Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Malacañang fires Overall Deputy Ombudsman Carandang


Malacañang has sacked Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang from service for graft and corruption and betrayal of trust.

The Office of the President’s order versus Carandang stemmed from complaints against him over disclosures to the media about some information on the alleged unexplained wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and members of his family.


The order took note of Carandang’s interview over ABS-CBN on September 27, 2017 where he claimed that their office had obtained bank transaction records from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

In that interview, Carandang said they were investigating documents connected to a complaint filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV before the Office of the Ombudsman.

However, the AMLC denied releasing any information on Mr. Duterte’s bank records at the time.

“He was clearly only interested to broadcast an information adverse to the President. His keeping mum about an information that was favorable to the President clearly amounted to manifest partiality,” the order stated.

Aside from dismissal from service, the Office of the President (OP) also ordered the cancellation of Carandang’s eligibility, his perpetual disqualification from holding public office, and forfeiture of his retirement benefits. The OP order further barred Carandang from taking civil service examinations.

Source: INQUIRER.NET

Watch! | Fearless Atty. Glenn Chong Discloses LP-COMELEC-SMARTMATIC Election Fraud Conspiracy in 2016


Former Biliran Representative Atty. Glenn Chong who’s an anti-election fraud advocate appeared on the Senate Hearing into alleged election fraud in 2016, to disclose the results of his investigation if there’s a conspiracy between Liberal Party, Commission on Elections and electronic voting company Smartmatic during the last presidential elections.

In his post, Chong claimed that they finally proved that there’s an irregularity happened in 2016.

According to him, he presented several pieces of evidence that would prove that the early transmission of votes during the said election existed and he showed it using presentation slides into the committee.

COMELEC said that the early transmission that Chong claimed was only part of their final testing and sealing, but the former lawmaker didn’t buy their alibi.

To counter the explanation of COMELEC, Chong showed evidence that all voting machines in Ragay, Camarines Sur are not being used during the same date when the early transmission happened.

Chong believes that the early transmissions were released by a ‘cloned voting machine’.

You can read the whole version of his post below:

BREAKING NEWS: BARKONG M/V LP-COMELEC-SMARTMATIC

LUMUBOG SA KARAGATAN NG SENADO NGAYONG ARAW

(Pinakamahalagang bahagi ng video ay mula 19:50 hanggang 2:25:50)


Sa araw na ito, sa harap ng publiko ay napatunayan namin na totoo ang isiniwalat ni Senate President Vicente Sotto III tungkol sa dayaan, mga irigularidad at mga anomalya sa halalan noong 2016.

Hindi lumabas ang live coverage o pinutol ang live coverage ng hearing dahil nakatutok sa labas ang pointman ng Smartmatic na nagbabantay sa media. Dumanak ang pera ng Smartmatic ngayong araw dahil ayaw nilang malaman ninyo ang katotohanan.Takot sila sa inyo na magalit at mapatalsik sila forever sa Pilipinas. Kaya tatapalan nila ng pera ang media upang hindi lumabas ang balitang ito at hindi ninyo malalaman. Lumabas ako, nagmura at pinarinig ko ang tao ng Smartmatic para lang malaman niya na alam ko ang ginagawa nila.

Kaya kung maari, pakiusap kong lubos sa inyo, sama-sama tayo sa laban na ito at ipakalat natin ang video at balitang ito na nahuli na talaga ang kasinungalingan ng sindikatong Comelec-Smartmatic na nandadaya sa ating halalan. Isang share lang po ninyo, malaking bagay na po. Huwag nating hayaang manalo ang pera nila. Buhay, kinabukasan at pag-asa nating lahat ang nakasalalay sa laban na ito.

Malinaw sa aking mga ipinakitang presentation slides at mga ebidensiya mula sa Comelec mismo na totoong may 459 mga presintong nagtransmit na ng resulta buong araw hanggang magdamag ng Mayo 8, isang araw bago ang halalan.

Ang palusot ng Comelec ay Final Testing and Sealing diumano ang mga ito. Kaya tinanong ko sila kung ito ba ay FINAL ANSWER na nila. Pinag-CALL A FRIEND ko pa nga sila sa Smartmatic. Matagal bago sumagot ang Comelec at Smartmatic. Natakot ang sindikato na mabitag. At NABITAG nga!

Ipinakita ko na ang ebidensiya (audit reports mula sa mga makina mismo) mula sa lahat ng presinto ng Ragay, Camarines Sur kung saan wala ni isa sa mga makinang ito ang bukas sa araw ng Mayo 8.

Kung walang ni isa sa mga ito ay bukas sa araw ng Mayo 8, sino ang nagpadala ng query sa DNS server na naitala noong Mayo 8, 8.40 ng umaga, upang magtransmit ng resulta mula sa isang makina papuntang Ragay? Malinaw na hindi ito galing sa mga lehitimong makina dahil nakapatay silang lahat. Ang transmission na ito ay galing sa isang peke o cloned voting machine. Buking ang palusot ng sindikato. Natameme sila. Watch the video.

