BPI blames tech provider Smartmatic over dagdag-bawas on clients’ accounts

The embattled Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI) on Friday aired its displeasure with technology provider Smartmatic, after the latter changed some script during peak banking hours.

Smartmatic, a system technology company that is notorious in sabotaging its clients’ businesses stole headlines last year when its senior programmer allegedly changed some codes that made Leni Robredo a Vice President.

The same company handles BPI system when a system glitch affected thousands of accounts for several days now. The glitch resulted to abnormalities in the accounts of BPI clients, with some getting millions on their accounts, while others lost thousands to millions. The same dagdag-bawas scheme happened during the 2017 Presidential Elections done by the same technology company.

Although BPI management has already assured its clients not to worry, authorities are still investigating how Smartmatic was able to create a ruckus again.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), is investigating why senior programmer Marlon Garcia is still in the country and was able to sabotage BPI when he already left the country several days after the 2016 Elections. Garcia is the main suspect in changing the script of transparency server that made Robredo a winner. It is assumed that Garcia is the same person who sabotage BPI’s system for a still unidentified reason.

BPI account holders are expected to access their accounts normally on Monday, and advisory on BPI website said. /Janice De Castro/
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Catholic Church’s net worth up by P3.89 billion on first quarter of 2017

The Roman Catholic Church and the Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is richer by P3.89 billion on the first quarter of 2017 according to financial and investment data published by the Financial Times.

The biggest source of the profit increase came from the Church shares on several corporations including the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), where the church is 4th largest stockholder.

Other source of profit increase includes shares from San Miguel Corporation, Philex Mining Corporation, Ayala Corporation, Concrete Aggregates Corporation, EEI Corporation, and some Catholic schools.

With the total net worth of P162.35 billion on December 2016, the Church’s total net worth is now at P476.21 billion.

Not known to many Catholics who still give church donations during Sunday mass, the Catholic Church is the largest non-taxable organization in the country.

Of all Catholic Archdiocese in the country, the Archdiocese of Manila is the richest with P12.35 billion, followed by Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Tuguegarao, and Baguio. All Archdiocese hold shares in BPI.

Meanwhile, the priest assigned in Talisay City has been asking churchgoers to increase the donations to fund the Church ongoing repair. /Chito Mercado/
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Highly Cited: High profile Bombay allowed in Crame to collect Jinggoy’s 150k short loan?

An odd rumor has been circulating inside Camp Crame since Wednesday morning involving detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

According to a reliable source, a police officer who was assigned to guard Estrada and Revilla rooms had allowed a “Crame suki” Bombay to enter Jinggoy’s cell for around 3 minutes.

The source added that the said Indian national has been lending money inside Camp Crame since 2014 and have high profile clients including high-ranking police officers.

Jinggoy has reportedly borrowed P150,000 around March when his cash at hand was not enough to pay an unidentified appliances delivered to his cell.

The name of the Indian national was not revealed, but the source added that since the said Indian national is visiting Crame every day.

The news erupted when the said police guard told her shift counterpart about the incident. The said police was newly assigned to guard Estrada’s room so he had no familiar with the SOP when dealing with outside creditors.

The Philippine National Police is still verifying the accuracy of the report. If proven true, the involved police may face administrative case, and the said Indian national will be barred from entering the camp. /Nikki Maliksi/
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Poll: Latest online survey says PH Daily Inquirer is the most bias media outlet

The latest online survey conducted by the Kapisanan ng mga Journalists sa Pilipinas (KJP), says the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which has been critical to President Rodrigo Duterte, is the least trusted media outlet.

KJP started its online survey through print and online poll on April 14 and concluded on June 3, received 345,678 response.

PDI received 36.78% of votes for the question “Which media do you think is the least reliable?”. Rappler.com followed with 22.56% vote, with ABS-CBN came in third with 18.6%.  Came in 4th is GMA with 2.8%, and Philippine Star with 2.03% at fifth

The top three (PDI, Rappler, ABS-CBN) also led in the question, “Which media do you think is bias”?

For the question “Which of the following is your least favorite online newspaper to read”, Rappler came in first, followed by PDI, and ABS-CBN.

The survey had 10 questions and Inquirer topped 4 questions out of 10, Rappler topped in 3 questions, and ABS-CBN topped in 2. The Manila Times on the other hand topped the question “Which online newspaper has the least user-friendly website”.

PDI, Rappler, and ABS-CBN are often accused by supporters of President Duterte as extremely biased, irresponsible, and unfair media outlets.

The survey result validated the accusations of President Duterte supporters. /Nikki Maliksi/


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Trillaness-Alejano bromance intense since college, classmate says

An army officer and former Philippine Military Academy (PMA), classmate of both Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, and Magdalo representative Gary Alejano, said the couple has been in close relationship since their PMA days.

Newly-promoted Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Lumawag, a member of Marilag Class 95, said Trillanes and Alejano have unusual relationship since college, but became more intense when both joined the Oakwood Mutiny, and later when both became lawmakers.

Lumawag, although a member of PMA Class 95, where both Alejano and Trillanes also belong, did not join the Oakwood Mutiny. Lumawag’s current rank is 2-step higher than than then Lt Senior (or Captain) Grade Trillanes.

Lumawag did not give further details if how close the two are, but reiterated that both former military officers have “unusually very close relationship.”

Both Trillanes and Alejano are staunch critics of President Rodrigo Duterte, and preparing to submit supplemental cases against the latter on International Criminal Court (ICC).

“Let the people decide what they think and what they say”, Lumawag said /Cathy Sanchez/


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Maine Mendoza is Brgy. Ginebra’s 2018 Calendar Girl

Image credit Maine Mendoza Instagram

The world’s famous gin brand, Ginebra San Miguel has tapped Kapuso actress and YouTube sensation Nicomaine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza to be the 2018 Barangay Ginebra Calendar Girl. The decision was immediate after Ginebra’s board of directors saw Mendoza’s two-piece photos online which became viral lately.

Mendoza visited Maldives last couple of days and showcased her hidden body beauty in two piece inner wear.

Mendoza also stole the showbiz headlines when she deactivated her twitter account last couple of days.

Our source said that Mendoza received a hefty offer from the gin giant. Although the exact figure was not revealed, the source said the offer is the biggest compared to other celebrities who appeared on the prestigious calendar in the past.

Fellow Kapuso star and dubbed as “Ang Pantasya ng Bayan”, Kim Domingo is Mendoza’s predecessor.

Although Maine Mendoza is not groomed to be an actress, and has been discovered only recently, her popularity surpasses other celebrities who came from prominent showbiz families.

Mendoza is known to wear traditional clothes, but her viral photos tells that the young sex symbol has a lot to offer.

Celebrity Reporter Magazine said that, “Maine Mendoza has an untapped body that will make every man salivate”.

The sexy offer from the Philippines most prestigious calendar is the first ever modelling offer for Mendoza to do sexy pictorial.

Mendoza is unreachable for comment since she deactivated her twitter account a couple of days ago. /Loida Sancha/


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Guam Congress passes bill to make May 9 the Duterte Day

The Guam House of Representatives passed a law making May 9, the President Rodrigo R. Duterte Day, Guam Express reported on Wednesday.

The bill was jointly authored and submitted by three Congressmen with Filipino roots, and was unanimously voted YES by the congress during the final reading on Monday.

The bill also includes nationwide parade of all OFWs living in Guam to honor Duterte, who became the Philippine President on May 9, 2016.

Duterte won a landslide victory in Guam among Filipinos who have the right to vote in the Philippines.

More than a quarter of Guam’s population are Filipinos.

Although Guam was a Federal State of the United States of America, and is mostly influence by the US, the country is still close to the Philippines due to its dominant Asian population.

Contrary to Vice President Leni Robredo, whose visit to Guam was suspended several months ago, Duterte is extremely popular in Guam.

The country is expected to celebrate the first Duterte Day on May 9, 2018. /Apollo Pascual/


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KADAMAY in Pandi wants autonomy, plans to loot government establishments

The Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), in Bulacan are planning to make Pandi their own autonomous town, an insider told OKd2.com on Tuesday.

The report said, KADAMAY, after illegally taking over thousands of government housing units, plans to take control of the whole town, including the police and the local government.

KADAMAY membership in Pandi and other neighboring towns are estimated to be around 40,000.

The information leaked after one of the leaders Cristina Carpio was not contented with how the government deal with the urban poor group. Carpio said the group needed more housing units, jobs, foods, medicines, clothing, and other basic and luxury needs.

“We cannot just rely to the Philippine government. We need to take full control of the town so we can have our own government. If the Muslims in Mindanao can, why can’t we?”, Carpio said during their group meeting on Tuesday.

The leaked information said that the group will start looting government establishments if aid will not arrive next week.

The source also said that the planned looting is back by several armed members of the New People’s Army operating in Bulacan.

A copy of the leaked information has been submitted to Bulacan Police according to the source.

Since Duterte allowed the group to occupy the government housing units on March, more than 50 housing rights have been sold to outsiders according to reliable sources. See related details of KADAMAY illegal activities here. /Mark Sanchez/
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No Presidential Election on 2022 unless Marcos-Robredo case is resolved, SC says

One day after former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. asked the Supreme Court (SC), acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to expedite the protest hearing he filed against VP Leni Robredo, SC has released a controversial initial decision that shocked the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo.

The same day that supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that the latter was cheated by more than 5 million votes, the Supreme Court has decided to postpone the 2022 general elections until the electoral protest filed by Marcos against Robredo is not resolved.

In a single page immediate resolution released by SC on Wednesday, it said that “all pending cases must be resolved so the people can choose freely without any doubt”. SC is referring to Marcos VS. Robredo case, and the latest allegations of Duterte supporters, which will be tackled also on succeeding days.

The resolution also welcomes petition from either camps.

The camp of Robredo was shocked, but legal counsel Atty. Regina Fernandez said they will do all legal remedies to make Leni Robredo a president by 2022.

The decision issued by the Supreme Court is expected to get mixed response from both Duterte and Marcos critics, but the Congress has no plan to question the SC’s decision. The congress, though House Secretary Divina Gracia said the house is full with so many things and will not deal with the SC regarding election concerns.

The Marcos vs. Robredo case is expected to roll faster according to the said resolution.

The SC also said that the cancellation of the 2022 general elections will give COMELEC enough time to find replacement for Smartmatic, which had been the subject of all cheating during the past and previous elections. /Sebastian Luna/
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UP to Confer Joma Sison with Doctor of Humanities Honoris Causa

The University of the Philippines once again took the headline when its College of Humanities announced Tuesday that it will be honoring National Democratic Front (NDF), founder, and communist leader Jose Maria Sison, with an honorary degree on Doctor of Humanities.

Sison worked as professor in literature  and was one of the professors of President Rodrigo Duterte before he was exiled in The Netherlands after former President Corazon Aquino took office on 1986.

The UP’s College of Humanities announcement came as surprise to many critics and victims of the New People’s Army.

It is not clear how the college give Sison’s honor when the latter is not allowed to enter the Philippines.

Sison’s communist group is responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people since its creation more than four decades ago.

The announcement was publish on the summer issue of The Philippine Collegian – UP’s official school newspaper.

The article says, “Sison help changed the course of the Philippines in the last three decades”, though it did not explain if Sison made the country better, or worse.

Militant leaders Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño, Renato Reyes, and others, welcomed the announcement, saying, “This is a big victory for the Communist Party of the Philippines”.

The government is mum on the said announcement. /Sam Brillantes/


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Not BAR, CHED says LET is now the toughest PH license exam to pass

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED). On Wednesday said licensed teachers are now the smartest and most intelligent professionals in the Philippines.

This is after the Philippine Regulations Commission (PRC), released the result of March 2017 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) result, where only 10.9% for elementary teachers have passed, while only 25.46% for the secondary teachers have passed. Both results are the lowest percentage among any other board exams given by PRC since the commission was created decades ago.

The following is the list of results of different board and professional licensure exams given by the PRC in 2017. From highest to lowest.

  • Physician/Medical Doctor – 61.73%
  • Lawyer (BAR – given by Supreme Court) – 59.06%
  • Master Electrician – 58.05%
  • Architect – 57.6%
  • Mechanical Engineer – 56.88%
  • Chemical Engineer – 55.25%
  • Physician/Dentist – 46.52%
  • Electrical Engineer – 44.9%
  • Veterinarian – 42.9%
  • Geodetic Engineer – 41.8%
  • Civil Engineer – 35.92%
  • Accountant (CPA) – 35.13%
  • Agriculturist – 31.55%
  • Teacher/Secondary – 25.46%
  • Teacher/Elementary – 10.9%

With the 2017 LET results, may speculates that CHED and PRC should investigate if there is any abnormality in the instructions and curriculum given to the education students, and if there is any problem with the board exam they are taking.

CHED said that the reason why teachers have the lowest average is not because they are less intelligent than any other professionals. CHED reiterated that LET is more difficult than any other board exam because it has the largest scope.
 
“Engineering board exams mostly deals with solving problems and numbers, doctor’s exam deals only with human body, BAR deals primarily with the Philippine Constitution. Teachers deals with everything from what a child has learned when he started going to school at Grade 1 until he finished college”, CHED Assistant Commissioner Dr. Fausta Salcedo explained. She added that LET covers the topics learned by students since they entered school at an early age, until they graduated college as education students.
 
Salcedo however admitted that the latest LET result is alarming, and both the curriculum instructions and exams should be given extra attention.
 
Based on the latest results of different board exams, Dr. Salcedo admitted that LET is the toughest to pass.  /Sophia Cordova/


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Gary Alejano diagnosed with unusual illness, but doctor’s comment is more than shocking

The family of Magdalo Representative, Gary Alejano seek medical attention for their estranged family member after the congressman suffered extreme headaches while preparing parts of the supplemental complaint against pres. Duterte.

