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BAGUIO CITY—The reported attempt by supporters of a gubernatorial race winner to take over the Abra capitol on May 12 arose from a misunderstanding, and provincial operations had since normalized, police said.
Part of the takeover fears emanated from the supposed disappearance of service vehicles assigned to provincial offices that were later found parked at a government motor pool. The vehicles were recalled on the instructions of the province’s general services office for an inventory requested by Gov.-elect Maria Jocelyn Valera-Bernos.
These were subsequently returned to their designated offices, according to a May 13 report of Senior Supt.
In a telephone interview, Bernos said provincial officials may have misinterpreted a call she made on May 11 to the general services officer to conduct an inventory of government property and other items before these are placed under her custody.
AS THE YOUNG, frenzied crowd danced and fist-pumped the night away under the stars, five of the party-goers passed out—and were dead within hours.
The police have launched a probe by asking for a list of the concessionaires who were allowed to sell food and beverages at the Close Up Forever Summer Concert, a show featuring international DJs and held at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, where five concert-goers collapsed just minutes apart before expiring in the hospital on Sunday. Leal, Garcia and Migawa were brought to San Juan De Dios Hospital; the first two were declared dead hours later.
Fontejon and Miller were brought to Manila Doctor’s Hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival. Buala said he had asked the victims’ parents to cooperate in the investigation, but noted that some of them had already signed waivers asking investigators not to look into the cause of the deaths.
Leal’s family, for example, refused to have an autopsy performed on him, said an investigator, PO3 Alberto Barangas. The five were among the estimated 14,000 people who attended the concert headlined by Belgian DJ duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike late Saturday, investigator Giovanni Arcinue told Agence France Presse.
Arcinue said the cause of their collapse was still unknown, although police were looking at possible heatstroke or dehydration as the country is sweltering under high temperatures brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon. He said it was too early to say that the deaths were caused by drug-laced drinks, despite rumors spreading on social media. As netizens who have attended the concert posted messages on social media claiming to have seen drug-laced drinks being handed out during the event, Baula said he was still treating such accounts as hearsay.
The social media posts also advised parents of the youths who attended the party to have them checked by doctors if they experienced abdominal pains, palpitation and drowsiness. At the admission desks, the concert-goers were first asked to present their ticket and list down their name and age. There was no need for them to show any ID to get in, and the Inquirer learned of minors who were able to gain access by lying about their age. Bags were inspected, but it was easy to sneak in a beverage by hiding it under one’s clothes. The crowd was mostly composed of millennials and young adults, including a few celebrities.
A fifth casualty, Ken Migawa, 18, who was also found unconscious and was earlier reported in critical condition at the San Juan de Dios Hospital, also passed away Sunday night. Leal and Garcia were brought to the San Juan de Dios Memorial Hospital while Fontejon and Miller were rushed to the Manila Doctors’ Hospital.
All five persons, according to initial investigation, were unrelated and under the influence of alcohol when brought to hospitals for treatment. Cause of the deaths is still undetermined and the case is under investigation, Molitas added. In a statement, CloseUp expressed its condolences to the families of the  persons who died while attending the concert. Police noted that during the event, audience members were allowed to buy and drink liquor from different concessionaires inside the area.
DAVAO CITY — Despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he would push for family planning, saying the Church’s beliefs were no longer relevant. He said the scriptures in the Bible cited by his critics were no longer relevant to society. Duterte said the family planning program of the government is not moving forward because the country’s leaders always refer to the beliefs of the Catholic Church. He said in Davao City, family planning is “vigorously implemented,” where free contraceptives were given. Duterte also slammed the Catholic Church, particularly bishops who womanize and have luxurious lifestyles.
He cited the bishops embroiled in a controversy during the Arroyo administration who were reported to have received Mitsubishi Pajeros from the administration. Marcos’ camp wanted to conduct the systems audit to  gauge the extent of the effect of the supposedly unauthorized tweak made by a Smartmatic team member in the script of the transparency server last May 9. Both Smartmatic and Comelec denied that the script tweak has affected the results of the elections. Marcos’ campaign adviser Jonathan dela Cruz said that the systems audit seeks to “find out the truth” and asked rival administration candidate Rep.
Robredo has  expressed her support for the systems audit, saying that the said move will dispel any doubts about the results of the elections.
Aside from seeking a systems audit, the Marcos camp also filed a criminal complaint against Marlon Garcia and three other persons for the unauthorized script change. Robredo leads Marcos by more than 200,000 votes, according to the partial, unofficial tally from the Comelec’s transparency server.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Thousands of Bangladeshis were left homeless on Sunday after Cyclone Roanu battered the impoverished southern coastal region, ripping apart flimsy houses and killing at least 24 people. The storm on Saturday ploughed through low-lying villages in the Chittagong and Barisal regions, where residents described seeing meters-high walls of water that caught some unaware. Authorities evacuated more than 500,000 people to shelters before the cyclone hit with winds of up to 88 kilometers per hour. But officials said thousands of others along the coast were left stranded in their homes as sea water ripped through dykes and flooded dozens of villages. Bangladesh’s disaster management chief said thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed and 24 people had been killed in total, up from 23 recorded on Saturday. About half of those who died were from the Chittagong region which bore the brunt of the storm, Disaster Management Department head Reaz Ahmed told AFP. Authorities were sending relief supplies including rice and other dry food to affected areas, where many poor residents already have very little and scratch a living as small fishermen or farmers. Over 80 villages in Barisal were flooded after a rain-swollen dam burst and forced residents to flee, the Daily Star newspaper said on Sunday. Seawater gushed through shops and warehouses in the commercial hub and main port city of Chittagong, police and industry officials said. A week of extreme weather had wreaked havoc across South Asia, with Sri Lanka battered by the heaviest rains in a quarter of a century which triggered severe floods and landslides. Earlier this month lightning strikes killed an unprecedented 59 people in Bangladesh in three days as tropical thunderstorms hit the country before the annual monsoon, which runs from June to September. KATHMANDU, Nepal — Some 30 climbers have developed frostbite or become sick near the summit of Mount Everest, a mountaineering official said Sunday, after two deaths from apparent altitude sickness in recent days highlighted the risks on the world’s highest mountain. Most of the sick climbers suffered frostbite while attempting to reach the summit or on their descent, Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said.
Several Sherpa guides carried one sick climber from the highest camp, at nearly 8,000 meters, to camp two, at 6,400 meters, where attempts are being made to pick her up with a helicopter, said Pemba Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks agency in Kathmandu. A Norwegian woman, 45-year-old Siv Harstad, suffered snow blindness and was helped down from the summit Saturday, the Norwegian news agency NTB said. More details were not available because of communication difficulties on the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain.
The two deaths were the first confirmed this year on Everest, during a busy climbing season that follows two years in which the peak was virtually empty due to two fatal avalanches.
Eric Arnold, 35, had enough bottled oxygen with him, as well as climbing partners, but he complained of getting weak and died Friday night near South Col before he was able to get to a lower altitude, Phurba said. Just hours after Arnold died, Australian climber Maria Strydom also showed signs of altitude sickness Saturday afternoon before she died, Phurba said.
Arnold was from Rotterdam, according to his Twitter account, which was updated on Friday with a post that he had reached the summit on his fifth try. In an interview earlier this year with RTV Rijnmond, Arnold noted that the risks of climbing the world’s highest peak did not end at the summit. Strydom and her husband were attempting to climb the seven summits, the highest peaks on the seven continents, according to the Monash Business School’s website. She had already climbed Denali in Alaska, Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount Ararat in Turkey and Kilamanjaro in Kenya, the website said.
Thousands of people have summited Mount Everest since it was first conquered by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.
Trekking companies were anxious to see foreign climbers return after two years of disasters.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan soldiers pulled more bodies from landslides and distributed food and water to hundreds of thousands of residents camped in shelters on Sunday after major floods hit the island.
Floodwaters were receding in the capital Colombo after the heaviest rains in a quarter of a century pounded the island since last weekend, triggering landslides that have buried victims in tons of mud.
Soldiers and other rescuers discovered 13 more bodies late on Saturday in the worst-hit district of Kegalle, about 100 kilometers northeast of Colombo, where two villages were destroyed last week.
More than 80 people are known to have died so far across the island amid fears the number could rise — with 118 people still listed as missing.
Sri Lanka was receiving international aid for more than half a million people forced to flee their homes across the island.
Soldiers joined relief workers in distributing essential supplies to around 300,000 people sheltering in state-run centres, Kodippili told AFP. After bursting its banks last week, the Kelani river running through Colombo was receding slowly. Rain has eased since Cyclone Roanu moved away from Sri Lanka to hit southern Bangladesh overnight, leaving at least 24 people dead there before weakening. President Maithripala Sirisena has called on Sri Lankans to provide shelter and give cash or essential supplies to its flood victims. The appeal prompted huge numbers to donate food and clothing, according to Disaster Management Centre officials.
A Malacanang official assured parents that the government has allocated enough funds to ensure that every student who graduated from Grade 10 will be able to enter senior high school. Quoting Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Reynaldo Laguda, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.
Coloma, quoting Education Secretary Armin Luistro, said that around 90 percent of all Grade 11 enrollees would benefit from the government’s voucher program. Coloma allayed parents’ fears that the senior high school program would entail added costs and burdens for their families, saying that these concerns might be due to lack of information. This photo taken on May 15, 2016 shows Philippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte (L, in black) gesturing as he talks with military and police officials during an informal meeting at a hotel in Davao City, in the southern island of Mindanao. DAVAO CITY — Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday announced other members of his Cabinet.
Duterte said he is appointing his campaign manager, Leoncio “Jun” Evasco, as  Secretary to the Cabinet. He added that former Armed Forces chief of staff Hermogenes Esperon will be his National Security Adviser while Col. Former justice secretary Silvestre Bello II, he said, is his Labor and Employment Secretary.
The presumptive President-elect also said that he will appoint Ernesto Pernia to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). This year, the Philippines’ weather bureau Pagasa recorded the highest temperature ever recorded in the country—52.3 degrees C in Cabanatuan City. The Paris Agreement originally intended to keep the rise in global temperature under 2 degrees C through a reduction of greenhouse gases. Climate studies have shown that a rise in global temperature by 2 degrees C would lead to the submersion of land where today 280 million people live, including parts of Mumbai, New York and Shanghai, and overwhelm island-nations such as Fiji, Kiribati and Tuvalu. Climate activist and former US vice president Al Gore discussed the all-important figures when he visited the Philippines in March. Gore also warned about the effects of climate change on vulnerable countries such as the Philippines, as seen in the devastation wrought by Typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013. The two lawmakers emphasized how, for vulnerable countries, the battle against climate change is a battle for survival. We need to follow the Trinitarian spirit of peace, integration, respect, and reaching out for true and lasting peace. I would like to share this text message I received, which underlines the self-giving and life-giving spirit of the Trinity: “Nothing in nature lives for itself. Bantay Matanda invites you to a lay forum on “Understanding Muscle Loss in the Elderly” at the Tuklong ni San Jose, Christ the King Mission Seminary, E.
