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Ed Lingao hits netizen for trying to shot down his Marcos wealth story: ‘Ang talino di napapakita sa angas’

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On August 31, veteran journalist Ed Lingao shared his News5 story about the Marcos wealth, amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s claims about how the Marcoses were “willing to return” their family wealth to the government.

“President Duterte says the Marcoses are willing to return some of their loot, even some “gold bars.” After five administrations retrieved some $4 billion dollars from the Marcoses and cronies, and after repeated denials from them that there is ill-gotten and hidden wealth, now there is an apparent admission that there is more loot still hidden out there. Assuming of course that the President was not joking,” Lingao wrote.

His two-minute long News5 story discussed the mysterious wealth of the Marcoses and debunked the popular myths surrounding the sources of their wealth, including those stories about the Yamashita treasure and the 200 metric tons of gold given to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos after the war.

However, the Supreme Court had a different ruling as to the source of the Marcos wealth in 2002 and 2003. The SC said that Marcos declared only P120,000 in assets when he assumed the presidency in 1965 in his income tax returns. The Marcoses’ reason about how Marcos earned a lot during his law practice was junked by the SC, considering that he did not a law office or a prominent client during his practice.

Even with his combined salary with his wife Imelda, the couple only earned P2.3 million from 1965 to 1985, as per the SC’s computation.

This was the reason why the SC decided to forfeit the couple’s Swiss bank accounts, which contained $685 million in 2003.

In his Facebook post, Facebook user “Flippinflips” posted an almost four-minute long video slamming the “elementary level” of explanation used by the “idiot” PCGG, Liberal Party followers, Vice President Leni Robredo supporters, and Lingao.

You can listen to Flippinflips’ rant here:

On the same day, August 31, Lingao responded to Flippinflips.

He slammed Flippinflips for not even responding to the points he raised in his News5 story but made sure to put in a lot of “idiots” to gain support from other people.

“Thing is, unlike him, I quote from court decisions and official documents. Thing is, he did not even deal with the points I raised, and just merely used the video for background while he liberally sprinkles his script with the word idiot to rally his troops. I really do understand that the word idiot is close to your heart,” Lingao wrote.

“Hijo, ang talino, hindi napapakita sa pamamagitan ng angas. Lalo na kung ang layo mo naman, tapos ang layo pa ng lohika mo,” he added.

Lingao hit Flippinflips with the following points:

  • He did not say that the courts cannot put Marcos’s widow and children in jail. What he emphasized in his previous story about the Marcoses’ wealth is that since Marcos died in 1989, it is not like the court can go after the survivors. What it can do instead is to go after the ill-gotten wealth, wealth that was not legitimately earned by the family.
  • Where did the $4 billion worth of confiscated wealth from the Marcoses come from? Of course, they were regained by the Philippines after winning the cases they filed against the dictator’s family, disputing Flippinflips’ claim that the Philippines did not win even a single case against the Marcoses.
  • He was confused as to where Flippinflips got his figure of 900 cases filed against the Marcoses, prompting LIngao to ask him, “Hindi ka mahilig magbasa ng court decisions ano?”
  • And nope, it’s not TUITION FEES, but simply TUITION.
  • The PC in PCGG also does not stand for “Philippine Commission” but “Presidential Commission,” which was how Flippinflips said it.

But Lingao did agree with Flippinflips over one thing.

“Tama ka. You are my “worst intellectual and academic nightmare.” Funny how you fail to realize how stupid that phrase makes you sound. But go ahead and use it, because it is the only accurate thing you ever say,” Lingao wrote.

This was not the first time Lingao hit back at Flippinflips. He also responded to the netizen over his News5 story about the Marcos’ Swiss bank accounts.

Lingao has earned a reputation online for easily #burning people through his Facebook posts and comments.

Sources: ( inquirer.net )

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Netizens slam Duterte for saying women ‘could not stand threats and intimidation’

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President Rodrigo Duterte drew flak for another controversial comment involving women after he remarked on May 24 that women “could not stand threats and intimidation.”

Duterte said that while he believed in women’s competence, it does not necessarily ring true in all aspects of life.

“I believe in the woman, the competence and capability, pero hindi lahat sa buhay dapat.Hindi ka, hindi, hindi. Dapat lang. It’s not appropriate when you cannot stand threats and intimidation,” he said in his May 24 speech.

He also said that women should be “prim and proper” and talked about his reservation in sending women police and soldiers to the field because unlike men, they did not grow up with a mindset that involves violence.

“Ang mga babae, sundalo pati pulis, ayaw ko ‘yan sa bukid. Unlike men kami, maliit pa lang, suntukan, bakbakan, barilan. And we grew up with a sort of a mindset na sometimes prone to violence. Itong mga babae, prim and proper man ‘yan, isang tingin lang sa nanay niyan, wala na tunaw na ‘yan. Tapos gawin mong pulis, ipaaway mo doon. Naku,” Duterte remarked.

Netizens then took to social media to react to Duterte’s most recent statements, making #BabaeAko trend again on Twitter.

“Mr. President, you just horrifyingly disrespected your own mother who bravely fought against the Marcos dictatorship. She withstood threats and intimidation. Siya ay babae! #BabaeAko,” a Twitter user remarked.

Forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun spoke out, too, saying “I am threatened and intimidated a lot. All my life. Don’t me. #BabaeAko.”

So did film and theater actress Chai Fonacier, who said, “Encouraging women — and I mean including those who identify as women — and our friends from the entire spectrum to share your #BabaeAko statements to fight the misogyny that the President and his ilk normalize through their behavior. Make them remember the feminine strength.”