On Tuesday, Alejano and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV filed before the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) a supplemental complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte over his deadly war on drugs that has so far taken thousands of lives.

The lawmakers said their 45-page communication submitted before the Office of the Prosecutor of ICC “affirmed” and supplemented the communication earlier filed by lawyer Jude Sabio.

After filing the papers, Alejano was brought to Philippine General Hospital after experiencing severe headache, but was later transferred to National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong, when doctors at PGH failed to diagnose the congressman.

Dr. Brando De Vera, neurologist and mental health expert at NCMH, said Alejano is suffering from a rare mental condition called “Pick’s Disease”, where the patient’s brain is shrinking.

De Vera said that Alejano’s condition is far from life threatening, but the doctor also reiterates that Alejano must stop thinking impossible things that he can’t manage, like filing cases against Duterte.

When asked about his final diagnosis, Dr. De Vera said, “Although the congressman’s brain is shrinking, he could live until his death.” /Tanya Garcia/
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At least 5 top PH firms removed UP from lists of prestigious schools

At least five leading Philippine corporations have removed the University of the Philippines from their list of prestigious schools according to Jobstreet.com.

The job market website said the move of the said companies have given chances to graduates of other schools to secure jobs in multi-national corporations.

Jobstreet did not reveal the names of the said companies, but the website said that the firms have enough reasons to delist UP from the list.

Originally, when top corporations opens for hiring, they usually ask “must be a graduate from prestigious school”, Jobstreet said

Although only companies know their own lists, schools that are considered to be included in the lists are (Original list bewfore UP was removed):

General Fields

  • University of the Philippines
  • Ateneo De Manila University
  • De La Salle University
  • University of Sto. Tomas

Information Technology

  • AMA
  • STI

Engineering

  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Technological University of the Philippines
  • Batangas State University

Business

  • Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA)

Jobstreet said one of the possible reasons why UP was removed is because of the recent BAR result, where the University failed to be included in the top 10. Another reason id the recent LET result, where UP’s elementary education got only 13.2%, while its secondary education got 26.4% – the lowest in university’s history.

Jobstreet also revealed that they received feedback from several companies, that most people who started labor union organizations in a non-union oriented company, are mostly from UP. /Carla Clerigo/
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American historian and treasure Hunter says WWII treasure buried beneath UP Oblation could be around 10 to 15 tons.

Martin Scott-Thomas, the American historian and treasure hunter who worked as curator at the Japanese Museum of War History in New York, said that the WWII treasure buried beneath the University of the Philippines – Manila Oblation statue, could fetch up to 15 tons.

Scott-Thomas, the man who discovered the said hidden treasure through extensive research and geological survey when he visited the Philippines a year ago, said that most of the stolen Yamashita treasure could be found under the iconic statue.

His 32 years of working in Japanese war museum gave him access to more than 2,400 treasure maps during the World War II. 1,962 of the said treasure maps are found in the Philippines, and the UP Oblation treasure is one of these.

“The land where the treasure is buried is owned by the Philippine government so extraction might not be a problem,” Scott-Thomas told reporters outside museum on Friday.

The historian did not give a comment about the Baguio City convention center issue, where several public attorneys and judges were reprimanded.

Scott-Thomas said the treasure are believed to be a combination of gold bars and jewelries stolen from Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), and Bangladesh by Japanese soldiers.

The Philippine government has been silent about the issue since Scott-Thomas published his findings on American Journal of Treasure Hunters last July, 2016.

“I think the Philippine government is busy doing other things right now, but I believed they have time for this in the very near future”, Scott Thomas said.

UP activists have been silent as well as they have insufficient information about the findings./Lanie Mitra/

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Joma Sison to PBA players, celebrities: Pay revolutionary tax or else….

Communist leader Jose Maria Sison has released a series of strong words to Filipino celebrities who are making at least P1M a year, or at least P83,000 a month, to pay revolutionary tax or else suffer consequences.

The announcement came after Russia threatens to reveal the CPP/NPA/NDF source of income to the Philippine government.

Sison, who has been in exile in The Netherlands for decades, commanded his Philippine comrades over a video conference on Monday, to collect revolutionary tax from PBA players, and celebrities who are “making money in easy way”.

“You must tell them to pay their share to the movement. They are making lots of money by just entertaining people, while our comrades are continuously fighting with the government. They must pay or else make them suffer”, Sison told his comrades.

The communist group has been collecting and extorting money from businessmen all over the country. This is the firt time that the terrorist group ask money from private people, especially from celebrities “who have nothing to do with communism”.

On January 2017, Sison also said he may order NPA to collect the same revolutionary tax from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), but the plan was not carried out, after several OFWs from The Netherlands threatened to slaughter him alive if he continue with the plan.

Sison is reportedly ill and his doctor earlier said he could live until his death. /Joey Sapanta/
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Bikolano OFW awoken from 3-year comma, commits suicide after he learns Leni Robredo is VP

The family of Sander De Dios in Polangue, Albay felt hope after he awoke from a 3-year vegetative state, but not after he heard Vice President Leni Robredo’s name.

Sander, a pipeline safety officer who worked in Doha, Qatar for 17 years, suffered cardiac arrest on May 2014. The Philippine government help De Dios family to bring him back to Philippines last year.

Since July 2014, Sander has been in coma and living with the aid of oxygen and medication. His kidney malfunctioned and he had to undergo chemotherapy twice a week despite of his condition. He couldn’t talk or hear, but he can see and identify his family members.

Sander was said to have worked with the Robredo’s before he became an OFW years ago, but it was not clear what was his work and why he left Jessie – the late husband of VP Leni Robredo. His sister said Sander worked for Jessie Robredo when the latter was still single.

On Friday, June 2, a nurse who was taking care of him told his family members that Sander became responsive, and can say several words. His wife and mother rushed to visit him and they were very happy after they found out that Sander was able to talk normally.

Since Friday, although De Dios was still bed ridden, he was able to talk to his family members, until a cousin visited him.

On Monday, June 5, Sander was found breathless on his bed, with medical apparatus still connected to his body were beeping.

His cousin, who last talked to him said Sander became angry when he found out that the current Vice President is Leni Robredo – Jessie Robredo’s widow.

“Mamatay man ako, hinding-hindi ako kikilala sa kanya bilang bise president”, his last words according to his cousin. [I will not consider her a vice president even until I die]

The reason why Sander hated VP Leni is still a mystery to his family, even to his close friends.

Autopsy result says Sander had voluntarily stopped breathing. /Nikki Maliksi/
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BAYAN’s Renato Reyes includes EDSA, Mendiola Bridge as real estate assets in his latest SALN

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Secretary General Renato Reyes made a headline on Monday following the submission of his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) at the office of the Civil Service Commission.

Reyes, a top ranking official of a government-registered party is required to submit his SALN under Art. XI Sec. 17 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

What makes his SALN shocking is not his net worth or asset, but his declared real property assets.

Reyes, an activist who make his living on streets, has included EDSA and Mendiola Bridge as part of his real estate properties.

The following is Mr. Reyes summarized SALN

  • Asset = P1,879,456
  • Liabilities = P213,708
  • Net Worth = P1,665,748

The document says Mr. Reyes has two houses, three vehicles, jewelries, clothes, online gaming business,  and cash in bank amounting to P879,063.

Mr. Reyes included EDSA which valued at P100,000, and Mendiola Bridge which valued at P60,000.

When asked why he thinks EDSA and Mendiola Bridge must be included in his SALN, Reyes said he partly owned the iconic places, reiterating that blood of his brothers and comrades were poured in both places several times.

“I cannot own it alone. Millions of Filipinos owns EDSA and Mendiola so my share is just P160,000. It’s not the government money that used to build both structures. It’s from people’s pockets”, Reyes said.

The CSC employee who received Reyes’ SALN refused to give media interview, but said she asked Mr. Reyes to remove both government properties from his SALN. It was not clear whether Mr. Reyes insisted.

CSC Chaiman Alicia dela Rosa-Bala has yet to give comment about the controversial matter. /Dante Rivas/

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Peta, animal rights groups slams Risa Hontiveros for giving 20K baluts to KADAMAY

The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and several animal rights groups criticized Senator Risa Hontiveros for giving a truckload of balut to Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), on Friday. Hontiveros and other militant leaders visited KADAMAY in Pandi, Bulacan to check the situation and give relief goods after the group said the government failed to live to its promise to feed them.

Aminal rights activist Cheryl Salazar said Hontiveros violated more than 20,000 counts of animal rights when she “feed the pitiful unborn chicks to lazy people.”

“Imagine 20,000 na balut ipakain mo lang sa mga taong naghihintay lang ng grasya. Kawawa yong mga sisiw. Ginawa silang alut para lang ipakain sa mga taong walang kwenta? Hello!”, Salazar said.

[Imagine 20,000 baluts will be feed only to people who are just waiting for food. Those chicks were pitiful. They were made balut just tpo be feed to useless people? Hello]

Salazar also added that the money used to buy those baluts came from taxpayers so the people, especially the working class who pay taxes have the right to complain.

PETA member Daniel Cruz also criticize Hontiveros for mass murdering thousands of live poultry.

Cruz also said that Hontiveros provide only her service to her fellow activists, without considering the rights of working class people.

PETA is also investigating the rumors that buying and selling of dogs is rampant inside KADAMAY occupied housing village.

“We heard several stories that aside from selling housing rights, some people there (KADAMAY), are also picking dogs on the streets of Bulacan, slaughter them inside the villages, and sold the meat to Pangasinan and Ilocos. These people must be stopped immediately”, Salazar said.

The camp of Hontiveros has yet to respond to the complaint. /Frecil Baldoz/


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LP Senators creates Yellow Ribbon Committee to tackle Duterte’s wrongdoings

Liberal Party senators, including Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, created a committee that will deal with President Rodrigo Duterte’s wrongdoings, Sen. Fanklin Drilon said on Monday.

The Yellow Ribbon Committee, as LP version of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will be responsible in the investigation of alleged crimes committed by the government under the Duterte administration.

Trillanes said that the committee will make sure the president will be held accountable for his crimes.

The committee is chaired by Sen. Francis Pangilinan with Senators Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes, Leila De Lima, Bam Aquino, Franklin Drilon, and three others. Also part of the committee are party list congressman Gary Alejano, and seven other party list congressmen.

Drilon said the committee will also investigate the Martial Law imposed by Duterte in Mindanao, and the possible crimes the military could have been committed.

“We cannot let the president do what he wants. We need to stop his foolishness. Even if we are outnumbered, we make sure the people knows what’s going on,” Drilon said. /Joven Tajado/


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Robredo’s camp files case against Lugaw Queen Franchise in San Pablo City

At least a dozen restaurant owners were saddened when the camp of Vice President Leonora Robredo filed a cease and desist order against Lugaw Queen Franchise in San Pablo City, Laguna on Friday.

The case filed by Robredo’s legal counsel, Atty. Regina Fernandez at San Pablo City court said the restaurant franchise is not allowed to use the term “lugaw queen” because it is trademarked to the Vice president.

Lugaw Queen was established in November 2014 by Erwin and Kimberly Aquino.  It was first located in Santa Rosa City and was initially a small take-out counter that serves plain lugaw for just P10.

Because of the success of the first branch, after just three months, Lugaw Queen opened two more branches in Santa Rosa City and just before the year ended, they ended up with six branches total.  Lugaw Queen continued to expand within Laguna, Batangas, Lucena in Quezon and in Metro Manila and they grew to 20 branches in just three years.

Today, Lugaw Queen is offering a variety of lugaw recipes unique only to them, not just the plain kind, and all at affordable prices.  They are also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Among their lugaw products include the Lugaw Plain, Lugaw with Chicharon, Lugaw with Tokwa, Plain with Egg, Lugaw with Siomai, Lugaw with Shanghai, Goto, Lugaw with Atay, Goto with Egg, Lugaw with Chicken, Kalinawan, Special goto with Egg and Chicharon, and Arroz Palabok.

They are a member of the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA).

Although Lugaw Queen was the first to use the term, Fernandez said “no one is allowed to take the term lugaw queen away from the Vice President”.

The owners are seeking legal assistance from high-profile lawyers who have extensive knowledge in trademark laws. /Cristy Salamanca/

 

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Amazon’s PH Opening Could provide at Least 100K Jobs

Amazon, the world’s biggest online shopping store is coming to the Philippines according to the company’s Asia-Pacific Chief Operation Officer Sydney Brewer on Thursday.

Currently, the Philippine online shopping market is dominated by Lazada. This will not be the case anymore starting 2019 when Amazon start its operation 18 months from now.

Plan to operate in the Philippines was dated as early as 2012, but it was not realized until Lazada posted an increase of more than 30% net profit in the Philippines last 2016.

Amazon is considered a big threat to Lazada.

Brewer also said that even his company is not yet operating in the Philippines, there are already thousands of Filipinos living in the Philippines who are buying products through Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and even Amazon.co.au.

Brewer added that most of the products these Filipinos buy are electronic gadgets, food supplements, and mobile phone accessories not available inside the Philippines.

“Filipinos love to buy Western products, that’s why we bring Amazon to the Philippines”, Brewer said.

The company said it will start building the Philippine headquarters office and several warehouses on 2018. The company is expected to employ more than 100,000 people in customer service, shipping, warehousing, and IT professionals. /Thelmo Santillan/Disclaimer: Contributed articles does not reflect the view of Okd2.com. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. No part of this article maybe reproduced without permission from this website.

DAR Vows to Pursue Distribution of Hacienda Luisita to Farmers

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said it will fight to pursue the distribution of big part of controversial Hacienda Luisita to farmers, DAR legal counsel Atty. Menandro Garcia told reporters on Friday.

