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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 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 nanhai.haiwainet.cn 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

Duterte to rehearse for SONA 2018 on July 22 - Rappler

Duterte to rehearse for SONA 2018 on July 22 - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated News14 min. ago

Duterte to rehearse for SONA 2018 on July 22

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will devote Sunday, July 22, to rehearsals for his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) happening the day after, on Monday, July 23. "Rehearsals of the President for the SONA will be on Sunday," reads a message from Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News1 hr. 13 min. ago

Duterte made fewer public appearances, fewer trips abroad in 2018

(Editor's Note: President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his third State of the Nation Address [Sona] on July 23. The Inquirer looks back at promises he made in Sona 2016 and Sona 2017, and how he and his administration performed on those promises. We will also look at major issues that marked his two years in office in our #Sona2018 series.) President Rodrigo Duterte reduced his public appearances, went on fewer foreign trips, and enjoyed more work-free weekends during his second year in office. He appeared at 493 events from July 1 last year to June 30, according to data from the website of Presidential Broadcast Staff Radio-Television Malacaang. During his first year in office,...Keep on reading: Duterte made fewer public appearances, fewer trips abroad in 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News12 hr. 0 min. ago

PBA: After ordeal, Jeron Teng happy to be helping Alaska on the court again

Monday night in their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Game 2 loss to San Miguel, Jeron Teng finished with 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 21 minutes for the Alaska Aces. And while it was a loss that pushed Alaska to the brink of elimination, head coach Alex Compton saw a bit of a silver lining in Teng’s performance. “I thought he did a great job. It's been a crazy time for Jeron but for him to start to get his timing back and play more, be in better shape, I don't think you would think that Jeron got stabbed a month ago and we'd be worried about his life at the hospital.” A little over a month ago, Teng, along with former DLSU teammates Thomas Torres and Norbert Torres were involved in a scuffle that led to all three getting deep lacerations.  Teng’s perfomance in Game 2 was his best since the unfortunate incident. “If you watched the game and didn't know the situation, you would have never thought that that happened. To be able to play 21 minutes and mix it up, I thought it was great.” Compton added. Indeed, it has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Teng, but more than anything, he’s just thankful to be on the floor and contributing again. “Well siyempre, after the incident, sarap lang talaga maglaro ng basketball ulit, I’m just happy I’m back again, playing and helping my teammates.” And while he did put up solid numbers, Teng believes that he could do more, especially now that their backs are against the wall. “Next game lang, we just have to play better. I have to play better parin kasi siyempre we lost, may mga points of improvement pa ako from this game, and it’s another experience from me.” As thankful as he was to be back on the court again, Teng also expressed his gratitude to the Alaska organization, who has been with him through all of this. “Siyempre it feels great, with the incident, the whole Alaska organization was behind me talaga, they supported me, they visited me, even si Boss [Wilfred] Uytengsu and yung mga coaches, they visited me in the hospital and they’re really supportive with what happened and the case na on-going, so sobrang thankful ko talaga sa kanila, sa buong Alaska organization.” Now, with the bitter memories of that fateful night in BGC behind him, Teng is just hungry to win and hopefully to help his team to a title. “Ako, gustong-gusto ko talaga maka-abot ng finals eh, mag-champion.” For Teng, a title would help remove the sting of the ordeal. “After ng incident, siguro pag nag-champion kami, makakalimutan ko na yun.” It’s going to be an uphill battle for Teng and the Aces to even come close to a finals berth however, as they’re now down 2-0 in a best-of-five series against the defending champions. Teng and the Aces face San Miguel in Game 3 on Wednesday, July 18th at the Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

10 things to expect at Duterte& apos;s SONA 2018 - Rappler

10 things to expect at Duterte's SONA 2018 - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Sara Duterte attending SONA 2018

MANILA, Philippines – At least one member of President Rodrigo Duterte's family will be present at his State of the Nation Address (SONA) next Monday, July 23. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio confirmed to Rappler on Monday, July 16, that she will be attending the SONA. Inday Sara, as she ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