Pagkatapos ng hearing, nang lumabas na ang mga taga-Comelec, lahat sila, nakasimangot. At ang pinuno ng Smartmatic sa Pilipinas ay namula dahil nabuking na sila sa harap pa mismo ng kanyang amo na galing pa sa ibang bansa.

Abangan ang mga susunod na posts tungkol sa isyung ito.

As of writing, the post of Chong received 13,000 shares and thousands of positive reactions from the netizens, especially from the Duterte-Marcos supporters who also believe that there’s a cheating happened during the last election.
        

Source: Pinoy Trend

Attorney Glenn Chong Reveals why major TV stations didn’t air the senate probe on election cheating: “Nakabantay ang Smartmatic sa media!”


An anti-election fraud advocate and former Biliran Representative Attorney Glenn Chong revealed why the Senate probe on alleged election cheating in 2016 elections didn’t get enough media attention.

In his post, Chong claimed that officials of electronic voting company Smartmatic were spotted guarding some of the members of the media during the hearing.

He also accused Smartmatic of paying some of the members of the media so they would not cover the hearing that could destroy their credibility as the official supplier of voting machines in the Philippines.

“Hindi lumabas ang live coverage o pinutol ang live coverage ng hearing dahil nakatutok sa labas ang pointman ng Smartmatic na nagbabantay sa media. Dumanak ang pera ng Smartmatic ngayong araw dahil ayaw nilang malaman ninyo ang katotohanan.” Chong said in his post.

“Takot sila sa inyo na magalit at mapatalsik sila forever sa Pilipinas. Kaya tatapalan nila ng pera ang media upang hindi lumabas ang balitang ito at hindi ninyo malalaman. Lumabas ako, nagmura at pinarinig ko ang tao ng Smartmatic para lang malaman niya na alam ko ang ginagawa nila.” he added.

In another comment, Chong also said that officials from Smartmatic Philippines are also avoiding being caught by their superiors from Venezuela.

“Sir nandoon po ang mga tao ng Smartmatic nagbantay sa media. Gumastos ng husto. Namula ang country head ng Smartmatic kasi nahuhuli sila habang nandoon din ang superior niya mula Venezuela. Kaya walang live coverage sa kanila.” Chong claimed.
Chong urged his followers to spread the news about said Senate probe, saying that the netizens are now the only people who can disseminate the information.

“Bumuhos ang pera ng Smartmatic ngayong araw maam upang patayin ang news. Kaya todo kayod talaga tayong ipakalat ang balitang ito sa social media.Malaking tulong po ang pagshare ng post na ito.” Chong said.
Some of his followers also noticed what Chong is referring to.

“Kudos to you Atty…I really watch it and feel dismayed when ABS cut their live but thank goodness #MAHARLIKA share a video from rappler kahit mahina pinagtyagaan ko pakinggan….you nailed them all even KIKO can’t straight his talking and Drilon trying to insist that you were nominated and a lawyer of BBM. BUt they can’t prove themselves….what I like best is when SIXTO open his mouth at the end and accused of stealing the document but you BURNED Him….salute to your braveness.” Netizen ElNoel Kpli said.


Chong didn’t disclose the names of the media companies that allegedly received bribes from Smartmatic.

This is not the first time that Smartmatic has been accused of bribing people.

In 2009, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Special Bid and Awards Committee (SBAC) officials were accused of accepting millions of pesos bribery from Smartmatic.

However, they denied the accusations against them.

Source: Pinoy Trend

Pilipinas, umangat ng 11 ranggo sa world bank logistic performance index


Umangat sa labing isa ang ranggo ng Pilipinas sa World Bank Logistic Performance Index (LPI).

Ito ay bunsod ng pagtaas ng performance ng Pilipinas sa apat mula sa anim na indicators gaya ng internal shipment, tracking and tracing, infrastructure at logistics competence.

Mula sa pang-71 pwesto noong 2016 nasa pang 60 na ang Pilipinas sa 160 na mga bansa.

Maliban rito, tumaas rin ang LPI score ng Pilipinas sa 2.9 ngayong taon kumpara sa 2.86 noong 2016.

Ginawa ang survey sa mga logistics professional ng mga multinational freight forwarders at express carriers mula September 2017 hanggang February 2018.

Sa survey nanguna ang Germany na sinundan ng Sweden at Belgium habang nasa huling pwesto naman ang Afghanistan na nasa 160.

Source: RMN

Pangilinan, Hindi hihinto ang Liberal Party sa Pagpuna sa Duterte Admin


Kahit anong upak ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Liberal Party (LP), hindi umano titigil ang mga kasapi nito sa pagpuna sa administrasyon.


Sinabi ni Senador Kiko Pangilinan, presidente ng LP, na hindi sila maaaring manahimik hanggang may napapatay na mahihirap sa gitna ng giyera kontra droga.


Hindi rin umano sila titigil sa pagpuna hanggang hindi natitigil ang recycling ng mga opisyal ng gobyerno na nasangkot sa katiwalian at habang yumuyukod ang administrasyong Duterte sa China.

Tugon ito ni Pangilinan sa panawagan ng Pangulo na isantabi na ng LP ang politika sabay kantiyaw na matagal nang nalusaw ang mga dilawan.


