Imagine losing your family at a very young age, knowing that you won’t ever see them again.
Arnold Legara Cuevas is an elementary school teacher in Davao City.
He had his heart broken when he gave his students an assignment to bring their family picture to school.
One of his students, Rheann Khinn Cabahog, submitted his assignment but it had a twist to it.
Cabahog brought a family picture with him that said, “Ang aking pamilya na ngayon ay nasa heaven na.”
Cabahog also had an essay written.
“Ang aking pamilya noon ay saya-saya naming nagsisimba kami. Kumakain sa labas. Pero dumating ang araw na bigla akong lumongkot kasi ang Mama at Papa ko ay kinuha ni God. Pati mga kapatid ko iniwan na nila akong nag-iisa. Super lungkot ng buhay ko.”
It was later revealed that his family’s house in Isabela got burned on March 12 as they were sleeping.
His family wanted him to study in Isabela so they could be together, but his teacher advised his family that they should just let him finish the school year before transferring.
Cabahog was and is still living in Davao City with his grandparents, and that is the only reason why he is still alive.
Cuevas also revealed that Cabahog said he was really thankful that his teacher Josephine Echavez Sumarago convinced his family to not let him transfer yet or else he would be in heaven too.
His aunt and grandparents are taking good care of Cabahog, along with his adviser Cecil Ganir Alburo.
Cabahog also said that his sadness is sometimes alleviated when he spends time with his friends.
Regarding his parents and siblings, he said that at least he has guardian angels watching over him.
Netizens were touched by his story and felt sorry for him experiencing a great loss at such a young age.
“Everything happen for a reason baby kapit ka lang kay Lord .. pasasaan at magiging maayos din ang laht 😢 pray ka lng”
“Naiyak ako while am reading this,prang msakit n msakit puso ko,ndudurog..but Godless u boy.mdmi png tao ngmamahal sayo.mg-aral k ng mbuti.tc always”
“its break my heart while reading..tulo luha q s kwento nya..dont be sad baby boy.be brave and God bless you”
“Sakit kau akong dughan nakakalungkot nman baby boy be strong trust god lng boy hindi ka niya iiwan…godbless”
“Trust Lang ka Kay GOD Nak, daghan mig gapalngga nimo.. Ug ang imong mga ginikanan gaguide pod nim”
Comedian Ethel Booba and Duterte supporter Sass Rogando Sasot got into it a tussle online about the debt of the Lopez family to the government.
It all started when the comedienne criticized Jimmy Bondoc for his comments saying that he would be happy to see ABS-CBN get shut down for all the manipulation he alleges they do.
In a tweet, Ethel took a shot at Bondoc.
“Chusera sya! Parte siya ng gobyerno sunod excited siya na magsarado ang ABS-CBN kung saan madaming magiging unemployed. As if may mabibigay siyang trabaho sa libo libong manggagawa doon. Charot!”
Ethel joked when a follower asked her if she had made her own YouTube channel .
“Channel 2. Kaya yung excited dyan na ipasarado ang channel namin eh isarado nya bibig nya. Charot!”.
This is when Sasot comes on the scene, and dropped a reply on Facebook saying that the Lopezes, the family that owns ABS-CBN, owe the government 1.6 billion pesos.
“Hi Ethel Booba! Ano raw masasabi mo sa utang ng mga Lopezes sa ating gobyerno? Tablahin na lang natin?” Sasot questioned.
“Please read some of my tweets na sabi ko if may totoong utang, edi pagbayarin para ‘di mag-suffer mga employees nila,” Ethel replied to the blogger.
Ethel even made it clear that even if the Lopezes owed money, it is not a reason for their network to get shut down.
The comedian added, “Hi Miss @srsasot if may utang ang mga Lopez e di pagbayarin. Siguro naman may batas tayo para dyan. Ano naman masasabi mo sa mga mawawalan ng trabaho? Tablahin na lang natin? Charot!”
The blogger fired back saying, “Kung magsara ang ABS-CBN dahil di na approve ang franchise nila dahil ayaw bayaran ng Lopezes ang utang nila sa gobyerno, ang mga Lopezes po ang nanabla sa mga workers nila. BAKIT mo sa atin pinapasa ang responsibilidad ng ABS-CBN? Takot ka sis na di na makatuntong sa Dos? Yung Totoo?”
