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MUSLIM WORLD CONDEMNS SAUDI HOLY CITY BOMBING
[ALSO: DALLAS KILLING: Obama condemns 'deranged' gunman, says US won't return to 60s-era race riots].


JULY 7 -Saudi security personnel gather at the site of the suicide attack near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, on July 4, 2016 (AFP Photo/)
RIYADH – A deadly suicide bombing near Islam’s second-holiest site in the Saudi city of Medina sparked condemnation across the Muslim world Tuesday, with even the Taliban and Hezbollah denouncing the attack. The king of Saudi Arabia has also promised to strike with an “iron hand” against those responsible for the attack. Four persons were killed in the explosion near the Prophet’s Mosque that came as Muslims prepared for this week’s Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. King Salman said Riyadh will hit hard those who seek to harm its young people, but in a speech also warned the kingdom’s youth against “the dangers that lie in wait, notably extremism.” US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said: “Although the investigation of these attacks is still in its early phases, the intent of the terrorists is clear: to sow division and fear.” A spokesman for UN chief Ban Ki-moon also denounced the attacks. “These crimes are all the more despicable as they were carried out as residents were preparing for Eid al-Fitr,” Stephane Dujarric said.The attack near the Medina mosque — where the Prophet Mohammed is buried and which attracts millions of pilgrims each year — was one of three in the Sunni-ruled Gulf nation on Tuesday. READ MORE...RELATED,
THE DALLAS KILLING: Barack Obama condemns 'deranged' gunman, says US won't return to Sixties-era race riots...

ALSO: Abu Sayyaf plans to raise ISIS flag in town hall’s compound in Basilan[RELATED: Basilan court declares Abu Sayyaf a terrorist group]


JULY 9 -
Security forces have fortified Tipo-Tipo, Basilan after uncovering an Abu Sayyaf Group's (ASG) plan to attack the town hall and raise an ISIS flag in the local government's compound, a police official said Saturday.
Basilan Provincial Police Office director Senior Superintendent Oscar Nantes said that he placed the whole police force in Tipo-Tipo on full alert in anticipation of the attack. Nantes said military personnel have augmented the police's security around the municipal hall. He said the information on the ASG's plan came six days ago. As the police received the information, the military started pounding known lairs of the ASG in Tipo-Tipo. The military said its air assets have been dropping bombs on ASG's lairs in Tipo-Tipo along with cannons fired by troops from the Philippine Army's 64th and 18th Infantry Battalion. Basilan Governor Jim Hataman said eight barangays in the town of Tipo-Tipo, Albarka and Ungkaya Pukan have been affected by the miltary's offensive against the bandits. The areas affected include Migcawa, Bohepiang, Sitio Layohan, Baguindan, Silangkim, Tipo-tipo proper, Sungkayut, and Bohesuyak. READ MORE...RELATED, Basilan court declares Abu Sayyaf a terrorist group...

ALSO: INTERVIEW - What does change mean to your kids?


JULY 8 -Illustration by Oteph Antipolo
“Change” is a concept mothers like us can easily grasp (because when you’re a mom, change is super constant—from finding yourself responsible for another human being to seeing the changes in your body!), but do kids know what change is all about and what it brings?
The new administration has promised to deliver change, but how do our kids understand it? Sisters Rafa, 9, and Georges Patawaran, 6, both proud graduates of the Manila Bulletin Junior Journalists Summer Camp in 2014, asked their classmates and schoolmates, as well as themselves, to tell us their thoughts on President Rody Duterte and the new government. READ MORE...

ALSO: Safe to eat? Giant pineapple in Tacloban dares to be eaten


JULY 10 -Steve Nash Diaz poses next to his giant pineapple in Tacloban City. Jenette Fariola-Ruedas, ABS-CBN News
TACLOBAN CITY - A giant pineapple shaped like an inverted heart has baffled residents of a rural village here as much as it dared adventurous eaters to take a bite. A young boy, Steve Nash Diaz, planted the pineapple plant a few months after Super Typhoon Yolanda flattened vast swaths of the city in late 2013 but it bore fruit only recently. The fruit is around twice the size of Diaz's head and is nestled on a wreath of spiky green leaves. With the pineapple about to ripen, the question on the boy's mind is whether the oddly-shaped fruit is safe to eat. -- Jenette Fariola-Ruedas, ABS-CBN News FULL REPORT

