Senator Leila de Lima, who has been detained for over four years after she led a Senate investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war, has declared her bid to seek reelection in the 2022 elections. In a scathing letter addressed to Duterte ahead of his final State of the Nation Address, De Lima said she would not be cowed by the attacks from the President himself and would continue the fight in 2022 – even if that meant running a campaign from her detention cell in Camp Crame. “Marami ang nagtatanong sa akin kung sa kabila ng pagyurak na ginawa mo sa akin ay may lakas pa ako ng loob na tumakbo muli bilang senador sa 2022. Tatakbo akong muli. Hindi ako susuko. Tuloy ang laban,” said De Lima. (Many are asking if I still have the will to run for senator in 2022 even if you have trampled upon me. I am running again. I will not give up. The fight continues.) A lawyer and human rights activist, De Lima used to chair the Commission on Human ... » Learn More about ‘Tuloy ang laban’: De Lima declares bid for Senate reelection
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Philippine opposition senator Leila de Lima marked her 1,000th day in prison on November 20, 2019. Prior to the 2016 elections, it didn’t seem likely that she would spend years in jail. After all, she was a seasoned lawyer who served as the chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) until 2010 and as secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) until 2015. This track record helped her secure a senatorial seat in the 2016 elections . But a lot has changed in that span of time – not only in the country's politics but also on social media. Networked websites on social media spread numerous claims discrediting De Lima's credentials and ethics. While many of these claims have been found false or misleading, they were nevertheless deliberately amplified by the same set of connected Facebook pages. These viral claims against De Lima that were often disguised as "news" started sprouting in 2016. That year, the aspiring senator was a ... » Learn More about Premeditated murder: The character assassination of Leila de Lima
IRRELEVANT QUESTIONS. Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariu00f1as, Capiz Representative Fredenil Castro, 1-Ang Edukasyon Representative Salvador Belaro Jr, and Kabayan Representative Harry Roque all asked questions ranging from whether what was between Dayan and De Lima was u201ctrue loveu201d to when the two entered the u201cclimaxu201d of their relationship. MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives crossed the line on Thursday, November 24, as they pounded Ronnie Dayan with questions about his intimate relationship with his former employer Senator Leila de Lima. The former aide and ex-lover of De Lima faced the House committee on justice two days after he was arrested in La Union. He has been accused of being De Lima's bagman in the illegal drug trade. Netizens were quick to criticize legislators who asked Dayan |irrelevant questions that sought to bring out juicy details about their relationship, but which had nothing to ... » Learn More about The House’s ‘climax’ congressmen: Who are they?
The question in my mind as the one-hour interview with Vice President Leni Robredo in ANC’s “After the Fact” hosted by Christian Esguerra drew to a close was: If not you, Leni, then who? My question’s context is 1Sambayan’s search for presidential and vice presidential wannabes (and for the senatorial lineup as well) that 1Sambayan will choose from and finally endorse. Aspirants should be willing to go through a vetting process, fit into 1Sambayan’s vision, and abide by its decision on who to finally endorse. These chosen ones would be opposition standard-bearers who can spell the end of the Duterte reign. To use techie language, do a reboot. So far, only Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has made known his desire to be included in 1Sambayan’s selection process. Robredo is still mum. I hate to use the phrases “hemming and hawing” and “playing it coy” as these make her look indecisive. Only she and her close-ins know the right time for her to say yes or no. Cool and collected, Esguerra (a ... » Learn More about If not Leni, then who?
