Philippines remains partly free in world freedom index

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines maintained its "partly free" status in the 2018 world freedom index released by human rights advocacy group Freedom Hou.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 17th, 2018

Press freedom in PHL partly free — world index

THE PHILIPPINES was rated partly free, as was press freedom in the country, in a global environment marked by democracy in crisis, according to the 2018 world freedom index released by Freedom House. Findings by the independent watchdog organization have concluded that “Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic […] The post Press freedom in PHL partly free — world index appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Philippines improves in World Press Freedom Index

MANILA, Philippines -  The Philippines rose 11 places to 127th in the latest World Press Freedom Index partly because of a fall in the number of journalists.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 26th, 2017

‘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

Palace Welcomes Higher PH Ranking in World’s Most Powerful Passports

Malacañang on Saturday welcomed the country’s climb in the latest Henley and Partners Passport Index, which ranks all of the world’s passports according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The Philippines rose three notches higher to 72nd place in 2018 from 75th last year, according to Henley and Partners, a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 to engange Pinoy youth and coaches nationwide

Jr. NBA PH press release MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Dec. 23, 2017 – Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska will tip off Jan. 13 at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati and runs through May 2018 as part of the league’s effort to encourage youth basketball participation. This year’s program is set to reach more than 250,000 participants and 900 coaches across the country.  Online registration is open now at Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to enhance the youth basketball experience for players, parents and coaches.  During the 2017-18 season, the NBA will reach more than 26 million youth in 71 countries through a variety of camps, clinics, skills challenges, league play and outreach events.   The program remains free and open to boys and girls ages 10-14 throughout its four stages: skills clinics in schools and communities, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Camp and an NBA experience trip.  Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA clinics have been implemented in 110 cities and municipalities across the country and the 2018 program will return to key provinces including Agusan Del Norte, Batangas, Benguet, Cavite, Misamis Oriental, and Negros Occidental.  Regional Selection Camps will be held in Bacolod (Feb. 10-11), Butuan (Feb. 24-25), Baguio (March 17-18) and Metro Manila (April 7-8), with the top 37 boys and 37 girls advancing for the National Training Camp in Manila in May 2018, which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend.  The program will culminate with the selection of 16 Jr. NBA All-Stars, comprised of eight boys and eight girls, who will embark on an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.  Prior editions of the Jr. NBA Philippines program have featured notable alumni including Aljon Mariano, Kobe Paras, Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Ricci Rivero, and Kai Sotto.  “For the past 10 years, Jr.  NBA Philippines has established itself as a platform to improve the youth basketball experience and promote an active and healthy lifestyle among the Filipino youth,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.  “Together with Alaska, we are committed to providing proper guidelines to how the game should be played and taught to more youth, coaches and parents in the country.” “As part of our long-standing partnership with the NBA, Alaska Milk Corporation is proud to play an active role in shaping the basketball players of tomorrow through good nutrition and proper life values,” said Alaska Milk Corporation Marketing Director Blen Fernando.  “We look forward to making a lasting impact on the lives of aspiring athletes on and off the court through the Jr. NBA program.” The 2018 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines will also include the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year program, led by Jr. NBA Head Coaches Carlos Barroca and Alaska Power Camp Coach Jeff Cariaso, to provide training for 14 Jr. NBA coaches during the National Training Camp, with two Jr. NBA Coaches of the Year awarded with an NBA experience trip.   Jr. NBA Philippines furthers the mission of Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that highlights the nutritional benefits of milk, encourages physical activity through play, and instills values that are essential to becoming a champion.   AXA, CloudFone, Gatorade and Panasonic serve as Official Partners of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines, while Spalding is a Supporting Partner.  ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines.  Coaches and participants can now register the Jr. NBA program online at, where the program terms and conditions can be found.  Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at and on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit and follow PlayPH at and on Facebook and Twitter. About the NBA The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV,, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.4 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes. About Alaska Milk According to the 8th National Survey of FNRI and DOH (as of 2013), obesity is one of the most prevalent nutritional problems of Filipino children and adults, with about 5 out of 100 Filipino children being classified as overweight. Obesity can lead to different health problems like heart diseases and even diabetes at a young age, which could lead to serious health, economic and social implications later on in life. In line with Alaska Milk’s mission to bring affordable nutrition and a love of active play to every Filipino household, powering the Jr. NBA is a major part of Alaska’s “NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION.” initiative. By highlighting milk’s nutritional benefits and encouraging children to go out and play, Alaska consistently works to instill the values Determination, Hard Work, Teamwork, Discipline and Sportsmanship in tomorrow’s champions......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

