Monthly Archives: May 2017

SC Justice Carpio is a “Son of a bi*tch”….

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday slammed Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio over his proposal to invoke the country’s legal victory on the South China Sea.

“These stupid government [officials], they keep on egging me on the arbitral ruling. They said, ‘What are you doing on the arbitral [ruling]?’” Duterte said during the 119th anniversary celebration of Philippine Navy in Davao City. “The arbitral ruling places the South China Sea in our jurisdiction. But the Chinese has insisted and has made well known their stand that it is theirs and they will die for it,” he added.

Duterte maintained that he cannot insist the Philippines’ win in its arbitration case against China because it would only cause “trouble.” He reiterated that he raised the international court’s decision on maritime dispute and his plan to dig oil in the resource-rich waters but echoed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s appeal not to proceed. “Carpio keeps on harping [on South China Sea ruling].

Son of a b****, he did not do anything before. So he wants me to go to the UN (United Nations) for the enforcement [of the ruling],” the President said.

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2017/05/31/duterte-hits-carpio-over-suggestion-insist-arbitral-award-china-544970

FACT CHECK: Inconsistencies in Duterte’s martial law report

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration appeared to have submitted to Congress a martial law report that contained erroneous information on some of the incidents that happened in Marawi City that led to the declaration of martial law in Mindanao last week.

 
 
Several inconsistencies were discovered when we verified the contents of the report submitted by the government to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shortly before 10 p.m. on May 25.
 
This despite the earlier instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Cabinet to be factual and truthful in drafting the report submitted to Congress.
 
 
In its report, the Palace claimed that several establishments, including the Amai Pakpak Medical Center, were taken over by elements of the Maute terrorist group and held several employees as hostages on May 23.
 
However, in a STAR report released on Monday, APMC chief Amer Saber said that the hospital was not overrun by terrorists contrary to the reports that came out on social media that day.
 
His statement corresponded with that of Philippine National Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos who said that the terrorists did not take over the hospital and went there to seek medical assistance for a member.
 
“Ito po coming from our counterparts in the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines). ‘Yun pong pagpunta ng grupo sa ospital, they did not control the entire hospital. They were there to seek medical assistance dahil may tama ‘yung kanilang kasama,” Carlos said in the press briefing on May 24.
 
“‘Yung mga workers there… they were only asked to provide medical assistance to the wounded members of the terror group,” he added.
 
 

Fake Photos? Mocha Uson apologizes for using Vietnam and Honduras photos depicting Martial Law Offensive in Marawi.

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine News Agency (PNA) and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson have posted wrong photos to depict the military offensive in Marawi City.

In its May 27 report titled “Urban warfare a challenge for soldiers in Marawi,” the PNA used an uncaptioned photo of a soldier seemingly investigating a house while residents looked on.

Later reports noted the photo was not taken in Marawi City, but rather a cropped version of a photo of Vietnamese soldiers uploaded in Wikimedia Commons.

The photo has since been taken down from the PNA page.

On Monday, Uson shared an image of kneeling soldiers with the caption, “Let’s pray for our army. Panalangin din po natin ang mga pamilyang naiwan at nababahala sa kalagayan ng kanilang asawa at tatay.”

However, netizens quickly pointed out the image was not taken in the Philippines but in Honduras.

“Tell your followers and yourself that we have enough photos of our soldiers praying. No need to use Honduras police’s. Shame!” added the Twitter account.

The PNA yesterday apologized over the errors in the two articles.

RECOMMENDED READ FROM FULL SOURCE ARTICLE: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/31/1705328/oops-vietnam-photo-used-marawi-story

US successfully ‘intercepts and destroys’ target in missile test

ashington (CNN)The Pentagon successfully shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile using its own upgraded long-range interceptor missile on Tuesday in what was widely seen as a test of US ability to counter a North Korean missile launch.

