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Opposition senators urges Filipinos to be vigilant in 2018

2018 may yet be another fight for nation’s soul, opposition senators say. #BeFullyInformed Opposition senators urges Filipinos to be vigilant in 2018 Opposition senators today urged Filipinos to be vigilant as the New Year may yet be another fight for the nation’s soul under the Duterte administration. Source link: Opposition senators urges Filipinos to be vigilant in 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerDec 31st, 2017

De Lima to Duterte: ‘Stop bringing violence and terror’ to Filipinos

  MANILA, Philippines -- Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Monday dared President Rodrigo Duterte "to stop bringing violence and terror" as an international human rights group reported a "deepened" human rights crisis in the country due to continuing drug war.   In its 2019 World Report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently revealed that human rights crisis in the country "deepened" in 2018 as the bloody war on drugs continued under the Duterte administration.   READ:Human rights crisis in Philippines intensified amid drug war -- HRW   "I challenge Mr. Duterte to stop bringing violence and terror to the populace because his drug war -- which is...Keep on reading: De Lima to Duterte: ‘Stop bringing violence and terror’ to Filipinos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

De Lima hails 4 judges for courage to uphold judicial independence

Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has lauded four judges who were named Filipinos of the Year 2018 by the Philippine Daily Inquirer for their courage to uphold judicial independence despite the worsening culture of impunity in the country under Mr. Duterte. Read More........»»

Category: newsSource:  filipinoexpressRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Arroyo hails inflation downtrend, urges swift gov’t programs

      MANILA, Philippines --- House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo lauded on Saturday the inflation downtrend, saying government agencies must act swiftly on implementing programs that would benefit Filipinos. "It is good that inflation is on a downtrend.In general, to the extent that so-called domestic supply side factors are involved, the government's agencies must act quickly on the implementation side, to get the plans and programs going on the ground and produce results our people will feel in their day to day lives," Arroyo said in a statement. Arroyo's statement came after inflation averaged 5.2 percent in 2018. Last December 2018, inflation rate...Keep on reading: Arroyo hails inflation downtrend, urges swift gov’t programs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019

Senators to Filipinos: Be like Rizal, fight inequality and abuse

MANILA, Philippines – Be like Jose Rizal, and fight inequality and abuse of power, senators told Filipinos on the national hero's 122nd death anniversary. Opposition Senator Leila de Lima likened the current administration to a "dark chapter," recalling the time when the Philippines was still colonized by the Spanish monarchy. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

De Lima lauds Ressa for being named as among TIME Persons of the Year

      MANILA, Philippines--Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday lauded Rappler president Maria Ressa for being named as one of the 2018 "Persons of the Year" by TIME Magazine along with other journalists. De Lima said that the recognition of Ressa, whom she called as the "People's Champ," has brought honor and pride to Filipinos, saying that Filipino people would realize the "debt it owes to every single honest-to-goodness journalist." "Someday the Filipino people will realize the debt it owes to every single honest-to-goodness journalist, who perseveres in bringing the truth to the people, even at great personal expense," De Lima said in a dispat...Keep on reading: De Lima lauds Ressa for being named as among TIME Persons of the Year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 18th, 2018

[OPINION] Promises and pitfalls of cool Japan in Philippine geo-politics

In November, pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) released its 2018 3rd Quarter Social Survey . Among its findings is increased opposition to government inaction on China's intrusion, the sentiment of 84% of Filipinos. The surey results also showed that 87% of Filipinos believe it's important for the Philippines to regais control of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

DFA urged: File protest vs China’s ‘bullying’ of TV crew in Panatag

Senators on Friday called on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file a diplomatic protest against China following a recent incident in which the Chinese Coast Guard blocked a Filipino TV news crew from filming in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.   The Chinese patrol claimed the Filipinos were encroaching on the "sea area of the People's Republic of China."   "Those are clearly acts of aggression," opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said of the incident in a text message. "The DFA must file a diplomatic protest about the matter."   Sen. Francis Pangilinan said the government's response should be strong in the face of such a provocation.   ...Keep on reading: DFA urged: File protest vs China’s ‘bullying’ of TV crew in Panatag.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

