SONA 2018 security head advises Duterte not to face protesters again

MANILA, Philippines – The head of security for President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) is advising him to skip meeting with protesters after his speech on July 23. Lieutenant General Roland Detabali, House of Representatives sergeant-at-arms, said on Thursday, July 12, they have been ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 12th, 2018

No cop escorts for mayors in narco-list

THE three Iloilo mayors whom Pres. Duterte tagged in the illegal drugs trade are not entitled to police escorts, according to the head of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6. Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, PRO-6 director, said they stand pat on the orders that alleged narco-politicians cannot avail of police security escorts. On July 27, 2018, […] The post No cop escorts for mayors in narco-list appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

HOAX: Viral photo of SONA 2018 rally supports Duterte, Marcos

Claim: A photo and a video of a rally were shared on Facebook on Tuesday, July 24, both with captions alleging that the protesters were supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte and former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. The photo, shared from the website, includes a banner that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Anti-Duterte Groups in Cebu on the Day PRRD’s SONA

Over a hundred protesters from different groups marched the streets of Cebu against President Rodrigo Duterte on the day of his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, July 24, 2018. Jaime Paglinawan, Chairman of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), led the protesters from the Cebu Provincial Capitol to Police Regional Office 7 along Osmeña […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Thousands hold SONA 2018 protests around PH

MANILA, Philippines – Notwithstanding the threat of a downpour , thousands of protesters on Monday, July 23, occupied a major portion of Commonwealth Avenue – the road leading to the House of Representatives in Quezon City – to protest President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of Nation Address. As of 5 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

No security threat to Duterte& apos;s SONA 2018, House official says - GMA News

No security threat to Duterte's SONA 2018, House official says - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Congress ready for Sona 2018

It’s all systems go for the third State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Rodrigo Duterte onJuly 23, Congress’ taskforce on Sona assuredon Thursday. House of Representatives sergeant-at-arms Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali said their security personnel and other government agencies are more prepared now compared to last year’s national address. “We have more assets… link: Congress ready for Sona 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Russia talks LGBT tolerance for WCup but locals have doubts

By James Ellingworth and Iuliia Subbotovska, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Tolerated during the World Cup, Russia's LGBT communities face a return to widespread discrimination when the FIFA circus packs up and leaves the country in mid-July. As head of Russia's LGBT Sports Federation, Alexander Agapov says he can't advertise sports events without hiring security and he's been attacked on public transport. Still, he predicts foreigners arriving for the World Cup won't notice a thing. "In the stadium and around it will be quite safe, I believe," to display symbols of gay activism like the rainbow flag, he told The Associated Press. That echoes the tolerant line from Russia's government-run World Cup organizing committee. "All visitors to Russia in 2018 - regardless of race, gender, religion, ability or sexual orientation - can expect a warm welcome," it said in a statement. "Persons will not be fined for expressing their feelings. The display of rainbow flags in the stands or at public celebrations will be allowed." Rainbow flags are generally seen by Russian authorities as banned "gay propaganda". Under Russian law, anyone who displays a rainbow flag in a public setting where children are present — such as a stadium — could be fined. Jonny Dzhibladze of the "Coming Out" organization in St. Petersburg suggested foreign LGBT fans will be treated better than locals. During the tournament, "if there's some kind of attack or abuse, then maybe the authorities will even start to investigate it or publicly condemn it as a demonstration case," he said. "But, knowing Russian media and the homophobic rhetoric that they use, it will probably be framed as: 'These crazy rainbow people have come from Europe. Let's forgive them and put up with them while they're here. They're guests. But as soon as they leave, we return to our Russian traditional values.'" A 2013 law bans so-called "propaganda" of homosexuality to under-18s. In practice, it's been used to stifle debate in any public context or to prevent protests in any public context where a child could conceivably see or hear. Russian anti-gay rights groups have used social media to out LGBT teachers and have them fired. Some criminals, Dzhibladze says, use gay dating apps to find targets to rob, assuming their victims won't trust the police. The law puts a financial burden on Agapov's sports federation. A football competition might only require two fields in a sports complex, he says, but the organization has to hire a third nearby, just to block it from being rented for a children's event. If that happened and children could see the LGBT competition, it could be breaking the law. Vitaly Milonov, a lawmaker who played a key role in passing the "gay propaganda" law, has called for a harder line on World Cup fans. Comparing gay people to chimpanzees, he said "sodomites" flying the rainbow flag had no place at the tournament. "I want to remind them that, no matter how much they try lobbying, their hideous way of life is condemned all over the world," he told the AP. "They do not have the right to propagandize their hideousness." Last year, reports emerged from the predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya in southern Russia that men were tortured and killed on suspicion of being gay. Chechnya will be home to the Egyptian team during the World Cup. Dozens spoke about torture at secret prison facilities overseen by allies of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has claimed there are no gays in Chechnya. A Russian government investigation said there was no proof. Russia's World Cup is also a test for FIFA's image ahead of the 2022 tournament in Qatar and a possible 2026 World Cup in Morocco, both countries where gay sex is illegal. FIFA says it has a "zero-tolerance approach to discrimination" and has discussed gay rights issues with Russia. "We are absolutely aware of discriminatory concerns and have always addressed them in close collaboration with the (local organizing committee), the Russian Football Union and the Russian authorities," FIFA's head of sustainability and diversity, Federico Addiechi, told the AP by e-mail. Russia has no openly gay professional athletes. However, Agapov says he's had messages of support from closeted athletes and knows of one well-known male footballer who dates men. "We will be happy if one day a gay footballer will come out in Russian football because we know that there are gay footballers," he said, recounting how he found the player using a gay dating app in a World Cup host city. "It works in Russian football like 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'. He's open to date with guys, but he's not open to speak about his sexuality in public." The World Cup is unlikely to change much, Agapov predicts. "The World Cup is over, we are still here, and the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya and other regions is still going on." ___ Subbotovska reported from St. Petersburg, Russia......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Labor Day demands: Pay hike, more jobs, security of tenure

