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Duterte celeb supporter Kat de Castro is appointed DOT undersecretary

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Kat de Castro is the new Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary of Tourism Advocacy and Public Affairs.

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During the campaign, several celebrities usually lend their star power to the candidates of their choice. Among those who supported President Rodrigo Duterte was de Castro, who is also the daughter of former Vice President Noli de Castro.

De Castro was all out in her support for Duterte, frequently hosting gatherings for the then-presidential candidate, including Duterte’s thanksgiving parties in Davao and Cebu. She was even reportedly one of the organizers of the Davao event dubbed as “DU31: One Love, One Nation Thanskgiving Party” that was held on June 4.

Rumors about de Castro’s appointment first started on social media when Arnell Ignacio and Mocha Uson, also vocal Duterte supporters, congratulated de Castro about her appointment last June 16.

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According to Ignacio, de Castro deserved the post as DOT undersecretary because she has always been promoting the different places in the Philippines.

Based on the comments on social media, some netizens defended de Castro from the bashers, saying that she is suitable for her post because of the travel show she hosted before, promoting tourism in the Philippines.

Others explained why they are not that supportive of Duterte’s appointment of his celebrity supporters, with one commenter saying, “It’s not about her (kat, jimmy, arnel…) qualifications but more to their affiliation that is arguable…. Not saying they’re not good but maybe somebody else better deserves the position.”  Someone replied to this particular comment by pointing out that as long as the minimum requirements required of their government position have been met, then their appointment shouldn’t be a problem.

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The same commenter also said that out of delicadeza if they were not expecting a reward for campaigning for Duterte.

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And as usual, with news about Duterte appointing his celebrity supporters, some netizens did not forget to bring up Die-Hard Duterte Supporter Mocha Uson.

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De Castro used to host a travel show called Trip na Trip and a business magazine show called Swak na Swak  on ABS-CBN, which are both produced by the De Castro family’s production house, Bayan Productions.

Based on her Instagram posts, de Castro has started working at the agency.

DOT Undersecretary Kat de Castro

DOT Undersecretary Kat de Castro

De Castro is just one of the celebrity supporters who campaigned for Duterte, along with Ignacio, Robin Padilla, Aiza Seguerra and wife Liza Dino, Mocha Uson, Mocha Girls, Freddie Aguilar, and Jimmy Bondoc.

Ignacio was also appointed by Duterte as the AVP of the Community Relation and Services of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

It was also reported that Duterte offered a government position to Seguerra, but she declined.

There are also rumors that there is a government post for singer Jimmy Bondoc.

As what some of the netizens have pointed out, hopefully these celebrity appointees will help the Duterte administration deliver the promises it made to the Filipinos and are not simply “bayad utang” on the president’s part.

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Pimentel sees dismissal of ICC complaint versus Duterte

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Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Friday that the charges against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will likely be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

“I believe that simply is the procedure in the ICC – they give every complainant an initial chance to survive (sic),” Pimentel said in a message sent to reporters last Friday.

He added that he believes that after the initial interview, the complaint will be dismissed in just a matter of time. He says that it will be dismissed because of lack of jurisdiction.

The ICC has informed the Philippine government that it will be conducting a preliminary examination on the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration to see if there is a basis to conduct a formal investigation into alleged crimes against humanity that the president allegedly committed.

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ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the preliminary examination that will be conducted will analyze the crimes allegedly committed in the Philippines in the context of the anti-drug campaign of the government from July 1, 2016.

She also clarified that a preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process to examine the information available and determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in accordance to the criteria established by the Rome Statute.

The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC. It was signed by 123 states, including the Philippines.

The ICC has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Pimentel, a Duterte ally, doubted that what happened in the Philippines under the president’s war on drugs falls under serious and grave crimes.

“Look at the crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Do you honestly believe what has happened here in the Philippines falls under any of those very serious and grave crimes? Honestly?” he asked.

Sources:

Politics.com, Inquirer.net

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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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