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‘Freedom and Crime’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao:  AM NOT SURPRISED when some quarters are exploiting to the hilt the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission to shut down the operations of Rappler.The bannered story warns of the muzzling of the press. Rappler itself, quoting Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, wrote that if Duterte wants to close the media establishment they could have just sent the military. Of course it is the usual Rappler’s furtive way of saying it which is very characteristic of this media outfit.  But this is not about press freedom. It is about media ownership which, under Philippine laws, should be 100% owned by Filipinos. For years since the inception of Rappler, the impression was that it is fully owned by Pinoys. There are Filipinos  with extra money to spare who invested money in Rappler in the hope that they can support an independent media outfit. As every body knew, the big media establishments are tools used by the wealthy and famous to protect their interest from political predators but they end up using the muscle of the press to either promote or destroy politicians and their adversaries.  Not until SEC ordered the closure of Rappler that it came out in the open that  the notorious ON OMIDYAR had wormed its way in and into the heart and brain of Rappler. The characters behind these outfits are shrewd but not wise enough their own disclosures in their PDRs gave them away. The Philippine Deposit Receipts which Rappler through its holding company issued explicitly granted ON OMIDYAR to have a say in the operations and business of Rappler.  Ma. Ressa’s attention was called by SEC on this critical item but it appears that she was not paying attention or might have thought she can deal with the problem anyway.  Looks like she sat on the problem that even the  members of the 5-man Commission who, except for one,  are all appointees of ex-Pres. Noynoy Aquino have reach a point of decision.  As the story unravels, again it showed that there was an attempt to correct the provisions in the PDRs by submitting ON OMIDYAR’s waiver on its right to intrude into the conduct of business of Rappler. Again Rappler showed its cavalier attitude, it submitted the waiver document which was not even notarized.  Obviously even the Aquino-controlled SEC cannot take the lackadaisical attention of Ma. Ressa. It revoked the SEC registration of Rappler.  Even as it had been axed, Ressa and Pia Ranada fought back, the later calling Pres. Rodrigo Duterte names as if they reign supreme and they alone know what freedom of the press means. To add to her dramatics Pia intoned  that she is prepared to go to prison for exercising her rights of free expression. She forgot that It was Duterte who, early in his presidency signed an EO on Freedom of Information.  Ressa and Ranada wailed their press freedom had been curtailed. But such is not the case. Every word that they say saw print and broadcasted in nearly 2,000 media outlets in the Philippines and not counting the social media. The revocation of Rappler’s permit is not about freedom of the press but its violation of the constitution which succinctly underlines that media establishment must be 100% Filipino owned.   In hindsight the Duterte government was even too kind to Rappler even as it was the leading media organization that demonize Duterte in every turn. I had seriously doubted its overtures that brag it stands for truth and fairness. During the senate hearing on extra-judicial killing allegedly carried out by the Davao Death Squad which Sen. Leila De Lima and Sen. Antonio Trillanes claimed was organized by Duterte, Rappler simply swallowed what witnesses Matobato and Lascanas said.  In 2009 when as CHR Chair De Lima conducted a probe on EJK the number of victims she alleged then was less than 300. The probe lasted for months with nary a piece of evidence was found to indict Mayor Duterte. She pursued her quest to pin Digong when she became Justice Secretary but again she failed. When she became senator she became even more aggressive she placed a bungling Matobato in the witness stand. But Matobato was flawless in his delivery when he was interviewed by Time Magazine. It was unmistakable he was reading from an idiot’s card. He proudly state that as member of DDS he killed and buried more than 200 persons in an abandoned quarry. Yet he cannot find the grave of his victims.     When it was the turn of Lascanas to testify in the senate inquiry, he casually said that they buried more than 2,000 EJK victims in the same quarry.  Between the two perjured witness they  confessed to the  killing of over 2,200 victims of EJK which they buried, they said, in the abandoned quarry. It is simply a classic fantasy. A manslaughter of such magnitude cannot escape notice especially when that narrow piece of land is just about four kilometers from city hall and so adjacent to a number of housing subdivisions. Nevertheless, if they were so sure then why cannot they find a single piece of viable evidence.   In all these occasions Rappler gave the hearings liberal space and took the testimonies of the witnesses as the biblical truths. Both Rappler and Time Magazine adopted exactly the same flawed statistics which in their recent count had reached 13,000 EJK victims. I am based in Davao and frankly I am amazed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Destroy or be destroyed: Trillanes battles Duterte | SunStar - Sun.Star

Destroy or be destroyed: Trillanes battles Duterte | SunStar - Sun.Star.....»»