Ayon kay Pangilinan, hindi politika kundi constitutional duty daw nilang mga taga-LP na magsalita laban sa mga pag-abuso ng gobyerno at laban sa mali nitong mga polisiya.

Source: ABANTE

Monday, July 30, 2018

P90-M Plano raw Gamitin ni Mocha Uson para sa Pro-Federalism Campaign


Inihayag ng Malacañang na nais ng Consultative Committee (Con-com) na gamitin si Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson para sa isasagawang information campaign upang isulong ang pederalismo sa bansa. Ang naturang kampanya, paglalaanan ng P90 milyon.

Sa panayam ng mga mamamahayag nitong Lunes, sinabi ni presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Roque na, "Anyone is welcome to disseminate. Of course, we seek to come up with standardized dissemination materials so that no one will deviate from the messaging."


Ang Con-com ang nagrepaso sa 1987 Constitution kung saan nakasaad ang mga pagbabagong gagawin sa Saligang Batas para sa pagpapatupad ng pederalismo.

Sinabi naman ni Ding Generoso, tagapagsalita ng Con-com, makatutulong si Uson para ipaalam sa publiko ang tungkol sa federal form of government sa pamamagitan ng kaniyang kolum sa pahayag at Facebook account na may mahigit limang milyong follower.

Ayon kay Roque, ang paunang P40 milyon pondo ay ilalaan sa information drive, at P10 milyon nito ang gagamitin ng Presidential Communications Operations Office sa pagpapagawa ng mga materyales.

Gagamitin din umano ang P50 milyon na "savings" ng Con-com na matatapos na ang operasyon sa susunod na buwan.

"We’re developing materials for disseminators, and we are formulating a module to train first the trainors. And we’re developing a module for dissemination so that anyone who will follow the module can disseminate properly," sabi ng opisyal.

Sa nakarang survey ng Pulse Asia, lumitaw na matamlay ang pagtanggap ng publiko sa pederalismo at kakaunti lang ang nakakaalam tungkol dito.

Source: GMA

Pres. Duterte Leads Destruction of Smuggled Cars in Cagayan


President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday led the condemnation of contraband luxury vehicles and motorcycles valued at P297.53 million in connection with his administration's fight against smuggling.

A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles with an estimated value of P277.96 million and eight contraband smuggled motorbikes including Harley Davidson, Triumph, and Chopper units valued at P19.57 million were wrecked by a backhoe and a bulldozer before Duterte and other government officials at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.


The values were as of 2014, according to the Presidential Communications Operations Office.


Duterte also witnessed the destruction of smuggled luxury vehicles worth P27.2 million at Port Irene on March 14.


Duterte has been against auctioning off contraband items because he said this would only give the smugglers an opportunity to secure them legally through the Bureau of Customs.

Source: GMA

Trillanes, Duterte should've been tested first in Drug Test


The Office of the President, including President Rodrigo Duterte, should lead government agencies in subjecting its officials and personnel to undergo drug test, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Monday.

Trillanes made the statement after undergoing the drug test being conducted in the Senate.

“Ang sa akin, ang panawagan ko dapat Office of the President ang una, dapat si Duterte mismo para malaman ng taumbayan kung ‘yung mismong namumuno ng war on drugs ay hindi impluwensiyado ng illegal na droga,” he said when asked by reporters if other agencies should also conduct drug test.

He added the First Family should also voluntarily submit themselves to the drug test to prove to the public that they were the first ones to follow their father’s order.

“Dapat magkusa sila kasi maraming pinapatay ‘yung tatay nila, itong si Duterte, kaya dapat beyond reproach ang first family,” he said.

The senator said he voluntarily submitted himself to the drug test to show to the public that their public servants are not under the influence of drugs.

“It’s in the interest ng ating mga kababayan na malaman na ‘yung mga public servants nila ay hindi durugista, hindi under the influence ng illegal drugs,” he said.

Aside from Trillanes, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senators Gregorio Honasan II, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, and Loren Legarda also underwent drug test.

Zubiri said the drug testing in the Senate is a good example to other agencies and they should follow suit.

“Magandang ehemplo ito para sa ating iba’t ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno, sana gawin po nila ito. Kami sa Senado ay nangunguna at of course ang mga senador. Maganda ito para makatulong tayo sa programa ng gobyerno in the fight against illegal drugs,” he told reporters.

As of 3:30 pm, of the 419 Senate employees randomly picked, only 342 subjected themselves to the drug test while 76 failed to show up. The Senate has a total of 1,698 personnel.

Source: GMA

UP Doctor Slams Liberal International for Giving an Award to Leila De Lima


A Doctor from the University of the Philippines slammed Liberal International (LI) for giving an award to Senator Leila De Lima for being an advocate of human rights.

On July 28, Liberal International gives it’s a prestigious award to Sen. Leila De Lima, the same honor give to former President Corazon Aquino.

However, Tranquilino believes that the award given by the said organization to Sen. De Lima was an insult to the Filipino people.

In his open letter, the doctor addressed LI for mocking the Philippines for giving an award to a senator who was detained for allegedly protecting the illegal drug trade in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was still the Justice Secretary.

