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    QC recognized feat of Filipino racer in Malaysia nearly a year after

    May 26th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    QC Vice Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte-Alimurong leads city officials in handing ordinance of recognition to Dexter Daquigan. Image © QC PAISO

    NEARLY a year after a Quezon City resident and the first Filipino to win the Classic Mini Championship Asia Motorsport in Malaysia, the city government finally recognized his victory with congratulatory ordinance and messages from the city officials.

    Dexter Daquigan, a resident of Jordan Plains, Barangay Sta. Monica; bested 40 other drivers assembled vintage cars that competed in the Sepang International Circuit from October 14 to 15, 2017 for the Classic Mini Championship Asia. He finished with the fastest time to complete the race at 2:56.17.

    Classic Mini Championship Asia is a race between classic/vintage mini car enthusiasts. It features classic small cars with powerful custom-built engines.

    Vice Mayor Josefina “Joy’ Belmonte-Alimurong gifted Daquigan with an enlarged copy of City Resolution 7350-2018 that expresses the deepest appreciation and congratulations of Mayor Herbert Bautista, Vice Mayor Belmonte, and the City Council to the Classic Mini champion.

    Daquigan is appreciative of the city government for giving recognition to his achievement as a racer.

    Nagpapasalamat ako sa City Council, kay Mayor Herbert Bautista at Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte. Nagpapasalamat ako dahil na-recognize nila ang aking tagumpay, at tagumpay ng buong Quezon City sa pagkakakilala ng karera ng mga sasakyan doon sa Sepang, Malaysia kung saan nakuha natin ang over-all champion sa Classic Mini Championship Asia,” Daquigan said.

    Daquigan is a member of Mohspeed Racing Team and emphasizes that racing is a team effort, including his fellow mechanics Morris Miranda, Eddie Farreras, and Armand Hipolito who have helped by installing the set up and final adjustments to his car.

    Due to his feat, the Philippine flag waves high in Malaysia giving prestige and honor not only to Mr. Dexter Daquigan but for Filipinos in general,” the resolution reads.

    Meanwhile, political observers claimed that the belated recognition of Daquigan’s feat point’s to the government’s lack of genuine support for the country’s talented individuals, especially athletes.


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    Dura Lex, Sed Lex*

    May 25th, 2018

    MALUPIT o hindi man kaaya-aya ang batas, ito ang batas.”

    Ito ang palagiang sinasabi sa amin noon ng aming mga propesor sa Kolehiyo ng Batas. Ani nila, ang matandang prinsipyong ito ang nagbibigay katatagan sa mga batas ng lipunan, nagbibigay patunay na pantay-pantay ang tingin ng batas sa lahat at nagbibigay katarungan sa pagpapatupad nito.

    Dagdag pa nila, ang prinsipyong ito ang saligang batayan sa kaayusan ng lipunan. Kung wala ito ay walang makatarungang batas ang maiaakda at maipatutupad.

    Sa biglang tingin ay tama at tila walang maaring ipuna sa prinsipyong ito. Pero hindi natin dapat malimutan na ang Dura Lex, Sed Lex ay may batayan na sinasandigan din. Hindi ito nagmula sa bula, hindi ito putok sa buho.

    Dura Lex, Sed Lex does not exists in a vacuum. Ito ay bunga ng karanasan ng tao. Ilan sa mga palagay o presumption na nagbigay buhay sa prinsipyong ito ay ang mga sumusunod:

    • Magiging makatarungan ito (ang batas) para sa lahat;

    • Ipatutupad ito (ang batas) ng walang kinikilingan; at

    • Paiiralin ito (ang batas) sa loob nang isang siste na ginagabayan ng katarungang panlipunan.

    Walang saysay at hindi maaring ikatwiran ang Dura Lex, Sed Lex kung hindi makatarungan ang pagpapatupad ng batas, kung tanging ang mga makapangyarihan lamang ang nakikinabang sa biyaya nito, at kung ang sistema kung saan ipaiiral ang batas ay kapos o salat sa katarungang panlipunan.

    Isang halimbawa nito ay ang Tax Reformation and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law na kamakailan lamang ay naging batas.

    Una, hindi ito makatarungan sa lahat dahil malinaw sa epekto ng mga probisyon nito na ang makikinabang lamang dito ay iilan;

    Pangalawa, ang “walang kiling” na pagpapatupad nito ay “kiling mismo” para sa kakaunting makikinabang sa batas na ito;

    Pangatlo, ipaiiral ito sa kabila ng katotohanan na ito ay bahagi ng kasalukuyang taxation system na walang duda ay regressive.

    Sa ganitong kalalagayan, walang ibig sabihin ang Dura Lex, Sed Lex. Ang ipinaiiral dito ay hindi makatarungang batas, kundi ang pagiging tirano ng minorya laban sa mayorya gamit ang batas.

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    Ayon sa Tunay na Pagpapakatao (TPP), “Ang batas ay para sa tao at hindi ang tao ang para sa batas.” Ang katuruan na ito ng TPP ay hinalaw ng mga pari, teologo at pilosopong Pilipino mula sa Lucas 13:10-17; Marcos 3:1-6; Mateo 12:9-14; at Juan 5:1-46. Malinaw mula sa mga talatang ito ng Bagong Tipan, nang prinsipyong Dura Lex, Sed Lex ay depende o nakabatay sa mga batayang palagay na unang nabanggit para maging makatwiran ito.

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    No “Padrino System” allowed

    May 24th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    DoTr Undersecretary and I-ACT head Tim Orbos. Image ©

    DEPARTMENT of Transportation Undersecretary and Inter-Agency Council for Traffic head Tim Orbos vowed to spare no one, especially high ranking officials, in the on-going clearing operations of Metro Manila streets.

    This developed following the television newscast of an incident last May 21 when I-ACT personnel reportedly did not tow an illegally parked Sports Utility Vehicle along Doña Hemady Street, Quezon City after its owner, a cerain Dante Guevarra, identified himself as a Malacañang employee and a Philippine National Oil Corporation director.

    The report further said Guevarra just paid the fines for the cited violation.

    Orbos, however, clarified that the procedure was followed even if the vehicle was not towed.

    Hindi po pinatakas at pinalusot ng batas ang SUV owner na nagpakilalang taga-Malacañang,” Orbos insists.

    Orbos explained that since the vehicle is too big for the flatbed of the towing company, the I-ACT operations team together with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel asked Guevarra to bring his vehicle to the impounding area in Tumana, Marikina, where it underwent towing process and he paid appropriate charges.

    Hindi lang naisakay ang sasakyan sa tow truck at flatbed type tow truck dahil sa lapad nito. Kung ipinilit na i-tow ito at nasira ang sasakyan, magiging sagutin ito ng towing company alinsunod na rin sa towing guidelines,” Orbos clarified.

    He said the IACT will strictly implementing the traffic laws as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte and DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.

    At the same time, Orbos asked all government employees to just follow traffic rules and stop asking for favors.

    “We have zero tolerance for those who impede traffic flow. We are against the practice of the “Padrino System” as we are totally blind to anyone hit by our operations – whoever they are,” Orbos said.


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    June 15 set as QC Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    May 23rd, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista Photo ©

    IN recognition that not only women and children are being abused, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has signed an ordinance declaring June 15 as the Quezon City Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

    Bautista said City Ordinance 2670-2018, otherwise known as the Quezon City Elder Abuse Awareness Day Ordinance, is also in accordance with Resolution No. 66/127 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly designating the same date as the World Elder Abuse Day.

    The annual event aims to call attention to growing global opposition against abuse of the elderly. The ordinance aims to protect and uplift the dignity and well being of the elderly against any form of abuse such as physical injuries, theft, property grabbing, and ejection from homes, he added.

    Specifically, the ordinance states that “as the ageing populations rapidly increase, the incidence of elder abuse is concomitantly growing. Usually, it is in the form of financial exploitation, material abuse, maltreatment, at home; such abuses often go unreported, partly due to shame and embarrassment on the part of the victims or because of their cognitive and other impairments.”

    Moreover, it also stressed that “elder or senior citizen abuse is not a private matter but a public and serious one which should be a concern of the entire society. It is a global issue that needs a more participative involvement of all sectors to afford ageing people more protection.”

    Meanwhile, the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), in cooperation with Social Services Development Department (SSDD) and City Health Department, shall promulgate rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the ordinance.

