Fact check: Did Duterte give Atong Ang a PCSO post? (Philstar.com) - July 30, 2019 - 4:28pm MANILA, Philippines — An old story on gaming consultant Charlie "Atong" Ang has resurfaced amid talk of President Rodrigo Duterte's order to shut down gaming operations either run or licensed by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office over allegations of corruption. In January 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte admitted he had called Ang to ask him to "stop everything illegal (at the PCSO) and help the government." He said he had called Ang, which according to him is the "number one gambler in Davao," because he is "involved in everything." Duterte was quick to parry criticisms on his dealings with Ang, who was notorious in the past for his gambling operations, including the Bingo 2-ball, which turf war between Ang and then Ilocos Gov. Chavit Singson led to the jueteng payola controversy that caused the downfall of the Estrada … [Read more...] about Fact check: Did Duterte give Atong Ang a PCSO post?
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Democratization is still essentially a work in progress in our country. We have yet to complete the process since not much change has actually taken place. The kind of government established by our colonial masters, even forcibly at that, sadly remains. The elites still control much of the country, its economy and its politics. We barely look up to our public institutions. We are in awe at the sight of many of our public officials, but we don’t necessarily trust and respect them. In fact, we tend to look at our officials as the public institution itself, not a representation of it. This means we assume that the public office is completely at the disposal of the official occupying it, instead of the office effectively defining what the official can and cannot do. This could have changed significantly if only EDSA 1986 was anywhere near a real revolution. EDSA simply restored elites in power. People power happened because so much change was wanted and expected. And that was not the … [Read more...] about OPINION: The Duterte enigma: 3 years hence
TO THE QUICK - Jerry Tundag (The Freeman) - July 1, 2019 - 12:00am When President Rodrigo Duterte, early in his term, told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that someday he will have to assert the Philippine claim to parts of the South China Sea and Xi answered matter-of-factly that, if that is the case, then he will have go to war, it is foolhardy for anyone to try and second-guess Xi's seriousness. Of course, China will go to war over the South China Sea. It will sooner go to war over this relatively small patch of salty water than even the several islands and land-locked territories over which its claims have in fact had testy military confrontations with other claimants such as Japan and India. For these pieces of real estate are just territories. And history is replete with accounts of territories gained and territories lost. Borders get altered and redefined all the time because of this endless cycle of territorial gains and losses. In the end, it is … [Read more...] about All about the fish
Alvarez hopes to help Duterte admin in speakership comeback bid Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - May 27, 2019 - 11:15am MANILA, Philippines — Despite being ousted from office last year, Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez (Davao del Norte) said he just wants to help the Duterte administration in seeking another shot at the speakership. More than 180 members of the 292-strong House of Representatives voted Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to replace Alvarez in July last year. Winning another term after the 2019 midterm elections, Alvarez has expressed intent to the speakership once again. "Wala akong ibang intention except to offer myself to the administration para tumulong kasi ito 'yung second half ng Duterte administration. Marami pa ang kailangan i-deliver ng ating pangulo sa sambayanan," Alvarez told ANC's "Headstart" Monday morning. Alvarez confirmed that he had already talked to President Rodrigo Duterte about his … [Read more...] about Alvarez hopes to help Duterte admin in speakership comeback bid
Duterte raised West Philippine Sea 'irritants' with Xi, Palace says Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - April 29, 2019 - 2:27pm MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to resolve issues like the reported presence of Chinese vessels in Philippine waters through bilateral dialogue, the Palace said. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing last week. It was their seventh time to meet. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte told his Chinese counterpart that there have been "irritants" brought about by the 2016 arbitral ruling on the South China Sea dispute. The ruling issued by The Hague-based tribunal three years ago invalidated Beijing's nine-dash line claim over the South China Sea, part of which is the West Philippine Sea. "They repeated their previous stands but what is more important is that the … [Read more...] about Duterte raised West Philippine Sea ‘irritants’ with Xi, Palace says