The Army said Saturday has fielded online combatants to thwart attempts by the Maute Group to spread online propaganda. Gen. Rolly Bautista said a social media monitoring team was formed to specifically foil the Maute group’s attempts to “sow fear and terror” and recruit more members through cyber space. ADVERTISEMENTHe pointed out that training participants from various units in the army division eventually became the core group of Task Force Marawi’s social media monitoring team. “The enemy and their supporters are actively utilizing online digital media to spread false information about the situation in Marawi City,” he said. The Maute Group amplified its message and recruit more members through social media.
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Slapped by fatherJoining him in Saturday’s parade was Pinoy Deaf Rainbow vice president Erika Allosa, who addressed the cheery crowd gathered at Marikina City Hall grounds. At school in Pasay, Erika was often reprimanded and seen as a rebel for wearing earrings while in a boy’s uniform. “They mocked me for being deaf and gay and thought I was dumb, abnormal. It was around this time that she and Ilagan cofounded Pinoy Deaf Rainbow, whose initiatives include finding and coming to the aid of young LGBTs who are bullied, harassed or, worse, raped. Around 5,000 LGBTs showed up for Saturday’s event, according to Nikki Castillo, organizer of the Metro Manila Pride March.
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Hong Kong — I actually love Hong Kong because I have lived there three times. I am looking forward to going down south to the canyon area and the big waterfalls in Cebu. I am looking forward to many more. Barcelona — This is one place I haven’t been to yet, but I am really looking forward to exploring Barcelona. I am really looking forward to that being one of my new favorite destinations.
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Artists’ homeAng Misyon is a free music program for the poor, talented young Filipino artists. It was inspired by the 42-year-old Venezuelan music program, El Sistema, which has produced famous orchestra conductors, like Gustavo Dudamel. Like the Latin American program, Cruz said he wanted to reach out to the underprivileged communities through music. Soon after he and Federico founded the music program, parents walked into Ang Misyon’s headquarters in Pasig City while inquiries about audition flooded its website. Ang Misyon aims to empower the Filipino youth by training students who, in turn, will establish community orchestras.
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The users’ second life starts with the Ifugao Rehabilitation Center (IRC) adopting a camping-style reformation program where drug users stay in the IRC camp for six days and go back to their families for three weeks armed with an action plan. IRC campers are not allowed to smoke, chew moma (a local concoction) or accept food from well-wishers. But words spread around that IRC is effective, and so it drew the drug users to come in,” Niwane added. Government employee Noel Balachawe and farmer Von Mason Puguon are two of the 109 former drug users and traffickers who benefited from the IRC program. The successful journey of shabu users to being drug free, however, is more than the inclusive drug rehabilitation program.
MARAWI CITY: The Maranao men, apparently missing in evacuation centers, were cited for their humanitarian efforts to ease the plight of hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by the on-going fighting in this city amid security concerns. Drieza Abato Lininding, a Maranao activist and critic of the Marawi siege, said many Maranao men have volunteered to various local and international humanitarian groups providing relief operations to the refugees at the evacuation centers. More than 200,000 residents of Marawi were displaced when fighting broke out between the government forces and local jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State (IS). The military operation was carried out amid a plot of the rebels to take over Marawi. The IS militants earlier claimed to have controlled 80 percent of Marawi City but as the fighting reached its fifth week, military forces have cornered the extremists in four barangay (villages).
Rhodes finished with a measly seven points on 3-of-8 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds and four blocks after 18 minutes of play. Fajardo had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Ross contributed 20 points and nine assists, Santos posted 16 points while Cabagnot notched 13 points in Game 2. Although Joshua Smith’s output was limited to only 11 points, six rebounds and five assists in Game 2, Austria believes that they haven’t neutralized the burly TNT import yet. Well, this is the PBA, and the team that loses composure is normally the team that loses.”Jayson Castro led TNT with 14 points in Game 2. Rookie Roger Pogoy, who led TNT in Game 1 with 27 points, finished scoreless in Game 2.
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: The city of Alaminos was the first city while the town of Basista is the fifth and the latest municipality to be declared drug-free here. Ronald Oliver-Lee, Pangasinan provincial police chief, told The Manila Times that a drug-free marker was installed in Alaminos recently by regional director, Chief Supt. Similarly, the town of Basista and one of its villages – Barangay Obong – were also declared free of illegal drugs. Other towns in the province earlier declared drug-free are Santo Tomas, Agno, Natividad and Laoac. Lee added that from July 1, 2016 to date, showed 1,341 drug pushers and 207 users arrested.
