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When Protectors are Offenders, and the Discriminated are Defenders

Fascism and fanatic loyalty to the president are the order of the police, instead of serving Filipinos, and protecting their welfare with integrity. .....»»

Category: newsSource: pinoyweekly pinoyweeklyJun 30th, 2020

SUPER SHOWDOWN: Perps Bright vs UP Bright

Shine bright like a diamond. Safe to say, Bright Akhuetie has done just that in his five-year collegiate career. The Nigerian powerhouse has done just about everything outside of winning a championship as he has been MVP as well as a pillar for the rise of the University of the Philippines in the UAAP. Prior to transferring to Diliman, Akhuetie was just as much of a force in Las Pinas as he had been a member of the NCAA Mythical Team all while being at the forefront of University of Perpetual Help's continued contention. For sure, the 6-foot-8 big man has made a big impact either as an Alta or a Fighting Maroon. If you could choose, however, which version of Akhuetie would you want to have on your side - the new kid on the block once likened to LeBron James or the steady MVP who never let his community down? That is exactly what we try to determine in ABS-CBN Sports' Super Showdown. In studying the player he was and the player he is, we will be comparing them in five categories (offense, athleticism, defense, health, and leadership) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. OFFENSE The Akhuetie of today is a more well-rounded offensive weapon than the Akhuetie of yesterday. UP's version has polished post moves and could either back down on defenders or take them off the dribble - and once near the rim, he's pretty much automatic as he made good on 59.2-percent of his inside baskets in UAAP 81. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Statistics used from here on out will be UAAP 81 for UP Bright which was his MVP season while Perps Bright will be based on NCAA 92, his year on the Mythical Team.) Akhuetie has never been much of an outside shooter, but he has become a threat even from the perimeter because he could now make plays for his teammates off the dribble as kickout passes made up most of his 2.3 assists per game. On the other hand, Perps' version, more often than not, relied on overwhelming athleticism for his offense. Back then, he was pretty clearly only newly mined iron that was yet to be forged into a sword. Advantage UP Bright, 10-9 ATHLETICISM Speaking of overwhelming athleticism, however, we would need one play - and just one play - to explain why Perps' Akhuetie wins out here. Yes, that is him taking a beautiful pass from Scottie Thompson and turning it into a thunderous throwdown even with Ola Adeogun right there with him. Just in case you have forgotten, the wide-bodied, 6-foot-8 Adeogun is one of the most intimidating rim protectors collegiate basketball has ever seen - and he was at the wrong end of a poster by Akhuetie. Nowadays, it has become a rare sight for UP's man in the middle to take flight. Advantage Perps Bright, 10-8 DEFENSE In the same way that Akhuetie running right at you is a terrifying thought as a defender, so is Akhuetie standing his ground at the other end. His leaping ability also translated to defense to the tune of 1.7 blocks per game for Perps - as compared to his 0.9 per game for UP. As the years have gone by, valuable experience has allowed Akhuetie to be more of a menace in the passing lanes and his 1.2 steals as a Maroon are way better than the 0.6 he had as an Alta. Still, the Perps version had much quicker feet that let him better stay in front of his opponents - something that the UP version would not be able to say. Advantage Perps Bright, 10-9 HEALTH However, if only Akhuetie's lower body didn't give him a tough time in maroon and green, he would most probably remain an all-around force - as unstoppable on offense as he is immovable on defense. While he didn't miss any games in his two years in UP, he did have to fight through various injuries. Most famous was his troublesome left knee which even delayed tip-off of Game 2 of the Finals by 10 minutes. For comparison, he played all games for Perps from 2015 to 2016 and was not slowed down by any knee or foot pain. Of course, the heavier minutes as a Fighting Maroon - 31.3 as opposed to 27.2 as an Alta - had something to do with that. Still, a fully healthy, full-strength Akhuetie for UP would always be a what if. Advantage Perps Bright, 10-9 LEADERSHIP Akhuetie has always been vocal - from his very first Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Tournament in Perps to UP's most recent tournament which was the Philippine Collegiate Champions League. While his partnership with Thompson as well as Prince Eze and the Altas' Cinderella run in NCAA 92 when they almost upset eventual champion San Beda University in the semis were all impressive, they still paled in comparison to what he has done for UP. In his first year in Diliman, a 21-year playoff drought and a 32-year Finals absence came to a close. And he helped the Fighting Maroons do so all while being the frontrunner in the race for top individual player and, in the end, became the school's first MVP since Eric Altamirano in the '80s. From Paul Desiderio and Juan Gomez de Liano in Year 1 to Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero in Year 2, Akhuetie has also made sure to tailor-fit his game to his teammates - a telltale sign of maturity. Advantage UP Bright 10-8 FINAL SCORE, 47-46 for Perps Bright.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

