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December 8, 2018

A Filippino Lights Up The Street with His Own Ms Universe Impression and Also Shows The Poverty in The Country

A Filipino comedian recently lit up international social media after doing his own Miss Universe catwalk in the sassiest manner possible.
Sinon Loresca, an openly gay model and TV actor, delivered his killer moves wearing sporty swimwear and six-inch pumps via a short video to show his support for 2016 Miss Universe Philippines candidate Maxine Medina, reported the Inquirer.
The clip, however, got everyone’s attention and has since gone viral amassing over 6.7 million views on his own page and more than 15 million views on the Beauty Queen Facebook page. After his phenomenal catwalk swagger, Loresca posted another video wherein he wore an evening gown, blowing some kisses for his followers.
Loresca then posted a message on Facebook expressing his appreciation 
over the positive feedback he received.
“I am filled with tears of joy; making happy videos to make people happy is not a joke. 
But when your video pulls off 3 million views in one day, it’s very heartening,” 
he wrote in Filipino.  While he is a known up-and-coming TV star for a highly-rated variety show “Eat Bulaga”, not many know about his kind heart. 
As someone who grew up in poverty, Loresca understands the plight of the children who live in the streets in the Philippines. It has become a pasttime of his to go out and give food to street kids and entire families in Manila’s impoverished neighborhoods. 

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December 5, 2018

Duterte of the Philippines in Accordance to The Despot Rule Book Goes After a Home Blogger



A vocal critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte posted bail on Monday, after returning to her country to face an arrest warrant and charges of tax violations.
On Sunday night at Manila's international airport, Maria Ressa, the CEO and executive editor of digital news outlet Rappler, thanked reporters for showing up to cover the event.
She had just returned from Washington, D.C., and New York, where she received the Knight International Journalism Award and the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award. Under Ressa's watch, Rappler has probed the extrajudicial killings committed in Duterte's war on drugs.
The government charged Ressa and Rappler with five counts of tax violations in November. She faces a fine and up to 10 years in prison.
"How do I feel about being arrested?" she told reporters in an airport terminal, as travelers rolled their suitcases by. "Well, number one, I'm going to hold my government accountable for publicly calling me a criminal." 
The arrest warrant "makes you feel vulnerable," she said. "But I think that's the point, right? The point is for the government to actually make you feel its power and that it can do what it wants to do, including bending the law to the point that it's broken."
On Monday she posted a bail of 60,000 Philippine pesos (about $1,100) at the Pasig City Regional Trial Court, according to Rappler.
"I surrendered to the court this morning, went through the process of what a criminal would go through, and filed bail without surrendering my right to question the Pasig court's jurisdiction over this tax case," she said.
Authorities have conducted other investigations into the outlet and Ressa's work. In January, the Securities and Exchange Commission temporarily revoked Rappler's license for supposedly violating a law that prohibits foreign majority ownership of businesses in the Philippines. The Philippine Department of Justice also began investigating Ressa for alleged cyber libel.
Ressa, a former CNN bureau chief, described the tax charges as "a clear case of harassment," adding that agents had been deployed to Rappler's office. According to Rappler, Ressa's arraignment is scheduled for Friday morning.
The charges triggered condemnation from human rights organizations.
"The Duterte administration is singling out one of its most potent critics with politically motivated charges," Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International's East and Southeast Asia regional director, said in a statement. "Rappler's fearless journalism has helped to expose the deadly reality of the so-called 'war on drugs' – and the thousands of unlawful killings of poor and marginalized people perpetrated in its name."
Brad Adams, executive director of Human Rights Watch Asia Division, called the charges the latest example of the administration's contempt for free press, saying, "The Philippine government is targeting Rappler and Maria Ressa for their dogged reporting on Duterte's murderous 'drug war.' "
Shawn Crispin, senior Southeast Asia representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists, called for the "spurious charges" to be dropped "before any more damage is done to his administration's already threadbare credibility."
Rappler launched in 2012, gaining praise for its 2017 "Impunity" series, which investigated killings in Duterte's drug sweep, and a series about propaganda, which examined how social media was exploited after Duterte was elected president. 
As his plans to eradicate drugs unfolded, Rappler's staff were among the government's first targets in 2016, Ressa told NPR this spring. "You can say I was blindsided by the fact that the government has used authoritarian tactics to try to control the narrative - the public narrative and to use a propaganda machine in a completely new way," she said.
Staff reporter Pia Ranada was banned from Malacañang Palace, the president's residence and place of work, and she was attacked on social media. The president's trolls "say they wish death upon me," she told NPR. "They wish I get gang raped. They wish that they could do all kinds of really gross sexual assaults on me."
In November, the impunity of officials in Duterte's drug war appeared to lapse: three police officers were found guilty of murdering a 17-year-old — the first convictions in Duterte's anti-drug campaign, NPR's Emily Sullivan reported.

