Government agencies seem to be keeping a close eye on the Philippine entertainment scene.
Rap and hip-hop have often been associated with violence, women, money, and drugs.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino claimed that the lyrics of the song promotes the use of marijuana which goes against the Duterte administration’s anti-drug campaign.
The Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) said that PDEA has no say in music, and should just stick to what they really need to do, and that is putting drug lords behind bars.
“One thing, however, is clear: it is not PDEA’s job to be a music critic. Neither is it mandated to promote censorship and the suppression of artistic expression,” said CAP on their Facebook page.
Shanti, in an interview back in March, explained that the song was made to warn people to not use illegal drugs. He compares it to the high that he feels when he is producing music.
“We respect and appreciate our artists in the music industry. However, we strongly oppose the promotion of musical pieces or songs that encourage the recreational use of drugs like marijuana and shabu,” Aquino insisted.
But CAP said that, “By the time we reach the song’s chorus, ‘Amatz’ already refers to precisely the music through which the persona found his identity – not any form of drugs, but the natural high of creativity and knowing he is the only one who knows to do what he does.”
TAGS: Amatz, Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), Drugs, DU30, duterte, marijuana, PDEA, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Shanti Dope, Universal Records
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency or PDEA is now eyeing to conduct drug tests for all students and teachers of public and private schools nationwide.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said that they have asked the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) regarding the proposal or regulations that will later be sent to the Department of Education. He also said that no one should be exempted from this order as they recently caught a 10-year-old Grade 4 student allegedly using drugs. Another case is the three teachers who were caught in Mindanao for drug-related offenses.
“Iyung mga series of arrests na ginagawa natin, iyung nai-involve ay mga estudyante saka mga teachers. Iyung pinaka-youngest naming [hinuli] is I think 10 years old”
Aquino also revealed that they’ve received information about teachers selling drugs to their students at the school.
However, Education Secretary Leonor Briones stated that in order to conduct the drug tests for students, the parents must give their consent first. They also said that the results of the drug test should not be a basis for expulsion.
On the other hand, PDEA has also acquired Php190 million worth of apparatuses, mobiles, and equipment to help them with their drug testing operations all over the country. It includes 43 passenger vans worth more than Php61 million; sedans worth Php18 million; and 120 motorcycles worth Php12 million.
They have also acquired computer equipment worth Php8.2 million.
TAGS: Dangerous Drugs Board, Director General Aaron Aquino, drug testing on schools, Drugs, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, PDEA, PDEA Drug Testing on Schools, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, War on Drugs
Contrary to popular belief that teens with failing grades are more likely to try unhealthy and dangerous vices like drugs and alcohol, a new study has found that their high-scoring peers have higher risk of abusing substances.
To arrive at this conclusion, researchers James Williams and Gareth Hagger-Johnson from the University College London Medical School collected data from 6,000 teen participants across England.
Participants were classified into three groups based on results of a nationwide test that all students take at around age 11.
Over the years, students were monitored with surveys that included questions like alcohol, cigarette and cannabis use at their early adolescence (ages 13 to 17) and late adolescence (ages 18 to 20).
High-performing teenagers were found to be 25% more likely to drink occasionally (not every year) in their early adolescence compared with low-scoring peers.
Meanwhile, their risk of drinking persistently (every year) was more than 50% higher in late adolescence than low-performing pals.
In terms of pot use, smarter kids were 50% more likely to use pot occasionally and 91% more likely to smoke cannabis persistently in late adolescence.
Interestingly, high-scoring students were 62% less likely to light cigarettes in early adolescence compared to low scorers.
Researchers believe that more intelligent kids are more open to new experiences, are possibly more accepted by pals who have access to these substances or more honest when completing self-reported surveys.
Furthermore, researchers think that smarter kids are highly influenced by intelligent and wealthy parents who prefer to drink more alcohol and ditch cigarettes.
“Reducing harmful substance use in this age group is important, no matter the level of academic ability, given the immediate risks to health and the longer term consequences,” the researchers wrote in an article for the journal BMJ Open.
