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    US based federation of Filipino American entrepreneurs to send a trade and medical mission to PH

    May 26th, 2018

    LOS ANGELES, CA – The Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce will spearhead in October a trade and humanitarian mission in the Philippines.

    In a press statement, the 22 year old FPACC said preparations are underway for its 2018 trade and humanitarian missions which will be led by its founding president and One World institute’s President Yolanda Ortega Stern.

    This year’s mission theme is “Bridging the Global Economy for Change: The Future of Work” which complements the 44th Philippine Business Conference’s focus on “Infrastructure and Digital Economy: The Game Changers.”

    The trade mission is scheduled on Oct. 16 and 17 at the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces otherwise known as the CALABARZON areas. This is to be followed by the Philippine Business Conference (PBC) in Manila on October 18-19 and a medical and humanitarian mission on Oct. 20 to 24 in Davao Occidental.

    FPACC Vice President for Media and Public Relations Noel S.V. Omega said cleft & harelip repair, cataract surgery, Well Woman GYN exams, eye checks, dental services, diabetes screening, wellness checks, and relief distribution are among the planned activities during the humanitarian and medical mission.

    He added that after a day of rest and recreation, the team will return to the US on October 26.

    The FPACC is a coalition of well-established Filipino-American Chambers of Commerce in the United States.

    The Federation is a strong advocate of business ownership among Filipino-Americans and provides a well-established network of trade and commerce resources for its member chapters in the United States. Among its most senior member chambers are the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (since 1956) and the San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce (founded in 1973).

    FPACC’s counterpart in the Philippines, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and its Philippines-USA Economic & Business Council (PUBC), provide access and opportunities for the Philippine-based chamber chapters with U.S.-based businesses through a memorandum-of-agreement between these twin powerhouse organizations.

    The current active business organization members of the FPACC are as follows:

    PACC of Greater Chicago, Adrian Tabangay/Emil Bernardo
    FABCC of Arizona, Marie Cunning
    FABCC of Arizona East, Ryan Winkle
    FABCC of Arizona West, Minnie Palis
    San Francisco FACC, Jose Pecho/Angie Louie
    FACC of Greater Nevada, Collette Manauis
    FACC South Bay Los Angeles Area, Loi Herrera
    FCC of the Pacific Northwest, Anthony Ogilvie
    PACC of Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey, Brad Baldia
    FACC of Silicon Valley, Benjie Fernandez
    FACC of Utah, Agnes Higley
    PACC of Central Florida, Inc., Ting Bouffard
    FCC of Hawaii, Brandon T. dela Cruz
    FACC of San Diego, William Peetoom
    PACC of Oregon, Jason Lim/Jan Mason
    FACC of Greater Houston*, Leonides Reyes
    Las Vegas FACC*, Jing Espiritu

    * indicates new members

    For more information contact info@FPACC.net

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    Peace groups call for the revival of talks between PH gov’t and the communist rebels

    May 26th, 2018

    A PEACE group on Saturday called on the Philippine government and the communist-led National Democratic Front to return to the negotiating table saying the peace process is still the best option to move forward the quest for just and lasting peace in the country.

    The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict – Southeast Asia (GPPAC-SEA) and the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), in a joint statement, said the setbacks on the peace talks, including its last year’s collapse, can be resolved through sustained, active and sincere dialogue.

    At the same time, the peace groups urge both the GRP and NDF to refrain from hurling accusations against each other and instead invest more energy in maximizing the official negotiating table to settle their differences and reaffirm the primacy of the peace process— “which for us was a byproduct not only of the peace panels’ long and tedious negotiations but of the people and civil society who have consistently engaged this process to achieve a durable peace.”

    The peace groups, which represents a large section of civil society and peace movements in the Philippines and the region, stressed that “a return to negotiating table is still our best option; just peace of the nation and the welfare of the people must be paramount.”

    The peace groups noted that the 50-year protracted insurgency that unraveled in 1968 has already claimed an estimated 30,000 lives.

    How many more lives do we have to lose before we say “enough”? they asked, stressing that “if we are to build a genuinely peaceful Philippine society through political negotiation, the parties should instead endeavor to create a more positive enabling environment to further the process.”

    Furthermore, the two peace groups said we are sure that both panels know that principled compromises must be reached to forge ahead. This can start with an open dialogue on the fundamental roots of the conflict, and how both parties can jointly address them. Indeed trust is the starting point for open dialogue. Negotiating parties must get over their differences through efficient and programmatic confidence building measures.

    “We are glad to learn that ongoing low-key and back channel talks have reported positive developments.”

    Reports have it that an announcement of a ceasefire by the respective parties and a possible amnesty of NDF members are in the offing.

    “We unequivocally support these initiatives and offer our services and network to accompany this process in whatever way we can and respectfully reiterate our view that a return to violence will not only hurt both parties and the end recipient of the possible resumption of armed conflict due to the absence of a formal peace process will again be the peoples and communities whom both parties vow and claim to fight for,” the peace groups said.

    “To move the peace process more progressively, we urge both parties to instead bank on the substantive agenda of the talks, which have already gained remarkable results before its termination in November 23 last year. In fact, before the cancellation, both panels had already agreed on three (3) common drafts on general amnesty and release of all political prisoners in compliance with Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL); coordinated unilateral ceasefires; and part I Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ARRD) and part II National Industrialization and Economic Development (NIED) of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).”

    Also, both parties have already drafted an agreement on the coordinated ceasefires, a significant step towards the Comprehensive Agreement on the End of Hostilities and Disposition of Forces (CAEHDF), the peace groups observed.

    New People’s Army insurgents. Photo © pinterest.com

    Following the termination of the peace talks with the communist rebels, the CPP-NPA has been classified as a terrorist organization in accordance with the Human Security Act. Republic Act No. 10168 is the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012.

    ‘In our view, a terror tag against a party in political negotiation is counterproductive that will surely undermine the peace talks and jeopardize the substantive gains of the dialogue process. This distracts us from the real enemy.”

    “Hunger, extreme poverty, landlessness, marginalization, discrimination, militarization among others—these are the real enemies that have not ceased to haunt our peoples and communities even as the violent conflict between the GRP and the CPP-NPA have raged in the past decades. These are the real terrors our people have been facing all their lives.”

    The peace groups pointed out that “the people on the ground have had enough of the perennial armed conflict that has brought no significant improvement to their lives. This has denied the people’s right to development and to dignity with the government spending more on war than essential social services. Unless we summon enough courage and will to address these social injustices that drive people to rebellion, we will never have a meaningful peace and nor achieve genuine social progress in our country.”

    We note that the President has himself attributed these as the root causes of the insurgency and vowed to address the historical injustices that have bedeviled the Filipino people at the start of his administration, the peace groups.