Tranquilino labeled the group as a “joke,” and it’s event as ‘parse’ saying that they “disrespected” the democracy of the Philippines by honoring De Lima.

You can read his whole post below:

LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL (LI) MOCKS THE FILIPINO PEOPLE WITH THE PRIZE FOR FREEDOM AWARD TO De LIEma

Shoves “HUMAN RIGHTS IMPERIALISM” down our throats!

Francisco P. Tranquilino, M.D.
29 July 2018

De LIEma was bestowed the Liberal International Prize for Freedom Award last night.

In an official statement, LI called De LIEma a prisoner of conscience to President Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs.”

LI Deputy President Hakima el haité was quoted as saying: “We are here not only to give this award to Senator De Lima but to tell the Filipino people we are here to support you in the name of human rights.”

WELL, IF De LIEma IS THE TYPE LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS WITH PRIZE FOR FREEDOM, WE CAN ONLY SAY ONE THING ABOUT THIS GROUP, IT’S A JOKE!

LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL IS A FARCE!

AND FOR ITS DEPUTY PRESIDENT TO CLAIM THAT THE LI SUPPORTS THE FILIPINO PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF HUMAN RIGHTS? PLEASE DO NOT INSULT US. YOU DISRESPECTED OUR DEMOCRACY AND INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS BY HONORING AN INDICTED FELON LIKE De LIEma.

IT MAKES US PUKE!

The problem seems to be the narrow, egocentric definition of what human rights are.

“Human rights need to be considered in a political context. The question should not be whether a particular leader or regime violates western-conceived standards of human rights. Instead, it should be whether a leader or regime, in totality, is making life better or worse for ordinary people.” (1)

Reference:

1. Kenzer, S. “End Human Rights Imperialism Now.” The Guardian, 31 December 2010.’


Several of Tranquilino’s friends also agreed with what he said.

“Only in the Philippines. When you’re in prison and yet stays connected with the minions, the longer you stay there, the more awards you get. And the biased media are buying this crap.” Netizen Hudson Baduria said in his comment.

“Liberal International’s choice of awardee reflects the kind of organization it is…fit for a dustbin!” netizen Pagan M. Ama remarked

During the awarding ceremony, De Lima’s family represented the detained Senator in receiving the prestigious award.

LI president Juli Minoves also described De Lima as a “prisoner of conscience” and also believes that her detention was “unjust”.

Former President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Leni Robredo were also present to the event.

Source: Facebook

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Watch! | Pres. Duterte Admin, Planning to Build a ‘Pollution-Free’ city in Clark to Help Decongest Manila


Duterte administration is planning to build a city in Clark which be worth $14-B to lessen the crowd in Metro Manila.

In May, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) already started it’s bidding process for companies who wanted to design, finance, operate and maintain the power and water systems in the metropolis which be called ‘New Clark City’.


According to its plan, the 36 square miles Metropolis would house up to 2 million people and the buildings there was planned to be environmentally friendly.

The report of business insider said that New Clark City would be divided into five districts with each have a specific function: government, business, education, agriculture, and recreation.


It would also be unlikely to be flooded because of the City’s minimum elevation is 184 feet above sea level.

“Clark will soon be the showcase of the Duterte administration’s economic strategy. We expect this area to be the growth driver for central and northern Luzon,”


The city would also be futuristic, as the government envisioned that only electric cars would only roam the streets.

According to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez, Clark will showcase the “economic strategy” of the Duterte administration.


“We expect this area to be the growth driver for central and northern Luzon,” Dominguez said.

As a preparation to New Clark City, the finance chief said that they’re already planning to build two infrastructure project that would be made to ease the travel to the said metropolis.

He cited the Philippine National Railways North 2 project that will connect Clark Airport and Clark New City to Malolos, Bulacan.


Last year, President Rodrigo Duterte predicted that within 25 years, Metro Manila will become a dead city, that’s why he wanted to develop Clark.

“Clark is a very important arterial place kasi ito ‘yung papalabas talaga ng Luzon upwards…and the development because it is very important that we disperse the industries,” Duterte said.

“Manila, I think will be in about 25 years… be dead city. It will start to decay and there is no way that we can rehab the place.” he added.

       

Source: Facebook

"Ano pa ba ang magagawa ni Arroyo?"- Noynoy Aquino


Itinatanong ngayon ni dating Pangulong Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III kung may magagawa pa ba si newly-elected Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo bilang lider ng Kamara ngayong iilang buwan na lang ang natitira sa kanyang termino sa 17th Congress.

“Parang iisipin mo, siya po ay nasa last term na niya. More or less effectively, ano pa ba puwedeng magawa niya sa Kongreso sa natitirang period nito?” tanong ni Aquino.


Sabi ng dating Pangulo, tila mahihirapan na umano si Arroyo na maisakatuparan pa ang ilang ‘legislative works’ lalo’t na’t nalalapit na rin ang eleksiyon at magtatapos na rin ang termino nito.

“Sa ilang buwan na natitira nitong taon na ito, ilang session ang natitira pag nag-resume ang Kongreso next year, may Holy Week break, may Christmas break, ang daming break,” pahayag ni Aquino sa mga reporters.


