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Hindi napigilan ng isang ginang na maiyak habang ikinukuwento ang mapait na karanasan nilang mag-ina sa kamay ng mga terorista.

Ani ginang, wala siyang nagawa nang gahasain  sa kaniyang harap ang 15 anyos na dalagitang anak. Paulit-ulit din siyang tinanong ng anak noon kung kailan matatapos ang kanilang bangungot.

Bakit ganito ang nangyari sa’kin, mama? Bakit ganito ang nangyari… ito lang ang inabutan ng buhay ko? Nagahasa nila ‘ko sa harap ninyo.

See the video here.

Madaling araw noong Linggo, Oktubre 15, nakunan ng isang sundalo ang nangyaring paglusob at pagbibigay ng paunang lunas sa babaeng ginawa umanong “human shield” ng mga terorista.

Umiiyak ang babae, kasama ang isa pang babaeng may tama ng bala sa likod.

Agad siyang inasikaso ng mga sundalo, binigyan ng tubig at nilagyan ng dextrose.

Maririnig pa sa video na sinasabihan ang biktimang huwag mag-alala at buhay siya.

Matapos lapatan ng paunang lunas, dinala ang babae sa ambulansiya.

Source: ABS CBN

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Major Gen. Restituto Padilla said that slain terror leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute were trying to escape war-torn Marawi City when they were killed by government forces.

The AFP spokesperson stated that state troops were able to pinpoint Hapilon and Maute’s location based on information given by rescued hostages. The information included the extremist leaders’ security details, their hideouts and how the group moved from building to building.

They had to be smoked out…The building was about 2 or 3-story building, located near the corner towards the lake and the last bridge that we were able to take.
The circumstances of their death [was] not a good one. They were in the process of abandoning their friends, their colleagues who were left in the battlefield. They were escaping towards the lake when they were neutralized.

Watch the Video here of the interview with ANC’s Headstart.

Hapilon was said to be the anointed emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia.

Maute, with his brother Abdullah, hoisted black flags of the Islamic State group and set fire to Dansalan College in May, which marked the beginning of a months-long siege in the Islamic city.

A day after their deaths were confirmed, President Rodrigo Duterte announced the liberation of Marawi City, after roughly five months of battling the Islamic State-inspired fighters.

Related articles: Maute Snipers Shoot Lanao del Sur Capitol Which is a ‘Safe zone’ for Media

In an effort to lessen traffic in EDSA, the MMDA wants to ban people who drive with no companions from using the major thoroughfair.

MMDA assistant general manager Jojo Garcia spoke to DZMM and claims that the agency has data that shows 78 percent of private motorisrs on EDSA do not have companions in their vehicles.

Kung mag-isa kayo sa sasakyan, definitely ipagbabawal kayo sa EDSA. Number 2, kung dalawa kayo sa sasakyan, pwede niyo gamitin ang EDSA pero nandun pa rin kayo sa number coding.

Vehicles with 3 passengers will be exempted from the number coding scheme according toe Garcia.

Wala na kayong coding. Pwede niyo na gamitin ang EDSA kahit anong oras niyo gusto.

Garcia also tried putting a good face on this proposal by claiming that aside from lessening traffic, carpooling on EDSA would enhance social interaction.

Pwede kayo mag usap sa sasakyan dahil iisa lang destinasyon niyo.

 

Senator Nancy Binay asked Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson during the recent Senate hearing on fake news last Wednesday, Oct 4.

Madame chair, for clarification na lang. Since we’re all government officials, we are bound by RA 6713 and under Section 4. Nakasulat doon  we cannot use the excuse of doing things in our capacity as private individuals.

So parang malinaw na malinaw na at this point in time, di mo na puwedeng ihiwalay ‘yung pagiging blogger mo sa pagiging Asec. So I guess, malinaw na talaga. Baka it’s high time to decide kung gusto mo maging blogger o kung gusto mo maging Asec,  Binay said.

 

Mocha Uson insisted that her blog is her own account and not under the government. She also insisted that the rules of fairness does not apply to her as she claims she is primarily a blogger and not a journalist.

Senator Nancy Binay, however, have recently been impressive and a growing number of netizens have began to notice.

Sceenshots below.

Netizens on Binay Recent Performance
Netizens on Binay Recent Performance
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Another screenshot of Senator Manny Pacquiao is making the rounds on social media. This time he was caught commenting on Ria Chiuffo IG live. Ria Chiuffo does reports for men’s satirical sports blog Barstool Sports for Chicks in the Office.

