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Duterte pursues negotiations with insurgents
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Peace talks loom

Dante Jimenez, founding president of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (left) said to be one of the members of Duterte’s “inner circle’ greets President-elect in a recent meeting in the Philippines. Jimenez said Duterte will wipe out crime in the country in a meeting with journalists and community leaders in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of former Welfare Officer Don Duerro

Dante Jimenez, founding president of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (left) said to be one of the members of Duterte’s “inner circle’ greets President-elect in a recent meeting in the Philippines. Jimenez said Duterte will wipe out crime in the country in a meeting with journalists and community leaders in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of former Welfare Officer Don Duerro

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte will pursue holding dialogues with rebel groups, including the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Duterte disclosed that he spent three hours talking to Fidel Agcaoili, National Democratic Front (NDF) spokesman, on Wednesday evening in Davao City. The NDF is the political arm of the Communist group.

“We agreed on the framework on how to proceed with the peace talks,” he said.

“And maybe in God’s good time, I told Fidel that, merong panahon dadating sa atin that we will stop talking about being left and being right,” he added.

The Davao strongman has expressed his willingness to work with the Communists that he announced that he will appoint members of their group to government posts, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

He also looks forward to the re-starting the peace process in Mindanao.

“And also we will stop talking about the Moro, the Christians, and the lumads and simply call ourselves Mindanaoan,” said Duterte, adding that he plans to go to Jolo town in Sulu province and talk to MNLF Founder Nur Misuari.

“Kasi sabi ng MNLF na inisnab sila. I am very sorry to say na hindi namin talaga ginawa ‘yan,” he explained.

He also said he plans to visit NPA strongholds as there are still police personnel in Misamis Oriental and a soldier in Agusan del Sur being held hostage.

On the peace talks with NDF Chairman Jose Maria Sison, Duterte is still unable to give a formal invitation until he assumes office by June 30.

But he said a government emissary will be sent to the Netherlands as part of the peace process.(MNS)

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Dapitan City now becoming a destination for Asian divers
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Dakak (photo courtesy of  www.dakakresort.com)

Dakak (photo courtesy of www.dakakresort.com)

DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte  (PNA) – This city has now become one of the destinations for Asian divers looking for pristine and equally breathtaking underwater sanctuaries with the aggressive marketing and promotion strategies of the city government under the stewardship of Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos.

Apple Marie Agolong, city tourism officer, on Wednesday told the Philippines News Agency that this is evidenced by the influx of local and foreign tourists visiting this city to explore the exquisiteness of its sub-aquatic resources.

Agolong said that more than 100 diving enthusiasts and underwater photographers from China and Hongkong have come to this city on the first quarter of this year to discover for themselves the unexploited underwater beauty and reserves of the place.

Agolong disclosed this significantly advances this city’s opportunity in terms of promoting its tourism industry that consequently benefits its people.

Moreover, Agolong said this scenario puts forward the interest of the city government in improving and making active its economic activities which locals can eventually take advantage of for increased income and improved living condition.

“Yet, the question of sustainability remains a challenge which by supplanting various strategic endeavors has gradually been responded appropriately. This brings into view the concept of public-private partnership that the city forged with the private sectors with the underlying principle of having to deliver a service without having to actually undertake the investment,” Agolong said.

She said it is on the aspect of marketing capability that this city has engaged the alliance with the private sectors in the institution of initiatives that makes operational the City Tourism Office’s proposal of bringing its marketing and promotions program in the international circle.

She added that with the select members of the city tourism in collaboration with Dakak Park and Beach Resort’s Aqua Sports Center, a representation to the Dive, Resort and Travel (DRT) expositions in Manila in September 2015 and in Hongkong in December 2015 was realized.

She said the participation to the said event opened the doors of this city to the international market inviting international tourists and guests to experience its wonderful dive sites and make exciting discoveries beneath its waters.

At the same time, the activity has provided information about the unique Dapitanon culture and allowed foreign group organizers and various travel agencies to make this city one of the destination bookings of their clients.

