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Duterte supporters defend Uson’s grammar, argue people should focus on letter’s substance

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Some supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte came out to defend their fellow supporter, Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, against the criticisms leveled against her over her mistakes in her letter to her boss, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

Mike Acebedo Lopez admitted to being a grammar nazi himself, but said that Uson’s critics merely focused on the letter’s form, not what Uson was requesting for.

“My friends know me to be somewhat of a grammar nazi and I did spot the errors in Mocha’s letter (I even pointed out in the comments section of my post yesterday how corps was misspelled–it says ‘corp’ in the letter–and that it’s good she didn’t put ‘corpse’ or Pia Ranada would’ve completely lost it and cried ‘death threat,’ Lol), but I still posted it anyway. You know why?” Lopez wrote in a Facebook post on November 8.

“Because what they just did, correcting her letter like that, focusing on the form and missing the substance of her query, is exactly the kind of intellectual snobbery and elitist superiority that’ve endeared Mocha to the masses,” he added.

Lopez said that the more critics “look down” on Uson, the more she becomes “influential.”

“Palibhasa hanggang grammar lang ang inaatupag niyo. You’re missing the bigger picture. It’s about communication and communicating to an audience. Kaya kayo talo,” Lopez said.

Another Duterte supporter, blogger Rey Joseph Nieto, also known as Thinking Pinoy, dared the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication to proofread Senator Antonio Trillanes’ letter to the Anti-Money Laundering Council dated February 21, 2017. He also noted the erroneous phrase “expeditiously action” in his November 9 Facebook post.

Uson shared Nieto’s post on her own page, where she said that she was not offended that her grammar was corrected, citing as example how the Japanese are not that well-versed in English yet their economy is still doing well.

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“Hindi lang pala ako nagkakamali sa grammar. Ay bongga!” Uson wrote.

“Tanong ng ilan sa akin offended daw ba ako sa pag correct ng mga matatalino sa grammar ko??? NGEH! Mga Hapon nga hindi marunong mag english, konti lang marunong baluktot pa. Pero kamusta naman ang Japan? Pak Pak Japan!” she added.

Uson also hit the fluent English-speaking lawmakers who were not able to accomplish anything.

On the other hand, she encouraged her fellow Filipinos who are not that fluent in English to still do something for the country, seeing as how fluency in the foreign language is not a true measure of intelligence.

“Hindi po ako nagmamayabang. Gusto ko lang i-encourage din ang iba pa nating mga kababayan na mahina din sa English. Hindi yan ang basehan ng talino. At may magagawa ka pa rin para sa bayan kahit mahina ka sa english. Wag po tayo mahiya. Pilipino po tayo. Hindi po english ang ating lengwahe kaya natural lang na magkamali tayo. Yun lang po, labyu all,” Uson said.

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Lopez and Nieto’s defense of Uson’s grammatical flaws came after UP associate professor Danilo Arao’s proofreading of Uson’s letter went viral.

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Former national security adviser warns against risks in letting China survey Benham Rise

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The Philippines should not allow China to survey Benham Rise, warned former national security adviser Roilo Golez.

He enumerated his reasons behind his warning.

“China is illegally occupying & claiming our West Ph Sea, and IMHO lusting for more seas,” Golez said in a Facebook post on January 15.

He also pointed out the rich resources in Benham Rise.

“Benham Rise is rich in fish resources & China apparently lusting for food,” he said.

“Benham Rise is rich in energy (methane hydrates, gas) and China apparently is lusting for energy,” he added.

Golez noted the strategic significance of Benham Rise’s location.

“Benham Rise has strategic importance, a good area for submarine channels which an oceanographic survey can reveal. PLA submarines can hide in those channels constituting a threat to the security of the Philippines and our allies in the Western Pacific,” he wrote.

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Golez’s warning came after reports surfaced about how the Philippine government may have allowed a Chinese entity to conduct research in Benham Rise, which President Rodrigo Duterte renamed as Philippine Rise.

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano claimed on January 12 that the Department of Foreign Affairs approved the request for Chinese entities to do marine scientific research in Philippine Waters, including Benham Rise.

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“We should be careful and prudent in granting any access to our waters especially with China who is known to claim 80% of our EEZ in South China Sea through its expansive 9-dash line,” Alejano said in a statement to media.

He added that the “information” he received said the study would be conducted by the Institute of Oceanology of Chinese Academy of Sciences (IO-CAS) and would be joined by the University of the Philippines – Marine Science Institute.

In response to Alejano’s claims, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano responded that he will have to “check the details.”

He added, “But what I can assure Congressman Alejano and the Filipino people, we have the same rules for all the countries. We have to follow the law.”

Cayetano emphasized that there is no reason to suspect approval or denial of requests for scientific research, regardless of which country the request came from.

“There’s nothing suspicious about approval or disapproval of scientific research. Whether they are Americans, Japanese, Chinese, Mongolians, Singaporeans, etc, if they comply they will [be approved] if they do not comply they will not [be approved],” he said.

Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio earlier described the decision to approve China’s request as “dumb.”

