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Fact: 8 SC judges who voted for Arroyo’s acquittal also granted Enrile’s bail

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The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, July 19, to acquit former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the plunder charge filed against her. She was alleged to have misused the P366-million intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) while she was in office as president from 2008 to 2010. The Court also ruled for Arroyo’s immediate release from her hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), where she has been detained since 2012.

The Supreme Court voted in favor of Arroyo’s acquittal but it was not a unanimous decision since the Justices were divided 11-4 in their ruling.

The  four Justices who voted against dismissing Arroyo’s case  included Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Associate Justices Benjamin Caguioa and Marvic Leonen. Three of these Justices were appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III, while Carpio was appointed by Arroyo.

There were 11 Justices who voted for the dismissal of Arroyo’s plunder charge.

SC Justices who Voted for and not Voted for Arroyos Accquittal

Eight of these 11 Justices were Arroyo’s appointees, including:

  • Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr.
  • Justice Teresita de Castro
  • Justice Arturo Brion
  • Justice Diosdado Peralta
  • Justice Lucas Bersamin
  • Justice Mariano del Castillo
  • Justice Jose Perez
  • Justice Jose Mendoza

Interestingly enough, these are the same eight Justices who granted Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s petition to post bail on August 2015. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Enrile due to his health condition and the fact that the senator’s camp has proven that he was not a flight risk.

Justices Who Vote for Enrile's Bail

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De Lima predicted Arroyo’s release

Senator Leila de Lima, who served as Justice Secretary during Aquino’s administration, said that she’s disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling, questioning its timing. While she has not read the dissenting opinions, she said that her first reaction was, “What’s happening?”

“These are trying times and first, why did they have to wait for the change in administration to issue that ruling?,” de Lima told the media at the Senate.

De Lima also said that she predicted Arroyo’s release after the Supreme Court allowed Enrile to post bail.

“Sabi ko, baka ang isunod nila the case of the former President because we are seeing here situations when the SC seem to assume the role now of trier of facts. Kasi yung Sandiganbayan, several times na yan na ni-reject and demurrer to evidence, etc. because the Sandiganbayan is the trier of facts here,” the senator said.

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Arroyo thanked Duterte, Justices

In her statement regarding her acquittal, Arroyo thanked the Justices and didn’t forget to show her “heartfelt appreciation” to President Rodrigo Duterte for letting her plunder case “take its course totally unhampered.”

Arroyo also hoped for everyone to “respect and recognize the truth that has been established,” and for the “disregard of truth” that caused her to suffer to be addressed accordingly.

During the campaign, Duterte talked about releasing Arroyo if the evidence is weak and even granted her pardon, which she did not accept. This prompted Senator Antonio Trillanes to release a statement saying that Duterte has fulfilled one of his campaign promises.

On Wednesday, July 20, the Supreme Court Spokesperson Theodore Te said that all that is needed for Arroyo to be released from the VMMC are the signatures of 15 justices on the decision.

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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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Superficial Gazette urges people and FB pages in DCW’s ‘Wall of Shame’ to be more cautious but not be silenced

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Superficial Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (SGRP) warned the private individuals and Facebook pages that are included in the list monitored by a group of “hackers” supporting Duterte, known as “Duterte Cyber Warriors (DCW),” to secure their accounts against cyber threats.

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SGRP also provided a version of DCW’s list of potential cyber tokhang targets, called “Wall of Shame,” that is safer and easier to access, the link of which can be found here.

As of February 3, at around 3:30 pm, the list contained more than 2,250 names and FB pages, some of which are the Superficial Gazette, Madam Claudia, Change Scamming, Silent No More, Resbak Operatives, Jim Paredes, Carlos Celdran.

Even Meme Buster was included in the list at #615 after receiving three reports.

DCW Wall of Shame

For SGRP, the list should be viewed as a compilation of “names of pages and people that are worth following.”

Their advice for those who found their name in DCW’s Wall of Shame?

“Secure your accounts, change your passwords, and maybe your username. But do not be silenced – for you to stop opposing this government’s crimes is exactly what they want,” SGRP wrote.

One commenter noted how coming up with the list seemed like how the Nazis identified their “enemies” then and rounded them up.

DCW Wall of Shame

Another person on the list just laughed it off, feeling flattered he was in the list of people who are also “fighting for truth.”

DCW Wall of Shame

Someone also commented on how this action is a “subtle way of suppressing freedom of expression” of the opposition.

DCW Wall of Shame

Earlier, Superficial Gazette also posted a screenshot of how DCW posted the link of the Facebook profile of a certain individual while urging their followers to conduct a “cyber tokhang” on that person and gather the address of the target’s known relatives and friends.

In December last year, SGRP wrote about how Madam Claudia, a page critical of the Duterte administration, was removed from Facebook after being mass-reported. Despite not violating any of the FB community’s standards, the FB moderators still removed the page, leading SGRP to conclude that some of FB Philippines’ administrators may have been biased.

This is also the reason why Superficial Gazette hit the Duterte’s supporters’ “#defendFREEspeech” campaign because other supporters were also targeting Duterte’s critics with cyber tokhang, as initiated by Mr. Riyoh and Duterte Cyber Warriors, public shaming, and other kinds of attacks.

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