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Ballots got wet due to heavy rain in Davao Occidental, but the voting continues, according to the provincial election supervisor. But Barlaan said the problem was addressed by drying the ballots through the use of electric fans. Babac said they deployed a sufficient number of troops to ensure that the elections would be peaceful.
Davao Occidental is among several Mindanao provinces where the New People’s Army remains active.
English comedian John Oliver on Sunday (Manila time) slammed Philippine presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in his “Last Week Tonight” show, comparing him to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Calling Duterte as “Trump of the East,” Oliver highlighted the trash-talking mayor’s crass sexism, homophobia, profanity-laced speeches, and alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings. The portion featured a clip from Aljazeera, where Duterte was heard offering himself as gift to the young brides in a mass wedding. Oliver also touched on Duterte’s kissing spree toward her female supporters, and his cursing of the Pope.
The comedian likewise hit Duterte’s alleged links to the so-called Davao Death Squad and his campaign promise of wiping out criminality by abandoning human rights and publicly killing criminals. He also mentioned Duterte’s controversial joke in one of his campaign sorties, where he said he should have been the first to rape an Australian missionary, who was murdered during a Davao prison riot in 1989. Duterte, known for his iron-fist style of leadership and approach toward crime, vowed to dump criminals on Manila Bay, pardon himself for mass murder, and abolish Congress should there be attempts to impeach him if elected president.
A soldier stands beside residents waiting for their turn to cast votes outside a polling center in Shariff Aguak Elementary School in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao. DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao—Supporters of leading presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte had been reportedly prevented from casting their votes since the opening of polling centers on Monday morning. Kotang Abu Omar, the mayoralty candidate of Duterte’s party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), told the Inquirer that he and his supporters could not vote as followers of his rival, who were armed with stones, bladed weapons and sticks, were threatening them.
Omar was referring to supporters of Reshal Ampatuan, wife of detained Maguindanao massacre primary suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr., who is running for mayor under presidential aspirant Grace Poe. Last night, two separate improvised bombs exploded near the town’s covered court but there were no reported casualties.
So said Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to his rivals after he cast his vote on Monday afternoon.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano took a swipe at the outgoing administration, attributing the long lines at polling precincts as a reflection of the government’s failure to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila. Cayetano, who is running for vice president, and his wife Taguig City Mayor Lani were among those who fell in line and waited for their turn to vote at their precinct in Sta. Cayetano insisted the same won’t happen under the governance of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte should the presidential frontrunner end up in Malacanang. LAOAG CITY, Philippines — Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s 21-year-old son voted for the first time on Monday and it seemed no walk in the park. While he was filling out the ballot, he stood up and asked one of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) for a new one. In an interview with reporters, Marcos denied that he encountered problems with his ballot, saying that he was just nervous because it was his first time to vote but everything turned out well.
A Filipino checks a list of voters and their corresponding precinct numbers at a polling center in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on the eve of election day Sunday, May 8, 2016. This was the appeal of Director Jose Nick Mendros of the Commission on Elections in Central Visayas (Comelec-7) to voters who were tempted to go home unable to wait in voting centers cramped with people in a hot, humid summer day.
Mendros said that even in the United States, people had to stand in line to cast their votes. Tan said C-Cimpel, an accredited citizen’s arm of the Comelec, will collate all the election returns in Cebu and send them to another Church-based poll watchdog, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), in Manila. COTABATO CITY – Voting in a public school was briefly stopped when voters scampered for safety after unidentified men fired their guns near Barangay Inug-og in Pagalungan, Maguindanao.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc decided on Monday afternoon to extend the voting period in precincts that opened at 9 a.m.
In a press conference, Comelec Chair Andres Bautista said the voting period in these precincts would end at 6 p.m. As many as 1,731 attorneys out of a total of 6,605 aspirants were added to the ranks of the legal profession when the Supreme Court released on May 3 the results of the 2015 bar examination. With a passing rate of 26 percent—high compared to the 19-percent passing rate last year—the bar examination is considered the most difficult professional licensure examination in the country, which explains the prestige and mystique of the profession.
Filipinos who aspire to join the association of companeros and companeras, as lawyers call one another in the Philippines, spend a total of eight years in college by completing both a prelaw degree and a law degree.
Three out of the five presidential candidates in today’s elections are lawyers, namely Rodrigo Duterte, Jejomar Binay and Miriam Defensor Santiago. Three out of the six vice presidential candidates are also lawyers namely, Leni Robredo, Francis Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano.
Eight out of our 15 presidents from Emilio Aguinaldo to Benigno Aquino III were lawyers, namely Manuel Quezon, Jose Laurel, Sergio Osmena, Manuel Roxas, Elpidio Quirino, Carlos P. But lawyers actually provide solutions to problems that cause misery in our lives, in much the same way that doctors provide treatment to illnesses that cause suffering in our lives.