Hacienda Luisita, the controversial property partly owned by the family of former President Benigno Aquino III, had been the subject of deadly conflicts that resulted to the loss of many lives, particularly the claiming farmers (beneficiaries).

Since the creation of the Department of Agrarian Reform more than two decades ago, Hacienda Luisita have not been touched, while most sugar farms in Negros Island had gone through VOS (Voluntary Offer to Sell) by the owners, and distributed to resident farmers (employee beneficiaries).

Garcia said there is enough basis according to the law to distribute the huge property.

Both former presidents Cory Aquino and her son, Pnoy, had been criticized for not giving Luisita attention, and both were accused of protecting their personal interests.

“Now that we are under President Duterte, we hope that this case will be resolved. We hope that the farmers will get what belongs to them”, Garcia said.

Garcia added that around 1,300 hectares of Hacienda Lusita could be distributed to at least 680 farmers if done fairly and legally. /Mark Corpuz/

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Russia willing to help PH to totally destroy CPP/NPA, Kremlin says

The former communist nation said it is willing to help solve the Philippine’s insurgency if President Duterte ask the Kremlin’s help, Russian Army General Kirov Molotov said thru the country’s official newspaper, RIA Novosti

The Kremlin’s statement followed after the National Democratic Front (NDF) spokesperson Fidel Agcaoili said the government should continue with the peace talk. The Kremlin said aside from Sison in The Netherlands, two of the top CPP officials have been living in Russia but refused to name the two fugitives.

The Duterte government pulled-out from peace talk after Joma Sison and the NDF told the New People’s Army to intensify its attack on government targets in response to Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law.

Molotov said that the Russian intelligence have more than enough knowledge on the communists’ source of funds, and toppling the said source will surely paralyze the communist’s Philippine operations.

Molotov added that his government can also help bring many foreign communist supporters and officers back to the Philippines, including Jose Maria Sison.

“Communism is not the answer. It must be destroyed totally so the central government can control and discipline everything.”, Molotov said.

Molotov, a young army officer during the Soviet crisis also said that there is no good in communism, especially if you force it in a democratic country like the Philippines.

“What Russia can provide is more than firepower. We can provide complete intelligence about their supply of money, arms, and their Philippine camps – even secret mountain camps. We can supply firepower to destroy these camps. Why we know? Because some of our former brothers help them build their camps in the Philippines”, Molotov said. /Tibor Rustia/Disclaimer: Contributed articles does not reflect the view of Okd2.com. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. No part of this article maybe reproduced without permission from this website.

Singapore’s Singtel to Enter PH Fiber Optics Market

Singapore’s telecom giant Singtel announced it will enter the Philippine market and will offer fiber optics Internet connection.

According to the press release issued by the company on Friday, the plan will first cover regions and cities where fast Internet connection is badly needed. These places includes Clark, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, and Iloilo City.

The idea was first introduced during the Aquino administration, but it was only realized after President Duterte opened the Philippine telecom market to foreign companies that can provide faster Internet connection. The Philippines has one of the slowest Internet connection in Asia with one of the worst ISP customer service.

Fiber optics is currently not available in the country where Globe and PLDT dominate the telecom market proving disappointing Internet speed.

Since Singtel will use the current available infrastructure, trial operation is set on March 2019, and full operation after one year (March 2020).

A couple of years ago, Australia’s Telstra was rumored to enter the Philippines on a joint venture with San Miguel, but the plan did not push through after protests by PLDT and Globe was reportedly sided by the Aquino administration.

Duterte earlier said he will invite foreign companies to enter PH Internet market if Globe and PLDT/Smart cannot provide better service – this is an answer to his threat.

The project is estimated to cost at least $3 billion, and can provide more than 200,000 local jobs. /Santi Valdevia/Disclaimer: Contributed articles does not reflect the view of Okd2.com. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. No part of this article maybe reproduced without permission from this website.

You Won’t Believe How Rich these Militant Leaders, Activists Are

Malacañang has released the net worth of President Duterte’s Cabinet members and it revealed that Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez is the richest with P322.106 million, while former activist and militant leader, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is the poorest with around P30,000 net worth.

It is understandable that most of the Cabinet members are millionaires as they are seasoned politicians and businessmen, but how about those people who are actively participating in street protest, and/or organizing anti-government rallies.

Let’s take a look at how rich or poor these militant leaders are, and if they are really making money on organizing rallies.

1. Jose Maria Sison, or Joma is reportedly the richest militant leaders with a total net worth of around P49 million (US$1M) according to several online sources. The communist leader and founder has been hiding in The Netherlands for around three decades. Sison is believed to be making money through extortion activities of the New People’s Army and other militant groups associated with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

2. Risa Hontiveros – The self-proclaimed activist-turned Senator is one of the richest among militant leaders with a net worth of P15,932,207. Hontiveros owns several businesses, but it is also believed that the lady senator is also benefiting from party-lists moneymaking schemes.

3. Luis Jalandoni. Luis, Joma’s sidekick came from a prominent family in Negros Occidental, but he also made his life being a high profile officer of the communist. Jalandoni has a reported net worth of around P9.7 million.

4. Renato Reyes. The Secretary General of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) is the most visible person on the streets during anti-government protests. Few people knows however that Mr. Reyes, according to several sources online, have a net worth of around P7 million. This includes cash in the bank, real properties, and vehicles.

5. Satur Ocampo. Ocampo might be laying low right now, but the senior citizen is surely enjoying his life. Satur’s last reported net worth when he last submitted his SALN P1.2 million. Enough for an old man like him to enjoy his life, while still organizing rallies and making some pennies.

6. Teddy Casiño filed his SALN with the House records declaring a net worth of merely P446,389.95 (total assets at P462,753.08).

“I have always practiced the activist tenet of ‘simpleng pamumuhay, puspusang paglilingkod.’ In my nine years in Congress, I did not enrich myself and live a simple life. This I hope to continue even if I become senator,” he said.

Casiño served in the workers sector as part of Kilusang Mayo Uno after graduating from college. He went on to be the secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and one of the prominent young leaders during EDSA Dos. He continues to lead a simple life with his wife, a human rights and women’s advocate, and two sons.

6. Liza Maza declared a total asset of P3.7 million, but her liabilities of P3.45M left her a total net worth of only P295,000.

7. Rafael Mariano, the Secretary of Agrarian Reform submitted his SALN with P30K total net worth. He did not have any liability. Mariano filed a total net worth of P50K when he was a congressman representing Anakpawis, but it was not clear why his net worth has dropped.

Regardless of who is the poorest and the richest among the above high profile militant leaders, they still leave beyond what they always complain as “poor”.

These people are too rich to organize anti-government rallies and sabotage the working population. /Janine Fausto/


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Caught On Cam: Sabunutan sa Loob ng Mall

A video of teenagers fighting inside Victory mall in Antipolo City has gone viral on social media.

The Facebook page “Tag Mo” has uploaded a video of group of teenagers while having a scandalous fight in a mall in Antipolo. The incident takes place near the escalator of the mall and caught the attention of some shoppers.

In the video it can been the several female young people were fighting and tweaking the hair of each other. A few moments later, a guy wearing a maroon shirt joins the fight and helped his friend pulling the hair of the other girl.

The mall’s security guard intervene and tried to stop the fight between the teenagers, but he failed. Some shoppers have already helped to stop the fight, but they also failed to do so. The guard called the authorities, who finally ended the fight.

The video has a caption of:

“Sabunutan sa Victorymall ANTIPOLO”
– PS: lalaking naka maroon nakisali! nabatukan tuloy ni manong guard.

The video was credited to a netizen named Colline Gatlabayan Escudero.

The video immediately goes viral after it was posted in the social media last Sunday (May 28, 2017). The viral video garnered over 2.5 million views, 8k reactions, 8k shares, and 3.3k comments as of this writing.

The Facebook page has also posted a screenshot allegedly came from the girl in the video (the one wearing a uniform) explaining the reason where did the scandalous fight has started. Readers should have patience in reading her statement.

What can you say about this incident? Just feel free to leave your comments and reactions for this article. /Japeth Pepito/

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Duterte’s Shortened Russia Trip Yields almost $1B in Investment

Despite dealing with Mindanao problems, President Duterte’s shortened trip to Russia produces business deals amounting to nearly $1 billion; a record-breaking accomplishment with the Philippines’ 41-year-old diplomatic ties with Russia.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez led nearly 200 Filipino businessmen to have meetings and investment deals with their Russians counterparts; disclosed that so far, $875 million worth of investments have been agreed upon by Filipino and Russian firms.

“So far, we have around $875 million business-to-business projects between Philippine and Russian companies,”  Lopez said via Philippine Star.

The investment deals are in the areas of agribusiness, multi-purpose vehicles, power, energy, property and development, iron and steel, transport and construction, Lopez said.

Lopez trumpeted Dutertenomics and highlighted key areas which he said are the government’s top priorities in terms of tax incentives. These are services, manufacturing, agribusiness, infrastructure and logistics.

Russia’s Deputy Minister for Economic Development Alexander Tsybulskiy, in his welcome remarks, said the Russian Federation is doing everything to expand bilateral relations.

“We hope this meeting will be a good beginning for long-term cooperation,” Tsybulskiy said.

President Duterte was supposed to address the Business Forum but had to immediately return to the Philippines because of the terror attacks in Marawi, but several cabinet members stayed behind to finish the activities.

It was not made clear if Duterte will return to Russia sooner or later, but reports said that Russia’s Putting and PH’s Duterte have some unfinished business to talk about at the right time.

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Who are the Tallest Kapuso Filipino Male Celebrities

The GMA Kapuso Network tallest male celebrities is dominated by former and current basketball players-turned actors, but there are also actors who were not players.

Let’s take a look at the height of tallest Filipino male celebrities under contract with Kapuso Network.

1. Benjie Paras – 6’6

benjie paras heightBenjie, former PBA player and the only MVP-Rookie of the Year awardee is the tallest among male actors under GMA. Benjie shifted his career to acting where he retired from PBA. Benjie is also serving as coach and sports commentator.

2. Andre and Kobe Paras – 6’6

andre kobe parasLike father like son. Andre and Kobe Paras, both sons of Benji Paras are acting while playing. While Andre is busy doing TV dramas, Kobe is busy playing in college.

3. Juancho Trivino – 6.2

The 23-year old native of Santa Rosa City, and Destined to Be Yours star is towering at 6.2

4. Enzo Pineda – 6’1

5. Richard Gomez -6.0

The veteran actor and Tom Cruise of the Philippines is actually taller than Tom Cruise. Richard, despite his age is still considered one of the hottest Philippine actors.

 

6. Derrick Monasterio – 6.0

The Mulawin Vs. Ravena star stands 6 feet.

7. Vince Velasco – 5’11

8. Paulo Avelino – 5’11

 

9. Dingdong Dantes – 5’11

10. Benjamin Alvez -5’11

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5 Disneyland Alternatives in the Philippines You May Wish to Visit

Disneyland has been creating abuzz online that the company will possibly invest in the Philippines. The reports was not validated and there was no clear response from both the government of former President Benigno Aquino III, and the Disneyland Company.

Whether Disneyland will truly build a theme park in the Philippines or not, Filipinos should not be sad. There are more than 20 parks in the country that every Pinoy who love to adventure can visit.

Let’s take a look at the following Philippine Disneyland alternatives.

  1. Enchanted Kingdom – Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
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Everyone who came from South going to Manila through South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) may notice the gigantic Ferris Well before few kilometers away before approaching Alabang. The ride is one of only 30 rides inside the Enchanted Kingdom.

Founders of the theme park, Mario and Cynthia Mamon were frequent visitors of other theme parks in the Philippines and this led them to open their own. Since its inception in 1995, the amusement park has grown into having seven themed zones with total of 30 rides, including two roller coasters and two water rides.

  1. Star City – Pasay City, Metro Manila
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Star City rides are for people who wish to try extreme rides. Its Star Flyer is known as the only inverted roller coaster in the country, and other rides like Surf Dance and Star Frisbee will surely keep your adrenaline pumping. Just make sure your stomach’s strong enough, though. There are also the Dungeon and the Gabi ng Lagim that might satisfy your taste for horror. Still, if you don’t think you can stand this all, you can always chill out in the park’s famous Snow World…literally.

  1. Sky Ranch Tagaytay
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Riding a Ferris wheel has probably been everyone’s dream and source of childhood happiness (that is of course, if you’re not afraid of heights), because at some point in our lives, we had this feeling of wanting to reach the sky. The Sky Eye in Sky Ranch Tagaytay leaves its passengers more than happy as it takes them closest to the sky, with a scenic view of Taal Volcano just below. If you think you’ve grown out of your thrill-seeking self, then riding this giant Ferris wheel in Sky Ranch Tagaytay will most definitely be the perfect activity for you—because sometimes, all it takes to smile is a moment of calmness near the sky.

The Sky Ranch in Tagaytay experience is once in a lifetime as you are looking down at most part of Taal Lake surrounded by several town of Batangas.

  1. Sky Ranch Pampanga
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Sky Ranch in Pampanga is new, but it equally matches the veteran amusement and theme parks in the country. Its Ferris wheel, the Pampanga Eye, is the tallest and biggestin the Philippine. The park has a variety of kiddie rides, like the park’s Double Decker Carousel and the Wonderflight, and extreme rides, like the Dream Log. There are also gaming booths—that give away prizes to skilled players—scattered around the area, making Sky Ranch Pampanga your all-around weekend getaway.