    They insists that the most substantive agenda such as the CASER tackles the roots of this armed conflict. We believe that if all substantive agreements of the talks will be implemented, this will bring us closer to defeating the real enemy of this protracted war.

    “We fervently hope that by the time the parties decide to resume the peace talks, the welfare of the people is genuinely at the heart of the dialogue and both parties remain engaged in substantial discussion and debates with the future of whole nation as a primary consideration. Their direct participation in the talks must also be considered as their inputs and voices are essential, if not, vital. The resumption of the GRP-NDF peace process is a significant first step.”

    “We call on partners and friends from the broad sections of civil society in the country and around the world to help in any way they can to accompany this process to its successful conclusion.”

    With firm resolve and for the sake of just peace in the country, we urge both parties: RESUME THE PEACE TALKS NOW!

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    Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Traffic Advisory 052618

    May 26th, 2018

    DPWH to Conduct Weekend Road Reblocking

    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will undertake road reblocking and repairs (May 25) until May 28, at the following areas:

     SOUTHBOUND:

    1.    EDSA from Samson College to before P. Tuazon St. (2nd lane)

    2.    EDSA Eugenio Lopez St., to after Scout Borromeo (3rd lane from the sidewalk)

    NORTHBOUND:

    3.    EDSA fronting Vertis North to Trinoma Mall (2nd lane)

    4.    Quirino Highway near Mater Carmeli School (inner lane)

    5.    España Boulevard going to Quiapo infront of Ramon Magsaysay High School

    6.     A. Bonifacio Avenue, Quezon City Mauban St. (inner lane)

    7.    Congressional Avenue fronting Business Bank to Mindanao Ave. (3rd lane)

    All affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday, May 28.

    Motorists are advised to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.

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    Asin’s “Aves de Rapiña”

    May 25th, 2018

    The 1970’s activist band Asin

    Para sa mga mapaniil at sakim sa kapangyarihan.

     

    Music Video © YouTUBE

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    Why read Beyond Deadlines?

    May 24th, 2018

    What is Beyond Deadlines?

    Beyond Deadlines is an electronic news site (e-news) that aspires to initiate meaningful conversations or dialogues through its postings. Hopefully, the ideas emanating from these exchanges would lead to the empowerment of the poor, deprived and the oppressed.

    At the same time, Beyond Deadlines wants to be at the forefront of spearheading changes in the reading habits of Filipinos, to make them more aware of mainstream international events and important community developments in the Filipino diaspora worldwide. Its articles are sourced from alternative but reputable sites and written by professional news writers.

    Reach

    Beyond Deadlines has an international character as its journalists are based in different parts of the world. It reaches Filipinos worldwide but most especially those in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. It uses English and Filipino in delivering news and opinions.

    Rest assured the Beyond Deadlines news and opinion teams are striving that only news items and opinions that would impact Filipinos abroad and in the motherland will see publication in our site.

    It is our hope that Beyond Deadlines would be an arena where ideas are sharpened and translated into positive action. Support us now and hopefully we would have a heck of a reading.

    Why read and share Beyond Deadlines?

    Beyond Deadlines may still be a small entity but it is undeniably unique and growing.

    • It is the only news website about the Philippines that treats the Filipino and English languages on equal footing.
    • It is a site where you can read news and feature stories about the nation’s different diaspora communities worldwide and mainstream events written by seasoned Filipino and foreign writers.
    • It is a web based international, national and community news source for the Filipino. Already, BD’s site has been visited by close to 200,000 times by web users from all over the world in the past two years. Since late last year, the daily average number of BD visitors is about 1,200.
    • It is an independent media entity for it is not beholden to any corporation or politician.
    • More importantly, BD presents an alternative view of events worldwide that is neither rightist or leftist in orientation, albeit slanted towards Filipino nation building.

      Read and see why BD is a must read daily.

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    PDEA inaugurates the country’s second Balay Silangan Reformation Center for drug dependents

    May 24th, 2018

    PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino

    THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Thursday together with the Cabanatuan City local government, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) inaugurated the country’s second community-based reformation center for drug dependents.

    PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino led the simple inauguration rites of the 100-Bed capacity Balay Silangan Reformatory Center in historic Cabanatuan City.

    The inauguration was witnessed by PDEA Service Directors from the National Headquarters, PDEA Region Office 3 Regional Director Atty. Gil T. Pabilona, Cabanatuan City Mayor Julius Cesar V. Vergara, Cabanatuan City government officials and employees, Nueva Ecija 3rd District Representative Rosanna V. Vergara, Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan of Capas, Tarlac; Department of Interior and Local Government Region 3 Regional Director Julie Daquioag, DILG Provincial Director Renato Bernardino, Police Senior Superintendent Oscar Jacildo, and Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Eliseo Tanding.

    Aquino, in his inaugural speech, explained “the Balay Silangan Reformation Program of PDEA was created by virtue of Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Regulation No. 2 series of 2018. This program is a holistic and compassionate approach of helping drug offenders to integrate in the society by making them more productive and acceptable in the society.”

    Balay Silangan Reformation Program is PDEA’s pilot harm-reduction program. It is a national drug reformation program based on the concept of “Balay Pagbabago,” the Presidential residence in Malacañang, Manila. It caters to drug personalities referred to by the authorities with provisions for livelihood training, after-care community and social re-integration programs.

    (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/04/28/balay-silangan-rehabilitation-program-inilunsad-ng-pdea/ )

    The program, which was funded by the City Government of Cabanatuan City through the initiative of its mayor, is designed to provide family-based in-house reformation for drug offenders based on the concept of Bahay Pagbabago a reformation center that was also conceptualized and implemented in the province of Bataan and later expanded to the rest of Central Luzon.

    The Cabanatuan City allocated PhP1.2 million for the construction and purchases of fixtures for the operation of the reformation center. The facility could accommodate drug surrenderers’ from nearby provinces and areas covered by Region 3.

    Aquino said Balay Silangan “serves as an alternative intervention for drug offenders who are not eligible to be admitted in the treatment and rehabilitation facilities supervised by the Department of Health.”

    Meanwhile, Aquino thanked the city government officials of Cabanatuan for their support to PDEA as he urged all local government officials, stakeholders to support the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

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    World Health Assembly delegates agree new five-year strategic plan

    May 23rd, 2018

    Image © WHO

    WORLD Health Organization Assembly delegates today agreed an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years.

    The Organization’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) is designed to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – with a particular focus on SDG3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting well being for all at all ages by 2030.

    It sets three targets: to ensure that by 2023, one billion more people benefit from universal health coverage; one billion more people are better protected from health emergencies; and one billion more people enjoy better health and well being. WHO estimates that achieving this “triple billion” target could save 29 million lives.