    Public education and awareness programs on elder abuse, protection, and benefits shall be organized by OSCA and SSDD on QC Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

    Funds for the QC Elder Abuse Awareness Day shall be sourced from the City Treasury.

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    PH environment watchdog calls for lead free schools

    May 21st, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    Image ©

    AN environment and public health watchdog called on all of the country’s public elementary and secondary school heads to make lead safety part of the annual “Brigada Eskwela,” the bayanihan effort by the government and the local communities to conduct maintenance and repair of public school buildings and campuses.

    The EcoWaste Coalition, in a statement, said its call is in line with the Department of Education Order No. 4 (Read More: /do-4-s-2017 ) which directs all school head to ensure full compliance with the “mandatory use of lead-safe paints in schools.”

    The Order aims to prevent the children’s exposure to lead through the ingestion of lead-contaminated paint chip, dust and soil in the school environment. Specifically, the mandatory use of lead safe paints to all painting and/or repainting works of school facilities, furniture, fixtures, learning materials and tools and equipment.

    The requirement of the said DO. also applies to paint-coated goods or products directly procured by the school as well as those sourced by other means such as through individual, group, corporate or local government donations.

    Moreover, DO. No. 4 is complemented by DO. No. 64 (Read More: /do-64-s-2017 ) which specifies the minimum performance standards and specifications for DepEd school buildings. It mandates that “paint materials (to be used in DepEd buildings) must be independently certified lead-safe paints/coatings.”

    (File Photo) Thony Dizon ©

    “We laud Education Secretary Briones for her steadfast commitment to promote a lead-safe school environment for Filipino children as contained in DOs 4 and 64, series of 2017. Strict compliance to these orders is crucial to stop the entry and use of lead-containing architectural, decorative and household (ADH) paints in all schools following the completion of the three-year phase-out for such paints last December 2016,” said EcoWaste Coalition Chemical Safety Campaigner Thony Dizon.

    “The effective enforcement of these orders will also help in reducing the creation and dispersion of lead-tainted paint chip, dust and soil from the Brigada Eskwela school cleanup and renovation activities that children may ingest or inhale,” he added.

    According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, “the most common lead hazards in schools are lead-based paint, lead dust and contaminated soil.”

    Exposure to lead can permanently damage the brain and the central nervous system, impair growth and development, and cause learning and behavioral problems, Dizon warned.

    “As there is no safe threshold for lead exposure, we need to pay serious attention on eliminating preventable lead pollution sources such as lead-containing paints in our homes, schools and communities,” he added.

    Furthermore, Dizon said “DO. 4-2017 is by far the most important lead poisoning prevention directive made by the DepEd complementing the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.”

    Meanwhile, to drum up awareness and compliance to the ban on lead-containing ADH paints, the EcoWaste Coalition will distribute posters to Metro Manila schools announcing the phase-out of such paints.

    During the week of the Brigada Eskwela, May 28 to June 2, the EcoWaste Coalition will deploy a roving team targeting Quezon City schools to promote compliance to DO. 4-2017.

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    Preparatory school for media arts opens in QC

    May 20th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    (File Photo) QC Mayor Herbert Bautista. Photo ©

    THE first preparatory school for media arts in Quezon City was recently opened to serve poor but deserving students who dream of working in the mass media.

    Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, ABS-CBN Chairperson Mark L. Lopez and ABS-CBN University President Charo Santos-Concio last Wednesday led the simple inauguration rites of the Eugenio Lopez Jr. (ELJ) Center for Media Arts Senior High School in Scout Torillo Street, Barangay Sacred Heart.

    According to Bautista, the ELJ Center, which was created through City Ordinance 2653-2018, aims to provide quality higher basic education to poor but deserving students who dream of working in the mass media, the brand-new school features state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, library and audio-visual arts housed in a four-storey building.

    This is the first public media arts school sa Quezon City. Hopefully, dumami pa sa iba’t iba pang parts ng Metro Manila at ng Pilipinas,” said Bautista.

    ELJ Center for Media Arts Senior High School

    The ELJ Center for Media Arts Senior High School is a joint project of the QC local government, ABS-CBN, the Department of Education’s QC Schools Division Office and the Magna Anima Foundation.

    Tulong-tulong po ang lahat para makapag-provide ng free education, free tuition fee for all those students na walang kakayahan mag-enrol sa private schools na may media arts course at track,” ELJ Center Grade 12 coordinator Guillermo Telan said.

    The school was named after Eugenio M. Lopez Jr., long-time head of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, who was also one of the most prominent political prisoner during Ferdinand Marcos’s Martial Law in the 1970s.

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    Wala ng sagabal*

    May 18th, 2018

    NGAYON na mukhang kontrolado na ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang lahat ng sangay ng pamahalaan – ehekutibo, lehislatura at hudikatura – ay walang dahilan para manatiling bansot ang bansa sa ilalim ng kanyang pamamahala.

    Ika nga, lahat ay nasa kanya na, kaya wala ng dahilan para magsabi pa siya na kulang pa ang kanyang kapangyarihan. Hindi na niya kailangan pa ng dagdag na poder dahil sobra pa sa kanyang hinihingi ang nangyari matapos tanggalin sa puwesto si dating Chief Justice Maria Lourdes PA Sereno ng mga mahistrado na hindi niya (Pangulo) “kaaway.”

    Kahit ano ay puwede ng isabatas ng “rubber stamp” na kongreso at kanya na itong maipatutupad ng walang pangamba dahil tiyak na bibigyang legalidad ito ng hindi “kaaway” na hukuman. Alalahanin natin na wala na doon ang “kanyang kaaway” na si Sereno.

    Congratulations Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte dahil wala ng sagabal sa inyong landas at mga balakin.

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    Ngayon na mukhang ilusyon na lamang ang check and balance sa pamahalaan, malaki ang responsibilidad ng mga progressive groups sa bayan na bantayan ang kilos ng mga namamahala at yung mga nagsasabi na sila ay pinunong bayan.

    Dahil mukha nga na wala nang “check and balance” ay dapat gampanan ng mga kilusang mapagpalaya ang tungkulin na dapat ay ginagawa ng mga tunay na mambabatas at mahistrado ng bayan. Pero bago pa man ang lahat, kailangang ng mga organisasyong bayan ang masinop na pagoorganisa ng hanay, masinsing pagtatasa ng linyang pampulitika at matiyagang paghawi ng mga bagong porma ng pagkilos.

    Hindi na sapat ang makalumang istilo ng pagoorganisa, bagkos ito ay nagiging hadlang pa sa paglawak ng mga kilusan. Kailangang mag-adapt ng mga progesibong organisasyon sa daloy ng kasalukuyang panahon.

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    Kulang na ang alam lamang natin ay ang mga nangyayari sa ating bayan. Dapat ay alam din natin ang mga kaganapan sa buong mundo upang sa bawat pagpapasya ay may mas malawak na konteksto tayong pinagbabasehan ng ating mga desisyon.

    Ang pagiging parokyal nating mga Pilipino ang isa sa mga dahilan kaya kulang sa lalim ang ating mga puna at pagkakaunawa sa mga pangyayari, lalo na sa bagay na may kaugnayan sa ating ekonomiya, sisteng pampulitika at kultura.

    Kulang na kulang ang karamihan sa ating mga diskurso kundi man talagang walang diskurso kaya medyo hilaw ang ating mga paniniwala. Minsan hindi sapat ang mabuting intensyon, kailangan din na may pinagbabatayan ito.

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    Isang pagninilay sa kilos ng Korte Suprema laban kay CJ Sereno*

    May 16th, 2018

    UNA sa lahat ay ibig kong linawin na hindi ko kilala si dating Chief Justice Maria Lourdes PA Sereno at hindi ako natuwa ng siya ay i-appoint ni dating Pangulong Benigno Simeon Aquino Jr. bilang punong mahistrado ng Korte Suprema dahil napaka-junior pa niya para sa nasabing posisyon.

    Hindi tulad ng ilan kong kapatid mula sa Confraternitas Justitiae na nakatrabaho si Sereno, ni hindi ko nakita ang kanyang anino. Tanging sa telebisyon ko lamang siya nakikita.

    Sa kabilang banda ay kinober ko noon sila Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, Diosdado Peralta at Teresita De Castro. Si Bersamin at Peralta ay pareho pa lamang Quezon City Regional Trial Court judges nang una ko silang makilala samantalang sa Sandiganbayan ko na inabot si De Castro habang nililitis ang noo’y plunder case ni dating Pangulong Joseph Estrada.