NUJP slams impunity in crimes vs journalists

THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) lamented the culture of impunity in crimes committed against journalists in the country. Citing the 2017 Global Impunity Index data of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), NUJP director Nestor Burgos said the Philippines remains one of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the world. […] The post NUJP slams impunity in crimes vs journalists appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Nuggets, Bucks go against NBA’s guard-heavy grain

By Shaun Powell, They’ve become the must-have accessory in the NBA (just ahead of designer headphones and hoodie warmups), the one player no team can do without, the one player that no team seems to lack. Yes, quality point guards are a dime-a-dozen group now in the NBA. They’re populating the league in such abundance that the Phoenix Suns didn’t flinch when they told disgruntled starter Eric Bledsoe to stay home or the hair salon -- whichever he preferred. It’s hard to find a serious playoff contender that doesn’t have one (and some have two). And then there are the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks, who arguably have none. Partly by necessity and partly by choice, both teams are running their offenses through gifted big men and getting reasonably decent results. These two teams are building for a big run while also going against the NBA’s trend … and, by no coincidence, are the two most logical landing spots for Bledsoe in a trade. Pump the brakes, though. Neither seems to be in a rush because they’re weighing the merits of using young, non-traditional point guards as compliments to the centerpieces: Giannis Antetokoumnpo with the Bucks and Nikola Jokic with the Nuggets. Both are solid passers and act as triggers while their point guards orbit around them, defer to them and pick spots to command the ball. But when, if ever, will either team get cold feet and fall in line with the rest of the NBA? The Suns would like to know, but it could be a long wait if the Bucks get the right results from reigning Kia Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and the Nuggets likewise from Jamal Murray. Their teams are taking a wait-and-see approach with their development while leaning heavily on Antetokounmpo and Jokic’s respective playmaking. Their coaches are saying all the right things: Jason Kidd of the Bucks: “Malcolm knows how to play the right way. He’s getting better. We’re lucky to have him.” Michael Malone of the Nuggets: “I believe in him and [Murray] has to believe in himself.” Yet both coaches are acutely aware that Murray and Brogdon, because of their size, can also play off the ball. Murray, for one, might be better suited as a game-finisher anyway. Both teams are in play for Bledsoe or perhaps a veteran addition either at the trade deadline or in free agency next summer. Brogdon surprised the NBA in winning Rookie of the Year while Ben Simmons missed last season and Joel Embiid played only 31 games. Still, that doesn’t diminish what Brogdon delivered last season and his value to the Bucks now. He’s wiser than most NBA sophomores because he stayed all four years in college and, as a second-round pick, his sense of urgency and hunger was greater than that of lottery picks. Brogdon is a self-made grinder, a consistent player who rarely screws up and is already one of the Bucks’ better defenders. The Bucks know what they’re getting from him on a nightly basis. “I’m a lot more confident,” Brogdon said. “When you have a year of experience and also the experience of playing in the playoffs, it just makes a world of difference. I know what my role is. I feel I’ve found my niche with this team.” Yet, Brogdon’s four assists per game (in 32.1 minutes per game) ranks 38th among starting point guards mainly because of Antetokoumnpo, who handles the ball and runs the offense much like LeBron James does. Brogdon’s ability and willingness to blend with Antetokounmpo is helpful to a system that plays off the young superstar’s