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‘Pag mayaman, lalakad ang hustisya. Pag mahirap, ‘asan ang hustisya?’ – 17-year-old Kian’s mother



KABATAAN Representative Sarah Elago posted on Facebook a glimpse of the family life of the 17-year-old Kian Lloyd delos Santos, who was killed by cops during a police operation in Manila. She narrated how his mom, Nanay Lorenza, chose to go abroad as a domestic helper in Saudi to send Kian to school.

“Sabi ni Nanay Lorenza, nakita niya ang dedikasyon ni Kian sa pag-aaral kaya umalis siya muli para magtrabaho bilang domestic helper sa Saudi. Kumikita siya ng P18,000/month, P1500 kada buwan ang para sa baon ni Kian. Kasalukuyan siyang Grade 12. Wala pa raw bagong ID kaya Grade 11 ito. Kung may libre lang daw hanggang kolehiyo ay di na umalis si Nanay para mag-abroad. “Wala namang magandang kolehiyo na hindi nagpapabayad. Useless, nonsense ang pag-alis ko ngayong uuwi ako malamig na bangkay na ang anak ko,”” Elago wrote on Facebook on August 18.

Elago added that Lorenza left for Saudi in 2014 but chose not to go home every year in exchange for getting P3,000 for her plane tickets that could have taken her home. She added that Kian’s mom was trying to save money for a rice distribution business so she won’t have to leave home again.

“Umalis siya noong 2014 at ngayon lang nakabalik. Kinuwento niya kung paanong mula Saudi ay kinukwentuhan niya ang lahat ng gustong makinig, kung gaano kabait ang anak niya at kung gaano niya ito kamahal. Tinitiis niya raw na di umuwi kada taon kasi pwede na ipalit ng cash ang ticket pauwi. Tinitiis niya sa halagang 3k na di umuwi sa hirap ng buhay. Dagdag daw kasi para sa pangarap niyang negosyong bigasan para di na siya kailangang umalis,” Elago added.

But when she did come home, it was to see her son’s lifeless body in a coffin.


Elago urged people not to let something like Kian’s death happen to their children, siblings, parents, friends, and countrymen. She added that the people should hold the police and the government accountable and ask for justice to be served.

“Wag nating hayaang mangyari pa ito sa iba pang mga anak, kapatid, magulang, kaibigan, kababayan!!!” she wrote.

“Dapat managot hindi lang ang mga pulis, kundi lalo na ang estado na nagpapahintulot at nagtulak ng mga pamamaslang at karahasan sa tabing ng kontra-droga. Mariin natin kinukundena ang atake sa buhay at kinabukasan ng kabataan at mamamayan! Hustisya! Labanan ang karahasan at pasismo ng estado! Ipagtanggol ang ating mga karapatan!” she added.

Posting a photo of Kian’s ID, Elago said that Kian’s father, Tatay Saldy, swore to keep wearing as he fights for justice for his son.

“Suot suot ni Tatay Saldy ang ID na ito bilang simbolo ng kanyang paglaban hanggang makamit ang hustisya. Laban!!!” she narrated.

In the comments section of her post, Elago recalled how she can still hear Kian’s mom lamenting over her son’s death.

“I can still hear Nanay Lorenza crying out loud: “Pag mayaman, lalakad ang hustiya. Pag mahirap, ‘asan ang hustisya?”” Elago wrote.

Another viral Facebook post was written by Cynthia Allanigue.

In her post, she compared the fates of Kian and presidential son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Polong” Duterte, whose name was dragged into the smuggling controversy, had his father, President Rodrigo Duterte himself, demanding an affidavit and due process.

Allanigue slammed the Duterte administration’s “lopsided sense of justice.”

“And you call this a war on drugs? You send your police on a murderous fit to extract blood from the poor while you direct your puppets in congress to shield your son linked to the spread of drugs?” she wrote.

“We are no longer surprised, actually. But we continue to be shocked at this administration’s lopsided sense of justice,” she further said.

As of writing, Allanigue’s post has been shared over 9,700 times and reacted to 20,000 times.

At the Mindanao Hour briefing at the Malacañang on August 18, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella described Kian’s case as “isolated.”

“That incident… I think is isolated,” Abella said.

He also assured the people that the President would not let abusive cops get away.

“I cannot assume what the President thinks but what we can say with confidence that those who are guilty of breaking the law, misuse or abuse will have to answer for that,” he said.

“He will defend the police in their carrying out of duties. However, he will also not tolerate any abuse and breaches of the law,” he added.

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Netizens slam Duterte for saying women ‘could not stand threats and intimidation’



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


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.

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New DOT chief to ask Montano why he rushed official New York engagement to watch Broadway show



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.


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.

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Eldest Tulfo vows to help Wanda clear her name, berates ‘black sheep’ Ben over controversial P60-M DOT ad deal



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.


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.

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