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After misspelled ASEAN posters, Trump also spelled Philippines wrong in tweet



Is ‘Philippines’ that hard to spell?

After the mistake of the ASEAN organizers in using “Philppines” in the posters welcoming ASEAN delegates to Manila, US President Donald Trump committed the same mistake and misspelled the name of the host country.

On November 12, Trump tweeted about his trip to the Philippines, but spelled it as “Phillipines.”

“Will be doing a joint press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam then heading for final destination of trip, the Phillipines,” he tweeted.

Trump visited Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit as part of his 12-day tour to five Asian countries, with Philippines as his last stop to attend the ASEAN Summit.

Erroneous ASEAN posters

A few days ago, netizens caught the erroneous ASEAN 50 posters with “Philppines” in them, causing them to once again hit the government officials for not delivering on President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of hiring the best and the brightest.


The latest report showed that the posters have been taken down on the same day they were put up all over Metro Manila. But the Committee on Media Affairs and Strategic Communications (CMASC) of the ASEAN denied printing or distributing the posters.

“These were neither printed nor distributed by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Philippine News Agency (PIA), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Metro manila Development Authority (MMDA), or the Department of Public Works and Highways,” CMASC said in a statement.

“We at the Asean 2017 committee on media affairs and strategic communications developed brand guidelines with an approved final outwork for rollout nationwide. We have directed the immediate removal of the subject tarpaulins or billboards,” it read.

Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan said that the Department of the Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region was actually the one responsible behind the mistake.

The DILG-NCR already issued a statement [that] clarified that it was issued by them, it was posted by them and they already took them down and that they are replacing those posters with the correct spelling of the country, the Philippines,” he said.

Netizens react

As for Trump’s misspelled Philippines, the netizens were quick to tweet about their opinions, too.

One suggested the use of Google to get the spelling right.

Not patient and thorough enough?

Others lamented that some Filipinos could not even spell the name of their country right, referring to the ASEAN posters.

“Holy Molly!!!! Dahil hindi kayo marunong mag-spell ng PHILIPPINES, nilito nyo si Trump – di na nya tuloy alam ang tamang spelling (Phillipines),” a Twitter user said.

Trump arrived in the Philippines in November 12 in time to catch the ASEAN Summit Gala Dinner.

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Former national security adviser warns against risks in letting China survey Benham Rise



The Philippines should not allow China to survey Benham Rise, warned former national security adviser Roilo Golez.

He enumerated his reasons behind his warning.

“China is illegally occupying & claiming our West Ph Sea, and IMHO lusting for more seas,” Golez said in a Facebook post on January 15.

He also pointed out the rich resources in Benham Rise.

“Benham Rise is rich in fish resources & China apparently lusting for food,” he said.

“Benham Rise is rich in energy (methane hydrates, gas) and China apparently is lusting for energy,” he added.

Golez noted the strategic significance of Benham Rise’s location.

“Benham Rise has strategic importance, a good area for submarine channels which an oceanographic survey can reveal. PLA submarines can hide in those channels constituting a threat to the security of the Philippines and our allies in the Western Pacific,” he wrote.

China Benham Rise

Golez’s warning came after reports surfaced about how the Philippine government may have allowed a Chinese entity to conduct research in Benham Rise, which President Rodrigo Duterte renamed as Philippine Rise.

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano claimed on January 12 that the Department of Foreign Affairs approved the request for Chinese entities to do marine scientific research in Philippine Waters, including Benham Rise.


“We should be careful and prudent in granting any access to our waters especially with China who is known to claim 80% of our EEZ in South China Sea through its expansive 9-dash line,” Alejano said in a statement to media.

He added that the “information” he received said the study would be conducted by the Institute of Oceanology of Chinese Academy of Sciences (IO-CAS) and would be joined by the University of the Philippines – Marine Science Institute.

In response to Alejano’s claims, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano responded that he will have to “check the details.”

He added, “But what I can assure Congressman Alejano and the Filipino people, we have the same rules for all the countries. We have to follow the law.”

Cayetano emphasized that there is no reason to suspect approval or denial of requests for scientific research, regardless of which country the request came from.

“There’s nothing suspicious about approval or disapproval of scientific research. Whether they are Americans, Japanese, Chinese, Mongolians, Singaporeans, etc, if they comply they will [be approved] if they do not comply they will not [be approved],” he said.

Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio earlier described the decision to approve China’s request as “dumb.”

“China has squatted on the West Philippine Sea and refuses to leave despite the ruling of the UNCLOS tribunal. Now, China requests to be allowed to survey the Philippine Sea on the east side of the Philippines. The Philippines would be dumb to grant China’s request,” Carpio said in a report on GMA News’ 24 Oras.