Agolong said they are confident that with the possession of numerous beautiful dive sites and rich aquatic resources and Dakak Park and Beach Resort as its partner that serves as one tourist destination offering exciting and fun activities for local and international tourists and guests, both the city’s public and private sectors will achieve its long term vision to ensure the sustainable development of the tourism industry and its benefit.

Ian Chiong, an Asian diver from Hongkong, expressed his amazing experience of diving, seeing beautiful and fantastic corals after his stay in Dakak Park and Beach Resort for almost a week together with other visiting Asian divers. (PNA)

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Comelec defers action on Marcos request for system audit
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House security guard the entrance of the Batasang Pambansa on Monday. The Joint Public Session of Congress on Canvassing commenced on Tuesday to publicly count votes submitted and certified by the Board of Canvassers for the presidential and vice presidential races.(MNS photo)

House security guard the entrance of the Batasang Pambansa on Monday. The Joint Public Session of Congress on Canvassing commenced on Tuesday to publicly count votes submitted and certified by the Board of Canvassers for the presidential and vice presidential races.(MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc decided to defer action on the request of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. that his team’s IT “experts and programmers” be allowed to audit the servers used in the May 9 elections.

Poll chief Andres Bautista told reporters on Wednesday that the decision was unanimous for several reasons, including the fact that canvassing of votes for president and vice president is already starting at Congress.

“Meron ring agam-agam dahil nagsimula na ang pag-canvass ng ating Kongreso, the Senate and the House of Representatives, at alam rin naman natin na ang kapangyarihang magproklama ng presidente at bise presidente ay ibinibigay ng Saligang Batas sa Kongreso. So ano ang magiging epekto kung hahayaan nating magkaroon ng audit na ganito na ginagawa ng isang kandidato?” Bautista asked.

Marcos asked the poll body last week for the system audit due to doubts that sprung from the “introduction of a new script” to the transparency server, which reflected partial and unofficial results.

The senator’s camp claimed that the script change was suspicious because his lead of about one million votes from administration bet Leni Robredo “began to erode” after the tweak.

Comelec and Smartmatic confirmed that a change was made to the script but maintained that it was only to correct the server’s reading of ‘ñ’ character in the names of some candidates.

Marcos’ camp has already filed a criminal case with the Comelec against Smartmatic project director Marlon Garcia, who made the said tweak, and three others for allegedly violating the Automated Election System Law with the unauthorized change.

They also filed a case of violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act against those individuals before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.

Meanwhile, Bautista said the cases are also a point of concern for the en banc. “Kapag nag-audit, anong mangyayari? Gagamitin ba ‘yung ebidensyang ‘yan sa mga kasong naisampa?” he said.

The poll chief also noted that Comelec opened the source code review for parties concerned, months before the polls.

“Binigyan lahat ng partido at kandidato, civil society organizations, ng sapat na panahon para ma-audit, busisiin, pag-aralan ang sistema na gagamitin sa halalan. Since October, since the start of the source code review. So hindi kami masasabing hindi namin binuksan ang aming proseso,” he said.

The Comelec en banc, however, is open to an audit by a third party, such as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), he added. (MNS)

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Youth groups opposed to ‘K to 12’ seeking audience with Duterte
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President Benigno S. Aquino III poses with the people who gave their testimony under the K TO 12 program (left to right) Mr. Rowen Dizon Parent of a Senior High School Graduate, Ms. Gina Obierna, Grade 2 Adviser at the Don Alejandro Roces Sr. Science Technology High School, Arien Lein Ibardo of Doña Rosario High School Novaliches Q.C. and Ms. Love Basillote during the celebration ceremony of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) dubbed, “Sa K to 12, Kayang-kaya, Sama-sama! A celebration of K to 12 Milestones.”  Also in photo are Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman.  (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III poses with the people who gave their testimony under the K TO 12 program (left to right) Mr. Rowen Dizon Parent of a Senior High School Graduate, Ms. Gina Obierna, Grade 2 Adviser at the Don Alejandro Roces Sr. Science Technology High School, Arien Lein Ibardo of Doña Rosario High School Novaliches Q.C. and Ms. Love Basillote during the celebration ceremony of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) dubbed, “Sa K to 12, Kayang-kaya, Sama-sama! A celebration of K to 12 Milestones.” Also in photo are Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A youth group leader on Wednesday said they would like to meet with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte and tell him the other side of the Aquino administration’s K to 12 program.