But, for integration to happen after a divisive exercise, political competition has to be managed, its mode of expression regulated.  The rules of competition must be respected, protected, and conscientiously enforced. Many longstanding friendships were strained, if not broken, because political choices were taken as indicators of wisdom or integrity, or lack of these.  It may take a while before these relationships are repaired, if at all. True or not, he may want to begin the healing by reverting to a more prudent and respectful way of communicating, rather than merely talking about it. In previous columns, I wrote about how charismatic leaders like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were able to tap into such explosive emotions to catalyze the formation of fascist movements that later plunged their respective peoples into the abyss.
Whatever it may be, I believe we need to fathom the roots of these emotions, to understand their generative mechanisms, and to see what we can do to prevent them from blindly fueling the kind of fratricidal conflicts that have destroyed other societies in the past. My take: The world we live in is created and continually recreated by a way of life reinforced by our emotions. I did get to see the Little Mermaid, but only from the back as our boat swung by the little rock on which she sat in a pretty park. Also taking part in the recent Women Deliver conference here is freelance journalist Ana Santos, who’s on a project for the Pulitzer Center to write a series on the “au pair” program. From what I know, the au pair began as a program for European young women to travel to other countries, most notably the United Kingdom and the United States, and there get some form of “cultural immersion” while working part-time as nannies.
But, says Santos, for the Filipino au pairs here, the “cultural exchange” factor makes little sense.
And so these women—mothers at the end of their rope and au pairs in search of additional income and travel—struggle on with the skepticism of a society which prides itself in self-sufficiency and independence. Copenhagen presents itself as a tiny jewel box of an old city amid the rising icons of modernity. The “social night” of the conference was held in Tivoli Gardens, which has become somewhat of a touristic myth. The requisite rides (the screams give them away) and attractions can be found, but equally thrilling are the flower beds which, in this early spring, are planted to tulips of different colors, gradations and even shapes (curly-tipped tulips?).
To meet with Danish NGOs and international aid bodies based in Denmark, the Women Deliver participants were herded to “Andersen’s house,” where they gathered in a hall and exchanged tales or caught up on each other’s lives and work.
Scholarship program.  Cosponsored by the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, the scholarship program will start with 10 awardees for the coming school year and will add 10 more each year, for a total of 40 in four years. This program is open to those entering their third year as law students in all law schools that have obtained a percentage of passing above the overall percentage of passing for the 2014 bar exams based on the statistical data from the Office of the Bar Confidant of the Supreme Court.
The scholarship program’s primary goal is to look for the best and the brightest students who believe in the vision, mission, values and legal philosophy of FLP. Dissertation contest.  Cosponsored by the Ayala Group for five consecutive school years, the dissertation contest aims to input the fresh insights and unique perspectives of law students into FLP’s programs. In this way, FLP also hopes to imbibe novel and innovative avenues to achieve its vision and values. From all the entries, an FLP committee will choose a maximum of 20 entries, each of which will receive P20,000. Through this program, FLP encourages educational institutions and law schools to undertake research on and to propagate its philosophy at the academic level. Additionally, FLP is working with PALS to improve the law curriculum and the bar examinations. In litigations involving liberty, the scales of justice should weigh heavily against the government and in favor of the people, but in cases involving the economy and prosperity, courts—absent grave abuse of discretion—must defer to the legislative and executive branches pursuant to the principle of deferential interpretation of laws and executive issuances.
The best way to conquer poverty, to create wealth and to share prosperity is to unleash the entrepreneurial genius of the people by granting them the freedom and the tools to help themselves and society. Political leaders, working closely with the private sector, are primarily responsible for developing the economy.
Government must oversee the fair and equitable distribution of wealth to all our people, especially the poor and the disadvantaged.
Transparency, accountability and responsibility must characterize the work of the government and publicly-listed companies. Properly understood and enforced, discipline is not inconsistent with liberty, prosperity, or the rule of law.
TOKYO—At a time when Donald Trump’s indecency and vulgarity are distorting the world’s view of America, Barack Obama’s decision to become the first American president to visit Hiroshima demonstrates anew his own great personal dignity.
In coming to Hiroshima, Obama will come to know intimately the deepest pain of a nation that was once America’s enemy, but which is now a devoted friend.
The emergence of a six-decade-old alliance from the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is one of the many near-miraculous achievements of America’s far-sighted post-1945 diplomacy. Successive generations of American leadership and courageous statesmanship paid off for the world. In Hiroshima, Obama will be standing alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, creating a powerful symbolic link to the founding of the Japan-US alliance and that extraordinary period of diplomatic vision that created Asia’s postwar order. Just 15 years earlier, Kishi, then an official in the Imperial Japanese government, had been a sworn enemy of the United States in the Pacific War. Kishi’s actions, like those of Konrad Adenauer, Charles de Gaulle, Alcide De Gasperi, and others in Europe at the dawn of European integration, demonstrate one of the reasons the postwar international system has endured for so long: It was built by statesmen in the truest sense of the word. Much of the courage they demonstrated consisted in their willingness to overcome their personal histories in quest of their peoples’ greater good. The eternal scars of Hiroshima will be acknowledged by Obama to remind us of the unfathomable horror inflicted by America’s nuclear attack. This is how historical memory should be used, not as a means to stoke citizens’ anger against others, in order to deflect their attention from pressing domestic problems, as some leaders do, but to show that in our pain we share a common humanity that demands our allegiance. Yuriko Koike, Japan’s former defense minister and national security adviser, was chairwoman of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council and currently is a member of the National Diet. In the west the Prince Moon torridly kisses the Mountain that cradles a protracted revolution and spits out Juan Ponce Enrile’s logging concessions.
On the day of Emil’s interment, his young daughter was seen gripping a white flag screaming for justice. The province takes pride in having the first state university in the Visayas, which was once tagged by the administration of Gloria-Macapagal Arroyo as training ground for communist insurgents. I thought that after all the endless daily reports on torture and massacres, it would be easy to confront news of death. I will end with telling you what I saw on that sleepy day when we had a happy lunch with Emil at his house. Angelo Karl Doceo, 23, is a certified public accountant and former vice president for the Visayas of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.
TECHNOLOGY is so pervasive in our daily lives that we are all forced to learn something new every day.
Learning what controversial hash codes are all about is no different from those other “first time” tech experiences of yours. Here are five things you need to know, including what it is, why is it important and how it affects all of us—from the country’s elite to the common man. Knowing about this computer-generated record, or hash code, is important because it can be useful for our everyday lives. Law enforcers use it in forensic tools to hunt down and prosecute child abusers wherever they are in the Philippines or in the world. Photographers, song writers, movie makers and every one else, who produce and record digitally recorded art, use these hash codes to help protect their copyrighted material from theft or plagiarism. IT administrators and auditors rely on hash codes to verify if the files they send and receive are correct.
Bankers rely on hash codes when transmitting spreadsheets to the Anti-Money Laundering Council to ensure that their files have the correct bank account details and corresponding suspicious transaction reports, and have not been tampered with at all. Even software and music pirates rely on hash codes they download, though BitTorrent programs do this automatically for them. Hash codes are documented in every chain of custody document and this is required for compliance with the Rules On Electronic Evidence (A.M.
For example, if you were to be dragged to court for something as silly as libel, the digital evidence from Twitter or Facebook or e-mail must all be captured and preserved. If at any time during the investigation or court trial the hash code was changed, that digital evidence will be thrown out of court. The application and significance of the hash code is consistent with any other Philippine law as well, including the Anti-Wiretapping Act, Data Privacy Act, Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act, Cybercrime Prevention Act, bank secrecy laws, or election laws. Some pundits express that hash codes are like your fingerprints, as they try to express how unique you are, or how unique a software program file can be.
In the late 1800s, Sir Francis Galton became known as the scientist who devised a classification system for identifying common patterns in fingerprints. In 1895, he published “Fingerprint Directories,” which showed the heritability and racial differences in fingerprints, as well as detailed estimates on the probability of two persons having the same fingerprint. What that means for us Filipinos, with our country having a population of 101 million, is that there is a chance that one of us has the same fingerprint with someone else.
The probability of having the same fingerprint with someone else out there gets even worse when the Birthday Paradox is considered, but that’s another topic for another day. In contrast, however, just for the math behind an MD5 hash code, the probability of having an identical hash code is 1 in 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456. SHA-256 hash codes are unique for every 115,792,089,237,316,195,423,570,985,008,687,907,853,269,984,665,640,564,039,457,584,007,913,129,639,936 instances.
Hash codes are excellent indicators for detecting tampering of computer files or smartphones or networked devices. To illustrate this, let’s conjure a hypothetical scenario where you developed an electronic voting software named “VotePH-2016” and now you need to distribute it nationwide. To make sure that nobody else tampers with it, an MD5 hash code of 68c1-8bcc-ed0d-709e-7869-7ec5-185c-7769 was recorded for it.
Later on, someone cried foul and said the MD5 hash code he had for his copy of the VotePH-2016 software was 7517-abe7-04ee-8610-3e06-b127-7b3b-5ce5.
The cheapest and fastest way to figure out what’s wrong at this early stage is to test the anomalous software with the wrong MD5 hash code.
Now, after checking the input and output data of the anomalous software, you observe the “n” letter has been replaced by “n” and the “N” was replaced by “N.” Later on, someone finally admits he changed the source code on his own to correct the output because it was not printing very well on his computer.
That person explained that the change was merely cosmetic and does not alter the election results. It can be argued that there is a time pressure to conclude the vote-counting process on schedule.
Just as important, you cannot find any other apparent facts through logical inquiry that the election results were counted erroneously.
On the other hand, if the unknown bothers you, if you start to doubt the trustworthiness of the system and if you can afford (in terms of time and resources) to investigate further, then it may be prudent to start auditing the anomalous software. A common misconception by some self-proclaimed IT experts is that hash codes are encrypted data because they read somewhere that hash codes are produced by cryptographic hash functions.