Pacman apparently likes commenting on IG live
Ria Chiuffo
Pacquiao appears Active on IG
He even confirmed his Identity
Call me anytime?

 

A few days before, the boxing legend admitted that he commented on IG personality Arzaylea

 

 

Manny Pacquiao Screenshot

Netizens previously speculated that the IG comment on Arzaylea did not in fact come from Manny Pacquiao and that perhaps it was from a fake account or that it possibly came from someone else managing the IG account. Manny Pacquiao however admitted to actually making the comments and in a statement said “wala namang malisya dun.”

Netizens has since been quick to react with regards to this latest screenshot.

 

savage comments by netizens

 

 

 

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the past few days, it would have been hard to miss the recent scandal that rocked the nation and set social media on fire.

Social Patrol has been scouring the world of social media the past few days in an effort to bring to the readers what netizens are discussing with regards to this issue and how people feel about the whole scandal.

However, before we get to that here’s a quick recap.

On August 1, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista estranged wife Patricia presented information and documents to the National Bureau of Investigation allegedly showing more than ₱336 million in local and foreign bank accounts that weren’t disclosed in the official’s Statement of Assets and Liabilities

In her affidavit, Patricia accused her husband of “misleading and corrupt practices while in office.”

Patricia, according to her affidavit, claims that she “accidentally” came across “gift-wrapped” cash “sitting in a bag” in their living room. She also claims to have found documents showing property allegedly owned by her husband that she was not aware of.

According to her assessment, she said the 14 items of property were worth up to ₱300 million in total, “definitely more” than the ₱158.5 million in properties declared by Bautista in his 2016 SALN.

Patricia also revealed payslips and checks written to Bautista from Divina Law “as commission for assisting the law firm clients with the Comelec.”

“I fear that perhaps some properties and finances our family may have accumulated/benefitted from during his time in office may have originated from illegal or immoral acts or conducts,” she said.

“I likewise fear that my name and reputation might be dragged and implicated in these (ill-gotten) properties should there be any eventual and formal investigation conducted against Andy.”

Patricia said her husband knows she possesses the documents mentioned in her affidavit and has since cut her off financial support.

For his part Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista released a statement where he declared his disappointment in Patricia’s “false accusations,” saying she has allowed herself to be “used to serve the political agenda of some opportunistic people.”

Bautista has also accused his wife of stealing cash, GCs, ATM cards, and other documents in November 2016

Bautista claims his wife has, at some point tried to extort money from him, and when she realized he wasn’t going to give in, she filed an affidavit “based on fabrications and lies.”

What do netizens have to say about the whole issue?

Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Andres Bautista said he was ready to face an impeachment complaint after he was accused of hiding P1 billion assets.

In an interview, Bautista said that:

“As an impeachable officer, that is always part and parcel of our terrain. If and when that happens, then I will have to face it.”

According to a report on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sunday, Bautista’s wife, Patricia, said that she discovered bank and real property documents, and several passbooks under the name of her husband that were not included in his 2016 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.

Last week, Patricia submitted an affidavit to the National Bureau of Investigation alleging that Bautista “might have had, or currently has, misdealing and corrupt practices while in government service,” according to the Inquirer.

The COMELEC chairman denied the claim and accused his estranged wife of having an affair and attempting to extort money from him.

“Itong problema pong ito ay nagsimula noong 2013 dahil mukhang mayroon po siyang third party at ito po ay alam ng marami,”

Bautista said.

According to Bautista, his wife’s lover was once linked to another well-known personality.

Bautista underwent counseling with his wife but their marital problems worsened last November 2016, when he went to a trip to the US.

He accused his wife of taking advantage of the trip, she withdrawn $117,000 from their joint account and transferred it to her personal account. His wife also purportedly prevented him in entering their home, “ransacked” his cabinets and took some documents.

“In this situation, I am the victim. I am the victim of betrayal,”

He said.

“I never thought a man could be raped. That is how I felt when I was prevented from entering my own house, when all of a sudden, the locked cabinets belonged to me were forced open, documents were taken without my consent,”

He added.

He said that the documents used as an evidence for his wife’s affidavit were “doctored.”

Bautista maintained he did not hide any wealth and that his 2016 SALN was “true and correct.”

Senator Lacson said that only poor and deserving students should benefit from the law giving free tuition for state universities and colleges (SUCs).

“Kailangan, malinaw sa IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulations) na mga deserving students,”

Lacson said.

“Kung gagastusan ng pamahalaan yung mga bulakbulero, bulakbulera at mga bobong estudyante, hindi naman siguro nararapat yun. Dapat yung mga mahihirap at mga deserving na estudyante,”

He added.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed RA 10931 or the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act,” which grants free tuition for SUCs, local universities and colleges and technical-vocational institutions on Thursday.

