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Duterte raised Filipinos’ IQ on astronomy, culinary arts, banking, and more – netizen

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Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed presidency, millions of Filipinos have become experts on at least 14 major things.

That’s what Facebook user Bernard Ong surmised. In his post, Ong said Duterte, the ‘Colorful Guy,’ has improved the Filipinos’ IQ.

US President Barack Obama called Duterte a ‘colorful guy’ after the Philippine president, in his outburst, threatened to curse anyone who would ask him disrespectfully about the extrajudicial killings in his country.

Here are the 14 things that Ong said Filipinos have learned because of Duterte and his administration:

  1. Maritime laws – we give half of what is ours to China

On July 8, before The Hague ruling was released, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the Philippines is willing to share the West Philippine Sea and its resources with China with the possible joint exploration of a natural gas field at Reed Bank. But he clarified this statement the next day, saying he meant to say that the Philippines would wait for the ruling and interpret its implications.

  1. Diplomacy – you bash your biggest ally to please your worst tormentor

Duterte recently made “strong comments” against US President Barack Obama, saying the latter has no right to lecture him on human rights, all the while trying to be gentle in dealing with China, who refused to acknowledge The Hague ruling. China even threatened to imprison “illegal fishers” spotted in the disputed waters.

  1. Human Rights – dictator who killed or tortured 75,000+ victims gets a Hero’s burial

Duterte maintained his decision to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Recently, in his tirade against Obama and the US, he wanted the Americans to apologize for killings 600 Moros in 1906, but insisted on Marcos’ hero’s burial even when at least 1,500 Moros were massacred during martial law.

  1. Nuclear Energy – restart a 1960s-design reactor running on obsolete software sitting on a fault line

The Department of Energy is considering putting the Bataan nuclear power plant, built under Marcos’ administration. However, the administrations post-Marcos refused to use it, fearing it was situated close to earthquake fault lines and an active volcano. There were also fears of nuclear use after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine in 1986 and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011.

  1. Traffic – just a ‘state of mind’ & requires advanced Buddhist mental training to solve

In an Inquirer report, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was quoted saying the Filipinos’ “state of mind” worsens the country’s traffic woes. “Even when there (was) no traffic, (people say) there was. A state of mind adds to the problem of traffic. Let’s stop blaming traffic. If you’re late, that’s that,” Tugade said.

However, the Tugade’s statement was later clarified by Transportation Assistant Secretary for Communications Cherrie Mercado-Santos.

“The prevailing Filipino psyche of using traffic as an excuse must be changed. That kind of state of mind that automatically uses traffic as an excuse, unnecessarily adds to the problem of traffic. What the Secretary is asking, is a change of psyche, a platform of cooperation for citizens to be part of the solution, for Filipinos to simply be truthful,” Mercado-Santos said.

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  1. Math – 600,000 out of 220,000 Filipinos who died from Fil-Am war & famine were Moros. Each victim was Moro & died thrice.

In a speech in front of the soldiers in Davao City for the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command on August 26, Duterte said that Americans killed 600,000 Moros.

“There was this historical injustice committed against the Moro people. The Americans may want to know that during their campaign in Mindanao, they slaughtered 600,000 Moro people,” Duterte said.

According to the book “The Costs of War: America’s Pyrrhic Victories” by John V. Denson, “as many as 220,000 Filipino civilians perished from ‘gunfire, starvation, and the effects of concentration camps.’”

In another book, “The Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection, 1898-1902: An Annotated Bibliogaphy,” Mark R. Barnes referred to another book with an estimate of the Filipino casualties during the Philippine-American war.

Barnes referred to the book called “War-Related Deaths in the Philippines, 1898-1902,” by John M. Gates. He wrote, “Gates estimates that for the period of 1898-1903 Filipino rebel soldier and civilian deaths amounted to around 220,000, while the Philippine Island cholera epidemic in 1902 caused the death of nearly 200,000.”

  1. Culinary Arts – Abus are best served ‘kilawin’ style with salt & vinegar

In a warning to terrorists, President Duterte said that he can eat them alive, after the bombing of the Roxas Night Market in Davao City on September 2 that killed 14 and hurt some 60 people.

“Pag galitin mo akong talagang sasagad ma, kaya kong kumain ng tao. Bigyan mo lang ako ng suka’t asin, kakainin ko sa harap nila ‘yan,” Duterte said in front of the Filipino community in Laos on September 5.