10 things to expect at Duterte’s SONA 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The nation will be watching as President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 23. Duterte’s 3rd SONA is set to be a historic one, with the President expected to sign the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law  in the morning, just ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

‘Surprise’ in SONA 2018 can be expected, but it’s not ‘no-el’ –PCOO Asec

A surprise awaits the public when President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address on July 23, according to an official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). Source link link: ‘Surprise’ in SONA 2018 can be expected, but it’s not ‘no-el’ –PCOO Asec.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Stricter security for Duterte s 3rd SONA

Stricter security for Duterte s 3rd SONA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Duterte urges cops to observe maximum tolerance

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to exercise maximum tolerance in dealing with protesters during his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

PBA: Magnolia beats SMB but Hotshots still stuck with 7th seed

At least the Hotshots are on a winning streak heading into the playoffs. Magnolia beat defending champion San Miguel Saturday at the Big Dome, 101-97, but the Hotshots are still stuck with the no. 7 seed in the 2018 PBA Commissioner' Cup. In order to avoid a playoff disadvantage, Magnolia needed to win by at least 14 points. They were 10 points short. Thus, Magnolia (6-5) will have Alaska (8-3) for the quarterfinals starting Monday with the Aces holding a twice-to-beat advantage. The Beermen (6-5) are relegated to the no. 6 seed and will face no. 3 TNT (8-3) in a best-of-3 quarterfinals.  SMB-TNT of course, is a rematch from the 2017 Finals. "Very happy pa rin ako because it affords us momentum going to the playoffs," head coach Chito Victolero said. "Pag nanalo ka naman laging masaya eh. Di mo naman pwedeng sabihin na nanalo kami, di pa kami masaya," he added. Magnolia recovered from an early 11-point deficit to frustrate the champs. The Hotshots took an eight-point lead in the middle of the fourth, which was enough of a cushion to hold on for the win in the end. Wayne Chism led the way with 21 points as he moves to 2-0 in his short Magnolia stint so far. Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang added 14 points each for the Hotshots. San Miguel got 31 points from Renaldo Balkman but it was not enough.   The Scores: Magnolia (101): Chism 21, Lee 14, Sangalang 14, Barroca 11, Herndon 10, Jalalon 9, Melton 8, Brondial 5, Dela Rosa 4, Simon 3, Gamalinda 2, Reavis 0, Ramos 0 San Miguel (97): Balkman 31, Fajardo 18, Santos 13, Lassiter 12, Ross 9, Cabagnot 9, Nabong 5, Rosser 0, Heruela 0 Quarter scores: 29-27, 45-44, 78-76, 101-97   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Jayson Castro asks for time to ‘recover,’ skips TNT’s final elims game

Jayson Castro missed TNT's final elimination round game in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup against Rain or Shine to rest, as per his head coach Nash Racela. According to Racela, Castro had to take a time off to "recover" from the brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers last Monday. "He needed time to recover. Jayson talked to me before the game. He was asking for some rest," Racela told reporters on Saturday after the game. READ:Gilas players say sorry for failing to keep emotions in check leading to brawl Castro played a significant role in the free-for-all as he was seen punching Aussie big man Daniel Kickert in the face. The veteran point gua...Keep on reading: Jayson Castro asks for time to ‘recover,’ skips TNT’s final elims game.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

What Duterte s economic team did not say during the pre-SONA 2018 forum

  MANILA, Philippines– The government’s Economic Development Cluster and Infrastructure Cluster held a forum on Friday, July 6, to highlight the efforts and accomplishments of the administration in the economy for 2017.  The talk on Friday – the first of a series called “Tatak ng Pagbabago: Tatak ng Pag-unlad” – featured Finance Secretary ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Duterte s SONA 2018 will be straight from the heart

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will have more time to express his personal sentiments in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA), Malacañang said on Thursday, July 5. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said  in a Palace news briefing that the conduct of "pre-SONA briefings" to report on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018