Ethel replied by implying that she did not tweet anything about the debt aspect of things.
“Hi Miss @srsasot please read some of my tweets na sabi ko if may totoong utang edi pagbayarin para di magsuffer mga employees nila.Hello bakit ako matatakot di makatungtong sa Dos ano sila langit? Charot!”
The comedian did not stop there, she kept firing back.
“Kasuhan nyo dahil kung idadaan nyo sa tamang batas e magkakabayaran kayo kung totoong may utang. Huwag puro trial by publicity. Charot!”
Another tweet soon followed.
“Magbayad na nga kayo @ABSCBN kung totoong may utang kayo. Kawawa naman mga empleyado dagdag pa sa aming mga walang trabaho.”
Sasot then threw shade at Ethel for having ghostwriters that help her air her views on the social media platform.
“Paging Ethel Booba, mag-LIVE ka raw minsan, tapos candid na Q&A about different political issues para ma-dispel ang hinala na hindi ikaw ang nagsusulat sa Twitter mo.”
The comedian answered in a sarcastic manner. “Buhay pa sila hindi sila ghost kaya wag kayong ano dyan. Charot! Cyst nagtawag ka daw ng mga kakampi sunod ang iba nagsasabi pa na bayad ang mga tweets ko. Fake news pa din pala ang weapon nyo hanggang ngayon. Charot!”
Sasot replied by saying, “Sana bigyan ng radio show si Ethel Booba, political commentary. Malalas naman hatak nya, ipangtapat sa Karambola.”
The comedian replied, “Tag mo Cyst diba malakas ka? Naalala ko inofferan ako ng isang sikat na newspaper na magkaroon ng sariling column sayang di lang natuloy. Gawin sana kitang ghost writer. Charot!”
Netizens reacted to the heated back and forth.
I genuinely think that Ethel Booba is not as dumb as most people think she is. May sense siya sa karamihan ng posts at insights niya especially on political views. Playing so so is not hard for people with brains no skl.
— alshxlwxkhwzkgz (@sbrab_) June 3, 2019
Let us declare Ethel Booba as one of the top three most important tweeps in the Philippines. Let us also ask BBC News to interview her for her entertaining and witty tweets on the nation’s hottest issues and for calling out fake news peddlers. Kaso lang, baka may umiyak na naman.
— Ederic Eder (@ederic) June 3, 2019
Nagkaconflict kami ni Ethel before because of Mariah. But now it’s nothing and I really like her for being real. This world needs more like Ethel Booba and less like digong
— lai (@laikhayoshida2) June 4, 2019
Now the drones are accusing Ethel Booba of not writing her own (critical of Duterte) tweets. The perfect mix of influencer drama and Philippine politics.
— Niko Batallones (@nikobatallones) June 3, 2019
Now is the time for all good men and women, and everyone in between, to come to the aid of Ethel Booba
— Patriotic Pinoys (@PatrioticPinoys) June 3, 2019
Salvador Tirona, president of Lopez Holdings Corp. released a statement back in 2017 saying,
“The fact [is] DBP provided loans to Lopez Group companies only as part of consortia that included many other banks. All debts incurred were provided by institutions that had all the time and the opportunity to review our investment portfolio, and had the same opportunity to refuse us credit.”
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.”
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Manila Bay is still a 770-square mile stretch full of garbage, but the government already has plans on to change this.
For the next three years, the government will be spending over 6 billion pesos to clean up the bay and 36 billion pesos to relocate families living along the shore.
The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte plans on making the bay ‘swimmable’.
With the ongoing rehabilitation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has discovered 200 acres of marine resources in the bay.
PTV4’s ‘Sentro Balita’ showed these photos during their newscast:
This means that the goal of having swimmable beaches is getting closer and closer. The different agencies involved in the rehabilitation are becoming more optimistic about saving the bay.
The rehabilitation was able to discover seagrasses, live corals, and—although limited or low in number—high-value fish like lapu-lapu in the area of Maragondon, Corregidor, and Cabalio Island.
A new sardine species was also discovered which could be sold in the market.
The bay is still filled with plastic and other kinds of garbage, which destroys coral colonies. To keep it cleaner, President Duterte has ordered establishments that dispose of their dirty water in the bay closed.
