An executive of a government printer and insider from the Department of Foreign Affairs said that there was no breach of data of the Philippine passport holders and that the software has all the details; and are still with the agency.
According to Michael Dalumpines, chairman of APO Production Unit, Inc., which is the current printer of Philippine electronic passports, the data has been retrieved and the equipment has been turned over.
“It was all restored. We can access everything.
“Our IT guys were able to do something about it that’s why the data was restored.”
A few days ago, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr announced that their French contractor, Oberthur Technologies, ran off with the personal data of passport holders as it was irritated when their contract was cut off.
In a report by GMA News, a source told them that it was not true.
“This was not however true. The so-called contract of Service Level Agreement with Oberthur was not terminated but terminated or ended per Agreement and the Day Servers were turned over to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas/DFA. So what is there to breach?”
Another source has expressed that it was initially a problem on the “migration of data from Oberthur to DFA/APO due to incompatibility of softwares”.
Oberthur Technologies has yet to comment on the issue.
GMA Network, Inc. / GMA News Media, Inc. (NMI) has partnered up with PLDS-Smart Communications, Inc. This is set to improve the television viewing experience in the Philippines.
The signing was held on Wednesday, January 9, at Makati City. The companies came up with a technology, content, and distribution agreement that will start the launch of innovations which is set to power the network’s digital transformation.
According to GMA Network’s Chairman and CEO Felipe Gozon, they are embracing digital with open arms.
“By riding the wave of disruption with PLDT and Smart as partners, we will not only upgrade the quality of content we are producing but we are also setting the stage for a new age of digital television.”
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GMA Network Inc., through its subsidiary GMA New Media Inc., has signed a partnership deal with PLDT-Smart Communications Inc. to revolutionize TV viewing in the Philippines. In a signing ceremony in Makati City on Wednesday, the two companies entered into a technology, content, and distribution agreement involving innovations that will enhance the media network’s digitization. GMA Network Inc./GMA New Media Inc. (NMI) and PLDT-Smart Communications Inc. laid the groundwork of a formidable partnership to revolutionize TV-viewing experience in the country, the network said.
On the other hand, PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel Pangilinan stated, “As we transform our business from being a legacy telco into the premier and most trusted digital enabler in the country, this partnership will enable us to power GMA’s digital pivot and help deliver to our millions of fixed and wireless subscribers GMA 7’s unique and compelling content, as well as exciting new digital experiences to more Filipino families.”
Several executives of GMA Network and PLDT-Smart Communications were also present at the signing.
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Forbes’ list of the richest people in the Philippines for 2018 is finally out!
Most of the names from last year return for another bout while a number of new titans grab some of the top spots.
1. Henry Sy ($18.3 Billion)
Henry Sy Sr. is the founder of SM Group of Companies and has been the country’s richest tycoon for 11 years now.
His net worth climbed from $18 billion to $18.3 billion. The SM Group of Companies include Banco de Oro (BDO), SM Development Corporation (SMDC), Conrad Manila, and the SM malls all over the country.
2. Manuel “Manny” Villar ($5 Billion)
Villar is the chairman of Starmalls, one of the country’s top mall operators, and Vista & Landscapes, the Philippines’ largest homebuilder.
The tycoon tripled his net worth with strength on Golden Bria, his memorial park business.
3. John Gokongwei Jr. ($4.4 Billion)
Universal Robina Corporation, JG Summit Holdings, and Cebu Pacific are all under Gokongwei’s wing.
He also controls Robinsons Land Corporation, which is the parent company of Robinsons Bank and Robinsons Retail Holdings.
4. Jaime Zobel de Ayala ($4 Billion)
He was the chairman of the family business, Ayala Group, until he retired in 2006.
His son, Jaime II, is now the new chairman of the business and his seven children control more than one-third of the $3.9 billion. They own Ayala Land, Inc., Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, Inc., and Manila Water Company Inc.
5. Enrique Razon Jr. ($3.9 Billion)
Razon is the chairman and CEO of International Container Terminal Services, Inc.. He is also the chairman of five-star hotel Solaire Resort & Casino.
The International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) is the country’s leading terminal operator with $1.1 billion in sales.
6. Tony Tan Caktiong ($3.85 Billion)
He is the founder and chairman of Jollibee Foods Corporation and the co-chairman of DoubleDragon Properties.
