Newly appointed transportation undersecretary Noel Eli Kintanar was bashed on Friday, July 7, after giving an update on the arrival of new MRT trains.
The criticisms came online after radio station DZMM TeleRadyo tweeted Kintanar saying, “Umorder tayo ng 48 bagon. Sa ngayon, 8 ang dumating at patuloy na dumadating. Ito ang unang bahagi ng pag-aayos ng sistema.”
Facebook user Rj Barrozo was just one of the people who commented on the said quote from Kintanar. He posted about how it was former President Benigno Aquino III and former interior secretary Mar Roxas were responsible for ordering the new MRT trains and how Kintanar grabbed the credits for those trains.
“Hahaha. Si Pnoy at Mar ang nagsaing. Si Kintanar ang kumain. Mahiya ka naman Kintanar. Yang 48 bagon na inaari mo ay order ni Roxas yan noong 2013 at nag start na delivery mula 2015 at 8 na ang naka deliver mula September 2015 pa ngayon. Parating na din yung iba. Umayon naman tong Ted Payon without verifying his facts,” Barrozo wrote.
The matter of credit grabbing has become a huge issue between the supporters of various political figures or parties. This could be why Kintanar’s announcement about the arrival of 8 new MRT trains was interpreted as credit grabbing, especially since he was appointed as the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Undersecretary for Rails and Toll Roads under the new administration.
However, it is also worth noting that Kintanar is the head of the Ayala’s Business Development and Corporate Strategy as well as Executive Vice President at Ayala Corporations Infrastructure Holdings Corp. He acted as Ayala’s point man every time the corporation participates in the bidding of major Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects during the Aquino administration.
After the bashing, The Silent Majority (TSM) founder Jozy Acosta-Nisperos posted an apology to Kintanar on Facebook, on behalf of the group, some members of which were probably among those who called him out after the DZMM tweet that was taken out of context. TSM campaigned for Mar Roxas and Vice President Leni Robredo during the 2016 elections.
“During the campaign, RORO supporters were very conscientious about the truth. We questioned memes, sought context, verified sources.
Let’s continue that culture post-elections. Let’s not pass judgment on someone based on a solitary line or on who he works for.
Current DOT Usec Kintanar was a partner – through an Ayala Corp. subsidiary where he was AVP – of the PNoy administration in various infrastructure projects, including the portions of the MRT and expressways as shown below (note the datestamp). He was tapped by [Art] Tugade to provide expertise and historical knowledge. I was informed that Mar [Roxas] himself urged him to accept the position given his great reluctance.
I believe when he said “tayo” he meant “we, the Philippines.” Those who actually heard the interview said that the context was the previous DOTC-Ayala Team where he belonged. In that interview, Ted Failon was trying to pin him down and ruin him together with the PNoy admin.
In that context, our accusations of credit-grabbing is pretty comical, no? We owe Mr. Kintanar a huge apology.
Mr. Kintanar is in a delicate situation. He wants to do good for the country in a very polarized political environment – he has to work WITH the current admin and not seem to be still loyal to the previous one. I thought the use of the word “tayo” – in context – was actually very wise as it was inclusive. It was neither credit-grabbing nor defensive.
In future, let us be more circumspect. Madali naman po ang mag-google at mag-check ng LinkedIn or FB profile. Let’s remember what we stood for and took pride in during the campaign.
DZMM has taken down that tweet in the belated realization that the line was taken out of context. We have done the same of the bashing done of him in TSM. I hope those who shared that post will take it down too. Let us be humble in correcting our mistake and restoring the credibility of a man which we so thoughtlessly ripped apart.
By the way, Mr. Kintanar is RORO and a TSM member.”
At least Acosta-Nisperos and other TSM members were ready to acknowledge the mistake that was committed against Kintanar after he got a bashing that he did not deserve at all. And here’s to hoping that Kintanar will continue in the search for solutions to solve the long queues at our train stations in Metro Manila.
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Pimentel sees dismissal of ICC complaint versus Duterte
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.
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.
Watch how artists’ group teaches Filipinos about their rights during TokHang
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.
- 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.
Are you in DCW’s list? Here are tips on how to remove your name from that list and more
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.
Facebook user Khary Woulfe posted some tips on how you can hit back at the group’s threats.
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:
- Verify your Facebook with your phone number. This is required to change your FB username.
- 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:
- Go to https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form and select Violent Threats.
- Fill in Full name with any name that isn’t your true name.
- Fill in your email address.
- Fill in Evidence URL with https://profile.du30cw.org/wos.
- 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.
- Click Submit.
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