  1. Budgets – cops & soldiers get 75-100k pay while promising to reduce taxes

During the election campaign, Duterte and his running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano promised the police and soldiers that their salaries will be raised to around P75,000 to P100,000 to avoid corruption. Even after he won, Duterte kept promising soldiers that they will get two times their usual salary, although Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has told them not to be too optimistic because it depends on “the realities of the purse.”

Duterte’s administration is also eyeing the reduction of taxes. Even the tax reforms are criticized for being a burden on the poor.

Duterte even promised that the pay hike for soldiers would start last August, only for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to say that the government could not deliver on that promise. But this did not stop the President from promising a doubled salary increase for the soldiers this December.

  1. Astronomy – NASA gave out the ‘best president of the solar system’ award

Fan pages dedicated to Duterte posted a meme about how the Philippine president won ‘the best president in the solar system’ award supposedly given by NASA. It’s obviously a false meme, but some supporters still believed it!

  1. Taxonomy – drug users are not homo sapiens, but hopeless shabutus addictus

After various groups in and out of the country raised concerns about the killings of suspected drug users, Duterte asked: “That’s why I said, ‘[W]hat crime against humanity?’ In the first place, I’d like to be frank with you, are they (drug users) humans? What is your definition of a human being? Tell me.”

  1. Linguistics – putang-ina is just an expression so fire away in all directions

Duterte’s supporters defended him after he threatened to curse Obama or whoever who asked him about the killings in the Philippines during the ASEAN summit. They said it was simply Duterte’s expression of anger. But after he emerged as the apparent winner in the May 9 elections, he promised to stop cursing. One of his supporters reminded him that if he’s not careful, his mouth can turn out to be his greatest enemy.

  1. Pantones – any contrary opinion is biased, yellow. That includes Bloomberg, Washington Post, my tita Hillary

Anyone who says something against or notices something amiss with Duterte and his administration are immediately labeled as biased towards the yellow, or yellowtards.

  1. Connecting dots – randomly link names of people you dislike into a Drug Matrix

The President revealed the New Bilibid Prison drug matrix, tagging Senator Leila de Lima and several other government officials and employees. However, statements from supposed witnesses against de Lima like Edna “Bogs” Obuyes and Jonathan Caranto, are breaking the matrix apart.

Obuyes denied signing a statement against de Lima and owning the BDO bank account with P24-million drug money deposit. The said deposit was signified with questionable deposit slips under Obuyes’ nickname.

Caranto also claimed BDO cleared him from being the supposed owner of the bank account with another P24-million drug money deposit. He also said he did not sign a statement saying he wanted to testify against de Lima because he doesn’t know anything.

  1. Banking – that bank that says ‘We Find Ways’ takes your over-the-counter deposit on Good Friday

One of the questionable deposit slips showed that over P4 million was deposited on Good Friday back in 2014.

Ong ended his post saying that he agreed with Pink Floyd, who said people don’t need education.

“Midnight press-cons, yes-men and repetition will do,” he said.

Do you agree with him? Have you really learned a lot about these topics under the new administration?

Duterte Raised Filipinos IQ

Sources: (gmanetwork.com, rappler.com, newsinfo.inquirer.net, philstar.com, gov.ph)

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Watch how artists’ group teaches Filipinos about their rights during TokHang

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Resbak, an alliance of artists, posted an almost six-minute video on their Facebook page about what you should do when you are dealing with the police during Operation TokHang. With over 7,000 deaths, the group wanted to educate the Filipinos about what to do when they suddenly find themselves the subject of TokHang. They easily abbreviates these eight fundamental rights into M.A.T.A.P.A.N.G.

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  • M for Manahimik. You can choose to keep quiet and not answer the cops’ questions during interrogations.
  • A for Ayoko. You don’t really need to grant the cops entry into your home if they say they want to search your home for illegal drugs.
  • T for Tumawag. You can call your lawyer and avail of his services even if you don’t have money to pay for it.
  • A for Alis. You can leave if the cops cannot provide enough basis to keep you in the police station.
  • P for Pribado. You should only be frisked for illegal items in a private place and only cops of the same sex should do it.
  • A for Alamin. You have the right to know the name and rank of the cop in charge of the operation.
  • N for Numero. You can call Resbak at 0956 874 2385 if you or someone’s rights got violated under TokHang.
  • G for Go. You go and follow the rules indicated above.