“We are more than willing to fly to Davao and explain to incoming President Duterte why we are opposing the K-12 program. We call on the next president to hear the other side of the story,” said Sarah Elago, who is set to represent the Kabataan party-list in the House of Representatives in the 17th Congress.

She said youth groups under the party-list are seeking an audience with Duterte in Davao City to personally explain their opposition to the K to 12 program.

Duterte on Monday night said that he had a change of heart on the K to 12 program after the “bright” guys from the Department of Education (DepEd) explained to him personally in Davao City why the government needs to add to two more academic years of basic education.

Instead of 10 years—six years for primary education and four years for  highschool—the K to 12 program two more academic years for senior high school.

Elago said that the DepEd guys might have “left out” some issues about the K to 12 program.

“As it is, the quality of instruction under K-12 is far from being assured. With the severe lack of facilities and teachers, the practice of shorter hours of instruction is set to continue in the decades to come,” Elago said.

She added that apart from unfinished classrooms and lack of facilities for senior high school, the K to 12 program’s implementation will force high school students to enroll in private schools because only a few public high schools will offer senior high school.

She said that according to data gathered by the party-list group, public schools can only accomodate 800,000 to 1.1 million incoming senior high school students.

She said that based on DepEd’s own estimates, up to 2 million students will enter senior high school this year.

“The K-12 program poses added burdens, both on the part of the government and the families of students. Two more years of education is tantamount to two more years of torture. This is what DepEd is not explaining to you, President Duterte,” she said.

She also alleged that the administration designed the K to 12 program to benefit private companies, citing the Senior High School (SHS) voucher that was allegedly designed to ensure profits.

“Essentially, DepEd designed the implementation of the SHS program to ensure more enrollees for private schools,” Elago said, noting that DepEd has a P12.2 billion for the SHS voucher program.

“DepEd has designed the implementation of SHS in a manner that will guarantee higher enrollment in private institutions and, consequently, greater and guaranteed profit for school owners in the form of vouchers,” Elago said. (MNS)

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Leni’s lawyers: Candidates win by votes counted, not ‘graphs’
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leni robredoMANILA  (Mabuhay) – The legal team of leading vice presidential aspirant Rep. Leni Robredo on Wednesday said candidates win elections based on votes counted not graphs showing the voting trend.

Robredo’s legal team made the statement after the camp of Sen. Bonbong Marcos showed a V-shaped graph indicating the shift of the lead from Marcos to Robredo.

“Graph is not a basis. Winning one election is not based on graph but based in votes counted,”  said election lawyer Atty. Romulo Macalintal at a press conference in Quezon City.

Macalintal said they expect the same voting trend to show up once Congress, sitting as the national board of canvassers (NBOC), starts canvassing the votes for president and vice president.

Macalintal said Marcos will most likely take the initial lead in the partial and official tally as the votes from the senator’s bailiwicks came in first while the votes from Robredo’s bailiwicks followed later.

Meanwhile, former Justice Secretary and newly elected Senator Leila De Lima, who is also part of Robredo’s legal team, said the voting trend does not show any evidence of fraud.

“Purely speculative, no proof at all. No evidence at all na naapektuhan ang resulta,” De Lima said.

De Lima noted that the burden of proof or the need to present evidence of fraud lies with the Marcos camp. (MNS)

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‘Books Across America’ gets books in hands of young children with help from ‘The Dr. Oz Show,’ UPS, Scholastic, and The National WIC Association
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"The Dr. Oz Show" is proud to lead the Books Across America effort to give more children access to books and a chance at a brighter future," said Dr. Oz (photo courtesy of http://www.kctv5.com/)

“The Dr. Oz Show” is proud to lead the Books Across America effort to give more children access to books and a chance at a brighter future,” said Dr. Oz
(photo courtesy of http://www.kctv5.com/)

Sacramento, Calif.— On Wednesday, May 25, “Books Across America” launches with “The Dr. Oz Show,” UPS, Scholastic, and the National WIC Association (NWA), a nationwide book drive and week-long campaign, May 25 to May 31. The drive aims to get books into the hands of children across the country ages 0 to 5. The campaign was inspired by First 5 California’s Talk. Read. Sing.® public service media campaign, which encourages parents and caregivers to verbally interact with children from birth which, research shows aids in brain development.