On the other hand, Senator Lacson stated that there must be a system to filter the students who really deserve free tuition so that the government will not spend too much.

“Dapat salain din. Otherwise napakalaki ng gagastusin natin. E kung paulit-ulit, nakakalimang taon na first year college pa rin, hindi naman tayo papayag doon,”

He said.

According to Lacson, Congress must have somebody to see to it that the law is being implemented properly.

“Kailangan may oversight ang Kongreso para makita na yung batas ay masusunod din,”

He added.

No, She’s not Franklin Drilon in makeup. And you have to admit it’s very hard not to notice her in public. She would always stand out in a crowd of protesters, her appearance alone being her strong message.

Juana Change — Mae Paner in real life — is arguably the most popular satirist in the Philippines today. She has brought political satire to the street protests and the internet.

The making of the character

Juana Change first came out in a YouTube video in December 2008 when then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was facing a string of corruption scandals

Paner and other professionals had gathered to discuss what they could do for the country. In what Paner coined as a “visioning exercise,” one of the participants wrote “Wanna Change.” She then suggested replacing “Wanna” with “Juana,” a name representative of Filipinos. As most of them are artists, they all agreed to utilize their talents for their advocacy for social transformation.

Despite limited resources, the team is able to produce short-length videos. It was a big hurdle to create high-quality videos on a tight budget because all of them were used to doing well-funded productions.

Art, Satire are her tools

Paner has always identified herself as a communicator.

“It was in PETA [Philippine Educational Theater Association] that I learned what love for country means,”

Paner said.

Her involvement in PETA made her realize how effective art is in criticizing the government.

“It’s very threatening to the administration… Artists are very effective in criticism because the attack is different, its penetration to the audience’s consciousness is different. Art goes straight to the heart, to the psyche.”

She was arrested and detained in 1984 but was eventually released. She was 21 then, a fresh graduate of Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas.

Popularity in social media

In her YouTube videos, she does not get instant feedback but the reach is wider.

“When it gets viral, it becomes like a virus that has a life on its own. You can no longer control who uses the material,”

She said.

The videos get in the hands of government and paid trolls, and at the same time, they also become available to students and other netizens. They can view the videos anytime; the message is virtually replicated many times over.

Recent controversy

Paner recently drew the ire of the AFP after one of her stunts during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address.

Paner wore a camouflage, battle-dress attire in a protest action early this week.

“Her act of illegally using an AFP uniform is in violation of Act 179 of the RPC (Unauthorized Use of Uniforms) and RA 493 (Prohibition of Use of Insignias, Decorations, Badges and patches prescribed for the AFP),”

Brig Gen. Restituto Padilla said in a statement.

“We will take the necessary legal action to hold Ms. Paner,”

He added.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that country’s tourism revenue rose to P220.30 billion during the first year of the Duterte administration.

DOT Doctored Tourism Revenue Graph to Make Duterte Admin Look Good

IT DOUBLED! A pretty impressive performance.

But how about the year 2012-2015? Let’s also take a look, shall we?

DOT Doctored Tourism Revenue Graph to Make Duterte Admin Look Good
Source: Contribution of Tourism to the Economy is 8.6 Percent in 2016

Then, let’s put them side by side for a better look.

DOT Doctored Tourism Revenue Graph to Make Duterte Admin Look Good

A pretty impressive falsification(?), too, let’s say.

Is DOT just trying to sell President Rodrigo Duterte?

What were they thinking and trying to imply in presenting their graph?

Were they just trying to spot the bright side of what’s happening on the country’s tourism?

DOT said:

“The tourism industry has become a bright spot for the Philippine economy during the first year of the Duterte administration… The tourism boom can be attributed to the government’s firm resolve in dealing with threats, creating a safe environment and raising tourists’ confidence.”

Are these accomplishments? Because Wanda said so for hosting them:

  1. Miss Universe pageant,
  2. 3rd Madrid Fusion Manila,
  3. ASEAN conference,
  4. United Nations World Tourism Organization 6th International Conference on Statistics,
  5. In addition, Chinese tourist arrivals grew by 36.3 percent.

Wanda’s Promises(?)

  • The country has inked tourism cooperation agreements with Cambodia, China, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia.
  • The country will reach its target of 12 million tourist arrivals and 89.2 million domestic travelers by 2022.

Promises under Duterte admin are meant to be broken. Remember? Good luck to them!

At least, Wanda Teo looked at the “brighter”(?) side.