Thousands of workers and activists marched in a May Day rally in Manila and other cities on Tuesday in protest against what they said was President Rodrigo Duterte's failure to keep a campaign promise to get rid of a labor contractualization scheme. The rallies were peaceful, but the Malacaang complex was locked down, initially denying journalists' access as protesters burned the President's effigy with a sign "Liar King" several hundred meters away. A pledge to act against employers who hire workers for short-term employment without adequate benefits helped Mr. Duterte win the presidency in 2016. Shortly after assuming power, the President warned that businesses would face ...Keep on reading: Labor Day demands: Pay hike, more jobs, security of tenure.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

People’s SONA 2017 | Thousands of protesters show discontent as they face Duterte

People’s SONA 2017 | Thousands of protesters show discontent as they face Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 24th, 2017

Hundreds flock to 1st Regional Sulit Barangay Forum in CamSur

Hundreds flock to 1st Regional Sulit Barangay Forum in CamSur Vox Bikol Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:03 NAGA CITY, July 31 (PIA) – A total of 271 constituents of Barangay Concepcion Pequeña here, not to mention some pedicab drivers and bystanders listening outside the barangay’s covered court attended the 1st ever SSS Sulit Barangay forum in the region. The activity, spearheaded by the Social Security System (SSS) in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Camarines Sur Provincial office is part of the wide information dissemination campaign of SSS to ensure that all its members are informed of their benefits and privileges. SSS Naga Member Services Section CEO I Mercy B. Delfin explained to the attendees that membership is open to all residents, whether they are working, self-employed or as voluntary members. “It doesn’t matter if you are working or not, the important thing here is you are willing to pay your contributions. Don’t think of it as part of your expenses, think of your contributions as part of your investment and savings. It will not only benefit you but also your loved ones,” Delfin added. Delfin underscored the importance of raising the awareness of the members for them to appreciate the benefit of “investing” for their future. “Let us think about the future, we will all grow old. We need to prepare when calamity strikes us. All of us will need assistance. We just have to remember that SSS membership is a privilege,” Delfin said in her discussion. Delfin also informed the residents of the innovations that SSS is doing to ensure that their contributions are safely encoded under their names. “One of the improvements that we are now implementing is the issuance of the Payment Reference Number or PRN to ensure that what you give will be properly accounted under your names.” She also encouraged SSS clients to avail of the services being offered by Bayad Centers in selected malls and accredited banks for them to avoid the long queue at the SSS office. SSS Naga Acting Assistant Branch Head Jogar B. Tosoc explained that currently SSS Naga branch building is undergoing renovation to give better service and ease to their clients. SSS opened a service office at the 3rd Floor of Robinsons Naga to accommodate payments and other transactions. It will be open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur).....»»