SINGAPORE: A few years ago, migrant worker Lee (not his real name) and his colleagues were travelling to work at the back of a lorry that was speeding over humps in a car park. There were also metal items in the rear deck, and the driver’s carelessness was enough to injure Lee and a colleague. A scan in hospital showed a muscular tear at Lee’s waist. “It’s been very tough. I can’t bend over and lift things up in one motion,” he said. Requesting anonymity for fear his work permit would be cancelled because he was speaking up, he added: “Sitting at the back (of a lorry) is quite a dangerous thing to do.” He has worked in Singapore for 14 years, and although he and his co-workers often talk about their mode of transport, he feels it is “pointless” as their boss is already “well aware” of the risks. “The metal rods aren’t secured; they aren’t fixed to the lorry. They’d fly (in a collision),” Lee said. The ferrying of workers in lorries has come under the spotlight again ... » Learn More about ‘I felt like I was going to fall off’: Lorry rides and the push to make it safer for workers
SINGAPORE: Seventeen people, including five police officers, were taken to hospital on Friday night (May 7) after an accident between a police van and a lorry in Jurong. The police said they were alerted to the accident at the junction of Jalan Buroh and Jurong Port Road at about 9pm. "Five police officers, one male lorry driver and 11 male lorry passengers, were conscious when conveyed to hospital," said the police in response to CNA's queries. "The 17 men, aged 20 to 44, all sustained minor injuries. Police investigations are ongoing." A video circulating on social media showed that the lorry's windscreen had shattered, leaving pieces of glass on the road. The left side of the police van was also badly damaged. Some people could be seen getting medical treatment on the pavement, with at least two Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) ambulances at the scene. SCDF said the injured were taken to the National University Hospital. READ: Fewer people killed in lorry ... » Learn More about 17 people, including 5 police officers, injured after accident between police van and lorry
SINGAPORE: Fewer people on board lorries were injured or killed in road traffic accidents since safety measures were introduced in 2009 and 2010, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Friday (May 7). In a statement, an LTA spokesperson said the traffic police are currently investigating the two recent accidents involving lorries ferrying passengers. The driver involved in the first case has been arrested for careless driving causing death. READ: 13 offences found in checks on lorries carrying workers: LTA READ: Calls to review practice of transporting workers in lorries after 2 accidents "Internationally, while there are different practices, it is not uncommon for goods vehicles to be used to carry passengers. "For example, countries such as Canada, Thailand and the USA allow for passengers to be ferried on the rear deck, with varying degree of safety restrictions," said the spokesperson. He added that in 2009 and 2010, the Government rolled out a series of ... » Learn More about Fewer people killed in lorry accidents since safety measures were introduced in 2009: LTA
SINGAPORE: Checks on lorries used to transport workers turned up 13 offences this week, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Thursday (Apr 29). These ranged from a failure to comply with seating space requirements to failing to provide adequate shelter for passengers, the LTA noted. In a Facebook post, LTA said it regularly carries out enforcement operations islandwide - including at industrial areas such as Sungei Kadut, Penjuru, Tuas and Toh Guan Road - to ensure lorries used for transporting workers comply with safety requirements. “We are glad to see that most lorry owners and drivers are responsible and compliant,” said the LTA. This comes after two migrant workers died and another 15 were injured last week, following a collision between a lorry and stationary tipper truck on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE). Another accident later that week saw 10 workers injured after a lorry overturned along Upper Bukit Timah Road . READ: PIE lorry accident: Second ... » Learn More about 13 offences found in checks on lorries carrying workers: LTA
SINGAPORE: On Wednesday (Dec 2), Tampines Rovers secured qualification for the group stage of the 2021 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League - the first team from Singapore to do so since 2010. Much has changed in Asia’s premier club competition since the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC), now known as Warriors Football Club, was knocked out after finishing third in its group. The tournament has grown in a number of ways. It will feature 40 teams next year, an increase of eight from 2020. Standards have also risen since 2010. Chinese clubs have invested considerable amounts in world famous players and coaches with the likes of Shanghai SIPG lining up former Brazilian internationals Hulk and Oscar, whose combined transfer fees cost a reported US$150 million in 2016. READ: Commentary: Salim Moin’s death reminds us of a rare breed of Singapore footballers Spaniard and 2010 World Cup winner Andres Iniesta, who won four UEFA Champions Leagues, is now ... » Learn More about Commentary: Great that Tampines Rovers is playing with the best in Asia. But what will that do for local football?
MANILA, Philippines—While many Filipino presidents’ final few months in office were hounded by the “lame duck” curse, President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have cast the spell out through record-high approval ratings—a feat not seen since polling started in the post-Marcos era. The popularity is surviving widespread criticisms—domestically and internationally—of the way Duterte executes policy, like human rights violations in the bloody anti-drug campaign, his handling of Chinese incursions in West Philippine Sea and his relationship with media among others. As Duterte approaches his final year in office, latest numbers indicated that the President will most likely maintain this popularity, begging the questions: How did he do it? How will this impact the 2022 national elections? Are there any dangers to having a popular president? Record-high numbers In October 2020, Pulse Asia released a survey showing that 91 percent of Filipinos approved of Duterte’s performance in the ... » Learn More about Duterte casts out ‘lame duck’ spell, retains popularity unseen before