multiple skills. Giannis is off to an MVP-like start and the last thing the Bucks want to do is slow his roll. But Kidd also wants Brogdon to sharpen his point guard instincts as well. “We talked about it last year, understanding when it’s time to score, being able to play-make, understanding how to get a teammate a shot, just being consistent when learning how to run the show,” Kidd said. “He’s been able to run the offense and be a leader. “And really, it’s all about that, and understanding who hasn’t touched the ball. That’s what makes a point guard special in this league. Figure out how to get the ball to the right people at the right time. That’s the next step for Malcolm.” The Nuggets waited until the eve of the season to name their starter at point guard, although it was clear last year that Murray had pole position. He assumed the role late in the season from Emmanuel Mudiay (who started 55 games) and Jameer Nelson (40 starts) and kept the ball, starting seven games. That wasn’t the plan when the Nuggets took him No. 7 overall in the 2016 Draft. Mudiay was their point guard of the future and Murray, who didn’t play the position in college at Kentucky, was projected as a scoring guard. But Mudiay’s erratic shooting, limited range and inconsistent playmaking opened up the job, which Murray won almost by default after the Nuggets waived Nelson. Malone admitted that Muray’s edge on Mudiay, a superior athlete, was shooting. Malone wanted someone with deeper range next to Gary Harris to space the floor for Jokic and newcomer Paul Millsap. Problem is, Murray’s shooting (37.1 percent) has been Mudiay-like here in the early season. From Oct. 21-27, he missed 16 straight three-pointers and is making just 18.2 percent of his three-pointers (after shooting 33.4 percent in 2016-17). His defense remains an issue at times (100.6 Defensive Rating this season) and part of the Nuggets’ slow start could be pinpointed to Murray’s growing pains. “I think they drafted me for a reason,” Murray said. “I just go out there and play basketball. I’m not worried about missing. I just got to be thinking about the next shot.” Malone and the Nuggets are taking the long view and realize Murray, 20, is trying to master NBA point guard play on the fly. But if they’re anxious to make a significant move in the tough West this season, the Nuggets’ point guard position might need an upgrade at starter or backup. “He showed me he’s not afraid of the moment,” Malone said, who added that part of the learning experience for players such as Murray means to deal with the not-so-good days and “let them play through it.” The Nuggets and Bucks are hesitant to include Murray or Brogdon in trade talks for good reason: Both are on cheap rookie deals and are big parts of each team’s future. Teams rarely move players this quickly unless there’s a serious issue (think Chris Webber after his rookie season in Golden State) or a deal is too good to skip. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Nuggets are trying instead to unload Mudiay in a package to Phoenix and the Bucks are selling some combination of John Henson and Matthew Dellavedova. There’s risk, too, in acquiring Bledsoe himself. He went rogue with the Suns and teams usually shy away from players with flapping red flags. If he came to Milwaukee or Denver and didn’t mesh with Giannis or Jokic, it would be a disaster. Until further notice, the Bucks and Nuggets are good to go with the status quo. Teams can gawk all they want at their lack of a true point guard … and then deal with the sight of a 6’11” Antetokounmpo reaching the rim in three steps, or with the sight of 6’10” Jokic throwing Bill Walton-like backdoor passes from the key. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Philippines second least peaceful nation in Asia-Pacific

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines remains among the least peaceful countries in the world, according to an annual peace index......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 6th, 2017

Will Abueva play for Gilas next week?

