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20th November 2016
Duterte praises idol Putin; rants about US 'bullying'
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 8:36 pm

(By Sun Star Manila | 20 Nov 2016)

President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the Apec forum in Lima, Peru (AP)
President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the
Apec forum in Lima, Peru (AP) 

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte did not hide his admiration to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima, Peru.

For the first time, Duterte met face to face with Putin at the Swissotel Hotel Sunday.

"I have been looking for this moment to meet you, Mr. President, not only because you represent a great country but of your leadership too," he said.

Earlier, Duterte said he wanted to make friends with Putin.

Duterte told the Russian leader that despite the distance, the Philippines has "been longing" to be part of Europe, especially in commerce and trade.

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A Peek at Imelda Marcos' Wild Shopping Spree Splurges
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 5:02 pm

(By Jacqueline Arias, Inquirer.net via preen | 20 Nov 2016)

A Peek at Imelda Marcos' Wild Shopping Spree Splurges If you still don’t believe that the Marcoses owe us a fortune, Imelda Marcos’ shopping list serves as a brief reminder.

Titled “5 Shopping Sprees So Wild, They Made History,” The Cut shows how extravagant the former first lady was.  The article first notes that Imelda “left her collection of 3,000 shoes when they fled the country in 1986.”

It also goes into detail of her wild sprees in New York where she spent $2 million in jewelry and buying a $3.5 million Michelangelo painting in Rome.  For some reason, she also spent $2,000 for chewing gum in San Francisco and asked a plane to make a U-turn back to Rome so she can buy cheese.  Seriously, did she really need all this stuff? Not to mention that she spent $10.3 million to renovate the entire town of Sarrat, Ilocos Norte for the wedding of her daughter Imee.

And yes, if you’re going to do the math, the government would’ve built two major airports and can feed the hungry for generations with the ill-gotten wealth she embezzled from the Filipino people.
 


Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines unite against Abu Sayyaf
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 20, 2016, 11:41 am

(By / 11:41 AM November 20, 2016)

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The three countries will hold joint military training for their army personnel starting January 2017 to fight terror group Abu Sayyaf and secure the Sulu Sea from rampant piracy.

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have agreed to initiate joint army training to advance efforts to secure the Sulu Sea from rampant piracy.

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu explained that each of the countries would first begin its own army personnel training in January 2017 before conducting the joint training later in the year.

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18th November 2016
Terror Grows in Southern Philippines From Militants Linked to Islamic State
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 18, 2016, 10:02 am

(By James Hookway; Wall Street Journal | 18 Nov 2016 10:02 AM E.T.)

Philippines soldiers standing guard on Sept. 5 inside a military camp in Jolo in the southern Philippines, where they are fighting the Abu Sayyaf terror group. (PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES)
Philippines soldiers standing guard on Sept. 5 inside a military camp in Jolo in the southern Philippines, where they are fighting
the Abu Sayyaf terror group. (PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES) 

MANILA -- Abu Sayyaf, once written off as one of the global jihadist movement’s also-rans, is gaining strength in the southern Philippines by chasing down high-value victims at sea and ransoming them off for millions of dollars.

After a relative lull for most of a decade, kidnappings have surged to more than 20 annually since 2014, when the group’s main leader Isnilon Hapilonswore allegiance to Islamic State.

That rebranding --- and the accompanying brutality, including beheadings --- has generated international headlines and raised fears that the island-dotted region could re-emerge as a hub for Islamist terrorists, as it was for al Qaeda in the 1990s.

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29th June 2016
THE PREZ AND THE PRESS
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 29, 2016, 6:14 am

REGRETTABLY, the conversation between President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the news media has turned sharp and shrill. All but lost in the noise is the two parties’ common duty in law and tradition to serve and to inform the Filipino people on issues, events and policies that affect their interest and welfare.

A president—all at once the chief executive, fount of foreign policy, manager of the national household, guardian of peace and order, commander of the uniformed services, and arbiter of policy conflicts—is the most important pivot of news and policy in the land. The President is mandated by law to lead the nation and to promote transparency, accountability, and good governance.

But the Constitution also upholds the citizens' rights to free speech, free press, free expression, and peaceable assembly. It guarantees as well their right to due process, equality before the law, access to information, justice, and life.

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25th June 2016
Arroyo asks SC to dismiss plunder case and set her free
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 25, 2016, 8:29 pm

(By Jeffrey A. Damicog & Rey G. Panaligan, 25 June 2016)

 Former President and re-elected Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to resolve her petitions on her P366-million plunder case involving funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) pending with the Sandiganbayan.