Bayan Muna seeks dismissal of red-tagging general

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA– A progressive lawmaker is seeking the dismissal of a ranking military general notoriously known for red-tagging human rights defenders, journalists, and critics of the Duterte administration. In a 32-page complaint submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman, Bayan Muna Carlos Zarate said the respondent Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade… The post Bayan Muna seeks dismissal of red-tagging general appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Patriots owner s prostitution case heads to appellate court

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with twice buying sex from massage parlor prostitutes will attempt to save their case this week by arguing to an appeals court that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video-recorded him in the act. Prosecutors will tell the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal during an online hearing Tuesday that a county judge erred when he invalidated the January 2019 search warrant allowing police to install secret cameras at Orchids of Asia spa as part of an alleged sex trafficking investigation. The judge said the warrant didn’t sufficiently protect the privacy of innocent customers who received legal massages, and he barred the videos’ use at trial as well as testimony about what they showed. If the ruling stands, it will deal a fatal blow to the prosecution's case. “Mr. Kraft's guilt is a virtual certainty” and he has no right to benefit from any possible mistakes police made involving innocent customers, Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa wrote in court documents. Kraft's attorneys vehemently disagreed, arguing that if the three-justice panel allows the videos' use, “civil liberties cherished in Florida and beyond” will be endangered. “If the state wins this appeal, then everyone loses, not just the accused,” attorney Frank Shepherd wrote. “Government could run roughshod over privacy and constitutional rights while evading scrutiny.” The Jupiter police recordings led to misdemeanor charges against Kraft and two dozen other alleged Orchids of Asia customers. The spa owners and some employees are charged with prostitution-related felonies. Most cases are in limbo while the appeals are heard. If prosecutors can’t use the videos, they would almost certainly dismiss any misdemeanor charges awaiting trial. Some defendants took plea deals but Kraft refused. The felony cases could proceed, as those have other evidence besides the videos. Kraft, a 79-year-old widower and part-time Palm Beach resident, has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. He faces a possible one-year jail sentence if convicted, but would likely receive a fine, community service and other sanctions. Kraft, whom Forbes Magazine ranks as the 82nd richest American with a worth of almost $7 billion, is employing several high-priced attorneys to fight the charges. DeSousa submitted several arguments against Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser's ruling. Among them: — The warrant is valid because police minimized any privacy invasion by having only three detectives monitor video. Any further minimization, such as recording only snippets of each massage, would have made the investigation impossible. — Kraft illegally paid for sex and is lawfully covered by the warrant, even if the justices determine police violated innocent customers' privacy rights. — If the warrant is invalid, the detectives relied on it “in good faith” and a sanction banning the video is too extreme. Shepherd submitted several counterarguments for Kraft. They include: — Detectives' privacy protection efforts were insufficient because they recorded seminude men and women receiving legal massages, making the Kraft recordings also illegal. — Police had enough evidence to charge the spa owners with felonies without recording, making the cameras “wholly gratuitous." — The evidence detectives presented to obtain the magistrate's warrant approval was “deliberately misleading,” negating any argument they acted in good faith. The justices won’t immediately rule after the hearing; decisions usually takes weeks. The losing side will likely appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, which could accept the case or let the justices’ ruling stand. Authorities say the Orchids of Asia investigation was part of a multicounty probe into possible sex trafficking by spa owners who they believe brought women from China and elsewhere to work as prostitutes. About 300 people were charged with various felonies and misdemeanors, but no trafficking charges were pursued — prosecutors say they received no cooperation from masseuses whom they suspect were trafficked. According to police, Kraft's chauffeur drove him to Orchids of Asia on the evening of Jan. 19, 2019, where detectives recorded him engaging in a sex act with two women and then paying an undetermined amount in cash. Investigators said Kraft returned the next morning and engaged in recorded sex acts with a woman before paying with a $100 bill and another bill. Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs. His team then won the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership. Prosecutors offered to drop the charges if Kraft entered a diversion program for first-time offenders. That would include an admission he would be found guilty if the case went to trial, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attending a class on the dangers of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday on the court's YouTube channel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Yap recalls PBA& rsquo;s best defenders at his spot

