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Gun ban starts! Do's and don'ts when you're in a police checkpoint
Here are ways to make your checkpoint nights trouble-free.

The Commission on Elections will conduct checkpoints nationwide starting October 1, Sunday, to effectively implement the gun ban and other prohibitions in connection with the October 23 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

During this period, it shall be unlawful for any person to bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons, unless authorized by the Comelec. All permit to carry licenses are automatically suspended. Violators will be punished one to six years of imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right to suffrage.


Do you have to stop at a PNP-Comelec checkpoint?

if you drive up to a Philippine National Police (PNP)-Comelec checkpoint, you have to stop the vehicle and comply with law enforcement. This is an exception to the normal rule that police officers cannot pull someone over without a reason. Because of the enforcement of the nationwide gun ban, these checkpoints are not considered a violation of your constitutional rights.


Why are PNP-Comelec checkpoints legal?

The PNP-Comelec checkpoints are an exception because they do not arbitrarily target individual motorists. They are considered an “administrative inspection,” similar to searching bags for weapons at an airport. The motivation is to preserve public safety. They are legal as long as police carefully follow the rules that protect your rights.

These rules were set down by both the PNP and the Comelec, and laid out the following guidelines for checkpoints:

1. DO stop when the checkpoint area is well lighted, properly identified and manned by uniformed policemen.

2. DO slow down upon approach, dim headlights and turn on cabin lights.

3. DON'T step out from the vehicle.

4. DO lock all doors of the vehicle during inspection since only visual search is allowed.

5. DON'T submit to physical and body search.

6. DON'T open your glove compartment, trunk and bags.

7. DO be courteous but firm in answering and assert your rights.

8. DON'T panic and DO have presence of mind.

9. DO keep your driver's license and car registration handy.

10. DO be ready to use your mobile phones at any time, speed dial emergency numbers.

11. DO report violations immediately.


What happens at a PNP-Comelec checkpoint?

As you approach a road block, you should see signage warning you to slow down and prepare to stop. The road may be partially closed, forcing all traffic into one or two lanes. As you approach the roadblock, law enforcement officers may indicate for you to stop the car—or they may not. In some cases, you will be waved right through without stopping.

If you are stopped, you should follow officers’ instructions. They will ask you to roll down your window and show your license and registration. You are legally required to follow these directions. If you do not, officers can and will arrest you for obstruction of justice.


Can you turn around at a PNP-Comelec checkpoint?

It may surprise you to find out that there’s no law against turning around and avoiding a checkpoint. In fact, it’s illegal for police to pull you over simply because you drove away. Be careful, however:

  • You must still obey all traffic laws. Make an illegal U-turn and police will have immediate justification to pull you over.
  • Drive safely. Swerving or driving aggressively can be seen as evidence of guilt, and you’ll be pulled over.


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Daiana Menezes on the cover of FHM's October 2017 issue
Your rainy nights don't have to be boring.

Daina Menezes graces the cover of FHM the second time around this rainy October 2017.

Having warmly embraced the Filipino culture, Daiana now calls herself a "Brazilipina," as demonstrated by her authentic, more-than-average familiarity with the Filipino language.

Also in this October 2017 issue is a feature on Big Boy Cheng's collections, and some real-life anecdotes from a smoker in the middle of this crazy nationwide smoking ban.

FHM October 2017 is available in supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands, and bookstores nationwide!


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What is in Facebook and why is it addictive?
Nearly 47 million people in the Philippines are obsessed with Facebook and Filipinos gawk at their account at least 1.5 hours every day. That's a staggering 25 billion hours of social media stuff down the throat and into the nation's brain systems each year.

Let's have a look at just what is in Facebook, why it's so addictive and how it affects you.


Why is Facebook so addictive?

In an article from news.com.au, it said researchers from California State University-Fullerton had recently discovered that social media obsession may lead to something akin to classical addiction.

The findings, published in the journal Psychological Reports: Disability and Trauma showed that the brains of people who report compulsive urges to use Facebook show some brain patterns similar to those found in drug addicts or problem gamblers.