  1. Manila Ocean Park
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Amusement is not just riding on heights. Manila Ocean Park is known in the country as the only marine-themed amusement park. It’s also known for being able to combine fun and learning—like in its famous Mermaid Swim Experience where participants not only thrash around the waters like mermaids, but are also taught the basics of swimming. There’s a lot to see in Manila Ocean Park, but to complete the experience, be sure to watch the majestic Symphony fountain show that starts at 6:30 PM every night.

There are also other similar places to visit like the Fantasy World in Lemery, Batangas, Splash Island in Biñan Laguna, Campuestuhan in Talisay City, Neg. Occ., Bato Springs in San Pablo City, Laguna, and many others.

Set your schedule and finances and have a weekend of relaxation and happiness! /Ma. Jane Boltron/

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Inspiring: From Frustrated Call Center Agent to Frozen Foods Businessman

I worked in manufacturing for eight years with better salary, health benefits, bonuses, and paid vacation. Within those eight years, I held five different positions through promotions. But everything ended when our company was badly hit by global recession last 2007 and I had no choice but to look for another job after the company closed indefinitely.

Most of the manufacturing companies out there suffered the same fate so I decided to try my luck in BPO. I was hired by a call center in Batangas and although the offer was lower than what I previously earned in my manufacturing job, I did not let it slide.

In the first few months as a call center agent, every day was a torture. There were 27 people in my batch but after 3 months, we were down to 16. After another 5 months, we were down to 12, and before I resigned after 3 years, only three of us were left.

I can honestly tell how difficult, stressful, and how pressured we were during our stint. In three years, I handled HP, Verizon, and Dell accounts as technical support. The experience was just awful so I promised myself I will never ever work in a call center again.

It was July 2008 when I received a call from Mr. Jones asking for help setting-up a wireless connection on his laptop. Because his laptop had obsolete software, the call took about an hour and we had a very good conversation. He promised me that he is going to help me work in the US and I became hopeful.

After almost a week, for some unexplained reason, I received a call from him again. This time, he needed help in setting-up his outlook email. He was surprised when he learned that I am the same agent who helped him a week ago. This time, he gave me his personal contact email (although it is strictly prohibited, I managed to keep it).

Right after I arrived home that day, I sent him an email which he responded within four hours. He told me that he will be in Manila by September to do a final interview with four nurses whom the agency has selected. Mr. Jones was working in the HRD department of Washington State Hospital and he said that it was his 3rd time going to the Philippines. He asked me to email my resume in advance and he will talk to his immigration lawyer about me.

I sent him two follow-up emails until the first week of September but I did not receive any response. With that, I became hopeless until the day he arrived.

That morning, I received an email from the US. It was his daughter telling me to call a certain number (a hotel in Manila), and that his father was waiting. I immediately dialed the number and the hotel information officer told me that Mr. Jones transferred to another hotel for some reason. I got the hotel’s phone number and I finally got a chance to talk to him.

Right there and then, I filed leave of absence and rushed to his hotel. He was very glad to met me. He said he lost contact through email because his computer was corrupted so he had to ask his daughter back in the US to check his webmail for my contact details.

Our conversation lasted half a day while I was trying to reformat his laptop. He asked me to return tomorrow to assist him in his interview with the four nurses. And so, I did.

After our final meeting that day, he told me that he is going to Davao to meet his girlfriend whom he was planning to marry. He also told me that there’s a high possibility of me going to the US together with his girlfriend because our papers were submitted and processed by his lawyer at the same time. I was extremely hopeful.

After a two-week stay in the Philippines, Mr. Jones returned to the US, but he told me to wait for further details from him.

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Agot Isidro Strikes Again, Criticizes Duterte Anew

President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest controversial joke was not well received by his critics – particularly because it deals with sexual assault.

On May 26, in a speech in front of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Iligan City, the President said he would shoulder the consequences for whatever wrongdoings the soldiers might do while Martial Law remains in Mindanao.

It can be remembered that Pres. Duterte declared martial in the region on May 23, 2017, after reports of the ISIS-aligned Maute group attacked Marawi City.

Naturally many netizens felt that the President’s comments were very insensitive towards women and the implications of the situation in Mindanao.

“I will go to jail for you. If you happen to have raped three women, I will own up to it,” President Duterte said.

Among the personalities offended by the perceived tasteless joke/statement was the daughter of former US President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and former international tennis champion Martina Navratilova.

Those who expressed similar grievances were several senators, human-rights groups, moralists and even some pro-Duterte supporters such as the chairperson of the National Youth Commission, Aiza Seguerra.

On May 27, singer, actress and vocal Duterte critic, Agot Isidro went on Twitter last Saturday to express her frustrations over the president’s joke.

She tweeted a simple phrase which summed up her feelings:

“Rape is never funny.  Only a fool would think so.”

Before this tweet went viral, Agot published another tweet which criticized the absence of the president while Marawi City was under siege last Tuesday.

It can be remembered that Duterte was in Russia for his 4-day official visit to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Duterte decided to return immediately to the Philippines to personally handle the crisis in Marawi, in conjunction with the declaration of martial law in the Mindanao region.

The hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo became a trending all over Twitter.

Agot Isidro tweeted this hashtag with the following caption:

“Panay drugs kasi ang inaatupag. #nasaanangpangulo

For her part, Agot decided not to indulge her bashers anymore and proceeded to ask followers to pray for those fighting and the innocents of Marawi City. /Jaime Buenafe/Disclaimer: Contributed articles does not reflect the view of Okd2.com. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. No part of this article maybe reproduced without permission from this website.

You Won’t Believe How these Batangueños Started their Successful Toy Business

On July 2009, Karl Aguila was working as call center agent in Lipa City when his older sister in Taguig informed him that her husband lost his job as result of company downsizing. Tony, his brother-in-law was a fabricator in a small steel fabrication facility in Lower Bicutan. His sister asked him if the family with two young daughters (aged 3 and 2) could stay with him at his house in Lipa City.

Tony received P42,000 as severance pay. The family relocated to Karl’s and they lived together in the latter’s house which was acquired through Pag-ibig housing loan.

Karl is single but he still supports his family in Mindoro Oriental. He has been working in Batangas since 1999.

Tony couldn’t find a job. After few months, the P40K was compensated on daily needs. Karl’s salary was just enough for the whole family. The three talked almost every night on what to do in order to survive. After few more months, Tony and his wife was penniless and relied only to Karl’s salary. Tony was desperate to find a job, but luck was really evasive.

It was February 15, 2010 when Karl asked his sister to buy some vegetables at Lipa City Public Market. Gina, Karl’s sister brought his 4-year old daughter to the market. When Gina returned home, Karl noticed the child’s toy which was bought by his mother. The toy was called “clapper”. A synthetic-like balloon in different anime characters. Gina bought the “Dora” character.

Gina told Karl that the toys being sold by the guy in public market was selling like a hot cake. She bought the toy for P15. Karl got interested with the toy and he immediately went to the market to see the guy who was selling it, but the latter already left.

With only P1,200 left on his salary that day, Karl asked Tony if the latter is willing to sell the same toys in different spots in Lipa City. Since there was no other choice, Tony agreed with Karl’s plan, the two went to Baclaran the following morning. They met a boy selling the same toys and asked him the source, but the boy refused to give information. They approached another girl selling the same, and she told them that the toys are from Divisoria Mall.

 

The same Dora clapper balloon bought by my sister for his daughter.

The two wasted no time and took LRT to Divisoria. There, they found the source of the said products. At minimum wholesale price of 1 box (25 pieces), the price was P7 each or P175/box. They bought 4 boxes (100 pieces) for P700.

While taking their lunch inside a fast-food, Karl counted his money. He still had an extra P200 which was good for one more box. The two guys bought another box and went home.

The next Saturday, Tony decided to start selling the toys. He prepared the toys and went on to start selling at around 9:00 when people started getting out from the church. He sold the toys for P15 each, making P8 profit for each toy.

Three hours later, all 25 pieces were sold out, and Tony needed to go home to get another box. In just one day until 4PM, Tony sold 86 pieces of clapper toys. He made P688 net profit. The three were so happy when Karl arrived from work. For the first time since Tony’s family relocated to Karl’s house, the family became hopeful.

The following day (Sunday), the remaining clappers were sold out for P20. Again, it was selling like hotcake. Tony made a total P1,280 net profit. He immediately returned to Divisoria later that day and spent all his money on toys.

For several months, Tony was selling toys on the streets like this in photo. Photo credit ggoooder.com

In the next three months, Tony sells different kinds of toys in different areas of Lipa City, while Karl resigned from his job as call center agent, and was accepted to a newly-built manufacturing firm in Santo Tomas, as manufacturing supervisor.

As one of the pioneer employees, Karl was included in the core group to be sent to Germany for technical training prior to opening of the factory the following year.

On August 2010, four months after Karl was hired, the company announced its closure due to some major problems. Karl and his fellow employees were immediately paid P100,000 each as severance pay, including advance salary for three months while they were looking for another job.

Saddened by the unexpected turn of events, Karl decided to use the money to buy a stall in Lipa City public market to sell toys. The stall were managed by his sister and his brother-in-law.

The stall was perfect for toy products and the business became profitable.

Karl concentrated on his online ventures, while Tony was able to develop the toy store into a wholesale store.

Six months later, Tony started to offer wholesale products. He get his supplies from Chinese traders in Binondo.

On 2014, the small toy business became a storage of products. Tony built a warehouse in a rented land and started supplying toys around Batangas. He needed to hire six people to assist him on his daily deliveries and inventory.

Both Tony and Karl were not business minded, but due to necessity, the family were able to think outside the box. Although they only copied the idea from the guy who first sold the toys, their perseverance, dedication, and correct planning, made their small business became successful and profitable.

Although Karl got married last 2013, they are all still living under the same roof, and have no plan to separate yet.

“There comes a time that you feel hopeless and helpless, but if you just think positively, some luck could struck you”, Tony said.

“Yong ginawa namin nong una sugal talaga e. Yong original P1,200 na ginamit ko, pang konsumo namig yon for the next whole week. Di ko na inisip, basta kailangan lang talaga kumita”, Karl recalled. /Santi Valle/

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10 Reasons why the Philippines is Poor

The Philippines, the only Christian and democratic country is Asia is a big failure. Yes, you heard it right – a big failure. The government is not the sole responsible for this catastrophe, but the people. Even after a thousand years from now, this country will only be worse than better.

People may blame the government and corruption as the main factor why the Philippines is still a third world country, despite having a small progress, but the reality remains clear. Filipinos are the ones to blame and here’s why.

  1. Too much democracy and freedom on everything

More than 20 years since Marcos was ousted, followed by Estrada due to “People Power“, the aftermath is even more catastrophic. Thanks to students, nuns, priests, and other anti-government factions who turned the country into laughing stock and milking cow of today’s politicians. The so-called Prestigious University of the Philippines is becoming the school of activism, rather than producing high-caliber professionals that would lead this country to prosperity. UP – Useless People

  1. Colonial Mentality

When we have to stop believing and thinking that foreign products are better than our local products? Lots of local businesses have closed or struggled because of this mentality. Buying China made products because of its cheaper price, and buying Western products because of its quality, is no different from throwing away Philippine-made products.

  1. Improper mindset and too much of religion

“God loves poor people”, “God love the ones who sacrifice”, “Pope Francis is Champion of Poor”, so what now? There is nothing wrong on being religious because humans need spiritual guidance, but this is ridiculous. So what if God loves poor people? Does God loving poor people and the Pope being the champion of poor help the economy and feed one’s family?

Because of religion some people don’t want to work on certain days – this makes some people unproductive.

  1. Indolence, laziness, ignorance, and lack of discipline

Why wait for tomorrow if we can do it today? How many “tambay” do we have in the Philippines? Can we blame the government because we are “tambay“? Following a simple traffic rule like “no jaywalking” can cause unexpected traffic that may delay one’s job or business. Sa Japan or US wala kang makikitang nag-uumpukan kaharap si Gin or si Emperador Light. Dito sa Pilipinas araw-araw meron.

  1. Modernization

Modernization does not always result to progress. A 10-hectare rice field that produces 30 tons of rice every year when turned into a subdivision does not mean progress. It’s moving backward because we are turning food into wasteland, especially if the government buys it and settled by people like KADAMAY. While the food supply is lost, the demand from useless people becomes higher.

  1. Lack of entrepreneurial spirit

“Study hard in order to find a good job”, “Study hard and work abroad” – so this is what most parents want for their children to do. Very seldom say, “Study hard and make money doing your own business”. Filipinos always complains that the rich are becoming richer and the poor are becoming poorer without analyzing the real reasons behind. No one is becoming rich for being an employee in his whole life (unless due to bribery and corruption). One has to have his own business (big or small), in order to lift his social status.

  1. Education, tradition, culture

The Philippines has a high literacy rate compared to other third world countries, but education is still the main problem why the country is taken aback. There are also a number of traditions that held one’s chance to succeed even in simple things. A parent tells his daughter to study Nursing so that she can work in London in the future, but later ended-up working in a call center because there is no opportunity for her, or due to some other reasons. Another parent sends his son to an expensive private school because his “kumpare‘s” son is also there and he doesn’t want to be left behind. Unplanned education like this makes the whole family suffer.

  1. Government priorities

Setting aside the graft and corruption, the government is not doing any better in managing the whole country. The OFW thing does not help the economy in the long-term basis. Talking about sending all of your talents and skilled-workers abroad – what we have left then? There is no financial balance as well because when the dollar increases, it might be beneficial to OFWs, but local businesses that are doing import/export transactions are suffering. What’s the point then? The government should prioritize building more local jobs rather than sending people abroad. The Philippines was one of major exporters of rice and sugar during 60’s and 70’s but now we are importing. Our agricultural sector is dying because of lack of government support.