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool on Friday in Manila completed the signing of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for a fee reported to be 39 million euros ($43.5 million). Salah, who has also played for Basel, Chelsea and Fiorentina, has been capped 52 times, scoring 29 international goals. I’m very happy,” said Salah who spent two seasons at Roma where he grabbed 29 goals in 65 Serie A appearances. He believes in what we are trying to do here at Liverpool and is extremely keen to be part of it. “He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfil those ambitions with Liverpool.
SOCHI, Russia: Portugal are set to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday’s (Sunday in Manila) clash against New Zealand as the Euro 2016 winners look to clinch their place in next week’s Confederations Cup semifinals. New AC Milan signing Andre Silva should lead Portugal’s attack in Saint Petersburg, where Portugal will be the heavy favorites. “New Zealand gave Mexico a few problems and we will have to be on our toes,” he added. “We took a great side all the way against Mexico and we can do that against Portugal,” said Wood. After the draw with Portugal, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio made eight changes against New Zealand, a plan that initially backfired before his side recovered after the break.
Mary Queen Ybañez and Paul Marton Dela Cruz crashed out of the 2017 World Cup Stage 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah after absorbing losses from their respective foes. Ybañez earlier scored a pair of upset wins against two Italian archers world No. Paul Morton dela Cruz No.88 was bested by No. Dela Cruz defeated Asian Games gold medallist Sandeep Kumar of India, 145-143, in the third round. According to Sombrio, the Philippines had a better performance in the meet compared to its Southeast Asian rivals Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.
When she served for the match at 6-4, 5-3, Kvitova delivered two double faults, dropped her service game and lost her momentum. But she too double-faulted, repairing some of the damage with a brilliant passing shot which saved match point on Kvitova’s serve at 6-4. That put Safarova 4-5 instead of 3-6 down with three consecutive match points against her. It is only Muguruza’s third semi-final of the year and the first on grass since she reached the final of Wimbledon in 2015. Muguruza next plays Ashleigh Barty, the 21-year-old unseeded Australian who was leading Camila Giorgi 5-2 when the Italian became the second injury retirement within an hour and a half.
TOKYO: A female Japanese politician has resigned after an audio tape emerged of her violently attacking a male secretary, and reportedly threatening to crush his head with a lead pipe. Her 55-year-old secretary can be heard repeatedly apologizing and begging the lawmaker to stop kicking and beating him. Major Japanese media, including public broadcaster NHK, named Toyota as the woman heard on the tape. An LDP official said Toyota submitted a letter of resignation on Thursday, but it was not clear if it would be accepted. Toyota has been hospitalized due to an “unstable mental condition”, an LDP official said—a not uncommon turn of events for a Japanese politician at the centre of a crisis.
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UBUD, Indonesia: Barack Obama kicked off a 10-day family holiday in Indonesia that will take in Bali and Jakarta, the city where he spent part of his childhood, officials said Saturday. Obama spent four years until 1970 as a boy in the then sleepy capital of Indonesia after his divorced mother married an Indonesian. The statue of “Little Barry”—as Obama was known to his Indonesian school friends— depicts the boy Obama dressed in shorts and a T-shirt with a butterfly perched on his hand. Indonesia’s foreign ministry said Obama’s visit to holiday in Indonesia came after several invitations from President Joko Widodo. While in the capital, Obama will meet Widodo on June 30 and give a speech at an Indonesian diaspora convention the next day.
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ULAN BATOR: The waving flags, triumphant song and rousing speeches of a Mongolian presidential campaign rally were interrupted by a fight that broke out in the crowd. Mongolia’s financial fortunes are closely tied to China, whose slowing growth has troubled the landlocked nation’s economy. China is by far the country’s largest trade partner, with 80 percent of Mongolian exports going south of the border. Wary of this oversized influence, Mongolian presidential candidates have advocated a “third neighbor policy” for focusing Mongolia’s partnerships beyond Russia and China. “My sense is that sentiment among voters hasn’t changed, but that politicians are more and more using nationalism to distract from the real issues,” he said.
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