Cryptographic hash functions, like MD5, or SHA-1, or SHA-256, are strictly one-way operations. The only way to hack a hash code is to try a large possible number of inputs and hope for a match. The annual CMA, a joint undertaking of Citi Philippines, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Microfinance Council of the Philippines Inc., has honored in the past 13 years the Citi Microentrepreneur of the Year and one regional awardee each for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. This photo taken by freelance photographer Abdul Malik on Saturday, May 21, 2016, purports to show volunteers standing near the wreckage of the destroyed vehicle, in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was allegedly traveling in the Ahmed Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border. QUETTA, Pakistan — Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP Sunday, adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor. Saturday’s bombing raid, the first known US assault on a top Afghan Taliban leader on Pakistani soil, marks a major blow to the militant movement which saw a new resurgence under Mansour. The elimination of Mansour, who rose to the rank of leader nine months earlier after a bitter internal leadership struggle, could also scupper any immediate prospect of peace talks. Mansour’s death, which risks igniting new succession battles within the fractious group, was confirmed by two other senior figures who said its top leaders were gathering in Quetta to name their future chief.
The Taliban sources said that Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the dreaded Haqqani network and one of Mansour’s deputies, was among the frontrunners, adding that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was also in contention. Both figures are said to be close to the Pakistani military establishment, which has historically nurtured and supported the Taliban. US officials had said they had no definitive proof of his death in multiple drone strikes, authorized by President Barack Obama, in the remote Pakistani town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan province. Pakistan on Sunday lambasted the US over the drone attack, calling it a violation of its sovereignty and asserting that information about it was shared with its prime minister and army chief only after the raid. Pakistani security officials said they recovered two bodies charred beyond recognition from a smoldering vehicle at the scene of the attack.
The passenger, suspected to have been Mansour, was said to be returning from Iran and was using a Pakistani passport in the name of Muhammad Wali. Mansour was formally appointed head of the Taliban in July last year following the revelation that Mullah Omar had been dead for two years. The group saw striking military victories under the firebrand supremo, helping to cement his authority by burnishing his credentials as a commander. The Taliban briefly captured the strategic northern city of Kunduz last September in their most spectacular victory since they were toppled from power in 2001.
The southern opium-rich province of Helmand is also almost entirely under insurgent control. But Mansour’s death was not immediately seen as likely to push the Taliban closer to peace talks. The drone attack came just days after representatives from the US, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan held another round of negotiations in Islamabad aimed at reviving long-stalled direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. However pressure has been building in recent months for the United States to return to direct attacks on the Taliban, particularly via air strikes. NATO ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in December 2014, pulling out the bulk of its troops, although a 13,000-strong residual force remains for training and counterterrorism operations.
The Taliban, who announced the start of their annual spring offensive last month, have already stepped up their campaign against the Western-backed Kabul government for the season. An Egyptian Coptic Christian prays during a service for the departed remembering the victims of EgyptAir flight 804, at Al-Boutrossiya Church, the main Coptic Cathedral complex in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 22, 2016. CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt enlisted a submersible Sunday to search the Mediterranean seabed for the black boxes of EgyptAir MS804, hoping the recorders would determine whether the plane crash was an accident or attack.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said it was too early to tell what caused the Airbus A320 to plunge into the sea with 66 people on board last Thursday.
Some wreckage from the plane that had been en route to Cairo from Paris has been found, but none of the passengers’ bodies, a civil aviation ministry spokesman said on Sunday. France’s aviation safety agency said Flight MS804 had transmitted automated messages indicating smoke in the cabin and a fault in the Flight Control Unit. Sisi said a submersible that can operate 3,000 meters (9,800) below sea level had been enlisted from the oil ministry, and urged against speculation on why the plane went down. Egypt’s aviation minister has said terrorism is more likely than technical failure, without offering any evidence. The disaster follows the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last October that killed all 224 people on board. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that attack within hours, but there has been no claim linked to the EgyptAir crash. A rare audio message on Saturday by the jihadist group’s spokesman Mohamed al-Adnani made no mention of the plane, although it called for attacks on the US and European countries, especially civilians, during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan which begins in June. A French patrol boat carrying equipment capable of tracing the black boxes was expected in the search area between the Greek island of Karpathos and the Egyptian coast on Monday afternoon. French and Egyptian aviation officials have said it is too soon determine what brought down the plane. The plane had turned sharply twice before plunging 6,700 meters (22,000 feet) and vanishing from radar screens early Thursday, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said. The passengers were 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, two Iraqis, two Canadians, and citizens from Algeria, Belgium, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. EgyptAir Holding Company chairman Safwat Moslem told AFP the priority was finding the passengers’ remains and the flight recorders, which will stop emitting a signal when the batteries are exhausted. The airline said on Sunday it was working with the government to issue death certificates for the victims. On Saturday, a funeral service was held at a Cairo church for 26-year-old EgyptAir hostess Yara Hany Farag. In a hall decorated with flowers, a picture of a smiling Yara was placed on a cross covered entirely with white flowers. Pimentel is president of PDP-Laban, under whose banner presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte ran in the May 9 election. Going by the membership of the Liberal Party (LP), Drilon, its vice chair, could count on the support of six members—Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto and Sen. A Drilon or LP leadership was polarizing since the perception was that the Liberal Party was opposed to Duterte, according to Sotto. PRESUMPTIVE President-elect Rodrigo Duterte talks to reporters late on Saturday at “After Dark,” a bar that has become his favorite hangout since it opened. DAVAO CITY—Journalists who will be covering Malacanang after June 30 should start adjusting their body clocks.
Presumptive  President-elect Rodrigo Duterte told a press conference that started a few minutes before midnight on Saturday that he would be maintaining his usual practices and working hours when he was mayor of Davao. Duterte said he would be a “very approachable president” and entertain any questions from journalists. He said he would stop the practice in presidential press conferences where questions are prescreened or prearranged.
The incoming president said he would not have journalists tagging along on his trips as he would be taking commercial flights. For the press office, Duterte said there would be only one office and one spokesperson, whom he had identified as lawyer Salvador Panelo.
Duterte is known among Davao journalists as someone who is fond of pranks—like pushing them from a window, punching them or even killing  them.
During the May 16 press conference, the first since he was sure of election victory, his staff announced that due to protocols advised by their security team, which was also the practice of the Presidential Security  Group, journalists should be kept some distance from Duterte. But when he arrived at the press conference, journalists, especially  the photographers, did what they usually did—some sat close to him. Duterte even made faces and stuck his tongue out at a group of journalists  seated to his left.
Jose Amorado, a lawyer for Marcos, said the senator was counting on being allowed to conduct a system audit of the central and transparency servers of the Commission on Elections before the official canvassing starts on Wednesday.
Marcos is contesting the results of the unfinished unofficial quick count of the vice presidential votes, which showed  Camarines Sur Rep.
He was referring to the script change introduced by system provider Smartmatic during the transmission of votes on the night of May 9. The Marcos camp had speculatively linked the script change to Robredo overtaking him in the quick count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and media outlets based on the mirror transparency servers. According to Smartmatic’s explanation to Comelec, they changed the script of the transparency server to correct the spelling of candidates’ names with the letter “n” since the character came out as “?” in the system.
He said Marcos would never be a “hindrance to a speedy canvass and immediate proclamation of our new president.” With a report from Jeannette I. PRESUMPTIVE President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has formed a nine-man legal team led by lawyers Vitaliano Aguirre and Salvador Panelo to represent him in the national canvassing to be conducted by the Senate and House of Representatives tomorrow.

Duterte wrote separate letters to Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Aguirre, the incoming justice secretary, will head the PDP-Laban legal team composed of incoming executive secretary Bingbong Medialdea, former Arroyo-era justice secretary Alberto Agra, incoming solicitor general Jose Calida, and  Loreto Ata, a member of the Duterte transition team.
Panelo and Aguirre are set to meet today  before the Senate and the House open their joint session as the National Board of Canvassers on May 24.
BACKING presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s proposal for a federal form of government, former Sen.
Pimentel said PDP-Laban, which he founded in 1982 and which is now Duterte’s party, had adopted the incoming president’s federalism proposal. The federal form of government being pushed by Pimentel will see the retention of congressional districts as well as the election of 66 senators to represent 11 federal states—four in Luzon, four in the Visayas and three in Mindanao. In Luzon, there will be the federal states of Northern Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Bicol and Central Luzon while Metro Manila will be considered not a federal state but a federal capital like Washington DC in the United States, Pimentel said in a phone interview. As for the central government, it will handle only government functions “with national implication” such as national defense and the administration of justice, he said. Pimentel said he had not yet talked with Duterte about the federalism the latter was envisioning under his administration. During the campaign, Duterte promised that if elected president, he would start early the process of amending the Constitution to adopt the federal form of government that he said would bring peace to Mindanao. Pimentel acknowledged that a federal form of government would help bring peace not only to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front but to other Muslim factions and armed groups in Mindanao as this would address all their concerns. Pimentel said the federalism proposal he was pushing will adopt the “best features of successful experiments of federal system of government” like the United States and European nations. THE COURT of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the control of Manila Harbor Center by One Source Port Support Services Inc., junking the bid of businessman Reghis Romero’s group for a certiorari against a lower court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) that prohibited them from running the terminal facility. In a 22-page decision, the CA’s 15th Division upheld the order of Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 167 on Dec. The CA also said that it found “no grave abuse of discretion” on the part of Judge Rolando Mislang in issuing the TRO and a preliminary injunction order against Romero’s group.
On March 11 last year, the CA issued a writ of preliminary injunction stopping the TRO, which prohibited Romero from exercising control of the terminal facility. The case is part of a complex ownership dispute between Romero and his son, Michael Romero.
In this December 12, 2012 file photo, bishops, priests and seminarians lock arms as they march to the House of Representatives to watch the vote on the reproductive health (RH) bill. DAVAO CITY—Incoming President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte has blasted the country’s dominant Roman Catholic Church as “the most hypocritical institution” and accused some of its bishops of corruption for allegedly asking favors from politicians, including him. In a late-night news conference that dragged on to early Sunday morning, Duterte questioned the relevance of Catholic bishops, citing his overwhelming victory in the May 9 presidential election based on an unofficial count despite efforts by them to persuade Filipinos not to vote him. Duterte cursed the bishops, calling them “sons of bitches” and accusing them of benefiting from public money while the poor could not even afford to eat and buy medicine.
The condemnation of the Church was made after Duterte learned that a woman who lived in a squatter community just across his favorite watering hole, After Dark, had given birth to her 10th child. He slammed politicians for not challenging Catholic doctrine.  “I will defy the opinion or the belief of the Church,” he vowed. LINGAYEN-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), will ordain the Most Rev. Macaraeg was appointed the third bishop of Tarlac by Pope Francis after Bishop Florentino Cinense resigned. Meanwhile, Macaraeg’s formal installation as bishop of the Diocese of Tarlac will be officiated by  Pinto on May 31 at 9 a.m.
Prior to his appointment, Macaraeg was vicar general of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan, and parish priest at St. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary in Manila and obtained his Master’s degree in Oriental Religions and Cultures from the UST Graduate School. THAT PHRASE just about sums up Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima’s assessment of the Philippine economy after six years under President Aquino.
