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Netizens point out misleading Presidential Communications’ infra spending infographic; Mocha Uson shared it

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The Presidential Communications Office’s official Facebook page uploaded several photos showing the Duterte administration’s infrastructure plan, dubbed as “Build Build Build.” While it is a grand plan that seeks to help resolve the lack of jobs, inflation, traffic and transportation in the country, the netizens noticed one misleading infographic.

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Tagged as “Infrastructure Spending,” the infographic featured the average spending of the different administrations since Ferdinand Marcos’ time. It showed Duterte’s administration leading significantly in “spending” as it featured 5.4 percent of GDP for infrastructure. However, it has a small note: “Duterte Year 1 (2017 budget).

Presidential Communications Infra Spending Infographic

The most liked comment on the post pointed out how misleading it is to have compared the previous administration’s spending versus Duterte’s budget during his first year in 2017.

“Spending vs. budget? Tapos na po ba ang 6 years nya? This graph is potentially misleading. Sana ang pi-nost na lng is yung budget for infrastructure per se. Mas accurate pa. This might create confusion and provoke hate,” said Facebook user Gracie San Diego.

Presidential Communications Infra Spending Infographic

Other netizens questioned her accusation so San Diego explained how ‘inconsistent’ the points of comparison are.

“Infrastructure spending po ung graph. Yung under sa data nung kay Duterte, budget po. So hindi po yan consistent. Yung sa past presidents, total spending ho yan sa buong term nila. Dapat ang comparison, budget for the first 6 months ng lahat ng administrations or, total spending for the whole term. Magkaiba kasi ng points of comparison so iba ung magiging result. Saka wala pa pong actual GDP for 2017,” San Diego said.

Presidential Communications Infra Spending Infographic

When someone pointed out how the budget is “guaranteed” to become “spending,” San Diego and Aaron Benedict de Leon replied that no budget is guaranteed at all due to several factors.

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Seeing as how abusive some of the commenters accused them for “over analyzing” the photo, de Leon responded with this.

Presidential Communications Infra Spending Infographic

Other netizens also called out the misleading graph.

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Before the netizens noticed the misleading photo, it was proudly shared by Facebook pages Lapu-lapu and Mocha Uson blog, with the dare to fact-check it. Uson even captioned it: “Palakpakan natin ang ating Pangulo at kanyang cabinet.”

Presidential Communications Infra Spending Infographic

Presidential Communications Infra Spending Infographic

 

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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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