    Speaking to the Health Assembly, Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told delegates that the new strategic plan was ambitious because “it must be”.

    Delegates noted that the Organization will need to make a number of strategic shifts in order to achieve these targets, notably to step up its public health leadership; focus on impact in countries; and ensure that people can access authoritative and strategic information on matters that affect people’s health.

    Key topics during this Health Assembly

    Today, the debate turns to WHO’s work in emergencies.

    Over the coming days, delegates will make decisions relating to the International Health Regulations (2005), the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs); cholera, tuberculosis; snakebite; physical activity; digital health; assistive technology; polio virus; and health conditions in the occupied Palestine territory.

    The Health Assembly will also discuss other topics including: access to essential medicines and vaccine and women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health.

    The World Health Assembly is attended by delegates from WHO Member States as well as representatives from many agencies, organizations, foundations and other groups that contribute to improving public health.

    Member States approve resolutions in committee before formally adopting them in the plenary session at the end of the Health Assembly, on 26 May.

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    ‘Want to live longer? Stay in jail,’ Duterte tells drug suspects

    May 23rd, 2018

    By RT

    (File Photo) A detainee inside the city jail of Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines July 8, 2017. © Dondi Tawatao / Reuters

    RODRIGO Duterte, the Philippines leader known for his fiery rants and brutal war on drugs, has made a thinly veiled threat to drug dealers, suggesting they find a way to stay in jail if they want to stay alive.

    The Philippines president, who came to power on the back of his promise to eradicate a sprawling illegal drug trade and gang crime, has repeatedly come under fire from human rights advocates at home and abroad for his no-nonsense approach to those involved in drug trafficking.

    He once encouraged police to kill “idiots” who resist arrest during raids, threatened to drop bombs on drug lords and declared that he wouldn’t hesitate to murder his own son if allegations of his involvement in drug crimes turned out to be true.

    Speaking in Manila on Tuesday, Duterte, who earlier this month vehemently denied being a strongman, went on another verbal crusade against those who make fortunes off drug profits in Cebu province.

    Duterte listed the benefits of being locked up, such as a potentially longer lifespan.

    “You know if I were you guys in Cebu, stay in jail. You want to live longer? Stay in jail,” the Philippines leader cautioned. “Look for your own reason to be in jail. Do not go out of that facility. It would be healthy for you.”

    Despite invoking the wrath of human rights organizations, including the UN Human Rights Council, for what his critics see as a campaign of extrajudicial killings he instigated, the firebrand leader remained unperturbed and vowed to continue his war, recently branding UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein “a son of a whore” (an insult he famously used against US President Barack Obama a few years back) and threatening to arrest an International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor who launched a preliminary investigation into claims that he had committed crimes against humanity.

    Police say they have killed over 4,100 people in anti-drug operations since July 2016. However, human rights groups allege the number is at least three times that.

    Duterte earlier boasted of personally killing suspected criminals while serving as a mayor of the southern city of Davao before being elected President in 2016.

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    Philippines vows to protect ‘every single inch’ of its territory after Chinese bomber drills

    May 21st, 2018

    By RT

    Image © Erik De Castro / Reuters

    MANILA has vowed to protect “every single inch” of its territory in the South China Sea and expressed serious concerns over the presence of Chinese strategic bombers that earlier carried out drills in the disputed region.

    “We reiterate our commitment to protect every single inch of our territory and areas which we have sovereign rights over,”the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday, noting that Manila is taking “appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect” its claims.

    A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said that the state expresses serious concerns over the Chinese bombers’ presence in the South China Sea. “We take note of the reports that appeared and we express our serious concerns anew on its impact to efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region,” Harry Roque told a media briefing on Monday.

    Chinese Xian H-6 strategic bombers, developed on the basis of Soviet Tupolev Tu-16 aircraft, took part in the military exercise which involved landing, take-off and target-strike training, China’s air force said last week.

    The South China Sea, through which $5.3 trillion worth of goods reportedly passes each year, is subject to conflicting claims by a number of countries, including the Philippines. Both China and the Philippines lay claim to the Scarborough Shoal and the disputed Spratly Islands, despite The Hague’s tribunal ruling in 2016, which said that “there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas…” Beijing, however, continues to ignore the tribunal verdict, claiming that its islands come with exclusive economic zones, where Chinese people have had activities for 2,000 years.

    Duterte has on a number of occasions refused to pursue military action to reinstate sovereignty over disputed waters. On Saturday, the president acknowledged that Manila has no means to win a war with China, which recently helped the country to acquire small arms to fight a pro-Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) insurgency in the country.

    “If we go to a full-blown war, where would the Philippines end up? Why would I give away the lives of my soldiers and policemen in a battle which I cannot win?” the president said on Saturday. “What will we arm ourselves with if there’s a war? Will we resort to slapping each other? So will we be able to win that war? If my troops are massacred, after the war, the soldiers and police will come after me next. Our troops will really be finished off there.”

    The Philippines leader believes that Chinese militarization of the disputed reefs does not threaten his country’s sovereignty because China’s strategic aviation can strike their neighbor from its mainland bases without using the airfield on Woody Island.

    “You know they have the planes, not stationed in Spratly but near the Chinese provinces facing the Spratly and the China Sea. And with their hypersonic, they can reach Manila within seven to 10 minutes,” he added.

    As a way out of the dispute, Duterte seeks to pursue the joint exploration of the area with China, stressing that both countries “don’t have to fight.” “We can divide this in a joint development, joint exploration,” he said.

    (Read More: https://www.rt.com/news/427274-philippine-s-china-sea-protest/)

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    QC named best in disaster management in NCR anew

    May 19th, 2018

    (File Photo) Image © Cofi Nuguid via Flickr | Manila Bulletin

    FOR the third straight year, Quezon City is hailed to have the best Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in the areas of disaster mitigation, response, and recovery in Metro Manila.

    The city topped the Highly Urbanized City DRRM Council and Government Emergency and Response Management Service category in this year’s Regional Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence on DRRM and Humanitarian Assistance organized by the Office of Civil Defense – NCR of the Department of National Defense.

    Its Barangay Sto. Cristo bagged third place in the Best Urban Barangay DRRM Committee category.

    Melencio Castelo Elementary School in Barangay Payatas, on the other hand, clinched 2nd spot in the Public Elementary School category.

    Quezon City first joined the KALASAG awards in 2016 and immediately ranked first in Metro Manila.

    In 2016 and 2017, it placed 2nd in the National Gawad KALASAG search.

    In the past six years, we’ve been investing on capacitating the city by procuring equipment, building state of the art facilities, and implementing structural interventions. This time, we want to have a harmonized and comprehensive plan pagdating sa ‘The Big One’,” said DRRM chief Mike Marasigan, referring to the expected earthquake that could destroy part of QC and much of eastern Metro Manila.

