Have there ever been a time in your life when you envisioned, hoped for or actually saw or experienced a miracle in your life? The Miracle Zone is the state of being we lived in when we were small, before we found out we could not fly, that fairy tales are not true and people die and leave us. He also cited Section 10 of the canvassing rules, which said that the issues of the president and vice president positions may be tackled separately by the joint canvassing committee. The said section states that “The Joint Committee shall decide all questions and issues raised involving the COCs by a majority vote of its Members, each panel voting separately.
Gonzales also recommended to Dela Cruz to raise the issue on the separate canvassing for president and vice president before the joint canvassing committee once it is convened. Dela Cruz sought a separate canvassing for president and vice president as Marcos questioned the unofficial count of the results that showed Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo leading with over 200,000 votes. Marcos’ camp wanted a separate canvassing for the vice president because there was allegedly massive vote buying. After the approval of canvassing rules, Drilon and Belmonte led the opening of the electronically transmitted certificates of canvass (CoC) and the opening of the ballot boxes for overseas and local absentee votes. THE defections were to be expected, but the Liberal Party will endure as a political party given its history and longevity, President Aquino said on Tuesday. The President is set to meet with “several” LP members today (Wednesday) but declined to give details on what would be on their agenda, at most saying that one of the matters to be discussed is the party’s own change of officers as its internal transition coincides after the elections. The President is the chairman of the Liberal Party, which had at its members a number of the country’s most illustrious politicians including his own father, democracy icon Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. The party’s standard-bearer, Mar Roxas, was a far second to Rodrigo Duterte, in the May 9 presidential elections. Soon after, other political parties entered into a coalition with Duterte’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino- Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) turning it from a small group to the ruling political party almost overnight. On him not being consulted on the matter of the LP members of the House of Representatives joining the majority bloc, Aquino said “it was a matter within the House” but that Speaker Feliciano Belmonte had informed him of the results of the discussion. Despite the exodus, President Aquino remained confident that the LP would remain to be a significant force in the country’s political landscape. He also took note of the Inquirer report last Sunday naming former LP member Negros Oriental Rep.
DETAINED Senator Jinggoy Estrada has asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to leave detention, saying he would pack his things up at the Senate as he is nearing the last day of his term as a legislator. Estrada said his things need to be turned over to the Senate custodian of property and equipment. He added that his personal equipment, belongings and documents need to be removed with his presence and supervision. Estrada is accused of plunder and graft for allegedly receiving P183 million kickbacks from his Priority Development Assistance Funds which were allegedly spent in ghost projects through the bogus foundations of accused scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte can be proclaimed ahead of whoever will win the vice presidency, Sen. Sotto made the remark as Congress in a joint session approved the rules for canvassing of votes for the positions of president and vice president. Sotto earlier proposed to amend Section 10 of the canvassing rules, seeking that any issue in the certificates of canvass for president and vice president may be decided separately.
Dela Cruz moved to seek clarification on certain provisions of the canvassing rules, but House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon snubbed his motions and moved for the approcal of canvassing rules by voice voting.
Marcos’ camp alleged that massive vote-buying and the change in script in the transparency server increased the votes for administration candidate Leni Robredo. Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his support for the use of medical marijuana but thumbed down calls to allow recreational marijuana. The tough-talking mayor, whose campaign is hinged on busting drugs and criminality, said that modern medicines already use medical marijuana as an ingredient. Duterte said that recreational marijuana is still a prohibited item under the law and warned that anyone caught using it will be arrested. On its part, medical groups, led by the Philippine Medical Association, said that there was insufficient scientific evidence to prove that that use of marijuana was beneficial for some conditions. The Department of Health does not reject the use of medical marijuana but said that it will review the bill filed by Albano to counter possible abuse of marijuana. Aside from his stance on medical marijuana, the incoming president also supported the continuation of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) landmark K-to-12 program. He said that he backs the move after discussing the merits of the program with DepEd officials. DAVAO CITY—After the landslide win of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, authorities here are preparing for the thanksgiving party sponsored by the tough-talking mayor’s supporters on June 4 where more than 100,000 revelers are expected to attend. In a press conference on Tuesday, Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 11 Director Chief Supt. Gaerlan said that as of Tuesday, they have not received information about any security threat for the event. Other details of the program, such as what time will Duterte deliver a speech, are still being ironed out. Duterte, who served for seven terms as the mayor of this city, is set to become the Philippines’ 16th president. Philrem president Salud Bautista says the firm’s accountant can explain its financial statements. She is a coaccused of dismissed Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima in a graft case over an anomalous courier deal in 2011. Purisima, a friend of President Benigno Aquino III, and 16 others had been charged with one count of graft for acting allegedly with manifest partiality, evident bad faith and gross inexcusable negligence when they awarded the courier contract to the firm Werfast Documentary Agency Inc.
Bautista was implicated as an incorporator of Werfast, which was in a joint venture with Philrem and CMIT Consultancy Group Inc.
In a resolution dated May 18, the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division said it found probable cause to try Purisima and his coaccused for graft and thus issued the arrest warrant. Bautista is the last in their group to post bail after Purisima and the others paid their P30,000 for their provisional liberty. His lawyer said Purisima on Friday voluntarily surrendered to the court even though the dismissed police chief was served his warrant of arrest upon arriving at the airport from Butuan City. In filing the graft charge, the Office of the Special Prosecutor said Purisima violated Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act when he gave unwarranted benefit to Werfast.
