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The surprise? Jover Laurio’s boyfriend is a Duterte supporter

  Jover Laurio said she was in Makati and could spare a few hours, so we gladly suggested to meet up at Wokby, a bar in Poblacion, with a friend, Teddy Montelibano. Jover is the unassuming lady behind the popular Pinoy Ako Blog (PAB), who single-handedly takes on the social media propagandists. Recently the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) interviewed her regarding the online bullying she suffered at the hands of Dutertards. One of those fanatics went to the extent of accosting BBC Southeast Asia correspondent Jonathan Head during the Asean Summit in Manila, berating the reporter for giving importance to "a very minor blogger" like Jover. Raucous laughter filled the ...Keep on reading: The surprise? Jover Laurio’s boyfriend is a Duterte supporter.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 19th, 2017

Duterte supporter readies libel case vs Pinoy Ako Blog writer

MANILA, Philippines — Newspaper columnist Sass Rogando Sasot has gathered donations for a libel case she plans to file against Jover Laurio, the government c.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Edsa fake news? Asec Mocha Uson chided for online post

Was the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolt the product of fake news? Assistant Presidential Communications Secretary Mocha Uson had the audacity to ask her followers on social media this question on Sunday. Recognizing the Edsa Revolution, President Duterte called it the "symbol of our determination to fight for what is right." A law even declared its anniversary a holiday and created a commission to propagate its spirit. Posted at 2:24 a.m. on Feb. 25 --- the 32nd anniversary of the uprising that was hailed worldwide for its peaceful nature --- Uson's poll quickly drew a pushback from netizens, including Jover Laurio's Pinoy Ako Blog, and from Malacaang. Presidential spokespe...Keep on reading: Edsa fake news? Asec Mocha Uson chided for online post.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Anti-Duterte blogger publishes book of ‘resibo’

MANILA, Philippines – One of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s staunchest critics online, Jover Laurio , launched on Saturday, January 6, a book compiling her top blogs in 2017. Laurio, who is behind the controversial Pinoy Ako Blog, wrote a book entitled, Resibo, which includes her top 100 blogs from her 850 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Netizens slam Mocah Uson ‘sneak preview’ on federalism campaign

A “sneak preview” of a federalism campaign video by Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and a fellow Duterte supporter has incurred the ire of netizens but which Uson claimed was “edited to draw the attention of people away from the importance of the issue.” The Facebook post by the parody page “Malacañang Events and Catering [...] The post Netizens slam Mocah Uson ‘sneak preview’ on federalism campaign appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Twitter and FB reacts to Gloria Arroyo’s sudden oath-taking as House Speaker

In one of today's most dramatic and head-scratching moments, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo suddenly replaced current House of Representative Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez---with no context, heads up, and even a proper audio set-up. Most of the TV commenters say that the surprise oath-taking was probably a lot more memorable compared to Pres. Duterte's 47-minute speech. And we totally agree, especially now that she's officially the new House Speaker. The reactions and memes alone can fuel us for the rest of the week---or at least until Hump Day. In that light, we roundup the funniest and even series reactions found on Twitter, Facebook, and everything in between. Gloria is really...Keep on reading: Twitter and FB reacts to Gloria Arroyo’s sudden oath-taking as House Speaker.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

A pleasant surprise or boring Duterte SONA 2018?

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's latest State of the Nation Address (SONA) is a departure from the norm, but is it a good or a bad change? Analysts and observers had different takes on his shortest SONA so far. For veteran journalist and Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug, it was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

'BabaeAko movement finds new supporter in Rosario Dawson

MANILA, Philippines – #BabaeAko, the movement against the sexist behavior of President Rodrigo Duterte, has a new supporter: Rosario Dawson. Rosario is an American actress who has appeared in various films and television shows such as Seven Pounds, Rent, and Jane the Virgin. She currently plays Claire Temple in Netflix's Marvel ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 14th, 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

