Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sen. Manny Pacquiao, gustong masampulan ang mga kingpin sa Pilipinas

August 16, 2018
Pacquiao On Death Penalty: Firing Squad Or Hanging. Image and caption credit to
Dapat i-firing squad ang mga sindikato lalo na ang mga kingpin ng ipinagbabawal na gamot kahit hindi pa naisasabatas ang bitay sa Pilipinas ayon kay Sen. Manny Pacquiao

Naghain na rin ito ng re­solusyon para imbestigahan ang sinasabing P6.8-B halaga ng shabu kahit pa pinabulaanan na ito ng Bureau of Customs.

Si Senator Manny Pacquiao ay isa sa mga nagsusulong na ibalik ang Death Penalty sa bansa para sa mga krimen na may koneksyon sa iligal na droga.

“Dapat i-firing squad ang mga drug lord na nagpapasok ng droga kahit pa walang batas o death penalty sa bansa,” ani Senator Manny Pacquiao.

Matapos mailusot ang mahigit P6 bilyong halaga ng shabu sa Bureau of Customs ay sinabi ni Senator Manny na, “Dapat i-firing squad ang mga drug lord na nagpapasok ng droga kahit pa walang batas o death penalty sa bansa.”

“Kapag mga ganyan tapos di nila susundin ang batas. Wala silang takot sa batas, magpapakulong na lang ako para ma-firing squad yong drug lord na ‘yon na nagpasok sa Pilipinas (ng shabu),”dagdag pa nito.

Sa kabila ng anti-drug campaign ni Pangulong Duterte ay nakakalusot parin ang bulto- bultong shabu sa ating bansa kaya naman gustong gusto ni Senator Pacquiao na mahuli ang mga tao na nasa likod nito.
Shabu worth P6.8 billion slips past Customs. Image and caption credit to PhilStar
Hindi pa natitiyak kung sino ang utak ng pag papadala ng mahigit P6 bilyong halaga ng shabu sa Pilipinas, iginiit ni Senator Pacquiao na dapat ay masampolan ang mga foreigners na nagpapasok ng droga sa bansa.

““Kung ako i -firing squad talaga kasi antigas talaga ng ulo. Ewan ko kung Pilipino ang gumagawa o foreigners gusto ko masampolan ang mga foreigners na gumagawa nagpapasok dito sa ating bansa. Para sa akin walang batas-batas para madisiplina.”
Senator Manny Pacquiao. Image credit to Inquirer
Ayon pa kay Senator Pacquiao ay dapat pa raw na ilagay sa tabi ng taong utak sa pagpasok ng droga ang drogang nahuli bago ito i-firing squad.

Kahit pa pinabulaanan na ng BOC ay naghain parin ng resolusyon para maimbestigahan ang mahigit P6 bilyong halaga ng shabu.


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Source: GMA

Drilon comments on Duterte's intent to resign

August 16, 2018
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Franklin Drilon, photo from CNN Philippines
Following President Rodrigo Duterte's recent remark about his plan to step down should Bongbong Marcos win his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, comes Sen. Franklin Drilon's comment on the matter.

In a report, the Liberal Party senator said that there is no other way to have a new leader but for the Vice President to take over thus assume presidency.

"Wala pong option sa ating Saligang Batas. Kung magbitiw po ang Pangulo, ang Pangalawang Pangulo ang mag-assume ng position," Drilon told reporters.

(There are no other options in our Constitution. If the president will step down, the vice president will assume the position.)

Drilon, Senate Minority Leader, made the statement after the Mindanaoan president said before members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) on Tuesday that he is ready to step down in one condition: only if either Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. or Senator Chiz Escudero will succeed him.

On the other hand, Sen. Vicente Sotto III believes that the 73 year old president may have said that out of frustration, but would not surrender.
Senate President Tito Sotto III and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, photo from GMA News
"Nasasabi lang niya ‘yon. Siguro dahil nga pagod", the Senate President said.

 (That might be musings because of exhaustion.)

Asked with a hypothetical question, the latter, however, added that in the event the president resigns, the government will run steadily.