Reports have surfaced that Mary Jane Veloso’s supposed recruiter allegedly used geckos to smuggle drugs when her local community appeared to have gotten wind of her illegal activities, reports GMA News.
Ma. Cristina Sergio, Veloso’s alleged recruiter, was said to have gone on a shopping spree for geckos in 2011, for no apparent reason, claims her neighbors in a sworn statement before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). This led the neighbors to believe that she was using it for illegal drug trade, in which she is supposedly known for in the area.
Of course, if you can remember, back in 2011, there was a boom in the buying and selling of geckos over claims they can cure HIV/AIDS and cancer. This trade even saw many people became rich as sick patients were more than willing to pay hundreds of thousands of pesos (some even paid over a million pesos!) just to have a gecko!
It came to a point wherein the trade received the attention of international media as the transactions are fraudulent and there has never been real proof that geckos can cure these deadly diseases.
Still, it was possible that Sergio was merely trading geckos for money with these sick patients.
The gecko trade angle would have worked if the NBI did not retrieve data from the computer of Sergio’s neighbor. The recruiter allegedly used this computer to research on how to cut open a gecko and insert drugs to avoid being detected.
Using this modus, the NBI believed Sergio was able to close a lot of deals.
According to earlier reports citing statements from the police and the NBI, Sergio had supposedly admitted to being part of the notorious West African drug syndicate which operates not just in the Philippines but the rest of Southeast Asia as well. These reports mentioned that the recruiter has been part of the group since 2010.
The reports were belied by Sergio’s owner, however, saying his client did not make such a sworn statement to the authorities.
A group of Chinese people aging around 50 years old were sent to jail after finding out that they are taking drugs at a KTV room in a hotel in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province earlier this month, reported by Shanghaiist.com.
The adult partygoers began sipping drugs at a birthday last April and that where it started. Normally, they pay bills evenly, with everyone spending 4,000 RMB at every meet-ups.
Unknown by their families, they pretended to attend a sport meeting. To fight loneliness is the primary cause why they gathered in the KTV drug parties.
Authorities got to know that most of the 20 involved in the case had kbeen neighbors and friends for years now.
Investigations reported that the youngest is 38 years old and the oldest is 54.
According to the news, majority of them are housewives who take care of their grandchildren or a couch potato all day long.
Their sorts of happiness are playing cards, singing karaoke or taking ketamine, apparently.
Actors live in a glitzy world where they are looked upon by many people – fans who wish they could be just like their favorite stars and earn millions of dollars. But did you know that being an actor is also a very dangerous job? We’ve rounded up some reasons why this is so.
1. When Stunts Go Awry
Let’s face it. For the actors to play a realistic role, they must do some stunts on their own – or have a double do it for them. Either way, someone has to do the dirty job.
Of all the Hollywood actors, it is perhaps Jackie Chan who has suffered the most number of injuries on set. Everyone knows Jackie performs his own stunts, even the most dangerous ones that might require him to jump several feet to the ground while doing backflips or various karate actions.
We could not count how many times he figured in the news for having broken various parts of his body while performing a stunt for an upcoming movie.
2. When Accidents Happen on the Set
While filming Django Unchained, there was a scene where Calvin Candie (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) smashes a glass table in anger. Apparently, the glass table had broken in reality but the movie director hadn’t intended for this scene to happen.
Leonardo’s hands were bleeding from the wounds he sustained from the broken table shards yet continued to film the scene, now made more realistic by the real wounds and blood. When the scene was finally done, the crew had reportedly given him a standing ovation.
3. Over-internalization of Character Role
At the height of Robin Padilla’s career, he was known as the “Bad Boy” both in the movies and in real life. He even had a stint in jail for carrying a gun without a license. Was this because he was trying to project the role of a “Bad Boy” so much that he had really become one in reality?
The same goes for Baron Geisler. He’s been taking on roles as the evil villain, something that might have also influenced his outlook in life.