  1. Political dynasty and corruption

Do I need to explain more about this issue? Former Justice Secretary Hernando Perez receiving $2 Billion bribe money, Macapagal Boulevard, Jose Pidal bank account, Fertilizer Scam, Jose Velarde bank account, Renato Corona, Euro Generals, ZTE scams, AFP Pabaon starring retired staff, LRT Contract, Makati City Hall Budget / Binay Mansion, corrupt police officers… and of course the mighty Janet Napoles and her collaborators Bong, Jinggoy, Johnny, etc.

  1. Overpopulation and family planning

Overpopulation is the main reason why the Philippines is buried deep in poverty hole. Seeing how people living in squatter’s area makes us think the government is really dysfunctional, added by the Catholic’s nonsense intervention. This is a very simple math. When you have so many mouths to feed and your resources is not enough, hunger follows. People are growing in numbers, but our agricultural land that can be used to feed these people lacks support and even destroyed by modernization and industrialization.

Poor urban communities like KADAMAY and other so-called Maralita Groups are like migrating birds. They don’t bother breeding and multiplying. Even with lack of resources as long as they can ask help from the government, they’ll do what they want. In the end, taxpayers are the ones to suffer.

As conclusion, the real reason why we are poor is not all because of our corrupt government. It’s all because of us, our life style, our personality, our choices, and our decisions. Poverty is a choice and not a destiny. If you want to remain in poverty, it’s your choice. We have a lot of options to grab, but the decision is ours. /Jaime Gegantoni/
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POEA: South Korea Needs 5,000 Workers with at least P60K Monthly Salary

South Korea is in need of at least 5,000 factory workers according to the report released by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The successful applicants will be working on electronics, textile, chemical, automotive manufacturing firms. Food processing companies are also included in the lists of employers.

ABS-CBN News reported that aspiring applicants who would be hired may receive US $1,200 or P59,000 per month. POEA deputy administrator Jocelyn Sanchez even claimed that it could rise up to P90,000 depending on the working hours an employee can render.

“Pag masipag ka pa, aabutin ng P90,000. Ibig sabihin ko sa masipag, ‘yung mga overtime,” Sanchez said in a report by ABS-CBN.

The application process will be systematic as the transactions will be between the Philippine and South Korean governments. Hence, aspiring OFWs will be ensured of the employer who will hire them. In addition, there will be no placement fee required to be paid by the employees, or any salary deducting agreement.

As for the application process, Filipinos who wish to apply may register online. They just have to fill out an employee permit system that can be found on the POEA’s website. After the online registration, applicants will have to wait for the schedule of their skills test.

Sanchez also reiterated that applicants must have high scores in their skills test in order to be prioritized in the hiring system. Whoever obtains higher scores in the skills test will be given the highest possibility to be hired. She also mentioned that longer job experience will be an advantage.

“Higher the score, mas priority ka i-hire. Sa pinag-aralan, kahit high school graduate. Sa experience, mabuti kung mahaba,” Sanchez added.

Sanchez claimed that when the applicant passes the skills test, his or her name will be included in the list of applicants from where Korean employers could choose their employees. Once chosen, the employer and the employee will have their own transaction regarding the processing of visa and purchasing of a plane ticket.

According to POEA, a newly hired employee will need not more than P30,000 for his/her departure expenses.

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Although manufacturing/factory workers does not need special skills, an experience in local manufacturing, especially in Korean or Japanese companies is a plus factor.

Local factory workers, especially in CALABARZON areas are encouraged to apply. /Rene Buenafe/
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Open Letter of Stranded Man to Bayan Muna’s Renato Reyes

On Friday, militant group Bayan Muna and other leftist groups converged in Mendiola to protest President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law proclamation over Mindanao. The group was headed by no other than the career social cancer Renato Reyes.

While condemning the Maute group’s attack on Marawi, the protesters —Bayan Muna’s Secretary General Renato Reyes — said Duterte lacked basis to declare the entire island under martial law.

“We also march to oppose Duterte’s Martial Law and the human rights violations it brings. There is no basis to place the entire Mindanao under Martial Law. The government already has enough powers to deal with the Maute group even without resorting to Martial Law,” he said.

Reyes also said that the government — instead of trying to solve Mindanao’s problems militarily — should instead address its root concerns.

“We also march for peace based on justice, for Mindanao and the entire country. The raging conflict in Mindanao is rooted in poverty, inequality, rights violations including the right to the self-determination. These will require more than just a militarist solution. Martial Law is never an answer,” he said.

Calling on Duterte to lift his proclamation immediately, Reyes also urged the public to remain vigilant amid his earlier statement saying he is open to expanding the martial law coverage to Luzon and Visayas.

“We call on the people to expose and oppose the militarist and rightist agenda behind Martial Law. This includes possible US involvement in exploiting the ISIS threat to justify fascist measures and foreign military intervention, in the name of “fighting terrorism”. We call for heightened vigilance and resistance,” he said.

While the group were busy protesting, several people were stranded for several minutes because of the crowd. Among the stranded was Julius Francisco, a former OFW from Iloilo City who has business in Malacañang but had to postpone his appointment because the office where he supposed to go was already closed. Francisco was extremely angered by the group, especially its leader, Renato Reyes.

In a lengthy message, Francisco sent an email to OKD2.com criticizing Mr. Reyes and his group on “destabilizing the normal daily chores of people who work hard and pay taxes so the government can operate normally”. Part of Mr. Francisco’s letter addressed to Renato Reyes follows below.

To Renato Reyes and his fellow social cancer

Dr. Mr. Reyes,

I was born inside a nipa hut in the town of Oton, Iloilo. The hut was located in the middle of rice fields where my father was working. I grew up in the same house until I turned 7. My father had to relocate his family near the barangay center because I had to go to school. In short, I grew-up in poverty.

I finished high school while working in rice fields during weekends and summer vacation. I finished my two-year vocational course doing the same thing.

After finishing a two-year course, I became a machinist. I worked in Iloilo City to support my younger sister – my only sibling. Because my salary was not enough to send her to college, I had no choice but to apply abroad where I worked for 15 years.

Mr. Reyes, since I worked in Iloilo City, I was already paying taxes. When I became an OFW, I was also paying taxes. Now that I became a businessman, I am paying a bigger taxes.

Before, I didn’t mind paying taxes as long as my take home pay could support my family. Today is different.

When you and your group sabotaged my business trip to Malacañang, I wondered why people like you still exists.

I was wondering why people like you demanded too much from the government where in fact, you are useless to the government. The government can’t run and operate without taxpayers like me. How about you Mr. Reyes? How much tax those people are paying so they can sabotage people like us? What rights do you have to demand from the government where in fact you are not giving anything in return?

Mahiya naman kayo sa kagaya naming nagbabayad ng tax para tumakbo ng maayos ang gobyerno. Para kayong mga nasa kulungan. Wala na ngang kwenta, kung anu-ano pa ang hinihingi. Poverty is not the reason why you are doing annoying things. Dahil walang mahirap kung walang tamad na kagaya ninyo.

Sino ba sa atin ang ipinanganak na mayaman? Ikaw Mr. Reyes, mas maayos nga kung tutuusin ang buhay mo dahil napag-aral ka ng magulang mo sa maayos na paaralan. Ano ang isinukli mo? Mula ba noong naging aktibista ka ginagampanan mo ba ng maayos ang pagiging isang Pilipino? Nagbabayad ka ba ng tax para may maitulong ang gobyerno sa mga tao? Wala kayong karapatang mag demand ng kung anu-ano at mamerwisyo sa publiko dahil mga wala kayong kwentang tao. Salot sa lipunan.

This letter may or may not reach you Mr. Reyes, but take note. Ang mga kagaya mo ang nagpapahirap at nagpapagulo sa Pilipinas.

Ang kapatid ko gabi kung pumasok sa call center at tanghali kung lumabas. Kapiranggot na lamang ang natitira sa sweldo dahil ibinabayad sa gobyerno, na siya namang ginagastos ng gobyerno sa mga walang kwentang tao, kagaya ng KADAMAY at iba pang “maralita kuno”.

Bata ka pa Mr. Reyes para baguhin ang buhay. Kawawa ang mga anak mo pag hindi mo itinuwid ang buhay mo – na kagaya mo, magiging walang kwenta tao din sila balang araw kapagka nagkameron ng pag-iisip na kagaya mo.

Last words Mr. Reyes – kung ang lahat ng tao sa Pilipinas ay kagaya mo ang utak, dadami lalo ang mahirap dahil lahat ng tao aasa na lamang sa gobyerno, at wala nang may magbabayad ng tax.

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The content of this letter has not been edited in order to carry the originality of the source. /Marichu Zaragoza/

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Inspiring: How this Shoe Repair Man became a father of 4 Engineers and a Teacher

A 52-year old Batangueño father who has been repairing shoes and umbrellas for 35 years, have something to tell when it comes to managing a household budget.

Emannuel “Manny” Lat, a native of Malvar, Batangas is an outspoken hero to his five children. The hardworking father who refuses to stop repairing shoes said his secrets on how his five children managed to finish college lies on good budgeting.

All of his four sons finished engineering courses at Batangas State University, while the youngest and only daughter finished Teacher Education at De La Salle Lipa. Manny said the secret is correct budget management.

For 35 years, Manny walks everyday within the Malvar, Lipa City, and Tanauan City area yelling “payong repair sapatos” repeatedly to attract customers’ attention.

“Minsan sa isang upuan lang nakaka 600 to 700 pesos ako” (Sometimes, in just one spot, I earn 600 to 700 pesos), Manny said. When asked about his average daily net income, he said he never earned lower than 500 pesos. It is always in between 600 to 900 and sometimes as high as 2,000 pesos.

“Pag tag-ulan malakas dahil sa payong” (During rainy season, there are lots of umbrellas to repair), he said. Five hundred pesos is his benchmark and any excess amount is considered additional savings.

Let’s take a look at Manny’s household budget during the time when his younger daughter was still going to school a year ago. Although his four sons were helping him, his budget remains the same.

All of his sons are living with their own family so only his daughter and wife are left home and included in their daily budget.

Daily net income of 500 pesos (three-adult household)

Daily budget
Food – P180 (5,400/mo)
Utility Bills – P60 (1,800/mo)
School Allowance – P100 (3,000/mo)
Clothing – P50 (1,500/mo)
Savings – P80 (2,400/mo)
His pocket money – P30 (900/mo)

The above figure may seem impossible to someone who work and spend daily but Manny and his family managed to survive and even sent his children to college.

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The above budget is for 500 pesos earnings only. If Manny earns more than 500 (which is happening almost every day as he said his average earnings if computed is about 800 pesos), all excess goes to savings.

“We have P1,800 monthly budget for utility but in fact, our electric bill is only around P1,100 and water is just around P240 – so we still have an excess of P460.”, Manny said.

“We have P1,500 monthly budget for clothing but most of this money were spent only to our daughter. I and my wife seldom buy clothes. 1,500 is enough for our daughter’s monthly clothing”, he continued.

“Our food budget is always in excess because my wife goes to public market every three days spending only around 800 each of the time. We always have an excess of around 200 pesos from our food budget”, Manny explained.

“Savings should be a part of budget and not should be taken from excess. We never actually had a savings of 2,400 a month due to excess. We always have at least 5,000 a month, and my pocket money is always at least P300. I never smoke and I drink only occasionally with my sons, so my daily pocket money budget is also accumulated from time to time”, Manny continued.

Mr. Lat also noted that all of his sons’ tuition fees before were taken from long-time daily savings

When asked if the family also spend money on recreation, Mr. Lat said that ever since his oldest son got a job, the whole family, together with his in-laws are having a family reunion every May in the beaches of San Juan, Lemery, or Mabini, Batangas.

He also said that they spend family Christmas party and spend some money from their savings. His youngest son also brings the three of them to fast foods every end of the month according to his wife, Elenita Lat.

“We are living in not-so-luxurious but happy life. Our younger daughter is becoming spoiled because her brothers are always giving her something, but I always remind them not to give her money. She has to earn so she understand how to spend. She just passed the board exam and just started working as a substitute teacher”, Mrs. Lat said.

The family is living in above poverty line, but Mr. Lat refuses to stop working.

“It’s my daily exercise. I do this just to make my own money. They all have jobs and they are all earning. I have to earn for myself and for my wife. I return home early at 10 AM so it is not really a big hassle”, Manny concluded.

There’s a lot of people, even single people who are earning more than the Lat family, but because of uncontrolled spending, they struggle to survive.

This story only reminds us that whatever amount we are earning, with proper budget management, we can survive, and can even have a little success in the future.

Mr. Lat also mentioned that his close friend (kumpare) who was also a shoe repair man and sells taho (sweetened soybean and sago pearl) in the morning, now owns a junk shop and 2 passenger Jeepneys. /Jenny Mendoza – Calamba City/Disclaimer: Contributed articles does not reflect the view of Okd2.com. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. No part of this article maybe reproduced without permission from this website.

Strange and Funny Names of Places in the Philippines

The Philippines is of mixed culture, tradition, heritage, and tradition. A word in Tagalog may have a different meaning in other dialect like Cebuano, Ilonggo, Bikolano, or Ilocano. For instance, the Tagalog term “libog” means “problem” in Ilonggo/Hiligaynon. There are many words in a certain dialect that means different in other, so having these funny and unusual names of places and streets in the Philippines is not really surprising.

In Batangas for instance, there is a town called “Mataas Na Kahoy”. Its public schools are called “Mababang Paaralan ng Mataas na Kahoy”, and “Mataas na Paaralan ng Mataas na Kahoy”. Sounds funny, but people here are used to it.

At around 3 kilometers from the town of Mataas Na Kahoy, there is a place in Lipa City called Mataas Na Lupa, where Robinsons Lipa is located.