February 3, 2018

Fears of Dengue Immunization Will Cause An Epidemic in The Philippines

Fears over a dengue vaccine in the Philippines have led to a big drop in immunisation rates for preventable diseases, officials have warned.
Health Under-Secretary Enrique Domingo said many parents were refusing to get their children vaccinated for polio, chicken pox and tetanus.
The fears centre on Dengvaxia, a drug developed by French company Sanofi. 
Sanofi and local experts say there is no evidence linking the deaths of 14 children to the drug. 
However, the company had warned last year that the vaccine could make the disease worse in some people not infected before. 
Dengue fever affects more than 400 million people each year around the world. Dengvaxia is the world's first vaccine against dengue. 
The mosquito-borne disease is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)

What did Mr Domingo say about immunisation rates?

"Our programmes are suffering... (people) are scared of all vaccines now", he warned.
Mr Domingo added that vaccination rates for some preventable diseases had dropped as much as 60% in recent years - significantly lower that the nationwide target of 85%.

Image copyrightAFPImage captioMr Domingo expressed concerns about potential epidemics in the Philippines - a nation of about 100 million people, many of whom are impoverished.

Asian Tiger Mosquito       Dengue Mosquito

What triggered fears about Dengvaxia?

More than 800,000 children were vaccinated across the country in 2016-17. Fourteen of them have died.
Dengvaxia immunisations were halted last year, as the Philippines launched an investigation into what caused the deaths.
On Saturday, Doctors for Public Welfare (DPW) said a clinical review conducted by Philippine General Hospital forensic pathologists had determined that the deaths were not linked to the vaccine, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

What about Sanofi's reaction?

In a statement, the French company said: "The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital expert panel confirmed... that there is currently no evidence directly linking the Dengvaxia vaccine to any of the 14 deaths.
"In Dengvaxia clinical trials conducted over more than a decade and the over one million doses of the vaccine administered, no deaths related to the vaccine have been reported to us.
"Clinical evidence confirms dengue vaccination in the Philippines will provide a net reduction in dengue disease."
Last November, Sanofi announced that its vaccine could worsen the potentially deadly disease in people not previously infected.
"For those not previously infected by dengue virus, however, the analysis found that in the longer term, more cases of severe disease could occur following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection," the firm said in a statement.
Sanofi says Dengvaxia has been registered in 19 countries and launched in 11 of them.
In its latest advice on the vaccine, the WHO said that "until a full review has been conducted, WHO recommends vaccination only in individuals with a documented past dengue infection".

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Recent vaccine controversies:

  • 'Anti-vax' movement: activities in the past few years by fringe campaigners against immunisation - particularly for measles - lead to falling immunisation rates in France, Italy and the US
  • Polio: Islamist militants in Pakistan have carried out attacks against workers vaccinating children in recent years. The militants say immunisation is a Western campaign to sterilise Pakistani children
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella): starts with a publication of a 1998 paper falsely linking the vaccine to autism. This leads to a drop in immunisation rates in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

December 18, 2017

Homophobic Philippines Duterte About Faces On Gay Marriage Against Wishes of Catholic Church







Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his support for same-sex marriage, after previously declaring his opposition, in an about-face that may displease bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country.
Speaking at a gathering of LGBT people in his hometown Davao City, Mr Duterte vowed to protect the rights of homosexuals and invited them to nominate a representative to work in his government.
"I said I am for [same-]sex marriage if that is the trend of the modern times," he said.
"If that will add to your happiness, I am for it."
Mr Duterte previously was quoted by local media as saying he was opposed to same-sex unions because marriage in the Philippines is only between a man and a woman.
The President had brought up the gender issue in the past while attacking Western countries that allow it, especially those who criticise his brutal war on drugs.
Many countries, mostly in Western Europe and the Americas, have already recognised same-sex unions. 
Australia is the latest to legalise it after federal Parliament earlier this month amended the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to wed. The first such marriages under Australian law were held on Saturday.
Catholic bishops in the Philippines, who also oppose Mr Duterte's bloody anti-narcotics campaign, have voiced concern over legalising same-sex marriage after his top ally in Congress vowed earlier this year to push for it.
"Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passed," Mr Duterte said, in an apparent reference to traditional church teaching on the issue.
"So I am with you."
He asked the LGBT community to nominate a representative whom he could appoint to a government post, saying he needed "the brightest" to replace those he had recently fired over allegations of corruption.
"You nominate somebody who is honest, hardworking. I give you until the second week of January to nominate," he said.
Reuters

In the coming months we will learn what this homophobe Trumpie act alike is thinking. When a person who only cares how everything affects him personally says,
"If that will add to your happiness, I am for it." one has to watch ones back. On the other hand may be he is foud out someone close to him is gay but when a person like him changes position so fast and drastically you know there is a good reason for it that is not immediadly known. Some might say so what? The end game is what matters! And I understand that except when an enemy says Im your friend one has to get chills before one gets happy about about the new found concern for human happiness.
Adam Gonzalez 

November 28, 2017

In One of The Most Corrupt Govs in Asia The Police Caught on Video Committing Murder


 
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Police tell one story of what happened in Barangay 19. Security cameras tell another.

