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Bam Aquino Uses LA Times 2012 Photo in Criticizing Duterte’s Train Law

Bam Aquino Uses LA Times 2012 Photo in Criticizing Duterte’s Train Law

Philippines
For the 4th time, Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV criticized the supposed negative effect of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. But this time, he used a 2012 photo of a poor Filipino family taken by Los Angeles Times (or LA Times) to exaggerate the issue. In his blog post last May 12 entitled “Poor Filipinos are collateral damage of TRAIN and Build-Build-Build,” That time, Sen. Bam Aquino was reacting to the statement of the Department of Finance (DoF) that funds for free college education and salary increase of uniformed personnel will be greatly affected if the TRAIN Law Act will be suspended. ”Hindi puwedeng collateral damage ang ating mga kababayan sa hangarin na magkaroon ng maraming tulay at kalsada s
Duterte Explains Why He Did Not Vote in Barangay, SK Elections

Duterte Explains Why He Did Not Vote in Barangay, SK Elections

Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte did not vote in the barangay and SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) elections on Monday, May 14. On Tuesday, the president explained why he went straight to the Davao International Airport for his flight to Manila instead of going to the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School (DRANHS) in Davao City to cast his vote. “Lahat ‘yung tumakbo, kaibigan ko (All the candidates are my friends) , almost all were my supporters during the last election. They would never believe that nagboto ako o hindi sa kanila (I voted for them or not.)” President Duterte told reporters in Taguig City during his visit to the wake of the late former Senator Edgardo Angara. “To erase all suspicions in the minds of people who really helped me along the way, sabi ko ‘ay ‘wag na lang, hindi na la
Palawan Express Pera Padala Now Asking Personal Questions to Clients is Invasion of Privacy

Palawan Express Pera Padala Now Asking Personal Questions to Clients is Invasion of Privacy

Philippines
First of all, I’ve been a client of Palawan Express Pera Padala by Palawan Pawnshop for more than a year. So far, I did not encounter any problem in sending and receiving money and their staff was polite. But last month, they started asking me personal questions like what’s my relationship with the sender and what’s the money for, and I think this is invasion of privacy. “Mura. Mabilis. Walang Kuskos-balungos. (Cheap. Fast. No hassle.)” Says the tagline of Palawan Express Pera Padala. Well, I can say that all of them were initially true at least based on my experience. But then, the hassle started when I was asked, "Kaanu-ano nyo po yung nagpadala?" and "Para saan po yung pera?” – Excuse me? “But isn’t it invasion of privacy on my part and to the sender?” I asked the teller politely.
Watch: Binayaran lang? Pro-Sereno Bayan Student Activists Cannot Answer Why They Protest (Video)

Watch: Binayaran lang? Pro-Sereno Bayan Student Activists Cannot Answer Why They Protest (Video)

Philippines
As expected, various militant groups protested last Saturday, May 12 the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) to oust former chief justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno But apparently, some student activists and members of Bayan cannot explain why they joined the protest rally, and what they are fighting for. Watch the Manila Bulletin video below. “Justice for Sereno! Justice for all! – Bayan ST [Southern Tagalog],” reads the huge, red banner that some young activists are holding while protesting the SC’s decision to grant the quo warranto petition against Sereno. As you can see, a Manila Bulletin reporter read the contents of the banner and tried to ask the protesters on what they say about the issue. “Hi Mam. May I get your reaction about the recent ruling of the Supreme Court? They had ruled
Liar? Sereno Biodata Claims She Became Faculty Member in 2 Australia Universities But Not True

Liar? Sereno Biodata Claims She Became Faculty Member in 2 Australia Universities But Not True

Philippines
Following her oust as Supreme Court (SC) chief justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno also allegedly lied on her PDS (Personal Data Sheet) or biodata as a candidate for being a chief justice in the High Court. This is according to SC Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro in her concurring opinion on the quo warranto petition against Sereno. "Respondent further made spurious claims in her 2010 PDS and 2012 PDS when she declared that she was a lecturer at Murdoch University in 2001-2002 and at University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2003-2007, teaching International Business Law." De Castro, who was one of the 8 SC justices who granted the quo warranto petition, wrote. "A reading of her entries in both PDS gives the impression that she was actually a faculty member at the said universi...
8 Wack Wack Road Condominium Bans Maids, Drivers From Using Passenger Elevators