These two are not the only examples of this reality happening to actors. So, is this part and parcel of their job? Possibly.
4. Trying Too Hard to Meet Role Expectations
With so many actors trying to compete for the same role (yep! that happens), many would go to great lengths so they would be considered for the job. Once they land the role, they try their best to make the role as realistic as possible. Versatile actors such as Johnny Depp can internalize the role so much that it would be hard to imagine, for example, a Jack Sparrow not played by Johnny.
There are those who try too hard to meet role expectations, however. It makes you think they were either too desperate to sell their character or just plain crazy. While filming Fury, for example, Shia LaBeouf reportedly cut his cheeks several times to make his wounds more realistic. How realistic can a real wound really be? Aside from the cut cheeks, Shia also had one front tooth removed to truly make it realistically appear like he lost that tooth in battle.
5. Alcohol and drug addiction
Perhaps it is the ritzy lifestyle they are living or the pressure from having to do their jobs that drives many actors to abuse alcohol and drugs. After all, they do have the money to fund the addiction. How many celebrities have wasted their lives because of their addictions?
Of course, actors are not the only ones who are enticed by drugs and there are also many who have survived the glitzy living without resorting to drugs yet many are drawn to use drugs all the same.
6. Drowning in Negative Emotions
Unless they only work in comedic films, actors have had to take on roles that require them to show raw emotion; be it guilt, anger, or sorrow. For them to have a fully realistic portrayal of these roles and characters, the actors often draw emotions from their experiences or imagine how they would feel if they had to be in their character’s shoes.
Some actors swear that living in the lives of the fictional character they are playing has somehow changed them – some for the better, but many for the worse, actually. Actress and playwright Deborah Margolin revealed how hard it really was to separate herself from the character she is playing. Thus, when the character cries, she also cries. When the character is angry, she is also angry. Though that was very effective in her career, it also led her to depression.
7. The Hazards of Living Up to the Role
Let’s not name names but how many comedians have fallen victim to this problem? As comedians, they are expected to be constantly happy, to always bring cheer to other people. Yet many of them have fallen to depression but have no one to share their problems with, because everyone else would think they are just joking and wouldn’t take them seriously.
Does that mean they might be living a double life? Possibly. On the outside, they look happy and content with their lives yet deep inside they could be hurting so bad that it brings them negative thoughts. Many have resorted to suicide to put an end to their pain. What a sad reality that could be.
8. Identity Crisis
Most actors play versatile roles. To go from one role to another, however, they might have to re-align and train themselves to the new role. The more they play different roles, the more they develop themselves to become great actors – especially if they are able to fully create a whole new character unlike those they had already played before.
For such actors, you can fully appreciate each and every character they play because even if these characters/roles are played by the same person, they are all different. Great, isn’t it? Yes! Great for the movie and for the moviegoers/fans, yet possibly bad for the actor.
You see, the more characters they create, the harder it becomes for them to understand themselves – their real self. They play so many different characters, internalize too many roles that, in the end, they can’t anymore differentiate themselves from these fictional personas.
9. They Don’t Get Rescued Because Others Believe They Are Acting
While filming an underwater magic scene for Now You See Me, something went horribly wrong with Isla Fisher’s chains. Stuck inside the aquarium-like structure filled with water, she struggled hard and was already drowning – yet everyone on the set thought she was merely acting so convincingly.
Thankfully, she had the presence of mind to hit the quick-release switch or it would have been too late for her. No one would have thought of trying to save her because they thought she was just acting like she was drowning.
10. Facing Danger to Film the Movie
Not all movies are filmed inside Hollywood studios, in rooms with lots of green screens so that effects can be added later. In fact, most movies are filmed in real sets, in real places. Sometimes that could spell hazard to the actors.
For example, in Apocalypse Now, Martin Sheen and the rest of the movie’s cast had to film the movie in the jungles of Asia, including those in the Philippines and other third world countries. All coming from first world countries, many of the actors had fallen ill of various ailments they contracted in these tropical nations, including dysentery, pneumonia, and malaria.
