Presidential aspirant Isko Moreno has been on the receiving end of criticism for what people call fence-sitting or a lack of categorical answers when it comes to issues like Leila de Lima and the Duterte war on drugs. He’s been called “Duterte Lite” or “Duterte 2.0” as people speculate that his lack of clarity is proof that he is a puppet being controlled by President Rodrigo Duterte or that he would adopt his controversial policies if elected into Malacañang. Then there’s the sneering at a man once invited by opposition coalition 1Sambayan and suspected of being impostor who does not represent the “true opposition.” Veteran journalist and Inquirer columnist John Nery wrote that there's no way Isko can now be considered an opposition candidate. Two political analysts say fence-sitting is nothing new and Moreno likely won’t be the only candidate to be accused of this in the months ahead. With President Duterte still enjoying fairly high ... » Learn More about Duterte Lite: Is fence-sitting a sin or strategy in 2022 elections?
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I was on a bus riding back home when I read the breaking news on my phone: Duterte appoints Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of gov't committee vs illegal drugs . I almost choked on my coffee. This is a ludicrous move from the Palace and only meant to shame the Vice President and critics of the failing "war on drugs." Back in 2016, the then-presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte campaigned on an anti-crime and anti-drugs platform. For the first time in recent memory, a candidate running for a national post politicized such an issue to rouse the electorate's emotions and secure their votes. This is a bold move in a country where campaigns traditionally centered on corruption, economics, and poverty. The previous mayor of Davao City even went on to say that he would put an end to crime in "3-6 months" and annihilate everyone associated with the drug trade. Never mind that countless health and crime experts around the world, including the former ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Nothing but a honeytrap: Leni Robredo’s appointment as anti-drug co-chair
Krizle Grace Mago during her online testimony and Pharmally director Linconn Ong (fourth from left) being escorted inside the Senate building for the resumption of the blue ribbon committee hearing on the firm’s deals with the government. FILE PHOTO/SENATE PRIB PHOTO MANILA, Philippines—Incommunicado. Used to describe a witness to a possible crime, the word would connote danger on the part of the witness and worry on the part of investigators. A day after saying she was willing to work with the Senate in its investigation of the government’s COVID-19 spending, Krizle Grace Mago, an executive of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp., could no longer be reached. READ: Mago ‘incommunicado’ since damning testimony vs Pharmally Sen. Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee that has uncovered signs of massive corruption in deals that Pharmally got from the government, said Mago became incommunicado. It was just last Friday (Sept. 24) when Mago gave her most damaging ... » Learn More about ‘Incommunicado’: Krizle Mago’s sudden disappearance
Ombudsman Samuel Martires, Sen. Leila de Lima and President Rodrigo Duterte. FILE PHOTOS MANILA, Philippines — Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday urged the Ombudsman to investigate what she dubbed the “Public-Private Sector Partnership for Plunder” of President Rodrigo Duterte and Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp., a firm which faces a Senate probe over alleged overpricing of medical supplies. “Kahit ngayon lang sa pagkakataon na ito, sana naman kumampi si Ombudsman [Samuel] Martires sa panig ng taumbayan. Huwag naman sanang puro lamang pagprotekta sa SALN [statement of assets and liabilities] ni Duterte ang kanyang inaatupag,” de Lima said in a statement. (Just this time, I hope Ombudsman Martires will side with the public and not just purely protect Duterte’s SALN.) De Lima claimed that Pharmally literally killed people by delivering expired face shields for health workers’ use . “The Pharmally investigation has gone this far for us to discover that the crime did ... » Learn More about De Lima urges Ombudsman to probe Duterte, Pharmally’s ‘PPP for plunder’
Zoox, Amazon’s autonomous robotaxi. Image: Zoox via AFP Relaxnews. Amazon is showing off its self-driving vehicle ambitions with its Zoox project, named after the startup recently acquired by the American giant. It is an electric, self-driving robotaxi prototype, with capacity for four passengers. Zoox is a relatively compact vehicle, but spacious enough to seat four people. It is bidirectional (it can be driven forward or backward) and its four small guide wheels make it easy to park. Without a driver or even a steering wheel, Zoox can reach a top speed of 75 miles per hour in both ways. Its massive 133-kWh battery offers a 16-hour range, which means it can function all day without a break and charge up at night. Zoox is equipped with AI and traffic management systems, meaning it can anticipate potential dangers to avoid on the road (other vehicles, pedestrians, and animals, for example). It boasts several cameras, radars and lidar technologies leading to a 360-degree view of ... » Learn More about Amazon unveils fully self-driving robotaxi called Zoox