KABATAAN Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago also reacted, saying she refused to be stereotyped.

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay urged other Filipinos to protest against Duterte’s misogynistic statements.

Other Twitter users weighed in on the issue.

Duterte’s previous misogynistic remarks

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His remarks in his speech on May 24 seemed to have sought to explain another controversial remark he made on May 16 when he said that he did not want a politician, especially a woman, to become the next Ombudsman.

“Mag-nominate sila, pero I choose, but gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician, lalo na hindi babae,” he said during a chance interview.

This gave birth to the launching of the #BabaeAko movement on social media on May 21 by women activists and other people who also want to protest Duterte’s misogynistic and sexist statements.

One of  the women who joined the #BabaeAko campaign was former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who said, “Akala ko taumbayan ang boss ni Duterte. Yun pala sina Marcos, Gloria, Trump at China. Para sa bayang makatarungan at malaya, lalaban ako.”

In February, he was also slammed for telling his audience of former NPA rebels that he told his soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina.

Sources: ( rappler.comphilstar.com )

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New DOT chief to ask Montano why he rushed official New York engagement to watch Broadway show

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Newly installed Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said she plans on talking with Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) COO Cesar Montano to ask for his side on certain accusations that were hurled against him.

Among these accusations came from an Abante report where Montano was said to have rushed a speaking engagement staged by the DOT in New York to watch the Broadway musical show “Hamilton.”

DOT reportedly launched the Philippine Tourism Presentation and Dinner Reception on May 9 to showcase Philippine tourism and fashion at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Montano was introduced as the event’s keynote speaker, but he was said to have only spoken for a bit before hurriedly leaving the venue, disappointing the guests, which also included US officials.

Montano was said to have been invited to the event in behalf of the now-resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. He was also named as one of the two hosts, the other being Teo, of the said event.

In reaction to this report about Montano, Puyat said she would talk to Montano as well as the Tourism attache and other DOT officials who attended the event to verify the accusation in the report mentioned above.

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Puyat said that she would investigate into the “Buhay Carinderia” program that the TPB is set to implement. This was after Philippine Star Boo Chanco accused Montano of issuing P80-million worth of three checks to the event proponent and organizer.

“I still don’t have the papers. I will be asking [and] will be arranging a meeting with Mr. Cesar Montano to ask about ‘yung mga nabasa ko sa ‘Buhay Carinderia’ – kung totoo ba na walang bidding ‘yung P80 million na advance,” Puyat said on May 15.

“I’m planning to talk to him and ask his side. I want to ask all those who were there if it actually happened,” Puyat added.

In March 2017, TPB employees filed a complaint against Montano for his alleged corruption and mismanagement of the agency. These include hiring friends and relatives, using TPB’s funds for personal trips, and showing incompetence in fulfilling his obligations as the agency’s COO.

Sources: ( tnt.abante.com.phphilstar.comrappler.com )

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Eldest Tulfo vows to help Wanda clear her name, berates ‘black sheep’ Ben over controversial P60-M DOT ad deal

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Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo spoke up about the controversy involving his siblings, now resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and hosts Ben and Erwin Tulfo, over the P60 million tourism ad deal.

The eldest Tulfo wrote in his Inquirer column on May 10 that while President Rodrigo Duterte himself advised the Tulfo family to avoid talking to the media, he took it upon himself as the family’s acting patriarch to tell the story behind the controversy.

First up, Ramon blamed Teo for not hiring smart staff members who could have advised her against inking a deal with PTV 4, where one of the Tulfo brothers, Ben, was a blocktimer.

As a blocktimer, Ben pays for his TV show’s airtime on the state-run channel.

According to Ramon, Wanda was only complying with President Duterte’s injunction for his Cabinet secretaries to support PTV 4, adding that she did not know Ben’s company would get most of the multimillion advertising contract with DOT.

He also hit Ben, whom he called a “black sheep” with a “middle child” syndrome as the fifth child out of 10 siblings, for signing the P60-million advertising contract with PTV 4 despite knowing that there would be a conflict of interest on Wanda’s part.

Ramon also said that Wanda still tried to save Ben, who insisted on his innocence amid the controversy, leading her to resign from her post. He also explained that Wanda seemed to have forgotten the fact that her husband was on the board of director of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza), a part of DOT, when Duterte appointed her as tourism chief. He added that it should have been up to her husband to step down from his post upon his wife’s appointment.

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In the same column, he also slammed Wanda’s lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, whom he said did not even consult the Tulfo brothers on returning the P60-million funds from the ad deal. He also described the lawyer as “all talk,” a counsel who’s only focused on gaining publicity for himself.

Unlike what has been previously reported about Wanda resigning out of delicadeza amid the controversy, Ramon let it slip that he commended President Duterte for “sacking Wanda,” prompting some people to ask whether Wanda was fired instead of resigned.

Before he ended his column, he vowed to support “Wanda’s fight to clear her name, but not Ben’s.”
Wanda resigned on May 8 to show delicadeza and to spare everyone, especially Duterte, from the pain caused by the controversy, according to her lawyer.

The issue started with the Commission on Audit’s report showing the DOT paying P60 million worth of commercials to PTV 4, which in turn, tapped Ben’s Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. to air the tourism ads during Ben and Erwin’s show “Kilos Pronto.”

Malacañang said that Teo’s resignation does not mean that she is off the hook since the Ombudsman is still looking into her and other government officials involved in the controversial ad deal.

Sources: ( inquirer.netnews.abs-cbn.com , nnphilippines.com )

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