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Monday, August 19, 2019

Tama na, sobra na! Imee rejects Duterte's proposal

August 19, 2019
Photo from ABS-CBN
Sen. Imee Marcos once again proved her sincerest concern for the Ilokanos.

The former Ilocos Norte Governor clearly expressed her disagreement on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's call to impose another tobbaco tax hike, a move that would primarily affect a large number of Ilokano farmers.

Tobacco is one of Ilocos Norte's principal products.

Despite being an ally of the Chief Executive, Marcos made her stance clear against the looming tax imposition, saying that the current taxes applied on tobacco products should be enough.

“Utang na loob, tigilan na kami naka-dalawang beses na ang Ilokano,” she said.

Photo by Toto Lozano.
Photo by King Rodriguez
The administration's Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law compels increase on the prices of the cigarette to as much as P40 per pack come 2022.

It was June of this year that the Senate approved a bill upping the cigarette prices to P60 in the next four years.

Source: ABS-CBN News

Pres. Duterte declared persona non grata

August 19, 2019
Photo from  PCOO
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte was declared “persona non grata to the Filipino people”.

In a statement, according to a report, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has declared the president persona non grata apart from accusing the latter of “innumerable crimes and gross abuse of power.”

“Rodrigo Duterte, consummate reactionary, chief drug protector and overlord of drug syndicates, number one terrorist butcher and fascist murderer, national traitor, US (United States) lackey and sell-out to China, friend of the oligarchs and foreign capitalists, model and patron saint of corrupt big bureaucrats, and scourge and enemy of workers, peasants and ordinary people, is persona non grata to the Filipino people,” the statement reads.

Photo from PTV
Photo from Interaksyon
CPP said that there are groups who are after the Chief Executive's ouster planning to unseat him either through parliamentary impeachment or extra-parliamentary protests.

According to them, these groups are “the broad masses of workers and peasants, together with the middle-class sectors, as well as decent-minded elite personages and groups”.

“They encourage big business as well as elements and officers of the military and police who are embarrassed for having Duterte as their chief, to withdraw support for his criminal regime, and side with the people,” the rebellious organization explained.

The communist rebels also cited that both the US and Chinese President are poised to “drop Duterte like a hot potato.”

Photo from Inquirer
Source: Politiko

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Lawyer's Open Letter to Sara Elago: Nagkaroon Ka Ba Ng Mga Magulang?

August 14, 2019
Rep. Sara Elago, photo from Interaksyon
Isang kilalang abugado ang nagkomento tungkol sa issue ngayon ng mga estudyanteng sumasama sa mga grupong makakaliwa.

Si Atty. Bruce Rivera ay nagsulat ng bukas na liham para kay Rep. Sara Elago matapos sabihin handa syang mamagitan sa mga kabataang sumapi sa grupo at mga magulang nito para madali daw maihayag ng mga estudyante ang mga nasa isip nila sa kanilang mga magulang.

Basahin ang buong open letter:

KABATAAN Rep. Elago, handang mamamagitan sa mga kabataan na sumapi sa mga grupo at ang mga magulang nito para daw magiging madali na maipahayag ng mga kabataan ang mga nasa isip nila sa kanilang mga magulang.

Atty. Bruce Rivera
Uminit ang ulo ko. Nagkaroon ka ba ng mga magulang, Rep. Elago? Saan ba mas madaling kausapin ang magulang? Yun bang kayo-kayo lang o magsasama ka pa ng isang Congressman na hindi naman child counsellor, parental coach or psychologist bagkus isang youth leader na hindi pa umabot ng 30years old, naging trabaho ang suwayin ang utos ng mga autoridad at parte ng sistema ng recruitment nung mga bata.

Yan kasi ang problema ng sumobrang demokrasya. Mga kabataang humihingi ng sobrang kalayaan, nakabasa lang ng konting libro, inakala na mas magaling na sila sa mga taong mas maraming karanasan sa buhay tulad ng mga magulang at nakakatanda. Ito ang mga kabataang iniisip na ang aktibismo ay ang kumawala sa inakalang tanikala ng pagiging anak sa kanilang ama at ina.

Kaya nga may parental authority hanggang 21 years of age dahil ang mga kabataan ay may hindi pa hinog gumawa ng mga desisyon sa buhay para hindi na kailanganin ang mga magulang nito. Yan ang dahilan bakit binigyan ang bawat magulang ng responsibilidad sa mga anak nito na ayon sa Saligang Batas at Kodigo Civil.

Tapos ngayon, itong si Elago na hindi pa nasubukan maging ina at ang tanging naging karanasan maging miyembro ng Kamara ay magreklamo sa daan at manghikayat ng mga kabataan upang suwayin ang mga magulang na mamagitan sa usaping anak at magulang.

