The NYT’s hatchet job on Duterte: We should all be outraged

Because of the stupidity and temerity of that NYT piece, by-lined by the paper’s “Editorial Board*”, I am convinced that it is part of a Yellow plot to oust President Duterte. Our government must issue a formal protest against the NYT editorial, and our Embassy there request the millions of Fil-Ams in the US to boycott it for their insult to our nation. As atrocious as NYT’s putting us in the league of Iran, North Korea, Russia and Burma deserving trade sanctions, are its arguments for proposing to do so. All to make up the narrative that Duterte must be taken out, with Filipinos threatened to be hurt through trade sanctions if they don’t move against him. * Unlike the set-up in most Philippine newspapers, the NYT’s editorial board that writes its editorials consists of 16 full-time journalists.

March 28, 2017 16:18 UTC

Loose cannon at the DSWD

This evident quality in the character of the man, however, seemed to have been lost on Lorraine Marie Badoy, an assistant secretary at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Via the same social media post, the DSWD assistant secretary told members of the EU in Filipino: “Just engage in online child porn. Badoy should resign because she is not even good at being a defender of the President. For Badoy, obviously, the road to hell that she took was paved with good intentions. Meanwhile, the triumvirate of Robredo, Trillanes and De Lima has just been given more ammunition by a DSWD official who completely missed her target.

March 28, 2017 16:18 UTC

Alvarez sues top Duterte poll funder

Guaranteed shareUnder the deal covering 5,308.36 hectares of the penal colony, BuCor receives a guaranteed annual production share of P26.54 million to be increased by 10 percent every five years. Alvarez said Floirendo violated Section 3(h) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act because in 2003, he was serving his second term as a district representative. She was ousted as deputy speaker on March 15 in a crackdown by Alvarez on House leaders who voted against the death penalty bill. Both Alvarez and Arroyo denied the rumor when it first circulated in December last year, and again in February. Alvarez, however, clarified that his complaint against Floirendo had not been motivated by any struggle for the House leadership.

March 28, 2017 16:18 UTC

Pandi 3 informal settlers fear Kadamay

If not, why did it allow these invaders to lord it over the community of relocated informal settlers who call Pandi 3 their new home? A woman from Navotas said she brought her family, including her grandfather who is already 83 years old, to Pandi 3. The woman and her companions were Kadamay members who believe the government has the responsibility to provide them with free houses. The informal settlers from Navotas who now live at Pandi 3 pay a monthly amortization of P200. Pandi’s own poorWhat the Kadamay leaders do not know is that Pandi also has many poor families to take care of.

March 28, 2017 16:07 UTC

Casimero eyes bout vs Thai WBC champion

Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero wants to fight newly crowned Thai World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight champion Wisaksil Wangek for a world title fight. “I’m willing to fight the new champion (Wangek) even in his own backyard,” Casimero told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Tuesday. “I’m preparing for a non-title bout against Casimero in the super flyweight. “I think this time, when he’s not a world champion anymore, he will be interested to fight me,” added Casimero. Last December, Casimero decided to relinquish his flyweight belt and move up to the super flyweight rank.

March 28, 2017 15:33 UTC

Communists seek ‘free’ lands, rural industrialization in April talks

DAVAO CITY – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) wants free land distribution and rural industrialization as part of the social and economic reform package it wants the government to implement to end the decades-old poverty hounding rural folk. The NDFP also wanted the government to implement rural industrialization and rural development as integral parts of the agrarian reform program. “No other document has authoritatively articulated concrete solutions to the long-standing economic, social, and ecological crises in the Philippines,” environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment said. “There can be no peace without development. There can be no sustainable development without peace,” Dureza said.

March 28, 2017 12:33 UTC

Duterte celebrates 72nd birthday with family

President Rodrigo marked his 72nd birthday on Tuesday the way he had celebrated it in the past – without fanfare. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte’s birthday was most likely a simple and quiet affair. A simple and quiet birthday is traditional for Duterte. I have never celebrated a birthday in my life,” Duterte then said. Duterte wished for himself “more time and little strength” to be able to address the problems of the country.

March 28, 2017 11:37 UTC

SC junks disbarment raps vs Ombudsman

The Supreme Court (SC) en banc on Tuesday junked outright the disbarment charges filed against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, an impeachable officer under the 1987 Constitution. The SC said the Ombudsman can be removed only by impeachment and cannot be charged with disbarment during her incumbency. Belgica asked the SC to disbar Morales after she allegedly violated the lawyer’s oath and the canon of professional responsibility when she approved earlier this month a resolution absolving Aquino of the charges for technical malversation, usurpation of legislative powers and graft. It was only then-Budget Secretary Florencio Abad who was given a “slap on the wrist” by Morales after he was indicted for usurpation of legislative powers for unlawfully issuing National Budget Circular No. 541, which was used to carry out the acceleration program.

