bomb. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Philippine Defense chief, military commanders inspect troops battling Abu Sayyaf in frontline


 A Philippine military photo shows Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin with Filipino troops in Sulu province. Gazmin inspected military forces battling Abu Sayyaf militants in the province. (Mindanao Examiner)


ZAMBOANGA CITY – Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin inspected troops deployed in the southern Sulu province where security forces are battling Abu Sayyaf militants tied to al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiya, officials said Friday.

Gazmin arrived on Thursday and spoke with soldiers inside a military base in the capital town of Jolo. He was accompanied by Armed Forces’ Chief-of-Staff General Gregorio Catapang and Western Mindanao military commander General Rustico Guererro, and Rear Admiral Reynaldo Yoma, who are in-charge of the operations against the Abu Sayyaf, according to Ensign Chester Ian Ramos, a spokesman for the naval forces in western Mindanao.

“It was routine visit by the Secretary of National Defense and our troops are in high morale because of the visit of Defense Secretary Gazmin and Chief of Staff Catapang and other high-ranking military officials, including Western Mindanao Command chief General Rustico Guererro and Rear Admiral Reynaldo Yoma,” he told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

Marine Captain Maria Rowena Muyuela, a spokesperson for the Western Mindanao Command, also said that Gazmin and Catapang inspected the troops in Sulu. “They inspected and spoke to our troops in Sulu,” she said in a separate interview without further elaborating.

Gazmin was also briefed by military commanders on the ongoing operations against the militants who recently freed two German yachters Stefan Viktor Okonek, 71, and Henrike Diesen, 55, in exchange for P250 million ransoms.

The duo was heading to Sabah in Malaysia on a private yacht from a holiday in Palawan province when militants who were returning to the southern Philippines from a failed kidnapping in Sabah spotted the Germans and seized them on April 25.

Now, the militants are also threatening to behead a kidnapped Malaysian fish breeder Chan Sai Chuin, 32, if ransom is not paid by his family this November. The militants are demanding 3 million ringgits (P41 million) for the safe release of the fish breeder, who was kidnapped along with a Filipino worker on June 16 this year from a fish farm in the town of Kunak in Tawau District in Sabah.

The Abu Sayyaf is also holding a Malaysian policeman Kons Zakiah Aleip, 26, who was seized on June 12 also this year following a clash in Sabah that killed another policeman. The militants are demanding 5 million ringgits (P68.3 million).

Aside from the Malaysians, the militants are still holding hostage a 64-year old Japanese treasure hunter Katayama Mamaito, who was kidnapped from Pangutaran Island in July 2010; and two European wildlife photographers Ewold Horn, 52, from Holland; and Lorenzo Vinciguerre, 47, from Switzerland, who were taken captive in the coastal village of Parangan in Panglima Sugala town in the southern Tawi-Tawi province in 2012. And several Filipinos kidnapped in other provinces and brought to Sulu.

The militants also freed an eight-year old girl on October 29 after her father paid an undetermined ransom to the Abu Sayyaf in Jolo town. The girl was kidnapped in July 25 in Zamboanga Sibugay’s Olutanga town and brought to Sulu, one of five provinces under the restive Muslim autonomous region. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gunmen kill ex-MILF commander, village leader in Philippine town



SULTAN KUDARAT – Motorcycle gunmen shot dead a former rebel commander and his companion in an attack in President Quirino town in Sultan Kudarat province in southern Philippines, police said Thursday.

Police identified the victims as Manubakan Abdul, 57, a leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and Abdulkarim Maslamama, 38, a village councilman Midconding in General Salipada Pendatun town in Maguindanao province. The duo was driving their motorcycle when gunmen attacked them.

It said prior to the attack, two unidentified gunmen also tried, but failed to kill Abdul’s son, Datumana, who is the village chieftain of Midconding. The village chieftain managed to escape after the gun of one of the suspected assassins jammed. It was not immediately known whether the gunmen and the killers of Datumana’s father were the same assailants.

Policemen and pro-government militias pursued the attackers, but lost them. Police said it is investigating the killings. It was not immediately known whether the attack was connected to a recent firefight in the town.

Authorities previously said that some members of the MILF may have been involved in recent attacks by jihadist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in President Quirino town and nearby areas. The recent attack in the town killed the brother of Katiku village chieftain and wounded two more in Katiku village.