Ibalik na nga natin ang corporal punishment sa mga bata. Sumobra na ang pagbebeybi natin sa mga bata ngayon. Self-entitled, feeling strong, puro reklamo at lahat sa kanila ay mahirap gawin. Parang si Elago lang.

Kaya nga ayaw ko maging magulang. Isipin mo lang, maghihirap ka sa pagbubuntis, papalakihin mo, pakakainin, papag-aralin, binilhan ng cellphone tapos bigla kang lalayasan at magiging "who you" ka. Ngayon, kailangan pa mamagitan ang isang Sarah Elago para makausap mo yung anak mo na pinunit ang p*k-p*k mo!!!

Aba, mag-aalaga na lang ako ng aso at pusa. At least, sigurado ko na pag may Elago na dadating sa bahay ko, kagat at kalmot ang abot niya.

Source: Atty. Bruce Rivera

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cheers! Study Says Drinking Alcohol Helps You Speak a Foreign Language Better

June 11, 2019
Cheers! Study Says Drinking Alcohol Helps You Speak a Foreign Language Better,
Photo from Shuttershock
Study Says A Little Alcohol Would Make Us Better Linguists

While it is proven that alcohol can help in reducing nervousness and inhibition, if taken in moderation of course, recent studies suggest that a little alcohol can help people speak a foreign language better, even without them knowing it.

All In Moderation

We all know the effects of alcohol in our body. Physicians have noted that a moderate dose of alcohol would be beneficial for our health, and help us overcome nervousness and hesitation, while excessive drinking would affect our cognitive skills and motor functions.

So it leads to the question, “Does alcohol make people speak foreign language better?, or is it nothing but the alcohol talking courageously?”

Put To The Test

British and Dutch researchers decided to end this interesting debate to rest by making an experiment. They gathered 50 native German students who were studying at Maastricht University located in the Netherlands, and whose classes were taught in Dutch.

During the experiment, half of the students were given water to drink while the other half were given alcoholic drinks. After that, they were asked to have a casual two-minute conversation with a Dutch interviewer. The conversations were recorded and then scored by two Dutch natives who didn’t know which students had alcohol.

Astonishing Results

According to the results, the people who’ve had alcohol have a higher score compared to those who drank water. Those in the alcohol group have better fluency, specifically better pronunciation than those in the water group.

Surprisingly, the alcohol group thinks that they did not perform any better than those in the water group, which means the alcohol did not affect their self-rating or confidence. But, thanks to the alcohol, they did perform better.

Cheers to that!

Source: Time

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sri Lankan President Admires Duterte’s Drug War: I feel we should follow Duterte's footsteps

January 16, 2019

Sri Lankan President Expressed Admiration To Duterte’s Drug War: "The war against crime and drugs carried out by you is an example to whole world”

Duterte’s drug war has been widely recognized by various state leaders, particularly the tough ones. They find such advocacy as effective in cutting out the rampant drug trade.

Admiration to Duterte 

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena expressed his admiration to Duterte on his speech in a state banquet during his state visit on Wednesday. He particularly admires how Duterte handles the drug war in which he sees fit as a solution to unbridled drug trade in his country. He says,

"The war against crime and drugs carried out by you is an example to whole world and, personally, to me. The drug menace is rampant in my country and I feel that we should follow your footsteps to control this hazard."

A Potential Partner 

Before the bilateral meeting with the Sri Lankan president, Duterte declares that Sri Lanka could be a potential partner in addressing the illegal drugs trafficking.

Duterte has been very vocal about his advocacy to fully stop and cleanse the country from illegal drug use even before the presidency. The fight is ugly and messy, where thousands were killed during police operations. It even became a disturbing issue for those who oppose such an order called “Tokhang.” Labeled EJK has reached the international community’s attention and has been a subject for debates.


On the other hand, thousands of individuals apprehended for drugs were put to rehabilitation prepared by the government. According to the government, 4,000 were killed during the operation however human rights groups declared 12,000 casualties.

President Sirisena 

Sirisena arrived last Tuesday and will be in the country until 19th. He is scheduled to visit the International Rice Research Institute in Laguna and Asian Development Bank (ADB). On his arrival to Palace, he signed and wrote in the official guest book,

“This historic state visit would lead to stronger bonds of friendship, enhance mutual understanding and reinvigorate cooperation for the benefit of our two peoples.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Leaked Alleged Call Recording of Kris Aquino Threatening Nicko Falcis: “Ipapapatay ka ng pamilya ko"

January 15, 2019

“Ipapapatay ka ng pamilya ko. Dare to step in this country and you will be dead.” 

Kris Aquino went viral for the nth time, this time in a more critical situation. Late last year, news broke out after she filed a case against her former business partner, Nicko Falcis, brother of Duterte critic, Atty. Jesus Falcis.

Death Threats From Kris Aquino

Today, a voice recording of Kris Aquino and Nicko Falcis surfaced online and is now viral. In the phone recording, Aquino can be heard threatening Falcis by saying,

“Ipapapatay ka ng pamilya ko. Dare to step in this country and you will be dead.”