March 28, 2017 11:26 UTC

Arrest warrant vs Matobato out

An arrest warrant without bail was issued by a lower court against Edgard Matobato, the whistleblower against extrajudicial killings tagging President Rodrigo Duterte as mastermind. The warrant was issued by Presiding Judge Dorothy Montejo Gonzaga of the Panabo, Davao Del Norte Regional Trial Court. This is in connection with the information for kidnapping filed against Matobato in the December 22, 2016 resolution of City Prosecutor Joseph Apao of the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del NorteAlso issued an arrest warrant was Matobato’s alleged co-conspirator Sonny Custodio. The Office of the City Prosecutor of the Island Garden City of Samal found probable cause for kidnapping against Matobato. CRC 41-2017 in the Regional Trial Court of Panabo City.

March 28, 2017 11:26 UTC

‘Punishing’ Britain will hurt EU too – London mayor

BRUSSELS: The mayor of London on Tuesday warned the European Union against punishing Britain in Brexit negotiations, saying that everyone would suffer the consequences. Speaking in Brussels a day before Britain triggers the two-year Brexit process, Sadiq Khan also urged Prime Minister Theresa May to give a “cast iron” guarantee of the rights of EU citizens living in Britain. “There is no need for the EU to send a message or to instill fear by punishing the UK,” Khan told an event run by the Politico Europe newspaper. “A bad Brexit deal that hurts London would hurt the EU too,” added Khan, who is meeting key EU figures including European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani while in Brussels. Khan also held a minute of silence for victims of last week’s attack on the British parliament and said it was important for Britain and the EU to keep cooperating on security after Brexit.

March 28, 2017 09:56 UTC

SolGen defends DOJ move allowing convicts as witnesses vs De Lima

Calida was defending the move of the Department of Justice allowing convicted inmates to serve as witnesses for the government in the cases against De Lima. He noted that Arile had been convicted of murder and kidnapping, Baligad with homicide, Colanggo of robbery, with 14 more pending cases of robbery, among others. We are courts of law so we have no concern about legislative grant of immunity. I am concerned about we have a law, the law is supposed to be implemented by the secretary of justice. The cases, she said, should have been filed at the Office of the Ombudsman.

March 28, 2017 09:45 UTC

Wall Street’s ‘fearless girl’ will stand her ground until 2018

Looks like the bronze child-like statue “Fearless Girl” will continue holding ground in Wall Street until February of next year. The “Fearless Girl” sculpture, which was created by American artist Kristen Visba, was first erected last March in commemoration of International Women’s Day. “In her short time here, the Fearless Girl has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and inspired so many,” he said in a written statement. He threatened to file a lawsuit for copyright infringement if “Fearless Girl” will not be moved on its original removal date of April 2. Khristian Ibarrola/JB/rgaRELATED STORY:Thousands petition New York to keep ‘Fearless Girl’

March 28, 2017 09:22 UTC

De Lima tells birthday boy Duterte: Stop being a bully

Even on his birthday, President Rodrigo Duterte did not escape a tongue-lashing from his vocal critic, detained Senator Leila de Lima. De Lima, in another handwritten statement on Tuesday, asked the President to stop his “bullying” and “bullheadedness.”“Stop the bullying and the bullheadedness, Mr. President. ADVERTISEMENTREAD: Duterte: De Lima ‘was corrupting everybody’ during DOJ stint“Your pettiness, rudeness, and profanities will get you and us nowhere,” said De Lima, who has been detained on drug charges. “Ang EU, they communicated with us, they want a health-based solution for the drugs, mga p**** ina niyo (sons of b*****), do you want us to build clinics? IDL/rgaREAD: Duterte rejects EU’s ‘health-based’ solution to drug problem

March 28, 2017 08:48 UTC

PNP assures justice for kin of drug war casualties

The Philippine National Police (PNP) assured that the investigation on the thousands of deaths in the drug war will continue amid criticisms against the government for failing to protect the lives of Filipinos. “That is why all these homicide incidents, whether drug-related or not drug-related, we are continuing our own investigation,” PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. This was the PNP’s response to Senator Grace Poe’s call to the Duterte administration and the police particularly regarding the drug war. The PNP on Monday released statistics of deaths since the drug war started in July, correcting Vice President Leni Robredo and the media that not all 7,000 persons died because of the drug campaign. READ: PNP says media sensationalized figures of drug killsCarlos said that there are already cases that have been resolved.

March 28, 2017 08:26 UTC

Putin to meet Iran’s Rouhani in Moscow

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin was Tuesday to host Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for talks that will be closely watched for signs of their next moves in Syria. Late on Monday Rouhani met Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, with the Iranian president saying he hoped his visit would mark a “new turning point” in relations, Russian state media reported. The relationship has blossomed under Rouhani despite the countries having a complicated history over territory, oil, and communism. Rouhani is looking to boost Iran’s economy ahead of elections in May in which he is expected to stand for a second term. More than 310,000 people have been killed since conflict broke out in Syria in March 2011 with protests against Assad’s rule.

March 28, 2017 07:41 UTC

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