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104 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS facebook.com/olwsun
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11 2013
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Houses were set ablaze on
Tuesday as fighting erupted
between Philippine security
forces and Muslim rebels
occupying five districts of the
southern Philippine city of
Fire ﬁghters were prevented from
getting to the houses by sniper
fire, Reuters reported.
On Monday, hundreds of heavily
armed Muslim gunmen landed in
coastal districts of Zamboanga,
took 30 hostages and had planned
to march to the city hall to raise
their flag and declare an independent state.
But security forces stopped them
from reaching the city centre and
a naval blockade prevented hundreds of gunmen from neighbouring Basilan and Jolo from
reinforcing their comrades, setting off a sea battle that killed se-
ven rebels, a navy spokesman
"We lost one of our boys but we
got seven of them when our sea
patrols intercepted a boatload of
gunmen heading for Zamboanga," Commander Gerard Fabic
Schools, shops and offices
remained closed as the standoff
entered the second day. Ferry and
air services were also suspended.
Security officials say the rebels
belong to a rogue faction of the
Moro National Liberation Front
(MNLF) rebel group, which
entered into a peace agreement
with government in 1996 and ran
a Muslim autonomous region on
southern Mindanao island.
Five years later, the faction, led
by former university professor
Nur Misuari, broke away,
claiming the government had not
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Allow humanitarian groups to
enter rebel-controlled villages in
Zamboanga City. This was what
Senator Nancy Binay asked
Liberation Front (MNLF)
if the group still won't
release dozens of its
hostages in the on-going
Binay urged MNLF
chair Nur Misuari to
let relief organizations like Philippine Red Cross to
deliver food supplies to residents in
Sta. Catalina, Sta.
Barbara, Rio Hondo, and Talon-Talon.
“I appeal to the
leadership of the MNLF, for
humanitarian reasons, to
allow those residing in the ba-
rangays under their control, access
to food and other basic necessities,”
The neophyte senator issued the
statement after hearing reports
about of shutdown in vital commercial establishments.
“Life has literally stopped in
Zamboanga City. The national government must immediately ensure
that the people of Zamboanga, especially those who have been displaced brought by the political tension, still have access to food and
medicines,” Binay said.
“The National Food Authority and
the Department of Health (should)
set up mobile centers in Zamboanga
City to facilitate the distribution of
rice, sugar, milk, coffee and essential medicines for the people of
Zamboanga to have access to food
and other basic necessities,” she
At the same time, the daughter of
Vice President Jejomar Binay asked
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the Armed Forces of the Philippines
(AFP) to make sure MNLF won't be
harassing humanitarian volunteers.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona, for
his part, clarified his department
will be sending additional medicine
to Zamboanga City.
Ona said the government may use
the added supply to treat victims of
their medical needs since the DOH
Center for Health Development
(DOH-CHD) in Zamboanga Peninsula declares blue alert.
The government official said they
will allocate assorted drugs and
medicines for the use of the makeshift hospital at the Western
Mindanao State University gym.
been done after the ZCMC, a 200bed capacity hospital and adjacent
to where the MNLF group stays, is
currently being used as the
command post of the AFP.
Ona also said that a total of 1,147
displaced individuals are now
sheltered in Don Joaquin F.
Complex, Tetuan Parish Church,
and Talon Talon National High
“We will be continuously monitoring the situation to provide a
swift response to the citizens of
Zamboanga City,” Ona concluded.
At the same time, the Zamboanga
city government announced that
local businesses such as gasoline
stations are trying to recover amid
the ongoing stand-off between
MNLF and the military in the area.
The Zamboanga local government
added public markets were "open
residents' food supply needs. It
noted that rural transit buses
resumed their "regular trips to and
from Zamboanga City."
fully implemented the deal.
Misuari opposed the deal signed last year by the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in which the
group agreed to a new autonomous region that
would give it greater political powers and more
control over resources.