    Under Mayor Herbert Bautista, QC acquired and installed state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to promote human security and strengthened of the city’s capabilities and resiliency in times of disasters.

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    Up to Ten, Mostly Students, Killed in School Shooting in Texas – Police

    May 18th, 2018

    By Sputnik News

    © AP Photo/ KTRK-TV ABC13

    TEN people were killed and 10 more injured in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, Friday morning, Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that afternoon.

    He called the shooting “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”

    Earlier in the day, police arrested a male believed to be a student at the school in connection with the shooting, and another possible student is being detained as a person of interest. “One is in custody, a second one detained. An injured police officer is being treated, the extent of his injuries are unknown,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a press briefing Friday morning.

    Law enforcement officials have identified one of the suspects as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who is being held without bond on capital murder charges, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said later that day.

     

    Galveston County Sheriff’s Office
    PRESS RELEASE
    For immediate release:
    The suspect from the Santa Fe ISD shooting scene has been booked into the Galveston County Jail. He is identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, W/M, 17 years of age. He is being held on Capital Murder with no bond. Additional charges may follow.
    Anyone with additional information please contact the Tip line at 409 927-3310
    The FBI and ATF are actively working the scene with the Sheriff’s Office supporting.
    All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
    Sheriff Henry Trochesset
    Galveston County Sheriff’s Office

    Abbott confirmed that “one or two” others are being interviewed regarding the crime.

    According to CNN affiliate KTRK, a gunman walked into an art class and began shooting from what looked like a shotgun. Abbott reported that the shooter had a shotgun and a.38 revolver, both of which were legally obtained by his father.

    Abbott also confirmed that explosive devices had been found in the shooter’s house and vehicle, saying police had found a Molotov cocktail and a carbon dioxide explosive device. Ensuring the safety of investigators means searching premises with these devices must proceed slowly, he said.

    The governor also revealed that the shooter had turned himself in, despite having written in journals about wanting to commit the crime and wanting to commit suicide. He ultimately didn’t have the courage to take his own life, Abbott said.

    US President Donald Trump responded to the incident via Twitter.

    Speaking during an event at the White House, Trump said that his administration would do everything in its power to stop shootings in US schools and keep firearms out of the hands of people who pose threats.

    Earlier in the day, US federal authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) said they were responding to a school shooting in Sante Fe. The school said in an earlier message it was on lockdown following an incident with an active shooter.

    The incident in Sante Fe, Texas, is the most recent in a series of deadly shootings at US schools, including a massacre at a high school in southern Florida in February in which a former student killed 17 people with an assault rifle that was purchased legally.

    Read More: https://sputniknews.com/us/201805181064579669-shooting-police-us/

     

     

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    Lolita Carbon and Noli Aurillo’s “Damdaming Nakabitin”

    May 18th, 2018

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    Love this sentimental song in the tradition of the hugely popular profound classic Himig ng Pag-ibig

    Music Video © YouTUBE

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    QC intensifies campaign against junk food in schools

    May 17th, 2018

    Image © livetradingnews.com

    THE Quezon City government has intensified its anti-junk food and sugary drinks campaign by conducting a three-day orientation where participants learned about the ordinance that prohibits their sale in schools.

    Attended by newly elected and re-elected barangay officials, and representatives from public and private schools, the orientation was organized by the city’s health department early this week in an attempt to make sure that City Ordinance 2579-2017 otherwise known as “The Quezon City Anti-Junk Food and Sugary Drinks Ordinance of 2017” is fully implemented.

    Dr. Maria Lourdes E. Eleria of the city’s health department said barangay officials were invited in the orientation because they will take charge of the implementation of the ordinance in their respective communities.

    Hindi lang schools ‘yung kinakausap namin, kundi pati mga barangays kasi sila ‘yung mga magpapalaganap ng batas dahil sila ‘yung nasa grassroot,” Eleria explained.

    She noted that the cooperation between the city government and barangays plays a huge role in the successful implementation of the Anti-Junk Food and Sugary Drinks ordinance.

    We are expecting na they will coordinate and cooperate with us on the implementation of this ordinance. Malaki kasi ‘yung role no’n. Sila ‘yung tumutulong at magbabantay sa baba kasi hindi naman namin mababantayan lahat,” Eleria added.

    In June, another set of orientation for barangay officials on health, and school representatives will participate to learn about the said ordinance.

    The pro-public health ordinance prohibits the selling and promotion of junk food and soft drinks within a 100-meter radius from schools. Furthermore, it bans the giving away of junk food and sugary drinks as a mode of promotion, encouraging the buying thereof, giving samples, marketing, advertising, and sponsorship by the aforementioned products in schools.

    According to QC Councilor Irene Belmonte, who authored the ordinance, the law mandates the city government to form a Joint Task Force that will monitor the implementation of the ordinance.

    Establishments caught selling junk food and sugary drinks will be fined PhP1,000 for the first offense, PhP2,000 for the second offense, and PhP5,000 and a ground for revocation of barangay or business permits for the third offense.

     

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    Lawmakers call for invalidation of Duterte’s ICC withdrawal

    May 16th, 2018

    By PressTV

    (File Photo) House of  Representatives. Image © PressTV

    A MINORITY bloc in the Philippine Senate on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to invalidate President Rodrigo Duterte’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, saying his action without the chamber’s consent was unconstitutional.

    Duterte issued a notice of withdrawal in March, saying his right to due process had been violated after an ICC prosecutor announced a preliminary examination of a complaint that accused the president and top officials of crimes against humanity.

    But six minority members of the Senate, from among a total of 23, said Duterte would need the backing of two-thirds of upper house members to get his way.

    “The executive cannot unilaterally withdraw from a treaty or international agreement, because such withdrawal is equivalent to a repeal of a law,” the senators told the Supreme Court.

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    Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque, said he was confident the Supreme Court would throw out the petition.

    “Good luck to them,” he said.

    “The courts will always defer to the executive on matters of foreign affairs.”

    The complaint to the ICC, filed by a Philippine lawyer and endorsed by a congressman and a senator, concerns the deaths of thousands of Filipinos in Duterte’s signature crackdown on illegal drugs. Duterte denies any wrongdoing.

    Police reject allegations by activists of systematic murder and cover-ups during a bloody campaign that has alarmed the West and gained the maverick Duterte international notoriety.

    Critics have dismissed as cowardly Duterte’s decision to turn his back on the ICC, calling it contrary to his stated readiness to “rot in jail” if it meant saving his nation from the scourge of drugs.