ALSO: FILIPINO MEN SPEND MORE ON FACIAL, HAIR CARE
[RELATED: Facials, anti-acne jabs and BAGS over their heads - The Filipino men who go to drastic lengths to preserve their looks]


JULY 10 -Filipino men now buy personal care products made for them rather than use their wives’ or mothers’ products so much so that this year’s 22 percent increase in sales is three times more than last year.
A study by Kantar Worldpanel,the global expert in shoppers’ behavior, said Filipino men now spend more on shampoos and deodorant, facial care and fragrances. Sales of personal care product lines that cater to men enjoyed 22 percent growth from March 2015 to March 2016, almost three times more than the eight percent posted in 2014 to 2015,Kantar Worldpanel said. According to the study, the jump in sales of personal careproducts for men now account for 6.3 percent of total value sales of the categoryfrom 5.6 percent in 2015. The study tracked the shopping behavior of 3,000 homes in urban and rural areas across the country. The study further revealed that men are willing to pay more for gender-specific products. On average, spending on shampoo variants for men went up from P110to P123 during the period. An interesting finding is that facial care products for men have also seen an 18 percent increase in consumer spending, from P127 to P150. But when it comes to deodorant, this category exhibited the highest growth from last year. Deodorant for men now comprises 28 percent value sales within the total deodorant market in the Philippines. READ MORE...RELATED, Facials, anti-acne jabs and BAGS over their heads: The Filipino men who go to drastic lengths to preserve their looks...


ALSO: ‘Habagat’ brings rains over Luzon, Visayas
[RLATED: Rain predicted over southwest Luzon areas, Palawan, Mindoro]


JULY 10 -'Habagat' continues to bring rains on Saturday
Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Palawan and Mindoro are currently experiencing monsoon rains, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said yesterday.Metro Manila, Ilocos, Western Visayas, Marinduque and Romblon will experience occasional rains.As of 7 a.m., Orange warning level (flooding is threatening) was raised over Zambales and Bataan.Yellow warning level (flooding in low-lying areas), meanwhile, was issued over Cavite and Batangas. The light to moderate rains currently affecting Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Tarlac, Pampanga may last for three hours, according to Pagasa. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of Luzon. The rest of the country may experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms. FULL REPORT. RELATED, Rain predicted over southwest Luzon areas, Palawan, Mindoro...


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 Muslim world condemns Saudi holy site bombing


Saudi security personnel gather at the site of the suicide attack near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, on July 4, 2016 (AFP Photo/)

RIYADH, JULY 11, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by AFP and Tribune Wires Thursday, 07 July 2016 00:00 - A deadly suicide bombing near Islam’s second-holiest site in the Saudi city of Medina sparked condemnation across the Muslim world Tuesday, with even the Taliban and Hezbollah denouncing the attack.

The king of Saudi Arabia has also promised to strike with an “iron hand” against those responsible for the attack.

Four persons were killed in the explosion near the Prophet’s Mosque that came as Muslims prepared for this week’s Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

King Salman said Riyadh will hit hard those who seek to harm its young people, but in a speech also warned the kingdom’s youth against “the dangers that lie in wait, notably extremism.”

US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said: “Although the investigation of these attacks is still in its early phases, the intent of the terrorists is clear: to sow division and fear.”

A spokesman for UN chief Ban Ki-moon also denounced the attacks.

“These crimes are all the more despicable as they were carried out as residents were preparing for Eid al-Fitr,” Stephane Dujarric said.

The attack near the Medina mosque — where the Prophet Mohammed is buried and which attracts millions of pilgrims each year — was one of three in the Sunni-ruled Gulf nation on Tuesday.

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There were no claims of responsibility for the bombings in Medina, Jeddah and the eastern city of Qatif, but the Islamic State group had in May urged its supporters to carry out attacks during Ramadan.

The Sunni extremists have claimed or been blamed for a wave of shootings and bombings during Ramadan, including in Orlando, Bangladesh, Istanbul and Baghdad.

Shock and outrage

The Saudi interior ministry said officers became suspicious of a man heading for the mosque through a parking lot.

“As they tried to stop him, he blew himself up with an explosive belt causing his death and the death of four police,” it said, adding five others were wounded.

The targeting of Medina caused shock and outrage across Islam’s religious divide.

Shiite power Iran called for Muslim unity and the Afghan Taliban branded it “gruesome.”

