Thursday, April 20, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has topped the online poll for TIME list of most influential people, however the Magazine has decided to undermine Duterte's popularity by including the president staunches critic Senator Leila de Lima even-though no one voted for her.
The accompanying article for Duterte is done by former Colombian president César Gaviria, while the one for De Lima was written by former United States ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.
Gaviria was also the one who wrote a New York Times opinion piece titled "President Duterte is repeating my mistakes", based on his own experiences in fighting Colombia's drug problem. Duterte called Gaviria an idiot for "lecturing" him on the war on drugs.
Duterte's "most vocal critic" De Lima, wrote former ambassador Power, has taken on "a role her friends call suicidal." Last year, Duterte himself had accused De Lima of facilitating the drug trade inside the national penitentiary.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
During President Rodrigo Duterte speech in front of 8,000 OFWs in Qatar on Saturday, April 15 (Doha time) he said "Ang Pilipinas, para ito sa mga taong naghirap...Ang mayayaman, kalaban ko 'yan" and
challenged business tycoon Lucio Tan and other oligarchs to pay their unpaid taxes.
"Lucio Tan has almost billion, 30 billion. He has to pay. He has to pay. Lahat (All of them), they have to pay," Duterte said during his meeting with the Filipino community in Qatar at around 6 pm in Doha, or 11 pm in Manila.
The President also said Dunkin Donuts, which he said is owned by the Prietos of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, has its own tax deficiencies.
In his speech, Duterte repeated as well his usual tirades against human rights groups, the European Union, and critics such as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Monday, April 10, 2017
The people are no longer satisfied with the Vice President Leni Robredo performance as her SWS satisfaction rating drops. It went down by 11 points in the first quarter of the year, according to a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that also showed a slight drop amid still steady ratings for other top officials of government.
Robredo obtained a net satisfaction rating of +26 in the Social Weather Stations' survey of 1,200 respondents from March 25 to 28. Her score qualifies as "moderate," and is 11 percentage points down from her "good" +37 rating last December.
The March 25 to 28 survey was conducted days after Robredo revealed alleged irregularities in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs via a video message to the United Nations.
The video message had prompted House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to mull an an impeachment complaint against Robredo, whom he accused of betrayal of public trust.
The same survey showed Alvarez enjoying a 2 percentage point increase in his net satisfaction rating to a "moderate" +12 from a "moderate" +10.
Meanwhile, Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno also saw drops in their satisfaction marks, SWS noted.
Pimentel's rating dropped one grade to a "moderate" +37 from December’s "good" +49. Sereno's rating stayed "moderate", but dropped 2 points to +14 from +16.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Earthquake Information No. 1:— PHIVOLCS-DOST (@phivolcs_dost) October 19, 2015
Date and Time: 19 Oct 2015 09:50 PM
Magnitude = 5.4
Depth = 101 kilometers
Metro Manila and some parts of Southern Tagalog has been hit by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake accordint to seismologists. The offshore quake, with a shallow depth of three kilometers, centered seven kilometers northwest of Tingloy, Batangas.
The earthquake was detected at 8:58 p.m., the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The tremor was felt at Intensity IV in Makati City and in Obando, Bulacan. Intensity III was felt in Mandaluyong City, Quezon City, Sta. Ana, Manila, in Lucena City in Quezon province and the Cavite towns of General Trias and Dasmariñas.
Intensity II was felt in Pasig City and Talisay, Batangas. The Philippines sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte still leading Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. As of press time, 76% of voters said Duterte should be on the "TIME 100." It also showed the the Philippine president at 4% of the online vote. Six individual are tied in the 2nd spot namely Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and actress Emma Watson. All of them got 3% of the vote.
Other personalities who made it to the poll include performers Lady Gaga (2%) and Beyonce (2%), author J.K. Rowling (2%), TV host Oprah Winfrey (2%) and athletes Michael Phelps (2%) and Simone Biles (2%).
US president Donald Trump, who was named TIME Person of the Year 2016, got 2% of the online vote.
Voting on the online poll closes at 11:59 p.m. E.T. on April 16.
Last December, Duterte also landed on the Most Powerful People list of Forbes magazine.
Duterte has made international headlines with a campaign against drugs that has seen thousands of suspected criminals killed.
He has also announced a "separation" from the United States and plans to realign the Philippines with China and Russia.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III during an interview on Sunday said there is a big chance that Vice President Leni Robredo will be impeached by the House of Representatives.
"This has a chance of passing the [House of Representatives], malaki ang tsansa," Pimentel said in an interview over radio dzBB.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said last Friday that he was studying the possibility of filing an impeachment complaint against Robredo for "betrayal of public trust."
Pimentel said an impeachment complaint needs only at least 100 votes of House members and Alvarez has the solid support of at least 230 congressmen.
"'Pag ginamit ang imagination sa political, kung si Speaker Alvarez ang magli-lead [ng impeachment laban kay Robredo], ilan ang followers niyan? Two hundred thirty. So 100 ang kailangan doon na suportahan siya doon, so lulusot iyon," the Senate president said.
Pimentel declined to comment on the possible grounds for Robredo's impeachment, saying senators should not comment on the form and substance of the complaint because they will sit as impeachment judges.
If the impeachment complaint is filed against Robredo and it passes the House of Representatives, it will be transmitted to the Senate whose members will sit as judges during the impeachment trial.
Pimentel, as Senate president, will preside over the impeachment trial.
"Pagdating sa possible impeachment ni VP Robredo mabuti pa kaming mga senador, no comment kasi nga sa aking political assessment may chance talaga na lumusot iyan, given the number," he added.
On Saturday, Solicitor General Jose Calida said that Robredo should be impeached because her "palit-ulo" video statement played during a United Nations (UN) forum was "treasonous."
Calida said his office was willing to provide help to Alvarez in pursuing Robredo's impeachment.
Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing also revealed on Saturday that a group of volunteer lawyers are building an impeachment case against Robredo for "economic sabotage" for her "unverified statements in the international community intended to discredit the Duterte administration in its anti-illegal drugs."
On Friday, Alvarez also accused Robredo of being involved in moves to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
source GMA News