Chilling surveillance footage of a drug-war operation in Manila raises fresh doubts about police actions in President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal anti-narcotics campaign. Reuters obtained the footage, which shows the deadly operation from start to finish 

BARANGAY 19, Manila – The police report was clear. 
Anti-drug officers shot and injured three men in this poor
 district of the Philippine capital, then “rushed” them to
a hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.
But security camera footage obtained by Reuters tells a different story of what happened just after midday on October 11 in Barangay (district) 19. It shows that police took at least 25 minutes to haul away the men they had shot. The victims show no signs of life; police are seen carrying them by their arms and legs and loading their limp bodies onto pedicabs to take them to hospital.
The footage casts new doubts on the official accounts of police killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's 17-month war on drugs.
In June, Reuters revealed that police have shot hundreds of people during anti-drug operations, then taken them to hospitals where they are declared dead on arrival. Police say they're trying to save lives. Bereaved relatives and other witnesses allege police are sending corpses to hospitals to disrupt crime scenes and cover up extrajudicial killings. 
Police have shot dead at least 3,900 people in anti-narcotic operations since Duterte took power in June 2016 - always in self-defense, police say. Human rights activists blame the police for thousands of more killings attributed to vigilantes, but authorities deny any involvement.
A witness to the Barangay 19 killings told Reuters that the three men were executed and not, as the police claim, shot in self-defense. Police say they only use deadly force in self-defense, but a series of investigations by Reuters suggest they are summarily executing people.
The security camera footage not only contradicts the police account of the Barangay 19 killings. It also provides further evidence of another drug-war tactic: the disabling of surveillance cameras at crime scenes by the police. In the footage, filmed simultaneously by four security cameras, an officer is seen turning the camera that captured the action away from the scene.
The police understand the dangers posed by such footage, which can expose their actions. An active-duty commander involved in the drug war told Reuters earlier this year that police collude with local officials to unplug security cameras in areas where they plan to carry out a drug-war killing.
Reuters has obtained footage from all four security cameras, each capturing the episode from a different angle. Together, the cameras provide a unique record of a police operation from start to finish. Some of the Barangay 19 footage was previously aired by Philippine broadcaster GMA.
“The operation was legitimate,” said Santiago Pascual, the commander of the station that conducted the raid, in a statement to Reuters. A station investigation showed that his officers had followed correct operational procedure, said Pascual, and eyewitness testimony that they had opened fire on unarmed men was “untrue and unfounded.” Police carried out the Oct. 11 raid a day after Duterte ordered them to leave anti-drug operations to the state-run Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. The October memo marked the second time that Duterte has publicly told police officers to stop waging his drug war. He announced a halt to their operations in late January after news emerged that police had kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman. He lifted that ban one month later, saying drugs were returning to the streets.
In his latest order, Duterte said he wanted "to bring order to the operation/campaign against illegal drugs, thus pinpointing precise accountability.”
The announcement came amid escalating public criticism of alleged police atrocities. Recent surveys by Manila-based pollster Social Weather Stations have shown rising distrust of the police and unease with their brutal methods, which have been criticized by the influential Catholic Church.
The circulation online of security camera footage of police operations and vigilante killings has spurred public disquiet with Duterte’s bloody anti-drug campaign. Outrage followed the August release of a video that seemed to back up eyewitness accounts of how teenager Kian Loyd de los Santos was killed that month.


Explore the killings in an interactive graphic: Click here.

Police said they shot the 17-year-old in self-defense after he opened fire. Eyewitnesses said police took the unarmed boy to a trash-filled alley in northern Manila and shot him in the head. Footage emerged showing two officers marching a figure toward the spot where delos Santos’ body was found. His funeral procession turned into the biggest protest yet against the drug war.
The officers in the Barangay 19 footage belong to an anti-drug unit from Police Station 2 in Manila, according to a police report of the incident. Of the 15 officers who appear clearly on the footage, only one is wearing a mask.
The report said Rolando Campo, 60, sold drugs to an undercover officer, who signaled for back-up. Campo "sensed the presence" of the police officers and ordered his two associates - Sherwin Bitas, 34, and Ronnie Cerbito, 18 - to draw their guns and open fire on them, the report said.
The police retaliated, leaving the three men "fatally wounded," it said.
But the footage shows Campo chatting with people in the neighborhood in the minutes before the police arrive, and not, as the report said, selling drugs to an undercover officer.