    Nitong nagdaang Biyernes ay nahati ang mga mahistrado ng Korte Suprema dahil sa kinalabasan ng isang en banc meeting kung saan nagpasya ang mayorya ng mga mahistrado na sibakin si Sereno mula sa poder matapos nilang katigan ang isang quo warranto petition na inihain ni Solicitor General Jose Calida.

    Nakalulungkot na sinipa mula sa puwesto si Sereno dahil ayaw lamang nila sa kanya, at hindi dahil sa siya ay nagnakaw o walang kakayahan na pamunuan ang Korte Suprema. Ayon sa mga kwento ng mga legal practitioners tungkol kay Sereno, tama ang pinaggagagawa niya at maayos ang kanyang pamumuno bilang CJ ng hukuman.

    Ang masakit pa nito, sinipa nila si Sereno sa pagbibigay bisa sa quo warranto na inihain ni Calida. Dapat nating pansinin na ayon sa Section 2, Article 11 ng 1987 Constitution: “The President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Supreme Court, the Members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust. All other public officers and employees may be removed from office as provided by law, but not by impeachment.” Wala na pong ibang paraan na nabanggit ang batas kundi impeachment.

    Malinaw sa mga nag-aral ng statutory construction na ayon sa Latin maxim na “expressio unius est exclusio alterius,” na ang ibig sabihin sa Ingles ay “the explicit mention of one thing is the exclusion of another,” na dahil impeachment lang ang binanggit na paraan ng batas sa pagtatanggal ng punong mahistrado, hindi na ito dapat dagdagan ng iba pa. Sa kabila ng pagkakagamit ng salitang “may” na ang ibig sabihin ay maari, malinaw ang ibig tukuyin (intent) ng nasabing probisyon ng saligang batas kung babasahin ng buo ang dalawang paragraph nito.

    Bukod dito ay malinaw din na bago matanggal via impeachment ang mga nasabing opisyal dapat ay mapatunayan muna na sila ay may ginawang “culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust.”  Walang pagpapatunay na naganap laban kay Sereno.

    Sa mga nangyari ay makikita na binigyan lamang ng katwiran na pilipit (legal gobbledygook) yung quo warranto para mawala na sa kanilang landas si Sereno. Malinaw na walang maikawing na “culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust” laban sa kanya. Hindi na inalintana ng mga humusga laban kay Sereno na sila ay isang collegial body na hindi maaring manghusga sa bawat isa.

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    Environmentalists calls for a total ban of plastic balloon blowing kits in PH

    May 13th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    Plastic balloon blowing kits. Image © EcoWaste Coalition

    THE Philippine Food and Drug Administration’s warning against plastic balloon blowing kits is not enough, a total ban should be implemented to protect children from its adverse health effects.

    EcoWaste Coalition Chemical Safety Campaigner Thony Dizon said “the FDA’s public health warning on plastic balloon blowing kits is very important but not enough to protect young children from toxic chemical exposure and other preventable hazards.”
    Dizon pointed out that two chemicals – benzene and lead – cited in the said FDA advisory are among the “ten chemicals of major public health concern” as per the World Health Organization.

    “Products intended for children’s use such as toys should be totally safe. Flammable chemicals such as acetone and benzene, and hazardous substances that can cause cancer like benzene or damage the brain like lead should not be part of any child’s toy and should be banned and withdrawn from the market,” he emphasized.

    The FDA’s Advisory No. 2018-152 warns the public about the dangers of using unnotified or unregistered plastic balloon blowing kits, including the risks of inhaling benzene or acetone vapor, lead poisoning, skin laceration and choking.

    Meanwhile, test buys conducted on May 10 in Manila and Quezon Cities by the EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, indicate plastic balloon blowing kits – comprised of solvent mixture in metal tube with accompanying straw – are sold for as low as P1 to P5 per set at public markets and sari-sari stores outside public schools.

    All the 25 purchased items are not registered with the FDA, provide no list of chemical ingredients, and lack the mandatory labeling requirements as per Republic Act 10620, or the Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013, Dizon noted.

    In recommending the prohibition on benzene-containing plastic balloon blowing kits, the EcoWaste Coalition cited the ban in Canada that has been in effect since 1973 because “the safety concern is that blowing the balloons exposes a child to inhaling the vapors of any solvents present.”

    According to Health Canada, “children can be fascinated with these products, and if they blow balloons for extended periods they may experience early symptoms of central nervous system depression or dysfunction, including euphoria, hallucinations, dizziness, and difficulties with coordination of voluntary movements. Prolonged exposure can lead to more serious symptoms including muscular twitching, unconsciousness, and coma.”

    The WHO warned “human exposure to benzene has been associated with a range of acute and long-term adverse health effects and diseases, including cancer and aplastic anemia.”

    While, “children are particularly vulnerable to the neurotoxic effects of lead, and even relative low levels of exposure can cause serious and in some cases irreversible neurological damage,” the WHO said.

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    QC to help the military expand

    May 12th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    QC Mayor Herbert Bautista (left) in his military reservist officer’s uniform and Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado. Image © QC PAISO

    QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to provide a base of expansion for the military when the necessity arises.

    According to Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, AFP commander of Joint Task Force – NCR, said that the agreement is a significant milestone and cooperation to achieve a common goal as it will also allow the conduct of basic military training for the city’s residents who want to join the Citizen Armed Force.

    The mission of the Citizen Armed Force, alternately referred to as the Reserve Force, is to provide base for the expansion of the AFP in the event of war, invasion or rebellion, to assist in relief and rescue during disaster or calamities; to assist in socio-economic development; and to assist in the operation and maintenance of essential government or private utilities in the furtherance of the overall mission,” Arrojado, quoting the MoU. Said.

    Moreover, the agreement provides that the Quezon City government shall fund the administrative and official requirements for the registration, canvassing and acceptance of qualified registrants for Compulsory Citizen Military Registration and Training to be assisted by JTF-NCR through the major service reserve commands.

    Reservist-hopefuls can register at the pilot district and barangays through the registering officers to be designated by the QC government. The QC Acceptance Board will screen, select and publish names of registrants who will undergo Citizen Military Training.

    In addition, the city will also provide the physical and medical examination of qualified army reserves and conduct information dissemination in the barangays.

    Meanwhile, Arrojado has expressed his gratitude to Bautista for implementing the Section 14 of Republic Act 7077 also known as “An act providing for the development, administration, organization, training, maintenance and unitization of the Citizen Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.”

    I would like to express a sincere thanks to Mayor Herbert Bautista in making this agreement a reality in goodwill, clear ambitions and strong commitment to work together. I look forward for taking this next step (training of the Citizen Armed Force) as a common goal,” says Arrojado.

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    Hindi na dapat maulit*

    May 11th, 2018

    ANG kahihiyan na inabot natin sa Kuwait ay hindi na dapat maulit. Dapat na nating itigil ang pagluluwas ng lakas paggawa sa mundo. Humanap na tayo ng ibang paraan kung paano mapatatakbo ang ekonomiya ng bansa na hindi umaasa sa remittances ng mga Overseas Filipino Workers.

    Dapat nang seryosohin ng pamahalaan ang pagtatayo ng mga mabibigat at magagaan na industriya, at ang pagpapasigla ng ating agrikultura. Ang layunin ng sistema ng edukasyon ay dapat din baguhin mula sa pagiging producer ng mga alila ng mundo, glorified man o hindi, tungo sa pagiging producer ng mga magiging kapitan ng industriya at agrikultura.

    Kung paano maging lider sa kontekstong Pilipino at hindi kung paano maging masunuring utusan ng mga banyaga ang dapat bigyan ng diin sa ating mga paaralan. Leadership training course, hindi service orientation ang dapat ibinibigay sa mga mag-aaral upang matuto tayong mamuno at matigil na ang kasanayan natin na maging utusan lamang.

    Kailangang mabuo sa ating loob ang tiwala sa sariling kakayahan at kaalaman. Dapat tayong matutong umamin ng kahinaan kung kailangan at umangkin ng lakas kapag hiningi ng panahon at pagkakataon.

    Ilan lamang ito sa mga hakbang na puwede nating gawin bilang isang lipi upang matanghal sa mundo kung sino talaga tayong mga Pilipino.