Let’s take a look at some of weird, unusual, funny, and strange names of places in the Philippines

  1. A restaurant in Alabang: Eat My GF! (GF stands for Garlic Fries)
  2. A school in Albay: Mababang Paaralan ng Mataas
  3. Barangay Bading in Guagua
  4. Barangay Ba-yag Kabayo in Bataan
  5. Barangay Hindi in Albay. So they have, “Hindi Elementary School”, “Hindi Barangay Hall”, “Hindi Health Center”
  6. Barangay Inoman and Barangay Malasin in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan
  7. Barangay Inuman in Antipolo so they have this school “Inuman Elem. School”
  8. Barangay Kabantutan in Malate
  9. Barangay Kapukian and Barangay Cantutang in Leyte
  10. Barangay Katamblingan in Infanta
  11. Barangay Kaybagal in Tagaytay
  12. Barangay Maestrangkikay in Nueva Ecija
  13. Barangay Maipis which is next to Barangay Bangag in Camiguin
  14. Barangay Malasin in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan
  15. Barangay Mapuke in Tarlac
  16. Barangay Masuso in Pandi, Bulacan
  17. Barangay Pulong Kiki in Aurora
  18. Barangay Tampalpuke in Lucena
  19. Barangay Ticol in Bisa, Sorsogon
  20. Barangay Tinitian in Palawan
  21. Barangay Titi-on in Palauig, Zambales
  22. Barangay Tulo in Calamba, Laguna
  23. Barangay Walang Balahibo Ibaba in Batangas
  24. Barrio Latiti in Lucban, Quezon
  25. Barrio Makeke in Batangas
  26. Brew Ha! (a Coffee shop in Bacolod)
  27. Calle Pogi in Daet, Camarines Norte
  28. Dara Bulbul in Tarlac
  29. Gubat in Sorsogon, so when asked, “Taga san ka?” the people here responds with, “taga-Gubat”
  30. Kalye Buntisan which is right after Pogi Street in Bocaue, Bulacan
  31. Kanto Tinio in Commonwealth, Quezon City
  32. Lamayan Street, Sta. Ana, Manila
  33. Lasingan in Quirino
  34. Mababang Paaralan ng Mataas in Albay
  35. Macho Drive in Pacita, Laguna
  36. Pantihan Street, Panghulo, Malabon
  37. Pogi Street in Bocaue, Bulacan
  38. Puerto Libog in Paranaque
  39. Sexmoan in Pampanga (Changed to Sesmoan as of 1991)
  40. Sisters of Mary Convent in Brgy. Pulong Diablo, Antipolo Rizal
  41. There’s a jeepney going to Bigte in SM Fairviewm so the barker shouts,”Bigte, bigte, Sinong magbi-Bigte dyan?”
  42. Towns of Anos and Bayog in Laguna, so when asked where Bayog is: “Paglagpas mo sa Anos, makikita mo na ang Bayog.”

If we are going to check the names of every town, city, and barangay in the Philippines, we can surely find more strange names. In Negros Occidental, next to Bacolod City going south is Bago City. In Camarines Sur for instance, last year I went to the towns of Balatan and Tinambak.

Let us know through the comment section below if you have something to share. /Digna Gallos/

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Top 10 Highest Paid Jobs in the Philippines for 2017

For five years since the IT/BPO business proliferated in the Philippines, IT related jobs have been dominating the lists of high paying jobs.

Although middle management level manufacturing jobs are sometimes higher, the discrepancy between companies is high enough to get an average. For example, a junior manufacturing supervisor in a Japanese firm receives P15,000 to P18,000, while the same position in American firm received at least P25,000.

Jobstreet.com revealed that employees in IT/Software and IT/Network Systems consistently ranked first and second on the lists of top paid employees in the country.

For junior executives (Supervisor/Teamleader), IT/Software jobs pay the highest salary with an average of P37,784 per month, while the same position on IT/Network jobs pays an average of P33,029 per month.

Lawyers with one to three years of experience meanwhile ranked third with an average of P27,033 per month.

The following is the list of top ten highest paying jobs in the Philippines with the average monthly salary. Seven out of ten are related to Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

  1. IT/Computer (SOftware Development) –P37,784
  2. IT/Computer (Network, System, Database Admin) – P33,029
  3. Law/Legal Services – P27,033
  4. Actuarial Science/Statistics – P27,032
  5. Engineering (Electronics/Communications) – P26,379
  6. Public Relations Communications – P25,153
  7. Technical and Helpdesk Support) – P25,078
  8. Sales (Telesales/Telemarketing) – P24,400
  9. Training and Development – P23,762
  10. Customer Service – P23,369

The report accumulated by Jobstreet.com is from the rates posted by employers mostly in Metro Manila area.

Middle to higher management manufacturing jobs however have different rates. A fresh graduate Instrumentation Engineer can fetch up to P40,000 in American petroleum companies. Mechanical Engineers and safety Officers can make up to P50,000 in oil-related industries.

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Jobstreet.com however stressed that the salary depends on the level of experience and the employer’s capacity to pay. The company also advises that newly-graduates should decide thoroughly before applying for a job.

Parents also advised to take a look at the current employment and job trends before forcing their children to study what they want.

DOLE said that the unemployment rate has decreased, but there is an increase in underemployment rate. This is due to wrong choice of course according to the agency.

Some of the highest unemployed/underemployed graduates are nurses, HRM-graduates, seafarers, and business-related courses like commerce, management, marketing, and entrepreneur.

New graduates with good communications and computer skills are encouraged to apply as call center agents.

For those who want to work from home, there are also a lot of alternatives for freelance workers.

The surge of freelance Filipino workers in the last two years are also noted by DOLE as a good alternative for unemployed people.

A content writer can make around P12,000 to P18,000 a month working from home, while web developers, graphic designers, application programmers, and other web-programming related jobs can make up-to a hundred thousand pesos per month.

Blogging has been a big source of income for some Filipinos as well.

There were earlier reports that some Pinoy bloggers are making $500 to as high as $10,000 a month. These reports are under investigation by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. /Cecile Santos/
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10 Underrated Jobs that Pays Higher than Call Center Agent

Many of us today are aiming to work in BPO because we believe that call center jobs pays higher than the minimum wage set by the government. Yes, it’s true. A level one call center agent can earn from 12K to 20K a month depending on the company and the location of the BPO.

In Metro Manila, most call centers offers at least 18,000 pesos per month. In CALABARZON region, a level 1 agent can earn from 14,000 to 18,000, while in Cebu, Bacolod, and Iloilo, a call center agent can earn at least 12,000 a month.

Working in call center is truly rewarding, but the physical and mental stress associated with it is also exhausting. You go to work at 12 midnight and listen to irate customers for the next 8 hours – this is what most call center agents do especially in technical support, billing, and collection accounts.

Anyway, for people who enjoy doing so, there is no question for success. Many professionals find their career path in BPO industry. Supervisors and managers in BPO earn much more than people with the same position in other business fields, like in food and housekeeping industry. A call center agent earns higher than McDonalds and Jollibbee managers.

What if you don’t have the ability to speak English but want to earn more than the call agents are earning? Is there any way? Yes, there is. These partially odd and underrated jobs do not need anything but special skills – and of course a little harder face.

  1. Jeepney Barker / Dispatcher 24,000 to 30,000 per Month
    If you think those noisy and annoying people at Jeepney stops are just kidding, you are wrong. They may be earning more than your monthly salary. For 5 pesos every jeep every five minutes, Tomy Caguimbal of Tanauan City is earning at least 100 pesos per hour. Working from 8 in the morning until 9 in the evening, he takes home at least 800 pesos a day of coins. He earns more on weekends while regular employees are taking their leave at home.

 

  1. Embalmer / 24,000 to 35,000 a Month
    Some funeral parlors need licensed embalmers while other does not care. An embalmer earns at least 800 pesos per corpse, and can prepare two to three bodies in one day. A neighbor who has been working as embalmer for 25 years (now manager of funeral parlor), was able to send all of his six children to college and became professionals.

 

  1. Mobile Phone Technician / 27,000 to 35,000 a Month
    Being a mobile phone technician does not require any diploma or any formal education. Training is needed though and with continuous experience, one can repair a basic defect in 30 minutes or lesser. Jerry Descalsota of Bacolod City is earning at least 900 pesos a day in 8 hours of work-by-commission in a cell phone repair shop. Freelance technicians who do not share their earnings to employers are earning more.

 

  1. Fishball, Kikiam, Kwek-kwek Vendor / 28,000 to 35,000 a Month
    A fishball vendor along Padre Faura St. said she earns at least P1,200 net from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. If her husband extends until 8PM, he can earn another P500. Although the earnings depends on the location, selling these fast-street foods is really rewarding.

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5 Annoying Reasons why Supporters of VP Leni Robredo are the Most Annoying People Online

The online debate continues whether who are the most annoying people between Duterte and Robredo supporters. As a person with no interest in any of the two groups, reading news comments everyday makes me think that the supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo and Liberal Party are more annoying than people they called “Dutertards”.

Not all Duterte supporters are considered “Dutertardss” though. Atty. Bruce Rivera, a known Duterte supporters who does not consider himself a “dutertard”, explained the difference between a Duterte supporter (like him), and a blind Duterte supporter (dutertard). In short, dutertards are people who supports Duterte regardless of what he is doing (blind supporters).

But what about VP Leni Robredo’s supporters? What they call?

Some people call them “Yellowtards”, because like Duterte, they support Robredo despite of everything.

These Yellowtards are found mostly on the comment section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer articles.

Even if you are just a normal and non-partisan reader, seeing how these “yellowtards” reacts makes you wonder how people with these mindset exists.

Here are some annoying reasons why Leni Robredo and Liberal Party supporters are the most annoying people online.

  1. Lack of Intelligence. When President Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao, Robredo supporters are quick to compare the President to former President Marcos without analyzing the situation. They accused Duterte of copying Marco’s tactics without taking the Marawi City crisis into consideration.
  2. Dumb. When President Duterte made a deal with China and secured billions of US dollars in investments, they accused the President of selling the West Philippine Sea to China. Robredo supporters thinks confronting China is a good option.
  3. Stupid. Yes, Robredo supporters are stupid when they believed that Robredo really won the elections.
  4. Arrogant. No less than the communists who criticizes Duterte’s Martial Law, Robredo supporters are living in arrogance. They are saying that Duterte’s War on Drugs is destroying the country, while it was Robredo who delivered a destructive speech at UN council.
  5. Annoying. There are no other people more annoying than Robredo supporters. CHR, CBCP, CPP/NPA, KADAMAY, Risa Hontiveros, Militant party lists groups, UP activists, etc. You name them all.

Leni Robredo may enjoy her position while the Supreme Couth is struggling to solve the electoral problem filed by Sen. Bongbong Marcos, but the moment the actual ballots are counted, Robredo and her annoying supporters can say goodbye to everyone.

I was once a regular reader of PDI, but after I discovered that the website is plagued by irresponsible and annoying Robredo and LP supporters, I quit visiting the website. /Mitos Garcia/
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12 Stressful Reasons Why Working in Call Center is Killing Your Original Career

During high school, no one dreamed of working in call center as an agent. For some people who thinks working in call center is rewarding, you better continue reading and know the truth.

Nobody said that “when I grow up, I want to work in a call center.” Every one is saying “I want to be a pilot, a ballerina, a soldier, a doctor, a teacher, an engineer, a therapist, a model, a magician, a dentist, a scientist,” and any other profession not named “call center agent”.

Being a call center agent is not a choice, but what to do when you are running out of choices?

Although the proliferation of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in the Philippines helped the local economy by providing hundreds of thousands of jobs, the truth that working in call center is not everyone’s choose remains.

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Call center jobs are one of the most stressful jobs according to the recent report released by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Being a call center agent requires huge amount of physical, mental, psychological, and emotional strength according to the agency.

1. Underemployment and over-qualification. The requirement to work in call centers in the Philippines is not that complicated. As long as one can speak better English and knows how to use computers, problem solved. But how do you feel if you are an HRM, nursing, education, and even engineering graduate working side-by-side with another employee who is under-graduate and receive the same salary? Your parents did not spend hundreds of thousands of pesos for your college degree just to be scolded by an irate customer, right?

2. Overwhelming job demands. What makes call centers so stressful is that, once you sit, you have to ask permission even when you want to pee. When the demand exceeds the agent’s capacity, stress follows and health problems follows.

3. Insufficient social support. A Call center is not your typical office job where you can chat with your officemates any time you want. Call after call after call makes you learn sign language in order to at least interact with your co-worker, because you cannot use your mouth during calls. Lack of social support from co-worker has an effect on burn-out.

4. Excessive monitoring. As a call center agent, your call is being monitored every second in a minute. Knowing that you are being monitored while talking to an irate customer, your option is very limited. Doubt and curiosity can be very stressful.

5. Monotonous tasks. After working for three years, you are doing the same things over and over again for the whole eight hours in five to six days a week. This redundant task limits mental simulation, creativity, and the lack of decision making. This leads to frustration, disengagement, low sense of self-efficacy and stress.

6. Feeling undervalued. Call center agents can lose their job any time regardless of any reason and regardless of their length of service. They feel their contribution to the company is not acknowledged. Very few call centers that performs annual performance appraisal wherein “good performers” are given even a little recognition. This can result to frustration and stress.

7. Lack of status associated with position. Most call center agents often state that the society find it difficult to recognize or appreciate their interpersonal or communications skills required for their work. This perception results to frustration and social isolation.

8. Lack of pride associated with position. One study says that call center agents does not consider their job as lifetime career. Majority says that their job is just temporary and that they have no choice for the moment. The lack of pride associated with their job can result to low self-esteem.