The Beast 2.0 might see action with Gilas Pilipinas after all. The thought of Calvin Abueva being reinstated to the national team has been floated around Tuesday and the Alaska star is ready to make the most out of his second chance if he does make the cut for the Philippines' upcoming games against Australia and Japan next week. "Sa akin nga, ginagawa ko lang yung best ko dito. Sayang rin na mag-skip ka sa second window kaya mahalaga sa akin ito," Abueva said. Abueva was previously taken out of the pool for the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers after missing thre straight practices. But now, it appears that Abueva is back in play for Gilas Pilipinas' February games. However, head coach Chot Reyes says the Beast's status basically remains the same now and that is he's part of the pool but he's still out of the games for next week. "He’s still part of the pool. He continues to come and practice as part of the pool, just like everybody else here. So we haven’t made any decisions either way because we’re still assessing the injury status of the other guys so we’re not yet in a position to make any final decisions or determinations sa lineup." he said. "We took him out of the consideration for the second window, but he has remained part of the pool. And I’ve always said: people can play themselves into consideration, into the pool and out of the pool, or out of consideration. There’s no change there. Wag tayo excited," Reyes added. Still, Abueva will continue to work his way back to Gilas. "Actually, kung ano ang pinapakita ko ngayon, yung best na pinakita ko, kung ano yung sa first window, ganun pa rin. Kulang kulang ang mga players, may mga injured, kung mapasama ako, malaking bagay sa akin yun. Dodoblehin ko yung effort ko," he said. "Yung sa akin naman, opportunity ito tulad nung sinabi niya nung una. Pero ayun. Tinanggap ko yun [desisyon ni coach Chot] ng buo, kung ano ang mangyari, pero ngayon, bumaliktad ang mundo at ganto kaya sobrang saya ko," Abueva added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Youth group, students slam CHEd for impending tuition hike

        Dozens of youth and students trooped to the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on Fridayto condemn the impending increase of tuition and other school fees (TOSF) in about 400 higher educational institutions (HEIs) nationwide.   The protesters, led by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), also denounced the continuing collection of TOSF in state universities and colleges (SUC).   "Due to this Commission's inutility, private HEIs have freedom to increase TOSF without any disapproval from the government, while SUCs still find ways to collect TOSF despite having a free education law in place," said Raoul...Keep on reading: Youth group, students slam CHEd for impending tuition hike.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Happiest countries have high levels of internet freedom — study

It appears that countries with high levels of internet freedom also have a high happiness score, according to research by a Europeanvirtual private network service. Using information from the World Bank, United Nations and the 2016 Freedom House annual internet study, Buffered VPN found that 7 of the top 15 countries for happiness also rank in the top 15 for internet freedom. Iceland is the top-ranking country in both categories, and Canada isn't far behind. Most of the top countries in both categories are highly developed. Happiness Index and broadband speed The countries with the fastest internet are also the happiest. Countries with the highest in both categories c...Keep on reading: Happiest countries have high levels of internet freedom — study.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas remains world champ via TKO in rousing U.S. debut

MANILA, Philippines – Jerwin Ancajas made the 4th successful defense of his IBF junior bantamweight world title with a 10th round technical knockout of Israel Gonzalez on Saturday, February 3 (Sunday, February 4 in Manila) at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 knockouts) of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

Philippines slips in economic freedom rankings

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines slipped three notches in the Heritage Foundation 2018 Index of Economic Freedom (IEF) due to lower scores for governmen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

Report: Weak rule of law drags down Philippine economic freedom ranking

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines remains as a “moderately free” country in terms of economic freedom, with the nation’s weak rule of law outpacing impro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

PH drop in world ranking on rule of law index? It’s just perception says Palace

        Malacaang said on Saturday that the Philippines' huge drop in the world ranking on the adherence to the rule of law was a perception not based on reality.   The Philippines dropped significantly in the recent World Justice Project (WJP) 2017-2018 Rule of Law Index, falling 18 places to 88th out of 113 countries.   "Pero sa akin po parang iyan po ay perception na wala namang base sa reyalidad," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing.   (For me, that is a perception not based on reality.)   "Hindi ko po sinasabi na perpekto ang ating criminal justice system. Mahina po talaga, tal...Keep on reading: PH drop in world ranking on rule of law index? It’s just perception says Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

International jurists concerned by proposed tweak to Charter’s free expression provision