Purisima entered into a memorandum of agreement with Werfast and accredited the firm as the PNP’s courier service provider for all firearms license applications despite its failure to comply with government regulations.
He and the respondents also approved the delivery by courier of firearms license as a mandatory policy in the PNP. The prosecution said Werfast failed to seek prior registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and failed to get authority from the Department of Transportation and Communications to operate a delivery service as well as an accreditation from the Department of Science and Technology. Besides Bautista, Werfast incorporators Mario Juan, Enrique Valerio, Lorna Perena and Juliana Pasia were also ordered arrested.
Earlier, the Ombudsman dismissed Purisima, Petrasanta and others for the administrative offense of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and grave abuse of authority. The officials were forfeited of their retirement benefits and barred from being reemployed in government. In ordering the graft charges, the Ombudsman said Purisima entered into a courier service contract with Werfast although the latter had no corporate existence and juridical personality when they entered into a MOA in May 2011.
The Ombudsman found that no public bidding was conducted, and the MOA was entered into although Werfast lacked track record as a courier service company.
Purisima and the other officials also admitted that the accreditation documents from Werfast were incomplete and met only the minimum requirements. The Ombudsman’s investigation also showed that Werfast engaged the services of LBC, which cost P190 for deliveries within Metro Manila and P290 outside, while other courier service providers charged only P90 within Manila. Purisima and the others stand accused of violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits public officials from causing any undue injury to any party, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.
Petrasanta already faces a separate graft trial before the Sandiganbayan for the missing AK-47 assault rifles allegedly sold to communist rebels. The Ombudsman also found probable cause to charge Purisima and sacked Special Action Force (SAF) Commander Getulio Napenas with graft and usurpation of powers for violating the police chain of command in the botched antiterror raid “Oplan Exodus” that resulted in the deaths of 44 elite cops in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. BATANGAS CITY, Philippines—A van driver was shot and killed by his father during a heated argument in their house in Lipa City in this province on Tuesday noon, police said. Marcos and his wife Imelda were accused of plundering $10 billion from state coffers and overseeing widespread human rights abuses by security forces.
However Imelda and her children were allowed to return and over the past two decades have enjoyed a stunning rise back into the political elite while fending off a barrage of lawsuits and criminal probes. Imelda is a congresswoman representing the family’s northern provincial stronghold, while Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Duterte said Monday he wanted to have the body of Marcos, currently embalmed and enclosed in a glass casket, to be buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery to end decades of divisions in society over the issue.
However Nilda Lagman-Sevilla, chairwoman of a group of families whose relatives vanished under Marcos’s rule, said healing would only come from discovering what happened to their loved ones and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Her brother, a human rights lawyer who vanished in 1977, is among 882 people who disappeared under Marcos’ rule, according to the group.
CEBU CITY—The adopted son of Talisay City Councilor Socrates Fernandez has been found guilty of illegal possession of a hand grenade and a gun.
Joavan Fernandez was meted out a maximum penalty of reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years imprisonment for illegal possession of explosive.
He will serve another six to 10 years in jail for illegal possession of firearms and for violating the election gun ban. He kept staring at the floor even when Peras ordered his transfer from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Cebu City to the Leyte Regional Prison, in Abuyog town, Leyte, where he will serve the penalty.
When interviewed by reporters after the promulgation, Joavan said he would consult with his lawyer on their next step. His lawyer George Bragat, who underwent an operation in his vocal cords, didn’t speak a word during the promulgation. Last February, Joavan and his five friends were found guilty of abducting and mauling two vulcanizing shop workers whom he suspected to have stolen the  spare tire of his father in 2008. Never mind that the so-called “Plan B” was first broached in a satirical site on social media; Marcos himself lent credence to the charge by conscripting it into his protest game plan.
The scenario had a certain twisted appeal to it—a throwback to the era in which, “Hello, Garci,” NBN-ZTE and many other gross controversies notwithstanding, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo managed to hold on to power by the skin of her teeth simply because, it was said, the public had more to fear with a presidency under her lightweight second in command, Noli de Castro.
Another crucial plank of any “Plan B,” of course, is whether the Liberal Party would have the actual numbers to foist impeachment on the eventual president. Yesterday’s headline in this paper spoke of 80 Liberal Party members joining the “coalition” in Congress that has swiftly formed in support of Duterte.
It’s the same old story: On June 29, 2010, a day before President Aquino’s inauguration, this paper reported on Arroyo’s allies jumping ship from her then-ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD to the ascendant LP.
The sheer cravenness of Filipino politics—the porousness of parties and platforms and the persistent dominance of personalities in their stead—also accounts for why the idea of shifting to a parliamentary form of government, with stable political parties at its center, has never taken hold here. This official wanted me to help him with the piles of papers and documents which have flooded his office, and the heads and tails of which he could not fathom at the time. The product of our work was submitted to our principal in Malacanang, and we hoped that it would be made public and subject to the most rigorous debate. Meanwhile, we participated in many seminars, symposiums and round table discussions where genuine efforts to design a national defense and security strategy and a national military strategy, with concomitant plans for all armed services, were rendered inutile because the mother document, the national strategy, was absent. All of these and more should be crocheted together so we have one national plan, one roadmap to lead us to the path of a developed economy in 2030.
