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Malacañang should not use jokes as excuses for Duterte’s lies and bad policies, says netizen

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Facebook user Bernard Ong urged Malacañang to learn to discern President Rodrigo Duterte’s lies from his jokes, adding that they should not use his jokes to cover up the president’s “outright lies and bad policies.”

In his Facebook post on November 6, Ong showed five different instances when Duterte was lying instead of joking.

Ong’s first example was when Duterte claimed that there are 3 million drug users in the Philippines, until the number gradually increased to 3.7 million, then 4 million.

“Duts said “There are 3m drug users”, then 3.7m, then 4m. He was lying, not joking,” he wrote.

“The latest official figure for drug use in the Philippines is 1.8m. That’s from the Dangerous Drugs Board National Survey conducted Jan 2015 to Feb 2016. That’s roughly 1.8% of the population, well below the international average of 5.2% drug use from UN studies. In fact, the entire “Philippine Drug Epidemic” pretext for War-on-Drugs is simply untrue,” Ong explained.

The second example of Duterte lying was when he said: “Shabu users are no longer viable for rehab, a year or more of shabu use shrinks the brain.”

“There are no peer-reviewed scientific studies that support his claim. The admissions chief at Tahanan (QC Rehab Center) says there is hope for them. Even the rehab center in Davao accepts shabu addicts,” Ong said.

Dr. Alvin Vergara, head of the screening and intake section at the Quezon City Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, or Tahanan, “Drug dependency is a medical problem, and therefore should be dealt with as one.”

The third instance Duterte lied was when he said:China has never invaded a piece of my country all these generations.”

The President, was of course, lying, according to Ong. He then showed China invading Mischief Reef in 1995 and Scarborough Shoal in 2012.

“China invaded Mischief Reef in 1995. The reef is part of the submerged continental shelf of the Philippines as affirmed by the UN Arbitral Tribunal’s Final Award of July 12, 2016,” Ong said.

“China invaded Scarborough Shoal in 2012. Scarborough is defined as Philippine Territory under R.A. 9522 (Amended Definitions of the Archipelagic Baseline of the Philippines),” he added.

Ong’s fourth example of Duterte lying was when the President said: “The Arbitral award gives us the right; China has the historical right.”

“All ancient maps of Chinese dynasties show Hainan Island as southernmost territory of China. No ancient Chinese map shows Scarborough or Spratlys as Chinese territory. Ancient maps of the Philippines show that Scarborough Shoal has been Philippine territory since 1636, and Spratlys part of the Philippines since at least 1690,” Ong explained.

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Ong also took note of the UN Tribunal’s decision over the case filed by the Philippines against China over the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea issue.

“UN Tribunal said: “The Tribunal sees no evidence that, prior to the Convention, China ever established a historic right to the exclusive use of the living and nonliving resources of the waters of the South China Sea,”” Ong said.

Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio Carpio also corrected Duterte’s wrong statements about China’s non-invasion of the Philippines.

The fifth lie from the President would be his remark on October 6, when he said that the Philippines will not beg for foreign aid so as not to compromise the dignity of the Filipino people.

“I do not expect the human rights (advocates), I do not expect (US President Barack) Obama, I do not expect the EU to understand me. Do not understand me and if you think it’s high time for you guys to withdraw your assistance, go ahead. We will not be for it,” Duterte said in his speech in front of the soldiers at Camp Rafael Rodriguez in Butuan City.

But Ong pointed out how barely two weeks later, Duterte uttered this at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, with the Chinese Vice Premier in the audience: “…In this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States… I have separated from them. So I will be dependent on you for all time.”

“Declaring dependence on the very country that recently seized Philippine territory & EEZ. So much for independence & dignity,” Ong wrote of Duterte’s relationship with China.

According to Ong, he could “go on and on” with more examples of Duterte’s lies, not jokes, but he stopped with the examples above, adding that those are enough to establish that
jokes and lies are two different things.

“Jokes and lies are different things. Jokes bring temporary entertainment. Lies can be disastrous if these are the basis of national policy. Malacañang is wrong to use jokes as excuses for outright lies & bad policies,” he said.

“Discern facts from jokes and lies. The last two often get mixed up, especially when the joker is also a liar,” Ong concluded his post.

 

Ong’s post came after the Communications Secretary Martin Andanar told the media to discern when Duterte is joking and when he is serious with his remarks.

“The President gave two pieces of advice during the election campaign, which we find relevant to this day,” Andanar said.

“1. Discern joke from truth, 2. Members of media should undergo a briefing from Davao-based media to learn how to differentiate when the President is making fun of the issue at hand and when he is seriously stating a fact. We hope those tips can be of help,” he added.

Manila Bulletin took note that even Davao-based media reported Duterte’s remarks about talking to God while he was returning to the Philippines from Japan. The President later said that the story was just a joke.

Sources: (facebook.com, rappler.com, philstar.com, gmanetwork.com, cnnphilippines.com, news.mb.com.ph)

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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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