MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Coup d'etat and rebellion charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV were once again in the spotlight, after President Rodrigo Duterte signed on August 31 a proclamation revoking the amnesty granted to the opposition senator in 2011. Here's a rundown of what happened to Trillanes, from the mutiny that started it all, leading up to the voiding of his amnesty. MUTINY. A group of rebel troops and officers belonging to elite military units face journalists as they wait for the 5:00 pm deadline for their surrender inside the Oakwood Hotel in the suburban financial district of Makati in Manila, 27 July 2003. Photo by Jimin Lai/AFP Rumors have been circulating about junior military officers planning to take action against reported corruption in the armed forces. Among their grievances are the lack of housing and incentives for soldiers, low pay, and the supposed "micromanagement" of then-defense secretary Angelo ... » Learn More about TIMELINE: Trillanes, from mutiny to amnesty
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SINGAPORE: It had been a tough year for Singapore. Then, as 2020 came to its close, it looked like the country could see a flicker of light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel with its transition on Dec 28 to Phase 3 of its reopening. And in the months that followed, the path to a post-pandemic normality looked to be fairly smooth, with community cases generally running to no more than a few a day. Plans for events which hadn't been possible for months started to gather pace. This was in spite of the pandemic continuing to rage worldwide, with a number of countries forced to introduce and then reintroduce measures to curb the spread of the raging virus. Singapore hadn't needed to. Then, very quickly, things changed. Clusters began to spring up, with one emerging at Tan Tock Seng Hospital - the first in a local hospital since the pandemic began. Community cases began to steadily increase. To tackle the spike, Singapore announced some tighter, targeted measures on May ... » Learn More about IN FOCUS: Tackling COVID-19 with targeted measures – the new normal for Singapore?
SINGAPORE: How the tides have turned. Only a month ago, Singapore had just relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions, allowing more to return to offices and attend events. Crowds were thronging shopping malls and attractions. Plans were made for staycations and gatherings. Masks were more often worn revealing noses. Call it COVID-19 fatigue, the setting in of complacency in our safety measures of mandatory mask-wearing and venue-capacity controls, we were all happy to have some semblance of normalcy as Singapore reopened. Then on Apr 29, what a shock. The reported locally transmitted cases in Singapore leapt to 16. After being used to zero or low single-digit daily community cases for what seemed like the longest time, we all felt unsettled. We went about our daily lives wondering if this could be a blip and if the cases might just peter out in the next few days. They didn't. READ: Commentary: Worries over rising COVID-19 cases are fuelling racially charged comments ... » Learn More about Commentary: Five pandemic lessons we have learnt that should tide us over any surge in cases
This file photo shows United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaking during the inauguration of the “Seminar of Afro-descendant Women of Latin America” in San Jose, Costa Rica, on December 03, 2019. (Photo by John DURAN / AFP) MANILA, Philippines — A report by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has found “near impunity” in the Philippine government’s handling of drug war killings. The report released Thursday cited official figures showing that since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his drug war in 2016 at least 8,663 have been killed. However, the report noted that some estimates put “the real toll at more than triple that number.” “Despite credible allegations of widespread and systematic extrajudicial killings in the context of the campaign against illegal drugs, there has been near impunity for such violations,” the report said. It then pointed out that since the drug war started about four years ago, there had only been one ... » Learn More about UNHRC report: ‘Near impunity’ in PH drug war killings, ‘Tokhang’ must end
REUTERS: Lordstown Motors Corp on Monday announced the sudden departure of its chief executive and finance head, just days after the electric truck maker warned that it may not have enough money to stay in business over the next year, sending shares down more than 15per cent in early trading. The resignations of founder and Chief Executive Steve Burns and Chief Financial Officer Julio Rodriguez come as the company's board reported conclusions from an internal investigation into claims made by short-seller Hindenburg. Burns is Lordstown's largest shareholder with a stake of more than 26per cent, according to Refinitiv data. Lordstown acknowledged it had overstated the quality of pre-orders for the company's electric trucks, but rejected as false Hindenburg's accusations it had overstated the viability of its technology and misled investors about production plans. When it announced its deal to go public through a reverse merger last August, Lordstown said it had pre-orders ... » Learn More about Electric-truck maker Lordstown’s CEO, CFO resign, shares slump