They found that peer approval on social media (e.g. having people ‘like’ your photos on Facebook) releases dopamine in the brain. This is the same chemical that is released when you take drugs, or when a gambling addict has a win at the pokies.

“It’s a drug that feeds the ego of the self, the ego of me,” explains consumer trend expert Michelle Newton to The Huffington Post.

“From breaking news, to information about parenting, friends’ activities, work and shopping: social media is a closed digital ecosystem of existence.”

It’s a serious issue, as so many people are ‘exposed’ to this digital dopamine. Almost 50 per cent of the total Filipino population has a Facebook account. According to a Rappler report the average time Filipinos spend on Facebook every day is 1.5 hours. 

Ofir Turel, a psychologist at California State University-Fullerton says people addicted to Facebook “have the ability to control their behavior, but they don’t have the motivation to control this behavior because they don’t see the consequences to be that severe.”

As we know, there’s a dark side to addiction of any kind — if we don’t get that dopamine rush we’re craving it can lead to feelings of depression. (Perhaps you can identify with that feeling of disappointment when you post a photo on Instagram and don’t get the enthusiastic response you’d hoped for?)


Giving up social media (maybe, once in a while)

If you feel like social media is having a negative impact on your life (or that of your children) it might be time for a digital detox. Take control of smartphones and tablets in your house. Limit the use of social media from dinner tables and bedrooms. Turn off notifications. Turn off gadgets periodically. 


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AFTER THE HYPE: Are the millenial-driven food parks so yesterday?
In pop culture, as in nature, what goes up must inevitably come down.

For a while, the brightly-lit food parks in Metro Manila were the sight to be seen. But trend spotters suspect the popularity of the millennial-driven food hubs has peaked.


What are food parks?

Food parks are the perfect place for drinks with friends or a quick and nearby food trip. Over the past year, they cropped up all over the metropolis, serving up a whole host of cuisines in one place, so you can order and share as you like.

They're usually al fresco dining, open until late in the evening, and there's sure to be a food park near anywhere, waiting for you to visit.


The food park hype

When I saw (one of) the first food park set up shop in Quezon City (I think sometime last quarter of 2015), the parked customer vehicles along the road were a kilometer long. The wait time for tables takes about an hour.

But now, the line of cars are shorter, and one can even grab a seat without having to fight for it with other food addicts. Has the food park fever passed? Did they ride the wave too quick -- their surfboards hitting the beach?

The food parks may not be as flashy as your favorite restaurant who has kept their place in the food wars secure, but they stood out, mainly in the millennial market. Many of them have inspired cult-like devotion among the younger consumers, or skyrocketed in sales in the midst of the fad.

In 2016, the rise in popularity of food parks was followed by multiple food parks in most places within Quezon City and in other cities. The demand for vacant lots for food parks increased by more than 10 times in Metro Manila in that same year.

Over time they began to offer more cuisines, from Mexican to Thai to Indian dishes. With what they have to offer, no wonder they had a hold on the local millennial audience for quite some time.

But rapid popularity led to many ripoff versions. Lots of enterprising people danced with the fad even when the food they served were below satisfactory. Then there's overpricing. Many faddish food hubs tend to sell their wares at prices higher than those you would find at a local restaurant.

In contrast, while the craze passes, business in some food parks remains steady. While they aren't as crowded as they used to be, the crowd of its heyday arrives during weekends. In a working day, when I and my family had dinner at a nearby food park, there were lesser activity. But one Saturday evening when we visited again, the number of customers were plenty.


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Nicole Asensio on the cover of FHM's September 2017 issue
General Luna's frontwoman Nicole Laurel Asensio is FHM's September cover girl.

Coming from a family of artists (Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Cocoy Laurel, Iwi Laurel, Denise Laurel, Rajo Laurel, etc.), Nicole started her professional career in musical theaters, before doing lead vocals for the all-female band General Luna.

This month's issue also includes an exclusive chat with legendary hitmaker Jose Mari Chan—just in time for the -ber months—and a first-timer's gentleman's club field trip.

FHM September 2017 is available in supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands, and bookstores nationwide!


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