    Lawyers and jurist groups say the withdrawal is pointless and does not protect Duterte against a possible indictment, as the ICC’s jurisdiction retroactively covers the period during which a country was a member of the court.

    (Source: Reuters)

    Read More: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/16/561937/Philippines-Rodriiiiigo-Duterte-ICC

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    The US will not retake Venezuela so easily*

    May 16th, 2018

    By RT / William Whiteman**

    Supporters of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro shout slogans during a campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela May 4, 2018 © Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters

    WHEN it comes to Venezuela, both sides of the US political spectrum appear to lack even a basic understanding of the country.

    In his 2018 State of the Union Address, US President Donald Trump referred to Venezuela as a “socialist dictatorship”while bragging about imposing crippling economic sanctions on the Latin American nation. Such false accusations aren’t limited to the right. Senator Bernie Sanders even went as far as calling Venezuela’s former democratically-elected leader, President Hugo Chavez, a dead communist dictator.

    Another recent Washington offender is US Vice President Mike Pence, who said that Venezuela’s upcoming May 20 elections will be nothing more than a fraud and a sham. But what kind of a “sham” democracy uses a highly complex electoral process that combines an electronic fingerprint voting system with an additional paper vote, making it almost impossible to fudge the numbers? He’s perhaps unaware of the fact that former President Jimmy Carter, one of the few US political figures to talk any sense on the matter, in 2012 said:The election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.

    A recent poll by International Consulting Services (ICS) found that President Nicolas Maduro is leading in the polls with 55.9 percent. So who is Pence to question the validity of Maduro’s leadership when his boss Trump has a domestic approval rating that currently hovers at around 40 percent? Has he forgotten the Trump administration entered power despite winning 2,864,974 fewer votes than the Democrats in 2016, in an election with the lowest voter turnout for 20 years? If the US is so concerned about electoral fraud in a Latin American country, then why did the State Department recognize the results of the 2017 Honduran presidential elections when they were widely proven to have been fraudulent?

    Political figures like Pence make demands for “the Maduro regime to restore democratic institutions” in order to “restore democracy in their country”. But in actual fact, the only dictatorial government to have held power in Venezuela since 1999 did so for two days in 2002 after a military coup temporarily removed the country’s former leader, President Chavez, from power. It goes without saying that the US government vocally supported this short-lived regime as it went about overturning the country’s democratic institutions.

    Pence’s justification for these views can be found in his false assertions that the Venezuelan government is somehow preventing the opposition from participating in the upcoming election. In reality, Venezuela’s largest right-wing opposition group, the MUD, are boycotting the vote in an attempt to delegitimize the process. They are doing so despite repeatedly calling for elections during large-scale protests in recent years that were often marred by violence, with attacks on state institutions. At one point, opposition activists went as far as targeting a maternity hospital. However, one of their number, Henri Falcon, has broken ranks to take part in the presidential race. He’s currently polling at 25 percent and is contesting the popular vote alongside three less prominent opposition presidential candidates: Javier Bertucci, Luis Alejandro Ratti, and Reinaldo Quijada. Falcon’s decision to participate in the democratic process warranted the Miami Herald to label him as a “traitor”.

    Other esteemed US publications have also been similarly confusing when it comes to Venezuela. The Washington Post has repeatedly referred to Venezuela as a full-blown dictatorship, yet as soon as this year’s election was called, they described it as “terrible news for democracy”. Prior to the 2015 National Assembly elections, the same publication ran an editorial forecasting “Venezuela’s dirty election approaches” – an election Maduro’s socialists not only lost, but they also immediately accepted the results and announced defeat.

    Another basis for Pence’s accusations that Venezuela is undemocratic is that, as he sees it, the socialist government has stacked the Supreme Court “with its cronies.” But if the Republicans had won well over a dozen free and fair elections during the last 18 years, as Venezuela’s socialists have, then they too would dominate the US Supreme Court.

    There are, of course, legitimate criticisms of Maduro’s administration, whose policies have exacerbated the situation. The opposition-dominated National Assembly was dissolved in 2017 because it had illegally sworn in legislators while allegations of vote buying in the 2015 election were still being investigated. This move was overly heavy handed, although it pales in comparison to the injustices meted out at the hands of undemocratic US proxy states, such as Saudi Arabia. But despite controversies like this, just 32 percent of Venezuelans support the economic sanctions the US keeps slapping on the country. Instead of driving a wedge between the government and its citizens as they are intended to do, these measures are actually pushing a large percentage of the population closer to the ruling socialists. This can be seen in Maduro’s recent meteoric rise in opinion polls, from his lowest rating of below 20 percent in 2016 to its current level of 55.9 percent.

    Most Venezuelans know full well the likes of Trump and Pence, who are currently in the process of deporting 57,000 Hondurans from the US, couldn’t care less about their wellbeing. As the nation’s representative to the Organization of American States, Samuel Moncada, remarked recently, the Trump administration is the most “racist and intolerant government in recent decades.” Many Venezuelans see that US interests in Latin America are diametrically opposed to the aspirations of its poor. They understand the nature of US soft power. This traditionally consisted of backing right-wing strong men, which then developed from the early 80s onwards into fostering the power of corrupt neoliberal governments. Indeed, the reason why there is so much mistrust of the Venezuelan opposition is because they are both led by and represent the interests of the same elites who used to run the country on behalf of the US. This perception was affirmed all too well by the opposition’s attempt to seize power in 2002, when it organized a short-lived military coup, as well as an oil sector shutdown, in a move that has been linked to Washington. Leading opposition figures Leopoldo Lopez, Henrique Capriles, and Maria Corina Machado were all involved in this assault on democracy.

    If Trump were to implement an oil embargo, as he’s been hinting he’ll resort to next, this would effectively bring the country to the point of collapse, massively exacerbating the suffering of ordinary Venezuelans. Ninety-five percent of Venezuela’s export revenue comes from its state-owned oil company, PDVSA. An oil embargo would take out the government’s ability to provide the health, education, and housing programs its lower income citizens are dependent on. But even this would likely see the bulk of the country rally around the government. The US fails to grasp that the Chavista brand of populism under the banner of Bolivar has successfully tapped into a historic source of national pride and anti-imperialist fervor. It has found particularly strong support among those who bore the brunt of years of US-imposed IMF neoliberal measures: the poor. It is now embedded among them. They will not give up their country so easily. If Trump were to ever be so stupid as to launch military action against Venezuela, it would be his Suez.

    **William Whiteman is an award-winning British war correspondent and political commentator, currently working for teleSUR English in South America.

     

     

     

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    IBP condemns the slaying of QC chief inquest prosecutor

    May 15th, 2018

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    THE national group of lawyers in the Philippines yesterday condemned the slaying of Quezon City Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco by gunmen as it appeal to the Philippine National Police to “do their jobs and hold to account the perpetrators” of the incident.