Because lawyers hold so much power in determining the fate of their clients—liberty or imprisonment, bankruptcy or prosperity—there are lawyers who abuse this power to the prejudice of their clients. A lot of people misunderstand the role-playing function of lawyers in our system of justice. Under our system, it is not the role of the defense lawyer to judge the guilt of his or her accused client. The role-playing performance of lawyers—their blind advocacy of their client’s position, and their zeal in magnifying loopholes in the opposing party’s evidence—is usually resented by the opposing party. I grew up enamored of the lives of two lawyer-uncles, Querubin Rasiles and Ulysses Butuyan, who both inspired me to become a lawyer myself. Ulysses Butuyan is now a retired regional trial court judge, but he continues to visit and pester working judges with his jokes. SINGAPORE—“May mas malaki tayong kalaban… ang ating sarili (We have a greater enemy… ourselves),” declared Heneral Luna.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) decried “frenzies of hatred” and a “‘pattern of harassments’ perpetrated by supporters of poll frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte,” the Inquirer reported. Strikingly, her lawyer is University of the Philippines law professor JJ Disini, who led the Disini case against the cybercrime law. A gender rights scholar, just accepted into one of the world’s most prestigious universities, described to me how she received rape threats over a Facebook post. An anti-Duterte friend posted a video of vice presidentiable Leni Robredo and her daughters.
UP freshman Stephen Villena received anonymous death threats, including mock photos of his tombstone, after interrupting Duterte in a UP forum. And friends of all leanings are understandably unnerved at seeing children deployed to the political frontline in the anti-Duterte ad. Roughly half our newspapers and news websites failed to make clear that Duterte did not sign a bank secrecy waiver.
How else can a lawyer feel when he sees a half-page document waved on TV while a lawyer says words that contradict its text, and media focus on what he said instead of how the words on paper say the opposite? He feels like Pilosopo Tasyo, consigned to writing in hieroglyphics for future generations to decipher.
GMA News reported Duterte is “planning to form a revolutionary government” and jettison the Constitution. We can laugh off many things as par for the political circus, such as the last-minute plunder case against Duterte or the rumor that Poe’s husband is a US spy. After sampalan, we are now scheduling May 10 Facebook events for group hugs and refriending everyone unfriended over political posts. Since my toddler self watched my parents walk out of our living room and to Edsa in 1986, I believed that the collective wisdom of democracy is the best form of government. Too many friends now quote not Heneral Luna, but Queen Padme Amidala: “So this is how liberty dies. For the past several months, these last few days in particular, you have been bombarded constantly by all sorts of propaganda about the various candidates running for the presidency and the vice presidency. We need to improve the peace and order situation not only in our respective communities, but also around the country.
The slow and uneven pace of our criminal justice system is part of the problem of law enforcement. This is one reason why many of our people from the poor and marginalized sectors of society respond to the call of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who promises swift action against all criminals, including drug lords. Unless the peace and order situation throughout the country improves and this includes stopping the Abu Sayyaf kidnappings in Mindanao, we are not going to attract significant foreign investments that would result in job creation for our people and a more inclusive economic growth for the country. Having stated my main concern, Rodrigo Duterte is the candidate who can address this issue with competence and determination.
Once you have decided on the issue that bothers you most, you can proceed to make your choice. Instead, confounding the pundits, the Conservatives defeated Labor, winning an outright majority although by only a few votes. Perhaps, the best example of how preelection surveys can go so wrong is the 1948 US presidential election. Using a private railroad car dubbed the “Ferdinand Magellan,” Truman traveled some 22,000 miles, almost as far as the voyage of Magellan, going cross-country in what became famous as the “Whistlestop” campaign. On the other hand, Dewey’s train was called the “Dewey Victory Special,” and the dominating strategy was to say as little as possible. At the start of the campaign, a survey report showed Dewey leading Truman by a resounding 51-37 percent.
One year after that extraordinary, unprecedented reprieve that saved Mary Jane from the valley of death, we pause to ask: When is she coming home? In the distant Wirongunan prison, Mary Jane, a young, poor mother of two, pushed by her own government to work abroad because she wanted a decent life, is—though steeled by fortitude—still forlorn, all alone and pining for home, a victim not only of unscrupulous drug and human traffickers but also of circumstance. But the legal process in the Philippines where she pins her of hope has presented challenges.
Multiple motions, extended arguments and denials of matters of public knowledge coming from the accused illegal recruiters delay the resolution of the case. But we ask those who aspire to lead this nation of poor, exploited and distressed migrant workers and their families who prop up the economy: Beyond the rhetoric and promises, how do you concretely address both the root causes and the immediate needs of forced migrants?
Or have we forgotten the horrific pain and lessons of the “execution island” in Nusakambangan? Opposition parties and Filipinos should unite to thwart the Liberal Party plan to hijack the elections via massive electronic fraud. The present administration, knowing fully well that President Aquino will be made accountable for his various crimes against the people once he steps out of office, is growing desperate. The LP administration has the machinery, the money and control of the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic, which is set to deliver “auto-daya” votes for Roxas. The Comelec’s deliberate failure to have the source code of the machines verified, to not have the digital signatures embedded in CF cards, and the failure to provide verifiable and valid vote receipts, and now the canvassing errors in Congress, all these point to a grand plan for electronic fraud. The D’ Strafford survey which is so obviously fabricated and made-up is a desperate effort to mind-condition the public for a Roxas victory. Assemblies should be held in various places during and after elections in protest of election fraud. Let us fight for change, and not allow the corrupt and criminal administration to hijack the vote. In reaction to reports about persons with disabilities (PWDs) being ridiculed during political rallies, the Department of Social Welfare and Development once again reminds the public that all acts that tend to diminish the self-worth and the sense of dignity of PWDs violate the rights of PWDs and the law. Adhering to the guiding principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, the DSWD is one with the state in strongly advocating and encouraging respect for PWDs. As the lead agency in providing directions to empower PWDs, the DSWD calls on everyone, especially those in public office and those who want to become leaders of this nation, to demonstrate utmost propriety and sensitivity in dealing with the members of this sector. Let us be more sensitive to their needs and enable them such that they become contributing community members.