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    Habang isinusulat ang kolum na ito ay hindi alam ng Usaping Bayan kung ano ang naging pasya ng Supreme Court sa quo warranto petition na isinampa ni Solicitor General Jose Calida laban sa naka-leave na punong mahistrado ng Mataas na Hukuman na si Maria Lourdes Sereno.

    Harinawa ay pagmamahal sa bayan, pagsunod sa itinatakda ng batas at hindi personal na damdamin ang maging batayan ng mga mahistrado sa kanilang gagawing pagpapasya. Nakasalalay sa inyong magiging desisyon ang maraming bagay na usaping legal, kundi man ang estado ng ating pamahalaan sa hinaharap. (Read More:

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    Sa mga umaasa na magbibitiw si Alan Peter Cayetano mula sa kanyang puwesto sa Department of Foreign Affairs dahil sa kanyang kapalpakan na nagbunga ng pagkasira ng ating relasyon sa Kuwait ay umasa pa kayo.

    Masyadong malaki ang tayang politikal ni Cayetano para ito magbitiw. Hindi rin siya mapagbibitiw ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte dahil mahirap makakita ng isang tulad ni Cayetano na halos parehong-pareho niya kung mag-isip.

    Sige pa…asa pa more….

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    The Supreme Court of the Philippines ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from the high tribunal

    May 11th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    Former SC CJ Maria Lourdes PA Sereno. Image ©

    THE Philippine Supreme Court in an unprecedented and historic move on Friday ousted its own chief justice, Maria Lourdes PA Sereno, after it granted the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

    In an en banc decision, eight Supreme Court Justices – Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Samuel Martires, Francis Jardeleza, Andres Reyes Jr. Alexander Gesmundo, and Noel Tijam – voted to oust Sereno while six other members of the bar – Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Presbitero Velasco Jr., Marvic Leonen, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Mariano Del Castillo, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa – dissented.

    The first lady chief justice of the country initially officiated the opening of the en banc session but later inhibited herself once the en banc started deliberating on Calida’s quo warranto petition which questions her appointment as chief justice. (Read More:

    Under Rule 66 of the Rules of Court, a quo warranto is “an action by the government against individuals for the usurpation of a public office, position or franchise may be commenced by a verified petition brought in the name of the Republic of the Philippines against: (a) A person who usurps, intrudes into, or unlawfully holds or exercises a public office, position or franchise; (b) A public officer who does or suffers an act which, by the provision of law, constitutes a ground for the forfeiture of his office; or (c) An association which acts as a corporation within the Philippines without being legally incorporated or without lawful authority so to act.”

    Calida argued that Sereno is unlawfully holding the Chief Justice post because she failed to submit a complete statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN), which was among the requirements set by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

    The dispositive portion of the decision read: “Wherefore, the petition for quo warranto is granted. Respondent Maria Lourdes PA. Sereno is now disqualified from and is hereby adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the office of the Chief Justice. According, respondent Maria Lourdes PA. Sereno, is ousted and excluded therefrom. The position of the Chief Justice is declared vacant and the Judicial and Bar Council is directed to commenced the nomination and application process. This decision is immediately executory.”

    Sereno is also ordered by the high tribunal to show cause within ten days “why she should not be sanctioned for violating the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Code of Judicial Conduct for transgressing the sub judice rule and for casting aspertions and ill motive to the members of the Supreme Court...”

    According to SC Spokesperson Theodore Te, the decision was written by Associate Justice Noel Tijam.

    The high tribunal’s decision is not surprising as a number of those who voted for Sereno’s ouster earlier testified and made known their negative sentiments against her before the House of Representatives’ impeachment proceedings.

    Sereno is expected to file a motion for reconsideration. 

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    QC urges barangay and SK candidates to undergo drug testing

    May 10th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

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

    THE Quezon City Council has passed a resolution encouraging all candidates in the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to take the initiative to undergo voluntary drug testing and include an anti-illegal drugs platform in their campaign.

    This after the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency bared the names of more than 200 barangay chieftains and kagawad linking them to the illegal drugs trade in the country. (Read More:

    City Resolution 7440-2018, introduced by Councilor Gian Carlo G. Sotto, states that “those who have the desire to be barangay officials must be drug free.” It also encourages candidates to include “an anti-drugs platform in their campaigns.”

    Sotto, who chairs the QC Council Anti-Illegal Drugs Committee, said it will be good if the candidates include in their platform the city’s campaign against illegal drugs for the welfare of the public.

    Habang nagkacampaign sila, maganda kung isama nila ‘yung kampanya ng lungsod kontra sa ilegal na droga kasi para rin naman iyon sa kapakanan ng mga residente,” Sotto said.

    Sotto predicted that candidates who will include an anti-illegal drugs platform in their planned governance will surely be endeared to their constituents because of the dangers that illegal drugs pose to the children, the young adults and the community.

    Gugustuhin talaga ng mga tao kapag ang opisyal nila sa barangay ay talagang galit sa droga kasi pati mga kabataan, nadadamay,” Sotto added.

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    Hindi nila mapalagpas ang pagkakataon?*

    May 9th, 2018

    MALAKAS ang bulong-bulungan na buo na ang pasya ng Korte Suprema na katigan ang quo warranto petition na isinampa kamakailan ni Solicitor General Jose Calida laban kay Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

    Kung magkakagayon, ay mangangahulugan na masisibak sa puwesto si Sereno sa pamamagitan lamang ng isang quo warranto petition, isang pamamaraan nang mabilis pagaalis sa puwesto nang isang nasa poder.

    Sabi ng mga eksperto, hindi kabilang ang quo warranto sa mga paraan na inilatag ng Saligang Batas upang matanggal sa posisyon ang isang Chief Justice tulad ni Sereno. Tanging sa pamamagitan lamang ng impeachment maaring matanggal sa poder ang pinuno ng Korte Suprema.

    Hindi na po natin tatalakayin ang legalidad ng quo warranto bilang paraan ng pagtatanggal kay Sereno sa puwesto. Marami na po ang gumagawa noon. Ibig lang pansinin ng Usaping Bayan na karamihan sa mga mahistrado na ibig mapatalsik si Sereno ay iyung mga sumama ang loob matapos tanggapin ni Sereno ang pagluluklok sa kanya sa poder ni dating Pangulong Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

    Matatandaang si Sereno ang pinaka-junior sa listahan ng mga inirekomenda para palitan ang noon ay katatanggal lamang sa puwestong Chief Justice na si Renato Corona. Ngunit hindi iyon naging hadlang upang siya ang ipalit kay Corona, na natanggal dahil sa kontrobersya na may kaugnayan sa Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth o SALN.

    Napaka-ironic na ang petisyon para sa quo warranto ni Calida laban kay Sereno ay nakabatay sa mga usapin na may kaugnayan din sa SALN.

    Dinibdib ng mga mahistrado na nilagpasan ni Sereno ang pagkakaupo niya sa puwesto kaya mukhang hindi nila mapalagpas ang pagkakataon na inihain ni Calida sa kanila.

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    Kung masisibak mula sa puwesto si Sereno dahil lamang sa isang quo warranto petition ay wala ng mataas na pinunong bayan ang magiging secure sa poder.

    Lahat ng opisyal na maaring matanggal sa pamamagitan lamang ng impeachment, tulad ng Chief Justice, mga Associate Justice ng Korte Suprema, Pangulo, Ikalawang Pangulo, Ombudsman, mga pinuno ng Commission on Audit, Commission on Elections at Civil Service Commission ay maari na ring masibak sa pamamagitan ng isang simpleng quo warranto petition.

    Hayaan ninyong gunitain ng Usaping Bayan ang namayapang si Ate Inday Badiday sa pagsasabi sa mga mahistrado bago sila magdesisyun sa quo warranto ni Calida na “careful, careful.”

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    International Workers Day*

    May 7th, 2018

    IT came as a surprise to most of our kababayans living here in the United States that May 1, International Workers Day, is not a communist legacy but an American one.

    Unfortunately, despite its American roots, there is no official observance of the IWD here in the states on the first of May. The U.S. observes Labor Day on a different date – that is every first Monday of September – not with labor marches but by having bargain sales in major department stores.