The political leadership with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte at the helm shall steer the ship of state, and it is up to all of us, rowers all, to move in that direction. So, as this new administration starts its work next month, we would like to offer this draft national strategy as one of the planning documents which it can peruse and challenge and subject to public discourse.
Applied to the sphere of politics, the pragmatic attitude manifests when leaders and followers alike are not fixated with stable theories (such as democracy understood from the elitist point of view) and sheltered with sacred principles (such as morality understood from the sacerdotal point of view). The choice of candidates for the highest posts of the land reflects pragmatic politics at work. They may represent two divergent styles of “good” governance: One is a city mayor who disciplines and punishes while the other is the widow of a former city mayor who empowered and listened, aside from the fact that she has a long track record of working with the grassroots. Thus, it does not matter much if Duterte cursed the Pope or that he joked about being first to rape an Australian missionary. In Robredo’s case, it does not matter much if she was an unknown or that she lacks political experience in the national scene.
At the end of the day, what matters for pragmatic Filipino voters is if the candidate can show concrete proofs that her words are not only promises and premises but also the verbalization of action.
In a country that has long been waiting for the fruits of an Edsa experiment, whatever works is worth the try!
MARLYN IS a mother of five who does odd jobs in the day and picks and sells garbage at night to make ends meet. It may be hard to imagine how so many can go through their lives undocumented in their own country, but this is the reality for countless marginalized Filipinos. This is the all-too-common reality, particularly for those who live in remote areas far from city or town centers. While the Commission on Elections’ effort to cleanse the official voters’ list (OVL) is laudable and a necessary part of preventing electoral fraud, there ought to be ways to accommodate people like Marlyn.
The fundamental reason the Comelec is going through these measures to purge the OVL and introduce biometrics is to ensure that every ballot representing every voice is heard, and heard on equal merit with no discrimination. Back to voting: Reducing the chances of cheating via proper voter identification ensures that the will of the many is properly captured by the ballot count. Surely, government can find creative ways to address the plight of millions who are disenfranchised as voters, as consumers, and indeed as citizens. When Rodrigo Duterte, the controversial mayor of Davao City famous for his iron-fist approach to peace and order issues, takes his oath of office as the next president of the Philippines on June 30, only one of these three historical personalities will still be around to serve as a conscience of the people.
I say “when,” not “if,” because it is clear to both those who voted for Duterte and those who did not that he intends to “suppress” crime within “three to six months” after he takes office. Those who voted for him and those who did not may agree that the only way Duterte can come close to making good on that ambitious promise is by doing what he did (or, if one prefers to accept that the Davao Death Squad is not connected to him, what he failed to stop) in Davao City: to identify the criminal suspects, and then to see them dead. In a television interview a year before the elections, for instance, he teased out once again his reputation as the man behind the Davao Death Squad, the vigilante group that is estimated to have killed over a thousand people in his city. But the killing of 100,000 Filipinos will be the worst outbreak of violence in the country since World War II, when about a million people died.
If we say, “OK, perhaps he really did not mean 100,000 killings,” we will find ourselves sucked into a dangerous exercise, a dubious moral calculus. Or perhaps we can accept the figure of 100,000, after all; these are suspected criminals, not soldiers or revolutionaries.
We may see a spree of extrajudicial killings at the exact same time the privileged party-hopping animals of Congress debate a death penalty law—a law that, in practice, will affect only those Filipinos without privilege.
Mosquito-borne, by the same mosquito that is responsible for the spread of dengue and chikungunya, Zika has been around for at least 100 years in Africa and Asia, said an expert with the World Health Organization. At one of three sessions on Zika at the Women Deliver Conference held last week in Copenhagen, WHO authorities said that Zika was a relatively benign disease that resulted in nothing more serious than a brief rash. Amorim describes Zika—as well as dengue—as a “disease of poverty.” It emerges, she said, in environments of poor housing, inadequate water supply—that force families to store water in containers that foster mosquito breeding—and faulty sanitation. Which is why, she says, more than addressing the immediate health needs of Zika-affected babies and their mothers and families, what may be needed to fully address the problem of Zika is “a review of the development model,” and the resulting structure of widespread poverty.


And to top it off, she pointed out, the Zika crisis emerged at a time of “a serious political crisis” that has seen the ouster of Brazil’s president on corruption charges amid the fervid preparations for Brazil’s hosting of the Summer Olympics.
WOMEN, and especially pregnant mothers, are on the receiving end of much of the criticism and complaints in the face of the Zika epidemic, says Amorim. Much of the burden of coping with the threat of Zika is directed at women, Amorim pointed out. Compounding the difficulties of the mothers, adds Amorim, is the inadequate infrastructure to cope with the needs of babies born with microcephaly. AT the end of the second Zika session, there was a film showing featuring five mothers whose babies were born with microcephaly. Most moving of all was the story of one of the first mothers whose baby was diagnosed with Zika in Brazil.