Philippine Basketball Association star James Yap of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters named teammate Gabe Norwood, fellow University of the East product Ronald Tubid, and TNT KaTropa guard Ryan Reyes as the best defenders at his position in the league......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 21st, 2020

Police: No repeat offenders among 372 caught violating Lapu GCQ rules

CEBU CITY, Philippines — There were no repeat violators among the almost 400 individuals who were caught violating the general community quarantine (GCQ) measures implemented in Lapu-Lapu City. According to Police Colonel Clarito Baja, Lapu-lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) chief, all the individuals have only been reprimanded as what has been written on the city […] The post Police: No repeat offenders among 372 caught violating Lapu GCQ rules appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2020

Rights group asks DOJ to recommend veto of anti-terror bill

In a letter addressed to DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said the controversial anti-terrorism bill “can potentially further constrict the democratic and civic spaces in the Philippines and can have immense impact on the rights and civil liberties of human rights defenders and citizens.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2020

Risa: ‘Stop rape, victim-blaming’

Do not rape women. It was Senator Risa Hontiveros’ piece of advice to would-be offenders, as she stressed that victim-blaming should stop. “Here’s an effective anti-rape tip: Do not rape,” Hontiveros, chair of the Senate Committee on Women, wrote in a Twitter post. “If you are thinking of doing it, stop yourself,” she said. Her […] The post Risa: ‘Stop rape, victim-blaming’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 15th, 2020

EDITORIAL - Protecting the environment protectors

Palawan is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2020

Rudy Distrito’s miracle shot in Ginebra’s epic 1991 finals victory

It was a shot heard all over, and it came at the best, most emphatic time anyone could think of. While game winners can be as dramatic and euphoric as they can be, one particular shot in the dying seconds of Game 7 of the 1991 PBA First Conference was even more astounding. It was epic. And it came from one appropriate fella: the Destroyer, who really obliterated the Herculean advantage of the opponent with just one swish off a mind-boggling move into the paint. More than just a winning shot, it practically was an epic ending of his team’s frenzied and scintillating come-from-behind series clincher no one could ever thought was even possible. Troublemaker Before that game, the hotheaded Rudy Distrito was seen as a troublemaker. Who can’t forget his antics and skirmishes on court, brandishing a despicable on-court persona with his notorious trash talk and rugged, and sometimes harmful, play? But even if he had this not so pleasant reputation, Distrito plays ball like a man with a mission, searing Goliath-like defense in the paint with death defying drives in which he finds a way to drill in that twinner. On that hot and humid night on May 19, 1991, the “villain” Distrito had one superb role reversal. As Ginebra was on a two-game winning streak after falling 1-3, playing coach Robert Jaworski’s wards had this chance to make history: being the first team to come from that overwhelming series deficit to win a title. But their adversary that night, Shell Rimula-X, surely won’t allow to let it slip off their hands. It was a nip and tuck affair. A high-scoring, intensely fought, close game that can’t be decided until that fateful last five seconds. Winning play With the score tied at 102-all, Jaworski called on his versatile, fearless trooper to one endgame play for the ages. With his teammates spread-out to arrange the isolation play, Distrito, who was at the top of the key, surprised his defender, Ronnie Magsanoc, with speedy cut towards the shaded line. Beating Magsanoc in the dash towards the basket, Distrito received a sharp, precise inbounds pass from Jaworski. Distrito then surged with a devil-may-care drive against the towering outstretched arms of the double teaming Benjie Paras and Jojo Martin. The trickster that he is, Distrito broke his stride towards the basket, leaving his tall defenders bewildered, and instead leaped for a fade-away jumper. And the ball went in, igniting a tremor in the ULTRA caused by the ecstatic and frivolous folk of Barangay Ginebra rejoicing in unison at that epic moment. Distrito himself screamed in joy over his accomplishment as an equally ecstatic Jaworski hugged him in elation. But the game wasn’t over. After Distrito made that shot, nearly everyone forgot there was one second remaining in the clock. Shell coach Arlene Rodriguez called for time and devised their own final attempt at glory. But unlike Ginebra’s previous play, Shell’s ensuing last-second strategy was somewhat predictable and expected. Romeo dela Rosa heaved the ball to Magsanoc, who streaked towards the three-point area at the left flank. And as he tried to do a difficult turnaround shot from beyond the arc, Ginebra import Jervis Cole’s long arms swatted the ball away, preserving the Ginebra’s 2-point lead as time expired, 104-102, and allowing the never-say-die team to clinch its second championship at the time. Distrito then continued his celebration, stretching his arms up and jumping on the court in utter glee while teammates and supporters hugged and tapped him for an incredible job well done. With that victory, the merciless guy who was up to no good became the hero behind one of the best endings ever in cage championship play......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2020