Driving growth for the quarter was fixed capital formation—or investments—which expanded by 25.5 percent, the highest in almost six years and a clear sign of investor confidence. Consumer optimism was also at an all-time high in the first quarter, reflected in part by the 7-percent jump in household consumption that was buoyed by negligible inflation and a 10-year-low unemployment of 5.8 percent.
Clearly, the Aquino administration is passing a vibrant economy to the incoming administration of Rodrigo Duterte.
More importantly, the incoming administration has to make good on its promise to address the people’s common problems that seem to have been neglected by the incumbent. Such neglect was validated by the results of the recent national elections, which should have resulted in the administration candidate winning the presidency if indeed the benefits of economic growth had trickled down to the public at large. Economically speaking, Purisima is correct to say that the Philippines is in a much better place than when President Aquino and his team took over. As the outgoing president reviewed the troops for the last time, one woman said in Filipino, “You are pitiful. Such did the raucous crowd at the presidential inauguration of June 30, 2010, vent their anger on Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Six years ago, the Filipino mind was engrossed in writing the sins of the outgoing president on the tally sheet. As Arroyo strode on the parade grounds of the Quirino Grandstand, foremost on the minds of the watching public were the “Hello, Garci” controversy, the national broadband network controversy, the fertilizer fund scam, the North Rail project fiasco, Tropical Storm “Ondoy” and its disastrous aftermath, not to mention the dinner at New York’s classy Le Cirque just a few days before Cory Aquino’s death. Social media, unfettered and uncensored, has already drawn up its list of the Aquino controversies that partly decided the results of the presidential election: the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program for which calls have already been made to put Mr.
It certainly was bad fate for the Aquino administration that Corona died at the height of this year’s presidential campaign. Of the sins of omission, the most glaring on the list would be the negligence that led to the MRT serial breakdowns and the international airport mismanagement. Six years of pent-up anger over favoritism, the unconstitutional practice of using discretionary funds sans line items in the budget (a form of corruption, no less), and the protection of inept presidential friends formed part of the “change is coming” grand narrative that helped Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte sweep the 2016 presidential election. THERE’S A tried and tested way for ordinary citizens to lawfully profit from the proceeds of corruption, while still enabling the government to recover stolen public funds.
From 2009 to 2013, one country in the world recovered the equivalent of P617 billion in public funds that were lost to corruption.
Under a US law called the False Claims Act, ordinary citizens can expose graft and corruption committed by companies in their commercial dealings with the US government. Without a law like the False Claims Act, the search for corruption-stained contracts is done with government agencies examining transactions that are externally packaged to look, sound and smell like pious works. With a law like the False Claims Act, every employee working in a private contractor’s house can become a potential whistle-blower who will come out of the house and hand crucial evidence to government investigators who are virtual roadside bystanders.
One US senator rationalizes giving rewards to whistle-blowers, many of whom are engaged in unethical or outright criminal activities themselves, “upon the old-fashioned idea of holding out a temptation, and ‘setting a rogue to catch a rogue,’ which is the safest and most expeditious way … ever discovered of bringing rogues to justice.” The trick is to reward a criminal to catch a bigger criminal. A law like the False Claims Act has the effect of deputizing every citizen to become a corruption-buster with potentially huge rewards for his or her efforts.
The Global Financial Integrity, an international research organization, estimates that the Philippine economy was cheated of P6 trillion from 1960 to 2011, or an average of over P357 billion yearly. These figures constitute the mere tip of the corruption iceberg because they were gathered by either researchers doing investigative work as bystanders or COA auditors examining documents whose wordings are crafted to cover up corruption. It may well be true that incoming president Rodrigo Duterte is serious in his election promise to stamp out corruption during his six years in office.
If Duterte can stamp out corruption and marshal Congress to pass laws that will remove corruption from the country’s bloodstream starting from his term and beyond, he will be a leader worthy of a more glamorous martyrdom in the hallowed grounds of Luneta. WITH INCREASING frequency and magnitude, disasters and conflicts are causing untold human suffering in many parts of the world. We need more concerted efforts to end conflict, alleviate suffering, and reduce risk and vulnerability conditions facing millions of people, most of whom are poor and live in rural and marginalized areas of developing countries. This, essentially, is the aim of the World Humanitarian Summit convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The recent adoption of a sustainable development agenda to end hunger and poverty, and to “leave no one behind,” a universal climate agreement, and a new framework to reduce disaster risk and enhance resilience, are important steps in the right direction. But we must go much further and radically transform how we perceive and implement humanitarian efforts.
In practical terms, it means moving beyond responding with short-term relief measures, and invest much more in tackling the root causes of crises. Agriculture and rural development are key to strengthening the livelihoods of the most vulnerable, including hundreds of millions of small-scale family farmers who are responsible for producing an important share of the world’s food. Meanwhile, the agricultural sector, which bears almost 22 percent of damage and losses caused by natural disasters and up to 85 percent in case of drought, receives on average less than 4 percent of the total in humanitarian aid. In this context, it is crucial to stress that investing in livelihoods is not only the just thing to do, but it also makes sense from a cost-effectiveness point of view by helping to address the root causes of conflict, reduce the impact of future shocks, and prevent a deepening of vulnerabilities and the onset of a vicious cycle. In the case of natural hazards, it is four to seven times more cost-effective to invest in disaster-risk reduction than to rely on emergency response. Moreover, in armed conflict and protracted crises, protecting, saving and rebuilding agricultural livelihoods to save lives and create the conditions for longer-term resilience is a key step toward ensuring peace and stability.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations provides both humanitarian and development assistance. More generally, we see how investment in agriculture helps strengthen the self-reliance and dignity of vulnerable rural communities, reducing the need for food assistance.
If we want to address growing humanitarian needs, we need to move beyond business as usual and manage crises differently. Jose Graziano da Silva is director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Archie Oclos, University of the Philippines 2011 graduate and street artist, laments the photorealistic astronaut painted across the entire back of Icon Plaza by a Los Angeles duo last year. The eerily floating stranger’s sheer scale provokes reflection on one’s sense of space, but it has no emotional umbilical. Reynaldo “Pogs” Samson, 2010 winner of Metro-bank’s prestigious art contest, pairs astronauts with angels as his avatars. Archie did get a small 15-foot wall at 29th Street corner Rizal Drive, near the Mind Museum.
Past BGC murals by Filipino unknowns likewise struck me more than the imports: Dee Jae Pa’este’s aqua-colored tribal figures and the mosaic-style sun, moon and clouds of Baguio’s The Mighty Bhutens. To teach at the University of the East, I would drive past Gerilya’s striking Bonifacio and Rajah Sulayman on Nagtahan Bridge’s columns. Manny Garibay led a Canvas group, painting a 12-ft Bonifacio on the back of a truck during the 2014 UP Lantern Parade. Gregoria de Jesus, against a graffiti Ginebra logo on a rusting wall, with a twin painting of Rizal and Leonor Rivera. How many BGC shoppers have seen Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s 36-ft “The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines” from 1953, restored and moved from the Philippine General Hospital to the National Museum? How many have seen “Itak sa Puso ni Mang Juan,” the small 1978 watercolor by Antipas Delotavo in the Metropolitan Museum’s tiny martial law section?
I have seen precious few martial law paintings: BenCab’s 1970s works in his Baguio museum, a woman gagged with barbed wire in Pablo Baen Santos’ bold strokes in the Ateneo Art Gallery, and Ang Kiukok’s screaming figures. A Twitter thread tagging Sandro Marcos claimed that everything about martial law is on the internet. I love BGC’s five-story Fully Booked as much as I loved the National Bookstore Cubao Superbranch’s discount floor as a student. I recall Garibay’s exhortation to express our national identity as strongly as possible in our art, as it is not entrenched in the global psyche. Until the Davao mayor is officially declared by Congress as the winning candidate for the presidency, I shall refer to him as the “incoming president” and thereafter until June 30, as the “president-elect.” As Ambeth pointed out, the choice of these terms reveals one’s bias. The incoming president has started to flesh out his Cabinet with a number of positions being offered to old friends, classmates, colleagues and political supporters. President Aquino found it excruciatingly difficult to let go of PNP chief Alan Purisima so much so that even after Purisima was suspended by the Ombudsman, he kept him at his side. Somehow I am reminded of a story concerning appointments being made by newly-elected President John F.
Still vacant are the following Cabinet positions: Department of National Defense, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health, National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agrarian Reform, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Vitaliano Aguirre—During the Corona impeachment trial, he was cited for contempt for clasping both ears with his palms during remarks being delivered by Lady Miriam. Mark Villar—There appears to be some conflict of interest in this appointment since the family is involved in real estate development projects.
Salvador Panelo—There are objections from relatives of Maguindanao massacre victims since Panelo served as the lawyer of the Ampatuans. In 2007, members of Philippine Air Force Flying School Class of 1957 marked their golden anniversary with a simple gathering of classmates and flight instructors at the Milky Way restaurant in Makati. LOS ANGELES—Saudi Arabia has captured the world’s attention with the announcement of an ambitious agenda. While the immediate catalyst for economic restructuring is the impact of the sharp fall in international oil prices, the rationale for these reforms has been evident for much longer. The more than halving of oil prices in the last 18 months has been accompanied by a major change in how the oil market functions.
10 million barrels per day, in just four years—the Saudi-led Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) oil cartel has less influence on market prices. Seeking to regain better control over its economic and financial destiny, the kingdom has designed an ambitious economic restructuring plan, spearheaded by its energetic new deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.
First, the plan seeks to enhance the generation of nonoil revenues, by raising fees and tariffs on public services, gradually expanding the tax base (including through the introduction of a value added tax), and raising more income from a growing number of visitors to Saudi Arabia.
Second, the authorities want to reduce spending by lowering subsidies, rationalizing the country’s massive public investment program, and diverting spending on arms away from foreign purchases.
Third, Saudi Arabia seeks to diversify its national wealth and, in the process, increase current investment income.
The action plans underpinning the implementation of Vision 2030 inevitably involve progressing on multiple fronts simultaneously and in a carefully coordinated and monitored fashion. Against this background, it is encouraging that the announcement of Vision 2030 has been followed rapidly by the implementation of some initial and notable steps.
THE RISE of Rodrigo Duterte from city mayor to president was largely propelled by his campaign promise to eradicate drug trafficking, criminality and corruption, issues that gravely matter to all sectors of society. However, I believe Mayor Duterte cannot deliver on his promise to do with the entire Philippines what he did with Davao City—unless all of us will help him.