“There are no more red lines left for terrorists to cross. Sunnis, Shiites will both remain victims unless we stand united as one,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.


In this photo provided by Noor Punasiya, people stand by an explosion site in Medina, Saudi Arabia. (Courtesy of Noor Punasiya via AP)

The Taliban said it “condemns this incident in the strongest of terms and considers it an act of enmity and hatred toward Islamic rituals.”

Lebanon-based Shiite militant group Hezbollah — which Riyadh accuses of supporting “terrorist acts” in the region — also denounced it as “a new sign of the terrorists’ contempt for all that Muslims consider sacred.”

UN rights office spokesman Rupert Colville said: “It is an attack on the religion itself.”

The head of the Saudi Shura Council, the main government advisory body, called the attack “unprecedented.”

“This crime, which causes goosebumps, could not have been perpetrated by someone who had an atom of belief in his heart,”
Abdullah al-Sheikh said.

‘Make us stronger’

Cairo-based Al-Azhar, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, stressed “the sanctity of the houses of God, especially the Prophet’s Mosque.”

Middle East expert Madhawi al-Rasheed said the attack appeared aimed at humiliating Saudi Arabia, the guardian of Islam’s holiest sites.

“It’s an attempt to actually embarrass the Saudi government because it boasts of protecting the pilgrims and the holy places,” said Rasheed, a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore.

At the same time as the Medina attack, another suicide bombing occurred near a Shiite mosque across the country in the Shiite-populated Gulf city of Qatif.

The interior ministry said “the body parts of three people were found” at the site but had not yet been identified.

Monday’s first attack was in the western Saudi city of Jeddah, where two police officers were wounded in a suicide bombing near the US consulate.



The ministry said that attack was carried out by 35-year-old Pakistani Abdullah Qalzar Khan, who had been living in the city for 12 years.

The US embassy in Riyadh reported no casualties among consulate staff in the attack, which coincided with the US July 4 Independence Day holiday.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the interior minister, said while visiting wounded policemen in Jeddah the attacks “will only increase our solidarity and make us stronger.”

Since late 2014 a series of bombings and shootings claimed by IS in Saudi Arabia has targeted minority Shiites as well as the security forces, killing dozens.

Most attacks have been in Eastern Province, home to the majority of Shiites in the country.

IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has called for attacks on Saudi Arabia, which is taking part in the US-led coalition bombing the jihadists in Syria and Iraq. The group also considers Shiites to be heretics.

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ALSO FROM THE TELEGRAPH, UK

Barack Obama condemns 'deranged' gunman, says US won't return to Sixties-era race riots David Lawler Joe Shute Raf Sanchez Harriet Alexander 9 JULY 2016 • 7:19PM


Micah Johnson -CREDIT: FACEBOOK

Who is Micah Johnson?
•Who were the victims?
•Dramatic audio of police scanner during shooting
•Tim Stanley: A democracy as racist as America will never be at peace
•Dallas police shooting: As it happened July 8th
•Protests continue across the US


President Obama issued a call for unity on Saturday, insisting that race relations in the US were not returning to the dark days of the Sixties.

Mr Obama delivered his message as nationwide protests against police brutality towards black Americans have continued to spill over into violence in the aftermath of the massacre in Dallas.

"There is sorrow, there is anger, there is confusion about next step, but there's unity in recognising that this is not how we want our communities to operate,” he said. "When we start suggesting somehow that there's this enormous polarisation, and we're back to how we were in the Sixties, that's just not true."


US PRESIDENT OBAMA

Mr Obama, who has announced he is abandoning a European visit and will arrive in Dallas in the coming days in a bid to calm race relations, called gunman Micah Johnson “demented” and insisted he in no way represents America’s black community.

All clear after part of city locked down following security threat
Police have lifted a lockdown imposed on an area around their headquarters following a security threat.

Around a square mile was blocked off with people inside the security cordon forbidden from leaving after an alert, while police searched a car park.

The scale of the response was a reflection of the edginess in the city following the murder of five or its officers.

Details of the threat were not disclosed by the police who deployed SWAT teams and closed down the public transit station close to their HQ.

At one point police used a rifle to force their way into part of the car park. However an exhaustive search using officers and dogs failed to find a suspect and the all clear was given.