Police also relayed this information to members of the International Monitoring Team which is overseeing the cease-fire accord between the MILF and the Aquino government. The MILF has signed a peace accord with Manila last year, ending decades of bloody fighting in the restive region.

The BIFF has been fighting for independence in Mindanao and has pledged allegiance with the Sunni jihadist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (Mindanao Examiner - Rose Muneza)


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NPA nalagasan ng 2 sa sagupaan sa Davao Norte



DAVAO CITY - Dalawang miyembro ng New People's Army ang kumpirmadong nasawi sa panibagong labanan sa pagitan ng mga rebelde at sundalo sa bayan ng Kapalong sa Davao del Norte.

Sinabi ni army Capt. Alberto Caber, ang spokesman ng Eastern Mindanao Command, na nagkaroon ng labanan sa Barangay Gupitan kamakalawa ng hapon matapos na matiyempuhan ng mga nagpapatrulyang sundalo ng 60th  Infantry Battalion ang grupo ng NPA.

Halos isang oras nagtagal ang labanan at natigil lamang ito ng makatakas ang mga rebelde mula sa tropa ng militar. Nabawi naman sa lugar ang apat na automatic rifles, isang improvised explosive device at largabista.

“Walang casualties sa panig ng militar at tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pursuit operations natin sa order ni Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad (ang Eastern Mindanao Command chief)," ani Caber sa Mindanao Examiner.

Sa kabila naman ng order ni Baladad ay hinimok pa rin nito ang mga rebelde na sumuko ng mapayapa sa pamahalaan.

Matagal ng nakikibaka ang NPA sa pamahalaan at paulit-ulit na binansagan ng militar ang naturang grupo na kidnappers, bandido, terorista, extortionists at kung anu-ano pang mga masasamang bansag sa walang humpay na propaganda war ng magkabilang grupo. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Bebot naligo sa gaas at sinilaban ang sarili



ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Isang dalaga ang nasawi matapos nitong silaban ang sarili sa hindi pa mabatid na kadahilan sa lalawigan ng Zamboanga del Norte sa western Mindanao.

Sinabi ng pulisya na nakatanggap ito ng tawag mula kay Maria Nelfa Dolota, 45, na residente ng Barangay Kanim nitong linggo lamang upang ipaalam ang nakagigimbal na balita ukol sa pagpapakamatay ni Cheryl Lumanta, 26.

Agad rin nagtungo ang mga parak sa lugar at doon natagpuan ang sunog na katawan ng babae. Nabatid sa pulisya na binuhusan umao ni Cheryl ang kanyang katawan ng gaas at saka sinilaban ang sarili.

Ayon sa mga kapitbahay ay huli nilang nakita na lango sa alak ang babae at sa pagaakalang may problema lamang ito ay hindi na pinansin ang kakaibang kilos ni Cheryl.

Sinabi ng pulisya na may mga 3rd degree burns ang biktima sa kanyang mukha at buong katawan at sa isinagawang pagsusuri ni Dr. Feliciano Lim sa pagamutan ay nasawi ang babae sanhi ng “cardio respiratory arrest secondary to 3rd degree burns.”

Patuloy naman ang imbestigasyon ng pulisya ukol sa kaso. Walang pahayag ang mga kaanak o pamilya nito at hindi rin sinabi ng pulisya kung may nakuha silang anuman impormasyon sa pagpapakamatay ni Cheryl.

Bihira ang kasong suicide sa pamamagitan ng pagsisilab sa sarili sa bansa at karaniwang ginagawa ito ng mga Buddhist monks sa China bilang protesta sa paninikil sa kanilang kalayaan. (Mindanao Examiner)


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2 hitman pinaghahanap sa Basilan province


 
BASILAN - Pinaghahanap pa rin ng pulisya ang dalawang lalaki na umano'y nasa likod ng pamamaril sa tatlong katao sa Lamitan City sa Basilan, isa sa limang lalawigan sa ilalim ng magulong Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Sinabi ng pulisya na niratrat ng mga salarin si Barangay Chairman Franklin Tan at nahagip rin nito ang dalawang sibilyan sa naturang lugar ng atakihin nito kamakailan ang opisyal ng Barangay Seaside.

Nakatayo lamang sa labas ng tindahan si Tan ng ito'y lapitan ng mga salarin at saka binira. Agad naman tumakas ang mga armado sakay ng kanilang motorsiklo. Sugatan si Tan at ang dalawang biktima na nakilalang sina Joseph Sumalpong at Myrna Sali.