Tañada urges gov’t to invest in job creation

Former Deputy House speaker Erin Taada said the government should invest in job creation so it can provide jobs to those who are "able" and "willing." Taada issued the statement after a recent survey showed that there are 9.8 million jobless Filipino adults. READ: Jobless adult Filipinos reach 9.8 million in Q3 of 2018 "Everyone who can and is willing to work should have a job. If we look around us, there is so much work to be done: Ensure food for every Filipino, a home for every family, clothes, and shoes for everyone," he said in a statement. "Someone to look after young children, to teach the youth, to care for the sick; ensure clean water for drinking, cooking, and bathi...Keep on reading: Tañada urges gov’t to invest in job creation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

LIST: Senatorial wannabes for 2019 elections

FOURTH UPDATE: 7:50 P.M. / 16 October 2018 It seemed like the 70s all over again as an Aquino, a Roxas, a Diokno, a Taada, and a Marcos launched their formal efforts to become the nation's senators in next year's midterm elections. More familiar names in Philippine politics likewise surfaced on the fourth day of certificates of candidacy (COC) filing before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office in Intramuros, Manila on Tuesday, October 16. Former Senator Mar Roxas Roxas was first to file his COC on the fourth day of filing at the Comelec. The former Interior Secretary is seeking a return to the Senate in next year's midterm elections under the opposition Lib...Keep on reading: LIST: Senatorial wannabes for 2019 elections.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

De Lima urges Senate action on human rights measures

October 11, 2018. Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has called on the Senate leadership to act with dispatch on several legislative measures aimed at protecting the rights of people to human dignity and reducing social, economic and political inequalities in the country. De Lima said she hopes that these measures… Source link link: De Lima urges Senate action on human rights measures.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Aquino: Joint Statement of opposition senators on the 6.7% September Inflation…

October 5, 2018. Prices of goods have continued to go up in the past month with a 6.7% inflation rate last September. Still, the administration insists this is not a problem. Economic managers have no intention of suspending the second round of fuel excise taxes despite gas prices reaching P60 per liter. The… Source link link: Aquino: Joint Statement of opposition senators on the 6.7% September Inflation….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

PHI paddlers capture two gold medals in world championship

GAINESVILLE, Georgia --- The Philippines quickly snatched two gold medals in record-setting fashion during the opener of the prestigious 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park here. The national paddlers from the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation ruled the 10-seater senior mixed 500-meter event on Thursday (Friday Manila time), defeating race favorites Hungary and host United States by a significant margin. With drummer Patricia Bustamante and steerer Maribeth Caranto leading the way, the Filipinos clocked two minutes, 7.5 seconds to improve on their bronze-medal finish in the same event during the 2016 world championships in Moscow, Russia. Arriving second were the Hungarians, who timed 2:11.36 in a narrow finish to nip the Americans (2:11.86) for the silver medal in the biennial meet featuring the best 16 countries in the world of dragonboat racing. “They really wanted to prove something out there and they never lost focus despite the strong opposition,” said PCKDF president Jonne Go. The Filipinos struck a second gold medal just a few hours apart after dominating the 20-seater senior mixed 500m race again at the expense of Hungary and the Czech Republic.  They timed 1:52.58, impressively beating their previous race-winning clocking by three seconds two years ago in Moscow. The Hungarians clocked 1:55.09 and the Czech Republic placed third (1:55.14). “We never doubted the team’s ability to win. Once again, they showed the world that we Filipinos are world-class in this sport,” said Go For Gold’s Jeremy Go, who helped bankroll the participation of the PCKDF with the Philippine Sports Commission. It was a rejuvenating feeling for the Pinoy paddlers after they went home without a medal in the recent Asian Games in Indonesia where the organizers veered away from international standards by using shorter but heavier boats. Head coach Len Escollante said the Philippines is on track to capture a third gold medal on Saturday when the national paddlers, led by Hermie Macaranas and Ojay Fuentes, compete in the 10-seater men’s 200 finals. Joining them again are Mark Frias, Reymart Nevado, John Paul Selencio and Oliver Manaig. Women paddlers Raquel Almencion, Rosalyn Esguerra, Rhea Rhoa and Christine Talledo completed the cast in the small boat mixed category along with Bustamante and Caranto......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Govt response to millions of Filipinos going hungry is arrest opposition leader: Pangilinan