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Trillanes to Duterte: Sign waiver to destroy me - Philippine Star

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Duterte wants return of & apos;militaristic training& apos; for police - Philippine Star

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PBA All-Star unfolds in Digos

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s multi-titled coach Tim Cone will guide the Mindanao squad when it battles Gilas Pilipinas under Meralco head coach Norman Black tonight in the first leg of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) 2018 All-Star break at the Davao Del Sur Coliseum in Digos, Davao Del Sur. The two-time grand slam coach will [...] The post PBA All-Star unfolds in Digos appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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As The Bamboos Sway: Philippine Supreme Court supremely cuts Democracy

No matter how he denies it, through his machinations of eight Supreme Court judges, President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte has raped Lady Justice in the Philippines. He has removed her blinds to see things his way, rendered her balance to tip to his likings, rendered her naked and cause her to thrust her sword unto her heart in shame. Nonetheless, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, who was dragged in the rape and death of a Pepsi Paloma by this Eat Bulaga co-comedians, has declared that we should respect the decision of the Supreme Court in ousting the Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

PBA: All Star delegation troops to Davao del Sur

Basketball extravaganza takes the spotlight anew as the PBA invades Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao for the staging of the annual All-Star game that gets underway starting this week. Led by Commissioner Willie Marcial, delegates and officials, including members of the Mindanao All-Star and the Smart All Star Philippine team, will troop to Digos, Davao del Sur beginning Tuesday for the May 23 kickoff leg of the mid-season classic. The Davao del Sur Coliseum hosts the 7 p.m. match pitting the national team mentored by Norman Black against the Mindanao selection of coach Tim Cone. As an added treat, a Legends shootout will be held before the game featuring four shooting tandems in Allan Caidic/Secretary Bong Go, Kenneth Duremdes/Senator Manny Pacquiao, Peter June Simon/Presidential son-in-law Mans Carpio, and Scottie Thompson/Major Michael Sabsal. Governor Mark Cagas will be a special guest at ringside to open the initial leg of the three-phase event. “It’s an honor and privilege to be the host of the 2018 All-Star game opener. We hope to give PBA fans a treat and set the perfect stage for another exciting week of basketball ahead,” said Cagas. From Davao, the contingent travels up north in Batangas City for the meet’s second leg on May 25. As appetizer to the 7 p.m. game at the Batangas City Coliseum between coach Leo Austria’s Luzon All-Star against the national team to be handled by Yeng Guiao, are the various skills competitions such as the Obstacle Challenge, Three-Point shootout, Slam Dunk, and the Shooting Stars will be held. It’s back down south on May as All-Star week culminates in Iloilo City with the Visayas All-Star of coach Chito Victolero tangling with Nash Racela and the Philippine squad at the San Agustin gym. Various clinics, courtesy calls, motorcades, outreach program, and meet and greet activities will mark the staging of all three legs of the All-Star......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

The man who keeps Duterte up at night

Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes has always pushed forcefully for change. In 2003, he seized the Oakwood towers in downtown Manila with 300 soldiers in a short-lived mutiny against what he saw.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Lacson Backs Duterte Visit to Philippine Rise

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday expressed support to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit to the Philippine Rise, saying the President’s action not only “clearly” asserts the country’s sovereignty over the undersea feature but would also deter future intrusions in the vast resource-rich area. “Sa West Philippine Sea naroon ang problema. Ang Philippine Rise wala pang problema. So mas maganda symbolically nagpunta siya roonto […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

TIME magazine author defends & apos;strongman& apos; story about Duterte - Philippine Star

TIME magazine author defends 'strongman' story about Duterte - Philippine Star.....»»

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Satisfaction with Duterte government drops to & apos;very good& apos; - Philippine Star

Satisfaction with Duterte government drops to 'very good' - Philippine Star.....»»

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Duterte issues EO increasing employees& apos; benefits - Philippine Star

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Duterte forms inter-agency task force for Boracay rehab - Philippine Star

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Senator says PH should not rely on China for protection

It is a "fatal mistake" for the administration to think China, or any other country, would defend Philippine interests, Sen. Francis Pangilinan said on Monday after President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that China had assured him that it would protect the country against external threats. Amid calls for the government to protest China's deployment of antiship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three Philippine-claimed reefs in the Spratly archipelago, the President, speaking in Davao City on Friday, said China had promised to come to the Philippines' aid anytime. Pangilinan said the Duterte administration should not rely on any country to protect the Philippines'...Keep on reading: Senator says PH should not rely on China for protection.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

The origins of Labor Day and what it means to Filipino workers

For some, the first day of May is another day off for rest and relaxation. But for many, Labor Day marks a centuries-long struggle for the upliftment of the working class. WATCH: Pro and anti-Duterte groups face-off in Mendiola on Labor Day. | via Edd Gumban pic.twitter.com/29uLVwbfBl — The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) May 1, 2018 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

Detractors deride Duterte for asking Filipinos to leave Kuwait

A Philippine labour group and a senator accused President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday of gambling with the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Filipinos in Kuwait, after he asked them to come home amid a diplomatic dispute over reported labour abuse......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

The origins of Labor Day and what it means to Filipino workers today

For some, the first day of May is another day off for rest and relaxation. But for many, Labor Day marks a centuries-long struggle for the upliftment of the working class. WATCH: Pro and anti-Duterte groups face-off in Mendiola on Labor Day. | via Edd Gumban pic.twitter.com/29uLVwbfBl — The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) May 1, 2018 […].....»»

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Duterte: Government can take losses of selling lower-priced rice - Philippine Star

Duterte: Government can take losses of selling lower-priced rice - Philippine Star.....»»

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Duterte firm on Boracay closure, casino ban - Philippine Star

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Pulse Asia: Filipinos approve of Duterte admin& apos;s calamity response most - Philippine Star

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