Four decades of conﬂict in the south killed 120,000
people, displaced two million and stunted growth in
the poor but resource-rich area of the mainly Roman
Catholic country. Last year's deal spurred hopes of
an economic revival.
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UR MISUARI and his bastard cohorts
had spread terror again in the wonderful land of Mindanao.
They disturbed people who works in
Zamboanga City and wanted to capturethecity.Theywanttheirredﬂagto
reign over the city hall ﬂagpole.
Well, the colour of their ﬂag is the color of blood,
and blood is what they want. To capture a business
city and to rule over the country.
Actually, their dreams are a dream of a oneblinded leader. A bigot who fails the government
and shames the country.
We cannot believe how Nur Misuari can sleep at
night after he orchestrated the death of nearly a
quarter of a million.
And we hope he'll rot in hell for all the things that
he did-- the things that made him a mass killer.
Muslim militants traded gunﬁre
with Philippine troops Tuesday and
were using almost 200 vil-lagers as
human shields, officials said, in a
stand-off after a deadly attack on a
Gunshots rang out on the coastal
outskirts of Zamboanga city on the
second day of a confrontation
between the government and Moro
National Liberation Front (MNLF)
fighters intent on derail-ing peace
"The security forces... have
stabilised the situation. It has been
contained and isolated and won't
spread to other areas," Interior
Secretary Mar Roxas told reporters,
adding that authorities were trying
to negotiate with the gunmen.
About 180 residents are being used
as "human shields" in six villages
where the rebels are holed up and
How will the Supreme Court (SC) rule
on the constitutionality of the pork
For some lawmakers, the raging
public clamor against the Priority
Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)
will factor in in Supreme Court's decision on whether or not it would stick to
its previous rulings declaring the constitutionality of the pork barrel funds.
But Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.
said the legality of PDAF is "a political
question left for Congress to decide"
since the SC has upheld the constitutionality of the pork barrel funds on
Deputy Majority Leader and Citizens'
Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC)
party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna, however, sees that the public sentiment will
be considered by the High Court when
it decides on the fate of the PDAF for the
"I believe that the public clamor
against the PDAF will be a factor in its
decision. Although we are a country
that is based on rule of law and the
justices merely rely on the facts and
how the law applies to the facts, we
cannot deny that in making the
decision, the public sentiment against
the PDAF is at the back of their mind.
Having said that, it will be a big factor
in their decision making," he said.
Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez agrees
with Tugna, saying the SC cannot just
ignore the public outrage against PDAF
following the supposed P10-billion
pork barrel fund scam.
"With the raging anger of the people
against PDAF, I think the SC will rule
based not only on the constitutionality
of PDAF, but also based on the highest
constitutional mandate given to them.
This is an extraordinary situation that
needs extraordinary decision," he said.
Belmonte assured that the House
would not give shelter to its members
proven to have been involved in the
"Those who commit a crime must
answer for it," the Speaker stressed.
He said Congress will forward its
comment to the SC through the Ofﬁce
of the Solicitor General (OSG).
"We are ﬁling the comments at the
SC. I have directed our legal
department to coordinate with the
Office of the Solicitor General. The OSG
surrounded by securi t y f o r ce s , R ox as
told a joint news
Maria Isabelle Climaco Salazar.
had described the
villagers as "hosta g e s " bu t R ox as
said it appeared they
could be free to leave
if they wished.
"It appears that what happened is
not hostage-taking but more of them
being turned into human shields by
the MNLF forces who entered their
communities. People are free to get
in and out of there, they are not
bound, they are not detained," he
will represent both of us, I believe,
within 10 days from receipt of the SC
order," Belmonte said.
On September 3, the SC asked
Belmonte and Senate President
Franklin Drilon to explain the legality
of PDAF following the petition filed by
the Social Justice Society (SJS), a
political party led by former senatorial
candidate Samson Alcantara.