“As I’ve said, our government is stable, may system, may structure ang gobyerno natin, kahit sinong nakaupo tatakbo ‘yan (As I’ve said, our government is stable, the government has a system and a structure, it will run as usual no matter who is in the position),” he said.

The president earlier expressed that he will possibly resign due to unending corruption problems in the government.

Source: PTV4

International Lawyer demands Hontiveros to explain Philhealth P1.7B illegal bonuses

August 16, 2018
Senator Risa Hontiveros remains mum so far as the illegal bonuses of Philhealth during her term as board member is concerned.
Senator Risa Hontiveros / Photo from CNN Philippines

With the unauthorized bonuses amounting to a whooping total of Php 1.76 billion, the public cries for transparency and explanation from Hontiveros who sat as Philhealth board member in 2014, a year after the illegal bonuses were declared.

International Lawyer Paula Defensor Knack demanded that Hontiveros explain the suspicious funds which she underlined were stolen right under the noses of “sick and dead people”.

Thinking Pinoy’s RJ Nieto was even requested by Knack to conduct the Freedom of Information (FOI) on the Philhealth funds, particularly on the outstanding obligations before, during, and after Hontiveros’ term and compare it to the date of the funds’ releases and Hontiveros’ campaign ads.
Paula Defensor-Knack and Senator Risa Hontiveros / Photo from PinoyThinking

Knack posted queries on the illegal bonuses regarding the system of release, which Knack assumed might have been “staggered” instead of release in one go.

Additionally, Philhealth was recorded to have a massive backlog in unpaid reimbursements to its clients and other bills which lasted long into Hontiveros’ term.

Despite these problems in Philhealth, Hontiveros did no action whatsoever to resolve the issues even when Philhealth was already violating laws of the land and did not receive presidential approval on its allocation of funds.

Knack also disclosed that besides not addressing the illegal bonuses, Hontiveros went on a “campaign blitz” as soon as she got to be board member and spent  Php 440,000 per showing of her ads which makes it suspicious as to how Hontiveros managed to accumulate funds for her ads when Philhealth had outstanding obligations.

In her full post on Facebook, Knack said,

"VIRAL !! ............SAGUTIN MO HONTIVEROS !...nagkutchaba kayo para may panggastos ka at the expense of sick and dead people !!  👊👊👊👠👠🇵🇭️🇵🇭️🇵🇭️ Thinking Pinoy RJ Nieto - ito ang ipa FOI.....outstanding obligations before/during/after her term, when bonuses were declared vs. date of releases, cost of campaign ads. Thank you. "
Screengrab from Paula Defensor-Knack Facebook post

UP Alumnus on “5-minute girl”: 'The problem is not just the driver, but also the police'

August 16, 2018
University of the Philippines Diliman alumnus Raffy Gutierrez took a different perspective as he commented on the incident of a woman arguing and insulting MMDA officers as she was asked to move her illegally parked car.
Raffy Gutierrez and 5 minute girl / Photo from Facebook and Google

Gutierrez, instead of insulting the woman, as did most netizens, decided to talk about the reason perhaps why the woman reacted the way that she did. According to him, what the woman did “shows a very deep pathological problem ingrained in the Filipino mindset”.

He said that the woman reacted the way that she did because she, just like most Filipinos, do not have respect for uniformed officers, or enforcers of the law. This is because of years of experience being robbed in broad daylight by policemen themselves. The culture of policemen asking for handouts in order for people to get away with not following the law is something that has existed in the Philippines for years.
5 minute girl and husband / Photo from Google

"We Filipinos, generally speaking, do not have any respect for people in uniform. Why is that, you may ask? Because the truth is that many law enforcers have been known to be corrupt since time immemorial," he said.

Gutierrez says this is the reason why most people have no respect for policemen. He adds that if that same woman was caught in the country like the United States of America for example, then most probably she would not have insulted or disrespected them.

However, the same respect cannot be given to Filipino law enforcers because of the bad reputation they have in the county.

Ending his post, Gutierrez calls on the policemen to start fixing their ways and fixing their image in order to regain the respect of the Filipino people.

Read his full post here:

"What happened in this video -- the lady driver disrespecting the MMDA people -- shows a very deep pathological problem ingrained in the Filipino mindset. We Filipinos, generally speaking, do not have any respect for people in uniform. Why is that, you may ask? Because the truth is that many law enforcers have been known to be corrupt since time immemorial.