“Tanong natin dito: Sana wala namang napaplanong paspasan dito sa natitirang maiiksing panahon,” dagdada nito.

Si Arroyo ay pormal na nailuklok bilang bagong Speaker isang araw matapos ang State of the Nation Address (SONA) ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kung saan pinalitan nito si Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.

Source: ABANTE

"Pwede ba paghiwalayin ’yun?" Noynoy Aquino on Pres. Duterte’s ‘Human Rights, Human Lives’ remark


Former president Benigno Aquino III took a swipe at President Rodrigo Duterte's statement against human rights during his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week.

Aquino, on Saturday, said the two things cannot be separated.

"Sabi niya, 'I'm interested with human life rather than human rights,' siyempre alam niyo naman kung saan ako nagmula. Pwede bang paghiwalayin 'yun? Pwede bang, wala kang karapatan, universal nga maski saang parte ng mundo, pare-pareho ang basic na karapatan," Aquino told reporters on the sidelines of the awarding of the 2018 Liberal International Prize for Freedom to detained Senator Leila De Lima.


At his SONA, Duterte lambasted human rights advocates who have criticized his violent war against illegal drugs, saying, "Your concern is human rights, mine is human lives."

Following this, he vowed to keep his anti-narcotics campaign, in which thousands have already died, "relentless and chilling."


Vice President Leni Robredo has also voiced her objection to Duterte's pronouncement, saying that she does not see how one can value human life without valuing human rights.

Source: GMA

Noynoy Aquino Wants Transparency in Gov't Actions on West Philippines Sea Dispute


Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is hoping that the Duterte administration can be more transparent regarding government moves in dealing with China over the West Philippine Sea (WPS) dispute.

Aquino made the remark on Saturday in reaction to President Rodrigo Duterte's statement during his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) that the Philippines' renewed affinity with China does not mean it will waive its territorial claims in the WPS.


Noynoy wants transparency in gov't actions on West PHL Sea dispute

"Pakiusap baka pwedeng ipakita yung mga negosasyon nila, maging mas transparent tayo dito para wala nang agam-agam ang mga kababayan natin," Aquino told reporters in Quezon City on Saturday.

During his SONA, Duterte said the Philippine government has continued to assert an independent foreign policy.

Likewise, Duterte said that an improved relation with China has led to unprecedented levels of cooperation between the two countries in abating crime.

"Our improved relationship with China does not mean that we will waver in our commitment to defend our territories in the West Philippine Sea," Duterte said.

On the other hand, Aquino said he learned that Filipino fishermen have already been allowed to catch fish in the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.

But he said he finds this development uncomfortable as it appears that Filipinos are only given permission to catch fish in an area that is already exclusively theirs.

"Medyo 'di ako komportable sa sinabing ganung statement. Sayo ito, exclusive economic zone napapahintulutan kang mangisda sa exclusive mo, parang may mali yata sa statement," he said.

It was during Aquino's administration that the Philippines filed an arbitration case against China's excessive claims in the South China Sea that overlap with Manila's claims in the WPS.

The UN Permanent Court of Arbitration favored of the Philippines in its ruling in July 2016. But China did not participate in the process and has refused to recognize the arbitral award to Manila.

Aquino said that it is important to know the step-by-step action of the government in the territorial dispute.

"Sabi nila meron na raw nga napag-usapan. Binanggit niya yung Code of Conduct. 2002, sinubukan gunawa ng Code of Conduct ang China at ASEAN, hindi nangyari nagkaroon ng declaration of conduct parang statement of principle," he said.

"Ang hinahabol mo diyan ay yung binding na rules na lalabas sa Code of Conduct," he said.

The Duterte administration has consistently received criticism for supposedly failing to take action on the issue of territorial dispute in the the West Philippine Sea.

Source: GMA

"What happened to us? And where is our nation going now?"- Robredo


"What happened to us? And where is our nation going now?"

Vice President Leni Robredo posed these questions on Saturday in response to the apparent lack of concern for human rights in the country presently, more than 30 years after the 1987 Constitution, which she dubbed the "human rights Constitution," took effect.


In a speech during the awarding of the 2018 Liberal International Prize for Freedom to detained Senator Leila De Lima, Robredo noted that many Filipino people seem to be willing to give up basic human rights for promises of security, safety and convenience.

"After decades of demonstrating leadership when it comes to human rights, we now realize that in the Philippines today, the way Filipinos understand human rights is still largely dependent on the actions of the powerful," she said.

During his third State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte declared that his deadly campaign against illegal drugs will not be sidelined, and will be "relentless" and "chilling," as it was since it began in July 2016.

"Your concern is human rights, mine is human lives. The lives of our youth are being wasted and families are destroyed, and all because of the chemicals called shabu, cocaine, cannabis, and heroine," he said.

Robredo, however, pointed out that Duterte's statement is a "false and misleading dichotomy."

"Our right to live is enshrined in the law, and this is the anchor of the entire framework of human rights. The right to life, along with all other rights—to food, to shelter, to education, to healthcare—are indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated," she said.