Dallas PD: All clear given after anonymous threat

Police find bomb-making materials at home of Dallas shooting suspectPlay! 00:57

Police search for links to black power extremists

The Facebook account of Micah Johnson, the 25-year-old Army veteran who killed five officers in Dallas on Thursday, shows that he “liked” two different extremist groups - the New Black Panthers Party and the African American Defence League.

The New Black Panthers is a black power group known for its “anti-white and anti-Semitic hatred”, according to the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), which monitors US extremists.

The group has no link to the original Black Panthers movement of the 1960s and instead calls for the killing of Jews and white people.

Johnson reserves
The reserve center where Johnson's Army Reserve unit was based CREDIT: HARRIET ALEXANDER
Johnson also followed the African American Defence League, which directly advocates violence against police officers.

Following the killing of Alton Sterling, a black man shot dead by police in Louisiana, the group’s founder took to Facebook promising to “sprinkle pigs’ blood”. “Pig” is a common term for police officer.

"You and I know what we must do and I don't mean marching, making a lot of noise, or attending conventions,” wrote Dr. Mauricelm-Lei Millere. “We must ‘Rally The Troops!’ It is time to visit Louisiana and hold a barbeque. The highlight of our occasion will be to sprinkle Pigs Blood!”

Johnson also followed several other organisations defined as “hate groups” by the SPCL, including the Nation of Islam and the Black Riders Liberation Party.

It is unclear if the gunman was actually involved in any of these groups or just followed them from a distance over the internet. He told a police negotiator during his final stand that he was acting alone and was unaffiliated with any group, according to Dallas police.

When police searched Johnson’s house on Friday they found bomb-making material, assault rifles, bullet proof vests and stocks of ammunition. Detectives also discovered “a written manifesto” which described shooting tactics but does not appear to shed light on Johnson’s motivations.

The killer, who was known by his middle name Xavier or sometimes just X, told a friend that he believed white police officers were carrying out “genocide” against black people before he carried out the shooting.

Israel Cooper, 19, said: "He was upset. He said white cops are just slaying black people, basically genocide. He said, "this is getting out of hand'."

While he spent six months in Afghanistan, there is no evidence that he saw combat.


The home of Micah Johnson in Mesquite, Texas CREDIT: GETTY

According to the New York Times, a female comrade accused him of sexually harassing her in Afghanistan and said he needed “mental help”. The woman tried to get a restraining order against Johnson to stop him from coming near her or her family.

He left the military under the shadow of the sexual harassment allegations but appears to have no civilian criminal record.

Vigils were held across the city on Friday night in memory of the victims of the attack. Hundreds attend Dallas vigil

Violence continues between police and black men

Meanwhile, tensions continued to run high across the US after two other “ambushes” against police officers in the wake of the Dallas shootings.

Alva Braziel, a black man in Houston, was shot ten times and killed by police on Saturday morning after allegedly pointing a revolver at officers. His name began to trend on social media, with many casting doubt on the official version of events.

An officer in a St Louis suburb is fighting for his life after being shot in the neck during a traffic stop on Friday morning. The driver allegedly emerged from the car and fired three times after being pulled over.

Authorities said the shooting was “clearly an ambush, an attack”.

The suspect was arrested and has been charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer.

In Georgia, a man allegedly called 911 to report a break in and then opened fire on officers when they arrived. One officer was shot multiple times but is expected to survive.

The suspect was also shot.

A shooting in Tennessee the day before the Dallas attacks was carried out by a black man angry about the recent killings of African Americans, according to police.

Lakeen Scott, 37, was also an Army veteran. In the early hours of Thursday morning he went on a shooting spree that killed one person and wounded three, including a police officer. He was shot and wounded by police.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the shootings appeared to have been motivated by frustration over the recent spate of police killings.

Thousands march over police shootings

Thousands had taken to the streets of cities across the country on Friday nht to denounce the fatal shooting by police of two black men this week.

Protesters clogged roadways in New York City, Atlanta and Philadelphia, and events in San Francisco and Phoenix also drew large crowds.

Black Lives Matter marches across US cities

Yesterday morning Rochester police chief Michael Ciminelli was forced to defend his officers after 72 protestors were arrested during a demonstration in the city in New York State on Friday night. Among those detained included two black local news reporters from station 13WHAM who were briefly handcuffed before police realised their mistake

In Phoenix, Arizona, a rally several hundred strong hurled rocks at police lines attempting to prevent them accessing one of the city’s freeways. Officers – who later donned riot gear - responded with tear gas and pepper spray. Tensions continue to run high in Baton Rouge where Alton Sterling was shot dead by police on Tuesday. In the early hours of yesterday morning riot officers dispersed a rally of about 300 people.