The writing's been on the wall for the past five years — the Singapore Sports Hub has definitely not been having an easy time. The ongoing pandemic continues to grind large group activities to a halt — this means no concerts, no football matches, no events that involve large crowds of people filling the high-tech aerated seats at the new Grand Old Dame. Sporting activities have resumed for some time now though, so people are slowly returning, but the glittering dome in Kallang remains largely a shadow of the hive of activity it used to be all year through in the years prior to 2020. All this, of course, throws up questions about the sustainability of the Sports Hub, as it navigates the tricky and thorny public-private partnership it as a private limited straddles between its financiers, the public and of course, its biggest customer, the Singapore government. In the middle of this complexity and tension stands Lionel Yeo, the man headhunted for the role of Sports Hub CEO ... » Learn More about Alignment vs approval: What Sports Hub CEO Lionel Yeo learned from the private sector after 22 years in govt
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg With over 26 years of acting experience and over 40 television shows under his belt, Singaporean actor Thomas Ong has come a long way since his early days as a flight-steward-turned-model with no acting experience or training. Unlike many of his colleagues, Ong has avoided making variety appearances in his career. Quan Yi Fong's talk show, "Hear U Out", marks Ong's second variety appearance. In part one of the episode, the 52-year-old discussed his early days of his career with Quan and his financial troubles after leaving the television scene in 2000. Being homeless in between places After leaving Mediacorp in 2000, Ong dabbled in a business that involved corporate gifts and events. Ong admitted that he encountered some setbacks when attending to business dealings but remained optimistic about them, viewing them as "life experiences". During the interview, Ong recalled a specific ... » Learn More about Retired actor Thomas Ong used to live in his car, showered at ‘cheap country club’ for 4 months
There are many names for what Singapore is going through at the moment. Circuit Breaker in all but name. Phase 2: The Empire Strikes Back. Déjà vu. A lockdown with Singaporean characteristics. Take your pick, but officially, it's known as Phase 2: Heightened Alert (P2HA), which resulted in at least one glorious meme, for those of us who spent endless hours playing "Command & Conquer: Red Alert" back in the day. Here's a handy comparison chart for what you can and cannot do during P2HA: Notice something? PH2A is much more "easy-going" as compared to the Circuit Breaker. Retail shops are open, you can buy 4D and Toto, and perhaps most important of all, bubble tea shops are open for takeaway orders (although some have closed ). Back on May 4, when now-Finance Minister and Covid-19 multi-ministry task force co-chair Lawrence Wong announced the latest measures, he said that the government is not ruling out the possibility of another Circuit Breaker. More ... » Learn More about Comment: Should S’pore do another Circuit Breaker? Maybe not.
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg On May 25, Jeanette Aw's patisserie Once Upon A Time launched with a bang — and a (server) crash . https://www.instagram.com/p/CPVAL_XAVBw/ Due to a high volume of visitors, the website could not be accessed just moments after it officially went live at 10am. Aw subsequently announced on May 26 that her bakes are sold out for the month of June. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jeanette Aw 欧萱 (@jeanetteaw) When asked how she feels about the outstanding demand, the 42-year-old actress and entrepreneur told Mothership that she "definitely didn't know what to expect" since it was the first launch for Once Upon A Time. The crash also stressed out her entire technical team, who scrambled to bring it online again but to no avail. "They told me they got it back and running finally at night and within seconds ... » Learn More about Jeanette Aw on website crash during patisserie’s launch: ‘I didn’t know what to expect’
On June 5, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minster Heng Swee Keat took the opportunity to sum up his aims with his Fortitude Budget, the fourth budget of the year, which he announced on May 26. He focused on the necessity of preserving jobs and maintaining a strong fiscal position as Singapore battles Covid-19, the "global crisis of our generation". Heng said, "There is now talk of a global 'Lockdown Generation', and fears that the youth of our time could have their skills, employability, and incomes permanently affected, even after the world recovers from the pandemic. We must work to prevent a 'Covid Generation' of workers and students in Singapore." Overall spending on four budgets has come up to S$193 billion Coming in at S$33 billion, the Fortitude Budget means that a total of S$92.9 billion will be committed by the government to its Covid-19 response across all four budgets. In addition, over S$72 billion, or nearly 80 per cent of the $92.9 billion sum, ... » Learn More about DPM Heng: ‘Central plank’ of 4 Budgets is preserving jobs & helping unemployed find work