The most recent allegation against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte—bank accounts containing millions of pesos—shows how inconsistent and hypocritical he has been in his statements. It may be recalled that after admitting the existence of the bank account, Duterte said he would sign a waiver if Sen.
However, even after Trillanes presented the affidavit at BPI’s Julia Vargas branch last May 2, Duterte did not issue a waiver that would have legally and effectively allowed the opening of his bank accounts.
It’s kind of ironic, given that Duterte had called rival LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas “bayot”—a Bisaya word for “sissy,” which also denotes cowardice—reportedly, for not being open and transparent with his financial statements. No wonder, Roxas says, Duterte’s “true character”—“a coward and as corrupt as the officials that he (and his supporters) denounce”—is now slowly unraveling before the public. Supertyphoon “Yolanda” survivors, to the neglect and deterioration of Metro Manila’s rail transport systems when he was the transportation secretary.
However, there’s one difference: Roxas tried, repeatedly, to reason with his critics, showing them concrete evidence debunking their charges.
Duterte, on the other hand, seems to have opted to hide behind legal “wordplays” to divert public attention from the charges against him.
Today, we could all do well to heed Roxas’ admonition for the people to be more circumspect, objective and observant in choosing  their leaders.
Let us remember, as Roxas himself has put it, that as the Bible says, no secret goes uncovered—which is exactly what is happening now to Duterte. After watching the third presidential debate where a fisherman from Pangasinan, asked about the presidential aspirants’ stand on the sea dispute between the Philippines and China, I was motivated to read up again on the 15th-century “imaginary line” dispute between Portugal and Spain. Rodrigo Duterte replied that, if elected president he would order the Philippine Navy to bring him there and he would personally plant a Philippine flag on one of the disputed islets. Spain dispatched Christopher Columbus to find a shorter route to India, but his voyage took him to San Guanahani and to the coast of Cuba.
China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have overlapping claims to the South China Sea. The role played by Pope Alexander VI in resolving the Spanish-Portuguese dispute is instructive in the search for a solution to today’s maritime dispute among the above-mentioned Asian countries. The good professor also asked how the church of “San Pedro Macati” was taken over from the Franciscans by the Jesuits who built the church in 1620. As we know, the different regions of the country were assigned to specific religious orders in the first years, obviously to facilitate administration and, perhaps, to lessen competition and stress as much as possible. But then the Franciscans also took over the town of Bay in Laguna from the Jesuits, when, perhaps, the whole of Laguna was assigned to them. Lastly, with the indulgence of Professor Ocampo, may I add that “Poblacion de Macati” is not translated into Old Makati.
She was the first casualty to die in detention under the autocratic regime that killed Philippine democracy in 1972. Liliosa Hilao was a graduating student of communication arts at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
How often must we be reminded that the vulture called dictatorship devours even the innocent and that one of the innocent victims could be your next of kin? FIRST MARTYR Liliosa Hilao was the first student leader to die while in detention during the martial lawregime of Ferdinand Marcos. Under the pretext of establishing “law and order,” serial rights abuses would become the order of the day. Those of us who lived through the two decades of Marcos rule know very well that with authoritarianism, corruption was not far behind.
It is true that we now groan with grievance and exasperation from six years of an inutile president.


The share of end-April releases to this year’s P3-trillion budget, which also included continuing appropriations under the 2015 national budget as well as other automatic appropriations, matched the 83.5 percent released during the first four months of last year. Automatic appropriations—programmed over a period prescribed by law through outstanding legislation requiring periodic action by Congress—worth P865.7 billion or 93 percent of the allocation for this year were released during the first four months. These automatic appropriations included retirement and life insurance premium, internal revenue allotment for local government units, pensions of former presidents as well as ex-presidents’ widows, grants and donations, special account in the general fund (including motor vehicle user’s charge fund), net lending, interest payments and releases under the tax expenditures fund for customs duties and taxes to be paid for government importation. Also released as of end-April were P19.03 billion from continuing and automatic appropriations for departments, special purpose funds, as well as for grants and donations, the military camps sales proceeds fund and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act trust fund.
TODAY’S election could set a global record of sorts for having the longest paper trail in the history of all elections in the Philippines, if not the world.
Laid down one after the other, 55 million paper ballots measuring approximately 50 cm each and 2 million rolls of 20-meter long thermal paper are enough to circle the globe 1.5 times. While the whole world is going paperless, the Philippines seems to be heading the opposite direction, at least elections-wise.