    “We express outrage over the impunity by which lawyers, prosecutors and judges, are being targeted by evil forces in their malevolent efforts to subvert the rule of law,” the Integrated Bar of the Philippines said in a statement signed by its president, Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo.

    QC Chief Inquest Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco. Image © Philippine Star

    The IBP noted that the “brazen daylight killing of QC prosecutor Velasco is the latest in a quick succession of murders perpetrated against officers of the Court without any regard to the sanctity of life, and with gross disrespect to their loved ones who will forever be scarred by the violence they had never imagined they would experience first-hand in their lifetime.”

    “We call upon the authorities to do their jobs and hold to account the perpetrators of this dastardly act against Prosecutor Velasco. Impunity is the natural child of apathy and incompetence.”

    Velasco was gunned down last Friday afternoon while on board a Toyota Innova van in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City. He was with his daughter who was left by the gunmen unharmed.

    Velasco, who was the city’s chief inquest prosecutor, was shot several times, the police said.

    A witness told investigators that a white Toyota Innova vehicle blocked Velasco’s vehicle. The witness added that at least three men alighted from the vehicle and shot the victim’s passenger window before fleeing toward the direction of Commonwealth Avenue.

    Velasco was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead an hour after his arrival.

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    Iran Deal Crisis Leaves Transatlantic Alliance in Tatters*

    May 14th, 2018

    By Sputnik News / John Wight**

    France’s Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel and US’ Donald Trump. Image © REUTERS / John MacDougall

    THE prospect of German, French and British companies being hit with US sanctions in the wake of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal carries with it an element of poetic justice.

    (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/05/08/trump-withdraws-us-from-iran-nuclear-deal/)

    Over the past few years each of the aforementioned governments have been slavish in their support for sanctions against Russia, and therefore now that they are faced with being on the receiving end of sanctions themselves; well, let’s just say the opportunity to luxuriate in schadenfreude is hard to resist.

    However, this being said, under the circumstances — what with the Middle East perched on the precipice of a full blown regional war; what with an administration in Washington more redolent in its actions of a mafia crime family than a government; and what with instability and escalation the new normal — schadenfreude at this juncture is an indulgence too far.

    For if this enveloping crisis confirms anything it is that the time has come for Europe to wake up to the reality of its transatlantic alliance with Washington — an alliance in which they have invested so much political capital and which has now been exposed as a sham, a masquerade that has allowed dandified popinjays, such as Emmanuel Macron, to indulge their imperial pretensions — much like that snivelling boy you encountered in the playground when you were at school, who by dint of sucking up to the school bully was able to prance around as if his you-know-what didn’t stink.

    In truth, the relationship between the US and Europe has never been a relationship of equals. In truth, it has always been a relationship between an imperial hegemon and its various satellites; one that has tethered Europe to the dead weight of unipolarity since the demise of the Soviet Union. The only difference now is that the Trump administration has removed the mask of propriety, civility, and democracy to reveal the snarling beast of hegemony that is the real driver of US foreign policy, and always has been.

    In a tweet posted by newly installed US Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, Washington’s disdain for Europe was laid bare. Ambassador Grenell tweeted: “As @realDonaldTrump said, US sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy. German companies doing business in Iran should wind down operations immediately.”

    This diktat, issued by a latter day Roman proconsul to one of European satellites, marks the nadir of an alliance that has impeded European unity and development rather than enabled it.  Indeed the destabilizing factor in Europe is not and has never been Moscow; the destabilizing factor is and has always been Washington.

    Thus Europe now has a very clear decision to make. Does it continue to tether itself to the mast of US hegemony, at the mercy of the caprice of a US president in Washington? Or does it join Russia and China in seeking an anti-hegemonic alternative, one rooted in the principles set out in the UN Charter — i.e. respect for national sovereignty, self-determination, and the universal application of international law.

    It is arguable, in fact, that this decision has just been made for Europe, with the only thing left to ascertain whether those in power possess the requisite integrity to act accordingly and start the process of de-coupling from Washington’s coattails. If they do not — if France, Germany and the UK continue to champion this failed husk of a transatlantic alliance — then there can no longer be any equivocation: they are governing contrary to the interests of their own people.

    So, yes, that Europe has arrived at a key juncture in its history is not in doubt. It is why resisting the temptation to ascribe this crisis to the machinations of one bad or vulgar president in the shape of Trump in the Oval Office is non-negotiable. Despite the claims of his liberal detractors in Washington and across Europe, Trump is not a departure from the status quo in Washington. Trump, instead, is merely its most crude and brazen exemplar.

    And, too, in talking about US hegemony, we are dealing with its economic manifestation in the shape of neoliberalism, its cultural manifestation, and of course its military component; most emphatically reflected in NATO — a military alliance which now exists to deal with the crises that very existence creates.

    The monstrous injustice involved in the Trump administration’s demarche over the Iran Deal, driven by a transparently geostrategic agenda in conjunction with Riyadh and Tel Aviv, moves the region, as mentioned, to the brink of a devastating conflict. It must also, in response, produce a sea change in European thinking when it comes to its relations with the United States — and also, by definition, with Russia.

    Though operating as a de facto colony of Washington can be described as many things, honourable and strong are not among them. France’s most famous leader of modern times, Charles De Gaulle, said it best: “You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.’

    Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal is the very epitome of a ‘stupidity beyond imagination’, leaving no hiding place for those who continue to believe in the verities America as that shining city on the hill.

    Since the end of the Second World War US involvement in Europe has had a corrosive effect on the continent’s political, economic, and cultural life. Thus it is high time that Europe declared its independence and forged its own path as part of a multipolar world.

    (Read More: https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201805111064373593-iran-deal-transatlantic-alliance-crisis/)

    **John Wight is a writer and political commentator whose articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Guardian, the Independent, Counterpunch, American Herald Tribune, the Huffington Post, and RT. He is also a broadcaster whose interviews and analysis can be viewed and listened to on RT, TRT World, the BBC, and Press TV. John currently presents Hard Facts – a topical weekly radio show at Sputnik.

     

     

     

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    Israelis kill 37 Gaza protesters ahead of US embassy opening in Jerusalem

    May 14th, 2018

    By RT News

    Protests against the US embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba at the Israel-Gaza border on May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem / Reuters

    THIRTY-seven Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations ahead of the US embassy inauguration in Jerusalem, the Palestinian health ministry said Monday.

    More than 1,600 protesters have been injured in Gaza so far on what has been the most violent day of the six week long Great March of Return. Those wounded on Monday include 74 children and 23 women, according to the ministry.