"We must make our people further understand that every human being is entitled to these rights, and that fulfilling the rights of some, at the cost of stripping away the rights of others, is precisely the injustice that the concept of human rights was established to correct," she added.

Robredo urged Filipinos to speak up and join in the fight for human rights.

"Let us focus on asking ourselves more deeply: How could we allow these injustices to happen, and when do we begin holding people accountable for their actions?" she said.

"It is time to speak up and work as one. The more we do, the more we are able to make the fight for human rights relevant," she added.

De Lima accepted in absentia the award given her by Liberal International "in recognition of her "unwavering fight in defense of human rights."

Her son Israel received the award on her behalf.

Source: GMA

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Philippines takes part in one of Asia-Pacific's Largest Air Force Exercises


The skies over Australia's northern coastline were filled with air force pilot top guns from 16 nations on Saturday in one of Asia-Pacific's largest air force training exercises.

The tropical northern city of Darwin is hosting 4,000 personnel and 140 aircraft over the next three weeks as air forces from around the world, including that of the Philippines, take part in Exercise Pitch Black.


The training includes night flying and aerial refueling and enables different nations a chance to learn from each other and improve their force integration using one of the largest training airspace areas in the world.

The biennial Pitch Black exercise began in 1990 between Australia and Singapore, and features a range of realistic, simulated threats which can be found in a modern battle-space environment, the Royal Australian Air Force said in a statement on its website.

"Activities such as Exercise Pitch Black recognizes the strong relationship Australia has with its participant nations and the high value it places on regional security and fostering closer ties throughout the Asia Pacific region," the Royal Australian Air Force said.

The air forces involved are from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia.

Source: GMA

"Pres. Duterte ‘threatened’ rice trader over the phone for hoarding rice"- Sotto


President Rodrigo Duterte scolded and threatened a rice trader over the phone for allegedly hoarding rice shipments, Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III.

In an interview of radio dwIZ, Sotto recalled an instance when — during a meeting with Duterte — he witnessed the President reprimand a trader, whose identity the senator can no longer recall.

"Pinatawagan niya kay [Bureau of Customs] Commissioner [Isidro] Lapeña tapos inabot sa kanya telepono. Nagalit siya, sabi niya 'pag di lumabas ang mga bigas diyan... parang ganun," Sotto said of Duterte's threat to the trade.

"Na-stock yata [iyong bigas] kaya sinisita niya," the senator added.

Sotto said he and Sen. Gringo Honasan, who was also present at the meeting, found it funny when, at one point of the conversation, Duterte even asked the trader where he lived.

"Natawa ako sa sinabi niya. Saan ka ba nakatira?" Sotto said.

Sotto said Duterte gave the rice trader 72 hours or 3 days to release the rice shipments.

"Ako, hindi ko kapartido pero ganoon talaga dapat may political will. Sabi niya, within 72 hours ilabas mo," Sotto said.

In his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, Duterte issued a warning that rice cartels and their protectors will face the "full force" of the state should they continue with their ways.

"To help stabilize rice prices, we also need to address the issue of artificial rice shortage. I now ask all the rice hoarders, cartels and their protectors, you know that I know who you are: stop messing with the people," Duterte said.

Source: GMA

Pangulong Duterte may banta sa kanyang buhay


Ipagbabawal ng Presidential Security Group (PSG) ang mga ballpen, lapis at mga bottled water sa mga presidential visits sa iba’t-ibang probinsya.

Sa pagbisita ng Pangulong Duterte sa Barangay Labuan sa Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, hindi pinayagan ang mga mamamahayag na magdala ng ballpen at lapis maging mga bottled water.

Hindi naman nagbigay ng paliwanag ang PSG kaugnay ng nasabing hakbang pero bahagi umano ito ng security protocol sa chief executive.

May report din na hindi naman kinuha ng PSG ang ballpen at bottled water ng ilang mamamahayag na nagko-cover ng talumpati ni Pangulong Duterte sa bayan ng Ipil pero pinalayo pina-distansya sila kung saan naroroon ang presidente.

Nauna nang sinabi ni Presidential Assistant to the President Bong Go na may banta sa buhay ng Pangulo.

Pangulong Duterte, Maputak at Mayabang na Senador, Palitan na


Dapat na mapalitan na ang mga maiingay at aroganteng mga senador.

Ito ang inihayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa harap ng patuloy na batikos at banat sa kanya ng ilang senador na kritikal sa kanyang mga ginagawa at pagpapatakbo sa bansa.

Ayon sa Pangulo, wala namang nagawa ang mga ito sa bansa para sa ikabubuti ng mga Filipino.


“The others should be replaced. They are noisy and arrogant. Anyway, what have they done for our country?,” anang Pangulo.

Hindi man pinangalanan ng Pangulo ang tinutukoy na mga senador ay batid na ng publiko kung sino ang pinatutungkulan nito.

Kung siya aniya ang tatanungin ng mga kritiko kung ano ang nagawa bilang lingkod bayan, sinabi ni Pangulong Duterte na maipagmamalaki niyang anyayahan ang mga kritiko na pumasyal sa Davao City para makita kung gaano kadisiplinado ang mga Davaoeño pagdating sa peace and order.