With regard to the VCM software, Comelec gave all political parties more than enough time to get their own IT experts to review the machines’ source code, or human-readable instructions that tell the system how it should work. But how would voters know that almost 70,000 kilometers of printed paper trails won’t go to waste and actually match votes cast? ENTERTAINMENT has been a core part of ABS-CBN Corp.’s business for decades so it might have been a bit awkward for the company’s management to face a less-than-entertaining query from one its shareholders at its recent annual meeting. During the open forum part of the meeting, one shareholder asked ABS-CBN chair Eugenio “Gabby” L. It’s no secret that the Lopez family suffered greatly under the regime of Marcos’ father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. Apparently, the ABS-CBN chair was expecting such a question and responded with a non-committal “wala lang” (it’s fine). While not unusual for top officials to head off to another event, the ABS-CBN chair in previous years always made it a point to attend.
THE IMPLEMENTATION of a new tollroad project that will link the southern part of Metro Manila and nearby provinces to Circumferential Road No.
This makes it among the last few infrastructure deals to start before the term of the Aquino administration ends in June this year. The P12-billion, six-lane project is a joint venture between the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. It aims to help decongest traffic by linking major business districts in Makati and Taguig to the southern cities of Paranaque, Las Pinas and Cavite, targeting high-value trips such as cargo trucks, vans and buses. The C5 South Link will run from the end of C5, just before entering the South Luzon Expressway, to Cavitex near the Paranaque Toll Plaza. The first phase of the Cavitex C5 South Link construction starts in 2016, to link C5 and Merville, Paranaque by way of a flyover. Bautista said that aside from decongesting traffic in the south, the toll road will help increase productivity and economic activity in the area. Cavitex Infrastructure is a unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments. The construction, operation and maintenance of the project is projected to generate at least 1,000 jobs. Barring any major change in the voting pattern, it is likely that, with five presidential aspirants and six vice presidential candidates, the new president and vice president will be elected through plurality votes. It would be ideal if the country’s chief executive officer were elected by a majority vote because that would show that he or she has a clear mandate to lead the country. Unlike in other countries, our Constitution does not provide for a run-off (or second round) election between the two presidential candidates who garnered the most number of votes when none of the candidates get the majority vote. All the presidents who came after President Cory Aquino were elected by less than 51 percent of the votes cast.
Whether or not President Cory Aquino won by a majority vote in the 1986 polls is difficult to ascertain because the canvassing of votes in the then Batasang Pambansa was marred by fraud and irregularities.
Between now and June 30, when the new President is sworn into office, the country’s business executives are expected to adopt a wait-and-see attitude with guarded optimism.
They will analyze the new President’s inaugural speech and Cabinet appointments to figure out his or her plans for the country in general and, in particular, the economy.
If the Aquino administration’s candidate, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, wins the election, there is a strong possibility that, despite his admission that the administration suffered from some deficiencies, the present economic policies will remain in place. The same cannot be said of the other candidates who have taken sharp issue with some of the administration’s economic policies.
But considering that many of her economic advisers are cut from the same cloth as their counterpart in the administration, there is reason to believe that the existing economic policies, except for some tweaks, will be substantially similar. Definitely, there will be a new economic or financial ball game in case the Vice President, Sen. They all repeatedly expressed displeasure with the way the administration managed (or mismanaged) the economy and the failure of the much-vaunted economic gains to find their way to the less privileged members of our society. Among the three presidential hopefuls though, Duterte may be considered a “wild card” considering that his economic program is still a big question mark. In his speech before the Makati Business Club, he rambled with his usual spiels on peace and order and corruption, but did not say much about his economic program.
He cracked jokes with sexual innuendos that were not only inappropriate for the occasion but hurt the sensibilities of the women who were in the audience. And because he arrived late and many of the attendees had prior engagements, there was no opportunity for them to ask him about the other aspects of his program of government.
Worse, for business people who consider political stability and adherence to the rule of law essential to their operation, Duterte’s statements about shutting down Congress if it impeaches him, declaring a revolutionary government if he cannot have his way, and breaking diplomatic ties with two of the country’s staunchest military and economic partners do not inspire confidence and optimism that his administration is something to look forward to. The new president will be assuming the duties and responsibilities of the presidency under extraordinary domestic circumstances. Climate change has made life miserable for hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who depend on rainfall to nourish the crops or products that feed them and provide for other basic necessities. With the Asean Economic Community now in place and expected to be fully operational in a couple of years, the country will have to compete toe to toe with the Asean countries for patronage of their respective products and services. Unless the appropriate measures to make our products and services competitive are immediately implemented, we may find ourselves at the shorter end of this regional trade arrangement.
His or Her Excellency has to look after the welfare of more than 100 million Filipinos and counting, the majority of whom live below the poverty line and look to the government for their physical salvation. Today is going to be a long day for the exercise of one of the most important rights in a democracy. Regardless of your political affiliation or lack of it, it is your moral obligation to go out and vote for the next leaders of our country. In separate disclosures to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) last Friday, EastWest Bank said it had acquired Assurance Solutions Insurance Agency Inc. Asia provided marketing and sales services exclusively to the bancassurance clients of Standard Chartered Bank’s Philippine branch while Pspi was a 100-percent owned subsidiary of SCMB Overseas Ltd. Both Asia and PSPI will become subsidiaries of EastWest Bank, pending approval of the policy-making Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Standard Chartered Bank Philippines chief executive Anirvan Ghosh Dastidar said their agreement with EastWest Bank was aligned with the global strategy to focus on retail markets where Standard Chartered had scale.