Nabawi naman ng pulisya sa lugar ang maraming basyo ng .45-caliber pistol. Hinihinalang mga gun-for-hire ang dalawang salarin. Kaliwa't-kanan ang patayan sa Isabela at ibang bahagi ng Basilan dahil sa naglipanang mga gun-for-hire. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Drug dealer nabasyo sa Zambo



ZAMBOANGA CITY – Hawak ngayon ng pulisya ang isa umanong drug dealer matapos na lusubin ng mga awtoridad ang hideout nito sa Zamboanga City.

Sinabi ng pulisya na patuloy ang imbestigasyon kay Aldrin Lao Alloh matapos itong madakip kasama ang 6 iba pa kamakailan sa Barangay Ayala. 

Nabatid sa inisyal na imbestigasyon na si Alloh rin ang umano’y suspek sa pagkakapatay sa isang sibilyan na si Al Nidzhar Asakil sa katabing barangay ng Recodo nitong Oktubre 27.

Ayon kay Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, ang regional police spokesman, ay nabawi sa bahay ni Alloh ang 26 na pakete ng hinihinalang shabu at isang .45-caliber pistol, gayun rin ang dalawang magazines at 14 bala.

Ang operasyon ay pinangunahan nina Ayala Police Station commander, Senior Insp. Karib Muharram at Zamboanga City Public Safety Company commander Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca.

“Confiscated shabu was forwarded to Regional Crime Lab Office for laboratory examination. The police are preparing the filing of criminal charges of murder and violation of RA 9165 against the arrested suspects,” ani Samuddin sa Mindanao Examiner.

Ang Barangay Ayala at Recodo ay kilalang kuta ng mga drug pushers sa Zamboanga City. (Mindanao Examiner)




 

Sayyaf frees kidnapped Filipina girl



ZAMBOANGA CITY – Abu Sayyaf gunmen have freed an eight-year girl after four months in captivity in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, police said Thursday.

Senior Superintendent Abraham Orbita, Sulu police chief, said the victim, who was kidnapped July 25 in Zamboanga Sibugay’s Olutanga tow, was released in Jolo town on Wednesday afternoon.

Citing a police intelligence report, Orbita told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner that the girl was handed over to her brother and father, who paid a still undetermined amount of ransom to a woman wearing niqab at the port of Jolo. The negotiation was conducted by the victim’s family.

Orbita said the trio then went to the house of a relative who is a policeman where they briefly stayed before heading to Zamboanga City on ferry.

No other details were made available by the police. The girl, whose family operates a small restaurant in Olutanga town, was reunited with her parents. She was seized by five armed men on July 25 and brought to Sulu where she had been kept since then.

The release of the victim came two weeks after Abu Sayyaf militants freed two German yachters Stefan Viktor Okonek, 71, and Henrike Diesen, 55, in exchange for P250 million ransoms. The duo was heading to Sabah in Malaysia on a private yacht from a holiday in Palawan province when militants who were returning to the southern Philippines from a failed kidnapping in Sabah spotted the Germans and seized them on April 25.

Another Abu Sayyaf faction is also holding a Malaysian fish breeder Chan Sai Chuin, 32, who was kidnapped along with a Filipino worker on June 16 this year from a fish farm in the town of Kunak in Tawau District. The militants are demanding 3 million ringgits (P41 million) for the safe release of the fish breeder. It is also holding captive a Malaysian policeman Kons Zakiah Aleip, 26, who was seized on June 12 also this year following a clash in Sabah that killed another policeman. The militants are demanding 5 million ringgits (P68.3 million).

The militants are still holding hostage a 64-year old Japanese treasure hunter Katayama Mamaito, who was kidnapped from Pangutaran Island in July 2010; and two European wildlife photographers Ewold Horn, 52, from Holland; and Lorenzo Vinciguerre, 47, from Switzerland, who were taken captive in the coastal village of Parangan in Panglima Sugala town in the southern Tawi-Tawi province in 2012. And several Filipinos kidnapped in other provinces and brought to Sulu.

The military said the militants are hiding in civilian communities and have moved their hostages from one hideout to another making it extremely difficult for security forces to track them down. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

President Aquino criticized anew over disaster response



 Devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City in central Philippine province of Leyte in November 2013. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)
 

LEYTE – The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice has strongly criticized President Benigno Aquino for the government’s poor and inefficient handling of disaster response in the country.