“The Dr. Oz Show” is proud to lead the Books Across America effort to give more children access to books and a chance at a brighter future,” said Dr. Oz. “Too many children in our country lack this basic resource. Through our partnership with UPS, NWA, Scholastic, First 5 California, and individuals’ generous donations, we not only are distributing books, but helping to educate parents and caregivers about why talking, reading, and singing to children regularly is critical to their healthy brain development.”

Participating The UPS Store locations nationwide will collect book donations from individuals who drop them off. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will distribute the books to families participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at various clinic locations in partnership with NWA.Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributer of children’s books, educational, and entertaining children’s media, will kick off the program by donating 1,000 new books to the campaign.

“Donating books couldn’t be easier. Just bring them to any participating The UPS Store location,” said Noel Massie, U.S. Operations Manager, UPS. “We are thrilled to play an integral role in this effort – getting the books from the public’s hands into the hands of parents, caregivers and kids who need them the most.”

On, May 25, “The Dr. Oz Show” announces their support of “Books Across America” in a segment where Dr. Oz discusses current research in brain science, which indicates that more than 80 percent of a child’s brain growth is completed by age three. This makes the first three years of life critical for mental stimulation through talking, reading, and singing, which helps billions of neurons inside the brain make strong connections that last a lifetime.

“The benefits to children of the simple acts of talking, reading, and singing beginning in infancy can be life long,” said First 5 California Commission Chair George Halvorson. “These everyday, simple moments between children and their parents and caregivers can help develop and strengthen the brain to create healthy, strong minds and futures.”

Anyone wishing to donate new or gently used books written for children ages 0 to 5 can bring the books to participating The UPS Store locations and place them in a dedicated collection box clearly identified with a “Books Across America” poster.

About First 5 California:

First 5 California was founded to educate parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers about the critical role they play during a child’s first five years – with the overarching goal of helping more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life.

For more information about First 5 California as an organization, visit www.ccfc.ca.gov. To see First 5 California’s parent resource website, visit www.first5california.com.

About The National WIC Association:

NWA is the education arm and advocacy voice of the more than 8 million mothers and young children participating in WIC and the 12,200 service provider agencies of the nation’s premier public health nutrition program – the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). For more information about NWA, visit www.nwica.org.

About UPS:

UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com

About The Dr. Oz Show:

Currently in its seventh season, the three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning syndicated daily series “The Dr. Oz Show” is hosted by the four-time Emmy® Award-winning Dr. Mehmet Oz, accredited health expert, best-selling author, and world renowned cardiac surgeon. “The Dr. Oz Show” is an informative hour that offers audiences the opportunity to learn about a wide range of health and wellness topics. Tackling the balance of mind, body and spirit, Dr. Oz calls on specialists from a variety of disciplines for expert advice on how viewers can be their best selves.

Dr. Oz, the world renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, served as health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including “YOU: The Owner’s Manual”.  Dr. Oz launched his magazine The Good Life with Hearst Corporation in spring 2014.  He has a regular column in O The Oprah Magazine.

Dr. Oz is a professor of Surgery at Columbia University.  He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents.

Cleared in over 99% of the country, “The Dr. Oz Show” is produced by Harpo Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. “The Dr. Oz Show” is executive produced by Amy Chiaro and co-executive produced by Stacy Rader.

For more information, visit http://www.doctoroz.com/.