September 6, 2018. Over 100 million Filipinos eat rice daily. Some 25 million Filipinos live in poverty line levels today. Close to 70 percent of their meager income goes to food expenses and the bulk of that is spent on rice. When rice prices go up unabated, it means 25 million Filipinos will either have… link: Govt response to millions of Filipinos going hungry is arrest opposition leader: Pangilinan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Sen. Bam: Solve real problems like inflation, time is wasted on fake allegations

August 24, 2018. Sen. Bam Aquino said he would rather work on solutions to real problems of Filipinos instead of waste time on fake news and baseless accusations against opposition leader, Vice President Leni Robredo, and her hometown, Naga City. “Bakit pa tayo mag-aaksaya ng panahon sa mga pekeng balita? Ang… Source link link: Sen. Bam: Solve real problems like inflation, time is wasted on fake allegations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Aquino urges Filipinos to campaign, vote for opposition bets in midterm polls

Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Tuesday campaigned for opposition candidates in the 2019 polls, whom he said would serve as a check on the administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Statement of Senator Francis 'Kiko' Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president, On House minority leadership and Charter change

August 6, 2018. At no other time in the 17th Congress do Filipinos need a House of Representatives with a genuine opposition than now. Only a credible opposition will raise critical questions and block self-serving moves against plans to hurry the approval of the revision of the 1987 Constitution in two months,… Source link link: Statement of Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president, On House minority leadership and Charter change.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Senators: Only Filipinos can decide what’s best for PH not China

  "God, help the Philippines!"   Senator Panfilo Lacson made the remark on Wednesday when sought for comment on President Rodrigo Duterte's claim he had been assured that China would not allow his ouster.   "If he really said that, and in the context that we are made to understand, all I can say is, God, help the Philippines!" Lacson, who is part of the majority bloc in the Senate, said in a text message.   "We are a democratic and sovereign country. Nobody, not any foreign country but the Philippines and the Filipinos can determine and decide what is best for us," he added.   Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, an opposition member,...Keep on reading: Senators: Only Filipinos can decide what’s best for PH not China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Duterte urges 260,000 OFWs in Kuwait to come home

Published: 9:21 p.m., April 28, 2018 | Updated: 11:50 p.m., April 28, 2018 SINGAPORE --- President Rodrigo Duterte called on the 260,000 Filipinos working in Kuwait, most of them employed as domestic helpers, to return home, saying the Gulf state apparently did not want their services anymore. "To you there in Kuwait, [to] those who are not really household helpers, I now appeal to your sense of patriotism: Come home, anyway there are now many jobs in the Philippines," the President said, addressing the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait. "I will look for money and I will get all, all the Filipino workers (in Kuwait)," he told about 6,000 members of the Filipino comm...Keep on reading: Duterte urges 260,000 OFWs in Kuwait to come home.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Malacañang urges Filipinos to go lights out for Earth Hour 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday, March 24, encouraged Filipinos to participate in this year's Earth Hour "to symbolize our commitment to saving Mother Earth." "Climate change is an issue relevant to the Philippines . Our country has been identified as among the most vulnerable to the impact of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