I hope that the Metro Manila mayors will emulate Mayor Duterte and not wait for the president of the Philippines to tell and teach them what to do and how to do their job. Duterte was elected to the presidency even if he is “wa-class.” He speaks English with a Visayan accent. Duterte was irreverent toward the Catholic Church, which other candidates or politicians dared not, lest they get the ire of the Church hierarchy and lose the votes of devotees. Duterte declared himself a “leftist” and a “socialist.” To counter this, Roxas used Red-scare tactics, spooking the people of the specter of communism in a Duterte presidency. The Red-scare tactics did not work, nor did the branding of “Du-dirty.” Duterte won and won big-time.
Duterte seems bent on projecting himself as the strong leader who will bring the nationwide changes he promised: an end to corruption and criminality and strict implementation of our laws and ordinances. It is clear why Duterte got an overwhelming vote in spite of the criticisms heaped on his person by other sectors; and in spite of his being foul-mouthed, irreverent, a womanizer and his admission to violating the human rights of criminals.
The more than 16 million who voted for him hope that he is the answer to the nation’s ills, the strong leader who would impose national discipline, establish peace and order, and protect the people from worsening lawlessness. METRO Manila’s traffic woes can’t be solved overnight, but possibly within two to three years, according to a “Marshall-like” solution being offered to presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte by Filipino consortium Philtrak Inc. Francis Yuseco Jr., who heads Philtrak, said in an interview that his group sent early feelers to the incoming administration to implement, among other items, an elevated bus-based Philtrak Rapid Transit (PRT) system along traffic-strangled Edsa and end road congestion. Yuseco claims to have invented the technology, known elsewhere as a bus rapid transit (BRT) system involving dedicated bus lanes where passengers are loaded and unloaded at designated stations.
That was a key feature of the group’s Marshall-like plan, in reference to the United States’ massive post-World War II economic aid for Western Europe in 1948 drawn up by then Secretary of State George Marshall. Yuseco said the Edsa PRT would be a P12.5-billion, single-lane elevated road running more than 50 kilometers along the main thoroughfare, with “turnaround” points at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City and the Monumento Roundabout in Caloocan. He said the cost would cover the construction of the elevated road and about 96 buses, serving a million passengers a day, approximating the current capacity of Metro Manila’s three elevated train lines, where capacity is strained.
He said the optimistic completion scenario was partly because of right of way, a perennial problem, would be minimized since posts supporting  the elevated road could be built on sidewalks, which is government property. Yuseco said  their buses would be air-conditioned and carry between 180 and 200 passengers each and charge rates similar to non-air con buses operating along Edsa today.
Philtrak is also proposing to build a road using the 30-meter right of way of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) across 1,079 km of train lines stretching across Luzon.
The DOTC announced it was planning several BRT projects in the Philippines, starting with Cebu and then Metro Manila, but those projects have yet to be launched commercially. AHEAD of the official proclamation of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the country’s next President, some labor organizations are making noises about holding him to his promise during the presidential debates that he will put an end to contractualization.
In the context of local business, contractualization is the practice of hiring employees for incremental periods of not more than six months each to avoid their entitlement to the status of regular employment.
As a general rule, an employee who has worked for six months from the date of his employment shall be considered a regular employee of his employer and therefore entitled, aside from his wages, to all the rights and benefits that accrue to that status. Contractual or “endo” (or end of contract) employees, whose employment often spans only five months, do not enjoy security of tenure and are at the mercy of their employer. Thus, when age, disability or poor health catch up with them, they have no social security or retirement benefits to lean on for their sustenance.
The employers who engage in this practice claim they hire contractual employees to meet the seasonal requirements of their business and that requiring them to be made regular will increase their operational costs and, in the process, adversely affect their revenue stream. With the aid of lawyers, these employers have come up with ingenious ways to go around the law on regular employment by either outsourcing the jobs normally handled by regular employees, or classifying certain aspects of their business as “special projects” and hiring outsiders to manage them, or retiring regular employees then hiring them back to do the same work on contractual basis. Whoever presumptive President-elect Duterte names as labor secretary to help him live up to his promise to make contractualization a thing of the past has to do a delicate balancing act. He or she must make sure that in doing away with contractualization as demanded by the labor organizations, the interests and concerns of the business sector are also taken into consideration. In the effort to prevent the exploitation of employees, the employers should not be unduly burdened with stringent regulations or threatened with sanctions that would discourage them from increasing their productivity or expanding their work complement. The existing Labor Code provisions on project, seasonal and contractual employees have proven to be inadequate and wanting.
In addressing this problem, the incoming administration must acknowledge the fact that, for sound business reasons, some work positions need not be staffed all year round by regular employees, and that certain aspects of a business can be more efficiently handled by outside parties rather than regular employees. Neither would it make good business sense, for example, for a construction company to continue to retain the services of its workers when there are no construction contracts in the pipeline. In the same token, it cannot be denied that some business entities, like food and garment factories, continue to engage the services of contractual employees in spite of the fact the products they produce are in demand all year round. For these companies, no legal or moral reasons can be invoked to justify flaunting the rules on regular employment. The contractualization issue should not be looked at as a purely regulatory or enforcement matter.
While it is true that throwing the books at erring employers may curb the evils of contractualization, the employers’ voluntary compliance remains the most effective way to address the concerns of the affected employees. The Department of Labor and Employment does not have the resources and manpower to monitor the businesses in the country that engage the services of contractual or “endo” employees. It is essential that the incoming administration consult with or hear the views of the business entities that stand to be affected by Duterte’s plan to end contractualization. Their concerns cannot be brusquely set aside without putting at risk the welfare of thousands of Filipinos who depend on the wages they receive from “contractualized” jobs. Rather than come out with a general, systems-wide set of rules on contractualization, the new regulations should be specific or definite as to what businesses can be lawfully allowed to engage the services of contractual workers and the conditions under which they shall be permitted, and what businesses will be prohibited from doing it. The identification of these businesses can be done in the manner the Board of Investments comes out with the country’s annual investment priorities plan, or the Office of the President announces the foreign investment negative list that enumerates the allowable foreign investments in specific domestic businesses. This way, there will be no blind spots in the enforcement of the rules on contractualization and the affected sectors—labor and business—know the extent of their rights and responsibilities on this matter. After all, Gil Buenaventura is a soft spoken and amiable banker who is easy to get along with. According to some insiders, the central bank hierarchy was caught off guard by RCBC’s announcement because the choice of Buenaventura was not vetted with regulators, as is customary when a large bank is choosing a new head. Well, Biz Buzz learned the BSP brass was just as surprised as other private sector bankers with RCBC’s choice of Buenaventura as its new chief. Of course, the Ombudsman cleared all DBP officials involved in the deal earlier this year, but at the height of the controversy last year, the BSP wasn’t too happy about the series of transactions especially since they were approved at the highest levels of DBP. So it remains to be seen if the Monetary Board will give its imprimatur to Buenaventura’s appointment as RCBC chief once his papers are formally presented for clearance. Biz Buzz learned that the Monetary Board did have an emergency meeting last Monday to exclusively discuss issues relating to RCBC, but the bank’s choice of a new president was not on the agenda. THE ANNOUNCEMENT that businessman Alfonso Cusi was appointed by presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte as energy secretary drew some mixed reactions from the public last week, with some businessmen nodding their heads in approval, while some critics on social raised their eyebrows in surprise.
Wasn’t this the same Al Cusi who was a friend of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo?
Cusi has been described by his friends as a silent worker, a straight shooter and a no-nonsense team player. Cusi quietly left the government during the Aquino administration when he sensed that he was not welcome.
ONE OF the biggest, and more interesting, developments in aviation recently was last week’s announcement that Asia-Pacific budget carriers, including the Gokongwei group’s Cebu Pacific Air, were starting their own alliance.
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As it was summer-themed concert, a number of women showed up in skimpy attire while some men were shirtless by the time concert ended around 4 a.m. As such, strict protocols were followed to immediately provide medical assistance as well as rush all those involved to the nearest hospital where they can receive emergency care,” the statement read.
Likewise, our efforts are now focused on supporting those needing medical assistance so they may fully recover.
Mas maraming magawa ‘yan, walang kasamaan ‘yan (It will accomplish many things, it won’t do any harm).
Jose Amor Amorado, who also acts as the Quick Count Center chief of the Marcos camp, said that they hope that the poll body would act on their request before Congress convenes as a canvassing board for the posts of President and Vice President on May 25. George Garcia, head of Marcos’ legal team for the canvassing, vowed that they will scrutinize every certificate of canvass (COC).
This is an exercise of a right and our solemn obligation to the millions who supported Senator Marcos and those whose votes were not counted and were disenfranchised,” he said in a separate statement. 2016 file photo, international trekkers pass through a glacier at the Mount Everest base camp, Nepal. Favorable weather has allowed nearly 400 climbers to reach the summit from Nepal since May 11, but the altitude, weather and harsh terrain can cause problems at any time. Seema Goshwami of India had frostbite to her hands and feet at the South Col camp and was unable to move. It was undecided when and if their bodies would be brought down from the high altitude and it would depend on the team and family members, Pasang Phurba of the Seven Summits agency said.
Strydom said she felt well-prepared for her attempt to climb Everest, and that depending on whether she reached the summit, her mind would likely turn to her next adventure.
The devastating earthquake last year caused the season to be canceled, and climbing attempts were largely abandoned in 2014 after an avalanche above the base camp killed 16 Sherpa guides. But some 200,000 people living in low-lying areas of the capital were still unable to return home, he said. Tinitiyak ng DepEd na lahat ng mga nagtapos na sa Grade 10 ay makatutuntong sa SHS Program,” Coloma said on Sunday. Many senior high schools also announced that they will not impose additional fees, he added. Bello’s name was earlier floated as chief negotiator between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF). This after NOAA declared 2015 the hottest year ever—a distinction that 2016 looks certain to grab.
As Filipinos baked in the summer heat, it’s hardly comforting to know that we are not alone.
It requires ratification by 55 countries responsible for 55 percent of the total greenhouse gases, with a target implementation date of 2020. That everyone needs to do their part to curb the spike in global temperatures is spelled out in a Project Syndicate commentary by Sen.
16, 12-15), Jesus tells His disciples that the Spirit of truth will guide them throughout everything that will come. John Paul II museum in Wadowice what Mama always told us since we were children about the value of sufferings: “Joy and pain, thorns and roses intertwine in our lives.
Rogelio “Roger” Alasan, SVD, who served the Most Blessed Trinity as a missionary priest, went home to the Father last May 17 at the age of 71. If it were not, it would not be able to perform its function of providing choice, building legitimacy, and checking abuse of power. This means that rivalries have to be kept within their restricted domain and not be allowed to infect other relationships that are essential to building social cooperation. The virulence persists until now, taking the form of intolerance for even the slightest hint of criticism of the incoming administration. But, according to him, it was this tone that seemed to click with his mass audiences, as though they were waiting for someone to bring these emotions out into the open, in the raw language that he alone, among the presidential candidates, seemed capable of using. For me as an observer, what is equally important is to understand where this sudden eruption of foul language in our politics is coming from, and whether this is the new normal in Philippine politics. It’s difficult to tell at this point if the rise of Mayor Duterte to the presidency signifies the birth of fascism in our country, or if this is just an ordinary type of strongman rule riding on the crest of a populist clamor for change. No doubt much of what we do will change if we adopt the different technological options at hand, but our actions will not change unless our emotioning changes.” I’m struck by the word “emotioning,” because it seems to assign to emotions a higher valuation than modern rationalist cultures would usually give to them.