Even as she mourns her infant son, she keeps him alive with regular visits to a closet where she has hung the clothes she bought for him, caressing each item of clothing as if they were the baby she had lost to Zika. This incident ends up in the most glorious reserves of my memory bank: of how three grains of rice resulted in my father’s shouts. Maguindanaon I am in the heart of the capital, and I am trying to fit into a place considered a melting pot of cultures.
My circle is now filled with “conyo”-speaking people, mostly of fair complexion beside my brown. These thoughts regarding my roots are racing through my mind when I see breaking news on the flat-screen TV. I can’t recall the times when our natural wonders and our hospitalities are featured on TV.
My classmates and I are almost done eating when I in turn ask them about my observation: Why do you always leave food on your plate? One of them says leaving food on one’s plate is a social act that depicts grace and finesse, or delicadeza.
Our culture is inherently different, but it is rich and it has lived even before the Philippines’ colonization by Spain, Japan and America.
IN THE Inquirer’s May 17, 2016, editorial titled “Public health and HIV,” the newspaper once more brought to the attention of the Filipinos the rising number of persons infected by the virus.
To solve this problem, one of the proposals presented by the editorial was the distribution of condoms.
In the interest of truth and service to our countrymen, I think it would be appropriate here to say that condoms do not protect persons from contracting the HIV virus. Some years ago, a young man read a letter I wrote to the Inquirer, which the editors graciously published.
He wrote: “As I’m becoming involved in a lot of organizations in the Metro to spread awareness about this illness, I do agree with you, Father, that the real solution to AIDS is attitude toward chastity and to go back to Him,” referring to God, with whom he said he reconciled through confession, and since then he decided to abstain. The May 18, 2016, editorial cartoon by Gilbert Daroy depicts Duterte, dressed as a doctor, with a huge syringe and needle aimed at administering it to the Filipino. I would call on Duterte to launch this campaign to educate the Filipino to be a disciplined person. This almost happened to me after some self-styled berdugo tried to lay their hands on me recently. Before they could lay their hands on me, thank God, I was able to enter the safety of somebody else’s property in the neighborhood where I let things cool off. I made it days after to the barangay where the investigator reluctantly entered my complaint in the blotter, upon knowing who I was up against. Despite the danger, I refuse to hide from them because I still believe in our law enforcers. Under the Duterte presidency, I hope authorities will go after the bad guys so they won’t be able to terrorize people again. From left, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, Fiat Chrysler chairman John Elkann and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne meet reporters during the presentation of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan in Palazzo Chigi Government office, in Rome, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The Italian-American automaker announced Tuesday that Reid Bigland will replace Harald Wester, who will retain his role as the automaker’s chief technology officer.
The expansion of Alfa Romeo and Maserati are a key element of Marchionne’s five-year business plan, including the re-launch of production in Italy for the export market.
THE LOCAL stock barometer firmed up on Tuesday, bucking a regional downturn, as investors selectively picked up stocks following last week’s bloodbath. Elsewhere in the region, stock markets traded lower as hawkish comments by a US Federal Reserve official affirmed bets that US interest rates may rise by June or July. At the local market, the day’s upswing was led by the property counter while the financial, industrial and holding firms ended with modest gains.
Foreign investors were in a net selling position, resulting in P108M in net foreign outflow from the stock market for the day. ALI and SMIC led the PSEi higher, both rising by over 2 percent while AC, MPI, SM Prime, Metrobank, AP and AGI all gained over 1 percent. Security Bank, which is debuting on the MSCI Philippines index after month-end, also fell on profit-taking (-0.51 percent).
In this April 21, 2016 file photo, Robert Giuffra, an attorney for Volkswagen, leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court hearing, in San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge is set to get an update on ongoing settlement talks in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal after announcing a tentative deal last month for nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the U.S.
The agenda does not indicate whether the parties have reached agreement on more terms that will be disclosed in court. He announced a tentative deal last month that would give the owners of nearly half a million Volkswagens the option of selling their vehicles back to the company or getting them repaired.
The deal that was announced did not cover Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles with 3-liter, six-cylinder engines — an additional 90,000 or so vehicles. The scandal erupted in September when it was learned that the German automaker had fitted many of its cars with software to fool emissions tests and had put dirty vehicles on the road.
Ibon said the number of underemployed and discouraged worker are also rapidly rising, noting that underemployed Filipinos increased by 847,000 to 7.7 million in January 2016 from the same period last year.
Ibon said the labor force grew only by 487,000 despite the working age population growing by 1.1 million in January 2016. LEADING mass housing developer 8990 Holdings grew its net profit in the first quarter by 10 percent year-on-year to P1.03 billion as a buoyant economic continued to buoy the housing market. For the whole of 2016, 8990 Holdings sees its net income growing by 20 percent to P4.8 billion on the back of a 24 percent increase in revenues to P12 billion. In a press statement on Tuesday, 8990 president and chief executive officer Januario Jesus Atencio said a strong mass housing market was evident in the company’s reservation sales of 1,289 units worth P1.5 billion yet to be booked as revenues. Higher selling prices alongside higher volume helped boost 8990 Holdings’ gross sales by 10 percent to P2.17 billion in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. As such, 8990 Holdings reported a higher net margin of 47 percent, beating the 40 percent target for the first quarter. Meanwhile, the developer’s other income jumped 34 percent to P432 million in the first three months after the reclassification of non-core revenue from the top line including Azalea Hotel and timeshares. To sustain growth, 8990 Holdings continued to beef up its landbank, purchasing 76.24 hectares in Manila and Iloilo to augment its existing inventory of 553 hectares worth P112 billion. The company intends to launch 14 projects, bringing to the property market 75,608 housing units worth P7.29 billion this year. Because 8990 Holdings is launching 14 new projects this year, the company has anticipated that 50 percent of this year’s performance will be realized in the fourth quarter.