In January alone, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) collected 45 truckloads of garbage from the bay.
If you are an active Facebook user, then you would be familiar with comments like, “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing.”
This comment is basically a copypasta. A copypasta is internet slang for any text that gets copied and pasted over and over again, usually done by netizens on online discussion forums and social networking sites.
The “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing” comment all started with comments on the official IGN Facebook page in early May 2019. The people who were commenting on IGN’s Facebook page were described as “woke.”
The origin is still not clear, but this is the best theory out there so far.
Some are saying that trolls are responsible for this while others say that people make this comment to get a Facebook Top Fan Badge.
The Facebook Top Fan Badge is a designation rewarded to the most active participants of a Facebook page. The user’s name is then shown with a gold star.
Since its release, the badge has been the subject of numerous jokes and memes regarding its perceived social currency.
Facebook created the Top Fan Badge to help pages build relationships with their audiences.
A user will get rewarded based on how often they comment, share, react to, or watch a creator’s content, as well as the creator’s interactions with the fan and other criteria. Fans can opt in for this experience, and they can turn off the feature at any time.
This comment has become so commonplace that Karen Davila, a well-known journalist in the country, made a reference to it as she retweeted a post about how the leader of the number one party list in the polls, ACT-CIS, was actually associated with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Cool post…thanks for sharing 😆 https://t.co/G9Hxdt1SnC
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) May 16, 2019
The post was tweeted by Jason Park, saying, “The bots are malfunctioning after they’ve served their purpose in the election.”
Davila captioned it, “Cool post…thanks for sharing,” with a smiling emoji at the end.
Netizens had something to say about it.
Actually Those are yellow bots posting on every DDS account & sights!Pinapalabas ng yellows that legions of people supporting the president are fakes N dont exist! N that surveys are only paid by government !Yellows are so good in manipulating N mind conditioning @iamsuperbianca
— Farcy Hay (@B74Fatima) May 16, 2019
Ang bobo hahahhaha. Hindi yan bots or trolls. Ginagamit yan oara sa top fan bage ng iba kaya nag trend. Di ko alam if woke ba talaga to sila or sadyang tanga. Hahahahahaha
— roronoaleo143 (@roronoaleo143) May 17, 2019
Otso Diretso is an electoral alliance of political parties in the 2019 Philippine general elections that were opposing President Rodrigo Duterte’s ideologies.
It is a slate of eight candidates (otso translates as eight) for the Philippine Senate.
They were considered underdogs coming in to the elections. While Otso Diretso had thousands of volunteers, it did not have the support of the ruling party, which was probably why they did not win. No more than 5 mayors endorsed Otso Diretso in the midterm polls.
UP Islamic Studies professor Julkipli Wadi said,”If you minus Duterte from the equation, may laban talaga ang Otso Diretso dahil mga baguhan din yung nasa administration.” He also stated that even with former President Aquino’s and Robredo’s support, Otso Diretso would still get nowhere.
The rest of the Otso Diretso slate were outside the top 20: human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano, peace advocate Samira Gutoc, veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, human rights lawyer and former Deputy Speaker Erin Tanada, and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.
Gutoc posted a 35 second clip thanking her fans and the support she got from them
“I’m alright despite what happened. Ganun naman talaga e. It’s like my 3 bar exams. To everyone who helped me, who voted for me thank you talaga. Saludo po sa Pilipinas!”
Pilo Hilbay, who finished at 29th tweeted.” Mga kababayan, one of the great privileges of my life was having to campaign for you & w/ you. Maraming kwento ng kampanya: stories of hope, inspiration, commitment, grit, generosity, & grace, bound together by love of country. These, we must remember. Salamat sa inyong lahat!
At the 21st is Diokno, who also tweeted about the loss.
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Our campaign’s color is mint green. My kids actually picked this. It represents something fresh and something new, which, I think, is exactly what we need in the Senate now. It’s bright, happy, hopeful—and that is exactly the kind of future that justice will bring to our country. #25ChelDiokno
“Muli, sa lahat ng kapwa ko Pilipino, salamat sa inyo.”
Atty. Romulo Macalintal said thank you for the support as he ends his political career.
“It is clear that a great majority of our voters have chosen other candidates. And I respect their decision as I concede defeat in this senatorial race. Sa ating mga senior citizens at mga persons with disability, salamat sa tiwalang ipinagkaloob ninyo sa akin.”
Erin Tañada also conceded, and said, “Oo nga, we would concede the elections but never our principles, tuloy ang laban.”
Administration candidates dominated the polls and surveys done by Pulse Asia, that alone already said a lot about the outcome. The only one who made it was Bam Aquino, and he had a hard time winning a seat.
Vice President Leni Robredo was not ready to give up though, as she showed optimism throughout all this.
““May laban pa tayong hinaharap. Hindi pa tapos ang bilangan, at kailangan pang bantayan.”
Kiko Pangilinan is also waiting until everything has been counted and is relying on the 3 million left.
They did not expect to make it this far. According to their spokeperson, the party expected only Aquino and Roxas to make it. They themselves were not even confident with the other candidates.
The way things are going, it looks like Roxas is not going to make it, as he needs 4.5 million to win. While Aquino needs over 300,000.
Otso Diretso blamed their subpar performance on the fact that they lacked resources and political machinery, which the administration has access to.
The administration party already played early by posting posters and signs, even before the official race started.
Even with all that, the Senate will remain independent, and do not expect that they will side with the President in all issues.
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Votes are in and the results of the recent Pahayag pilot survey has been revealed.
Pahayag is a survey conducted by the Publicus Asia Inc. annually. In the recent launch of the results at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, one can only guess who came out on top.
The nationwide survey showed how the people see the top five highest officials in the country along with the top five most recent presidents in two categories–the “Love, Care and Solidarity” index and the “Decisiveness” index.
With 1,500 respondents, the institution covered the key cities across the nation from August 7-9.
The results did not come as a shock.
Tied at last spot are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Taking the second spot is Vice President Leni Robredo with five percent on decisiveness rating.
Would you believe that President Duterte almost got perfect and smashing his co-public servers down, receiving 90% approval from the respondents.
In terms of ‘Love, Concern, and Care’, Duterte also got the highest rating with 79% on both Caring and Concern bracket, with a score of 82% on Loving. This leaves Robredo with 13% on Loving, 17% on Concern, and 16% on Caring.
Take note, the survey has a 95% confidence level and ±2.58 percent margin of error. In conclusion, the results reflect on how the respondents see a caring president when he visits the wounded and help those who are in need.
What do you think, guys? Do you agree with the result? Share us your thoughts.
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Well, we all know that if there’s a dumpsite for people’s opinions, it’s probably the social media. It is too accessible that we tend to post our rants online, not thinking about the consequences of our actions.
The current situation of the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, is far from good. It has now become normal for people throw hates and shades to President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration when crises occur.
We idolize celebrities and public figures, right? However, they are also entitled to their own opinions, unfortunately, they also argue with one another.
Ogie Diaz, known for being a host and comedian, seems not to be having it when it comes to the posts of some people we might know. Cynthia Patag, Leah Navarro, and Jim Paredes, three of the most formidable artists we have today, and they very are vocal to their beliefs. Human nature, they posted criticism and disgust online to the current administration of Duterte. From the issue of extrajudicial killings to Martial Law in Mindanao. Diaz, on the other end, had enough and calls out the three.
The three singers posted these via their Twitter accounts:
On his personal Facebook account, he posted a steamy status calling out the three artists.
“Sorry, ha? Pero wala nang makitang maganda sina Jim Paredes, Cynthia Patag at Leah Navarro sa ginagawa ng gobyerno.
Kanya-kanya sila ng opinyon na kumakalaban sa gobyerno. Ire-repost ‘yung mga post ng mga anti-duterte with matching sariling opinyon, baka sakaling makumbinsi ang taumbayan.
Okay lang ‘yon. Ang masaklap: iaangat n’yo naman ang dating administrasyong Aquino at tila yata bulag din kayo sa mga kapalpakan ng gobyerno ni PNoy.
Asan ang fairness doon?
Pwede nilang sabihing wala akong pakialam sa opinyon o stand nila. So ‘yun din naman ang gusto kong sabihin ngayon sa kanila.
Opinyon ko ‘to. Paninindigan ko ‘to.
Kaya eto lang ang gusto kong sabihin….
‘Wag n’yo nang ikumpara ‘yung ganda ng nakaraang administrasyong Aquino. Sooobraang daming palpak at katiwalian din, hindi n’yo lang maamin sa sarili n’yo.
Kung me corruption man ngayon, o kapalpakan sa mga desisyon, eh mas mataas pa din ang bilang ng kanegahan sa rehimen ni PNoy. Yan ay kung para tayong mga batang nagyayabangan, ha?
Eh, sa totoo lang, ang daming alam ng ibang tao tungkol sa pamamalakad ng gobyerno, tungkol sa martial law, tungkol sa kung paano dapat gawin ang kapayapaan sa bansa at kung anik-anik pa.
Eh, gano’n naman pala, di sana, tumakbo kayo sa pagkapangulo nu’ng 2016 o kaya paghandaan n’yo na sa 2022 kasi andami n’yong alam, eh.
Kalokah! Ba’t di na lang ganito ang gawin nina Jim, Cynthia at Leah at sa iba pang mga kumokontra:
Magdasal. Ipagdasal ang bansa. Ipagdasal ang mga inosenteng nadadamay sa engkwentro sa Marawi City, ipagdasal na sana’y matapos na ‘to. At isingit n’yo na rin sa inyong taimtim at sinserong dasal na sana ay gabayan ng Panginoon ang Pangulo sa bawat desisyong kanyang gagawin.
Kahit hindi n’yo pa i-post sa social media accounts n’yo.
Pero kung ayaw n’yo talaga kay Duterte, eh kahit anong ganda ang gawin nyan sa bansa, hahanapan at hahanapan pa rin naman siya ng butas.
Samantalang ang mga “sariling butas” ay nasa tungki na ng mga ilong n’yo, hindi n’yo pa rin makita at maramdaman.
So, what do you think, guys? Let us know!
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This is not the first time President Rodrigo Duterte slammed this two media companies regarding their alleged biased reporting.
He released a spicy statement after administering the oath of the the officers of the Philippine Councilor’s League.
Alam mo ang Inquirer kahapon, talagang bulls— ang p— ina niya, basura talaga ‘yan pati ‘yung eleksyon na ganyan. The poor will be killed. Tignan mo mag-slant. Ewan ko ba but someday—hindi ko tinatakot but someday ‘yung karma dadating ‘yan,” he said.
He also dished out the 200-million-peso issue in his bank account.
If there is a really a 200 million sa account ko, I will resign tomorrow, ‘yan ang hamon ko sa lahat. And if my children would get involved in corruption, I will gladly step down. ‘Yan ang totoo mga Inquirer, mga bulls— kayo pati ‘yung ABS-CBN. Basura ‘yung inano ninyo. Dapat may magsabi sa inyo ngayon p— ina ninyo, sinobrahan ninyo ang kalokohan ninyo.” he added.
“Talagang mga walanghiya ang p— inang journalista na ‘yan. Sabihin ko sa inyo talagang walanghiya pati ‘yung ABS-CBN. Because if I have the money p— ina ninyo. Nandiyan na ako sa gobyerno ngayon and you can request any son of a b— there sa central bank. Tell them to get a statement, bakit ako magbigay sa kalaban ko?” the continous hot statements about the two media companies continues.
The president also addressed that the two were never fair, even during the elections.
“Kay Inquirer, you’ve never been fair. I know that it’s supposed to be antagonistic but fair? Bastos kayo. Pati ABS-CBN bastos, bastos talaga,” he said.
Jose Ma. Nolasco, executive editor of Inquirer said in a statement that the newspaper company took exception on Duterte’s remarks.
“Even as we’ve courageously pursued the truth in our coverage, we’ve endeavored to get the administration’s side of any controversy,” he said as he notes that their newspaper had a column entitled View From The Palace. This section allows the administration to write or clarify their policies and personal matters.
ABS-CBN is yet to release a comment about this.
However, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines slams Duterte for his hasty generalization.
In a statement, they said, “Mawalang-galang subali’t napakalinaw na kayo po, at hindi sila, ang bastos. It was a brazen abuse of your immense power as chief executive of this land and only shows how little, if any, appreciation you have of democracy and governance.”
The group does not expect an apology from Duterte, but they can’t be tamed as they fulfill their “duty to inform the people as best we can of what is happening to our country, whether you agree with what we report or not”.
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