Unless there is cultural change, he says, we will find ourselves at the mercy of the same emotions that perpetuate domination, submission, manipulation, mistrust, greed, dishonesty, and abuse of others and of nature. His language is far from lucid, perhaps because of the stilted translation from Spanish to English.
Another friend, Indian journalist Aarti Dar, and myself stepped off the “Hop On, Hop Off” bus at the embarkation point for the canal tours, planning to finish the rest of the city tour when we got back. I said goodbye to my plans of a selfie with the sea creature, as well as putting my plaintive question to her. It is a small country, one of three of the Nordic countries—the other two are Sweden and Norway—which are setting records in terms of the health of the general population, their welfare, the “cradle to grave” social protection programs for citizens, even the happiness of people.
But, Denmark also being in Europe, it is not exempt from much of the turmoil gripping the continent. Part of a wider project on the Filipino migrant worker experience, Santos’ au pair series stems from her friendship with a Filipino woman, since married to a Dane, who came here as an au pair.
The “old town,” with its palaces, soaring church spires, and charming dwellings is but a small area of cobblestone streets and winding canals.
One is bound to be disappointed with it, since it resembles little else than a perya at home.
Entering the hall, I caught sight of Crown Princess Mary exiting, surrounded by sober-looking security personnel. The Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity (FLP), in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), is sponsoring full scholarships and a dissertation writing contest for the coming school year.
The scholarships cover tuition, a book allowance and a monthly stipend, as well as bar review expenses. The dissertations should engender a deeper understanding of FLP’s core philosophy and contribute to its evolution, development and enrichment.
FLP was founded in 2011 to promote the legal philosophy of “liberty and prosperity under the rule of law.” Its ongoing flagship program, the Chief Justice Panganiban Professorial Chairs on Liberty and Prosperity, is cosponsored by the Metrobank Foundation. FLP envisions a society that understands and embraces the basic interdependence and mutual inclusiveness of the twin concepts of liberty and prosperity. Hence, government must promote and defend private entrepreneurship, encourage private investments and level the playing field.
In fact, discipline, especially in government, is necessary to safeguard liberty, nurture prosperity and promote the rule of law. Moreover, it returns to the world’s attention the outward, forward-looking America that has delivered stability and prosperity over the many decades since the atomic bomb was first used. In examining the ruins of the nuclear abyss and recognizing our eternal sorrow, he will confirm our countries’ now-unbreakable ties.
In the joint recognition by Japan and the United States of the horrors visited on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, both countries—the Pacific War’s victor and the vanquished—will show the world how bonds of alliance and solidarity are forged and maintained.
And in all of these cases, America found leaders—even in the Soviet Union with Mikhail Gorbachev and China with Deng Xiaoping—who were able to transcend their own pasts and prejudices to build a better and safer world. Abe, after all, is the grandson of Nobusuke Kishi, the prime minister who pushed the treaty of alliance with the United States through a then-reluctant Japanese Diet, sacrificing his political career for the sake of Japan’s future and peace in Asia. These were leaders whose vision extended well beyond concern for their own political careers, and who had the wisdom and courage to act upon their understanding of what a future of peace and prosperity would require.
Kishi and his counterparts in the United States and Europe saw that a different and better future was available only by refusing to rage against the past and poke at its wounds, even the radioactive wounds of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But Obama’s pilgrimage also symbolizes the shared recognition of the need—now and in the future—for peace in Asia and for unity between the peoples of Japan and the United States. That allegiance must overcome our differences of interest, culture, and, most of all, past actions. The land is usually caught between raging storms and silent skies: The blue overhead is a vast blanket that comforts the weeping people of the weeping land, and its dark rage is a billowing conscience that brings us down to our knees and forces us to remember our collective insignificance. In the east is the vast Sea that changes color from blue to green and back, and whose pristine shores stretch over the edges of the island like a rebel’s halo. This is the same town where a man named Emil Go was shot dead one sleepy Friday morning practically outside his house in Dona Manuela Village, Barangay Tinampo.
Emil was 44 years old when they found his corpse 20 meters away from his house where his wife and three young children were waiting for breakfast.
I do not know how a local public perceives an activist, as opposed to the national imagination of a sea of clenched fists on Mendiola. This is a land where news about killings settles gently over one’s breakfast, leaving its sting outside the door. Jose Maria Cui who, in 2007, was shot dead inside a classroom in front of his students at the University of Eastern Philippines while administering a midterm exam. It is hard to write about death, especially if it is the death of a man who had written in the same school paper where you once wrote.
In the unofficial quick count by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Leni Robredo is ahead of Bongbong Marcos in the vice presidential race by more than 200,000 votes, with 96.14 percent of election returns counted. You might remember how it felt the first time you received your first SMS text message, the first time you wrote and sent your own Yahoo e-mail, to getting on Facebook, or discovering the utility of Viber and Waze.
Hash codes are produced by having a computer ingest any size of data, whether a small text file to as big as a database spanning across several hard disks, before coughing out a small set of hexadecimal numbers for us to appreciate. In every case, whether it be civil or administrative, or criminal in nature, hash codes are required for every digital evidence that is discovered, analyzed and presented. This would include the libelous material, its metadata and, of course, the associated hash code, too.

Sir Galton said that the probability of having two similar human fingerprints is 1 for every 64 million persons. When you consider the entire world, however, with a total population of 7.256 billion, there is a probability that there are 113 people out there who have the same fingerprint as yours. Because the math behind MD5 hash codes and even for SHA-1 has been attacked by other mathematicians as being “weak” because they have theoretically demonstrated that they can produce collisions (i.e.
It must be noted that a change of hash code is a relatively low standard of proof that a crime has been committed. This event gives you reasonable suspicion that something went wrong and triggers a preliminary investigation. So for that person the change was acceptable even though the hash code issue became different. Additionally, the human-observable results are all the same in your opinion and that it can be demonstrated that the hash code can revert to the original if the source code can be returned to the previous condition.
Thus, it may be practical to enforce disciplinary actions or seek legal redress against the culprits and simply continue with the election process. Only when you conduct enough investigative or audit work would you get enough assurance if there is indeed something really wrong with the system, or not. For example, if you want to crack a system password stored as an MD5 hash code, you’ll need to produce an MD5 hash of every possible password you think you know and then compare each of those hash codes you have against the stored password hash code. The Taliban have not commented officially on Mansour’s death or the leadership succession. It could press them to show they are still able to wage an aggressive battle, observers say. VICENTE Sotto III is vying for the Senate presidency in the incoming 17th Congress and so far he has the votes of nine senators, including himself, four votes shy of the 13 needed to win.
Bam Aquino, as well as newly proclaimed Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros and Joel Villanueva. Suntukin kita dyan ngayon,” Duterte told a Davao  City-based journalist who asked a question during the press conference on Saturday night. FERDINAND Marcos Jr.’s camp said they would not delay the proclamation of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte but indicated they were preparing for the long haul to contest the vice presidential vote count during the official canvassing of votes in Congress. The start of canvassing is on May 25, with the proclamation of the winners to follow soon after. 1, 2014, enjoining Romero and his two firms, R-II Builders and R-II Holdings, to “cease and desist” from further disrupting One Source’s control, operations and possession of the facility in Tondo, Manila. The writ of preliminary injunction dated March 19, 2015, issued by virtue of this court’s March 11, 2015, order is hereby lifted and set aside,” said the decision penned by Associate Justice Leoncia Real-Dimagiba.
Enrique Macaraeg as a bishop on May 24, after Macaraeg received his appointment as bishop-elect of Tarlac from Pope Francis. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Dagupan City, will be witnessed by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto and other bishops. Sales of vehicles and condominium units also surged, benefiting from an investment-grade credit rating that led to lower interest rates. It can start by not tinkering with monetary stability and fiscal discipline, which have been the hallmarks of the incumbent. On further boosting investor confidence, it can do better by acting with dispatch on Duterte’s plan to relax restrictions on foreign ownership, which have been used by inefficient local investors to the detriment of consumers. Much needs to be done to uplift the poor (the poverty rate remains at more than 20 percent), peace and order appear to be a low priority (in the first half of 2015, the Philippine National Police reported a 46-percent increase in the number of crimes committed nationwide), and the travails of ordinary people such as the horrendous traffic situation and inadequate public transportation are relegated to the sidelines. But it was won by the tough-talking mayor of Davao City who ran on the promise of stamping out crime if elected president.
This was a crowd that wanted to seize the last moments to heap ridicule on a leader that surveys had described as “one of the most unpopular the country has ever had,” as the national dailies reported the morning of the presidential inauguration. Albeit the Inquirer report also added: “But some in the huge crowd were also heard chanting, ‘Gloria! Aquino and his Budget Secretary Butch Abad in jail; some have already posted memes of wheelchairs. Aquino’s integrity started fundamentally with his characteristic coddling of close friends and shooting buddies.
Out of this recovered amount, P91 billion was paid to private individuals who provided inside information that enabled their government to discover corruption-tainted transactions. If the information leads to a recovery, the whistle-blower earns 15-35 percent of all amounts that the US government receives by way of recovery or huge fines.
Miriam Defensor Santiago filed a bill that sought to adopt a “False Claims” law for the Philippines. The Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice examine suspicious deals and contracts like roadside bystanders peering through the window of a private contractor’s house.
Every employee of a company that has corrupt dealings with the government will be given a financial incentive to reveal corruption schemes that result in the theft of public funds or loss of potential government revenues. It likewise creates a culture of paranoia among companies and government officials who may be predisposed to enter into graft-ridden deals, and force them to avoid engaging in corrupt transactions. Most of these are tax and customs revenues lost because of conspiracies between importers and government personnel. Imagine the entire corruption iceberg getting exposed in all its enormity, and melting in the resulting public exposure, if employees of corrupt companies are given huge incentives to expose corruption.
During the election campaign, he theatrically declared his willingness to be martyred by riding a Jet Ski to a disputed but Chinese-occupied islet in the Spratlys and planting the Philippine flag. These are as diverse as Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), Ebola or civil war in Syria, to name but a few of the more recent. It seeks to build on the momentum of an extraordinary series of commitments by the international community.