How to secure your Facebook account

Now that Duterte is railroading the draconian anti-terror bill, human rights defenders, activists, and dissenters should be more digitally safe and secured. The post How to secure your Facebook account appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJun 10th, 2020

Tubid on Saint Calungsod image: 'Mabait naman ako dati eh'

Ronald Tubid's career isn't too bad for a journeyman role player. The former second-round pick is a nine-time PBA champion and former Finals MVP. Tubid is also one of the peskiest defenders the league has ever seen. But for his status as a certified enforcer, Tubid's former alias was pretty clean cut. During his earlier days, Tubid was known as "The Saint" and that's because he was the model for the portrait of Pedro Calungsod, the Catholic Filipino migrant that's now the patron saint of altar servers, catechists, and young missionaries. "Nung college ako, may isang friend akong pari sa Ateneo. Bago ko siya naging kaibigan ang kwento doon, nagdadasal daw siya kay God na i-guide siya kasi that time si Saint Pedro Calungsod, blessed pa lang going to sainthood so wala siyang image and records and everything," Tubid said. Tubid recalled the Saint Pedro Calungsod story on the CPT Crossover Podcast of The Philippine Daily Inquirer's Cedelf Tupas.  "I was 17 that time, naglalaro ako sa UAAP then talo kami sa National University. The next morning, ipinatawag ako ng president ng UE, so parang kinabahan ako. Nandoon yung pari, si Father Catalino Arevalo and he asked me nung nakita niya akong mag-free throw [he wanted me to model] kasi alam mo naman yung mukha ko dati, pang probinsyano talaga, yung buhok Keempee pa," Tubid added. As he himself served in church when he was younger, Tubid agreed to become the image model for Saint Calungsod. Tubid's image became the basis for Saint Calungsod's official portrait done by Rafael del Casal. "Sabi ko kay Father Arevalo, Father wala pong problema kasi spiritual naman yun. Mabait naman ako dati eh, sakristan ako dati," Tubid said. "Yung mga soot niya noong sinaunang panahaon, kinunan talaga ako. Yun talaga yung mukha ko dati, mukha ni Saint Pedro Calungsod," Tubid added.     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2020

Rights group urges Facebook, CHR to probe digital security threats

“Hundreds more are reporting duplicate dummy accounts, and with millions of Filipinos using Facebook as part of their daily lives, we are urgently concerned these accounts are part of a massive and orchestrated campaign to further weaponize the platform against activists, human rights defenders, and even ordinary individuals airing dissent.” The post Rights group urges Facebook, CHR to probe digital security threats appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

JK Rowling’s tweets on transgender people spark outrage

LOS ANGELES: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling faced backlash from the LGBTQ community and others. She criticized a Devex opinion piece with the phrase “people who menstruate.” “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” she tweeted, then continued talking about biological sex. Rowling said she would march “if you were discriminated […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

UN report cites impunity for human rights violations in the Philippines

The report noted that while many of the human rights concerns it has documented are long-standing, however, it has become intense in recent years adding that the killing of alleged drug suspects has become widespread and systematic as well as the killing of numerous human rights defenders. Related article: ‘Anti-Terror Bill worrying’ – UN report By ANNE… The post UN report cites impunity for human rights violations in the Philippines appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJun 5th, 2020