    There are around 35,000 protesters gathered at the border fence and thousands more within half a mile of the vicinity, according to Israeli Defence Forces. Live footage from Ramallah and Khan Younis show crowds gathering to demonstrate over the embassy relocation. https://www.rt.com/on-air/426614-jerusalem-embassy-protest-gaza/embed/

    Clashes have also reportedly broken out between protesters and the Israeli Defense Forces in Bethlehem.

    The first of Monday’s deaths was 21-year-old Anas Hamdan Qudeih, killed east of Khan Yunis, a spokesperson for the ministry said. A 29-year-old man, Mosaab Yousef Ibrahim Abu Laila, was later killed east of Jabalya. Some of the dead have yet to be identified. At least one child is among the fatalities.

    The majority of injuries have been caused by live bullets while some 320 people were targeted with teargas, according to the ministry. The Palestinian Health Ministry claims that Israeli forces are directly targeting emergency services and journalists.

    The latest deaths bring the number killed since the Great March of Return protests began six weeks ago to 82.

    Tuesday marks the commemoration of Nakba Day, a term which Palestinians use to describe their forced mass exodus from their homes during the establishment of the State of Israel. It is celebrated among Israelis as Independence Day. Thousands of people have gathered near the border to take part in Monday’s protests.

    Huge demonstrations are expected to mark the May 15 event, which brings to a close the six-week Great March of Returndemonstrations.

    The IDF dropped leaflets warning people in Gaza to stay away from the security fence ahead of Monday’s protests. Demonstrators in North Gaza brought down an IDF drone that was allegedly dropping fire bombs on tents, according to the Great Return March movement.

    Smoke rises as Palestinians protest near the border fence on the Israel-Gaza border, May 14, 2018. © Baz Ratner / Reuters

    (Read More: https://www.rt.com/news/426617-gaza-protests-embassy-jerusalem/)

     

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    I-ACT to run after vehicles ferrying flying voters on barangay elections day

    May 13th, 2018

    THE Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) said it will be on the lookout for colorum vehicles ferrying “hakot” and flying voters for Monday’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.

    Department of Transportation (DoTr) Undersecretary and I-ACT head Tim Orbos, said the move is also in line with transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade’s desire to give the public safe and comfortable travel especially those who will go to provinces for the elections.

    It is high time for out-of-line and colorum vehicles to stop being used for ‘hakot’ voters to ensure honest, orderly and peaceful elections,” Orbos said stressing that “it is part of DoTr’s mandate to make sure vehicles plying on the road aren’t colorum and out-of-line.”

    Meanwhile, Orbos appealed to vehicle operators and drivers for them not to be used in such illegal activities as penalties for those who will violate are harsh.

    Transportation Underscretary and Inter Agency Council for Traffic head Tomas Orbos Photo © Inquirer News

    Aside from colorum violation, drivers and operators might face jail time according to the Omnibus Election Code,” he said.

    At the same time, Orbos vowed to “…make sure no candidate will be spared, particularly those who will use colorum vehicles for their personal advantage.”

    The official likewise encouraged public participation to and report vehicles suspected of transporting flying voters on I-ACT’s Facebook page or DoTr’s Action Center Hotline 7890.

    Based on I-ACT’s data, there are already 2,954 vehicles flagged down, impounded, and issued citation tickets under the council’s Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok and anti-colorum vehicle campaign.

     

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    Duterte Gains Control of All Branches of Philippine Gov’t After Firing Top Judge

    May 12th, 2018

    By Sputnik News

    Ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes AP Sereno. Image © AP Photo / Bullit Marquez

    THE Philippine Supreme Court has removed its top judge – a longtime critic of the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte – as Manila’s increasingly belligerent leader moves to consolidates power in all branches of government.

    Following demands from the executive branch, Manila’s Supreme Court voted Friday to remove the nation’s top judge — appointed by the previous administration — labeled an “enemy” by Duterte after consistently voting against the president’s policies, including the use of torture and mass killing to stem the country’s rampant drug trade.

    The ouster of the country’s first woman chief justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno, is seen by opposition political parties in the country as the elimination of a final shield against government corruption and human rights abuses, leaving only a “puppet Supreme Court” that acts at the behest of the autocratic Duterte.

    Alleging violations in the process that saw Sereno appointed to the top spot in 2013, Manila’s Supreme Court appeared to rubber stamp a petition from Duterte’s administration seeking her removal, according to Reuters.

    Sereno was given 10 days by the remaining top judges to explain away vaguely-worded allegations including “casting aspersions and ill-motive to the members of the Supreme Court.” (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/05/11/the-supreme-court-of-the-philippines-ousted-chief-justice-maria-lourdes-sereno-from-the-high-tribunal/)

    The former top judge has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

    “It is a sad day,” said Jojo Lacanilao, Sereno’s spokesperson, who suggested that she may appeal the decision, although most observers note that as Duterte’s control tightents, the likelihood of a fair hearing is slim.

    Following the move, Sereno released a statement urging Filipinos to “defend the constitution and fight wrongdoing,” cited by The Guardian.

    “Let’s continue to spread the message of democracy and reason,” she said.

    Local reports state that the situation in Manila is calm following statements issued by both Duterte’s lawyer and a government spokesperson asking the public to recognize and accept Sereno’s ouster without protest.

    Manila political opposition politicians were quick to denounce the top judge’s removal, with Philippines Senator Risa Hontiveros decrying it as “a direct stab to the heart of our constitution.”

    Hontiveros’ Akbayan party released a statement declaring that the nation was now a “heartbeat away” from the death of democracy.

    With “a lapdog Congress and a seriously wounded Senate, we now have a puppet Supreme Court,” noted the statement.

    Sereno has consistently voted against Duterte’s more dictatorial proposals, including extensions of martial law in the country’s southern regions, and has been vocally critical of the authoritarian ‘strongman’ approach of Duterte to the presidency.

    (Read More: https://sputniknews.com/society/201805121064399872-After-Firing-Top-Judge-Duterte-Gains-Control-of-all-Branches-of-Philippine-Govt/)

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    Full text of the Philippine Supreme Court’s decision on the quo warranto petition against former Chief justice Maria Lourdes PA Sereno

    May 11th, 2018

    Supreme Court of the Philippines building Photo © http://thecreationofadreamer.blogspot.com

    To all who are interested to read the full text of the  Philippine Supreme Court’s decision on the quo warranto petition against former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes PA Sereno, kindly go to this link:

    The SC Decision:

    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2018/may2018/237428.pdf 

    Dissenting opinions:

    https://drive.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=http://img.abs-cbnnews.com/2018/documents/237428_leonen.pdf

    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2018/may2018/237428_carpio.pdf

    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2018/may2018/237428_caguioa.pdf

    Concurring and dissenting opinions:

    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2018/may2018/237428_velasco.pdf

    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2018/may2018/237428_delcastillo.pdf

    Concurring opinion:

    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2018/may2018/237428_decastro.pdf

    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2018/may2018/237428_bersamin.pdf

    Separate Concurring:

    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2018/may2018/237428_peralta.pdf

    Separate Opinion:

    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2018/may2018/237428_bernabe.pdf

    http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2018/may2018/237428_martires.pdf

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    PH national group of lawyers urges high tribunal to reverse itself on CJ Sereno’s ouster

    May 11th, 2018

    IBP President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajarado Image © http://newsinfo.inquirer.net

    THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines, in a statement released to the media Friday, called on the members of the high tribunal to reverse its decision on ousting Chief Justice Maria lourdes PA Sereno.