Arroyo elevated to the SC three issues -- the denial to post bail, determination of probable cause, and demurer to evidence.

A check with the SC showed that these issues may be tackled in next week’s full court session.

In a motion filed last Thursday, Arroyo pleaded the SC to resolve immediately her petition to dismiss her plunder case through a demurer to evidence after the Office of the Ombudsman has started investigation on a new complaint for plunder and malversation of public funds also in connection with the PCSO funds from 2004 to 2007.

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17th June 2016
Nene bucks Duterte plan to bury Marcos in Libingan
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 17, 2016, 11:41 pm

(By Jovic Yee, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17 June 2016 11:41 PM)

PARTIDO Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) chair emeritus and former senate president Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel said on Friday the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos should stay in his northern hometown of Batac amid the raging debate over suggestions to transfer him to the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

"I have been suggesting for a long time that Marcos should be buried in a place where he is honored by the people. And that’s in his hometown (Batac)," Pimentel told reporters when sought for comment on incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to transfer Marcos at the Libingan, which has been the dictator’s family’s request over the past two decades.

He noted that at least in Ilocos Norte, Marcos would be able to “get all the honors that he wants.”

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3rd June 2016
Former PDI corres defends Duterte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 3, 2016, 5:33 pm

(By Chito Duterte, Former PDI corres)

President-elect Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte was not elected overwhelmingly because he was saintly, scholarly, well-mannered and soft-spoken.  All throughout the campaign, he showed his worst - in fact far worse than he really is.  He was so successful in portraying himself in such a negative light that many of his critics nearly laughed themselves to death thinking that the man was in such a pitiful state of self-destruction that he was the best campaigner against himself.

Subsequent events proved Duterte right - and his critics and haters wrong. They realized too late that far too many Filipinos were more concerned about the nation losing the war to crime, drugs and corruption than about good manners and fine conduct. The biggest proof of this is that he won overwhelmingly over the fair-haired boy and the poster girl of the establishment with plenty to spare.

He garnered a total of 16,601,997 votes, surpassing the 15,208,678 total given to outgoing President Benigno Aquino III who - in more ways than one - is the epitome of what Duterte's critics want from a president - soft-spoken, pious, conventional and predictable.

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10th May 2016
Mercados dominate again, Duterte wins by 20k over Roxas
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 10, 2016, 1:32 pm

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – The Mercado dynasty continued their dominance in the Southern Leyte province and in the city with an addition to a son-in-law winning as Board Member.

Gov. Roger Mercado, who switched place with younger brother Rep. Damian as lone Representative of the province winning with a big margin (111,340 ) against lawyer and former St. Bernard mayor Rico Rentuza(56,882).

Rep. Damian Mercado who slide down to run as governor won by a landslide (108,190) against Vice Governor Sheffered Tan(68,800).

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9th May 2016
Maasin City Comelec partial official result @40 percent
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 9, 2016, 7:50 pm

Official result

CONGRESSMAN    
  MERCADO 13,814  
  RENTUZA 3,543  
       
GOVERNOR    
  MERCADO 13,711  
  TAN 4,260  
       
VICE GOVERNOR    
  YAP 9,100  
  GAMALI 1,683  
  ESCLAMADO 4,088  
       
BOARD MEMBER    
  BANTUG 10,360  
  EDILLO 8,411  
  ESCANO 7,728  
  IDJAO 7,042  
  RESOS 5,858  
  ASTORGA 2,800  
  DUMANGCAS 1,594  
  CAMUS 1,338  
       
       
MAYOR - MAASIN    
  MERCADO 11,593  
  DATOR 4,780  
       
VICE MAYOR    
  SAMACO 11,319  
  SIBI 4,302  
       
COUNCILOR    
  ABIERA, EFFIE 13,004  
  GERONG, RAFAEL JR. 9,950  
  GENERAN, PEPITO 9,191  
  VERANO, FELIX 9,123  
  GENISTON, ROMEO 8,969  
  ROJAS, BOY 8,946  
  DUBLAN, MELVIN 8,224  
  OLITA, ZALDY 8,167  
  COSTILLAS, VIVENCIO 7,935  
  MERCADO, GERONIMO 7,810  
  DUMAGAN-CRUZ 2,280  
  CABILAO, FLORITO 2,249  

 


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