SSS raises P1.3B via restructuring scheme

Social Security System (SSS) gained P1.31 billion during the first three months of its Loan Restructuring Program, already breaching the target and helping shore up the state-run pension fund's revenue as it struggles to finance the pension hike approved by President Duterte. In a statement, president and chief executive Emmanuel F. Dooc said that from April to June, SSS condoned over P3.35 billion in unpaid loans from 200,960 members. "When we launched the second Loan Restructuring Program in April, we expected to attract 250,000 availees but to our surprise, we've already breached the 200,000-mark in just three months of implementation, and we still have nearly three months to ac...Keep on reading: SSS raises P1.3B via restructuring scheme.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

I want to be proven wrong on the Duterte Killings

I really would want to be proven wrong about the killings inspired by Rodrigo Duterte. That may come as a surprise to his supporters who've read my criticisms of Duterte. But it's true. I would want it to be untrue that thousands have been killed in a brutal campaign purportedly to end drug use in the country. I would want it to be untrue that the so-called antidrug campaign has created a terrifying culture of violence and impunity. I want to be made to realize that the Duterte Killings did not happen, are not happening. And if ever that day comes, I would not think twice about writing a column admitting I was wrong, declaring that it is absolute not true that thousands of peopl...Keep on reading: I want to be proven wrong on the Duterte Killings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Why blogger’s defense of Chinese actions on Scarborough is confusing

Despite a video showing otherwise, a popular blogger identified with the Duterte administration challenged the allegations of piracy against the Chinese coast guard that stopped Filipino fishermen near Scarborough Shoal. Sass Rogando Sasot, a vocal supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte who runs the Facebook page “For the Motherland,” claimed that only crimes defined by the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Lone woman in JBC interviews says Duterte ‘not an enemy of women’

The sole woman in the pool of six applicants who were interviewed for a Supreme Court (SC) post on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte was “not an enemy of women” but a supporter and defender of women. Source link link: Lone woman in JBC interviews says Duterte ‘not an enemy of women’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Duterte, Bong Go’s ‘surprise appearance’ at Toycon

Leaders Rodrigo Duterte, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as well as Duterte's trusty aide, Bong Go, make an appearance at Toy Conference......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Total revamp needed at OGCC, OSG

The decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to fire Rudolf Philip Jurado as chief of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) did not come as a surprise to many. It appears that Jurado was fired for allegedly issuing a legal opinion allowing a 75-year lease agreement to a casino operator within the Aurora Pacific […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. 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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Facebook suspends account of Pinoy Ako Blog s Jover Laurio

MANILA, Philippines – Jover Laurio's latest pledge: #IWillNotBeSilent. The blogger behind the popular Pinoy Ako Blog turned to Twitter after her personal Facebook account was suspended on Thursday, May 24. She believes trolls triggered the suspension by creating a fake account under her name, then mass reporting her real account as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Duterte admin opts to ‘set aside’ critical issues on maritime row, avoid upsetting China

Malacaang has maintained its position not to antagonize China, as it chose to set aside contentious issues over Manila's maritime dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea.   "We will move on issues we can agree upon and set aside contentious issues for now," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.   Roque's statement came as China lands bomber planes in the South China Sea and deployed missiles in Philippine-claimed reefs in the West Philippines Sea.   Roque said recent developments in the South China Sea should not come as a surprise.   "Ang perspektibo ng Malacaang ay wala pong bago dito, lahat po 'yan nangyari na,...Keep on reading: Duterte admin opts to ‘set aside’ critical issues on maritime row, avoid upsetting China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Duterte doubles prize for top teams in Philippine National Games 2018

CEBU CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte compensated for his much delayed arrival with a welcome surprise at the opening ceremonies of the Philippine National Games (PNG) held at the Cebu City Sports Center on Saturday, May 19. Duterte doubled the cash prize of the top performing teams, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Duterte says Mahathir winning Malaysian polls is no surprise

Mahathir Mohamad. AP file photo DAVAO CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said the victory of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in the recently concluded elections in Malaysia was not surprising at all......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Duterte to DOT chief: Don’t be corrupt

After accepting her surprise appointment as tourism secretary on Tuesday, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said her first instruction from President Duterte was: “Just don’t be corrupt.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018