In Philadelphia, meanwhile, protestors are vowing a “weekend of rage”.

Study shows clear divisions

A study published by the respected Pew Research Centre last month found more than two-thirds of African Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement. Only a minority of white people – and just 20 per cent of Republicans – feel the same way.

As one of the Philadelphia march organisers, Laniece Williams, told the Associated Press this weekend, “we will not be stifled or stopped”.

According to the Washington Post, which has been mapping the killings, out of 509 people shot or killed by the US police this year, 123 have been black, despite comprising only 12 per cent of the country’s population.

Political rhetoric intensifies

After a brief respite from partisanship in the wake of the Dallas shooting, during which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both issued calls for unity, the political rhetoric began to intensify.

Joe Walsh, a radio host and former Republican congressman, sparked outrage on Friday night when he seemed to threaten Mr Obama over the shootings in Dallas.

“This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you,” he said, adding that Mr Obama was a "cop hater" and "has blood on his hands" for supporting those protesting police shootings.

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Solidarity and fear in Dallas
Over the weekend prayer vigils have been held across the city, and any more continue to gather outside the Dallas Police Headquarters where two parked police cars have been covered in flowers and “cards of unity”.

Dallas teacher Sonia Garcia and her three-year-old daughter, Leilani, were among the thousands paying their respects. She says she has seen several examples of gloating on social media about Thursday’s killings in recent days.

“I’m scared this might just be the beginning of something even uglier,” Garcia said while fighting back tears. “I feel we are becoming more divided every day.”

The city’s police, meanwhile, hope the outpouring of grief towards their fallen comrades may prove a much needed force for unity.

Detective Major Berry was on duty the night of the attack and knew all the officers killed. In particular, he was a close friend of 48-year-old Corporal Lorne Aherns, one of the last two victims to be named alongside 55-year-old Michael Smith.

Berry, a father-of-three who is black himself, admits “there is always going to be racial tensions between groups”, but says police officers cannot be allowed to face "trial by social media".

“I just want this movement to see police officers as people, too,” he said.


GMA NEWS NETWORK

Abu Sayyaf plans to raise ISIS flag in town hall’s compound in Basilan Published July 9, 2016 9:35pm



Security forces have fortified Tipo-Tipo, Basilan after uncovering an Abu Sayyaf Group's (ASG) plan to attack the town hall and raise an ISIS flag in the local government's compound, a police official said Saturday.

Basilan Provincial Police Office director Senior Superintendent Oscar Nantes said that he placed the whole police force in Tipo-Tipo on full alert in anticipation of the attack.

Nantes said military personnel have augmented the police's security around the municipal hall.

He said the information on the ASG's plan came six days ago.

As the police received the information, the military started pounding known lairs of the ASG in Tipo-Tipo.

The military said its air assets have been dropping bombs on ASG's lairs in Tipo-Tipo along with cannons fired by troops from the Philippine Army's 64th and 18th Infantry Battalion.

Basilan Governor Jim Hataman said eight barangays in the town of Tipo-Tipo, Albarka and Ungkaya Pukan have been affected by the miltary's offensive against the bandits.

The areas affected include Migcawa, Bohepiang, Sitio Layohan, Baguindan, Silangkim, Tipo-tipo proper, Sungkayut, and Bohesuyak.

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The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office reported that as of Friday, a total of 1,312 families have been displaced due to the offensive.

Malacañang on Saturday said that the government will continue to pursue the ASG despite President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement that he does not see the bandits as criminals.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella clarified that Duterte was just providing a context for the ASG's actions.

"Hindi po niya (Duterte) pinapalampas ‘yung mga ginawa nila, pero nilalagay lang po niya in context ‘yung mga, ‘yung kanilang pinaggagawa, that they were forced to desperation," Abella said in an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan.

In his visit in Zamboanga City, Armed Forces chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya said that Duterte is serious in fighting the ASG.

Visaya said that Duterte himself ordered him to provide a report on the results of the military's actions against the bandits in three to six months. —Jessica Bartolome/ALG, GMA News

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Basilan court declares Abu Sayyaf a terrorist group Published September 11, 2015 1:51pm By MARK MERUEÑAS, GMA News


The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is now officially recognized as a terrorist group under the Human Security Act of 2007. Published September 11, 2015 1:51pm GMA NEWS

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is now officially recognized as a terrorist group under the Human Security Act of 2007.