THE EFFECTS of El Nino are expected to let up by July, but the dry conditions and high temperatures are forecast to persist intensely through the remainder of May and in June, according to a United Nations monitoring body. The Agricultural Market Information System (Amis), which is administered by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, said in its latest monthly report on the global market that in Southeast Asia, dry conditions would be accompanied by above-average temperatures that, in turn, would increase the impact of the dryness.
Even then, the Amis warned about the increasing odds of a transition to La Nina conditions by November. In areas where El Nino brings below-average rainfall and increased temperatures such as the Philippines, La Nina is often responsible for above-average rainfall and cooler temperatures. As for global rice production, Amis kept the forecast volume for 2016 at 495 million tons, the same as in the previous month’s projection.
This means that the production outlook maintained a modest 1-percent recovery from the reduced output in 2015 when the estimated worldwide output was 490 million tons. Based on the latest FAO Food Price Index, global food prices have been increasing marginally for the third month in a row. Still, the FAO observed prices of rice declining marginally, with the forecast output for the entire year being stable, at least for now. Last week, Economic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra said that with the El Nino phenomenon likely to last until July, appropriate timing of rice importation remained critical to avoid supply disruptions that could result in unstable rice prices.
FINANCIAL markets will be closed Monday due to the national elections, the outcome and credibility of which would help determine the market’s direction for the rest of this week. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) slid anew on Friday and on a week-on-week basis, stocks sank 2.34 percent to 6,991 as worries about the health of the global economy persisted and as investors took a more cautious approach ahead of voting on Monday. The presidential race is led by a tough-talking local politician, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has kept a big lead in pre-election surveys against administration bet Manuel Roxas II and Sen.
While healthcare demand is still driven by traditional factors such as aging populations and consequences of modern urban lifestyles that lead to increased incidences of disease, there are other factors that are stimulating exciting growth and innovations. The business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, estimated to have generated about $21 billion in revenues last year (from about $19 billion in 2014), has contributed greatly in improving the spending power of an expanding middle class, as did the almost $23 billion remitted by overseas Filipino workers in the first eleven months of 2015 (compared to $27 billion remitted in 2014). With the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.’s (Philhealth) mandate to cover 100 percent of the population, demand for quality, affordable and accessible healthcare is on the rise. Digitization and improvements in ICT (information and communication technology) are disrupting not only traditional businesses, but even those not immediately thought of as potential beneficiaries—such as the healthcare sector.
From electronic patient records to the wireless transmittal of patient files for remote diagnosis, improvements in technology and communication will lead to a more efficient and cost effective delivery of healthcare services. With the increasing penetration of smartphones, wireless tools and other similar technology, primary care and specialist referral services, as well as remote patient monitoring and patient medical health information are just some of the services that can be performed and enhanced by telemedicine. Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia have started adopting healthcare IT solutions to bring the sector to the next level. Malaysia started its Hospital Implementation System way back in 1993 with the first telemedicine project in 1996, while Thailand started with the creation of its National Health Information Committee in 2010.
The Philippines has already developed an eHealth Strategic Framework and Plan for the period 2014 to 2020, which aimed to utilize information and communication technologies in the health sector. One of the strategic goals of this framework is to establish unified and coherent health and management information systems, and also to capitalize on ICT to reach and provide better health services and support the attainment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. One only has to note the latest in medical technology to appreciate the direction that healthcare providers should be looking at, as practitioners and patients alike continue to look for ways to improve healthcare services, diagnosis and treatment. The recent Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas introduced new applications that provide convenient virtual check-up and diagnosis, which include smartphone apps.
GE’s thrust to become a leading digital-industrial company has led to similar innovations in handheld ultrasound equipment, which is currently being deployed in Africa and Southeast Asia. With the start of the Asean Economic Community in 2015, we cannot dismiss the effects—as well as opportunities—presented by the expected free flow of goods, services, capital and skilled labor in the regional healthcare sector. Given the different levels of healthcare services in Asean, increased cross-border investments and even potential consolidation are to be expected. The Philippine healthcare sector has been attracting the attention of players within Southeast Asia and even the Middle East given the size of our population and the relative underinvestment in the sector. The largest private healthcare provider in the country, Metro Pacific, counts eleven hospitals in the group with a total of about 3,000 beds across the Philippine islands.
One competitive advantage the country has in this field is its skilled medical practitioners. Filipino medical professionals are renowned across the world for their skills and brand of care. This could also raise the confidence of medical tourists as they contemplate destinations in the region that offer value yet quality medical care. The Filipino’s physical well-being and health are critical to ensure inclusive and sustained economic growth. An industry group claimed some 2,772,142 metric tons of rice were smuggled from 2010 to 2014, double the volume of 1,066,021 tons from 2005 to 2009.
The subject of this column is the huge disparity in data cited by the industry group with the actual data derived from the United Nations (UN) Trade Statistics.
Vietnam, Thailand, India, Pakistan, USA, and China are the Philippines’ main supplier of rice. Febes Barlaan, the provincial election supervisor, said the heavy rain that fell on town the night before nearly spoiled the elections as ballots got wet.