Last year, 8990 Holdings exceeded its P4 billion profit target after it registered a 23 percent growth in earnings to P4.05 billion. The developer intends to ride on the country’s strong private consumption that continues to fuel strong economic growth. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday, BDO said the collaboration will cover merger and acquisition advisory as well as investment banking services.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by BDO and Aozora on Monday to flesh out this partnership. Aozora, which has been operating since 1957, has 30 branches across Japan alongside five overseas officers. Aozora also provides advisory services to assist corporate, financial institution and retail clients. For its part, BDO has entered into various partnerships with eight Japanese regional banks since 2013. LOCAL oil firms raised prices significantly this week as market jitters drove trading and wildfires in Canadian oil sites and violence in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta added to supply concerns. Petron had not issued an advisory as of press time but is expected to implement similar price adjustments. Analysts said traders see an upside on oil prices with a rebalancing pattern in the market after 18 months of sliding prices, considering the recent round of unscheduled production cuts in some exporting countries.
According to oil field services firm Baker Hughes, the number of oil rigs drilling in US fields remained unchanged from the previous week at 318.Riza T. The Lopez group Monday took a strong stance against the use of coal to fuel the country’s power plants, citing an urgent need to mitigate the impact of climate change. Federico Lopez, chair and chief executive of First Philippine Holdings Corp., made a bold declaration during the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting Monday that the group would never build, develop or invest in any coal-fired power plant.
To date, coal-fired power plants are still seen as among the most reliable and cheapest energy source in the country. Lopez said some businessmen and power industry leaders tended to argue that since the Philippines was responsible for only 0.3 percent of global carbon emissions, the country had the right to continue building more coal-fired power plants.
Meeting the economy’s power demand with more coal-fired plants today meant “locking-in” those high-carbon emissions for decades, Lopez pointed out.
He said business-as-usual was but a “sure road to disaster.” “The technology to do this is already here.
For the group, Lopez said they would be among the bright navigating beacons of Philippine industry, lighting pathways toward a decarbonized economy. Under the group’s “powered by good” mantra, FPH seeks to power the nation’s growth ambitions in a way that recognize the need for a livable Philippines and a livable planet.
The neglect of the agriculture sector that we witnessed during the last six years can be significantly reversed by presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
A concrete action he should take that will symbolize a dramatic turnaround is an extensive cacao intercropping program for the poorest agriculture sector in the country.
Last April 16, Duterte promised to change all this in an early morning meeting with the five-coalition Agri-Fisheries Alliance (AFA). Aside from creating an environment conducive to agriculture development by eliminating much of crime, corruption, and illegal drug trade, Duterte identified smuggling as a priority target. As the smuggling rate increased from 28 percent in 2010 to 36 percent in 2014, agriculture was discriminated against. The 32 industry commodity experts are accredited by the BOC, but not the six agriculture commodity experts.
At the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Anti-Smuggling Committee created in April 2013, the DTI consistently sent official representatives to the more than 30 committee meetings to fight for industry.
From 2013 to 2015, when the Cabinet Economic Cluster of department secretaries met with the Philippine Business Groups-Joint Foreign Chambers (PBG-JFC), where Alyansa Agrikultura represented agriculture, DA again did not send a representative. When the leaders of the five agriculture coalition invited the presidentiables for a one-hour interview on their agriculture plans, only one candidate accepted: Duterte.
You’ll feel like Dorothy landing in the colorful Land of Oz after watching Miss Gulch cycle off in black-and-white Kansas with her wee dog Toto. Bongbong Marcos attempted to move for a separate canvassing of the votes for president and vice president during the joint session of Congress on Tuesday.
Jonathan Dela Cruz, who also served as Marcos’ campaign adviser, sought a separate canvassing as he claimed that there is a separate certificate of canvass (CoC) for president and vice president in the province of Pangasinan. Neptali Gonzales II said there is only one certificate of canvass for president and vice president. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez as the lead signatory among members of the LP Visayan bloc pledging support for incoming Davao del Note Rep.
It was even mentioned in the article so I wondered why (the report) cited someone who had already left (the party),” President Aquino said. Juan Ponce Enrile, was allowed by the Supreme Court to post bail due to humanitarian considerations.
Jonathan Dela Cruz said Duterte can be proclaimed as early as Wednesday, the official start of tallying of votes for president and vice president.
There is no need for us even to go through the COCs for president because all the other candidates have conceded to Duterte,” Dela Cruz told the media. There are medicines right now being developed or already in the market that [contain] marijuana as a component but used for medical purposes,” he said in a press conference.