It means building resilience and strengthening the livelihoods of people in ways that not only drive recovery from war, disease, floods and other shocks, but also help to reduce the impact of these crises and, where possible, prevent them from taking place altogether. This provides a stark measure of the widening chasm between needs and the magnitude of response.
Expanding access to social protection systems is crucial to underpin resilience—in humanitarian response as well as in development.
Yet only 0.4 percent of Official Development Assistance is spent on disaster-risk reduction. However, the role of the agriculture sector in crises is too often overlooked and the necessary investments are not made. We firmly believe in prioritizing early warning, prevention and preparedness to safeguard livelihoods, especially in the rural areas. We have found that $200 in support enables a Syrian farmer to produce two tons of wheat, enough to feed a family of six for a year and provide seeds for future planting. We need to acknowledge that the interventions made must have a long-term impact on the beneficiaries, especially those in the rural areas, and then act accordingly. These depict tension between science and religion, joined by bulul (Ifugao rice gods) and Caucasian bishops with Pinocchio noses.
The headline foreign murals were an African-style totem, an oddly colored combination of leaves and coconuts, and a tree with cut branches out of place in a Philippine landscape. The farmer clasps his hat to his chest, his grizzled, weather-beaten face radiating humble pride, a carabao looming behind him.
I love their smaller Bonifacio with his pistol, alongside Jose Rizal holding a quill, beside Canvas, Gigo Alampay’s nonprofit gallery near UP. Or the 40-ft “Karnabal,” painted in 1992 by Garibay’s Salingpusa collective, the first work in Antipolo’s Pinto museum? It captured that decade’s mood with a thin, weary man walking past a blood red Coca-Cola logo, the C’s sharp tail pointed straight at his heart. But its central attraction is now a painting, on a 24-ft stack of books by a Los Angeles artist, of an out-of-place woman with sharp nose and pouty lips. It is easier to quote Tyrion Lannister to one’s own countrymen than to quote Rizal today, much less Benigno Aquino Jr. Ocampo noted that the term “presumptive president” being used by media when referring to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is “painful to the eye and ear.” He added that he didn’t remember the term being used on Benigno Aquino, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Joseph Estrada or Fidel Ramos while they waited in limbo before assuming the presidency. For one thing, “presumptive” is too close for comfort to the word “presumptuous,” which indicates a certain degree of arrogance or insolence.
Purisima continued giving advice and even orders that eventually led to the Mamasapano tragedy. I say tentative since there may still be changes until the appointments are officially announced by the President himself or the nominees finally take their oath of office.
The last four are reportedly being reserved for the possible participation of Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front personalities. He is perhaps one of the very few legislators to have undergone both courses, an education which has clearly prepared him for his current responsibilities. With oil sales generating the bulk of government revenues, and with the public sector being the predominant employer, Saudi officials have long worried that the kingdom’s lack of economic diversity could place at risk its long-term financial security. In addition, certain members of Opec, again led by Saudi Arabia, are now less willing to try to moderate fluctuations in the price of oil, as they correctly recognize that “swing producers” risk durable losses in market share. In simplified terms, Vision 2030 focuses on three major areas, together with efforts to protect the most vulnerable segments of the population.
For example, the plan would raise funds via the initial public offering of a small part (up to 5 percent) of Saudi-Aramco, the giant oil conglomerate, and invest the proceeds in a broader range of assets around the world.
Requiring invigorated administrative and operational resources, it comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is not only dealing with lower oil earnings and drawing down its large reserves, but also is increasingly asserting its regional role, including in Syria and Yemen. Sustaining this momentum in a manner that maintains consistent communication with key domestic stakeholders will likely prove critical in determining the plan’s success. Filipinos banked on this promise given that residents of Davao City have affirmed reports about the city’s relatively peaceful atmosphere, which is widely perceived to be the result of Mayor Duterte’s imposition of stern discipline relative to public conduct, which in turn makes them feel safe and secure.
The norm in our society is that one who speaks straight English without any “Filipino accent” is a class above the rest. The campaign period coincided with summer at its height; so he wore ordinary collared shirts and his signature checkered polo—tucked out. But his boast of record GDP growth and high credit ratings from lending institutions was “duh” for the masses. Perhaps Roxas inherited this antileftist attitude from his grandfather Manuel Roxas, president of the Philippines from 1946-1948. He has also made himself available for media interviews and for audiences with foreign diplomats, politicians and other prominent personalities who have trooped to his place in Davao City to personally congratulate him or to have a dialogue with him. This early, he warns erring policemen and law enforcement officers to perform their duties or get out of the service.
Perhaps, we can say that Duterte is the “anointed” one to govern the country for the next six years.
Yuseco said the plan covered the entire country and could cost about P100 billion, with close to half of the amount going to Luzon and Metro Manila.
We need to pour resources into infrastructure and stop losses,” Yuseco said, citing a 2012 study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) showing that productivity losses due to traffic in Metro Manila amounted to some P2.4 billion a day. He said stations would dot the PRT line, with passengers waiting no more than a minute to catch their next ride.
Yuseco said this would help boost connectivity and spur development outside the capital district. Apart from Yuseco, who claims to hold patents for the BRT dating back to the late 1980s, Philtrak’s other shareholders are bus company Del Monte Motor Works Corp., Micrologics Systems Inc. After giving the best years of their lives to their employers, they become destitute and virtual burdens to our society. Their loopholes have been cleverly exploited to make regular employment a practically unreachable goal for the employees they were meant to protect. He is someone who has a more reserved than flashy demeanor—something that is desirable in the reputation-sensitive banking industry.
More importantly, it was met with even more raised eyebrows among banking regulators at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
The traditional process is that a bank, before announcing any appointment, will inform the BSP informally whether the banker in question would be acceptable to the central bank’s hierarchy.
You see, Buenaventura was brought out of retirement (having retired from Bank of the Philippine Islands) to head the state-owned Development Bank of the Philippines.
He is also a self-made entrepreneur and was an effective government functionary during his stints as head of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). But before leaving, Cusi helped ensure that Naia Terminal 3 would be opened despite legal wrangling between its builder and the government. The is the first in the region and the largest of its kind as far as low-cost carriers are concerned. After narrowing your searches and you still can find hundreds of singles that may be your potential love. Here is a list of the top 10 websites for foreign men to find Chinese ladies with our honest reviews. We are fully cooperating with the authorities in the ongoing police investigations,” it added. Ako naman, I said, I am a Christian but I am a realist and we have to do something about overpopulation,” Duterte told reporters. A Nepal official says some 30 climbers have gotten frostbite or become sick on Mount Everest, in addition to two who died in recent days on the world’s highest mountain. Carrying bodies down Everest takes at least eight Sherpas since they become frozen and heavier than normal. Earth actually experienced the hottest April on record, with peak temperatures recorded in Africa, South America and Asia. One way to think about this is this: We have already seen an increase in just about 1 degree, and the north polar ice caps are melting rapidly, the land-based size of Greenland and Antarctica is beginning to melt much more rapidly, sea level is rising. We share in their life and love overflowing, and because of this, there is no poison in our blood, and there should be light, not darkness, in our hearts.
It is through the Holy Spirit that we will truly understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity. May the Blessed Virgin Mary teach us to turn this lot—which often leads us to the foot of the cross along with her—into our merit.”—St. Father Roger, a humble and prayerful missionary, dedicated the last years of his life to his duties as chaplain of the Holy Name University Medical Center in Tagbilaran, Bohol. This is obviously not an easy thing to do in a society where political differences seem naturally to spill over to other domains of social life. But a slow careful reading might help:  “The reality that we live arises instant after instant through the configuration of emotions that we live, and which we conserve with our living instant after instant. The only way to break this cycle is by subjecting this world and the emotions it induces to critique and reflection.
But then midway through the canal tour, we learned that some reimbursement money was waiting for us but that the office would be closing by 5 p.m.
Besides, I knew (know!) exactly what happened in the Philippines: Millions voted to the presidency a man who is now becoming the talk—if not the joke—of commentators the world over.
This is code of course for “refugees,” thousands of whom have fled their homelands like Syria and other war-torn countries of the Middle East and Africa to cross the Mediterranean and seek asylum and a new life in Europe. Instead, for an average allowance of $600 a month, they become “unofficial” domestic laborers, not covered by any relevant labor laws in Denmark or the Philippines, or any contractual relationship with the families they live with. But even more stigma is attached to the au pairs, who are seen by ordinary Danes, it seems, as migrants skirting the law by some technicality. It upholds both justice and jobs, freedom and food, ethics and economics, democracy and development, liberty and prosperity. And it is because of the alliance between the United States and Japan that peace in Asia and the Pacific will continue unbroken, whatever challenges may come. And that structure could only have as its foundation the United States and Japan united in solidarity. It is only in our ability to share our sorrows, and our humanity, that any of us can stand before the sacred dead of Hiroshima.
Then there is a rugged road that starts in Allen’s port, where sadness boards the Melancholy Ship and meets up with “Yolanda,” forcing it to sleep with the thousands dead. More than 300 years ago, a man named Agustin Sumuroy led one of the first armed rebellions against the Colonizers. Five shots had been heard, breaking the silence of a sunny morning when the dew was just drying under the summer sky.
Emil, according to his closest friends, was a man filled with love for his family and his community. This is where students are chased in the open streets, and journalists and civilians become casualties of the crossfire between political dynasties and warlords.
Bodies were falling from the vast blanket of blue, and blood was seeping out from the parched land. I saw the priest gunned down on the national highway on account of his defense of people who believed that there was no second coming of God. It becomes difficult when you remember that you once had a happy lunch together in his house, which now happens to be 20 meters away from the murder site. If you find a match, then you can be certain that your guessed password is the correct password. Gross domestic product grew 6.9 percent in the first quarter of 2016, the fastest among the top five members of the Asean.
It will be best served by letting the monetary authorities decide what’s best for the local financial system, and the executives who will take up the top posts in budget and finance will do well to exhibit the same passion for fiscal discipline. Despite the gains in employment, underemployment remains a big problem, and job satisfaction is a big issue especially among those living on the minimum wage and finding it hard to make ends meet.
If the presumptive President-elect plays his cards right, brighter days are indeed ahead for Asia’s bright spot.
You still have the gumption to face the people,” directing her words at the outgoing leader’s face shown on the video wall. One potent fact cannot be relegated to the dustbin of oblivion—so much public consciousness still remains about that part of the DAP that allegedly went to the reward money (to the tune of P50 million) for each of the 20 senator-judges who voted to impeach then Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Aquino has not been seen nor heard to issue marching orders to fix the problem in both controversies, especially to an airport manager who is family to him. That the creative public mind has been prolific in coining the graphic nomenclatures like kaibigan and kabarilan  (add to these, noynoying) should be no small matter. The signs seem to indicate he has not, and the criticisms against his appointments must be taken as reasonable public indicators, to say the least.