You can watch the video below, which was done as a spoof of the recently concluded Miss Universe 2017.



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Are you in DCW’s list? Here are tips on how to remove your name from that list and more

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If you find your name in Duterte Cyber Warrior’s “Wall of Shame,” which may make you a target of cyber threats, such as identity theft and other kinds of attacks, you can do something about it.

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Facebook user Khary Woulfe posted some tips on how you can hit back at the group’s threats.

Before visiting the page, make sure to do “Disable COOKIES, JAVASCRIPT and POP-UPS from your browser before clicking the link,” Woulfe said.

He also referred netizens to a safer version of the list, similar to the one posted by the Superficial Gazette. You can access it here.

As for taking your name, Woulfe suggested these tips:

  1. Verify your Facebook with your phone number. This is required to change your FB username.
  2. Change your username everyday (or more frequent than that.) The Messenger change username option is the fastest way to do so. (Otherwise, go to https://facebook.com/username if you’re on computer or on web version of Facebook.)
    This way, your old Facebook address included on their lists will point instead to a 404 (Page Not Found) page.

“However, if you haven’t provided your username beforehand and your link has been listed as https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000xxxx, the link would still point to your profile right after changing your username. If this is your case, it is better to deactivate your account for the mean time,” he added.

 

Woulfe also gave tips on how to take down the website hosting DCW’s list.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form and select Violent Threats.
  2. Fill in Full name with any name that isn’t your true name.
  3. Fill in your email address.
  4. Fill in Evidence URL with https://profile.du30cw.org/wos.
  5. Fill in Logs with:
    The link provided points to a website hosted on CloudFlare. The “Wall of Shame” is actually a list of Facebook profiles with links pointing to profiles that they are going to steal infos and photos. They also send death threats and other forms of black mails. I believe such kind of activity is illegal. My family and friends are included in the list. Please don’t allow your services to be instrumental to such kind of illegal activites. Thank you.
  6. Click Submit.

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Superficial Gazette urges people and FB pages in DCW’s ‘Wall of Shame’ to be more cautious but not be silenced

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Superficial Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (SGRP) warned the private individuals and Facebook pages that are included in the list monitored by a group of “hackers” supporting Duterte, known as “Duterte Cyber Warriors (DCW),” to secure their accounts against cyber threats.

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SGRP also provided a version of DCW’s list of potential cyber tokhang targets, called “Wall of Shame,” that is safer and easier to access, the link of which can be found here.

As of February 3, at around 3:30 pm, the list contained more than 2,250 names and FB pages, some of which are the Superficial Gazette, Madam Claudia, Change Scamming, Silent No More, Resbak Operatives, Jim Paredes, Carlos Celdran.

Even Meme Buster was included in the list at #615 after receiving three reports.

DCW Wall of Shame

For SGRP, the list should be viewed as a compilation of “names of pages and people that are worth following.”

Their advice for those who found their name in DCW’s Wall of Shame?

“Secure your accounts, change your passwords, and maybe your username. But do not be silenced – for you to stop opposing this government’s crimes is exactly what they want,” SGRP wrote.

One commenter noted how coming up with the list seemed like how the Nazis identified their “enemies” then and rounded them up.

DCW Wall of Shame

Another person on the list just laughed it off, feeling flattered he was in the list of people who are also “fighting for truth.”

DCW Wall of Shame

Someone also commented on how this action is a “subtle way of suppressing freedom of expression” of the opposition.

DCW Wall of Shame

Earlier, Superficial Gazette also posted a screenshot of how DCW posted the link of the Facebook profile of a certain individual while urging their followers to conduct a “cyber tokhang” on that person and gather the address of the target’s known relatives and friends.

In December last year, SGRP wrote about how Madam Claudia, a page critical of the Duterte administration, was removed from Facebook after being mass-reported. Despite not violating any of the FB community’s standards, the FB moderators still removed the page, leading SGRP to conclude that some of FB Philippines’ administrators may have been biased.

This is also the reason why Superficial Gazette hit the Duterte’s supporters’ “#defendFREEspeech” campaign because other supporters were also targeting Duterte’s critics with cyber tokhang, as initiated by Mr. Riyoh and Duterte Cyber Warriors, public shaming, and other kinds of attacks.

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