    The decision to ignore the May 1 Labor Day celebration was originally made by former President Grover Cleveland in 1887 in an apparent move to downplay the government’s unsuccessful attempt to suppress American labor union’s demand for better working conditions, especially the eight hour a day work. He was also concerned that a May Day celebration would further strengthen the socialist movement in the predominantly individualist and capitalist U.S.

    Despite the encouragement from several international labor organizations, the U.S.government decided in 1958 to keep its September celebration of Labor Day since May 1 is already perceived to have been appropriated as its own holiday by the then Soviet Union, its bitter Cold War rival. Nevertheless, the U.S. Congress could not just ignore the date’s significance and decided to designate it as Loyalty Day. 

    The IWD is now celebrated every May 1 in at least 80 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America and Australia.

    Records show that the first ever May 1 Labor Day demonstration in the world happened in 1886 when hundreds of thousands of unionized American workers went into the streets of Chicago to demand an eight hour work day. The peaceful protest march ended when policemen opened fire on the peacefully protesting workers killing four and wounding hundreds of others. This incident led to more labor protest actions in the U.S. that culminated in a riot on May 3, 1886 in Haymarket, Chicago where a bomb was exploded by unidentified persons killing a dozen people, including seven policemen.

    A sensational show trial ensued in which eight defendants were openly tried for their political beliefs, and not necessarily for any involvement in the bombing. The ensuing trial of those involved in the Haymarket affair lead to the public hanging of seven defendants who were reportedly anarchists.

    The Haymarket incident was a source of outrage from people around the globe. In the following years, memory of the “Haymarket martyrs” was remembered with various May Day job actions and demonstrations. As such, May Day has become an international celebration of the social and economic achievements of the labor movement, including the adoption of an eight hour work day as a labor standard.

    In the Philippines,more than 100,000 workers and Katipunan veterans led by the Union Obrero Democratica de Filipinas celebrated the first Labor Day on May 1, 1903. They marched to Malacanang and demanded better working condition for the Filipino workers.

    In response, the American colonial government, directed its loyal paramilitary group, the Philippine Constabulary, to raid UODF offices and arrest Dominador Gomez, the UODF president. Gomez, who is the great grandfather of actor Richard Gomez, was later co-opted by the Americans into betraying Macario Sakay, a Katipunan veteran who fought alongside the father of the Philippine Revolution Andres Bonifacio and continued fighting the Americans as late as 1907 by establishing the Republika ng Katagalugan.

    Ten years after the first May Day celebration in the Philippines, Herminigildo Cruz, another Katipunan veteran, organized the Congreso Obrero de Filipinas (COF). Like its organized American brethren it successfully fought for an eight-hour work day. From then on, the Philippine labor movement grew. Nevertheless, it is still a long way from becoming a truly major force of change in Philippine society because it is beset by disunity due to different ideologies. It is also a victim of suppression by the reactionary state.

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    Environmental group calls on barangay election candidates to go green in their campaign

    May 4th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    Image ©

    A PHILIPPINE based environment and public health watchdog called on all barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election candidates to campaign in a way that will not aggravate the already battered environment and worsening public health conditions.

    The EcoWaste Coalition, which is also a zero-waste advocacy group, made the appeal Friday after the nationwide campaign period for the barangay elections has commenced.

    “We renew our appeal to all contenders to be respectful of their constituents’ right to a healthy environment. Their keen desire to get the voters’ nod should not worsen the waste and pollution woes of the communities, especially in heavily populated barangays, that they are hoping to serve,” said EcoWaste Coalition Zero Waste Campaigner Daniel Alejandre.

    He also noted that “while it is tempting to spend to the max for leaflets, posters, banners and other campaign paraphernalia to promote their visibility, candidates should adhere to the PhP5 expense limit per registered voter in their barangay, and avoid going beyond what is allowed and what is necessary to get themselves known to the electorate.”

    Moreover, he observed that “campaign materials consume lots of resources to get produced and disseminated. Paper leaflets, for instance, are made from wood pulp from trees. Water, bleaching chemicals, dyes and inks, and, not to forget, fossil fuels, are used to make them. While it takes a lengthy and resource-intensive process to produce them, campaign materials are often disposed of as garbage, dumped or burned.”

    Daniel Alejandre. Image ©

    To conserve the use of resources and minimize the generation of garbage, the EcoWaste Coalition urged candidates to refrain from distributing too much leaflets and sample ballots, and from putting up too much banners and posters.

    Furthermore, to lessen the use and wastage of materials, the EcoWaste Coalition encouraged candidates to explore more personal and interactive approaches to reaching out to their constituents such as through house-to-house visitations and neighborhood meetings where they can adequately introduce themselves and their platforms, including their plans to address community health and environmental concerns.

    It further suggested the optimal and ethical use of the social media by the candidates to inform voters of their political intentions as another way of minimizing the use of resource-consuming traditional campaign materials.

    The group also emphasized the importance for candidates and their supporters to spare all trees of campaign materials that can hurt and damage them.

    “Nailing propaganda materials on trees could stress and make them vulnerable to insects and microorganisms,” Alejandre warned.

    To avoid and reduce the environmental impacts of the upcoming polls, the EcoWaste Coalition asked the candidates and their supporters to heed the following 5Rs for a more environmentally-caring campaigning.

    1. REJECT overspending for campaign activities and materials.

    2. REDUCE trash by avoiding use of materials that are not necessary, reusable or recyclable.

    3. RESPECT the trees by keeping them poster-free.

    4. RETRIEVE campaign materials for reuse or recycling purposes.

    5. REMOVE campaign materials immediately after the polling day.

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    Ombudsman clears President Duterte’s son Paolo in PhP6.4 billion shabu smuggling case

    May 2nd, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    (File Photo) Davao’s Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and son of President Rodrigo Duterte takes an oath as he testifies at a Senate hearing on drug smuggling in Pasay, Metro Manila. Image © Thomson Reuters

    THE Office of the Ombudsman has cleared the son of President Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, from any involvement in a sensational illegal drugs smuggling case.

    This developed as it completed its fact-finding investigation on a complaint involving the smuggling of 602.2 kilograms of high-grade methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) valued at PhP6.4 billion at the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

    However, the Special Panel of Fact-Finding Investigators of the Ombudsman recommended the filing of criminal charges for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) against former Bureau of Customs (BoC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, Import Assessment Service (IAS) Director Milo Maestrecampo, Risk Management Office (RMO) Chief Larribert Hilario and Accounts Management Office (AMO) Chief Mary Grace Tecson-Malabed.

    The panel also recommended the filing of criminal charges recommended the filing of administrative charges of Grave Misconduct against Faeldon and BOC officials Joel Pinawin and Oliver Valiente, as well as Gross Neglect of Duty and Grave Misconduct against Tecson-Malabed and Maestrecampo.

    It also recommended the filing of additional charges of Usurpation of Official Functions (Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code), violation of Section 32 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (Republic Act No. 9165) against Faeldon, and violation of Section 3(a) of R.A No. 3019 against Faeldon and BOC Director Neil Anthony Estrella.

    The criminal and administrative charges will undergo preliminary investigation and administrative adjudication, respectively.

    The panel said it dismissed the allegations against Paolo and Atty. Manases Carpio for lack of basis. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales did not participate in the panel’s investigation.

    It will be recalled that on May 26, 2017, joint operatives from the BOC-Customs Intelligence and Investigative Services, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency raided a warehouse owned by the Philippine Hongfei Logistics Group of Companies, Inc. in Valenzuela City.

    According to the field investigators, “the BOC later discovered and seized the shabu but the manner through which the discovery and seizure were made leaves much to be desired. Evidence suggests that numerous laws and administrative issuances pertaining to the proper search, seizure, handling and controlled delivery of drugs were violated by the public officers.”

    The incident led the Senate and the House to conduct an inquiries wherein the name of the young Duterte was mentioned at least twice. The inquiries have also unearthed the “tara,” a payola system at the BoC, which led to the resignation of Faeldon, who has since then been replaced by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency head Isidro Lapeña.

    The Ombudsman, at the same time, took the initiative to investigate the matter due to the allegation that the release of the shabu cargo by the BOC was “facilitated by public officials who were identified as members of the Davao Group by customs broker Mark Ruben Taguba II.”

    Taguba, testified before the Senate blue ribbon committee that he paid off BOC officials to expedite the processing of his cargoes. He then identified his direct contacts in the Davao Group as a certain Tita Nani and one Jack.