This one seems to be no different—enough talks of a Justin Trudeau Cabinet of cultural diversity and meritocracy. In a number of these cases, the whistle-blowers were employees who assisted their employer-companies to accomplish the fraud, and they provided information that showed the trail of corruption. The bill was a virtual duplicate of the US law; the point was, if it has already proven effective elsewhere, why reinvent the wheel? These agencies largely rely on the possibility that, by chance, a conscience-stricken employee of the private contractor will squeal on the thievery of public funds. The bigger the government’s loss, the bigger the reward for the whistle-blower, and, as a consequence, the bigger the possibility that an employee will come out of the contractor’s house to provide government investigators with explosive evidence. On the other hand, the Commission on Audit (COA) has reported that out of national budget expenditures, the government lost P102 billion to graft and corruption in 2011 alone. Many are also about neglect and lack of development, and, as such, cannot be solved by humanitarian action alone. Extreme weather events, such as those associated with El Nino, wreak havoc across wide swathes of the rural areas of the developing world, animal diseases disrupt food chains, and wars force millions to abandon their homes, fields and livestock and become migrants at a scale not seen since World War II. Around the globe, plenty of evidence exists on the benefits of this, and on how it reduces the need for emergency interventions.
This is a fraction of the economic cost of food aid, not to mention the dramatic human costs. When man landed on the moon in 1969, Ambeth Ocampo chronicled, we celebrated Gloria Diaz’s winning Miss Universe.
Ronald Jeresano, the 2008 winner, has astronauts float behind his trademark pink-skinned Filipino in dark jeans as he walks in contentment across the heavens. Japanese artists painted an odd Andres Bonifacio with orange pupils in 2014, his 150th birth anniversary. It was unveiled in 2013, together with small paintings sold at 10 times a Filipino’s price. There is nothing arrogant or insolent about 17 million Filipinos choosing Duterte for their next president. The name of a Massachusetts supporter kept appearing in the list of recommendees for government positions but had been crossed out by JFK. It is not clear if this was his intent or he was merely resting his tired head between his hands. The boy would finish at De La Salle University with a commerce degree, majoring in financial institutions.
The plan would reduce historical high dependence on oil by transforming how Saudi Arabia generates income, as well as how it spends and manages its vast resources. Early successes are often needed to solidify the overwhelming buy-in of key constituencies, particularly those that naturally may be resistant to change at first (especially change that eliminates some of the traditional financial entitlements in moving from a familiar, albeit less secure, present toward what is now an unfamiliar future). How the Saudis proceed on this important economic restructuring is being closely watched by the other five members of the Gulf Cooperation Council—and by many other countries as well.
If Saudi Arabia succeeds in transforming its economy, including reforming institutions and restructuring economic incentives, other countries that face similar challenges, in the region and beyond, will be inspired to follow suit. This ability (to speak straight English) implies that one studied or is studying in one of those exclusive expensive schools (here or abroad), for which only the elite can afford. Lolo  Roxas and his Liberal Party allies maneuvered to disqualify six elected congressmen from the Democratic Alliance party, a group of workers, peasants and intellectuals opposed to the Parity Rights Amendment. Once they receive the informal nod, the bank then proceeds to make an announcement, and the name of the new CEO (or ranking official) is then formally submitted to the Monetary Board for its approval.
He was at its helm when the government bank took a P717-million loss over a series of transactions (dubbed by its critics as a “wash sale” of more than P14 billion in money-losing bonds) that were flagged by the bank’s resident Commission of Audit official in 2014. But he does have his supporters who point out that Cusi has built a good management reputation, which is important if the energy department is to successfully oversee the country’s power  requirements in the next six years.
As MIAA general manager and later on as CAAP chief, Cusi presided over improvements in the country’s main airports that would eventually lead to the restoration of the Philippine aviation sector to Category 1 status from organizations like the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO). The new energy chief oversaw the Duterte campaign against long odds and the vaunted machinery of rival presidential candidates.
Marcela Guerrero of the Philippines and Costa Rica, two of the 43 countries that make up the Climate Vulnerable Forum. We need the industrialized countries and the giants of the developing world to redouble their efforts to reduce their emissions, so that global warming can be limited to 1.5 degrees.
It is also through the Holy Spirit that we will truly live the mystery and the reality of the Holy Trinity in our lives.
Now is the time for reaching out, and searching deep for good and able coworkers in the new administration.
John Paul II should give courage to us to continue the Trinitarian spirit of unity, dialogue, listening and reaching out. But if we know this, if we know that the reality that we live arises through our emotioning, and we know that we know, we shall be able to act according to our awareness of our liking or not liking the reality that we are bringing forth with our living.
What we learn from the practice of self-awareness we must try to reflect through changes in our emotions. So we decided at the end of the boat ride to take a bus back to our hotel at the Bella Center on the outskirts of the city. The road sighs at the passage of the tedious hours, just in time for when the Sky weeps its first tears of the day. More than 300 years thereafter, the rage is still seething, and continues to throb in the veins of its people.
A testament for this was his involvement in various advocacies—from students’ welfare to human rights, from labor strikes to environment and cultural preservation. Words stop, become superfluous, and your imagination scurries with you into the bedroom, crawls under the bed, and stirs its way into your cup of coffee at three o’clock in the morning. The recorded hash codes have to stay the same in its entire life cycle—from the moment it is generated for a particular digital evidence to the time it is analyzed by law enforcers or private investigators and to the time the courts allow for the digital evidence to be accepted, presented and evaluated. Evidence that demonstrate fraud and malice beyond reasonable doubt are to be expected elsewhere. It outpaced China’s for the first time in 27 years and, despite the global economic weakness, was the highest quarterly growth in nearly three years and the 17th consecutive quarter of above-5-percent GDP expansion. The BPO industry continued to grow robustly and now employs 1.3 million Filipinos and accounts for 8 percent of GDP. During the past six years, the administration boosted spending on education by 125 percent, social services by 166 percent, health by 336 percent, and infrastructure by 360 percent. Aquino’s sins of commission and omission even before the elections of May 9, as if doing so would bring about a kind of national catharsis.
Aquino’s machinations and the use of bribery by an administration that claims to be righteous by the people. The Mamasapano massacre and the missing “Yolanda” funds will continue to be broken refrains until those guilty will be brought to the bars of justice. It must be continually emphasized that this was something unexpected of a President whose message of incorruptibility was his presidential theme. To underestimate the public now—as it had been underestimated before—for its “ignorance” of the political wheeling and dealing happening is a grave mistake.
There is no reward for the risk to life and limb, except the patriotic feeling of having done a good deed for the motherland. This has been the sad history of leader-dependent crusades in a country like the Philippines. Archie preaches that street art is more raw and closer to the public, its inherent vulnerability to damage adding to its charm.
When the name reappeared one more time, he told his brother Bobby that the fellow was an SOB, and should be dropped.
This was followed by law studies at the UP College of Law where he would be awarded the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. It is supported by detailed action plans, the initial implementation of which has already involved headline-grabbing institutional changes in a country long known for caution and gradualism. Its pastoral-electoral guideline, in fact, was short of saying, “Do not vote for Duterte.” Still, Duterte garnered more than 16 million votes which surely included votes from Catholics.
Grace Poe presented a lineup of good programs but would not have gotten more votes even if she campaigned wearing a duster. What we can all do now as a nation is to wish him well and to pray for the success of his administration. Authorities want answers after an outdoor concert in Pasay City virtually became a crime scene. We must then endeavor to conserve these changes and pass them on to the next generation as an act of responsibility. Just outside the old train station, men approach passengers with hands held out, begging for coins. Reports say that his killing was election-related, Emil having supported a candidate in the local race. In the silent dusk, the municipal park was covered with lighted candles; a white banner was tied to an old tree—a plain canvas of a mourning people. The man is out on bail on a plunder charge, but the official definition of plunder does not include the massacre of trees.
I saw a similar black ribbon around an arm of a local journalist and around a woman’s forehead. Overseas Filipino workers remained steadfast in sending billions of dollars to their beneficiaries at home, helping fuel consumption spending. Infrastructure spending deserves special attention, with a focus needed on how to speed up the public-private partnership program. Go home!), screamed one woman as the face of the outgoing president appeared on the giant screen. Thus it has begun an accounting of classmates—kaklase—from grade school, high school, law school, even a dormitory roommate (“Perfecto Yasay, gulp!” said one).
There were also efforts in the House of Representatives to pass a measure giving rewards of P50,000 to P200,000 to those who blow the whistle on corruption in the government, but even that was never approved. Just that, perhaps, the people saw in Duterte his promise of providing more for basic needs (health, education and homes) and his anticrime program as more realizable. This same Trinitarian spirit is being echoed today by Pope Francis, who calls for humble service as we follow our God who is full of mercy and compassion. Living for each other is the rule of nature.” Let us learn from Mother Nature and from the Most Blessed Trinity to share blessings with others, and not to be selfish and greedy.
From the horrified expressions on the faces of Danes, it seems the beggars are a new phenomenon.
Bautista (Far Eastern University, now chair of the Commission on Elections), Dean Mikhail Lee L. Wherever the investigation leads, one sure thing is that it drew strength from his long history of involvement in local and national issues—from his being a student leader and campus journalist to the various posts he held in the past decades.
Everyone was singing “Kulay dugo ang kulay ng bawat pahayagan”—blood is the color of every newspaper—in solidarity with Leo Mila, the seventh journalist murdered in that year of terror in Arroyo’s term. Aquino never learned from the repugnant tag “Kamaganak Inc.” that hounded his mother’s presidency.
These failed efforts speak volumes on the lack of serious intent in Congress to fight corruption. Teodoro would move on to Harvard for his masters in law and admission to the bar of the State of New York. Like the Trinity that constantly reaches out in love, we, too, must not stop growing, loving and caring. Maxino (Silliman University), Dean Joan Sarausos-Largo (University of San Carlos), Dean Nilo T. His political career would take him to three terms in Congress, serving as head of the Nationalist People’s Coalition in the House of Representatives. You can be sure what public ridicule will hound Manila International Airport Authority head Jose Angel Honrado the moment he steps down. Of course it also boasts members from other countries such as the United States, the UK and Canada. A fantastic feature of Chinese Kisses is that it displays the most popular men and women on its platform – it is a helpful feature because popular and old members are usually likely to be real persons compared with new registers. The ladies on the platform have different background such as from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. The site provides good protection and security to all members, both men and ladies, to make sure most of their members are real persons and not scammers. They can not guarantee that all members are real love finders , but use your common sense and be careful here. There are some girls there that are really looking for a mate. This site is not perfect for sure, but it is like with anything, if you take your time and act in a careful way, things can work out.
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