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Facebook photo of famous villain Dick Israel went viral, spurred celebs to launch fundraising drive

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Veteran character actor Dick Israel, or Ricardo Mitchaca in real life, was last seen three years ago in the movie Boy Golden in 2013 for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) that year.

When a photo of him resurfaced on Facebook last July 3, as posted by a certain Sidemoid Francisco Datanam, the 66-year-old Israel was almost unrecognizable and his photo went viral, earning around 4,500 reactions and almost 2,700 shares, as of writing.

Villain Dick Israel

The netizen who uploaded his photo was asking for help for the veteran actor, captioning the photo with, “Sna mkatulong tayo idol dick israel nasunugan po sya sa bagong barrio brgy 144 pls share.”

He also gave the complete address where people who want to help might find the actor – Bagong Barrio, Barangay 144, Caloocan City.

According to entertainment portal PEP.ph, Israel has appeared in over 220 movies and 22 television shows, playing mostly villain roles.

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Israel and his extended family just survived a fire that took his house and the rest of his family’s things, including his wheelchair, on July 2. He also suffered from a stroke in 2010, leaving half of his body paralyzed and affecting his speech. PEP.ph wrote that when he suffered from stroke, Israel received financial support from fellow celebrities Lorna Tolentino, John Lloyd Cruz, Christopher de Leon, Karylle, and Bea Alonzo, among others.

When ABS-CBN visited the actor after his photo went viral on Facebook, he told them about the fire.

“Mabilis kumalat ang apoy. That’s life carry on,” he said.

His wife, Marilyn Mitchaca, also appealed for help, “Tulungan sana siya. ‘Yung gamut na tine-take niya o pinansyal, o kung anong maitutulong.”

Israel’s photo also caught the attention of other celebrities.

Vivian Velez called for support for the veteran actor by coursing it through her or the Damay Kamay Foundation, an organization founded by the members of the entertainment industry to help their colleagues who need medical help.

Vivian Veles Dick Israel

Nadia Montenegro also visited Israel on Tuesday, July 5.

Nadia Montenegro Dick Israel

And more help is bound to come for Israel after this meeting for a fundraising drive.

Damay Kamay meeting for Dick Israel

Israel won Best Supporting Actor at the 1988 Metro MMFF for his role in “Patrolman” and the FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences) Awards for his role in “Kanto Boy 2: Anak ni Totoy Guapo.”

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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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