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
Monday, March 6, 2017
Malacanang complains that the US television series "Madam Secretary" has put the Philippine President in bad light by portraying him as a pervert. On the trailer of Madam Secretary's season 3 episode 15, with the title "Break in Diplomacy," the new Filipino president was shown as a character "who crosses the line" by making inappropriate advances towards the female lead character, US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord.
The trailer was shown in Youtube with the title "Elizabeth is shocked when the Philippines’ unconventional new president, Datu Andrada (played by Joel de la Fuente), makes a pass at her during their meeting to discuss his refusal to participate in an Asia-Pacific territory treaty."
The Philippine embassy in Washington already sent a letter to the CBS Corporation, in "protest" of the character and to urgently call for "the necessary corrective actions."
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella denounced the President’s portrayal.
“I think they are confusing their images. I think they are projecting something that they really would like to say about their own situation. Really, I think they should use a fictional US President,” Abella, in an apparent dig at President Donald Trump, said in a Palace briefing,
Asked if Malacañang finds the portrayal “insulting,” the Palace official said, “Well, they engage in something that they would like to…It’s their business, it’s their craft. You cannot deny them their craft—their taste perhaps.”
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