“Visit Davao. Go around Davao for 24 hours. Inday imposed a rule that nobody is allowed to be out and about on the streets by 12 midnight. Everyone will be arrested. So everybody stays at home. Davao is so quiet. Everybody feels like Good Friday,” dagdag pa ng Pangulo.

Source: ABANTE

Friday, July 27, 2018

Arrest order issued vs 4 ex-party-list lawmakers for farmers’ murders


A Nueva Ecija court has issued warrants for the arrest of four former militant lawmakers for murder in 2006.

Palayan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 40 Judge Evelyn Atienza-Turla issued the arrest warrants for anti-poverty chief Liza Maza and former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano along with former Bayan Muna party-list representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casiño.

Turla signed the order on July 11, ordering the arrest of the four former lawmakers for the murders of farmers Danilo Felipe, Carlito Bayudang and Jimmy Peralta in 2001 and 2004, respectively.

The case was filed against the four in 2006 before the Palayan City RTC.

Lawyer Racher Pastores of the Public Interest Law Center yesterday confirmed the issuance of the arrest warrants.

Pastores said the four accused are “weighing all options,” including surrendering to the authorities.

She claimed the 12-year-old case was baseless and should have been dismissed after Turla had earlier ruled there was no probable cause to charge the four and ordered a further investigation.

In 2008, the case was ordered remanded to the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor as “the proper procedure in the conduct of the preliminary investigation was not followed” and the prosecutors should conduct a proper preliminary investigation.

The four respondents questioned the move before the Supreme Court (SC), saying the cases against them should be dismissed if the court did not find probable cause.

In February 2017, the SC partially granted the respondents’ petition, saying sending the cases back to the prosecutor was improper.

Reports said the SC then remanded the case to the Palayan City RTC “for further proceedings with due and deliberate dispatch in accordance with this decision.”

Maza issued a statement denouncing what she called “continuing political persecution by rightists and militarists who yield influence in the administration under President Duterte.”

She said the administration is trying to remove leftist leaders one by one, but stressed she will continue implementing reforms in the government in her position as the head of the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

Ocampo, for his part, said the case filed against them deserves a second look in terms of justice and fairness.

Bayan Muna party-list chairman Neri Colmenares said they are appealing not to implement the warrant while a motion for reconsideration is pending with the Palayan RTC.

Colmenares said they are concerned with the safety of the four accused and appealed to respect the lives and safety of the four leaders.

Former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo appealed to her erstwhile colleagues in the Cabinet to protect the rights of the accused.

Renato Reyes, secretary-general of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), warned this incident would have repercussions on the peace process with the communists.

Other militant groups demanded the dismissal of the murder case.

“We also call for the dismissal of the trumped-up charges on which it is based and junking of all similarly bogus cases against other political prisoners and targets for persecution of the Duterte administration,” Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said in a statement.


“The collusion between Duterte and convicted plunderer Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was also exposed with Arroyo’s forcible installation as House Speaker, leaving no doubt as to why these trumped-up cases against Ocampo, Maza, Casino and Mariano have been suddenly resurrected,” KMU added.

Malacañang, however, stressed it had nothing to do with the arrest order.

“The matter is still with the Regional Trial Court. The Palace will continue to respect the independence of our courts. We should therefore let the legal process run its course,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), for its part, said they are mandated to implement the arrest order against the four.

“We will implement it once we obtain copies of the warrants,” PNP’s National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said.

Source: PhilStar

Jay Sonza reveals why the opposition is frustrated with GMA having more power now than LP


Veteran journalist Jay Sonza shared his insights on the shocking come back of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in power.

In his post, Sonza believes that the members of the Liberal Party of the Philippines are now frustrated after Arroyo became the Speaker of the House after a shocking political tug-of-war on July 23.

According to Sonza, some of the key-members of the Liberal Party has been now surpassed by Arroyo again and he explained to his followers why.

You can read his whole post below:

Bakit nagngingitngit ang mga dilawan sa pag-upo ni gma bilang speaker pf the house of representatives? dahil ba lamang siya sa inyong lahat ngayon?

1. noynoy aquino – retired, charged and awaiting reading of multiple charges of corruption, graft, plunder and homicide/murder;
2. meilu sereno – fired as chief justice dahil hindi naman pala qualified ang tinamaan ng buwenas’
3. Leila de lima – jailed/detained on charges of widespread drug trafficking/trading and protection.
4. leni robredo – fired as cabinet secretary by pres. Duterte and considered grossly incompetent;
5. mar roxas – awaiting detention for charges of plunder, graft and corruption committed while serving as secretary of DILG/DOTC;
5. risa hontiveros – outgoing senator (for reelection) and awaiting plunder charges involving P10 billion and almost P2 billion Philhealth Funds.
6. sonny trillanes – outgoing senator (last term) and facing criminal charges before pasay regional trial court
7. Conchita morales – a perceived defender but retired just today as Ombudsman
8. Koko Pimentel – outgoing senator (last term) and replaced senate president.
9. Huwag na nating pag-usapan sina bam aquino at kiko pangilinan, wala naman kuwentang nilalang ang mga iyon. Sayang ang oras.
10. Huwag na rin natin isali si frank drilon, kasi tulog na tulog iyong mama. baka matuluyan, tayo pa ang masisi.