The environmental group said one example of the government’s failure was from Typhoon Haiyan that left a trail of deaths and destruction in central Philippines.

“From the very start, the Aquino Administration has failed miserably. To sum up, the Aquino government was over-confidently, inappropriately prepared,” PMJ national coordinator Gerry Arances said.

He said his group has already lined up series of mass actions that will highlight the many injustices typhoon victims and survivors had incurred in the lead up to the November 8 commemoration of the Haiyan devastation last year.

“After one year, without a clear people-centered rehabilitation plan, tens of thousands of typhoon victims are still living in tents and bunkhouses with no substantial economic activities and sustainable jobs, among others,” Arances said.

Jaybee Garganera, Alyansa Tigil Mina national coordinator, said the government should be held accountable for neglecting the welfare of victims of typhoon Haiyan.

“One concrete example of government’s neglect is when it continued to push for extractive projects in the devastated areas instead of protecting the natural resources of the country and preventing the worsening of climate change impacts and disasters. Instead of making sure that rehabilitation efforts are on the way, the government agencies and local government units ensured that mining operations continues in mineral rich areas in Samar and Leyte,” he said.

Various civic organizations have previously criticized Aquino on the same issues. There was no immediate reaction from the government on the latest allegations. (Cebu Examiner)


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Philippine Army kills 2 commies in fresh clashes in Davao province



DAVAO CITY – Government troops killed two communist insurgents in a clash Wednesday in the southern Philippine province of Davao del Norte, an army spokesman said.

Capt. Alberto Caber, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command, said the fighting erupted in the village of Gupitan in Kapalong town. He said troops from the 60th Infantry Battalion were sent to hunt down members of the New People’s Army when they encountered a group of rebels and a firefight ensued.

He said the fighting lasted almost an hour and stopped only after the rebels broke into smaller groups and escaped to the hills. He said soldiers recovered four automatic rifles and an improvised explosive device, including a binocular.

“There was no casualty on our side and the pursuit operations still continue,” he told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

The fighting was the second in the remote village in three days where two rebels were also killed by soldiers.

Caber said Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, the regional military commander, has ordered military units to intensify the operations against the NPA and at the same time urging the rebels to surrender peacefully.

The NPA rebels have been fighting for decades for the establishment of a separate state in the country. The military has branded the NPA as kidnappers, bandits, terrorists, extortionists and other malevolent tags in propaganda war with the communist group. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Hyperbaric chamber now available in Mandaue City



Mark Lapid, TIEZA’s Chief Operating Officer and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes. 


MANDAUE CITY –- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority or TIEZA has opened the first-ever hyperbaric chamber in Mandaue City which could provide life-saving therapy to scuba divers and hobbyists and others who need it in Cebu and nearby areas.

Hyperbaric chamber is used to treat decompression sickness – a sometimes fatal disorder that is marked by neuralgic pains and paralysis, distress in breathing, and often collapse and that is caused by the release of gas bubbles in tissue upon too rapid decrease in air pressure after a stay in a compressed atmosphere.

The equipment, which consists of two chambers, is worth P20 million, and is largely use to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood.

“I would like to thank the Mayor (Jonas Cortes) for donating the lot to us. The location is very ideal since it is located in the city’s center and near the hospital,” said Mark Lapid, TIEZA’s Chief Operating Officer.

Jethro Lozada, assistant COO of TIEZA, said they will be charging P36,000 for each session and would give 50% off to divers who are members of the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving.

Mayor Jonas Cortes, for his part, said the coming of TIEZA in the city is a welcome development since it gives a room for improvement. He said in exchange for donating the lot, TIEZA in return gave the local government P17 million grant for the construction of a new building at Labogon area for use by the Department of General Services.

TIEZA, formerly the Philippine Tourism Authority, also provides the needed infrastructure as well as support facilities to tourism industries. (Cebu Examiner)


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Mandaue opens children’s facility


 Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and First Lady Sarah Cortez inaugurate the Hope of Mandaue Enhanced Children’s Center. 
 

MANDAUE CITY – A two-storey building on a 3,200 square meter of land now sits the Hope of Mandaue Enhanced Children’s Center or HOME and the P8 million facility in the village of Basak here is the brainchild of First Lady Sarah Cortes, who heads the Mandaue City Council for the Protection of Children.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and his wife inaugurated the facility. “This is a dream come true,” said Mrs. Cortes, adding, she brought up the idea of building HOME when her husband took over as mayor in 2007.

