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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.

President Rodrigo Duterte blasted North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, calling him “tarantado” and “buang” due to his tendencies to start a nuclear war that could turn Asia into a lifeless land.

Baka nga itong si Kim Jong Un, itong tarantado, you know if that guy — I do not think he is ready, but he is playing with dangerous toys, iyang buang na iyan,”

He said at the 113th  anniversary of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

“That chubby face that looks kind. That son of a bitch. If he commits a mistake, the Far East will become an arid land. It must be stopped, this nuclear war,”

He added.

The President further stated:

“A limited confrontation and it blows up here, I will tell you, the fallout can deplete the soil, the resources and I don’t know what will happen to us.”

According to a leaked transcript of Duterte and United States President Donald Trump’s phone call, the Filipino President called Kim “this generation’s mad man.” Duterte previously said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was worried about his missile launches.

Duterte’s comments were made days before North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong’s scheduled attendance at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Manila this week.

North Korea is determined to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States, and officials in Washington said Saturday’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile showed its capability to reach most of the country.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is expected to attend the Manila meeting on Tuesday, said he wanted to speak with North Korea at some point, stressing that the country is not the enemy and that the United States did not seek to destroy its regime.

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.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Whether it’s about films, books, or even beauty, every single person has their own opinion. You might not like some others and you may even vehemently disagree with them, but the fact remains that they are still entitled to it.

So when the media and entertainment entity, “Mashable” published an article on Facebook about how President Duterte had apparently “hired an army of social media trolls while campaigning”. Well, the obvious happened.

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa Duels Duterte Trolls in the Comments
Someone probably said: “What could possibly go wrong?”

Fire immediately came from both sides, with all the usuals being thrown about, from memes and insults to name calling.

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa Duels Duterte Trolls in the Comments
So basically a normal day on Facebook.

But the biggest hitter would be one netizen calling out Mashable for using Rappler’s CEO and Chief Editor Maria Ressa as their source, calling her: “a biased journalist with no credibility”. With Ressa firing back with a request for the netizen’s sources, which he provided.

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa Duels Duterte Trolls in the Comments
It goes like this for some time, trust me.

So was Mashable at fault for sourcing a supposedly biased journalist? Or are people overreacting? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and see the beautiful train wreck of a discussion on Facebook here.

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.

Mindanao-inspired attires ruled over the red carpet walk at Batasang Pambansa during President Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA). Government officials, solons, and other guests wore attires made from hand woven fabrics by indigenous groups like the T’boli and Yakan among others.

It will be seen in the guests and their partners that they have tried to look subdued in line with the President’s want not to turn the substantial event into a trivial fashion show.

Unlike in past SONA red-carpet parades featured the elegant and fabulous creations of the country’s top fashion designers, this year, it was all about keeping it moderate, neutral in color, and almost plain.

Check out at this year’s SONA fashion:

Senator Chiz Escudero is with his wife Heart Evangelista who wore a Mindanao-inspired pantsuit designed by Boom Sason.

Mindanao-inspired attires at SONA 2017

Representative Emmeline Aglipay of Diwa Partylist wore a T’boli-inspired outfit created by Rhett Eala. She was with his husband, Department of Public WOrks and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.

Mindanao-inspired attires at SONA 2017

Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez who is with her 16-year old daughter Julina, donned an ankle-length Mindanao skirt reminiscent of a “malong.”

Mindanao-inspired attires at SONA 2017

Mercedes Cagas, Representative of the Lone District of Davao Del Sur donned an ensemble made from a T’nalak weaving with a headdress made up of rooster’s feathers and horse tail.

Mindanao-inspired attires at SONA 2017

DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial was in her jacket and skirt ensemble that highlighted the vibrant fabric of the “malong” from Mindanao.

Mindanao-inspired attires at SONA 2017

Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo preferred for a simple but elegant pink Yakan-inspired outfit.

Mindanao-inspired attires at SONA 2017

Gabriela Representatives Arlene Brosas and Emmi De Jesus wore their Mindanao-inspired outfits with statements that read as “No to Martial Law” and “Regular Jobs Now.”

Mindanao-inspired attires at SONA 2017

Or maybe the question should be more like: Why isn’t he consistent?

This question is bothering to most people, most especially the leftists (this may be not about his “sickness”).

Different groups tried to reconvene and reassess if their “demands” have thrived (because the president promised). Sadly, they concluded that President Rodrigo Duterte failed his promise of “change.” His performance was unsatisfactory- for the poor, pension, labor, tuition, housing, natives, and what else.

As Teddy A. Casiño, an activist, former representative, and now back in the parliament of the streets says:

“Hindi uubra sa mulat na taumbayan yang pamboboladas at pagmumura at pambu-bully na ginawa ni Duterte sa SONA. Sa langsanga, pag sinabi mong ‘putang ina mo,’ may sasagot sa iyo nang ‘putang ina mo rin.'”

Yes, the streets is not like congress.

They have a different point of view and they can see a problem because they’re the one experiencing it. Men like Teddy stand with the streets but so-called “Dutertards” label them as so-called “Yellowtards.”

With that, we come to think of: can we really achieve what we “demand” or what we want for the country if there are opposing forces?

But, leftists stand with “neither” of the two. Right now, it’s their dilemma- to be an ally or critic. Of course, they’ll forever stay as a critic because that’s their idealism. Did they really become a true ally? Well, for sure they take credit for everything that is being approved or given by the government if it was part of their “calls.”

Back to the president, is he really sincere? Sincere, maybe for some. But it has been some sort of “marketing” already. It has always been campaigning when it comes to him. Maybe because there are still a lot of people “believing” in him. It has been year people, he promised a lot and very little have been achieved. Fine, promises are meant to be broken.

However, it’s not the point here. People who are sincere for the country, too, want Duterte to make up his mind. He has been making abrupt decisions. Decisions that are triggering women’s groups, killing innocent lives, or staining diplomacy.

God damn it! You wasted your chance during SONA to bring back the people’s trust Duterte. Tards and nature lovers are maybe the only ones who were happy about it. Or let’s say- the gullible ones.

You may have the second most words in a SONA next to Marcos- 12,257 words. And thousands of it were “potangina” and “drugs.”

A year has already passed since Rodrigo R. Duterte took office as the Philippines’ 16th president last year’s June. That only means that a year has passed already!

Did he achieve what he “promised” that he’d do within the first three months? Aside from the drug war, how about and what has been going on regarding education, employment, human rights, etc?

Has it worsened or improved?

Let’s take a look at some measurable data on how we can describe the first year of Duterte. Also, it might help if we compare it with Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

A Comparative First Year Performance: Aquino Vs Duterte

It seems that Duterte signed the least number of EOs and laws compared to Aquino.

Next, on peso-dollar rate ( a big factor in determining consumer prices), the peso fell 6.8 percent, the worst first-year record among the past presidents.

How about the 91-day Treasury Bill rate (lending rates- one of the major costs of doing business)? Well, it went up to 31.8 percent since Duterte sat down and again it’s the worst first-year record!

Lastly, on the Philippine Stock Exchange Composite Index or PSEi (an indicator of business sentiment), it went up but too far on what Noynoy achieved.

Despite all these, they say that his economic managers’ efforts to ramp up infrastructure spending has generally been positive for investor sentiment. So, don’t worry!