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9. Difficult working hours. Eight out of ten Filipinos who work in a call center (single or married) said that they lost time with their family, and also stated that their health is affected while working on night shift. The physical and mental stress associated with inflexible working hours is very obvious.

10. Angry customers with high expectations. This is very common. A DSL technical support who receives at least 20 calls in eight hours during queuing time can expect at least eight angry and unsatisfied customers in a day. This is extremely stressful.

11. Almost zero job security. In a normal manufacturing company, a regular employee cannot be fired unless at least three disciplinary actions have been issued. In a call center, an employee who has been there working for ten years can be fired any time of the day because of a single mistake. The department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has yet to explain why this “zero tolerance policy” is in place in call centers. This is the main reason why call centers have the highest turn-over rate. Knowing that your job is not secure is like being tortured every day.

12. Limited opportunities for advancement. Ambitious teachers can be school principals someday. Engineers can be plant managers or directors. Call center agents can’t have the same dream. There is no room for progress. Another study suggests that call centers are becoming the place for incompetent managers who are not qualified to be managers in other fields. Eight out of ten call center agents are still agents after working for five years with the same salary grade. In the manufacturing world, someone who is four-year graduate can be promoted twice in three years. Having a career without direction is stressful.

There are other things to mention but the above lists are the most applicable and common in the Philippine call center environment.

Although the salary is little higher than most industries, money can be less important when talking about career growth, physical, emotional, and social aspects of one’s life. /Danica Palma – former call center agent, Makati City/
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Rags to Riches: How this Mindoro Banana Planter-turned Internet Marketer Will Inspire You

Some 17 years ago, Nestor Casiple of Bansud, Mindoro Oriental was working in his uncle’s banana plantation.

After graduating high school on 2001, Nestor studied computer programming, but after just one semester, he had to drop out because his family couldn’t afford the expensive tuition.

His first plan was to go to Batangas to try his luck working in manufacturing firms as production operator, but his ailing mother did not allow him to go. He was prompted to work in his uncle’s small banana farm business.

Every week, his uncle sells banana products to Tanauan City, Batangas. Nestor had a chance to accompany his uncle when one of the latter’s worker got sick.

While waiting for the banana buyer inside Tanauan Public Market, Nestor saw an ad looking for Internet shop attendant. The ad says “High school graduate or college level”. Thinking that he is qualified, he immediately bought a biodata form and submitted an application. The owner asked him several questions, and after seeing that he has basic knowledge on computers, Nestor got a job.

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Nestor returned the following week and started working as one of two Internet shop attendants.

As a stay-in worker, Nestor had every hour to learn computers. He learned how to create blogs, basic website creation, and some web programming. He joined in forums where he can learn web creation and design.

He had his personal private blog on Blogger.com that exists even until today.

On July 2003, an American rancher asked Nestor if how he can sell his fresh milk online.

David Newman, a rancher from Wyoming, USA met Nestor in one of web marketing forums and asked him suggestions on how he can introduce his products online.

Nestor grabbed the chance to use his knowledge. He offered Mr. Newman help for free.

After David sent him pictures and details needed for a website, Nestor started creating a sales page on blogger.com. At that time, David had 12 milking cows that produces five gallons of fresh milk every day.

After a week of creating a website, Nestor started working on SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

After 30 days since the website went online, David received three calls from local customers. His milk was sold out that the following month, he needed to buy more cows to supply his growing customer demands.

After six months, David had 20 cows giving him more than 10 gallons of fresh milk every day.

Nestor couldn’t believe when he received $200 as bonus from David. That time, the exchange rate was P52.00. Nestor’s salary was P3,000 a month, and receiving a full P10,400 was unimaginable for him. He worked hard on David’s website during his free time, helping the latter to build his dairy company. Nestor agreed to be a permanent employee of David for $300/month working virtually.

Nestor, after purchasing his own computer resigned from his job and returned to Bansud where he can concentrate working online.

For 14 months, Nestor received $300 regularly until he called it quits. David’s company became bigger that needed an expert programmer. It needed a professional website designed by experts.

The money he earned from David enabled Nestor to create his own professional blog. Although Nestor focused on his own venture, he remained an SEO consultant and online business adviser to David.

On 2005, Nestor founded a content writing service business. He started hiring three content writers. After six months, he had six writers, one programmer, and one web designer. On 2007, he created an online company Top Content Writers.

Nestor managed to finish his BS in Computer Science degree on 2009 while running his online company. From 2007 since he founded his online company, he was able to buy 5-hectare of rice fields, 2 hectares of banana and coconut farm, 2 rice mills, and some real estate properties in Bansud and Calapan City.

Today, Nestor employed more than 20 freelancers on his online business, while employing more than a dozen people in his plantations.

Nestor admit that it is hard to explain to non-Internet oriented people how he created his wealth, but as long as he is doing everything legally, his neighbors comments does not concern him at all.

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Nestor also revealed that since President Duterte entered on national politics, his new news website has been making him at least $5,000 a month.

When asked what his ultimate secret is, Nestor answered, “I think my real secret was, I was not addicted to playing cyber games. I worked more than 15 years with computers assisting gamers, but it was never my dream to be a master gamer. There is no money in playing games. There are more losers than winners. In my job as Internet Marketer, everyone is a winner” /Paolo Ortaleja with Nestor Casiple/

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Married or Not: Why Every Person Must Have a Child of His/Her Own

I graduated college at the age of 21. Five years later, I became a team leader in a big BPO company in Taguig. Three more years have passed and I became an account manager. I was 29.

One more promotion and I finally became a site director at the age of 33. I was receiving a salary that most people of my age only dream to have.

Since I started working at the age of 22, I was helping my two sisters sending their children to college. When I reached the peak of my career at 35 years old, I was still single. For thirteen years of helping my nephews and nieces, I managed to help three engineers, two teachers, and a nurse finished their college.

Growing-up in poor family, we were raised a closely-tied clan.

My intention to help my family was not to ask for any return someday, but to really help my two sisters because I know that they alone could not afford to send their children to school. And another thing was, what’s the use of having big money in the bank when your family is suffering?

Before, I thought I was contented with just seeing how successful my nieces and nephews are. But things had changed when they became professionals. Sad to say, most of them forgot where they came from.

I latter realized that I cannot rely to any of them in the future – not even to my sisters – their parents.

It’s hard to tell the truth, but sometimes, profession and position changes one’s personality. But I never regret that I helped them. I least I’ve done my part, not for them, but for my sisters.

I realized that despite of what I have, I cannot count on them at all. Thus, at the age of 37, I talked to my girlfriend for five years and asked her if we can have a baby.

Despite rejecting my marriage proposal, my girlfriend agreed with my suggestion and after a year, we were blessed with a baby boy.

My girlfriend was a career woman. There was no other important things to her than her career. Despite of my financial status and our baby, she decided to go to Singapore and work there. She left me and our 18-month old baby boy

My girlfriend, being a product of a broken home was not a family-oriented woman. After three years, she met another man and settled with him. They got married, but things got messy when she wanted to take away my boy because after they found out that her husband cannot produce a baby.

My five-year old son became a subject of lengthy legal battle that I won recently.

I singlehandedly raised my child since he was 18 months old and I never had a second family – a big reason why the court favored my case.

Although I and the mother of my child were still friends (bitterly), I can say to myself that my future is secured with my own son.

Fate may interfere with me someday and only time can tell whether I will get married to another woman or not, but the fact that I have a baby makes my life complete.

I thought I was suffering an early midlife crisis when I reached 35 without a family of my own. But now at 43, I feel like just on my early 30’s.

Helping your family is important, but having your own family, much more children is a different thing. /John Paul Tia – Taguig City/

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A Tale of Two Cities: A former PUP Activist who is living on 4Ps, and His former High School Sweetheart who became a Social Worker

When Marcus Mauricio passed the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP-Manila), entrance exam on March 2001, his parents told him to stop seeing his high school sweetheart. Their reason was, the girl didn’t deserve him as they were aware that her parents cannot afford to send their daughter to college.

Marcus was an officer of Student Supreme Government (SSG) during his high school in Bulacan. His family runs a rice mill and a small factory of salted eggs. Finance was not a problem for his family. His two older brothers, although had their own families, were both OFWs.

Elena Morfe, a shy and simple girl who graduated with honors, is the older of two daughters of a rice farmer. His father has been working with the Mauricio’s since he was single. The two families knew each other well.

The son of the employer and the daughter of his employee had been in secret love affair in the last four years since both entered high school, until the former’s parents told their son to “stop the foolishness” because he will have no future with the girl. The son had no choice but to follow his parents.

Marcus studied Electronics and Communication Engineering while becoming active in campus activism. With high pride and spirit, he totally forgot his former sweetheart, Elena.

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Elena on the other hand went to Manila to work as nanny. Her employer was a Fil-Am director of an international Non-Government Organization, a foundation aimed to help Persons With Disability (POW).

Elena experienced and witnessed how the organization help the needy people. Thus, after she asked her employer if she can volunteer to work during her free time, her employer allowed her to do so.

Elena’s employer saw her dedication in helping the needy people. A new nanny was hired and Elena was given full time to volunteer in the foundation. In return, her good employer sent her to college to study social work in a prestigious private school Quezon City. After four years, Elena graduated with honors and she was immediately employed by the government, while still doing volunteer work in the same organization.

The former shy girl became a social worker helping indigent people in Quezon City. Her salary was not big enough to live her desired life style, but she managed to buy a house for her family, and send her only sibling to college after five years of working.

The family relocated to Quezon City, where her father drives a family-owned taxi, while her mother attends their sari-sari store at home.

Meanwhile, Marcus graduated after seven years in college. His studies were prolonged due to irregularities as a result of his campus activism. His family’s business was seen going down for years after a big part of their land was sold to a real estate developer. The money was not used wisely and spent on family’s luxury.

Marcus failed to pass the board exam twice. He lost hope and started looking for a job.

Because of his arrogance and high pride (typical to people with ideology), he always jump from one company to another. He couldn’t stay in one company because he always had labor complains.

Things became worse when his girlfriend became pregnant with twins. His aging father became sick and the big part of his family’s fortune were drained to hospital. His father passed away after spending more than two million pesos in hospital bills due to diabetes and kidney failure.

The jobless and cash-strapped Marcus relocated to Manila to find better livelihood, but luck was not in his favor. He managed to work as an electronics technician in a small shop, but his income was not enough to send his twins to school.

When former President Benigno Aquino Jr. started to implement the 4Ps program, Marcus family was one of the first beneficiaries.

When President Duterte took office last June 2016, Elena was on maternity leave for her first baby girl. She got married to a lawyer a year before. When she returned for work, she was promoted to a higher position in DSWD with a directorial level. The 4Ps program became her primary job.

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When one of her staff submitted the names of 4Ps beneficiaries in Culiat, Quezon City, Elena couldn’t believe when she saw Marcus Mauricio’s name. She taught it was a different person with different address. The list of indigents was reviewed after President Duterte ordered to release the additional P1,200 for the rice subsidy.

But Elena didn’t stop there. She asked her father about the Mauricio family, but her father too, had no idea what happened to them since the family left Bulacan more than eight years ago. The only information her father heard was, the Mauricio family sold their land and other properties to a real estate developer.

Curios about his former sweetheart, Elena, together with three of her local staff visited Marcus.

There she met her former high school sweet heart, living in the slumps of Culiat, Quezon City with two pitiful twins, and housewife mother.

Elena ordered her staff to extend some help for the family. / Rosebele Salamanca/Disclaimer: Contributed articles does not reflect the view of Okd2.com. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. No part of this article maybe reproduced without permission from this website.

Inspiring: Yaya Graduates Cum Laude

Lucille Giquin, a nanny from Bacolod did not bother hardships and strives to finish her college degree with flying colors.

Giquin graduated cum laude with a degree of Hotel and Restaurant management in STI College Cubao.

Roland Benzon, her employer held the smartphone to record the moment Lucille Guiquin’s name was called out, followed by the words “cum laude.” Guiquin walked the stage with her aunt and her ward, Benzon’s son Josh.

Benzon shared a photo of yaya and her alaga on his Facebook page this Friday.

Guiquin, who now has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, was employed by Benzon in 2006 to look after Josh.

She fed, bathe, “chaperoned” the child, and even helped with homework and exam reviews — tasks that were “beyond the call of duty” in Benzon’s words.

Impressed by her determination and the value she placed on studying, Benzon made a promise to send her to college after his son turns 10.

Guiquin did not waste the opportunity.

“Even though she still did household chores and cared for Josh, she strove to finish each semester with honors. Why? So she could qualify for a student subsidy and help defray her tuition (savings for us!),” Benzon wrote.

He continued, “She even saved up for her own laptop, so she could complete her papers and reports on time … Four years of university passed so quickly, and she is done. Well done, Lucille. Well done!”

The son of the Benzon household’s cook, Caloy, graduated on the same day, adding even more joy to the occasion.

“Caloy and Lucille were classmates, in fact. Though he wasn’t the ‘family scholar’, we realized that most of his mom’s salary was going to his tuition, so we chipped in, too,” Benzon shared in the comments section of his post.

He added that the class valedictorian from Bacolod was, like Guiquin, a “small town girl.”

“What I learned from her valedictory address was that her parents separated when she was young, and her mom raised five kids on her own, with little food on the table,” Benzon wrote as another comment under his initial post.

He continued, “An OFW benefactor helped fund her education, but when the donor passed away, she almost dropped out. She worked as a sales clerk in a mall store to make ends meet, and managed to get scholarship elsewhere. Her story was filled with challenges that the delivered her speech half-crying. But, in the end, she triumphed, graduating at the top of her class.”

