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Honorary Dinner for VP Leni estimated to cost 8K per head, but who paid for it?

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When a chef posted the menu of the dinner in honor of Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, some netizens were quick to pick it up and criticize Robredo for it.

According to this post by Facebook user Eric Clark Su, Robredo’s honorary dinner at Diamond Hotel cost P8,000 per head, even sarcastically saying that the incoming vice president would make up for it because she takes the bus to and from Naga anyway.

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He also noted how different the menu for the dinner was compared to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s menu of mung beans and bananas, crackers, 3-in-1 coffee, and mineral water.

Reading the comments below his post, the Facebook user was alluding to how Robredo could have financed the dinner using the excess Typhoon Yolanda funds. Others also commented on how taxpayer’s money was once again wasted on such an expensive dinner.

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Asked how he got the P8,000 price for the menu, Su replied that they asked the “main chef” of Diamond Hotel, who told them that the “costing of the items” is around P8,000, excluding the wine and hotel margins.

Digging through social media has led us to the following discoveries:

1. The chef

A Facebook user pointed out that since Diamond Hotel is a five-star hotel, they would have likely called the head chef as the “Executive Chef.”

To find that chef, we’ve tracked down all the Facebook users who’ve posted the menu and found this:

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So, the Executive Chef of the five-star hotel who prepared the dinner in question was Salvatore de Vincentis.
Based on his LinkedIn profile, he is indeed the Executive Chef at Diamond Hotel.

2. The event

So we know it was an honorary dinner for Robredo, but who did she dine with?

If you look at the photos on de Vincentis’ Facebook account, he uploaded them on June 4, Saturday, so the dinner could have taken place on the same day.

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Although Robredo’s official Facebook account posted the photos of the event a little later on June 5, it seemed like the dinner with the Diplomatic Corps. Based on the post, the vice president “discussed common advocacies” with the other attendees. The post also confirmed that the dinner did happen on June 4.

“Last night, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo had dinner with the members of the Diplomatic Corps where they discussed common advocacies. VP Leni looks forward to partnering with them in the future.”

Leni-Robredo-Page3. The menu

Yes, the menu for the dinner is genuine. At least we’ve made things clear on this front, seeing as how many times netizens have been fooled by memes and false information spread on the Internet.

4. The bill

When some netizens claimed that Robredo paid for the dinner with Yolanda funds, it does seem like a stretch mainly because no reliable source has confirmed who paid for the dinner. But many of the netizens who commented on the post were quick to conclude that Robredo has used taxpayers’ money to foot the bill.

As a few netizens have argued, even Duterte himself could have also come to expensive dinners like this during his time in politics, dinners that he did not pay for using the people’s money.

Until then, it is not right to smear Robredo’s name. Someone else could have paid for the dinner.

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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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