Their presidential elections takes place tomorrow and their current frontrunner is Rodrigo Duterte and he’s a colorful character to say the least,” Oliver said. Duterte routinely kisses his female supporters, once called the pope a s** of a b****, all of which has earned him a reputation as ‘Trump of the East,’” he added.
And while he denies any involvement in that, he does admit he’s got blood on his hands,” Oliver said. More than half of his city’s residents think the death squad is okay, which is a surprisingly measured response,” he added.
When we say I just want a politician to tell me what he really thinks, we should specify that that politician should not be a total f****** monster.
Anthon Abrina, chief of the Army’s 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, said voters scampered for safety, but no one was hurt in the explosion. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the front-runner in the presidential race based on survey results, speaks to his supporters during his miting de avance at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta on Saturday. Aguinaldo National High School with legions of supporters chanting his name on his way in and out of the polling precinct. Let us begin the healing now,” Duterte urged his rivals during a press conference at the Royal Manday Hotel.
The BEI clarified that it will invalidate only the president position but not the whole ballot. It was my first time voting so I just wanted to make sure I got everything right,” he explained. We are choosing a President this time, so go out and vote,” he said in a press conference at the election media center in the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas in Cebu City on Monday morning.
Law graduates then embark on a grueling five months of review seminars, before taking the physically, emotionally and mentally exhausting bar examination during the four Sundays of November.
This likewise means that there’s a 50-percent chance that a lawyer will be elected VP today. Life has become so complicated—with problems arising from the moment of birth to the moment of death and even beyond—that the guidance of lawyers has become indispensable in our lives. In order to arrive at the truth, our justice system requires a strong clash of arguments between the plaintiff and the defendant in court cases.
As little kids, my cousins and I sat around our uncles as we played a game: We took turns blurting out a word, any word, and the uncles alternated in narrating impromptu funny stories based on that single word. Reacting to Duterte’s rape joke, he joked Duterte wanted to rape one of her daughters next. Students told me they no longer felt safe in their own school—in UP, where not even martial law stifled free speech! How can one attack Grace Poe’s husband as a foreigner when he was born to Filipino parents, albeit in the United States? No one even compared the half-page’s wording to presidentiables Mar Roxas’ and Poe’s waivers. However, should not death threats, rape threats, threats to close Congress a la martial law, and children used as media attack dogs push us to be Filipinos first and partisans second? But we cannot simply forget the horrible side of the Filipino we have seen, no matter how notoriously short our memories are. Do not accept hook, line and sinker everything that is said, positive or negative, regarding these individuals. We may have other doubts and anxieties but for this moment as you fill in your ballot, concentrate on the one issue that worries you most.


Criminal elements are aware that the so-called “long arm” of the law may be long and far-reaching but unfortunately, it is also painfully slow and, in many cases, favors the rich and affluent who are in a position to delay and frustrate the implementation of decisions reached by the courts.
But if you listen to politicians they believe in surveys only when they are leading such survey. Preelection poll surveys and political commentators predicted that the outcome would be “too close to call,” resulting in a deadlock with the Conservative Party under Prime Minister David Cameron having to govern in coalition with the Liberal Democrats. He carried 28 states with a total of 303 electoral votes, while Dewey won in 16 states with 189 electoral votes.
There is also the frustrating difficulty of having to attend to hearings in a remote venue and to deal with conflicts of schedules in the court calendar due to previous professional commitments.
We do not want to be forced to apologize for failing Mary Jane, her family and all migrant workers for not bringing Darren and Daniel’s mom back home alive. His party and his kulelat candidate Mar Roxas cannot possibly win the election, except by rigging it through predetermined, electronically fabricated vote results. D’ Strafford recently released a survey showing LP bets Roxas and Leni Robredo on top of the presidential and vice presidential races, respectively.
Let us continue to fight for their rights and push for their total development so that they become more productive citizens of this country.
Agoncillo, Filipino historian and author of the “History of the Filipino People,” narrated the root of the 15th-century rift between Portugal and Spain, the two world powers at that time. The voyage was seen by King John (Jono) of Portugal as an incursion into the sphere of influence of Portugal.
The traditional fishing ground described by the fishermen from Pangasinan is within the 200-kilometer exclusive economic zone of the Philippines.
The effects of China’s enforcement of the nine-dash line are already being felt as made clear by the fisherman who probably understands the significance of the panunumpa sa watawat and “Lupang Hinirang” better than the presidential aspirants.
General guidelines were given and each group went to work: roughly, the Dominicans in the north, the Franciscans in the Tagalog region all the way to Bicol, the Augustinians and Recollects in most of the Visayas, the Jesuits in parts of the Tagalog region and Mindanao. Juan de Oliver, OFM, evangelized there, where he must have written the first catechism on the Ten Commandments (from which I took the topic for my doctoral thesis on the Ten Commandments in 1978).
It is interesting how Calamba was skipped and remained with the Dominicans, while the Franciscans had most of the towns around the lake, on to Tayabas (now Quezon) and to Bicol, skirting Cavite and Batangas that were already mostly under the Jesuits.
Ana, which meant that the Franciscans were in charge of the spiritual needs of the people of those places, until a different arrangement could be made.