The inspiring stories that Benzon shared received tremendous positive feedback from friends and strangers online, with many applauding Guiquin’s achievement. ALG, GMA News
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Bakit Kailangang Ipatupad sa Pilipinas ang Parusang Latigo

Minsan, nakakabwisit isipin na parang walang kwenta ang ginagawa ng gobyerno sa mga repeat offenders. Siguro hindi sapat ang kasalukuyang batas para parusahan ang mga walang kwentang tao sa Pilipinas. Set aside Human Rights. Mas matinding rights ang nilalabag ng mga masasamang tao na wala nang ginawa sa buhay kundi ang mamerhuwisyo ng kapwa.

Kagaya na lang halimbawa ng kababalita lang sa GMA News TV. Tatlong lalaki sa Pasay hinoldap ang kawawang call center agent na papasok pa lamang sa trabaho dakong alas onse ng gabi. Dahil huli sa CCTV, nakaka irita talaga ang ginawa ng mga gago. Hindi pa nakontento, sinikmuraan pa ang kawawang empleyado, tapos hinipo pa ang dibdib at harap nito.

Matapos ang may higit kalahating oras, huli ang dalawa sa tatlo.

Ayon sa Brgy. Chairman ng naturang lugar, kilalalng mandurugas ang tatlo at marami na ring nabiktima. Nakailang huli na rin umano ang mga salarin at labas pasok na rin sa kulungan. Hello? Take note – labas pasok sa kulungan. Parang wala na atang kwenta ang pagkakakulong sa mga ito.

Habang akay akay ng pulis, nakangisi pa ang isa at idinudutdot pa sa camera ang mukha nito na parang nagyayabang, samantalang ang biktima ay nagtatakip ng tuwalya sa mukha dahil sa hiya. Teka, baligtad ata ang pangyayari. Ang ninakawan pa at hinipuan ang nahiya.

Animo’y mga bangag ang tatlo. At base sa datos, ang mga kasong kagaya nito ay magreresulta lamang ng mga ilang araw na pagkakulong. Tsk tsk.

Samantala, sa Naga City, isang akyat-bahay ang nahuli. Katulad ng naunang kaso sa Pasay, nakailang kulong na rin diumano ang suspek. At dahil wala siyang nakuha sa pinasok na bahay bago siya mahuli, walang kaso. Tsk tsk. So in short, palalampasin lang at libre na naman si totoy na magnakaw sa kabilang bahay kinabukasan. At kung makulong man, wa epek na rin dahil sanay na.

Well, ako, bilang empleyado, kinakaltasan ng mahigit P1,200 tuwing akinse at katapusan dahil obligado akong magbayad ng income tax. Itong mga tarantadong ito, kasama sa binabayaran ko, dahil isa ako sa nagpapasweldo sa mga pulis na nagbabantay sa kulungan, at isa rin ako sa nagpatayo ng mga kulungan na iyan. Ang siste e, pakainin ng mga taxpayers yang mga bilanggo nay an, pabihisan, bigyan ng libreng bahay, at iba pang karapatan ng mga bilanggo, na sabi raw ng Human Riughts e “karapatang pantao”. Sa huli, wala naman palang epekto ang pagkakakulong at pagkalabas e ganun pa rin ang gagawin. Parang nauuwi ata sa wala ang kinakaltas sa akin.

Amyway, sabi nga sa exercise ay “No Pain No Gain”. At dahil hindi masakit ang pagkakakulong, lalo na sa mga taong immune na, bakit hindi latiguhin sa halip na ikulong ang mga ito?

Ito ay suggestion lamang at sa tingin ko ay lubhang epektibo.

Yang mga nakangisi nay an pagpasok sa kulungan, bigyan kaya ng sampu hanggang treyntang latigo (depende sa kaso), tingnan ko lang kung makuha pang mag-ngising demonyo.

Ganun lang kasimple. Walang gastos sa kulungan, walang gastos sa bantay, walang pag-aalala na makatakas.

Sa halip na ikulong, halimbawa yong snatcher, latiguhin kaya iyan sa harap ng kanyang biktima. Yon bang makaramdam man lang ng sakit para naman marealize niya na mali siya. Hindi naman papatayin e, kelangan lang madala. Yon bang nanginginig at namimilipit ang buong katawan sa sakit. Lalo na yong mga nahuli sa akto.

Nakakabwisit kasi e. Nahuli na nakangisi pa na parang asong ulol.

Pag hindi pa rin nasaktan at paulit-ulit pa rin ang ginagawa, then the death penalty should take place.

Bakit ba tayo nagpapakain ng mga criminal at walang kwentang tao sa lipunan? CHR pakisagot nga. Kung ayaw niyo e di magtayo kayo ng rehab, tapos puro CHR ang magpapakain at magbabantay. Wag nyo gamitin ang tax ng taumbayan, bwisit.

Kung walang hahawak ng latigo, ako pwedeng magvolunteer.

Sa dami na ng tao ngayon, unti-unti nang nauubos ang resources. Kelangan nang bawasan ang mga salot sa lipunan.

Share kung agree ka.

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Touching: A Family’s Story of Hope, Betrayal, Pain, and Suffering behind Activism

It was June 2000 when Carmelo Luna Jr. entered the University of the Philippines – Los Baños as freshman taking BS. In Agriculture. Carmelo was among the top students who graduated from Tanauan Institute, a private school in Tanauan City, Batangas.

Carmelo Jr. is the eldest son of Jeepney driver Carmelo Baltazar Sr., and his deceased wife Lucinda. Lucinda died of breast cancer two years earlier, leaving Carmelo Sr. with three kids (Junjun and his two younger sisters).

Carmelo Sr, or Meloy as called by his neighbors, is a frustrated lawyer. He studied Political Science in San Beda College, but because poverty struck his family after his father died, he was not able to graduate and settled driving Jeepney after he got married at 24.

Meloy’s hope relied on his son Junjun.

After passing the UP scholarship program, Meloy started to dream not for himself but for his whole family, especially his two young daughters, who were both in elementary.

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Meloy did never missed to remind his only son to study hard so he can support his two younger sisters someday.

Meloy’s family has land in Tanauan, but due to lack of money to finance, the land has been rented to other people for years. It was only on 2001 that Meloy got his share of 12,000 square meters after his mother passed away. The siblings divided the land.

On 2001, Meloy learned that Junjun started joining rallies against the Estrada administration. His grades went down dramatically – a thing that caused him a grave concern.

Meloy talked to his son and tried to convince him to stop what he was doing, but the son was aggressive and told his father some things that the latter find it hard to understand. In short, Junjun’s mind was totally corrupted by the beliefs of activists.

Melo saw his hope and dreams started to shatter as his son became more and more active in campus activism.

“I didn’t know him anymore. I think I was talking to a stranger. He seldom visit us in Tanauan. After seeing his grades went down and finding it hard to convince him, I decided to cut his allowance”, Meloy said.

The cutting of his allowance angered Junjun, and he threatened his father to report to DSWD for abandoning him. Meloy was not bothered by his son’s threat, and instead, he saved the money for his older daughter’s tuition who will enter high school next year.

The second time that the father and son met, the arguments became intense as the son told his father “brainless”.

Meloy succumbed in tears after his son left their home in Tanauan. Meloy’s heart was broken into pieces as he saw his son walked away from him. He promised to himself that whatever happens, he will only support his two remaining daughters on his custody.

“Junjun was full of pride and arrogance. Masyado siyang humambog at yumabang na akala mo alam kung paano patakbuhin ang gobyerno”, Meloy recalled.

Junjun eventually became out of school youth the following year. He was supposed to be in third year. Since the last time he and his father had an intense argument over his activism, he never set foot once again in their Tanauan house. He became active in out of school youth militant groups and made a living.

A cash-strapped Junjun decided to work in Pampanga as production operator in one of electronics manufacturing companies in Clark.

While working, he was still active in urban militant groups, joining rallies whenever he had time.

On 2006, he got married to his fellow worker– a month after he became a regular employee.

Things started to became chaotic when on September 2007, the company’s management called his attention after a report said that he was planning to establish a labor union inside the company – a thing that was strictly prohibited by the company’s policy.

Junjun confronted the Human Resource Manager and the arguments ensued. Unknown to the management, Junjun and his backers – members of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) had been organizing meetings outside the company for more than a year already.

Junjun’s group immediately filed labor cases against the company.

After almost two years, the cases became dormant. It was announce later that Junjun’s group was lost in legal battle. Junjun resigned from his job and went on to join another militant group and became an active organizer.

It was revealed later that Carmelo Jr. dropped all cases and left the company in return for a big money offered by the latter. More than 50 of his fellow employees who followed him and believed in him lost their jobs without compensation, while Junjun went to the bank smiling.

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Joma Sison, CPP orders NPA to Escalate Attacks on Government Amid Martial Law in Mindanao

The rebel group New People’s Army (NPA) have already been ordered by Jose Maria Sison and The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), to escalate more attacks in Mindanao and  the rest of the Philippines in response to the government’s declaration of martial law.

CPP released a statement to the media: “The Party calls on the NPA to plan and carry out more tactical offensives across Mindanao and the entire archipelago.”

President Duterte on Tuesday night declared martial law for 60 days over the entire Mindanao amid fighting between government troops and members of the Maute group in Marawi City.

“By declaring martial law in Mindanao, Duterte has gone beyond the threats and theatrics of the past months,” CPP said.

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As per a report by GMA News, the CPP said that the necessity of waging revolutionary armed struggle becomes ever clearer in the face of Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao.

The CPP said that Duterte, who claimed that he will be “as harsh” as former President Ferdinand Marcos, is practically mocking and ordering the AFP soldiers “to impose its rule and carry out more abuses with extreme impunity.”

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“Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao has gone beyond Marawi. It has much wider target and purpose, the civil-democratic rights of the people across Mindanao are being curtailed as they are subjected to checkpoints, warrantless arrests, curfews and other restrictions,” said CPP.

Meanwhile, the CPP also called on Filipinos to fight the imposition of martial law and demand its lifting immediately.

“They must carry out and intensify protest mass actions nationwide, banner the demand to end martial law, assert civilian rule and respect for civil and political rights as well highlight the basic demands of the workers and peasants and other democratic sectors,” it added.

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The Real Reason Why this Mother Rejected UP Scholarship for Her Valedictorian Son Will Shock You

Sometimes, parents cannot be blamed for their unorthodox decisions especially when they experienced something that changed their lives. This is what happened to the family of Elsa Torreblanca, a public school teacher, widow, and a mother of four.

Elsa’s husband Mario, was killed by suspected members of New People’s Army in Sogod, Southern Leyte, on September 2000.

Mario was a farmer and was suspected by the group as military asset. The group later claimed his death, but evidence of his link to military was never been proven.

Two months after Mario’s death, Elsa delivered their youngest and only son, Peter. Elsa’s life became miserable until his oldest daughter finished college and got a job on 2007.

Last March, 2017, Peter graduated high school as valedictorian. He took admission test at UP and placed fourth. The prestigious school offered him full scholar, but Elsa’s reaction shocked the whole family.

Peter planned to take accounting as he wanted to become a CPA lawyer someday.

When peter took entrance exam at UP Manila on February, Elsa did not commented, but when the result went out, the 55-year old teacher told his only son to go to Siliman University,  where he also offered full scholar instead of UP.

Elsa’s reason is simple. She don’t want Peter to get influenced by UP activists – the same people who killed Peter’s father and her husband.

Based on Elsa’s information, the leader of the NPA group who kidnapped Mario was a former activist from UP Diliman who was undergraduate and went to become an active NPA commander in Leyte.

Elsa despise all activists, and UP, as the main school for most activists, is no place for Peter as per Elsa’s decision.

Although Peter is not active in activism, a mother’s heart is hard to change.

Elsa’s another reason is that, UP did not place on top ten on the latest BAR exam, while Siliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental got two spots on top 10.

Peter will be studying BS in accountancy, and once he become CPA he will study law according to plan.

“The day that these UP activists-turned NPA abducted my husband is still fresh on my mind. I don’t want my son to be badly influenced by this people. Activism has no place in my family, much more communism”, Elsa said.

“Every time I watch UP students protesting on the streets, I can only imagine how miserable are their parents would be”, Elsa added. /Michael Campus/

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Why “Attention Hungry” Erick Matti Should Retire from Directing

After film director Erick Matti cursed the people who voted President Rodrigo Duterte a two days ago, it is only evident that the director is no longer in his right mind.

Like artist Jim Paredes who confronted supporters of Duterte during the EDSA rally several months ago, the fact that celebrities and artists on the twilight of their career can’t handle stress anymore, they should call it quits.

Erick Matti is a film director who is known in making films that sow fear to the people, especially the younger generations. He is known in making money by creating useless films topics like aswang, mystery, and even erotic films.

Unlike other Filipino film directors, Erick Matti is not as popular as most Filipino thinks. Because of his age, it is understandable that Matti, a not so successful director, already suffer mid-life crisis. It seems he can’t handle stress anymore.

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With his cursing of Duterte supporters, he is putting the career of younger celebrities in peril. Like Liza Soberano who will be casting on Darna, the young actress will definitely suffer setback if fans decide to boycott Matti’s film this year. Anyway, Darna is already an old story so there is no need to watch. It seems Matti can no longer think of any new story except recycling old stories like Darna.

It is only safe and reasonable to say that with his latest attitude and behavior, Matti is in no capacity to direct a film for public showing anymore. He should resign from acting and focus on his personal life. He should not use the public for his personal gain. If he can’t accept what is happening in the Philippines right now, he should leave the country, or live in solitary. /Jona Palermo/Disclaimer: Contributed articles does not reflect the view of Okd2.com. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. No part of this article maybe reproduced without permission from this website.