NAMED: This list, provided by police in response to questions from Reuters, names the officers who shot Campo, Bitas and Cerbito.

The police operation doesn’t seem to be undercover. The footage shows mainly plainclothes officers, most of them visibly armed and some wearing body armor, entering the area through the alley on which Campo and Bitas lived. The officers pass in full view of the victims’ house seven minutes before the shooting starts.
Arlene Gibaga, Bitas' wife, told Reuters that she witnessed the shooting and the three men were unarmed. "We don't have the money for guns," said Gibaga, who has three young children with Bitas. She said her husband didn’t deal drugs.
Police detained the men in an alley next to her house, she said, and asked her to get Bitas' ID. When she produced it, said Gibaga, one officer shouted "Positive! Positive!" and then the officers fired on Bitas.



“Don't do that to my husband!" she screamed, as the police shot Bitas. "I will report you! There are CCTV cameras here!"
One of the officers then aimed his gun at Gibaga and ordered her inside, she said.
The footage doesn't show the police shooting the three men, but does show an officer appearing to open fire on an unseen target. Campo then falls backward into the frame, his body hitting the ground. His arms move for a while before resting motionless.
Less than a minute later, the camera that captured the scene of the shooting is effectively put out of action: someone turns it to face the wall. A second camera shows a police officer reaching up and turning it away.
Station commander Pascual said the camera was averted for a “valid security reason” and to ensure the operation wasn’t compromised. His statement reiterated the police report’s version of events - “that the suspects first drew firearms and shot the operatives,” who returned fire in self-defense.
Later that day, at Police Station 2, Gibaga said officers told her it was useless to complain. “It’s the government you will be fighting against,” she recalled one officer saying. “Don’t get angry at us. We are just following orders.”


RESTING PLACE: The wake of Rolando Campo and Sherwin Bitas was held only 
a few paces from where police shot them. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao

Duterte’s War
By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall
Video: Ryan Brooks
Graphic: Jin Wu and Simon Scarr
Photo Editor: Thomas White
Design: Catherine Tai
Edited by Peter Hirschberg  

July 25, 2017

Top Philippine Legislator Wants to Bring Gay Marriage to The Islands







 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's top ally in Congress proposed new bills to legalize divorce and same-sex unions on Monday, a move almost certain to meet fierce resistance from bishops in the mainly Catholic country.
Opening the lower house for its second regular session, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he would file a bill to legally recognize civil partnerships between people of the same sex. The Philippines would become the first Southeast Asian nation to legalize same-sex unions if he succeeds. 
Alvarez said citizens should be allowed to divorce legally as much as same-sex couples should be allowed to have legally recognized unions.
"We must also be considerate of the fact that marriage may not be for everyone," he said.
"Presently, it even excludes certain groups of people from its fold. Our citizens should not be excluded from society just because of the person they love. They must also be treated with equality before the law," he said.
Twenty-seven countries, mostly in Western Europe and the Americas, have already recognized same-sex unions. A court in Taiwan issued a ruling in May that said same-sex couples had the right to marry legally.
The Vatican and the Philippines are the only states in which divorce is outlawed.
The proposals by Alvarez drew mixed reactions from lawmakers, both allies, and the opposition.
The Philippine bishops would most likely try to block moves to legalize divorce and same-sex marriages, although Catholic Church representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Congressman Teodoro Baguilat described the proposal as "bold, clear and progressive", but representative Tom Villarina said Congress should focus on passing an anti-discrimination bill put forward by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community because that proposal already had broad support.
In the most recent opinion polls, Filipinos overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriages, with the latest survey in 2015 showing nearly 70 percent of 1,200 respondents strongly disagreed. Laws on same-sex marriages have been proposed as far back 2006, but none has gained traction.
However, the latest attempt could gain momentum because it has the endorsement of Alvarez, a close ally of Duterte, who enjoys a super-majority in the legislature.
Alvarez said divorce would strengthen the rights of minors because there would be fewer illegitimate children under the law. Divorces, he said, would be a far less tedious and expensive process than annulling marriages, which can take years and face many legal hurdles.
"They (would) no longer have to sling mud at each other in front of a judge just to convince the magistrate that their marriage should be declared void," he said.
(Reporting by Manuel Mogato; Editing by Martin Petty)
 Thomson Reuters.

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