A global organization of judges and lawyers has warned the House of Representatives against adopting a proposed amendment to the Constitutional provision covering freedom of expression and the press, saying this “would bring the Philippines into breach of its international human rights obligations.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

WORLD JUSTICE PROJECT | PH falls hardest out of 113 countries in terms of adherence to rule of law

Since the WJP Rule of Law Index in October 2016, the Philippines dropped 18 positions to rank 88th out of 113 countries......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

‘Engrandeng Panlimbong’ ni Jun Ledesma

Mga Sulat Gikan Davao:  HUMAN NASAKPAN ang Rappler pinaagi sa iyang presidente, si Maria Rissa, nga nagduwaduwa sa usa ka mahihunungdanon ug batakang prinsipyo sa Konstitusyon sa Pilipinas nga nagamando nga ang media sa Pilipinas kinahanglan nga siento porsyento panag-iyahon sa mga Pilipino, ang Securities and Exchange Commission ning-order sa pagsira niini. Gibandera sa Rappler ang pagpaka-aron-ingnon nga siento porsyento siyang gipanag-iya sa mga Pilipino apan ninggawas gihapon ang baho nga nidawat siya og puhunan gikan sa Omidyar Network nga nailhan na kaayo sa iyang baho nga kusog mosabotahe sa mga pangulo sa nasud nga dili magpa-itoy-itoy sa America. Ningsulay ang Rappler og pamakak pinaagi sa pagdiklarar nga ang mga resibo (Philippine Deposit Receipts o PDRs) nga iyang gi-isyu ngadto sa ON para sa nadawat nga kwarta para sa philantropiya o hinabang sa programang pangkatawhan ug dili kapital-puhunan. Ang resulta sa maong pagpamakak ning-unlod na hinoon og samot sa Rappler sa mas lawom pa sa danawan nga puno og tae tungod kay ang PDRs sa tinud-anay lang mga papeles nga panggamit sa negosyo. Sa dihang wa mailad ang SEC, si Ressa ningsulay na sab og palusot pinaagi sa pag-ingon nga si Omidyar ningbiya sa iyang katungod sa pagbabag sa mga desisyon nga wa niya mauyoni (waiver of veto power). Ang nakaparat niini para sa Rappler kay wa gihapon mopasar kining waiver kay sa paghiling sa SEC, papel ni nga way nada kay dili man notaryado.      Sa dihang nahutdan na og mga galamiton sa pagpanlimbong, nag-amok na lang si Ma. Ressa sa dihang gideliver na ang orden sa pagsira sa Rappler. Lupig pa ang tawo nga giangkon og demonyo sa iyang pagsininggit nga ang iyang kagawasan gisugpo ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte mismo. Ang iyang partner nga si Pia Ranada nagsininggit gihapon nga siya kulongon sa mga military ni Duterte.  Tataw kaayo nga ang maong pasundayag nga mora og hingyawaan usa ka pamaagi sa pagtago sa kalapasang criminal nga ilang nahimo ug pagpintal sa Rappler ug sa mga staff niini nga gipangulohan ni Ressa nga biktima sa panglupig ug sa rehimeng diktador ni Duterte. Sukwahi sa ilang pamahayag nga nawad-an sila og katungod sa pamahayag, ningsamot hinoon og kakusog ang kagahob sa Rappler sa iyang way lipud-lipod nga ataki nga ang gitira si Pangulong Duterte mismo. Nangulo si Ressa og usa ka Black Friday Movement nga ginasuportahan sab sa maihap lang sa tudlo nga mga estudyante sa eskuylahan nga hain pa kundili sa University of the Philippines ug ang naanad na sa pagkatabian ug pagkasabaan nga  mga loyalista sa nagtinga na nga Partido Liberal nga gipangulohan ni Bise Presidente Leni Robredo. Ningsalmot si UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard ug ang iyang lokal nga katugbang nga si Chito Gascon sa pagsaway sa administrasyong Duterte sa pagsugpo sa kagawasan sa prensa o freedom of the press. Ang ubang mga grupo sa langyawng media ningsalmot sab tungod sa halata ug kadedusohan nga rason.          