“China has squatted on the West Philippine Sea and refuses to leave despite the ruling of the UNCLOS tribunal. Now, China requests to be allowed to survey the Philippine Sea on the east side of the Philippines. The Philippines would be dumb to grant China’s request,” Carpio said in a report on GMA News’ 24 Oras.

Sources: ( rappler.comcnnphilippines.com )

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PNP chief admits to cops extorting money to remove names from drug watchlist

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said on January 12 that some members of the police force had extorted money from people who want to have their name removed from the police’s drug watchlist.

The PNP chief made the remarks when he announced the police’s preparation to restore Oplan TokHang under the condition that its implementation will be how TokHang was intended to be implemented.

“Ang instruction ko sa kanila sa command conference is that ibalik natin ang Tokhang, pero ‘yung totoong spirit ng Tokhang, hindi ‘yung ibang Tokhang na ginagawa nila dati na ‘yung pulis, may dalang listahan ng drug personalities sa barangay at sasabihan ‘yung drug personality: ‘Ikaw, nasa listahan ka. Magbigay ka ng pera para tanggalin ka namin sa listahan,'” Dela Rosa said.

But he did not elaborate which units or regions were caught in implementing this illegal practice.

He, however, highlighted how TokHang should be properly done.

“Kausapin ka lang. Although kilala ka na pusher sa barangay, pakiusapan ka lang ng pulis at mga tao sa barangay na, ‘Please ihinto mo na ‘yan, at saka kung gusto mo magpa-rehab, willing ‘yung ating local government,'” Dela Rosa explained.

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The PNP is preparing for their comeback to the drug war, as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte, after their month-long hiatus from the campaign against illegal drugs.

This is not the first time Dela Rosa mentioned the extortion committed by some cops where the drug war is concerned.

In November 2016, he also admitted to this illegal practice by some members of the police force.

“Inaamin ko na marami pa ring mga pulis namin dyan na scalawag na ginagamit iyung war on drugs namin para sa pangingikil ng pera. Mayroong mga pumupunta sa mga negosyante, sinasabihan ang mga negosyante na ikaw po ay kasama sa watchlist namin sa aming war on drugs, ikaw po ay drug personality. Tinatakot hanggang sa lumalabas na iyung pera,” the PNP chief said.

He proceeded to warning these scalawag cops, telling them that he will “break the necks” of the cops if he catches them committing this practice.

“Hindi po namin kino-condone iyan. Iyung mga pulis po na gumagawa niyan, I promise, kapag mahuli ko kayo, babalian ko kayo ng leeg,” he added.

Dela Rosa encouraged the public to report erring cops.

“Kahit kayo ay drug lord, drug pusher, kapag tinakot kayo ng pulis para magbigay kayo ng pera para matanggal ang pangalan ninyo, i-report po ninyo sa akin iyan, sa inyong kapulisan,” he said.

“Iyung kasalanan ng pulis na nangongotong na iyan, times two iyun sa kasalanan niyo bilang drug pusher kaya mas ipa-priority ko iyung pulis ko na nangungurakot kaysa sa inyo, ipa-priority kong i-neutralize. I will neutralize them,” he added.

Sources: ( rappler.comnews.abs-cbn.com )

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Duterte on cursing, making rude comments: It’s too late for me to change

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President Rodrigo Duterte defended his tendency to make rude comments or throw in expletives in some of his speeches, saying he was used to this way of speaking when he served as mayor of Davao City for decades.

“I realized that being President, hindi ka na makasabi ng p***** i**, hindi ka na maka…. Too late to change eh. It’s in the persona embedded deeply in the psychic mind. Wala na akong magawa niyan,” he remarked during the 60th birthday celebration of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in Tagum City on January 12.

He recalled how he said in an earlier interview that he brought his attitude as a mayor to his presidency.

“Sabi ko nga sa interview kanina, “Ang problema ko is dala-dala ko ‘yung mindset ko, ‘yung asta ko as mayor, dinala ko sa presidency,” Duterte said.

“So kung magsalita ako, parang mayor. And that is why everybody who addresses me as President would give a… would come a reply something like, “Please do not call me President.  Just call me ‘Mayor,’” he added.

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Duterte also defended his rude remarks, saying he is only rude to those who are rude to him.

“Ang sabi ‘bastos,’ eh talagang bastos ang bunganga ko, lalo na pag asarin mo ako,” he said.

Netizens reacted to Duterte’s remarks on his inability to change, asking him why he then banked on change during his campaign.

“Then maybe you shouldn’t have run a campaign premised on change?” a Twitter user asked.

“Yet his tagline is “change is coming.” What a hypocrite!” another tweeted.

“So much for “change is coming” then.”

On Facebook, the commenters echoed the same sentiments.

“Dami mong daldal change is coming pero ikaw mismo ayaw mag change? Plastic ka pala,” a Facebook user said.

Duterte has been in hot water for making rape remarks about an Australian missionary and the Miss Universe candidates and while talking to the military. He was also called out for catcalling GMA News reporter Mariz Umali and for cursing various people, including Pope Francis, former US President Barack Obama, UN special rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard, and former President Benigno Aquino, among others

Sources: ( pcoo.gov.ph )

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