The Missile Defense Agency launched a ground-based interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to intercept a US-launched mock ICBM target over the Pacific Ocean, according to a US defense official.
The interceptor “destroyed the target in a direct collision,” according to a statement from the Missile Defense Agency.

“The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment … and a critical milestone for this program,” said MDA Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring. “This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat,” he said.

While the Pentagon is calling this test a success, some experts cautioned that the $40 billion missile defense system still has a long way to go before it can be considered fully developed.

GREAT TO READ FROM FULL SOURCE ARTICLE: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/30/politics/pentagon-missile-test-north-korea-iran/index.html

Fish Ball Street Vendor Going Digital.

MANILA, Philippines – The Makati city government, along with Ayala-led Globe Telecom and iBayad Online Ventures Incorporated, have launched an all-in-one card for Makati City residents and government employees.

 

Dubbed the Makatizen Card, it allows the city’s estimated 500,000 residents to access city government services, pay fees and taxes, as well as receive cash allowances, stipends, and other monetary benefits.

City government employees, meanwhile, can use their Makatizen Card to receive salaries and allowances.

Beyond that, the card also functions as an automated teller machine (ATM) card and carries with it all the features of Globe’s GCash digital payments platform.

“[The card] takes us a step nearer to achieving our goal of empowering everyone, including those in the marginalized sectors of society, to enjoy a better quality of life,” said Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay at the launch of the card on Tuesday, May 30.

“We view this unsolicited project proposal from Globe, GCash, and iBayad as the springboard for the rapid transformation of Makati into the country’s first digital city, where citizens and civil servants are able to experience the optimum benefits of the latest innovations in information technology,” she added.

Globe subsidiary G-Xchange Incorporated (GXI), which operates GCash, will serve as the financial service provider for the Makatizen Card, while iBayad will deploy the mobile point of sale (mPOS) terminals and build the merchant network where the cards will be accepted.

The Makatizen Card is also considered a valid government-issued ID. It comes with a near-field communication (NFC) feature that allows city offices equipped with iBayad machine readers to verify the identity of residents and city government employees. No additional documents will be needed for identification.

Makatizen Card users will also be able to pay for items included in iBayad’s merchant network, which is planned to include Jollijeeps, sari-sari stores, and roving vendors for easier and safer transactions.

iBayad will also be implementing the Makatizen Loyalty and Rewards Program, where users earn loyalty reward points that can be used to purchase items.

“Each Makatizen Card carries the features of the GCash mobile wallet but is also customized to be used in the city-wide local merchant network. All services that they will get in Makati City, whether it is payment of taxes, cash allowances for health and other benefits, etc, will be directly credited to this GCash wallet that is linked to the card. They don’t have to carry anything except this ID and their mobile phone,” explained GXI president Albert Tinio.

RECOMMEND READ FULL SOURCE ARTICLE: http://www.rappler.com/business/171455-makati-city-globe-ibayad-makatizen-card

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Duterte vows to ignore Supreme Court on martial law.

Duterte on Tuesday imposed martial law in the Mindanao region, home to 20 million people, following deadly clashes in a mostly Muslim-populated city involving militants he said were trying to establish a caliphate for the Islamic State group.

“Until the police and the armed forces say the Philippines is safe, this martial law will continue. I will not listen to others. The Supreme Court, Congress, they are not here,” Duterte told soldiers on Saturday.

“Are they the ones dying and losing blood, bleeding, hemorrhaging because there is no help, no reinforcement? It’s not them.”

“During martial law, your commanders, you, you can arrest any person, search any house. There is no more warrant needed,” Duterte told troops on Friday.

Duterte’s comments contradicted a government statement released on Saturday to explain martial law.

“Warrants of arrest or search warrants should be issued,” the statement from the government’s information agency said.

“No person may be arrested and detained without orders coming from these civil courts.”

Read Full Story more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/900310/duterte-vows-to-ignore-supreme-court-on-martial-law#ixzz4iNJSEdyT