    Taguba also mentioned Vice Mayor Duterte and Carpio, husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and nephew of Ombudsman Morales. He then claimed to have met Davao City Councilor Nilo “Small” Abellera Jr. who then allegedly asked him for PhP5 million in protection money for the vice mayor.

    Consequently, Vice Mayor Duterte and Carpio were called to the next hearing where they denied the allegations.

    Taguba later clarified that he had never personally met the two men. He even issued a statement clearing them of “any involvement in the shipment of illegal drugs into the country and in any [irregularities] in the Bureau of Customs.”

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    Progressive labor group denounce President duterte’s betrayal of the working class on Labor Day

    May 1st, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    (File Photo) Image © Pambansang Kilusan ng Paggawa

    A NEWLY organized labor alliance of trade unions and political centers, Workers Against Contractualization, on Labor Day accused President Rodrigo Duterte of betraying the working class by rejecting their collective demand to end all forms of contractualization.

    WAC spokesperson Ernie Arellano and leader of the National Confederation of Labor (NCL) said Malacañang’s declaration last April 19 that Duterte will no longer issue an executive order to stamp out contractualization was the last straw, after the President made the working class wait for almost two years to fulfill his campaign promise.

    “Laborers having composed the majority that elected him to office are not merely frustrated with the administration’s inaction but are infuriated by this betrayal,” said Arellano, a veteran labor leader.

    Arellano insists that, Duterte and Labor Secretary Bello’s spin masters cannot take the workers for fools by claiming to have ended contractualization by outlawing “endo,” or short-term, five-month contractual work through department order 174.

    “How could they claim to have ended contractualization when the conditions in our work have not altered?” he asked.

    The WAC believe that the regime’s crackdown on “cabos,” or fly-by-night labor-only contractors will not put an end to the systemic abuse inflicted by “permanent contractual employment” and “regularization in manpower agencies” under DO 174 adding that the crackdown is a mere stunt.

    “The existence of “cabos” is not the entirety of contractualization. In fact, “cabos” are no longer the dominant practitioners of contractualization. Hence, Duterte’s macho posturing, what he calls “Tokhang Cabo,” is a farce, for “cabos” hardly exist nowadays,” they explained.

    “Essentially contractualization persists because of the existence and legalization of third-party service providers in the form of manpower agencies, labor cooperatives, and independent contractors. Through DO 174, they act as modern slave traders licensed to facilitate the lease of laborers to companies and earn by getting their cut from the workers’ meager individual salaries.”

    They further stressed that contractualization has systematically condemned workers and their families to a lifetime of destitution and blackmail, having to sell their labor at starvation wages with little or no benefits, crippling their upward mobility.

    “We have no other recourse but to continue pressing. Duterte’s betrayal not only inspired us to unite but emboldened us to continue the struggle be it in Congress or in the parliament of the streets until we are no longer deprived of our rights,” Arellano disclosed.

    The WAC is an alliance composed of Association of Genuine Labor Organizations (AGLO), Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Solidarity of Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reform (SUPER), Metro East Labor Federation (MELF), National Confederation of Labor (NCL), Associated Trade Unions (ATU), National Federation of Labor (NFL), Katipunan ng Samahang ng mga Manggagawa (KASAMA), Katipunan ng Makabayang Manggagawa (KMM-KATIPUNAN), Legal Advocates for Workers Interests (LAWIN), National Union of Builders and Construction Workers (NUBCW), United Filipino Service Workers(UFSW), SOCIALISTA, Workers for Peoples Liberation (WPL), and Worker Advocates for Social Transformation Organization (WASTO).

    BMP President Luke Espiritu

    Meanwhile, the BMP, a socialist labor group and WAC convernor, declared Duterte as an “Enemy of the Working Class” due to his flip-flopping and actions that led to the spiraling prices of commodities, burdensome taxes, and increasing unemployment figures.

    “The gloves are off from now on. Having waited for years to fulfill his promise, his strongly-worded pronouncements against the abuse of employers and invitations to hold dialogues were all good-for-nothing,” declared BMP President Luke Espiritu.

    The BMP says that the president displayed his true loyalties by siding with abusive employers in their employment schemes to profit out of their labor.



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    Two policemen netted in massive anti-colorum drive in southern Metro Manila

    April 30th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    IN A bid to eliminate unregistered or colorum and dilapidated vehicles on the road, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic on Thursday conducted intensified operations in the cities of Parañaque and Pasay and netted 92 violators, including two members of the Philippine National Police.

    In a report released to the media yesterday, the I-ACT said it apprehended 57 violators of the rule on smoke-belching and 35 others for various violations of TBTU campaign. Also, eight colorum vehicles were impounded on the spot by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

    Two of those apprehended in separate incidents were policemen, a Chief Inspector and a Senior Police Officer 4, who were caught driving colorum vans passing them off as UV Express. The two police officers did not resist but attempted to talk their way out with the operatives on site. One was even in uniform and carried his service firearm.

    The apprehension of two policemen was reported by Department of Transportation Undersecretary and I-ACT head Tim Orbos to Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade and PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde.

    “I am disappointed that even those we expect to abide the law first will be caught red-handed.” said Orbos adding that the public should stop patronizing colorum vehicles.

    “To those who are planning or using private vehicles for public use, whether you are a civilian or a law enforcement personnel, we urge you to stop that activity because I-ACT will have no let-up in its campaign versus colorum vehicles,” Orbos stressed.

    Orbos also reminded motorists to check the road worthiness and legitimacy of their vehicles’ franchises to avoid being caught by the authorities.

    “We are reminding our motorists to make sure that their vehicles are safe to ride on and in the case of public utility vehicles, bearing FRETFUL-required markings and case numbers with appropriate legal franchises,” he said.


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    Ombudsman reminds gov’t employees to file SALN

    April 27th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    (File photo) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales Image © CNN Philippines

    OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales reminds all government officials and employees that they have until April 30, Monday to file their respective Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs).

    “This act is both a constitutional and statutory obligation of every public servant such that failure to do so warrants the imposition of a concomitant administrative penalty,” Morales said in a press statement.

    Failure to file the SALN or dishonesty in doing so, warrants the suspension of one to six months for the first offense, and dismissal from service for the second offense which, when warranted, may also lead to forfeiture of ill-gotten or unexplained wealth, she added.

    The SALN is a declaration under oath of assets (i.e., lands, houses, cash, etc), liabilities (i.e., personal or institutional loans), and business and financial interests, of a government official or employee, of the spouse, and of unmarried children under 18 years old still living in their parents’ household. It includes a waiver authorizing the Ombudsman or her authorized representative to obtain and secure documents that may show assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests, and financial connections from all appropriate government agencies for investigatory purposes.

    Under Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees), the submission of SALNs must be made (1) within 30 days after assumption of office; (2) on or before April 30 of every year thereafter; and (3) within 30 days after separation from the service.

    The SALNs of the President, the Vice-President, Chairmen and Commissioners of constitutional commissions and offices, the Ombudsman and the Deputies, officials and employees of departments, bureaus, agencies, including government-owned and-controlled corporations (GOCCs) with and without charter and their subsidiaries, state universities and colleges, and local government units, the offices of which are located in the National Capital Region, are submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman (Central Office).

    On the other hand, the SALNs of regional officials and employees of the department, bureaus and agencies of the national government, judiciary, constitutional commissions and offices, GOCCs and their subsidiaries, and state colleges and universities; provincial elective officials and employees including governors, vice-governors, and members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan, city and municipal elective officials and employees including mayors, vice-mayors, members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod/Bayan and barangay officials; officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) below the rank of colonel or captain and other enlisted officers; officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) below the rank of senior superintendent and other police officers; officers of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) below the rank of Commodore are submitted to the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman in their respective area offices.

    Moreover, Ombudsman Circular No. 2 (series of 2017) now requires the Human Resource Management Office of each covered agency and instrumentality of the government, pending the full implementation of the electronic SALN (e-SALN) program, to submit to the concerned Ombudsman office the electronic copies along with the hard copies of the SALNs on or before June 30 of every year.

    It may be recalled that in May 2013, the Office of the Ombudsman and the World Bank signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the project entitled “Enhancing the Income and Asset Declaration System.” The project is designed to develop a digital-based online system for the bureaucracy-wide filing of SALNs.

    In May 2016, the e-SALN system was launched with the Office of the Ombudsman and the Civil Service Commission as pilot agencies under phase I, to be followed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council, Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Internal Audit, and Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs under phase 2.

