Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Filipino boxing star and senator Manny Pacquiao is set to run for president of the Philippines in the 2022 elections, after accepting the nomination from his faction of allies in the ruling PDP-Laban Party, Reuters reported. Pacquiao reportedly accepted the nomination during the national assembly of the PDP-Laban faction led by him. The announcement is hot on the heels of the rivalling faction's decision to nominate President Rodrigo Duterte's long-time aide Christopher "Bong" Go as their presidential candidate, while Duterte will be nominated as the candidate for vice president, Bloomberg reported. According to Reuters , critics have labelled Duterte's nomination as a ploy to stay in power, as he is legally restricted from running for another six-year candidacy under the constitution. Pacquiao fell out with Duterte's camp Pacquiao's faction has yet to declare support for Duterte's ... » Learn More about Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao to run for presidency in 2022
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Hong Kong’s first critical election under the Beijing-decreed electoral overhaul on Sunday (Sept 19) hit a major snag as a delay in vote counting overnight prompted candidates to demand answers on why it took over 10 hours for the full results when only 4,380 ballot papers had to be tallied. Electoral Affairs Commission chairman Barnabas Fung Wah apologised for the delay and admitted the process of delivering the ballot boxes and vote counting was “unsatisfactory”. “At this stage, I can say they were human errors or errors of judgement on whether the problem should be sort of raised to us or to be solved by the frontline staff,” Fung said at a press briefing at 6.15am on Monday. “We will look into the matter thoroughly. I think it may not be fair to pinpoint anyone in particular. I’ll ask you to wait for the election report.” At 6am on Monday, 12 hours after voting came to a close, results of only 10 out of 13 subsectors in the Election Committee which required competition had ... » Learn More about Hong Kong elections: Long delay in vote counting mars city’s first ‘patriots-only’ polls under Beijing overhaul
When Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) barreled across Tacloban City in 2013, everything went underwater: homes, offices, roads. With the city’s power and water supply wiped out, retrieving the injured and the dead from the chaos became just as dangerous. Help came slowly, too. But even when donations came pouring in, environmentalists noted that first responders relied heavily on generators that ran on gasoline—which, at the time, was also scarce in the battered western Visayan city. “Access to reliable, sustainable clean energy during disaster situations is a major concern of everyone, but in terms of giving priority to it by humanitarian actors and agencies, and even local disaster risk practitioners, it’s given very low priority,” said Arturo Tahup, resilience director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC). “Many of them rely on generators or hope that power will be restored by the grid companies. But in waiting, you compromise life-saving, ... » Learn More about As climate change intensifies, environmentalists say: Use renewable energy in disaster response
When Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) barreled across Tacloban City in 2013, everything went underwater: homes, offices, roads. With the city’s power and water supply wiped out, retrieving the injured and the dead from the chaos became just as dangerous. Help came slowly, too. But even when donations came pouring in, environmentalists noted that first responders relied heavily on generators that ran on gasoline—which, at the time, was also scarce in the battered western Visayan city. “Access to reliable, sustainable clean energy during disaster situations is a major concern of everyone, but in terms of giving priority to it by humanitarian actors and agencies, and even local disaster risk practitioners, it’s given very low priority,” said Arturo Tahup, resilience director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC). “Many of them rely on generators or hope that power will be restored by the grid companies. But in waiting, you compromise life-saving, ... » Learn More about SIDEBAR: As climate change intensifies, environmentalists say: Use renewable energy in disaster response
AT A GLANCE: MANILA, Philippines – Anyone's experience of Malacañang begins with a pair of towering metal gates guarded by rifle-wielding, tight-lipped soldiers. If one is lucky enough to secure passage, the gates open to reveal a dazzlingly green lawn stretched out beside a driveway that curves around an immense balete tree, ultimate guardian of the Palace’s main entrance. Access to Malacañang, residence and office of the Philippine president, has always been granted to a select few, given the need to protect the head of state and the dignity of the presidency. Among those select few given access to the Palace are reporters accredited by government to cover the president. Such access is given in recognition of the fact that, as the highest elected official, the president, and everything he or she says and does, are matters of public interest. For much of the country’s history after the Marcos regime, this has been respected. ... » Learn More about From Cory to Rody: Presidents and their beef with Palace reporters
Since the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) came out, where the Philippines fared worst among 79 countries in reading comprehension and second lowest in both mathematical and scientific literacy, the Department of Education (DepEd) has been making incoherent and nonsensical responses, adding more insult to injury rather than assuaging the anguish of the Filipino reeling from this monumental embarrassment. Instead of humbly acknowledging and directly admitting that the dismal result is a clear indication of the nation’s failed state of education, the DepEd has the temerity to lay the blame somewhere else, and could only issue motherhood statements that fail to address the real issues. Education Secretary Leonor Briones has cited curriculum content, lack of facilities, high levels of poverty, even hunger as among the factors (“Poor Pisa scores a wake-up call for PH education system—DepEd chief,” 12/10/19). Briones also put the blame on the ... » Learn More about Department of Education’s blame game
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential daughter Sara Duterte devoted the last week of February and first week of March to parading her 13 senatorial candidates around the nation’s capital of Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Rizal and Cavite. It was part of Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) planned conquest of Luzon, the first destination of their 110-event campaign caravan. But what set the Greater Metro Manila rallies apart was how Inday Sara proved willing to endorse local candidates different from those of her father’s. In 5 cities, she showed her support for local candidates from the national parties which her party, HNP, had forged alliances with . These candidates were the rivals of Duterte’s own candidates, who were running under the banner of his party, PDP-Laban. San Juan City In San Juan City, Sara raised the hands of Janella Ejercito , granddaughter of Manila Mayor and former president Joseph Estrada. Ejercito is ... » Learn More about When Sara’s politics departs from her father’s: Boon or bane?
HEART IN THE RIGHT PLACE: Whether she was distributing cash aid to the poor or food packs to typhoon victims, then Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman “embraced human suffering and made it her own,” according to her former colleague, Bro. Armin Luistro. (File photo by GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE / Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — Despite being the smallest among the Cabinet members of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, Corazon Victoria Soliman, known to many as “Dinky,” easily stood out, and not just because of the bold streaks of color in her hair. As the secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Soliman was one of the few women who held a high-ranking post under the past administration. Although her stint in government was not without controversy, her friends and political allies said her work was deeply rooted in a commitment to uplifting the poor as a “social worker by heart.” Soliman passed away on Sunday morning ... » Learn More about Dinky Soliman, 68: ‘Small woman with a big heart’
PARIS, France – On December 12, 2015, 195 countries gathered in the French capital to conclude the first truly universal climate treaty, the Paris Agreement, aimed at preventing the worst-case scenarios of global warming. On Wednesday, US media reported that President Donald Trump was poised to announce the United States' withdrawal from the pact , which took nearly two decades of often-acrimonious bartering and much give-and-take to conclude. The Palestinian authorities have since also signed the agreement, which has now been officially ratified by 147 parties and entered into force in record time on November 4, 2016, when it crossed the threshold of 55 ratifying parties representing 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Even without the US, which ratified the pact under Barack Obama in September 2016, the 55/55 threshold is met. The goal Nations agreed to hold global warming to "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees ... » Learn More about Fighting climate change: What is the Paris Agreement?