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Who is Kai Sotto

Who is Kai Sotto

Philippines
Kai Zachary Sotto is a basketball player for Ateneo Blue Eaglets, the high school varsity basketball team of the Ateneo de Manila University. He is the eldest of the three children of Ervin Sotto, a retired PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) player who was drafted by Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs in 2004, but later played for Shell Turbo Chargers, Barangay Ginebra Kings, Air21 Express, Alaska Aces, and the NLEX Road Warriors. Kai Sotto was born on May 11, 2002, and at the age of 14, he already stands 6'11". As of posting, this 15-year old gentle giant is in Grade 9 and stands 7'1" (215.9 cm) but others said he is 7'2", and could be now the tallest basketball player in the Philippines. His towering height mostly came from his parents, because his father stands at 6'7" and his mothe...
Bureau of Immigration Releases Australian Nun, Sister Patricia Fox, Less 24 Hours After Her Arrest

Bureau of Immigration Releases Australian Nun, Sister Patricia Fox, Less 24 Hours After Her Arrest

Philippines
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has ordered the release of Australian Nun, Sister Patricia Fox, a missionary with the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion who allegedly has joined political rallies. This is almost 24 hours after she was arrested in her house in Quezon City. However, the BI said the 71-year old nun is still subject to further investigation. "I approved the recommendation of the BI legal division headed by lawyer Arvin Cesar Santos that Fox be released for further investigation after it was established that the Australian nun holds a valid missionary visa and, thus, she is a properly documented alien." Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in the release document. "In a two-page Note with Recommendation to Morente, Santos noted that while Fox was alleged to have taken part...
Online Petition to Facebook to Remove Rappler and Vera Files as Fact Checkers

Online Petition to Facebook to Remove Rappler and Vera Files as Fact Checkers

Philippines
An online petition has been created, demanding Facebook and Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to remove Rappler and Vera Files as fact checkers of potential fake news reports in the Philippines. The move comes a day after Facebook announced its partnership with Rappler IQ and VERA Files as third-party fact-checkers. “We are committed to fighting the spread of false news and misinformation on multiple fronts, employing a variety of tools and tactics… Partnering with third-party fact-checking organizations is one of the ways we hope to better identify and reduce the reach of false news that people share on our platform,” Clair Deevy, Facebook’s Director for Community Affairs for APAC said in a statement on Thursday, April 12. The two groups were verified by International Fact-Ch
SK Chairman Candidate Encounters Gunpoint, Threatened Not to Join Politics

SK Chairman Candidate Encounters Gunpoint, Threatened Not to Join Politics

Philippines
The filing of candidacy for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections is set to start this coming Saturday, April 14. But this early, Cocoy Tenebro, an aspiring candidate for SK Chairman in Barangay Gulod, Novaliches, Quezon City has already encountered a gunpoint and received death threats, demanding him not to run, or else they will kill him. “Desperate move 101: SK Chairmanship lang pinaguusapan, need nyo pa talagang ipaharang yung bata at tutukan ng baril at sabihing wag ng tumakbo at wag ng makigulo sa pulitika? Utak kriminal lang ang datingan. Ganyan ka na kadesperado.” A certain Evan Reandino Cuesta posted on her Facebook page last Tuesday, April 10. (We are only talking about SK Chairmanship, but you still need to block him in the streets and point a gun at him and
Watch: Filipino Born Female But Grew Up As Male With No Operation (Video)

Watch: Filipino Born Female But Grew Up As Male With No Operation (Video)

Philippines
Meet Maher Ibrahim Borhan, the Filipino man from Cotabato City, Mindanao who was born as female but was later scientifically proven to be a male. And no, he is not a lesbian and he did not undergo any operation. He is known to be a male pseudohermaphrodite, a man with female organ, instead of male organ. Watch his very rare story on the video below. Featured at Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (KMJS) at GMA-7 on Sunday, April 8, Maher Ibrahim Borhan was born on April 26, 1993 as Merfat Ibrahim Mohammad, a female. And being the first child in the family, her parents bought her nice dresses and loves to wear lipstick. But while growing up, she started to notice that she’s becoming a man. Instead of having a woman’s breast, Merfat Mohammad noticed that her chest is flat and hard. She also started
Watch: Entire Class at Ateneo de Davao University Graduates With Honors (Video)