    Under the proposed e-SALN project, covered government officials and employees may access, accomplish and file the SALN over the internet using a web browser.

    As to the other official repositories, the SALNs of senators and congressmen are submitted to the respective Secretaries of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

    The Office of the Clerk of Court is the repository of the SALNs of justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan and Court of Tax Appeals, while the Office of the Court Administrator is the custodian of the SALNs of judges of different trial and special courts.

    To the Office of the President go the SALNs of department secretaries, including undersecretaries and foreign service officers, heads of GOCCs, its subsidiaries, state universities and colleges, officers of the AFP from the rank of colonel or naval captain, officers of the PNP from the rank of senior superintendent, and officers of the PCG from the rank of commodore.[1]

    The Civil Service Commission is the repository of the SALNs of all other officials and employees in the central/main/national offices of the departments. bureaus, and agencies of the National Government, the Judiciary, Constitutional Commissions and offices, GOCCs with and without original charters, including their subsidiaries in the region.

    Government officials and employees who serve in an honorary capacity, laborers and casual or temporary workers are exempt from filing the SALN.


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    National group of lawyers denies being paid for supporting embattled PH Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

    April 26th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    Image © IBP Facebook

    THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines said its elected officers serve without any compensation or honorarium from Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno contrary to claims made by a lawyer and reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer last Tuesday.

    In an e-mail sent to news organizations, the IBP, through its Board of Governors, stressed that its President, Executive Vice President, the members of the Board of Governors, all Chapter and Regional Officers of IBP do not receive any allowance from Chief Justice Sereno or the Supreme Court.

    “These elected officials of IBP serve without any compensation or honorarium,” the IBP letter said referring to an earlier claim by Larry Gadon, who, it will be recalled, filed an impeachment case against Sereno for alleged corruption.

    The Inquirer reported that Gadon, in Camp Aguinaldo, claimed that the IBP (officers) supports Sereno because they get allowances from the Supreme Court. It will be recalled that he filed an impeachment case against Sereno for alleged corruption.

    Gusto tipirin ng hudikatura ‘yung budget nila para dun sa mga ibang nakalaan, ‘yung mga naisip niyang kagarbuhan niya. Under Sereno SC, binibigyan niya ng allowance ‘yung IBP officials so kita niyo kampi na kampi sa kanya ang mga IBP officials,” the Inquirer quoted Gadon as saying.

    However, the IBP said “it is reckless for a lawyer to make false and unfounded allegations. We respect every person’s freedom of expression and may even try to understand his needs and motivations but truth, fairness, and professional ethics should not be lost even in partisan and passionate lawyering.”

    The IBP pointed out that they support Sereno and formally opposed the quo warranto petition against her through an intervention duly noted by the Supreme Court because:

    1) impeachment and not a quo warranto petition is the constitutionally prescribed process for removing a Chief Justice;

    2) the quo warranto petition was filed way beyond the 1-year prescriptive period set by the Rules of Court;

    3) the Supreme Court does not have the power and should not supplant the determination of integrity and qualifications of a Chief Justice that the Constitution vests upon the Judicial and Bar Council and the President of the Republic of the Philippines;

    4) allowing a flimsy quo warranto petition to unseat a Chief Justice will impair the security of tenure, stability, and independence of constitutional offices;

    5) we must maintain the separation/balance of powers and due process enshrined in our Constitution for effective/orderly governance and to safeguard our democracy and our individual rights. These grounds are clear in the 1987 Constitution, in many laws enacted by Congress and reiterated in numerous jurisprudence and rules promulgated by the Supreme Court.

    It also added that the members of the IBP Board of Governors may have diverse political inclinations and beliefs but we are one in taking this principled stand for it is the institutional duty of IBP and the personal oath of every lawyer to uphold the Constitution and promote the rule of law, regardless of the personalities involved.

    The embattled Sereno is on leave preparing for her impeachment trial.



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    Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate and driver charged with graft for allegedly hiring ghost employees

    April 26th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    QC 2nd District Councilor Roderick Paulate. Image © Inquirer Entertainment –

    GOVERNMENT anti-graft prosecutors on Wednesday charged Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate and his liaison officer with graft before the Sandiganbayan for allegedly hiring ghost employees, and faking job orders and payroll records in 2010.

    Specifically, the prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman charged Paulate and Vicente Bajamunde before the anti-graft court with one count of graft and eight counts of falsification of public documents. However, being a government official, Paulate was also charged with one count of falsification by a public officer.

    The ombudsman recommended a bail of PhP246,000 for Paulate and PhP222,000 for Bajamunde.

    In filing the charges, the ombudsman accused Paulate and Bajamunde, who is also Paulate’s driver, of “causing undue injury” to the city government in the amount of PhP1.109 million, which was allegedly used to pay 30 bogus contractual workers.

    Based on the investigation conducted by Ombudsman prosecutors, Paulate and Bajamunde conspired to defraud the Quezon City government by hiring the “fictitious job contractors.”

    Paulate, who represents the 2nd District of Quezon City in the City Council, falsified a Job Order/Contract of Service document including the signatures therein of the fictitious contractors, to oblige the city government to allocate funds for their salaries, the Ombudsman said.

    Furthermore, the prosecutors added, Paulate and Bajamunde also prepared fictitious Personal Data Sheets of the non-existent contractors as supporting document.

    Paulate and Bajamunde also allegedly falsified eight General Payrolls certifying that the contractors each rendered 40 hours of service per week.

    The ombudsman further claimed that because of the falsified payrolls, Paulate, through Bajamunde, was able to collect from the City Treasurer’s Office a total of P1.109 million in reimbursements, representing the contractors’ salaries from July 1 to November 15, 2010.

    Paulate denied the charges saying it is an old issue dug up by his political opponents. He said the charges were already dismissed by the Court of Appeals (CA) for lack of merit.

    “I just have to face it in the proper venue. But my answers will remain the same, using old documents and old evidence,” Paulate explained.

    It will be recalled that in January 2016, the ombudsman ordered Paulate’s dismissal from service for administrative offenses of serious dishonesty and grave misconduct over the alleged hiring of ghost contractors. However, in December of the same year, the CA granted Paulate’s petition for review and overturned the ombudsman’s administrative ruling.

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    IACT declares support for Boracay rehab, will conduct anti-colorum operations

    April 25th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

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

    THE Inter-Agency Council for Traffic supports the scheduled closure of Boracay as it declares its participation in the island’s rehabilitation by running after colorum or unregistered vehicles plying the area.

    This was learned shortly after the local governments of Kalibo and Caticlan in Aklan on Wednesday asked the I-ACT to conduct anti-colorum and “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” (TBTU) operations in their respective areas, more especially in Boracay.

    Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Roads and I-ACT chair Tim Orbos said aside from lowering traffic volume, conducting public utility vehicles (PUVs) check for colorum vehicles will also boost environmental consciousness in the area.

    “We recognize the problems Boracay is facing and we are here to lend a hand in resolving its worsening conditions,” Orbos said, adding “smoke-belching contributes to the environmental woes of Aklan especially in Boracay since it’s been frequently flocked by tourists.”

    “Further, we need to intensify anti-colorum operations in the area to ensure the safety of passengers, most of whom are tourists.”

    I-ACT operations will focus on the main island of Panay to address the expected exodus of people in Boracay.

    Fifteen personnel from IACT National and 45 personnel form IACT Visayas will conduct anti-colorum and TBTU operations in Kalibo and Caticlan. (Read More:

    At the same time, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), which are both part of the council, also expressed support for this initiative.

    “The LTO is working hand in hand with DoTr and I-ACT to make sure that land transportation rules are strictly enforced anywhere in the country,” LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said.

    LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, for his part, said that they are “committed to their mandate to lead the anti-colorum operations through the help of their database of legal franchises to ensure safety of riding public.”

    Aside from road worthiness test on PUVs, I-ACT will also study green transport in Boracay to lessen, if not eliminate, environmental risks in the island brought about by excessive smoke emission from vehicles.

    Ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte, Boracay’s shutdown will start on Thursday and will last for six months.


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    Former agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and 23 others to be prosecuted for graft

    April 24th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    (File Photo) Former Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala Image ©

    GOVERNMENT prosecutors found probable cause to charge former Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala with graft and corruption before the Sandiganbayan.

