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Police chief in zero kill city in Cebu chosen as 2017 TOYM awardee

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The police chief of Bogo City, Cebu, which gained attention for being ‘drug-free’ with zero casualties during police operations, was among those named as The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of 2017.

Supt. Byron Allatog, Bogo City Police chief, earned the title for his outstanding leadership in purging the city of illegal drugs with zero deaths.

“The award means much to me and my wife. It showcases the sacrifices of being assigned to the different corners of the country,” he said.

“The guiding philosophy I learned at PNPA (Philippine National Police Academy): do your job well with integrity and tell it well,” said Allatog.

Allatog once said in an interview that it is against his faith as a devout Catholic and his culture as an Igorot to kill.

“Kapag may napatay kami, kailangan akong umuwi sa amin kasi kakatay kami ng apat na baboy. Pagdadasalan pa nila doon,” the top cop said.

He added that this does not mean though that they would not use force if they are threatened, but such action has never been necessary during their operations. He said that so far, the drug suspects they have apprehended had not resisted arrest.

Bogo City did something that many other cities in the country failed to do – to minimize the casualties in the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs.

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The police has been faced with questions over the unexplained deaths that are allegedly linked to the anti-drug campaign, with the government repeatedly saying that it does not allow police abuses or summary killings.

Government officials have also repeatedly used the line that those suspects who were killed had guns and fired at the arresting officers first.

Asked earlier on how he and his men accomplished the feat of zero deaths in waging war against illegal drugs in Bogo City, Allatog said “it hasn’t been easy.”

“Bogo sits in the crossroads of other towns and cities that have their share of drug problems. Keeping drug pushers off Bogo is a continuing effort,” he said.

Allatog said that amid reports about how drug pushers have been targeting the city, he worked will barangay officials and kept reminding them about keeping true to the government’s anti-drug campaign, or else they will be reported to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Bogo’s top cop follows the mantra, “jail the pusher, save the user.”

Allatog also shared the story of a drug dependent 44-year-old man who has been hooked on drugs for the past 22 years, but who has stayed clean for five months after being subjected to the city’s rehabilitation program.

“Miracles happen. Let us give them a chance, let us help and support these people. There is hope for everybody,” he said.

In August 2017, it was reported that PDEA declared Bogo City as a drug-free city.

“Yes. They are drug-cleared but we continue monitoring them,” said PDEA Region 7 Director Yogi Ruiz.

Intelligence gathering became easier with the help of motorcycle or ‘habal-habal’ drivers, according to Bogo Police.

Anakbayan remarked that it is indeed possible to fight against illegal drugs without increasing the death toll in the country if human rights are observed.

“It is possible na ma-achieve ang short-term goal to cut and apprehend the drug operations in a locality without death,” said Anakbayan Cebu Coordinator Niño Olayvar.

But he did point out one his concerns about the government’s war against drugs.

“Ang problema is that under the drug war campaign, the police are given a de facto immunity kung (allegedly) maka-commit ng human rights violations tulad ni Espenido,” Olayvar said, referring to Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido.

As for Allatog’s TOYM award, he received the recognition alongside Olympian Hidilyn Diaz for Sports, ABS-CBN News Correspondent Chiara Zambrano for Journalism and Communication, Ronald Reyes for education, Mark Anthony Torres for Government Service Education, Cirilo Javier for the Arts and Music, Jason Roy Sibug for Community Development, and Eugenio Mende for Veterinary Medicine.

The award is vested on the winners by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines who showed “outstanding leadership and excellence” and helped in improving “humanity” in their respective fields.

Sources: ( news.abs-cbn.comsunstar.com.ph )

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

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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

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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.

Sources: ( rappler.comphilstar.com )

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

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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.

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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.

Sources: ( tnt.abante.com.phphilstar.comrappler.com )

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

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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.

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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.

Sources: ( inquirer.netnews.abs-cbn.com , nnphilippines.com )

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