TAGS: acting can be dangerous, actors, Baron Geisler, Deborah Margolin, Django Unchained, drug addiction, Drugs, hollywood, is acting dangerous, Isla Fisher, Jack Sparrow, Jackie Chan, Johnny Depp, Leonardo Dicaprio, Martin Sheen, Movies, Now You See Me, Robin Padilla, substance abuse
Today almost everything is influenced by technology from our home, transportation, medicine, even in the food we eat; everything is depending now on technology. Don’t you think we are already lacking in vitamin N?
N as in NATURE, things that are not a product or makings of human beings, things that is naturally like that from the start of life, free from the corruption and hazards brought by the so called advancement in our daily lives, true, it makes everything easier, going from one place to another which in early times takes days or even months can now be reach in only a matter of minutes or hours, the foods that we eat, cooking requires time and effort, a thing that is not practical to someone with a busy schedule, but now it’s just a hot boiling water and you have a breakfast of instant noodles, lunch, or dinner? Not a problem, there are canned goods in the store which you can just open and voila, problem solved. Health issues in old times is a major problem, simple sickness are already a threat to one’s life, a simple fever is as life threatening as pneumonia back then, but now? It’s only one tablet away from getting well again.
But all has its toll, too much reliance in transportation is a bad thing, don’t you know that it is one of the major reasons for obesity?
And obesity means higher cholesterol that is bad for the heart and lower body stamina resulting to poor body metabolism, making a person much prone to heart problems, diabetes and even cancer.
All those canned goods, instant noodles and other preserves is not good for you, Instant noodles contain propylene glycol, anti-freeze ingredient that prevents the noodles from drying by retaining moisture.
The body can absorb it easily and it can accumulate in the heart, liver and kidneys. This will cause damage and abnormalities in organs, and also weaken the immune system.
Medicines today do really helps a lot, but they also have side effects, from the homely aspirin to the most sophisticated prescription drug on the market, all drugs come with side effects. Many are minor, some are just an inconvenience, a few are serious, and some are just plain strange.
Perhaps the most common set of side effects for drugs taken internally involves the gastrointestinal system. Nearly any drug can cause nausea or an upset stomach, though it may only happen to a handful of users. For drugs used externally, skin irritation is a common complaint.
So instead of relying too much in technology why don’t we adapt a more natural way of living, this way we are not only helping ourselves but also our planet, the idea that spending time in nature can make you feel better is intuitive.
We all feel this to be true, and many of us have anecdotes of our own or from friends or family that support that idea. People who have been suffering from stress, sickness, or a trauma can spend quiet contemplative time in gardens or taken to the mountains or woods to heal. But nature is not just wilderness. The benefits of nature can also be found in our communities’ parks and green spaces.
Researchers are amassing a body of evidence, proving what we all know to be true: nature is good for us and has both long and short term mental and physical health benefits. Instead of taking a bus or a taxi, or a “trycycle” why don’t we consider taking a walk, briskly walking after a meal lowers postprandial blood pressure and triglyceride levels, it also promotes good body figures, not only physically but also mentally, a whopping 86 percent of stressed-out women said their mood improves when spending time outdoors in nature.
Plenty of people assume that the pharmaceuticals their doctors prescribe are better than herbal medicines; drug companies always say their unique molecules are better, stronger and safer than herbs. I’ll readily agree that they are stronger but being better? Not so sure, in some studies, herbs clearly perform better. Ginger, for example, has been shown to be superior to the pharmaceutical dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) as a preventive therapy for motion sickness.
In several recent studies in Europe, St. John’s wort has proven as good as synthetics for treating mild to moderate depression; saw palmetto as good as synthetics for enlarged prostates; ginkgo biloba as good as the first approved synthetic for Alzheimer’s disease. And all have fewer side effects and all are cheaper than the competing synthetics
There’s nothing wrong with technology, but nature has so many things to offer, far safer and effective than any man-made products, if only we will venture in the greener side, we will see the real best things in life.