Bohol Rep. Rene Relampagos
expressed hope that the SC will not lose
its objectivity when it hands down its
decision on PDAF.
"I think we should just wait for what
the SC have to say on this issue. We
should pray, however, that all
concerned will not lose objectivity in
the consideration of this issue. Sad to
say it has become too emotional. PDAF
is not all bad," he said.
Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat
thinks that SC can look into the
constitutionality of congressional pork
or discretionary funds "because a new
fund could still be crafted despite PDAF
"It would be interesting to find out
congressional function of proposing
district projects and programs in the
national budget because that was the
intent of the PDAF in the first place
before it was bastardized by Congress,"
Meanwhile, the House leadership is
working seriously with the Department of Budget and Management
l In the
it said that iton
line item budgeting in the wake of the
raging public protest against the
misuse of pork barrel funds.
Belmonte assured that they are ﬂexing
their muscles to comply with President
Benigno S. Aquino III's directive to
ensure the transparent use of public
Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab,
chairman of the House Committee on
Appropriations, disclosed that they
have yet to come up with mechanisms
to address the concerns ﬁred up by the
President's abolition of the P27-billion
PDAF under next year's proposed
P2.268-trillion national budget.
them if we are in the desert. Common
sense, board of editors. Can we go to the
l It defends the special treatment Janet
to the H! I bet the board of editors are paid
4 TheOLWSun September11 2013
TODAY is September 11. 12 years ago,
the worst terrorist attack happened9-11. It happened in New York, and it
When we remember that event, terror reigns over us. It maybe to the fact
that many lives were took back. Also, a
vexing question will haunt all of us: “Will
it ever happen again?”
For us it will. But we guarantee ourselves that that will happen once in a blue
moon, because we believe that the security forces of each country have learned
Will that terror reign over us again?
Lest we forget.
YOUR newspaper have printed many articles about the pending Syrian crisis. It
have made me to a decision that the government of Britain did a great job of keeping away of the war.
I believe that the civil war will stop. The
only thing I do is praying for them. Even if
our government is not involved, there are
Filipinos in Syria. I hope everyone would
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH should be a
role model to all religions. We maybe
have different beliefs but let us follow the
Catholics. Let us pray for the victims of
the Syrian crisis. And let us hope that it
will end soon.
I HAVE HEARD that NASA will be sending 20,000 or 200,000 people on Mars by
2020. They would be first trained in before they go to Mars and be a star of a reality show.
This is a good idea for science explorers.
But is this what the space program want?
I do not want to see the time that we leave
planet Earth for Mars. This is a ridiculous
Well, I still wish the people going to
Mars good riddance.
Send your say on our email: theolwsun/at/gmail.com. We will choose three letters everyday and 5 letters every Sunday.
lamb fillets 2, large
bushy rosemary sprigs 4
olive oil 100ml
ciabatta 4 thick slices
black olives 60g
mixed salad leaves 2 large
Set the oven at 200C/gas mark 6.
Season the lamb fillets with salt
and pepper. Bash the whole
rosemary sprigs lightly with a
pestle or rolling pin to realise
their oil. Warm the olive oil in a
roasting tin, add the lamb and
brown evenly for no more than a
couple of minutes, on all sides.
Put the slices of ciabatta in the
roasting tin, turning them in the
oil to moisten them, then place
the lamb fillets on the bread. Tuck
a couple of the rosemary sprigs
under the lamb, and the
remainder on top. Tip the olives
into the pan then roast for 15
minutes. Wash the salad leaves.
Remove the meat from the oven
and leave to rest, covering the tin
with foil, for about eight minutes,
then remove the fillets from the
bread and slice into thick pieces.
Divide the bread, which will have
soaked up the oil, between four
Toss the slices of lamb with the
salad leaves and pile on top of the
ciabatta. Trickle over any
remaining juices from the
roasting tin, scatter over the
olives and a pinch or two of sea
salt flakes, and serve.