UN office denounces human rights violations in Philippines

The U.N. human rights office called on the Philippine government in a new report Thursday to end all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband private and state-backed paramilitary gr.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 4th, 2020

Killing with near impunity in Philippine drug war: UN

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war has unleashed widespread and systematic killing with "near impunity" for offenders, a UN report said Thursday, calling for an independent probe into human rights abuses......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 4th, 2020

UN experts condemn police violence, abuses amid COVID-19

Both UN experts called on everyone to denounce governments’ failure to respond to the needs of the people in the time of the pandemic. By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – United Nations experts have encouraged Filipino human rights defenders and the public to continue to raise their voices especially in this time of… The post UN experts condemn police violence, abuses amid COVID-19 appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2020

PCIJ, Luistro named most distinguished Filipino human rights defenders

Amnesty International Philippines stressed that taking action to safeguard human rights has become more important now more than ever as the country battles a coronavirus pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 28th, 2020

Benjie Paras: UP s Tower of Power

(This story was originally published on Nov. 30, 2018) He was the dominating center of the San Beda Red Cubs that stoked fear in high school leagues in the early 1980s. And because it will take the Benedictine school two more years to return to the NCAA, Venancio “Benjie” Paras Jr., a lanky upstart with much promise, saw it fit to continue his stride towards basketball superstardom in the UAAP as part of a school already replete of former Cubs—the UP Fighting Maroons, after his high school graduation in 1986. And, it seemed UP head coach Joe Lipa wanted more of San Beda High head coach Ato Badolato’s former wards in Mendiola. In addition to Ronnie Magsanoc and Eric Altamirano running the backcourt, he wanted Paras to man the paint to complete the “San Beda connection”; a missing link he considers in copping that elusive UAAP crown. Who else could be more qualified than Paras, who lorded it over the Red Cubs from 1984 to 1986 from an illustrious start in the defunct Metro Manila Basketball League to several other private school tourneys? As a teener, Paras was awesomely powerful, grabbing rebounds without opposition, and scoring without resistance as he receives the ball in the shaded lane. You would see him score 30 to 40 points a game without letup as opponents offered little resistance, except of course the La Salle Greenhills Greenies, bannered by Binky Favis and Joey Guanio, who dealt San Beda’s painful championship loss during Paras’ last year with the Cubs in the MMBL. Frustrated and heartbroken, Paras vowed to let it all out in the collegiate league, ironically however, with his high school rival Guanio on the same team. And since the 1986 UAAP tournament began, Paras showed his dominance even as a rookie, outplaying defenders with his ferocious tenacity, as he delivered on both ends of the court. With Magsanoc’s on-court wizardry, Paras was unstoppable, scoring and rebounding at will. No one had the might or even the gall to block Paras’s path, except the defending champions UE Red Warriors’ top star and starting center Jerry Codinera.  And, with Codinera leading, UE topped the double round robin eliminations and just needed to beat UP once in the finals to retain the championship. Little did they expect, however, that Paras hasn’t displayed his full arsenal yet. With Magsanoc, Altamirano supporting him and Guanio and all-around performer Joey Mendoza backing him up on the wings, Paras showed Codinera and the rest of the Red Warriors his true mettle as he led the Maroons to a Game 1 blowout, 86-75, to arrange a winner take-all match three days later. And on that day, as they sought to bag their first UAAP title in 47 years, Paras was focused and determined. He ran rings around Codinera, engineering the Maroons’ a game-long dominance of the Red Warriors with almost the entire ULTRA, filled with UP supporters to the brim. With an insurmountable lead going into the dying seconds, it was a dream come true for Paras, seething from a painful setback in his previous senior year as a Red Cub, to now basking in glory giving UP the emphatic title that will forever be remembered in UP and UAAP annals. With a double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds, Paras was named rookie of the year, a feat he will replicate in three years as he marched into the PBA as the “Tower of Power” for Formula Shell.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2020

More SAP offenders netted soon

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday warned barangay officials of more cases expected to be filed in the next days against those linked to anomalies in the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). DILG spokesman and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya disclosed that the police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) […] The post More SAP offenders netted soon appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2020