Our law enforcement agencies have not been able to reclaim the respect that the pubic should show them. For the longest time diba, may kakahiyang saying sa ating mga Pinoy, that if a crime happens to you, the last people you want to call are the police kasi alam nating mangongotong lang yan or just makes things worse as a whole.
5 minute girl / Photo from Google

I am not siding with the disrespectful woman driver. No, not at all. But hurling insults and cursing is not going to make any long term impact. If we are to be brutally honest, would this lady driver have done the same thing kung nasa America siya, let's say, and she was apprehended by a US Highway Trooper? It would be a very different story. She would proceed exactly as the US Traffic Enforcer would tell her.

So bakit dito sa sariling bayan niya hindi niya magawa ang tama? Kasi walang respeto sa mga taong in Uniform. Dahil nakikita lang ng karamihan na ang habol ng mga enforcers ay pagkakitaaan ang mga taong bayan. Dito klaro pag sa sinag ng araw na mali si Ate pero pinaninindigan niya ang kanyang kamalian. Ganyan kababa ang tingin niya sa mga traffic enforcers natin.

So anong kailangan gawin? And this is something we need to consider the bigger picture. The police and other law enforcement agencies need to rebuild their image. But this has to be from top down and down up. Sasabihin ng mga low ranking police: Papaano kaming di mangongotong eh yung General naming numero uno magnanakaw?

Matuto tayong tumingin sa ugat ng problema at hindi yung naririnig lang natin.

That's the only way we can move forward together as a nation, and as a people."

Source: Raffy Gutierrez | Facebook

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Risa Hontiveros seeks to declare Aug. 16 as 'National Day of Remembrance' to commemorate Kian’s death

August 15, 2018
Senator Risa Hontiveros files resolution to commemorate EJK victims / photo file from UNTV

Manila, Philippines – To commemorate the death of 17-year old Kian Lloyd Delos Santos, Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a resolution seeking to declare August 16 as a “National Day of Remembrance”.

The opposition senator wants to honor all of the victims of Duterte’s alleged Extrajudicial KilIings on his war against illegal drugs.

Exactly one year ago, Delos Santos was kiIIed in anti-illegal drugs operation by the Caloocan City Police.

“By choosing to remember those who have been felled by the war on drugs, we state our clear rejection of this culture of impunity and brazen disregard for due process and human rights,” Hontiveros said in a resolution.

Hontiveros said that the act of remembering is an act of defiance against the kiIIings.

"To forget is to give consent. We have the duty to remember. Amid the deluge of fake news and the systemic attempt at data obfuscation and revisionism to cover up the thousands who have died under President Duterte's brutal drug war, we must not allow Kian and all the EJK victims to be rendered nameless, invisible and forgotten," she said.*

17-year old Kian Lloyd Delos Santos / Photo grabbed from Inquirer

Hontiveros also said that the president’s continuous attacks on drug-users and his expressions of disdain on principles of human rights and due process, directly or indirectly, encourage or endorse the kiIIings in the name of the war on drugs.

As part of the activities to commemorate Kian’s death, a memorial marker will be unveiled Friday, 5:30 p.m., at the San Roque Cathedral compound in Caloocan, says ABS CBN news report.

The unveiling of the said marker will be led by Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Hontiveros, and friends and some of Kian’s relatives.

Then a mass will follow at 6pm, the report said.

Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila De Lima reminded the people that Duterte’s crime should not be forgotten and people should continue to seek for justice.

"For now, we pause and pray for your victims. As we remember Kian, we remember how we need to stand up and protect human rights, democracy and morality in our society," she said in a statement.

"Sa paglimot, magpapatuloy ang siklo ng kasinungalingan at pag-abuso sa ating mga karapatan. Sa pagwawalang-kibo, mauulit at mauulit lang ang pagpaslang sa mga batang gaya ni Kian—na pinagkaitang mabuhay at tuparin ang kanilang mga pangarap," De Lima added.

De Lima is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center due to drugs charges, which she repeatedly denied.

Source: GMA News.