This was after Judge Danilo Bucoy of the Regional Trial Court Branch 9 in Isabela City, Basilan granted a request from the Department of Justice to declare the armed group as a terrorist and outlawed organization.

In a 19-page resolution, a copy of which the Department of Justice released to the media on Friday, the Basilan court took into consideration the "essential elements" to declare someone or a group as a terrorist under RA 9370 or the Human Security Act of 2007.

The court said the preamble of the ASG's Charter showed that the group is "resolute and determined to use whatever means, including terrorism, if only to achieve its purpose, that is, to supplant the existing form of government with their own version of an Islamic State."

The court said though the word "terrorism" is not stated in the preamble, its concept and essence were "all over it and are, therefore, deemed written into it."

The court also gave weight to documents and testimonies from four witnesses that showed the ASG used acts to terrorize and sow a condition of widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace.

"These witnesses have passed the court's careful and intense scrutiny regarding their demeanor, attitude and mannerism on the witness stand. The court find them credible," said the court.

"In fact, these witnesses deserve praise and commendation for their courage and audacity to stand against this violent, treacherous and vicious organization," it added.

The court said the ASG was also guilty of coercing the government to comply with their unlawful demands or else they would kill their victims. Among these demands are ransom or the pull out of troops from areas of ASG's operations.

The court also acknowledged that the ASG was given due notice and opportunity to be heard but no written or oral opposition was submitted by the group to the court.

"Wherefore, in view of all the foregoing... and after due notice and hearing, the organizations commonly known as the Abu Sayyaf Group and/or Al-Harakatul Al-Islamiyya is hereby declared a terrorist organization," ruled the court. —KBK, GMA News


MANILA BULLETIN

What does change mean to your kids? July 9, 2016 Share2 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share13
Interviews by Rafa, 9 and Georges, 6 Patawaran


Illustration by Oteph Antipolo

“Change” is a concept mothers like us can easily grasp (because when you’re a mom, change is super constant—from finding yourself responsible for another human being to seeing the changes in your body!), but do kids know what change is all about and what it brings?

The new administration has promised to deliver change, but how do our kids understand it?

Sisters Rafa, 9, and Georges Patawaran, 6, both proud graduates of the Manila Bulletin Junior Journalists Summer Camp in 2014, asked their classmates and schoolmates, as well as themselves, to tell us their thoughts on President Rody Duterte and the new government.

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I like President Duterte because he is a really good president. Well, he leads the country. When he changes the rules, it’s okay. If he changes the rules once again, I’ll be okay. And if every president changes the rules, I’ll still be okay. —Brian, Grade 2

I believe that Duterte will make new laws and respect the country including us. I hope this will be for the better. —Amanda, Grade 4

I like Duterte because he seems so smart and nice. And he can change the Philippines and make it a better country because everyone likes him and because he is the President. —Jacob, Grade 2

I believe in President Duterte because he is good and we should always listen to his rules. I believe that he can change this nation because he is our new President. —Elai, Grade 2

I think President Duterte can change the Philippines because he will turn the bad things into good things. I believe that change is coming because Duterte is changing the people into good people. —Joyce, Grade 2

I like President Duterte because he is a simple man and he is responsible and will stop crime and corruption. I know change is coming because President Rodrigo Duterte will make the Philippines a better and a safer place for every Filipino and foreigner. —Rafa Patawaran , Grade 4

I like President Rodrigo Duterte’s promised changes, one of them is the curfew for minors, people below 18 years old shouldn’t be in the streets after 10 p.m. Zero until 18 years old are involved in the curfew and 19 years old and above are not. —Dianne, Grade 4

Change is coming means that President Rodrigo Duterte is going to stop corruption, stealing, and drugs, to make the Philippines a better place to live in. —Piper, Grade 4

You know Duterte is changing the country. And he changes it to be awesome. Then his changes are to be experiential. The last change is to being, being, being really, really tall. —Meg, Grade 2

Change is coming means under President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines will be better. According to him, he will make sure that there are no illegal drugs and corruption in the country because he loves the Philippines. He will not just take care of one but all the Filipino people. One of his sayings in his inauguration was, ‘I have no friends to serve, I have no enemies to harm.’ —Paul, Grade 4