She was not the last and only victim of that regime, and more will suffer a similar fate if we forget that even freedom is defended as we cast our ballots today.
Drunken security men had barged into the house where she was staying, looking for her brother. She was the editor of the school paper Hasik and was a member of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.
Aged 23, Hilao was allegedly tortured after she was abducted byConstabulary troopers in 1973. The strategy of using police and security forces to establish law and order becomes a tool of repression. Because she was asthmatic, she was not a constant presence in student rallies that had by then emerged.
That same mantra has become a familiar refrain in this long, hot period of our electoral campaign, reaching proportions of some kind of mass hypnosis.
But if we saw how a president who had claimed he was straight created a monster called DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program), how much worse shall we see under an autocrat?
This stems from some Pinoys’ skepticism about automated elections that, ironically, is in stark contrast when it comes to entrusting money to Internet banking or, say, riding planes flying on autopilot. Receipts would also serve as basis to ensure that losers (who always claim they were cheated) can go back to the marked ballots and 2.7 million copies of election returns during post-audit. There are, of course, a plethora of other security measures that give voters a fairly good assurance that whatever votes are cast would be counted correctly and transmitted securely. After a battery of tests and public demonstrations, the Comelec and its partner Smartmatic-Total Information Management Corp. Their business interests, including ABS-CBN, were seized, and Gabby’s own father was jailed. Too bad members of the press had no chance to elaborate since Gabby Lopez skipped the traditional briefing following the meeting. Grace Poe initially looked favorably at the accomplishments of the administration, she later became critical and declared that her program of government will be different. We expect this agreement to be value accretive as we further enhance our retail and consumer banking scale. It cited the Bank of Japan’s unexpected decision to hold off on more stimulus, thus weighing on risky assets. Among other opportunities, this allows the private healthcare sector to collaborate with public counterparts in providing improved services to Filipinos.
Telemedicine, or the use of electronic communications to transmit and exchange medical information and data to treat patients, is fast gaining momentum in the region.
In 2009, Singapore developed its National Electronic Health Record initiative, which would allow healthcare practitioners in the island state access to a patient’s records across the healthcare spectrum. This will support the delivery of health services and manage health systems for greater efficiency and effectivity, and is in line with providing universal healthcare to all Filipinos.
For example, the Department of Health (DOH) in Region 4B (Mimaropa) has launched what seems to be the first interactive telemedicine system in the country at the Dr.
Even the delivery of simple medicines across inaccessible areas is now being piloted through the use of drones. Handheld devices are now being introduced that allow consumers to measure temperature, heart rate, and oxygen levels. Equipped with Bluetooth capability, Vscan Access, a portable handheld ultrasound device allows medical professionals to increasingly reach remote areas in the country, scanning pregnant women and wirelessly transmitting images of fetuses to doctors even in faraway hospitals, to help determine whether mothers need to proceed to a health center or hospital for appropriate care.
A relatively new entrant into the healthcare space is the Qualimed Health Network, owned and operated by the Mercado Hospital Group in partnership with Ayala Land.
Particular restrictions in the exercise of professions and the granting of work permits in some Asean countries can enhance the value of our medical professionals not only in the Philippines but also in countries where the practice of their trade is relatively easier.
Increased government spending and contributions from sin taxes are being channeled to improve on the delivery of and access to public healthcare. Healthcare that is accessible and affordable for all is an aspiration that can be attained if we all take advantage of the opportunities before us. He has joined the private sector in various leadership capacities, expanding his expertise in power and energy specifically in the sector of gas and petroleum, being a former managing director of Nido Petroleum Ltd.
It also proposed making the National Food Authority (NFA) the lone importer of rice and for the government to reconsider the implementation of the government-to-government (G2G) scheme as the sole mode of import, as cited in an article in The Manila Times last Feb. It will be under quantitative restrictions until 2017 and subject to a tariff of 35 percent. There was no evidence of large smuggling during the period from international data sources. And yet incredibly, this man is leading in the polls by 11 points, so he’s probably getting elected president tomorrow, which isn’t just terrifying in the Philippines,” Oliver added. Edgar de los Reyes, commander of 34th Infantry Battalion, said they had deployed additional troops here to secure the people who would be casting their votes. Proof of the admiration is the fanfare that attends the release of the bar examination results—front-page news coverage complete with pictures and profiles of the top passers. No lawyer has been elected president for the past 30 years since the ouster of Marcos in 1986. The role of the plaintiff’s lawyer is to passionately present the one-sided arguments of the plaintiff, while the role of the defendant’s lawyer is to vigorously present the one-sided defense of the accused. And it is only through the vigorous conflict of evidence and the passionate clash of arguments that a judge is enabled to separate truth from falsehood which, in turn, equips the same judge to decide guilt or innocence.
Even at the dinner table, they regaled everyone with unending jokes and funny stories, mostly about their courtroom experiences.
During Poe’s case, people vocally proposed rules that would restrict the residency of returning Filipinos or our dual citizenship law. In an election campaign, part of the problem voters face is how to separate the grain from the chaff.