‘Grand Deception’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao: WHEN RAPPLER through its President, Maria Ressa, was caught trifling with an important tenet in the Philippine constitution that mandates that Philippine media should be 100% owned by Filipinos the Securities and Exchange Commission ordered it closed. Rappler was parading like it is wholly owned by Filipinos but turned out it accepted investment from Omidyar Network (ON) which is known for its notoriety in destabilizing heads of state that are not docile to America. It tried deception by claiming that the Philippine Deposit Receipts it issued to ON money was for philanthropic contribution. The attempt dragged them deeper in shit as PDRs are actually commercial instruments. When this trick did not work, Ressa again tried another act this time claiming that Omidyar signed a waiver on its veto power. Again this did not pass scrutiny of the SEC because the said waiver was discovered to be just a scrap of paper as the document was not notarized.  Running out of deceptive tricks Ma. Ressa went berserk when she was served the closure order and went about town crying her freedom is being curtailed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte no less. Her partner Pia Ranada did the same screaming she will be jailed by Duterte’s military. The grandstanding, it was obvious, was to stonewall the criminal violation they committed and to paint Rappler and its staff headed by Ressa as victims of oppression and dictatorial regime of Duterte. Contrary to its claim that they have lost their freedom of expression, more than ever Rappler had increased the crescendo of its unfettered attack on no less than the President Duterte himself. Ressa spearheaded a Black Friday movement supported by a handful of students from where else by the University of the Philippines campus and the usual garrulous but moribund Liberal Party stalwarts headed by VP Leni Robredo. They were joined in by UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her local counterpart Chito Gascon in denouncing the Duterte government for curtailing the freedom of the press. Other foreign-funded media outfits joined the fray for obvious reason.  Theirs is a cacophony of ridiculous chants. Robredo warned that the closure of Rappler is a symptom of a dark future of the country. The juvenile delinquents in the UP campus joined pipsqueak assemblies with screaming placards denouncing Pres. Duterte and his “malignant forces that continue to peddle lies to justify their tyranny and dictatorship”.  They cut classes to face the TV cameras and klieg lights unmindful of yet another spectacular grade the survey firms Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia showing an “excellent” grade on the sustained trust and popularity of the nation on Duterte which they had been flagellating no end.  No one seems to mind their issue about tyranny and dictatorship as the World Bank grudgingly declared that “DDS killed democracy in the Philippines but they haven’t killed the country’s vibrant economy”.  Forbes, an international business magazine, likewise quoted WB on its Global Economic Prospects, which asserts that “Duterte Philippines is the 10th fastest growing economy in the world”.  The statistics is a slap on the face of VP Robredo who remains to be an incurable pessimist despite the figures that cannot lie. She continues to see the future of the Philippines in dark glasses forgetting that she is a Vice President and therefore should have celebrated with the rest for the gains that the country achieved. For her part, Maria Ressa simply ignored what Forbes and WB declared.  Maybe out of outrage that the Robredo seemed to be out of sync and blinded by sheer politicking and negativism, UP Political Science professor and political analyst, Clarita Carlos,  made a five-worded message to The Vice President thus: “President Duterte moves the Philippines forward”. To those who denigrate Duterte from cutting the country’s umbilical cord to America, Professor Carlos had this to say. “Duterte has moved the Philippines away from the usual foreign policy and in turn ‘defined national interest’ by tracking his own way of foreign policy”. She admired Duterte for his political guts and courage.  It is indeed pathetic that while the Philippines rise several notches higher in political and economic arena the opposition and the foreign-aided media outfits shamelessly continue to belittle these achievements. It is no small feat that Philippines came out stronger in economic growth than China in the 3rd quarter of 2017. On the 4th quarter moreover China rallied (6.9%) and landed on top of Asian countries followed by Vietnam (6.8) and Philippines 6.7%. The Philippines however has been growing more than 6% for nine consecutive quarters and that sustained growth is best among Asean nations. Any which way you look at it, that spells economic stability and investment grade for investors service firms like Moody’s and other international credit rating institutions. Cause and effect is a simple gauge to measure the impact of the tyranny and dictatorial regime that Rappler and its sympathizers have been accusing the Duterte regime. But as I always say, no one can quarrel with success especially when institutions of unquestionable stature put the positive figures across. Expect the economy to grow even faster in 2018 when infrastructure spending commences under the Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program. As we all know, the government had earmarked P8.4-trillion to achieve the mega infrastructure projects comprising of railways, highways and bridges, irrigation’s, airports and seaports to name a few. The job opportunities that these programs will generate are equally mind-boggling. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018