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‘Books Across America’ gets books in hands of young children with help from ‘The Dr. Oz Show,’ UPS, Scholastic, and The National WIC Association
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"The Dr. Oz Show" is proud to lead the Books Across America effort to give more children access to books and a chance at a brighter future," said Dr. Oz (photo courtesy of http://www.kctv5.com/)

“The Dr. Oz Show” is proud to lead the Books Across America effort to give more children access to books and a chance at a brighter future,” said Dr. Oz
(photo courtesy of http://www.kctv5.com/)

Sacramento, Calif.— On Wednesday, May 25, “Books Across America” launches with “The Dr. Oz Show,” UPS, Scholastic, and the National WIC Association (NWA), a nationwide book drive and week-long campaign, May 25 to May 31. The drive aims to get books into the hands of children across the country ages 0 to 5. The campaign was inspired by First 5 California’s Talk. Read. Sing.® public service media campaign, which encourages parents and caregivers to verbally interact with children from birth which, research shows aids in brain development.

“The Dr. Oz Show” is proud to lead the Books Across America effort to give more children access to books and a chance at a brighter future,” said Dr. Oz. “Too many children in our country lack this basic resource. Through our partnership with UPS, NWA, Scholastic, First 5 California, and individuals’ generous donations, we not only are distributing books, but helping to educate parents and caregivers about why talking, reading, and singing to children regularly is critical to their healthy brain development.”

Participating The UPS Store locations nationwide will collect book donations from individuals who drop them off. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will distribute the books to families participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at various clinic locations in partnership with NWA.Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributer of children’s books, educational, and entertaining children’s media, will kick off the program by donating 1,000 new books to the campaign.

“Donating books couldn’t be easier. Just bring them to any participating The UPS Store location,” said Noel Massie, U.S. Operations Manager, UPS. “We are thrilled to play an integral role in this effort – getting the books from the public’s hands into the hands of parents, caregivers and kids who need them the most.”

On, May 25, “The Dr. Oz Show” announces their support of “Books Across America” in a segment where Dr. Oz discusses current research in brain science, which indicates that more than 80 percent of a child’s brain growth is completed by age three. This makes the first three years of life critical for mental stimulation through talking, reading, and singing, which helps billions of neurons inside the brain make strong connections that last a lifetime.

“The benefits to children of the simple acts of talking, reading, and singing beginning in infancy can be life long,” said First 5 California Commission Chair George Halvorson. “These everyday, simple moments between children and their parents and caregivers can help develop and strengthen the brain to create healthy, strong minds and futures.”

Anyone wishing to donate new or gently used books written for children ages 0 to 5 can bring the books to participating The UPS Store locations and place them in a dedicated collection box clearly identified with a “Books Across America” poster.

About First 5 California:

First 5 California was founded to educate parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers about the critical role they play during a child’s first five years – with the overarching goal of helping more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life.

For more information about First 5 California as an organization, visit www.ccfc.ca.gov. To see First 5 California’s parent resource website, visit www.first5california.com.

About The National WIC Association:

NWA is the education arm and advocacy voice of the more than 8 million mothers and young children participating in WIC and the 12,200 service provider agencies of the nation’s premier public health nutrition program – the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). For more information about NWA, visit www.nwica.org.

About UPS:

UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com

About The Dr. Oz Show:

Currently in its seventh season, the three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning syndicated daily series “The Dr. Oz Show” is hosted by the four-time Emmy® Award-winning Dr. Mehmet Oz, accredited health expert, best-selling author, and world renowned cardiac surgeon. “The Dr. Oz Show” is an informative hour that offers audiences the opportunity to learn about a wide range of health and wellness topics. Tackling the balance of mind, body and spirit, Dr. Oz calls on specialists from a variety of disciplines for expert advice on how viewers can be their best selves.

Dr. Oz, the world renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, served as health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including “YOU: The Owner’s Manual”.  Dr. Oz launched his magazine The Good Life with Hearst Corporation in spring 2014.  He has a regular column in O The Oprah Magazine.

Dr. Oz is a professor of Surgery at Columbia University.  He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents.

Cleared in over 99% of the country, “The Dr. Oz Show” is produced by Harpo Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. “The Dr. Oz Show” is executive produced by Amy Chiaro and co-executive produced by Stacy Rader.

For more information, visit http://www.doctoroz.com/.

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