The labeled as “Queen of Social Media” revealed to Falcis that she has “Lupus” wherein the latter can be heard surprised and uttering his repeated “sorry” for what he calls “Madam”. Kris then can be heard cursing Nicko out of anger.

Alleged Accusations

She then threatens Nicko that when she finally gets her diagnosis in Singapore where she is taking her medical help, she will tell the Philippines (pertaining to Filipinos) what is wrong with her and insists that the entire country trusts her. In the conversation, the actress accused Nicko of stealing money from her son.

Nicko Breaks His Silence

Recently, Nicko broke his silence, disclosing Aquino’s alleged funding of Anti-Duterte articles through Facebook boosts. The actress rebuts by telling the people that such deed was done in order to spare her brother, former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino with hate and negative critics from netizens. Screenshots of conversations in a Viber group called “Resibo Group” with members Aquino, Falcis, and Jover Laurio leaked beforehand. Jover Laurio, blog owner of Pinoy Ako Blog was also under hot water after involvement with Aquino’s alleged underground tactic against the current administration.

Falcis welcomed an interview with ABS-CBN’s News Program ANC where he shared his one year experience of having business with Kris Aquino and how things went sour between them.

Below is the alleged call recording:

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Arnel Ignacio and Raffy Tulfo Accepted The Deportation Challenge of ‘OFW Kabit’

January 13, 2019
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Charlie Lozada, a tricycle driver together with his 5 kids came up to Wanted Sa Radyo, Raffy Tulfo’s program to seek help regarding his Saudi-based OFW wife who is allegedly having an affair with a Pinoy engineer in Saudi Arabia.

Illicit Affair 

Sheerlyn Gerasta, wife of Charlie went overboard after declaring that she chooses her new boyfriend over her family after her eldest son makes her choose between the two parties.
Tulfo’s team were able to contact Edwin “Kimpoy” Madredio, an engineer from Saudi who is being linked to Sheerlyn. Long before, Charlie made pleas to Edwin to break off his relationship with his wife. But then, he ended up being challenged by his wife’s lover to have them deported if he has “brains.”

Sheerlyn Gerasta, photo from Google
Challenge Accepted 

Raffy found the insult offensive for the poor man. Instead of being sincere and grounded, Edwin even turns more boastful and full of pride which irked Arnel Ignacio, OWWA Deputy administrator. He felt empathy for the 5 kids who are crying on the booth and to the helpless father trying to get back his wife. He then threatens to use all his connections to find the location of the two having illicit affairs and have the deported and jailed.

Push Through Deportation Plan 

Ignacio says that people like Sheerlyn and Edwin were the kinds that ruin the reputation of Filipino OFWs in general. Arnel promised Charlie to give all the help he needs in order to have the two deported. Raffy seconded and plead to help too with all the necessary actions needed. On the other hand, Sheerlyn seems to have no plans of fixing her family issue despite her kids asking for.

Sheerlyn Gerasta, photo from Google
Awaiting Deportation 

In the end, Tulfo still asks Charlie if he is willing to compromise or push through the case against the two. The driver insists of pushing through the claim as he does not see sincerity and willingness from them. He chose to deal with Edwin’s challenge.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Teenager Becomes Paralyzed For Selling His Kidney To Buy An iPhone

January 10, 2019
Photo from Within Nigeria
It is a never-ending battle when people chooses between their “wants” and “needs”. Most of the time, their penchant for choosing the wrong thing for their life remains harmless. However, there are times that they endanger themselves by “wanting” to have what they can’t.

Cool kid

Take this 25-year-old man from China, only known as Wang, who learned his lesson the hard way. When he was just 17, he wanted so badly to be the cool kid in school. But he knows that his parents wouldn’t be able to afford it so he found a way to feed his desperation.

He found a middleman in the internet who helped him sell his right kidney. He got 2528 Euros which he immediately used to buy an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 in 2011.


In April 2011, he had traveled from Anhui Province to meet his middleman who introduced him to two surgeons. His travels were discreet because his parents cannot know.

The clinic where the operation was done turned out to be uncertified and a major threat to the boy’s life.

Before going back to their hometown, he immediately bought the gadgets he desperately sought for.

The authorities

When his mom asked where he got it, that’s when he admitted that he sold a kidney, His mom immediately called the police. In April 2012, nine people who were involved with the case including the two surgeons and 3 middlemen were charged by public prosecutors in the city of Chenzhou.

The middlemen were jailed for five years and the surgeons for two. The Wang family got 1.47 yuan as compensation.


Seven years after the operation, Wang is surely regretting his actions. It turned out, his other kidney is not healthy, or it wasn’t able to take the shock. Wang had renal failure and had to undergo regular dialysis. Later on, he became disabled because of the infections he incurred from the operations.