President Duterte for me is kind and caring to the Filipinos because he will put CCTVs everywhere so that he can see who’s not wearing seatbelts so that there will be no more accidents. Change is coming because there will be no more traffic, no more accidents, and there will be no more killings of innocent people. And I can now play safe in the park.—Georges Patawaran, Grade 2


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Giant pineapple in Tacloban dares to be eaten ABS-CBN News Posted at Jul 10 2016 12:59 AM Share Facebook Twitter GPlus LinkedIn Pinterest


Steve Nash Diaz poses next to his giant pineapple in Tacloban City. Jenette Fariola-Ruedas, ABS-CBN News

TACLOBAN CITY - A giant pineapple shaped like an inverted heart has baffled residents of a rural village here as much as it dared adventurous eaters to take a bite.

A young boy, Steve Nash Diaz, planted the pineapple plant a few months after Super Typhoon Yolanda flattened vast swaths of the city in late 2013 but it bore fruit only recently.

The fruit is around twice the size of Diaz's head and is nestled on a wreath of spiky green leaves.

With the pineapple about to ripen, the question on the boy's mind is whether the oddly-shaped fruit is safe to eat. -- Jenette Fariola-Ruedas, ABS-CBN News


MALAYA BUSINESS INSIGHT

PINOYS SPEND MORE ON FACIAL, HAIR CARE July 08, 2016


Filipino men now buy personal care products made for them rather than use their wives’ or mothers’ products so much so that this year’s 22 percent increase in sales is three times more than last year.

A study by Kantar Worldpanel,the global expert in shoppers’ behavior, said Filipino men now spend more on shampoos and deodorant, facial care and fragrances.

Sales of personal care product lines that cater to men enjoyed 22 percent growth from March 2015 to March 2016, almost three times more than the eight percent posted in 2014 to 2015,Kantar Worldpanel said.

According to the study, the jump in sales of personal careproducts for men now account for 6.3 percent of total value sales of the categoryfrom 5.6 percent in 2015.

The study tracked the shopping behavior of 3,000 homes in urban and rural areas across the country.

The study further revealed that men are willing to pay more for gender-specific products.

On average, spending on shampoo variants for men went up from P110to P123 during the period.

An interesting finding is that facial care products for men have also seen an 18 percent increase in consumer spending, from P127 to P150.

But when it comes to deodorant, this category exhibited the highest growth from last year.

Deodorant for men now comprises 28 percent value sales within the total deodorant market in the Philippines.

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According to Kantar Worldpanel data, 27 percent of homes bought deodorantfor men in the recent year, with Filipinos spending P16 morethan they did in 2015.

Shampoo,the largest among the four categories surveyed, also demonstrated growth in male-specific variants. Shampoo for men grew 38percentyear-on-year as it attracted 937,000 more buyers in 2016 than in2015. Spending likewise went up from P110 to P122 on average.

Based on Kantar Worldpanel’s data, the increase in preference for shampoo made especially for men is most evident in the class DE homes.

From 17 percentin 2015, an additional four percent of DE homes now buyshampoo especially made for men today. The Visayas and Mindanao regions havealso significantly led this trend, attracting 627,000 more homes in 2016. - Irma Isip

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Facials, anti-acne jabs and BAGS over their heads: The Filipino men who go to drastic lengths to preserve their looks By LUCY WATERLOW FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 10:41 GMT, 10 June 2013 | UPDATED: 13:18 GMT, 10 June 2013

•The nation's males are embracing metrosexuality
•84 per cent believe 'looks are everything'
•Facials, skin peels and skin whitening treatments are increasingly popular
•In rural areas, fishermen improvise with masks to protect from sun damage

Pink beauty parlours offering facials and anti-ageing treatments are often the preserve of women but in the Philippines, business is booming thanks to men.

The nation's males are embracing metrosexuality and regularly having beauty treatments to enhance their looks.

Their vanity is also extending to their working lives with fishermen in Manila wearing fabric masks to protect their skin from darkening in the sun - because they believe dark skin is 'ugly.'


Let's go fishing: In rural areas, fishermen are donning fabric masks to protect their skin from the sun


Concerned about their looks: The fishermen in Laguna de Bay in Taguig City say they don't want their skin to get darker

Photographer Cheryl Ravelo was sent to the area to investigate the boom for male cosmetic treatments in the Asia Pacific region.