    “We are awaiting official receipt of the decision of the Supreme Court in Republic vs. Sereno, with an eye towards seeking its  reconsideration or reversal,” the IBP, through its president, Abdiel Dan Elijah S. Fajardo, said.

    (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/05/11/the-supreme-court-of-the-philippines-ousted-chief-justice-maria-lourdes-sereno-from-the-high-tribunal/)

    The IBP stressed that their position “is pursuant to our position that only the Senate, assembled as an impeachment court, has the power to  dismiss an incumbent Justice of the Supreme Court on questions pertaining to his or her alleged lack of integrity.”

    Meanwhile, the Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) claimed in a statement that the decision of the Supreme Court to remove its chief justice via a quo warranto petition shattered the illusion that the high tribunal is independent from Malacañang.

    The SPARK noted that it is no secret that President Rodrigo Duterte maneuvered to oust Sereno after he publicly informed her last month that, “I am now your enemy.” It further claimed that Sereno’s ouster is part of Duterte’s plan to consolidate his control of the judiciary.

    Moreover, the Marxist-Leninist oriented student organization added that the high court’s decision only proved that it is vulnerable to the whims of the President. Its majority members virtually begged Duterte “to utilize them as his tools for his demented, murderous and tyrannical rule.”

    However, the SPARK said the justices who ousted Sereno gained nothing but the condemnation of the freedom-loving people.

    “Those justices who opted to dance to the tunes of Duterte have condemned themselves in the eyes of all freedom-loving Filipinos.”

    According to SPARK, “the historic vote has also validated its views that the present political system is not only seriously flawed but is rotten to its very core.”

    Make no mistake, this ouster will not lead to massive reforms in the judiciary. Make no mistake, Duterte’s every whim whatever its irreconcilability with the laws of the land will find justification in the Supreme Court’s interpretations. Make no mistake, our already fragile and slowly fading economic and political rights is now on the verge of wholesale extinction, the SPARK warned.

    It added that with the Supreme Court now compromised, it is now up to the sovereign Filipino people to not bow before the dark lord in Malacañang.

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    Liljohn | Jonas | Shernan | Lhipkram | Mzhayt — “Kami ang 3gs”

    May 11th, 2018

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Para maiba naman…alternative hiphop

     

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    Progressives to protests Duterte’s alleged murderous administration in front of PH consulate in Los Angeles

    May 10th, 2018

    THE national “Stop the Killings Speaking Tour: People’s Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines” will culminate on Friday noon in a protest action in front of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, California.

    Hosted by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-US Chapter (ICHRP-US) and the MALAYA network, the rallyists will bring Filipino church leaders, students, rights advocates, and community groups to protest President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody track record and unfulfilled promises. They will also specifically denounce the more than 20,000 killings of suspected drug dealers and users by the Duterte administration.

    The rally, which is endorsed by the Answer Coalition, Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA), Korean Peace Alliance (KPA), Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES); is also a reaction to last month’s 28-hour interrogation, torture, and forced removal at the San Francisco International Airport of Jerome Succor Aba, a 25 year old Filipino Muslim peace advocate.

    Aba was invited by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church to join the speaking tour across the United States but was prevented from entering the United States by the immigration authorities. Although he was stopped from joining the national tour, efforts persist to ensure his message about the dire human rights crisis in the Philippines is shared.

    Speakers during the rally will include Pam Tau Lee, Pam Tau Lee, Chairperson, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-US Chapter (ICHRP-US); Father Toting Tronco, Catholic priest, Convenor of MALAYA, a US-based network to stop the killings and dictatorship in the Philippines; Elmer Labog, Chairperson, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) “May First Movement” in the Philippines, one of the largest democratic labor centers in the Philippines; and Bernadette Ellorin, Chairperson, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) USA, an alliance of progressive Filipino organizations.

    The national “Stop the Killings Speaking Tour” started on April 20 in Washington D.C. and has embarked across seven major U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco.

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    QC Public Library continues with its pioneering venture, publishes Mayor Bautista’s book

    May 9th, 2018

    Image © QC Public Affairs and Information Service Office

    THE Quezon City Public Library continues with its pioneering venture into publication with the launching of “Lessons and Legacies”, a compilation of the speeches of QC Mayor Herbert Bautista.

    City Librarian Emelita Villanueva said “Lessons and Legacies” is the second book published by QCPL after the “QC Milestones: A Timeline of Events that shaped a Great City” which was released last February 5, 2018. The QCPL is the first public library nationwide to venture into publishing.

    Villanueva said “Lessons and Legacies”, classified Mayor Bautista’s speeches into six subject areas: Making Local Governance and Leadership Work, Pursuing Social and Community Development, Maintaining Public Order and Safety, Promoting Business and Entrepreneurship, Advocating for the Environment and Disaster Management, and the Mayor’s State of the City Addresses from 2010 to 2017.

    We feel the necessity of compiling his speeches done as the Father of the City because we recognize that his words were not just mere statements of his vision and mission as a mayor but also policies that have created positive impact on his constituents. Mayor Bautista built his speeches guided by the notion that words are only meaningful when they are translated into action,” City Librarian Emelita Villanueva said.

    National Artist for Literature and QC 1996 outstanding citizen awardee, the late Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista, wrote the book’s foreword in which he connected his experience as a resident of the city to Quezon City’s growth as a ‘global city’.

    While it would be worthy to include those that come before his term as mayor of QC, here is a compendium of a young leader’s thoughts, principles and beliefs that have guided the city,” Dr. Bautista mentioned in his foreword.

    Mayor Bautista, for his part, commended the QC Public Library for continuing its mission as the first public library in the Philippines to venture into publishing.

    Nagpapasalamat po ako sa QCPL dahil ‘yung limampu hindi lang dahil 50 years old na ko. Ang limampung speeches ko simula ng maging mayor ako hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay nilagay nila rito,” he said.

    Readers may access the book in the Filipiniana section of the Quezon City Public Library main building located inside QC Hall compound.

     

     

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