We often read of higher penalties being proposed for certain criminal activities when actually the problem is the lack of enforcement rather than fear of heavier penalties. His Republican opponent was New York governor, Thomas Dewey, making his second attempt to win the White House. An Elmo Roper poll (a widely-respected outfit sampling public opinion) showed Dewey leading by an unbeatable 44-31 percent. And how and when Mary Jane can fully tell her story in a legally permissible and most practicable way remain a big question mark. Many have questioned the outfit, with virtually unknown officials and newly-registered websites and social media accounts.
Defending our country’s sovereignty is a duty of every Filipino, a duty of which we are reminded every time we recite the panunumpa sa watawat and sing our national anthem during flag-raising ceremonies.
The rift started from an imaginary demarcation line drawn from the north to the south poles of the world. The rift between Spain and Portugal was, however, settled when Pope Alexander VI mediated an adjustment of the imaginary demarcation line to 370 leagues farther west, thus assigning Brazil to Portugal. China’s encroachment on the Philippines’ EEC prompted Philippine officials into filing an arbitration case against China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague.
Considering how small the religious groups were at that time, unbelievably they managed, driven by the Spirit of the Lord, no doubt.
In the graduation ceremonies that she was deprived of, the university honored her with an empty seat and she was posthumously awarded cum laude honors.
In “Modernizing Repression,” Jeremy Kuzmarov relates how authoritarian regimes create the pattern of using societal reform rhetoric in luring the masses. But she was apprehended during a supposedly antinarcotics raid, a pattern that Kuzmarov maintains, was also used by other repressive regimes elsewhere. These include accuracy tests, international certification, 256-bit encryption and the like.
ABS-CBN resumed broadcasting under the Lopezes after a popular revolt in 1986 ended the dictator’s rule. Perhaps the elder Lopez just wanted to make room for his young cousin Carlo Katigbak, who started as ABS-CBN’s president and CEO in January this year.
So during rush hour, there is a large volume of vehicles that travel daily, resulting in traffic congestion on Edsa and C5,” Cavitex Infrastructure president Luigi Bautista said in a statement. From there, Segment 2 covers another seven kilometers and ends in Kawit, Cavite, where it will connect with MPTC’s future expansion projects in Cavite.
Thanks to automated voting, we knew, at least unofficially, within two days from the closing of the polls the results of the 2010 national elections. We look forward to future opportunities to assist Standard Chartered in serving the retail banking needs of its corporate and institutional clients,” EastWest Bank president and chief executive Antonio C.
Moreover, several economic indicators in China pointed to a further slowdown in its economy. Should this trajectory continue in tandem with economic growth, healthcare services will eventually reach a greater portion of the population than what is currently being served today. These are even equipped with cameras that allow examination of the throat and inner ear in order to allow doctors to perform online examinations.
Qualimed currently has seven operational facilities with four more (two hospitals and two clinics) scheduled to open this year.
In the private sector, business expansion and opportunities currently unfolding have caused major local and regional business groups to look more closely and expand their investment plans in the sector. And if any part of you was thinking, was that some kind of horrific joke, please know, he meant every word of it,” he said.
Proof of the widespread ridicule is the number of lawyer jokes unequalled in any other profession.
The opposing lawyers are also encouraged to highlight the weaknesses and loopholes of the other party’s evidence.
But after stating his Bank of the Philippine Islands account held “a little less than 200 million,” he refused to sign a waiver. As we exercise prudence and caution in making judgments, let us also consider that many of those running for office do possess high ideals and are often motivated by a genuine desire to serve.
Depending on the leadership, greater police presence in the community could lead to better enforcement of our laws. Three weeks before election day, a poll of 50 highly-regarded political writers was taken on who they thought would win the election. Some note that the outfit was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission only last April 11. However, Chinese leaders have openly said that any decision by the arbitration court will not be honored by China. Ana Church) at the end of Herran (now Pedro Gil) Street; “de Sapa” was used then because the church was erected by the banks of a small tributary of the nearby Pasig River.
The Marcos mantra, for example, of “Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan (To achieve national development, discipline is needed)” was repeated in print and broadcast media day in, day out.
Kusmarov notes, Marcos was known to have used the methamphetamine trafficker Don Jose “Pepe” Oyson to control the poor. We do not wish it on others because someday even our own kin may also perish in the dark days of another dictatorship.
With challenges up ahead, it should be interesting to see how this new generation of Lopezes steers the company in the years to come.  Miguel R.
There are also new devices being introduced to the market such as wrist-worn blood pressure sensors that deliver information to a smartphone. For citizens, let’s exercise patience, sacrifice and if I may add charity to each other,” he said.
We rarely see a policeman walking the streets or patrol cars moving around in residential areas. Strom Thurmond, who led a group of southern democrats, calling themselves “Dixiecrats.” A fourth candidate was a former commerce secretary, Henry Wallace, who ran under the Progressive Party with strong communist support. But the state by then had already equipped its antinarcotics unit with non-narcotics related equipment.
So cut the bull—even our barangay leaders of today steal, how much more one elected to the vast powers of the Philippine presidency. They do not care if he tells diplomats to “shut up.” For one thing, they do not feel that their lives have improved substantially under leaders who were refined and well-bred, who spoke eloquently in perfect English or whose sense of humor was always clean and wholesome.
That is why bank accounts should matter in sizing up a candidate—they are an undisputable element of public trust.
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