Writing on a blog for news agency Reuters, she reveals how men in the area, who once aspired to be 'macho' now just want to be beautiful.

She said: 'In a regional study conducted in 2004 by global market survey company, Synovate, 84 per cent of men in Manila agree that looks are everything.

'The same is true even for rural menfolk. They do not have the money to get facial treatments or buy whitening products, but they care about how they look.'

Ms Ravelo visited beauty parlours in Manila that cater for both women and men and have a thriving market with the latter.


Embracing metrosexuality: A beautician applies a mask to a man's face during a facial treatment that costs £14 in Manila

Beauty boom: 84 per cent of men believe 'looks are everything' and will have skin peels to achieve perfection


Laser treatment: This man has light therapy to banish lines



No pain, no gain: A dermatologist performs an anti-acne injection, that costs £1.50 (P91.50) per spot, at a skin care clinic at a mall in Quezon City, Manila

On her visits, she met men having facials in their lunch hours, skin peel treatments to help them look younger, and investing in expensive whitening skin treatments to achieve their ideal of beauty.

At one parlour, she found a group of men who had gone along for treatments together on an alternative boys' night out.

She writes that she was surprised by the varied clientele she met and how they didn't seem phased at being treated at a centre decked out like a Barbie house.

She said: 'I am not a stranger to beauty centres, but bright pink tiles and couches in the reception area, and the same loud color for attendants’ uniforms could be a shock for most men.'

The men she met included one 'with colour highlights in his spiked hair, looking surprisingly younger than his 58 years'.


Seal of approval: Many of the men, like Ryan pictured with his wife, Anne, say they have the beauty treatments to look better for their partners

'He said he was a regular client for 10 years and was getting the latest cell booster infusion mask on that particular visit, a procedure to combat and protect the skin against the effects of destructive free radicals, nourish the skin cells and encourage tissue regeneration,' she writes.

Other men booked 'advanced real gentleman facials' to 'boost their self confidence and look good for their partners', while another tattooed man who was happy to be identified had a skin peel.

Ms Ravelo said: 'Jan Saguinsin, 32, with tattoos on his arms, lay down comfortably on a pink bed, his hair pushed back using a pink embroidered headband and his hands were covered in a pink hot moist pack while an attendant gave him a power skin peel treatment. I smiled to myself seeing his tattoos pressed against the pink bedsheet.'

Boys' night out: Some of the men visit the beauty parlours in groups to have treatments


Pink palace: The beauty parlour is decked out to appeal to women but it's men who are causing a boom in business

The photographer discovered the desire to be beautiful wasn't just a concern for businessmen in the cities who can afford beauty treatments.

Rural fisherman who earn £1 to £5 a day also want to maintain their looks. They do this by wrapping their face and necks in homemade masks to protect their skin from damage.

As well as preventing premature ageing, they do this to prevent their skin getting darker - which they believe is unattractive - as they spend six to eight hours at day out on the water fishing.

'We already have dark skin, we’ll be ugly if we get even darker,' said Romeo Apelado, 59, a fisherman at Laguna de Bay in Taguig City.

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‘Habagat’ brings rains over Luzon, Visayas Written by PNA Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:00


'Habagat' continues to bring rains on Saturday

Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Palawan and Mindoro are currently experiencing monsoon rains, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said yesterday.

Metro Manila, Ilocos, Western Visayas, Marinduque and Romblon will experience occasional rains.

As of 7 a.m., Orange warning level (flooding is threatening) was raised over Zambales and Bataan.

Yellow warning level (flooding in low-lying areas), meanwhile, was issued over Cavite and Batangas.

The light to moderate rains currently affecting Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Tarlac, Pampanga may last for three hours, according to Pagasa.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of Luzon.

The rest of the country may experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.

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Rain predicted over southwest Luzon areas, Palawan, Mindoro Published July 10, 2016 5:54am

With the southwest monsoon affecting Luzon and the Visayas, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Palawan, and Occidental Mindoro can expect rainy conditions on Sunday, weather service PAGASA predicted in a 5 a.m. forecast.

Metro Manila, the Ilocos Region, the Western Visayas, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, and Romblon will also experience occasional rain, with the rest of Luzon to be cloudy with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Winds will be moderate to strong from the southwest over Luzon and the Visayas, where coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Winds elsewhere will be light to moderate from the southeast to southwest with slight to moderate seas. — DVM, GMA News


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