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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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?
REUTERS -Advertising technology company Teads BV, owned by French telecom company Altice, said on Wednesday it aims to raise up to US$808.5 million through an initial public offering on the Nasdaq at a valuation of about US$5 billion. The company's existing shareholders plan to sell 38.5 million shares in the IPO, at a price range of US$18 to US$21 each, after which Altice would hold majority voting rights. Founded in 2011, Teads provides automated buying and selling of online advertising space, a technology that is fast gaining popularity, to clients including Adidas, Danone SA, Vice Media and BBC Global News. The company, whose platform reaches 1.9 billion users globally, was acquired by Altice in 2017 in an all-cash deal that valued Teads at around 285 million euros (US$337.35 million). Other adtech companies that made their market debuts in recent months include Integral Ad Science Holding Corp and Viant Technology Inc. Teads earned a profit of US$111.5 million on ... » Learn More about Altice’s adtech firm Teads targets US$5 billion valuation in US IPO
The recent violence at the al-Aqsa mosque/Temple Mount area and in the Old City of Jerusalem has spiraled into something bigger and more dangerous. Clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters at the weekend have left hundreds injured. Tensions rose further on Monday night, May 10, after Israeli airstrikes launched in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks killed 25 people in Gaza City. This latest episode cannot be attributed to a single cause. It should rather be connected to a broader landscape of destabilizing factors whose cumulative weight led to the current crisis after months of incubation. A chain reaction was nevertheless triggered by ongoing attempts to evict Palestinian families living for generations in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah . A legal battle is being waged between the Palestinian residents and Nahalat Shimon – a settler organization tied to the Zionist movement in Israel which is trying to alter east ... » Learn More about Jerusalem: The politics behind the latest explosion of violence in the Holy City
The following is the first in a series of excerpts from Kelvin Rodolfo's ongoing book project "Tilting at the Monster of Morong: Forays Against the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and Global Nuclear Energy. " The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) was a poorly-considered project of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, built in the 1970s before the natural hazards it faces were properly evaluated. In the Bataan town of Morong, it sits on Mount Natib, a dormant volcano dissected by the active Lubao Fault in Pampanga and Bataan provinces, as this satellite photograph from Professor Lagmay of UP Diliman’s Project NOAH shows. The people of Bataan call the BNPP “the Monster of Morong.” And like a monster of folklore, it refuses, zombie-like, to die. Construction was paused in 1979 to reevaluate its safety after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Pennsylvania. Over 4,000 construction errors were reported, but Marcos would have his plant, come hell or high ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Tilting at the Monster of Morong
The Supreme Court building viewed from its closed gateway.—INQUIRER FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has ruled that President Rodrigo Duterte cannot invoke the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Rome Statute to skirt the investigation by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) of charges that he committed crimes against humanity in the killings of thousands in his brutal war on drugs. Voting unanimously, the 15-member tribunal also held that the President could not arbitrarily terminate international agreements without the concurrence of the Senate. In a stinging rebuke of the position of Duterte and Malacañang, the high court ruled that as a state party the Philippines was bound to recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC and cooperate with its processes even after its withdrawal from the treaty that created the international court. “Withdrawing from the Rome Statute does not discharge a state party from the obligations it has incurred as a ... » Learn More about Duterte can’t evade ICC, end treaty on his own – Supreme Court
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?
From organizing outreach programs during their idols’ birthdays to setting up disaster relief operations , giving back isn't a new concept for K-pop fandoms. So it shouldn't be surprising that fans of various South Korean idol groups started their own community pantries to help ease the suffering caused by the pandemic. EXO In Malabon City, Kristine Santos, an EXO-L, organized an EXO-themed community pantry in Barangay Maysilo to both help her community and promote the K-pop group. The 32-year old EXO-L started displaying photos of the EXO members around the pantry on April 19. Other members of the fandom in the Philippines donated to the initiative after Santos posted about it on Facebook fan groups. Kristine did not expect that her EXO-themed pantry to go viral but said she's thankful because the pantry is now on its 7th day. In one of her tweets, Kristine happily shared that she noticed that nearby residents kept coming back to their ... » Learn More about LIST: K-pop fans set up community pantries around the Philippines
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: 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