Jollibee Foods Corporation now manages Jollibee, Red Ribbon, Chowking, Greenwich, Manong Pepe’s and Mang Inasal.
7. Lucio Tan ($3.8 Billion)
Lucio Tan is the founder and chairman of LT Group.
It holds interests in Asia Brewery, Inc., Tanduay Distillers, Inc., Fortune Tobacco Corporation, Philippine National Bank, and Philippine Airlines, among others.
8. Ramon Ang ($2.85 Billion)
He is the President and CEO of Top Frontier Investment Holdings, Inc., San Miguel Corporation‘s largest shareholder.
Ang also owns Diamond Hotel.
9. George Ty ($2.75 Billion)
Ty founded the Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company.
He also has stakes in Federal Land, Inc., the Bank of the Philippine Islands and Philippine Savings Bank.
10. Andrew Tan ($2.6 Billion)
Tan runs the Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI) which is composed of several companies.
Those are Megaworld Corporation, Emperador Distillers, Inc., which is known for Emperador Brandy, and Golden Arches Development Corporation, which operates the Mcdonald’s franchises in the country.
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You can’t let November pass without doing anything artsy fartsy, right? So, the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) brings you an immersive visual and cultural experience at the upcoming BGC Arts Center Festival–a three-day event that features the works of various artists in the performing and visual arts on November 24-26. For this month’s theme, we go for ‘Champions of Passion: Soulful Feats of Art’.
BAFI has always been passionate about using art, through the BGC Arts Center and the ArtBGC program, to highlight the crucial role of artistic endeavors in elevating our lives. It will also be held alongside the yearly Passionfest celebration along Bonifacio High Street.
This month’s festival features six artists from the Philippines and even from other Asian countries for “Passion Eyepieces”. This is to experience artists as champions of passion; the performing arts and the new visual experiences in the new murals around BGC.
This new set of murals vary on themes in capturing so-called passion; there are for journeys bound for home, for special meeting places, for technology, for dreams, and for other people who help us in our everyday lives.
1. ‘The Way Home’ by Solana Perez
2. ‘Kapit Kamay’ by Biskeg Pangasinan Artist Collective
3. ‘Dating Tagpuan’ by John Paul Antido
4. ‘Tree House’ by Jerson Samson & Janica Rina
5. ‘For the People: Gates of Paradise’ by Palimpsest
6. ‘Beyond Borders, Peaceful Voyage’ by Younggyun, Nam, Sieyong, Sunil, Auggie, Bunga, Bows, Haha, Perol, Pesey, Ariff, Cyrus, Zero, Miguel and Nemo
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According to a report by the tabloid Bandera, religious group Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has apparently ordered a boycott of broadcast network ABS-CBN. This is allegedly in retaliation for what they called “biased” reporting during the coverage of Lowell Menorca’s testimony on the cases he filed against the INC as per a report on KickerDaily.
The boycott came to light via the Facebook post of a certain Israel Nono Ponce last January 26. In the post, Ponce said that the “Templo Central” had ordered INC members to stop watching any ABS-CBN shows because of news reports that damaged the image of the church.
Ponce, who admitted he was a fan of the series Ang Probinsyano, said that a true INC member would deny himself (referring to the pleasure of watching a TV program) and put the orders of the church leaders first and foremost.
His post was accompanied by a photo of the ABS-CBN logo with the caption, “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.”
The authenticity of the boycott was supported by Lennie Lazaro of The Philippine Pride who asked her sister, a deaconess of in San Pablo City, about the issue. Her sister confirmed the boycott, adding that “members who will be caught watching ABS-CBN will suffer a disciplinary action.”
However, INC spokesperson Edwil Zabala has denied that there is any such directive from the group. Zabala did state that he understands the sentiments of INC members who are venting their anger against ABS-CBN.
Meanwhile, bashers continue to post on social media calling for the boycott of ABS-CBN, using the hashtag #ABSCBNNomore. Some have even dragged Pia Wurtzbach’s name into the issue, saying that Miss Universe now has a bloated ego after being welcomed by the kapamilya network.
Loyal ABS-CBN viewers, on the other hand, have decided to show their support by using the hashtag #ABSCBNMorePower.