While the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said that they back the use of medical marijuana for the terminally-ill. Si presumptive President Duterte po ang manunumpang pangulo, sana po ay lahat tayo ay maging protection agents niya. Raul Petrasanta, a former official of Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) and Central Luzon police director; and dismissed FEO officials Chief Supt. The respondents also gave absolute credence to the company’s representative that it had a joint venture with CMIT Consultancy Group and Philrem.
Barnard Danie Dasugo, Lipa City police chief, said Amadillo Custodio, 68, shot his son Dennis, 36, after the latter confronted him on his excessive drinking. In the wake of the national elections in which the votes for the vice presidency appeared to swing first in Sen. Allowing Robredo to win, he said, was dangerous because the Liberals would always have a card with which to threaten Duterte; he was the far better alternative, he said, because the people pushing for Robredo would never countenance the specter of a Marcos back in the presidential seat, hence assuring Duterte an undisturbed stint in Malacanang. As it is, a couple of weeks after the elections, even the Marcos camp has gone silent on its conspiracy theory, and for good reason: The reality of Philippine politics has taken over, and the imagined scenario of the Liberal Party remaining a powerhouse in the new administration has gone kaput. The representatives are not shedding their party affiliation, according to the report, but they are declaring themselves with the majority to be able to partake of the benefits of such an affiliation—and party and platform be damned.
How can it, when no local political parties ever get defined for more than one administration? While I was more than willing to help this new administration at the time, I gently reminded him that without a national strategy, a reorganization of the government, nay, comprehensive bureaucratic reform, cannot be undertaken. The composition of my research team came mostly from my colleagues at the University of the Philippines, supported by research assistants who were our star students in our research classes and who were already familiar with the various methods of inquiry that we needed to undertake to fulfill this assignment. In that 140-or-so-page draft, we identified the goal of the Republic of the Philippines as “To be a developed economy in 2030.” The planning horizon, therefore, of our work was 20 years at the time of writing. Like Ben Anderson’s imagined communities, the national strategy was also largely “an imagined document”!
There is now a need to design a new national strategy, which has to take note of the commitment that the Philippines made in Paris in December 2015 where, at every level of planning, climate change mitigation and disaster risk reduction and management have to be incorporated. This will require all agencies of the government to rethink their respective mandates, modernize their structures, and streamline their processes and procedures to respond to the new challenges. Carlos, PhD, is a retired professor of political science at the University of the Philippines, a former president of the National Defense College of the Philippines, and executive director of StratSearch Foundation Inc. Rather, it is when they become more receptive to the idea of tinkering with and negotiating these theories and principles to give way to those deeds and practices that pride themselves in desired consequences.


The proverbial cat is capitalism, and it does not mean much whether it is good or bad, just or unjust (metaphysically, morally and religiously). The voters chose Duterte and Robredo because they have proven that their brand of leadership works. But their divergence is overshadowed by what is perceived as their accomplishments in the local arenas. It does not matter much if his words have the potential to antagonize diplomatic relations or that he poses a threat to many of our misplaced freedoms and misused rights.
It does not matter much if she is affiliated with the current administration or that she was a reluctant candidate.  And, of course, it does not matter much if she is a woman who would prove to be the last man standing.
In the eyes of Filipino voters, the Duterte-Robredo phenomenon has worked in the micropolitics of Davao City and Naga City.  During the campaign, Duterte and Robredo were simply the words and the texts. In a political arena characterized by pluralism and relativism and further confounded by economic interests, cultural differences, and religious stirrings, a voter’s pragmatic attitude probably signifies a certain degree of political maturity in an otherwise peculiar Philippine democracy. Cortez teaches philosophy subjects and good governance and social responsibility at the University of Santo Tomas.
Women who gave birth at home often does not have the means to go to the nearest government office to register their child. Canada, for example, has a much longer list of valid documents that can be used as valid IDs, which includes a letter of confirmation of residence signed by an authority trusted by Elections Canada. But this issue on identification significantly affects the very people who are already disenfranchised in many other ways. But the argument for relaxing ID requirements is precisely about hearing the will of the many. Ours is a supposedly democratic society, and for many like Marlyn, the closest they have to a voice in that democracy is their one vote. 16, 1999, President Joseph Estrada appointed his then-favorite policeman, Director Panfilo Lacson, as the new chief of the Philippine National Police. For many, the spectacular violence was seen as precisely a violent spectacle, staged to strike fear among criminals.
Will Nene Pimentel, the founder of the PDP-Laban party which now serves as Duterte’s political vehicle, sound the alarm when the new president inaugurates his term with the spectacles of violence he promised during the long campaign? But because by noon of June 30 he will be running a national government, he will need to scale up.
And that plural “you” at the end—this must be just another example of Duterte’s gift for stirring controversy and courting media coverage with outrageous statements, right? The total of 100,000 that Duterte seeks to feed the fish of Manila Bay with is about twice the number of Filipino soldiers killed by the Japanese, and five times the number of Filipino revolutionaries killed by the Americans during the Philippine-American War. Are 10,000 extrajudicial killings “OK” for a country with a population of almost 110 million?
Melinda Amorim, a Brazilian doctor on the frontlines of the battle against the disease, pointed out. But it has drawn the world’s attention mainly because this once-harmless disease has somehow mutated into an ailment that threatens the most helpless of human beings—unborn babies. But it emerged as an epidemic in Polynesia in 2013, and last year spread rapidly through Brazil and the rest of South America. And once there, it “spread incredibly rapidly” through 44 countries and it is seen to be arriving soon in the Eastern seaboard of the United States. While over 7,000 pregnant women reported symptoms of Zika, a total of 1,326 cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, a nerve and muscle weakening ailment, have been found.
When called back to the clinic for an ultrasound scan and other tests, the mothers, she says, visibly quake at the prospect of a diagnosis of Zika. Among the measures that health authorities have counseled women to adopt are to wear long-sleeved dark clothing to avoid mosquito bites (“at a time when Brazil is undergoing an extraordinarily warm summer”), stay at home as much as possible, and avoid getting pregnant. At one point, my mother shouts, “Pegkan ta den!” It means “It’s time to eat!” in our tongue. My mother rants about angels crying if the food is not eaten, and of how it is against “Agama Islam” or the Islamic faith. I went to school as a Grade 4 student with this thought in my mind and my stomach more than full. The quest for a college degree has forced me to leave my rural homogenized Muslim community.
At one time I have just finished eating in the cafeteria with my classmates, and I notice something: They have leftover food on their plates and I have nothing left on mine. I am now overrun by surging emotions that translate into my muscles and vocal tone as anger. I realize this is a primary contributor to the demonization of and misconception regarding my kind. And it is enough proof that one person who used condoms to protect himself from contamination still acquired the virus. Essentially what I wrote was that condoms are not the solution to the spread of the HIV virus; rather people must practice chastity.
Such a person will be careful to avoid engaging in unnecessary risky behavior, and he or she can be a pillar for the development of the nation.
They must have thought they were assisting a man administer justice with their own hands for an offense he assumed I committed against his kin. But, please, make sure that in the process of administering justice we don’t end up killing justice itself. District Court Judge Charles Breyer that includes a report on discussions over roughly 482,000 Volkswagens with 2-liter, four-cylinder diesel engines. Breyer has put the attorneys under a gag order that prevents them from discussing the settlement talks. But many questions remain unanswered, including how much money owners can expect in a buyback and how much additional compensation beyond repairs and buybacks they’ll receive. Justice Department and for Volkswagen owners to file additional paperwork about the tentative agreement.
Unemployed workers are dropping out of the labor force or potential new participants are not bothering to join the labor force, or both,” it added. Barbara, Pavia as well as Urban Deca Homes Mahogany and Hernan Cortez in the second quarter after introducing Deca Homes Baywalk Talisay 3 and Urban Deca Homes Hampton. The goal was to provide financial services assistance to clients which want to do business in the Philippines. If any country in the world has a stake in seeing global carbon emissions reduced, it’s the Philippines, where millions more innocent lives will be destroyed or lost if the march toward a warmer world cannot be stopped,” he said. In the Miracle Zone, the extraordinary is ordinary and suffering is what is unplanned and unexpected. Hindi naman namin i-e-entertain kung puro objection lang na wala namang dahilan, ebidensya, o kadahilanang mabigat para i-consider ng committee.
And there’s the reason “Plan B” sounded ridiculous from the start: It feigned ignorance of the feckless, grasping world of Philippine politics, in which politicians of whatever stripe stand ready to abandon their party in half a heartbeat to join the horde of favor-seekers lining up at the troughs of the new dispensation. After that, it’s open season again for the swarm of political butterflies desperately fluttering about in search of new options for continuing relevance and viability—as it is now.
I advised him strongly to support instead the crafting of a national strategy without which any and all government efforts will not be linked and integrated into a whole. According to the unofficial count, Rodrigo Duterte won the presidential race by an overwhelming number, and Leni Robredo won over Ferdinand Marcos Jr. What is important is whether capitalism can work, and does work, in order to attain the desired purpose. The voters perceived them to be not only bearers of promises but also guardians of sacred principles.
It does not matter much if he is a socialist or a communist, whatever the meaning of those words in the post-Marxist era.  And it does not matter much if the expose on his hidden wealth is for real.
For many years before the campaign, the cities of Davao and Naga were the deeds and the contexts. Deng is also famed for telling the Chinese people, “We will cross the river by feeling stones under our feet, one by one.”  For us Filipinos who chose Duterte and Robredo, the idea is to embrace the hopeful thought that change is really coming, but we must move with caution, remain grounded, and differentiate the stepping stones from the slippery ones.
Last year, in her desire to participate in the 2016 elections, she took a day off and went to one of the satellite registration centers in the city to have her biometrics taken, so she could vote.
In the United States, where debates on the photo ID requirement for voting are still ongoing in some states, there are states that allow for voter verification without ID documents, and in lieu of such, permit the filing of affidavits that they are eligible to vote. The resulting voter disenfranchisement on a large scale could be just as bad or even worse than the collective effect of fraudulent voters at the national level.
This is why it is such a tragedy how for so many of us, this voice is so easily lost through no fault of their own.