Watch: Entire Class at Ateneo de Davao University Graduates With Honors (Video)

Philippines
Believe it or not, all 44 students of a class at Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) graduated with honors this school year 2017-2018. The students belong to Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy Section 5A, where 9 were Summa Cum Laude, 20 were Magna Cum Laude, and 15 were Cum Laude. Watch the inspiring video below. “Nage-excel kami kasi (We excel because) we do not grow by ourselves. We help each other grow.” Summa Cum Laude Erick Sagot tells ABS-CBN Davao news reporter Bonna Pamplona, adding that none of them expected that of all the students in their section will graduate with honors. “Accountancy will really test your confidence, your patience. It even makes you doubt yourself but because isa kami, united kami we endure the pain, the anxiety, the apprehensions together,” he said. Accord
Over 1 Million Filipino Facebook Users Affected by Cambridge Analytica Data Sharing

Over 1 Million Filipino Facebook Users Affected by Cambridge Analytica Data Sharing

Philippines
The personal data of more than 1 million Filipino Facebook users were affected by the data sharing done by Cambridge Analytica (CA), a British political consulting firm. According to Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, Philippines has the second most number of Facebook users whose data may have been improperly shared. “In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people — mostly in the US — may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.” Schroepfer wrote on Facebook Newsroom on Wednesday, April 4, showing a graph of the number of Facebook users around the world that have been affected by the CA privacy scandal. “Given the scale and sophistication of the activity we’ve seen, we believe most people on Facebook could have had their public p
Scam Alert: Mayor Inday Sara Duterte Warns Public of “Her” Fake Facebook Account Offering Loans

Scam Alert: Mayor Inday Sara Duterte Warns Public of “Her” Fake Facebook Account Offering Loans

Philippines
Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte is now warning the public against scammers using her name on a fake Facebook account, which she said is the partner of a financial structure and is offering a huge amount of money as a loan. The tough presidential daughter made her warning at the official Facebook of City Government of Davao on Wednesday, April 4. “FRAUD ALERT! This is to warn everyone about a scam pretending to be me on Facebook, sending friend requests and private messages about my supposed partnership with a “financing structure” that offers a grant or loan amounting $5,000 to $5,000,000.” The statement reads, quoting Mayor Inday Sara Duterte. “This account is fake. I do not have an FB messenger and I never ask people for money. This is another repugnant attempt by unscrupulous
Unused, Excess Ballots in CamSur Have Votes for Robredo, Veteran Journalist Defends VP Leni

Unused, Excess Ballots in CamSur Have Votes for Robredo, Veteran Journalist Defends VP Leni

Philippines
There were alleged unused and excess ballots that have votes for Vice President Leni Robredo. The ballots in question were discovered on Wednesday, April 4, the third day of the manual vote recount, with the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). However, a veteran journalist blatantly defended Robredo. “Source: Unused/excess ballots for Municipality of Baao, Camarines Sur discovered containing shaded votes for VP Robredo in day3 of Marcos-Robredo manual recount”. ABS-CBN news reporter Ina Reformina tweeted that day. Her tweet received mixed reactions from netizens, with Inday Espina-Varona defending the vice president. “Ummmm, unused and excess? Then di kasama sa bilang? (Then it is not included in the counting)” Espina Varona replied, who is the fo
Watch: Mocha Uson to Name Future Coffee Shop Business Based on Akbayan Youth Complaint (Video)

Watch: Mocha Uson to Name Future Coffee Shop Business Based on Akbayan Youth Complaint (Video)

Philippines
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson on Monday, April 2 said she is set to put up a coffee shop business. The name? Well, she said she got the idea from the recent complaint filed against her by Akbayan Youth - Fire Mocha Cafe. Watch her sarcastic comment on her own video below. "Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Akbayan Youth dahil binigyan po nila ako ng idea sa magiging pangalan ng aking future coffee shop, ito ang 'Fire Mocha Cafe.' Abangan n'yo po 'yan. Salamat! (I would like to thank Akbayan Youth for giving me an idea on the name of my future coffee shop, 'Fire Mocha Cafe’. Watch for it!)” Mocha Uson said. “Sayang kung nalaman ko lang po nang mas maaga nasamahan ko sana sila. Magdala ako ng kape para may energy sila po. Mahilig kasi ako gu