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Speaker Alvarez says Resorts World Manila incident a ‘lone wolf terrorist attack’

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Saturday disputed the conclusion of authorities that the incident in Resorts World Manila on Friday had been a simple case of armed robbery and arson, saying it was a “clear example of a ‘lone wolf’ terrorist attack.”

In a statement, the leader of the House of Representatives said he disagreed with law enforcement officials who concluded that the early Friday attack, which left 38 people killed including the lone gunman, was not a terrorist act.

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Resorts World Manila: Explosions, gunfire reported in Philippines

(CNN)Gunfire and explosions have been heard at the Resorts World Manila in the Philippines, CNN Philippines reported.

A masked gunman was on the second floor of one hotel, firing at guests, hotel employees fleeing the scene told CNN Philippines.
 
Police, fire trucks and SWAT teams were seen in the area at about 1:30 a.m. local time Friday.
Resorts World Manila, also known as RWM, is a resort complex in Newport City, a residential and commercial center in metropolitan Manila.
 
RWM has an array of hotels, restaurants and bars. Tourists flock to the complex for its casino, shopping mall, cinema and theater.
 
The complex, which is described on RWM’s website as “the first and largest integrated resort in the Philippines,” is located across from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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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.”

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Clinton daughter calls Duterte ‘murderous thug’ after calling out his rape joke.

Chelsea Clinton commented on Twitter that Duterte’s joke of owning up to one count of rape for every three that soldiers commit in Mindanao under the implementation of martial law.

She then rebuffed criticisms on her honing in on Duterte’s rape joke instead of the human rights violations purportedly committed under his administration by calling the president a “murderous thug” while insisting on her original point.

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Why Duterte’s ‘4 million drug users’ is statistically improbable

A tighter grip on reality – through data and evidence – may be one of the best ways to brace ourselves against this new, rising wave of authoritarian rule.

pon his return from Russia, the President gave a press conference where he explained at length his decision to declare martial law across Mindanao.

But perhaps just as significant was his on-the-spot sacking of Secretary Benjamin Reyes of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) for repeatedly saying there are about 1.8 million drug users in the country. This official figure contradicts the President’s own guesstimate of 4 million.

The President said: “And here comes a chairman…You’re fired. Today. Get out of the service. You do not contradict your own government…”

In this article we explain in detail the study that arrived at the 1.8 million figure. We show that even with a liberal estimate of 2.5 million drug users, the President’s 4 million figure is still off the mark and lies beyond the realm of statistical probability.

The 2015 drug use survey

The 1.8 million figure comes from the “2015 Nationwide Survey on the Nature and Extent of Drug Abuse in the Philippines” published by the DDB in September 2016 (see below).

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