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PNP chief admits to cops extorting money to remove names from drug watchlist



Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said on January 12 that some members of the police force had extorted money from people who want to have their name removed from the police’s drug watchlist.

The PNP chief made the remarks when he announced the police’s preparation to restore Oplan TokHang under the condition that its implementation will be how TokHang was intended to be implemented.

“Ang instruction ko sa kanila sa command conference is that ibalik natin ang Tokhang, pero ‘yung totoong spirit ng Tokhang, hindi ‘yung ibang Tokhang na ginagawa nila dati na ‘yung pulis, may dalang listahan ng drug personalities sa barangay at sasabihan ‘yung drug personality: ‘Ikaw, nasa listahan ka. Magbigay ka ng pera para tanggalin ka namin sa listahan,'” Dela Rosa said.

But he did not elaborate which units or regions were caught in implementing this illegal practice.

He, however, highlighted how TokHang should be properly done.

“Kausapin ka lang. Although kilala ka na pusher sa barangay, pakiusapan ka lang ng pulis at mga tao sa barangay na, ‘Please ihinto mo na ‘yan, at saka kung gusto mo magpa-rehab, willing ‘yung ating local government,'” Dela Rosa explained.


The PNP is preparing for their comeback to the drug war, as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte, after their month-long hiatus from the campaign against illegal drugs.

This is not the first time Dela Rosa mentioned the extortion committed by some cops where the drug war is concerned.

In November 2016, he also admitted to this illegal practice by some members of the police force.

“Inaamin ko na marami pa ring mga pulis namin dyan na scalawag na ginagamit iyung war on drugs namin para sa pangingikil ng pera. Mayroong mga pumupunta sa mga negosyante, sinasabihan ang mga negosyante na ikaw po ay kasama sa watchlist namin sa aming war on drugs, ikaw po ay drug personality. Tinatakot hanggang sa lumalabas na iyung pera,” the PNP chief said.

He proceeded to warning these scalawag cops, telling them that he will “break the necks” of the cops if he catches them committing this practice.

“Hindi po namin kino-condone iyan. Iyung mga pulis po na gumagawa niyan, I promise, kapag mahuli ko kayo, babalian ko kayo ng leeg,” he added.

Dela Rosa encouraged the public to report erring cops.

“Kahit kayo ay drug lord, drug pusher, kapag tinakot kayo ng pulis para magbigay kayo ng pera para matanggal ang pangalan ninyo, i-report po ninyo sa akin iyan, sa inyong kapulisan,” he said.

“Iyung kasalanan ng pulis na nangongotong na iyan, times two iyun sa kasalanan niyo bilang drug pusher kaya mas ipa-priority ko iyung pulis ko na nangungurakot kaysa sa inyo, ipa-priority kong i-neutralize. I will neutralize them,” he added.

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Duterte on cursing, making rude comments: It’s too late for me to change



President Rodrigo Duterte defended his tendency to make rude comments or throw in expletives in some of his speeches, saying he was used to this way of speaking when he served as mayor of Davao City for decades.

“I realized that being President, hindi ka na makasabi ng p***** i**, hindi ka na maka…. Too late to change eh. It’s in the persona embedded deeply in the psychic mind. Wala na akong magawa niyan,” he remarked during the 60th birthday celebration of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in Tagum City on January 12.

He recalled how he said in an earlier interview that he brought his attitude as a mayor to his presidency.

“Sabi ko nga sa interview kanina, “Ang problema ko is dala-dala ko ‘yung mindset ko, ‘yung asta ko as mayor, dinala ko sa presidency,” Duterte said.

“So kung magsalita ako, parang mayor. And that is why everybody who addresses me as President would give a… would come a reply something like, “Please do not call me President.  Just call me ‘Mayor,’” he added.


Duterte also defended his rude remarks, saying he is only rude to those who are rude to him.

“Ang sabi ‘bastos,’ eh talagang bastos ang bunganga ko, lalo na pag asarin mo ako,” he said.

Netizens reacted to Duterte’s remarks on his inability to change, asking him why he then banked on change during his campaign.

“Then maybe you shouldn’t have run a campaign premised on change?” a Twitter user asked.

“Yet his tagline is “change is coming.” What a hypocrite!” another tweeted.

“So much for “change is coming” then.”

On Facebook, the commenters echoed the same sentiments.

“Dami mong daldal change is coming pero ikaw mismo ayaw mag change? Plastic ka pala,” a Facebook user said.

Duterte has been in hot water for making rape remarks about an Australian missionary and the Miss Universe candidates and while talking to the military. He was also called out for catcalling GMA News reporter Mariz Umali and for cursing various people, including Pope Francis, former US President Barack Obama, UN special rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard, and former President Benigno Aquino, among others

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