8 Wack Wack Road Condominium Bans Maids, Drivers From Using Passenger Elevators

Philippines
A condominium in Greenhills is now in hot water after its house rules include not allowing maids (kasambahay and yaya) and drivers to use passenger elevators. Instead, they are advised to the service elevators. The condominium management also emphasized that there is a CCTV in the elevators and that violators will be fined accordingly. “Bawal sa elevator na ito: Mga kasambahay; Mga driver; Mga yaya na walang dalang mga alagang bata; Mga delivery personnel. Sa SERVICE ELEVATOR ang sakayan ng mga nabanggit. (May kaukulang multa ang paglabag sa alituntunig ito.” A statement read at the sign, according to the 8 Wack Wack Road Condominium House Rules 11.6. In his disappointment, RJ Nieto aka Thinking Pinoy posted the said sign in his Facebook page on Thursday, May 9, and criticized the co
Sereno Ousted as Chief Justice, Loses Quo Warranto Case via SC Votes, 8-6

Sereno Ousted as Chief Justice, Loses Quo Warranto Case via SC Votes, 8-6

Philippines
The Supreme Court (SC) has decided to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday, May 11, more than two months after Solicitor General Jose Calida filed the quo warranto petition against her on the basis of an invalid appointment. Voting 8-6 in a special en banc session, Sereno’s appointment as chief justice was declared as void. The SJ justices who voted in favor of Sereno’s ouster were Associate Justices Noel Tijam, Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Andres Reyes Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo. Sereno attended the en banc, she was asked to step out of the room during the deliberation of the quo warranto petition. On the other hand, those who voted “No” were Associate Justices Antonio Carpio, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Presbitero Jose Velasco J
Sharon Says She Would Not Have Married Kiko After Seeing His High School Photo

Sharon Says She Would Not Have Married Kiko After Seeing His High School Photo

Philippines
Megastar Sharon Cuneta said she would not have been the wife of Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilanan, if she met him during his high school years. This is after the Liberal Party (LP) president posted on Instagram his photo when he was a member of the volleyball team of La Sallle Green Hills High School, and the actress commented on it. “Dahil nag champion ang DLSU womens volleyball teamnlast week, heto naman ang lumang litrato nung high school pa ako. LSGH NCAA Jrs Volleyball Champion team 1979 1980. 3rd year high school ako dito. Back row standing 2nd from the left. Animo La Salle!” Sen. Kiko Pangilinan wrote as a caption of the said black and white photo. “Buti talaga di kita nakilala noon. Kundi imposibleng ako ang asawa mo ngayon! Hahaha! (It’s good that that I did not know you the
Watch: Did Erwin Tulfo Report Fake News About K-12 Graduates Studying in New Zealand? (Video)

Watch: Did Erwin Tulfo Report Fake News About K-12 Graduates Studying in New Zealand? (Video)

Philippines
TV broadcaster Erwin Tulfo is now being accused of reporting fake news about New Zealand accepting Filipino students who graduated from the K-12 program by the Philippine government. In fact, even Philippine ambassador to New Zealand Jesus Domingo called it as “irresponsible” reporting. But was Erwin Tulfo’s report really fake news? Last March, Erwin Tulfo visited New Zealand and made a report about K-12 graduates now can study in the country and soon can have a better life. In his report via PTV-4, Tulfo said Filipino students can easily finish a college degree in New Zealand because it only takes 3 years, unlike in the Philippines where college courses are taken in 4 years. Tulfo also mentioned Pinoycare Visa Center, which according to him has long ties with schools in New Zealand.
Spanish-Descent Billionaire Spends P50 Million in CJ Sereno Campaign to Stay in Office?

Spanish-Descent Billionaire Spends P50 Million in CJ Sereno Campaign to Stay in Office?

Philippines
A Spanish-descent billionaire has already spent P50 million in campaigning Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno so she can still stay in office. This is according to Rigoberto “Bobi” Tiglao, the former Philippine Ambassador to Cyprus and Greece, as appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in October 2005. That such ads are expensive, P500,000 bolsters the report I’ve received that a Spanish-descended tycoon has been funding—spending P50 million so far—the massive PR campaign to keep Sereno at her post.” Tiglao wrote on his Manila Times column on Wednesday, entitled 'Leftists support Sereno, the Hacienda Luisita champion in the SC.' Tiglao was referring to the 2-page statement supporting CJ Sereno that has been published in several broadsheets recently. Signat