Category: newsSource:  voxbikolRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Retired Chief Justice Puno endorses Jose Midas Marquez for SC post

Retired Chief Justice and head of the Consultative Committee Reynato Puno pushed for the appointment of Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez to the Supreme Court. In his letter to President Rodrigo Duterte dated July 30, 2018 and received July 31, 2018, Puno said he believed that Marquez "is qualified to the highest degree for a seat in the Supreme Court." Marquez is one of the shortlisted candidates to be vacated by Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. on August 8, 2018. Aside from Marquez, the others in the shortlist of nominees for Velasco's post are Court of Appeals Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr., Amy Lazaro-Javier, Ramon Garcia, Associate Justices Apolinario Brusel...Keep on reading: Retired Chief Justice Puno endorses Jose Midas Marquez for SC post.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

As The Bamboos Sway: This time, Duterte is not bound to fulfill SONA promises

By sheer technicality, President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte is not bound, this time, to fulfill his State of the Nation (SONA) promises. Technically, the SONA could not be on the record as the Lower House has not really been opened and closed for session on July 23, 2018......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Ciara Sotto lauds Mental Health Law: ‘I myself suffered from depression’

Singer-actress Ciara Sotto,admitting that she had suffered from depression, praised the passage of the Mental Health Law as it would help more Filipinos face mental health issues. "With the passage of the mental health, I am optimistic that more and more Filipinos who are silently suffering from mental health conditions will get out of their hideaways and face the problem head on," she said at a mental health forum at the Senate on Friday. This was the first mental health forum held since President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11036 or the Philippine Mental Health Act on July 21. Representing her father, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Ciara said sports and oth...Keep on reading: Ciara Sotto lauds Mental Health Law: ‘I myself suffered from depression’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Return of plunderers to power Duterte s top achievement – De Lima

July 30, 2018. Mr. Duterte’s “biggest achievement” highlighted in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23 was the return of corrupt and plunderers in power under his administration, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has said. De Lima, the first prominent political prisoner under the Duterte… Source link link: Return of plunderers to power Duterte's top achievement – De Lima.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

Pictures capture last week’s SONA protests in US cities

Hundreds of protesters staged their own United People's State of the Nation Address (SONA) in various cities in the United States to counter the alleged lies that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was going to say in his own SONA. Organized by MALAYA Movement with groups like Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Friends of Akbayan Party-list, Migrante, Gabriela, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), protesters slammed alleged continued human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings (EJK), the administration's push to change the Constitution, Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), and various actions signifying the emergence ...Keep on reading: Pictures capture last week’s SONA protests in US cities.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Speaker Arroyo OKs Department of Disaster Resilience proposal

      LEGAZPI CITY---The proposed draft for the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) or House bill 6075 authored by Albay Second District Rep. Joey Salceda has been given the go-signal by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.   Salceda announced on Friday that after Arroyo assumed her speakership post, she directed the House committees on Government Reorganization and Defense and Security to convene and unanimously draft the proposal and endorse it to the plenary.   "We responded to it because President Duterte has repeatedly underscored in his Sona [State of the Nation Address] the urgency for the creation of departme...Keep on reading: Speaker Arroyo OKs Department of Disaster Resilience proposal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Vocal political critic gets his Twitter account suspended for the second time

The Twitter account of political critic Marcelo Landicho a.k.a. “Professional Heckler” was suspended for a second time after he shared a satirical blog post titled “LEAKED: Duterte’s SONA 2018.” Popular personalities condemned the suspension, saying it was uncalled for. Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay petitioned for the social media platform to restore Landicho’s account and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

What you need to know about what Duterte said in 2018 SONA - Rappler

What you need to know about what Duterte said in 2018 SONA - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Robredo ‘happy’ with Duterte’s Sona but finds it ‘inadequate’

Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday said she was "happy" with some parts of President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (Sona), but she still finds it "inadequate." "Iyong bahagi na sinasabi niya iyong mga panukalang batas na sinusuportahan niya at tinutulak, masaya tayo doon. Halimbawa iyong National Land Use, iyong Coco Levy Fund. Marami siyang---iyong Security of Tenure. Marami siyang mga panukalang batas na sa matagal na panahon, parang iyon na iyong adbokasiya natin," she told reporters in an ambush interview. (We are happy with that part where he enumerated the laws he is supporting such as the National Land Use, the Coco Levy fund, Security of Tenure. He menti...Keep on reading: Robredo ‘happy’ with Duterte’s Sona but finds it ‘inadequate’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018