Hence his statement, repeated many times, about filling Manila Bay (chosen for its symbolic national value) with the corpses of a hundred thousand suspected criminals. Perhaps; at least that is what one should hope for, if we want true justice, not the false peace of the funeral parlor.
The rapid spread of Zika through developing nations in Latin America and its imminent arrival in the developed world have set off alarm bells, provoking curiosity and real concern.
This was where the first cases of Zika-caused microcephaly, with infants born with abnormally small skulls as a result of damaged brain structures, emerged.
In one occasion at the cafeteria, although we have hung out for a considerable amount of time, for the first time they express curiosity as to my ethnicity. I read the headline “Muslim kills neighbor in Paranaque.” It has a mind-conditioning effect that contributes to stereotyping. Yes, these are a reality in our land, but what’s the difference when these are the reality everywhere?
Now chastity is one of those virtues making up the compendium of virtues that we can call national discipline, which can include honesty, doing work well, order, respect for the law, punctuality, concern for others, service, kindness and courtesy, to name the more salient ones.
Incoming president Duterte had called on telecommunication firms to improve their services or face stiffer competition.
However, given what we know about global climate today, that assertion, even if we choose to adopt such a parochial Philippines-only perspective, is downright thoughtless and unconscionable,” Lopez said.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Classification and Valuation Committee includes the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), but not the Department of Agriculture (DA). You can create the space for miracles to happen by living in the Miracle Zone, a place where anything can happen – and does! Can you choose to receive a job offer where you’re able to use all your talents, make a difference in the world and get paid enough to transform the lives of your family members, too? That is the interpretation that I gathered today,” Sotto told reporters in an ambush interview at the House of Representatives. Since then, the medical community and the Roman Catholic Church have expressed their views on the issue. Ang pangulo natin ang simbolo ng lahat ng Pilipino so lahat po sana tayo ay tulong-tulong para ma-ensure ang kanyang seguridad,” Gaerlan said. Leni Robredo’s numbers, the Marcos camp’s immediate accusation of fraud in the counting hinged on a conspiracy theory: that Robredo’s victory was being engineered by the ruling Liberal Party as part of a grand plan to eventually unseat the incoming president, Rodrigo Duterte, through impeachment, and thereby reclaim power. To be embedded in the roadmap toward 2030 are the 17 item goals of the Sustainable Development Goals, to which the Philippines is also committed. Everyone has to groove into a trajectory where cooperation, communication, collaboration and coordination will happen seamlessly. Other government IDs, and formal employment itself, may not be that easy to obtain because of another requirement that should be ubiquitous, but is not. While it should now be possible for nearly anyone to fly, thanks to past policy reforms to widen competition in domestic aviation that pushed down ticket prices, not so with Marlyn. How about 1,000 killings—but not spread between 1998 and 2015, as in Davao City, according to documentation by human rights groups, but between July and December this year?
I believe it doesn’t make sense to suddenly affix one’s religious affiliation to a nonreligious event or motive. I’m close to thinking that the media are mostly responsible for the disparity in view and the marginalization of our kind. You have a strong connection to the Divine through your own prayers and leading other people and asking for the blessings the Universe will joyfully provide. And at the rate the migration is going, by the time Duterte takes his oath of office on June 30 he’d be assured of a supermajority in Congress, and the LP, once the ruling party, would now be a shell of itself. Peirce and William James), who intended to liberate philosophy from meaningless abstractions, Filipinos voted from the perception that politics must also be free of abstract sweet nothings and focus more on concrete results. Like millions of Filipinos, she does not have a birth certificate in the civil registry of the National Statistics Office.
Plan International, a children’s development organization, estimates that 970,000 people have been living without birth certificates in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao alone, and at least 7.5 million nationwide have no birth registration.
The peace and order situation may make it extremely difficult or virtually impossible to make the trip.
I have the responsibility as a Muslim and a Maguindanaon to correct myths and misconceptions. Not because we live in small nipa huts do we consider ourselves poor, because we are rich in identity, culture and contentment. But apart from the media, there are many more challenges, including historical and cultural injustice. Or people may simply not realize the importance of birth registration and opt not to bother with it.
Our granddaughter’s yaya recently had to cancel her much-anticipated trip home to Mindanao after learning that her postal ID issued in her hometown would not be acceptable for boarding her flight, as it had expired. How about “only” 100 killings, but all on the afternoon of June 30, after Duterte takes his oath? Every day we start our morning washing parts of our body and rewashing these four more times for prayers.
I realize that this teaching is an extension of the absolute preservation we must do amid our being marginalized and deemed uncultured. I contend that pragmatic politics is one of the main explanations for the Duterte-Robredo phenomenon. Though not legally married, she had long taken on the name of her “husband,” and her name was listed as such in the voter registry.
The reasons are as varied as the list is long, but the unfortunate truth is that many basic human rights become unavailable with an unfiled birth certificate. To cut her long story short, she was turned away for not having sufficient documentation, even though she had voted in past elections. And these include the right to take part in shaping one’s future through choice of our leaders or representatives, which is what elections are all about. She couldn’t renew her ID at our local post office either, and was told she would have to do it at her place of permanent residence. Not only did her day go to waste; she also lost her chance to be counted in the choice of our future leaders.




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