She said the development of the site cost P4 million and another P2 million for the concrete fencing. She said the Phase 2 which covers the girls’ quarter will follow and the last phase would consist of a building for abandoned, neglected and abused children.

“This will enhance our program for the children who are presently housed at Social Development Center,” social worker Maricel Yu said.

One street child named Jason said they are happy with the new facility. “Dako jud namo kalipay nga gitagad jud mi sa kagamhanan (We are very happy that the government cares for us.),” he said.

Jason is only one of many street children now studying under the Alternative Learning System of the local government.

The mayor said this new facility will provide for a better shelter for children who need guidance and protection.

To improve method of teaching, the local government equipped elementary and secondary school teachers with laptops, LCD projectors, printers and tablet computers, among others.

Cortes said the local government’s feeding programs is also on top of his priority in an effort to improve the health of children. He said scholarship programs were also granted to poor, but deserving students and street children who want to continue their education.

He said psychosocial therapy sessions and values formation, skills and leadership trainings, among others, were regularly being undertaken by the City Social Welfare and Services Department, especially to victims of child trafficking. “Every success of the children determines the future of our City. I am Mandaue. I am for good governance, I am for Education,” he said. (Cebu Examiner - MNS)


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Police hunt 2 shooters in Isabela City




BASILAN - Police were hunting down two suspected hitmen who shot recently three people in a broad daylight attack in Isabela City in Basilan, mone of five provinces under the troubled Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Police said the gunmen shot village leader Franklin Tan, near the port area and hit two other civilians Joseph Sumalpong and Myrna Sali. The assailants fled on a motorcycle after the shooting.

The three victims were rushed to hospital. The motive of the attack is still unknown, but police said Tan was the target of the assailants, who were armed with .45-caliber pistols.

Gun attacks are not uncommon in Isabela City and most of the killings are largely blamed to guns-for-hire who actively operate in the province. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Diabetic Persons Should Know the Glycemic Index of Foods - DOST




CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Science and Technology said people who are suffering from diabetes should be aware of the glycemic index of foods they take.

The lower a food's glycemic index or glycemic load, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels.

It said recent studies on large numbers of people with diabetes show that those who keep their blood sugar under tight control best avoid the complications of diabetes like heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower extremity amputations. And experts agree that what works best for people with diabetes - and everyone - is regular exercise, little saturated and trans fatty acids, and high-fiber diet.

Carbohydrates break quickly during digestion and can raise the bloodsugar to dangerous levels. Glycemic index (GI) ranks foods on how they affect our blood sugar levels. This index measures how much your blood sugar increases after your eat.

When diabetic patients make use of the glycemic index to prepare healthy meals, it keeps their blood sugar levels and weight under control. Many carbohydrate-rich foods have high glycemic indexes, and certainly they are not good in any substantial quantity for people with diabetes.

Other carbohydrates like complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber break down more slowly, releasing glucose gradually into our blood streams and are said to have lower glycemic indexes which are good for diabetic patients.

Studies on glycemic indexes by experts showed that many of the starchy foods produce the highest glycemic response and these are white bread, some breakfast cereals - cornflakes, and baked cheesy potatoes.

And low glycemic foods include beans, barley, pasta, oats, apples, oranges, peaches, peanuts, strawberries, sweet corn and carrots. Likewise, vinegar, and lemon juice help reduce glycemic load, the amount of carbohydrate in a serving of a particular food.

Many foods have few available carbohydrates in a standard serving. We call these the "free foods" because they are essentially free of any impact on your blood sugar. These foods contain less than 5 grams of available carbohydrate in a 100-gram portion.

The rest of the portion is protein, fat, fiber, ash and water. Examples of these foods are vegetables - asparagus, beans, cabbage, broccoli, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, okra, mushrooms, tomatoes, radishes, spinach, turnips and peppers; fruits - avocados, raspberries, strawberries; eggs and dairy - cheese, milk, eggs, yogurt plain; and beverages - coffee, diet soda, tea and water.

The glycemic index should, however, not be the only criterion when selecting what to eat. The total amount of carbohydrate, the amount and type of fat, and the fiber and salt content are also important. Consider also, that, factors such as variety of foods, cooking methods, and processing may affect a food's glycemic index. (Mindanao Examiner, DOST)