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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When Jackie Narkiewicz switched careers and became a librarian, she thought she’d spend her workdays “drinking hot beverages and discussing literature with people. “But during her 16 years as a librarian on New York’s Long Island. Narkiewicz has also faced a man threatening to kill her and a patron screaming while cutting her own hair in the bathroom. For her job, Narkiewicz has been trained in CPR and mental health crisis response and carries the opioid overdose antidote naloxone with her. As libraries nationwide contend with a surge in patrons seeking refuge in the stacks because of poverty, drug addiction or mental illness, a growing number of institutions have social workers on staff. Patrons enter Queens Central Library just as doors open to start the day, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Queens borough of New York. The library has a full-time social worker assisting patrons who take refuge during the day, who may need help with various crises including, homelessness, ... » Learn More about Libraries: Social Workers Training For Unexpected Events
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg [UPDATED on Monday, Mar 22 at 3:11pm: Taiwanese authorities have clarified that Zhang still has one more chance left. Read the story here .] Japanese sushi restaurant chain Sushiro's outlets in Taiwan ran a two-day promotion from Mar. 17 that drove many into a frenzy. Any customer whose identification card contains the words “Gui Yu” — the Chinese characters for salmon — was entitled to an all-you-can-eat salmon sushi meal along with five friends. Amongst those who rushed to changed their names to enjoy the promo was a Taichung university student who had unknowingly maxed out his name change quota for the promotion. As a result, Zhang Salmon Dream ("张鲑鱼之梦"), as he is known now, would not be allowed to change his name again. Salmon dream Taiwanese news outlet United Daily News (UDN) reported on Mar. 18 that upon receiving his new identification card, the registration staff informed ... » Learn More about Taiwanese man maxes out name change quota for sushi promo, stuck with ‘Salmon Dream’ as his name
SINGAPORE: It has been about eight months since Dr Wong Choo Wai ended his volunteer stint taking care of COVID-19 patients at Singapore Expo, but the 50-year-old sometimes wakes up in panic, thinking that he has overslept and is late for work. The senior family physician is still reeling from his experience of working almost 24/7 from April to September last year - pulling 12-hour volunteering shifts at the community care facility, while also still running his two clinics and seeing his regular patients. Getting only three hours of sleep each day, Dr Wong said that there were days where he almost dozed off at work due to the mental and physical exhaustion. He recalled one particular night in early May last year when he and other volunteers saw patients coming into the facility up until around 4am the next morning. Usually, new cases would stop coming in by midnight. “The next day, we were all so zonked out because each one of us saw at least a few hundred patients for that ... » Learn More about The Big Read: Frontline healthcare workers pushed to limits by non-stop, never-ending COVID-19 fight
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.
We are republishing Part 1 of the award-winning "Murder in Manila" series first posted in October 2018. The links to the rest of the series are found at the end of the story. an estimated 23,518 deaths under investigation , Rappler tells the story of President Rodrigo Duterte ’ s drug war from the eyes of the killers. In early 2017, the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested members of a vigilante gang suspected of preying on drug suspects and criminals in Tondo, Manila. The group was a local chapter of the Confederate Sentinels Group (CSG). More than a year after the arrests, most of the men implicated remain free. Rappler’s 6-month investigation shows strong indications that the police were outsourcing extrajudicial killings to the same vigilante gang they accused of murder. According to individuals with knowledge of CSG Tondo Chapter 2’s activities, officials of the PNP coordinated with vigilantes, selected targets, took credit for ... » Learn More about ‘Some People Need Killing’ | Part 1
Editor ’ s Note: In this 3-part series, a Rappler investigative team scrutinized the first batch of files submitted in June 2018 by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to the Supreme Court. Consisting of police reports, the documents were supposed to provide insight into the regularity of police operations in President Rodrigo Duterte ’ s violent campaign against illegal drugs. Part 1 discusses the quality of the files submitted by the OSG, tracks the progress of the case at the SC, and spells out what their implications are. At a glance: After the Supreme Court ordered the Duterte government to submit documents on drug-related killings, it took two years before petitioners got a complete copy of the files for their own analysis. One of the petitioners had to file a motion for contempt against the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) before Solicitor General Jose Calida submitted a second, and supposedly correct, batch of files. Petitioners still have ... » Learn More about Duterte government’s ‘rubbish’ files stall SC drug war case