While some opposed the decision of the house to appoint Gloria Arroyo as their Speaker, Jay Sonza pointed out that the former President has been cleared by the Supreme Court for his corruption charges.

“All charges dismissed by no less than the aquino appointees led supreme court!” Sonza said.

Few years ago, the former President was almost ended her political career after being detained during the Aquino administration for being accused of corruption.

But now, Arroyo was voted by the majority of the lawmakers in the lower house to become their leader replacing former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Robredo camp, Denies conspiracy with Comelec on 25% shading


There was no conspiracy between Vice President Leni Robredo and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) over the poll body's affirmation of the standard it used to determine the validity of votes in the 2016 election, her camp said on Friday.

Former congressman Barry Gutierrez, a legal adviser to Robredo, denied a conspiracy charge by lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesman for former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., after the Comelec position on the shading threshold issue matched the vice president's.

Though its spokesperson clarified that Comelec was backing neither party, the poll body has affirmed that it used a 25-percent threshold in the 2016 election, and said using a different standard in election protests would be "erroneous."

Robredo is appealing before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) for the application of the 25-percent threshold to prevent the supposed disenfranchisement of voters.

The Comelec's stance, submitted through a required court filing, contradicts the position of Marcos and the Office of the Solicitor General, both supportive of the 50-percent threshold currently applied by the PET in the Marcos-Robredo manual vote recount.

In response, Rodriguez said the Comelec's position on the threshold percentage was "patently illegal" and a move meant to "justify" Robredo's alleged cheating in the 2016 polls.

"We are not at all surprised with the COMELEC position. The conspiracy is so clear and the co-conspirator is not expected to admit it," Rodriguez said in a statement.

Gutierrez, in his own statement, categorically denied the charge and accused Marcos' spokesman of "pulling stories out of thin air."

They disagreed on when the Comelec adopted the 25-percent threshold -- Rodriguez said "suspiciously" only months after the election, while Gutierrez, citing "news reports," said months before.

"The September 2016 resolution that Mr. Rodriguez was referring to merely affirmed that the VCMs read the votes correctly, as found by the Random Manual Audit conducted after the elections," Gutierrez said.

In its submission to the PET, the Comelec said it had set the ballot shading threshold at 25 percent "for purposes of the 09 May 2016 National and Local Elections."

Source: GMA

Declare Sondos Al Qattan persona-non-grata in the Philippines


Militant pro-OFW group Migrante International on Thursday called on the government to blacklist Kuwaiti Instagram influencer Sondos al-Qattan from hiring Filipino workers and declare her persona non grata.

"Sondos is symptomatic of the long-standing impunity caused by the negligence of the government which is why Filipinos are continually being subjected to abuse and maltreatment," said Migrante Philippines chairperson Armando Hernando in a statement.


"The Duterte administration should all the more fulfill its promise of achieving justice for [Joanna] Demafelis and other abused and maltreated OFWs."

Samahan ng mga Domestic Helpers sa Gitnang Silangan (SANDIGAN) spokesperson Pinky Almano also called on OFWs to use the hashtags #SondosApologize and #SondosPersonaNonGrata on al-Qattan's social media "discredit and eliminate her influence."

"Huwag nating palampasin ang mga ganitong panghahamak sa mga OFW. Sama-sama tayong kumilos at isigaw, Stop modern-day slavery," Alamo concluded.

Another migrants rights group, Blas F. Ople Policy Center, condemned al-Qattan and called her the "ugly face of modern-day slavery and should be included in the POEA’s blacklist of abusive and undesirable foreign employers."

Several beauty brands have already dropped al-Qattan for her remarks on the new Kuwaiti law that aims to improve the conditions of Filipino domestic workers following the discovery of the dead body of a Filipina worker.

Source: GMA

Thursday, July 26, 2018

“We hope Ombudsman Martires will not be a tool of anyone"- Pangilinan


Inaasahan ng oposisyon na magiging tapat sa paglaban sa katiwalian ang bagong Ombudsman.

Sinabi ni Senador Kiko Pangilinan, pangulo ng Liberal Party (LP), na wala dapat santuhing abusado at tiwali ang Ombudsman nasaan mang panig ang mga ito.

“We trust that the new Ombudsman will be at the helm of an honest-to-goodness anti-corruption office that will not condone abuses and corruption of public officials, both allies and critics of the administration,” sabi ni Pangilinan.


Hinimok din ang Ombudsman na huwag maging kasangkapan ninuman at laging tiyakin na may malakas na ebidensiya kapag mayroon itong pasasampahan ng asunto.

“We hope Ombudsman Martires will not be a tool of anyone, and will go after corrupt officials by building a strong case backed by evidence,” dagdag ni Panglinan.


Kabilang sa dadatnan ni Martires sa Office of the Ombudsman ang mga reklamo laban kay dating Pangulong Benigno Aquino at sa ilang naging miyembro ng gabinete nito.

Source: ABANTE