Kataw-anan ang ilang mga yagawyaw. Si Robredo nagwarning nga ang pagsira sa Rappler simtoma sa mangitngit nga kaugmaon sa nasud. Ang mga batan-ong delingkwente sa UP Diliman campus ningsalmot sa way hinungdan nga mga asembleya uban ang mga placards nga nagsaway kang Pangulong Duterte ug sa iyang “makadaot nga mga pwersa nga nagpadayon og pamaligya og mga bakak aron paghatag og pangatarongan sa ilang panglupig ug diktadurya.” Mo-absin sila sa ilang mga klase aron moatubang sa mga camera sa TV arong mangataki kang Pangulong Duterte nga way pagpakabana sa ekselente nga grado nga gihatag sa Katawhang Pilipino kaniya sumala sa Social Weather Statuon ug Pulse Asia ilabi na gayud sa malahutayong pagsalig ug popularidad sa tawong ilahang gikastigo nga walay kahumanan. Wa man hinooy nagtagad sa ilang isyu bahin sa panglupig kuno ug diktadurya kuno samtang ang World Bank hapit supak sa buot nga nagdiklarar nga ang “DDS ningpatay sa demokrasya sa Pilipinas apan wa nila mapatay ang malagsik nga ekonomiya sa nasud”. Ang Forbes, usa ka magasin nga internasyonal nga ginabasa sa mga magpapatigayon, nangutlo sab gikan sa diklarasyon sa World Bank nga nagkanayon sa iyang Global Economic Prospects nga ang “Pilipinas ilawom sa administrasyong Duterte ang ikanapulo nga pinakapaspas nga nagtubo nga ekonomiya sa tibuuk kalibutan”! Dakong tamparos ang maong statistics sa nawong ni Bise Presidente Robredo nga nagpabilin nga “incurable pessimist” bisan sa mga numero nga dili kamaong mamakak. Nagpadayon siya og tan-aw sa kaugmaon sa Pilipinas pinaagi sa antipara nga dagtom og kolor. Nakalimot siya nga siya ang Bise Presidente ug tungod niini angay nga magsaulog sa mga nakab-ot sa nasud. Bahin kang Maria Ressa, wa gyud niya tagda ang diklarasyon sa Forbes ug sa World Bank. Tingali tungod sa sobra nga pagkalain kay si Robredo mora og nawala sa panahon ug nabutaan sa lunlon ug sobra nga pamolitika ug negativismo, si Propesor Clarita Carlos sa Political Science ug tigtuki sa politika mipadangat og mensahe nga Iningles nga lima lang ka pulong ang sulod nga kun hubaron nagkanayon nga “Si Pangulong Duterte ningpalihok sa Pilipinas nga paabante”. Ngadto sa mga ning-ataki kang Duterte tungod sa iyang pagputol sa pusod nga sumpay sa America, ang tubag ni Propesor Carlos mao kini: “Giliwag ni Duterte ang Pilipinas gikan sa naandan na nga foreign policy” samtang “iyang gihulma ang nasudnong interes pinaagi sa paglatid ug pagsubay sa iyang kaugalingong dalan sa foreign policy”. Bilib kaayo si Propesor Carlos kang Duterte tungod sa iyang pamulitika nga modasdas gyud ug walay kukahadlok.    Makaluluoy kaayo nga samtang ang Pilipinas ningsaka na og pipila ka ang-ang sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Philippines in middle cluster of Human Freedom Index

WASHINGTON – The Philippines has landed in 71st place among 159 countries ranked in a new Human Freedom Index (HFI) that presents a broad measure of personal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

PH ranking in global rule of law index sinks under Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Rule of law in the Philippines deteriorated significantly since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power, according to the newly-released World Justice Project Rule of Law Index . The Philippines dropped to rank 88th out of 113 countries or 18 places down from 70th in the 2016 index. It scored 0.47, a far ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018