    Specifically, prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman, in a press statement, said Alcala and 23 others will be indicted for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019).

    Included in the indictment are Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Director Clarito Barron, BPI Division Chiefs Merle Palacpac and Luben Marasigan, and garlic traders Lilia “Lea” Cruz, Edmond Caguinguin, Rolan Galvez, Rochelle Diaz, Ma. Jackilou Ilagan, Jon Dino De Vera, Napoleon Baldueza, Jose Ollegue, Laila Matabang, Angelita Flores, Gaudioso Diato, Denia Matabang, Jose Angulo, Jr., Raffy Torres, Mary Grace Sebastian, Renato Francisco, Rolando Manangan, Orestes Salon, Prudencio Ruedas and Shiela Marry Dela Cruz.

    The Ombudsman investigation uncovered that from 2010 to 2014, a total of 8,810 import permits (IPs) were issued and approved by respondents Alcala, Barron, Palacpac and Marasigan. Out of this number, 5,022 IPs were cornered by importers and affiliates of the Vendors Association of the Philippines, Inc. (VIEVA) chaired by respondent Lilia Cruz.

    The records also show that on 24 July 2013, Alcala designated Cruz as chairperson of the National Garlic Action Team (NGAT) serving as the DA’s consultative body on policies and concerns of the garlic production and supply program. At the same time, Cruz acted as representative of the garlic importers, assisting them in the processing of applications and issuance of IPs.

    The Ombudsman investigators also found that Alcala, et al. approved the IPs despite an existing order suspending the issuance of IPs.

    On 22 August 2013, the NGAT issued Resolution No. 1 Series of 2013 recommending the non-issuance of garlic IPs finding that the supply was sufficient to last until the next harvest season of March 2014. However, on 05 November 2013, the NGAT issued Resolution No. 2 Series of 2013, declaring an insufficiency in the country’s garlic supply as of 25 October 2013 and recommended the importation of 58,240 metric tons of garlic through the issuance of IPs to be allocated to farmer cooperatives (70%) and legitimate garlic importers (30%).

    According to the Ombudsman Resolution of 20 April 2018, “NGAT’s resolution that 70% of the IPs would be allocated to farmer cooperatives was actually a scheme designated for Cruz to control the garlic importation. It bears emphasis that after Cruz established VIEVA, she caused the affiliation of farmer cooperatives and associations under its umbrella on the pretext of helping them financially. By adopting the scheme, Cruz practically controlled a big chunk of the 100% of the IPs for imported garlic. The 30% of the IPs supposedly allocated to legitimate garlic importers was given mostly to VIEVA and its affiliated importers. On the other hand, the 70% of IP allocation for the farmer cooperatives was mainly captured by Cruz through VIEVA-affiliated farmer groups.”

    The Resolution added that “the scheme enabled VIEVA to monopolize the garlic supply, allowing it to dictate its market prices. [From] January to July 2014, the extraordinary and alarming spike in the prices of imported and locally produced (native) garlic was strongly felt by the public especially in the month of June 2014. The price of imported garlic soared, ranging from PhP260.00 to PhP400.00 per kg. from its average price of PhP165.00-PhP170.00 per kg. in calendar year 2010-2013; while the price of native garlic varied from PhP250.00-PhP400.00 per kg. in April to June 2014.”

    Moreover, documents from the National Bureau of Investigation, Securities and Exchange Commission, Cooperative Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, and National Statistics Office revealed the close connection and relations between and among the VIEVA and VIEVA-affiliated importers.

    Aside from the interlocking incorporators, the importers have similar representatives, addresses, emails, phone numbers, company profiles, major suppliers, plant addresses, ports of registration, thus evidencing their common interest.

    In the related administrative case, Barron, Palacpac and Marasigan were found guilty of Grave Misconduct and ordered dismissed from the service, with the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, forfeiture of retirement benefits, cancellation of civil service eligibility, and bar from taking the civil service examinations.

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    “Public office is for the people’s benefit. Therefore, it is but reasonable to expect that respondents perform the duties accorded them efficiently and honestly. It is for this reason that this office is mandated by law to ensure that public office should deserve public trust and to hold erring officials and employees liable and impose appropriate penalty should they fail on this duty,” added the Ombudsman Resolution.

    The Ombudsman reminded all government employees that Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019 prohibits public officials from causing any undue injury to any party, including the government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.


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    Filipino environmentalist awarded with the prestigious 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize

    April 24th, 2018

    By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

    Image ©



    FORMER EcoWaste Coalition president Manny Calonzo on Monday was awarded the prestigious 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize by the US-based Goldman Environmental Foundation for his determined campaign and fruitful advocacy against lead tainted paints.

    Calonzo, who is also an adviser of the Global Lead Paint elimination Campaign of International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), is among the seven recipients of the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental activists at the San Francisco Opera House in San Francisco, California. The annual Goldman Environmental Prize award was established in 1989 by San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman.

    He was selected by an international jury from confidential nominations for spearheading a fruitful advocacy campaign banning the production, sale and use of paints containing lead, a cumulative poison targeting the brain and the central nervous system, through the EcoWaste Coalition, a Philippine environment and public health watchdog, and IPEN.

    Mr. Manny Calonzo. Image © EcoWaste Coalition

    Calonzo and the EcoWaste-IPEN team work involved studies that generated data on lead content of solvent-based decorative paints sold in the Philippines; organized awareness-raising activities on lead poisoning prevention; built links and alliances with the paint industry and other stakeholders; pushed for mandatory lead paint standard and regulation; and promoted the world’s first third-party Lead Safe Paint Certification program.

    The former EcoWaste president dedicated the award to Filipino children and youth, including those yet to be born. He said they deserve to grow and develop in a pollution-free environment that will not expose them to lead in paint and dust which can result in life-long decrease in intelligence and other adverse health impacts.

    “To protect and foster the brains and bodies of our children and youth, and improve the safety of their living, learning and playing environments, the Philippines took the crucial decision to ban lead-containing paints, a major source of childhood lead exposure,” Calonzo told the 3,000 cheering crowd.

    Moreover, Calonzo noted that “by phasing out lead-containing decorative paints in 2016 and lead-containing paints for industrial uses by 2019, we hope to achieve a lead safe paint market by 2020 and ensure a lead safe environment for all, especially for children and babies still growing in the womb.”

    Reflecting the collaborative nature of the campaign, Calonzo acknowledged the constructive alliances and relationships forged among partners from the government, industry, civil society, health sector and the academia.

    “With key stakeholders on board and working together, and with support from top environment and health officials, we carried out a spirited campaign to eliminate lead paint, an entirely preventable source of lead exposure,” he said.

    “This recognition of our collective success in the Philippines, I hope, will inspire global efforts to ban lead paints, particularly in developing countries, at a much faster tempo. While a few countries have in recent years adopted binding lead paint laws and regulations, much work remains to adequately address this serious human health hazard. No nation in which lead paints are still produced and consumed can claim to have made real progress in ensuring children’s health and safety.”

    Calonzo, at the same time, commended the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers, EcoWaste Coalition, IPEN and the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint for their contributions to the successful campaign.

    He also specifically recognized Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines. Inc. and Davies Paints Philippines for being the first two companies in the world to earn the Lead Safe Paint® mark under a new third-party certification program.

    It will be recalled that the groundbreaking Chemical Control Order on Lead and Lead Compounds (CCO) issued by the DENR in 2013 paved the way for the eventual phase-out in December 2016 of lead-containing architectural, household and decorative paints following a three-year phase-out period. The same regulation provides for the phase out in 2019 of lead-containing paints for industrial applications after a six-year transition period.

    Under the Duterte administration, supplemental directives were issued in 2017 and 2018 by the Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Department of Interior and Local Government to mainstream the mandatory procurement and use of lead safe paints, the EcoWaste Coalition noted.

    “The continuing collaboration by the government, industry and civil society, backed by informed and vigilant paint consumers, is crucial in ensuring full compliance to the CCO goals and targets. As children’s lives do matter, we need to keep the environment safe from lead, mercury and other pollutants that can impede childhood growth and development and negatively affect their future,” Calonzo said.

    Aside from Calonzo the other Goldman Environmental Prize winners this year are Francia Marquez from Colombia, Claire Nouvian from France, Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid from South Africa, Leeanne Walters from USA, and Khanh Nguy Thi from Vietnam.


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