This is not the first time that INC has supposedly aired its displeasure with ABS-CBN. Previously, there have been reports that Kapamilya star Kathryn Bernardo was allegedly ejected from the INC congregation for supporting Mar Roxas’s presidential bid. This report has yet to be confirmed or denied by either party.
Mon Bandril, who identifies himself on Facebook as a social media consultant for Radio Veritas, posted a picture showing a memo supposedly issued by the Iglesia ni Cristo.
The memo, dated July 12, 2012, was addressed to the then Director of the PNP-DPRM (Directorate for Personnel and Records Management) at Camp Crame, PDIR Elpidio De Asis, Jr. and stated, “We humbly request to please consider the reassignment of the following PNP personnel to wit.”
It then listed seven policemen, their names and ranks, as well as their assigned units against the units they were being asked to be reassigned to. It was signed by Minister Erano Codera and ended with, “In behalf of the Executive Minister let me extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your continuous support and cooperation.”
Last weekend, INC members took to the streets calling for a separation of church and state, decrying what they perceived as meddling on the DOJ’s (Department of Justice) part with a case filed against the church’s ministers. The memo posted by Bandril somewhat illustrates that in this case, the INC was not seeking a separation of church and state by making the request.
Article III section 5 of the Bill of Rights states, “No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.”
In a recent Facebook post, Attorney Raymond Fortun explained the separation of church and state as “In the most simple terms po, ‘separation of church and state’ means NO FAVORITISM by the government to favor a particular religion, nor can the government pass any laws to persecute a particular religion.”
After Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) members held a massive protest against Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima from August 27 to 31, 2015 from Padre Faura to EDSA, a senior citizen by the name of Jose Kwe bravely stood alone in front of DOJ holding a handwritten placard to support De Lima.
People of Malate: Conviction. (Backstory: Still amdist the hype of protests and public issues, I found a man standing alone on the corner of Orosa and Faura. This is Mr J. His message is simple, "Do not be afraid. Keep up the good work [DOJ]!" He stands there for several hours, holding up his simple cartolina for people to read. No media coverage. No manufactured placards or tarpaulins. No free food. No loud music. No traffic averted. No loudspeakers or shouting. Just a man and his handwritten sincerity.)
Kwe, who is a 67-year-old construction engineer, expressed his support for De Lima by writing his opinion in a white cartolina which stated:
“H’wag kang matakot Sec. Leila Dilemma. Di tulad ni Poncio Pilato h’wag mong isuko si Samson sa mga bagong pariseo at sa mga bulag na tagasunod.
Keep up the good work! You are not violating the constitution. Sila ang nanghihimasok sa gawain ng DOJ. Gusto nilang ipakita na kaya nilang diktahan ang gobyerno natin. Kaya tameme ang mga politikong trapo na ipatupad ang kaayusan kasi mag eeleksyon na.
“30 pieces of silver”. Mukhang may maghu-Hudas na ikompromiso ang hustisya.”
(Don’t be afraid Secretary Leila De Lima. Unlike Pontius Pilate, do not surrender Samson to the modern Pharisees and their blind followers.
Keep up the good work! You are not violating the constitution. They are the ones meddling with the duty of the DOJ. They want to show the public that they can dictate to our government. That’s why the traditional politicians are mum and refuse to enforce peace because of the upcoming elections.
“30 pieces of silver.” It seems that there will be another Judas who will compromise justice.)
Kwe also said in an interview in Inquirer that no one can stop him from expressing his views.
“I want her to know that there are people who believe in her. That is illegal detention, same as the case filed by Benhur Luy and Jun Lozada. Samson is also a whistleblower. The only difference is it was against a Church,” Kwe stated.
In a previous report by The Dailypedia, Edwil Zabala, INC’s spokesperson said the protest against De Lima was prompted by the DOJ Secretary’s meddling with the case of an expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr., who filed illegal detention charges against INC leaders. Thousands of INC members protested in different cities all over the country, which has caused heavy traffic on EDSA and in other major cities.
On a final note, the Malacanang has revealed in a report that there was no agreement between INC and the government, but they were able to have talks clarify issues and concerns about the protests.
Netizen Timmy C. Diagone shared a heartbreaking story of how his friend failed to speak to her mother before she died because it took them more than an hour to get to the hospital.
Diagone accompanied his friend to get to a hospital along Reliance EDSA from Cubao. It usually takes just 15 minutes to get there, but in this case, it took an hour and 27 minutes because of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) rally clogging the streets. As they walked along Ortigas and EDSA, they had to squeeze their way through the crowd.
When they asked the protesters if they could pass through, they explained that they had to get to the hospital so his friend to speak to her mother one last time. One woman simply replied, “So what?”
“We were shocked. We didn’t expected (sic) it [to be] so bad. I thought this religion knows GOD, knows what is kindness and respect. More importantly, I thought they know what is the feeling of LOSING,” Diagone said in his post.
Because it took a long time for them to reach the hospital, they were too late. Diagone’s friend never got to speak to her mother for the last time.
Despite his anger and sadness, Diagone still found it in his heart to respect the members of INC.
“To the INC brothers out there, We (sic) love you. We respect and support your cause. We hope and pray that it will be resolved ASAP. I just also hope that, you could do something, like a good measure for other religions, other people who pass by,” he wrote in his post.
Even though the rally is now over and people are trying to resume their daily routines, some things will never be the same again.
Just recently, a woman shared the story of how a man failed to give his child a birthday treat because they were caught in traffic caused by the rally.
These are just two of the sad stories of innocent citizens who were affected by something they had nothing to do with in the first place. While most understand what the INC is fighting for, incidents like this could have been avoided if they had done it in a peaceful and respectful way, the way other religions respected their actions.
Banner photo from www.ellentordesillas.com.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) group posted on their official Instagram account a cryptic message about war and enemies. On August 28, 2015, INC Media posted a photo on Instagram with the statement, “This is war and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy. If you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.” This message was posted at a time when INC’s protest on EDSA has been earning widespread criticism for causing major traffic jams.
Photo screen-grabbed from Instagram / INC Media
On August 27, 2015, INC held a protest in front of the Department of Justice (DOJ) along Padre Faura in Manila. This was to protest against DOJ secretary Leila de Lima “meddling” in church affairs by looking into the case filed by an expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr. for illegal detention allegations against INC leaders.
According to Edwil Zabala, INC’s spokesperson, INC members moved their protest to EDSA because of people who tried to mess with them. He said in an interview with Rappler, that they only wanted to have a peaceful vigil, however, there were some people who tried to cause trouble for the INC protesters. He said that some members were misinformed and thought the vigil-rally was cancelled, which prompted them to hold the rally on EDSA. He also stated that they were only “pushed” to rally in EDSA due to the circumstances they are facing now.
Zabala also stated that they have already acquired a permit to protest until August 31, 2015 and asked the public to understand their issues. He stressed that the INC would not have held a protest had the government heeded their pleas to be fair in implementing legal processes.
As to whom the Instagram warning was referring to, the INC has yet to release more details.
Blogger Inday Espina-Varona of ABS-CBN News expressed her views regarding the protest rally of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members and Senator Grace Poe.
With elections coming up in 2016, candidates have shown different reactions to the INC’s actions regarding the government’s probe on the allegations of abduction and grave threats to families of former ministers. Vice President Jejomar Binay, for example, defended INC amidst all the controversies surrounding it.
As Varon said, “An internal leadership squabble is nobody’s business. But the tactics used in the struggle—including abduction and holding entire families hostage—is our business.”
Regardless of religion, these are human rights violations.
Varona expressed her dismay at Poe’s reaction to the issue. Poe had released a statement saying that the Mamasapano encounter is too important to give notice to other issues. While in San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Poe said members of the INC have a right to defend their religion and beliefs which the government must respect. She also said that the Department of Justice, which is now handling charges of illegal detention against some INC leaders, should focus on other important cases, such as the deaths of 44 elite cops in the Mamasapano encounter last January.
As Varona had put it, “in this country ‘priorities’ are always used as an excuse to let friends go scot-free.” By this logic, “less important” issues are left on the back burner and are eventually forgotten.
Varona’s statement did not, however, belittle the Mamasapano encounter. There is no about that it is an important issue to resolve. “Hammer on the need to file charges against those involved in Mamasapano,” said Varona. “But do not sweep aside serious charges of rights violations against the INC leadership.”
Many politicians are seemingly playing it safe since the issue between church and state it a very sensitive one. Nonetheless, officials must still take a stand against human rights violations regardless of who is involved nor what religion they are part of.
Banner photo credit: INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA